Okay, we know what you're probably thinking: "What week doesn't belong to Raf Simons??" And if you are pondering that, you do have a point. The Belgian fashion designer is extremely gifted and has been breathing his light into the fashion industry from his eponymously named menswear label to his former run at Jil Sander and now at the helm of legendary Christian Dior. We just mean that this week in particular, Raf has been on our minds and in our faces for a variety of things and via a variety of outlets from A$AP Rocky to adidas. Let's take a look!
A$AP ROCKY'S HIKING BOOTS
A$AP Rocky wore Raf Simons hiking boots to perform on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
Photo: Courtesy of @asvpxrocky's Instagram
Harlem's finest, A$AP Rocky, dropped his debut album Long.Live.A$AP this Monday and kicked things off with a Tuesday night performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. For the most part, Rocky kept his stage steez pretty minimal: a crisp white button-up, white snapback, and a smark black shorts suit. All the better to let his footwear (this BANANAS pair of Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2008 De Stijl Lego multicolored hiking boots) shine.
A look from Kenzo's FW 2013 show, and Jamie XX performing at Brixton Academy.
The shows may be all about the clothes, but here at MTV Style, they're also all about the music. The models are only on the catwalk for a few minutes, but at the best shows, the audience is not only transported by the looks they're watching strut up and down the runway, but also by the overall experience that's created. The music chosen to showcase the collection says a lot about the overall philosophy behind it, and so it's without a doubt one of the most important aspects of the whole show. For their Fall/Winter 2013 menswear show at Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, Kenzo complemented their "Jungle in the Sky" theme with an ethereal yet hard-hitting mix from Jamie xx. Building from sparkly chimes and smooth sax into minimalist percussion and then a dreamy piano and synth melody, the 9 minute mix combines elements of ambient sound, spacious house beats, and sassy interjections. Basically, it captures the sporty, clean feel of the clothes themselves to a T. Sad you didn't get to be there to see it yourself? Well, our friends over at Opening Ceremony were there, and you can watch the show and hear Jamie's mix in the video after the jump!
Back in October, we fell head over heels with the first look from Prabal Gurung's collection for Target. The collection, which the designer described as being inspired by "a girl’s journey through the different stages of love and the clothes she wears during each milestone—from the first date to meeting the parents to the engagement," is whimsical and bright, with strong lines and playful accents, and it was a challenge to pick just five favorite pieces. Versatile and wearable, these are pieces that could take you from brightening up your office to as Gurung intended, a first date, with ease. While some of the pieces are a bit too bright to be accurately and honestly called 'practical,' the line's affordable price point, starting at just $12.99, makes it totally ok to have a little bit of fun! So, without further ado, our 5 favorite pieces:
The floral crush shorts suit.
Photo: Courtesy of Target
Ok, we're kind of about to cheat with this one, cramming all three pieces in. I mean, how could we not. An all floral crush shorts suit? yes please. The blazer is $49.99 and could totally dress up jeans at work or be paired with a skirt (maybe even in a different pattern? Hello springtime!). Under it, the long sleeve tee is $19.99, and while this might not be one of our favorite pieces on its own, it's a great way to add a pop of floral to an outfit. Finally, THOSE SHORTS. At $26.99, the shorts in floral crush print are very close to the top of our list (although we're not putting this in order on purpose). We could wear them all spring and summer long.
Photo: Getty Images
Dear Marc Jacobs, do you ever sleep? The designer must have some multitasking superpower, since he helms multiple fashion labels, fragrance lines, AND manages to create a paper doll or two in his spare time. Now Jacobs is adding yet another project to his stuffed schedule— a makeup line, which we now hear from our friends at Fashionista is hitting Sephora shelves this fall. This is big news! Especially because we first reported the exciting announcement back in April and have been waiting (not so?) patiently ever since. Considering his labels are all so different- think the black and white mod of Marc Jacobs versus the bright patterns of Marc by Marc this season versus the chic sophisticate of Louis Vuitton- so we can't WAIT to see direction these cosmetics take.
A look from Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer collection in paper doll form.
Photo: via Louis Vuitton
What do you do when you've already dressed up doll versions of Rihanna, the Girls girls, and our favorite music video stars in paper wardrobes? If you're Marc Jacobs, you look to the runway. The designer has enlisted stylist Kim Hersov to create printable paper dolls inspired by his most recent Louis Vuitton collections... and yes, they're predictably amazing. Using key pieces from the French fashion house's Ready to Wear Icons and Spring/ Summer 2013 collections, these dolls- which are very chic, we might add- show just how easy it is to mix and match the luxe pieces. Whether it's with basics like tees and denim or a LV Speedy bag, consider this a DIY project and styling lesson rolled into one.
Leave it to Mr. Jeremy Scott to make our Monday morning feel like a Friday. Seriously! We might still be rubbing our eyes and downing the coffee right now, but the New York designer is giving us a major wakeup call. He's just dropped his newest collection for adidas Originals, and, as expected, it's a high-energy jolt of head-scratching, eye-popping, sit-up-and-pay-attention fun. Whereas last time Scott took cues from a '90s kid wonderland with (more) teddy bears and paper dolls, this season it's allllll about expanding your cultural horizons. Jumping off those totem sneakers, expect dresses, tracksuits, and tops splashed with the print. Oh, and the jacket? It has WINGS ATTACHED (see above). Minds=blown.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy designed a gift card for Starbucks.
Photo: Getty Images/ via Starbucks
Even if we're not quite ready to splurge on that gorgeous $2,760 brocade dress Rodarte crafted this season (womp), that doesn't mean we'll never get our Kate and Laura Mulleavy fix. After all, the girls have teamed up on affordable collections for retail giants like Target and a capsule for Opening Ceremony in the past, there's still an awesome chance to add some of their signature cool-girl designs into our own lives without hurting our wallets. Oh, and here's one more to add to the list: just last fall the sisters joined forces with Starbucks on a selection of gift cards, mugs, and tote bags based off their own runway designs. While these mass market goods definitely AREN'T the same as owning as a Rodarte original, they do mark a significant new trend happening in the fashion world...the designer-food collab.
Betsey Johnson at her show in September.
Photo: Getty Images
Not that she really would ever disappear entirely, but we've got great news regardless: Betsey Johnson is baaaack! And let's just say our favorite catwalk cartwheeler is making waves in a WHOLE new way in 2013. The NYC fashion designer was the subject of a New York Times profile yesterday, where she dished on overcoming her company's financial woes, her new reality TV show, and the deets on her upcoming new label. After laying low- well, sorta- since her blowout show and birthday party back in September, we hear that the 70-year-old designer is gearing up to release a new affordable line of frilly frocks in February. Dubbed simply "Betsey Johnson," the collection of dresses will start at $99 and includes her signature spunky details like statement prints and petticoats. And like all Betsey pieces, it doesn't matter how old you are or where you live to rock these clothing. As she told us on House of Style, the Betsey girl is "any age, any girl, any woman, but it is a spirit." Most importantly, it's about having a good time.
A$AP Rocky sits down for MTV2's "Week In Jams."
A$AP Rocky has said it once, but in this clip from Week In Jams, he's saying it again: he didn't wear a dress on 106 & Park. In this short Week In Jams sneak peek, A$AP sits down with Charlemagne, DJ Envy, and Sofi Green and sets the record straight once and for all. "Alright, let me break it down. That was not a Rick Owens dress," Rocky says when Charlemagne starts things off with the much buzzed about outfit, "It's not a man's dress, none of that. It's just an oversized shirt. It was long sleeved. The picture that [blogs] were putting with it was the tank top one, so it looks really, extra, more feminine."
Alexander Wang rolls out his new 'Objects' collection.
Photo: Getty Images/ via Alexander Wang
With his eponymous Ready-To-Wear label AND a recent appointment as the new creative director of Balenciaga, Alexander Wang is one busy dude. But despite his jam-packed schedule, the designer has somehow found time to roll out a second "Objects" line that conveniently coincides with last-minute holiday wishlists. Whereas his "Objects No. 1" collection included super sleek household items like card decks and notebooks, for round 2 he's giving even MORE stuff his signature edgy twist. Think leather eye masks, faux snakeskin flasks, and pool toys...available in an all-black colorway, obviously. And justttt in case you're wondering what a designer pool toy actually MEANS, well, in this case think shark-shaped floaties made of black PVC and retailing for $40. Sure, it might not technically fit into our daily lives as Wang claims online (we don't have a pool nor do we need a float), but it's so ridiculous we still almost want it.