Balenciaga’s Speed Trainers Push Footwear Forward

Sock sneakers are appearing in every fashion city and beyond, Marc Bain notes for Quartz. Luxury brands have adopted this relatively recent (perhaps comfort-driven) style from sportswear, though the sock-like components are certainly emphasized now more than ever. As Bain makes clear, no brand embodies this more than Balenciaga, with their $595 to $695 Speed Trainers. The brand, known for taking on unusual inspiration (Crocs, …

Interview: Shantrelle P Lewis on “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style”

The historian and author celebrates a dazzling, spirited movement that's about more than clothing

Defying stereotypes about masculinity while embracing rebellion and individuality, the black dandy embodies much more than a well-tailored suit. Curator, researcher and author Shantrelle P Lewis‘ gorgeous book “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style” celebrates and explores the cultural components of black dandyism throughout the world. From well known artists like Jidenna and Janelle Monae, to tailors and designers, the book features members …

The Death of Fashion in Harajuku

For 20 years now photographer Shoichi Aoki has documented street fashion in the hyper-stylized Tokyo neighborhood of Harajuku. Despite the neighborhood’s small size, its impact on Japanese culture has been expansive—especially in fashion, where it made popular bold, colorful and cartoonish sensibilities. The area and its occupants have changed, however, with mass-market clothing brands dominating. This has led to Aoki’s pronouncement that street-style photography here …