Earlier this year, the streetwear and fashion enthusiasts escalated into a web frenzy about the new capsule collection with Kanye West + A.P.C. They finally launched an official date to release the collection to July 17th, 2014. So far, it’s receiving mixed reviews. Majority of the complaints are based on the somewhat high cost whereas the rest are from kanye stans (including myself) or those aware of the labels reputation.
Unlike most kanye Stan’s, I will always be brutally honest it comes to him!however, I believe no one should quickly jump the gun because the images doesn’t show a great detail on the quality. Those who are unaware, A.P.C. truly takes true pride in it’s quality and contemporary design (no busy or pretentious designer logos)! Also, the collection is exactly what it is, a capsule collection (focus on essential menswear staples); therefore, don’t expect anything off the wall because you’re not lol!
Honestly, there are couple hit and miss pieces . For example, I am not a fan of the camo t-shirt. It does appear to be unflattering colors and very bland. On the hand, I really admire the cut and quality of the white t-shirt and their knit sweaters. Where great quality lies great cost!! Kanye west does not control the cost of the garments. Chances are resellers will milk the prices more than the actual company. Despite the price debate, A.P.C. Is relatively more cost efficient than your trendy Balmain, Lanvin or Givenchy stuff you may own!
My only gripe was the collection's approach to originality. Many of the looks were inspiration of kanye's recent ensembles made by different designers such as Rick Owens, Robert Geller, and Balmain following up to 2013's Yeezus release. There's no doubt about Kanye's unfathomable love for fashion and design, but he also cares about keeping his presentation honest.
In essence, this collection truly speaks to Kanye's current aesthetic. Whether you hate it or love it, it's gonna thrive!
Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci went on instagram straight flexing with his sneaker collaboration with Nike for Vogue Magazine (styled by Grace Coddington). Pictured with supermodel,Joan Smalls draped across his shoulders was a kodak moment. Granted the photo of the Vogue‘s editorial wasn’t clear as expected. Needless to say, it was enough for the hypebeasts to start saying their tax money for the highly anticipated sneaker.The Air Force 1 Hi Boots would be retailing for $225 at select Nike stores. It appears Nike is not ready to play nice with the folks after Kanye dunked on them during his recent interviews. I find it hard to believe the two (Yeezy and Tisci) don’t discuss the athletic company of their sudden decision. At the end of the day, they are not going to break a friendship regards to a cooperation. It wouldn’t surprise me if the sneaker is launched around the same time as Kanye’s sneaker with Adidas. Only time will time.
They say the best things in life are free. Nothing is singlehandedly given to you with In America; everything comes with a price (i.e. love, fame, fortune)! However, fashion designer Alexander Wang stretched out his generosity by having a “free event” in a rampant fashionable manner. Honestly, I can’t comprehend if I am getting digitally punk’d because what designer just gives out free shit?! Granted, is quite normal a designer who has left overs would have a sample sale which is within 40-70% off! If I was aware of such an event, my ninja skills would definitely been put to the test. There would be dragonball z speed karate chops, kicking, screaming, and general fuckery as much as possible lol. I am just saying lol…
Some times I strongly believe women rock menswear is better than us men. It does sound a bit awkward, but it is the truth (i.e. smoking suit for Yves Saint Laurent). You could always see labels such as Dsquared2, Dries Van Noten, and others embraced womenswear pieces from their collection. How can a woman transform a masculine ensemble without sacrificing her femininity to create her own? Adrianne Ho recently did an interview with super street wear website, Hypebeast, in regards to her modeling journey (on the other hand, I am discussing the styling).
The Toronto native whose under Ford Models NYC and Next Management LA model is the new “It Girl”. She is called an “anti-heroin chic model” and a woman who represents the intersection of power, independence, sexuality, all within connections to the city in a relevant way whereas she is labeled the unofficial streetwear/menswear face of the moment. Streetwear labels like Supreme and Stussy, and Nike layered with current hot menswear designers such as Mark McNairy. Men staple pieces from Hoodies, sneakers, bomber, varsity jackets,sweats, jerseys, and baggy t-shirts were displayed in a contemporary feel.
We are slowly living in a world of diversity. Androgynous garments are on a rise. Once upon a time, it was totally unacceptable for either genders to express themselves through clothing. Personally, I don’t care what a person wears long as they make it their own. I know men who wear dresses. would I do that? Hell to the NO. At the end of the day, do you! It was taboo for men to wear pink lol. Do whatever floats your boat; If you are happy, then I am happy. Women rock menswear pieces from boyfriend jeans, blazers, and footwear everyday. Menswear compliments Adrianne quite well.
The worlds of martial arts and fashion are slowly coming together. This label, Mohsin is another perfect example. Titled “In Honor of The King,” MOHSIN executes a monochromatic lookbook for Fall/Winter 2013 influenced by the Thailand martial art, Muay Thai. Drawing from the sport’s focal point with the Muay Thai shorts without dismissing the fashion from the collection which features oversize quilted coats next to detachable capes and fleece jackets and Muay Thai cashmere shorts.
Footwear designer Ronnie Fieg has teamed up with Dr. Martens for the second and final installment of a 2012 fall/winter capsule collection. The collection takes two of Dr. Martens’ iconic models, the Rivington Brogue and the Bowery Boot. Each shoe was given an extra creative twist. The Bowery boot features an oxblood leather upper adorned with camo suede, while the Rivington shoe features a full black and camo suede upper. Both shoes are detailed with full brogue, recalling Dr. Martens’ roots in the United Kingdom. This capsule collection will launches Today at Kith New York locations, as well as Ronnie Fieg‘s website.
Converse announces the launch of its Holiday 2012 Missoni for Converse Auckland Racer. Originally designed as a running shoe in the 1970s, the Auckland Racer carries a lineage associated with early pioneers of the jogging movement. The shoe is constructed with black Missoni space-dyed wool and highlighted with pops of metallic copper lamé thread, the result is a three-dimensional texture that is reminiscent of Missoni’s iconic knits. The canvas lining and rubber sole maintain the classic style’s sporty heritage while the 100% wool upper is decidedly modern. A release is set for October 31, 2012 in limited quantities at Missoni boutiques and select Converse First String retailers globally. Retail will be $200 USD
For the cover of VMAN’s 2012 fall issue, NFL quarterback for the New England Patriots and Gisele Bundchen’s husband Tom Brady dons a Zegna tux, faces a snarling rottweiler, and bares his inner man to Tom Ford. In a remote interview with the fashion icon, Brady sheds some light on his style and sensitive side. Offered below is an excerpt of the piece, while the interview in its entirety can be viewed here.
I-D Magazine has presented the spring and summer editorial looks for Dior Homme. The color palette kinda threw me off for a second. Typically, I would not consider these monochromatic looks considered as “springcolors“. Spring is often very pastelle pastel hues; However, Dior Homme’s creative director Kris Van Assche has a love for the neutrals and through his designs, a minimalist rebel. The garment’s draping is not the average silhouette you would see from menswears collection (far as the minimal aesthetic is concern). Dior Homme always have brilliant campaign. Just like Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do style, simple yet effective!