Lately, critics have identified fusion as a defining trend in the world of style, typified by a marked increase in streetwear influence in the world of high fashion and vice versa. 2016, on the other hand, saw brands increasingly staying inside their respective lanes. visvim continued to churn out vintage Americana with a Japanese twist, while Y-3 and adidas refined their performance-inspired apparel. Check out our retrospective of the year in sytle below.
1. Y-3 Sport
adidas and Yohji Yamamoto joined forces to introduce Y-3's first dedicated sportswear collection, Y-3 SPORT. The new line launched with a Spring/Summer 2016 collection that featured Y-3's signature subdued color palette, technial materials and a modern, industrial theme.
The Mamba received a stylish send-off from Kanye West, who released a long-sleeved crewneck in the Lakers' purple and gold, complete with "I FEEL LIKE KOBE" in the signature TLOFP gothic typeface.
AETHER named its Tromsø jacket after a city in Norway, and if it can handle the frigid conditions of a city that sits on the Arctic Circle, chances are it can keep you warm wherever you call home. Expect goose down insulation and a heavy 3L canvas shell, seam-sealed for waterproof protection.
G-Shock adds to its tough and ready lineup with the GA700 analog-digital watch, one featuring a bold case equipped with a 3D dial and hands. The upshot: a multi-dimensional, carved-out-of-metal look, benefited by G-Shock's unsurpassed functionality.
BABY MILO turned 17 in 2016, and A BATHING APE marked the occasion with 17 limited edition items, including hoodies, crewnecks and basic tees, as well as various accessories and toys. In the latter category, there was a plush doll as well as a BABY MILO selfie stick.
When Kanye West opened his "Pablo" pop-up shop in New York City back in March, the retail endeavor wasn't just another revenue stream: it was a statement of intent. Not only was Kanye taking control of how his product was distributed, he was also taking control of the product itself. Tour merch could be an extension of his brand, not just an afterthought printed on cheap poly-blend tees.
The Unlimited Collection from The North Face offers coveted pieces made in Japan, featuring classic, retro looks divided into two concepts: one built for travelling, the other offering protection from inclement weather in urban environments. In 2016, the collection finally made its way to the U.S.
Along with the Unlimited Collection, The North Face flagship in NYC also displayed the brand's Moon Parka prototype, constructed from a synthetic spider silk material that features an almost unearthly glow. The eye-catching effect is said to be a product of the undyed color of the Golden Orb-weaver's silk.
Nike pulled back the curtains on how it developed Tech Knit, a fabrication that was billed as the product of an established algorithm. That algorithm involved empirical insight from athletes, as well as yarn specialists, computer programmers and knitting machine technicians.
Reflecting the brand's penchant for functionality, Columbia ditched the typical product hang tag on its jackets with a new Survival Tag: a metal card that packed a handsaw, sewing kit, water purifier, fishing lure and sundial.
For the first time, Hiroki Nakamura took to the runway at Pitti Uomo this past summer to showcase visvim's Spring/Summer 2017 collection. As expected, the goods displayed vintage Americana at its casual best, fused with the sort of meticulous Japanese craftsmanship we expect from the cult brand.
In August, adidas staged a star-studded event in NYC to officially unveils its Athletics line, featuring apparel that bridges the gap between lifestyle and on-field performance. The event featured appearances by U.S. track star Tori Bowie, Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks, junior tennis star Coco Shilin and musical performances by Metro Boomin and Fetty Wap.
Backstage at his NYFW runway show, Daisuke Obana revealed twin aquatic inspirations for N.HOOLYWOOD's Spring 2017 collection: a visit to a deep-sea aquarium in Japan, as well as a museum of 1940s copper diving suits in Miami. Those elements would show up in the form of copper accents throughout the collection, as well as neoprene and other technical fabrics.