With another week comes the enviable task of sifting through seven days’ worth of sneakers, accessories and apparel collections to choose what’s included in our What Drops Now weekly roundup. It has taken its toll mentally but we made it through to the other side and can once again bring you the 10 best/coolest/funniest/most outrageous products that hit the world of men’s fashion this past week. Bon appétit!
As always, much of this product is extremely limited – if you’re slow off the mark and something is sold out, then better luck next time. Check back on What Drops Now for a finely curated daily stream of all things dope so you don’t miss out in the future.
While the fashion and streetwear world is currently fawning over allblack mono-chromaticism and gothic imagery, British fashion house Alexander McQueen has been mastering dark, dramatic luxury for years. The late designer’s skull motif has become a high-fashion icon, appearing on everything from scarves to cufflinks, and this tee from McQueen’s Fall collection, embroidered with geometric stripes and lined in contrasting soft cotton jersey, oozes dark chic while neatly avoiding the cliches so many of the label’s peers have fallen into.
Following the collaboration’s previously seen black sneakers, Scandinavian footwear designer Erik Schedin and COMME des GARCONS’ SHIRT label return with a crisp set of beautifully simple low-profile leather sneakers, adorned with some typically COMME-esque scrawls. Marking a fresh change from the minimalist footwear offerings we have seen from so many high-end brands of late, Rei Kawakubo’s label add an esoteric edge to the clean white sneaker.
HUF continue their program of tongue-in-cheek accessories with this classic wind-up alarm clock in collaboration with Skate Mental. Cutting edge design it is not, but a clock that has “Sleep, Fuck, Drink” on it instead of regular hour markings is a winner in our book.
Massachusetts sneaker boutique Concepts‘ collaborative projects are always executed to the highest standard and their take on Clarks’ Tawyer sneaker is no exception. Perforated side panels, a cushioned sole unit and an all-red upper make this updated, sportier version of the Wallabee one of the most unusual yet eye catching sneaker releases we’ve seen in 2014 so far.
The final piece to be released from Kanye’s final collaboration with APC, this beanie will serve as the closing piece of memorabilia for those wanting to remember Yeezy’s hugely successful foray into menswear. As with so many of the French label’s products, the humble beanie has been crafted using outrageously premium fabrics – this time knitted from fine Austrian wool.
Paul Smith is not shy when it comes to his love of cycling and the UK designer follows on from the launch of his 531 cycling line with this neatly designed notebook from his Paul Smith accessories label. A blurred photo of a mid-race cyclist adorns the cover of this hardback, lined notebook.
With luxury sneakers dominating the headlines recently, it was about time Nike stepped in and showed everyone who the real master of athletic footwear is. A celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the sportswear giant’s pioneering Free sole technology, the “Genealogy of Free” pack contained some of Nike’s most technically innovative sneakers in sleek, all-black colorways. With models like the Air Presto, Free OG and Air Rift reproduced in on-trend monochrome makeups, the “Genealogy of Free” pack marries street style and athletic performance in a way that European fashion houses can only dream of.
We have been charmed by Lazy Oaf‘s brash, youthful take on streetwear – their Fall 2014 collection’s explosion of color and cartoon style graphics is a real stand out amongst the blacked-out mono-chromaticism that we’ve seen so much of lately. The highlight of the collection is the huge print on this tee – a combination of the brand’s playful art style and a sly nod to Raf Simons‘ luxury graphic tees.
As well as providing humorous (and not entirely necessary) alarm clocks, HUF’s accessories game gives the world this marijuana (or Japanese maple if your parents are around) leaf-emblazoned sleeping bag. The poly-down filled sleeping bag sports separate sleeves and a roll-up bottom, allowing you to effortlessly stagger from the camp fire to your tent if you’ve had a bit too much of those Japanese maple leaves.
The final entrant to this week’s fashion accessories bonanza is this motorbike helmet from Argentine-turned-Italian designer Marcelo Burlon. Burlon’s signature dark aestheticism has been married with that oh-so-European passion of mopeds, resulting in a motorcycle helmet dressed in the designer’s snake motif, allowing those moto riders out there to continue Burlon’s ensemble of street-goth apparel.