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It may have happened on Friday the 13th, but the stars were positively aligned around our launch party for Stephen Curry. The event celebrated the basketball superstar’s new role as the first style ambassador for #ExpressMen. A huge crowd came out to the retro-classy NYC lounge, Avenue, to get in on the welcome, catch a performance by Ludacris and shop a pop-up closet filled with our 1MX shirt collection. Special thanks to lifestyle brand Grungy Gentleman for sponsoring.
Decked out in a Micro Print Blazer, Stephen arrived on the scene with his wife, Ayesha, who looked drop dead gorgeous sporting our Scuba Flounce Dress and her growing baby bump. (Aw, congrats!)
The man of the night took to the catwalk to introduce Ludacris, who kicked off his set with a song dedicated to Stephen (“All I Do is Win,” naturally). Luda ended up having such a great time onstage that he kept pulling out more tracks like “What’s Your Fantasy” and “Money Maker.”
In the crowd and in the photo booth, the celeb watch became kind of a family affair over the night. Stephen’s dad, Dell Curry, stopped in for a few pics in his own dapper suit look. When not posing with current UFC Middleweight champ Chris Weidman, Pitch Perfect aca-boy Skylar Astin did some mugging for the camera with friends and family – including brother Jace, Grungy Gentleman’s editor-in-chief. Also spotted: rappers Juelz Santana and Jadakiss, our own menswear models Ryan Kennedy and RJ Rogenski, and Aussie cover guy Jordan Barrett. Check out our YouTube channel for video highlights of this amazing night.
With ‘70s style making a big splash in spring 2015, fashionable girls in the know have been gravitating toward a look with a wider leg shape. Of course, that includes the maven behind Sydne Style, Sydne Summer, and she’s found an object of obsession in the refined denim version of our Editor Flare pant. Their appeal for her: “They’re dark enough to work in more of a corporate world but cool enough to wear from the office to drinks.” To show off this pair’s range and to get you inspired, she built three super- stylish looks around them. We’d love to see the ideas you come up with once you get a look. Show ‘em off with a selfie on Instagram tagged with @ExpressRunway and #LoveExpress.
This is what you call an expert balance of fancy and feisty. The pants bring in polish with a dark finish and flattering shape, the graphic tee throws in some playful attitude and the accessories elevate without overwhelming.
If you want to rock this relaxed retro trend without going all costume-y, here’s the way to do it. Sydne’s overall silhouette, along with her classic striped tee and fedora, recall an earlier fashion era in a fresh, clean way. Accessories with a minimal, sculptural quality seal the old-made-new effect.
“You can’t get any more spring than colorful florals,” says Sydne. She exudes the spirit of the season with her pairing of Editor Flares and a Portofino Shirt in watercolor floral, one of our new favorite prints (seriously – we’ve put it on everything from scarves to sandals). Accessories that are just as beautifully bright pull everything together. You can practically feel the warm breeze.
All looks feature the Refined Denim Flare Editor Pant
LOOK 1: Graphic Tee – I Hate Mondays and Squared Cat Eye Sunglasses (similar bag, necklace and pumps)
LOOK 3: Watercolor Floral Portofino Shirt – available in-store
Jacey Duprie and her husband, Grant, find romance in returning to a spot they’ve come to love together: Bucato in L.A.-adjacent Culver City. “Ever since we moved to the area and discovered this adorable Italian eatery, we’ve been hooked. We can’t go a few weeks without walking over to share a few plates of pasta and a bottle of wine.”
One advantage to a happy marriage is that you don’t necessarily have to glam up to impress your date. Casual is cool as long as it fits your destination and you’ve put some thought in it. That’s why we love Jacey’s date night choices. This tunic sweater-and-flared-jean combo is more than super cozy – it also shows off one of the most fashionable silhouettes going. Grant matches her level of stylish ease with his untucked button-up and dark jeans.
V-DAY WITH YOUR BESTIE
with LIVING IN COLOR PRINT
Valentine’s Day comes with a lot of romantic expectations, but don’t get down if you find yourself date-free on February 14. Get in the same groove as currently single blogger Dan Chizzoniti of Real Guys Wear Ties. “I don’t have a signif other but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit home alone, stuff my face with pizza and watch Netflix,” he says (though he admits that’s tempting). Instead, Dan plans to spend the day having fun with his BFF, so he partnered with his blogger bestie, Living in Color Print’s Kristin Clark, for some brainstorming on what to do and what to wear when you’re spending V-Day in the friend zone.
Kristin’s advice: “Get on a cute (but not too desperate) outfit and hit the town! Grab drinks, coordinate an at- home wine tasting, see a movie, whatever – just make a night of it.” She’s ready for anything in her polished casual mix of a textured moto jacket, Barcelona Cami, flared denim and shimmer-enhanced shoulder bag. We especially love her sly nod to the holiday with an infusion of soft, blush-y pink.
Dan thinks you should make more than a night of it, saying, “Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year so why not make this best friend date a full day event?” You could start with brunch, walk it off with some shopping or a trip to the park and then wrap up with dinner and drinks. For this plan, he suggests you go for smart but not too fancy in your get-up, like this button-up, tie, jeans and bomber ensemble. Given the occasion, a pop of pink or red is a stylish guy must.
Brooklyn-based Keiko and boyfriend Bobby came up with some different date ideas including a trip to the theater, live music at the Clover Club and a spin on Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park. “This one is particularly special because of its history (it was built in 1922) and its location, right between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. What a view!”
Don’t have a 100-year-old amusement park attraction in your vicinity? Doesn’t matter. Chances are you’ve got a playful option or two nearby like a classic bowling alley or a bar arcade. And the looks these two are rocking would be easy and fun wherever. That striped skirt, Portofino and polka dot tights combo? Love.