Although the weather patterns have been pretty weird this year, there’s no denying that the temperatures are going to start dropping fast. However, procrastination is human nature, and it’s likely that a lot of us have yet to get our cold weather gear.
Whether you like it or not, it’s cold, and it’s only getting colder from here. With the rapidly dropping temperature, snowfall has already started pulverizing several regions. Time to break out your puffy winter jacket, Ugg boots, and ski pants, right? Wrong.
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!
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
Vibrant yet minimal, this structured, brightly colored jacket would be the perfect addition to an otherwise monochromatic wardrobe.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let’s face it, it’s cold. Unfortunately, it’s only getting colder, as this winter is set to be the most brutal since 1962. While coats are absolutely essential and make perfect holiday gifts, it’s extremely difficult to find perfect outerwear, especially as a male in the female-dominated fashion world. But before you start to feel like you’re getting seasonal affective disorder, check out this selection of the best coats to help you stay warm and look stylish this winter.
The Parisian brand perfected minimalism with their fall/winter 2013 collection, providing an endless supply of pristine styles. One example would be this coat, taking a classic black & white wool blend and enhancing it with a modern, slim silhouette. Worn best with mutually monochromatic pieces, the concealed button closure truly ties together Sandro’s fuss-free aesthetic. Timeless yet timely, this coat is to die for.
Sandro Flecked Wool-Blend Coat, $740 at Mr. Porter
Lanvin Oversized Coat
Who says that outerwear has to be limited to black or grey? Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver are always expanding the boundaries of conventional menswear concepts, this time with a lively burgundy coat. The effortlessly cool item is revamped even further with its oversized silhouette, best balanced with slim trousers and relative neutrals. Baggy but not frumpy, this Lanvin coat has been dominating every “top menswear pieces” list.
Lanvin Oversized Wool-Blend Coat, $2,880 at Mr. Porter
Dior Homme Peacoat
Dior Homme is all about refined classics, thanks to Kris van Assche’s penchant for clean statement pieces. You can’t go wrong with a simple black peacoat, redone in perfect quality and a modern appeal.
Dior Homme Double Breasted Wool Cloth Peacoat, $1,818 at Luisaviaroma
Burberry Prorsum Shearling Coat
No one does outerwear quite like Burberry, but the brand that essentially invented the trench is more than just a one-trick pony. Crafted entirely from shearling and accented with leather details, this coat will definitely keep you safe from the brutal winter weather. Meanwhile, it’s highlighted by the typically stylish Burberry silhouette and a bold yet neutral shade of green.
Burberry Prorsum Shearling Coat, $8,075 at Mr. Porter
Parkas are necessary for enduring the fierce winter weather, but it’s not surprising to associate the pieces with less-than-attractive connotation. Why should you ever resort to ugly outerwear? This Balmain parka redefines the nature of the typically unattractive style, providing the essential heavy duty capabilities with a stylish, exaggerated silhouette. And if it’s not exaggerated enough for your taste, tie the belt for a trench-like shape. Utilitarian pockets complete this piece, while its inner lining can be removed to allow the parka to continue protecting you from the elements through the following seasons.
Balmain Cotton Parka Jacket with Detachable Quilted Lining, $2,985.50 at Mr. Porter
Saint Laurent Duffel Coat
Despite any of the controversy that’s surrounded Hedi Slimane’s work at Saint Laurent, the man is a master of menswear. His rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic is successfully balanced with a classic style through his spin on the iconic duffle coat. Heavyweight yet made in Slimane’s signature skinny shape, the piece is a beautiful rendition of an old favorite.
Saint Laurent Classic Duffel Coat in Camel Wool, $2,590 at Mr. Porter
Zara Coat with Hood
Say what you want about fast fashion, but you’ve got to love Zara. The global retailer provides the ultimate outerwear piece with this style. Featuring a weather-combative hood, copious pocket space, a belted appearance, and minimalistic concealed-zip closure, the wool coat is perfect for keeping you warm in both casual and formal settings. Modern and resourceful at an unbeatable price, this is one of those items that appeals to everyone.
Some items have a certain allure that makes them nearly irresistible. A perfect example of this would be the M05 timepieces from the Dior Homme Chiffre Rogue line. Though they originally debuted over a year ago, the two distinct styles present themselves with a sharpness and sophistication that allows for eternal and universal appeal. Many watch connoisseurs often express detest for those of the designer fashion family. However, to those of us who simply enjoy beauty and efficiency, the Chiffre Rouge M05 is a thing of dreams. Sleek and minimal, the predominantly black watches feature pristine silver details and tastefully affixed translucent red mineral crystal accents, with the elements interpreted differently for the specific model. Somehow, the simple pieces define the elegance and masculinity commonly associated with the Dior Homme aesthetic. And they came to our attention just in time for the holidays.
You’ve seen it all over the street style blogs. The Kenzo tiger sweatshirt has become a trend of its own in recent months, reinventing the brand’s iconic animal motif and “Kenzo Paris” logo in a variety of colors and styles. The piece became a hot item almost a year ago during the spring 2013 ready-to-wear presentations, and the hype hasn’t slowed down a bit, making the top even more noteworthy than Givenchy’s famous Rottweiler t-shirt. Available for both men and women, the sweatshirt isn’t the only article bearing the striking visage; you can find Kenzo’s tiger on anything from t-shirts to iPhone 5 cases. Be sure to snatch one up while it’s still in style!
You’ve probably seen one of those ironic designer logo tee’s by now. Whether they read “Comme des Fuckdown,” “Homiès,” or “Bucci,” people seem to love the humorous twists on luxury labels. Meanwhile, to the pleasure of narcissists all over the world, selfies are most definitely still a thing.
Cue the “Célfie” t-shirt, introduced by style blogger Sincerely Jules via her own site. The $35 top reinvents Céline’s logo with a social media-inspired slant. Poised to be a hipster street style staple, this shirt has Instagram written all over it. We can’t wait to see all of the inevitable #Célfie’s that will come in the near future…You can decide whether or not that’s sarcasm.
It sometimes seems like Hedi Slimane’s goal at Saint Laurent is to confuse the entire fashion industry as much as possible. If his first few collections at the house didn’t do enough to strip away everything we’ve known and loved about Yves Saint Laurent’s legacy, his spring 2014 menswear might have just put the nail in the coffin. But wait, there’s more! Slimane’s always outdoing himself, this time with possibly the most ridiculous fashion item of the year.
Introducing the Saint Laurent roller skates! Yes, you read that correctly. Made from 100% calf leather, trendy white sneakers are propped up on four Krypto Impulse wheels via rubber soles. So basically, they’re pretty minimal shoes with some wheels. Oh, and they’re $1,150. We’re not really sure how these even fit into Hedi Slimane’s new vision at Saint Laurent, but if you’re really into the bizarre skates, you can get a pair here.