#XEX Marks the Spot!

XEX Magazine (pronounced "X") has long been an online and print publication that allows professional, as well as up and coming artists, to display their work and creativity. This past weekend was the launch party to celebrate the magazines first ever men’s edition, and neither the party nor the fashion disappointed. From a live model exhibition, and photo shoot to a gallery-like display of the magazine’s inaugural issue; the night was painted to be a success from the get go. Combine this with free booze and a hot DJ and you were in for a treat.

Music and a video footage featuring editorial material since the magazine's conception set the pace for a live model exhibition. Their highly stylized and outlandish looks featured some trendy pieces like a leather glove featuring cut-outs and leopard print, and a distressed leather fanny-pack with gold trim. But if you think the models were the ones to be watching, then you'd be wrong. This party gave way to some of New York City's local trend setters to strut their stuff. And because this was a men’s fashion event, the guys did not disappoint, also rocking some of today's hottest trends. Check it out!

To top things off, Editor-In-Chief Sailey Williams rounded his team, including fashion editor Inoisell Miranda, and decided to turn his guests into models with a live photo shoot where no one was safe. To delve into the plethora of fashions of the night, click here. In the midst of it all, there was still the magazine. The first men’s edition of XEX has the right amount of substance and features fabulous editorial material styled by some of New York’s hottest stylists. The “mode home” is everywhere to see, trying hard not to alienate the classic male, while still catering to the fashion forward. This launch had all the ingredients for a good party, and if you like a good party then you’ll love a good read!

For more info and recent issues of XEX Mag click here.

French Vogue Stirs-up Controversy A' La Mode

It is said that French Vogue has never been a magazine to tread softly around controversy. In recent issues, the magazine has featured editorials with supposedly pregnant model smoking cigarettes, a leather-clad Lara making out with blood dripping from her mouth - and now blackface. When I first saw the pictures of model Lara Stone in blackface, I was truly upset and still am - however, as I reviewed past French Vogue editorials I realized that is the way the magazine operates. It thrives on controversy and making headlines. I still do not fully understand the fourteen page spread, but I’ve come to terms with it.

Coco Rocha for French Mag's Theatrical Editorial

Coco Rocha is a part of the theatrical editorial photographed by Sophie Delaporte for the French magazine, Les Echos. To add to the overall spectacle, the editorial features French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who played the important role of fashion editor. Every look evokes a Gaultier talent, despite the fact that other designer’s garments are showcased. Model Coco Rocha strikes the poses effortlessly; showcasing her already well known talent. While these feminine dresses all have a unique edge, it does not take away from the beauty of the shoot.

Tush Magazine

This editorial spread, photographed by Markus Pritzi for German magazine Tush, is the epitome of androgyny, with just a hint of S&M. The shoot features Austrian model Iris Strubegger, with her signature razor-sharp cheekbones and an array of boyish cropped hairstyles, dressed in ripped leathers, straight-jacket-style outfits and what can only be described as body armor. Makeup by Loni Baur mit Produkten von Chanel and styling by Ingo Nahrwold.