There is some holy-shit shit going on in this Autumn/Winter 2012 lookbook from Japanese brand GalaabenD. Not like ALL CAPS holy shit. More like a smoky-voiced bluesman’s approving “holeee sheeit.” This is definitely not the kind of HS that clubs you over the bean—the dapper devil here is in the details and between the clean lines. Designer Miki Okawara worked for Calvin Klein before launching GalaabenD and her Autumn/Winter collection last year drew inspiration from Edith Paif. Here we are getting flashes of Elvis’ sharkskin coolness and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper military theatricality.
The brand is named for a German word meaning “gala evening,” and it seems the three lads pictured here are set for a whole season’s worth of dates with debauchery. This gear looks mad-dapper, with yacht-loads of swagger that rarely gets bogged down in recycled rat-pack douchery. We also like the decision to have seemingly told the models “be weird, dance some and fuck around a bit” (you’ll have to look elsewhere for the kanji on that). Solid.