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Feature: Military Style

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Military garment design has been influencing fashion at an increasing rate over the years. Classic renditions of flight suits, MA-1 Jackets, and bombers from early Raf Simons and Maison Margiela collections are some of the most sought after pieces to date. In the ever-evolving landscape of fashion, designers continue to push boundaries and offer up new renditions of classic military pieces.

 

Many are doing this in a literal sense, as brands are taking vintage military garments, repurposing, and rebranding them to be “new.” Others are only pulling inspiration from the silhouettes, and modernizing them with slim fits, prints, and different fabrics. Readymade has done a bit of both; they take old military canvas from duffel bags, tents, etc., and repurpose them into new flight jackets, bombers, overnight bags, and novelty items.

 

The inspiration is unsurprising, as the military plays a significant role in the contemporary era. OAMC realized this in their latest collection and decided to juxtapose the narrative of their collection with the violent history of the military. Replacing bombs with olive branches, a symbol of peace, and incorporating doves into their designs, they attempt to soften the harsh realities that come with militaristic endeavors.

 

We picked out our favorite military-inspired pieces in the shop to display in our latest feature. All of the items are available in store or online at RSVP Gallery. Check out the gallery above to see what we have in store. If you have any questions or want to place an order email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666.

 

RM 121: Raf Simons FW ’16

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If you were to look at a retrospective of Raf Simons’ collections in the past 20 years, you would think that he has one of the most mercurial temperaments conceivable. Compared to someone like Rick Owens, whose collections often bare the same muted tones and draped silhouette’s, Raf’s vision seems disjointed. But so is youth subculture.

 

Simons has been at the forefront of rebellion in fashion for over two decades. His collections are distinctively moody and resonate on a continuous cycle, parallel with youth culture. Nearly all of Simons’ offerings are worthy of grail status and those able to procure the rarest pieces fall into the realm of guys like Kanye West. With stints at legendary houses like Jil Sander and Dior, Raf has carved his name into history.

 

After leaving Dior, Simons’ level of energy for his namesake brand has been noticeably higher. The newest season keeps the expected level of quality craftsmanship and introduces an interesting narrative on the overly oversized trend. Taking notes from traditional English-prep and scout styles, Raf spins sweaters and coats with elongated, billowy silhouettes and contrasts them with slim destroyed sweaters and classic button-ups. Signature jeans, denim shirts, and shoes round out the collection and make it one of his most memorable to date.

 

Check out the photos above for a full look into the newest season and the video below for an eerie look into Room 121. This collection is available in-store at RSVP Gallery. For more information email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666.

 

Neon and Nonsense: Episode 11

Neon and Nonsense has been busy. For the 11th installment, we traveled to Florence, Italy, Tampa, Los Angeles, and the rainforest. Right at home in Chicago we were blessed with the presence of Young Thug and Lil Yachty, along with the rest of their associates at RSVP Gallery. In Italy, we headed to the legendary Pitti Uomo showcase to get an inside look at the newest collections from Raf Simons and Gosha Rubchinskiy. In LA we took to Tyler, the Creator’s extravagant Golf fashion show. While down in Tampa, we partied with YesJulz, as she brought out Robb Bank$ and Playboi Carti to join the festivities.

 

Watch the episode above for a full dose of the Nonsense™ and stay tuned for more rare footage. If you haven’t already, check out episode 10 when we tackled Tokyo.

Feature: Summer Jackets

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This post might be finding you in the dog days of summer, but bear with me: Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you should forget about jackets. I’m talking layers my guy, like an onion. The first step, ditch the wool and heavy fabrics from winter and exchange them for lightweight fabrics with breathability, like cotton and nylon. Also, keep an eye out for technical fabrics that are water-resistant and ready for summer storms to strike. For days when rain isn’t in the forecast, it never hurts to have a jacket handy for notoriously cool summer nights. We put together an assortment of our favorite jackets, ready for the summer and whatever it has in store.

 

Fear of God Fourth Collection Bombers: Lightweight bomber jackets with tons of versatility. It can be worn a variety of ways and features added volume in the chest and arms for better breathability and an oversized look. The silk lining gives the jacket the ultra-luxurious feel we’ve come to expect from Jerry Lorenzo.

 

Christopher Kane Reflective Bomber: This one is the perfect statement piece, ready for any day, no matter the weather. Ultra-lightweight technical water-resistant shell and a flash finish that is guaranteed to turn heads.

 

Raf Simons Hooded Parka: Raf parkas are some of the most coveted items in any rendition. This one features a light cotton twill with single-layer construction and is a perfect piece to throw on. Go ahead, nonchalantly rock the Raf.

 

Tim Coppens Mushroom Bomber: Coppens is relatively new to the scene, but he began his career designing activewear, so he knows about functionality and breathability. This bomber is no exception and it dons a dope Murakami-esque graphic on the back.

 

These jackets and more are available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more information or to place an order email [email protected] or cal (773) 770-6666.

Summer Essentials: Neutral Sneakers

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Whether you want to believe it or not, summer is here in full force and RSVP has a fresh grip of footwear to add to your rotation. Low tops have gained ever-increasing notoriety and are at the helm of our focus for the season. Easily paired with shorts or trousers, lows can be utilized to accent your fit or set it off as a head-turning staple.

 

The focus here is on neutral color shoes. From the simple luxury of the Adidas Samoa to the stripes on the Off-White leather sneakers, keeping the color palette simple makes these sneakers an effortless flex. The Adidas Oddity Luxe pack offers a cream color scheme and head turning mixed media details. Raf Simons’ Adidas Ozweego is at the top of its class with a perfect pop of pink detail and iconic silhouette.

 

This collection can only be found in-store at RSVP Gallery. For more information email [email protected] or call +1(773) 770-6666 for phone orders.

6 Pairs of Pants We’re Keeping on Rotation this Season

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When it comes to shorts, we generally put off wearing them until the weather channel declares a heat wave. As opposed to carrying over the pants and jeans you’ve practically lived in for the last three months of winter (feels like six if you live in the Northern Hemisphere), do some spring renewal with this seasonal pants edit.

1.Givenchy Cargo Trousers-Take a utilitarian route in these lightweight 14-pocket trousers. Just make sure you remember which pocket you put your phone in.

2.Raf Simons x Sterling Ruby Blue Denim Jeans-Electric blue was all over the runways for this season and the perfect excuse to revisit one of our favorite collaborations. Side note: the white and blue colorway of this pair is reminiscent of the work Sterling Ruby did on the walls of the Raf Simons Tokyo boutique.

3.STAMPD Essential Moto Pants-We’re always on board with anything “moto” and especially if it is on a cozy pair of lounge pants.

4. Band of Outsiders Melting Plaid Sweatpants-The LA label turns their laid-back aesthetic up a notch with this wavy plaid pair of pants inspired by the “idea of a Nixon-era dad barbecuing and taking psychedelics.” 

5. DRKSHDW by Rick Owens Aircut Jeans-DRKSHDW lets Rick Owens’ fans trade in their leather pants for a more seasonal approach with waxed cotton denim.

6. Oyster Holdings LAX Sweatpants-This season typically means vacation, which we all know is a sport in itself, making these structured yet comfortable pants an ideal in-flight uniform.

Special appearance by Raf Simons Carry Over Velcro Sneakers

Photography by Anthony Trevino
Words by Adriana Gaspar

Your Guide to S/S ’15 Trends

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Although we’re always fans of the classic and timeless, what would fashion be without seasonal trends? Boring is what. From the runway to the streets, here are the top trends we’re getting on board with for the Spring/Summer 2015 season.

  1. DENIM

Double up on denim. The Canadian tuxedo is in and who better for the job than Parisian label Pierre Balmain?

  1. TEXTURE

In the colder months it is a no-brainer, in the spring it is refreshingly unexpected. Go with KVA’s suede bomber or Christopher Kane’s Pages tee.

  1. PRINT

From stripes to paisley and everything in between, add visual interest to your look with print. 3.1 Phillip Lim’s vertical stripes caught our eye.

  1. COLOR

Wearing all black in the winter is inevitable; do a 180 in bold, colorful options. KRISVANASSCHE and Raf Simons agree.