The week's top stories in fashion news.
Fashion will never tire of strong-jawed hero types in the mold of Brad Pitt and David Beckham, both of whom had major February ad campaigns (Chanel and H&M, respectively). But it's refreshing to see Willie Nelson rock his long grey braids and a scruffy white beard in the latest fall campaign from John Varvatos. (Huffington Post)
Just a year after unveiling his first solo collection to mixed reviews, rapper and self-proclaimed deity Kanye West is trying his hand at fashion design, this time with French brand, APC. Set to hit stores on July 14, the capsule collection will include jeans, T-shirts and hoodies—a significant change from the over-the-knee mesh boots and body hugging bandage dresses that populated West's last effort. (Radio)
Also in rapper-turned-designer news, Nas has teamed up with multimedia branding site The Grungy Gentleman for HSTRY, a collection of American-made streetwear. Set to drop this fall, fans can look forward to edgy, updated classics (think traditional flannels with quilted leather elbow patches, a trench with a leather-trimmed collar) and rugged accessories. (High Snobiety)
Any mention of Oakley typically conjures images of tween-age douchebags rocking bleached tips, silver braces, and polarized wrap-arounds. Happily, the sunglass manufacturer is revamping its image with a limited run of "Frogskin" shades produced in collaboration with Rag Bone. In a moment of hyperbolic enthusiasm, Rag & Bone designer Marcus Wainwright dubbed Frogskins "one of the greatest inventions in eyewear ever." We may not go that far, but we're digging the black and white camo-print frames (and matching carrying case). (Rag & Bone)
Furthering fashion's war on vowels, Rick Owens is opening the pop-up shop Emphemere, which will sell his DRKSHDW diffusion line through October. In an interview with WWD, the designer explained that he was "very much associated with black, and DRKSHDW is even blacker"—which makes about as much sense as saying New York makes "Europe look curly," which also came out of his mouth. (WWD)
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