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Color for the Boys

Thomas Gibbons shot by Chris Petranis in GQ Russia

It’s always interesting to see the looks from the shows and then watch at how the various voices screaming for attention in the industry are interpreted to the masses by the various fashion editors and stylists. I could have told you when the shows were going on that for menswear it was going to be a colorful season. With heavy hitters like Prada, Raf Simons, and Calvin Klein all showing some type of color blocked collections for men, it was sort of a given. Sure enough, publications around the world turned out more than their share of color blocked stories featuring those candy colored striped sweaters that Miuccia sent down the runway and the bright trousers from Jil Sander. Here’s just a handful of images from those editorials as color makes it’s rounds on menswear.

Nicolas Ripoll shot by Takay in Velvet Magazine

Bastiaan Ninaber shot by Matteo Montanari in GQ Germany

Linus Gustin shot by Jason Kim for Essential Homme

Hadrien & Toon shot by Steve Beckouet for Blast Magazine

River Viiperi and Sebastian Sauve shot by Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca for GQ Style Russia

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Summer’s Day: Editorial Exclusive

photo Keri Goff
styling Mikelle Street
model Lauren Malstrom

It has to fit within my story,Marquis Bias, the president of Fashion Board, says idly playing with his Alexis Bittar bracelet while scanning the options at DeLibel Boutique. A model stands off to the side in a white knit dress, waiting as he selects her second look. She is the second to the last model of Marquis’s day of fittings.

Today marks the beginning of USC Fashion Week. Put on by the Fashion Board at the University of South Carolina, USC Fashion Week is about education, social outreach, as well as fashion. The week will culminate in a fashion show featuring local retailers like DeLibel Boutique, Coplon’s, LaRoque, VanJean, Just The Thing, M Boutique, Britton’s, and Bohemian, as well as student designer, Laura McCall.

Today, the fashion week kick off will be held on the Russell House Patio from 11-2. There will be music as well as merchandise like t-shirts, koozies, sunglasses, and pens, available to be purchased. Marquis himself as well as other fashion board members will be there.
On Wednesday, the board will put on a Bake Sale to be held on Greene Street and in front of the BA Building that will benefit SisterCare. That night at 7PM in the Public Health Building, Jess James of Style Swap will be speaking.

Thursday is the finale with a 72 look fashion show held at 701 Whaley at 7:00PM.
The night of the show will be Marquis’s last night as two year President of Fashion Board. “I guess in a way it is [my grand finale]” He says staring off. A local stylist, Marquis continually keeps projects, big and small in the works and will now be able to focus more on those since he shall be turning the reigns over to current Fashion Board secretary, Melissa Karl. “I’m very excited,” Marquis says in regards to the new E-Board. “I think that we have a great new team, and it puts my mind at ease knowing that I’m leaving and the organization will be in good hands.” In reference to Melissa specifically Marquis states, “I’m particularly pleased with my successor because I know that she shares the same vision I have and have had for the organization.”

The shoot presented in this post was a shot conceptualized by me in order to promote local fashion businesses during the week of USC Fashion Week. Since the week is the closest that Columbia has to a Columbia Fashion Week, I thought that it would be the best time to do a Spring shoot highlighting the trends that we saw internationally by utilizing the garments we see locally.

I must of course say thanks to all involved. Keri Goff took the images and Lauren Malstrom modeled for us. Both of them attend USC. While the only local designer featured was Annabelle LaRoque, who is most certainly a favorite of mine, all the pieces do come from local boutiques. Thanks go out to VanJean, Revente, Sid&Nancy, Just The Thing, Handpicked, and Frame of Mind, as they all allowed me to pull pieces for the shoot.

Dressed to Depress

Model: Peter Bruder
Photographer: Markus Pritzi
Publication: Sleek Magazine

So I haven’t been around as often as I should, I know. I missed last week’s Model Monday and I also didn’t do the dance video. I’m not actually sure if I’m going to still do the dance video series but I do plan on getting back to the Model Mondays. The thing is I’ve been dipping in and out of this bout of depression and I felt that this editorial featuring Peter Bruder, styled by Isabelle Thiry and lensed by Markus Pritzi for Sleek Magazine, was the best way to segway into a blog for me to vent.

Well, I’m not really going to vent, although that is very much my style. I guess I just wanted to blog… do something a bit personal. I mean my personal life is sort of in the pits right now. LIke I said a while back, I was in a car accident and because of that I lost my job. My truck(which is now totaled) wasn’t completely paid off, but it will be in December and so I have to find a way to pay the other $550 that I owe on that, while not having a job. In addition to that I have a cell phone bill that runs me $30 bucks a month. I have all this to worry about and yet I work in fashion… people look at my clothes and think, he can’t be too bad off. They see the outward appearance and say, he say he’s struggling but it can’t be too bad. They just don’t know.

Anyway, other than that I did just do a project that I’m wrapping up. It should be surfacing on the internet soon so you guys will be able to see the work. After working on it I found that I really and truly take on the tastes of my client when doing work(and yes it was a client so that does involve cash… no matter how little). I mean while doing the project I was very much gungho about it and then afterwards I kinda stood back and was like, “Oh, I did that.” It’s not a bad thing, I just know now that while in the moment I can gauge my client’s reaction probably by mine, if I have a good handle on their aesthetic.

Anywho, that’s enough of that. There’s many other things to do. I’ve become very active on The Fashion Spot. I also have issues of Vogue and Interview I’ve yet to post… oh and I’m still waiting for some people to confirm that I in fact have gotten my hands on every image from the Vogue Paris issue that’s being edited by Tom Ford, and then I’ll blog that as well… My father has come back to fashion!

See the rest of the editorial here

EDITORIAL: Hailey Clauson

Model: Hailey Clauson
Photographer: Alexander Neumann
Publication: Harper’s Bazaar Mexico

I would have to admit that I normally like a little bit of grit with my glamour and that’s exactly what Danny Santiago styles for this editorial for Harper’s Bazaar Mexico. Modeled by Hailey Clauson we find Bottega Venetta and Calvin Klein mashed with(correct me if I’m wrong) Nicholas Kirkwood and Celine. Shot in a studio by Alexander Neumann, the monochromatic editorial is playfully dark and features pieces that the New York woman would(or should) die to get her hands on.

EDITORIAL: Human Canvas

Model: David Agbodji
Photographer: Thomas Paquet
Publication: WAD #46

There’s not much to say after the Le Baron editorial. You should understand why I’m posting this one. It’s art. The editorial only get’s pluses in my book for opening with one of the strongest minority male models right now. A name that has pretty much become synonymous with Calvin Klein, David Agbodji opens the artful editorial with what else except his sculpted figure? The styling of the editorial is significant in and of itself. Azadeh Zoraghi chose to style Bottega Venetta alongside brands like Wrangler. That’s tantamount to putting a Wal-Mart smiley face sticker in a an art exhibition with Renoir. Okay, maybe it’s not that drastic but you understand where I’m coming from right? Oh and if you look closely at the credits, you’ll find that this is We’Ar Different’s(WAD) “Man Issue.” I definitely can respect this interpretation.

Models: Brad Alphonso, David Agbodji, Nil Hoppenot, Simon Nygard and Thiago Santos
Photographer: Thomas Paquet
Stylist: Azadeh Zoraghi
Publication: WAD #46


Model: James Smith
Photographer: Leon Mark
Publication: L’Officiel Hommes Germany
Issue: Fall/Winter 2010/2011

I kinda can’t get this editorial out of my head. The reason being that Leon Mark has shot James Smith in the way that fashion should be shot, as art. Of course all these things are objective but since we’re on my blog… it’s fact here. Fashion is an art form, and a form of expression and should be treated as such. Just like art goes through periods(impressionist, post impressionist, modern, abstract expressionist), fashion goes through the same but under a different name: trends(minimalism, militaristic, 20’s, grunge). Just like in art where there’s a gross disparity between the price of a Manet print and a Degas original, there’s a difference between a Dior Couture leather glove and how Ms. Wintour puts it so eloquently, “something basic from K-Mart”. This editorial summons all of the emotion in me that any good work of art would; nostalgia washes over my body, and I’m encompassed by this unclear haze. Injected with just a tad bit of eeryness, I’m immediately pulled in.

Of course you guys now that I want to continue on about the editorial, but I did have another reason(sadly) for bringing it up. I actually had multiple reasons, one small reason and another bigger one. The small reason acutally has to do with the image above in particular. Does it not remind you of the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 show? I just love it. As you guys may have noticed, I’m going back and picking up some shows that I missed the first go round. Whether this will expand into all of the shows is undecided yet but I want to do atleast one menswear show a week. Also if you check the galleries, you’ll notice that I’ve begun to ID as many models in the shows as I can. This becomes an obstacle to posting more shows since IDing models correctly is a tedious task…

The second reason, and maybe more important reason I bring up this editorial is I want to get something off my chest. I’m sure everyone has heard of the return to the “real woman” in fashion and some of you have even heard of the imminent return to the “real man.” Now I have no bone to pick with womenswear but whereas at first I anticipated liking this return to the “real man” I’m not so sure I like it any more. I’ve been looking at some editorials coming across my Google Reader depicting some upcoming publications and images from Geil in particular caused me to get riled up. Must I resemble a teddy bear to be considered a real man? I must have a beared, chest hair, stomach hair, arm hair, and leg hair to be considered a “real man?” Don’t feed me this gimmick.

Menswear used to be about timelessness, and I understood that. Now we are slowly dipping our toes in the water that is riddled with trends, and disposable fashion. I understand disposable and fast fashion. I respect both of those concepts for what they are. What I do not respect is this in between moment. Being facetious and fronting a trend as something that is iconic and classic. Maybe I’m wrong but to say that you’re putting out a “real man” issue of a magazine and have everyone crawling around it resembling a bear, is not in any way in my opinion indicitive of the general male population. Don’t like it?? Click on another post.

See the rest of the editorial in the galleries.
Model: James Smith
Photographer: Leon Mark
Stylists: Alex and Anton
Publication: L’Officiel Hommes Germany
Issue: Fall/Winter 2010/2011

Notes of Love

La Parola Amore Esiste Editorial
Model: Simon Nessman
Photographer: Emilio Tini
Publication: The Room

I saw this editorial entitled La Parola Amore Esiste(Notes of Love) and I immediately had to post it. Why, I’m not exactly positive. There’s not much that I want to talk about with it. I just saw fashion and appreciated it for what it was. I mean I saw Simon Nessman for the opener, and he’s one of my favorite male models and then there’s Evandro Soldati, and although he’s not a fave, I still like him as a model. Marcel Castenmiller and Jacob Coupe are faces that I recognized as well. It’s a lovely fall editorial, each image beautiful in it’s own right and able to stand alone… sort of like a good art series would. Why don’t you take a while and peruse the selection.

Models:Adrien Sahores, AJ Abualrub, Anu Koski, Benoni Loos, Evandro Soldati, Jacob Coupe, Jakob Wiechmann, James Smith, Lea T. Marcel Castenmiller, Mathias Bergh, Naty Chabanenko, Nikola Jovanovic, Ryan Kennedy, Simon Nessman, Will Lewis, William Eustace
Photographer: Emilio Tini
Fashion Editor: Emil Rebek
Publication: The Room

Miu Miu in Great Debate?

Urban Jungle Editorial
Model: Rianne ten Haken
Photographer: Daniel Jackson
Publication: Vogue China November 2010

So the plan originally was to come onto the blog and slap this editorial up, and crank out 3 more posts… well, I’m 48 minutes into this post. Why 48 minutes you ask? Because after examining the editorial I wanted to make it appear as much like it was meant to appear, with images side by side. So after tinkering with the aspect ratios of the images, and getting them in the right sizes that maximized the space available, I found myself having to order them… it was just more than I had in mind to do, but it’s now done and I can move on to talk about something else 🙂

For this editorial, I had two alterier motives. As you all know, I love dance. Well you may not know that yet but soon… you will! Anywho, I was flicking through my YouTube subscriptions(my YouTube is used almost exclusively for watching dance choreography) when I found a video entitled Urban Jungle. I went ahead and put it in drafts in a blog post, but I knew I wouldn’t have the time blog just yet, so I planned on doing it later. Well when later came I happened to be flipping through my reader and I happened upon this editorial. Funny coincidence 🙂 Plus, I like the editorial! But I’ll go more into the point that I wanted to make when I actually do the post for the Urban Jungle video… which may be tomorrow considering how late it is.

The second reason was that pair of pants and accompanying skirt on page 368 of the editorial(just go down two spreads and it’s the image on the left hand side). Miu Miu has been heavily in use for the past two seasons. I mean there’s one particular Miu Miu dress that I’ve seen about 6 or 7 times, styled the same way, and mostly in the same color. It’s been on various covers as well as inside of editorials. Well that pants and skirt combo also happened to be in the Naomi Cambell (October 2010) issue of Interview Magazine. I know, because I happened to be looking through the issue this morning, and I do in fact read many of the credits. I’m just wondering if we’re about to see a repeat of what happened with that dress. Hopefully not!

I’m not saying that the garments are ugly… no, it’s just that well… why feature pieces that have been featured so many times before? There is undoubtedly another piece that is just as good or even better than that piece out there. Why not go and find it??

Model: Rianne ten Haken
Photographer: Daniel Jackson
Stylist: Marie Chaix
Publication: Vogue China November 2010

EDITORIAL: Suprematism

Models: Xenia, Volker
Photographer and Styling: Madame Peripetie
Hair and Makeup: Anja Schweihoff
With all the ingredients for a minimalist editorial Suprematism, shot by Madame Peripetie, gives us what we assume to be the opposite. With pieces billowing, and creating geometric shapes around Xenia and Volker, the sheer size, or potential of the size, of the garments is immediately impressed on the onlooker. Utilizing pieces from the likes of Rey Pador, Linda Friesen, and Mango the editorial turns out to being one that instantly intrigues me… and of course can segway into a discussion 🙂

Left: dress Linda Friesen, headpiece Charlie Le Mindu, shoes Frederick Hornof
Right: dress and shoes Rey Pador

So, you really couldn’t NOT notice the dichotomy that was the Spring/Summer 2011 collections! I mean the minimalism that was say… I don’t know, Alexander Wang versus the opulence that was Louis Vuitton? (I’m not sure I would call Louis Vuitton opulence though.. thus my not having written a review on it yet… let’s call it indulgence… yeah, that’s better indulgence.) It was clear that there was a disconnect between the majority of the shows in New York, and the majority of the shows in London. Take Mary Kantrantzou for example… did you see minimalism? Her collection, reminiscent of porcelain/china dolls, was wonderfully colored, and tastefully so.
Some say that the editors, and the rest of the industry at large will have bored of the minimalistic aesthetic by the time Spring 2011 rolls around and that the things being shot will be more of Oscar de la Renta and D&G than Neil Barrett. I mean this minimalistic trend has been going on for two years so I can’t blame editors getting annoyed with it, but I rather like it to be entirely truthful. This season’s minimalism was just a touch different than others though: it seemed a tad bit more relaxed than in past seasons.
Of course I have taken this editorial and bent it to my own meaning and disregarded the intended meaning which more than likely had to do with the Suprematist’s movement, an early twentieth century Russian art movement started by Kazimir Malevich. The Wunderkind Fall 2009 collection was inspired by the movement as well.
hat Femke Ageme, dress Linda Friesen, shoes Frederick Hornof, tights Wolford

headpeice Varun Sardana, coat, skirt, leggings, and clogs, all by Frederick Hornof
Left: hat Femke Ageme, dress Linda Friesen, shoes Frederick Hornof, tights Wolford

Right: coat Karolina Piech, top Mango, leggings Linda Friesen, shoes Dora Mojzes

Left: shoulderpiece Linda Friesen, corset Tolllkiersche, robe Frederick Hornof, shoes Rey Pador

Right: collar Linda Friesen, dress Frederick Hornof

Left: collar Linda Friesen, dress Frederick Hornof
Right: dress Linda Friesen, headpiece Charlie Le Mindu

dress and shoes Rey Pador

Models: Xenia (Model-Pool), Volker (Tomorrow Is Another Day)
Photographer and Stylist:Madame Peripetie
Hair & Makeup: Anja Schweihoff (LIGAWEST)
Stylist’s Assistant: Heike Heldsdörfer


Photographer: Clarence Jackson
Stylist: Mikelle Street
Model: MoniQue La’Belle
Make-Up: Keisha Moore

The first editorial that 803 Markese Street receives first because we were involved is finally here. After weeks of preparation, and then execution, and then finally follow up, Fixate has finally arrived. Created utilizing resources mostly from South Carolina, I’d like to just say that I’m ecstatic to finally see my name in print. Usually when I post editorials I attempt to study the editorial but I don’t feel entirely comfortable attempting to study an editorial I had a major hand in. So, what I’ve decided to do is to just relate my experience a little bit.

See the rest of the editorial complete with my experience below the clip

To tell the truth this editorial began with Clarence Jackson. He alerted me that a publication was taking submissions and that he wanted to submit something and would be interested in working together. After being given the theme I began conceptualizing shoots(the one picked actually was the second concept I had) and then pulling in contacts. While I actively searched for new contacts like Wendy Brandes, I did use alot of contacts that I already possessed like Alana Britt of Alana B. Couture. Unlike most editorials I didn’t go into the shoot knowing what looks I wanted to pull. I knew the general style but even that changed. I had resolved that because of such limited choices, I would see what I could pull and just construct my story from there.

For the team… well some of us knew about it the entire time, like Clarence and myself. Others, like Keisha Moore and MoniQue La’Belle, were pulled on as the process moved along. Tennyson Kovach though, a local artist and old high school friend, was pulled on the day of. It’s funny because you don’t really realize the importance of “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” until you’re put in the situation. It wasn’t about how creative I was, or what I could dream up. At the end of the day, when requested to incorporate something into the shoot, it helps so much more when you have the contacts to be able to arrange for it to be done.

The experience was amazing one. Everyone was so accommodating; from designers like Adrina Nelson of Adero by Adrina who basically allowed me to assist in the design of one of the pieces, to Tennyson who was on set after being given only a few hours notice. Of course I hope to do alot more shooting and progress with each shoot, and I just believed I’m really blessed to have had this experience be kind of like my first photoshoot that I contributed to in a major way.