Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Vivienne Westwood's Beef

Vivenne Westwood walked a heavier male model down her recent men's show in Milan in a move away from the thinner EMO looking models that have held prominence on all men's fashion show runways over the past few years. I applaud Vivenne Westwood for making this bold move in helping to re-define male beauty and helping to challenge the socially constructed myth that thin and skinny is the only fashionable body type. It could be viewed as a publicity stunt, but ultimately she has challenged us to think and possibly made some people uncomfortable - the groundworks to all social change.

Yay to Vivienne Westwood and her beef!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Raf Simons For Eastpak

Raf Simons is definitely one of the leading visionaries of the past decade and I am always impressed by his creative vision. He has collaborated with Eastpak again for Fall/Winter 2008/9 and this time around the bags are definitely more functional and practical. Last year's bags were stunning but I found them to be too large and not consumer friendly - they functioned best as an accessory on the Raf Simons runway with a very limited capacity of working off of the runway. This year's bags are totally wearable and Raf Simon's signature style is evident in the use of alternative fabrics and minimal shapes. I have posted the bags that I like the best.
For more Raf Simons for Eastpak check this site:

Yay to Raf Simons for Eastpak!!!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Karl Lagerfeld For The House of SAFETY

Karl Lagerfeld is featured in the new French safety awareness campaign sporting a fluorescent green/yellow vest in order to bring awareness to a new law, commencing in France on July 1, which requires all drivers and cyclists to wear this vest and a reflective triangle.

The translation of the copy reads, "It's yellow, it's ugly, it doesn't match anything, but it can save your life". This is an ingenious ad and I am delighted to see that Karl Lagerfeld is using his stature and influence for such a positive and important cause. If the kaiser of fashion can sacrifice chic for safety - then surely the fashion conscious French can too.

I would love to see Karl Lagerfeld reinvent and re-design this vest for the French people. How FABULOUS would a Chanel or Fendi safety vest be? I have no doubt in my mind that if Karl Lagerfeld were to design a men's and a women's safety vest, the French would be all over it! If there is any designer that could successfully design and stylize safety vests - it would be Karl Lagerfeld.

Yay to Karl Lagerfeld for the house of SAFETY!!!

Hot TRAX June 2008

These are the HOT TRAX that I am LOVING at the moment:

Rihanna - Take A Bow (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg remix)

Madonna - Give It 2 Me (Eddie Amador Remix)

Ting Tings - Great DJ (7th Heaven Remix)

Daniel Bedingfield - The One (David Guetta Remix)

Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On (Roger Sanchez 2008 Remix)

Alex Gaudino - Watch Out (Robbie Rivera Remix)

Seal - The Right Life (Eddie Amador Remix)

Kaskade - Sorry (Dirty South Remix)

CHECK EM!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

David Beckham Unveiled

The next phase of the David Beckham for Armani underwear campaign has been unveiled with a huge billboard at the Macy's in San Francisco. Apparently, David Beckham was at the launch and signed autographs. The highly anticipated new campaign images are slowly being revealed and will inevitably populate the Armani website later this month. It is interesting to watch the video and to see just how crazy-excited that the fans can get. I am impressed by the David Beckham brand as it has extended itself even further - beyond Posh Spice, beyond football, beyond cologne, beyond fashion, beyond sex symbol status, and beyond unattainability. Perhaps it is the unattainable quality which keeps fans and followers loyal and always returning for more - they want or want to be David Beckham, but never will.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

POW! Necklace

The profound influence of comic books and super heroes on today's pop culture is clearly evident in this new "POW!" necklace which is reminiscent of the 60's Batman television show. In the Batman TV show action words (such as "POW!" "BAM!" etc.) would be transitioned into the fight sequences for graphic effect and emphasis. I love the homage to such a classic pop culture reference. Totally kitschy, you can get this necklace exclusively at Colette.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Incredible Hulk Movie

I saw the new Incredible Hulk movie the other day and I was pleasantly surprised. The last Hulk movie starring Eric Banna, directed by Ang Lee, just didn't do it for me, but this recent remake starring Edward Norton was action packed and a great comic book adaptation film. The special effects were top notch and the CGI rendering of the Hulk was accurate to the comic book and the animators made the Hulk attractive (yes it is possible!). Edward Norton did a good job as Bruce banner, but Liv Tyler was amazing as the female love interest for the Hulk and she had me totally convinced that she was Betty Ross. Tim Roth, as always, also did an amazing job as the antagonist, Abomination. Although the storyline was predictable, Marvel fans will not be disappointed and they will love the cameos and the Marvel branding crossovers featured in this film. Non-Marvel fans will appreciate the action and special effects. I strongly suggest entering this film without any expectations in order to avoid any dissapointments!

Yay to the Incredible Hulk!!!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Tom Ford Full Frontal

Apparently sex still sells. I am not sure how I am feeling about the new ad campaign for Tom Ford which features overt male nudity and erotic sexuality. On the one hand, I applaud Tom Ford for being an equal opportunity manipulator and sexual exploiter by featuring full frontal male nudity, but in this day and age I'm not sure if the shock factor that is intended is really all that powerful. Perhaps I have just become desensitized to the concept of nudity for the sake of shock value and sales. Blame for my desensitization can be placed on today's paparazzi culture because after seeing Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan without their underwear I've pretty much seen it all, just as you probably have too. Regardless of the lack of an impact that this campaign has, artistically - the lighting and photo production is pristine and I am appreciative of the styling and vision invested in these images.

Yay to pretty pictures!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

N*E*R*D G-Shock

Urban wear has definitely been stepped up a notch by Hip Hop/Rap artists that expand their empires through branding. Previously, urban wear was understood to be the clothes that urban artists wore - such labels as Tommy Hilfiger, Ecko, Phat Farm, Baby Phat, etc. Today, urban wear is more authentic when actual urban musical artists design and create their own lines. Pharrell Williams (one half of N*E*R*D) has two urban clothing lines Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream and both of these lines are fresh and innovative. Recently, Pharrell customized a BAPE G-Shock and I am loving the concept behind his blinged out G-Shock. It is in line with the Billionaire Boys club brand and it is beyond ghetto fabulous. Branding is the vehicle to any empire and it will be interesting to see how far Pharrell Williams' empire will expand.

Check out more Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream here

Yay to Pharrell Williams' vision!!!