31 March 2009

Let The Show Begin


"EcceHomo"
And Men Magazine
(Vol. 11, 2008)
Photography by Kah Poon
Models: Adam Lundberg, Drew J and Dylan

As a whole concept in the contemporary fashion industry, I often feel that menswear is still developing to find its own unique character and voice besides womenswear. One is often presented with a far more creative artistic expression during fashion week from the womenswear side, and indeed this case is no more so evident than during the Haute Couture shows.

Whilst menswear collections may have been all ready-to-wear in the past, I do feel that designers are now more comfortable in creating visions for the menswear shows that were previously only really applied to the womens' side. I suppose one can not help but feel that if Couture for menswear existed, it would allow for more adventurous visions of mens' fashion. Although that being said, Ozwald Boateng recently speaking in the BBC documentary Why Style Matters, shared that he believed "creative tailoring" was the menswear answer to Haute Couture. I am indeed fascinated by this idea, although only a few designers at present showcase only suits for their collections.

Although many may brush aside the more theatric menswear collections as not being practical and merely for show, the same logic as to the more creative womenswear can be applied - the looks can be filtered down from their raw state to something more akin to your daily outfit. For example, I was rather taken by the drapey cardigans and metallic highlighting at the latest Gareth Pugh show, the expressive silhouettes at Galliano, and the beautifully designed brocade jackets at Number (N)ine. Indeed as menswear develops more as an artform I feel that we may be seeing more of collections like these alongside the wonderful shows of the moment.


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53 comments:

  1. gareth pugh is just too cool.

    i remember years ago i would look at mens wear collection thinking it was all completely redundant because everything looked the same- suits suits and more suits. but my opinion has changed since. and that was a very long time ago anyway :)

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  2. awesome photography.

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  3. high contrast photo's always get me, plus theyre amazing. good post :)

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  4. Those are amazing photos. I especially love the second one!

    I loved reading what you had to say about menswear fashion and how it's beginning to get more creative and artistic. I've always thought it was strange that menswear is not as creative as womenswear in runway shows so it's great to see collections like these.

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  5. Love these photos - so much energy!

    And Gareth Pugh rocks!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  6. those photos are awesome!! i love visiting your blog!!

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  7. I love the movement in those photos. The sense that in some you can't even tell whether they are men or women but it does not matter because they are aesthetically beautiful.

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  8. editorial is unreal.
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  9. The way you describe anything that has to do with fashion always fascinates me, DK!
    Brilliant post (and shots!) as always :)

    l,
    Hannah

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  10. I really do enjoying your postings. You give me a lot to think about. These are some interesting photos.

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  11. amazing, everything looks so unreal.

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  12. What an interesting topic to think about! I think it's time for more creativity in menswear, and I think you're right on in that it lies with creative tailoring. Historically couturiers served a female clientele while men went to tailors.

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  13. yes, i totally agree, some pieces put together look too runway and show-y for ready to wear, but if you combine the pieces individually, it can look so cool.

    These are great shots!

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  14. I love those photos!
    And yeah..I think that it's so great that the whole haute couture for men is happening more and more often these days:))

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  15. I love the vest with the ruffles. And the first guy is hot... =.D

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  16. Show indeed! The fact that those pictures are in black and white just make them that much more awesome

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  17. Awesome, inspiring photos!

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  18. i heart Gareth Pugh!!!!! at least menswear is becoming creative...time to puch labels that showcase only suits to the curb and give the young JW Andersons and Marios Schwab's a place on the frontline :o)

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  19. that first photo is amazing.
    and menswear is definitely going places. It used to be so conservative, but with new, younger designers playing with silhouettes & fabrics, it's getting a lot more interesting & creative. Gareth Pugh is really impressive, too.

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  20. I agree with you. I can't wait to see more menswear collections be evolved into something more exciting and influential. The first picture makes me want to put on a heavey eyeliner by the way!
    :-P

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  21. I love the pictures by Kah Poon!:- )
    And Gareth Pugh for the win! I hope he wil take over Dior Homme. Kris Van Assche has totally ruined DH if you ask me.

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  22. Very good points you make. I rather like the idea of "creative tailoring" for me over couture...not to say that men shouldn't be allowed the same creative expression that women get in couture, but that perhaps there can be this new niche formed entirely for me. As in, instead of taking women's couture and applying to men, they develop an artistic sphere entirely for men and independent of itself...if that makes sense.

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  23. I totally agree.. I really do think that there is so much scope to do haute couture menswear, it shouldn't be limited to women!

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  24. So interesting. And I still don't think my boyfriend would wear any of these. He must have his trusty hoodie. We have best of look with Target fashion. I have no idea why, but he likes their stuff.

    Thanks for the note.

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  25. What great photos of movement. Now that would be a show to watch.

    Thanks so much for the note & of course your encouragement. I really appreciate it. & I'm glad you like Eric, too.

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  26. great pictures, I love the outfits you chose

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  27. wow can he work it out or what?!

    inspired, i loved the galliano coats for men especially, the man knows how to drape his fabric...

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  28. your blog is awesome!!!
    I adore this post
    and the others
    :)

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  29. I'm really liking Gareth Pugh! And of course I will always love Galliano's creations. :)

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  30. 2nd pic.....a mens leather skirt?? sooo good.

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  31. Fantastic phots! And great blog.

    FM~FP

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  32. i am now fascinated about the idea of "creative tailoring". i think it's even bigger for menswear than for womenswear. for some reason i have the idea that well-constructed clothing shows more in menswear.

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  33. oh that first shot is really intense! thanks for sharing i love it. and YAY glad the KONG is into freaky crime shows too, haha xx bel

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  34. Love that editorial. the images are amazing. think menswear fashion is finding its footing,slowly but surely. loved that Number (N)ine collection. the styling was perfect.
    x
    marian

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  35. I find that designers who generally take more risks and are more theatrical in their womenswear are often more creative with their menswear, like Alexander McQueen. This is post is a really good observational one on the nature of 'couture' menswear, great work as always!

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  36. i really like the last pic of that editorial!

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  37. Wow this is such a fantastic shoot! So interesting and different. You always find the most beautiful things!

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  38. The editorial is fantastic, the contrast is perfect.

    Totally agree with menswear, I'd love to see even more experimental designs. Definitely plenty of scope!

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  39. i agree, men are becoming more stylish nowadays.
    ..and i can't wait to make clothes like this for mr. freddy.

    p.s. thanks. i already added you to my bloglink.

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  40. gorgeous photographs! very androgynous

    and i have to agree w/ 'proudly says' men really are becoming more fashionable, which i love! I love men's fashions and i am glad to see more and more becoming available to them!

    hot hot!
    how do you think pugh will do for dior homme? i'm excited to see!

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  41. Wow those images are stunning!
    I think there should be menswear couture, it would be crazy...!!
    X

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  42. Great-ah post-ah! (sorry, felt italian for a second . . . it has passed).

    I love what you wrote, soo true, menswear can be such a bore sometimes. I would like men to take more risks when dressing. If I could afford it I would soooo rock some pugh jackets

    C.

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  43. Nothing I enjoy more than seeing a guy in a kilt/skirt a la Marc Jacobs. The way of the future! xx

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  44. wow. i love all this movement in the editorial. really nice strong poses as well.

    menswear. i like what john galliano does. i like menswear right now. but i agree that they could be so much more adventures! :D

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  45. I don't agree, since the 80's menswear has been just as expressive and experimental as womenswear. Ground breaking designers like JPG and Westwood have shown 'creative tailoring' that has defined a generation of men.

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  46. I don't agree, since the 80's menswear has been just as expressive and experimental as womenswear. Ground breaking designers like JPG and Westwood have shown 'creative tailoring' that has defined a generation of men.

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  47. amazing photos and blog!


    Kristina

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  48. I love the black and white photos! It evokes a serious, classic emotion.

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  49. Gareth Pugh is one of my favourite designers. Everytime I see his collections I feel so inspired.

    Love the pictures too, very nice contrasts in them.

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  50. Excellent point. I think that there is the perception that as soon as something becomes over adorned and theatrical it becomes feminine...like pantomime dames or drag queens

    It's difficult to imagine Menswear Couture but the designers you mention are perhaps the closest to achieving it

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