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Kanye West Cries Front Row At Virgil Abloh’s First Louis Vuitton Show

This most recent Louis Vuitton fashion show at Men’s Paris Fashion Week was a monumental one in terms of the hype building up around the show regarding Virgil Abloh, creator of Off-White, and his first collection as the head artistic director of Louis Vuitton. This was a monumental moment in fashion itself as Virgil is the first African American artistic director of the famous Paris fashion house and one of the few to be a leading influence at the level he is at. What Virgil has been able to accomplish in what seems like just a couple years time from his beginnings with his brand Pyrex Vision to Off-White to his collection with Nike it seems that Virgil has almost reached the pinnacle. To Virgil Abloh though I believe he cares more about just spreading the culture that he was brought up into this industry in.

Virgil Abloh and Kanye West have known each other and have been close creative partners since the early 2000s. Virgil has worked on a lot of different projects with Kanye before ultimately breaking off to step out of Kanye’s shadow, not necessarily creatively but Virgil wanted to make a name for himself. Virgil did this by creating his brand Pyrex Vision back in 2012 which was his first venture into the world of high fashion. Pyrex Vision consisted mostly of screen printing onto Champion blanks and old Ralph Lauren flannels, not exactly revolutionary, but Virgil was able to charge upwards of 500 dollars for the pieces and they would sell. Virgil eventually folded the brand and started Off-White with a crew of Italian streetwear aficionados. Off-White would pick up right where Pyrex Vision left off charging astronomical prices for mostly screen printed streetwear. But Off-White would grow into a Nike collaboration and establish it as one of the most sought-after brands in streetwear today. This would ultimately be Virgil’s foot in the door when it came to breaking into the world of high fashion houses like Louis Vuitton.

Now during Men’s Paris Fashion Week everyone patiently waiting to see what Virgil would do with his introductory show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Virgil showcased to the world and to everyone in attendance a beautiful gradient painted pavement runway outdoors in a garden in Paris. Virgil really delivered when it came to the overall presentation of the environment around the garments. But the garments and accessories were nothing like Louis Vuitton has ever had before from transparent gradient rainbow luggage to ceramic white chains draped over the models and as straps for the luggage. After having various streetwear icons and celebrities from the likes of Kid Cudi, Playboi Carti, Blondey McCoy and A$AP Nast you can really tell that this show was all about the culture that Virgil Abloh came from. That is why Kanye, seated front row, when Virgil walked out at the end got so emotional. Kanye was able to see one of his very close friends and collaborators not only ascend to the pinnacle of fashion for African Americans today but was able to be a part of it with his new album being played during the show. Kanye has been skeptical of Virgil leaving his side and branching out in becoming one of today’s fashion moguls but he’s finally been able to come to terms with it in this most recent embrace at the end of Virgil’s very first show as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton.

Rare Sneakers Take the Forefront at Milan Men’s Fashion Week

It’s no secret that when it comes to men’s fashion today footwear, especially sneakers, have a huge impact on the culture today. From designers like Virgil Abloh reimagining ten of Nike’s classic sneakers, which many of them eclipse the thousand dollar price range on the second-hand market, to him becoming the head artistic director to Louis Vuitton, the two worlds are merging. The world of rare sneakers and streetwear coming side by side to become just as coveted as high-end designer clothing just proves how much the culture is shifting. This change has been made clear in many recent fashion weeks by just observing what the crowd and models are wearing on their feet. This most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week was no different for you could have seen a plethora of rare sought after sneakers on the feet of attendees and models.

This most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week you were able to witness not just sought after sneakers from brands like Nike and Adidas but also from designer brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior. The fact that you are able to see designers like Raf Simons and Alexander Wang collaborating on sneakers with Adidas just shows that fashion is bridging the gap between the street and the high end. But also with high-end designer brands coming out with stylish almost sport-inspired sneakers like the Louis Vuitton Archlight, you can really observe the true influence of sneakers on fashion.

Sneakers in fashion today is something that doesn’t just bring together fans of streetwear and fans of high-end fashion but brings together two different generations of those who enjoy fashion. You see many important designers and artists today you have a strong connection to Jordan Brand and their classic retro sneakers. You can see the artistic director of Dior Kim Jones constantly in exclusive Jordans not just from his friend Virgil Abloh but rare collabs like the Jordan Fragment One. You may also see the inspiration that Jordan has had on other designers for their own sneakers. You can see this inspiration in many forms whether it is Yves Saint Laurent’s high-top court sneaker that takes many cues from the Jordan One shape and classic colorways to Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo taking many similar points of inspiration into his Basketball sneaker.

Whether many in the world of high fashion want to believe it or not the culture is shifting. It is shifting in a way that displays subcultures like sneakerheads taking a major lead when it comes to their inspiration on the world of fashion. Whether it be that these old school sneakerheads are the ones that are influencing high fashion today or that high fashion designers are just taking cues from this culture who has people lining up every week for a pair of shoes just based on their exclusivity. There is something satisfying to many if you have a pair of shoes that the person next to you on the street wasn’t able to acquire not because of the price tag but because you simply worked harder and you can see this at this most recent Milan Men’s Fashion Week and you will see it at many fashion weeks to come.

So Trendy Men’s Shoes Are Memes Now?

When many people think of a meme you’ll usually think of some kind of online trend or joke that becomes adopted by multiple different subcultures and is used in their own way to portray their own joke or message. Overtime with the internet becoming more and more accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds memes today has become somewhat of this watered down joke that dies out within almost a month of its relevance. Memes often go to die in a few places whether it’s the Yodel kid appearing on the Ellen show or your mother or father oversaturating their Facebook page with memes they really don’t understand. Now apparently there is a new category of a meme within the menswear community, this meme just consists of wearing a shoe that is considered by most within the world of fashion as trendy. It doesn’t just consist of shoes through a few garments also fall into this category according to popular menswear subreddits and online blogs. With the use of the word meme to describe certain garments and products it just raises the argument are trends just memes within the world of fashion?

With certain shoes being regarded as memes today for menswear communities it opens the discussion as to how these shoes achieved their meme status. Most of these shoes are just menswear staples that any man should have in their closet as opposed to something of a meme that comes and goes. You have classic men’s shoes like the Adidas Stan Smith being referred to as the ‘Meme’ Smiths and Clark’s Desert Boots being thrust into this category of a meme as if they are loud out there shoes that will not be relevant in a few months. These are shoes that have been around for many years and may have recently become a little more popular than they were maybe 20 years ago but that is no reason to classify the shoes as memes. Sometimes when a shoe or garment isn’t as popular and widespread but it is a quality product that can apply to many different peoples wardrobes all it needs is that reintroduction into the mainstream in order to boost its popularity and make many realize that this is something they need in their closet. Now, this doesn’t mean meme to me even though it has gained popularity because the Stan Smith is something every man needs in their wardrobe which is a white leather sneaker and the Desert Boot falls into the same exact category of something every man can use to sophisticate any outfit without doing too much. This may scream meme too many online menswear communities but these are simply just efforts by the average man to make more fashion conscious decisions when it comes to their footwear and to overall become introduced to fashion as a whole, which is a good thing.

With all this recent change of popular shoes achieving this new found ‘meme-dom’ it raises the argument is there an equivalent within women’s fashion? Women’s fashion is mostly regarded as being centered around developing somewhat of a personal style not relying on a few key items within their closet to achieve their ‘unique’ look. I personally disagree with this and if you are going to talk about menswear having its own memes womenswear definitely has its own memes. From riding boots, the white Converse Chuck Taylor and the ever so hated ‘spartan’ sandal women’s footwear definitely has its own memes just the online discussion isn’t as great, but they are there. That doesn’t mean those are memes either these are just products that a lot of women purchase because they are popular and reliable for them. I don’t think online communities should be describing different shoes as memes but you can’t stop the discussion from happening and you can’t stop more and more men from buying these shoes, so the discussion on what is and is not a meme within menswear will continue.

Kanye Allegedly Ripping Off Another Artist for Yeezy Supermoon Ads

Instagram account Diet Prada is an account that specializes in pointing out the not so coincidental copying that goes on in the world of fashion today. As we all know there is no problem with drawing inspiration from someone whether it be their design, runway setup, or just the overall theme of a collection. But there is a very clear difference between pulling inspiration from something or someone and blatantly stealing an idea and crediting it as your own. Diet Prada since their first post in 2014 calling out Raf Simons for using designs very similar to Prada, hence the name, has been diligent to point out those who do not give credit where it is due.

In Diet Prada’s most recent claim they are accusing Kanye West of taking the ideas of photographer Minissi and a series of photographs she took in 2015 that explored identity and the wanted of oneself to reconnect with their own body, a very deep subject. I believe what Diet Prada feels what Mr. West is most guilty of is the fact that he drew inspiration from this very deep emotional photo shoot and turned it into a not safe for work sneaker advertisement. Myself, similarly to Diet Prada see it as a little distasteful considering the subject matter of the original photographs.

This would not be the first time though that Diet Prada has made claims against not just Kanye West but the West family in general. In July of 2017 Diet Prada accused Kim Kardashian West of very blatantly using the designs of Comme Des Garcon designer Rei Kawakubo and Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia for children’s pieces for Kim’s brand The Kids Supply. Kim said that the pieces were being made as an homage to the designers and that the pieces would be named after them, clearing the air about the whole copycatting fiasco. But Diet Prada was not done there also accusing Kim of ripping off the makeup done on Beyonce for a Flaunt magazine cover for Kim’s makeup collection, which Kim did not address. The last claim Diet Prada made against the West’s though was when Kanye in May tweeted sketches that appeared to be taken directly from ex-Nike designer Tony Spackman just with his name for the sketches photoshopped off the top of the sketch. This was another accusation that Kanye would not address.

With these most recent accusations made by Diet Prada against Kanye West, many are left unsurprised by his actions. Many without real ears to the ground in this industry and this culture believe that Kanye West is a very original one of a kind thinker when it comes to his ideas. What many don’t know is that Kanye West just like all of us draws inspiration from the things he hears and sees around him in his day to day life. The only problem with what he’s doing right now is by not giving credit to this original photographer, if that is where he drew the inspiration from, he is disrespecting the whole entire series of photographs she did and the message behind them. The fact that he recreated them as a way for him to sell sneakers too just adds salt to the wound.

Men Are the Biggest Spenders in Online Shopping

When it comes to online shopping, something we all do, myself like many others I’m sure peruses the internet all day looking at the newest fashion, technology, and products to just look and nothing more than that. Online shopping is centered around being able to have anything you want at your doorstep in few days but now with programs like Amazon Prime practically the next day. One thing many might not realize is that according to a study done by the University of Pennsylvania that men are in fact the biggest spenders when it comes to online shopping. This has nothing to do with the fact that men have more money to online shop or that they shop more it mostly just comes down to the fact that men love the convenience of not having to physically go to a store, look through all the products and just generally not really know what they are buying. For men who shop online for big money items, they are able to read reviews and look through thousands of options for finally coming to the grand decision of what they are going to buy. This introduces a whole new kind of opportunity to create a luxury online shopping location catered towards men.

Of course, you are going to have high fashion brands have their own websites like Louis Vuitton or Gucci who have perfected their online shopping experience to be catered to those who are in the market for a luxury product, but how can this be expanded upon. Websites all over the internet like Grailed and StockX have popped up not for just the teenager who wants to buy or sell Supreme online but for men who have or want high-end designer clothing and expensive sneakers and have a marketplace for them. Grailed especially is catered towards designer clothing but also features sneakers. The average teenage sneakerhead isn’t usually going to be interested in Margiela, Raf Simons or Rick Owens but Grailed creates a stage for the more established financially well-off men’s fashion connoisseur to be able to purchase and sell these products that come with a serious price tag, with many products reaching over one thousand dollars. Where StockX comes into the equation is not necessarily in securing men as the majority demographic in spending at least one thousand dollars on the internet but it creates something totally different. StockX allows the slightly older sneakerhead who most likely has a better job and maybe a family to be able to buy the sneakers he wants, guaranteed legit, at a fair market price and he doesn’t have to meet up with some teenager to purchase them. I believe over time the older sneakerhead will use StockX for most of his transactions and he could easily eclipse over a thousand dollars spent on sneakers just on that website alone.

With premium men’s online shopping popping up more and more every day on the internet and the fact that the average man just doesn’t prefer the experience of walking into a physical store to shop it’s no surprise that men’s retail locations are going to decline sooner rather than later. While many men who are seriously interested in fashion and almost the artistry that goes into the displays and aesthetic of a retail store many men do not share these views. There will always be a premium men’s shopping experience in fashion-forward cities like New York and Los Angeles, but for the average man who just enjoys sitting in his home to make his more major purchases, the internet will continue to deliver that to him and to his doorstep.

The Importance of Men’s Body Positivity

As body positivity for women continues to expand every day for women on the internet, in stores and just in everyday conversation the conversation hasn’t necessarily shifted towards talking about body positivity for men. While more and more plus sized women break into the world of fashion and modeling the landscape is still not set for plus sized men to make their push into the forefront. When it comes to covers of magazines and runway shows this most recent New York Fashion Week incorporated a decent amount of plus-sized women’s models the men were somewhat nonexistent with only about one being featured for Asos. Asos already has a section of their website dedicated to plus-sized men and women and are taking strides in giving them fashionable options without shaming them for their bodies.

The importance of men’s body positivity when it comes to fashion is that in the fashion you want clothes that will fit cleanly and look good overall different types of body types, because you are marketing not just to people who are into fashion that are thin. A lot of people personally struggle with coming to terms that the fashion they may love and admire may not be something they can never wear. When you create a collection or a product most designers want whoever appreciates their art and image to be able to purchase and wear their product. This isn’t always the case though when it comes to high fashion designers who mostly model their clothes not just after women that are far thinner and taller than the average woman but for men that have unachievable body standards. For men, I feel it comes in a much different light than for women but male models usually consist of two different body types lean and muscular or just very thin. This becomes an issue for plus sized men when they are online and in-store shopping because they see a product on the rack or on a website and immediately know that this garment will not drape over their body the way the designer intended it to.

The whole stigma that comes with being plus sized in the world today is one that can be very degrading for people. It is something that will affect one’s confidence and the way they try to portray themselves too the world and the least they deserve is to feel confident and comfortable in the clothes they wear. The responsibility of promotion of a positive outlook on plus-sized men and women comes on that of the designers, magazines and clothing companies to find a niche for these people who still definitely have a huge voice and impact on the world of fashion. What companies like Asos providing fashion-forward options and opportunities to not just plus sized women but men even including them in their fashion week runways is something a lot of companies should take notes from. It’s going to take the effort of not just one company to change the outlook on plus-sized men in fashion and just body positivity for men in general, but I think with the trend of body positivity when it comes to women things are moving in the right direction.

RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan on the Return of Wu-Wear

When it comes to the world of fashion music is one of the biggest influences when it comes not just to people’s personal style but for the direction, fashion is moving in. One of the largest impacts that music has had on fashion was the rise of hip-hop. You can go all the way back to rappers like Slick Rick and Big Daddy popularizing over the top gold chains that were literally things only your favorite rappers could wear to groups like the Wu-Tang Clan popularizing Clarks Wallabees and Ralph Lauren’s Polo Snow Beach collection. Groups like the Wu-Tang Clan didn’t start dressing like this because of their new found money from rising through the ranks of the music industry they dressed like that because it was how they always dressed. There is something different in terms of the connection between the musician and his audience when the person listening is able to reflect how they connect with the culture. They are able to portray this in what they wear and when it is easily attainable for the listener that bond grows even stronger.

There were band tees dating back to the late 60s and early 70s that allowed a fan of a certain musical group or act to show their friends that they attending a show or went to a certain stop on the tour, but nothing that just showed that they were down with the group and the movement they were starting. Wu-Wear, the clothing line started by RZA and many other members of the Wu-Tang Clan, revolutionized this idea and perfected it in a way that would inspire many other rappers and groups to follow suit. Wu-Wear was started in 1995 after the success of the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The clothing line was carried at stores all over the country and was a huge source of income for the entire Wu-Tang Clan, even allowing them to open their own separate retail locations in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Norfolk. Wu-Wear allowed the fans of the Wu-Tang Clan and just those that followed street fashion and street culture to get down with the Wu-Tang Clan’s movement and show their support for the group out of Staten Island. Although Wu-Wear folded in 2008 it has left a huge impact on the culture surrounding hip-hop designed and inspired clothing lines.

Today with the resurgence of 90’s hip-hop culture into the mainstream it’s only right for the return of Wu-Wear but marketed in a way that nobody would’ve expected, it’s being promoted through an event at Barney’s. The fact that Wu-Wear is coming back in a fresh new way at Barney’s, with updated designs and the focus of not just promoting the group but being on trend while still being able to respect its origins is incredible. This just goes to show you that the rich culture associated with hip-hop and rap music has ascended more than just music. Hip-hop today is regarded as one of if not the most popular genre of music today and it shows with everything around us. Barney’s which is a luxury department store that no one, not even RZA, would’ve imagined his Wu-Wear line rolling out a ten-piece collection exclusively for them is just another mark of how hip-hop music and fashion today really go hand in hand. This gives many older hip-hop heads a chance to reminisce on the early days of the Wu-Tang Clan and can cop and rock a piece of the new Wu-Wear while still allowing the younger generation to get introduced to the Wu-Tang Clan in a whole new way.

Fashion designer thinks outside the box

Jun Takahashi may or may not have discovered a solution for fashion. Takahashi has managed to create a collection that merges streetwear with athleisure and luxury. His Fall 2018 collection for Undercover is a major example of what many design houses should aspire to do.

The designer showed Undercover in a big white tent with clear plastic walls in the center of Paris. His fashion was in the very middle of things and not bouncing around the edges. Takahashi took much inspiration from college, as that is a time for experimentation.

Takahashi has figured out a way to blend all the elements of street style, comfort, youthfulness, nonchalance and cool, and he turned them into clothes that can be related to by anyone. He didn’t do too much and chose establishment over rebelliousness but synchronized the two in such a way that it worked out for the better.

Simone Porte Jacquemus set to launch men’s line

Simon Porte Jacquemus has finally revealed his new professional challenge that he has been hinting at on his social media: the launch of his very own menswear line.

The designer announced the news at his Paris fall show by taking a bow in a sweatshirt that read “New Job L’Homme Jacquemus” at his women’s ready-to-wear show.

He won’t be presenting his first creations until Paris men’s fashion week in June, and it has yet to be determined if he will have a show or a presentation for the line.

“I see the Jacquemus man as I see the Jacquemus woman: it’s a sincere story,” Jacquemus told WWD:

“I didn’t do men’s until now because I didn’t feel the need to do men’s and I couldn’t imagine it. I fell in love and I started to imagine that the Jacquemus man exists. I did Jacquemus women’s for my mother, and while I’m not saying that the men’s collection will be all about my boyfriends, it will still always be a love story.”

The designer has used social media as the main outlet for communications since he launched his brand in 2009 after dropping out of fashion school due to his mother’s death (Jacquemus is her maiden name).

Since then, Jacquemus has become one of the most talented young designers on the Paris stage.

Jacquemus has predicted that adding a men’s line would change the mood of the brand. “This is going to change Jacquemus a little in the sense that it’s much more forward-looking, because there is a lot of melancholy in the women’s collections, for obvious reasons,” he said.

Ralph Lauren heads to Jamaica during New York Fashion

After Ralph Lauren finished its job as the official outfitter for Team USA at the Olympics, the company was left to wonder what was next.

Ralph Lauren went to a retreat in Montego Bay to look for inspiration for his spring and summer collections for both men and women.

What came from it was spectacular. The show was filled with barefoot models, looks that screamed beachy feels, and a lot of the classics from Ralph Lauren. The clothes included the yellows and greens of the island country’s flag and pennants, along with spots of red and blue in bold, graphic designs. There were even yachts on wide ties and practically everywhere else.

“Everyone wishes for a magical place where they can step out of time into the beauty of nature,” Lauren said in a press release. “For Spring 2018, I wanted to share the mood, the light, the blue and white freshness of my retreat in Jamaica. My collections for women and men conjure up the carefree, sophisticated style of this special experience—exuberant, luxurious, timeless!”

The clothes reflected the words spoken by Ralph Lauren. It was shown in the cotton and silks, stripes and tie dye. There were leather shorts and jackets that were meant for an afternoon deckside of a tropical downpour. The predictable whites even looked fitting for any occasion.

Nike Air Monarch is a fashion sneaker now

John Elliot just designed one of the best fashion sneakers with the newly revamped Nike Air Monarch for his Fall-Winter 2018 show.

The Air Monarch is so entwined with the dad look that many believed it couldn’t cross into the fashion world, but the shoe quickly proved those nonbelievers wrong. The shoe has already been seen on the feet of OKC Thunder basketball player Russell Westbrook.

The show appeals to the masses with its unconventional oversize shape and mundane colorway. The shoe debuted at John Elliott’s Fall-Winter 2018 runway show while adding three new colorways.

The difference between the new Monarchs and the old version is in the details. The most notable detail for the new design is the smaller swoosh, allowing the colorway to take up all the attention. The “Air” logo is gone from the back, and the midsole shape is designed just a tad differently.

The shoes have yet to be announced to have gone on sale but will most likely make a splash in the current market of ugly sneakers.

Men’s street style stats might make man berets a trend

This year, the New York Fashion Week: men’s has been tied to the women’s show to make for a 10 day long fashion marathon. This allows smaller brands to be shown alongside big fashion juggernauts like Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. Just as with previous years, however, the streetwear styles kicked off the season by catching eyes with no help provided. So far for the 2018 shows, their new gimmicks have proven to be just as fashionable as they were last summer, which brought in fanny packs, cross body bags and Hawaiian shirts.

So far for the winter season, the looks include berets, coats that are dazzling with how well they were tailored, panels of mirrored armor and full-on balaclava.

To see the shots of the streetwear styles, click here.

H&M is calling its newest brand “paradise” for discount treasure hunters

H&M’s newest brand collection will be on sale from the start. After the Swedish company’s plunge in profits for six years, the company announced that it will soon offer a new off-price marketplace called Afound.

H&M describes the new outlet as a “style- and deal-hunting paradise” that will begin selling discounted clothes and lifestyle items from H&M group’s own labels, which also include offshoots such as COS and Cheap Monday, as well as outside labels. The first Afound store will open up in Stockholm, Sweden in 2018, along with a new website.

H&M is entering a profitable category. According to Euromonitor, the global off-price market grew more than 30% between the years 2012 and 2017, going up to $62 billion. The U.S. owns the biggest share with 80% of the total.

Considering that big retailers such as Nordstrom have had much success in the discount business, H&M’s move is different from the mega brand because it is a fashion brand selling clothes from other brands.  H&M has yet to state what other brands will be sold alongside theirs or if they are planning on buying overstock and out-out-season items directly from the brands.

The company surely needs a boost of some kind to pick up its declining growth. H&M took too long to build its e-commerce and has realized it has way too many brick and mortar stores. It has also been outmatched in speed by digital competitors such as ASOS, BooHoo and longtime rival company Zara, thus leaving H&M stores filled with unwanted clothes.

Off-price retail, meanwhile, has shown an increasing attractiveness over the years. “Coincidentally enough, it looks very similar to the same reasons that people shop online too,” Tim Barrett, a retail analyst at market research provider Euromonitor, wrote.

The most wearable trends from men’s fashion month

Every season there are styles that are meant to be outspoken and bold, but this is not the attire we expect to see on an everyday person. We’re here for the most wearable ongoing trends of this coming season.

Plaid

The fact that plaid was everywhere in the AW18 show in Paris indicates that you should be wearing it this autumn. Balenciaga had long plaid overcoats and patchwork plaid streetwear.

Corduroy Trousers

Corduroy trousers were the worst thing as a child, but lately, designers can’t get enough of them. During the Milan show, there were hundreds of versions of corduroy on the runway. Even streetwear brands like Palm Angels were getting in on the corduroy action.

Leather

Leather has always and will always be around, but this year it was a sight to see, ranging from knights and armor inspired leather at Les Hommes to the luxury leather at Berluti. Leather was worked into jackets, pants and even on some shirts. There was also a smaller theme of leather paneling and detailing among the lines.

Oversize

Proportion was a big thing for all designers, and this year we saw tons of new ways to shape clothes to make a statement. The biggest trend for this was oversized coats outerwear and knitwear. Oversized might be the way to go next winter.

Jimmy Choos makes royally attractive men’s shoes

Jimmy Choo Creative Director Sandra Choi showed the new 2018 men’s collection on the first day of Milan Men’s Fashion Week. The collection was very unique to past Jimmy Choo collections. Sandra Choi was able to give a little insight on her inspiration for the collection:

“We looked at royalty and how they dressed, 16th-century dukes in feathers and organzas and pleats and draped pearls. They could do that to assert their authority. But at the same time, we’re living now in 2018, so let’s just pull it back a bit. Jimmy Choo is not afraid to load up, but it’s about knowing where to put things, what finish to use, what details to pick out.”

Choi took elements from past history but turned it into a more approachable and relatable model for the market. A highlight of the collection was the Baldwyn, a boot-sneaker hybrid. The shoe featured a translucent rubber outsole that was set under a more classically shaped rubber midsole, and the upper half was lizard-print calf leather and tortoiseshell patent.

“For me, the over-arching theme at Jimmy Choo is always about glamour,” said Choi, adding that when it comes to men’s, she tends to be more careful when she makes decisions. “The key is to know where the limit is.”

Prada makes new Velcro sneaker

2017 was a year filled with big luxury brands creating the ugliest shoes that became a hot trend. Balenciaga with the sock sneakers and huge sole shoes took over for the most part with other brands not far behind. The longtime company Prada decided to kick start 2018 in similar fashion by releasing their new Cloudbust Sneakers in a very un-Prada-like way.

Prada’s new spring 2018 menswear collection is a mix of virtual reality and actual reality, and the Cloudbust silhouette fits both perfectly. The upper part of the shoe closely resembles what running shoes look like with a touch of luxury. The shoe has leather panels, a Prada logo and a multi-piece sole that gives the shoe an astronomical feel to it. Its two tone colorway (black and a dark red) also contributes.

Prada has been able to create staple pieces for a season, in the past, and the Velcro shoes might be the newest staple yet– the shoe has already been spotted on the feet of artist A$AP Rocky. This signals a significant indication that the shoes will cause a major wave in the fashion world. The shoes are available on Prada’s website for $695.

Men’s fashion in 2018 could get a boost with lustrous details and more sports clothing

With menswear not twisting and turning as much as womenswear, men tend to buy more expensive clothes but less often. For Spring/Summer 2018 there seems to be a couple of new tweaks men can make to their style to add more modernity to their standard pieces.

There are a couple of things that can happen such as going towards soft shell, retro styling, rich pickings, or going sports direct.

For a soft shell look, big brands like Ermenegildo Zegna and Berluti are bringing in airy, lightweight, float-from-the-body jackets and trousers that are very soft fitting. This look can be made up from very simple items like a soft-shoulder blazer with a T-shirt.

Gucci for some time has been producing lavish, high-quality 1970s fashion pieces. Next season is set to include some stylings that Elton John would wear back in the day, and to add to things a host of more brands has been opting to make nostalgic clothing. This year especially, 1950s-style Elvis Presley Hawaiian shirts have been seen constantly on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, while bowling shirts were also being sprinkled along Prada catwalks. 1980s American gigolo-style long blazers even made a guest appearance on Dries Van Noten.

The past couple of seasons the men’s collections have been pumping out items with discrete lustrous details, brands such as Bottega Veneta has brought back silks for men, while Dolce & Gabbana have also added bullion and heavy-duty hardware sweaters to their collections.

High-tech mountaineering attire has been spotted a lot recently at Parisian label Lanvin with cagoules coming with toggles, zips and cords. Jogging trousers have appeared at Berluti coming with a great sense of elastic, next year can be filled with even more heavily sports related clothes.

Vetements to join Paris Men’s Fashion Week

Demna Gvasalia is continuing to surprise the Paris fashion calendar and has decided to experiment with new runway timetables for his Vetements brand.

WWD has been the first to confirm that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show, for the fall 2018 season on January 19th during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris. The details about the timing and venue could not be learned.

In the past, Vetements has shown their men’s and women’s collection together during the couture show, but last season the label skipped the runway in favor of doing a showroom presentation.

The brand Vetements was founded in Paris back in 2014, now the company has launched itself onto the fashion scene with bold shows. A couple of the shows have been hosted in the most bizarre places like the basement darkrooms of a seedy gay club, and a shabby Chinese restaurant. These types of location have helped spread the streetwear trend and brought forth a breaking approach to fashion based on garments rather than the seasonal themes.

Last year the brand made an official switch from its show from the ready-to-wear schedule into the couture week, then soon after a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la haute Couture, forged a path that American brands such as Proenza Schouler and Rodarte followed. Men’ Fashion Week in Paris is scheduled to run from January 17 to 21.

Lewis Hamilton sporting one of the hottest menswear trends of 2018

Recently Lewis Hamilton has been spotted sporting the distinctive tartan look and he looked good doing it too. He was pictured alongside Connor McGregor and Donatella Versace at the recent Fashion Awards 2017 in London.

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The four-time Formula One winner has gone for the red tartan blazer and trousers but then continued to go for the unorthodox route by pairing the blazer with a black turtleneck, and a flashy necklace. He finished the look off with leathers boots and a handkerchief that matches Versace’s dress.

Lewis Hamilton certainly needed to make an impression at such a prestigious red-carpet event, given that he had one of the leading fashion designers in the world on his arm. While the 32-year-old has admirers aplenty, he opted to escort none other than Donatella Versace,62.

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Inside the event, Hamilton sat shoulder to shoulder with Bradley Cooper’s model girlfriend Irina Shayk, Boxer Connor McGregor, singer Rita Ora, and model Jourdan Dunn.

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Tartan isn’t a new look to be introduced to the menswear fashion world as its been around since the 17th century before making a few comeback stints, mostly in the seventies. Now in the present-day tartan has reached a new look. Tartan now has a bolder approach to the classic look which can then be backed up by attention catching accessories.

This look certainly can catch on, considering how bold and daring a statement piece like this can make, but only time will tell if this look can find its way into 2018 and dominate the year.

Tommy Hilfiger taking his “see now, buy now” show to Milan

Tommy Hilfiger is going on the road again, but this time he’s turning in his big-budget London set for a different scene farther southwest. On Tuesday, the American designer has announced his plans to bring his “see now, buy now” Spring 2018 runway show to Milan on February 25, at the end of Milan Fashion Week. Just like past seasons, the “TommyNow” show will include both women’s and men’s looks, as well as introducing his fourth Tommy x GIgi collaboration with stunning model Gigi Hadid.

“My vision for TommyNow was to create a global platform that we could take on tour to bring our show experience to new audiences around the world,” said Hilfiger in a statement. “It’s about the fusion of fashion, entertainment and pop culture with experiences, performances and inspiring interactions that are designed around our consumers. As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is the perfect place to celebrate our next TommyNow show.”

Although the Spring 2018 venue has not been named yet, the brand will more than likely secure a space at no expense, and continuing to uphold their theme that’s as over the top as their previous seasons such as, “Tommy Pier” in New York, “Tommyland” in Los Angeles and “Rock Circus” in London. The London show took place at the Roundhouse, a famous concert venue that’s hosted many famous acts like Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Just like the brands “see now, buy now” title states, all the men’s and women’s runway items will be instantly available in more than 70 countries across the label’s website, select wholesale partners, social media and a shoppable livestream, as well as their image recognition comer app called “TommyNow Snap”. The app includes augmented reality features to shop the runway, and has Facebook messenger bots called TMY.GRL and TMY.BOY.

GQ reveals its best and worst dressed men

Fashion can be confusing and difficult to keep up with at times. What’s hot and up and coming one minute is out the next, with almost no reasoning behind any of it. Even with this, there are still mass amounts of people out there who dedicate their lives to fashion and always seem to look perfect. There are also mass amounts of people who could care less about what is on their body.

For both groups, there always seems to be a list, a list that is always new every year to praise and highlight the best dressers. The list is published in GQ’s January edition annually, but it can always change every year. 12 months is a long time in fashion terms.

GQ’s top editorial staff help decides who made the cut for both, after all, they’re a men’s fashion magazine who constantly write about the fashion world for a living. However, they are not the only ones casting votes. There are also top names in the fashion industry doing the voting. These names include Giorgio Armani, Christopher Bailey, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Sir Paul Smith.

Those who made the top ten best-dressed lists contain; Famous English actor Matt Smith, critically acclaimed rapper A$AP Rocky, Oscar-nominated actor Jeff Goldblum, recent solo artist Harry Styles, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor Andrew Garfield, grime artist Skepta, Rogue One actor Riz Ahmed, infamous actor Ryan Reynolds, son of the one of the England’s best soccer player Brooklyn Beckham, and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.

Those who made the list of worst dressed contains; Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, famous writer Paul Merton, supercar driver/youtuber Shmee150, British politician Jacob Rees-mogg, Singer Morrissey, most subscribed youtuber PewDiePie, filmmaker Louis Theroux, musician Marshmello, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and British fitness trainer Joe Wicks.

Unless you spend your whole life studying fashion it is quite hard what to make of the list in terms of conclusions. Bottom line from the best dressed is that they all have their own unique style that also somewhat fits their personality.

When it came to the worst dressed list, you can easily tell that all of the men on that list dress in the most basic attire with not a lot of personality behind it. There are jumpers over shirts, plain suits, or in the case of British fitness coach Joe Wicks, all gym shorts. These men are not dressing to impress but just dressing to get the job done.

One big conclusion that can be drawn is that all the top ten on the “best dressed” list are mostly actors and singers with the exception of Brooklyn Beckham and Alessandro Michele but those two are heavily tied with the menswear fashion world. The top ten from the “worst dressed” list are from all different types of fields like politics, business, fitness, and non-scripted television like YouTube.