Capping Our Christmas List: Dries Van Noten Reef Coat

Dries Van Noten has steadily risen to elite member status in my fashion Pantheon. He sits in the ruler’s circle, alongside other deities like Rick Owens and Nicolas Ghesquiere. Yet, there is something perhaps even more everlasting in Van Noten’s designs; he spins the idea of wearable “basics” whilst maintaining that kind of quirky/preppy Belgian aesthetic. It’s all very romantically practical.

Look at this piece. It’s simple, but also original. I like that it hybridizes a classic car coat with a varsity baseball jacket – exactly the sort of idiosyncratic combination Van Noten is renowned for. I want to wear this coat driving around New England in an old Jaguar, but with a modern sound system. In USD, it’ll run you about $1350, but Tres Bien Shop is offering 20% off for non-European Union citizens.

Rauschenberg Comes to the Gagosian

Beginning tomorrow, contemporary art overlord Larry Gagosian will present a retrospective of the late American artist Robert Rauschenberg’s selected works. If you’re a fan of Americana mixed with the provocative, you should stop by. Or, if you’re Steve Cohen/the emir of Qatar, maybe buy the whole show.

A bit on Rauschenberg: He was born Milton, which we think is a superior name to Robert, but when you’re in the upper echelon of modern masters, it hardly matters what your friends call you. He lived to see his art exhibited at such epicenters as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOCA in Los Angeles, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His works fetch upwards of $14 million at Christie’s. Rauschenberg worked in a variety of mediums—including painting, sculpture, and collage. This particular show is at Gagosian’s West 21st Street location. See it. Know art.

Puma Partners with Alexander McQueen, Usain Bolt, Hip Japanese Guy

As we recently noted, Puma has been making a concerted push for 21st-century relevance with a roster of partnerships and collaborations worthy of Opening Ceremony. First up, Puma is continuing its unlikely alliance with Alexander McQueen, and the next batch of kicks from this team-up promises fashionable offerings in blues and grays, rounded out by McQueen’s signature eye for shape. One rather impressive model is a high top sneaker with cut-up and twisted suede side-paneling. Awesome. Puma also has a longstanding line with young Japanese menswear and footwear designer Mihara Yasuhiro.

For Puma’s next season, Yasuhiro addressed global warming with a wiggly, melted-on-the-sidewalk sole detail. Yasuhiro’s conceptualism ties into another of Puma’s joint efforts, this one with Hussein Chalayan. Chalayan is an avant-gardist, and takes, for example, a Repetto-esque oxford and adds a plasticized, sculpted sole.

Perhaps the most sellable line is Puma’s fledgling alliance with Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man. The Bolt collection features clean-lined apparel, silhouetted with the runner’s signature lightning-bolt victory pose. Now in its second installment, Bolt’s influence has also inspired the new “Faas” (which means “fast” in Jamaican patois) trio of performance running shoes, featuring three different weights, depending on the race you’re running. Check out Puma Online to shop, and if nothing suits your fancy, you can always go nuts at their Mongolian Shoe BBQ.