I (heart) Julian Zigerli

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This may come as a surprise to many, Julian Zigerli loves colour and pattern. Which goes against almost everything I normally wear. But he does make some fucking amazing short shorts. And no one does better print on print on print at this price point. We can’t always buy Dries, afterall. Lazy, Sexy, Cool.

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Sack Shorts

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Knit Sack Shorts

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NIKE gets Raf’d

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Okay Okay, Raf Simons did not design this coat for NIKE (he works for Adidas lately) but you have to admit it definitely has a Raf Simons/ Jil Sander feel to it. Which makes it pretty fucking perfect for your morning run or if you want to look like you went for a morning run. The lightweight jacket uses patented Hyperfuse technology, making it waterproof, breathable and lightweight. It’s like magic. The collection comes in both a series colour blocked layout and mono chromatic jackets.

 Nike’s S/S 14 Tech Pack has some great choices – stick to the men’s colour blocked or if you are brave enough, rock that women’s poncho in mono chromatics. No one will know the difference when they are complimenting you on bringing back the man poncho. Nike‘s new Tech Pack goes on sale April 25

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Dior and I

I rarely post about womenswear. In fact, I often make a point about never posting about womenswear. This blog is for us men – no matter how feminine or masculine we are. But I will dip one toe into womenswear but only through the documentary Dior and I. And besides don’t we all love Raf Simons (at Raf, at Jil Sander, at Dior…)

 

Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng follows up his work on excellent fashion films, including Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor, with another masterful exploration of a towering fashion institution. In Dior and I, one enters the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical.

Screening during the Tribeca Film Festival.

 

 

 

Second Chances

Thousands lined up a few weeks ago for the much-anticipated Nike x Riccardo Tisci Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 collection. And many were left disappointed as they sold out quickly. Now is your second chance to score (and Nike’s second chance to cash in again) with the Black Air Force 1 Collection. What was white is now black, aren’t you glad you waited.

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No exact release date has been announced by Nike.com but it should be in the first week of May.

Eames get Coloured

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I have a great appreciation for the work of Ray and Charles Eames. And now my friends at Vitra are set to realease a whole slew of new colours of the iconic Aluminum Eames Chair. Once reserved to the classic all black leather, it is now available in mint, avocado, cognac, beige… Some critics may call this sacrilege, I say fuck it and enjoy a little colour in your life. Often relegated to office furniture, they make incredibly comfortable and modern chairs for your dining room. Try a series of them of hues of the same colour wave. See all colours here.

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Geller’s Monks

Monk Straps became very ‘on trend’ a few years ago but here’s the truth, monk strap shoes are a classic menswear staple. In fact, I would even argue that every man should own at least one pair. I have been rocking a pair of classic Jil Sander Monk Strap shoes for years and it just might be time to upgrade to a new pair – Robert Geller x Common Projects (don’t worry those Sander’s aren’t going anywhere). These bad boys are made in Italy of buffed leather with black zipper teeth accent trimming toe and apron. I am a big fan of the classic numbers branding on the side by Common Projects and the unusual closure for the strap.  A great modern twist on a classic menswear shoe. $855

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Mr TURK

I was recently part of an intervention. Or rather the victim of one. A friend wanted to have a talk with me about always wearing so much black. She felt my colourful personality was not being reflected in what I wear. Obviously she sometimes forgets about my cold black heart.

But I thought maybe I should check it out – colour not my heart. And I stumbled upon the recently launched menswear branch of Trina TurkMr Turk, designed by Trina’s husband Jonathan Skow. It has the same print forward sensibilities as the mainline and always makes me feel like it’s summer. It is dapper California style all the way.  And yes there is far more print or colour than I would normally wear but the printed shorts and swimwear make for a great pop in your wardrobe. Mr Turk shines at slim shorts and swimwear. Will I stop wearing mostly black (or navy blue)? Nope but I will add some Turk into my wardrobe.

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Pop Art Floral Short, $228

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Pink Martini Knit Kent Trunk, $138

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Vintage Stripe Bartlett  Trunk, $158

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Multi Stripe Knit Sorrento Trunk, $112

Pigalle x NIKE

Another week, another fucking collaboration. Makes you wonder if no one works alone anymore. Some of these capsule collections are amazing, others feel like a lame marketing ploy with product they could have come up with on their own. Most of these collaborations fall somewhere in the middle – Pigalle x Nike is no different. Amazing kicks, mediocre clothing.

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Sitting somewhere in the overcrowded niche market between high-tech sportswear and luxurious fashion, that every brand seems to occupy these days, the Pigalle trainers feature high fashion patina leather and a “thicker sole with extra layers and lunar insole cushioning for comfort and knee protection.” I love everything aged, apparently the aged leather look “symbolizes the used and scuffed trainers worn by players on basketball courts.”  

The collection drops at Dover Street Market on April 26.

Levi’s Parachutes In

I always have a great fondness for brands that turn something old into something cool. Enter Levi’s parachute Trucker jacket with a modern military edge. You can’t get more military than by using deadstock military parachutes in olive green. The parachutes have been re-cut and turned into a more modern version of the popular jacket with a great slim cut . 

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Available online $250