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.
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
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
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.
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
Relatively quiet as of late, artist Terence Koh — he of gold-plated feces, piano design for Lady Gaga and Elton John, and Chinese baby adoption — has teamed up with Louis Vuitton on a limited-edition collection sold exclusively at Dover Street Market Ginza. The bare-bones three-piece capsule includes a nautical striped T-shirt, a long-sleeved blue shirt, and a non-leather biker jacket.
Koh’s artistic embroideries include a narwhal (that whale with a crazy tusk that looks like a unicorn's horn), a pair of rabbits, and an intricate and unexplained double-oval design on the back of the biker jacket.
At Dover Street Market Ginza on June 6, 2014
British artist-designer Patrick Ian Hartley makes what he calls "face corsets," an apt descriptor for what's essentially custom neck art in carefully molded leather, silk, and PVC — a lot of PVC. And you thought 17th-century ruffs were the height of neck art.
Naturally, Lady Gaga is a client, as well as heaps of other musicians looking for something a little exotic to wear in their music videos. Haute magazines, too, are stampeding to Hartley's studio, hunting for that certain something to help their editorials stand out — literally stand out, like the partial exoskeletons you see here. They may look uncomfortable, but stiletto heels probably also looked uncomfortable, before they were everywhere.
Every time you miss a good sale, you tell yourself, "Never again!" Remember? Here's your chance to keep your promise...
Opening Ceremony Sample Sale
— 70-90% off OC, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, Kenzo, and more
— Fri, May 30 - Sun, Jun 1, 11 am - 8 pm (Sun 11 - 7)
— Friends & Family pre-sale: Thu, May 29, 11 am - 8 pm
— 76 Mercer Street (b/w Spring & Broome), NYC
Net-a-Porter Spring Sale
— Up to 50% off Isabel Marant, Lanvin, Chloé, Alexander Wang, Jimmy Choo, and more
— Starting Tue, May 27
— Online only
Matches Summer Sale
— 30-50% off Givenchy, Erdem, Acne, Carven, Stella McCartney, and more
— Starting Mon, May 26
— Online only
Alexander McQueen Sample Sale
— Until Sat, May 31, 10 am - 9 pm
— 22 Clerkenwell Green, London
Barneys Designer Sale
— 40% off
— Starting Thu, May 29
— 660 Madison Ave, NYC
Starworks PR Sale
— Jonathan Saunders, Prism, Roksanda Ilincic, Marios Schwab, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll, House of Holland
— Fri, May 30 & Sat, May 31, 9 am - 6 pm
— 21 Albemarle St, London
Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
— Women's and men's shoes, plus women's bags
— Thu, Jun 5 (9 am - 7 pm) & Fri, Jun 6 (9 am - 1 pm)
— The Clerkenwell Centre, 61 Lever St, London
As if toasting Dover Street Market NY's still-new space, Prada has created a stunning capsule collection for the store's seasonal Golden Week of new arrivals and special events, which starts today. Essentially a reimagining of the house's spring 2008 collection, the range comprises dresses, skirts, shirts, and parkas made from solid organza, each hand-painted and accented with gold and silver leaf. Shine on, Dover!
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