The latest edition of Neon and Nonsense™ is packed with everything the RSVP Gallery team has been up to over the past month. We traveled to the opening night of Kanye West’s Saint Pablo Tour, North Coast Music Festival for some of our favorite performers, and New York Fashion Week to see the latest newest seasons. Per usual, Kanye failed to disappoint, as he unveiled his floating, Transformer-like stage with a constant mosh pit underneath. We caught some of our favorite acts at North Coast, including a surprise appearance from Chicago’s own Vic Mensa. At New York Fashion Week we were front row for Alexander Wang, where he unveiled his new collaboration with Adidas, as well as Yeezy Season 4, and Travi$ Scott’s pop-up at Bape New York.
Check out the full episode above for tons of rare footage and be on the lookout for our next episode. In case you missed it, the Neon and Nonsense™ took a trip to Lollapalooza and more in our last episode.
Alexander Wang’s show at NYFW was a spectacle in itself. The event, which he called “#WANGFEST,” brought out a plethora of fashion heavyweights and superstars alike to the warehouse at Pier 94 in Manhattan. After an hour, eager fans saw Wang’s newest collection, as well as one of the biggest surprises of Fashion Week thus far.
Wang’s namesake label has been known for intertwining street and popular culture into full luxury collections. This year was no exceptions, as models journeyed the runway in surf-inspired jackets, tees, and hats. Wang has become synonymous with the color black, but this year he showed attendees a wealth of new patterns and graphics.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came after models showed the full mainline collection. The room fell black, and the screen at the front of the runway showed an obscure video, ending with an upside down Adidas logo. The lights came back up, and all of the models came down the runway in a mob of black athletic gear, unveiling his upcoming collection with Adidas Originals.
Shortly after the unveiling, the Screen in front of the runway rolled away to reveal the show’s after party; a small town featuring a full service 7/11, complete with candy, donuts, and slushies, McDonald’s which served burgers, fries, and breakfast, along with an abundance of surprises for guests. For a full view of the runway show, check out the gallery above and make sure to stay tuned for news on the release of Alexander Wang’s SS ’17 collection.
If you have ever stopped by the Gallery, you’ve inevitably peeped into the glass case. Always filled with accessories, toys, and other necessities, we like to keep a constant rotation of essential goods on display. For this series, we head to the case and highlight the most coveted items available right now.
Just Don Keychain: By now, it’s well known that Don C. only uses the highest quality materials. He continues here with premium python leather and lambskin with logo embossed gold hardware.
Human Made Mug Set: Nigo enjoys his coffee; he opened his own café in 2014 and Human Made’s web store is titled ‘COLDCOFFEE.’ It only made sense that he collaborated with Pacific Furniture Service to created these stackable mugs.
RSVP Gallery Pin Set: Small enamel pins donning our debossed logo. An essential for anyone’s collection.
Alexander Wang Zip Wallet: A lowkey piece in premium bovine leather with Wang’s signature styling. Features two cardholders on the exterior, zip pouch, and rhodium stud details.
Bape Phone Case: Bape’s formula is tried and true. Simple clear plastic shell case with signature branding. Enough said.
APC & Robert Geller Bracelets: Wristwear goes beyond a nice watch. If you can’t quite afford the gold Rolly, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the luxury of nice accessories. APC and Robert Geller are known for their quality and there are no exceptions in these bracelets.
mastermind Japan x Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses: This collaboration only makes sense; Oakley and mastermind Japan are known for their unrivaled quality. These shades come correct with mirrored lenses and mastermind Japan’s signature skull and crossbones details on the lenses and arms.
Bape x Medicom Metallic Gold Bearbrick: This year, Bape celebrated their 23rd anniversary. Few streetwear brands have experienced that type of longevity, and even fewer have come close to their success. To celebrate, they released this Bearbrick, which features the Ape Head logo on the front and the number 23 on the back.
In many ways, Alexander Wang’s emergence in the fashion world triggered the current Renaissance era for sportswear. In the brand’s ten years of existence, designer Wang has consistently elevated the urban uniform into an object of admiration on the runway. In this season’s intermix of mainline and T by offerings, Wang adhered to the now-often-imitated formula that he pioneered and reiterated some classic pieces commonly found in the locker room.
It’s easy to dismiss the clothes as merely more luxe performance-wear. These loose-fitting and borderline-slouchy silhouettes are nowadays a familiar spectacle. In a time of imitators, it’s the little things that distinguish Wang from the wannabes. Take a closer look and you’ll find hidden in the left shoulder seam of the ribbed tee an invisible zipper. Put on the hoodie and you’ll feel the equidistant gel-printed lines flow according to your movements. Touch the sweatshirt and you’ll notice that it’s been cut and sewn from multiples sections of neoprene fabric. Whereas silhouettes are easily imitable, innovation and attention are not. The details we usually miss at a first glance prove that, when it comes to sportswear, Wang is playing in an entirely different league.
For our editorial, RSVP invites you to take a closer look and discover for yourself why there is only one Wang in a crowd of imitators.