SELF PORTRAIT THURSDAY!
Yesterday was the best Fourth of July I can remember having.
Ben and I began our day by going to look for beach towels in our neighborhood. We went to this one place and found big American flag towels, which obviously we had to buy. We went to the beach at Fort Tilden, and it was wonderful. We met up with our most special friends. (I even went far out into the water, which I never do.)
Ben surprised me with an early birthday present: Bernhard Willhelm American flag socks (seen on my arms). And this really cute birthday card with a chihuahua on the front. I couldn’t handle it.
The day was really relaxing. Eating watermelon on the beach. Sunbathing. Playing gin with our big novelty sized playing cards.
Then we drove to the Rockaways to go eat empanadas and drink beer. I was looking for Lillian and her fruit stand but didn’t see her. We went back to Williamsburg after to watch the fireworks on the roof of this crazy condo my friend is house sitting at. (The dog that lived there was afraid of the fireworks and kept hiding in the bathroom—even closing the door behind him!)
The whole day was very magical, and the company was great. Molly even started playing guitar. She played this Red Hot Chili Peppers song really well. My mouth dropped in delight.
So, I’m all red today. But it was totally worth it.
Going out of town this weekend for my birthday! More fun in the sun.
Note the faded American flag temporary tattoo on my arm.
Like every season, I like to go through all the mens shows and choose my picks. I didn’t really look at Milan because I’m stubborn and think Paris fashion is the best. Sorry, guys!
Let this picture-heavy blog show begin. In no particular order…
Kris Van Assche
Comme des Garcons
Dries Van Noten
Walter Van Beirendonck
I guess by looking at these photos, I can say that I was looking for pieces that are psychedelic and over-exaggerated. I’m in that state of mind right now.
Traditional menswear is getting mens fashion nowhere. I mean, of course I understand the appeal of classic wardrobe items. I love that. But why do we as spectators want to look at fashion shows that are full of reliable, wearable clothing? We don’t. That is boring. I want to look at wearable art. I want to look at fashion that questions what men should wear.
If I had to pick my favorite show, I think I’d just say Bernhard Willhelm, solely for that bandana that reads: “I LOVE BLACK COCK.” Awesome.
The weekend was very chill. A little too chill if you ask me. But relaxing.
I watched a lot of Bette Davis movies, walked around Prospect Park on Saturday and Sunday, visited friends, went to a bar with David B., where we discussed creating a cover band that covers The Raincoats and LiliPUT and Muppets songs. (I’m very much into this idea.)
I also looked at some cool fashion shows. Instead of sampling a lot of shows, I thought I’d just focus on the three that I was really wild about. Quality over quantity…
Walter Van Beirendonck
Like last season, WVB had the best show. These pieces were all very fun and wild and weird. I fell in love. Deep.
And I did say that I was interested in seeing new silhouettes for men…
Most wearable of the three. Vibskov comes from a land with a long tradition of knitwear, and I’m a sucker for knitwear. I love these outfits. They are making me feel very shoppy right now.
His collections really confuse me at first glance, and I always disregard them. (The outfits always look like someone put them together while tripping on acid.) But I always love going back and dissecting each look and falling in love with the garments. Shape is very important to Willhelm. And so is insanity and tackiness. (But a good tacky. And a good insanity.)
Okay, that is all, dear.
Just remembered mens fashion week just happened.
Thought I’d take a look and share my favorite looks with you.
I guess the times are changing: I’m ready to stop wearing so much black and grey. And I’m ready to stop having to wear so many layers to go outside.
With the weather the way it is, there aren’t many ways to change up your look. Even if you’ve got a cool haircut it’s gotta be hidden in a beanie.
And I’m not a funky-hat-wearin’ kinda guy…
So, on to the best looks:
Walter Van Beirendonck had the best show I think. But I’ll only list one look.
Comme Des Garcons
I feel like these have a lot more color than looks I tend to be into these days, but I love it.
Feel free to buy me these when they hit stores!