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Let’s be real, we’re in kind of a confusing point in fashion; the spring 2015 menswear shows only recently wrapped up, and the industry is currently in preparation for next season’s women’s fashion. Meanwhile, retailers are clearing out their current pieces from spring 2014. But regardless of all the things pulling our attention in different directions, the fall 2014 collections are finally upon us. Yes, it’s still hot out, and you could probably sweat just thinking about putting on a new leather jacket or shearling coat. However, the temperatures will be dropping before you know it. Not only do you want to be prepared for the cooler weather, but you want to be stylish while doing so. While trends shouldn’t completely dictate your wardrobe, they’ll definitely serve as useful guidelines when it comes to your fall shopping trip. Here are some of the fall’s top trends for both menswear and womenswear and the best items to match.

 

 

SUIT UP

When it comes to fall and winter, every guy needs to step up his suit game. And it shouldn’t be too hard, as classic tailoring is quintessential in a fall/winter men’s collection. But sharp tailoring isn’t just for the guys; these days, sleek blazers and matching trousers look just as nice on ladies. Meanwhile, coats, dresses, shirts, and skirts can be given a spruced-up, professional twist. Whether office attire or eveningwear, there’s plenty to choose from in terms of structure and elegance, all of which can outlast a single season.


MOD SQUAD

The swinging 60s always make a comeback every now and then, but for fall 2014, this return seems stronger than ever. With festive colors and patterns on otherwise simple silhouettes, there are plenty of fun sweaters, dresses, and other items at your disposal. These pieces go exceptionally well with simple shoes and accessories, by the way.


SHEAR GENIUS

Shearling could seem like a bit of an obvious trend for the fall/winter season, probably because it’s a truly timeless staple. However, these pieces are anything but basic. In more colors and textures than you could imagine, shearling makes its typical appearance on outerwear and shoes, though it also pops up on bags and other accessories. Bundling up for fall can kind of suck sometimes. Not with these chic shearlings.


TIGHT KNIT

Another cliché for fall, knitwear was also redone in a variety of inventive ways for fall 2014, because designers know that no one wants just a boring sweater. Sure, traditional knits were aplenty. But for those who crave a little more pizzazz, there were sweater dresses, capes, and more. Some labels even churned out some unexpected items – like pleated skirts or men’s shirts – in knitwear form. Looks like it’s time to throw away your ugly Christmas sweater.


WORLD EXPLORER

Some might say “gypsy” or “boho,” but we’re calling it as we see it: designers are getting a lot of random influences from all across the globe. The end result shows furs and textures alongside animal prints and other patterns. Layering is key for fall and winter, so if you’re going to do it, then why not pile on a variety of influences? Go ahead, tap into your wanderlust this fall, and be sure to enjoy the journey.


DANCING IN THE STREETS

Streetwear and sportswear were just as present in the fall collections as everywhere else they’ve popped up in the past year. Meanwhile, some designers were getting a little excited this season, meshing rave-appropriate attire with these urban elements. Wild hues and prints appeared on everything from sneakers to parkas and more. A bit over-the-top at times? Maybe. But one’s thing’s for sure: fall 2014 is about to be party time.

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Sneak Attack

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We’ve talked about it more than a lot, so you already know that sportswear is hands down THE hottest trend of the moment. And this makes a good pair of sneakers beyond essential. Sure, you could throw on your old running shoes that you’ve had forever in an attempt to channel “normcore.” Don’t, though; a better option would probably be to find your dream shoe. Getting that “it-kick” can be a bit of a pain in the ass, and it’s not always worth the hefty price tag. However, there are plenty of pairs that you wouldn’t regret, versatile enough to be worn from your morning run through your night out (yes, really).

So, what exactly makes a “good sneaker?”

Unfortunately, fashion with function doesn’t always equate to a lower pricepoint. Yet superb materials and immaculate construction are just a couple benefits, and a heavy dose of style will appropriately thrust you into the omnipresent sporty obsession. Sticking to classics like Converse Chuck Taylor’s is always a good idea, that specific style looking just as good as a black high-top as it does low and white. Speaking of go-to sports brands, names like Nike and Adidas never disappoint. Of course, a pair of the latter’s classic “Superstars” are just as acceptable as a version from their collaborative efforts with Raf Simons and Rick Owens. And don’t think those are the only high-end labels getting in the game. Givenchy and Maison Martin Margiela provide a few fantastic options, too. Even fast-fashion brands like Zara offer some great selections. And the best part? A lot of these kicks would be equally awesome on guys and girls. Did we use the word “versatile” yet?

Neutral colors are usually a good idea, as with most purchases, but why not have some fun? Add a little color and maybe even a pattern; you deserve it after a good workout. Oh, and if all else fails, you can just print your favorite Instagram snapshot onto a pair.

Check out some of the hottest and most versatile sneakers below!

 

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The Spring 2015 Menswear Trend Report

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Another season of menswear has come and gone, bringing both old and new styles from the world’s top designers. A sharp suit never loses its touch, while sleek minimalism has been reinvented in a variety of ways. And other classics were given unique spins, like the subtle pinstripes seen at Dries Van Noten or Prada’s take on luxury denim. Seasonably appropriate bright colors made an obligatory appearance, too. However, the absence of color is always in, shown by all-white looks at Neil Barrett and Christophe Lemaire. It goes without saying that the sportswear trend has become completely ubiquitous; sneakers and tech fabrics were virtually everywhere, even at the typically refined Ermenegildo Zegna. And who could forget the surfer dudes and beach boys that popped up everywhere from Saint Laurent to Miharayasuhiro? Whether fueled by nostalgia or pure joy, designers proved their immense creativity and inventiveness. Here’s a look at some of the top trends of the spring 2015 menswear season.

 

WORK IT OUT

Maybe it’s the “normcore” movement, or maybe people just want to be a bit more practical. But whatever the reason, sporty fashion isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. More designers than we can count traded in dress shoes for sneakers with their formalwear, with fresh kicks popping up everywhere from Calvin Klein to Lanvin. And lots of sports were getting attention, too; baseball tees were just as common as hoodies and track pants. Meanwhile, athleticism met aestheticism for ballet-inspired garb at Dries Van Noten and Rick Owens, the latter moving his regularly sporty pieces into new territory. While going to the gym could still be a pain in the ass, at least you’ll look stylish as hell during your next workout.

 

 

SURFBOARDT

Yes, we know, surfing is a sport, too. But despite the amount of neoprene this season, most designers weren’t exactly sending wetsuits down the runway. Instead, it was more about the surfer attitude, personified via tie dye at Miharayasuhiro and Kolor and palm tree motifs from the likes of Canali and MSGM. If the beaded necklaces and bracelets à la Kris Van Assche didn’t get the point across enough, then maybe the playful mix-matched prints at Paul Smith would do a better job at embodying the carefree beach boy vibes. And the best part? No surf skills are required to rock these styles.

 

 

GOOD JEANS

Denim is one of those things that’s so omnipresent that it would seem weird for it to be considered a trend. But for spring 2015 menswear, designers have been taking your favorite jeans and putting them in a completely different frame. Just check out Phillip Lim’s denim jumpsuit, or the all-denim suit seen at Dior Homme. And it’s impossible to ignore the crazy prints on the fabric at Sibling or the atypical variations at Junya Watanabe. Even Yohji Yamamoto and Rick Owens incorporated some denim into their unique aesthetics. On one hand, everybody’s got some jeans they can use to fit into this trend. But let’s just say you’re going to have to step it up to meet these designer denim standards.

 

 

JUMP ON IT

Speaking of that denim number at Phillip Lim, jumpsuits have become quite a thing this season. Well, maybe not every designer has gotten into the idea of a men’s one-piece, but Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton, Walter Van Beirendonck, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Kenzo were sure feeling it. Give it some time, and we have a feeling plenty more labels are going to jump on this trend.

 

 

STYLE SOLDIERS

Like many other trends, military-inspired looks have been presented in fresh new ways this season. Christopher Bailey always reinvents and masters the army aesthetic at Burberry, and that was no different this time around. Meanwhile, outerwear with utilitarian pockets and epaulets were ever present at Louis Vuitton, and Christophe Lemaire added a similar slant to his monochrome collection. And what would military fashion be without some camouflage? If you want the classic print, then Valentino had plenty of looks for that. But the floral camo shown at Givenchy and the modernized, graphic versions at Sacai were just as noteworthy.

 

 

SPRING/SUMMER OF ’69

From the late 1960s through the 1970s, this era of bohemian style meshed perfectly with classically tailored leisure suits. Antonio Marras veered towards the latter, while Topman Design paid homage to Woodstock. And while Katie Eary’s collection felt relatively Western, there was a noticeable throwback element, too. Whether you’re feeling the sophisticated side from Tom Ford or a bit more like Saint Laurent’s spin on Jimi Hendrix, now would definitely be the time to hit up your favorite vintage shop.

 

 

EARN YOUR STRIPES

Another classic turned on its head, the pinstripe has gotten completely rejuvenated for spring 2015. Sure, the suiting at Trussardi could’ve come straight out of the 1940s. But the 3D stripes at Margiela and the always-eccentric variations at J.W. Anderson felt totally fresh. And let’s not leave out labels like E. Tautz and Matthew Miller, who essentially kicked off this trend during London Collections: Men. Who said this pattern had to be boring?

 

 

WHITE OUT

It was no surprise when we saw all-white ensembles at minimalist labels like Jil Sander, Neil Barrett, and Joseph. But we’d almost forgotten how essential this look is for summertime, proven by the likes of Ann Demeulemeester, Craig Green, Lou Dalton, and many, many more. All black will always be a thing, and plenty of other colors are having a moment this season, too. But sometimes white is right, and that’s that.

 

 

HERE COMES THE SUN

One of those other colors currently having a moment is yellow. Whether mellow or vibrant, there’s been a whole lot of jaune this season. Acne showed us that there’s nothing to be afraid of when it comes to wearing a big bright yellow jacket, while Berluti sent out a whole range of styles in the sunny shade. And we have to talk about the yellow neoprene jacket from Neil Barrett. Alongside things like the little pops at Calvin Klein, designers made it clear that this is going to be a pretty bright season, and there’s nothing to be afraid of.

 

 

REAL MEN WEAR PINK

Another color that used to formerly terrify men everywhere, pink has been shown as more masculine than ever thanks to Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and other A-list labels. Marc Jacobs’ playful flamingo prints showed a fun way to incorporate this hue into your spectrum; pieces at Thom Browne and Comme des Garçons put the creators’ signature eccentricity in the bold shade. And with Rick Owens even featuring a rose ensemble, it’s obvious that it’s time to think pink.

 

 

EASTWARD BOUND

Eastern cultures have always been a huge inspiration for designers across the globe, and that was just as evident this season as ever. Raf Simons‘ nostalgic collection featured a series of Japanese-inspired prints, a thank you note to some of his earliest supporters. At Agi & Sam, the London-based design duo took things almost literally with kimono-esque tops and sandals worn with socks. And they weren’t alone; Craig Green, Phillip Lim, Walter Van Beirendonck, Yusuke Takahashi at Issey Miyake, and plenty of others got in on the action, experimenting with everything from traditional Japanese garb to streetwear to minimalism and more. While we’d love to see what’s really going on over in Tokyo, this current Eastern obsession is definitely looking good.

 

 

NOT YOUR MOTHER’S ROBES

Not quite kimonos, long silk robes are making an unexpected appearance in the men’s fashion sphere. Dries Van Noten was on top of this trend, sending a whole series of similar styles down the runway at his romantic Paris show. Haider Ackermann loves a good robe, too, so it’s no surprise that we saw one or two in his collection. A couple pieces at Umit Benan had us headed straight for the shower, while Hedi Slimane gave his signature rock ‘n’ roll, bohemian touch to a variation at Saint Laurent. Like jumpsuits, it might take a minute or two for this fad to catch on. But if anything, it’s definitely refreshing to see designers’ new takes on traditional men’s fashion.

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Adidas, Raf, Rick, and Another Round

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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!

Adidas by Raf Simons "Bounce"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Bounce”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Bounce"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Bounce”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Bunny Rising Star"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Bunny Rising Star”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Bunny Rising Star"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Bunny Rising Star”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Response Trial 2"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Response Trial 2”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Rising Star 2"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Rising Star 2”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Stan Smith"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Stan Smith”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Stan Smith"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Stan Smith”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Bunny Bounce"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Bunny Bounce”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Bunny Bounce"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Bunny Bounce”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Bunny Rising Star"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Bunny Rising Star”

Adidas by Raf Simons "Rising Star 2"

Adidas by Raf Simons “Rising Star 2”

Adidas by Rick Owens "Tech Runner"

Adidas by Rick Owens “Tech Runner”

Adidas by Rick Owens "Tech Runner"

Adidas by Rick Owens “Tech Runner”

Adidas by Rick Owens "Tech Runner"

Adidas by Rick Owens “Tech Runner”

Adidas by Rick Owens "Tech Runner"

Adidas by Rick Owens “Tech Runner”

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Alexander Wang x H&M

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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.

The Spring 2014 Wish List

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The fall 2014 collections have all been shown, and many of these to-die-for pieces will be in stores within the blink of an eye. But at the moment, all of the greatest items from the spring 2014 collections are permeating the top retail locations, giving us a lot to take in.

For me personally, my birthday is right around the corner, and compiling a wish list is essential. Okay, maybe I’m being a little aspirational with some of these picks, but it never hurts to dream, right? And I’m sure you’ll see where I’m coming from once you take a look at these covetable sporty, neoprene, leather and other pieces. Check out my spring 2014 wish list, featuring some hot items that I’m sure plenty of you will love just as much as I do.

3.1 Phillip Lim neoprene box-cut jacket, $650

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Vibrant yet minimal, this structured, brightly colored jacket would be the perfect addition to an otherwise monochromatic wardrobe.

3.1 Phillip Lim sweatshirt, $360

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With warmer weather approaching (or at least we can hope), maybe that jacket would serve a little less of a purpose. In that case, bring on this short-sleeved sweatshirt in the same lively hue and perfect material.

Calvin Klein Collection navy neoprene sky print t-shirt, $595

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The spring 2014 Calvin Klein menswear collection conveyed an incredible balance of nature with the brand’s signature minimalism, embodied by this heavenly t-shirt. The worst part? It’s tough to decide between the navy or light blue version.

Calvin Klein Collection blue neoprene & mesh sweater, $695 

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Clearly, Phillip Lim and Italo Zucchelli won my heart this season. This sleek and sporty sweatshirt brought to you by the latter designer is another hot item that I’m dying to get my hands on.

Lanvin navy neoprene biker jacket, $3195 

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Oh, look! More neoprene! This Lanvin jacket is a little less sporty, but it’s just as lovable. A perfect example of the mastery of Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver, no one can deny the utter happiness that would come from owning this piece.

Lanvin white leather biker jacket, $4295 

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Maybe the white leather details on the last outerwear weren’t enough. Why not go even further with this Lanvin all-white leather jacket? The absence of color on the sharp silhouette takes the rock ‘n’ roll staple to a place of purity and ultimate perfection.

Alexander Wang black lambskin moto jacket, $1995 

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A black leather biker jacket is an essential (though I’d never turn down the white Lanvin one). Taking that into account, this painfully beautiful lambskin number by Alexander Wang is another one of bests of the season, combining sleek sophistication with an urban twist like Wang does best.

Alexander Wang black leather bubble embossed t-shirt, $1395 

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Also by Mr. Wang, this leather t-shirt is indicative of the look of the future. Forget a plain black tee when you can add texture, quality and dynamism to a sharp and simple shape.

Yang Li green oversize textured t-shirt, $685

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It’s still technically the spring 2014 season, making oversized silhouettes still very much a thing in menswear. It didn’t seem like it could get any better until this Yang Li top came along; the color, fabric, shape and texture are giving life to what would have been just another basic.

Kenzo sweatshirt, $278 

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Continuing the theme of structured shapes and sleek silhouettes, this Kenzo piece represents the brand’s playful spirit through a scribbled-on check print. Oh, and you’ll never guess what fabric it’s made of…

Denis Gagnon black neoprene hooded bomber jacket, $700

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Call me predictable, but I can’t help but love every beautiful piece that’s reminiscent of high fashion scuba gear this season. This Denis Gagnon specimen is just as great as all of its neoprene counterparts on this list, while a touch of gold makes it look like something of royalty.

Denis Gagnon black ribbed neoprene shirt, $175 

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Another masterpiece from Denis Gagnon, this shirt is even more scuba-esque, while the glossy ribbed details provide a somewhat darker element. Shape, structure, sleekness and texture. What could be better?

Neil Barrett white colorblocked neoprene shorts, $510 

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Like I said before, warm weather will be here before we know it, and I’m going to need some shorts. Rounding off the incessant parade of neoprene (I’ll try to cut back, I promise), this pair from Neil Barrett is basically the best sports attire, only created with pure luxury. The pop of red doesn’t hurt, either.

D.gnak by Kang.d black leather zip-tripped shorts, $780

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When it’s painfully hot out, wearing leather shorts might not seem like the best idea. However, style has a tendency to trump comfort, and these supple leather bottoms would definitely make it worth the struggle.

J.W. Anderson black leather double-cuff jacket, $1800

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Could a jacket get any more minimal? I didn’t think so. And with my love for minimalism equal to that of my love for puppies, this J.W. Anderson leather is going to be on my mind for quite some time.

Alexander McQueen black & white leather tote, $1995

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I used to be completely against totes. I rejected the idea of carrying something around all day, especially something so reminiscent of a woman’s handbag. But okay, I finally caved. Any sort of two-tone black and white item will instantly grab my attention, especially when its resourceful quality is combined with a powerful shape.

Alexander Wang black pebbled leather wallie backpack, $1095

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On the topic of bags, few things are better than a top-notch leather backpack. I think this Alexander Wang classic would do the trick.

Marsèll black leather open-side sandals, $750

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Hey, did you know that I like minimalism? Well, these sandals definitely fit into that, too, acting as the most simple possible summertime footwear without the risk of suffocation.

Jil Sander black leather grid sandals, $845

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Maybe the last sandals could provide a little too much coverage in the midst of summer’s potentially oppressive heat. If so, this Jil Sander pair does just the opposite, allowing ventilation to commingle with fancy footwear.

Lanvin green mesh panel sneakers, $820

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Oh, and one more pair of shoes. Sneakers are everything this season, especially in bold colors and luxurious materials. These Lanvin kicks are better than some of the options from the “best” American sports brands.

Dior Homme black tie 170/s teashades, $310

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A little retro yet a lot timeless, I would potentially sell my soul for a pair of Dior Homme black tie sunglasses. If I had to pick a specific style, these rounded frames would be more than sufficient.

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All Neoprene Everything

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Leather, silk, suede and denim never go out of style. But in today’s modern age, it seems like there’s a new material taking over: neoprene. Countless collections for both men and women have featured the sleek, sturdy stuff, adding unique shapes and textures to otherwise one-dimensional garments. Easily a result of the popular sportswear trend, neoprene has quickly moved from scuba gear to the biggest runways. Check out just a handful of the best neoprene pieces of the season below, and you’ll understand how this single fabric has taken on a trend of its own.

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DKNY flared neoprene dress
$580 at harveynichols.com

Roksanda Ilincic yellow top
$985 at net-a-porter.com

Kenzo jacket
$1,045 at ssense.com

Kenzo pleated skirt
$505 at net-a-porter.com

DKNY black skirt
$350 at harveynichols.com

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Teal Neoprene Box-Cut Jacket
$650 at ssense.com

CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION Blue Neoprene Sunny & Stormy…
$595 at ssense.com

3.1 Phillip Lim Sweatshirt
$480 at thecorner.com

Neil Barrett Sweat Shorts
$480 at thecorner.com

Neil Barrett Sweatshirt
$415 at thecorner.com
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Going Mobile

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Technology is essentially taking over the world in every possible aspect, and the fashion industry is definitely not an exception. Plenty of retailers have taken the mobile route, creating countless apps to help shoppers stay on top of their game. Meanwhile, the ASAP54 app has allowed people to track their almost unidentifiable love-at-first-sight items. Sure, helping consumers find exactly what they’re looking for is fantastic, but what about helping industry insiders?

Well, there’s an app for that.

Introducing iMerchandise, simplifying the jobs of buyers and store owners. Eliminating handwritten orders and reducing tedious paperwork, the app makes the fashion show experience even more enjoyable. Buyers can now snap a photo on their own phone and make dream boards instantly, while styles can be shared via social media and pre-sales and wholesale can be arranged without an ounce of stress. The organized, efficient app is available at the iTunes Store.

Check out more on iMerchandise by watching the video below!

 

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How to Do the Sporty Trend

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We’ve already talked about how sporty styles have become omnipresent in the latest collections, and this hot trend is definitely one to follow. But there’s a fine line between incorporating a little athleticism into your look and wearing straight-up workout gear. Balancing your sneakers, sweatshirts or track pants with otherwise dressed-up items is one go-to technique. Of course, it’s never a bad idea to keep things somewhat cohesive, whether through multiple sportswear pieces or a constant color scheme. Meanwhile, high-quality fabrics and sleek silhouettes finalize the proper styling tactics. Although there are plenty more ways to achieve this look, here are a couple suggestions for taking on the sporty trend the right way:

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Alexander Wang long sleeve shirt
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Oscar de la Renta pencil skirt
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Pierre Hardy sneaker
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Proenza Schouler leather satchel
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NIKE cat eye glasses
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Let these Pierre Hardy sneakers be the centerpiece of your sleek and sporty ensemble, adding metallic vibrance to the minimal separates. While this Alexander Wang neoprene sweatshirt keeps up the athletic aesthetic, a fun pair of shades keeps things looking bold. Tie all of the elements together with this equally urban Proenza Schouler satchel.

 

 

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Rick Owens leather shoes
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3.1 PHILLIP LIM Black Grained Leather 31 Hour Backpack
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Neil Barrett Side-Striped Jersey Sweatpants
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Dior Homme Black Tie Sunglasses
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Neil Barrett Colour Block Neoprene Sweatshirt
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There’s definitely room for the guys, too. Though this outfit could easily pass as some sort of sports uniform, it’s the luxe quality of each item that keeps it at the pinnacle of style. Starting off with the coveted Rick Owens x Adidas kicks, the look already has a sense of texture and austerity. A simple pair of Neil Barrett sweats allow for the same designer’s neoprene top to take over, adding the necessary pop of color to this all-black ensemble. And don’t forget to properly accessorize and reflect that color with this Dior Homme “chiffre rouge” timepiece. Throw on the essential 31 Hour Backpack from 3.1 Phillip Lim, top it all off with a sleek pair of Dior Homme sunglasses and get ready to win in terms of sports and style.

 

Givenchy's autumn/winter 2014 show in Paris.

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Givenchy's autumn/winter 2014 show in Paris.

It’s been said before, and it will probably be said again and again, but fashion seems to be taking a turn towards athleticism. There have been hints of this trend for a while now, with sneakers, sweats and technical fabrics popping up here and there. But the spring 2014 menswear season is when things really took off, with designers like Frida Giannini at Gucci, Massimiliano Giornetti at Salvatore Ferragamo, Phillip Lim, Italo Zucchelli at Calvin Klein Collection, Neil Barrett, Dries Van Noten and countless others throwing together ensembles that could’ve easily been sports uniforms. However, this wasn’t a one-season trend, rather the beginning of a fashion phenomena. Of course, the men’s styles began to spill over into the women’s collections. Sportswear even went to the extent of luxe trainers appearing in the couture collections of Chanel and Dior; you know a trend is huge when it permeates the one-of-a-kind haute couture track.

Continuing in several fall 2014 menswear collections, items such as anoraks and cuffed drawstring trousers were redone for the cooler months. As of New York Fashion Week, the trend was still going strong for ladies, too. What’s most exciting about the popularity of sporty styles is the statement they make. Instead of fashion dictating to the people, it seems like this urban sensibility came from streetwear itself. Sure, this invites plenty of gimmicky parody sports jerseys, obnoxious hipster interpretations and contrived street style bait, but it’s fascinating to see the trend properly executed by true design experts. It also doesn’t hurt that these aerodynamic, workout-ready silhouettes are done in optimum quality fabrics, reminding us that this is still fashion.

We can thank Riccardo Tisci for one, as his typically streetwear-influenced ensembles were some of the first to spark the marriage of high fashion to urban athleticism. Alexander Wang’s “New York cool” aesthetic helped push the trend further, and from there, plenty of other labels have quickly caught on. No matter who you attribute this style to, there’s no doubting that sportswear is all the rage.

Check out some of the best looks that fit into this hot trend!

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