Fashion

What I am living for #6 by Mike Tyle

WEAR:

Black. The weather in Brussels this summer has been raining, cold and depressing plus I have been mourning my youth now that I turned 30.

SHOP:

For my big 3-0 I received a gift card to Dries van Noten and am over the top excited to go to town! Aside from that umm it's about to be July. I have my sale list ready!

DESIGN:

Ikea. I know. But seriously. They are stepping up their game over there in Sweden. Snatching those H&M wig's and turning it into home décor realness: Katie Eary (Hello, brain!), Walter van Beirendonck (I seriously need this Tiger rug STAT) and overly freaking out about the new HAY and Tom Dixon collections. What kind of dream team collabs…

SEE:

The latest Gucci F/W16 campaign. No more words necessary.

Presenting a video from the Gucci Fall Winter 2016 campaign. Wandering from tea houses to pachinko parlors with carefree abandon, the Gucci kids collide with the chaotic lights and sounds of Tokyo. The psychedelic scenography is echoed in the energy and decoration in Alessandro Michele's collection.

LISTEN:

Anohni 'Hopelessness' is still on repeat.

COLOR:

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy.  The stark marigold catwalk agains the deep blues of the lake are breathtaking ans more than just Intsagram worthy.

Simon Doonan: Getting It Right by Mike Tyle

The ever funny Simon Doonan once accurately depicted the 3 categories most women fall into when fashion comes in play:

The Gypsy, The Socialite & The Existentialist.

Ever since reading this years ago I have been waiting for a follow up Menswear version. Finally courtesy of Slate. The time has arrived!

Here is my breakdown of the 4 archetypal male tribes:

The Perverse Prepster

"The Perverse Prepster can best be described as Ralph-Lauren-hits-the-psych-ward."

It's like the Manic Pixie Dream Girl of Wallstreet. Classic. Preppy. Professional with a quirky twist.

Go to brands: Thom Browne mixed with Supreme meets Raf Simons & Bellrose.

THE ARTY NINJA

"Every generation seems to throw up a black-clad outsider cult: rockers, bikers, and punks. And now we have ours."

My current fave look at the moment. Quite diverse: It can easily be athleisure as it can be Kanye meets dystopian future as it can be Japanese avant-garde.

Go to brands: Rick Ownes, Givenchy, Public School.

The Dedicated Follower of Satin

"Incorporates a compelling mixture of hippie-dippie, glam rock, and rockabilly."

Not for the faint at heart. But it is growing on me with every re-invention. I love a satin bomber and I have been known to wear suede fringe...

Go to brands: Saint LaurentGucciDries van Noten

The Statham

"Shaved head? CrossFit body? Wall-to-wall tattoos? Dirty, slouchy denims?"

Rough, manly man, mid-life crisis driven. "Heritage" driven denim, "Authentic" pre-worn leather jackets... keywords this man goes the worker look but is all facade. The wearer is both the man who wants a motorcycle to a man-bun raw organic vegan beehive trader. Looks dirty but is scared of dirt.

Go to brands: BelstaffJohn Varvatos, Denim & Supply

 

The Schlub

Naturally the majority of men fall into this category.

In general men DGAF. 

Despite working in fashion and talking every fucking day about changing the way men dress. How the younger man cares much more about being fashionable (which is true), the opposite is also just as true. 

They want to be comfy. The want navy/black/grey. They want cargo's.

They wear socks and sandals... not ironically. The mix prints and patterns... not ironically. They wear full on denim... not ironically.

Go to brands: Walmart, Kohl's but most important: wear for a full 12 year cycle before returning for 2nd pair of boot-cut.

What I am living for #5 by Mike Tyle

Gucci. What more do I need to say?

Each season is getting better and this years Cruise campaign still has me hooked!

I need to BE an awkward skinny dancing queen in a villa.

In other news, as of last night, I now look like this:

My Spring/Summer theme this year will be 70's porn. So expect lot's of short shorts and mesh. 

Both of which I already own lots of.

Tom Ford S/S16 by Mike Tyle

Tom Ford can be tricky. I love his dapper 60's looks, especially menswear, but when he goes into later decades it can be a red flag. 

However eschewing the normal catwalk this season Ford teamed up with Nick Night and Lady Gaga for an awesome music video showing off the collection in motion. Gaga looks great, the clothes look fun the awkward model dancing is great and the love the song.

Enjoy!

Prada Archive by Mike Tyle

Prada, my love.

The newly revamped Prada website now including "A Future Archive" comes with a ton of great features allowing the fan to view all collections, ads & videos from past seasons.

Including one of my favorite videos of all time:

"Thunder Perfect Mind" Daria Werbowy reading from the Gnostic Manuscript to a jazz soundtrack and filmed in Berlin. Le sigh.

What's not to love?!

In honor of the big release I've posted below some of my favorite Prada campaigns.

It's really interesting to see how the red line follows through the clothes while still evolving. Distinctly Prada even when the themes are ever changing.

My only issue with the website is that for the most part there are only 2 images from the ads for each season instead of all of the photos for each collection! Hopefully some day it will be in it's entirety.

Prada Resort 15 by Mike Tyle

Happy Halloween! My gift to you is the new Prada campaign which dropped today.

Stunning and creepy.

As always Prada has won me over again!

With all Prada campaigns you never know how they merchandise will be reflected in the advertisements (especially the always enjoyable and arty look books) and this season was no different. The black and white brings out the contrast stitching but as opposed to using color the juxtaposition is stark yet also subtle.

Alexander Wang X H&M by Mike Tyle

The collaboration of the season. It's been talked about for months and finally the moment is here!

Well not THE moment... everyone will have to wait until Nov. 6th to line up and buy the goods. But until then we've had sneak peaks and leaked looks. This past week the whole collection was unveiled and now the runway show which occurred last night shows it in all it's Wang-ness.

As one could only expect from Wang it is a collection full of militant fashionable sporty looks: second skin, neoprene and mesh all mixed with leather and bonded details. Of course the WANG logo incorporated throughout. Good news is while T and H&m probably already shared factories now we can get the looks at a more affordable price.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the collaboration:

Things I am loving this week #3 by Mike Tyle

GermanWings Blind Booking: The most awesome thing ever. As I am in a transition period I have had some extra time off and what better way to use it than traveling. With the GermanWings deal it cost only 60euro and a sense of adventure! I have already used it twice and am planning a third trip next week.

The catch is you don't know where you will be heading until after you pay! Next thing you know you will be packing to head to Venice or many of Europe's other wonderful cities.

T. magazine Model-moprh: Basically I love any sort of before and after. In this instance it is rough to glam of models at fashion week. Goes to show how much some make-up and hair styling can do! 

Magdelena Stark: I am constantly drawing inspiration from my friends and am lucky to include Magda as one of them! In the spring she updated her already awesome portfolio/website. Check it out!

(side note- not a fan of the packaging but meh.)

Opium pour Hommes by YSL: Ok I know if you scroll down you can see that I just went on a cologne shopping spree but.... I was at Breuninger this pas week and the perfume lady sprayed me and... I died. It's warm, woody and spicy. Basically this is my new fall/winter scent.

It's Gemma, bitch! by Mike Tyle

Gemma Ward opening & Lara Stone closing. Only Prada could make this happen and it did.

Sasha in the middle would have been a welcome surprise but I have to say I literally almost fell out of my chair when I saw Gemma walk out. It's been since fucking 2008! I don't blame her for leaving and being hesitant to coming back but I welcome her presence and look forward to more.