The jury is still out whether Hood By Air is punk, hip hop, sporty, or some clever combination thereof. And that's probably the point: the Brooklyn label can't be labeled, or not easily so. So judge for yourself on HBA's new e-store, featuring exclusive styles from the Hood By Air Classics collection on an easy-on-the-eyes male model — and Jared Leto double — set against an easy-to-understand clean white background.
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Nothing wrong with traditional wingtips, but Rick Owens' fall men's sneakers with Adidas — based on the odd, radar-evading shape of Stealth Bombers — practically take flight. The Tech Runners, as they're called, are composed of a leather and suede top, a black rubber outsole, and an interior made of shock-absorbing EVA technology, whispering at high-design usability while making a bold statement.
While that's for fall, Rick Owens' spring shoes for Adidas — more pod-like than stealthy — just arrived at Oki-Ni
Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you can't still buy things for other people, only to keep them for yourself. Maison Kitsuné's Cabinet de Curiosités, curated by journalist Thomas Erber, has been extended through January due to "high international interest." Which isn't surprising, considering the high oddness factor of the mostly men's items, many of which are limited-edition.
Upon a cursory glance, here are the curiouser of the curiosities we saw: a baseball bat that says "Fuck I Love You" by RAIF Adelberg ($3080): a right-angled hat called the Leonard, in honor of Leonard Cohen, by Yashkathor ($770); a device recharger in the shape of a stone by Alexandre De Betak ($1500); and our favorite, Batglass and Catglass shades by Maison Bonnet ($4000 for a set of four).
Holding their press preview just days before Christmas, Dover Street Market is finally open in New York. We went, we saw, we took mental notes...
- It's pretty much identical to the original DSM in London — thank god! — but with a slightly different roster of labels.
- The most jaw-dropping of the site-specific artworks is Magda Sayek's yarn installation, where she covered a giant column with a rainbow-colored knit like a column cozy!
- Apparently Rei Kawakubo herself envisioned (read micro-managed) the architecture elements and interior design. She was spotted darting around the space — convening with the designers, artists, and movers — days and hours before opening.
- Like the DSM in London and Tokyo, labels are invited to personalize their own space, or rooms. Which makes sense, since designers tend to be perfectionists — like Thom Browne, who created what looks like a private detective's office from film noir.
- You could seriously go nuts here. In addition to its own 15 lines, Comme des Garçons shares the multi-floor space with the likes of Rick Owens, Yves Saint Laurent, and Azzedine Alaïa. (Plus, there is a fall/winter sale going on at the moment!)
- Prada — known for its art collaborations, not fashion — has created a capsule collection exclusively for the store, called Prada at Dover Street Market.
- Louis Vuitton, too, has assembled a space. Except theirs is extra-special as it's the only one on the first floor. It's a pop-up that lasts three months, featuring Kim Jones’ men’s line first, followed by women’s.
- So nice of Rose Bakery to provide nibbly bits. Delicious!
- A staff member told us we'd get younger if we went up a staircase that looked like a purple cocoon. We tried, it didn't work.
Rick Owens has revamped his website to include a global e-store. Rah rah! And guess what? His game-changing Vicious collection, with its growling women warriers, will be the first collection available to buy on the site, along with men's, his DRKSHDW and Lilies second lines, and a selection of Hun furs, designed by his partner Michele Lamy.
And there's more good news. He's opened his second U.S. store, in Miami (3841 North East Second Ave). The music played will be Rick's current favorites from his iTunes library. Hope you like techno!
Visit Rick Owens (not recommended on Chrome)
"Progressive art movements of the early 20th Century" are the inspiration behind Alexander McQueen's three new clutches for spring: Tassel Skull, Sphere Skull, and Hexagon. We're getting flapper and art nouveau; we should paid more attention in art history class to spot the others.
At any rate, bold color and primitive shapes in unusual materials like plexiglass and snakeskin are embellished with gold studs, feather embroidery, gold studs, and beadwork. Wait, where's the cicada-inspired gold knuckleduster clutches?
There's a chic new curated shopping site in the short yet glorious history of curated shopping sites. It's called Hiphunters and it's actually more than a shop for women and men, but also a magazine and online community created from scratch by two friends who seem more than capable of doing so: Marta Ibanez Nobell, an engineer and tech whiz with an MBA from Stanford, and Susana Calabuig, an entrepreneurial jewelry designer. Together, respectively, they are Hiphunters' business and creative minds.
At Hiphunters, you'll find the best of global fashion via trusted shopping sites like Farfetch, Luisa Via Roma, Matches Fashion, and LN-CC. Hiphunters aims to keep shoppers connected to the most exciting designers out there at the moment, and we had no trouble spotting our fave labels: Alexander McQueen, Acne, Hermione de Paula, Carven, Kenzo, and Eddie Borgo, among others. There's an online magazine, too, where they aren't afraid to crush hard on the people who inspire them — stylists, bloggers, and celebrities alike.
Everyone is doing one! So here is ours, Hint's first annual holiday gift guide. Mostly unisex, more items added daily...
Joya Studios porcelain "Prism" candles, hand-cast and poured in Brooklyn.
$25 at Opening Ceremony
Cat Tipi x United Bamboo cat house, using canvas panels, birch poles, and suede lace.
$62 at United Bamboo
LaClaire skin art (aka temporary tattoos) from Belgium.
€45 ($62) at LaClaire
Venessa Arizaga "Love U Baby" bracelet for Opening Ceremony.
$70 at The Corner
(clockwise from top left: LaClaire, Cat Tipi x United Bamboo, Venessa Arizaga, Joya Studios)
Patternity for Richard Brendon "Warp and Reason" china set.
£35 - £85 ($57 - $140) at Richard Brendon
Kai D "Made in English" tweed wool in blue, hand-made in New York.
$95 at Kai D
Byredo "Lanes" candles in three scents: Bibliothèque, Cotton Poplin, or Fleur Fantôme.
$95 at Byredo
Ursa Major "Bigger Kahuna" gift set, including the complete range of men's grooming products.
$125 at Ursa Major
Patrik Ervell green lambskin suede cap.
$126 (was $180) at Patrik Ervell
Sleepy Jones "Sol" men's pajama bottoms, for all night and all day, available with or without matching top.
$128 at Sleepy Jones
FRENDS "Taylor" headphones in white and gold.
$199 at FRENDS
Carven "Mountain" Fair Isle beanie, in red mohair blend.
$215 (£131) at Oki-Ni
(clockwise from top left: Ursa Major, Kai D, Sleepy Jones, RETROSUPERFUTURE)
RETROSUPERFUTURE "Novanta" sunglasses, made to commemorate the label's new New York store.
$230 at RETROSUPERFUTURE, 21 Howard Street, NYC
Haerfest black and gold duffel bag in leather, canvas, and PVC.
$260 (was $439) at Haerfest
Moscot sunglasses in collaboration with the ACE Hotel, in acetate and titanium, edition of 400.
$275 at Moscot
Orley "Camo" lambskin and silk jacquard gloves, made in Italy.
$295 at Orley
Maison Martin Margiela lock-and-key necklace in black leather.
$308 (was $440) at Maison Martin Margiela
Prism "Capri" sunglasses for her, in camouflage with black mirror lenses.
£265 ($434) at Prism
Prada bracelet with leather flower
$695 at Prada
Braun Prestige digital watch in stainless steel.
$750 at Project No.8
Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen "Forgiveness" silk scarf.
$1175 at Alexander McQueen
(clockwise from top left: Braun Prestige, Orley, Moscot, Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen, Carven)