The sun rises in Paris at 8:30am this time of year, but yesterday morning Jenny and I were up a couple of hours earlier to go for a walk. Not just any walk, mind you, but a stroll around Le Marais with Sir Paul Smith. The powers that be had invited Jenny and myself on this walk to spend a bit of time with the 69 year old designer/entrepreneur, and to shoot some Instagram photos in the process — Sir Paul’s an active user — and when he bounded into the office with all the enthusiasm of Storm Jonas, I concluded that the singing and dancing party at the end of his Paris Fashion Week shows is simply his typical state of being.Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! I’ve been away from NYC for almost two weeks now, and I’m definitely starting to miss my hometown. The biggest difference for me is that in New York I have an infinite amount of small interactions with people every day — on the street, in meetings, at cafes, in the subway; but in LA I can go an entire day without talking to anybody (except Jenny) unless I specifically go out of my way to do so. What happens if I’m not interacting with people all day? I’m forced to interact with myself, and that’s when the insanity kicks in.Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! I don’t know about you, but I’m somebody who suffers from a serious amount of guilt every time I sleep in past 8:30am on a weekday. This morning I woke up at 10:45am. 10:45!!! I blame three things: the three parties Jenny and I deejayed till 3am last week; my newfound obsession with the family Kardashian; and the NyQuil I drank last night to dull the cold that’s a-brewin’ as we speak.Click to Continue!
1. Katherine wrote about Justin Bieber the other day, so I figure that’s as good a place as any to start. I spend a disproportionate amount of time talking and thinking about Biebz. I like two of his songs a lot (here and here), and I find myself defending him to the naysayers fairly regularly, with one simple question: Imagine if you were 18-21 with all the money in the world and everyone wanted a piece of you and you were still trying to figure out who you were, how would you behave? Probably as bad if not worse than Justin Bieber. I did endless amounts of ridiculous things and I wasn’t rich or wanted. Keep that in mind next time you’re hating.Click to Continue!
I’ve been thinking a lot about sexual signifiers recently; specifically about how people make sweeping assumptions about guys’ sexual orientation based on pre-determined and long-held social beliefs. I’m not talking about something as reductive as, “He likes clothes, he must be gay,” because it’s 2015 and I’m more surprised by young men who have no interest in clothing than by those who do, but even something as simple as, “He knows who the creative director of Chanel is, no straight guy would know that*.”Click to Continue!
1. Have you heard Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s new song FourFiveSeconds? I’ve only listened to it twice so I’m still forming an opinion, but I like how pared-back the production is (which contrasts like crazy with what we’ve been hearing for the past few years), and how the voice-and-guitar sound has that 90s acoustic pop sound. Almost like Alanis Morisette unplugged or something. The video has a 90s throwback vibe too, like a Gap or CK Jeans commercial, but the best bit for me is how Paul McCartney is standing playing the guitar with his back to the camera at the beginning, just like Robert Smith on the Boys Don’t Cry single cover. You can’t tell me that wasn’t intentional.Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! Day two of London Collections: Men has come to a close, and after a sickly beginning, things are on the up and up. London Collections: Men is quite different from all the other fashion weeks I’ve ever been to — there are less shows, everything runs perfectly on time, and you have this incongruous mix of extraordinarily traditional Savile Row tailors who cut the world’s sharpest suits, and irreverent young creatives who might throw an extra sleeve on a jacket or cover the models’ faces in a lego mask.Click to Continue!
1. 80% of success is showing up. This is something I’ve held true for most of my professional life, but after taking a break from some of the things I’ve been doing for a really long time (European Fashion Weeks, etc), and feeling envious of everybody else who continued to travel, I’ve made the decision that showing up is going to be my new mantra for 2015. Bring on the travel. If I don’t go to Paris at least three times in 2015, I’m going to be very disappointed in myself.Click to Continue!