From the monthly archives: September 2012

acronym 2012 fall winter collection 1 Acronym FW12 Mens & Womens Collections

acronym 2012 fall winter collection 2 Acronym FW12 Mens & Womens Collections

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Errolson Hugh brings it with this fantastic Fall/Winter collection of Acronym. Above are my picks from the FW12 collection. While I have never had the fortune of owning any ACR myself, I have always been impressed by any items I’ve seen or handled in person. I have the utmost respect for the no compromises approach that the brand embodies. Be sure to also check out the womenswear line that somehow fulfills all my otaku sci-fi babe fantasies without venturing into cosplay territory.

These photos barely do these items justice so do yourself a favor and play around on the Acronym website where there are close-up shots of garment details showcasing the versatility and practicality of each item.

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undercover x nike gyakusou 2012 Nike x Undercover Gyakusou FW12 Sneaker Collection

As we presented earlier, Nike is about to roll out their FW Gyakusou collection to retailers worldwide. Look out for this footwear collection that includes 2 colorways of the Nike Lunar Speed Light+ and the Nike Free 3.0 respectively. These running shoes are sure to deliver a mix of comfort, design and will be the perfect accompaniment to the apparel. I am partial to the Olive Lunar Speed Light+ myself ,  which model is your favorite?

Images via Hypebeast

by Rocky Li

 

saint laurent%20paris japan homme hedi slimane The Future of Fashion   An Interview with Hedi Slimane

Saint Laurent Eyewear via Vogues Homme Japan

As the fashion set worldwide anxiously awaits Hedi Slimane’s designers under the Saint Laurent Paris label, I believe this is an appropriate time to reflect on his viewpoints on digital media and fashion. In particular this 2010 Style.com interview with the Saint Laurent Paris creative director has stayed in my mind and stands out as something worth re-visiting .  Mr.Slimane is questioned  by Dirk Standen  and proceeds to  speak on varied topics including the relevance of  runway  shows and the broader impact of media in the increasingly connected and fast-moving media climate. I’ve included some of the highlights below.

How do you think technology—tweeting, blogging, social media, etc.—has affected fashion? For better or worse?
It has affected different aspects of fashion tremendously. From commentary to fashion design, communication, and distribution.

The fashion Internet community is like a global digital agora tweeting passions and opinions. Anyone knows better, and each one is a self-made critic.

This is a fascinating idea, as I always favored amateurism (”the one that loves”) over professionalism, attraction over experience. It obliges anyone in the industry to think in a fresher way.

Of course, it is hard to say if any “authority,” someone like Suzy Menkes, might one day come out and use digital means to lead with integrity, enough background, outside of any conflict of interest.

On a design perspective, it has allowed any young designer or indie brand to get an instant audience, if used with wit and invention.

I am not quite sure of the future of retail as we know it. This is a truly important thing, maybe the most important one, as it might already mean there is nothing standing between the design and an audience/consumer.

Finally, the better and the worse have always been part of fashion, with the Internet only magnifying it and creating a joyful and noisy digital chaos.

The bottom line is that any note can create music. It is only a matter of taste.

Some people are questioning whether, in an era when information is disseminated so quickly, fashion shows still matter. As someone who has been both a participant and observer, do you think fashion shows are still an important and effective method of presentation?
I understand the options, but there is something else besides information.

Fashion somehow, for me, is purely and happily irrational.

I like the ritual, the liturgy of a well-crafted, emotional fashion show. I will never be jaded with this side of fashion. The “catwalk” is pure anthropology, something like an esoteric encrypted parade. It can totally be replaced but it will be missed.

Archaisms do have some reassuring charms, unless the Internet is used creatively, and in a poetic way.

The problem is also the number of brands that insist, for vanity or desperation and beyond common sense, to squeeze into the endless fashion weeks of the world for the wrong reasons.

Some of them would benefit from different methods to present their collections.

The silhouette you proposed for men at Dior Homme is in many ways still the dominant silhouette today. Are you surprised by how long it has lasted? Do you see it changing?

I started to work on my silhouette since the end of my Saint Laurent years, when I had the option to pursue my own style. I also started it because it was the only thing that would fit me, to be totally honest.

I became very repetitive with it over the years, as I was trying to define it accurately.

I always thought it was all about repetition, and I became extremely stubborn despite my opponents and the natural aim of the fashion industry to look for something new each season. I never wanted to please, as long as I could follow my beliefs. I always and only thought about my own time and the birth of an entire generation.

I heard so much about my proportions, and how absurd and unsuccessful, for instance, my skinny jeans and silhouette would be. I also heard about my lack of definition in masculinity, as I was aiming to try another definition. I also was questioned about my attraction to music, as I still believe there is no fashion without music. Marie Antoinette knew better when she fetched Gluck to Versailles, to try her new wardrobe on the dance floor. Nothing will ever change. Fashion = music + youth + sex. This is what my menswear and my style were always about.

Besides the proportions, it was about an allure, a certain movement.

I always believed the way men or women wear clothes (le porté, in French) defines fashion, and funnily enough, through history, furniture design.

So that it was never a “fashion comment,” as I was interacting directly, and still do on my own, with unknown musicians, artists, street casting for my shows. It was not about doing punk rock or metal when punk rock or metal had no relevance to the moment. My fashion and my style were like a random and sometimes intimate diary. Living in Berlin, I interacted with the music scene at a time when Berlin was aiming to set up an abstract and ethereal digital tone; my years in London happened to be the time when a new indie scene emerged among my friends. There were no clothes available around, so I designed them for the rest of us. These are the clothes we wanted to wear, and these are the clothes, allure, and style that ended up my own.

Read the entire interview HERE

Errolson Hugh had to create his own lane for his brand Acroymn. Based out of Berlin, he has been steadily pushing the envelope on men’s technical garments since his brand’s inception. It’s always inspiring to hear him speak and gain insight into his creative process. I can’t think of another techwear brand that is as obsessive about minute technical details as ACR is and the opinions shared in this video help explain why.

Via MADE Blog

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James is one of those people you meet who has a coherent and consistent personal style. He definitely puts together outfits that are well-coordinated down to the little details and it’s for that reason that I’ve been wanting to profile his wardrobe for some time. When it comes to clothes, discipline goes a long way and I think James makes good decisions when it comes to adding valuable wardrobe pieces to his current clothing collection. I had him put together some of his favorite looks below.

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Look 1
Norse Projects Wool Serge Cap
Archival Navy/White Striped Crewneck
William Eadon ‘Cigarette Pants’ Jeans
Spring Court B4M Nappa Leather, Brown

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Look 2
Mountain Research 365 Anorak
Comme Des Garcon Bark Texture Tee
Somet 008 Slim Fit Jeans
Arrow Mocassin Lace Boot

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Look 3
Columbiaknit USA Rugby
Carhartt Carpenter Pants
New Balance 998 Sneakers

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Golden Bear Varsity Jacket
Archival Striped Tee
Standard Military Desert Digi Camo Pants
Spring Court B4M Nappa Leather Sneakers, Navy Blue

What really sparked your interest in clothes?

My interest in clothes was really sparked by my initial interest in sneakers. And that probably stemmed from being into basketball. I started collecting sneakers as a teenager and eventually realized there was an imbalance. I had to step up my wardrobe too. I was also starting to study design around the same time and I found an outlet in being able to express myself through my clothing.

Briefly describe how your style has evolved over the years.

When I was younger, I pretty much just wore the New York staples — Timberland, North Face, etc. From there I got into some street wear and high fashion brands. Nowadays, I would say my wardrobe is more subtle and focused on functionality. Over the past few years I’ve made an attempt to acquire pieces that I think will stand the test of time and not look dated, no matter what the current trends are.

Film and music are some of your major interests. How do they provide inspiration for how you dress?

Music had a huge impact on how I dress — before I had real sources to keep up with apparel, I would always scope what certain artists were wearing. I’m observant of trends or styles (in both music and film) from era’s gone by and if I like a certain garment I’ll make note of it and try to figure out how I can get a modernized version in a manner that would integrate well into my wardrobe. Certain sub genres of film had an impact too, such as American Film Noir and French New Wave. The main characters in those films were always styled extremely well — I appreciated that and kind of aspired to dress as sharp as them.

Your wardrobe has a lot of color in it, how do you incorporate color into your fits without it making look over the top?

I wanted to make sure to stay away from having mostly neutral tones in my wardrobe, I think it’s an interesting challenge to put together outfits with a variety of colors. I also wanted to stay away from drawing unnecessary attention to my outfits due to loud or bright colors. I think I’ve been able to pull off that balance by adding understated but unique tones.

What would you like to see more of in terms of menswear?

I’d like to see more functionality incorporated into menswear, I feel like a lot of brands don’t necessarily consider the tasks of life. Some of the brands I wore when I was younger took more of a dedicated approach towards this — pockets designed towards certain devices, maybe an extra lining of materials to store keys. Even details designed for the mayhem of late night roaming such as stash pockets or compartments in jackets that a beer would fit perfectly into.

What spots or websites do you like to shop at?

Some of my favorite stores are Nepenthes, Unis, Epaulet, Hickoree’s, Smith & Butler, Opening Ceremony, Blue In Green, Odin, and I always stopped by Nom De Guerre when it was still around. For online shopping I check Union Made Goods, Tres Bien Shop, Anout Commune, Green Noah, and Archival.

James co-hosts a fantastic hip-hop BBOX Radio show called ‘Fresh Out the Box’ every Thursday and contributes to the music blog Purple Tape Pedigree. You can find James on Twitter HERE.

Photos by Rocky Li

 COI (Conflict of Interest) Ballinciaga T shirt

coi ballinciaga tshirt 1 COI (Conflict of Interest) Ballinciaga T shirt
Photo by Tommy Ton

So you’re tired of Comme’ing the fuck down but your bank account isn’t looking the healthiest. Buying Balenciaga at retail might not be an option, but for $60 (plus shipping) you can rep Harlem proper. Don’t forget who put you on to this item before any rapper’s pop up in your tumblr feed wearing it.

$60 on C.O.I

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monro down hooded jacket Coveted: Monro Layered Down Hoodie

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Above is the Monro Layered Down Hoodie in what they call the “Bohemian Rhapsody” pattern. This down jacket is light, packable, and will keep you insulated from the elements all winter long. The pattern might look loud at first but it’s surprisingly easy to wear. If you always wanted to channel ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with the perfect balance between “one-percenter’ and ‘occasional psychedelic drug user” this is definitely the jacket for you.

Available at Neptenthes for $360.

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west new balance MT580 Coveted: West NYC x New Balance MT580 Alpine Glide

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These ‘Alpine Glide’ New Balance MT580s that dropped this past Saturday are an exclusive collaboration with WEST NYC. Inspired by ski and alpine apparel of the 1990s, these sneakers are made with buttery soft suede and feature a awesome speckled midsole. They flew off the shelves of WEST NYCbut a wider release in the works.

Look out for info on a wider release coming to KITH and Reed Space in the near future.

Photos by Rocky Li

ben watts milk studios 9 Ben Watts Mixtape Opening at Milk Studios w/ Alessandra Ambrosio

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If you live in New York you will definitely see famous people regularly but its truly rare to see a Victoria Secret Supermodel in the flesh and one of my all time-favorites at that. Ladies and gentlemen, Alessandra Ambrosio was at Milk Studios and so was I. Thank You Based God. Enjoy the eye candy.

Photo by Rocky Li

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Photos by Rocky Li

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