We first came across SOPOPULAR a couple of years ago. The lookbook of their A/W 2012 collection landed in our hands. Cole Mohr, the famous model with a chest piece, was then showing the young label’s fashion.
A couple of days ago we came into Daniel Blechmann’s, head and soul of SOPOPULAR, studio in Berlin for a visit. In the interview he explained us why one should buy SOPOPULAR and why he only designs men’s fashion.
You’ve been producing very impressive lookbooks featuring models from the very start. Unusual for a young label. How did it happen?
Before i started designing for SOPOPULAR, i’d also worked as a stylist. Experience in styling had a big impact on me. Because when i design, i don’t only think in pieces, but in looks, from the shoes to the accessories to the model. I know that models highlight your stuff, but can also just destroy it as easily. Therefore, we give great importance to model selection. One of my best friends is the booker of Cole Mohr, this is how we got him for our first campaign.
Is there a photographer with whom you’re working together?
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Dandy of the Week: Daniel Sturridge
A Dandy sees red
After metrosexuality and spornosexuality, is it lumbersexuality going to be in?
Media as The Guardian, The Daily Beast and Buzzfeed presented ‘lumbersexual’ as the ‘next big thing’. Men with enormous beards and bellies in lumber-shirts, in work-boots, with wool-beanies on their heads and a freshly tapped beer in their hand.
But is that really the new trend? Men, who combine checked patterns with checked patterns, and who look like they have chucked some trees in the wood. No, not really. The look has been existing in the gay-scene for years (‘bears’ or ‘cubs’).
Plus we already know about the core-elements of the look (beard, lumber-shirt) from the hipster-scene. The picture (view the photo), which was used to express lumber-sexuality in a photo, has also been used to present the usual example of a hipster to their readers.
The hipster already was an anti-movement to the metro. The man became a man again. Sun-studios, picked eye-browes or shaved chests – all in all a no-go for the hipster. ‘Lumbersexuality’ is therefore no new anti-movement to metrosexuality, as it is celebrated in the media, but simply a continuation of the hipster-movement.
Therefore an old, fat hipster, who is drinking beer the whole day and who is just to distinguish by experts of ‘gay bears’. Therefore: no ‘next big thing’!