Medicom Toy’s latest UNKLE x Bearbrick collaboration features the artwork from music pioneer James Lavelle‘s exhibition “Daydreaming With…”
Inspired by the idea to marry visual art and music, the artwork is influenced by the music of the renowned British electronic duo, UNKLE. This time in a gleaming black, the polished collectible is available now in both 100% and 400% versions at select stockists or via Medicom Toy.
Oft-cited as one of the premier institutions in the Hawaii streetwear scene, In4mation celebrates its recently-expanded empire with a new lookbook for Fall/Winter 2014.
Nicely coinciding with the opening of a Las Vegas brick-and-mortar, the brand showcases a notably matured collection of graphic t-shirts, hats, and bottoms. Premium vintage screens are the defining hallmarks of this tongue-in-cheek collection, which balance an array of self-deprecating booze references and 50′s horror movie motifs with clean logo staples.
Enjoy a look at the latest from In4mation, then head over to the brand’s webshop to peruse your favorites.
Having just unveiled a heavily sportwear-themed collection for H&M that in the words of Jezebel, makes you look like a funky scuba diver, Alexander Wang chose one of New York’s most illustrious sporting venues to launch it. Usually a track-and-field facility, on Wednesday night the Fort Washington Avenue Armory allowed its interior to be camped up for an evening that incorporated a fashion show, pop-up shop and gig by Missy Elliott.
Arriving so far north in Manhattan that some fashionistas were getting the bends, the black-clad hordes were ushered upstairs to an arena decked out in black sparkly carpet, over which was hung a cube of screens bearing the designer’s name and H&M’s logo. An athletics track surrounded tall black wooden structures and a couple of trampolines. The guests milled around drinking champagne to a soundtrack of 90s hip-hop and R&B while models of the moment including Hanne Gaby Odiele stalked among them, clad in looks from the entirely monochrome Wang collection – abs-baring tops, grey stripy leggings, puffa jackets and neoprene coats.
After the audience had taken their seats on bleachers, having first picked up a black foam Alexander Wang-branded boxing glove, a riff on the pointing fingers waved at sporting events (and by Miley Cyrus), the front-row posse made their appearance: Eddie Redmayne (wearing a black sweatshirt from the collection), Jessica Chastain, Dakota Fanning, Solange and Mary J Blige. Having loaned some A-list lustre to the budget-priced threads, the show was at last ready to begin. First a clutch of dangerously chiseled young men propelled themselves from trampolines and flipped atop the huge wooden boxes, parkour-style, and then the models emerged, strutting around the running track in body-conscious clothes suitable, as Wang claimed, for the street, the gym or the club. To underline the point, the outfits were accessorised with hockey sticks, masks, basketballs and black stripes on naked arms, backs and shoulders which at first looked painted on, but on closer inspection proved to be bands of some elastic-like material. Plenty of garments had “Wang” emblazoned across, H&M clearly unconcerned that the word is slang for penis in many of their most lucrative territories.
The show, which was not short on drama, concluded with an erupting glitter cannon, a standing ovation by Mary J Blige, and a victory lap by a beaming Wang. As the DJ played a selection of tunes including Kanye West’s New Slaves, which namechecks Wang somewhat critically, but which was played as though it was an unabashed big-up, the audience swarmed onto the catwalk and was inexorably drawn to the backstage area. Behind a curtain, a shop selling the collection had been set up. Given that H&M’s designer collections usually inspire hours of queueing by fashion die-hards and vanish from the stores in about half an hour (to return, at stratospheric prices, on eBay later the same day), it’s not surprising that the shop had an air of barely controlled hysteria, as fashion people expertly stripped the racks of the headline pieces. Perhaps slightly the worse for drink by this stage, even your correspondent was not entirely immune to the frenzy, bagging a black neoprene biker-style jacket for $99, undeterred by the fellow shopper who counseled kindly “You know that neoprene’s impossible to clean?”
Purchases spirited away to the cloakroom, the night finished with a gig by Missy Elliott. Though her best records are sublime, as a live performer she can be frustrating to say the least, and even tonight kept stopping the show, first to exort everyone to put their phones away, then to battle through the crowd to one side of the room and then the other in search of the night’s most ardent Missy fans. Still, it was a treat to hear Get Ur Freak on and Work It again, and Wang, who came onstage to dance to Lose Control, showed that he is a nifty mover as well as a designer. Tonight was his night, a collision of music, celebrity and fashion destined to propel both the designer and H&M into the commercial stratosphere.
Like most modern day cities, Taipei is an urban center made of concrete and steel. Inspired by this city and the uncompromising materials used to build it, Taiwanese brand 22designstudio specializes in progressive timepieces, writing tools and jewelry, including one-of-a-kind concrete sketch pencils and rollerball pens.
Specifically designed to provide the perfect writing experience, the pencil’s weight and contoured construction make it the ideal tool for free-hand drawing, while a cleverly-designed, integrated pencil sharpener ensures maximum utility. The latter, meanwhile, is a hefty pen/desktop sculpture aimed at users who need a serious writing utensil and who also appreciate the aesthetics of good design.
Handmade in Taiwan from concrete and steel, both designs were intended to stand the test of time and their unique materials will only look better with extended use.
22designstudio’s concrete pens and pencils are available now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
Following GRIND‘s editorial last month, Taiwan-basedZINE magazine has put together its own showcasing some of Y-3‘s more athletic pieces.
Photographed by world-renowned Leslie Kee, who is also the magazine’s photography consultant, and styled by Tokyo-based Kosei Matsuda, the fall/winter editorial displays various stand-out sportswear looks featuring pieces of the Japanese label’s collection. Photographed and styled to perfection, check out the ZINE magazine-curated looks above.
Pick up your favorite pieces at select Y-3 retailers around the world.
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It’s not everyday an NBA star will take time out of his busy day to do fun stuff like this, so watch what happens when freshman Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin disguises himself as an employee at an Adidas store in Taipei selling basketball shoes.
In honor of kolor‘s 10th anniversary, kolor imprint BEACON has released two jackets to be sold exclusively at Dover Street Market Ginza in Tokyo.
The two colorways utilize the same camouflage pattern as the one used for limited edition items sold at the reopening of Dover Street MarketGinza in August. Featuring a hunting camo pattern in dark green and a woodland camo pattern in brown, the jackets incorporate lightly distressed hems and two front pockets for a more worn-in aesthetic.