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July 22 2014

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The Next Big Thing: Highland, Fall ’14

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Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

highlandLabel: Highland, designed by Lizzie Owens and Cramer Tolboe

Need to know: Vintage outerwear-inspired menswear brand Highland looked to the instability of climate change for its outing, which marked its first show at Milk Studios. Its sophisticated-meets-stoner looks were rooted in old-school Patagonia styles and West Coast outdoorsy interpretations of urban survival gear. A thick wool updated anorak with zip-off sleeves and a full hood took center stage, while pants—thin cotton slacks, long johns meant for layering on chilly Polar Vortex days—and a coat made from recycled North Face fleeces filled out the collection. There were hints of a relaxed Utah dude vibe (see: the oversize tees, in particular a rescue-orange Donning shirt), but by and large, the range was more of a grown-up, effortless-but-still-tailored variety. Here’s a deeply wearable collection—for the great outdoors or, more likely perhaps, the Brooklyn jungle.

They say: “It’s a bit like encounters of the ends of the earth,” explained Tolboe of their arctic rescue mission/apocalyptic earth presentation theme. “It’s got our street-style vibe. We kind of have arctic gangbangers.” Owens added, “We wanted it to be like a state of emergency. We wanted it to be sort of abrasive.”

Where to find it: Opening Ceremony, Steven Alan, Owen.

Photo: Thomas Kletecka for Collective Edit

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