The 2021 GQ Vogue Awards

The 2021 GQ Vogue Awards

Photograph, Martin Brown prop stylist, Sharon Ryan for Halley Resources.

Sneakers of the Calendar year: Adidas x Wales Bonner

In a lavatory of overhyped sneakers from overhyped collaborators, English designer Grace Wales Bonner’s Adidas are the pondering-person’s kicks. More than the training course of two collections, Wales Bonner has marinated a few-striped sneakers like the Samba, Nizza, and SL 72 in intercontinental flavors, drawing from the British Jamaican group and her possess dad’s wardrobe, Jamaican dancehall lifestyle in the ’80s, and European soccer. Wales Bonner churns these influences into vibrantly coloured throwback kinds and Sambas with homespun crochet particulars. The Adidas x Wales Bonner collaboration won’t make you a StockX kingpin, but there are handful of superior sneakers to remind you the entire issue of sneakers is to use them. —Cam Wolf

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Present of the 12 months: Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer months 2022

The collection that would eventually turn into Virgil Abloh’s previous, in advance of his devastating and sudden dying at the age of 41, was also his most triumphant as the imaginative director of Louis Vuitton. (It also served as the foundation for the current, posthumous display LV staged in Miami). The selection commenced as lots of have in the time of COVID: as a film, released in June of this calendar year. Abloh titled the job Amen Split, following the commonly sampled drum conquer that is foundational to hip-hop and jungle music—and a nod to his possess knack for sampling and remixing trend cues from diverse genres and eras. The flim is a lovely 15-minute sartorial epic that stars legendary musicians Saul Williams, GZA, and Goldie, along with the young French actor Issa Perica. The “Amen” break was a strong metaphor, Abloh informed GQ by e-mail earlier this year: “The movie displays on a historic minute in Black art and lifestyle when electronic music and hip-hop emerged like twins from the similar egg, and trickled into every single aspect of the world.” Witnessed now, as component of the late designer’s good legacy, it seems to be much more like a metaphor for all of the do the job he was accomplishing to establish bridges among cultures and generations through his vocation. “I was interested in discovering the thought of transmission,” he went on, “the act of passing a thing from a person particular person to a different, activating waves of adjust across generations.” —Noah Johnson

Courtesy of Diesel

Comeback of the Yr: Diesel by Glenn Martens

Diesel’s minimal-rise, boot-lower jeans aided develop the premium denim wave that swept the early aughts. And numerous of us invested a small fortune in them, only to see the trend pass. But now that Y2K has reemerged as a vogue buzzword, the Italian denim model has appear roaring again with Belgian designer Glenn Martens, artistic director of conceptual Parisian label Y/Task, at the helm. Martens begun at Diesel in 2020, and has currently reinvigorated the model with his signature asymmetrical silhouettes and radical proportions, creating items that acquire a progressive technique to regular denim for the denims–hungry masses. He’s also dipping into the archives—a latest Diesel x Diesel assortment bundled zeitgeisty leather-based bombers and dishevelled denims that Martens revived from the ’90s. But his concentrate, he has mentioned, is basically sustainability, getting on each individual aspect of the company: from the raw cotton to the washes to the creation chain. For a brand name the size of Diesel, that is extra than a speaking stage. It is an prospect to make a change. —Teo van den Broeke

A version of this story initially appeared in the December/January 2022 situation with the title “The GQ Vogue Awards.”