With 2015 just days away, we here at the editorial team decided to simplify our somewhat unruly categories and segments. To lessen the need to search through every imaginable keywords or click on all of the similar results just to find a particular post, we condensed certain related portions into one, as in the case of the new category Style. By merging the original Apparel, Accessories, Denim, and others under Style, we streamlined the process at the backend as well. Like a litmus test, we implemented the new filing process for this year’s Top 12 Stories in Style and here are our picks.
Appeared first in 1981, though it wasn’t consolidated into a sub-line category till 1989, the popular Nike ACG finally returns after a long hiatus. While it took on a cult-like status among urbanites almost immediately, the notion of “sportswear” or “athletic lifestyle” were concepts still quite foreign during the time of its launch, though no longer true now as most of the items have already sold out at NikeLab store locations worldwide.
Thought to be an improbable task at first because of the cost, Ralph Lauren was able to create some some 650 uniforms and well over 65,000 items for Team USA during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. By utilizing some 40 vendors from all 50 states, including wool from Oregon’s Imperial Stock Ranch, yarns from Pennsylvania’s Kraemer Yarns, its design office in New York City and seamstress over at the Garment District, the fashion giant was able to produce all items within the borders of United States, thus emphasizing the term “Made in the USA”.
Not just unique in appearance but exclusive as well, the URWERK UR-210Y Black Hawk Watch features a so-called revolving satellite complication with a 3D retrograde minute hand. The dial face also includes power reserve indicator and a winding efficiency indicator. Based on the UR-7.10 self-winding, 51 jewels movement and made out of titanium, URWERK limited its production to just 75 pieces only.
What a difference six months makes. After his runway show back in February, fashion label En Noir and its designer Rob Garcia won GQ magazine’s Best New Menswear Designers in America 2014 and received collaborative deal with retail giant Gap all the way planning their most elaborative fashion show to date for the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.
A glimpse of what’s to come… During this year’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Nike Soccer “gifted” three of its top athletes – Neymar Jr., Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo with the Nike Rebento Duffel. However, it wasn’t just an ordinary duffel bag. Inspired by the Nike Flyknit pattern on the Nike Magista and Mercurial soccer boot, the design team created an intricate intertwined weave by using 3D printing technology. Not only it helped the bag to maintain its lightweight characteristic, the process also reduced the need of glue or other chemical-based adhesive.
Inspired in part by the 1979 cult classic The Warriors, Russ Karablin of streetwear brand SSUR “re-visited” Coney Island for its Summer 2014 Collection. In an attempt to document this parcel of New York City without the gentrification and luxury real estate developments, Karablin asked WATCHxWITNESS, a photography collective established by Jason Goldwatch and 13th WITNESS, to take part in the project. The result is a lookbook that retained a touch of modernity yet somehow stayed frozen in the 1970s and 1980s.
Best known for its fine leather accessories, Hard Graft added a new color scheme early this year to the brand’s familiar muted and earth tone colorways. All hand-stained with natural vegetable dye so no two will be alike, the “Ocean” Collection includes all of the models that the UK-based Hard Graft is known for, such as suitcase, camera strap, passport case and etc…
In the place of Y-3, which relocated to Paris Fashion Week a few years back, the biannual runway show for Mark McNairy New Amsterdam is now the must-see production during every New York Fashion Week. Expanding steadily to include unisex and women’s designs, McNairy’s playful designs reflect on the “Whatever” theme for Spring/Summer 2015. In what is now the show’s signature trait, McNairy even asked rapper Travis Scott to take part in the runway festivities.
No doubt this photoshoot by retailer EXTRA BUTTER on Publish Brand’s “Mono” Collection for summer 2014 stood out from the rest. Not only it took place on the congested High Line Park overlooking New York City’s Meatpacking District, the editorial also highlighted one of fashion’s “sleep hit” of this summer, the “Mono” Collection by Publish Brand. Made with layered nylon mesh, much like football jersey, designers at Publish created something quite ideal for those hot and humid summer days. And because there is some heft to the fabric, the clothing is suitable for cool summer nights as well.
Known otherwise as the Camouflage Dial Series, Casio G-Shock’s Camo Plated Dial Semi Glossy Collection is finally available here in the US. Comprised of three GA-100 models (GA-100CF-1A9JF, GA-100CF-1AJF, GA-100CF-8AJF), each with a plated camo dial in semi-gloss finish. In three color variations with corresponding indices and accents, the series also includes a world time feature, stopwatch function, and magnetic resistant.
Portland’s Shwood has completed its evolution as a full-service eyewear purveyor with the introduction of its RX collection, featuring both the brand’s familiar wood styles, as well as a quartet of new acetate or titanium silhouettes designed specifically for prescription use.
While his contemporaries sought to refine streetwear into the fold of contemporary fashion, Japanese designer Daisuke Obana went for something more rudimentary with his sportswear-inspired N.HOOLYWOOD collection for Spring/Summer 2015. Naturally, this called for a fitting backdrop for the runway show, an outdoor space high above the New York skyline.