Window Dressing the Man

Style, the way of putting things together has become more relevant now in menswear.  But maybe not quite, as much as how it has infectiously shaped the opposite sex.  Menswear is strictly fashion throughout the years, whose templates are invariably suits, shirts, ties, pants that continually define men and masculinity. Then style penetrates into men’s fashion, disregarding any sense of propriety.  That’s simply how Style stimulate “human interest”….like opening a hifalutin magazine these days and seeing all these otherworldly, intergalactic bamboozlement of editorials, at least, that’s how it appeals to me.  Interesting? Yes, but making sense? No.

Presentation of Soe SS/10 at the course of JFW

Presentation of Soe AW/10 at the course of JFW, encased in a Window view

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A Blend of Korean Pop and Art

A Song of Spring by Simeon Solomon

A Song of Spring by Simeon Solomon

Simeon Solomon’s finest work would certainly be the one that was inspired from the Primavera by Sandro Botticelli.  The British born artist attempted to satirize the Primavera by conveying an elegantly rendered sadness in his painting  ‘A Song of Spring’ depicting figures of boys in knee-breaches with romantic satin bows (which should be inappropriately dressed at that time) and Pre-Rafaelite girls.

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Boy Zone

Paris Fashion Week (homme SS/10), as Fashion is highly perishable, menswear designers have developed a routine habit of future streaming, that’s by and large, dependent on technology.  But this season, the fleeting pace is mellowed to a halt, as immediacy fades to allow relaxed, untrained and flimsy visions of an immature man.


Lanvin schoolboy

Lanvin schoolboy

Lanvin

Lanvin

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Raf Simons unveils The Modern Form

Retrospective look from Raf Simons SS/10 Collection

Retrospective look from Raf Simons SS/10 Collection

The first agenda of this season’s Fashion calendar had just been adjourned, there’s a hype of information now coming from Paris Fashion week.

Looking back at a few noteworthy shows, I think Raf Simons made an outstanding collection.  His show focused on bringing a heightened sense of consciousness to the man’s body; producing an array of torso-hugging suits and sleeves drawn up toward the deltoid corners of a man’s physique.  As if to suggest that a toned body may well be a precursor for Fashion to follow suit.  Thus, form is followed by all outer implements which are the clothes clinging only as mere accessories to the body, so to speak.  Raf Simons’  exploration on the man’s form is a glass shattering undertaking in menswear, delineating a similar Modern attitude towards clothing that seems to only exist now in women.

Raf Simons SS/10

Raf Simons - austere modernity echoed on every detail

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Shoe Perforation Mania at Prada

A look from Prada S/S 2010 collection (photo from Catwalking.com)

A look from Prada S/S 2010 collection (photo from Catwalking.com)

No other designer has exaggerated the perforated style in footwear except for Miuccia Prada. Her latest Spring Summer collection in Milan may be called a mock to the conventional suiting styles with which the traditional suit is worn….taking the sleeves off, detailed tailoring (with mesh and interior looking prints) and even a little hint of sportiness.  I always adore Miuccia’s bold choices….and how dare she manipulated the holy grail of menswear?  That refers to the  suit, which seems only a few designers would dare touch while Mr. Dries might have been busying himself perfecting suits for the past few seasons.  I am not surprised at all for someone like Miuccia Prada who delves in the unusual.  At reciprocal value, the shoes are just as maddeningly creative and anything but traditional.

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Prada shoe in distinct perforated holes

Synthetic laser cut holes couldn’t get any bigger.  Just make sure you walk on the dry path.

Prada perforated shoe

Prada perforated shoe

A barely dressy shoe like this makes a handsome pair of walking shoes….even the thought of going sockless is comfortably convenient.

Caged pattern on prada shoe

Caged pattern on Prada shoe

A handsome pair

A handsome pair of Prada shoes

A handsome pair that could potentially outdo any wearer.  There was an elfish quality with the raised front of these shoes but its elongated shape makes it more masculine.  Well, given serious attention, do these shoes really transcribe the new men’s dress shoes?  I don’t think so, I think the perforated style in footwear is preposterous.  Hence, these are all walking shoes.  A hardworking gentleman can never put aside a reliably tried and tested pair of chunky oxfords (or the Classic Prada shoes).

A boxy Prada bag

A boxy Prada bag (All Photos from men.style.com)

A boxy container unexpectedly turned out.  Wow!…I hope it’s not another Prada Nylon bag…or is it?

Heal the World

I haven’t been able to update for the past few days because of some problems with my internet connection which was suspectedly caused by a thunderstorm.  I have heard about Michael Jackson’s death and it seems so weird that a week ago my sister demanded that I download his song.  My sister, who happens to be a teacher requested that I download one of his songs: Heal the World for her discussion about Protest songs.  I’ve only been able to play the full length of the song once, rather unconsciously.  Was it a weird  coincidence?…not to suggest of course that we had some mutual connection…definitely not but lately the song has been playing on my head even before his death.

Maybe I’ll just keep humming his song silently on my head…’til shall it dissolve in silence.

Rafael Nadal on Sundaytimes Magazine

Rafael Nadal as seen on NYtimes' Sunday Magazine (Photo by Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum, for The New York Times)

Rafael Nadal as seen on NYtimes' Sunday Magazine (Photo by Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum, for The New York Times)

Rafael Nadal appeared on last Sunday’s issue of Nytimes Magazine.  I have just recently finished reading the very long article about Nadal by Cynthia Gorney.  The photo above was shot by Paolo Pellegrin at a hotel in Rome probably while doing the masters there.  The write-up was interesting on being partly biographical but I think it was pretty much done to appease fans’ Pre – Wimbledon anticipation which had to end abruptly because of Nadal’s withdrawal from the tournament.  Gorney also talked about Nadal’s ambidextrous (equally capable) hands. I guess what happened to Nadal was a strange twist.  He’ll later redeem himself for sure…in the future to come.