From the monthly archives: January 2012

Without a doubt, A$AP mob is killing the rap game right now. Rocky in particular has one of the freshest sounds and looks in music period. Wassup is in the early lead for my favorite video of 2012. Being a big fan of 90′s rap videos, this definetly takes me back to that era.

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A.$.A.P Rocky teamed up with VICE to create a video inspired by Scarface, Belly, Enter The Dragon, The Warriors and, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

The result is a video that follows A.$.A.P Rocky through a dreamy fantasy world filled with 40s, Ferari’s, homies and hoards of cash.

Hands on the Wheel – Schoolboy Q. Feat. A$AP Rocky

A Kid Cudi cover sung by Lykke Li turned trill. Nuff said.

Also as a bonus to our readers check out this video by Complex that features Jeremy Scott and A$AP Rocky speaking on personal style.

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Jun Takahashi has gone so many directions with the Undercover brand over the years. After a somewhat lackluster SS11 ‘Underman’ season Jun has been in top form. While I definitely enjoyed the styling found in the SS2012 lookbook for the ‘Open Strings’ collection I feel the styling and backdrop found in this editorial for Non-No is pretty much perfect. I look forward to seeing more detailed shots of some of the items below, particuarly the polka dot shirt, plaid blazer and leather riders jacket.

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If the above images weren’t enough for you, check out this 12 minute video that showcases the collection for both men and women.

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My interest in techwear has definitely increased in recent months. Menswear has become quite stale in my opinion and I have come to appreciate the few brands that strive to innovate both in design and function.

Despite the questionable brand name, I am not too familar with Fingercroxx but came across this video of their FW2011 collection and enjoyed the presentation of it. I am always partial to ‘video game’ style lookbooks and this video is no exception. I can’t vouch for the quality of the garments but I’ll be sure to look out for their product in the near future

Find more out about Fingercroxx on their website : http://fingercroxx.com.hk/

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Image – Slate Magazine feature ’15 Things You Didn’t Know About Supreme’

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Image – Print Supreme Ad, circa 1994

Those who know me, know that Supreme has long-been one of my favorite brands. The brand is one of the few that I’ve maintained interest in through the years. Since I bought my first Supreme t-shirt in 2005, I have witnessed the brand grow into a true global phenomenon. The popularity of Supreme is seemingly higher than it has ever been with an army of resellers, hypebeasts, Tyler fanboys, tastemakers, and the tasteless chomping at the bit to buy every last item off their digital and physical shelves.

Part of the appeal of Supreme has always been the ambiguous place they held within the fashion community. Supreme was a strange amalgamation of high fashion and your local skateshop. The brand frequently chooses collaborators from popular culture as well as the weirdo underground. Since it’s inception Supreme has always made reference to subversive cultural movements of the past and present and incorporated them into a line of men’s utilitarian basics.

In that way it is a brand that is both nostalgic and unapologetically modern; acutely self-aware and apathetically ‘cool’. The ultimate longevity of Supreme is that it has continued to just be without stopping to explain, define, or prove itself to anyone.

Today I came across the part one of an article entitled ‘Inside Supreme: Anatomy of a Global Streetwear Cult’ on the Business of Fashion. This article was written by Alex Hawgood and was first published by 032c.

A short excerpt below

‘There are so few examples of stories about Supreme that Jebbia finds successful, he treats the chosen pieces like scripture that he is eager to share. The holy writ includes an interview with Glenn O’Brien from Interview magazine from 2009, a 1995 article from Vogue comparing the persnickety shopping habits of the uppity uptown women who peruse the racks at Chanel’s boutique on East 57th Street and the baggy-pants, bed-head boys who wait in line for hours at a time to shop at Supreme in SoHo; and of course, the 300-page retrospective of the brand released by Rizzoli last year (of which Mr. O’Brien wrote the introduction, and in which the Vogue article was reproduced in full.)

The message is clear: Supreme is sacred, and it’s sacrilegious to get the story wrong.

“The fashion industry doesn’t understand Supreme,” says the stylist Andrew Richardson, who has helped facilitate several projects with the label, including a calendar with Larry Clark. “And that doesn’t bother James one bit. They want James out and about, paying for dinners and hosting parties. But he’s not. Fashion people want something that is uncomplicated and easy to digest – those are the opposite things James embraces. But really, at the end of the day, James doesn’t care. Why should he?”’

Read the entire piece online at BoF and lookout for an upcoming post of old Supreme magazine scans and ads from my personal archive.

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On this unbelievably mild January New York day I can’t believe Spring/Summer 2012 collections are already beginning to trickle into stores. My friend Joseph from Alwaysnever shared this video that provides a glimpse of the behind the scenes preparations at the SS2012 Robert Geller show. This video is well worth a view if you enjoy seeing the creative process of designers.

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Today I came accross this excellent time-lapse video by photographer/filmmaker Marc Bramley. Over two days spent in Tokyo he snapped over 10,000 photos and edited down the handheld video footage he took on his Canon 5D MKII. I’ve always admired the power of cities to generate their own flow and energy and this video definetly captures a certain Tokyo feeling.

Music is by GMZ – Parametaphoriquement .

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