From Football to Fashion 

Football, (soccer to Americans) is called “the world’s sport” and “the beautiful game”. As football players gain celebrity status, it is no wonder that they become supermodels or brand ambassadors to some fashion brand. Since the days of Pele, the world has looked at football players not only for the latest in style but also for inspiration. As the worlds of sports and fashion have been intertwining over the years, it can be said that football and fashion go hand in hand.

Some of the most popular players have their own clothing line or have a collaboration with fashion brands. We’ve all drooled (hopefully just us girls) at Cristiano Ronaldo’s underwear line CR7 and David Beckham’s collection with H&M. Following their footsteps at only 28 years old, is our very own Donald Guerrier, left midfielder of Haiti’s national football team.


After opening a store in Poland last year, Donald Guerrier opened a second store this March in the city of Alnyaspor Turkey where he is currently residing and playing for the Alnyaspor football club. His newest 77 Collection showcases his latest designs in sports and casual wear.


I’ve had the chance to meet and talk to Donald regarding his new 77 collection, and here is what he had to say:

FA: What does fashion mean to you and how did you get from playing football to having your own clothing line? What inspired you to have a clothing line?

Fashion means a lot to me, I love clothes in general and Cristiano Ronaldo is my favorite soccer player, and my inspiration in both football and fashion. The idea of having my own clothing line came from my mom. She pushed me to have my own line and together we came with brand name DG 77 at first, and eventually changed it to 77 Collection (pronounced 7 to 7) as 7 is my number.


FA: Do you design your own collection?

Yes they are my own designs, I designed the collection myself. And it’s taken me some time to come with the perfect name 77, to make it simpler and nicer.


FA: Does your Haitian heritage influence your designs?
Euhh… Not really, only my mom  gave me some ideas for my collection, but my Haitian heritage does not really influence my designs.


FA: What kind of material do you use for your collection?
I’m using 100% cotton

FA: What is your favorite piece in this collection?
*laughs* Actually I don’t have a favorite one, I love all of them!

FA: How often do you plan on releasing a new collection?
Every two weeks we have new styles and new designs coming


FA: How would you describe your personal style?
I like complicated clothes, distressed clothes to be exact. I like T-shirts with holes in them that look destroyed.

FA: What is your favorite item of clothing? And what’s a must have in your closet?
T-shirts and jackets! In my closet I must have white T-shirts, I love white T-shirts.


FA: What are your future plans? Are you planning to open another store somewhere else?
I’m planning to open a store in the U.S. I’m working towards that because a lot of people from the U.S are interested in my designs.

FA: Would you want to work on a line for women as well?
Yes I am thinking about it a clothing line for women, it is in my future plans and also kids’ clothes

FA: Are we going to see any of your collections in Haiti?
Yes, last year I brought my collection to Haiti but it wasn’t as successful back then but it is in my plan to bring my designs back to Haiti and eventually open a store in Haiti.


Carl Eric Jabouin on his Style, Inspiration and being Haiti’s Summer “IT” Guy

This summer, we decided to be a little different in picking our “IT” person. We tend to look at women when they walk in a room, and we’re all about celebrating female form. This time however, we met a unique Haitian we felt earned this spot. With his Basquiat-esque looks, and Pharell swag meet Carl Eric Jabouin… Summer’s IT guy!

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He is a man of few words, armed with a sharp tongue, and quirky opinions. Carl Eric is a breath of fresh air indeed.

photo 4When did you become a fan of fashion?

I’ve always been a fan of fashion, I just never knew it. When I was younger I even used to dress my dad every morning telling what I liked and what didn’t.

What draws you to fashion?

I just love looking good. It gives me confidence.

 What is your favorite item of clothing?

I’m a shoe guy.

Do you follow trends or do you prefer to have a timeless style?

I like to think I have my own style doesn’t matter if it’s the trend or not. If I like it, I will wear it no matter what people think about it.

Who is your favorite designer?

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Who is your biggest fashion influence?

I look up to Pharrell Williams and Will-I-Am. Clean cuts, bold colors and effortless.

What is your favorite girl’s clothing item?

I can’t say I have a favorite women’s apparel favorite. But I do love a girl who embraces different styles and changes her look up often. I like women with bold fuchsia hair, it’s sexy and shows confidence.

How do you decide what to wear?

On the spot. It’s easier that way.

 

Meeting this humble young man with a flare for fashion was a pleasure. His style reflects his unapologetic uniqueness. A quiet and cool confidence is always in. Whether roaming the streets of Montreal or spotted in Haiti, look out for this one!

 

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Menswear OOTD

To me women in men’s clothing allure a certain je ne sais quoi. And let’s be honest, us women wear anything better than men.   

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I’m wearing H&M men’s long sleeve shirt, André wedges and Juicy Couture bag.

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When Haiti meets the Upper East Side

We all love weddings.

The exchange of vows, the first dance

Our favorite part is the dressing up: Ladies in gowns, men in tuxedos…

Or like this one … a la Chuck Bass

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5 things you should STEAL from your Boyfriend’s closet

So we all know how sexy women find androgyny, and menswear becomes a “must” in our closets. We love boyfriend jeans, suits, bow ties etc. Unfortunately, our counter parts tend to think… well “Eww”. Here are a couple of guy clothes you can pull off all the while looking hot for your man.

1. His Tees and shirts

image_123photo_123Oversize shirts are always stylish. They are understated and clean. Be it to stay home, or quickly throwing it on to rush out of the house.

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2. His Jacket

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3. His Hats and his watch

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I personally love men’s watches. All women should wear them because they make such a statement.

4. His sunglasses

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5. His perfume

OK this isn’t a clothing item, but the chemicals react differently with your skin, and the musky scents are very sexy.

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Resan: Welcome to the Future

Resan, literally meaning “recent” in Creole, but redefined by Haitian band T-Vice, as “fresh”, is their new single that has everyone adding the urbanized word to their everyday vocabulary.

T-Vice, one of the most popular bands in Haiti, celebrated their 21st anniversary last weekend. Their countless singles and Carnaval songs have consistently been hits and have always led thousands of fans to sing along in every concert and ball. Their new single, Resan, is no exception.
image3With a futuristic theme of the year 2033, the music video redefines the image of the Konpa group as edgy and although having been around for 21 years, proves nothing less that they are in fact resan.
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Transporting us to the future, the video starts off with the band members dropping from an alien spaceship on metal motorcycles with a futuristic new age look and dare we say it… Punk Rock! Leather jackets, spiked boots and cuffs, completely black shades, are all essential components of the desired look. The new age appearance is not limited to the band; the girls in the video are wearing all black, leather and punk attire as well. But nothing says future fantastic like extreme cat eyes and funky-colored lipstick such as purple, blue and bright pink.
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What’s more, the Haitian group, took a futuristic concept to set a trend going worldwide. Punk, is coming back this Fall as it’s been on every major runway for this upcoming season. So hear us now fashionistas: grab those black leather jackets and rock those spikes and cuffs. Turn heads in a good way. As for our fashionistos: leather, leather, leather! No man can go wrong with a good leather jacket. It’s stylish while still allowing you to remain manly.
Reflecting this current trend in their video, T-Vice proved how “fresh” and “Resan” our little island really can be.
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GET THE LOOK:
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Boots           Necklace              Earrings               T-Shirt                  Jeans                  Jacket
Check out T-Vice’s video Resan : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKP0m5WoJUU

Invasion

     Was that a party or what? Invasion my friends, was a crazy spectacle for the ears with DJs K9, Bernard Chauvet, Franco the Saint, and Joachim Garraud, special guest from Paris (ou lala), but let’s face it, dear fashionistas and fashionistos, the party was way more of a mind blowing experience for the eyes. Haiti’s first 3D party was a success, and all the props and applauds go to Black Palm Events and its amazing team. The stage made of LED lights gave a HiDef surpassing all expectations (Were we really on EDH?), and for the first time, Fashion Ayiti was there to capture all of the best fashion moments.

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We all know (because we’ve been there), that most of us go on big shopping sprees right before December and the summer season. We feel for our wallets, and throw a tiny b**** fit when someone else bought the exact same thing. It was all apparent at Invasion. We saw some crazy combos, some slick outfits and lots and lots of short jersey dresses.

Guys in interesting pants... Yay!

Ladies, as much as it pains us to admit, the guys took this one. We saw a lot more originality, sleekness and all around swag from the men. Yes you’re gorgeous and your legs go on for days, but we wish you would take more risks with fashion.  Short doesn’t necessarily mean fashionable and more coverage leaves more things to the imagination. We now give a small round of applause to the guys who truly set themselves apart, made this night a little more vibrant and showed us the true meaning of personal style.

Talk about individuality

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The Great Gatsby and The Roaring 20’s Fashion

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If you love glitz and glamour, you are in for a treat with The Great Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann’s

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adaptation of the American Classic is faithful to the book, and although it is often criticized for it’s lack of subtlety , we are not movie critics. The fashion however, is breathtakingly beautiful. The Great Gatsby is a love story, a journey of hope, the American dream and it’s criticism. The characters are all beautiful and seemingly naive, but as the story progresses the facades break and we glimpse into what truly motivate them, whether it be love, greed or obsession (all of the above?).

The movie in itself is visually stunning, and exuberant as is Baz Luhrmann’s style. So it comes as no shock that the clothing is era appropriate in all it’s glory. Daisy Buchanan, IMG_2412played by Carey Mulligan is the main fashion focus of the movie (although certainly not the only). Between the iconic flapper dresses and jeweled headbands, she is the picture perfect of a wealthy young woman in the 20’s. Mulligan gives the character depth behind the sequins and diamonds which could have engulfed another actress into a primarily vapid character.

The 1920’s, often under-appreciated in men’s fashion history, was an era of extravagance, luxury and indulgence.Nowhere in recent media has inspiration from this era been better portrayed than in Baz Luhrmann’s, The Great Gatsby.

In the movie, high-waisted slacks, double-breasted suits and waistcoats are staples that exude class,wealth and status. These garments were usually monochromatic and in shades such as creams, whites, light blues and pastels. Accessories such as pocket squares, pocket watches and boutonnieres were also very popular. For days on sea or by the beach, men opted for retro swimmers and IMG_2448straw boaters. Wide-legged trousers, known as “Oxford bags” at the time, were starting to gain popularity as well as shawl collard cardigans and cable knit jumpers.

As for the hair styles of the Roaring Twenties era in Gatsby, the popular choices were licked hair and smooth side and center parts, usually shorter on the sides and longer on top and held back with a greasy product to keep the hair out of the face. Trimmed mustaches and beards were also in style.

The recent release of The Great Gatsby has caught the eye of many designers and we can look forward to the style from the movie and other styles of the “Roaring Twenties” to influence the new trends and inspirations for menswear in the coming months.

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Written by Dane and Alessandro B.

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OOTD: Light green pants, a simple white V and retrosuperfuture glasses

Suits for the Fall: Pinstripes

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Men’s trends are not as closely followed as women’s trends, and when they are, they don’t change drastically like women’s do. This fall, however, GQ magazine has pointed out that we are noticing a growing trend for men: pinstripe suits.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Pinstripes = Bankers = 80s Wall Street

No, this comeback in menswear has a more refined look with a touch of European flair: more fitted to the body and less bulky, either in British structure or in Italian tailoring. Add your special touch to this classy look by pairing it with either a colored shirt, a horizontal-striped tie, or bold printed socks.

Perfect example: Victor Cruz from NY Giants

Or for a more casual look:

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