Picasso is now a Fashion Stylist.

It's a beautiful thing when Visual Arts and Fashion Design come together to create a masterpiece, and Eugenio Recuenco's recreations of some of Pablo Picasso's famous paintings in the form of a cleverly styled fashion editorial is just one of these. The photoshoot projects to the audience the embodiment of Picasso's artistic visions without overshadowing the skill of Eugenio Recuenco's photographic composition, and his selection of paintings further depicts the changing phases of Picasso and how these phases are sped up in the lives of many artists today - this ephemerality is particularly applied to Fashion. But, as a whole, the photoshoot submits itself as a celebration of the diversity of women and the dream-like beauty of women of all walks of life. To see more of Eugenio Recuenco's works, CLICK HERE.

Images courtesy of Trendland


Prada's Spring Fantasy

Prada's Real Fantasies campaign has definitely been an intriguing campaign, that has been ongoing for 3 years. This seasonal campaign is a collaboration between various famous and understated creative forces, producing a surreal but simple campaign for the world-renowned label. The label's last campaign (Autumn/Winter 2012) was a space-aged, somewhat terrifying look at the future, but the Spring/Summer 2013 campaign (pictured, fashion film below) is a much more relatable and calming look at the "Asianisation" of the world (ready-to-wear) and forwardness of the Minimalist fashion stream (menswear). The label states that Prada has addressed these two changes in the world and how it has influenced fashion with the runway shows, but this campaign brings both collections together, formulating a holistic insight into her inspirations behind the collections. The cinematography by AMO and music by 3o enhance the simplicity and calmness of the campaign, lookbook and ultimately, the garments, whilst also highlighting the undeniable hints of mundaneness.

Images courtesy of Prada
To view the lookbook, designers' statement and watch the fashion film, please go to the official Prada website


Aussie Aussie Aussie! Boys Boys Boys!

Mr. Anton Monsted, Music Producer for Moulin Rouge!, Australia and the upcoming fashion film The Great Gatsby. Anton wears a Dolce & Gabbana suit and shirt by James Perse
 The world's leading online luxury menswear retailer, Mr. Porter, has recently unveiled their favourite Aussie boys, and men, whose style defines who they are and their mark on Australian culture today. Australian men are embracing their inner fashionisto more so than ever, but the unattainable attire seen on international men's fashion icons are simply not appealing to Australian men. Mr. Porter has come to the rescue with their latest issue of The Journal, giving local and needy stylish gentlemen a few blokes to aspire to, not only in style but in their strong mindedness and assurance of themselves, thus also giving Aussie men a boost in their self confidence and inspirational thinking. My favourites from the lucky few men selected for the editorial include Mr. Anton Monsted, Mr. Dane Lovett, Mr. Joseph Allen Shea, Mr. Jamie Valmorbida and Mr. Michael O'Keefe, all pictured below. To view the full editorial, CLICK HERE.

Mr. Dane Lovett, an Artist from Melbourne, wearing J.Crew sweater, Burberry Prorsum jeans and Cutler and Gross sunglasses
Mr. Joseph Allen Shea, a Sydney Curator and Publisher, wearing a blindingly red Paul Smith suit, t-shirt by Jean.Machine and Gucci shoes
Mr. Jamie Valmorbida, Sales Director of Valcorp, wearing a blazer by Ann Demeulemeester, Michael Bastian shirt, J Brand jeans, Lanvin sneakers and Ray-Ban sunglasses 
Mr. Michael O'Keefe, CEO of Aesop skincare, wearing a Boglioli blazer, J.Crew shirt and Paul Smith belt

Photography by Derek Henderson
Styling by Dan May, Style Director of Mr. Porter
To view the editorial shoot, CLICK HERE
Images courtesy of Mr. Porter, The Journal


God Bless You, Mr. Tisci.

A most honorary award has been given to the revolutionary Mr. Riccardo Tisci, the Creative Director of Givenchy - the Council of Fashion Designers America Award for Creative Contribution to the Fashion Industry, and he damn well deserves it. The CFDA Awards honour the most influential and powerful fashion designers and industry people every year, and there is no doubt that Tisci's influence on fashion hasn't gone unseen in the past few years. His reinvention of the classic fashion house has not only made Givenchy a sought after brand for the younger fashion conscious market (signified by the famous Rottweiler shirt, which I happily own and wear almost every day), but has also managed to keep the vision of Hubert de Givenchy alive and breathing. Coincidentally, a raw editorial of the designer and a few of his muses wearing his designs has been released in the latest issue of Self Service, highlighting the elegant edginess of this man's creative vision and skill (below).

I'm one of many young avid collectors of Givenchy shirts ever since Riccardo revived the label, and I know he will keep on rising with his position in this illustrious brand, and his words will always resonate in my mind to motivate to me to do better in life - "I really believe in religion, in the universe. If you work hard and you're honest, you'll get somewhere". God Bless you, Mr. Tisci!

Images courtesy of the official Givenchy Facebook page


Scent of the Simple Man

The French Riviera is embodied and renewed from the Dior archives in the elegantly simple "Cologne" from Dior Homme. This classic scent from the Fashion House has now been redesigned to fit the contemporary, futuristic vision of Kris Van Assche, the Creative Director of Dior Homme, yet staying true to the "timeless freshness of the musk, citrus and cottony notes of the original scent" (Dior, 2013). To support the release of the new design, Dior has also created "Dior Mag" (link below), highlighting the origins and history of the scent and its stance in men's grooming today, and a bright, summery Fashion Film refining the chic simplicity of the scent (watch below). With the current reign over fashion that Dior has been given, this modern revival of Dior Homme Cologne will truly bring men's grooming a modern twist.

To read about the origins and history of Dior Homme Cologne, CLICK HERE
Video courtesy of the official Dior Youtube Channel
Images courtesy of the official Dior Facebook page


Gucci feels it's Chime for Change

Chime for Change advocates - Frida Giannini - Creative Director of Gucci, Beyonce Knowles-Carter - Singer/Songwriter and Salma Hayek Pinault - Actress

The beautiful Creative Director of Gucci, Frida Giannini, has stood up and taken action against the objectification and abuse that many women around the world still face today, with the start of a charity foundation named "Chime for Change". It's ridiculous that women are still treated as the lesser gender in a time when progressive thinking, acceptance of difference and future ideals are favoured over the dying mindsets of racism, sexism, homophobia and ageism. Frida's aim is to give an opportunity for girls and women everywhere to look up to not only women, but men, who are standing up for their rights, no matter what ethnicity, sexuality or age. 

The Chime for Change motto and promise to women everywhere
Please watch the campaign video below to see the many historical moments and figures that have contributed to women's rights and how Chime for Change is bringing those ideals into the present and future. Stand up for your aunty, daughter, mother, grandmother and whoever you know is affected by sexist discrimination and join the movement today! 

Images courtesy of Ministry of Fashion, Ryot and The Fashion Telegraph
Video courtesy of Chime for Change


Jungle Punk

It seems as though Kenzo is trying to start a new subculture of punks in their latest campaign. The Resort 2013 campaign, titled "Electric Jungle", is bright, kooky and playful film highlighting the undeniable new direction that Humberto Leon and Carol Lim from Opening Ceremony have pushed the brand since Takada's departure. The primal prints of the collection seem to stand out amongst the chaotic neon backgrounds, and almost remind of early M.I.A. music videos and the wilderness of 80s street fashion, whilst the more minimal pieces commands the campaign. Overall, it is clever way to emphasize their intention to appeal to a younger fashion-conscious market... and maybe try and push those Seapunks aside to make room for Junglepunks!

Video courtesy of the official Kenzo youtube channel



A$AP ROCKY wears Burberry Prorsum coat, Ann Demeulemeester t-shirt, Oliver Peoples sunglasses and Pierre Hardy sneakers
A$AP wears Matthew Miller sweatshirt, Valentino shirt, Givenchy shorts and Ann Demeulemeester boots
A$AP ROCKY wears Neil Barrett blazer, Valentino shirt and Bottega Veneta beanie
A$AP ROCKY wears APC bomber jacket, J.Crew cashmere beanie and Kolor sweatshirt
A$AP ROCKY wears Rick Owens coat
A$AP ROCKY wears Marc by Marc Jacobs jumper, Maison Martin Margiela cotton shirt and Illesteva sunglasses
Kanye West is fast becoming old news because the New God of Rap, A$AP ROCKY, has taken over. The mysterious rapper is the subject of high fashion online retailer, Mr. Porter, allowing A$AP to don his favourite labels, including Maison Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester and Givenchy, which he, more often than not, makes allusions to in his music - note: "Fashion Killa". The man's controversial "Comme Des Fuckdown" beanies and shirts may have been a tease at Japanese high fashion label, Comme Des Garcons, but this proved more beneficial to his rise in the music and fashion industry than detrimental, and what a way to show his support for high quality fashion than an editorial catering to the tastes of the "high fashion hip hop" market.

Shop the looks on Mr. Porter HERE
Images courtesy of Oyster Magazine


Paper Fashion Puppets

The famous "paper doll" dresses worn by Lady Gaga and Italian stylist, Giovanna Battaglia, from avant-garde Japanese fashion label, Comme Des Garcons, have been shot in a demure fashion editorial that encapsulates the meaning behind the dress. To me, the dress symbolized both a return to a woman's childhood and the notion that fashion follows a "cookie-cutter sameness", as said by Bill Cunningham. The dress is evermore significant because it is designed by Junya Watanabe and Rei Kawakubo, who are both powerhouse designers in the avant-garde forces of fashion. Sophie Delaporte has done a wonderful job in backing up the unique beauty of the dress and how the boxy shape changes when a woman moves in the slightest, whilst keeping her signature ethereal style flowing throughout the photographs.

Images courtesy of Trendland