Opening Ceremony Shoreditch

A Store Is Born: Opening Ceremony London

Opening Ceremony just keeps opening. The sprawling chain's latest outpost sits in the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, London, designed by Max Lamb. The British interior designer employed Dadaistic elements like stone tables that are not stone, but foam, and a cocoon-like white latex curtain that ripples all around the store, doing away with right angles. The racks, too, are not what they seem. One continuous blue rack curves around the space, inspired by — and made in the same factory as — the blue handrails of the Victoria Line tube.

Mixed with international labels marqueed by Raf Simons, local brands include Faustine Steinmetz, Helen Lawrence and Marques'Almeda, and Nicomede Talavera.

Opening Ceremony Shoreditch, 106 Shoreditch High Street, London

Jul 25, 2014 14:20:00

Hooked: VAVA Sunglasses

VAVA sunglasses may be new (as in one month old), but the concept is so totally, so squarely from another era — the 80s. In particular, the unisex label looks to techno music of the era, an optimistic new sound that emerged from once-glistening, now-blighted cities like Detroit. Those contrasting extremes, promise and disillusionment, inform VAVA's two lines: the White Label draws from simplicity and purity, while the Black Label looks to darkness and the underground.

For Portuguese-born, Berlin-based designer Pedro da Silva, this sense of idealism isn't just conceptual; it's practical, too. The frames are created with cellulose acetate from Mazzucchelli, artisans of acetate since 1849, and the lenses are made from Barberini crystals. The flatness of the two lenses again harks back to the 80s and its preoccupation with computer graphics, while the cubed hinge, exclusive to VAVA, is influenced by the artist Sol Lewitt and his penchant for bold shapes.

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Jul 23, 2014 21:41:00
Saint Laurent Emmanuelle bag

Hooked: Saint Laurent Emmanuelle Bag

Whether named after the editor-in-chief of French Vogue or the sexually adventurous fictional character of 1970s French cinema, Saint Laurent's Emmanuelle bag aims to please. New for pre-fall and available in leather or croc, the bag features a roomy bucket shape that can accommodate nearly any apparatus while the optional suede fringe shimmies and teases.

$1990 - $2150 at YSL.com and Saint Laurent Boutiques

Jul 21, 2014 14:46:00
Nike + R.T.

Shooing In Shoe Collabs at Dover Street Market NY

The black versions of Riccardo Tisci's crowd-pleasing Air Force 1 collaboration with Nike are dropping this week. Tomorrow (July 17), to be exact, at Dover Street Market NY and online.

As if that weren't enough titillating sneaker news, DSM NY will also unveil Sacai's furry new collab with Vans on July 19. Sacai designer Chitose Abe, Hint readers will recall, is a former protege of Rei Kawakubo who now also shows in Paris...

Jul 16, 2014 19:40:00
Raf Simons for Adidas

Hooked: Raf Simons for Adidas Men's Shoes

The ongoing Raf Simons for Adidas shoe collaboration seems to be picking up speed. For spring 2015, Simons' beloved staples for the brand — Response Trail 2, Ozweego 2, Bounce — are expanded with new hues and fabrics; his color experiments on the Stan Smith are pushed further; he's introduced two raver models, the Platform Strap and the Platform Lace, that illuminate with each step; and he's interpreted the cult-adored Adilette with three extreme new versions with elevated platforms. All the racy new kicks, priced from $195 to $1,120, can be found at Adidas Icon stores in London, Paris, Berlin and select boutiques around the world beginning mid-February.

In other Raf Simons news, his fall 14 men's collection, made in partnership with the artist and longtime collaborator Sterling Ruby, is getting its own e-store. Open only for the summer, Inthenameof.be will close September 1. After that, a clubby pop-up will launch at 16 Lange Gasthuisstraat, Antwerp, open only on weekends and rotating its merch each week through the end date of October 13.

Jul 11, 2014 19:38:00
Rick Owens for Adidas

Hooked: Rick Owens for Adidas Men's Shoes

Rick Owens and Adidas have again teamed up on a capsule of pupil-dilating, mind-twitching men's shoes, three new styles introduced on the designer's spring 2015 runway. The first is based on the loose boxing silhouette, employing covered lacing and Adidas' new Spring Blade tooling on the sole — basically, a row of suspension rubber cantilevers that give height, buoyancy, and much foot interest to the wearer. The second model brings the same Spring Blade sole to a more traditional track shoe, while the shell-toe boot — the "Superstar" boot — recalls the classic Adidas shape, here recast in calf stretch-leather.

$666 - $938 at Rick Owens and Adidas stores, beginning mid-January 2015

Jul 10, 2014 13:19:00
Lanvin men's sneakers

Hooked: Lanvin Men's Sneakers

Want to join in the colorful sneaker craze but don't want the entire color spectrum on your feet? Not a problem. Lanvin men's designer Lucas Ossendrijver stays grounded with his new sneakers for the house, choosing a respectable palette of earthy shades with barely a touch of iridescence. Plus, made of calf-skin and nubuck, they won't fall apart immediately after purchase, but will wear naturally with time.

$840 at Lanvin stores and online

Jun 14, 2014 21:46:00
Alexander McQueen Tokyo

A Store Is Born: Alexander McQueen Tokyo

Alexander McQueen is planting roots in Tokyo with a new store in the Aoyama district, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Prada. While the brand has been operating smaller shop-in-shops in Tokyo and Osaka, some of them accessories-only, the two-story new outlet — designed by creative director Sarah Burton and David Collins Studio — is its first comprehensive flagship in all of Japan.

As for design influences, the label cites “flora and fauna, real and imagined; the warped perspective of Francis Bacon’s paintings of Popes; the Surrealist artist HR Giger; the Eighteenth Century salon and Rorschach ink blots; primitivism, the human skeleton and the female form." Now imagine those motley things scaled down and paired with dove-gray leather furnishings and loads of marble — artwork by Takeo Hanazawa and Takao Togashi provide the Japanese element.

Jun 11, 2014 14:04:00

Hooked: Men's Summer Hats

Hats are wonderful things. They shade your eyes when sunglasses aren't enough, they shield your face when you've forgotten your umbrella, and they divert people's attention on those days you couldn't be bothered to do anything with your hair. There's just one problem with hats in the summer — they get unbearably hot. So, here are an assortment of summer hats whose makers have shown mercy and given some thought to wicking away heat and sweat...

Junya Watanabe trilby

$491 at Colette

Larose Paris X White Mountaineering cap

$170 at Colette

Lanvin straw fedora

$350 at Mr. Porter

Rag & Bone fedora

$175 at Barneys

Just Don It python cap

$695 ar Barneys

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Jun 11, 2014 11:20:00

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