Archive for March 2009
Remember how I said that Spring was the time for white sneakers? Well remember how I also said that Spring was the time for colorful accessories? Your answer should be a resounding yes. Here’s an urban grad glance at my favorite sneakers for the Spring…HANDS DOWN. Almost every designer, streetwear brand and celebrity has presented their take on the hi-top sneaker. I appreciate the Calvin Klein Collection Spring/Summer ’09 sneakers for deciding to show us the other away.
Urban Takeøut knows that its been about hi-top sneakers and dress pants for a while now. It hasn’t been an extremely popular look, or pulled off very often, but thanks to recent Dior Homme shows, it may become more prevalent. So before that look blows up, we wanted to take it back to basics for a second…the man’s oxford shoe.
Man Urban Takeøout is so into Spring this year. It’s because the colors Duke, the colors [I think that was a Bush's Baked Bean's commercial reference]! As we have always said here at u|T|ø, its all about accessories. Great accessories make a normal outfit pop, get you more attention, and the envy/hate of others. According to the latest edition of VMAN magazine [Grads if your not on it please check it out] this season’s best accessories are “all about playfulness and color.”
Check out these accessories:
Like the swimsuits, these are another Lenny Leleu original. These plexiglass and steel shades are…DIG THIS…from her graduation collection at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium. Now I have three favorite Belgians; Ms. Leleu, Kris Van Assche and the elusive Raf Simons. Urban graduettes, these are definitely a good look for the Spring. These shades come in a white and orange colorway, but they are pricey as hell. Last time I checked, I found a pair for $498…yeeEAH. Maybe eBay can help you out on this one.
OK, ok urban grads and graduettes, if you have not been taking note of how u|T|ø has been endorsing Spring time, I’ve compiled a linked list of jpics to all the relevant posts. If you don’t wanna take our suggestions to the application stage, it’s cool…but remember we’re just doing this for yall. So just click and you shall receive…
Let’s face it, Luxury brands aren’t for everyone — by design. Whether it’s the cost, the availability, or the product construct, luxury labels present a huge barrier-to-entry. However, Comme des Garcons has been slowly transforming into what we call, the Luxe-Hybrid — an entity that straddles the fence between fashion elitism and common trend.
Rei Kawakubo has been known for her avant garde style, infusing deconstruction concepts, asymmetry, and monochromatic colour treatments into garments for years. And up until recently — these looks were merely…looks: ensembles so impractical or unattainable that “fiscally-challenged” trendsetters could only use the pictures for inspiration. Between 1969 and 2009 — Rei & Co. had a change of heart…or something like it (Let’s just name that the Junya Watanabe Effect – we’ll come back to this).
Somewhere along the line, Comme embraced “the collaboration”. They have brought the labels’ high-end style concepts to several of the industry’s reputable yet more “practical” brands – strategically placing Comme des Garcons within the grasp of cult followers. And in my humble smartorialistic opinion, therein marks the definitive luxe-hybrid turning point. In this 4 part smARTORIALIST series , we will discuss Kindom Comme: the key choices that Comme des Garcons has made to sustain it’s luxury-edge while gently floating down to Earth (or somewhere near it’s atmosphere). Stay tuned.
OK, here we go Grads. This post is what this blog is all about! This is a chance for me to make style suggestions and get your opinions. So I’ve been thinking right, what’s a good look for Spring? Then it dawned on me…a concept I call THE TWO C’s OF SPRING (COLOR + CONTRAST). Here’s the equation…[2C+(S)]. The COLOR part is obvious, but the CONTRAST element is a little more involved. I’ll explain shortly. Alright, here we go from head to toe:
1. The Eyewear.
My favorite ‘eye’cessories for this Spring are the Dior Homme “Blow” Sunglasses from the Dior Homme Spring ’09 capsule collection. These are the only white pair of sunglasses that I would rock [they also come in fuschia, royal blue, black, and orange]. There are only 500 of these being produced worldwide so the likelihood of acquiring a pair is slim like a Dior suit. But I posted these just as a reference…big, unique shades for the Spring is my suggestion [but please, no more "shutter shades"].
2. Solid, Lightweight Dress Shirt.
This zip-front dress shirt by Opening Ceremony is a novel, yet very foreseeable concept. Roll the sleeves up during the day and unroll them in the evening.
If you don’t want to do long sleeves then my suggestion is a short sleeve button-up. My favorite is the Short Sleeve Slant Placket Shirt by SHADES of GREIGE. The key is to keep the top a subdued color in order to allow the pants to play.
3. The Pants.
Here is where the CONTRAST element comes in. Since the eyewear, everything so far has been contemporary with clean lines…now is the chance to break the monotony. These J.Crew Classic Fit broken in chinos in warm ember provide the perfect break from a clean look to a more colorful, worn-in look. [Try cuffing these so that they sit slightly above the ankle].
These J.Crew Classic Fit Hook-and-Bar lightweight chinos would go best with the zip-front dress shirt because it is a much darker shade of blue. Wearing two shades of the same color can be pulled off only when the shades are significantly different from one another. Too close and it will look like you tried to match colors. [Try cuffing these so that they sit slightly above the ankle as well].
4. The Shoes.
These “shiny silver tennis” from Rubber Duck are sure to stand out…as I’m sure anything both silver and shiny tends to do. I also suggest a pair of these Jack Purcell’s if you think the metallic look is too much.
This is the first time I have had to do this…Sorry but I can no longer endorse those shiny silver tennis from Rubber Duck because they (1) are poorly made (2) mine and another person’s came with scuffs already on the soles (3) they are extremely narrow and ill-fitting and (4) I believe the same shoe mold that is used for the women’s is used for the men’s shoe…just in a longer size.
Check out the “8731″ hi-top sneaker from Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua. These joints have been obviously low key or you would have seen them in blogs alongside the Ato Matsumoto’s, Kris Van Assche’s, and Raf Simons’ hi-tops. I guess because a celebrity hasn’t acknowledged these yet, they aren’t really out there…but that’s what urban grads are for. We research and find those gems that make our wardrobes the s$%! What sold me on these [besides the contrasting fabric and patent leather exterior] was the giant velcro strap across the top of the sneaker…riDONKulous. Get on em.
Check out this designer’s latest runway shows here.
In celebration of DKNY’s 20th anniversary, Donna Karan has teamed with Levi’s to produce three styles of American jeans with a “sexy twist”:
These jeans retail for $225 and you can purchase them straight from the DKNY website. The whole wearing-your-boyfriend’s-jeans look is not one of my favorites, but I think this is a good look…
Introducing Dutch designer Gonnie Janssen and her bags of the future…or at least I think they are. Coming in simple jet black finishes, the innovation in these bags is in the actual construction. They fold and bend in ways that allow for different combinations of “shape and volume”…
…Special thanks to NOTCOUTURE.com for the ecclectic finds.
This is a follow-up to the previous post about the DOPP Kit. Every traveling man needs the proper toiletries [of course] but these items make up Louis Vuitton’s “perfect travel wardrobe for men.” You need to be ready for any occasion and weather, therefore LV says these garments are necessary:
1. A Polo.
2. A Pullover
3. A Suit.
4. A Leather Biker Jacket [my bad...even though it's only a slight difference].
5. A Trench.
6. A Duffle Bag to put everything in.
I chose to use all Marc Jacobs clothing and accessories because he’s the Creative Director of LV, so it just seemed right.
We gave you a glimpse at the collaboration back in the Valentine’s Day “Cupid’s Collage” post. The Official release date for the long-awaited Stussy x Hellz Bellz Ladies First Collection is this coming Saturday, March 07, 2009. The two iconic labels volley signature elements, such as Stussy’s CRAAAAZY typography, and Hellz Bellz’s Femme Fatale flair and colorways. I really appreciate their minimalist, bad ass chick approach — job well done. This will more than likely sell out, so jump on it like a trampoline before you see MIA (sans-preggers) or Santogold with every piece.