On Monday morning in Paris, a stylish group of fashion folk gathered on the rooftop terrace of a Catholic school in Paris to see Balenciaga’s first men’s fashion show.
With bike share programs in cities like New York, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, biking has become many people’s commute of choice. And while biking is eco-friendly, good for your health, and even cathartic, every bike commuter faces an issue when it comes to their attire. You could wear your regular khakis and oxfords, but if you do, you better be prepared to run into your next meeting drenched in sweat. But don’t you sweat (literally) — brands like Levi’s and Rapha have now designed commuter-friendly apparel that breathes to keep you cool, and dries fast to keep you looking office-appropriate.
Today, we celebrate the divine creation of Nike’s hottest-hitter: the Air Force 1. The style is 34 years old, and in its lifetime, Nike has conceived nearly 2,000 iterations of the silhouette— now available in low, mid, and high— and in many, many colors. The AF1, which typically starts at $140 a pop (except for the 25th anniversary style in crocodile and anaconda leather, adorned with gold-tipped laces for a staggering $2K), has brought in considerable sales over the years: an estimated $800 million per year in revenue. Really, who would have thought that a pair of Nike’s could be purchased at major auction houses like Paddle8 with starting bids in the tens of thousands?
You’d think that in Milan and Paris, the men’s runways would mimic the streets: hunky guys dressed to the nines in immaculately fitted suits, slicked back hair, and $1,000 leather loafers (or, the Gucci furry shoes that are still a hit). Well, not this season. For the men’s fall 2016 shows, which culminated last night in Paris, some designers showed avant-grade fashion that incorporated recurring themes usually seen on women, like plunging necklines, skin-tight tops, and, perhaps worst of all, dresses. The boys also experimented with some quirky beauty trends, too, from sky-high hairdos to white face paint.