Space Cowboy for VOGUE Italia

Space Cowboy (2019)

for Vogue Italia

by

Alexander-Julian

Emmanuel Monsalve

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SPACE COWBOY (2019)

by Alexander-Julian and Emmanuel Monsalve

A story of love and acceptance. We often view new cultures and foreign entities as threats to what we know, but when given the opportunity these new cultures can enhance our outlook and open us to a greater existence.

The female subject in this story represents a beautiful otherworldly being that finds itself in a new surrounding where she’s immediately detained and seen as a threat. The two male subjects represent the opposite realities that exist in that environment. In the end, the realities converge and only one is able to accept and love the new foreign being. Together they enjoy a new enhanced reality.

I chose Western-wear and Space Obsession to portray this story because these two timeless trends represent different mindsets and philosophies in America. Being a native born Texan, I consider Western-wear an homage to pride and classic Americana, while the Space Obsession represents the world’s curiosity for a new world as an escape. The themes were visually inspired by Kozaburo a Japanese-American menswear brand and MM6 Maison Margiela’s 2018 collection.

(full story at Vogue.it)

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Creative Direction & Styling: Alexander-Julian

Photographer: Emmanuel Monsalve

Make-Up: Sandy Nicha (@sandy_nicha)

Hair: David Kemp

Fashion Assistant: Camille Camejo

Models: Yousseff Bamba , DNA Models Kendall Harrison, DNA Models Tricia Akello, Muse Models

Don Toliver for Highsnobiety

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wearing preston douglas

Meet Don Toliver, the Travis Scott-Protégé Making Houston His Own

photos by Riot Muse.

It was November 18, the day of Astroworld Fest, as I was driving down HWY 59 listening to “Can’t Say,” but it wasn’t Travis Scott the radio DJ was yelling about – it was Don Toliver, the young Houston rapper featured on the track. Back in August, the night before the release of his chart-topping platinum album, Scott co-signed Don Toliver as the new “young Houston legend.” Toliver had caught the eye of Scott through a mutual friend and was brought out to Hawaii to work on the album with, where Toliver says he created some of the best music he’s ever made.

Days before Astroworld dropped, Don Toliver had released his own project titled Donny Womack, bringing his melodic, high energy sound together in an album inspired by R&B legends like Bobby Womack and Sade. Much like the works of his mentor, you’re sure to hear someone riding around Houston blasting Don’s “Backend” or “Diamonds” these days – something we experienced firsthand while shooting the rapper and his hometown friends outside his favorite corner store.

We caught up with Houston’s newest legend in his own little corner of the city, Southwest Alief Texas, or “The SWAT,” to talk home life versus tour life, his R&B influences, and hanging in Honolulu creating Astroworld with La Flame.

read the full article at Highsnobiety.com >>

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Who were the guys you brought out to our shoot?

“People who helped me find my way, people who helped me gain my own. They taught me more in the street than I learned anywhere else.”

Don Toliver

WEARING PHILLIP PLEIN

WEARING PHILLIP PLEIN

JAcket by PRESTON DOUGLAS, SWEATER BY RYANxKNEW, Pants by LAQUAN SMITH FOR ASOS

JAcket by PRESTON DOUGLAS, SWEATER BY RYANxKNEW, Pants by LAQUAN SMITH FOR ASOS

 
 
 
I would have killed somebody to be on that album. I wanted to be on [Astroworld] so bad!
— Don Toliver
 
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Okada Men for Highsnobiety

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left to right: FRAMES BY Cutler + GROSS, Gucci

left to right: FRAMES BY Cutler + GROSS, Gucci

photos by Stephen Tayo / frames styled by Alexander-Julian

“nigeria's okada bikers could be the freshest people on earth”

— Highsnobiety

It might seem surprising, but some of Nigeria’s sharpest sartorial efforts can be found on the backs of the motorbikes zipping through the streets of Lagos. The bikes are known locally as keke or okada, a play on now-defunct Nigerian airline Okada Air due to their riders’ ability, albeit terrifyingly, to get you from point A to B. Riding the streets of Lagos all day can leave your eyes vulnerable to all kinds of dust and debris in a city of 21 million, and the bikers protect their peepers with pure steez.

As many Nigerians will testify: no matter the situation, style is never worth sacrificing. You’ll frequently find okada riders decked out in the most extravagant eyewear, from large embellished hot pink frames to gold-trimmed cat-eye lenses. If you’re going to hit the Lagos streets, it’s got to be done in style.

I teamed up with local photographer Stephen Tayo to capture the infamous okada bikers of Lagos in the most lavish eyewear of the season.

read the full story on Highsnobiety.com >>

LEFT TO RIGHT: SUNGLASSES BY OFF-WHITE x WARBY PARKER, CUTLER + GROSS

LEFT TO RIGHT: SUNGLASSES BY OFF-WHITE x WARBY PARKER, CUTLER + GROSS

LEFT TO RIGHT: GUCCI FRAMES, ADAM SELMAN x LE SPECS SUNGLASSES

LEFT TO RIGHT: GUCCI FRAMES, ADAM SELMAN x LE SPECS SUNGLASSES

DOLCE & GABBANA EMBELLISHED SUNGLASSES

DOLCE & GABBANA EMBELLISHED SUNGLASSES

With their lack of appropriate headgear and outrageous, sometimes comically overloaded cargo, the okada riders aren’t always popular with government and locals. They are usually depicted as rough and rowdy biker boys, but for okada riders, ferrying people and goods to and fro is a no-fuss way to make a living.
SUNGLASSES BY GUCCI

SUNGLASSES BY GUCCI

Left to Right: Vintage Dior Frames, Driver’s Own.

Left to Right: Vintage Dior Frames, Driver’s Own.

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Despite numerous attempts to remove okada from Nigeria’s roads, they have survived time and again, and their drivers are all the more fly for it.
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SUNGLASSES BY LE SPECS

Mr. Porter's "Mr. P" x NY Mag's The CUT

The CUT x Mr. P

featuring Taj Reed

photographs by Travis Matthews

styled by Alexander-Julian

Styled four looks for Mr. Porter x NY Magazine’s The CUT utilizing all pieces from Mr. Porter’s “Mr. P” essentials collection.

read the full article at TheCut.com >>

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Photography by Travis Matthews

Styling by Alexander-Julian

Art Direction by Sam Kim at New York Stories

Produced by Aydah Albaba

Grooming by Sae-Ryun Song

World of WearableArt for L'Officiel USA

photography by Marissa Findlay.

World of WearableArt for L’Officiel USA

Every year New Zealand hosts the World of WearableArt (WOW) Fashion/Art Exhibition, where designers from all over the world create intricately designed garments for the chance to win the Supreme WOW Award at the exhibition’s extravagant Awards Night ceremony.

This year WOW celebrated 30 years of “taking art off the wall and onto the human form” and in celebration of 30 years, I made it down to Wellington to catch the Awards Night ceremony and watch the eccentrically awesome display. I then worked with the WOW team to select and shoot some of my favorite pieces from the show.

The amount of time and work put into each garment, to me, was reminiscent of the attention and detail put in by the famous ateliers of Paris and Milan to couture garments. So, I wanted to shoot these pieces as such, bold, avant-garde, and bare––a true welding of the worlds of art and fashion.

check out the full story at lofficielusa.com >>

Echoplex - Goddess of Reverb   by Natalie Hutton  (Melbourne, Australia) //  Winner: Avant-garde Section

Echoplex - Goddess of Reverb by Natalie Hutton (Melbourne, Australia) // Winner: Avant-garde Section

Spirit Bone   by Guo Xiao Tong  (Beijing, China) //  Winner: Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award

Spirit Bone by Guo Xiao Tong (Beijing, China) // Winner: Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award

Ernst Haeckel’s Bride   by Nika Danielska  (Wroclaw, Poland) //  Runner Up: Supreme WOW Award // Winner: Under the Microscope Section

Ernst Haeckel’s Bride by Nika Danielska (Wroclaw, Poland) // Runner Up: Supreme WOW Award // Winner: Under the Microscope Section

Chinese Opera  by Chan Wai Tung  (Hong Kong, China)

Chinese Opera by Chan Wai Tung (Hong Kong, China)

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