As we hit the summer months, retailers are already beginning to drop their first markdowns of the season. East Dane started it’s annual spring sale offering some great finds at up to 40% off the regular retail price. One of the standouts is this excellent wool Lemaire suit coat. With a relaxed cut and viscose/cotton lining, this piece is easy to throw on and should be a go-to for the designers cult following. Click through for more highlights from the sale all priced under retail.

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The release of Alien Covenant this past week makes this an excellent time to reflect on the franchise as a whole. The original 1979 film directed by Ridley Scott single handedly came to define the space horror genre. While much has been made of H.R Giger’s alien designs, the film’s popularity and success largely hinges on its ability to pack immense detail into every scene. The original film utilizes set design, music, costumes and even custom typography to bring the world to life. The epic world building in the original set the standard for the entire franchise but today I want to take a closer look at the costume design in particular. The costumes and clothing seen throughout the franchise have had an immense impact on future sci-fi films and even the film industry as a whole. I’ll be breaking down the costume design of the original Alien trilogy below.

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Retail apocalypse is ripping through the United States leaving brick-and-mortar boutiques and mall chain behemoths alike wobbling on the brink of irrelevance as online shopping becomes the norm for consumers. The Atlantic reported the first third of 2017 has witnessed nine major retail bankruptcies, major apparel companies’ stocks plunging to new lows, and flagship after flagship closing their doors. The meteoric rise of alternative, often community-run platforms for buying, selling and trading goods online has directly crippled the retail industry. Shoppers, who are already conditioned to shop on sale, now have access to secondhand designer items at mere fractions of retail prices.

Alternative marketplaces are nowhere near a new phenomenon. In the days before sites like eBay, Y! Japan and Grailed, dedicated shoppers scoured flea markets, thrift shops and consignment stores alike for designer threads amidst piles of musty windbreakers and knockoff COOGI sweaters. Each independent, enthusiast-run online shop carrying marked-up goods initially purveyed through Rakuten mirrors my own foray into the world of e-commerce. In the 2000s, my middle-school self was conducting a legally-questionable scheme of funneling East Asian street fashion back to the United States to shill at higher prices on LiveJournal. As the internet has matured, the number of alternative marketplaces has multiplied and with each iteration they become more targeted and communal.

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Wacko Maria is one of my favorite streetwear labels out of Japan and their latest capsule collection pays homage to music legend Lee Scratch Perry. One of the pioneers of dub , Lee “Scratch” Perry has worked with a who’s who of artists from Bob Marley to The Beastie Boys. The collection takes graphics from Perry’s album artwork and throws them on everything from tees to short sleeves. While many collabs end up being a simple co-branding exercise but capsule channels the energy of Lee Perry’s musical legacy. Look out for the pieces available through Japanese Wacko Maria stockists and online boutiques like END.

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Nike ACG is set to release it’s Spring/Summer 2017 range tomorrow. I previously covered the 07 CMTR sneaker on this site, but now we get a better look at what else is in the range. Particularly of note is the packable ACG Poncho that comes in ripstop. Equipped with a hidden inner pocket, the is one of the more eye-catching items to drop. Another key piece are the ACG cargos. While past seasons saw cargos released, these are notable for their 6 pocket set-up and breathable side vents. To round out the collection there’s also a series of fleece items as well as a rain resistant button-down.

The collection releases this Thursday over at END.

 

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Without the ability to layer or add in more elaborate pieces, you have to rely on accessories and comfortable basics to get through hot sunny days. Here are some some simple pieces you can work into your summer style.

Y-3 Qasa Hi Steel Blue

Wings + Horns 6 Panel Hat

 

Raf Simons Adiette Slides

Y-3 Classic T-shirt

 

Arc’Teryx Nodin Jacket

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New York based M5 Showroom has just launched their official web shop. A tightly curated roster of brands will be stocked including  Stone Island, Herno, Begg & Co., Barena, TS(S), and President’s. The best part of the launch is this campaign cookbook that gives a better glimpse at how the pieces can be styled together. You can visit the M5 Online store now online.  Click through for the rest of the images from the campaign.

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Japanese style mag Popeye tackles spring style in the city with this well-styled editorial. Giving a very real glimpse into days spent traveling across town while stopping at delis, burger shops and falafel joints. Pieces include the latest from Visvim, WTAPS and Wacko Maria. If you’re looking for some these items online you can find them at END and Revive.

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Nike ACG (All-Conditions Gear) is back with a new sneaker – the 07 CMTR. The one-piece upper is made up of ripstop nylon and is adorned by bungee cords and fastening straps. Releasing soon in two color ways “Triple Black” and Navy/Black-Sail, Nike is set to offer up another tech wear friendly footwear option.

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This piece is one of the best I’ve seen from Stone Island this scene. An awesome olive color way that’s the result of a garment dyeing process . The parka comes in a performance fabric made up of an outer opaque light nylon layer laminated to a very fine breathable, water and wind resistant inner membrane. The seams have been thermo-taped for optimal water resistance.  Along with the removable storm hood and zip fastening system this is a strong choice for even heavy-duty rainfall.  It’s available over at HAVEN.

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