A Pass on the Masses

Ubiquity does not equal success in all cases.

With all of these brands, with all of these voices, with all of these choices, are we at an impasse?

Let there always be an alternate view, a non-conformist to guide a few of us through, an auteur of the avant-garde to stand apart from the en masse class.

Merci, Monsieur Dubuc.

Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear Greys on exshoesme.com
Grey's Anatomy: The art and science of menswear by Philippe Dubuc.
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear on exshoesme.com
A Wordsworth poem, visualized?
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In the current blur that is fashion, certain designers still stand apart.
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear Waxed Jacket on exshoesme.com
Dubuc is never fuzzy - just fussy - on the details.
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear on exshoesme.com (3)
How I wish he'd done those pants pour moi - I miss his original women's line.
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear Hooded Jacket on exshoesme.com
Robin Hood - in Sherwood Forest, perhaps?
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear on exshoesme.com (4)
"I hear your footsteps in the street..."
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear on exshoesme.com (5)
"...it won't be long before we meet."
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear Military on exshoesme.com
Might be oblivious to some, but this, to me, is very Roddy Frame.
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear on exshoesme.com (6)
"Lost in a forest - all alone. The girl was never there. It's always the same. Again and again."
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear Layers on exshoesme.com
Dubuc is a master of layering - his clothes layer like thoughts, to form a page in an ongoing story.
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear on exshoesme.com (7)
Always true to his original vision - he manages to find a new interpretation, each season.
Philippe Dubuc FW11 Menswear Waxed Suit on exshoesme.com
He waxes poetic on life's dark sides and manages to soften them, but never sugar coats them.

He remains a favourite, all these years later. I cherish the women’s pieces I do have.

Images by Martin Rondeau, courtesy of Philippe Dubuc. Fashion film shot by Jason Last. Quoted lyrics by Aztec Camera’s Oblivious and The Cure’s A Forest, respectively.

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