25 June 2012

23 June 2012

TOPSHOP 2012 Summer Looks

                                             Photos: courtesy of topshop                                                                   

10 June 2012

Incircus Designer | RENE GURSKOV

Rene Gurskov is a designer that Amal came across and immediately  introduced me to as she knows how much I love men fashion and I enjoy this kind of fashion the most..Rene's fashion is very street with an artistic touch and a unique factor, this makes it easy to tell him apart of other designers today...The fabrics, the cuts and the prints are all factors which can capture any raw fashion lovers, as I was reading about him and doing my homework I realized he was one of the favorite designers in Asia specially in the fashion capitals  Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul.


Getting to know the designer...

- Please introduce Rene Gurskov and  "In Circus" to our readers.
I am a Danish born and Copenhagen based designer - graduated from the school of couture in Copenhagen.Incircus was originally a designgroup started by 2 Danish designers, Lene Villadsen and Jeanne Drasbaek.

As I was reading the about section in your website I realized that it was basically about "In Circus" and how did this store support the young talents in Denmark back in the 90's and how it lunched your brand out to the world... take us back before that..

- Tell us more about how you joined it?
The 2 founders saw a menswear show i did with some friends at a nightclub, they asked me to join the group in the early 90ties when i was still studying. incircus had 25 members and we did some very successful shows and exhibitions - before starting the shop.

- As a young designer getting to display your designs in such a store.. what went through your mind? and when did you show your first collection?
You know - we did not think anything than of course we can do it! the opening show was a huge success and broadcasted live from Copenhagen on MTV - that was in 1992, sales wise it was also a success - it seemed to many peoples surprise that there was a huge audience for our clothes.
by the end of the first year American ELLE put our shop on the list of their favorite shops in Europe.

Its every designers dream to show their art in the Fashion Capital Paris.. when was your first time to show your designs there, and where?
in 1994 i was invited to the linen competition "THE GOLD THREAT" - I came in 3rd and did an exhibition at La  Trocadero.


- What was the inspiration for your AW 2012-13 collection?
We did a theme called little monster - it was about the horrible boys that everybody loves. the ones who always look good and gets away with everything - also in dressing

- I must admit that the prints which you choose for your designs are quite unique, do you usually search for your material  to match your inspiration? or the other way around? 
A few years ago we decided to do our own fabrics. so when we start a new collection we do both silhouettes and graphics. I work with a group of graphic designers in Hong Kong, New York and Copenhagen to ensure a global look.

- Your brand has a very good base in Asia specially Tokyo and Seoul tell us more about that?
it just happened-I showed my second menswear collection in Copenhagen and another Danish designer told his Japanese customer to check out my things - apparently they liked it - they placed a huge order! the fashion circle works like this - when you have success in Tokyo - the rest of the world follows. Today we work with a great agency in Tokyo and they take care of our business over there.

- Who would like to dress in the future? 
I hope still to dress the Korean superstar Yung Key from the band SHINee
I also think that Adam Lambert would look great in our things.

Shinee's Key & Adam Lambert

- Where do you usually find the inspiration for your brand? 
I start up with music (electronic, classical, arabian ) and fashion history.
I also find it inspiring to discuss fashion with colleagues - in Copenhagen, Tokyo and Paris.

- Is the brand available in the middle east? and where?
until last year we were at anma group in Jeddah and Riyad - at the moment they are trying out a new concept for their stores, but i hope to be back there soon.

Its more then just a passion...

What were the symptoms that made you realize as a kid that Fashion designing is what you want to adopt as profession?
I come from a handicraft family - my mother allways knitting and my farther building something, my sister and I built little houses of carbon-boxes for barbie and action man - and of course clothes too. Later on I started to do 2 annual collections a year by drawing (starting at 9 years) so there was never anything else!

- Who were your role models and muses growing up?
I loved Boy George and Grace Jones - still do...

- Describe your personal style and your brand..
I myself is not a big dresser - I am in jeans and some sweatshirt allways with funny sneaks and a cap. Our brand image is much louder - it is all about expressing yourself.

- Name your most favorite fashion brands..
I like Vivienne Westwood, Comme Des Garcons and Hussein Chalayan

- Name 3 shops you buy from religiously..
Muji in paris, Yoox online and  Comme Des Garcons  where ever I see one.

- As a designer you must be traveling a lot.. name three must in the bag...
Easy. Margiela jeans, gold sneaks from CDG and a load of Clarins products.

More about you...

- What are your future projects & dreams?
we are considering a women's collection.... and a paris fashion show

- Name 3 fashion items you can't live without?
Jeans - bomber jackets and caps - stuff i have been wearing for 30 years

- A Celebrity male & female you've been eyeing their style?
Joey Ma from Hong Kong is the current king and queen of fashion - nobody in the world dresses like him, I am so lucky that he wears my stuff too. I like that Meryl Streep ignores fashion and never dresses for the red carpet.

Meryl Streep - Joey Ma

Rene was generous enough to share the first look of his new SS 2013 collection "DO YOU FEEL LUCKY" with our readers and let me tell you it looks AWESOME! I personally can't wait to see his women collection!

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Interview & Collage by: Hussa G. Altubbaji
Photos:courtesy of Rene Gurskov

06 June 2012

Blogging-Model Interview | Mariano Di Vaio

We've decided to do interviews with our favorite and inspirational people of 2012 and we've been sending interviews non-stop these weeks. Meet Mariano (if you already don't know him) who's basically "IT" when it comes to fashion & style, he's a model who likes to blog about his outfits, events and projects, showing men around the globe that it's easy too look good without any hassle. His sense of style is what you might call hippie-chic and like most of you I definitely wanted to know more about him & his opinion on men's fashion and this is what he had to say..

Tell us more about you & your professional background.. 

My background is full of colors, I started my Model career five years ago in London, when I got recruited at the same time by the FM model agency and by “Abercrombie & Fitch” store.To be honest at the beginning I didn’t have that big success but modeling was just helping me pay the bills and stuff.

What was the first thing that got you interested in fashion?

I don’t want to be so vain but I would say money, hahah. You know when you are eighteen and you can pay both rent bills and everything yourself without your parent’s help it feels like “WOW” except for that, it was the feeling I got the first time I realized I was more secure, strong and comfortable just because I was sure of what I was wearing, when I realized that I started getting interested in fashion more and more.

Tell us about your blogging experience? and how do you make time for it? 

Something like two years ago I found myself interested in others people's blogs but I couldn’t find one that fits me the way I wanted that have the “street style” I liked, so I decided to make my own and It had a lot of success that I didn't expect.

Advice you'd like to give men who are clueless about what to wear.. 

I want to say don’t worry about the brand or the style or the price of your shirt, just wear what you feel comfortable with! You don’t need to compare yourself to any one so just wear what you feel to wear, trust me its going to look better than anything else.

What are your future projects & dreams?
I’ve got a lot of projects and offers I’ve been receiving at the moment and is not a good thing because I hate to choose (laughs) but one of those is to make my own “mdv style line” for a brand (I can’t tell you more).

Your Fashion:

Who are your fashion icon/icons? 
I don’t really have one, I love Jon Kortajarena, who is a big top Model because of his life style, also Mr.Giorgio Armani, always elegant and casual at the same time with that black t-shirt that he always wears and a lot of people but I wouldn’t define them as my fashion icons, they’re just people I admire.

Name 3 fashion items you can't live without.. 
Ok, I'm 100% sure (laugh) Sunglasses, white t-shirt and my Levis Jeans.

Name your most favorite fashion brands.. 
Roberto Cavalli, Levis, Scotch & Soda, Prada,Hugo Boss. “Top man” as well!

Do you prefer high fashion or high street for daily wear? I PREFER HIGH STREET STYLE ALL LIFE LONG!  But I guess I’m a mix of both!

Name 3 shops you buy from religiously.. 
Urban Outfitters, Top Shop (cheap and satisfying stores), Armani, Cucinelli, and Gucci, classic and good quality stuff that are worth the price.

A designer you'd love to work with..
David Yurman, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein and lots and lots more!

Describe your personal style..
Well, I am a bit of a hippie but with care, bohemian yet somehow classic. I think everyone looks for their own style, mine is a balance between comfort and elegance.

The Runways...

Which collections did you like the most this year? 

I always go for vintage stuff so the one that wins this year is my grandpa's one!! (laughs) no seriously I think “Mauro Grifoni” was really nice and of course “Reshò” that is one of my favorite.

Do you watch any fashion related shows on TV/Online, if so which?
Well to be honest I don’t spend that much time in front of the TV and when I do it is just to see cartoons (laughs)

Which fashion week is your favorite and why? 

I think I’d take Milan, it's one of the best but I actually never been at the NY one because it's always at the same time as Spain but I think I wouldn’t change Milan though.

What trend would you like to come back from the past?
Of course the 80’s! I love everything about the 80’s, starting from the CASIO style going to the LEVIS one and one can't forget that the 80’s are when the real Street Style was born! 

 I personally loved this photo-shoot for R2R and wanted to share them here, you can see the full shoot and more news and fashion looks on MDV's website click here & FB page click here

Collage & Comments by:Amal Ismail
Photos:courtesy of marianodivaio.com

03 June 2012

River Island SS2012 Look Book

Everyone that knows me knows that I'm an absolute River Island junkie, I can't not like them! every season is great, probably the only high-street brand that keeps getting better with every season, a zero record in disappointing "at least to moi". Their Summer/Spring 2012 Look Book is divine, not a big fan of what they have for the men though, it looked cheap! you can see that even when I love a brand I still manage to have an objective opinion..in case some of you think I'm trying to advertise for their brand on our blog..

Written by: Amal Ismail
Photos: courtesy of riverisland

02 June 2012

Fashion Icon: Nick Wooster

If you follow the streetstyle photos during the fashion weeks you'll always notice one man who has an absolute edge cutting style & charisma, the man is Nick Wooster "Men's Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus Group Services" which includes Neiman Marcus stores, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus online store and catalog. His ability to basically make anything he wears work is what shows his genius style-mind! I always look forward to his new photos, he's such a unique men's wear fashion phenomena for the past couple of years and many years to come.

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Collage&Written by: Amal Ismail
Photos by: stockholmstreetstyle, streetstyle-blogs
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