Autumn Leaves

October 30th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

The chill is in the air, and the holidays are on their way, as is made abundantly clear by the October/November issue of American menswear magazine Essential Homme, out this week. Starting with rapper Theophilus London’s cover story shot by Kevin Sinclair (See Management) and styled by Terry Lu, the issue offers a wealth of cozy options as fall turns into winter. Matthew Bell and Florian Luger bring a gritty edge to the season’s military-inspired and industrial pieces in a Markus Ziegler feature, while Victor Norlander demonstrates some urban flair. Jamie Wise and Derek Jaeschke star in a West-Coast take on cooler weather, as Thorben Gartner breathes life into the perennial camel trend and Harvey James takes on houndstooth and high-tech dressing. Interviews with Brunello Cucinelli and the designers behind Rag & Bone, Jimmy Choo, and Isaora help flesh things out, leading up to a handy gift guide to close out the issue. Only fifty-five shopping days left until Christmas!

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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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Artistic Inspiration

April 10th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

The menswear scene has taken an artistic bent of late, with a new season rife with references to painters, sculptors, and other creative minds. Spanish magazine Fucking Young offers a direct appeal in their latest edition, with a Spring issue built around the theme of the museum. Michiel Meewis offers a striking cover image, with Bastiaan Van Gaalen dressed by Ginger Clark in Kenzo’s wave-print coat, his face painted in a riot of soft white strokes. The stories within offer a refreshing variety of artistic scope, from Phil Dunlop’s rich Victorian-inspired portraits to Jay Schoen’s sleek study of pure minimalism, the latest rewards of the long and lasting interaction between fashion and art. Order online here.

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Bastiaan Van Gaalen by Michiel Meewis, styling by Ginger Clark

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Simone Nobili by Jay Schoen, styling by Alba Melendo

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Matthew Bell by Phil Dunlop, styling by Coline Bach

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Daan van der Deen by Stefan Milev, styling by Ingo Nahrwold

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Photography Luca Finotti, styling by Paolo Zagoreo, art direction by Luca and Paolo

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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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Spring Break

March 21st, 2013 |Posted by Betty

How ready is everyone for spring? Spanish magazine Fucking Young‘s new issue, with the theme of ‘1997’, certainly brightens the blustery day with a delightful dose of the coolest male models garbed in eye catching pieces by Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fred Perry and more. Luca Finotti shoots and art directs Dutch favorite Ton Heukels for the cover but keep an eye out for the vintage Gianni Versace archive pieces for the inside edit. And yes all those braces were worn solely for the shoot. Check out the cheeky (and teeth-y) video below and preorder it, here.

TEETH by Luca Finotti from Fucking Young! Magazine on Vimeo.

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Ton Heukels, Miles McMillan, Sebastian Sauvé, Mikkel Jensen, Leebo Freeman by Luca Finotti, Misa Patinszki, styled by Paolo Zagoreo

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Ben Allen by James White, styled by Kevin Kim

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Milo Spijkers by Jose Manuel Ferrater, styled by Nirave Sanchez

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Zhao Lei by Edu García and styled by Patrycja Juraszczyk.

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Matthew Bell by Saverio Cardia and styled by Lucio Colapietro.

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Jake Shortall by Kristiina Wilson, styled by Michelle Carimpong

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Jourdan Copeland by Michiel Meewis

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Jester White by Liam Warwick and styled by Justin Hamilton.

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