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  1. 1. the first user-generated fashion magazinei liKe mystYleYohji Yamamoto, Rodarte, Masks, DiY, and other thoughts and attitudes Kate wears all Yohji Yamamoto 1
  2. 2. Mash styling up “loving clothes is not a good enough reason to stylist’s do this job. if you love clothes, go shopping.” Own stylists turn outfits into looks, clothes into pieces, and photography into fashion. Fashion is not a democracy, and they are its kings and queens. ilikemystyle introduces some of the industry’s finest from NYC. Mauve silk chiffon top by Hussein Chalayan; olive polka dot draped trousers by A Détacher; fluro orange ruffle and fluro pink jacket by Jil Sander; nude sandals by Raoul; plexi ring by Maison Martin Margiela; black frame glasses by Claire Goldsmith Legacy. Haidee Findlay-levin Haidee Findlay-Levin, fashion editor, stylist and consultant. I am drawn to intelligent fashion. Designers like Hussein Chalayan, Raf Simons (in above’s case for Jil Sander), and the lesser known Mona Kowalski of A Détacher all have an original point of view, and chart their own course rather than follow the stream. What makes them truly special is that their clothes aren’t mere concepts, they are made to be worn. I am particularly attracted to volume, which makes this A Détacher dress on the left so special—the perfect balance of light and heavy fabrics, the contrast of nude and black (my two favorite colors whenever I am not seduced by extreme colors). When I go for color, I really commit to it. This is why I was so drawn to these amazing fluorescent pieces — the jacket and ruffle — but then I like to mix them with dirtier tones, like the olive and dusty mauve of the top and trousers. I have been wearing glasses since the age of 6, when I chose my first black Nude silk/black linen frames with a red streak over each eyebrow. There was no turning back. I always dress and black search for the perfect pair and usually find temporary satisfaction in vintage frames. leather collar by A photos: Zoe Ghertner Détacher; black These new frames have perfectly balanced lines. They’re designed by another intel- frame glasses by ligent person: Claire Goldsmith. She is the granddaughter of Oliver Goldsmith, who Claire Goldsmith Legacy. made the glasses for Peter Sellers, Michael Caine, and Princess Grace, amongst oth- ers. The line is called Legacy, and now you understand why. 17
  3. 3. Mash styling up “The polaroids of me are funny. This one was taken when i was in college andMel Ottenberg drunk. What i love about the photo is the memoryworks as a stylist for Opening Ceremony and Adam of being soooooo excitedKimmel. He is also fashion editor for Purple maga- about fashion and dress-zine and did many shoots with Terry Richardson. In ing up, not about labels or anything, more thean interview with Style.com he defined his work as an creative side, being youngact of sublimating style: “I don’t want the style to be and really passionatenoticed, per se. I just want the kid who’s reading the about putting together amagazine to think, wow, that looks great.” look that made you feel so cool and ahead of the curve. i dressed up in what i thought were really cool ‘conceptual’ outfits. “i’m dressing The one below shows identical to my me dancing as a kid in a boyfriend women’s outfit with my without noticing…” brother and sister in the background. ” right: Brian wears a friend’s striped tights, an oversized white T-shirt, huge white Casio G-Shock watch, and a gigantic black and white knit scarf. “Probably at the time my absolute favorite thing to wear. Not to mention my extreme Flock of Seagulls Brian Molloy haircut.” His housemate wears shearling snowboots Has anyone else looked at Brian and a shearling throw from Molloy’s stunning work with model Ikea as a dress. Janiel Williams and photographer Laurie Bartley in this September’s Elle? The impressive stylist has also been featured in Vogue Germany, Bund, and Muse, to name but a few. 21
  4. 4. Mash Fashion up Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton Comme des Garçons Petrito Zezus wears a trench-coat by H&M, an anchor necklace and a vin- tage hat that belonged to a beloved person. Rodarte Gucci Jeremy Scott Alexander Wang Giorgio Armani Paul Smith The WOrld is a T-shirt The aRt of the Trench alexander Gibson / username: KeyFood from Brooklyn revisits the it takes nothing but a sailor’s hat and a coat. Petrito Zezus / username: petrito from Kastoria fall collections. By Olivia Crough / username: buffy interprets Jean Genet’s and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s infamous hero Querelle de Brest.You can’t buy Alex Gibson’s (alias Bad Smelling Boy’s) shirts, yet. As digital cloth- When I first watched Kenneth Anger’s movie Fireworks I was struck by the lasting, are they empty ornamentation, a refutation of Adolf Loos’ call for modern design scene: two naked men lying in bed next to each other, with one’s face mysteriouslyto ethically strip every object down to its function - or rather pure design, freed from covered by a graphic trick, a sun or a white flower. When I watched it again I dis-the ontological opposition between appearance and essence, a product of living in covered more exciting details: a bizarre decorative hand sculpture with five fingers,a postmodern “society of the spectacle?” Alex defines Bad Smelling Boy as an act a “gents” sign on the toilet door like an art installation, a shirtless sailor with cruelof self-publication, not unlike each of our manifold internet personas and avatars. intentions wearing tight white pants, a clock ticking inside a chest instead of a heart,According to media critic Boris Groys, no one can escape today’s obligation to self- a flaming Christmas tree. It was all a dream. You might ask what all this has to dodesign, to the calculated presentation of oneself as both artist and self-produced work with fashion. I’d say a great deal. Fashion house Missoni hired Mr. Anger to shoot itsof art. Alex presents himself as both critical internet artist/fashion–consumer and as family members, modeling their F/W 10/11 collection. The result was a two minuteready to be consumed, the contemporary of trends such as svpply.com and virtual dreamlike meditation on film. The fashion industry often draws inspiration from alter-makeovers, and above all, worth checking out for yourself: badsmellingboy.com. native art. In my photos, I let all my impressions of Fireworks go free and explode! 27
  5. 5. Mash Fragrances up scentology New fragrances tasted, smelled, evaluated, and interpreted. illustrations by Guglielmo Castelli / username: skydoll from Turin Text by eva Munz / username: evvaa from New York Lovestruck is Vera Wang’s olfactory vision of an amour fou. Not her usual bridal fare. Basically a cluster bomb of roses. The face of L’HommeLibre is the ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied. But don’t expect a version of Yves Saint Laurent’s L’Homme in a tutu. It’s more like a cleaner, bathed version of masculinity. Pure by DKNY is made for a woman who relies on austerity but would never sacrifice her appearance. Infused with a dash of vanilla to calm the nerves whilst studying the portfolio. 33
  6. 6. Mash up Dressing Room Piracy Fall/Winter 11/12In the heat of New York summerusers of ilikemystyle.net jumped intothe air-conditioned palaces offashion, pouting into mirrors in thecooler season’s hottest looks.(To be continued in the next issue. Feel free to send your piracypictures to magazine@ilikemystyle.net) top: Lain Kay (username: LainClaiborne) wears navy metallic collared knit with details in burgundy and violet by Prada and pleated dress pants by Prada. left: Lain wears violet metallic knit turtleneck by Prada, long white leather coat by Prada, and his own light wash denim shorts by Ralph Lauren. opposite page: Lain wears violet metallic knit turtleneck and pleated dress pants by Prada. 37
  7. 7. below: Alison wears paisley dress and safari jacket, both by Marc by Marc Jacobs. left: Alison wears blouse by Marc by Marc Jacobs; fur vest by Burberry; and boots by Vera Wang.above:Alison Mazur(username: alisonmazur)wears crepe blouse andsequin skirt, both by DianeVon Furstenberg.right: Alison wearsmetallic cardigan by Marcby Marc Jacobs; and electricblue pleated skirt by Diane This issue’s Dressing Room above: Alison wears silverVon Furstenberg. Piracy offers a generous nod satin sweatpants by Marc to the thoughtful buyers and by Marc Jacobs; and sequin wonderful staff of the follow- blouse by Vera Wang. ing stores in New York City: right: Joshua Lieberman Barney’s, Bloomingdale’s, (username: joshua) wears Chanel, Miu Miu, Jil Sander, deep yellow cashmere sweater and Rick Owens. and dark wool slacks both by Jil Sander. 43
  8. 8. Fashion Yamamoto mon amour Photographer Bela Borsodi (username: BelaB) and fashion director James Valeri (username: jv) show YohJi Yamamoto’s Fall/Winter 2011/12 collection. Quoting the designer’s iconographic visual language, science fiction and homage in one.Kate wears all models: Kate Somers @ Supreme, Stephan Haurholm @ VNY, and Seth Miller @ FordYamamoto men’s: make up: Christian McCulloch @ Tim Howard Managementwhite cotton dress hair styling: Shawn Mount @ Artlist NewYorkshirt under an over- casting: Edward Kim @ House Castingsized green tweed photographer’s assistant and digital tech: Anykacoat, green cotton stylist’s assistant: Alison Mazur (username: alisonmazur)twill military style producer: Kris Lindbladepant, black boots, and retouching: Lutz & Schmittvintage leather belt. special thanks to: Noriko Chikamori and Coralie Gauthier @ Yohji Yamamoto 47
  9. 9. Fashion Yamamoto mon amourStephan wears oversizedgreen tweed coat;dress shoes by Church;socks stylist’s own. 49
  10. 10. Fashion Yamamoto mon amour Stephan wears double metal chain as chocker from Home Depot. opposite page: Stephan wears cotton dress shirt, black wool trousers; hat by Ellen Christine Millinery; dress shoes by Church and vintage belt by Y’s. 55
  11. 11. Fashion Stephan wears green cotton twill high waisted pant and leather dress shoes; wide brim wool hat by Worth & Worth; vintage belt from Screaming Mimi’s NYC; customized velvet bow tie stylist’s own. opposite page: Kate wears mesh dress with feather motif; leggings by Wolford worn over white tights; black stilettos by Christian Louboutin; black felt hat by Worth & Worth. 63
  12. 12. FaShion Nice stuff How to pick from a million beautiful things? Ilikemystyle’s fashion director JameS ValerI (username: jv) and photographer BenJamIn FredrIckSon (username: monstermash) suggest some outstanding pieces for the upcoming season.Prada men’s suedelace-up loafer. 69
  13. 13. FaShion Nice stuff Hugo Boss fur handbag with long chain strap and Martin Keehn strap belts hanging on a pull up bar. opposite page, top: Alex wears Henrik Vibskov glasses and Freddie Kruger head to de-stress. opposite page, bottom: leather military ankle boots with tweed insert, a grunge touch by Chanel. 77
  14. 14. FaShion Nice stuff open-toe sabot with ankle strap, plexi heel, and wizard leather inserts by Dries Van Noten. opposite page: black leather platform boot with glitter heel by Versus. 79
  15. 15. FaShion Nice stuff Brittany wears Heidi Lee Couture “cocktail umbrella” hat. opposite page: shaved shearling handbag and platform Wellington boots by Louis Vuitton. 81
  16. 16. FaShion SChool of Fashion SChool ofiii: rodarte vol. Fashion Coming out of nowhere, or as they like to put it, “from Northern California, raised by two dreamers,” fashion designers Kate and Laura MuLLeavy hit the fashion world with their intricate, imaginary, and highly personal style. Senior West Coast editor of vogue LiSa Love talks to the sisters about their favorite movies, artists, and streets in La. Photographer aNdreW durhaM gives aThe photo was taken at Lisa rare glance into their livesLove’s house in Los Feliz, CA.Kate is on the left and Laura and their new collection. Stylingis on the right. The art workabove is by Richard Prince. by JaMeS vaLeri (username: jv). 87
  17. 17. FaShion SChool of Fashion one must travel to dark and mysterious places in order to be saved. diamond tears, spilled for those brief and elusive moments in life, offer a glimpse of universal clarity. On Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bête. 93
  18. 18. FaShion SChool of Fashion which got us thinking about the artist Gordon Matta-Clark and his architectural interven- tions. This made us re-examine Victorian homes as pieced together, Frankenstein-like objects. The world that we wanted to create was one of a deconstructed site — one that was both archaic and futuristic. Layers upon layers of texture: piles of rock, granite, marble, grout, dry wall, insulation, copper piping, gravel, and wood. In our minds, Fran- kenstein, the ultimate science-fiction figure, related in its entirety to the iconic configura- tion, or disfiguration, of the home. With this collection, we wanted to explore the process of building, ruin, and preservation. Fashion photographers that cross the line into Art. Which ones do you admire? Avedon. Books Which books are you reading now? Who’s reading what? Kate: Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima. Laura: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. How do you organize them in the bookshelf? All our books are organized by color. Do you buy paperbacks? Yes, vintage ones... in fact, a friend just gave us Brautigan’s The Hawkline Monster. Comics? Which ones? Popeye.The bookshelves are color-coordinated. travelTheir favorite bookstore, the Caravan Where do you want to go?Book Store in Los Angeles, remindsthem of a 1950s Disney movie. Yosemite. And why haven’t you been already? We went as children but we need to find the time to go back again. Name all your favorite places you have been. What do you like about each one of them? Big Sur: redwoods and the incredible coastline. photographing them. We felt that the landscape of California was pivotal in telling the Death Valley: the wildflowers and salt formations. story of our clothes. It was interesting, because he was asked to document things that in- Rhyolite: relics from the gold rush. terested us and have influenced our creative process and aesthetic, and in this manner, we Joshua Tree National Park: Its dominant geological feature is bare rock broken into loose got to know one another. It was as if we were pen pals. We titled the book Rodarte Cath- boulders and stacked into piles upon piles, is also speckled with the most charismatic erine Opie Alec Soth because, in the end, the narrative was a result of all of our work. and delicate trees known in existence. The combination of fragile sand tones and strangeOh and of course how does art influence you? green hues magnifies the contrast between the park’s severe desert landscape and its Art has allowed us to think critically, which is pivotal to our design process. bizarre flora and fauna. How does a seemingly prehistoric world manage to remain soWhich artists do you love? Why? Which piece the most? preserved and perfect — so desolate and isolated — in the middle of California? The Courbet, Bernini, Rembrandt, Charles Ray, Baldessari, Walter de Maria, Michael Heiz- horizon is marked by spectacular rock sculptures and relics of an earlier time; perhaps a er...Rodin...Gordon Matta Clark...Caravaggio... time where lizards were 1000 times larger than they are today. Every surface is broken Our fall 2009 collection stemmed from an idea about Frankenstein and Gordon Matta- and mangled. The trees create arms frozen by an advanced stage of arthritis. Bodies are Clark. Driving north on the Pasadena freeway we would pass a cluster of old Victorian no longer perfect, but look as though they are altered by the wondrous world where ev- homes. One day, we noticed that a piece of insulation had fallen off one of the houses, erything that you know seems to be questioned and disfigured. 95
  19. 19. FaShion Do cabbage heads dream of Designer Frames? Arcimboldo’s shortsighted descendants: Photographer Robin KRAnz (username: robin) and stylist VolKeR Hobl (username: vlkr) combine mouthwatering vegetables with cutting-edge frames. Glasses provided by stylist Pappbrille MAndy StAdelMAnn (username: keylooks).green cardboard glasses with pink lace 99
  20. 20. FaShion Peek- a-Boo Inspired by our Dressing Room Piracy feature, OPenIng ceRemOny opened their Soho store and had their staff model an exclusive sneak preview of chlOë SevIgny’S Resort 2011 collection. Photographer AntwAn DuncAn (uername: antwan) snapped away. Styling by AlISOn mAzuR (username: alison). Opening Ceremony’s awesome sales people and models: Michelle Salem, Vanna Youngstein, Adrienne Pratt, and Joshua Paulin. Big thank you to Autumn Furr @ BlackframeMichelle wears denimand leather embellishedoverall that unzips at thewaist into separates. 107
  21. 21. FaShion the Twist Modern dance? Shamanism? Or just fast-forward style statements? Fashion designer Michael eckhauS (username: toothofangel) and his friend ZOe latta (username: princelattal)Zoe and Mike wear floral-print cotton bondage toile top by play dress-up. Junya Wantanabe; navy cargodrawstring pants from Kadem Sasson, Tel Aviv; and custom platform Tevas cobbled in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 113
  22. 22. FaShion the TwistZoe and Mike wear chipmunk and squirrel fur liner from Neukölln Flea Market, Berlin; grey print wax resistant draw-string pants from Imports Store, West Vil- lage, NY; and custom platform Tevas cobbled in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 119
  23. 23. stories Girl/Boy next door, AlmoSt. The adorable ladies and gentlemen on the following pages are succesful fashion models. They also play in bands, take care of their kids, and dream of writing and travelling. James Valeri (username: jv) and alex John Beck (username: ajb)Susan took a private look at the class of 2011.Eldridge(username: susana)photography by Benjamin Fredrickson vintage pearl knitted vest(username: monstermash) from Foley&Corinna. 127
  24. 24. michael elmquist (username: me) @ Dna photography by alex John Beck (username: ajb) Where are you from? I’m from Minnesota. What is your sign? I’m a Leo. People use stars as a polite way of figuring out what a person is like and just love putting each other in categories. What is your idea of a good weekend? When I do something memorable and original, with a side of happiness. What do you dread on Monday morning? I don’t dread Mondays that much… I’m usually ready for the contrast. Are we on the right path as a species? I think so. We’re experiencing and testing both good and bad things, which is the best way to grow. What is your comic going to be about? It’s tough to be brief on this, but it’s about a cult that believes in a spiritual being who kills people who misuse the word “love.”Michael wears CK Onewhite cotton t-shirt and his If the world ends tonight, where do you want to be? Exactly where I happen to be. I’d like toown customized ring. know that I wasn’t prepared to give up.
  25. 25. stories miles On the wall is Miles’s self portrait; Richard Chai sweatshirt on the bed. mcmillan (username: milesmcmillan) @ Dna photography by alex John Beck (username: ajb) 135
  26. 26. stories Girl/Boy next door, AlmoSt. bottom: black sweater and trousers by +J Jil Sander for Uniqlo. Jana opposite page: purple strap vest by American Apparel. Knauerova @ new york models photography by alex John Beck (username: ajb) 139
  27. 27. StOriesAudiencepArticipation Photographer NichOlaS kaNtOr (username: nnnkkk) and DiONiSia SbONia (username: sula) went to rock am ring, one of Europe’s biggest summer music festivals, and captured the mesmerizing crowd. Nicholas and Dionisia were invited, catered to, and hosted by Italian fashion label, Diesel. Thanks a million.Giannina, 17profession: student, modelsign: scorpiodream: see the worldfavorite bands: Kings of Convenience, Daft Punk,Oasis, Phoenix, Joy Division, New Ordercame with: friendsfavorite moments: Phoenix concert, sunset from theroof of the Cologne Fair Buildingsong that changed her life: “Wonderwall” by Oasiswears: vintage shorts by Levi’s, DIY t-shirtbest dressed people in the world: Alice Dellal,Karl Lagerfeldbelieves in: freedom, beauty, truth, and lovesong she’d sing on stage: “Wonderwall” by Oasisin love? Si, mon amour! 145
  28. 28. StOries Audience pArticipation Joscha Dario, 21 & roma, 22 sign: leo and scorpio dream: 30 beer bongs in one go favorite band: Bring Me the Horizon and Gaslight Anthem songs that changed their lives: “Every- thing” by A Day to Remember and “Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts” by Gaslight Anthem believe in: L O V E song they’d sing on stage: “Angry Johnny and the Radio” by Gaslight Anthem favorite body parts: faces in love? Yeahyeahyeahyeah 151
  29. 29. StOries Body “Long hair is very feminine and also very boring.” talk Is making your own beauty Annahita Kamali, username: annahita products worth from Munich it? Are facial Annahita is a fashion designer. injections better annahitakamali.com filedunder.net than plastic surgery? How do you avoid looking like an Italian showgirl? Users of ilikemystyle.net discuss looking and feeling good.“It’s all aboutwhiteninghere in Asia.”Yasuko Hama,username: champ1gnonfrom Bangkok photo: Florian BöhmYasuko works as a freelancer inpost-production photography.She says the models on some skinand body care campaigns areheavily retouched. 163
  30. 30. StOries the Kucks Angelika and Olaf met in the window of a department store and have been devoted to fashion (and each other) ever since. Filmmaker MiriAM Dehne (username: mimiberlin) asked them about the hot, the not, and every- thing in between. Photographer SASkiA nADi (username: nadi) met them in their fairytale mansion.Olaf and Angelika behind a vase fromMurano in the kitchen of their house inWuppertal-Cronenberg. They live here since 30 years. 175
  31. 31. StOries have that in solid gold!?!” After a while the business really took off.You were a living gold rush. Angelika: There was also a lot of stress. At some point I just quit and left: Rome, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. In Mumbai I said “Tschüss” to my Italian lover Stefano and went back to Germany to live in Rosenheim in a converted chicken barn. Olaf: Angelika came back on Christmas. Then we closed the first store and opened the second one. We’ve been running this business for 27 years together.Who were your clients? Olaf: Popstars, Russian oligarchs, high society. One day Elton John swung by with four security guards. Angelika: Our first thought was, robbery! Then we recognized him. Olaf: He browsed the store in the blink of an eye, bought a big diamond and left. A billionaire from Düsseldorf asked me to make a frying pan key chain pendant in solid gold for his wife as a symbol of her spending habits. In German Geld verbraten [frying money] means to waste money.Did you have a certain look when working in your store? Angelika: I stayed true to my style: Romeo Gigli from head to toe. He was the greatest back then.What wardrobe pieces changed your life? Angelika: Miniskirts and hot pants. They gave me more self-esteem. Later the pantsuit. I love the contrast of the tame and the juicy. Olaf: I also have a history with panties. In my case it was the bathing suit my grandmoth- er had knit for me. The knots were far too wide, it would never dry and when I played at the pool with the other kids something was always sticking out. This piece of clothing Olaf is wearing a shirt by Jil Sander, is connected with shame and being bullied. Later, when I was 19, my first suit. I wore sweater and pants by Prada, shoes by John Lobb; art on the wall behind it to go dancing and felt like a prince. Today, it is not to having to wear a tie any longer. left top: The Mingled Destinies ofWhat would you never wear? Crocodiles and Men, Alistair and Olaf:Anything with a pattern. Pants that are cut off at a length where there is no clear Fourteen Footer by Peter Beard; right top: Am Pferd by Leni purpose. Short sleeved shirts. And anything that takes me back to the past. Riefenstahl; right below: Der Angelika: I never say never. Turmspringer by Leni RiefenstahlWhy did you shut down your store? Olaf: It was burning me. Angelika: After 30 years of work, we wanted to reward ourselves by letting go of it. We had to do something; it was overdue. When we flipped through Elle magazine we read about the Ayurveda spa in Trabend-Trabach. It was relatively new back then. It was there where we learned to meditate. Olaf: And about nutrition. Crazy how crucial that is. We kept going back for 10 years.You let go of your past. What happened to your diamonds by Andy Warhol? It was Portofilio of Four Screen Prints: an emerald, a ruby, a sapphire, a diamond. Olaf: Angelika gave them to me. I had them sold at Sotheby’s for a very nice price.What was the difference from real stones? Olaf: Warhol’s were bigger, the real ones are more precious. To combine fashion and diamonds still fascinates us. We consider it an art form, and we will continue. Sleep is for the dead..
  32. 32. stOries hidden Pleasures No need to stress the erotic allure of a beautifully covered face. Masks have been around forever, angela Grossi / username: angelinemimi from Milan yet they constantly change their look and feel. Users of ilikemystyle.netIf you are an Italian in New York City, make sure to wear your eye mask before youfall asleep. God only knows why they don’t have rolling shutters in America! Don’t they know that you need compete darkness to sleep tight and get into the REM on how and why to wear them. state? Don’t they know that total darkness prevents premature crow’s feet? It puts off botox! Well, after six months on Orchard Street, I think that the only person who can answer all these questions could also explain why they left this picture ofme on my own camera. Ha! The longer you live in Gotham City, the more you real-ize that 24 hours go by in a flash. The more aware you become of living in Gotham,the more you realize that nothing you do is original, cause you’re just the aggregateof everybody you have ever known. God bless Chuck Palahniuk – he’s the author of the saying you’ve just read. God bless British Airways for the eye masks, and God bless New York. 183
  33. 33. stOries Daphne Oosthuizen / username: aFCake from amsterdamI took this picture of myself in my bedroom at the end of summer. I love wearing masks and crazy sunglasses. I made the one in this picture myself. I bought some sunglasses and some Legos, made a Pacman with Legos, and put it on the sunglasses with some glue – haha. 185
  34. 34. hidden Pleasures Guglielmo Castelli / username: skydoll from TurinThis photo is part of a larger project called “Delightful Tedium,” shot on location at Dinçer sirin / username: dino from Istanbulthe Teatro Carignano in Turin. I am wearing a leather mask with fringes, and a piece from the Prada show. My very dear friend, Eleonora Giamello, styled and shot the This mask was bought in Berlin or New York, I can’t remember at this point. fashion spread that I modeled for. The series won a competition by the IED (Insti- My ex-lover, who I lived with at the time, bought it. Behind the mask, I was not tute of European Design). Eleonora works for Vogue Italia. We had a great time. aware of what would happen as soon as the photograph was taken. Just after, I I think I look like a character from a story penned by the Brothers Grimm. broke up with my lover, moved out of the flat, and turned my life downside-up. 189
  35. 35. KUltur kriTik clOSe- upS Aesthetic authorities from around the globe cast a sharp eye on ilikemystyle.net ’s sparkling fashion diaspora. Presidential Glengarry by Aliona Doletskaya But why? Why? Why do seven colors oscillating from chocolate brown through emerald green to powder pink look so amazingly chic on African-American men? The hat, a traditional Scot- tish glengarry is totally unexpected in this context. At first sight, he even looks a bit like a male version of Aretha Franklin. She wore that famous hat at President Obama’s inauguration. Plus, the glengarry sings a sophisticated duet with Michael’s glasses. How brave of him to juxtapose different types and sizes of checks, add a polka dot on a tie and choose a different shade of white for the pocket square and the white of the shirt. Very Hamish Bowles in a way. The crossed hands with long fingers on the umbrella echo a dancer’s pose; such elegant feet arrangements are rarely seen on the street. I wish I could be as audacious as you are, Michael. But why pose in a mall?!? That’s the only thing I find uncool about this fab picture. Aliona Doletskaya is the former editor in chief of Vogue Russia.Michael York from New She is now the editor in chief of the soon to be published magazines Interview Russia and Interview Germany. 197
  36. 36. KUltur kriTik Buon Giorno Friends! Don’t bother learning Hindi, Russian, Italian, Kazakh, or Turkish. Six users of ilikemystyle.net travelled the world so you don’t have to. Here’s our lookbook for the lazy. Istanbul, Turkey After a reallyGerry Pong Som- Ayzit Bostan, Yo Tanawat, Christian long walk along the Bosphorus weKellermann, prasertsuk, username: username: Pankratz and stopped at Ortaköy harbor, which wasusername: gerry username: abc from kenfever from Martina Kix crowded with tourists visiting thefrom Munich jpongmoss Munich is an Bangkok is usernames: mosque and souvenir shops. Once youis an industrial from Bangkok artist and an assistant christianpain, turn 180 degrees, you see the majesticdesigner and is a freelance fashion director for martinak a pho- river. Beyond, the Asian part ofphotographer. stylist. designer. commercials. tographer and a Istanbul beams calm and serene. journalist, both from Berlin. 205
  37. 37. KUltur Buon Giorno kriTik Friends! Venice, Italy En route to Venice we stepped out of our train for a smoke and saw this glamorous Verona- Venice-Simplon Orient-Express. Very jealous!Jaisalmeer, India Pong pretend-ing to spit a part of her blue AlexanderMcQueen top into the desert. Astana, Kazakhstan Put your Mumbai, India Café Mondegar hand into the golden imprint of Presi- in Colaba is an attack on all senses: dent Nursultan Nazarbayev’s hand and deafening rock music, shouting guests your wishes will be granted. Kazakh’s and waiters, Tandoori chicken, and from all over make pilgrimages to As- cold Kingfisher beer. tana’s landmark Bayterek tower, which We went every day. overlooks the presidential palace. 207
  38. 38. Kultur kriTik exhibit one This summer got some extra heat from record-breaking shows abouT fashion in museums, galleries, and private collections. alexander McQueen’s show “savage beauty” at the Metropolitain Museum in new York seduced more than 663,000 visitors. users of ilikemystyle.net weighed in. from Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty”exhibitionat the Metropolitan Museum in New York 221
  39. 39. KUltur exhibit kriTik One Touch Only With the Heart! Laurent’s Chiara Crespi Chiarrra yves Saint / username: from Paris about Rive Gauche show at Fondation Pierre Bergé in ParisYves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent. The name, as long as it is, is capable both of sendingchills down your spine and bathing your credit card in tears. While Rome’s cardinals and bish-ops beatify their popes, Paris has sanctified its own prophet by dedicating a series of tributes tohis creations. The latest hommage to the designer’s half- century career, which began in 1959 whenhe became the assistant designer to Christian Dior at the tender age of 19, is the exhibition YvesSaint Laurent Rive Gauche at the Fondation Pierre Bergé. More intimate than the 2001 retro-spective at the Petit Palais of Saint Laurent’s work, this show may be less festive, but has a muchcozier atmosphere, faithfully reproducing the designer’s legendary Left Bank boutique, whichopened on September 26th, 1966. The interior was conceived in collaboration with the designer Isabelle Hebey (famousfor designing the interiors in the Concorde), who enriched the decor with Djinn benches coveredin violet fabric by Olivier Mourgue, lamps by Isamu Noguchi, full-length portraits of Saint Lau-rent by Eduardo Arroyo, and Niki de Saint Phalle’s celebrated Nanas sculptures. The clothes are casually exhibited, as if in an actual boutique, but enthusiastic visitorsmust resist the impulse to try on the wonderful ensembles on display. Tourist signs, the likes ofwhich are most often found in Parisian churches, say Ne toucher qu’avec les yeux (Touch onlywith the eyes!) As I gazed at creations like a black barthea tuxedo, a black, braided velvet blazerand waistcoat, or a camel-hair toned wool coat, I realized that instead it should read “Touch onlywith the heart!” An irresistible soundtrack with some of Saint Laurent’s favorite songs from the 60s and70s set the mood. As I danced through the exhibit, I recalled the designer’s declaration, A bas leRitz, vive la rue! (Down with the Ritz, long live the street!) It was a battle-cry for a radical newimperialism of youth which launched a fashion revolution. Fascinated by the present yet constantly reinventing it, Saint Laurent was an interpreterfor a new generation of women, a generation whose daring and assertiveness was matched onlyby their desire to seduce. Indeed, while he always remained loyal to an ideal of excellence, whattruly interested Saint Laurent, as he once confessed to Dino Buzzati, was to “make dresses thatserve a real purpose, that can be worn by any woman.” Which meant, in effect, making coutureaffordable for a range of women. To do this, he adapted his singular creativity to fit within theframework of mass-production. As a result, the notion of “Saint Laurent hors couture” not onlymarks a certain way to dress, but, more importantly, a specific way to live. Though Avenue Montaigne’s sparkling boutiques are all just around the corner, neverbefore has the Rive Gauche been so close to the Rive Droite as it is in this exhibition. Step insidethe workshop of what was to become the hallmark of Saint Laurent style. Wander around it tothe rhythms of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, or Serge Gainsbourg. But beware.Although your eyes will bask in the creations of the saint couturier, never before has a fashion Saint Laurent rive gauche, circa 1970 black jersey jumpsuit, bullet-chain belt, black patent leather ankle boots.exhibition fit so neatly into the aphorism that every French child learns from Saint- Exuperey’s All from collection Olivier ChatenetLe Petit Prince: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” Photo © Sophie Carre 2 725
  40. 40. KUltur kriTikSadly,theyFrisch / username: casimir from MunichJürgen didn’t strip more on page 238Rememberwhereyou lost it Screw the Royal Wedding! Users of ilikemystyle.net get drunk on the job, have sex with walkie talkies, and try to seduce their cab drivers. 2 335
  41. 41. KUltur Remember kriTik where YOu LOSt itVodka tonics,Dexedrine, a pack ofMarlboro/ username: svedka from New YorkBailey Williams Lights more on page 239 237
  42. 42. KUltur Remember kriTik where YOu LOSt it StOners GettiNG Stoned by eloise Hindle / username: stary from London W h e n ? The day of the royal wedding! Where? This was taken at my house, just before we left to go to my friend’s belated 18th birthday party. M o s t i m p o r t a n t p e o p l e ? Stella (the host), I guess.Topics? Screw the royal wedding, screw exams, screw revision/school work! Fuck it, we’re celebrating Stella’s 18th. And how the royal wedding was anexcuse for everyone to get royally wasted... Also, someone’s sex life (or lack of it) and regrets. What were y o u w e a r i n g ? A Shaun of the Dead costume consisting of an old cut up school uniform, gold tights, and cherry Doc’s. My friend was Simba. The theme was the letter “S.” What was sp e c i a l ? The bucket list, Erin’s sanitary towel costume, getting to know distant friends a bit better and saying far too many personal things. Soundtrack? Jessie J “Do it like a Dude,” and then a load of shitty dubstep.Other people ? Stoners getting stoned, posh people who think they are above us who kept trying to make me take photos of them, people that have been exiled from our friend circle but were invited out of pity, trying to convince other people not to dislike them. Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n ? London buses. S t i m u l a t i o n ? Cider, roll-ups, MDMA, and shisha. Highlight? Seeing friends that had been absent from my life for a while,smoking in the house like a bad gal, shisha conversations with almost strang- ers, and the UV light that made people’s teeth and eyes glow freakily. S e x ? No sex that night... Sle e p ? In my bed, alone, and probably a decent amount. 247

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