DOES SEX SELL? (NSFW)

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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

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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

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sweat STILL ILL

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coat & pants RAF SIMONS top VIVIENNE WESTWARD

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pants STILL ILL

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top vintage pants ANGELOS FRENTZOS

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Top ANGELOS FRENTZOS pants STILL ILL

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top ANGELOS FRENTZOS, long sleeve & pants STILL ILL

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denim STILL ILL vest ANGELOS FRENTZOS

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pants ANGELOS FRENTZOS

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sweat STILL ILL pants ANGELOS FRENTZOS

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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

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PHOTOS LORENZO MARCUCCI

STYLING RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODEL JD AT URBAN

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

HARDCORE95, STILL ILL FW 16/17

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PHOTOS LORENZO MARCUCCI

STYLING RICCARDO SLAVIK

Models   Alex + Tommy @ FASHION,  Jakub @ BOOM, Douglas @ NO LOGO

#hardcore95, works as the title, mood and a graphic for STILL ILL‘s FW 16/17 capsule collection. There’s a mid-90s general feel to the pieces and inspiration spans from Belgian gabbers and hardcore punk to the cult movie The Doom Generation, which turned 20 last year. A desire to mix the digital and a more manual approach translates into hand-drawn graffiti written directly on patterns, so they follow the shape of the garment and mix with the graphics, and a DIY section of hand-bleached denim with patches. Posters from  the seminal Gregg Araki movie are also cut up and pasted into collages to create prints for tunics and tops, the lo-fi mood of ripped and glued paper heightened by the extreme enlargement of small low quality digital images. As a whole a rougher and tougher look that nods to Stephen Sprouse and his luxe-punk aesthetic but with a cheaper, grungier 90s feel and a touch of digital reappropriation.

The collection is already available for press at Maximilian Linz PR even though more customized pieces will be presented in a few weeks. This will be the last STILL ILL capsule to have a seasonal denomination and will be on sale online during MFW.

R.S.

OH ISN’T IT WILD?

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COAT AND ROPE TOP ANGELOS FRENTZOS, TANK AND SHORTS STILL ILL, HAT MODU DESIGNS

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TSHIRT STILL ILL TOP ALBERTO ZAMBEZI SKIRT ANGELOS FRENTZOS

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JACKET ANGELOS FRENTZOS TOP STILL ILL HEADDRESS DONIA ALLEGUE

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VEST TOP AND SHORTS STILL ILL

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TOP STILL ILL TSHIRT ANGELOS FRENTZOS HEADDRESS DONIA ALLEGUE

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VEST AND TOP STILL ILL

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TUNIC AND LEGGINGS STILL ILL

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PONCHO NIKOLAS K TOP AND PANTS STILL ILL

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COAT ANGELOS FRENTZOS

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COAT ANGELOS FRENTZOS TOP AND LEGGINGS STILL ILL

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TUNIC STILL ILL TOP ALBERTO ZAMBELLI

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TOP STILL ILL

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TUNIC STILL ILL MAXI TSHIRT ALBERTO ZAMBELLI

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PHOTOS LORENZO MARCUCCI

STYLING RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODELS TURNER BRAVOUR ‹ MARTIN ALBAEK AT FASHION

STILL ILL’ SS16 collection, ‘Quentin Crisp at the Flaunt It Club’, inspired by a strange clip of  the iconic Stately Homo/Resident Alien mixing with The Club Kids in NY, is a graphic romp through clubbing and gender. We decided to shoot it in an easy, silly, slightly 90s way, a bit of a domestic rave where all the drugs are good and people dress up throwing on random make up and a fast, fun, ensemble. Can Easy-Rave-Chic be the season’s hot look? Enjoy.

R.S.

STILL ILL SS15

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PHOTOS & STYLING RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODELS GIANLUCA & DUSTIN AT FASHION

STYLING ASSISTANT GIACOMO TAGLIATI

ALL CLOTHES STILL ILL SS ’15 EXCEPT ‘PAIN’ AND ‘REVOLT’ SHORTS STILL ILL RESORT ’14

The new STILL ILL capsule’s graphics are developed in 3 main themes: ‘FREAK’ celebrates uniqueness and off-center glamour through images of personal icons and post-punk nightclubbing legends such as Stephen Linard, Judith Frankland and Marilyn, ‘#WEBBOYS’ explores sex,love and pain in a digital world, through found images, glitched on an iPhone app, and fake website names and hashtags, ‘GYM’ is a tongue-in-cheek exploitation of the age’s obsession with the perfect body through the use of vintage ‘beefcake’ images reimagined in a digital way. Shapes and cuts remain basic and unisex with a new version of the tank-tunic, a shorter, boxier sleeveless t-shirt and and a short loose tank top.

R.S.

SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME ( INTRODUCING ALEX IPATE )

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ALL AU JOUR LE JOUR

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TSHIRT BOBBY ABLEY PANTS AU JOUR LE JOUR

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SWEATSHIRT AU JOUR LE JOUR

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TSHIRT AU JOUR LE JOUR TURBAN DONIA ALLEGUE

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TOP AND PANTS ANGELOS FRENTZOS HAT SIBLING

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PHOTOS AND STYLING RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODEL ALEX IPATE AT FASHION

STYLING ASSISTANT GIACOMO TAGLIATI

SPECIAL THANX TO RICCARDO KIRZOSIMOS

 

A GLITCHED CIRCUS: ANGELOS FRENTZOS SS15

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PHOTOS: RICCARDO SLAVIK

MODEL: GYTIS AT URBAN

ALL CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES ANGELOS FRENTZOS SS15 EXCEPT SNEAKERS ADIDAS ORIGINALS

Riding a wave of blessed creativity and a refined eye for the subtly commercial, our pal Angelos is back with an even more amazing collection. After going back to some familiar themes from his archive for AW14 he went on to explore the world of the circus through his by now classic silhouettes, patches prints, a skillful use of mesh and a wink to sportswear and a touch of the Jap. With details that verge on luxury ( silk-linen jacquard, hand stitched and hand cut fringe,  Made In Japan mesh) and a street-savy attitude, it’s a collection we can’t honestly wait to get our paws on!

R.S.

 

STILL ILL FW 14 PREVIEW

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STILL ILL FW14 SCUBA CAPSULE COLLECTION

PHOTOS LORENZO MARCUCCI

STYLING RICCARDO SLAVIK

HAIR & MAKE UP ELISA RAMPI

MODELS LUCAS KITTEL AT URBAN & EVA DUDAS AT ELITE

Exploring themes that mix pop advertising, rebellious youth and heartache, STILL ILL’s graphics find a vibrant match in silky neoprene and loose unisex shapes. The Pop Art mood of the prints is explored in a Technicolor shoot reminiscent of  a steamy Warhol movie.

R.S.