The Martin Keehn Spring/Summer menswear collection 2015 was shown on the Lower East Side of New York City. When first entering the space, we noticed many of the male models were muscular, which is a much different look than the boyish, svelte men that we usually see walking during fashion week. Some of the models sported outrageous blow-dried 80’s style pompadours, created by hair guru Jimmy Paul. There was also the heavily sprayed-on tans by make-up artist Marc Carrasquillo, using Evolution Man products. The aura of the space was definitely downtown 80’s New York. This was enhanced by a trash can filled with tall boy beers, as well as a big harsh hot light used to illuminate models on the runway. There were some kinks with the sound system, but models still walked and it really lent to that D.I.Y. house party feel. There was no stopping the Martin Keehn man! Brilliant pieces ranged from safari/military khakis to a 50’s style “pajama” set. Most of the looks had an athletic inspired touch for the New York City man on-the-go. The designer used mesh leather fabric for shirts and tank tops, as well as a “Gucci” horse bit buckle on a few shirts. Lastly, we won’t forget to mention the beer holder attached to men’s belts, which is every man’s dream! Photography Alexander Thompson.
Our men’s editorial features professional surfer/model Luke Ditella from Click Models New York. We were pleased to feature Luke, and his rugged good-looks worked so well for this story.
The Pendleton Woolen Mills, located in Oregon, originally began with the production of wool blankets. In 1929, they began making men’s outdoorsmen clothing. However, during World War II, Pendleton stopped producing clothing to support the war effort. At the end of the war, Pendleton resumed with the manufacturing of clothing and shifted away from the workwear aesthetic to the 1950’s mentality of casual weekend wear. The brand has experienced a well deserved revival. To this day, the shirt remains a classic affordable staple in many men’s wardrobes.
Daniel Silver and Steven Cox, the artistic design duo for Duckie Brown, presented their brilliant “The Duckie Has Two Faces” Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection to a full house at Industria Studios in New York City. Their past men’s collections have always shown a hint of androgyny and this season was no different. The designs stuck true to their interesting twisted mix of tough, yet slightly feminine looks. Oversized shiny metallic silk shirts and jackets were paired with brightly colored slim-cut trousers and black leather slippers. More importantly was the short jacket thrown over the extremely long shirt, giving the illusion of a man wearing a skirt. This season the talented designers showed their first ever womenswear collection. The women’s pieces seemed a bit more grown-up and less playful than the men’s. The beautifully cut blouses, trousers and trench coats in elegant fabrics still had a sprinkle of that modern “Duckie” edge. We really applaud the direction of the women’s line and are very eager to see how they’ll proceed with future collections. We also loved the make-up looks presented by the always cutting-edge Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, which complimented the entire modern clothing collection. Photography Alexander Thompson.
Ponyboy photographed top male model Samuel Roberts from the Fusion Agency in New York City for our 1950’s Ivy League themed men’s editorial. Samuel was the perfect model for our story with his blonde-haired, blue-eyed waspy good looks. Styled by Xina Giatas, we mixed vintage and modern designers to give our model a bit of that tattered well-bred look that is so de riguer on East Coast Ivy League college campuses and prep schools. Our favorite traditional pieces had to be a vintage Brooks Brother’s fisherman sweater, a Ralph Lauren madras blazer, and of course the classic Bass Weejun, which NEVER goes out of style in any prep’s wardrobe.
Finally, Spring is here! And on that note, enter the classic stripe t-shirt. The styles that our fashion editor Maria Ayala found were both traditional and updated stripes, which she paired with classic 501 button-fly Levi’s — the perfect Spring look. And we also found the perfect classic model in the 22 year old Australian export, Stirling Caiulo. Stirling is with Fusion Models NY, and has walked for many top houses including Tom Ford, Fendi and John Varvatos.