KRISVANASSCHE FW2014.2015 lookbook shot by Alessio Bolzoni and styled by Mauricio Nardi
LEVI’S VINTAGE CLOTHING ORANGE TAB FALL/WINTER 2014 LOOKBOOK
It’s a great day for anyone feeling a little nostalgic. For the first time ever, Levi’s Vintage Clothing is offering a portal to bygone eras with a full assortment of its reproductions of archival Levi’s styles on Levi.com; Previously, these collections were only available through outside retailers. The assortment will live in a special “Levi’s Vintage Clothing” section of the website which will also offer resources and historical information on the vintage styles. A “Shrink to Fit” guide will also be housed in this section so you can easily figure out what size jeans to purchase if you’d like to use this denim fitting method.
Lovers of the brand can expect to see the following classics in the Fall/Winter assortment: Historic 501® Jeans, Shorthorn Shirts, Sawtooth Western Shirts, 1950s Sportswear Tees, and Type I, Type II, and Type III Denim Jackets. As always, each replicated style has been “obsessively recreated” down to fabric type, stitch details, sundries, and even packaging. From double-cuffed denim to bucket hats, worker belts and patch-elbowed jackets, LVC offers real-life models of the most popular and iconic styles of past decades.
To sweeten the deal and celebrate the new initiative, Levi’s Vintage Clothing is also offering free shipping returns through the remainder of the year and a complementary limited-edition hardcover lookbook. Welcome to the present past.
JAPANESE SNEAKERS FROM THE HILL-SIDE FOR FALL/WINTER 2014
After being thoroughly impressed with their first sneaker,The Hill-Side is back with another round of Japanese-made kicks for Fall/Winter 2014. The vulcanized-sole sneakers were constructed in a 140 year-old factory from fabrics found throughout the Fall clothing collection — “lizard” camouflage, herringbone twill, wool/cotton blanket stripe and Donegal tweed from Ireland, to name a few. If you’ve been on the hunt for some classic sneakers, these are about as authentic as they get. Think basketball circa 1950. The full collection will be available soon through select retailers including Hickoree’s.
Opening Ceremony Autumn/Winter 2014 Men’s Lookbook
Article By Matt Allinson | @Ollinson
Top 5 (Non-Model) Looks From NYFW
Another season, another set of fashion weeks have come and gone. Designers showed off their latest collections, trends were predicted and hundreds of lenses shuttered as models and regular people alike tried to look natural on the streets of the world’s fashion capitals.
Personally, one of my favourite menswear events that I look forward to each season is New York Fashion Week (NYFW) – and September’s SS15 showcase didn’t disappoint.
But instead of previewing the key trends or pieces that we will be wearing next summer (as this is always covered in depth by FashionBeans anyway), I thought I’d bring you a rundown of my five favourite looks sported by the stylish individuals with invites in their hands and nodding looks of approval on their face – i.e. industry experts, menswear personalities and celebrities.
There were plenty of street style photos to choose from and it was hard to narrow down, but I just about managed it. As you will see, I tried to pick a wide selection of looks that highlight all the key elements of great style, while still leaving room for alterations and individual interpretation.
So let’s get to it…
Look 1: Dressed Down Trousers
I’ve started with this photo because it sums up NYFW SS15 perfectly. With temperatures reaching the mid-twenties, it was all about trying to beat the heat by thinking outside the box. Both of the gentlemen above are doing different things to stay cool and stand out at the same time.
Firstly, they’ve nailed the fit of their clothes, which is always priority number one. It will instantly elevate any look to the next level. Secondly, they’re showing how versatile navy suit trousers can really be, especially if they’re in a seasonal material like linen or wool.
If your trousers are comfortable and keep you cool/warm (depending on the season), why not wear them as often as you can? You can either create a business-casual vibe by pairing them with a shirt, tie and fitted denim jacket [left] or keep things simple by throwing a cotton crew neck over the top in a neutral colour such as grey, white or black [right].
But what really makes these outfits great are the finer details: the two very different document holders; the key chains; the neckerchief; the rolled up sleeves; the bracelets – these are all things that can add a point of difference to an otherwise standard look and help make it your own.
You could always swap the suit trousers for some neutral chinos, if you’d prefer, while the denim jacket could be substituted for a bomber, Harrington or leather biker and would still look just as good. A casual jacket adds a nice contrast to any smart look, instantly relaxing the overall aesthetic.
Finally, if crew necks aren’t your thing, a v-neck jumper, shawl neck cardigan or cable/waffle knit would work just as well in the right hand look.
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The lookbook below showcases some alternative outfits that stick to the same principles outlined above – namely dressing down suit trousers and creating a balance between smart and casual:
2. The Tan Blazer
The definitive American Prep ‘Sartorial Mullet’: all business up top but nice and rough around the edges downstairs. This also happens to be GQ US’ Deputy Editor, Michael Hainey, so this guy knows a thing or two about nailing classic American business-casual style.
By now I’m hoping at least some of you have invested in a tan/beige blazer – if not, this photo should be all that’s needed to convince you. It goes with everything, will help you to stand out from the sea of navy/grey and is still smart enough for business use. Tan shades work best with other earthy tones such as brown and green, but they also look great with blue and black, as demonstrated by Michael here.
The lower half just goes to prove that menswear only gets better with age. A pair of naturally distressed and washed out jeans with some beat up suede Derbies – what’s not to like? This combination would look just as good matched with a plain white tee as it does the smarter items shown here.
Remember, dressing with style doesn’t always mean having the cleanest, freshest pieces – sometimes it’s about showing that you’re not too precious about your clothes and have been doing this sartorial thing for a while.
If a tan jacket still doesn’t appeal, you could always revert back to a fail-safe navy and grey combination for the same results. If you do this, consider using a blazer in glen plaid or Prince of Wales check to add a subtle twist to the look.
Alternatively, keep the beige jacket, lose the tie and swap the shirt for a chambray version for a slightly different take on business-casual.
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3. Classic With A Twist
OK, OK – I know it’s Nick Wooster. Of course he looks great, as usual, but how the hell could you pull something like this off, I hear you cry?
Don’t panic. Even though ‘The Woost’ has achieved God-like status these days within the menswear community, there are still plenty of tips and tricks you learn from him and incorporate into your own look.
First of all, if you ever needed proof that utility/cargo pants can be stylish and masculine, then here it is. The key is to find a pair that fits your body perfectly and are cut more like a pair of suit trousers. Keeping the detailing to a minimum helps too – one slim thigh pocket like Wooster has here is all you really need.
Secondly, if you’re warm, roll your sleeves up! Although short-sleeved shirts are back on the fashion agenda, not all your favourite shirts come this way, so don’t forget it’s an easy adjustment to make when trying to beat the heat in style.
Lastly, once you’ve mastered the basics, remember that style rules are meant to be broken – but only one at a time. Here Wooster is wearing what appears blazer-shirt hybrid: it has lapels, two buttons and a patch breast pocket but is made from what seems to be cotton and features a traditional shirting pattern (blue and white chalk stripes). Overall, it’s a really cool, interesting piece.
But it’s also the only piece like that he’s wearing. Everything else surrounding it is simple, classic and versatile, which anchors the more ‘out there’ item. The fact he’s nailed the fit helps too – a fuller, more relaxed cut will stop you overheating in hot weather by keeping the material away from your skin and promoting circulation.
Inspired By Lookbook
Due to Wooster’s shirt-blazer being so unique, the lookbook below focuses on styling unstructured jersey-type blazers and streamlined cargo trousers in contemporary ways:
4. The Classic Grey Suit
Here, Justin Theroux [left] demonstrates that sometimes the basics are all you’re ever going to need. You could convert this photo into black and white and you wouldn’t know what decade it was from because these items will never go out of style.
Everyone reading this should already own everything he’s wearing here: a white dress shirt, black neck tie, grey two-button suit and black Oxfords.
Johannes Huebl [right], on the other hand, shows how easy it is to take this timeless base and give it a contemporary twist. The addition of a waistcoat takes the formality/sharpness up a notch, while his choice of a contrast collar shirt, patterned tie and striking pair of tan shoes gives the ensemble a more individual feel.
Other potential alterations you could make include changing the white pocket square for something with a bit more colour, or a pattern like gingham or paisley. You could also lose the tie and swap the shirt for a neutral printed version, like many other male celebrities chose to do at NYFW.
Alternatively, go full-on Woost mode and opt for a daring colour pop pair of shoes, like red drivers or blue leather Derbies. With classic and versatile pieces setting the foundation of the outfit, it almost doesn’t matter what you swap out or in, the rest of the look will keep it anchored and stylish.
Inspired By Lookbook
The lookbook below shows you a variety of creative ways you can style a simple grey suit:
5. Black & White
A combination that always manages to look sharp and sophisticated, no matter if you’re dressing up or down, black and white outfits are in vogue this AW14.
And if ever there was an argument for getting on board with the trend, this is it.
The simple black and white colour palette keeps the outfit from becoming too out there while allowing the printed t-shirt to do all the talking. Seriously, if you didn’t invest in a couple of printed t-shirts this summer, what exactly were you investing in? Something pointless like a mortgage? Shame on you.
In terms of alterations, the entire aesthetic can be changed quickly dependent on your mood or the occasion. For instance, you could dress the t-shirt up by switching the chinos/joggers for black textured trousers and finishing with a white blazer. Alternatively, simply throw on a black leather or wool bomber jacket over the top to give this sports-inspired outfit a luxe edge that is perfect for the transition into autumn.
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KARL LAGERFELD TO LAUNCH ‘THE KARL DAILY’ “SATIRICAL” NEWSPAPER
Chanel and Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld will launch The Karl Daily, a “satirical broadsheet newspaper,” later this month. The impending publication will distribute throughout Europe, China and beyond in quantities of 150,000 copies, showcasing the mastermind’s drawings, words, photography, and latest product advertisements. The newspaper medium chosen by Lagerfeld is a wry commentary on the current publishing world, which is furiously chasing the fickle and ever-changing Internet crowd. The Karl Daily is also a rebellion against all the gargantuan coffee table fashion art books, because you shouldn’t “have to be a bodybuilder to lift it,” says Karl.
- Source: WWD & New York Magazine
GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF MAISON KITSUNÉ’S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK PRESENTATION
Earlier this month, Maison Kitsuné arrived at New York Fashion Week with their“Effortlessly French” Spring/Summer 2015 presentation, and as always, their lineup was beautiful. The brand now take us around backstage at The Standard High Line Hotel to capture the designs and hard work that made the show seem so effortless. In this “Behind the Scenes” video, we see the models being prepped along with whatever else goes on backstage before they hit the floor. Watch below.
KILLSPENCER INTRODUCE LEATHER CAMERA BAGS AND ACCESSORY CASES
Cameras and the countless accessories that go along with them do not come cheap — so you shouldn’t treat them as such. Our friends at Killspencer venture into the world of photography with the introduction of a full range of leather bags and cases for your precious gear. They make it easy to compartmentalize every piece of hardware into separate, easy-to-access pouches and bags. Standout item is the leather notebook-shaped memory card holder — Seriously, this thing is perfect; why have we never seen one until now? The full collection will drop September 23 alongside a brand new website, so we’re excited for what’s in store. Keep up with Killspencer here.
NEW STORY BY PIERRE DEBUSSCHERE