I was contacted by Maria Julia of a Brazilian newspaper for a fashion interview roughly, about a month ago. My interview was recently published, and a separate article about men’s fashion awareness, featuring me, was also published.
Here’s my interview…
Fashion as a playground in an interview with the magazine,
the Philippine blogger Kenneth M’c Licon defends the rights that men have to dress well and like fashion
The Filipino, M’c Kenneth Licon, 21, lives in Vancouver (Canada) and writes the blog two years ago Little Fashionisto (http://littlefashionisto.com). Owner of a look up there in the unusual and custom, Kenneth M’c defends interest in fashion as freedom of expression. “Fashion is another form of individuality, and men also like to invest in this aspect. We like to dress well, because it makes us good.” In an interview by e-mail to the Journal of the Mail, the blogger talks more about male interest in fashion, attitude and wardrobe.
I have the article translated in English, but it didn’t quiet sound the same as the article I’ve written for her, so here’s the actual transcript.
1. When and why did you start the blog?
I got into Fashion blogging about 2 years ago while sharing favorite runway looks and DIY (do it yourself) pieces that I created. I only became more serious about it recently when I started getting more feedback and recognition locally and internationally through the Internet. Mostly the reason being is for me to share my struggles and challenges to everyone and to inspire my readers (me being too small to fit off-the-rack clothing). You don’t have to be model-thin, tall, and pretty to be into fashion. Basically, what I want my readers to take from me is the idea of ‘You can be whatever you want to be and don’t let anyone set any boundaries for you.’
2. How would you define the importance of fashion to you? Tell me a little bit of your story?
I know we all say “don’t judge a book by its cover” but what if you never get to know the person or you never get a chance to converse with him/her and you need to make a quick assessment of who they are – this is where fashion comes in; it’s my way of communicating who I am and what I am about without the use of words. For me, fashion don’t talk, it shows. Also, fashion is my escape from reality, not because I don’t like reality, but because I like fantasy. How else can you become a sailor today, and a bandleader the next day? Fashion gives me a playground to play and experiment. Everyday is a show; everywhere is a catwalk.
3. Why do you think young men are showing more interest in fashion? Does it have to do with fashion as an expression of art as well?
Men dress up too. We like to look good, because it feels good. Fashion is another form of individuality. Every man is unique in his own ways, therefore expresses himself differently through fashion and clothing. Yes, art definitely has a big role is fashion. Art has been the subject and inspiration of many well established designers.
4. What do you like to wear?
I guess it really depends on a lot of things but I am a bit of a fancy dresser, the type who takes time getting ready just to go for grocery or even just a walk in the park. I like to mix casual with dressier pieces. I love playing with colors, prints and patterns. I would always pick a blazer over a parka – or a trench over a jacket. I love wearing clothes that are handed down to me, like my dad’s old blazer, mom’s old pants, etc. I feel like I am wearing part of history.
5. Which stylists and brands, in your opinion, have more sensitivity to design men clothes?
Ralph Lauren, Lanvin Paris, D&G/Dolce & Gabbana, Etro Milano and Dior Homme. These are the brands that I have followed since I started being interested in fashion. Ralph Lauren is classic Americana and has been big in menswear since I can remember. Lanvin, in contrast, is a bit more modern and edgy. Both D&G and Dolce&Gabbana has always been an inspiration to me as they always take a classic concept and modernize it and turn it into something wearable; a big trendsetter I think. Dior Homme has a very different take on menswear. Simple and often monochromatic color scheme, loud tailoring, sharp proportions, and rebellious rock&roll chicness. Etro Milano has a bit of an older take on menswear. With jaw-dropping color-pattern-texture combos every season, they have me longing for more. If you love colors and funky pattern, you should check out Etro Milano.
6. Do you buy a lot of clothes? How would you describe your wardrobe?
I don’t, mainly because I can’t fit into most Canadian sizes and also, my family and friends (mom, dad, and sis) have a lot of clothes that they wear anymore, and since I like vintage, and I sew, I usually just take the old clothes and do something with them.
7. What do you think about men’s collections in the brazilian fashion’s scene? Do you like the design of any stylist from here?
Honestly, when I think of Brazilian Fashion scene, my immediately envision beachwear; tank tops, board shorts/sexy trunks… havaianas, loafers and linen suits in big bright colors. I have been a fan of Mario Queiroz. I love his color stories and his use of loud and crazy prints, sometimes with ethnic, architectural and geometric influences. His taste is constantly clean and well tailored. He pushes boundaries yet still keeps the pieces wearable.
Aside from my personal interview with the publisher, I was also mentioned on a topic about “Men being more involved in fashion” than ever before. Click the thumbnail below to see the first part of the article.
and here’s the translated version courtesy of GoogleTranslate
Who said fashion that does not is a matter of man? Blogs written by young Savvy give tips and help boys worldwide to dress stylish
I do not notice nevitável: any mall or high street shopping, is common to see women’s interest the windows of the clothing stores, shoes and accessories. Beside them, a man holding the purse andis looking bored. This scene, however, is changing. Not that the guys share the same interest women’s fashion. Only, in the early 21st century, are showing more attention to clothes betting and daring. They also want every piece of clothing make them more attractive and decrypt their identity in the crowd. Through targeted websites and blogs the male audience, young men also want to talk about fashion and how to play with style. The Philippine Kenneth M’c Licon, 21, by example, lives emVancouver (Canada) and writes the blog Little Fashionisto (Http://www.littlefashionisto.com) two years ago. Full of references, labels and publishers, still exudes the blogger an eye for the unusual there. Kenneth M’c defends the slogan: “You podeserquemvocêquiserenãodeixar ninguémimpor barriers to their style. ” For him, fashion is another FORMAD individuality, and men also like investing in this aspect. “Being bemvestidos in fazbem “afirma.Outro blogger, The Sartorialist site, pays attention to different styles of male clothing, despite also show images of beautiful and stylish women. The influence of the Internet, important framework for understanding this period of fashion, is taken into account by scholars and professionals area. “By blogging, we can understand the contemporary fashion. However, these are new looks not necessarily be translated in big ways. It does not mean that men will embrace all these ideas. That would be a great step, “the coordinator of fashion design course from IESB, Marco AntônioVieira.Talvez the initiative Brazilians like William Fabio Cury and allves of siteModa Men, by Douglas Archanjo, Creator blogBarMetrossexual without speak in foreign “curious” asSpaniard Juan Cocco, Dutchman Jean Pierre, the Philippine M’c Kenneth and the British CharlesMatthew men already have at least the first bold step forward.
Filipino M’c Kenneth has 21 years eumestilo own dressing: based in Canada, your blog is popular worldwide
Trust me, I myself don’t understand some of the words that didn’t translate to English. It was a very great interview after all, and definitely a very interesting topic.
PS. click here to see my photos uploaded in Correio Braziliense’s website. You might need to scroll a little though. There’s a caption mistake on this. The photo was taken by me personally, and not by the Sartorialist himself (I wished).