Dior Homme’s Pre-Fall 2017 Collection Launches Tomorrow

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Brand: Dior Homme

Season: Pre-Fall 2017

Key Pieces: Red suit jacket. Black trench. Black and blue short-sleeve polo. Strapped footwear.

Editor’s Notes: Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, Kris Van Assche presented Dior Homme‘s new Pre-Fall 2017 collection at its Ginza Six store location. Boasting a “NEWAVE” message, the assortment then includes dress pants, shirts, suit jackets, outerwear, bags and footwear.

Distressed detailing and polkadot accents are but a few common themes found throughout, as you can get a feel for the drop via the imagery above.

Again, Dior Homme’s Pre-Fall 2017 array arrives tomorrow at Ginza Six.

In other fashion news, Ronnie Fieg has unveiled KITH’s new “Volcano 2.0” collection.

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Killing of three white men in California city racially motivated: police

Killing of three white men in California city racially motivated: policeA black man accused of shooting three people to death in Fresno, California, wanted to kill as many white men as possible because he expected to be arrested for another shooting, police said on Wednesday, calling the incident a hate crime. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, fatally shot the three white men in downtown Fresno on Tuesday after realizing he was wanted for the killing of a white security guard last week, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. “Kori Muhammad is not a terrorist, but he is a racist, and he is filled with hate, and he set out this week to kill as many people as he could,” Dyer told a news conference on Wednesday.

New Drone Footage Shows Nearly Complete Apple Park Campus at Night

Apple Park, Apple’s second campus in Cupertino, California, is set to have its grand opening this month, and ahead of its official debut, last minute construction and landscaping is continuing on at a rapid pace.

As part of a mid-month update, drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has shared a new video of Apple Park, this time getting some gorgeous nighttime shots of the campus lit up at night. In the evenings, the lights on the ring-shaped main building stay on, and it’s an impressive sight.

The nighttime shots are towards the end of the video, which also shows the completed parking structures, landscaping work with hundreds of trees being planted, final construction on the main building, furniture installation, and more.

While employees are set to start working at Apple Park at some point in April, landscaping and construction on auxiliary buildings will continue into the summer.

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MR PORTER Makes a Case for California as a Fashion Capital

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There’s a new breed of brands coming from the Golden State. In recent years, stores like 424 on Fairfax, Magasin, Wild Style LA, and labels like John Elliott, RHUDE, and BILLY have brought a new energy to the Los Angeles fashion scene. This attitude was galvanized by Hedi Slimane’s tenure at Saint Laurent, moving the house’s headquarters to LA, and Tom Ford, who opted to show his FW15 womenswear in LA instead of Europe.

Of course, Fairfax Avenue and La Brea have also contributed greatly to LA’s style rep, housing influential shops like UNION and the old streetwear guard like Supreme, The Hundreds, and Undefeated. Perhaps that’s why the city is uniquely poised to flourish in a time where the lines between upscale fashion and culturally-savvy independent labels are much blurrier than they were a decade ago.

It’s clear that the case for why Los Angeles is a fashion capital is stronger than ever, and the latest evidence is a new collection from MR PORTER. The e-commerce platform’s “Made in California” capsule is its biggest one yet, collaborating with 12 labels (four of which are new to the site) on 145 exclusive pieces.

Tapping streetwear stalwarts like Stüssy to buzzy labels like Amiri, the capsule also sees the induction of Noon Goons to the site, a surf-inspired label with a youthful attitude. It also happens to be designed by some of the guys behind defunct surf-streetwear line Warriors of Radness. The collection launched yesterday, and will be feted with a Los Angeles party tonight, replete with In-N-Out burgers and churros, naturally.

We spoke to MR PORTER’s Buying Manager, Sam Lobban, about the new capsule, what attracts him, a Londoner, to California, and why menswear’s next big moment is happening on the West Coast.

One thing that stood out in this particular collection is the California attitude and surf influence. Skate-wear has long been fetishized in fashion, now there is a spat of brands that have more of a surf vibe.

I guess to some extent, if you extend out the surf vibe, it becomes this kind of “weekend at the beach,” but at a fashionable, quite cool level. It’s something that we’ve always revolved around, because we very much consider the MR PORTER guy as very well-traveled. Like, spending the weekend at the beach, and then throwing on a really lovely sweater over whatever you’re swimming in. We try and promote that quite a lot.

For me, the skate thing is an urban iteration, and the surf thing is not exclusively West Coast—but I think you’d argue that people in LA spend a lot of time in on the beach. Of course, you can surf in New York, and there’s people that make brands out of that. In my head, I think of West Coast surf. I guess for us, the surf/skate theme was super important, and I would agree that there’s definitely a surfy sort of element to it. It’s in the washed-out palette, the fabrication, and the slouchy, super-casual vibe.

Stüssy started as a surf company, and it was the first subcultural surf label. Now that’s permeating labels like John Elliott, which features a lot of beach-inspired clothes in its latest collection. Does it represent a specific kind of California style?

Stüssy’s the O.G. right? It’s the first one, and one of the things that sort of impresses me so much about Stüssy specifically is how they managed to some extent refresh their customer base. It’s been going for 35 years. There’s 40-year-olds that were wearing it originally, but there’s still 20-year-olds that are just getting into it and discovering it almost like it’s their brand—which it is, because it’s anyone’s. It’s like it’s the first time around again. I think that’s very clever.

Everything, to some extent, is cyclical. I think part of this renewed sort of spotlight on West Coast style naturally plays into that, because of the color palette, the vibe, the easiness of it, and washed-out, laid-back dude element. It’s all super synonymous with surf. If I think of what a surfer dude’s wearing when he’s not in the water or coming out of the water, it’s ripped jeans, bomber jackets, and open plaid shirts and prints.

How has “LA style” evolved? It used to have such a negative connotation, but now a lot of the labels in the collection, like Amiri, Second Layer, and John Elliott, have redefined what a “California lifestyle brand” really is.

What those brands are showing is how accomplished product made locally in LA can be. The fabrications and construction that Amiri are working on is on par with any sort of European powerhouse—and yet it’s all made in LA. The fabric’s brought in from Italy, but the cut-and-sew is done in LA, which is a pretty impressive feat really.

You’ve got Second Layer being an urban contemporary fashion/skate brand, sort of  “skate-inspired business.” You’ve got Noon Goons being more like mid-’90s surf sport. And Amiri is way more West Hollywood-proper, sort of late-’90s rock-and-roller.

It’s funny because the whole “LA guy uniform” has shifted, now it’s like a fedora, motorcycle jacket, ripped jeans and probably a pair of Saint Laurent Wyatts.

Yeah, exactly—and now he’s wearing Amiri. I guess what we’ve sort of tried to cover is all those different facets of what make up Californian style. It’s important that from our perspective that we’ve got Golden Bear, and we’ve got Mollusk, which are both based in San Francisco, but we’re trying to bring in a bit of Northern California as well as SoCal.

I guess the to some extent, you could draw a parallel between the overall sort of casual nature of menswear right now.Before it might’ve been a bit more buttoned-up, which lends itself more if you’re talking about East Coast style, because Northeastern style typically is a little bit more buttoned-up. When everything is leaning way more casual, it makes sense that you also lean towards the West Coast—because who does casual better?

For more about the West Coast fashion scene, read about Why Los Angeles Could Be the Next Fashion Capital.

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U.S. Lacrosse Adjusts Rules, Allows Female Players To Wear Helmets

FREEPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — After years of debate, helmets are making a debut this spring at girls lacrosse games.

Boys are required to wear helmets, but until now girls weren’t allowed to.

As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, school administrators called the new national standard a smart move.

“Accidents happen, there are balls that fly around, sticks to the head with the light checking,” Freeport Athletic Director, Jonathan Bloom said.

Freeport is one of several Long Island districts outfitting every player, after U.S. Lacrosse recently changed its standards for girls after years of research and debate.

Helmets are now optional for girls in what’s considered a non-contact sport.

“Contact actually happens. Some of the girls are really aggressive,” Freeport’s Deanna Carroll said.

Carroll has been hit with a stick to the head.

Critics predict helmets may now make the game rougher and less safe, with dangerous collisions between players with and without helmets.

The new headgear is flexible.

“The whole idea behind it is not changing the game. It’s not a full helmet, so it’s not that girls are going to start doing body checks. Keeping the game the same, but making it a lot safer,” Lacrosse Unlimited, Manager, Chris D’Aconti said.

Teenage girls who grew up with head-banded hair on the field are still getting used to the feel and look.

“At first it was annoying and hard to get used to, and I would dread having to put it on,” Faridate Lawal said.

“The look is important to any female, of course it is, but now it’s just part of our regular uniform,” Ananda Norris said.

Looks matter, but coaches say, what matters more is safety.

“Your look on the field can change very quickly when a ball hits you in the face, so I’m much happier and they are too when they have something covering them,” Freeport coach, Gina DiPalo said.

Of the 4,400 girls who play lacrosse on Long Island, 65 of them had concussions last season. Even so, U.S. Lacrosse emphassizes the helmets are completely optional from youth leagues to college.

The new helmets cost around $150 each with discounts when bought in bulk for teams.



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