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LCM – Xander Zhou AW15 – Image Exclusive

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Chinese designer Xander Zhou offered a Cowboy inspired collection of menswear for AW15, presented during London Collections: Men.

“When I first set eyes on Wild West elements, I had the same experience as most westerners when they see oriental elements for the first time – I could only discern their crude forms” Zhou said.
The American Wild West was referenced with hues of  camel, black and navy reminiscent of iconic Western movies. Fabrics ranged  from fur, fringe and leather to tassels and distressed denim. Tassel and fringing adorned several looks  with Navajo inspired patterns featuring on knitwear and outerwear.  Zhou also incorporated his Chinese heritage into the new line with several pieces
embellished calligraphy by Wang Dan.

Rounding of the season were a collect of singular lenses glasses created in collaboration with eyewear designer Percy Lau, which mirror the crosshairs in a gun sight.

Runway images are Azzarenko exclusive by Arron Dunworth

More information on Xander Zhou here

Words by Cristian Burbano

Philip Plein: Ready to Win

Philipp Plein Casino Runway Milano

PHILIPP PLEIN came to Milan’s Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Show ready to play, and ready to win. His casino backdrop, with flashing lights and a roulette wheel runway, set the mood for the Philip Plein style of street couture, where everyday life becomes extraordinary.

In Philip’s words, ‘We create a fusion of dreams and reality, of Italian craftsmanship and luxurious design’.

It isn’t surprising that the 35 year old German designer is taking the fashion world by storm, with a laughing skull as his signature. PHILIPP PLEIN entered the design scene in 1998, creating streamlined architecturally inspired furniture for the factory he inherited from his grandfather. He quickly began making handbags and shoes from the scraps of leather on the floor in the shop. Not ordinary shoes and handbags, bold statements with texture and color, suitable for men or women, that quickly launched him into the fashion world.

Philip Plein’s Men’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection will knock your socks off. Socks are not an accessory to this confident, sensual and unexpected men’s fashion vision. It is part James Bond, part Mad Max. Imagine a finely tailored black leather tuxedo jacket contrasted with vibrant red shorts and a matching studded military carry-all. You don’t even have to see it to know it’s fresh and exciting.

There are no limits or inhibitions in the Philip Plein look. It’s all about living each day to the fullest with sophistication, provocation and surprise! It’s couture fashion for men who appreciate sporty elegance.

Philipp Plein Casino Runway Milano

See more at: www.philipp-plein.com

Gucci Men’s Cruise 2013

Gucci is the number one Italian brand in the world, with over 278 stores world-wide.  At the helm is creative director Frida Giannini, Gucci Cruise who is dedicated to maintaining the luxury heritage of the company. Frida also ‘Chimes For Change’, raising money world-wide for women’s education.

Gucci was founded in Florence, Italy in 1921, a city famous for slilled craftsmanship. It began with leather luggage, next came bags and shoes. In the early 1960’s, Gucci expanded, adding clothing and accessories, at one point manufacturing over 200,000 products.

For the 2013 Gucci Men’s Cruise Collection, Frida has chosen a combination of fabrics. There are fine pig skins and leathers, wools, silks, and the cotton signature canvas with the double G symbol and prominent red and green bands, materials that transcend the seasons and typify travel. The Gucci man is ready to indulge his senses in the best the world has to offer, especially warm sunny beaches, tourmaline blue waters, and starry nights.

Gucci is known for highly sophisticated menswear, but they also make casual fun pieces that accentuate every kind of man.  Whether it’s sleek body- molding designs for the slender, or looser fitting attire for the larger build, Gucci is dedicated to epitomize style and fashion. The Cruise collection is founded on neutral tones, with bright pops of explosive color that are easy to wear. Color accentuates the modern silhouettes, and infuses a youthful attitude.

Gucci Men’s Cruise For yachting or the golf course, you could choose simple black shorts with an overly saturated crimson or floral print shirt. Traveling to the Mediterranean doesn’t have to be sober, try a bleached denim jean with a blue leather jacket and a handcrafted striped Baiadera bag.  The great thing about Gucci is you can have it all – slacks, shirt, shoes, jacket, suit, shorts, bag, sunglasses. For a chic evening look, try a crisp white tuxedo, accented with a mandarin orange loafer. The 2013 Gucci Men’s Cruise Collection is about bursting open with confidence, color, and style.

“Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten” Aldo Gucci

Rich, Famous, Fashionable Punks at the 2013 Met Gala

The punk themed fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Gala on the evening of May 6, honored high fashion and the icons that wear it. The Gala is considered the Oscars of fashion. Daring and risk is the name of the game. The clothes are the spectacle of the night.

Eight hundred celebrities, fashion designers, and super-models, from reigning Chairwoman Mrs. Beyonce Carter, to punk icon Debbie Harry, paid $250,000.00 per table to dine and enjoy JellO shots for dessert.

The event, sponsored by Moda Operandi Fashion and Conde Nast, celebrates the Metropolitan’s Costume Institute Exhibition, and highlights punks impact on high fashion. Moda Operandi has created an exclusive punk collection created by designers Givenchy, Balmain, and Vivienne Westwood who originally articulated the punk era by merging social realism with artistic expression.

No one in the dazzling crowd was wearing garbage bags or safety pins, and few captured the youthful sizzle of the original style.

Beyonce captured the evening wearing a flame-motif gown with a flame cut-out train created by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci.

Madonna wowed the crowd in a Tartan jacket, Givenchy pink spike heels, shredded fishnets and no pants. Anne Hathaway, in a vintage Valentino and a spiked blonde punk hairdo, channeled Debbie Harry, one of the revered stars of the exhibit, wearing Tommy Hilfiger.


Gwyneth Paltrow was edgy in a hot pink Valentino gown with a cut-out top, but the edginess of the theme threw many fashionistas off their game. Kim Kardashian, Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicki Minaj, and many more, were not their usual fearless fashion selves.

Many of the looks from ‘Chaos to Couture’ are available through the Moda Operandi website. Everything is bona fide designer duds, fun and very cool.