Off-White’s Spring Swagger For Men

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As cause and yvette continues to explore more of men’s fashion, there’s no denying how Virgil Abloh’s Off-White label is a true favorite. For Spring, Off-White’s surprising details continued to bring a smile to my face, including bleaching the bottom of a pair of jeans, giving one the impression of a very wide cuff, at a glance.

For Spring, the relaxed looks had an emphasis on text + symbols as decoration. The more casual looks included a black leather bomber jacket (below) with various patches on its front + sleeves, paired with black + white pinstriped long shorts, pulled-up white sneaker socks with black text  + black laced skateboarding kicks. Of course, the pant silhouette varied throughout the collection, with a choice between joggers, embellished with a sequined scorpion, an image that dominated a lot of the pieces, to long trousers + cropped light jeans with a frayed hem.

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Imagery served as another form of decoration, from a knit green skeleton on a black sweater to photo-realistic digital prints either slipped into a top, including a sheer white tee (below, right), to being attached to the bottom of a black hoodie, peeking from underneath a knee-length coat (below, left). Yet, as casual as these looks might appear to most individuals, a lot of them still carry a lot of that Off-White swagger that any man with style could easily pull off.

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(photos: Kim Weston Arnold | Indigital.tv)

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WANTED: Ella Bomber Jacket-African Circle By Sabina Söderberg

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If you haven’t met a huge pattern whore, then let me introduce myself!  When it comes to patterns, I’ve always loved them. No matter whether it’s because of their colorways or different shapes, they always lend interest to any look, + this ‘Ella Bomber Jacket-African Circle’ by Sabina Söderberg is no exception. With a color palette of black, white, yellow, blue, mint, hot + light pink + gray, + various geometric shapes, this jacket is a brilliant example.ebcy1

With its raglan sleeves, an open ended metal zip in the front + two big pockets on the chest, this jacket could easily go from day to night + vice versa due to its super interesting pattern + bright colors. Its collar, cuffs + waistband are black, which allow for the jacket’s colors to pop that much more.

Handmade in London + part of a collection with African influences, particularly the culture + appearance of a tribe called ‘The Wodaabe People’, is seasonless. Now for Summer, one could wear this jacket with striped pants, a cami + platform sandals, if not, tied around a slip dress, paired with Nike Cortez kicks + red lips. During colder months, I would wear this jacket as a liner peeking through a loudly patterned coat, paired with a rust or purple suede skirt + black turtleneck, or with a bright blue midi dress, adding silver leather opera length gloves worn over the jacket sleeves + funky shoes.

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So if you want to add such interest to your already fabulous wardrobe, the Ella Bomber Jacket-African Circle’ by Sabina Söderberg is available at NOT JUST A LABEL.

 

10 Perfect White Pieces To Flirt With

Nothing calls out Summer the way that the color white does. There’s this confidence attached to such a color because let’s face it, the list of things you can’t do while wearing white is long, unless you’re a clever ninja. Besides its longstanding reference of innocence + purity in Western cultures, but, that of death in other parts of the world, including China + Korea, white is still a favorite of mine to sport when the sun is just as bright. So here a few key white pieces perfect for any Summer wardrobe.whitecy1

1-Shimmer like pearls twinkling by moonlit water with this ‘Maxi Sequin Dress‘ by & OTHER STORIES, & Other Stories  2-Stand out with these ‘Folded Sail Cropped Trousers‘ by DION LEE, farfetch 3-Cleverly show of your shoulders but this time let your hands peek through with this ‘Signature Off The Shoulder Top‘ by SINCERELY TOMMY, Sincerely Tommy 4-‘The Line 1 Lofters | White‘ by NUDITE have so much going for them, with its white minimalism, from top to bottom, NOT JUST A LABEL 5-These ‘Crossover Leather Wedges‘ by ZARA, with gold detailing across the top is sure to turn any look into an eye catcher for sure, ZARA

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6-Down bottomless mimosas wearing this ‘PROSECCO Pearl Effect High Heel Mule‘ with its charming bow detail, TOPSHOP 7-This ‘ASYM Shift Tie Dress‘ by HAN is a perfect addition to any wardrobe, as it can be worn over any top or by itself, creating various looks,HAN 8-Nothing like this adorable ‘Hugo Jumpsuit‘ by RACHEL ANTONOFF to soak in some sun, SHOPBOP 9-Highlight your neck with white circles when wearing this ‘Flat Disk Cowbone Beads‘, ANN MASHBURN 10-If you choose to wear a cami this season, then this ‘Knot Front Cami‘ is a must-a true standout in its simplicity, TOPSHOP

Take A Trip To the Last American Roadside Stops Before They’re Gone

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American rest stops, if never visited, are places of an evolving America where the sign of big cities + nature converged as a place to take pause at modern civilization’s growth spurt. Fortunately for us, photographer Ryann Ford takes us on a fascinating cross country trip, documenting the charm + beauty of remaining rest stops in ‘The Last Stop’, published by powerHouse Books. Page by page, your eyes become transfixed on the different rest stops surrounded by negative space, laying on top of would be grass, dirt, sand, rocks or concrete, giving you a moment to meditate on what might it be like to rest there after a long trip with the all-knowing best friend, the annoying relative who never shuts up or just relishing in the fact you can finally rest, if for just five minutes, before hitting that road once again.

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Joanna M. Dowling, the cultural historian, writer + creative director who pioneered rest area history cites the roadside as having been a place of connection, a place of pause, where the experience of the landscape become more important than moving beyond it + after seeing the collection Ford has amassed throughout this book, you’ll see why. Sure you have your typical idea of one as a simple picnic table for six with long benches sprinkled here + there, but then there are others who’s architecture alone is a marvel in itself, considering it’s location + function, like the one below in Bonneville, UT, with its futuristic lines.

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“Many of these stops were created by motorists, stopping spontaneously by side of road, exiting car + commune with natural landscape,” said Joanna, which is very clear in the rest stop below found in Abliqui, NM. This rest stop definitely looks like it’s been placed on a deserted island, as a peaceful retreat.

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Now you have to understand that Ford’s impetus for such documentation grew from the lack of resources found on the subject, not to mention testing his many friends’ loyalties in trying to “find a friend willing to take a week off of work to drive around looking for rest stops” as her mom was worried about her going alone. But by sheer curiosity + ambition, she began by using a paper map, looking for picnic table icons + navigating to that spot. And of course, after driving hours + hundreds of miles to such icon, just to be disappointed after finding nothing there thanks to possible demolition, she thought. Eventually, Ford said, “After a few of those, we wised up + used Google Earth to scout locations from above,” which eventually led to the wonders found throughout this book.

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If you’re a fan of Americana, then this book which documents the vanishing roadside rest areas of America’s highways, is sure not to be missed. Ford manages to capture their every detail with sheer poetic license, devoid of any artifice, making each place seem better than what it is, capturing its true essence of why they’re still left standing amidst the vastness of modern creature comforts, full of technological conveniences rather than relying on pure human need + functional simplicity.

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‘The Last Stop’, published by powerHouse Books, will reinforce the wonder of spending time on the road + the magic that comes along with it in discovering such forgotten memories of simpler times in America. Ford’s hope is “that this book cultivates an interest in the often-overlooked beauty + significance of rest stops in the American travel experience + maybe even encourages preservation of those that remain”. ‘The Last Stop’, published by powerHouse Books, is available for purchase at Amazon.

WANTED: ‘Fringed Dress’ By Domanoff

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Because having fringe on a dress isn’t exciting enough, when you add structure to the mix as in this case, things start to get very interesting. This ‘Fringed Dress’ by Domanoff, is part of a collection inspired by love as an action, with the main symbols of a Scandinavian city, deep river, duality of image + hidden emotions everpresent in its structured silhouette yet softened by its subtle movement when worn by the wearer.

As a short exaggerated fringed dress with a belt + high collar, you could easily take this dress from the office to a night out with a simple change of shoes + accessories. I would even wear this as a cocktail number as you’ll be guaranteed to be the only one wearing such a unique piece like this.

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To purchase your very own ‘Fringed Dress’ by Domanoff, simply go to NOT JUST A LABEL.

Favorite MM6 Maison Margiela Resort 2017 Looks

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As a whole, MM6 Maison Margiela’s Resort 2017 collection, addressed duality in a couple of unique ways. Th design collective at MM6 Maison Margiela informed WWD how they thought about a couple intertwined + tangled. This was most evident in the idea of having a sewn on tank top over a shirt, thus creating the look of several torsos. Whereas, creative tailoring made the concept of duality even more effective + more of a statement as WWD wrote how a series of looks were created that could be transformed into different silhouettes: a pale blue pleated chiffon skirt with hidden side zippers doubles as an off-the-shoulder top, + another a long knit lurex dress can morph, again via zippers, into a track suit.

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Another aspect of the collection was the western motif attached to several looks, including short cowboy boots + a leather jacket with metallic leather accents, similar to that of a cowboy shirt. Yet, as with everything MM6 Maison Margiela, its all in the details, wouldn’t you say? Super functional details, like D-rings, jutted out of both sides of legs + arms of a utility jumpsuit. There were plenty of raw edges playing with silhouettes, while bright orange-red net pants unexpectedly peeked out from beneath a grey leather shift. Of course, the white + black opera length gloves really tightened some of the looks here, giving your arm a lot of shine + mystery.

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Ribbons + Knits Riddle M. Patmos Resort

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Be it cold or warm outside, I’m always a fan of knits + M. Patmos’ Resort collection is full of many favorites. However, the problem that most knitwear faces, especially in a color palette as basic as creams, blacks + a dash of metallics, is looking too crafty as if grandma took to the loom at a hummingbird’s pace. As Marcia Patmos told WWD, she centered her resort collection around the idea of a “modern-day heirloom” — those quirky vintage items you might find in your grandmother’s closet, which you like “but wish fit better or were more modern,” she said.

And as you look through the different pieces here, you can see Comme des Garçons influences in a sweater made up of many ribbons, tied together to create a thick piece of black moss (below), then paired with cropped black wide trousers.

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At times, the ribbon motif takes on a braided one in a contrasting color, creating a DIY cabled effect on the sweater below.

Pants are always kept wide but usually kept long, with the exception of a cropped pair here + there. But this pant shape is best suited for perfectly complimenting boxy or trapeze-shaped tops (below), like the white top with pleated bottom, creating a silhouette of carefree elegance + ease. But skirts were either pencil knit, if not, a black circle shape with a sheer top layer, embellished with frayed black + white yarn knots (below), also seen on a cream sleeveless top.

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The ribbon motif also made its way down to slide sandals + a big knit tote (above).

Overall, this collection has enough separates to elevate anything they’re paired with, no matter how low-end.

 

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Witness John Malkovich Transform Under Sandro Miller’s Gaze

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When you delve into ‘The Malkovich Sessions’ by Sandro Miller copyright ©2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated, you can’t help but have Oscar Wilde’s famous line, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness,” intrude your thoughts, however, this work elevates imitation to a whole other level unequaled by most. A collaborative effort between brilliant photographer Sandro Miller + prolific actor John Malkovich, you’re taken on a journey of true metamorphosis by one man as he assumes various characters through gesture + dress, while then reiterating iconic portraits shot by famous photographers that have raised the bar of great American photography’s lexicon.

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Of having Malkovich participate in such a project, Sandro said, “For him, this is an opportunity to experiment, to create new personas, to explore, and I’m just there to capture the metamorphoses,’ + within these pages, the end result is just awe inspiring. I gagged with the turn of every page. Besides the beautiful halftone black on gold strategically cropped images, indenting one section from the next, the pictures behold the John Malkovich we’ve all marveled at in films including ‘Being John Malkovich’, just for a second. Then, as his eyes control your stare, he quickly transforms into these larger than life characters many photography aficionados have grown to love + worship, including Steve Kline’s ‘Smoke’ (above) + Stern’s ‘Monroe Roses’ (below).

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‘Portraits’, the first section of the book includes John in an array of costumes  + characters; ‘Homage’, the second section is devoted to the recreation of some of photographic history’s most iconic portraits including Annie Leibowitz’s image of Yoko Ono + John Lennon. Just to write that in a sentence sounds absurd in + of itself, however, even if the John in the picture is not Lennon but Malkovich, he still manages to pull it off. The third section contains images of experimental films both Miller + Malkovich worked on together.

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But there’s no denying that such synergy could not have evolved overnight, rather it was a seventeen-year collaboration, with more than a hundred portraits to show for it. Sandro alludes to thinking how no one else could have been up for this challenge, as “John’s face whispered secrets to the camera – he held nothing back,” he said. Anything Sandro wanted of John, he would easily oblige + instantly morph right before his eyes, as he understood the camera – light, mood + the importance of sharing an intimate moment with the lens. Sandro said, “He hid nothing from me, allowing the lines on his face to read like a biography,” + it’s because of these lines, gaze + posturing that allows you to fully digest John as the new character before you.

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Most of the famous portraits seen throughout the book were considered very meaningful to Sandro, but not for Malkovich. When asked if he felt the same connection to these images, by veteran filmmaker John Siskel, Malkovich replied, “Probably not that much: maybe to some extent, but I think ironically, I probably always had a healthy mistrust of photography + images + what they’re meant to convey, + who takes them, + why.” Luckily, Sandro had amazing people on his team to get the hair, makeup, costumes + set close to perfection, as if they were present when they took the original shot. Such a feat can be seen in Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’ (above), where the piece of wood that’s seen in the original, is at the forefront, as well as the tent + children in the background.

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This book will definitely be a prized + welcomed addition to any photography lover’s book collection, if not turn you into one. The Malkovich Sessions’ by Sandro Miller copyright ©2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated, is available for purchase at Amazon or Barnes&Noble.