Houston Stockholm, we have a problem.
Ever heard of the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome”? Here’s a little fun fact for you — in 1973, several employees of the former Kreditbanken in Norrmalmstorgwere held hostage. During the standoff, the victims became emotionally attached and even defended their captors after they were freed. The ground floor of the same building is now the home of the Acne flagship store in Stockholm. The rest of the building now belongs to Nobis hotel where I stayed at for a week. You could only imagine how often I went downstairs to Acne. Rumi and I must’ve been there at least twice a day. I literally bought something new every day. It was so awkward telling staffers that it was somewhat pointless to wrap my purchases in tissue paper (and huge paperbags) because I’m literally staying a few floors up.
Oh Acne. Acne, Acne, Acne. Why oh why do you make some of the most relevant clothes around? You’re so dangerous to my bank account.
Sunglasses by Saint Laurent, “MAPE” leather biker jacket with shearling collar by ACNE (click HERE), tank top by COS, “Orlando” crushed velvet trousers by ACNE, bag by Salvatore Ferragamo, sandals by Prada
Välkommen till Stockholm! Words cannot express how nice it is to be back in Stockholm aka Stockhome. I used to go to Stockholm at least four times a year MINIMUM but my schedule this year stopped me from coming back sooner. This trip, thanks to Fashion Networks Europe, feels like a homecoming to me, not to mention a celebration of different milestones. Rumi and I first bonded and sealed our friendship in Stockholm (during fashion week) a few years ago so to be back at the same exact place is special. It’s also amazing to see some of my closest and dearest people in my life in the same city. Y’all know who you guys are. Talk about a reunion of all sorts.
Aviator sunglasses by Saint Laurent, top by COS, shorts by Alexander Wang, sandals by Kris van Assche
As you guys already know, I’m currently serving as a judge for H&M’s latest ’50 States of Fashion’ social media contest to promote the launch of H&M USA’s e-commerce site.
I represent the North East region, which covers 9 states, my home state New York included. Some interesting stats — we’ve received over 1,500 photo submissions from my region and over 16,000 votes were submitted on those photos. My job is to pick the finalist representing my region from a group of “well-liked” semi-finalists. Not an easy task when the submissions represent a wide variety of personal styles, aesthetics, etc.
I’m proud to announce Francisca (Ala Mode Wearhouse) (instagram: alamodewearhouse), from Massachusetts, as my personal choice for finalist representing the North East region. As a finalist, Francisca will receive a $250 H&M shopping gift card and a chance to win the grand prize (a trip to NYC + a major shopping spree).
Visit http://www.50statesoffashion.com to view the rest of the submissions from all regions in the USA.
On me: white t-shirt, vest (click HERE) and leather pants (click HERE), all from H&M’s Fall 2013 Paris Show Collection.
Just because I’m a big city boy at heart it doesn’t mean I’m no nature lover. Every once in a while, I like to escape the craycrayness that is New York effing City and go to places like Muir Woods at my best friend’s hometown in Marin County, California. Muir Woods National Monument Park is home to some of the rarest trees in the world — thousand year-old Redwood trees. I’ve never seen trees that tall before. It was insane. It’s a shame the weather (and the sky) wasn’t being cooperative. It was overcast and foggy the whole time we were there.
Theory sweater, shorts by Alexander Wang, sneakers by Bernard Willhelm for Camper (click HERE)
To kick off their Fall 2013 project “Life Your Life” initiative, the lovely folks over at American Eagle invited some of their favourite friends to take part in their Rock Your Walk video project. I went to the launch party at their Times Square flagship store a few days ago and bumped into my lovelies Leandra Medine (of Manrepeller) and my fellow ANTM colleague Johnny Wujek who DJed at the event. Vanessa Hudgens and Jessica Szohr were also there. I also had so much fun taking over American Eagle’s official instagram account that night!
I love American Eagle denim. They’re so easy to wear, the price points are terrific and I could wear them with pretty much anything! It’s so hot here in NYC so, at the very last minute, decided to cut off my American Eagle jeans and turn them into shorts!
Why don’t you take part in the festivities and submit a video of yourself walking in their jeans? The best videos will be added to the an ongoing runway video and will be featured on American Eagle’s major LED billboard on Times Square! Visit www.ae.com/RockYourWalk for more information or to submit your videos!
Photos via: Michael Simon, StarTraks Photo
Do you shop at H&M like I do? Well, I’m thrilled to share that you, my fellow US residents, can now shop online on H&M’s new e-commerce site (http://www.hm.com/US)! To celebrate the launch, H&M invites you, my dearest readers, to take part in their 50 States of Fashion social media campaign.
All you need to do is to post on instagram a photo of yourself wearing a look from H&M and hash-tagging it #HMShopOnlineNY with the last 2 letters being the abbreviation of your state. For example, if you live in California, you need to tag it #HMShopOnlineCA, so on and so forth. All of these submissions will then populate on the 50 States of Fashion microsite where visitors can “like” their favourite looks. After a 3-week submission period (Aug 1 – 21, 2013), the semi-finalists will be determined by the most liked photos from each state. There are five judges, each representing five regions in the USA — Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West. Each of the judges will then select a finalist from their regions. The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 H&M shopping spree and a trip to New York City to attend an event during New York Fashion Week.
I’ve been selected by H&M to be one of the five judges for this campaign and I’m representing the Northeast Region. This includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, etc.
For more information, visit http://www.50statesoffashion.com.
Join now! It’s gonna be fun, fun, fun!
An afternoon trip to Barney’s in San Francisco resulted in me picking up this cheeky ‘Pervert’ t-shirt by Givenchy. I’m obsessed with it. We’re all perverts to an extent.
Givenchy ‘Pervert 17′ t-shirt at Luisa Via Roma, $325 (click HERE), pleated shorts by Alexander Wang, $475 (click HERE), hat by Herve Leger, bracelets by Hermes and Cartier, watch by Cartier, sunglasses by Karen Walker, shoes by Balenciaga
Believe it or not, my summer started earlier than what I thought. I bypassed the winter months earlier this year by hibernating in Los Angeles and scorching Bali to film ANTM’s Cycle 20 (it will premiere on the CW this August 2). Since then, I went to similar, very sunny cities around the world — Singapore, Sydney, Marrakesh, Rabat, Casablanca, every imaginable city in Orange County, California, Mexico City, Florence, Bologna, San Francisco and now, to top it all of, Ibiza. When I was much younger, I like to spend hours and hours tanning but now that I’m of a certain age (and in order to preserve what’s left of my so-called questionable youthful looks), I try to limit sun exposure to the bare minimum. It was challenging to do so in Ibiza where everyone is pretty much naked. Don’t get me started on the geriatric nudists on Salinas beach; what has been seen cannot be unseen. After days of hiding under the beach towels and umbrellas, I thought to myself, fuck it. Embrace the tan, embrace the brown, just… embrace it all.
Sunglasses, shirt and shorts by Replay Jeans, sandals by Marni, watch and bracelet by Cartier.
Oh Pacha. Pacha, Pacha, Pacha Ibiza. I, along with friends from Replay Jeans, recently went to the Fuck Me I’m Famous party by David Guetta at Pacha a couple of days ago. I must say that it’s one of the best, definitely the most mind-blowing party I’ve been to in the past decade. It was pure sensory overload. I don’t even know where to begin — the extreme laser beams, the burlesque dancers, the art direction, the steam, dancing on the VIP balcony, the endless stream of Vodka and Dom Perignon. The music, oh the music, was EVERYTHING. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike were on the decks when we came to the club and then David Guetta did his thing. It was one bombastic track after another. It was intense.
On a side note, I feel horrible for all the non-VIP people on the main dancefloor whose movements were restricted to hand/arm raising — the club was packed, not like sardines but more like vaccuum-sealed. It’s crazy! TBH, I wouldn’t go to Pacha unless a table is booked. There is absolutely NO way you’ll enjoy the club if you don’t have a table or space to dance. I **LOVE** Pacha Ibiza!
Just when I thought my summer could not get any worse, the lord almighty, whoever or wherever it might be, answered by prayers and sent me to Ibiza. Si, si, si, hola, hola, hola Eivissa! The last time I went here was more than a decade ago. I’m not even gonna tell you when exactly because it will cement the notion that I’m a dinosaur. But yes, I’m THRILLED, I’m so happy to be back. I’ve decided that I’m gonna make an effort from now on to spend a week here at least during summer. Every year. Why haven’t I gone here before when I go to Europe all the fucking time? Ugh. Looking back, it’s fascinating how I’ve worked so hard over the past few years that I forgot to take real vacations. It’s great that I get to travel more than a pilot even if it’s mostly for work. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past 24 hours that I’ve been here, it’s… well, it’s important to take a break from it all. Shake that booty bitches, it’s time to party.
Shorts by Marc Jacobs, sandals by Prada, sunglasses by Replay, bracelets by Hermes and Cartier, watch by Cartier