Harlem Fashion Week: Harlem Derby’s Uptown Runway.



On Saturday September 9th Harlem fashion week was well underway with Rob Owen’s (co-founder of Harlem Derby) Uptown Runway started uptown’s fashion week with the Uptown Runway fashion show at Ginny’s Supper Club (downstairs in the Red Rooster) on 125th Street and Lenox Ave for Harlem’s fashion week event.  The Elegant classy Gentleman was there to cover this uptown fashion week event.


(Ayesha Mitchell and models wearing her designs)

The fashion event in Harlem showcased the collection of designs by Ayesha Mitchell.  Also with special Jazz performance by Jennifer Jade Ledesna, and “Jazz Cats in Hats” by Harlem Derby, and with the sexy Yvette Wright Gauff as the MC.


(Yvette Wright Gauff)

This fashion event had a very “downtown” flair to it, with a uptown Harlem style!

(Model wearing white front low cut dress)


(Sheer and Sexy in Black)


(Open Back Sheer white pattern very Sexy Dress)


(a Taste of the Orient)



(Fringe Pattern Pants Suit)



(Rob Owen’s Sexy Cats in Hats)


(Rob Owen)

(Sexy “Cats” in Hats)




As you can see the Harlem Uptown Fashion Week show was sizzling hot! Now let’s take our hats off for Rob Owen! (pun intended).




The Origin of the Men’s Cardigan: and it’s strange military history.



Now just about every man sometime in his life has worn or owned a Cardigan sweater.

This nifty wardrobe wrap has completed many a gentleman’s outfit, whether lounging at home by the fire or bookcase, to strolling in the park in mid Autumn amid a shower of colorful leaves, or in the case of  James Thomas Brudenell, charging into battle in the “Valley of Death“; which is where the strange origin of this popular wardrobe piece begins.


(James Thomas Brundenell)

In 1853 James Thomas Brundenell, who was a British commander during the  Crimean War who led a light cavalry against the Turks, with the mission of retrieving captured guns from Turkish positions to prevent them from falling into the hands of Russian forces. However due to mixed up communication coming down from the British chain of command, Lord Cardigan and his troops was send to another artillery frontal assault enemy battery that had strong defensive fire, and was very prepared.

(Artist depiction of The Charge of the Light Brigade. Portrait of Alfred, Lord Tennyson.)

Lord Cardigan’s “Light Brigade” suffered huge casualties and had to retreat very soon after they came under fire. This event was immortalized in the narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”.

The 7th Earl of Cardigan wore this type of sweater during his failed charge, and thus the sweater got it’s name and became quite popular in the British isles as well as the French fishermen, due it’s warmth and comfort.

Today this indispensable and very fashionable apparel item is still very popular in both men’s and women’s fashion, which comes in many different fabrics and styles. Just in time for the Fall, indeed!

Dolce & Cabbana Spring/Summer Collections Private Cocktail Event


On March 15th 2018 Dolce & Cabbana  hosted an intimate and private cocktail event to launch their Spring/Summer fashion line that was by invitation only to  select persons in the fashion industry. Of course The Elegant Classy Gentleman and team was there to sip champagne and martinis while perusing the incredible styles in their massive flagship store at 717 5th Ave.


(left to right: Jean Germain, Jessica Phillip, Mike Strange)



Being one of the first private guests to arrive, after about an hour I realized that there was not a runway nor any models. After pondering the theme for the D&C Spring/Summer Collection: King and Queen of Hearts, I than realized all of the invited guests including myself was the fashion show! Life imitating Fashion in a brilliant and intimate way that only Dolce & Cabbana could pull off in such elegance and style!



Adding even more class to this special event, there we’re very attractive waiters and waitresses clad in all black pouring champagne and serving martinis non-stop for the whole three hours of the event to all of the invited guests, as well as various  delicious hors d’oeuvres.   On the main and second floor card dealers amused guests with hands of Black Jack and Poker!


Photo Ops and Fashion was also on hand to entertain all of the guests that attended.

Also on the 2nd floor was the lovely and gracious Magdalena Llohis, jewelry designer, holding court, who’s unique and beautiful pieces can be purchased at D&G.


website: http://www.MAGDALIFE.com

(Holding Court with Magda)


As we mingled with the other guests who were as stylish and diverse as New York itself, we found it quite easy to make friends and have a few laughs and fun.


Immediately after the event we all jumped in a cab (except Jessica, she had to leave) and head from 5th Ave downtown to the village for the D&G after party, which was also a launch party for Dekad magazine at a secret location.

After arriving at the after party the fun kicked into overdrive and the “Turn Up” continued in full swing!





Things started to get a bit fuzzy, so we grabbed a bite to eat and got water and headed home. But not before we hit the dance floor one more time!


Yes all is well in the Fashion world!




MIKE STRANGE: Editor in ChiefP1030505

Jean Germain: Logistical Support Executive


Jessica Phillip: Contributing Photographer/Event Correspondent


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Featured Photo: Fashion Bead Bracelets by Jessica Phillip, Justice by Justine.


Neuroticism: Negative Personality Trait, or Mental Illness?



Neuroticism is defined by psychology as a personality trait in which a person experiences the world, or rather the external environments around them that triggers Anxiousness, emotional instability, impulsiveness, self-pitying, being very touchy, feeling vulnerable, and over worrying. As one of the “Big Five Personality Model Factors”, it appears to also be the most negative and “self-defeating” of the five personality traits.


Now we’ve all displayed one, more or all of the “Defining Descriptors” of the big five personality model factors, so does that mean we are all crazy?

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No. However “Each individual can be positioned somewhere on this personality dimension between extreme poles: perfect emotional stability versus complete emotional chaos. Highly neurotic individuals tend to be labile (that is, subject to frequently changing emotions), anxious, tense, and withdrawn. Individuals who are low in neuroticism tend to be content, confident, and stable. The latter report fewer physical and psychological problems and less stress than do highly neurotic individuals.”


(“German psychologist Hans Eysenck popularized the term neuroticism in the 1950’s by including it as a key scale in his popular personality inventory.”)

“The initial model of the big five traits was advanced by Ernest Tupes and Raymond Christal in 1961,but failed to reach an academic audience until the 1980’s. In 1990, J.M. Digman advanced his five-factor model of personality, which Lewis Goldberg extended to the highest level of organization. These five overarching domains have been found to contain and subsume most known personality traits and are assumed to represent the basic structure behind all personality traits.

In the most recent studies of psychopathology on personality neurotiscism is usually the first variable in considering individual differences in many types of mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive, and hysteria.

Biological Studies:

“Current research data show persuasively that individual differences in neuroticism are substantially heritable (which means they are passed from parent to child). Heritability estimates based on twin studies generally fall in the 40–60 percent range. The remaining individual differences in neuroticism are attributed primarily to unique (nonfamilial) environmental differences; the shared familial environment appears to exert virtually no reliable influence on individual differences in neuroticism. Researchers speculate that an overreactive limbic system in the brain is associated with high levels of neuroticism, but specific neurochemical mechanisms or locations within the brain and nervous system have not yet been identified.”

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A extreme level of neuroticism in individuals produce persons who are defensive pessimists. “They experience the world as unsafe and use fundamentally different strategies in dealing with distress than non-neurotic people do. They are vigilant against potential harm in their environment and constantly scan the environment for evidence of potential harm. They may withdraw from reality and engage in protective behaviors when they detect danger, real or perceived.”

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“Because of their tendency to withdraw, highly neurotic individuals tend to possess an impoverished repertoire of behavioral alternatives for addressing the demands of reality. Consequently, they tend to engage in mental role-play (rumination and fantasy) instead of constructive problem-solving behaviors. In contrast to their impoverished behavioral repertoires, however, they may possess a rich inner world. Introspective and apt to analyze their thoughts and feelings, they are highly invested in seeking the true nature of their intra-psychic experiences.”

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“Very attuned to their inner experiences, those high in neuroticism are also attentive to their physical discomforts. Their health maintenance behaviors (that is, consultations with a physician) are more frequent than those of individuals with less neuroticism. Although their complaints regarding health are more frequent, their objectively assessed health is not poorer than those low in neuroticism.” According to Eysenck’s personality dimension model, emotional-stability/interoversion-extraversion combine in varying degrees to produce predictable personality trait patterns. Eysenck’s third and less popular dimension model, “psychoticism”, which would describe people who presents traits such as coldness, cruelty, hostility and the rejection of social customs. Ironically, neuronic people tend to be more creative, especially if they have an artistic outlet.

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Love is in The Eyes of the Beholder: by Alexis Ada Alexander


  • Love has no boundaries and does not discriminate. It comes in different shapes and sizes. Different people express their love in different ways. It is in our DNA to fall in love. Studies have shown that it is also in our DNA to fall out of love and explore other new love. The reason for this DNA mess is beyond the scope of this writing. 
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    Many women are now becoming the heads of their households and their own bosses. So, why need a man? It is a known fact that a lot of men prefer several sex partners without falling in love. Unfortunately, lack of love for that special person is destroying many people’s lives. People turn to drugs and alcohol addiction to fill the emptiness they feel within. Many suffer from depression. It is quite unfortunate that a lot of people are struggling to find self-love. How can somebody who has no self-love extend love to another? Some people do not love themselves, but they expect another person to love them. This creates unreasonable burden for others. Some expect 100% of everything on their list for the ideal person they would fall in love with. 
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    Whether it is lack of self-love or belief that there is nobody to fall in love with out there, understanding that we are not designed to be alone, is the first step to finding love. It is important to separate love for money from real love. People tend to glorify money but then turn around and ask, where is the love? If love is coming from those who you attracted with money, once it’s all gone, people start disappearing and go on to the next. 
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    Love can happen at first sight or take patience and some nurturing to get it to happen. It happens differently for different people. Some people have not experienced love before and they wonder what it feels like. They probably have found love but still unawares of it. Work at recognizing love when it shows up.
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    Love is seeing this person in your dreams and in your future. Love is praying for that special person and their wellbeing. Love is not lust. Lust is only temporary. Love is crying when they cry or feeling their pain. Love is sitting by the hospital bed every single day for an ill partner until they get better. Love is not jealous. Jealousy is a love that died and turns into hate and envy which honestly is a reflection of how a person feels about oneself. 
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    Love is a feeling you can never control or run away from. From the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep, that love will haunt you with a burning sensation from within. Trying to ignore this feeling will only hurt you. Love is the best feeling in the world when it is from the right person. When two people are in love, they become one. The hardest part about true love is that you can never find another love like it. You can search for another like it in all the wrong places but there is only one true love. Even though many people love differently, everyone wants to feel loved. If you love somebody, it is important that you treat them in a way that they feel loved by you. Some people erroneously believe that they are not loved and then their world crashes without it. 
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    Our social media age has to some extent interfered with love. It seems like people rather get attention on social media verses love from their partner. Loving conversations turned into text messages which are often misunderstood. Discussions at the dinner table turned into everybody being entertained by their phones. This raises so many questions. What happened to the long walks at the park, spending quality time and having picnics on the beach? What happened to two people working together to make a dream come true? What happened to taking time to study your lover’s body, learning what gives them butterflies and make their temperature rise? Couples could appreciate each other just by gazing into their eyes and exploring every inch on their body. 
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    When you find that love, respect it, appreciate it and treasure it. The tendency to be right all the time has ruined a lot of relationships that could have survived love’s little challenges. What happened to saying I’m sorry and working to rebuild relationships instead of giving up easily? It is so easy for couples to give up but not so easy to stay. Nobody said it would be easy but that is the beauty of love. What extent are you willing to go to fight for your love? Recognizing that our DNA plays tricks on us and puts us on this cycle of looking for new love endlessly, is the key to working at keeping our love. Even if you walk away from the one you have now for something else, your DNA would kick in later and then the challenges show up, and the cycle continues. Just remember, love is give and take. It is not one-way street. The Golden Rule works in a love relationship. Treat your partner as you wish they treat you.
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    Love forgives, love is unconditional, love is wearing your heart on your sleeve and putting it in the hands of another, trusting that they will take care of it. Love is when your whole world is dark, but this one special individual turns on the light. Unfortunately, some people never experience this in their lifetime 
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    Why is love so important? Because we were made for companionship. Nobody can be an island. It is not healthy. So, go on and fall hopelessly in love and enjoy every second of it. 
    Love Alexis Alexander.

The Elegant Classy Gentleman would like to welcome Alexis Ada Alexander as a contributing writer for the magazine.
Alexis Alexander is an African American TV personality, journalist and model born and raised in Potomac Maryland of African decent. Ms. Alexander has extensive experience in entertainment, a graduate of New York Film, Academy, Barbizon Modeling School, and former student of Randolph Macon Academy.
She has covered red carpet events, beauty pageants, embassy events and award ceremonies. Stay tuned for more articles from  Alexis Alexander the Broadcast Princess.

Artist Michal Nachmany: Capturing Cultural Journeys Through People and Objects.

Michal Nachmany is a New City Artist who was raised in Jerusalem, who now creates wonderful textile works of art in her Harlem studio is inspired by the various colors or city streets and markets, which she feels correlates the past and the present as a foundation.


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Nachmany’s  using “mixed media” techniques, utilizes collages, printmaking and sculptures.

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Her works have been exhibited in many shows internationally and in New York.

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Some of Michal Nachmany’s work has been commissioned by Columbia University for the newly built Manhattanville Urban Campus most recently.

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Ten of her art works are now on display in Columbia’s Faculty House.

You can view the artist’s website at: MichalNachmanyArt.com

Contact the artist at: info@MichalNachmanyArt.com

(646) 642-4450

Style New York Fashion Week 2018

The Elegant Classy Gentleman returned for Style New York Fashion Week  Fall/Winter collections 2018 at Cipriani on East 42nd Street in New York, with Amanda Holley opening the first show for the 2nd year in a row performing new songs from her new EP.

International as well as emerging designers such as Malan Breton, Romeo + Juliet Couture, Mint Swim, David Tupaz, Adrian Alicea, and others graced the runway to everyone’s delight.











The Style New York Fashion Week 2018 was a smashing event, and seems to get better every year. We hope to cover Style New York’s next show later this year, and of course The Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine will keep you posted.

(Additional photo credit: Jessica Phillip)

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(The Media/Press Team for the Elegant Classy Gentleman: left to right: Mike Strange, Jean Germain, Jessica Phillip)

Human Sexuality in Victorian England: Love, Sex and Lust in the Victorian Era. (Part 3): The Underground Pornography, Literature and Libertine Movement.

                                Underground Porn Literature in the Victorian Era:


While Victorian Society went about putting on airs, and hiding behind fake high moral standards and sexual restrictions, behind the scene’s there was an unlawful sexual movement underground as a libertine rebellion against the (“fake”) moral sensibilities of the time.

The definition of “Libertine” is someone who cast aside the restraints set on sexuality and morals, or rather described as “Extreme Hedonism” which values the “Pleasure Principle” of the “Id” without the balancing influence of the “Ego” described by Freud, they experienced life through the senses.

(Libertines in the 1800’s)

 In Victorian England a pornographic magazine named the “Pearl” surfaced in 1879 and ran until 1881 after being shut down by authorities, which styled itself “A Magazine Facetiae and Voluptuous Reading”. This salacious monthly magazine which ran for 18 months in London by a man named William Lazenby.

This quarterly was accompanied  also by two Christmas supplements before “it was closed down by the authorities  for publishing obscene literature.

Other erotic literature such the exploits of “Casonova” was also popular at the time, and influenced as well as emboldened libertines much like in the 20th century decade of the sixty’s, only much more covert in their activities.


Lazenby followed after with the “Oyster” (1883) and the “Boudoir”. Being sold “under the counter” the Pearl became “the first underground bestseller.”

The general format of the magazine was to publish three serial erotic tales simultaneously, devoted to “sex in high society, incest, and flagellation, respectively, and interspersed with obscene parodies, poems and limericks.”

Over two centuries later the Pearl and other 18th century underground sexual movements still affects and fascinates us today, and examples can be seen at the Sex Museum in New York and London.

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The Dark side of Christmas: Or the Curious truth about St Nickolas and his Demon Servant Krampus. (Part 2): The True Saint Nickolas: Saint or Sorcerer?

“St Nicholas’ Day is celebrated on 6 December across the world in honour of the benign bringer of gifts. But the story behind the saint, who is the model for Santa Claus, has a much darker history peppered with tales of murder, mutilation, cannibalism and infanticide. It’s a widely known fact that the tradition of Christmas is descended from ancient Pagan rituals, notably the Fertility Festival.  This celebration, involving copious food, drink and orgies a‘plenty, fell on the 24th of December, the shortest day of the year.  December 25 was venerated as the “birth” of the sun, or the start of the days growing progressively longer.

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Most of us are now aware, December 25 was NOT the actual birth of Christ (which is believed to fall somewhere in July), yet in 350 A.D. Pope Julius I decreed that it would be celebrated on that date.  A shrewd decision, as it combined the Pagan and Christian festivals (essentially making the Sun and the Son one and the same) and appears to have succeeded in inspiring people to join the Catholic Church–apparently the Pope’s main goal all along.
Incidentally, the tradition of Yuletide cookie making reportedly began in Finland with eight carefully cut cookies, including one whose shape (representing the power “Hel”) corresponds directly to that of the present-day swastika!

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St. Nicholas, as stated above, was an actual historical figure who lived in the region of modern-day Turkey during the Third Century A.D.  A man of deep faith known for his boundless charity and generosity, St. Nick established many of our most cherished holiday traditions, including the name Santa Claus, which began as a mispronunciation of Sinterklaas, a Dutch contraction of Saint Nicholas.


The tradition that most concerns us is that of leaving out stockings on Christmas Eve, which emerges from a (probably apocryphal) story of how St. Nick helped out three poverty-stricken sisters by tossing bags of gold through each of the girls’ windows at night.  This is indeed how the stockings-on-the-mantelpiece tradition got started, but it’s also the source of the three gold balls symbol adopted by pawn-brokers the world over, for whom St. Nick was the patron saint.

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According to a traditional French children’s song from the 17th century, three children are killed and chopped up by a butcher in his shop and stowed away in a large salting tub, with overtones of cannibalism. St Nicholas revived them and returned them to their families, hence his reputation as a children’s protector. But by what means or “dark agencies” did he use to do so? And why did he unleash The demon Krampus on ill behaved children, if he is their protector?

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In Hungary Santa Claus is known as Mikulas, or “Winter Godfather,” and celebrated via an elaborate series of rituals beginning on December 5, when children take special baths so they’ll be extra clean for Mikulas’ arrival.  They also put out shoes for him to fill with goodies (in observance of the “three gold bags” tale outlined above).  But here’s the thing: only good children get the goodies.  The bad ones get a golden birch so they can be beaten! In Belgium and the Netherlands, these helpers are called Zwarte Pieten (Black Pete) who kidnapped all the naughty children and tied them up in sacks.

Santa’s Evil Companions:   European folklore has it that several companions travel with Santa on Christmas Eve. These not-so-nice helpers carry a rod (with which to beat unruly children) and a sack (to kidnap especially bad kids).  These include Knecht Ruprecht, or Servent Ruprecht, and the horned incubus Krampus.  It’s apparently a tradition in Germany for young men to dress up like Krampus and scare people during the first two weeks of December. So why is this “Holy” figure is always going about his work employing evil helpers to assist him?

And we mustn’t forget Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter.  Perhaps the most famous of Santa’s companions, this personage is especially prevalent in the Netherlands and Flanders.  The Black in his name isn’t accidental, as Black Peter was originally  in some traditions depicted as a devil and others a loyal helper, but in Belgium and the Netherlands, these helpers are called Zwarte Pieten(Black Pete) who kidnapped all the naughty children and tied them up in sacks. This has caused controversy in recent years, with many regarding  most of them appear to agree on the fact that Black Peter is a profoundly evil individual.

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Devil worship and the cult of St Nicholas is more clearly defined in Germanic folklore. In Austria, Bavaria and Tyrol, the saint is accompanied by the demon Krampus.


Saint Nicholas (15 March 270 – 6 December 343), was also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor (modern-day Demre, Turkey). He has many miracles attributed to him and other titles include Nikolaos the Wonderworker.”

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Many churches in Europe, Russia and the US claim to possess small relics, such as a tooth or a finger. It is said that in Myra the relics of Saint Nicholas each year exuded a clear watery liquid which smells like rose water, called manna (or myrrh), which is believed by the faithful to possess miraculous powers. A flask of this liquid is extracted from the tomb of Saint Nicholas every year on 6 December by priests.

He is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, bakers, pawnbrokers and students.