Friday, February 19, 2010

Blog spotlight - Pelayo

Some people are just cooler than others. Much as being naturally beautiful, smart or charming, being cool is something you either are or are not. You just can't fake it! You can try and even succeed in a way, but you’ll never be as cool as those people that have it in their genes. OK, maybe I’m a little bit over-dramatic, but what I’m trying to say it’s that we are what we are and is always better to play our strengths.

Lately I found myself inclined to read more and more personal style blogs written by boys. It’s actually a little bit disturbing what they can do with the little they have (man fashion is much more restrictive, the possibilities are fewer.)
Today I give you Pelayo Diaz Zapico (from Kate Loves Me), born in north Spain but currently living and studying in London at Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He’s also a model, stylist, DIY enthusiast, blogger and partygoer in his spare time (which he seems to have a lot of.).

The thing is the boy knows how to dress, he even has a signature look and he describes it as “a bit L.A kid meets 50's pimp”. I would say he’s some sort of a poor (or at least he says that - which I actually find refreshing) socialite meets a modern dandy who knows all the right people: he’s inner circle includes Gala Gonzales (another great blogger), Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung.

His cross safety pin t-shirt is insanely popular and landed him the opportunity to design one of Rihanna’s outfits in her new video Hard. Talking about getting lucky!

But what I wanted to talk about is THE hair, particularly his hair which alongside his sometimes shirtless, pantless photos and great sense of style is the real reason he’s kind of famous. The hair is badass, he couldn’t pull it of without that bone structure, but, what do you know - he has that too.

He’s like a modern version of James Dean (with a touch of New Kids On The Block), but shorter and wearing outrageous sheer shirts over wife beaters, shorts with impeccably tailored jackets, kilts and lots of jewelry. Awesome!

He’s probably a self absorbed, pretentious douche in real life as he calls himself Price Pelayo but who cares, in pictures he seems just cool. Besides, I’m blinded by the hair and I wouldn’t mind partying with him. Nobody is perfect anyway!


Exista oameni pe lumea asta care sunt pur si simplu cool. Stiu ca termenul asta a capatat la noi o conotatie usor negativa si peiorativa, insa o sa-l folosesc in intelesul lui clasic, neafectat de balcanisme. Asa cum unii oameni sunt in mod natural frumosi, destepti sau carismatici, altii sunt cool/misto/hype sau cum vreti sa le mai ziceti. E ceva ce nu se poate copia! Poti incerca si chiar reusi intr-o anumita masura, insa nu e acelasi lucru cu a avea factorul acesta in gene. Sunt putin dramatica (asta este in natura mea), dar ceea ce vreau sa zic este ca fiecare dintre noi trebuie sa lucreze cu ce are, sa mearga pe punctele lui tari.

Deja deviez si nu vreau asta. Am de gand sa scriu o rubrica cu ce-mi atrage atentia sau ma inspira in www. Si in ultimul timp imi plac cateva bloguri de stil personal scrise de baieti. E uimitor ce gasesti pe un blog masculin interesant, avand in vedere ca in materie de moda, variantele lor sunt mult mai putine si restrictive.

Azi va spun cate ceva de Pelayo Diaz Zapico (Kate loves me) nascut in nordul Spaniei, dar care in prezent locuieste si studiaza la Londra (Saint Martins College of Art and Design, sectiunea fashion design). Pelayo e si model, stilist, DIY entuziast si un petrecaret notoriu in timpul liber (si acesta din urma nu pare sa-i lipseasca). Tipul asta chiar stie sa se imbrace, are un fel de stil semnatura pe care il descrie ca fiind un amestec intre ceea ce ar purta in mod obisnuit un adolescent din L.A si un peste din anii 50.

Eu a zice ca este un fel de “socialite” sarac prizonier in corpul unui dandy modern atras de rock and roll si care cunoaste toti oamenii potriviti. Cercul lui de prieteni, mai mult sau mai putini apropiati, cuprinde nume ca: Gala Gonzales, Daisy Lowe si Alexa Chung.

Acum cateva luni a creat un tricou cu o cruce din ace de siguranta care a devenit foarte popular si care a atras pentru el oportunitatea de a crea o tinuta pentru Rihanna in noul videoclip pentru piesa Hard (e vorba de tinuta realizata din gloante pe care o poarta cand joaca carti). Restul e, sa zicem, istorie.

Eu am insa o alta teorie: cred cu tarie ca a devenit oarecum celebru datorita parului si mai ales a modului in care il poarta aranjat (plus stilul personal si pozele dese in care apare aproape dezbracat). Freza lui e legendara si nu i-ar iesi atat de bine fara structura osoasa adiacenta.

Pelayo e un fel de James Dean modern (o varianta mai superficiala, cu un praf de sare de New Kids On The Block), daca James Dean ar fi fost mai scund si ar fi purtat camasi transparente peste maieuri, pantaloni scurti cu tricouri si jachete impecabil croite, blugi roz rupti cu fulare supradimensionate, kilturi si multe bijuteri. Grozav, nu?

Probabil ca in viata reala este unul dintre tipii preocupati excesiv/indragostiti de propia persona (doar se autointituleaza Printul Pelayo – ironic sper), dar in poze pare doar cool, relaxat si sigur pe el; oricum nimeni nu este perfect!

How about you? Are you perfect?:)))))))

Soundtrack: Azi ascult OutKast - So Fresh, So Clean!

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Ioana Liliana Gheorghe said...

Thank you for this! So refreshing to see a boy's personal style blog. And his especially is inspiring!

Charleston said...

pelayo is the prince of rulebreaking, i love how he pushes the boundaries of menswear

nochocapicfou said...

oh, I know him, I stumble upon his blog one day, a long time ago, actually......and I love the hair ....I love some of his clothes.....I love his style.....but I hate him!!! i don't know why, but I do! he is....i don't know....I hate him!

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