VIDEO: THE WOMEN CHALLENGING COLOMBIA’S POVERTY AND FIGHTING AGAINST TEENAGE PREGNANCY | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND CATALINA ESCOBAR

Never in my life have I met a woman with such determination. Catalina Escobar, one of CNN’s Heroes of 2012, is a Colombia native who founded the Juan Felipe Escobar Foundation in 2000 after the tragic death of her 16-month-old son, Juan Felipe. As a volunteer in Cartagena’s largest and most ill-equipped hospital, Catalina also witnessed the deaths of…

STREET ART WARRIOR | FALLING INTO BERLIN’S KREUZBERG NEIGHBORHOOD

Berlin’s “street art” and graffiti scene is crazy amazing. And, instead of condemning it, locals mostly celebrate it. One of the best places to see the diversity of works done by various artists is in the neighborhood of Kreuzberg, which straddles east and west Berlin. I visited the bohemian-chic area for an afternoon and...

VIDEO: THE RINGLEADER BEHIND SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST INSPIRING PUBLIC ART | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND FARIS AL-SHATHIR

Faris Al-Shathir, the young co-founder of New York’s public art rooted non-profit “BOFFO”, has facilitated some of the most interesting collaborations between the worlds of art, fashion and architecture. His idea for BOFFO was born out of a bad economy and a desire to bring together people who could…

SERVING SHOULDER AT ASHFORD CASTLE IN WESTERN IRELAND

Throughout the many acres that make-up the estate of Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland, ruins and walls covered in moss and ivy are prevalent. It’s easy to be inspired here to dress-up and share your confident side with the world. Because, when it’s boiled down, fashion is…

VIDEO: AMERICA’S FIRST OPENLY GAY IMAM IN THE ISLAM FAITH | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND IMAM DAAYIEE ABDULLAH

Imam Daayiee Abdullah is America’s first openly gay imam in the Islam faith. Born Sidney Thompson in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan – Daayiee was raised as a Christian and lived with parents who were religious but progressive in their thinking. He describes his upbringing as one where activism was promoted and dialogue encouraged, Daayiee was…

A LUXURIOUSLY SIMPLE CHUNKY KNIT | MARKET-HOPPING WITH ISSEY MIYAKE’S AUTUMN/WINTER 2014

Issey Miyake is a Japanese label with a global sensibility, and Yusuke Takahashi is it’s leader. Infusing an incredibly unique and memorable design aesthetic is what makes each of his shows remembered season after season. His autumn/winter 2014 collection saw a large amount of…

VIDEO: THE ARCHITECT OF NEW YORK’S MODERN MENSWEAR MOVEMENT | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND SIKI IM

Siki Im fell into fashion design, but it was a happy accident. The designer known in New York for his stunning and thought-provoking menswear conceptualized and constructed in the United States, is someone with barrels of talent and passion for his work. His collections are never what they appear, often referencing…

STAYING AHEAD OF NEGATIVITY AND HATE ON THE RACETRACK AT THE FOUR SEASONS LISBON

Lisbon is known for its colorful skyline. Echoes of pink, white and red-tiled roofs fill the sky with the most amazing colors at sunrise and sunset. On an early autumn day in Portugal’s capital city, I went to the roof of The Four Seasons Ritz Hotel to peer-out at the majestic views. The hotel’s rooftop is lined with a race track for guests to walk or run on, in an effort to…

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10.27.14

Destination: Global – A Week Of Haunting Inspirations

In an effort to celebrate the end of October, when Halloween seems to be on everyone’s mind, I find it appropriate to look at places, people and things that put me in that festive mindset. From haunted hotels to seasonal and color-specific fashion, there’s no limit to integrating the holiday’s ambiance into your week. I hope to introduce you to my favorite accommodations where guests have claimed to spot more than one unwelcome visitor, to the most hauntingly inspirational men’s fashion editorials in recent history. Here’s to All Hallows’ Eve and the fun inevitably stems from this historic holiday.

10.31.14
Halloween Look 4a
Halloween Look 4a

A Halloween-Inspired Ensemble With The Help Of Marni

In late fall, especially around Halloween, there’s nothing better than to wrap yourself in a cozy chunky knit. Luckily, this season has seen many perfect choices for doing just that. 1. An Intarsia-knit mohair blend sweater by Marni. 2. A contrast-sleeve cashmere sweater by Chinti and Parker. 3. An inset-sleeve crewneck sweater by Public School. 4. A haunting wool-blend sweater by Kenzo.

10.31.14
Givenchy Halloween - 1
Givenchy Halloween - 1

Haunting Men’s Fashion Editorials | Hypebeast And Givenchy

Hypebeast, the men’s fashion and e-commerce site, shoots interesting editorials to feature through their platform. One of their shots, featuring Givenchy’s cult-favorite religious iconography shirts, is one of my favorites. The religious images and haunting shadows make the editorial moody and evokes an unsettling feeling. This is a moment to notice not only the model and his perplexed face – but the clothes. I truly love it.

10.31.14
Driskill Hotel - 1
Driskill Hotel - 1

The World’s Most Haunted Hotels | The Driskill Hotel In Austin, Texas

Built in 1886, The Driskill is one of the oldest operating hotels in Texas and has allegedly accumulated spirits and hauntings in its 128 years of operation. Among the stories are four regular characters: Colonel Jesse Driskill, the namesake of the hotel; Mrs. Bridges, an employee of the hotel; Peter J. Lawless, a former resident of…

10.30.14
Halloween Look - 4a
Halloween Look - 4a

A Halloween-Inspired Ensemble With The Help Of Valentino

With the theme of costumes and assuming a different identity during the holiday of Halloween, I felt it appropriate to incorporate a little camo into the sartorial options. Luckily, camouflage is everywhere at the moment – especially at Maison Valentino. The classic print is mysterious, sexy and powerful. I selected a few of my favorites from this season. 1. Valentino camo-print canvas leather gloves. 2. A Camo-print trolley by Valentino. 3. A Coat leather wallet by Mulberry. 4. Maison Margiela and Mykita eyewear.

10.30.14
Creepy look 2a
Creepy look 2a

Haunting Men’s Fashion Editorials | Markus Pritzi

This picture is twisted – literally. But, there’s something interest and engaging about it. This particular shot was taken by photographer Markus Pritzi for Feld Hommes magazine, issue 12. The model looks broken, dead and has a the clothing is still a strong focus. It’s one of my picks for the most haunting photos in recent fashion history.

10.30.14
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Roosevelt hotel hollywood - 1

The World’s Most Haunted Hotels | The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California

Marilyn Monroe was a resident at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. It was the location of the first Academy Awards in 1929. Guests and hotel staff have reported seeing a blonde woman in the long mirror found in Monroe’s former suite. Her presence is also said to be felt in the hotel’s poolside nightclub. The ghost of actor Montgomery Clift has also been reportedly heard playing his…

10.29.14
Halloween Look - 3a
Halloween Look - 3a

A Halloween-Inspired Ensemble With The Help Of Christopher Kane

Around Halloween or as the weather cools down, there’s nothing more appropriate than incorporating a bit of snake print into your sartorial choices. Luckily, snake print is becoming a very big trend in menswear and was seen on runways across Europe during the autumn/winter 2014 collections. But, wearing snake doesn’t necessarily mean you have to skin a snake. The prints are fantastic. Here are a few things that inspire me in from this trend. 1. A snake-print cotton hodded sweatshirt by Christopher Kane. 2. A textured bi-color leather document holder by Balenciaga. 3. Snake-print cotton track pants by Christopher Kane. 4. Embossed leather high-top trainers by Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby.

10.29.14
Creepy look
Creepy look

Haunting Men’s Fashion Editorials | V MAN And Sølve Sundsbø

Sølve Sundsbø is a photographer who always churns out interesting and somewhat haunting fashion editorials. His work with VMAN is consistent and showcases the best of a model’s ability to make a strong picture. This is one of my favorites from VMAN which delivers a feeling of upset, unsettledness, angst – yet beauty – to the viewer. I am a big fan of spikes, and always have been. So, naturally, this intrigues me.

10.29.14
The World's Most Haunted Hotels | The Crescent Hotel Eureka Springs - 1
The World's Most Haunted Hotels | The Crescent Hotel Eureka Springs - 1

The World’s Most Haunted Hotels | The Crescent Hotel In Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Built in 1886 and part of the Historic Hotels of America Association, this extravagant property in the Ozark mountains claims to be the most haunted hotel in the country. Originally a luxury hotel and spa, it went bankrupt and re-opened as the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women in 1908, before becoming a fake…

10.28.14
Halloween Look 2a
Halloween Look 2a

A Halloween-Inspired Ensemble With The Help Of Rick Owens

Sometimes, around Halloween or any other time of the year, you feel like bringing out your inner dark knight through your daily ensemble. Who better to look to for the spooky and deranged in fashion other than Rick Owens in Alexander McQueen? A few suggestions from their latest collections include: 1. Rick Owens for Adidas tech runners. 2. A Rick Owens embroidered cashmere coat. 3. Rick Owens memphis leather trousers. 4. Alexander McQueen knotted skull cufflinks.

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