June 30, 2010

Sneak peak of Larry

Vancouver designer and fashion blogger, Terri Potratz, posted a neat video featuring images from her Larry collection's shoot for Fall/Winter 2010.

Scrolling Through Aperture from Bienvenido Cruz on Vimeo.

June 28, 2010

Style advisor: Why men wear Speedos and what grooming is needed to pull the look off, plus swim suits for the less extroverted man

Not the best weather, admittedly.

But there's nothing that says men can't be ready to hit the beach.

Today, guest host for CBC's On The Coast, Lisa Christiansen, and I answered listeners' email questions about men's swimsuits and good beach grooming.

I turned to Swimco and Absolute Spa for advice.

Here's our delicate conversation about Speedos, grooming and how to look like Daniel Craig. Sort of.

Talking speedos, netherlands, trimming foliage and being beach ready

Suitable swimsuits for men with a nod to Swimco and Absolute Spa.


Fashion Monday Changes

Updating ones look is always a good idea. MAKEOVER!

From now on, Fashion Monday will be on CBC's On The Coast with Stephen Quinn at 3:50 PM.

Stephen and I will be reading your fashion questions and queries. Yes, Fashion Monday is a style advice column.

Today's topic are Speedos, men's swimsuits and how to be beach ready. I'll be visiting Swimco and Absolute Spa to get the latest information and will bring the answers later this afternoon.

Now, if only the sun would come out!

June 23, 2010

Fashion Monday is transforming into a fashion advice column

Once a week, CBC host Stephen Quinn and I will be going through your questions about fashion and style.

I'll be leaning on stylists, designers and fashion directors from Sweden to Shanghai for the answers and looking for practical solutions you can use.

Mind you, I will slip in my own opinions quite often.

This week, I'm taking on swim suits! Pose your questions here:

onthecoast@cbc.ca (put "dearjj" in the subject field)


Tweet me at http://twitter.com/fashionmonday (use #dearjj, if you can).

Oh, yeah, driving shoes with socks is a NO-NO!

June 22, 2010

Stripes, stripes, stripes....what's the deal with all those stripes

Call them Breton stripes or Chanel stripes or sailing stripes. A summer perennial. Super strong last year - and still going this summer.

But this season they're coming on all sorts of scales and colours for men and women.

Here are a few thoughts from my CBC column on why and how to wear them.

June 16, 2010

Seersucker suits smarter with Glenn Hoffs of Brooks Brothers

Seersucker. From the Persian, "milk and honey", it is a suit fabric identified with summer and the Southern US states.

It is a classic warm-weather suiting and a lightness and casual silhouette perfect for garden parties.

Typically found in fine blue and white stripes, the cotton textile features alternating smooth and nappy bands. The nap helps wick away moisture.

Here are some seersucker pointers from Brooks Brothers fashion director Glen Hoffs:

What is a now way of wearing seersucker?

Seersucker is one of those timeless fabrics that looks very current at the moment. The renewed interest in mid century dressing makes seersucker feel quite current. Of course how one wears seersucker is what makes it modern. I prefer it mixed with something unexpectedly casual- for instance a seersucker sportcoat with jeans or a more relaxed bottom.

Spread collars continue to be popular - do they suit a seersucker look?

Yes a spread collar shirt can be worn with seersucker but I would avoid one that looked too dressy. A white cotton spread collar shirt that is lightly pressed (or not pressed at all) can be a good look.

What do you like in shirt colours, patterns, and tie types?

I like some thing dark and simple, a dark madras or club tie can work well with seersucker. I prefer something that is cotton based or if it is silk not too shiny- the more shiny a time the more formal. So seersucker requires a more matt finish. A knit tie also works well with seersucker.

How should a seersucker suit works as separates?

A seersucker suit can be worn separately- the pant can be worn with just about anything. Worn dressed down with vintage style white tennis shoes or dressed up with loafers or white bucks. The Jacket can be worn with jeans, khakis, or a brightly colored pant. If you¹re going to wear the suit the tie will make or break the look. Choose something dark and simple.

Are there any faux pas with seersucker?

Tread carefully when trying to pair the seersucker suit with the straw hat
and white bucks.

Though seersucker is a humble fabric, are there ways of telling whether the material is of good quality?

Seersucker is pretty much the same and is usually in cotton. Look for something that isn't stiff. It should feel relaxed and have some drape to it. A silk cotton blend can also be found. The most important thing is the make of the suit. Look for something where the collar and chest don't feel stiff. If it doesn¹t drape well on the hanger it won't drape on the body. An inexpensive seersucker suit is going to look very stiff.

Under what circumstances is it appropriate to wear a seersucker suit?

Seersucker is perfect for a summer wedding, especially a casual daytime wedding. Some gentlemen in the south can get away with wearing the seersucker suit to work, but that's a very specific look that should remain in the South.

June 14, 2010

Ties that bind us - connecting sons and fathers with a bit of neckwear

Today, JJ talks TIE. In honour of Father's Day.

Why did ties get all knotted up with the Sunday tradition? What's the best knot for different face shapes? And why ties still make a great present for dads.

Today at 5:40 PM on CBC Radio One in Vancouver instead of my usual 5:49 PM spot. Listen online live.

June 8, 2010

Fashion trends and the curvier woman

On too many occasions I talk about trends in women's fashion saddled with caveats.

For example, I'll talk about how the Empire waist is out and waistlines are dropping down to the hip in certain clothes. Of course, (**caveat**) shorter women should be wary of this trend...

You see what I mean.

So yesterday, I went on air with a piece about current trends, skinny jeans and ankle-length hemlines, and how they would apply to curvier women.

For an informed perspective, I spoke with Laura Caravaggio. She runs the online boutique for full figured women called lolaandgigi.com.