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Orthodox Style

La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium

Men’s fashion has become a new place for designers to experiment with ideas, as men have torn away tradition for more daring looks. Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy has been able to turn men’s fashion into a playground of experimentation. Thom Browne has remixed men’s classics into abstract art, but Tisci has been able to mix mens wear with feminine aesthetics, yet masculine and commercial successful. Only John Paul Gaultier has come almost as close to his success in deconstructed men’s fashion.

La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium

Why the lengthy discussion about men’s fashion and emerging trends of the genre? The real question is where is men’s fashion going?

La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium

With fashion bloggers, street photographers, and personal style taking over fashion, we have to find new voices. No longer are trends overpowering the main stage of fashion. Experimentation with non-sexist clothing has become the norm. Not only a mix use of fabrications and silhouette , but a new idea of masculine fashion.

La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium

Where is this wave taking place? Belgium, of course!! I was privy to the school of La Cambre’s latest designer collections of their graduating class. We see a new male take centre stage: confident and experimental with a new orthodox.

La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium
La Cambre Belgium

MMA: Thom Browne

“Does It Come In Black?”

Thom Browne
Thom Browne

Pattern, shape, and colour still dominate the runway for Spring/Summer 2013. Thom Browne has taken these trends and remixed them into a tapestry of eccentric style. Yet, breakdown each outfit is wearable perfection.

Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013

The Women’s side of this Mad Hatter Collection is framed on men’s tailoring, which gives it a modern feeling. The muted colour in some of his women’s pieces help you to concentrate on the shape, while the colourful pieces give pop to otherwise boring reconditioned men’s wear.

Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013

The Men’s side of his collection is blasted with colour and pattern. Browne is not afraid to have his men speak loud. Always a man of shape, Browne’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is all about layers.  He has also taken 1960’s Mod, and made it sheer madness with silver painted skin. The combination has created a perfect storm of fashion whimsy.

Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013
Thom Browne S/S 2013

S.S: I’M Koo

Behind The Lens

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http://www.koo.im/blog/

The photographer is no longer a disheveled figure behind the lens. Today, he is a stylish nomad crisscrossing globes, and capturing style fantasy. For 2013, I’ve picked one fashion photographer to watch: I’M Koo.

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Based in New York, YoungJun Koo is a Korean fashion photographer. I first spotted him when I was interviewing street style candidates during  New York Fashion Week. Koo captured my attention with his flare for fashion, and signature blonde hair. However, beyond his personal style, is an eye for stylish people.

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His fashion blog, I’M Koo, captures some of the most intriguing fashionistas; street style and industry insiders; i.e. Ms. Wintour. Koo’s personal risk with fashion seem to enhance his work as an artist. Koo doesn’t seem to mind being on the other side of the lens either, which is why I think he is able to capture each street snap’s inner beauty. He seems to connect the camera to an energy that is fueled by  his subjet’s love for fashion.

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All images are taken or owned by YoungJun Koo

Check out my interview with YoungJun Koo during NYFW

Style DNA: Spring/Summer 2012

Summer Heat

Summer is about lying on the beach and relaxing pool side. None of which come naturally to me. I do love the heat of the sun, but I love my clothes more. I like to get dressed in the morning, and I enjoy putting together an outfit. Having to be half-naked and stuck on a beach has never really appealed to me.

Prada 2012
Prada 2012
Prada 2012

Yet, I know I can not hide from the blazing sun. For men, summer is not always exciting. Swim trunks and washboard abs is pretty much all you need. For women, a skimpy bikini seems to fit the summer bill. Well, I thought I would do some research about what can be fashionable at the beach, so maybe a Hawaii vacation could be in my summer frontier.

Hermes Spring/Summer 2012
Hermes Spring/Summer 2012
Hermes Spring/Summer 2012

What I did find was an amazing collection of knock out swimsuits for women. Of course, fashionistas already know, and have seen this amazing collection months ago, but for us mere mortals, I thought a refresher was in order. Prada created one of the most exciting swim collections I’ve seen in, well in my forever! This retro inspired 50’s muscle car collection was a knock out. Fashion has hit the beach!

Prada 2012
Prada 2012
Prada 2012

For men, it was a little harder to find something as stellar as Prada, but I found a few items that I think will keep you cool and fashionable at the beach. Hope you like these Hermes and DSquared 2 looks as much as I do.

DSquared2 Summer 2012
DSquared2 Summer 2012
DSquared2 Summer 2012

Happy 4th of July!!! Let these explosive looks light your fireworks a blaze!! Just don’t get wet, these clothes are expensive!!

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Style DNA: BURBERRY

Christopher Bailey

I like to discover new brands, and I love reinvention. I was watching a video about the new MacBook Pro, from Apple, and a designer in the video had the most amazing line: “To create something new, you have to forget what you did in the past.”Developing a fashion house can be a daunting task, but what is more difficult is rejuvenating a legacy brand. The turning tide of fashion brands go in and out like the trends they create. Keeping current can be difficult in a constantly changing market place. Sex And The City made brands more than clothing, but household names. A designer use to have to pander to jaded fashion watchers and celebrities, whose critical eye could send brands walking with one bad collection. Now the microscope is magnified with everyone watching for popularity, not substance. Style has become secondary to theatrics and connections. One label that has not dismissed its past, but forgotten about what has been, while creating a new future is Burberry.

Burberry Fall/Winter 2012
Burberry Fall/Winter 2012
Burberry Fall/Winter 2012

Burberry has stood the test of time, while trends come and go, and nah-sayers passed them by, Burberry soldiered forward. The signature Burberry trench, that  has anchored them for over a century, is no longer drowning their look while protecting them from the rain. Designer, Christopher Bailey has thrown off  the trench to showcase Burberry fashion!!

Burberry Fall/Winter 2012
Burberry Fall/Winter 2012
Burberry Fall/Winter 2012

Christopher Bailey has helped men and women all over the world shed their trench and clamour for Burberry’s clothing, accessories, and shoes. Burberry Spring/Summer 2012, Prorsum created fashion havoc, and Fall 2012’s collection does not disappoint.

Burberry Fall/Winter 2012
Burberry Fall/Winter 2012
Burberry Fall/Winter 2012

With the sun out, it’s hard to imagine what you will want to be wear during the fall. For Fall 2012, Burberry makes you want to feel a chill in the air. Here are some hot looks that will make the sun feel cold. It’s not just about trench coats anymore.

Burberry Fall/Winter 2012
Burberry Fall/Winter 2012
Burberry Fall/Winter 2012

Muse Profile: Jacqueline Conoir

Vancouver’s Première Designer

It’s a lot of fun checking out stylish cities of the world, and attending famous fashion week schedules, but I live in Vancouver. In my own little city, known for many amazing things, fashion is not always one of them. However, we have been blessed with a handful of stylish designers that have earned a place in our city and internationally. Jacqueline Conoir’s designer, Rozemerie Cuevas, is one Vancouver designer on top.  Established in 1985, Rozemerie Cuevas has taken her collection, named after her grandmother to extraordinary heights.

Jacqueline Conoir: Spring/Summer 2012
Jacqueline Conoir: Spring/Summer 2012
Jacqueline Conoir: Spring/Summer 2012

This Spring Rozemerie created a new exciting younger collection named, JAC, which is edgy and fresh. Both collections, Jacqueline Conoir and JAC, service modern women fashion needs, but each reflect individual flare. JAC is full of fun and interesting fabrications, while Jacqueline Conoir, still fun, is upscale sophistication.

JAC Collection: Spring/Summer 2012
JAC Collection: Spring/Summer 2012
JAC collection

I have used both collections for styling jobs, and it’s always a home run when I hit the studio to pull.  From print ads to red carpets, Rozemerie has proven that she is a stylist dream, while dressing the everyday women. Her new 8000sf boutique studio services clients and wardrobe needs with personal stylist that are always on hand to guide you through your shopping experience.

MUSE CLOSET STYLING: Jacquline Conoir Design
MUSE CLOSET STYLING: Jacquline Conoir Design
Jacquline Conoir Staff Stylist;  model in middle styled by staff

Here are some looks from her Spring/Summer 2012 collection, and a Muse Closet exclusive video from her Fall/Winter 2012 runway collections.

Jacqueline Conoir: Spring/Summer 2012
Jacqueline Conoir: Spring/Summer 2012
Jacqueline Conoir: Spring/Summer 2012
JAC collection
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STYLE DNA: Harajuku Girls

Japanese Street Style

A few posts back I was debating between New York and Tokyo street style. Both are very different, but one thing I like about Japanese street style is commitment to a look. These boys and girls don’t mess. Even Gwen Stefani dedicated an entire song to their style. Convention be gone, these street savvy stylers give character a new name. Even drag queen look-a-like, Wendy Williams, doesn’t have game on these wiggy looks.

Japan has cranked out street style before it was even cool, knocking off their favorite Anime characters to create off-the-wall looks. Today, these fashion street walkers blend high fashion with cartoonish style. A look that is being emulated by designers, performers, and stylist all over the world.

I found this great new site dedicated to their often imitated, but never duplicated Harajuku street style: Tokyo Fashion (and there is an app for that). The site is dedicated to Japanese street style and culture, that surround these eclectic looks. After Japan’s 2011 natural disaster, I am happy to see that Japan has not lost its creative edge.