Takashi Murakami recently took to Milan's Pallazo Reale to present his solo show "Arhat Cycle." Organized by Blum & Poe and Murakami's production company Kaikai Kiki Co., the exhibition showcased new pieces that continue the famed Japanese artist's alluring style. Mystical creatures and aged caricatures from Murakami's Arhat series take on three large canvases, while an Oval Budha Silver sculpture is positioned firmly in the middle of the exhibition. The flamboyant paintings represent Murakami's wild imagination while also serving as commentary and reflection on the aftermath of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Coinciding with the show, Palazzo Reale will also be hosting the European premiere to Murakami's film Jellyfish Eyes. Enjoy the recap here and be sure to check out the exhibition if you're in Milan.
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Microsoft and executive producer Ridley Scott have released the first trailer for the live action video series Halo: Nightfall. Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, Nightfall tells the story of Jameson Locke, an agent of the Office of Naval Intelligence, who, along with his squad, is tasked with discovering the source of a mysterious biological substance that selectively targets humans. The trailer doesn't give too much away but is worth checking out for a look at what the series holds. Stay tuned for more on the upcoming Halo titles.
Known for its clean, minimal designs and premium materials, HAERFEST is back this year with the latest additions to its impressive lineup of backpacks. A must for "explorers of all kinds," the Fall/Winter 2014 Shell Backpack is made from cowhide and canvas, and features a sleek profile, roomy main compartment, concealed double zip closures, semi-concealed front pocket and antiqued brass hardware. The Arch Backpack, meanwhile, features a similarly streamlined design with hidden zip closures for a modern, monochromatic look. Available in blue or black, both styles are luxe, minimal carryalls intended for modern lifestyles, and can be found now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
Celebrating creativity and the countless ways one can decorate their MacBook Air, Apple has released a new video called "Stickers." Backed by music from Hudson Mohawke's Chimes EP, the video showcase an array of fun ways to make the MacBook Air your own From Walter White to Snow White, Bart Simpson to Batman, the 30-second clip features some of pop culture's most iconic figures and brands including streetwear heavyweights Supreme and Undefeated. Enjoy "Stickers" above and head to iTunes to purchase Chimes.
Nike is gearing up to release the newest addition to the Nike Roshe Run family: the Flyknit Roshe Run NM. Like the Nike Magista football boot, the Flyknit Roshe features a knit upper with a netting-like pattern, lending the shoe a much different look from other lifestyle Flyknit models. This "Fireberry" colorway features a mix of pink and orange, along with black, across the upper, and a white Natural Motion sole underneath. Look for the Flyknit Roshe Run NM "Fireberry" soon at select stockists including Germany's The Good Will Out.
Premiered via Zane Lowe's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 recently, Rustie teamed up with none other than Danny Brown for "Attak." The single is set to be featured on the Scottish producer's forthcoming album Green Language, due for release via Warp Records on August 26. The two previously joined forces when Rustie flaunted his productions on the Detroit rapper's Old LP. Never short of low-slung samples and thundering basslines, Rustie presents another powerful instrumental in tandem with Brown's debauchery-filled rap. Listen to "Attak" here and keep up with the latest music via HYPETRAK.
Celebrated British artist Damien Hirst is set to open his own gallery in a street-length space on Newport Street in Lambeth, London. Slated to open in 2015, the gallery will display Hirst's 2,000-piece art collection, which includes works by the likes of Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons and Banksy to name a few. It will also serve as an office space for Hirst, who currently has a studio on the same street and was quoted in The Observer in 2012 as saying, "It's a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates." Stay tuned for more information when the space opens in May 2015.
Reebok continues to celebrate Shaquille O’Neal's career with yet another signature retro. Worn by Shaq during the 94-95 NBA Season, today welcomes the return of the Reebok Shaq Attaq IV (4) "Orlando".
Back in OG form, this retro celebrates the style's 20-year history with original color-blocking and its ultra-famous Insta Pump feature. Done up in an official black, white, and royal blue motif, will you be copping a pair?
If so, catch the Reebok Shaq Attaq IV (4) "Orlando" in select stores and online at Reebok.com today.
In addition to the upcoming "Multicolor" release, the Nike LeBron 11 Max Low will also be dropping in a slick black/gum colorway. A stark contrast to the aforementioned model, this rendition is all about stealth with its black upper, tonal patterned Swoosh and glossy black heel support. The interior lining offers up a vibrant contrast to the exterior with a raucous multicolored lining, while the gum rubber outsole offers an unexpected finish to this package. Look for this at Nike and select stockists including Sneaker Politics on July 31.
The latest version of the adidas Originals ZX Flux captures the essence of nature with a new "Butterfly" motif.
Done up in a black, grey, and white aesthetic, this popular style features an all-over butterfly print that wraps around the entire upper and tongue. The question is: Would this silhouette have looked better in a multicolored finish? Or, do prefer its neutral layout?
Arriving to select overseas accounts as we speak, stay tuned to Sneaker Files for more word on a stateside release date.
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It's been some time since we last saw the Nike Flyknit Roshe Run NM. Likely to make its debut in the Fall, here's a first look at the style's "Fireberry" colorway.
What combines Nike Flyknit materials with traditional Nike Roshe Run styling, this mockup dons a fireberry palette with black accents and a white midsole.
With no word yet on a release date, share your thoughts on the Nike Flyknit Roshe Run NM "Fireberry" below and keep it here at Sneaker Files for more news and updates.
Helmed by the creative team behind Paradigm Magazine, the "Genesis" book Vol. I is made up of original artworks, articles and interviews based around the central theme of creation. Printed on 150 gram paper and measuring 6.6" x 9.44", the hardback tome features editorials from Swiss Tattoo artist Maxime Buchi, music production duo Blue Sky Black Death, Cuban-American artist John Domiquez, world-famous socio-political commentator Noam Chomsky, Brooklyn-based artist Colin Prahl, and many more. Check out a preview of the book above and purchase "Genesis" here for $95 USD.
Hotel 1171 has tapped artist and director Charles Bergquist for yet another compelling visual short. Dubbed "Cruel Summer," the video depicts Cassy Gerasimova casually dipping in a pool in a nonchalant and provocative manner. The idea was to create something deeper than just materialistic apparel and products but to promote the belief of freedom and striving for what you love. Check out the short above and head to Hotel 1171 to check out its latest collection.
Coinciding with his involvement in the Commonwealth Games, Fred Perry has continued its collaboration for a sixth season with Sir Bradley Wiggins. The 2014 autumn/winter collection offers a mixture of reinterpreted classics using vintage patterns and colors which are also applied to new pieces. Tapping Wiggins' love of '60s motifs, sleek turtle knits are paired with retro sports track jackets while longer cut pique shirts pay homage to old-school cycling jerseys. The eclectic mix of colors stem from the rich archives of Fred Perry as regal blues and rich mahoganies are found alongside deep greens and checkered patterns. The collection is now available at all Fred Perry Authentic stores as well as the brand's online store.
Jordan Brand looks to be pretty serious about pumping out more $400 kicks. That said, here's a preview of an upcoming Jordan Shine.
While some sneakers goers continue to scratch their heads at the suggest retail price, quality stands as the priority with this model. Displayed in a light grey and tan colorway, one should expect to receive top-notch leathers and gold lace tips with such a shoe. What also rounds out with woven midpanels and minimal branding, will you keep tabs on this unreleased colorway?
For more on this Jordan Shine sample, keep it locked right here to Sneaker Files.
You asked, we delivered. Here's an official look at the forthcoming Nike LeBron XI (11) Low "Neutral".
The newest member to the Nike LeBron XI (11) Low collection, fans of the "Neutral" can expect the same great technology and comfort plus new design features like a multicolored inner lining, gum sole, and more. Sold separately, Nike will also release a matching Nike Elite Digital Ink Sock for $30.
With more imagery below, catch these kicks in-store and online next week!
Colorway: Black/Black-Hyper Crimson-Hyper Cobalt
Release Date: 7/31/2014
Product Code: 642849-078
Under the surface of Foursquare's new branding facade, there seems to be a lot going on. Aimed at representing an overhauled and totally new Foursquare, the location-based social media app not only presents a shiny and more forthright logo, but also hints at additional change. What is entailed in the app's facelift remains under wraps at the moment, but we can be sure that a fresh user interface is included in the plans. Have a gander at the new logo above, head here for some exclusive preview screens, and be sure to leave thoughts on the change below.
Converse puts forward a new rendition of its hallmark All Star Chuck Taylor in a vibrant new color scheme this summer. This premium '1970s' edition runs under the nickname "Guitar Strap," finding the thick canvas upper executed with two contrasting photo-real embroidery prints. The upper is fittingly inspired by guitarists around the world, a sensible move given the silhouette's near synonymy with rock 'n roll. These features rest atop a thick rubber outsole, which has been reinforced at the toecap and forefoot to ensure maximum durability. Check out the Converse All Star Chuck Taylor 1970s "Natural" here and look for it at select retailers – including Invincible – now.
Founded by Curtis Williams and Key! in 2009, Two-9 is the promising, Atlanta-based hip-hop collective comprised of Williams, FatKidsBrotha and Retro Su$h!, among others. The group is known for its unique style -- both on and off-stage -- so it's no surprise that for Spring/Summer 2014, it's released a small, but focused collection of street-ready merch. Included in the drop are staples like snapbacks, bucket hats and a screenprinted coach jacket, all of them featuring distinctive Two-9 logo graphics in a classic black and white colorway. Check out the lookbook above for a peek at the delivery and look for Two-9's latest collection of goods now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
We'd expect that when the minds of a former Yale runner and the co-founder of Rapha cycling come together, the result will be extraordinary. Accordingly, here we present Tracksmith, who presents a sartorial-minded alternative to modern running gear, tinged by the canon of American collegiate racing. Small visual cues, such as the diagonal stripe on the Van Cortlandt singlet, make reference to the heritage of competitive running dating back to the 1800's. Racing pieces are composed of Swiss 2:09 Mesh, the lightest, most breathable material the duo could find, while a T-shirt and technical shorts round out the offering from this burgeoning brand. Check out the admittedly beautiful lookbook above and head here to immerse yourself in the world of Tracksmith – surely a brand to follow in the coming seasons.