After dropping the Kanye West-assisted "I Won" just last week, Atlanta rapper Future now brings forth yet another track from his upcoming LP. Debuted last weekend at Coachella, "Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)" unites Future with ATL legend Andre 3000 as the two trade acrobatic verses and wax poetic on the trappings of materialism. Future's sophomore LP Honest - featuring the likes of Pharrell, Pusha T, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, and Drake - is due out April 22.
In an attempt to shine a light on a somewhat under-sung subculture, directors Albert Huh and Viktor Cahoj teamed up with Red Bull for a gripping documentary on the beginnings of urban bike racing. The brief, yet informative piece traces the roots of the scene back to Toronto's city streets in the late 1980's, where bike messengers competed with traffic and formed a small community amongst themselves. The stresses of social bias against the messenger community forged an aggressive, rebellious response, and accordingly, "alleycat" racing was forged. The subtleties of the culture are aptly detailed in this interesting offering from Red Bull, viewable above.
Considered the holy grail of video cameras in some circles, RED Cameras are also amongst the most expensive. With prices starting around the area of $30,000, ownership of one costs a small mortgage; they're not exactly toys to careen down the street with on a wooden plank. Throwing all of that out the window, RED teamed up with The Berrics to showcase its cameras' capabilities in skateboarding, tapping 12 of the world's most legendary videographers to take their filming to the next plateau. First considered was Jason Hernandez, who filmed newly-minted Skate Mental pro Trevor Colden skating the streets of Los Angeles. In this opinion, the streets of L.A. haven't looked quite as good since the mid-2000's, with Hernandez's knack for bringing new perspectives to classic spots. Enjoy this piece from Jason Hernandez and be on the look out for more from this series soon.
Heading to the edge of the German capital, Berlin-based SOTO collected some of the best pieces from this season's releases for its new Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook. Shot in an abandoned ballroom by photographer Björn Jonas, the "Ballhaus" editorial highlights wares from the likes of Raf Simons, Dries van Noten, Thom Browne, Our Legacy, Acne, Sansovino 6 and BLK DNM. Mixing classic styles and contemporary trends, SOTO's latest offerings are now available both in-store and online.
After co-curating last year's "This Is Not A Toy" exhibition alongside Canadian non-profit Design Exchange, Pharrell Williams is due to make another foray into the world of art galleries in the near future. Taking cues from his new solo LP G I R L, Pharrell will be curating a "G I R L" exhibition in conjunction with Galerie Perrotin. In speaking to French publication Madame Le Figaro, Galerie Perrotin founder Emmanuel Perrotin revealed that the exhibit would fill the gallery's new Hotel d’Ecquevilly space in Paris with works by 32 artists - 16 of whom are women - including Marina Abramovic, Valérie Belin, Sophie Calle, Tracey Emin, Guerrilla Girls, and Cindy Sherman. Pharrell's "G I R L," a nod to female empowerment, is set to premiere May 27 and will be open through June 25.
This season Maison Martin Margiela and Berlin-based MYKITA come together for a brand new collection of eyewear that draws on their shared penchant for minimalist aesthetics. The Spring/Summer 2014 collaboration consists of two distinct collections: "Essential" and "Dual." While the monochrome "Essential" range boasts stainless steel frames with thick, transparent powder coats - thus giving them convex, all-enveloping bodies - the "Dual" release is marked by two pairs of acetate frames that were then divided into pairs, deconstructed, and then transplanted into four separate styles. Offering 10 unisex styles in all, the Maison Martin Margiela x MYKITA eyewear is now available at select MYKITA shops in limited quantities.
California-based brand The Quiet Life returns to our viral pages today with a look at delivery number two for its current spring seasonal range. Dubbed the “Palm Springs” collection, the above grouping features a bevy of prints and graphics including a photo series from Amanda Marsalis, fabrics by UK’s own Liberty, a watercolor series by NYC-based artist Matt Sohl, drawings from Christian Morin, and so much more. The comprehensive drop further includes button-down tops, T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, bags, socks and of course, a number of headwear choices. The Quiet Life’s spring collection can now be purchased here.
After getting an early preview, we've now got a full look at the latest installment of BAIT and ASICS "Basics Model" program. Moving away from the military inspirations of the two prior shoes, the design of the Gel Lyte III "Basics Model-003 Nippon Blues" draws inspiration from Japanese tradition and culture. The upper features Japanese indigo Kasuri textile paired with rugged, navy nailhead suede, and red accents and laces. In a subtle nod to ASICS' place in footwear culture to the West, the footbed has been finished with classic hickory denim. If you haven't done so yet, head to BAIT now to register for your chance to purchase these and the first two models. For those of you looking to score all three, there is a limited run of three-packs available too.
Outlier has just released its collection of functional, Ultralight Blazer and Trousers for the upcoming warmer months. The line includes a navy blue lightweight blazer with matching 11.2 oz trousers, and additional 21.4 oz lightweight green chinos. Inspiration for the line was drawn from the looming scorcher that is New York summers, and having a wearable and interchangeable lightweight suit. The set is both functional and versatile as it can be worn during the long work day without breaking a sweat and for a night on the town. The Ultralight Blazer and Trousers are available at the Outlier online store for $696 USD and stay tuned for more from the brand in the coming months.
Commemorating the release of its “Two Up” video with Australian shredders Alex Campbell and Nick Boserio, Nike SB delivers a special pair of Blazers sporting a contrasting white and black color combo. Designed in collaboration with the two aforementioned skaters, this model features a deconstructed canvas upper, limited padding on its collar and tongue to reduce weight and enhance mobility, insole graphics drawn by Riley Payne, and the “Two Up” title stylized on each heel. Limited to just a few select retailers, the Nike SB Blazer "Two Up" can be purchased at Flatspot for £70 GBP ($118 USD).
It seems like you can always count on Major Lazer project to come up with some fitting music videos, which are equal parts watchable and entertainingly obscure. To create the video for their latest track with Pharrell – "Aerosol" – Major Lazer tapped none other than artist Mike Giant to help visually narrate the song. The result finds Mike Giant transcribing Pharrell's lyrics in versatile hand styles, solidified by interesting and surprising motion graphics. Directed by Kyle de Pinna, enjoy the music video for "Aerosol" above, then pick up Major Lazer's Apocalypse Soon EP in stores and online now.
Coming this fall from Jordan Brand is the 29th installment of the flagship Air Jordan franchise: the Air Jordan XX9. Building on the brand's storied history of pioneering innovation and premium craftsmanship, the XX9 boasts two revolutionary technologies: an evolution of the Air Jordan XX8's Flight Plate and the brand's first-ever performance-woven upper. Providing structure, support, comfort, and abrasion resistance, the brand new upper takes cues from Italian craftsmanship and is created with state-of-the-art machinery that can combine all of these elements into a single lightweight layer. Strategically-placed Flight Web tunnels and flexible panels give the shoe its structure as Flight Web straps integrate with the laces to offer superior midfoot lockdown. Additionally, a double-lasted heel dampens impact while articulated padding in the collar helps prevent slippage and further adds to the unparalleled comfort of the shoe.
Coupled with the XX9's intricately woven upper is the newest iteration of the Flight Plate. Designed to harness "the energy of every step for explosive liftoff and optimal energy return," the Flight Plate employs Nike Zoom Air units in both the forefoot and heel in conjunction with a Pebax® moderator plate - a thermoplastic elastomer that manages the compression and deflection of the Zoom units for optimal performance. New to the Flight Plate design is a tendril linking the forefoot and heel, thus providing a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
The Air Jordan XX9 launches this September in two colorways: Black/White-Gym Red and Black/Team Orange-Dark Grey. Stay tuned for additional colorways of the XX9 in the months ahead and catch designer Tinker Hatfield's thoughts on the brand new Air Jordan below.
Throughout recovering from a nasty leg injury that kept him out late last year, Vans and Toy Machine pro rider Daniel Lutheran always seemed to keep a happy disposition to the public. Celebrating his return to the board and generally mellow demeanor, Vans' skateboarding division gave D-Lu his own colorway of its street-ready Era Pro silhouette. The textured suede upper of the shoe is executed in a bold, animated floral print, balancing pastel pinks, yellows and greens across a light blue upper. The shoe can also take a beating though, armed with Vans' UltraCush HD insole at the interior for comfortable padding on man-sized maneuvers. Pick up this one from your local skate shop or online now.
Bringing a little “flavor” to Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts title, developer’s Infinity Ward have tapped the Doggfather Snoop Dogg for its latest guest voice pack. The LBC native will replace the game’s default multiplayer announcer in which he’ll introduce his own “Snoopism” dialect to narrate each of your firefights, call in killstreaks, and alert you of enemy activity. Costly a mere $2.99 USD, the special edition voice pack will be available on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 starting April 22 with other platforms following suit at a later date.
Porter Yoshida Kaban will celebrate the opening of its new PORTER STAND concept store in Shinagawa Station, Tokyo by releasing a special exclusive bag collection. Consisting of a portfolio, passport holder, device case, bags and a backpack, the collection features a simple indigo fabric construction accented with silver hardware.
The travel-oriented shop will open April 25 and stock a variety of brands including Aesop, Ryota Aoki, Monocle, Moleskine, limArt (POST), Medicom Toy, DIGAWEL and Sarutahiko Coffee.
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Each season, KRISVANASSCHE churns out collections of contemporary, minimalist garments and Spring/Summer 2014 is no exception. The Belgian designer's latest selection of accessories, in particular, embody this distinct aesthetic with an array of luxurious, crocodile-print bags and accessories. Chief among them is a 100% calfskin backpack with adjustable straps, zip closures and a smaller exterior pocket, that's finished with a leather logo patch and debossed branding. Other standouts include a pair of similarly-patterned, calfskin coin purses and a card holder that are guaranteed to add touches of understated style to your daily routine. KRISVANASSCHE's Spring/Summer 2014 new accessories arrivals are available now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
As a part of their recently launched sport-meets-art Fierce Collective roll-out, Gatorade enlisted the talents of New York-based street artist, Krink. The Fierce Collective represents the intersection of sport and art. While the two have, more often than not, subsisted in different spheres, the Fierce Collective enlisted a range of eight top artists and creators to capture the bold and intense flavors of the Gatorade brand, through their own artistic expression.
The behind-the-scenes video highlights a bit of a deeper look into the creative process of the truck. Krink also opens up a bit about his involvement into the project and the reasons that the decision was made to make an accessible, mobile art installation.
The completed truck was recently rolled out at the Venice Beach Courts this past week where the Gatorade crew was in attendance handing out free Fierce drinks while the Krink completed truck was showcased.
For 2014 spring/summer, Harvey Nichols unveils a short fashion film titled NEW RULES. Directed by creative agency Bunker London and styled by Matthew Joseph, the film experiments with various looks and presents a progressive rendition that showcase this season's noteworthy pieces. Celebrated labels are featured such as Hood By Air, KRISVANASSCHE, Christopher Kane, Damir Doma, Gareth Pugh, Black Scale, KTZ, Ann Demeulemester, Givenchy, Raf Simons and Balmain. Building off the constant cohesion between formal and sporty versus glam and grime, the film parallels these sensibilities to highlight the growing integration between opposites. Sountracked by UK bass producer Lil' Silva, enjoy the film here and look for the 2014 spring/summer collection at Harvey Nichols.
Following up Louisiana retailer Sneaker Politics’ successful Reebok Instapump Fury collaboration, Boston retailer Bodega offers up its take on the classic silhouette. With a love for gum soles, it was only natural that Bodega chose to start with a gum sole base for the shoe. From there, Bodega has added a riotous mix of colors and materials to build up the upper and capped it all off with speckle print and monotone detailing. Simple at first glance, a closer look reveals the multitude of details that make this such a great collaboration. Look for this at Bodega and Reebok Certified Network retailers starting April 19.
Considered to be among the first wave of streetwear stores in Malmö, Sweden, Impala has done more than just provide long sought-after offerings curated from brands. Since opening in 1998, the shop has been an active promoter of the creative community, collaborating with musicians, DJs, dancers, breakers and most recently, local artist Karolina Wojcik, who produced a special custom Red Bull cooler for the shop as part of the "Red Bull Curates Protégés" campaign.
This appreciation for the local street culture scene inspires Impala's own in-house brand, which produces items in limited qualities using only handmade prints. For more on the shop, check out their blog here or pay them a visit.
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