Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Liam Hodges Spring 2019 Menswear Show Made Me Hungry

Bon Appetit! Bay-beh (photo: Patrick Michael Hughes)


After seeing a pair of dice and the words “crapping out” both embroidered on shirts and socks at the Liam Hodges SS19 show, I couldn’t help thinking of Noni Malone the lead character from the film Showgirls (1995). I could see Noni stuffing her face with a cheeseburger and ketchup-drenched French fries. I’m licking my lips as I type this, by the way. 

The models in the Liam Hodges SS19 portrayed men who lacked self-awareness and were hungry for attention, just like Noni. The first model to walk the runway wore a mullet, camo and sunburned skin. He looked like he hunted for fun and might have voted for Donald Trump. I was stereotyping, but it was my first thought. I looked at his face closer and I saw Sean Penn’s surfer character in the film The Fast Times of Ridgemont High, especially with his sunburned face. 

I continued to feel the heat as an olive-skinned model in a chenille sweater and shorts containing a calming Tiffany blue the same color as the turquoise ocean in the Virgin Islands. With a layer of sweat on his skin, he didn’t look expensive at all, except for those fabulous honey-toned tinted sunglasses. I saw a Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony lookalike looking fly in a pink-accented color blocked duster. Then there was the guy with the satin bomber jacket and satin gym shorts showing off legs that should be insured Tina Turner-style. 

Turquoise Paradise (credit: WWD.com)


The looks that spoke to me had one common thread: soft femininity intertwined with the flashy athleticism of the clothing. There was one look that I’ve yet to mention that pulled the whole show together. A model with the face of Jesus Christ wore a polo shirt, tailored Hawaiian shorts and a plastic bib like the ones given at seafood restaurants. The polo shirt was no ordinary polo shirt, but was printed with images of police sketches adding a sense of danger to the shirt. The bib was printed with a lobster as if he had just devoured a lobster. Then there were those Christian crosses mixed into the Hawaiian flowers on his shorts. Did I say he looked like Jesus?! Last but not least, there were those socks embroidered with dice and the words “crapping out.” Past stop: seafood restaurant. Next stop: slot machines. 

Lobster & Jesus (credit: WWD.com)

The Mullet (credit: WWD.com)



Thursday, June 14, 2018

Resort 2019: Versace’s First Ladies


(Photo: Vogue.com)
Donatella Versace recently released the Versace Resort 2019 look book and in the seventh photo I saw Michelle Obama and Melania Trump in the same body. This was definitely a Twilight Zone feeling.

It may be Twilight Zone-ish, but it’s not dark. When I scanned the collection of Crayon-hued outfits, one word came to mind: mothers. There’s something exciting about being a mother that makes women from all walks of life—from movie stars to schoolteachers—want to activate their maternal side. Ideally a mom wants to make her child’s life better and watching that child grow like a flower is the greatest reward. 

Michelle Obama and Melania Trump are both mothers and both have attained the title of First Lady of the United States. What made me think of Michelle Obama and Melania Trump was a model wearing a houndstooth-patterned cardigan and a gingham pencil skirt. U.S. First Ladies didn’t wear this down-to-earth style until Michelle Obama moved into the White House. Melania tends to wear high fashion with an avant-garde slant, but when she needs to look more casual she throws on a cardigan, slacks and ballet flats. I wonder where she got that notion. 

The looks from Versace Resort 2018 that spoke to me the most were the ones I could imagine everyday women wearing. There’s what I would call a miniskirt dress (really a shirt and dress) with majestic gigot sleeves and printed with twin horse heads and cherubs. With this the model wears legging boots that I doubt the everyday woman would wear, but all that woman has to do is wear bare legs and ballet flats or flip-flops. Even the movie Clueless factors into the fashion in a look consisting of a cardigan, a pleated miniskirt and high-heel legging boots. Stylish suburbia is what these clothes will create. 


The big thing that’s not everyday about these Versace Resort 2019 clothes is the price tag, which is a bit of a shame. It would be fun seeing women in my suburban neighborhood wear these clothes while they push strollers, work a 9-to-5-office job or walk the boardwalk during summer. Women are not just one thing: they can raise a child; they can work and still be there for their child and live a fun full life. They also can be First Ladies, even if they’re the First Ladies of their households.
Push the kids in the stroller. (Photo: Vogue.com)
Clueless style (Photo: Vogue.com)



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Maartje Verhoef’s More Than a Model, She’s Protection

Maartje Verhoef(center) in American Vogue 


Calmness is a quality seen in CEO’S, presidents, mothers and royalty. When a person has this quality, people feel like everything will be all right because this person will protect them. Calmness is the key to fashion model Maartje Verhoef’s success. 

I was flipping through the pages of a 2015 issue of New York Magazine and a Prada
ad featured Verhoef with a Prada purse hanging from the crook of her arm like if Regina George wore business casualwear. She stood in the middle of two girls as one of them looked at her for guidance.  I turned the page and there was Maartje Verhoef in a Valentino ad again appearing with two other female models and again slaying them with her superiority. All I can say is Mother Maartje! 

She’s only 20 years old, yet the Dutch beauty has quietly become one of the highest-paid models. She’s opened and closed for almost every major designer and she’s had seasons where she walked the most shows out of any model. Clearly top designers like Miuccia Prada saw how she effortlessly exudes wealth, which sells the clothes perfectly. 

In a word, Maartje Verhoef is a boss. Her knack for exuding effortless confidence must be more than acting. I think she lives her life like a boss who cares for her family and friends instead of always being cared for. I call that having maternal instincts. Even Anna Wintour has noticed Verhoef’s appeal since she featured her frequently in the pages of American Vogue. A shrewd businesswoman like Wintour knows that her female readers will feel the strong presence of a model like Verhoef and model themselves after her, no pun intended. Of course, women have been doing this for years. It’s why the fashion industry is a billion dollar industry. 

This might sound like hyperbole, but CEO’s, mothers and royalty read fashion magazines and there’s a good chance they’ve seen Maartje and thought, “I want to go out and buy that Valentino dress because that model looks the way I want to look and the way that I want to feel.” 

No wonder Maartje is ranked as one of the “Money” girls on Models.com. 





Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ariana Grande’s New Jam Makes Me Want to Mosh




Ariana Grande debuted her new song “The Light is Coming” from her upcoming album Sweetener a few days ago and it made me want to start moshing—as in a mosh pit.   

I was watching Ariana’s performance on YouTube and after she mouthed the words to Nicki Minaj’s feature on “The Light is Coming,” she chants “the light is coming to bring back everything the darkness stole” as if trying to perform an exorcism. Then that beat comes 45 seconds in and it sounds dark and bouncy simultaneously. Images of people moshing suddenly entered my brain. The song’s producer Pharrell Williams apparently never forgot his skater roots. In fact, he never forgot his early 2000’s roots with the Neptunes. 

Now we’ve gotten to the root of why I have such an affinity for Ariana. No other pop star in this modern era evokes early 2000s pop music like Ariana. “The Light is Coming” sounds like something Kelis would have sung on her first album in 1999. She also can belt out notes with Christina Aguilera clarity.  

In her futuristic Jetsons dress and the high-pitched ponytail she snatched from Britney Spears’s kitschy Martian queen in her “Oops…I Did it Again” music video, Ariana Grande cut a queenly path across the Wango Tango stage flanked by her male dancers (specifically a fierce and fabulous dancer with the endearing bowl cut). Ariana has hits and shows signs of being a future icon (Her distinctive ponytail is one of the reasons why). She’s a pop princess who wants to become a pop queen. And I think she may very well do it. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Acne Studios Fall 2018 Gets Hot like Soup




The Acne Fall 2018 Menswear show made me hungry for soup and some of it made me think of an old Janet Jackson video. Watch the above the video to find out more.

Look at the photos below to see the runway looks I'm referring to.


The Beautiful Blonde
Tomato Soup!
Shirtless with futuristic purple ooze pants.

Sliver of Skin. 








Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Balenciaga's SS18 Mens Show Brought the Devil and the Details





The men that wore the best looks in the Balenciaga Spring 2018 menswear show were interesting characters.

There was the 80s hair band guy, the goth/warlock, the jock and the urban guy. It was The Breakfast Club out there in the Bois de Boulogne, a public park in Paris, France. Despite their differences, the men had one thing in common: they adapted their styles to attend the office.

Colonel Sanders on nail polish


The 80s hair band guy wore a pink plaid oversized blazer, blood red gunslinger boots and rust-red acid-wash jeans. Red was a theme. The gingham shirt and boots pointed to a country guy, and the 80s hair metal hair also had a hillbilly vibe. Balenciaga's designer Demna Gvasalia loves logos and if you look close you can see a fast food chain on the model's fingernails. On the nail art is Colonel Sanders's face. Colonel Sanders is the mascot for fast food chain KFC (Kentucky-Fried Chicken).



The goth warlock was black and blue but there were no bruises. The breadth of his undone blazer was 80s-influenced. The leather on the upper half of the pants and the shoes (boots or oxfords) represented a badass style. The warlock also wore nail art with a Nordic Cross flag. Of course, that Cross could also be a religious cross or a witchy cross.



The color teal was showcased into sporty looks. Teal is the color of the moment dominating the production designs and costume designs of television shows (Madam Secretary) and movies (Maggie's Plan). The jock wore a pullover windbreaker sported a color block of teal, navy and black in a very 90s way. The pinstriped trousers and oxfords indicate he's going to the office. He has the height of a basketball player and that Caesar haircut is so Renaissance.

Teal was also used on the urban guy in his teal cocoon puffer jacket patterned in a subtle gingham that matched the gingham of the hood he wore that looked like he used a shirt for his hood evident by the shirt sleeve wrapped around his neck. There was a sliver of skin that exuded sexiness, but I think he was wearing a shirt underneath his coat; he was just wearing it unbuttoned. The model's icy blue eyes matched the coat and hood. They were just as intense.





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Versace Spring 2018 menswear: Silk shirts & Asymmetry

Photos courtesy of Vogue.com


Great model. Erik van Gils. That German face (although he's Dutch). The one-sided sweater is sexy and Flash Dance-y, but there's a twist: the iconic Versace silk shirt from the 90s is worn underneath.


Those legs! Those are soccer player legs. Those sneakers look good with shorts or pants. 

This is a model to watch. Hiandra Martinez is her name. She looks so good in that Brigitte Bardot headband. She's resembles a young Veronica Webb.

That half sweater piece will enliven any office. It's professional yet edgy. Boss bitch. 



Look closely at those shoulders. They're pure 80s and I like seeing it on a man. It's retro, yet futuristic. The broadness of the shoulders is strong.