Tuesday, March 27, 2007

An Interview with Gregory Capra


Gregory Capra the sexy model/personal trainer who was featured in many blogs including mine is the cover boy for the April’s Tetu Voyage magazine. I had chance to interview this very sweet and good looking guy.

Niwdenapolis: How was the photo shoot?

Gregory: The photo shoot was very pleasant. We did that in the South of France nearMarseille where I’m living during the week . It’s also very close to the collegewhere I studied sports. It's a very quiet place near the city.

Niwdenapolis: Who was the photographer for the cover?

Gregory: The photographer was Alexandre Roche.

N: This is the second time you were featured on Tetu, has any of your clients recognized and teased you about the first time you were in it? Or to put it another way, were there any clients that said they want you to be their personal trainer because they like your photos in the magazine?

G: The first time I was featured on TĂȘtu I was at the beginning of my businessas a personal trainer so I must admit I have received some mails from people who saw me in the magazine and wanted me as their personal trainer. They became my clients, regular clients. This time it will be different !!!

N : Aside from personal training you are into self defense and martial arts too, so how long have you been doing self-defense and martial arts, and how did you get into it?

G: I learned judo at the university and became very powerful in this sport because of my muscles I think but I am not a specialist in self defense and martial arts. For that I have in my team some colleagues not only into body building but also competing at an international level in judo and other martial arts like viet vo doa, karate, wrestling, jujitsu, … and freefight for fun !

N: You were featured a few times by an internationally famous "Oh La LaParis" Steph & Alek blog and other international blogs as well, do you have fans from all over the world e-mailing you and telling you how much they love you?

G: Yes I have a few fans from all over the world (USA, Canada, Singapore,Australia,…). Some of them even want to send me gift from their country liketee shirts,…They even can profit by my online advices with training program and diet.

N: How do you feel having a big gay fan base?

G: I like it. I feel good with gay people and straight people as well.

Gregory Capra
gregory-capra.com
gregory-capra.book.fr

Saturday, March 24, 2007

LU(st)XURY - Vilain Garcon

Imagine a story of a young rich beautiful boy whose sassiness and sexiness can seduce everyone, both men and women. This story embodies the new Spring- Summer collection of Vilain Garcon. Known for their tailored and tight-fitting cut that emphasizes men’s body, the new collection captures the spirit of lust and luxury.


So for this spring and summer be provocative and the object of everyone’s desire get your Vilain Garcon now.

The photos for the new campaign where photographed by François Kalife








Vilain Garcon

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

History of Men's Swimwear

Just as women's suits have undergone a gradual evolution process, men's swim wear has undergone many changes since its inception. Designed from the beginning to be markedly different from the female's suit, the male swimsuit's characteristics of boxiness and solidity contrasted with the female's exaggerated curves.


In other words, the gender properties of the suits were clearly defined. During the 1880's, men's styles stuck close to the traditional skivvies. Improvements were made gradually. The first prototypes of the first "modern" swim trunks were cumbersome and made the action of swimming itself more difficult. The first Jantzen suit weighed 9 lb. when fully soaked, making them extremely heavy in water. They also had the unfortunate tendency of slipping down!


Modesty was an issue well into the 1920's. Under the "Bathing Suit Regulations" published in May 17, 1917, men's suits had to be worn with a skirt or have at least a skirt effect. The skirt had to be worn outside of the trunks. The other alternative was to wear a flannel knee pants with a vest and a fly front. During this time, the knitting mills were rapidly churning out many styles of suits, including the "speed suit," an one piece suit with deeply slashed armholes and closed leg trunks. The introduction of Lastex (synthetic rubber yarn) created a whole new era in men's swim wear.

With the popularity of the "nude" look during the 1930's providing the backdrop for beach-going attire, this "miracle fiber" made it possible to give the wearer control as well as the appearance of a fit form. Even chubby males had the chance to be "Mr. Muscles." Athletic supports, called "Sunaka" supports were sewn directly into the trunks, providing comfort and a trim appearance in front. Though men were getting the opportunity to look better, there was still the little matter of baring the chest. Quite simply, it was frowned upon. However, men continued to fight for their right to expose their chest and by the early 1933, the result was a convertible-style suit that allowed the top to be removed. The introduction of the "Men's Topper" introduced a new thrill in men's swim wear. This unprecedented belted, two-tone wool suit gave the wearer the option to go bare (or not to go bare...). The deeply scooped top was attached to the front of the trunks with the newly-invented zipper. Instead of being connected, the back of the suit featured a "y" arrangement of straps to secure the top to the chest. The top was removed by just unzipping the zipper. Unfortunately for many of those who did, this led to arrests for "indecent exposure." Thankfully, improvements were forthcoming.

In 1933, the B.V.D company used Olympic swimmer Johnny Weismuller to promote its swimsuit line. Due to his recommendations of extra low cut arm holes on tank tops, a natural waist, and an extra full seat, the final outcome was the first pair of bathing trunks -- which actually came out first in France while conservatives in America still insisted on the two-piece suit. In an attempt to gain more public acceptance, companies tried to streamline the trunks by giving them more of a "dressed" look. This was done by showing a simulated fly front and giving them a kind of belt or buckle effect. In 1937, men finally had the right to go topless, when only a year earlier in 1936, the "no- shirt" movement had generated much controversy, with reported cases of topless men being banned from Atlantic City beaches in New Jersey.


The public's concern with nudity eroded as time passed. Shorts were the typical swim wear for men, with men's swimsuits during the 1940's looking very similar to the narrow hips and smooth abdomen of the women's styles. Of course, those males with a little more modesty in mind could always opt for the "boxer-type" shorts. Successful swim wear campaigns were not intended for the timid. In 1947, the Jantzen company hired James Garner as their "Mr. Jantzen" to model their line of "savage swim trunks."


With women's suits becoming more flamboyant than ever during the 1950's and beyond, the male bathing costume was not to be outdone, resulting an explosion of color patterns and fancy detailing. "Cabana sets" consisting of matching boxer trunks and shirts with loud prints such as zebra stripes and pony prints enjoyed much popularity during this time.


Boxer trunks were here to stay -- becoming a sort of "screen" to project the men's hobbies and interests. While women's swim wear underwent almost constant transformation in style, men's swim wear was confined, for the most part, to the basic boxer and brief.


1910: The turn of the century ushered in the Marchine Age, and along with it came the introduction of athletic sportwear. But still men's swimwear still resemble the skivies.


1920: The beach was a favourite destination in the 20's . As opposed to underwear looks of the early 1910's, men swimwear become more body conscious and athleticaly inspired.



1930s: The more fitted and high waisted swimwear reflecting the influence of Art Deco movement.


1940s: The creation of the Athletic Model Guild of the late 40s showcased sexy nude men and a growing interest in bodybuilding and the male physique.



1950s: The explosion of the middle class in 50s created a huge demand for leisurwear. Terry-lined cabana sets in popular Hawaiin prints were perfect for backyard barbecues and pool parties.



1960s: The 60s saw a revolution in fashion. Along with new innovation in fabrics. Rudi Gernrich change the face of swimwear with his radical design. The thong for men and topless swimsuit for women were the precursor in the modern day bikini. He is perhaps most notorious for inventing the first topless swimsuit, or monokini, as well as the pubikini (a bikini with a window in front to reveal the woman's pubic hair) and later the thong swimsuit. He was also known as the first designer to use vinyl and plastic in clothes, and he designed the Moonbase Alpha uniforms on the television series Space: 1999.







1970s: The hippie movement brought the cutoff shorts and pooka shells.




1980s: The flashy style and return obsession to physical fitness and body building were the cause of popularity of Lycra briefs suit.





1990s: The popularity of Calvin Klien’s boxer brief in the 90s became the prototype of a lot slick athletic swimwear. Also the rise of surfer culture made the board short a prominent suit to a lot of men.





2000s: The Brazilian invasion in fashion brought the “sungas” suit to a many beaches around the world.






Today, men’s swimsuits come in wide varieties. There are, of course, the incredibly popular swim trunks, which one sees men wearing nearly every day at the beach and at the pool. Swim trunks, with their baggy, knee-length coverage, offer men a more generous amount of coverage than they would have received in the 1940s. Tighter, brief-like swimsuits do retain some popularity, however, and many men wear this type of swimsuit for its facilitation of speed and smoothness when swimming.






Reference:
Genre Magazine : Swimwear- A Century of Style.

Frivole- Chiquititas

The sexy brand Frivole has a very special almost spring special promotion.

You can get two (2) swim briefs for the price of one. Amplify your chiquititas at the beach in this dynamo brief. You'll get one brief in frisky turquoise with yellow stripe and one in super chic gold with chocolate stripe. Fabric: nylon-lycra. Just select gold and they will send you the turquoise suit for free.

So get them now and soon you will be singing a new song, Chiquititas . SPECIAL OFFER. LIMITED SUPPLY

Fivole Chiquititas






Monday, March 12, 2007

NY Times - Style Magazine (Men Fashion)

Last Sunday NY Times has its Style Magazine –Men’s issue. Below are some of the editorial photos from the magazine. Photos are by Camilla Akrans.







You can check more of the issue here. The New York Times Style Magazine -T Men Fashion

Be Brave Ad

This an old spot from the Philippines for a clothing line called "Bench". To sum it up, shaving your head has never been sexier until this ad.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Bitten Peach



In ancient Chinese culture one of the terms for homosexuality is called the “the bitten peach” or “the pleasure of the bitten peach”. This term is dated back from Zhou Dynasty 200 BCE.

Here below the story of Mizi Xia that tells where the term originated.

“Viscount Mizi Xia and The Bitten Peach”

Viscount Mizi, whose given name was Xia, was a favorite, and a Great Master, during the reign of the duke Ling of Wei: he was the lover of the duke. According to the law of the kingdom, the use of the duke’s carriage without permission was forbidden to all, upon pain of having one’s feet cut off. One time it happened that Mizi’s mother took gravely ill, and a breathless messenger came running to the palace in the middle of the night to bring him the news. He, without a second thought, jumped into the duke’s carriage and took off. When the duke found out, instead of punishing him he praised him, saying: “What a devoted son! For his mother he risks even losing his own feet!”

Another time, on a warm summer afternoon, he was strolling with the duke through the royal orchard. A beautiful peach on a low-lying branch caught his eye and he plucked it. Biting down on it he found it sweet, so he offered the rest to the duke. The duke, touched by the intimate gesture, said: “He loves me to the point of forgetting his own mouth and giving it to me!”

Later, the beauty of the viscount began to fade, and the duke’s love also waned. When the viscount was one time accused of a crime, the duke said: “That one once hijacked my carriage, and he even gave me a half-eaten peach to eat!” Mizi Xia had not done anything unusual. If the ruler was now accusing him of a crime instead of praising him like he used to, that was because the duke’s love had now turned to hate.

Ever since those days, when people in China speak of male love, one of the names they give it is “the pleasures of the bitten peach.”