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Seattle’s Aaron Cohen for Mass Appeal’s ‘Off The Wall’ series.
Previously: Aaron Cohen – Potential Fans (Video)
Mobb Deep talk to Sermon about their new solo albums, the upcoming 20th anniversary Mobb Deep album, their new books and their legacy.
Previously: Mobb Deep Live in Chicago (Video)
Kendrick sits for an interview with Get Schooled, the program that brought him to Mount Pleasant High School as Principal for a Day. He names his Top 5 rappers, artists he wants to work with in the future, artists that influence him and what the Jay-Z verse on his “Don’t Kill My Vibe” remix means to him.
Previously: Kendrick Lamar Serves as Principal For a Day at Rhode Island High School (Full) | Kendrick Lamar – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Video)
Ab talks weed munchies, Michael Jackson vs. Prince, desert island essentials and more on Mass Appeal’s “Off The Wall”.
Previously: Ab-Soul Talks Hip-Hop Police, good kid, m.A.A.d. city Skits
Kweli drops in on Angie for some Prisoner of Conscious promo and talks about the new album and a conversation he had with Rick Ross over his criticism of Rozay’s rapey lyrics.
Previously: Talib Kweli – Funkmaster Flex Freestyle (Video)
Ferg talks to Hypetrak about being famous and not knowing it, the origins of A$AP, how he started rapping, the “Work” remix, having features from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Onyx on his debut LP and more.
Previously: A$AP Ferg – Persian Wine (Video) | A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg – Max Julien
Treach and Kay Gee address the beef with Vinnie. Treach says Vinnie sucker punched him during a business meeting and that although they’ve been performing together recently, they haven’t had a real conversation in over two years.
Previously: Treach – Tall Midget (Vin Rock Diss) | Naughty by Nature ft. Tah G Ali – Respect (Video)
Nicki Minaj Says She THOUGHT Mariah Carey Was Her Friend, Doesn’t Regret Doing “American Idol” (E! Interview) + Porsha Stewart LANDS Role On “The Rickey Smiley Show.”
Nicki Minaj sat down with Ryan Seacrest to talk about her uncomfortable relationship with Mariah Carey and rumors about her departure from "American Idol." See what she said inside and get the deets on Porsha Stewart’s new acting gig…..
TV viewers may not know the final three contestants on "American Idol", but they sure know about the drama at the judges’ table between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. During a chat with "AI" host Ryan Seacrest for E! News last night, Nicki talked about her famous feud with Mimi and answered if she would be returning next year.
In discussing her "feud" with "Beautiful" singer Mariah, Nicki said they started out as friends…or so she thought. She soon realized that Mariah was, as hse claims, insecure and threatened by her shine.
"Imagine someone that you loved your whole life…imagine you meeting them and then all of a sudden feeling like you did something horrible to them but you just don’t know what you did," she told Seacrest. "That’s what my relationship with Mariah is, and that’s what it’s been from the beginning. I just really thought that we were friends, but…that’s the other thing I learned that this industry is so fake. You walk away thinking people are your friends and they’re not. It’s a couple nice hi and byes and then really, you better not step on nobody’s toes. And God forbid you get a little shine. And God forbid you’re maybe witty or quick on your toes or make someone laugh. Then maybe you’re making another person feel insecure. And you shouldn’t have to dim your light to let another person shine."
And when asked if she planned to return next year, Nicki didn’t give a straight answer but offered up a "sales pitch" about how much she loved the show.
"That’s a million-dollar question," she laughs. "I have to say this all the time, but I want people to know it’s genuinely from my heart. I love the people on Idol. I genuinely do. If I had to do this all over again, I would have done Idol. Because it’s fun, it’s laughs. It’s kind of sad that what people read all the time is only when something is negative. But they don’t realize that we built a family. I feel happy here and I have to thank them for giving me this chance. They could have picked anyone in the world. And they picked me. So that’s all I’ll say about that."
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In other television castings…..
Porsha Stewart has landed an acting gig on "The Rickey Smiley Show." It’s time for chick to make her own money since her divorce is pending, so she’s going the Hollywood route. The "RHOA" star tweeted from the set,
"I’ve arrived! So excited on the set of my first TV acting role! Thanks guys my trailer is amazing! Reading the script. This is going to be so fun!”
Porsha didn’t reveal what role she would be playing or if this is a one-shot cameo, but we think her personality will mesh well with Ricky’s comedy. And during a hilarious appearance on Rickey’s radio show, she refuted rumors that her divorce was fake and jokingly declined an "application" from Rickey…
Watch the jokes below….
It’s a phrase Ronnie Fieg rarely says during our conversation, but it’s definitely a theme. Over the course of the past six years, Fieg has enjoyed a run that’s both unprecedented and uncharted by offering a new definition to the term ‘footwear designer’ but hardly limiting himself to the constraints of that title. A long line of noteworthy sneaker collabs, a string of impressive clothing collections, and a shop to call his own have all culminated in this past week’s East Coast Project launch. We caught up with Fieg midway through the Miami madness to discuss the ECP and his insights in our newest series, Industry Interview.
Nice Kicks: The East Coast Project launch is a first for you and a first for Miami. What has the response been like in the city?
Ronnie Fieg: It’s been like a New York release, just in a different city. It’s been really exciting. I really wanted to pay homage to the city that I love only after New York, and I felt it was really important to offer them something that they hadn’t seen before. They reacted in a way that I didn’t think they would. The stores were packed and there were lines out the door. I’m thankful.
Nice Kicks: How did the East Coast Project idea come about?
Ronnie Fieg: The idea originated with the shoes. Really, the Dolphins colorway is just amazing. Everybody knows that it’s a very popular colorway when it comes to athletic footwear, but I don’t think that anybody has ever put a very premium spin on the colorway. I love the colorway and I wanted to wear it, but I always felt like it was too bright because companies use synthetics and they’re mainly put on basketball silhouettes. I wanted to put something out in that colorway that runners could appreciate and really hit that OG guy as well as the new kid. Something classic.
If you look back at the history of my ASICS collaborations that haven’t dropped, you’ll see two different samples of a Knicks colorway. People have always asked me why I haven’t dropped those shoes. The answer is it just wasn’t the right time. They were primarily white based and I felt like I still had to prove myself in doing things that were different to gain people’s trust and respect. Those kind of fell to the back of the pile and when I started working on the Miami shoe I didn’t want to put out a New York shoe that was primarily white. I wanted to match up with the colors and have a color story. Once I did that, I wanted to make the release bigger than just putting out two shoes, so I started thinking of a concept shop in Miami.
Once I decided to do that, I wanted to fill the shop not only with shoes but with other things as well. I reached out to the people that I respect the most and companies that I have very good relationships with. I told them what the concept was and they all loved it. We worked together and we made it happen.
Nice Kicks: Moving forward, how will the ECP concept influence your upcoming projects?
Ronnie Fieg: I think that this was a new concept that’s been accepted and really celebrated by many of my fans and retailers as well. It’s something that people really haven’t seen before. It’s working with seven different brands and that’s not easy when you speak about logistics. How it influences me? You’ll see in the future. This is just the beginning of what I’m about to do. This is just one concept in a barrel of concepts that I have. I think that this will be game changer for Kith and a game changer in the marketplace. It’s taking your concept and taking your views and bringing it to another city. I think that’s really important when you’re trying to build a new demographic or a new following in other parts of the world – or right now other parts of the country, but who knows.
Nice Kicks: Clothing capsule collections that correspond to your footwear releases are nothing new for you. Did creating such clothing come from a passion for apparel or the necessity to have the right gear to wear with your kicks?
Ronnie Fieg: It came from passion. Period. It came from wanting to extend what I’ve been doing until now and taking it to the next level. Taking it to the next level is not always the easiest thing. The collaboration game has gotten a little bit out of hand. Everybody’s collaborating with everybody now. It’s different when you’re doing things for the right reasons. I feel like this is what is was. It was to build relationships with the brands that I’ve already started building with, but also to extend what I’ve been doing and keep one-upping myself. I want to always lead in this market and not follow others. I think it’s very important to not stay stagnant and to really work hard thinking of new things to do to elevate your game. It’s like playing a sport. What do you do in the off-season that can better your game? That’s really the mentality that I have. How will I continue to stay ahead of the rest and be the best at what I do? Those collaborations with those brand come to mind when I want to better myself. That’s the way I did it for this project.
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Some activities — hanging out at the beach, for example, or poolside lounging — call for footwear that is both casual and breathable, yet stylish for a variety of occasions. And, unless you have perfectly-pedicured feet, flip-flops are rarely the best option. Which is where Rivieras comes into play. Founded in 2009 by Dan Amzallag and Fabrizio Corveddu, the slip-on shoes are, in their own words, “made to chill” and based on the espadrilles that were popular on the Spanish Costa Blanca or the French Riviera in the ’50s. The unisex designs come in a modern variety of fabrics — mesh, cotton canvas and even denim — while managing to maintain a retro, romantic flavor. At the launch of Rivieras’ latest collaboration with Hong Kong’s CLOT, we caught up with the laid-back Frenchmen for a chat on beach footwear, Lord Zelco and the true meaning of leisure. Read on for the interview in its entirety and shop our own selection of Rivieras footwear below.
Introduction to Rivieras, lifestyle as the essence of the brand & advantages of Rivieras vs. other footwear…
Can you introduce yourselves?
Dan: My name is Dan Amzallag and I’m the founder and creative director of Rivieras.
Fabrizio: My name is Fabrizio Corveddu and I’m the co-founder of Rivieras. We’re actually cousins, so it’s a family story. I take care of sales and communications.
Can you tell us about Rivieras as a brand?
Dan: Rivieras started 4-5 years ago. We always wanted to do a product. I guess it could have been something different, but we did shoes. It’s a classic from Spain from the ‘50s, but we tried to reshape it and create an interesting concept with the name and formed collaborations around it, installations, etc.
How does the idea of lifestyle play into the essence of Rivieras?
Dan: Well, it’s about leisure. It’s about when you don’t have anything to do.
Fabrizio: All the inspiration of the brand is the fashion of the ‘60s, in places like the French Riviera.
Dan: Pretty much if you’re around a pool, if you’re at the beach, or if you’re at a cafe with some friends and you don’t have anything to do you wear Rivieras. And the less you work, the better it is (laughs).
Fabrizio: Made to chill.
What are the advantages of Rivieras versus other poolside-ready or beach-ready footwear?
Dan: They tickle your feet when you wear them.
Fabrizio: A part of our collection is made of mesh fabrics, so you can feel the air when you wear them.
Flip-flops at the beach, incorporating Rivieras into men’s wardrobes & pushing the products into the future…
What do you think of flip-flops at the beach?
Fabrizio: I think we created Rivieras just to get rid of flip-flops. The fewer flip-flops we see around us the better.
Dan: Flip-flops are good, but you should never show them. We don’t consider them a fashion accessory.
How can guys wear the shoes or incorporate them into their wardrobes?
Dan: We think they match with many styles. This is actually why we don’t give a style. We think everybody should look at our shoes through the lens of their own style — rocker, punk, preppy, etc. You choose your own style. That’s why we never communicate a specific style.
Rivieras are based on a very classic Spanish footwear design. How do you intend to push the product into the future?
Dan: The real challenge is always to make a classic. I guess this was our challenge when we started. It’s not easy, but we hope that we’ll get there.
Fabrizio: That’s why we don’t make fall/winter collections, for example. We’ve tried to create a classic summer shoe.
Dan: It wouldn’t make sense to have another shoe for winter and also call it Rivieras. Of course we’re looking into different solutions for the future. Maybe it won’t be in fashion, because it’s leisure, it’s about how you live, how you feel, so this encompasses many things, not just shoes or apparel.
“Pretty much if you’re around a pool, if you’re at the beach, or if you’re at a cafe with some friends and you don’t have anything to do you wear Rivieras. And the less you work, the better it is.”
Dan Amzallag on how lifestyle plays into the essence of the brand
Product innovations & Lord Zelco…
How do you innovate? Are you developing new materials or fabrics?
Fabrizio: Yes, always. Every season.
Dan: I don’t think we can speak about innovation. Nike is innovating. We are doing things as simple as can be. I think that’s what people like about our shoes. They’re canvas, not some kind of crazy mesh from outer space.
Fabrizio: But we have this particular mesh, for example, that Dan is wearing right now. We call it Lord Zelco. That was a kind of innovation for us.
What does the name Lord Zelco mean to you?
Fabrizio: Lord Zelco is a guy, a ragamuffin guy from the ‘80s in France. So we were listening to him when we were young.
Dan: He was a radio DJ. So it was some kind of homage to this period. We did a mesh that looked like something from an African tribe. So for us it brings us back to that period.
I guess you could consider this one of the bolder styles from Rivieras?
Dan: Yes, but when we first did it, we had no idea it would get so successful. For us it was a crazy thing but when you put on the multi-colored mesh, you can actually wear it with anything. You can wear it with jeans, with whatever, because it’s multi-colored; it fits everything. So people went crazy over it. We actually did a jacket with the pattern, a crew jacket.
Fabrizio: We’re not selling it at the moment. We made it for ourselves.
“I don’t think we can speak about innovation. Nike is innovating. We are doing things as simple as can be. I think that’s what people like about our shoes. They’re canvas, not some kind of crazy mesh from outer space.”
Dan Amzallag on Innovation
Collaborations, how the partnership with CLOT came about & the definition of leisure…
We’re here for the launch of the CLOT x Rivieras collaboration. What are some other collaborations that you’ve done in the past?
Dan: Our first collaboration was with Christophe Lemaire. He is an Hermes designer now.
Fabrizio: He was actually the designer of Lacoste when we did the collaboration.
Dan: We liked his brand, so it felt natural to do something with him. He came to us, and for us it was good.
Fabrizio: The thing is, we always do collaborations with friends. I think the definition of a collaboration is not trying to push getting contacts with this designer or that brand and saying it will be nice to partner up.
Dan: It comes naturally; it begins with friendship. You need a good dinner together, at least, or lunch.
Fabrizio: That’s why we did two collaborations with Surface to Air, because the guys there are good friends. This year, our collaboration is with Edison Chen and we have another coming up with a friend of Dan named Rafael de Cardenas, who is a designer from New York.
How did you come into contact with CLOT and how did this collaboration come together?
Fabrizio: JUICE was one of our first clients in Asia and we saw pictures on the web of Edison wearing the shoes. He also knows some of our friends in Paris and we came into contact like this.
Dan: First we had some discussions; you know, Edison travels a lot, he’d come to Paris to would meet with us and we spoke about the collaboration. It took a year, approximately, to find a way. To leisurely find a way, you know? And it turned out well. I think Edison has a lot of good ideas and with collaborations, it’s always good to get a fresh, outside perspective. Especially when you do just one product — you need to reinvent every time.
The first thing he said to us was, “I want to split your shoes, keep your fabric, but split them.” For example, one fabric in the front and one in the back. We thought it was cool and went back to our studio and said, “Okay, if you wanna split it, let’s do this three-color elastic. It will make the split stronger. It will give the shoe an identity.” And from there, it became like a coupe de sport, like a car, because it looks quite bold. It looks sporty, more than the other styles we have.
How many styles are featured in the collaboration?
Fabrizio: There are six styles, each one made only with the materials from shoes we already have in our collection.
Dan: Yeah, we like to do lines like this, that have a theme that can guide us with the packaging, the installations, the events. We always use our packaging to do installations, so it’s becoming a challenge to do more and more boxes every time. Every product has its own box. There’s a possibility now to build an installation that is infinite, like bricks or Lego. And so, if you have a theme in mind, you can from the product to the installation and everything makes sense.
Fabrizio: This one is actually our biggest installation so far. We used about 2000 boxes to build it.
Just to tie things up, can you guys tell me your definition of leisure? What does leisure mean to you?
Dan: These days, everyone wants to do a lot of things. We like not doing things — sometimes.
Fabrizio: Sometimes, we go to the south of France.
Dan: Or we go to each others’ home, we cook. Have a barbeque, a steak, and so it’s always a good moment for us.
Fabrizio: Just after our Asia tour, we will go to Morocco to have a party for Dan’s 40th birthday, so we will take some friends with us. We have a house by the sea. That is leisure for us.
But it’s hard to beat doing nothing.
Dan: Yes, the best thing is to do nothing. But actually, when you see the images on our Facebook page, it’s full of images people send us of their crossed feet in front of a good view. The crossed feet, that’s the image that represents our brand. It’s simple, you do it yourself, it’s where you are. That’s leisure.
“The first thing he said to us was, “I want to split your shoes.” “Keep your fabric, but split them.” For example, one fabric in the front and one in the back. We thought it was cool and went back to our studio and said, “Okay, if you wanna split it, let’s do this three-color elastic. It will make the split stronger. It will give the shoe an identity.”
Dan Amzallag on the discussion with Edison prior to the collaboration with CLOT
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