visvim presents this lookbook for it’s spring/summer 2013 collection ‘ Dissertation on Symbolism and Our Prayer Flag’. The looks within show the continued evolution of the signature visvim styling. The expected staples make a return but this lookbook is punctuated by the use of voluminous blankets and scarves. Japanese noragi style tops return in a variety of materials , adding some flavor to the more straightforward Americana interpretations that Hiroki has been doing. Also of note is the new visvim webshop which can be accessed HERE.
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Philip Lim’s Spring/Summer collection was inspired by the mixing of Japanese and Brazilian culture in the nations capital Rio de Janiero. In particular these looks reference the marital arts subculture that exists in the country; a fighting style where capoeira mixes with karate. As Mr.Lim has done in recent seasons, he brings elegance to sportswear in this Spring/Summer collection. The end result? A collection of unfussy clothes that are meant to be lived in.
Director Alexander Basile presents this cinematic take on the Spring/Summer 2013 collection from Carhartt WIP (Work in Progress). Shot in Calabria, Naples and Bari the video uses the decaying architecture of 1960-90s as the backdrop for the collection.The story told through visuals revolves around the idea that strong friendship is needed to survive in a modern day metropolis.
SENSE presents this preview of spring/summer 2013 COMME des GARCONS Junya Watanabe Man and eYe collections. From first glance the color palette is full of light warm weather pastels and khakis. The shirting comes in an assortment of stripes, patterns and floral prints that are sure to be popular. As expected Junya collaborated with an assortment of brands for SS13, this includes the Champion sweatshirt material riders jacket and the Levi’s denim shown above. Most interestingly Pointer Brand is crafting a special coverall piece. My favorite items from this collection are the down varsity jacket and the two pairs of red and blue denim that I would love to see in person. Something I can’t give a pass to are the long past the knee black denim shorts. Thankfully the rest of the collection has enough promise to forgive and forget.
We posted up the The Soloist Spring/Summer 2013 lookbook we earlier today, now comes the showroom pics that reveal some of the shirting, outerwear, and accessories from the collection. The collection is inspired by the style of actor John Cassavetes in his various roles. The outerwear in this collection is a bit more understated and less ornate than past soloist seasons. Miyashita puts his spin on trench coats, MA-1s, and even tartan gingham-check shirts for this spring range.
In the accesories department, once again The Soloist collaborates once again with Oliver Peoples on an eyewear range. As well there is a large line of jewelery including collaborations with jeweler Cody Sanderson. There are also several shoes in the line that are made in conjunction with AUTHENTIC SHOE & CO as well. Expect items to begin arriving in stores in late January 2013.
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Takahiro Miyashita presents his Spring/Summer 2013 collection for The Soloist, Symphony # 0007, with a lookbook comprised of subdued black&white film photography. The clothes themselves harken back to some of Takahiro’s earlier work with Number (N)ine.
The range reintrepts classic men’s staples such as gingham check shirts, trench coats, and parkas. The design is meant to marry functionality and design and the formal with casual. We’ll be focusing on specific items from the collection in an upcoming post.
Images via Fashionsnap
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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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Whiz Limited is a brand that is new to me but has existed in Japan for a decade. The brand’s founder Hiroaki Shitano began with hand-made t-shirts with his friends and since then has expanded to create a complete men’s line. The concept of Whiz Limited is creating ‘Individual Clothing’ ; garments that represent different aspects of Tokyo culture without succumbing to a stereotyped, contrived “Tokyo Streetstyle”.
What i like about this collection are the well-executed outerwear pieces paired with the clean practical styling. The garments are takes on familiar men’s staples but the line does not go overboard on design details. Many current menswear designers have a tendency to overdesign at times and I think the restraint seen here should be applauded. What I also liked is that these full looks would be very easy for guys to wear but the styling also shows how many of the pieces can be worked into a variety of wardrobes. A quick glance at the web-store revealed prices for outerwear range from about ¥20,000 to ¥100,000 (Approx 1260 USD). I will definetly be featuring more coverage on this brand in the future.
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Luar Zepol Spring/Summer 2013: El Bosque Lo’ Que
In the middle of the glamor and glitz of the production that is New York Fashion Week Raul Lopez held a public display for his spring/collection of Luar Zepol. Models assembled in the Lower East Side off Broome street clad in space-age googles, mesh-hoodies, military-esque coats, eccentric prints and patchwork denim. The presentation had a gritty, DIY-feel and was a welcome reprieve from the PR checks and indoor lighting of most runway shows.
Luar Zepol is pushing forward with a look that is unlike anything else right now. I have no idea what Raul Lopez will come up with next but I do know that this is definetly a brand to keep an eye on moving forward. Curious minds should definetly read this feature on The Fader which touches on designer Raul Lopez’s backstory.
Photos by Rocky Li, more photos on VFILES
If you haven’t seen any of these VFILES XFW (Xtreme Fashion Week) videos stop whatever you’re doing right now and click play on the above videos ASAP. Video coverage of fashion shows is often poor quality, bland and poorly edited but luckily for us these videos buck the trend. XFW captures the frenetic energy of fashion week and the guerilla style makes for lots of laughs and cameos (See if you can spot Devonte Hayes, M.I.A, Linda Fargo, Tilda Swinton, Nicola Formicheti Kenzo’s Humberto and Carol in the videos).
VFILES describes explains XFW as
“Imagine Elsa Klensch on 5-Hour Energy® with a camera strapped to her head — that’s Xtreme Fashion Week but with a cast of equally XTREME hosts: popstar Maluca Mala, fashion vlogger Marie Karlberg, and male model slash actor AJ English, and more. The premise: strap on a Go-Pro™, shotgun a Monster™, grab a branded microphone, and GO! (to fashion shows).”
But really you should just listen to me, grab a snack and cuddle up to your laptop.
Be sure to explore the VFILES Youtube Channel for more content.
Words by Rocky Li
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