Is it just us, or has badgalriri been a little less ubiquitous since receiving the CFDA Style Icon Award back in June? But let’s be real, homegirl could never stay out of the spotlight for too long. This time, the news doesn’t come from a hairstyle change or a new single or a barely-there ensemble or any other typical thing you’d expect. Instead, Rihanna’s been making business moves; rumor has it that the iconic songstress recently filed trademark documents under her official last name, Fenty (yes, Rihanna has a last name). This could mean apparel, lingerie, cosmetics, swimwear, and more.
This shouldn’t be surprising, as Rihanna’s definitely grown into quite the fashionista over the years (hence the CFDA award). And let’s not forget about how she killed it at Paris Fashion Week, her role as the face of Balmain, her multiple collaborations with MAC, and her collections for River Island last year. Sure, these rumors aren’t really indicative of anything just yet. But Rihanna as a designer? Into it. We’re thinking lots of cutouts, oversized menswear-inspired outerwear, sexy strappy sandals, urban accessories, and plenty of the other things that Riri does best. Plus, with the probable help of stylist Mel Ottenberg, all of these elements would be perfectly meshed together in a cohesive, super stylish fashion.
Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. While we could hope that this would end up like Gwen Stefani and Victoria Beckham’s impressive design endeavors, there’s always the possibility that things could go a little JLo. And again, nothing’s really set in stone.
Yes, you read the title correctly. Adidas is once again pairing up with both Raf Simons and Rick Owens for fall 2014 after insanely successful collaborations with both designers.
In case you forgot, Raf Simons’ shoe game was on point this year with seven to-die-for, multicolored, fantastic men’s kicks for Adidas Originals and Adidas Performance. And let’s not forget about the sick sneaks he recently sent down the runway at his Dior womenswear shows. This time around, homeboy plans to revamp his magnificent pieces with new colors and materials, including a variation on the classic Stan Smith with perforated “R” details. Side note: though that obviously stands for Raf, how much do you want to bet Rihanna will get into these come fall? Oh, and let’s not forget about the outdoor boots. The Bunny Bounce and Bunny Riding Star may sound a little ridiculous, but they’re seriously cool, for real. They could be neon orange, if you want, or they could be black, white, or burgundy. We may be sweating literally right now, but once the frigid winter rolls around, we’ll be thanking Mr. Simons for this stylish snow gear.
On Rick Owens’ side, the designer developed the Tech Runner, a simpler version of the shoes from his past Adidas collaboration. Owens mentions being inspired by Stealth Bombers – because why wouldn’t he be drawn to something so intense? – for their minimalistic structure. The shoes are alike, sleek and simple yet modern and striking. Adidas’ iconic stripes and Owens’ A-list signature adorn the full-length soles of the Tech Runners. Rick Owens’ last Adidas mashup was incredibly popular despite the shoes’ atypical appearance, so there’s no doubt that his fall 2014 line will be any different.
For all of the sneaker-heads and luxury lovers, the Adidas by Raf Simons will retail from $455-$1,280, while the Adidas by Rick Owens styles will come in at $790. Both collections will be available starting in mid-July. No, we can’t wait either.
Check out Raf Simons and Rick Owens’ upcoming Adidas sneakers below!
Alright, we’ve got a lot to catch up on; the resort season will definitely do that. Though crucial for designer labels’ sales, resort, cruise, or whatever you want to call it is undeniably hard to follow. To put it bluntly, hundreds of collections from designers all over the world can culminate into what some like to call sensory overload. But there were, however, a few standouts (and not just Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest at Louis Vuitton).
First, let’s talk about the revival of Mugler. After Nicola Formichetti was replaced by David Koma this past December, everyone anxiously awaited to see how the latest designer would put his spin on the iconic fashion house. Many would argue that Thierry Mugler’s heyday was in the 1990s, noted by loud colors, space-age shapes, and lots of sex. Although Koma definitely did his own thing, there was still a semblance of the brand’s O.G. aesthetic, mostly via sharp silhouettes and a little bit of mesh detail. The black, white, and grey palette was given a jolt of vitality thanks to a few bright prints, too. A couple red and blue numbers were reminiscent of some of the items in the spring 2014 Dior Homme collection, though they definitely had an identity of their own. A simple navy dress was awoken by bright orange, electric yellow on another frock, and blue bondage straps added a slightly subtle element of sexiness that was oh-so Mugler.
Photos Courtesy Mugler
Similarly sexy cocktail dresses showed up in Narciso Rodriguez’s resort collection. Geometric cutouts spiced up simple styles, while the traditionally minimalist aesthetic was revamped with a little bit of print. Yes, Narciso Rodriguez really did prints. Of course, nothing was too over-the-top, though. Watercolor florals were projected onto sporty neoprene, thrusting Rodriguez into the realm of the very of-the-moment material. A little bit of color showed up in these prints, too, particularly a lush shade of blue and a powerful pop of purple.
Photo Courtesy Narciso Rodriguez
Speaking of minimalism and designers stepping away from their usual routines, these concepts applied to Jason Wu’s resort range, as well. It seems like Wu drew more from his recently appointed position at Hugo Boss than his own typically ladylike styles, citing German industrial designer Dieter Rams as his main source of inspiration. The result was an extremely pared-back version of what we’re used to seeing from Wu. Every single look was simple, clean, and structured, with white dominating the color scheme. There were a few touches of color, though very, very pale mints and pinks. Though some could question Jason Wu’s sudden change of aesthetic, it’s refreshing to see some experimentation, and it’s likely that this will bring in a whole new group of consumers.
Photos Courtesy Jason Wu
When people think of Kenzo, minimalism probably doesn’t come to mind. True, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon know how to whip up a couple items on the simpler side – a structured white dress and royal blue shirtdress serving as proof in their resort collection. But this is the brand that really popularized logomania, after all. Here, we saw lots of exaggerated stripes veering in various different directions, while massive-sleeved silhouettes and over-the-top polka dots adorned other garments. What would Kenzo be if not playful, youthful, and energetic?
Photos Courtesy Kenzo
But Lim and Leon didn’t stop there. For their resort line at Opening Ceremony, prints continued to go wild. There were more clashing stripes, while palms trees and floral collages added to the mix. It’s often hard to see the difference between the themes at Kenzo and Opening Ceremony, but whatever’s going on in the design duo’s minds is certainly something spectacular.
Photo Courtesy Opening Ceremony
Things haven’t been all about resort, though. Over in menswear world, everyone’s been hastily preparing for the spring/summer 2015 shows, starting in London on Sunday. But that didn’t stop Kris Van Assche from previewing his upcoming endeavors at Dior Homme with his spring 2015 collection – different from spring/summer 2015, by the way. What the designer’s latest aimed to do was transcend seasonal dressing, which was perfectly achieved in true KVA fashion. “Perfect” literally cannot be said enough; how else could you describe the sharp, sleek tailoring, urban details, and timeless palette of reds, blues, and greens? If this is any indication of what to expect from Kris Van Assche’s spring/summer 2015 show later this month, then we can’t wait for 2015.
When you get discovered based on your selfies, it’s safe to say you’ve got something special going on. That’s definitely the case when it comes to 22-year-old Delhi, India native, Bhumika Arora. A photographer discovered her social media photos and offered to help her develop her portfolio for free, which ultimately catapulted her onto some of Paris’ most prestigious runways; in case you missed her, Bhumika walked for names like Maxime Simoëns, Viktor & Rolf, and Dries Van Noten, putting her astonishingly beautiful face on the map.
We hope to see Bhumika Arora’s runway and editorial bookings quickly increase in the near future, as her look is different from that of the majority of her contemporaries. What’s even more exciting is seeing another stunning South Asian woman being represented in the fashion industry; with the push towards diversifying fashion, it’s important to finally recognize multifaceted beauty. Here’s to a successful career to Bhumika Arora!
Designs by Ximon Lee, showcased in an editorial for Fucking Young! Online
We’ve all got our favorite designers, and there are a few names that are basically ubiquitous. But as much as we love Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy, Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton, and all of the other fashion superstars, there’s an abundance of lesser known talents who deserve some mention.
Take the Pratt Institute’s graduate students, who presented their collections a few weeks ago in hopes of receiving the Liz Claiborne Concept to Product Award and $25,000 from the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation. The winner, Julia Wollner presented more than just an impressive selection of looks, but also a powerful message that puts her at the forefront of a new generation of skilled designers. Wollner’s inspiration for her collection came from her two-year battle with Bell’s Palsy, a nerve disorder that paralyzes half of the patient’s face. Her experience was most directly reflected through the prints, which channeled facial exercises that Wollner did in physical therapy. With many of said prints done on laminated organza, an extra dose of space-age color and shine was juxtaposed with otherwise minimal white pieces. Meanwhile, other silhouettes were defined by exaggerated, oversized shapes. By enhancing such striking innovation and experimentation with a moving story, it’s no surprise that Wollner’s work won her the grand prize, which she intends to use to further expand her line.
While we anxiously await Julia Wollner’s promising design advances, we can also recognize Ximon Lee, a BA/BFA graduating menswear student at Parsons. Inspired by what he witnessed during a recent trip to Russia, Lee also experimented with materials and textures in the creation of his final thesis collection, “Children of Leningradsky.” Near suburban Moscow, street children are often seen in ill-fitting, heavily layered ensembles in order to survive the brutal winter. Yet Lee’s interpretation was not merely about homelessness, but instead the protective shield surrounding these children, symbolic of strength and power. The young designer deconstructed and re-patterned clothes from the Salvation Army, bonding fabrics and incorporating materials like trash bags and cardboard in his development of new shapes and multilayered ensembles. The end result presented another reflection of a profound topic into unique garments, while Ximon Lee’s work certainly stands out from the often one-note menswear archetypes.
And Ximon Lee isn’t the only one pushing the boundaries. Benji WZW comes from Benji Wong Zhen Wang, who is currently in pursuit of a BA in fashion design from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In a prestigious school that boasts alumni such as Dries Van Noten, Kris Van Assche, Ann Demeulemeester, Walter Van Beirendonck, Martin Margiela, and other fashion icons, it’s no surprise that Benji WZW has already shown some exceptionally impressive work. And it’s certainly nothing like any other range. Instead of strongly identifiable elements of inspiration, the designer shares austere pieces such as a long shirts and outerwear with optical prints, embellishments like angel wings and micro-flowers, or a provocative vocabulary that consists of words like “love,” “fall,” “fast,” and “fuck.” Sure, a little more explanation would probably help, but it’s hard not to be impressed either way.
The world of fashion has and will always be a beacon of creativity. Although many elements of today’s industry can seem often commercial or commonly commonplace, it’s the inspiration, creativity, and unique vitality that comes from these fresh artists that truly drives this niche. There’s plenty more where that came from in terms of impressive new designers, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for these few and the rest of the young talents out there.
Check out a gallery of work from Julia Wollner, Ximon Lee, and Benji WZW and share your thoughts below!
The footwear megabrand recently reissued the iconic Stan Smith sneaker, which instantly became fashion’s latest it-shoe. Meanwhile, collaborations with Raf Simons, Rick Owens and as of November, Mary Katrantzou, pretty much confirmed Adidas’ status as the coolest kid on the block. It couldn’t possibly get any better, right?
Wrong. This summer, shoppers will be able to customize and purchase a pair of Adidas ZX Flux sneakers with images of their favorite Instagram photos printed on them. Yes, really. No, you didn’t read that wrong.
Though a lot of details have yet to be confirmed, from the price point to how long this will be a thing, we do know that an iOS and Android app will be released in August to make everyone’s Insta-shoe dreams come true.
Now comes the biggest issue: which Instagram picture to put on my feet? Will it be that crazy beach sunset that looks like some kind of otherworldly watercolor painting? Or what about that really cute snap of my dog? That photo I took of the Eiffel Tower got a lot of likes. But what about a selfie?
It’s safe to say that London-based designer Mary Katrantzou is kind of killing it this year, with her otherworldly optical prints gaining tons of popularity. Meanwhile, sporty fashion doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, enhanced by countless designers getting in on the omnipresent sneaker trend. The athletic footwear’s prevalence is only further popularized by the many to-die-for collaborations between Adidas and designers like Rick Owens and Raf Simons. So, it only makes sense that the sportswear powerhouse’s next mashup will come courtesy of Mary Katrantzou.
Katrantzou is set to design an entire capsule collection of shoes and clothes for Adidas Originals, presumably featuring her trademark graphics and hues. But despite the bold aesthetics that put her work in the spotlight, Katrantzou’s recently shown fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection presented a subtle move away from over-the-top eccentricity; it’s possible that she could do some more experimentation with toned down styles through her upcoming work for Adidas. Regardless of what route she chooses to go, there’s no doubt that this collaboration will be one of epic proportions.
Mark your calendars, because the Mary Katrantzou capsule collection for Adidas Originals will debut in stores this November. And along with H&M’s upcoming collaboration with Alexander Wang, it’s looking like that’s going to be a pretty good month.
After Jil Sander’s surprising departure from her namesake fashion house last year, it wouldn’t be long before a new talent would take the reigns. Cue Rodolfo Paglialunga, set to make his debut as creative director of the label this September. The Italian designer’s past gigs include working in the ranks of Vionnet after spending some time as the womenswear design director at Prada.
So, what can we expect to see from Paglialunga come the spring 2015 ready-to-wear shows in Milan this fall? His past work (see the gallery below) is certainly impressive, but his ability to continue the ultra-minimalist Jil Sander aesthetic is somewhat questionable. Meanwhile, with little mention of menswear, it’s difficult to predict what will become of that essential aspect of the brand.
Regardless of what Rodolfo Paglialunga’s highly anticipated debut will produce, hopefully we can begin to see some more stability in terms of the revolving door that has overcome this iconic fashion house.
Check out some of Rodolfo Paglialunga’s past work here:
The title pretty much says it all. For H&M’s next designer collaboration, the fast-fashion powerhouse has tapped none other than it-designer Alexander Wang. Wang made his Instagram debut with a teaser video for the collection (below), while also breaking the news at a Coachella party. The video features nothing more than field lights and a countdown clock with the numbers 11:06, implying that the collaboration will hit stores on November 6 of this year.
H&M’s past collaborations have come from the likes of Versace, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin and most recently Isabel Marant, whose collection for the global retailer sent sales through the roof. And with Wang’s immense popularity beyond the realms of just the fashion industry, there’s no doubt that this endeavor will be one of the biggest mashups yet. It’s also pretty likely that this will warrant crazed crowds and possible stampedes upon it’s retail debut; it’s recommended that shoppers prepare themselves ahead of time for potential madness. But until the highly anticipated November 6 release date, we can all stay up-to-date on the latest news for Wang’s H&M collaboration via Instagram.
Issa Lish after the Saint Laurent spring 2014 ready-to-wear show. Photo by Scott Shapiro
Issa Lish has made impressive appearances at shows like Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier in the past, while she most recently made waves when she opened the fall 2o14 Anna Sui show. However, with the debut of her April Vogue Italia cover, people are paying a lot more attention to this relative newcomer.
The model lies in a Blumarine dress on what appears to be a bathroom floor, accompanied by Bernd Sassmannshausen and the caption, “Cinematic.” Shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Karl Templer, with hair by Guido Palau and makeup by Pat McGrath, the cover is a promising preview of a captivating spread.
Possibly the most exciting part of this is that Issa Lish doesn’t look like every other cover girl. The Mexico City native’s otherworldly beauty is the result of her Mexican and Japanese heritage. The third Mexican woman to ever cover Vogue Italia, preceded by Elsa Benitez and Liliana Dominguez, Issa represents an important step forward in the underrepresentation of Mexican models and the overall fight towards diversifying the fashion industry. We can’t wait to see the rest of her spread and where her career will take her next.