The collaborations have been good for men’s streetwear-inspired brand Rochambeau.The New York-based company has found success in teaming with a variety of artists on capsules between seasons with the most recent linking Rochambeau with Los Angeles artist and rapper Yung Jake, whose real name is Jake Patterson, on a capsule.“One of the things we’ve really been focusing on is working with contemporary artists,” said Rochambeau designer Laurence Chandler. “We’re realizing that little in-between capsules are great for both retail and for some of our stores. Jake is an amazingly talented contemporary artist.”The collaboration with Patterson followed Rochambeau’s partnering with Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo for fall. The company was also a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and winner of the International Woolmark Prize. Its line is sold in stores such as FourTwoFour, Harvey Nichols, Revolve Man and Storm.The brand linked with Patterson, a recent graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, on an edited capsule of six styles in five colorways for the Made Los Angeles fashion, music and retail festival that ended Saturday with performances and fashion shows from Patterson, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, among others.The collection, which Chandler said they’re calling “Rochambeau and Yung Jake: Art, Sweatsuits, Rap,” played with primary colors and shapes, giving boxy cuts to hoodies or shirts with different sleeve lengths decorated with graphics such as tribal or dragon designs from the Nineties, along with technology references in the way of CDs and USB cords Chandler called “tongue in cheek.”“It’s got a Nineties era techie element to it and then the cuts are distorted,” he said.Pieces in the capsule were treated as an edition, with each item labeled and numbered. The collection will not go to wholesale and will next be shown during New York Fashion Week Men’s.Rochambeau also had a shop at Made’s marketplace for independent designers and small businesses throughout the two-day event. Rochambeau’s booth aimed to function as both store and art installation. The panels outside the booth, with references to Mario from the Nintendo video game Mario Brothers, will go on to Patterson’s solo exhibition at Steve Turner, a contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition, which bows June 17, marks Patterson’s fifth solo exhibition at Steve Turner and is titled “Caution: Wet Floor.”For More West Coast News in WWD:Hip-Hop Collabs on Steroids for Made L.A. Day 2Opening Ceremony RTW Fall 2017Judge Fast Tracks Marquee-Global Brands Offer for BCBGJordan Brand Reimagines Fall
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
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“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.