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July 26 2014

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Viktor & Rolf Select The New Class At ITS9

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Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren—better known simply as Viktor & Rolf—chaired the jury of ITS9, the annual launching-pad competition for young designers in their final year of school, held this weekend in Trieste on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. That made good sense: The designers were themselves launched by a young talent competition back in 1992, at France’s Festival d’Hyères. They were only 23, and their line, such as it was, was young enough that it didn’t even have a name. “I remember when it was announced we had won,” Snoeren recalled. “We were asked to come on stage, but we had no name yet, so they just said: ‘Viktor & Rolf.’ ” And the rest, as they say, is history.

The duo and their fellow jurors settled on Takashi Nishiyama, 23, of Japan’s Coconogacco design school for the Fashion Collection of the Year prize and its €15,000 award. Nishiyama’s collection, with its voluminous layers, was inspired by Monster Hunter, the console video and online game that’s become immensely popular in Japan (above left). South Korea’s Yong Kyun Shin, 28, a student at Central Saint Martins, won the Fashion Special Collection Creativity award (and €5,000) for his complex women’s collection made from tens of thousands of hair pins, some covered with leather (above right.). And Michael Kampe, 23, a student at Belgium’s Hogeschool in Antwerp, took the ITS9 Diesel award, which comes with a six-month internship in design at the company and €25,000. His menswear—perhaps more theoretical than wearable—was inspired by the exploded-view drawings and blueprints used by engineers and the artwork of Naoya Hatakeyama, E.V. Day, Lucy McRae, Florian Baudrexel, and Lebbeus Woods. If you get all of those references, an application to ITS10 should probably be in your future.

Finalist Niels Peeraer, 21, from Antwerp’s Hogeschool, didn’t take an official prize, but he got a pretty nice consolation one: Romain Brau and Anna Kushnerova of Antwerp’s new concept store Ra were so taken with his furs, draped silk jersey minidresses, and men in heels that they’ve promised him an in-store installation and party when Ra hits its first anniversary next fall. “All my friends at school are Japanese, and for as long as I can remember I’ve thought of myself as a geisha,” explains the designer, who has been teaching himself to read and write Japanese. In September, Peeraer will begin his postgraduate studies for a master’s in fashion, but this August he’s taking his dream trip to Japan, crashing with newfound friends picked up on the cheap—at Couchsurfing.org.

Photos: Courtesy of Diesel

What Are All Of These People Looking At?

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A large crowd gathered at Diesel on 54th Street yesterday. Why? Continue Reading “What Are All Of These People Looking At?” »

Patrick Robinson Nails It

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Fresh off a week and a half tour of Gap stores across the U.S., creative director Patrick Robinson was at the Fifth Avenue flagship this morning talking up the brand’s new premium denim. “They’re the best-fitting jeans in the world. That’s a big statement, I know,” he said. Robinson also told us, “They’ll change your life.” Hmm. But it sounds like he just might’ve done the work to back it up. The six new women’s and seven new men’s styles were a year and a half in the making and are designed to put Gap back into the denim game. Once upon a time—before Diesel, Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, True Religion, J Brand, etc., etc.—Gap and Levi’s owned it. To get back to that place, Robinson recruited wash experts, incorporated hand details, and retrained the technical people in Gap’s factories. The most important change? “Nailing the fit,” he explained. “I heard over and over again from customers that it’s about fit. If the jeans don’t give her a rock star butt, she’s not buying.” Gap was giving free pairs to blog editors, but the $69.50 price for a pair of Very Skinnys in olive green with riding pant seaming across the thighs was so right, I would’ve happily paid for them.

Photo: Courtesy of Gap

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Lykke Li

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Edie Beale isn’t the only one who can rock a turban. The evidence? Little Lykke Li, the Swedish songbird, at the Diesel:U:Music tour last night. True, the boots, hat, and silver jacket might not have been appropriate for the weather, which was as steamy as it gets, but it sure works as a total look in our book. What about yours?

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images

Bring Your Courage: Diesel Launches Only The Brave

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Here’s another stop for your Thursday-night gallery crawl. In honor of its new men’s fragrance, Only the Brave, Diesel has commissioned artists like Sandra Chi, Bob Partington, and Keystone Design Union’s David Gensler and Aerosyn-Lex to create pieces that explore the nerve it takes to be, well, brave. The work will be on view at a pop-up exhibit at Openhouse Gallery on Mulberry Street alongside Magomed Dovjenko’s illustration (left) before moving to the Diesel Denim Gallery. The best part? With a theme as gutsy as bravery, there’s no way they’ll have the, um, nerve to serve room-temperature white whine.