Weekend Reading: December 29, 2017
Weekend Reading: December 29, 2017
- Words Grailed Team
- Date December 29, 2017
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East Coast's Largest Mall Is Trying Something Other Than Stores
With the rise of e-commerce imposing a rapid reckoning on retailers and their landlords, mall owners are turning to everything from restaurants and bowling alleys to apartment buildings and hotels to internet-proof their properties.
via: Business of Fashion
2017 Was the Year Fashion Got Serious Daddy Issues
“Prediction: as Kanye transcends into dad-life, he's going to make dad-core trendy and cool,” wrote one Reddit user in 2015. “Would it be a far reach to predict that, as Kanye becomes older and more mature, his fits will reflect his lifestyle? With another kid on the way, and plenty of artistic (and business) ventures to explore, Kanye might eventually depart from the streetwear realm entirely and actually make dadcore look cool.” The post received three comments before slipping into Reddit obscurity.
Why Top Sneaker Resellers are Still Investing Big in Yeezys
If you're wondering how much sneaker culture has grown recently, take a look at the trajectory of Sneaker Con over the past eight years: Since its debut in 2009 in a 2,000-square-foot space in New York City's Times Square with about 30 vendors and 600 attendees, the Comic-Con-inspired event — where enthusiasts can buy, sell and trade sneakers, streetwear and everything in between — has snowballed more than twentyfold. That's not to mention its expansion around the world, with stops in London, Berlin, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C. and more. Over the past weekend, its New York City show welcomed 19,000 attendees and 100,000 pairs of sneakers (worth $1 billion total) to the Javits Center.
With Phoebe Philo Leaving Céline, What's Next?
Yet despite her reticence to embrace modern retail conventions — or perhaps, in part, because of it — Philo's influence on the industry dwarf's the scale of Céline's actual business. That influence reaches all the way back to the late 1990s, when Philo studied with Stella McCartney at Central Saint Martins, following the now-brand-name designer when she took the creative director job from Karl Lagerfeld at Chloé in 1997. When McCartney left Chloé to set up her own fashion label in a joint-venture with what was then called the Gucci Group, now part of the conglomerate Kering, Philo was left out of the project. Chloé's chief executive at the time, Ralph Toledano, exploited the rift to place Philo in the top job in 2001.
via: Business of Fashion
Rick Owens on Assembling Archives for His Retrospective
“The horse fucking and fist-fucking videos? I don’t think Carolina Herrera has those on her résumé.” It’s June, a few days before the CFDA Awards, and Rick Owens and I are sitting in his garden in Paris, behind the concrete palace that has been home to him, his wife Michèle Lamy, and their business since 2003. He is about to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American fashion institution, and he is completely delighted by the prospect, unlikely as that might seem of the oft-titled dark prince of fashion. “The thing about the CFDA is that it’s a pantheon of creators, at this point in time, at this point in history, and I’ve been invited to be a part of that. In a historical sense, that’s very moving. I really am honoured.”
The Year in Style: 25 Celebrity Outfits That Defined 2017
From politically loaded T-shirts and throwback jackets to suits that made tailoring cool again, these 25 fits encapsulated much of what happened in menswear this year. While we wouldn't recommend you copy these exact looks (unless you're prepared to make a scene), you should take these flexes as a reminder that style is so much more than a Henley and good jeans. Make 2018 the year you Go for It in your wardrobe, whatever that means for you, and good things will happen. We promise.
The Truth About Streetwear
And that truth, right now, is that streetwear is continually hitting an all-time high, like the bitcoin of fashion. It’s gone mainstream on both high and low channels and the market seemingly can’t get enough. But, there are some critical flaws, microscopic and unseen, that are breaking down the machine. Streetwear’s (well, as we know it) end will probably close in sooner than we want and expect. I will tell you why, but I’ll also predict what comes next. I’m no fortune-teller, but we’ve lived this life before. The $1.2B Supreme valuation of 2017 is the $1.5B Ecko revenue of 2009. The Off-White is the new Palace is the new Huf weed sock is the new #DiamondLife is the new Been Trill X HBA X Pyrex goth football jersey is the new The Hundreds is…
via: The Hundreds
The Most Anticipated Books of January 2018
We had plenty to read in 2017, but for those eager to move into the year ahead, 2018 is shaping up to give us even more excellent new books, with some of the most anticipated titles of January looking primed to distract, challenge, and provoke. From buzzy new memoirs like Rose McGowan’s Brave (sure to incorporate her experience at the forefront of the #MeToo movement) and Morgan Jerkins’s This Will Be My Undoing, to hotly anticipated fiction including a posthumous collection from Denis Johnson and a new novel from Dave Eggers.
The Daniel Day-Lewis Version of Fantasy Fashion Diva
Much has been made in recent weeks of “Phantom Thread,” the Paul Thomas Anderson movie about a 1950s couturier that opens, like a big present for us all, on Christmas Day. That is mostly because its star, Daniel Day-Lewis, has announced loudly that it will be his last film, and because his last collaboration with Mr. Anderson, “There Will Be Blood,” about the oil business, was such a power punch of a flick (and won Mr. Day-Lewis his second Oscar for best actor).
via: The New York Times
Why Americans Fixate on the Trump Administration’s Clothing
As insults go, making fun of someone’s fashion sense is tempting, low-hanging fruit. The jokes come fast, and they feel cutting and true because clothing reveals how we want others to see us. Fashion-related jabs that might seem cruel in everyday life are, however, broadly considered fair game in the political realm. Politicians often manipulate their style for optics, and besides, they’re running the country. It’s punching up.