BH stands for Blackwall Hitch

Seated at Blackwall Hitch  A few weeks ago I was invited along with a few others to a dinner at Blackwall Hitch, the new seafood restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. Executive Chef Michael Wagner treated us to his Chesapeake inspired menu and I knew I was in for a treat especially when I saw my initials, BH,  emblazoned throughout the restaurant. Sure the initials may stand for the name of the restaurant but I like to think it they were mine put up as a dedication to me. The steps of Blackwall Hitch DCFashionFool at Blackwall Hitch

Not being a foodie but I like to eat, I was more concerned about what to wear. Dining here is very casual but business attire is definitely appropriate especially if dining right after work. Being the Fashion Fool that I am, I was dressed in a suit. Since its summer, I chose a light gray suit from Theory. I like Theory suits because they can be purchased as separates and are excellent work suits. I paired with a striped shirt from Camiscissima and a red polka tie from Bull + Moose. You can generally find Carmiscissima shirts 3 for $99. I bought mine in Venice but they are also available in the U.S. Bull + Moose offers great ties and got their start here in the Washington metro area. Shoes are by J. Fitzpatrick. Check out his story on his website and follow his blog at the Shoe Snob blog. You’ll become addicted to some great looking shoes.

Bull and Moose bowtie J. Fitzpatrick shoes Even before I tasted the food, the restaurant quickly won me over with its watermelon martini.  Cool and refreshing, it was a nice introduction to the establishment and as a hint of a warning, this cocktail goes down pretty quickly. Next came the dinner, the five course meal was a nice representation of what Blackwall Hitch has to offer and definitely a threat to my waistline. We started with an Antipasto Chopped Salad which was a little different for me for a seafood restaurant but I enjoyed it. Dinner at Blackwall Hitch

Next up were Crispy Soft Shell Crabs. Believe it or not, I’ve been in the Washington area most of my life and have never had soft shell crabs so this was a new experience for me and my friends loved them. However for me, they were overshadowed by the Diver Scallops with a Mushroom Risotto. This was by far my favorite dish.  At this point, I was nearly full but happily unbuttoned my gray Theory suit to make room for the Braised Beef Short Rib and since I had come this far ate the Apple Dumpling as well. I was full and happy. Dinner pt 2 at Blackwall Hitch

Blackwall Hitch has done an amazing job of transforming an old food court into a spacious dining experience combining open space in a compartmentalized fashion.  This design offers more intimate seating and areas can be cordoned off for private functions as opposed to looking like a giant mess hall. The space is quite large. In addition, it has wonderful outdoor seating and is right alongside the water. By the water in Old Town

Details

Gray Rodolf CF jacket and matching Marlo trousers – Theory, Red striped dress shirt – Camicissima, Red polka dot bow tie – Bull + Moose, Black capped-toe oxfords – J. Fitzpatrick Blackwall Hitch

Impromptu pool party look and looking fantastic

 

Pool party look entrance Washington gets hot in the summer and you should always have a good pool party look. The 3 H’s (hazy, hot and humid) dominate the weather forecasts so when a chance comes up for a pool party, I’m jumping at the opportunity.  Just recently, a good friend hosted an impromptu party and there was no way I was not going to take advantage of his hospitality. Finding a great swimsuit was easy, I have quite a few but I needed a great summer look to wear outside of the pool.

Slashing aroungdin a pool party look    Pool party look from behing
Several months ago I was contacted by a new jeans brand to learn more about their premium denim and essentials line. The DSTLD jeans line is the brainchild of co-founders, Corey Epstein and Mark Lynn who wanted to provide high quality clothing at accessible prices. Their direct to consumer strategy along the lines of Jack Erwin or Warby Parker helps to keep the cost down but quality high.

Pool party look entrance

Pool party look  DSTLD’s story sounded fascinating and the pictures of the clothes looked great so I was eager to try some of the styles for myself. The company provided me with a couple of looks and I knew that their cigarette shorts would be an ideal look for a pool party. I’m a fan of a slimmer line for jeans and shorts but as a cycling instructor with larger thighs, I was concerned that the jeans and shorts wouldn’t work for me but I went ahead and selected my normal size.

Pool party look with a fountain  DSTLD boasts a unique bodymapping sizing approach and their clothes fit me perfectly. The cigarette shorts have a nice slim modern cut with a bit of stretch to them. Not only did they look great, they had some give in the fit and they were quite comfortable.  Not surprisingly, these shorts have quickly become one of my go to pairs for the summer.

 

Pool party look pensive  Statement t-shirts are a great look this season and I’m a fan of retro logos or unique prints. For my pool party look, I paired my stone colored shorts with a blue t-shirt with a sporty tangerine star patch from Spahr Clothing. This trendy boutique in Rehoboth, Delaware offers handcrafted clothing and accessories produced in limited quantities.  Finishing with a pair of Kino rope sandals, I’d say, “Mission accomplished,” for my quest for the perfect summer look. Look out for my other looks from DSTLD coming soon.

Pool party look close up from the back

Details

Stone twill cigarette shorts: DSTLD, Blue t-shirt w/path detail : Spahr Clothing. Blue men’s Lily sandals – Kino Sandals; Mirrored sunglasses: Prada

Pool party look at the gate

It was hot in NYC but I stayed cool

  
New York is hot in July and it’s even hotter running around town to catch the many shows taking place during New York Men’s Fashion Week. But with presentations and runway shows from design veterans like Perry Ellis to newer designers like Siki Im, there was so much to see. I wanted to see as much of it as I could so running around town was a necessary evil.   
One of the interesting takeaways from the shows was that many designers are taking a more global approach to Spring/Summer dressing. Weather and climate is different all over the world and designers are embracing this notion. As a result on the runway, we saw darker colors and heavier fabrics in some shows and lighter fabrics and colors in others.    

For the last day of Fashion Week, I opted to stick to the traditional lighter colors and lightweight fabrics. The idea was maintain a tailored look but still look cool jetting from event to event.
  
Suede Ferragamos

 

Details

Tan cotton blazer: Tommy Hilfiger; Pastel plaid linen long-sleeved shirt: Gucci; Stretch white cotton slacks: Theory, White flower lapel pin: Hook and Albert; White aviator sunglasses: Gucci; Light brown suede loafers: Salvatore Ferragamo 

A streetstyle look for the inaugural New York Fashion Week Men

Walking during NYFWM NYFWM streetstyle & ready for the weather The inaugural New York Fashion Week Men was quite a whirlwind. I have to admit I was a little worried that things would go off in an orderly fashion when I went to pick up my credentials and they were still putting together the venue. But low and behold, the powers that be got it done and I got to see some amazing shows. Spring/Summer 2016 should be a good season for me. Inaugural New York Fashion Week Men NYFWM-near ArtBeam The one thing I wasn’t worried about was my fashion game. After lugging up 2 suitcases and a large tote, I knew my choices were up to par. If anything I overpacked but I think I pulled off my looks quite nicely whether I was battling a sudden downpour or trying to remain cool in blazing heat. After all this was the inaugural New York Fashion Week Men.

Walking in Soho Making sure the tie is on point
Lately, I’m loving a double-breasted blazer. It adds a sliming effect and if you’re tall as I am, it makes a nice silhouette. Since it is summer, I opted for white cotton pants. On several occasions, I was asked about wearing whit in the city and if I was worried about getting them dirty. Surprisingly, the slacks held up well with nary a spot even while traipsing across town to a variety of runway shows and presentations. Braving the NYFWM elements NYFWM outfit details

I felt that to make this look pop was to add pattern and color since both my blazer and trousers were solid neutral colors. My choice here was blue and white striped shirt with a yellow flower tie and yellow lapel pin. These were just the added zing to make my look work really nicely. Finishing off my ensemble were spectator shoes and the kicker, a sporty hat. Spectator Shoes by Black Fleece Goorin Bros straw and linen hat

Details/Shop my look

 

Cotton gray blazer with white button detail: Gant (similar); white cotton straight-legged trousers: Gucci; Striped blue and white dress shirt: Polo by Ralph Lauren; Yellow tie with blue floral print: Ermenegildo Zegna (similar), Yellow lapel pin: Hook and Albert; Spectator Wingtips: Brooks Brothers Black Fleece (similar); Straw crown/linen brim fedora: Goorin Bros.(similar)


NYFWM- The complete look

Photos by: Diego Gonzales-Zuniga (@diegodowntown)

Beach time fun in the sun

DCFashionFool on the beach During the summer months, thousands flock to the sands of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for a little fun in the sun. Whether it’s a quick day trip, regular weekend junkets or a lengthy vacation stay, Rehoboth is one of those east coast places to be and been seen.

Dolles by the boardwalk Enjoying Kohr Bros frozen custard The tiny town is packed with all the things needed for a perfect beach getaway: beautiful beach, fun boardwalk, cute shops and boutiques and fine dining. And definitely, no trip is complete without stops to some local institutions such as Grotto’s or Nicola’s for their infamous pizza, Dolles for some saltwater taffy or Kohr Bros for a soft serve cone of frozen custard in a variety of flavors.

Relaxing on the boardwalk Water fountain on the boarwalk Delaware is also known for its tax-free shopping and as such, boasts a series of outlets up and down the city’s main highway into town. While I’m all for a bargain, taking advantage of the fantastic savings can often lead to seeing the same outfits or clothing pieces out on many people all over town.

Back Porch Cafe For my most recent visit to the beach, I chose pieces that you wouldn’t normally find in stores in town but were ideal for a great summer look.  I picked up my polka dot shorts from Whiskey Ginger, the new men’s boutique in Washington, DC. The shorts by Jachs NY, an American company started in 2008, have a great worn look to them and are extremely comfortable.  These shorts work very nicely for me as they were not super slim and fit great through my thighs.

DCFashionFool in JachNY John Varvatos Star USA A statement t-shirt is always on point during the summer. I prefer to steer clear from the “I’m with Stupid” or the lewd statement tees that are so prevalent at many of the tee-shirt shops on the boardwalk. Instead, I selected this fun tee by John Varvatos Star USA. The drumsticks look almost 3-D in person and almost look sewn on.

Walking in Rehoboth

Walking in Rehoboth

Finishing off my look are my Soludos espadrilles which along with a good pair of flip-flops belong in any travel bag when heading off for a beach excursion. Lastly, along with sunscreen, applied liberally of course, also I made sure to grab a pair of favorite sunglasses. These blue ones are by Dior Homme. On the steps of the Blue Moon

Boozy Pies, Bonobos and Burberry

Among-the-barrells On a recent Saturday, a good friend asked me to accompany her to a whiskey tasting and to sample boozy pies. It was a dreary Saturday and I didn’t have much going so intrigued, I took her up on her offer. What we discovered was a fantastic D.C. distillery located right here in our Nation’s Capital. DSC_0561 Fool-by-the-Still

Nestled in an obscure little street right off New York Avenue in Northeast, One Eight Distillery is a young company making vodka, whiskey and gin in Washington, DC. The D.C. distillery was founded by Alexander (Sandy) Wood who gave up a lawyer gig to pursue his passion to distill spirits. The name was derived from Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. constitution which calls for a district to be established for the U.S.

One Eight Products It was pouring the Saturday we went so naturally I dressed accordingly. It was a gray dismal day so I decided to spruce things up a bit. A dash of colors helps to liven up a gray day and my Bonobos slacks in mint green were just the ticket. The pants are available in several cuts: tailored, slim, straight and boot cut. Surprisingly, I found the slim cut fit me really nicely.

DCFool-by-barrel Hidden-amoung-the-barrells I was a little apprehensive about my blazer which I threw over a simple white t-shirt. While I loved the blue floral leaf pattern, the jacket is made out of nylon. It turned out to be perfect for this rainy Saturday. The weather was unseasonable cooler for this time of year and the nylon served as a great water repellent. This Burberry jacket was part of the 100% Bloomingdales collection where the store put together exclusive pieces from several famous designers and brands.

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Gucci-Shoe-Details I slipped on some Gucci loafers to complete my ensemble. Gucci hasn’t changed the shoe’s design in over 60 years. The only difference such as mine, it now comes in a variety of colors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Boozy pies One Eight was a perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday. The D.C. distillery’s whiskey, vodka and gin are delicious and I found the whiskey really smooth and easy to drink. Every Saturday, the company throws open its doors and offers free tastings, tours and food from local food purveyors. That’s why we also got to nosh on boozy blueberry and strawberry pies from Little Red Fox. Still