Hood By Air’s Menswear Continues To Break Rules For Spring

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Every season, Hood By Air’s Shane Oliver’s menswear collections provoke by making the ‘what ifs’ real with his relentless knack of foresight on what a person, regardless of gender, should be wearing. One thing that is a mainstay with Hood By Air (HBA) is logo placement, which Oliver admitted to VOGUE RUNWAY post-show, “We revisit things that people know about HBA here, like logo placement. Because it’s recognizable in the dark.” Then again, they always push newer ideas forward in the light, either in shapes or in words put together to form ideas that can be construed as stand-alone ideas if not, labels full of irony like the logo of ‘New World Loser’ seen below.

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Of course, in the need for visibility in the ‘dark’, Oliver mentioned to VOGUE RUNWAY the apprehension to label his garments as menswear or womenswear, let alone present collections with those market restrictions resulting in boycotting the runway Paris “shows” in favor of atmospheric locales + unconventional formats. “We just want to celebrate Hood By Air in the men’s market,” said Oliver. “When people are reviewing it against something that is very tailored, it feels weird . . . we’re not competing with them.”

As usual, Hood By Air played with ideas that some might consider as totally unorthodox if not taboo including using an arm sling as an extension of a sleeve, if not, glorify the uniform as one would a pantsuit, which in + of itself can be considered a uniform by all accounts.

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(via VOGUE RUNWAY)

WANTED: ‘Corset Tie Off The Shoulder Top’ By Pixie Market

wantcytWhat’s not to love about this ‘Corset Tie Off The Shoulder Top’ by Pixie Market? Besides the stripe detailing which compliments this light blue so well, you have the exaggerated cuffs with tie detail + of course, the corset in the front! What’s even better about this top, as with anything with a corset is how it would accentuate your curves, but in case you don’t have any curves, this shirt will give life to curves that are not really there thanks to the faux peplum effect created.

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Now, just because it’s a corseted top, doesn’t necessarily mean you must tie it either. It could easily be worn untied for a more relaxed look, almost avant-garde, with this ‘loose’ approach. I also adore the play of flirtation here, with the shoulders, collarbone, neck + upper back so exposed.

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Off-White’s Spring Swagger For Men

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As cause and yvette continues to explore more of men’s fashion, there’s no denying how Virgil Abloh’s Off-White label is a true favorite. For Spring, Off-White’s surprising details continued to bring a smile to my face, including bleaching the bottom of a pair of jeans, giving one the impression of a very wide cuff, at a glance.

For Spring, the relaxed looks had an emphasis on text + symbols as decoration. The more casual looks included a black leather bomber jacket (below) with various patches on its front + sleeves, paired with black + white pinstriped long shorts, pulled-up white sneaker socks with black text  + black laced skateboarding kicks. Of course, the pant silhouette varied throughout the collection, with a choice between joggers, embellished with a sequined scorpion, an image that dominated a lot of the pieces, to long trousers + cropped light jeans with a frayed hem.

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Imagery served as another form of decoration, from a knit green skeleton on a black sweater to photo-realistic digital prints either slipped into a top, including a sheer white tee (below, right), to being attached to the bottom of a black hoodie, peeking from underneath a knee-length coat (below, left). Yet, as casual as these looks might appear to most individuals, a lot of them still carry a lot of that Off-White swagger that any man with style could easily pull off.

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(photos: Kim Weston Arnold | Indigital.tv)

(via VOGUE RUNWAY)

 

 

WANTED: Ella Bomber Jacket-African Circle By Sabina Söderberg

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If you haven’t met a huge pattern whore, then let me introduce myself!  When it comes to patterns, I’ve always loved them. No matter whether it’s because of their colorways or different shapes, they always lend interest to any look, + this ‘Ella Bomber Jacket-African Circle’ by Sabina Söderberg is no exception. With a color palette of black, white, yellow, blue, mint, hot + light pink + gray, + various geometric shapes, this jacket is a brilliant example.ebcy1

With its raglan sleeves, an open ended metal zip in the front + two big pockets on the chest, this jacket could easily go from day to night + vice versa due to its super interesting pattern + bright colors. Its collar, cuffs + waistband are black, which allow for the jacket’s colors to pop that much more.

Handmade in London + part of a collection with African influences, particularly the culture + appearance of a tribe called ‘The Wodaabe People’, is seasonless. Now for Summer, one could wear this jacket with striped pants, a cami + platform sandals, if not, tied around a slip dress, paired with Nike Cortez kicks + red lips. During colder months, I would wear this jacket as a liner peeking through a loudly patterned coat, paired with a rust or purple suede skirt + black turtleneck, or with a bright blue midi dress, adding silver leather opera length gloves worn over the jacket sleeves + funky shoes.

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So if you want to add such interest to your already fabulous wardrobe, the Ella Bomber Jacket-African Circle’ by Sabina Söderberg is available at NOT JUST A LABEL.

 

10 Perfect White Pieces To Flirt With

Nothing calls out Summer the way that the color white does. There’s this confidence attached to such a color because let’s face it, the list of things you can’t do while wearing white is long, unless you’re a clever ninja. Besides its longstanding reference of innocence + purity in Western cultures, but, that of death in other parts of the world, including China + Korea, white is still a favorite of mine to sport when the sun is just as bright. So here a few key white pieces perfect for any Summer wardrobe.whitecy1

1-Shimmer like pearls twinkling by moonlit water with this ‘Maxi Sequin Dress‘ by & OTHER STORIES, & Other Stories  2-Stand out with these ‘Folded Sail Cropped Trousers‘ by DION LEE, farfetch 3-Cleverly show of your shoulders but this time let your hands peek through with this ‘Signature Off The Shoulder Top‘ by SINCERELY TOMMY, Sincerely Tommy 4-‘The Line 1 Lofters | White‘ by NUDITE have so much going for them, with its white minimalism, from top to bottom, NOT JUST A LABEL 5-These ‘Crossover Leather Wedges‘ by ZARA, with gold detailing across the top is sure to turn any look into an eye catcher for sure, ZARA

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6-Down bottomless mimosas wearing this ‘PROSECCO Pearl Effect High Heel Mule‘ with its charming bow detail, TOPSHOP 7-This ‘ASYM Shift Tie Dress‘ by HAN is a perfect addition to any wardrobe, as it can be worn over any top or by itself, creating various looks,HAN 8-Nothing like this adorable ‘Hugo Jumpsuit‘ by RACHEL ANTONOFF to soak in some sun, SHOPBOP 9-Highlight your neck with white circles when wearing this ‘Flat Disk Cowbone Beads‘, ANN MASHBURN 10-If you choose to wear a cami this season, then this ‘Knot Front Cami‘ is a must-a true standout in its simplicity, TOPSHOP

Take A Trip To the Last American Roadside Stops Before They’re Gone

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American rest stops, if never visited, are places of an evolving America where the sign of big cities + nature converged as a place to take pause at modern civilization’s growth spurt. Fortunately for us, photographer Ryann Ford takes us on a fascinating cross country trip, documenting the charm + beauty of remaining rest stops in ‘The Last Stop’, published by powerHouse Books. Page by page, your eyes become transfixed on the different rest stops surrounded by negative space, laying on top of would be grass, dirt, sand, rocks or concrete, giving you a moment to meditate on what might it be like to rest there after a long trip with the all-knowing best friend, the annoying relative who never shuts up or just relishing in the fact you can finally rest, if for just five minutes, before hitting that road once again.

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Joanna M. Dowling, the cultural historian, writer + creative director who pioneered rest area history cites the roadside as having been a place of connection, a place of pause, where the experience of the landscape become more important than moving beyond it + after seeing the collection Ford has amassed throughout this book, you’ll see why. Sure you have your typical idea of one as a simple picnic table for six with long benches sprinkled here + there, but then there are others who’s architecture alone is a marvel in itself, considering it’s location + function, like the one below in Bonneville, UT, with its futuristic lines.

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“Many of these stops were created by motorists, stopping spontaneously by side of road, exiting car + commune with natural landscape,” said Joanna, which is very clear in the rest stop below found in Abliqui, NM. This rest stop definitely looks like it’s been placed on a deserted island, as a peaceful retreat.

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Now you have to understand that Ford’s impetus for such documentation grew from the lack of resources found on the subject, not to mention testing his many friends’ loyalties in trying to “find a friend willing to take a week off of work to drive around looking for rest stops” as her mom was worried about her going alone. But by sheer curiosity + ambition, she began by using a paper map, looking for picnic table icons + navigating to that spot. And of course, after driving hours + hundreds of miles to such icon, just to be disappointed after finding nothing there thanks to possible demolition, she thought. Eventually, Ford said, “After a few of those, we wised up + used Google Earth to scout locations from above,” which eventually led to the wonders found throughout this book.

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If you’re a fan of Americana, then this book which documents the vanishing roadside rest areas of America’s highways, is sure not to be missed. Ford manages to capture their every detail with sheer poetic license, devoid of any artifice, making each place seem better than what it is, capturing its true essence of why they’re still left standing amidst the vastness of modern creature comforts, full of technological conveniences rather than relying on pure human need + functional simplicity.

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‘The Last Stop’, published by powerHouse Books, will reinforce the wonder of spending time on the road + the magic that comes along with it in discovering such forgotten memories of simpler times in America. Ford’s hope is “that this book cultivates an interest in the often-overlooked beauty + significance of rest stops in the American travel experience + maybe even encourages preservation of those that remain”. ‘The Last Stop’, published by powerHouse Books, is available for purchase at Amazon.

WANTED: ‘Fringed Dress’ By Domanoff

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Because having fringe on a dress isn’t exciting enough, when you add structure to the mix as in this case, things start to get very interesting. This ‘Fringed Dress’ by Domanoff, is part of a collection inspired by love as an action, with the main symbols of a Scandinavian city, deep river, duality of image + hidden emotions everpresent in its structured silhouette yet softened by its subtle movement when worn by the wearer.

As a short exaggerated fringed dress with a belt + high collar, you could easily take this dress from the office to a night out with a simple change of shoes + accessories. I would even wear this as a cocktail number as you’ll be guaranteed to be the only one wearing such a unique piece like this.

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To purchase your very own ‘Fringed Dress’ by Domanoff, simply go to NOT JUST A LABEL.

Favorite MM6 Maison Margiela Resort 2017 Looks

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As a whole, MM6 Maison Margiela’s Resort 2017 collection, addressed duality in a couple of unique ways. Th design collective at MM6 Maison Margiela informed WWD how they thought about a couple intertwined + tangled. This was most evident in the idea of having a sewn on tank top over a shirt, thus creating the look of several torsos. Whereas, creative tailoring made the concept of duality even more effective + more of a statement as WWD wrote how a series of looks were created that could be transformed into different silhouettes: a pale blue pleated chiffon skirt with hidden side zippers doubles as an off-the-shoulder top, + another a long knit lurex dress can morph, again via zippers, into a track suit.

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Another aspect of the collection was the western motif attached to several looks, including short cowboy boots + a leather jacket with metallic leather accents, similar to that of a cowboy shirt. Yet, as with everything MM6 Maison Margiela, its all in the details, wouldn’t you say? Super functional details, like D-rings, jutted out of both sides of legs + arms of a utility jumpsuit. There were plenty of raw edges playing with silhouettes, while bright orange-red net pants unexpectedly peeked out from beneath a grey leather shift. Of course, the white + black opera length gloves really tightened some of the looks here, giving your arm a lot of shine + mystery.

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(via WWD)