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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.

Fashion Nova Men’s Collection Disappoints

In an ever-growing competitive fashion market, it is easy for companies to be left behind if they do not provide consumers with an inspiring or desirable look. Particularly in men’s fashion, it becomes easy for companies to get lazy and complacent. Fashion Nova is the latest company to fall victim to this shortcoming, as consumers and fashion experts alike were left underwhelmed with their latest men’s collection.

With a generally more limited frame-of-work than women’s fashion, men’s fashion designers often have to go above and beyond to ensure that they do not blend in with other generic types of menswear. Fashion Nova is known for their women’s clothing filled with crazy patterns and two-piece sets. Their male audience also wanted the Nova collection to be a complimentary reflection of their female counterparts—with extravagant patterns du jour. Instead of catering to the wants of the guys that support them, they went in an entirely different direction and released a relatively basic, and perhaps cringy, collection of menswear.

Twitter users took problem with two particular T-shirts with “Meme Lord” and “Tag me in memes so I know it’s real,” imprinted on the front. Instead of providing the audience with unique and trendy patterns, Nova decided to release shirts that could have been made by a seventh-grader with a home printer.

While the line obviously had some decent and wearable articles of clothing, the line as a whole left a lot to be desired. Considering Fashion Nova hyped up the line in advance, it was fair for their fans to have high expectations. High expectations can lead to severe disappointment when the company fails to reach the mark. Fashion Nova built its name creating edgy, interesting pieces for women, so it was a let-down for most that expected the company to do something similar with their men’s clothing.

In a market saturated by a plethora of companies chasing the same look, it appears as though the latest Nova Fashion Men’s collection will be lost in the crowd. Though a few laughs were to be had from the ridiculously childish set of tees about memes, the collection as a whole does not seem to bring anything new or worthwhile to the table. Several pieces can be seen as complete rip-offs from other companies, such as the belt that steals Off-White’s style, color and pattern.

A lack of creativity like this annoyed, or at least disappointed, an audience that expected so much more. The styles that have been released by Fashion Nova, excluding the direct rip-offs of several streetwear brands, are comparable to those sold at stores like H&M, Forever 21, and Rue21. Unlike Fashion Nova, however, these companies already have a solid male audience already in place and shoppers know what to expect from them. Another drawback is that Fashion Nova has a bit higher price point than any of these stores, but not nearly as bad as brands like Off-White and A Bathing Ape.

Consumers have every right to be critical of an underwhelming release from a company they expected much more out of. This is not to say that the whole collection is garbage, however. Joggers, jackets and jeans are hard to butcher, so Fashion Nova does deserve credit where it’s due. It also makes sense for customers to buy similar styles to the big name brands at a lower price. The fact that some of the styles seem childish and many others bring absolutely nothing new or noteworthy to the table is what angers consumers the most.

The collection does have its positives, but the market is already filled with so many similar styles that it’s becoming hard to tell who even makes what anymore. Eventually, as style moves on and the trends change, many companies, like Fashion Nova, will be left out if they do not offer something different from the others. At the very least, a focus on quality and low pricing would help to boost their support if they choose not to innovate new or unique styles.

 

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.

Designer label Preen launches collection

Preen, the catwalk label designed by the husband and wife duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi and worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and Gwyneth Paltrow, has finally launched a collection which has quickly become London fashion week’s most affordable collection. Prices start at 65 p.

Preen’s collection only has around 6 styles or pieces. It is made in the shape of a postage stamp as a six-stamp collection celebrating 20 years of the brand.

The first-class stamp features the red Finella dress which was worn by the duchess on a royal tour of Canada. The “Power Dress” that first made the label well-known is shown on another stamp.

Preen left the super tight bandage dress behind about a decade ago and has ushered in new calf-length hemlines and looser fabric that have dominated modern fashion aesthetics.

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.

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.

David Jones shows off what is to come for men’s fashion

David Jones recently held their Autumn/Winter womenswear and menswear collection at the Sydney Carriageworks. The event is always filled with celebrities and air kisses, so it is always an interesting event during this time of year.

Recently, during most of these sorts of events, menswear has hardly shown up and has been very underwhelming; however, at David Jones’ show, there were glimpses of hope that this year might be a change for the ever so boring menswear market.

This year, the menswear fashion show was led by male model Jordan Barret. This season’s show focused on layers and earth tones. Green coats, burgundy checks and sleek black suits were shown throughout the show.  This show could have arguably been the best collection from the Australian retailer in years.

David Jones’ International Menswear designer collection was also a very impressively styled selection that has been introduced in recent years. That collection was filled with wool hats, heavy frame aviator glasses, green coats and patent leather brogues.

This season might prove big time for the Australian brand.

Massimo Dutti holds fashion show in Paris

Massimo Dutti held its second-ever fashion show in Paris, sending a very much Texan-like men’s and women’s spring collection down a sandy runway at the Palais de Tokyo.

“For a fashion player, it’s essential to be in Paris, it’s essential to be in France,” said Jean-Jacques Salaün, the director of French operations of the brand’s parent company, Inditex.

The brand was able to pull off a see-now-buy-now collection by projecting images from the show on its internet site. The label has also planned on doing the same projection style on screens in brick and mortar stores.

Men’s outfits in the collection were trim and dressy, featuring lots of suits. The colors for the men’s collection ranged from a dark olive green to light browns and ivory. Most of the models carried a small bag tucked under a wrist.

Brooke Shields joins the fashion world

Brooke Shields is an actress, model and author who has spent most of her life growing up in the fashion world. This very reason was why she wanted to add another title to her long resume.

Shields is going to be designing a collection for QVC called Brooke Shields Timeless. It will be available to see on Feb. 15 but won’t be purchasable until Mar. 14. The actress will be on-air showing off her creations, which she got with the help of the KBL Group International, a New York-based apparel company.

The actress is planning on previewing her apparel and accessories collection to media outlets at The Beekman in New York on Wednesday evening.

Shields has shown that she is a hands-on designer by having a say in every aspect of her collection. She has an office at KBL and was often up there, late at night, e-mailing back and forth with her partners. The 52-year-old actress elaborated:

“I’m involved in every button, every zipper, every seam, every hem and every pocket. The whole thing is initiated by an aesthetic I have, and working with the manufacturer and QVC themselves. They have a great deal of input. What’s been so refreshing is they [QVC and KBL] have really consulted me on everything.”

Shields has been approached by companies before, but they were only interested in her name and refused to listen to her input. Doug Howe, chief merchandising officer for QVC Group, had a different reaction:

“When we first heard Brooke speak about her collection, we were blown away by her passion and her attention to even the tiniest detail. Each and every piece of this line is special to Brooke and she’s had her hand in every design decision, from stitch, colors to prints. We feel confident that her excitement will appeal to our customers and that her stories will inspire them.”

Shields continued:

“This has been a cumulative effort over the years on my part. Every show that I’ve ever done, every television show, every Broadway show, there’s a whole fit process and it doesn’t matter what you’re buying. You could be buying something off the rack at a discount store or you can be putting on haute couture of some famous designer. And they all can be tweaked and can look better.”

“It’s years of understanding that maybe I’m a little short-waisted, or maybe I’m long-waisted, or maybe I need a rise to be a little longer to bring your attention to my waist, my hips, whatever. The beauty of fitting these varied models is you watch these women of all sizes be able to not at all jeopardize their aesthetic or their look or line because it fits. It’s been such a revelation for me.”

Shields is hoping for the collection be a success in order for her to become even more involved in the fashion world.

Tom Ford to show menswear at New York Fashion Week

Tom Ford will be taking the final spot for menswear in the New York Fashion Week calendar on Feb. 6 with a runway show. It will start at 8 p.m. at the Park Avenue Armory, which will immediately follow Joseph Abboud at 7 p.m.

Although Ford has shown menswear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his menswear collection exclusively at this event. His last New York show was back in September 2017 when he started New York Fashion Week with a women’s show at the Armory. His Spring 2018 menswear line was shown in Milan.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America decided last month to push the dates of the New York Fashion Week Men’s to Feb. 5 through Feb. 7, which then allows the women’s calendar to precede immediately afterward. This new schedule will create one big 10-day calendar.

The addition of Ford to the mix gives the fashion event a boost to the men’s portion, which it desperately needed. So far, the lineups have been filled with emerging labels but not so many established brands. The big names this season will be Raf Simons, Abboud, Perry Ellis and Hugo Boss.

Ralph & Russo present a fairytale for Paris Fashion Week

The simple aesthetic of Ralph & Russo, the only extant British haute couture house, can apparently be put into elegant dresses. The house capped off their show with an off-white duchess satin gown with a draped bodice, long train encrusted with leaves of Swarovski crystals and a lace veil embroidered with silk petals.

Ralph & Russo is the only brand that dedicates itself to the grand British couture tradition of Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell. These two designers moved from Australia and London, where their business has existed as one of British fashion’s biggest brands since it opened back in 2007. The brand is now an employer of more than 400 people, with a townhouse in Mayfair for fittings and a large atelier where the embroidery department consists of 30 people.

Most of their clients expected fairytale-esque designs, and that is exactly what they got during their Paris fashion show. The show was filled with frothy mint organza, blush pink silk gaza and ice blue Chantilly lace.

The show was filled with extraordinary outfits and outshone others. It gave names like Vertigo, Psychose and Illusion, but one silhouette that stood out was the one Grazia Chiuri made for Dior. The slim balletic torso with the simple, functional elegance of a leotard gives way to a soft, A-line midi-length hem. The silhouette took forms of long belted coats, blouses, skirts and lingerie-style gowns.

Hedi Slimane enters the fashion scene by joining Céline

In a shocking announcement this past Sunday, LVMH announced that Hedi Slimane will join Céline starting Feb. 1 this year. The designer will be the director of artistic, creative and image, and he will expand the LVMH label’s offering into menswear, couture and fragrance. The first collection he will show for the brand will be in September during Paris Fashion Week.  Slimane will be taking over for Phoebe Philo, who announced she would be leaving the brand after its Autumn 2018 presentation in March. Bernard Arnault, LVMH chairman and chief executive, commented in a statement:

“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline maison. He is one of the most talented designers of our time. I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global critical acclaim in the 2000s. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this maison.”

Slimane has worked with Dior Homme, who he brought back to life both in 2000 and 2007. He left the brand to launch his own label, before which he worked with Saint Laurent.

“I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline,” Slimane said. “I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers.”

“Hedi Slimane is an exceptional designer, complete artist and passionate about his work,” Sidney Toledano, the man who made Dior a powerhouse for over 20 years, said. “I am certain that he will bring his renowned creative energy and discipline to lead Céline to ever greater success.”

Best shoes from Milan Men’s Fashion Week

Way back when, men’s shoes were all plain and practically the same. Now, the menswear world has started to embrace the sportswear trend, allowing footwear to become more casual.

Luxury now lies in the fabrication, versatility, techonology and detailing applied to every shoe. Milan Men’s Fashion Week was filled with some of the best shoes to date.

Santoni showcased Santoni classics while also reinterpreting them with some more casual proportions.

Brunello Cucinelli debuted runners in premium leather and also showed off hiking boots with luxe shearling linings.

Jimmy Choo showed off the Lucas, which this time around had a metal toe plate on the undersole with the brand’s logo etched into it.

Giuseppe Zanotti brought out a two-way biker/combat boot with zip-off which was done in butter soft leather. Other styles include sneakers and slippers with removable socks with an addition of a rainbow high-top sneaker where each panel had hand-applied color.

On the runway, crafted sneakers and snow boots took over at Zegna Couture. The shoes had the label’s triple X symbol. Laboratory inspired boots at Marni were so shiny people didn’t recognize it was made out of premium leather. Fendi produced a premium sock-boot, while at Versace, the collaboration with 2 Chainz on sneakers hit it off well.

Giuseppe Zanotti’s Fall 2018 filled with unique sneakers

Giuseppe Zanotti’s Fall 2018 collection was presented on the first day of Milan Men’s Fashion Week, and the versatility of the shoe collection was spectacular. The collection wouldn’t have been a full Zanotti collection without including something out of the ordinary, and this season it was in the form of a rainbow sneaker.

“I love black, but these sneakers will be delivered in June,” the designer told FN. “There’s no more winter and summer, so it reflects that.”

Each part of the shoe was hand-decorated with a different color. “This final result is more emotional than when it’s done via an industrial process,” Zanotti noted. “It costs nearly 40 percent more, but it’s 300 percent more beautiful.”

The shoe is unlike the rest of the collection because it drew inspiration from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ’n’ roll. “It’s a new interpretation of our black universe, using our codes along with memories from my own generation,” the designer said.

Other shoes included biker style mid-calf boots where the top part could be removed, turning the shoes into ankle boots. “There’s a zipper just like on a biker jacket, so you can transform them into a combat boot,” according to the designer.

Another shoe in the collection was a black velvet runner shoe where part of the sole was made out of metallic gold. “It’s a super-thin coating done by a special machine they use for cars; it’s a molecular spray with charged particles.”

There were also sneakers and loafers that came in a chunkier sock-style upper but with removable soles. “I took the idea of the sock from the world of sport and 1960s tennis players,” he explained. “You can take them off and wash them in the washing machine.”

Dolce & Gabbana’s show catches eyes at Milan Fashion Week

Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana put on an extravagant cat walk show on Saturday with a regal-inspired men’s range, and it even featured some high-profile names from social media.

The show, titled “King’s Angels,” featured tailored suits and patterned lapels with gold embroidery and happened underneath a huge crown.

The Italian powerhouse has turned to millennials as their target market and used a number of promising names to show off its latest collection at Milan Men’s Fashion Week.

Internet icons like Kevin Chaplin, grandson of Charlie; Dylan Jagger Lee, son of Pamela Anderson and drummer Tommy Lee; Paris Brosnan, son of actor Pierce; and Christian Combs, son of P. Diddy, were all on the catwalk.

They were also joined by Neel Visser, who has 2.7 million Instagram followers, Vine star Cameron Dallas and musician Austin Mahone.

The Italian designer Giorgio Armani, 83, already showed off a collection for his Emporio Armani streetwear brand with a full unisex show.

Craig Green caught the stars’ attention

Men’s fashion designers are always the busiest during the month of January. Most of them are busy finishing up their collections for the London Fashion Week Men’s, which was established in 2012 and now happens twice a year, a month ahead of the main Fashion Weeks.

“It’s a very long process,” Craig Green said. “Because the shows are six months apart, we start planning a month after the last show.”

During this year’s London Fashion Week, Green caught more attention than half the catwalk show. Green is a 31-year-old who has been named the British menswear designer for the past two years in a row, and he showed off his newest collection on the last day of London Fashion Week Men’s.

“But it’s continuously changing, we order fabrics, we get things back that we think are going to be great, and then we see them, we’re cutting them up, changing them, developing them in the studio. It’s a five-month process, and we work long hours!”

The hard work paid off, judging by how everyone reacted to the new collection. GQ Style’s Editor Luke Day recently said, “it’s the quiet confidence of his work that defines him as the most exciting new menswear designer of our time.”

Green opened his label back in 2012, and his success has made his popularity grow at a fast rate. His creations have been worn by high names like Rihanna, Jay-z and Drake.

“We were asked to create something custom for the opening look of Rihanna’s tour,” Green said. “But someone like Jay-Z, he just bought that T-shirt, so we didn’t know about that until we saw it. Sometimes they just go into a store and buy it.”

“I remember after the first collection, I was walking past Liberty’s and I saw someone wearing one of our knitted hats, and I didn’t know them, they weren’t a friend or fashion journalist, and I remember how weird it was. And to realize that that person made a conscious choice to go into a shop and buy it, that’s very strange in the beginning, but also exciting.”

Green is a man who pays great attention to detail, and lately it seems like it’s taking him pretty far.

The Weeknd cut ties with H&M over racial ad

Canadian RnB singer and Toronto native, The Weeknd, recently cut ties with the Sweden-based retail brand H&M after the company featured an ad that pictured a child of African American descent dressed in a sweatshirt that read “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

The artist partnered with the international brand for its 2017 Spring Icons Collection and even modeled some of its apparel.

On Monday, The Weeknd tweeted that he was “shocked and embarrassed” and “will not be working with @hm anymore” along with a photo of the racial ad.

By the next morning, the tweet had over 103,000 retweets and 230,000 favorites.

“We completely understand and agree with his reaction to the image. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken and we also regret the actual print,” H&M said in a statement. “We will continue the discussion with The Weeknd and his team separately.”

The ad reached almost everyone with other celebrities chiming in on what had occurred. Lebron James posted an edited version of the ad on his Instagram that showed it in a more positive perspective, along with a compelling caption.

H&M had used the photo online to sell the hoodie in the United Kingdom. The brand then removed the photo, and the hoodie can no longer be purchased. The company said that it will “look into [their] internal routines to avoid such situations in the future.”

Vivienne Westwood collection stands out at London Fashion Week Men’s

Vivienne Westwood and Craig Green were two of the best names on Monday’s schedule, also known as the last day of London fashion week men’s. This meant a guaranteed show for the best British creatives.

A normal Vivienne Westwood show is always different from the rest of the fashion week, and her latest collection was no different. To begin with, there was no fashion show, but there was a two-minute and 45-second video that was shot mostly at night or backstage that starred character models, Westwood, an EU flag and sandbags.

Westwood’s theme this year was military style. The message the models kept repeating was “don’t get killed.” The 76 year old designer always manages to put beautiful pieces behind her slogans. The collection put military history with texture and focused more on the color. Westwood’s iconic princess coat was unisex for this collection in big camouflage print, tweed and undyed wool.

The whole collection consisted of belted coats, loose trousers, two-piece suits and draped gowns. Westwood promoted unisex styling for reasons that have to do with helping with the environment.

“You all know what I’m up to – I use fashion as a vehicle for activism to stop climate change and mass extinction of life on Earth,” she said.

New Balance gives most popular shoe a makeover

New Balance names all their shoes after a number, and that can make it very hard for some people discern one shoe from another. Everyone should know the 574 though, as it’s the most popular New Balance shoe and seen on a daily basis. It’s the shoe that has a vintage-inspire running style with a big “N” on the side. Ever since the 1990s, these shoes have constantly been on the shoe shelves in malls and stores. Recently, New Balance took the 574 and gave it some more modern traits to push it along in 2018.

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In 2017, New Balance added a slight sock sneaker look to the 574 through the 574 sport. The new true-blue 574 gets updates that are more subtle. The toe curves upward less, giving the shoe a better look and more angular silhouette. The shoe also includes a single-piece lining for added comfort a slimmer style that creates a fresher look.

The first drop of the newly tooled 574 comes in a variety of colors that almost any guy can rock: navy blue, olive green and burgundy.  Shop the new style at New Balance for $80.

London College of fashion MA menswear students show off collection

London College of Fashion graduating MA menswear students got a chance to showcase their collections this past Friday with a special runway show just before London Fashion Week men’s kickoff.

Ten students from the fashion school presented their pieces and collections at St John’s Smith Square in Westminster. The best lineups came from Hanni Yang, Ying Yi Lu, Hengmin Lu, Sohyean Park and Xu Bo.

Yang, who worked with Teatum Jones and Céline in the past, used the skill of pattern-cutting to attach scarves to clothing pieces. She also provided a wide selection of tailored looks and put burgundy and cream silk scarves over a white shirt and burgundy trousers, creating an iconic look.

Ying Yi Lu took inspiration from younger boys during the Victorian era and put sole focus on tailoring, observable on a cropped blue pinstripes suit. Lu finished the collection with sailor style hats done in a collab with Atelier Millinery.

Hengmin Lu, who previously worked with Ports 1961, took inspiration from architecture of the Chairman Mao era. Lu did a take with functionality and pattern cutting, which was seen on a long brown coat worn over a white shirt with a unique mandarin collar and white knee-length trousers. The student was able to team up with JKJY Handcraft Fashion Ltd. Shanghai on footwear for the collection.

Park created a collection with a retro and vintage style from the late seventies and added artificial fabrics like polyester. The best look from this student’s collection was a blue pussy bow shirt with oversized tan shorts and a light check gray trench coat with a furry collar.

Bo worked with rayon raffia yarn and made most of his pieces using fringing, hand-weaving, crochet and knitting. Bo worked with Dinu Bodiciu on hats. A silvery gray woven overcoat was worn with a knitted top and silky trousers.

Tinie Tempah goes from top charts to top shows

Tinie Tempah top floor of his studio in Holland Park is covered in clothes and paper sketches. Tinie Tempah has went from being a well-known musician to becoming a well-known fashion icon. Tempah released his first collection for What We Wear.  Tempah has been an ambassador for LFWm since its launch back in 2012, a time where Tinie Tempah believes was pivotal for men’s fashion.

“I think 2010, 2011, there was a lot of press about how British men were becoming more fashionable. ‘Metrosexual’ was the term being used around the time,” he tells the BBC.

“Since then, more men have been paying attention to their fashion. To be honest, I still think there’s a lot more women paying attention to what they wear, how they wear it, how it looks, who the designer is.”

“But we’re started to seeing a new generation of young people who are very savvy, more into their brands.”

“Most people who are shooting music videos, they’re styled to some degree, there’s some thought about what they’re wearing, how their hair is styled. All of that, to me, is fashion.”

“Even a fashion show itself wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t any music. I think there’s a really close relationship between the two.”

“I’d say it was from about nine or 10. I come from a Nigerian immigrant background, my parents had us here, and my Mum, on top of having three or four jobs, she always believed in having a side hustle, and one of those was actually going and buying fabric,” Tinie explains.

“She’d go over to Switzerland or Italy, bring it back and sell it to other women from the local community.

“In Nigerian culture, a lot of the women like to make their own dresses and wear them to weddings, so she’d buy all these different materials, and once in a while she’d let me go with her.”

“From there, I started to understand and have a bit of a passion and knowledge for fashion and textiles in general.”

Tinie’s enthusiasm eventually encouraged to him become a prominent figure in the fashion circuit, working closely with the British Fashion Council.”

“I remember just saying to myself one day, ‘I can’t come to another Men’s Fashion Week for the sixth year running, being this guy that knows fashion, being this guy that’s a clothes horse for most of these designers, and not make a contribution myself,'” he recalls.

Ryan Seacrest Selling $50 Million worth of menswear this year

Ryan Seacrest is a man of many talents, he spends most of his time working for all sorts of companies and gigs. But as of recently, Ryan Seacrest has a new career in mind. As of recently his fashion brand called Ryan Seacrest Distinction, a menswear brand he launched four years ago, has recently been growing at an increasing rate.

The busyness of it keeps me on my toes, there is no room for error,” he tells BoF. “Since I’ve moved to the East Coast, I actually get more sleep than I’ve ever gotten before.”

Ryan Seacrest Distinction brand is set to hit $50 million in retail sales this year. Seacrest is focusing more time this year on his fashion line because of his love for fashion. He first started to take notice of fashion when he enjoyed smart tailoring after he started hosting American Idol 2002. He then made friends with Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, who made his custom suits for multiple events.

Seacrest knew not everybody could afford Burberry though, “I wanted to [create] something that provided that same sort of feeling to people when they would put it on,” he says. “Something that was accessible in its price point, that really was made of great quality, for the guy who had an eye for detail.”

Macy’s and Seacrest have become crucial partners over the years with Macy’s giving plenty of suggestions for Seacrest and his line. “Guys could specifically reference his style, what he wore, and that was an important element for us to venture into this partnership,” says Macy’s group vice president and fashion director for men’s, Durand Guion. Macy’s saw Seacrest’s brand as an alternative to bigger brands but that can still compete with quality and price. “How can we start to inject that next level of coolness into the clothing — a space that historically can be very block and tackle, very serious, very subdued?” Guion adds. “We knew there was already a shift happening.”

Zegna creates a line for the streetwear scene

At an event earlier this month at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills, the company launched a line of tailored sportswear essentials called the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture XXX Collection. Unlike any other collection launch, Benjamin Millepied staged a modern dance performance that was inspired by the collection in which the dancers wore pieces from the actual collection.

This new collection from Ermenegildo Zegna, which is a company mostly known for its high-end tailoring, is trying to bring couture-level crafts to a range of casual wear. It is also trying to create some new silhouettes, the most notable being a tuxedo that mixes traditional jackets with tailored joggers. The collection will be available in Los Angeles and New York, then globally, on Feb. 8. Some other pieces from the collection include outerwear, denim, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Esquire.com spoke with Sartori about the collection in an interview:

“First of all, I wanted to explore the idea of different constructions and different fabrics and fabrications. We included knitted fabrics and non-classic regular woven fabrics. And a lot of jersey too, all with a lot of special construction.”

All the pieces from this new collection are made from eco-friendly materials including cotton, recycled polyester and technical silk fabrics.

“Although everything is deconstructed and unlined, at the same time, we wanted cooling fabrics. So, the idea was to combine what was classic with what was comfortable and cool. It’s a new generation of light products, which is why we used dance, and specifically this type of modern dance, as inspiration.”

 

Cats Eye releases party collection for men

Recently, Cats Eye has launched a new and exciting collection which is their attempt to keep up with men’s contemporary fashion. Cats Eye’s new collection features minimalist vests, prince coats and many more pieces that help spice up evening and party wear.

The new collection even brings tailoring into effect while the winter collection for men has an included update on palette, patterns and hemlines.

Customers who shop online at www.catseye.com.bd will be able to get exclusive deals and discounts throughout the winter time.

Adidas scores a variety of celebrities for its new campaign

While the sports world influences and has one of the biggest effects on culture, Adidas has been the brand who has been keeping up with channeling that influence through their brand. The brand is driven by many creative types; artists, designers, musicians, and more, and have used celebrities of all types for their newest campaign titled, “Calling All Creators”. The new campaign brings creative minds from all different backgrounds together.

The new campaign is held together by some of the biggest influencers in this current year including: James Harden, Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, Von Miller, Pharrell Williams, Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Candace Parker, DeAndre Hopkins, Pusha T, Damian Lillard, Karlie Kloss, David Beckham, Garbiñe Muguruza, Alexander Wang, Aaron Rodgers, PK Subban, Paige Tapp, Chiney Ogwumike, Brandon Ingram, Jeremy Lin, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose, Tracy McGrady, and Lindsey Horan. altogether, this group of talented creators have come together to make an interesting campaign video and a new load of amazing shoes.

‘Creativity is everything in today’s game. It’s about making a statement. I think what we’re trying to do is leave a mark so the game will never be the same,’ they say.

Public School drops out of New York Fashion Week

During the recent changes made to the New York Fashion Week’s official schedule, Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow have announced they will skip showcasing their new Fall 2018 collection in February. The designer duo has made the decision to drop out and have already made plans to launch a “new direct-to-consumer concept” this upcoming spring.

This past year, Osborne and Chow have been keeping the entire fashion world full of excitement with their creative and dazzling fashion week. Back in April of 2016, they had a fashion show for Public School collection off-calendar, showing close to menswear and pre-collection schedules in December and June. Public School also combined their men’s and women’s and made a co-ed show for a number of collections.

“The company will focus on refining its own product assortment, delivery cadence and restructuring the organization, including making new hires,” said a spokesperson for the brand in an official statement for Fashionista.

This isn’t the first time Osborne and Chow have thought about new ways to approach fashion weeks as more and more New York brands struggle to find a new way to increase their consumer-facing productions.

Jeffrey Rudes puts luxury men’s line on hold

Jeffrey Rudes has put his luxury men’s wear collection on hold.

In May, the Los Angeles-based Rudes closed his 5,800-square-foot store at 57 Greene Street in Soho. The store opened in July 2015 and it was home to his eponymously named collection. It was his only brick and mortar store and had also served as the setting for his menswear presentations during the New York Fashion Week.

During the closing of his store, Rudes said he was planning to focus on the brand’s more booming online business and select wholesale accounts. Last Week, there was an eviction notice pinned to the front door of the shop, citing nonpayment of rent and a return of the empty retail location to the landlord, 57-63 Greene Realty LLC.

Via e-mail, Rudes said he “gave the store back to the landlord last month.” At the same time, he addressed a line on his former e-commerce site that read: “Coming back soon.”

Rudes also wrote: “I put the business on hiatus for a while. I am reworking the business model to enter into the luxury designer market from another point of view.”

Rudes is best known as the founder of J Brand, a business he started off in 2005. He resigned as Chief Executive Officer back in May 2014 after he sold his equity in the business. Fast Retailing Co. acquired control of 80.1 percent of the brand for $300 million in December 2012.

He launched the Jeffrey Rudes collection in 2015 with headquarters in Los Angeles and a design and production studio in Bologna, Italy. The business was self-funded.

Balmain’s men’s pre-collection includes a $40,000 baseball jacket

Daywear has been on Balmain’s radar for some time now as they look to grow their company under new chief executive officer, Massimo Piombini. They have yet to seem to let go of the glitz life though, as they have featured a crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000. The jacket hangs around in the “couture” section of the brands first ever men’s pre-collection.

The jacket has the words “Balmain Army” across the back, this piece alone took around two months to finish. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday.

The pre-fall 2018 men’s lineup is filled to the brim with denim, jersey, and knitwear that all ranges from casual to blinged-out. “There is the same diversity as for the women’s,” said the designer. The brand has already massive celebrity names who willingly support the label such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Zayn Malik. The brand has stated though that it is “looking to attract a broader male audience: as part of their international expansion. Menswear currently makes up around 40 percent of their total sales.

Rousteing described the men’s collection as a mirror reflection of their Balmain woman line, but of also himself. “My approach was also what I want to wear myself next winter,” he said.

So far, the collection includes sport biker-inspired gear, a range of double-breasted jackets, sailor knits and peacoats. The collection also includes the signature peacock-rock fare like the T-shirts with Ziggy Stardust-themed embroidery. The age range for their core customers ranged from 20-35, according to Rousteing.

Rousteing has said that there is currently a menswear “revolution” the male customers he has been designing for the past seven years are embracing “glamor without feeling ridiculous,” he said. “I can push boundaries more now,” said Rousteing.

A collection that simplifies getting dressed

Over the course of years, Christine Cenentera, the stylist and fashion director of Vogue Australia, found that she has been constantly been the go-to for fashion advice. She would be bothered by her sisters over a well-tailored black blazer that didn’t cost half a paycheck and even get asked by friends over the basic simple wardrobe necessities.

“You’re always asked these questions,” she says. “And often I find it difficult to send them places that are reasonable — middle-ground but really well-made pieces.”

Her and her longtime partner for over 10 years, Australian designer Josh Goot, they have decided to come up with a solution. The solution being Wardrobe NYC, an edited collection of high-quality basics for both men and women, which launched today on Thursday, December 7.

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The full collection features only 16 pieces, 8 for men and women respectfully. The bae for what Goot and Cenentera feel is supposed to replicate a simple, unimpeachable wardrobe that is possible for almost everyone to wear from all different professions and fields. The collection can appeal to people that range from different personal styles, ages and body types. Many of the pieces in the collection are cut nicely and range from all different sizes, their men’s T-shirt runs from a small up to 3XL. The men’s collection has an assortment of necessary wardrobe pieces like a roomy overcoat, a two-button blazer, a T-shirt, a pair of loose-fitting trousers and a hoodie. For the women, there is a big coat, a white collarless shirt, black leggings, and an A-line skirt. All the pieces in the collection are either black or white, a palette that Goot explains as “democratic” and “solutions-based”. The collection is filled with all the things you would enjoy wearing almost every day of the week and can match perfectly with almost everything else that’s already sitting in your closet.

The collection is entirely produced in Italy and can only be bought from the brand’s website. For both the men and women, the entire eight-piece wardrobe collection cost $3,000. There is also an available four-piece “core” wardrobe which cost $1,500. this four-piece wardrobe consists of a blazer, a button-down, a T-shirt, and a skirt for the women. For the men, it includes a blazer, a button-down, T-shirt and trousers. None of the items from the collection are available to be purchased separately.

The reason to pare down the items shows how this collection is trying to separate from the norm of other designer collections. This collection wants to change from fast-fashion clothing, where pieces are produced in bulk and for cheap prices.

“What we’re trying to say is, this is less, and it’s really well done, and it will last you a really long time, and it will never go out of style,” Goot says. “These pieces are forever. What’s so great and different about working this way is that it’s not about the excess production, or the excess styles that everyone designs in conventional models. It’s also people’s time.”

You can shop the collection at Wardrobe.NYC

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.

Balenciaga combines men’s and women’s on one runway

Balenciaga Creative Director Demna Gvasalia announced this past Tuesday that the newest collection will be showing the men’s and women’s collection together for the first time, adding to the growing list of dual-gender runways.

Gvasalia has rust relaunched Balenciaga’s menswear business last June, and so far, has shown three new collections as part of Men’s Fashion Week in Paris. Suggesting the menswear collections have been well-received, the label has announced that it will start launching men’s pre-collections, beginning with a pre-fall range to be shown in January.

A handful of other luxury brands have begun showing their men’s and women’s collections together in their recent seasons including Kenzo, Burberry, Calvin Klein, and Gucci. Gucci and Balenciaga are both owned by Kering. When Gucci announced its plans for gender unification, the New York Times has reported that Kering was using Gucci as a “test case”, saying it would apply the concept to their other brands if it was successful.

The Gvasalia label has already had a lot of success this year alone, especially after they were named as the top brand during Q3 by the Lyst Index partnership with the Business of Fashion.

The brand is set to present the menswear and womenswear together during Paris Fashion Week in March 2018.

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.”

KYLE drops shoe collection with UGG x Footaction

KYLE recently announced he will be the head figure for a UGG x Footaction collection. Footaction will be the only place you can score these surprisingly cool UGGs meant for a cool laid-back guy.

 

West Coast rapper KYLE had the breakout track “ispy” hit number 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart and was even featured on its way up on Billboard Hot 100 with the song hitting its prime at number 4.

 

If KYLE had to describe his own style in one word it would be California. The 24-year-old rapper grew up in a small surfer city called Ventura which is located in southern California. KYLE stated in a Billboard article that UGGs were the go-to shoes in Ventura.

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“In my community, the surfers were looked up to as the coolest people, you feel me? It wasn’t the football players, it wasn’t the super thugged-out dudes, it was the kids who knew how to surf and all of them were rocking UGGs,” he tells Billboard Style, “so for a surf town, it represents the cool.”

“I really love how versatile the UGG styles are,” he said of the unexpected collaboration. “I’m a dude from California and I can rock Ugg any day. It was dope to be able to partner with UGG and Footaction on this campaign.”

“I’ve always loved UGG, I’ve always shopped at Footaction and I felt like it was really something that was actually a part of my childhood and my life,” he says, “when I got the opportunity, I was mad excited. It just made perfect sense.”

“With a shared California heritage, unique sense of style and jovial spirit, KYLE represents the true essence of UGG,” says Andrea O’Donnell, president of fashion lifestyle of Deckers Brands, who is the parent company of UGG’s.

The campaign was shot by a well-known photographer who goes by the name of Chris McPherson. McPherson took the shots for the campaign when KYLE was in New York City filming his debut acting career in Netflix’s new series called “The After party”, which is also featuring fellow artists like Wiz Khalifa and French Montana. The campaign follows KYLE throughout The Big Apple, exploring some famous landmarks like Central Park and Times Square, all while wearing UGGs.

When asked about the campaign shots for the collection in an XXL article he says, “It was really dope! The campaign was actually shot in reflection to how I actually felt in New York. I’ve never really spent more than a day in New York and that was the first weekend of me being in New York because I was shooting a movie. They had me doing a lot out of tourist stuff for the campaign. As a California kid locked in the city, I like going around doing all this awesome stuff. So, I got to do a lot of stuff that I always wanted to do in New York like seeing the Statue of Liberty and stuff like that and they just documented the whole thing, which was really cool. So, they really captured KYLE’s first trip in New York.”

 

KYLE is set to perform at ComplexCon this weekend in Long Beach for his very first time. At the event Footaction x UGG will be hosting “Kyle’s Place” which will be a visual experience that uses his own music that will portray a way fashion and music create something bigger.

The campaign styles will be including three new colorways of the brand’s lace-up Neumel Chukka model. Most of the shoes in the collection will have a variety of color-blocked varieties and even some waterproof versions as well. The collection will also still include the signature Classic Toggle hi-top slip-on boots that the brand is famously known for. If you want to get a pair of the shoes they are already available online and at select Footaction and UGG stores worldwide.

ERDEM x H&M takes a step away from fast fashion

Erdem Moralioglu, a world-renowned London designer, has tried his hand at making a collaboration with retail giant H&M. But with Moralioglu’s collection seeming different than most collaboration among other designers and brands.

When designers tag team with brands to create a collaboration line, they don’t really hold up to the expectations many people thought they would. With a lot of the collaborations seeming like a knock-off of the designer’s original line and seemingly being priced higher than normal clothes at the brand’s stores, Erdem Moralioglu decided to finally change the ongoing cycle.

Erdem Moralioglu created a London-based label which was founded in 2005. Moralioglu graduated from Royal College of Art began his career interning for Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg. His portfolio has blown up in the past couple years, thanks to his famous fans who often wear his signature floral prints. The group of fans includes: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Kate Mara, and Meghan Markle.

“When you hear about these collaborations, it’s often something that’s ‘a lesser version of’,” he says.

“It was about creating pieces that have a permanence to them and doing the opposite of something that feels like ‘fast fashion’.”

Moralioglu, who is now 40 years old, has created an accessible and affordable line with one of the leading fast fashion brands in the world. But unlike most fast fashion, his collection is filled with timeless silhouettes, luxe fabrics and superb tailoring to make his clothes last years. Moralioglu has said that he believes his pieces from this collection can be worn for 10 to 20 years and are adaptable enough to be mix and matched.

Moralioglu’s new collection even something he usually isn’t known to do, menswear. The menswear collection will include T-shirts, hoodies, a backpack, and sneakers engraved with his name. Moralioglu’s says his collection with H&M is his cure to disposable fashion. Moralioglu is most notably known for his ultra-feminine dresses and bold floral prints.

“Creating these pieces that have an odd classicism to them is almost disruptive to the idea of ‘Let’s consume it, let’s buy it, let’s wear it for a bit and let’s discard it,'” he says.

Moralioglu has said in an interview with straitstimes.com, he got his inspiration for the collection from a music video for a 1990 Pet Shop Boys song, Being Boring, that he first saw in high school.

The video is set “in this old English country house with young people inhabiting it – girls in bias-cut dresses wearing sneakers and boys in tuxedos with T-shirts. And there was something so democratic and inclusive about this idea of formal and informal and having something that would be amazing for someone who’s 16 or 75,” he adds.

The designer also took inspiration from his childhood memories, in which his time was split between Montreal, Canada, and Birmingham, England.

“I wanted to work with Harris tweed in Scotland and create a perfect tweed suit, and have the jacket sold separately from the trousers so a man could wear it almost like a jean jacket or as part of a suit.”

The designer says he did this collection the same way as he does with his main line. He starts with “the idea of character and narrative” for inspiration then he pays incredible detail the workmanship. Ms Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor believes the line has the capacity to stay around a while and even reveals the company has learned a couple things from working alongside Moralioglu.

“His clothes have longevity. These are precious things you can save in the wardrobe and take out over and over again,” Ms. Johansson says.

Brooks Brothers Says No Sweat to Their Spring Collection

Brooks Brothers, oh you fancy, huh?

The brand just released its spring Golden Fleece collection and their stepping up their luxe game. In photos released to WWD, we see upscale sport coats and suit jackets coming in a variety of solids and subtle plaid patterns. The tailored coats are deconstructed so they feel “light as a feather.”

We know the thought of wool could make anyone sweat in this recent summer heat, but Brooks Brothers is offering lightweight, Merino wool sweaters with 15.5 microns. Real talk, it’ll be like wearing your favorite worn-in tee.

Brooks Brothers is also putting some added sport into their coats as they introduce a mix media bomber jacket in a suede design, yet nylon sleeves. Another coat is waterproof with its double-faced fabrics.

Brooks Brothers’ chief merchandising officer, Lou Amendola, explains, “We’re updating classic basics and adding performance.”

And their not messing around. The mainline collection will feature polos with Supima cotton beginning in the spring. Then, their BrooksCool collection will bring tailored clothing in breathable crease-defying and water-resisting fabrics.

These series of collections come this spring will appeal to the modern on-the-go man. A dapper man who laughs in the face of rain, sweat, wrinkles and the fear of being underdressed.

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Thom Browne Spring 2015 Inspired by Tron

Attending a Thom Browne show is an experience. It is not just the clothes that attendees admire as they strut down the runway, but it is the story that Browne puts behind each show he organizes. For his spring 2015 menswear collection, Browne was inspired by the movie ‘Tron.’

In Paris, 20 models donning plastic masks stood in rows of five. They were wearing gray tailored suits as they silently waited for the show to commence. As the show began, two guardsmen marched out in wool-suit armor. According to the New York Times, after the guards followed the models, who were split into two groups, those wearing puffy jackets and trousers, and those strutting sharper, spikier shoulders.

Browne staged a competition. The competition was between man and machine.

Browne commented, “It would be too easy for us to use Star Wars.”

Every show that Thom Browne puts on is just that. A show. Besides the beautifully crafted suits, there is always a deeper message that Browne hopes the audience takes with them. Many of the shows give off a haunting vibe, as if the set is something that you could imagine in your worst nightmare.

Although Browne has said, “they all lose in the end. That makes man a two-time loser.”

 

 

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