Guidi Cordovan Cont Boots
£873 via LN-CC
Guidi provides their take on the hiking boot, adding luxe horse leather on the upper and placing it on a Vibram sole. These shoes are carefully crafted and will break necks in person. The details include lightly rusted eyelets on the laces and a padded leather section at the back of the boot. Owning these boots will open up so many styling possibilities and I would recommend these as a great gateway drug into the Guidi brand. At over £800 these boots are by no means cheap but they are worth any penny to a discerning menswear connoisseur.
Diemme Roccia Vet Vesuvio Suede Deep Hiking Boot
£295USD via Haven
Monochrome in color and an easy addition to any wardrobe these made in Italy hiking boots exemplify the combination of Diemme’s heritage with modern convenience. Buttery black suede atop alightweight sole that uses Italian-made grey middle sole in tandem with a Vibram Lisk bottom sheet. Great ankle support and padded internally for your pleasure these are sure to see plenty of wear this winter.
Ann Demeulemeester Scamosciato AW12 Engineer Boots in Black
$538 via LN-CC
Ann D always comes correct in the footwear department and these Engineer boots are no exception. Made from black suede and featuring a reinforced heel panel, these fasten along the front upper with a black metal zip. Stacked wooden lower with a black rubber composite sole provide the base for this boot.
Cash CA x Trickers Padded Top Derby Boot in Navy/Tan
81,000 yen via Heather Grey Wall
A match that was destined to happen, the good folks at outerwear experts Cash CA collaborate with UK-based trickers to execute this beautiful Derby Boot. The Derby Boot really hit it’s stride in 2012 with everyone putting out their own iteration , in my eyes though this is one of the top models to come out all year. The tan really works against the navy suede and even the laces compliment the boot perfectly.
Ann Demeulemeester Black & Cognac Leather Ankle Boots $538CND via SSENSE
Ankle high pebbled leather boots with a side zip, ankle strap and cognac trim at the collar. The spark of color adds a luxe feel to this pair. These boots should last you years with proper care and can be work with anything from camel coats to leather riders. Snag these on heavy discount while you still can.
Undercover J6FO3 8-Hole Worker Boot
$815USD via Haven
Jun Takahashi puts his touch on this Worker Boot adding a front zipper and tonal side navy suede panel to go with the black leather upper. A perfect shape to wear with jeans or cropped pants this boots are incognito enough to wear daily but have enough details to never be boring. Heavy duty metal hardware accents the militaristic lacing of this boot.
We have covered Japanese street style quite regularly here at Third Looks in the past with features on Style Arena and the Best of Tune Magazine. Today we focus on the Japanese blog Drop Tokyo which is a journal of both contemporary Tokyo Street-style. Below are our our the selected fits which stood out from the crowd. Drop Tokyo’s sister site Fashion Post is also recommended reading for anyone with an interest in contemporary Japanese fashion.
One of the more innovative takes on retail I’ve seen in 2012, Head Porter has opened a ‘Snow Egg’ concept shop/ski cafe. Shaped like an Igloo but filled with clothing and accessories from the Head Porter line the shop will be open until Mar 31, 2013.
Hokkaido Niseko is known for it’s “powder snow” and being one of the best spots in the world to Ski or snowboard. Visitors can enjoy love music and visual experience of the panorama screen under the SNOW EGG dome.
Visit the offical website for more info.
I’ve seen Jeremy post his fits in the past in superfuture “What are you wearing today” threads and have appreciated the evolution of his style. When I heard through a mutual friend that he was going to be in New York, I linked up with him to speak a bit about the fashion in Australia and also shoot a this style profile.
Currently Jeremy manages the Sydney outpost of one of the best shops in Australia Assin. They have two locations (one in Sydney and one in Melbourne) and carry top designer labels such as Undercover, Damir Doma, Miharayasuhiro, Ann Demeulemeester. He definitely exemplifies the type of brand mixing and experimentation that I personally recommend to guy’s looking to improve their personal style.
Describe your personal aesthetic and how your style evolved to it’s current point.
I don’t really categorise the way I dress so I guess you could say it’s quite eclectic. I lead a pretty casual lifestyle so I focus on being comfortable. I don’t like to stand out too much but I do like outfits that are unexpected so I mix and match labels, streetwear with designer pieces and try to create simple but interesting silhouettes and shapes. It’s evolved quite slowly, I really was just a jeans and t-shirt guy but started falling in love with some designers and their work and would pick up pieces that really spoke to me. Not always did they tie in with what I had in my wardrobe already so I would seek out complimentary pieces and eventually it all just came together.
New Era Fitted Cap
Damir Doma Bomber
Rick Owens DRKSHDW Hoody
New Balance Sneakers
How has managing a shop and seeing new items come in constantly changed the way you shop for yourself?
At the moment I tend to focus on shopping for statement pieces or something thats really unique. I’m at a point where I’ve got the classics and basics as the foundation of my wardrobe so any amazing shapes and fabrics really draw me in. Working where I do I see incredible pieces everyday so I tend to fall in love easily – my list is huge.
You seem to be quite confident in mixing and matching different brands. What advice do you have for other guys looking to do the same?
I think the best direction is not to stray too far from your comfort zone or jump on trends too much. Find pieces you have a connection with and just work around them. It’s more about considering your lifestyle and overall silhouette then just putting a signature high fashion piece with what you already wear. You see guys with a pretty conservative look, raw denim and button up shirts, but they will throw Rick hi-tops in the mix and everything looks off. If you feel uncomfortable more then likely it’s going to look that way. Get out in the stores and give everything a try. Shopping online is a great way to find new things but nothing beats handling a garment and trying it on – you instantly know if it works for you or not.
Damir Doma Silent T-Shirt
Ann Demeulemeester Sweater
Ann Ann Sneakers
What are some of your style inspirations?
To be honest I think I am more inspired by the garments themselves and the hard work the designers put into them but I do draw a lot of inspiration from the Japanese. Japanese street fashion magazines like Tune show some incredible outfits – designer labels, vintage and everything in between. You see some wacky stuff but somehow it looks totally natural on these guys. Even Vogue Homme Japan, puts together some zany stuff. Then it’s about pulling out the practical from the sometimes theatrical and doing your own thing.
More questions and images after the jump
The thing I love most about this feature is just seeing the world through the eyes of different photographers. Everyone has a different idea of what’s visually inspiring and worth taking a snap of, so being able to see the result of these decisions has been an enlightening experience. I really like the sponanteous nature of these photos that Jasmine took, you can see more of her stuff on her website or tumblr.
More photos after the jump.
With the winter solstice and end of the Mayan calendar mere hours away (in the Eastern timezone at least) many of us will be reflecting on the vastness of the universe and what it all means. These photos probably won’t answer any existential questions but they do have the added benefit of just looking really damn cool. French photographer Vincent Fournier has put together a vast collection of photos under the name Space Project. In them you will find portraits of the physicists, engineers and scientists exploring mankind’s final frontier.
More after the jump
Whenever I watch a film one of the things I take careful note of is the styling of the characters. Quentin Tarantino is one of the few modern day auteurs working and while his films may not be thought of as particuarly ‘fashionable’, I believe that his filmography is a case study in incredible styling work. The role of costume design in film is to suspend disbelief and to allow the viewer to focus on the story. In this way the characters in Tarantino’s films look so natural in their surroundings; and the clothes help convey their individual backstories without explicit exposition.
Unlike say Wes Anderson who uses a nostalgic 1970’s color palette and pulls from a consistent aesthetic for all his films, Tarantino draws from unique inspirations for each film. His films have traversed many locales and time periods but there a real consistency in the styling approach in each. The clothes worn by key characters are rarely over the top; instead they reflect a gritty sense of realism. There is a sense of the everyday in the outfits of those on-screen. The clothes are worn with authority and authenticity and through that process the clothes themselves can almost seem like an afterthought and not the result of careful curation.
Below I’ve selected visuals from Quentin Tarantino’s filmography that display his prowess as a style influencer. It’ll be interesting to see what Django Unchained looks like when it hits theaters Christmas Day.
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Young Americans — What Is Your Life Like? — Part 1 of 8
Young Americans is a eight-part film project that reflects on the momental year that is 2012. The film series by Scion A/V in collaboration with Vice and directed by Lance Bangs (Director of Jackass the Movie). During the production of the film series, Lance and his team spoke with hundreds of young people about their hopes, dreams, concerns and frustrations. Later episodes touch on subject matter from the economy to the impact of social media. The result is a video portrait of the diverse voices and viewpoints from coast to coast in America. Lance Bangs says on the series:
“I began the shoots feeling a sense of detachment and frustration coming from many of the young people I was meeting and filming, who were largely concerned with navigating a stressed financial landscape. As my travels went on and the election year backdrop ramped up, people became more engaged in conversations about the direction of the country and carving out their own place within it”
You can watch the other episodes HERE
Nothing sets the Holiday mood like open bar and Chinese restaurants. The snaps are from the VFILES Holiday party which took place on Monday night. It was tons of fun celebrating with everyone who works so hard behind the scenes to keep VFILES humming along.