Chad Hurley
Chad Hurley – the co-founder of YouTube – has stepped down from his position as CEO of the company to work full-time on his menswear label, Hlaska. In the most basic of reviews, the clothes are overpriced. There are plain hoodies for $135, boring blazers for $425, and canvas belts for $75.00; it’s just a completely uninspiring snooze fest. I don’t understand how a business mind can hope to make this work.

“We make wallets, bags and shirts we’d want to see sold in stores. In that sense it’s exactly like YouTube. We wanted something that wasn’t available, so we built it ourselves,” Hurley said, except that…yes…plenty of wallets, bags, and shirts are available. In a struggling economy. For less.

The name? “It’s a combination of Hawaii and Alaska. My business partner, Anthony Mazzei, and I love the dichotomy. Alaska and Hawaii are hot and cold states, small and large, and represent the last of America’s expansion. It’s that tension that we love.”

Tension, indeed. All I can do is wish him the best and continue to support my boyfriend’s choice of cheaper and better quality garments.

Jason Wu for TSE Runway NYFW
Jason Wu is in his second season for luxury knitwear house TSE, and showed a stellar twelve piece capsule collection for them on day seven of New York Fashion Week. Inspired by collages and the mixing of textures, Wu presented flowing, collarless blouses tucked into rigid linen wide-leg trousers, as well as half-leather, half-knit blazers, while abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman inspired Wu’s digital prints splashed across dresses, shirts and skirts to resemble hand painted fabric.

He also continued some of the sure-to-be-trendy themes in his namesake collection, putting pleated high-waisted shorts, buttoned-to-the-top blouses, and extra long blazers into the mix at TSE. It was an infinitely wearable collection for a variety of ages – my favourite being a knit light gray skinny suit worn with a collarless sheer white blouse. View Post