PEOPLE: Spiro Mandylor
It’s All Style To Me is an online publication dedicated to giving readers and inside view of the latest in fashion and style. Fronted by Olympus Visionary Photographer and Celebrity Style Story panelist Spiro Mandylor, IASTM zips through topics on womenswear, menswear, events, trends, accessories, design and style. Spiro talks to The Social Life about his inspiration and his predictions for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2013 season.
The Social Life: When did you start It’s All Style To Me and what inspired your style of posts?
Spiro Mandylor: I started It’s All Style To Me in October of 2010. A few friends had mentioned that they like my personal style and that I should start a men’s fashion blog. I had experience with two underground blogs prior to that. The first (2005) was more about opinions and pop culture, while the second (2006) was purely a travel-based journal. It’s All Style To Me has been my first attempt at actually making a business out of blogging. I think that people’s lives are busier and fast than ever and their attention span has followed suit. Media, especially web, needs to be brief to be effective. Keeping posts short and up quickly has become a formula that works for me.
TSL: Where or who do you turn to for inspiration for your wardrobe choices? Do you have a specific trick to pull yourself out of an ‘I can’t decide what to wear’ moment?
SM: I love dressing up and always do my best when I have to be somewhere. Inspiration comes from so many places. I would say fashion shows, international street style and event fashion is a great starting point. Menswear is very different from womenswear. Trend cycles are longer with many carry-overs that work season after season. Then there are the traditional men’s pieces like a blue, black or grey two-buttoned suit, rep or knit tie, lace-ups, etc. that never go out of style. We’re lucky that way.
TSL: Out of the recent menswear collections to come out for the Fall 2013 season, was there a specific trend are you’re dying to try? In addition, what were a few of your favorite collections?
SM: Yes, I’ve spotted a few trends from FW13 that I’m excited about, and others not so much. I’m very excited about the theme of ‘outdoors and exploration’, geometric prints and patchwork showing up in men’s collections. It introduces a lot more fun into menswear. Some of my favorite FW13 collections so far include: Richard James, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Jil Sander, Trussardi, Dior Homme, Valentino, and Wooyoungmi. FW13 will have some great pieces for everyone. A much better season for fashion than FW12, that’s for sure.
TSL: What are your predictions of what to expect from the upcoming Fall 2013 womenswear season?
SM: Pre-fall 2013 had a lot of fifties and sixties inspired pieces, so my guess is that we may see more of that. I also see lace, traditional British and Russian tailoring, floral and some bold contemporary silhouettes for ready-to-wear FW13 as well.
SPIRO MANDYLOR’S SOCIAL LIFE
PLACE to grab a drink: “Anywhere, so long as it’s not the weekend.”
PLACE to grab a bite: The Danforth Avenue
‘When it comes to great food for great value, nothing in Toronto comes close. There are so many great restaurants to choose from.’
PLACE to shop: Online
“I do find myself shopping more online than I ever did. That has a lot to do with the limited selection of menswear in Toronto. Ultimately, the key for me is finding a great bargain. It doesn’t matter if it’s online or at a well-known chain or vintage shop. Finding that last piece of something that others have missed, in your size at 70% off feels amazing.”