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JULIUS’ SS18 Collection Goes Heavy on Deconstructed Industrial Clubwear

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The Japanese label’s latest collection collaged eerie underground influences with dark streetwear, exacted with its signature industrial reconstruction techniques.

For more SS18 fashion coverage, check out OAMC’s politically-loaded collection.

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Here’s Every Nike Air VaporMax Colorway So Far

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Since its debut, Nike has feverishly worked to produce fresh colorway after fresh colorway of its new Air VaporMax sneaker. In continuing to realize the importance of enticing schemes, Nike color designers have worked alongside Flyknit engineers to outfit three distinct zones for color application: the shoe’s vamp, rand and foxing. Ultimately, color-blocking has been achieved by using heathered Flyknit on the rand, connecting the knit upper to the transparent VaporMax sole unit, all while maintaining gradual color transitions.

In addition to providing us with a breakdown of color application, Nike has today awarded with a look at each of its Air VaporMax colorways to date, from Spring 2017’s “Pure Platinum” look to the equally-tonal “Day to Night” iteration, fall’s “Tea Berry” pair and beyond.

Furthermore, you can look forward to new “Desert Moss” and “Tea Berry” Air VaporMaxes arriving June 29 on Nike+, SNKRS, NikeLab and at select retailers, while the “Chrome Blush” and “City Tribes” pairs drop July 7.

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HAIM Take the Streets of LA in New Video For “Want You Back”

Your favorite all-sister band just dropped a new video. In “Want You Back,” HAIM stroll through the streets of Los Angeles, busting out the occassional coordinated dance move.

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A post shared by HAIM (@haimtheband) on Jun 22, 2017 at 6:14am PDT

The visual accompaniment for the group’s latest track was directed by Jake Schreier. “Want You Back” is from HAIM’s forthcoming sophomore album Something To Tell You, set to be released July 7 via Columbia Records. The band first announced their new music with “Right Now” back in April.

This past weekend, the band surprised fans with a pop-up shop and live performance. At the intimate acoustic set, they debuted another track from the album called “Night So Long” as well as a cover of Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” A few days ago, they dropped another track from their forthcoming full-length called “Little of Your Love,” which you can listen to below.


In other music news, Ariel Pink just announced his new album ‘Dedicated To Bobby Jameson.’ Get the full scoop right here.

Here Are 10 Summer-Ready T-Shirts to Buy for Less Than $60

With summer in full-swing, you’ll quickly clock that you can never have enough T-shirts, especially on those days that are balmy as hell, and require at least two outfit changes. T-shirt shopping can be overwhelming, simply because there’s such a volume of options. Well, don’t sweat it. We’ve rounded up a selection of 10 easy T-shirts to cop right now that will see you through the summer. Best of all, everything is under $60.

For more shopping advice, here are 10 duffel bags to buy for your next weekend trip.

Virgil Abloh’s Pyrex Vision Brand Is Still Alive, It Just Has a Different Name

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Remember Pyrex Vision? Back in 2012, Virgil Abloh made his first foray into high fashion, with a small collection of Champion tees, hoodies, basketball shorts, socks and flannel shirts, plastered in collegiate lettering and Renaissance artwork. Considering he was using low-cost blanks, Abloh charged astronomical prices, and Pyrex Vision’s flannel shirting became infamous when it later emerged (via Highsnobiety‘s own Jian DeLeon, back in his Complex days) that Virgil was just slapping his logo onto old Ralph Lauren shirts and charging $550 for the pleasure.

Virgil would later shut the brand down, and link with New Guards Group, a crew of Italian clothing moguls, to start Off-White. Virgil’s latest venture picks up where Pyrex left off, and is sold at pretty much every luxury retailer on planet earth.

Off-White just showed its SS18 collection at Pitti Uomo in Florence, one of the menswear industry’s biggest tradeshows. Take a walk around the many, many halls at Pitti, and you’ll see all sorts of brands, but one stall, housed in the so-called “Urban Panorama” section, stood out among the heritage workwear, Italian tailoring and mass-market streetwear.

Meet the ironically-named Pyrex Original. This Italian brand makes clothing that looks almost identical to Virgil’s first venture, right down to the socks. Not only that, they’ve added to the collection — you can now buy Pyrex-branded sneakers, backpacks and even cans of spray paint (!).

Head over to Pyrex Original’s website to take a look for yourself.

Although the brand looks almost identical to Virgil’s creation, its owners insist that they’ve owned the rights to their designs for four years.

Last year, NSS magazine reported on the “legal fake” Supreme gear that was being produced in Italy, and suggested that such copies were legal due to loopholes in the country’s copyright laws. We’re not lawyers, but we imagine that as Pyrex Vision produced only one collection, it’s unlikely Virgil ever bothered trademarking it — which would explain how Pyrex Original can sell its stuff through completely legit channels. That’s just our guess, though.

We reached out to Pyrex Original’s owners, but they have so far not responded to our requests for an interview.

Two More Designers Have Called out Gucci for Plagiarism

Less than a month after Gucci was accused of ripping off iconic Harlem couturier Dapper Dan, the Italian fashion house has been hit with another plagiarism controversy — this time by two separate designers.

Both accusations stem from pieces shown during Gucci’s Cruise 2018 collection presentation. The first comes from artist Stuart Smythe, who says Gucci copied a design he produced in 2014. The artist took to Instagram to compare the two images, writing that Gucci “has copied not only the combination of elements together that create this logo, but when I overlay my snake illustration on top of the copy, the scales even line up perfectly.”

Iv kept this quite for a little while, But its time to speak up and get some attention. Its pretty easy to see that @gucci Has copied not only the combination of elements together that create this logo, but when I overlay my snake illustration on top of the copy, the scales even line up perfectly. Its easy to prove and see whats going on here. Its a shame large corporations "Take" What belongs to us indie artists and use it for their own profit margins. It actually makes me laugh that @lallo25 has so much press wearing this teeshirt around. And the other thing is the tails of the snake don't even connect to anything after they flipped the top half hahaha..! GOLD! #alessandromichele #guccicruise18 #gucci #guccified #copydesign #stuartsmythe #arttheft

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The second artist to come forward is Milan Chagoury, who currently designs for Australian label Stay Bold. Chagoury believes that Gucci copied a logo he made for the White Tiger Tattoo Co. tattoo parlor in 2015, replacing the tiger with a panther. On Instagram, Chagoury drew attention to how commonplace knockoffs are, “when designing for a business (band or brand) make sure you hire a professional designer as most of the time these guys are just ripping off someone else’s work with no guilt at all.”

In response, Gucci released a rather oblique statement to WWD calling the collection “a creative exchange with street-style and street vernacular using graphics and words that have been ‘Guccified’. In the last two-and-a-half years Gucci has defined itself through a series of creative collaborations that have arisen organically, symbolizing a generational shift. Also in this instance, we are now in direct contact with the respective talents.”

According to WWD, both Smythe and Chagoury were contacted by Gucci for a collaboration, which both artists have refused. “I’m not interested after what’s happened. They didn’t respond to me for weeks,” Chagoury told the publication. “This is them covering [up] a massive wrongdoing in the art and design community and in the fashion industry full stop.”

In other fashion news, Virgil Abloh, Matthew Williams and others team up to support the War Child Charity.

Is Sustainable Fashion Completely Pointless?

With freak weather becoming ever more frequent and scientific evidence continuing to pile up, irrefutably proving that humans are completely trashing the planet, the only people who don’t believe that we need to take drastic action to save our ecosystem from total destruction are fringe lunatics who believe Jesus was friends with dinosaurs and employees of the Trump administration – although many would argue that there’s a high degree of crossover between the two.

While it has been long-known that plastic packaging, fossil fuels and meat farming are all major contributors to our eco-suicide, it’s only recently that the fashion industry has come under scrutiny – and it’s about time. According to Ecowatch, fashion is the world’s second-biggest polluter, outdone only by big oil. But because we can’t visibly see noxious fumes pluming out of our wardrobes and billowing up towards the atmosphere to tear the ozone layer a new one, the industry manages to evade criticism whilst murdering us quietly. Thankfully, these uncomfortable truths have bubbled to the surface and a growing corner of the industry is paying ever-greater attention to sustainability and ethical production practices.

A number of these brands have been documented here on Highsnobiety and each has its own method of reducing its ecological footprint: many use strictly organic materials, eschew pesticides and avoid exploitative labor practices. But is this really enough? Does sustainable fashion really have much of a chance of saving the world, or at least diverting the industry off its ecologically destructive trajectory in any meaningful sense? Sorry to piss on everyone’s parade, but I would argue no.

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The simple fact is that not enough is being done on behalf of the clothing industry to soften its environmental impact. The use of organic cotton is one of the most widely proliferated practices in sustainable fashion, but according to statistics from 2012, it comprised only 0.7 percent of total global cotton production. More recent figures state that the number hovers at a mere 1 percent right now. Although something is always better than nothing, it hardly needs saying that this amounts to sweet fuck all in the grand scheme of things.

Fast fashion has been widely named and shamed in recent years as the dirtiest player in the global clothing industry. Its high level of output creates masses of waste and its dirt-cheap prices are maintained by cutting the cost of labor and scaling back on ethical practices – indeed, less than two percent of women working in Bangladeshi sweatshops for fast fashion retailers earn a living wage. Because low cost usually results in shitty quality, many of those garms usually end up in the bin by the season’s end. Eighty-four percent of disposed clothing, meanwhile, ends up being incinerated into the atmosphere.

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Realizing this and attempting to earn themselves some good press, H&M has a recycling program where customers can bring in old clothes from any brand that can then be recycled into new textile fibers. As a reward, customers are even given vouchers that can be used at H&M on more disposable tat.

It’s a good idea, in theory, but according to Newsweek, only 0.1 percent of ALL the clothes recycled by charities and take-back programs – not just H&M’s – end up being recycled into new textile fibers. That’s nothing. And to put it into context, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling all of those textiles would have the same environmental impact as removing 7.3 million cars (and the carbon dioxide emissions that they emit) off the road. Seriously guys, if you’re not going to do it properly you might as well not even bother.

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There isn’t a clothing brand on the planet that has done more for the environment than Patagonia. Aside from doing all the usual things like utilizing sustainable materials and employing ethical practices such as the use of torture-free goose down, its Worn Wear program actively encourages people to bring their battered old Patagonia products into stores to have them either repaired or re-sold. This is part of their much-lauded “anti-growth” strategy, where rather than manipulating its customers into consuming more or seducing new ones into its orbit through aggressive advertising, it helps them get maximum use out of their purchases, thus reducing demand for new ones.

The ideological significance of Patagonia’s anti-growth approach can’t be overstated. One of the key tenets of capitalism is the infinite growth paradigm. Under this paradigm, companies must always increase their profits. Stagnation and decline are treated as intolerable ailments that must be swiftly corrected, but you can’t achieve growth without increasing consumption. This is inherently problematic.

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We are currently consuming more resources than the earth is able to generate, and Earth Overshoot Day (the day where we’ve consumed our sustainable stockpile for the year) is currently scheduled for August 2. Our dominant economic model ensures that Overshoot Day arrives earlier every single year. Patagonia and its success is essential because it provides an alternative blueprint for businesses to follow, one that reconciles growth with sustainability. But even this isn’t without its pitfalls. The brand’s founder, Yvon Chouinard wrote in his memoir-cum-manifesto, Let My People Go Surfing: “Patagonia will never be completely socially responsible. It will never make a totally sustainable non-damaging product. But it is committed to trying.”

That trying and honesty is admirable, but one singular brand can never do enough to enact serious change. It’s difficult to ascertain exactly how big the sustainable fashion industry is because each brand is eco-friendly to varying degrees and even one like Patagonia isn’t fully sustainable, but safe to say it’s still a fairly niche interest.

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Taking a quick glance through this list of 21 sustainable and ethical brands, only two of them have any sort of mainstream profile: Nudie Jeans, and, of course, Patagonia. Esprit and The North Face are two other notable examples, but they’re a rarity. Stella McCartney is a champion for sustainable fashion, yet one of her most recent collections was only 53 percent sustainable. If the believers are so far from perfect and there are so few of them, the task of making the wider fashion industry truly sustainable looks to be a gargantuan ask.

The fact is that meaningful progress on these issues can only be achieved through tough government legislation. How many brands like Patagonia are there on the market? None, really. It’s an illusion that business can be expected to do the right thing through its own volition because the purpose of business is to turn a profit; it’s the state’s responsibility to regulate how the means through which that profit is achieved. If elements from the Patagonia model could somehow be standardized across the entire clothing industry then sustainable fashion could make a meaningful effect on environmental conservation. But, as things stand, it’s little more than a vanity project that cleanses the conscience rather than an effective strategy.

Now check out these 12 mind-blowing facts that could change how you consume fashion.

Hear Drake’s New Song “Signs” From Louis Vuitton’s SS18 Show

Louis Vuitton’s SS18 show went down earlier today, and it was soundtracked by a new Drake song called “Signs.” OVO affiliate Oliver El-Khatib selected the sounds for the show “with all new music from @ovosound,” as he posted yesterday.

Check out the livestream of the Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring / Summer 2018 collection below, with Drake’s new track popping up around the 6:30 mark.

The #LouisVuitton #LVMenSS18 Show by @mrkimjones live from the Palais Royal in Paris, France#Periscope #PFWhttps://t.co/1pvxs6Cp6K

— Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) June 22, 2017

“Signs” is Drake’s first new solo effort since his More Life playlist dropped back in March – one of our favorite albums of the year so far. He has recently featured on DJ Khaled’s “To the Max” and Whizkid’s “Come Closer.”

Revisit “Hotline Bling” below.

In other music news, Migos just dropped a new track “Do You Love Me” and announced their new album ‘Culture II’ is coming soon. Get all the details right here.

Ariel Pink Announces New Album ‘Dedicated To Bobby Jameson’

Weirdo experimental rocker Ariel Pink just announced a new album, Dedicated To Bobby Jameson, set to be released September 15 via Mexican Summer Records.

His third full-length as Ariel Pink is a follow-up to 2014’s pom pom. Bobby Jameson was a real-life Los Angeles-based musician who passed away in 2015. The enigmatic artist reappeared in 2007 after being presumed dead for 35 years. Check out the tracklist for Dedicated To Bobby Jameson below.

01. “Time to Meet Your God”
02. “Feel Like Heaven”
03. “Death Patrol”
04. “Santa’s in The Closet”
05. “Dedicated to Bobby Jameson”
06. “Time to Live”
07. “Another Weekend”
08. “I Wanna Be Young”
09. “Bubblegum Dreams”
10. “Dreamdate Narcissist”
11. “Kitchen Witch”
12. “Do Yourself a Favor”
13. “Acting” ft. Dam-Funk

Ariel Pink recently dropped “Another Weekend” from the album, and the song got the visual treatment from director Grant Singer. Singer worked with Pink on some of his earliest videos before working with artists like The Weeknd, Lorde, and Taylor Swift. Watch “Another Weekend” below.

In other music news, Future just announced his ‘Future Hndrxx’ world tour. Get the full scoop right here.

NOLIFE Soundtracks Vans & ALYX’s New SS17 Capsule

Following the launch of Vans Vault and ALYX’s collaboration, Young Turks producer NOLIFE continues his relationship with Matthew Williams and his clothing brand ALYX by soundtracking the video for the label’s respective SS17 collection.

The line centers around iconic Vans styles with the OG Authentic, OG Style 36, and OG Sk8-Hi for the ALYX girl. Utilizing a classic palette of black and white, notable punk-inspired ALYX details are evident on the laces, along with a signature ghost pink ALYX label adorning the tongue and graphics on the sole.

Additionally, back in March, the Nick Knight and Matthew Williams presentation video for ALYX A/W 16 featured an original soundtrack by NOLIFE, as the artists will continue to collaborate for future seasons.

The commemorative soundtrack titled YOU WON’T SURVIVE THE STATE OF NEW YORK, is now available for streaming here via Apple Music, Spotify, Napster and more.

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