Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

I'm going as Karl Lagerfeld for Halloween. It's an excuse to wear a tie and strut around in a tuxedo with tails.

Karl Lagerfeld by François Lafite._______
Update: I added a picture of myself. Not a complete Lagerfeld look (missing gloves and a grandiose collar), but I believe it works.
(Lagerfeld picture via François Lafite)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rickard Lindqvist Spring/Summer 2009

Swedish designer, Rickard Lindqvist, started his label in autumn 2006. Favorite designers of this Scandinavian gent include Vivenne Westwood, Comme des Garçons, and Henrik Vibskov. Oh, and he hates H&M. I wonder what he thinks of the collaboration between Comme de Garcon and H&M.
(via Iqons)

Originally trained as a mens tailor Rickard Lindqvist graduated with a BA in Fashion Design from the Swedish School of Textile in 2005. During and after his studies, he has worked for various companies such Vivienne Westwood, Nudie Jeans, Whipping Floyd and Filippa K. He has also dressed artists such as Hakan Hellstrom, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Whyte Seeds and Broder Daniel. In 2004 he was rewarded the Sisley award at the Mittelmoda fashion award in Gorizia, Italy. His work has been show and exhibited in Paris, Tokyo, Berlin Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Rickards design is very much driven by intricate pattern construction but with the roots in classic tailoring. He combines the avante-garde with the classic in a way, which challenges the way we perceive our bodies and clothing.

Inspiration: Oscar Wilde

"Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear." Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

On Repeat: Hercules and Love Affair

Hercules and Love Affair - Blind

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Item: MARSéll Ankle boots

I was browsing through Selectism (who has gone through a nice make over recently) and I stumbled across these boots. I have to admit, once I saw these boots I gasped a little bit and then I started to salivate. Such a reaction only happens with clothes and cars, I promise.

Katharine Hepburn Inspired

After looking through ACL and reading an entry about women wearing menswear influenced clothing, I thought I should post a picture of myself I took last February while I was in Copenhagen. My attire that evening was very much of the sort.

DSC01477 by you.
Tiger of Sweden Vest, Vintage Scarf, Brooks Brothers Shirt, Cuff Links from Austin Boutique

New Blog: What I Saw Today

What I Saw Today is a blog that features men's street fashion, but instead of the normal pictorial documentation of such style, the author for this blog draws the sartorial inspirations and posts his work as entries.


Preview of Comme des Garçons for H&M

There are no H&M stores in Texas. I'll be a little sad come November 13th when madness erupts at the Swedish store. Locations in New York, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, San Francisco, and Chicago will carry the collaboration. If you're a fan of Comme des Garçons, I highly recommend waiting in line and enduring the craziness.




The Turn: Natural Leather

Last Spring I was in Athens for about a week and the one item that kept catching my eye were the natural leather bags that various boutiques were displaying. My friends convinced me not to buy a bag and I really wish I listened to my style instincts. Lesson learned.

Blackbird is featuring some natural leather shoes from Esquival. Paired with some dark jeans or grey trousers, such a tone in color would surely complete a look. Don't forget to add a nice sock.

Hobo Shoe

Hobo Boots

What's best about this natural leather is how the color changes with ware.

(via Blackbird)

If you haven't check out Billykirk already, they feature a nice assortment of bags and belts made with natural leather.

Monday, October 20, 2008

V Man: Designer Portraits

V Man has posted 17 portraits of designers with their menswear models in full fashion attire. JD Ferguson was the lucky photographer who was able to snap these pictures in Milan and Paris. More pictures after the jump.

Giorgio Armani


Alexander McQueen

D Squared


Paul Smith
(via V Man)

On Repeat: Uh Huh Her

Uh Huh Her- Not a Love Song

My best wing men are joining me tonight for homo happy adventures. My evening is going to start early with Margaret Cho at the student union and afterwards I'm frolicking over to The Parish to see Uh Huh Her and The Fashion. The duo who makes up Uh Huh Her, Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey, was featured on The L Word (Hailey plays Alice on the Showtime series) last season. Maybe I can get a hug from Leisha Hailey like I did from Yelle; I'll give an update.

Update: I wasn't feeling like being ridiculous last night so I didn't seek a hug from Leisha Hailey. Next time.

News & Highlights

Advanced Style: Band of Outsiders' Holiday Lookbook (via Refinery 29)

Hint Magazine supplies us with some pretty decent tracks (via Hint).

Blackbird has goodies from Want Les Essentials De Le Vie (via Blackbird).

Another reason to love Natalie Portman (via Jezebel).

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Banksy love

A little visual pleasure.


Oki-Ni Picks

I'm dreaming right now and thinking of a time when there was no recession and gas was below a dollar like when I first started driving 7 years ago. Sigh. Picks from Oki-Ni are below.

Satyenkumar Boucle Spot Scarf & Want Les Essentiels iPod 160G Holder

Acne Phoenix Ankle Sneaks & Lost Souls Suede Boot

YMC Check Shirt & Nom De Guerre Plaid Cotton Shirt

Atelier La Durance x oki-ni Royston Broken Twill 14oz Selvedge Slim Jeans & Acne Skinny Jean

YMC Raw Denim Jean & Raf Simons Solid Caban Jacket

Rick Owens Wool Pocket Jacket & Jil Sander Marble Hooded Sports Jacket

(via Oki-Ni)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The V-Store

The V-Store has just emerged as an on-line shopping spot for Vibskovphilics. Other labels are also featured, including Opening Ceremony, Walter van Beirendonck, Rojo, Malin + Goetz, and Uslu Airlines.

The V-Store online shop is a satellite of the HENRIK VIBSKOV BOUTIQUE in Copenhagen and Oslo. Its aim is to reach out globally to all corners of the world with exciting products, special editions, old classics, books, magazines, shoes, skin-care and make-up, from a range of local and international designers, artists and creators, which we think create a new, progressive and beautiful collection of pieces.

The Item: Toronto blue pinstripe shirt by Henrik Vibskov

I can see myself! Check out the detailing of this shirt after the jump. So happy.

(via Oak)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

On Repeat: My Drive Thru

My Drive Thru - Santogold, Julian Casablancas, N.E.R.D produced by Pharrell

The Tight Collar Man

I essentially have no knowledge of how to wear a tie. A Flickr friend, the TightCollarMan, will instead show you how to wear your tie, tightly of course.

High Collar and Striped Tie by TightCollarMan.Tall, Tight, Stiff Collar by TightCollarMan.Young-man_High Standing Collar by TightCollarMan.
Update: The Tight Collar Man did some spring cleaning so I had to upload some different pictures.
(via TightCollarMan)

News & Highlights

pu**ywhipped by attator.
Modern Chivalry?
(via Flickr: attator)

What do women want? The NY Observer helps out by using Mad Men's Don Draper as an example. Mad about Mad Men (via The New York Observer)

Do You Have Douchebag Hair? Glad to see in the lesbian category my style is no where to be found. I'm even more amused that Clay Aiken made the cut for lesbian douchebag hair, congrads Ms. Aiken! (via Men.Style).

10 Ways to Avoid Hipster Baby Names. I probably won't have kids for another 10 years, regardless I'm happy that my choice for a boy, Sebastian, isn't on the list. (via The Daily Beast)

Los Angeles Times interviews Erik Hart

Morphine Generation's Erik Hart adds a self-named line
A dressier, higher-priced, more mainstream collection grows out of the onetime tees and hoodies brand.
By Emili Vesilind, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

WHEN designer Erik Hart launched Morphine Generation, his darkly romantic streetwear line, in 2003, imitators came flocking -- ripping off the collection's skull-and-flora silk-screens ad nauseam. "There were people who built their lines around my first collection," said the Los Angeles native, "but I've accepted it and moved on."

Hart stayed one step ahead of his copyists by evolving Morphine Generation from a T-shirt-and-hoodies line into a full-fledged clothing collection, known for black tailored jackets and capes with a "Sleepy Hollow" vibe. The brand picked up illustrious devotees along the way, including Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan and Brad Pitt.

Now the 28-year-old is hoping to make an even bigger impact (though he could live without the copycats) with his new namesake collection, Erik Hart: Factory of Aesthetics & Dreams.

The higher-priced line, which retails for $98 to $650, is a move into dressier apparel for Hart, who started Morphine Generation out of his garage -- with no formal fashion training under his belt -- after years of cobbling together clothes for the various rock bands he'd played in.

"I thought it was best to take the fashion elements out of Morphine Generation and call it Erik Hart," said the designer, sitting in his sparsely beautiful downtown loft, between drags on a Parliament Light. "Then I could keep Morphine an artisanal streetwear line."

The line, which is pretty but not girly, with a dash of Hedi Slimane-style androgyny, is also a step toward more mainstream designer fashion.

(via Erik Hart)
Filled with sporty buffalo-check jackets and little black dresses, the debut collection for fall/winter might have been billed as a capsule collection for Morphine Generation; it shares a similar attitude. But Hart's spring/summer offerings, wrought in black, white and canary yellow, veer into trendier terrain. High-waisted miniskirts and riffs on the classic motorcycle jacket (including a yellow motorcycle vest) would fit niftily on the rack with a number of young designer collections, including Alexander Wang and Jenni Kayne.

Though Morphine Generation pieces are almost instantly recognizable, Erik Hart is more incognito and so infinitely more wearable. "I want the pieces to transform," Hart said. "You should be able to throw a jacket over a dress you've been wearing all day for a cocktail party."

Cotton is a staple at Morphine Generation, but Hart upped the fabric ante for his namesake line, importing men's suiting fabric, silks and treated nylon from Italy, Japan and France. "It's about high and low," he said, "a mix between high sartorial elements and street elements." For instance, he added, "I'll use menswear suiting fabrics in a sleek, form-fitting dress."

Underground rock 'n' roll is Hart's first love -- he's been playing and touring with bands since high school -- and music has always played hugely in his designs. When conceptualizing fall/winter Erik Hart, the designer referenced no-wave and art-punk bands and artists such as Television, Cabaret Voltaire and Glenn Branca -- ultimately designing looks for the members of a fictional band, dubbed the Dark Harts, made up of fantasy rockers Lucien and Sophie. (The collection is available now at Scout and Ron Herman in L.A.)

Hart is also inspired by art and pop culture; his loft is strewn with kitschy vintage books and magazines. And the forthcoming spring/summer 2009 line is based on American contemporary artist Robert Longo's "Men in the Cities" paintings, which depict people dressed for the office, writhing in torment. "One of the paintings was of Cindy Sherman in this amazing poplin shirt with this black, body-conscious skirt," said Hart, who created a shorter black skirt and a more stylized white button-down as the starting point for the line.

The collection's name, Erik Hart: Factory of Aesthetics & Dreams (no doubt a nod to Andy Warhol's famous Factory), is intended to be a butterfly net for Hart's artistic pursuits -- musical, sartorial or otherwise. "It doesn't limit me to one specific genre of creative outlet," said the designer, who's working on a jewelry collection for fall 2009 that will be "simple, with lots of dark metals -- like a ring that has a bolt detail on it and one single diamond."

Look for the plastic version at Forever 21 next year.