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giorgio armani, autumn/winter 2010 campaign

Posted in advertising, collection, designer, menswear by benperdue on 31/07/2010

Everything tells me I should hate this Mert & Marcus image but I can’t. I even like the new 80s-inspired Frames of Life range of specs that Giorgio Armani have just released too. Don’t know what’s happening to me.

joe’s first issue, joe mckenna 1992

Posted in inspiration, magazine, menswear, styling, womenswear by benperdue on 31/07/2010

Would kill for a copy of the first Joe’s magazine by stylist Joe McKenna. Published in 1992 it featured editorials shot by David Sims, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Steven Klein, and Bruce Weber. It had little in the way of advertising and gave photographers, writers, and stylists pretty much free reign to do whatever they wanted without restriction. With the obvious exception of Sang Bleu, there aren’t a lot of publications out there doing anything similar today. An issue of cost as much as anything.

missoni autumn/winter 2010/11, kenneth anger

Posted in advertising, art, collection, designer, film by benperdue on 31/07/2010

Designer/artist collaborations aren’t new but they feel more popular than ever at the moment. Latest example is this psychodrama campaign for Missoni shot by legendary filmmaker Kenneth Anger, featuring footage of the Missoni family layered over a psychedelic backdrop to create a surrealist lookbook. This focus on more sophisticated fantasy in fashion marketing seems to be gathering pace too (see today’s Prada post below) .

torbjørn rødland, nudists 1999

Posted in advertising, footwear, inspiration, outdoors, photography by benperdue on 31/07/2010

Bought a pair of proper trainers yesterday for the first time in years. Thought these photos of Norwegian nudists by Torbjørn Rødland would make good trainer ads. Naked man playing with kittens could sell anything.

prada fall 2010, fantasy lookbook

Posted in art, collection, designer, lookbook, menswear by benperdue on 31/07/2010

My favourite image from the Prada lookbook for next season. A lot of the rest reminds me too much of that clunky interpolated rotoscope animation they used in the film of Scanner Darkly. Not so cool. See the whole thing here.

marni s/s 2011 lookbook, tomek szczukiecki

Posted in collection, designer, film, lookbook, menswear by benperdue on 27/07/2010

Mad jealous of the T-shirts (and the hair). Really liked this Marni collection and it’s nice to see it actually moving, as opposed to just in snaps from the presentation this season. Weird watching this unfold without any music though.

katherine hamnett campaign 1997, juergen teller

Posted in advertising, denim, designer, inspiration, menswear, photography, womenswear by benperdue on 27/07/2010

In 1996 I had the best pair of fine gauge cords ever that I bought from Limeys in Sheffield. Treated myself to those and an Armani Jeans V-neck knit too courtesy of the SLC. They finally bought it on holiday in Ibiza after the crotch split so badly that no amount not-so-invisible mending was going to bring them back. These old ads shot by Juergen Teller reminded me of those cords.

night & day, chief

Posted in inspiration, menswear, music, video by benperdue on 22/07/2010

This is from their Modern Rituals album which is out on August 20.  15-yr-old me would have found it hilarious that they chose the name Chief for their band; just one of the many differences between growing up in Watford and Los Angeles. These guys are rock enigmas to a man.  And I like what she’s done with her hair.

marjan pejoski, my first post on the POP blog

Posted in blog, designer, menswear, work by benperdue on 21/07/2010

My first post for POP’s blog about Marjan Pejoski homeware went live this morning! So chuffed. Check it out here. Sweet references include Point Break and bromance. More to come.

african print inspiration, spring/summer 2011

Posted in art, exhibition, inspiration, menswear, photography by benperdue on 20/07/2010

Saw a lot of African-style prints coming through for next summer from brands like Petrou\Man and Lou Dalton last time we were in Paris for the men’s trade shows. These are two kind of off-kilter examples I like. The top is found, the bottom is an installation by artist Matthieu Lavanchy.