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What is Styleforum Wearing: 5.14.2013

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Synthese, May 14, 2013.

  1. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial

    Feb 10, 2009
    Original WAYWT post here


    What this looks like: “When parents ask, ‘what are you going to do?’ and you say ‘nothing,’ and you head off and start doing it.”

    The old legends tell of an island lost in eternal fog, somewhere in the Gulf of Farallones, where an abandoned lighthouse keeps watch over a half-sunken rocky atoll. The lagoon within the breakers is clear and blue; the last haven of the Mer-People. To approach it is perilous, for the tides and currents surrounding the island are treacherous and unlike the rest of the gulf. Should you manage to land on its craggy shores, you will be granted an audience with the gate-keeper, the guardian of the sea-folk. He has spent the centuries holed up in his lighthouse, leaning out into the wind above the sea and spray of his lonely kingdom. He never speaks, but looks into your heart with his sea-green eyes, and weighs your soul against a gull’s feather. It is said that if you are pure and unclouded by hatred, you are granted a wish. A single wish - and a curse, as well; for once your short life is over, a purgatory awaits: yes, a half-life in the lighthouse as the gate-keeper, Year-King of wave and gale, until another reckless human dares to seek their dreams and releases you, at long last, into the cold embrace of the sea.

    The Goods:

    Windbreaker: Dries Van Noten
    Pants: Caruso
    Shoes: Superga

    In the past, you’ve described your style as very “coastal.” How does location influence the clothes you wear?

    Sheesh. Did I say that? My wardrobe isn't really nautical or beachy per se, but I think I approach clothes with a certain attitude that comes from living near the ocean. Probably just a tendency to make things feel lived-in or casual. I became interested in clothing and style within a surf culture context and I think that mindset still informs a lot of my choices, whether that choice is overt like wearing Vans and windbreakers or more subtle like wearing a suit with espadrilles. Well, that combo may not be very subtle, but you get the gist.


    Original WAYWT post here


    What this looks like: Argeiphontes, in a tank.

    “You don’t really look like a gallery person,” says the guy in the cool trench coat. You’re at MOMA, sitting in the corner, trying to ease your swollen feet while you stare at the splotches of color that adorn the walls in front of you.

    “I never could enjoy them either. There’s a part of me that always wants some sort of material souvenir after a sight-seeing trip, you know?”

    You grunt noncommittally, waiting for your girlfriend to complete her tour of the salon. He catches your eye for a moment, smiles, hefts a portfolio, and nods to you before walking out of an exit into a stairwell. You think nothing of it.

    Until the alarm goes off. A Pollock? Gone? There’s a buzz of excitement in the gallery, as if people are happy about the theft. You can’t help but wonder about the young man in the trench coat. Wait, he had a bag with him, didn’t he? How did he bring that inside? No, it couldn’t be. It’s broad daylight! The museum is full of people! There’s no way that anyone…that anyone…


    The Goods:

    Trench: Robert Geller
    Tee and Tank: Silent
    Jeans: APC Faux Noir
    Boots: WJK
    Tote: Silent

    Despite the slim silhouettes that you tend to favor, there’s an enviable ease to the outfits you put together. Is that something that came naturally? What do you think it takes to feel comfortable in your clothes?

    I wish I could say it comes naturally but the truth is it was incredibly difficult for me to figure out simple things like getting a pant leg to look right on a shoe/boot. It's only recently that I've started to feel comfortable. The first step was just figuring out what works on my body type (be realistic!). Then I think you just have to really wear your clothes. Beat them up a little. I don't baby anything I own because if you're worried about ruining something, you're not relaxed and having a good time. That stiffness will come through in your appearance.


    Original WAYWT post here


    What this looks like: Killer Bees on Attack

    Most people don’t realize how difficult it is to raise swagimals. Sleepless nights spent responding to the plaintive cries of hungry swaglings, eager for fabric swatches and glossy magazine covers; days filled with the hard physical labor of accessory-matching and back-breaking tailoring; the endless mucking-out of stalls littered with poorly-styled refuse. It’s a thankless job, but a fulfilling one. My father was a swag-farmer, as was his father before him. Swag has been in my family for generations, and the swag that we produce has been lauded far and wide as some of the finest swag available. Those who can bear with the long hours and thankless work, who finally get to experience the wondrous moment of releasing a full-grown swagimal back into the wild, are totally swagged out forever. It’s a life-changing experience, but it’s not for everyone.

    The Goods:

    Hat: Traditional Igbo chief hat
    Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren
    Shirt: Ralph Lauren
    Blazer: Uniqlo
    Khakis: Calvin Klein White Label
    Loafers: Tom Ford
    Swag: Borrowed from my dad

    You seem to be one of the foremost advocates of “peacocking” over in CM - well, perhaps we’ll just say instead that you’re notably better with color. Where does that interest – or insistence – come from?

    Playing with color is something I identify with culturally. Born and raised in Nigeria for the first 14 years of my life, it was almost certain that I would master balancing color. It isn’t something that I can explain with a rubric. Rather, it’s from firsthand experience that lies within the weddings and ceremonial events I have attended throughout my life. What is funny is that in college all my fashion heroes where minimalists. Helmut Lang, Jil Sander and several of their contemporaries helped develop my taste level. I was so envious of their ability to execute simplicity in unorthodox ways. In reality I am similar to them in thought and theory, but the complete opposite in execution. Maybe it is why I totally identify with Prada.


    Original WAYWT post here


    What this looks like: Slenderman’s Day Off

    Life as a shadow isn’t so bad. Two-dimensionality has it perks, that’s for sure. You get to hang out in cool spots like the sides of buildings and on top of roofs, and nobody ever notices you – you can go wherever you want, do whatever you desire! There’s only one downside: for most shadows, life ends every night with the setting of the sun, and you pop in and out of a fuzzy existence in the unreliable light of streetlamps and neon signs. That’s why I gave up my body long ago – corporeality is an easy sacrifice to make when the prize is endless freedom. I don’t even depend on light anymore; I flit through the air and along the pavement wherever I desire – gravity holds no sway over me; physics are a concern of the past. And I am not the only one. Oh, no, there are more of us, and we are growing in number. We will introduce ourselves someday soon, I think, and our coming will plunge the world into beautiful darkness. And then, finally, we will be One.

    The Goods:

    Snap Blazer: Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme
    Tee: Raf Simons
    Tank: Silent
    Trousers: Damir Doma
    Shoes: Guidi, Reverse Horse Leather

    SW&D generally looks to you for luxury sweatpants, slim jeans, high tops and leather jackets. What sparked this most recent shift?

    I'm not sure if it is a shift but more of a natural progression to explore different aesthetics while still developing my own personal style. This forum, as well as others, has brought a great deal of knowledge, resource and inspiration for my fashion approach. Although the transition has been a good creative experience, there's no immediate plan to retire my streetwear uniform yet.
    Last edited: May 14, 2013
    48 people like this.
  2. conceptual 4est

    conceptual 4est Well-Known Member

    Jul 24, 2012
    1 person likes this.
  3. StanleyVanBuren

    StanleyVanBuren Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2007
    Los Angeles
    the artishard story might be my favorite yet...
    6 people like this.
  4. Louys

    Louys Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    If you wrote a book I would buy it.
  5. Tirailleur1

    Tirailleur1 Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2012
    those swagimals... I take great pride in raising them.
    4 people like this.
  6. Lionheart Biker

    Lionheart Biker Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    south of the border, west of the sun
    I´m feeling inclined to post fits more often just so I might have the chance of being immortalized by synthese´s writing...
    1 person likes this.
  7. ManofKent

    ManofKent Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Garden of England
    Another fine piece.
  8. blahspam

    blahspam Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Los Angeles
    So great I had to read it twice.
  9. robinsongreen68

    robinsongreen68 Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2006
    the fairly crappy minor public school i went to owned an art gallery, among whose treasures was/is a priceless rembrandt. problem was they couldn't afford proper security, so the thing was regularly stolen, usually in broad daylight, by some guy just walking out with it in a bag. it was always recovered though, once from under a bush in a public park. true story...
    Last edited: May 16, 2013
    1 person likes this.
  10. teddieriley

    teddieriley Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    Wait, you smell that?
    This is by far, most excellent.
  11. The-Arm

    The-Arm Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2012
    Great work as always Synth, keep it up!
  12. Nikos

    Nikos Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Quote: You should read Calvino's Invisible Cities, if you have not done so already.

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