Wow, there are so many bad vibes around, aren’t there? Whether you’re idly browsing through the late 2010s’ perennially catastrophic news headlines, or merely wincing at the endless streams of nasty comments that seem to be the lifeblood of our favourite social media channels, it’s sometimes difficult to get away from it all and emerge smiling. Which is why we at MR PORTER are rather tickled by the wanton positivity being thrown out by various designer brands this season via the strident, super-upbeat slogans splashed across their sweaters, hoodies and T-shirts. Yes, there may well be an ironic edge behind such efforts – it’s hard to take Mr Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga’s exhortation to “Think Big” entirely seriously, given his continuing fascination with all things mundane and everyday – but when it comes down to it, we think that the effect of such pieces can only be to make the world a happier place. Whether you decide to throw one on with tongue firmly in cheek, or are merely trying to bring a bit more sunshine into your immediate surroundings, we would thoroughly recommend you consider the below pieces, all of which come with a particularly on-trend uplifting message.
New to MR PORTER this week, Aries Arise might be a relatively recent entry into the streetwear pantheon (it was launched just six years ago), but it has pedigree nonetheless. Co-founding designer Ms Sofia Prantera was not only a part of London’s rave scene in the 1990s – a moment when streetwear was, perhaps, at its finest – but, prior to establishing Aries Arise, was the mastermind behind Holmes and Silas. Meanwhile, her partner at Aries Arise, graphic designer Mr Fergus Purcell, is the man who designed the logo for painfully cool London skate brand Palace. Naturally, when they knocked their heads together, they created a brand that has the insouciant cool of its streetwear forebears, combined with a graphic minimalism that feels effortless, slick and contemporary. This “No Problemo” sweat perfectly sums it all up – wear it with a pair of deadstock-inspired Maison Margiela sneakers and prepare to receive lots of winks and thumbs-up signs from your friends.