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The Met Gala was all about camp. Was it campy enough? – Mantle Magazine

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“The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, was first switched on in 2008. Since then, we witnessed flat-earthers, the takeover of the Kardashians, and about six Sharknado films.

Now, we are not saying that the multiverse is real. It is just that there is no denying we live in strange times.”

I wrote about the men’s fashion seen at the 2019 Met Gala. Read about it here.

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What You Need to Know About the Met Gala – Mantle

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“There is fashion, and then there is the first Monday of May in New York. If clothing functions to make people look pretty 364 days a year, on this day, well, Jared Leto gets to carry a replica of his own head.”

I wrote about the Met Gala. You can read about it here.

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Fashion’s Co-Opting of the Desert Boot – Mantle Magazine

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“If the desert boot in its original form were to be reborn into a human, it would be the robust, no-nonsense kind. A real meat and potatoes kind of guy. More Sean Bean and less Benedict Cumberbatch. Any comment on its looks would no doubt be preceded by the word “ruggedly”.”

I wrote about the desert boot here, if you would like to see.

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A Case for Going Back to Basics – Mantle Magazine

Photography by Cholo dela Vega
Art Direction by Erick Torres Dizon
Styling by Carla Aritao
Grooming by Kayla Go
Filmed by Brian Monge

Shot on location at Conrad Manila.

“In this generation’s vernacular, “basic” is meant as an insult. The same usually rings true with fashion.  In the face of Gucci’s consistently maximalist offerings and Dries Van Noten’s psychedelic use of color, it’s hard to make an argument that good style shouldn’t feel like a punch in the face.”

My take on Spring/Summer 2019 here.

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In Defense of Maximalism

“The buzzword over the last few years has been minimalism. It is seen in the stark white design of Scandi-inspired rooms. It is in the rotations of a 10-piece capsule wardrobe. It even attended the Royal Wedding in the form of Meghan Markle’s dress. It is a Marie Kondo world and we are all just living in it.

But if there is anything that’s certain about fashion, it’s that the pendulum swings both ways. There’s an equal but opposite reaction to every action. There are signs that maximalism—a bolder, more intricate aesthetic—is taking over.”

Read my take on maximalism here

 

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Marker Shoes by Nendo

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I haven’t worn heels since years, which I’ve always thought as a mark that I’ve turned into a boring soccer mom. Flats are so bland, right? Not quite. These Marker Shoes designed by Japanese design studio Nendo for Backyard Byn are anything but uninteresting.

Markers are used to drawn patterns on the calfskin leather. Since leather is porous, the ink is partially absorbed to result in  subtle and beautifully washed out designs.

via Design Milk