Saturday, March 31, 2012

GLAD-iator Redux - Benjamin Eidem by Karl Lagerfeld

Last night, I went to check out the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the deYoung museum.  It was such an amazing night. I have been to other designer's exhibits but compared to the last two I've seen, the Gaultier exhibit I was really excited for . I thought because it was more geared to a younger crowd. I would post some of the pictures on Monday as part of a hybrid of a Runway Review.

In other news, my newest niece was born in the wee hours of the morning. Congratulations to my baby sister and my brother-in-law to the newest member of our family. I can't wait to see her!

To close this week, I give you the second half of the gladiator inspired editorial from Numero Homme. Last week, I posted the first half featuring Baptiste Giabiconi *here*. Today, Karl Lagerfeld photographs another top model, Benjamin Eidem in pieces by Vivienne Westwood, Dries Van Noten and Dolce & Gabbana to name a few. I thought for some reason armor and high fashion just went together like butter and bread. Either that or I a have a Daphne Guinness complex which was not bad at all.

Have a great weekend, my fashionistos and fashionistas!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Walk In The Park - Kris Kranz by Cameron McNee

There is something fun about getting along with all the people you work with. One, productivity is always high and two I can always hang out with them after work without fake-liking them or any awkward silences. But it is important to have a level of professionalism at work so boundaries aren't crossed. I think it's always important to communicate that work is work and fun is fun.

The same goes with friends. Friends are friends and there is your boyfriend/girlfriend. It can not be either/or. Friends with benefits always never work out. At least to my experience. Somebody will end up being hurt and then drama happens.

The funny thing about people no matter how much communication happens interpretations can sometimes obscure the message.

Tonight, I'm checking out the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit with a friend. Yes, I asked for E.S.'s approval. I'm pretty excited. I still don't know what to wear but I'm sure I'll come up with something.

This editorial totally makes me want to go somewhere warm and dry or start a collage/ pop-up book. Cameron McNee photographs Kris Kranz in pieces by Dsquared, Frankie Morello, Louis Vuitton, and Calvin Klein's Spring/Summer 2012 collection styled by Adrian Clark. The editorial appears on ShortList Mode magazine's newest issue.

It's Friday, finish strong, my fashionistos and fashionistas!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Things That I Want: I'm Seeing Red - Closed & Swatch

Most of the time, if I'm planning an outfit for a fashion event, I already have something in my mind either from an inspiration from a magazine or a runway look that I just loved. The different thing about the event on Friday is that eventhough there will be some form of fashion installation at the deYoung Museum to celebrate the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit. I will primarily be there to check out the exhibit. My approach to it, how I dress everyday. I would pick a piece that I want to wear and build an outfit around it. But for Friday's event, it will all depend on the weather really.

Okay I lied, I already know that I want to sport red. Red pants that is. I already got this pair from the mail, actually. The inspiration came from receiving Brad Goreski's book in the mail. The Spring/Summer seasons are the seasons to pull out some bright pieces and prints for your daily outfits. The chinos are from Italian brand Closed which received great  reviews from the latest issue of GQ magazine. I'm in love with the brand and I can't wait for them to be readily available in the US. Of course I have considered a few red pants already but I just have to find out what GQ is raving about and they are right. They are great. The pants retail for $220. 

Another red thing that I want is the new lacquered watch by Swatch. The watch of the yesteryears AKA the 90's. The new collection for Spring/Summer 2012 looks great. I'm absolutely in love with the bright colors of the watch with the combination of the exposed clockwork in contrasting colors. I love it. A watch is a great way to put a touch of color on your look. I want it in every color and as the watch retails for $75, not bad at all, I will probably own a couple in the next few weeks. 

Have a great Thursday, my fashionistos and fashionistas.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Working On Not Working Too Hard - Andrea Preti & Elbi Bonsaglio by Cristina Capucci

Rain, rain and more rain. I had to reschedule a birthday drinks soiree with a friend because there's just no way I'm going out in the rain. I guess it was a good thing since I caught up with my piled magazines and knocked out a few pages from the book I'm reading. 

Speaking of magazines, GQ America had an article about long distance relationship and how technology tends to help/hinder that relationship. To tell you the truth there were a lot (if not all) that hit home with my situation with E.S.. On a recent chat, we decided to try out a few of the pointers that was given by the author. Aside from fashion inspiration, I believe this would be the first time that I would be taking tips in the subject of the heart from a magazine. 

Another editorial from Essential Homme's newest issue featuring Andrea Preti and Elbio Bonsaglio of L'Uomo Elite. The two were photographed by Cristina Capucci and styled by Matteo Greco in pieces by Burberry Prorsum, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana to name a few. I would love to wear these brands to work everyday but not to do hard work in. Someday. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Pattern Unfolding - Jed Texas by Saverio Cardia

What a busy Monday! Yesterday, I received a letter for a Jury duty summon that I missed, apparently. I'm rescheduling it for sometime next month. My very first, ever. So I'm a little excited. What does one wear when one as a juror, a dress code perhaps? Besides looking justified. E.S. has been saying, that most of the time, it's some boring case, which I've heard. I mean as far as I know nothing big has happened in San Francisco that was currently in trial. Oh well. I guess I shall find out when I get picked even.

In the newest issue of Essential Homme, Pattern Pending was the editorial that featured the season's most sort after patterns with Jed Texas by Why Not. Photographed by Saverio Cardia and styled by Lucio Colapietro. 

Nothing too special with this editorial just great patterns for Spring/Summer season. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Runway Monday: Hymn To Italy - Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2012-13 Review

I wont say it was one of my favorite collections from Milan last January but there were definitely plenty of great pieces from it. Besides, this was what everybody from the fashion world was waiting for, the debut of the merging of the two labels, D&G and Dolce & Gabbana. The outcome? Very dramatic (emphasis on the drama, heavy emphasis). An explosion of brocade jackets and velvet pieces. The lush appeal translated on every swoosh of capes and shimmy of satin bottoms and as every fringe and shearling danced as the men of Dolce & Gabbana walked down the runway. Sure, some of the pieces looked as if they belonged to a period movie or the museum, which the richness of the pieces rendered them well, not street ready, unless you can actually pull the eccentricity of the piece. Someone like the king of pop (may his soul, rest in peace). Other than that, the fit was modern and the tailoring was definitely top notch. I loved most of the knits and the pieces that had the minimum amount of the appliques. Another trend for Fall/Winter 2012-13 that I spotted were those cat eye glasses. The leather goods looked amazing as always. The shoes eventhough a wee bit shiny at times looked great, some mimicking the appliques.

But being used to Dolce & Gabbana's high drama made the collection such a great show. Somebody once told me that we all love a part of an era/decade that we didn't belong to because of the rich history. Honestly, there was some truth to that in a fashion sense but realistically I wouldn't want to live anytime than now.

Eventhough the rain did happen over the weekend, I still managed to pry myself from my bed and socialize with friends. I also got around to watch The Hunger Games. Great movie. I've never read the books so as far as I know, they did a good job. I'm not sure I wanted to start reading them. I'm already two books behind from my yearly list to read. Perhaps when I actually find the time to sit around and read the two books that I had bought from my list and finish them I would probably start reading the trilogy.

Oh look it's Monday once again. Have a great day my fashionistos and fashionistas!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

GLAD-iator - Baptiste Giabiconi by Karl Lagerfeld

There are a lot of things to be glad for today. First, the week from Hell is over. Second, my shoulder feels so much better. Third, I made E.S. tick-tock to Ke$ha's song (that made my night, very funny!). Fourth, the rain forecast is wrong so far. Fifth, The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit is finally open to the public, sixth, I won an amazing fedora from Goorin Bros. and seventh, It's the weekend!

I had made plans to catch up with some friends for brunch over the weekend the last minute and possibly show up to a styling event in downtown tonight. I'm living on the edge this weekend since I thought I would be out of commission because of the shoulder. But so far, resting and hydration helps. So the sky is the limit for this weekend. Who knows where I'll end up.

We close the week with an editorial that appears on the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Numero Homme. Karl Lagerfeld photographs his muse Baptiste Giabiconi clad in gladiator-esque armor. The styling includes mixed pieces by Versace, Louis Vuitton, Jeremy Scott and Vivienne Westwood to name a few. I think Baptiste is probably one of the models out there that always looks different in every photo shoot. Such a chama-chama-chameleon.

Happy Weekend everybody! See you for another runway review on Monday.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Humble Pie, Eat It Like It's The Last Thing You'll Ever Eat - Patrick O'Donnell by Jack Pierson

I think there is something humbling about injuring yourself. I injured my shoulder a couple of days ago. How? I'm not entirely sure. The gym? At work? Who knows. All I know is that doing the most mundane tasks becomes a challenge. I'm lucky that it is not that bad that I'm completely immobile. E.S. thinks it's Karma for my . . . contemptuous nature. I beg to differ I prefer the term assertive. But nonetheless, this is such a humbling experience. It does bring up a very important lesson, most of us do take a lot of things in our lives for granted. That needs to change for the better.

San Francisco is unique in a way that one does not really know how to dress appropriately for the weather. For people like myself that work 8-5ish, the weather is dramatically different from the time you step outside your house to the time you get off work. Especially in a job that doesn't really require me to wear a business suit and a tie, the sky is the limit as long it's fashionably appropriate.  

Friday is here, I have few things to do for work before my weekend begins. Have a good Friday my fashionistos and fashionistas! The Hunger Games comes out today as well. Can. Not. Wait!

In today's editorial that appears on the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of GQ Style UK, Jack Pierson photographs Why Not model Patrick O'Donnell. Luke Day styles O'Donnell in key pieces from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection of Yves Saint Laurent. 

I'm not terribly funned of Patrick O'Donnell's "ghost" mustache. he's so fair haired I can barely see it. But the editorial does makes me want to go to Morocco or out of the city at least . . . in YSL garb.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Things That I Want: Birds Of The Same Feather - Givenchy

Finally, warm weather! Spring was in the air and all that good stuff. After the all-rain last week, nice weather visited San Francisco yesterday. Eventhough rain was being forecasted for the next couple days. It was great while it lasted. I got to hang out at Dolores park with a friend enjoying a crisp, cold bottle of Chardonnay and a sandwich from Ike's. Nope, not that romantic. I don't think New York (or E.S. I'm thinking of using initials instead of the city moniker) would approve of me going to a park play date. It was more like a Hump Day celebration. Very Platonic!

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I'll keep this short and sweet.

For today's Things That I Want post I give you the Givenchy Birds of Paradise shirt; T-shirt and button down variant. If you were aware of the collection there were a few variants available of the same kaleidoscope effect of the Bird of Paradise print but I think as much as I love the it print of the Spring/Summer season splattered on the shirts I like this minimalist touch on the shoulders. So if I get tired of it I can just hide it in a blazer or a jacket. Not to mention that the shoulder detail was much easier to style with other pieces than the full frontal assault of some of the prints. The shirt retails for $610 and the button down for $685, not bad at all for a Givenchy shirt.