Grab Your Latest Sneaker Obsession Before It Sells Out

You’ve gone through this before… the anticipation, the waiting, the hoping… all for a pair of limited collaboration kicks from Nike and A.P.C.

Previously, it was A.P.C.’s take on the AirMax and Dunks that had us all wound up, but the newest edition pairs a newer member of the Nike fam, the Free, with the French brand.

Men and women both have the choice from black, grey, and beige, all described by the brand as “somber” colors. We’re going with grey, and the only reason we’d feel somber is if we missed out on a pair.

The collection launches tomorrow, November 5th, at A.P.C. and Nike Lab stores and online.

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Images courtesy of A.P.C

Nike Goes Luxe Sport in New Collaboration Modeled by Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss in Nike x Pedro Lourenço. Photos courtesy of Nike

I think it’s safe to argue that in the case of gym clothes, a new outfit ups our performance without fail. For that, we are in major favor of Nike Lab’s newest collaboration, a luxury line of athletic gear designer by Brasilian designer Pedro Lourenço.

It’s not just that looking fly gives us more motivation to work out harder, which it does, but in the case of Nike and Nike Women, the company has made sure that the gear actually helps our performance. Innovative, breathable fabrics, non-chafing waistlines, supportive, comfortable materials, and beautiful silhouettes all come together for a collection we’ll want to workout and live in.

Like his ready to wear collections, Pedro Lourenço’s collab for Nike Lab plays with proportion and silhouette, is meant to be layered, and so beautiful and feminine that you’ll want to wear it out on the street. Nike x Pedro Lourenço will be available globally on November 13 at nike.com/nikelab and at Dover Street Market Nike Lab retail locations in New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Rio.

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The Adidas x Barbour Collab is a Perfect, Unexpected Mix

Adidas churns out constant cool collaborations, with everyone from superstars like Pharrell to their ongoing collaboration to skate company Palace. Their collaborations never disappoint, in part because the chosen collaborators are curators, tastemakers, and arbiters of style themselves. Barbour on the other hand, is a downright classic. A Barbour Beadnell jacket is nothing new and yet it’s timelessly chic and always in that covetable, effortless way. In fact, the company originated in 1894.

Together, the brands merged their unique DNA; Barbour’s anglo-outdoorsiness and military edge with Adidas’s top-notch sportswear. If you think about it, the collab is perfect–the DNA of each brand is timeless. Sportswear, whether for a soccer game or a polo match, remains practical always, and yet, somehow both niches have also carved a place in the fashion-iest closets around.

Collaborations are a dime-a-dozen, but this one will certainly stand the test of time, and win any cost-per-wear assessments… you can shop it starting November 8.

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Get Glam with the Most Spoiled Glamourpuss of All, Choupette

Emily models the Shupette Has-It-All eye and lip palette

The ubiquity of the “cat-eye,” #catsofintagram, and endless cat videos, GIFs, etc are all the proof we need: cats are chic. Shu Uemura and Karl Lagerfeld have joined forces to further the obsession. The fusion of Shu Uemura’s name and Lagerfeld’s infamous kitty, Choupette brings us “SHUPETTE,” a small holiday collection inspired by Lagerfeld’s feline “daughter.”

And, since Lagerfeld’s sketches are drawn in Shu Uemura cosmetics, the collaboration was a natural fit.

Of course, with fame, one sometimes pays a price in a loss of modesty, and perhaps the honor of one’s very own cosmetics line has gone to little Chou’s head. Of the collab she (presumably) said, “I’m the world’s most famous furry beauty Choupette Lagerfeld, queen of catnaps, spoiled glamourpuss and social media’s most wanted.” We guess she deserves it!

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The collection will be available at shuuemura.com from October 15.

 

Weekend Shopping: Adidas Originals x Palace Pop Up for Pro-Level Chic Athleticwear

Image courtesy of Adidas Originals

Adidas is now the industry standard for athletic partnerships with design’s avant-garde–from their ongoing collab with Y-3 to smaller collections with everyone from Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens to Pharrell and Kanye.

Though their newest collaboration with Palace–the British skate brand–is high-fashion (Palace is sold at Dover Street Market, so it’s undeniable), the brand’s sensibility is more contrarian adolescent than atelier.

Founder Lev Tanju says: “We like weird stuff, we don’t want it to be normal. If people don’t get it, that’s even better, because there’s nothing really to get. It’s just clothes we wanted to make,” which kind of sounds like everything I said to my mom in the early aughts. But–it works, really well. In the past six months, I’ve transitioned to wearing gym “inspired”, (or just gym) clothes at every chance I get (controversial, I know), and, to that end,  Tanju’s geometric– “We find shapes that we like, then change things and take from other things” –sweatshirts, track pants, and windbreakers, are actually everything.

Get your weekend shopping on and check out the NYC pop up shop starting tomorrow from 11 a.m. at 201 Mulberry Street.

One Part Paris, One Part California for Your Face

Today marks the first day you can mix your Parisian and Californian sensibilities in one perfect pair of shades.

Though Garrett Leight’s glasses are usually unisex, the L.A. eyewear designer’s new collaboration with Parisian shoe designer Amélie Pichard brings three unapologetically feminine styles inspired by three famous women. Available today on garrettleight.com, they’re described as such: “Grace, a bold frame with cool blue lenses inspired by Grace Jones, Juliette, a flirty tortoise frame with soft green lenses inspired by Juliette Lewis, and Pamela, a lively beige frame with gold lenses, appropriately named after Pamela Anderson.”

So, who’s it gonna be?

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Images courtesy of Garrett Leight

Alexis Bittar and Sephora Walk Into a New Wave Disco…

It’s not often that people I know get excited about makeup brushes. But when Sephora collaborates with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar on a line of exclusive makeup tools, I can’t help but get mildly hyped about it.

The collection was inspired by a specific year, 1979–or, when New Wave culture intersected with disco. Bittar has done a number of collaborations, including a furniture collaboration, and said that home objects are something he’s somewhat accustomed to. However, he said, “I liked stepping out of my comfort zone of jewelry.”

The set is available for the holiday season starting in October. And the oyster-shaped compact mirror is everything.

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Are You Part of Riccardo Tisci’s AF1 Tribe?

Nike claims the buyers of their brand are separate from the rest, and it’s true–since its inception, the Nike Air Force 1 has been the “cool kid” symbol for basketball-players, street culture enthusiasts, and everyone in between. The brand has employed more utopian language to describe their newest project, highlighting and celebrateing the different tribes of people who all buy the popular Air Force 1 shoe.

This tribe mentality was reinforced with designer Riccardo Tisci, whose third installment of AF1s comes out on October 16 (and you’ll be able to get them here).

“Everyone in the world needs identity so they are all making themselves into tribes. They are more Goth, more pure or more punk, more rap, more R&B…You can have a million different tribes, but it’s always one thing that unites them,” Tisci said in a statement.

And it’s the Nike AF1, whose popularity leaps across social barriers of all kinds, uniting people of the world by sport and by brand worship. Dramatic langauge aside, the new AF1’s are pretty cool–more chic than Shaq — and we could definitely squeeze some room for them in our wardrobes.

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Prabal Gurung Does Makeup with MAC (!)

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Prabal Gurung will be the next designer to team up with MAC for a cosmetics collaboration, but the goods won’t come at the usual MAC prices. Gurung told WWD: “I design [apparel] at a luxury price point, and I wanted to make sure that the product that I came out with — particularly as this is my first foray into beauty — was in sync with my brand.” So though $70 bronzer and $40 eyeshadow may be a splurge, Gurung made sure each piece feels like a luxury item all on its own.

The packaging is couture-esque on its own per Gurung’s wishes. “When a woman takes it out of her purse, it becomes a topic of conversation,” he said of his intention for the glamorous packaging. With Daisy Buchanan-worthy gilded packaging, these’ll definitely be items worthy of an Ooh! Where did you get that?

Gurung’s makeup range will adorn the faces of his models at his upcoming September 6th runway show, and the rest of us can get our hands on the range at MAC stores across North America on November 26. Have you started your holiday wish list yet?