The Legend and Newbies

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The Legend – Marcus Clark

A “Phenom” amongst the model industry, still in the game of runway modeling with a twenty year career presenting the most sought after men’s fashion. This year Marcus will be the first male model to receive the “Living Legend Male Model” award, presented at the 6th annual Black Men Rock Image Awards. Should we bow down, shake his hand, give two snaps, or just shower him with never-ending hand claps.

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Vintage Runway Captures – Marcus Clark

The first male model to sign with Jacobby Debouvier in 1998. I personally love the vintage still shots of young Marcus, the swag in his walk was pure fire, along with those sexy facial expression’s; Ladies…what say you?

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Model – Christian Samonte Cimafranca

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Model – Miguelito Ortiz

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Model – Rich Micucci 

The “NEWBIE” talent for season two of Male Fashion Week Virginia left the audience speechless, even maybe a little mesmerized. I like to refer to the newest aspiring models as newbies, please consider this a term of endearment. I’m sure all of the many runway designer’s would agree with me as I scream…Bravo, you guys added a indescribable element of ~Je Ne Sais Quoi~ to each and every show. Pictured above, may be the ones to watch, however, all the newbies were amazing.

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Models – Jared Jalil Howe and Rich Micucci Relaxing before the next show…

Congratulations again to the legend Marcus Clark, we wish you the happiest of moments when you accept your award this year. 

Author: Dakota Somerville

Inspiration: Male Fashion Week Virginia 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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MFWVA “2018” Fiercely Snatched My Edges

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Ron Cooke – Fashion Commentator / Producer and Mario Daughtry – Reckless Clothing Line

Men’s Fashion Week Virginia had a very successful run for its season two, the weather co-operated making it inviting to get out and attend many of their fashion events. Virginia is officially on the map as one of the hottest locations for fashion extravaganzas. Special hand claps go out to designer/stylist Roxanne Smith, being the only female presenting her designs was truly a black girl magic moment.

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Models: Dapper Luq, Erik Castano, Marcus Clark, Rich Micucci, Sanford Gunn, and the Newbies 

The 2018 kick off event Good Life – Still Life was presented at Upscale Men’s Fashion, hosted by The Dapper One and Erik Suave. When I tell you my edges got snatched all the way out, baby girl was in awe…the spring colors, diversity and male model inclusion had me literally and figuratively captivated to the fashion gawds.

I was unable to attend every event on the fashion weeks schedule due to my nine to five obligations, however, according to social media, it looks like every designer and stylist hit their mark.

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The beautiful Pagoda Gardens in the historic neighborhood referred to as Ghent located in Norfolk, Va., was a perfect setting for an outdoor fashion show. All the attendees swooned at the sight of each classic models attire, accompanied by every mans best friend. I absolutely fell in love with the floral backdrop, adding a touch of elegance as each model stepped onto their separate pedestal for viewing. 

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The Finale: Models line up and final walk

The “Collector Norfolk” hosted the grand finale of Men’s Fashion Week 2018 in eclectic style, just what “Saturday Nights” are made for. Vibrant colors, trendy patterns, sexy designs hit the runway bringing the audience to a complete stare. Special snaps to all the designers who presented their hard work for season two, you all are the talent behind the fashion scene. 

BRAVO…BRAVO…BRAVO, Men’s Fashion Week Va, you have let the world know we are popping with talent, style and class!!!

Author: Dakota Somerville

Designers:

Alfa Custom Clothier’s, Upscale Men’s Fashion, Stark & Legum, Andrew Nowell, Reckless Clothing Line & Others

Photo Credit:

Jacobby Debouvier, Sherry Henry & Diana Ramos

Stylist: Patricia Rountree & Others

 

A Well Dressed Valentine

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……Mr. Jared J. Howe in all his eclectic glory

First of all what do you see? Are you captivated by the glow of love that permeates from every angle?

A well dressed Valentine may be only a far-reaching dream to some, yet for others, he’s just the cool guy who lives next door. Effort has always been sexy, a well-groomed bearded gentleman who can wear red like this deserves all the two snaps and hand claps, from any fashion critique.

The glass reflections give an amazing hue of every tone, every color reaching out on a universal vibe of love me, love me long time…for the writer in me, I find this photo to be extremely poetic, somewhat magical in still form, like a special “Valentine” should be!!!

Author: Dakota Somerville

Male Model: Mr. Jared J. Howe

Styled By: Miguel Suits 

Event: Heartbeat ❤ Gala 

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VA *Battle of the Beards* Launch Party

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VIP Balcony Beard Aficionado’s

Hampton Roads kicked off its official battle of the beards competition on Saturday, December 2nd at the soulful Jhane’s lounge, located on Granby street in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Upon entry, all female guest were greeted with a warm ambience filled welcome from the classic man himself, Mr. George Berry, followed by event directives from a very organized team including a professional photographer.         BEARD9

Keyzia Hendricks-Actions Speak Louder TV, George Berry & Team

This is just the beginning of the beard lifestyle events here in the area, stay linked via social media and be sure to come out and enjoy the quarterly celebrations, beard contest, music and food, all leading up to the ultimate beard festival in October 2018, slated to be the biggest bearded event in all of Hampton Roads.

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…BATTLE OF THE BEARD CONTESTANTS GAVE ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LADIES AN EYE POPPING EXPERIENCE AND I PERSONALLY ENJOYED EVERY SINGLE SALACIOUS MOMENT.

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A well-groomed beard attracts the attention of many who appreciate the art of beard life connoisseur’s, it’s all a matter of taste and style.

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…The ladies in the building displayed a level of energy you might compare to a front row seat at the hottest NBA Basketball game.

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HOSTESS ALIROSE PATTERSON & BATTLE OF THE BEARDS CONTESTANTS

…Bravo to the fabulous queen in all white, the impeccable Alirose Patterson, as she sashayed the event floor, slaying every movement with her black girl magic.

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Congratulations to the Virginia Beard Fest committee for an unforgettable night of great food, hip shaking music, laughter and not to mention a top-notch “grown and sexy” social setting.  

Everyone was dressed to impress the beard of their particular choosing, while placing a monetary bid during the bachelor charity auction.

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…We are looking forward to the next battle of the beards event here in Hampton Roads, Va., featuring more beards of all ethnicities from each and every one of the seven cities.

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Until the next time, keep those beards healthy and poppin…

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Val Garnes Gregory

#battleofthebeards #beardlife #beardlovers  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why every MAN should enjoy #MCM

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Meaning…

“Man Crush Monday”  

A social media hashtag set aside specifically on  Monday to show love and or admiration for a male gender person.

Here are a few bullet points I gathered from conversation/research with men ages thirty to sixty:

  • Men enjoy feeling appreciated
  • Men who are social media savvy expect a shout out on Mondays
  • Men are tired of everything special being set aside for women only
  • Men like to be flirted with equally

Well, don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just the pen behind the delivery.

Thank You, to all of the guys for taking a minute of your time to answer my questions today, you are the real mvps!

~DAKOTA

AUTHOR: Dakota Somerville

PHOTO CREDIT: Google Images

 

 

The Cougar Effect Unzipped

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An older woman dating younger men, as a rule of thumb, has forever been looked upon as reprehensible, to a certain degree. Pick up any magazine, flip a page, and unveil a story of how some older female celebrity, just acquired a new boy toy. Society however, loves to celebrate an older man in a relationship with a much younger woman. Blah, Blah, Blah, it’s the same old stereotypical cliché. Let’s take a look at living life as a so-called cougar, from a perspective of experience. Dating and relationships, nowadays, require a certain level of creativity, thinking outside of the box.
About ten years ago, I decided to let go of my prudish concept, of what I was told, a healthy dating life, and or relationship, should look like. At this point in the Single Mom’s game, I had to come to terms with the quality of time being spent, far outweighing, the amount of time spent. Once the blinders came off, I could clearly see, every man in my dating age demographic of 40-65 years old had a different story, agenda, as well as approach.
Laughter, the ultimate cure-all, said to be the best medicine, was the first endearing characteristic I found to be attractive in dating younger men. Every single one, I’ve ever gone out with had the ability to make me giggle, at some point during the date. Maybe that’s just the baby-girl in me, okay, call it what you want. It’s a proven scientific fact; laughter releases endorphins, thus making you feel good.
Eagerness, the enthusiasm to please, going above and beyond to be well-groomed, wanting and putting forth every effort, to gain your undivided attention. Whether you admit this or not, every woman desires a man who thinks she’s special, something like, being put up on a pedestal. I love the contagious energy, of dating a younger man. Yes, I’m a sucker for early morning sexting, compliments, candle lit dinners (cooked by him), motivating mood music, dancing in the living room, all of the above, defines exactly what a cougar enjoys.
Companionship, expressed with the intention of friendship, closeness and or, possibly a
relationship. Younger men, pursue older women, for what they believe to be a more pleasurable, advanced, freaky, yet, a consensual sexual experience. Cougar’s, are not always, predator’s roaming the earth looking for her prey, either! I’ve had many intelligent conversations, with younger men who willing admit, they choose to date women, 10, 15, 20 years their senior, specifically to enjoy her level of intelligence, she shares. The older woman-younger man relationship, has many variables, only the adventurous, and brave souls get to experience, this dynamic union.
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  • Most women prefer not to be categorized as a “Cougar”. I consider myself to be a single, intelligent woman, who knows what type of man she’s compatible with. Of course, every relationship has a down side, problems, along with day-to-day challenges. Realistically, why would this be any different? I’m often reminded of those descriptive throwback 70’s song lyrics, by Bill Withers, “Use Me” Quote: I want to spread the news, that if it feels this good getting used, Just keep on using me, till you use me up” While society snaps its ugly teeth, at such a relationship, ultimately, “age ain’t nothing but a number”.
    ~Dakota
    Author: Dakota Somerville
    Photo Credit: Poolside Dakota Somerville – Google Images
    Published: Werk Chic Magazine – 2016