A week ago Paul Rowland hosted an early summer barbecue on behalf of his juggernaut of an image board. High above the din Midtown traffic on the 18th story penthouse terrace at 57 W 57 I was shown something on a smartphone display by the beautiful Ming Xi that has taken a whole seven days and another 30 seconds of interweb research to elucidate.
Beauty and absurdity…at points there is very little daylight between the two. The former ultimately meets the latter by way of excess and superfluity. It is precisely this threshold that Dutch director/artist duo Lernert & Sander explore in a new conceptual art piece for video titled “Natural Beauty.”
As far as in-between seasons are concerned, resort with its breezy presentation calendar (roughly May-July) could not be more in tune with its existential origins — the island retreat. The near total disunity between designers presenting their resort collections as opposed to the rigidity of the fall / winter and spring / summer fashion weeks has made for a delightful surprise on occasion.
Despite having rattled on about Muse 26 for a minute — Sigrid Agren & Maryna Linchuk in case you blanked — there is still much to discuss. The Australian with a fawn tattooed on her wrist has been on Paul Rowland’s board for several weeks, but has yet to make her Ford Models Blog debut until today.
Having only yesterday unpacked the contents of my carry-on luggage from Milano I was reminded of a slew of other women’s stories (see also Sigrid Agren) in a barely cracked copy of Muse, the first Malpensa purchase after a requisite caffé dopio upon landing the other week.
There is something to be said of a proper menswear editorial. The looks are stylish, wearable, and even a bit bookish. John Tan in particular is a stylist who invariably put the proper in “proper menswear editorial.” One of his latest stories titled “The Noble Experiment” in Sportswear International #237 May / June 2011 by photographer Alex Wagner and featuring Ford Men’s Isaac Weber is no exception.
For those of you who weren’t busy trying to convince in your best, albeit broken Italian those very tall, unsympathetic men in bespoke suits standing outside places like the Metropol that you really were supposed to be on the other side of the proverbial velveteen rope, the new Prada F/W 11 campaign by Steven Meisel featuring Ford’s Antonia Wesseloh, Dorte Limkilde, and Ondria Hardin won’t likely be a headline you’d associate with “hashtag breaking news” on a popular microblogging service.
Ford Men’s Linus Gustin, Aiden Andrews and Adrien Sahores featured in the Acne menswear S/S 2012 collection by Jonny Johansson on Sunday in Paris.
Please visit Vogue.co.uk to see the entire Acne menswear S/S 2012 collection.
Just as every dinner bill in Italy must be paid, whether it’s for the sort of cibo di strada peddled by Villa D’Este or aperetivi markedly less humble, so too comes the day of reckoning for every proper runway season to grace this page. Milano is still fresh in mind and even fresher still with the below show tallies meticulously tabulated by Rachel Walgrove.