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Michael Zavros & Sean O’Pry

5 Jul
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Self Portrait as Saint with Sean O’Pry by Michael Zavros

Beauty, Fashion & Luxury

When I see Sean O’Pry, Versace and Michael Zavros together, I want to know more. You may remember my interview with artist, Michael Zavros, from a while back (read here). Michael is an amazing artist, alongside being a man of class and style. A gentleman who creates luxurious artworks that blow your mind every time you see them. His attention to detail and ability to make you feel such emotion when you are viewing his works is simply wonderful. Sean O’Pry was featured in my Top 5 Male Models story and a model that I have been showing on The Man Has Style since the beginning. Of course, I have also shown Versace throughout the past few years here, how could I not?

So, when I learned that Michael Zavros was working with Sean O’Pry on his new collection of artworks, and Versace was in there also, I was so thrilled. The end result is spectacular, the images are amazing! Once I had seen them, I had to contact Michael to find out more and share with the readers of The Man Has Style.

Self Portrait with Sean O'Pry/Versace by Michael Zavros

Self Portrait with Sean O’Pry/Versace by Michael Zavros

TMHS: Sean O’Pry, Versace and Michael Zavros is a wonderful combination and one I had to know more about. How did this all come about and what was your inspiration behind this?

MZ: I’ve long held an interest in beauty, fashion and luxury and also in how life and art intersect. I met O’Pry in Los Angeles en route to New York from Milan quite serendipitously after actively seeking the model for some three months whilst in resident in the Australia Council Greene Street studio in Soho.

O’Pry is highly sough after for print and catwalk. At the time, he was the star of Taylor Swift’s current film clip, Blank Space. His beauty has become iconic and bankable – he is the patron saint of contemporary culture’s obsession with youth and beauty. In my photographer, Self Portrait as Saint with Sean O’Pry/Versace, O’Pry holds aloft his own makeshift halo, a gilded Versace plate, while he is formally beatified by the adoring gaze of the viewer. Discus Thrower with Sean O’Pry/Versace references art history, specifically the original Classical Greek sculpture held by the British Museum (discobulus), making analogies between O’Pry and the sacred Greek concept of perfect Hellenic proportions.

In Self Portrait with Sean O’Pry, the model wears a t-shirt with a hand drawn logo. O’Pry adopts a classic model pose of casual insouciance as he endorses the brand on the t-shirt (Zavros). He, and we, are in collusion; the consumed and the consumer. But what exactly is for sale? Is this an advertisement or a self-portrait, in which O’Pry is my avatar? Perhaps both. My work explores narcissism. O’Pry is the embodiment of a projected perfection.

Discus Thrower with Sean O'Pry/Versace

Discus Thrower with Sean O’Pry/Versace

TMHS: Your paintings often look like photographs with so much detail and you have the ability to bring an artwork to life. Saying this, there has been much talk of whether these particular works are paintings or photographs, can you clear up for those who don’t know?

MZ: The works in question are photographs, although I anticipate they may form part of a larger project with Sean. I enjoy the connection between painting and photography, both mimicking and extending each other. Importantly, the photographs of Sean referenced classical painting and portraiture. 

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On the cover of Australia Art Monthly

TMHS: You are on the cover of two art publications; Art Collector and Australia Art Monthly. How does it feel being on both of these around the same time?

MZ: It’s exciting to see the new work embraced in a critical way via a medium I’m less know for. The project with Sean marks quite a shift in my practice in so many ways.

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On the cover of Art Collector magazine

TMHS: Any exhibitions or other events you would like to share where people can see your works?

MZ: My work will be included in GOMAQ at Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) next month, following this, a group exhibition with my Auckland gallery, Stark White at Sydney Contemporary in September, and then the Adelaide Biennale at Art Gallery of South Australia next Feburary.

TMHS: Where can readers of The Man Has Style purchase your artwork?

MZ: Currently, I’m represented in Australia by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane and in New Zealand with Starkwhite, Auckland. 

Follow Michael Zavros on Instagram: @michaelzavros

Michael Zavros website: www.michaelzavros.com

Follow Sean O’Pry on Instagram: @seanopry55

A note from TMHS: Michael also shared with some great behind the scene shots.

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Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O'Pry - Behind the Scenes

Michael Zavros / Sean O’Pry – Behind the Scenes

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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Being Tom Farrelly

25 Jun
Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

The One to Watch

It was just over one year ago I was telling everyone about this new model in Sydney I thought was going to go places and he was one to watch (read more here). Tom Farrelly has turned out to be exactly that. I met Tom through him working in PR and saw him venture into modelling early last year. It’s been quite lovely seeing the development and different projects he has worked on. The beauty with Tom (aside from the obvious) is he is a pleasure to work with and a genuinely wonderful man. His Instagram followers will agree, with the amount of followers growing quite quickly. He loves a bit of humour and loves to interact with his followers. Picked up by Kult in Germany and recently moving across to Priscillas here in Australia, Tom is making people notice. I had a chat to Tom to find out more.

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

TMHS: “You have your own blog now, Being Tom Farrelly (www.beingtomfarrelly.com). Congratulations! I was hoping you would start one, so it’s great to see. What are the plans for this? How has it been received?”

TF: “Thanks! It’s exciting to have another platform to share what I do with everyone. Right now I’m sticking to lifestyle and fashion, but eventually I would like to expand into filming videos and actually doing some singing and doing some remakes of songs I like! People seem to enjoy what I have to say so far which is nice.”

TMHS: “You were picked up by Kult in Germany and spent some time over there. What is your connection with Germany and what were some of the projects you worked on there?”

TF: “Getting signed to Kult is one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me, they are the most amazing bunch of people and they really feel like a family now. I actually lived in Germany for 6 months after school on my gap year so it was great to get back there! I shot all over the place, in Berlin, Hamburg, Nürnberg, Munich, Oslo, Barcelona, Bordeaux. Just crazy!!! Bordeaux was shot a few days before I came back to Sydney and it was my second cover (for German magazine Free Men’s World) – we shot outside of the city near the Cap Ferret and after we had a massive seafood feast.”

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

TMHS: Alongside Kult in Germany, you are now with Priscilla’s in Australia and in some great company there too! How long have you been with them and have you worked on any projects through them?

TF: “I have just signed with them and have already worked on a bunch of great things! The men’s team are just fantastic and very professional! I am so excited to be part of the Priscillas family going forward.”

TMHS: “Your Instagram following seems to be growing quite quickly. I always love your Instagram not just for the photos but also you are quite interactive with your followers. How has Instagram helped you with your modelling? What do you love about Instagram?”

TF: “I actually love the direct interaction with followers! It’s nice making people laugh or just brightening their day a little. It can get a little bit serious – all pouting Kardashians and paid endorsements – but I try to keep it light hearted and fun by making fun of myself. Instagram can help with modelling, the photographer who shot the campaign I was originally sent to Germany for had found me on Instagram a month before and wanted to shoot with me, so when she saw my card with Kult she knew who I was and asked to book me!”

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

Tom Farrelly | Photo: Levon Baird | Grooming: Tracy Terashima

TMHS: “You were recently mentioned by British GQ. Tell me more about this.”

TF: “That was a crazy moment! I had no idea about it for two days then a friend of mine in LA who was also featured on the list (and is SO stylish) sent me a message asking if I had seen it. It was British GQ’s list for Top 50 Most Stylish Men on Instagram, so cool to be mentioned by GQ, let alone British one as I have lived in London and would love to go back – it’s a great city!”

Tom Farrelly was mentioned as one of the Top 50 guys to follow on Instagram by British GQ

Tom Farrelly was mentioned as one of the Top 50 guys to follow on Instagram by British GQ

Model to Watch: Tom Farrelly

Model to Watch: Tom Farrelly

I’m a big fan of Tom Farrelly and having seen the progress he has made in his short time modelling. As I’ve said before, he’s one to watch! Go and follow him on Instagram and his blog, or better still, book him. Make sure you tell him The Man Has Style sent you too!

Follow Tom on Instagram: @beingtomfarrelly

To book Tom contact Priscillas in Australia and Kult in Germany

Levon Baird – www.levonbaird.com

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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The GANT Yale Co-Op Shirt

26 Nov
Yale Co-op Shirt GANT Campus Store on The Man Has Style

Yale Co-op Shirt GANT Campus Store

The GANT Yale Co-Op Shirt

There are some things I see that make me feel so nostalgic. I’m a bit of a romantic and have to admit, I do love looking back in time. I start daydreaming and off I go into my own world, mixing in the history with my own imagination. I have so much sent to me for The Man Has Style, with anything that refers to times gone by grabbing my attention and more often than not inspiring me to share.

The GANT Yale Co-op Shirt takes me back to the 1960s. Now I wasn’t around during this time, however it still resonates with me. The Yale Co-op shirt was born in 1949 and has a wealth of history. It is great to see GANT have reissued the original designs from the 1960s collection of their Yale Co-op collection.

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt on The Man Has Style

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt

Student and Professors of Yale on Campus

The social hub of the campus was the Yale Co-op. It was a store where you could buy everything you might need. Think books, toiletries and even clothing. It was back in the 1960s that GANT made an exclusive shirt collection for this Co-op with Yale and GANT’s hometown, New Haven, seeing the shirt become a huge hit.  Now GANT has now reissued this collection. “It’s been over 60 years ago since GANT revolutionised the Oxford shirt with great inventions such as the locker loop and the back collar button, and we still admire the impact those inventions had on American Sportswear”, said GANT’s Creative Director Christopher Bastin. The collection has been recreated under an official agreement with Yale University’s Office of Marketing and Trademark Licensing.

The campaign images are all shot on campus with students and professors on campus at Yale.  I love this! While I love my polished campaign images (so, so much!), I also love to see a more down to earth approach at times, if it fits, with a collection. And of course, this is the collection it works so well for.

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt illustration on The Man Has Style

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt front collar detail illustration

The Collar

The collar on the GANT shirt was popular for the button-down collar. This feature was designed for when playing polo to keep the collars from getting into your face and originally a British innovation. While the style was loved in the early ‘5os, GANT introduced the button-down collar on a larger scale to the US market. What made it even more popular was the famous roll and casual look, achieved by having a non-fused collar.

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt illustration on The Man Has Style

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt front collar detail illustration

The Little Transformations

Detailing plays a big part when creating a garment that is going to be remembered. GANT created a series of innovative tailoring features. So how did they transform a simple shirt into a shirt that had the end user in mind in the design process in more than just fit? The creation of the loop was important as it allowed you to keep your shirt wrinkle free by hanging your shirt by the hook in your sports locker. Easy and fuss free. The story is told that in the 60s the loop was removed when a Yale guy was taken, with his partner wearing his college scarf. Freedom of movement was important and the box pleat below the collar allowed this. Of course, the neck button at the back of the collar ensured the tie and collar stayed in place.

GANT Yale Co-op shirts on The Man Has Style

GANT Yale Co-op shirts

Consistency Mixed with New Additions

Each season the Yale Co-op shirt has six new styles along with it’s 16 styles it runs each collection. Fabric is important, with the basic shirt made from a semi-lightweight Archive Oxford cloth in 100% cotton. You’ll find it in solids, banker stripes and checks. You are not stuck with one fit either with a Regular Fit and Fitted style. Men are always telling me how they get frustrated when there is only one fit in a shirt from a brand, so having the basics in more than one fit is important.

To view the Yale Co-op collection – www.gant.com/men/clothing/yale-co-op

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt on The Man Has Style

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GANT Yale Co-op Shirt on The Man Has Style

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt on The Man Has Style

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt on The Man Has Style

GANT Yale Co-op Shirt

Words by Sarah Crawford, Editor, The Man Has Style

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For all editorial enquiries please contact editorial@themanhasstyle.com

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Style Icon: Cary Grant

5 Apr
Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant, a true gentleman and style icon.  He had a brilliant career.  The leading man in Hollywood with a list of films that is simply wonderful.  His works and his style continues to inspire to this very day.

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief

Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief

 

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