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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10.20.14

Destination: Seoul, Korea And Seoul Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

How good it feels to be back in Seoul during October. The trees are ablaze with color and the temperature is perfect for meandering around town, getting lost in one of the many hidden neighborhoods. This incredibly beautiful Korean metropolis is one of my favorite cities in Asia, not only because of its advanced technology and innovation, but because of it’s uninhibited look at the sartorial world. Seoul Fashion Week is half-way through and it has shown amazing menswear from designers not afraid to make a statement or take a risk. This week we will recap and curate the best of Seoul Fashion Week spring/summer 2015 and look ahead to the must-know Korean brands for warmer months ahead.

10.24.14
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A Leather Parka On A Chilly Korean Afternoon | Architecturally Inspired By Designer D. Gnak By Kang. D

I love myself a chunky leather parka. Especially with architectural elements and severe asymetrical lines. This one was designed by Korean label D. Gnak by Kang. D. The parka is heavy and full, lined with faux fur – honestly I felt like a korean pimp, but I digress. I love the exploratory nature of Korean design and this jacket reminded me of that. I wore it on a chilly afternoon while walking around Seoul. It drew a good deal of attention and compliments, which I appreciated. It was truly a fun menswear moment for me.

10.24.14

Metal And Chains | KYE Spring/Summer 2015

Chains were a constant theme in Kathleen Kye’s spring/summer 2015 collection. The collection, which debuted in New York in September, was shown in the designer’s native Korea during Seoul Fashion Week. The designer has received rave reviews and wide attention for her playful use of fabric and…

10.24.14
Roof Detail - 1
Roof Detail - 1

Technicolor Roofs In Seoul

Everywhere you look in Seoul, there is something of interest, visually. You can look up, down left and right and see something that will make your jaw drop. Don’t forget to look up. While visiting the traditional Korean village within Seoul, Bukchon Hanok, I noticed this incredible roof ceiling. It was so filled with color, intricate cavings and detail. I couldn’t help but smile as it brightened my day.

10.23.14
Korean Look 2014 - tiger scratch
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Mirror Mirror On The Ball | An Architectural Fashion Moment In Seoul, Korea

Seoul is an architecturally rich city. With everything from temples built by the Joseon Dynasty to modern skyscrapers where the cement has yet to dry, there is something for everyone. Parks are filled with incredible sculptures and you can’t help but stop and take notice. I was walking through Dongdaemun Design Plaza and stopped to inspect a beautiful black and mirrored ball in the middle of indigenous trees. I wore wool pants by Korean designer D. Gnak by Kang.D. The neoprene and latex painted sweater is made by the same designer. I was in love with the vertical columns of color on the sweater which felt as architectural and clean as my surroundings.

10.23.14
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Cy Choi SS15 - 1

Cy Choi’s Fashion Paradise Found In A Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Cy Choi is a Korean designer whose work is spreading globally, like wild fire. Choi’s collections are a hit in major urban capitals like London, Paris and New York. This season, at Seoul Fashion Week, Choi introduced a collection called “Paradise”. The collection was made-up mostly of white and black pieces with illustrations like…

10.23.14
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Tample Village Korea - 1

Temple Rising | A Spiritual Day In The Forest

Korea’s countryside is painted with temples from various dynasties. Some old and some new, each temple built is a work of art and houses communities of buddhists from the local area. I have visited many on various trips to the country, but love this one I came across roughly two hours from Seoul. It is so simple yet holds a…

10.22.14
Munsoo Kwon SS'15 - 1
Munsoo Kwon SS'15 - 1

The Master Sportsman | Munsoo Kwon Spring/Summer 2015

After cutting his teeth under the tutelage of such names as Robert Geller, Helmut Lang, Thom Browne, and culminating with 5 seasons as a designer at Andrew Buckler, Munsoo Kwon has launched his very first collection for Fall/Winter 2012, in New York. Munsoo Kwon spring/summer 2015 was recently…

10.22.14
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Beyond Closet SS'15 - 2

Beyond Closet/Beyond Fun | Spring/Summer 2015

Sometimes, in South Korea, the names bestowed on fashion houses are, well, interesting to say the least. One such house, Beyond Closet, has been generating buzz with its political and cultural statements. At the recent show at Seoul Fashion Week Beyond Closet presented a collection inspired by street wear, amping-up the focus on urban and hip-hop culture. Skull caps, bomber jackets, saggy trousers – it all…

10.22.14
Korean Tample - 1
Korean Tample - 1

Marching To The Beat Of Your Own Drum At Jingwansa Temple

Jingwansa Temple, located to the west of Seoul, is one of the four major temples around Seoul along with Bulamsa, Sammaksa, and Seunggasa temple located to the east, south and north respectively. The temple was dedicated to Preceptor Jingwan in 1010 BC by King Hyeonjong, the 8th king of the Goryeo Dynasty. Jingwansa Temple is neighbor to the…

10.21.14
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Korea look - shoes - 2014
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A Walk In An Urban Forest With South Korean Label D. Gnak By Kang. D

What I love about Seoul, South Korea is that throughout the sprawling metropolis, you can find bits on beautiful park lands which dot the city. There are urban forests, parks and areas for residents to connect with nature. In the center of Seoul, near the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, there is a beautiful park with…

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