Menswear

Culture and community – how skate brands win at retail



Oktyabr multibrand skate shop in Moscow conceived by upstart brand Rassvet - Pic by Hypebeast

The skatewear industry is one of the few niches managing to circumnavigate the plummeting shifting bricks and mortar retail landscape. Last weekend I went to Soho’s Brewer Street to witness the annual pop-up tour from Basement Approved, an online streetwear community that has evolved into a 360 proposition of physical merch, parties and pop-ups. Outside the appointed retail unit, a small gathering of scruffy-beautiful skate kids milled about guzzling Red Stripe and doing whatever young people do on their phones these days. (more…)



What to steal from Dries van Noten SS19 menswear



Dries van Noten SS19 by Sara Cimino for Hero

Sublime squiggles, optimistic rainbow colours, shiny surfaces, utilitarian silhouettes and casual tailoring were the hallmarks of the Dries van Noten SS19 menswear collection. There are always so many styling elements to steal from a Dries show. He’s a sublime colourist and this season he collaborated with the Verner Panton estate to achieve these outstanding undulating prints… (more…)



What to steal from Raf Simons SS19



Raf Simons SS19 Dazed

While the rest of the world is in turmoil, one thing can be relied upon; a classic Raf Simons show. All the hallmarks were present and correct for SS19; a youth culture theme (this time the sweet spot between punk and new wave), inspiration-appropriate music (Bela Lugosi is Dead by Bauhaus) and intriguing clothes that made you want to pinch to zoom. (more…)



We need to talk about Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton SS19



Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton SS19 via AP

As debuts go, the Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton SS19 show got all of the buzz and all of the love. The show sounds like a total emosh-fest, with Virgil and Kanye openly bawling all over each other at the finale. I wasn’t there but I saw it on the ‘Gram, which these days practically amounts to the same thing.

My verdict? It would have benefited with a much tighter edit. (more…)