My obsession with Japanese streetwear/outdoors styling continues with this preview from Japanese brand Nonnative and their spring/summer 2010 collection. The line in its entirety is amazing, all put together in perfectly layered looks. I am a huge fan of their outerwear, specifically the leathers as well as their bags. They also have a few great looking footwear collabs from Trickers and Birkenstock (who we will be seeing a lot of this season.) Keep reading for the full looks…
With so much good new music coming out all the time it’s hard to keep up, even if you’re fully in tune the with the right blogs and websites. An interesting and often frustrating part of contemporary electronic music culture is that in the age of singles and EPs so many amazing tracks either lack a proper release, or are exclusives to top DJs and producers for months before they are available to the general public. I find the best way to keep in touch with the direction and sound of my favourite artists is to jam out all the latest mixes; this is where new material is premiered, and where I can gauge my own style against that of the DJs/producers I respect the most, to make sure I’m always keeping it fresh and interesting. Here are my top five mixes at the moment, from UK-based Jackmaster, Ramadanman, Greena (pictured above), Deadboy, and Germany’s Motor City Drum Ensemble.
FACT mix 112: Deadboy
Ramadanman: Ruffage Wire Podcast
Jackmaster Exclusive Numbers Mix For Dazed
XLR8R Podcast 120: Greena
XLR8R Podcast 119: Motor City Drum Ensemble
As we are heading into the spring/summer season in fashion it is now time to look ahead to the previews of the next season to come, fall/winter 2010. So with that being said here is a look at the f/w 2010 collection from Opening Ceremony. The collection is full of classic pieces and wearable looks, done in a toned down palette. I love the casual suiting looks and the slim tapered cargo pants (this is the year of the cargo comeback). This is such a great looking collection in full, with understated style that is completely wearable in most circles. Keep reading for a view of my favourite looks for next fall/winter from OC…
April77 is a label that really fuses everything from fashion to art to music, incorporating them all into their overall aesthetic. The Parisian brand also focuses on being a vegan brand from the sourcing and selection of their materials, to the construction of their garments. Their spring/summer 2010 collection titled “Youthful Abandon” takes inspiration from the alternative music scenes from the early 80’s in Seattle, Portland and New York, and the grunge style that came with it. The style was fresh and young and the motto was “it’s cool to be not cool,” and Aprill77’s Youthful Abandon collection reflects this mind state. The pieces and looks are great with clean and simple staple pieces like slim cut jeans and trousers and nice looking knits (and I know 84/ would appreciate the looks finished off with Docs). Keep reading for the full lookbook…
Nom De Guerre have recently released their spring/summer 2010 collection entitled “Combat Continues,” which takes heavy influences from military styling. The lookbook is a great reflection of the theme of the collection, with models engaged in combat training. The pieces in the line look great, with a large usage of camouflage patterns and military styling such as exaggerated epaulets and unique detailing. Nom De Guerre take a look and style that has been done before but make it unique by adding just enough details, all while still making the pieces wearable and functional for day to day use. Keep reading for more shots from the lookbook…
Back to clothes that have a more practical application in my day-to-day, San Francisco’s FTC has just released their spring 2010 collection, and the tight lineup of technical outerwear and simplified streetwear is looking really on point. The brand has a rich heritage of involvement in skate culture from the very beginning, and their current offerings are definitely on the more grown-up end of skate apparel. The collection includes a good looking collaboration with REBEL8 on a skate deck, and I really like the hooded parka and the barracuda-style jacket. Keep reading for more from the FTC spring 2010 collection.
Always more of an observer of high fashion than a participant, there’s definitely a few labels I would love to wear if I could afford to get my hands on them. Jil Sander is at the top of that list, as the aesthetic head designer Raf Simon has cultivated fits my style perfectly when dressing to the nines: black, white, and grey, simplistic angular cuts with subtle yet striking details, and an overall feel of classic formality edged with rock and roll. These shots from Milan Fashion Week showcase what’s to come for fall 2010, and easily stand out from the other designer collections presented at the event. Hit the jump for more, and thanks to The Fashionisto for the shots.
Neither myself nor /85 would ever claim to be experts on women’s fashion… we both work solely with menswear and spend most of our time on the internet sorting through the vast men’s blogosphere. That being said, I definitely know what I like, and for this winter it pretty much runs parallel with what I’ve been feeling in men’s trending. I’ve seen a lot of great looks being rocked by the ladies involving flannel, denim, leather, tweed, fur accents, and tons of black. Big patterned sweaters, oversized tops combined with leggings or skinny jeans, boots galore (especially Docs), military looks reinterpreted, and bags and headgear that compliment but don’t overpower… winter is such a rad time to flex your style, as the layering options go on and on. As with guys, it’s all about not looking too thought-out or contrived… from what I’ve seen this season, a lot of you girls have some good things going, and have obviously killed it on a few vintage trips. Keep reading for some preferred female winter styles that I lurked from Lookbook.