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RAF-ing It Up

Published by bryanboy

If you follow fashion and the people who buy certain brands closely, I’m sure you are aware that I’m on the opposite end of the Raf Simons target demographic spectrum. I’m not a tall and gangly, post-pubescent Aryan situation. However, I do love Raf and his modernist vision. I bought this great oversized top from his spring/summer 2014 runway collection a few weeks ago. The fit and the silhouette is very generous and it definitely hid a lot of my sins (aka ferociously hitting the breakfast buffets) in Morocco. I also love the pop-art references though to be honest, they somewhat reminded me of Soviet propaganda posters and Hungarian (Magyar Posta) olympic postage stamps back in the day. Yep, I collected stamps. Don’t ask.

Bryanboy wearing a Raf Simons tshirt from his Spring Summer 2014 collection
Royal Mansour Marrakech private Riad 17
Bryanboy opening the door to his private road in Royal Mansour Marrakech
Bryanboy in Raf Simos spring summer 2014
Raf Simons top from his spring summer 2014 collection
Bryanboy in a white Raf Simons spring summer 2014 tshirt

Top by Raf Simons (click HERE), shorts by Alexander Wang, sandals by Celine, watch by Cartier

High Up In The Moroccan Mountains

Published by bryanboy

I find it very amusing how a huge chunk of my close friends, who, I must say, travel as often as do, hate the act of travel itself — flying in particular. Think of long hours sitting inside a steel cylinder, breathing the same recycled air with hundreds of fellow passengers, with no cellphone reception. I don’t mind flying. Heck, I love flying, especially long-haul flights! A 14 hour plane ride with a flat bed, no cellphone or internet access, just me, a few glasses of wine, the latest movies and a sleeping pill is my idea of heaven.

I had the same, familiar feeling of being up in the sky when Mr Swedish and I checked into the Hotel Atlas high up in the Rif mountains in Chefchaouen, Morocco.

In the words of Mr Swedish, the hotel was spartan, grounded and had a sense of simplicity to it. I thought our hotel felt like being in the Soviet-era. The friendly guy at reception was also the bell-boy, the concierge AND the manager. He held on to our passports for hours after checking-in for reasons unknown to man.

The hotel had several floors with many, many rooms and we were literally the only people in the hotel, so it was rather shocking why our room was located in the far end of our floor. Also, we didn’t have wifi access in our room. But who needs internet access when there’s a balcony where you can light up a cigarette and look at the spectacular view of Chefchaouen and its medina?

For the first time in ages, I felt truly disconnected from the world. The overall feeling was rather eerie. The silence was deafening, but we didn’t mind. I was in a state of solitude.

And I loved it.

Bryanboy sitting at the lobby of Hotel Atlas Chefchaouen, Morocco
Bryanboy wearing Prada trousers at Hotel Atlas, Chefchaouen
Bryanboy in a Hugo Boss white shirt and green Prada pants at Hotel Atlas, Chefchaouen, Morocco
Prada pants worn by Bryanboy
View of Chefchaouen Morocco from Hotel Atlas

Shirt by Hugo Boss, trousers by Prada, watch by Rolex, sandals by Celine

Jason Wu x 2014 Young Friends of Acria Summer Soiree

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I had fun the other night at the Young Friends of ACRIA’s second annual summer soiree hosted by Jason Wu. I love going out especially for a good cause! ACRIA held an auction, featuring work by Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller, Inez and Vinoodh and more, to benefit people living with HIV. Highlights of my night? Jason, as always, gave a beautiful speech and catching up with my lovely Jaime King who looked so beautiful in Jason Wu Fall 2014. Oh, Adriana Lima looked like a billion dollars. She’s flawless! My earliest memory of her was back in the day when she did all those Dior ads — and now she’s a woman!

Click HERE to learn more about ACRIA.

Bryanboy and Jason Wu
Benjamin Bashein and Jason Wu
Jaime King and Adriana Lima in Jason Wu at the 2014 Young Friends of Acria Summer Soiree
Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea at the Jason Wu x Young Friends of Acria Summer Soiree
Jane Keltner de Valle and Jacquelyn Jablonski
Miguel Enamorado
Adriana Lima
Karen Elson, Jason Wu, Elizabeth Gilpin and Hilary Rhoda

Cafe Hafa, Tangier

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No trip to Tangier is complete without visiting the legendary Cafe Hafa. Founded in 1921, this modest cafe perched along a cliff with spectacular views of the Bay of Tangier (and Spain on a very good, very clear day). Cafe Hafa is known for its mint tea. You go there, sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of their refreshing tea. The vibe is very casual. It’s ultra low-key so don’t expect full fare or anything fancy.

Bryanboy drinking mint tea at Cafe Hafa, Tangier, Morocco
Cafe Hafa exterior, Tangier Morocco
Cafe Hafa sign, Tangier, Morocco
Cafe Hafa Tanger
Cafe Hafa Tangier
Cafe Hafa Mint Tea
Bryanboy at Cafe Hafa, Tangier, Morocco

Sunglasses by Gentle Monster, knit sweater by Acne Studios, tank top by Barbara Bui, shorts by 3.1 Phillip Lim, calf hair espadrilles by Celine, watch by Rolex, bracelet by Cartier