4dimension Fall/Winter 2015 Lookbook

4dimension is a Taiwan based streetwear brand that adds its own take on the modern techwear aeshetic. While I haven’t handled any of their products in person, past seasons have looked somewhat promising with functional garments being offered up at reasonable pricepoints.

Their current Fall/Winter collection once again presents a variety of tech focused water-resistant outerwear and pants alongside the usual assortment of hoodies, crewnecks and tees. The new collection is inspired by a concept from the writings of Karl Marx called Entfremdung – which explained the separation of people from aspects of their human nature as a consequence of living in a society stratified into social classes. This same concept applied to tech can explain some of the pros and cons that arise from ┬áthe rapid adoption of new technologies. Check out the entire lookbook after the jump and visit the 4dimension site for more info.

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JohnUndercover SS16 Lookbook

JohnUndercover has found it’s niche with it’s spring/summer 2016 season. I was a bit skeptical of the diffusion line (if you can call it that) when it first launched. The price point being almost as high as mainline Undercover, the labels seemed to lack distinction in the crowded crop of current┬áJapanese labels. That being said, it’s come on strong in more recent collections offering more pared down versions of Undercover concepts. It’s nice that the line is even more minimal on branding and graphics and more emphasis layering, color and materials.

The fall collection is strong on neutrals like tan, white and grey and uses them together to great effect. In this way, it’s achieving what every diffusion line should – creating something both familiar and different. JohnUndercover isn’t Undercover but it runs┬áparallel to it the same way Gyakusou has embodied┬áthe running / technical side of UC. Looking back at the┬áSS15 collection, there is a lot here that can be worked together with those pieces. While there’s no release date on any of this gear just yet, look for products from the fall collection to trickle into stores like SSENSE and Haven soon.

 

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The Soloist by Takahiro Miyashita SS16 Lookbook

Takahiro Miyashita has never been the type of designer to rest on his laurels. If one thing has defined his design career, it has been his ability to constantly shift from season to season. From Number (N)ine, to this his 13th collection of the Soloist. While the DNA of his work remains┬ávintage Americana filtered through a rock and roll viewpoint, it seems he has chosen to focus on sleeker cuts and a lot of monochrome looks this time around. Looking at the lookbook, it’s hard not to think Noel Gallagher, but fortunately the clothes seem much┬ámore relevant in 2015.

See more after the jump, and find current season Soloist stuff at Barney’s or HAVEN.

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Undercover SS16 Collection

Undercover is coming up on it’s 25 anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion the spring/summer 2016┬áUndercoverism collection entitled ‘The Greatest’ ┬ádraws inspiration from past UC collections. Many of the pieces re-interpret the themes of classic collections like ┬á‘But Beautiful’, ‘SCAB’ and ‘Languid’ to create something new all together. If you’re a fan of older Undercover this is a great┬áopportunity to get items that you missed the first time around. It seems that there are also a number of licensed┬áStar War pieces in the collection. The sci-fi series was always something aluded to in collections but it’s interesting to see it acknowledged directly here (though I’m a bit iffy on the SITH/JEDI snapbacks). Overall I the SS16 collection is an unpretentious acknowledgement of where UC has been and a nod to some of the brand’s long-term supporters.

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