Man Around Town

You either love your city or you can’t wait to escape to another one.  But what is it about the city lifestyle that is so appealing?  Anyone will tell you, even it’s for a glint of a moment, that there is a feeling that anything can happen and somehow nothing is impossible.  A city defines the true nature of any region and encompasses all the good, the bad, and the ugly into one perfectly packaged bundle that you cannot wait to open up and explore.

Having done all the major attractions is a small part of taking ownership.  Claiming a piece of the concrete jungle as your own is what truly defines your connection.  Those little gems that are meaningful to us and no one else is what makes it special.  We all have our own nook that we’ve carved out whether it be a certain time of day, a restaurant that flows against the social pulse, or a quaint shop that’s off the radar of popularity.  These gems become monuments along the timeline of our lives.

It’s a bond that pulls and tugs keeping a taut balance.  In the same way that we’ve discovered so much in our city, the city has also captured a piece of each of us, claiming a space in our lives as its own.

Level37- Memorable Metropolis

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Tommy Dunn photographed by Sergi Pons for GQ Spain February 2015. Styled by Joanna de la Fuente.

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Set The Scene

A story can take on certain tone depending on the way it is colored.  This can make a negative situation turn positive, influence a new initiative or even turn efforts to work in your favor.

We are presented with two Spring/Summer 2015 campaigns that certainly takes color to luxurious and heightened- albeit slightly relaxed standards of decadence.  Whether it’s a nod to a past decade or embracing the merging of urban and modern concepts, we understand that for a new season to turn into its full glory, a certain appeal of hues is necessary for a theory to be well received.
How far we have come is quite evident.  Hearing the word “luxury” would usually elicit a picture of high powered structure with a non-conforming quality of rareness that was so palpable, yet far away like a fleeting dream.  Now, we see that the standard of luxury has taken on a form of its own over the years.  Still original, but more inclusive of reality.
Staying true to their existence, both of these campaigns represent the brands in a fresh light leaving behind the bells and whistles of scenery and props.  Letting the clothes speak for themselves, the voice of the season can be clearly heard: the foundation is all that matters.  It is from there on which everything else is built.  No matter how much the world may change, some things will always remain the same only to prove that originality can never be compromised.
Level37- Staying Power
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 Alessio Pozzi and Miroslav Cech styled by David Bradshaw and photographed by Mert & Marcus
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The Way We Will Be

There is no doubt that technology has had a major impact on human society thus far.  So many advances have been made and without innovation becoming more progressive decade after decade, who knows what primitive state we may be in today.

For his S/S 2015 collection, Marlon Gobel has taken the concept of technology merging with with fashion to an entirely new level with a theme of “Transhumanism”.  We all hear about wearable tech, but this particular presentation pushes the envelope.  What if tech goes beyond wearable to being a part of you?  And not just a part of you, but a necessary addition to your daily life.

This collection made me wonder, where is our future headed?  Imagine being able to control and manipulate the things around you with a simple thought, glare, or wave of your hand. Or harnessing energy, becoming a source rather than a consumer.

It brings into deep consideration how we are connected now and the efforts being made to connect us further in preparation for a perfect future.  After all, if the future is what we do now, Marlon Gobel is showing us that such a reality where tech becomes the sole basis of our survival may not be so far off.

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Level37- Tech vs. Nature

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Looking Forward

The future is always a vision we look to that changes the perception of our current reality.  We see obstacles as challenges rather than stumbling blocks and problems come as a game of not just finding the best solution of the moment but one that is lasting.  The future in this sense looks so clean and untarnished because we understand that what is in front of us then and there is not always going to be so.  When the challenges are overcome, that place we envisioned ourselves in feels so much sweeter when it is finally met.  It brings a joy that cannot be matched by anything else when we open our eyes and realize we are exactly where we thought of being.

In H.E. by Mango’s August 2014 lookbook, we are given an opportunity to look forward.  Slight updates to classic looks modeled by Florian Van Bael for the first waves of Fall are the focus.  The functionality of this collection will be sure to serve us well in handling whatever life has to throw at us.  Accessories and layering pieces are essential parts of the wardrobe to keep you at the top of your game.  You can play hard while making it look like you’re playing it safe in a fashionable and modern manner.

Life isn’t always easy, but you can make it less troublesome by thinking smarter about what you put on your back and what you do with your mind.

Level37- The Future Is Closer Than You Think

 

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Florian Van Bael for H.E. by Mango’s August 2014 lookbook.

 

 

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Color and Print

Color can change moods and evoke certain memories.  We gravitate towards certain prints because their intricate patterns capture a specific strain of creativity within us.  These feeling are unique in the same way as our fingerprints.  No two people are truly ever alike.  We are each our own beings.

In this editorial for August Man Malaysia, Cesar Casier who is photographed by Pat Supsiri shows off a few threads that punch up not only looks, but attitude as well.  Giving us a transitional, all season vibe in styling, we are shown how to make each one-of-a-kind piece make a statement while still flowing well into one ensemble.  Whether it’s vibrant or complex, good style is knowing how to make it all work for you.  With the unforced ownership plainly evident, this is an opportunity to take notes and execute flawlessly.

 

Level37- Being Yourself 

 

 

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Cesar Casier photographed by Pat Supsiri for August Man Malaysia – August 2014 .

Creative Direction: Melvin Chan

Stylist: Andrew Zumbo, (Rick Troy Pes, Seaneen Blair, Marissa Wilford- Assistant Stylists)

Grooming: Diane Dusting

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