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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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.
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.
More images after the jump.
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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
American fashion is often a slave to the overarching ideas of sale-ability and wearability. During a fashion week where many designers are attempting to stay relevant through trend-happy clothing Thom Browne continues to build upon the universe that he has long dreamt of living in. Mr.Browne claims the inspiration for the collection was the work of German painter, choreographer and sculptor Oskar Schlemmer.
The Thom Browne Spring/Summer 2013 Presentation held at the Edna Barnes Salomon room of the New York Public Library was the absolute highlight of my New York fashion week. Against a backdrop of funhouse mirrors and giant silver pinwheels Thom spun a creepy, theatrical atmospheric and eye-catching narrative. An undead army of models clad in whale print, sculptural dresses, seahorses in bejeweled appliques, laser-cut out patterns and somber monochrome filled the room in designs that the Adam’s Family would die to own.
As his shows continue to wow fashion show attendees around the world, I believe Thom Browne deserves his due as a true industry visionary. After witnessing his Spring/Summer 2013 work I am so excited to see how Thom Browne can continue to add layers to his trademark prep style.
Thom Browne’s critics may ask the tired question : “Will any of this sell or be worn outside of this show?”. The response of anyone who had the pleasure of seeing this in person should be “Who cares?”
More photos of the collection on VFILES.
Words by Rocky Li
Photography by Rocky Li (via VFILES.)
Alexander Wang’s SS13 had all the markings of a huge NYFW production : top-shelf models, front-row celebrities and a show finale that literally glowed in the dark. Third Looks was on hand to give you a glimpse of the backstage madness.
More photos from the show can be seen on VFILES
Photography by Rocky Li
The Gamme Bleu collaboration between Thom Browne and Moncler has been one of the most consistent capsule collections in menswear. Although I am more partial to the Fall/Winter collections, Thom Browne can never be faulted on his immaculate runway presentations. The SS13 iteration of Gamme Bleu is inspired by naval uniforms and traditions.