Dazed & Confused’s “Chameleon Mix”

Posted on December 13, 2011

Well, we wouldn’t so much call this your “pretty for the day,” as we would your “pretty weird for the day.”


January 2012 issue of Dazed & Confused magazine
Editorial: “Chameleon Mix”
Photographer: Ben Toms
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Robbie Spencer
Hair: Naoki Komiya
Makeup: Ayami Nishimura
Model: Yannick Abrath


We’re all for skinny young men with impressive cheekbones being photographed wearing crazy-ass outfits, but come on now. Where’s the styling here? Because “pile as much shit on one skinny kid as we can” is NOT a style philosophy worth considering, darlings. It’s a shame, because while it’s true there are a lot of clown clothes to be found here, we actually like quite a few pieces. This would have been much more interesting had they taken a bunch of crazy menswear and then styled it in such a way as to make it look chic. If the only thing you can think to do with wild or unconventional items like these is to pair them with an absurd number of other wild, unconventional items, then what’s the point?

[Photo Credit: Ben Toms for dazeddigital.com via models.com]

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  • Anonymous

    My son and husband are both colorblind. This is what they’d look like if I didn’t stop them at the door. Well, sort of.

    • Anonymous

      They’d probably look less crazy since they would probably not layer quite as aggressively.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know. It would be close.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    That model is how I imagine Young Voldemort.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

    That is just batshit insanity.  My eyes hurt and I’m getting a headache.

  • Scott Lichtman

    It’s the monobrow that sells it

  • Anonymous

    i dont get it

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    his facial expression is either, man do i werq this fabric, or save me Ive been kidnapped by stylists on acid!!!!  or its i will not pay for checking a bag or for carryon, so i will wear it all

  • aimee_parrott

    I’d have commented sooner but I had to finish my seizure, first.  Yikes.

  • Zach Ng Zheng Yang

    snore. the point of such editorial is? …

  • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

    Don’t ask me why, but I sort of love this. Not as clothes so much, but as an overall study in textures and colors. Maybe because the color palette is simpler, but my fav is the yellow & black with the adi – das shoes.

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree.  The yellow and black one stood out to me as well. 
      Yes, you can’t see the clothes, but the patterns and textures all together were interesting.

      Overall it’s way too much, but there are interesting themes and color palettes.  It’s not about the clothes, I think, but the conglomeration of patterns, textures, and colors.

      • Anonymous

        i like that one too, i think it’s cos not only is he dressed like a bee but that one neednt stretch one’s mind all that far to think he has the appropriate bee number & length of limbs. you can almost watch him morph.

        that said, i dont mind this editorial that much either, i like the wild clash & blend of all the color & texture. that said, redux, i like so many of the items of clothing so much i wouldve maybe liked to see them. maybe. more than men in suits, anyway, which is to me generally a picture so dull i couldnt care less who is in, then soon to be out, of them. unless, of course, they have some interest [the suits not the men, i’ve had too many of the latter to really muster up much feeling in either direction].

  • Anonymous

    what’s up with those shoes that look like crutch boots? Paired with an Elizaebethan collar?  SHEESH. 

    Hey, at least RDJ didn’t choose any item from any of these getups 😉

    • Anonymous

      The key accessory in that ensemble is the ruffle-topped socks. I enjoyed that touch.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I can’t tell if there is anything worth something here b/c my eyes cross when I look at the pictures too long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.kronenwetter Catherine L Kronenwetter

    Holy wow, and he looks aggravated not intense…he looks about as thrilled as my 11 year old on the first day of school. And the set is a bunch of stuff with fabric tied to it…I’m all for outrageous but this doesn’t make any sense. Edit edit edit

  • foodycat

    My eyes are bleeding, it’s time for bed.

  • Anonymous

    Because if there’s one thing we know, it’s that Michael Alig is a style inspiration. Now excuse me while I murder my drug dealer for making me dress this way. 

    • Anonymous

      oh but, you know, michael alig is. all you have to do is look at the current madonna.

  • Anonymous

    Dour Shakespearean actors who somehow ended up being clothed by a Peruvian clown tripping on mescaline.

    • Anonymous

      By Jove! I think you’ve got it!

  • http://profiles.google.com/dmb610 Doreen Bierman

    Photo number 2 looks like Joey in the Friends episode where he puts on ALL of Chandler’s clothes.  The bumblebee leggings actually hurt to look at, and I’m having a hard time distinguishing one piece from the other.  If that’s the look they were going for, fait accompli!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman


    • Anonymous

      That Friends episode is exactly what I thought of when I saw this.  Could I BE wearing anymore clothes?!

    • Anonymous

      That Friends episode is exactly what I thought of when I saw this.  Could I BE wearing anymore clothes?!

  • Now I am The Bee

    Wait–there’s a magazine called Dazed and Confused?  Huh…. Well–these gentleman definately are.  Dazed and confused, I mean. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

    It looks like a thrift store threw up all over Crispin Glover.

  • Anonymous

    hahahahah! I love it! This is what the bus looks like coming into Eastern Europe, where everyone’s smuggling…well, everything! Pretty boys with huge packages wrapped in … anything NOT GLUED DOWN!

  • Anonymous

    Ha, this was basically what my halloween costumes look like every year. Only I add on some crazy wings.

  • Daniel Hoerner

    I dig it.

  • Anonymous

    Less is more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688523517 Andrea Lynn Rossillon

    If I were the purveyor of these clothes, I would be pissed by these pictures, because the viewer can’t see them and therefore can’t decide that he wants to purchase them.

  • Terence Ng

    You know, most of the lower parts of the outfits, I could actually see some fierce gay boys of color rocking at a local dance club…Sort of a boy-Nikki Minaj, especially with the pink netting in the 4th one down. FIERCE.

    But not the tops. No.

  • Joyce VG

    OMG.  What the…?  Hmm, but I do like the last striped coat.

  • Anonymous

    He’s not even good looking! 

  • Anonymous

    “Hi, I’m Chandler. Could I *BE* wearing any more clothes?”

  • Anonymous

    Just look at this poor model’s face. He’s probably fighting to breathe against the pressure of all that fabric weighing down his ribcage.

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    Call in the Coddington, I say.
    She’d fix this hot mess.

  • MilaXX

    Dazed & confused fits this perfectly. The only items I can make out are footwear & maybe a black Versace or Versace-like jacket.

  • Gretchen Adams

    So, the message I’m supposed to “take away” from this is:  “color is back!!!!!!”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    This is not a recreation of that Friends episode where Joey puts on all his clothes…at once…is it?  Cus that is pretty much what that looks like.  But, at least on the show, it was funny.  This, this is not funny.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

    They needed 2 or 3 models in each pic to spread out the clothes a bit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

    They needed 2 or 3 models in each pic to spread out the clothes a bit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

    They needed 2 or 3 models in each pic to spread out the clothes a bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

    Let’s play the “Spot an item you’d wear” game! I think I like the sweater in the model’s hand in the second picture… is it Burberry? 

    • Anonymous

      The green washing-up glove in the third photo is all the rage amongst those without dishwashers.

    • Anonymous

      I tried. I couldn’t find anything. But, then, I don’t have my glasses on. Which may be a blessing.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty shitty.  pretty ridiculous.  pretty much nonsense.  yeah, that about sums it up.  

  • Anonymous

    Once when I was feeling especially lazy in middle school I said I was going to be a “freak” for Halloween. What this consisted of was putting on a bunch of horribly mismatched clothes and doing my hair all weird. I pretty much looked like these guys, only chubbier and wearing pyjama pants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234087433 Jen Freeman

    My retinas burn.

  • Anonymous

    It’s like when Joey put on all of Chandler’s clothes. I hope he didn’t go commando (or do lunges).

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      Hahahahaha! “Could I be wearing any more clothes?”

  • Anonymous

    In the fourth picture down, are those fuzzy terrycloth shorts?  Over the pink cobweb tights which are over the leggings which are over crazy socks all of which are under 3 shirts and a bathrobe.  Complete with a scarf and gloves.  I’m not sure they were going for funny as hell…

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

    Mondo on Acid!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

    I think it was a good idea in theory, but everything is such an attention-puller that I did not know where I was supposed to look.  Overwhelming.

  • Anonymous

    Ha! These type of editorials are the reason my boyfriend makes fun of fashion….

  • Anonymous

    Whatever theme party he’s going to, it looks like fun…But I’m guessing that the theme drink for the night would be the New Jersey Turnpike.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I like the hot pink Nikes and the yellow Adidas! I even like several of the patterns, if they were ALONE.

    In the first picture, from the waist up, he looks like an extra-dainty young NASCAR driver. :)

  • Anonymous

    Oy. How can you even see any of the individual pieces? Ugly kaleidoscope.

  • http://twitter.com/poptartsjen Pop Tarts Jen

    The first picture I was like, “Oh, that’s not bad.” Then I scrolled down and my eyes started bleeding.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the faculty yearbook pictures of Michael Alig Junior High.

  • http://www.gprotocol.com Advaita Waikar

    Honestly, they look like Barbie clothes “mix matched” together. I’m pretty sure I had one with pink shoes and pink knee pads.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT. THE. HELL.  No wonder the poor model looks pissed off.

  • Anonymous

    Dang. I was getting all happily anticipatory at “skinny young men with impressive cheekbones.”  SO disappointed it’s the same skinny young man & he’s too pretty to inspire much of a thrill, here at Need-To-Get-A-Life, Inc.

    I did get a nice chuckle at the ensembles.

  • Anonymous

    yeah, well..hmm. No.

  • Anonymous

    I want those pink sneakers in the first pic!

    The S&M ladder in the last pic is hilarious. Or is it B&D? Both?

  • http://twitter.com/RzYoung RzYoung

    Ugh it makes my eye holes hurt

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

    If my son came home looking like that, I’d assume he needed professional help.

  • Anonymous

    The first outfit is the only one that makes sense to me, and it’s not half-bad.  Subsequent shots are a visual sensory overload.

  • Anonymous

    I looked at one outfit too long and I think I burned out my retinas.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    Where did they get this ugly stuff? I don’t want to know why they got it, just where so I can stay clear of it.

  • Anonymous

    Somebody out there hates men….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396777506 Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

    He looks like he got caught in a thrift store shitstorm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

    I want every single person in the world to dress like this. It’s kind of awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Cookie.Taz Aisa Ginger Jake Psenicnik

    LOVE: the icy blue one with the red cape thing, the royal looking one with the ruff, and the yellow stripes with leather look is so me!

  • Anonymous

    This boy looks ridiculous and he poses gracelessly.  However, I’m with you, some of the pieces look interesting if I could only paw through all the extra bits to actually see them.  For example, I see glimpses of an interesting plaid jacket in the second photo down.

  • Anonymous

    Ruffs are back?

  • Anonymous

    WTF? That is all.

  • Meghan Caslin

    I think its a shoe ad. The only things I can focus on are the shoes (which other than the sandals, are super fun).

  • Anonymous

    Stoopid. Can’t see anything.

  • Anonymous

    wash the model’s hair Stat!

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    This is bank robber couture. You rob a bank in that get up way and there’s no way anyone can identify you.

    “Well officer, he was, uh, wearing a brown pimp hat with a big feather in the front, and yellow striped sleeves that hung down to his knees, and a red velour robe, kind of like boxers wear, and two pairs of pants, with the pink pants rolled up over the yellow pants, and big gladiator sandals over gym socks … well, maybe it was a she, I don’t know. Her eyebrows needed waxing.”

    “Right – your under arrest for filing a false report”

  • Anonymous

    Double-yew. Tee. Eff.  I’ll just have to take your word for it that there are some nice pieces in here, because I can’t see any of them for the sheer amount of crap being thrown in my view right now.

  • Anonymous

    Are these nomads who have to wear all of their clothes on their backs?  I’m confused and my eyes hurt.

  • Christina Brennan

    What is the point of this editorial?  You can’t see the clothes & it’s not particularly interesting.  It’s simultaneously nauseating and dull.

  • Melvis Velour

    Mood Fabrics threw up after noshing on Spandex World around the corner (seriously, there’s a horrific store called Spandex World right near Mood)….

  • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

    Model isn’t even hot.  meh.