Junya Watanabe COMME des GARçONS MAN February 2011 | New Releases
While Junya Watanabe is firmly established as a cornerstone of haute couture, anything from Comme des Garcons is news in streetwear. This week brought a preview of her Spring/Summer 2011 CdG MAN collection. It features a few of the items that have been most successful in the MAN line: button up shirts and crewneck sweatshirts. The button ups in this preview are Spring-ready gingham, with slimmed down straight collars. The crewnecks feature the collar details that are a Junya sweatshirt signature: subtle contrast ribbing and stitching. One item to highlight is the the brogue done with Tricker’s, the British maker of bespoke shoes and boots which has been in business since 1829. The shoes have a cream/white suede upper, with a lining and sole that might be called Nantucket Red. They are versatile enough to be worn with rolled up chino pants, or for formal occasions. The collection is available at by Intention and Junya Watanabe COMME des GARçONS MAN stockists around the globe.
OriginalFake February 2011 | New Releases
OriginalFake Spring/Summer 2011 New Releases
Not one but two releases from Original Fake this week. The label, which has Tomohiro Konno from NEXUSVII at the design helm, is still making use of the KAWS chomper teeth; this season they are seen at the chest pockets of plaid shirts, the rear pockets of a selection of chinos, and at the hems of sweatshirts. Like any smart streetwear brand that is maturing, OF keeps some graphic tees in the mix, but on the whole, logos are kept to a minimum. One piece that includes both logo and evolved style is the varsity style jacket, done in blue with white contrast stitching and buttons. There are also some engineered gingham shirts, which incorporate the KAWS X in contrasting fabrics. The collection is now available at the OF flagship store, with select pieces also available at HAVEN.
Stone Island Shadow Project Spring 2011 Collection Lookbook
In the 1980′s, Stone Island was firmly part of the uniform of the British football hooligan, along with other brands that have matured into respected streetwear labels – including CP Company, Aquascutum. In recent years though, the label has become more synonymous with high end boutiques, high tech and high fashion. The Shadow Project from Stone Island has taken a slightly different tack from the main line of the Italian fashion label; it has been emulating the brand at the pinnacle of deep functionality and fashion – Acronym – no surprise, as the creative direction for the Shadow Project comes from Acronym designer Errolson Hugh. The Spring Summer 2011 lookbook preview that was released this week shows that the Shadow Project continues to evolve along the lines that Acronym pioneered – functionality inspired by special forces equipment, masked by a pseudo-formal outwear skin. The collection will be available at SI Shadow Project dealers soon, including HAVEN.
While the monthly onslaught of Nike SB releases can make even sneakerheads numb, it is still an event when a brand new pro model shoe is released – as this week, with the Eric Koston signature model. Koston, who created his place in the skateboarding Hall of Fame by a solid stint as a young buck playing the big handrail game, cemented that place by maturing into an icon of smooth skateboarding style. Koston has also emerged as one of the most design-forward members on the athlete side of Nike’s SB family. Koston also has a true interest in Nike’s SB engineering process in an early video for SB, he weighed in on the variations in rubber compounds used in Dunk soles, and he was an early adopter of the technical Zoom FP. Now Koston’s first dedicated pro model shoe under the SB umbrella is set for release this summer, and it incorporates Koston’s appreciation for technical enhancements with a double Lunar insole and nearly one-piece upper and his appreciation of the classic with styling cues taken from the Bruin. Three colorways are slated for the initial release, including one based on his Thailand Dunk Low.
end clothing Behind the Scenes at New Balance Flimby Factory
You can call it corporate window dressing, but New Balance’s choice to maintain an active manufacturing center in Flimby, England, is a major source of pride for sneaker lovers in the U.K.. In conjunction with the release of the New Balance and end Lake District Pack – which pays homage to Cumbria, the location of the Flimby factory – end produced a behind the scenes tour of the factory where the shoes are produced. The pack is a collection of three M576 sneakers, each of which is based on famous Cumbrian landmarks :St. Bedes, Scarfell and Derwent Water, each referenced in subtle details throughout the shoe. The pack also has a strong outdoorwear influence, in keeping with the popular Cumbrian pastime of hiking and sailing and each shoe comes with a specially made map of the Lake District, unique to the series. The behind the scenes factory tour shows the famously high-quality production line at Flimby, which simply cannot be matched at cut-rate factories in developing countries.
Kehinde Wiley first started to make waves in the art world with his faux-renaissance portraiture of young black men, against flowery backgrounds, or in Napoleonic poses. But Wiley’s reputation was firmly harnessed to the global popularity of soccer, and as World Cup 2010 become the focal point of much of the world last summer, Wiley built a much broader name recognition and fan base. Puma retained his services for their marketing efforts ahead of the 2010 Cup, and the partnership has continued to produce some interesting work, including “Legends Of Unity” exhibition at the Dietch Projects and a series of down jackets, featuring Wiley’s abstract patterns. Freshness is giving away two of the jackets, in a random drawing, and entries can be submitted until February 27th. All you have to do is Like Freshness on Facebook, answer three questions on the Freshness Facebook Discussion Page, and then share the contest with your friends. It’s a wild jacket from an up and coming artist, so enter now!