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In Black & White

April 24th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

Spring may be better-known as the season for bright prints and colors, but the latest issue of upscale menswear magazine Varon Magazine makes a very convincing argument for the purity and sharp beauty of clean black-and-white. Ben Gorham, founder of the exclusive Byredo fragrance collection, stars in the sharp cover story, lensed by Lonny Spence with styling by Varon’s fashion director Hugo Lavín, while the rest of the magazine is filled with many of the industry’s top new faces in a range of the season’s top designs. Bright young Brits Matthew Bell and Tom Gaskin can be seen in the main collections story, photographed by co editor in chief Nacho Pinedo and dressed by Lavín, while Elliot Vulliod is the centerpiece of a feature on the idiosyncratic designer Umit Benan. But for all its celebration of the here and now, the issue offers a sneak peek ahead as well, with an exclusive preview of Fall 2014 from rising British designer Craig Green captured by Piczo with a clinical austerity softened by gentle portraits that add just the right touch of sensitive emotion. Check out their Instagram page for more beautiful visuals.

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Ben Gorham by Lonny Spence, styling by Hugo Lavín

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Matthew Bell and Tom Gaskin by Nacho Pinedo, styling by Hugo Lavín

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Elliot Vulliod in Umit Benan by Lonny Spence, styling by Hugo Lavín

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Laurie Harding by Lonny Spence, styling by Shirley Amartey

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Marc André Turgeon by Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz (Visual Artist UK ), styling by Jason Hughes (Visual Artist UK )

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Nicholas Santos/Charlie Ayres Taylor/Paolo Gallardo by Mark Kean, styling by Hugo Lavín

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Arran Turton Phillips by Rory van Millingen, styling by Way Perry (Jed Root)

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Jack Chambers, Guy Gee in Craig Green by Piczo, styling by Hugo Lavín

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Club Tropicana

April 1st, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

This has been, in many ways, the winter of our discontent, with biting snow and freezing winds long outstaying their welcome into April. Spanish menswear bible Hercules Universal offers a rejuvenating missive from the sunlit Iberian peninsula with their latest issue, which comes with the promising title “Club Tropicana” stamped on its electric blue cover. Otto Pierce lounges on the pristine sands of Mexico’s Riviera Maya in Paola Kudacki’s saturated cover feature, wearing some of the season’s brightest pieces styled by Francesco Sourigues. Bruno Staub captures new face Carter in Kim Jones’ all-American, California-dreaming designs in a Louis Vuitton feature with fashion by Miguel Arnau. Dan Glaser visits a Provençal paradise in an architectural study of the minimalist G House in Bonnieux, a gleaming box of glass and concrete set in the woods of the French countryside. There is a hint of darkness amongst the light as well, in the edgy video accompanying the cover story, which finds Pierce splashing around in the dark surf in just a pair of Saint Laurent leather pants, in Daniel Riera’s Fall 2014 preview, which captures Jason Anthony in tough looks chosen by Sourigues from a season that seems far away but will be here all too soon. But, rather than diminishing the glow, these shadows serve only to add some sharpening contrast to an issue that, to finish off that line from Shakespeare, is otherwise “made glorious summer by this sun.”

A SPLASH IN THE DARK from HERCULES UNIVERSAL on Vimeo.

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Otto Pierce by Paola Kudacki, styling by Francesco Sourigues

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George Admiraal and Dominik Bauer by Mark Kean, styling by Julian Ganio

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Jason Anthony by Daniel Riera, styling by Francesco Sourigues

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Carter by Bruno Staub, stying by Miguel Arnau (Paris: ArtList Paris, New York: ArtList NY)

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Happiness

March 25th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

Ever since their start back in October 2013, the team behind Italian menswear magazine The Greatest has devoted each issue to a single theme, with the latest—for Spring 2014—revolving around the idea of happiness. “Happiness is something for which we are always looking,” explains Matteo Greco, editor-in-chief. “I needed to find it, I needed to express it. It’s a very simple feeling, but not a trivial one.” That happiness—not, it should be noted, mere light-heartedness or frivolity—comes across most clearly in the opening feature of artwork by photographer Luca de Santis, who spread clusters of cheerful yellow fuzz across otherwise sombre and banal images, injecting a sense of optimism right from the start. The editorials, which Greco says carry the same “nostalgic vision” as in previous issues, also take a lighter tone, from Paolo Zerbini‘s saturated story of youth and innocence to Stefania Paparelli‘s feature on Adrien Sahores, who looks every bit the carefree, dignified Parisian undergrad. Cover model Benjamin Eidem is captured by Lowe H Seger in serene, pale blues styled by Greco himself, who calls Eidem his favorite model and “one of the most elegant I’ve ever worked with.” An accompanying film by Damian Sammarco and Sergio Andretti finds Linus Gustin walking through the city streets dressed all in Dior Homme, seemingly in search of something he can’t quite name. There is a hint of sadness to the proceedings, but Greco reminds us that happiness is, after all, in the eye of the beholder. “Sometimes we are not happy, but we are always the ones who decide whether to be happy or not,” he says. “I decided to be.”

The Greatest Fashion Film #6 from The Greatest Magazine on Vimeo.

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Singular Visions

March 7th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

There comes a point in the growth of every young magazine when it moves from up-and-comer to here-to-stay. For David Martin, editor-in-chief and fashion director of ODDA, that point is their current, sixth issue, out later this week in the United Kingdom and across the rest of the world over the next few weeks. “It is definitely an issue where we experiment with another level in our work,” he says. “The difference between this issue and previous ones is the maturity of myself, my team, and what we are looking for with this product. This issue made us feel free to develop many things we couldn’t do before. We’re not as experienced as people who have been working in fashion for twenty years, but now we feel we know a bit more.”

That growth is obvious throughout the issue, from the gorgeously evocative previews of Thom Browne’s Fall 2014 collection and Atelier Versace’s Spring designs to the interviews with Jean-Paul Gaultier, Michel Gaubert, Conseulo Castiglioni, Nicola Formichetti. There is an emphasis throughout on personal process as well, whether it be a portfolio of four new designers currently studying at Central Saint Martins or a collection of model Benjamin Allen’s own Polaroids. The issue also has a handmade feel, a rich counterpoint to the standardization seen so much elsewhere, with sketches throughout and a font evocative of swirling loops of cursive. “I believe that if people see the magazine like this,” Martin explains, “it is going to be another kind of connection for them.”

Martin says the issue is also meant to showcase a more artistic side of the editorial team. To wit, Benjamin Allen’s fashion story is awash in impasto daubs and strokes, designers from Karl Lagerfeld to Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Kenzo are painted rather than photographed, and an editorial by photographer Omar Macchiavelli is a wonder of collage techniques. The emphasis that ties the issue together, however, is going deeper. Designer stories offer complex, layered evocations of singular visions, from the prints of Ports to the Spanish vibrancy of Moschino. Backstage images from the recent men’s shows and even a few fresh from London Fashion Week offer an immediate behind-the-scenes look at what we’ll be wearing six months down the line. It may seem a bit premature, but as Yves Saint Laurent himself explains on the closing page, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”

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Ben Allen by Bryan Huynh, styling by Tomas C. Toth

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Maggie Jablonski by Michael Beauplet, styling by Matt Bidgoli

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Katerina by Hironobu Sato, styling by Ikuko Tanizaki

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Vika Falileeva by Sy Delorme, styling by Yasmina Benabdelkrim

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Jordy Dijkhuizen and Travis Smith by Marco Falcetta, styling byAlba Melendo

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Backstage at Kris Van Assche by Sara Cimino

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Vika Falileeva by Sy Delorme, styling by Yasmina Benabdelkrim

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Ton Heukels by Sonia Pueche, styling by David Martin

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Lida Judickaite by Robert Jaso, styling by Yasmina Benabdelkrim

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Lyoka Tyagnereva and Joe Collier by Arnaldo Anaya Lucca (De Facto), styling by Julie Ragolia

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Winter to Spring

March 3rd, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

The cover of the latest issue of DSection may be a study in winter white, but the pages inside make it clear that spring is well on its way. Arthur Gosse and Baptiste Radufe, dressed by Jimi Urquiga in Thom Browne’s Versailles-inspired designs, are photographed by Jack Waterlot for the accompanying story lounging in a snowbound cabin, but the floral prints and bright sportswear found throughout the rest of the menswear magazine offer a welcome prelude to the thaw. Alexi Lubomirski shoots the iconic Daria Werbowy on a secluded patch of welcoming sand, while Nicolas Valois captures new face Daniel van der Deen looking steamy in Dries Van Noten’s rich palm tree-print shirt. Many of today’s biggest faces make appearances as well, from Anders Hayward and Marc Sebastian Faiella to Alexandre Cunha and Ton Heukels, all with that certain elegance expected from DSection.

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Arthur Gosse, Veronika Vilim, Baptiste Radufe by Jack Waterlot, styling by Jimi Urquiga

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Daria Werbowy by Alexi Lubomirski (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) for Lancome

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Daniel van der Deen by Nicolas Valois

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Anders Hayward by Thomas Goldblum

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Marc Sebastian Faiella by Aline & Jacqueline Tappia

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Alexandre Cunha by Ricardo Gomes

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Ton Heukels by Thomas Goldblum

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Janis Ancens by Laurent Humbert

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Color Theory

February 27th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

Anyone can tell you that the main story of Spring 2014 menswear is color, but it takes true conviction and vision to turn a trend into something truly original and inspired. The team behind L’Officiel Hommes Italia have done just that, pulling on the artist inspirations and bold palettes of the latest collections for a new issue that celebrates creativity and vibrancy in all its shades. The Belgian painter Rinus van de Velde, known for his swirling, expressive portraits and scenes, graces the cover, a surprising decision the magazine’s creative director Pablo Arroyo says was entirely appropriate. “Art is a perennial source of inspiration for the fashion world, especially so for spring-summer 2014,” he explains in his editor’s letter. “This is partly the reason L’Officiel Hommes Italia made the unorthodox choice of having an artist on the cover. Not a model/artist or an actor/artist, but an artist artist.” Pulling from the theme of “teoria del colore”—bringing to mind Goethe’s landmark treatise on the essence of color and its effects on human perception and emotions—the issue features the season’s brightest designs on today’s brightest new faces and seasoned veterans.

Tim Schuhmacher and Tommaso de Benedictis are captured by Laurence Ellis in a crayon box of vivid suits styled by Emil Rebek, while Stefan Heinrichs photographed Matthew Bell in a series of dark, rich sportswear selected by Davide Brambilla. Photographer Mark Pillai and stylist Nik Piras take a graphic approach to the latest hues, with sharp images of Matthew Holt shot through with pops of color. And, in a nod to a season in which designers found inspiration in modernist masters from Mondrian and Calder to Klein and Kapoor, Ben Allen plays the young artist at work and at play—for a story by Thomas Lohr with styling by Anders Sølvsten Thomsen—lost in thought in his studio, caught in a moment of quiet reflection, or simply surrounded by the blissful blue of a clear pool straight out of a Hockney painting.

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Tommaso de Benedictis by Laurence Ellis (Visual Artist UK ), styling by Emil Rebek

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Matthew Bell by Stefan Heinrichs, styling by Davide Brambilla

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Ben Allen by Thomas Lohr (New York: D + V Management, London: D + V Management ), styling by Anders Solvsten Thomsen

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Sebastien Andrieu by Johan Sandberg (New York: ArtList NY, Paris: ArtList Paris), styling by Emil Rebek

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Matthew Holt by Mark Pillai, styling by Nik Piras

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Rinus van de Velde by Pablo Arroyo, styling by Jérôme André

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Eye Gandy

February 26th, 2014 |Posted by models.com

In an exclusive teaser for models.com, photographer Chiun-Kai Shih, also known as Chunky, gives us a peek at GQ Taiwan‘s big March 2014 cover with the very super David Gandy. Fresh off a stint as guest host for Asia’s Next Top Model, Chunky says David is “enchanting, sensitive and dramatic. That’s what he always brings on set to shoots.” Check out videos behind the scenes as well; see the cover and inside story on March 1st!

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Styling byMarcus Teo (De Facto), grooming by Scott Mcmahan

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First Look: Details’ Supermodels

February 4th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

The big March issues are making their way onto newsstands this week, and now Details has entered the fray with a guaranteed winner. Those who complain about the dearth of models on magazine covers will surely be cheered by the sight of not one, not two, not even three, but ten of today’s biggest superstars shot by celebrity photographer Mark Seliger (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists). Casting director Edward Kim gathered Garrett Neff, Clement Chabernaud, Noah Mills, Tyson Ballou, RJ Rogenski, Andres Velencoso Segura, Mathias Lauridsen, Arthur Kulkov, Simon Nessman, and Sean O’Pry for an iconic group shot that expands across a triple fold out. Dressed by Benjamin Sturgill, the ten are shown in some of spring’s sharpest pieces, and the accompanying feature within finds them surrounded by the buzzing lights of a classic New York night. Vanity Fair can have Julia Roberts and George Clooney; we’ll take these guys any day. (Images exclusively for models.com courtesy of Details, for video and more, go to Details.com)

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