In Conversation with Corentin Huard

In Conversation with Corentin Huard

With a quick glance at Corentin Huard’s Instagram account you will instantly be struck by his impeccable taste in menswear and his eye for an amazing photo. He’s travelling the world, influencing and inspiring people with a smile on his face; no wonder he has 605k followers. On the back of Milan Fashion Week we manage to sit down with the French model and filmmaker to find out more about his love of menswear and what it’s really like to be a model and influencer in 2018.

In Conversation with Corentin Huard

What are favourite menswear brands?
 

“I really like AllSaints because of their simplicity; they have a lot of really cool leather jackets and long coats that you can mix with everything. I personally love their boots too.
Versace is also one of my favourite brands, they have amazing coats and I really like the medusa logo. For bags, my favourite brand is Coach as they have amazing pieces with really good leather and interesting details.”

In Conversation with Corentin Huard

How would you describe your style? 

“I love looking smart, but casual. I like to dress according to my mood; in the winter months I mostly wear darker clothes, but in the summer I like to wear clothes that are a bit brighter. I like black jeans with a cool T-shirt or turtleneck, white sneakers or black boots and a long elegant coat. Everyday I’m trying different outfits to see if the pieces I choose fit with the other one. I love searching for vintage items and i love jewellery; if I don’t have my rings and bracelet on it I feels like something is missing. I don’t like having items of clothing that everybody else has – like a coat you can find in Zara or H&M that everyone else is buying and seems to be wearing – I like to look for more unique clothes and accessories.” 

Who are your style icons?
 

“I love David Gandy’s style. He’s an aficionado when it comes to mixing up the three-piece suit, choosing jackets that are cut snug at the waist and making a statement with a standout shirt or tie. I’m also a big fan of David Beckham and Ryan Gosling’s style too.”

In Conversation with Corentin Huard

What is it like modelling and walking at shows for the likes of Givenchy and D&G? 

“It’s an amazing experience; I never thought I would get to the point where I was walking Dolce and Gabbana fashion shows at only 18 years old.
I was super excited and in the meantime stressed by all the important people I was about to walk in front of. But once you start your catwalk, you forget everything and all the pressure backstage suddenly disappears and it becomes excitement.”  

How did you get to where you are today? What was your first ever job? 

“Hard work. The harder you work for something, the greater you will feel when you achieve it. Stop doubting yourself; work hard, and make it happen.
I never wanted to be a model, it just came to me. After meeting a few people in the industry, my agent Jon Viatgé sent me to China to learn how to be a model. I had no experience, and I was super young. It was really different from what I was used to do because one month prior I was studying sports at university. During this year I travelled a lot and I went to Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Then I signed with my first model agency in Europe – Major (Italy) – where everything started. I walked for D&G during Fashion Week and then I signed with Soul Artist in NYC, Modelwerk in Germany, Wilhelmina and Bananas.
My first job was probably in Paris for a wedding show, the designer was from India.”

In Conversation with Corentin Huard

What 2 places should we visit when we’re next in Paris?

“Montmartre is one of my favourite places. If you walk through those small streets, you get to see the whole of Paris. Its kind of mini Paris. Take time to appreciate the architecture, the art, the theatres, the churches and the coffee shops. Of course, the Eiffel Tower-Trocadéro is iconic too and it’s my second favourite spot.”  

We can see from your Instagram that you travel a lot, what are your top packing tips? 

“I wouldn’t go anywhere without my cameras and video equipment (stabilizer, drones etc.)
I can’t travel without taking every single thing I own – plus a few extra sweaters just in case. Because I’m an influencer I start my packing process days or even weeks ahead of my departure date; this gives me time to craft a complete list, plus purchase any additional items I might need for my trips. Creating a packing list is a fail-safe way to ensure that you never, ever, forget to bring something important.”

In Conversation with Corentin Huard

Benefits and drawbacks of being an influencer
 

“I love being an Influencer because it gives you the opportunity to create whatever you want and to be unique. I like it because you’re your only manager and you can control everything. It’s also a lot of hard work, dedication and sometimes people don’t realise how much effort and patience it takes. But my favourite part of it, is that I can travel as much as I want and work with different people and landscapes.”  

What’s the best city for fashion?

“I would say Paris. Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Hermes, Louis Vuitton… the list is extensive and ever-expanding. French designers have long created the most renowned and coveted fashion brands in the world.”

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Introducing OHMME Premium Activewear

Introducing OHMME Premium Activewear

Before I get into this one, isn’t OHMME the noise your Macbook makes when you fire it up? Or in my case not at all now that it’s given up the premature ghost at the age of a meagre 13 months. It will be missed. As well as that once gratifying sound signalling things work and all is right with the virtual world, OHMME is an eco-friendly athleisure brand incorporating Bluesign fabrics and Green Defence technology to keep the fabrics smelling fresh.

Introducing OHMME Premium Activewear

The world is entering a new era of eco-conscious consumers, whether it’s plastic in our oceans, Gucci and Kors ending their production of fur garments or the unrelenting pressure on retailers to reform their throwaway fashion culture, there’s never been a better time to launch an ethically conscious brand to market. Founded by Louis d’Origny with Jonty Hikmet, in 2015 when they spotted a gap in the market for men’s conscious activewear; it was created under the brief of style, movement and comfort.

Introducing OHMME Premium Activewear

“Our fabrics are made with your body, and the planet, in mind. I spent a lot of time?researching the most sustainable ways of producing garments & really investigating sustainable fabrics. Ours are made from recycled polyester, which is much better for the environment, in terms of the reduced use of water and energy in the production process. Our fabrics feel cool, are sweat wicking and breathable, so they have all the benefits with the bonus of them being recycled and having a reduced environmental impact.” – explains Louis.

Introducing OHMME Premium Activewear

What is Bluesign? 

Bluesign is a prestigious certification that means the fabric manufacturing process is as environmentally friendly as possibly with reduced water waste and the elimination of harmful chemicals. 

What is Green Defence? 

Green Defence is an antibacterial technology incorporated into the fabrics at the production stage to keep them smelling fresh, even during heavy workouts, without the need for heavy metals, which can be toxic to the skin.

Introducing OHMME Premium Activewear

Who will buy OHMME? 

I imagine the kind of guy that will buy into this label will walk to work after an early morning yoga class, drinking juice with a little extra ginger.
If you’re into surfing, swimming or yoga then OHMME will be right up your alley. The Eco-Mayuras (£43) are resistant, light and stylish with a 4-way stretch fabric to enable total movement. The inside panel, from the crotch to the inside of the leg, guarantees your shorts will stay in place and allow you to retain your modesty and comfort you require for any pose or balance. They can be used for swimming as well as the yoga studio; these fast drying shorts are perfect for surfing and for dynamic and hot yoga practices.
Similarly if you’re into running, weight lifting or cycling then the Eco-Warrior II – Green Defence (£52) are double-layered shorts, with Green Defence compression underwear for added support and extra freshness, during the heaviest of workouts, created to enable total freedom of movement.

Introducing OHMME Premium Activewear

Future projects for OHMME include launching workshops in collaboration with CALM, which provide a safe space for guys to explore movement with yoga, stillness with meditation and expression through group work.
The workshops known as #StillnessInMotion are being launched to offer space for men to explore these pressures, in a civilisation that frowns upon men asking for help.
“Sadly, these archaic ideas haven’t served men well, as statistics show that in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. This lack of support and connection is not toughening men up, it’s killing them. Needlessly. And I want to create a safe space for guys.” Says Jonty.

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Netflix’s New Teen Comedy ‘Everything Sucks’ Is Peak ’90s Nostalgia

After the success of the dark The End of The fucking World, Netflix has unveiled the trailer for its latest teen comedy, Everything Sucks.

Set in 1996, the series takes place in (the real-life) town of Boring, Oregon. It follows a group of teens in the High School’s A/V and Drama Clubs as they come together to make a movie about how terrible high school is.

The trailer only gives us a little hint of what’s to come, but what we do see is giving us some serious ’90s nostalgia.

Everything from the characters’ clothing, the old-school TV, and the bubble text with captions like “when your favorite song skipped” and “when delete had to dry,” highlight the insane differences between high school back in ’96 and now.

Look out for Everything Sucks when all the episodes arrive on the streaming platform February 16.

In other TV and movie news, Jonah Hill is an AA sponsor in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.

Joe Mvara and Austin Ledzian tell the story of the modern-day female farmer

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Joe Mvara and Austin Ledzian met in their third year through mutual friends at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and realised they had a lot in common. “We would take photos together – we loved to explore the areas around Blacksburg and stop to take photos anywhere we thought was interesting,” Joe recalls. When sitting on their balcony one night before school began, the pair decided it was time they completed a project together.

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Emmanuelle Moureaux’s “Colour of Time” Is a Rainbow-Hued Masterpiece

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Over 100,000 paper number cut-outs make up artist Emmanuelle Moureaux’s rainbow-colored installation called the “Colour of Time,” which was on show at the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design in Toyama, Japan. The installation is designed to visualize the passing of time and is part of a series of exhibitions that aim to explore the different functions of materials.

The museum explains that “the installation superimposes these two elements to visualize and make one feel the flow of time.”

“Colour of Time” is made up of 120,000 paper numerical figures from zero to nine, as well as a colon symbol, all of which are aligned to form a three-dimensional grid composed of 100 layers.

Each row of numbers denotes a time of day, from sunrise at 6:30 a.m. to sunset at 7:49 p.m. Different colors also represent different times of day, resulting in the installation becoming gradually darker to illustrate the transition from day to night.

If you want to check it out, then bad news: the installation was only on show between November 16. 2017 and January 8, 2018.

Head over to Dezeen for more pictures and further information on the inspiration behind the installation.

In other news, Mercedes-Benz has fossilized its iconic G-Class “Jurassic Park” style.

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien on Creating a New Guitar & His Solo Debut

A band like Radiohead needs no introduction. They are – without exaggeration – among the most influential and important musical acts in history, certainly within anything that can be considered rock music. This would make one of their members an ideal candidate to create a new guitar, which is precisely what bandmate Ed O’Brien has done with a little help from Fender.

O’Brien has teamed up with the legendary guitar purveyor to create the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster, an instrument far more intuitive than its name might suggest. Initially finding inspiration for the guitar in a dream, it’s a project that ultimately finds a few sonic roots during the creation of Radiohead’s legendary 2000 album Kid A.

And all of this while the band continues to embark on a mammoth tour in support of their last record – 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool – and a recent 20th anniversary re-release of their landmark OK Computer. Not to mention the fact that O’Brien is also putting the finishing touches on his debut solo album, due out sometime this year.

Highsnobiety Music caught up with O’Brien to discuss this myriad of projects, the way in which Radiohead’s iconic earlier albums continue to inform his work today and how he takes his toast in the morning.

Well it started about four years ago when I woke up. I had this dream – I can’t remember the dream, but I know whatever was in the dream propelled me to fire off an email to the one person I knew at Fender about the idea. I felt that this guitar I had been playing… it would be very cool and exciting if they started manufacturing what is basically the guitar I’ve been playing for 13 years.

When we made Kid A, our fourth record, we kind of threw away our proper instruments – guitars and stuff went out the window – and because I had played guitar I was searching for something that might replace it. I was aware of this thing called the ‘infinite guitar’ which came to musical consciousness on U2’s The Joshua Tree. So when we were looking for other instruments to use I thought of this infinite guitar. We decided to basically install the sustainer unit into my guitar at the time, and I loved it – the only problem was that it sounded great in sustainer mode but didn’t sound that good in guitar mode. So I went to Fender and asked if we could make a guitar that could, with the flick of a switch, become a sustaining unit. And they were up for it, which is amazing. It’s been a thorough but really fun journey to where we are now.

All I remember from the dream was – it wasn’t one of those extraordinary bizarre dreams, not like mine from the night before last which was very bizarre – it was a dream that propelled me. It was almost like this thing was out there made; it’s a dream that’s a forerunner to the waking world. You wake up and go ‘oh it’s already been made. Oh no, it hasn’t, but it will be.’ You wake up and feel the inevitability of it being made. Then you get together with friends and make it happen and work out the finer details of it all.

Yeah I use it for the majority of the songs we play live, which is unheard of for me. What I was beginning to tire of was changing your guitar every song, that can really stop the flow. So this one has been great, it’s a lot more intuitive to play.

There might be a song we do off the new record that requires more – but it’s not going to distract me or anything. I can’t really play things off The Bends or OK Computer – they have such a distinct sound and you can’t really replicate it unless it’s from the same instruments. There are a few that are hard to do, but most I can do on the new guitar.

Not necessarily. Doing it live – an album like that – you can’t be true to how it sounds in the studio. So much of it is sonically assembled in the studio, so you’re doing a different version live. That’s where the guitar comes in so beautifully, as you can be more textural.

I haven’t heard anything off it, truthfully, since probably the mixing meeting. Once you’ve made a record you don’t really listen to it. To be honest with you, when you’ve finished making a record you kind of never want to hear it again.

The re-release of OK Computer this past year for example, I hadn’t really heard it for 20 years. We obviously are familiar with the songs because we play some of them live, so you are connected, but you forget about the sounds of the record. For instance, OK Computer was really lovely to hear; the sound of it takes you back to that time completely. It will be interesting to come back to A Moon Shaped Pool in 15-20 years time and go ‘oh yeah, that was this stage in time.’ I don’t really have an opinion of The King of Limbs, or the last three albums really. I like them obviously. But there are moments, I heard on the radio for instance… off In Rainbows… God, I can’t remember what it is. It was our first single. Wow, this is really embarrassing…

No, it wasn’t that. God, what was it?!

Yes! “Jigsaw!” That’s the one. Anyway, I heard it on the radio and that felt amazing – when you haven’t heard something for a while, it pushes up all the memories. I guess all bands have that, otherwise they wouldn’t do it – have a moment of going ‘this is really great.’

Not really, no. With all due respect – I mean that properly, not where I say ‘with all due respect’ and I don’t actually respect you – I think that’s the difference between American and British tastes at the time. In terms of what middle class kids in Britain in the mid ‘90s were listening to, a mix of electronic and rock got embedded in our DNA. In Britain we’re slightly ahead of the curve.

James Murphy [of LCD Soundsystem] was doing the same thing, but that was slightly after we made Kid A. I don’t think in terms of the hoopla about it, and hindsight is always different, but I remember thinking that around the time of its release that we had made three albums and were following one trajectory, like many other bands who built a following and made better and better records. So after OK Computer we thought ‘hang on a sec, maybe we don’t want to go down that path.’ It felt like a very Bowie move honestly, a British Bowie move. He was the inspiration, he had done it way more than us. I was thinking about this this morning actually, as I was making my toast.

I just have it with butter, I don’t do jam. I don’t do all that sugar stuff, just good old butter. And a nice cup of tea, of course.

Well firstly, that show has been on the books for the past year. I hope people don’t think we’re disrespecting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s obviously an honor people would choose you for that.

I can’t emphasize this enough: we’ve never been a band that understands award ceremonies. We’re grateful, and I’m hugely respectful of it; there’s some incredible people involved in that. It’s not that we’re snobbing it, we just don’t fully understand it. We would do it if we lived in America – and if we weren’t on tour and we were actually around. We’ve always been a band that plays for our audience first and foremost, so that’s what we’ll do. It’s not at all a thumb up at the Rock Hall, nor is it a touchy subject.

My headspace is good, I don’t know how to quite express it just yet. We’ve got some fantastic musicians on board and now we’re in the stage of putting it all together. It’s quite different – I’m writing the lyrics which is new for me. It’s a journey that can be frustrating, but on the whole I’m really, really enjoying it. You can’t make a record unless you have something you want to put out into the world, and I have that, but I won’t speak too much on it until it’s out. I’m right in the middle of it now and it wouldn’t be appropriate to say too much. But you’ll see very soon!

For more like this, read our interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg on her new album ‘Rest’ right here.

Death to Tennis Minimalizes GREATS’s Rosen Sneaker

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Brands: Death to Tennis (DTT), GREATS

Model: Rosen

Key Features: Premium leather and ballistic mesh construction, nubuck overlays on the toe cap and heel, hand-stitched circular detailing, co-branding on the foot bed, waxed cotton laces

Release Date: Thursday, January 18

Price: $129 USD

Buy: Greats

Editor’s Notes: NYC’s contemporary menswear brand Death to Tennis (DTT) joins forces with Brooklyn’s luxury footwear brand GREATS on their second collaboration featuring a limited edition version of GREATS’ Rosen sneaker.

Exuding a minimalist spin on the silhouette overall with premium materials, the silhouette is rendered in versatile colorways of “Triple Black” and “Blanco.”

In other sneaker news, adidas launches its new AlphaBOUNCE Beyond sneaker designed for running-first training.

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