Sometime last week, I saw a line item on my Twitter feed that Tom Ford came out with as penis necklace. After clicking a link or two, I immediately called the Tom Ford boutique to inquire about it. I guess it was my lucky day because they had the large one available (don’t hate on size queens, please) so I placed an order and received it via messenger the same afternoon. It felt like I won the lottery of something. I can’t remember the last time I felt so genuinely happy over some fashion item. Kind of like when he came out with the amazing printed canvas and leather condom holder as part of his Spring/Summer 1999 collection for Gucci back in the day. Remember that collection? The hippie-inspired lewks with the red and blue psychedelic prints? That was MAJOR.
I didn’t even question the price tag. I absolutely despise it whenever I try to reason with myself when faced with a trivial problem like whether I should buy something or not. How many of you QUESTION yourself and ANSWER the same bloody questions in your head like an insane person? Can I see a show of hands?
This item was made for especially for me, no doubt about that.
It’s gold. (ok, fine, if you want to be technical, it’s gold-plated brass)
It’s a piece of jewelry.
It’s a penis.
It’s Tom Ford.
Best Christmas present to self EVER!!!
Large Tom Ford penis necklace (click HERE)
White cashmere sweater by Proenza Schouler (click HERE)
Sunglasses by Balenciaga (click HERE)
Leather trousers by Acne Studios
Shot in Financial District, New York City
Photos via Jeff Thibodeau
It’s hard to define where “home” is because I have three special places in my life. My spirit belongs in the Philippines where I’m originally from, my soul belong in New York because that’s where I live “full-time” (though to be honest, my version of “full-time” is a fucked up one because I spend way too much time flying) and last but not the least, my heart belongs to Stockholm aka Stockhome.
I’m back in Stockholm for the first half of my 2014 Yuletide celebrations. I try to go to Stockholm as much as I possibly can. It’s been a very warm winter so far. I don’t think the mercury dipped below ZERO celsius ever since I arrived here. I’m praying for the powers that be for a blizzard to happen. I want snow, dammit, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen any time soon. I always play the same game every year — are we gonna have a white Christmas? I guess we all have to wait until next year.
Oh Stockholm. I love you so much.
Coat by Acne Studios
Polo shirt by COS
Trousers by Balenciaga
Leather pochette by JW Anderson (click HERE)
Shoes by MSGM
Shot in Gamla Stan and Sergels Torg, Stockholm
Photos via Mr Sweden
Over the weekend, Max Mara ambassador Natalie Joos and I raided each other’s apartments –mine in the Financial District, hers in Williamsburg. I’m wildly obsessed with her cool, eclectic style. There are very few “street style” stars who wear clothes in a personal kind of way. She’s a true original.
Her wardrobe is a terrific mix of the latest and the greatest, upcoming designers and of course, a ton of vintage pieces. She’s a HUGE champion of vintage shopping — she also took me to one of her favorite vintage stores in Brooklyn. Her closet is a well-organized operation with military-grade precision. Every single item had their own space and place. She has an accessories closet that housed her bags, hats and shoes. She invested in a custom-built closet in her spare guest bedroom which stored even more shoes and a ton of dresses. Her coats, like me, go to different rolling racks. Her sweaters (and yes, even socks) are all folded nicely. Even her sunglasses are organized, by color and style, in a really cool rotating stand that you usually find in shops.
It’s very impressive how she mixed different things that I own in ways I never thought of before. She knows what looks good in photos without even trying things on. A strip sweater underneath a printed grid top? Major.
Personal style aside, what I love Natalie the most is her intimate stories about life, living in New York and of course, dating. I live vicariously through her dating stories!
Visit Natalie at Tales of Endearment.
Click HERE for Fashion Credits
Shot in Williamsburg and Financial District
Photos by: Bryanboy, Natalie Joos and Luke Meagher
Five minutes. That’s exactly how much time I had to come up with this lewk. If you are very well-versed in my personal style vocabulary, there’s no way anyone would even consider this is a typical Bryanboy “lewk”. Where’s the fur? Where’s the texture? Where’s the color?
I’m usually an early riser but after working late the other night, I ended up waking up around nine AM yesterday morning. I find it absolutely rude to be late at business meetings so I had to come up with something quick. I settled for a plain white t-shirt and a black trouser as the foundation and wore that underneath this cute Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket and the gray fleece hoodie I recently bought from Polo Ralph Lauren. I was gonna walk out of my door in white sneakers but my gut instinct told me to wear my favorite black penny loafers from Louis Leeman instead to elevate the look just a little bit. The end result? Street life realness.
After my meeting, I went to Soho randomly to take some pictures. Spent about fifteen minutes shooting within 3 blocks before I left for my next appointment.
I’m very impressed how the photos turned out. I didn’t plan my lewk or the location. Everything just fell into place naturally and a true reflection of the moment. When you think about it, there is NOTHING special at all about this look. Nothing at all. Take the labels out and all you have is just another gray hoodie underneath a varsity jacket with the hood sticking out, a canvas backpack, a white t-shirt and a black pant — a typical look worn by millions of people around the world. This is real life.
Now that’s what *I* find fascinating and special. The idea of real life.
Jacket by Marc by Marc Jacobs (click HERE)
Gray fleece hoodie by Polo Ralph Lauren
White t-shirt by COS
Trousers by COS
Backpack by Chanel
Penny loafers by Louis Leeman
Shot in Soho, New York City
Photos via Kostennn
As many of you have already heard, the house of Valentino is showing a very special Haute Couture Collection here in New York City later tonight, December 10, at 8PM New York (EST) time. I’ve been told at my fitting the other day that it’s going to be a HUGE production. They’ve imported dozens of seamstresses from Europe to work on the collection here in New York.
I’m very excited to watch the show! Join the festivities and come back to my blog later tonight for the livestream.
Since 1996, HUGO BOSS has been awarding the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum every two years to distinguished up-and-coming artists for their contribution to contemporary art. This year’s award went to Paul Chan. The Guggenheim Museum will showcase his work in a solo exhibition in Spring 2015.
Notable attendees include HUGO BOSS Artistic Director Jason Wu, Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, Margot Robbie, Joshua Jackson, Scott Eastwood, Jamie Tisch, Natasha Poly, Mina Cvetkovic, Cory Bond and more.
Shot at Guggenheim Museum, New York City
Photos via BFA NYC
When I first heard that Hardwell is coming to New York City, I blocked that date (November 15) on my calendar and promised myself that there was absolutely no fucking way I’d miss his performance. Many, if not most, of my friends who live in NYC aren’t fans of electronic music so if I had to go to the concert alone by myself, I will, by hook or by crook. Luckily, I made several new friends this summer and we went to the concert this Saturday.
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Hardwell. He’s one of my favorite DJs ever. EVER! EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER! The last time I saw him perform was this summer in Ibiza. I saw him twice at Ushuaia and it was worth seeing him. I *live* for his music. I always start my day listening to his recorded sets while in the shower. And then I play his mixes and tracks throughout the day, while I’m running errands, werqing the streets, when I’m on the subway or at the airport. I love feeling that extra kick, that extra rush from playing his tracks.
If I have the opportunity to see my favorite DJs constantly, trust me, I will. I hate having to wait for a major music festival or when they travel here in New York to hear them play. Seeing them perform in huge venue in real life is much, much different than watching them on YouTube or listening to their tracks on my phone. I get chills from hearing music in FULL blast, seeing the light and laser shows, feeling the confetti on my skin and my face after falling from the sky. I love surrendering my body and soul to the music and feeling the same exact feeling as thousands of strangers who are with me at the venue. Good vibes all around. It’s a full-on, feel-good sensory experience that simply doesn’t exist elsewhere.
After the concert, I went backstage at his green room for the post-show celebration.
Hardwell performing at the Madison Square Garden (for the first time) is a HUGE feat, not just for him but also for electronic music. The venue is usually for blockbuster mainstream artists and huge sporting events. To see Hardwell bring a packed house was a major accomplishment. To perform to a full audience dancing and having the time of their lives, at the Madison Square Garden arena, is every artist’s dream. I’m so happy Hardwell fulfilled that.
I loved his three-hour set. It was a fun mix of his classics thrown in with a few new tracks and a handful of different popular electronic anthems. It’s much different than his Ibiza or music festival sets. It felt like a “Best of” performance, after all, his tour is (appropriately) named “I am Hardwell”. He long made his mark in the music scene but this time around, he finally made his mark in a legendary New York City institution. Congratulations!
I honestly have no idea what possessed me to buy this emerald green Velvet suit when I went to the Joseph flagship store in London last month. I’m the last person in the world to wear velvet suits. There’s something very Austin Powersy about them hence the velvet phobia. It all changed during a shopping trip one rainy afternoon — I first picked up the jacket and thought to myself, “oh wow, it’s so soft.” Then I asked the sales associate to hand me trousers and I was like “oh wow this is kind of fierce” so I got them both. It makes total sense because I need, ahem, age-appropriate clothes. Home gurl in her (very early) thirties ain’t no spring chicken no more.
Emerald Green Velvet Suit by Joseph
“MaskAviator” Sunglasses by Valentino (click HERE)
Shoes by Stubbs & Wootton (click HERE)
Shot at Condesa DF Hotel, Mexico City