Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lookbook lowdown: Six different looks

Lookbook lowdown 01_Kyle Mino

Here are six very different personalities I've stumbled upon on Lookbook, while waiting for other computer programs to load. First up is Kyle Milo from Calgary, who demonstrates for us how monochrome can be dramatic with the perfect fit.

Lookbook lowdown 02_Bobby Raffin

Bobby Raffin, on the other hand, takes us back two decades on a gold and multi-color memory trip.

Lookbook lowdown 03_Joona Worlin

Joona Worlin makes a black comeback on this blog, boots scraping gray gravel.

Lookbook lowdown 04_Mog Edwards

Good thing Mog Edwards takes thing less seriously, while still keeping prim and preppy. He's from Liverpool.

Lookbook lowdown 05_Alexander Garland

Alexander Garland, from Illinois, also knows how to accessorize, not mention make street both hip and chic.

Lookbook lowdown 06_Karol Te

Last but not the least is Karol Te, who plays things just right. Very clean and simple, but with a kick.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekly inspiration: Coats and cardigans

Coat and cardis_Linus

Things get a bit strange and sometimes overwrought, during these weeks of transitioning from summer to fall.

Linus is snapped here during a sunny day in Paris, with his Lanvin coat, which looks almost as light as a windbreaker. Though I thought I loved his hair best, I changed my mind. I like the fragility of his necklace.

Shoes, Hudson; pants; Raf Simons; tee; Alexander McQueen; bag, Balenciaga; sunglasses, Ray Ban

Coat and cardis_Greg

Greg from Reykjavík combines a traditionally patterned cardigan with what looks like a giant money-print tee. With the hat and the casual jeans, the total look is nordic hillbilly.

Coat and cardis_Viktor

Finally there's Wiktor from Copenhagen, whose outfit just escapes description or category. Like an awkward Macaulay Culkin who's finally discovered he loved fashion, so made a mad dash to all the things he could grab in the closets of his mother, father, older sister and brother, not to mention his spinster aunt.

But it miraculously makes sense — the old necklace and the leopard print shorts with the preppy shirt, tee, and coat. Though the top and bottom parts of this picture seem to belong to two different people, the fact that they are both Wiktor makes him an amazing individual.

Happy weekend!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Black and brown, with some raspberry


I was seeing someone — or we were already "together", I'm not sure, but I'm certain that it doesn't matter — when I bought this 5cm beanie. It must have been around the time this blog was about to celebrate it's first year. In any case, I really should find other ways to mark my days.


Like getting a free scoop of raspberry cheesecake yogurt from Golden Spoon, which I of course topped with blackberries and strawberries. Since today marks the day when Trish and I managed to fill out our coupon. Diet be damned!


A berry good way, I must say, to ease off stress from work and to highlight something relatively new with my outfit. Of course, one other reason I'm wearing this beanie is that my hair is getting unruly and I'm just too lazy to pay the barber a visit.

Beanie and thrifted bomber jacket: both 5cm; tee, cK Calvin Klein; jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans; sandals, Birkenstock; belt, Brave Beltworks; Young Camel satchel and ...Property of tote: both thrifted; steel cuff, Hablo; tiger's eye bracelet from Divisoria

Photos by Patricia Suzara, who also ordered Raspberry Cheesecake yogurt, but topped it with almonds and dark chocolate

This post was not sponsored by Golden Spoon, Seattle's Best Coffee, or 7-11 (see it?)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Get 10% off on Designer Fashion Workshops

Designer Fashion Workshops
Jojie Lloren and Joey Samson with workshop students

Top Filipino fashion professionals Inno Sotto, Jojie Lloren, Lulu Tan-Gan, Joey Samson, Robi Lolin, Noel Manapat, Millet Arzaga and many more have come together to share their knowledge in Designer Fashion Workshops.

Workshops started last May and this September they're back with their workshops for the young artist and fashionista at heart. Be the cut above the rest and learn from their faculty of esteemed industry leaders. Learn the science of style from design sketching and flat pattern drafting to draping, accessorizing and even fashion styling. Go on, flaunt your flair for fashion!

The organizers of these classes have generously offered readers of this blog a special 10% discount on the workshops. You just need to tell them that you heard the news from El Bosquejo. I myself am thinking of taking classes on fashion styling under freelance stylist Noel Manapat.

Below are the schedule, prices, and details:

DFW Sept-Nov Session Schedule

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Last look at Spring


'Endymion', GQ Style 10, Spring Summer 2010
Photography by Chad Pitman
Styling by David Bradshaw











Magazine details to follow

Monday, August 23, 2010

Carin Wester's lace for men

It was only in 2008 that I seriously started collecting magazines, since it was also the year I started this blog. Part of that batch was Pop's iconoclastic covers depicting nuns in Prada lace. Then Yohji Yamamoto and Givenchy used lace for their Spring 2009 men's collections. Before you know it, Dolce & Gabbana re-issued its own take on the fabric for Spring 2010, but of course modernized and taking into account a different audience. That is as far as my fashion memory goes. Before that there was only my grandmother, frilly doilies, veils, and table tops.

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Then comes Carin Wester with a simplified and rather innocent lace pattern for her men's Spring 2011 collection. Sorry to magnify the pictures, but this may be the only way for you to see the lace properly.

This blue robe/coat is worn with shorts and a tangle of found objects joined into jewelry, perhaps to suggest that lace can be worn when you have been shipwrecked, or who knows, when you have been captured by old-world pirates. But then again, I don't find it hard to imagine this piece buttoned-up, with nothing underneath, and worn with slim pants for a summer evening.

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Even as a sash belt, the lace works. Like a bandana or a scarf with inviolable history, instead of mere frippery. How can it not make you think of breezes and the beach — even without the help of feathers.

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Well, maybe not this, since it's too literal. Could be worn over an elongated shirt.

Carin Wester 04

Lace thickly embroidered and not so flowery can look masculine.

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The sash belt looks even better with modern fabrics.

Carin Wester 06

It is as nonchalant as this floor-length scarf.

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And looks just as soft.

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With shirts without buttons, you can see that the sash belt is feasible. Just make sure you get the colors right.

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But just in case you decide that lace, in no matter what form, will never suit you, there is this suit-shorts combo perfect for a summer romp.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Grabbing the bull by the horns


Or buffalo, if you will. Since I chose to wear this buffalo plaid shirt last week as a jacket.


I have finally stopped dithering and decided on the design course I want to pursue, and am very excited with the prospects. I don't want to jinx anything, so I won't reveal the details until they are final.


I think it makes sense, since I love working with my hands and seeing first-hand the fruits of my labor. I can also work on more kinds of materials: the main aspect of fashion that first drew me to it.

I think it is better to tuck just one leg of your pants into your boots...


Oh and a little note on the buffalo shirt: it is actually for women, got it from the thrift store. It was missing a button, but when I was about to have one sewed in I discovered that the exposure works.

Wish me luck! And as with anything, lots of patience.

Dunhill shirt, I.P. zone buffalo shirt, satin necktie, Timberland boots, Property of… tote: all thrifted; jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans; belt, Izzue

Photos by Patricia Suzara

Friday, August 20, 2010

Nighttime intermission


One of the best parts of the day for me to write occurs between the witching hour (3 o'clock) and early morning, when everything is still and only silence has wings. But when I clear everything to set down ink and no inspiration materializes, I am usually drawn to set off.


There is no particular place. Sometimes I just ride a bus from one end of a national highway to the other. Even if I've already seen the places the bus passes, I gaze out to watch people, gather sounds, and smell the wind.

It's funny that I have a public blog with my face on its pages, when many times I just yearn to hide and disappear into the thick of things, or like a poet once said, to become a net, a sieve for existence.


Dragging concepts back to street-level, I did my own catching of inspiration the morning I decided to wear this outfit. The shirt is black-and-white plaid and the jeans in fatigues, just like what Taylor Tomasi was wearing when she was snapped by streetstyle photographer Tommy Ton. Also fished out this bag to ape Taylor's quilted accessory. The additional sweater was supposed to be just for the office, but I retained it for the nighttime motif.


So here I go, once again fading into the night. Who knows where you will see me next.

Izzue short-sleeved plaid shirt, black satin tie, and black leather bag: all thrifted; black sweater, Muji; jeans, Trussardi Jeans; sneaker, Generic Surplus

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Szymon Zürn: A self-made man

"Clothes that are there to tell you something, but without shouting out their intention. Garments which are made to dress a man who creates himself and his ideas.”

Thus begins the press release for Szymon Zürn's Fall Winter 2010 collection, entitled "The Self-Made Man". It continues:

The first collection was launched for the spring and summer 2007 season. After a break Szymon Zürn is back and the dream is still intact, the goal is still the same.

I think at this point, a short video, "Work on It", based on that first collection, is appropriate:

Szymon Zürn, Summer from Szymon Zürn on Vimeo.

"I'm not afraid to go in it.This was the first collection I made after finishing fashion school. All the money I had saved up I put in production! My parents shook their heads and told me that it would be more smart to put it in the bank."

"After presentation the company received a lot of positive press! I'm most proud of the article that was published in Bon Magazine, written by Aleksander Kovacevic. Feedback from retailers was also very positive . But none of them had the balls to actually take the risk and buy the collection. I was yet an un-established trademark. So now I had no cash. And no idea what to do."

There is a personal history (marketers may call it "personal mythology") to Szymon Zürn, the label. I guess that is what first drew me to investigate. But returning to the Fall Winter 2010 collection:

With his present collection, he is painting you a portrait of a Swedish entrepreneur by the name of Anders Wall. How he danced all the way from the bottom up to the wealth. Szymon Zürn wants to make us remember that there are garments that can tell us things, that can express a dream, that can make us become what we want to be.

We can begin with absolutely nothing and stop right where we want.

00 Chris Gardner jacket

Above is the "Chris Gardner" jacket, which is available for pre-order from Zürn's Fall Winter 2010 collection. By this time it is obvious that associations are intentional. Some may find it superfluous, but I always appreciate a story behind things, even if it is unexpected to read about the varied providence of inspiration for clothes. But for Szymon Zürn, it even goes several levels deeper than that. But before proceeding to Fall 2010, let us look at the delicious offerings for the current season, Spring 2010.

01 Complicated shorts

These tan-colored shorts are made of suede. Suede! If women can have their shiny leather shorts, it's about time we get our fair share. I love its length and cut, the garter, the suede drawstring, and the pockets. Yes, you've guessed it: this pair also has a name: "Complicated". Complicated? For shorts?

The inspiration: 'Most men, they'll tell you a story. It won't be complicated, but it won't be interesting either.' (Edward Bloom, 'Big Fish'). Made in Poland by a talented craftswoman

02 Cut Corners chinos

The highlight for me for these "Cut Corners" chinos is the back panelling and of course, the pockets.

The inspiration: 'I had to cut corners in order to look good.' (Bilial, 'Cutting Corners') 100% cotton chinos made in Portugal

03 Growth shorts

Of course, if you are not yet ready for suede shorts, you can start with cotton pair in the same cut, "Growth", with a suede drawstring.

The inspiration: 'It occurred to me then, that perhaps the reason for my growth was I was intended for larger things. After all, a giant man can't have an ordinary-sized life.' (Edward Bloom, 'Big Fish')

04 Le Bleu tee

This "Le Bleu" shirt appears as the most simply named, but guess again.

The inspiration: 'What's it feel like when you dive?'
Jacques: 'It's a feeling of slipping without falling. The hardest thing is when you're at the bottom.'
Johanna: 'Why?'
Jacques: 'Cause you have to find a good reason to come back up…and I have a hard time finding one.'
(Jacques, 'Le Grand Bleu')

Gotta love the silhouette. Made in Italy from single jersey tricot, cotton

05 Out Here shorts

The shorts but in a boxy fit and in a gray, "raw construction type of fabric", but now named "Out Here".

The inspiration: 'Stop fucking around and be a man. there ain't nothing out here for you…' (Nas, 'Illmatic')

06 Tender Trap sweater

The cut of this gray melange "Tender Trap" sweater is gorgeous, with its 3/4 sleeves and curving front and back.

The inspiration: 'You're hooked, you're cooked, you're caught in the tender trap.' (Frank Sinatra, 'Tender Trap'). Made in Italy from unbrushed sweatshirt cotton

So clearly, I was also expecting something surprising with Zürn Fall Winter 2010 collection. Below are initial lookbook images starring the designer himself.

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Szymon Zürn, Summer from Szymon Zürn on Vimeo.

Here is a behind-the-scenes clip.

Szymon Zürn, Winter from Szymon Zürn on Vimeo.

And here is another video, but on Szymon Zürn's Fall Winter 2008 collection, which utilizes beautiful materials and is uncompromising on cut.

With all these excellent visual aids that boosts customers' experience of the brand, I am wondering why the label has released another lookbook for Fall Winter 2010 that is both disoriented and too arrogant for its own good.

Stories only go so far, and they always have to be substantiated by the clothes. Though I am hoping, this must only be a PR slip.