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In the new issue of Gay News, August 2014

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Fashion: New Yorker & River Island


The German fashion label New Yorker is on its way to become one of Europe’s biggest. At the moment, it has more than a thousand shops in thirty-nine countries worldwide.

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Fashion: Timezone


The street & sportswear label Timezone stands for products that combine a natural lifestyle with ground breaking design and complete authenticity. Instead of dressing up, Timezone dresses, and emphasizes the wearer’s own style and uniqueness.

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Government Sets Up State Committee for Parenthood Re-evaluation


The government has decided to set up a state committee for parenthood re-evaluation to deal with legal issues concerning parenthood, co-parenting, multiple parents and surrogacy. This State Committee has been set up partly because of COC's plea for better legal protection of families with multiple parents.

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Religion: Being Gay and Practicing Abstinence


The Bible Belt is an umbrella term for those areas in The Netherlands where orthodox-Christians, or the pietistic reformed (also called “refo’s”), represent a significant part of the population. Like a ribbon, the Bible Belt extends from the Zeeland islands via the central rivers and the Veluwe to places such as Staphorst, Rijssen, and Urk. Refo’s belong to reformed denominations such as the Gereformeerde Gemeente, the Hersteld Hervormde Kerk and the Gereformeerde Bond in de Hervormde Kerk.

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Fashion: Menswear Paris 2014


Because of their timeless character and French knowhow, luxury goods that are “made in France” are well-known for quality. Products from famous French brands depend on their historical legacy and prestige, and are synonymous with quality. According to Bernard Arnault (CEO of L.V.M.H.), “a brand should be build up slowly and with a lot of patience.”

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Fashion: Menswear Milan 2014


The city of Milan and the Italian fashion industry want to become leading in the international world of fashion again. They want to be able to compete with other fashion capitals, such as Paris, New York and London. For this, six proposals were written, including proposals for the development of more resources for creativity, for investments in the city itself, and tax incentives. With the slogan “Enjoy Milan,” the image and quality of life in the city needs to be improved, notwithstanding the international fashion events.

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Style: Men with Beards


Why are men with beards hot, and where does this fascination come from? Are men with beards more attractive and trustworthy, and do they command respect? Is the beard in all its different shapes a form of expression and creativity, or is it a kind of rebellion?

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The Turbulent Life of Olympic Champion Matthew Mitcham


Last December, president Obama announced that the American delegation to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will consist of, among others, the tennis player Billie Jean King, and ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow, both openly lesbian, and also of figure skater Brian Boitano, who won Olympic Gold in 1988. Shortly after Obama’s announcement, Boitano told the Associated Press he is gay. He admitted that he never wanted to give out such a statement, as he wanted his private life to remain private, and that his homosexuality is only part of his identity.

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The Pleasures of Cruising


On January 14, Get a Room, a monthly event in Utrecht and Amsterdam, organizes a film and discussion night about cruising. Cruising seems inevitably connected to gay sexual culture. Men go out and cruise other men to have casual sex and quite often lots of it. It’s anonymous, it’s easy, it’s hot and always available, what more do you need?

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Pink Ambassadors: A Growing Network


Senior homosexuals and lesbians: it is a group that wasn’t very visible for a long time. Gay emancipation was not their thing. They saw it happening, but often did not feel comfortable with it. The advocates of emancipation were a lot younger and more direct and confrontational than they were. A lot has changed in just a few years. In 2006, some organizations (COC Netherlands, the Netherlands center for social development Movisie, the seniors association ANBO, and the disbanded gay health organization Schorer) decided to do something for this “forgotten group” of homosexual seniors.

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Fashion: (M)Animal Prints


For a respectable brand such as Burberry, it is striking to see that this brand in particular is showing a lot of animal prints. A total mixture of leopard, tiger and cheetah prints. Classic costumes and trench coats become less formal by wearing them with leopard print shoes. Sometimes only the collars are in animal print. Show-stoppers are the trench coats that are completely in leopard print, but it remains to be seen if those will actually make it to the stores.

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Neuter Registration Now Possible in Germany


In Germany, babies can now have a neuter gender registration since November 1, 2013. This is an important step for new-borns with gender ambiguity. COC Netherlands is of the opinion that the German measure is ‘a step in the right direction,’ but wants to take it one step further by also making it possible for adults who feel they are neither a man nor a woman. So far, the Dutch government's promise to the COC to investigate this possibility has not been kept.

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Queer in China: Not So Secret Anymore


At the moment, our focus is on the developments in the Russian Federation. But Putin’s homophobia does not only have to do with the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. Stalin’s legacy plays an equally important part. Just as Hitler put a stop to the comparatively tolerant attitude towards homosexuality in the Weimar Republic, Stalin put a stop to the last remnants of freedom after the October revolution of 1917.

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Fashion: Menswear Paris 2013-2014


A recent survey of well-to-do Chinese consumers revealed that Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior are their favorite French luxury brands. France remains the target group’s favorite destination in Europe. Chinese men represent fifty-five percent of the Chinese luxury product market, far above the general average of forty percent. This makes them a highly interesting target group for European luxury brands. Yet, there is a limit to the seemingly unstoppable increase of Chinese prosperity.

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What Stimulates Gay Emancipation?


Twenty-five years now, the Dutch government has an active policy on the emancipation of GLBT citizens. In those years, different “interventions” were developed for the emancipation of this group. New research shows that there are many interventions available, particularly when it comes to increasing the level of acceptance, but that in most cases, the effectiveness of these projects is hardly ever evaluated.

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Fashion: Menswear Milan 2013-2014


The revenue in the Italian fashion industry has only seen a decrease of five percent to sixty billion Euros over 2012. “We are back at the revenue level of 2010,” says Mario Borselli, head of Milan’s Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana. “And that isn’t too bad if you consider the impact of the global credit crunch. To us, the challenge has not been an easy one.

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Fetishism: Love of the Special


Why is it that the term fetishism still evokes sniggers? And why is it that psychiatrists and most people still think it is a pathological abnormality? Gert Hekma explains the image and argues in favor of a society that is more open to fetishism.

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Hannah’s Experiences as Child of a Gay Couple and a Straight Woman


‘We Know Your Secret!’ Hannah (21) grew up in a co-parenting construction of a gay couple and a straight woman. “I liked living in two houses, I was used to it, and was never homesick on school trips. And I learned how to plan!” Steven had a strong desire to have children, but his partner Jan did not want any.

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Pleasure By One’s Own Hand: Masturbation and Porn


“Cheap wine, masturbation, cinema,” Céline writes. "There’s no more wine, and there are no cinemas here. Existence is getting rather boring." According to Dutch author Gerard Reve in his “Poem for Doctor Trimbos” from “Nader tot U” (Nearer to Thee; 1966). It’s remarkable that, in the course of time, all three of these recreational activities have been subjected to criticism to a greater or lesser extent.

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Fashion: Vilebrequin and Gant


The French swim wear label Vilebrequin comes from sunny Saint-Tropez. The label came into existence in 1971, at a time this seaside resort was still entertainment for the “happy few.” Outside on the pavement of Café Sénéquier, sketches are made that are inspired on surf wear. Totally different from what was acceptable swim wear in those days.

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The Public Opinion on Homosexuality in The Netherlands and Europe


Since 1981, the acceptance of homosexuality in European countries has increased. The last few years, however, this increase has leveled off. In Scandinavian counties and Western European countries, such as The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France, the majority of the population has no problem with homosexuality, while in Eastern European countries, such as Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Baltic countries and Russia, the majority of the population still disapproves.

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Fashion: Metallic & Fluorescent


Every season, a number of colors are, remarkably simultaneous, used in different collections. This time, the use of metallic fabrics and bright fluorescent colors is striking. Often, these trends (meant for the general public) eventually are followed by well-known fashion chains.

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Abolition of ‘Single Fact Construction’ Crucial for LGBT's at School


According to COC Netherlands, it is 'crucial' for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT's) at faith schools that the Dutch Lower House wants to end the so-called single fact construction. This is the response of the COC, which has been fighting for the abolition of this section of the law for years, on the private member's bill by D66, VVD, PvdA, SP, and GroenLinks.

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Homosexuals in Sports: Not Visible Enough Yet


“Homosexuality and sports, it’s a complicated issue,” Wil Verschoor, manager of the participation project at knowledge center Movisie in Utrecht says. “It is chiefly because often it is not seen as a problem. If you address the issue at sports clubs, they will say: everyone is welcome, we do not discriminate.”

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Jacco and Martijn, Proud Fathers of Anna and Noah


‘I Knew I Wouldn’t Give Up Before I Had Children’. In September 2012, Jacco (33) and his boyfriend Martijn (42) became the happy fathers of a beautiful twin, with the help of an egg cell donor and a surrogate.

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Fashion: The World of Jean Paul Gaultier


From a cone bra made out of newspaper for his teddy bear Nana, to the iconic cone bra corset he made for Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour, sixty-year-old Jean Paul Gaultier has come a long way. Now he is rewarded with an exhibition of his large body of work. “I think it is an honor to show my work here.”

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Same-sex marriage in Finland not for some time


For now, Finland will be the only Scandinavian country that has not opened up marriage to same-sex couples. A parliamentary committee voted against the proposal to legalise same-sex marriages, making it impossible to bring the bill before the full legislature for consideration.

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Fashion: Paris Menswear 2013


France is still destination number one for rich Chinese consumers. The French brands Chanel, Christian Dior en Louis Vuitton are the most popular among these well-to-do Chinese men and women. China is the most important player in keeping the wheels of the worldwide luxury market turning.

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Fashion: Milan Menswear 2013


To Italy the fashion industry is one of its most important sectors, and Italy is an important player on global level. Especially the more exclusive fashion and luxury products are doing well all over the world.

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We Don’t Want Any Faggots


Research on Sexual Diversity Stereotypes, Two thirds of secondary school pupils keep their distance from homosexual fellow pupils, or feel insecure about contact with them. Thirty two percent doesn’t want to sit next to a homosexual classmate. Only one third thinks that homosexuality is “a natural sexual orientation.”

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‘But We Have Two Daddies!’


About Co-Parenting of a Gay Couple and a Straight Woman Claudio and Lorenzo are five and seven, and have two fathers. That is very convenient according to Claudio: “One daddy can go to work, and the other daddy can take care of us. And the other way around the next day.”

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Fashion: Gant & Thomas Sabo


The lifestyle brand “Gant” is launching a new underwear collection for the critical male shopper. The high-quality and colorful line of underwear consists of Basic and Seasonal items, combining sporty design with classical details.

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Fashion: A Fish named Fred & Pepe Jeans


From Amsterdam comes the new, young and fresh life style label “A Fish Named Fred,” for the kind of man who doesn’t take himself too seriously and is continuously looking for his next exciting adventure.

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Fashion: Camel & Grey


Insecure economic times ask for stable colors in fashion, such as camel and grey. Though black is always the ultimate favorite, and never absent in any men’s collection, many labels now offer nice combinations with camel and grey. Lanvin is really the proportion pioneer when it comes to men’s silhouette: wide, round and overhanging shoulders, and pants with a raised waistband, to counter-balance the favorite narrow body-hugging silhouette of today. The knitted sweaters from Jil Sander are beautiful and minimalist with the simple image of extinct dinosaurs.

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Paris Menswear 2012-2013


The enormous budget cuts are curbing consumers’ spending pattern. These measures are dampening the economic growth in the Euro countries. This splits the fashion industry in two segments, focusing either on the cheap and affordable or on luxury. “Only the market for luxury products is booming nowadays. Consumers are prepared to pay for luxury,” says the German designer Wolfgang Joop.

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Flemish campaign against homophobia in soccer


Tin the television program ‘Villa Vanthilt’ the Flemish Minister of Education and Equal Opportunity Pascal Smet said he wants to target homophobia on and around the football field together with the soccer federation.

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Milan Men’s Wear 2012-2013


The Spanish banking crisis, the real-estate crash in Ireland and the Greek debt crisis keep all European countries in a suffocating grip. So economies falter, markets become nervous and pessimistic consumers are unwilling to spend money. How important can expensive designer wear be in these uncertain times?

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Gentle - A Look Behind The Scenes


One of the most beautiful shops in Haarlem, a city teeming with beautiful ones, is Gentle, the men’s underwear store in Anegang 25, in the centre of town. The premises date from about 1900. Cotex opened its doors there in 1945. They sold old-fashioned lace corsets — the merchandise was downstairs, the ladies could go upstairs to try on —, but the demand for this breath-taking article decreased, and when in 1988 Elly Koelman took over Cotex, it was clear to hear that things should change.

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How Queer IS BDSM?


Margot Weiss’s “Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality” (Duke University Press 2011) purports to be an ethnography of the Bay Area BDSM scene, but it isn’t. There is not one play scene described, there is not one orgasm reported.

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Fasion: Vavoom Underwear


The men’s underwear label Vavoom is proudly Dutch. The company’s second collection of seven limited edition Vavoom boxers has a remarkable new fit, perfectly packaging the contents. And that’s exactly what Vavoom is focused on, the contents, says founder Jan Kessels.

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Fashion: He Blend


The Danish jeans label HE BLEND introduces a new capsule design every month, so as to present a collection as wide and varied as possible.

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Milan Menswear 2012


In 2011 the total income of the Italian fashion labels amounted to sixty-three billion Euros. The ‘made in Italy’ tag is clearly doing well internationally. But the ongoing euro crisis hangs like a dark cloud over the Italian fashion landscape. “The most evident aspect of the current economic situation is the utter uncertainty of the future,” says Mario Boselli of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion.

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Winter pleasure - Ski Fun!


For many people March is the month to go on holiday. Well, from the 20th till the 27th of March there is the EuroSkiPride Event in Saalbach. A winter sports and party week for gays and lesbians from all over Europe. This ski resort has been awarded “Best Après Ski Resort In The Alps.”

There will be several parties like the Snowballs and Snowgirls Party and the white dress code party the Snowkings versus Snowqueens Event. There are parties every night of the week.

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Fashion - Winter Essentials


A good sweater is like a second home in which you feel safe and comfortable. And if it’s of good quality it will last for years and years. A sweater is a classic of all times, indispensable in every wardrobe. Especially now that the economic situation is so dire, the sweater has become a rock-solid piece of clothing, to hide in and find shelter from an insecure world.

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Body Styling - Piercings In A Nutshell


Humans like to decorate themselves. Both the tattoo and the piercing have an extremely long history. The 5000 year old ice mummy Ötzi, discovered in an Austrian glacier in 1991, not only showed remnants of what must have been tattoos, but also had several holes in his ears of some ten millimeters. Ear piercings have practically always been around in Europe.

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Fashion - Jewelry For Men


S!LK Jewelry

The Dutch jewelry label S!LK is inspired by the chemistry of intriguing Asia and her collection of silver jewelry supports the community trade of this continent. With a firm dedication to Fair Trade these robust pieces are handmade and of high quality natural materials. The jewelry is designed in Holland and made by craftsmen in Asia.

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Design - Black!


Fashion without black is unimaginable. Since the Japanese designers introduced it in the eighties on the European catwalks, black has been a favorite element for a statement. It’s absolutely timeless and easily survives season after season. Different materials produce different blacks. It’s mystery and cult, it can be combined with every other color. And it sells, so it’s no surprise that almost all designers take it up in most of their collections.

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Menswear 2011-2012 - Paris


2009 was the year in which consumers kept a tight hand on their purse. In 2010 things improved, showing a global wealth increase of approximately eight percent to the record amount of 75,000 billion euro. And in 2011, the “shame of luxury” should become a thing of the past, with a return to normal levels of luxury goods consumption.

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Menswear 2011-2012 - Milan


For many Italian fashion labels the aftermath of the global crisis is finally almost over. Many already booked huge profits over 2010. Relieved, they start looking at the future and at the emerging markets of India, Russia and China.

The Italian luxury industry expects to reach the levels of the time before the global crisis again at the end of this year; 2007 as well as the beginning of 2008 were the best ever. The demand for luxury products has been going up and they expect a turnover increase of eight percent to a total value of 164 billion pounds.

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Fashion - Tattoos - Skulls & Swimwear


A few seasons ago we saw the first tattoos on models with the international women’s collections presentations, now the trend has spread to the men’s collections as well. Chanel jumped on top of it and started selling fake tattoo stickers with the familiar double C-logo at their stores (for around 100 Euros). And it was a success! For not everyone wants to walk around with the same (permanent) tattoo for the rest of their life!

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Fashion & Design - Full Color!


Like in nature high tide comes after low tide like clockwork, fashion flows as well. After several seasons of safe natural colors and a lot of black and whites, bold bright colors all of a sudden reappear. Still, natural colors dominate a lot of collections but some designers (the ones who have the talent of seeing things in advance) like Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada are not afraid to reintroduce the color in its entire splendor. Especially in the coming winter collections for 2011-2012 color will again have a prominent place.

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Fashion - Denim Jeans


Denim is an absolute classic popping up in every designer’s collection year after year. In some seasons a bit more prominent than in others but its popularity amongst customers never seems to fade. Jeans remain a must in every man’s wardrobe. This season again several designers present jeans in their collections. Miuccia Prada for example is using denim in its purest form in designs derived from nurse’s uniforms. Simple and clean, without complicated cuts or treatments.

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Fifteenth Anniversary Cuts & Curls


Cuts & Curls - Not Just A Hairdresser!

In 1996 Richard Bolk started his hairdressing salon at no. 74 on the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat. Fifteen years later Richard is by himself again and cuts hair by appointment.

Walking past Cuts & Curls you can’t miss the big gay flag above Richard’s motorbike parked in front of the window. The business’ logo is displayed prominently: an image of a bald man. Perhaps not the most obvious choice for a hairdresser?

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Men’s Wear 2011: Paris


China will increasingly leave its mark on luxury goods sales. At the moment, this country is good for approximately fifteen percent of worldwide sales. And expectations are that this percentage will increase to forty-four percent in 2020. With the made-in-France label, French luxury brands hold great attraction for the myriad of Chinese millionaires.

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Men’s Wear 2011: Milan


The Italian fashion industry heaves a collective sigh of relieve. After the turnover dropped with fifteen percent over 2009 the Camera della Moda Italiana reported a gain of 14.6 percent in the second third of 2010. With an annual turnover of 100 billion the Italian fashion industry is essential for the Italian economy.

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Fashion & lifestyle Bites


R.I.P. Charles DeVoe

And again the fashion world lost a male model. The 28-year old American Charles DeVoe died after having been in a coma for four weeks. His ankle got stuck under a wooden pole while he was surfing in New York. Unfortunately he had been under water for several minutes when the rescue workers got hold of him. He was in a coma for the past month in a hospital in New York.

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Fashion - ES Collection


To start the year well and actually put your new year’s resolutions to sport more into action, the sportswear collections of the Spanish brands ES and XTG will be a great push for you to keep it up this year. The ES Collection has modernized men’s underwear fashion thoroughly in just four years, it’s available in over thirty countries. They’ve a shop on the Zeedijk in Amsterdam as well.

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Fashion - Best-Dressed Gay?


Gay men have a reputation of dressing well, and having good taste in general. But do they deserve that really? Also: which clothing items you really have to ditch.

A few years ago we experienced an unasked for invasion of pimped-up shirts with an overdose of details. Like double or even triple collars, contrasting hems, colored buttons, et cetera. Collars so high it was as if everyone was doing an Elvis Presley impression..., terrible really!

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Advertising Male Nudity


From way before the start of our calendar Greek and Roman artists have been depicting the male body as an object of desire. In modern day society the male nude as a marketing vehicle is increasingly popular. Especially in the cosmetic industry half-naked gentlemen seem to combine commercial purpose and desirable lust in one tasteful image.

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Style 2010-2011 Paris


The luxury industry is gradually recovering, after surviving the disastrous year 2009. With last year’s spending decrease of 7.8% to 153 billion euro, 2010 finally offers better prospects. French luxury conglomerate L.V.M.H, owner of Givenchy and Louis Vuitton, recorded a turnover increase of thirteen percent in the first quarter of 2010. “Yet we still need to be careful,” company CEO Bernard Arnault says.

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Style Milan 2010-2011


The Italian fashion sector is licking her wounds after the disastrous times the global economic crisis caused. Customers with a budget are returning slowly to the various shops and turnovers are going up. “Let’s say things can only get better after 2009, which was not that good,” said president Mario Boselli of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion. “Recovery has started but it’s slow.”

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Antwerp Pride 2010


Pride in Antwerp is a tribute to all its citizens but also to its own varied gay and lesbian community. This third edition wanted to build bridges between the different gay groups. Many foreign journalists were invited to experience the four-day festival from up close. Many call Antwerp the “Gay Harbor.”

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Fashion & Beauty - Summer Items


With the summer in mind we give you an overview of a number of products that are easy to use, smell good, will make you look good and are healthy for you as well.

Summer Fruit

The ultimate summer hit of this year will undoubtedly be the açai berry. This miracle berry simply contains everything we need, and in ridiculously high concentrations. Like vitamin B1, B2, B3 and C, phosphor, calcium, fibers and omega 3, 6 and 9.

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Masculine Beauty 2010


Lab Series Skincare for Men

The innovative team of Lab Series has outdone itself in developing the ultimate anti-aging product for men and now presents the Max LS Age-Less Face Cream, which triggers skin cells to live longer and even repair damage. The hydrating and non-greasy formula of Max LS Age-Less Face Cream feels nourishing, it’s as if the skin drinks in the anti-aging technology.

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Style 2010 Paris


Over 2009, France has seen a four percent decline in clothing sales. With sales totalling thirty billion euros, the French clothing market does remain one of the largest players in Europe. Nevertheless, the French refer to last year as an “Annus Horribilis.” According to Dutch bank ING, high-street sales will not make a full recovery from the global crunch until 2015. But which players will survive?

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Style 2010 - Milan


The continuing crisis is changing the fashion experience from a visible sign of style and luxury, to a way to escape the harsh reality. Several designers highlight the positivism of their collections.

To the Italian fashion industry 2009 will go down in history as the worst in the past twenty years. The global financial crisis caused Italian Men’s wear sales to drop with ten percent to 8.3 billion euro.

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Fashion Designer Francisco van Benthum: ‘It’s My Drive To Make Beautiful Things’


He’s definitely considered one of the best Dutch designers for men. His clothes look un-Dutch, which is a big compliment. His collections look international and can compete with the best brands from the fashion industry. And although he shows his work in Paris his clothes are for sale in The Netherlands.

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Fashion - XTG, Sexy And Comfortable


The fantastic underwear label XTG comes to Holland from sun-drenched Grand Canary. XTG stands for Extreme Game. The Canarian people find XTG sexy, innovative and comfortable. The merchandise is very original with unusual prints which remind us of tattoos, figures from comics and sports’ icons in bright colors. All of outstanding quality, designed by Luis Mentado.

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Kiehl’s Supports AIDS Organizations With Profit Hand Cream


For this coming winter we would like to highlight two of Kiehl’s amazing products. The first is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. This moisturizing cream was tested in harsh conditions. Mountaineers of the “Greenland First Ascent” expedition have tested the cream and found their skin perfectly hydrated all through the day, even when temperatures were extremely volatile.

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Make-Up For Men


Men will have to get used to the idea that make-up is no longer the exclusive territory of women. Now that piercings, tattoos and body decoration have been adopted as acceptable for men, make-up will inevitably follow suit and gays will as usual be the early adapters...

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Masculine Beauty 2009-2010


La Nuit de L’Homme

To make sure the wonderful scent of La Nuit de L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent will stay with us for a long time, the line has been extended with a range of three products: an all-in-one shower gel, an aftershave balm and a deodorant stick. Products which perfume the body lightly, soothe it and nourish it.

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Style 2009-2010 Paris


Recent figures show that the Dutch fashion industry is relatively unaffected by the recession till now. Turnover dropped over the first half year in 2009 with an average of 2.7% in comparison with 2008. While the second half year of 2009 men’s fashion started off well with a plus of 6.3%. The start of a recovery?

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Style 2009-2010 Milan


The continuing economical crisis is the cause for some jet-black pages in the history of fashion. Practically every Italian fashion label is reporting losses over 2008. And the forecasts for 2009 also remain negative. As a result of the crisis about 11.5 million jobs have been lost in the textile industry since June 2008. These insecure times have created a fearful consumer, who rather saves than spends.

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Beautiful Gay Advertising


Unfortunately we don’t see much commercial advertising specifically aimed at the homosexual community on the Dutch market. The cosmetic industry has no qualms advertising in gay magazines in other countries, so why then do they ignore the Dutch market?

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Beauty - Holiday Items


Le Male Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier’s fragrance Le Male has been an undisputable hit for fifteen years now. In The Netherlands and Germany it belongs to the best-selling brands of all male perfumes. This summer a special sunny edition is introduced: Le Male Stimulating Summer. Inspired by Gaultier’s pirate collection the fragrance takes you to paradise where exuberant fauna and radiant flora blend together.

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Beauty & Fashion - Made in Holland


Recent research shows that Dutch brands are getting more and more popular. In times of recession and insecurity people turn to recognizable local products. Dutch products are popular with the Dutch consumers. Great to support the Dutch economy as well: here are four Dutch products we gladly recommend.

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Masculine Beauty 2009


SKIN CARE

Giorgio Armani

As an addition to the assortment Skin Minerals For Men, Armani introduces the Refinishing Fluid, inspired by volcanic power and enriched with minerals for a high quality in skin perfection. A hydrating formula that instantly smooths the skin. Day after day the lines are reduced and skin has a rejuvenated luster. Refinishing Fluid, recommended retail price € 48.35.

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Style 2009 Paris


The continuing crisis shows that even things that looked steady and secure, can all of a sudden just topple over. Consumers are insecure and hesitate about spending money on luxurious expensive items. Designer labels will face difficult times because orders will most definitely be smaller than before. Only the best will probably survive...

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Style 2009 - Milan


The fashion world is also affected by the worldwide economic downturn. Last January fashion labels Valentino and Marni cancelled the expensive catwalk presentations for their men’s collections 2009/2010. Last year the Valentino Fashion Group was taken over for 2.6 billion euros but was appraised recently for only 1.27 billion as a result of the crisis. Consumers are pessimistic about the future and therefore much more careful when it comes to spending on fashion.

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Fashion - Diesel & Punto Blanco


Diesel Mowie

Diesel’s empire is constantly growing: after clothing, accessories and perfume, the label now also boasts motor helmets. Last October Diesel launched the “Mowie Helmet” at a trade fair in Cologne. This unisex helmet was produced by AGV and designed by the Diesel Creative Team; it’s available in XS to XL.

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Fashion


Organic Underwear

The Danish fashion label Mads Norgaard-Copenhagen introduces their first line of underwear, made of 100% organic cotton. Without lycra, only cotton. Fabricated in one of the oldest underwear factories in Denmark. The collection consists of two models: boxer shorts with narrow legs and the familiar brief, both in black as well as in white. Additionally there are temporary models every season with political texts on the waistband. The white boxer says “Free Tibet” and the black one proclaims “Obama for President.”

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Style 2008-2009 - Paris


Research in forty-eight countries has shown that Gucci is the most popular luxury label in the world. Followed by Chanel, Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton. If money wasn’t an issue, one out of five consumers worldwide would opt for Gucci as their preferred label. Funny enough 43% of the Dutch (the highest score) wouldn’t buy luxury products, even if they had the money for it, and only seven percent of all the men, regards themselves as a “big spender” when it comes to fashion.

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Masculine Beauty 2008-2009


Kiehl’s Since 1851

Men are often the best and most loyal customers when it comes to beauty products. Kiehl’s (the highly recommended New York pharmacist) has been developing specialized men’s skin products since 1950. Now it’s introducing Facial Fuel Anti Wrinkle Cream, a protective cream especially developed for men. Not greasy, moisturizing and revitalizing.

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Fashion - Style 2008-2009 - Milaan


The panicky atmosphere in the United States, caused by the financial crisis and the high commodity prices has also had its effect on the Dutch consumer’s sentiment. More consumers are less confident about the future, so they spend less as well. The economy grew with 3.5% over 2007, but this year it will have gone down to 2.1%, and over 2009 it will have gone down even further to 1.6%. Especially next year we will feel the effects in Holland. Big purchases are put off and luxury products go down, especially when it comes to fashion.

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Fashion - Style 2008-2009 - Milaan


The panicky atmosphere in the United States, caused by the financial crisis and the high commodity prices has also had its effect on the Dutch consumer’s sentiment. More consumers are less confident about the future, so they spend less as well. The economy grew with 3.5% over 2007, but this year it will have gone down to 2.1%, and over 2009 it will have gone down even further to 1.6%. Especially next year we will feel the effects in Holland. Big purchases are put off and luxury products go down, especially when it comes to fashion.

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Fashion - Style 2008-2009 - Milaan


The panicky atmosphere in the United States, caused by the financial crisis and the high commodity prices has also had its effect on the Dutch consumer’s sentiment. More consumers are less confident about the future, so they spend less as well. The economy grew with 3.5% over 2007, but this year it will have gone down to 2.1%, and over 2009 it will have gone down even further to 1.6%. Especially next year we will feel the effects in Holland. Big purchases are put off and luxury products go down, especially when it comes to fashion.

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Yves Saint Laurent (August 1, 1936 – June 1, 2008)


“The gods are bored and have called her to be with them,” Yves Saint Laurent once said about the death of his heroine Maria Callas. Even in his own lifetime he had become a living legend. An absolute genius who wrote the most beautiful pages of the French fashion history. Beauty made him happy. He was someone who was convinced that beauty was an essential luxury for both men and women. To him: “The most beautiful things a woman can wear, are the arms of the man she loves. I’m only here for the ones who haven’t found that happiness yet...”

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Fashion - Swimwear


Speedo

Speedo’s spring/summer collection 2008 will illuminate you, as light, in all its facets, was the inspiration for the new designs. Whether you’re in or out of the water, you ought to look as good as you feel. Speedo identified two different qualities of light to express this: Laser Light and Radiant Light. The first one aims at the energy focus of professional swimmers.

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Fashion - 100% Denim


Wrangler

Wrangler got its inspiration for the Spring/Summer collection from a unique and exciting history: its own start in 1904. The company is going back to basic with key words: real craftsmanship, robust clothes, functional and simple in design. Completely new cuts for men are introduced; new techniques make them completely modern, with emphasis on traditional accents.

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Skin Care - Masculine Beauty 2008


Nivea for Men Extreme Comfort

Nivea for Men worked for over two years on the development of Extreme Comfort to perfect the formula. A sophisticated combination of micro technology and natural ingredients makes for an ultra smooth shave without irritating the skin. The Extreme Comfort Shaving Gel prepares the skin and prevents abrasion. It softens the skin tissue so the razor slides super fast over the chin.

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Fashion - Style 2008 - Parijs


The frivolity which is often associated with the fashion industry is a sharp contrast to reality. Millions of dollars are involved in this creative business. With designers who are used to create multinationals from labels. In the fifteen-minute shows the label must show what it stands for. The outrageously expensive catwalk shows are the showpiece for the label. And can be ruthlessly cut down. The collections have to convince hardened journalists and give the label prestige.

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Fashion - Style 2008 - Milaan


Fashion, luxury and men... they seem to get closer and closer together. It’s a fact that men’s fashion has grown explosively in size over the past couple of years. “The male consumer has so much to choose from nowadays that he’s willing to pay much more for quality. He prefers large Italians labels,” states Raffaello Napoleone (head of the Pitti Uomo men’s fair in Florence).

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Fashion


Diesel Fuel For Life

Diesel likes to break with conventions and decided to introduce their life elixir Fuel for Life in a “Pocket Jewel” edition. Fuel for Life is the fragrance Diesel introduced last fall. A mysterious elixir that smells very sexy and energetic. Very masculine with a hint of aniseed and dry wood. Now this fluid is also available hidden inside a piece of jewelry.

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Fashion - Marc O’Polo and Timberland


Marc O’Polo, European Urban Casual

The Swedish fashion label Marc O’Polo’s style is best described as European Urban Casual. Over the years Marc O’Polo has developed a distinct style and fashion has never been a shallow thing to them, which can be expressed by their core values: natural, simplicity, quality and innovation. When polyester was the most favored fabric Marc O’Polo insisted on using cotton and linen only.

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Skin Care - Masculine Beauty 2007


L’Oréal Men Expert

After having hired many actresses to promote their products, now the cosmetic industry has turned to men. L’Oréal Paris has contracted actor Matthew Fox as the new face of the Men Expert product line, worldwide. According to L’Oréal the leading character from the successful tv-series “Lost” is the perfect ambassador for Men Expert.

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Fashion - Style 2007-2008: Paris


Fashion labels turn more and more into multinational companies and the transfers of designers remind us of those of top soccer players. Just like in the sporting world the best performers are bought by competing clubs or simply fired from their position. There’s no room for inflated egos. A well-known name (like Tom Ford for example) is no guarantee for a permanent position with a fashion label (like Gucci). The fashion world can be tough and merciless.

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Fashion - Style 2007-2008 - Milan


The Italian fashion world plunged into mourning by the sudden death of the 62-year-old designer Gianfranco Ferré. He died from a stroke on the 17th of June. The designer had two strokes before but managed to recover. Ferré started off as an architect but turned to fashion in the seventies, which gave him the nickname: “L’architetto Ferré.”.” In 1978 he started the label Gianfranco Ferré and he was also artistic director with Christian Dior from 1989 till 1997.

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Fashion - Eyewear & Aquawear


Eyewear By Dryberg/Kern

Divine inspiration connects Dryberg/Kern’s eyewear collection with their Spring/Summer jewelry for 2007 (Gay News 185, January 2007). The sunglasses are glamorous and fashionable. The man is not forgotten: Dryberg/Kern introduces “Eyewear for Him.” A collection of fashionable sunwear with masculine designs and innovative fit.

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Fashion : Jewellery - Swatch - Bodyshirt


Buddha To Buddha, Handmade And Strong

In India “Buddha to Buddha” stands for an extended and impressive conversation between two people. Such a conversation must have taken place with the founder of this jewellery manufacturer, Batul Loomans. And the name of his line of jewellery was found. It all began when in 1997 he made a sketch of a design for a bracelet while sunbathing on the beach of Goa in India. It had to be a strong and solid bracelet.

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Beauty - Trois Parfums


Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur du Male

Gaultier released a classic with his first perfume for men in 1995: “Le Male.” It’s been one of the best selling fragrances for years already. The bottle is very recognizable with the shape of a male torso. The same bottle is used in white for his latest scent: Fleur du Male. Gaultier transforms the venomous poem by Charles de Baudelaire, “Fleurs du mal” (Flowers of Evil) into a sensitive and masculine “Fleur du Male.”

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Fashion - Butch And Masculine In Chasin’ Denim


Chasin’ Denim is a fast growing top label in jeans. It distinguishes itself by a recognizable line of fashionable denim and related products such as T-shirts, sweaters, jackets and jeans. The label is best described with words like masculine, butch and fashionable. Chasin’ Denim’s new campaign is exactly that: butch and masculine. Outfits which show what the modern man should look like. The designers drew inspiration from the typical uniform look for their spring/summer collection.

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Fetish Fashion - ‘Leather should wrap the body of a handsome guy’


“The screaming queens are crazy about heavy and macho leather jackets and impossibly high boots. When you look at them you think he’s a young submarine commander, but if you’d hand him a gun he’d start to whimper and would probably drop it on his toes. Real men... I don’t think so.” Gerard Reve wrote this on the 29th of January 1974 to a lover, referring to a young Dutch writer who had visited him.

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Beauty - Lancôme Loves Men


Nothing will be more effective in the battle against so-called love handles than a solid number of sit-ups every week. So that’s exactly the training program Biotherm packed in with their bottle of Abdosculpt. Biotherm Homme’s first body gel has a double impact: weight reduction as well as firming the skin. It stimulates the breaking down of fat and tightens the skin. Active ingredients and special acids stimulate the natural peeling of the skin so that caffeine and other substances which help you lose weight can do their work.

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Fashion - Style 2007 - Paris


“Menswear is thriving under a new generation of designers like Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme. Men in general are much more interested in fashion than they were ten years ago. There is suddenly a new impertinence in menswear that did not previously exist,” says Didier Grumbach, head of French fashion’s governing body. That men’s fashion is booming is apparent from the many fashion labels which are bringing out complete men’s collections.

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Fashion - Style 2007 - Milaan


The fashion industry has gone through some difficult times but fortunately peace and growth have returned. It’s going very well again and sales are on the increase. Mario Boselli (President of the Camera Della Moda Italiana) confirms: “After five bad years we seem to have come to a turning point. At the end of 2005 we saw an improvement and we are optimistic about the near future. The foreign markets especially (USA and Japan) have shown a recovery for the textile industry.” For 2006 the Camera Della Moda Italiana expects an increase of three percent in sales, compared to 2005. Which would be good for 64 million euros.

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Fashion - The Men’s Skirt... Five Years Later


Exactly five years ago Gay News published its first article on the men’s skirt. It was one of the most popular fashion articles, so the topic apparently appeals to a lot of readers. In contrast to five years ago there’s now a lot of info on this unusual piece of clothing to be found on internet too. There are quite a few forums of male skirt wearers sharing their opinions and experiences. It seems that for a lot of straight men the skirt is mainly popular at home. It’s about time they came out of the closet.

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Jan Jansen, In His Shoes


Jan Jansen has been in the business for 45 years and his name will ring a bell with many people. The fact he turned 65 at the same time, offered an ideal opportunity to honor Holland’s most celebrated shoe designer. The Art and Theatre foundation and Christie’s jointly organize a unique auction at Christie’s Amsterdam on the 14th of February. “Jan Jansen, In His Shoes” will be the first shoe auction in Holland and the collection of the designer is just outstanding.

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Fashion - Lee's Denim Fashion


The jeans label Lee presents two lines for this fall and winter 2006/2007: the Lee X-line and the Lee Spirit collection. You’ll discover a fusion of punk and ska influences in the X-line, manufactured of delicate and tight denim and available in varying styles. All styles have an innovative contemporary finish and cuts that challenge traditional ideas of denim. The punk and ska influences are found in the brashly styled graphic details in black and lavender hues.

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Fashion - Style 2006-2007 - Paris


The increasing number of designers and companies focusing on men’s wear make this branch into a booming business. As in the cosmetic industry the fashion world is going through fierce competition to win over the hearts of the male consumer. Gay, straight, metro or übersexual... every type of man is part of a desirable target group, or so it seems for many a fashion label. Creative Director Jose Levy claims the Ungaro man is like “a tiger.”

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Style 2006-2007 - Milan


Pure luxury leaks through the Milan men’s collections like sweet honey. Perfectly cut suits and coats that will last for several seasons easily. A man can nowadays spend quite some money on his clothes. And to cater to this apparent fact Giorgio Armani launches his “made to measure” label specifically aimed at men. Handmade clothes indeed, bordering on couture. So here’s the introduction of the artistic branch of fashion for men. Gianfranco Ferré even opened his show of luxury clothes for men with t-shirts saying: “Men’s Couture.” “I am convinced that we have to use style as a way of expression nowadays,” says Ferré, who dedicated the show to himself, because he’s an “elegant man”.

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Fashion - Raid Gauloises For Sporty Globetrotters


Raid Gauloises’ new collection for Spring and Summer 2006 is inspired by nature. It shows in the soft, vaguely ethnic cuts as well as in the earthy and airy colors. The essence of the collection lies in the use of natural fibers only. It results in comfortable, washed clothes. Thorough ergonomic research made it possible to design professionally manufactured clothes while replacing technical details by high standard workmanship. Raid Gauloises’ clothes always have a hint of traveling and adventure that suits them perfectly.

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Swimwear - Speedo's Olympic Aura


Speedo and swimming are almost synonymous. This swimwear manufacturer exists for over seventy-five years and is a favorite with swimming aces. 83% of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games medalists wore Speedo, just as the twenty-one gold medalists of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. This spring the Australian Speedo offers again top-class swimwear for men. Speedo’s shorts are characterized by a combination of convenience and a clean, fresh and stylized look.

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Shopping - Art and Antique Market De Looier Back in Old Hands


De Looier, the large, permanent indoor art and antique market, has been known by many antique collectors for thirty years. On 1st March Hans Becker returned to the helm after being away for twenty years. Hans stopped all those years ago because he wanted to try his hand at something else - and that was Bridge club De Looier. Still, he itched to get back to the market and due to unforeseen circumstances got his chance again to run the business. Wiser from his experiences and naturally moving with the times, there were a few changes in the policy of the market.

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Beauty - Skincare


Men have become aware of the fact that they don’t have to be ashamed anymore that they take care of their looks. It is even “not done” anymore to look too nonchalant. Men and their skincare products are getting used to each other. In 2003 Europeans alone spent 27 billion euros on beauty products and it is expected this figure will be 33 billion in 2006. There has been an increase in turnover of men’s beauty products of 40% since 2002. Beauty for men has become big business. The chicken with the golden eggs and every label tries to hatch these.

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Beauty - Skincare


Mannen zijn zich ervan bewust geworden dat ze zich niet meer hoeven te schamen om zichzelf te verzorgen. Het is zelfs zo dat het in de huidige maatschappij “not done” is om jezelf te verwaarlozen. Mannen en huidverzorgingsproducten raken steeds meer met elkaar vertrouwd. In 2003 gaven Europeanen alleen al 27 miljard euro uit aan verzorgingsproducten en in 2006 zal dat bedrag stijgen tot ruim 33 miljard euro. Sinds 2002 is er een stijging van veertig procent qua huidverzorgingsproducten voor mannen. Schoonheid voor mannen is big business. Mannen als lucratieve goudhaantjes waar ieder merk wel een graantje van wil meepikken.

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Bruuns Bazaar Innovative Fashion For Eternal Nomads


For the one who is not afraid to explore the world and who gets what he wants, there’s Bruuns Bazaar men’s wear. Innovative fashion from Denmark. This label has a large group of fans in the Scandinavian countries. Founded by the brothers Teis and Bjorn Bruun in 1995 and now available in over thirty countries. Bruuns Bazaar combines classic elements in a modern design. Very carefully manufactured. The 2006 Men’s Collection of was drawn from the concepts of the eternal nomad.

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Fashion - Style 2006 - Parijs


In the present climate of falling revenues no one – not even top fashion labels - can afford to make a fashion faux pas. Every potential risk must be factored and minimised. No matter the designer, receiving a bad review can jeopardise his position. Such is the story of top designer John Ray. Just three days after the presentation of his 2006-2007 Gucci collection this January, he announced his departure due to “personal reasons.” It’s been suggested, however, that the real reason was the harsh criticism his lack lustre collection received. There’s clearly no room for experimentation anymore. According to Paul Smith it’s important to design what people actually want to buy.

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Fashion - Style 2006 - Milan


In the first eight months of 2005 the fashion industry suffered losses, with turnover dropping approximately 4%. For years there’s been talk of a downturn in the fashion world, and since 1996, turnover has plummeted by almost 55% to 250 million euro in 2004. Luckily, November 2005 figures were up 4% from the same period last year. Even so it’s no understatement that many designers are under great pressure from the the luxury label conglomerate’s money men to pull themselves out of the red as quickly as possible.

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Jewelry - D/K MAN by Dyrberg/Kern


D/K MAN is the latest crown jewel of the designer duo Gitte Dyrberg and Henning Kern. After having designed jewelry for women for over twenty years, they finally focus on men. For the first time in the history of Dyrberg/Kern they’ve turned towards the guys with robust and masculine jewelry and cool accessories. D/K MAN shows a new aspect of Dyrberg/Kern: masculine, refined and strong. Whether they are minimalist, modern or cool, you can wear D/K MAN everywhere.

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Fashion - Schiesser’s High Quality Underwear


Schiesser mainly wants people to feel good and especially in their underwear. That’s why Schiesser pioneers in high quality men’s underwear. Aimed at the non-conforming man who likes first class comfort and modern styling. Premium quality materials and the latest fashion trends dominate the Autumn/Winter collection. The general fashion trends show a dressed-up image influenced by the “upper-class.”

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Lifestyle - Dom Perignon Vintage 1988 by Karl Lagerfeld


You can find Dom Perignon in al the luxurious hotels around the world. At royal courts, trendy bars as well as the sultriest nightclubs. It’s the pedigree amongst champagne labels. Dom Perignon champagne rests for seven years in the cellars of Epernay, as did the cuvee of 1998, which was released in 2005. Those seven years are necessary to fully develop the richness and depth of the champagne. Karl Lagerfeld had the honor to present it to the world...

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Fashion - Raid Gauloises


The Raid Gauloises clothes collection exists since 2000. Clothes that appeal to the ultimate adventure, designed by the New York stylists of Utilitaria. They were inspired by the outfits of explorers and anthropologists, that are increasingly technical. Durable clothing that has to perform excellently under wildly varying circumstances. Raid Gauloises stands for refined and authentic clothing.

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Style 2005-2006: Paris


The current image in the streets, with faded jeans, sneakers, sport’s jackets and long sleeved t-shirts dominating, is in harsh contract with what’s being shown on the catwalks in Paris. You find nothing of the kind in the collections for 2005-2006. The designers prefer formal wear to casual wear. Solid and functional clothes of good quality. Creativity is put on hold this time. Classic and familiar clothing items which are commercially viable in uncertain times of decreasing spending patterns. The frivolous character of fashion is being replaced by tough money business. Because it’s about selling stuff after all...

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Style 2005-2006 Milan


Last January the five day fashion scene of Milan granted us a glimpse through the window of the future. With a view on what we’re going to wear this fall. However, this time the view seems to be locked onto the past. A lot of designers paid attention to good old classics. Groomed and impeccably dressed models dominated the catwalks. This longing for decency must especially appeal to the younger generations because it’s the youth that’s most susceptible to trends. As Armani concludes: “That’s a little difficult concept to elderly men.” Safe and solid outfits as a counterweight to unstable times with faltering customer spending.

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Fashion - Schiesser Aqua


It promises to be a seductive and colorful summer with the swimming trunks and briefs of Schiesser. This label turns every man into a perfect beach boy. From a Baywatch lifeguard to an unconventional Caribbean surf dude. Schiesser’s Baywatch theme makes you think back to the eighties. Beach shorts and briefs come in classic colors like red and denim and are real eye catchers because of their use of authentic badges and contrasting seams. The pockets with velcro strip are really handy. Prints are hot this summer, so swimming shorts with flower print are the must-haves this season. The Sunshine Reggae theme presents them in kaki with sand colored flower print.

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Shopping - Kenkichi, the new fashion Hotspot of Amsterdam!


Kevin Hiraki, an active young fellow, opened up an original fashion store at the Zeedijk a couple of months ago. Several celebrities have already found the way to this up-and-coming hotspot since. Even the Italians were impressed with the original designs of the clothes and accessories. They are planning to open a new shop in Milan next year. Kenkichi is a fashion store without any well-known label for sale. Entering the shop I was struck by a colorful collection of clothes and accessories. Every piece looks so different that it’s hard to take it all in. But it looks very inviting. The clothes offer a rich combination of color and texture. I encounter combinations of pieces and colors I hadn’t seen anywhere else.

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Fashion - Swimwear 2005


Even the smallest pieces of clothing, like swimming costumes, are subject to trends. So this will be the summer of the dangerously low-cut micro mini swimming brief. For years only worn by overweight men with big bellies. Now they’re hot with many designers. Gucci presents tiny briefs with the familiar double G-logo or in a butterfly print with a little belt. In mustard colors and browns. To cover up just a little, there are matching oversized caftans with leather hems. And those can be stuffed into the extra big shoulder bags with the same print as the briefs.

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Rainbow Experience 2005: A Disaster Or Not?


The Amsterdam RAI expected at least twenty-five thousand visitors at the Rainbow Experience from 23rd till the 25th of April 2005. The Rainbow Experience wanted to be the exuberant center of the European gay community: a trend setting and innovative target group with usually a lot of money to spend. It was with this attitude that the fair opened its doors. The outcome was clear on the second day already as hardly anyone had been prepared to travel to the RAI. The exuberant center as a silent space. How could this happen?

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Fashion - Marc O’Polo


While the world seems to be in a rather pessimistic mood Marc O’Polo presents a collection that exudes a remarkable positive energy. Happy clothing with a high “feel good” character. Or, as the French would say: joie de vivre. Basic colors such as white, dark blue and beige are lightened by summery hues like sunny yellow, lime and evening red. Complemented by a rainbow of pastel colors. Marc O’Polo stands for an unconventional and innovating style, especially through his casual wear for men.

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Fashion - Style 2005: Paris


The long-lasting divisions between gay and straight are fading more and more. Groomed men with an interest in fashion are becoming more and more important to many fashion labels. Maybe that’s the reason why more and more fashion designers such as Christian Lacroix, Givenchy and Emanuel Ungaro introduce their own men’s collections next to their lady’s wear. The English way of life has settled with all her facets in the Parisian fashion world. It’s an inspiration for many a designer. Men dressed up as seductive Latino pirates with John Galliano, or as university fret boys. Nonchalance with a touch of bohemian sex appeal. Welcome to the shows of men’s collections of June last year.

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Fashion - Style 2005 - Milan


Color was the main weapon during the presentation of the men's collections in Milan last June. Colors aimed to make the consumers happy again. To lure men into buying clothes. With a repeated decrease of 3.5% in Italian men's fashion, the “Made in Italy” label seems to have lost some of its luster...

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Fasion - Madrid, A Genuine Fashion Heaven


London - Paris - New York... Madrid! A metropolis that can not be omitted from this list. Madrid has several neighborhoods with each their own image and characteristics. All easily reached through its extended subway system. Spain’s capital is the soil for many Spanish designers and labels. An overview...

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Fashion - M.A.C.


This Canadian cosmetics coompany profiles itself as a universal make-up brand for both men and women. For everyone who thinks they need it. The products are not specifically aimed at men or women. Total freedom! Make-up Art Cosmetics is for all sexes, all ages & all mixes. Welcome to the world of M.A.C...

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Fashion - Steel Icon styled by Maik de Boer


“Your name isn’t on the guest list’, the nicely dressed reception guy told me. I already had treaded over the red carpet with my invitation in my hand. By e-mail, I had made clear that I would like to be at the presentation. Fortunately I could just pass through. Inside it turns out I’m one of the first of the invited. Shortly afterwards, and completely unexpected, Dutch fashion designer Frans Molenaar comes to sit next to me on the small pink couch. He’s accompanied by another designer, Paul Schulten.

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Fashion Report - Punto Blanco


Punto Blanco stands for comfort and temptation. Sublime Spanish underwear fashion produced in delicate materials which make it feel alluring. Because of the variety in ranges there are different briefs or boxer shorts available, suiting every single occasion or moment. For winter 2004-2005 the choice ranges from Future Range to City Range... wide choices for every personality.

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Style 2004-2005 Paris


The market for luxurious fashion commodities is still growing. Fashion might not be one of the bare necessities of life. However, it’s used to define an identity, something people more and more feel the need for. Besides, the richer people become, the more they spend on luxurious goods. The most important growth market appears to be in Asia nowadays. During the opening of the Louis Vuitton Flagship store in Tokyo, the biggest in the world, there was a sale record broken to the tune of one million dollars, in only one day! Even Christian Dior has booked remarkable sales in Asia and America. Apparently not all the luxurious branches are susceptible to economical depression.

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Fashion Report - Style ‘04-‘05 Milan


The Italian fashion industry reported again a relapse of more than 5% over the summer of 2003. The loss over the winter months 2003-2004 is expected to be even more dramatic. Over the year 2003 Gucci reported a nett profit drop of 23%. Also Tom Ford saw his salary declining with 36% in 2003. Over the year 2003 Ford made a base salary of 2.65 million euros, which was 3.95 million a year earlier. “However, the worst is in the past,” according to Giorgio Armani.

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Fashion Report - Arena


Both the professional and the recreational swimmer need to go to Arena for their swimming costumes. Since 1975 this brand is specialized in swimming wear. Through the years Arena has hold on to the principle to introduce new and revolutionary fabrics on a regular basis. Like the Arena Stretch 150 and the just introduced Powerskin and Waternity. Powerskin is a woven fabric which has an extremely smooth surface.

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Kuyichi Jeans


Kuyichi is the name of the Peruvian god of the rainbow. The legend tells us this god of the Taquile Indians once got angry and took all the colors from them away. By weaving beautiful blankets, the Indians regained the colors of the rainbow.

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Gay Games Battle Heats Up


The battle has well and truly begun for the hearts, minds - and wallets - of gay sportsmen and women worldwide. The Federation of Gay Games announced in early March that Gay Games VII will be held in Chicago from 15th July 2006, just two weeks before the "other" Games, to be held in Montreal.

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Funny and Exciting Postcards by Sven de Rennes


Call me old-fashioned, but personally I think a hand written letter or postcard is much more intimate to send or to receive - especially when the postman turns out to be a hunk - as electronic mail. I recently visited my favourite gay bookshop to keep my postcard collection up to the mark. In there I found a new range of pretty sketched postcards made by Sven de Rennes.

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Gays in Macho Occupations


Aloys, Miele Salesman: “Braces of a bra are causing the most faults!”

Not all gays are occupied as hair dresser, nurse, flight attendant or model. Also in the typical men’s world you’ll meet gays, who will tell their story in this new column.

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Style 2004: Milan


In June 2003, presentations of the 2004 men’s summer collection took place in Milan. As opposed to Paris, which determines the current changes of fashion, Milan is better known for its commercial status in the world of fashion. Clothing with the desirable label: “Made in Italy”. And all the famous fashion gurus made an appearance. Jil Sander is back home safe again. On the other hand Tom Ford decided to turn his back on Gucci and the house of Versace is still in turmoil...

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Smoking or Non-Smoking


Clothes say something about who you are or who you would like to be. But how is it supposed to be? With the holiday seasons coming up, the problems around the right way of clothing yourself are also rising up. What’s allowed and what’s not? Because not everybody knows exactly how it’s supposed to be, there is something called ‘etiquette’. Dress codes, which when followed, won’t be recognised by everybody, accept the ‘happy few’. They’re the ones who know how it is supposed to be. Here’s a hand guide for those party people who like to dress ‘Sunday best’ for the occasion.

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Tout Beau Tout Propre


For the times they are a’changing. Aftershaves, balms, creams, facewashes, face masks, and so on.... Modern man isn’t afraid any longer to be ogled as a lust object. And Gaultier is lending him a helping hand with his latest beauty and cosmetics line Tout Beau Tout Propre

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Fashion Report Style '03-'04


S.A.R.S., the war in Iraq and the failing trust of consumers in the economy. The fashion industry, especially mens fashion, has also suffered a bitter blow. Sales in mens fashion have dropped sharply. There's too much emphasis on basics.The male consumer finds the offer in the shops too conservative for his trendy taste.

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Flowershop for keeps


Many a song of praise has been raised for that unique charming quarter in Amsterdam, the Jordaan. And also many a book has been writ celebrating the close bonds of friendship and family in what originally once was a working-class district. That the heart of the Jordanese, with his pink net curtains and table lamps with tacky trimmings, has always been in the right place is a well-known fact. Over the last decades the Jordaan has changed into a trendy quarter of international appeal. Rumour has it that Brad Pitt and girlfriend Jennifer Aniston have bought themselves a pied-à-terre here and also Madonna has her eye on one. Such developments often mean death to former solidarity, but not so in the Jordaan.

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T(eigetje) & W(oelrat)


Teigetje and Woelrat. Two young men devoting themselves heart and soul to the creation of high quality clothing. With their collection they leave an indelible imprint on Dutch fashion. In their very own way they use linen, wool and suede to transform the wardrobe of men and boys. Also attracting the eye of the national press, who showed up in droves at their latest April show. Of course your roving Gay News reporter used his first row seat to scrutinize proceedings with watchful eye ....

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Fashion Report - !00% Skin


For all of us our skin is our survival suit. This microscopic cell system is the body’s largest organ. It protects us and keeps our innards in place. It turns us into sensual beings. In collections nowadays clothing to cover the skin seems more and more unimportant. The main focus is on the skin itself ... the naked body. Emphasis seems to be more on the amount of skin one is showing. Lots of exhibitionism is shamelessly allowed this summer. A revealing survey with the naked facts ...

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Eyewear 2003


Location: Docklands in Amsterdam
Date: February 15
Temp. outside: -10 C.
Temp. inside: tropical

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Painting from the heart


In contemporary society everything is about marketing and large scale enterprise. Success equals money and media coverage. Superficial monster productions bring crowds screaming to their feet. And each and everyone is trying to scrounge those 15 minutes of fame. Who doesn’t adhere to these superficial priciples isn’t taken serious. In the arts it’s all about visiblity at whatever cost. Visibility in the eyes of the popular media or the heavily funded incrowd. But he who follows the siren’s song of his own heart, far away from the maddening crowd and its hysteria, faces hard times ahead. So our roving Gay News reporter, always in search of the odd man out, decided it was high time to pay a visit to Adriaan van der Harst in his studio in Scheveningen.

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Punto Blanco


Underwear left behind it’s secretive underwear image long ago and now clearly reflects the personality and taste of its wearer. Attractive underwear makes you feel comfortable and attractive yourself. It’s the first thing we put on and the last to come off in those specially exciting moments. Underwear, now to be seen. And felt!

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Style 2003


Stability

Under the threat of war, the stock market rocking on its foundation, rising mistrust of the economy. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...”. And the fashion industry feels the hot breath of “the epoch of incredulity” in its neck. For many consumers the purchase of luxuries is one of their last priorities. The fashion industry saw its sales figures plummet with some 25% and the juwelry business with some 30%. Gucci saw its profits go down with 55%. Only Versace sold 6% more, though Donatella Versace is the first to admit that these are tough times indeed.

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“I’ve always been kind of rebellious”


Though official statistics may have it Amsterdam isn’t the hot gay paradise it once was before, for many the city still works its powerful charm, not in the least because of its small-scale. Also Canadian Mike Conway thinks so, whose weak spot for this city since some time itches to go live there. Gay News had an intimate talk with this born raconteur.

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Ibiza, la Isla Blanca


On Ibiza life flows effortlessly from summer into winter and the island turns out to be the ideal getaway to escape from the winter around the cold North Sea. In the off-season you can fly for a mere ¤ 223,70 to Eivissa, as it’s is called in native tongue. The price includes airport tax, the Barcelona connection is smooth and departure times are scheduled in the afternoons. Where else will you find so many plus-points all rolled in one?

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In memoriam Herb Ritts


Photographer Herb Ritts died on December 26 of the consequen-ces of pneumonia. Ritts didn’t come to this earth camera in hand, but was born in 1952 as the son of a highly succesful furniture designer and manufacturer.

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'I’ve always been an outsider’
Hans Becker and his many careers



Last year saw the publication of Buon Natale in Antona, written by Hans Becker. On the backcover the author is described as “a colourful Amsterdam enterpreneur” and how true that is. For some twenty years Becker was running the indoors antique market De Looier and later was at the helm of the bridge club of the same name.

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Teigetje and Woelrat


Event: 'Teigetje and Woelrat' show their autumn 2002 collection. Teigetje (Little Tiger/Willem Bruno) and Woelrat (Fidget/Henk van Albeda) figured prominently as protagonists in literary creations by one of Holland's major late XX-th century novelists, Gerard Reve. They now produce unisex knitwear under the name so lovingly bestowed on them by their daddy in letters.

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Marcel Joosen... men & art


In the last twenty years male art has made its way into the Dutch museums and galleries. Before the eighties male art in the Netherlands virtually didn't exist, besides a number of thirties' German magazines or fifties' Tom of Finland editions

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... and the wife wore the breeches


In fashion there are no taboos any longer. But one piece of clothing hasn’t met with general acceptance yet: the men’s skirt. In dress men and women often swap territories, but are men actually jumping up and down to put on a skirt?

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Black Beauty 2001/2002


It is with deep sympathy we announce the rebirth of the colour black. This mysterious colour comes and goes, but this winter has a dramatic come back.

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Claude Montana


With his powerful silhouette he inititated more fashion trends than any other designer. He has been imitated worldwide. Not one designer in Paris came close to him when it came to craft. As if his clothes were cut with a surgeon's knife, that flawless

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Style Winter 2001


The power of fashion is in her function to show a different face each season. A desire voiced by the consumer. What's in the air is sensed by the great designers and gets transformed into styles of clothing.

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Moscow mayor rejects gay pride parade, cal


The Moscow mayor’s office has harshly rebuffed requests for permission to hold a gay pride parade, saying it would force unacceptable norms of behavior on society.

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Gay Pride in New York


On November 13th, the members of Heritage of Pride (HOP) choose from an extensive list the theme "What Part of Equal Don't You Understand" for this year's theme for New York's 2001 Lesbian and Gay Pride Week. Today the parade wil march across the city.

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Oil wrestling championships


On Sunday the 17th June the Amsterdam Kirkpinar of 2001 will take place at Sportpark Jaap Eden at the Eastside of Amsterdam, known as Watergraafsmeer

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A Question Of Style


Plié, jeté, passé, pirouette, French has long since been the international language of dance and Marc Forno is fluent in them both. Fabulous, flamboyant and French to the core, Marc (or Frenchy as his friends and colleagues call him) has enjoyed a long and varied career as a dancer and is now a much sought after choreographer based in Amsterdam where he lives with his long term partner Mark.

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Gay Swim Amsterdam in new pool


Recently, after a long and bumpy road, the new Sloterparkbad in Amsterdam opened its doors. For Gay Swim Amsterdam, the largest gay and lesbian waterpolo and swim club, this meant new and better times to swim.

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Russian passion for fashion


One of the first things that strikes you when meeting Oleg Ovsiyov, other than those amazing Russian cheekbones, is his all consuming passion for fashion. His stylish home is strewn with magazines like Vogue and l`Uomo and fashion tends to dominate the conversation. Born in the south of Russia in a small, conservative town near the Black Sea, Oleg has called Holland home for a decade, the last five years of which he has spent in Amsterdam designing for Esprit. We met last month to chat about growing up gay behind the iron curtain, the importance of good friends and, of course, fashion.

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Hunting for pretty clothes in Amsterdam


Though of course it`s always fat fun to go hunt for pretty clothes in foreign fashion centers, Amsterdam these days offers a wealth of wonderful possibilities.Starting in the bend of the Nieuwendijk with Tip de Bruin. For a long time shopping there just wasn`t done, due to the high Jordaan, meaning common, quality. These days Tip owns three men`s stores next to each other which are really nice. The first one offers your regular Replay, Diesel, Paradise, the second more exclusive labels like Versace, Dolce&Gabana, JPGauthier, Exté, of which they have a beautiful assortment in stock. Be quick when the new collection arrives: the nicest items sell like hot cakes. The third shop still has the slick show-off look of old, offering mainly suits, but I have to admit I bought my nicest (Garage) shirt there.

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Gorgeous Giorgio


The list is long and impressive: 54 Giorgio Armani shops, 6 Armani Collezione stores, 129 Emoprio Armani shops, 54 A/X Armani Exchange shops and 4 Armani Jeans stores in 33 countries. In 1981 he introduced his side collection Emporio Armani, younger and more affordable than his main one. My first collection came out in 1975 and before that I worked as a stylist for other fashion houses." No loud, harsh colours or striking prints for Armani, but rather a refined, poetic style breathing a restful softness. Often in non-colours, like beige, grey and earth tones. His nickame so happens to be The King of Beige". I check everything myself, so I`m often at loggerheads with myself. I`m blamed for not trusting anyone."

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Style ‘00-`01


According to Mivccia Prada only the classy, sophisticated look could take over the sceptre after minimalism`s extended reign. So forget `basic, casual or sportswear`. A man now is dolled-up and struts rich, well-groomed allurement. Nothing wrong with luxury no more. Passé a couple of seasons ago to flash logos or sport designer`s wear, it`s cool once again to show the world you can afford them.

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Be Pink!!


By fusing cool white and passionate red, pink emerged. Pink never has a bad temper and pink certainly isn`t a young upstart anymore.

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Fashion Report 2000


A new millennium, a new style, a new man? This summer will welcome the SIS-sy man: Sexy, Innocent, Sturdy. Simple basics and minimalism give way to a more varied, richer palette. Strict rules of apparel replaced by concepts. Combinations to one`s own taste the rule. Bad taste testifying to individuality. Long live the personal touch!

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