Fashionable Gifts for the Trendy Guy on Your Shopping List

Men often get a bad rap for dressing like slouches, especially when what they wear is under their own control. While we all have men in our lives with t-shirts that they’ve owned since the ‘80s; some of us also know men who are trend-setters. The latter can be harder to buy for, as we are anxious to get them something that will please their picky sense of taste. Don’t panic, though, as we’ve got your back (or, really, his back). Read on for fashionable gift ideas for the trendy guy on your shopping list.

A Masculine Man Bag

The man purse is an oft-used punchline but the reality is men need something stylish to store their goodies in just as much as women do. If your dapper dude is a workout fanatic, likes or needs to travel, or commutes into work, he needs a bag that’s both fashionable and functional—and that’s not always an easy task. If you go for a work bag, make sure it suits his work atmosphere and commute, so something leather might not work for someone who gets caught in the rain at least once a week. As for workout bags, you want these to be waterproof on the bottom, stylish on the outside, but also be small enough to store. And when it comes to the weekender, you can’t go wrong with something like this sleek Michael Kors duffle. It’s not the cheapest bag on the market but it will last for a very long time.

A Watch That Works and Wows

If your man is still using his cell phone to tell time, you need to sit him down for a little chat. All grown men should own a watch, and preferably at least one for the active portion of their lives and one that’s more for work and/or going out at night. There are a lot of amazing sports watches that can do everything from tell him where he is if he were dropped in the middle of a desert to timing his next 10-mile hike. If he needs one that will impress both at the office and out at night, check out MVMT leather watches. Bonus: He’ll no longer have any excuses for being late.

Throw Some Shade

Sunglasses are a great gift, as many of us often need them but we don’t think to replace scratched or lost pairs for ourselves. And stylish men like to have a pair for every occasion, so you can’t go wrong. Whether you get him a classic pair of Ray-Ban wayfarers, some sporty Von Zippers for his next time on the slopes, or a pair of classic Burberry sunglasses for the office, he’ll think of you every time he puts them on (and it’s hard to argue with that).

Sneakers

While these have never gone out of style for their pure functionality, there is no doubt sneakers are having a moment. A pair of clean Converse, Adidas, or insanely expensive designer sneakers can even be used in lieu of dress shoes on many occasions. Many men have their groomsmen in these instead of dress shoes on their big days, which surely makes the transition to the dance floor easier. And because they must be clean and flawless-looking to be a proper part of your stylish man’s closet, a new pair of sneaks is never a bad idea. 

He Can Leave His Hat On

Hats are another big part of many men’s lives. While they might not be allowed in the office during the week, he surely dons a variety of them on the weekends. There’s something about a hat that just screams, “It’s time for lounging.” And from a warm beanie for cooler days and/or a ski hat to baseball hats that rep his favorite team and fedoras, there is no shortage of options to choose from.

The trendy men in our lives keep us on our toes when it comes to shopping for them but to that we say: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Buy anything off this list of gift ideas for men and you’ll surely beat Santa at his own game.

InFluential Magazine Hires Jr. Beauty Editor, Veronica Hageman

Veronica Hageman

Veronica Hageman

Austin, TX – March 15, 2017 – President William Jackson of W. Jackson & Associates, LLC and Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential announced today that Veronica Hageman has been named Jr. Beauty Editor to provide direct assistance to Kelli Ponce, Beauty & Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential.

Hageman is a Beauty Consultant and certified Makeup Artist who hails from the Fashion District of Dallas, Texas. With a passion for fashion and all things beauty, she aims to service her clientele with the latest and greatest product trends and techniques on the market today. A graduate of the CMC Makeup School, she specializes in Editorial and Special Events Makeup Artistry. Her brand knowledge and expertise keep her on the cutting edge of the Beauty Industry. With her warm personality and intuition, she brings joy and beauty to every client she meets.

“Veronica’s industry expertise ensures she is well qualified to assist in supporting our goal to bring to our expansive readership, relevant and trending topics related to beauty.  Under Kelli’s and Veronica’s guidance, our Beauty department is positioned for and will work tirelessly to achieve, greater InFluential brand awareness and accomplishments.” said Jackson.”

About InFluential Magazine 

Founded in 2011, InFluentialcaptures emerging trends on the verge of shaping our world as exemplified through avant-garde leaders who inspire us on personal and professional levels. Our benchmark is founded upon identifying key elements that positively define cultural influence and significance. In providing direct insight, resources and direction into what is now and especially what is next, InFluentialestablishes itself as the premiere and trusted source of trends sure to impact the way we live, dream and distinguish our world. In July 2015, the InFluential Magazine brand was expanded with the publication of Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential.

Visit and subscribe to InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential at www.Influential-magazine.com.

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Former Miss Universe Barbara Palacios Announces New Jewelry Collection with Designer Leonardo D’Almagro.

Barbara Palacios

Barbara Palacios

Former Miss Universe Barbara Palacios and Leonardo D’Almagro announce the debut of their jewelry collection,   Barbara Palacios Inspirations by Leonardo D’Almagro.

Bárbara Palacios, Miss Universe 1986, is an internationally acclaimed public figure with a stellar reputation. Her professional accomplishments and her commitment to the empowerment of women have earned her significant recognition and prestige in the Latino community of the United States and in Latin America.

Mrs. Palacios has developed an extensive career as a recognized spokesperson for a variety of companies in the television industry in the U.S. and abroad. She has hosted successful television shows, including the Latin Grammys for five years and Miss Venezuela for seven years. She has also been a vital part of Miss Universe, the Viña del Mar Festival, and Miss USA.

Mrs. Palacios was named one of the most powerful women in 2014, according to Spanish People magazine. Most recently, in 2016, she was honored by the United States Congress as one of the most influential and respected Latina women for her contribution to the promotion of Hispanic culture in the US.

As Inspirational author, Mrs. Palacios works continuously in her presentations and conferences for personal growth and development. She has taken her conferences to many countries, including Mexico, Spain, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala, United States and South Africa.

For her latest project, Barbara Palacios Inspirations, Mrs. Palacios is partnering with a relatively recent arrival on the jewelry design scene, Leonardo D’Almagro.

Mr. D’Almagro stated, “I am extraordinarily honored to be collaborating with Mrs. Palacios on this jewelry collection.” And D’Almagro has hit the floor running, having already received several major accolades.

For example, in 2016 he was the only Hispanic U.S. jewelry designer selected to present a line at Vicenzaoro and Vincenza Dubai. Held in Italy, they are the most important international jewelry trade shows in the world. His collection marked the first time that a Hispanic designer from the U.S. was invited to present a jewelry line at these prestigious events.

And Leonardo did not skip Paris Fashion Week: His line was used to accessorize Binzario Couture.

His brand is becoming increasingly well known; the Miss Mexico Organization has chosen him as an official designer. His jewelry will be used by the official Miss Mexico and Mr. Mexico in all of their pageants at all international events. Miss Mexico, Ana Girault, who represented her country recently at Miss Universe, very often wears Leonardo’s fabulous jewelry.

Leonardo is currently one of 18 semi-finalists–from thousands of submissions–competing to be one of the brands on HSN Project American Dreams. The winner will have his merchandise sold on HSN, the largest shopping network in the U.S.

In addition, Leonardo received recognition by the 2015-2016 Daytime Emmy Awards as a Fashion Editor for his contributions to “Superlatina with Gabriela Natale.”

Many celebrities have accessorized their elegant styles with the Leonardo D’Almagro Jewelry Line. These well-known figures include the aforementioned Gabriela Natale, who wore his jewelry when she received her first Emmy.

Reality TV celebrities LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra from “The Real Housewives of Dallas” frequently wear Leonardo’s jewelry. Two other fans of Leonardo’s jewelry are American TV host Hillary Kennedy and celebrity fashion stylist and TV host Jeannette Chivvis.

Miss Venezuela International, Amal Nemer, wore his jewelry during the Miss International contest, where she won the title of Miss South America International 2016.

Drawing on their complementary backgrounds, both Mrs. Palacios and Mr. D’Almagro are looking forward to a very successful collaboration on the Barbara Palacios Collection.

Mr. D’Almagro stated, “Words cannot express how honored I am to be selected by Miss Universe Barbara Palacios to be the designer for the Barbara Palacios Inspirations Jewelry Collection. As a Latino entrepreneur and Venezuelan, it’s one of the biggest honors I have had in my life.”

PR & Media Inquiries from Mexico: please contact StudioRM7.

Other Inquiries: please contact pr@leonardodalmagro.com.

A Candid Conversation with Rebecca Minkoff

Written by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential

Thursday, September 22, Neiman Marcus (Domain in Austin, TX) hosted a long awaited “sign & shop” event with Rebecca Minkoff; an industry leader in casual luxury handbags, accessories, shoes, and apparel. Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted on women everywhere from downtown to uptown, in the US and abroad. Success is a family trademark as Rebecca runs her multi-million dollar company with her brother Uri Minkoff (CEO).

People often ask “were they nice?” anytime I meet a celebrity. The answer is “yes”. I had the pleasure of speaking with the bag-goddess herself while she was preparing for the event; I was received so warmly.

Rebecca graciously took time out of her hectic schedule to chat with me for a brief Q&A:

Michelle Washington: When you moved from San Diego to New York, how old were you and how did that make you feel?

Rebecca Minkoff: That was scary. I was 18 and it was beyond scary. After moving, I had three years of living in New York, finding my way, finding my group of friends, and getting settled in a job.

MW: In 2005, you took a stab at designing handbags and the “Morning After Bag” was born (designed for friend Jenna Elfman, actress of “Dharma & Greg”), to great success. How were you feeling at this early stage of your career? Is the MAB still one of your favorite bags?

Rebecca Minkoff: I felt like thank God! I was working very hard for 4 years feeling like I was swimming upstream. To finally get a breakthrough on something and have the consumer embrace it and the media love it was exciting, the feeling that all my hard work paid off. The bag still has a huge place in my heart and I’m starting to get a lot of request to bring it back.

MW: Are all of your handbags still produced in the USA; constructed in all Italian leather?

Rebecca Minkoff: About ten percent is still made in New York, the rest is overseas. We still use some Italian leather, but we have really great sourcing where we can get leather goods from around the world. At the end of the day, quality is and also affordability to my customer.

MW: Does it remain your goal to become a complete lifestyle brand for the fashion-forward female?

Rebecca Minkoff: My focus for the brand now is there are significant moments in a woman’s life; a lot of important experiences that a woman goes through (the first day on the job, the first time she quits, the first time she ask for a raise…etc.). We are the brand that you when you want to be more fearless in your choices and take the road not taken.

MW: Do you believe your customer has grown with your product?

Rebecca Minkoff: For sure, the fact that I have an open and honest dialogue with our consumer since the beginning. A constant back and-forth dialogue especially through all areas of social media. We are continuing to expand internationally which is no small feat!

Whether you’re a New Yorker, a New Yorker at heart, or a fierce Fashionista…think fondly of your life moments when you see the Rebecca Minkoff label, because she is always thinking of you.

Shop Rebecca Minkoff: www.rebeccaminkoff.com

 

 

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Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 & The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Written By Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

For one day (Tuesday September 13, 2016), football and fashion met on the same field, or in this case, the runway. What could possibly bring the gridiron and the catwalk together? During the legendary career of former University of Texas football coach Darrell K Royal, he was responsible for successfully leading the Longhorns to three national titles and an overall record of 167-47-5. Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is synonymous with joy and optimism, with glamour and success; exotic designs that create a lifestyle. On the fashion runway of Neiman Marcus (Domain), the common goal for both was fashion with a cause, celebrating the first ladies of football who support the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

“We are excited to celebrate Edith Royal and Vicki Strong, two women who have made tremendous contributions to the Texas community,” said Jenna Leiker, event co-chair. “Edith Royal founded The Darrell K Royal Foundation in honor of her late husband, an organization we are proud to support.”

Coach Royal’s greatest opponent was Alzheimer’s Disease. The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease (established in 2012) represents a commitment to excellence in research and care for Texans and a commitment to cure Alzheimer’s Disease in our lifetimes (www.dkrfund.org).

The fashion presentation featured Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2016 Collection, a stunning series of two major inspirations: art nouveau and glam rock (with a hint of the 70′s): dresses, jackets, capes, embellished denim, maxi coats, and beautiful pantsuits. Cavalli’s Fall show is described as “a dégagé ease” for the “nocturnal adventuresses”, or party lovers, in other words! The art nouveau richness brought with it fabrics such as velvet, lace, brocade, fur, and silk. The color palette featured mid-hues like deep-sea blue, tan, and purple mixed with royal colors like burnished gold, lavender, grape, scarlet, and robin’s egg blue with black. (Fashion images by Ben Porter Photography)

This event proved that fashion has heart and a cause; organized by event co-chairs Jamie Chandlee and Jenna Leiker. Guest were treated to an afternoon of champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and beautiful fashion…a truly great presentation by Neiman Marcus (Domain) and The Society Diaries Magazine; saluting The Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and honoring our First Ladies of Texas Football Edith Royal and Vicki Strong.

Photo courtesy of Stacey Harrell – Left to Right: The Society Diaries Assoc. Editor Rob Giardinelli / InFluential Magazine Publisher William Jackson / The Society Diaries Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan

Celebrating the Art of Fashion

Written by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

Thursday, September 8 was a night of fashion Austin will not soon forget.

To kick off Austin’s celebration of fashion, Neiman Marcus (Domain) and Lexus (Austin & Lakeway) celebrated the “Art of Fashion” featuring Austin Way Magazine’s release of their Fall Fashion issue. Each guest was greeted with the vibrant energy of music as trays of drinks were flowing with delightful cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

The audience received warm words of welcome from Vice President/General Manager of Neiman Marcus Chris Hendel. Editor-in-Chief of Austin Way Magazine Kathy Blackwell delivered a heartfelt presentation honoring the “Drivers of Style” (A.J. Bingham, Ane Urquiola Lowe, Blake Absher, Claire Zinnecker, Jordan Steele, Lauren Petrowski, and Noel Bridges) positive role models making an impact in our community; doing it all with style. Saving the best for last, the pièce de résistance was the fashion…oh my…the FASHION! Decadent luxury designer ensembles for both men and women covered the the runway; a fall feast for the eyes.
(Photos courtesy of Waytao Shing — www.waytaoshing.com)

Neiman Marcus Roberto Cavalli Fashion Show Benefits the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Fundraiser Honors the ‘First Ladies of Texas Football’ Edith Royal and Vicki Strong

Event co-chairs Jamie Chandlee and Jenna Leiker announced August 22 the Neiman Marcus Austin Fashion Presentation featuring the Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 Collection will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 11am at Neiman Marcus Domain. The event will benefit the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and honor the ‘First Ladies of Texas,’ Edith Royal and Vicki Strong.

Jamie & Jenna

Jamie & Jenna

“We are excited to celebrate Edith Royal and Vicki Strong, two women who have made tremendous contributions to the Texas community,” said Jenna Leiker, event co-chair. “Edith Royal founded The Darrell K Royal Foundation in honor of her late husband, an organization we are proud to support.”

The fashion presentation will feature Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2016 Collection, a stunning series of 70s inspired clothing with platform boots, maxi coats and high-waisted pantsuits. Guests will enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres while viewing the fall styles.

“The Darrell K Royal Research Fund has contributed greatly to the state of Texas,” said Jamie Chandlee, event co-chair. “The organization represents the pinnacle of commitment to excellence in research and care for Texans to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.”

Edith Royal’s late husband was Darrell K Royal, legendary coach of University of Texas football from 1957 – 1976.  Vicki Strong is married to University of Texas football coach, Charlie Strong, whose previous track record provides fans with the hope of a return to prominence.

Individual event tickets are $75 each can be purchased online at http://dkrfund.org/neiman-marcus.cfm. For more information, please call 866-946-3606.

About the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Established in 2012, the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease is building a legacy of lasting significance in honor of a man whose contributions to the lives of so many cannot even be measured. This research fund is taking a lead in providing a high profile and increasing national awareness of the disease feared and little understood by people over age 55. With no cure and no drugs available to alter the course of this disease, the DKR Fund is helping advance the pace of research into Alzheimer’s disease, as well as traumatic brain injury. Coach Royal’s courage gives voice and a face to a disease that has too long been hidden behind closed doors. For more information, visit www.dkrfund.org.

London Collections Men: S/S 2017

By: InFluential Magazine Fashion Editor Michelle Washington

LONDON, United Kingdom–There is no denying the creative talent on display at London Collections: Men (June 9th-June 13th). Here is a peek at a few creative selections.

Nasir Mazhar: Bold unapologetic streetwear with high-low fabrics, a color palette that ignores all the rules of spring

Nasir Mazhar: Bold unapologetic streetwear with high-low fabrics, a color palette that ignores all the rules of spring

Agi & Sam: A mix of city meets household domestic chores. Dish washing gloves were a popular accessory for this runway show

Agi & Sam: A mix of city meets household domestic chores. Dish washing gloves were a popular accessory for this runway show

J.W. Anderson: Opening the show with Philadelphia Orchestra's 1978 recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. A surreal fairytale of large and small oddities

J.W. Anderson: Opening the show with Philadelphia Orchestra’s 1978 recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. A surreal fairytale of large and small oddities

Topman: The nostalgia of the great British seaside; heading to the coast for a riotous time

Topman: The nostalgia of the great British seaside; heading to the coast for a riotous time

Lou Dalton: A play upon youthful country hikes as the new urban uniform; nylon sportswear and knitwear that mapped out a routes.

Lou Dalton: A play upon youthful country hikes as the new urban uniform; nylon sportswear and knitwear that mapped out travel routes.

Craig Green: A masculine confident expression of dreams and reality; hopes and dreams and disappointments displayed in deconstructed suits and open seams

Craig Green:
A masculine confident expression of dreams and reality; hopes, dreams, and disappointments displayed in deconstructed suits and open seams

CFDA Awards: Who Made The Grade?

By Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine 

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), founded in 1962 by publicist Eleanor Lambert, is a not-for-profit trade association of over 450 prominent American fashion and accessory designers. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the influence and success of American designers in the global economy. The CFDA is also committed to providing support for established designers. June 6, 2016 marked another year of the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, a star-studded event of fashion celebrities…lets see who made the grade.

B+: Heidi Klum in a floor length black/white Roland Mouret gown. The placement of the "wad" of black fabric...interesting [Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]

B+: Heidi Klum in a black/white Roland Mouret gown. The placement of the “wad” of black fabric…interesting [Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]

A+: Naomi Campbell with the designer of her dress-Brandon Maxwell (from Longview, Texas). Brandon is the newest "it" designer of the red carpet...BRAVO!

A+: Naomi Campbell with the designer of her dress-Brandon Maxwell (from Longview, Texas). Brandon is the newest “it” designer of the red carpet…BRAVO!

 

 

B+: Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer wearing simple and elegant print embroidery motifs [Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]

C+: Alessandro Michele in an eye-catching pink Gucci tuxedo with decorative beading, a unique look that works for him…don’t try this at home. [Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]

A-: Betsey Johnson in a fluid floor length fuschia gown. Bestsey usually loves a bit more showmanship, but this is still a fun dress! [Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]

 

 

Fashion Webitorial: Happy Memorial Day

Written By Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who gave their lives while serving in the country’s armed forces. Observed every year on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. Memorial Day is not only the day when we remember our national heroes and feel extra patriotic, but it’s also the day that marks the official beginning of summer! Check out how to rock a patriotic summer style on Memorial Day!

Photographer: Michelle Louise ©
Hair/Makeup Artist: Jessica Pirkl Lindsay
Styling: Michelle Washington
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