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Rejina Pyo Is Launching A Collection For Men

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In our close-knit style enclave at Esquire, we know lots about menswear. We like talking lots about menswear, too. It’s the gig. But as soon as the conversation steers into clothing of the opposite sex, our knowledge takes a nose dive: names like Simone Rocha and Paloma Wool that are regularly tossed between our lovely office-sharers on Harper’s Bazaar are mystifying and oblique. Though one name does crop up a little more often than the others: Rejina Pyo.

“She just knows exactly how to create those cult pieces every single season that people flock to, but then she always builds on the ideas that have worked so well,” says Amy de Klerk, digital fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar. “I think it works because it feels like she doesn’t take it all seriously.”

Today, the ascendant womenswear designer’s lauded unisex collection (a move debuted during the women’s show season, hence our none-the-wiserness) has been released to convert us menswear-heads, too. Though the term unisex conjures fluid shapes and silhouettes that sit nearer the XX end of the typical male-female spectrum, Pyo’s turn veers into the traditionally masculine – so much so, that they were modelled by fellas during the Spring/Summer ’20 show.

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Rejina Pyo S/S ’20

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The clothes are a curated, controlled mix that double down on Pyo’s preference for sensible clothes with not-so-sensible prints and palettes. Chore jackets and coordinating shorts are bedecked with desert islands and candy floss yachts. The big half-and-half trend continues, but where its chief architects – Prada and Paul Smith – go punchy, Pyo tempers things with contrasting denims and neighbouring shades on the colour wheel. These are clothes for real life, but clothes for real fun too – a hype-y brand that’s prematurely (and refreshingly) wise beyond its years. They like to party, but they also know when to call an Uber.

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That was perhaps the intention all along. “The Rejina Pyo man, I think, is definitely a creative guy. But I like to joke that he’s a ‘cool dad’, someone who is effortless and confident in his own style,” the designer, who’s currently hunkering down in her hometown of Seoul until this whole pandemic thing blows over, tells me over email. “I find that myself and my team are always wearing our husband or boyfriend’s clothing. We had so many men asking us to produce menswear, but there were limitations around the sizing with the women’s ready-to-wear we already offer.”

Pyo’s ability to make really, truly good clothing for both men and women came from an immediate understanding of the differences involved. “I think a lot of men are still very committed to comfort and practicality. They aren’t willing to be limited in their movements, and they like pieces that’ll last and be versatile,” says Pyo. “I’ve been wearing a lot of men’s classically tailored jackets and trousers recently, and that definitely informed the collection. There is a freedom in a more masculine fit that I love, and we wanted to make the first collection was very wearable for men. This is their introduction to the brand, and we did a lot of the fitting for this collection between my husband and myself.”

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Winner, winner: Rejina Pyo at the Fashion Awards 2019

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The label’s expansion has been exemplary, and smart. But the Pyomania is no flash in the pan. Upon her graduate show at Central Saint Martins, the designer was marked as a Kid With Potential, going on to cut her teeth at Anglo-Serbian womenswear outfit Roksanda, before launching her namesake label in 2014. The influencer-verse caught on, and Pyo’s signature strain of structured whimsy swiftly appeared on impossibly willowy Insta-models and learned fashion editors on feeds the world over. The brand’s friendly pricing meant it swiftly transitioned into real women’s wardrobes as well, which helped the brand win the British Emerging Talent gong at last year’s Fashion Awards.

Pyo knows that her longevity depends upon making clever choices in an industry that’s rapidly changing. “I think now more than ever we need to be extremely conscientious and thoughtful about what we’re putting out into the world, finding smarter, more sustainable ways of doing things, and hopefully slowing down the pace of the industry. This is what I hope for at Rejina Pyo.” Seems like our colleagues across the office were onto something.

The S/S ’20 unisex collection is now available online at rejinapyo.com

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Paris prosecutors seek trial for Kim Kardashian jewellery theft suspects

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The trial of 12 men accused over a Paris heist in which reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed of millions of dollars’ worth of jewellery appeared one step closer after prosecutors asked for the case go to court, a source told AFP.

Five members of the gang stormed the luxury residence where Kardashian was staying during Paris Fashion Week in 2016, holding the star at gunpoint and making off with a huge diamond ring and other gems worth a total of nine million euros ($9.5 million).

Prosecutors will seek to take the case to court for all 12 – who are currently at liberty but under legal supervision – charging them with armed robbery, kidnapping and criminal association, a judicial source said Wednesday.

Examining magistrates must now decide whether the case will proceed to trial, the source added, although any trial is not expected to begin until 2021.

Wearing police uniforms, the gang burst into Kardashian’s apartment, gagged and bound her and locked her in a bathroom before helping themselves to gems including a 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring worth some four million euros.

One of the alleged robbers, Yunis Abbas, fleeing the scene on a bicycle, dropped a diamond-encrusted cross worth 30,000 euros, which was found by a passer-by a few hours later.

It remains the only piece to be recovered from the brazen heist, the biggest jewellery theft from an individual that France has seen in more than 20 years.

The alleged mastermind, Aomar Ait Khedache was arrested after his DNA was found at the site. 

He told investigators he had struggled to find a buyer for the Lorraine Schwartz ring, complaining it was “too recognisable” and that he had given it to an unidentified third party.

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5 Classic Summer Fashion Trends You Won’t Regret

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Trends come and go (and come back again), but some things will truly stand the test of time. Why is it that I look at my outfits from 2010 and cringe, but I see 60-year-old photos of Jackie Kennedy’s style and want to dress just like her? Because she stuck to the classics. Experimenting with trends is definitely fun, but certain pieces have much more staying power. 

For all of you classic dressers out there, I’ve rounded up a handful of my favorite trends that I believe will still look chic in 10 years (and beyond). For instance, monochrome dressing is such an easy way to look put-together without really trying. Just grab a few pieces in the same color, and you’re good to go. Scroll down to shop the other classic summer clothing trends I love, along with outfit ideas courtesy of IG’s coolest ladies. 

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6 All-White Outfits for Women That Are So On-Trend

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At least once a week I like to live dangerously. And by that, I mean I slip into a chic head-to-toe white outfit despite the fact that a) I have one seriously messy toddler and b) I drink a copious amount of tea and coffee. Call me crazy, I know. But sometimes when it comes to fashion the heart wins over the head! An all white outfit is sumptuously sophisticated and inherently expensive-looking—even if you haven’t spent a fortune on it.

A flurry of all white outfits sashayed down the S/S 2020 runways this year—from billowy lace dresses at Alexander Mcqueen to sleek, relaxed tailoring at Tory Burch. And if that’s not enough to get you excited, Instagram’s style set have been showing us a myriad of cool and easy ways to wear the tricky trend—proving that there’s no better time than summer 2020—while we are mostly staying home and less risk averse to stains—to give a head-to-toe white outfit a whirl. (Although, I do advise to keep coffee and kids at a safe distance!)

The key to pulling off the trend this summer is to play with textures, layering, and volume which will keep your look interesting. Also don’t be afraid of breaking up the look with contrasting accessories from black sandals to gold jewelry. And if an all white outfit feels a little daunting, mix it up by adding buttery neutrals. Below I’m sharing some seriously cool all-white outfits to help you take on the trend this summer.

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