Sure, he might have already received the title of ‘Order of the British Empire’ for his services to drama — but Idris Elba has now been crowned Sexiest Man Alive!
From his breakthrough role in America as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO’s hit series The Wire to his commanding portrayal of Norse God and Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor franchise, the British heartthrob, 46, has become one of Hollywood’s biggest — and sexiest — stars.
So what did Elba think when he first heard about his latest title? “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’” the actor tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”
Elba is PEOPLE’s 33rd Sexiest Man Alive, joining a long list of Hollywood’s hottest, starting with a then-29-year-old Mel Gibson in 1985 to last year’s pick Blake Shelton.
Though he was an athlete at his all-boys school in London, playing first-string football, basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby, the actor insists he went through an awkward phase first. “I was very tall and skinny,” says the 6’3″ Elba. “And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay? I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”
When he’s not being one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, Elba might be deejaying in Ibiza, kickboxing in Thailand, or designing his own clothing line, not to mention planning his wedding to his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre, 29, a model, to whom he proposed in February. But picking the happiest moment of his life is easy.
“Being witness to the birth of my children is the biggest and best thing ever,” says Elba, who has a 16-year-old daughter, Isan, and a 4-year-old son, Winston (both from previous relationships). “I’m super doting, big hugs, kisses, lots of love-yous. I’m sure my daughter’s like, ‘All right Dad, chill out.’ My son is still at that age where he loves a cuddle.” ***
“Idris joins acting icon, Denzel Washington, as one of only two (2) African American men to ever grace the cover of People Magazine, with this distinction. Denzel was named People Magazine’s – Sexiest Man Alive, back in July of 1996! Some twenty years later in 2016, People Magazine honored another actor of color, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, with this title. Stay-woke America… Good-looks, beauty, style, class, and talent, comes in ALL shades. As a black man, we will take this recognition for Dris graciously!!! In my culture, when one ‘wins’, we all win!”
Any halfway decent coat should keep you from turning into a human icicle — but staying warm, dry, and stylish simultaneously takes a bit more thought. Fads, by definition, come and go. Instead of focusing on the trends of the day, we’ve focused our attention on six coat styles that have stood the test of time. Use the information here to educate yourself on the history and anatomy of these classic coats. Once you’re familiar with the basics, you’ll have the tools you need to invest in a coat so timeless that your children will be fighting over it after you’re long gone.
The pea coat is a thigh length double-breasted coat popularized by the navy, designed to shield seamen against the biting chill of the open sea. To this day, its nautical origins have stuck and many modern pea coats have anchors engraved on the buttons. A pea coat features a double-breasted button closure with a wide notched collar and lapel. Traditionally these coats are made of heavy, scratchy melton wool in either navy or black. As the years have gone by the wool used in making pea coats has softened and the colors available have broadened.
The pea coat allows the wearer to transition from formal to casual with ease. Shrug it on over a T-shirt and jeans and it instantly adds a component of laid-back sophistication. Wear it with a button-up shirt and a pair of slacks and it fits in seamlessly. If you’re just beginning your coat collection, a black pea coat is a perfect place to start; it’s timeless, versatile, and warm.
Trench coats trace their roots back to World War I, where they were named after the very trenches they were worn in. Thomas Burberry designed trench coats for the British military and later implemented his own special water-repellent fabric known as gabardine. This new fabric was sturdy, lightweight, weatherproof, and could easily be worn over everyday wear. Because of gabardine’s numerous positive attributes, the trench coat transitioned easily from military attire and into mainstream fashion.
The trench coat is traditionally a long coat that extends to the shins, is double-breasted with wide lapels, and is belted at the waist. A key characteristic of the trench is the numerous details in its construction. A wide vent extends across the back of the coat to allow for more movement and the shoulders are often graced with decorative epaulets. Belting on the cuffs is also common as well as a turndown collar, usually worn flipped upwards. Although a double-breasted closure is traditional, single-breasted versions are also available.
Trench coats pair well with both casual and formal attire and make a great all-weather all-occasion coat. Whether you’re an aspiring heartthrob, à la Humphrey Bogart, or a mysterious sophisticate, à la Inspector Clouseau, the trench coat is an iconic and a solid coat choice. A word of warning: wearing a trench coat when the weather doesn’t warrant it may have you looking like you’ve got something to hide. Anyone wanna to buy a watch?
Due to the fact that an overcoat is intended to be worn over a standard suit, it tends to feature a wider cut. Generally, an overcoat is constructed of high-quality wool fabrics that are designed to withstand harsh weather. Its original construction includes a single-breasted closure, notched collar, flap pockets, and a welt pocket at the chest. When an overcoat is lighter in weight and intended for less extreme weather conditions, it is often called a topcoat. When it is heavier in weight it is sometimes called a greatcoat.
The overcoat has a minimal and features little in the way of ornamentation. This simplicity is the reason that it pairs well with most suits. Because this coat is intended for more formal affairs, a dark or neutral color may prove to be a more versatile investment. Though subtle in its styling, this classic coat has graced the shoulders of some of history’s most intriguing characters. Al Capone, for one, was known to don this number over his classic pinstripe suits during his devious dealings in Chicago.
The car coat was initially designed to keep drivers warm from the wind while driving old fashioned open cars. Its slight A-line cut and wide cuffs were intended to allow a full range of motion while driving. The car coat is customarily made of heavy wool and features a flat front placket over its closure to shield from wind and rain. A typical car coat is thigh-length with a straight collar and two welt pockets. The type of closure varies between a zipper and buttons, though buttons are most common.
The car coat is a utilitarian coat that isn’t heavy on the details but gives stylish minimalism to any outfit. It can easily be dressed up or down and is a great basic for your everyday adventures.
The duffle coat adopted its name from the rough and tough wool fabric it was originally made of: duffel. Like many coats, the duffle coat owes its popularity in modern day fashion to its military origins. Duffle coats were a garment of the British Royal Navy during World War I and II and its iconic toggle closure was designed to be able to be fastened and unfastened while wearing gloves out at sea. This coat usually has three to four toggles known as “walrus teeth” that are fastened with leather or rope loops. Its oversized hood was originally designed to allow room for a naval cap to remain on underneath. This coat also features a buttonable strap at the neck and two patch pockets. Besides the toggles, a defining characteristic of the duffle coat is its fuzzy tartan lining. Modern versions of this coat usually end at about hip-length, although more original versions extend to the knee.
This coat is usually worn casually because its bright characteristics would drastically dress down a formal outfit. The duffle coat is perfect for running errands or grabbing drinks with a friend.
When it comes to weathering the elements, the parka is king. It was initially conceived by the Caribou Inuit to cope with extreme Arctic climates during hunting expeditions. Back then, parkas were constructed of caribou or seal skin. The parkas of today are made from lightweight synthetic materials and lined with down. These updated materials have added bulk to the original design and contribute to the modern parka’s puffy look. It is not uncommon to hear a parka referred to as a “puffer” coat. A parka ranges in length from waist-length to knee-length and generally features a large and fur-lined hood and a zipper closure.
Though some use the words “parka” and “anorak” interchangeably, this is inaccurate. An anorak is technically a pull-over jacket as opposed to the parka’s open-front coat structure.
The parka creates a sporty look best suited for casual attire and makes for a fantastic outer shell to your other cold-weather layers. You won’t want to find yourself caught in a blustery snowstorm without one.
After the purchase of a tailored suit and a great pair of dress shoes, a classic coat should be the next item to check off your list. Staying warm and stylish is effortless when you select one of the iconic coats mentioned above. Which style will you be adding to your closet next?
American design house Coach has announced actor and producer Michael B. Jordan as the first global face of the Coach menswear business. His partnership with Coach will include global advertising campaigns for men’s ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrance, beginning with the spring 2019 season. The partnership will also include special design projects with creative director Stuart Vevers and philanthropic endeavors with the Coach Foundation.
Founded in New York more than 75 years ago, Coach began as a men’s accessories brand and has built its reputation on leather innovation and craftsmanship. Today, it is a global fashion brand defined by a free-spirited attitude rooted in New York City. Jordan, a star who is redefining Hollywood standards as a leading man and producer, creating opportunity and empowering the careers of others, is also a long-time friend of the brand and shares Coach’s belief in the modern American Dream and values of optimism and inclusivity.
“I’m honored to be joining the Coach family and have so much respect for Stuart Vevers’ vision,” said Jordan. “I’m looking forward to jumping into the creative process and exploring fashion through a different lens.”
“Michael is cool and authentic, and he really embodies the Coach guy,” added Vevers. “I’ve had the chance to get to know Michael over the last couple of years. He always looks great in Coach, so it felt really natural to build our relationship.”
AARP Presents “FROM PASSION TO PROFIT” Webinar!!!
I had the pleasure of participating in a wonderful webinar in Washington, DC, on Tuesday April 18, 2017. The AARP webinar entitled “From Passion to Profit”, was all about people learning how to turn their passion into a business venture.
I was honored to share the panel with two other incredible entrepreneurs, Andrea Viera of www.nailsaloon.com, located in D.C., and Amy Reed of www.woofies.com, located in Ashburn, VA. The webinar was hosted by renowned musician and wine producer, Marcus Johnson, the founder and owner of www.flobrands.com.
If you didn’t get a chance to tune in, I have attached a video from the webinar, in which some great information was shared for anyone thinking of turning their passion into a profitable business. If you have yet to try Marcus’ Flo brand wines, they are absolutely incredible! And as always, visit us a http://www.alanmichaelsdesign.com, for all of your custom menswear needs.
Michael Alan Humphrey Sr.
“NOW THAT’S BILL BLASS STYLE!”
“Style is primarily a matter of instinct!” Bill Blass
Bill Blass was a heralded American fashion designer of both men’s and women’s wear, who graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York. He was a 7-time Coty Award winning designer, who was also honored by FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), with it’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
I have always loved his quote regarding ‘style’, but is that to say, either you have style instinctively/intuitively, or you don’t? I don’t think so, as I do believe that developing great style is something that can be taught, encouraged, and/or self-enhanced! I truly believe that either through classroom training, great mentors, self-education, learning from history, and practice, the ‘intuitiveness’ that accompanies great style, can be attained by those eager and open to learn. I am ALWAYS learning!
It is important to note above all, that style is relative, as it’s definition is not the same from one individual to the next, and that too should always be respected! Know the greats, learn from their iconic ways and design aesthetic, spend some time in a museum, read, take in a Broadway or Off-Broadway show, travel to experience different cultures, read some more, and develop and nurture your own stylistic genius and instinct!
“NOW THAT’S STYLE!”
These are a few tips on how to tailor an ‘off-the-rack’ with your local alterations-oriented tailor or seamstress. It makes a huge difference in the look of your suit, if it is not custom-made, so make sure to identify a great local tailor. Having a qualified tailor as a part of your style-team is essential.
Kenneth Cole Is Shutting Down All Of It’s Outlet Stores
by Madeline Farber – November 13, 2016, 2:30 PM EST
If you love Kenneth Cole outlet stores, you better shop fast: The fashion retailer is shutting all of them down within the next six months.
Closing its 63 outlet stores comes as the company is “focusing its efforts on its e-commerce site and international business,” Kenneth Cole CEO Marc Schneider first told Bloomberg. Once closed, the retailer will only have two-full priced stores left in the U.S.—one in New York’s Bowery neighborhood and the other in Arlington, Va.
“As we continue on our path of strengthening our global lifestyle brand, we look to expand our online and full-price retail footprint across the globe,” he said. “We need to focus our energies and resources to better serve the consumer on their terms.”
Although the company will continue to sell its merchandise online and through other retailers, Kenneth Cole is looking to licensing deals to generate revenue from its name, Bloomberg reports.
As more spending moves online, other fashion retailers—like Michael Kors, Coach, Ralph Lauren, and Fossil—have also closed down many of their storefronts in recent years.
Kenneth Cole opened its first store in 1984 on New York’s Upper West Side, just two years after the brand was created, according to Bloomberg.
I was born and raised in North Carolina, to parents with not a lot of money, but great style, resourcefulness, and an understanding of the power of exposure for their children! My hometown was a consummate ‘college-town’, invaded each school-year, by students from all over the country, infusing their way of dress, musical taste, and their various hometown culture ans ways into the microcosm of our extraordinarily diverse world that was campus life at North Carolina A&T State University. What an incredible breeding ground to further develop my own personal style, which may not have developed as expeditiously, without the influence of my classmates.
But it was my early experiences with my parents, their constant encouragement to explore, our unlimited exposure with what means we had, and my personal desire to ‘stand-out’ and be seen and heard, that made my move to New York City, a non-thought, easy, some 10 years after finishing my graduate degree.
My first day in my new career in New York required that I take the subway to work, just four train-stops away in Mid-town, and it was during that 20 minute ride, that I heard some eight different conversations occurring between my fellow commuters, and they were speaking eight different languages. It was then that I realized, “Toto, we’re NOT in Kansas anymore, and that my excitement of this new adventure, was going to take me places physically, mentally, culturally, and even stylishly, that I had never been before.”
I came to New York with what I knew was great sense of style, but it was SURELY 20 years living in the City, the world’s, cultural and fashion epicenter, that molded and shaped the current day Michael Alan Humphrey Sr., as well as Alan Michaels Design. But you can’t build ANYTHING without a foundation, so I am forever grateful to my family, hometown family in Greensboro, North Carolina (Greatest place to grow up in the world), my beloved NCA&T State University, Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s Alpha Nu Chapter, and United Institutional Baptist Church and Mount Zion Baptist Church, for being my foundation!
Thank you God for blessing me, and hold on world, “I’m just getting started!”
Michael Alan Humphrey Sr.