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Journey by Kohei Oda at Maison Hermès

At the base of the Renzo Piano designed Maison Hermès in the heart of the Ginza district of Tokyo, botanist and cactus enthusiast Kohei Oda has developed a new landscape for the presentation of Hermès’ finery. The installation, “Journey,” which runs through September 26, features Oda’s unusual and astonishing plant life serving as an artful backdrop for pieces from the Hermès collection. The masterful arrangment offers a natural contrast and an unexpected air of relativity to the Hermès selections; in the larger displays, a multitude of textural cacti of varying height create an otherworldly scene, and in the smaller windows, dried plant forms interact and are entangled with the house’s accessories.

Kohei Oda at Maison Hermès

Kohei Oda at Maison Hermès

Kohei Oda at Maison Hermès

Kohei Oda at Maison Hermès

Kohei Oda at Maison Hermès

Kohei Oda at Maison Hermès

Kohei Oda at Maison Hermès

A favorite of The Aesthetic Post, Hiroshima-based Kohei Oda has revolutionized the “face” of cacti. From his world-renowned shop, Qusamura, to international installations, Oda’s work encourages us to reconsider plant life; by presenting cacti in unexpected ways, Oda surely engages the eye, but his horticultural experiments, including those with grafting (transplanting pieces of one plant to grow on another), move into the territory of sculpture and the extraordinary natural possibilities associated. 

Maison Hermès is not only a shopping space, but a structure that houses workshops and offices, exhibition areas, and multimedia quarters, as well as a roof garden and a courtyard with direct access to the Tokyo subway. Its cladding, composed of more than 13,000 glass blocks, developed by acclaimed architect and engineer Renzo Piano, makes for a true architectural destination. The display windows at the base of Maison Hermès are the perfect stage for artists to reexamine “window dressing.”

More at: Maison Hermès, Qusamura
Photos: Hermès

Dressing for the Season: Theory Fall Menswear & The Row Fall 2016

Though the presentation of these collections took place in February, the time to wear them will soon be upon us, so let’s recap two favorites . . . 

Theory Fall 2016 (Menswear)
Theory Fall 2016 Menswear

Theory Fall 2016 Menswear

Theory Fall 2016 Menswear

Theory Fall 2016 Menswear

Head of menswear at Theory, Ben Stubbington’s approach to seasons doesn’t involve of-the-moment trends or hype pieces, but instead, tried-and-true garments that are interchangeable between months and are made to last a very long time. Restraint is key, and as Stubbington comments, “there are no frills, and deliberately so.” This isn’t to say the collection is without character, citing Cy Twombly as inspiration, the charm is executed in inconspicuous sweater patterns and keen use of material. Following Theory’s hallmark of intelligent design, several of the garments are quietly inventive, from hidden pockets to removable layers, even the introduction of Neoteric, a new Swiss-engineered sport material.

More at: Theory


 

The Row Fall 2016 Ready-To-Wear
The Row Fall 2016

The Row Fall 2016

The Row is known for sumptuous fabrics, and the Fall 2016 collection upholds this reputation in a flawlessly minimal way. This is not the uptight minimalism of overcut, strict line-based design, but instead exquisite tailoring that hides the unimportant details and let’s the fabric do the talking. Coats that you can’t imagine coming from any other name were presented alongside high-waisted trousers, sheath dresses, and silhouettes that are loose-fitting and seemingly oversized, but maintained length and polish. With their line, and this collection specifically, the Olsens extend the secret to dressing impeccably, but never “designer.”

More at: The Row

Maison Kitsuné AW16 Menswear

Maison Kitsuné Fall 2016 Menswear

Maison Kitsuné Fall 2016 Menswear

Maison Kitsuné Fall 2016 Menswear

Maison Kitsuné Fall 2016 Menswear

Maison Kitsuné Fall 2016 Menswear

As the weather grows hotter and hotter outside, it is a nice time to look forward to cool fall air, as well as the wardrobe that comes along with . . . 

Maison Kitsuné’s A/W 2016 collection, Love Rises, takes Japanese imagery head-on; Kitsuné’s bridge between Tokyo and Paris could not be more evident in this collection, as cofounders Gildas Loaëc and Kuroki Masaya found inspiration in the Hayao Miyazaki film The Wind Rises.

Mt. Fuji, sculpted Niwaki trees, and the rising sun all make graphic appearances, lending a retro feel to the pieces, still narrowly avoiding a cartoon or brand-centric vibe; less directly-themed garments, especially jackets of unexpected fabric choices and patchwork, are reminiscent of Comme des Garçons, and feature cuts that elegantly reference Japanese tradition.

With Love Rises, Kitsuné so beautifully takes it one notch further than the idea; one step ahead of an already-done Japanese theme, one ahead of preppy, and surely one ahead for the brand.

Photos: Pierpaolo Ferrari
More at: Maison Kitsuné

Ubi Sunt SS16

Ubi Sunt SS16

Ubi Sunt SS16

Ubi Sunt SS16

Ubi Sunt SS16

Ubi Sunt SS16

Over the past couple of years, from the smart sweatshirt, to the head-to-toe sport look, we’ve seen the return and perhaps evolution of “sweats” to real fashion. For their Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Moa Wilkman and Aidin Sanati, the creative team behind Stockholm-based Ubi Sunt, have clearly drawn influence from this movement, while also imbuing a smart amount of Swedish elegance.

Ubi Sunt’s collection is based in strong, but downplayed pieces that include tech fabric from Japan, Italian wool, and reworked cotton jersey, looking polished, but relaxed in a Nordic cool sort of way. A moody color palette, as well as the implementation of oversized coats and a couple of classically tailored pieces, provides contrast to the casual factor. In a moment where designers are tending to over-work basics, it is refreshing to see an understated approach that still remains creative; this very reduction of design to basic form allows for the pieces from this collection to stand out on their own, or simply function as well-thought wardrobe staples.

More at: Ubi Sunt
Photos: Nils Odier

Filippa K AW16

Filippa K AW2016

Filippa K AW2016

Filippa K AW2016

Filippa K AW2016

For the A/W 2016 collection at Swedish label Filippa K, Creative Director Nina Bogstedt collaborated with two artists to achieve a decidedly signature presentation, Seeking Patterns. Julia Hetta and Åsa Stenerhag not only share the aesthetic values of Filippa K’s calm, clean approach, but also happen to be childhood friends. Hetta, Stenerhag, and Bogstedt created an environment that communicates with the clothing, whilst also providing a backdrop and supplement to the garments themselves.

Hetta, one of Europe’s foremost fashion photographers, chose Floragatan 13, the former Czech embassy in Stockholm, as the location for shooting the images. The 1970s building is designed around values that align with those of Filippa K, such as strong simplicity, longevity, and intelligent detail; here, the A/W collection falls perfectly against Brutalist architecture.

Åsa Stenerhag (who has worked as part of Filippa K’s design team), created placid artworks to accompany the collection.

 Filippa K AW2016

Filippa K AW2016

The creative collaboration that is Seeking Patterns, which includes textile and fashion design, photography, art, and architecture, allows you to explore the collection’s designs with the benefit of complementary media.

More at: Filippa K

An Aesthete’s Halloween

Halloween Guide

1. Fendi Monster Sweater, $700; 2. Death’s Door White Whisky, $30; 3. Byredo Apocalyptic Candle, $80; 4. Ghost Lamp by Shiro Kuramata, $5,800; 5. Kenzo Eye Print Slip-On, $210

Halloween Guide

6. Armani Eyes To Kill Eye Pencil, $28; 7. Black Rock Candy Sticks, $15 for 18 pieces; 8. The Row Respo Cape Coat, $3950; 9. Comme des Garçons Wallet, $175; 10. 1970s Brutalist Spider Lamp, $2250

WHYRED SS16 at Stockholm Fashion Week

Whyred SS16

Whyred SS16

Swedish label WHYRED presented their S/S16 collection at Stockholm Fashion Week; the collection is anchored in classic tones of white, black, and beige, the latter being one you might not expect to read as modern, but with this minimal Nordic approach, works beautifully. Oversized outerwear looked loose-fitting and polished instead of slouchy, and with the incorporation of leather and luxe material, WHYRED found the perfect balance of elegant and street in these layered spring looks.

More at: WHYRED
Photos: Alberto Maddaloni

COS x MR PORTER SS15 Collection

COS X MR PORTER

COS X MR PORTER

COS X MR PORTER

COS X MR PORTER

COS X MR PORTER

MR PORTER isn’t a stranger to collaborations (Levi’s, Acne Studios, to name a couple), but their latest Spring/Summer 2015 collection with COS might be their most interesting. COS’ fairly-priced Scandinavian cool meets function designs are a smart fit for MR PORTER, and this pairing certainly introduces some nicely architectural garments to the MR PORTER catalogue.

The 23-piece collection, described as having the “modern traveller” in mind, consists of wardrobe staples from lightweight knits to structured outwear, prices ranging from around $50 to $300.

Available at MR PORTER and select COS stores.

Dipseas by Sunski

Dipsea by Sunski Sunglasses

If you’re in the market for new sunglasses this summer, you probably know that the task of finding the perfect pair can be daunting. Obviously, it is a good idea to invest in sunglasses that are well made and agreeably styled; the all-too-common philosophy of “cheap sunglasses are as good as any” is a poor approach to something that you use daily, that actually serve a function to protect your eyes. This is where Sunski comes in; their latest model, Dipsea (shown above in Black Gold), is named after the hiking trail in Northern California, and manages to fit all of the criteria of an excellent pair, without breaking the bank.

Combining shiny polarized lenses with a lightweight, matte-finish frame, Dipseas looks more like a vintage shop find than a trendy accessory you’ll see on every third person; and with a build quality that rivals models two or three times the price, they’re a real bargain. It’s not everyday that you find a pair of sunglasses that look as good with a suit as they do a wetsuit, Dipseas pass that test.

$55, available at Sunski

Sock Subscription by Pharmacie

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Socks by Pharmacie

Socks by Pharmacie

While it seems like there is a subscription service for just about everything these days, Paris-based Pharmacie, a monthly sock delivery service, sets itself apart with both excellent branding and superior quality product.

Constructed in Northern Italy by a father, son, and grandson-run operation that uses traditional methods employing the finest yarns, hand-linked toes, and dedication to all aspects of quality during production: the socks aren’t just the product of a good factory, but considered the family’s badge of honor. Sure, socks that look decent can be produced much easier and cheaper, but with a sincere dedication to quality distinction, their construction is never off-shored or shortcutted.

Pharmacie’s sock patterns are sophisticated, but not entirely dry, and the unknown makes for a good surprise come the beginning of each month.

Subscription rates from £20 per pair for three months, to £18 for twelve months.

More at: Pharmacie









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