Hello, it’s me.
I am back. And I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me (haaa kidding). But after my New York trip I had to chill for a bit and figure shit out. And what’s a better way for a “comeback” then bringing some news straight out of Parsons: Ximon Lee x H&M!
24-year-old Parsons graduate Ximon Lee picked up the H&M Design Award earlier this year. And he finally had the opportunity to develop his collection and sell it at select H&M stores this fall (available since 22nd october). I remember when I frist saw his collection all over Tumblr and I was trying so hard to find information about Ximon Lee and I couldn’t find any. And one year later finding his fashion pieces all over the internet.
However, Ximon created stuff for both mens- and womenswear, where he is concentrating on structure, fabric and volume for oversized silhouettes that capture the best qualities of denim. Take a look: Pictures via H&M
Returning to my home away from home soon. And with home I mean New York City. The city I used to live in and will never be forget. That’s why I had to bring some New York flavor to this blog.
ECKHAUS LATTA is a New York based fashion label designed and executed by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta. The two met while attending the Rhode Island School of Design, where they studied Sculpture and Textile Design, respectively. After graduating (BFA 2010), they designed and worked with many labels, artists and institutions including Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Matthew Barney, Opening Ceremony, The Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and threeASFOUR. Together in 2011, Mike and Zoe founded ECKHAUS LATTA.
The Designers release collections semi-annually during NYFW. In addition to their shows and presentations, Eckhaus Latta produces videos with the director Alexa Karolinski to further contextualize their collections. The brand has also participated in various artists collaborations including: designing uniforms for Dora Budor’s piece at the 55th Venice Biennale, an edition of Deodorant with the trend-forecasting agency K-HOLE supported by Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Gallery in Berlin, a collection for Bjarne Melgaard’s show at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and outfits for Xavier Cha’s Fruit Machine at the New Museum. This past summer their work was included in the Museum of Art and Design’s NYC Makers Biennial and they will be premiering their SS15 collection video at MOCA in January.
As you might know this is old, old, old news. In the unwritten book of fashion rules I wouldn’t even be allowed to post this, but still Adidas West Yeezy Season 1 needs a place on this blog. And since Kanye West is all over the newspaper again with PaperMag and being named on the 100 Most Influential People on Times Magazine, I thought this is still absolutely relevant. Photographer Jackie Nickerson did an amazing job with the whole lookbook and here is a couple of points to remember why:
Muted ‘street wear’
Inspired by the July, London Riots
Suedes and Khakis
And this just makes me even more upset that this collection will not be even affordable. Like over 400$ for a sweater? Are you serious? However peep the lookbook: Pictures via Adidas
To every female model (we talked about Imaan Hamman a couple of days ago) we are supporting. there is always a male counterpart. This week it’s American male model Louis Mayhew!
And honestly there is not much I can tell you about this kid. Louis Mayhew is from Cambridge, Massachusetts and got discovered while he was getting pizza (and I don’t know what’s better: getting pizza or getting discovered!). His ethnicity is mixed (Native American, African American, Scottish, French) and of course his look is very unique otherwise he wouldn’t be modeling, no?! But besides all that info there is a lot of potential and for whatever reason I can def see him working with Givenchy (so Ricardo if you are reading this it’s not too late…).
Dapper Dan is the Hip Hop tailor of Harlem and he created counterfeit leather pieces popular with hip hop artists in the 80s and 90s, and wanted to make his clients feel wealthier than they were. He printed luxury logos like MCM, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci on everything from jackets to sweaters. And he actually found a way to print on leather so it wouldn’t bleed when it was raining. His fame and fortune grew, the European fashion houses swooped. Infuriated by the very public knock-off of their trademarks and inflamed by their utter rejection of black, urban culture, they took legal action against Dap and he went underground.
All in all you can say that it’s more interesting than something MCM or Louis Vuitton would have done. Check it out here: Pictures via Tumblr
New York-based artist, filmmaker and designer Vashtie Kola teams up with PUMA for a debut Spring/Summer 2015 collaboration that includes a selection of ready-to-wear unisex pieces. And it was just a matter of time till this happened, because Vashtie is all over New York’s fashion scene. And I have seen her so many times during my NY visit last September. The collection is inspired by New York City and the age of 80s Bboy culture and 90s alternstyle.
The lookbook for the Vashtie x Puma collection was photographed around downtown Manhattan metro station and brings up some of my own NYC memories. The range includes tanks and jerseys, bombers embellished with patches and gold zippers, and geometric-patterned leggings, all rinsed over with a color palette of gold, burgundy and black.