poniedziałek, 28 czerwca 2010

"Women are more interested in neat men than in their opposites" - Anja Rubik.

I'm a perfume transvestite. Really. I get the phenomenon of "Chanel no.5" perfume more often than my girl friends, aunts and all female acquaintances, because I'd use it myself if it was a little bit sharper. I'm the one who uses YSL "Opium" for men and the one for women by turns and doesn't see anything wrong about it. Also, I test all of the newest fragrances to a great surprise
of retarded missies in perfumeries who kindly inform me that "It's a women's section, the male one is on the right/left" and are astonished when I respond: "Do I look like Stevie Wonder?".

It's gonna be about male scents, a rather limited and not so interesting market, but with the help of a goddess, a fashion icon, I'll try to traverse it safely and without any bloopers. Especially for you, Gentlemen, I spoke with gorgeous Anja Rubik about male perfumes.

Let's not fool ourselves: scents for men are usually bland, sporty and smell like mediocre air freshener. At the beginning I have to say that I am a fan of sharpness and musk, jasmine, orange, vanilla, cigar, tobacco and petrol scents. I love perfumes which smell on skin like aftersex traces - bitemarks, passionate hickeys or scratches - rapaciously, fiercely and provocatively. My top 5 is: "Opium" by YSL, Donna Karan's "Black Cashmere", CK's "Obsession", Gucci's "Pur Homme" and "Avignion" from Comme des Garcons. Top 5 in perfumeries consists of "Le Male" by Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior's "Fahrenheit" and anything new from D&G, Givenchy or Davidoff. In other words - a group shout of faggyness. Darling, you smell so gently, like warm, summer rain! Such rankings break me down - it always becomes clear to me that guys are afraid of distinctiveness and resort to cheap classics like Lacoste. And it stays on skin depending on the wind's strenght outside - from 5 to 15 minutes.

And here's the conflict: I choose sharp scents, Anja prefers the subtle ones. I want exceptional and she wants universal. Although, we agree on male scents. But let her speak - after all, I know that it's what everybody's waiting for.

Which scent does Ania Rubik use?
ChloÊ by ChloÊ.

I was wondering whether it's an advertising gimmick, taking into consideration that Anja is a face of the fragrance, but bunch of friends confirmed the information.

What does perfume mean for you?
Perfume is reflection of a woman who wears them. For me, they should emphasize woman's beauty and at the same time encourage her with a subtle bit of class and sexappeal.

If you had an opportunity to design your own fragrance, what would it be like? Or maybe you were given such an offer?
No, I didn't get such proposal, but if I had a chance it would definitely be a delicate, floral and fresh scent, intriguing at the same time. Perfect for every woman.

What, according to you, makes an ideal male scent? Which one would you notice for sure? Maybe you could reveal what does your man smell like?
A perfect perfume for man should be easily recognisable, one of its kind. Such a fragrance that makes women turn their heads instinctively. It should also be alluring and modern at the same time, like Armani Code that Sasha (Anja's boyfriend, a model - editorial note) uses.

Male perfumes seem to become more and more feminine. What is your opinion on
the blurring of the differences between men and women?
Gender blurring is something entirely favourable to me. I think that a man who takes care of himself, does yoga, visits a beautician regularly or pays attention to what he eats, is in my opinion a 100 per cent man. I also think that women are more interested in neat men than in their opposites.

Big world is an everyday life for you - you know all the trends perfectly. What do you think about the current men's fashion?
I think it's very good. This season men really do have something to choose from. From minimallistically modernistic look presented by Calvin Klein, through Prada's smart collection, to nonchalant and sporty sets from Dsquared2. To sum up, everyone can find something for themselves.

You had a pleasure to be a designer - precisely a shoe designer. How do you recall the collaboration? And if a well known company would give you a chance to design women's and men's collection how would it look like?
The collaboration with Quazi was a wonderful experience for me. I remember it very positively, both the very designing and an ad campaign as well. If I had an opportunity to design men's collection, it would definitely stand out because of the simplicity of cut and a colour palette. Strong, firm cuts and deep colours, mainly black and navy-blue. That's how the men's collection
would look like: masculine.

Is there any fragrance for men that you'd withdraw from shops?
No. I haven't stumbled across any such scent yet.

Masculine or feminine? Which element is wanted the most? When my friend sprinkled herself with my perfume, guys kept asking her what scent was she using. When I did the same thing with her frangrance (CK "Euphoria"), I was being approached by girls massively. So maybe it's rather worth playing than taking the easy way out? Unisex can be sexy too, especially since fragrance smells different on everybody. And don't buy perfume because of the advertisements, what many of my friends did. Mat Gordon in the ad of Pacco Rabanne's scent "1 million" looks definitely hot, but those who are interested in fashion know that... he's said to prefer boys over girls. So don't be fooled by the impression that within a second you may become a macho like the guy from the spot. Well, after all you can become a macho, but an active one at the most...

Text published in Dilemmas Magazine.

Translation: Gabriela Korput

Photo: Anja's archives (Thank You!)

środa, 23 czerwca 2010

"People in fashion hate new faces" - the interview with Victor Blanco.

Everyone knows I hate drag queens. Nothing scarier than a drag queen even if it's the highest level of art. I don't believe in such an art. In this case I am totally mental and nothing's gonna change my way of thinking. And I was sure about it till March when I met him. He stole my heart with his passion to fashion (sounded like we were in FTV - "I love Fashion TV" LOL), his great style and charming personality. He's outstripped, handsome and he wears stiletto heels better than many women. I had the chance to interview the one of the most promissing stylists, in love with the girls of "Sex and The City" - the IT boy - Victor Blanco.

Fetish: Are you gay?
Victor Blanco: Yep.

I am just asking because only a gay men could wear heels and not kill himself.
For sure!

Why heels?
Cuz it's the number 1 for all the fetish people... Heels drive people crazy, men and women!

How many pairs do you have?

Each month grows... Lots of designers send me pairs to my office to wear them to shows or events, so it's monthly growing... Now i have about 30 pairs... In october I had just 12.

You have shoes from the best designers, where from do you have the money for them? They're fucking expencive!
Some are gifts from the designers or stores... I made some TV shows, or lots of events so I get photographed or filmed with them, otherwise, I work so hard to buy them if anytime I want a specific pair!

Favourite pair?
I'm dying to have a Brian Atwood's pair, they are so chic and glamourous... I'm talking to him (smiles), maybe I'll wear a pair of BA's for my next uncoming book cover (smiles again).

The most expencive pair?
All are about the same price 500 euros... Some more some less, but aproximately.

What's your job?
Stylist and a personal shopper.

How did your adventure with the fashion started?
When I was 18 I started to work on luxury brand till now. I've worked as a sales guy, as a visual merchandiser manager for Europe and as a VIP stylist, so now I'm on my own.

I am wondering - you're walking dress like that normally on the street? Here in Poland people would kill you probably...
I only use heels to go to the parties, events, or shows. Never to go on the street. If they would try to kill me they should know, if I wear my Pigalle Louboutin's, they are 13cm high, with a very extreme heel, so be carefuul (laughs). Who would kill whom?

What would be your advice for people who wanna get into fashion?
If it's their passion, fight for it, it's not easy... People in fashion hate new faces... They think everybody comes to stole their jobs positions so fight for your dreams.

Saw your pics with many stars. U're friends?
Well I have contact with a lot of VIP people, it's my work, so I have to be in contact with them, meet them and it's nice to know how they are in person, Brian Atwood... oh, when I met him... He's so gorgeous! And Manolo Blahnik, he's adorable!

How did you met them? Come on, tell me some secrets!
I met them in NYFNO in September. I used to work at BALLY so I know the PR and Brian, I talked to him several times via Twitter, and Manolo? I met him at his store, as we both are Spanish he was so nice to me and I have some words from him on my book (smiles).

You're a passionate blogger. What is so different about your blog? Everyone can be bloggin now, even a Yoda-Girl Tavi I mentioned about a post or two ago. By the way, do you like her?
I like that everybody are able to talk or to write. Everybody needs an opportunity, but I think we need a little background to share opinions. I'm in fashion since I was 18. Now I'm 26 (in two days Victor is having a b'day - editor's note) so I worked very hard to be able to give an opinion. She's losing her childhood with those expensive clothes, travels and parties but I think I would do the same as her.

What are your plans for the future?
Keep growing and start to form my own Victor Blanco team and be the next Rachel Zoe. Now i'm finished my first book so that's a huge step on my career, and then... who knows.... also I'm the Fashion Advisor for the Valencia Fashion Week in Spain, I'm bringing lot of international VIP press to my country.... I'm styling actresses and much more coming up, also in few days I'm lauching my brand new website victorblanco.es

Your book? Everyone's writing now! What is it all about?
My book is the first one in spanish about luxury, fashion and style from a stylist's point of view. A lot of VIP people will be on it, and it would be a great book. I can't tell you more things, but soon when my publisher let me I will give you more details! But you will adore it (smiles).

The book will be out this fall! Excited?
I'm so excited. Can't wait to see it! I just can tell you this - YOU WILL LOVE IT ;)

Part of this interview was published in Polish online fashion magazine Dilemmas Magazine.

photographs - Victor's archives

Also, check Victor's blogs: the old one, and the brand new.

poniedziałek, 21 czerwca 2010

"Can't take everything seriously. Even if it is permanent" - the interview with Cole Mohr.

I adore him. He's in my top 5 fav models. He's a next door guy, who will meet you for a beer, get wasted and still be adorable. No sugar-coating, no apologies. He uses fuck as many times as it is needed. And honestly? He doesn't care bout fashion at all. He's a boy who just wanna have fun.

Fetish: Thank you, you agreed to give me this interview. Honestly you will be the first huge name here. Do you consider yourself as successful?
Cole Mohr: No not really. I mean I have done some interesting work over the last few years, but I don't have jack-shit to show for it. And my name isn't huge. It's 8 letters.

How many campaigns did you make, and what was the best one in your opinion?
I don't know exactly, 15 or 20. Marc by Marc Jacobs with Juergen Teller in drag....in my hometown....pretty cool I guess. If you like that sort of shit.

Karl Lagerfeld said that fashion world isn't for everyone, he even asked: "Are you sure you want to be in this world"? What do you personaly think about fashion industry? Is it more fun or more a fucking hard work?
Karl Lagerfeld? The race-car driver?

We all heard about many problems that models are dealing with. Are the drugs or alcohol addiction a big trouble issue nowadays?

A few days ago Tom Nicon commit a suicide. My condolences for you as I know you were friends. Why do you think young people like Tom or other models, female and male are ending their lives that way?
Tom was one of the most special and kind people I have ever had the good fortune to meet and it is truly sad that he is gone. He was so loved. And he will be missed.

Some anonymous model said: "People think we are young and beautiful and rich and happy. But we're not. We go to castings and the directors take one look at us and then we're dismissed. You spend your whole life wondering what's wrong with you. Why didn't I get that job? You're competing with your friends, you're away from your family. The pressure is huge. It's not the fairytale life people would expect". What do you think about that?
I think people need to be a little tougher. That is some diva bullshit. There are a lot harder things than this fucking garbage.

What would be your adivce to all young people who wants to get into the fashion industry as models, stylists or designers?
Run to the hills.

You're tall and skinny. The new generation of models have began. The rock boys are the most successful models right now. Do you think this, let's call it trend, will last longer than one season?
Who cares?

You have many tattoos. Is there any story behind them, a reason you did them?
Yeah and no. A lot of them mean something personal or whatever, but a lot of them were also just impulse and boredom and I just start tattooing myself in my living room, and that's how I end up with a chicken's foot on my hand, and 3D. You gotta have fucked up stupid ones. Can't take everything seriously. Even if it is permanent.

What are you working on at the moment and where and when can we see you? Ps.As I promised u gotta beer.

Just making art shit and playing with my friends. That's all I really like doing. And you can see me as soon as you want to buy me a beer. I'm up for that.

Photo: Jolijn Myra Snijders (www.ilovefake.com)

piątek, 18 czerwca 2010

Tavi G. - The Yoda Of Fashion.

It's not about the jealousy. I'm not envious or mean, but this could only happen in America - the world of burgers, Starbucks and from-bed-to-bed-careers country.

First, I've heard about this teen blogger (the better word here would be brat) a year ago or maybe a year and a half, I don't remember the details. And it was like: what the fuck? Who's that girl looking like a grandma mixed with Master Yoda with Stevie Wonder's charm in bonus? She looked like all retarted girls from the TV. In Poland where I come from those little girls with lovely crossed-eyes and crooked teeth (or without them) are begging for text messages that are fucking expencive to help them defeating their illness. Tavi should also be the star in TV - the text message girl begging for proper clothes. I can understand that punk is not dead. I can understand denim obsession. But I will never understand spending big amounts of the money to look like a villager. And for me she looks like a countrywoman. But let's be honest: do you know sexy or at least beautiful female fashion editor? I don't. And it's kinda ridiculous that ugly people rule the world of fashion where beauty is on the top. Where the body obsession is bigger than Karl Lagerfeld's narcissism. But what is so special about Yoda girl? The style she's presenting is a fashion terror to my eyes. Stylistic Obama mixed with the imagination of Hitler. And I really don't get the fact that the world got collective erections since she came out from her room. She's a new friend of Marc "Eternal-Nudist" Jacobs? Wow, since when an older gay man is the best friends with a teenager who looks like a young junkie? There's only one answer: PUBLICITY. And as we all know - the best publicity is free publicity. But on the other hand I can understand that - Marc who was always a great designer decided to make the best selling product from himself. So he threw out all his clothes and now he's naked all the time and he got blinded of his shiny balls hanging everywhere. Okay fella, we all like your body but watching it all the time is as thrilling as watching porn after having an orgasm. I still don't get the fact why is he working on two lines - LV and his own. Wouldn't it be more simple to create one brand from those two and call it "NUDITY"? But let's go back to the young granny. Tavi sitting next to Kate Moss in the first row? Tavi on the cover of "LOVE"? Wow, impressive. I wonder where's she gonna be in a few years. Now when she's a little ugly girl (and we all love puppies) she's melting people's hearts. But later (and we all know how a lot of old dogs end) she may become a fashion witch, an obsolescent product that fashion world has created, chewed, cursed and spitted out cuz there will come another teenage fashion spiritualist with better face and bigger talent.

czwartek, 17 czerwca 2010

Bloody Kingdom Of Word.

Once upon a time there was a boy. Honestly? There were always many boys like him so he weren't unique or special. God gave him average face, poor hair and a few kilos too much. He started working as a journalist six (or maybe seven?) years ago and that's where his journey began. He wrote bout music, had his own column, started one blog about sex and then the next one about his boring life. He interviewed Josh Beech, Bastiaan Ninaber, Anja Rubik and more special people from the music and fashion industry. In the meantime he got a nickname "Fetish" as he got addicted from jeans. He was buying them every time he went shopping and felt in love with denim. That was his one and true real love, a kind of a bad romance he was ashamed cuz he was pissing himself seeing someone in a good paired jeans. Yeah, later he felt for fashion. Having no idea about it he started writing cynical columns and articles to online magazines, newspapers and blogs. But there are so many people writing about fashion - the androgenic guys looking like drag queens or children of Gaga and all dicks from New Kids On The Block; the yoda-look-like Tavi - a poor girl hurt by her parents or others more or less funny. And there the question was born - how can he jump over them, how can he beat them and be heared by more than one? But the answer was simple: he decided to be himself - vulgar, raw and honest.

So welcome to my bloody kingdom of word, fashion and dirty thoughts. Remember this address cause soon everyone's gonna talk about it. God may not gave me the face but he gave me the writing skills and I will prove my talent by eating my guests here and commenting on fashion evens, posts and collections. And my English may be not perfect, but since when being perfect is fantastic? Imperfection is sexier. It may sometimes help you find a teacher who will guide you, teach you and fuck you in the end the way you really like.