Don't sweat the sweatshirt. It's still all about comfort. But should you require a pop, trompe l'oeil or other statement, take your pick...
$430 at Barneys New York
$490 at Barneys New York
$675 at Alexander McQueen
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 a T-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, to get into the right frame of mind. 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!
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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.