Patrick Robinson is a California-born American fashion designer who has worked for such names as Giorgio Armani, Anne Klein, Perry Ellis, and Paco Rabanne. A graduate from the Parsons School of Design, Robinson has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers since 1994 and was named one of Vogue‘s 100 rising stars in 1996. During his 4-year tenure at Armani, he mananged to turn the brand’s ailing “Collezioni” line profitable before taking the position of head designer at Anne Klein in 1995.
Patrick Robinson’s 7 Secrets of Style
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1. Stand out in a Crowd
“Don’t wait for a special occasion to show off your inner and outer style,” says Robinson. “Reveal your individuality every day in your wardrobe but also in what makes you happy and what you believe in.”
2. Find the Jeans for Your Body
“I can only hope it’s a pair from Gap,” says the 42-year-old designer. “But nothing looks more effortless than denim jeans with some ease — to me, that’s the essential element of looking stylish.”
3. Invest in Good Jewelry
“I love a woman who buys her own pieces,” he says. “The best jewelry usually comes with a story, so there’s a special light in her eyes when she’s wearing it.”
4. Excel at the Unexpected
“I’m in awe when a woman rolls up her sleeves and repairs stuff around the house or fixes a car,” says Robinson, who has been married for eight years to a fashion editor. “Helplessness is attractive to some men, but put up drywall and I’m hooked.”
5. Know How to Buy a Suit for a Man
“Men see the big picture, but women take time to see the details when shopping,” asserts Robinson. “Train a man to zero in on the points that matter — or just buy it for him. He’s bound to look better.”
6. Lead a Conversation
“Maybe it’s because I’m a Southern gentleman at heart [he’s from Southern California], but to me, the ability to steer language eloquently is stylish and seductive. Great conversation makes a woman more beautiful.”
7. Trust the Classics
“A great slouchy blazer and a button-down shirt or a crewneck sweater are not boring if they are well fitted and paired with pieces that are singularly yours. The result is, you look put together as well as special.”
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Wondering which shoes to pair with those khakis and chinos? It all depends on the outfit, the occasion, and the look you’re going for.
The good news is that because khakis are so versatile, they can be worn with a huge variety of shoe styles. But remember, khakis aren’t suit pants, and they aren’t jeans. Therefore the trick in wearing khakis successfully is to avoid shoes that are too dressy, or too casual.
Here are a few of the best shoes to wear with khakis.
Bright colors are a definite “don’t,” as are most sandals with rubber straps.
Instead, look for sleek, stylish sandals like thongs and slides with smooth uppers in black, browns, dusky blues, muted greens, earthy shades or even whites.
Trendier styles, such as those with frayed edges, toe rings, or hardware can really lend an edge to khakis, but should only be worn in very casual settings.
Aside from wearing them with flip-flops, the quickest way to take khakis to their most casual level is by pairing them with sneakers. But even if you’re going for a laid-back look, there’s no need to be sloppy about it.
Unless you’re under 21, in a band, on a skateboard, or have several tats and piercings to support your rebellious ways, it’s best to avoid wearing certain sneakers with khakis. Ratty high tops, skate shoes, and puffy white trainers are just a little “too” casual for most occasions.
Instead, look for laid-back slip-ons, earth-toned retro styles, or anything with a bit of European flair. Avoid heavy velcro-straps, big logos, bright colors, and anything that’s too “busy” with stripes or patterns.
There are very few casual shoes that don’t work with chinos and khakis. Whether you prefer a lace-up oxford or a slip-on shoe, the main thing to remember is that you want a shoe that works with the rest of your outfit, not one that overpowers it.
To keep your shoes from stealing the attention from the rest of your outfit, avoid styles that have a lot of fussy detailing, wild prints, or features that make them seem overly clunky.
When it’s a casual look you’re going for, you don’t want your shoes to seem like a try-hard. Look for simple, attractive styles in a color that complements the rest of your ensemble.
While most dress shoes will work well with chinos, I prefer to see really shiny black dress shoes saved for suits and other dress pants. But a pair of khakis is the perfect complement for all those trendy dress styles that might be a little too trendy for really formal settings. They’re also great for pairing with different materials and textures.
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Another myth of the scarf centers around the Duke of Krakow, a celebrated explorer. In 1783, the Duke wrapped a self knit woolen material around his neck to keep himself warm. However, he got strangled with his own scarf when it got entangled in his husky pulled sledge. Ironically, the cause of his death was the invention of a woolen scarf. Croation mercenaries have worn scarves since the 17th century. The French were attracted by this piece of clothing and adopted the scarf calling them cravats, from the Croatian word – kravata. By the 19th century the scarf, was a fashion accessory in every man and woman’s wardrobe.
In every religion the name or form of the scarf may be different but universally it symbolizes modesty, sanctity and character. Men and women wear scarves either as veils or turbans as part of their religious attire. Amongst the Muslims, the head scarf worn by women is known as the hijab. The Quran describes the hijab as a curtain that gives muslim women their privacy. The hijab in Quranic Arabic is known as the khimar. Jewish women wear a tichel – a head scarf worn to the Jewish synagogues. Amongst the Hindus, the dupatta is the Indian version of the scarf used to cover the forehead and head. Catholics wear veils to cover their heads, where scarves symbolize holiness.
In Tibet, katas are white scarves that are symbols of hope, prosperity and happiness. As a protective garment, scarves were used by aircraft pilots to avoid breathing in exhaust fumes. Tuareg tribes use a ‘cheche’ to protect themselves from the desert wind and sand. A cheche also known as a tagelmust is many layered covering the head and drapes down loosely to cover the neck.
In regions of Africa and West Indies, women wear scarves as turbans or head wraps to protect the head. Scarves soon entered the world of academic uniforms signifying merit, academic affiliation and distinction. Scouts wear scarves to indicate seniority and units to which they belong. In different parts of the world scarves are known by a variety of names- an ‘ascot’ in England, a ‘babushka’ in Russia, a ‘mantilla’ in Spain or the ‘bandana’ in Italy. Depending on their lengths and use, scarves are also known by names like jabot, ruana, hacking, muffler, do-rags or fichus.
Scarves were glamourized when actors like Grace Kelley and Greta Garbo, stylishly wore them on the silver screen. Made from different fabrics like wool, silk, cotton, rayons and synthetic nylons scarves must be light weight as they are draped around the head and neck. They are given a smooth textured finish so that they flow without sticking.
Scarves come in different shapes and dimensions – rectangular, squares or triangles as also in exotic colors and prints adorned with sequins or tassels. Tied around the neck in different knots or secured with a piece of jewellery, a scarf adds sudden color to a dull outfit. Covering the head with a scarf is traditional, but used as a belt, tied around the forehead or wrist is today’s scarf in fashion.
Kate Winslet for “The Reader“