Man on the Move: Fashion Fusion

White Mountaineering Spring/Summer 2017

White Mountaineering Spring/Summer 2017

Fusion is not typically a word associated with the fashion industry, but that’s exactly how White Mountaineering can be described. Whether it’s combining futuristic with the outdoors or a collaboration with Adidas – as shown above – White Mountaineering is the king of mixing elements. This makes for a style that’s bound to be bold and beautiful. And that’s always a winning combination.

Style Advice:  In the new era of fashion, this versatile windbreaker can be worn over a t-shirt or even a dress shirt (yes, that can be pulled off) for maximizing the cost per wear, which looks at the number of wears vs. the cost. In hopes of not getting too technical, this metric can actually help you justify some investment pieces for your wardrobe. But anyway, you shouldn’t need to invest too much to pull this look off. Windbreakers are a dime a dozen, but they’re so functional that you should at least have one or two hanging in your closet. The vibrant colors are reminiscent of the ‘90s fashion, but retro is in – like with this colorblock option from Nike - so rock them with confidence. It’ll pair well with this matching Nike shirt designed by NikeLab, an offshoot Nike brand focused on collaborative and innovative design. In keeping with the theme, Nike’s dri-FIT technology compression pants will compliment the outfit perfectly. Complete the look with these lightweight sneakers from Nike, although these days, cross-training shouldn’t just be limited to describing shoes.

Must-Have: Track jackets are the perfect transitional outerwear pieces as we gear up for the fall breeze. As we’ve touched on previously, it’s back to being a wardrobe staple. There’s plenty of luxurious options, but the ‘it’ designer has the ‘it’ track jacket of the season. Gucci’s design pops out and ensures you’ll be noticed. It’s the perfect layering piece for those casual days as the temperature drops. For a more budget-friendly option, Zara has a very Gucci-like design that’ll do just as good of a job in turning heads. Bring on the cool (cheesy pun intended).

Industry Update: Another month, another collaboration. This time Uniqlo and JW Anderson are teaming up for an assortment of wardrobe items from shirts to scarves to down jackets. The collection is expected to drop in September. Jonathan Anderson notes that “working with Uniqlo is probably the most incredible template of democracy in fashion, and it’s nice that my design can be accessible to anyone, on all different levels.” That’s always a refreshing and humbling take from a designer of Anderson’s stature. Uniqlo has had great success with previous collaborations, including beautiful collections from Jil Sander, Christophe Lemaire, and Pharrell Williams. This ‘democracy’ and unity in the fashion industry is especially meaningful in these trying times, at least symbolically, but let’s hope for more collaborations both inside and outside of the wonderful world of style.