Here’s What You Missed At London Fashion Week

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, we call out the key looks and themes coming off the catwalk. Menswear had slightly less visibility on the women’s runway compared with the New York shows, but the trend in mixed gender shows is growing in popularity.


With a minimal aesthetic, the shirt trend from previous seasons moves into all aspects of tailoring with a deconstructed twist.

From left to right: A.W.A.K.E., Lunyee, Margaret Howell, Emporio Armani, Versus, Sharon Wauchob


Black, black, and more black was huge in the London shows. A gothic undertone brought a strong sense of glamour with satin, PVC, and lace being key fabrics.

From left to right: Lunyee, Joseph, Julien Macdonald, Ashish, Christopher Kane, Lunyee


Metallic tones are always a popular option (particularly for winter) but stronger levels of color are growing in momentum. Hot pink and bright orange inject newness into the metal inspired fabrics.

From left to right: Toga, Lunyee, Ashish, Sharon Wauchob, Julien Macdonald, Han Wen


See through and peek-a-boo styling is one of the newest looks from the catwalk. Although sheer dressing is a stronger look from the women’s shows, Burberry displayed some strong inspiration for transparent layering for the men’s market.

From left to right: Burberry, Osman, Faustine Steinmetz, Sharon Wauchob, Toga, Burberry


Sweet and sickly hues remained a key influencer for color palettes. Icy pink, coral, and satsuma orange work in perfect harmony within tailoring, dresses, and minimalist sportswear.

From left to right: Huishan Zhang, Trina Turk, Han Wen, Nicopanda, Roksanda, Paul Costelloe


Double-breasted jackets and relaxed blazers take on a slightly longer length that give a nod to oversized dressing. A tasteful color palette of aqua, bottle green, and kingfisher blue work perfectly with dove gray and soft peach for a soft summer suit story.

From left to right: Rejina Pyo, Paul Costelloe, Joseph, Emporio Armani, Joseph, Osman

Set a New Pattern This Fall

No matter how hard we cling to it, summer is ending and fall is around the corner waiting to say “Hey bitch, remember me?”

Yes fall, we remember you and your shorter days and increasingly cold weather and pumpkin spice everything. But this year we’re preparedat least wardrobe-wisecourtesy of this fall-dappled shoot from photographer Stephen Maycock and company.

Layers are a no brainer, but this year we recommend throwing in some primary colors, mixed patterns and textures, and a savvy blend of sportswear and smart tailoring. It’s the #mood for fall, y’all.


Photographer – Stephen Maycock –…

Stylist -Megan Mandeville…

Grooming -Matt Bens…

Model -Joshua Boulton…

Here’s What We Loved At NYFW Summer 2018


With women’s fashion month happening right now it came as huge surprise that most brands showcased menswear within their women’s collections. We have scoured the New York runways and pulled out the key messages for the upcoming summer season for both men and women.


Layered white, ecru and barley-there pink tones give a minimal look to head to toe dressing. Relaxed trousers are key with oversized tee’s and utility jackets adding the finishing touch.


As menswear becomes more and more elaborate, dandy dressing is taking on a more prominent role. Pastel hues, luxe silks and romantic dressing come through as a strong look for next year’s summer season. Womenswear has also taken tips from men’s dandy style too!


Classic tartan, leather and bleached denim conjures up images of the classic punk look but for S/S 18 we see a cleaner take on the theme. Silhouettes seem more tailored and void of raw edges and safety pins.


Classic utility and military dressing remains as a key look from the shows. Camouflage prints and oversized pockets are popular with extra-large patched pockets and a relaxed silhouette.


With active wear still being a prominent trend for menswear we see a slight retro feel coming through. Early 90’s styling works well for tracksuit dressing whilst head to toe colour looks new.


Classic suit dressing is seeing slight modifications with obscure belt details on jackets and ultra-long sleeves on shirts. Tops and shirts that match the suit is a key trend whilst shocking pops of colour work in stark contrast.


And it would be fashion week without a bit of experimental design. Many designers have turned to abstract modern art. Bright pastel colours look amazing on denim and knitwear with rubber tops and PVC trousers also making an unexpected appearance.

Model Teddy Quinlivan Shares That She’s Trans In A Series Of Instagram Videos

Teddy Quinlivan posted something powerful on Instagram yesterday, ditching the aerial plate shot for something a little more personal.

Teddy, full name Theodora, disclosed that she’s trans in a series of three gorgeous-looking videos, per Dazed. Watch the clips, directed by Amber Grace Johnson, below.

“I always knew I was female,” Quinlivan says as old home videos cut to present-day confessionals. “I had to pretend to be male to appease everybody else. At one point, I just stopped giving a fuck.”

The 23-year-old modelwhom Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière discovered in 2015 and who has since walked for Prada, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Dior, and a bunch of other super big and impressive namesgoes on to say that she decided to share this information publicly because she owes it “to my community.”

“I want to help break the stigma [against trans people and being trans],” she says. “Being confident when everybody is trying to put you down is really fucking hard. I want to be the hero I never had growing up for somebody else.”

Her disclosure might normalize the idea of transness among cis people while making the idea of trans life seem possible for other trans people, essentially.

Quinlivan told INTO that she’s gotten tons of support over the past 24 hours, and she seems pretty happy with her decision to go public with this part of herself.

“I have received an amazingly positive response to my announcement,” she said. “I feel extremely grateful that so many people have voiced their support for my decision to disclose my authentic self. The hundreds of kind messages I’ve received are proof that speaking my truth has already made an impact. I feel very lucky that people have been so accepting. Every message I read from someone who has taken the time to write to me reminds me that I made the right decision to share my story.”

Smash That Follow: The Best Men’s Style Instagram Accounts

Instagram has become the world’s largest lookbook.

With so much fashion hitting the feed every day, staying on top of your style game can be overwhelming. To help you manage, we’ve pulled together key Instagram profiles and influencers to follow for the best menswear inspiration. Come for the wardrobe inspo, stay for the eye candy.


Born into a family of fashion designers and creatives, Luka Sabbat is a model, stylist and entrepreneur. His aesthetic is a mix of cool street style and relaxed tailoring.


Street style shooter Karl-Edwin Guerre runs a blog and Instagram account that documents his own style as well as others’. Lover of tropical patterns and jaunty hats, Guerre typically works a modern dandy look.


The official Instagram account of magazine and streety style blog Men in This Town serves up an endless amount of style inspiration.


London-based Jonathan Daniel Pryce is an award-winning photographer who shoots landscapes and portraiture along with a rich mix of street style.


Justin Livingston is a creative consultant and freelance writer who specializes in style and travel. His Instagram and lifestyle blog Scout Sixteen documents his New York lifeand his cute wardrobe.


Senior fashion director of Euroman & Eurowoman magazine, Frederik Lentz Andersen is always on point. His casual styling is teamed with an incredible color palette.


The silver fox may of us aspire to be, Eric Rutherford is known for a polished and chic look that mixes fine, casual tailoring with vintage-inspired prints and luxe sportswear.


One of Barcelona’s key menswear stylists, Juan Camillo Rodríguez has a distinct aesthetic of modern dandy and nostalgic romanticism.


Iolo Lewis Edwards is a Welsh photographer, consultant, content creator, and producer. His aesthetic is sporty and streetsmart with a focus on hip hop and skater styling.


Based in Porto, Portugal, Wrong Weather is a concept fashion store stocking JW Anderson, Kenzo, Raf Simons, and many other of-the-moment brands. The perfect profile for menswear inspiration.

‘R/Evolution’ Spotlights Queer Designers of NYFW

With Fashion Week underway in New York, influencers, artists and style savants descend upon New York. A vast lineup of runway shows and presentations brings some of the most iconic designers and innovative new talents to the spotlight.

This Thursday, New York Fashion Week’s largest queer fashion show will be held at the Brooklyn Museum for its fifth year. Entitled R/Evolution, this season’s show is curated by Anita Dolce Vita and dapperQ. Their mission of showcasingunderrepresented identities in fashion is particularly significant this year.

“Queer fashion is direct disobedience and a reclaiming of agency over our bodies,” Dolce Vita told Huffington Post. “It is a declaration of existence in spite of attempts at erasure. It is a celebration of our beauty in the face of constant messages declaring our unworthiness. It is our armor. It is our shine. It is our resilience.”

This year’s show features the designs of Audio Helkuik, Nicole Wilson, Bindle & Keep, Clio Sage, Kirrin Finch, Kris Harring, Sir New York, SDN Brooklyn, Stuzo, The Tailory New York and TomboyX + Clear Coated. The event kicks off with happy hour by Henrietta Hudson and mini popup shops, followed by the runway show with DJ M.O. R/Evolution takes place Thursday, 6-8 at the Brooklyn Museum. Tickets are available online.

RSVPfor the event here.

“I’m not crying about how good we look, you are.” — @kstad (I love these guys, love this wedding.)

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**Ticket link in bio!!** On September 14th at Brooklyn Museum @premium_content and I will be debuting our first collaborative project as QUCE next to these insane graphics by JP Rooney and to music by @son_lux drummer @ianyhchang, making one of the most insanely talented creative teams I’ve ever worked with. Tickets are only $10 so if this sounds like something you’d be into and are willing to give up the cost of a inexpensive NYC cocktail for, please come!!! (Music is ASMR from Ian Chang’s upcoming EP, Spiritual Leader) ————————- #fashion #architecture #design #music #animation #motiongraphics #rendering #digital #sonlux #nyfw #ss18 #brooklynmuseum #collaboration #quce #designers #ianchang #spiritualleader #stone #glass #future #futuristic #scifi #cinematography #3d #graphicdesign #logo #runway #visuals #visualdesign

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The Chromat Show Was A Celebration of Inclusion

Leyna Bloom made an impression opening the Chromat show on Friday evening. Her curly hair bouncing, she was stomping out a signature walk, no doubt informed by her time walking in the ballroom circuit where she currently sits as the mother of the House of Miyake Mugler in New York. At the end of the runway she stopped, and turned around with her back to the photographers, wearing a denim crop top and g-string this was the first time the brand showed denim. Through the speakers cameSuzi Analogue’s voice performing a live remix of Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman.” It was an entrance.

“I went through so many songs, so many,” Analogue told INTO Friday night at a private celebratory Chromat dinner after the show. “I was listening to Bette Davis and all these other songs trying to decide. But then someone suggested Chaka Khan and I thought it was too cliche but once I listened to some samples I was doing I was like you know what, why not just say what it is.” And with Bloom being a trans woman of color it was a clear message: trans women are real women.

Over the past few seasons, the fashion industry has made a concerted effort to consider, discuss and promote conversations surrounding identity. Whether it’s race, sexuality or gender, these conversations seem to be ever-present. And while for some it seems like a trending topic, these conversations have been close to the heart of Chromat’s brand since its inception in 2010.

Friday’s show, which was the two-time CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee’s presentation for their Spring 2018 season, saw the most diverse cast of fashion week, possibly ever, including all manner of femme identifying talent. The diversity didn’t span only race, sexuality and gender but age and even body type. The likes of Dej Loaf and Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey watched models with anti-chafing bands walk down the runway as well as gender non conforming models like Jahmal Golden.

“Providing visibility to gender nonconforming people on the runway is important,” Chromat founder Becca McCharren-Tran, a recently married queer woman, told INTO. “Even in my own life it’s important because it helps me have conversations about my mom and my aunt and people in Virginia about these different options for identity that they are not exposed to. I think any way to open people’s mind and open those conversations is good. Jahmal is really special and amazing and I love them so much. Jahmal has cheekbones to die for and so having them model is a no brainer.”

“I don’t think you’re going to find another brand that will show you true diversity of bodies and gender and sexuality for what it is,”Ben Ritter, a designer who works withBrother Velliesand Chromat added. “What you’re going to get from other brands is tokenism, but this is who we know. That’s who Chromat goes out with on Friday night and that’s who Chromat wakes up to on Sunday morning. These are the people we know and we love and we design for those people and that’s why you see them on the runway.” To wit, most of these models have been walking the Chromat show for a few seasons. Bloom has walked in the brand’s last three shows. As hasMaya Mones, who closed Friday’s show.

“The fashion industry is something that is the opposite of what I feel at a Chromat show,” Mones said in a phone interview referring to the familial feeling backstage. “It’s so nice to always go there and know that’s what the vibe is going to be like. I think it gives us so much more power on the runway and so much strength because when we go back there there’s just so much love and the whole energy is that.” That energy comes through in the walks but also inthe ability to work without having one’s identity commodified represents a safe space that the rest of the industry should aspire to.

“Chromat is so nonchalant in the way it presents the faces of the brand,” Mones said. “It’s not about worrying about the labels in being a trans models, it’s about just being a model. That gives me hope and makes me feel good about being visible and like it’s ok to be myself.” Mones went on.

“I know that already but reassurance is always a great thing and that’s a hell of a lot of reassurance.”

“This isn’t fashion bullshit,” Ritter added. “What you’re getting is the real deal. Being able to see yourself on the runway in someone that’s beautiful, confident and showing skin and walking like they own the earth when you historically haven’t ever seen that Chromat is here to show you that.”

So Hot Right Now: Top Trends from London, Paris, and Milan Fashion Weeks

With the European men’s fashion week shows done and dusted and New York just around the corner (July 10th to be exact), we’ve scoured the runways and pulled together a list of the hottest Spring 2018 trends. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.


The rise of the savvy Millennial shopper has given birth to a whole new market that craves street style looks and skater brands. They love limited editions, authenticity and collaborations—remember that Louis Vuitton/Palace collab? Love it or hate it, the gap between high-end and the skate park is quickly closing as more fashion houses jump on the youth market band wagon and create hard-to-get pieces that have shoppers lining up around the block.

Printed stripes are something that we see on the runway every season and Spring ’18 is no exception, except this time things seemed a little fresher. Head-to-toe stripes come through in Sunnei’s matching trucker jacket and combat short combos that boast bright tones of green and yellow with black and white, while MSGM gives a nod to ‘90’s grunge with checked skater shorts and sloppy sweaters that give a great clashing print feel while remaining easy to wear due to its tonal color palette. Think Kurt Cobain but more polished.

Meanwhile, Prada went for a more elevated look with high-waisted trousers and layered cardigan/knitted tee pairings that give a new take on the twin set.


Comfort dressing hits through the Spring ’18 season with a full swing. Slouched, relaxed tailored trousers suggest an end to the skinny pant with looks becoming much more laid back. Oversized jackets give an almost Miami Vice feel, but thankfully seem much cooler than the original version. The rise of skater styling creeps into tailored looks with slip-on sneakers, boxy shirts and polo tee’s helping to make “dad dressing” youthful.

The fast fashion market has been on the decline for a couple of seasons with many brands opting to focus on classic wardrobe staples that last season after season, and Julien David’s show harped back to those classic ‘90s looks that were eternalized by brands like Calvin Klein. Simple white tee’s with straight cut classic jeans give us the perfect nostalgic feeling.


Tailoring plays a huge role in the shows, and as the boundaries of menswear get pushed further into more experimental realms we begin to see some long-anticipated innovation coming through. Casual tailoring at Sulvam mixes a skinhead theme and punk elements with references to Vivienne Westwood’s bondage trousers.

Dior Homme gave a much more modern offering that took classic tailoring and fused in some strong sports details. A more playful take from Marni gave an almost childlike quality to tailoring, with square-cut shirts and matching shorts in clashing striped cloths that looked like one of Grayson Perry’s sketchbooks.


Thanks to brands like Palomo Spain and Charles Jeffrey we’ve started to see a more commercial and less extreme version of romanticism hit the menswear runway. This current trend harps back to all of those classic dandy references we know and love like Oscar Wilde and Quintin Crisp (minus the blushed cheeks and rouged lips), but with a modern twist.

The ‘NEW’ dandy favors a more street-wise mood with many styles just giving a subtle acknowledgment to its foundations—like shirts with integrated ties that give a pussy bow neck detail. Other looks coming through have a more elaborate aesthetic with decedent lace and frills peeking out from under masculine jackets and busy knitwear.


The fashion world has been obsessed with tropical bowling shirts ever since Leonardo DiCaprio graced our screens in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet all those years ago, and the trend has held a prominent position on menswear shelves for quite a few seasons. Spring ‘18 still has a toe dipped in the palm print pond but uses pattern blocking and galactic influences to update that 50’s vacay look, as shown at Paul Smith and Maison Kitsune. The season’s strong sport influence also plays a part in the Tropicana look, so if boxy silk shirts aren’t your bag then maybe a printed graphic tee is a little easier to pull off.


Active wear takes on a much more clinical guise for Spring ‘18, with sports looks having a much smarter feel than previous seasons. The tracksuit is updated with a tailored appeal that displays wide-leg silhouettes and relaxed blazers that blur the line between smart and casual. The days of marled jersey and classic sweatshirt fabrics seem to be long gone as designers opt for high end fabrics to push for a sharper look. Color is key with optic white, soft grey and tobacco brown being worn from head to toe for maximum impact. It’s a little like being at the office and the gym at the same time.


As the state of the current political climate seems to have dragged us through the looking glass into a world of chaos and uncertainty, designers and brands are using their platform to air their views and document social attitudes. Millennials have become a huge influence on the fashion industry, and we’re seeing a new punk movement arise with ongoing displays of protest around the world.

This generation’s predisposition for empathy gives the new punk aesthetic a softer, more peaceful vision rather than the classic Sex Pistols-era aggression of icons like Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten and Malcolm McLaren. This time around bleached techniques are much more regimented than the ad hoc style of the past, as seen on the tartan suits shown by Sacai. And instead of ripped and distressed denim we see a prettier, even romantic side to punk from Alexander McQueen with denim suits that look part embroidered and part fringed.

Style Activist Anita Dolce Vita Is Queering Fashion’s Gender Divide

Although queer aesthetics are undoubtedly on the rise in the fashion industry, there are still surprisingly few publications dedicating in-depth coverage to queer bloggers and creatives. Anita Dolce Vita has the remedy to this underexposure: dapperQ. Since becoming the site’s owner, Vita has invested countless hours into crafting a platform for alternate masculinities – the initial idea was to fill a gap in the market by offering extensive style coverage (think Vogue or GQ) aimed squarely at a queer audience.

In addition to content, which ranges from editorials to op-eds, dapperQ also hosts a series of events designed to help LGBTQ youth use style as a tool for self-discovery. Better still, the platform is truly diverse; a rare online home for the trans, queer, non-binary, and female masculinities so often excluded from mainstream discussions of queerness. In honor of Pride month, we decided to reach out to Dolce Vita and discuss the transformative power of clothing, Project Runway, and why Pride needs, now more than ever, to go back to its radical roots.

Grindr: Can you tell us a little about dapperQ as a platform?

Anita: When it launched in 2009, dapperQ was originally a personal blog chronicling the individual style of its owner. However, upon visiting the site, I noticed that it had so much more potential than to become just another Tumblr with selfies and viral images – although those blogs are empowering too. When I was first pitching new ideas to dapperQ, there was a serious lack of fashion and lifestyle magazines that reflected and reaffirmed the identities of our specific readership while also offering the kind of comprehensive style coverage you would find on GQ or Vogue.

Soon after the site’s initial launch, I took over as the new owner and restructured the platform. I brought on a team of queer writers, photographers, videographers, designers, and stylists to start producing wide-ranging content and events like Seven Days of Dapper, our annual New York Fashion Week show at the Brooklyn Museum, and the first two consecutive SXSW queer style panels.

Are there any stories of feedback on the site that stand out specifically?

Yes, and it’s this feedback that keeps me driven to work a full-time day job and continue to run dapperQ in my free time. The most recent and impactful e-mail we received was from the mother of an androgynous high-school junior in Texas named Ragan Kelly. We kept in touch with Ragan and her mom, and we later published a feature on her after a Texas couple (Michelle Daly and Kelly West) gave her a confidence-boosting makeover that helped Ragan express her identity in a way that made her feel more comfortable. It was so incredible to work with members of the community from across the country to empower our youth!

Why do you think mainstream media is taking so long to broaden its scope beyond the usual thin, white, cisgender gay men?

I think for the same reasons that mainstream media doesn’t showcase PoC (people of color), people of size, non-binary individuals: transphobia, racism, sexism, and fatphobia. Mainstream media is all about advertising, and advertising is rooted in selling images appealing to the white, cis male gaze. Advertising to the LGBTQ market has followed this formula, and therefore the image usually reflected in ad campaigns is that of the white, professional, trend-setting, affluent gay male. The rest of the rainbow is rendered invisible. The LGBTQ community is not immune to absorbing what advertisers, casting directors, and designers define as desirable: this topic is explored in the documentary No Fats, No Femmes.

Do you think things are beginning to change – if not in a mainstream context, are you at least starting to see more diverse platforms emerge?

Absolutely, things are changing! We discussed how social media has been instrumental in creating this change in a recent panel; to the dismay of glossies like Vogue, traditional mainstream media platforms are now struggling to capture audiences. Advertisers did not anticipate how the advent of newer technologies would change the landscape of marketing, or that social media would be so impactful in redefining how brands reach consumers. It has provided a platform for people to reject conventional, often exclusionary definitions of mainstream beauty and fashion. Instead, it allows influencers to become creative directors of their own personal style, to develop communities with common values, and to amass large followings that have become extremely attractive to corporate brands. Some of my personal favorite game-changing influencers are Danielle Cooper and Sara Geffrard.

What does Pride month mean to you personally? Do you see it as a celebration, a protest, a show of solidarity?

It is all three: a celebration, a protest, and a show of solidarity. The meaning of Pride has evolved for me since coming out as a 20-year-old in Albuquerque, experiencing my first Pride in New York at 23 and then later becoming a style activist in my 30s and 40s. I moved to New York in 1999 and experiencing Pride in a city so huge with so many parties, bars, glitter, people like me…all of that in one place…Pride was a PARTY! I was like a kid in a candy store. But, as I learned more about its history and became more and more connected to LGBTQ activist communities, I came to see Pride as an act of defiance with the potential to incorporate its more radical roots. I think that’s important now more than ever.

Is there anything you haven’t yet achieved with dapperQ that you hope to in the future?

Well, I would love to take dapperQ international – we receive feedback from across the globe asking us to expand. I’d also love to be a judge on Project Runway, you know, to shake things up. Just putting that out there!

Wear As They Say: Fashion Influencers To Follow Now

The internet is jam packed with self-diagnosed “bloggers” and “influencers,” but what about the real people who influence the fashion industry? It’s no easy task, and taste is errrrrrrything. Here are the people and Instagram accounts that keep the fashion world on point.


Johnson Gold is the founder and director of PAUSE online. Gold lets us travel the globe with him and mixes runway shots, editorials, and some of the most incredible street-style looks ever.


Following in the footsteps of Pause Magazine, PAUSESHOTS offers a ton of inspiration for men’s styling looks. This profile is like “an idiot’s guide to styling,” and you never have to stress over planning a look again.


A cleverly curated compilation of tattoos, punk, queer culture, styling editorials, and explicit homoeroticism; Aaron James is definitely one to watch.


Stylist at Total World and fashion editor for 032c, Marc Goehring is one of the fashion industry’s go-to Instagram accounts for hot trends. It’s a one-stop shop for constant inspiration.


One of THE best menswear fashion magazines around, Barcelona-based Fucking Young delivers some of the most forward-thinking men’s fashion content.


One of the most stylish kids on the planet. With over 275k followers on Instagram, Leo Mandella is definitely doing something right. His styling is off the scale and leaves big brands desperate for his attention.


The official Instagram for menswear street-style blog Men in This Town is shot by Sydney, Australia-based Giuseppe Santamaria. It has a huge catalog of great menswear shots to inspire your looks throughout the year.


Menswear fashion’s biggest DILF keeps us informed of pretty much everything that goes on in menswear…with his own unique twist.


Senior fashion editor for British GQ style and lover of all things grunge, Gary Armstrong is one to watch for quirky styling and interesting combinations.


Jason is a senior fashion editor for T Magazine and The New York Times and an unabashed style maven. His IG features backstage peeks at fashion shows, front row seats, and editorial shoots.