Refresh Your Wardrobe With Streetwear. Here Are 7 Ways To Get It Right
There's really no reason to be stuck in a style rut with all these fresh drops coming at you this season. The resurgence of streetwear in the past seasons have brought about a tidal wave of both old and new designers eager to take a bite off this movement—one that's not going away anytime soon.
If you're looking to refresh your wardrobe, or opening up to the idea of experimenting with the streetwear trend, join us as we head to Univers for "New Visions"—seven streetwear designers to have on your radar today. Who's your favorite?
Based in London, designer Samuel Ross who has done creative work alongside Virgil Abloh, championed this line of streetwear back in 2015, to create clothes that are inspired by his background in graphic design and illustration. For Fall/Winter 2018, Ross takes cue from the idea of "the juxtaposition of a raw and industrial worksite alongside a traditional art gallery." The result? Not your typical sportswear.
Yet another creative closely connected to Off-White brainchild Virgil Abloh, Milan-based Anna Blessman heralds A_Plan_Application, a "system wardrobe" that was created to first please her needs, and eventually cater to a market that gets this need as well. Today's mobile, fast-paced lifestyle calls for clothes you can actually move in and keep wearing for years to come. This is what you get from the brand, and then some. For Fall/Winter 2018, expect a modern power woman's wardrobe by way of versatility, sensuality, and efficiency.
Londoner Craig Green launched his namesake line after graduating from famed Central Saint Martins, and has then made a name for himself with utilitarian, iconic pieces like "the Worker Jacket". Every season, the Craig Green runway show is much-anticipated for its dramatic qualities, but does not lose sight of its purpose. In the latest collection, "Craig Green channeled all of his little kid energy into this collection where clothes doubled as nomad’s tents, models wore makeshift flying machines and sweaters were patched together from colorful bits of fabric and knitwear."
Moldovia-born, Italy trained Dima Leu launched his line in 2015, where the goal was to create clothes that balances out the mix of sporstwear and tailored elements. In his ensembles, he perfectly blends elements from a classic men's suit and the traditional two-piece tracksuit. On the sporstwear side, he uses details like zippers, elastic bands, and drawstring; while the classic vibe is provided by the fabrics used, and modern silhouettes.
Definitely out of the ordinary menswear you have come to know, desinger Martine Rose hails from a British background, in south London, where rave and reggae scenes have heavily influenced her aesthetic. As a consultant for Balenciaga menswear, Martine describes this season’s man as “everyman,” and she’s dressing him in tailored clothing and denim, sexy garments and more formal pieces.
While Moncler isn't necessarily a streetwear brand, its current Creative Director Francesco Ragazzi, is also the director of Palm Angels (see below), and under the Genius Project, he partnered with other designers to give the classic Moncler down jacket current edge. The project brought eight talented creative minds together to create their own capsule collection inspired by the iconic Moncler down jacket. One name stood out from the rest—Kei Ninomiya, who designed using duvet, manipulated to obtain innovative knit of sculptural jackets and capes with 3D textures. Now that's genius!
The LA skateboarders of Venice Beach-inspired label Palm Angels creative directed by Moncler creative director Francesco Ragazzi brings us F/W 2018: a clash of the American midwest and punk, a contemporary take on the street-savvy aesthetic. “As always, I wanted to present my personal take on unconventional aspects of American culture,” said creative director Francesco Ragazzi backstage.
The New Visions collection will be launched with a special DJ set by Nosaj Thing on September 13 at XX:XX Makati. For more information, check out @univers.ph on Instagram.