Fashion Notes: It’s a Jungle Out There


From photographer Nick Knight and designer John Galliano come a tribe of ski-masked, underwear-clad “Gods and Monsters” in the latest issue of Arena Homme + which elaborate on the look model Chad White worked (or didn’t work) on the runway in Paris in January. These fashion savages are much more successful in their presentation.


Dolce & Gabbana appear to think leopard is the “pre-fall” look, especially if you’re planning to go watch Chad White spin around in a gyroscope.


And the New York Times takes a look at the phenomenon of novelty underwear: “…for decades the butt of jokes and the joke of butts, (novelty underwear) has, in the last two to three years, turned into a serious business, capturing a significant share of the $1.1 billion men’s knit-underwear (that is, excluding boxers) market. In all their goofy glory, briefs in bright colors, zany prints, new materials and daring cuts are undermining the classic white brief’s long-held status as king of the hill. In 2006, white’s share of the market dipped below 50 percent for the first time in decades, if not ever.”


  1. anon says

    Coming on the heels of the VT shootout, the display of masked men in ads might be considered in poor taste.

  2. Moy says

    Sounds like a perverse attempt to glamorize the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse.

    As if we don’t get enough hellish and negative imagery through the daily news..

  3. Kevy says

    Who cares about the masks when the rest of them looks that good? After the horrors of VT, I think some good refreshing eye candy makes a welcome change of pace.

  4. says

    I have to admit, I’ve been stocking up on the novelty underwear. Who knew polka dots could be so flattering and sexy?

  5. Ed says

    Okay I’m not up on my fashion recently (please don’t take my gay card away) but someone who is fashionably savvy can you tell me who makes the second briefs in the top row. The ones with the multi-colored horizontal stripes. Oh and where can I buy it?

  6. peterparker says

    No matter how many times Dolce and Gabbana put Chad White in their ads, I *still* don’t give a rat’s ass about them or their clothes. Anyone who states, as Gabbana did earlier this year, that children shouldn’t be raised by gay parents isn’t going to sell me one dollar’s worth of their clothes.

  7. says

    about the colored undies. its about damn time! ive been seeking adult ‘underoos’ for years and finally the industry has become shall we say waist(area)wise.

  8. says

    jeez… greasy sockmonkeys, edith pricklies, and twinked underoos… doesn’t exactly make one desire to get out there dropping wallet on fashion this weekend does it.

  9. M. J. says

    The colorful underwear story is probably yet another fake one made up by the tabloid NY Times. They always invent stories they wish were true.

  10. Gary says

    The undies should come with matching bedsheets and your name marked in them. At least the hide those skidmarks.

  11. mark m says

    I’m all for light hearted eye candy but the top picture is definitely a reference to Abu Ghraib and in very poor taste. There’s a fine line between edgy and tacky.

  12. SGR says

    While it has some element of militaristic torture, I don’t think they were going for Abu Ghraib. At least not intentionally. There’s more pagan ritual to the body paint and the action than torture.

    From Nick Knight’s “The Beasting Gallery shows the arresting images from Nick Knight’s shoot for Arena Homme + featuring the A/W 2007 collection of John Galliano’s menswear line. The shots of brawny male physiques in action, as featured in the April issue of the magazine, invoke a sense of militaristic ritual and raw pagan energy.”

  13. mark m says

    Well speaking as an artist, I know firsthand that some works of art (in this case photography) may employ disparate elements that sometimes clash in an alluring way, which is what the pagan/militaristic ritual explanation seems to imply.

    I also know that artists are master Bullshitters, particularly when they want to make a bold visual statement but need a contrite explanation to quell any backlash.

  14. Michael says

    I can’t stand those types of underwear like Ginch Gonch. They make men look like pre-pubescent 12 year olds. Barf.

  15. Daniel says

    Yeah, I see men in ski masks and I think–not terrorists, not armed robbers, I think Cocteau. How silly of us all.

  16. says

    Does anyone think that the first pic – Gods & Monsters – look like the last scene in “300” where all the remaining Spartans died? The bodies were lying around just the like pic.