Japan's DISCOVERED has unveiled imagery for its forthcoming 2015 resort collection. Undertones of traditional menswear are seen through the details and silhouettes, yet the collection is styled and accessorized in a largely experimental way for this latest lookbook. The Tokyo-based brand also incorporates notable militaristic cues into their resort drop, manifesting through officer's trousers, commando sweaters and the use of camouflage patterns throughout.
With this year marking the 45th anniversary of NASA's historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon, Omega commemorates the July 20, 1969 achievement in the form of the Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Edition. Watch fanatics HODINKEE provides a better glimpse at the limited edition watch, which offers titanium and gold features and a calibre 1861 movement. Produced in numbers of 1,969, this Speedmaster iteration is currently available from Omega boutiques.
While MINOTAUR has yet to achieve the same level of international success as some of its other technically-minded Japanese counterparts, the brand has been integral in promoting fashion and function. A long-time user of technical fabrics and a modern, hybrid-approach to construction, the Fall/Winter 2014 lookbook offers some easy-to-see examples. Pieces such as lightweight down outerwear as well as subtly integrated functional hardwear can be seen throughout jackets, while more fashion-driven pieces can be seen emphasising cut and fit.
Thanks to in-depth field testing, the Jet concept from Vancouver-based company Recon is nearing a release date. The video game-style heads-up-display provides performance metrics, GPS and more, via a eyewear unit. This latest update from the Recon team point to an improved viewing angle and camera orientation, which resulted in a re-design of the Jet from an ergonomic viewpoint. Additionally, the Jet is now fully water resistant for even heavy rain, and is on the path to validation of the final design later this year. For a look at how the Recon Jet will function, watch a video we previously featured here.
Nike's blockbuster Roshe Run has slowed down in recent months as newer models have come to the forefront, but a slow and steady release of the classic and simplistic running shoe continues on a selective basis. For the women, the Roshe Run Print in Anthracite/Black presents a subtle and understated version of the future classic. The same thick sole is paired with a patterned upper which will see its availability globally.
KIIT's 2014 fall/winter lookbook is hot off the presses, featuring a grip of highly-wearable gear designed with city dwellers in mind. Designers Yujiro Takeda and Hiroki Ito create an overall relaxed feel for these latest images from KIIT. The Japanese label maintains a meticulous oversight of details, which blends nicely with the minimalist aesthetic and pared-down tones used for this collection. The self-branded atelier additionally uses artisanal factories in Japan to complete some cozy offerings. Check out the KIIT website to locate a stockist in your area.
Joining forces with Dave White for the latest edition of its Artist Series Surfboards, Tim Bessell has released the Dave White x Tim Bessell Surfboard. Handmade using polyurethane foam, the board is lined with digitally printed fabric which features artwork by White himself and uses intricate brush details to create an image of a shark. The piece is made to order, with pricing and other details available here.
Parisian fashion house Sandro Homme has unveiled a lineup of wardrobe essentials for its 2014 Pre-Fall collection. Based on a dark color palette of black, navy and grey, the collection sees modern cuts and simple designs applied to outerwear, button-downs, tees and more. Standout pieces include the Kansas Plaid Zip Jacket and distressed denim jeans, both of which offer up a sharp look for the cooler months. Browse through the gallery of images and head over to Sandro's online store for select pieces.
Since its inception in 2009, Californian-based THOROCRAFT has brought forth its own interpretive design language across some of footwear's most iconic offerings. From sneakers to more dressier renditions, the brand has often sought out unique finishes and production techniques to define its range of footwear. For 2015's spring/summer collection, the brand looks to the deserts of its native California as the collection's inspirations over sneakers and lace-ups through both graphical notes as well as upper executions. While this is an early look, the collection will be available globally including the HYPEBEAST Store.
Following up quickly on a successful World Cup campaign, adidas turned its attention to an all-new addition to the Predator franchise. The 20th anniversary of the revolutionary boot means numerous commemorative models are on the way including the Predator Instinct "Eyes" model. The boot features some references to Predator's old school lineage, most notably the iconic "eyes" seen on early branding. The Predator Instinct model itself is an all-new offering in the Predator line, but despite this the "Eyes" embraces some of the key characteristics of the original 1994 Predator model only in visual form.
A cult phenomenon in itself, the New Balance line of domestically-made sneakers has become a model for quality amongst the sneaker world. A new offering from NB's Made in the USA designated line is the M996PR. A light-colored pigskin upper is featured alongside selective hits of navy blue that help create a distinct contrast. As part of an ever expansive family of wearable options, the M996PR is available now at End.
Kanye West is the latest figure to grace the covers of GQ, appearing on the publication's upcoming August issue. Shot by French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, the cover sees West decked out in a simple yet classy combination of a white tee and beige overcoat with an unassuming gold chain to tie it all together. You can read up on Kanye in the coming issue of GQ when it hits newsstands on July 29.
The Roshe Run NM is back in an eye-catching black and volt colorway. This latest Roshe features a minimal black suede upper with tonal fabric lining and laces, and contrasting silver Swooshes. Underneath, the Free-inspired Natural Motion sole takes on a two-tone color scheme of volt and yellow. Look for these latest Roshes now at select Nike accounts including Hype DC.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is currently celebrating the life and work of Mike Kelley with an exhibition occupying the entire Geffen Contemporary space as well as a gallery at MOCA Grand Avenue. A recap of the late artist's vast body of work, the installation features over 250 pieces covering almost 40 years from 1974 to 2012 and covers a wide range of themes across multiple mediums. The Mike Kelley exhibition will be open to the public until July 28 so be sure to check it out if you're in Los Angeles.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Nike is back with a new Hyper Cobalt/Photo Blue colorway for the Kobe 9 EM. This coming drop features a graphic-heavy Engineered Mesh upper with an abstract geometric pattern in white and blue. Adding to the mix are mint Dynamic Flywire eyelets and laces, gold Swooshes and branding, and an icy blue sole. Look for this latest colorway soon at select Nike accounts including Kinetics Tokyo.
Women's streetwear label HLZBLZ has released its new 2014 summer collection with a series of images that depict the creative direction of the line. Titled "HVN & HLZ," the collection features contemporary sportswear influences with the utilization of meshes and big, bold letterings, however Arabic letterings juxtaposes this for an interesting effect. The collection spans lightweight pieces in mostly black and white colorways but we do see injections of tie-dye and bright graphic tees. Enjoy the images above and head over to the brand's online store to purchase the collection.
Givenchy has given its Tyson high-top silhouette a new look with black basketwoven leather for the season. Here, the luxe shoe features a premium woven leather upper with small black leather overlays, a woven leather strap, and a contrasting leather lining. Underneath, the midsole takes on a two-tone black and white color scheme. Look for these now at select Givenchy stockists including SSENSE.
The legendary fashion house of Maison Martin Margiela is infamous for its anonymity in the industry, preferring to be viewed as a creative collective team rather than having an individual at its helm. Therefore, it came as a shock when the imprint invited its Twitter followers to "follow the unmasking of our Artisanal show" and unmasked the collection's previously anonymous designer, Matthieu Blazy. Unmasking Blazy was Suzy Menkes who even provided proof with a backstage photo on Instagram and in her review for Vogue, she wrote,
“An exceptional collection at Maison Martin Margiela brought the designer Matthieu Blazy out of the shadows. It is understandable that Renzo Rosso, whose company Only The Brave is behind Margiela, should want to keep Blazy backstage – especially since the founding designer so rarely showed his face. But you can’t keep such a talent under wraps,”
Head over to The Business of Fashion to read the op-ed about the cultural impact of this occasion.
Getting both the Natural Motion and "Breeze" treatments is the new Chrome Yellow/Electric Green-Volt-White colorway of the Nike Roshe Run for Summer 2014. Coupling a breathable mesh Roshe upper with a two-toned Free-inspired Natural Motion sole unit, the release sees its predominately Chrome Yellow facade injected with hits of Volt on the branding, pull tabs and the upper's all-over pattern of vertical stripes. Fans of the Nike Roshe Run NM Breeze "Chrome Yellow" can find it now via New York's Renarts.
Having previously teamed up with the likes of Converse, Stussy and Red Wing to celebrate its 25-year anniversary, Japanese stalwart BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS now turns its attention to New Balance to mark the milestone. Featuring premium editions of the 1400 and REVlite-equipped 996 for both men and women, the release sees the two silhouettes executed with premium leathers and includes details like co-branded footbeds, custom dust bags and multiple sets of laces. Though pre-orders are already sold out online, the collaborative 1400 and RL996 will hit BEAUTY & YOUTH stores in limited quantities come August 8.