From the monthly archives: August 2011

I was browsing the owenscorp website when I came across these inspiring shots of Rick’s wife and muse Michelle Lamy in Abu Dhabi. The contrast of Rick’s pieces contrasted against the local architecture is striking to say the least. Look for some more visuals and writeups on Rick Owens in the coming days here at Third Looks.


Man about Town is one of my favorite men’s magazines on the market. It’s released quarterly and I treat it more like a collectable coffee table book than a magazine. It’s not filled with fluff or advertisements like much of what is out there. Instead the magazine instead pushes a tasteful cosmopolitan view of art , fashion, and music. This editorial Viper Boys is shot by Richard Bush and has a mood that’s simultaneously modern and nostalgic. Theres a certain romantic sadness captured that really resonates better on the printed than our day to day lives. Nevertheless the great photography is combined by excellent styling including pieces from Jil Sander, Noah, and Victor & Rolf Monsieur.


Richard Bush – Photographer
Cole Mohr – Model
Eliza Cummings – Model
Ash Stymest – Model
Max Barreau – Model


One of my favorite editorials from Arena Homme Plus. This shoot is well styled and features some killer pieces : Givecnhy leggings & hoodcoat, Raf Simons Cape, and one of the Raf Simons Oversized MA-1 Bomber jackets.

Photographer Alasdair McLellan / Styling Panos Yiapanis / Models Joey Kirchner, Simon Nessman, Ryan Bertroche

For more scans of this editorial visit COUTE QUE COUTE


I’ve been rocking and admiring Supreme since around 2006. I really respect the brands development because I feel as it has grown with me without ever losing touch with what its core identity is. There are always a few items in each collection that I can identify with and be excited to purchase and wear and FW2011 is no exception. The preview dropped earlier today and I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite items from the collection.


Supreme always incorporates a few key prints into each of its collections. This time around they did a really great Paisley print hoody. The only thing I can’t decide is Maroon or Navy. While some say this pattern is a little busy I personally just love it.

Supreme featured two colorways of a Liberty print t-shirt in SS11 and now they are back with two more. Not sure if I’ll scoop this up but considering that I love the shirt I got from last season ; never say never.


Love Hennessy. Drink Hennessy. This obvious Mobb Deep nod and return of the Hennessy design is a must buy for me. The Miners jacket has some nice details and the quality looks quite good. Navy would be in my pick in this design.


Good gloves are hard to come by. These fingerless gloves continue the design from last season sans fingers. I own the navy gloves from the past season and would love to pickup another pair in the grey or royal blue.

I’m a sucker for the kitschy collaborations and collectables Supreme makes. The highlights in that category this time are the dice and the FUCK carpet. The rug once again is made by Gallery 1950 and while not as great as their previous Fuck Em collaboration, I’m sure I would regret NOT getting this decorative item.

I will be sure to make continual updates as this stuff hits the shelves at Supreme New York. In closing a couple footnotes.

Shook Ones Pt.II about 85% of the reason I want that Hennessy jump-off so bad and a certified hip-hop classic.

We Fly High

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Raf Simons has been cranking out terrific work for Jil Sander but I feel as he’s been treating his own brand like an unloved stepchild. While I do respect some of the risks Raf has taken and his new perspective he’s pursuing it stands in my mind that he may have lost sight of the DNA of his brand ; A subversive take on counter-culture mixed in with sharp tailoring. That being said not all hope is lost as his designs for his namesake brand have been improving since a strong AW10. This video just dropped and reveals some styled menswear looks for AW10. I am definitely enjoying the color palette and there are some individual pieces which are a terrific fit for the coming fall weather.

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For this weekly covet I am featuring the Visvim Social Structure shirt and jacket. I have been a fan of raw denim for quite some time because I do enjoy the process of my jeans slowly fading and evolving over time. However in the transition from summer to fall, a comfortable wash trumps everything. The unfortunately part is so few brands know how to do tasteful washes with well thought out attractive details. Visvim is the master of taking staple pieces and adding just enough to make an item that both stands out and has the ability to stand the test of time. Visvim produces several items with its Visvim Social Structure wash. Made with custom 8oz Okinawan cotton denim and a carefully distressed finish.

As always with Visvim the pricepoint is not for everyone, recently I saw the denim jacket at Bergdorf Goodman retailing around $1200 USD. If you have the dough however I am sure this purchase will not be regretted.

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This editorial from Nomenus Quarterly from several years ago has always stayed in my head. Retrospective editorials are generally hit or miss but this one perfectly captures the feeling that Ann Demeulemeester has pushed over the last decade. Casting a large roster of models and outfitting them in clothing spanning this period results in a visually striking and beautiful take on her past work.

Photographer Erik Madigan Heck / Styling Emily Barnes at See Mgmt / Additional Styling Jesper Gudbersgen


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Undercover is a brand that fully commits to it’s retail buildouts throughout Asia. The shop in Tokyo in Aoyama is definetly a must-see when I finally visit Japan. Despite Jun Takahashi’s design sensibilities shifting throughout the years , what has not changed is his reverence of retail as more than a place of commerce. Jun injects this shop with his own design inspiration ; collecting an enviable number of original Braun devices. As Mr.Takahasi’s design ethos has shifted to really embrace the idea of ‘less but better’, so has the design of his shops.

Undercover Tokyo

5-3-18 minami aoyama, minato-ku
+81 3 3407 1232

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