Burberry Prorsum Pre Fall 2014 Womenswear Collection:
This collection is just amazing to me! It’s strong with an updated take on the classic Burberry trench, embroidery on the different designs all pulled together with a thread of wonderful old school British sensibility. Christopher Bailey adds texture with fabrics that are perfect for the season, the silhouettes are longer with highly places pleats, the look is perfect for the chic but still classic women, London to San Francisco the look is amazing.
Burberry Prorsum Pre Fall 2014 Womenswear Collection:
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Resturant Review: Mark Joseph’s Steakhouse. (Manhattan)
On my most recent trip to New York I had dinner at Mark Joseph’s Steakhouse in Manhattan. Two years ago I went to Mark Joseph’s for dinner and had the best meal of my life… They say the future can’t be repeated, but this is far from the truth. Walking into the door of a cozy restaurant and being seated at the table of my party which numbers 11. A couple who I am dinning with have been eating here for years, they know all the staff by name and naturally the staff knows them. Almost time I sit down and place my drink order the Appetizer platters have arrived; big plates of Oysters, Lobster, Shrimp, Calamari, Mussels, and Tomato & Mozzarella arrive on the table, before we arrived at the restaurant an order was placed requesting these early. After all had their fill on these wonderfully prepared appetizers it was time to order entrées!
A few ordered Filet Mignon with Crab Meat, some even ordered Chicken or a Seafood Salad. I ordered a 42oz Porterhouse Steak cooked medium rare. Sides of garlic mash, spinach, and asparagus were ordered as well. My steak arrived in a sizzling hot plate pre cut and once again; sizzling! Like a few other famous New York steakhouses the meat is slightly cooked and then cut and then put back in the oven for a few minutes to cook in it’s own juices, this goes against the theory of letting the meat “rest” so all the juices and flavor can stay in the meat as opposed to letting it run out by cutting it right after cooking it. The plate is reserved hot so just incase the meat may be to rare for a guest, the meat can be put on the edge of the plate to slightly cook the meat longer. But my porterhouse was cooked exactly to my liking; medium rare. The waitress put four slices of the porterhouse right on my plate, it smelled like heaven and taste like it too. The quality of the meat was the highest and the char was to die for. I didn’t use steak sauce, I was more than content with the meat alone, every piece was perfect, none to fatty, none any less than the previous one. No need to say, I finished my meal in one setting. The tailored suit I was wearing certainly fit a littler more snug than how it was when I walked in the restaurant. No dessert that night.
I highly recommend Mark Joseph’s to any steak or seafood lover!
Paul Stuart’s Phineas Cole Fall/Winter 2013 Menswear Collection:
On my current trip to New York I decided visit Paul Stuart and check out their Fall/Winter 2013 Phineas Cole collection, although Chicago has a Paul Stuart flagship; two of them actually. Both combined don’t compare to the size to the New York location that sits on the corner of Madison and 45th Street. (Phineas Cole is a collection that first started a few years ago with the Idea of attracting a younger clientele to Paul Stuart.) When I walked in the store I asked a salesclerk “Where can I find Phineas?” I was sent upstairs and directed to Rick, a somewhat older grey haired gentlemen dressed impeccably in a light grey one button peak lapeled suit, this model of jacket Paul Stuart calls ”The Phillip”. After talking to Rick for a few moments I asked him to take me to the Fall/Winter Phineas Cole Collection, once there I told him that I was a style blogger and that I wanted to take pictures for my blog review of the collection. Rick told me to wait as he got management to see if it was okay. A few moments later the Publicity Director; Mona Reilly (pictured above) appeared, she was nothing short of amazing! For almost two hours she walked and talked with me as I looked through the collection. I put on a jacket from the collection and the absolute first thing I noticed was how slim the arms were, and that’s saying a lot since I have pretty thin arms. The armhole on the jacket is quite high also, this allows for a full range of arm movement, the shoulder is also has very little padding and is very soft in it’s construction. All jackets in the collection seem to have hacking pockets, even formal wear. The jackets are all unlined and come in so many great fabrics from a teal wool worsted three piece to a soft chocolate velvet evening jacket.
The trousers all have side adjusters and are flat front, the trouser opening to me looks to be about 8.5 - 9 Inches. I was impressed by the knowledge Mrs. Reilly had of every single product, she knew all the fabrics and the cuts, every detail she knew. The collection is quite bold with loud plaid trousers and sport jackets that adds bliss. About an hour or so into my journey Mrs. Reilly takes me down to the Phineas Cole concept room, here I see elegance and sophistication exuded in the detail and care of the clothing… The Collection consist of great casual and outerwear also. I saw a very nice contemporary take on the classic pea coat, plenty of great turtlenecks, cardigans, and sweaters. Also a pair of trousers that were cut like cargo pants, innovations like that can add so much versatility to a wardrobe.
The line Phineas Cole is definitely for the distinguished and refined gentlemen that we all wish to be, I highly recommend not only giving Phineas Cole a try but give all of Paul Stuart a try. This collection is not only for younger men, but it appeals to gentlemen of all ages. Not to sound like a cliché but the craftsmanship and expert tailoring is simply fantastic!
Special thanks to the amazing Mona Reilly and the great people at Paul Stuart.