The future is always a vision we look to that changes the perception of our current reality. We see obstacles as challenges rather than stumbling blocks and problems come as a game of not just finding the best solution of the moment but one that is lasting. The future in this sense looks so clean and untarnished because we understand that what is in front of us then and there is not always going to be so. When the challenges are overcome, that place we envisioned ourselves in feels so much sweeter when it is finally met. It brings a joy that cannot be matched by anything else when we open our eyes and realize we are exactly where we thought of being.
In H.E. by Mango’s August 2014 lookbook, we are given an opportunity to look forward. Slight updates to classic looks modeled by Florian Van Bael for the first waves of Fall are the focus. The functionality of this collection will be sure to serve us well in handling whatever life has to throw at us. Accessories and layering pieces are essential parts of the wardrobe to keep you at the top of your game. You can play hard while making it look like you’re playing it safe in a fashionable and modern manner.
Life isn’t always easy, but you can make it less troublesome by thinking smarter about what you put on your back and what you do with your mind.
Level37- The Future Is Closer Than You Think
Florian Van Bael for H.E. by Mango’s August 2014 lookbook.
Two years ago when I first heard that Simon Spurr would no longer be at the helm of his label, I was a bit shocked, especially since I’d just gotten over seeing his A/W collection that year. I had no idea it would be his last.
However, it was a short moment of dismay. I knew he had something up his sleeve. Taking from his previous work- the dedication which was always evident in the final results, this sort of designer doesn’t go down without fighting for the stance of his values. He brought to light this truth: Passion doesn’t die easily.
Now we see the touch of Simon’s creativity with the revival of Kent & Curwen. Those who are familiar with the label cannot deny that it was in need of fresh take. Simon is the reason that it is now on everyone’s radar.
For the A/W collection Simon, stays true to the heritage of the brand by offering classic British sportsmanship with updated cricket knitwear while infusing utilitarian details and edge into coats and jackets. A vibrant yet believable color palette gives notice to the finer “taken for granted” details like epaulettes, buttons and zipper placements.
With a collection that is carefully designed with a sense of effortlessness, Kent & Curwen has even more staying power with the leadership of a new mind.
See more here.
Level37- Back In Style
Charlie Timms and Harry Chatfield photographed by Eric Ray Davidson for Kent & Curwen A/W 2014 campaign.
Etro has taken a wilder approach for its F/W 2013 lookbook. Models Ton Heukels and Andres Risso don the latest from the brand with sketches alongside the ensembles, handing us the notion that as people we survive on instinct.
Whether it’s to smartly layer apparel or to go bold with a print, we are never ones to hide. We must always choose to stand out and be free.
Level37- Basic Instinct
Ton Heukels and Andres Risso for Etro’s F/W 2013 lookbook.
Sweaters. You can never have enough of them for the Fall.
In this overcast setting Noah Mills and RJ Rogenski are two men away from the big city to face nature. We are shown a few casual ways to wear our knits without going over the top with styling. Set against the backdrop of “how things are supposed to be”, we see the lesson of keeping it simple with the help of designers like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Levi’s, John Varvatos and much more.
Level37- Beauty In Simplicity
Noah Mills and RJ Rogenski photographed by Milan Vukmirovic and styled by Matthew Marden for Details Magazine.
In this editorial from L’Officiel Hommes Thailand, a male model favorite Travis Smith dons apparel from designers like Paul Smith, Prada, Louis Vuitton and more. In one shot I was surprised to see Travis in nothing but Tom Ford (the scent); a clever way of styling.
It’s so rare to see a model wear the clothes and not let the clothes wear him. Beauty has a new meaning and it’s all about owning every aspect of yourself- flaws, imperfections and your best features. Clothes do not make the man. Man makes himself and lets the fabric tell his story.
Travis Smith in Boys Keep Swinging photographed by Arseto Adiputra for L’Officiel Hommes Thailand F/W 2013. Styled byPop Kampol, grooming by Soichi Inagaki and make-up by Joey Choy.