Junya Watanabe 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

Consistently finding inspiration in the great outdoors, Junya Wantanabe continues his unique interpretation of English style with the showing of his 2014 ready-to-wear fall/winter collection. From the beginning, the Japanese designer sent a bevy of crazy-haired blokes down the runway pairing traditional shirt, tie and jacket combinations with hobo-styled patched-up jeans. Next we’re previewed a selection of hunting coats mixing various materials, paneled trousers, wool blazers, casual boots and more. Per usual, Wantanabe’s forthcoming range is built around a very earthy palette with dark undertones and aggressive proportions.

Junya Wantanabe BIO- Junya Watanabe is a Japanese fashion designer, originally the protégé of Comme Des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo. Born in Fukushima, Japan in 1961, he went on to attend Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, graduating in 1984. At this time he began his apprenticeship at Comme des Garcons as a patternmaker. In 1987, he was promoted to chief designer of Tricot knitwear line and then moved on to design for the Comme Des Garçons Homme line. Starting in 1992, he has worked under his own name as part of Comme des Garçons. He started his own line under the Comme Des Garçons name called ‘Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons’ in 1993 and began showing in Paris that same year.

Watanabe, like his mentor Rei Kawakubo, is renowned for designing innovative and distinctive clothing. He is particularly interested in synthetic and technologically advanced textiles and fabrics as found in his spring/summer 2001 line but also uses more traditional materials such as cotton in his spring/summer 2003 collection. Watanabe is often considered to be a ‘techno couture’ designer, creating unusually structured clothes out of modern, technical materials.

Simple and elegant vibes from LACAUSA clothing perfect for this summer!

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LACAUSA is born of the unique space where city, country, desert and ocean converge—Los Angeles. Our name stems from the abbreviations for LA, CA and USA. In Spanish, La Causa means “The Cause”. Our cause is simple: To design and produce authentic California lifestyle clothing locally in our native City of Angels.

Demoo Parkmooncha Spring/Summer Lookbook 2014

Fashion designer Demi Choonmoo Park was born in Kimje, a small town in the southern part of Korea, where her family owned a children’s apparel company. A happy fixture in her father’s factory and showroom, Park was fascinated by the transformative and reflective nature of clothing and hence, her love of fashion was born. After her family moved to Seoul, Demi attended Hong-Ik University, where she majored in industrial design, followed by the Kookje Fashion School where she studied fashion design. Her industrial design roots are evident in her fashion designs and have defined her compelling aesthetic. 

Demi Park has been at the forefront of Korean avant garde design since 1988, when she launched her label DEMOO PARKCHOONMOO. Subsequently, she launched her eponymous line,PARKCHOONMOO. Responding to high demand, the designer opened her first retail store in 1988 in trendy Apgujungdong (Korea) and expanded quickly into other Asian markets. Since then, Demi’s designs have become iconic of a modern, architectural and yet fluid style. Underlying her edgy but wearable designs is an artistic sensibility and superb fit derived from couture roots translated into ready-to-wear. Demi favors the striking impact of monotones such as black and white, punctuated by counterpoints of color, and layering to create new combinations that have become a signature of the PARKCHOONMOO aesthetic.

Park has won numerous accolades including Presidential Awards. Most recently, Demi was voted one of the most influential designers of 2010. She has the honor of serving as Chairman of NWS (New Wave in Seoul), a leading fashion association in Korea and is the new President elect of the FGI (Fashion Group International) on the Board of Directors in Seoul. Demi has shown her collections in Korea, Japan and France, and has been invited to participate in other significant shows worldwide. 

In a time when many designers are cautious about expansion, Demi confidently is moving forward to launch in the US. She participated in CONCEPT KOREA, a fashion presentation and installation sponsored by the Korean government with the CFDA at the NY Public Library during New York Fashion Week in 2010. Park showed her line in New York for the first time with PARKCHOONMOO FALL/WINTER 2010, and continuously showing her line afterwards. 

Demi Choonmoo Park currently resides in Seoul, Korea and New York, NY.
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Cited as leading a contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic, Los Angeles–based artist and designer Steven Harrington is best known for his bright, iconic style that encourages a two-way conversation between the artist and viewer. There’s a timeless quality to his playful yet contemplative work, inspired by California’s mystique, vastly diverse landscape, and thriving mix of cultures. Embracing a multimedia approach, Harrington’s portfolio includes large-scale installations out of plaster and stone, hand-screened prints, limited-edition books, skateboards, and sculptures. Alongside his personal work, Harrington co-founded both the acclaimed design agency National Forest and pop-art brand “You&I.” He has exhibited artwork in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal, Melbourne, and Dallas.

Generic Surplus’ ongoing collaborative relationship with artist, Steven Harrington continues this holiday season with the Harrington Boot in two added colorways: A charcoal grey beeswax leather and soft black leather atop our proprietary EVA outsole. Originally launched in spring, the roots of the Harrington Boot stem from the traditional desert boot updated to reflect a contemporary aesthetic. Harrington’s subtle desert-inspired graphics are embossed on the insoles and heals making this a casual yet tripped out trio.

Check out the video for Steven Harrington’s ‘Inside Out’ exhibition supported by Generic Surplus where he represents his journey of discovery, while creating a similar voyage for visitors, allowing the dialogue between artist and viewer to continue as layers of meaning and understanding are added to this thought-provoking collection.