Model Citizen: Adam DeSouza

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We recently discovered model Adam DeSouza on instagram and reached out to him to participate in an upcoming photo shoot. Get to know the Toronto-based based male model and lookout for our upcoming menswear editorial featuring Adam.

1. How did you get into modeling?

I started modelling in 2016 when I first walked for Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. Since then I’ve walked in a few other shows and shot with multiple  photographers throughout Ontario.

2. What has been your favourite modeling job to date?

My favourite modelling job to date would be any of the runway events I’ve done, in particular my first season at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. I love these events because of all the people you get too meet.At a shoot you normally get to meet a small team of 2-5 people, whereas, with these events you’re around large group of like-minded individuals.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to learn about a variety of things. I am really interested in learning about the body, as I get ready to go back to school for massage therapy. I love anything fitness related.  At my core though, I’m really just a homebody.  I enjoy the simple pleasures in life like making a home cooked meal, listening to and finding new music, binge watching Netflix or just driving down to the bluffs to feed the ducks.

4. What music are you currently listening to?

Right now I find myself listening to a few artist like Joey Badass, Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, System of a Down, Anderson .paak, pendulum and Tool just to name a few.

5. What has modeling thought you about yourself?

Modelling has taught me that there are many different avenues you can take when pursuing something that you are interested in. With the technology  available through the internet, we can teach ourselves about literally any subject.

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6. How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is the love child of Curt Kobian and John Lennon. I would describe it as “Grungy Hippie”.

7. What would surprise people about you?

Something that surprises a lot of people about me is that I train and compete in Muay Thai (kickboxing with elbow strikes, in short). I really enjoy fighting in the ring and performing for a crowd. My last fight was in Ireland last summer.

8. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without ______________

I cannot live without music.

9. What are some of your future goals? 

My main goal for the future is starting my career as a massage therapist and personal trainer.  I want to dedicate my extra time to modelling and mauy thai and see where they can take me because they’ve already taken me to some amazing places.

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Backstage With American Crew At Toronto Men’s Fashion Week

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I had the chance to get backstage at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) and speak with American Crew All-Star Mary Cassola. She shares her insight on the latest hairstyle trends for F/W 2017, the 90s hair reboot seen at the collections this year, and what the future holds for the iconic brand.

Alexander Suave: What is the hottest style trend for guys F/W 2017?

Mary Ca: What we are doing for F/W 2017 is more of a textured look but with a natural finish. We are seeing a lot of shine in the hair. We are also using a lot of the American Crew Heavy Hold Pomade ($21.95). Although the pomade has a strong finish and hold to it, the hair remains pliable for that separated but sculpted look.

AS: For men’s fashion week, what is the most dominant hair trend this year?

MC: The dominant look this year is very 90s inspired. On the first day we were doing hair with middle parts to it. Hair that falls naturally, but still has some classic shape to it. But the main thing we have seen this year is texture. It’s not overly sculpted, but appears more broken in texture, which has been pretty consistent throughout all the shows. As with our first designer today Kenneth Barlas, he just wanted that American Crew classic look. If you were to watch his show, you would think you were also watching an American Crew classic presentation.

AS: Where do you see men’s hair trends going in the future?

MC: We are definitely seeing length. And it’s going to get longer. American Crew is a classic company. The very foundation of what the company started doing was that very classic and clean look. That tapered, short look will always remain popular. But as far as trends go, we are definitely seeing longer hair come into play.

AS: What are the most popular American Crew products?

MC: As far as American Crew is concerned, we tend to keep our [grooming] line considerably small. The products that we keep in our line are the ones we use a considerable amount of. All of our products are popular, but right now, any of the products that add shine to the hair. Our Grooming Cream ($21.95), the Classical Pomade ($21.95) or our American Crew Heavy Hold Pomade ($21.95) are really going to be quite popular for that ultimate finished look.  

AS: What’s in store for American Crew and American Crew products?

MC: An entire generation of men has grown up with American Crew and American Crew products. Because we started as a classic company years ago, we now have customers and clients who have followed us for generations. We have a full spectrum of men who we can relate to, and of course, there is always every new generation.  The future of American Crew is always going to be we are classic company, but are always going to be in line with what’s happening next. We have always been a leader in men’s fashion and grooming because we are in tune with the current trends and are dedicated to giving the stylists the tools they need to give men the look and style they want.

AS: Tell me about the energy this year back stage at TOM?

MC: The energy at Toronto’s Men’s Fashion Week is great! It’s been a lot of fun working with the designers. They are right in line with what American Crew is currently doing with our Americana Collection. The hair is natural, with a lot shine to it, but still has that length to it, so it been really great and exciting to work with everyone this year.  

American Crew products can be found in fine salons and online at www.americancrew.com

Chris Smart X TOM* – Street Style Recap

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The Torontonian fashion scene has lately been experiencing quite a few changes. After learning that Toronto Fashion Week was not going to happen this coming season, all eyes were on TOM*. Fortunately, the biggest change that Toronto Men’s Fashion Week has made, so far, is the location. A few steps away from College Park, the former home for the biggest men’s fashion week across Canada, the Mattamy Athletic Centre was this time the location where over 25 menswear designers showcased their Spring/Summer 2017 collections.

Chris Smart didn’t miss a detail of how Carlton Street turned into an outdoor catwalk for all the editors, writers, bloggers, and VIP people arriving to the shows. And once again, this gifted, relentless street style photographer was able to capture the latest trends worn by the most fashionable people in the city.

The minimalism of the total black-and-white looks contrasted with funny bomber jackets that brought back the sassy spirit from the 90’s. As the past is always an inspiration for fashion, one can never go wrong with a vintage outfit that includes a beret or a straw basket bag. Jumpsuits both printed and plain kept proving why they deserve the ‘must-have’ trait for any occasion, and glasses…What can we say about glasses? When it comes to fashion, it’s all about the glasses!

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‘BOM-BOM’ BOMBER

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 DEAR JUMPSUIT

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Style Profile: Ryan Wohlgemut

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Ryan Wohlgemut is a Canadian-German aspiring fashion editor who graduated from The University of Guelph and studied Sociology and Business. After university Ryan moved to Toronto, Ontario to begin pursuing his dreams of becoming part of the international fashion industry. We had the pleasure of chatting with Ryan and discussed all things fashion, and also found out what he could not live without.

1. How would you describe your personal style?

RW: As we are in sort of a transitional period right now with the weather finally beginning to become a bit warmer, the same is happening with fashion. Specific to my own style, winter brings out a more sophisticated character. It tends to involve darker colours and larger garments (jackets, boots, cardigans etc.). This past winter I went for the “sporty-grandpa” look. I wore a lot of dress pants, usually pinstriped, oversized or cropped and crew neck sweaters, and also turtle necks paired with a sporty or more casual footwear such as my personalized Stan Smiths or my all white Nike Air Max sneakers.

I think that menswear is really at a turning point right now and with summer approaching I am really beginning to see myself take a more exciting approach to my style. One of my biggest goals right now is to always strive to present some sort of loudness within my outfits and I think colour is a subtle way to do so.Though out winter I was – and still am – really into the colour red. I think it is a bold and a strong shade that can make a statement but as summer approaches I want to incorporate more yellow and possibly green.

Another way to incorporate loudness is through print. A trend I personally am excited to indulge into this season is animal print. As we saw in many Spring/Summer 2016 shows – Saint Laurent and Burberry to name a few – men are finally beginning to support this trend. Animal print is often a seen within the womenswear sector of fashion but now we are finally seeing it on the runway for males.

This brings me to the next aspect of my personal, femininity. I think one of the most subversive actions as a male that you can play with in terms of style, is simply paying attention to womenswear trends. Throughout the Spring/Summer 2016 show season we were seeing femininity all over the menswear runways. With Gucci mastering the pussy bow and the flared pant, Louis Vuitton making the Japanese souvenir sukajan jacket and neck tie omni present, and Burberry redefining classic menswear pieces with typically feminine fabrics such as lace, it’s pretty clear this season that the menswear industry is beginning to soften gender lines. I think mixing femininity and masculinity is something I have recently started to enjoy playing with. This past season of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week I sported a pussy bow, a neck tie and an Asian-inspired souvenir style bomber jacket.

Finally, the last aspect of would like to speak about is mixing kitsch with “high fashion”. I think since the streetwear trend is finally beginning to diminish on the runways, designers are moving back towards more “high fashion” risk taking yet still looking for ways to present themselves in a less serious way. Demma Gvasalia of Vetement is an absolute expert of this. As I am always interested in incorporating an exciting “fun” aspect to a “serious” outfit, this is also something I am beginning to experiment with. For example, to the Novella Magazine Launch Party I wore my Thrasher Magazine flame font t-shirt – one of my favourite tee’s right now – paired with a black blazer, oversized Polo Ralph Lauren caramel corduroy pants and my Stan Smiths. Mixing both the fun sort of joke Thrasher flames tee with a classic black blazer known for being serious and sophisticated, is a clever approach to incorporate a sense of confusion amongst ones audience which is ultimately the best thing you can do.

2. What is your favourite item in your closet and why?

RW: It would definitely have to be my AMI crewneck sweater. When in doubt this sweater is just perfect as it can be dressed up or down and is extremely comfortable!

3. Have you ever had a “What was I thinking” moment about something you have worn?

RW: Yes of course! I have had many “What was I thinking” moments. I look back on my past wardrobe in general and the word “plain” comes to mind. I am not sure if that is just a result of my current desire to present a sense of “loudness” or what has inspired me to spice things up but I definitely look back on my elementary school days and often wonder “what I was thinking?”. Specifically, in grade six I was really into the shiny “soccer shorts” as they used to call them. I had them in almost every colour.

4. What is your first fashion memory?

RW: On my first day of kindergarten, I believe I was 5 years old my brother and I had matching beige polo’s from The Gap. Before I went to school that day I went to my aunt and told her that I needed to come home at lunch and change my outfit for the afternoon. I was insisting that an outfit change was necessary on my first day of school! Looking back on that memory I have realized that was the moment I knew fashion was something really special to me.

5. What is your favourite fashion era and why?

RW: The 70’s, I like to reference this era within my wardrobe. I think this is due to the fact that through out the 90’s, 70’s clothing was widely referenced, so growing up being a 90’s baby the 70’s brings back memories and has that nostalgic feel to it that we all love!

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6. Where do you shop?

RW: I would say most of my clothing is from Hudson’s Bay. Its become one of my favourite spots for sure. I think The Bay does well at providing the consumer with many different brands and an array of styles as well as price.

7. What would be your theme song and why?

RW: I think it would have to be Confessions Part Two by Usher. It was my favourite song growing up and still to this day would consider it one of my favourites. The song is about how Usher cheated on his lover and is now having a baby with someone he barely knows. The song is basically his message to his lover about finally being honest and letting her know what has been happening while he had been away “for work”. This is my theme song because honesty is something I take very seriously and something that I really value.

8. What are you currently coveting?

RW: I have been on the hunt for month’s now to find the perfect pair of silk pyjama’s. I think this trend tends to confuse people because they aren’t being worn in their literal context but I think that is what makes them so interesting and I think it was very clever of fashion houses such as Dolce & Gabbana to embrace this trend. I’m also on the hunt for a Japanese inspired souvenir sukajan silk bomber. I have been searching for a while now but have yet to come across the perfect one.

9. Whose closet would you want to raid?

RW: For sure fashion icon Simone Marchetti. He is the Fashion editor for La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper. His style and bravery is something that really inspires me. Simone is someone that is not afraid to take risks with his wardrobe,which I find really admirable. Simone loves to experiment with neck ties, lace, colour, femininity and his most recent obsession pyjama’s.

10. What fashion trend would you like to see go away?

RW: I think the “streetwear” trend has had its time. Long or round hemlines, Joggers, skinny jeans – most of the time involving some sort of knee detailing such as a single tear or padding – , Chelsea boots, brim hats have all become huge fashion trends over the past couple years and I personally think it’s time for something knew to take its place. Thankfully, we are seeing it slowly diminish on the runway and big house brands are steering back towards more serious fashion but still attempting to make it enjoyable for everyone.

11. Who are a few of your fashion icons?

RW: Simone Marchetti, Alex Badia, Anna Wintour, Alessandro Michele and Grace Coddington.

12. Fill in the Blank: I could not live without _________________

RW: Friendship.

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13. What is your secret obsession?

RW: Lately, I think its been the colour red. I am not sure thats a secret though.

14. What is your fashion mantra?

RW: “First they laugh, then they copy”

15. Who are a few of your favourite designers?

Ricardo Tisici – Givenchy
Alexandre Mattiussi – AMI
Alessandro Michele – Gucci
Demma Gvasalia – Vetement / Balenciaga
Nicola Formichetti – Diesel / Nico Panda

16. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

RW: Always be honest.

Model Citizen: Eric Sleeth

 

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Last month, We got to meet newly signed Ciotti Model Eric Sleeth at our 6th issue launch party. Get to know this Montreal native and new face, and find out what he could not live without.

1. How did you get into modeling?

ES: Started with my mom saying that I should for several years; but just dismissed it as moms encouraging and proud of their sons. I started posting nicer photos of myself online which got attention from a couple agencies and then I thought “ok maybe there is something here”. I freelanced for a while, and after deciding it was something I wanted to pursue, and decided to sign with an agency. I recently signed with Ciotti.

2. What has been your favourite modeling job?

ES: I’ve been lucky enough to get great opportunities in the short time I’ve been modeling. My favourite job would be Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*FW) for a few reasons. It opened up many other opportunities. I got to meet and work with wonderful people and some who I now consider to be good friends. Of course, the shows and events are a lot of fun. My mom and dad, plus a few friends were able to come watch, which doesn’t get to happen when working on photo shoots, so it was nice to have them there.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

ES: I don’t really like to have free time. I am addicted to being busy and accomplishing things. Yes, the stress of having too much on your plate can be a lot at times, but when it gets done, it’s the best feeling. I like being busy with modelling, family, friends, university, personal projects. I just feel in a funk if I’m not accomplishing anything. That’s why I can’t sleep in passed 9 am, no matter what how late I go to bed.

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4. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

ES: Cheap seats – Dallas Smith. Probably one of my favorite country songs. Having this platinum hair you wouldn’t expect it, but I really like country music. I have a few other genres that I like but country has a authentic feel, and I associate country music to great memories and great parties.

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5. How would you describe your personal style?

ES: My style will go between 3 looks. Love to put on a nice suit and look dapper as hell. Being a gentlemen is something I aim for and being able to dress well is part of that. On a regular day, I’ll either go with your guy-look, t-shirt and jeans, plaid, whatever. Just something comfortable, casual, and can get dirty. Or I go with a street style vibe that give your a little strut when your out. All of it is just confidence, those are what I am confident in, and that when I feel I look my best.

6. What would surprise people about you?

ES: Well I was born in Montreal, so speaking french is one. But I think it would be that I can live and function being on my own. It is a very important thing that I think people should learn to do. It allows you to really learn who you are as a person. I’ve traveled, vacationed alone and even gone out for dinner for one. It’s not about not having anyone to go with or being lonely, having time to yourself is always good.

7. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without ______________

ES: I cannot live without my family. I know that may seem like a cop-out answer, but if you ask anyone in my family, they would tell you I am at my happiest when I am around my family. That is why holidays like Christmas, thanksgiving, weddings, you name it, are my favorite time because I get to spend time with them. We are all our Number 1 fans and family is a big reason for who I am today. Family will love you and support you, no matter how bad things may get (and friends can count as family too)

Follow Eric on instagram @EricSleeth