Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tinseltown on the Euphrates

"Hollywood Babylon": an interesting fusion-experiment carried out by Lester Garcia and photographer Greg Harris. The model is Vladimir Ivanov.
Not only Western and Eastern elements are blended together, but also gender stereotypes of both cultures.

Henne (eller Hans?)

Swedish language lesson No. 1: Henne= "hers", Hans= "his".
Among the items presented by the Nordic firm H&M (Henne & Mauritz, now spread throughout the world) for it's varied collection, one comes across many unusual male garments, from skirts to harem pants.
Tyler Riggs, styled by Robert Rydberg and photographed by Peter Gehrke, displays here one of those risky pieces: a wonderful pleated gray skirt.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Højris-Ottosen: A Lovesome Thing

Christina Højris Ottosen challenges the conventional gender roles, and experiments with bending the limits. Silhouettes for men inspired by women's wear is what she proposes (check out my previous posting: S/he's my man) Skirts and dresses are her primary focus, as she believes these can be shown in a more masculine way: not by concealing the user's virility, but rather by showing both the masculine and feminine traits of his personality

Stepped Out of a Dream

Greg Harris snapped Yuri Pleskun in attractive poses, and later added some plain-colored pop/op post-production effects for this cool editorial. Yuri was clad in black skirts and leggings, among other items.

M. Butterfly

Stylist Andrej Skok does not share some people's idealized vision of butterflies as sweet colorful insects. His male lepidopteron is garbed in leather, black network and, of all things, a full supply of safety pins.
The editorial was photographed by Jannis Tsipoulanis, featuring Roman Ivancic as the arthropod.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Just for A Foggy Day

"Even just for a day" is the title of an editorial for the current issue of Swedish magazine Bon. Naomi Itkes, Robert Rydberg & Marcus Soder were the stylists, and Andreas Larsson the photographer.
The collection includes this beautiful pic. Call it "cross-dressing" if you wish, I don't mind. For me it's simply a male model wearing make up and wonderfully styled in large jewellery and suiting garments, one of which, yes, may be considered "feminine" by some standards: a black pleated gypsy-like skirt.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Brother Sun?

This nice-draping garment, featured in "Absolution", this season's collection by the Dutch designer Francisco van Benthum, turned out to be not a skirt, but some sort of apron. The designer claims that he drew his inspiration from the ritual clothes worn by priests, cardinals , bishops and choirboys . Funny, huh?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Until The Real Thing Comes Along...

In spite of his youth, Croatian Damir Doma, a graduate from the Munich and Berlin Fashion Schools, has become one of the leading German designers. His brand, founded as recently as 2006, is already one of the most anticipated menswear labels, has he has become a major influence in the fashion world .
The effect of his drapings, over-long and over-layed garments can be felt in even the most conservative and well established couturiers.
A very refreshing influence, bearing witness that things are slowly changing.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

With My Boots On

The influential fashion blogger Yvan Rodic author of the famous street-fashion blog Facehunter, posted this pic he took of a man wearing a beautiful pair of (Rad Hourani?) high-heel boots.
His new personal, wordless diary is also worth visiting:

S/he's My Man

"My goal with this collection has been to question the Western interpretation of masculinity vs. femininity by experimenting with the boundaries between the two and ultimately creating new silhouettes for men inspired by women's wear." Says Danish designer Christina Højris Ottosen, creator of these dazzling pics and these wonderful setups.

She intentionally concieves styles that allow us males to honestly express our innermost fragility, delicacy, sensitivity, and other supposingly "feminine" traits, in an open, direct way. It's not about "cross-dressing", if you ask me, since her concept is not for us to "pass" as a woman or look like one, but rather, to unashamedly expose our identities as modern, "feminine males", so to speak.

She has focused on those female elements (the lace, the dress, the skirt) which can be used in a more masculine way, in order to create a new look – a look that can show both a man’s masculine and feminine sides.

Those of you avant-garders can contact her:

Christina Højris Ottosen
Købmagergade 25,
DK-1150 Copenhagen K

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Missing you like Candy

The pics I've been able to get hold of, published in the first-ever issue of Candy Magazine, are out and away among the most beautiful I've posted on this blog. Just take a look at that previous posting! ("Candy be Good"). At the top, I'm displaying the main pic once again.
The very limited circulation of the ‘first transversal style’ magazine (featuring Luke Worrall as the cover face: "Candy Girl") in addition to their relatively hermetic on-line policies, makes in quite difficult to know what Mr. Venegas and his team are up to. That adds up to the mystery, lets admit.
On the other hand, thanks to one of the editorialists, stylist Robbie Spencer, who did this amazing job together with photographer Karim Sadli, one can peek into a few more magnificent images. The model is Callum Wilson.

Total eclipse

Black Hole Sun, an editorial by Danish editor and stylist Anders Sølvsten Thomsen, photographed by Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz for Contributing Editor.
Models Reuben, Ryan, and Max were groomed by Louise Teasdale.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Up to No Good.

An updated "Billy the Kid": Gone are the sombrero, the firearms, and cow-boy boots. In come stilettos, matching the Olima leggings, a vintage yellow sweater and a Margiela belt... worn on the neck.
More fashionable than the original, no doubt,... and equally threatening.
The myth lives on!

Louis Vuitton leggins, Cache Jacket, and Brian Atwood pumps:

Bullseye for Arismendi

It's modern-day Teseus in high heels who has just beaten the Minotaur.
Or it's rather the beast itself.
A grayscaled Georgia O'Keefe epic painting. Whatever.
Alex Nestor features in Antonella Arismendi's pics, who's acting both as stylist and photographer, for the first issue of the Argentinian webzine Vnfold.