Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag of the cultishly followed French creative agency M/M (Paris) are all about secret messages, the more coded the better. An aversion to the obvious is the calling card of the press-shy duo who, over 22 years, have worked with virtually everyone in the fashion arena, most notably Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci and Nicolas Ghesquière, now of Louis Vuitton. M/M's new T-shirt collaboration with A.P.C. is no exception.
Needless to say, the designs are highly yet delightfully complicated. But it begins simply enough, with aT-shirt called Mister T, in reference to A.P.C. founder and designer Jean Touitou. With its recursive mise en abyme effect, it is also a drawing of a character in the shape of a T-Shirt. Meta much?
M/M also designed 'Jean' and 'Judith' motifs, another reference to Jean Touitou, as well as his wife. A bit of wordplay is at work here, naturally. As dogs are sometimes called toutous in French, the Jean motif resembles little black dogs while spelling out his name. This is in addition to a whole new typeface M/M created for the collaboration — which they do with most of their projects. So this spring and summer, why not confound everyone around you with slogan tees that look like anything but?
$110-155 (men's or women's sizing) at A.P.C. stores and online.
Raf Simons has gone graphic for his 9th collaboration with Fred Perry. For spring, Raf Simons X Fred Perry consists of polos, jackets, and light sweaters, each piece exploring color, pattern, and proportion in its own bold way. Combine them for amplified effect.
$160-$550 at Fred Perry stores and online store.
Watch a (very) short video for the collection by Willy Vanderperre...
British photographer David Bailey — whom our Vivien Lash credits for inventing the Swinging Sixties, no less — is having a moment. A retrospective of his nearly 60-year career, Stardust, has just opened at London's National Portrait Gallery. Culled by the man himself, it's a must-stop for the fashion pack en route from the New York shows.
A commemorative series of unisex T-shirts has also launched, made in collaboration with the East London creative agency The Bleach Room. One per decade, the six fronts — comprised of tweaked versions of his famous portraits of Mick Jagger, Boy George, Michael Caine, Grace Jones, John Lennon, and Johnny Depp — show the breadth and persistence of the still-working lensman.
Hard as it is to believe, Zero + Maria Cornejo turns 15 this year. To celebrate, the Chilean-American designer asked fifteen of the brand’s nearest and dearest (clients, friends, artists) to choose a favorite piece of clothing from their own Zero wardrobes — including one in Zero's first print — to be re-issued in new colors or new fabrics for spring. A hangtag will tell a personal anecdote from the artist who wore it.
Working in a wide range of disciplines, these elite fifteen include Cindy Sherman, Tilda Swinton, Wangechi Mutu, Kara Walker, Cat Power, Karen O, and Miranda July, each embodying the Zero spirit of originality and nonconformity. The capsule collection will launch at Barneys locations in the US and Zero + Maria Cornejo stores on Bleecker Street (New York) and Melrose Place (Los Angeles), as well as Zero's newly designed e-store.
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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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).
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)
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)