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July 8th, 2013 by models.com
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Those who took note of the flower power coming out of the Spring 2014 men’s collections might have been reminded of the dark floral print that bloomed across Anders Hayward’s t-shirt and trousers at last summer’s Lanvin show, but anyone expecting a reprise this time around would have been sorely mistaken. Designers Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz are, after all, never ones to rest on their laurels, and their latest collection had all the typical gorgeous luxury of the house, but with a new purity to streamline the diversity of looks that had been so successful for Fall 2013. The soundtrack pounded, but there was a softness to the pieces, from the slim jackets to the short shorts, in a rich array of vibrant colors and materials. Miles Langford joked backstage before the show that his blazer seemed to get tighter every time he tried it on, but the end result was a perfect cut, even as it served as only one option among a plethora offered up by Ossendrijver and Elbaz. There were a number of looser, flowing silhouettes that looked easy and relaxed, from loose tank tops banded with different materials to a curving belted trench in effervescent hot pink. The colorful sneakers Lanvin is perhaps best known for did not make an appearance, but the loafers slashed diagonally with stripes of color made a very convincing argument for a more adult look. The closing looks were an engaging study of texture, with a crinkly, three-dimensional houndstooth running into a smoothly shimmering metallic, a fitting cap on a glorious demonstration of the powers of understatement and a certain restraint.

Text by Jonathan Shia
Images by Lea Colombo

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July 2nd, 2013 by models.com
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For Spring 2014, Givenchy‘s Riccardo Tisci tossed aside his favorite idées fixes and went in a new and inspired direction, pulling together an old-fashioned sort of futurism with tribal-warrior face paint in a show that was provocative and profound. Tisci has always been known for a kind of postmodern sportswear, collecting variegated imagery—say, aggressively snarling dogs, or perhaps intricately intertwined birds of paradise—and mashing them together in a way that, in less-able hands, would be unavoidably messy. The story this season was the bursting prints of Eighties-era circuity and tape decks, which took on a beautiful abstraction as they jostled their way across the sharp shapes of the overcoats, leggings, and tank tops. The show’s second half, in contrast, had a clean austerity, with Tisci’s classic silhouette—here, sweatshirt and loose shorts over leggings and sandals—crossed in graphic multicolored stripes that had a rich vibrancy. There was a feeling of fresh energy in the show, marking a departure from the stark darkness that infused some of Tisci’s recent collections, and—given the undeniable trickle-down effect of his designs—offering a convincing vision for what we’ll be wearing next year.

Text by Jonathan Shia
Images by Lea Colombo

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July 2nd, 2013 by models.com
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Kris Van Assche started his eponymous line on the foundation of his modernist sportswear, bringing a sharp severity to classic pieces that, season after season, always have a maturity with a bit of youthful air sprinkled in. For Spring 2014, Van Assche took his kicky aesthetic a step further, infusing his clean pieces with a bright palette of rich forest green and highlighter orange. He spoke of using fabrics and styles in unexpected ways, and there was a new texture to many of the looks, as in Luuk van Os’ polo shirt and shorts, which had a soft weave that mimicked the look of crocodile skin. A number of the sweaters were laser-cut with polka dots, adding an extra twist to the Op Art all-over spot pattern of Alexander Ferrario’s shorts suit. There was a strong emphasis on outerwear, specifically varieties of windbreakers, from the lapeled version Adrien Sahores sported to Kristoffer Hasslevall’s crisp white cagoule. Van Assche also loosened his slim silhouette, adding room to Andrew Westermann’s double-breasted suit and Arthur Gosse’s slick belted parka. Elsewhere, this past week saw the opening of the brand’s first flagship in Paris and the launch of an e-commerce site, marking, in conjunction with this invigorating show, a step forward for a designer who has quickly become an important part of the menswear establishment.

Text by Jonathan Shia
Images by Lea Colombo

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July 2nd, 2013 by Janelle
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John Demsey, Andre Leon Talley, Carine Roitfeld and Riccardo Tisci | All images Courtesy Karla Otto

What better way to celebrate the most essential of fashion pieces than in the City of Lights in the midst of haute couture? The Little Black Dress exhibition, curated by Andre Leon Talley was given a spectacular opening fete by MAC Cosmetics and the Savannah College of Art and Design, who hosted a luxe private dinner and cocktail celebration last night at the Mona Bismarck American Center of Art and Culture. Guests were treated to a sartorial journey through the rise of a stylish essential ensemble and several of the insiders in attendance wore their own take on the look. Get a glimpse at the glamourous atmosphere at the event and experience it for yourself from July 3rd to September 22nd in Paris.

Little Black Dress – on view at the Mona Bismarck American Center of Art & Culture  - 34 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris, France

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Edward Enninful and Stefano Tonchi | Zoe Felix & Benn Northover

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Olivier Theyskens, Janice Alida, John Demsey, Ellen von Unwerth and Peter Dundas

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Giambattista Valli, Alyson Le Borges and John Demsey

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Riccardo Tisci, Carine Roitfeld and Ulyanna Sergeenko

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Yves Carcel and Becca Cason Thrash | Vera Wang

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Natacha Ramsay Levi, Benn Northover and Joana Preiss

July 1st, 2013 by models.com
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Michael Stipe was on the runway and the front row at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 show on Thursday, as Kim Jones delivered a pristine collection celebrating the American spirit. Working from the starting point of a cross-country road trip, Jones pulled from a wealth of cultural references, re-envisioning a wide range of all-American idols through the prism of the house’s luxurious, refined legacy. There was an overall Sixties-prep feel to the looks, with their looser cuts and swinging shapes, and the gorgeous multi-colored checks that criss-crossed the sharp suit jackets and shorts. Jones also approached the idea of the United States from a young, more active perspective, as in Malcolm de Ruiter’s parka, covered with Boy Scout patches and finished off with a kerchief and a wooden clothes pin attached to his lapel. Even the oversized travel bags took on an outdoorsy air, with metal drinking cups and harmonicas dangling from their buckles. The idea was refined classics, from Anders Hayward’s denim jacket, reconstituted in soft suede, to Ben Allen’s shimmering silk varsity jacket. Ian Sharp opened the final section of evening wear, a series of “prom” looks accessorized by delicate “corsages” intricately crafted from feathers, another example of Jones’ focused attention to details. As Marc Jacobs sang along to “The One I Love,” Andrew Westermann closed in a cocktail jacket woven with mother-of-pearl, carrying a rumored retail price of well over a hundred thousand euros. Jones, it was clear, has come a long way since the urban sportswear he showed less than a decade ago for his own line, but he has managed to maintain his individualistic, youthful edge, even at the helm of one of the world’s biggest luxury brands.

Text by Jonathan Shia
Images by Lea Colombo for Models.com

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July 1st, 2013 by models.com
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Even the weather decided to cooperate with teh Phillip Lim Spring 2014 show. Paris on Thursday morning was cold, wet, and windy—until the lights went up on the open-air runway on the banks of the Seine, and the sun came out as well. It was appropriate for the dazzling collection, which took inspiration from Seventies surfers and their eclectic, hodgepodge looks. Lim has always been known for his upgraded streetwear, adding an extra dash of creativity to urban pieces, and his take on surf style was no less exciting. There were trendy clashing Hawaiian prints, sturdy neoprene jackets, a wash of eyelets on Melker Andersson’s tank top, and the rich blue stripes of Alexander Beck’s jacket. It was a testament to Lim’s talents that the random-seeming assortment of prints, patterns, and materials cohered as a singular creative vision—call it surfpunk. Benjamin Jarvis’ cracked biker jacket was a perfect example of the idea, combining a variety of metallic leathers for a vibrant look topped off by a head wrap that, according to Lim’s mood board backstage, was inspired by Tupac. The show also worked when broken down into its various constituent parts, whether it be Dominic Carisch’s laser-cut tank, aggressively shot across the chest with a bolt of lightning, or Arthur Gosse’s flowing coral car coat, which wafted softly but with purpose as he paced down the runway.

Text by Jonathan Shia
Images by Lea Colombo for Models.com

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July 1st, 2013 by models.com
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It’s that time of year again and the street style does not disappoint. Shot outside the London, Milan and Paris Men’s shows, male models take off the runway dressing seriously…and we approve.

Images by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

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