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Model Behavior 2011 Showdown: Round 1

In: Donovan, Fashion, Totally GAY!

Last year, my first annual Man Crush Showdown proved so popular, I thought I’d do the same for my Model Behavior feature this year. Model Behavior was born to give our readers more opportunities to ogle at hot shirtless men. For this feature, I specifically just focus on male models. From high fashion, to swimwear to fitness models, I try to include all facets of the modeling industry. This new feature was met with resounding success. In some instances, the spin-off has surpassed my popular Man Crush series. It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise since these guys are paid to strip down and show off their toned physiques and photogenic mugs.

Since I started Model Behavior late in 2010, it felt silly last year to have a battle with only the handful that I featured by year’s end. Not wanting them to feel left out, I decided to include them in our first annual Model Behavior showdown. I divided the eligible models into three rounds. This week will feature hotties from October 2010 to the end of February 2011.

The two models who garner the most votes will automatically earn a spot in the finals. Then, when all three rounds are completed, I’ll look through all three rounds and pick the next four highest vote-getters to round out the Top 10 who’ll battle it out for model supremacy for 2011. Without further ado, let’s look at the candidates vying for the top two spots in Round 1.

check out all the hotties from Round 1 and vote for your favorites after the jump

Franca Sozzani Calls Karlie Kloss “The Body”

In: Donovan, Fashion

I wonder how Elle Macpherson feels about that. The Aussie model was known as “The Body” for many years due to her numerous appearances on Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue. Looks like there’s an heir apparent and her name is Karlie Kloss. The 19-year-old model is certainly capping out an amazing year in spectacular fashion. Last week Victoria’s Secret introduced Kloss to the masses on their annual fashion show and now this.

Kloss is one of the top models working in fashion today. She’s currently ranked No. 3 on thanks to multiple ad campaigns and being an industry favorite. Karlie certainly has influential fans in her corner. One being Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani. The fashion giant placed the leggy beauty on the December 2011 cover of the Italian publication and named her “The Body“. For the momentous occasion, the 5’11″ beauty posed for her first ever nude photo editorial.

I’ve been a fan of Karlie’s for some time now and couldn’t be more happier for her success. While a big name in fashion circles, she has relatively remained nameless to the general public despite gracing numerous ads. Now that over 10 million people now know her name due to the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, she’s on her way to become one of this generation’s top supermodels and a household name- a Christy Turlington / Linda Evangelista for a modern day.

view more images from the issue after the jump

Blood Concept: Let It Flow

In: Charge It, Fashion, Patrick

Recently, I came across this amazing Italian line of fragrances called “Blood Concept” comprised of four scents (the blood types): 0, A, B, AB. The unique scents and brilliant concept are the creations of Antonio Zuddas and Giovanni Castelli. Here’s a little bit of the ideology behind the brand:

“Filled with legends and meanings, blood is soaked with mystery‚ fascination and respect. it’s the most tested and studied part of human body and it guards a multitude of secrets that reveals our inner and unique way of being. BLOOD CONCEPT is a private celebration of the vivid and fascinating liquid that flows in our veins. Because blood is actually the river of life.”

If you’re like me, you would agree that packaging is important. Well, not only are the fragrances amazing, but the packaging is bang on. The eau de parfum comes in a metallic spray bottle and the parfum comes in a dropper. Take a look at the photos below to get a better idea of what I mean. I’ve also included a description of each of the fragrances as well along with a quote from the creators about each one.

Check them out after the jump…

Typically, I’m a last-minute Christmas shopper but this year I thought I’d start early. After seeing Tommy Hilfiger’s new holiday commercial, I’m all revved up to battle the store crowds and start today. It’s frat party meets family gathering meets plaid disco ball. This kind of festive celebration is so right up my alley, I might have to start shopping at Hilfiger. Problem is, I can never see anything I like at Hilfiger’s stores that I’ve seen in their ads and commercials. Anyone else have this problem?

Hilfiger’s holiday campaign is in line with their beautifully shot Fall 2011 one. I remember being in Amsterdam this August and being in awe of this super-sized billboard featuring Tommy’s ad. The styling and composition was fantastic, especially on that grand scale.

Photographed by Craig McDean, the “Holiday Partaaaaaaaaay” features a bevy of gorgeous models including Andre Douglas, Francis Lane, Luis Borges, Marcel Castenmiller, Max Rogers, and Sam Way. But the pièce de résistance is the super hot Noah Mills working out his sexy magic at the beginning and end of the clip. I just melt whenever he speaks… even with his clothes on. Check out the clip below.

watch the video after the jump

Shosh Design: The Toque Upgraded

In: Charge It, Fashion, Redd

One thing I’ve learned is that investing in key quality pieces for your wardrobe saves you from purchasing the same things over and over if you’ve gotten the cheaper disposable variety. Jacket and hat trends don’t tend to change a lot so if you’ve invested in a nice trench coat or bomber, you know you’ll be able to wear that for years to come. I’ve found that in the last 5 to 8 years, I’ve accumulated a bunch of hats & toques mostly of the cheap kind and have ended up throwing most out because they just don’t look as great as they first did.

Shosh has taken the toque and upgraded it by knitting using cashmere, combed mink & sheared beaver. These hats grow and mold to you as you wear them making them one of a kind to each wearer.

Find out more about Shosh and shop online at and check out some of the styles on the next part of the post. Read the rest of this entry »

Mario Lopez Flaunts His Underwear

In: Donovan, Fashion

Soon, you can buy Mario Lopez’s undergarments. Get your mind out of the gutter, it’s not what you think. That being said, I totes would buy a pair of his used boxers. I’m sure they’d smell heavenly. LOL.

The 38-year-old actor is the latest celebrity to start his own celebrity fashion line. With a rocking hard body, it only makes sense he enters the highly-competitive world of underwear. Sex sells and Mario has lots of it to go around. I expect robust initial sales. Who doesn’t want to say they’re wearing Mario’s underwear?

Lopez teamed up with online retailer for his underwear venture, Rated M. As quoted on the waistband of his undies, it’s “For manful men and their very special guests.” Cute. When asked what the “M” stood for, the Extra host replied, “the ‘M’ stands for masculine, modern, Mario… make it whatever you want it to be.” Check out a few promotional pics snapped by photographer Ed Fox below.

check out a couple of Mario modeling his new line after the jump

For some, Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the Holiday season, while others begin their fa la la’ing on December 1st. Not me. Nothing revs up my engine for the festive season like the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This is how I like to ring in the holidays. Yuppers, I’m that kind of gay. You would be too, if you watched the yearly specials.

Everything you’ve come to expect from the annual extravaganza was on hand. From campy themes, sexy women, high-wattage musical performances and Swarovski crystals by the crate, all were in order to stage an unforgettable show. This year’s production held at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City cost a reported $12 million to stage. YOWZA, that’s a lot of panties and bras. What’s the markup on Victoria’s Secret’s lingerie? Papa needs to look into if they sell franchises.

Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson, Candice Swanepoel and Chanel Iman along with a bevy of other beauties showed off their toned bodies in six creatively themed segments. Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Kanye West provided stand out performances for the girls to strut to. That being said, I much prefer it when the girls sashay down to custom mashups instead of the live music. It should be all about the models and outfits, instead of the musical acts. They have enough televised opportunities to show of their vocal abilities.

check out my 15 favorites after the jump

I have to admit, I am a bad gay. I have never spent over $100 on a pair of jeans ever, in my entire homosexual life. Why? Because I’ve never felt the need nor found a pair that fit me well enough to spend that much money on denim. Sure, I’ve found amazing jeans from Rock N’ Republic and Diesel, but alas, I continually have to head over to American Eagle to find the jeans that fit my small frame the best. However, this article isn’t about my jean dilemma, it’s about someone jumping onboard with Seven For All Mankind to make their jeans just a little bit cooler than they already are.

We know that sometimes, James Franco likes to moonlight in projects besides acting. He’s taken on music and he took on photography when he directed his shoot for Flaunt magazine. Now, those photography skills have been enlisted for a new ad campaign to promote Seven Jeans. The shoot is said to be comprised of a series of photos plus an online media component.

See what James said about this new project after the jump.

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