Dior Homme S/S17
Dior Homme S/S17
Summer is in full swing but teasers for the coming Fall season are popping up. Brought to us are F/W2016 campaigns from Prada, Dior Homme and DSquared2:
Rod Paradot (photographed by Willy Vanderperre)
With a constant look on the horizon in a turning world, how can an idea come to its complete fruition? This is one of the questions that comes to mind when considering the carousel of creative directors in and out of some of fashions most prominent houses. Hedi Slimane leaving Saint Laurent earlier this month, Raf Simons leaving Dior last fall, and now most recently, Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli leaving Calvin Klein (role now to be taken by Raf Simons, perhaps), to name a few.
Of course we live in a world where change is embraced with a sense of a new and brighter awakening. This is something to look forward to with innovations taking place at a rate that is difficult to keep up with. However, with so much newness, will we look back from a future point in time and wonder what it all even means? Will the true roots of a brand rot away with the constant replanting of its product, representation, and influence? Will the Calvin Klein that still holds as much appeal today as it did forty or so years ago have as much instant recognition forty years ahead of us?
Brand recognition isn’t the only concern. What makes a brand’s products covetable is not only the luxurious quality that comes with it, whether it be in material or aesthetic, but also the air of mystery behind its craftsmanship. We are already seeing a cry to reclaim mystery with designers closing off their shows, instead opting for private exclusive presentations. Deep in the grain of every product a brand creates is its original story of the birth of their powerhouse. Every bag, shoe or shirt is created with that story stitched in their fibers. The fear is that too many changes without any significant periods of a steady direction will lead to a watered down and faded version of the original vision. The brand is no longer recognizable since it has become a copy of a story that everyone thinks they know- a shadow of many shadows before them. The story will be forgotten because the first written words of it have been burned by so many others lighting their own torches underneath it.
While these changes may be “what the kids want” in this day and age, it may not be worth the bending of the standards that have been set by fashion’s elite. Even innovation needs an untainted source of inspiration.
Level37- Change Is Inevitable
Being the standard means displaying leadership, owning power, and taking the reigns. There is never a moment of hesitation or second guessing your decisions. You just know what is right not only because it is, but also because it feels so. Having what you feel directly link to what its true is not something that you can acquire, you just have it.
One must always present themselves in a manner that demands high recognition. Gaining that recognition in a respected manner is something that must be built from the start. In the end, how it all comes together- your walk and your talk, will not go on with an undeserved reaction. It will fit and that will be all.
Level37- No Questions Asked
Fernando Cabral photographed by Arcin Sagdic and styled by Nicholas Galetti for Essential Homme.
The trail which is unseen yet compels its passers-by to follow and track is the one of the scent.
Choosing the right fragrance to conform to your body chemistry is crucial to leaving the right impression. Each stitch and thread can be in the perfect place to get noticed but to turn heads- the secret is in the spritz. The key is to try a few scents that truly work for you and once you’ve got the notes down, you’ll be at pro status.
But here is something to remember: Quality Over Quantity. A little always goes a long way (at times more than you could have imagined). One press of the nozzle too many and you can come off as the man who doesn’t know himself enough and probably still has some growing up to do.
Level37- Fragrance Freedom