Raf Simons SS14 Releases

Select items from Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2014 season have dropped over at Tr√®s Bien Shop. The selection includes an assortment of pop-art inspired graphic tees and new bright colorways of seasonal sneaker styles (The Velcro highs and Holographic lows). I enjoyed the presentation of SS14 on the Paris runway and I also liked what Raf … Read more

The Chesterfield Coat

Grind Magazine Vol.36

In colder weather, it’s hard to strike that balance between warmth, practicality and ¬†unique style. A key piece for Fall and Winter dressing is a solid wool coat. The chesterfield coat fills this role particularly well. I’m partial to single breasted pieces in wool or camel but you can feel free to experiment with the different color options out there. While this coat is generally worn with more tailored ¬†clothing, I really like to see it dressed down with either slim fitting trousers or skinny jeans and sneakers. You can experiment with both subtle minimalist sneakers and bulkier more attention grabbing models. For dressier occasions layer a button down underneath a knit and pair this it with a pair of oxfords or brogues.

More examples of chesterfields worn well after the jump

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Raf Simons x Adidas SS14 Sneakers

Adidas has been cranking out the designer collaborations with the Yohji Yamamoto Superstar, the Rick Owens collaboration and the current season Raf Simons joints. For Spring/Summer 2014 more Adidas are on the way and they’re just as crazy as the FW13 ones. Some would say they’re ugly, but if you saw the SS14 Paris runway show , Raf found ¬†a way to make some of them work. Personally I can’t cosign many of these design but I do enjoy the boot and the Air Max 1/90 inspired sneakers. There’s something childish and pop-art about them, I have a feeling these will be something alot of Raf fans will regret sleeping on.

Photos via Will of Le Collectioneuse See the rest after the jump

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Style Profile: Taylor Okata

One of the things that came up when I interviewed Tay for this style profile is how important comfort and attitude is to personal style. Tay owns some awesome designer pieces but what makes his style unique is how he confidently mixes pieces in an unconventional manner and makes them his own . Tay’s personal style was a result of his upbringing ¬†in Hawaii/LA and also his time spent living in Tokyo.

You may have seen Tay on many a streetstyle blog before in the past and after meeting him I can see why; Tay isn’t afraid to experiment and try new things with his style. ¬†I’m happy to share with you some of his favorite summer looks and also his unique perspectives on style as an individual who’s worked in a variety of roles in the New York fashion industry.

See the feature after the jump

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Raf Simons x Fred Perry AW13 collection

While the on-going collaboration between¬†Fred Perry and Raf Simons has not really broke new ground in it’s product offering, there are always a few gems in each collection. For Autumn/Winter 2013, Raf once again visits Mod culture (think¬†checkerboard shirts) and mashes it against American collegiate wear (varsity jackets w/ chenille letters). The presentation is nicely done with¬†Pierre Debusscherre behind the lens with styling by¬†Robbie Spencer (fashion director at Dazed & Confused). Keeping with the line’s inspirations the location of this shoots¬†Hippodrome de Boitsfort (¬†a former racecourse in Brussels built in 1875).

My personal favorites are the electric blue duffle coat, the knit polo and the burgundy varsity. Take a look at the rest of the collection after the jump.

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Raf Simons Archive Part II on LN-CC






A couple months back, LN-CC¬†did a sale featuring rare archival pieces from Raf Simons. The good folks at LN-CC are at at again by releasing more pieces from their archive (with some pieces being from even before Raf’s debut collection). ¬†I’ve selected some of my favorite pieces from the shop, and theres a many more highlights after the jump.

You can shop the collection on LN-CC but hurry as select pieces are already sold out.

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Raf Simons SS14 Menswear

Raf Simons has had a long storied career in fashion. Now at the helm of womenswear for Dior, many in fashion felt that own namesake label was placed on backburner for the past few seasons. This strong Spring/Summer 2014 collection should dispel that notion. Taking place 30 minutes outside Paris at the Gagosian Gallery¬†surrounded by the work of artists Alexander Calder and Jean Prouv√©, this show was Raf’s attempt at creating a memorable fashion moment.

Now that his label has survived through 20 years in the business, Raf had a chance to breathe and re-collect his thoughts. Bits and pieces of his past designs show up here, the bright optimistic flashes of color, the modernist graphics, and a certain youthful nonchalance expressed by each model who walked by. Something Raf himself commented on in his interview with Dazed :

“All the boys were natural tonight. There was nobody who did the hair for them. We showed them as they come so it was very much about the way of dressing, the way of choosing the clothes as a way to express yourself. It was not a camouflage in terms of how you can create yourself with hair or product or styling. You think about the collection and that is what is interesting right now. You can just take it or leave it but hopefully take it. “

With the length of the shirting and jackets being purposefully long and paired with shorts that were inches from the knee, there was a androgynous edge in the collection but the pieces themselves are versatile enough to be worn many manner of ways.  I particuarly liked the black perforated tech-jacket and the bright sneakers/boots which looked like Jetsons pop-art versions of Art Maxes and hiking boots. Suffice to say, this will be a collection that will appeal to fans of Raf Simons.

See all the looks after the jump 

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Style Inspiration: Summertime


New York is stuck in the middle of a major heatwave right now and I’m sure many other locales worldwide are feeling it as well. When the heat is sweltering it’s pretty hard to get inspired to throw on a dope fit. I’ve put together some visual inspirations to me that express summertime, I hope they inspire you to try something new this season. With summertime dressing, less is more, and it’s about maintaining comfort without sacrificing self-expression in your outfits.

Many more images after the jump

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Editorial: Chemical Brothers from Fucking Young ‘1997’ Issue

Models: Cameron Handley at Re:quest, Shane Gambill at Adam, McLain Driver at New York Models and Thijs Meulenbelt atFusion.

Photography by Saty + Pratha

Styling Ian Bradley

This editorial from the ‘1997’ issue of Fucking Young is inspired by rave and electronic music culture in the mid to late 90s. There are some great pieces featured with everything from Raf Simons , Highland, Adidas and Siki Im being used to paint a drug-induced portrait. Ian Bradley definetly killed it with the styling on this one, check out his¬†Style Profile¬†if you haven’t already.

More after the jump

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Coveted: Raf Simons AW06 Boots

The homie Harry submitted these Raf Simons boots from Autumn/Winter 2006 for a coveted feature. He’s owned them so long and beat them up quite well and he didn’t have alot to say about them. He summarized his feelings on these in the following passage. 6 Canadian winters. 4 soles sewn on. 2 heels replaced. … Read more