http://static.issuu.com/webembed/viewers/style1/v1/IssuuViewer.swfCover Model: Francisco Lachowski
Photographer: Marley Kate
Magazine: Vanity Teen Issue 9
So, this will be the second time that I’m writing this blog post but hopefully I will not loose any enthusiasm in writing it. I mean, I still love Vanity Teen and this issue. Even though they strung us along forever with a few pictures here and a backstage video there,(ohkay maybe it wasn’t forever but you know how as an addict, days seem to stretch into weeks) I was pleased when they finally put out and gave us the issue. Full of rippling muscles, fun, and indie fashion, Vanity Teen #9 in no way deviates from their established brand. If any thing it just promotes it with models like Francisco Lachowski and Arthur Sales appearing through the lenses of photographers like Marley Kate and Joe Lally(De Facto).
After 4 delicious editorials featuring Vanity Teen’s signature dark yet relaxed editorial aesthetic, well of course excusing Francisco Lachowski’s fun, colorful, and fresh shoot, Vanity Teen brings us a feature on Romeo & Julian, a Germany based line that finds inspiration in Barcelona. Started by two men, the “boys fashion label” was created for “people who love fashion” and not just homosexuals, as some are led to believe. The line, which has been featured in Vangardist as well as on Small Town Boys, has been in production since the summer/spring 2007 showing season. They have 5 collections listed on their website: Same, Twin, Pure, Club, and Day. To me, the line is fun and refreshing. From the bright colors, to the cut of the pieces, it reads easy, breezy, youth. Check out their Facebook to learn more.
Paris Fashion Week Menswear spread(pg 78-79) in issue 9 of Vanity Teen.
After a pictorial centered around Arthur Sales and other models’ rippling abs, we arrive at a recap of some of the shows from Paris Menswear Fashion Week. Spotting drop crotch bottoms and Jesus sandals as must haves for summer/spring 2011, Vanity Teen quickly goes through the shoes that they had a chance to attend. The recap covers names like Juun J. as well as Damir Doma and says “It was a playful collection full of pears, florals, and plaids” of Walter Van Beirendock. They also attended one of my new favorites that I haven’t had a chance to cover yet, Songzio. Their commentary about that show is as follows: “[It was] a balanced collection, consisting of drapings and volumes resulting in an effortless yet fashionable look.” My sentiments exactly.
Manuel Bolano interview (pg 81-82) in issue 9 of Vanity Teen.
The issue pretty much closes with an interview with Manuel Bolano, the man behind the collection entitled “Why must everything be in pink?” Citing a combination of Lady Gaga, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eloisa Bercero as his muse, Manuel speaks of his inspiration as well as what he does in his leisure time. His evident is pretty evident in the collection but he speaks more to his background as well what may or may not be in his future.