THE REAL DEAL
This season, we were taken by four collections rooted in athletic wear and imbued with a youthful spirit, from designers who define the modern multi-hyphenate. Be sure to look for these lines on the Third Floor.
No. 1: Chris Stamp’s simple forms may feel familiar, but a closer look at the Los Angeles–based designer’s baseball caps and track suits proves that they’re everything but. Stampd’s statement basics are everyday comfort and youth culture in their most perfect constructs. After all, the label didn’t earn recent recognition as a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist for nothing.
No. 2: Among those being welcomed to the Third Floor and to BG.com: fashion newcomer Palm Angels. Brainchild of Moncler’s artistic director Francesco Ragazzi, the two-year-old collection is Milanese refinement meets laid-back Southern California cool. Inspired by the Los Angeles skater scene, the collection mixes sweatshirts, tracksuits and baggy jeans with tailored overcoats and blazers for an offbeat combination. Plus, look out for a Goodman’s exclusive capsule collection, coming this October.
No. 3: The era: ’90s. The place: Queens. The game: pickup basketball. The soundtrack: Nas (on a Sony Walkman). It’s this scene that inspired marketer- turned-designer Teddy Santis to create Aimé Leon Dore, his line of elevated, minimalist takes on New York City classics. Made in the city, ALD’s bomber jackets, hoodies and striped pullovers prove that nostalgia and impeccable tailoring can coexist fearlessly.
No. 4: From respected Downtown DJ to social media guru for Nike to Kanye West collaborator, Heron Preston worked his way from the ground up, eventually winning acclaim for his impressive lineup of up-cycled work wear. As the son of a police officer, it’s no wonder that he continues to dominate with an aesthetic influenced by utilitari- anism and uniforms, but the latest collection’s subversive T-shirts and sweatpants definitely skew more toward longtime friend Virgil Abloh’s notion of the everyday grind than his father’s.
ON THE MOVE
The designer shuffle was on at several top men’s houses.
After a nearly five-year-long break, Alessandro Sartori finally returned to Ermenegildo Zegna, where he previously spent eight years designing Z Zegna. Sartori now holds creative control of all three of the label’s brands, an undertaking he is approaching with a continuative, big-picture perspective.
Naturally, Sartori’s new position left a void at his former house, Berluti. There, Haider Ackermann has taken the reins and is already infusing his signature edgy, musician-inspired aesthetic into new styles.
And, of course, there’s the buzzy Saint Laurent switch-up in which Anthony Vaccarello is picking up where Hedi Slimane left off. So far, Vaccarello has returned the house’s head- quarters to Paris (it was in Los Angeles under Slimane) and is bringing a fresh sense of passion into collections.
“These are comfortable, casual yet wearable styles that can easily be mixed with other designers for added depth and texture.” -RAMI ZAITOUN
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