105 posts tagged "Raf Simons"
One of our favorite trends for Fall ’14 is unexpected, clashing colors. Take Miuccia Prada, for instance, who convinced us to rethink primary hues, and Joseph Altuzarra, who expertly paired fuchsia with army green. Narciso Rodriguez employed pops of sunset orange, and at Emilio Pucci, Peter Dundas took a risk with canary yellow. We’ll definitely incorporate some of those brights into our cold-weather wardrobes, but why not jump on the trend now? For spring, we suggest trying one of Raf Simons’ winning combos at Dior: cotton-candy pink and fire-engine red. Traditionally reserved for Valentine’s Day, varying shades of pink and red (from ultra-pale to neon) look fresh, modern, and delightfully out of the ordinary. Shop our favorite blush-hued pieces from Stella McCartney, Topshop, Carven, and more, below.
1. Topshop knitted rib textured jumper, $76, available at topshop.com
2. Wildfox Kitten 56-mm sunglasses, $179, available at nordstrom.com
3. Stella McCartney Jodie floral-jacquard miniskirt, $628, available at mytheresa.com
4. Frasier Sterling distressed wood bracelets with multicolor tassels, $80 for three, available at frasiersterling.com
5. Carven coral suede ankle strap bow pumps, $590, available at ssense.com
Each year during the second week of April, the modest city of Milan hosts one of the world’s preeminent design weeks, drawing from the farthest reaches of the greater design community. While most major brands introduce their home furnishing collections at the convention-center-based Salone del Mobile just outside of town, various districts in and around the city center house events, installations, and group shows of both established and emerging designers. Amid the seemingly endless events, exhibitions, and installations peppered throughout the city, a comprehensive sense of innovation and creativity seeped through. Now that the festivities have come to a close, here’s a look at the highlights.
COS x Nendo
In the world of design, few studios generate as much buzz as Tokyo’s Nendo. Its eye for simplicity and detail-driven design lent itself nicely to the recently unveiled collaboration with Swedish fashion brand COS. To introduce the collection, Nendo founder Oki Sato created an installation in the Brera Design District with white shirts winding through a stark gallery space like dominos, displayed on stands and suspended from the ceiling in a gradient, from white to gray and black.
Kvadrat x Raf Simons
One of the more exciting collaborations launched during the week had to be the new collection of textiles by Raf Simons for Danish textile company Kvadrat. As Simon’s first foray into textiles for home furnishing, the range included eleven color and texture-heavy fabric designs—including velvet, which seems to be trending this year. To show the materials’ versatility, Milan’s Spotti showroom hosted a variety of vignetters with an extensive collection of iconic mid-century furniture upholstered in the collection.
Marni “Animal House”
As with last year, Marni again hosted a charity-driven installation of furniture and sculpture just outside the city center. Giraffes, ostriches, rabbits, ducks, donkeys, and flamingos, each made of metal and brightly colored PVC by a group of Colombian craftswomen, dominated the landscape of a perfectly deteriorating indoor/outdoor space. Every aspect of lighthearted installation played on the collection’s theme of asymmetry.
While ceramic, copper, and cork continued to dominate, it seemed bright colors, too, were having a moment in industrial design. From big brands at Salone del Mobile to the playful work of more up-and-coming designers showing in the Ventura Lambrate and Brera Districts, cool hues were cleverly being utilized across the board. Drawing on all aforementioned materials, Something Good—a new concept brand focused on the next generation of Italian design—did well to stand out with its second-ever collection.
Marimekko Unikko 50th Anniversary Installation
Marimekko’s most celebrated design turns 50 this year, and to commemorate the iconic Unikko poppy pattern—designed by Maija Isola in 1964—the Finnish brand debuted a modest installation housing the new anniversary collection of textiles and homewares. While the color added a nice burst of energy to the environment, a loft within the area packed with pillows offered a momentary refuge for exhausted design enthusiasts.
Safilo x Marc Newson
Italian eyewear brand Safilo recently tapped famed Australian industrial designer Marc Newson to create a new range of frames. Inspired by Safilo’s 80th anniversary, Newson drew on vintage silhouettes seen in the Safilo archives for his five new designs. Milan institution 10 Corso Como hosted the launch of the capsule collection, alongside an installation at the Triennale Design Museum.
Palace Skateboards Pop-Off Shop
Coinciding with design week, Milan’s celebrated streetwear purveyor Slam Jam set off on the first of many events to celebrate its 25th anniversary, starting with a pop-up shop for London’s Palace Skateboards. Inside the “Pop-Off” shop, you found the entire current collection of softgoods, a range of exclusive Italian-inspired colorways, and vinyl from Palace’s recent collaboration with house DJ Theo Parish’s Sound Signature.
Nike Aero-static Dome Installation and Event Space
To introduce the new Kobe 9 Elite Low HTM, Nike created a multipurpose gathering space near the famous Duomo Cathedral. Designed by Miniwiz founder Arthur Huang, the Aero-static Dome installation was a buoyant structure entirely supported by the movement of air. The public space hosted daily design talks, while a series of display cases offered a detailed view of both the Kobe 9 HTM and the new Magista football boot—all while simultaneously anchoring the dome via thread and carbon fiber.
Speculation surrounding the deal can finally be laid to rest. Today, Adidas announced a long-term partnership with Pharrell Williams. Rumors have been circulating for months, peaking when the artist performed at the Oscars wearing custom red Adidas sneakers and the brand’s black leather track jacket. Pharrell’s Earth-friendly textiles company, Bionic Yarn, will be used in some of the label’s collection.
“Working with a brand like Adidas is such an incredible opportunity,” Pharrell said in the statement. “From the classic track suit to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths, Adidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and Bionic Yarn.”
Dirk Schonberger, global creative director for Adidas Sport Style, had this to say: “I am truly thrilled to work with Pharrell. He is a pop culture icon that never fails to inspire, not just through his musical talent and craft, but through his many other interests. He is the perfect fit for the multifaceted company that is Adidas.”
With both Kanye West and Pharrell now officially signed on, along with Raf Simons, Rick Owens, and other designers, it seems Adidas is on a mission to be the coolest sportswear brand on the planet, one collaboration at a time.
The first offerings from the adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams collection will be available this summer.
Not to be outdone by the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Riccardo Tisci collab, Adidas is unleashing another round of Raf Simons kicks for spring.
Building on the initial Fall 2013 collection that included just three styles of performance runners, this drop includes a whole slew of new unisex models—eight to be exact, each in up to four different colorways. Blending classic three-stripe silhouettes like on the Stan Smith with new tech and exaggerated shapes, bright colors and flashy patterns, the lineup looks like a footwear collection designed for a gang of very fashionable superheroes.
The brand is establishing itself as the go-to for designers looking to experiment with sneakers, and Simons is in good company at Adidas, where Rick Owens, Jeremy Scott, and Mark McNairy also have ongoing collections. Based on what we saw during fashion season—both Chanel and Dior had trainers on their couture runways—the trend will only continue to gain momentum.
Adidas x Raf Simons prices range from $440 to $570. The collection arrives soon at Adidas Originals concept stores, boutiques, and retailers carrying RAF.
While he hasn’t yet been at the house for two years, Raf Simons already has his own Dior documentary. Dubbed Dior et Moi and directed by Frédéric Tcheng (who also worked on Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor), the flick chronicles Simons’ first couture collection for the storied brand, which walked down the runway in 2012. Seeing as the doc is set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, we’re curious to know if Chanel will be inviting the cast to its annual film fest bash.