MFW: Costume National AW14

16 January 2014

Twice a year a magical thing happens, the most beautiful boys of the world all stay together in the same place. These moments happen during that time called Men's Fashion Week, which happens in a variation of cities around the world. After our London coverage last week, today we take you to Milan and as we go backstage at the Customer National mens aw14 show.

The Costume National location for the menswear show has been the same for many years now, and it is so beautiful that it doesn't need to be covered with any scenic designs. Also the time of the show, in the morning, takes advantage of the beautiful daylight.

This season Ennio Capasa's inspiration for his collection was David Bowie’s style at the end of the 70’s with loosely flared trousers and optical prints. You can see more colourful pieces in this collection, there is a touch of burgundy, glass bottle green and deep purple.

It was cold in Milan on Saturday early morning, but we've been through worse in the past (a rainy LCM last week for example). All the press and photographers already occupied the backstage to capture the best behind the scene moments and we were ready for it all to begin. As we were waiting for the rehearsal to begin, we had a little chat with some of the boys that walked for the show.

Julian De Gainza at Why Not Models

Hello Julian, how did you start modeling?
I was in my country, Argentina, and I met a guy that was an owner of an agency there and he asked me if I wanted to be a model. And I said, "Why not!" So he asked me if I wanted to go to Paris. Obviously I said yes and this is now my second season.

Can you tell us about something funny that's happened to you recently?
Once before doing the Kris Van Assche show, there was an hair stylist doing my hair and he put all the hair spray all over my face so when I arrived to the catwalk I was a bit blind. I couldn’t see anything. It was very funny.

How do you usually spend your days off?
I go out with my friends and I do acting also in Paris.

Janis Ancens at Elite Models

Hello Janis, where are you from?
I’m from Latvia, I’m 21 and I have lived in Milan for 2/3 years now. It’s going quite well. I like the city even if I work most of the time so I don’t spend much time here. I spend most of my time traveling.

What do you do when you are not crazy busy?
In my spare time apart from modeling I like to go home and spend time with my family, girlfriend and friends.

Will you go to Paris after Milan?
I’ll do Paris but only one show, Valentino. It’s not because I’m exclusive, but I’ll go just for that show because after that I have a big job in LA.

Can you tell us the most funny event that you’ve found in your career until now?
During fashion week we are all really tired haha. I have some funny stories from photoshoops though.

Abiah at I Love Models

Where are you from Abiah?
I’m from Jamaica, but I was raised in New York City.

How did you start modeling?
I was just walking one day and my agent in NY saw me and he said, "You know what, I need to get this guy!" Well, actually the real story was that he said, "This guy looks good from the back!" so I turned around.

How many seasons have you already done?
I’ve done a lot of exclusives in the past, so I’d say this is my third season. I have only been to Milan yet for this season, and I’ll go to Paris next.

What's been your funniest moment?
Well I don’t know if I can reveal them haha. The funniest thing I’d say... probably all the people who busted their ass on the runway.

What do you do when you are not modeling?
When I have days off I spend time with my daughter Abbey, and I just take her to the park or to Chuck E. Cheese’s.

How old is she?
2 and a half. When I’m not with her I’m working on my acting and some projects I can’t wait to share. So wait for it.

Photographs by Sara Cimino.

Words by Elena Indiano

Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View The pink is a cacophony against the emptiness - a melody line paced in a second-hand birthday suit, easily hemmed... View And we are wild to make it stop: stuck in an empty booth, bold colours warming us up, no microphones... View He is light as a feather. Leather weighs heavy on him, adds ballast to his reality, suddenly makes it terrifying... View In the safety of a white suit, he blows himself about the empty space, spinning between instruments like a bird... View Like a hawk or an old hero, staring down the back of his future’s head, this boy takes to empty... View If change doesn’t arrive obediently, it will be chased down and hunted by the hungry. Peace is not prop for... View Falling apart at the seams and dripping onto the carpet of grass beneath bruised feet as the race for the... View Forget figuring out the bus routes, forge new passports with model mugshots and sprint for the border closing in around... View The traffic is stalled in the streets, halted by a punishing red light at every crossroads in every direction. City... View Tommy traces graffiti scrawled along paint, cement, and brick swirling in patterns denoting names and connoting beliefs while stylist Kayleigh... View Quitting a town named Stagnation in favour of an unfamiliar map revealing the temptation of breaking out into the unknown... View Rendezvous at the confidential hotspot for meaningful action. Setting the wheels in motion for an alternative living and imposing a... View Pushing through the crowd and negotiating the battlefield of elbows and toes, the commotion expands to a deafening silence. Chants... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘Standstill’ featuring Tommy Harragan at IMG models. Photographer Amber Grace Dixon captures Tommy’s standout... View A Renaissance man in every sense, @kalamaepstein writes/directs as well as acts and has a couple of shorts currently in... View View @kalamaepstein is photographed around Venice Beach, California - incidentally the location for one of his earliest projects, the short film... View View View Like a moth to a flame, some souls are drawn towards the light. Others seek solace dancing amongst the shadows...