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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…

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.

Milan Fashion Week: Gucci

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, style, Trend, Trend Report on February 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm


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Must take note: A couple of days ago, I received my ‘golden’ e-invitation to watch a livestream of Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 collection. It was a bit unexpected, but looking at the wealth of information readily available (online forums, Facebook, Twitter), the only disadvantage is not being able to see the fabrics up close. Well, Italy is about six hours ahead of Toronto, so, I missed the show. But, but I think I’ll be okay.

Since taking over design responsibilities, Frida Giannini did some major spring cleaning to Gucci‘s archive. Introduced contemporary modernism, and androgyny all while maintaining the brands’ sensuality. Now, it looks like she’s reverting back to something.

It is a beautiful collection? Absolutely. It is one of her best? No. But when I look at the collection, I see Bianca Jagger’s carefree spirit juxtaposed with Anita Pallenberg’s strong sense of identity. And this is enough to satisfy me. But even if she is referencing things of the past, there’s no need to expect her to ‘go back’ to what we think we’ve come to know by reverting to what she presented before. It’s okay to throw people off, once in a while.


Shout out to FataleFashion for providing the video.

Milan Fashion Week: John Richmond

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Milan, Trend, Trend Report on February 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm


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Alright, so here we go. I like to be stimulated. And while fashion is ‘just clothes’, there is a cerebral thought process that goes into what I wear. I don’t impulse buy anymore. My palette is black. My skirts and dresses are super tight and, in most cases, super short. I like boots and super high heels. That said, John Richmond is my kind of guy. With the exception of a few ballroom gowns, and sparkle – which I personally am not not into – it spoke my language.

There was nothing over-the-top, but once again, John Richmond is being true to what he’s about, and, as you can see with the smokey eyes and coiffed hair, it’s rock’n’roll. Contrary to popular belief, and Balmain’s much too much rockstar glitter, this type of glam will never go out of style. Girls will always have an urge, like Rihanna, to be bad. And, as you can see by many self-style blogs, not come their hair. Most of all, they want to exude that appeal without really having to do the work. And it’s okay if Richmond is there to provide a bit of support.

Menswear: General Idea

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, style on February 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm


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Before I dive into the jungle known as Milan fashion week, I thought I’d take another minute to recognize Bumsuk Choi’s General Idea. Why now? Well, because if it wasn’t for the blog 00o00, I would not have know what General Idea was. Real talk. My idea of menswear has, for a long time, been a mix of high and low. With brands like General Idea being reserved for stylish men who mix-it-up with H&M or American Apparel, meaning, unless you’re well versed with these lines, you can’t really tell the difference. The type of guys who wear their Comme des Garçons hearts on their sleeves (literally), and own those white-soled black Supra kicks. And I can’t always be bothered trying to figure it out. (‘Where did you get those jeans? That coat? It was from who? Oh blimey!)

But General Idea – and no, it’s not the pink camouflage – is something I would wear. And it makes sense. Its outdoorsy palette, suburban concept, and practicality is refreshing. And the slim cuts would be easy to blend into my wardrobe.

I’d give them ago. They’ve got a slim stock list, you can find some online stores via their website.

LFW Fall 2011: Meadham Kirchhoff

In British, Collection, designer, Fabric, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report on February 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm


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Must take note: This collection was heartbreaking. I say that with nothing but compassion. To have been introduced to Meadham Kirchhoff by the likes of Vogue in 2008, to see the fabrics up close, the raw talent, this season is an injustice. I honed Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff as icons, and I meant what I said. Maybe I’m wrong for dwelling in the past, but it is unfair to see the potential in something so great, and then get something rather uninspired. Reds, tweeds, lace, sure, it’s all there. But they can do better. They’ve hit big time, and this is not the time for stagnancy.

They have got to pick it up.

The Meadham Kirchhoff that I love:

reconstructed denim jacket via farfetch

LFW Fall 2011: Basso & Brooke

In British, Fashion, Fashion Heat, RTW, Trend, Trend Report on February 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm


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Must take note: Two years ago, I was convinced that Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke, the British design-duo behind Basso & Brooke would be fashion superstars. They hit a consecutive peak three collections straight, but I was surprised by their rather low-key presentation this season. Not that it’s sub-par, it’s actually quite warm. The line went from club-kid mania to daytime warrior, there is a strong nature reference. And though the colours are richer, the print is more subtle, and, once again, this is another example of transitioning from short to long. I’d like to think this collection is a tease of what is to come.

Under circumstances like this, all you can do is observe.

LFW Fall 2011: Mary Katrantzou

In Collection, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report, UK on February 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm


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Must take note: The first time I came upon Mary Katrantzou, I couldn’t help but think she was jumping on the graphic-print bandwagon. As you can imagine, things have changed. Drastically. Throughout the seasons, Katrantzou has come to own the print. She stays within the confines, preferring to cultivate her art. This is important; many designers of her generation want to be “unpredictable”, which is cool. But why tread into unknown territories?

For this collection, dresses are longer, skirts are structured, and embellishments are “3D”: you can try, if you must, to pluck the flower from the garden, but it is, still, just a dress.


Shout out to FataleFashion for providing the video.


Patterned silk dress via farfetch

Madrid Fashion Week 2011: David Delfin

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Trend, Trend Report on February 22, 2011 at 7:35 am


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Must take note: My eyes are numb from staring at the damn screen all day. With all these fashion weeks – including unknown ones – overlapping each other, how could one not feel an immense amount of pressure to be in different places at once? While waving my pom-pons for those darn British-based designers, I completely overlooked the talent lingering in surrounding areas. Like Madrid. Specifically David Delfin. Just when things were starting to feel a ‘tad’ bit repetitive in London, I came upon this fantastic man who is no spring chicken to the fashion game. He has been in the business since 2001, and his Ready-to-Wear, three seasons strong, has been in New York before coming back to Madrid. For his current collection, the minimalism and stark palette was comparable to that of Jil Sander, while the prints and embellishments were intricate – especially when seen up close. Everything just seemed to flow – effortlessly. And it was a pleasant surprise. Indeed.