The Hot List: Four Brands To Get Your Hands On This Spring
It’s official: spring is here. And whether you’re steeling yourself for uncertain weather or prepping your wardrobe for the first stirrings of summer sun, this season is undoubtedly the best time to make getting dressed fun again. At MR PORTER, we’ve spent the past few months researching and reviewing the latest designer collections, handpicking the brands and individual pieces we think are going to set the style agenda for the season to come.
We’re starting with a breakdown of four of the hottest labels on the market right now: Stone Island, Acne Studios, Gallery Dept. and AMIRI. To find out more about what you can expect from these powerhouse brands this spring, keep on scrolling.
AMIRI’s SS23 collection was described by founder Mr Mike Amiri as a “tangible reinforcement of the AMIRI world” and a reflection of what it, and he, does best. The relaxed spirit of his native California is rendered through a delicate palette of alabaster, dusty rose and pastel blue, while clear references to the brand’s artisanal spirit, skate subcultures and 1990s sportswear come by way of appliquéd varsity bombers, baggy trousers, signature denim and relaxed tailoring, elevated track jackets and bandana-print coordinates.
This varsity jacket – embroidered with some of AMIRI’s maxims “Inspired by imagination and dreams” and “For the young and the young at heart” – has got to be one of our highlights.
For SS23, Acne Studios’ creative director Mr Jonny Johansson reimagined the brand’s men’s collection as an off-kilter wedding party. With wedding season fast approaching, we have to say that it couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
From expertly tailored occasionwear – such as this beige unstructured blazer – to everyday pieces that include knitwear (designed in collaboration with the American artist Ms Karen Kilimnik), denim and low-top panelled sneakers, the collection is intended to take you from day, to night, to the most extravagant of ceremonies. No change of clothes needed.
The Italian cult streetwear brand is consistently at the top of our Wish List, and its bold SS23 line-up is no exception. The label’s strength lies in its pioneering textile research and development and in its relentless experimentation with treatment and dyes (its colour laboratory has developed more than 60,000 dyes over the years).
This spring, Stone Island’s modus operandi translates in signature technical outerwear – our favourites include an olive-green matching set made from Nylon Metal, a micro ripstop weave that’s been resin-treated to achieve wind and water resistance – as well as colourful workwear-inspired staples and sweats, such as this burnt-orange twill overshirt and coordinating logo sweater.
Headed by LA-based contemporary artist Mr Josué Thomas, Gallery Dept. was initially founded to repurpose vintage garments, before turning into a fully-fledged fashion and lifestyle brand. The DIY spirit that characterises all its collections is intrinsic to the brand’s history – “I’ve pretty much been doing it all of my life,” Thomas once told us. “Both my parents are artists, so it was sort of an innate hobby, drawing and sketching.”
Few things reflect the artist’s approach to design better than this season’s line-up – take these hand-splattered shorts with raw hems and this mechanic shop-inspired appliquéd shirt as proof.