On A Trip | END. AW19 Editorial .03

Tactical outerwear from specialists Salomon, Arc'teryx, and Stone Island are paired with explorative designs from 1017 ALYX 9SM and Maison Margiela for a tripped-out take on trail-ready style, reissued for the concrete jungle.

No longer reserved for the dedicated hiker or mountaineer, the aesthetic exchange between outdoor specialists and luxury designers has placed trail-ready apparel at the forefront of the global style conversation. Bridging the gap between tactical outerwear and luxury aesthetics, design entities from both sides of the coin have begun to merge; offering apparel and accessories for use in any milieu.

From Oakley by Samuel Ross to Raf Simons x Eastpak to Napa by Martine Rose, the cultural exchange between outdoor brands, streetwear labels and luxury clothing has reached its peak.

Constructed with waterproofing, warmth and functionality in mind, a fresh design perspective has emerged to combine conceptual aesthetics and ultimate practicality. Ideal for trekking through uncharted territories or navigating the urban sprawl, brands including Stone Island, 1017 ALYX 9SM and HAVEN are established stalwarts of trail-ready styles and technologies, long-since pursuing the confluence of future-facing tooling and protective textiles to create essential garments for inclement conditions. What we have witnessed in recent seasons is the mass transference of ideas from these outer-limit specialists to the luxury design elite. The result has been a nuanced design dialogue which has borne a new set of ideals to produce luxury garments with the aesthetic appeal and tactical prowess to pass seamlessly across indoor and outdoor environments.

Diving down the rabbit hole of this brave new world, On A Trip is a postmodern remix of outdoor-garb and spotlights the contrasting influences which shape our cultural zeitgeist; bending the rules in an ever-more confounding world.