It’s the eternal question: What is cool? To us cool is a grainy video of Justin Bieber roller dancing to a Lady Gaga song, but the New York-based fashion and lifestyle platform The Cools decided to take the investigation deeper by asking six New Yorkers for their interpretations of what cool is. Their findings are in the video below, and if we’re being totally honest, it’s making us rethink our earlier position.
What do Paris, Milan, and London have in common that New York City doesn’t? Affordable health care and Men’s Fashion Week, of course. Now Toronto is joining that exclusive club by hosting its very first MFW, known as TOM, this August. Here’s why we’re psyched about it, and why New York should hop on the menswear train.
1. Models: Generally, male models party more than female models. They can afford to, since they aren’t afraid of ruining their complexion or reputation. Not only because Everything is Easier For Boys but because they know their days are numbered and their chances of reaching supermodel status are none. (They’re also often DTF, but you didn’t hear that here.)
2. Parties: Men’s Fashion Week events are radically more fun than those at “regular” fashion weeks. Nobody knows why for sure, though we think it has something to do with the points mentioned above. Either way, it’s during MFW you’ll see designers, journalists, bloggers and buyers loosen their laces, leave their iPads at the hotel and mingle in a tipsy orgy of possibility and crushed velvet.
3. New Threads: See the full list of TOM* designers here.
4. Millennium Material: The only reason anyone goes down to the bottom Bloomingdale’s menswear section is to use the bathroom. TopMan is downstairs as well, collecting dust. Why are men’s clothes so neglected? The Millennial Man is the top priority for Rustia, the founder of TOM*. He knows that boys today care about their looks and deserve to have their own week of fabulous frocks!
5. Competition: Five designing finalists will compete for the 10,000 TOM* Emerging Menswear Award. We aren’t sure if the prize money is for fabric or eyelash extensions but we do know their collections will all be shown for the closing ceremony on August 14th.
6. BULLETT: We’ll be there covering the shows and hosting the opening runway show by TOTHEM. Stay tuned for updates here!
For inquiries about TOM* contact Flerida at email@example.com or call 1-416-6027266 .
Styling: Tinashe Musara
Hair and Make up: Leslie-Ann Thomson @ Folio
Model: Maria @ Folio
Hello fans of online consignment shops! Boy do we have good news in the world of online consignment shops! Bib + Tuck, that online consignment shop, whose creative director we interviewed here. When we profiled the site’s founders Sari Bibliowicz and Sari Azout last year, called their site “a modern take on the traditional clothing swap.” But while before there was no actual money being exchanged between the site’s users, you can now spend and make actual dollars on the site. To mark the occasion, Bib + Tuck recruited NYC personality Jilly Hendrix to host an interview series called Cash Money Clothes, that focuses on NYC fashionistas living out their dreams. Below, an episode the features fashion writer Arabelle Sicardi. Check it out!
Queen of the Internet and attention addict Cara Delevingne is out there being completely wacky and adorable again, this time by teaming with the UK’s LOVE magazine for a completely pointless but absolutely essential viral video. It features the supermodel lip-synching to LL Cool J and Jennifer Lopez’s “Control Myself,” a completely great song from 2006 that we hadn’t heard until now. The video, which is called Caraoke, features cheesy 8-bit graphics and Delevingne, on a pile of colorful wafers, mouthing lyrics like “zz-zz-zz-zz-zz-zz-zz-zz-zz-zz-zz-zz.” It’s a great watch.
The brilliant team behind Toilet Paper have partnered with Kenzo for its f/w 2014 campaign. Inspired by David Lynch—aren’t we all?—the images and teaser video released today use hyper-surrealism, bright colors, and wavy graphics to show the beautiful new line.
This is the second season the TP crew—Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari, and Micol Talso—have worked with Kenzo designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leo. The press release calls the images and video “perplexing,” but the aesthetic is very on trend, as models Guinevere van Seenus and Robert Mckinnon are shuffled between odd futuristic spaces. What distinguishes the campaign is Toilet Paper‘s trademark over the top humor, which we profiled back in 2012.
Check out the vid and an image below.
Spanish designer Manuel Bolaño showed his latest collection “The Boy With Sad Eyes” in Barcelona late last week, and aside from the #healthgoth mix of the designs’ dark sportiness, one thing that stood out was all of the model’s overly-bruised knees.
Bolaño’s description of the line talks about wounded emotions:
“Let’s talk about the first kiss, hidden from the world, in a corner. Tell me what you think of my life, of my adolescence. In a corner I treat my wounds, and my tears will be lost in the rain. I extend my hand, seeking to touch you, leaving the world, cleansing my body of your scent, like an idiot searching for lost rites. I’m going mad, everything tortures me, but I know how to love. My soul was pure.”
Clearly the bruises here were added for artistic effect, or to make some sort of statement about models’ bodies in general. One could read into it a sort of pride in physicality, suggested by the sport-themes on display, but I don’t think that’s the case here. One thing that is certain is that bruised legs have become a macabre sort of badge of pride for many young women, particularly the fashion-conscious.
Former Australian Vogue editor Kirstie Clements talked about why that could be, saying such bruising is common among models in a piece last year.
I began to recognise the signs that other models were using different methods to stay svelte. I was dressing a model from the US on a beauty shoot, and I noticed scars and scabs on her knees. When I queried her about them she said, nonchalantly: “Oh yes. Because I’m always so hungry, I faint a lot.” She thought it was normal to pass out every day, sometimes more than once.
Setting aside the sexual implications of why a woman would be down on her knees, here, and in the Instagram accounts of young women everywhere, leg bruises are often a subtle signifier, a way of inferencing the malnourishment often associated with eating disorders, without coming right out and saying it. I don’t suspect Bolaño is intending to “glamorize” that here, but rather to spark a discussion. So let’s have it.
Image via The Daily Mail. See more there.
This is why all millennials should be arrested. Earlier today American Apparel, the frequently pr deficient company, posted an image to their Tumblr of what they thought were
fireworks clouds. Turns out the image they chose was actually the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding in the sky in 1986, a disaster in which all seven crew members were incinerated. Anyone who was alive at the time will remember it as a truly horrifying collective national tragedy. The company has since apologized, saying that the “international social media employee” who re-blogged it was too young to recognize the image.
UPDATE: This post mistakenly referred to their mistake as mistaking the explosion for fireworks, it was actually clouds. Apologies.