Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Censorship Issue

Be “UNSEEN” wearing these Stupidiotic Black Bar glasses. On their own, Black Bars appear to be ridiculously silly looking sunglasses. In a social setting, they instantly become the life of the party. Inhibitions fade away. You’re immediately popular with the “IN” crowd. Others will wonder if you’re famous or dangerous. Stupidiotic Black Bars look and photograph just like censor bars. Perfect for Bachelor Parties, Wedding Parties, Party Parties, Club-Hopping, Questionable Behavior, Risque Situations, Perp-Walks and Mug Shots. Let the paparazzi take their best shots. Great for webcams and MySpace photos.

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Rattle Snake!

Photos: TheCobraSnake

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Street Style Blogs

The Satorialist

Face Hunter


Style Scout


Stockholm Street Style

London Street Fashion

Moscow Street Fashion

Stil in Berlin

Prada And Meatballs

Rey Kjavik Looks

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Goodbye Skinny.

Paris, 2007, March 29 - The world's most influential men's designer has just said goodbye to his job.

Almost year after rumors first spread that Hedi Slimane and the management at Christian Dior were at loggerheads, the fashion house announced Thursday that he was being replaced by Kris Van Assche. "Christian Dior Couture appoints Kris Van Assche as Artistic Director of Dior Homme for the Ready-to-Wear and Accessories collections," read a press release from the house, which made no mention whatsoever of Slimane. The appointment marks a pretty meteoric rise for Van Assche, a former of assistant to Slimane at both Yves Saint Laurent and Dior Homme. Europe's most important fashion college, the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts. After quitting Dior Homme in 2005, Van Assche launched his own label, garnering positive reviews and commercial attention. In his own signature collections, Van Assche has carved out a reputation for his canny mingling of formal tailoring - snug, narrow lapel wool jackets - with sportswear – broad stripe sweat pants, and an ability to update accessories with sophistication, like his savvy boots made of broken wingtip patterns. "Christian Dior is the absolute image of couture. I am very pleased to be joining the house where the legacy and the savoir faire of the ateliers are unique. These are the strengths that will be the bases of my work," Van Assche said in the statement. Added Sidney Toledano, President and CEO of Christian Dior Couture, the company that controls the fashion house but not the Dior perfume business: "I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kris Van Assche who will continue the development of Dior Homme with the high-quality team that we already have in place." Van Assche joins Dior with a reputation for a finely developed sense of staging, best seen this January at Pitti, the Florentine fair that is the world's most important men's wear trade show, where his installation "Desire," did not feature not a single item of clothing. Instead, guests encountered a Dadaist array of 100 charming hats, for men and women, and a century of handkerchiefs hung from the beams of what has to be Europe's most beautiful straw barn – Le Pagliere. "The theme is elegance really. My fashion is about people taking that bit of time to look their best, a moment that should grace each day," explained the Belgium designer, attired for that opening in one of his own green woolen military coats. Slimane did not return calls for comment. However, today’s announcement from Dior brings to an end a long, rumor-filled melodrama ignited by Slimane's desire to launch his own label and branch into women's fashion. Dior and Slimane repeatedly tried to reach an agreement, but executives were understood to have balked at Slimane's estimation of his name value and his insistence on retaining majority control of any joint venture. In recent years, LVMH, the giant luxury conglomerate controlled by Christian Dior Couture's key shareholder Bernard Arnault, has made any acquisition or investment in luxury labels conditional on owing or gaining majority control in the medium-term. In-fighting between Dior and Slimane first became public nine months ago during the July 2006 men's season in Paris, when Slimane refused to pose beside Arnault and CEO Toledano at a backstage photo-op. Slimane leaves Dior with the well-earned reputation as the single most influential men's designer this century, the most copied of his peers and the only one to achieve the status of a rock star. No wonder Mick Jagger, Elton John, Baz Luhrmann and Karl Lagerfeld sat front in July to see the Spring/Summer 2007 collection – they recognize star quality when they see it. Whatever happens next, Slimane's super lithe silhouette, ability to meld formal attire with street credibility, brilliant use of minimalist market techniques, epic theatrical shows and sense of class with a modernist twist mark him out as an all time great men's designer. Time will tell whether he becomes a great talent in women's fashion, too.

Article by
Godfrey Deeny

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