For years, you’ve been able to get away with the most normative of buzz-cuts, its simplicity alluding to some kind of post-post-condition of self-styling, while also resembling the Gosha/Vetements-nexus in just the right way. Well honey, that time is over. Fall 2019 is all about actual hair-dos: whether long, short, or spotty, this year requires you to please just do something to that mane of yours. Feeling uninspired? Fear not. Our guide from Milan Men’s week that concluded just a few hours ago will give you plenty of ideas. Leopard dots, anyone?
With this season’s men’s fashion month well on the way, we haven’t been able to ignore a growing trend. Or rather, the absence of one. Smaller shows, shorter programming days, in fact fewer days altogether. Men’s fashion week is shrinking all around – and is, in fact, increasingly occupied by women’s fashion. Doesn’t that seem to counter the growing menswear trend, you may ask? Indeed. Reports in recent years show that menswear, once the dark horse of fashion, is the fastest growing sector in the market, rapidly approaching womenswear as an equally valuable asset. In fact, rumors even claimed that at Balenciaga, led by menswear genius Demna Gvsalia, the revenue on men’s fashion has already overtaken that of women’s. So why are men’s fashion weeks in New York, London, Paris, and Milan – some of them less than 10 years old – shrinking or downright closing? The answer is found partially in the importance of menswear itself.
While the kids are just about to sharpen their crayons, and return to the gilded halls of primary education, us fashion folks have already been up an running for a week. Even if January calls for serious hibernation and no alcohol, fashion screams louder, forcing us to dig out those tight Galliano pants and crack open a bottle of prosecco (thank god). It’s fashion week, in London. Once known as London Collections: Men, London Fashion Week Men’s has undergone an update in the latest seasons, slimming down its roster (and budget) but strengthening focus on its core trademark: young talent. From Art School to Mowalola, here’s some our favorite moments from the past 3 days of running around the East End trying to dodge street style photographers while not getting confused for the Spanish tourists on the “Jack the Ripper”-walking tour.
You’ve barely recovered from your New Years Eve shenanigans, and have not yet dared to open your clogged inbox, filled to the brim with insistent “Gently following up…”-e-mails from highly irritating colleagues and spam notifications about January Sales in shops you’ve never remembered shopping in. You’re still mourning your 2018 boyfriend, and have already broken your new year’s resolution. Ladies and gentlemen: welcome to 2019. When there’s no other place to look to for comfort, look to fashion: and this week, specifically, London Fashion Week Men’s SS20. Yes, it’s the first fashion week of the year, and this one is tight and punchy with lots of particularly emerging talents worth keeping an eye on. Here’s a couple of events, shows and names to look out for as London unveils what will (perhaps) be its last pre-Brexit men’s week – thank us later!
As the year comes to a close, you drop any diet plans, and you begin your arduous journey to the rural s**t-hole of a town you grew up in, it’s a great time to reflect on the year we’ve – miraculously – survived. 2018 will probably be remembered more for the year that Trump went full psycho, massive and global climate change crises, the racist rant of Dolce & Gabbana, and a never-arriving Brexit; but even so, music has been playing throughout. Our favorite artists provide the melodic backdrop and soundtrack to all the BS we’re facing everyday – they inspire change, fun, and survival. 2018 offered sensual moments of pure pop, visionary avant-garde, hedonist fun – and, oh, CARDI B. What was playing in the DANSK offices, you’re wondering? We’ll tell you! Here, we invite you into our musical catalog as you dive even deeper into your mother’s candy supply and strategize a full-scale revolution (next year).
In today’s globalized world – where it’s always fashion week somewhere – it’s easy to tire from the constant stream of shows. A spectacular resort collection unraveling out of a modernist spaceship museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? Seen it. A steamy, romantic couture collection presented in an ancient palazzo in Sicily, nested amongst the pine trees? Meh, done that! Corporate fashion’s love affair with destination shows easily grows boring, if not down right wrong, as seen with last week’s Dolce & Gabbana scandal in Shanghai. But yesterday, we died and went to heaven and resurrected in just seven minutes when Maison Valentino presented its pre-fall 2019 collection in an old warehouse in Tokyo – the first for the house since the 1980s.
As fashion month comes to a close, the art world is ready to saddle up for a season of frantic activity, beginning with last week’s Frieze Art Fair in London and running all the way until Art Basel Miami in December. For the next two months, the world’s prime gallerists, artists, and collectors will roam across the Earth in the search for the best showcases and sales – and this week, it’s all about Paris, who hosts its annual FIAC art fair. While FIAC is one of the older fairs of the European continent, it’s only in recent years it’s really re-established itself as a leader in the industry, attracting a great variety of blue chip and emerging names from around the world. Its international importance has made the FIAC week the most important of the year for the city’s museums and galleries, as proven by the wealth of exhibitions that can be experienced in the city. Should you be an uninitiated outsider – or frankly, just more concerned with the latest droppings on Vogue Runway, but still down for some painting-watching – despair not; here are four shows not to miss this week in the French Capital.
Riccardo Tisci has unveiled his first collection for British fashion brand Burberry since his announcement as the brand’s new creative director back in March. When the announcement was made, many quickly began speculating what he would do to the British fashion heritage maison. Many bets were put on his love for glam rock and Gothicism, as seen in his years at the French fashion luxury house Givenchy; others on his natural and intuitive take on the millennial generation and that this would stir things up a bit in the West London stable dresser. Finally, some set their hopes up for him to keep promoting diversity through his work. Most of it was fulfilled.
As fashion month (finally) comes to a close, you might – like us – find yourself sitting paralyzed on your daybed, staring in to nothingness, with feet massacred from kilometers of stiletto walking and €2000 less on your bank account, wondering what it all means. What can we really gather from fashion week, when that week lasts 36 days and spans 4 cities and features more than 200 prominent names? Not much, we can admit. But because we’re fashion editors, it’s actually our job to sit and parse through whatever we may have missed between the accent removal of CELINE to the beach vibes at CHANEL, and regurgitate it to you in a somewhat interesting, even inspiring manner. So with no further due, we present one view of the SS19 season, unapologetically featuring our favorite and the most trend-defining accessories of next summer.
or: THE EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PIERPAOLO PICCIOLI’S VALENTINO, TEARS INCLUDED.
Words alone cannot fully describe the feelings pirouetting inside one’s body during a Valentino show by Pierpaolo Piccioli. The collection’s notes insisted on the word freedom, the idea of letting things go and discovering a paradisaical haven where rules don’t matter any more. Pierpaolo Piccioli invited his guests in the Invalides complex, as Hedi Slimane did two days before. Of course no rational being would venture into comparing the two shows on such basis, because in terms of splendor, Valentino is plainly unmatchable.