Thursday, June 25, 2009

PRIVACY-Tommy Cox/Red Models

Suit by Dior Homme; shirt by ZZegna;

hoisery by Wolford; tie by Etro;

vintage shoes from Yves Saint Laurent; gloves by H&M

Left: Trench coat and trouser, both by Burberry Prorsum;

shirt and hat, both by Etro; gloves by H&M

Right: Jacket and shorts, both by Tim Hamilton;

shirt and shoes, both by Burberry Prorsum;

suspenders by Jean Paul Gaultier;

stockings by Wolford; cane, stylist's own

Leather waistcoat by Thomas Engel Hart;

wristband by Filippa K; chain, stylist's own

Left: Dress from Housing Works; hoisery by Wolford

Right: Suit, ascot and shirt, all by Etro; scarf by Tim Hamilton;

suspenders, stylist's own; gloves by H&M

Cape by Attachment; wristband by Filippa K;

cummerbund by Tim Hamilton; trouser by Gucci

Left: Body fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent

Right: Bustier by Patrik Rzepski;

customized body suit and hoisery by Wolford;

vintage shoes from Yves Saint Laurent; gloves by H&M

Left: Trouser by Yves Saint Laurent;

suspenders by Jean Paul Gaultier

Right: Tee shirt and trouser, both by Tim Hamilton

AGENT: George Brown
GROOMING: Anna Bernabe for Davines

Yves Saint
Jean Paul
Thomas Engel

Monday, June 15, 2009

THOMAS ENGEL HART-Jules Hamilton/Adam

AGENT: Kevin
Special thanks to Corinna Ellen Springer and Michael Schwartz at Nouveau PR for their support.

Thomas Engel Hart F/W

Designer: Thomas Engel Hart
Age: 36
Homebase: Originally from New York City, now based in Paris, France
Number of Collections: Relaunch in 2008, developing the 3rd

1. Could you tell us about your background and what led you to a career in fashion?
I was born in New York in the 1970s—lucky me, huh? I always was into clothing and getting dressed up—this must have reached its zenith in the '90s when all we ever did was get ready to go out, go out, stumble hime, and then make some new clothes so we could get ready to go out. Anyway, at some point I must have realized the eventual futility in all this so decided to do my best to apply my passion to the workplace and to this end I wound up at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology).

2. Since you were born and raised in NYC, do you miss being in NYC? What are some of your fond memories?
Honestly, New York is a part of me so I can't say I miss it when I'm not there. That said I'm always happy to hear the first rude taxi driver, eat my first slice, and see my favorite skyline. My fondest memories? My grandmother in her apartment at 34th and 3rd Avenue, the Pyramid club, and one night my last visit, walking across town at dusk in a light rain, which made everything look like some Steichen print.

3. As a graduate from FIT, do you see a difference between fashion students today vs. when you were in school? What advice would you give to the students who are aiming for a career path such as yours?
Work your ass off, and then some. And if you don't feel it—don't do it.

4. You are one of the select few designers who have also styled editorials for fashion magazines on occasion...could we get some insight as to your process in taking on these assignments?
I love clothing and style so really, styling is as valid a way for me to talk about my ideas as my collection—it's just a different set of elements being used. And it takes less time, which is great as well. When I do a story, it's out of love for fashion and images, really—I am a big fan of photography and I am lucky to be able to work with some great photographers for these projects.

5. For three years, you were at the helm of relaunching Thierry Mugler Homme as creative director. Could you tell us your experience working there and why you feel this is the time to move on and reintroduce your collection again?
Doing Mugler was great, but there is a point when you need to ask yourself, where is this going? And depending on the answer, you make your decision. I am certainly very proud of my work there and wouldn't change it for the world, but after 3 years I knew that the future for me was not there. So doing my own collection came naturally, as what I do is make clothing!

6. Your current and previous collections have elements of subverted culture as their themes—bondage in the current collection and a Japanese typographical motif mixed with glam in the previous collection. It seems most designers have a connection with the dark side vs. the light side. Will we ever see the light from you?
If you want to see the light, I think there's plenty of "happy" designers out there...but I don't really consider my universe "dark" anyway—it's playful, cultured and fun. Life is full of contrasts, and I dig a campy old horror movie as much as the next guy, but I also consider children the most amazing thing in the world. So there you go—I am not afraid to dibble and dabble in the influences in my creative universe, to come up with an exotic cocktail of dark and light for your fashion enjoyment!

7. Youth and rebellion have always been strong emphases in menswear fashion, yet a lot of the young guys cannot afford the designer collections that are created with them in mind. What are your views regarding this?
This is nothing new, although designers sure do love to wax poetic about "the cusp of youth," et cetera (although I am not one of said designers). Having been young, poor and way into fashion, I think that young people have a helluva lot of stuff on their side and that with a little ingenuity and even less money they can look pretty fucking cool.

8. As a fashion designer, there are many aspects of the job that most ordinary folk are not aware of that come with the territory...designing is only fraction of the process, from the organic creative thought process, sketching, selecting fabrics and construction to presentation, press/sales, production and shipping. Could you tell me which phase you enjoy the most and which phase you dislike the most and why?
I love it when we receive a fabric and then it goes from being some flat, rolled-up tube in the corner to some cool jacket hanging on the rack—I love to gather all these elements (inspiration, fabrics, buttons, leathers...) and then transform them into a three-dimensional form that can go on a human body. What do I like the least? Maybe the week after the show, when all the craziness subside and not yet begun again...that's my down time.

9. How do you determine which model is right for your image of your collection? Is it purely based on a look or personality...or both?
They have to look good and be cool—there's not much question about it. Thomas Engel Hart guys are intelligent, cool and sexy—be they models or whatever the fuck they do! So yeah, it's both. A little personality will take you a long way in this world.

10. Can a designer be designing for the young forever? How would you like to see yourself evolve as you mature with age?
I hope it happens organically—I don't really think "young"when I design, since as I said before, I'm not particularly obsessed with youth—I'm obsessed by personalities, really. Personal expression, strenght of character—that's what gets me out of bed in the morning. Youth is a wonderful gift while you've got it but once it's gone, well life sure doesn't end! I think that cool is without age.

11. Bonus Question: What is your motto in life?
Fuck 'em!

Friday, June 12, 2009


In Their Own Words, In Their Own Collection:
Designers: Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos
Homebase: New York City
Number of Collections: Developing the 5th

1. Of the many strenghts of Shipley & Halmos' collections, one factor that has always stood out is the narrative behind every collection. From the invitations and look books down to the staging of the show's set design, everything is always meticulously thought out. Could you provide some insights as to how these narratives/concepts are created and where the inspirations come from?
Jeff Halmos: Developing concepts for both the season and for our overall brand aesthetic is probably my favorite part of working on Shipley & Halmos. When Sam and I have a clear understanding of a project we're working on, we always love the outcome. As a small brand, you have to be extra creative in your approach to branding. We like presenting our ideas in interesting ways, which is why our look books, show invites, set design, etc., are always thought through extra carefully. We always—always—have the brand in mind.

2. There's modernity and sophistication to the "Individualists" Fall/Winter 09 Collection. Could you describe to us the decisions taken behind the evolution of Shipley & Halmos' direction?
Sam Shipley: Jeff and I decided at the very beginning that we would create things as we see fit. At the point in time of designing Fall we wanted to create a collection that felt powerful. We want people to feel like they can accomplish anything. It's sort of a no-nonsense collection for us.

3. Some fashion critics have criticized the new approach for being too drastic in contrast to the previous works. Would Shipley & Halmos like to take this opportunity to rebut?
JH: For whatever reasons, the way we presented our Fall collection got very interesting reactions from people. We took a conceptual approach to the show—styling, music, lighting, etc. Our collection itself had a very similar mixture of elements from past seasons, just styled and presented in a more directional way. Some loved it, some didn't, but everyone came away with a strong feeling or opinion one way or another. We like that.

4. The first impression is always the lasting one; that being said, do you still find there are comparisons between Shipley & Halmos' vs. Trovata's (your former label) aesthetic?
SS: Honestly, I don't hear about comparisons that much. I don't really pay much mind to it anyway. Having helped to create both, I know that what we're doing now is completely different.

5. In terms of menswear duos, in New York, besides your brand, there's Duckie Brown and Rag & Bone and in Europe, Viktor & Rolf and DSquared2 come to mind. In the case of Shipley & Halmos, how do you keep your working relationship fresh? Have there been opposing views as to where the direction should go?
JH: There are always differences of opinion. If anyone says otherwise, they're lying. We might go back and forth discussing a small design element—move the waist up, narrow leg, black vs. white, the chicken or the egg. Those always get resolved easily. When it comes to where we want to take the brand and our company, we rarely disagree. We see eye to eye. That's why we've been able to stay friends throughout the time we've worked together. That and pranking the solicitors that call our office every day.

6. Define Shipley & Halmos' guy of the future...who is he and what's his background? Where would you both envision him being seen wearing your collection?
SS: Our guy likes the following: cheeseburgers, Cartier watches, Bowie, the DIA:Beacon, boots, The Daily Show, March Madness, New York, 2001: A Space Odyssey, dogs, his job, coffee, Gerhard Richter, subtlety, Fall, I think you get the picture...

7. What is your view on the state of independent designers in today's economy? Does fashion still matters?
JH: People still need to buy clothes. It's a question of how many pieces they buy each season and at what price. To us, this recession is going to make designers large and small think more strategically about their direction. Those that have no idea where they're going will fail.

8. Your brand recently was asked to participate with Uniglo to design a line of womenswear. How did this collaboration come about? Do you both foresee this as a way for younger designers to thrive in the business?
SS: That came about from some great people working together. We loved working with Uniglo and the end product turned out awesome. We certainly benefited from working with them. I think as far as this being viable business strategy, it's tough to say. There's a lot of these projects out there and at some point the consumer is gonna want just the normal brand.

9. Any advice you both could give to the new kids who are striving for a successful career like yours? What are the pros and cons one should be aware of as an independent designer?
JH: My advice would be to never lose site of the financial position of your company. It's the least glamorous part of being an independent designer, but arguably the most important. Side note: I still hesitate to call my career successful. That really depends on how you define the word "success". But thanks for the flattery :)

10. Here's To Future Days is the theme of this feature—where do you foresee your collection heading? Should we expect to see spacesuits in your future collections?
SS: HA! Maybe in 2052, but not in the near future. We got a lot of "future" talk with our Fall 2009 collection when really we were just looking at a mood for inspiration. We're inspired by so many things—past, present, and future—that we're never gonna go one way or the other. We hope our collection just feel pleasantly present tense.

11. Bonus Question: What's your motto in life?
JH: To never have regrets.
SS: Create, Create, Create.

TEXT EDITOR: Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Heather Hayhurst and Stella Ishii at THE NEWS
 for their support.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Random Shot—Jules Hamilton/Adam

Polaroid taken on set during a fashion shoot for the blog 
by photographer Henry Hargreaves

Full Name: Jules Hamilton
Homebase: Manhattan, New York City
Age: 20
Discovery: My girlfriend placed my picture on A couple of agencies contacted me and expressed interest. I chose from a few that I met and liked. I decided to go with Adam-A new agency.
What interested you about modeling: I am a film student so I work with cameras and actors a lot and so I am accustomed to shoots in general. My goal is to become a film director one day. I enjoy being in a  shoot environment  and being with creative people so modeling seems like a natural move for me. It would be great to make some money as well so I can have some funds for my film projects! :)
What is your favorite film: Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" or Fernando Meirelles' "City Of God".
How did you enjoyed your very first editorial shoot? Love it! It was a very interesting narrative.
Expectations: I am on hold for Prada...will see how things work out! I am looking forward to traveling, that's for sure.

AGENT: Kevin
IMAGE: Henry

Thomas Engel

Monday, June 8, 2009

CAMP MARTIN-Martin Gruca/Ford Men

Jacket and windbreaker by C.P. Company

backpack by Lesportsac

straw hat with ribbons, stylist's own 

Shirt and printed tee by C.P. Company

pouches with mirrors by Acne Jeans

Shirt and trouser by C.P. Company; Indian head dress, stylist's own

Vest, shirt and shorts, all by C.P. Company

customized crown, stylist's own

Left: Windbreaker, shirt and trouser, all  by C.P. Company

scarf, stylist's ownsneakers by Vans  

Right:Jacket by C.P. Company; briefs by Acne Jeans

magnifying glass, stylist's own

Trench by C.P. Company; sneakers by Vans

eyewear by Incognito Eyewear

Body suit by Quiksilver; flip flops, Martin's own

Summer fragrance by Eternity for Men Calvin Klein

Shorts by Acne Jeans; sunglasses by Incognito Eyewear

straw hat with ribbons, stylist's own

AGENT: Jesse Simon
IMAGES: Andrew

Eternity for Men Calvin

Monday, June 1, 2009


Shirt and tie by Shipley & Halmos


Full Name: Petey Wright Sturdevant
Age: 20
Homebase: New York City, originally from Nashville, Tennessee

Tee shirt by Petar Petrov; jeans by Levi's; sneakers by Vans

1. How did you get into modeling?
I got discovered while I was working as a host at a restaurant in Nashville called Rafferty's. I had been told by my manager at the restaurant, Michael that I could be a model but I had never given much thought about it. One day, a talent scout named Amy was eating there and she took one look at me and asked if I might consider a career in modeling. Afterwards, she shot some digitals and then later I did a test shoot. She then emailed the pictures to Blake Woods, an agent at Ford's mens divison. I was then submitted to enter the first Ford/VMan model search competition. I was chosen as the winner among many entries and a contract followed...

2. How does living in New York as a model now compare with your life back in Nashville?  
It's really different. I was living with my family and working at a restaurant prior to modeling and now I am living in NYC as a model on my own. I wasn't quite happy when I first moved to NYC due to the fact that it was a drastic change...but over the course of this past year, I have really grown into the whole New York lifestyle. I have gotten used to be away from my family. I figured out how to balance and keep my own relationships. It is kind of like leading a double life. All my friends at home know me as Petey Sturdevant, a Nashville kid, and here I am as Petey Wright, a model. I am blessed in the sense that everyone is treating me well. I am still who I am but I cannot say my life is the same as before.

Left: Shirt and tie by Shipley & Halmos; jeans by Levi's; shoes, 

Petey's own. Right: Vest by Thomas Engel Hart

3. What is the biggest misconception about your profession from your perspective?
The outside world thinks that modeling is a glamourous profession. I mean it has its moments, from being interviewed, photographed at events, photo shoots, dress in designer clothes, meeting and working with fashion designers...that's considered glamourous to most people but after the thrill is gone, it's just work and it is very important to maintain the level you have been given. It is highly competitive. So, the biggest misconception to me is that people think male models live a luxurious lifestyle, gets paid millions of dollars and that we don't have any worries.

4. Of all the places you have travel as a model, what was your favorite destination and why?
Not Paris or Milan...Los Angeles is my favorite. I like the vibe and weather there. I haven't gone there as much as I would like to, but every time I go there I have a lot of fun and I met some really cool people. That being said, the real answer is New York City cause I would never even dream to be here if it wasn't for modeling. It is the best place modeling has brought me.

5. Since you are the first Ford/VMan model search winner, what advice would you give to future winners? 
My advice would be to remember who you are. When you are thrown into the spotlight, if you are not careful, you can start to believe in the hype and, as a result, change the way you treat people, the way you look at or carry yourself. Being the winner shouldn't change you as a person...don't let the term "Model" take over you. Some guys I have witnessed takes on the persona of "Model" too much, I think.

Tee shirt by KZO

Jeans by Diesel

6. Can you describe your personal style?
It's pretty basic...I leaned towards the all-American look—tee shirt, buttondown shirt and jeans. Modeling, though, has given me a chance to branch out my image a bit with designer clothes and brighter colored clothing, which I like. I feel like I definitely have more options and I can see better now in terms of what looks cool together. I am always surrounded by and in awe of models who have a really good individualistic sense of style...they definitely influence me. It feels good to play art, to dress yourself!

7. What's Petey's big picture in life? What's next in addition to modeling?
I have dreams and I have realities. A dream would be to become a great actor or a professional wrestler but they are really big dreams. My current goals would be to achieve longevity in modeling but you cannot really choose that in this industry. I think the main thing I wanted in life, it might sound a bit cliche, is to have a family, a girlfriend/wife that I could love and love me back. Nothing else really matters.

8. When do you forsee that?
I want it whenever that happens. I almost thought I have find the right one for me...

Left: Jacket by Alexander McQueen; jeans by Diesel; tee shirt by KZO

Right: V neck tee shirt by Zadig & Voltaire; tee shirt (worn as head wrap) by American Apparel

9. What qualities must a girl possess that would make her the ideal "one" for Mr. Wright?
There's still a girl back home that I think is the one for me. We've been together for three years but we are not together anymore. I miss her a lot. Hopefully, things might change in the future. It's my first love, so it is hard to shake. We have both said things that weren't  the best for our relationship, so we both have to learn from it. You have to make mistakes in life, cause you will never learn if you don't make any.

10.What will people be surprised to know about Petey Wright or Petey Sturdevant?
For the past three years, I have been into professional wrestling. With my body size, it's tough to make it but I have fun with it. I can do a great Captain Jack Sparrow impression though!!!—See video.


AGENTS: Sam Doerfler/Jesse Simon/
Emily Novak/Blake Woods
TEXT EDITOR: Jonathan Shia