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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

Jewelry by Marmol Radziner

Jewelry by Marmol Radziner

Jewelry by Marmol Radziner

Jewelry by Marmol Radziner

In 2010, Los Angeles-based architectural firm Marmol Radziner, perhaps best known for their sustainable, modernist prefab designs, launched a line of jewelry. This natural extension of the practice’s use of strong industrial materials was born when Design Principal Ron Radziner became dismayed by available jewelry options, either too flashy, or too conservative.

The minimalist, unisex line has matured into a sophisticated collection that clearly echoes the partners’ architectural aesthetic, and is made even more special by the nature of materials used, which will patinate with time.

Marmol Radziner’s “wearable architecture” is handmade in their Los Angeles workshop.

More at: Marmol Radziner

Luxury Essentials by håndværk

håndværk

håndværk

Premium materials and craftsmanship make for the foundation of håndværk, a collection of highest-quality staples by NY-based husband and wife team Esteban Saba and Petra Brichnacova. The couple’s shared interest in textiles inspired them to create the handmade and finished collection, based in three generations of small-scale family production. The elegantly minimal pieces perfectly strike a balance between luxury and necessity, and this theme extends to the handsome branding by Savvy Studio.

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In New York, you can find håndværk’s collection at 3×1, at 15 Mercer Street, it is also available online.

More at: håndværk









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