Liz Beecroft is dropping streetwear's hottest fit: Mental health

About three years ago, in 2017, Liz Beecroft started posting pictures of herself sporting her favorite sneakers — Balenciaga knit high tops, Adidas Yeezy Boost 700s, and Nike Air Jordans on Instagram. She curated her feed around the “hypebae” persona in order fit in with other female sneakerheads like San Poeze (@girlonkicks) and Wendy Lam (@nitro_licious), who post about the sneaker drops and project a luxe, idealistic-looking lifestyle.

Sweaters made out of ski masks? Meet the designer making them.

Anthony Felix and girlfriend Stephanie Libanati love thrift store shopping. In 2018, they went to Goodwill every morning and scoured through bins of old jackets, homeware fabrics and beat-up handbags. “Stephanie and I would go shopping at the Goodwill bins,” Felix said. “We always knew there had to be this recurring item that people always overlooked that could be turned into something.” For Felix, that recurring item was the ski mask.

COVID-19 killed Pride parades. It won't stop the queer streetwear movement.

Chris Rhodes attended Austin Pride in 2013 and wore a t-shirt he made emblazoned with the phrase “Pretty Boy.” About 50 people came up to him and asked where he got his shirt. In 2014, Rhodes and his twin sister Courtney decided to sell the “Pretty Boy” t-shirt, along with other designs including tie-dye sweats and tees with phrases like “Gender Roles Are Dead,” and “Wish You Were Queer,” under the name FLAVNT Streetwear.

Hanacha Studio | SS21

Due to travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, London Fashion Week looks different this year. The global pandemic has forced designers to get creative with how they present their collections. For LFW SS21, we’ve seen virtual runways, livestreams and films. Korea-based womenswear label Hanacha Studio decided to take a look back the past with a retrospective film. The film included design inspiration, illustrations and clothing from the brand’s archives.

Meet 3 Streetwear Brands Advocating for Mental Health

The fashion industry has long been epitomized by appearances, whether it’s the looks of a garment or the face and body of a model. Modern streetwear brands are seeking to shed these frivolous connotations (and connect with contemporary society) by creating clothing that advocates for mental health awareness. Bashea Williams, a Maryland-based social worker, says that open mental health conversations on social media are the impetus behind this recent trend. “More information is out there," he said.

Levis The Most Ubiquitous, High-Fashion Workwear Brand

Picture a pair of perfect-fitting, high-waisted jeans: medium-wash, straight-leg and marked by a leather embossed emblem at the waistline. The back pockets feature a curved arch made of tan stitches and a red tab with white writing graces the inner right pocket. This is a pair of Levi’s, the classic denim brand that celebrated its 145th anniversary earlier this year. The company was founded by Levi Strauss, a Bavarian immigrant who came to the U.S. in the 1800’s. In 1853, Strauss opened a store

lazoschmidl makes glittery clothing for carefree party boys

Lazoschmidl’s sheer pink lurex pants, striped pastel knit bodysuits, and purple lurex shirts embroidered with sequined rainbows stick out even amongst the other flamboyant offerings at Opening Ceremony. The Swedish-German menswear brand, founded in 2014 by Josef Lazo and Andreas Schmidl, has a penchant for creating colorful, delicate, sexy clothing that subverts gender norms. Lazo and Schmidl, who started their brand creating

“Pourtions:" Out of Control?

Media and society have long set an ideal for women to be thin, which is the main cause of eating disorders according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Last summer, Macy’s launched portion control plates by New York-based brand Pourtions that they have since removed from shelves after receiving backlash for triggering disordered eating habits. The plates feature circles measuring out portions according to jean sizes and what kind of eater you are. One plate reads “Skinny Jeans” in the small portion, “Favorite Jeans” in the medium portion, and “Mom Jeans” in the largest

Find Your Perfect Leather Jacket

You never forget your first leather jacket. Whether you bought a vintage one in college or went to Nordstrom at 15 like this writer, for many the jacket is their first big fashion purchase. You know that while expensive, they are timeless and since they last for years are well worth the investment. That said, whether you have bought a jacket in the past and are looking for a refresh or are searching for your first leather, the options are overwhelming. Thankfully, we're here to help.

'Halston' Shows How Glamour Was the Late Designer's Most-Applauded Strength — and His Biggest Weakness

When most of us picture '70s fashion, we think of Diane von Furstenberg's colorful, figure-flattering wrap dresses or Yves Saint Laurent's gender-bending Le Smoking tuxedos. However, many people have forgotten about Halston, who created some of the major garments that defined the decade — think the bias-cut satin dresses that elegantly skimmed the body. Director Frédéric Tcheng

Best Winter Coats for Women

Finding a winter coat is no easy feat. We often scour the Internet and stores searching for that perfect combination of warm and stylish and come out unsuccessful. Not to mention fit—try finding a coat that’s figure flattering in a sea of bulky puffers. Top that off with the uniqueness factor. Chances are, you don’t want to look like everyone else on the streets. Securing the perfect winter coat is an art in and of itself, which is why we’ve done the work for you. At Heroine, we have something

A Love Letter to Mary Quant and 60s Mod

In a red mesh tunic with a black cross down the front, black leggings, a black fisherman’s cap, and red patent leather boots, I arrived at my parent’s house for Christmas dinner last year. “You look like Mary Quant,” my Aunt Martha said—and this is where my fascination with mod dressing began. Mary Quant was born in England in 1934 and is known today as an instrumental figure in the London-based mod-movement of the 60s. She went to college for art and started designing clothing in her early 20s, using the cultural change post-WWII as her driving force.

lazoschmidl's new zine has 6 colorful takes on the male form

In August, i-D got a preview of Lazoschmidl’s colorful lurex knitwear, sheer printed blouses and sequined bodysuits, which debuted at Stockholm fashion week for SS19. The collection, which will hit Opening Ceremony in February, has now been artfully displayed in a fanzine. Designers Joseph Lazo and Andreas Schmidl have been creating fanzines since they released their first collection in 2015. “I just have this addiction to print," says Schmidl. Unlike prior zines, which contained 30-50 pages

How Kristin Mallison Is Making Recycled Fashion Cool

One of the first garments Kristin Mallison ever made was a skirt crafted from recycled pink and blue fabric scraps fastened together with safety pins. Mallison, now 28, recalls wearing it nearly every week in high school in Detroit, Michigan. She bought the materials from her local Salvation Army. "I started to kind of crudely make my own clothes when I was 14," she said. Mallison’s use of safety pins and repurposed fabric was inspired by her love of punk music and the DIY aesthetic that matched.

When Modest Meets Mainstream: Bridging the Gap Between Conservative and Couture

Ayana Ife’s sporty metallic tunics, distressed cropped pants, and long-sleeved tulle and silk ball gowns hit the runway at Project Runway’s finale last year. The first fully modest collection the show has seen, the beautiful collection earned Ife high marks from judges Heidi Klum and Jessica Alba. Ife is not the first modest designer to garner mainstream attention. I spoke with several modest designers and boutique owners who are bridging the gap between conservative and couture.

Fetish Wear; Turning a Niché into a Way of Life

When you think of the term ‘fetish wear,’ what comes to mind? Dungeons, whips, chains, BDSM, sex orgies, leather and metal that doesn’t leave the privacy of a boudoir…right? Wrong. This outdated concept that restricts fetish wear purely to the bedroom has since evolved into daily attire. Fetish wear as everyday wear continues to be a trend today, as brands have created pieces inspired by the leather harnesses, latex dresses, PVC bralettes and O-ring chokers that were first used during sexual roleplaying. We caught up with a few prominent ‘fetish wear’ designers that are currently influencing fashion circles and beyond.

21 Pairs of Neon Green Heels to Make You Feel Lit Inside

Neon clothing is nothing new — and we've been following this trend's comeback as early as 2017. One might even associate the trend's origins with colorful spandex workout gear that defined the '80s, or the outlandish PVC neon outfits that cybergoths and ravers wore in the '90s. However, neon clothing has been around for nearly 70 years, thanks to the invention of fluorescent dyes. In 1946, brothers Robert and Joseph Schwitzer created Day-Glo, one of the first daylight fluorescent pigments.

African fashion on display at Bronx Music Heritage Center

Between Valentino's colorful embroidered tunics and Junya Watanabe's lacy leopard dresses, there is no doubt that African-inspired designs saturated the spring 2016 runways. These bright colors and exotic looks were part of “Africa: In Fashion and Fabric,” an exhibition that will run until June 4 at the Bronx Music Heritage Center’s current location on Louis Nine Blvd. “Lately, fashion has been one of the first things that we thought to connect with Africa,” said BMHC curator Christie Gonzalez. “It feels like there’s been a huge recent media presence.”

Zana Bayne X Museum of Sex

Nestled between corporate buildings and upscale restaurants in New York City’s flatiron district is the Museum of Sex—a surprisingly popular destination for tourists and locals. Museum goers can learn about the world’s first sex toys, watch pornographic videos and jump around in a boob-themed bouncy castle. The latest exhibit, which opened last Friday, features designs by Zana Bayne, the high-end fetish-wear designer based in New York City. Bayne founded her label in 2010, with a “post-fetish” mindset. She was one of the first designers to create fetish-inspired pieces intended for everyday wear, rather than for sexual practices.

MoMa Exhibition Review: 'Items - Is Fashion Modern?' —

Couture black dresses, the YSL “Le smoking” jacket, leather boots and sandals fill the first room of MoMa’s exhibition, Items: Is Fashion Modern? High-end fashion pieces are an unusual choice to start an exhibit that claims to satisfy an open-minded, label-eschewing zeitgeist. But when one looks closer at the history of these items, Antonelli’s method makes total sense. Take the white Margiela boots for example. To the average onlooker, they might resemble animal feet. These pieces exemplify Martin Margiela’s ability to take inspiration from other cultures and create subversive designs.
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