Golden Age - GQ Style China
In case you haven’t been keeping track (which you probably haven’t) GQ China has been killing it with their editorials. Having been a tennis player for basically all of my life, this is heavy inspiration for my personal wardrobe in the coming months.
For S/S 2014, Zara blatantly rips off Tokihito Yoshida’s Bicycle Jacket for the Barbour Beacon line. The original Bicycle Jacket came out for the very first season of the Barbour Beacon Heritage x To-ki-to collaboration for A/W 2009, 5 years ago. The pattern of the venerable jacket was essentially unchanged for 3 years, with only variations on the materials and color. Then for S/S 2012, the jacket diverged/devolved into the “cycling shirt jacket” and “mount shirt jacket,” both of which were pale references to the original template.
This is by far one of my favorite pieces of outerwear and it’s pathetic that Zara would copy it nearly pocket for pocket. However, one can quickly tell by the photos that Zara cuts costs on materials and stitching, which are nowhere near as sturdy as Barbour’s quality, and it’s also missing the every-so-useful rear game pocket. One pays less with Zara, but at the expense of Yoshida’s intended functionality.
blue and brown, paired so well. florence, it.
Lindsey Wixson by Emma Summerton for Vogue Japan December 2013
MARPAT camouflage pattern, rip-stop fabric, fishtail cut.. Mark McNairy’s utilitarian perfection.
Woolrich Woolen Mills, Spring/Summer 2013
Digicamo Fishtail Parka
Autumn Monks - Nike x Undercover F/W 2012 collection
For Holiday 2012, his fifth season designing Nike x Undercover Gyakusou, Jun Takahashi continues his exploration of the true meaning of Gyakusou, which literally translates to “running in reverse.” Titling the collection Autumn Monks, Takahashi captures Nagano’s pristine nature, including the cedar trees—which he explains, “make me feel the history of Japan and Japanese culture”—with a unique camouflage-like pattern of autumnal leaves. The connection to nature is re-emphasized in the collection’s subtle palette of rich purple, slate grey, saturated blue, deep red and black, what the designer explains as the “traditional or natural colors of Japan.”
I can’t process this, but I like it.
“Punto di fusione”
IO Donna, 17 November 2012
Carla Ciffoni by Dirk Seiden Schwan
Tokyo Tweed Run photographed by Jak & Jil
(Middle-left photo, the guy in the green glen plaid totally has my grin and style.)
Two things I’m simultaneously loving.
Since reading Neuromancer this fall, my tastes have been reverting back to the utilitarian techspec aesthetic. But even in the dystopian future, I bet they wear wool socks.
Ventile, beeswaxed cotton, chambray linings.. Albam does an amazing job of letting the fabrics speak for themselves.