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Fashion’s Year in Cultural Don’ts
"Of all the fashion trends that came and went this year, including 1980s shoulders, 1990s grunge and all things Meghan Markle, perhaps the most unrelenting was the prevalence of cultural missteps. They happened high, they happened low, they happened almost every season. Instead of getting better, it seems as if the offenses are getting worse. Just consider the fact that the year began with a monkey problem and ended with a blackface brouhaha. (Not the Megyn Kelly one.)"

via: The New York Times

Why 2018 Was Fashion’s Most Controversial Year
"Was 2018 the most controversy-inducing year in fashion? 'It certainly feels like 2018 experienced more than most,' says Ronn Torossian, the president and CEO of 5W Public Relations, an agency that specializes in crisis control. From an n-word debacle at Paris Couture Week in January to the brouhaha over a December GQ story claiming 'bootcut jeans are making a comeback,' the amount of fashion firestorms in need of a fire hose felt larger than ever."

via: Garage

Twitter Suspends Four Pins
"Much has been made about the closing of American brands and manufacturers — notably the near-closure of the Hertling trouser factory and the actual closing of Cone Mills and Woolrich Woolen Mills’ US plants. The same has happened to the menswear media space, albeit with much less coverage. Gone are many of the independent bloggers who were around in the late aughts, such as A Continuous Lean and A Suitable Wardrobe. Details Magazine has folded; Free & Easy is gone. And as of today, you can count Four Pins as being among those who we’ve lost."

via: Put This On

Heritage Footwear Is the Artisanal Answer to the Sneakerhead Era
"For a guy who runs an independent leather-shoe company in an era when fashion is completely obsessed with sneakers, Yuki Matsuda keeps a pretty level head about the whole thing. 'I'm like, ‘Okay, I need to make something much cooler than the sneaker,'' Matsuda says. In the years since founding Yuketen, in 1995, he's designed hundreds of hand-sewn moccasins, cordovan leather hard-bottoms, preppy loafers and boat shoes, fancy cowboy boots, and rugged hikers, all made using old-world methods. Sometimes his quest to improve upon the sneaker means remixing the North American shoe canon like he's been given the keys to a Hollywood-country-western costume shop: Yuketen loafers get western-belt-buckle straps. A dressy chukka is punched up with snakeskin leather. The brand's most recognizable silhouette, the Maine Guide Boot, merges a Native American moccasin with a New England trapper boot, all atop a chunky, urban-ready sole."

via: GQ Style

Archiving the 20teens with Ayesha A Siddiqi
"It's strange to still participate in the tradition of year end lists, of reviews and summaries, at a time like this. Recollection feels like the ritual of a simpler time, this was a year ignorant of history. 2018 encompassed an era—transformative shifts that typically take much longer to unfold established themselves faster than they were named and traditional record keepers couldn’t be trusted to keep track. Cable news networks were white noise machines. Pundits and columnists debated questions the answers to which are already abundant in the injustices of the world. National papers scrambled to give Nazis the benefit of the doubt, the suits employed at legacy media outlets identified more with the authority of fascists in neckties than with the people targeted by them. In the meantime, the only industry keeping a healthy sense of the times was fashion—an industry rarely credited for having a healthy sense of anything. Perhaps the intuitive collective choices of its community around the world, has yielded a usable record for this era. If the future can be read in tea leaves, the present can be read in how people get dressed."


Michelle Obama Can Wear Whatever She Wants
"Michelle Obama wore Balenciaga on Wednesday night. Boy, oh boy, did she ever. Not an understated, vintage Balenciaga sack dress. Not a molded blazer and sleek trousers from the current fall collection. No, the former first lady wore a full-length, draped, shimmery yellow shirt dress with a pair of gold, holographic thigh-high boots. It wasn’t just an eye-catching ensemble. It was fashion. Fashion. Faaaashion! It was direct from the runway, albeit from two different seasons. It was a look that would be unsurprising on a showbiz professional — onstage, on the red carpet — but for a civilian, a former first lady, well, it was quite something. Heck, it would be quite something on a fashion professional. Obama pulled out the Balenciaga for her appearance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the final stop of part one of her book tour for “Becoming.” She was interviewed by actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who, alongside the statuesque Mrs. Obama in her head-to-toe gilding, looked like an elfin wallflower in an eggplant-colored sequined dress."

via: The Washington Post

The Drama, the Romance, the Public Tears: This Was the Year in Justin Bieber
"It was a big year for Justin Bieber—and really, isn’t it always? The Biebs was one of many famous white men who ruled the news in 2018—blah, blah, blah, Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh—but he stood alone as a reliable source of entertainment who wasn’t also a threat to the republic, which is always nice. Even while Timothée Chalamet rose to prominence, Bieber retained his perch atop the celebrity ecosystem in 2018, delivering drama, romance, public tears, and impromptu musical performances outside a palace. Let us pause, reflect, and revisit the year in Justin Bieber."

via: Vogue

GQ's Most Stylish Man of the Year: Nick Jonas
"The race to determine the Most Stylish Man of 2018 is over. We started with 64 well-dressed dudes who duked it out via your votes to win some serious bragging rights: the year's king of fits. This year's bracket wasn't without its surprises: Seth Rogen took out Migos. Jeff Goldblum was a sure bet to take the whole thing until he ran up against sweater vest-lover Ryan Deadpool Reynolds. A$AP Rocky's cool points couldn't topple John Legend's best-dressed dad rigs. The Rock swooped in to steal Rami Malek's spot in the semifinals just minutes before the end of the quarterfinals. That freed up everyone's favorite hulking would-be president to go up against his Jumanji co-star Nick Jonas in the finals. And from the get-go, Jonas had a commanding lead that stayed with him until polls closed."

via: GQ

Kanye & Tyler Are Finally Dressing Like Adults, and We Salute It
"Ever since elevated streetwear evolved from a fashion subculture into the industry’s new norm, critics and fanboys have been trying to predict the trend that will eventually overlap it. Now a transition period has begun. Our favorite designers, once sniffed at by legacy brands, are now in charge of said brands’ output, and those smaller names usually relegated to the sidelines are shaping a culture they were once excluded from."

via: Highsnobiety

A Yeezy Alum Who Now Designs for Versace
"Mr. Bembury is a cult designer of opulent fashion sneakers, first at Yeezy, where he designed combat and lace-up boots for Seasons 3 and 4, and now at Versace, where his futuristic, almost Japanime-inspired designs have earned praise from tastemakers, art stars and sneakerheads. Sneakers Magazine recently called him 'one of the most ambitious creatives in the footwear industry.'"

via: The New York Times

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