Undercover is turning 30 this year and to celebrate the anniversary, designer Jun Takahashi has turned to some of his long-time friends in the Tokyo fashion scene. A list of legendary brands have signed up to offer their take on UC’s signature hybrid style with a series of leather sleeve down jackets with various mixed materials and detailing. Created in partnership with peers sacai, Kolor, Fragment design, TheSoloist and N.Hoolywood. The jackets all take a different tact to exploring the same style of garment. Sacai designer Chitose Abi gives her take on the trademark garment by bringing in elements of a knit riders jacket. Abe’s husband Junichi infuses elements of his brand Kolor’s style with a bright neon rendition. My favorite is the TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloist collaboration which adds insane looking goggles and gloves to the piece. N.HOOLYWOOD extends the length of the down jacket into with a parka-like body and hood. Fragment’s design is understandably understated with just a simple fragment logo hit on the back.
These should only be available directly through Undercover and they’ve posted some purchase information their website. The price range for these items range from ￥140,000 JPY (approximately $1,356 USD) to ￥240,000 JPY (approximately $2,325 USD). If you’re looking for other current season Undercover items, take a look at stockists like SSENSE , Selfridges and Luisviaroma.
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Designer Takahiro Miyashita releases images of his Fall/Winter 2016 collection under his label The Soloist. Once again he turns to rock stars as primary inspiration. Styles are named after the like of John Lennon, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain. The assortment of looks recall moments from past Number (N)ine collections like Noir and A Closed Feeling. The pieces range from the fantastical to practical easy basics. Certain styles were crafted with usability in mind, patches on the legs and seats of jeans were designed for cycling. They were made to protect your seat and your trousers from the chain along with a detached waistband to hang your bike lock on. Certain Jackets are lined with PrimaLoft, a wind- and water-resistant fabric, combined with luxurious bits of cashmere and velvet. It’s good to see that Takahiro is thinking about about more than just making beautiful pieces, he’s making garments that provide function.
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