Archive for September 2009
Here at u|T|ø, we’ve come to realize two truths. Fact 1: Every woman loves Brett Favre. Fact 2: Every man wants to be Brett Favre (somewhere deep down). Don’t be upset, it’s just how it is! When you boil it all down to the raw extract, the quality that makes Favre the quintessential definition of MAN is his ruggedness. Hence, this fall…use your instincts – go rugged.
There’s something very GQ about the look we call, Hunter Chic. First thing that comes to mind – Texture. Most rugged apparel is composed of heavy materials that are perfect for insulation, while still being visually appealing (think Tweed). Next, they rely on patterns to create a traditional garment (think Plaids and Quilted pieces). Finally, the key to the Hunter look is LAYERING; we’re talking a thermal, under a flannel, under a down vest (and maybe even a coat if need be).
Below are some items we feel you may want to invest in to bring out you inner Favruh-ness. Man up, Get Familiar!!
Head Mistress of the Minimalist Mystique, designer Jil Sander is collaborating with Japanese discount design conglomerate, Uniqlo to bring us the +J collection. These are some really sharp pieces of clothing with clean lines. “The challenge for me is to establish a premium quality in a democratically-priced range.” The collection is expected to drop at Uniqlo’s Soho location in New York on October 1st. Here is a list of the items in the main collection by gender:
On another yet similar note The German designer has made her unofficial return to fashion by recently signing a “design consulting agreement” to oversee the men’s and women’s apparel at Uniqlo.
Our friends over at iStep put us onto the buzz circulating about the biggest national step competition to ever be hosted, The Sprite Step Off. Well, in the spirit of fraternity/sorority…we had to take it one step further. Here are some looks for competitors and attendees to rock at the competition. Enjoy!
Courtesy of men.style here are the essential Fall garments that every Grad out there should want to look into acquiring. This is a post that you’ll probably refer to numerous times. Not that we recommend copping everything on the list but these are just some suggestive items to help mix and match with your own personal style…
1) Get some of the luck o’ the Irish with a Donegal Tweed Suit
2) Dress up or dress down with the Dressy Puff Vest
3) The “Luxe” Flannel Shirt
u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Box mens flannel shirt by VANS
4) Back from when you were 5 years old, the Fine-Gauge Turtleneck
5) For that “pop” when layering try the Colorful Cardigan
u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Cardigans by Topman
6) The Minimalist Biker Jacket
7) Look like your on a luxurious safari with the “New” Cargo Pant
u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Trousers Alex by Mango
8 ) The Four-Button DB
9) The Superfine Tee
10) The Fair Isle Sweater
u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Fair isle v-neck sweater w/ pockets by Polo Ralph Lauren
11) The Newsboy Cap (shout out to Alpha Status on this one)
12) The Lug-soled Boot
u|T|ø SUGGESTION: Ranger Boots by Polo Ralph Lauren
13) The Chunky Scarf
14) The Statement Overcoat
15) The Denim Jacket
LISTEN UP!! Grads and Graduettes in the Philly region, support our boy, artist extraordinaire Eric Jordan on SEPT. 23rd for the Philly Foundation Art Show. Trust and believe…it’s gonna be dope. Read more here.
This Urban Grad tecccchnically needs no introduction (especially if you’ve seen THAT Notorious B.I.G. tee by RockSmith). Put it this way, if we had to sum our boy up in 2 words….they’d be…..YOUNG BASQUIAT. Given his natural artistic abilities, keen eye for color, and insightful selection of subjects, this installment won’t be anything short of magnificent.
Be on the lookout for the e. jordan EXCLUSIVE interview!!
Who’s gonna run this fall? Fashionably speaking, it will be none other than +J – Z. Let me clarify; we’re not talking about Hov, we’re talking about the fall offerings of two affordable fashion powerhouses, Uniqlo and Zara.
The heavily anticipated +J collection (Jil Sander for Uniqlo) is set to launch October 1st, and from what we’ve been privy to viewing…the pieces are BANANAS (especially the women’s down ¾ length coat)! The monochromatic grays used in this line will establish a legit base for every look you attempt this Fall/Winter. We’re talking, Japanese engineered garments, with a reputable designer’s vision, ALL ranging from $21 to $155 (we know…those are like Canal St. prices). Don’t SLEEP!
The budget chic underdog, Zara, usually gets overlooked because of H&M’s popularity/ accessibility, and Topshop’s coup d’etat of Europhile fashionistas. However, there are 2 lanes that Zara succeeds both brands: Outerwear and Footwear. In terms of outerwear, Zara uses a unique color palette and mixes different, yet complementary materials to recreate traditional blazers, jackets, and overcoats. In terms of footwear, Zara manages to produce tasteful analogs of designer/runway shoes, with better construction than ANY budget chic brand – for prices ranging from $39 to $89 (women & men). That’s a no-brainer!
On that note, just act accordingly: this F/W, your Blueprint for fashion…+J – Z (AWH!…in my best Hov voice).
Here’s your quick u|T|ø doubleshot — everything you missed or need to be reminded of:
- Designer Jimmy Choo has worked with H&M to release a fall collection, slated for Nov. 14th launch. Read here.
- Designer Jean Paul Gaultier is rumored to have joined the list of designers collaborating with Target. Read here.
- Complex Magazine taps the Clipse and artist KAWS for latest issue. View here.
- BBC creates a series of tees inspired by the Blueprint 3. Peep here.
- L.A. and director Spike Jonze welcome the Where the Wild Things Are pop-up store. Read here.
New York based artist MOMO has successfully collaborated with the Adidas brand Y-3 to create a collection of “fli-tops” with artistically architectural colorways. This capsule collection is a redux of the Y-3 Hayworth Mid II but it boasts designs similar to his work in the International Outdoor Urban Art Exhibition. Tentatively, these shoes will be part of a limited run of 350 pairs worldwide with a pricetag of about $320. They will debut in the US at Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out.
Here’s another preview of 9/10/09 special releases — this time, brought to you by none other than BAPE & “the moon man” Kid Cudi (who actually worked in the BAPE store as a sales associate…go figure)! Enjoy.
“These ain’t Diesel…These is Evisu….I’ll show you how to do this, son.” – Jay-Z
NYC – After a brief hiatus, the iconic premium denim giant, Evisu, has returned to reclaim its niche in the evolving denim market. Under the creative direction of Scott Morrison (see Earnest Sewn, Paper Denim), Evisu has re-branded itself, taking interest in new washes and deconstructed materials while maintaining its classic values. Beginning in November, Evisu will launch a new product line exclusively at Barney’s. The release will include 3 collections, prices ranging from $150 - $700/pair: Evisu Genes, Evisu, and Private Stock.
u|T|ø says — This is one of those moral connundrums. On one hand, Evisu is a GREAT brand. The majority of their products have excellent craftsmanship! One of our Editors owned a pair of Evisu’s (that’s what we called them back in undergrad) that, when worn, made everybody want to burn their denim on site. BUT, fast-forward to now…with competitive brands producing premium denim (i.e. A.P.C., G-Star, Citizens of Humanity, 7 for all Mankind), just as well-crafted, just as alluring, what makes the NEW and IMPROVED Evisu stand out?
Here’s a little gift from our friends at john varvatos (u|T|ø <3 Courtney). Enjoy!
If you’ll be in the NYC area in 10 days, MARK YOUR CALENDERS for a night of fashionable debauchery like no other! In an effort to resurrect the shopping spirit in less than enthusiastic economic times, American Vogue along with tourism group NYC & Co., the City of New York and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have joined forces to boost the consumer spirit in America’s fashion capital, the Big Friggin’ Apple. Starting on the evening of the first day of NY Fashion Week, your favorite designer’s stores will be open until 11PM featuring extravagant shopping events. So far, over 700 stores in all five boroughs will be participating in events that range from sewing circles and barbecues to shoe capsules and sweepstakes. The city will be lite ablaze in celebratory glory as people are encouraged to take the competition out of fashion and shop (x3) alongside music and various other festivities.
What started off as the Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s brainchild, has matured into an event of epic proportions. “Little did I think when the idea of Fashion’s Night Out was first dreamed up this past March during the Paris collections that we would have over 700 and counting retailers, designers, and brands joining us on the night of September 10.” The celebration kicks off at Macy’s Queen Center at 5PM. Wintour, Michael Kors and a “surprise celebrity guest” will sign t-shirts for the first 50 people (Or should I say “customers” to keep within the theme of shopping?).
This special event will bring out a host of celebrities, designers and models who will join in on the festivities. Scheduled to appear are Manolo Blahnik, Thom Browne, Tory Burch, Roberto Cavalli, Francisco Costa, Frédéric Fekkai, Alberta Ferretti, Patricia Field, Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hilfiger, Derek Lam, Nanette Lepore, Trish McEvoy, Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Mulleavy, Josie Natori, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Lela Rose, Rachel Roy, Maria Sharapova, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Yeohlee, David Yurman, Lauren Bush, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Cindy Crawford, Lynda Carter, Hugh Jackman, Karolina Kurkova, Liev Schreiber, Stephanie Seymour and Ivanka Trump (just to name a few). Via WWD.
There will be limited edition FNO t-shirts being sold at participating retailers throughout NY. I’ve been thinking about copping one since I saw one at this store in Soho. Forty percent of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts go to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. There will also be a clothing drive at various retailers for the NYC AIDS Fund from September 10th to the 12th. Urban Grads and Graduettes, this will be a great start to an amazing Fashion Week.
To view a complete list of the events in NYC go here and then click on the respective designer’s name.