Paul Rodriguez and Nike SB Capture the Championship Belt In This Week’s Best Footwear Drops

If you were asked to describe last week’s goings-on in the world of sneakers with a single word, «frenzied» would be an apt choice. Between Paris Fashion Week, teasers, official announcements and collaborations from the biggest footwear companies and couture houses in the world, there was news enough to satiate a wide variety of palettes. All of that has led into this week — which itself boasts an extensive slate of appealing releases. However, amid all the chaos from the past seven days, it’s likely that something may have passed you by.

Although it was indeed Paris Fashion Week, there’s a strong case to be made that the proceedings on the footwear front were all about Virgil Abloh. The Off-White™ and Louis Vuitton frontman captured the headlines with a dynamic duo of kicks, officially unveiling his Off-White™ x Air Jordan 5 during the Off-White™ FW20 runway, then wearing a previously unseen Off-White™ x Nike Air Force 1 during the Louis Vuitton «Heaven On Earth» FW20 runway.

However, Abloh’s contemporaries put their best feet forward as well. Dior dropped the details behind its highly anticipated Jordan Brand capsule collection, sacai’s runway show revealed a wild stacked Nike silhouette named the Pegasus Vaporfly SP and Matthew M Williams’ ALYX 1017 9SM released its technical buckle-equipped Air Force 1 Highs. Luke Meier’s OAMC whipped up a never-before-seen adidas Originals silhouette and Valentino proffered a Onitsuka Tiger collaboration.

Never to be outdone, Kanye West premiered two new YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 colorways: «Cinder» and «Marsh.» His good pal Don C’s wife showed off a bright blue Just Don Air Force 1 themed around the upcoming NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. And we were given a look at Korean pop superstar G-Dragon’s second PEACEMINUSONE Air Force 1 collaboration as well. On a more somber note, it was announced that Opening Ceremony would be shuttering its retail operations, so HYPEBEAST took a look back at 20 of OC’s most memorable collaborative projects, running from sandals to Vans and more.

Last but certainly not least, HYPEBEAST dug deep into the influence and lore behind the tremendously influential Nike SB Dunk for the latest installment in our ‘Behind the Hype’ video series. Nike Golf and Nike Soccer rolled out tremendous technical innovations, and Nike Basketball showed off its BHM PEs for LeBron, Kyrie, Giannis, KD and PG.

Got everything? Good. Take a breather if you need, and then let’s dive into the best footwear drops descending this week — it’s set to be another big one.

Nike Air Foamposite One «Lava»



Release Date: January 19
Release Price: $230 USD
Where to Buy: BSTN
Why You Should Cop: This fiery Foamposite One features a flaming lava print that covers its synthetic shell, beating back the chill of the winter months with its red-hot detailing.

CLOT x Nike Air Force 1 «Rose Gold Silk»



Release Date: January 21 (Juice China), January 25 (Juice LA)
Release Price: $250 USD
Where to Buy: Juice Store
Why You Should Cop: CLOT’s latest silk-coated take on the Air Force 1 offers an elegant rose gold hue and intricate traditional Chinese patterns on its tear-away upper. It was even launched by way of a clever campaign starring Donnie Yen, the actor/martial artist best known for his work in the Ip Man series.

Paul Rodriguez x Nike SB Dunk High Pro



Release Date: January 21
Release Price: $125 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Paul Rodriguez has been a part of the Nike SB team for a staggering 15 years, so the Swoosh Brand’s skateboard subdivision is saluting his service with this special SB Dunk High. Paying homage to P-Rod’s Mexican heritage and love of boxing, the design paints the street skating savant as a tenured championship fighter.

Nike LeBron 17 «I Promise»



Release Date: January 21
Release Price: $200 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: LeBron James is aiming to revolutionize education in his hometown of Akron with his «I Promise» school, so these new «I Promise» LeBron 17s equip a kaleidoscope-style colorway that’s inherently optimistic in nature plus heartfelt messages inscribed on the laces. In short, these shoes are a salute to one of the King’s most noble ventures.

Air Jordan 4 «Black Cat»



Release Date: January 22
Release Price: $190 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Back for the first time since it originally released in 2006, the Air Jordan 4 «Black Cat» is one of the most beloved non-OG AJ4 colorways. Stark and simple, it cuts an undeniably striking look — and this retro release nails all the little details.

Air Jordan 13 «Chinese New Year»



Release Date: January 23
Release Price: $190 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Set for a Western release after hitting Eastern shelves at the top of the year, the Air Jordan 13 «Chinese New Year» is covered in celebratory touches, the most notable of which is the debossed coin print on its upper. These embellishments are accented further by a lively tan and pink colorway.

adidas UltraBOOST «Chinese New Year» Pack





Release Date: January 24
Release Price: $180 USD
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: Five is often better than one, so adidas is celebrating the Chinese New Year with five brand-new UltraBOOSTs, all of which feature bold CNY-centric prints and patterns. Consisting of three different UltraBOOST 20s and two UltraBOOST DNAs, the collection combines lifestyle looks and performance tech in true UltraBOOST fashion.

Nike PG 4 «Black/White»



Release Date: January 24
Release Price: $110 USD
Where to Buy: Nike
Why You Should Cop: Paul George may be battling his way back from a hamstring injury, but his signature Nike line is rolling along unimpeded. This «Black/White» colorway follows up last week’s «Gatorade» style, and combines a high-tech Air Strobel cushioning unit with a simple-yet-effective style, aiming to let its on-court exploits do the talking.

size? adidas BC Trainer

Release Date: January 24
Release Price: £75 GBP (approximately $98 USD)
Where to Buy: size?
Why You Should Cop: size? is no strange to exclusive makeups of the adidas BC Trainer, and this new «Navy/Green» colorway continues the partnership in style. Inspired by a vintage adidas training shoe, it presents a crisp retro look that’s true to the original, even if its name has been changed due to licensing rights.

Nike ACG Zoom Terra Antarktik



Release Date: January 24
Release Price: $220 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: The Nike ACG Zoom Terra Antarktik combines all the wintertime performance tech you could ask for — think GORE-TEX, Zoom Air and a grippy outsole — with a futuristic style that looks like something Errolson Hugh would have created when he was heading up ACG. It’s also set to be available in three colorways, so even the most picky purchaser will be able to find a pair that suits their fancy.

Pigalle x Converse Chuck 70 «Lightning Storm» & «White/Barely Volt»




Release Date: January 25
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Pigalle founder Stéphane Ashpool’s love of basketball is well-known, but he combined it with another one of his passions — music — on this two-pack of low-cut Chuck 70s. One features a crackling, vivid lightning print while the other offers a layer of faint technical fuse film. Both also celebrate Pigalle’s recently completed Nike Grind basketball court in China, a playing surface constructed of rubber recycled from over 45,000 pairs of used shoes.

NEPENTHES x Reebok Workout Plus



Release Date: January 25
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: Reebok
Why You Should Cop: NEPENTHES and Reebok’s signature styles are brought together perfectly on this Workout Plus. Modified by a shaggy suede midfoot overlay and just enough special branding, the regarded retailer has given the timeless trainer just enough collaborative flair.

Raised by Wolves x Saucony AYA «Asphalt Jungle»



Release Date: January 25
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: Saucony
Why You Should Cop: Set for a full global release after a limited drop last week, Raised By Wolves’ Saucony AYA «Asphalt Jungle» is inspired by Chad Muska’s memorable skate footwear from the ’90s. It also features a cheeky, partially hidden stash pocket on the tongue so you can conceal your valuables.

Air Jordan 9 «Hyper Blue»



Release Date: January 25
Release Price: $190 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: A fresh take on the silhouette donned by Michael Jordan’s statue outside the United Center, the Air Jordan 9 «Hyper Blue» combines a base that’s both stark and smoky with sporty blue accents. There’s even hi-vis reflective details on the laces to ensure that you stand out.

adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 «Yeshaya»



Release Date: January 25
Release Price: $220 USD (Men’s), $180 USD (Kids), $150 USD (Infants)
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: Blessing the West after gracing the East mere weeks ago, Kanye West and adidas’s YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 «Yeshaya» presents an angelic mixture of light toned hues on its upper and signature BOOST comfort in its midsole. Even the name is worthy of praise: «Yeshaya» is Hebrew for «God is salvation.»

Nike Air Max 1 «NYC Chinatown»



Release Date: January 25
Release Price: $130 USD
Where to Buy: Nike SNKRS
Why You Should Cop: Celebrating the official start of the Chinese New Year, the Nike Air Max 1 «NYC Chinatown» salutes Manhattan’s bustling Chinatown district. This homage is presented with a medley of bright firework colors, Chinese character detailing and a Chollima — a winged horse that’s prominent in traditional Chinese mythology — on the heel.

White Mountaineering x adidas LXCON




Release Date: January 25
Release Price: TBC
Where to Buy: adidas
Why You Should Cop: By replacing its laces with technical buckles, White Mountaineering has taken the adidas LXCON from casual lifestyle silhouette to technical marvel. The dynamic duo is more than just snaps and straps however: WM has also added bold colorways and special branding, making for a style that’s more than the sum of its respective parts.

PUMA x Chinatown Market Future Rider




Release Date: January 25
Release Price: $120 USD
Where to Buy: PUMA
Why You Should Cop: A compelling combination of old and new, Chinatown Market and PUMA’s co-crafted Future Rider is equal parts serious and light-hearted. Technical materials and a heritage construction meld with CTM’s signature cheeky yellow hues for a shoe that’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

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NILøS FW20 Presents Its MMXX//IAMTHAT Biotechnological Lookbook

Japanese label NILøS releases its latest lookbook, this time approaching its oversized outerwear garments and use of synthetics in a more dramatic approach.

Revolving around the theme of biotechnology and its injection into society, the MMXX//IAMTHAT lookbook reveals a collection of outerwear pieces — jackets, sweaters, shirts and bottoms are most discernible — that all retain a futuristic, dystopian outlook on fashion. Silhouettes take on the shape of blobs and look overgrown in nature, while the use of prosthetic noses and ears touch on the biotechnology angle. Tones remain muted and dark, while pops of color occasionally strike as graphics and prints. Functional aspects appear in the form of drawstring bungie cords and straps, contrast zippers and more.

The brand releases notes, translated from Japanese, which remark on the collection and its theme of biotechnology:

Biotechnology takes place at the atomic level, extracting and replacing DNA to design new life.

I wonder how the creature born from the womb of sophisticated, kneading genetic manipulation can recognize their own existence.
How do these beings that differ completely from those moulded by millennia of natural selection perceive this deviation. This is the feeling that fascinates me. How can there be a god for these beasts?

Could it not be that these living beings are the leaders inserting us into a dystopia?
Could it not be that they are accelerating the destructive swelling of our bloated and tetanized social structure?

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Moncler Genius Drops Latest 1 Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli Collection

Pierpaolo Piccioli‘s new collection as part of Moncler’s ambitious Genius Project fuses the language of couture with African patterns and textiles. Using Moncler’s functionality as the tie that binds while utilizing nylon laqué as the collection’s material of choice, Piccioli’s bold silhouettes celebrate the beauty of movement and African artisanship. «I am after a balance of dreaminess, extravagance and soulfulness,» Piccioli says. «I involved Liya Kebede, who is an active supporter of African artisans with her label lemlem, in the process, creating something true to her, to Moncler and to my own sensibility. Connecting diversities is my idea of inclusive creativity,» Piccioli says.

The collection fuses time-honored traditions and places it in Moncler’s modern, fashionable landscape. Piccioli’s vision features ballgowns with trains, hooded jackets and sculptural capes that envelop the body to convey the feeling of couture. The fresh and unexpected looks blend couture forms with typical Moncler nylon renders. «I was honored to be a part of this creative process, bringing together heritages that at first glimpse seemed so different but when unexpectedly combined, create something so rich and new, redefining beauty and reminding us that there are no borders in life,» says Liya Kebede.

The collection is available from January 20 in Moncler boutiques, the Moncler site and selected stores worldwide.

 

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Will Not Feature Mushu

After months of speculation, live-action Mulan director Niki Caro has confirmed that the film will not be featuring Mushu, the talking red dragon originally voiced by Eddie Murphy in Disney’s original 1998 animation. In the original, Mushu is self-appointed as Fa Mulan’s guardian, devoting himself to protecting and guiding her as she attempts to pose as a male soldier in the Chinese army.

Mushu was absent in the movie’s first official trailer that landed last December, and now Caro has shared with Digital Spy why they decided to leave the memorable character out of the film altogether:

I think we can all appreciate that Mushu is irreplaceable. You know, the animated classic stands on its own in that regard. In this movie, there is a creature representative – a spiritual representation of the ancestors, and most particularly of Mulan’s relationship with her father. But an update of Mushu? No.

A fan theory circulating the web had also assumed that the phoenix seen in the film’s trailer might be the new version of Mushu, but Caro also ruled that theory out quickly. “The dragon is representative of the masculine, and the phoenix is representative of the feminine,” she shared. «In a movie, in a story that so much explores gender fluidity, I thought that that was a really nice and appropriate way to go.»

Fear not, however, as Caro also noted that various memorable scenes from the original animation have been transferred over to the remake in a “very faithful” manner, such as the matchmaker sequence from the 1998 original.

Mulan is slated to hit theaters later this year on March 27 and will star Yifieu Lu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and more.

For more related news, National Treasure 3 is officially in the works.

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Take a First Look at the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 «Flax» & «Sulphur»

With 2020 quickly gearing up to be another big year for the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2, we now have a first look at the rumored «Flax» and «Sulphur» colorways of the popular model.

Leading the duo of Earthy looks is the «Flax» colorway which centers around a tonal light-brown Primeknit upper accented by a similar tone post-dyed monofilament side stripe. Continuing the monochromatic design is a matching sockliner, textile trim and weaved laces. Elevating the shoe is a light grey BOOST encapsulated midsole paired with a light brown rubber outsole.

The «Sulphur» colorway features a dusty yellow Primeknit upper with a reflective post-dyed monofilament side stripe. Contrast on the shoe comes in the form of a bright orange sockliner and textile trim. Rounding up the design of the upcoming look is a matching BOOST encapsulated midsole and rubber outsole.

Catch a first look at the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 «Flax» and «Sulphur» below.

 

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For more footwear news, take an on-foot look at the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 «Cinder» and «Marsh.»

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Best Coast Announce New Album ‘Always Tomorrow’ With «Everything Has Changed» Music Video

Best Coast is back. The Los Angeles, California duo comprised of guitarist and vocalist Bethany Cosentino and fellow guitarist Bobb Bruno are set to release their fourth studio project Always Tomorrow on February 21, 2020 courtesy of Concord Records. The visual for the band’s latest single «Everything Has Changed» was directed by Ryan Baxley and features a takedown of the canned stale studio smiles from late-70’s game shows.

It’s been five years since 2015’s California Nights. Best Coast initially debuted the album announcement with the video for its lead single «For the First Time». This record aims to tackle themes of newfound sobriety, gratitude and growth through all of the ups and downs of Best Coast’s decade in the music business.

“After we finished the album cycle for California Nights, something terrifying happened to me. I felt creatively paralyzed. I couldn’t write music. There was so much bubbling inside of me, so many things happening, so much to process, but I couldn’t get any of it out,» Cosentino said in a press release in regards to feeling creatively stunted following the success of the band’s last album. «I was miserable and felt like nothing was ever going to change. One day, I locked myself in my closet and I forced myself to write, and out came “Everything Has Changed.” The song was like a vision of life I wished I was living; ultimately, that song was prophetic — describing the life I would soon be living. Always Tomorrow is the story of where I was and where I am now, as well as the struggles I am still learning to identify and figure out.»

Watch the video above and see Best Coast’s upcoming tour dates followed by the upcoming tracklist for February’s em>Always Tomorrow. In other music news, listen to H.E.R.’s «Slide» Remix.

Beast Coast Tour Dates:
2/27 — Palm Springs, CA — The Alibi (with Lunch Lady)
2/28 — Los Angeles, CA — The Novo
2/29 — San Francisco, CA — Regency Ballroom
3/2 — Portland, OR — Wonder Ballroom
3/3 — Vancouver, BC — VENUE
3/4 — Seattle, WA — The Showbox
3/6 — Salt Lake City, UT — Metro Music Hall
3/7 — Denver, CO — Ogden Theatre
3/9 — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue
3/10 — Evanston, IL — SPACE
3/11 — Chicago, IL — Thalia Hall
3/13 — Detroit, MI — El Club
3/14 — Toronto, ON — Phoenix Concert Theatre
3/15 — Montreal, QC — Corona Teatre
3/16 — Boston, MA — Royale
3/18 — Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Steel
3/19 — Washington, DC — 9:30 Club
3/20 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
3/21 — Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle
3/23 — Nashville, TN — The Basement East
3/24 — Atlanta, GA — Terminal West
3/25 — New Orleans, LA — The Joy Theater
3/27 — San Antonio, TX — Paper Tiger
3/28 — Austin, TX — The Mohawk
3/29 — Dallas, TX — Granada Theater
3/31 — Phoenix, AZ — Crescent Ballroom
4/1 — San Diego, CA — The Observatory North Park
4/2 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory (w/ FEELS)

For more music news, Gab3 and Killy collide on pop punk-fueled anthem, «Fast Life.»

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This Week on ‘The Toss Up’: Patrick Mahomes Shines in Comeback Victory, Richard Sherman’s Charity Foundation, & More

The Toss Up is Highsnobiety’s weekly update on everything NFL and the go-to for top playmakers and tastemakers. This edition highlights Patrick Mahomes’ monumental comeback victory, rookie Nick Bosa’s huge game on defense, Za’Darius Smith’s state-pride inspired pregame outfit, A.J. Brown’s cleats, and how Richard Sherman is preparing students for success in the classroom.

Mahomes and Bosa are this edition’s First Down and Top Rookie players. Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to a monstrous comeback over the Houston Texans. Last year’s MVP went 23/35, throwing 321 yards and scoring 5 touchdowns in a win that sends them to the AFC Championship two years in a row. Bosa, a San Francisco rookie defensive end, played a huge role in the 49ers’ victory. The former Ohio State Buckeye had two crucial sacks and six solo tackles in a game where the 49ers’ defense shined.

This edition’s Fit Report and Cleat Check players are Za’Darius Smith and A.J. Brown. Smith, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, showed some Wisconsin state pride by wearing a Milwaukee Bucks Cream City alternative jersey and matching fleece zip-up. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans’ rookie wide receiver, brought flare to his cleats, wearing a pair of sleek zebra-print Nike cleats in the upset win over Baltimore.

Richard Sherman is this edition’s Off-Field MVP. The 49er is usually known for his defensive prowess on the field, but it’s Sherman’s charitable work off the gridiron that caught our attention this week. The cornerback created the Richard Sherman Family Foundation to help students from low-income families prepare for educational success. Sherman and his foundation have now raised over a million dollars, landing Sherman a nomination for this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Check out The Toss Up for more on the best stories, outfits, and players around the league.

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From Budget Friendly to Bottega Veneta, These Holders Make a Case for AirPods

AirPods are no longer niche. Apple sold 60 million pairs in 2019. The revenue from AirPods alone hit $12 billion — more than Spotify’s entire business. Yesterday’s meme is today’s gold mine.

And they just keep getting better, too. The recently-released AirPods Pro have vastly improved sound quality, they’re comfortable as hell, are sweat and water-resistant, and have excellent noise cancelation. In fact, the AirPods Pro has three different modes – normal, noise-canceling, and transparency, which means it allows you to hear some isolated sounds.

Ok, so maybe the wealth-mocking AirPod memes are warranted — yes, they’re expensive. But if you do get your hands on a pair, you’ll want to keep them as secure as possible. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our very favorite AirPods cases to keep your snazzy earbuds safe and sound.

Chinatown Market comes through with a day-brightening option, adding its signature smiley to yet another must-have accessory. A trusty brand, at a steal? Yes, please!

As you know, we’re all about balance. Which is why we’re taking you from a sub-20-dollar AirPods case to one by Italian fashion house Prada. To be fair though, there’s not much you can cop from Prada at this price, so it might be worth an investment.

More black leather, but this time courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim. Like the Prada option, this also comes with an engraved logo, letting you show some love for Lim.

Milan streetwear label Palm Angels provides plenty of opportunity for brand appreciation with a case that boasts a logo-printed lanyard attached.

Back to the budget-friendly side of life with an AirPods case from high street retailer Urban Outfitters. This one keeps it simple in terms of design but comes in a color that’ll make it hard for you to misplace those dinner-sacrificing headphones of yours.

Looking to show off more than just a little? This woven leather AirPod case from Bottega Veneta is pricey but pretty. It also comes with a detachable strap so you can turn it into a shoulder or crossbody pouch, and then show it off some more.

Yes, the AirPods Pro are sweat and water-resistant, but if you’re worried and want to keep them extra protected, this silicone case is both waterproof- and shock-resistant.

Silicone is durable, so durable that it’s a great material for creating a resilient shell for a pricey bit of kit. These cases from Mintapple are super affordable at less than 20 bucks and come in 13 different colors.

Hey, if you’re into pink, you’re into pink. We don’t judge.

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Highsnobiety Commemorates Paris’ Best Falafel Restaurant With Latest Collab

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Regarded worlds over as the French capital’s premier falafel restaurant, L’As du Fallafel has grown to become synonymous with the city’s culinary scene. Flaunting recommendations from the likes of Lenny Kravitz, the restaurant’s reputation proceeds it as a staple among locals and tourists.

Appreciating how the restaurant’s influence has become so much more than its humble Rue des Rosiers beginnings, Highsnobiety has chosen to commemorate this phenomena with a selection of co-branded garments and accessories. Featuring sweaters, T-shirts, and headwear, the capsule is the ideal staple for any right-minded foodie.

The L’As du Fallafel x Highsnobiety capsule will be available from January 22 on the Highsnobiety Shop, with it available to explore ahead of official release via the button below.

To celebrate L’As du Fallafel’s latest fashion venture, Highsnobiety hosted a special event at the restaurant earlier this month, drawing an all-star crowd including the likes of colette’s Sarah Andelman and Poggy. Scroll through the gallery below for a retrospective look at what went down.

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Telfar Clemens Talks to Us About His Collaboration With Gap

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One of the biggest moments at Paris Fashion Week Men’s wasn’t actually a show, a ‘fit, or a celeb sighting – it was an announcement. Gap is collaborating with Telfar, and the news broke Thursday night at a surprise Telfar party at Gap’s Trenchet store.

The store was transformed into an after-hours club and featured performances by Yves Tumor, SOPHIE, Hirakish, Hawa, CRYSTALLMESS, Sega Bodega, and Total Freedom. The party attracted the likes of Dev Hynes, Honey Dijon, Kate Moss, Stefano Pilati, and Violet Chachki, among many others.

While the collection itself will drop later this year, the two brands have shared a remixed logo that incorporates Gap’s and Telfar’s (see above). The collaboration, above all, unites both Gap and Telfar’s shared vision for democratic and accessible fashion, and we’re excited to see a fresh take on elevated basics.

To get more details on the forthcoming collection, we spoke to Telfar Clemens and John Caruso, head of adult design at Gap.

Telfar Clemens [TC]: Gap was a huge inspiration for us. It represents ubiquity. The campaigns when we were growing up: everyone in khaki, everyone in vests. The idea of “basics” is really core to how we design, the idea of accessibility, and the vibe that the clothes are for everyone. It feeds directly into our motto: “not for you, for everyone.”

The idea that someone like me can find something addressed to them at the mall is really exciting, because that wasn’t the case growing up. Like, your parents have no excuse to not let you buy that halter top!

TC: We’ve always had this obsession with what’s normative and what’s normal. Instead of opposing it, our attitude is about transformation. Fashion is cool and gives you certain freedoms, but we want to be part of the fabric of everyday life for everyday people – that makes the clothes real for us. The bag has started to achieve that; Gap gives us the platform to do that with clothes.

TC: The core is already there. We are going to look at our archives and theirs and think about how to create quintessential garments that are new, but that people are ready to wear – even if they don’t know it.

TC: Khaki, cargo, puff, tank tops, halters, the most iconic basics, underwear!

Telfar Clemens and John Caruso

John Caruso [JC]: I’ve been following Telfar for a while now and have always been a fan of what he was doing season after season, especially with his denim collections. I see Telfar Clemens as a designer who is redefining what American style is, so I was excited to meet with him in early 2019 to discuss a potential partnership. When we met in person at his studio, I instantly knew we needed to work together. The shared excitement about a collaboration, the nostalgia he had for old Gap ads I had brought along, the design ideas we discussed, and the opportunities we each saw in a partnership together. At Gap, it’s important for our collaborators to share our brand values, have cultural and global relevance, and help drive us forward, and Telfar checked all of those boxes and then some. We are very excited to work together on this collection.

JC: Telfar Clemens has developed a remarkable brand that has successfully reimagined American fashion, and we are excited to come together to design a collection that pushes the boundaries and explores fashion in a new and unexpected way. Denim has always been a huge part of the Gap brand DNA, so personally I’m the most excited to see what design perspective he will bring to that category, but to also see what he does with Gap staples such as the pocket T-shirts.

JC: Gap is known for classic American style: clean, confident, comfortable, and accessible wardrobe staples that celebrate freedom of expression. Telfar approaches design in a similar way, creating a wardrobe rooted in universal basics and affordable garments that can be worn in unique ways for everyone. Plus, Gap and Telfar have a shared philosophy of equality, accessibility, and democracy, making the brands natural partners for this project.

 

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Demna Gvasalia Confirms Balenciaga Is Returning to Haute Couture

Demna Gvasalia is returning Balenciaga to its couture roots. The artistic director told Vogue that a couture debut will take place in July for the fall 2020 season.

Balenciaga hasn’t produced an haute couture collection since 1968, the year Cristóbal Balenciaga himself closed his atelier. Now, Gvasalia intends to bring “the modern vision of Balenciaga back to its sources of origin.”

In a statement, the designer explained: “Haute couture is the very foundation of this house, so it is my creative and visionary duty to bring couture back. For me, couture is an unexplored mode of creative freedom and a platform for innovation. It […] offers another spectrum of possibilities in dressmaking.”

Gvasalia’s announcement signals a deeper engagement with Cristóbal Balenciaga’s original ideas and ethos. Described by Christian Dior as “the master of us all,” he revolutionized women’s fashion with never-before-seen shapes in the mid-20th century, such as the “ballroom hems” of the early 1950s, the “semi-fit” lines of the mid-50s and the introduction of the “sack dress” in 1957.

Since he joined Balenciaga in 2015, Gvasalia has worked closely with the Balenciaga House archives to look at the original designs of Cristóbal Balenciaga to maintain artistic integrity in cut, shape and material. Now, he’s going a step further, “replicating the original salons at Balenciaga’s historical address at 10 Avenue George V.”

Cédric Charbit, President and CEO of Balenciaga, explained that the return to couture is both economically and environmentally viable. “What I feel is right about couture today is the approach is sustainable,” Charbit said, before adding, “We don’t make things that won’t be kept forever.”

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Vincent Van Gogh Self-Portrait Confirmed as Real After Decades of Debate

A self-portrait has been proven to be completed by none other than Vincent Van Gogh, after decades of back-and-forth debate as to its creator.

According to Artnet News, the artwork — aptly known as «Self-Portrait (1889)» — was concluded as done by Van Gogh himself, despite critics drawing speculation to missing elements commonly found in Van Gogh’s other work, an unmatched style, bleak color palette and more. The conflicting arguments stem back all the way to 1970.

The Norwegian national museum Nasjonalmuseet has had the painting since 1910 and, to conclude the matter once and for all, invited Amsterdam experts in 2014 to finalize their findings. After inspection of key elements, a conclusion was made that the work was completed not only by the Dutch painter, but also during his time suffering from psychosis, making «Self-Portrait (1889)» a highly significant piece in Van Gogh’s career.

To date, the piece would be the only artwork completed while he suffered from the mental disorder, thus depicting him at a time of discontent and illness. Van Gogh Museum senior researcher Louis van Tilborgh stated the heightened importance of the piece, that “although Van Gogh was frightened to admit at that point that he was in a similar state to his fellow residents at the asylum, he probably painted this portrait to reconcile himself with what he saw in the mirror: a person he did not wish to be, yet was.»

The portrait also draws a connection to a letter he wrote to his brother Theo on September 20, 1889, as «an attempt from when I was ill» and in a mental institution in Saint-Rémy of the same year. The painting’s origin thus explain the less-bright-more-gloomy color palette, defeated demeanor, and lifeless expression found within.

«Self-Portrait (1889)» is presently housed at Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo, Norway.

In other art news, a billionaire banker has been caught smuggling a Picasso painting worth $29 million USD.

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‘Dragon Ball Z’ Narrator Brice Armstrong Passes Away at 84

The anime community loses a highly-respected member of its universe today, as voice actor Brice Armstrong has passed away at the age of 84.

Known mostly for his narration of the stateside version of the Dragon Ball Z, Armstrong was also the voice for characters in the DBZ series; Captain Ginyu and Lord Slug, specifically. Most fans will remember his booming, deep narration voice and ability to vary his vocals to fit the needs of the anime. Talent agency Mary Collins Agency even recalls a time when veteran «voice actor» James Earl Jones even complimented the vocalist, staying «I wish I had your vocal control.»

Besides Dragon Ball Z, Armstrong was also responsible for voice acting on Yu Yu Hakusho, Lupin the Third, Case Closed and others. Cause of death has been concluded as natural causes, and Brice sadly leaves behind his family of six children and nine grandchildren. A donation fundraiser for Armstrong’s favorite charity has been set up, to which can be donated in lieu of flowers.

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First-Ever Produced 2020 Corvette C8 Sells at Auction for $3 Million USD

The much-praised and highly controversial new Chevrolet Corvette has begun its life cycle in the automotive world, and its first major highlight befittingly involves the first ever C8 ever made.

On January 19, Barrett-Jackson auctions of Scottsdale welcomed the first ever produced Chevy Corvette C8 — proven with VIN ending in 001 — at the starting price of $200,000 USD but quickly climbed in heart-pounding intervals until it hammered at $3 million USD, a jaw-dropping 50 times its retail price of $59,995 USD. While first production vehicles are very much often auctioned to collectors and firms, the purchaser Rick Hendrick — collector and owner of NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports — bought the rare car with intentions for all the proceeds benefitting the Detroit Childrens’ Fund. And while the red car shown at the auction was just a representative, the actual car to be built as VIN 001 will contain the Z51 performance package and arrive in black on black with special GT2 seats.

The highly anticipated 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is beginning to reach the hands of reviewers internationally, and critics have touted it for its daring move to a mid-engined layout for the first time in its lineage. The base car contains a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine that produces 490-495 horsepower — depending on the Z51 package or without — and pushes all of its power to the rear wheels. Compared to its predecessor, the car is expected to hit 0-60 times of 2.8 seconds.

Learn more about the C8 Corvette and in other automotive news, check out the «Fuji Speedway» special edition Toyota Supra by Gazoo Racing.

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RIOT FACETASM Is the Core Brand’s Approach to Carefree Style

Japanese fashion label FACETASM pulls the veils off of its latest line, entitled RIOT FACETASM.

While the core line will continue to exist, RIOT will differ in that the design style will slightly vary from FACETASM’s often playful, «runway-ready» approach to couture. While both brands highlight the expressionism that it prides in its clothing, RIOT wants the owner of the pieces to — according to the press release — «enjoy wearing the clothes and forget about any troubles, even in this bustling everyday life.» The brand’s feather insignia also cements this, symbolizing lightness and freedom to a public which may overemphasize the clothing and styling seen today.

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Within the line’s first lookbook, we’re presented with more relaxed fits and cuttings, giving a loose and airy feel to the jackets, hoodies, shorts and more. The focused outerwear feels very much «everyday» with styling cues hitting upon military design-inspired pockets and hardware, contemporary fashion with lapels and collars, sports-wear with long drawstrings, etc. Color palettes arrive in orange and turquoise, but not forgetting black and blue. Designer Hiromichi Ochiai wanted to hark on his teenaged years for this first collection, inspired by the 1980s Tokyo fashion scene.

RIOT FACETASM will officially launch in July 2020, with a worldwide release at FACETASM stockists. While no footwear was presented within this reveal, FACETASM last worked with Jordan Brand on a colorful edition of the AJ1 for Holiday 2019.

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Radiohead Generously Makes Its «Library» of Content Free

Indie rock band Radiohead has just updated its «infuriatingly uninformative» website and corrected it to be epic, by providing a slew of old and rare content to the masses, for free.

Radiohead.com is now labeled as the «RADIOHEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY» which, befittingly, contains the bands catalog of albums and singles. More notably however are the inclusions of rare events and performances, along with streams and music videos both released and unreleased. The band’s more recognized albums — OK Computer, Kid A, and Amnesiac — are available to purchase and stream of course, but earlier recordings predating Pablo Honey have been given the light of day, all the way back to their first EP entitled Drill. While currently it doesn’t seem to have any content tied to it (but the albums are available on Spotify, Drill EP streamable below) and is simply track lists and album cover art, the inclusion makes the archive that much richer.

Naturally the website is also home to a selection of merch, but surprisingly the members’ short film series The most Gigantic Lying mouth of All Time is embedded as well within the Hail to the Thief era, giving a glimpse into the creative, eccentric, and rather unorthodox minds of Thom Yorke and his bandmates during their careers in the early 2000s. Fans will also be delighted to find full sets streamable as well, such as the band’s 90-plus-minute live outing at Lollapalooza 2016.

Check out the RADIOHEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY to enjoy everything from the band, but if you prefer a more modern platform, Radiohead also released its full discography on YouTube as well.

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The Art Of Wearing Wild Pants

Pattern mixing–all in one garment. From Pentimento.

George Frazier’s classic essay “The Art of Wearing Clothes” is at its heart an argument in favor of conservative clothing. Anecdote after anecdote indicate the folly of flashy dress — Sir Walter Raleigh was a fool in a “doublet finely flowered,” Lord Buckingham literally dripped diamonds, Prince von Kaunitz needed four wig attendants. Frazier sets these men up to shine a light on the moment it all changed — for the better, in his view — with the arrival of Beau Brummel. The O.G. dandy cared deeply about clothing and allegedly changed three times a day, but he made showing off a far less showy affair. Post-Brummel, the desired state of men’s dress was “tasteful simplicity,” restraint, and “studied carelessness.”

To an extent, Frazier (or at least his writing) is the Brummel off our time. Whether they were influential or just prescient, his essays define modern style as subtle, personal, and within pretty traditional boundaries. Esquire published “The Art of Wearing Clothes” in 1960, on the verge of cultural (and fashion) upheaval. All of the style icons illustrated with the essay are depicted tailoring, and for the most part they’re very serious men: businessmen, politicians, plus Fred Astaire. What Frazier, a jazz critic, really added with his writing was an attempt to define cool.

 

Esquire’s best dressed men, 1960.

 

Frazier’s (and Brummel’s) pronouncements resonate today. Some of the snobbishness about getting the right clothes from the right places, and just being handsome and rich, we’ve begun to leave behind, but many men (including me!) still strive to dress subtly and within a prescribed set of rules, and to look like we care, but not too much. The average guy may not have read back issues of Esquire (or Put This On), but he knows that society generally wants him to look effortlessly cool.

Author Alexandra Rowland has a different perspective on this drive to fit in. In a dazzling rant last year on Twitter, they wrote:

BEAU FUCKING BRUMMEL… He is the *inventor* of the reason that many men today feel self-conscious in anything eye-catching or unique. Shapeless hoodies and jeans or cargo pants for everybody! A suit that looks exactly like everyone else’s! So we have THIS GODDAMN ASSHOLE swanning into Regency society, making everyone feel shitty about themselves unless they conform exactly to his standards. It is an artificial construction of casualness — “look exactly like everyone else, don’t stand out,” but to do that WELL, it requires you to put yourself at the ABSOLUTE CENTER OF YOUR ENTIRE UNIVERSE. Boys. My boys. What would be fun to wear? What would make you feel cute? Brocade waistcoat? Do it. Weird pants? Do it. Bright colors? PLEASE DO IT, Y’ALL ARE SO CUTE WHEN YOU WEAR COLORS.

Which brings me to my point: weird pants. Let’s wear them more. Most of the pattern and color in men’s clothing gets covered up — we buy bright shirts and silk ties but then hide them under gray tailored jackets; you only get a little window there to shine. We are a little more flexible with casual outerwear or graphic tshirts, which shift in and out of vogue. I have some weird tshirts, for sure.

But the overwhelming pants palette is neutral: indigo, gray, khaki, olive. Downright Brummellian. Some tartans, some cords, and the occasional go-to-hell pattern or embroidered animal, which is loud, sure, but acceptable at country clubs; it’s not weird. When I want to try something new with pants, it’s usually a slight shape/cut change, or adding details like a pocket here or a tab waist there.  We’re picky about trousers — a classic menswear tale is that the Duke of Windsor had his jackets made in England but his trousers in America, because he preferred American pants. I don’t like to cite the Duke, but me too, man.

 

Engineered Garments pants at Neighbor.

 

It makes sense that guys want versatile pants and get attached to particular cuts. Pants are one of the hardest fits to get right and when you’re taking chances on shirts and jackets, it’s helpful to hold the pants as a static variable. But once you move a bit beyond a denim wardrobe for casual pants, there are a lot of choices — mixed texture, bold colors, patterns, and even prints.

The safest way to bring weird pants into the fold is to keep the rest of the outfit relatively neutral–gray, white, or black shirts or outerwear. These are for sure not for business wear, so it’s best to keep the character of the other pieces relaxed, and avoiding anything too tailored or business-y. Weird pants can fit well with workwear or milsurp style, which is often neutral anyway, and the right sort of out-of-office vibe. Knits, too, should be on the rough-hewn side rather than finer, sleeker finishes. For shoes, plain leather bluchers strike the right balance, or something non-sneaker but extremely casual, like Clark’s Wallabees, or very simple sneakers.

More than other bold clothing, weird pants require committing to the bit. They’re a risk — a flowered strut in the direction of Sir Walter Raleigh. You’re wearing weird pants. You did it on purpose. There’s a chance you may get asked about them by a would-be Beau Brummel.

 

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One-off pants from Bode.

Gold cable cords from 18east.

More Engineered Garments, which has been making floral pants on and off for over a decade.

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Acne Studios FW20 Backstage!

Take a look at Acne Studios Fall/Winter 2020 backstage shot by Marc Medina during Paris Fashion Week, in exclusive for Fucking Young!

For the Men’s Fall/Winter 2020 collection, Acne Studios has explored the possibilities of using Artificial Intelligence as a source of design inspiration.

It is amazing to see that Artificial Intelligence can be freeing as a creative tool. I wanted the collection to be alive with new possibilities for how we wear clothes, while also being grounded in strange reality,” says Jonny Johansson, Creative Director of Acne Studios.

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Dunhill FW20 Backstage!

Take a look at Dunhill Fall/Winter 2020 backstage shot by Marc Medina during Paris Fashion Week, in exclusive for Fucking Young!

The man in this collection is a cross between the preppy and the new wave, the establishment and the anti-establishment – it is not about making purely singular characters. Instead, it is about taking all those elements and putting them together, reconstructing and recontextualizing. I approached the collection in terms of process – dismantling it and putting it together in a different way. It is also about how to build and engineer clothing. It is a mindset that is not lofty, but it is exciting in its technicality. In many ways, it is a new view of deconstruction.” – Creative Director, Mark Weston

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Enfants Riches Déprimés FW20 Backstage!

Take a look at Enfants Riches Déprimés Fall/Winter 2020 backstage shot by Marc Medina during Paris Fashion Week, in exclusive for Fucking Young!

The show took place at The American Cathedral on Sunday, January 19th, 2020. Clean, classic tailoring with tonal layering and complementary color clashes. Looks with bold color palettes were anchored and romantic with the accent of sterling silver rose pin.

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Palomo Spain FW20 Backstage!

Take a look at Palomo Spain Fall/Winter 2020 backstage shot by Marc Medina during Paris Fashion Week, in exclusive for Fucking Young!

This season Alejandro Gómez Palomo took his inspiration from the concept of Ecstasy seen from two different perspectives: the religious and mystic one, with Catholic references and the work of ‘El Greco’, and the physic one, with the raves and recreational drugs, to surprisingly mix them. He has also chosen a very new color palette which includes the vivid colors of ‘El Greco’s paintings and is unveiling a very special collaboration with Swarovski.

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Fashion Trust Arabia Announces First Round 2020 Jury

On the last day of Paris Fashion Week Men, a special reception was held at the Embassy of Qatar in Paris, in honor of all FTA members marking the announcement of the Judging Panel. The evening was co-hosted by FTA Founder Tania Fares, Carine Roitfeld, Elie Saab, and Farida Khelfa and Mrs. Eman Al Kuwari, wife of the Ambassador of Qatar to France. The Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA), is a charitable organization supporting emerging talent in the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region and focuses on scouting, funding and nurturing design talent while bringing global awareness to its burgeoning fashion industry.

Twenty-five finalists will showcase their collections in Doha, Qatar on 25th March 2020 to FTA’s Judging Panel, who will then select the 5 winning designers from the shortlisted finalists. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony that same evening, under the patronage and presence of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, at the newly opened National Museum of Qatar, designed by renowned architect, Jean Nouvel. The five winning designers will receive a financial grant of up to $200,000, a one-year mentorship program from the London-based global luxury retailer Matchesfashion.com, as well as specialized guidance on sustainability from Maison de Mode. Matchesfashion.com will also stock the FTA winners’ collections, providing a crucial platform for the entire world to discover these winning designers.

Last marked the first edition with a judging panel made up Victoria Beckham, Natalie Massenet, Alexander Wang, Diane Von Furstenberg, Antoine Arnault, and Remo Ruffini to name a few.

For 2020 Judges are:

Adrian Cheng, Executive Vice-Chairman & GM of New World Development
Aimee Song, Influencer and Best-Selling Author
Alber Elbaz, Fashion Designer
Carine Roitfeld, Editor-in-Chief and Fashion Director
Christian Louboutin, Shoe Designer
Daniel Arsham, Artist
Elie Saab, Fashion Designer
Elizabeth Saltzman, Celebrity Stylist
Farida Khelfa, Model
Gaia Repossi, Jewellery Designer
Laura Brown, InStyle US Editor-in-Chief
Marc Jacobs, Fashion Designer
Mario Sorrenti, Photographer
Michele Lamy, Entrepreneur & Business Partner Rick Owens
Naomi Campbell, Model
Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director, Balmain
Pierpaolo Piccioli, Creative Director, Valentino
Thom Browne, Fashion Designer
Tory Burch, Fashion Designer
Yoon Ambush, Fashion Designer & Dior Homme Director of Jewellery
Giancarlo Giammetti, Founder & Honorary President of Valentino

Meanwhile, the recently introduced FTA Advisory Board will create a shortlist of 25 finalists from all applications for the 2020 Awards. Advisory board members for this year’s prize include Sarah Andelman, Tim Blanks, Carmen Busquets, Jefferson Hack, Natalie Kingham, Gianluca Longo, Sara Sozzani Maino, Sofia Guellaty, Julie Gilhart, Sarah Mower and Fabio Piras.

Find out more at www.fashiontrustarabia.com

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Artem Shumov Fall/Winter 2020

Russian menswear designer Artem Shumov presents the new Fall-Winter 20-21 collection captured by Mario Grey. The designer explores the dualism of the phenomenon of globalization, which simultaneously leads to a loss of identity and a search for individuality in different cultures. The collection combines tradition with modern technology: a gray wool suit and a classical blue coat, a native ornament trench-coat made from a Balinese hand-crafted fabric, neon bombers and colorful striped nylon shirts.

Shumov talks about sources of inspiration for the new collection: “The leitmotif of this season for me can be expressed in just one word – local. We live in very interesting times, technology is often ahead of social foundations and norms; it is important not to lose yourself, to find and maintain your individuality has become a relevant problem not just for one person, but for entire nations”.

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Credits:
Photographer Mario Grey
Assistant: Arina Zavarzina
Models: Artem Volkov, Denis, Natalie Chekati, Edward Fong, Andrey Yarden, Matteo Ferrabosch

 

 

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‘Euphoria’ Is Holding Open Castings for Three New Speaking Roles in Season 2

hbo renews euphoria season two

After a hugely successful debut, Euphoria has been renewed by HBO for a second season. Now, fans of the nihilistic teen drama have another reason to get excited, as casting directors are looking to fill three new speaking roles.

According to Project Casting, the casting directors aren’t looking for applicants with previous acting experience — you just need to be based anywhere in the United States and over 18 years old. See the descriptions for new characters Darian, Ray, and Ami below.

  1. Darian: 18+ to play 17. Any ethnicity. An outsider. Sensitive. Vulnerable. Mischievous. Definitely not the cool kid at school but one of the more interesting kids.
  2. Ray: 18+ to play 17. Any ethnicity. Attractive with an edge. Working-class. Pure heart. Scrappy but a fighter. Not verbose or educated but has all the words he needs.
  3. Ami: 18-20’s. Drug Addict. Stripper. Hates her boyfriend. Talks shit. Can’t read a room. Has a big mouth. Can make a bad situation worse.

The three new cast members will be acting alongside Zendaya, who will return as the lead in season 2.

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Kanye Vs Travis Vs Drake. Who Wins Your Sneaker Cop?

Hip hop’s monumental influence on streetwear, which can be traced back to ’70s New York, is undeniable. The relationship between the genre’s artists and sneaker culture, in particular, is a lasting one that is arguably as strong as ever today. The power of rapper footwear collabs and the resulting queues of grail hunters they command make a good case for such claims.

A diverse list of hip hop artists, from Pharrell Williams up to Lil Wayne and Tyler the Creator, have taken time outside the studio to add their stamp to a sneaker or two. However, when it comes to these collabs, there are three heavyweights that hit as hard in the footwear game as they do in music — and that’s Kanye West, Travis Scott, and Drake. Below, we’ve picked out recent highlight sneakers from the trio, all of which can still be shopped online at Stadium Goods.

Since his Nike partnership came to an end back in 2014, Kanye West’s and adidas’ YEEZY line has proved so successful, that should Ye’s music career ever go south, he’ll still have something to do on a Monday morning. Our trio of Kanye-impressed sneakers is headed up by the Yeezy 500 “Soft Vision.” Released in November last year, this is a recent iteration of the 500, a silhouette that goes big on the chunky front. This subdued pink colorway of the 500 reflects the YEEZY brand’s penchant for an earthy palette — seen across its sneakers and wider apparel.

The 500 line, and its wavy sole, is a nod to the adidas KB8 3 — a Kobe Bryant signature sneaker from the early days of his partnership with the Three Stripes. And while the “Soft Vision” could too pass as a basketball shoe, YEEZY has also turned its hand to a range of more running-led silhouettes. These include the BOOST 380 and 700 “Azael”, which are shoppable below. These shoes represent the more futuristic face of YEEZY, a label that has undoubtedly driven progression in footwear since its inception.

Kanye’s claim to the throne has been well and truly under threat since 2017, when Houston rapper Travis Scott first teamed up with Nike. The first official drop from the pair came in the form of a Nike Air Force 1 with a removable silver Swoosh and a deubré shaped like Scott’s grill.

Since then, Travis Scott and Jordan Brand have gone on to dream up sneakers that are not easy to come by — to say the least. The Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6, released in December 2019, marked the third time this partnership used the Air Jordan for creative output. Complete with stash pocket and glow-in-the-dark outsole, this is a piece that drew a lot of losses and continues to raise the roof at resale. Low silhouettes from Scott and the Swoosh include the wild Air Force 1 Low “Cactus Jack” — a melting pot of materials, that boasts leather, nylon, canvas, corduroy, and more. It’s safe to say that Travis Scott and Nike sneakers have always strayed from tradition.

From Houston to Toronto, and an artist that has been in the apparel game for almost ten years. Launching his October’s Very Own (“OVO”) label way back in 2011, Drake has been called upon by Jordan Brand several times since to work on limited sneakers. Many of these releases happen to be some of the hardest to come by Jumpan-stamped pieces around.

You can still get your hands on pieces from Drake and Nike at resale, though, including the OVO x Air Jordan 12 Retro. This shoe was released during the NBA All-Star Weekend and was a follow up to the white edition that preceded it a year earlier. You’ll also find a more recently released Raptors-honoring Air Jordan 4 below, produced as a result of Drake’s beloved Toronto Raptors winning the NBA finals in 2019.

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A Supermarket Chain Compared Its Uniform to Ivy Park & Twitter Has Lost It

In what could be the most random beef of the year so far, British grocery store chain Sainsbury’s has stirred the Beyhive after it compared its uniform to Beyoncé’s newly released Ivy Park x adidas collection.

The “Sainsbey” controversy kicked off when Sainsbury’s retweeted one of the promotional images from the Ivy Park collection with the caption “Repping since 1869,” the year Sainsbury’s was established.

Since the tweet was posted, Twitter has well and truly embraced #SainsBey — and the results are hilarious. As you might have guessed, everyone has an opinion.

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The New Sotheby’s x Highsnobiety Capsule Looks Towards Fine Art’s Digital Future

Sotheby's x Highsnobiety White T-Shirt and Hoodie

Regarded for its variety of sought-after rarities, including, but not limited to, fine and decorative art, Sotheby’s remains at the forefront of art’s representation in the modern age. In a bid to prepare for fine art’s place in an increasingly digital future, Sotheby’s has partnered with Highsnobiety for the release of an exclusive, seven-piece capsule referencing the broker’s Old Masters collection.

Launching on the Highsnobiety Shop, and in The Co.lab — a first-of-its-kind retail experience hosted in the Selfridges Corner Store — on January 20, the capsule features a selection of ready-to-wear garments, and accessories.

Featuring everything from rich portraiture, to scenes of 16th-century opulence, the Sotheby’s x Highsnobiety capsule puts forward a compelling case for the need to re-contextualize such pioneering works. Though many may argue that the sanctity of these paintings is only damaged by digital’s encroach, the following interview suggests that there may be a lot to gain from doing so.

“I believe there is a flight to quality in a world where there is so much content to take in. People are really appreciating these unique one-of-a-kind works of art.”


David Pollack, Sotheby’s director of eCommerce development

However, this does not mean that the gap between the digital and the physical must be completely bridged. But rather, logical parallels must be drawn between the two, as the fine and refined have proven complimentary. Next to this, the capsule aligns well with Highsnobiety’s continued quest to define luxury’s new meaning, as it transforms luxury’s more historical hallmarks into wearable garments for the contemporary consumer.

To commemorate the launch, we sat down with David Pollack and Brahm Wachter — Sotheby’s director of e-commerce development, Old Masters senior vice president and specialist respectively — to run the rule over the collection’s feature artworks, and better contextualize fine art’s move into the digital sphere. Spanning centuries, we discuss masterpieces such as the “Allegory of Abundance,” a 16th century example from the Florentine School, as well as Ginevra Cantofoli’s “A Sea-Nymph.”

Pollack: I think that the Old Masters market, and the traditional Old Masters buyer, at least in the public’s eyes, haven’t been a group historically associated with emerging technological trends. Yet, as we move into a new decade, it’s very important for our department to be cultivating a new generation of Old Master lovers. We feel that through our digital channels, we can reach a whole new generation.

Brahm: I think as you said, this partnership, and many others we have been doing are about engaging with new audiences online, and through our e-commerce platform. Each item from the Highsnobiety capsule is beautiful, and present the individual works in a totally new way. They are interesting, unique, and at the same time, immortalize a very specific moment that is usually fleeting — our Day Sale for example — through their designs.

Pollack: Our market is quickly moving online. It’s a great thing for Old Masters to be shared digitally, as one of the things that makes these works so beautiful are the details. And through high-resolution photography, you can really appreciate the paintings in a completely new way. In regards to many people’s concerns of diminishing popularity, or supply, what we’re seeing is actually a resurgence in appreciation for the Old Masters series. I believe there is a flight to quality in a world where there is so much content to take in. People are really appreciating these unique, one-of-a-kind artworks.

Wachter: I totally agree. I think when people see these works, and the quality inherent to them, they really respond. I feel continuing to do partnerships like this, and ones like Fabrizio Moretti x Fabrizio Moretti “In Passing,” or the partnership the Old Masters team did with Victoria Beckham, continue to expose people to the beauty in these works. We actually had record levels of online bidding for our Fabrizio Moretti sale, and in total sold 100% of the works for a price above the high estimate. I really think this speaks to the power of partnerships and collaboration. Building on that momentum, we were especially excited to partner with Highsnobiety to find a new way to showcase and share these incredible works, which the artists could have never imagined in their time.



Highsnobiety / José Cuevas




Highsnobiety / José Cuevas


Wachter: The colors on this work are spectacular. Specifically the deep reds and luscious greens. By far my favorite of the lot. It’s spectacular in person!

Pollack: This is a mysterious painting, one which takes inspiration from a number of schools but is closest to the type of work produced in Prague during the 16th Century. It is quite literally an allegory of abundance, so naturally the artist has included a cornucopia of fruit, animals, and so forth. It is bursting with life.

Wachter: It’s a small detail, but the coral she is holding in her hand, and the way it is lit, is incredible, and vibrant. On the merch itself, I appreciate how our Day Sale is referenced on the front of the T-shirt.

Pollack: Ginevra Cantofoli was one of the few, very successful female Old Masters. She painted in Bologna in the 17th century and this female sea-nymph is an amazing summation of the region’s style. Idealized, smooth skin, and beautiful. It is one of the best paintings in our Day Sale.



Highsnobiety / Jose Cuevas




Highsnobiety / José Cuevas


Wachter: People love Memento Mori — which is supposed to be a reminder that we are all going to die — if for nothing else than to help us lead our best lives.

Pollack: Yes, people love Memento Mori. They are timeless images which people appreciate for their contemporary references, but when they were produced they were seen as moralizing reminders of the transience of life. They are among our very best performers, and are widely collected by a variety of people. Obviously, I love this hoodie.

In summary, what we can learn from the above is that fine art‘s eventual digitization should not be feared, but encouraged for the way in which it can bring attention to the pieces that would have otherwise been overlooked today. The trade-off for moving these works away from their original form is thus minimal, serving more to highlight forgotten mastery, than destroying original values.

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1017 ALYX 9SM Closes Paris Fashion Week in Perfect Style

I didn’t see Bella Hadid once but twice today. First on this morning’s Lanvin runway, and last at 1017 ALYX 9SM where she closed the show in a stunning suit and tie with femme fatale heels. Impressive. ALYX founder and designer Matthew Williams has always set out to subvert traditional dressing norms. Early on, his brand looked to streetwear codes without ever being streetwear. Soon after he pushed the boundaries of what techwear could look like, including successful collaborations with Mackintosh on outerwear, and big hits in the sneakers and sportswear space.

Now, the Chicago-born designer is set out to redefine the way in which the next generation will dress at the office, or street, or party, or on weekends. All these distinctions are blurred now, so the officewear wasn’t officewear in the traditional sense. Add some bling to the collection and you’ve got an audience excited.

“Alyx is and always has been about autobiography and instinct. It’s about a view of the world based on this, but I’m preoccupied with what is to come, not what has gone. This collection is about the blended versions of reality we all live in – both the real and unreal together.”


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“I have absolute faith in Matt. Always have, always will do. He’s a talent.” – Jo-Ann Furniss, fashion writer and consultant.

Bejewelled Mackintosh Trench Collaboration

Last week when I met up with Williams in London he asked me if I would ever wear anything diamanté. Absolutely not. And then the model came out wearing this. “It’s what you might wear on your way to complete the final level and meet the last boss,” says Williams. True that.

Patent Leather Cowboy Boots

Cowboy hats, western shirts, and Daisy dukes, for men are all the rage this season. But unless you own an organic milk farm in Wisconsin, don’t be that person. Get these killer boots instead.

Pink Tank

You don’t understand the full 1017 ALYX 9SM universe until you walk into their showroom the day after the show. Show pieces, swimwear, furniture, underwear, card holders, phone cases, hosiery, footwear in every color, shape and texture, rollercoaster belt everything. And now a stunning pink tank with metal detailing.

Mohair Jumper

Not a mohair knit, but the mohair knit.

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Here’s Your First Look at Colin Farrell as the Penguin in Upcoming ‘The Batman’ Film

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Filming for Matt Reeves‘ upcoming The Batman film has apparently already begun in Glasgow, Scotland. Photos from what is assumed to be the set have made their way online, offering us a first glimpse at Robert Pattinson as Batman and Colin Farrell as The Penguin.

One set of photos shows Farrell with silver hair and wearing The Penguin’s signature black coat and umbrella. Other photos show what is assumed to be Pattinson on a motorcycle with a film crew around him. Check out both sets below.

The last set of photos gives us a look at Gotham City police cars, as well as vans with Gotham City insignia.

The Batman‘s cast also features Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth. The Matt Reeves-directed movie is expected to hit US theatres on June 25, 2021.

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21 Studio Ghibli Films Are Coming to Netflix Next Month

Beginning February 1st, Netflix will start adding Studio Ghibli films to its streaming service for audiences outside North America and Japan.

Fans in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America will soon be able to enjoy beloved titles including Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbour Totoro. 

Yesterday, Netflix announced that it acquired the rights to 21 films from the Academy Award-winning Japanese art house. For the first time ever, the expansive catalog of Studio Ghibli films will be subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20.

Meanwhile, WarnerMedia announced that it had obtained US streaming rights for the spring launch of HBO Max.

In related news, Studio Ghibli announced that it’s working on two new films. The studio also commented on its upcoming theme park, noting that “Ghibli Park has started earnest, we hope to be able to deliver a lot of excitement again this year.”

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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Scored a Record $68M in Its Opening Weekend

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Bad Boys for Life earned an estimated $68.1 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that makes it the second-best showing ever for that holiday period.

Seventeen years on from the last Bad Boys installment, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back together, and it looks as though they’ve maintained their popularity, both at home and overseas.

Bad Boys for Life brought in $38.6 million overseas, and $59 million at the domestic box office during its first three days. Variety reports that the film is expected to cross the $100 million mark globally this weekend.

And it’s not just proving popular at the box office: The threequel received surprisingly glowing reviews from critics and is being praised for delivering a fun, nostalgic treat.

 

 

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Yams Day 2020: A Night of Music, Wrestling & Pandemonium

On Friday night, frigid late evening air and a slow-moving line made the triangular plaza in front of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center feel like an arctic tundra. Still, anticipation – and the VLONE shirt count – remained sky high, as rap fans and hypebeasts shuffled into the arena to bear witness to the 5th annual Yams Day, a one-night rap showcase and celebration held in honor of the late A$AP Mob godfather, A$AP Yams.

Inside, a 15-foot bust of Yams’ symbol, a snarling bull, menaced the crowd from the middle of the stage, flanked by twin DJ booths fashioned as Lamborghinis. The centerpiece, though, was a wrestling ring (in honor of Yams’ love of wrestling) situated at half-court. During the night’s early acts, it was unclear how this ring would be utilized. While Night Lovell, Maxo Kream, and Bun B banged out quick, six-minute sets from the comfort of the stage, Kenny Beats’ guest Key! ventured into the ring to perform. As Pi’erre Bourne bopped around in the ring performing “Poof,” he was unexpectedly upstaged by the arrival of A$AP Rocky, who, swaddled in chains, fought his way through the crowd and hopped up on the ring; thrashing the ropes and whipping Barclays into a frenzy as Bourne dutifully continued with his performance.

After a short set from Smooky Margielaa and his diminutive Bronx sidekick Bouba Savage – the world’s most famous 12-year-old rapper – the musical performances continued, but took a backseat to the wrestling ring, which was suddenly occupied by an actual wrestling match, complete with referees and superplexes. THOTTWAT (fka ICYTWAT) performed now, urging the mosh pit to get bloody, and Bouba Savage cannonballed into a sea of arms, but the crowd seemed mostly interested in the battle taking place atop the ladder that had been erected in the middle of the ring. The mosh pits, which were most active when DJs played Fivio Foreign, Pop Smoke, and Lil Uzi, died down during sets by slowthai and the Staten Island duo G4 Boyz. (Shades of the American reaction to Giggs’ verse on “KMT” were clearly felt.)

For the remaining two hours, A$AP Rocky served as the official Yams Day hypeman; he bounded around the stage, denounced “soft shit,” worked to preserve the show’s slowly disintegrating structure, executed stage-dives, and at one point heaved Bouba Savage into the crowd as if attempting a half-court shot. As Metro Boomin launched into “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1,” the ring (d)evolved into a packed, adult bouncy castle of dudes, dancing vigorously, pumping up the crowd, and practicing wrestling moves. A single Jordan sneaker sailed over the crowd.

Next up: Jim Jones and his massive entourage, then Young M.A. The stage and the wrestling rings were overrun by seas of dudes. Rocky smoked joints and dangled bras tossed on stage. As he screamed “titties!” for the umpteenth time, the big screen flashed the word “TITTIES” then panned to the crowd: another sea of dudes. Yams Day was a sausagefest. The fire marshal threatened to stop the show if the sea of dudes didn’t evacuate the stage. Casanova launched a “Fuck the fire department chant” while waiting for the stage to clear so he could perform. Counting the delay, he had the longest solo performance of the night. It was still shorter than Metro’s DJ set (20 minutes) and A$AP Mob’s set (15 minutes). The show’s shortest set belonged to Lil Yachty, who performed for 40 seconds before announcing that he was headed behind the DJ boards to play Migos. “Yachty, you suck, nigga,” Rocky said.

The show closed with Sheck Wes, 2 Chainz, a speech from Yams’ mother, and the feel-good closer, a rousing, Ferg-led set from A$AP Mob that featured a Tyler, the Creator cameo and boldly extended past the midnight curfew. Yams Day 2020 had no shortage of thrills and spectacles, but it lacked direction, and at moments it seemed to teeter on the verge of anarchy. It did have a few refrains: chaos in the wrestling ring, calls to free Pop Smoke (who was scheduled to perform and who had been arrested earlier that day), and salutes to Yams, the man who inspired this annual night of pandemonium.

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Balenciaga Is Returning to Haute Couture

Paris Fashion Week Men’s 2020 may have just ended, but that hasn’t stopped Demna Gvasalia from delivering some headlining news: Balenciaga is set to return to haute couture.

Gvasalia, who is the house’s current artistic director, shared the big news via an IG Story. The last time Balenciaga made a haute couture collection was in 1968 when the label’s founder, Cristóbal Balenciaga, closed down his atelier. Four years later he passed away. When Balenciaga was relaunched in 1986 its focus was on luxury ready-to-wear. Now with Gvasalia-helming the house since 2015, he is set to make his couture debut for the Fall 2020 season.

In an exclusive interview with Vogue, the designer spoke about the importance of couture to the house of Balenciaga, saying that, “Haute couture is the very foundation of this house, so it is my creative and visionary duty to bring couture back. For me, couture is an unexplored mode of creative freedom and a platform for innovation. It not only offers another spectrum of possibilities in dressmaking.” He continued, “it also brings the modern vision of Balenciaga back to its sources of origin.”

Demna Gvasalia’s first couture debut for Balenciaga will take place in July during Haute Couture Week, so stay tuned. In fall 2019, Gvasalia stepped down from his role as head designer at Vetements.

In related fashion news, Jean Paul Gaultier announced his retirement from fashion.

 

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Bright Additions Accent 1017 ALYX 9SM’s Refined FW20 Runway Collection

Helping close out Paris Fashion Week, Matthew M. Williams enlisted a cast of celebrity and progressive models to showcase the refined Fall/Winter 2020 collection he prepared for 1017 ALYX 9SM.

The latest expression was presented to a crowd comprised of the who’s who of both the fashion world and pop culture’s upper echelon inside soaring glass atrium revealed a new focus for the popular label. Unisex looks found in the FW20 range displayed a more distilled display of Williams’ penchant for the technical design. With glimmering accents arranged in dynamic forms offered an element of luxury that ALYX has not yet touched upon. The bright additions served as a gateway to the womenswear offerings that ultimately proved to cement the label’s relationship with gender-neutral garments.

Patterns also made an interesting showing with animal prints, ostrich-effect leather and croc skin printed leather providing touches of texture to the mainly monochromatic collection. Aside from new accessories centered around its signature rollercoaster buckles, 1017 ALYX 9SM also prepared an array of footwear. Playing with traditional boot and dress shoe shapes, Williams employed chunky sole forms and slanted square toes to create a contemporary spin.
































Backstage we are presented with a closer look at the other runway stars, plus details of the products shown. Ostrich leather, black synthetics, denim and more are paired with the synonymous buckle hardware and a slathering of crystal-emblazoned outerwear, along with the previewed collaborative Nike Air Force 1 High. The models and stylists all prepared their signature looks moments before hitting one of the most talked about shows of Paris Fashion Week.

Take a full look at 1017 ALYX 9SM FW20 collection above and catch scenes from the presentation below.

 

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For more contemporary fashion, Jun Takahashi reimagines Feudal Japan fashion for UNDERCOVER FW20.

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Acne Studios Is Inspired by Artificial Intelligence in Progressive FW20 Show

Acne Studios took to Paris Fashion Week Men’s for Fall/Winter 2020 to showcase its latest collection that’s inspired by artificial intelligence.

The progressive collection used artificial intelligence as its start point, enlisting the generative artist Robbie Barrat to compose a fresh take on various signature Acne Studios designs. Thousands of pieces from the label’s archive were fed into various neural networks and generative systems, with some intentionally being incorrectly inputted to create an organized mistake, before being rendered into an initial product that did not exist. From there, creative director Jonny Johansson and his team created final products based on these amalgamative renderings.

Johansson stated in his press release that «it is amazing to see that artificial intelligence can be freeing as a creative tool. I wanted the collection to be alive with new possibilities for how we wear clothes, while also being grounded in strange reality.» As a result, the runway show presented perforated shirts that referenced digital glitches, polo shirts without buttons (as the neural network did not understand buttons), and distorted snake prints covering the entirety of suits and oversized cape-like coats.

Elsewhere, Acne Studios delivered a heavy dose of leather with its overshirts, blazers and trousers, as well as a number of nods to its heritage with various boot-cut trousers and outerwear that takes minimalism to new heights, deleted of details to instead focus on the asymmetrical drawstrings and off-kilter storm flap.

Take a look at Acne Studios’ FW20 Paris Fashion Week presentation in the gallery above, and expect the collection to release in the coming months at retailers such as SSENSE.

In case you missed it, check out BODE’s eclectic FW20 runway show.

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Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston Stole the Show at Last Night’s SAG Awards

Last night, the Screen Actors Guild awarded the dark South Korean comedy Parasite its top prize, and Twitter was here for director Bong Joon Ho’s “Big Dad Energy.”

It was a big night for the British, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge winning Best Female Actor in a Comedy for Fleabag, and The Crown beating out Game Of Thrones and Stranger Things for Best Performance in an Ensemble Drama.

But ultimately, the evening belonged to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. After reuniting with Aniston on the red carpet, The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star delivered a hilarious acceptance speech for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role. He used his speech to poke fun at Quentin Tarantino’s foot fetish. Watch the speech in full below.

Then, when Aniston accepted her first major Hollywood win, he was spotted watching proudly from the wings. Needless to say, Twitter is losing its collective mind. Check out the best reactions below.

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Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston Stole the Show at Last Night’s SAG Awards

Last night, the Screen Actors Guild awarded the dark South Korean comedy Parasite its top prize, and Twitter was here for director Bong Joon Ho’s “Big Dad Energy.”

It was a big night for the British, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge winning Best Female Actor in a Comedy for Fleabag, and The Crown beating out Game Of Thrones and Stranger Things for Best Performance in an Ensemble Drama.

But ultimately, the evening belonged to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. After reuniting with Aniston on the red carpet, The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star delivered a hilarious acceptance speech for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role. He used his speech to poke fun at Quentin Tarantino’s foot fetish. Watch the speech in full below.

Then, when Aniston accepted her first major Hollywood win, he was spotted watching proudly from the wings. Needless to say, Twitter is losing its collective mind. Check out the best reactions below.

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Take a Closer Look at the Rumored “Marsh” YEEZY Boost 350 V2

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Highsnobiety aims to provide our readers with the latest updates in the sneaker world. However, we cannot verify the reliability of any unauthorized leaks or rumors unless this information is provided directly by the brands themselves.

Last week images and rumored release details of yet another adidas YEEZY Boost 350 V2 colorway emerged online. The leaked images, above, give us our best look at what to expect from what people are calling the “Marsh” colorway.

If the leak accounts are to be believed, we could be seeing this specific iteration of Kanye West and adidas’ most popular YEEZY model at some point this spring.

As with previous YEEZY Boost 350 V2 models, the “Marsh” adidas YEEZY Boost 350 V2 will likely retail for $220. Stay tuned for more information.

To stay updated on everything happening in the sneaker world, follow @highsnobietysneakers on Instagram, check our sneaker release date calendar, and subscribe to our sneaker chatbot on Facebook to receive lightning-quick updates to your inbox.

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Take a Closer Look at the Rumored “Marsh” YEEZY Boost 350 V2

Visit the original post to see all 5 images from this gallery.

Highsnobiety aims to provide our readers with the latest updates in the sneaker world. However, we cannot verify the reliability of any unauthorized leaks or rumors unless this information is provided directly by the brands themselves.

Last week images and rumored release details of yet another adidas YEEZY Boost 350 V2 colorway emerged online. The leaked images, above, give us our best look at what to expect from what people are calling the “Marsh” colorway.

If the leak accounts are to be believed, we could be seeing this specific iteration of Kanye West and adidas’ most popular YEEZY model at some point this spring.

As with previous YEEZY Boost 350 V2 models, the “Marsh” adidas YEEZY Boost 350 V2 will likely retail for $220. Stay tuned for more information.

To stay updated on everything happening in the sneaker world, follow @highsnobietysneakers on Instagram, check our sneaker release date calendar, and subscribe to our sneaker chatbot on Facebook to receive lightning-quick updates to your inbox.

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Look Inside L’Art de l’Automobile’s Retro Toy Shop-Inspired Paris Fashion Week Pop-Up

L’Art de l’Automobile released a capsule collection with Japanese remote control toy experts Tamiya for Paris Fashion Week, and now, we get a closer look inside its limited-time pop-up store.

The pop-up provided a space for three collaborative T-shirts to be sold, with each being packaged in a special box design that referenced Tamiya’s packaging for its RC cars. Inside, L’Art de l’Automobile had also made a display to showcase its signature hats, which are adorned with the imprint’s Volkswagen Golf GTI — something which founder Arthur Kar went into detail about during his HYPEBEAST Radio session.

L’Art de l’Automobile’s Paris pop-up was inspired by a traditional toy shop, detailed with retro-tinged branding on the outside and two real-life display cars — the quintessential GTI and a classic Fiat, which housed part of the collection’s stock. Take a look inside the imprint’s pop-up store in the gallery above, and shop its wider collection online.

For more on Paris Fashion Week, check out this season’s most stylish showgoers.

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Look Inside L’Art de l’Automobile’s Retro Toy Shop-Inspired Paris Fashion Week Pop-Up

L’Art de l’Automobile released a capsule collection with Japanese remote control toy experts Tamiya for Paris Fashion Week, and now, we get a closer look inside its limited-time pop-up store.

The pop-up provided a space for three collaborative T-shirts to be sold, with each being packaged in a special box design that referenced Tamiya’s packaging for its RC cars. Inside, L’Art de l’Automobile had also made a display to showcase its signature hats, which are adorned with the imprint’s Volkswagen Golf GTI — something which founder Arthur Kar went into detail about during his HYPEBEAST Radio session.

L’Art de l’Automobile’s Paris pop-up was inspired by a traditional toy shop, detailed with retro-tinged branding on the outside and two real-life display cars — the quintessential GTI and a classic Fiat, which housed part of the collection’s stock. Take a look inside the imprint’s pop-up store in the gallery above, and shop its wider collection online.

For more on Paris Fashion Week, check out this season’s most stylish showgoers.

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Kim Jones Thinks Couture for Dior Men Fall ’20 Collection

Kim Jones Thinks Couture for Dior Men Fall '20 CollectionKim Jones delves into the archives for Dior Men’s fall-winter 2020 collection. Another outing to marry ideas of the past and present, Jones adds a notion of the future to the mix. Looking outside menswear for inspiration, Jones revisits Dior’s rich haute couture history. Silhouettes blur the gender lines, while close attention to craftsmanship results… [Read More]

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Kim Jones Thinks Couture for Dior Men Fall ’20 Collection

Kim Jones Thinks Couture for Dior Men Fall '20 CollectionKim Jones delves into the archives for Dior Men’s fall-winter 2020 collection. Another outing to marry ideas of the past and present, Jones adds a notion of the future to the mix. Looking outside menswear for inspiration, Jones revisits Dior’s rich haute couture history. Silhouettes blur the gender lines, while close attention to craftsmanship results… [Read More]

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‘Euphoria’ Holding Open Casting Call for New Season 2 Characters

Euphoria season 2 is officially airing sometime this year, however an exact date has yet to be shared by HBO.

However, it looks like the episodes may come later this fall, considering HBO and A24 recently put out an open casting call for new characters for the upcoming season. Shared via various social media accounts and online, audition are for new speaking roles and will be handled by Jessica Kelly and Mary Vernieu. Kelly is known for casting Precious, The Maze Runner and The Box, while Vernieu is known for her work on Looper, Silver Linings Playbook and Narc.

According to the casting call, «You must be 18 and older and based anywhere in the United States. No acting experience is necessary. If chosen, this is a paid opportunity.» Those interested can send a video audition to castingcall@JV8inc.com.

The following speaking roles are up for grabs:

Darian: 18+ to play 17. Any ethnicity. An outsider. Sensitive. Vulnerable. Mischievious. Definitely not the cool kid at school but one of the more interesting kids. Could struggle with addiction.

Ray: 18+ to play 17. Any ethnicity. Attractive with an edge. Working class. Pure heart. Scrappy but a fighter. Not verbose or educated but has all the words he needs. Attractive in a real and accessible way. Might be going nowhere in life but has a smile so genuine it’s not depressing.

Ami: 18-20’s. Drug Addict. Stripper. Hates her boyfriend. Talks shit. Can’t read a room. Has a big mouth. Can make a bad situation worse.

Serena:50’s+, Caucasian. Sassy and tough. A real character. The kind of women who partied her whole life and attended every White Snake concert and now she has several different hustles just to make a living.

Lita: Female 40s. Any ethnicity. A foster mom with bills to pay. Seems like an average, regular person but can be a ruthless businesswoman if you cross her. Recur.

The critically-acclaimed series centers around 17-year-old drug addict named Rue (portrayed by Zendaya), and gives viewers a gritty and controversial look at the lives of teenagers in suburbia today. Euphoria‘s second season will be comprised of eight new episodes and was announced by HBO last July. Along with Zendaya, the series stars Hunter Schafer, Maude Apatow, Eric Dane, Algee Smith, Storm Reid, and Sydney Sweeney. Euphoria‘s second season begins filming in March. Keep it locked here for more details when they surface.

In more entertainment news, here are 20 movies to watch out for in 2020.

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‘Euphoria’ Holding Open Casting Call for New Season 2 Characters

Euphoria season 2 is officially airing sometime this year, however an exact date has yet to be shared by HBO.

However, it looks like the episodes may come later this fall, considering HBO and A24 recently put out an open casting call for new characters for the upcoming season. Shared via various social media accounts and online, audition are for new speaking roles and will be handled by Jessica Kelly and Mary Vernieu. Kelly is known for casting Precious, The Maze Runner and The Box, while Vernieu is known for her work on Looper, Silver Linings Playbook and Narc.

According to the casting call, «You must be 18 and older and based anywhere in the United States. No acting experience is necessary. If chosen, this is a paid opportunity.» Those interested can send a video audition to castingcall@JV8inc.com.

The following speaking roles are up for grabs:

Darian: 18+ to play 17. Any ethnicity. An outsider. Sensitive. Vulnerable. Mischievious. Definitely not the cool kid at school but one of the more interesting kids. Could struggle with addiction.

Ray: 18+ to play 17. Any ethnicity. Attractive with an edge. Working class. Pure heart. Scrappy but a fighter. Not verbose or educated but has all the words he needs. Attractive in a real and accessible way. Might be going nowhere in life but has a smile so genuine it’s not depressing.

Ami: 18-20’s. Drug Addict. Stripper. Hates her boyfriend. Talks shit. Can’t read a room. Has a big mouth. Can make a bad situation worse.

Serena:50’s+, Caucasian. Sassy and tough. A real character. The kind of women who partied her whole life and attended every White Snake concert and now she has several different hustles just to make a living.

Lita: Female 40s. Any ethnicity. A foster mom with bills to pay. Seems like an average, regular person but can be a ruthless businesswoman if you cross her. Recur.

The critically-acclaimed series centers around 17-year-old drug addict named Rue (portrayed by Zendaya), and gives viewers a gritty and controversial look at the lives of teenagers in suburbia today. Euphoria‘s second season will be comprised of eight new episodes and was announced by HBO last July. Along with Zendaya, the series stars Hunter Schafer, Maude Apatow, Eric Dane, Algee Smith, Storm Reid, and Sydney Sweeney. Euphoria‘s second season begins filming in March. Keep it locked here for more details when they surface.

In more entertainment news, here are 20 movies to watch out for in 2020.

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11 By Boris Bidjan Saberi Presents Washed-Out Massive Attack Capsule & Salomon Collab

Boris Bidjan Saberi has presented his experimental label’s upcoming Fall/Winter 2020 collection at Paris Fashion Week, showcasing a collaboration with Massive Attack.

Under his 11 By Boris Bidjan Saberi subdivision, the designer presents an 11-piece capsule collection in collaboration with Massive Attack — namely its founder Robert Del Naja — as an aim to «manifest a shared philosophy on nowadays social, economic and political values.»

The collection is crafted like a uniform and is comprised of pieces including a football-styled T-shirt with Massive Attack’s branding and the 11 from the label’s name printed on the back. Elsewhere, 11 By Boris Bidjan Saberi presents the «Lunch» T-shirt, which combines a monochromatic graphic with the sense of hazard symbols alongside a depiction of Robert Del Naja. Other pieces include the text-printed «Mickey» T-shirt, which also appears in the label’s signature washed-out effect, and a technical zip-up hoodie.

Alongside the Massive Attack collaboration is another round of Salomon sneakers, appearing in dyes such as blue, pink and grey alongside the typical black and white offerings for FW20. Take a look at the pieces in the gallery above, and pick up the Massive Attack collaboration alongside the overarching FW20 collection in stores as of July 2020.

In other news, Pigalle has presented its FW20 collection, complete with Nike apparel, collaborative sneakers, and a nod to tailoring.

 

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11 By Boris Bidjan Saberi Presents Washed-Out Massive Attack Capsule & Salomon Collab

Boris Bidjan Saberi has presented his experimental label’s upcoming Fall/Winter 2020 collection at Paris Fashion Week, showcasing a collaboration with Massive Attack.

Under his 11 By Boris Bidjan Saberi subdivision, the designer presents an 11-piece capsule collection in collaboration with Massive Attack — namely its founder Robert Del Naja — as an aim to «manifest a shared philosophy on nowadays social, economic and political values.»

The collection is crafted like a uniform and is comprised of pieces including a football-styled T-shirt with Massive Attack’s branding and the 11 from the label’s name printed on the back. Elsewhere, 11 By Boris Bidjan Saberi presents the «Lunch» T-shirt, which combines a monochromatic graphic with the sense of hazard symbols alongside a depiction of Robert Del Naja. Other pieces include the text-printed «Mickey» T-shirt, which also appears in the label’s signature washed-out effect, and a technical zip-up hoodie.

Alongside the Massive Attack collaboration is another round of Salomon sneakers, appearing in dyes such as blue, pink and grey alongside the typical black and white offerings for FW20. Take a look at the pieces in the gallery above, and pick up the Massive Attack collaboration alongside the overarching FW20 collection in stores as of July 2020.

In other news, Pigalle has presented its FW20 collection, complete with Nike apparel, collaborative sneakers, and a nod to tailoring.

 

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Vic Mensa Was Arrested for Possession of Brass Knuckles

Vic Mensa attends End Gun Violence Together Rally at Union Market on February 11, 2019

Vic Mensa, real name Victor Kwesi Mensah, was arrested for felony possession of brass knuckles in California, TMZ reports.

Earlier this month, the Chicago rapper was pulled over by police after making an unsafe turn on his motorcycle in Glendale, California. After searching him, officers reportedly found a set of brass knuckles in his pocket.

In the state of California, selling, owning, or manufacturing brass knuckles is an offense punishable by up to one year in county jail. Mensa was arrested and charged with felony possession of brass knuckles before being released a $20,000 bond.

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Vic Mensa Was Arrested for Possession of Brass Knuckles

Vic Mensa attends End Gun Violence Together Rally at Union Market on February 11, 2019

Vic Mensa, real name Victor Kwesi Mensah, was arrested for felony possession of brass knuckles in California, TMZ reports.

Earlier this month, the Chicago rapper was pulled over by police after making an unsafe turn on his motorcycle in Glendale, California. After searching him, officers reportedly found a set of brass knuckles in his pocket.

In the state of California, selling, owning, or manufacturing brass knuckles is an offense punishable by up to one year in county jail. Mensa was arrested and charged with felony possession of brass knuckles before being released a $20,000 bond.

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Xavier Serrano Rocks Denim Fits for Liu Jo Uomo

Xavier Serrano models a double denim look from Liu Jo Uomo.Once more, Xavier Serrano links up with Liu Jo Uomo for a stylish outing. Appearing in studio images, Xavier wears the brand’s various denim fits. Posing for black and white images, Xavier not only showcases Liu Jo Uomo’s various styles of jeans but different ways to wear them. Sporting everything from regular to slim-fit jeans,… [Read More]

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Xavier Serrano Rocks Denim Fits for Liu Jo Uomo

Xavier Serrano models a double denim look from Liu Jo Uomo.Once more, Xavier Serrano links up with Liu Jo Uomo for a stylish outing. Appearing in studio images, Xavier wears the brand’s various denim fits. Posing for black and white images, Xavier not only showcases Liu Jo Uomo’s various styles of jeans but different ways to wear them. Sporting everything from regular to slim-fit jeans,… [Read More]

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COMME des GARÇONS Apologizes for White Models in Cornrow Wigs

COMME des GARÇONS has apologized for dressing its white models in cornrow wigs at Paris Fashion Week. The statement comes after the Japanese brand drew considerable criticism on social media.

As Diet Prada noted, “the avant-garde Japanese label seemed to have taken a step back with their men’s show, this time putting white models in cornrow wigs.” The label’s decision appeared suspect, if not exceptionally wrong-footed, given how much recent discussion there has been surrounding black women’s hair and cultural appropriation.

The incident quickly drew criticism from across social media, both for the incident itself, and the industry’s lackluster response. Read some of the responses below.

 

In response to the backlash, COMME des GARÇONS issued the following statement to Dazed: “The inspiration for the headpieces for Comme des Garçons menswear FW’20 show was the look of an Egyptian prince. It was never ever our intention to disrespect or hurt anyone – we deeply and sincerely apologise for any offense it has caused.”

The hairstylist responsible for the wigs, Julien D, also took to Instagram to apologize. Read it below.

Curator, model, and sneaker designer, Kimberly Drew wrote that while lace front wigs can serve as sculptural objects, CDG’s decision comes at a time when black culture continues to be mined for experiments.

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COMME des GARÇONS Apologizes for White Models in Cornrow Wigs

COMME des GARÇONS has apologized for dressing its white models in cornrow wigs at Paris Fashion Week. The statement comes after the Japanese brand drew considerable criticism on social media.

As Diet Prada noted, “the avant-garde Japanese label seemed to have taken a step back with their men’s show, this time putting white models in cornrow wigs.” The label’s decision appeared suspect, if not exceptionally wrong-footed, given how much recent discussion there has been surrounding black women’s hair and cultural appropriation.

The incident quickly drew criticism from across social media, both for the incident itself, and the industry’s lackluster response. Read some of the responses below.

 

In response to the backlash, COMME des GARÇONS issued the following statement to Dazed: “The inspiration for the headpieces for Comme des Garçons menswear FW’20 show was the look of an Egyptian prince. It was never ever our intention to disrespect or hurt anyone – we deeply and sincerely apologise for any offense it has caused.”

The hairstylist responsible for the wigs, Julien D, also took to Instagram to apologize. Read it below.

Curator, model, and sneaker designer, Kimberly Drew wrote that while lace front wigs can serve as sculptural objects, CDG’s decision comes at a time when black culture continues to be mined for experiments.

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Lanvin’s New FW20 Sneaker Is Peak ’00s Skateboarding

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Lanvin unveiled a surprising sneaker style during its Paris Fashion Week FW20 show over the weekend. Alongside more formal styles, a skateboarding-inspired sneaker made waves among those present at the show.

The sneaker, which you can check out in detail above, looks to be a high-end reinterpretation of mid ’00s skate shoes, more specifically the Osiris D3. The Lanvin sneaker’s distinct shape and lace cage design look to have been lifted from the D3.

The Osiris D3 was, of course, the source of inspiration for A$AP Rocky’s first (and so far only) collaboration with Under Armour, as well as one of Virgil Abloh’s previous Louis Vuitton designs.

Mid ’00s skateboarding design looked to be coming back at one point, mostly due to the rise of chunky sneakers, though the trend never really materialized as expected. Lanvin, it seems, is giving it another go with its currently unnamed FW20 sneaker.

To stay updated on everything happening in the sneaker world, follow @highsnobietysneakers on Instagram, check our sneaker release date calendar, and subscribe to our sneaker chatbot on Facebook to receive lightning-quick updates to your inbox.

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Lanvin’s New FW20 Sneaker Is Peak ’00s Skateboarding

Visit the original post to see all 2 images from this gallery.

Lanvin unveiled a surprising sneaker style during its Paris Fashion Week FW20 show over the weekend. Alongside more formal styles, a skateboarding-inspired sneaker made waves among those present at the show.

The sneaker, which you can check out in detail above, looks to be a high-end reinterpretation of mid ’00s skate shoes, more specifically the Osiris D3. The Lanvin sneaker’s distinct shape and lace cage design look to have been lifted from the D3.

The Osiris D3 was, of course, the source of inspiration for A$AP Rocky’s first (and so far only) collaboration with Under Armour, as well as one of Virgil Abloh’s previous Louis Vuitton designs.

Mid ’00s skateboarding design looked to be coming back at one point, mostly due to the rise of chunky sneakers, though the trend never really materialized as expected. Lanvin, it seems, is giving it another go with its currently unnamed FW20 sneaker.

To stay updated on everything happening in the sneaker world, follow @highsnobietysneakers on Instagram, check our sneaker release date calendar, and subscribe to our sneaker chatbot on Facebook to receive lightning-quick updates to your inbox.

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Michelle Obama’s Workout Playlist Includes Cardi B, Nipsey Hussle & More

Following in suit after her husband’s popular summer playlists, former First Lady Michelle Obama has shared her top musical choices for her 2020 workout playlist.

Shared via her social media accounts, Michelle Obama‘s Workout Playlist includes a bevy of recent bangers including Cardi B’s «Press» (the clean version of course), Nipsey Hussle’s «Hustle & Motivate,» Anderson .Paak’s «Come Down,» The Carters’ «Apeshit,» Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s «One Kiss,» «Clique» by Kanye West, Big Sean, and JAY-Z, Tony! Toni! Toné!’s «Feels Good,» and much, much more. In addition to the aforementioned tracks, the curated playlist includes a warm down segment accompanied by Meek Mill and Frank Ocean singles.

She also stated, «It’s about that time when New Year’s resolutions get a bit harder to stick to. To offer a little inspiration, I want to share my go-to #WorkoutPlaylist with you. These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts. What’s on your playlist?»

Although Michelle and Barack Obama are no longer the First Lady and U.S. President, they still continue to impress the country with their infectious charm. Check out Michelle’s full 2020 Workout Playlist below.

In more music-related news, these are the first week album projections for Mac Miller, Eminem and Halsey.

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