Weekend Reading: April 13, 2018
Weekend Reading: April 13, 2018
- Words Grailed Team
- Date April 13, 2018
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Streetwear Reigns Supreme, Say Teens
Brands including Adidas, Supreme and Gucci come out on top in a Piper Jaffray survey of young consumers, while Nike and Ralph Lauren are losing lustre.
via: Business of Fashion
Jim Jones Is Still Salty About That Supreme Tee
Apparently, Jim Jones still wants a piece of Supreme. In a recent Instagram post, the OG Dipset member argued the skate-wear company took advantage of him and Juelz Santana when the brand paid them an apparently paltry $14,000 to pose for their iconic 2006 portrait tee. “They owe us piece of th [sic] company,” Jones wrote on Instagram.
Is The Term “Streetwear” Becoming Obsolete?
Over the past decade, streetwear has sauntered its way to the zenith of fashion – we now exist in an era where a skate brand collaborating with a luxury fashion house is de rigueur, and fashion’s cool cache now belongs to the streetwear designers. That’s why Messrs Virgil Abloh and Demna Gvasalia hold some of the top positions in fashion as designers at Louis Vuitton menswear and Balenciaga respectively, and why a cult sneaker drop can create more interest among millennials than a local election.
via: Mr Porter
Craig Green: The Designer Revolutionizing the Way Men Look
That mission statement makes his designs, which are often intricate and architectural, all the more intriguing for those within the fashion industry who have showered him with accolades and made his runway shows one of the hottest tickets of London Fashion Week. But how does someone who sets out to explore functional, egalitarian clothing end up with a suit made from what resembles long, bulky strips of church carpeting, for example, as Green did in his Autumn-Winter 2017 collection? Or land upon the body-swallowing, multi-colored poncho, like the one recently worn on stage by Jared Leto? And what is the average consumer to make of it all?
Fashion’s #MeToo Movement Is Loudest on Instagram
Overwhelmed and upset by the nature and volume of these stories, @ShitModelMgmt decided to use her platform to start publicly naming the photographers, stylists, agents, and other industry professionals who’d allegedly acted sexually inappropriately toward models. She posted screenshots of the direct messages she received in her stories (with the permission of the accusers), writing down all the perpetrators in her phone in an attempt to keep a more permanent record — a process that took her many hours over the span of a few days. In the end, she received approximately 300 different names from around the world.
via: The Cut
Major Fashion Names Among Worst Offenders in Britain Gender Pay Gap
This week, as the final hours ticked down to the deadline for British companies to report their gender pay gap data or face a fine, a flurry of last-minute filings revealed a stark and unflattering trend: Fashion and beauty brands, predominantly focused on female consumers and audiences, and often employing an overwhelmingly female staff, are among the worst offenders in the country when it comes to paying men more than women.
via: The New York Times
Tinker Hatfield, the Nike Designer who Transformed Sneakers into Art
To make an impact, whether that’s in science, poetry or design, you need out of the box thinking. Unexpected ideas. The type of epiphanies that extend beyond the traditional confinement of your field. People who can produce them are rare, but once they find their creative outlet, true magic happens.
One of those people is Tinker Hatfield, designer and head of Nike’s Innovation Kitchen. He’s the guy who said, “Let’s make the interior workings of the sneaker visible,” which led to the iconic AirMax, or more recently, “Let’s build a shoe with self-tying laces,” which lead to, well, self-tying shoes.
It was at a presentation of the latter that we got a chance to dive into the mastermind of this creative maverick, and talked about design as an artform, explaining your ideas to the people on top, and why shoe designers should never go to a shoe store.
via: 1 Granary
Theory’s Andrew Rosen Drops Contemporary Fashion Crown in Favor of Investing in People
Born into a family of retail entrepreneurs, the fashion mogul says the rise of online start-ups, plus a new injection of fresh blood in the industry, is helping America’s fashion scene evolve and stay relevant
Crocs, '80s Excess, and Christopher Wylie: How Fashion Is a Conspiracy of Trends
I have often thought that the correct collective noun for fashion must be “a conspiracy of trends.” To look back on Fashion Month as a whole always makes me suspect collusion: how can practically everyone at New York Fashion Week, for example, arbitrarily decide that we’re into the 1980s again? Did they all read the same chapter of the same history textbook, collectively deciding to reference the excess, power, “more is more” style of fashion that we recognize as being specific to a certain time and a certain place within the span of that decade? (Or—the paranoiac’s refrain— who told them to have that same reading of history?) Well, differing and overlapping interpretations of a shared history is the core of art, maybe.
The Epic of Donatella
An Interview with Versace’s Creative Director about Loss, Addiction, and the Power of Blonde