Whether or not you’re familar with the DFA discography , this short documentary is a must watch that serves as a primer for those unfamiliar with the New York based record label’s legacy and an engaging inside retrospective for long-time fans. The doc is narrated by comedian/podcaster Marc Maron and features appearances by DFA artists The Rapture, Juan Maclean, Holy Ghost!, LCD Soundsystem, The Crystal Ark, and more, along with DFA founders James Murphy, Tim Goldsworthy, and Jonathan Galkin. The film starts in 2001 with the label’s founding and quickly moves through the years of it’s “Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic” existence.
Seditionaries was the name of an iconic clothing like between collaborators Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.
Its admirers and adherents were often moved to design punk garb of their own, and few were moved more than Jun Takahashi, who absorbed the lessons of the line and used them to create his own cult label, Undercover.
Takahashi and his friend and collaborator, Hiroshi Fujiwara, also scoured Tokyo for vintage Seditionaries pieces, eventually amassing a collection impressive enough that they published it as a limited-edition book
In an interview with Style.com’s Matthew Schneier, Jun touches on his punk roots and reflects on how the mentality of ‘punk’ has stayed with him throughout his career.
What was your reaction to the Met’s announcement that Punk will be the theme of this year’s Costume Institute exhibition? Does punk belong in a museum? Or is such an exhibition a confirmation of what many old punks are fond of saying—that punk is dead?
I didn’t have a particular feeling about the announcement. I think the element of punk has a significant meaning for human beings as one of their means of expression, so I believe punk can proudly belong in a museum as a work of art. I think most people who say that punk is dead have moved into the next step while keeping a punk spirit at their base. The spirit will live on in me until I die.
Looks from Takahashi’ and Fujiwara’s Seditionaries book
In related news, the exhibition ‘From Punk to Chaos’ PUNK: Chaos to Couture is running at the Museum of Metropolitian Art from and open to the public from May 9 – August 14. It explores the roots of the punk subculture through original punk garments from the mid-1970s and recent, directional fashion collections by some of the world’s most renowned designers.
Model: Alamantus at Elite
Grooming: Joshua Gibson at Sassoon
In the latest STYLED feature on Oki-Ni PORT Magazine online editor David Hellqvist puts together looks that combine formal tailoring and technical sportswear. As men’s fashion continues to develop in new directions, men are moving past sartorial rules of the past and combining disparate styles to create their own signiture looks. I strongly identify with the idea of ‘techno tailoring’ which David explains below.
Techno Tailoring is all about fusing the best of both worlds. Look at your life; there’s an element of formal strictness, whether you like it or not. You might subscribe to a casual lifestyle but no doubt you’ll need to dress up from time to time. Instead of hiding the crisp formal shirts and well-tailored coats, move them to the front of your wardrobe. Wear them with technologic sportswear. But the key is finding the balance; no-one dresses in stiff, formal and starched collars seven days a week, just as full-on outfits of innovative high performance gear only makes sense on athletes. Neither of them work as one-way versions of your everyday wardrobe. Techno Tailoring is about mixing sporty details with smart looks, about accessorising clever streetwear with well-made and qualitative bits of Savile Row aesthetic.
More images after the jump, view the entire shoppable feature on Oki-Ni.
Market Market is a shopping festival where rare archival pieces from the past 7-8 will be available for purchase. I went to the first Market Market and spent way too much money , but the experience was incredible. Seeing rare pieces dating back several years from all the CdG sub-lines was a pleasure all on it’s own. The fact that everything is 70% off or more is just icing on the cake. Do not miss this if you are in New York. The sale will be open to the public from May 10th to the 13th and will be located at 127 W 30th Street. This is guaranteed to be worthwhile pilgrimage for Comme devotees.
Let us know what you end up buying in the comments section.
Raf Simons Archive Men’s Hooded Sleeveless Shirt From SS 02
Raf Simons Archive Men’s Contrast Panel Shirt From SS 07
Raf Simons Archive Men’s Oversized Hooded Jumper From AW 03/04 Collection
Raf Simons Archive Men’s Still Sweater From AW 03/04 Collection In Black.
Raf Simons Archive Men’s Oversized Coat From AW 01/02 Collection In Black.
Raf Simons Archive Men’s Cropped Raglan Jacket From SS 06 Collection In Black.
LN-CC has released a selection of items from their Raf Simons archive. The items date back to as early as 2001 and include many experimental designs that were created way ahead of the men’s fashion curve. I have selected some of my favorites from the archive to post here but the rest are available to view and purchase via LN-CC.
Raf Simons is one of the designers who got me interested in high fashion in the first place. I first discovered his work in the mid 2000s and was instantly drawn into his rebellious vision of menswear. The Talks spoke with Mr.Simons on his journey from a teenager in a tiny town in Belgium to fashion designer at Dior. In the quote below Raf speaks on how witnessing a Margiela show deeply affected him.
I’ve read that the first fashion show you ever went to was Maison Martin Margiela. You said it was so beautiful that half the audience cried and it had a huge influence on you. Why?
Because that was the day that I understood that fashion could also be conceptual and intellectual, that it could be linked to a certain kind of social, psychological thing. That Martin Margiela show was in a really trashy area in Paris and it wasn’t in a building, it was in a playground from a black neighborhood. The parents had agreed to do the show for the Margiela company only if their children could come and see it. Everybody was expecting the children to just stay on the side and sit with the audience, but they didn’t.
Read the rest of the interview on The Talks.
Photographer: Joe McGorty
Stylist: Kenny Ho
Models: Kumi Keazor (Models 1), Brandon Hill (Elite London) and Michael Roberts (M&P)
In this spring flavored editorial from the pages of Fashionisto #7 , items are pulled from up and coming London-based designers Agi & Sam, Lou Dalton and Nicole Farhi. The editorial strikes an easy-going vibe through the muted pastel palette and relaxed fits.
More images after the jump
via The Fashionisto
The Great Divide is a UK-based men’s online shop that carries the likes of Mark McNairy, Reigning Champ, Our Legacy, Penfield, Soulland and more. It doesn’t hurt that they brought in a model who pulls off the colorful and patterned looks of the season with ease.
You can shop the items in the shoot on the The Great Divide site.
See the rest of the looks after the jump
Leather jackets gotta be the best outerwear choice this time of year. R&B artist Boy/Friend gets that and has named his debut album ‘Leather Weather’.
The album has a sensibility rooted in the 90′s but the sound is also influenced by classic pop and progressive juke.The album tells the story of constant break-ups to make-ups and finding love in New York City. Be sure to give the single GOOD 2 U a watch. It’s a performance video directed by the homie Ryan Kibler and a great introduction to Boy/Friend’s music. The track’s soulful, compelling listen that will keep you hitting play.
“Leather Weather” will be available to download on Tuesday April 30th and we’ll be sure to update you then.