Yohji Yamamoto X Evangelion

Yes, you read that right. Rep a beloved anime on designer duds.

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World renowned high end designer Yohji Yamamoto is having some fun with this latest collection. A collaboration between his Ground Y label--a lower priced (but still $$$) offshoot of his eponymous brand-- and hit anime franchise  Evangelion.

The collection features some gorgeous structured jackets and printed button downs in addition to pants and a skirt, and some pretty cool kicks. And given the label's concept, I believe the collection is designed to be unisex. If you happen to be  in Tokyo when the collection launches this Friday, January 23rd, head on over to the Ground Y shop at Shibuya Parco (Part 1) and pick up one of these beautiful pieces.

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To celebrate the collaboration, the brand has also installed three Evangelion figures in the shopping center.

 

For those of us who can't make it out there, we do have the option of going onto the brand's S'Yte (see what they did there?!) to pre-order this online only exclusive shirt.  A shirt? That's it? I mean, THE NERV.

 

But really friends, if you're in Japan.... I'll love you forever if you pick something up for me!

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Source: Crunchyroll. Additional Images via Ground Y's Facebook Page

Introducing SlashCode: The Brand That Geekdom Needs

On my never-ending quest to find examples of designers bridging the gap between the geek and the chic, imagine my delight when the mountain came to Muhammad. That mountain is SlashCode a new premium brand after my own heart. model_SlashCode_02

Here's the story from cofounder Linda:

"SlashCode was created by my partner Kevin and myself because we are Geek ourselves. We LOVE manga, comics, video games, sci-fi, sci-fantasy, RPG, cosplay … But apart from the beloved T-shirt with the huge super hero logo, we couldn’t find a geek and chic fashion alternative The kind we could wear anytime, anywhere : at work, for a romantic diner, for a corporate event …

So we created SlashCode. Our designs are inspired by Geek Culture icons : the ones we grew up with and some more recent ones. Our scarves are made of the finest fabrics and we pay attention to all the details : designs. packaging, printing … "

Attention indeed! UPDATE: When you look at each scarf, have a look at some of the incredible details close-up!) These scarves are gorgeous and are available in 3 sizes with 3-4 models exclusive to each size, all in a light cotton blend.

The Rebel One (60 X 60 cm). Bandana sized scarf, perfect for the bikers to ride in style

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The Square One (100 X 100 cm ) Elegant and chic, easy to adapt to your styles

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The Long One (180 X 90 cm ). Ideal to envelop yourself in your favorite universe.

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THE ARC: A tribute to Iron Man

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Why do we need SlashCode? Because this brand isn't just about making geek chic. In fact, the term is so overused that it's  come to describe a too wide range of product--much of which isn't very chic at all. (I'm keeping it real, people). Instead SC is about elevating geek to something more. Never mind making geek chic. This is about taking our beloved culture and fandoms and interpreting them with a level of elegance and sophistication via a product that is both versatile and affordable. I'm not wearing a t-shirt to the opera. EVER. (And FYI, you shouldn't either) But I would wrap one of these around me.

The scarves are available to pre-order via the brand's indiegogo campaign : I highly recommend you go ahead and get one of each.

The delivery is scheduled for January 2015 and meanwhile the buying experience will include videos and news. That means that you, the customer will literally see the birth of your scarf.

Oh and just in time for the holidays, if you're strapped for cash and feeling lucky, you'll have an opportunity to make one yours via this blog. That's right people, I'm giving a SlashCode scarf away!  Enter to win now: SO EXCITE!

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NOTE: Go and show your support for the brand on their site. If they don't get the funding they need, these scarves won't happen, so support geeky affordable luxury and fund SlashCode today!

McQ Alexander McQueen X Manga

Forward to Fall

Fall is just around the corner, you guys. We've yet to hit a 100 degree day in NYC, but while we're out and about getting a golden glow, the fall collections are starting to arrive in stores.  Here's the first of a few favorites in this mini series to get you excited for the approaching season. 

Not since Paradise Kisshave I witnessed a fusion of luxury fashion and manga that sent my heart soaring, and indulged my every fashion obsessed geek girl's dream. The only other book to ever do that was Sina Grace's Not My Bag. Which was in fact largely a comic book ode  to Alexander McQueen (so obviously a favorite of mine) and, note to self: It's high time I review that for you here!  In the meantime...

I want to kiss Sarah Burton on the lips for this inspired collection. For whatever reason (I'm dying to know what). Burton had the genius idea to tap manga artist Yoshiyasu Tamura (Fudegami) to illustrate custom McQueen manga pages. A print that depicts last season's "Angry Bunny" as a samurai, and features prominently throughout the collection. Indeed, it dominates jackets, sweaters, jeans...my heart.... It's young (denim, leather, oversized sweaters...oh yeah, and manga!) It's playful, while still carrying the luxe tailored pieces you expect from the label. It reads like a loveletter to Tokyo from London, and... it is the stuff of my fantasies.

Photos via Style.com

There's a tee that's already sold out at Bergdorf's but is still available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus. I'll be stalking the Bergdorf Goodman halls for an opportunity to try on a piece. Will I bring one home with me? If it rains money from the sky, sure. But anything for a taste of luxury and to go from reading of manga fashion, to wearing it.

Gallery photos via Vogue.it

GLAMOUR AND THE GEEK ENDITORIALS: Heroine Complex

BRINGING YOU A GREAT NEW HIGH-END FASHION EDITORIAL AT THE END OF EACH MONTH. KICKING IT OFF WITH: HEROINE COMPLEX Ben Weller shoots Corina Ingenleuf for ELLE Magazine | SEPTEMBER 2012

(You werk that anime hair, gurl!)