It’s been years since I been to a proper outlet mall but visiting one in suburban Virginia gave me a renewed appreciation for what they can represent. Growing up outlet malls were somewhat of an event for my family. If we travelled to visit an aunt/uncle or family friend that lived near one, it was almost a certainty that we’d be shuttled to some suburban locale where the shopping choices and deals were plentiful. For Chinese families like mine, it was a point of entry into the American dream we saw on TV – video games, designer fragrances, chain restaurants and all.
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.
The photos found on the Ghost Dive Project take advantage of un-natural light to re-cast everyday locations such parking lots or strip malls as places worth exploring. The images quickly bring to mind the types of atmospheric shots seen in horror or crime films. Ghost Dive sent me some exclusive images that go beyond just the environments themselves and add a human element. Inspired by the classic Akira manga by Katuhiro Otomo, these images bridge the gap between reality and the fictional world of Neo-Tokyo.
With contributors from around the world and a huge imprint on social media, you may have seen some of the gorgeous images that have come out of C-Heads Magazine. C-Heads is an Austrian platform for visual artists started by two sisters, Christine and Sigrun Guggenberger. The duo create print issues of C-Heads Magazine, an independent publication that focuses on youth culture, music, art fashion and portraits of beautiful women.
I spoke with Sigrun Guggenberger about the origins of the magazine, some of the challenges of working with an international host of collaborators and what’s next for the C-Heads. Click through for the interview and a selection of Sigrun’s favorite images from the publication to date.
Yeezy season approaching , but it seems like it never ends. Everything Kanye does is analyzed, written about, discussed ad nauseam on every social media platform and message board out. Yesterday was the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show / listening party extradionaire at Madison Square Garden. Where does Yeezy Season 3 fit into Kanye’s own career and in the fashion industry at large?
Jason Peterson is a a proper multi-hyphenated creative. He is the current COO (chief creative officer at award winning advertising agency Havas Worldwide) and a renowned photographer in his own right. He recently held a photo exhibition of his helicopter photography at Soho House Chicago and built up a huge instagram audience of over 600,000 followers. His speciality when it comes to photos is beautiful black and white aerial shots. I picked Jason’s brain on his visual style and some of his inspirations behind his work as well as having him share some of his favorite images.
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Bryan Lee (@originalprogram)
Great brands are able to build more than just a following , they inspire whole communities of supporters. Acronym is one brand that has made a mark not just within the techwear sphere but on a dedicated community of collectors and enthusiasts around the world. While it’s price point and exclusivity keep Acronym from really being on the radar in mainstream men’s fashion, fans of the brand can find imagery of gear, fits and even choose to trade, buy and sell the brand through forums , marketplaces like grailed or on private social media groups.
One outlet that has taken off in terms of showcasing the brand through the eyes and lenses of it’s biggest fans is the Acronymjutsu Instagram account. The instagram account curates images from users around the world that use or wear Acronym. The account serves as both a home base for fans of the brand to keep in touch and communicate but also as a source of inspiration for those looking to buy or style the label in their own way. I spoke with Bryan Lee (@originalprogram) who started the Acronymjutsu account on how it came to be and his long history as a collector of all things Acronym.
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Acronymjutsu Instagram account
With 2015 coming to a close, I’m bringing you one last Style Profile to round out the year. Fernando (1000Deaths) has a unique sense of personal style that’s rooted in streetwear. He’s super creative at the way he mixes labels like Human Made, Cav Empt and of course Acronym. I picked Fernando’s brain on what influences his style and how he shops for key items. This style profile should be a lesson in just wearing the hell out of your gear no matter how rare a piece is.
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The holiday season is upon us and with that comes over-eating and general over-consumption. Make the most of current deals and actually save on gear you’ve been covteting. While it’s a headache to sift through the myriad of supposed Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals out there, the homie Willy has done his homework and come up with an impressive list of the best holiday sales out. Click through for a list over over 50 stores having sales through Cyber Monday and beyond. If you’ve been wanting an inclusive list of the current hottest sales, this is it.
Click through for the comprehensive list of holiday sales. We will be updating the list and adding even more sales, so be sure to check back.
Offering a large selection of women’s and men’s designer labels, Rooney Shop is one of the best curated boutiques in Montreal. The list of brands carried include Robert Geller, Engineered Garments, Our Legacy and Common Projects. The shop recently launched a new re-designed website/ webstore allowing customers who can’t make it down to Montreal to shop online (though if you get the chance, you should definitely visit Montreal, it’s one of my favorite cities).
If you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe , you’ll have a good opportunity this week with Rooney Shop’s Thanksgiving sale. Starting at midnight on November 25th through to December 4th, you can save 30% on all regular priced items online using promo code ‘thanks’. I selected my favorite items currently in-stock at Rooney, click through to see my selects.