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Longjourney FW ’16

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Alex Carapetian and Alonso Ester, of LA-based brand Longjourney, share a passion for vintage garments. The duo sifts through vintage shops and flea markets in Los Angeles to obtain materials for their collections. According to an interview with Complex, 99.9% of the pieces incorporate some or all vintage. Their aesthetic pulls inspiration from military garments and athletic gear — such that one of their staple pieces from the newest season incorporates an old Champion sweatshirt, combined with velour.

 

“A respect for tradition and progressive outlook.” Longjourney’s website references this as what they achieve when creating. Final touches set in place by hand, which advances the narrative each piece tells. When repurposing vintage clothing, each article has its story, and Longjourney aims to make each piece modern and give it “new” life. The final product is a reincarnation of contemporary clothing with definite nods to equal parts vintage, modernity, military, and athletics.

 

Our team took the latest offering from Longjourney and notes from their aesthetic for our interpretation to the brand’s unique appearance. Take a look at the gallery above for a full look into what just landed. Longjourney is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. To place an order or for more information, email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666

Tim Coppens FW ’16

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Tim Coppens name is becoming increasingly unavoidable by the day. He just unveiled his first collection as creative director for Under Armour’s new UAS line. Coppens is synonymous with blending skilled craftsmanship and expert tailoring with keen athletic references. In each of his collections, you can see a motif of modern cuts, clean lines, and skillful blending of colors. His previous stints designing for activewear brands such as Ralph Lauren RLX and Adidas high-end line have honed his prowess for clothes with utilitarian sophistication.

 

To add to the notoriety he has gained from his work with other brands, Coppens has is highly decorated. In the past four years alone, he has received numerous awards, including the Ecoo Domani Award for “Best New Menswear Designer,” the Fashion Group International “Rising Star of the Year” Award, and the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear, as well as a finalist for the LVMH Prize. In 2016, he has nominations for the CFDA “Menswear Designer of the Year” and the ANDAM Fashion Award.

 

In his latest season, he utilizes relaxed fitting pants, sweatshirts, and jackets, with modern cuts, to create a refined aesthetic. Mixed media and the use of silk-stitched graphics highlight the season, as Coppens continues to push his personal brand to new limits. Browse the gallery above for a full look at the newest season. Tim Coppens is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more information or to place an order, email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666.

LIFE: Stone Island F/W ’16

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Recent collaborations with Supreme and NikeLab, along with cosigns from artists and musicians have brought Stone Island to the forefront. Despite the label’s recent success and step into the scope of popular culture, Stone Island has been quietly crafting for 34 years and counting. Massimo Osti’s innovative sportswear brand has been perfecting every aspect of its garments, whether it be through fabrics, fibers, or the dye used to give the clothes their discernible appearance.

 

The brand stands upon two pillars: LAB and LIFE. According to their philosophy, LAB is the endless examination and exploration into the metamorphosis and enrichment of fibers and fabrics. This dedication to constant advancement has led the brand to the forefront of new production and dying techniques that have been previously unutilized in the clothing industry.

 

LIFE. “The lived experience, the identity, the perceived status of anyone who wears Stone Island.” Stone Island has deep roots in subculture, and the aesthetic emulates that of military uniforms and workwear. Each garment is a testament to their modus operandi, providing the utmost functionality to the wearer, without sacrificing the labels refined style.

 

Check out the photos above and the video above, as our team attempts to emulate LIFE, one of Stone Island’s “two souls.” The collection is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For questions or to place an order, email [email protected] or cal (773) 770-6666.

Human Made Spring/Summer ’16

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Ever since HUMAN MADE’s inception not too long ago, the aesthetic values of vintage Americana have always been integral to the brand’s identity. If we understand BAPE to be Nigo’s parody of the complacency of Japanese adolescence, as well as the masculinity of American hip-hop, then perhaps we ought understand HUMAN MADE in contrast as Nigo’s sincere appreciation for American culture at large.

 

Some of HUMAN MADE’s best pieces this season are reinterpretations of ubiquitous garments visible on any American college campus. These hoodies and crewnecks feel like sophisticated renderings of the very same collegiate apparel sold in bookstores. The embroidered varsity jackets — formerly reserved as a status symbol for accomplished athletes — are transformed under Nigo’s artistic direction into individual means of expression available to all. Demystification soon follows reinterpretation, and Nigo’s genius stems from his capacity to make something once upon a time so foreign to him truly his own.

 

This season’s HUMAN MADE collection is available at RSVP Gallery.

Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter ’15 Collection

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As the first decade of his professional career draws to an end, Christopher Kane finds himself concurrently spearheading the contemporary British high fashion movement and seated atop a uniquely curated style identifiable as his own. Known for his masterful manipulation of graphics, the designer has, throughout his relatively short time in the profession, cast his creative gaze upon the molecular to the galactic and everything in between (from volcanos to mushroom clouds to gorillas and chimpanzees).

For Autumn Winter 2015, Kane continues his work as an enterprising explorer, taking us on a trip into the mathematical world of geometry. Kane revisits his familiar destination of three-dimensional prints, with the works of artist M.C. Escher serving as the symbolic compass. The motif of the season is clear, albeit somewhat misleading. It is about shapes, but also so much more than shapes in isolation. A closer look reveals that, this season, Kane focuses on the transition from order to chaos, specifically emphasizing the dynamic interactions between the shapes with each other, as much as he does their mathematical properties. One can imagine the pieces themselves as pin drops on a map of Kane’s graphical journey: from the initial soft crumble of the perfectly tessellating cubes to the shirt that caves in upon itself onto the final rubble that remains, there is a clear beginning, middle and end to the collection.

For our editorial, RSVP takes the same active approach to the collection as Kane, going on a journey of our own into the realm of geometry. This is our interpretation of Christopher Kane’s Autumn Winter 2015 collection.

RSVP Gallery for Givenchy Autumn/Winter ’15

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At the house of Givenchy, Catholicism repeatedly gets used as a source of inspiration both subtly (ever noticed the cross embroidered on the back of most tops) and blatantly (the signature Madonna graphic). However, for the Autumn/Winter 15 season, creative director Tisci goes down a distinctly darker path. The collection’s dark mood was accentuated at its Paris Fashion Week presentation with a ruby red glitter runway and masked models that gave a nod to voodoo dolls. Here at RSVP, our bedeviled collection is made up of print-heavy staples, from the abstract flame t-shirt and backpack to an all-over cross button down. Enjoy this season’s collection editorial, versatile enough to convince both you and your significant other that your closet needs a new Givenchy piece.

RSVP Gallery for McQ by Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter ’15

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In this day and age, you may find “streetwear” labels attempting to move up the ranks of fashion into what would be formally considered “designer.” At McQ by Alexander McQueen, you will see quite the opposite. McQ is the younger brother label to the storied Alexander McQueen brand, who’s legacy lies in its theatrical and fantasy driven clothes and runway shows. Considering the house of the late McQueen, now headed by Sarah Burton, has more than checked off the “high-fashion” box, McQ’s focus is visibly on creating wearable street-ready looks. So for every radical stitch that the Alexander McQueen main label produces, McQ provides the laid-back, casual-cool London youth counterpart. Without losing the dark and romantic McQueen identity, the McQ Autumn/Winter 2015 collection gives us relaxed silhouettes with eerie TV-static prints, zip details reminiscent of punk bondage, choppy collaged graphics, distressing and degradé.