Timbs in summer has always been a strong look. All-white Timberland boots can often look oh so slightly off. Art Shudy comes to your rescue with their own timb-inspired boot for men contstructed from 100% rubber. White on a light tonal lug sole and with black/white laces. At $150, these are worth picking up from the VFILES shop. Just don’t wear them with DADA.
Lad Musician has been pairing extreme slim cuts , quality production with rock and roll edge for the better part of a decade. The fall/winter 2013 doesn’t exactly blaze new creative ground but is another well executed take on Brit-rock. The collection has been inspired by British psychedelic rock group Spacemen 3. Chunky striped fuzzy knit sweaters add texture to more straightforward takes on outerwear including duffle coats and leather jackets. Also worth mentioning are the plaid trousers which combine a fantastic cut with what looks to be a versatile pattern.
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Shaun Samson may not yet be a household name but the London based designer has been making a lot of noise with collections that feature everything from oversized takes on hockey jerseys to shirts made from Mexican blanket material. You can find his collections at top shops worldwide including Dover Street Market in London, and Opening Ceremony in NYC. I had a quick conversation with the MA grad from Central Saint Martins when he was in town for London Showrooms.
What foods do you like to eat in the different cities you frequent?
In London, any sort of ethnic food is fantastic. Indian, chinese and vietnamese food is all really great there. In LA of course Mexican food is the best there, and I have a few regular sushi spots as well.
What are your fashion pet peeves?
I don’t have any really. The one thing I wish was that people didn’t feel so compelled to follow the rules of fashion so much. Things like wearing sandals with socks etc. I think guys should feel free to experiment and not be so bound by strict rules of dressing. It’d be great to see more guys take risks.
What materials do you like to work with?
I like all types of materials. It just depends on what fabric best suits a certain piece. For my graduation collection I had some wool t-shirts that look great but probably weren’t the most comfortable for summer days. Since then I’ve decided that a t-shirt should be something you just throw on and I try to pick fabrics that not only feel great but are easy to wear and functional.
A look from Shaun Samson FW13
What music do you like to listen to while designing?
I like to listen to all types of music when I’m in the studio. I like to mix up rap, rock, and other genres. One thing I do play when I’m working late and everyone else is out of the office is 90’s r’n’b. R.Kelly, bump and grind type stuff. That’s something I always go back to and love hearing while I’m working late on collections.
Are you a film buff, what have you seen lately that you enjoyed?
I just watched the Marina Abrovich documentary and really enjoyed that. It was definitely a fascinating watch. Honestly I’m so really busy so I don’t often get to invest two hours in a movie but I do always enjoy watching documentaries because I feel like I can learn something from them. I am trying to keep up to date with Game of Thrones as well.
Where do you see the men’s market going?
I have no idea, but that’s what’s so good about it. You do notice that somethings happening, but you have to see where it goes. The moment you label something is when it dies.
Photos by Rocky Li
WTAPS presents a voyeuristic look at their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The pieces , styling and photography all work together to provide the feeling of a nostalgic camping trip. The lookbook marks a point where the brand expands past it’s primarily military re-appropriations into a more diverse range of styles. Despite not showing the clothes in great detail, I feel WTAPS was quite successful at creating a mood for the entire season through these photos
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Brooklyn based Eckhaus Latta has made a reputation of having some of the most eccentric presentations each fashion week. The fall/winter collection did not disappoint in that regard. An interactive experience where photographers and invitees could have the models pose and speak with them. The presentation featured everything from readings on new age philosophies to bottled Eckhaus Latta branded gin cocktails.
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This was the first Y-3 show I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person. The location was an abandoned factory space in the lower east side which provided a historical contrast from this futurist sportswear by Yohji Yamamoto. In the collection there’s pretty straight on takes on sportswear staples such as track jackets and sneakers but my favorite pieces were the ones that blended signature Yohji shapes with synthetic materials and minimal Y-3 branding.
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Tokyo menswear mecca Heather Grey Wall just added a selection of Spring/Summer goods from Cash CA to their online/in-store selection. Cash CA has been steadily putting out top-quality product at a reasonable price point for the past few seasons and shows no signs of slowing down. Designer Kazuki Kuraishi has taken the brand from being knitwear focused to a full collection that mixes English heritage with Japanese attention to detail.
All items pictured are now availible at Heather Grey Wall.
We have covered Japanese street style quite regularly here at Third Looks in the past with features on Style Arena and the Best of Tune Magazine. Today we focus on the Japanese blog Drop Tokyo which is a journal of both contemporary Tokyo Street-style. Below are our our the selected fits which stood out from the crowd. Drop Tokyo’s sister site Fashion Post is also recommended reading for anyone with an interest in contemporary Japanese fashion.
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Undercover Spring/Summer 2013 Men’s Collection
We present the latest Undercover Spring/Summer 2013 collection; a follow up to Pyscho Color which is in stores now. Jun Takahashi continues themes from the Psycho Color and Open Strings collections combining elements of streetwear, dandyism and technical wear. Since the Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Jun has continued experimenting with a varied color palette and this collection contains a bright array of oranges, greens, olives, and purples. The styling in this collection must be commended for mixing these colors effortlessly down to little details such as the buttons and socks. Some of the pieces seem like all too familiar riffs on men’s basics but there are definite standouts: the olive cape, the burgundy suit the all white looks, and the electric blue knit blazer. Look for more coverage on Third Looks as more images leak and the product begins to arrive in shops early next year.
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H&M their collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela on Novemember 15th. There was a great deal of controversy regarding the original announcement of this capsule collection given Margiela’s elusive brand history. It’s said that the products are expected to be re-issues of key archival menswear pieces.
“The collection is a series of re-editions, featuring Maison Martin Margiela garments from various seasons since menswear was introduced in 1998. Each garment will be labelled detailing the year and season of origin. The re-editions have been selected not only because of their importance in the history of the Maison, but so the H&M collection will comprise a full wardrobe for men. There are re-editions of coats, suits, denim, shirts, sweaters, shoes and accessories.”
When I showed my friend Tim the article he reminded me of a comment he had made on facebook on June 12th, shortly after the initial product announcement.
“It would be awesome if they did their own past products. A luxury brand that used to stand for anonymity and mystery – with its own “Replica” line (22, I think) – doing a “Replica” series of their own product with a company (H&M) synonymous with mass access/appeal/production, using their most hyped product line (collaborations). It would put a nail in the coffin of MMM brand’s past in a quintessentially Margiela manner: cerebral, pretentious, clever to a fault, and hilarious.”
Suffice to say , most my friends are fashion nerds. We will try to bring you a honest assesement of the line as it develops, though my personal gut feeling is that it will be disappointing as alot of MMM’s appeal is in the treatments, production processes and quality of the materials.
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via GQ UK