Refinery 29 shows us 30+ shoes for the fall and I want them all.
Bags for your first day of school (via Cool Hunting).
The Question: Red, orange, light blue or teal? (via Washington Post).
During the year, my music festival rounds usually consist of Austin City Limits and SXSW. Whether its a one day festival or a week long party, a musicophile should really prepare oneself and that includes more than just a water bottle filled with vodka. Jared Flint, editor of Nylon Guys and friend of ACL, complied a list of "Do's and Dont's" as a practical aid. Okay, this is specifically for McCarren Park Pool, but I believe some of these tips extend to other musical happenings. My favorite tip? DON’T wear your Wayfarers.
DO get there before 5pm. The line often extends around the block and moves at a glacial pace. Brunch at Lodge, avoid Enids, on the early side (dangerous 2 for 1 Bloody Marys), then make the short walk over to the Pool.
DON’T wear your Wayfarers. We all own a pair and rightfully so. They’re a classic that was good enough for JFK and Muhammad Ali. Unfortunately, over 90% of Pool attendees agree, dust off those Moscots or Persols. Karen Walker and Chronicles of Never also have great, edgier tortoise-shell interpretations of classic shade silhouettes.
DO leave the fedora at home. Reason? Again, you don’t want to get lost in the sea of Ray-Ban/fedora clones.
DON’T forget to shave. Mix it up and be one of six people without an artfully disheveled 5 o’clock shadow.
DO wear a collared, button-up shirt. Light cotton or chambray, long or short-sleeved, is actually cooler (temperature) than a tee, and avoids tacky graphical territory of the vintage tee. Steven Alan, Obedient Sons, or A.P.C. will all do the trick nicely. But J.Crew is nothing to be ashamed of.
DON’T wear denim. No matter how high you cuff yours. There’s no shade in the Pool, after an hour that denim might as well be grafted to your skin. Opt for a tailored khaki or navy short, hitting just above the knee, with slim pockets. Think the opposite of camo cargo shorts.
DO wear canvas sneakers. Any color will do well here, a clean, white Tretorn or a red Era Vans will both do a good job, rain or shine. If leather is your thing, think light, a la Topsider.DON’T wear flip-flops. There is no reason to show your toes within the city limits of New York. Spilled beers, rain, and standing mystery water might also encourage a closed-toe policy.
The inspiration behind Swedish menswear designer Frida Ringström's new collection came from photos she found of animal roadkill. "I became interested in the stiffness and all these crazy angles their dead bodies had," says the 25-year-old, who designed an overall as a template for all the pieces in the collection, using the same pattern over and over again and moved it around to distort the arms, legs and back by sewing them in unusual directions. The whole collection is knitted, and Ringström worked with washed-out colours to get a used, pale feeling. "I make all the materials myself for the collection by using hand knitting machines and I sew it together by hand. I wanted the collection to have that handcrafted feel."
Where are you based?
I'm studying at the Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, although I'm originally from Gothenburg.
At the moment I find men cooler to dress. I feel more free when I can't use myself as a point of reference.
How would you describe your style?
Fun, weird and at the moment my work is a lot about simplification.
What inspired you to put teddy bears heads in the collection?
I don't like the whole model/catwalk thing so I thought it would be fun to do something different.
What inspires you at the moment?
Paper artworks you did when you were a child, like snowflakes, cut-outs dolls and garlands.
Who are your favourite designers?
Oh, there are lots of people to admire, but at the moment Im more interested in what artists do. But Ive always been a fan of Patrik Söderstam and Henrik Vibskov.
Can you ever see yourself having your own label?
Yeah! But I'd prefer to start something with someone, I think it gets more interesting if you collaborate.
What are your plans for the future?
Finish school, get an apartment and work all over the world. And realize all these projects I have in my head.
Are you involved in any outside projects in other fields?
I'm doing an art project in collaboration with Hanna Lindblom, which is an ongoing project. Right now its about developing a method of making clothes in a new way and not work with traditional pattern cutting or draping.
H&M/Comme des Garçon Collaboration Revealed
Text: Nik Mercer
Every low- and middle-end garment producer seems to be obsessed with collaboration these days (Target, K-Mart, Gap, Uniqlo). That's certainly not a bad thing—theoretically, the more sophisticated and better-looking is made available to consumers who simply can't dress in the nicest threads!—but it might be getting a little out of hand. (What will distinguish Proenza Schuler from Target in the future if they intermingle so much, for example?)
H&M's latest pairing with Comme des Garçon, though, seems incredibly promising. Several un-captioned photo spreads of the forthcoming pieces were leaked today, and while there's no way to distinguish the stuff that H&M's behind and the work that Rei Kawakubo & co. did, it all looks... pretty damn good! Keep an eye out on H&M stores this Fall—we're wagering that everything will be sold out within three hours after the line launches.
Phew. For a second there we thought the mega-chain would team up with Roberto Cavalli again!