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Monday, August 10, 2009

Your First Look: Boy

Looking every bit the trophy wife, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei is the face of Boy (sister label of Band of Outsiders) for fall, following in the funny footsteps of Sarah Silverman...

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Your First Look: Madonna in Givenchy

In case buckets of money weren't enough, another excellent reason to never stop touring is the steady stream of free clothes designed for and foisted upon you. For the launch tonight of her extended Sticky & Sweet tour, already the top-grossing tour in history by a solo artist, Madonna wore this couture Givenchy cropped jacket-dress with matching vest. Naturally it's custom-designed by Riccardo Tisci, which means you can't have one, at least not by Givenchy, but you can ponder if this means Madge will appear in a Givenchy ad—in fishnets and contortions, no doubt...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Your First Look: Woolrich Woolen Mills

Daiki Suzuki's surf-inspired spring '10 collection for Woolrich Woolen Mills...

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Your First Look: Acne

Images from Acne's spring 2010 pre-collection...

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Your First Look: Sandra Backlund

Perhaps because it's Memorial Day weekend, these Rorschach-like images of Swedish knit queen Sandra Backlund's fall '09 collection—in collaboration with Italian knitwear company Maglificio Miles—remind us of beer cozies, but for the body. As in, snug yet springy. Besides, Sandra knows how to keep it cool...

photography Peter Gehrke @ Adamsky
styling Naomi Itkes @ Link Details
hair Peter Andersson @ Mikas
make-up: Kajsa Svanberg @ Mikas
model Tilda L @ Stockholmsgruppen
art direction Sandberg&Timonen
retouching Matchmill

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Your First Look: Fred Perry

Tennis and sportswear legend Frederick John Perry, who died in 1995 at the age of 86, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Celebrating for him, Fred Perry has released the limited-edition Centenary shirt ($95) with an enlarged version of the famous 16-leaf laurel and the number 100 embroidered beneath it. Colors come in vintage FP shades like black with champagne detailing or 1964's sky with navy detailing. Available May 15 at the Fred Perry Soho store in New York and Citizen Clothing in San Francisco. Here's to you, Fred!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Your First Look: Marni

Why schlep around some old canvas slogan tote when you can have a canvas travel bag, shoulder bag or shopping bag in sportier gray, blue, yellow or green? Officially they're for men, but since when has that stopped anyone?...

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Your First Look: Alexander Wang

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Your First Look: Bernhard Willhelm at Berlin Fashion Week

Photos by Sonny Vandevelde...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Your First Look: Prada Men's

This is the new spring campaign for Prada menswear, photographed by Hedi Slimane. The first-time models (and still schoolboys) are the Simonon brothers, Louis and Claude. Who are they? The sons and heirs of Paul and Tricia Simonon, the bass player and manager of The Clash, respectively. How's that for rock royalty? Or is it punk prodigy? The resemblance to dad, the hottie of the group, is uncanny. But back to Hedi and Prada, if we were the speculating kind, we might say this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship in menswear...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Your First Look: Cassette Playa for Nike

"A toxically mutated lizard" is how Carri Mundane describes her new sneaker collaboration with Nike Sportswear, a reptilian remake of its classic Blazer style. It first appeared in the London designer's spring 08 Cassette Playa collection. Well, actually, the Blazer first appeared in 1973 as Nike's first hoop shoe, but has recently been adopted by skater punks and other "urban shamans," as Carri calls them. So she used colors that "reference the faded neons of Eighties' skate culture" to create Cassette Playa Blazer, available December 20 at Nike Sportswear in Shoreditch, London, and Soho, New York. In the meantime,

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Your First Look: A.P.C. for Nike

Leave it to A.P.C. to strip a sneaker to its essentials. Here's what Jean Touitou says about his spring collaboration with Nike: "We had a longing to make an elegant and simple sports shoe, capable of evoking a carefree summer feeling, an atmosphere of white trousers, summertime and narcissistic youth. Quite naturally, we asked Nike to reissue a version of their All Court model from 1975. We intentionally chose primary colors for the swooshes—one red, the other blue. As for the white swoosh on white canvas, its purpose is to take the dream even further." Suddenly, anything else seems vulgar...

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Your First Look: Comme des Garçons for H&M

The collaboration is everything we hoped for: deconstructed, mismatched, ill-fitting. But how annoying that the Japanese get it first when it launches in early November. No fair!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Your First Look: Vogue Hommes Japan

Daryoush Haj-Najafi...

As a special treat for Hintsters, here's a sneak preview of the forthcoming debut issue of Vogue Hommes Japan. This samurai-inspired cover shot was taken by Hedi Slimane, with fashion direction by Nicola Formichetti, who sent us these photos. You've seen a lot of Nicola's work. He first appeared in Dazed & Confused as a model in 1999, but his early signature style of mixing sportswear with the cartoony, the graphic and the slightly kitsch on smiling twinks came to be the Alpha aesthetic of millennial menswear, a counterpoint to the Hedi's and Raf's darker Omega.

These days, Nicola is more in demand than ever and his list of titles—Dazed & Confused creative director, Another Man senior fashion editor, Vogue Hommes Japan fashion director and so on—reads like a particularly fierce drag ball competitor entering the editorial realness heat. He also consults for Uniqlo, Prada, McQ, D&G, Kim Jones, Gareth Pugh, Levi's and Romain Kremer—phew, you could break into a sweat just thinking about it.

Nicola preparing for the shot below

Photo by Oliviero Toscani—yes, he of Benetton political advertising fame

Photo by Josh Olins, fashion editor Kim Jones using Dunhill

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Your First Look: Hussein Chalayan at Dover Street Market

Check out Hussein's new shop-in-shop at Dover, a collaboration with British design firm Block Architecture. Intended to be permanent, the space "was based on being in a garden," says Hussein, "an interplay of indoors and outdoors." Five looks exclusive to Dover, together with key pieces from the fall '08 collection, are available for purchase or perusal. Either way, take time to stop and smell the racks...

Photos by Morgan O'Donovan/Diamond Rodgers

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