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The Rucksack Moment

The Rucksack Moment

Pre-Fall has begun and already some key trends are beginning to emergify.

The cropped pant, the fashion sweatshirt, the remixed bomber jacket, and the rucksack/backpack/knapsack/book bag, whichever floats your boat, rides your motorcycle, drives your car etc. It has shown up in two rad collections from two of my rad homeboys: Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim, both featured in the white variety. WHITE! All I want for Hanukkah is a white bag, preferably Phillip Lim’s 31 Hour bag… Anyone? Bueller?

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(Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim.)

While we’re on the subject, let’s not neglect to discuss the most expensive rucksack I’ve ever seen. The byproduct of a collabo between the Row and Damien Hirst, these bad boys are priced at a whopping $55,000. Yowzah!

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And how about the rucksack making a fashion comeback?

I love it. I want to root for it. I want to cheer it on from the stands. I’m excited to make it a part of my life again. It feels like an old friend from elementary school who now has this super cool rep, but I knew him in his awkward days. I feel the way I did when Keds had a major comeback, or with the comeback of the baseball cozy cap. I have a soft spot for it, a nostalgia, that feels almost like a private joke between the designer and me. It feels personal. It’s the nuances like this that make fashion exciting, powerful and intimate.

I’ll definitely be two-strapping, will you?

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