Everything I need for inspiration this week is in The New York Times Men’s Style Magazine.
Now here’s a guy who looks like he’d rather be wearing something fun!
How about these looks by Dries Van Noten and Thom Browne for example? You’ve got yellow edged with black, some diamond and plaid patterning….
I happen to notice both these fellows are wearing socks. A lot of the models in the magazine don’t seem to have any and I know a lot of sock knitters who’d probably be more than happy to help them out.
Here’s the cover from The New York Times Magazine from March 14th.
Hmmmm, yellow and black. I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to see a bit of a thread here.
I’m finding it difficult to find words to to express my passion for this suit from Alexander McQueen’s fall 2010 collection. It’s wonderful that he invented such beauty. I wish he could have continued to lead a creative life. I love the way he married a large scale print with the clean lines of this slim suit. His stunning confection is thoughtfully paired here by Suzy Menkes with William Morris’s Acanthus wallpaper from 1875.
I think it’s relating to this braided wheat and dandelion “Nouveau” pattern by Jennifer Sampou, as well, which I happen to have in these two related colorways. While I’ve loved these fabrics for years, I found them difficult to wear, but see now they can definitely be used to magnificent effect.
“Designer, how are you doing?”
“Pretty well, I think, Tim. I’ve got some great covers to work with this week.”
“Yes, I agree… striking color, some rich tonalities….”
“I’m thinking I want to cut my garments very carefully, to do some impeccable tailoring for this challenge if I have time.”
“Ok Designer, but don’t try to do too much. Simplicity and clarity are important factors too. I’ll let you be. Make it work!”
“Thanks, Tim, I will!”
“Designer, this is the oddest looking getup you’ve sent down the runway yet. What happened?”
“Well, I was thinking about the curved shapes in the print in Alexander McQueen’s beautiful suit. I looked at the cover I had to work with and thought I’d feature those nice curves in the golden T. I cut the bowl shape in half along the median to make two crescents, but they were different sizes, so I didn’t have the desired symmetry and ended up offsetting them. I made two shapes out of the top of the T also, again by cutting lengthwise along the midline, but they came out being pretty similar and I couldn’t get a mirror symmetry by rotating them, so my efforts to make matched opposing elements to work with came to naught.”
“Designer, you did all this thinking, but you didn’t think about covering the human form in a flattering way.”
“And her boobies don’t show!”
“Well, yes Nina and Heidi, you’re both right, but I did try to go for flow, in hopes it would suggest fabric.”
“Hmmmm, I see that, and we do like your yellow and black number, but we’re disappointed in your homage to Alexander McQueen.”
“I agree. I really think so highly of him and feel he’s greatly missed in the fashion world. I hate to do an injustice.”
“That’s all right Designer. You gave it your all. You’re IN, we’ll see you next week.”
“Thank you so much.”
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