Originally Posted by ddohnggo
i have the same feeling about nom de guerre as goldengloves. they take nice classic designs and put their own spin on them. are some of their (most) pieces over priced? Hell yes. and i'm guilty of purchasing some of these pieces at full price. i think the clothes, however, do cater to a different demographic. i see it interest those who are into more subtle and minimalistic clothing ala APC, and also want some exclusivity to it. being a huge fan of APC, i'm definitely drawn to what ndg has done in the past and currently.
i'll probably be interested in purchasing different items from carpe diem, poell, undercover, n(n), etc... in the future, but right now ndg fits me and my style just right. however, i definitely couldn't pull of a leather shirt.
I appreciate APC very much, in fact new standards, which I discovered here-thanks Styleforum, are arguably my favourite pair of jeans and certainly the most versatile one I have. Interestingly enough I did own a few APC garments before joining and definitely liked the label. The word "authenticity" is often thrown around in streetwear circles and I guess that I don't see it in NDG (however the name itself is pretty cool if you understand its meaning...), it all seems too calculated for me. However that doesn't mean I wouldn't pick a piece that aroused my interest or that I don't think it's quality, just that the label as an entity doesn't speak to my sensibilities. Additionally, lot of this season's items are off limits for me, be they from NDG or someone else, as I'm not into shawl collars, a Margiela sweater that I passed on excepted.
Carpe, Poell and the other arte poverta labels are a different matter entirely, as I'm fascinated by the concepts and construction techniques displayed but wouldn't wear most (we're talking 95%) of the clothes and accessories that they release. I don't dig N(N) and UC as much but some of their fashion shoots look pretty good, I guess I'd let them dress me if I was the bassist of a visual Kei band named Yoshi and had 15y/o schoolgirls dressed like me scream "Yoshiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!" while I was onstage.
As for the leather shirt I'm not lying when I tell you it's one of the most versatile pieces I own. I can wear it with some New standards, beat-up chucks and a plain white tee and it doesn't look out of place at all. Think of it as semi-outerwear and you'll loose you hang ups, I mean who feels self conscious in a leather jackets these days.