Weekend Reading: November 9, 2018
Weekend Reading: November 9, 2018
- Words Grailed Team
- Date November 09, 2018
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The Story of Kim Jones for Dior Homme
"Kim Jones is unpacking boxes in his new office as Creative Director of the menswear division of Christian Dior on the tail end of London’s Harley Street. The space previously housed Phoebe Philo at Céline and, in her absence, Kim has taken up residency back in the city he calls home. 'London is the capital for finding menswear inspiration. This is where I’m from, this is where I live,' he says. 'I need what I need to make me happy so that I can do my job.' The space remains relatively blank. The only nod to its new owner is the archive Vivienne Westwood shoe collection housed along an entire wall of shelves to the left of where his desk will soon stand, directly in front of a floor to ceiling bay window. Gossiping and giggling, Kim sips a diet coke whilst texting his assistant to organize his next string of meetings, deadlines, and interviews. His hair is neat and clipped, and he is looking trim and healthy. Cartier diamond bracelets and platinum necklaces accessorize his outfit of a Balenciaga sweater and Nikes. Despite the pressure he is currently facing at the helm of one of the world’s largest luxury brands, he seems relaxed and happy."
A Camping Trip with Visvim's Mr. Hiroki Nakamura
"'Every time I go to a national park, I think, 'Why am I so charmed by this?’' Mr Hiroki Nakamura says. The owner-designer of Los Angeles- and Tokyo-based brand visvim is describing his experience of the lodges and carved wooden signs of Yosemite National Park in California, specifically, but also, by association, the exclusive 28-piece capsule collection he’s just created for MR PORTER. '[Yosemite was] protected by President Roosevelt [in 1906], who made it a national park, a park for the people,' he says. 'And I’m just like, ‘OK, it’s really just honest.’ It’s very substantial. You can feel the richness of the country, it’s just gorgeous. The nature is amazing. And it’s not commercial at all. And then I begin breaking it down, why I’m really drawn to it.'"
via: Mr. Porter
History of Jewelry Debuts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Latest Exhibition, "The Body Transformed"
"'Jewelry: The Body Transformed' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (November 12 through February 24) brings together four millennia of jeweled adornments and represents a collaboration between no less than six curators: Melanie Holcomb, Kim Benzel, Soyoung Lee, Diana Craig Patch, Joanne Pillsbury, and Beth Carver Wees. As they explain, jewelry is 'the world’s oldest art form, predating cave painting by tens of thousands of years.'"
Basketball Sneakers Have Gone out of Fashion
"There are two kinds of basketball sneakers. One is meant for playing ball in. They’re performance shoes, designed to provide stability and support as athletes run, jump, cut, and do whatever else they might need to do. The other may have started out as a performance shoe, but is no longer cutting-edge; it’s now something people wear on city streets rather than an basketball court. Retro Jordans generally fit in this category, along with the Converse Chuck Taylor, which it’s easy to forget was once a top-of-the-line athletic sneaker."
Mister Green is Blazing a Way For Weed Culture During the "Green Rush"
"Mister Green was established in 2015 as a lifestyle brand responding to cultural shifts around marijuana. Founder Ariel Stark-Benz launched Mister Green as an online shop to revamp the tired image of stoner culture and head shops—you know, faux-Rastafarian colorways and cheap bongs—into something clean, minimalist, and contemporary. As our last Under The Radar highlighted, getting a brand off the ground in 2018 is no walk in the park. However, three years and 'no weekends off' after Mister Green’s conception, Stark-Benz’s brand has tripled its product offerings, quadrupled its customer base, and opened a permanent brick-and-mortar store in Los Angeles. Expanding on its initial lines of tees, the brand now carries accessories, leather goods, homewares, and fragrances, notably a woody Palo Santo-inspired scent called Hippie Shit."
Hedi Slimane and the Art of the "Drop"
"On Monday, just as luxury retailers in the US get ready to begin marking down fall merchandise, some of the spoils of Hedi Slimane’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection for Celine will arrive in 16 boutiques across the globe, from Beverly Hills to Shanghai. The pièce de résistance is Slimane’s ‘16’ bag, a top-handle style spotted on Lady Gaga in the weeks before his wildly polarising, endlessly discussed runway debut at Paris Fashion Week in September. The launch will also include the quilted 'C' bag, the ‘Triomphe’ clasp bag, chunky chain-link accessories as well as small leather goods."
via: Business of Fashion
What Gives the Logo Its Legs
"At a party last month, Gabriela Silvarolli embraced the full Fendi. Ms. Silvarolli, a stylist and designer, was swathed from her chin to her calves in the company’s signature double FF logo. Her turnout was excessive, she knew. 'As recently as a year ago, you didn’t wear logos,' she said. 'You had to be discreet.' But a glance at the crowd at Fendi’s Madison Avenue flagship—matrons, films stars and assorted style-world moguls tricked out in Fendi logo regalia—persuaded her otherwise. 'Nowadays everything is allowed,' Ms. Silvarolli said. 'Nothing is too much.'"
via: The New York Times
Hyein Seo Threw a House Party—And Brought Seoul Fashion to Its Feet
"By 9:00 p.m. on Friday night, an unmarked alley in Euljiro, Seoul was filled with kids wearing silk bucket hats and patch-work bomber jackets, clingy knit slips and perfectly lax cargo pants. The stylish swarm had descended upon a two-story art gallery to celebrate Hyein Seo, the four-year-old cult Korean label that staged its first hometown presentation as a raucous house party. DJ Leevisa cued her next track in the front room, while champagne and vodka poured forth freely from the concrete slab bar on the ground floor. In a nearby corner, black cotton mock turtlenecks with the words 'Hyein Seo' on the chest and 'Prototype' on the collar sold like hotcakes."
Ezra Miller Is the Gender-Bending, Goat-Delivering Hollywood Star of the Future
"When Ezra Miller tells me he has a farm in Vermont, I think he's probably exaggerating a little bit. A farm. Okay. 'I live on a farm in Vermont' sounds like something a celebrity says when they really mean they own a charming cabin on three acres that they visit twice a year when they need to get away from their other vacation homes. But Miller, the 26-year-old actor who broke out in films like We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, says it's really a farm, and that he really lives there. 'People think I'm someone who exaggerates,' he says. 'I think people tend to associate me as somewhat hyperbolic in my tendencies. I'm actually not so.' He grins. 'I try to be very honest.'"
How Bruce Lee Made Lee Kung Man’s Everyday Undershirt a Fashion Icon
"Bruce Lee dressed in a white, round-necked T-shirt with three buttons at the front. It’s an iconic image from the 1970s, thanks to which that humble, lightweight undershirt became famous around the world. Few international fans knew it, but that sought-after cotton garment was made in Hong Kong—and still is. Lee Kung Man, the media-shy company behind the shirt, was founded in Canton—modern-day Guangzhou—in 1923. In Hong Kong, the firm has been manufacturing that simple but signature product at its Lai Chi Kok factory for decades, selling it in the same packaging and from the same shops—in Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, Sham Shui Po and Mong Kok."