To supplement Benetton’s very controversial Unhate campaign that I posted earlier this week, they’ve also released a 1-minute film featuring acts of violence, moments of passion and other sorts of visually stimulating clips.
And looks like the Vatican is taking legal action to have the photo of him playing tonsil hockey with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb of Egypt taken down.
Hehe, I think it’s a little too late, Popemeister. Seems like the Pope isn’t very happy with being depicted as a homosexual. Surprise, surprise!
I’ve always thought the kurta (popular for Hindu weddings and Muslim men) was always a very sophisticated piece of clothing. Architectural yet relaxed. It’s the best of both worlds. I would wear one all the time except that I live in a very Islamic neighbourhood and would probably get a lot of looks. I’ve checked out a few African and Muslim men wearing kurtas walking down my street to the nearby mosque and recently a friend of mine wore one for a friend’s wedding that made him look super sexy. It’s kinda like how some people like kilts I guess? Anyway, up-and-coming menswear Siki Im’s Spring 2012 collection is pretty great. Avant garde and totally wearable as individual pieces.
Born in Germany, Im has traveled the world and takes inspiration from many cultures. For this collection, he was inspired by the Middle East revolution and its proud heritage. There’s definitely a strength in the clothing and a certain stoicism but mixed with a soft elegance. I especially like the straps and the contrast of hard black lines with lighter tones.
Not much of a colour palette but it’s romantically simple. I definitely look forward to seeing more from Siki Im in the future.
Too loud? Haven’t shopped much due to unemployment but I had to satisfy my craving yesterday with a pocket full of change to burn. I’m going to only buy vintage for the next while I think. Support some of the local stores, the thrift shops and reduce my consumption for new products. Buying vintage is kinda green, right? Let’s see how it goes.
In about 6 days, a bunch of bitches and scarved fags will be lined up on the corner of Yonge and Dundas to snatch up pieces from Donatella Versace’s capsule collection for retail giant H&M. Though I do have a fondness for Versace, I’m not sure if I think this collection is all that modern or of-the-moment as I’d like it to be. Versace has always been about high glamour, shine and eurotrash and in recent years, I haven’t been as interested in the house as I was in its prime. Maybe the shooting death of Gianni had something to do with its dwindling sales but I definitely turn to Dolce and Gabbana now for a dose of Italian style. Donatella is absolutely talented but has been incredibly lazy in terms of churning out the influential colour palettes and looks that her beloved brother was so good at. There have been some very underrated shows from the late 90’s but I’ve been mostly bored in the last decade. Versace for H&M is supposed to be a throwback to some of the older collections and though I see a few influences, I’m not sure if I see anything as direct as some of the newspapers are reporting. Donatella recently put on a show attended by the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Nicky Minaj, Prince, Uma Thurman, Zachary Quinto and other A-list stars. Guests got to see Prince play and preview the collection. I have a few photos here of the show here:
Zebraprint was a big deal in the women’s collections but not sure if us men really bought into this print. I know at one point, it was a swimsuit but even that was a little too flashy for the beaches of Positano.
I think I would’ve preferred something more slick and tailored to be honest. Something more sophisticated in time for the holidays. With streetwear becoming all about lumberjacks, patina and prep, winter for me will be about tailored coats, black, knits and sheen. It would’ve nice to get a tuxedo pant with the geometrical pattern on the side ribbon. A studded leather bomber. A topcoat with a Medusa embroidery motif. This is all a little loud.
I look forward to hearing about the hair pulling and slapfights that might happen at H&M much like what happened in Germany, Toronto and I think New York when Karl Lagerfeld’s collection was released. Good luck, fashionisters. Stores in Toronto will open at 8 AM and each shopper will be given a wristband which allows 2 pieces per style (whatever that means).
Save me some zebra pants!