Versace Men S/S 2010

Whenever I hear the word Versace, I immediately associate it with the word sexy. The name carries so much history within and posses such an influence in the world of fashion. Versace evokes a certain sensuality and seduction yet with a powerful, youthful and super-sophisticated demeanor that most fashion conscious people would like to project. Donatella Versace, the current creative director of the house has managed to reinvent the brand. It has transcended from this sex-kitten, vixen girl or a super simple, yet extremely color-daring type of man into a more refined version of the original look of the late Gianni Versace.
Reviews of previous Men's collections over the past seasons have not been the most exciting. In effect, the sassy and super-italian, Donatella Versace teamed up with Cloak's Alexandre Plokhov. The unusual duo decided to take a tourney to the middle east and trace northern African roots for next Spring/Summer. I was more than delighted to see such a cool and fresh colour palette on the runway. There were shades of ivory, beige, white, and sand, while for evening, the Versace Men opts for black, tones of sandstone grey and touches of aqua and orange.
Noah Mills opened up the show, sporting this crisp ivory-colored jacket under a light grey djellaba, which ended up being a pivotal element in the collection. The show continued on and the runway started to get steamy. The different flavors of models came out in sleeveless, almost see-thru tops and fitted, very seductive swim trunks, which I thought looked hot!. For this season, I felt like there was more emphasis drawn into the accessories. The excess of necklaces with the sunglasses hanging off the neck of some of the models added a touch of coolness to the collection. I personally loved the waist-belts, which after looking at the rest of collections shown in Milan and Paris, seemed to be a key trend for next Spring/Summer.
The intimate setting of the "Versace Teatro", contributed to the nonchalant mood of the presentation. For this season, the look seemed more relaxed, evident by the looser fit of the pants and the somewhat flowy feel of the printed silk shirts that literally screamed "Let's get it on".
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David Beckham Does Emporio Armani...Again

The Tarzan-esque 2009 Fall/Winter campaign of David Beckham for Emporio Armani was released a while back in London and is likely you might have seen these ads in a couple of foreign magazines. If David wasn't a soccer star by nature, he would've probably become one of the most demanded male models in the industry right now, I can already picture the DG team offering loads of money just so they can have David in one of their always steamy ads. In a way you have to approach him as a sex marketing symbol, girls loved him (and some guys, too), whatever he markets, he sells, and it's not surprisingly the Emporio Armani team has picked Beckham as well as his wife to be the face of their brand. Booking a campaign with a top designer is a big deal for most models, it can literally jump start their careers as a supermodel, wherever the ad is published, is their face that is going to be feature, so they're definitely going to get world-wide exposure. I feel like David can attract all kinds of customers, young, old, gay and straight, her whole persona exudes the ultimate lady's man attitude that a bunch of girls and guys find interest in. He definitely have this sex-appeal, and that's probably one of the reason he was picked to be the face of the campaign, sex sells, and Armani applied that theory to a "t". 


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One Day These Would Be Pouring Out My Mailbox

Maison Martin Margiela
Neil Barrett
Junya Watanabe Comme des Garcons Man
John Galliano
Dries Van Noten
Dior Homme
Comme des Garcons Homme Plus
Alexander McQueen Puma
I was intrigued when I saw a link on wallpaper.com on this topic. I have never seen fashion show invitations, neither I have received one, but these 2010 Men Spring/Summer show invitations do incite a somewhat envious feeling within me but at the same time it shocks me to see all that thought that goes into designing an invitation. I'm sure these invitations are important to the designers and houses that showcase their respective shows in Milan and Paris since it's the first glimpse editors, photographers, celebrities and all the attendees in general get to see before the actual show, so I guess first impressions do come into play in this case. I feel like in a way these pompous and laborious cards do play into factor when editors rate and review each show/collection after fashion week is over, since it's the only "souvenir" they retain from the show, besides all the runway photographs, of course. I personally like Galliano's, it purely simplifies his collection in a piece of paper, it has this simple letter-like impression at the front but then it folds out into various panels, each showing a different segment from the show as well as the influences and references. I once heard, the Prada show is one of the most difficult shows to get into, which is not surprisingly at all since Miuccia is one of the most influential tastemakers in the industry. In effect, her invitations do look very fresh, I love all the quotes it displays, the same way the venue of the show looks, I also like the fact that is black and white, perfect. Moreover, I'm in love with Martin Margiela's invitation, he always thinks outside the box, and her mysterious persona does reflect on the card. Another one that caught my attention was Lanvin's, I just love the small logo at the top with the crown next to it, very imperious, so hopefully one of those invitations will have my name printed on it in the future. 


Mags, Mags, Mags!!!

July Vogue Italia 2009
Vogue Italia June 2009
Vogue July 2009
Vogue Russia July 2009
Vogue Nippon August 2009
Vogue Germany July 2009
Vogue China July 2009
Vogue Brasil July 2009
Vogue Australia August 2009
Teen Vogue August 2009
Vogue Homem Brasil June 2009
Velvet Uomo July 2009
Numero Korea July 2009
Harper's Bazaar UK July 2009
Elle UK August 2009
Dazed & Confused July 2009
Dom Magazine July 2009
Every month means a new issue, and every issue translates to a new story, editorial and layouts, it almost seems like every issue signifies a new window into the future of fashion, what's next?, who's the next big thing?, and what's hot for next season?. As a future editor, I feel like it's my job to translate fashion in a more commercial way to the masses, those people who pick up the latest issue of French Vogue, even when they are broke as hell ( I include myself on that group). There is this innocent obsession I have with fashion magazines, which is part I decide to become an editor. I find great interest on how other people dress, reviewing collections from all over the world, admiring at the ads from top designers and various brands, reading Andre Leon Talley's "Life With Andre" stories and Anna's "Editor's Letters" in Vogue. I believe having versatility and a keen eye for fashion is a great plus towards becoming an editor, besides possessing a wide knowledge of the industry, being able to perform different tasks within the editing field is such an advantage and might make a difference between reaching a peak position or remaining at the base. In effect, I try to read as many fashion publications as I can get my hands on, from Italian Vogue to Complex, and Elle to Vibe. Recently I been picking up on DNR and WWD, which are great. There are so many fashion magazines publish each month around the world that If I could get them all on my mailbox, I would, even if they all don't fit in it, I'll tell the mailman to drop the rest on my door. 
Vogue is definitely the leader publication on what fashion has to offer, and it's probably the first fashion magazine I picked up and the first on "The Ones I Need to Get" list, besides having an illustrious history and an undeniable list of the best editors there was, including one of my favorites, Diana Vreeland, the inner content and diligent staff is what keeps the magazine a float and by "staff", I mean editors, photographers, contributors, assistants, and everybody who makes an effort to bring out a great product every month, which to some is considered a drug or a bible, to that extent!.
To further my knowledge and satisfy my curiosity on what's going on in Europe, I pick up Italian and French Vogue. Their offices are a couple of hours away but their contents are so far apart. Italian Vogue has this European flare and glamour with an eclectic and mysterious look to it while French Vogue has a straight-up runway/unwearable skin with a playful way to showcase their fashion, regardless of their differences I love them both. To be honest, I don't dominate neither language, but their editorials do not need any explanation, they speak for themselves and always convey a strong message, which I adore. Not to sound cocky or anything of that sort, sometimes I can just spot a dress and tell who made it, since I'm hooked to the latest shows on the fashion network and different fashion related sites, I just simply keep up. 
To my understanding, the cover is technically as important as the content, since it's the first thing the reader sees, having a great eye-catching cover can potentially increase the sales of that certain issue. Vogue has been criticized in the past for featuring celebrities on the cover instead of models such as Korean or Australian Vogue, which may sound bias but I can understand why Anna Wintour would pick Cameron Diaz for the June 2009 cover, over a regular issue model such as Abbey Lee Kershaw, not to downgrade the beauty and talent from the young Aussie, but let's get real. You may have never heard of Abbey Lee Kershaw before, but you might have seen Cameron Diaz in different movies, red carpets or TV events, so if you happen to walk past a magazine or news stand you can easily spot Cameron than a rather unfamiliar face such as Abbey which might lead to you buying the issue. Also, having the right person on the cover can attract a new clientele, look at the March issue of Vogue which featured first lady Michelle Obama. That brought a lot of speculation and caused a lot of frenzy not only in the fashion community but also in some political segments of the nation. In the other hand, there were some serious rumors that Rihanna was a possible candidate to grace one of the future covers of Vogue, but all the rumors faded when not-so-appropriate pictures of the singer started to leak into the internet. Vogue has always maintained a serious and very prestigious face when it comes to picking the star to grace one of their covers and Rihanna dismissed her long awaited opportunity into becoming one of those, and don't get me wrong I love her music and sense of style, she has now become into this style icon that a lot of girls are trying to emulate and follow, which is probably one of the reason she was a strong candidate to become that "cover girl". However, I feel like everybody deserves a second chance, and she might get a break from Anna, you never know. I'm really excited to see what these magazines may unveil in the next couple of months; new stories, new editorials but most importantly new fashion. 
Pixs: models.com