Posts Tagged ‘feature’
July 24, 2013
My favorite thing about summer in New York City is that for four months teeming with rooftop ragers and backyard bashes, everyone is practically naked, engaged in the perpetual motion of hopping from party to party, stopping to work or sleep from time to time. When it is too hot to even think about layering, each one of the few pieces you can wear must count, and these digital-print swim trunks pack an entire scenery of detail on a pair of shorts of such brevity. Orlebar Brown had tasked me with styling and shooting a couple of their key pieces; here they are on my neighbor and swim-buddy Philippe Via.
Orlebar Brown Bulldog Swim Shorts in the “Las Hadas” print, taken by photographer Slim Aarons in 1959
with Illesteva sunglasses and model’s own backpack
navy beach towel by Orlebar Brown
Orlebar Brown is doing a summer-long competition featuring prizes of trips to Miami and shopping sprees, downloadable masks, and other wonderful things. Check it out here.
July 10, 2013
The thing about dressing in the summertime is that much as I want to stick to my idea of wearing just quality, investment pieces—I sweat through my clothes and the strictly curated wardrobe needs to be augmented with everyday filler pieces. Amazon has become my new eBay as of late, and Summer 2013′s filler fabric of choice: black polyester mesh. It’s amazing how breathable such a synthetic textile can be and how it drapes to quite a flattering effect.
A reversible basketball jersey, two baseball jerseys in different sizes, and basketball shorts in varying generic sports brands, all in black mesh.
I like to wear my jerseys oversize and unbranded. There is an authenticity (and great savings!) to wearing the basic, generic versions of sportswear pieces contemporary designers render in fashion fabrics.
Augusta Sportswear black mesh baseball jersey, striped raffia shorts of my own design, all-black Converse Chuck Taylors. interiors (in progress) by Paul Morehouse
April 30, 2013
Drawn & Quartered is the work of Australian silversmith Jake Andrew. The aesthetic is stark, and dark, with a bit of fantasy, which I love—odd pieces of silver jewelry that I would like to wear all at the same time, bumping into and buffing each other with wear. Jake enjoys working on custom projects as much as his own line, and in his first visit to New York, he came bearing special pieces that I will treasure very much.
It might be a little jarring to see me in a bow tie nowadays, but here is one that harmonizes quite well with my everyday look. Jake took the little bow tie in my logo and carved it into an oversize signet ring in solid silver, and created quite a handsome piece.
I’ll be using this to wax-seal my handwritten notes.
There is also this thumb ring, adorned with nothing but the tiny dents and inclusions it incurred in the creation process.
Secretly engraved with the letters of my real first name.
The Drawn & Quartered shop
April 5, 2013
Call it a sign of maturity, or perhaps just a wavering aesthetic, but I’ve been gravitating towards smaller, precious pieces of jewelry now, as opposed to my usual big baubles. I like the idea of minimal but storied rings implanted on each of my fingers, and this silver Sliced Stack, a lovely gift from Autoctona, has comfortably made my right pointer its home. The ring is made by slicing up the ring to create a thinner slice to accompany the main piece. It is a play on the notion of heavy and light, a charming imbalance that looks just as good stacked as it does askew.
The Sliced Stack, in brushed solid sterling silver with the polished inside, is one of my favorite pieces from Autoctona’s 2013 line. I like to wear mine slightly askew to reveal the disparity between the two components of the ring.
Autoctona Sliced Stack ring with a DIY overdyed vintage DKNY knit top
The smaller piece can easily be assigned to the role of thumb ring: my little nod to the 90′s.
photographs by Mikee Tuason
March 13, 2013
Leafing through his Fall 2013 lookbook, I immediately felt a kinship toward Central Saint Martins MA graduate Craig Green, with his deliberate omission of color, relaxed shapes, and weathered, raw finishes. The kinship soon turned into some sort of yearning for a long lost brother as I read in an interview with Thisispaper that Craig Green was a “self-proclaimed DIY enthusiast,” treating each garment in his collection as an individual project. He would crinkle-wash fabrics, apply raw-cut anti-fray techniques, and even dip sleeves in rubber, then apply these things to a classic silhouette—it is DIYing at a designer level. His technique shows strongest on his sweaters, where this honest craftsmanship meets the relaxed, weathered look that I so fancy.
It is the patchwork sweater on the left, in both cream and black, that I yearn for the most. There is something about the fabrics in different shades of the same non-color, pieced together in different positions, that just speaks to me. I hear the lightly metallicized striped one on the right, in the darker black, also calling to me.
The metallic one on the left is an impactful nighttime piece and could double as a great wind blocker. Nearly all of Craig Green’s sweaters, particularly the white one on the right, work as great layering pieces. As of late, I’ve been layering long to short—long shirt to cropped bomber and things in between, as similarly illustrated above.
photographs via Craig Green
March 4, 2013
I’m folding up my collection of Alexander Wang and BDG scoop-necks for now; I think I’ve found my new blank canvas t-shirt. The American Apparel power washed tees have an ever so slightly wider neck opening, ample sleeve length, and hang so perfectly that they softly skim the shoulders and chest, then hang lightly just past the stomach. These tees are given an enzyme treatment that simulates 40 wash cycles, and really do feel like t-shirts you’ve had for years—minus the scandalous holes and unsavory stains. This summer, I’ll be going from bed (in outfit on left below), to brunch in relaxed black trousers and kung-fu shoes, to dinner in a precious jacket and toe-ring sandals, all in the same white t-shirt.
the American Apparel power wash tee
photograph via American Apparel
January 28, 2013
pouch in hand-woven bamboo, embellished with semi-precious stones and handcrafted gold seed beads by Adante Leyesa
I picked up a clutch when I was in Manila a couple of months ago—one in woven bamboo decorated with large, heavy semi-precious stones bordered with tiny iridescent gold beads that shone like little lights. There was something cosmic-punk about it, with the planet-like stones and hammered gold plates that looked like oversized studs. Add to that the sparkle of the beads, the island warmth of the woven bamboo, and the ease and casualness of the zip-top pouch style, and I was set on adding this beautiful little thing to my collection. Adante Leyesa is an emerging accessories designer from Lipa, Philippines, independent and self-taught. Tribespeople from the Cordillera mountains weave the bamboo by hand, then a group of out-of-school youth from Lipa meticulously works on the embellishments, the entire process taking two weeks to finish. You’ll see me toting this around in the warmer months, with my pocketless pajama-like pants and sneakers in shocking colors and patterns.
January 28, 2013
AnOther Magazine teamed up with designer Tillmann Lauterbach on a titillating new partnership. It’s a competition, which will run for two weeks from now; readers will have the opportunity to win a new menswear SS13 wardrobe selected by top AnOther Mag editors by entering their email addresses on the competition page. The winner will be selected at random. Check out the competition here, and in the meantime, enjoy these Tillmann Lauterbach backstage images shot exclusively by AnOther.
Tillmann Lauterbach Spring 2013 sketches
photographs c/o AnOther Magazine
January 13, 2013
Shanghainese designer Ziggy Chen so succinctly embodies the mood I am in right now: dark, loose, and masculine—quite comparable to established greats Yohji Yamamoto and Paul Harnden, but set apart by his work with texture, a keen eye for proportion, and a painstakingly refined Eastern influence. For Fall 2013, Chen drew inspiration from Shanghai circa 1900-1920: silhouettes inspired by workmen, monks, herders, and soldiers, and textures reminiscent of the finishing on buildings built back then. Rendered mostly in unassuming black and a few dark neutrals, the result is an expertly mellowed exercise of a timeless Asian aesthetic.
This look took my breath away. The most perfect long black fall coat with a subtly dramatic pleated back, the almost dress-like tunic shirt, and the strong, square pants are all both striking and unassuming.
The texture on this Ziggy Chen coat is reminiscent of old concrete.
The raw, frayed hem brings a feeling of lightness to this heavy wool funnel-neck coat.
two expertly layered Ziggy Chen looks: one in browns, and one all in black
Though I don’t see myself wearing a double floor-length coat look, the combination of the prints and the silhouette is remarkably regal.
Two layered black looks: one more voluminous and samurai-like, and the other a blazer over a long sheer top—a vaguely South Asian look that I’ve always loved to wear.
Ziggy Chen is represented by Stealthprojekt Showroom in Paris.
photographs via Stealthprojekt
December 27, 2012
Netpage is an iPhone app which allows users to clip any page of a magazine, purchase featured items, and even play easter-egg videos by simply holding camera phone over magazine. I’m highly skeptical of any new fashion app, but because Hearst is putting its money on it, I thought I’d give it a try.
Esquire on the Netpage interface
Esquire has partnered with Made Collection to curate the “Great American Things Collection,” and these products featured in the magazine are easily shoppable on Netpage. Here are my favorites:
the perfect, most unassuming pair of burnished brown oxford shoes by Allen Edmonds
a handsome khaki overcoat by Southwick
They even sell Rappahannock River Oysters, grown out of Topping, Virginia.
Clipping pages sure is fun, and it’s amazing how the app manages to generate high-resolution versions of the clipping while you casually hold the camera over any page, without having to read a barcode. I do wish they soon include Instagram on their share platforms, as I spend a large percentage of my social media life on there nowadays. I wonder if this act of holding a camera over a magazine is going to stick, but the wonderful part of this old media/new media saga is watching it rapidly and creatively evolve over time.
Photos via Netpage. Download Netpage here.