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Trend: Make-Up for Men

We already mentioned it earlier: South Korea is a very advanced country – and when it comes to fashion, style and weird coolness it’s an absolute Trendsetter. 

Accordingly the following news of press agency AP is very interesting: the 19 million men of South Korea will spend this year 885 US-Dollar for cosmetic products. This gets the little country the title as biggest market for Make-Up Products for Men. This is approximately 46 US-Dollar per Men for Make-up a Year. That’s a whole lot, if you think of little boys and older Gentlemen, who will probably won’t be part of that trend at all. 

The AP-Article says

“The metamorphosis of South Korean men from macho to makeup over the last decade or so can be partly explained by fierce competition for jobs, advancement and romance in a society where, as a popular catchphrase puts it, “appearance is power.” Women also have a growing expectation that men will take the time and effort to pamper their skin.

Evidence of this new direction in South Korean masculinity is easy to find. In a crowded Seoul cafe, a young woman takes some lipstick out of her purse and casually applies it to her male companion’s lips as they talk. At an upscale apartment building, a male security guard watches the lobby from behind a layer of makeup. Korean Air holds once-a-year makeup classes for male flight attendants.”

We hope, that this trend for manly Make-Up will be seen in Germany soon. It would help us a whole lot, especially in the morning after a wild Fashion Week-Night. 

We already start to practice, to be at the top of the game. But please, ladies, don’t mind, if we look strange in the beginning – we are starting at the experience of a 12-year-old girl. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do. 

Von: Jakob

LOOKS

LOOKBOOKS

 

New collection: PALACE Skateboards

In the last years, skateboarding had had a gigantic revival.

The coolest of all the cool skateboard-labels is PALACE SKATEBOARDS. There is a true cult about the label by Lev Tanju.

Also celebs like A$AP Rocky love PALACE. Unlike conventional fashion labels, PALACE does not seem to be dependent of seasons.

A few days ago, pictures of the new collection were published on Style.com.

Furthermore, uber-boss Tanju announced that the first PALACE skateboard store, ‘eva’, will open on the 25th of april in London (Brewer Street 26).

Records, skateboards and PALACE designs will be available to shop at the store. Tanjus concept: ‘Real low numbers and really well made’.

 

NEWS

 

Design your Adilettes yourself ::: mi adidas

FINALLY! After the rapper Aykut Anhan, who we all just know as his much more dangerous name ‘Haftbefehl’, has his own bro-sandals in the adiletten-style, it is now also possible for ordinary mortals like us to do so – and even with the original:

ADIDAS has added the very hip adilettes to his ‘mi adidas’-program, which means that one can design the plastic sandals himself.

Letters are not available (yet?) as prints, but at-least the colours for the straps, soles and stripes can be individually designed. At-least.

Follow here to get to the configuration, bro. It only costs 34,95 euros. Para-para! ‘Ob 5er Bündel oder an Stücken Geld.’ (Haftbefehl, 2014)

Von: Julian

SPECIAL

 

‘Den Plettende Gris’ – A Visit to HENRIK VIBSKOVs Cafe in Copenhagen

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

TRENDS

 

Trend: Baggy-Pants (and the End of Sweat-Pants)

Sweat-pants are still super hip. There is no high fashion-label, that does not offer one of these very expensive, un-formed pants. And especially also H&M, Zara and all the other affordable retailers. Everybody is wearing them and currently one can’t do anything wrong by wearing them. Who decides to stick the pants into his socks, is at the very front.

Even further are the cool-cats among you, who have already discovered the next pants-trend: Baggy-pants.

This trend does obviously have it’s origin in the raging 90s trend, therefore a time, before Hedi Slimane even explained to Karl Lagerfeld, that one is only allowed to wear very tight skinny jeans from now on, in the year of 2000.

SKINNY JEANS WERE COOL THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY, SWEAT-PANTS YESTERDAY, TODAY BAGGY-PANTS RULE

GUCCI and MARC JACOBS have presented rather wide, straight-cut pants at their shows for autumn/winter 2015 (view the picture), as well as the brands A.P.C. and BOTTEGA VENETA. And also the influential blog Hypebeast has recently reported about the shift of sweat-pants to baggy-pants (and it’s influence on wearing sneakers). The trend is a topic for several players in the fashion-industry – which is a good sign for seeing it soon on the street.

When exactly the look is going to be seen there, is mainly depending on the question if the massively hip Hip Hop scene os going to pick up on their old looks and is going to wear baggies instead of tight skinny jeans and comfortable sweat-pants. After-all, rappers like A$AP Rocky, the gang from ODD FUTURE and Kanye West are important promoters for new trends in men’s fashion.

We think that this trend – which should be clear – is definitely dam’n cool and will try everything to adapt our closets to the baggy pants trend.

Von: Julian

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FASHION SHOWS

 

New York Fashion Week: Hood by Air AW 2015

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.

 

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