Andrew | Modern Gentleman https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com Style, manners and taste never go out of fashion. Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:39:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.13 48172422 Sensual New Face in Modeling – Ophelie Guillermand https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/the-sensual-new-face-in-modelling-ophelie-guillermand/ https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/the-sensual-new-face-in-modelling-ophelie-guillermand/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:59:39 +0000 https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/?p=1542 Ophelie Guillermand, who is just turning 20 this year, is a fresh new face in the modeling business that is quickly gaining momentum. Born in Verdun, France, Ophelie’s parents moved to a quiet ski resort town located in the magnificent French Alps when she was 5. It was here that gentle, almost timid and a […]

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Ophelie Guillermand, who is just turning 20 this year, is a fresh new face in the modeling business that is quickly gaining momentum. Born in Verdun, France, Ophelie’s parents moved to a quiet ski resort town located in the magnificent French Alps when she was 5. It was here that gentle, almost timid and a little bit nerdy Ophelie Guillermand graduated from High School with excellent grades and an aspiration of pursuing the career of a chemist. Alas, having been discovered by modeling agents, Ophelie moved to New York, to pursue professional modeling.

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Editorial Fame

With her distinctly French aesthetic, beautiful Ophelie has become one of the popular new faces on the runways for the season of Spring/Summer 2014. Among the highlights of her career to date are the February 2014 Vogue UK Editorial ‘In The Fold’, as well as December 2013 ‘Model Cards’ Vogue Italia feature. Shot on set, the video provided below gives a feeling for the concept of Vogue Italia ‘Model Cards’ feature aimed at promoting the modelling industry’s most promising new talent including, besides Ophelie Guillermand, Anna Ewers, Cindy Bruna & Gracie Van Gaste.

Appeal and Aesthetic

Ophelie’s photos are elegant and graceful, as she bring something discernibly personal into each one of her photo shoots. Although, it seems that its not her charisma that sets Ophelie Guillermand apart from the competition. On the contrary, Ophelie Guillermand is calming, soft spoken and sensually feminine. Ophelie’s photos do not declare war on your senses or command all of one’s attention, but rather feel quite a bit homing, just like Ophelie’s love for cooking and her preference for traditional French cuisine.

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NY and Professional Modeling

Ophelie Guillermand is currently residing in New York, the city deems her favorite at the moment. She is successfully managed by the Women Model Management in NY, as well as Milan and Paris. Throughout 2013 Ophelie participated in a number of distinguished photo shoots, brought forth by the likes of Steven Meisel, Maurizio Bavutti and Josh Olins.

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Spring/Summer 2014

Despite Ophelie’s current affinity for her profession, she did not take modelling seriously at first. Having participated in more than a fair share of runway shows during the fall/winter 2013 and spring/summer 2014 seasons, Ophelie maintains that the most important part of fashion is the feeling of confidence. Among most memorable of Ophelie’s experiences this season are her runway appearances for Alexander Wang, Celine and Prada.

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Sartorial and Musical Preferences

In her recent interview for Vogue Italia, Ophelie Guillermand confesses her love for looking chic, as well as her affinity for beautiful fabrics, leather pieces, and sweaters. Unrelated, but upon discovery of Ophelie Guillermand’s soundcloud, its safe to conclude she is a bit of a house-head. Good call, Ophelie, sensual and groovy.

 

 

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Is Nissan IDx a Future Cult Classic? https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/is-nissan-idx-a-future-cult-classic/ https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/is-nissan-idx-a-future-cult-classic/#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:29:27 +0000 https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/?p=1505 The automotive niche for affordable and stylish sport coupe is a peculiar one. To develop and market an affordable s­­­ports coupe is a bold statement on part of the manufacturer. A statement that has to do with public relations as well. You see, it is never too lucrative of a project, since the volumes of […]

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The automotive niche for affordable and stylish sport coupe is a peculiar one. To develop and market an affordable s­­­ports coupe is a bold statement on part of the manufacturer. A statement that has to do with public relations as well. You see, it is never too lucrative of a project, since the volumes of production remain low. Still, a sports coupe is a lifestyle thing and should it get a warm reception, it will acquire a following. This seemingly alters the overall perception of the company and the response it gets from the enthusiast crowd and young consumers. One could presume this phenomenon to generate certain spillover effects, which are then felt through the sales of new automobiles, as well as resale values and ‘cool status’ of other offerings in a manufacturer’s line-up.

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The Case of Mazda

Responsiveness of handling has been a marked feature of not only Mazda’s advertising, but also engineering, including more sophisticated front suspension setups that heralded the advent of the front-wheel-drive Mazda 6 and the ‘Zoom-zoom’ promo campaign. The latter has been capturing the essence of Mazda’s passion for reliable engineering and dynamism, as well as the company’s visionary talent to produce and market one of the most popular and affordable roadsters in history. One could argue that the cult following status that MX-5 grew into, changed the image of Mazda Motor company and prompted young buyers to acquire or hold on to other offerings from the company’s line-up, like the more modern Mazda 3. In recent years, Mazda 3 has been continuously relieving Honda Civic of it’s ‘hot hatch crown’.
Is this effect desirable for the manufacturer? You bet it is. Is this an opportunity to create and foster brand loyalty? Most definitely. Could it be attributable to the fact that throughout the years Mazda managed to keep being ‘the hot it’ for a good part of the automotive enthusiast community? Quality socioeconomic research would be well poised to measure the spillover effects and answer this question. For now, we’re free to reason and presume.

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But What About Nissan?

Yes, Nissan is a company that makes its presence continuously felt with professional and amateur motorsports. Not only that, but Nissan’s top of the line sports cars are inherently complex and incredibly well engineered. At the same time, Nissan’s last historic entry in the affordable sport coupe market, 240SX – was discontinued in 1998. Unlike the simple naturally aspirated Mazda MX-5, 240SX always made use of a turbocharger and a sophisticated multi-link suspension in the back, inherited from Nissan’s super-car dominating, all wheel drive beast ‘GT-R’. One could say it was this heritage of technical sophistication and know-how that made the 240SX such a popular choice for drifting, the scene it has dominated ever since. Will the new IDx be borrowing from the current GT-R is still to be seen, but the possibility is definitely there.
Needless to say that throughout the years there’s been a keen interest in a successor to 240SX in a niche that had been quite dormant, at least, up until the arrival of Toyota GT86 in 2012. Nevertheless, judging from Tokyo and Detroit Motor Shows and Nissan’s eye-catching IDx concept, things might just change.

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Nissan IDx Freeflow/Nismo

Nissan makes it clear that the newly presented IDx is a modern take on the legendary Datsun Bluebird 510 [Datsun – Nissan’s former brand name from 1958 to 1986]. This allows for a certain element of romanticism and nostalgia, which in terms of design and celebration of the car culture is always a good thing. No wonder, retro-futurism is a popular theme these days as more designers are looking for inspiration into the past, bringing forth a bit of that aesthetically fulfilling automotive history and heritage.

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BRE Datsun Racing Team

With that in mind, Datsun 510 certainly is a part of that legacy and the twin side stripes on the IDx Nismo car are a tribute to the car’s brilliant racing history and, most notably, its famous poster child – the #46 BRE Datsun 510. Being the single car entered by Datsun and Brock Racing Enterprises into the Trans Am Series in 1971, #46, piloted by John Morton, took the championship home after a close season of battling three racing spec Alfa Romeo GTAs. The BRE Datsun Racing Team relived their success in 1972, this time entering three cars into the competition.

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Ying and Yang of 510

Noteably, racing pedigree is not the only thing 510 is known for. As a matter of fact, Datsun 510 was a perfectly balanced car in all respects, having earned a moniker of a ‘poor man’s BMW’ among contemporary automotive reviewers. Some of the reasonably priced models were complete with twin Hitachi side-draft carburetors which were a smaller version of the British SU design used on Jaguars and MGs. Thus, Datsun 510 combined the latest technological features with a reasonable price, exceptional reliability and great fuel economy. Responsiveness of handling was the incing on the Datsun 510’s cake. The same goes for reserved yet stylish European design, coined by Nissan’s own Teruo Uchino.

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Retro Futuristic Treatment of the New IDx

Just like the present-day English Minis, as well as Italy’s new Fiat 500, US’ recent favorite Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro designs, the visual cues of the new Nissan IDx are a nod to a different, maybe a simpler era, when cars, though stylish were just cars. The stunning IDx Freeflow looks to embrace this aesthetic and captures this vibe with its three box styling, 510 derived headlights (for the IDx Freeflow) and a minimum of technology featured on the center console, basically including just a few HVAC switches and analogue-style gauges.

What Is The Future of Nissan’s IDx Concept?

Will IDx live to be embraced by automotive enthusiasts, as well as a broader consumer? It sure looks promising and according to Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer at Nissan, these are not just a pair of concepts and one of the rear-wheel-drive coupes will make it to production as early as 2016. We certainly wish Nissan the best in its extraordinary effort and hope IDx will find a way into the hearts of car-savvy consumers worldwide. So far the response to this vehicle has been absolutely phenomenal.

NB Images courtesy of autoblog.com

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Umasan – Gentleman’s Avant-Garde Ethical Fashion https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/umasan-gentlemans-avant-garde-ethical-fashion/ https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/umasan-gentlemans-avant-garde-ethical-fashion/#respond Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:45:53 +0000 https://www.moderngentlemanmagazine.com/?p=1467 Hailing from Linen Straße, Berlin, Umasan is ethical, avant-garde, vegan fashion innovators of the New Age. This holistic label extraordinaire has a prominent message, which they wish to communicate globally. The way forward, though is not so much through the shear bulk of garments sold, but rather through inspiring other designers to redefine modern fashion […]

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Hailing from Linen Straße, Berlin, Umasan is ethical, avant-garde, vegan fashion innovators of the New Age. This holistic label extraordinaire has a prominent message, which they wish to communicate globally. The way forward, though is not so much through the shear bulk of garments sold, but rather through inspiring other designers to redefine modern fashion by their own example. The gist of Umasan is freedom of movement, innovative, sustainable, healthy fabrics and a new way of thought. This new process of cognition is associated with a dignified individual and a new-found sense of place within our planet’s ecosystem.

Founded in the year 2010 by sisters Anja and Sandra Umann, the label’s aesthetic transcends the familiar niche characteristics of ‘understated, layered, structured, timeless and elegant’. Instead, these are derived and revolve around a deeper philosophical gravity with the ultimate goal of producing honest answers to the dilemma’s of modern life.

Accordingly, not only is the end result important, but also the way by which it is achieved. Therefore, Umasan’s philosophical endeavor culminates in the act of slowing oneself down. To quote Sandra Umann: “Real luxury to us, is to do something good for you and your body. This also means having enough time. We cherish things that have real value, not something that simply looks chic or glamorous. We’re inspired by the day-to-day life of down to earth, working people, from various cultures — by artists and travelers who are not simply into a glamorous allure. We look at the human body and how it moves. The clothing needs to move with you, not the other way around. Our line is inspired by the movements of yoga, and pattern-wise, we look at traditional Japanese samurai wear, which is completely different from traditional European ways of making patterns” (Source: semidomesticated.com).385ad17ae05443b513fa8d4b516c0019

Shapes

The purpose of the label is to create garments that do not comply to the predetermined rules and seasonal trends. That is why it never resorts to fashionable prints or other detailing that can go out of style. Umasan sets out to craft clothes one can wear time after time for years to come. These garments are bound to highlight certain traits of your personality, if you share Umasan’s flowing and calm aesthetic. The shapes of the items created by the label are built around the human anatomy and are dictated by kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement). To achieve the desired results, Anja and Sandra make use of a sophisticated Japanese cutting technique.

The fabrics utilized in production are sourced from within Europe, while all of the garments are made in Germany. In the past, the label has pledged not to use any animal-derived products or chemical fibers and is keeping its promise. Deep, almost ancient in its roots, Umasan’s philosophical inclinations contrast with the label’s choice of futuristic textiles.

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Colors and Fabrics

The search for fabrics that would fulfill the label’s requirements started on the premise that both Anja and Sandra are vegan. At the time when the label was founded, the choice of fashionable textiles that provided a level of comfort, practicality and remain free from wool, cashmere, leather or silk had been rather limited. To remedy this, Umasan turned their attention to specialized outlets and industrial textile fairs, serving health, hygiene, decorative and purpose built clothing industries. It was there, that Anja and Uma fell in love with silk-like properties of the Eucalyptus-based Tencel, Beech-derived MicroModal and SeaCell (a blended seaweed fabric, enriched with Minerals and Zinc for skin and wellness benefits). In the process of production, wood fibers are broken down into liquid, requiring up to 40% less color pigment concentration as compared to the process of usual dying. The material is then spun into yarn and woven into fabric.

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According to Anja and Sandra, Umasan is about creating calmness within the modern world. This calmness comes from being inspired with higher consciousness, eastern philosophy, art and literature. Another inspiration is the twin sisters’ mutual passion for Traditional Yoga and the idea of harmony between spirit, body and mind. The label’s name is a combination of two Sanskrit words: “Uma” – Vedic diety that is the mother of life and “San” – notion of mutual respect and unity. Hopefully, these beautiful concepts find their way into the lifestyle of refined gentlemen worldwide, improving our culture, aiding the advancement of our society and helping us to devise a more sustainable, modern and meaningful way of life.

 

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