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December 22, 2013

Tan

If you follow @thedandyproject on Instagram, you will notice that I am having a bit of an urban phase: Timbs, jersey tops, and touches of athletic wear.  I’d say it’s an unlikely yet natural progression; the voluminous Yohji bottoms I own and my penchant for wearing diamonds in the daytime translate quite seamlessly into a look of hip-hop inspirations.  Conversely, I would go so boldly as to say that urban wear is having a bit of a thedandyproject phase, with many of its moguls sporting sharp tailoring, clean lines, and lots of black.  These shoes, both in Timberland tan, worn with big coats, bomber jackets, boxy sweatshirts, skinnies in waxed black and “dad” denim, and baggy bottoms, have been in heavy rotation.

tan Timberland boots and Nike x Undercover Gyakusou Lunarglides

tan Timberland boots and Nike x Undercover Gyakusou Lunarglides

Timberland classic 6-inch boots in tan nubuck

Timberland classic 6-inch boots in tan nubuck

Nike x Undercover Gyakusou Lunarglides

Nike x Undercover Gyakusou Lunarglides


November 12, 2013

Daniel Villareal

Daniel Villareal is a designer from Chicago, a one-time reality TV star and sex blogger, a coffee enthusiast, and a resident of New York City.  He is a graduate of architecture, and came to New York to find a niche somewhere between architecture and fashion.  As a student, Cristobal Balenciaga’s vision of a woman resonated with him and influenced his understanding of form and structure.  His sense of style is a fascinating play on gender and theatrics, with unexpected touches of restraint.  He barely wears any jewelry, and the night I met him, he wore a women’s fully-sequined sweater in reverse, for a less garish sparkle.  Daniel takes inspiration from the forgotten, the details of everyday life that go unnoticed, and the things that are left unsaid.

Daniel wears an unknown sheer body veil blouse, Topshop slim leather pants, and Dr. Marten's steel toe construction boots.

Daniel wears an unknown sheer body veil blouse, Topshop slim leather pants, and Dr. Marten’s steel toe construction boots.

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sheer + steel-toe

sheer + steel-toe

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90's vintage Bergdorf Goodman leather shirt, Charles Chang Lim black and white spotted trousers, Gucci loafers, and Robert Marc sunglasses

90′s vintage Bergdorf Goodman leather shirt, Charles Chang Lim black and white spotted trousers, Gucci loafers, and Robert Marc sunglasses

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Gucci loafers with "ghost" horsebits

Gucci loafers with “ghost” horsebits

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vintage alpaca wool headscarf, Japanese knit tank, Acne jeans, and Y-3 sneakers

vintage alpaca wool headscarf, Japanese knit tank, Acne jeans, and Y-3 sneakers

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vintage Japanese knit tank

vintage Japanese knit tank

Y-3 floral print sneakers

Y-3 floral print sneakers

vintage motorcycle jacket, David Beckhams, and Dr. Martens boots

vintage motorcycle jacket, David Beckhams, and Dr. Martens boots

Vintage riding helmut by M.J. Knoud, Raf Simons face-print tunic, Theory slouch pants, and Duckie Brown boots

Vintage riding helmut by M.J. Knoud, Raf Simons face-print tunic, Theory slouch pants, and Duckie Brown boots

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November 4, 2013

LPD

LPD is one of New York’s most exciting new labels, currently stocked at Net-a-Porter, Lane Crawford, and the tongue-in-cheek VFiles, and I am really enjoying watching the brand grow from its famed t-shirts and jerseys that pay tribute to fashion’s greats, with their names and years of birth printed on the back like football uniforms.  What a novel idea, I thought, and of all of today’s fashion parody t-shirts, I find these the most elegant.  Ben Fainlight, the designer behind LPD New York, invited me over for a re-see after fashion week, walked me through the line, and showed me a few of next season’s new pieces, a couple of which I’m already crushing on.

A "team Yamamoto" shirt in extra-large, to be worn with flowy culottes in the summer or voluminous hakama pants in the winter.

A “team Yamamoto” shirt in extra-large, to be worn with flowy culottes in the summer or voluminous hakama pants in the winter.

an ode to the old Margiela, in Margielic white-on-white

an ode to the old Margiela, in Margielic white-on-white

With a drawstring waist, pockets (!), and buttery leather, this beats basketball shorts in the summer and works great layered over pants in the colder months.

With a drawstring waist, pockets (!), and buttery leather, this kilt beats basketball shorts in the summer and works great layered over pants in the colder months.

A minimally detailed scrub top in coated cotton is a fashionable take on the familiar medical top rendered in a subtly edgy thicker material.

A minimally detailed scrub top in coated cotton is a fashionable take on the familiar medical top rendered in a subtly edgy thicker material.

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October 30, 2013

Manila Photo Diary

On my recent trip home, I learned that people in Manila now wear mohair and velvet gowns and neoprene sweaters in 80 degree weather and that it’s totally cool, because not having cold days shouldn’t stifle self-expression in Fall fashion.  The Philippines is changing—I’ve had the privilege of spending time with the close-knit circle of talented creatives making beautiful things and making a difference.  Also, nature is beautiful and inspiring, and it is creatively healthy to get outside of New York City once in a while.  In a country like the Philippines ridden with ethnic halfies, studded with hot, congested city centers and lush, dreamy tropical islands, ravaged by Spain in the past and looking both to the East and West for the future, something great is bound to come out.

model publicist Janthina Fong at her Jewelmer Gala

model publicist Janthina Fong at her Jewelmer Gala

Josie Natori Fall 2013

Josie Natori Fall 2013

Rajo and fireworks on display at the Ayala Museum

Rajo and fireworks on display at the Ayala Museum

Manila's Rajo Laurel and Liz Uy

Manila’s Rajo Laurel and Liz Uy

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Michelle

Michelle

experimental young Manila

experimental young Manila

interwoven

interwoven

with Rajo Laurel, in Rajo Laurel

with Rajo Laurel, in Rajo Laurel

family jewels

family jewels

children of the cloth

children of the cloth

home

home

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my slitty friends

my slitty friends

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Miguelita and Georgina

Miguelita and Georgina

Balenciaga and Alaia

Balenciaga and Alaia

Victor

Victor

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House of Laurel

House of Laurel

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Tini Dahl

Tini

Vivier

bejeweled Roger Vivier

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Shangri-la

Shangri-la

at a wedding in Jil Sander, Topman, and Guidi

in Jil Sander, Topman, and Guidi

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college buds

college buds

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flip-flops fit for a Conquistador, c/o Pons Avarcas

flip-flops fit for a conquistador, c/o Pons Avarcas

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#refbabe

#refbabe

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this island Boracay

this island Boracay


October 22, 2013

Foreshadowing Fall

I’m sitting in my room in Manila, trip slightly prolonged, looking out into the garden of eternal sunlight, dreaming of the crisp, moody New York City fall.  A trip to my tailor’s nearly cost me a finger, as I held up a piece of velvet chiffon and had my finger caught in a dirty steel ceiling fan #sufferingforfashion.  I’ve been spending the last few weeks mapping out my looks for this season, and this endeavor involves a good deal of accessory planning.  Here are my favorite recent acquisitions, nearly all in my favorite amalgamation of all colors forever and ever: black.

pull-on boots with billowy pants tucked into them or cropped voluminous pants skimming their tops: black pull-on boots by Rachel Comey, dark silver moon boots by Rick Owens

pull-on boots with billowy pants tucked into them or cropped voluminous pants skimming their tops: black pull-on boots by Rachel Comey, dark silver moon boots by Rick Owens

I am an AG jeans convert, and the one thing I find outstanding about their pants is the fabric.  Waxed skinny jeans in the most comfortable, un-leggingy stretch waxed black denim without the waxy residue on your fingers.  These are the Dylans, in black slick.

I am an AG jeans convert, and the one thing I find outstanding about their pants is the fabric. Waxed skinny jeans in the most comfortable, un-leggingy stretch waxed black denim without the waxy residue on your fingers. These are the Dylans, in black slick.

Nothing parallels the ease of a zip pouch.  It is a satellite of your coat pocket and takes the bulk out of a soft or a fitted silhouette.

Nothing parallels the ease of a zip pouch. It is a satellite of your coat pocket and takes the bulk out of a soft or a fitted silhouette.

There is an unexpected elegance to the shape of the classic Timberland boot.  It draws a slim line from the toe up to the shaft, and the lug soles evoke weekends in Aspen.  In all-black, it is understated and handsome.

There is an unexpected elegance to the shape of the classic Timberland boot. It draws a slim line from the toe up to the shaft, and the lug soles evoke weekends in Aspen. In all-black nubuck, it is understated and handsome.

Tim Hamilton makes the perfect motorcycle jacket.  Heavy, luxe, minimally detailed, and with black hardware, it adds a touch of toughness to my Fall pajama looks.

Tim Hamilton makes the perfect motorcycle jacket. Heavy, luxe, minimally detailed, and with black hardware, it adds a touch of toughness to my Fall pajama looks.

Laird London makes exquisite hats.  I have the classic crushable hat, and crush it I will, wearing it out and around town on all my bad hair days until it gets old and rumpled a la my ultimate life peg Yohji-san.

Laird London makes exquisite hats. I have the classic crushable hat, and crush it I will, wearing it out and around town on all my bad hair days until it gets old and rumpled a la my ultimate life peg Yohji-san.

 


October 8, 2013

Ricky Pedaline

Ricky Pedaline is an art director from Ohio.  His work, just as much as his clothes, reflects this bold, esoteric, pleasure-seeking spirit that seems to captivate most of New York’s creative underground scene today.  I’ve long admired Ricky’s sense of style—I’ve known him for years of looks that I could probably never wear or even attempt to.  He gets a kick out of taking pieces that are typically difficult to wear, and making them his worn, and I find great merit in that.  He lists science fiction, sportswear, and “tacky Eastern European style” as his inspirations and says that a European undercover cop/spy is the look he tries to achieve.

Ricky Pedaline in a Margiela sweater, Vivienne Westwood watch, Narciso Rodriguez trousers, and Z-coil sandals

Ricky Pedaline in a Margiela sweater, Vivienne Westwood watch, Narciso Rodriguez trousers, and Z-coil sandals

Vivienne Westwood bracelet watch

Vivienne Westwood bracelet watch

Z-coil orthopedic spring-heeled sandals

Z-coil orthopedic spring-heeled sandals

Narciso Rodriguez iridescent blue trousers

Narciso Rodriguez iridescent blue trousers

Libl top and Jean Paul Gaultier pants

Libl top and Jean Paul Gaultier pants

detail on the stretch top by Libl, a European activewear brand

detail on the stretch top by Libl, a European activewear brand

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Jean Paul Gaultier cargo pants

Jean Paul Gaultier cargo pants

vintage Helmut Lang quilted vest and Issey Miyake quilted pants

vintage Helmut Lang quilted vest and Issey Miyake quilted pants

with Prada sunglasses and boots

with Prada sunglasses and boots

Prada boots

Prada boots

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Libl top and pants, Givenchy shorts, and Saucony Razor shoes

Libl top and pants, Givenchy shorts, and Saucony Razor shoes

the same Libl shirt, in a grayscale colorway

the same Libl shirt, in a grayscale colorway

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Saucony trainer-aquashoe hybrids

Saucony trainer-aquashoe hybrids

military-issue jacket, JF and Son top, Bruzzer shorts, and Nike Air Max sneakers

military-issue jacket, JF and Son top, Bruzzer shorts, and Nike Air Max sneakers

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contrast seat on the Bruzzer shorts

contrast seat on the Bruzzer shorts

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September 26, 2013

NYFW on Film Part II

Here is the second installment of what my eyes have seen around New York Fashion Week, through the filter of my old Olympus Trip 200 film camera.  Highlights include backstage at Siki Im, styling a lookbook mid-fashion week, and a few portraits here and there.

Siki Im, backstage, moments before his show

Siki Im, backstage, moments before his show

Guidis, on Siki and me

Guidis, on Siki and me

suave

suave

Noma Han

Monkey Noma

Noma Han in the Siki Im Spring 2014 lineup

Noma Han in the Siki Im Spring 2014 lineup

baby blue leather at Siki

baby blue leather at Siki

Siki Im Spring 2014 finale

Siki Im Spring 2014 finale

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backstage at Parke & Ronen

backstage at Parke & Ronen

Parke & Ronen walkthrough

Parke & Ronen walkthrough

one of my favorite NYC photographers: Eli Schmidt

one of my favorite NYC photographers: Eli Schmidt

the pit

the pit

Jagger on Emrich

Jagger on Emrich

at the Public School afterparty in Rajo Laurel brocade and a vintage brooch

at the Public School afterparty in Rajo Laurel brocade and a vintage brooch

May Kwok and Ian Bradley

May Kwok and Ian Bradley

metallic shorts and star-emblazoned Common Projects at Tim Coppens

metallic shorts and star-emblazoned Common Projects at Tim Coppens

Phil Oh, at work

Phil Oh, at work in Chelsea

Mopsey at the Tim Hamilton studio

Mopsey at the Tim Hamilton studio

The Tim Hamilton Fall 2013 lookbook team

The Tim Hamilton Fall 2013 lookbook team


September 19, 2013

Vintage Yohji Lace Coat

This vintage Yohji Yamamoto lace coat might as well be vintage Chanel (made for a large, boxy, broad-shouldered woman) with its round neckline, heavy drape, and fine lace fabric.  It is both warm and breezy; thick lace with a flocked velveteen finish seems almost laser-cut with tiny geometric shapes which let the wind through.  As always, for something in full-on velvet lace—long, sheer, and collarless—Mr. Yamamoto delivers a piece that is still quite masculine in shape and feel.  I wore the precious piece over what I’d typically wear running around Brooklyn: a black t-shirt, Chinoiserie-print shorts, and black-on-black Converse.

vintage Yohji Yamamoto lace coat, Alexander Wang t-shirt, Chinoiserie-print shorts c/o Old Bull Lee, Converse shoes, Illesteva sunglasses

vintage Yohji Yamamoto lace coat, Alexander Wang t-shirt, Chinoiserie-print shorts c/o Old Bull Lee, Converse shoes, Illesteva sunglasses

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I love the porcelain-plate print on these Old Bull Lee shorts.

I love the porcelain-plate print on these Old Bull Lee shorts.

lace + chucks

lace + chucks

photographs by Ciege Cagalawan


September 16, 2013

NYFW on Film Part I

I went analog this season and took pictures of New York Fashion Week with an Olympus Trip 200 film camera.  It sure beats carrying a big SLR, and the quality of film photos simply cannot be recreated on any digital camera.  But shooting on film is an arduous process; film is expensive, and limited, and needs to be developed, scanned, and edited.  Having to change rolls mid-show can cause heart palpitations on a young fashion boy.  This is the New York Fashion Week that I love: friends, favorite designers, what I saw, ate, and wore, and where I went after dark.

This striped shirt is the one Robert Geller piece I need next summer.

This striped shirt is the one Robert Geller piece I need next summer.

"From Russia, With Punk" by Robert Geller

“From Russia, With Punk” by Robert Geller

Mustachioed man of the hair backstage at Geller

Mustachioed man of the hair backstage at Geller

Robert Geller and daughter Luna, before the show

Robert Geller and daughter Luna, before the show

Highland's easy and impossibly cool streetwear

Highland’s easy and impossibly cool streetwear

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green brows + vintage + Yohji

green brows + vintage + Yohji

Dashiel, entering Le Bain in Comme

Dashiel, entering Le Bain in Comme

Dustin in Sons of William

Dustin in Sons of William

+ on M. Boudet

+ on M. Boudet

man in a dress

man in a dress

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the inimitable Willy Cartier

the inimitable Willy Cartier

Birkenstocks, the unofficial uniform of Team The Dandy Project

Birkenstocks: the unofficial uniform of team The Dandy Project

William Yan #bloggerstakingpicturesofbloggers

William Yan in SoHo #bloggerstakingpicturesofbloggers

Baptiste Radufe walks General Idea

Baptiste Radufe walks General Idea

cool and clinical at Duckie Brown

cool and clinical at Duckie Brown

Richard Haines, being Richard Haines

Richard Haines, being Richard Haines

Converse sans Margiela

Converse sans Margiela


August 28, 2013

Details-ed

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of styling and modeling at a shoot with the Details Magazine team—hair and make-up on set, my own pinner, editors supervising the direction, and the talented Collin Hughes taking bright-sunlight, slick and suave, dynamic photos evocative of the magazine’s style—a pleasantly bizarre experience for which I’m so thankful; I don’t think the other boys from my high school get to do this.  The shoot was for Denim & Leathers Andrew Marc, and the clothes were surprisingly delightful: rugged American leathers and lush shearlings, and knits with a great hand-feel to them.  In my favorite look below, I thought I’d go a little Italian gangster’s adopted Asian son with my mother’s solid gold tie pin on the knit polo and Hudson River-soaked dirty Chucks with leather pants.  Look Ma, no black.

Andrew Marc Denim and Leathers knit polo and leather pants, Illesteva sunglasses, vintage gold tie clip on the collar, Lanero ring, and Converse shoes

Denim & Leathers Andrew Marc knit polo and leather pants, Illesteva sunglasses, vintage gold tie clip, Lanero diamond pave ring, and Converse shoes

Watch out for the other looks in the shoot to be published on the Details site soon, and if you find yourself in New York City in August, you may or may not see my face on top of a taxi cab.  Thank you to Collin Hughes for the photographs, Tiffany Patton for hair and makeup, and Details’ Colin Stark, Catherine Kim, and Alison Matheny for the wonderful company and moral support.