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. 

Dolce & Gabbana Menswear Spring 2018 Brings Geishas & Orange Slices



Photos courtesy of Vogue.com



The guy looks fly. He looks tough with that neck tattoo. A bomber jacket with a geisha on it is a winner in my book. 



I like those pointy oxfords, but the main reason I like this photo is the model. He's hot. His hair, face, and earring look like they came straight from Beverly Hills, 90210.


The patchwork embroidery of the images is just like Veronica Sawyer's blazer in the opening scene of  the film Heathers. There's a geisha and hearts and the abbreviation for Florida?! The sweater is loud and heated, yet the James Dean pompadour and sunglasses are cool as iced tea.


I need a polo shirt that has a print pattern of the inside and outside of an orange. Anyone thirsty for orange juice? I also love the model Jordy Gerritsma. He's on his way to becoming a supermodel. 


The slippers look so good with the pants hanging over them. I also love the way the crown is placed on his fro. 


The shirt is like Harvey Dent's face. Two-Faced!


I want those sneakers! The print looks like something you'd see in a Petri dish under a microscope. It's contagious.


The double-breasted pinstripe suit is classic and it's back. Whether you're thick or thin, you'll look good. Alfred Hitchcock wore these and looked put together. I'd wear oxfords with this instead of slippers.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Fendi Menswear SS 2018 brings the nerdy, sexy and sporty


Photos courtesy of Vogue.com



The incredibly high waist is nerdy. The glasses are a riff on that nerdiness, but they're so chic. As is that jacket that's twisted and asymmetrical. It's very structural, sophisticated and commanding. 


The suspenders are so Gordon Gekko from Wall Street. There's a sense of the 80s-90s corporate boss. The see-through plaid shirt-jacket is intriguing and sexy.


The shades are the glue that keeps this look together. I'm loving the way the frames drop down low. The color block bomber looks like a windbreaker from the 80s and 90s. I can't help but think of Hester from Scream Queens


Femininity is the first thing that springs to mind. Just look at that thin watch. I also think of Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator walking along the golf course. 

The oversized jacket makes the model look like a boy. Again, I think of the 80s and 90s because the jacket resembles a windbreaker from those two decades.






Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Toughness in Carolina Herrera Resort 2018

Jess PW is tough in Carolina Herrera Resort 2018 Lookbook 


The body language, the pulled-back hair and black-and-white all convey toughness. The hands in the pockets, the pulled-back hair and the stone face all could belong to a tough female cop. Then there are the delicate floral appliqu├ęs the bow sash on the shorts that symbolize softness.

The model Jess PW has one of those faces that makes you stop in your tracks. Her face has as throwback quality because I always think of Julia Stiles in her late 90s, early 2000s teen queen reign.

In the Carolina Herrera Resort 2018 lookbook, the setting looks like Italy on one of those side street steps.

The Best Look from Altuzarra Resort 2018




Joseph Altuzarra is a Paris-born designer whose mother is Chinese-American and his father French Basque. 

Photographed by Bruno Staub, the setting for the Altuzarra Resort 2018 lookbook is the familiar corporate office. The other photos feature women inside cubicles and conference rooms, but the collection's best look is inside a lunch room. Or what looks to be a lunch room.

The outfit's preppy influences exist in the sweater and the saddle shoes, but Joseph Altuzarra subverts them: he adds a bustle to the sweater and turns the saddle shoes into slides. The sexiness lies within the lace under layer and the signature Altuzarra slit of the skirt. The model's bed hair is perfectly grunge-y, which goes along with her annoyed facial expression.

It's nice to see an Asian model featured heavily in the lookbook. Her name is Sijia Kang from China. Also, you gotta love those Princeton University colors. I hope the model enjoys her lunch. Let's hope there's not a line to use the microwave.


Jonathan Simkai Resort 2018


Cowgirl.


Jonathan Simkai is a New York-based designer.

The laces through the grommets and the harness belt scream dominatrix, but the denim and boots evoke the cowgirl. Then there's that Hilary Banks hair. In fact, I can see Hilary Banks rocking this outfit on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. There's a Mona Lisa-like amusement to her facial expression.


The brunette model looked directly at the camera with somber eyes. The jacket's wasp waist and cocoon sleeves suggested rigidity. The pulled-back hair belongs to a school mistress, but the color of the clothing is pure summer.


Structure.