November 12th, 2012 - Gareth Pugh took the fashion industry by storm when he paraded his trademark inflatable garments on London’s catwalk back in 2006. But before this fashion powerhouse had his collection stamped onto the pages of high styled magazine, Pugh was designing costumes for the English National Youth Theatre at the tender age of 14 – where he picked up a few theatrical tricks.
As Pugh continues to experiment with form and volume, the garments in his collections are truly wearable sculptures. The Trim Jacket, from pugh’s latest collection is a clever example of this. The jacket is an open-fronted draped overcoat with padded shoulders and scoop pockets on the inside. Even though the jacket is masterfully constructed of numerous types of fabrics, (wool, cotton, lambskin, spandex, and rayon) the solid two toned colors and edgy angular construction makes this piece a relevant urban overcoat!
The new Vectory Collection of clutches by Portuguese fashion house BAGUERA are a series of meticulously constructed bags to add a powerful pop of color to any ensemble. The multi-faceted clutches have an angular construction pattern as designer Branca Cuvier connected acrylic Parallelograms, rhombuses, and triangular shapes to create the eye catching exterior. Gradient transitions, high-gloss, mirror, and multi-color patterns are all ideas that Cuvier implemented into the collection. The Vectory clutches go for around $180 per bag, but these handcrafted pieces might meet its worth – as it is the perfect accessory to illustrate the 21st century modern day woman – bold, clever, and playfully complex!
(Photography by Francisco Nogueira)
(Photography Courtesy of Retro Super Future)
October 18th 2012 – We’re not really sure if the world is ready for Alonso Mateo, our resident kidswear expert. But we’re willing to find out. At first glance, one word comes to your head: swag. This kid’s got it. We have to admit, this dapper little dude dresses better than about 98.8% of our male friends (Sorry guys), and he’s only four years old no less.
As luck would have it, Mateo spent some time last week schooling us his latest wardrobe obsessions. We asked the Monterrey-born-slash-Laguna-Beach-raised tot to help us pick out the coolest kidswear garments in the game – fierce combat boots, dapper bow ties, flower pins, and vintage sunglasses all made the top of his list!
We first came across Alonso Mateo on Instagram, his mother, Luisa, posts photographs of him, as mothers often do, but with Mateo’s streetwise style and insanely sweet cheeks, he instantly became a Knstrct favorite. At just four years old, Alonso Mateo is well traveled and cultured, with the passport reminiscent of a rockstar. He says he finds inspiration for his style in the paintings of René Magritte, “the singer from the group, Fun, in the ‘We Are Young’ music video” (Nate Ruess – for those of you who aren’t a hip as Alonso), and from his father. (Quite the trifecta!) But it is his mother – who is equally eclectic – that shops with Mateo and helps him coordinate his daily ensembles. Luisa explained that she first noticed Mateo’s interest in style when she “would put a scarf or a beanie on him and he wouldn’t mind. After a while…When he was 3 almost 4…He started asking me for bowties and suits!” ??When Alonso Mateo isn’t helping us pick out cool garments and accessories for kids, you can find him shredding on the soccer field, catching waves at his favorite surf spot, or hanging out with his ginormous great dane, Hendrix, on the beautiful California coast. Check out his favorite fall get-ups below and follow him on Instagram (@luisafere) to watch the little guy’s style evolve.
Shirt by Dior | Black jacket was tailor made in Mexico | Pocket square by Tom Ford | Belt from Gucci | Jeans by Diesel | Boots by All Saints | Sunglasses are vintage from Gentlemen’s Breakfast store in Laguna Beach
This fashion brainchild extends his talents to the sea, as he holds his mom Luisa’s hand before a surf sesh.
October 7th, 2012 – Over on the left coast, Andy Mueller, creative director of Los Angeles based fashion house Quiet Life, is stitching up some seriously cool hats. Three of these hats, Native, Mountain and Denim Herringbone, fall under a limited collection of Quickstrike 5 Panel caps. The Mountain 5 Panel and Native 5 Panel hats are both comfortably constructed of a narrative scenic fabric which embodies a major part of Mueller’s passion, who became addicted to the art of image making and photo taking at a very young age. ($45)
(Photography: Quiet Life)
March 27th, 2013 – Lead designer and founder of Modernaked, Solange Carneiro, has created a surprisingly delightful range of caps with eclectic prints of cupcakes, lions, tropical flamingos, and even a beach side trailer park for their new Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Relatively new to the fashion scene, Carneiro introduced the world to Modernaked last year with a stellar collection of jewelry encompassing quirky animal rings, bicycle necklaces, and pistol shaped earrings. Now, the designer is back with a series of handcrafted 5 Panels Caps made with authentic vintage fabric. In addition to the vibrant caps, Carneiro added some noteworthy floral backpacks and a new skateboard collection to the mix.
Photography By Modernaked
New York City’s Fashion Week never dissappints, but if you fast forward one week to London’s Fashion Week, you’re in for a serious treat. London brings it, every season, in a massive way! The catwalk is filled with vibrant colors, never before seen patterns, stunning make-up, huge hair, theatrics, and some effortlessly chic personalities to bring it all together. Some of the stand out’s last week were Peter Pilotto‘s intricate digital patterns and rendered in sequins, Louise Gray with a collection suitable for a platoon of fashionable warriors, Burberry Prorsum and their colorful metallic coats, and Mary Katrantzou, the master of prints, who sent stamp-inspired dresses down the runway.
Before the show: Models having a laugh backstage at the Louise Gray show in London.
Mary Katrantzou sent a buzz through the fashion industry with a series of floor length dresses filled with intricate patterns.
They mean business! A stream of models close the Burberry Prorsum in a colorful display of metallic coats.
Bring on the blues: Holly Fulton’s collection hit the runway in full force with incredible embellishment and 3D roses.
Topshop took the stage with a more affordable collection that holds its own against the couture fashion houses.
Meadham Kirchhoff dazzled with imaginative and over-the-top garments.
A stamp inspired dress from Mary Katrantzou
Katy Davis SS 2013 Collection
Peter Pilotto‘s intricate digital patterns and rendered in sequins
This article is sponsored by HP, who challenged fans to design a HP Ultrabook Bag! Head over to HP and vote for your favorite bag. (Pssss – The winning designer gets a grand prize of $10,000 and a cool new HP Spectre XT Ultrabook™).
September 20th, 2012 – The wearable technology industry is booming! Currently, there are 14 million nifty items on the market that intersect fashion and technology, by 2016 there is expected to be a whopping 171 million. All these groundbreaking inventions are on the brink of changing the way we interact with one another on a daily basis. After sifting through 14 million products (kidding!) we chose nine really epic pieces that showcase where we are today in the wearable technologies industry. Did you know you could charge your cell phone with your rain boots? Wear a necklace that can detect and display your emotions? Or, our personal favorite, a dress that can whip up a stellar White Russian cocktail. Best-party-trick-ever!
1. Power Wellies: Wearable technology has its challenges, especially with how they get powered. Here’s a great energy-harvesting solution created by Orange in collaboration with Gotwind. Together, they created energy producing wellie boots that enable users to charge their phone or other mobile gadgets. The prototype wellies use a unique ‘power generating sole’ that converts heat from your feet into an electrical current. This ‘welectricity’ can then be used to re-charge your mobile phone!
2. MOVE Activewear: Move is a concept technology garment designed by Electricfoxy, that guides you toward optimal performance and precision in movement in an ambient, precise, and beautiful way. From daily activities to sports activities to expressive movement, it provides a softer, poetic, and more personal approach to physical performance that helps you alleviate incorrect physical movement, which can lead to chronic pain or even long-term damage. The garment includes 4 stretch and bend sensors located in the front, back and sides – then the garment sends all that data to a mobile app, a cloud service that includes a library of movements and storage so that you can save and backup any custom moves that you create along with your progress and tracking data.
3. Cocktail Making Robot Dress: Daredroid is a biomechanic hybrid cocktail robot, which rewards players with a White Russian cocktail upon accepting and completing a game of Truth or Dare. The dress combines pneumatic technology with open-source hardware and human temperament to provide you with a freshly made White Russian cocktail. Your presence triggers the dress to produce milk, and your willingness to play a game of Truth and Dare combined with your natural charm, triggers the decision to give you more than just tepid milk.
4. Color Changing Dress: The Rainforest Dress by Rainbow Winters is a garment that changes colors when it comes in contact with the sunlight or water - morphing from a black and white dress into a colorful ensemble!
5. Transparency Changing Dress: INTIMACY 2.0 by Studio Roosegaarde is a wearable dresses composed of leather and smart e-foils which would be daringly perfect to wear on the red carpet! In response to the heartbeat of each person, INTIMACY 2.0 becomes more or less transparent. This high-tech fashion project explores the relation between intimacy, fashion, and technology.
6. Augmented Reality Helmet: Designer Maxence Parache has created Hyper-reality, which alters the perception of our environment using an augmented reality helmet, an interactive glove, and a Kinetic system. The experience allows you to navigate through a 3D environment as if you’re in an entirely new world.
7. Pulse Ring: Stay in your zone. Pulse is a wearable accessory and mobile phone experience that monitors your heart rate and helps keep you in your most optimal fitness zone. The tech geniuses at Electricfoxy were determined to make fitness performance simple. In addition, focusing on staying within your optimal target heart rate zone can help you burn more calories and reach your goals more efficiently. No constant calculation in your head. No bulky hardware. Pulse simplifies your heart rate performance and helps keep you in your zone, beautifully and discretely.
8. Zip Earbud Jacket: Finally, a fashionable solution to keeping your earbud cords from knotting. Zip is a garment by Electricfoxy that connects to your phone or music player and allows you to control it simply by performing natural gestures that are built into the mechanics of the garments we wear. In this case, zip up to increase the volume, zip down to decrease it, and tug on the pullstraps to retract the integrated earbuds.
9. Emotion Sensing Necklace: VIBE by Philips Design is one of their “far-future” initiatives. The necklace is an emotional sensing necklace that combines conductive ink and textile sensors. The fashionable device can read multiple biometric signals of the wearer and communicates them to other devices and other wearers. Most electronic communication is limited to very direct channels where we naturally exhibit many more signals or channel indirectly. This opens up a whole new universe of emotional applications, such as physical and emotional gaming, mind and stress control applications, as well as emotional telephony!
August 27th, 2012 – What sort of creations would you expect from a Haitian born designer raised in Rome, with a deep Creole heritage? Something unexpected, perhaps? We’re talking about the cultural roots of fashion merry-maker Stell Jean.
Mr. Jean’s Jeune Belle Et Gatee Collection was inspired by old photographs taken at the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties showing the mother of the designer at embassy cocktail parties and art shows.
The beautiful silk collection is a stunning example of Jean’s unique process of creating the garments. Jean appraoches the clothes in a direct manner, skipping the step of drawing and straight to the body.
Marrying so, the thought of Vionnet, an indispensable drape, and, in some way shape, the dress directly on the body, since, in his words “the body having three dimensions we can not commit to paper.”
Jean dreamed that the garments in this collection would be a prelude to intriguing evenings. Dresses of elegance and feminine pantsuits are hand painted with images and colorful patterns, his draping has a slip on sensuality in the form of soft jerseys shining as silk!
(Photography: Stella Jean)
What at first glance appears to be an Avatar-like parallel dimension is actually Nike’s experiential Flyknit Collective installation at London’s 1984 space. Yep, just when you thought the London games couldn’t get any more wild, Nike drops a bomb – materialized in crocheted neon and looking oddly reminiscent of your Grandma’s macramé on acid. We were lucky enough to spend some time last week catching up with Ben Shaffer, studio director for Nike Innovation Kitchen, along with project curator Neville Wakefield, who gave us an awesomely exclusive inside look into the installation.
So – what’s the inspiration behind the woven web of gloriousness? We thought you’d never ask. Turns out that Nike has unveiled a very cool, cutting-edge performance shoe, made out of – yup, you guessed it – Flyknit technology. The revolutionary product allows the upper to be constructed entirely out of precisely engineered yarns, eliminating massive amounts of waste and giving performance athletes a light, glove-like fit.
Cables are built in through a breathable fabric, acting like a skeletal corset and moving with the foot like a second skin. This is the very shoe worn by many of the Olympic runners, comprised from a material that is said to change the way performance footwear is deigned, produced and worn.
Okay, as awesome as that all is, how does the Flyknit technology translate to the yarn-bombed, carnivorous plant-like installation at the London games? Nike Teamed up with leading Brazilian sculptor and artist Ernesto Neto to create the Flyknit Collective – a unique hybrid learning workshop and an art exhibit – all inspired by the Flyknit technology.
Shaffer describes the Flyknit Collective as “a series of events focused around different elements of the Flyknit design; performance, lightweight, formfitting, and sustainability.”
Nike has always been big on collaborations, they operate under the philosophy that when two designers collaborate, the final product would be different than either of them would have created on their own. The man responsible for the collaborations of the Flyknit Collective is Neville Wakefield. “The collaborating artists were chosen because they have a similar approach to their art as Nike does,” Wakefield explained.
It is Neto’s previous work of transforming materials into biomorphic sculptures that captivated Wakefield, and made Neto a perfect choice to join forces with on London’s Flyknit Collective.
Lucky for the rest of the world who were too cheap to pony up for airfare to London, Flyknit Collective events are popping up all over the place from Milan to NYC, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and finishing up in Rio.
With permission of the artist – you can leave the ‘don’t touch the art’ rule at the front door. If you visit London’s Flyknit collective, feel free to take off your shoes and dive right into the nets. Go on, show us your best back flip!
(Exclusive Photography Provided By Nike)
August 7th 2012 – It’s almost time to bust out the scarves and windbreakers, as Autumn is fast approaching. To get you into the fall time mood we went on gear patrol and rounded up our top picks for the season’s best fashion & gear for men. Wool socks, indestructible headphones, and a high quality wind breaker all made the list – along with some quirky gadgets to help keep the indoors a little more interesting!
Supermarine Anorak by Outlier ($580)
Men’s Geometry Eco Friendly Wool Socks ($34)
California Silverado Headphones ($230)
Leather Town Gloves By Rapha ($170)
Element’s Emerald Collection: Three Panel Shoe ($TBA)
Men’s Deluxe Toiletry Kit ($325)
Toaster & Egg Poacher ($29)
Crocheted Skull Mask ($75)
Filling Pieces x Flybird Pack: Sneakers and Backpack ($TBA)
Raw Denim Tie by White Horse Trading Co ($82)
Custom BBQ Branding Iron ($41)
Best Made Company: The Gear Bag ($240)
Wooden Bear Slingshot ($15)
Stone drink dispenser By Uncommon Goods ($125)
Leicia Brown Leather Camera Case ($150)
Nike DWR Chambray Vapour Jacket ($148)
Leather Lunch Tote ( DIY )
Moonshine: A Gentleman’s Cologne ($72)
Andrew 2 Boot by J Shoes ($TBA)
Darth Vader Apron ($22)
Wooden Handlebars by F&Y ($80)
Rhode Island based industrial designer Kyle Dell’Aquila has reinvented the way we read time with her new Radian Watch! “The timepiece is targeted at simplifying the users experience of telling time while reducing the watch concept to a minimal state,” the designer explained. Traditionally, the typical watch features 3 hands that stem from a single axis, an adjusting knob on the right side of the body, and a wrist band that is anchored by two pins to the body of the watch, but with the Radian, the watch breaks the hands up into their own planes to make reading the time more legible at a glance.
Th watch is also very different from the traditional watch in it’s hardware. The watchband is reduced to a “unibody” form that does not require delicate pins to fasten to the body of the watch. Instead, a threaded ring secures the watchband removing the need for extrinsic prongs protruding from the body to secure the band. The adjusting knob is moved away from line of sight and underneath the watch body. The new arrangement of the adjusting knob allows for a more streamlined and intrinsic approach to concealing the knob.
(Photography: Kyle Dell’Aquila)
July 27th, 2012 – Brazilian fashion house Cholet has pulled the veil off their delightful Spring/Summer 2013 woman’s collection which features a series of light-weight bellowing dresses, meticulously constructed crop tops, and sophisticated pant-suits. The collection is bound raise some eye brows in the fashion world as rainbow stripes and palm trees are elegantly repeated on the ultra feminine garments. Each piece in the collection is carefully tailored, some pieces are very form fitting, while others are overly imaginative. Oh – and – Cholet brought on beloved fashion photographer Zee Nunes, to capture their new collection within a cloud filled mystical desert!
(photography: Zee Nunes)
The designers at Australian fashion house Ksubi, recently released a collection of hand-made Lennon-like glasses. The series spotlights an over sized version of the large circular frames that became the signature element of the late philosopher’s style. Some of the opticals feature a full circle in the frame, such as the mostly glass pair called the Telescopium, while others, such as Omicron, feature detailing that cuts the circle in half. The unisex frames come in a smokey black tint or clear glass and are accented with little metal details that make us want to pounce back into the 60′s!
July 8th, 2012 – Toronto based fashion designer Leilanni (Lay-Lah-Nee) has taken an architectural approach to her carefully designed Cage Skirt. The designer says her garment is “A new take on the cage skirt – Banded Elastics!” The high waisted skirt is comfortable, and super stretchy – allowing you to mix and match it over any skirt you want. The Cage is constructed of sewn strips of horizontal black industrial elastic connected together with vertical elastic strips crossing through. Leilanni designed the garment to sit at a woman’s natural waist, making the Cage Skirt a perfect complement to the body.
(Photography: Courtesy of Leilanni)
Davidelfin, a Spanish artist turned fashion designer explained that he “came to the fashion through painting.” Like many designers, he escaped into the portal through the art realm and become transported into a different design sector – but “is it all the same?”
The introspective fashion designer’s new collection, titled Katharsis, is made of classic white collared shirts with squares of color down the center, over sized colorful zippers and buttons, sheer blouses, and Bauhaus-esque vests, all finished with Dr. Martins & Louboutins on the runway. The garments are like blocks of color painted on a blank canvas. Maybe it is all the same? Instead of painting portraits, Davideflin is painting clothes.
(Photography: Akae Studio)
Tech boom? What tech boom? No matter how for advanced in technology we think we are, it is clearly apparent that we are still in infant stages compared to the possibilities of the future. Even though gadgets are popping up left and right, attempting to give people efficiency and convenience, there is one, old gadget, that won’t die – the wrist watch! One of our favorite designers Jaime Hayon has teamed up with Ian Lowe to start a new company called Orolog, to design and manufacture innovative Swiss Made time pieces.
Here is a glimpse at their first collection which is comprised of 3 simple function and 3 chronographs using multiple materials within a clean and simple design. Hayon wanted to create the series by “exploring the combination of classical elements and modern details to create a contemporary classic [watch].”
The talented designer created an organically shaped case, ‘Capitone’ quilted texture dial face, a clever use of typographic details for numerals, complemented by exquisite colored leather straps (made from Hermes leather).
The water resistant watches are manufactured in Switzerland, they feature Ronda quartz movements, with matte stainless steel and pvd case finishes, matching or contrasting matte black pvd buckles, crowns & pushers.
(Photography: Jaime Hayon)
Ladies and gentlemen – your childhood dreams of becoming a knight are finally here. Maybe not in the form of clunky metal armor – but more impressively in the form of a surprisingly stylish new rendition hoodie created by Chadwick John Dillon. The dark grey jacket will keep you warm and fulfill your heroic fantasies at the same time. You have the option of going “helmet” free, but when the safety of the people are at risk (or the wind kicks up), the jacket offers full head protection with a strong hood and and full face cover. Before you go asking us where to get your Dragon slayer like jacket, you should know that they are not available to buy just yet, but will be starting mid-summer on Dillon’s Etsy Shop.
Hennes & Mauritz, better known as H&M, have spent the better part of 2011 and 2012 upping their game in a massive way! The Swedish team behind the mega brand is serious about giving you an uber fashionable wardrobe for pennies. Recently, something has changed, their garments have gone from fashionable – to near couture because of their smart collaborations with genius designers around the globe. Fashion makers such as Marni, Versace, Lanvin, Carola Remer, Isabeli Fontana have all joined forces to make awesome clothes available to the masses, with each seasons being more interesting than the last.
Neon Active Parka
Isabeli Fontana Swimwear Collection for H&M
Carola Remer Collection For H&M
Carola Remer Collection For H&M
Carola Remer Collection For H&M
Conscience Campaing For H&M
Frida Gustavsson Collection for H&M Summer
Constance Jablonski, Edita Vilkeviciute, Toni Garrn & Karmen Pedaru for H&M Conscious Campaign by Terry Richardson
(Photographs Courtesy Of H&M)
Summer time is almost here, which means its time to transition out of your windbreaker and into your bikini. This mix of techno tropical blends, sexy cutouts, and flirty frills are sure to make you stand out on the sand. Get a glimpse of our favorite new swimsuits of the season – that weren’t in Sports Illustrated!
Agent Provocateur Mazzy Swimsuit $220.00
Baku Australia Santorini Bikini $55.00
Norma Kamali Striped Top $195.00 + Flip Bikini Set $310.00
Baku Australia Pebble Beach Bikini $127.00
Zeugari Halter Wrap Bikini $88.00
Mara Hoffman Printed Ruffle Busti $300.00
We Are Handsome The Adventure Zip suit $315.00
Mara Hoffman Striped Set $300.00
Rirratti Riflessi Couture Bikini ($TBA)
Zimmermann Savannah Belted Drape Piece $330.00
Lee + Lani The Rio Collection $250.00-$310.00
Zeugari Cotton Candy Monokini $60.00
Baku Australia Ginga Bikini $150.00
O’Neill Bikini Set $90.00
Herve Leger Swimwear $350.00 – $500.00
Mara Hoffman Beaded Bandeau $320.00
Canadian based fashion designer Gillian Hyde says “You’d better have a sense of humor to wear this scarf this autumn and winter!” In regards to her funny new Mustache Scarf. Each scarf is hand made, Hyde cuts the brown leather mustache and then sews it on a classy and distinguished brown tweed (much like a professor’s jacket) then she lines it with a soft brown flannel. The designer noted that her creation is “perfect for men who have mustache envy and for women who want to gender-bend!”
For rock climbers, chalking is the only way to stop those sweaty hands from getting slippery on the rocks. All Beta, an online shop which specializes in the creation of gadgets and accessories for climbers, thought the standard chalk bag was in need of a fun re-design! The Great Shark Rock Climbers Bag, became the quirky solution. The outside of the shark shaped bag is made with canvas and twill, while the inside of the bag is lined with a fleece to act as a soft contrast to the feeling of those hard rocks.
Many designers find themselves intuitively influenced by their roots. So what happens when you have a Roman designer with strong Caribbean origins? The mixture of these two massively different cultures manifested into a brilliant fashion collection for Stella Jean. A bold mixture of strong hues, pattern, and texture is the essence of the collection. Color filled floor length gowns are the dominant elements amongst the pieces, but vibrant suit jackets, tiny tailored shorts, and floral patterned head dresses make the rest of the collection shine. Stella Jean’s pieces are the perfect solution to a romantic vacation – suitable for a sunset date by the sea or a stylish walk in a rustic old town.
Frank Tjepkema, principal of Amsterdam based design studio Tjep, has found that his interests in design reach beyond interiors and architecture, but also into jewelry design! His latest creation is a bold silver ring titled Invader Aiko, for its pixelated resemblance to the old arcade game Space Invaders. “The invaders ring is computer engineered with high precision and than casted in silver using traditional techniques.” Therefore, Every Invaders ring is made to fit it’s conquest (you), exactly!