How 3 of New York’s Coolest Guys Are Prepping for Men’s Fashion Week

 

 

With New York Men’s Fashion Week kicking off today—the final leg of a multicity showing of Fall 2017’s menswear collections—the jig, as they say, is up. No longer can the cultural myth that men simply aren’t invested in the fuss of fashion pervade—in fact, they’re central figures these days, and they look great doing so. Which is why we asked three of the coolest attendees to spill the secrets on how they prep for the whirlwind rotation of front rows, backstage appearances, parties, and the possible runway cameo.

From breaking out their most experimental sample sale purchases, channeling Cam’ron in a shock of very manly pink, pumping Migos as they traverse the city en route to show after show, and waiting with bated breath to see if certain NFL quarterbacks show up in the front row, these fashion insiders are prepared for whatever comes their way (Raf Simons, most likely included).

Oh, what, you thought only their female counterparts peacocked?

Here, Marcus Paul, image and creative consultant,  breaks down his Fashion Week guy codes.

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Zara Larsson’s Stylist Talks About Her ‘Museum Piece’ VMAs Dress: Exclusive

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Though Zara Larsson didn’t wind up getting a Moonman in the Best New Artist category at last night’s VMAs (Aug. 28), she certainly made an impression in the style department. For her first trip to the awards show, the 18-year-old wore a vintage velour Thierry Mugler sweetheart dress in a striking shade of green, black peep-toe heels, and matching emerald and diamond jewelry.

Billboard spoke exclusively with celebrity stylist Marcus Paul, who also works with Desiigner, Pusha T and Jay Z about Larsson’s vintage “museum-worthy” dress.

You’ve styled Zara for four months now. How has her approach to fashion changed since working together?

Zara has her own style and when we work together, it’s a collaboration. She knows what she likes, and she’ll tell you if she doesn’t like something. For the VMAs there were so many great options — that’s a good problem to have.

Tell us about the inspiration for Zara’s VMA look.

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Marcus Paul: The Stylist With a Mission to Make Hip-Hop Move Past Streetwear & Embrace Alt Brands

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 3 issue of Billboard, by Bee Shapiro.

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Sartorial derring-do has long defined hip-hop’s streetwear fashions. But with hoodies and sweatshirts reaching critical mass, a refined take on hip-hop style is emerging. Brooklyn-based men’s stylist and former model Marcus Paul is an evangelist for the movement, taking a polished-is-better approach when dressing stars like LeBron James, Jay Z, Pusha T and Desiigner. “I care about the quality of the garment, which a lot of younger people don’t seem to care about.”

To that end, Paul leans on tailored indie brands and highbrow European labels for the artists he styles.

For Pusha T’s 2015 album Darkest Before Dawn, Paul selected a fitted embellished sweater overcoat by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, whose fabrics and use of color and patterns “are amazing,” says Paul. “I don’t have anything against streetwear, but I’m looking for details and not necessarily brands.”

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The World’s Best-Dressed Street Style Stars, According to Photographers

By Alec Leach For Highsnobiety.com 

Fashion week is serious business these days. The format has fast evolved into a global spectacle, giving outsiders a glimpse into the mad circus that is fashion week, with all its ever-changing trends, outrageously expensive outfits and Instagram-savvy #influencers. Street style has launched careers, generated millions of clicks for online publications and produced some incredible eye candy, thanks to the many spectacular — or just straight-up gaudy — outfits on show.

With the Spring/Summer 2017 shows fast approaching (London Collections: Men kicks the schedule off on June 10), I hit up a few photographer friends of mine to see who’s killing it on the fashion week circuit these days, from rap megastars to industry insiders and off-duty models.

Stay tuned for a ton of street style action throughout June, as our street style snappers hit up the world’s fashion capitals to document the best — and most outrageous — outfits on show.

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“Marcus Paul’s style is always on point. The designer he wears the most, Haider Ackermann, is also one of my favorites, so I really enjoy shooting him. Also, it feels great to see a professional stylist who can actually style himself perfectly. Surprisingly, it’s not so easy to find nowadays.” – Julien Boudet.

Photo By Julien Boudet, @bleumode

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Meet Marcus Paul, Pusha T’s Stylist

BY JAVIN BUSBY

On 2011’s “No Church in the Wild,” Jay Z raps about a cocaine white Rolls Royce, “drug dealer chic.” Yesterday, he and G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T dropped their latest single, “Drug Dealers Anonymous,” that will be on Push’s forthcoming album. It’s no secret that Push very well could be the king of coke rap, so maintaining a look that doesn’t abandon his own personal style, but is good enough for the president of G.O.O.D. Music, adidas collaborator, and OG in the game is important. To help him get there, meet Marcus Paul, the man behind Pusha’s style.

With an impressive list of clients—including Lebron James, Jay Z, and C.C. Sabathia—Paul tells us his business has grown solely through word of mouth and the strong rapport he has with his clients beyond just improving their closets. “Every client I’ve worked with, I try to build a relationship with them, because it’s not only a professional relationship, but also a personal one, and I think that that’s important,” he says. Paul strives to show his level of dedication and immersion beyond picking the right belt or sneaker. Clothing helps his clients play the part of the well put-together celebrity who is ready to go at all times. “They’re extremely tired, but they’ve still got to put on that mask of, ‘Yo, I’m an artist, I’ve got to smile, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.’ It’s important, and I admire that,” he adds. This level of connection has served him well as he continues to add new names to his clientele list, including those he says he is not yet at liberty to share, but excited to hint toward. “Let’s just say, they have some things that are out already that are making waves,” he says about two of his recent acquisitions.

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Checking Out Pusha T’s Closet

By Bee Shapiro

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Jacket: I love the pieces from ‘By Walid’. It’s this London brand my stylist Marcus Paul put me on to some time ago. This piece is silk with 18th-century embroidery. Every jacket is a one-off. I actually went to the designer’s studio last week in London and got to meet him. It was pretty fresh. He’s extremely artsy and a really cool guy. He had some newer patterns and jackets to choose from. For me, the details matter: Fashion and hip-hop are always about being first and being different and being able to set yourself apart from the bunch.

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Going Shopping with Stylist Marcus Paul, from Live Nation TV: Stylings

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Live Nation presents its latest episode of its Stylings series, this time featuring none other than rapper Pusha T. In the episode Pusha T and his stylist Marcus Paul go shopping in London, talk about Pusha’s style, the process of his styling, and Pusha’s view on fashion and its impact on his music. During their shopping tour in London, the two pass through Hostem, one of the city’s best boutiques. Pusha also talks about his own brand Play Cloths and how his personal shopping and style influence the brand’s collection. They go on to A. Sauvage to shop tailored suits for Pusha T, because as the president of G.O.O.D. Music, you sometimes also need a suit. Finally they also pass through BY WALID, for some of the most unique one-off fashion pieces that you can find in London. Enjoy the full episode here.

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Stylecaster’s 50 Most Stylish New Yorkers, Featuring Marcus Paul at #28

By Samantha Lim, from StyleCaster.com

September is always a big month for fashion—from the glossies’ September issues to stores’ fall collections to the back-to-school frenzy that is autumn in New York—and for us at StyleCaster, it marks the month that we embark on our biggest annual feature:

50 Most Stylish New Yorkers.

Every year, we comb the streets of our home city to find the freshest crop of the city’s style stars—an all-new list every year!—from designers and street style stars to restauranteurs and power brokers.

This year’s roster represents a true-to-life kaleidoscope of the city’s diverse approach to style.

Photographer Adam Katz Sinding, the man behind the vivid snaps of fashionable personalities you’ve likely seen in VogueW, and his own site, Le 21ème, photographed this year’s honorees all over Manhattan, from the tree-lined walls of Central Park to the cobblestoned streets of the Meatpacking District to the graffiti-embellished walls of SoHo.

So what makes a person “stylish”? It’s more than just innovative styling choices and an appetite for high-end labels that make these folks stylish—it’s an appetite for life, approaching projects and life plans with the same sense of joie de vivre with which they approach their outfits. These 50 honorees mix style and culture into their everyday lives with aplomb, and aren’t afraid to push boundaries—inspiring us to do the same.

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Marcus Paul, Stylist and Creative

Marcus Paul has a client list that would make your eyes widen—he’s worked with everyone from Jay-Z to LeBron James—and when you see him in person, you can tell why. He recently launched a limited-edition sweatshirt collection with XXBC, and is setting his sights on footwear next. For Paul, style in New York means being “comfortable and versatile,” dressing to meet the city’s myriad demands. “New York style means having a little edge and self confidence … in other words, being yourself.”

Photo: Adam Katz-Sinding for StyleCaster


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