The Reality Map

14 May 2018

Grooming MIKE O'GORMAN using Wella Professionals & Mac Professionals
Words Matthew Regan
Model OSCAR at SUPA Model Management

Your eyes never change. The colour in your cheeks may burn a little less vividly, but what you’ve seen is permanent. What is yours will remain forever yours. We are a collection of every held hand, every golden-hour of light before the darkness. Like abandoned kayaks that drift into the ocean, no matter the bruises - we’ll reach another shore. Down your windpipe and into the pit of your stomach: time is the force that will bring you back.

Chieska Fortune Smith captures Oscar at SUPA Model Management; in an exploration of his being and the facets that define him. Between shadows, reflections and straight-up documentation, there is a darkness disconnected from era or trend. Melancholy and beauty race towards old Hollywood and the brilliance of classic photography.

Boys by Girls Fashion Editor David Nolan works with classic tailoring, injecting pop culture references with sailor flares and grandad collars. Red socks, riviera collars and polo-necks are shown at home in the glamour of a gentleman’s ease. The fashion is simultaneously here and within the fabric of yesteryear; from Chaplin to Bowie, to the handsome smiles of the 1950s.

There are steps one can take to distort the lines of past and present. Firstly, look into a mirror. Wet your face and hair, spend at least three minutes combing each strand with exact precision. Calculate each fine on your face, and finally, stare straight into your pupils. Note their dilation; allow any thought to arise, acknowledge it and then go back to your eyes. We are a hallway of self-perception - which you is the real you?


Above: Oscar wears full outfit by SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO


Above left: Shirt by OLIVER SPENCER and Trousers by THE VINTAGE SHOWROOM


Above left: As before
Above right: Shirt by ORLEBAR BROWN and Trousers by FAVOURBROOK


Above right: As before


Above left: Full outfit by MARGARET HOWELL
Above right: Top by TURNBULL & ASSER


Above left: Top by TURNBULL & ASSER
Above right: As before


Above left: Top by TURNBULL & ASSER, Hat by LOCK & CO HATTERS
Above right: Full outfit by MARGARET HOWELL


Above left: Shirt by OLIVER SPENCER, Trousers by THE VINTAGE SHOWROOM, Socks by FALKE, and Shoes by ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA
Above right: As before


Above left: As before
Above right: Full outfit by LANVIN

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