Monthly Archives: February 2011

A Cultural History of Louis Vuitton Trunks

In case you haven’t noticed, I tend to catch museum exhibits at the last minute. Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Voyage en Capitale: Louis Vuitton & Paris. But this isn’t really about clothes. It’s about Vuittons’ behind the Vuitton. You know, the ones who established those heritage trunks. And I’m not really one for monograms, though I would gladly make an exception for any one of the magnificent trunks featured in the show. The exhibit starts out in the 1850s and progresses through the centuries to current day artistic collaborations. It’s a cultural history that touches upon each and every tailor-made trunk from Jeanne Lanvin to Damien Hirst, doll and Red Cross pharmacy cases. I left the exhibition inspired, and wondering why in this day in age luggage companies don’t take a cue from exquisite compartmentalized Vuitton trunks. Anyone in Paris should surely make their best effort to get there this weekend. For more information, visit the website.

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Assessing the Wide Leg Pant

Remember these?

Spring 11, Raf Simons

Ah yes, the super wide pants from Raf Simons last season. While they didn’t quite make it into Fashion Snoops’ Key Item report (baggy pants did instead), the wide leg pant is one of the strongest pant directions on the Fall 11 runways. There’s just 1 problem. Wide pants for men = hard sell. However I think it can work in some ways. While we’re phasing out of the industrial theme, I think a strong tie could still be made to worker-inspired shapes in casual materials like twill. As for the more tailored (and often pleated) wide leg trouser, it’s a little more complicated. There are a few instances – cue Dior Homme – that incorporate a wide silhouette with fluid materials that add a nice drape. So my advice on the wide leg pant, proceed with caution.. I don’t think we’ll see these flooding retail anytime soon, although more modest wide styles will likely emerge.

Fall 11 – Mugler, Dior Homme, Lanvin, Yohji Yamamoto, Raf Simons


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Rodarte x Opening Ceremony FOR GUYS!

Girls don’t always get the cool stuff and leave guys in the dust. Behold, the Rodarte for Opening Ceremony collection which just launched yesterday. If you remember the covet-worthy sweaters the Rodarte sisters did for guys last year, then you’re probably going to LOVE the first-ever men’s collection.

The above photos are my favorites of the collection, although there’s more on the OC site. While the men’s collab isn’t quite as extensive as the one for the gals (and understandably), I think it’s a really cohesive look for the Rodarte guy. There are some definite cross-overs with women’s product, such as intarsia sweaters, floral prints and leather items, however it definitely works to get that Rodarte look across. Also I think the color palette works well here. Items such as the leather t-shirt or bomber jacket – are offered in a great vintage shade of chocolate as well as black. The chocolate speaks more to the die-hard Rodarte fan and seems to hit that California road-trip vibe just right, while the black is more universal.

The Rodarte by Opening Ceremony collection is available now in OC stores in NY, LA and Tokyo as well as Barney’s in NY, Holt Renfew and a few others retailers in Moscow and Saudi Arabia which makes me wonder WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG for OC to open up shop in Paris (or at least sell this fab collab in Colette?). Price points for guys run around the $250 – $400 range, while the leather pieces go for upwards of $2000. As I mentioned in my ladies blog, I hope this collab opens the door to a greater commercial success for Rodarte, and as well, I would love to see men’s product further developed.

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Under Armor at Rick Owens

Rick Owens was one of our favorite Fall 11 menswear shows for various reasons. Yes there were the boundary-pushing men in skirts, but I think the most exciting take-away was the armor-inspired outerwear. If you take a look at ONLY the jackets and coats, there are several directions to be taken. The triangular pockets on jackets appear almost as breast plates while coat styles feature a cutaway military shape. Other options include metal arm bands and a duffel coat, featured below. In either wool felt or leather, I’m sure these styles will be a big commercial influence.


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Bread & Butter Fall 11: Editor’s Choice

Oh, the start of the Fall 11 season. Milan menswear, Paris menswear and the Bread & Butter Berlin tradeshow! For those of you who checked out BBB’s womenswear trends, this is the menswear counterpart.. which may I say is a tad more exciting than ladies (or maybe I’m just still coming off the high of men’s runway). Of course Fashion Snoops subscribers will have exclusive access to THE LARGEST AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE Bread & Butter coverage yet with way too many exhibitors to mention. For now, I’ve put together this Editor’s Choice hotlist of trends from the show. Of course there will be tons more on the site, but this should give you a good idea of what’s happening for Fall 11. Hint: headed to the great outdoors (again) with plenty of great outerwear options!


Lee 101, Denim Development, Marc O Polo

Marc O Polo, Samsoe Samsoe


Minimum, Suit

Schott, Fred Perry


Marc O Polo, J Lindeberg

Brooks England, J Lindeberg


Denim Development, Goosecraft


Izzue, Fred Perry


JC Rags, Schott


Edwin, Goosecraft


Eleven Paris, Minimum

Denim Development


Canterbury, Humor


Buddha to Buddha, Sir Benni Miles


Criminal Damage, Dockers


Criminal Damage, Dockers


Suit, Just A Crush


Suit, Minimum

Levis, Loreak Mendian


Kudo, Loreak Mendian

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