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Men of Color: Fashion, History, Fundamentals

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What women are saying about MEN OF COLOR:

"He doesn't take fashion too seriously. He doesn't follow the rules. Whether matching from head-to-toe or sporting every color under the sun, he always seems to be having a good time.,you go, boy!" - TYRA BANKS

"From the eroticization of the big, bulky body, as represented by Heavy D or "Biggy" Smalls, to the cross-culture play of Jean-Michel Basquiat, living on the downlow yet wearing his Armani, Black male style transcends class and pulls folks in, seducing because it ain't got no boundaries. It's frontier-wear, ready for the future." - BELL HOOKS

"Sisters have always known that brothers can dress! I'm so thankful Lloyd Boston has brought it all together in Men of Color. From his expert style advice to the hundreds of beautiful photos, this is the book for every man in your life." - PATTI LABELLE

-Interviews and portraits of such notables as Samuel L. Jackson, Tyson Beckford, Jesse Jackson, Savion Glover, George Benson, Isaac Hayes, Bryant Gumbel, Billy Dee Williams, Ahmad Bashad, Reggie Miller, Cornel West, Maxwell, Wynton Marsalis, and Sean "Puffy" Combs

-Contributing essays from such fashion-industry writers as Constance C.R. White (The New York Times) and David Thigpen (Time)

-Foreword by Quincy Jones

-Introduction by Andre Leon Talley

-Straightforward advice on how to evaluate menswear, care for leather goods and accessories, incorporate ethnic elements into traditional dress, and develop individual style through use of color, pattern, and texture

-Source listing and size charts

-300 full-color photographs, both original and archival

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What People Are Saying

Tyra Banks
He doesn't take fashion too seriously. He doesn't follow the rules. Whether matching from head-to-toe or sporting every color under the sun, he always seems to be having a good time.,you go, boy!
bell Hooks
From the eroticization of the big, bulky body, as represented by Heavy D or "Biggy" Smalls, to the cross-culture play of Jean-Michel Basquiat, living on the downlow yet wearing his Armani, Black male style transcends class and pulls folks in, seducing because it ain't got no boundaries. It's frontier-wear, ready for the future.
Patti Labelle
Sisters have always known that brothers can dress! I'm so thankful Lloyd Boston has brought it all together in Men of Color. From his expert style advice to the hundreds of beautiful photos, this is the book for every man in your life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579651121
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 11.49 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author


An authority on image and style, creative director Lloyd Boston was behind many aspects of the corporate and commercial identity of the multimillion-dollar Tommy Hilfiger clothing label for nearly ten years. Formerly Hilfiger's vice president of art direction, Boston is now the on-air fashion editor for NBC's Later Today show.
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From the Author's Note:

Don't flip the brim on a Black man's hat, caress his well-coifed hair, or extend an embrace that may wrinkle his crisply starched shirt. And never, under any circumstances, step on a brother's shoes - a simple "excuse me" will not suffice. Sound harsh? Maybe. But for many African-Americans men living in the twentieth century, garments are considered as valuable as financial portfolios, luxury vehicles, and real estate. Trespassing on the "grounds" that we've called duds, threads, vines, rags, and even gear is more than an invasion of personal space, it's an assault on the only element of our image that we have fully controlled: our style.

Be it social, political, or economic, our struggle for self-expression has left an indelible mark on what the world views as American. In business, politics, sports, and the arts, our influence is undeniable. Our impact on style is no exception.

Black male style has always been more about the "how" than the "what," emphasizing the way an item is worn as opposed to the item itself, and focusing on detail. For a Black zootie in the forties, a high shine on a two-toned wing tip wasn't complete until the excess polish was removed with a toothpick from the shoes decorative perforations. A seventies soul brother could be just as meticulous about the symmetrically aligned, home-braided cornrows he wore to bed at night as he was about the precision-cut blow-out he wore by day. And when break-dancing broke in the eighties, creased pants were as improtant then as they were in forties - in fact, when a hard-pressed crease wouldn't last through the acrobatic feats of this dance craze, b-boys took it upon themselves to stitch in a vertical thrust that made their Lees stand permanently at attention.

Black male style is no coincidence: A lineage of strength and pride filters into fabrics we've sewn, standards we've twisted, traditions we've abandoned, and trends we've ignited. African-American men have developed a science to dressing that has expanded the parameters for all men. Ironically, styles born of a struggle for self-definition have often been whimsically appropriated by mass-market fashion. From Dizzy Gillespie's bebop beret to White beatnik chic; from the street hustle to the uptown player to John Travolat's finger-pointing, disco-dance-floor version in Saturday Night Fever; and, of course, from Michael Jordan's personal preference for longer basketball shorts to their eventual acceptance on and off the court - Black male style always makes its way into the mainstream.

As we are many, we are one. Each of us embraces a style unique to our state, city, town, and even 'hood. We share a common ingredient of orignial expression that can't easily be defined because it manifests itself in so many different ways. For me, to step out the door each day without first having planned my outfit down to the last detail has never been an option. I'm sure this is a typical ritual for most

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Table of Contents


MILES AHEAD

The Suit

Jazz

MEASURING UP

The Pant

R&B

FRONT AND CENTER

The Shirt

Television

FADE TO BLACK

Attitude

Stage & Screen

COOL POINTS

Relaxed Elegance

Sports

ON THE GOOD FOOT

The Shoe

Dance

JUST ABOVE MY HEAD

The Hat

Hip-Hop

SAY IT LOUD

Hair

Rock n' Roll

FACING THE RISING SUN

Ethnicity

Luminaries

IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING

The Details

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    Simply Fantastic

    This book solidifies what African-American men and women have always known, we have style and class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    This Book Is Essential

    I love Lloyd Boston's book, 'Men of Color'. I picked up several as Christmas gifts this season and last at your store and am so happy to see it at barnes&noble.com on sale! I've given it out to friends as graduation gifts, used it as a guide for how-to-shop for my boyfriend for his birhtday (with this book- I never go wrong), and am going to buy him his own for Valentine's Day. This book has been a conversation piece in my home for my uncles, who remembered the styles, as well as my younger cousins who are reinventing the styles. Even my mother! When my mother looks at the pictures of the men dressing in Harlem, she remembers growing up there and recalls stories of my Grandfather and Grandmother that I had never heard before. Thank you, B&N, for making the book available on your site and thanks to Mr. Boston for making the book available in my home!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    The Ultimate Guide On Style

    A true celebration and appreciation of a style and grace that belongs single-handedly to the Black man throughout generations. From Rollins to Quincy to Michael Jordan and Puff Daddy...it's absolutely yummy eye candy for females, and a great guide for any man!

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