dapperQ’s He Said/We Said Is Ready For New Threads

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to He Said/We Said, dapperQ’s designer-meets-dyke column that showcases real life queers with some serious style. Here’s creator Anita Dolce Vita on the project:

“The models fashion their very own looks – I give the inspiration, they give the interpretation. They come to the shoot camera ready: hair, make-up, their own clothes, accessories and props. I didn’t want the series to reflect how to recreate menswear from an individual stylist’s point of view. It’s always a wonderful surprise to see what each model came up with and all of the different translations of the same inspiration.”

This time around, we’ve got three outfits based on Dsquared²‘s fall 2011 collection. The style is all about layering–think lasagna in clothes form–and our folks pulled it off with their signature panache. With stunning photography from Leslie Van Stelten that captures the gritty/chic contrast of the look and shots of Miss July 2012, Avni, and our favorite Original Plumbing Editor-in-Chief, Amos Mac, you’re in for a surprise.

Name: Avni Jade
Age: Old enough to know better, young enough to still do it!
Occupation: Digital Photograph Media Processer

Talk a bit about your favorite moment(s) from the shoot.

The entire shoot was fun! One memory which comes to mind is where we were scoping out a location. When we got there, another shoot was already in progress, only with an APE! It was so random! Another moment was when we did a few group shots, we all agreed that we felt liked a boy band! lol

Why did you choose the outfit you wore?

The theme given was Autumn/Winter and to me that means layers, and lots of them! Soooo, I layered up! It reminded me of how we dress in Europe.

Whose wardrobe (celebrity or otherwise!) would you raid?

Hmmm, if I have to choose a celebrity, it would a cross between Bollywood actors; Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan.

BE the change you want to see in this World. OWN IT.
– Avni Jade

Name: Jack Elliot
Age: 39
Occupation: Writer/Producer

Tell me about what it meant for you on a personal level to be involved in a project like He Said/We Said.

It was a very important project for me on a personal level. I think the philosophy behind Dapper Q is relevant, and extremely important. The place where gender identity and fashion converge is topic they handle beautifully. They provide a forum for folks to learn, share, and explore fashion that exists outside the traditional binary box. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Juanita and Susan Herr and the work they do. And getting to work with Leslie Van Stelten was just the icing on the cake!

What accessory/article of clothing can you not live without? 

Definitely my glasses. Definitely.

I think if Johnny Depp and Elijah Wood had a fashion baby, that would be me.
– Jack Elliot

Name: Drea Breton
Age: Legal
Occupation: Musician and DJ

Tell me about what it meant for you on a personal level to be involved in a project like He Said/We Said.

I was thrilled to be a part of the HS/WS shoot. Style and fashion, I believe, are external manifestations of our internal identities. The HS/WS project strives to feature models who challenge traditional social norms through their own personal styles – Think outside the box. If you feel it, Rock it.

Why did you choose the outfit you wore?

Rock n’ Roll with a GQ flair. Word.

What accessory/article of clothing can you not live without? Why?

I think that would be Little Dre – my robot necklace. His arms and legs move just like a Lego man. He reminds me that no matter where life takes me, I’ll always be a kid at heart.

Take a look at this exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the shoot!

Oh look, here’s Amos Mac to take a picture of you.

For even more Dsquared²-inspired dappery dapps, check out their flickr page!

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DapperQ is one of the world’s most widely read digital queer style magazines and is a preeminent voice in queer fashion and beauty. We inspire people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations to think differently about both queer fashion and beauty as art and visual activism, and ultimately have a deeper, more fulfilling relationship with style. In the words of founder Anita Dolce Vita, “dapperQ is a queer fashion revolution, one of the most stylish forms of protest of our generation.”

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  1. These models are fierce!!!!! Love all the positive feedback. I am looking forward to see what’s next. Love love love it.

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