He was named “Best Dressed Man in the World” in 2004, and PETA made him the “Sexiest Vegetarian Alive” the same year. André 3000. We are awarding the musician with the many different looks and names the first Dandy of the Week in 2013.
There are many reasons why the eccentric music talent, who also goes by the names of Possum Jenkins, Dookie Blossomgame III, Benjamin André, and Johnny Vulture, deserves to be our first Dandy of the new year.
André 3000 has a common child with Erykah Badu, is very stylish, owns a gigantic closet, has had a wart removed, and he is the founder of a men’s fashion line called Benjamin Bixby.
Also Mr. 3000 is the only guy on this planet who can pull off a combination of Jodphur trousers and jackboots without looking like a mid-evil knight’s man.
As opposed to brand victim Anna della Russo, André 3000 doesn’t really have anything for wearing brands from head to toe:
“I hate looking like a mannequin. And by that I mean like if you go to some store and the mannequin’s head-to-toe in designer brands. I hate head-to-toe dressers.”
The key look of André Benjamin, that’s his real name, is a polo shirt combined with a preppy jacket. He completes the outfit with a farmer’s straw hat.
GQ listed André 3000 among the “Most Stylish Musicians of all Time”, describing him with the following: “Perhaps the biggest risk taker in that list”.
If you want to believe the hip stylists of the Florence-based luxury store LUISA VIA ROMA and if you were paying attention at our last fashion week opening party in january this year, you know it already: the 1970s are currently brutally hip.
In their new editorial ‘Backstage Pass’, in which the LVR-stylist Carmel Walsh is showing the hottest pieces of the spring/summer-collection 2015, we can see a lot of 70s glamour and glammy rockstar-styles by, among others, DRIES VAN NOTEN, DOLCE & GABBANA, LANVIN, SAINT LAURENT, HAIDER ACKERMANN and BALMAIN.
If 70s rockstar-chic, then please like that, we think. That one has to have at least as much cash as the Rolling Stones, is obvious.
Yes! White shoes are more important this summer, then for a long time. Everybody should have a pair, at least. Here counts: the whiter, the better.
Very handy therefore would be the model ‘Sock Dart’ from the sportswear-giant NIKE in ‘triple white’. Whiter is nearly impossible. Only the damn and apparently unavoidable ‘swoosh’ is black. Ugh!
When the shoe is going to be released, is ,according to the trade magazine Sneaker Freaker, which called the shoe ‘clean, minimal and ice cold’, not sure yet. We are guessing though, that the snow-white ‘Sock Dart’ is not thought of as an autumn/winter-shoe and is going to be released soon.
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The most beautiful cafe in Copenhagen is located at the up and coming island Papirøen and is owned by the fashion designer Henrik Vibskov. I know that, because I was there – and that is not obvious.
The long Danish man does not seem to care about people knowing about ‘Den Plettede Gris’ . Only a few insiders in the city and the cafes close neighbours, know about it.
Vibskov had to open the cafe a few months ago. It has not been his dream, but an obligation by his landlord. Because Vibs wanted to have his design studio in the same building, he had to promise the landlord to also make the house accessible for the public and therefore to open a cafe.
And the designer did so, even if he had some issues with that: During winter, the industrial area, which is located directly at the water, is hardly populated. Even the close-by design-university with it’s hundreds of hip students does not change that. The maximum of ten seats at the cafe are rather inviting for a short stay. The actual popular places are the outdoor places directly at the bridges platforms. But there one prefers to be during summer. Who has been at a fashion show by Vibskov during winter, at the close-by located warehouses, knows how brutally cold it can get.
Since he had no other choice, Vibskov still opened the cafe, despite his doubts. That he had to personally visit a hygiene-course and had to deal with the art of making coffee, has been grouchily accepted.
The special interior of the 14 square meter small cafe apparently has been the smallest issue. The inspiration came from the inside of a piano. That is why there are ropes everywhere, which are reminding one of strings and wooden pieces, which seem like a keyboard. Similar designs were presented at fashion shows by Vibskov in Copenhagen and Paris.
The menu of ‘Den Plettede Gris’ is similar Scandinavian direct, as the master himself. There is coffee, tea, water, beer and wine. No snack, no breakfast, no frills.
Vibskov preferes to drink his coffee black anyway.
Den Plettede Gris ::: Trangravsvej 5 ::: Copenhagen ::: Mo-Fr 9am-6pm ::: Sa-So 10am-6pm
HOOD BY AIR presented their new collection ‘Daddy’ in a cellar-like setting at the Wall Street, the centrum of finance.
The mastermind behind HBA, Shayne Oliver, showed classics from the world of fashion, like button-down shirts, sweaters and polo t-shirts in the typical unisex Hood by Air Silhouette. Therefore it came to an hybrid between polo shirt and dress. Or camel coat and tank top.
The models wore locks in-front of their mouths and tights over their heads, like burglars. The soundtrack of the show, total freedom, was ended drastically, followed by jazz, underlined with the statement of the Empire:
“I wanna show you a faggot really can run this company”.
It becomes obvious how appreciated HBA is also in the art-world, when looking at the guests who attended the show, for example Klaus Biesenbach and Grace Coddington.
It seems that HBA, even after the diss by their once supporter A$AP ROCKY, is still very hip.