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Some of you may remember me posting the lookbook for the debut collection by Australian-based GAME. Since then I had the chance to check out the pieces in person and I’m more than impressed with the fit, print quality, and the unique personality of the pieces. I styled a few looks using the Slab L/S T-shirt and Extremely Legendary T-shirt from GAME season 1 which can be ordered through their webshop HERE.

RuRu wears: Nike Gyakusou jacket & shorts, GAME Slab L/S T-shirt and Timberland field boots

DJ Slow wears: Extremely Legendary L/S T-shirt and Nike Air Force One

RuRu wears: GAME Extremely Legendary L/S T-shirt, Gyakusou cropped running pant  & Timberland field boot

Modeled by DJ Slow and RuRu

Photography and styling by Rocky Li

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Model: Alamantus at Elite
Grooming: Joshua Gibson at Sassoon

In the latest STYLED feature on Oki-Ni PORT Magazine online editor David Hellqvist puts together looks that combine formal tailoring and technical sportswear. As men’s fashion continues to develop in new directions, men are moving past sartorial rules of the past and combining disparate styles to create their own signiture looks. I strongly identify with the idea of ‘techno tailoring’ which David explains below.

Techno Tailoring is all about fusing the best of both worlds. Look at your life; there’s an element of formal strictness, whether you like it or not. You might subscribe to a casual lifestyle but no doubt you’ll need to dress up from time to time. Instead of hiding the crisp formal shirts and well-tailored coats, move them to the front of your wardrobe. Wear them with technologic sportswear. But the key is finding the balance; no-one dresses in stiff, formal and starched collars seven days a week, just as full-on outfits of innovative high performance gear only makes sense on athletes. Neither of them work as one-way versions of your everyday wardrobe. Techno Tailoring is about mixing sporty details with smart looks, about accessorising clever streetwear with well-made and qualitative bits of Savile Row aesthetic.

More images after the jump, view the entire shoppable feature on Oki-Ni.

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Gyakusou is back with another solid spring/summer collection. As per usual Jun Takahashi and co deliver technical running garments that feature clean lines and a fresh color palette. I’m sure Knicks fans will also appreciate the nod with the blue/orange pieces for him and her.

If hot weather is something that discorages you from running you’ll be happy to know that Ttis collection was inspired by the tropical climate of Brazil. The collection thus employs ‘unlined, breathable, and lightweight materials’ which help runners keep going in even the most sweltering locales.

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I posted in September about the FW12 Nike Gyakusou footwear collection but now I am sharing photos of my personal pairs of Nike Gyakusou Lunarspider LT+2s from the Fall/Winter 2011 collection. After getting the purple pair I knew I wouldn’t be happy unless I had both colorways. The lunarspiders are built on the standard lunar sole but have Nike + and flywire technology built in to them making them a stylish and practical accompaniment to any running kit.

What these sneakers execute so well is the mixture of colors. The contrasting teal sole on the orange pair. The light blue patent hit on the back of the purple colorway. These sneakers pop without ever screaming for attention. My favorite detail on these sneakers is the gradient carbon fiber  on the midsole.

I appreciate products that stand at the crossroads of aesthetics and function and that is probably why I cherish these pairs. To me their visual design tells the story of Gyakusou.

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Rhamier wears : Patrik Ervell Hat, Kenzo Tiger sweater, Comme des Garçon Homme Plus coat, Patrik Ervell trousers, Comme des Garçon Doc Marten’s

Rhamier wears: Sibling sweater, Supreme navy MA-1, Burberry Prorsum trousers, neon Nike Air Max sneakers

Jimmy wears: WTAPs Shirt jacket, Vivienne Westwood tank-top, Cloak herringbone jeans, Vans sneakers

Jimmy wears: Junya Watanabe jacket, Supreme Liberty shirt, White Mountaineering trousers, Nike Gyakusou Lunarspider LT 2+ sneakers, South2west8 backpack

 

Third Looks Editorial: No Guts, No Glory.

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Models : Jimmy Jimeno, Rhamier Auguste
Styling : Rocky Li, Rhamier Auguste
Photography : Rocky Li

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This photo editorial ‘Autumn Monks’ continues the Fall/Winter 2013 Gyakusou campaign. Set the natural splendor of rural japan, the editorials feature Undercover creative director and the stunning Kiko Mizohara. If only long-distance running looked this good all the time.

Photos by Kentaro Matsumoto

Via .fatale

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As we presented earlier, Nike is about to roll out their FW Gyakusou collection to retailers worldwide. Look out for this footwear collection that includes 2 colorways of the Nike Lunar Speed Light+ and the Nike Free 3.0 respectively. These running shoes are sure to deliver a mix of comfort, design and will be the perfect accompaniment to the apparel. I am partial to the Olive Lunar Speed Light+ myself ,  which model is your favorite?

Images via Hypebeast

by Rocky Li

 

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This video goes behind the scenes of the Gyakusou Autumn/Winter 2012 Campaign. In it Jun Takahashi explores what Gyakusou means to him and Kiko Mizuhara looks as better than I thought females could ever look in running gear.

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Nike Gyakusou Fall/Winter 2012
by Rocky Li

Undercover Labs and Nike are at it again , delivering another strong Gyakusou Fall/Winter collection. Jun Takahashi never disappoints with Gyakusou and this collection is no exception. The fifth iteration of the running line brings more complete looks for both men and women with a lineup of technical outerwear, thermals, running tights and sneakers. What I enjoy about Gyakusou is that it is clothing designed from the ground up to be practical, affordable and beautiful. Jun is able to seamlessly blend the UC design philosophy with Nike Running products, adding the taste level and intangibles that regular running clothes lack.

The above campaign images highlight running in an aspirational light. While most runners are training in drab city streets or worn out tracks , Jun always creative direct these shoots to places that most of us can only dream of seeing in person. The exotic natural backdrops compliment the tech pieces extremely well. Gyakusou continues to succeed both critically and commercially because it is clothing built with a purpose. Running is one of Jun Takahashi’s passions and Nike Running is the best doing it right now. Many designer collaborations with fast fashion retailers are thinly veiled cash and publicity grabs; redundant in the marketplace before they are even produced. Currently there is a desperation in fashion for big box stores flush with cash to collaborate with relevant smaller labels. It is important that we as consumers support the projects that are truly spirited and ignore those which are PR-stream fodder.

I will be sharing some pieces from my personal Nike Gyakusou collection in very near future. Stay tuned to our twitter feed to keep up to date on the latest.

Images via Fashionsnap

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You’ve seen the collection images , now take a look at the gear in motion with this newly released video.

The goods will soon be available Saturday, March 3 on SNS.

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