Category Archives: Brand Spotlight
Yohji Yamamoto Fall/Winter 2018-19
Paris Fashion Week: March 2, 2018
One of my goals is to make it to NY Fashion week. After seeing the Paris shows in Feb/Mar 2018, I’m thinking a better goal is to make it to Paris Fashion week. This show is from the Paris portion of the Feb/Mar Quad Fashion Foray. New York, London, Milan & Paris. And it is Exquisite. Yes, Paris is the goal! Or as YY calls it on the IG post: the Cite de la Mode
Only doing Highlights today. The show doesn’t really have any low-lights other than the color brown…LOL I’ll stick with the 2018 easy to read, super-quick attention span style of writing with the fun fonts, colors, bolding etc.
Flowing, Graceful, & Peaceful
Color Palette: Black, Dark Grey, A Bit of White and some Brown
A bit of Bowie influence on the Make-Up side of things. Rectangles over one eye
Asymmetric, Bulky-Fluidity, Moving like a slowed down silent movie
Classic, Yet a la mode, On-trend, Traditional YY
Comfy Kicks in Highs and Lows-Extra Nice Boots, Cool Tennies in Black and White
Did I say lots and lots of the color Black! YAH!!
Check out the crowd, it’s like they’re frozen in time, in a trance like state! I don’t think I saw a single person move the whole show. Amazing. And by the looks of the crowd, seems like they took their iPhones from them before the show? Maybe?
Fun Times on Canal St. NYC
A Trip to NY isn’t a trip to NY without a stop on Canal Street to check the Knock-Off Goods. If you were there in early February 2018, you could’ve scored some decent DIESEL or shall we say DEISEL Gear.
The Real Deal DIESEL set up shop along Chinatown’s Canal street during NYFY2018. For the first day, they acted as if everything was a knock-off. The 2nd day they let everyone know that it was really DIESEL. The brand received lots of exposure and hopefully some younger fans of the brand.
Prices were also inexpensive and sold on eBay for much more. ProTip: The DIESEL SITE says to check back on February 19 for a re-stock on the Goods! Check em out, you may be one of the lucky one’s to score some great deals on DEISEL! See you on the Streetz…blog!
On the topic of brands knocking off their own brands. Here’s Gucci with Guccy. I bet they sold a lot of these after the NBA All-Star Game 2018. Heard one of the announcers say something like this: Hey, what’s that shirt? That’s not how you spell Gucci
See you on the Streetz…blog!
Alexander Wang F/W 2018
Even in a standard cubicle setting, Alexander Wang’s Runway Collection is spot on. If you ever wanted to know what the AW Vibe is, this is it!
Multiple Silver Zipper LBD, my favorite
Leggings Like Credit Cards
Sunglasses cooler than the Kurt Cobain White Clout Goggles. These glasses will give you Some Real Major Clout!
Bella Hadid & Kaia Gerber
80’s Power Woman x 2018 Minimalism x Standard AW LBD
Anna Wintour & Cardi B
Four Times Square – the Old Conde Nast Headquarters, where AW was an intern at Teen Vogue & Vogue
Really Cool-Bangin’ Drumbeat Provided by M.E.S.H entitled: Inspired by A True Story
The usual Vibrant, Gallant AW jog at the end of the Show
Yohji Yamamoto Fall/Winter 2018/19 Menswear
Newest of the New Number Three
Streetzblog’s quest to find what to wear and what’s trending for Fall/Winter 2018/19 continues with the Yohji Yamamoto F/W 2018-19 Runway show.
Here we go:
Ultra-Baggy, Flowing, Layering
Skirts for men, Cropped, Wide legged, Exaggeration of Proportions
Colors: Black, Grey, White and Red
Suit Jacket x Street-wear x The Victorian Dandy
Textiles, Printed Imagery, Re-Creation
As Count Dracula would dress for a Black Tie Event
I tend to like Blacks, Grey’s and layering. Thus, this is one of my favorite Runway show’s for the Fall/Winter 2018-19 season. Very nice clothing. See you on the Streetz…blog.
LANDLORD Spring/Summer 2018
There’s some really nice Punk/Camo on the web from this brands February 2018 Runway show in NY. So, I went to check them out and found this vid. Even though, it’s barely 2018, this is the older clothes than what I saw for W/F 2018. Will post some of that over the weekend. For now, here are the Highlights and Lowlights of this show.
- Nice Colorful Camos
- Black Military inspired jacket and pants
- Fun & Lively Soundtrack
- 90’s Vibe-Not enough 2018
- Cool minimal setting with nice lighting
- Cut Models
- Funny Criss x Cross belts with that just flopped around
- Too Much 90’s influence
- 90’s pants
- Had a bit of swearing in the music bed
- Annoying guy in pink shirt swerving his iPhone
Check out the video and let me know your thoughts? See you on the Streetz…blog.
House 99 Brand Products
Beckham’s been keeping busy lately, purchasing a Miami based MLS soccer/football team, designing cloths for Kent & Curwen and partnering with L’Oreal to bring us House 99 brand grooming products.
Inspired by British barber shops and Beckham’s own taste & flavor, House 99 delivers 21 products for the 2018 man. Known for his pin point shots on goal, tats and of course his hair, we can expect a bunch of hair-care products and he even has a tattoo body moisturizer. Quinoa and Spirulina are two of the main ingredients in many of the offerings.
Products packaged in crisp, clean black & white containers. And the 99 stands for 1999. The year he married Posh Spice/Victoria, the year his son Brooklyn was born and the year Manchester United scored some big time press, publicity and wins!
House 99 launches February 1, 2018 exclusively at Harvey Nichols in the UK. On March 1, 2018 the brand hits 19 countries and becomes more available to the world.
See you on the Streetz…blog.
STAMPD 2017 Fall/Winter Runway Show
LA based brand STAMPD brought their A game to Men’s NY Fashion Week in February 2017. The Show entitled Asphalt Wave saw the STAMPD brand bring us a very nice silver bomber, a hint of electric color with the Yellow Hoodie and a bit of a 90’s retro look to the black plaid Shirt/Black Jacket and pants.
STAMPD brought us some of the best bomber jackets of 2015 with the various renditions of the Strapped jacket. The Silver jacket keeps them in the forefront of the 3 or more year trend of the bomber.
And staying true to their roots, kept a lot of the collection with their Black & White color palette. And looks like the cropped pants will continue into late 2017, maybe even 2018 from this show and others seen at the latest Men’s NY Fashion Week. The trend I’m noticing most is a higher crop, with more bulk to the legs.
Keeping to STAMPD’s street vibe, they didn’t do the traditional Runway show. Instead the dudes stood like mannequins on the floor and the attendees could walk around them to check out the new threads.
A bit of Graff and various textures and exotic materials added some newness to the STAMPD aesthetic.
And similar to the STAMPD/Daniel Patrick/Kanye West collections, kept the Nomadic Pre Apocalyptic street look going with this oversized layered grey piece. Probably my favorite look of the collection.
- As I see the title, I imagine skateboarding through the streetz of LA. With the title giving a nod to skate culture of the 90’s. Yet, the collection isn’t all 90’s so there’s most likely double meaning to the title. Asphalt gives a skater a much smoother glide than concrete. Yet waves can be smooth or pretty tumultuous. Looking way too much into the title. Maybe Chris Stamp is looking towards a hopeful Smooth 2017 with already known possibility of havoc on the way.
- Various sites on the web are giving Asphalt Wave gives reference to the Rap and Hip Hop vibe of the 00’s.
- Other sites mention the 90’s & the 00’s time periods.
- Or maybe, it just sounds cool and looks rad in gothic scripted Ink on various sleeves of black long sleeve shirts and trenches.
- Just one day (2/6/17) after I wrote this blog. STAMPD posted this information on what Asphalt Wave means on their IG. They must have been reading Streetzblog!
Fans of the brand and Celebs in Attendance
Fans of the STAMPD brand include: Kanye West, Nick Jonas, Usher, Justin Beiber, Will.i.am and Meek Mill.
Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne, Hip Hop’s Ja Rule and Fabolous were all at the show.
See you on the Asphalt Streetz!
Off White Goes off the Street
High End Street Wear Brand Off White known for their diagonal/Slant stripes and the word WHITE on the backs of shirts, usually in a Black and White Color-Way. Goes off the path a bit in their latest Fall-Winter 2017 Runway Show.
There are lots of Vans inspired Checks, Flowing/Swaying with the wind clothes, various colored denim and a few nice shirts with the diagonal/slant design and White on back long-sleeved shirts, made out of an exquisite fluffy type of material.
I suspect it was time to shuffle things up a bit. But with all the sold out standard Tees unavailable. I would have gone at least another year of the standard issue Off White branded diagonal stripes with the big WHITE on back shirts and pants. *With all the Sold-Out Off White clothing out there, might be tempted to get a $86 Knock off on Ebay, but the sellers seem a bit sketchy. Sizing is xs-XL and says most shirts fit all. That sounds pretty whackety Whack. So, maybe I’ll never get an Off White Shirt if the trend continues with things like this Runway Show.
We shall see if these looks catch on as HOT as all their other shirts and pants did over the last few years. In NY Dec 2015, Off White was the Biggest brand I noticed in NYC. This Year, Dec, 2016, what I saw most were those super long, most likely very warm, tres expensive Canada Goose jackets in Dark Blue. LInes down the street at their store and people grabbing for them right and left at Bloomies.
- The Long Sleeve Diagonal print with WHITE on back shirts with the fluffy material.
- The Bomber Jacket with the Orange block square pattern.
- The Music: Very spot on with the spoken word, underground Hip-Hop and Jazz, ambient soundtrack. It sounded exactly like 2 restaurants I ate in NY in December 2016. Seems like the world is going toward more of a background underground mix than the blazing EDM and banging industrial of the last couple years.
- The long plaid Men’s Jacket.
- The Vans inspired checkered shirts and pants. Let Vans do Vans. Let Off White do Off White. The limited Edition Chrome Hearts x Off White Tees at Christmas were also Vans inspired. Were a direct take off of their logo. Somethings going on with the 2 companies. Hmm
- The flowing/Swaying materials and vibe. Felt a bit old-fashioned not forward fashion.
- The lack of the standard Diagonal/Slant Designs with the word WHITE on back.
- The funny colored Denim.
- And the leave prints. I can go to Wal-Mart for some Leave imprinted camo for $49 instead of what will most likely be $490.
- Baggy pants. This is a trend I see a lot in menswear. I liked the drop crotch look, I liked the fitted suits, but me, I think I would look funny in baggie pants with wide leg holes. Maybe a 22 year old could pull it off, but I doubt it would work for me.
What do you think of the New Direction of Off White? Feeling it? Or not? Let us know in the comment section.
See you on the Streetz! This week I finally have a Saturday off, so hopefully hitting the beach, sleeping a bit and maybe some Yoga or even Chanting…if I get the courage to go to it.
Designer Spot-Light: Daniel Patrick
Soho, NY & Melrose, LA
High-End Street Wear Brand, Daniel Patrick is the Hottest shop in Soho, NYC in January 2017. Streetzblog will cover the brand and store in this blog posting. Before it, here’s the ascension to that moment: I have a bit of a set program when I hit the Streets of NY each and every December. This year being no different:
Friday: Stay at the Roosevelt Hotel. Say Hi to Alfredo, Check into the hotel, Get Dressed and head Uptown. Uniqlo for warm clothes, Aldo, H&M, Saks, Sephora, See The Rockefeller Tree, Barney’s (My Fav), Bloomingdale’s and get some food from Scott’s Deli. This year I added in the new Adidas Store on 45th and 5th and a couple other cool places
Saturday: Soho no matter what! Cold-hot, Raining-Snowing. This is where I go the Saturday before Christmas. Hit the Sample sales, H&M, Pink, Opening Ceremony, the new Rick Owens spectacular store, Astor Barber, Chinatown, Coffee from the deli (Extra Sweet, Extra Light: Since I’m on Vay-Cay) Rag n Bone, Anna Sui, Alexander Wang and All Saints. I Miss Canal Jean Company, Unique Boutique, and this year DRB-One of the best places to get Christmas presents, It was gone for good-some people didn’t get their presents this year, #Ugh.
It’s a little after Alexander Wang, that I strolled upon Daniel Patrick. Come to find out the store is pretty new in Soho, so was very lucky to find it. Listed below are some pictures I took, a bit about the brand and some flavorful pictures from their IG account. Hope you enjoy seeing and hearing everything. *I’ll post up NY’s Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays itinerary at the end of the article.
Daniel Patrick-Soho, NYC: 96 Grand St. Near Mercer; close to The Alexander Wang Boutique
I left the Alexander Wang Boutique and was attempting to get to the new Rick Owens store. Over the years, the maps on my iPhone have gotten better, but I still can’t quite figure out North from South, so I went around the block 2x and saw a nice looking facade with color coded clothing from the street view. So, I entered the Daniel Patrick store in Soho. I think I was the first customer of the day. Since I live in hot weather, I went straight to the shorts. Bought a pair of the Comfy Army Lounge drop-crotch shorts. At the end of the day, I came back for the black pair of the same shorts!
The store was filled with excellent High End Streetwear. Best part about it is it was all color coded and easy to find all the great gear. Comfy Shorts, Soft to the touch shirts, Layered clothing, Bombers, and even Kicks. Me being a shoe guy, it was so weird I didn’t even notice the kicks, the clothes were so unbelievable! After visiting the Soho Store, I’ve seen some nice shoes on their instagram account.
Arriving back in Hawaii, I researched the brand a bit and Wow! There are lots of Celebs and Hot Models who wear these clothes. Kinda’ fun the way I found the store. I’ve always worn my own style, but over the years, I’ve noticed many people getting extremely attached to what they see on the web. And I wondered how much I’ve been influenced too. Something I may blog about some day. Anyways, I liked how I found the store because I totally dig the clothing with no pre bias.
Here’s some great pictures of the brand: Pictures taken from their IG account.
If there were a place to get your streetwear basics plus stay on trend Daniel Patrick is the place to shop. Like shopping at the Gap used to be and kinda still is for Norm-Core, Daniel Patrick is the place for streetwear. You get your Blacks & Greys along with the seasonal colors. Everything feels good, looks good and is totally on trend and on Fia’ for a Friday night or Saturday afternoon. –Streetzblog December 2016.
Here’s a little excerpt from the DP Bio on their website that pretty much sums it all up:
The collections draw a number of inspirations that are true to who Daniel is and this identity becomes more and more poignant from collection to collection. Drawing inspiration from his favorite cities, Los Angeles and New York, his love of hip hop music and desert hikes, while also combining his athletic background with a minimal and militant appeal each collection unfolds. Daniel is continuously creating and tweaking and is known to drop new pieces more frequently than the regular fashion calendar dictates.
My personal purchases included: 2 pairs of the Roaming Shorts (Army & Black), Orange NYC Tee, and even though I live in a warm part of the world, I had to get the Black NYC Hoodie. I wore it everywhere, including Chicago and crashed out on the plane with it on all the way from Chi-Town to Hawaii. It’s my favorite item, very comfortable, kept my warm & the hood is the perfect sizes for hiding out. Just need a pair of shades to go with it and you’ll be an instant Celeb!
A couple more pix of the women’s gear:
For more on Daniel Patrick, check them out on-line, or in Soho New York City or in Los Angeles on Melrose. Their Instagram account is pretty LIT too. If you go to the NY store say Hi to Jay and let them know Streetzblog says Hello!
I could shop there all day, my wish list includes: The black denim trousers with the zippers and holes in the knees, a Black oversize Tee, The Ink colored Layered Tee, some of the darker camo clothing and maybe even a pair of Kicks.
*And here is the rest of the usual Trip to NY itinerary: Is there anything you would add to a trip to NY? If you have something, please add it to the comments section below. I’ll be there next December right before Christmas.
Sunday: This is always brunch day with friends from NY, it’s also cultural day where I go to a museum, see a play or the Knicks or Rangers, it’s also the first time I get a solid sleep.
Monday: I see my friend who used to live in Hawaii and either have lunch or go to the Knicks game. Check out Dover Street Market/DSM on Lexington, hit up Mood and the fashion district for great fabrics and accessories to make more clothes, then head back to Soho to make sure I covered everything.
Tuesday: Pretty much sleep, Eat at the Roosevelt’s All You Can Eat Buffet (Best Bacon and Fruit in NYC) do some last-minute packing, and rest before heading to Chicago.
See you on the Streetz!
Triple Five Soul, 555 Soul or as I best remember their name: Triple 5 Soul was not just a Streetwear brand but a whole urban lifestyle collab of DJ’s, Graffiti artists, Musicians, Skaters, & Break dancers. In the 90’s, Triple 5 Soul was one of the biggest and most successful Streewear brands around.
Fun Fact: The 555 Soul name comes from a then Popular telephone party line advertised and utilized in NYC. Most likely at 3 or 4am after a festive night of partying.
in 1989, Triple 5 Soul founder-Camella Ehike worked out of 151 Ludlow St. on the lower East Side of Manhattan. Ehike had a store front apartment with a sewing machine in the front and living area in the back. Like many creative’s she started making clothes she liked to wear for herself and her good friends. Between 1989 and 1996, Camella lived in her store and sewed everything. Her friends were very influential in the NYC Hip-Hop Scene and the clothes were so dope, the brand took off and demand became higher than supply.
Fun Fact: 555 Soul’s love beads were worn by early rap/house artists; The Jungle Brothers and Boogie Down Productions. BTW: Back in the day, this was 1 of the only House records we had out in Hawaii. I used to play it over and over and over on my record player at parties at my first condo in Waikiki. circa 1988-89.
Fun Fact: Fab 5 Freddy wore a Triple 5 Soul Tie Hat on MTV, which skyrocketed exposure of the store and sales. Here’s a couple of pix of Fab 5 Freddy as host of Yo! MTV Raps. With Tupac and Madonna.
Fun Fact: Mos Def was a friend of Ehike and the face of T5S’s first advertising campaign.
Fun Fact: Whenever Long Island’s Me Myself and I, De La Soul came to Manhattan they would stop by the shop and ask for some new clothes. Here they are performing their massive hit.
Triple 5 Soul later moved to 290 Lafayette Street, It was here that I would visit most Decembers.
Fun Fact: Banksky took over the front interior of the store. It was the 1st time anyone brought Banksky to NY. Now (2015/16) you can walk down many downtown streets and see his work everywhere. Especially in the area where the infamous Cronuts exist. I know I was there in Dec 2013 amazed at how much art he had put up around Dominique Ansel’s Bakery at 189 Spring St. Maybe Banksky knew how hard it was/is to get a taste of the elusive delicacies, at least you could check out some interesting Street Art. Note: There’s also a fun looking basketball court next door to the Cronut Store. The day I was visiting the hood, there was even a comp B-Ball to borrow.
Fun Fact: Graphic Designer/Skater Alyasha Owerka-Moore designed the original logo in exchange for a couple of hats!
Triple Five Soul is known for:
- What you would buy in New York in the 90’s to show you knew true Streetwear
- Designed their own fabrics From Bohemian to Surf inspired
- Sick Insta’ Street Cred Hoodies and luxurious Velour track suits
- Dope Logo
- Wool Cargo Pants
- George W. Bush T’s
- 5 Deadly Venom shirts designed by SSUR’s Russell K
- Graffiti pieces done up by infamous Graff artist, Stash
- Backpacks that turned into Chairs
- DJ Cases with Built in Wheels
My Fun Fact: The Triple 5 Soul clothes were pretty pricey when I would visit NY, thus I owned ONE short-sleeved would be vintage now; grey T-shirt with Orange & Blue lettering. It had 3 hands on it doing some sort of sign language. I would wear it on the airplane from NY to Chicago at Christmas time. And whenever I wanted to feel like I was in the know about Streetwear in the 90’s. I remember it being very comfortable and quality made. Was one of my favorite shirts for about 4-5 years. And of course it was a Double XL-The Style of the time.
You can still find Triple 5 Soul on this website. But the most sought after items are the OG items from the 90’s. *Note: Looks like prices are the same or even less nowadays on their site. Kinda’ Wierd.
*Camille Ehike is currently running a modern bed and breakfast entitled, Breathe-Inn located in upstate New York. Contemplating a possible children’s line of clothing.
See you on the Streetz!