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The Rest of Summer in H&M

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They say that time flies when you’re having fun and this summer has definitely proven that. Whether it was spending time on the beach in Miami, spending a week in Paris, having brunch with friends in Toronto or jetting off to Osheaga in Montreal with H&M this past weekend -it’s been a summer for the books and it’s not even over yet!

I told myself this season I was going to experiment more with my style and embrace a few new trends. When it comes to dressing, I tend to lean more on the street/athleisure style for my day-to-day but I do love dressing up for events and special occasions.

In regards to trends this season, there were a few that really resonated with me; 1. dad sneakers ( I love a chunky sneaker so I wasn’t surprised that I fell for this one), 2. wide leg trousers (ever since my trip to New Orleans, I’ve had a special place in my heart for them so I was excited to see them in stores for SS18) and 3. prints and patterned shirts (this has got to be the trend that I’ve embraced the most).

I don’t know what it is about prints and patterns for me this summer, but they work with everything! You can dress them up, dress them down, tuck them in, wear them out, they can be fitted, they can be loose, you can litterally make them your own!

For some of you guys, you might think it’s too much or feel that it makes you stand out a lot so I wanted to take the time to show you different ways that you can style them and feel comfortable with your look.

I took three different styles of prints/patterned shirts from H&M and styled them three ways! Trust me when I tell you, I had a lot of fun putting these outfits together and have worn each of them out and the feedback was great!

I’ve broken down each look below and shared the occasions that I wore each outfit and I want to challenge you guys to do something! We’ve got one month and a bit left of summer – let’s make the most of it style wise. Try something different with your look, don’t be afraid of colours, or patterns and put yourself out there a little – because I know I will!

Christian  

@christianconfidentialThis outfit is a more elevated way to wear a printed shirt. Instead of a regular Oxford shirt I opted for one with stripes and tucked it in to a pair of white skinny denim. This is an outfit that I wore to a friends celebration brunch but I would also wear it out to watch a tennis match or even a business lunch. It’s clean, it’s stylish and it shows your guests that you know a thing or two about fashion.
@christianconfidentialOxford Shirt Regular Fit | Skinny Jeans | Cotton Fabric Shoes |
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This outfit is a more fun take on wearing prints/patterns. This is for those hot summer days or nights that you’re attending a festival, a concert or an outside gathering! It’s the perfect alternative to a tank or a sleeveless top. It’s a light material so it’s breathable, you can leave it buttoned up or unbuttoned and it looks like you’ve put more thought into your overall look!
@christianconfidentialPatterned Resort Shirt | Skinny Denim Shorts | Cotton Fabric Shoes | Imitation Suede Cap |
@christianconfidentialThis outfit is my look for a nice evening out in the summer! The floral prints make for a great conversation piece and tucking it in to a pair of fitted black denim, elevates the entire look. I would wear this look  to a nice dinner on a rooftop patio or to a nice bar for drinks with friends or even on a date. To me, this outfit is letting people know that you’re confident and that you’re in total control of your personal style.

Relaxed Fit Resort Shirt Skinny Jeans | Leather Belt |
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New York

Behind-The-Scenes+ Runway Moments with Perry Ellis at NYFWM

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As promised in my previous blog post, I have more content to share from my project with Perry Ellis around their latest runway show! If you guys were following along on social media last week, you know that I was in New York for Men’s Fashion Week and working on a cool behind-the-scenes collaboration with Perry Ellis.

The morning of the show, I spent some time in the Perry Ellis showroom going through their massive (and I mean MASSIVE) archive collections to put together a look for the show. I’m not going to lie, I felt like a kid in a candy store with all of the options that I had to choose from. I ended up narrowing it down to my top three looks and with your guys help via Instagram, I opted for the look below.
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The hustle and bustle during a show at New York Fashion Week is like no other! You’ve got a full crew of make up artists, hairstylists, male models, dressers, pr,  photographers, videographers, bloggers etc… it’s nuts! When I arrived, the models were just getting ready to run through their final rehearsal and then  back upstairs for any last minute make up touches and into their first look!

10 minutes before the show began, I made my way downstairs to be seated and catch up with a few of my blogger buddies attending the show.

The show had a very clean and minimal routine for the models, allowing guests to really take in the clothing. I, myself was a huge fan of this presentation, specifically as I felt that it gave a true nod to the heritage of the brand. There was a lot of vintage feels coming down the runway, especially the jackets (which I love) but with a modern twist.

The thing that I liked the most about this collection was that there was something to wear for every occasion in a man’s every day life. It really showed how much thought the creative director Michael Maccari and his team put into it all. .

I can’t wait to get my hands on some of those pieces and see what they come up with next!

Christian 
@christianconfidential@christianconfidentialProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset@christianconfidential@christianconfidentialThe following photos were taken by: Jonathan Hokklo for Perry Ellis
BTS_PE_FW18_0997BTS_PE_FW18_0937Creative Director: Michael Maccari & modelFullSizeRenderPE_FW_2018_LOOK_023I’m in love with these loose fit pants and the neck of this knit sweater!
PE_FW_2018_LOOK_017I will be needing this jacket, it’s so my vibe!
PE_FW_2018_LOOK_014I love the fit of this athleisure look and the colour choices! PE_FW_2018_LOOK_012I’ll take the yellow jacket with black accents in a medium please and thanks! 

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Fragrance

Perry Ellis: A Fragrance Story

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 Every now and then I get the chance to collaborate with a brand that really encourages me to tap into my creative space and create something that’s really different. If you’re into menswear, you’re definitely familiar with the heritage brand Perry Ellis. I remember while growing up and going through my step dads closet and seeing the logo on so many classic staples. You guys know me, I love my edgy statement pieces, my casual cozy pieces and my classic staples.

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Perry Ellis is known for its suiting, contemporary apparel, cutting edge athleisure wear (have you seen their 360 collection?!) and are also pretty invested in the fragrance department. Last month, they came out with their newest scent, Perry Ellis and it’s a solid contender. A scent is personal, it’s a representation of you, and for me, I always choose my scents wisely. Think about it, there’s two things that people will always remember you by, 1. the way you made them feel and 2. your scent. I attach people and memories to scents all the time, kind of how I attach experiences to my favourite songs (PartyNextDoor’s Break From Toronto, will always remind me of my first visit to Paris).

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The new Perry Ellis scent is for the modern day guy that’s a forward thinker, fashion conscious with a taste for classic and heritage style. Notes from Italian bergamot, crushed lavender and infused verbena gives this scent a refreshing finish.

For this project, my team and I wanted to really bring out the values behind this fragrance in a special way. In this short spot that we created with the brand, you’ll see me in my most intimate state that I’ve been on camera to date. I shed a layer or two, and let myself be vulnerable for you guys to get a glimpse into what I aspire for, what I struggle with and what I’ve overcome throughout my journey this far. Believe it or not, one of the most important things that helps build my confidence day to day, is knowing that I’m wearing a fragrance that supports and reflects my ideas and vision.

Christian

For more information or to purchase the latest fragrance offering from Perry Ellis, visit here.@christianconfidential

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Photography by Bianca Scarlato | Video Direction by Tin Mantra Productions | Talent: Shayna Desir + Christian Thompson | Executive Producer Christian Thompson  for Christian Confidential 

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Fashion, Paris

Top Five // AVOC Paris

AVOC FW17-14Hey guys, so I’m still in the middle of going through all of my stuff from Men’s Fashion Week in Paris but I thought I’d share my top 5 looks from the AVOC Paris show with you guys! I’m really into the futuristic wave that the brand is on at the moment. I’ve attended their show for the last three season and I must say that F/W17 is definitely my favourite thus far. I love the primary colour palette they decided to use and the gender neutral pieces they’ve created, it’s totally my vibe.  Peep below to see the full round up (photos are in no particular order).

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Fashion, Paris

Rochas Paris

christian confidential | rochas parisHi guys, so the other day I got the chance to check out the brand Rochas, first ever menswear collection at their office in Paris. Clean, minimal, comfortable along with silhouettes that compliment the wearer, are key words used to describe this collection. That being said, those are also the key words I use to describe my style (aka, I was really into it)! I snapped a few pics to share with you guys, so you check them out below :).

PS. are you as obsessed with the oversized silver/grey jacket as I am? The design + stitching on the pockets give it that extra flare, I couldn’t get over it – it’s also going to be available in two additional colorways!

Christian
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Paris Day 1

christian confidential | paris fashion weekchristian confidential | christian thompsonThree weeks into 2017 and I’m in Paris for Men’s Fashion Week – I really can’t complain! I absolutely love this city, it’s edge and style just completely moves me. I’m not sure if you noticed but recently, I decided to go BLONDE! I’ve wanted to try this for a while now and finally just said fuck it, lets just do it! I had to find the right outfit to debut it and I think this whole look came together perfectly! I decided to pair my new red serrated jacket with a comfy oversized sweatshirt, a pair of wide leg joggers, some high knee socks and some fresh X_PLR’s to complete the look. I hope that you guys are into it as much as I am! Now let’s see how much trouble I can get into over here haha!

Christian

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 What I’m Wearing

Men’s Serrated Jacket – ADIDAS ORIGINALS | Purpose Tour Sweatshirt – URBAN OUTFITTERS | Men’s XBYO 7/8  – ADIDAS ORIGINALS | Solid Knee Socks–ADIDAS ORIGINALS | X_PLR Sneakers – ADIDAS ORIGINALS | Suede Backpack – MANIERE DE VOIR |

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Street Style

Fall Attire

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Guys… did you miss me?! I’m going to just assume that the answer is a hell yes and get straight to the goods. I’m obsessed with this minimal fall/winter look that I put together the other day. It’s clean, it’s edgy and minus the exposed areas around the knees, it will actually keep you pretty warm this season. Recently, I picked up this asymmetrical faux-shearling coat from Armani Exchange and I can’t get enough of it! I think it really brings the whole look together quite nicely making it the statement piece of the outfit. This is a look that can  be worn to a lunch meeting and easily be dope enough to wear for some evening cocktails (minus the tuque).

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What I’m Wearing

Asymmetrical Faux-Shearling Coat – ARMANI EXCHANGE | Black Ripped Skinny Jeans –TOPMAN | Black Faux-Suede Chelsea Boots (old) – TOPMAN | Long-Sleeved Stretch T-Shirt – H&M |

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Street Style

Hashtag #OOTD

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I’ve got a short #OOTD post for you guys, that I think you’ll love! I’ve been really into track suits lately, and this is my latest purchase from Adidas – obviously! It’s one of the latest drops from their fall collection that I’m really feeling. I decided to keep the styling to a minimal and paired the suit with a white tank, some sneakers and a baseball cap. I’d rock this look on one of my many “I just wanna be comfortable days” while doing errands or meeting up with friends!

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Men’s Essentials Superstar Track Jacket 2.0 – ADIDAS ORIGINALS | Men’s White Tank – FOREVER21 | Men’s Essentials Superstar Track Pants 2.0 – ADIDAS ORIGINALS | Men’s Los Angeles Sneakers – ADIDAS ORIGINALS | Denim Baseball Cap – PROJECT X PARIS |

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Street Style

Fall…Is That You?

christian confidential | christian thompsonOkay, okay… don’t hate me but it’s about that time that I start talking about fall fashion on the blog! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE fall – it’s probably my favourite season to dress for but here in Toronto, fall last for about a month and then it’s winter (which 9 /10 times, we don’t see eye-to-eye). I put this look together that you guys seemed to really like on social media – yaaas! Denim + oversized anything are my best friends and play very well together around this time of year. I completed this look with a pair of brown Chelsea boots  that I’m currently obsessed with! If you see me repeat this look a few times, try your best not to judge me haha!

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What I’m Wearing

Denim Jacket (old)- H&M| Ripped Denim (old) – H&M | Oversized Sweatshirt – COS | Special Edition Brown Leather Three Buckle Ankle Boots –ZARA |