The 4 Worst Sneaker Collabs of 2017

2017, a year of lofty highs and abysmal lows for the sneaker game. While some models this year went above and beyond to showcase the shared vision between cultural luminaries, just as many ended up being underwhelming and underdesigned models defecated onto the market without concern for taste or style. Without further ado, here are my four worst collaborations of 2017. 

 

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Does "Made in Italy" Really Matter?

Made in Italy. Just the mere mention of those three little words is enough to conjure images of immaculate sewing, luxurious fabrics, and cutting-edge fits. Garments that carry this tag are instantly elevated to a higher standard of quality then those offered s by the ateliers of Europe or the clothing producers of developing countries located throughout the world. Savvy marketing campaigns have convinced the general public that a garment made in Italy is inherently superior to those produced in other nations. However, the reality of this belief could not be farther from the truth.

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Why Did We All Fall for Gucci's Furless Initiative?

Just last week, Gucci was showered with praise when it announced that for all future seasons, the brand would no longer work with animal furs in their clothing designs. Champions of both animal and environmental rights took this announcement at face value and heralded the company for making major steps towards bettering the world. Why did all these people fall for one of the best PR moves in recent memory? 

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Diffusion Lines: How Cheap Offerings Saved the Fashion Industry

Diffusion lines. The bane of every fashion collector and enthusiast. While some truly great and creative diffusion lines exist (Think Rick Owens DRKSHDW or MM6 by Margiela), the vast majority such as Versace Versus and D&G occupy a hellish landscape of overly branded and shoddily designed garments defecated onto the market with such ham-fistedness that even George Lucas would wince. However, the original diffusion lines...

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Will Saint Laurent Stagnate Post-Slimane?

....Just as the label truly seemed to be turning over a page in its design history, Slimane departed the label. In an unceremonious departure rumored to be over financial compensation disagreements, SLP replaced Slimane with the much cheaper Anthony Vaccarello as the creative director. During the interim between the new designer’s first season, a temporary design team took over. This team, instead of choosing to continue to innovate the brand, chose to rehash staples...

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