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Fanny Fournier @ MC² NYC
Styling by Rocky Li
Photography by Paul Jung
Make Up by Ai Yokomizo
Hair by Jennifer Covington-Bowers
Assistant Director Ducminh Nguyen
First Camera François Lebeau

I linked up with the very talented Paul Jung on this Rothko themed shoot. Thanks to Nouveau-PR and Omen PR for allowing me to style this with their pulls. The result were these fun short animated gifs starring the wonderful Fanny Fauier.

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This new video for Kenzo Resort 2013 hits like an LSD trip in the rainforest. Not great for anyone prone to elliptic seizures but good clean fun for the rest of the family.

Women Resort Collection 2013 video by Mat Maitland
Art Direction: Mat Maitland
Direction: Smith & Read / Mat Maitland
Animation: Natalia Stuyk
Production: Alastair Coe at Big Active
Music: ‘Mädchen Amick’ by Buffalo Tide

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Brooklyn based Eckhaus Latta has made a reputation of having some of the most eccentric presentations each fashion week. The fall/winter collection did not disappoint in that regard. An interactive experience where photographers and invitees could have the models pose and speak with them. The presentation featured everything from readings on new age philosophies to bottled Eckhaus Latta branded gin cocktails.

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You may remember our first It Girl feature from Tokyo featuring Caca Co. My friend Rajiv (who is the designer of the Tokyo based fashion label SAWHNEY) styled and produced this second It Girl Tokyo feature for Third Looks.

SAWHNEY collaborates with emerging fashion model and blogger Yuri Nagakawa combining several men’s pieces from the debut Spring Summer 2013 collection with her distinctive boyish/cute style in a series of street snap looks in Shinjuku “Golden Town”. A contributing model for S Cawaii magazine, Yuri has been regularly featured on many famous Tokyo fashion street snap sites including Stylearena.com and Fashionsnap.com.

Firstly, tell us about your background.

I dreamt about working in the fashion industry for a long time. At first I planned to start working in the industry after I graduated high school. However, my parents wouldn’t allow me to move outside my prefecture if I didn’t go to college. So I started studying for the entrance exam to get permission from my parents. While studying in college, I proactively attended many events and enjoyed my life to the fullest. Also during this time I started modeling. By my third-year in college I had finished all my necessary credits for graduation so in my final year I completely absorbed myself in modeling work. I feel that if you have the strong willingness to try anything that is available to you then there are no bounds to what is possible. During my childhood, I studied Japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and gymnastics and enjoyed expressing myself, the colors of nature, and Japanese culture. I think those experiences made me who I am today. I’m happy that I can express myself through modeling. In addition, I pass along the days inspired by various other creative individuals.

 

What about your life as a fashion model and fashion blogger?

As a fashion model I express what is demanded from the client. As a fashion blogger I express my own individually. It is important to have people (fans) who support my taste.

Look 1

Cap – UNIF
Shirt – Kenzo
Pants – Zara
Shoes – Who’s who gallery

You’ve become famous for your unique boyish and cute style and recently have been featured on many prominent Tokyo fashion snap sites. When and how did your unique style develop?

Perhaps I’m a bit greedy since I choose both boyish and cute styles? (Laughs) I’m quite particular about adding kitsch and ironic elements into my own fashion. As a model, I strive to be a model that has an element of irony and is outside of orthodox standards. Back when I entered college, I was anxious that my style was too over the top. So I wore casual clothes to initially fit in but soon changed back to my own unique style. Which reminds me, when I was a elementary school student, maxi-skirts were in fashion, At the time, I wore a vivid orange mermaid like skirt and walked around town. I remember everyone talked behind by back. What’s the point in everyone supporting conventional fashion?

Look 2

Shirt – Sawhney
Pants – Zara
Gold necklace – Topshop
Beaded necklace – Sawhney
Ring – GYDA
Shoes – Who’s who gallery

Recently what styles and brands do you like?

Recently I’ve taken notice to girlish-cute brand “lilLilly” and COMME des GARCONS 2013 Spring Summer collection. I also really like K-pop, particularly BIGBANG’s fashion. There is no close relationship between my interests rather I like all types of fashion.

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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.

 

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Errolson Hugh brings it with this fantastic Fall/Winter collection of Acronym. Above are my picks from the FW12 collection. While I have never had the fortune of owning any ACR myself, I have always been impressed by any items I’ve seen or handled in person. I have the utmost respect for the no compromises approach that the brand embodies. Be sure to also check out the womenswear line that somehow fulfills all my otaku sci-fi babe fantasies without venturing into cosplay territory.

These photos barely do these items justice so do yourself a favor and play around on the Acronym website where there are close-up shots of garment details showcasing the versatility and practicality of each item.

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Alexander Wang’s SS13 had all the markings of a huge NYFW production : top-shelf models, front-row celebrities and a show finale that literally glowed in the dark. Third Looks was on hand to give you a glimpse of the backstage madness.

More photos from the show can be seen on VFILES

Photography by Rocky Li

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I respect girls who are are about to look great AND express aspects of their personality through their personal style. Gia is a fellow Parson’s graduate and she currently works  as a PR coordinator for Comme des Garcons which is doubtlessly a dream job for many. I implicitly trust her taste when it comes to womenswear and I think she has an incredible eye for aesthetics in general (not just when it comes to fashion). While she is often low-key and subtle with the way she dresses, Gia can also put together looks that break necks with ease.

Look 1

Bread & Boxers T-Shirt
Comme des Garcon Skirt
Lanvin High-Top Sneakers

How does everyday life in New York inspire the way you dress?

I pay more attention to what guys wear in this city. It just looks so much more comfortable and the silhouettes are classic. Guys in New York aren’t afraid to play around with prints and colors and I do take inspiration from that. There’s so many visuals  in New York that make me take notice : it could be anything from street art to cereal packaging. I recently bought a few pairs of Happy Socks besides I liked the colors in the snack of aisle of M2M (ie my favorite, Pocky). Of course I had get red and white socks as well before going to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Whitney.

 When did you start buying designer clothes?

The turning point was when I started working at Assin in Melbourne which is an amazing store that stocked Ann D, Dior Homme, Margiela, Junya, Number (N)ine, Haider Ackerman.

I learned a lot about menswear there and I managed to come away with some great pieces from my time there.

Look 2

Junya Watanabe SS2012 Cropped Rider Jacket
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Floral Print Dress
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Boots

You own some wilder pieces as well as some solid basics. How do you balance practicality and comfort against aesthetics in your wardrobe?

My actual clothing that I wear day to day has to be very comfortable. I walk around alot and I don’t want anything that’s too restricting. In general my style is pretty basic but I like statement pieces to mix it up. One thing I don’t compromise on is my rings. I never take them off and they feel so a part of me that I don’t even notice them there.

Look 3

Comme des Garcon SHIRT SS2012 Strawberry Print
Comme des Garcon Homme Plus Cropped Jeans
Comme des Garcon Sneakers (No vis)

Look 4

Junya Watanabe Shirt
J Crew Floral-Print Trousers
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Boots

What style inspirations do you go back to again and again?

The anime Nana.

Gogo from Kill Bill.

Nujabes music for the mood it creates.

Gregg Araki films.

You have some men’s pieces you wear reguarly. How do you work them into your outfits?

I’ve really gotten into just wearing plain white and/or black mens undershirts recently, like the Supreme/Hanes shirt or Bread & Boxers (worn in look 1). I like the simplicity of the cut and the casual feeling it provides. I like oversized cuts – button downs, like my new favorite is my new strawberry CdG SHIRT button down. Another favorite is my Rick Owens DRKSHW sleeveless hoodie that I’ve had since 2008 that I basically live in. I also frequently wear my Lanvin  Hi-Tops and Homme Plus denim cropped pants. I just treat them like normal clothes and I appreciate they are less fussy than women’s pieces.

Photos by Rocky Li

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Recently I had been hearing from some friends about a new store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called GRAYMARKET. I got in touch with one of the store’s founders Alex Kasavin and he invited me to visit the space this past week. While Williamsburg has been making strides in terms of nightlife and restaurants the neighborhood has never been known for its designer-clothing options. Founders Alex Kasavin and Wei Du set-out to provide what they call ‘archival designer clothing’ for men and women and I am happy to report that they have succeeded in creating a very special shop that stands alone in New York.

On the shops neatly organized racks I found jackets, tops , bottoms and shoes from some of my personal favorite brands : Givenchy, Number (N)ine, Undercover, Rick Owens and Carol Christian Poell just to name a few. It was truly a joy browsing the shop’s strange and wonderful assortment of items that I have always been very particular about mixing and matching with pieces across brands and collections and I am sure anyone with a similar outlook will find something for them at Graymarket.

Alex and Wei were gracious enough to answer a few questions I had about Graymarket.

Please introduce the concept behind Graymarket and how it came to fruition

Graymarket is a retail project inspired by our interest in fashion, art, and alternative modes of commerce. Graymarket offers a curated selection of archival items from a range of artisanal and luxury designers and presents a unique narrative through the juxtaposition of bleak avant-garde and polished glam aesthetics.

Graymarket is the unexpected result of endless hours of discussion. We did not aim to create a retail concept. The idea developed organically and we pursued it.

What made you feel that Williamsburg was the right neighborhood to open your shop?

We have lived, worked, and partied here for many years. We derive constant inspiration from Williamsburg’s vibrant culture of music, art, design, and fashion. We can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Despite the diverse range of pieces across and seasons available for sale there is a certain cohesiveness in the stock you carry. How were you able to curate such an interesting assortment of pieces?

In general we seek out pieces that we see ourselves and our friends wearing. We are especially drawn to garments that bear their creator’s indelible mark and can’t be mistaken for the work of another designer. Beyond that we look for pieces that can be combined to form interesting silhouettes.

I was quite impressed by the womenswear pieces available, does your buying philosophy differ when it comes to women as opposed to men?

We take a similar approach to our women’s selection. Ultimately it’s about finding bold, wearable pieces that convey the vision of the designer.

Which labels or designers have been impressing you of late?

Givenchy! The recent Spring Summer 2013 presentation demonstrates the power and breadth of Riccardo Tisci’s vision. We are impressed with his ability to combine evocative prints with various leitmotifs that range from somber to whimsical with unique color palettes and innovative yet seemingly effortless silhouettes.

Where do you find inspiration for your personal style from outside the fashion world?

We are primarily inspired by our neighborhood, each other, and our friends. We are also influenced by street culture ranging from punk to hip hop, paramilitary attire favored by various revolutionary groups, and contemporary art.

How do you see Graymarket growing and evolving in the future?

This is a wonderful and chaotic time in fashion and we consider ourselves lucky to be a small part of it. We want to do the best that we can now and prefer to take things day by day rather than looking too far ahead.

You can visit Graymarket at 242 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

www.graymarketbrooklyn.com.

Words and Photography by Rocky Li

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