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2019

Stone Island Autumn/Winter 2019 Video

While here in Britain we’re just starting to gear up for the summer, Stone Island Autumn/Winter 2019 sees the brand looking to the future with their video presentation on their fantastic new collection.

 

Shot in the brand’s usual moody, industrial style, there’s a lot of excellent product packed into the video’s one and a half minutes. While the brand is no stranger to bold, bright shades concocted in their dyeing laboratories, the Stone Island AW19 collection takes this a step further with mix-and-match colour blocking. This is demonstrated perfectly in the second look in the video—a full outfit comprised of a mountaineering-inspired jacket and trousers. With all its elements dyed in different shades from yellow to navy to maroon, the combo boasts a highly layered and structured look that’s at once futuristic and retro, perfect for those who can’t decide which colour to wear on a morning.

Elsewhere we see a series of knits and sweats that are constructed with patchwork-style panelling, with each side of the piece displaying opposite colours and textures; garment-dyed nylon ripstop pieces in bold neon oranges and yellows; and an all-new utility boot silhouette with a striking, sculpted sole unit. And, for you monochrome fans, there’s a brief glimpse of the highly sought-after Ghost Piece collection for this season. It feels like we say this every season, but this Stone Island collection is one of the brand’s strongest to date, and proof—if proof were needed—that Carlo Rivetti’s team are at the top of their game.

There’s plenty more to sink your teeth into in the video itself, so check it out above, and keep your eyes locked on our social media channels for more Stone Island Autumn/Winter 2019 drops as they land.

Stone Island Crinkle Reps Orange

Stone Island Crinkle Reps Down Jacket Returns for AW_019

It goes without saying that Stone Island know their way around a jacket; Carlo Rivetti and his talented team of designers, engineers and artists create outerwear like no other. As nice as the summertime is, now that the stock for Stone Island Autumn/Winter is starting to trickle in tantalisingly slowly, we can start to look forward to ‘proper coat weather’. A staple of the brand’s collections, the Stone Island Crinkle Reps Nylon Down Jacket returns this season in a bold and beautiful orange shade.

Stone Island Orange Jacket 01

As with most of the brand’s signature fabrics, the Crinkle Reps goes through a host of processes to give it not only a deep, rich colour, but also a distinctive handle and visual texture. The raw fabric, a high-quality nylon, is tightly woven for a smooth, uniform texture. The nylon is coated on the reverse side with a polyurethane resin, which adds mild weather resistance. The fabric is then subjected to a garment-dyeing process using one of Stone Island’s custom dye formulas. The high heat and pressure of the process changes the texture of the fabric, and means that the dye penetrates the fibres unevenly. This results in a crinkled, three-dimensional appearance with an amazing depth of colour. This orange colour is echoed throughout Stone Island’s upcoming collection in sweatshirts, hoodies and other pieces.

Stone Island Crinkle Reps Nylon Down Jacket Orange

After all that science, the designers take over, fashioning the fabric into the stunning jacket you see here. It features thick, down-injected baffles for exceptional warmth, but remains lightweight enough for daily use. It also boasts a host of classic Stone Island flourishes: two-way zips; military style nylon webbing trims; and an articulated hood that ensures you’ll look just as good with it up or down. And, of course, the jacket is finished with the all-important Compass Badge to the left sleeve.

It’s an incredible teaser for the upcoming season, and is sure to whet your appetite for what’s to come. Pick up your Stone Island Crinkle Reps Down Jacket today, and keep your eyes on our social media feeds for more from Stone Island AW19 as it arrives.

Nike Blazer Mid 77 Canvas Sail White

A Classic Returns: the Nike Blazer Mid ’77

From a contemporary perspective, it’s difficult to think of a time when Nike was an upstart brand: its iconic Swoosh logo, sporting partnerships and Just Do It slogan are indelibly inked into the fabric of pop culture, earning it a status and cachet that befit its sheer size and scope. But back in the early 1970s, Nike was barely finding its feet, having grown from Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman’s Blue Ribbon Sports import company into a burgeoning sportswear entity in its own right. Beginning, naturally, with models for running, Nike soon looked to the hardwood, crafting a straightforward basketball shoe in 1972, featuring a large, brash rendition of its new Swoosh logo designed to steal the spotlight. Naming the shoe after their local Portland Trail Blazers team, the Nike Blazer was born.

Nike Blazer Mid 77 Sail/White

Simple — almost blunt — in its design, the Blazer was typical of an early-70s basketball shoe: tough leather uppers, a cushioned ankle collar and a vulcanised, textured sole unit gave players of the time all they needed and nothing more; a far cry from today, where the pinnacle of sporting technology is applied to each new silhouette. Yet, for all its simplicity, the Blazer was a success for Nike because of that huge Swoosh on the side. When worn on-court by the stars of the day, like George “The Iceman” Gervin, the shoe became a moving billboard; every photograph in every magazine became an advertisement.

George Gervin Nike Blazers

George “Iceman” Gervin in Nike Blazers

While technology quickly overtook the Blazer’s minimal approach for court use, the silhouette gained a new lease of life from the nascent skateboarding scene. Where the heavy leather uppers and vulcanised sole unit were proving outdated for basketball players, riders found the Blazer provided excellent grip and could take a beating out on the streets, and so adopted the mid-top silhouette as their own.

Nike Stussy Blazer Mid 2002

Nike x Stussy Blazers (2002)

This skateboarding association is one that has followed the Blazer into the present day, no small thanks to collaborations with streetwear titans like Stussy, Supreme and street art legend Futura 2000. In 2005, the Nike Blazer was finally recognised by the brand as a viable board option, after spokesperson Lance Mountain reworked the Blazer for the Swoosh’s SB line, adding extra padding and, for the first time, Zoom Air technology.

Nike Blazer Mid 77 Canvas Pack

The Blazer’s simple, robust design has proven the ideal canvas for collaborative reworkings to this day: in addition to the aforementioned skate-centric collabs, the Blazer has recently seen attention as part of OFF-WHITE designer Virgil Abloh’s “The Ten” series for Nike, while upcoming Japanese label sacai have produced a grail-worthy version with doubled soles, tongues and Swooshes. Yet the Blazer — like other timeless retro court styles such as the Converse Chuck Taylor and Nike Air Force 1 — often shines brightest when rendered fully in plain white. The latest in-house version of the Nike Blazer, the Mid ’77, appears this season in a white canvas construction with off-white suede overlays to the sidewalls and toecap, exposing the economy of design that made the silhouette a hit for Nike all the way back in the 70s.

The Nike Blazer Mid ’77 WE in Sail/ White will release in-store and online at Aphrodite Clothing on 12th April 2019. Stay tuned for more from the Swoosh for 2019.

adidas Originals LXCON Sneaker

adidas Taps into the Spirit of the Mid 90s with the LXCON

The mid-90s were a fantastic time for adidas aficionados: in addition to their back-to-basics Equipment range, the 3 Stripes blessed us with forgotten gems like the Lexicon running shoe. While not strictly part of the Equipment family, the Lexicon held the same innovative, utilitarian spirit as its brethren, utilising a visible cable system to anchor the midfoot to the ankle collar for additional stability and integrity for runners. Like many of its stablemates from that period, though, the Lexicon has been long since confined to history books and collectors’ shelves as an obscure relic of times past. Now in 2019, 25 years after its release, the Lexicon is back in a newly updated form: the adidas LXCON.

adidas Originals LXCON Trainers 01

One of the first offerings from the adidas Spring 2019 range, the LXCON is built with an eye to the past and a foot in the present. Keeping the visual language of the original intact, with the visible cabling around the heel and midfoot, the LXCON is updated with lightweight mesh construction, a sculpted Adiprene midsole and Ortholite cushioning to bring it right up to date. Overall the LXCON represents a clash of technical features with more artisanal detailing, seen in the topstitch detailing to the 3 Stripes on the sidewalls. Recently teased by actor, director and unlikely street fashion star Jonah Hill, the LXCON appears first in this retro-flavoured colourway, utilising a beige base as a palette for pops of purple, teal and red in a nod to the silhouette’s origins. Despite its outlandish looks, the LXCON works perfectly on feet in today’s climate, slotting into elevated streetwear looks like Hill’s with ease. It’s a strong start to the year for adidas; stay tuned for more 3 Stripes goodness on the way.

adidas Originals LXCON 02

The adidas LXCON in Clear Brown/Purple/Teal will release online at 00.01 GMT on the 26th of January 2019, with remaining stock available in store later that day.