Happiness is to be found when in pursuit of it, in the soothed expectation, on the way, not only upon the arrival. Accepting detours, just going the way, which is anyhow not this obvious to anyone.
Thomas Bettinelli

Happiness is just a hairflip away.
Chris Crocker


"The way the system works now, you see the clothes, within an hour or so they're online, the world sees them. They don't get to a store for six months. The next week, young celebrity girls are wearing them on red carpets. They're in every magazine. The customer is bored with those clothes by the time they get to the store. They're overexposed, you're tired of them, they've lost their freshness".
Tom Ford


Homme fatal

Dirk Bikkembergs (part 1)

Dirk Bikkembergs was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1959 where his Flemish father was stationed at the time. After his high school career, Dirk Bikkembergs was interested to attend law school because he found "lawyers so chic" but eventually decided to start studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium. In 1982 Bikkembergs graduated, together with other Belgian designers Ann Demeulemeester, Dries van Noten, Dirk van Saene, Walter van Beirendonck and Martin Margiela. Together they came to be known as the "Antwerp Six" by the fashion world.
In 1985, after winning the Canette d'Or award for Best Young Designer in Fashion, Dirk Bikkembergs was given the opportunity to create his own men's shoes collection. His first line featured perforated soles and highly original laces, creating an uproar at the time. Dirk also got himself noticed at the British Design Show in 1986.
Three years later, he launched his first menswear collection from Paris. The influence of Dirk Bikkembergs' origins is palpable in his designs. Many of his clothes betray a preference for military aesthetics. He loves robust materials and simple shapes. Other characteristics of his collections are the austere lines, the abundant use of leather and many virile details such as belts. To say Dirk Bikkembergs likes movement is an understatement. The tall designer divides his time between Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, London and New York and is rarely seen in any one place for more than a week. He describes himself as a workaholic and once said in an interview with ID magazine: "I am married to fashion and will remain faithful”.

Dirk Bikkembergs (part 2) videos

Dirk Bikkembergs (part 3) underwear

Dirk Bikkembergs (part 4) shoes

You had a pair of Bikks ? Or possibly two ? You lucky devil ! Rush to your local retailer to get a new pair : this is THE must-have for this season !

Dirk Bikkembergs (part 5) eyewear

Be an addict to the last : watch through Bikks and see la vie en rose !


Sunday boy du jour : Florent



Do you have what it takes to be on the cover of VMAN ?
Win a contract with Ford Models and the cover of the next issue of the magazine shot by Hedi Slimane ! From now until May 17th, 2008, you can enter the contest.
Budding models or wannabes should submit their photos and information from here. Winners and finalists will be determined by ex-designer now photographer Hedi Slimane and VMAN editor-in-chief after the close of the contest.
You don't wanna be a model ? So you can vote for one of them (already 230) from here ! Below is a little selection : Chris Turk, Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin, Tyler Oyer, Paul Maland, Bruno Oliveira, Kristoffer Ryan Slack, Christopher Lopez, Rama Grossi, Renan Bonin, Fabricio Norat, Felipe Louback, Gabriel Scalco and Alex Galetskiy.
Stay tuned on Morphosis to discover the one true super-hot bombshell of the contest next Saturday !



GQ Style Deutschland (part 1)

Man kann nie gut genug aussehen.
The 13th issue of GQ Style Deutschland is out, featuring 473 looks for the season. Plus all you need to know about Dirk Bikkembergs or Marc Jacobs and the new trends or the must-haves for next summer.
This b&w ed by Klaus Stockhausen was shot by Giampaolo Sgura.

Cinema Bizarre

Strify, Kiro, Shin, Yu and Luminor (aged 17 to 22) are the five über-extravagant emo-manga-boise of Cinema Bizarre, the brand new German i-pop band that rocks in Europe (unlike Tokio Hotel, these dudes sing in English). They start their first int'l tour (entitled "Final Attraction", like the début album) today in Chişinău !
Visit their website from here.

Dries van Noten (part 1)

The invitation (a piece of "plaster" frieze), the location (the 18th-century Palazzo Reale), and the staging (1,500 candles in chandeliers suspended from cavernous ceilings -watch videos in part 3) suggested that Dries Van Noten, 50 y-o in May, might have returned to his own version of the Grand Tour (bohemian, multicultural, exotic) for inspiration, after last season's incongruous side trip into 80s hip-hop. But location and invitation were misleading. Van Noten was still dwelling on how to link his own dilettante inclinations to the harder, sharper world of contemporary urbanwear, "balancing past and future", as he put it.
The connection he chose was color, great whacking gobs of it, from fluoro oranges and yellows to imperial purples and hot pinks. And, as he so sagely stated after the show, "the only way to make colors believable for guys is to make them as masculine as possible". In that interest, Van Noten offered up silhouettes derived from butch pursuits like judo -wrapped tops (yep, cache-cœurs for men !) and pants-, boxing (shorts with elastic waists), bicycling, and scuba diving.