With his sculptural sensibility, understanding of urbanity, and keen interest in breaking down the sartorial divisions of gender, fashion designer JW Anderson has in just a few years become a key figure of his time. From the helm of his own eponymous fashion lines, and as the creative director of Spanish fashion house Loewe, the North Irish genius continues to expand how we think of clothes and fashion in a more abstract and much more exciting way. The most recent addition to this expansive project is an exhibition at the Yorkshire art gallery The Hepworth Wakefield
While cross-disciplinary culture has been encouraged for years, examples of truly genre-defying projects are still far too rare. The exception to this is the PIN-UP SHOPPE, the tongue-in-cheek and visually exciting e-commerce platform by the world’s most expansive architectural magazine, PIN-UP.
The Breton shirt remains an absolute cornerstone of our wardrobes. Its horizontal stripes cites a certain French elegance (it was first worn by sailors in the Napolean era) while slimming us with a subtle optical illusion. French fashion brand Armor Lux was the first to transcend this naval trend into the realm of fashion, as they began to produce Breton shirts in 1938 from their headquarters in Quimper, Brittany. It has since dressed bohemians, celebrities, school children – and the Breton shirt has in the last decade become synonymous with contemporary minimalism, a fusion of Scandinavian and East Asian simplicity (think Kinfolk meets Wallpaper). This convergence between East and West is now being celebrated by hyped South Korean superstore Beaker, known for their hip and eco-friendly approach to retail, as they release their collaboration of shirts with the seasoned French brand this week. Head down to their location in Gangnam-gu, Seoul to snatch a piece exclusively – or, if you for some reason happens not to be in South Korea, shop online from here.
Cora Hilts and Natasha Tucker are the founders of Rêve En Vert, an online retailer of sustainable luxury clothing and beauty. The company was founded in 2013 and dealing with fashion without compromising neither sustainability nor style has been key ever since. It is no secret that the fashion industry has a devastating impact on the planet, and production processes and conditions are often opaque. In a world where a lot of things have to change, Rêve En Vert is driven by an activistic energy crucial to pulling not only the fashion industry in another direction. Hilts and Tucker show that it is possible to be featured in Vogue all while offering delivery by bicycle and publishing activist text pieces on the urgency of more sustainable living. We had a talk with Cora Hilts to learn more.
In the fast-paced milieu of Internet-infused popular culture, music videos are having a resurgence: easily sharable, they travel through our networks and pop up as fragmented audiovisual fashion spreads. Music videos have always been a treasured medium for fashion (think Kylie, Gwen, Rihanna, and the ultra music video queen, Madonna) – and this tradition lives today across mass, sub- and popular culture. Here’s 3 of our current favorites:
The world might still be waiting with baited breath to discover Riccardo Tisci’s next career move but the man himself has been keeping busy.
We’re very happy to witness the renaissance of rain coats in recent years – from the logomanic insta-look from Vetements, to the global success of Danish start-up Rains, we’re once again seeing the sartorial acceptance of protecting yourself against nature’s forces (very necessary in the North European climate). We almost get excited for a gloomy spring with torrential rains and countless abruptly cancelled summer BBQs when we see the new raincoat collaboration between Swedish outwear brand Stutterheim and Henrik Vibskov, which merges the otherworldy universe of the Danish designer with the advanced durability and comfort of premium raincoats. “We champion all creativity, and to be able to work with Henrik, who we admire greatly, has been a true privilege. To combine our two aesthetics forced us to push ourselves in terms of what can be done while both staying true to ourselves.” says Stutterheim’s Marketing Director Johan Loman of the collaboration, which comes in two distinct designs. The Stutterheim x Henrik Vibskov coats will be available in a limited quantity at stutterheim.com and at Stutterheim’s flagship stores in Stockholm and New York, alongside Henrik Vibskov’s stores in NYC and Copenhagen and at henrikvibskovboutique.com from March 15th.
Portrait by Peter Lindbergh
One of the small selection of designers who truly are household names, Marc Jacobs has deftly managed a career that spans both extraordinary commercial success with his eponymous brand and wide-spread critical acclaim with his creativity at Louis Vuitton where he was Creative Director for seventeen years. Famous for his often spectacular runway shows as well as his ability to pick up on the prevailing cultural zeitgeist, Marc now regularly tops Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world. Luckily he had a few minutes to chat to us about his thoughts on democratic retail and his love of social media.
Every fashionista who’s gone through Copenhagen in the past year can testify that something’s going on at Illum. The historic department store facing Store Torv underwent an ambitious renovation last year, and could upon opening invite shoppers to new boutiques by Prada, Bucherer, and an Eataly outpost for some high-quality shopping fuel.
Just back from Paris with a lot of new inspiration. Here we give you the most remarkable stand-outs!