Model of the month: Ryan Taylor

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Ryan Taylor, model

Yet another rising model from the country with a big red maple leaf on its flag. But this Canada’s human export is not a female but a 17 year old boy wonder by the name Ryan Tailor. His slightly pouting mouth, deep puppy eyes and school boy-ish hair gives off the next door look. And who doesn’t like the next door look? No body off course, which is why Ryan and his irresistibly cute face a runway favorite. That’s it with the cute adjectives since you’re all probably starting to think that I want to make out with him. Naturally I will never want to do such an out of character act, but I would like to play a few rounds of Halo 2 against him since he’s apparently a big fan of the game.

Ryan Taylor, model

Ryan Taylor, model

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The barely-legal appearance has worked in his favor for runway and catalog jobs but it is a tad sissy, which is why Ryan has yet to score a big campaign for any of the masculine fashion houses. Potential male super model? Probably not, in 3 years cute swagger will be washed away and he won’t be able to compete against Italian models with long hair, dark eyes and exotic manifestation.

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Ryan Taylor, model

Ryan Taylor, model

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Semi-metallic pants at HM.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008


Last week during a random visit at an HM store I stumbled on a pair of delightful pants. Hanging on a rack they didn’t look like much, but when I tried them on they became an instant buy. If you want to ride on the metallic trend this spring/summer you need to get these. The fit perfect, they sit a little low down the wait and they are relatively narrow all the way down, narrow but not to tight. I wish I had a picture of me dressed in them to show you how beautiful they are but I don’t.

What you see in the picture above is close to how they look, but these are grey and have slightly different luster. Don’t worry, they are not flamboyant or too extravagant at all and can be worn on casual basis. Best of all is that they only cost 28 Euro!! A steal considering how high fashion they look. Trying them out for the first time by mom was shocked to hear the price, she though they cost at least 3 times as much. Having though about it over the night I’m probably going to pick up a second pair in case the pair I have ends up looking like crap in 3-4 months. I generally wear 32 in waist size but bought the 31s since they had the best fit on, so make sure to try a smaller size.

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Grooming.



Finally back on the blog, and I can’t say that the literate part of my brain hasn’t felt deprived of stimulation. The normal state will return as I will slowly work my way up to the 3-4 posts per week.

What has changed during recess is that I’m 21 years old, which I turned last Sunday on the 20th. The birthday has had spiritual importance since I have now realized that, despite that I feel very young, sassy and lively, I am no longer a teenager but an adult. Before I know it I will be 25 which is a bit saddening. The 20th birthday marks a milestone in ones biological life because now, you are not growing any more but are on your path towards aging.

Men reach their epitome of beauty between the age of 20 and 25. After that, hair begins to fall off the head and the hair line recessed. Some are tragically affected earlier while others live with beautiful hair until they reach 60. But the most important thing is to maintain your facial beauty and take care of yourself. It’s in the 20s you begin to see changes amongst people. I have meet 23 years old men who have a little rusty appearance, look tired and have tea bags, basically starting to look old.

Sparing a few moments for your biological mass once is a while is important, especially in this age since most damage made to your appearance is permanent. Naturally you don’t have to go Patrick Bateman on yourself or do what the magazines recommend you to do, which is to buy a whole gang of expensive products. My tip is to snag the basic product you need to get through the day and the primary one is a good facial soap. Never ever wash your face with shampoo or hand soap, they tend to be harsh against the skin on the face and dries it up. A moisturizer is a necessity as well, especially if you have a dry skin. Someone with chubby wallet and care for grooming naturally buys products from a body shop rather than from a pharmacy because the products at pharmacies generally consist of chemicals rather than natural ingredients like avocado, melon and herbs. And, trust me on that one, it does make a big difference.

Naturally one can’t compete with people like Brad Pitt who use saliva from unicorns and all sorts of products normal beings cannot afford, including plastic surgery. But you are basically in control of how your face ages. A good sleep is very important, don’t try to rely on coffee to get through the day, in a long run that will bite you in the ass. I’m a heavy sleeper and always make sure that I get at least 8 hours of sleep. Suffer from insomniac? Do a few push ups. When I have spent an hour at the gym I tend to fall asleep easier and easily remain dosed off for 8-11 hours, sleeping in a chilled environment helps as well. Ending the day with a smile is achieved by drinking a glass of cold milk and a few slices of cantaloupe melon.

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Migration/break

Sunday, 20 January 2008



Arrived in London yesterday, where I will be living the coming years, and right now I am in the process of getting settled in this city of mild winters. Since I have thing to do and take care of, you will barely see any posts here the coming 3-4 days. But once I am all set posting will resume. When I have the time and money go buy a good camera I will being to offer more real life content in terms of pictures from stores, streets and if I was to be optimistic I will be able to offer my very own picture form fashion shows and such. Before then I still have to get to know the city and know how the fashion scene works out here. Hopefully I will have more time to devote to the blog and develop it even more. Time to go to sleep.

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FW08: Gucci Men's wear.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Gucci

Gucci let me down the last season. When I saw their SS08 collection at GQstyle for the first time, I even refreshed the page twice to make sure that I had not been misdirected. I simply couldn’t believe the awful sight in front of me. Without any future regret I can say that the collection was a joke and is sub premium in terms of design.

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Gratefully Gucci’s chief designer Frida Giannini came through this time with a collection worthy of the Gucci brand name 99 times more than the previous one. One can say that she has revolutionized herself which is perfectly in line with her Russian revolution inspired collection. It’s no mystery that Russians love bling so fur was off course a must, but unlike Alexander Mcqueen’s AW08 fur has been used more sparsely and in a more tasteful manner.

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There is a little sprinkle of rock n roll as well with smoked eyes and ruff hair, but I do see some American Indian influences as well. I actually wasn’t that thrilled about this collection as first but when I had seen close ups and high resolution images I quickly warmed up, and before I knew my toes were quivering of joy. The level of care and detail is immaculate. Very decorative, very Rococo. Walking into a high fashion store these are the type of clothes I want to see.

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I would give up my waist for one of those belts.

Astonishing attention to detail.

Very exquisite designs.

Once more, the belts!

Nice mixture of fabrics.

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Many of the leather and suede jackets are unflattering.

Leather/latex pan? Never!

Grade: For me there is little not to like and if I had the money, I would buy many of the pieces. This is Gucci in its true sexy spirit. 4.5/5

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Love thy passion until death do you apart.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008


It’s no secret that Michael Schumacher is dying to compete in F1 again, especially when last year we enjoyed the most exciting F1 season in years. So you can understand that Shumi wants to be a part of the action, which some people said, wouldn’t exist when Shumi retires from driving. Over the winter break he has been flirting with fans by test driving for Ferrari a couple of times, but despite the speculations he has said that he has no intensions of competing in the sport again. You have got to give him kudos for leaving dignity rather than competing until he’s worthless like many other top athletes.

Although Shumi one of the best drivers who have ever existed he’s far from the best dresser I know of. It’s not like he doesn’t know how to dress, but he’s one of those people who simply have bad taste. Most of the clothes I’ve seen him wear are pretty tacky but I love the Ed Hardy bomber jacket he wore arriving to the Barcelona circuit for testing last month. Logically thinking it’s understandable that he’s not an expert at clothes. When you’re a formula driver you’re living out of a small suitcase from February to November every year and barely have time to live a normal life. In most of the time the driver’s and their team mates are dressed in team attire, having no playroom for individualization.

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FW08: Prada Men's wear.

Monday, 14 January 2008

Prada

Preppy is cute, and like the universe, we don’t know what’s beyond it. Thanks to Prada we no longer have to wonder because they have now introduced feminine attire for men. Besides looking Fergalicious in a mini skirt we men can finally have something in the wardrobe that our girlfriends or sisters will desperately want to borrow. Felicia would make a wonderful middle name for a man dressed in a skirt. If you get teased or laughed at by ignorant people who justifiably assume that your short skirt was acquired in Marks & Spencer’s women department, a good advice is to keep a Prada FW08 look book in your pocket or purse as defense.

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Those who still feel like defying the rules of masculinity Prada didn’t hold back and have a little group of tops to go with the shirt. Shy people will be happy to know that there are skin-colored body stockings to cover the upper body with. As icing of the cake Prada has designed a mysterious thing you wear around to waist which gives the impression that you’re exposing your panties.


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The avant-garde en clean design of the suits.

The shoes.

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Fish skin coloured suits on the meny? No thanks, my omega-3 intake is fine.

Mini skirts for men = Madness and complete blasphemy.

Grade: Bold surprise from Prada with a whole gang of none wearable pieces but there is something a little charming about collection, it kind of disastrous but has flair. 3.5/5


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FW08: Missoni Men's wear.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Missoni

Kick off time and first in line is Missioni which we relate for their notoriously colourful and geometric patterns. This time they have left much of their signature patterns behind the curtain and laid more emphasis on design.

Missoni

Missioni has become the arch nemesis of Burberry. Both design houses design proper but very chic men’s wear for the modern 21th century man. This F/W collection doesn’t consist of is not the typically cocky bad boy type of outfits. It is a little puffy though, if you look at the upper part of the trousers which gradually become slimmer downwards. Many of them a little shimmery and with the beige background the collection give me some minor Burberry SS08 ultra sonic vibes. They are very attractive though and are similar in shape to the type of jeans I wear.

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It’s tucking-in galore to say the least. The trousers have been accentuated by tucking in the upper wear. With 2-4 thick pieces tucked into the trousers there is no way that a 5 years old boy would want to wear many of the outfits. Everything from shirts and turtle necks to thick cardigans have been tucked in for the pleasure of preventing the models from freezing in this unusually warm winter.

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The belts.

Kimono styled cardigans.

Slim pants.

The bright but not to bright colour scheme.

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Tucked in blazers, meeh??

Please return some of the knit wear you have stolen from the elderly, especially the chicken yellow cardigan.

Grade: Missoni is rising on my rank and even though there is grandpa inspiration this collection it’s a home run. 5/5

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