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Starring Jeremy Scott (again)

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Global Musing on February 18, 2011 at 2:21 am


Fall 2011 via Style.com

I say again because of my seemingly unflinching loyalty to this man.

Jeremy Scott is a founding father of the club kid generation – an era that, for some reason, he’s not ready to let go of. Not that it matters – his sugary colour palette is a ray of light in such a down-trodden and fickle industry. But, admittedly, I am concerned. His namesake – in the form of a website – does not appear to be working, unless it’s just me. And with the exception of his line for Adidas Originals, he mainline doesn’t seem to be readily available either. You can, if you’re resourceful, find some pieces on eBay however, that doesn’t do a whole lot if you’re looking for size and variety.

There was a time, in the late `90s, when I took a fascination to Toronto’s version of that whole club kid phenomenon. Raves, as they were called, consisted of faux-fur flairs big enough to swim in, pacifiers and loads of sparkle. I was more into jungle and drum & bass, which meant I preferred hip-hop swag to the culture’s otherwise tacky excess. Do I consider that phase to be a fashion faux-pas? Absolutely not! Why, that’s when I was was at my most experimental. It was a time that taught me to embrace that I wasn’t, nor did I care to be, placed in the compounds of conformity. No thanks. And I suppose that my connection to Jeremy Scott’s line is that it’s reminiscent of those times, with bit more sophistication as time wears on.

Scott has shown at fashion weeks around the world before making his way back to New York this season. Taking all this into consideration, there is something not adding up. But he’s one of the lines I will – and would – fight for because he’s authentic. And, as mentioned, he brings that much needed humour to fashion we all so desperately need at times.


Spring 2011 via Style.com


Fall 2010 via Style.com


Jeremy Scott jewel dress via Opening Ceremony


Jeremy Scott Multicolored puffer via eBay

Jeremy Scott Fall 2011 runway

Shout out to retrogurl for providing the video.

A couple that grows old together

In Global Musing on February 13, 2011 at 4:57 am


via Advanced Style.

Ends up dressing like one another. I guess I’ll be forever young.

Christian Dior Denim Flow part II

In culture, Global Musing, model, music on February 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

It seems the initial point I tried to illustrate with my last post has been validated. The poor lustrous Adonis’  I dedicated Kanye’s “Christian Dior Denim Flow” to were left on the casting couch. And yet ,I can’t help but think the lovely Venus’ West really made the song for, will appeal to you all.

But, who am I to complain? I just really like the song.

So here we go – yet again.

“Christian Dior Denim Flow”

Kanye West (Feat. John Legend, KiD CuDi, Pusha T, Ryan Leslie and Lloyd Banks)

Press Play

“I got the world in my hands, the master plan.
But I don’t know why I keep calling
Why I keep, all of these girls at my shows
They lovin’ me. But I don’t know why
I keep calling,
why I keep calling you.”


Amber Rose via Synamatiq

“All the models to the floor right now.
All the models to the floor right now.”


Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford shot by Peter Lindbergh via Contra

“WHAT!”

“HUH?”

“All the models to the floor right now.
All the models to the floor right now”

Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova cover i-D magazine via Style Frizz

“I’m in my Christian Dior with a Veronica Webb”

via BOP My Space

“Noémie Lenoir”

via Rudy Waks

“Chanel (Iman)”

via BET

“Sessilee Lopez”

via The Vogue Society

“Arlenis Sosa”

via Anne of Carversville

“Selita Ebanks”

via Esquire

“If you work with my people, speak that Jourdan Dunn language.”

via Sachin bhola

“Make a phone call, out to Joan Smalls.”

via Krave

“I wonder how it feel to lower (Lara) Stone’s walls.”

Fashion Model Directory

“Jessica Gomes, y’all, I would damage her.”

via chebelledonne.posterous.com

“And see if Jessica Stam got the stamina.”

via is this real life 2

“I’m in the car with Leo (DiCaprio) and the Benz swerve.
I heard Bar (Refaeli)

via Wzz Dirt

was friends with Esti Ginzburg.”

via Listal

“Coco Rocha”

via In Out Star

“Kate Mimosa (Moss)”

via Fan pop

“Alessandra Ambrosio”

via distraktion

“Anja Rubik”

via hotel de mode

“Get Olga… Kurylenko

via magxone
“tell her I’m very single.”

“Abbey Lee, too.”

via style crave

“I’m a freak boo.”

“I’m wildin’. I’m on a thousand.
I wanna see Irina Shayk

via magxone

next to Doutzen (Kroes).”

via nomadtwoworlds

Francesco Vezzoli @ Gagosian New York

In art, culture, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Global Musing, Good Look on February 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm


Image via Gagosian

What a coincidence – I was reading about Francesco Vezzoli in Vogue the other day. Now he’s having his first solo exhibition at one of the most – if not the most – revered galleries in the world. According to the press release Vezzoli will transform

“Gagosian’s vast gallery into a Renaissance chapel, he has installed enlarged reinterpretations of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Madonna-and-Child paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli and others. But instead of the beatific Madonnas that grace each of the historical precedents, Vezzoli’s women are contemporary supermodels — Claudia Schiffer, Tatjana Patitz, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, and Kim Alexis, among others. In conflating supermodels with historical religious icons, Vezzoli points to the societal worship of figures from the fashion and celebrity industries.

In each work, the supermodel and child are adorned with makeup, tattoos and large oblong tears, rendered in needlepoint (Vezzoli also actually signs some of the works with a prominent FV, a needle and thread forming part of the initials).”

As you can imagine, the inclusion of supermodels and ‘needle point’ technique is sure to seduce a strong fashion crowd.

If you’re in the New York area, this could be a good one.

Saturday, February 5th, from 6 to 8pm
Gagosian Gallery, West 21st Street
522 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
T. 212.741.1717

An interview with Vezzoli on a collaboration with Lady Gaga

Shout out to LadyGagaNu for providing the video

Black style: Burberry Spring/Summer 2011 campaign

In campaign, couture, culture, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Global Musing, Good Look on February 3, 2011 at 6:35 am


Images via Getty and Fashionologie

You’ve got to indulge in all of this shit. Excuse the profanities, but I’m having a moment. In this case, I’m bubbling with a ridiculous amount of excitement and I’m saying – in true Liza Minnelli mode – “Damn right!” This is the first time, in a long that, that I’ve seen a mainstream fashion brand showcase two black models in their campaign. And no, there’s no political correctness in this one. Sorry.


image via Fashion Gone Rogue

I scrutinize the fashion shows, and I’ve been shut down by so many editors when pitching “black style,” or, anything to do with people of colour in the industry. This is a very small revolution. No, let me take that back. In a world saturated by euro-centricity, for the purpose of sales and customer appeal, this is… iconoclastic. Burberry, you go.


Image via Fashion Gone Rogue

So, I invite you do revel in it all. Let’s give Jourdan Dunn and Sacha M’Baye their moment.

Play all the clips simultaneously, and see the impact of the final product.

You ready, let’s go.

Shout out to Burberry on providing the videos.

Trend report: Suited colour

In culture, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Global Musing, Good Look, Trend on February 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm


Images via Style.com and Getty

I own one suit, seven blazers. All of them black. But funny enough, my wardrobe bursts with elements of pinks, yellows, greens, blues. And I don’t restrict colour to seasons: if it feels right, it goes on. But when it comes to my black outerwear, it’s hard to put into context – I suppose I revel in the safety of a black blazer, simple enough. But the Spring/Summer 2010-11 menswear collections pointed out more than the colour blocking and multi-coloured print trends taking hold of fashion. There’s an interest in solid, bright-coloured suits.

Vanessa Bruno Crepe structured-shoulder jacket, $670 via Net-A-Porter


Vanessa Bruno Tapered crepe pants, $425 via Net-A-Porter

This certainly has nothing to do with the excess of the`80s. And while it may lean toward `90s kitsch – and I mean slightly – it’s a lot more fresh, modern. That’s it. Very Jil Sander (which is why Raf Simons for Jil Sander ruled the colour trend this season). A strong reference to contemporary art and modern design. Minimalism with with an edge, so to speak. We have had our time to dwell in a vomit-inducing rainbow hipsterism, and now it’s on to something still daring, but a lot more clean. Colour this season is like a visit to always interestingDesign Miami. Or strolling into the The Standard Spa Miami Beach Store collaboration with OHWOW.


OHWOW x The Standard Spa Miami Beach Store via Highsnobiety

Do you see what I mean: colour is now a lifestyle. And that plays a lot to do with how we actually wear it. Think about it. With such a whimsical landscape, do we really need another black suit?


Current/Elliott Academy cotton twill blazer, $290 via Net-A-Porter


Current/Elliott sharp trouser cotton twill pants, $180 via Net-A-Porter

But this is wear I contradict myself. Because I question whether I’d actually indulge. I mean, I once owned a white suit – that was years ago. But it does raises an interesting discussion. The main concern one would have is whether the suit would be worn again once the momentum wears off. I might feel comfortable rockin’ it out as the trend proliferates, but my bold choice may end up a lone ranger once the craze dies out. I always go back to black. But you know, considering all that I’ve just said about colour now, you never know. Do you…

Well, I’m off!

Image via STREETFSN

Advanced Style

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Global Musing, Good Look, Icon, In the Know on February 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

“Style is something inter-growth. it’s something that’s you. It’s part of your psyche. You have to study yourself, learn who you are; that requires a lot of work which a lot of people don’t want to do. But if you don’t do that, you can copy somebody else’s style but it won’t be yours.”
– Iris Apfel

And a big bleeping shout out to Advanced Style for providing the video.

I came upon Iris Apfel while reading an article called Garb Fest in T magazine by the lovely fashion reporter Lynn Yaeger. The latter was organizing a tea party with some of the most revered fashion savants in New York. Just reading the colour descriptions of clothing by Suzanne Golden, Patricia Fox, Tziporah Salamon said reporter and Iris Apfel was foreign to me. I think that’s because this story showed me the depth behind a person’s whimsical world of style. They were a mis-match of Bottega Veneta and Comme des Garçon with tweaks of vintage resulting in a collage of quirky, colourful outfits. One like me, could only admire. But I was happy to walk away with an important piece of me after reading the article. It is one thing to try to make a statement – something we’re all caught up in these days – but to own your statement, and be able to connect each item of clothing to a piece of personal history – now that’s the real spice to life.

I am, and I’ll be the first to admit it, afraid of getting old. Maybe it’s because my personal sense of style is connected to my culture, which is hip-hop. I grew up on the latest Nike hi-tops, multi-coloured track suits and up-to-date hairstyles. As I’ve grown old-er, though I have experimented with fashion, I’ve always found comfort in “street” style. Don’t get me wrong, I can be a bit of chameleon, when I have to, but jeans, sneakers, gold chains, those are my staple. And I have been one of the few who can own that style culture and not feel, or look, like trying too hard. But as I get older, will it still suit? This is exactly the point Ms. Apfel makes finding and understanding your style “requires some hard work which a lot of people don’t wanna do.” While I don’t question my style sense as much now, when it comes to the future, well, I suppose those are questions not worth pondering at the moment. Because if this style is really you, it will grow with you.

A couple of months ago, I was talking with a friend of mine who said that he used to send his mother – a woman in her `70s – the latest Nike sneakers. He wasn’t doing it to make a statement; he simply had a discount and would send them to her. which was funny because he, a man of 32, said that he didn’t wear his sneakers anymore because he had grown out of streetwear. He to me, didn’t really stand out style wise, yet it was funny because he commented on the fact that I would wear the latest sneakers, and that I had style. So, looking back, I see this was a young lad who didn’t own his. But it’s crystal clear to me, that I own mine.


A Bathing Ape 1st Camo Apesta via Hypebeast

Musing: BRPYV

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Global Musing, history, Icon, style on January 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm


When it comes to fashion, for me, it’s not just about the clothes, but the colourful characters apart of it. I wouldn’t strive to be in fashion had it not been for Diana Vreeland’s authorized, and unauthorized biographies. Or her work during her tenure at Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Truth be told, if it were based on the strength of fashion alone, I probably wouldn’t really be in it. And I say this because I know has ruthless the fashion world can be.

In contrast to the Anna Wintours and Sarah Mowers of the world, there are the ones that make life – not just fashion – worth living. And finally, thanks to the rise of the Internet, these people are finally becoming forces to be reckoned with.

Anna Wintour has been called the most powerful woman in fashion. So, let’s call Anna Dello Russo its MVP. She has been in fashion for over 20 years, yet, it was not until around 2008 or so, that she came center stage. Never mind Ms. Russo’s 4,000 pairs of shoes, or the apartment she has strictly for her wardrobe. Ms. Russo is a performance artist. Her and fashion are one in the same. Through her inspiration, it is okay to have a passion for fashion in the literal sense. It’s not about impulse buying, it’s about adoring beautiful things, and the escape it can bring. The runway can be like a dream, and to own an item off the runway is but a dream come true.

Ms. Russo is here to fill the void of the late Ms. Blow and all the other people we have lost over the years.

It was a humid day in New York City, and I was having lunch on a patio with a good friend of mine, but I can’t quite remember where. We lamented about our careers, shared ideas, fed off each other, and out of the blue, my friend yelled out “I love you Ms. Yaeger!” I turned around, and this caricature with bright orange hair and long skirt turned around and waved. She was the original Ms. Lynn Yaeger – the fashion reporter with a witty sense of humour. Unfortunately, I didn’t know her as the head fashion journalist at the Village Voice, but I certain feed off her articles in Vogue, T Magazine, and the New York Times. You know, both her and Ms. Russo are quirky, and both take their clothing very seriously -they just have different style.

If I lived in New York City – or London – I’d feel comfortable exploring that whimsical side of my own style. And I say that because cities like Toronto don’t always get it.

According to an article in the Guardian, when it came to trying to pin down Ms. Anna Piaggi’s status in the fashion world, the journalist asked “how did a classically educated girl from a quiet, bookish family become one of fashion’s most outrageous iconoclasts?” Well, because she didn’t want to follow the tradition of her family, of course. The mad hatter who always has something in her hand to match is a fashion force toujour. Her signature blue hair and eye shadow are just thin strokes on such a vast and complex canvas. So much so, that the Victoria and Albert Museum held an exhibition in her honour.

Ms. Piaggi plays by her rules. And for that the fashion world has nothing but respect for her character, both inside, and out.

When I started reading Tatler back in 2007, I had no idea it was a high society British magazine. I only read it after learning Fashion Teleivision, that Isabella Blow was its fashion director. And who was she? A quirky, whimsical character whose over-the-top persona was enough to turn anyone onto the publication That’s all. And since her tragic passing in 2007, admittedly, I have not really read the publication since. She was known as the woman who nurtured careers. For she “found” Philip Treacy and the late, magnificent Alexander McQueen.

Ms. Blow’s life, despite her fame, was tragic. But she paved the way for finding strength in your individual style.

Ms. Diana Vreeland was a polished dresser, but her personality was a colourful as the red sea. And yes, she loved the colour red. She was an unconventional thinker, and unbelievable story teller. And because of her ideas, had a knack for creating something grad out of absolutely nothing. Whether at Vogue or the MET, she was a curator of ideas. Ms. Vreeland turned fashion dreams into reality.

You didn’t understand Ms. Vreeland, you conceptualized her.

Global Musing: Toronto

In Fabric, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Global Musing, In the Know, style on June 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I want to say welcome, but that’s kinda lame, so I’ll get to the point.

The brilliant idea of trend spotting switched on a head bulb. I know – don’t ask. The idea of style stocking is so passé that it’s now a washed-out global phenom. Style Photogs are scoring book deals, landing front rows at revered fashion collections, and becoming the point-of-reference for a slew of pop-up Trend agencies.

So why, you ask, would this idea only occur to me now? Well, I scoped it in a certain magazine (that shall be nameless), and I felt it was done so colorfully, so originally but yet, so vaguely, that I had wanted to rip the idea and take it a step further. I want to grab trends from every crevice of the planet. And that, my friends, takes dedication. While I won’t be doing it everyday, I’ll defo be plugging it in once a week (to start). And I have a goal. I won’t share my goal (that’s why it’s a goal), but it’s a feasible one. So here we go.

Toronto guys, for the most part, have an uncategorizable style. One minute it’s eurotrash, the next it’s hipster punk. But lately, the T.O guy’s been rocking a mod-sportif ;  hi-tops – preferably Cr8tive Recs, or Supra – add futuristic funk to an otherwise semi-bland jeans-hoodie combo. Most up-town guys are big on G-Star, but they are, thanks to the cities thriving downtown hipster culture, starting to catch on to American Apparel. But you know, AA’s sweatshirts are being upstaged by the purposely ‘ragged’ staples found at Urban Outfitters or Gap. And that Parisian chic scarf, almost annihilated across the pond, is still going strong here. Distressed Diesel jeans are back with a vengeance, but come to think of it, they never really went anywhere, anyway.

Toronto Ladies are a special bunch. They’re prissy, pretty and completely untouchable. That’s right. They’re shopping like fashion editors. And they’ve ripped their outfits straight off the tear sheets of their favorite society magazines (and H&M) which means they’ve got the confidence to talk their way into the hottest happenings in the city. And not only will you have to buy them (and their crew) drinks and dinner at five-star spots, you’ll have to lavish them with – Marilyn Monroe said it best – Tiffany’s. The T.O girl’s upping Toronto’s ‘it’ style ante with super-short, or maxi-long. She’s got her minx on, she’s a fixture at Sephora and Holt Renfrew. However, vintage is a serious trend in Toronto, and she’s suddenly been empowered by the consignment store. Now, Chanel bags and Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses are right on par with her expenditure budget.