Sexy Fashion Shows on Day 4 of Men's Fashion Week 2012

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Hi Huneybees,

I'm continuing my Men's Fashion Week's Fashion shows. I had to give you guys a break of MFW 2012 and now I'm back with more updates. The 4th night was an international night and opened with our very own Singapore local designer team, Reckless Ericka, followed by BodyBound, then the most anticipated Alexie Mabille with HOM Underwear and the Casely-Hayford and Matthew Miller.

The local label started by twenty-something Afton Chen returns for its sophomore showing. The upcoming season draws inspiration from "Portraits from the Belly of the Whale", a series of black-and-white photographs by Michael Garlington. From still art comes a languid collection that delves into the life of a retired performer stuck in a temporal plane. A collision of old and new worlds are evident in the lean trench coats paired with heavy pleated drop crotch pants, and wispy long cardigans structured by stiff jackets. Accents of drapery and gauze lend an androgynous persona to the label, which also sports a line for women, Odds by Reckless Ericka.

First runway show of MFW'12 that had female models. I love the feel of the walk and the green lawn, makes it all so confortable, just like the clothes of Reckless Ericka. It's so androgynous, and I've even bought a cardigan from their label to share with hubby. Love the whole collection for couple matching.

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Half-Singaporean designer Kim Choon-Wilkins, part of the design team behind BODYBOUND, graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2005 prior to cutting his teeth at Alexander McQueen, After 2 years in the industry, he returned to study an MS in Menswear at the Royal College of Art. He has worked for brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Alexander McQueen and most recently as the menswear designer for Matthew Williamson.

BODYBOUND is synonymous with pumping sex back into a craft; the designers believe that too much emphasis has been placed on reservation being equated with sophistication. To them, there is nothing masculine about being reserved, and the brand strives to make menswear dazzling again.

"Fashion to me is a medium for rallying against mediocrity, and Singapore provides an incredible gateway to the Far East."
Designer Pliny Champion of BODYBOUND.

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Alexis Mabille's show was one of the highly anticipated fashion shows, everyone was telling me it's mostly because of  his Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture collection at Women's Fashion Week last year. It had wowed the audience and what's more, there would also be an underwear show, what more to ask right?

The French-born designer launched his house in 2005 after having earned his stripes at Christian Dior, and also through collaborating with celebrated French houses such as Yves Saint Laurent and Lancôme. Due to his love of the classic bowtie, he chose it as his emblem and set about updating and reinventing it in new shapes and unexpected materials. 

The idea of rendering everyone beautiful soon evolved into seperate men's and women's ready-to-wear lines, accessories, underwear, and starting in 2010, Couture. The brand blends tradition with sex appeal, and thrives by playing on notions of gender.

This year, HOM, the men's underwear designer, presents HOM by ALEXIS MABILLE - a brand new capsule collection of underwear designed by Alexis Mabille exclusively for men. This beautiful new line combines HOM's reowned know-how gained from 43 years of experience in the industry with the fresh vision of the new hero of French design.

" I took part in Couture Week last year, and the event was great, so to participate again with menswear was logical for me. Plus I realised that Singaporeans love men's fashion." --- Alexis Mabille, designer of Alexis Mabille

So glad I "caught up" with Alexis Mabille on Day 3. Very nice guy. :)
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The father and son team that makes up Casely-Hayford has created a signature style of relaxed masculine proportions and exquisite tailoring, fused with an injection of the raw energy of London's dynamic culture. Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford began working together in 2009, crafting a lifestyle that combines English sartorialism with British Anarchy to create the ultimate expression of luxury for the 21st century men.

The collection is designed in London and made in Japan, and fine English fabrics are combined with the signature House cut and construction to create a unique design statement and commitment to enduring quality. Early in his career, Joe dressed The Clash and U2 whilst simultaneously working on his eponymous brand for men and women - showing on the runways of Paris, Tokyo and London. More recently, taking on the role of Creative Director of Gieves and Hawkes, Joe contributed to the re-positioning of the 200-year old Savile Row house. The brand has an international following that ranges from director Steven Spielberg to actor Robert Downey Jr and is sold throughout the world.

I love the menswear of Casely-Hayford as I find that men of all ages would be able to find something suitable for their age for all occasions and the suits just makes one so suave, he can totally pass off as 007 James Bond anytime. The father and son combination, adds the young and mature element to the brand. Lovely ~

A picture with Charlie Casely-Hayford. He looks like some celebrity singer don't he?
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Earlier on, Matthew Miller had a little interview/chat on stage with Utt and Frank Cintamani.

Matthew Miller is known to be a designer who explores the modern world and its impact on masculinity. With this cool prints and innovative style, he is one of fashion's most interesting rising stars in the London fashion scene. He is known for his technically astute menswear collection. Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2000, Miller has been working to build a new breed of men's fashion.

With his forward design aesthetic, it is a rare chance that he is able to make his pieces wearable at the same time. Miller is a man who believes in the imporatnace of details while doing it effortlessly, who has been nominated as a "Bright Young Thing", given a window by Selfridges in Oxford Street, shown 4 times at Men's Day at London Fashion Week, and has won several design awards including the Umbro Design Award, Janey Ironside Award, The Spirit of Fashion Award and most recently the NewGen Award from the British Fashion Council.

I love the prints on Matthew Miller's menswear. Somehow I find there's a hidden world, some hidden message about saving the earth, loving Mother Nature hidden underneath those prints. Any man wearing the clothes will be super eye-catching and his has to be someone who embraces colour...

 More photos here.

Move aside Derek Lam and Peter Som, because Richard Chai is creating tsunamis wordwide. Easily considered one of the most stellar up-and-coming Asian fashion designers in the USA, Chai designed for Marc by Marc Jacobs and revived a fatigued TSE before launching his eponymous line of architectural womenswear in 2004.

4 years later, he ascended levels with his menswear line for 2009 Spring, presented at Paris Fashion Week in June 2008 - and from that point has only been storming forward. Chai's distinctive marks include arced seams, intriguing fabric treatments and diverse colour paletters which marry modernity and heritage with highly tailored pieces. This young talent has also bagged for himself Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards and was a finalist for GQCFDA's Best New Men's Designer in America. At the cusp of raging success and popularity, Chai is definitely one you'll want to set your razor-sharp eyes on!


Richard Chai's works are definitely something to lookout for. He does not have super loud colours of overdramatic clothing, but each piece is structured and fitted nicely to accentuated the masculinity of men. Subtle sexiness....

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