Seems like Nike is really getting behind the Nike Tuned Air Plus the year. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the shoe, the sneaker giant is releasing new variations like the Nike Vapormax Plus silhouette but also bringing a lot of great new color ways of the original. This simple black and neon version will definitely grab attention of OG Air Max fans. Expect it to be available at Nike Sportswear retailers and pick up this Air Max Plus “Neon” on February 8th at a retail price for $150USD.

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The Nike Air Max 180 is a classic model that hasn’t gotten much attention in recent years. That’s about to change now with this COMME des GARCONS HOMME version which first appeared at last season’s Paris Fashion week. Official images of the sneaker have not been released and they are heavy on the pink. While not to everyone’s taste these will fit in with well with any full Comme fit. In total there are three variations on the sneaker. Check for them to drop at Dover Street Market, END and SSENSE.

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After covering each show respectively, it’s time to take a closer look backstage. The joint theme connecting the two shows from Jun and Takahiro was the idea of Disorder/Order. Contrasting the two collections against each other, UC takes a much more youthful and streetwear oriented approach, while The Soloist show chooses to subvert traditional menswear. Click through to see more images and you can shop current season items from the brands at SSENSE and Idol.

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For his FW18 Undercover collection , Jun showed that he really reveres the work of director Stanley Kubrick. He had toyed around with looks inspired by the Shining’s Grady sisters in his last women’s show and for his men’s collection at Pitti he showed many pieces based around Kubrick’s 2001: A Space odyssey. The film centers around a near-future where a rogue AI takes over a manned space mission. The feeling of isolation and dystopia is channeled through various prints reflecting scenes from the movie. It also shows up in other unexpected ways like the HAL 9000 LED fanny packs and raincoats screen-printed with “WARNING.HUMAN ERROR. COMPUTER MALFUNCTION”.  The rest of the collection offers up familiar re-treads on Undercover’s signatures – mixed fabrics, trim wool coats and military parkas. A real showstopper for me personally were the down jackets , with illumatinated facemarks that resembled the spacesuits from Kubrick’s sci-fi classic. Jun has always embraced the future in many of his collections, but looking to Kubrick for inspiration has also added a feeling of nostalgia to the proceedings.

If I could raise a criticism of the collection, it would be that the collection feels almost too predictable. It covers all the bases you expect from UC with the same type of printing techniques used in the past and in a way that feels very trend friendly. Still a good collection but perhaps next to the transcendent showing by his friend Takahiro , it feels a little more ordinary.

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Jun Takahashi and Takahiro Miyashita have long been friends and this year they got the chance to show their collections together earlier today at Pitti Uomo. The two designers agreed to a shared theme for their respective collections; an exploration of order and disorder. They had also consulted each other on the the mutual finale that saw a line of Takahiro’s models in black synthetic face an opposing line of models in white floor length pleated skirts emerge from Takahashi’s side It seemed that both their collections channeled an overall feeling of alienation and rebellion, Miyashita’s was much more focused on subverting traditional elements of men’s fashion.

He went down the list of menswear classics , incorporating things like houndstooth but kept them hidden or obscured by his avant garden nomadic looks. Many of the models wore layers of technical nylon items, decorated with bags and accessories. The runway looks gave the impression of armor, with oversized cloaks. The footwear consisted of tall boots and even traditional Japanese Geta (sandals). It was difficult to tell where one piece ended and another began but the effect was impressive; Miyashita was effective at drawing the audience into his world. In many ways the Soloist has been a brand that is more product than spectacle focused than Miyashita’s past work at Number (N)one, with his Fall/Winter 2018 collection however Miyashita showed that he could achieve both with one collection. Check out the rest of the looks after the jump.

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Porter is one of the most reliable names for durable, well-constructed bags. They have linked up with fellow Japanese accessory experts Foot the Coacher. While Foot the Coacher is best known for their sneakers, the collaboration allows them to put the same level of attention to a selection of backpacks and waist bags.

The backpacks come in three different styles and are constructed from Cordura ripstop, high-density nylon and leather. Zip pockets, drawstring entry, adjustable buckles and an assortment of storage options gear up for high functionality. The two waist bag styles come in either Cordura ripstop or black nylon and have tons of compartments and design details. The only downside of the collection is the pricing as these won’t come cheap with pricing in the $400-700USD range. Shop the collection over at HAVEN.

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It’s said that LA can be a lonely city, a new editorial from BLENDS captures that feeling of alienation using pieces from the new Brain Dead collection. Set a nostalgically themed bowling alley, the collection includes the usuals graphic-laden staples. Check out more of the drop on BLEND’s website and click through for all the images.

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Nike made a splash with the return of the Air Max 98 in 2016. The release of OG color ways as well as three colors for the collab they did with Supreme showed that there was a market out there for faithful recreations of the shoe. Now in 2018, Nike is releasing two great colors in celebration of the shoe’s 20th anniversary. First off is the tour yellow version pictured above and a bright blue/red released nicknamed “Gundam” which you can see after the jump. These look like they’ve kept true to the originals in terms of materials and should appeal to the segment of their consumer base who prefers faithful recreations to new iterations on the style using modern tech. I’m all for the 98 coming back and it’s looking like this year will net even more versions of the sneaker later in the year. Look for both these sneakers to drop at Nike retailers after Jan 17.

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Jim Jones has gone through countless style phases in the course of his rap career. The Dipset capo has been seen repping everything from Supreme to Ed Hardy in it’s heyday, Jones has embraced the full spectrum of fashion and streetwear. Atlanta boutique A Ma Maniére hits up Jones to model brands including vidvim, Stone Island, Margiela and Mastermind. A nice mix of the rappers personal style and the curation of the shop is achieved. Shop the looks instore or via A Ma Maniére’s website.

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Belief is one of the best shops in Russia at delivering a selection of top tier streetwear. They present a new editorial featuring items from Fall/Winter collections, fusing items from a wide range of labels including  WTAPS, ACRONYM, NEIGHBORHOOD, Cav Empt, and RATS. Click through to see the rest of the shoot and shop the selection online.

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