Amanda Harlech is a writer and creative consultant who is closely linked to couturiers John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld as their respective muses. Now, one of the fashion industry’s leading authorities is starring in a short film for Fendi, wearing menswear pieces from autumn/winter 2015 to no doubt respond to fashion’s obvious fluidity today.
Set against the Capalbio countryside in Tuscany, this film was directed by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, with a mustached Lady Harlech in workwear shirts, patchwork suiting and oversized fisherman sweater as she rows a boat. Watch the film below.
Pictures from: Stuart C. Wilson, Farfetch.com and Vogue.co.uk
Mac DeMarco – My kind of Woman. Man, what a great track this is. The video certainly sets a tone for his personality, but I think his blue-wave/slacker-rock sound makes for a great addition to the music scene. The Canadian muso has actually released three albums, but sometimes it takes a few to get proper famous. Who knows, he’s great and deserves a listen. You can also see his live set here.
Learn Italian hand gestures with Dolce and Gabbana models right now. Hilarious, and totally worth the share. This video by Swide is exactly as the post title says and features some model greats like Noah Mills and Tony Ward (who are not Italian coincidentally). Something to make your morning a bit lighter. Check it out.
Man, I’ve been wanting to post this for a while but you know… life. Inspired by one of the greatest scenes in movie history, Flickering Wall came up with a genius modern day take on American Psycho in a commercial for Denham ‘The Jeanmaker’. The famous business card scene that infuriates Bateman in his need for acceptance and praise, and ultimately leads to killing off Paul Allen later on, has been reworked here. Of course using hipsters as the new Wall-Street-yuppies of the 80s makes for a perfect update. I wonder what Bret Easton Ellis thinks of this ad. Great, great stuff.
In a new ad for Guinness, (by Amv BBDO) the Sapeurs are featured in their finest. The ad was inspired by the real-life Sapeurs who live in Brazzaville, Congo and have gone on to make a name for themselves, even Sir Paul Smith designed a collection in 2009 that mirrored their aesthetic. Their colourful stance on life went on to inspire an agency in marketing beer next. Whether written by a clever copywriter or by the men themselves, the narrators words could not be truer, “In life you cannot always choose what you do, but you can always choose who you are”. In this case these gentleman come from gritty, labor-intensive jobs and once home, transform peacock-like. Even though the ad is translated to come off more cinema, the ethos of these men and their spirit is certainly present. They end off with a line from Invictus that’s worth remembering: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” See the ad below and the accompanying documentary here.
Tom Ford’s Project Uprade for GQ magazine is the best thing I’ve seen for a while. The master of the menswear universe has lent his talents to the young-and-aspiring and made them over. Of course it helps that a) the boys chosen were ridiculously good looking, and b) they’re all wearing Tom Ford. From grooming to dressing for the job you want rather than for the one you have, Tom Ford and Jim Moore cover it all. You can watch all the video’s over at GQ here, or on Youtube. Great stuff, really. It’s always astonishing to see the potential of a person once they have the right help. Would you like the Tom Ford treatment? Even I wouldn’t say no.
“Taking care of yourself is a show of respect to those around you” says Tom Ford. The undisputed name in male glamour and sophistication, as I’m sure you know, also has a beauty range for men. His skincare and grooming products aim to balance imperfections and achieve a polished look. Who can argue with the man? See the video below.
Short films are fantastic. Especially short films from Prada by Wes Anderson starring Jason Schwartzman. Entitled Catello Cavalcanti, and costarring Giadi Colagrande, this little Italian blip of a town is waiting for a race to go by. It does, but you’ll have to watch to see what happens next. How very old cinema it is. It certainly was filmed in such a way but there are great modern subtlties which are to be enjoyed too. Most used phrase in a script: ‘Son of a bitch!’ Enjoy.
My buddy Bryce Thompson, a seemingly permanent fixture on Men’s Health magazine around the world, appeared alongside the great White, (Chad White) and Josh Truesdell on HuffPost Live to discuss male modeling. Firstly, does anyone else agree that our Bryce looks like the missing Baldwin brother?
The trio performed their best workout tricks, discussed dieting and preparing for a fitness shoot among other things. I’ve personally never heard Chad speak before, it’s quite odd to see him being so casual when he’s a bit of a living legend. Click here to see the video, it’s worth a watch!
All the boys are represented by Soul Management NY.
That Marlon Brando sure was a looker. Seen here in his audition for Rebel Without a Cause. Brando lost the part of Jim Stark to James Dean but he had a good career anyway. He’s like Edward Cullen and James Franco all in one. Take a look below.
David Bowie appeared in this fashion film for Louis Vuitton alongside model Arizona Muse, entitled L’Invitation Au Voyage. It was directed by Romain Gavras and features Bowie performing at a ball in the Louvre. The song? A harpsichord version of “I’d Rather Be High” taken off The Next Day. Click over to LV here and check out the video below.
If I told you how much shit I get for my beard you wouldn’t believe me. I have always been under the impression that my face just isn’t Gosling enough to go-it bald. God help me the day I lose all my hair. This week the beard has been a recurring topic. First I was advised that it was time to shave it off. I grew it for winter and tried the lumberjack beard but it didn’t work. I may have to trim it down though in all honesty. Still, if I like my beard and it suits me, why should I have to justify it to anyone? I’ve always felt like a twelve-year old Asian girl without a beard…
I opened a Pinterest board for my beard love and it is my most followed board by far. People. Love. Beards. When the media recently noted it as a losing trend that aged you up to 8 years I guffawed at the idea. Pfff. My rugged, bushy companion, how can I part with you?
Then, something funny happened. I came across an article by Nick Carvell over at GQ, who reported that not only was beard-transplanting a thing, but it was widely done on men. That, and nose-jobs. I repeat: People. Love. Beards. People love beards so bad they are willing to inject hair into the follicles of their naked faces to sprout a more appropriate hirsute appearance. Look at the picture above, he’s face-palming at the idea (or backwards high-five, eh?). What can I say, it has improved the looks of men since the days of Zeus himself.
And then lastly, the clip I discovered entitled ‘Magic Beard’, a stop-animation that proves once and for all the dangers of shaving. I rest my case.