Friday, August 18, 2006


I meant to post this a while ago. In the link below is the coolest video of a fashion show staged in Milan by Carol Christian Poell. It's another testament to Carol's genius. I believe that show was for the F/W 05 collection, but I am not 100% sure. It was called "Mainstream - Downstream." I think what Carol was trying to say is that it's high time we flushed the dull mainstream "fashion" down the toilet, or, to be more poetic, let it go down a steam of water, into the ocean, far far away. Amen.


Wednesday, August 09, 2006


If you are into Belgian fashion, I would recommend the following three books, Belgian Fashion Design, Young Belgian Fashion Design, and Dries van Noten 01-50. I own all three and I never get tired looking at them.

The first two books are compilations of work by different designers.
Belgian Fashion Design concentrates on the early famous designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Walter van Bierendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs (R.I.P. in Milan), Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, etc.
The photos are absolutely amazing and showcase their talent in the best possible way. There is also a little historical and biographical information on the designers.

Young Belgian Fashion Design came out in 2001 and surveys what then were young designers.
Strangely, Raf Simons is in both books.
In addition, there are some extremely rare shots of work by Jurgi Persoons, plus A.F. Vandevorst, Bernard Willhelm, Veronique Branquinho, etc.

Both books are now out of print and fetching quite a high price on Amazon, but they are worth hunting for.

One designer that is covered very thinly in those books is Dries van Noten. Not to fear - he made his own book that highlights his first 50 runway shows. It is called Dries van Noten 01-50. I got it for my birthday, and it is an absolutely amazing book, wonderfully laid out and full of words from Dries and comments from fashion insiders that are as warm as his clothes. It also lifts the veil on what goes on in preparation of a catwalk show - it's mind-boggling. Did you know that Dries started out as a menswear designer? I didn't. This book is still available in some stores, but I predict not for much longer.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


I hate magazines. Honestly. I am not even talking about mainstream thinly veiled advertisements catalogues like Vogue, with their ten thousand must-haves lists that the mindless sheep eats up in steady monthly doses. I am talking about pseudo-creative, pseudo-intellectual, pseudo-indie magazines that sell pseudo-rebellion culture to trust-fund hipsters in Williamsburg. Purple, Nylon, Tokion, etc. - all these poseurs can shove it - their blandness and fakery is mind-numbing. i-D is only half-passable because they still have decent editorials, while the rest of the content is filler.

What's a boy to do? Enter "A" - my savior. This magazine is backed by Mode Natie, and is the most creative magazine I have seen to date. It is only in it's 4th issue (before that I think it was called A-Z magazine), and it hasn't disappointed yet. I don't know what they feed them in Antwerp (must that excellent beer), but the amount of creative talent that has and still is coming out of there is staggering. Anyway, each issue of A is curated by a different designer. This one is done by Jun Takashi of Undercover. You can pick it up in Universal News on Broadway (where else?!), and St. Marks Bookstore. It costs an eye-brow raising $26, though - so if you steal it, I won't blame you.


Friday, August 04, 2006


I know lots of you go ga-ga for Cloak. In a way I do, too, but only for the designs. Cloak needs to fix their quality control, which is really erratic. However, for those of you who don't give a damn about silly things like a durable garment, Cloak boutique is in the final days of clearing their SS06 merchandise, which is now at a whopping 70% off. There are still plenty of dress shirts, polo shirts, some jackets, and some pants left. I am providing several pictures here. Mostly sizes S and XL (that is XS and L in normal sizes).

Cloak Boutique: 10 Green St., New York City

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