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jeudi
mars142013

IWTB Interview: Richard James

IWTB Interview: Richard James
By Heather Dunhill

Crisp, fresh, and direct with a point is how I would concisely describe the blogging style of I Want To Be An Alt contributing editor Richard James, here at IWTBAA, Illustrious-Past.tumblr.com, and Monsieur, R. “Outside of blogging, my job is to be fabulous 24/7.” It’s clear that Richard puts this sentiment to task — he’s a modern man who has his finger unerringly on the pulse of not only what the stylish male is up to, but what's hot this second for the fashionable femme.

I’m particularly fond of his ability to nod at the past while embracing what’s present, leaning into the future with thoughts on everything from music to fine art to fashion. “Knowledge is power in my opinion and will get you far…”  With that, here’s more on the England-based acolyte Richard James.

Tell us which designer you’re obsessed with…
I've always been obsessed with Alexander McQueen... not the brand, but the person, Lee. I've found him to be likable, relatable, and I consider him an icon and an idol. I can't really pinpoint a specific thing about him that I like; it's the whole package, he'd be on my list for a fantasy dinner party.

A designer I'm obsessed with regarding clothing would be Tom Ford, I find his opinion on women and sexuality to be an endearing quality to the brand because I think sex is a big thing that sells an item. If you don't feel your best and if you don't feel sexy then the point of the piece of clothing is redundant.

Which three runway shows are a must-see on your Fashion Week list?
Three shows? That's a hard one. Prada… because, well, it's Miuccia — you can't not; in fact I rushed home the other day to catch the live stream. Balmain and Gucci are two others, I mainly love to watch the shows for the atmosphere and the music, like at Gucci this season I loved the song "2020" by Suuns.

If you had a blank check in hand, what would you run out and purchase right now?
One thing? Céline luggage in either whole black or the blue with black handles they're doing for A/W 2013. If it were a few items, I would also buy the new Saint Laurent Bomber Jacket with leather sleeves as well as a large portion of this season’s Lanvin. In addition to a selection of the Balmain biker jeans/trousers/leather trousers and some Saint Laurent skinny trousers from womenswear.

Going back in time, if you could pull clothes from your favorite era, which would it be? And, whose closet would you raid?
Not necessarily an era but I loved Sean Connery's outfits in the Bond films, he's the ultimate style icon and sex symbol, non?! I would also raid Kate Moss' closet, in fact I'd live in her closet(s), I always like to interpret her choices for myself as a guy.

Is there a song that always gets you on the dance floor?
“We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart. I'm a sucker for that period of time in music particularly, being a 90s kid I also love cheesy music like the Spice Girls, Destiny's Child... the stuff with real rhythm.

What are you currently inspired by?
Nothing particular, I always get inspired by music especially classical music. I'm a huge fan of Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, and Alexandre Desplat which are regular features on my iPhone. I'm always inspired by old Hollywood actresses, you know, the ones that set the bar high in terms of their performances and their matching attitudes. I think that is always an endearing quality in a woman, an attitude, such as Liz Taylor.

What’s your hangover cure?
I always make sure I eat something before I go out partying so I don't feel the brunt of it the next morning and it always works, I've never had a hangover.

What’s your current social media addiction?
Instagram, easy-peasy.

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mercredi
mars132013

I Want To Be An Alt iPhone 4 Case

Introducing the latest in communication chic — the I Want To Be An Alt iPhone 4 case. If you love the style of Emmanuelle Alt, imagine keeping her close by for inspiration on your phone at all times, c'est fantastique… Featuring an illustration by the talented artist, Isabelle Oziol de Pignol, the official IWTBAA iPhone case is made of white hard shell plastic, produced in China, and printed in the USA. If you are interested, visit the IWTB Shop for more details. As always, your support is most appreciated, merci mille fois.

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mardi
mars122013

Vogue Paris April 2013: Isabeli Fontana

For the April issue of Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle Alt posed Isabeli Fontana atop a Peruvian mountain wearing Dolce & Gabbana as photographed by Mario Testino. What are Emmanuelle's thoughts on the issue? From the Vogue Paris site... "'Peru gives you vertigo. Between the heights of Huascarán and the beaches of Lima, there is a difference of 7000m. For this issue, we made the jump with Mario Testino,' wrote Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris in her editorial for the April 2013 issue. The photographer introduced us to the enchanting contrasts of his homeland through a high-color fashion triptyque, featuring three stories and three magnificent panoramas, with three fabulous girls: the mountains of Cuzco with Isabeli Fontana — our April cover girl — and Aymeline Valade, the Peruvian coast with Kate Moss and the Nazca desert with Erin Wasson. It was a chance for Mario Testino to share his memories and show off the contemporary Peru for which he works tirelessly through his MATE organization. From top tables to the shops, bars and cafés you need to know about, the photographer shares his personal favorites as we meet artists like Nobel Prize for literature winner Mario Vargas Llosa and learn about the artisan expertise that goes into locally woven embellished fabrics, beribboned hats and fine embroidery. As the country looks set to become the new Eldorado of South America, its greatest ambassador shows us Peru, in all its blazing glory." And what was Emmanuelle's inspiration for the editorial? One can only guess...

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dimanche
mars102013

Review: Vogue Paris March 2013 Issue

Review: Vogue Paris March 2013 Issue
By Heather Dunhill

The March issue of Vogue Paris reminds me of the days of old when the economy was thriving and this fashion tome weighed a solid seven pounds. It’s a virtual eye candy of ads all the way through to page 102, sans Table of Contents, a stream of delectably dreamy campaigns. From the decadent Italian seaside goddesses of Dolce & Gabbana to the divine siren encrusted with diamonds in Céline’s pink-footed tub to Versace’s opulently metallic-hued Greek gods. Personally, I’m so happy that fashion is over the period of austerity and is forging ahead, with or without us or our American Express cards.

If you happen to bypass Calvin Klein’s #provocations short, I encourage you to have a peek. Modern media at its best; they pique our interest with the sexy pairing of actor Alexander Skarsgård and model Suvi Koponen. It just has to be said: it’s 9:56 of smokin’ hot. This may possibly be today’s equivalent of Kate Moss in the 1985 Obsession campaign by Mario Sorrenti.

But we know I’m not here to review the ads. Some of you may think I’m stalling on the overall review, but really, I’m not. I find myself looking forward to Vogue Paris more and more these days, like News Mode and News Beauté for the must-know style news and must-haves in beauty. One for your shopping list is Dior Addict Gloss on page 144, I ran right over to Saks Fifth Avenue and picked one up just as the counter reps were unpacking the boxes of the new line — love it. But, I’ve been sold on the Addict line for a while now. I actually carry Dior’s Lip Glow with me wherever I go. It’s the perfect way to add a little natural color after yoga or on the go. But I digress…

I could go on in much the same way for the rest of the issue but you get the point. A multitude of what’s new and cool to put on your radar, the way it should be, right?! With that, one more for your spring playlist: Push the Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, page 168. So, il est bien fait Emmanuelle and company — you’ve certainly got my attention! For more about the editorial content of the issue, read my review of "Full Contrast" as styled by Emmanuelle Alt.

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samedi
mars092013

Vogue Paris: Utopies

Vogue Paris: Utopies
By Richard James

Surrealism felt like the central focus of a somewhat toned down main editorial titled "Utopies" for the March issue of Vogue Paris, featuring Suvi Koponen as photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Although not tiresomely try hard and incredibly accessible, I still find it awfully bland but its accessibility factor makes it an easy task for the reader (and customer) to imagine the pieces on the street and, more importantly, in their lives.

I felt the Surrealism was echoed in the sharp cut of the model's hair and the styling of several pieces such as those by Hermès but also the slight adjustments during the editing process. The variety in the styling from Boy London, Diesel, Giorgio Armani, and Comme des Garçons felt the most approachable aspect in the editorial.

I do, however, feel there is a lack of range in the editorial and it feels that each page stands alone and on the whole it is missing the cohesion of an editorial. As I previously mentioned there are some surreal elements but in other pages it feels somewhat grunge and others just very random — I felt there was very little obvious imagination but if you take that away it is a "nice" story.

I received my issue today and I did thoroughly enjoy dissecting it but I just felt the blandness was a crippling factor for me. If I were to sum it up in two words it would be "easy" and "accessible." The issue was, however, strong in many aspects and I find Emmanuelle Alt as an editor has a strong eye but I think there needs to be a more diverse attitude in her styling work.

More from Vogue Paris March 2013

Vogue Paris: Do Not Disturb
By Kamila Brudzynska

Vogue Paris: Full Contrast
By Heather Dunhill

Vogue Paris: Nouveau Genre
By Kate Ringo Suzuki

Vogue Paris Translation: Le Point De Vue De Vogue
By Kellina de Boer

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