MMMMMM... Is sometimes all i can mutter when I see editorials such as this.. Check out Florian Bourdila in this F/W 2010 editorial for Flamboyant
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Keep checking back with me for the upcoming two part editorial featuring model and dear friend Tomik Dash entitled The Dark Chameleon. He is a mild mannered Fashionisto by day, and a serious Fashion Slayer by night. Until then, here is a sneek peek... He was a pleasure to work with. Special thanks to amazing photographer Greg Brown, fabulous and funny makeup artist Tedrick Lamar, and set assistant N. Vanguard
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Seems like Jean Paul Gautier's Spring Summer collection for 2011 was geared towards all the Fashion Forward Men out there who also wish they had a part in the latest Sex In the City movie.. lol... Either way, I actually love it alot.
I have always had a great love for anime and illustrastion but when I saw the works of Alfonso Gaitan, my mind was blown... Check out some of the hottest yet fashionable illustrations you will ever see.. I love this guy.
Monday, July 19, 2010
I have never been one to like the spring and summer seasons. You get hot and sticky and dare I mention the allergies. A remedy to my annoyances is to always plan ahead to cooler... crisper weather. I stumbled across Gautiers Fall Collection and my mind was quickly put at ease.
As Spring 2010 quickly approaches, I feel that it's not only my duty to enlighten you with bold mouth watering images, but it's also my job to inform you of new under the radar talent. Darrell Cortez just happens to be a man blessed with several various traits of creativity. All of which he does very well. He is a Photographer, Art Director, Friend, and yes you guessed it...Designer. I had the opportunity of meeting and developing a friendship with Cortez a few years ago, and although we “clicked,” I had no idea how much talent the DC native possessed.
Tagging along with his older brother, DC was first introduced to the Fashion world. And what an experience it was... His brother treated him to articles of clothing purchased from Ralph Lauren, Lord and Taylor, and even Burberry. It's apparent that this exposure made in imprint in the junior high school students mind.
Darrell Cortez Spring Collection was inspired by Janet Jackson's video Got til it's Gone. “I wanted to capture the nuances of style and how the fashionistas of the Township of Capetown mixed prints and patterns with the freedom of incorporating brilliant colors.” The collection adds a certain level of freshness needed to round out the trends we have seen for the upcoming season. Being that a great many designers chose to go dark or goth inspired, DC of course steered in the opposite direction. Composed of butterfly printed speedos and board shorts, bleached denim shorts, and rose printed pants it goes without saying that this collection is meant to target a particular man. “My target market is the fashion forward male ranging in age from their early 20's to their 40's. My customer is not afraid of color or self expression,” he concludes.
If you are interested in Darrell Cortez Menswear, please feel free to send him a message via fashionforwardmen (he is a featured member), or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I had the privilege of styling this amazing man who I now can call my friend. It happened on a gorgeous Sunday, and not one thing went wrong..
(Shirt:Etro,Shorts: Vintage Mossimo, Socks:Reebok, Shoes: Urban Outfitters)
(Pipe and Vintage Necklace-Stylist own, Pants: Darrell Cortez Menswear, Bag: Kirk Kelley)
(HAT:Urban Outfitter,Shirt: Gap,Pants and Corset: Kirk Kelley,Shoes: Converse)
Photographer: Greg Brown of gregbrowndesign.com
Creative Director/Stylist: Rudy Reed
Stylist Asst: Nadine Hardy
Model: Chris Rich is with to many darn agencies but some are Chosen and Real People in Atlanta, Wilhelmina Dan in Tennessee,and Maximum Models in Denver
Tells Most..Not All
Every now and then we find ourselves drawn to those that we feel that we can either identify with, or learn from. For me in this case, its both. This weeks Fashion Forward-It Guy Tedrick Lamar is not only a beautiful man, but he is also extremely kind and was blessed with a wealth of talent. But truth be told, what I appreciate about him most is his ability to sift through bullshit and tell you exactly whats on his mind exposing a carefree and honest persona.
After visiting a dear friend in Atlanta, Tedrick knew that he was ready to leave Virginia and make his move to a faster paced city. He moved to Hotlanta in 2001 and has been making a name for himself in the arenas of the make up, modeling , and interior design field every since. Being the curious mind that I am, I had to get his response on a few noticeable things that are currently going on in the ATL... When asked what his thoughts were about Atlanta's fashion scene, his response was quick and to the point. “IT'S A HOT MESS!!!.”
After containing my laughter(although in agreement), I had to hear his quick yet humorous responses towards fashions that got under his skin...Lamar didn't disappoint. He revealed his annoyance with Ed Hardy trend, and skinny jeans made in bold and pastel colors such as pink, red, baby blue. “That era is over, “ he explodes. “Another thing that annoys me is when people feel that the have to go around telling people how much they spent on their high end clothes, especially when they don't even have a high end lifestyle to begin with,” he says practically boiling.
This brings up a very valid point, one can have all the money in the bank, but that still doesn't mean that labels will have you looking fab. I have had clients of both sexes and all body types thinking that they will look like Mehcad Brooks or Chanel Iman, simply because they can afford the garments they see these two wonders adorning.
And although Etro, Dolce and Gabbana, Paul Smith, and Yves Saint Laurent are a few of Tedrick's favorite designers, he wasn't afraid to admit that he frequents Top Shop, Swear of London, and Zara. TRENDY CLASSIC is the term this It Guy chooses to describe his style, adding that he likes embellishments varying from feathers to beads. Trimmings of this caliber worn by a man, would have a great many to raise a brow if they were to spot this look walking pass.
“I have heard everything from, “I don't get it”, to “you are my fave,” to “YOUR HAIR”, to “Yo Yo Dude,” followed by outburst of laughter.” “I don't deal with them, if i have to. I just take it... And if they have a problem then most likely their bad dressers,” he laughs. I will have to say that its quite obvious that Tedrick Lamar has a very Tough skin, knows what he likes, and wears it.
“Play with it... play dress up .... follow your gut ... but like Coco Chanel said, “always remove on piece before leaving out,” he advises when asked on his advice to others trying to express their own individuality.
Humble, sensible, with a spit of fire, Tedrick LaMar embodies what it takes to be a Fashion Forward-It Guy, as well a level headed individual in a society of closed minded souls.
(see Tedrick's work at www.tedricklamar.com)