dapperQ is proud to present our annual Pride edition of He Said/We Said (HS/WS). For a quick refresher on the HS/WS series, check out creatress mastermind Anita Dolce Vita‘s plan behind the HS/WS magic:
“The models fashion their very own looks – I give the inspiration, they give the interpretation. They come to the shoot camera ready: hair, make-up, their own clothes, accessories and props. I didn’t want the series to reflect how to recreate menswear from an individual stylist’s point of view. It’s always a wonderful surprise to see what each model came up with and all of the different translations of the same inspiration.”
Learn more about HS/WS on the Huffington Post here.
When searching for “menswear” collections to serve as the inspiration for our Pride shoot, the dapperQ team was immediately drawn to the Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which included an eclectic mix of motifs: a large intarsia pineapple, micro-printed cherries, illustrated monkeys, and painterly palm trees. The line received mixed reviews in the fashion world, with naysayers such as Style.com claiming that Paul & Joe’s doodle prints featuring “I need my croissant every day” and “Parisian cat” thought bubbles were “clichés” and “struck a pitch that may be lost on some men.” We, on the other hand, did not find the collection to be at all clichéd, but rather an example of a bright, creative, and carefree dress that is often reflective of queer style. Who needs a doodle print shirt that says “Parisian cat” when you can rock a full-on cat or Bert & Ernie print top with PRIDE and also manage to make it look stylish as hell? So, we ignored all the haters and included Paul & Joe in the short list of other potential collections to pitch to the photographer.
Ultimately, photographer Asher Torres along with Anita Dolce Vita, selected Paul & Joe to be the final inspiration for this year’s Pride edition. Here’s what Asher had to say about the experience as a HS/WS photographer:
“It was personal for me to find people with voices in our community that create change. Each of these models is a leader in their own right, through their art or their self-expression, and in turn, their unique perspectives shape and enrich our queer community. My inspiration for the shoot was “bringing it home” by highlighting Brooklyn textures. I felt the summer line that I chose well represented the personalities of my models.”
Each edition of HS/WS is cross-published on Autostraddle. For model bios and outfit descriptions, visit the original post here. In the meantime, enjoy some never before seen images from the shoot. Happy Pride!
Topher Gross aka bkcubcake
Emmett Jack Lundberg
Thomas Page McBee
Producer: Melanie Frazza