Thursday, June 30, 2011

Liu Bolin: Hiding in New York

Not content with merely camouflaging himself in front of the infamous Houston and Bowery mural, Chinese artist and photographer Liu Bolin continues his Hiding In New York series by painting himself in with the tiles at Greenwich Avenue and Seventh Avenue that were created to commemorate 9/11. Hung informally on a chain-link fence on the corner, the tiles were crafted by native New Yorkers and have remained up since being erected in 2001 shortly after the terrorist attacks. Liu played the chameleon once again by having his assistants paint an impressive suit mimicking the fence as well as his face and hands in order to achieve the shot he was looking for. Who knows where Mr. Bolin will choose for his next iconic NYC photo spot?

Lee 101 Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection

Woodsmen, dock workers, and laborers alike are the inspiration for the Lee 101 collection. Yes, workwear. It is still here. “A highlight of the collection is the Logger Jean – sturdily constructed it is fitted with extra durable and functional details such as suspenders and additional pockets, it is available in a selection of 5 finishes (2 rigid, 3 washes).” Dig in.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

adidas Originals by Originals Jeremy Scott Fall/Winter 2011 Lookbook

Jeremy Scott previews his new adidas Originals by Originals Fall/Winter 2011 Collection. The US designer stays true to his style and keeps things bold. Animal prints, wings, lots of color and just overall eye catching styles make up the collection. A line that is not for everyone, but the people that are into it, tend to be crazy about it. Camouflage wing sneakers, military boots, ballerinas make up the new footwear range, with the Panda Bear sneaker of course being the highlight.

Fur leopard Creepers (help!)

Did a little online shopping yesterday & i realized 2 hours later that i bought the wrong pair and before i could cancel my order the product was already sent! So i might  have to send them back,"might" meaning after looking at them i'm kind of attracted to them. So the dilemma is that i purchased the wrong pair which has me at an insatiable place BUT they're so unique to me and i can definitely make them work i may just keep them. What should i do???

(VIDEO) Drake-Marvin's Room

Drake appears to be in full promotional mode these days. After unleashing three all new tracks and a memorable verse on DJ Khaled’s monster “I’m On One”, the Toronto native drops the official clip for“Marvin’s Room” which finds him lost in a party longing for his ex-girlfriend. Take Care on October 24.

Drake ~ Marvins Room (Official Video) from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.


A new model to emerge from German eyewear brand is the AVRUM. The sunglass style features a distinct two tone style which was given a runway showcase thanks to the models at the Alexandre Herchcovitch Spring/Summer 2011 show. The initial run will include two variations in red/off white and dark purple/off white. Look for the AVRUMs to hit select MYKITA stockists globally.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Bathing Ape x Mark McNairy Capsule Collection Preview

Mark McNairy lends his skills to A Bathing Ape by creating these two shoe collaborations. The first is a chukka desert boot that features an all-over A Bathing Ape 1st yellow camo upper whilst the second is a longwing brogue that utilizes the camo in a slightly more subtle way alongside the more traditional longwing styling. McNairy has added his trademark red sole design and both models will also be made in England, as with all McNairy shoes. Although not actually part of the Mr. Bathing Ape line, they would certainly fit in with that collection as well. Due for release in the next few months at A Bathing Ape stores, the chukkas have a retail price of ¥34,440 (approximately $428 USD) whilst the longwing brogues will sell for ¥37,590 (approximately $467 USD).

Friday, June 24, 2011

Striking Sculpture Reflects Inner Struggle

Paige Bradley created one of the most striking sculptures I've seen in recent times. Her masterpiece, entitled Expansion, is a beautiful woman seeking inner piece but fractured and bleeding with light.

"From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: a social security number, a gender, a race, a profession," says Bradley. "I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies?"

Her work is full of dichotomies: both the beautiful and the ugly, the liberated and the contained, the falling and the floating. She is always in control of form but not imprisoned by its literally. The subject matter becomes the most important -- not narrowly feminist, but rather humanistic betrayals of modern emotion.

Inaccessible Stairwell Turns into Awesome Bookshelf

What exactly are we looking at? Rather than just neglect her empty, inaccessible stairwell. designer Sallie Trout decided to make it the most interesting part of her house! She built shelves into it and then stacked her books all alongside the walls. This very innovative bookcase was built for a house in Austin, Texas that's dubbed the Jackalope Ranch. The books are made accessible by the use of a bosun’s chair that is safely fastened to a chain hoist that hangs from the ceiling. Talk about using the everyday life!

Filling Pieces 2011 Spring/Summer Collection New Releases

Amsterdam-based Filling Pieces was launched in 2009 by owner and designer Guillaume Philibert in order to “fill in” the gap between streetwear and high-fashion. These “filling pieces” marry quality materials and design-thinking with durability and performance in models that include a low top, high top, boat shoe-inspired “boat top” and a take on the classic desert boot. Complete with white outsoles, atonal laces and butter-soft suede uppers backed by premium leather, these Filling Pieces kicks are a perfect compromise between mainstream sneakers and fashion-forward footwear. Available now online and through select Filling Pieces stockists.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Medievel x Vans x Hellz ‘Fvckboutins'

These Vans Hadley Lo kicks were customized with studs and other details by Medievel just for Hellz head designer, Lanie Alabanza. Post-makeover, the shoes have been deemed “Fvckboutin” (inspired obvs to some degree by Louboutins’s studded sneakers)  and they are about as sick as a shoe can be.

Viberg Harris Tweed Scout Boot

Viberg have just released images of their newest reiteration of the scout boot. This time they’ve got some Harris tweed in the mix, making it so blogtastic that we couldn’t ignore it. Apparently it’s unsure whether it’ll see a general release but it’s something to keep an eye out for. (eightyfoureightyfive)

Supra NYC: Go Skateboarding Day 2011

For those of you who didn’t know – Tuesday, June 21st was officially “Go Skateboarding Day.” In order to celebrate, popular skate-fashion brand Supra honored their roots by hitting the streets of New York City with team riders including Chad Muska and Terry Kennedy. After a warmup on the Lower East Side in Tompkins Square, the group hit up Autumn, DQM, Supreme and Blades before skating alongside a crowd of 2,000+ over the Williamsburg Bridge and into Brooklyn to end the day in Washington Plaza. Looks like a good time!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Five Tips On Looking Better In A Suit

To my guys & ladies to your guy
1. Have a ready-to-wear suit altered
Most men that buy suits don’t have them altered, but for £50-£100 you can make the suit look twice as good and twice as expensive. Always put that money aside in your budget when buying ready-to-wear. Make sure the neck and shoulders fit well when you try it on; don’t worry about the waist (trousers or jacket) or length of sleeves or legs. Then get all those points altered - and make sure it’s done by someone good, preferably a tailor, so the waist adjustment is worked effectively into the chest and skirt.
2. Button your jacket
There’s no point having a suit that fits if you don’t button it up. When you’re standing, it should be buttoned. Always the waist button (top on a two-button suit, middle on a three-button), never the bottom button and only the top if it’s a three-button suit with no roll. As the folks at Wilkes Bashford put it to me yesterday: remember ’sometimes, always, never’ when looking down a three-button jacket.
3. Made to measure and bespoke is worth the money
In the UK you may find that a ready-to-wear suit costs around £400, made to measure is £600 and bespoke over £1000. Each one is worth that money in terms of how it will fit, aside from questions of quality or longevity. Some body shapes get more out of MTM or bespoke, given their lack of average proportions, but I maintain that it is worth the money for anyone. Spend your money on these levels of fit rather than on bigger labels or more expensive cloths: a bigger Super 100s number just means it’s thinner.
4. Spend money on shoes
Whenever you see someone in a nice suit, the next thing you do is look down. And their shoes nearly always disappoint. Too many sharp suits are worn with sharp (read pointy) shoes. This is largely because cheap oxfords and derbys put men off and they don’t think it’s worth spending hundreds of pounds on shoes. It is. Spend at least half the money you’re spending on your suit on a good pair of shoes. A bespoke suit deserves Edward Green, not Barker.
5. Have some colour, somewhere
If you don’t like ties, that’s fine. But for god’s sake find a way to wear some colour somewhere else. A pocket handkerchief, a cardigan, anything. There’s nothing more depressing that seeing a group of young men outside a pub where everyone is wearing a dark suit, a blue shirt and plain shoes. You all look the same and you all look dull. Find another way to introduce colour or, reconsider the tie. There are few enough excuses for a man to wear coloured silk around his neck without fear of ostracism. Take advantage of it.

Maison Martin Margiela 2011 Pre-Fall Patent Shaded Lace-Up Shoe

Imbuing a sense of refined elegance, these lace-up shoes from Maison Martin Margiela continue the label’s “Patent Shaded” theme for pre-Fall 2011. Featuring an upper that’s half suede and half patent, the shoes produce a unique uneven shaded effect. Available in burgundy and tan colorways, these oxfords can be purchased through select stockists worldwide, including I.T.
Maison Martin Margiela
Shop 7, G/F
10 Ice House St.
Hong Kong

Missoni x Converse Auckland Racer

Seen on the feet of models through the recent Missoni 2012 Spring/Summer Collection was another collaborative venture between the Italian fashion house and Converse. The two have been active in the past with some extremely well-received Chuck Taylor All Star models. Moving forward, the two brands congregate on the Auckland Racer with a colorful knitted motif that will surely once again define the high fashion sneaker landscape. Stay tuned for details of a release.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Radiohead “Staircase” (Live from the Basement)

Radiohead delivers a new one. Catch the full “Live from the Basement” broadcast coming soon.

Woolrich Woolen Mills Spring/Summer 2012

McNairy’s second season as designer for the Woolrich Woolen Mills collection is solid collection that revolves around Hemingway inspired safari’s and the 60’s television program, “The Rat Patrol.” Printed shirts, ties, scarves and even the inclusion of khaki suiting offer up a take on the past without remaining too stuck there. The colors in the patterned garments are wonderful.

Around The Web

01. An Affair to Remember
“The name Cary Grant will forever be synonymous with timeless, international style. Now, thanks to Grant’s daughter, Jennifer Grant, the screen legend will also be remembered for his role as a doting dad.” (RL Mag).
02. Chasing a Record, Montreal (above)
“I wanted to leave no doubt. After this particular session, which lasted six hours, I was leaving for Milan to get checked by Guinness World Records, and I was going to make sure that nothing was going to come between me and the records for the most tattooed bones and most tattooed insects. I was awarded two medals, so the trip was successful. So far, I’ve spent 300 hours, give or take, to look like the living dead. I hope to be done by the fall or winter. In the meantime, I’m busy working. The day this photo was taken, I had three interviews set up, and I was preparing for a tattoo show. I perform in Lucifer’s Blasphemous Mad Macabre Torture Carnival all over Canada, and I model for Thierry Mugler, which is where Lady Gaga found me for her ‘‘Born This Way’’ video. Why did I decide to embark on this project? I guess I didn’t really think it over. Kids and tattoos, you know.” (NYT).
03. Stuff I’ve Been Reading
“My friendship with the writer Sarah Vowell—history buff, TV and radio personality, occasional animated character—is now fifteen years old. For the first decade or so, it was pretty straightforward: whenever I was in New York, we would sit in a park staring at a statue of an obscure but allegedly important American figure, and she would talk about it while I nodded and smoked. Over the last few years, however, it has become complicated to the extent that it has started to resemble one of those Greek myths where the hero (in this case, me) is asked to perform tasks by some enigmatic and implacable goddess (her) or monster (also her). Vowell isn’t as well known in the U.K. as she should be—we have different chat shows, for a start, and because of the awesomely uncompromising insularity of her writing, her books aren’t published here. So, as one of her few English fans, I have been taking the literary challenges that she throws across the Atlantic personally. In my mind, at least, it goes like this. I tell her that I am an enormous admirer of her work, and she says, “In that case, I am going to write a book about the museums of the assassinated American presidents, excluding the most recent, and therefore the only one you are interested in. Will you read it?” I read it, loved it, told her so. ” (Believer).
04. Fifa vice-president Jack Warner resigns
“Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has resigned, world football’s governing body has confirmed.” (BBC).

never shout never's christofer drew

This guy's look is like looking at an arduous painting & i love it. His style is so eclectic i've been a fan of his style for a while and now i get to post it. Here's a few of his looks as well as as one of my favorite records to listen to :)

Never Shout Never - Coffee And Cigarettes (Studio Version)

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Swims 2011 Spring/Summer Collection

For those living in rainy climates, Swims has gone about creating a line of footwear that doesn’t forego refinement and aesthetics for functionality. The line of footwear is comprised of high-density nylon treated with 3M Scotch Guard. A further “hydro guard” has been added for added impermeability. Two new styles include a wingtip as well as a moctoe chukka boot.

i have a thing for Ryan Gosling's style

The 30-year-old  actor is not only one of the best looking men in Hollywood, but also the best dressed: from impeccably-tailored suits topped with bow ties to pulling off scarves and denim jackets. Sure, there's some interesting items in his wardrobe past: the obligatory tuxedo t-shirt, a grommet belt and a newsboy cap. Below I've picked out some of my favorite looks from this amazing guy..what's yours?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lupe Fiasco On The O'Reilly Factor

Rapper Lupe Fiasco has been taking some heat calling President Obama a terrorist.

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Louis Vuitton Yucatan Boat Shoe - Marine Color

Totally stoked to see these new Louis Vuitton Yucatan boat shoes from their Summer 2011 collection worn in the rain the other day. These matte leather shoes are treated with a water-repellant coating and looks super smooth with the white sole and contrasting stitching on the marine color body.
*Side Note: The LV Yucatan boat shoes are available in marine (shown) and beige, I'll take a US 7 please! :)

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Adidas Featuring Y-3, SLVR And ORIGINALS In Hell's Kitchen

William yan was in Hell's Kitchen the other day and passed by a shop with cool neon displays on the window (see photos below). Come to find out it is a newly opened ADIDAS store where they carry a selection of Y-3SLVR andORIGINALS products. The store is really simple and clean with a really sweet selection of footwear.
Here's a few photos from the shop and products:

715 9th Avenue at 49th Street
New York, NY 10036

Bottega Veneta Spring 2012 | Milan Fashion Week

Graphic ParadiseBottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier uses the season as his canvas, tackling relaxed, chic wrinkle-prone garments with a vast color palette and delightful prints. From the inspiring look of paints and patterns melding together to a tongue in cheek notion of what is proper, the Bottega Veneta man grabs hold of next year’s spring with a distinct vision. Blending an undeniable focus on function with the merits of great design and a visual draw, the collection is sure to influence mood boards and spring wardrobes alike.