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Rick Owens DRKSHDW FW ’16 Editorial

Rick Owens’ most recent mainline collection was an anxiety-driven masquerade of clothing that pooled and draped over the runway models. A plethora of pockets, huge hemlines, and a mix of skinny elongated and cropped jackets executed in shearling and thick textures. The inspiration for the collection came from Owens’ inner turmoil with adverse changes to the environment.

 

As always, DRKSHDW gives us a refined look into the mainline collection. The Fall/Winter 2016 offering sees the return of some classics, in the gimp hoodie, level crewneck, and Detroit jeans. The season’s staple piece is a padded bomber, complete with carrying strap. Owens’ newest iteration of Aircut pants speaks to the main collection, shying away from the ultra-skinny fit.

 

Check out the video above and photos below for a full look into the latest season. Rick Owens DRKSHDW FW ’16 collection is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more info or to place an order email [email protected] or call (773) 770-666.

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Haider Ackermann FW ’16 Editorial

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Haider Ackermann has been looming just outside of center stage for years. Like many before him, he started in womenswear before venturing into menswear and has since garnered respect from many of fashion’s heavyweights. Years after a five-month internship with Dior’s John Galliano, he was approached to succeed Galliano, after declining the proposed succession of Martin Margiela. In 2011, Karl Lagerfeld said he saw Ackermann as his ideal successor at Chanel. So why does he sit adjacent to other labels?

 

His signature draping, knotting, and gathering can be found in everything from his shoes to coats, giving his pieces a striking aesthetic. He utilizes expert tailoring and juxtaposes them with fluid, casual styling which has become increasingly popular with the world’s top fashion houses. His namesake label should be more of a household name. But many times, fashion is waves ahead of the masses.

 

Ackermann is also known for his utilization of gender neutral silhouettes, and until recent years, gender has been a black and white subject to the general consensus. As gender fluidity and identity come to the forefront of the public forum, it seems that popular culture is finally gaining ground on fashion. He holds true to his vices in his latest collection with beautiful tailoring and astute use of fabrics. His collection is dark, angsty, and angular and presents a final product worthy of rock stars.

Yeezy Season 3

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Yeezy Season 3 is a legendary placeholder in Kanye West history. When you think of the season, images of Young Thug sitting on the stage in the iconic yellow jacket immediately come to mind. Many of the masses first look at Lil Yachty came as he stood next to Thug, red braids gleaming in the center of Madison Square Garden in front of a sold out crowd. Season 3 is also where West debuted The Life of Pablo for those in attendance. After an ample amount of buzz following the debut of Yeezy Season 4, West is making strides at carving his name into the game.

 

Nearly nine months and ample anticipation later, we were able to get our hands on the collection, which continues to push the envelope with unique silhouettes, his signature earth tone palette, and incredible attention to detail. Throughout the collection, West stays faithful to his vices, with oversized offerings throughout and an athletic-inspired profile. Highlights from this season include the hoodies, which are some of the nicest we have been able to get our hands on in recent memory, as well as the destroyed sweater, and military boots.

 

As his seasons continue, prices have decreased steadily, making them collections more accessible, as West proclaimed when he initially announced his foray into fashion. Check out the photos above for a full look at Yeezy Season 3, which is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For questions or to place an order email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666.

Jordan ‘Pinnacle’ Collection

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Michael Jordan’s empire has expanded vastly since its beginnings in 1984. From the original Jordan 1 to now, Jordan Brand has grown into a complete lifestyle brand. While offering shoes for multiple sports and off the court, the expansion has led Jordan into the realm of fashion.

 

The ‘Pinnacle’ collection comes full force on the 25th anniversary of Jordan’s first NBA Title in 1991. The main release arrives in the form of a metallic gold Jordan VI, modeled after the NBA’s Larry O’Brien championship trophy and the famed “Security” jacket. The jacket is inspired by those seen in the iconic photo of Jordan exiting his Ferrari before Game 5 of the 1992 Conference Semifinals. The jackets were worn by MJ’s private security outfit, and have been repurposed for the new collection.

 

Rounding out the new line is a black, tonal warm-up shirt and short sleeve “1991” hoodie. These select pieces will be available Saturday, October 22, 2016, in store at RSVP Gallery. For more information email [email protected] or call (773) 770-666.

WHERE THE END STARTS: Kaws Exhibit

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Kaws just unveiled a new exhibit, titled WHERE THE END STARTS, at the Modern Art Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas. His name is synonymous with art in almost every form; from his early works in graffiti to his newest projects featuring massive sculptures, he has carved his lane that many have tried to mimic throughout his career. He’s created a line of characters that appear throughout his works – Chum, Accomplice, and Companion, which he reimagines in toys, paintings, and sculptures of various sizes. Kaws’ enormous ‘Companion’ sculptures have garnered ample attention over the past few years, as they have appeared in galleries, parks, and major cities, like New York.

 

Further, Kaws’ has gained recognition for his appropriation of popular cartoons like Spongebob, The Simpsons, and The Smurfs. These works are some of his most sought after, utilizing his distinct style, with signature “X’s” in the eyes and vibrant colors. He explores many human emotions across his vast catalog, from sad, overwhelmed, pathetic, and weary, to shy. Kaws’ juxtaposition of cartoon characters and these emotions allow us to empathize and view the works in an unprecedented scope.

 

The exhibit opens today, October 20, 2016, and runs until January 22, 2017, when it will move to a new space in China. It features a retrospective view of Kaws’ work over the past 20 years across approximately 100 works. Included in the exhibit are paintings, drawings, large-scale sculptures, graffiti, toys, and other various mediums from his formal, conceptual, and collaborative catalog. Check out the gallery above for a look at the new exhibit, and be sure to check back for more Kaws news and releases at RSVP Gallery.

Flight: OAMC FW ’16

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“Flight. Youthful Dreams of imitation nature. Aerial dominance that gains territory and wins wars. The symbol of peace. The frantic escape from a geographic location with no particular destination save exit.” -OAMC

 

The brand is led by the former head designer of Supreme, Luke Meier, and former creative director of Carhartt Work in Progress, Arnaud Faeh. As their Fall/Winter 2016 collection intertwines the different connotations of flight; nature, military, and iconography, they pull inspiration and realize them within the clothes. Throughout the collection, you can see it in a literal sense, with graphics of birds, military jackets, and printed phrases like “Peacekeeper.” But the brand dives deeper. Different layering techniques found throughout mimic the structure of birds’ wings and feathers, as well as the utilization of real feathers in select pieces. Even the knit patterns are deliberately in the chevron shape, which birds utilize in flight.

 

Each collection the acronym, OAMC, stands for something different. This season it signifies Oscar Alpha Mike Charlie, which makes a nod towards the militaristic aspect of flight. But the mission statement for the newest season brings forth a haunting juxtaposition: Military advancement and development in flight have allowed fashion to utilizes some stylistic cues while having a darker side. Military flight has led to the death and destruction of millions of lives. In an attempt to combat that narrative, the brand has taken familiar characters and insignias used on warplanes and warheads and injected peace symbols into the designs.

 

OAMC is taking fashion deeper than clothes. There is meaning in each collection which people are meant to connect with beyond the feel of the fabric and the wearing of garments. It is a brand that stands for something; beyond the clothing, they also donate a portion of each season’s proceeds to a foundation. This season’s being “Destination Unknown” which helps protect “children on the move” You can learn more about the foundation here.

 

OAMC is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more information or to place an order email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666.770-6666.

Saint Pablo Tour Chicago

We got a chance to see the opening show in Indianapolis, and the show has transformed a bit since its opening night. West did away with many of the lengthy instrumental interludes, and the concert was much more succinct, as songs flowed from one to another seamlessly. The heart of the spectacle stayed true, as Kanye drifted from end to end of the stadium, his disciples moshed below him. West was vigorously focused and energetic, and commanded his hometown crowd with ease.

 

RSVP enlisted two of Chicago’s premiere photographers, ‘Swopes’ and ‘Trashhand’ to capture photos of the spectacle, while we took care of the video. Check out a gallery of their photos below and the video above for a full recap, and in case you missed it, we took on Gucci Mane at UIC.

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