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Y-3 Take Sportswear To The Next Level

Since 2003, when adidas and avant garde designer Yohji Yamamoto put their heads together in the pursuit of more unique ventures, Y-3 has always been an interesting one to watch. Established well before the days when the word Athleisure was even coined, let alone unblinkingly accepted onto some of the biggest runways in the world, the brand not only carved a reputation for challenging the pre-conceived conceptions that surround sportswear silhouettes as a whole, but set the bar when it came to how collaborations can and should be done.

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Perhaps one of the most alluring qualities Y-3 possess is their sense of identity. Inspired by the contrast between smart and casual outfitting and fuelled by a growing disinterest with making, ‘fancy clothing’ the brand combines Yohji’s more left-field approach with that of adidas’ performance-driven sensibilities, balancing, twisting and combining iconic elements from both sides into something that feels wholly Y-3.

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Uniting the majority of their offering under a monochromatic banner, Y-3’s decision to remove colour from their designs allows more emphasis to be placed upon shape, form and function giving way for a selection of technical nuance and interesting use of fabrics to find their way to the surface.

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Take for example this seasons interpretation of the classic track pants. Placing the bold contrasting three stripes to the inside leg for a slight spin on a quintessential trait, the pants are imbued with masterful modern tailoring with a relaxed fit through the thigh, slight taper to the ankles and a cropped length. Finished with inner zip cuffs, four pockets and an elasticated drawstring waist, the track pants give way to a tonal Y-3 logo for a hit of subtle branding.

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Track tops have also been given some love with asymmetrical details and subtle alterations aligning the somewhat everyday garment with the other quality bits up for grabs. Featuring a contrasting varsity style applique YOHJI callout to the back, the jacket also comes with adjustable cuffs, a fleece lined interior and two front concealed zip pockets, the track top comes complete with tonal stripes and Y-3 logo to the left side only.

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Unsurprisingly some of the main talking points found throughout the collection are the accessories, most notably Y-3’s fresh interpretation of the cross-body bag. Constructed in a sling design, the bags come with the ability to be customised to suit the wearers desired needs with straps and storage compartments easily added or removed.

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Staple pieces have also been given a precise update with t-shirts, hoodies and hats boasting an array of enviable qualities which include sleek one piece constructions, juxtaposed monikers and signature Yohji cuts.

Making their welcome return both the Y-3 Ren and Kaiwa can be found amongst the greyscale ranks. With updated colourways applied and notable characteristics preserved the sneakers make use of adidas’ affinity for footwear to ensure their staunch looks are matched with plenty of practical utility. Sat alongside the decisively geometric Y-3 Yuuto, which revives one of the first sneakers ever released by Y-3, and the ultra-contemporary Yohji Courts the brand once again prove they are not to be crossed when it comes to on-foot craftsmanship.

Shop the full Y-3 line-up online or in store now.

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CP Company AW19 Urban Equipment

CP Company AW19 : Urban Equipment

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Attention all goggle hood fanatics we’ve just found ourselves in the possession of a fresh batch of CP Company garments. Spanning graphic print t-shirts, overshirts, joggers, hoodies and just about everything else you could wish for, we’re sure this first glance behind the CP Company AW19 curtain will certainly pique your interest for things to come.

Promising more of the same militaristic styling and technical nuance that has propelled the Italian brand into cultural stardom, this first arrival digs its heels deep into the brand’s signature trademarks with plenty of rich garment-dyed colours, complex fabrication and lens detailing up for grabs.

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To kick proceedings off it would only be right that we get things underway with all things chrome metal. An inherent component of their outerwear offering, thanks to its versatility, functional qualities and dyeing capabilities, the fabric is often seen spread evenly across collections no matter the time of year.

More recently, with the overshirt becoming a more prominent piece in contemporary wardrobes, the nylon-based material has had its moment to shine, lending itself perfectly to the jacket meets shirt combination and compounding with the classic CP design ethos to dazzling effect. Case and point these rather stunning black and blue examples below…

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Taking on a somewhat more traditional silhouette than some of CP’s overshirt output the garments hold the brand’s core values of usability and practicality at their core. Boasting a diverse, almost unfair, the line-up of intrinsic properties that encompass everything from breathability to elemental resistance, the lightweight jackets come imbued with quick-drying qualities and are treated with unique colour processes for a distinctive finish. If that wasn’t enough you can also find both a zip pocket to the chest and sleeve accompanied by the unmistakable lens motif and some handy adjustable cuffs.

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Elsewhere CP Company set their experimental sights on more cotton-based endeavours, using their years of clothing expertise to revamp quintessential pieces of casual outfitting. Taking the usual zip hoodie formula to its very limit, this season sees the off-duty piece bolstered out with a google lens buckle secured hood, a partially ribbed hem and two front zip pockets for a more pragmatic approach. Pair it up with the brand’s ever-on-point joggers and you’ve got yourself an ensemble presenting maximum comfort laced with an urban edge.

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Sweatshirts, t-shirts and polo shirts have also received some love with not only a quality dusty pink colour on offer but a number of top-notch adaptions of CP Company’s usual callouts present and correct for all of your branded needs. Spanning subtle tonal embroidery, not so subtle argyle style patterning and tasteful patchwork there really is something for everyone to get their teeth stuck into no matter you’re your preferred approach.

With archival inspiration and a desire to innovate fuelling their steadfast sensibilities, CP Company has consistently surpassed expectations, evolving collection to collection in a way that not only pushes the brand into new territories but manages to preserve the very essence that has got them this far. It seems, based upon what we have got our hands on up until now, CP Company AW19 is set to be no different.

Browse our entire CP Company range including the latest AW19 arrivals in-store and online here.

How To Wear Spring Knitwear

One golden rule of mastering all year round style; never pin knitwear as something that only warrants wear during the winter months. Versatile and incredibly useful, knitwear is the perfect piece to work into a layered look to give you a well appointed outfit. Of course, the weight of the garment is key- forget the cumbersome thick knitwear that you may well have relished during the cold winter, and turn to fine knits that reserve an unparalleled fit and timeless aesthetic.

Lightweight, warm, and carrying a strong feel of stylish elegance, Spring knitwear is the ideal way to give your look a fashionable edge, being readily available in everything from v neck jumpers, to hoodies and polo shirts- knitwear offers an iconic heritage that adds a smarter touch to any look.

With a texture that gives off an astute feel that is unmistakably sleek, knitwear is the perfect way to incorporate sharply tailored style into your wardrobe with a huge variety of fashionably timeless styles that are regularly provided by some of the worlds most sought after labels.

 

Polo Shirts

The timeless style that has been a stalwart for classically inspired cool looks for years on end, the polo shirt is an elegant collared piece that has been adopted from pretty much every fashion movement; from mod culture, to lovers of preppy style, the polo shirt has always featured in everyman’s wardrobe. A knitted polo shirt adds a touch of formality to what has always been a relatively casual look, by dispensing with the pique cotton look and replacing it with a fine gauge knit that affords a sleek fit and sharply tailored image- perfect for wearing with dark denim for a simple yet effective look.

Knitted polo’s offer a few different features that are hard find on their pique cotton counter parts. Features such as colour splits, or extra details with contrasting patterns and fitted hems ensure that knitted polo’s are a must have piece. Long sleeved editions increase the styles credentials for smarter wear, giving an elegant feel to an iconic look.

 


 

 

Jumpers – V Neck

Carrying on with the smarter feel that knitwear can provide, lightweight knitted jumpers are key elements for getting a fashionable spring look right. With a huge host of styles being available, from v necks to crew necks, the options for fine gauge knitwear are endless. Perfect for layering thanks to their close fit and unobtrusive feel, a thin knitted jumper is incredibly versatile, sitting just as well with a simple t-shirt as with a shirt or polo.

Choose a v neck option if you’re looking for a style that will flaunt the layer underneath. V neck jumpers are also perfect if you’re searching for a jumper to wear with tailoring; their deep cut perfectly frames a tie, whilst staying elegant enough to wear underneath a blazer or suit jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

Jumpers – Crew Neck

Round or crew neck knitted jumpers provide a much more reserved and astute look, but still carry the same layering credentials as a v neck jumper. Ideally suited for wearing with collared pieces such as shirts and polo’s, the crew neck jumper showcases any collar detail, making them perfect for wearing with shirts that feature a heavy, eye catching pattern.
Bold statements can often be made with a pull over knit, making them fantastic stand out pieces that will draw plenty of attention. Turn to the likes of Vivienne Westwood for a look that won’t disappoint in the style stakes, and makes for the perfect piece to link with simple, plain garments such as crisp white shirting.
Alternatively, opt for simplistic elegance that makes a great base to build a layered look on. Brightly coloured pieces from brands such as Moncler can offer a look that will contrast against any additional layers, whilst remaining lavishly understated with simple, effective branding. Alternatively, darker colours, such as black and grey can help support a shirt that has a heavy pattern, as well as a piece of well chosen tailoring.

 


 

Casual Pieces

Casual pieces – Not just for wearing with a smart look in mind; knitwear is just as at home on more casual styles. Covering looks from hoodies to full and half zip jumpers, the look of a knitted weave on casual styles gives them an extra touch of class that can’t quite be achieved with a typical thick wool or sweater material. Allowing you the freedom of an easy to wear style, but with the fit and credentials of a piece of well appointed knitwear, these elegant garments can take your casual style to a new level.

 

 

 

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Samantha Carruthers is an Online Editor at Aphrodite. Find her on Google+