Archive for December, 2013
Burgeoning Japanese contemporary label FREQUENT has released its lookbook for Spring/Summer 2014. Projecting the idea of proper morning rituals, this collection uses a range of bright blues and whites to express its formal-leaning garb. Accordingly, seersucker shirts are matched with light sand-colored casual pants, while linen blazers and cropped shorts block light teal with tonal sky blue at the pockets and sleeves. Even the loungewear, consisting of light hoodies and a pajama set, are given the same distinctive feel. Elsewhere, FREQUENT experiments with two popular motifs – camouflage and floral prints – to create a rather dapper ensemble. Enjoy the clever lookbook above, then be sure to look for this collection from FREQUENT at retailers in the coming months.
Despite being in the news for various statements and business deals, Kanye West and his team know how to put a performance together. Any audience member at one of the Yeezus live performances would attest that the artist transformed their arena into the rap equivalent of an opera hall, creating an innovative and gripping concert experience for attendees. The praise has travelled outside of the music world, even, with ArchDaily and architecture journal INTERIORS examining the inspiration behind Yeezus‘ complex set design. Uncovering every inspiration – from vintage film to Xbox Kinect – this brief read gives an in-depth account of one of the year’s most affecting shows. Read the full version here, while a key excerpt can be found below.
The influence from The Holy Mountain, however, is more thematic than visual. The film, much like the show, is an experience and asserts its focus on a biblical redemption story; similarly, Kanye West’s show is focused on a similar journey, one of self-realization and self-discovery, as evidenced through the five chapters of the show: Fighting, Rising, Falling, Searching and Finding. These chapters are used to separate the set list and also as a slight break for wardrobe changes.
New from streetwear champions A Bathing Ape comes a look at the brand’s offerings for Spring 2014. The classic Japanese label remains true to its athletic and military roots with this latest collection, offering an array of sweatshirts, raglans, and accessories throughout, though with a special emphasis on outerwear and jackets. The ever-present camo motif is back in full effect, though expressed in more subdued ways, while elsewhere the brand experiments with zebra prints. Lightweight bomber jackets and field jackets complete this slick collection, which will be available at retailers in the coming months to come.
Ronnie Fieg presents his latest collaboration with PUMA, the Disc Blaze Lite “Coat of Arms.” Part of a 20-piece collection for men’s fashion week in Paris, London, the Disc Blaze Lite “CoA” features a salmon suede toe box, which nicely complements the premium black leather that dominates the rest of the upper. PUMA’s unique disc closure system also appears in black, as does the midsole, which also sports dark grey speckles. Check back with us for more information on this as we get closer to its release date.
Having released a series of inspired collections over the course of the year, Los Angeles-based street label GPPR brings a look at their intended offerings for early 2014. As with the aesthetic established in collections like “Pleasure Seekers” and “Handsome Devils,” the line continues to offer an array of well-designed sweatshirts, tshirts and casual shirts. This particular collection – “Tomorrow’s Renaissance” – pays tribute to the idea of modern revolutions, underlined by a clever “BIG” T-shirt filled with the portraits of great, deceased ‘golden age’ hip-hop MC’s. With the striking photography coming courtesy of TK Anderson and modeled by Janáe Roubleau, enjoy a look at GPPR’s latest collection above.
Inspired by air travel, Jordan Brand is releasing the “Flight Before Christmas” pack which consists of special editions of the Air Jordan XX8 SE, Jordan CP3.VII, Jordan Melo M10 and Jordan Super.Fly 2. Each of these shoes incorporate flight patterns and circular radar imagery, a visual respresentation of the busiest time of year for airports and holidays that have the most eyes on NBA games.
Designed to stand out on the court, the shoes are built with premium materials and equipped with elite performance technology like Flight Plate and Dynamic Fit. Bright colors and reflective materials are paired with dark accents and speckled outsoles.
Releases in stores and online tomorrow. Check out Release Locator for stores.
To go along with the Nike Air Foamposite Pro we showed you earlier this week, the Nike Air Force 1 Low is the next to receive the “Asteroid” treatment. Implementing a premium, all-black base — the galaxy theme is kept specifically within the swoosh and midsole. Available in stores and online now.
With another Hot 97 Who’s Next? live event in the books, this one was especially memorable as it was the 2013 Holiday edition. The energy of the event was kicked off by Peter Rosenberg who was the host, and who put on a very special all 45s DJ set filled with classic hip-hop, R&B and soul records. Later in the night, Troy Ave. Bodega Bamz, Smoke DZA participated in the “End of the Year” cypher. Then to cap off the whole night, was a high-energy performance by Audio Push. If you missed it, relive the event in the photos above!