DOES SEX SELL? (NSFW)

Fashion, The Unpublished

 

 

 

Photos by: Lorenzo Marcucci
Styling by: Riccardo Slavik

Styling assistant: Marco Fusari Imperatore
Photographer’s assistant: Riccardo Carraro
Make Up: Grazia Riverditi, Hair Stefano Tambolla both at Glowartists for dayanabeautyluxury.com
Models: Kira Fox and Carl at Brave, Matteo at Elite Milano, Dustin and Artur at Fashion, Alice Wink at Monster

(too sexy outtakes and apparently NSFW alternative edits from Virtue Is Flexibility editorial out on collectible DRY #5)

#censorshipisabitch

 

 

 

 

‘Identities of postmodern men and women remain, like the identities of their ancestors, human-made. But no longer do they need to be meticulously designed, carefully built and rock-solid. Their most coveted virtue is flexibility: all structures should be light and mobile so that they can be rearranged at short notice, one-way streets should be avoided, no commitment should be strongly binding enough to cramp free movement. Solidity is an anathema as is all permanence – now the sign of dangerous maladjustment to the rapidly and unpredictably changing world, to the surprise opportunities it holds and the speed with which it transforms yesterday’s assets into today’s liabilities.’

Zygmunt Bauman On Postmodern Uses of Sex. 1999

 

‘Much richer sensual fruits of sexuality can be harvested through experimenting as well with other than straightforwardly heterosexual activities.’
Zygmunt Bauman On Postmodern Uses of Sex. 1999

 

‘We’re all born naked, and the rest is Drag’ this RuPaul quote isn’t just another snappy drag-queen sound byte, it also works as a very profound statement on the performance of identity and gender in modern times. As Grayson Perry notes in his book The Descent Of Man, heterosexual white middle class males ( what he calls Default Men) are certain their clothes, behavior and ideas are ‘natural’ simply because they have shaped our culture for hundreds of years and are therefore ‘the norm’, yet even basic male behaviour is eventually a performance to pass an internalized test of ‘maleness’. Children by the age of 7 are acutely aware of gender, but their ideas on gender performance and identity are based on what adults tell them and how they behave. Pink for girls and blue for boys, for example is a marketing ploy ( gendered items are harder to pass down to younger children unless they’re all the same sex) and quite a recent thing, in 1918 fashion magazines still considered pink to be a ‘stronger’ color, and more advisable for boys. Most identity is conditioning and performance and as Zygmunt Bauman noted in Liquid Love, in the fluid state of our modern times ‘ whatever vocabulary is used to articulate the current plight of homo sexualis, and whether self-training and self-discovery or genetic and medical interventions are viewed as the right way to the proper/ desirable sexual identity, the bottom line still remains the ‘alterability’, transience, non-finality of any of the assumed sexual identities.’ Fluidity of movement among identities, places, even sexual identities is part and parcel of ‘liquid modernity’. It’s not surprising then that a survey by YouGov UK found that 49 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds identifies themselves as “something other than 100 percent heterosexual” or that only 44% of the Gen Z interviewees always bought clothes designed for their own gender ( versus 54 percent of millennials). It’s apparent that a wider dialogue on identity, gender and sexuality has helped the new generations come to terms with the performative aspects of gender and sexuality in a personal, fluid way that was unthinkable even 50 years ago.

text Riccardo Slavik

 

STILL ILL PRESENTS: GAY GOTH SCENE

Fashion, The Unpublished, This Is A Special

Inspired by the Gay Goth Scene video by The Hidden Cameras, the homonymous STILL ILL capsule collection tries a modern take on the original goth look by taking inspiration from horror movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street 2:Freddy’s Revenge and The Lost Boys , Gay Liberation slogans and vintage porn for a tongue in cheek mix of heavy metal lettering, slasher flicks, mesh and vinyl that celebrates teenage hormonal tension and fascination with darkness, with graphics that explore a nostalgic world of sexual awakenings and guilty pleasures, fetish and romance.

Photos & Styling : Riccardo Slavik  @riccardoslavik

Model : Morris Pendlebury at Independent Management   @morrispendlebury

All clothes STILL ILL  @stillilluk except vinyl jeans and fake fur stylist’s own

all accessories stylist’s own

special thanks to Monica Pollara and Blanco Milano

GAY GOTH SCENE MIXTAPE

 

WILD THING

Fashion, The Unpublished

Wild Thing2

Wild Thing3

sweat STILL ILL

Wild Thing5

coat & pants RAF SIMONS top VIVIENNE WESTWARD

Wild Thing6

pants STILL ILL

Wild Thing7

top vintage pants ANGELOS FRENTZOS

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Wild Thing10

Top ANGELOS FRENTZOS pants STILL ILL

Wild Thing11

top STILL ILL

Wild Thing12

top ANGELOS FRENTZOS, long sleeve & pants STILL ILL

Wild Thing13

Wild Thing14

denim STILL ILL vest ANGELOS FRENTZOS

Wild Thing15

Wild Thing16

pants ANGELOS FRENTZOS

Wild Thing17

sweat STILL ILL pants ANGELOS FRENTZOS

Wild Thing18

pants ANGELOS FRENTZOS

PHOTOS & STYLING RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODEL JD AT URBAN

FASHION BY STILL ILL, ANGELOS FRENTZOS, RAF SIMONS ( VINTAGE) VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ( VINTAGE)

SPECIAL THANKS TO ATOMIC BAR MILANO

An Afternoon With JD

Fashion, Flamboyant Exclusive, The Unpublished

 

PHOTOS LORENZO MARCUCCI

STYLING RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODEL JD AT URBAN

ALL CLOTHES FROM STYLIT’S ARCHIVE EXCEPT CUSTOMIZED DENIM JACKET BY STILL ILL

I’M SO UGLY ( BUT THAT’S OK)

Flamboyant Exclusive, The Unpublished

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PHOTOS ARTURO ZANABONI

STYLIST BANU RAHSAN

MODEL GUS DRAKE AT INDEPENDENT

PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT SIMONE LORUSSO

I don’t usually do this, and I have to say I often get really good shoots from my students in my various classes at IED, and this year in particular I’m very happy with the work they produced for their final thesis project, but this shoot somehow resonated with me more than the others, maybe because doing something new and cool with Grunge isn’t that easy, maybe because some of its beauty derives from chance and error, maybe because I’m a sucker for the underdog. Whatever the reason I still think this is one of the best things I’ve seen in menswear as a teacher so far, and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.

R.S.

GLOW LIKE NEON , ANGELOS FRENTZOS

Fashion, Flamboyant Exclusive, The Unpublished

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STYLING AND TEXT RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODEL DUCO AT ELITE

all clothes ANGELOS FRENTZOS SS13  except boots which are stylist’s own

( some of the photos were originally published in Fiasco’s POP Issue)

ELECTRIC YOUTH, Angelos Frentzos’ SS13 menswear collection, celebrates a‘ Neon Manifesto’, through prints, color and busy decorations executed on clean lines, simple shapes and easy but refined materials. Even though the initial impression might be one of electric pop lightness, there is, as often in Angelos’ work, a dark heart pulsating under the neon and op-art prints. ‘ The bursts of color and prints aren’t really what my man and woman are about, but more of a way to give them some partywear’ . His approach to fashion is always about a certain lifestyle and personal realtionship to clothes than one of fleeting seasonal trend; the parka, the sweatshirt, the drop-crotch pants, a certain fluidity and tough romantic approach are staples of every collection, no matter the theme or inspiration. He lives in a highly musical world, often dressing performers besides having a deep passion, curiosity and culture about music.

A neon light spelling the lyrics to The Smiths’ There Is A Light That Never Goes Out ironically decorates a print in the SS13 collection but he says that while designing it he was listening to ‘ M.I.A., Ariel Pink and Santigold in order to capture the mood without being ethnic’. On another musical note, he’d love to dress John Maus ( Maniac was his favorite song when we talked), Ariel Pink and Sky Ferreira.

R.S.

POP LIFE ( & Pop Outtakes)

Fashion, Flamboyant Exclusive, The Unpublished

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Pop Life shoot, originally published in Fiasco’s POP Issue
photographer Lorenzo Marcucci
stylist Riccardo Slavik
photographer assistant Alexandre Torres
grooming Elisa Rampi
stylists assistants Jacky Parker Jiao and My Nguyen
Models Cristian Grib @ Independent, Martin Conte @ Urban, Nicolas Hagius @ Why Not , Tadas @ NoLogo, Youri @ I Love
digital retouch Lorenzo Mascher @ Photo In

Fashion:

Angelos Frentzos: http://www.angelosfrentzos.eu

Au Jour Le Jour: http://www.aujourlejour.it

Basso & Brooke, Basso & Brooke Studio : http://www.bassoandbrooke.com

Black Sanctuary: http://www.blacksanctuary.bigcartel.com

Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus: http://www.comme-des-garcons.com

Kenzo: http://www.kenzo.com
Frankie Morello: http://www.frankiemorello.it

Leitmotiv: http://www.leit-motiv.com

MSGM: http://www.msgm.it

Versace: http://www.it.versace.com

Vivienne Westwood/ Anglomania by Lee Jeans: http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk

The Issue That Never Was: Men In Skirts

Fashion, The Unpublished

PHOTOS LORENZO MARCUCCI

STYLING AND LAYOUT RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODELS: FABIO COENTRAO @ ELITE LISBON

MATTHIEU INGLESE @ WHY NOT

JORDAN POSTREL @ INDEPENDENT MEN

TIMMI RADICKE @ FASHION

Men In Skirts was shot for Flamboyant in a lazy afternoon, using some stuff we’d used for our ‘Bunga Bunga’ shoot for Flaunt and vintage skirts from my own archive. ‘Skirts in Menswear’ has always been a theme close to my sensibility and part of my history, I made at least 2 skirts in my sewing classes at Istituto Marangoni in the late 80s, and I haven’t been able to resist a non-bifurcated bottom garment ever since. As you might well know, skirts aren’t the easiest thing for a boy to wear, but they’re incredibly comfortable and, as you can obviously see in this shoot, they can be incredibly sexy as well! Doesn’t it make you want to try a skirt at once?

R.S.

Resistance Through Rituals, a Subculture twist

The Unpublished

PHOTOS: LORENZO MARCUCCI
STYLING: RICCARDO SLAVIK
GROOMING: SABINA ZAIELLO USING MAC COSMETICS
STYLING ASSISTANTS: MY MYSCHA , DILARA CELEBI
photographic assistants: Antonio Ghidara, Joe,
Models: Conor McLain, RJ King, Charlie Jones, Niklas, Mikkel  at Fashion , Marijn , Anatol, Enly at 2Morrow

Part of this shoot is out now on Fiasco, but there were so many outtakes I felt I had to share them with you ( there’s even more but these are the ones that were postproduced and ready for publication) the whole shoot started from the idea of Subculture in an age of little physical contact, Subculture in the Internet Age, when people can belong to groups or sub-groups withou actually being in the same place or even time. Most Subcultures from last century, from Rockers to Punk, Rude-Boys to Breakdancers were born out of topical social and economical situations, but nowadays it’s more of a matter of copying a look, liking a certain kind of music and not necessarily belonging to a phisycal group of friends or like-minded individuals. So I mix-matched a bunch of Subculture references trying to avoid anything that actually looked like one particular group, mixing graffiti with punk, goth with glam, pop with whatever was at hand, trying to create a new, schizophrenic breed of Subculture Overdrive.

CLOTHES FW 12-13 BY

Adidas  adidas.com
Adidas SLVR  slvr.com
Comme Des Garcons  comme-des-garcons.com
Come For Breakfast  comeforbreakfast.i
Costume National  costumenational.com
Frankie Morello  frankiemorello.it
HTC  htclosangeles.com
Iconyc  y-iconyc.com
Fuck$imile  fsimile2003@gmail.com
Moschino  moschino.it
Muhlbauer  muehlbauer.at
natargeorgiou  http://natargeorgiou.com
Persy  persy.co.uk
Punk Rock Shop  punkrockshop.co.uk
Raf Simons  rafsimons.com
Versace  versace.com
Y-3    y-3.com/

 

YOU CAN FIND THE PRINTED EDITION OF FIASCO IN ITALY TOO NOW:

– Fashion Room: via il Prato  – Florence
– Armani Libri – via Manzoni – Milan
– Bookvillage – via Morimondo – Milan
– Mondadori Multicenter – corso Vittorio Emanuele – Milan
– Mondadori – piazza del Duomo – Milan
– Libreria Rizzoli – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – Milan
– Prestinari – Largo Treves – Milan
– Dinamica Più – piazza San Babila – Milan
– Dinamica Più – piazza Meda – Milan
– Network Italia – Central Railway Station – Milan
– Smas – piazza Baiamonti  – Milan
– Pasquini – largo V Alpini – Milan
– Codice Atlantico – Corso Magenta – Milan
– Save – viale Ceccarini – Riccione
– Cecchini – piazza Farnese – Rome
– I Due Leoni – piazza Cola di Rienzo – Rome
– Termini Railway Station – Rome
– Visconti – via del Babuino – Rome
– Pieroni – via Veneto – Rome
– Libreria Luxemburg – via Cesare Battisti – Turin
– La Rivisteria – via San Vigilio – Trento
– Carnevaletti – Riva Bartolini – Udine
– Ruzzante – corso di Porta Borsari – Verona

 

Cracked Blackbirds, Angelos Frentzos FW11 from Flamboyant’s Issue That Never Was

The Unpublished

PH: LORENZO MARCUCCI

STYLING: RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODEL: RICHARD KRANZIN @ BOOM

ALL CLOTHES: ANGELOS FRENTZOS FW 11 WOMENSWEAR

GROOMING: ELENA BAROSI

We played with beautiful Richard and Angelos’ darkly romantic collection for a fun take on gothic androginous beauty..

Hope you like

R.S.