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Nicola Formichetti x 6 – a brief timeline

In designer, Fashion Heat, Icon on March 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm


Image via ViceStyle

In Vice’s fashion issue:March 17, 2011

On fashion and sex:

“The ability to watch porn straightaway means that the times when you have actual physical intimacy with someone else aren’t so special. You just think, “I could have just done this on my own and I wouldn’t have had to shower or spend all that money on drinks,” you know? It ends up just being easier. The world is changing and it’s an exciting time to be experimenting with sex, fashion, and music.” Read more…

In T Magazine’s blog: January 4, 2010

On inspiration:

I get inspired from people around me: my friends, collaborators, designers and photographers. I’m so lucky I get to meet and play with all these amazing people! I also have a huge toy collection that I often source through for ideas, but most importantly I find that traveling and visiting new places is very inspiring. Read more…

In Fashion Indie.com: April 9, 2009

On how he started:

“It was almost ten years ago, maybe. When I was 22. I sort of fell into it really. I was working in a shop called the Pineal eye, selling young designers. I was the shop assistant/buyer. I met Katy England and Alister Mackie who were the fashion directors of Dazed and Confused then, they asked me to work on small projects for the magazine. What began as a small monthly column grew in to monthly projects. A few years later Jefferson Hack asked me to be the creative director of the magazine. Through the whole experience I started working for other magazines and pursuing other projects in fashion, creative consulting, opening a shop in japan, etc.” Read more…

In Models.com: July 16, 2009

On giving back:

“I like to give people something positive and fun, just pure love and if I can make money doing so then that’s great. But it is very important for me to give back to people, which is why I like working with young creative designers and new models. The more successful I become the more I can give back, that’s the way I see it.” Read more…

Un Nouveau Ideal: November 28, 2008

On influence:

“My Mum had the biggest influence on me and she still does! I share her love of beauty and adore her ability to balance this with a very practical nature. She keeps me focused too.” Read more…

Where The Lights End: September 12, 2008

On fashion in Japan:

“There are alot of interesting things happening with high-fashion and streetwear in japan. It doesn’t really reach out because it is so far away from the other fashion capitals and it doesn’t really reach out. My new job at Vogue Hommes Japan is an attempt to push Exciting fashions from Japan to the rest of the world!” Read more…

Saving Japan: Kitsuné and Colette

In culture, Fashion on March 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Scenario: I care about the world – particularly the tragedies in Japan, but in terms of contributing, I don’t know where to start. But, there is a solution. This is where my fashion influence comes in, right?

Um, well, the first thing to do, is research. Right about now, though there are many brands (be it private, or public) voicing genuine concern for the country, this is a time when exploitation is looming. So if you do something, it’s crucial to be able to articulate your reasons for support. And not because you think it’s the right thing to do. This is important. Don’t be pretentious. And it’s not just the tragedy, but about observing the end results once things – no matter how slow – recover.

So, for one, I bought my Kitsuné rescue jacket from Colette. I’ve been a fan of this store for years, and it’s known fact that Colette is a strong supporter (and endorser) of Japanese culture.

via SlamXHype

Secondly, Kitsuné, is essentially a Euro-Japanese collective – one I’ve also admired for years. So I trust that my contribution will go towards the cause. And little-by-little, everyday, if I’m not reading it in the paper, I’m watching news snippets, no matter how depressing, because it’s my duty to know.

Get my look: Chloé girl

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look on March 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm


Courtesy of Chloé

Pretty is in. And it’s not my thing, but if it comes in the form of this Chloé evening lambskin bag (named Rachel), then I’ll reconsider. It’s all in the strap. The taupe-y, beige-y colour isn’t bad either. Actually, I’m not gonna lie, it’s stunning. But I’d pair it down.

available at Colette.

Give me a pair of loafers, preferably some suede loafers by Timberland (in collaboration with Stussy) and I’m good to go.

You see, you don’t have to be afraid of streetwear wear. You just have to know how to work it. Besides, a high-fashion brand such as Chloé has always had a street edgy anyway. Currently headed by Hannah Macgibbon, this coveted fashion brand was once under Stella McCartney’s design pen who designs for adidas.

As for Timberland, it’s more known for it’s lumberjack emblem than anything, but throw hardcore Stussy – a hardcore, Cali-based street brand – into the mix, and it’s a beautiful concoction.

I should also mention the shades. Acetate. Clear. Trends, trends, trends!

Musing: Nicola Formichetti for Mugler

In Fashion, Fashion Heat on March 21, 2011 at 10:23 am


Rick Genest x Nicola Formichetti via HINT

Dare to be different.

Musing: Jalen Rose vs Lebron James

In Fashion on March 21, 2011 at 9:57 am


Take a close look at this picture. The peachy-browns, square shoulders, snake-skin (or something to that effect) shoes. OK. I’m sure a lot of you won’t agree with me, and well, quite frankly, I’m specifically even calling out Jalen. But what’s up? Really, what’s going on here?

I’ve seen some improvements on Rose’ part on the suit front, but the idea of church suits as some type of style statement gets a shameful head shake from me. And I’m pretty sure these men, particularly athletes.

I can understand the hardships of being a rather awkwardly tall (male at that) whose purpose is to play sports and not fashion. But you’re getting checks. I’m sure you could dish out some change on an issue of GQ.

I mean, Lebron James did it. And though he’s had some awkward moments, he’s got it down.

Dwayne Wade has had some pimpular moments, but as he moved into iconic territory, he’s picked up the style wand too.

You know, I’ve seen a lot of these guys in the flesh many-a-times. If there’s group of people who own the words “bling” and “fresh,” it’s got to be these guys. So if they can look all crisp in jeans and tees, then it’s safe to assume looking good us part of their repertoire.

Come on, folks. I know for a fact that Kris Van Assche head honcho of Dior Homme would be thrilled to hook you up.

Musing: CLAE Gregory

In Fashion on March 21, 2011 at 9:19 am


photo via Hypebeast
Available at Saint Alfred. COP Them!

If I were a boy: Casely-Hayford

In art, British, culture, designer, Fashion, style on March 18, 2011 at 1:11 am

You know, I’ll admit it: I have an obsession with style. So I don’t discriminate. And I’ll never constrict myself my personal style to work settings, social environments or the like. If I come across something I consider to be of good taste, I’m gonna give it credit.

In this case, to come across a family – a black family – with such a strong linage, in fashion, politics – that’s style. And it’s fascinated when you realize that unless you’re deep into a certain culture, you wouldn’t know who the Casely-Hayford clan is. And they’re prominent.


Joseph Ephraim Casely-Hayford was a Lawyer, Author and political leader, better known as “King of the West,” who aimed to improve quality of life for West-Africa’ citizens.


Sydney Casely-Hayford is a highly respected business and financial analysis in Ghana. And look at him, he’s got class.


Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford, art historian with an extremely long title, demonstrates a passion for the craft that it’s only right to reference him when it comes to education on African art.

And then, perhaps, the most ‘fashionable’ of the Casely-Hayford tree is Joe Casely-Hayford and he son, Charlie.

I came upon Joe about four years after his infamous “t-shirt” collaboration with renowned artist Chris Ofili. The shirt, according to the Victoria & Albert museum press release, reflected the ‘ideas of liberations’ demonstrated in the artists’ works. The collaboration was fitting as they were two of the most prevalent in their field at the time. Chris Ofili had gone on to massive success, while Joe, still active, no doubt, went low-pro. However, with the introduction to his son, Charlie, a burgeoning style icon at the tender age of, 23? Casely-Hayford and son are progressively becoming international style icons.

Joe’s most recent venture was collaborating with UK department store chain John Lewis on a collection of menswear pieces:

While Charlie was apart of the ad campaign – shot by Todd Selby – in celebration of Jack Purcell’s 75th anniversary:

2011 was a good year for the father-son duo. It will be exciting to see where the new year will take them, especially when you have this type of talent, and passion. My main thing, though, is that it (they) will hit the younger (black) generation.

I respect figures like Kanye West and their attempts to incorporate high-fashion into our culture. But within cultural circles, there’s a certain swag that’s not flamboyant or showy, it’s intrinsic. There’s a love of art, being punk – in a rebellious sense – and cultivated. And the Casely-Hayford’s represent that. This is important. They are important. A much needed part of black culture.

Pendleton crazy

In Fashion on March 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm


Vintage Pendleton navajo wool melton jacket available at The Goodhood Store.

It all started when I bought a vintage blazer for ten bucks at Blackmarket Vintage in October. Everyone liked my coat. Guys, gals. Mind you, though I knew who Pendleton was, no one here could afford to spend $400 on a stunningly gorgeous jacket. So when I came upon a Pendleton booth at a Buyer’s tradeshow, it was like I had died. Talking about winning.

RUBIO – Aldo

In the mean time, here’s an ode to Ikat textile – an intricate weaving and dyeing technique with Central Asian roots and the equally compelling navajo print, belonging to an Athabascan people who migrated to – where else – Canada in the between 1300 and 1500 AD.


Missoni Alphonsine Beaded Shift Dress available at Boutique1
Despite the praise of both prints in the fashion world, you can always catch them mounted somewhere one way or another. Be it rugs, bags, scarves – it’s a prominent part of Toronto’s culture. But stick a brand name behind it and it takes up a whole new meaning.

Dries Van Noten Embellished Ikat shirt available at Browns.

Ho-ly SH&T!

In Fashion on March 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I’m so sorry for the absence. It’s completely pathetic. My good friend explained my dilemma perfectly “I’ll immerse myself in something and then I’ll like, want to take a break.” In my case though, it was more about investing in a couple of other projects not my own. Which is… well, it is what it is. Then I hit a roadblock with this blog. Basically, I have to take it to the next level. It’s frustrating, but In order to monetize, so I’m not just blogging for the heck of it, it’s got to go somewhere.

So, I’ll keep this one short. Just saying hey, and, well, I’m sorry.

No smiley faces here.

Safra