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When I moved to New York, my mother gave me one piece of professional advice: Work begets work. I blew that off with the rest of her metropolitan tips. (She once bought me one of those tourist money belts for Christmas. Can you imagine?) Still, speaking to the most recent face of United Bamboo, Terence Koh, proved she might be right with that other dictum. So, how did Koh land this latest campaign? “Thuy [Pham, United Bamboo co-designer] was in Hong Kong and saw my face plastered all over billboards for an ad campaign I did there for Lane Crawford,” the artist explains. “He didn’t know I could strike a pose like no other.” (We of course knew that, having seen him work a Fendi fur and Balenciaga robot leggings like it was his job.) Not that he was unfamiliar with the clothing: He’s been a fan of the collection for his daily studio wear for years. “I think it’s a great puts-you-in-the-mood-to-make-art clothes look,” says Koh. “You just feel elegant and creative in it, like one of those preppy hot Catholic school boys.” Koh also says he took the modeling job very seriously, even agreeing to grow back his eyebrows for the shoot. He may even be contemplating a career change. “I would like to be a male model,” he says with a smile. “I think I might give up being an artist. That’s hard work.” He might just be his own best agent. He says he’d like his next job to be shot as the face of Comme des Garçons, but to hawk the women’s collection—not the men’s. It’s not a total stretch for the whippet-thin artist. “I have always had a dream to be in a custom-made Comme des Garçons white wedding dress shot by Jean-Paul Goude.” From what we know of those visionaries, it might not be a bad collaboration. Koh definitely knows his way around the fashion-as-art lingo: “Honestly I just like looking at clothes which I don’t perceive as fashion,” he explains. “It’s like shapes and surfaces you put over your body so you become a living sculpture.” You can see Koh’s ads, shot by Marcelo Krasilcic in the Spring issue of Fantastic Man magazine.
Why: As a former swim team-er, there will always be a place in my heart for the Speedo. But I’d be far more eager to keep my New Year’s resolution—to get my freestyle on three times a week—if I could just get my hands on one of CDG’s versions of the classic tank. The suit comes in five styles, but the one pictured at left is my favorite. For some reason, the suit just seems built for speed. Maybe it’s the word “SPEEDO,” block-printed all over it.
Where: $84, available at Dover Street Market in London or shop.doverstreetmarket.com.
If you weren’t among the devoted who queued up for the polka-dot-heavy Comme des Garçons capsule collection for H&M, you can still get the look: A flurry of spots are headed to stores come spring (click for slideshow). “People are investing in key pieces now,” says Adam Lippes, who featured the print in his latest ADAM collection. “Polka dots are classic, but they’ve been given a fresh twist.” There were cheery retro circles of all sizes at Michael Kors, Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni turned the pattern into lace skirts, and Giles Deacon offered smudged spots on shift dresses. It’s time to get happy, designers seem to be saying. We’re inclined to agree—here’s to optimism in ’09. Click here to get your dot on.
Proving that great fashion really is all about the mix, H&M announced today that its next designer collaborator is Matthew Williamson. The news, of course, comes hot on the heels of the Swedish company’s hyper-successful joint effort with Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garñons. Aesthetically, the two labels couldn’t be further apart, but considering the Swedish company’s remarkable talent for whipping the fashion-loving masses into a frenzy, the global hysteria will likely be comparable. Williamson will have a women’s collection out in late April and then a second delivery of both men’s and women’s in mid-May.