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


Snapper : Mario Sorrenti

picture taken from the curent issue of Purple Fashion

Mario Sorrenti, soon 37, is a photographer and director best known for his spreads of nude models in the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
Sorrenti was born in Naples, Italy, but moved to New York City at the age of ten where he is still based. He is the son of New York based advertiser, Francesca Sorrenti. He has had exhibitions in London (V & A), Paris, Monaco and New York (MoMA). He has undertaken campaigns and directed commercials for Calvin Klein. He has also worked for Lancôme, Paco Rabanne and Benetton.

Charles Devoe (part 1)

Superhot model Charles Devoe is in the pages of the current issue of WE:MEN shot by Joe Lally.

Vogue Hommes Japan (part 4)

The first issue of Vogue Hommes Japan is a mine of colorful images. This editorial is by Laurence Passera.


David Beckham - 2009 calendar

Here are some pictures taken from the official David Beckham 2009 calendar. Snapper Anthony Mandler captured the best of Becks.

Musc Nomade

With its name vascillating like a flame in the direction of Serge Lutens Muscs Koublaï Khan, you might have expected Annick Goutal Musc Nomade to smell like what your imagination of a nomad of yore conjures up, one who faithfully and with great discipline would disregard the distinction between the clean and the unclean as Koublaï Khan once ordered it. If Muscs Koublaï Khan may suggest some of the martial hardiness of the mores in the steppe region of the center of Asia, Annick Goutal Musc Nomade only keeps that other facet found in the first fragrance : an idea of preciousness linked with the utilization of musk experienced as a much sought-after aromatic material purloined from the musk-deer for centuries by nomads who would trade "musk-bags". Musk and its adjective "musky" may point to a certain roughness of style, a naturalness that is borderline offensive especially in North American culture today, but at the same time, it is also the musk of luxury brought back from distant lands with its ascribed aphrodisiac, soothing, beautifying and gustatory properties. The other side of musky as in the French word "musqué" is that it came to mean at one point the reverse of what the ring of the word "nomad" seems to contain, that is an excess of affectation and also coquetry betraying foppishness in 19th century France...
To compose Musc Nomade, which is the 4th perfume in Les Orientalistes collection from Annick Goutal (Ambre Fétiche, Myrrhe Ardent and Encens Flamboyant, being the former three), Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen were inspired by the aroma of musk powder mingling with rose essence perfuming the hair and bodies of modern Qataris, their customers. Another source of inspiration is the oud that the Arabian princes burn in their palatial interiors. The composition, as a result, develops as well as a precious quality -a saturated quality. The distinctive general impression is one that suggests that the musk, rose, oud, incense, and herbs one smells in the perfume are never free-flowing in the air but come mediated, as their scents are held captive in another material, be it rich hangings, leather ottomans, sensual hair, or warm skin. The musk leaves its trace on the surfaces of polite society.
The perfume is also about musk come in contact with the trappings of sedentary civilization; it thus leaves a lingering yet refined trace, valued for its tenacity, its suggestion of eroticism, and for its animalistic appeal that bespeaks of open nomadic spaces within closed urban walls.
Isn't perfume after all a suggestion of a life that is lived on a grander more ideal scale in people's imagination?
The musk in Musc Nomade is lightly powdery and without being clean, it is not dirty either. It travels a middle road of sensual propriety. The white musks that were reportedly used feature different types of musks of non-animalic origin : synthetic Muscone, but also the woody and fruity facets of Angelica root and the soft and lactic nuances of Ambrette seed (on top of its boozy, fruity ones).
The main colorings of the scent play out from the start on a varied yet well defined palette that comprises powdery, incensey, rosey, and dry herbaly sensations (the latter can be ascribed to Bombay wood, which is a variety of papyrus). The rose is quite prominent but subdued at the same time so as to make you think that it could be interpreted as a masculine rose note with just that touch of excess found in Middle Eastern perfumes (to differentiate them from the oriental genre developed in European perfumery). The papyrus note is also there like a companion note to the rose, counterbalancing its feminine intonations.
The perfume then becomes more resinous, although the scent is in general rather linear and simplified in its effort to be a second "fur-like" skin (a little like Guerlain Cruel Gardenia in another genre) as the agarwood or oud makes its presence felt more with its dark raspberry molasses-like consistency and perfume. There is thus a certain deepening of the notes which turn a bit chocolate-y (Tonka beans) and milky at the same time (Ambrette seed). The softness of the scent accentuates also with an impression of floral amber with toffee overtones on warm skin. The fragrance is discreetly sweet, but without too much insistence on it. The longer dry-down is white musk made more refined by the addition of crushed and powdered rose petals and spices.
Musc Nomade makes me think a bit of Parfumerie Générale L'Ombre Fauve and also partly of Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114, to offer some pointers.
The Orientalist atmosphere of Musc Nomade is unmistakable. The very aromas it releases make you feel like you are inside an Arabian home. The Orientalist motif here seems stronger than the feeling of wearing an acclimatized oriental. It definitely smells more Middle Eastern than Oriental, more in the direction of Montale than Guerlain or even Serge Lutens, although the latter has also perfumes that seem more Middle Eastern than Oriental such as Cuir Mauresque or Chypre Rouge.
Despite its relative simplicity, Musc Nomade succeeds in telling a story and setting up an atmosphere in just a few strokes of the notes. It may not take you through all the marvels of Arabia Felix, but it allows you to catch an authentic-smelling glimpse of a few hours in that life. Musc Nomade is an intimist portrait of the Orient represented, as always, as an eternal source of sensualist inspiration.


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Neil Barrett

The innate body consciousness of skiwear makes it a natural fit for Neil Barrett, who opened his latest collection with a skier's salopette paired with a tux shirt (bow tie, natch), topped with one of his signature parkas. Thus were the elements that have defined Barrett's distinctive perspective drawn into one strand. Think of it as formal actionwear for the urban warrior. "Tuxedo ski", he called it this time around, but the notion could apply equally to the Visconti Punk collection the designer showed last season. Backstage, the blissfully attached Barrett insisted, "I still want to pull" (as in, "drag a willing victim into my sexual orbit"). So he, as usual, shrank his leathers, cut and trimmed his proportions, and pared away the superfluity, leaving a sexy sleekness.
But the designer is selling himself short, because there is more to Barrett than "pulling". The ingenuity with which he layers outerwear, for instance : a quilted jacket over a cloth coat, a shearling over a suit jacket, a faux waistcoat attached to a parka (that piece has become something of a signature look). His affection for the style tribes of his native England also threads through his career. This season, the salopette offered him an unexpected variant on the suspenders favored by skinheads, to be worn over the shoulder, or dangling groundward. The effect was studiedly casual, but all the more edgy for it, and it reached critical mass when Barrett marched his models down the catwalk like his very own tribe. The day before his show, he announced a Japanese deal to encourage expansion in the East. There may be no revolution in his aesthetics, but there is an unstoppably steady evolution.


Homme fatal




"Dressed in Black" is the title of this b&w editorial styled by Jason Farrer and shot by Karim Sadli for the current Fall 2008 issue of American glossy Tokion featuring Florian Bourdila, Vincent Lacrocq, Dyego Zaydan Valente Ruela and twins Jonathan & Kevin Ferreira Sampaio.