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Feature | Pedro Garcia “Three Generations of Shoemakers”

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Spanish shoe designer Pedro Garcia founded this family business in 1925 (three generations back). Since then every shoe has been crafted in the town of Elda located in Alicante. The book release of “Pedro Garcia, Three Generations of Shoemakers” documents the memoirs of its founder and was presented during the Fashion Footwear Association of New York expo. The pages travel through the eventful life of being an entrepreneur, the expansion of the company, to the desires to reach multiple European markets including United States. Garcia’s book was published in three languages to match the his vast retailers that include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, to “online department store” Net-A-Porter.

Simon Nygard in Alexis Mabille #malemodelmonday

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On my recent trip to Paris I explored the fascinating world of designer Alexis Mabille shooting his New-Wave-Dandy Fall 2012 collection in the elegant rooms of the Cointreau Privè, a dark, cool, chic club which Alexis has decorated with his own brand of french elegance. The dark, smoky atmosphere of the Privè fits perfectly the strong, new-romantic look of Alexis’ Fall collection, with its lace frills mixed with matelassè leather, tight pants that go wider at the bottom but are closed by leather straps, silk brocade shirts closed by large safety pins at the neck. A look which brings back to mind those small, strange clubs we used to go to in the 80s,when people dressed up in their best post-punk finery, trying to translate dandyism into the electronic era. For this shoot we finally got to work with lovely Simon , who besides being a model is a stylist and designs the jewelry we used in the shoot. We want to thank all our french friends and italian connections who made this adventurous shoot possible, and hope you enjoy it!

5 Minutes with fashion designer Liz Black

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Venezuelan UK based designer Liz Black has been on a roll lately. From creating a celebrity following (Lady Gaga, Amber Le Bon and Sophie BlackBurn to name a few), appearing in countless major fashion publications, being a semi finalist for the Fashion Fringe award and being named a Vogue talent it doesn’t seem like things will be slowing down soon. Liz’s latest collection featuring statement minimal pieces of white, blues and blacks have been one of our favourites here at FIASCO which is why she’ll also be featured in the upcoming Blue issue, out in a few days. I catch up with Liz and talk about her latest collection, essentials for this season and creating her own design aesthetic. 

HOM by Alexis Mabille, an interview by Riccardo Slavik(pt 2)

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This interview is the second half of a two part interview. Catch the first part here.

RS- There seems to be a lot more interest in fashion at any level than, say 6-7 years ago, men know and want to know about fashion.

AM- They have developed a certain sensibility and this is good for the market.

RS- I personally find menswear a lot more interesting than womenswear at the moment, it gives me a frisson that womenswear hasn’t been able to provide for a while..

AM- It’s interesting because this evolution, it’s happening in a strong and fast way. It’s like a mutation; it’s all happening in a short time. Living in conservative countries as we do sometimes we have to push things to make it happen, but in England they’re more open, young people are more interested in fashion even in more adventurous ways.

Hom by Alexis Mabille, an interview by Riccardo Slavik(pt. 1)

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Alexis Mabille came to my attention a few years ago as the man responsible for the big comeback of the bow-tie. after a successful career in designing accessories for various big brands, he launched his first line of neck accessories, Treizeor, creating wonderful and elaborate bow-ties and ties for both sexes and then, with Impasse 13, he launched a rather unisex clothing line. In the span of a few seasons he was showing in Paris under his own name with 3 lines: menswear, womenswear and couture. His latest venture is a collaboration with Hom for L’Hom de Alexis Mabille(Hom by Alexis Mabille_, his own men’s underwear line. It was this new collaboration that sparked our talk in Milano last month.

Guest DJ featuring Shannon Sinclair

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shannonTo start off a series of playlists compiled by past and featured contributors to our pages we asked photographer Shannon Sinclair to kick off our DJ set. She picked five tracks that she’s currently playing. Tracks by Björk and Feist give us a Sinclair’s music library ranges.
Shannon Sinclair’s  Set List:  

1. Björk- Crystalline

2. Drake ft. Rihanna- Take Care

3. M83 ft. Zola Jesus- Intro

4. Feist- The Reminder (Grizzly Bear Remix)

5. CSS ft. Bobby Gillespie- Hits Me Like A Rock

FIASCO Rebellious & Activist: The Covers

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 FIASCO is back and ready to go.

After a brief hiatus – and subsequent change of frequency – FIASCO returns with it’s Rebellious & Activist issue, first with the release of 4 covers. The covers, which feature the photographic work of Sebastian Troncoso and Nicolas Guerin, serve to drive home the theme of the upcoming issue.

Guerin gives his two covers of Alina Krasina from Premier and Simon Sabbah from New Madison the graffiti treatment. With lines like “Our Democracy” and “Fight Back,” screaming from the covers, it’s clear that meek images these are not.

Troncoso takes a more reserved aproach. In a powerful greyscale Andrea B from Traffic appears contemplative, rounding out the cover options.

Stay on the lookout for the new issue.

Simone Nobili in Raf Simons #malemodelmonday

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With the Rebellious & Activist issue of FIASCO – now a bi-monthly magazine – soon to debut we get back into the swing of things with a brand new #malemodelmonday. Shot by Lorenzo Marcucci,  Simone Nobili, who shot into the spotlight courtesy of a Givenchy campaign, tries on a few expressions for the camera dressed in a leather jacket and t-shirt from HTC as well as a net sweater and printed long-sleeved t-shirt from Raf Simons.

Richard Nicoll, Vodafone and Tusting make battery-charging bag

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And on the fourth day, Richard Nicoll created the battery charging hand bag; and it was good.
Ok, well maybe that wasn’t an actual verse but there’s no doubt in my mind that the white leather bag that doubles as what could effectively be called a docking station for mobile devices as well as tablets – iPad anyone? – shown as a part of Richard Nicoll’s Fall 2012 is beyond good. Formed through a collaboration with Tusting and Vodafone, Nicoll combines fashion and technology in a sleek and innovative way that brings new meaning to “on the go.”

Reports say that the bag, which itself must be charged via a magnetic tap charger connected to the mains power, will hold it’s own for two days. That’s right, two days. So no more multiple batteries for your Blackberry nor strategic usage of your iPhone to preserve battery life, but instead you’ll be able to simply connect your devise via a retractable cord, to your bag, and continue your hectic fashion week schedule as always. Talk about “charging ahead!”

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EXCLUSIVE: The NY Boys by B. Charles Johnson #malemodelmonday

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Right before New York Fashion Week kicked off we called in a few fresh faces for a two day shoot with FIASCO fave, B. Charles Johnson. With styling work by Adrian Manuel, another FIASCO veteran, and hair and grooming by Jakob Sherwood using T.I.G.I Catwalk Session Series and Makeup Forever, the 10 model shoot turned out cheeky, fresh and fun, right in time for London Fashion Week.(above, Billy Morgan of FORD Direct)

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Christian Plaunche of VNY wears an adidas SLVR tee, Richard Chai coat and shorts. Christan was at the Tim Coppens, Native Son, General Idea and Robert Geller presentations.

Alexander Wang to introduce menswear accessories

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American designer, Alexander Wang, continues to expand his growing empire with the announcement of an expansion into accessories for men.

Known for championing the resurgence of downtown chic, Wang is still a young designer. After his succes with the CFDA, and the launch of his T by Alexander Wang line, the Parsons graduate has designed a collection of bags and wallets in his now signature black.

In an array of sizes and shapes – sacks, messengers, toes, backpacks and duffle bags – crafts pieces in goat and calf skin for the modern man, that retain the brands urban yet luxury aesthetic. The collection, named Wallie after a skateboarding trick, will be available on the brand’s website beginning tomorrow.

Blog Spotlight : Lookbook Cookbook

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With the internet these days, blogs are popping up by the minute. Every once in a while though, you’ll stumble upon one bringing something new to the table. This week I stumbled upon Lookbook Cookbook, a food and fashion blog featuring delish vegan, gluten and soy free recipies. Each recipe is accompanied by a small editorial featuring their models totally vegging out with the delicious goodies. Being vegan myself, i’m always on the hunt for new recipies so stumbling upon this blog was definitely a good thing. The best thing about the site is that the recipes aren’t complicated at all, my favourite recipe is definitely the pumpkin pancakes, which can be found below!

EXCLUSIVE: Frentzos Fall 2012

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For his Fall 2012 collection Angelos Frentzos continues his move towards a relaxed and layered menswear, avoiding completely any trace of tailoring and concentrating on beautiful details like the strips of jersey he has woven in his mohair sweaters to give them some stiffer, contrasting detail, or the beautiful vintage photographic prints he does in an old Paris laboratory. His men this season take a trip from the snows of the Alaska to the sunny glam-rock beaches of LA, so an old nordic-style sweater becomes a print on jersey and wool, creating the illusion of knitwear fit for a chalet, wolves are printed all over ina fractal print or take center stage on t-shirts, winter landscapes are printed on bomber jackets and pants and when we arrive in LA our boys go full black with silver and gold studs, at a second glance the studs design a snowflake motif, thus bringing the journey back to that original vintage sweater. A move away from tailoring and a strong sportswear influence doesn’t mean we’re talking about easy weekend pieces here, the dark, goth soul of Angelos shines in its subtle rock’n’roll glory throughout the collection, which retains a strong, personal vibe and a very strong image.

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