Friday, January 31, 2014
In what will be its third seasonal offering since transitioning from the Finally Famous brand name, the Big Sean-helmed Aura Gold previewed its 2014 fall/winter collection at Agenda NYC in January. With former Phat Farm designer Kevin Leong serving as its creative director, Aura Gold positions itself as an affordable luxury streetwear brand with obvious nods to the opulence of hip-hop.
Amsterdam’s Filling Pieces serve up the Halftop, a brand new style for Spring/Summer 2014. The mid-top luxury sneaker comes in a sleek black and white color block upper made of genuine premium leather. Lined with soft tan leather, the Halftop is finished off with metal lace holes and waxed laces. You can pick up a a pair now over at Feature LV.
Once more, French artist NooN has partnered with porcelain connoisseurs K.Olin tribu to produce a limited edition set of “Butterfly” porcelain skulls. Measuring in at 20 cm x 13 cm x 13 cm and limited to 50 pieces, each skull is numbered and delivered in a custom wooden case. The “Butterfly” porcelain skull will be available for pre-order beginning January 29 through the brand’s official website.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Big Sean makes his official return to music with his new freestyle called 1st Quarter produced by Key Wane and Travi$ Scott and directed by Mike Carson.
This should come as no surprise Bad Boy Records apparently is closing its doors and moving to Revolt! In the 90s it was all about Bad Boy Records with The Notorious BIG, 112, Lil Kim, Total, Faith Evans, Craig Mack, Mase, Loon, G-Dep, Carl Thomas and many more, but those days are long gone and the golden era of hip hop has truly faded.These days, Bad Boy Records has been less than impressive with lackluster artists and groups like Day 26, Danity Kane, Cassie, Diddy-Dirty Money and many more seen here in the artist graveyard or as Bad Boy would say, their Rooster. Bad Boy has always pumped out hits, but NOT like the 90s and many artists were thrown to the waste side after one or two albums.
It was said in many circles that Diddy didn’t want his artist’s light to shine brighter than his and that Bad Boy had many sign shady record deals, observant costs, leaving many artists now destitute with no outlet or label to produce them. Today there is less than a handful of artists making a buzz from Bad Boy like Janelle Monae and French Montana. The only problem is none of his current artists (Cassie, Janelle Monae or French Montana) have reached platinum or gold success.
In light of the two radio friendly artists, which is a sad comparison to yester-year its only obvious the next step is to close and dissolve the label.
Word on the street via AHH is that Diddy has FIRED all his employees and sent the rest to the REVOLT. You may remember REVOLT is a new music network created by the mogul that is also rumored to be bumpy start and is still not in many cities yet. As for French Montana and Janelle Monae, they’ll be transferred over to Interscope Records according to sources.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
New this week from visvim is its GRIZZLY BOOTS-FOLK *F.I.L. EXCLUSIVE for Spring 2014. A rugged moccasin boot, the GRIZZLY BOOTS-FOLK *F.I.L. EXCLUSIVE features a hardy combination of vegetable-tanned calf leather, suede and denim across the hand-sewn upper and a replaceable Vibram outsole below. Available in black, light brown or sand, these boots are available now at visvim’s boutiques and online store.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Building upon the colorful “Samba” collection from last year, adidas presents its latest “Samba” collection featuring the Copa Mundial boot for Spring/Summer 2014. For this collection, the iconic football boot has been given five bold new colorways paying homage to the vibrant and energetic atmosphere of Brazil as it gets ready to host this the 2014 World Cup. The colors may be new but these boots still retain the premium leather and construction that have made them an icon since the ’80s. Pick up your favorite color now at adidas and select stockists.
Author: James Shorrock
Author: Robert Marshall
After returning in OG form, dropping in brand new red and black colorways, and hitting Dover Street Market New York in a premium “Lux” edition, Nike Sportswear‘s Air Python – essentially a tweaked, snake-covered version of the Air Jordan II – is coming to the Big Apple in a limited “Starfish” makeup. First spotted on the feet of Knicks star J.R. Smith, the release utilizes the all-over snakeskin upper of the DSM-exclusive – this time in bright orange with a matching tongue and laces, tan leather lining, and a stark white rubber sole unit. Retailing for $150 USD, the “Starfish” QuickStrike is set to hit NSW’s own 21 Mercer come February 1.
Author: T.S. Fox / Source: GQ
The French duo Daft Punk had everyone on their feet with their groovy performance Get Lucky and Chic’s Le Freak with some help from Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, and Nile Rodgers.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Following a well-received series with Eko Nugroho, EINE and eL-Seed, Louis Vuitton is set to launch its third collection of artist scarves for 2014 spring/summer. Building upon an already compelling list of collaboration with some of the world’s most renowned artist — Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusuma and Stephen Sprouse to name a few — this collection looks to the house’s affinity for street art. First up is Chilean artist INTI‘s work, which references the Inca god Wiracocha, while Brooklyn-based pop artist Kenny Scharf offers up his share of psychedelic and surrealist motifs with the use of bold colors. Finally Paris’ own Andre Saraiva reappropriates his classic Monsieur A tag on to the Monogram Scarf with splattered paint. Alongside the collection, LV has also released a summer version of its leopard print scarf by Stephen Sprouse, which is now available in stores. The new aartist scarves are set to hit Louis Vuitton boutiques in March.
Author: Arthur Bray