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Mac DeMarco made a rare appearance on late night television yesterday as he was the evening's special musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Backed by the sophisticated jazz stylings of Jon Baptiste & Stay Human, the "On The Level" singer performed a solid live rendition of “One Another,” one of the standout cuts from from this year’s acclaimed This Old Dog LP. As you'll notice in the clip above, the infamous "jizz jazz" pulled up in his trademark normcore stylings with a tucked in a custom Tom Tanks T-shirt paired with a dad hat and some chinos. Coincidentally, Tom Hanks was also in the building and he ended up capturing a flick for the 'gram. Watch the performance above along with his impromptu Tom Hanks meeting down below. Had a #gr8time. Big #love to @jonbatiste. Another hot #T from #yrboi @matthewvolznyc A post shared by @macdemarco on Dec 12, 2017 at 6:28pm PST
KITH founder Ronnie Fieg has shared a new teaser for his next partnership effort -- he's tapped LeBron James and Nike for an upcoming collaborative drop. A special Nike LeBron 15 was previewed on the feet of King James during the KITH Sport fashion show which generated a ton of buzz. This only, of course, was just a sign of more things to come. Shared via Fieg's Instagram, LeBron James' signature lion head logo is slightly altered as it incorporates "RF" and "KITH' within the crown. Fieg also showcased an image alongside James with the caption "Next" to give followers a hint of what's on the horizon. Take a look at the imagery and let us know if you look forward to what Fieg and James have under their sleeves. Long Live The King. A post shared by Ronnie Fieg (@ronniefieg) on Dec 12, 2017 at 3:51pm PST Next. A post shared by Ronnie Fieg (@ronniefieg) on Dec 10, 2017 at 8:41am PST
Kobe Bryant retired last year, but Nike has one more tribute for the legend in the works. In commemoration of Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony, the company is introducing a limited run of Bryant-saluting jerseys, featuring bespoke detailing and a price tag to match. The pair of Nike jerseys feature the classic Lakers colors and the two numbers worn by The Black Mamba during two different 10-year spans in Kobe's career -- the 1996-2006 #8 and 2006-2016 #24. These jerseys also feature Bryant's signature, championship stars, and the date of the jersey's retirement placed above the typical Nike tag. Packaged in a pair of boxes featuring magnetic closures and clear viewing windows, these jerseys are more trophy than sports gear. Both the #8 and #24 jerseys are set to be retired on December 18 at Staples Center when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors, which will coincide with this release. Priced at $524.08 USD, only the most dedicated Kobe fans need apply. Meanwhile, the basketball icon recently made waves by calling out ESPN for twisting his words.
Earlier this month, Coca-Cola and atmos LAB announced a collaborative capsule for the Holiday 2017 season. The joint offering is comprised of co-branded coaches jackets, long-sleeve T-shirts, caps and hoodies. As far as the color scheme goes, the lineup is swathed in a cool mix of black, red, white and navy. To top it all off, the wares are embellished with graphics and text that relay "number one soft drink." Standout pieces include The all-red coaches jacket with a six-pack of Coca-Cola bottles graphic embellished on the back portion, the tonal black tNYCo hoodie with atmos LAB branding details in red and white, and the six-panel cap adorned with “yes, Coke” embroidered text on the front portion. Take a look at the photos above, and purchase all pieces now at HBX's official website. Prices range approximately between $51 USD and $165 USD.
It’s hard to overestimate the role that Tony Alva has played in the development of skateboarding. In his early years as a skater, he was an integral part of the Z Boys as they brought elements of surfing to the sport and created a new, more aggressive version of skating that is still important today. If Alva’s innovation was impressive, so is his longevity, with the legendary skater approaching five decades since he first picked up a board and not much less since he went professional. When Alva started skating, the sport was mostly characterized by a range of tricks that had been developed in the 1960s. When a group of Californian surf kids began to skate in their own way, the sport took on a new appearance, with the style earning the name “vertical skating.” “Surfing is everything when it comes to being the kind of skater I am,” Alva explains of his personal style, “you have to have some sense of continuity and style, and the flow that we get from being surfers first and foremost is really important." After starting skating aged 10, Alva was a professional by the time he was 16, having signed a deal with Vans in 1974. In those early days -- less than a decade after it was founded -- Vans was wildly different than the company it is today, although Alva believes that not everything has changed. “I’ve watched Vans come from a little small mom and pop business to where its $3 Billion a year super successful,” he says of the company’s growth, “and its because we stayed true to the game. We’re open to promoting ourselves through things that kids are passionate about: music, art, fashion -- but like real fashion done by the kids for the kids -- surfing and skateboarding.” "I would be in jail or dead already if I didn't get sober in 2006." The relationship between Vans and Alva made sense. Vans was the shoe that he had worn growing up, and the brand clearly believed in the young skater, allowing him to design the first ever signature skate shoe. Over the course of his 44-year career, Alva has seen skateboarding change extensively; from his surf-influenced moves of the early 1970s to the brink of Olympic participation. Looking back on those early days, Alva points how far the sport has come in terms of the equipment and opportunities available. “We were riding like total Freddie Flintstone caveman equipment and it made things much more difficult,” he explains, “the equipment has got so much better. You have gear that allows you to do shit that we only dreamed about in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Similarly, the terrains have allowed the sport to progress: “We have our own custom-made places, like dreamscapes for skating.” These innovations haven’t entirely revolutionized skateboarding, though, and Alva believes it has always been the skaters themselves who have pushed the boundaries of the sport. “The skaters have always been good enough to do what we’re doing now,” he claims. “With the technical advancements, the technical aspect of skateboarding has caught up to the ability of the skateboarders.” Alva knows a thing or two about skateboarding quality, with his talent and career earning him a reputation as one of the sport’s most influential names. His early years with the Z Boys saw him at the forefront of one of skateboarding’s most important movements, while his personal ability saw him win the Men's World Overall Professional Skateboard Championship aged just 19. “A lot of the guys from that team went on to be some of the most revolutionary and amazing professional skateboarders in the history of skateboarding,” Alva remembers of those early days, “I was pretty stoked to be a part of that.” When discussing both his personal early success and his time with the Z Boys, Alva mentions the aggression and arrogance that characterized that period. The Z Boys, for him, were “an aggressive pack, a pretty belligerent pack” while the motivation behind his early years was “to show everyone that I couldn’t be beaten. I carried that attitude -- that brashness, that arrogance -- with me for a good chunk of my life.” I think we’re just so free, abstract and rebellious that it’s hard to pay a skateboarder that much money to be a so-called commercial athlete. If skateboarding has changed remarkably over the course of Alva’s career, then so has he. The belligerent young skater has been replaced by an elder statesman of the sport, his drinking and partying days behind him. “I burned out by burning that candle at both ends,” says Alva of the change, “I was a daily weed smoker, I was a binge drinker, I did a lot of stuff that was very self destructive.” It’s been 11 years since Alva decided to change his approach to things, and it came at a crucial moment for him: “I would be in jail or dead already if I didn’t get sober in 2006.” It’s also a decision that has allowed Alva to continue his skating career, when most people would consider it a young person’s game. For Alva, though, he still has an important role to play in the sport. “There’s things I do that are like a long lost art,” he explains, “there’s guys that can’t even comprehend some of the things that come from my era that I can still do on a skateboard.” Despite having the long history of innovation, Alva isn’t here just to show off to the younger generation. “I’m out there to share and be a part of something that’s really positive and creative, and I’m still learning from the young guys as much as they’re hopefully learning from me,” he describes, “you go from being the teacher to the student and back and forth. It’s a symbiotic relationship." Despite seeing the sport change over his lifetime -- and still being an active participant in its development -- Alva isn’t sure about the direction it appears to be going in. Increasingly, skateboarding has become a mainstream sport, with new levels of funding and international recognition. For Alva, however, it remains fundamentally divorced from most of these sports. “I think that those sports are so specialized and their image is so commercially acceptable that they can get paid that money to do that stuff,” he says of other, more established sports. “We’ve [skateboarders] never really been that. I don’t know if we have that in our character, in our DNA. I think we’re just so free, abstract and rebellious that it’s hard to pay a skateboarder that much money to be a so-called commercial athlete.” Equally, Alva sees skateboarding’s upcoming participation in the Olympics as a threat to what the sport stands for. “There’s a lot of skateboarders that it leaves a bad taste in their mouth,” he claims, “to even think that skateboarding is going to be a part of something that is so commercial and so corporate and beating down the needy and downtrodden, and leaving such a path of wreckage. The greed of corporations and entities like the IOC, that shit has nothing to do with skateboarding. If we have to be prostitutes to that kind of materialism, I don’t think a lot of skateboarders are willing to do that.” Speaking to Alva, it’s easy to see that the belligerence that characterized his youthful success is still there. Whereas once it was focused on the arrogance of competition and his self-destructive urges, that anger now seems directed against the meddling in the sport he reinvented almost half a century ago. As the Olympics beckons, as brands continue to commodify skateboarding’s image, and as the sport continues to change and grow, Alva’s voice and his commitment to be, in his own words, “a positive influence on skateboarding” is more important than ever.
Brockhampton is officially back for the holiday season and has unveiled a new video-single, "Boogie." The track serves as the lead single from its forthcoming third studio album, Saturation III. In the Kevin Abstract-directed video, you'll find the Brockhampton crew wreaking havoc in a bodega while their music provides the perfect backdrop for their abrupt convenient store rebellion. Meanwhile, Saturation III will official drop this Friday, December 15. Along with the album release announcement and lead single, BROCKHAMPTON has also unveiled an eloquently shot mini-film featuring unreleased Brockhampton songs which serves as a trailer for the forthcoming full length Kevin Abstract-directed film, Billy Star. Watch and listen above, for those interested in seeing them live, the group will be rocking out during three sold-out Los Angeles shows at El Rey Theatre on December 27, 28, and 29.
Japanese label MR.OLIVE continues to pull inspiration from Americana fashion with the release of its Spring/Summer 2018 capsule. The looks range from casual to dressed up with subtle use of patterns and muted tones to accentuate its connection to vintage American fashion. The collection includes: jackets, sweatshirts, T-shirts, shirts, pants, jeans and headwear with the standout pieces being the dark and orange jackets that can be worn relaxed or over a suit. Though a big part of the release is its layering capabilities, which can be pulled together by the range of cropped denim and pants. View the full collection above and check out MR.OLIVE's store for more information.
Nike introduced its progressive fusion of the Air Mariah and Flyknit Racer just this past summer. The creative blend added a bit more visual heft to the brand's original Flyknit Trainer design, which also returned this year, and the new fushion is returning in a muted burgundy. This latest iteration boasts an understated Deep Burgundy Flyknit upper, nearly matching the black mid and outsole, and heel counter. A Pure Platinum Swoosh and white detailing on the midsole give the shoe some necessary visual interest and help break up the dark tones. As usual, the sneaker features a pull tab on the heel, tonal laces and a sock-like ankle opening. Available at stockists like Titolo, the sneaker retails for 199.90 CHF, approximately $200 USD. Meanwhile, Nike's must-have VaporMax returns in its OG colorway.
Another week, another major Supreme drop. This Thursday, one of the standout pieces from this season set to release — the Supreme x Fender Stratocaster. To promote the item, ‘Preme tapped none other than Compton music legend DJ Quik. Tonally white except for a box logo situated between the pickups, the guitar immediately stood out from the rest of the season’s non-clothing goods: not only is it Supreme’s first co-branded guitar, it’s the brand’s first co-branded musical instrument. This video, posted on Instagram earlier today, shows the platinum and gold-selling MC in his home, strumming a few chords on the guitar. Quik then turns to the camera and states, “It’s funny, there are kids that are gonna pick up this guitar and change the world with it. That’s how it works; there’s always the next person.” Check it out below. The Strat is set to drop tomorrow, December 14. It's only one of this week's must-have drops, but it may just be the best of the bunch. Will you attempt to purchase it? DJ Quik for Supreme®/Fender® Stratocaster ? @kings0l0m0n. 12/14/2017 A post shared by Supreme (@supremenewyork) on Dec 13, 2017 at 7:12am PST
Having already recently dropped a collection of grunge-inspired luggage and a characteristically controversial take on the supermarket shopping bag, Balenciaga has now released the official campaign imagery for its Spring/Summer 2018 collection. The freshly-released visuals hark back to the Demna Gvasalia-led house's Paris Fashion Week runway show -- making use of real families as models for the collection -- and builds further on that theme by tapping, with the creative director's typical sense of humour, referencing the much-maligned family and school photo set-up of the 90s. Take a look at the imagery in the gallery above to get a feel for the collection and dip into Balenciaga's nostalgic rabbit hole. Elsewhere, in other Demna Gvasalia-related news, the Georgian designer's Vetements brand looks set to return to runway.
The NikeLab ACG x GYAKUSOU Gaiter Boot made its debut this past November in a striking "Team Orange" and tonal black color scheme. The futuristic trail runner boasts a technical zip construction, a heel toggle, and an upper made up of durable nylon to name a few characteristics. Courtesy of Notre Shop, fans can get an up-close look at the high-top model designed by Jun Takahashi of UNDERCOVER. Peruse the slideshow above and purchase the Gaiter Boot now at select retailers such as Notre Shop for approximately $250 USD.
2017 has seen Drake busily engaged in diversifying his sound portfolio, further moving into the realms of Dancehall and Afrobeat. And it seems as if this trend is set to continue after images of the 6 God and Nigerian artist Tekno surfaced on social media. Both artists posted images of themselves in the studio and hanging out, so it would seem something is in the making. The Toronto rapper's latest album saw him mix-up his signature style with songs such as "Get It Together" and "Madiba Riddim," while back on Views he worked with Wizkid to create "One Dance," and then a number of follow up dancehall tracks such as "Come Closer." In other hip-hop news, SZA Brings out Chance The Rapper at NYC Stop of Ctrl Tour. B A S E D R O P A post shared by C A R T E L W A Y (@teknoofficial) on Dec 11, 2017 at 3:46am PST Tekkkkkkkkkkkk time A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Dec 11, 2017 at 5:10pm PST
Originally released as a mid-top version of Vans' first-ever signature pro model shoe, the Half Cab is celebrating its half-decade anniversary by releasing a four-piece offering of the model and its Full Cab counterpart. The Vault by Vans offering includes two OG Full Cab LX in silver and blue leather iterations, and two OG Half Cab LX in black and white leather options. The release celebrates the shoe's longevity, as well as its history with street skaters in the early '90s who'd cut the original show half-way down. The Vans 25th Anniversary Half Cab Collection will be available at select global retailers this December.
The latest home to catch our eye and induce envy is this valley residence in Brazil. Based in Nova Lima, the space was designed by David Guerra architecture firm with the brief to create a home perfect for entertaining by maximizing the use of natural light, creating fluid, open spaces and utilizing the central garden space on the ground floor. Elsewhere the home seamlessly blends indoors and out with a living room that leads straight onto the exterior pool deck -- which itself also has a nearby spa, sauna, game room and winter garden. Take a look through the gallery above to take a look at the home for yourself. The last space we featured made perfect use of granite, turning the hard-wearing material into something light and airy.
Having recently revealed a new Tiger Shark Reflector Hoodie, BAPE has released its latest version of the BAPEX Type 1 watch, this time releasing the watch in three new colorways. Coming in silver, black, and gold respectively, the watch adheres to BAPEX type, taking the rolex-inspired shape and adding the brand's signature motif. Elsewhere the watch is relatively simple, keeping a plain face instead of the camouflage pattern seen in earlier editions. The BAPEX Type 1 watch will be available from select BAPE retailers from December 16. The last BAPEX drop involved both the Type 1 and Type 3 watches, using a mixture of camo-faces alongside the plainer ones. Meanwhile, BAPE has also been working on esoteric accessories in the form of camera straps.
With the second batch of J.W.Anderson shoes set to release this week, Converse has unveiled another special edition capsule. The new drop comprises of two pairs of Chuck Taylor All Star '70s, with each one referencing a 1988 colorway and being specific to a Japanese city. The "Tokyo" sneaker comes with a bright orange canvas upper, while the "Osaka" features a pastel green upper. Both shoes also feature an off-white rubber outsole with black detailing. The two sneakers are then finished with either a "Tokyo" or "Osaka" stamp on the shoe's inner lining. The collection is set to drop on December 15 via Converse's Japan web store, or at retailers such as atmos, with the "Tokyo" shoes being available from its Tokyo locations and the "Osaka" pair dropping at its Osaka store. Both pairs are set to retail for ¥7,000 JPY (approx. $62 USD). In other Converse news, the brand as recently unveiled a "Pale Grey" capsule.
Following on from the announcement of its 2019 Cruise show location, Gucci has now released a capsule of exclusive products at Dover Street Market. The collection features a range of key pieces, with everything from T-shirts and track pants to knitwear and suiting dropping. Some of the key pieces include a quilted bomber jacket that comes with an embroidered tiger patch, an all-over branded knitted sweatshirt and a version of the classic Gucci-logo tee that comes with red sleeves. Elsewhere, the exclusive release sees variations on the brand’s name such as “Guccification” and “Gucky” as well as embroidered motifs including tiger heads, dragons and floral patterns. The full collection is set to drop at Dover Street Market's web store and physical locations on December 15. Gucci has also recently opened the doors to a new flagship store in Miami's Design District.
Following on from its Fall/Winter 2017 lookbook, Japanese skiwear label phenix has returned with an additional capsule collection. Titled "Norway Black and White," the capsule is based on the latest skiwear collection that the brand has produced for the Norwegian Alpine Ski Team. The monochrome collection sees phenix use its technical expertise with a series of waterproof and weather resistant pieces. Some of the stand out features of the collection include thick down linings that guarantee heat retention, wear-resistant knit fabrics and a "2WAY" stretch material that appears on a mixed knit jacket. The"NORWAY BLACK and WHITE COLLECTION" is set to drop at select stores at some point in late December, with prices ranging from ¥22,000 JPY to ¥60,000 JPY (approx. $195 USD to $530 USD). For more technical outerwear, take a look at the Spring/Summer 2018 collection from Stone Island.
It's been a couple of months since G-Eazy teased his upcoming album The Beautiful And Damned with the A$AP Rocky and Cardi B-featuring "No Limit." The single has now got an official release, with French Montana, Juicy J and Belly all adding verses to the track. As well as the new features, the Boi-1da and Allen Ritter-produced single also sees G-Eazy add new verses to the track. Last month, G-Eazy followed up the single with a second track from the album as he teamed up with Zoe Nash on "The Beautiful and Damned." You can listen to the "No Limit" remix above. In other music news, watch SZA bring out Chance The Rapper at her recent New York show.
Having recently played host to the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jimmy Kimmel's latest show offered up something a little different on a Christmas-theme: taking Game of Thrones into the world of Elf on the Shelf. Called Lannister on the Bannister, the clip has Nikolaj Coster-Waldau star as his Jamie Lannister character -- fitted out as an elf. In the video he keeps kids on their best behaviour with a series of GoT-related tales and stories, eventually ending the video with a Lannister incest joke. Watch the full clip for yourself above and let us know what you think of the crossover in the comments. Elsewhere, it's been a tough time for fans of the HBO show recently, with the likes of Sophie Turner confirming that the show won't return until 2019. Speaking to Variety, she said that the series was still “six or seven” months away from completion.
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