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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.

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.

 

Nike Premiers a New Colorway of its Mashup Sneaker the Forceposite

Nike has tried many mash-ups of its classic sneakers in the past that just left people confused as to why Nike would come out with a product that no one was asking for. From the any of the fusion Jordans to taking the Air Max 95 and combining it with the Roger Federer Air Zoom Vapor, many of these mashups simply just leave sneaker-heads saying why Nike? This time around Nike is unveiling a new colorway of the loved and hated Nike mash up the Forceposite. This mashup of the classic Air Force One and Penny Hardaway’s Foamposite is coming out in a colorway that might change the way people look at the Forceposite. By taking one of the classic Foamposite colorways, ‘Metallic Red’ this Nike is reaching out to the true Foamposite heads and giving them something to move into a different silhouette. Nike has dropped multiple Forceposites in the past and many of the colorways and silhouettes have flopped, but these might be the Forceposite that gives the mash-up sneaker a better reputation and separates itself from the pack.

The Nike Air Force One is in the middle of a little bit of a resurgence for Nike at the moment. Over about the last year, you can see Nike Air Force Ones on the feet of celebrities and influencers all over the world for a few reasons. After rolling out 3 different iterations of the shoe with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Nike came through and gave the people what they wanted with more Air Force One collaborations. From a collaboration paying homage to a very sought after Roc-A-Fella records, a collab with Just Don’s very creator and head designer Don C, and lastly probably the most hyped of all the full canvas upper Air Force One that featured detachable swooshes and lace covers that they worked with rapper Travis Scott on. Nike and its signature Air Force One was approaching the pinnacle of what made the sneaker so popular in the first place. The Air Force One is so great for its simplicity, its classic silhouette that can go with anything, and that it appeals to so many different lifestyles and cultures.

Nike’s Foamposite, unlike the Air Force One, is in somewhat of a downward spiral at the moment. Although the shoe will always be a cult classic Nike model and it has developed a following of its own, the masses aren’t asking for the heavy, clunky Penny Hardaway model these days. After a resurgence in 2012 due to the highly anticipated release of the Nike Foamposite Galaxy that had people not only paying prices in the thousands for the shoe but people even trading their cars for the shoe. Nike was riding high with the Foamposite at that time dropping a plethora of colorways from some of the originals like the metallic reds, pine greens, and the royals to new really out there colorways like the weatherman and the thermals. One problem Nike was over saturating the market with Foamposites and they began to sit on shelves in sneaker stores all over the country and eventually find their way to the Nike outlets going for way below retail.

Nike is hoping with this most recent mash-up of two of its classic models to be able to pull in the fanatics in each crowd. Mashing up the Air Force One and Foamposite in a colorway that will actually be able to demand attention from sneaker aficionados might actually make this shoe a sleeper of the summer and at a retail price of 180 dollars, it meets right in the middle of the price of two of Nike’s most popular models.

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.

Rimowa Collaborates With Virgil Abloh’s Off-White

Virgil Abloh’s Off-White is one of the hottest brands making noise is not just in the space of fashion but accessories and now with talks of a potential Ikea collaboration, furniture. Off-White’s latest collaboration comes in the form of a premium luggage collection with world-renowned luxury luggage company Rimowa. This is a big step in the right direction for both companies.

Off-White who is coming off a stellar 2017 and 2018 with one of the biggest streetwear collaborations of the last year with its ‘The Ten’ collection with Nike. Off-White in the last year has grown immensely from their use of safety tape designs for their belts and the use of black and white striped printing on the back of their garments. They are currently one of the hottest brands within streetwear with everyone just waiting to see what Virgil Abloh will do next with his brand and if it will take a back seat after recently being appointed men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton. With Virgil making strides not just for the world of streetwear in high fashion but for African Americans within high fashion many are watching his every move to see what he will do next to impact the culture he has been able to grow so quickly in.

Luxury luggage company Rimowa is also making huge strides in its collaborations with streetwear with this most recent Off-White collection of luggage and packing bags with Virgil’s signature words with quotations around them in the Helvetica font. Rimowa in the last year has cemented itself as the go-to luggage brand of streetwear aficionados. The way Rimowa has been able to accomplish this feat in a world where people care about having all aspects of their lifestyle fit their personal clothing style is through, obviously collaborations. Over the past year, they have collaborated with Los Angeles streetwear label Anti Social Social Club on a collection consisting of their Essential suitcase and apparel including a t-shirt, hoodie and a hat all emblazoned with the Rimowa logo. Their next even more hyped collaboration within the world of streetwear was their much anticipated with possibly the biggest streetwear brand in the world today, New York City’s very own Supreme. The collection with Supreme consisted of two different suitcases one traditionally sized suitcase with the signature Supreme box logo all over the suitcase in a black and red colorway and a carry-on suitcase with the same design. Both of these collaborations for Rimowa sold out within seconds of both their online and in-store releases, with the Supreme collaboration selling for prices of around 5,000 dollars on the second-hand market.

With both of these collaborations working out probably beyond Rimowa’s expectations naturally, their next step would be to join forces with another streetwear giant just to further establish themselves as the premier luggage brand to fans of street fashion and culture. I don’t think their collaboration with Off-White will be able to attain the same hype and buzz as their collaboration with Supreme. But having already seen the impact a collaboration with Off-White could have on the overall success of a brand and it’s products I think Rimowa is definitely headed in the right direction.

The product that Off-White and Rimowa are releasing is an interesting take on the average person’s perception of what personal luggage would be. The carry-on luggage is composed of a transparent polycarbonate that allows anyone that might see your luggage to see exactly what you have within your suitcase. This offers a new commentary on the lack of privacy that people face in society today from government surveillance and the overexposure of people’s personal lives on social media.

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.

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.”

 

What men wanted to wear in 2017, according to Lyst

With the start of a new year and the ending of the old one, it’s best to know what was a growing trend and what wasn’t. luckily for us, global fashion search company Lyst has gone through its data over the course of the past year to find out what exactly men were looking for in 2017.

At first, Lyst noticed that outwear brands, such as Patagonia and The North Face, received a huge spike in popularity and ranked among the top five most desired men’s labels worldwide. Top luxury fashion brands such as Balenciaga, Gucci and Vetements have all increased their number of searches as well.

Streetwear brands continued their increased involvement in the fashion world during 2017, with skate labels growing the most. Skate labels received a 304 percent increase in searches over the course of the year. Palace took one of the top three fastest growing menswear label spots, proving that streetwear brands are here to stay.

In the pants category, the United States as a whole went to a straight-leg silhouette. All over the world, consumers kept up with their sweatpants, thanks to none other than YEEZY, Champion and Supreme, all of which have also increased their growth in searches by 104 percent.

It is a good bet to say that Canadian artist Drake has brought back the trend of cargo pants and even helped increase the success of Stone Island with the help of John Mayer. Drake wore a pair of cargo pants back in March which led to Stone Island being searched 12,000 times. Both Drake and John Mayer are huge fans of the color pink, which was the color with the most movement.

The last biggest trend in 2017 consisted of the sneaker collaborations. Every two seconds, someone was searching the site for a collaborative shoe. Among the top searched was Virgil Abloh x Nike, Vans x Fear of God and Raf Simons x Adidas.

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

Steve Aoki dressing up his fans

Steve Aoki is a well-known DJ who has been nominated for two Grammys. Aoki is a man also famously known for throwing cakes at his fans during his performances called, “caking”. But Aoki has recently tried something new amongst all the things the constantly moving artist does.

Steve Aoki is a multi-hyphenate artist who tends to spray Champagne at his fans. Steve Aoki is best described as a long-haired, bearded-tattooed and a Las Vegas lover. Aoki is the son of the late Benihana restaurant founder Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki. Steve Aoki is an icon known for his EDM scene, being based out of the Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Aoki found Dim Mak Records in Los Angeles, where he once called home growing up in Newport Beach, in 1996.

“I never thought of myself as a DJ,” Aoki said in the 2016 Netflix documentary “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.” “I always thought of myself as a promoter and record label guy.”

Aoki was at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills on a mid-October evening after a video shoot and a stop by his hotel. Aoki, who is 39 now, was wearing distressed jeans and a white graphic shirt under an oversize green-and-and-black-check flannel shirt.

“Today is a really big day,” he said about the Saks event he was hosting in celebration of the arrival of his Dim Mak Collection men’s streetwear line. “The soul of what I do has always been based on music, but I’m always going to follow my passion and interests in fashion equally. It’s just a whole new wheelhouse. … It’s like nurturing a second child.”

“When you’re in a band, you have to make those T-shirts,” he continued. “So, I was making T-shirts for my bands when I was 15, 16 years old. … I learned how to play guitar. I learned how to write a song. I learned how to screen my first T-shirt. Through the course of doing that, I got more and more interested in fashion. … Music and fashion are all part of the same culture and lifestyle.”

Steve Aoki has been very successful with his music career that he’s financially stable enough to be able to pursue a fashion project and other things. “I’m all in,” he said. “I’m not saying all of my money is in it. I’m just saying my mind is all in, and it’s an incredible journey. … The DIY spirit never left — but now it’s a little bit more expensive.”

Fashion is a new way for Aoki to get into his creative spirit in new ways and to reach his fan base. “Instead of doing music collaborations,” he said, “we’re doing fashion and art collaborations.”

Steve Aoki released a new album this year called, “Steve Aoki Presents Kolony”. This past Friday Aoki with Lauren Jauregui called “All Night”. Aoki also has his schedule full of highly regarded shows at festivals and clubs all around the globe.

Aoki is pretty popular on social media as well boasting 5.7 million Instagram followers, where Aoki constantly posts pictures capturing his most adrenaline filled moments like stage diving into the crowd.

Through fashion, Aoki is setting himself up to reach a bigger audience.  Aoki started his men’s indie-rock- and skate-culture-inspired streetwear line, Dim Mak Collection, in 2014 as a way to help him grow his brand.

“The dream is to do a collection,” Aoki said. “You get to that point. You’re, like, ‘OK, I’ve done the T-shirts. I’ve done the hoodies. I want to immerse myself in cut and sew. I want to immerse myself in the full array of what fashion is.’”

Dim Mak Collection, was previously only being sold in Japan, the streetwear label had its North American debut this year at New York Fashion Week: Men’s. and this upcoming season it will be carried by select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, that includes Beverly Hills, and also online.

Sterling Shepard and Stefon Diggs become NFL’s fashion Ambassadors

Fashion and football are rarely ever in the same conversation unless you are talking about Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. But with second-year wide receiver Sterling Shepard from the New York Giants and star wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings now taking the roles as the NFL’s fashion ambassadors, fashion and football might be going hand in hand. Shepard and Diggs will be serving as the ambassadors throughout the 2017 season for the NFL’s Men Lifestyle Campaign.

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“It’s awesome,” Shepard said. “You get to see the collaboration of style and the NFL coming together. I date a supermodel, so fashion is pretty big around me.”

Shepard and Diggs will be featured in print and digital assets throughout the season. Shepard will even have his own fashion trading cards designed by Panini America in support of the campaign.

The campaign is called “Inspired by Football, Defined by You” which is supposed to help those fans how to personalize NFL gear to their own specific individual style. The main objective of the campaign is to depict NFL players as not just athletes but fashion icons as well.

Stefon Diggs said, “I’m extremely excited. It’s a blessing to get this opportunity, just being a part of something special. I get to influence a lot of people and give people that confidence that you can rep your squad on Sundays, and you can wear it casually during the week. It’s just an everyday thing of wearing your team whenever you want to, and just having the confidence of wearing it. So, I’m pretty excited.”

Diggs and Shepard are arguably two of the most fashionable men in the league and while both being relatively new to the league still. Diggs especially has a reputation off the field for having a high fashion IQ and tends to have his own style which gains lots of followers. When asked about his fashion influence and being one of the more stylish players in the league he added, “It means a lot. As far as having individually, and bringing what you want to bring to the table – wearing what you want, wearing what makes you happy. Not really caring how everybody else feels about it. Sometimes it is outside the norm, not what somebody would typically do on their every day. It’s another way of expressing yourself.”

The collection is available online at http://Nflshop.com

I let em stare if they stare at us…

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Russell Westbrook’s new unisex streetwear brand

Russell Westbrook love for fashion goes beyond other celebrities who use their image to try to create their own line of fashion collections. Kris Van Assche and Kim Jones mean something to the famous NBA basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last Month Westbrook released a book with Rizzoli called “Style Drivers” that also included cover art by Ray Pettibon. The book talked about style evolution and the designers and personalities who inspire last year’s NBA MVP.

 

 

Westbrook has finally designed his own collection titled “Honor the Gift”. Westbrook’s new collection did not drop with Barneys New York, a company he has regularly worked with, nor did he decide to introduce the new streetwear brand in Paris where he visits often for Fashion Week. Instead Westbrook chose to showcase the brand in a body shop in Oklahoma City. It was held at Penn Automotive on 2104 NW 39th Street Last weekend, and hundreds of fans were outside for hours waiting to be the first people to get a look at the new line which is said to be “unisex streetwear”. According to an official release, the “Honor the Gift is a brand of self-belief and dedication to honor the gift ‘he’ has given you, shaped into different product offerings that represent a personal promise to challenge all and achieve greatness no matter what hardship”.

Launching it in OKC (Oklahoma City) was a good move for Westbrook who has been with the cities team since he was drafted back in 2008. Launching it in OKC gives the diehard fans to be the first customers to shop the line, and he has told Vogue that he doesn’t want to stray away from his daily job.

“My humble beginnings started here,” he told Vogue. “I’ve been conceptualizing the idea [for] many years and felt it’s time for me to launch my own brand with my own messages. Honor the Gift is a brand of self-belief and dedication to honor the gift ‘he’ has given you, shaped into different product offerings that represent a personal promise to challenge all and achieve greatness no matter the hardship.”

@honorthegift Coming soon……..

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“Street wear has always been about comfort. I wanted a collection that both males and females can get into.”

Westbrook’s collection includes some neon shirts, stripe sweatpants, racecar graphics, and more “caution: and construction symbols. Westbrook said all of his collection was inspired by “vintage automotive [design] and a sense of danger”.

The full collection can be shopped online that will open up on November 22nd at Honorthegift.co. Pop up shops will also be scheduled soon so keep an eye out for those as well.

Anik Khan shows off a new design for tour merch

Anik Khan has had arguably the best year any up and coming artist could have. The Queens rapper released his first EP Kites and his first show in New York City sold out. He recently just wrapped up his first tour filling up venues from the west to the east with another rising star, Jidenna.

Anik Khan is known for having his own unique style to him, that is, embracing who he is and not hiding behind a persona. His five million streams on Soundcloud show that, so far, it’s getting him somewhere. For Khan, his success isn’t for himself but more so for the group of people who rarely have a voice, the people of Bengal. When asked about Bengal, Khan says, “We’re a young country that’s still figuring it out, but we have so much to offer”.

Khan has brought his talent as a singer/songwriter to America and is telling the story of an immigrant. Khan has found a new and innovative way to express the story, portraying it all over his tour merchandise. Khan has collaborated with designer Joshua Vanleader to create a different type of tour merch. Together they created a way to express the diversity and culture that raised Khan. Khan has put three of his favorite spots in Queens on his tour merch including: Trinciti Roti, Mahmoud’s Corner, and Fatima’s Halal Kitchen. All the shirts for the collection have been manufactured by Far East Knitting and Dyeing LTD. The tees are available at http://anikkhanmerch.com for $40.

“Let a Bengali-born, Queens-borough New Yorker show you a new meaning of what it actually means to be ‘Made in Bangladesh’”.

 

The shirt designs are all relatively similar. The menu printed on the front and store information on the back with Khan’s name only visible on the sleeve. The Shirts closely resemble standard uniforms at anyone’s local roti restaurant. Khans says, “Queens is the greatest place in the world. I want to promote these amazing businesses and tell their story”. With his new style comes as a breath of fresh air seeing as most artist tour merchandise comes with the nearly the same designs, such as, artist name, tour name, and dates of cities they will be visiting.

The tees also show off Khan’s optimistic side. Even with all the political debate or racial stereotypes of middle eastern culture, Khan doesn’t let it put a hamper on his vision and how he wants to show off what his upbringing and culture background means. Being an immigrant in a seemingly hostile America isn’t an easy task, but Khan has found a way through it all with his talented music and surprisingly tasteful merchandise.

 

To keep up with the latest news of Anik Khan you can follow him at the following social media platforms: Instagram (@anikkhan_), Twitter (@AnikKhan_), and Facebook (Anik Khan).

 

New Balenciaga kicks take over the fashion scene with bizarre look

Typically, only athletic brands try their hand at the unusual shoe layout. A flexible knit body attached to a basic sole creates the new sock sneakers. But as of lately many luxury companies have tried to create their own style of the shoe, trying to sell it to the more fashionable side of the spectrum, but none have been as successful as Balenciaga has with their new Speed Trainers.

Balenciaga’s Speed Trainers have recently have been on the market for some time now and it’s been a surprise by how well they have done, considering it is basically a sock glued onto a sole. Speed Trainers have taken the fashion scene by storm with the model hitting it big since it was released. Speed Trainers are available in a number of different versions and cost roughly between $595 to $695.

The Speed Trainers are in a completely different era compared to their more traditional styled shoes such as the Triple S sneaker. But the sneakers weren’t the only stop for Balenciaga. They recently also released booties and pumps with the sock-like frame which retail around $995.

The fashion trend has become so popular that most fashion chains have adapted the shoe into their own collections. Brands like Zara and Free People have their own take on the shoe sneakers and have them for considerably less. Even Dior has challenged the Speed Trainers with their own revamped sock like sneaker. The B21 sneaker by Dior looks relatively similar to Balenciaga’s take and cost just as much.

Although no luxury label is selling as hot as Balenciaga is with their speed trainers. Speed Trainers are so high in demand that they are virtually sold out everywhere and continue to do so with every restock. You would be considered lucky to even get a knockoff pair of Speed Trainers. Speed Trainers are now available in multiple styles such as: triple black, turquoise, white, prune, and even an IKEA version.

The bizarre shoes have been seen on the feet of celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Hailey Baldwin. Even rappers like Future have been caught wearing the comfortable shoes. The booties and pump versions have also been seen on the feet of Kourtney Kardashian and Rihanna.  As unconventional as they look it seems like everyone, even the A-list celebrities, have taken a liking in the shoes.

“It’s undeniable how comfortable they are”, says Brian Trunzo, senior menswear editor at WSGN. But not everyone has taken a liking in the shoes. Kicks on Fire wrote, “I may not know fashion, but I do know I would not rock these regardless of who or what brand made them”. Even so, it seems like not being for the new fashion trend isn’t the popular opinion amongst consumers seeing how every brand has dipped into the strange shoe market.

Balenciaga has taken a page straight out of brands such as Nike and Adidas, who have been working with this style of shoe for ages. Nike has been experimenting with this dating back as far as 1979 with their Bermuda shoe. Adidas arguably has been on top with their fly knit technology with the likes of their shoes such as NMD, Tubular, and even the one of the most popular shoes Yeezy 350.

In recent studies, Edited has found that the market for Sock-like sneakers has increased by more than 220% among luxury labels and has only been a 20% of discounts on 5% of new arrivals indicating that there will be plenty of time for full price sales.

For more information and looks of the shoe visit, http://balenciaga.com. Keep a look out for the bizarre shoes. There certainly isn’t any indication for the trend to die down anytime soon.

7 Destinations Every FashionMister Must Visit

Traveling is one thing that should for sure be on your list of goals for a lifetime. Explore the fabrics of the world and roam the streets where some of the most legendary designers have walked. Here are some places you should consider traveling to next!

7. Tokyo, Japan

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via flickr/aNto

Japan unleashes fashion at its wildest. Platform shoes to people dressed as anime characters. Fashion is not just clothes in Japan, but a whole new way to transform yourself. In Japan your outfit isn’t complete unless you hair is as funky as your wardrobe. Have you checked out clothing lines like Bathing Ape and COMME des GARÇONS?

6. Berlin, Germany

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via flickr/Mariano Mantel

Street wear is big in Germany. Edgy patterns and color blocking are a must here. Germany, in fact, houses two of the biggest sneaker brands; Adidas and PUMA.

 

5. Barcelona, Spain

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via flickr/Moyan Brenn

Balenciaga sunglasses, Why not? Enjoy the warm weather and beaches in Spain.

 

4. Rome /Milan, Italy

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via flickr/Moyan Brenn

These historic cities are one of the most crucial places to visit! Italy is known for having some of the best shoe designers in the world. This is Sightseeing fashion heaven filled with designers such as Versace, Valentino, and Moschino.

 

3. London, England

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via flickr/Anirudh Koul

A Burberry trench for the fall is a fashion essential for the London fog. Drive around London and pick up a pair of some Alexander McQueen shoes while you are there. Filled with dapper tailored suits and known for their beloved desire of hats. Do you remember Pharrell’s infamous Vivienne Westwood Hat?

 

2. Paris, France

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via flickr/Moyan Brenn

Discover the history of popular fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Walk around this fashion savvy city in your adored Red Bottoms soaking in the Parisian culture. Souvenirs? A great gift for your fashionista girlfriend would be a pair of these handcrafted shoes . Isn’t this a fashionMr Dream come true?

 

1. New York City/ Los Angeles, USA

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via flickr/drpavloff

“New York, New York.” The Big apple is ranked as the number one city on the fashion capital list. Be sure to grab yourself a cup of coffee from Starbucks, because this overly populated city will have you on your feet and waiting for a yellow taxi. The city contains 5 boroughs that each contains a selected trend of fashion.

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via flickr/Neil Kremer

They say “California girl are unforgetable” so add LA to the top of your list as well. Ranked right beside New York City, LA has produced some of the most iconic fashion movies and TV shows. The legendary Alfred Hitchock loved to bounce back & forth from LA to NY filming some of his classics. Plus, I’m sure you’d love to shop down Rodeo Drive !