Remember the LUSSW magazine 'style snaps' feature I told you I photographed for ? Well, it's finally on newsstands everywhere for all to glimpse. I heard it's sold out completely in Japan. Maybe, they'll reprint issues depending on consumer and market demands.
The present cover features new male it-model (pictured) Wendell Lissimore (works with Hermes, Emanuel Ungaro, etc.) .
Thanks again to photo superstar TeKay for choosing Mr. MSR to showcase genuine style.
UPDATE (8/4/2008): I was able to capture the layout from the magazine. I'm the first gent on the left side.
It’s often said, "thoughts thought, are inevitably magnified by the universe."
If I was skeptic of this phrase, I am a total believer NOW. Earlier this year, I found the boldest and coolest African fabric boasting large elephants, structured leafs and pineapple husks. The color mix was perfecto for summer. Because the fabric was lightweight, I decided I was going to have the tailor make some cool sundeck shorts for beach-y excursions.
Recently, flipping through HAMPTON Style I saw my envisioned board shorts being happily sported by bellmen working at Tracy Feith’s surf lodge in Montauk, NY. I was disappointed. I figured the bold printed shorts were exclusively designed by
Procrastination continues to champion because I still see the fabric in a raw state.
Monsieur Tailor here I come!
Goyard, since their ferocious reemergence (roughly 2 years) won the eyes of fashion-forwards everywhere. From Collette on Rue Saint-Honoré to Barneys on
Maison E. Goyard didn’t notice the sumptuous clothing lacking, but instead, Michael Cromer Munchen (MCM) has. Referenced as the “trendy 1980s bag maker”, MCM is revamping with fresher and ritzy ready-to-wear. And we should thank one person for the fresher look, and foray back into clothing: Taz Arnold.
As of recent, press shots and videos have been mingling through cyberspace with Taz sporting flashy and swanky MCM garments. My favorite pieces seen thus far: a tan motorcycle jacket with killer gold hardware; a black letterman jacket with pigskin leather (MCM traditional material) sleeves; and a sea blue monogrammed cap. Style reporter, Cathy Horyn, found his ‘cubist’ style at the
Mr. MSR has seen Taz’s
Taz laughed, but quickly assured all were authentic, and it’s from his collection he’s whipping up at the luxury house. Instantly, after hearing the good news, enthrallment takes center. Taz Arnold has been envisioning, and crafting a lot fierce pieces (as pictured); ranging from outerwear to stylish accouterments. His worn samplings only wet our fashion appetites for the new collaborative collection. Hopefully, the newsworthy garments will soon rollout at your nearest better luxury boutique.
In the Present
Learn to discern how thought filters perception.
Then you will begin to see how much of your experience is a product of imagination and expectation.
On Saturday, touring with girlie, I looked everywhere for the issue. Everyone had the same response, “we haven’t received the reprints.” I lucked up when I walked into Universal News (for non-nyc’ers, it’s a venerable hub known for stocking most magazines). I doled out $15 bucks for the Jourdan Dunn cover. Post-purchase, several individuals cornered me asking me where I landed the issue. Without hesitations, I directed them to Universal News on
The legendary fashion photog Steven Meisel deserves credit and recognition for pitching this revolutionary issue concept to Conde Nast poobah’s and Italian Vogue uppers. I sat down and really dove in and realized Steven Meisel is a frigging genius—a simple genius! Spread after spread, floored me with delight and amazement people. My favorite models and spreads, interestingly, received the most pages. Naomi Campbell (spread title: There’s only one NAOMI) received a whopping 16 pages and Sessilee Lopez (spread title: How to Dazzle)—get this—28 pages! I’m not surprised she ranked out Naomi; this girl makes men feet shake…lol. Other models loaded in the issue were Iman, Veronica Webb, Liya Kebede, Toccara Jones, Chanel Iman, Pat Cleveland, and Tyra Banks, just to name a few.
In all, it’s great to know the overdue issue which advocates fought tirelessly for, finally crystallized into genuine beauty.
SHOTS FROM ITALIAN VOGUE BLACK ISSUE.
Double Breast? Single Breast? Double Vent? Notch Lapel?
The amalgam of suiting jargons might run you into fashion frenzy when sourcing the perfectly fit suit. First thing to know: Your body type. It’s not hard. Snatch a body mirror, and whatever seems to be mirroring back, identify the results as your “body type.” If you are athletically built, psyching yourself up to be Euro-slim inevitably backfires when flocking to menswear shops for suit offerings.
Men tend to have off perceptions of which suit actually beautifies their gentleman physique. To avoid any suit purchasing mishaps, secure the must-do's below, and assure no embarrassments from sales clerks.
We’re not telling the ‘how-to’ with suits (might end up disinteresting you), but rather dishing the simple essentials of securing the perfect fitting suit.
Cut and Fit
A fiercely cut suit—double-breasted or single-breasted—must sit on the wearer. Slim-built to medium-size built guys should seek linear-cut suits. Linear styles lengthen and elongate the shape—providing a lean and slick poise. In addition, it offers eye-pleasing proportions.
If suits ride (front or side gaping) your frames take it in for alteration to a professional tailor (NO Dry Cleaners).
For athletic built frames, opt for double-vent suiting--it syncs with your stature. Why? It gives forgiving freedom throughout the shoulders and back area. Also to note, it drapes coolly when buttoned up. The suit dissects the upper body giving a V-formation shape (the ultimate enhancer for non-gym buffs!).
A perfectly fit suit is cornerstone for gentleman style.
Just remember the aforementioned essentials ,and you won’t have any post-purchase qualms.
In the Present
Seeking is based on a fundamental assumption of incompleteness.
Beyond all seeking lies the discovery of infinite completeness -- an undeniable recognition that nothing is missing.
Watch how these stylish and candid fashionable Gents interact in the men's fashion closet.
It's really cool!
In the Closet: July 23, 2008
With timeless and creative style, as the reappearing message, these style players dress the part all while looking smashingly good.
Tennis star Andre Agassi, achieves the ‘gentleman’ look on the cover of
Looking unbothered, Sir Fonzworth Bentley (host of Mr. MSR’s new favorite show: G’s to Gents) rest on a leather club chair sporting an earth-tone [window pane] plaid jacket with matching denim shirt and pants—very western contemporary!
From the moment I laid eyes on this style dandy, I admired his majestic white suit and royal purple drivers (you know there TODS!) used to flair up his ensemble. Don’t you just this summer look? With his unbutton striped shirt and camel Hermès belt he reminds us why in summer we stock easy-breezy garments—with hints of luxe.
Fast forwarding to Spring ’09, I loved how transferable this silhouette is to Fall. Mr. MSR had to rip it of the runway; to show key pieces Gents can grab, even before the flowers re-blooms next Spring.
Singer M.I.A. and fiancé Benjamin Brewer shows young and stylin’ at this year’s MOMA: The Party in the Garden. Mr. Brewer opts for the traditional gala black and white uniform which he sports and fits well. The lovey-dovey matching crossed-leg posing are way too cool.
On line in CVS recently, this VOGUE cover appeared in the peripheral. The first surprise was the young and regal look the model posed for the cover. The second shocker, it was Kate Moss! Honestly, shots as such, affirm the “chameleon” tag I have placed on Kate.
You remember at the top section of the year, I mentioned the Tom Ford fragrance partnership with earthy-soul songstress Erykah Badu? Well the ad campaign shots for Tom Ford’s White Patchouli—set to debut Fall—are buzzing. (Patchouli is actually a fragrant herb used to hydrate the skin.)
“For this project, I wanted to reinvent patchouli; I loved the idea of mixing patchouli with white florals. We used patchouli orpur, which takes out some of the darker, smoky notes of patchouli. We mixed that with peony, bergamot, and jasmine. Additional notes include rose, coriander, and ambrette seed”, says Tom Ford, in a recent article.
As I stated before “her beauty always translates well.” The new fragrance spreads speaks just that. Erykah depicts sort of a saucy and sultry positioning I actually love. Models, stand way for the possible new it-face. Designers might start clamoring to have her for campaigns.
Well done Ms. Badu!
Speaking of campaigns, check out J. Timberlake’s fall fragrance (entitled PLAY) adverts for GIVENCHY.
In the Present
Each experience is an opportunity to see more deeply into who and what you really are.
Life is our opportunity to deepen our appreciation of the infinite.
When I think luxury monograms, the first brand to appear is always Louis Vuitton.
The Goyard's, MCM's, and Gucci's all follow behind.
The 'Damier' series is a personal
The new luxurious obsession : Louis Vuitton Damier large knapsack. The knapsack is not your average toting one. With plentiful leather strappings and shimmering hardware, the luxe carrier is camp-ready and streetwear savvy. I would ditch my hand carryall in a flash to schlep the oversize Damier.
I didn't see any release information about the Damier knapsack. I heard it was exclusively crafted for a certain [fashinisto] celebrity, but I need a confirmation. Take my word; I'll be phoning the Louis Vuitton PR office to inquire further about getting my shoulders underneath the fierce knapsack.
In the Present
Powerful words written by Joe Anthony:
This whole matter of Realization revolves around a fundamental question of identity: "With what do you identify?"
The more narrow and limited your sense of self, the greater your suffering.
The moment you discover that things are separate only in appearance, and not in Essence,
then in that moment your sense of "self" will begin to expand.
And, in that moment, you will begin to Realize the magnificence of who and what you really are:
a dynamic manifestation, within space and time, of the Reality which transcends both.
I actually like the argyle collection; not as a suit, but more as dashing separates. I don't think Mr. MSR can master the full-on argyle suit and matching shoes (which we dig!) in one-shot. On the flip end, I am confident I can sport each item individually and create the sartorial statement.
I still don't fully understand Thom's semi avant-garde designs; not even the hiked up hemline trousers and billowing men's jackets. But with editress Anna Wintour as his biggest cheerleader, it's clear why he's doing well and was an invited chief designer for Brooks Brother.
Let me hear your thoughts and/or feelings about Thom's argyle collection.
Aviators beamed at the word in the 1930s and remained glistening ever since. RayBan, were visionaries—or correctly put—creators of the ‘aviator’ style. Starting with military pilots sporting the accessory, its traveled decades to sit remarkably on loads of nose bridges—especially [eyewear] fashionistas. The designers today manufacturing aviators are plentiful. But we know, only a few, makes the cut for producing spectacular frames.
To add, Carrera in the past partnered with aerospace giant Boeing and luxurious carmaker Ferrari to produce lethal aviators. Presently, the brand manufactures eyewear for several categories (i.e. beach sportswear, car racing). The popular sellers are definitely their supreme-crafted aviators.
In the Present
Look at how easily we accept common beliefs in illusion!
Neither the past nor the future has any reality separate from the present moment -- and yet we act as if each is Real.
This is one of the fundamental assumptions I am encouraging you to re-examine and investigate.
Look into the heart of your own immediate experience and you will see, without a doubt, that only NOW is Real.
Honestly, I felt the collaboration should of gave birth to something more supreme.
The viral video birth from this questionable concept.
Pharrell great ensemble. The color palette I find summer-appropriate and the accoutrement's equally pleasing. For future, pair a more gentlemanly watch and neater pocket square. The premium denims really adds depth to the getup.
"Confidence" is the operative theme in this capture. Slick-fitting suit and open button-down breathes power and swagger. Awesome, look!
This shot screams: Man with ace style and fashion know-how. I dig the look--from shoulder to feet. He executed the checkered necktie with a striped shirt real seamlessly. His inclusion of the croc attaché clutch and suede golfer shoes jazzes up the entire look.
In the Present
It is estimated that you have 50,000 thoughts per day. That's about one thought per waking second and you don't even know what they are.
Look for yourself. What are the thoughts that you have already thought in the last half hour? If you are like most people you will struggle to come up with even a few, yet you had about 1800 thoughts!
That's why it appears that your world is not of your own making. This is false!
In actual fact you are incredibly good at creating what you think - you just don't know what that is!
Honestly, I can’t verbally replay Thierry Henry soccer stats, but his style game, most certainly. Thierry along with D. Beckham are perfect representatives for male athletes that dress to kill with swagger to boot. Of course accessibility to fashion brands (via-stylist or publicist) might be the case with Thierry always-on-the-money wardrobe arrangements. However, the fashion swag Thierry scores is exclusively owned—an unquestionable truth. To add, last year Thierry teamed up with American designer Tommy Hilfiger and über-lifestyle shop Collete, to launch his exclusive trench coat, benefiting The One 4 All Foundation .
Men’s and lifestyle magazines (cover/fashion editors) I encourage taking cues from the pictures below. Thierry without hesitations clutch “style player” credentials.
In the Present
"We become whatever we attend to. If we allow our attention to wander in the slums of preoccupation, we absorb the contents of the slums. If we regain our power of attention and focus on higher themes, we blend with the higher themes. We must resolve to reclaim our power of attention from flighty mental pursuits. In other words, "stop daydreaming".
As Jesus said, "be alert and awake, for you not know when the Master is coming". The Master is your higher consciousness, but it only comes when your mind is empty of the past and future, otherwise there is no room to enter."
Stay tune for MSR relaunch.
Take care MSR community until!