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The Nature of Nudity

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A Rick Owens fashion show is always a big deal, and his latest presentation for his fall 2015 menswear collection was no exception. Titled “Sphinx,” the range included extreme length and dramatic silhouettes aplenty, while studded leather tunics and experimental cuts also had their time to shine. A series of peacoats – though crafted and detailed at a couture-like standard – were more direct than almost anything Owens has ever presented. But that wasn’t the series of items that got the most attention.

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Thrill Me

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Inspired by various 1970s horror films, from Carrie to The Shining, Thrill Me explores fear and shock with an extra edge and a boost of sexuality.

This story features pieces from Rick Owens, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Agent Provocateur, and more. Please contact for styling notes and additional details.

All photos and styling by Scott Shapiro.

 

Scared yet? Let us know what you think of this piece, and stay tuned for more! 

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Féroce

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She’s virtually vicious. Clad in streetwear gone goth, she’s ready for battle.

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Féroce draws inspiration from the dark aesthetics of Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and the like; urban fashion is redone in an aggressive, gothic context. With a spirit of strength and power, an implication of sexual dominance, and a touch of androgyny, we depict an utterly unstoppable woman.

This story features pieces from Rick Owens, Maison Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, and more. Please contact for styling notes and additional information.

Photos and styling by Scott Shapiro.

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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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Insta-Shoes

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Okay, Adidas, we get it. You’re killing it.

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?

Choose wisely.

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Mary’s New Shoes

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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.

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Rick Gets Real

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After what was defined as many as the show of the century, it was hard to imagine how Rick Owens could top his spring 2014 ready-to-wear step dance spectacle. Sure, his latest Paris presentation didn’t present the same level of powerful invigoration, but his themes held true. Whereas the diverse cast of his last womenswear show – both racially and in physical form – sent a strong message of appreciating all forms of beauty, he continued the idea via models of all shapes, races and ages. Current mannequins such as Alana Zimmer were joined by old favorites like Hannelore Knuts, while even more timeless beauties had their moments to shine.

Whether intentional or not, Owens’ latest statement declared that his signature capes, sumptuous leathers and intense sneakers look good on any woman. Meanwhile, his dark sportswear was perfectly conveyed through minimal whites, blacks and grays, as well as sinister burgundy carried on elegant draping.

Never mind the high-energy presentations or refreshing casting choices, Rick Owens always shows something worth talking about. Enjoy the full Rick Owens fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection below.

Feature image courtesy imaxtree via Fashionista

All photos via Style.com

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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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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.

 

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Fashion Week Essentials

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New York and London flew by, Milan is in full swing and the grand finale, Paris is just around the corner. Yet there’s never any harm in prioritizing the essentials when it comes to a hectic, nonstop month of long, exhausting days. While the forecast at NYFW called for parkas and snow boots, there are still negotiable options for staying stylish even in a freakish polar vortex. Seeing some shows is never bad, but the experience is even better when prepared with the right items.

While this is definitely coming from a bit more of a menswear slant (sorry, ladies), there’s still plenty of versatility in this selection. No matter what city you’re in, whether you’re doing ready-to-wear, menswear or couture, here are a few suggested Fashion Week essentials.

  1. Dior Homme Black Tie Sunglasses, $354.59 at FarFetch: A little shade is always necessary in maintaining personal style, and these sunnies are chic enough to get you noticed without entering the ridiculous Fashion Week eyewear category.
  2. “Heartbreak” Raglan Sleeve Coat, $274 at Sandro: You probably didn’t forget that it’s still winter; the stinging cold is pretty inevitable. But there’s no need to torture yourself when running from show to show, as this sleek navy coat with a minimalistic concealed button placket will automatically make you one of the warmest and most stylish Fashion Week participants. And it’s on sale!
  3. Leica X2 Digital Compact Camera, $1,995 at Leica: Sure, your iPhone is still necessary for snapping some sweet Instagrams, but let’s face it, your images will be far from perfect. Meanwhile, a DSLR camera is often a burden to carry around and to figure out how to use. If you want high-quality photos of all the Fashion Week action with the convenience of a point-and-shoot, this is definitely your match.
  4. The 31 Hour Backpack, $1,250 at 3.1 Phillip Lim: It seems like most guys are only carrying around totes and those portfolio/document case bags during Fashion Week. While both are undeniably stylish, who wants to carry that around all day? Gift bags, personal items and other essentials would fit perfectly in a backpack, particularly this one from 3.1 Phillip Lim. With the sporty streetwear trend so huge at the moment, you’ll look just as good and feel 31 times better.
  5. Eau Thermale Face Spray, $12.99 at La Roche Posay: Okay, this might seem a little questionable, but really, it’s amazing. Soothing your skin in the midst of chaos is even better than you’d think, and you’ll be instantly addicted to this product.
  6. Maison Martin Margiela Eau de Toilette Replica “Jazz Club,” $113.74 at Colette: Seriously, this smells exactly like Silencio (if you haven’t been to the Parisian hotspot yet, you’ll know what this means eventually). Nevertheless, you’ll need something strong yet alluring to get you through long days, and this definitely fits the bill.
  7. Snacks, Price and retailer vary: “Fashion people” have to eat, too, and no one wants to encounter a hungry, pissed off editor/stylist/buyer/blogger/etc. Often times, gift bags at shows come with no grub whatsoever, so you’ve got to BYOF. Whether the healthiness of fruits and veggies or the convenience of potato chips, everyone’s got to fuel up somehow.
  8. Acne Studios Black Leather Trousers, $1,350 at SSense: Yes, leather pants are essential. Don’t question it anymore, just enjoy the sleek edge they bring to any and every ensemble.
  9. Rick Owens Black Leather Jacket, $4,614 at The Corner: Even more necessary than leather pants is a leather jacket, particularly a Rick Owens leather jacket.
  10. Transportation, Price and retailer may vary: You have to get around somehow, right? While plenty of editors have personal drivers and certain cities have top-notch taxi services, it never hurts to invest in a MetroCard to navigate New York or a NaviGo to make the rounds in Paris.
  11. Black Stingray Embossed Notebook, $69 at Alexander Wang: Even if you’re not a journalist, Fashion Week is an explosion of inspiration. Don’t let the thoughts and ideas that all of those shows provoke go to waste.
  12. Maison Martin Margiela Patent High Top, $890 at Barneys: Following the resourcefulness of a backpack, running around from show to show is exponentially easier with the right footwear. While some might advise against white sneakers, these Maison Martin Margiela kicks are some of the best imaginable.
  13. Neil Barrett Color-Block Neoprene Sweatshirt, $490 at Lane Crawford: A good statement piece is a must for Fashion Week, even for the most dressed-down attendees. Add some lively color to an outfit with this sweatshirt made in the new best fabric ever, neoprene.

All photos for this article via the items’ respective websites