White Mountaineering BLK Fall/Winter 2010 Collection Lookbook
White Mountaineering is arguably the most interesting and creative label to combine elements of streetwear and runway fashion in recent seasons. Designer Yosuke Aizawa captured the haute mountaineering trend that was already well underway from other fashion shining stars including Moncler but he set new benchmarks by combining cutting edge textile science and couture design. His BLK Collection for Fall and Winter 2010 incorporates the same high-tech materials the brand has made use of in the past, but it’s perfectly obvious that this collection is far different: monochromatically dark, and in many pieces far less structured evoking some European contemporaries like Damir Doma or Odeur.
Verizon has been betting heavily on the Droid platform, after not coming to terms with Apple in 2007 about the iPhone. But in the meantime, especially in the city, AT&T has left some people frustrated with the bandwidth available. Of course, this hasn’t prevented anyone from being glued to their iPhone, but it has made another carrier option extremely attractive. Not to mention the millions of Verizon customers who’ve wanted an iPhone for years. The long awaited announcement came this week, when Verizon held a private press event at Lincoln Center, covered by the Wall Street Journal. Nothing is 100% sure yet, but it’s potentially great news for consumers and shareholders alike.
Air Jordan III Inspired Customized OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2 Digital Camera
Interesting technology news wasn’t monopolized by corporations or the CES this week – Hong Kong-based designer James of Hong Kong made news with a Jordan III inspired OLYMPUS PEN E-PL2 Digital Camera. The independent designer created several versions of the camera, all incorporating the aesthetics of the original AJ III colors and materials – including, of course, the iconic elephant print. Obviously a very limited release item, but arguably one of the most fashion-forward cameras we’ve seen – kind of an anti Hermes Leica.
As globalized as the streetwear fashion world is, from time to time items pop up that are a bit culturally exclusive. The mastermind JAPAN x Hidechan Ramen noodle pop up is a perfect example. In the US, ramen is the stereotypically cheap, simple (and somewhat obsolete) college dorm food of the 1990′s. In Japan, it’s the basis for a nationally beloved type of comfort food restaurant. And this isn’t the first streetwear influenced restaurant projects – in fact, Nigo himself put his imprimatur on a curry restaurant just recently. Now he’s joined in the food business by mastermind Japan, and at the mastermind Master Noodle shop, diners get to take home a limited edition mastermind Japan noodle bowl.
Fresh Destination: Tokyo | Marvin Chow of Google
Tokyo represents the alpha and omega street fashion, in addition to being one of the most vibrant cities on the planet. It’s also potentially overwhelming and confusing to the outsider. There are a number of perfectly adequate guides to the many offerings of the city, but few as perfectly suited to the Freshness perspective as Marvin Chow. Chow is the Asia Pacific Marketing Director for Google, and he combines an amazing breadth of knowledge about city with a well-developed curatorial sense. Freshness took a tour of Tokyo, focusing on the best and most interesting options in shopping, eating, and design. It’s amazing armchair tourism, or great for some insight prior to a Tokyo trip.