If you haven’t noticed, it’s menswear fashion week in Paris – a week of peacockery, male models, and lots and lots of amazing fashion. If for some reason you’re not in the City of Lights for this crucial event, praise the lord for the Internet, from where most things can be experienced. Even the front row, in fact – tomorrow, the 19 Jan at 2:30 PM (CEST), Louis Vuitton will livestream their AW17 show directly from Paris.
Who said advertising can’t be a space of politics? Kenzo‘s SS17 campaign celebrates nightclubbing, not just as a place for unabashed fun, but as “a powerful source of alternative energies against racism, sexual oppression and class violence.”
If Gosha Rubchinskiy plans to continue his current pace through the fashion world, it won’t be long before he reaches the brightest shining stars. The Russian designer fell into the field almost accidentally in 2008 when he started embroidering Fruit of the Loom t-shirts bought online with his Moscow skater-friends – in 2009, he was discovered by former Vogue Russia editor and put on schedule at Moscow Fashion Week. However, it was Adrian Joffe, entrepreneur of retail empire Dover Street Market and husband of Rei Kawabuko of Comme des Garçons, that instigated the full realization of the Rubchinskiy universe, as he stepped in as his business partner and producer a few seasons back. Lingering in a distinct romanticization of post-Soviet adolescence, counterfeit logomania, and skate culture, his local vision has mesmerized fashion insiders and streetwear fans alike all over the world, as his every move – like collaborations with sportswear brands Kappa, Supreme, Vans, Fila, and Reebok – are followed closely. This week offers two new stories to the Rubchinskiy chronicle: a collaboration with eyewear brand Retrosuperfuture, as well as an off-schedule runway showcase of his AW17 collection in his local Moscow.
Collaborations between high street brands and small(er) designers is hardly a new phenomenon – but one that picks up a socially responsible profile is a rarity in an industry that values profit and revenue growth. We were pleased when we heard that Swedish retailer & Other Stories reached out to Californian brand TOMS for their Spring 17 collaboration – a bright, feminine and colorful collection inspired from the magic of Venice Beach and which casts supermodel Erin Wasson as its sun-kissed protagonist.
The cryptic words “carbon resin composite” might bring to mind superhero gadgets more than luxury watches – but at Victorinox, the brand behind the original Swiss knife, functionality and quality has a tendency to take sci-fi-like dimensions.
DANSK’s man in London Pierre A.M. reports from London Fashion Week Mens.
The probability of hitting the bull’s-eye twice in a row is very low, even for a LVMH Prize winner. Whether there was a styling problem is a legitimate question when a collection leaves unexpected tepid thoughts in one’s mind. Although the casting was great, Wales Bonner’s autumn winter 2017 clothes weren’t. They were good enough, not great — except perhaps for a white fur and black leather cropped jacket, a splendid man-dress every girl should get, and a pair of tawny and black diamond-shape patterned trousers.
A new year means new fashion campaigns – a fabulous medium that catapults the world’s finest fashion photography into a mass-consumerist context, decorating streets, malls, and magazines across the globe, from Massachusetts to Manila. Not only are fashion campaigns an excuse to enjoy great photography, but a pointer to how brands are imagining and contextualizing themselves creatively.
Clothes today have become a language…
We use them to communicate.