Sunday, August 31, 2008

Prada's Short Film Project For Infusion d' Homme

Always into innovation and experimentation, Prada has commissioned nine emerging directors from different parts of the world to create a series of short films inspired by the sensory associations of the Infusion d’ Homme perfume. Without an outline of brief, their only direction was to challenge the idea of perfume for men and to produce a visionary content.

Later on, world’s top Film Editor and 2 time Oscar winner Pietro Scalia will edit the nine films to one single work, synthesis of Prada vision the Infusion d’ Homme perfume.

My favourite is the short film “To Myself’ from France by director Cyril Guyot. I urge you to watch it. It’s has a lot of beautiful messages. I have been watching it over and over. I’m in love with it. Seriously I think it captured every man’s thoughts and emotions.



"TO MYSELF" DIRECTED BY CYRIL GUYOT - FRANCE



Watch it here: I love love love love the message of this film!!!



Here are the other eight films:

"THE JUMP" DIRECTED BY NELSON NAVARRO- CUBA





"EVOLUTION" DIRECTED BY GUGA - BRAZIL




"PING PONG, PAUL & MARY" DIRECTED BY HYUK-JAE-KWON- KOREA






"LA SCIA" DIRECTED BY EDUARDO LUGARI - ITALY



"MESMERIZING" DIRECTED BY NARESH SHARMA, CO-DIRECTED BY GIRJESH CHOUDHARRY- INDIA




"SPRING RAIN" DIRECTED BY BENG - SPAIN




"SYNCRATIC' DIRECTED BY MICHAEL MERRYMAN


"WORKING PROGRESS" DIRECTED BY JUAN IGNAZIO ALUZ- ARGENTINA


You can watch the short films here : Prada

Friday, August 29, 2008

VMan - Issue 11

I posted awhile ago the preview of VMan fall issue with editorial of Sean O’Pry. Well the magazine Fall 2008 Issue 11 has finally arrived. There are a lot a great editorial inside. One of them is the glam rock inspired by Karl Lagerfeld. It’s a styled by the new British fashion rebel Gareth Pugh with three of Spain’s most famous male models; Orioll Elcacho, Andres Velencoso and Jon Kortajarena.

Of course the main story of this issue is winners of VMan Ford model contest, 19 year old Tennessean Petey and the two finalist 18 year old Adam of Alabama and 19 year old AJ of Ohio. The editorial was shot by Hedi Slimane and styling by Nicola Formichetti. Other notable fashion story were “Fall in Line photographed by Willy Vanderperre, styled by Olivier Rizzo and “Teen Idles” story about graphic t-shirts photographed by Alasdair Mclellan styled by Kim Jones.

Also in this issue there are a fun piece about travel photos of supermodel Tyson Ballou and a story of 90’s top male model James Rousseau transitioning to a singing and songwriting career.


"KARL MEETS GARETH" BY KARL LAGEFELD, STYLING BY GARETH PUGH, MODELS: ORIOL ELCACHO, ANDR'ES VELENCOSO & JON KORTAJARENA




"V IS FOR VICTORY' PHOTOGRAPHED BY HEDI SLIMANE, STYLING: NICOLA FORMICHETTI, MODELS: PETEY, ADAM, AJ (FORD)








"TEEN IDLES" PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALASDAIR MCLELLAN, STYLING BY KIM JONES

"FALL IN LINE" PHOTOGRAPHED BY WILLY VANDERPERRE, STYLING BY OLIVIER RIZZO.

VMAN

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Icon For Petit Men - A Concept, A Philosophy, A Destination

I was walking around downtown Toronto when a guy hand me a flier for a new shop in Yorkville called Icon for Petit Men, a new fashion store catering for males with smaller body frame (S,XS). I was flattered because the last time I wore a petite size clothes were in grade school. Then I suddenly remembered that famous Patsy at “Jeremy’s” scene from ABFAB and I knew then I had to check out the store. Unlike the ABFAB scene, Icon for Petit Men is very warm and inviting boutique. I was greeted by a friendly Lisandro who was one of the owners who was currently busy fitting a customer. I could see that the store really provides top notch services for the customer not only treated like a king but a part of a family.

Currently the store is offering their own line of clothes ranging from casual shirts, club clothes, classic shirts, suits, underwear and accessories. Every clothes from the shop have names after their friends. A white with black stripes short sleeve button down shirt with 2 breast pocket and belt loop called “Richie” piqued my interest. It reminded me of an Alexander McQueen shirt I covet from his summer collection. There are a lot of unique wearable and fun clothes that normally one cannot find in a lot of “fast fashion” stores. The pair of green pants with a zipper that goes all the way to the back made me giggled. The shop sells a lot of cool graphic T-shirts too.

Aside from their own label Icon for Petite Men is offering a line of leather bags for men by Montreal designer Christopher Kon. The store has a gray Christopher Kon overnight bag that looks very desirable. (Icon is the only store in Toronto that sells Christopher Kon’s men’s line).

Lisandro said that he came up with the store concept after getting tired finding great fitting clothes specially business suits for his frame while he was working in a hotel industry. “I have to get my shirts from Gap Kids and if I find something that fits, me Richard have to fight over which one of us going to get it.”

He also hinted that they soon adding other high designer labels to their offerings, the DSquared2 in particular whose clothes are made for smaller built.(I know, my XL 52 DSquared2 fall black wool coat barely fits me.) They plan to position Icon for Petit Men to be one of top retail store servicing a particular segment of the market

Here are some of the items from thier ICON collection:













Here are photos of the store I took while I was there:

Here the very friendly owners Lisandro and Richard.


Icon Petit For Men is located at 102 Yorkville Ave. in Toronto


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By the way here is the funny ABFAB scene I was talking about earlier just in case you haven't seen it.