Weekend Reading: December 22, 2017
Weekend Reading: December 22, 2017
- Words Grailed Team
- Date December 22, 2017
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Billionaire Heir Wyatt Koch Makes Shirts About Money
"When you're Wyatt Koch, the flame-haired heir to a billion-dollar fortune, the sky is the limit. You can do whatever you want—including launch a brand of egregiously bold shirts. Wyatt is in the headlines today after suing his ex-fiancée in order to get back the $180,000 custom engagement ring he gave her, but The Cut correctly identified the news we should really be talking about: that Wyatt designs a line of T-shirts under the brand name Wyatt Ingraham (his middle name). These shirts are...something. They are Going Out Shirts on LSD. They are the wallpaper from Pee-Wee's Playhouse made real. They are shirts in the same way Pop Rocks are food. Wanting to ask approximately a million questions, I called the number on the brand’s website."
Supreme Is Hiring a Chief Financial Officer
"Following The Carlyle Group’s recent investment in the company, Supreme is now reportedly looking to make some changes by hiring a Chief Financial Officer, per suggestion from the investment firm. According to WWD, this is the first in a series of moves The Carlyle Group has advised, while additional plans include opening new locations and more big name collaborations."
If LA Was a Brand, It Would Probably Be BornxRaised
"Driving through LA with BornxRaised’s founder Spanto is the best kind of city tour. This one leaves out all the touristy photo-ops that end up on Facebook and gets to the reality of what LA looks like behind all the fanfare. One corner where someone was shot at a burger stand, the best bar to get $2 PBRs, and descriptions of an Echo Park most newcomers wouldn’t have dared to walk through."
"Italian brands have a thing for ACRONYM. Back in June 2013, Gucci, then under the creative direction of Frida Giannini, showed an awfully similar looking jacket, one that was a dead ringer the GT-J5A jacket that Errolson Hugh introduced for Fall 2007 and revived beginning in Fall 2010. Now, Berlin-based tech apparel brand, ACRONYM, is proving a point of “inspiration” for another Italian giant: Versace."
via: The Fashion Law
How Demna Gvasalia's Balenciaga Defined the Aesthetic of a Generation
"It feels so long ago partly due to the horrific head-spin of "fashion time," which operates like a goldfish stuck in a hamster wheel, constantly going round and round and unable to remember with any specificity anything that happened longer than five minutes ago. But mainly, it feels so long ago, because since Demna’s debut collection for Fall/Winter 2016, he’s obliterated Balenciaga’s immediate past. Following Nicolas Ghesquiere isn’t easy, but so completely has Balenciaga been Demnafied, it feels like Wang never inhabited the house."
How 2017's Top-Level Editorial Changes Will Affect the Future of Fashion Publishing
"News that an editor of Graydon Carter's stature would be vacating his post after 25 years at Vanity Fair was guaranteed to send ripples throughout the publishing industry. Ditto that sentiment for word that Robbie Myers would be departing Elle after 17 years, or that Glamour's veteran EIC Cindi Leive would soon report for her final day. But when all three made their impending exits public within a week of one another, as they did this past September, those ripples felt more like a tidal wave."
The Real Problem With Nike’s Ripping NBA Jerseys
"For two months, October and November, Nike’s new NBA jerseys made headlines for ripping apart as a half dozen players, including LeBron James, wore them during games. The jerseys are made of Alpha Yarns and recycled bottles, and news outlets such as USA Today, Business Insider, and ESPN were quick to note that while describing the wardrobe malfunctions. SB Nation even assembled two product testers and a design expert to figure out if the jerseys’ contents were to blame."
Streetwear Was Big Business in 2017, But is That a Good Thing?
"Yet for what seemed like a seismic shift, something felt a little off. There had been no sighting of Supreme founder James Jebbia at the show – although he was in Paris, and attended LV’s show the season before – and Angelo Baque, Supreme’s Brand Director at the time, remained in New York (he would soon leave the company, although he still consults for the brand). For what should have been a landmark event for Supreme, a conquering of Paris Fashion Week on its own terms, there seemed to be little sign of jubilation."
Meet the Man Responsible for Designing adidas’ Greatest Hits
"Nic Galway may not be the first to come to mind when you think of cult designers riding the wave of mainstream fashion right now. But the VP of global design for adidas has taken his creative vision into every discernible celebrity, sneakerhead and athleisure-loving millennial’s wardrobe. Galway is the mastermind behind adidas’ biggest sneakers. The NMDs. The Tubulars. The reissue of iconic models like the Superstars and Gazelle. And let’s not forget Kanye West’s wildly popular Yeezy Boost 350 and 750, which were co-designed along with Kanye himself. During his 18-year tenure, Galway has turned the athletic juggernaut into the “it” sneaker label, with a clever strategy: to keep challenging the status quo."
via: GQ India
2017: The Year in Fast Fashion
"The rise of fast fashion–the practice of rapidly translating high fashion design trends into low-priced garments and accessories by mass-market retailers at low costs – over the past decade, in particular, has transformed the entire fashion industry. From traditional mall retailers that are struggling to remain afloat due the price-setting practices and all-around market domination of the likes of Zara, H&M, Mango, Uniqlo, and co., to high fashion brands that are no longer–in 2017–exempt from sharing high-meets-low wardrobe-wielding consumers with these mass market giants, all sects of the industry have been touched by the impact of fast fashion."
via: The Fashion Law