Friday, February 1, 2008
Nom De Guerre, which has consistently been one of my favorite brands has another solid season line up from the looks of it. Always sticking to the classics, they are increasing the width of ties and the legs of their jeans. At first look, words that may pop up are subdued, but as always, with NDG it's all about the details (see: the closures on the first coat).
From Diane Pernet
The Fall / Winter 2008 collection takes inspiration from the
American Military Theater of Operations in Europe during
the Second World War, and is reminiscent of both sides,
the Western as well as the Eastern European military. The
range of color consists of sober black, white, and gray,
which conjure the ideas of protean truths brought about by
military intelligence interrogations.
Traditional cotton, waxed cotton, and wool suiting fabrics
are set off by Rubberized cotton fabric utilized in
outerwear pieces, and evocative of the protective clothing
primarily worn by the Eastern European military officers.
Coats are based on standard protective gear; inspired by
extreme and adverse weather conditions with streamlined
features. Finally, graphic t-shirts that
are soft, heavily washed standards, based on the leading
thinkers of the period.
Posted by dejour at 6:47 PM
There are so many collaborations these days but this one makes sense. A classic brand and brand named after a classic film get together to put out an interesting version of the ubiquitous Top Sider. Band of Outsiders literally flips the shoe inside out. These should be available sometime this month. Check Band of Outsiders for where to get your hands on them.
Posted by dejour at 1:16 AM
Welcome to the second issue of DEJOUR. We’ve gotten a great reception for the first issue, and I’m even more excited about the content we have developed for the second. I was lucky to get the chance to recently hang out with The Virgins and check out their live show. With that being said, I’d like to introduce to you DEJOUR TV. You can check out our exclusive videos of The Virgins live. Also, I must confess to you that I recently learned how to tie a bowtie via You Tube.
I’ll shamefully admit that on the rare occasion I wore a bowtie, it was a clip, on from a wedding I attended years ago. All the bowties in ‘The Young American’ photo shoot were personally tied by me, and I think I have mastered it. It’s something every man should know, like how to tie a knot or mix the perfect martini. Don’t be ashamed and learn for yourself. You never know when it will come in handy.
Posted by dejour at 1:14 AM
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
There is an article with Chris Gibbs, manager of LA's sneaker haven Union and he mentions something that really resonates.
"...I never did too much research on the Black Panthers. So one season, Supreme did a Black Panthers t-shirt and it was the dopest shirt. But i/ felt like I couldn't just walk around with a Black Panther's t-shirt, because somebody's going to call me out. I went and bought Bobby Seale's book "Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther" and [works by] Huey P. Newton, and read them just so I could wear that shirt. And I've done that on numerous occasions. I've learned about Basquiat because we selling Basquiat tees, I've learned about history, art. It sounds contrived but so much shit I've learned about the world has been through a t-shirt that I wanted to wear."
I think it cool that he admits to learning about a culturally relevant "cool guy" subject like that. There are a lot of guys who pretend to be up on everything from James Dean to Basquiat to Robert Crumb (the Supreme tees) and haven't even seen a second of a film or a piece of art. I don't believe for a second that the average consumer knows every underground/obscure band/artist/movement, and thats OK. It's also cool that simple tee shirts are inspiring learning. On the other hand I think there's a lot of t-shirt brands who don't understand half the stuff they are putting on their shirts these days. They are just rehashing designs and they just know that whatever it is, it's supposed to be cool, because they saw it on a t-shirt.
Posted by dejour at 4:56 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Here is a fun game you can play with your cool friends. Listen to Lupe Fiasco's "Gold Watch" and write down every brand you recognize. Each brand is worth one point (2 points if Japanese). Who ever has the most points at the end holds the title as The Cool(est). For your connivence the track has been included.
Posted by dejour at 10:24 AM
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Currently situated on top of the Palais Du Tokyo museum, in Paris, the mobile Hotel Everland is a course in 1970s kitch design. Interesting concept for a hotel, but there is only one room. In a time where nothing is exclusive, you can stay in the sole room for $600 a night.
Posted by dejour at 8:29 PM