February is here — and either you’ve been on a roll with your New Year’s resolution fitness goals, or you’ve fallen off the bandwagon just like the rest of us. Unless you’re working as professional supermodels like the Hadid sisters, some of us need the extra help to get us on track. Cue in the next trend in athleisure wear to help aid you: smart clothes.
The latest to hit wearable tech expands beyond your typical arm candy. Many products moved away from the wrist and onto, for example, the chest, the shoe, the sock, the belt, the shirt and even to the underwear. While they’re flicking off sweat, this new category in apparel can monitor things like breathing rate, heart rate, calories burned and more. Some even keep tabs on your form, alerting in real time you when you need an adjustment. Check out our top three notable round ups.
Calvin Klein unveiled their Fall 2016 #MyCalvins campaign collection, and it’s one of their most eccentric to date. The brand has been committed to breaking boundaries as they collaborate with many different walks of life. This season’s campaign incorporated influential musicians, models, actors, and even recognizable faces from Social Media platforms, including Frank Ocean, Bella Hadid, Anna Ewers, and Kate Moss. With this season’s #MyCalvins campaign, the brand wanted to focus on emphasizing people with different backgrounds, by incorporating & showcasing each person’s own version of self-identity & individuality. The brand strategically also incorporated young & older well-known icons into the campaign, in an effortless way. The essence behind bringing different people together was to promote diversity & celebrate the qualities that make Calvin Klein a lifestyle brand. Calvin Klein’s fashion direction with this campaign wasn’t to showcase new products, but to really emphasize how people live in their Calvin products.
Courrèges introduces self-heating outerwear.
The heat is on, literally.
We know we’re on the brink of breaking into summer officially, but we still can’t help thinking what’s next in outerwear. During Paris Fashion week back in March, French fashion house Courrèges kicked it up a notch by introducing three coats with self-heating technology. The three color ways came in black, blush pink, and in a houndstooth pattern. For their sophomore collection for Courrèges, design duo Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer introduced these three tailored winter coats, each with an integrated heating system that’s activated by the push of a button, and can be charged with an iPhone cable, according to The New York Times.
“We started to think about the future of fashion, because design needs to work hand in hand with technology if we want fashion to evolve,” Vaillant told luxury e-comm site SSENSE in an interview. “The way we make clothes needs to evolve if we want more comfort and well-being. This transition is possible if technology responds to our primary needs: well-being and comfort.”
Photo: Man Repeller
It’s no question that one of the most covetable denim collections around belongs to that of Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller. Whether we’re catching Leandra in a light wash or the deepest indigos, they’re a staple of both her front row and everyday style, as she slips easily from the enchanted Valentino boots to Paul Andrew heels and back again. This OG blogger has come out with her latest collab with none other than the team at denim Levi reviver Re/Done. She follows in the footsteps of fellow Re/Done collaborators such as model Elsa Hosk, jewelry designer Pamela Love, and model Alessandra Ambrosia.
Daryl Hannah shot by Helmut Newton 1984
Tis’ the season for all things skimpy, revealing, and most of all ventilating. It’s that favorite time of the year, (for me at least) in where I scour my favorite brands for what’s hot and what new innovative ideas when it comes to design that brands have whipped out. You can expect to see a lot of high french-cut onesies, as well as lots of lingerie turned swimwear with what’s trending for this summer.
It’s true, the money we pay these days for swimwear doesn’t really equate to how often some of us get to rock them. That’s why we’ve carefully chosen some to double up as a great body suit option to rock with boyfriend jeans or cut-off shorts to easily take you down from the beach, to party mode wear well-after. But don’t get us wrong, there’s definitely swimwear that’s taking the lingerie look a little too far, becoming a little too risque for public visual consumption. Let’s keep some of this stuff for the bedroom please.
Photo: Willy Vanderperre/W Magazine
Take the time to scan many fashion mags such as W Magazine’s April issue, and some how it seems like a high-fashion editorial yearbook of all the celeb teens you know and love including Willow Smith, Kiernan Shipka and Zendaya on its April issue. Move on to other luxury glossies and you can see Cindy Crawdford’s exact lush mini me, Kaia Gerber with rappers and models in a campaign that of Alexander Wang. Louis Vuitton has 17-year-old Jaden Smith who models for their women’s wear, as well as Lourdes “Lola” Leon and Amandla Stenberg for a new fragrance ad for Stella McCartney.
W chief Stefano Tonchi addresses the staggeringly young age of his cover stars. “The new generation, Gen Z, which spans current teenagers like the three on our cover and their peers in their early 20s, is in a hurry to be recognized, yes—but in a refreshingly thoughtful way,” he writes. “Unlike their predecessors, they are no slackers. Generally speaking, they are curious, determined, and hardworking. If there is anything they lack, it’s a sense of entitlement.”
Lourdes Leon, Claire Boucher, Kenya Kinski-Jones, and Amandla Stenberg for Stella McCartney
Photo by: Driely S.
If you were watching Coachella weekend 1 from the convenience of your phone, and not IRL, you were probably experiencing a little bit of major FOMO. We feel you on that. Luckily for you, it happens all over again starting today. Coachella was once all about the music, but fashion street style has taken the center stage. From the atypical flower crowns, crochet knit everything, and crop top with mini bottoms, it’s what you’ve come to expect, know, and still love. Regardless, we can’t get enough of the people watching as well as wondering, “Where did she buy that?”
If we are being frank here, the parties are turning out to be bigger than the headliners themselves at Coachella. Yes, it’s kinda epic to see Guns N’ Roses singing the nostalgic Sweet Child of Mine, but you can also be lucky enough to find most of your favorite celebs hanging out in the California desert at pool parties, outside of the kushy VIP & backstage area.
Photo: Courtesy of Madame Noir
The devastating news of Prince‘s death was announced just a few hours ago today. He died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park home and studio, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press. TMZ first reported the news. After performing in Atlanta on April 14, Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing in Illinois where he was rushed to the hospital at 1 a.m. the next morning. He had been battling the flu for the past week, but he was released from the hospital after three hours. He flew back home to Minnesota and was even tweeting by that afternoon.
Prince’s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said, “It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.”
In one of the relatively few interviews Raf Simons has granted since he left his position as creative director of Christian Dior in October 2015, the notoriously press-averse designer sat down with The Telegraph’s Talib Choudhry to talk about “the relentless pace of fashion is killing creativity and the joy of his fabric design sideline.” It’s a sentiment that he has held onto ever since his departure from the fashion house, which reflects the changing pace in the industry and the unpredictable state it will be in, in a few years when fast fashion reigns supreme and many designers continue to walk away from thier posts at the helm of different brands. When these collaborations work, it’s alchemy of the most beautiful sort. But just as often, there’s a parting of the ways, grimly announced via a carefully phrased statement that faults neither party. And these breakups are getting more frequent even as the relationships get Tinder-match short. These designers have studios, dollars, and huge publicity machines at their disposal, but they don’t have the luxury of time: time to develop an idea, time to set it aside, time to fail in the way that you inevitably need to when you’re starting any kind of creative enterprise. “When you do six shows a year, there’s not enough time for the whole process,” Simons told the Cut, last year. Keep in mind that between Dior couture, ready-to-wear, menswear, his own line, and pre-collections, Simons had been doing ten collections annually. At that rate, “you have no incubation time for ideas, and incubation time is very important,” Simons reflected. Check out some exerts from his latest interview after the break.
Call it the social media effect, but there is a noticeably change in the presentations of Paris Fashion Week. Ready-to-wear collections are continually becoming more sportswear and street style inspired. Dare we say, there are even notes of athlesiure in some of the pieces seent parading down the runways. The big fashion house, the ones with a noted pedigree and prestige, however, have been exempt from this sort of trend, if we can call it that. All of that is slowly changing, most notably with Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest presentation for Louis Vuitton which straddled the line between classic LV aesthetic and motifs that seem entirely new to the brand. This fall collection has a very distinct and palpable edginess, that looks like a further development into the themes explored for the Spring collection in October. With chunky utility hiking boots, chunky oversized sweaters, scarf dresses that balanced feminine with masculine, and even a military jacket thrown into the fray, the entire collection was a tribute to the steadily shifting definitions on female beauty. For the most part, Ghesquière designed counter to traditional concepts of pretty. Unlike last season, nods to the futurism of his Balenciaga years looked more overwrought than chic. He also went back further, to his intern days at Gaultier, for short jackets and articulated knitwear. “I guess, yes, there is something,” he said of the connection. “There is also probably a French way of mixing. Jean Paul is a big part of that.”