Wednesday, May 26, 2010

On the Street….The Burlesque Dancer, Milano

I am really starting to believe that the most stylish performers are burlesque dancers. This is also the second girl in a row whose posture speaks volumes about who she is and how she wants to be perceived.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On The Street…. Power of Posture, Milano

Monday, May 24, 2010

On the Street….Back in Milano

This week I’m in Milano, and it’s already full-on summer here.

When I saw Luca for just a moment today, I was kinda surprised to see him in such a subdued color palette.

Even without his usual bold prints and dramatic pattern combination, Luca still looks great. The understated nature of his look actually helps to highlight the perfection of the Rubinacci cut and tailoring, details which are sometimes upstaged by Luca’s flair for color and pattern.

Monday, May 24, 2010

On the Street….Ready for Summer, Milano

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Brother & Sister, Vintage Photos

Attached is a photograph of my grandmother Claire, and her brother Jack. I never met my grandmother, and so know her only through family stories and photographs. It seems to me that she looks gorgeous (and effortlessly glamorous) in every photograph, but this is one of my favorites.

Don’t you love the white shoes?!

Best regards,

Janet

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Alejandro & Mom, Vintage Photos

I love the idea of the contest, of sharing and being able to see other people’s vintage photos. We tend so much to see fashion as something idealized and this really connects it with people’s lives, it’s great.

This a picture of my mother Willy van Rooy and me in Paris, I’m guessing the year must be 1970 or 71 at the most (I was born in 68). Apart from being an iconic model in the 60′s and 70′s who worked with the best photographers and designers, my mother was, and still is, a person with an amazing and very individual fashion sense (which later in life led her to become a successful fashion and shoe designer). I never remember her following fashion or buying clothes off-the-rack.

What I love about this picture is that it really shows her style, the mix of old-Hollywood glamour (the 30′s vintage coat, the red lips, the short snake-skin jacket), with absolute freedom (the embroidered dress, the hand-made spanish boots, the Ibiza basket, the scarf and the flowing hair). And… don’t I look like the cutest little hippie?

All the best,
Alejandro

Friday, May 21, 2010

On the Street….White Heat, Florence

Friday, May 21, 2010

Men of Moscow

I had to save these shots from last trip to Moscow until they appeared in my GQ page.
The thing that impressed me about men’s style in Moscow is that it’s really unlike that of any European city.
This young Moscow generation is really pushing againist the city’s image of blinged-out Versace-ism and is looking to make a new statement for themselves. The haircuts are different in Moscow too, I mean, when was the last time you saw a guy wearing an updated Beatles shag that actually looked pretty cool?

I think this push against bling has most affected the young designers in Moscow. It seems that fleece has replaced cashmere as the primary fabric of choice. I saw it worn colorblocked (as above) and mixed with leather (below). With fleece as a core fashion fabric, young designers can afford to take more chances with design, color, and assortment.


It was great to see the high-end fashion boutiques in Moscow hanging collections of small, local designers next to the big international brands.

It was also funny/cringy to see Amercian West done as a fashion statement in a super cool shop like Kuznetsky Most 20.
I’m betting the Moscow retail scene will become one of the best and most daring over the next ten years. Rents are still low, the people are hungry for fashion and there is a deep history of great artistic expression in the Russian people.

Now if they can just get a few more cool hotels and restuarants.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Degand, Brussels

Easily one of the best men’s shops I have been to in a long time. The hats, the canes, the shoes, the pajamas, this is a shop where a man goes to become a gentleman.

Housed in a 5 floor 1911 townhouse on the edge of the main shopping district in Brussels, this is not a shop that a tourist would easily fall into, but it’s worth the hunt for any true Sartorialist.

Brioni and Kiton are the shop’s main clothing labels, but I would go for their special edit of Edward Green shoes. In fact, they will be opening an entire separate shoe shop in September if everything goes according to plan.

One of the elements of Degand’s selection that I was most surprised by was the extent of the formalwear that they offer. I think that says a lot about how the residents of Brussels have retained a sense of Old World elegance and respect for certain public events like weddings, operas and funerals.

Thanks to my good friend Gianpaolo of Al Bazar for tipping me off about this great shop.

Degand is located at 415 Avenue Louise, Brussels



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

On the Street….Rue De La Cle, Brussels

A very good friend of mine challenged me last week because I didn’t post on Friday.

He cautioned me that I had trained the readers to check the blog 3 times a day based on my posting over the last few months. I tried to explain that the human element of the this blog, I’m not a big corporate magazine, is always the at the core of each post. If I have a lot of images to post I will, but if I don’t have an image I won’t post something just to keep an audience happy.

That is very much the case with this image.
I knew I didn’t have any images in reserve for today but instead of going for the easy shot in a city I didn’t know, I took a chance and just let myself get lost.

Sometimes getting lost and taking chance can result in finding a completely surprising and a very rewarding shot like this.

I won’t get into the religious and political issues of this woman because the romantic in me wishes that we all could just get along. I hope we can discuss her style and self-expression for the its genuine nature and celebrate the differences that keep this human family so interesting.