Giuseppe Zanotti and K-Pop star G-Dragon are set to launch a footwear capsule collection

Italian luxury footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti has teamed up with K-pop sensation G-Dragon for a capsule range of footwear. According to a report on WWD, the forthcoming collection will keep in-line with the Korean icon’s penchant for flamboyant fashion, and will include unisex loafer and a lace-up shoe. Both versions will be available in black with multi-colored glitter embellishing the upper, which sits atop of a lightweight rubber sole.

According to the Italian designer, working with G-Dragon is “something that we wanted to do as he is currently one of the biggest stars in Korea with a huge following in Asia.”

G-Dragon himself seemed pleased with the collaboration stating “These shoes turned out exactly how I wanted to. It’s not just girls or women who get excited and worked up over pretty shoes. I think guys can feel that way, too, and I think both will feel that way about these shoes.”

“Black Mountaineering” by White Mountaineering (Japan) capsule collection for the POOL aoyama (Tokyo)

A first look at the Chitose Abe’s Sacai (Japan) x Nike Air Max 90 Slip-On

 

XLARGE (Japan) x PUMA 2015 Spring/Summer Capsule Collection

Japanese streetwear brand XLARGE joins PUMA to produce an exclusive 2015 spring/summer capsule collection. Consisting of a collaborative take on the PUMA Suede in addition to the “T7″ track jacket, the limited-edition capsule collection combines XLARGE’s Japanese street aesthetic with PUMA’s well-known silhouettes to produce a minimal, yet refined offering.

The collaborative Suede iteration features a black suede upper accented with a luxury scarf motif decorating the insole. A white midsole and camouflage outsole finishes the low-top silhouette. PUMA’s renowned “T7″ track jacket highlights XLARGE’s camouflage detailing along the sleeves as a subdued black coating balances the jacket.

The XLARGE x PUMA capsule collection will release at select retailers on February 28.

Quiet Life x Katsuo “JUMP ON IT” Launch Party & Press Release

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The Quiet Life and Katsuo Design have teamed up on a capsule collection this season titled  ”JUMP ON IT.

The 19-piece range features artwork from Japanese illustrator Yusuke of KATSUO Design and centers around curvy ’60s pop-art characters, taking on woven shirts, tees, socks, bucket hats and 5-panel hats.

Photographed by Quiet Life Founder Andy Mueller, enjoy the lookbook to get a glimpse at Yusuke’s workshop and his signature designs and look for the full range now at The Quiet Life.

 

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Japanese brands VANQUISH and Loopwheeler collaborate with 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

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As a part of its ongoing 10th anniversary celebration, VANQUISH has teamed up with Japanese fleece experts Loopwheeler for a Fall/Winter 2014 capsule collection. Consisting of a grey hoodie and matching sweatpants, the collab simply sports subtle co-branded labels while VANQUISH’s “FXXKING RABBITS” graphic appears at the hem of the hoodie and lefthand pocket of the pants.

Retailing for ¥18,000 JPY (approximately $165 USD) and ¥17,000 JPY (approximately $156 USD) respectively, the collaborative sweats are now available via VANQUISH’s web store.

Club 75 x LIFUL (South Korea) 2014 Fall “PARISIAN TROPIC” Capsule Collection

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Adding to its list of international collaborations, French label Club 75 teams with South Korea’s LIFUL for the “PARISIAN TROPIC” capsule collection.

Comprised of a reversible, bomber-style jacket and matching bucket hat, the two brand’s settled on two distinct all-over prints, where one features neatly-spaced emblems, and the other appears as a colorful print-inspired by both France and the tropics, complete with flamingos and macaws.

Limited to just 100 pieces each, the ”PARISIAN TROPIC” capsule collection is currently available at LIFUL, Club 75 and colette.

 

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SHANGHAI TANG: Jacky Tsai Cultivates “A Garden of Vibrant Dreams”

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Chinese luxury label Shanghai Tang recently celebrated its 20th anniversary by teaming with artist Jacky Tsai to produce a special collection of apparel and artworks titled “A Garden of Vibrant Dreams.

Clothing and accessory options for both men and women include traditional qipao dresses, box clutches, cashmere shawls, a porcelain dining set, lifestyle dining products, iPad and iPhone cases and skateboards.

Accompanying the capsule collection is a series of six art pieces centering around a mystical dimension and a modern optimistic approach to Chinese art such as a Lotus Porcelain, Flying Tiger, Ginger Flower, Carved Dragon, Petrol Rainbow and Mix Landscape.

We were fortunate enough to meet with the artist and hear his thoughts on the milestone collaboration:

 

 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

I was born in Shanghai, moved to London in 2006 for my Master Degree in Central Saint Martins, after my graduation, I decided to pursue my art career here. Since then, I’ve been based in London for the past 8 years.

What are your thoughts on the intersection between fashion and art?

I think luxury fashion products are just like pieces of artwork, but only very few fashion brands can achieve a high artistic level. That’s exactly what my collaboration with Shanghai Tang is about, beautiful products with special art value behind.

How different is designing for fashion items and accessories as compared to sculptural or canvas-based art?

It’s almost the same for me as I treat fashion items as part of my art creations, the only difference is that art is a kind of self-expression, where I only listen to my own voice. But fashion is for the end users, you have to listen to the customers’ feedback, and thankfully with Shanghai Tang, I also work with a group of designers who are experts in their respective product categories who gave me a lot of guidance during the development process.

You have substantial experience working across a variety of mediums. Which medium do you feel most comfortable working within?

They are all comfortable for me, but I have to understand the craftsmanship and research a lot before I create an artwork on a specific medium, otherwise the art and medium will not be compatible.

How do you look to integrate traditional elements of Chinese art into a contemporary approach?

I believe the most of traditional Chinese art elements can be very modern, sometimes I just need to twist the colour a little bit, or adding a small western element into the traditional Chinese art painting, these traditional elements will then look very contemporary when complemented the right way.

What are some of the misconceptions of Chinese art within the greater, global art sphere?

I have to say there is too much ‘cultural revolution’ art in last 25 years that are seen or widely talked about in the global art sphere, but this is just a small part of Chinese Art, we have so many beautiful art forms that are yet to be discovered by western audience.

How was it working with Shanghai Tang and how did you approach the project?

Shanghai Tang is definitely my favourite Asian luxury brand, and I feel very privileged to work with them. The process was very smooth; we have great chemistry and understand each other so well as we have the same aesthetics. The collection completed after 9 months of hard work, but we are all very pleased with the results.

How much of your creativity and art direction is rooted in formal training versus cultural or heritage influences?

My cultural influences affect my art direction significantly. Though I’ve been living in London for 8 years, I still experience the cultural difference every day. I think subconsciously that’s a big part of the reason why I’m always doing the “East meets West” art to merge both my backgrounds together.

To get a feel for the Tsai’s visual direction for the collection, check out the video below. For more on the artist and the collaboration, head over to SHANGHAI TANG’s website.

 

 

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JAM HOME MADE x Stussy Japan 2014 Summer Capsule Collection

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Japanese accessories purveyor JAM HOME MADE has yet again teamed up with streetwear stalwart Stussy for an assorted capsule collection. Featuring both street-ready wardrobe essentials and accessories, the entire ensemble is a great representation of the design ethos behind both brands.

The five-piece collection includes graphic tees, bracelets, bucket hats, key cases and long zip wallets which range from ¥6,000 JPY (approximately $60 USD) to ¥26,000 JPY (approximately $255 USD). Head over to JAM HOME MADE’s site for more information on the JAM HOME MADE x Stussy Japan 2014 summer capsule collection.

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atmos (Japan) x Ojaga Design x Converse 2014 Summer Capsule Collection

 

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What with all the national pride circulating – given the time of year – three brands come together to celebrate Japanese craft. Legendary retailer atmos teamed up with Ojaga Design to create a special capsule based around Converse’s hallmark All-Star.

The navy, red, and white color scheme references Japanese culture and design, accented with a star to represent the iconic Kurume Plant that propels the Japanese technology industry. Alongside this, the capsule also includes accessories such as a purse, carrying bag and wristlet, further underlining the sense of craft so integral to the country.

Pick up this special collection at atmos locations and online in the near future.

 

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atmos (Japan) x Ojaga Design x Converse 2014 Summer Capsule Collection