Patrick Braun - Fashion Meets Art Graduate Menswear Collection

Recently came across the graduate work of Patrick Braun and found it very interesting.  In his thesis collection at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld,  he re-examines the idea of art and it's relationship to fashion.  In a collection titled, EUPHORIA AND FEAR, MODERNITY AND DYNAMISM, BRILLIANCE AND SPEED, SUPERFICIALITY AND TRANSIENCE, he transforms 1950s family portraits with mixed media techniques into "graphic" for apparel.  The pieces can then transform back into illustrations/artwork on stretcher as pieces of art.

Interesting.  So are we to view these as art or as fashion?  I guess this can open a whole can of worms with the idea of commercial art vs. high fashion.... something to think about!  Everything is a bit to commercial nowadays isn't it?

Something different and self examining... I love it.

Kim Jones Wins 2011 British Fashion Menswear Award

Kim Jones goes home with the Menswear award at the 2011 British Fashion Awards for his Spring / Summer 2012 collection for Louis Vuitton.  A very productive and challenging couple of years for Kim Jones, having taking the lead over at Dunhill and now at Vuitton (under Marc).  Can't wait to see what he'll do next.  Congrats!

Side note:  seeing people win fashion awards really motivates me.  Can't wait to do great things too in the world of fashion.  To make a difference...wow!  So inspirational.

Other notable winners:

Designer Of The Year - Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  (DUH!)
BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion - Paul Smith.


Style League Buyer's Guide Menswear Editorial : Noblesse Sauvage

For the Style League and the Style League Buyer's Guide, comes this beautifully shot, darkly romantic menswear editorial.   Titled NOBLESSE SAUVAGE and shot by Per Zennstrom and styled by Paul Schlosser, the looks feature models Steven George Post and Valeri Schiller in a variety of formal looks.  Knitwear is the star of this editorial in my eyes.  Can't wait till it's cold enough here for some chunky cables!

More looks below.

TRIMÄPEE Spring / Summer 2012 Menswear Lookbook

Another great Spring / Summer 2012 menswear lookbook from Australian brand TRIMÄPEE.  Titled COMATOSE and centered around the idea of being possessed by a greater power than oneself, the looks feature voluminous sculptural pieces and dramatic drapes.

Loving the editorial feel.


AMALGAMATION: Video by Micaël Reynaud Feat. Portraits by Michael Jang

From Micaël Reynaud and Michael Jang comes this amazing video titled AMALGAMATION.


GalaabenD Spring / Summer 2012 Menswear Lookbook

From Japanese label GalaabenD - a very moody Spring / Summer 2012 Menswear lookbook.  A collection after my own heart, the cookbook features extremely great layering pieces in a very sophisticated palette.  Titled, Gazette du Bon Ton, the looks coverage a range of looks from casual to dressed-up inspired by a time long past.

Side note:  La Gazette du Bon Ton was a leading French fashion magazine founded by Lucien Vogel in the 1920's.

More looks below: