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“Instant Calm” Undercover by Jun Takahashi FW ’16

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Jun Takahashi does not stand for only making clothes. When he puts out a collection, he wants them to have a voice. In an interview with Business of Fashion, he said “Clothes have meaning. Otherwise, it’s just cocktail dresses and bags — and that’s not interesting.” For 26 years, Takahashi’s brand has stayed true to this modus operandi.

 

Undercover, which he started with a friend in 1990 while still in school at Bunka Fashion College, has been at the forefront of luxury streetwear before luxury streetwear even existed. Takahashi created a lane for brands like Mastermind, which came in ‘97, and even newer brands like Off-White. He wanted to make fashion more accessible, so his offerings have always been youthful to some degree. Profoundly influenced by punk culture, Takahashi told Business of Fashion that he was always interested in rebellion and he “decided to make clothes that are not merely beautiful; I wanted to interpret culture into fashion.”

 

If you go into his archived collections, you will see a balance of eclectic and graphics and expertly tailored pants, suits, and jackets. He is deliberate in doing so and has expressed this literally in his newest collection, which bears the title “Instant Calm.” Shoes and jackets with “Chaos” and “Balance” printed on them come alongside shirts and coats with Belgian artist Michael Borremans’ artwork on them. The juxtaposition occurs against tailored shirts, pants, suit jackets, and overcoats in muted tones.

 

Undercover is now available in store at RSVP Gallery. For more information or to place an order email [email protected] or call 773-770-6666.

Flannels Feature Spring/Summer ’16

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Often thought to be a Fall/Winter piece, flannels have made their presence felt in this year’s round of Spring/Summer collections. Although most people will be shedding their layers, having flannels in your arsenal can provide a great finishing touch.

 

This season, designers have gone away from traditional drab offerings and countered with a fresh mix of bright colors and clean monotones in lightweight fabrics. Elongated, oversized, and flowing fits allow breathability and justify the additional layer, even during the summer.

 

Fear of God Flannel (Blue): First Fear of God Flannel that doesn’t feature side zippers. It delivers an elongated body with drop shoulder to add comfort and volume.

 

Mr. Completely Banded Collar Shirt (Orange): Boasts a mandarin collar and front pockets along with a loose fit.

 

Public School Double-sleeve Mandarin Shirt (Red): Layered sleeve detail with a mandarin collar and traditional shirttail hem. Also features a shoulder yoke in back.

 

A.P.C. Trevor Plaid Shirt (Green): Touting a large front chest pocket and a curved hem, this flannel is made of a blend of cotton, linen, and ramie, giving it a super-soft feel that resists wrinkling.

 

Pierre Balmain Check Shirt (Black/White): Features a traditional fit and shirttail with button cuffs and a spread collar.

 

Mastermind Button-Up Shirt (Black/White): A fresh twist on the gingham pattern with oversized checks. Also features a drop-tail rounded hem in the back.

 

More can be found online and in-store at RSVP Gallery. Email [email protected] for more info or call +1(773) 770-6666 for phone orders.