With over a decade of experience in the streetwear, music, and art industries, Been Trill co-founder and frequent Nick Knight collaborator Matthew M. Williams launched his womenswear label 1017 ALYX 9SM in 2015. Emerging in Spring/Summer 2017, the brand’s debut menswear collection rises as a collaboration with Japanese brand ‘fragment design.’ Channeling the same downtown spirit and youthful subversion that colors his women’s line, bold text and embroidered graphics round out the 1017 ALYX 9SM's collection of unconventional basics. Slim cashmere gabardine trousers and crisp button-up shirts blend seamlessly with streamlined tailoring and workwear silhouettes, while subtle details and embroidered graphics adorn supple leather trousers, utility backpacks, and the label's signature rollercoaster belt.
New York City-based brand Eckhaus Latta is the brainchild of close friends and business partners Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, who met during their respective studies in sculpture and textile arts at Rhode Island School of Design. The duo embarked on creative and entrepreneurial pursuits following graduation, gaining experience which they would ultimately parlay into the launch of their avant-garde fashion label in 2012.
With a dynamic design process based on intuition, emotional connection, and a conceptual approach to proportion play, Eckhaus Latta’s womenswear collection seeks to resonate with a clientele whose relationship with their wardrobe is equally personal and independent of trends. Unexpected fabrics and prints are shown to their best advantage in amply-cut skirts and trousers, while multi-tonal knits and panelled blouses boasting half-sewn hems and precise cut-outs project deconstructed allure.
What Do Salvador Dali, Ottolinger, Magritte, and Faris Have In Common?
Juxtaposing elements that aren’t normally found together can produce startling effects—which is good news for jewelry. There’s no excuse not to be striking. When reality can seem skewed, it feels good to look at works of controlled chaos. We’ve rounded up our favorite offerings that feel the most surreal, with the paintings to match.
Completedworks Gold the Dishcloth of the Metropolitan Elite Earrings and Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory
A foray into the theory of relativity, or simply a painting inspired by a wheel of Camembert melting in the sun? Dalí insisted it was the latter. One of the most recognizable works from the Surrealist movement, pay homage to the decadence of diffusion with these gold dishcloth earrings. It’s all relative.
Shushu/Tong White YVMIN Edition Single Ceramic Hand Earring and René Magritte’s The Dawn of Cayenne
Consider the dichotomy of form and function, the inherent value of scale. Or just wear this earring—sometimes all you need is a hand.
Ottolinger Black Rubber Dipped Drop Earrings and Joan Miró’s The Tilled Field
Inscrutable, organic forms—a theme in Miró’s work upon moving to Paris, but also maybe manifesting in these earrings. Dip, dip, drop earrings.
Vanessa Schindler Orange Single Chain Earring and Max Ernst’s Long Live Love
These earrings conjure a graceful silhouette, in tones and strokes uncannily similar to the figures in Ernst’s work. The art object is only as real as the one who wears it.
Eamanuele Bicocchi Silver Single Key Earring and René Magritte’s La Clef des Songes
Maybe this cerebral work by Magritte is just the legend we need to interpret our strange isolation dreams—or maybe it’s better to wear the key.
With Balenciaga, Junya Watanabe, and Kiko Kostadinov
These days it’s important to feel good in whatever way you can—sometimes it’s enough just to know that flowers are growing somewhere. Even better if you can see them on your daily walk. What else feels good? Looking down at a fresh pair. Here are some suitably vibrant sneakers to catch your eye and match the spirit of spring.
Junya Watanabe Pink Buffalo London Edition Synthetic Leather Sneakers
London street style meets high fashion in a collab that seems good enough to eat—cotton candy, bubblegum, watermelon, sorbet, rosé. Just spring things.
Reebok Classics White and Blue 96 Sneakers
Blue is rare in nature. All the more reason to wear it on your shoes—just like the name says, it’s a 96 classic.
Balenciaga Yellow Triple S Sneakers
The OG ambassador of the chunky sneaker revival is back, keeping it mellow in acid yellow.
Li-Ning Beige and Pink Sunchaser Sneakers
The laces on these Sunchaser sneakers tell us that “anything is possible”—fitting, somehow.
Kiko Kostadinov Blue and Yellow Asics Edition Gel Kiril Sneakers
You can’t go wrong with a harlequin motif in two primary colors—sunny yellow and sky blue.
Converse Purple Chuck 70 High Sneakers
A lilac on foot is worth one less in the bush, unless you’re taking nothing but pictures and leaving nothing but footprints, in these pastel purple Chucks.
Imagine a distant yet imminent future: dystopic, cold, and barren -- this is the world inhabited by Post Archive Faction (PAF). Launched in 2018, the Korean menswear label unites avant-garde sportswear with futuristic outerwear, creating a fantastical collection that exists on the fringes of the fashion landscape. An ‘anti-fashion’ brand, PAF finds expression in the unconventional, the underground, and the unwanted. Despite resisting easy classification, PAF is defiantly apocalyptic: technical fabrics, reflective textiles, and transparent PVC materials meet asymmetric constructions, crinkling techniques, and paneling.
Trousers, jackets, shirts, and sweatshirts are disassembled only to be reassembled anew with PAF’s very magic lying in its ability to make the familiar foreign. Shrouded in tones of gray, black, and white, the collection embraces an aesthetic that resonates with the eerie and desolate. Defined by its unique yet calculated design language, PAF exudes dissidence.
Video courtesy of Gizmo Tokyo Fashion
From Staud to Gauntlett Cheng, A Round-up of the Latest Brands We Love
From Berlin to Tangier, Tokyo to L.A., the creatives behind the labels you might not know about yet span the globe. With so many new styles everyday, it’s almost impossible to keep track of what’s coming at you—so we made it easy. From up-and-comers, to brands that are entirely new to SSENSE, here are some highlights from the past couple weeks.
Gauntlett Cheng Blue Snakeskin Dress
Molting is all about shedding what no longer serves you to make way for new growth—pictured here in Gauntlett Cheng form.
Kiko Kostadinov Brown Derby Oval Zip Shirt
Kiko Kostadinov re-imagines ceremony by way of panelled acetate and a large oval decal. Wear the shirt that feels like a shrine.
Staud Blue Stain Audrey Sandals
Step into a spring rendition of Bobby Vinton’s "Blue Velvet."
Eytys Indigo Titan Jeans
When it comes to comfort in jeans, the bigger and baggier, the better.
Port Tanger Tortoiseshell Tangerine Sunglasses
If you missed these maybe you do need your eyes checked. Moroccan-based Port Tanger considers form and function.
Alan Crocetti Silver Nose Plaster
We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen you rock one of these—now is the time to try.
Low Classic Beige Waist Shirring Dress
A timeless cut in a contemporary beige suggests “classic” comes with a modern, minimal twist.
Ahluwalia Studio Brown Silk Patchwork Bucket Hat
With reclaimed silk, repurposed polyester, and tasteful beading throughout, it’s a conscious ode to craft.
Stand Studio Red Lexie Coat
Choose the red pill the next time you’re running out to the store—guaranteed to stop traffic more efficiently than its duller cousins.
Paria Farzaneh Beige Iranian Print Overshirt
Patchworked patterns of purple celebrate this designer’s Iranian heritage, while also teasing our palettes for subdued spring florals.
Ottolinger Beige and Black Dipped Basket Tote
Ottlinger’s got their finger on the pulse of something—picnic with a splash of danger. Sometimes there’s beauty in the bittersweet.
Discover the Exclusive Collection by the Beloved London Designer. available only at ssense.com
The personal is political. Lately we’re relying more on ourselves, our bodies, to keep us in check. All the more reason to dress for the movements you can make—workouts, a leisurely walk, shavasana on your balcony. Introducing the SSENSE Exclusive Martine Rose capsule collection.
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Cycling Top and Cycling Shorts
It’s hard not to accelerate when the color you’re wearing means GO. The Cycling Top and Cycling short allow you to hightail your way around, making sure nobody stays in one place too long.
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Peace Front Print Shirt
It’s on your marks, get set, go with this t-shirt. Hopefully the only thing chasing you are these four colored shadows.
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Football Scarf
Who knows football scarves better than Londoner Martine Rose? With a nod to UK heritage, it’s just like the knit says, The One and Only. And given that it’s reversible, could be true in terms of scarves you’ll ever need.
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Twist Track Pants and Twist Track Top
Do the twist! Go swish swish!
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Pink Twist Track Top and Pink Twist Track Pants
Do we really need to sell you on a pink track suit?
Martine Rose SSENSE Exclusive Cycling Top
The RGB color model features three colors: red, green, and blue. These are the colors of light that create different colors when added together. You could say they’re light primaries. And what travels faster than the speed of light? You; red, green, and blue—in this shirt.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1965, Thom Browne moved to New York City in 1997. He worked in the Giorgio Armani showroom, eventually leading to a position in the creative department of Club Monaco, where he stayed until launching his own label. Believing that the modern ubiquity of casual dress lends the wearing of suits a sort of subversive edge, Browne has claimed as his signature impeccably-tailored suits in traditional wools and flannels, each with updated proportions. Initially shocking to the fashion world, his designs have placed him at the vanguard of menswear. Thom Browne draws much of his inspiration from classic American style but refreshes the cuts with preppy details such as shrunken fits, grosgrain trim, and cropped trousers.
Gianni Versace initiated a legendary legacy of glamour when he founded his namesake line in 1978, with his supremely colorful, confident, and feminine designs outfitting the supermodels of the 90s. Sister Donatella Versace continues to advance the Italian line’s bold and body-conscious styling. Blouses, skirts, trousers, and modern mini dresses are reinvented with asymmetric constructions, punk-inspired zippers, and metallic graphic prints. Versace's signature Medusa head evokes the power and sophistication of its woman, channeled via golden statement jewelry, ornate patent leather accessories, and exquisite Italian leather shoes.
Rounding Up the Classics from Tony Hawk’s Go-to Skate Brand
When it comes to heritage skate brands, there’s nothing more affirming than a co-sign from a skate legend—in the case of Vans, it’s their recently announced brand partnership with Tony Hawk. Hawk’s first skate shoes in 1978 were Vans, proof that the label has been building legacies for over half a century. If any brand has earned the right to refer to their shoes as OG, Classic, or Authentic, it’s Vans, and it’s all here for you, too.
Vans Red OG Authentic LX Sneakers
When you think of Vans, it’s hard not to think of these classic lows in the most classic color: chill red.
Vans Off-White OG Classic Slip-On LX Sneakers
Damn Daniel or not, spring means it’s a good time to be back at it again with the white vans.
Vans Black OG Old Skool LX Sneakers
Black feels best worn slightly faded, making suede its perfect partner. The OG Old Skool weathers with every step you take, a wearable record of wherever you’re walking.
Vans Yellow and Green OG Sk8 Hi LX Sneakers
The Sk8 Hi means a taller shoe and upping ankle protection, too. In mustard-toned suede and canvas, these OGs are a splash of sunny yellow without being too in-your-face.
Vans Green Hairy Suede OG Era LX Sneakers
Suede is leather’s softer cousin—the higher the nap the fuzzier it becomes. These algae-blue Hairy OG lows make the classic cushy, upping texture without compromising ease of wear.
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