Illustration by Sophia Chang
Although you've probably dropped major paper at Supreme in the last few years, you might not have known the man behind the clothing. Don't get it confused though, Brendon Babenzien's resume doesn't start and end with Supreme. Babenzien is also the creator of impressive clothing labels like Aprix and Noah. Yeah, he knows what he's doing. Because we're into looking forward, we tapped Babenzien to give us his trend predictions for the coming year in the annual Style & Design special from our latest issue. Check out the extended online cut below...
SNAP-FRONT DENIM JACKETS
Most often made for children but occasionally you can get lucky and find an adult-sized one.
THE TAKEOVER OF THE MOCCASIN
The deck shoe is tailing off. The moc's more of a landlubbers' shoe anyway—face it, most of us aren't on the water as much as we'd like.
FLANNEL MAKING IT'S WAY OUT OF THE PICTURE
I'm planning more patterns to replace some plaids, which seem to be the uniform right now.
EARLY PROPER SKINHEAD LOOKS
Pre-racism bullshit. Early skins represented the working class and weren't racially divided. They took the everyday uniform of the working man and made it sharp.
NEWTON RUNNING SHOES
Changed my life; nothing in the running world even comes close.
It's nothing new but non-designer m-51s, m-65s, m-A1s and parkas all feel really good right now. The army jacket is so super-NY; I think of Woody Allen, which is always a good thing.
I don't expect to see people walking around in them, but a good robe is hard to beat. Call me crazy until you get your hands on one, and then we'll see.
Sometimes it's easier to throw on a good waterproof shell as opposed to a old-timey waxed jacket or mac—unless you're pheasant hunting. The ultra classic thing that has gripped the country has gotten a bit boring. We can look good without being "dressed" all of the time.