Quote of the week – 06/01/2014
Ivorin Vrkaš | http://behance.net/Ivorin
Designer and visual artist based in Zagreb, Croatia. He is also one of the founders of Rational International, a creative communications collective.
Traversing the wonderful labyrinth that is Agenda Long Beach we bear witness to a staggering number of brands each season, with numbers growing year by year. Many of the exhibitors are of course long-standing, household names, or labels that are no strangers to the digital pages of Highsnobiety. We’ll give you a look at some highlights from the regulars later on, but first we want to present a handful of the most interesting new brands we saw showcasing at Agenda Long Beach.
Having sifted through an impressive display of garments, footwear and accessories over the last 2 days we’ve chosen to highlight the following:
Working under the umbrella of Skate Mental, Tired is a new skate-focused brand entirely designed by Dutch artist Parra. Set to launch later this year, the first season features skate decks, tees, caps, socks and sweats all done in Parra’s well-known and well-loved style.
We’re always interested to see how brands approach carry product. Generally bags represent a category that has many strong, trusted players, yet is also one that seems to also see a strong supply of new entrants, season after season. At Agenda Long Beach, Sons of Trade stood out to us as one to watch, with premium hardware and smart strapping, such as the skateboard duffle pictured.
We’ve seen a surge in premium hats on the market since the rise of Just Don and the like. NY’s Melin has a unique take on that luxury cap market, working with materials such as genuine stingray leather and ponyhair. The presentation is also thorough with leather boxes and certificates of authenticity.
For those of us connected to our smartphones 24/7, Modular Design Theory offers a new take on portable charging with a range of devices that include solar-powered options, so you don’t need to worry about power outlets ever again. Launching soon.
We’ve shown love to CLSC before, but they’re still very new, and for us, they’re one of the best new examples of California streetwear. Agenda recognized their position in the industry this season as well, giving them the opportunity to design their own Agenda cap as part of the on-going Basecamp project at the Long Beach show.
Trussardi’s greyhound is the star of the Italian house’s new campaign, photographed by William Wegman. Throughout his 50+ year career, the American photographer has captured his own Weimeraners in various guises. Posing on an armchair, wearing a glass bowl as a hat, wrapped in red Colourama. Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Trussardi greyhound logo, created by Nicola Trussardi in 1973, he has turne…
It goes so fast doesn’t it? Here we find ourselves at the last day of yet another amazing and inspiring London Collections. The team were in full force working from the ‘Menswear Style Lounge’ at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, and spread across all the shows. The big one, and the one we were particularly excited about, was the mighty Burberry. So after an amazing lunch at the Restaurant in Bloomsbury, we headed over.
Burberry – the usual trench coats and Burberry check palette demurred to a palette of storm colours that spoke of an England in November. Prints played a key role from floral in minimal colours-ways… blue/grey, black/grey and Arts & Crafts/medieval foliate prints using oak crown motifs, sycamore leaves in greens and ochres. Horse blankets were thrown over shoulders with cavalry officer insouciance, horsey silk scarves were worn over shoulders. The classic trench coat was barely in evidence, replaced by billowing dark grey cashmere coats and a big story for next fall, sheepskin coats and aviator style coats with sheepskin trim. The whole collection had a push pull sensuality, with soft textures that draw you in and dark brooding colours that threaten. Its a deeply sexy collection, mysterious, brooding, yet its darkness can be the darkness of the cave or the darkness of skies heralding angry storms. The tensions between military masculinity and almost feminine detail create layers of fascination that draw you deep into the layers and styling of this show.
St. James & Jermyn Street Breakfast – the Crown Estate are investing heavily into the St. James district which extends from Piccadilly to Hyde Park including some of the most elegant streets in London. We all know Savile Row, but Jermyn Street is now on the rise. Famed for its Shirt Makers there’s more to Jermyn Street than this. You will find Floris, the classic English Perfumiers – their No. 89 is a men’s favourite. When you’ve picked up your tailored suit you can head to John Lobb for Shoes, Budd for your shirts and dressing gowns, and if you’re a dapper Dandy you need to visit Turnbull and Asser – particularly now they have a new creative director (Dean Gomilsek-Cole) who is fired up with new ideas. Top yourself off with a hat from Locke & Co., and get a clean shave with HR Harding’s – wonderful Marlborough shaving cream. After breakfast of champions at Fortnum’s we were sent off on treasure hunts with slips to pick up a little keepsake from the St.
The Apartment x NEXT Menswear – The Apartment, is an uber cool and creative hangout. The perfect place to socialise with fellow fashion-lovers. Situated around the apartment, were pieces from Next’s Spring Menswear colletion. The collection was inspired by iconic cinema, and boasted a classic colour palette of stone and navy tones for a smart casual summer look. Guests were treated to food by Shake Shack and a goody bag courtesy of Next/Braun.
Chester Barrie – we managed to grab a few words from Chester Barrie’s creative director Chris Modoo, here’s what he had to say:
“We love how LC:M has grown, this one has a lot of swagger, and fun to it, a real buzz around London. Chester Barrie is a heritage brand, situated on Savile Row for 75 years – it’s very accessible. A key piece from the collection is our grey suit, I took a risk and it was worth it, it looks great in the light”
Kent & Curwen – a truly British collection, Kent and Curwen Autumn Winter 2014 modernized the traditional ‘British Heritage’ look with dashes of bright colours.
The quintessential military look (khaki/lion head crested metal buttons) was updated with modern wool/silk tweeds.
Accessories included a cool bright blue umbrella, with matching leather gloves, portfolio cases, and tie bars.
Agi & Sam – a Black and White take on the Masai Check, challenged the way we usually view a plaid-like design. The modern and uber cool, African inspired collection featured detachable and interchangeable pieces. Suitable for the modern man, it was suave, slick and featured functional and practical layering often seen within the work clothes of African tribes.
E Tautz – wonderful classic layered tailoring with standout outerwear, given a playful and modern twist with pops of colour. This collection was right up my street, with a particular favourite being the Teal Linton wool/rubber tweed and teal wool/nylon reversible overcoat with military worsted lace – #wishlist
This week saw the return of London Collections: Men for the A/W14 presentations. One of the most interesting aspects to emerge from the shows was the strong focus on heads, from hairstyles to headwear. Casely-Hayford opted for long grunge locks and dip-dyed bobs, while JW Anderson and Topman Design veered towards the 90s boy band look with centre-parted curtains. Elsewhere a medley of headwear made an appearance…
NEWS: renzo piano has been selected from five other teams to realize the development of a 64,000 square meter building for the paris-saclay school.
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We’re back with Day 2 from Pitti Uomo in Florence, where everyone has taken it up a notch, opting for some louder and brighter looks. Sportswear was a clear favorite with many guys donning sneakers, including some fresh collaborations, and more relaxed bomber and varsity jacket silhouettes. Tailored suits were still present but this time worn with more panache, as witnessed in bright colors and paired with strong accessories. Headwear was the accessory du jour, with everything from fedoras to peaked caps keeping most heads covered.
To see more Pitti Uomo 85 street style, check out Part 1.
Aussie actor Hugh Jackman took to Instagram yesterday to show off his latest haircut. Which, under normal circumstances, wouldn’t be that interesting, but Jackman’s latest ‘do happens to be a mullet. But, upon closer inspection it’s a pitiful example. Why, the back is just a mere cowlick compared to some of history’s more impressive short-longs. Here are five Tennessee Top Hats that best Jackman’s simpering cut.
See our five favorite mullets of all time (plus a bonus!), after the jump.