THIS IS PROVOCATIVE ... pro∙voc∙a∙tive: adjective
+ Arousing sexual desire or interest, especially deliberately. + Causing provocation, “a provocative article.”
REESE HERRICK shot with MATT BREWER @ look photographer leslie andrews makeup artist melanie hutton hair stylist mandy freeman
THE EDITOR Welcome to The Provocative Issue CHAOS is bringing the HEAT this spring with our 10th installment! The flowers are in bloom and days of floating down the river with friends are just a few weeks away. Well, unless you’re here in California where it’s happening now! I have to say us Californians are definitely spoiled- maybe that is why we’re so happy. We’re getting our daily dose of Vitamin D! I must admit that I am actually by the pool as I type this letter … come, join!
If you’re a regular viewer of CHAOS then you’ll recognize how the editor page represents the issue’s theme-this edition was no exception. For my take on being provocative, we went for a passionate and seductive approach. Male model Matt Brewer helped me convey this vibe, which I must say, made it extremely easy.
The Provocative Issue presents a clear representation of the sexual tension that reaches a peek when springtime arrives. Being provocative is largely about being comfortable in your own skin. Throughout this issue you will see how the CHAOS photographers have interpreted the essence of the word “provocative.” Some editorials have a subtle take on the subject, touching on the delicate curiosity of sex appeal. Other articles have a more straightforward perspective, describing the fun and playful aspects of sex.
We asked Sebastian Sauve and Francisco Lachowski to have fun with us again, this time on the cover of CHAOS. The editorial, which was shot in Milan by Ivan Muselli, is fun and flirty with bold colors and sex appeal from your two favorite male models.
I hope you enjoy this issue and that it gets your pulse racing a bit … it did mine!
Reese Herrick Editor-in-Chief
BLURRING THE BORDER
THIS DANISH DESIGNER TAKES ANDROGYNY TO ANOTHER LEVEL. Any doubt that Jean//Phillip is one to watch evaporated with a glance at this young label’s first look at Copenhagen Fashion Week last July. Draped in layers of earthy fabric and a thin leather belt knotted casually at his waist, Swedish model Texas Olsson appeared strong, relaxed, and elegant in his own skin. Spectators couldn’t take their eyes off of him, but one question thickly hung in the air: is that man wearing a skirt? Jean//Phillip is one of Denmark’s most fashion forward and progressive labels. Founded by self-taught designer JeanPhillip Dyeremose in 2007, this homme couture label has turned the world of men’s fashion upside down with unconventional materials and shapes that fly in the face of fashion norms of gender and sexuality.
Men’s fashion is missing something and Jean believes he has the answer. With women’s wear, designers are free to explore, often indulging in theatrical flights of fancy from season to season. Remember Alexander McQueen’s 10inch armadillo shoes and Margiela’s wig coat? Terrifying, impractical, and utterly brilliant. Menswear, on the other hand, tends to be more straightforward. With the exception of mavericks like Rick Owens and Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo - both of whom have built successful houses based on eccentricity it can even be thought of as boring. For spring 2011, men’s fashion has some notable trends: a definite shift in silhouette, broader lines, and a looser fit. From key
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"I WANTED A CLEAN SETTING WITHOUT ANY NOISE FOR THE EYES, SO THAT THE ONLY FOCUS WOULD BE THE DETAILS ON THE CLOTHING" “The softer approach came all by itself, and will and has become a part of how I see the garments,” he said. “The AW11 collection has taken things back to the more structured side of me, but still with the soft influences, so a balance between has arrived.” Even so, it’s quite a departure from what we’re used to seeing. One of his earliest collections added more than a feminine
touch with bondage-like corsets. There’s a definite ‘borrowed from the girls’ vibe running throughout as opposed to a smattering here and there. “That transition came naturally all by itself as it felt right to move in that direction,” says the designer. “The more feminine look first came when the whole collection was done and taken into perspective. I want to do things differently as it’s an untaken path that makes me learn and take steps onto thin ice, and for me that is what fashion is all about.” In other words, Jean is doing what he does best: giving something new to the world of men’s clothing. But make no mistake, Jean is not antifashion. His clothes are not completely off the wall. Just as military and safari played
major roles in other men’s collections, so too can traces be found in Jean//Phillip such as cargo shorts or military buttons on an asymmetrical jacket. Relaxed looks such as this have become popular on runways.
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“Leather has always been a big part of the collections no matter if it’s summer or winter so it just needs to be there as a segment, because it’s a big part of how I see a look,” he said. The fashion industry is no stranger to messing around with gender but lately it’s seemed stuck on completely blurring the lines of what masculinity means: transsexual model Lea T. serves as muse for Givenchy; on RuPaul’s Drag Race, cross-dressing contestants battle it out in catwalk battles; James Franco appeared in drag for a recent cover of transsexual fashion magazine Candy. But when it comes to the clothing side of things, it is difficult for many designers to find that perfect androgynous twist. Jean somehow nails it, creating pieces wearable – and wanted - by both genders. Classic and confronting pieces are part and parcel of his vision of contemporary menswear. He has taken this idea of unisex attire, which has traditionally been reserved for women’s fashion, and has given it a man’s perspective, thus creating genderless fashion. At one point he incorporated styles for women in each
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has even finished designing the current collection. “When materials are chosen I draw simple silhouettes, and then every garment gets its details while the sewing process is going on, and that goes on with every piece until the collection is done.” With his skilled hand and keen eye, one would assume a career in fashion was on the cards for Jean from the get-go, but instead, his first fell in love with animation. “When I was younger the dream was to become an animator but I found out at an early age that that wasn’t the path for me as I loved to watch it more than do it, so I always knew the next step would be fashion.” Despite holding great admiration for Lucas Ossendrijver of Lanvin Menswear, and Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane, Jean decided against the route of internships, choosing instead to start out on his own and learn from his own mistakes. Teaching himself helped to keep Jean’s vision pure and organic, inspired by the work of anime master Hayao Miyazaki. Although working alone helped Jean’s thought processes in the long run, he admits that it sometimes hindered him. “It has definitely been a force,” he admits. “My approach to fashion is more naive as I think everything is possible, so no matter how stupid the project I always end up making it work, even though people have told me otherwise.”
While he remains tight lipped when asked for input from other designers, he eagerly agrees to help out through charity work. In 2010, he was one of 31 designers from 13 countries asked to participate in Project White T-Shirt, an exhibition curated by creative agency Triple Major to benefit Designers Against Aids. Each designer was asked to recreate the humble white shirt, no holds barred. In keeping with his provocative style, Jean covered the interior back of a white t-shirt with sequins. At first glance, it looked like a plain white tee. On closer inspection, the fabric had a noticeable ripple, explained once the wearer unzipped the sides and flipped up the back to reveal the sequined interior. As with everything he tries his hand at, what you see isn’t always what you get. In a way it harked back to Jean’s earlier collections, where details like sequined cuffs were thought more as body armor than adornment, and for boys to enjoy just as much as girls. Though at times his presentations can appear almost avant-garde in appearance, pull each look apart and everything is wearable. Jean’s desire to change the way men dress can really be thought of as subtle: he just wants style to be borderless. While his designs are not the typical Scandinavian flare westerners have grown accustomed to seeing from brands like Acne, Cheap Monday and
FOR OTHER WANNABE DESIGNERS OUT THERE, HIS ADVICE IS SIMPLE: "BELIEVE AND IT WILL COME TRUE."
H&M, there’s no denying that a European influence exists. Copenhagen Fashion Week is now the biggest fashion event in northern Europe. Though Denmark might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of fashion, the country’s triple threat of creativity, individuality and functionality is helping Danish design make a name for itself internationally. “Denmark has its own Scandinavian way of thinking slim and minimal,” says Jean, who credits Copenhagen with being a more inspiring place to be. Obviously this young label is destined for bigger and better, and Jean’s next move is to join the likes of fellow Danish designer Malene Birger and sell in countries where people are already crying out for his clothes. For other wannabe designers out there, his advice is simple: “Believe and it will come true.”
photographer KELLY JILL stylist COREEN MILLER model BROOKLYN @ key
PREVIOUS dress VINTAGE, necklace worn as head band JELERA @ NOUVELLE NOUVELLE, ring H&M dress AMERICAN APPAREL, earring MANDI STEVE @ GENTILE ALOUETTE