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.
Air Max 95s have been a solid summer footwear option since they originally released. Nike has started to bring out a remixed version of the sneaker featuring flywire technology. The flywire cables are integrated with the laces to dial in a snug, custom fit. The light off-white colorway is really clean and versatile especially given the grey offsole. You can find the sneaker over at END and Nike.
Based in Seoul, IISE has released it’s second collection of clothing entitled ‘002’. The brand constructs its clothes using a variety of Korean fabrics, mixing the traditional with the modern. This season Korean naturally-dyed fabrics for its apparel line, having first used them for its bags last season. Utilizing ingredients such as natural indigo, charcoal and ash, the fabrics offer interesting textures with each piece unique. Check out the collection on their website.