The Highsnobiety inboxes are inundated on a daily basis with new brands vying for a piece of the spotlight. So, to help you show off your vast knowledge of obscure fashion labels, each month we take a moment to introduce you to a fresh batch of upcoming talent. Below you’ll find some of the best collections to land in our inbox this month, from Nordic sportswear to grungy West Coast streetwear. Get to know these brands before they’re massive.
"A combination of French elegance and Japanese-inspired wackiness" is how Parisian label Atelier Neutre describes its Fall/Winter 2016 collection. The brand throws everything from ponchos to leopard print hoodies into the mix, styling flamboyant pieces side-by-side for an eye-popping aesthetic that's furthered by individual garments' oversized silhouettes, frayed hems and patchworked fabrics.
If recent seasons have shown us anything, it's that the West Coast is producing some of the best streetwear in the world right now. The Incorporated joins the likes of 424 and Fear of God left off, with a new collection of contemporary gear that they call "an oversized vision of the union of streetwear, high fashion and vintage."
That means boxy cuts, repurposed army gear and DIY screen printing, all of which contribute to the brand's refreshingly low-fi aesthetic. Military surplus fabric is patchworked together to form new outerwear pieces, while graphics are crudely sewn onto various garments and hoodies are tie-dyed in striking colors.
Hong Kong lifestyle retailer Numb expands into its very-own line of Ready-to-Wear for the SS16 season. Dubbed Numb Workshop, the store-cum-brand's clothing is relaxed and minimal, focussing on drapey silhouettes and a barren (read: completely non-existent) color palette.
Highlights of the collection include relaxed overcoats and pants which have been knitted from fine Japanese wool, alongside the brand's basics, which are adorned with some striking-yet-abstract graphics.
Indonesia might not be the first name you think of when Asian fashion comes to mind, but that hasn't deterred Indonesian brand Dominate, which kicks off 2016 with a fresh batch of military-inspired menswear. Fatigue shirts, cargo pants and cropped mountain parkas are all executed in a classic army palette of olive drab, while a hickory-striped shirt adds a workwear flavor to the brand's modern-yet-nostalgic looks.
Standout of Dominate's latest drop is a cropped mountain-style parka, which comes with a graphic patch on the back, two-tone color blocking and handy straps in case things get a little too hot (which probably happens quite a lot in Indonesia) and you'd rather carry it on your back.
Copenhagen's Capital Goods previews its Fall/Winter 2016 collection of self-styled "formal sportswear," which adds athletic motifs to a range of typically subdued Nordic garments. Sporty quarter-zipped sweaters are made chic with premium merino wool fabrics, while overcoats and scarves are ready for those freezing Scandinavian winters thanks to padded nylon constructions.
Milan label Var/city lifts the curtain on its Fall/Winter 2016 menswear collection. Contemporary men's pieces - think topcoats, tailored pants and hoodies - are executed in a largely monochrome palette to emphasize cut and fabrication, while combat boots, bombers and fingerless gloves add a butch, militaristic edge.
Highlights of Var/city FW16 include leather-paneled topcoats and blazers, dazzling patterned bombers and pants and high-sheen down-filled outerwear.
Jun Li is a Chinese graduate of the London College of Fashion, and his namesake label presents a FW16 collection of innovative tailoring. Li's coats are cut long - really long - while blazers are presented sans lapels and with the occasional exposed seam and raw hem.
A palette of deep navy and forest green makes a welcome respite from the tedious all-black-everything trap that so many designers of this sort fall into, while playful use of buttons keeps things interesting and unexpected.
For more up and coming talent, check out the rest of our Under The Radar series.