I created this blog for three purposes:
- To find out what it was like to create, update and maintain a blog.
- To share stuff that I find interesting.
- To interact with people who share some of my interests.
Has this blog served these three purposes? Yes, to some extent:
- I now know pretty well what it is like to have a blog, at least with WordPress.
- I have enjoyed sharing stuff that I consider interesting but I have also found that it takes a considerable amount of time.
- I have been less successful with interacting that I had initially hoped for.
At the moment, I feel that updating this blog takes more than it gives. Therefore, I do not intend to post to this blog in the foreseeable future. Perhaps I will resurrect this blog at some point in the future. Only time will tell.
Thanks for reading.
Parisian fashion and accessories brand Hoon has released photographs of the spring/summer 2013 collection. They are the sexiest fashion photographs I have seen for a long time.
Some of the photographs can be enjoyed at Jonnymetbird. More photographs can be found at Highsnob. The photographs at Jonnymetbird are significantly larger than the photographs at Highsnob. However, it is at Highsnob that the most titillating photos can be found.
Unlike many Parisian creations, I could actually imagine myself wearing many of the garments in the Hoon collection. However, a collection containing this much leather is certainly not a summer collection unless the summer is exceptionally cold!
The Hoon collection makes me think of the fall/winter 2010 collection of Beautiful Fül. Both collections combine black with bordeaux and feature jackets reminiscent of varsity jackets and denim jackets.
Season 2 is the last season you’re going to see me in that red dress. I did have leather pants in the first season. I get to wear more of them in the second season. I tell you, people keep talking to me about incest and the leather pants. That’s all people are interested in. Moral dilemmas? No. Leather pants and incest? OK.
Actor François Arnaud about his costumes in the second season of The Borgias. Incest refers to a storyline involving Arnaud’s character Cesare Borgia and his sister Lucrezia Borgia, played by Holliday Grainger.
They’re very comfortable, very bizarrely. I sort of feel very at home, not that I own anything like this in my own wardrobe, but I wouldn’t mind.
He has leather pants which he wears rather well.
A friend of mine urged me to watch a short program of Russian figure skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov. The pair had already performed the program in 2011 Skate Canada. The pair reprised the program in 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard. I had the chance to watch a recording of the latter.
Maxim Trankov wore a pair of trousers made of black, leather-like material. I always enjoy watching a masculine, athletic man in a pair of shiny black pants, so I was pleased that my friend had alerted me. However, it wasn’t until the end of the recording that something really caught my attention: as the last slow-motion clip from the Russians’ program, the director showed a close-up of Tatiana Volosozhar’s face — and Maxim Trankov’s shiny crotch.
More images like this and the popularity of figure skating broadcasts is sure to increase.
In her book Artistic Impressions: Figure Skating, Masculinity, and the Limits of Sport, Mary Louise Adams makes an interesting point about leather-like materials in the costumes of male figure skaters:
Anxieties over men’s costumes are based on some kind of Liberace-stereotype of gay men. They ignore the fact that almost any masculine image can be assimilated by or associated with gay cultures. – – – In the 1990’s, when some skaters tried to mark their masculinity in an aggressive fashion by sporting tight black t-shirts, studded wrist cuffs, and (fake or real) leather trousers, they were simply trading one set of gay signifiers for another. Indeed, when I have presented video clips of men’s skating to gay audiences, some viewers have argued that skating’s leather-clad, tough guys fit more easily into a contemporary gay image than do skaters wearing satin shirts or beaded boleros.
François wears these fantastic leather pants when he’s not in his cardinal robes so I think he just loves them. The boys really like it because it’s every boy’s dream to go around in knight’s gear or fabulous leather pants. They strut around loving it. They might pretend they don’t, but they really do.
Jamie [Campbell Bower] and I learned how to jump off a moving horse for a semi-stunt, which was awesome rehearsing at the stables in track pants. But then getting on set and trying to do that in leather pants was a whole other debacle!
Sadly, I couldn’t integrate much of what I wore on that show into my real life! The leather pants died in that horse stunt. Otherwise I’d be wearing them right now. They were pretty cool.