Emily C. Chang joins the cast of “The Vampire Diaries” (CW) to play “the quintessential girl next door with an unexpected wild side”

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Emily C. Chang has joined the cast of the CW supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries as “a new character who may not be who she seems.”

Emily will play the recurring character of Ivy, who is described as “sweet and sincere,” and “the quintessential girl next door with an unexpected wild side.” And that’s about all the information we’ve got. Maybe she’s a vampire! I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out, because I will definitely be tuning in to see homegirl Emily.


On the heels of Eureka star Colin Ferguson joining the sixth season, The CW drama will be introducing the recurring character of Ivy, described as sweet and sincere. Actress Emily C. Chang, whose credits include Days of Our Lives and Total Recall, has booked the role.

Not much is known about Ivy, only that she’s “the quintessential girl next door with an unexpected wild side” — but knowing Vampire Diaries, the tide will turn sooner rather than later. She will first appear in the sixth-season premiere.


You may recognize Emily from her scene-stealing turn as the “Ba-zing!” gal in that Ruffles commercial from a few years back.

The sixth season of The Vampire Diaries premieres October 2 on The CW.

Japanese brands N.HOOLYWOOD and Casio collaborate with G-Shock DW-5600NH-1ER

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For its latest collaboration, Casio G-Shock teamed with Japanese fashion label N.HOOLYWOOD to release the DW-5600NH-1ER digital wristwatch. Resembling a military-specific “standard issue” timepiece, this mostly black watch features a resin band, multi-alarm, 1/100th second stopwatch, full calendar, countdown timer and all of the DW-5600’s basic functions.

You can expect to see this piece at select stockists later this month.

HYPETRAK TV: Exploring Hong Kong with Young Guru



With the mechanical churn of a weaving machine, shouted banter from food salesmen, or the gruff purring of a sea of cars, the distinct urban soundscape of Hong Kong is completely undeniable. For an audio genius like Young Guru – he who can flip the minutia of an old soul song into an award-winning beat – being immersed in such a landscape is invaluable.

HYPETRAK had the opportunity to explore the various nooks and crannies of the “Fragrant Harbor” with Guru, who eloquently discusses the differences between East and West, his “Engineering Creativity” class, and more.

Enjoy the latest installment of HYPETRAK TV above, and head over to HYPETRAK for the latest on Young Guru.

New Balance Japan 2014 Summer MH988

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A little more than a week after premiering the all-new MH988 and its Freshfoam upgrade in a navy and brown color combo, New Balance Japan drops a deep green rendition with subtle hints of “bubblegum.” Taking a number of design cues from classic styles and repackaging them into a new hybrid silhouette, this model’s newly-applied cushioning system supports a boot-inspired, premium suede upper for a unique, yet comfortable look.

Releasing soon in various parts of the world, it may be some time before we see this New Balance MH988 Freshfoam hit stateside.


ibought (Japan) Vol. 06

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Now in its sixth installment, ibought should be a definite inclusion on a reading list surrounding Japanese subcultures. After its in-depth feature on streetwear mogul NIGO in Volume 5, the magazine follows up with engaging profiles of other Japanese tastemakers in Volume 6.

This shortlist includes Takayuki Fujii of nonnative, Big O of Phenomenon, and Hiroshi Fujiwara, all of whom showcase their favorite pieces and items from the season. On the cover is polymath Arata Iura – actor, model, and musician extraordinaire – a fitting subject for such a diverse issue; the kind of inspired modern man whose brain is ripe for picking.

Check out the photo previews above, then head over toHAVEN to pick up your own copy of ibought’s latest issue.

BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS (Japan) Takes Us Inside New Balance



To coincide with the duo’s collaborative 25th anniversary footwearBEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS recently took an in-depth look at New Balance. Available here for your viewing pleasure, the piece delves into the history of the Boston-based footwear label–founder William J. Riley was inspired by the foot of a chicken when he established the brand back in 1906–and provides a look inside its Brighton neighborhood headquarters in Boston and factories in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Skowhegan, Maine.

Enjoy the video above and look for this fall’s BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS x New Balance collection–featuring the 1400 and a RevLite-equipped 996–to drop for both men and women come August 8.

Bodega x ASICS Gel Lyte V Teaser

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Sailing on the high winds of its apparel collaboration with Fred Perry, one of Boston’s finest retailers recruits ASICS for a fresh footwear offering. Considering the well-regarded Gel Lyte V in this outing, Bodega offered up a preview of the forthcoming project.

While recent iterations of the sneaker – the “Mint Leaf,” for instance – have found the kicks done up in one dominant color, Bodega made maximum use of the sneaker’s paneled upper, executing vibrant purple, yellow, grey, cream and red colors on the heel panel alone. The above preview also highlights the brand’s use of protective GORE-TEX® throughout the shoe, a nifty premium feature wearers will appreciate in the seasonal transition.

Enjoy this first teaser at the Bodega x ASICS Gel Lyte V, and be sure to check back as more details release.