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Thigh-high Ugg debuted on Y/Project’s runway

Just when the ugly footwear trend finally slowed down, another shoe appeared on a runway. Yesterday, at Paris Fashion Week Men’s, Y/Project revealed a new collaboration with Ugg. Glenn Martens, the label’s creative director, took his signature exaggerated layers and revamped the Uggs.

There were three versions worn by both men and women. There was a black pair turned into rippling cuissardes and a tan pair with more gargantuan proportions. The height was an attempt to enhance the Ugg’s comfort level.

“Putting on Uggs is like putting your foot in a warm pot of butter, and I thought why not elevate that and immerse your full legs!” wrote Martens. “So we decided to design an Ugg boot that climbs up to the crotch and covers the whole leg.”

The Ugg felt like it was going in a new direction for the California label that has been known to turn everyday items into bizarre and runway-ready pieces. This was a new and creative direction for the California brand’s Paris runway debut.

Versace and 2 Chainz reveal sneaker collaboration at Milan Fashion Week

2 Chainz was front row at Versace’s fall 2018 men’s runway show on day one of Milan Fashion Week, but the fashionable rapper was there as more than just a guest. Earlier that day, 2 Chainz teased at a possible collaboration project on Instagram: he posted a video that showed off a pair of co-branded Versace sneakers featuring his Chain Reaction logo.

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The shoe was a tan retro running sneaker featured a mesh upper with red color on the laces and lining, and the shoe was instantly loved by sneaker heads all around the world.

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2 Chainz and Donatella Versace had even more to show off. At the show, they displayed even more collaborative sneakers, and most of them stopped the show. The chunky styles featured a lot of mismatch color schemes that were blended with bold prints and textures drawn from the ready-to-wear.  This new collaboration shows that the chunky shoe trend is likely to stay during the new year. According to WWD, the Versace x Chain Reaction sneakers are expected to be purchasable in two months.

Kith x Moncler newest winter collection

Earlier this month, Moncler announced that it will no longer be doing two separate runway collections for Moncler Grenoble and Moncler Gamme Bleu. They announced this in order to end its relationship with Gamme Bleu’s designer Thom Browne. In a statement released by Moncler chief executive Remo Ruffini he said, “The group must vary and open up towards different horizons.”

After this statement, it led to an announcement for a collaboration with the NYC streetwear brand, Ronnie Fieg’s Kith. The collection first made its debut in Kith’s major 100 plus look runway show back in September, which had the likes of Scottie Pippen and LeBron James join in on the catwalk. Kith had feature collaborations with Nike, Champion, Adidas, Off-White, and the addition of Moncler. The runway show produced a range of new takes on Moncler’s signature puffy jackets. Adding to the classics, the gear consisted of logo-heavy sweaters, T-shirts, hoodies, hats, and even footwear that came in the form of hiking boots and sneakers.  The collection even had a rare triple collaboration: a winter take on Fieg’s all-time favorite model, Asics Gel Lyte 3.

At first glance, the collaboration seemed a bit odd given the fact Moncler is seen as a European luxury brand and its prices are significantly higher than Kith’s. but Kith founder Ronnie Fieg saw the opportunity as a desirable collaboration. “It is the most top-tier outerwear brand when it comes down to materials, construction, and style. When you think of most pinnacle cold-weather product, Moncler sits above the rest,” Fieg says.

So far most people think the pony hair hiking boots is the best piece of the collection. Fieg himself calls it “top 5 hiking boots of all time.” While this could be a bold statement he has good reasoning to speak so highly of them. The boots are made in Italy, using top-line Italian leathers, and are lined with genuine shearling to the toe. Even the traditional colorways for the shoes are filled to the brim with details.

Fieg’s favorite piece in the offering is what’s called the Lachat down hoodie which is a pullover style that is a serious head turner in New York and also can keep you warm in the harsh weather. Fieg explains that this hoodie represents Kith’s next big step going forward. “While all the pieces in the collection showcase both brand’s DNA, the Lachat really reflects the direction we’re headed as a brand,” he says. “The evolution of a hooded pullover. It’s a silhouette designed through our lens that feels unique while still sitting cohesively within a timeless collection.”

The Kith x Moncler collection will be available to everyone on December 2, with a second drop of the collection on December 9 at http://Kith.com

R.E.M. and Paul Smith team up to create a collection for ‘90’s nostalgia

If you remember the ‘90’s then you remember how pop culture thrived throughout the ‘90’s, especially for alternative music. R.E.M., the band who had hits like “Losing my Religion” and “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”, was one of the few groups who thrived throughout the whole time-period. The group’s album titled “Automatic for the People” has turned 25 years old this year which the band is celebrating by partnering with the British fashion designer Paul Smith to mark the anniversary.

“Doing collaborations is nice because they’re very challenging; they’re not your normal thing to do,” says Smith. “And certain albums just mean so much to people, from school or university or family. There’s a strong power. Is it linked to something sad, something beautiful? You forget how much music really means.”

The designer kept the collection close to R.E.M. by using a lot of the bands lasting sentiments including song lyrics, album artwork, and promotional photos. The collection contains graphic T-shirts, woven scarves, and silk pocket squares.

Although mixing fashion and music is not a new concept, there is always many different and unique ways to go about it and create something new. “I feel like [music and fashion] have always been next to each other,” says R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe. “Creativity is creativity. The need to create is profound and so important to people who need it. [Smith’s] interest in everything is infectious.”

Paul Smith used his signature pops of colors and graphics to create a very limited run of the collection. The highlight of the collection arguably is the woven scarf, which has the “Automatic for the People” album cover displayed. The scarf is not screen printed like most others but is instead woven into it. “In this world of excess, it’s nice to have something that there’s only a limited amount of,” says Smith.

The difficult part is making a business work in an oversubscribed world,” he says. “Having a point of view is the key. But we’re not complacent about it; nobody cares how good you used to be. It’s always about today and tomorrow—not about yesterday.”