Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ex Calvin Klein Model Now VIKINGS Actor Travis Fimmel for Blag Magazine

BLAG's 21st Birthday Edition cover features up and coming actor and ex Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel photographed on location in Ireland by magazine's Sarah J. Edwards. Travis is star of the buzz-gaining History Channel show Vikings. Design, Art Direction and Hand painted titles for BLAG by Sally A. Edwards.

Witness below the transformation of Travis from Calvin Klein poster boy, to a fearless viking. Fimmel is the face behind the revival of Calvin Klein in the early 2000's which enrolled with a string of his CK ads. By hiring Travis the label gained new momentum. While single-handedly responsible for the rise of the fashion advertising machine in the 90s the popular american brand's campaign imagery got back its oomph with casting of the young Aussie model. 'Till this day he can be ranked as one of Calvin Klein's most popular face, alongside greats such as Brooke Shields and Christy Turlington.

Fernando Machado Shoot by Theo Metsis

Brazilian model Fernando Machado building up his portfolio with a recent portrait session beautifully captured in black and white by Theo Metsis. Fernando is represented by Sharm Models in Ukraine, Fresh Look in Shanghai, Ten agency in Brazil, while in India he's with 6th Avenue.

Style Icon: Alex Turner

A good friend once told me that the distinctive fashion darling – more commonly known as Alexa Chung – had no choice but to end her four year relationship with her boyfriend, Alex Turner, due to his incomparable dress sense. Ultimately, it seems, he was beating her to the spotlight.

The English guitarist and frontman of Arctic Monkeys is nothing less than a special, one-of-a-kind musician, whose choice in clothing ranges from leather inspired, indie rock jackets to vintage prep and mod pieces. Alex is just one of very few artists to both rejuvenate and pull off the mop-top hair cut with great ease and confidence. Throughout his music career, the varied usage of guitars and studio recording equipment is paramount and of top quality. Equally, his choice of threads is as parallel and impressive.

If you were to search for ‘Alex Turner fashion’ on Google, you would need both time and patience on your hands. The quantities of ‘in-trend’ and ‘this season’ collections which feature him are beyond any other musical style icons I have previously covered. More than an entire generation of both male and female Alex Turner/Arctic Monkeys fans will project their praise and admiration for the young gentlemen’s voice, mannerisms and chic dress sense.

When Arctic Monkeys released their debut album, ‘Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not’, NME Magazine declared the album the ‘5th greatest British album of all time’. This piece of work resulted in the band receiving awards for Best British Band, Best New Band and Best Track. The album’s title represents the classical attitude of a musician who holds confidence and self-belief, a trait many of us (including myself) crave – and lot’s of it.

Men’s Style Icon: Ne-Yo

Singer, songwriter, superstar and self-confident could all be used to describe perennial chart sensation Shaffer Smith or, as he is better known, Ne-Yo. While the above statement could be taken as a little brash, it is generally not too far from the truth as Ne-Yo has often demonstrated time and time again.

Style Evolution: Justin Timberlake

It’s been a stellar couple of years for Mr Timberlake, having successfully reinvented himself from singer to actor following a break from his music career. With starring roles in movies such as The Social Network, Friends with Benefits (playing a rather well-dressed GQ editor) and In Time between 2010-2011, Timberlake’s self-imposed hiatus went astonishingly well, by anyone’s standards.

Having returned from the musical wilderness at the start of the year with the release of his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake is set to follow it up later this year with the highly anticipated second instalment.

This return to music has signalled not only a clear change in sound, but also style. With his music adopting a more suave, soulful and mature approach, his dress sense has followed suit. With a strong sartorial nod to Rat Pack refinement and a little help from Tom Ford, Timberlake has finally cemented his place as a true style icon…

Lanvin Autumn/Winter 2013 Advertising Campaign

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lionel Messi in Dolce & Gabbana - FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012

Lionel Messi was in Zurich yesterday to receive the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 trophy. The Barcelona and Argentina forward has been awarded the Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running, and took to the stage in a polka dot tuxedo from Dolce & Gabbana. There were quite a few comments online, critising his choice of attire, which I'm really surprised. I honestly thought he looked really good there. Loving the bold polka dot jacket and matching bow tie. I think he carried off the look beautifully.

Cristiano Ronaldo in DSquared2 - FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala

Cristiano Ronaldo attended the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013 at Congress House in Zurich yesterday. The highly esteemed Real Madrid footballer was one of the three contenders of the much coveted trophy. Ronaldo wore an elegant black tuxedo with satin finishes, created especially for him by Dean & Dan Caten of Dsquared2. He paired it with a clean-cut white shirt and sharp black bowtie. Patent lace-up shoes and a skinny belt finished the look.

Damian Lewis in Burberry - 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Damian Lewis attended the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday. Damian, who won Best Actor in a Television Show (Drama) for "Homeland", wore a black satin notch lapel tuxedo, white dress shirt, black satin bow tie and black patent leather dress shoes all by Burberry. He looked absolutely jubilant at the event, definitely a well deserved award which I'm sure many "Homeland" fans will agree.

Justin Bartha in Giorgio Armani - 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

It's Justin Bartha! I was so excited to see him on the red carpet yesterday for the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards, held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Us viewers across the Atlantic pond were treated to the first episode of "The New Normal" last Thursday on E4, and I am hooked. I have not laughed so hard at a television series for ages. Love love love Justin Bartha in the series, where he played one half of a gay couple, trying for a baby via a surrogate.

Orlando Bloom in Burberry - Golden Globes Awards After Party

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom attended the 14th Annual Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party held at the Oasis Courtyard at the Beverly Hilton Hotel yesterday evening in Los Angeles. The British actor wore an ink satin notch lapel tuxedo from Burberry, paired with a white dress shirt and dark wine leather dress shoes also by Burberry.

Mark McNairy Camo Desert Boots

We had a crush on this pair of desert boots from Mark McNairy. Since its launch in 2008, the New Amsterdam brand got us used to a hint of quirkiness in its creations, still keeping tradition as a backdrop. Since summer 2011, the creator felt free to use many patterns and striking colors. Following the same spirit, camouflage appeared on the autumn-winter 2012 pairs. Camo is a tough one! I mean, it may be hard to match. As for us, to make those magnifiscent desert boots “shine” we think of a chinos/jeans, sweater, parka combo. They are made in Northamptonshire, England for an irreproachable construction: crepe soles, Goodyear welt and camo printed upper. Certainly not the kind of pair you would wear everyday, but confirmed styles may offer themselves a nice gift, quality as quirky and 70% off!


Lyle & Scott Duffle-Coat

The duffle-coat is a great classic of men’s closet, since two years now it is under the spotlight. Marine like with jeans and boots, preppy with a pair of derbies and corduroy trousers, the duffle-coat is and easy-matching piece. Our selected item today is this 80% wool duffle-coat from Lyle & Scott available in two colorways: navy and grey. It has a traditional construction: two large flat pockets on the front and a classic fastening with jute ropes and wood buttons. Noticeable, there is no hood on this duffle-coat, that’s what makes it original along with its shawl collar. As we’re in sales period, it can be found at a rock bottom price!