Abtastic! Tobias Sorensen for Nordic Man Magazine

May 31, 2012

If Tobias Sorensen would ever release a fitness app, I would be the first one to buy it. This editorial really makes me want to go and get a gym membership asap! Tobias was photographed by Sacha Oda and styled  by Xavier Morales in garments from Gucci, Givenchy, Gant and more for the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Nordic Man magazine.
Take a look at the photos next:

Rainy Days | Francisco Melero for Men's Health Spain

May 29, 2012

It's been raining on and off for over a week now, it's simply crazy. Of course, I end up taking my umbrella with me when it's sunny and leaving it at home when it's pouring! It's just my luck.
Somehow I found this editorial appropriate. Model Francisco Melero is photographed by Edu Garcia for Spanish Men's Health. Check out the photos below!
What are your tips for a rainy day?

Kid in a Candy Store | SARTO Made to Measure Showroom

May 27, 2012

One essential tip I read in GQ and that I'll always remember is that "Suits are to women what lingerie is to men. Wear it right." Pretty accurate, don't you think?
This comes to mind right now because I happened to visit a new brand's showroom in Bucharest that creates wonderful menswear suits - SARTO made to measure. I was thrilled to sit down with Alex Moise, one of the two founders of SARTO and learn more about the company's background and their products, as well as get a walk-through the design process and some useful style tips.
What I like is that it's so much more that just getting a new suit; it's really about creating something that's not only custom designed for your body, but that's also perfectly tailored for your personality and lifestyle.
"Kid in a candy store" best describes the feeling of getting to play around with the great fabrics they use for these Italian made suits. The possibilities are endless really, and it's fantastic to see the wide range of directions you can go in: from a more casual, everyday look to a statement piece that you can be sure no one else will be wearing, they definitely have it all covered.
Take a look at some more photos from the SARTO showroom next:

Adam Senn for Express Summer 2012

Leave it to Express to pull out some incredible looks for this amazing Summer '12 collection. Adam Senn models this great range of garments that'll fit in wonderfully in anyone's wardrobe. From a classic yet updated black & white look to somethin more daring with just the right pop of color, Express has it all covered!
Check out more photos from their campaign next:

Neiman Marcus | Pre-Fall 2012 Collections

May 23, 2012

Summer may still be a few days away, but Neiman Marcus has already brought in some pretty amazing pre-fall collections from Rag and Bone, Versace, Etro, Ermenegildo Zegna & Zegna Sport. I for one am totally looking forward to Fall, since these designs are just great! Is perhaps paisley the new must-have for the season?
Check out more photos featuring Brazilian model Rafael Lazzini next:



Outfit Post | Late Spring Afternoon

May 21, 2012

Can you believe summer technically hasn't even started? I have a hard time with that, since for me, summer began a few months ago, when the temperature soared. I've always considered spring to be a great opportunity to wear whatever I want, as opposed to the summertime when even throwing on a t-shirt seems too much. What can I say, I like layering.
So, to celebrate the last few days of spring, here is a new outfit post. Check out more photos below!
PS: did I mention today was my name day?

New Contest | Win Invites to Avanpremiere Gala #10

May 18, 2012

Looks like my Romanian readers are once again in for a treat! If you remember, a few months ago I attended the Avanpremiere Gala, one of the biggest fashion events in Romania. Several talented designers showcased their S/S 2012 collections - you can check out my photos right here.
Now, on May 22nd, nine Fall/Winter lines will hit the runway at MNAC in Bucharest. This is your chance to win one of two invites that my blog is giving away. If you're into fashion, this is one event you shouldn't miss out on!
Here's what you need to do:
1. Like Costin M. on Facebook.
2. Leave a comment on this post telling me what Avanpremiere Gala means to you.
3. Leave me your email so I can contact you if you win!

The winner will be picked on May 21st, at 20:00 Good luck everyone!

RO: Se pare ca cititorii mei romani au din nou parte de o surpriza! Daca va amintiti, acum cateva luni am participat la Gala Avanpremiere, unul din cele mai importante evenimente de moda din Romania. Mai multi designeri talentati si-au dezvaluit colectiile pentru primavara-vara 2012 - puteti vedea mai multe fotografii facute de mine aici.
Acum, pe 22 Mai, la ora 20:00 la Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana din Bucuresti, noua noi colectii de toamna-iarna vor pasi pe podium. Aceasta este sansa voastra sa castigati una din doua invitatii oferite de blogul meu. Daca va place moda, acesta este un eveniment pe care nu veti vrea sa-l ratati!
Iata ce aveti de facut:
1. Dati like paginii de facebook Costin M.
2. Lasati un comentariu la aceasta postare, spunand ce inseamna pentru voi Gala Avanpremiere.
3. Lasati-mi un email la care va pot contacta daca sunteti castigatori!

Castigatorul va fi anuntat pe 21 Mai, la ora 20:00 Mult succes tuturor!

Street Style | My Heart's in Italy

May 17, 2012

Who doesn't love Italy? I know everytime I look at one of those wonderful campaigns shot there I'm simply blown away. For example the wonderful campaign that Sean O'Pry and Coco Rocha did together in Venice for Americana Manhasset will always have a special place in my heart.
So, speaking of hearts, here is Miki, who you've seen once before in one of my street style posts. She chose to walk the streets of Italy wearing a fun, playful outfit: a heart-print skirt, a lace top and just a dash of color.
Take a look at some more photos next:

Andrew Garfield by Inez & Vinoodh for VMAN

May 16, 2012

While we're all still waiting for the Spiderman reboot to hit theaters this Summer, actor Andrew Garfield, who plays the title character covers VMan Magazine - shot by Inez & Vinoodh and styled by Nicola Formichetti in Gucci, Prada and Girogio Armani.
Oh, wait... wasn't Rihanna supposed to play the new Spiderman?

Exclusive | Inverview with Male Model Alexandru Costin

May 15, 2012

Male model, pro skater and overall great guy - those are some of the words that come to mind when I'm thinking about Alexandru Costin. He's shot with photographers like Tibi Clenci and now he's about to take his modeling career further, while also focusing on the things he loves - like skating, which he has been into for almost a decade. I got to talk to him and find out more about him, so check out the exclusive interview next:

To kick things off, tell me a bit about yourself.
Hey! Alexandru Costin, 22 years old but I feel like I have 18, tryin' to keep it real and do what I love.

When did you first get into modeling and how did it happen?
I was at a party with my friends and then a cool lookin' guy came to me (Sava Ionut) and told me that I can do modeling and stuff like this. Sounded interesting, I had no idea what modeling was about. Then I did some kinda work with him and after 8 months I wanted to take things more seriously and signed with Allure Management.

The best thing about being a model is...
Besides traveling and meeting lots of new interesting people hmmm... let's say getting free drinks at parties  hahah

... and the worst? 
Sometimes it's hard when you are far from family and friends.

New Reading Obsession

In case you're wondering why posting has been a bit slower than usual, please send all hate mail to George R.R. Martin. Reading Game Of Thrones is so addicting, I can't remember the last time I read a book that was able to get me so captivated!
Almost finished the first volume, so today I went to my local English library and picked up the next three volumes. The thing is I find the story so captivating that I'm tempted to read slowly so that I can enjoy the story more.

However reading this great series wasn't the only thing I did lately, there are quite a few surprises in store, and I can't wait to tell you more about them!
Here's a sneak peek at one of the projects I worked on last week, where I got to put my photography skills to the test:

Simon Nessman | Acqua di Giò Essenza [Video]

May 12, 2012

Photographed by Bruce Weber, Simon Nessman becomes the face of Giorgio Armani's new fragrance Acqua di Giò Essenza. Surely you know Acqua di Giò, which is a classic - I've used it and it's great!
On another note, I can't wait to get my hands on Spicebomb, which still hasn't appeared in my local stores.
Check out the video for the fragrance below:

Banana Republic S/S 2012 Presentation

May 11, 2012

In case you don't already know Jamie Beck - you're missing out! A while ago I've talked about her amazing cinemagraphs, which are a special kind of GIFs; think about the moving images from Harry Potter, something like that. Well, I'm definitely a fan of Jamie's blog, so I just had to post these photos she took at a Banana Republic presentation. Among the models are of course Sean O'Pry and Garrett Neff. No need to say more, as she sums it up pretty good:

"At a presentation on Manhattan’s West Side, Banana Republic showcased their range of looks for spring and summer. From dapper mens suits and sweet summer dresses to safari looking day wear, they have us covered from date night to globe trotting…" 

Lee Cooper Giveaway [Closed]

May 10, 2012

Time for a new contest! As you've seen in my latest outfit post, a great pair of jeans is a great addition to anyone's wardrobe. Lee Cooper Romania is giving away an amazing pair of jeans to one lucky reader, so don't miss out and enter now!
The competition is open to anyone living in Romania for the next 48 hours (Thursday, May 10 - Saturday, May 12 at 8pm).

Here are the rules:
1. Like Lee Cooper Romania on Facebook.
2. Like Costin M on Facebook.
3. Leave a comment on this post, answering the following: 
"What will you wear the Lee Cooper jeans with?", specify if you'd like mens or womens jeans (you can win them for yourself or as a gift for someone else) and your email.
The winner will be announced at the end of the 48 hour time period. He'll be able to pick up the jeans from a Lee Cooper store in Bucharest or receive them by courier. Good luck everybody!

RO:  Este timpul pentru un nou concurs! Asa cum ati vazut in ultimul meu outfit post, o pereche grozava de jeans este un atu pentru garderoba oricui. Lee Cooper Romania ofera o minunata pereche de blugi unui cititor norocos (sau cititoare), asa ca nu ratati ocazia si inscrieti-va acum!
Concursul este deschis tuturor celor ce locuiesc in Romania, si va tine 48 de ore (de joi, 10 mai pana sambata, 12 mai - ora 8pm).

Iata regulile:
1. Dati like paginii facebook Lee Cooper Romania.
2. Dati like paginii facebook Costin M.
3. Lasati un comentariu la aceasta postare, continand urmatoarele: 
raspunsul la intrebarea "Cu ce veti purta perechea de jeans Lee Cooper?"; specificati daca doriti jeans barbatesti sau pentru femei (ii puteti castiga sau oferi cuiva cadou), precum si email-ul dumneavoastra.

Castigatorul sau castigatoarea va fi anuntat(a) la sfarsitul celor 48 de ore. Premiul se poate ridica din magazin in Bucuresti, sau poate fi trimis prin curierat. Mult succes tuturor!

Outfit Post: Lee Cooper X3

May 9, 2012

It's time for a new outfit post, and this time things are quite different - it's sort of a triple outfit post! One of the things I always say is that when it comes to buying new items for my wardrobe, I always look for versatility. It's important to know that you can mix and match that one particular item so that you can wear it anytime, anywhere. And my new Lee Cooper jeans are are the perfect example.
What I wanted to do was show how you can wear the jeans by putting together these 3 different styles. Having a classic, regular fit pair of jeans is no doubt a good investment; as you can see, you can go from being casual to something more suitable for the office or perhaps a more urban look. Basically you can mix and match your clothes to get the vibe you want.
Also, if you're from Romania, here's some great news I know you'll love to hear:
Lee Cooper is giving away a pair of jeans right here on costinm.com to one lucky reader. The GIVEAWAY will start tomorrow (Thursday, May 10) and will be open for 48 hours. So make sure you check back soon and enter, because it's definitely worth it!

Which look do you like best?

Sebastian Brice and Camilla Babbington | Burberry Brit

I fell in love with the Burberry Brit campaign photos as soon as I saw them. Now that a video has been released to go along with the shoot it wasn't a hard decision to share them. The clothes are modeled by Sebastian Brice and Camilla Babbington.
Time to go to my local Burberry store?

Weekend Project | Making the Dress

May 8, 2012

The fun thing about being an architecture student is that you always get to take part in amazing projects - like last weekend for example. On Sunday I went to the studio and got to take a look at this awesome paper dress my colleagues are working on. I can assure you, you'll definitely see this dress again soon, and if you think it looks great now, wait till you see the colorful finished product!
Using different sizes of pyramids, this unconventional dress really manages to put forward an awesome silhouette. What do you think?

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