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August 30 2014

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Mary Katrantzou Liberates the Letter Sweater

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Mary Katrantzou

Ahh, the letter sweater. A nostalgia-inducing garment associated with a simpler time when kiddos went steady, shared milkshakes at soda fountains, and did the Mashed Potato at sock hops. However, leave it to print master Mary Katrantzou to reinvent the concept via a range of psychedelic monogramed sweatshirts and T-shirts. In conjunction with the London-based designer’s Resort ’15 collection—which, worn by Taylor Swift at last weekend’s VMAs, conveyed its candy-colored fairy through typography as well as print—Katrantzou has stamped splashy pullovers with every letter of the alphabet. Each initial is, of course, rendered in vivid hues. Katrantzou devotees can preorder a jumper embellished with the letter of their choosing come Monday on marykatrantzou.com, and the wares will arrive at their doorsteps just in time for the winter holidays. “The ‘Initial’ series of sweaters and T-shirts, the Mary Katrantzou A to Z, has been created to reflect the innate sense of spirit and confidence of the Mary Katrantzou woman,” Katrantzou told Style.com. “The pieces are fun and whimsical. Taking vibrant color and a plethora of graphic imagery, a story for each letter has been built to create a new visual language, indicative of an expressive personality.” If the goal was “expressive personality,” we’d say Katrantzou nailed it. And the best part about these New Age letter looks? You can get one without having a jock boyfriend.

Mary Katrantzou’s initialed sweatshirts and T-shirts will be available for preorder beginning Monday, September 1. For more information, visit marykatrantzou.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou

Editor Obsessions: Suno Pleated Jacquard Top

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suno-topEvery day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

I swiped this Suno top off the fashion department racks for “school picture day” at Style.com. Sadly, I had to return it after my photo was snapped, but I plan to make it permanently mine for fall. The jacquard navy feels more refreshing than black but just as basic and easy to wear. Even better: The swingy silhouette and forgiving pleats mean I can eat whatever I want.

Suno Pleated-Tier Metallic Jacquard Top, $695, Buy it now

EXCLUSIVE: Re/Dun Perfects Fall’s Must-Have Patchwork Jean

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AP-O8-LA-7-REDUN-2014- 408_RGBLast week was Denim Week here at Style.com, otherwise known as a five-day indigo marathon in which we covered jean labels high and low, old and new. One on-the-rise brand that grabbed our attention was Re/Dun, a project from Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur that manages to combine our love of vintage denim with our need for a perfect fit.

“The most important thing we look for in a pair of vintage jeans is that they’re beautifully and authentically worn in,” Mazur told Style.com. “Seeing thousands of pairs of these jeans, you develop an eye for unique-looking wear patterns. We also look for something that can’t be replicated in a factory on a new pair of jeans.”

For Re/Dun’s latest offerings, Barron (who previously launched Joie) and Mazur (who founded Underground Denim) created a limited-edition collection of heavily patched, reconstructed, and handmade jeans made of vintage Levi’s 501s called Re/Pair Re/Dun. “The vibe is artisanal and individualist,” Barron said. “Each pair is so unique and handcrafted without looking ‘hippie.’ It’s the modern version of the vintage patchwork jean.”

Fashion art directors Marie Noorbergen and Aurelie Pyvka (whose résumés include Dior, Kenzo, and Jil Sander) got so inspired by the patched-up jeans during a recent studio visit that they enlisted Pyvka’s husband, Arnaud, for an impromptu ad campaign shoot in Venice. The images, featuring the jeans and loose white blouses, reflect Re/Dun’s love of well-worn, deeply personal classics. The campaign shots debut exclusively here on Style.com. “When we saw the images, we were blown away,” Barron said. “It’s exactly how we envisioned telling the story.”

Re/Pair Re/Dun jeans, $229 to $338, are available today on redun.com.

 

There’s Nothing Generic About the New Generic Man x Comme des Garçons Sneaker Collaboration

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gm-cdg1Collaborations are a dime a dozen these days, especially in the sneaker world. They come and go and are rarely remembered, so when one sticks around longer than a single season, it’s definitely worth noting.

The Generic Man and Comme des Garçons have been at it for eight seasons now, combining the footwear brand’s luxe take on minimal styles with Rei Kawakubo’s singular aesthetic vision. “She has all the say,” says Generic Man founder and creative director Brandon Day, who also has ongoing collaborations with Public School and Mark McNairy. “She does all the designing, and what she comes up with—there’s a reason for it—makes sense for her in the collections. It’s crazy, it always works, and I think that’s why she’s so respected and has the success she’s had.”

This season Kawakubo selected The Champion style from The Generic Man lineup for two black leather styles, each with hand-poured black, gray, green, and white marbled soles, with no two alike.

The Generic Man for Comme des Garçons Shirt Fall 2014 sneakers, $345, available now at End Clothing.

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Editor Obsessions: 6397 Jumpsuit

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jumpsuit-sizedEvery day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

Life gets so much easier once you own a jumpsuit. I can’t think of a denim brand that does capital-C Cool as well as Stella Ishii’s 6397, and its slouchy mechanic-shape jumpsuit is predictably on-point. The black denim version was a wardrobe game changer for me, and for the cooler months I’m coveting this slightly dressier take in lightweight tropical wool. No adornments, no unnecessary buttons, just clean lines and an overall air of badass.

6397 Jumpsuit, $595, Buy it now

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