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Fair Enough at Venice Architecture Biennale: The Russian Federation looks back on history and offers an imaginary commercial event for the exhibition

Cool Hunting - Fri, 2014-08-29 17:16

For the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (on now through 23 November), the exhibition's curator Rem Koolhaas selected the arguably ambiguous theme of “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014” as a guide for all participating nations. As one would...
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THE NORTH FACE White Label 2014 Fall/Winter Lookbook

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 16:46

Again drawing inspiration from the serene trails of Yosemite National Park, THE NORTH FACE White Label introduces its Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The brand opted for a casual hiking aesthetic this time around, executing an array of quilted parkas and sherpa-lined vests while also recruiting the renowned Harris Tweed to create a range of woven pieces. The versatile collection includes the spectrum of cool weather garb: heavy-duty down jackets are detailed with clean 'ranger' badges, yet quilted camouflage shorts are paired with tights to offer warmth during outdoor exercise. Despite being influenced by the American outbacks, stateside audiences will be disappointed to know that this collection is specific to South Korea – but is currently arriving on White Label's website.

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hanon x Reebok Classic Leather "3 Castles"

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 16:26

Hot on the heels of their collaborative release for the Instapump Fury's 20th anniversary, Scottish retailer hanon turns its attention towards its own heritage for a special rendition of the Classic Leather. The "3 Castles" edition pays homage to hanon's roots in Aberdeen – nicknamed the "Grey City" for its wealth of natural granite – interpreting the city's historic buildings with a grey pig suede upper and contrasting 'lawn' green paneling. These handsome features are further underlined with perforated detailing at the midfoot, while a burst of red adds contrast at the tongue tab and ankle counter. Speckled grey lining and a branded insole complete this beautiful offering from hanon and Reebok, dropping in-store and online on September 6.

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Google Introduces Project Wing: A Self-Flying Delivery Service

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 16:14

Building on the innovations of its self-driving car introduced a while back, Google has taken the lid off of its next autonomous transportation project. Google[x] (the tech giant's secret engineering division) took to Queensland, Australia to test "Project Wing," a series of flying drones chiefly focused on delivery. In this trial, the prototypes were programmed to execute – and successfully completed – the task of bringing a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and other small goods to farmers on opposite sides of a town. As it stands, the potential for "Project Wing" in the mass consumer market seems limitless, especially given the prominence of online shopping from local outlets. Google[x] is currently developing ways of bringing Project Wing to the public, and anticipates that the endeavor will be ready in the next few years. For now, enjoy a glimpse into the future with the above video.

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MUJI to Open Store in Vancouver

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 16:14

The understated rival to a familiar Japanese retail favorite, MUJI has set its sights on the Canadian frontier moving into the next year. Reports have announced that aside from a confirmed location in Toronto, MUJI will seek bi-coastal dominance with a shop in Vancouver as well. The news comes on the heels of the brand's success with nine locations in the United States, which include five in New York City alone and four across California. MUJI is currently securing its own Canadian leases, a move consistent with the brand's admirable cost-effective advertising, location, and research philosophies. Look for the MUJI Vancouver location to arrive in 2015.

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Dover Street Market x Nike 10th Anniversary Tennis Classic

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 16:13

Amongst the significant anniversaries this year comes Dover Street Market's celebration of its 10th year. Although none of DSM's collaborations with Nike have gone unnoticed, their most recent joint project comes as an especially nice delivery. Here the two brands team up on a commemorative edition of the Tennis Classic, outfitting the classic silhouette with an all-white cotton canvas upper. This is complimented by minimalist hits: "10" is printed on the tongue tab, a Tyvek heel counter is adorned with a subtle DSM logo, and the interior is lined with a luxe cashmere-leather blend. Produced in a batch limited to 200, the Dover Street Market x Nike 10th Anniversary Tennis Classic will launch on September 1 at DSM London and the retailer's online shop.

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Porsche Enthusiasts Magnus Walker & Tony Hatter Examine the New 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 16:12

As far as cars go, the Porsche 911 has a lengthy heritage. The flagship model of the German automotive giant was first unveiled in 1963, having since blazed trails and roads to become one of the most iconic, studied, and revered models still roaring today. Advancements in technology have kept the 911 Turbo miles ahead of its competitors, yet the basic aesthetics of the car have, ironically enough, remained the same. L.A.-based Porsche enthusiast Magnus Walker and longtime in-house designer Tony Hatter know the 911 silhouette down to the last cog, yet Porsche still found a way to surprise its closest pundits moving into 2015. Watch as the duo enter the very secret Special Vehicles department to explore Porsche's latest: the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition.

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Supreme vs. BAPE: Who's the King of Collaboration?

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 15:48

The rise of modern day streetwear within the last two decades is undeniable. Its relevance in the fashion industry, unquestionable. However, it's the intoxicating allure of brands collaborating with other entities that has pushed the sector to new heights. Where better to look for a history of strong collaborations than two streetwear heavyweights which have cemented themselves in history -- Supreme and BAPE. Starting as a small skate-centric store on Lafayette, New York in ‘94 and a small clothier in Harajuku, Tokyo in ‘93 respectively, they have both gone on to shape the industry of streetwear we know now. Without ever explicitly setting out to do so, brand founders James Jebbia and NIGO paved the way for future designers and brands to comprehend the power of collaboration.

Despite the two developing the power to draw lines around the block with general releases, it is the collaborative efforts that have driven consumers into frenzies and the resulting overnight campouts. Between the two parties, one can argue differently for each brand. BAPE's aesthetic -- thanks to an iconic camouflage pattern -- has been adopted onto commercial product (beyond just apparel) to great success. However, Supreme's strength has been in creating a platform for slept-on artists and important cultural contributors like Isaac Hayes and Miles Davis to be introduced to new audiences. Case in point would be Supreme's longstanding and highly sought-after artist and music series collaborations. It could be argued that BAPE's process in cultural education in recent times has virtually been nonexistent as commercial collaborations with the likes of franchises such as Transformers, Super Mario and DC Comics have been more in the vein of making money. However, the early predictive powers of NIGO working with various names, who eventually went on to blow up within their respective industries must also be admired.

To get the discussion going, we have amalgamated a selection of some of these collaborations and put them side by side for you to decide on who comes on top in regards to becoming streetwear's greatest collaboration contributor. The scope of collaborations between the two are mind-boggling, so to be fair it's difficult to account for every single one. Instead we've highlighted some personal favorites.

Apparel

[slider] [----] [----] [----] [----] [----] [/slider] We start off from the top down, where a plain tee represents the ultimate blank canvas within fashion. BAPE and Supreme have gone in somewhat different directions when it comes to tees. While BAPE has looked towards artists such as Stash and Futura but also animated icons such as The Simpsons and DC Comics to grace its tees, Supreme turns more to musical artists or cultural icons like Miles Davis, Dipset and Rammellzee for joint ventures. This being said, BAPE has worked with the likes of Kid Cudi and the Beastie Boys for tops, and the same can be said for Supreme with Kermit and Takashi Murakami. To top this off, both entities even joined forces in ‘02 for a unique take on the illusive Supreme Box Logo tee. Not only do the two work with figures outside the realm of fashion but they have also operated with designers in the same field. Fred Perry and COMME des GARCONS are just two of the long list of fashion designers that have joined forces to produce capsule collections. It may be difficult to decide between the two respective brands but one thing cannot be disputed -- they both encapsulate the essence of what they represent through every piece they release. When you throw on a Prodigy x Supreme tee for example, it embodies a cultural moment in time of what New York circa 1990 represented, from the gritty streets to the hope of success from living in the enchanting place. Likewise, a Nintendo x BAPE tee can bring the same sense of emotion, as it allows an adult to reminisce about their childhood in a more refined manner. Basically, a BAPE tee embodies the cliché of what a “big kid” is - it embodies NIGO.

Footwear

[slider] [----] [----] [----] [----] [----] [/slider] It was with footwear that conceivably propelled BAPE into stardom with its limited edition BAPESTA forming the backbone of the brand's early global influence. It was then that NIGO saw the potential and intelligently tapped and exported the Japanese mania for collecting. BAPE shoe collaborations with megastars such as Pharrell and Kanye West had largely been unreplicated until recently with the help of the Nike Air Yeezy. BAPE footwear has not enjoyed the same success it had in recent years but the collaborative front has still been strong with various adidas and Reebok collaborations continuing to generate a lot of buzz and selling out. Supreme’s illustrious history of collaborations with Nike and Vans has been well documented with the latest Foamposite venture infamously shutting down Lafayette. Despite the regular seasonal releases from Supreme, it's arguable that not all Supreme releases have garnered the same instant and visceral reaction that BAPE footwear has generated over the years.

Accessories

[slider] [----] [----] [----] [----] [----] [/slider] To round things out, we look towards accessories. Supreme has been known for tapping the creative minds of artists like Damien Hirst and Harmony Korine for skate decks. Takashi Murakami, Nate Lowman and Jeff Koons are just some of the many figures that have also been featured for a distinctive deck release. Every season, Supreme's accessories collection has consistently been strong through lifestyle contributions whether it be Everlast, Rawlings or Jawbone. It's here where the simplicity of red and that signature branding have been put to good use. As for BAPE, the brand's involvement with Disney and Pepsi to name a few, has taken collaborations of streetwear with the wider industry to a whole new level. Maybe this is down to the fact that the brand's camo motif can easily be imposed onto virtually any item whereas there is less room for maneuverability with a Box Logo. More so than Supreme, BAPE has pushed the brand to very different worlds including automotive with Ferarri and fishing with Daiwa.

To pick a winner is difficult. Supreme has opened my eyes to other sectors of street culture, which I would have otherwise bypassed in my ignorance. With an interest already situated in hip-hop/rap, I was even more compelled when Supreme took to its releases to share the same affinity. For me, the label encapsulated New York's streetwear boom in the '90s - an exciting time that spring-boarded some of fashion's most iconic (Eckō unltd., Sean John, Phat Farm, etc.). While BAPE's extravagant make-up allowed for a more eye-catching visual language, Supreme's nonchalant expression and dedication to its own philosophies has allowed it to become timeless in my view.

So let us know who you think has had the stronger history of collaborations down below. Will you choose the camouflaged Ape Head or the bold Box Logo?

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David Lynch Almost Directed the Music Video for Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves”

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 15:18

Most notably known for directing Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man, and Blue Velvet, acclaimed surrealist David Lynch recently told the Daily Beast he was in talks to direct Kanye West's Yeezus standout "Blood On The Leaves." Unfortunately however, this never came to fruition as Lynch couldn't develop an idea that matched the song's energy.

"I didn’t come up with any ideas that I thought he would like. Kanye came up to the house one day. Kanye’s a good guy, and a great musician. I loved the song, and that’s what brought us together, but I couldn’t come up with ideas that thrilled either one of us. I feel I let him down a little bit."

As for why Lynch enjoys the song so much, he said, "He's just ridin' the wave and not takin' no for an answer."

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HYPETRAK Playlist 041 featuring Childish Gambino, Logic, Captain Murphy, The Cxde & More

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 15:09

Rounding out the week with yet another playlist featuring the latest drops from some of our favorite players in the world of music, HYPETRAK delivers Playlist 041. Childish Gambino kicks things off with his new song "Candler Road," and continues on with his collaboration with Logic, and a "Dollaz & Sense" freestyle with Problem. This 24-track ensemble of sonic vibes also features new cuts from Travi$ Scott, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, Captain Murphy, Rae Sremmurd, Danny Seth, and more.

Be sure to check out HYPETRAK for the latest in music news.

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Jordan Brand Stops Production on the Air Jordan 3

Nice Kicks - Fri, 2014-08-29 14:20

After releasing an onslaught of colorways on the iconic Air Jordan 3 silhouette as of late, Jordan Brand has announced that it will stop releasing the model altogether for the foreseeable future. At an official event last night, JB’s Vice President of Footwear David Schechter stated that the famed design will go back into the vault for an unknown period of time. The Air Jordan 3 “Sport Blue” is reportedly the last colorway that will drop for quite some time, keeping the focus on the Remastered Retro Line that is set to take place in Spring 2015. Since the shoe is one of the most popular numbers from Michael Jordan’s signature series, are you disappointed that there won’t be any Air Jordan 3s for a while? Drop your feedback in the comment box below, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for any Air Jordan information going forward.

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Primitive 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 14:13

Based in California, Paul Rodriguez's Primitive imprint has been gaining steam recently with its steadily expanding range of garments and accessories. For Fall/Winter 2014, the brand continues to venture into new territory with fresh styles, prints and colors on a wide variety of street and skate-ready tees, jackets, sweats and jerseys. Of note are pieces such as the Honor M65 Jacket, baseball-style OG Team Jersey, Dots Bomber Jacket and all-over print Deco hoodie, while the Proof Windbreaker Jacket adds a nice technical touch with its lightweight, hooded design. Completing the collection, meanwhile, are new snapbacks, beanies and graphic tees, all of which are available in a versatile array of patterns and colors. Look for Primitive's Fall/Winter 2014 collection now at the HYPEBEAST Store.

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Cycloc's Endo Wall Mount Bicycle Hanger: A clever, two-piece system for storing your bike inside

Cool Hunting - Fri, 2014-08-29 14:03

In recent months, we've seen a few clever solutions to bicycle storage—from the sculptural copper Stasis to CLUG's 3D printed clip, though neither are readily accessible at the moment. ); return...
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Breaking Bad Gus Fring Burned Face Action Figure

Geek Alerts - Fri, 2014-08-29 14:00

Gus Fring did not meet a good end on Breaking Bad, but it was a fun moment for viewers watching the show. Now you can relive Gus’ fate with this Breaking Bad Gus Fring Burned Face Action Figure. Celebrate the moment when the ruthless drug kingpin gets half of his face blown off by a […]

Breaking Bad Gus Fring Burned Face Action Figure

Geek Alerts - Fri, 2014-08-29 14:00

Gus Fring did not meet a good end on Breaking Bad, but it was a fun moment for viewers watching the show. Now you can relive Gus’ fate with this Breaking Bad Gus Fring Burned Face Action Figure. Celebrate the moment when the ruthless drug kingpin gets half of his face blown off by a […]

Greats “Schools You on the Fundamentals” Infographic

Nice Kicks - Fri, 2014-08-29 13:55

As Greats prepares for the initial release of their new Wilson silhouette, a basketball sneaker that features a classic vulcanize-soled and rubber toe-capped.  The brand created h this informative infographic on the history of the basketball sneaker. From the invention of basketball, to early sneakers manufactured by rubber factories, to Chuck Taylors, to PF Flyers, it’s all here. Study up, and then remember to pick up a pair of the Wilson on September 2nd.

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Beyoncé Covers CR Fashion Book Issue 5

Hyperbeast - Fri, 2014-08-29 13:41

For Issue 5 of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, the young, yet revered imprint tapped Beyoncé for its latest cover story. Shot by Pierre Debusschere with guest creative direction coming from Riccardo Tisci, the double-sided cover image sees Queen B wearing an all-over floral cape from Yohji Yamamoto with a Yeezus-esque mask on one side. The rest of the spread includes styles from COMME des GARCONS, PRADA, Nike and a Chanel surfboard(t). Furthermore, in lieu of a cover story, Beyoncé wrote an introspective poem, which was then "remixed" by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Forrest Gander.

Beyoncé's spread can be seen in its entirety over at CR Fashion Book's Tumblr.

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Nike Air Trainer Huarache “Dark Emerald”

Nice Kicks - Fri, 2014-08-29 13:30

Following right behind the Flight Huarache basketball cut that recently released, now it’s the Trainer’s turn with a retro of the iconic Nike Air Trainer Huarache “Dark Emerald.” One of Nike’s original initiatives to slim down silhouettes in order to give athletes only what they need to perform and nothing more, the Huarache construction combines the functionality of South American sandals with the fit of neoprene water ski boots. The innovative technology that was born in performance running trickled over to the cross-training market, adding a mesh strap for superior lockdown to yield the Nike Air Trainer Huarache. One of the most recognizable original colorways of the model was this “Dark Emerald” makeup that pairs the greenish tone with medium berry to go with a white leather base. 23 years after the Huarache’s birth, this iconic style code will come back around on September 26th.

Nike Air Trainer Huarache “Dark Emerald”

White/Dark Emerald-Black-Medium Berry
647591-100
Release Date: September 26, 2014
Price: $115

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Serving Tray

Geek Alerts - Fri, 2014-08-29 13:30

Enjoy tea time with the Doctor thanks to this Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Doctor Art Tea Serving Tray. This is a great way to serve tea during an episode of the hit TV show. All 11 Doctors are included in vibrant color. You just need to brew some tea and serve it up. Nothing goes […]

Release Rundown: Sneakers Available This Weekend

Nice Kicks - Fri, 2014-08-29 13:00

The last weekend in August will not disappoint as far as sneaker releases are concerned, because as you will see in the Release Rundown, there is a wide variety of hot sneakers dropping this weekend. Kicking it off today, Nike released a blacked-out Air Foamposite One featuring materials we’ve never seen on the Foamposite before, as well as a new Roshe Run pack incorporating Flyknit technology. Later this weekend, we can look forward to the return of the “Sport Blue” Air Jordan 6, and a handful of ASICS collaborations as well. So give this weekend’s lineup of sneaker releases a scroll, and let us know what you plan on picking up.

Nike Air Foamposite One “Triple Black”

Model: Nike Air Foamposite One
Colorway: Black/Anthracite
MSRP: $250
Release Date: August 29, 2014
Where To Cop: Available now at select Nike Sportswear retailers & nike.com

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