LivingWells Style
DVF 40: Celebrating the Dress that Caused a Revolution

DVF 40: Celebrating the Dress that Caused a Revolution

  “I was 26 when I created the wrap dress. Its success allowed me to become the woman I wanted to be.” — Diane Von Furstenberg Two years after arriving in the United States with a suitcase full of jersey dresses, Diane Von Furstenberg debuted the wrap dress, revolutionized women’s fashion, became a fixture at...
The Contemporary Style of Berlin

The Contemporary Style of Berlin

Selbstverständlich. It may seem a difficult word on its face but its translation couldn’t be simpler. It is a German word meaning “natural” or “self-evident” and it perfectly captures the zeitgeist of contemporary Berlin style. Spend any time in Berlin and you’ll immediately note that Berliners have a dress code all their own. It is...
The Franklin Shirt: A New Must Have Basic

The Franklin Shirt: A New Must Have Basic

By Duane Wells It’s a shirt…it’s a jacket…it’s a caftan…it’s just plain fabulous! The Franklin Shirt from Aussie-born, Berlin-based designer Melinda Stokes is an uber cool new addition to the STOKX product family, a brand that epitomizes the understated chic of Europe’s most individual capital city.  Described as both “a special kind of summer frock...
Ristefsky Macheda: Activewear for the Traveling Guy

Ristefsky Macheda: Activewear for the Traveling Guy

Style vs. Comfort? It is the eternal question – particularly when planes, trains and automobiles are involved. Now, it’s no secret that I have long lamented the fact that travel has lost a good deal of its chic in recent years as far too many people appear to think that anything from pajamas to ill-fitting...
To Travel: Just A Few Great Scarves & A Blanket From Denis Colomb Will Do

To Travel: Just A Few Great Scarves & A Blanket From Denis Colomb Will Do

Here’s my thing…most people either travel for work or for pleasure. But no matter what the reason, is there ever any reason not to travel in style? I think not. (And if that surprises you, then you’ve clearly never read this blog). Now…Anybody who knows me knows full well that I love a scarf and...
Tel Aviv Chic: Meet The Women-Centric Team Of Designers Behind Comme Il Faut

Tel Aviv Chic: Meet The Women-Centric Team Of Designers Behind Comme Il Faut

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” –  Coco Chanel Touché! It’s no secret that Coco Chanel was one of the few design titans who always seemed to get it right when...
My Very Bridal Afternoon In London with Bridal Gown Couturier, Gwen Russell

My Very Bridal Afternoon In London with Bridal Gown Couturier, Gwen Russell

Travel and shopping go together like brunch and Bellinis, like great handbags and Jimmy Choo stilettos…. Like Lady and Gaga. If there’s one thing that should have become clear by now to anyone who reads this blog, it is my firm conviction that shopping is not merely an afterthought related to travel, it is a...
Designing Men: Tim Wildman

Designing Men: Tim Wildman

TIM WILDMAN WILDMAN T, USA By Duane Wells Unlike many of the other underwear brands to pop onto the radar in recent years, Tim Wildman’s saucy, sexy WildmanT(www.wildmant.com) brand began with a caffeine-fueled practical joke, rather than a business plan. Though Tim studied fashion design at Syracuse University and always had an interest in underwear, nothing...
Designing Men: Anderson Prata

Designing Men: Anderson Prata

ANDERSON PRATA ELEMENTOS, BRAZIL By Duane Wells Peruse the sexy, primal, body-hugging styles in Brazilian designer Anderson Prata’s recently launched Elementos(www.elementosbrazil.com) underwear and swimwear lines, and you’d probably never guess they were the brainchild of a former accountant. Urged by his family and unsure of his own passions, Anderson graduated from college with a degree in...
Designing Men: Brian Edgar

Designing Men: Brian Edgar

BRIAN EDGAR EXPOSE, COLOMBIA By Duane Wells Canadian-born Brian Edgar spent years as an executive in the fashion industry working for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and several European brands before deciding to get into the men’s underwear game with the Colombia-based Expose (www.ex­pose­underwear.com). In fact, it was on a trip to Colombia to do sourcing for...
Designing Men: Stephen Ristefsky & Vincent Macheda

Designing Men: Stephen Ristefsky & Vincent Macheda

STEPHEN RISTEFSKY & VINCENT MACHEDA Ristefsky Macheda, Australia By Duane Wells If there’s one thing that Stephen Ristefsky is clear about, it’s that theRistefsky Macheda (www.ristefskymacheda.com) brand is more about sophisticated design, high-end fabrication, and an up-market clientele, than it is about gimmicky, cutesy prints and styles. “We’re not a fun-derwear brand,” co-founder Stephen says plainly,...
Designing Men: Jason Sutherland

Designing Men: Jason Sutherland

JASON SUTHERLAND PISS & VINEGAR, CANADA By Duane Wells As the founder and former president of the hugely popular Ginch Gonch label, Jason Sutherland is no stranger to breaking new ground in the men’s underwear category. Quite the contrary, he’s a bit of a legend in it, but even Jason had no idea that he...