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.
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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.
With Wacko Maria, Comme des Garçons, and Ganni
The forecast calls for—well, maybe it doesn’t matter. But one thing you’ll need to dress for is comfort. Here is a round-up of our most luxe essentials to keep you comfy-cozy.
Wacko Maria Brown and Black Leopard Gown Coat
Staying in one place is beginning to feel like a wild ride, and it is better to dress the part. Some leopards sleep up to 18 hours a day—just saying.
Amiri Multicolor Tie-Dye Cashmere Cardigan
April showers bring May flowers, and tie-dye in delicate pastels. Fresher days (and flowers) are ahead, but in the meantime stay soft and warm in cashmere.
Malibu Sandals Tan and Off-White Vegan Leather and Hemp Thunderbird Sandals
Is there anything more comfortable than a crepe sole? Maybe guilt-free vegan leather—both are afoot in these sandals, just as suitable for in your home as they are outside of it.
GANNI Burgundy & Black Jacquard Scrunchie
Long hair, do care—with a silk scrunchie. Silk causes less friction than its cotton cousins, meaning less breakage. A luxe puff of decadent chocolate.
Sunspel Blue and White Striped Pyjama Shirt
Pinstripes on pyjamas have long connoted a look of leisure, but they’re equally at home in suiting. You could say this is your new nine-to-five ‘fit—max comfort without sacrificing sophistication.
Comme des Garçons Girl Pink and White Check Gathered Skirt
The satisfaction of unfurling a fresh picnic blanket over grass is hard to beat. While picnics might be a ways away, wrap yourself in checkers for at-home comfort. The look is as timeless as it is serene.
As a child, Eszter Áron accompanied her mother, a draper by trade, on trips to textile trade shows on both sides of the Iron Curtain; this early repeated exposure to a kaleidoscopic variety of woven and knit fabrics planted a notion that, decades later, would sprout into Áeron, a womenswear line based in Budapest that exudes a vibrant elegance across all modes of formality.
To this end, seasonal colors variously possess both vivacious cheer and cool sobriety. An insistence on quality in materials and fabrication techniques recalls the generations of tailors that preceded Áron, while playful modifications of classic detailing coalesce into tasteful silhouettes that resonate with an immediacy untarnished by any tendency towards the modish. In Áeron, Áron seeks to symbolize the unabashed femininity and sophistication that her mother embodied, and to provide an aesthetically robust backdrop upon which the confidence to stand apart can find firm footing.
Swedish blogger, art director, and power couple Elin Kling and Karl Lindman founded their modern lifestyle brand Totême in 2014. Their womenswear offerings focus on luxurious essentials with an aesthetic drawn from European minimalism as well as classic American sportswear. As purveyors of casual luxury, Totême produces essential pieces of pristine quality, from tailored menswear-inspired pieces to structured blouses and dresses with meticulously cut asymmetric detailing.
Homme Plissé Issey Miyake brings a new aesthetic concept to menswear, blending visionary technology with stylistic innovation. The starting point of the diffusion line is Issey Miyake’s signature garment pleating technique, with sewn details added post-process to generate new architectural structures and ornamental flourishes. Anchored by three conceptual commitments: pleats, product, and present, Homme Plissé pieces intrigue and inspire, merging form and function in elevated union. Wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying lightweight fabrics ensure active, dynamic results, with pieces cutting complex-yet-organic forms. Imbued with a sense of flexible modernity and gender-transcending grace, tops, jackets, trousers, and accessories compliment the wearer while generating new possibilities.
As a follow up to the previous blog piece, this audio talks about the future direction of Nosa Fashions.
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