So in looking at things differently I went into 'A single man' without any idea of what to expect. All I knew was that Tom Ford, the visionary, was directing his adaptation of the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood.
His version, as if a surprise to anyone is much classier and updated with rich cinematography and the most elegant details down to the gold lighter used. In the novel George lived in a very different and far less glamorous way. I'm sure the original George wasn't dressed head to toe in chic Tom Ford suiting... but it's certainly more pleasing to the eye for Fords huge fashionisto following.
Robert Pattinson shot a steamy editorial with Photographer Norman Jean Roy for Details magazine. So while these are the only shots I will show you here (they get a little steamier) you can see the others here.
Including the interview that accompanied the cover model's shoot! Below is a snippet.
COFFEE It's the unseasonably cold November of 2008 when I go to New York's Bowery Hotel. There's a young man sitting in the garden, wrapped in about nine black sweaters and wearing a wool hat, smoking cigarettes, sipping a latte the size of his head, and furiously making notes on a script in the bitter cold. I have read about teenage girls lighting themselves on fire in front of his hotel, but at the moment Robert Pattinson is warming his hands on a coffee cup.
Hello, I'm Jenny. I think I'm here so you can check me out. "Okay. I'm Rob. Um . . . would you like some fries? With gravy?"
Allen Coulter, the director of Hollywoodland and a creative force behind The Sopranos, has sent me. He was thinking about doing this movie—it wasn't quite there yet, but I should "come meet Rob."
Rob. When he came to the United States, he slept on his agent's sofa and then got a small part in a movie called Harry Potter and the Something of Something, which grossed nearly $900 million worldwide. And then he made another one, called Twilight, which grossed $385 million in theaters and almost another $200 million in U.S. DVD sales. Box-office riches, like so much of the female population of this planet, follow him from continent to continent, nursing a raging crush.
Coulter suggested I do some rewrite work on Remember Me (for the record, there is only one credited writer, Will Fetters), the first American release in which Rob will portray a mortal, nonmagical, carbon-based life form of the earthly realm—Salvador Dalí, whom he played in Little Ashes, surely doesn't qualify. As Rob scribbles away on the script's pages, it's clear he is starting his own revision process.
Rob's face is constantly busy—especially his kaleidoscopic eyes, which are continually rolling and dilating, because he is always thinking. Over the course of that latte, he contemplates Jimi Hendrix, French fries, girls, art, beer, his cousin the philosopher, girls, truth, God, his dog, girls, and whether this week's stalker has followed him from L.A. I don't think he could turn his brain off if he wanted to.
Despite the legion of fans trailing him from hotel to hotel, laying siege to each like the Roman army, he is neither fearful nor cocky—he's hungry, curious, forever reaching intellectually. That may not sound like a big deal, but think of the context: Complete strangers want to fuck you, shoot you, be you, buy you, sell you, run their fingers through your hair, watch you have sex, hear you pee, eat chips with you, and kidnap you and stuff you in the trunk of their car. And you? You must know more, more, more about exotic tropical diseases.
Rob and I discover we share a mutual fascination with afflictions that maim and disfigure and disgust: He brings up cancrum oris, in which bacteria eat away at your face until you get kind of a window in the side of your head and the entire world sees your teeth; I mention cyclic vomiting syndrome, a condition in which you puke literally all the goddamn time; he delights in lymphatic filariasis, where parasitic worms burrow into your lymph nodes and can make your balls swell to the size of watermelons, forcing you to tote them around in a wheelbarrow.
We come up with a blockbuster hit movie, entitled Candiru Infestation, about a tiny fish that swims up your urethra and into your urinary tract and lodges in your cock with backward-facing umbrella spikes it shoots from its spine....
L'Official Hommes in it's newest issue takes the Mickey (see what I did there?) out of American Heroes of all kinds. Featuring model Arthur Sales in a fantastic editorial entitled "We could be Heroes" dressed up (and in some cases down) as Mickey Mouse, Darth Vader and Batman among others. Photographed by Milan Vukmirovic.
It makes sense-- Paul Smith being the 'out of the box' designer that he is, and Johnny Depp being the... well the way 'out of the box' actor that he is.
Depp stars in the highly anticipated 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND' featuring an incredible cast which includes Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.
Last night I went to watch 'Dear John'. And FYI I got popcorn salt in my eyes, they weren't tears, okay! Anyway during the preview I noticed a scarf worn by the Mad Hatter. I had a feeling it was Paul Smith and later investigated. It is infact Paul Smith, from his Ladies 'Black Label' collection which is available at my wardrobe here in both black and pink!
There's something to be said of a male model who can act this camp and still look butch. Photographed in Craig Port swimwear on the Sea Point boardwalk, local model Bryce Thompson in a 'South Beach' editorial.
Hero comes in a new shade! He's quirky yet handsome and seems to fall into all the wrong places in comical scenarios of every kind. So as the borders are stretched on what kind of actors we place in action movies it comes as no surprise that Robert Downey Jr is still a valid member of modern cinema.
His style is non-conformity. Or rather classic with a twist. A t-shirt under a blazer, quirky glasses and his goatee (interesting how all three Top Billing candidates have goatee's?), even double-breasted suits with high-top sneakers.
His sunglass choices are even posted online for you to buy for yourself.
So if you want to duplicate the Robert Downey Jr. style, then get the following:
1) Cartoon tee's to wear under a fitted blazer with jeans 2) Purple tinted sunglasses 3) A mustache or goatee 4) Cardigans/shirts and fun striped ties 5) Neckerchiefs 5) Sherlock Holmes attire with top hat and cane!
I wouldn't exaclty call Leonardo DiCaprio, trendy. But what he manages to exude, wether owed to a stylist or not is style and attitude. He is quite simple in his dress sense and I think that's what works. However when it gets to his casual wear it leaves a little to the imagination. With his baseball caps that never seem to leave his head except for premieres, Leo (according to a specific study of all the many photo's taken of him) wears a different cap to every baseball game he attends.
With the red carpet, Leo keeps it classic! And barely ever moves far from his black and white standard. Slick back hair and a 5 o' clock goatee is all you need. And a tan of course.
If you want to look like Leonardo DiCaprio, this is what you need:
1) Basic fitted black suit 2) Slick back hair 3) Baggy jeans and high-tops 4) Day old scruff shaved into a simple goatee 5) A collection of State Baseball caps 6) Nonchalance
Featuring the fantastic vocal stylings of P!NK, Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean and even a little Miley Cyrus. The track is similar to it's former version except that 2010 has added a wall of rappers including Lil' Wayne and Kanye West. It sounds better than I expected!
The track is available on iTunes and proceeds will go to Haiti relief!
While watching it I couldn't help but notice a tartan shirt that I immediately loved. Kanye West and his Rayban Wayfarers (it must have been bright inside)graced the re-recording of We are the world. It's a gold embellished Studded Givenchy shirt from the 2010 spring collection.
Jak and Jil blog snapped a picure of Panos Yiapanis wearing the shorts version.
Amd for the rest of us... we always have the Bedazzler.
His movies are off-centre and his characters are in-depth and often bizarre. He is the ultimate anti-hero and yet he is more successful and mainstream than he would probably like to be. But Johnny Depp has been here for a long time and shows no sign of slowing down.
As discussed on Top Billing with the lovely Kelly Parkhurst, Hollywoods old (well, not that old) greats are placed under a proverbial microscope. Why are they still cool, relevant and prominent sex-symbols after so many years in the game?
Depp is rugged and seems to take little notice of his celebrity. His look is barely ever polished, in fact it's more like he rolled out of bed and put on his glasses and walked out the door. I suppose thats why it works.
To obtain his look, consider the following items to grace your wardrobe:
1) FEDORA HATS 2) BEANIES PULLED BACK JUST ENOUGH TO SEE THE HAIRLINE 3) TORN JEANS 4) BOOTS 5) RINGS (SKULLS IN PARTICULAR) 6) LONG NECK CHAINS, LOT'S AND LOT'S OF THEM 7) HIS CLASSIC MOSCOT ORIGINAL GLASSES 8) A GOATEE! 9) LEATHER WRIST STRAPS 10) ATTITUDE!
CFDA joined GQ once again for a showcase of FALL 2010 looks from six finalists. The event, held at the Gehry-designed IAC building offered a rotating cast of models that gave the party-goers close-up views of styles from Burkman Bros., Richard Chai, Caulfield Preparatory, J.Crew, Billy Reid and Unis.
And who made up the panel of judges? GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson, GQ Creative Director Jim Moore, CFDA Executive Director Steven Kolb, Levi’s SVP of Merchandising & Design Erik Joule, Bloomingdale’s VP of Fashion Direction Kevin Harter, and Calvin Klein Collection Men’s Creative Director Italo Zucchelli.
The prize? $50,000 in cash, a mentorship at GQ and a spread in the mag’s September issue, prime retail space at Bloomingdale’s nationwide and the opportunity to design a capsule collection for Levi’s.
Ryan Reynolds isn't satisfied conquering Rom-Coms, Action movies and arguably the sexiest woman in the world. No, the Canadian Star has ventured where many a celeb has gone. Fragrance! But lucky for us it won't be his own celebrity stink-- but an endorsement from giant Hugo Boss.
The 33 year old actor said: "BOSS is a brand that not only represents classic style and sophistication, but inspires men to work hard, embrace opportunities and strive for success in all aspect of their lives. I'm honored BOSS invited me to be the face of its new men's fragrance."
And Hugo Boss' global marketing director had this to say of him: "We're delighted to be working with Ryan as the face of the new BOSS fragrance as he perfectly captures the ethos of the brand. He is stylish, dynamic and confident with a tenacity and determination that make him an ideal role model of modern success."
Although we will never really know what goes on behind the closed doors of a celebrity home, the paparazzi will somehow manage to photograph the one scene that will catapult a 100 magazine covers. And for whatever bizarre reason those abhorrent "publications" will get it right every so often. Case and point: Guy Ritchie and Madonna.
But on the lighter side of invasive "journalism" they also come up with harmless fodder for us! Like when it was reported that Marc Jacobs had wed his fiancé Lorenzo Martone while vacationing in St. Barts. It was rumored, but denied by reps.
Now in an upcoming interview with "Butt" magazine, Martone reveals that the two are, in fact, married!
The world tragically lost another one of it's special gems. Alexander McQueen as I'm sure you've already heard died today from what the BBC is claiming Suicide. And to think the talented British designer was at the very peak of his career. What will this mean to his huge company?
RIP Alexander McQueen!
Above, photographed at the Alexander McQueen store front with roses and flowers all over the pavement.
Marc Buckner's career is on the rise and rise. Not only has the local Boss Model graced the cover of Mens Health more than once he even became the face of Canal Walk. He took a minute to sit and answer a few questions for me today and this is what went down:
You are showing up all over the place these days, Marc. Did you ever plan to be a model?
I never planned on much in my life but started at 17 because a friend dragged me to a school fashion show where we had to do rehearsals... I immediately pulled out but slowly got convinced into going to an agency by a scout.
Where are your favorite destinations? I imagine modeling has taken you all over the world!
I loved all the big cities like New York and London in the beginning but soon realised that due to my lifestyle I am drawn to places like Thailand and many of our African islands. ( Asia is by far the worst place as u work your ass off but the payoff of all the interesting cultures is way worth the hard work ). I leave for Thailand in April to buy a house.
List your three essential items when traveling for work/pleasure.
My favorite Thai style shorts, a vest and some fruit. I really take nothing with me when I travel...even for work, then it would be a pair of long pants and a smart shirt but nothing enters my backpack until I have laned at my destination.
What has modeling taught you about fashion?
That like anything else in life it is an expression of self and only what you make of it. I have worn so many labels that I cant even spell but have gravitated toward keeping it simple and functional.
What was your favorite shoot so far in your career?
Tough one. It would have to be a combo of good people and great location. A shoot on the isle of Scilly outside the U.K. We took a train, then a helicopter, then a boat and finally a landy up the mountain to our destination. I was for Moët & Chandon. Everyone on that shoot was amazing.
Who is your favorite designer?
I know no designers... myself and the many unknown people who put pieces together just for the love of it.
If you were handed a blank cheque what would you buy and why?
Whoever deserves it would get enough money to get out of the rat race and enjoy life. I leave for Thailand to buy my mom a house in our favorite place. I suppose I am already doing that.
What kind of hobbies keep you busy when you're not in front of the camera?
Every day that I am not casting or shooting I am on the mountain or in the ocean , yesterday I was in Tokai forest mountain biking and the day before I was up table mountain bouldering. Thats my life and the reason I do this job... so I have time to do that.
Where do you see 'Marc Buckner' five years from now?
Not much different from now only a little wiser, a little more fit and a lot happier, I want to go forward as we all do but consistently and slowly. I would love to have visited many new places and to have gone back to many old. I have made friends all over the world and I would love to see them all again. I leave again for New York in a few months and I would love to have made it big there by then just to fill the other side of the spectrum.
To strip that winter weight off what do you recommend?
Diet, health, sport-- but something you love....if you have no sport you love then find one, preferably something outdoors. It will make you a better person. I eat much like our ancestors, unrefined and natural.
What is one fact about yourself that no one would guess is true?
You want me to give away my secrets ...? if someone were to show that they would give from the heart, they would and could receive anything from me and besides that my favorite sweet is Liquorice!
You can find more images of Marc on his website www.marcbuckner.com
Keeping it in the family, Vivienne Westwood's latest campaign features her husband Andreas Kronthaler and Pamela Anderson once more. In addition Select model Tati features alongside the usual trio. It was Juergen Teller who photographed the somewhat trashy shoot but Westwood is a true artist and the campaign is nothing short of dirty-fabulous.
Andreas, never shy to prove an equal to his wifes eccentricities recently had this to say:
“Nobody can avoid tradition—but you should not confuse it with conservatism. You must interpret tradition, otherwise it is stale, dead and boring.”
This Valentines day toss aside your beef for the most commercially exploited day of the year. Give the gift of love! Give the gift of Converse!
With the special release of these Product (RED) I heart high-tops you can always just be your own valentine! This and other styles are available online here.
Getting in on the theme of love is Supra with these Heartbreaker Skytops. Ltd Mag got a closer look at the Agenda show and took the last photo for detail. This pair of Supra Skytops have been dubbed the Hearbreaker, and sport a 100% red canvas upper which sits atop a white vulcanized sole. The shoes also sport waxed shoe laces, a Supra logo on the heel, and a broken heart hang tag.
Featured on the ever popular and addictive Grey's Anatomy, Joy Williams sings of changes and lack of communication. The haunting ballad entitled 'Speaking a dead language' was appropriate for the gripping season six premiere and can be heard below.
Business these days can require a lot of traveling. After all, it's a lot easier and in some cases cheaper than it used to be. Although come World-cup, good luck getting into South Africa! If you're one of the many who travel on the regular this watch is for you. The timepiece has both analog and digital displays which boasts not one but four different time zones. Ideal if you're jumping from one country to the next.
The Diesel Time-zone watch is available in blue and black at Nordstroms for $295.
Comprised of two individuals who reside in the urban world of NYC, Street Etiquette is a parallel to the accepted meaning of Etiquette. Etiquette is described as proprieties of conduct established in any class or community or for any occasion. Their community is the urban areas New York City full of eccentricity, originality and diversity. Their Street Etiquette is their love for HipHop, Hood Art (graffiti) and most of all their love for incorporating different styles of fashion into their urban style.
The very dapper (and natural comedian) Mr. Cobbs (of MR.COBBS BARBER) at the V&A Waterfront today. Filming day two was fun and I walked away with a GOATEE! Something I haven't had since my matric dance...
Although I am a little late on reporting this I definitely still wanted to show you. Craig Port surprised me this year. Like, really surprised me. Featuring a flurry of handsome Craig Port look-a-likes wearing well structured suiting in purple and enlarged plaid. I honestly enjoyed these images more than when I saw Paul Smith's show. Because I wasn't expecting it, and because it's really different to what any South African designer is coming up with.
Not only is the use of plaid suiting on-par with International designs, but the use of purple as you know was all over Fashion week in Paris and Milan. I particularly loved the dipped jacket at the top. I have a pair of off-white jeans I don't wear too often and I have been thinking of doing something like that.
The purple paisley in the middle is gorgeous. It actually looks like one of D&G's from their last collection. Inspiring!
I wonder if he will be bringing these and other designs to Cape Town Fashion week?