With all this talk about Mercedes-Benz, let’s not forget about the street style heavy hitters Public School, HBA and Maison Kitsuné of Made - making waves across the way at the Pier (along with Alexander Wang, whose apparently back from Brooklyn). LA based Skingraft takes on New York after opening their first store in the city last year, while DKNY celebrates its 25th anniversary with an exclusive Frank151 collaboration. Since mixing hi-lo brands is our major bread & butter, we can't help but want to cop all of these looks.
DKNY has always been a versatile brand – minimalist enough for sport and street and yet easy to do up. This season’s an exciting one for the brand, as Stephen Malbon's quarterly publication dedicates its latest issue to an exploration of New York through the eyes of himself and that of DKNY. The exclusive global release takes place September 7th with CHYNNA (and a surprise guest!) at the legendary Lower East Side Max Fish art bar. We wouldn’t be surprised to see some of our clan trickling away to downtown to snatch up one up asap!
No need for water taxis this year – after a year full of anticipatory surprises (from the midnight, mid-Coachella H&M collab announcement to a Brooklyn Navy Yard show impeccably timed to coincide with thunder and lightening weather patterns), Mr. Wang is bringing it back to his usual Pier 94. Maybe he's taking a break from keeping us on our toes. Or maybe wants us to have our guard down. Either way, we’re at the edge of our seats about what he might have in store for us this season.
With extraterrestrial Los Angeles-based line Skingraft’s debut store opening in New York’s uber-hip Soho district, we are more than excited to witness the line-up this year at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The models selected by designer Cota tend to have more unusual features than the rest. He aims for those that look interesting or slightly abnormal, more so than those with what is considered classic, or conventional, beauty. One things for sure, Skingraft has never been one to fail in stopping us in our tracks.
While most designers expend energy on the originality of their collections – from cut, fabric and texture to color, fit and functionality – Hood by Air turns its own logo into a statement piece in itself. Rather than leaning on “subtle inspiration” or even its maximalist counterpart (think Moschino’s embracement of the exaggerated), designer Shane Oliver lives in the world of the literal, aptly reflected by how his line takes things at face value. When he felt deconstructionism had become sort of a logo in it’s own right, he put one there. It’s all about saying it like it is.