I’ve selected some key spring outerwear that’s ideal for spring’s rainy days and milder weather. These options vary in style and price point but should offer a good range of options for just about anyone. First off we have the Arc’Teryx mainline Arc’Tery Tenquille Hoodie. This zippered style is made from a Technical weave nylon and comes in this great teal color. It’s available for $175 here.
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Y-3 is supposed to represent the gap between Yohji’s signature design and sportswear. This trouser from the current season exemplifies this philosophy with an excellent poplin trouser. Constructed of lightweight cotton , the pants feature four-pocket styling with zippered expansion panels. The cropped cut with adjustable cuffs allow the wearer to adjust the width of the opening with ease. You can find these over at SSENSE.
If you’ve been wanting something with a Boost sole but are tired of the ultra-boost, this offering from Y-3 should fill that gap nicely. The Pure Boost returns in this this clean white iteration; complete with fused panels, a gusseted tongue and a sturdy heel cap. Available at East Dane for $320.
Y-3 is set to roll out pieces from it’s spring/summer 2016 collection. Accompanying the collection is a short high energy video that focuses on movement. The video is shot a frenetic pace and aims to highlight the fluidity and comfort in the fabrics. For more visit the Y-3 site.
I look forward to Y-3 each season and I see the label as a standard bearer for progressive sportswear. Yohji Yamamoto and the Y-3 team have done a great job at securing the brand’s position in the market with a strong selection of clothing and accessories. Sneakers such as the Y-3 Qasa still stands as one of the most innovative sneaker designs of the past several years. This time around for Fall/Winter 2016, the label puts together a diverse range of looks. Inspired by the rave culture and minimalism of the 1990s, the collection stands out for how it embraces proportions. Long floating coats and capes are paired with outsized hoods and turtlenecks. There’s an industrial streak in the collection seemingly only presented in stark black and clinical all white.
Check the looks after the jump.
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Here they are, the coke white Y-3 Qasa High. If you’re a reader of this site, the Qasa probably needs little introduction. From afar they seem more like an art object than a sneaker. Not for the meek of heart, these look like they would get scuffed straight out the box. If you can live with the risk however, this is one of the best colorways of this sneaker to date. We’ve covered these before and I had always hoped they would release in triple white. Part of me dreams of wearing these with a crazy teched out arctic look. These are now up for pre-order at Barney’s and Sneakerboy.
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Y-3 has been gaining popuarity and momentum through 2014 with the release of the highly sought out Qasa sneaker. The hype was enough to make a new audience take a look beyond the footwear and at the unique athletic look of the entire line. GRIND kills it once again incorporating male and female models , while blending together key pieces from the fall/winter 2015 collection. Look for these items to be available directly through the Y-3 site.
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2014 was a huge year for sneakers with countless memorable releases having come and gone. The sneaker industry is witnessing massive change and one can see the growing popularity of sneakers in the fashion community running parallel to the continued innovation within the sports/performance sector.
One of the key themes with sneaker design this year has been the development of more lifestyle releases that result from collaborations with varied parties from the streetwear and fashion worlds. In particular Adidas has continued to apply pressure to Nike through it’s established relationships with the likes of Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens , Kanye West and Pharrell. The later part of the year saw Nike continue to develop its SP (Special Projects) division with more limited and quickstrike releases that combine higher quality materials along with outside design influence from the likes of Errolson Hugh and Jun Takahashi.
As part of this commitment to the fashion industry, we see prices of certain more ‘luxe’ releases such as the Tisci x Nike Air Force 1 nearly reaching the pricepoint of high fashion designer sneakers. I think this is a good development in the long run as the sneaker giants are able to develop more innovative designs compared to largely apparel designers needing to figure out their own production and technology. It’ll be interesting to see if these trends perpetuate in the near year but in the meantime here is my personal list of the best sneaker releaes of 2014.
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With a huge snowstorm currently making it’s way through the North East I thought there would be no better time to make this post recommending sweatpants for the season. 2013 was a big year for staying cozy and 2014 looks to be no different. If you want to stay comfortable while making more than just corner bodega runs in sweats, you’ll be well served with any of the below options.
Nike Tech Fleece Pant
These have Nike sweats have been hyped up and often sellout within hours when they drop online at Nike.com. I wasn’t sure they would live up to the acclaim but after getting two pairs for myself, I wholeheartly recommended these joints. The tech fleece material is lighter and provides great comfort without being any less warm. The zipper pockets at the back and left side of the pants keep your belongings safe and the cuffed design works well with a variety of sneakers and boots. Plus these are a relative steal at $80 retail.
Available at Nike.com
Thom Browne Drawstring Lounge Pants
You may have seen Lucas rocking these in the recent style profile, but these sweatpants are definitely winners. The branded tri-color cuffs and leg detail make this the perfect item to pair with TB shirting or if you’re really splashing out a Moncler Gamme Bleu outerwear piece. These will set you back a pretty penny at a retail price of over $550 but you can catch a detail over at SSENSE for the olive green ones. New Yorkers can find these at the Thom Browne shop-in-shop at Dover Street Market New York.
Tartan Sweatpant by Wings + Horns for Steven Alan
These joints by Wings and Horns will get get the job done. A classy drawstring detail and a slimish fit and non-descript heather grey cotton round out the features on these sweats. Scoop these at Steven Alan on sale for $136.
Norse Projects – Gustav Wool Pant
A wool/cotton blend and plenty of color choices make this a solid contender. Norse Project delivers good quality basics at reasonable prices and once again that’s the case here. The above ‘fig’ colorway keeps things civilized enough that you could theoretically wear these to a wine and cheese without getting laughed at.
WTAPS Hellweek Sweats
Mil-spec specialists WTAPS puts out the heavy-weight Hellweek sweatpants. Quite a bit of branding on here but if you have other WTAPS gear to pair with this, these sweats are an easy choice. 168 EURO at Firmament.
Y-3 Track Pants
I spotted these in the Y-3 boutique this past week but didn’t get a chance to try them on unfortunately. I definitely liked the material and technical details and I didn’t mind the placement of the logo hit either. These feel luxe, and you can scoop em in-store at the Y-3 store or find them on sale at Memes.
The dust has settled, countless looks have been marched down runways and thousands of streetstyle photos have been snapped. Here’s my selections for the best Spring/Summer 2014 looks this NYFW.
Siki Im had a strong collection this spring/summer showing. The proportions are nicely balanced here and the inclusion of the grey steers this away from being the usual all-white summer fit. The slightly dropped cut of the pants and looseness of the t-shirt are a nice compliment to the white leather as well.
Tim Coppens has shown a ton of promise since his debut 2 seasons ago. Coming from his background designing at RLX it’s no surprise there’s a strong sportswear thread in this collection. I love crewnecks and this one looks excellent on the runway. Raglan sleeves and leather inserts on the forearms are paired with a pair of well cut shorts. This is a strong look for New York spring nights.
Ervell drew color and design inspiration from nautical themes for his latest collection. This jacket gives me a feeling of 90’s Nautica but just done way better. Paired with what look like sweatpants, this definitely checks both the cozy boyz box for spring 2014.
N.Hoolywood had a strong western theme this season. In a way it reminded me of the “My Own Private Portland” collection from Number (N)ine. The collection had some really strong pieces that appear to fit great. This is the only blacked-out look and it’s my favorite. Mainly because of the zippered print jacket which seems based on a Levi’s denim jacket pattern. I’d happily take a pair of those dress trousers too.
Yohji Yamamoto teamed up with graphic artist Peter Saville on this one. As a huge fan of Saville and the past clothing collaborations he’s done, I’m not surprised that I love the shirt. The gradient print combined with the contrast sleeves and Y-3 branding just looks great. The hat and the sneakers in the look I also like. While Y-3 is mainly known for its stark black/white look, the color pieces are some of the best ones. Their sneaker design also seems to improved from past seasons when Y-3 sneakers were very hit or miss.