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This Dries Van Noten hooded jacket from the the Spring/Summer 2012 collection will keep you dry in style. The conservative cut and the subtle maroon, black and navy striping mean that the piece can be dressed up or down. Some of the finer details include metal riri zips, zippered pockets, and drawstrings to adjust fit.

You can find this and other Dries pieces on The Corner.

Photos by Rocky Li

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I respect girls who are are about to look great AND express aspects of their personality through their personal style. Gia is a fellow Parson’s graduate and she currently works  as a PR coordinator for Comme des Garcons which is doubtlessly a dream job for many. I implicitly trust her taste when it comes to womenswear and I think she has an incredible eye for aesthetics in general (not just when it comes to fashion). While she is often low-key and subtle with the way she dresses, Gia can also put together looks that break necks with ease.

Look 1

Bread & Boxers T-Shirt
Comme des Garcon Skirt
Lanvin High-Top Sneakers

How does everyday life in New York inspire the way you dress?

I pay more attention to what guys wear in this city. It just looks so much more comfortable and the silhouettes are classic. Guys in New York aren’t afraid to play around with prints and colors and I do take inspiration from that. There’s so many visuals  in New York that make me take notice : it could be anything from street art to cereal packaging. I recently bought a few pairs of Happy Socks besides I liked the colors in the snack of aisle of M2M (ie my favorite, Pocky). Of course I had get red and white socks as well before going to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Whitney.

 When did you start buying designer clothes?

The turning point was when I started working at Assin in Melbourne which is an amazing store that stocked Ann D, Dior Homme, Margiela, Junya, Number (N)ine, Haider Ackerman.

I learned a lot about menswear there and I managed to come away with some great pieces from my time there.

Look 2

Junya Watanabe SS2012 Cropped Rider Jacket
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Floral Print Dress
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Boots

You own some wilder pieces as well as some solid basics. How do you balance practicality and comfort against aesthetics in your wardrobe?

My actual clothing that I wear day to day has to be very comfortable. I walk around alot and I don’t want anything that’s too restricting. In general my style is pretty basic but I like statement pieces to mix it up. One thing I don’t compromise on is my rings. I never take them off and they feel so a part of me that I don’t even notice them there.

Look 3

Comme des Garcon SHIRT SS2012 Strawberry Print
Comme des Garcon Homme Plus Cropped Jeans
Comme des Garcon Sneakers (No vis)

Look 4

Junya Watanabe Shirt
J Crew Floral-Print Trousers
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Boots

What style inspirations do you go back to again and again?

The anime Nana.

Gogo from Kill Bill.

Nujabes music for the mood it creates.

Gregg Araki films.

You have some men’s pieces you wear reguarly. How do you work them into your outfits?

I’ve really gotten into just wearing plain white and/or black mens undershirts recently, like the Supreme/Hanes shirt or Bread & Boxers (worn in look 1). I like the simplicity of the cut and the casual feeling it provides. I like oversized cuts – button downs, like my new favorite is my new strawberry CdG SHIRT button down. Another favorite is my Rick Owens DRKSHW sleeveless hoodie that I’ve had since 2008 that I basically live in. I also frequently wear my Lanvin  Hi-Tops and Homme Plus denim cropped pants. I just treat them like normal clothes and I appreciate they are less fussy than women’s pieces.

Photos by Rocky Li

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Undercover Irregular Cotton Jacket in Grey

Great summer outerwear is always a challenge to find. Undercover brings this patchwork Irregular Cotton 5-Pocket Jacket to fill just that niche in your wardrobe. The detailing on this piece is quite incredible with 5 utility pockets , multi-colored buttons and a patchwork texture that includes striped, honeycombed and studded portions. The 100% cotton fabric combined with a unique 2-button high stance cut ensures that you’ll stay cool and comfortable throughout the season.

I am a fan of how this look with styled with sneakers (Nike Air Max 90s) and a t-shirt ; keeping with the casual and utilitarian vibe.

$820 on Tres Bien Shop

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With summer weather approaching the search for the perfect sneaker is on. Here are a few suggestions for hot days ahead.

Undercover SS12 Low-Top Sneaker

Undercover provides their take on the Stan Smith for the SS12 season. An easy clean design accented by a detailed embroidery around the ankle.

£210 at Oki Ni
Maison Martin Margiela Painted Germany Army Trainers (GAT)

With a linen upper covered in white paint, these German Army Trainers stand out from the usual MMM GATs in a way that is tasteful and eye-catching.

$495 at Aloha Rag

Giuliano Fujiwara High Top Sneaker

Clean lines and mixed materials make this sneaker an attention grabbing choice for Summer. Made in the same factories as Raf Simons and common projects these sneakers are made to last.

$620 at The Corner

New Balance M1300LG-Grey

New Balances may be approaching played-out status but if you’re set on a pair you might as well go with one of the best models the 1300. This understated light grey colorway is sure to match plenty of items in your wardrobe.

$130 via Kith

Ann Demeulemeester Calf-leather Wrap-lace Trainers

The quintessential Ann D sneaker in a beautiful calf leather material. These are sure to go with jeans or trousers and can be dressed up or down with ease.

$415 via re.porter

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I have always been one to appreciate a beautifully designed print. One of the masters of color and print is Dries Van Noten. In this dreamy editorial dresses, tops and skirts from the Belgian designer’s Spring/Summer collection are captured against washed-out pastel backdrops.

See the entire editorial on Honeyee.

photography: Ariko Inaoka
styling: Yuta Kaji
hair: Kazuya Matsumoto(FEMME)
make-up: Masayo Tsuda
model: YiRan

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Photography by Katsuhide Morimoto

Gyakusou returns for the Spring/Summer 2012 season. I have been following this line of smartly designed running wear by Jun Takahashi since it’s inception in FW2010 and it has only gotten better over time. While FW11 remains my favorite Gyakusou season, the design team has really done a fantastic job at crafting head-to-toe looks with comfort and practicality in mind. As always with Gyakusou the color palette works wonderfully. Now for the first time womens pieces have been produced and makes a perfect gift for the athletic-minded girlfriend. Look for Gyakusou SS12 to enter stores early next month.

The above campaign was shot in the Black Desert of Oshima and White Desert of Nakatajima in Japan. The pho­tog­ra­phy is done by Katsuhide Morimoto and the inspi­ra­tion comes from the Asian phi­los­o­phy behind yin and yang contrasting the the dif­fer­ences between the men’s and women’s col­lec­tion and its runners.

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Jun Takahashi has gone so many directions with the Undercover brand over the years. After a somewhat lackluster SS11 ‘Underman’ season Jun has been in top form. While I definitely enjoyed the styling found in the SS2012 lookbook for the ‘Open Strings’ collection I feel the styling and backdrop found in this editorial for Non-No is pretty much perfect. I look forward to seeing more detailed shots of some of the items below, particuarly the polka dot shirt, plaid blazer and leather riders jacket.

If the above images weren’t enough for you, check out this 12 minute video that showcases the collection for both men and women.

openstrings-12SS- from UNDERCOVER on Vimeo.

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On this unbelievably mild January New York day I can’t believe Spring/Summer 2012 collections are already beginning to trickle into stores. My friend Joseph from Alwaysnever shared this video that provides a glimpse of the behind the scenes preparations at the SS2012 Robert Geller show. This video is well worth a view if you enjoy seeing the creative process of designers.

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