Coveted: Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garcons S/S 2003 Parachute Jumper

It’s been a while since we’ve done a ‘Coveted’ feature here at Third Looks. Personally I’m always interested in seeing archival gear and standout pieces from collections by my favorite designers. While there’s those items that you obessess over with that become grails, there are also items that you never intended on buying which eventually become your favorites. Those are the ones you might find at a consignment shop like Tokio 7 in New York just browsing or something you spot through a browser search late night while suffering bouts of insomnia. I’m happy to post this rare Junya Watanabe women’s piece. I know he had some great pieces so I asked him to share how he came across this particular jumper and how his appreciation for it has grown since owning it.

This piece wasn’t really anything that I had been searching for, so in the traditional sense, it was not something I had ‘coveted’ for a while. One of my good friends actually sent me the link of the Rakuten listing, and when I had seen it, I knew I had to have it. I bought it about five minutes after seeing the listing for the first time. I think it was really love at first sight.

Upon receiving it, I was actually amazed at how heavy the package was. The fabric is heavy cotton, with heavy metal loop attachments and “backpack” straps. My favorite detail though is that the straps on the sleeves and the back are actually adjustable, you can pull the fabric up the length of the strap and fasten it with the buckle in order to producing an effect that is reminiscent to ruching. Despite this sweater being a women’s piece, it still is probably one of the most worn pieces in my wardrobe.

Photos by Alexander N, you can follow him on his tumblr Helmut Mang.

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Sophnet Fall/Winter 2013 Collection

Sophnet presents a close-up look at pieces from it’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Sticking to the brand DNA of men’s staples with a twist, there’s an assortment of practical, well-thought out pieces here. Among them are a lightweight down shirt, crewnecks, some really dope flannels and jackest with knit-sleeve detailing and an assortment of denim. The standout piece is the military jacket above which flips a M-65 into a tech piece with knit sleeve inserts. The navy the effect quite subdued. See all the items after the jump

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Christopher Kane SS14 Lookbook

This is the kind of collection that makes me want next summer clothes this summer. Scottish designer Christopher Kane made a name for himself through his use of bold, colorful prints and he maintains that design signiture for the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. There’s a relaxed sportswear vibe throughout the collection full of brightly hued outerwear, graphic t-shirts, scarves and trousers.

My favorite looks are the ones which are monochromatic but there’s options here for the less bold as well. While wearing head to toe blue might not be for everyone the light grey overcoats and smartly cut blazers could certainly find a home in the wardrobes of many guys out there. I’m still iffy about the male sandals on display here, but I definitely can’t wait  to see the rest of the items in person next year.

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‘Columna Cerului’ InAisce SS13 Lookbook

There are lookbooks which capture clothing well and there are lookbooks which create beautiful imagery. This is one of the rare ones that does both. New York based InAisce provides the clothes f0r these dreamy, fantastical photos by Xi Sinsong. The Lord of the Rings-esque landscapes compliment the drapey monochromatic looks in a. Definetly a welcome reprieve from the typical brand visuals.


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WTAPS SS13 Philosophy Honeyee Editorial

This editorial by Honeyee features Spring/Summer 2013 WTAPS ‘Philosophy’ pieces and is modeled by Japanese film star Yosuke Kubozuka. The Spring/Summer collection features clean minimal pieces that can fit into many guy’s wardrobes. My favorite pieces here are the light olive/gray flannel and the maroon polo. While WTAPS is usually presented in a highly militaristic manner, the … Read more

ACRONYM SS13 ‘Acronymjutsu’ Video

ACRONYMÂŽ Acronymjutsu [SS-13] from ACRNM on Vimeo. Techwear masters ACRONYM have released a video of their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The surveillance lke video has a visual style that harkens back to VCRs and CRT televisions.  Select womens and men’s pieces can be seen in the short clip. As always ACRONYM has come strong with a host of features on the garments … Read more

Video: Barneys New York x GIVENCHY SS13 Video Presentation

Director Gordon von Steiner brings this incredible glimpse at the Spring/Summer 2013 men’s Givenchy collection in this collaborative video for Barney’s New York. The visuals, styling music and mood set here perfectly compliment the array of patterns and colors which define the seasonal collection. Images blend together fluidly and the familiar stars and American flags from in … Read more

mastermind JAPAN Final Collection SS13

mastermind Japan is one of those brands that has a look that is decidedly Tokyo. Mastermind has always ridden the line between high fashion and Tokyo street for the fifteen years of it’s existence. The brand has continued to put a fob-centric and slightly gaudy signiture on it’s clothes; a signiture that channeled  rebellious rock n roll attitude through a luxury lens usually reserved for men’s brands like Dior Homme. The craftsmanship and quality has always been there and it’s for that reason that the brand has collaborated on product with the likes of Undercover, BAPE, Stussy and Visvim.

While the brand is not known for doing runway shows, Mastermind went all out with a huge spring/summer collection this Tokyo Fashion Week entitled ‘Dreams’.  The thing that stood out to me this collection were cuts of the pieces shown. I really love that both the outerwear and jeans/trousers strike a good balance between slim and slightly oversized. There’s some amazing detailing on many of the pieces and the line offers it’s own takes from everything from streetwear and technical outerwear to suiting to even some prep looks. For me the wallet chains paird with black trousers and styled with t-shirts really nail the look that mastermind has done over the years. Look for collaborations with Stussy, COMMES des GARCONS Black, MEDICOM TOY and Lowe

I believe that the popular men’s aesthetic is slowly moving away from the ultra-slim cuts of Hedi Slimane or Band of Outsiders. The fashionable guys out there will  embrace a more volumous fit in coming seasons but that’s a matter for another post. Right now I just want to commend Honma Masaaki for staying true to one vision for this long and deciding to end the line while it is still relevant. I think it’s important for fashion creators to always adapt , change and at the end of the day sometimes that even mean’s letting go, and for Masaaki, what a way to go out. I’ll leave you with this quote about mastermind Japan’s logo.

The skull is part of me and means “Hold on to your dream until you die”. To that end, I will continue to do just that.

-Honma Masaaki

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NEPENTHES SS13 “Pattern Chasing” Lookbook

NEPENTHES kills it with this Spring/Summer 2013 lookbook. The Japanese-based consortium incorporates their (Engineered Garments, Needles, and Sonic Labs et al) into this inspired take on Spring. Pattern heavy and brightly colored , the styling displayed here is some of the best I’ve seen thus far this year. Bright greens, blues, and stripes are paired with floral, Hawaiian,  camo and  paisley prints. It’s nice when a lookbook inspires you to re-invent your wardrobe to match the changing seasons. If you want to ‘pattern chase’ the items found here, keep an eye out for drops at the New York and Japan Nepenthes locations.

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