Following the release of its Tyson Floral Print High-Top, Givenchy has released its Red Calfskin Plaid Tyson sneaker stamped with a bold multicolored plaid print. The sneaker features the classic foldover velcro strap with 3D silver-tone metal stars, while the buffed leather sports the red, navy, and dark khaki plaid print throughout. Other features include the classic thick white rubber sole, white lace-up enclosure, tonal stitching, and a perforated toe cap. Made in Italy, the Red Calfskin Plaid Tyson High-Top is available at SSENSE for $935 USD.
After a whirlwind start to 2014, and the success of his global hit "Happy," Pharrell took a break to catch up with Oprah Winfrey and discuss his latest list of accomplishments. The 40-minute interview touches on sensitive topics such as his aspirations to create music, in which he opens up about his grandmothers wishes for him to encourage positivity around the world. Furthermore the discussion touches on his inspiration, creative process, and his long list of accolades. Check out the video now and head to HYPETRAK to keep up with the latest music news.
They say simplicity is the key to good design, and perhaps nothing is more fluid and natural than human conversation. Recognizing this, French designer Mathieu Lehanneur incorporated seamless human voice-overs (in any language) into his latest work for Binauric: the Boom Boom Wireless Smart Speaker. The portable speaker packs 15 hours of playback time into a compact polygonal body, connecting seamlessly with either iOS or Android devices via Bluetooth and traditional headphone methods. A key focus in Lehanneur's design was tactility, and accordingly other nifty features include a headphone cord that loops into a carrying strap, and a touchpad for manual sound management, and a soft silicone body. Learn more about the Boom Boom Wireless Smart Speaker with the videos above and below, then head here to pick up one of your own.
From high-end fashion line sheets to your local brand's latest lookbook, the Jogger Pant seems a ubiquitous silhouette in just about every label's repertoire. Seemingly out of nowhere, the silhouette rode the wave of athletic apparel's rising popularity, being paired with everything from retro Jordans to court shoes – striking the perfect balance between progressive fashion and casual function. Though Publish Brand's Michael Huynh will admit that he didn't "invent" slim sweatpants with ribbed cuffs, he certainly is a founding figure in the recent craze; fashion works in cycles, after all. Here, The Hundreds' Luis Ruano interviews Huynh about his role in the Jogger pants boom, how to protect your brand in the Internet age, and other minutia about the silhouette. Enjoy key excerpts below, then head over to The Hundreds' blog for the full piece.
You were telling me at that time that [the Jogger Pant] was gonna be big. That it was gonna be THE next thing. That was a while back. How did the idea for the Jogger Pant come about? How did you even predict that it would do as well as its done?
Alex James, a culture savvy and long time friend of mine had came to down to visit my office/studio to chop up design and what was going to be included in our first collection. Him and I talk culture a lot and so we bounce around ideas all the time. That day Alex James had worn a really dope pair of sweat pants – I believe they were by Marc Jacobs – and he was like, “Mike, you gotta do a silhouette like this!” and I was like, “James, sweat pants though? Do you know how many there are out there?” and he’s like, “Yea, you just gotta flip it and make it yours. A sweat pant… there’s not enough dope sweat pants out there. Either they’re very droopy, very big, very baggy or very slim.” This was the perfect fit. I’m like, “OK, cool. But we have to make it distinctively unique.” So we re-designed that Marc Jacobs pair of pants in a fleece material. It was like a comfortable, brushed fleece material. Little did we know what was going to happen, catapulted our brand completely… in ways we did not imagine.
Even if you've used other operating systems for your whole life, you're bound to have encountered Microsoft's "Bliss" wallpaper. The iconic photo – depicting a serene grassy plain against a perfect blue sky– seems somehow beyond reality, perhaps attributing to its success and memorableness. In observing the end of support for the Windows XP platform, Microsoft deemed it fitting to interview the photographer behind the infamous image. Here, photographer Charles O'Rear invites audiences into his home in Napa Valley, California, detailing the surprisingly simple equipment and circumstances that led him to create one of the world's most recognizable photos.
For Wes Lang, his work boils down to an aspiration to "create beautiful things." His most recent exhibition "The Studio" is a retrospective of his early years that have led up to a point in his career, a time when Lang's efforts are crystallizing into some of his best work. Arriving at the novel idea to host a 6-month-long showing in his personal studio, a vast array of Lang's work was put on display, and as such this latest video provides the American artist the opportunity to discuss the background and inspiration behind various pieces. Motifs of Native American heritage, Americana, pornography and philosophy are prevalent not only through Lang's visual art, but a tour through some of his literary favorites shows these interests also. For more insight on how Wes's creative workflow translates into art, peep the full video.
Wrapping up his stay in Chengdu, Eddie Huang has dropped part 3 of his visit to the city for Fresh Off The Boat. As always, Huang seeks to contextualize culture through the lens of cuisine, this time around speaking with artist Deng Le and purported "jedi" chef Yu Bo. Carrying on his exploration of Sichuan dishes from Part 2, the New York-based food personality samples local fare including pickled mustard greens, better known as Swan Tsai, among others. Thematically, the latest episode also touches on the Chinese generational gap, and how cultures can be preserved and upheld while evolving at the same time. Huang's insight into China's fourth most populous urban centre marks the finale of season two, stay posted for updates on season 3.
The Hundreds keeps the releases coming fast and furious this season with a slew of new arrivals from its Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Besides expected street staples like hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts and graphic tees, the brand's latest drop includes new seasonal silhouettes like windbreakers, varsity jackets and mesh tank tops, as well as accessories such as beanies and socks. Chief among them are pieces like the Trotter Denim Varsity Jacket, a two-tone hooded sweatshirt with hidden zip pockets and an all-over cloud print woven shirt that's an ideal warm weather layer, along with an anorak-style windbreaker in a handful of great colors. The Hundreds' Spring/Summer 2014 new arrivals are available now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
Continuing to build around the World Cup buzz, Nike continues with this latest video promoting its Nike F.C. campaign and the debut of the Nike F.C. Collection. Putting the spotlight on several key players that will be prevalent during the anticipated summertime competition including Neymar, Kevin Prince-Boateng and Jack Wilshere, the short video also includes a nod to several Nike athletes that paved the way for others, including Figo and el fenomeno Ronaldo. The Nike F.C. Collection - which includes a jersey, AW77 sweatshirt, N98 track jacket, graphic tees, and more - is now available at select NSW retailers and Nike.com.
After gracing the stage with Jhene Aiko at this weekend's Coachella festival, Childish Gambino presents an eerie visual to his single “Sweatpants” off the Because The Internet LP. Set late night in a diner, Gambino somberly walks in and out of the eatery while rapping the Problem-aided track. Upon reentering for the last time however, he his met by the stares of his own face. Could it be Gambino’s paranoia getting the best of him yet again? Let us know what you think of the video below.
The Ages of Empires is primed for a transition to mobile platforms with its forthcoming "World Domination" installation. Originally going to market in 1997, the previously PC-based strategy game will be introduced to the iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms as of summer 2014, when for the first time users will be able to command armies on-the-go. While the mobile version features pared-down graphics and functionality, the gameplay appears not to suffer greatly as a result of the jump from desktop to handheld. Few details have been unveiled thus far, but watch the trailer above for a preview of the game.
An audience eagerly anticipating the release of Leica's new mirrorless option might savor the latest photos leaked by Czech website Fotoskoda.cz. With its mere production rumored for some time, the T Type 701 represents a venture into the Compact System Camera (CSC) circuit, providing the versatility of interchangeable lenses with the ease of lightweight bodies. This particular model will host a APS-C sensor inside a German-produced aluminum unibody. Intended to serve as a modestly-priced midpoint between Leica's existing M and X lines, the T Type 701 will also have an electronic viewfinder and likely be compatible with Leica M lenses via an adapter. Enjoy the photos above, and stay tuned for more information as we near the T Type 701's supposed April 24th release.
Speculative reports continue to swirl around Kanye West, largely regarding his recently-formed partnership with adidas. The most recent rumor suggests that Kanye will be setting up shop in adidas' former SLVR space in New York once his collection is complete. Located on Wooster Street, the possibility of an entire shop offering Kanye's designs could indicate that both apparel and footwear are forthcoming, leaving more recent estimates at around 30 SKUs. In any case, conjecture seems to be peaking after Kanye's visit to Germany's adidas HQ with affiliates Virgil Abloh and Jerry Lorenzo.
As promised, Lana Del Rey premiered the first single from her forthcoming follow-up to 2012's Born To Die on BBC Radio 1. Dubbed "West Coast," the track and it's sultry vocals come accompanied by stylish black and white beach-set visuals. Del Rey's Ultraviolence - produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys - is due out May 18.
Resuming its relationship with streetwear stalwart Stussy, Honolulu-based retailer KICKS/HI presents a new collaborative collection for Spring/Summer 2014. The brand continues to assert casual, positive vibes from Hawaii, here showcasing some hats alongside an array of graphic T-shirts. The shirts themselves range in design, from references to The Aloha State's pungent reefer strains to colorful all-over prints representing the native flora. The common Myna – a bird indigenous to Hawaii – has also been animated and executed across a hat and shirt. Enjoy the mellow 'Aloha vibes' of this new collection from KICKS/HI, available from Stussy chapter stores and online beginning April 19.
After bringing you a first look at BRANDBLACK's debut footwear range, we're now taking a closer look at one of the brand's flagship models: the J.Crossover. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford's signature shoe, this pair here is decked out in a team-appropriate combination of red and blue. The shoe features armor-like molded detailing on the toe box and quarter panels, a padded blue tongue and lining, and Crawford's logo and number on either side of the forefoot. Designed for quick and elusive guards, the J.Crossover is a great bet if you've got the kind of flash that's quickly become Jamal Crawford's signature. Look for the J.Crossover in select colors now at BRANDBLACK.
Following images on the blogosphere of Swizz Beatz and Karl Lagerfeld sporting a pair of collaborative headphones from Chanel and Monster, we finally get our first official look at the unique paring of high-fashion and audio technology. With a heavy dose of Chanel’s iconic aesthetic present, these headphones feature the couture brand’s signature quilted leather design with a matching case and double “C” monogram. Unfortunately however, the price and release date of these headphones have yet to be revealed, but we will surely keep you updated when any new information arises.
Lacoste and Bread team up to produce a special edition of the Walsham Desert Boot. Constructed out of a combination of nubuck and tumbled leather, the upper is paired with a sport-influenced marbled rubber cupsole. Other features of the silhouette include popped white French bindings, waxed laces and and a white textile pull tab. To see more of the boot and its development, check out the Bread Collective website.
After teaming up with BNE for a World Water Day "social experiment," the oft-controversial Banksy has followed up the hoax with an actual piece of art. His first new work of art since last fall's "Better Out Than In" street exhibition in New York City, the piece is a commentary on modern love and depicts a couple distracted by the ever-present glow of their smartphones.
The hybrid Jordan Future sneaker steps away from its past tonal offerings this week with the release of an all-new “Multi-Color” rendition. Sitting atop a white midsole and translucent outsole inspired by the iconic Jordan XI silhouette, this model sees a woven upper that jumbles together the colors of orange, black, grey and white. Unfortunately, the Jordan Future “Multi-Color” will only retail stateside at just two Footaction locations in NYC. So starting today, you can pick up a raffle ticket with a chance to purchase a pair at either Flight 23 at Footaction or Footaction Gotham Plaza. For those in Hong Kong however, this model will retail at select locations on April 19.