We speak with the author W. David Marx about his new book “Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change.”
We would like to present to you the S/S 2023 collection of TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist, titled “GRAY.”
In this collection, inspired, again, by one of his heroes, Kurt Cobain, the cult Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita continues his experiments in back-to-front and inside-out tailoring and gender neutral clothing, turning imperfection into an art form. The tromp-l’oeil effect of the first part of the collection is created by hand painting on medical gowns – after all, Cobain spent a lot of time in hospitals, and we can attest through an in-person experience that the back-to-front tailoring is gravity-defying in terms of design and continues to prove that Miyashita remains a decidedly singular talent in a sea of grayness that defines contemporary fashion.
Few things in life are better than getting another opportunity to buy something you’ve had but lost or regretted not buying at the time. Designer Sruli Recht is giving his audience that opportunity by reissuing some of the product highlights from his back catalogue. The project is called EDITIONS, and the first product is WHALET – originally called so because there was a version made from whale skin. In a mind-bending turn, which is Recht’s signature, the WHALET is made from a single piece of horse leather, laser cut, folded, heat-pressed and secured with black metal rivets, instead of the customary stitching. This release is limited to 25 units.
Fashion is tricky – if you truly care about it and demand excellence form it, your relationship inevitably turns into a mild form of sadomasochism. I suppose any relationship worth having takes on a similar form sooner or later. Life is imperfect and the pursuit of happiness is futile. You learn this as you get…
We would like to present to you UNDERCOVER Women’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection. Photo courtesy of UNDERCOVER Undercover SS23
On the recent evening during the men’s show of the Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, a crowd bustled outside the show venue, the small Musee Bourdelle, tucked away in a side street near Montparnasse train station in Paris. Outside, the desperate hangers-on were held back by the implacable PR watchdogs, while inside the buyers and the press were trying to squeeze into the tiny Great Hall, where the most prominent statues of Antoine Bourdelle, who was one of the most prolific student’s of Rodin, stood.
We would like to present to you HYKE Spring Summer 2023 collection. Photo courtesy of Jun Okada (bNm)
Not too many people know that Yohji Yamamoto’s first lined was named Y’s. Through the decades, after his Parisian debut, Yohji Yamamoto used his full name for his runway lines, with Y’s becoming sort of an everyday classic Yohji uniform – white poplin, black gabardine, a bit less extreme, but still very Yohji. But before that moment, Y’s was Yohji. The line was born in 1972, and to celebrate its 50th anniversary, or rather to “look back upon 50 years of its history,” as per the press release, Yamamoto will be releasing a capsule t-shirt collection this fall.
Venerable Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto has been viewed as the pinnacle of avant-garde fashion for decades. Hs black tailored clothes have served as the uniform of the creative class since he stormed Paris catwalk in 1981. But time passes and fashion changes and Yamamoto’s latest project, Wildside, looks like a bid to connect with fashion…
In this free-wheeling episode we talk to designer Sruli Recht about his journey and about his thoughts on design, the fashion industry, death, and circumcision, amongst other things.