Monday, September 7, 2015
Jordan Brand has created the perfect golf shoe for sneakerheads, customizing the Air Jordan 6 to create a brand new piece of footwear. Aptly dubbed the Air Jordan 6 Low Golf, the design is a nod to Michael Jordan’s love of the game and reinterprets the beloved basketball classic with a low-top cut and Nike’s Natural Motion golf sole unit. Seen here in classic “Infrared” and also due out in “Oreo,” the Air Jordan 6 Low Golf drops this Thursday, September 3 at select Jordan Brand retailers.
adidas Soccer unveils an ice white iteration of it’s new X boot. A more mellow departure from the boot’s signature neon colorway, the latest design incorporates adi’s groundbreaking sports technology into a classic, stripped-back white look. Retailing for around $150 USD, the eye-catching footwear is available to pre-order here.
Rick Ross is back with the return of his brand new visual for his new joint called Money And Powder.
Yo Gotti makes his returns with the release of his new joint called Boyz N The Hood.
T.I. drop his new joint called Check, Run It. This is apart of T.I. new thing is doing on Fridays called #F***ItFriday.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CYRCLE. Explores The Human Condition for vna Issue #31 / Candice Swanepoel Shot by Can Evgin (NSFW)
vna has turned its attention to the work of LA-based duo CYRCLE. for its 31st issue. Exploring the concept of duality and uncovering the pair’s differences for the first time, the cover feature and 20 page spread is accompanied by the above shoot and video by Kelsey Fugere and Theonepointeight respectively. The collaboration also consists of a limited edition box set which will include CYRCLE.’s Three Finger Chaos/Order Ring, a juxtaposing design which continues to be the focal point in much of their work. Follow vna and CYRCLE. on Instagram to stay updated with the collaboration.
Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel stars in understated test images shot by photographer Can Evgin and courtesy of Highsnobiety. In the effortlessly stunning pictures, the South African model poses with a bare face, natural hair and limited clothing, demonstrating her raw and effortless beauty. Fluid poses are coupled with the simplicity of grayscale and are shot against a plain wall allowing the model’s beauty to truly emanate from the stills.
The World Photography Organization will hold its upcoming Photo Shanghai Art Fair 2015 exhibition, a showcase gallery of photographers both modern and classical from over 20 countries. The curation involves such famous photographs from the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Chien-Chi Chang, Jimmy Nelson, Helmut Newton, Erwin Olaf and David Drebin, whose Dreams of Hong Kong 2009 can be seen above. The exclusive display will be public from September 11 to 13 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre in Shanghai, China. For more stunning photography from the show, click the link below.
Richardson magazine is back with issue A8. Dubbed the “America” issue, the latest edition of the publication sees Blac Chyna on the cover — shot by renowned photographer Steven Kelin — and features additional work by the likes of William Pope L, Mark Flood, Kara Walker, Nick Waplington, Gaetano Liberatore, Gene Bilbrew, Will Boone, William Crawford, Jeanette Hayes, Glen Ligon and Juliana Huxtable. Issue A8 of Richardson is due out September 17 and can be pre-ordered online now for $37 USD while two different supplementary editions of the mag — featuring a fold out poster or both the poster and the additional The American Sex Scene — will run you $42 and $52 USD, respectively.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
A graffiti piece has appeared overnight which is believed to have been painted by elusive street artist Banksy. Located in the English town of Kidderminster, approximately 95 miles north of the artist’s ongoing Dismaland theme park installment, the piece features reality TV star Paris Hilton in Mickey Mouse ears and a tee emblazoned with “Banksy” while mention of the dystopian theme park hovers above her head. Hilton’s pet chihuahua Tinkerbell, who died last year, is also depicted.
Store owner Rob Bishop, whose store is opposite the painted wall, told Mirror that “there were about five or six people there who sprayed the wall white first and then each one did an individual bit. It looked like they were painting from a picture as someone was holding a piece of paper up that they were looking at.” Hilton has previously been the subject of Banksy’s art, with the artist leaving altered versions of her debut album Paris in record stores around the UK.
For the past few years, you may have noticed a skate brand that has been taking over the world by storm. Palace Skateboards has managed to create a mystical aura around it, comparable to the likes of Supreme with its hardcore, loyal following. The FADER recently caught up with Fergus Purcell — the man behind the infamous triangle logo we have all become so fond of — to talk about his influences, inspiration and why he thinks the brand has really taken off. The Central Saint Martins alum goes on to give insight on how Palace has managed to combine skate sensibilities into the area of high fashion. Furthermore, the talented designer sheds light on his Aries brand he runs with Sofia Maria Prantera. Enjoy the excerpts below and head over to The FADER to read the full interview.
How has Palace grown and changed since the store opened?I think we’ve had the chance to really prove that idea that, while it’s a skateboard thing, it’s also a legitimate fashion thing on it’s own terms. It’s done that from the outside, and it’s quite punk. As we’ve grown in experience, there’s now a chance to step up and make clothes that can operate on that level, and you need a shop as a platform to do that. You show people that whole experience. So you’re still doing t-shirts, but you’re also doing a performance jacket, and it’s all an integrated experience. It’s so fun to get to do that, because that’s always been in the pipeline. It’s always the way I’ve imagined things. It’s this triumphant time to prove the point and give people a chance to come and have a look at it and see what it’s really like. Get the right vibe.
Tell me a bit about the logo that you created for Palace. What thought went into that iconography?Lev told me straight away when he was thinking of doing a skate company, and I was like, “Awesome. Go for it. Can’t wait to see it.” And when he said, “Do you want to do a logo? It’s called Palace,” I was like “Fuck it, of course.” He said that the initial bunch of inspiration was triangles, and so I went away and started designing triangular stuff. But since that, occasionally, he’s totally forgot that he said it had to do with triangles, and gave me credit for doing that. So it’s even better that he just forgot that.
He gave me the idea for a triangular motif, and then I started to think about how I could manipulate that symbolically. I chose the infinite-repeating thing as a motif for eternity. It implies that it loops around and around forever. That was a conscious thing to put that in brand and say, were not already, were infinite. When you work with graphics that imply a certain three dimensional quality, that instantly gives them an implied size, so you can print that image quite small and it still has a quality of being epic. I think that was part of it too. The best thing is that, in order to introduce any kind of word branding, I had to really put it where I put it. It had to be there three times, and I think subliminally that’s quite powerful. That reenforced the name by repetition.
What’s next? Is it difficult keeping the shop full of new stuff?It’s a dream come true, because we can finally realize these crazy ideas, and they’re working so far. So we really want to push the bar out. Using the platform of the shop, you should get away with doing something a bit weirder, even just to create the right atmosphere. and so that’s the next big thing, starting to generate stuff more quickly.
There is no sense of season. Palace just drops when you drop them.That’s how it’s become. There’s a bit of a program, but yeah. I guess if it seems slightly random, that’s ideal, so that’s what it should be.
Beasts of No Nation, A Netflix Original Film. When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier. Available in select theaters and on Netflix October 16.
FASHION: Umit Benan Talks Work, Film & Happiness / Tom Ford's Morning Routine Is Not What You Think It Is
Over the past seven years, German-born Turkish designer Umit Benan has created a nice niche for himself by avoiding the more trendy looks that have dominated the runway, instead drawing on his years growing up in Istanbul to create an aesthetic all his own. Long a favorite of Carson Street Clothiers, Benan recently sat down with the guys behind the Manhattan retailer. Over brunch in Soho, on a two-day stop between Milan and Los Angeles, Benan shed light on his background, what drove him to become a designer, his latest seasonal collection, his interests beyond fashion, and more. While an excerpt appears below, the interview can be read in its entirety over at Carson Street’s website.
Tell us about your background — where you’re from, your education, your family and upbringing.
I was born in Germany. When I was two years old, my family moved to Istanbul because my father went into the textile business, creating a factory. I lived there until I turned 14, then went to boarding school in Switzerland. From there, I moved to Boston for college. In my sophomore year, I started taking fashion classes because I realized that’s what I really wanted to do. Once I graduated, I went to Marangoni in Milan to study fashion design, then I studied at Central Saint Martins for half a semester for styling. I went back to Istanbul for a year to work for my father at his factory. He trained me in knitwear and general production. Finally, I moved to New York and studied pattern-making for a year at Parsons. I had an internship at Marc Jacobs and I went on to work in womenswear.
In 2009, I started my line. My fashion background is entirely thanks to my family and father because when I was growing up, I would spend my summers in the factory. Even when I was in elementary school, we had to work in the factory all summer long. The reason I wanted to go in to fashion design is because I hated production. All the designers would show up at the factory and they would leave strict sketches we had to follow. I wanted to be the one leaving the sketches. Working on the production side was great experience, though. When designers first start, they might be able to sketch, but they have no idea how the behind-the-scenes processes involved with production work. I wanted to start in New York as I loved it there but, as I worked in Milan for three years before launching my own business, I knew all the factories there and realized that was where I had to start.
I presented my first season at Pitti Uomo — I figured that was the only way for me to be able to present it—for exposure. It picked up attention from press and two days after the Tuesday I launched it, I was written about in The New York Times as a new designer to watch. Next season, I won the best new designer in Italy, organized by Pitti. I’ve been working at it for seven years now.
KICKS: Extra Butter x adidas Originals "Vanguard" Collection/ Nike Air Huarache Run Mid/ NAKED x Reebok Classic Leather "Drip"/ Nike Free Hypervenom 2 F.C. Black/White/ Nike Air Max 1 Essential "Neon"
A few days back, NY sneaker boutique Extra Butter teased its newest collaboration with adidas Originals, with close macro and detailed shots of the upcoming collaboration known simply as “Vanguard.” Here, EB officially announces and reveals the pack, which includes both a pair of ZX Flux and ZX Trail Mids with aquatic and campground themes that take notes from a stalwart of independent American cinema.
The colorways showcase a bevy of materials and patterns, from jaguar print and a glow-in-the-dark heel accent for the ZX Flux to embroidered patches, a novelty whistle, and rugged suede and canvas textured fabric on the ZX Trail Mids. Both pairs cover the spectrum of imagination and exploration, two themes the renown shop has put great thought into and executed perfectly through this duo. An exclusive scavenger hunt through the official Instagram account will initially release 100 pairs of each shoe, while an online release of the collection will follow later on September 7, with prices at $130 for the ZX Flux and $140 for the ZX Trail Mids. Check out the video below for more on the release.
If Michael Keaton’s Batman had swapped out his Air Trainer IIIs or Air Jordan 6s for some Huaraches, they probably would have looked something like Nike Sportswear’s new Air Huarache Run Mid. The latest update to the classic Tinker Hatfield-designed runner, the new silhouette reinterprets the early ’90s release as a premium mid-top, retaining the overall look of the original, but pairing it with luxurious leather construction and a zippered shroud in place of the usual lacing. Capped off with a neoprene collar and a heel pull tab, the Air Huarache Run Mid will be available for ladies and small footers this holiday season, but can already be pre-ordered now via Tokyo’s atmos.
Copenhagen-based women’s sneaker boutique NAKED has teamed up with Reebok once again for a special release of the footwear brand’s iconic Classic Leather silhouette. The sneaker is dressed in a monochromatic palette that renders the premium nubuck upper in black with matching black laces, while the contrasting white midsole is detailed with a black drip graphic. The NAKED x Reebok Classic Leather “Drip” drops in-store and online at NAKED September 5 followed by a September 11 release at select retailers for approximately $118 USD. Also check out NAKED’s latest ASICS collaboration from earlier this summer.
Nike Sportswear’s Free Hypervenom 2 has received yet another F.C. makeover as a brand new combo of black and white has followed up last month’s Anthracite/Black-Cool Grey version of the design. Reminiscent of the clean black colorway, these come with a monochromatic upper, but this time pair the neoprene, hexagonal mesh, NikeSkin and Flywire construction with a Nike F.C.-branded heel pull tab. Highlighting the design is a Free 3.0 sole unit covered in the shattered pattern of the cleat plate of the shoe’s on-pitch brethren. These Free-cushioned Hypervenoms can be picked up now via nike.com for $130 USD.
Nike Sportswear continues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the now-classic Air Max 95, following its release of a “Neon” take on the Air Max 1 Ultra Moire with a corresponding version of the original silhouette. Unlike its Ultra Moire brethren, this particular “Neon” drop more closely replicates the look of the fan-favorite 95 colorway, coupling a white mesh base with dark grey leather and light grey suede as neon green accents hit the text branding, visible Max Air unit and rubber outsole. These will soon be available at NSW spots across the globe and can already be picked up via Tokyo’s atmos.
Have no Labor Day plans, live in Minnesota, and can’t wait for Prince’s new album HITNRUN to be released? The Purple One has you covered.
The music maestro announced via Twitter on Wednesday a three-day “international dance party” this weekend presented by TIDAL. It’s set at his Paisley Park Records complex in Chanhassen, Minn., near Minneapolis. The party kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a $40 cover.
Though his face is used to promote the party, there is no explicit assurance Prince and his band, 3rd Eye Girl, will perform. The club nights do promise “advance listening,” likely of HITNRUN, which will be released exclusively on Tidal on Monday.
Co-producer Joshua Welton — husband of 3rd Eye Girl drummer Hannah Welton — teased the new record: “I would say it’s an experimental Prince record for fans who just don’t care about him sounding like a certain thing,” he told EW.
ENTERTAINMENT: Dior Sauvage – The new fragrance / LADY GAGA ON THE COVER OF @EW / Apple Campus 2 Construction
Johnny Depp doesn’t mess around. In this newly released director’s cut of the short film promoting Dior Sauvage, Depp plays a brooding musician to a tee, rocking out to himself in a dimly-lit dive bar before being overcome with an urge to drive out into the open desert in his vintage Dodge Charger, digging a hole and burying his bangles in the sand. Directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino —
Filmed using the DJI Inspire 1, this video gives a unique perspective, as it flashes back to video taken one month ago on August 1, 2015 to provide a month-to-month update. Featuring descriptions narrated by late Apple Founder Steve Jobs himself, this video will hopefully teach you something new that you didn’t already know about the world’s largest corporation.
A$AP Mob x Guess Collaboration Teaser / The People Vs A$AP Rocky / A$AP Rocky Unveils a Second 'At.Long.Last.A$AP' Cover
With a string of collaborations with the likes of PacSun and more behind them, A$AP Mob has now revealed its latest joint project with denim brand Guess. A$AP Rocky’s manager, Chace Infinite, used Instagram to tease the partnership, which features Nast and Rocky donning the branded gear. The sweatshirts feature the triangle guess logo but with the S’s replaced by dollar signs. Not too much information is available as of yet but make sure to keep checking back for more details.
This episode of People Vs. sits down our pal A$AP Rocky and forces him to read the comments on his psychedelic music video for “L$D” from his latest album AT.LONG.LA$T.A$AP. He also gives us an answer to the most important question of our generation: just what color was the dress?
A$AP Rocky has unveiled a second cover for his upcoming album A.L.L.A, after revealing the first cover earlier this week. Credited to Roy Medina, Rocky himself released this alternate, which features the same tribute to A$AP Yams as the first one. However, the second album art takes on a darker aesthetic, but is much cleaner than the earlier one with Pretty Flacko’s face centered and in focus. Pre-orders for the album is available now on Amazon, with his latest single, “Everyday” featuring Rod Stewart, Mark Ronson and Miguel, dropping just a few days ago. For more music-related news, head over to HYPETRAK.
Etsy have already released a slew of #Kanye2020 merchandise. From graphic designs reminiscent of Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama logo to reappropriations of the YZY adidas Originals Yeezy font, you can pick up a T-shirt or hoodie of your choice expressing your support for Mr. West.
MUSIC: Tinashe – Bet / Feels Like Vegas / Rick Ross Feat The Dream – Money Dance / DJ Cassidy Feat Chromeo & Wale – Future Is Mine
R&B artist Tinashe is bakc and decides to drop her new music video for ‘Bet’ and ‘Feels Like Vegas directed By Stephen Garnett.
Rick Ross is back and decides to drops his second track for the week called Money Dance. This will be featured on Rick Ross upcoming album titled Black Dollar, which drops September 4th.
Dj Cassidy decides to release his brand new visual for his latest track called Future Is Mine featuring Chromeo and Wale.
STYLE: Moët & Chandon Unveils New MCIII Champagne / Microsoft Unveils Xbox One Elite Bundle With 1TB Hybrid Drive
The renowned champagne house has launched a completely new and futuristic-inspired vintage champagne named MCIII. The new beverage was born from blending three different wines, grown and aged in metal, wood and glass.
The Moët & Chandon house founded by Claude Moët in 1743 is used to creating surprise in the wine world. In 2010, the prestigious producer shocked purists by presenting an extra chilled nectar specially created to consume with ice cubes called “Moët Ice Imperial.” For traditional wine experts, the notion of pouring champagne over ice was considered heresy.
Microsoft is taking aim at hardcore gamers with the introduction of the new Xbox One Elite bundle. Not only will it include the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, but also a 1TB hybrid drive that stores files on a solid state partition for reduced load times, allowing players to “get to the action up to 20% faster from energy-saving mode.” Additionally, the company announced the Xbox One Special Edition Lunar White Wireless Controller, which includes all the features of a standard Xbox One controller, only with improved grip and a gold and white finish. The controller will be a Gamestop exclusive and will retail for $64.99 USD when it hits shelves in late September.
The Xbox One Elite Bundle is priced at at $499 USD and will begin shipping on November 3. Pre-orders are being taken now on the Microsoft Store.