Japanese designer Soichiro Ito created this Fall/Winter 2013 collection that modernizes the collegiate look. The collection balances traditional menswear elements with a vibrant youthful edge. The heavy usage of grey and the abundance of looks with cropped trousers definitely brings to mind Thom Browne. It seems that college wear has made a strong comeback in 2013 and designers are pulling from all aspects of college culture , from sportswear to class uniforms.
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It seems the best men’s brands from Tokyo just keep coming up increasingly ridiculous names. In this mountaineering inspired collection from Banal chic bizzarre I see a slight Raf Simons influence. The bright colors are a welcome departure from the more muted tones most men’s brands choose for fall/winter collections. The futurist vibe is toned down through the outerwear which appropriates visual/styling elements from 90s American hiking brands such as Patagonia. The designs in the collection appear insanely high quality and functional, but definitely not boring. This is gear worthy of Metal Gear Solid boss levels. That varsity jacket looks pretty perfect for the guy who wants a standout piece that isn’t completely over the top.
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Whiz Limited showed this strong Fall/Winter 2013 collection at Tokyo Fashion Week. I only became aware of the brand last season but they have existed for over a decade now. Brand founder Hiroaki Shitano has assembled a collection that is colorful, relevant and wearable. The collection is largely comprised of shades of blues, reds and blacks. The stark colors are balanced out by an array of patterns : stripes, checkers and plaids. All the core items a guy could want are here and done in style: Knits, Waterproof shell,s MA-1 bombers, Harrington Jackets, and blazers, wool overcoats. There are pieces for the attention-seekers amongst us but also there are plenty of understated pieces for those who prefer to stay low key. This is a collection I’ll be looking at again and again, and coveting once it hits stores.
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Do you remember smoking weed, drinking beer, eating Doritos and playing N64 in your high school friend’s basement? Highland presented guests of their FW13 collection with an experience that was quite similar to those carefree days of youth. The set was littered with bongs, snacks, a PBR beer pyramid and shag carpeting and admist the chaos were models donning the collection of jackets, sweaters, branded t-shirts and jeans. The interactive presentation was a reflection of the brand’s approach, smartly and subversively using the wasteland of American suburbia as a platform for refined streetwear. While Highland make not be a household name in the US menswear market yet, this presentation exemplified how the brand is quickly building steady buzz in New York.
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