The release of the ACRONYM x Nike Lunar Forces last year showed that designer Errolson Hugh was not afraid to make drastic design changes to a flagship Nike model. Photos have now surfaced online of what appears to be the next shoe collaboration between the techwear innovator and Nike.
Two sample color ways have emerged both featuring a mid height design with a zippered inner bootie and some new protective layering around the toe. One appears to be navy with cream accents and the other is a wild pink and volt combo. Time will tell if other variations might also be released.
Expect a release later this summer through Nike Lab outlets.
Hender Scheme has made a name for itself by putting out extremely high quality handmade sneakers. While most of the shapes are borrowed from classic 90’s sneakers, there is no substitute for the quality of natural leather and hand-stitching found on their models. The Spring/Summer ‘Post Modern’ includes their take on the IV, an Air Force and a tan natural leather version of the Nike Presto. With no external branding and attention to detail down to the leather laces, these will set you back a good stack but they are sure to last for years. Expect to find them online at their usual outlets – Need Supply, END and Mr.Porter.
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I have been posting items from some of the key techwear brands for some time now. Pieces by the likes of ACRONYM, Stone Island and Y-3 have been some of my recent grails. I had the chance to write a little introductory guide to techwear for Grailed. In it I cover some of the key basics – softshells vs hardshells, a rundown of waterproof materials, and the top brands to look out for. Check out the feature over at Grailed.
The ACG Lupinek first made an appearance last winter in the form of a snowboot. The design has been tweaked and now will be releasing as a low-cut sneaker. Distinctive elements of the original design made thier way over in the translation: the VAC-TECH mud guard, Phylon midsole and a perforated tongue really help this sneaker stand out. Available in two stylish flyknit treatments – dark grey and grey/white, look for the Lupinek to release online and at select Nike Lab outlets. The only downside of the shoe is it’s hefty $275USD pricepoint.
And Wander is the type of brand that could only exist in Japan. It’s a niche enthusiast hiking and outdoor label that makes specialized gear for that purpose. That being said the utilitarian design doesn’t take away from the fact that And Wander really finesses and stylizes each piece. Notable items include the tech-shells and a wild waterproof cape that you can see in the looks below. If you’re looking for stylish performance gear that can blend in with the clothes you already have , And Wander FW16 should serve you well.
A new feature at The Telegraph goes in-depth with design legend Raf Simons. Each chapter of Raf’s career in fashion has been marked by evolution. While his namesake menswear has been one constant through over 20 years of designing, he has worked stints as the creative director of Jil Sander and most recently as the head of Dior.
In the article Raf hints that the relentless pace of luxury fashion left him somewhat creatively burnt out. His product design work for Danish textile design specialist Kvadrat really highlighted how insane the deadlines in high fashion really are at this point.
“Having the timeline of a year is like heaven for me because at Christian Dior I used to do eight collections a year and each collection could contain up to 150 fabrics,” he says. “I’ve done three fabrics this year for Kvadrat and I really, really pay attention to it. It’s beautiful to be able to give a project substantial incubation time. When I did fabrics at Dior I had to choose them within a couple of hours sometimes – seeing everything, deciding, making colour palettes… then hoopla – launch.”
Raf also touches on his frustration with how the focus on major fashion houses has shifted to the marketing of clothing through social media and away from ensuring the creativity behind the designs themselves.
“Everyone is paying attention to the wrong thing in my opinion. There’s this huge debate about ‘Oh my God, should we sell the garments the day after the show or three days after the show or should we tweet it in this way or Instagram it in that way?’… You know, all that kind of bullshit. Will all that stuff still be relevant 30 years from now? I don’t think so. What we should ask is will we have enough creative people who are strong enough and willing to do what is necessary right now to follow that madhouse. Lots of people are starting to question it. My generation especially is shifting now… like me and Phoebe [Philo], Nicolas [Ghesquière] and Marc [Jacobs]. We’ve been around for 20 or more years. We know what fashion was and where it’s heading to. Now it’s a question of what we are willing to do and how we are going to do it.”
Rumors have spread that Raf may take the lead at Calvin Klein next but it remains to be seen who he will end up designing for next. Read the entire piece over at The Telegraph.
Palace and Adidas have once again teamed up to bring back the Palace pro sneaker. This time around the model features a logo embossed tongue and comes in two colorways – navy with white accents, and black with orange with a gum sole. These have been instant sellouts in the past so expect these to fly off shelves when they do release on May 21. For more of the apparel side of things on this collab, check the SS16 Palace Adidas collection here.
Streetwear OGs Fuct have teamed up with Revive to bring back some of their classic t-shirt designs. These three vintage FUCT tees which were originally created and dropped in the 1990’s. On each tee you’ll find one of Erik Brunetti’s classic streetwear designs. For this series, each shirt is limited to 50 available per style and only availble at Revive.
The tees will be released this Friday, May 20th at Noon EST.
Adidas and Palace continue their seasonal collaboration with a new range dropping in time for summer. A lot of the gear tackles the core aspects of Adidas sportswear – track suits, shorts, and athletic tops and sweats. Of particular note is a navy blue velour suit suit that is sure to move quick. If you’re looking for items from the drop be sure to get them soon as they drop on May 21.
Canadian athletic wear experts wings+horns have teamed up with New Balance in the past with excellent results. Their pursuit is a MT580 being released to commemorate the model’s 20th anniversary. The shoe comes in a natural and a black colorway, fabricated from premium leather and suede. The modern three-piece silhouette features laser-cut panels of premium leather is teamed up with a Neoprene mesh sock liner. Along with the release wings+horns finessed a lookbook showcasing the sneaker to go with the release. Look for these to launch May 28 at select wings + horns and New Balance retailers.