New York-based designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez founded Proenza Schouler in 2002 fresh out of Parson's School of Design. The pair's co-designed senior thesis collection was an instant hit, and the hype is real: in 2007, Proenza Schouler won the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. Proenza Schouler accessories like the PS1 satchel and the PS2 crossbody are perennial must-have It bags, exquisite Italian craftsmanship infused with downtown cool in myriad signature colors. Asymmetric tops, modified mini dresses, and meticulously styled shoes all update classic timeless silhouettes with laser-cut detail, futuristic minimalism, and high-contrast colorblocking.
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The term v-waist refers to a style of waistband applied to pants, skirts, shorts, dresses, underwear, and other various types of clothing. High point of the garment is at the natural waist level on the right and left sides of the hip; the low point is located in the center of the abdomen, leaving a "V" shape at the front of the waist. The angle of the "V" shape varies depending on the use of the garment and the desired level of dramatic effect. It is typically a design used in female clothing, but can also be seen in certain types of pants for men.
Also known as the basque waist, the v-waist style is used in a variety of fashions and functions of clothing. It is a popular design for exercise wear, performance outfits, detailing on dresses, and mini shorts. The v-waist style is often used in clothing that is intended to accentuate a healthy figure. It is a flattering style of waist band because it visually elongates the torso and emphasizes a slimmer shape.
The v-waist design has been utilized by western culture for centuries, but has become increasingly popular throughout modern fashion trends. It is used in a wide range of markets, including high-end couture, as well as affordable exercise wear. With the wide-spread emphasis on physical activity in many cultures, this specific shape has become a common style in exercise clothing. Also, many formal dress designs incorporate the basque style into the detailing of the waist. It is a subtle way to create a slimming effect and enhance the shape of several different body types.
Another common application for the v-waist design is in dance-wear. It creates a fashionable detail, allows for greater mobility, and provides an attractive design for performances. Many cheerleaders, dancers, and other performers use the v-waist style in their outfits. It is almost exclusively used with tighter clothing in order to provide the desired aesthetic effect.
Although the v-waist is a style intended to create a slimming silhouette, it is typically not used for trying to cover any overweight problem areas. Many other fashion styles do a good job of concealing parts of the body that commonly cause self-consciousness. The v-waist style, however, is mainly used for different applications and is best at accentuating a healthy figure.
Belgian designer Raf Simons launched his namesake men’s collection in 1995, after switching from an industrial design course to fashion at Antwerp’s Royal Academy. Immersed in the counterculture of early 90s Antwerp, Simons captured the energy of the city’s fashion underground in pioneering collections inspired by music and the rebellious energy of youth culture. Athletic influences, minimalism, and deconstruction join futuristic prints and color schemes in his relentlessly modern blends of men’s tailoring and streetwear.
Pop art-influenced graphics, collaged photo prints, and high-tech sneakers designed in a recurring collaboration with adidas complement parkas, bomber jackets, graphic tees and button-downs, slim trousers, and casual knits in Simons’ masterful synthesis of nostalgic inspirations and futuristic outlook.
With a long-lasting career spanning over three decades, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has garnered recognition as one of the most progressive purveyors of eclectic style and craftsmanship. Known and celebrated for transcending luxury fashion conventions with a serenely subversive aesthetic and cerebral design sensibility, the accomplished third-generation tailor and member of the legendary Antwerp Six collective delivers a design-centered men’s ready-to-wear offering that focuses on soft yet precise tailoring, studied colors, and bold patterns. Rendered in premium custom-milled textiles and executed in perfected cuts and silhouettes, streamlined jackets, long cotton drill coats, boiler suits, and denim trousers take cues from traditional workwear.
Quintessential casualwear staples including boxy button-up shirts, knit polos, basic crewnecks, and swim shorts all lend themselves to easy yet sophisticated layering. Early-70's psychedelic and digitally-enhanced prints featuring vivid hues and undulating patterns serve as an optimistic visual counterbalance. Known for marrying the worlds of art and contemporary fashion, Van Noten’s collections often feature the works of illustrious fine artists of the past and present.
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.
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