December 17, 2012
scenes from the Agi and Sam x District MTV film, featuring Agi and Sam Spring 2013
London design duo Agi and Sam just made a little film in collaboration with District MTV and I think you should watch it. It’s short and delightfully absurd, with the storyline loosely based around the pair’s experiences of visiting their grandma’s house and being forced to watch detective TV series’. The film beautifully showcases the delicious prints of Agi and Sam Spring 2013.
photos and video via District MTV
December 6, 2012
I styled an editorial in the current issue of I.T Post magazine, shot by Alex Kirzhner. I was inspired by the many odd pairings of people in my life, and I wanted the spread to look like self-shot wedding photos of the most eccentric couple. We got to play with beautiful clothes from Rag & Bone, Thom Browne, Adam Kimmel, and Robert Geller. This was my first time styling womenswear for print, and though I wouldn’t say it’s any more or less difficult than menswear, it certainly is very different.
“So Many Adventures Couldn’t Happen Today” shot by Alex Kirzhner, styled by Izzy Tuason, for I.T Post
sunglasses by Robert Geller, mock turtleneck and knit blouson by Adam Kimmel
on her: jacket and skirt by Thom Browne, shoes by Rag & Bone; on him: sunglasses by Robert Geller, sweater, jacket, and pants by Adam Kimmel
on her: hat by Robert Geller, turtleneck, dress, pants, and shoes by Rag & Bone
all clothing by Rag & Bone
headpiece and dress by Thom Browne
hat, hooded sweater, and shirt by Robert Geller, sweater (on shoulders) by Rag & Bone
on him: hat and hooded sweater by Robert Geller, coat by Rag & Bone; on her: hat by Robert Geller, dress and gloves by Rag & Bone, fur stole, stylist’s own
photography: Alex Kirzhner
styling: Izzy Tuason
models: Justin Passmore (RED) and Amira Ahmed (NEW YORK)
assistants: Marnee Litton and Emily Lopez
I.T Post is available at Page One
December 4, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting the Hong Kong-based, Antwerp-educated designer Six Lee when I was in Hong Kong. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts Antwerpen in 2009 and working in the Alexander McQueen menswear team shortly after, he started his namesake line which I find to be an experimental and strikingly dramatic take on traditional tailoring. I had a cup of tea with the designer, then headed to Joyce Boutique for a little game of dress-up.
Six Lee at Joyce Boutique, Hong Kong
An attached fringed scarf trails from the back of a Six Lee coat I tried on.
This plaid flannel cummerbund with tails is a prime example of Lee’s highly dramatic experimental pieces.
chunky gold buttons on the designer’s own jacket
a Six Lee jacket and ring on the designer’s injured publicist
Six Lee’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection is entitled ”We’re all at the end” and is inspired by the desire to share one’s most memorable and priceless moments with one’s beloved in the advent of an apocalypse. These are my favorite looks from that collection:
Round glasses pierce through a felt hat to create quite a sinister gray tailored look.
The designer often gets compared to Thom Browne, but the multilayered elements of this look and the juxtaposition of straight and squiggly lines suggest a looser, more romantic aesthetic for Six Lee.
This plaid pullover jacket is a pain to put on, but makes for quite an interesting clean silhouette.
This rendition of the short jacket + high-waisted trouser combination is sharp and spot-on.
Six Lee FW12, photographed by Jaime Martinez
special thanks to Six Lee, Dean Luk, and Elam Chan
November 30, 2012
This fur-and-knit shearling turtleneck, an odd piece, is one of my favorites from Tim Coppens’ Fall/Winter 2012 collection. The sweater, featuring four panels of chocolate-brown shearling patched together to create a subtle pattern, reminds me of stuffed teddy bears, velvet-upholstered furniture, and my beagle Brandon—all warm and comforting things.
Tim Coppens shearling turtleneck, Brook&Lyn necklace, White Mountaineering pants and shoes
with Illesteva wood sunglasses
“deflected” necklace in leather, cotton, and antiqued mirror by Brook&Lyn
I love: 1. the brocade-esque print on these corduroy White Mountaineering pants, such a novel way of melding luxe and workwear, 2. this mauvey-brown. I am beginning to discover a rainbow of neutrals besides black and white.
White Mountaineering sneakers in printed wool and leather
photographs by Sean Santiago
November 29, 2012
Claudio Bravo is a Chilean hyperrealist painter who came to Manila in the 1960′s to do portraits of characters of Philippine high society, and even today, I find his work timelessly inspiring. I had the honor of experiencing a private viewing at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila through the kindness of my dear friend Rajo Laurel, and viewing these portraits in an empty gallery at night was as close as I could get to having a conversation with the late artist.
Note the fine hair detail in Claudio Bravo’s portrait of Tessie Ojeda Luz.
In addition to the fascinatingly hyperrealistic manner by which he draws hair and makeup and other facial features (the full exquisiteness of this is best seen in person), Bravo had an interesting way of bringing his own touch to the pictures he paints. Long before these days of everybody being a stylist, Bravo was heavily involved in picking out the outfits, favoring looks in the vein of old Balenciaga and Halston. If he didn’t like any of the clothing options, he would drape a cloth over his subjects, or sketch them only to their bare shoulders. Back in the 60′s, a commissioned portrait was said to be the cost of two houses. If I had lived in that era, I only wish I had many houses to spare to have my picture painted by the legendary portrait artist.
Claudio Bravo paints the young tycoon Inigo Zobel and his mother Rocio Zobel Urquijo.
I fell in love with Inigo’s belt buckle initialed “IZ”, which I thought was vaguely Prada-esque. An Izzy could wear that too.
I could only dream of having my portrait be as handsome as this one of Antonio Roxas in a white turtleneck, accented with a slick-back and a skinny dog.
Even the headpiece on Bravo’s mysterious “Boy in a Turban” drawing is hauntingly current.
Rajo admires this portrait of Regina Dee looking effortlessly glamorous.
The long bob, top-lined eyes, and strapless top would look so fresh on a beautiful young woman today. (portrait of Maria Luisa Prieto Lovina)
The vivaciousness of his portrait of Elvira Manahan has made it one of his most popular pieces.
The most breathtaking of them all was the one of philanthropist and society dowager Imelda Cojuangco looking glorious in this confection of heavy purple silk. Legend has it that to the puzzlement of his subject, Bravo stopped painting the portrait at its current state, and declared with pride and contentment, “It is finished.” Over the years, it has become Mrs. Cojuangco’s most favorite portrait of herself.
Claudio Bravo’s portrait of Imelda Cojuangco, up close, alongside two other iconic portraits of his: Baby Fores, and former first lady Imelda Marcos. (via Mairey)
Special thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila for this wonderful experience.
November 21, 2012
It is with great pride that I share with you my most recent collaboration: a pair of shoes I designed with Allen Edmonds, a shoe company with 90 years of rich American heritage. Allen Edmonds, still based in Port Washington, WI, and still producing everything locally, prides itself in making shoes for the officers of World War II to wear with their dress uniforms and in being the shoes that presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton wore to their inaugurations. My shoes came to me impeccably finished, and as a testament to their craftsmanship, I wore them out to the East Village for the first time and felt nary a pinch on my feet clad only with thin foot socks.
The Dandy Project X Allen Edmonds shoes: black custom calf with black suede cap-toes with natural tan soles
I wanted to design the perfect black shoe: classic, versatile, subtly unforgettable. I played around with leather swatches and thought that a suede cap-toe would beautifully punctuate a shoe in smooth leather. For a bit of punch, I chose to do the sole in tan, a sole typically reserved for lighter-colored shoes. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.
I can see these shoes working as well with a big black coat and relaxed trousers in the dead of winter as they would with a beige seersucker suit in the summer.
tone-on-tone suede cap-toes and a tan leather sole
Thank you, Allen Edmonds, for this wonderful opportunity. Let’s do the perfect brown shoe soon?
The Dandy Project x Allen Edmonds shoes are available via special order; you can get in touch with Allison Meyer for more information.
November 15, 2012
Julien Decanali is a buyer at Barney’s, and one anomaly of fashion. You might see him at the gym, scruffy, looking like he might have just gotten in a fight, and if you miss his Margiela basketball shoes, you might never think he was a card-carrying member of the menswear set. He represents a movement in the menswear industry—men, not particularly “creative”, or crazy, just men who are more and more honestly appreciative of fashion—a movement that spells great, global changes in menswear. Julien melds the ruggedly athletic with the suave and polished, a bundle of both rough and smooth, all in a style that is charmingly his.
Julien Decanali in Burberry Prorsum, at home in Williamsburg.
single monkstrap shoes worn lazy-private-schoolboy-style
Julien Decanali in a vintage tank, Nike shorts, and YSL sneakers
a tattoo tribute to Alexander McQueen
space-age Margiela basketball shoes
Florsheim for Duckie Brown lace-up wingtip boots
The Dandy Project for W Magazine
November 14, 2012
Moustache is a menswear shop in the captivatingly creative area of Sheung Wan in Hong Kong. Partners Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger opened up shop in 2009 with the vision of building a brand of bespoke tailoring, ready-to-wear, accessories, and other things, all to create a complete wardrobe for a modern man in the tropics. I had the pleasure of meeting the darling duo on several appointments at their shop on Aberdeen, as well as at the party they throw regularly at Salon No. 10 in Central, so delightfully soigné. Their take on dandyism, though in many ways very different from mine, is fresh and honest, and original. It’s like they took their references not from the same old books and magazines every other bow tie merchant gets his inspiration from, but from way deep in their own convoluted minds. I tip my hat off to people with such dedication to their craft and dignity in their design.
Moustache Hong Kong. The numbering on Aberdeen Street is confusing; you’ll probably miss this sign, as I did, having already visited the shop a little over a year ago.
A handful of jackets were on display, for purchase, or for order as a made-to-measure piece. I thought this dark red one with an unexpected lime and white lining was suprisingly handsome as a suit.
candy lining and a fur pouf bouttoniere
ruggedly textured blue velvet and touches of paisley
What looks to be a tweedy red plaid jacket is actually made out of linen, half-lined for utmost practicality in the tropics.
This took my breath away when I saw it: the “lounge lizard” jacket, cut sharply out of deadstock vintage jacquard fabric in shades of sapphire, emerald, and muddled amethyst, interwoven with metallic threads, was their antidote to Hong Kong’s formulaic black-tie.
the Moustache Hong Kong “lounge lizard” jacket up close
Alex and the technicolor patchwork silk dressing gown
trying on the amazing dressing gown at a fitting
piped pajamas by Moustache Hong Kong
the Moustache guide to Hong Kong
magazines Fantastic Man and Ha Wan Pao
Alex Daye of Moustache Hong Kong
My warmest thank-yous to my new Hong Kong friends Alex and Ellis. Check out the Moustache blog here.
November 4, 2012
Style Feed is out now: a collection of the world’s top fashion blogs curated by Susie Bubble, with commentary by Dazed Group’s William Oliver, and published in London by Prestel. I found a copy at Page One in Hong Kong and, with my parents, flipped through it with the delight of seeing my work in some bookstore so far away from home. How sweet it is to be included among such blogging greats, and for this, Susie and William, I am tremendously grateful.
Style Feed: curated by Susie Bubble, written by William Oliver, published by Prestel
The book starts off with a very sincere foreword by Susie Bubble, where she talks about how she got started with fashion blogging through the “What are you wearing today” thread on a forum called The Fashion Spot, the same thread that was my pandora’s box to fashion blogging. My favorite quote of Susie’s in the foreword goes: “I joined the fashion blogging party in 2006, awkwardly shuffling my feet with a cup of punch. Over the years the party may have become increasingly busy, but the simultaneously good and bad thing about blogging is that everybody is invited.” Above, some of the first quickly photographed self-shots of Susie to appear online.
Celine queen and cult sensation Jayne of Stop It Right Now is in the book.
Men’s fashion favorites:
Pelayo Diaz of Kate Loves Me
Style Salvage Steve, who I had recently featured
Dapper Kid’s Syed, a kindred spirit in Yohji and Comme, and a paragon of prolific commentary
The Business of Fashion: industry-required reading.
I like how the blogs are arranged by the year they were started. Find me sandwiched between the greats:
Advanced Style, now with a book and movie deal
and everybody’s favorite Jak and Jil
The Dandy Project in Style Feed
a new-vintage photograph my brother took of me in the South of France
Style Feed is published by Prestel, and is available for purchase online here.
November 2, 2012
I had profiled art director and Dazed and Confused writer Paul Wagenblast on the blog a few months ago. I really like the way he pairs cozy clothes with tiny pieces of jewelry, like amulets for life’s daily battles. It’s a look I have yet to master; comfort and gentleness are not my strong suits. Here are a few more photographs of Paul at home in Williamsburg.
a tiny trinket over a Jil Sander t-shirt
a vintage brooch on Paul’s Lee jean jacket
The Dandy Project for W Magazine