Oh sunnies, how I do adore thee. The eyewear offerings this FW12 season came in a slew of shapes, finishes, and contexts, representative of each collection and, ultimately, the man wearing them. The classic aviator shape ran rampant throughout, naturally, but were pushed and played with in the better collections. In the way of lenses, we saw gradient (1,4), mirror (4),  solid (3), and clear (5, 6). Speaking of pushing and being playful, Kris Van Assche (5) channeled geek-chic by adding splash guards on the temples of his clear frames, which resembled safety goggles and fit seamlessly with the tone of his collection.

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Slowly, but surely, I’ll begin to both sing praise and brutally thrash the FW12 menswear collections. The weekend is now upon us, which means I have some time to sit down and carefully go through the shows and construct an opinion. Calvin Klein Collection is always a favourite, and Italo Zucchelli delivered another home run. Apart from the flawlessly foward-thinking, minimalist aesthetic-bearing, ultra luxury-evoking clothes (all the croc paneling/separates and those matte iridescent pieces), the casting was the other impeccable story here. From the current face of Givenchy, Simone Nobili, to past faces of Calvin Klein, Dmitriy Tanner and David Agbodji, to the runway favourites including O’Shea Robertson, Simon Nessman, and Sebastian Sauvé, the gorgeous-faced exits didn’t stop. Exclusive to CK this season were the highly buzzed about Australian twins Jordan & Zac Stenmark, who opened/closed the show (Zac opened, Jordan closed). Dear Jennifer Venditti (casting director for this and other high profile shows), thank you. Gushing about a well edited and beautifully executed collection is one thing, but watching it for yourself is another:

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From Birds of Paradise to Jaws? Apparently, that’s how the story is playing out, going into Riccardo’s FW12 collection for Givenchy. Preview images of the brand’s coveted tees for FW12 have been released, with the collection set to show during the menswear shows in Paris, beginning January 18th. If these tees are any indication of what he’ll send down the runway, it’s sure to be bloody great.

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The dimmer switch seemed to have been tampered with since Sid Neigum‘s heavily aphotic FW11 collection, as spots of colour (literally) make an appearance for SS12, along with an overseas call to the Orient. My personality calls for a bit of colour, although I do admire those devout to an all-black-everything wardrobe.  Also, I’m not a super edgy Rick Owens-type cult member or an “experimentalist” who looks to “challenge convention and question tradition” as Neigum claims he/his brand’s “raison d’être” is.  However, my wardrobe and I are looking to adopt a more adventurous aesthetic for next season. Therefore, this collection strikes a great balance between my current comfort zone and pushing the/my envelope.

After scrolling through the 21-look lookbook (see below), I was immediately struck with fixtures of Oriental culture. The model’s long hair worn in a topknot on his head, along with his heavy facial hair, is evocative of the “Samuarai-style” way noble class men of Okinawa (Japan) wore their hair prior to the modern era. The long black pleated skirt comes from… Continue reading