NikeLab x sacai (Japan) 2015 Spring launch event at X158 in Shanghai

Japanese anime-inspired patterned clothing on sale as part of H&M’s new spring lineup

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RocketNews 24:

Check out H&M’s spring 2015 fashion line, which includes some adorable Japan and anime-inspired prints.

The Swedish clothing giant’s new spring offerings include a handful of items designed in an adorable, colorful ‘Akihabara style’!

While we don’t have specific availability information for different regions, a quick browse through the new arrivals section of H&M’s US website revealed that at least one of the items can be found in both US and Japanese H&M stores, one seems to be exclusive to the US, and the rest are exclusive to Japan.

Here are all five of the Japan-themed spring clothing items we could find after perusing the official websites:

1. Patterned sweatshirt: Anime girl sailor uniform style

This colorful sweatshirt is decorated with the image of a cute anime-style girl wearing a sailor uniform. Her long, pink hair and overall design seems to channel the character Hinagiku Katsura from Hayate the Combat Butler.

Price: Japan 1,990 yen/America US$24.95

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2. Patterned leggings: Anime girl sailor uniform style

If you’re buying the sweatshirt, why not go all out and get some leggings to match? There’s no such thing as too much moe, after all.

Price: Japan 1,490 yen ($12.28)

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3. Jersey short top: Sushi 

Here’s a perfect addition to the closet of any sushi-loving lady. By the way, the Japanese word kawaii (“cute”) is scribbled in pink across the whimsical raw fish design.

Price: Japan 1,190 yen ($9.80)

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4. Jersey short top: Anime sailor uniform style

This one is undeniably based on a simple anime-style sailor uniform design. Better yet, pair this shirt with one of countless Sailor Moon-themed accessories for the full effect!

Price: Japan 1,190 yen ($9.80)

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5. Printed knit sweater: “Kawaii Cutie”

Finally, we have this bright pink and fluffy sweater which will make you want to scream kawaii (quite literally, in fact). Don’t be alarmed if you start shedding pink threads of kawaiiness all over the floor…

Price: America $24.95 (3,029 yen)

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Undefeated x A Bathing Ape (Japan) 2015 Spring collection “Por Vida” lookbook by Estevan Oriol

CLAE Perspectives explores the furniture design of Shin Okuda

Following the release of CLAE Footwear’s Early Spring 2015 collection comes a new and ongoing video series entitled, Perspectives. Created to give viewers an insight into the world of artists, designers and friends of the brand who “share CLAE’s aesthetic values and design sensibilities.”

The first installment of the Perspectives series features Los Angeles-based furniture designer Shin Okuda as he takes us on a tour through his design workshop, WAKA WAKA. Serving as a visual introduction of the Gregory Standard Premium Court Shoe and the new Hoffman Ballistic Nylon Runner, the video follows Shin Okuda through his design process from visualization through to completion. Having previously designed fixtures for the brand’s flagship store in Los Angeles, Shin’s design preferences and attention to detail effectively align themselves with CLAE’s ethos to create products that evolve and endure.

The full look featured above is available to shop here.

ASICS (Japan) GEL-Kayano Trainer “Black & White” Pack

Converse Japan Jack Purcell “Looppile”

visvim (Japan) 2015 Spring ACHSE JKT (CAMO)

visvim (Japan) 2015 Spring SS 101 JKT DAMAGED

The classics never go out of style, and visvim has stayed at the cusp of street fashion, in part, by iterating the standards. One of its greatest hits – the trucker jacket – is available now as a part of the brand’s Spring 2015 collection. The SS 101 JKT DAMAGED, as the name infers, is the product of a basic formula: crafted from 13oz Japanese selvedge, the denim has been power-worn and washed to give wearers something perfectly broken-in while leaving enough life to last. Custom rivets, fasteners, size zippers add a sophisticated finish to the jacket.

Pick up this essential drop from visvim on the brand site now.

visvim (Japan) 2015 Spring HILTS BOOTS MID-FOLK

Ushering in the perfect balance of worn detailing with fresh materials and design is, again, visvim, here highlighting a release from its Spring 2015 line. The HILTS BOOTS MID-FOLK draw inspiration from vintage walking boots, and although they maintain a minimal appearance, their classic lines make it a first-choice silhouette of its kind. The upper is of course executed in thick, luxurious brown calf suede, stitched atop a handmade Goodyear-welted sole. At the interior, a breathable cow leather lining allows permeability while also molding to the foot.

A boot crafted to return its investment over the long run, pick up this release from visvim’s website now.

Designer Amanda Shi’s vintage Hollywood-inspired collection

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Audrey Magazine:

Designer Amanda Shi expresses her adoration for old Hollywood glamour and vintage themes in her newest spring 2015 collection.  We love how Shi takes a simple piece, each inspired by an iconic woman from the golden era of Hollywood, and creates variations of it to highlight the individual personality of each woman, versus developing a large quantity of designs that can cause the primary vision to be lost.  In its simplest form, her tops are perfect for casual dress, but with additions of lace, sequins and vegan leather piping, you’re set for a night out wearing a beautiful blend of past and present.

Below are a few our favorites and descriptions from the designer regarding the names of the garments.

 


 

1. The Edna Blouse

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This top is offered in three form-flattering variations. Pictured above is a clean, simple piece and a more adventurous version with detailed lace and sequins.  From the designer: “She is named after Edna Purviance, the first great love of Charlie Chaplin…the three versions of this style reflect her capability of bringing various personalities with each role she played.” 

 


 

2. The Anita Blouse

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We immediately fell in love with the Anita’s sheer paneling and wide collar, while the second version offers an edgier piped design, both can transition smoothly from day to night.  From the designer: “She [Anita Page] starred in one of the first true film musicals which depicted two sisters in love with the same man.  The two Anita designs are representative of them.” 

 


 

3. The Joan Blouse

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Fitting the contemporary oversized style that’s in right now, the Joan top has a loose cut, but the subtle drape to balance out the modern shape.  From the designer: “It [the top] creates movement and its collar reflects Crawford’s spunky and sexy personality.  Our printed Joan is inspired by Joan’s reinvention of herself.”

 


 

4. The Lydia Jacket

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This isn’t your regular moto-inspired jacket of solid fabric and zippers. Instead, you’re given the same interesting details that are notable throughout Shi’s entire collection making this jacket a knockout.  You can expect to turn heads anywhere you go.  From the designer: “Named after socialite and flapper girl Lydia Williams, this jacket presents her attitude and party girl style.”

 

For more about the collection and where to buy click here.

All Images Courtesy Of Jody Green For Amanda Shi