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Kendrick Lamar's Album Tracklist Appears to Have Leaked

Saturday March 25th, 2017 08:41:59 PM Hypebeast

With speculation around Kendrick Lamar's fourth studio album, including lyrics from his newly-released track "The Heart Part 4" where he references the date of April 7, a recent document that may be the full tracklist has surfaced online, according to HotNewHipHop. The anonymously uploaded file on Pastebin titled "KL-2017" shows 14 tracks with guest vocals from Kanye West, Andre 3000, D'Angelo, Q-Tip, Anderson .Paak, Bilal, SZA, BJ The Chicago Kid, Robert Glasper, Sampha and Thundercat. While there is certainly no guarantee that the document is legit, it touts an impressive lineup of talent and includes a detailed listing of instrumentalists to specific copyright information. Not to mention, the timing aligns with K-Dot's cryptic Instagram post which alluded to an impending album release, but was swiftly taken down. Take a look at the potential tracklist below and check back for any additional updates. 1. Purple Hibiscus - produced by Sounwave & Terrace Martin 2. Counterfeit - produced by Rahki & Taz Arnold 3. Trust Everyone - produced by DJ Dahi, Terrace Martin & Thundercat 4. Delusional (Like You Haven’t) - featuring Anderson .Paak & Anna Wise, produced by Sounwave 5. Product - featuring Andre Benjamin, produced by Kanye West & Taz Arnold 6. Richard Nixon - produced by LoveDragon 7. None of Your Business - featuring Anna Wise, Kanye West & Q-Tip, produced by DJ Dahi, Kanye West & Sounwave 8. Double Standards - produced by LoveDragon & Rahki 9. If You Had Me, You Lost Me (Interlude) - produced by Flying Lotus & Mono/Poly 10. Commercialized, Failed Experiments - produced by Alchemist, Cardo & Swizz Beatz 11. Ten Steps - featuring Bilal, D’Angelo, & Thundercat, produced by Sounwave & Terrace Martin 12. Paranoia, Is Love Stronger Than Death? - produced by K.L. & LoveDragon 13. Rest in Paradise (Interlude) - produced by Terrace Martin 14. Swim with the Fishes (God Said) - produced by Sounwave & Terrace Martin

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The Nike Air Max BW Ultra Returns in Sleek New Colorways for the Warm Months

Saturday March 25th, 2017 07:54:00 PM Hypebeast

Nike is not leaving any Air Max silhouette unturned for the 2017 spring/summer season. The latest variant to get swathed in brand new colorways is the BW Ultra. The revamped runner originally designed by Tinker Hatfield gets three sleek color treatments including deep black, pale gray and armory navy hues. All pairs receive a Hyperfuse upper, a crisp white midsole and a gum outsole for a nice finishing touch. Take a look at the photos above and look out for the sneakers to release soon on Nike’s official website and select retailers stateside.

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Nigel Cabourn Unveils "Desert Rats" 2017 Spring/Summer Lookbook

Saturday March 25th, 2017 06:49:45 PM Hypebeast

After providing us with a glimpse of his forthcoming 2017 Spring/Summer "Desert Rats" collection, designer Nigel Cabourn presents his latest lookbook. Featuring repurposed items through his signature military-inspired aesthetic, the lineup touts a range of durable apparel elevated with tailored silhouettes and airy textures suitable for the warmer months to come. Reaching into his archive of over 4,000 vintage pieces, standouts from the set include the British Army jungle pants referencing a style from the 1940s, fishtail parkas constructed with high-quality Ventile L24 fabric and jackets crafted with lightweight waxed cotton in spring-friendly colors. Also included are workwear-led clothing from his collaboration with Lybro. Peruse the lookbook above and head over to retailers like END. where you can shop select pieces from the collection now.

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Nike Introduces the Air Max Plus Breeze for 2017 Spring/Summer

Saturday March 25th, 2017 06:46:18 PM Hypebeast

Nike has just taken the wraps off the Air Max Plus Breeze silhouette for the 2017 spring/summer season. The fledgling runner is set to release in two color schemes: “Cargo Khaki” and “Black/White.” Both pairs are equipped with ventilated uppers (tech/mesh) in their respective bold hues alongside a crisp white Air Max sole unit to boot. Check out the new Nike Air Max Plus Breeze iterations above and expect an official rollout on Nike.com as well as select stockists in the coming weeks.

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How Has California's Charm Resulted in Fashion's Westward Migration?

Friday March 24th, 2017 10:34:01 PM Hypebeast

Hermes, Saint Laurent, Burberry, Tom Ford, and Tommy Hilfiger are just a number of brands that have simultaneously taken the westward migration to prove the phrase “Los Angeles is the new New York” to ring true. In May, Dior will be hosting its 2018 Cruise collection in "The City of Angels." Despite the popular perception that Los Angeles will “fill the void” left by the unraveling of New York Fashion Week, it is imperative to realize that the union of Hollywood and fashion dates back to the earliest days of film. A distinct aspect of the iconicity of the James Deans and Audrey Hepburns of yesterday stems from the pair’s “look.” Rather, the symbiotic relationship between Hollywood and fashion is being reinterpreted and reimagined by fashion’s elite for a modern consumer, who is more connected than ever with the world’s hub of entertainment. To be more specific, fashion is repositioning itself from the backburner -- once content being behind the scenes and accessible to an aristocratic clientele, to the forefront – proactively leveraging the combination of its recognized clout within Hollywood’s construct and today’s technology in order to directly appeal to an easily impressionable and dually enlightened generation. The designers who call California home, and are drawing inspiration from its "chay," nonchalant lifestyle, in addition to the tailored nature of the most recent shows, and finally the various examples of fashion redefining its identity in Hollywood for a global consumer provide an honest outlook on the emergence of Los Angeles and its inevitable future as fashion’s brightest home. Last week, decorated Parisian label Hermes brought their SS17 show to Los Angeles, as a part of its “DWNTWNMEN” program. The night’s festivities included a fashion show, which took place at an abandoned warehouse and featured models who represented diverse walks of LA’s artisan culture. Following the show was a lavish after party that offered guests an inner look into the world of Hermes in a relaxed setting. Highlights included a neon-emitting music room, compromised of numerous vinyls of past show soundtracks that guests could listen to and “spin,” alongside the room’s resident DJ. Other rooms such as a playroom, populated by vintage arcade games, coupled with snackable bites, courtesy of local chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s parked food trucks further tied in the themed, LA-carefree vibe of Hermes’s West Coast introduction. The familiar, soft rock sounds of Long Beach band Cold War Kids, would later wind down Hermes’s California debut. Tommy Hilfiger’s February Venice extravaganza was a celebration of LA, starting with the inspired collection. Skaters carved around attendees who were conversing amongst themselves while holding tacos from stationed food trucks. A festive Ferris wheel and hippie musicians scattered across the beach supported the rooted intent of a New York label manifesting its brand vision from a California perspective. Both brands' respective approach in appealing to their West Coast consumer – the old money chap, in the market for classic pieces, versus the sun-kissed teenager who draws style inspiration from Bella Hadid, exemplify the labels' proactive efforts in laying down their stake in fashion's latest goldmine. At the onset of his whirlwind tenure at Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane made the brazen decision to remain based in Los Angeles instead of relocating and working from the brand’s Paris headquarters. In his own words, “I love California. It has such a strong contribution to the history of culture, and popular culture. For better and worse, of course. Even the worst can be interesting to some degree sometimes for somebody creative.” His legacy at Saint Laurent will be defined by adopting the innately cool, punk rock meets surfer LA aesthetic for a high fashion audience. Recently, designers such as Alexander Wang and Stella McCartney have produced their own spin on the “Z-boy” skater, coupled with his effortlessly chic, beach-haired, female partner; an undeniable nod to the staple SoCal look, previously championed by Hedi. His last show as creative director appropriately took place at the historic Hollywood Palladium, and is worth noting for its union of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with a revered, yet notoriously rigid fashion house. Saint Laurent at the Hollywood Palladium broke barriers, elevating the “stale” fashion show model to a full-on media bonanza that can be likened to a blockbuster movie premiere. The show and its accompanying components effectively marked a tectonic shift in how fashion shows are conceived and executed, and set the precedent for a Tommy Hilfiger fashion show on Venice Beach a year later. It is only a matter of time before other fashion lines including Alexander Wang and Stella McCartney (who presented her Pre-Fall 2016 collection at Amoeba Music on Sunset Boulevard) follow suit and set up shop in California. This may be accomplished through either a fashion show or special pop-up endeavor as a means to connect with their consumer and seasonal muse in an authentic manner, and on their home turf. Fashion is a unique entity considering the industry prides itself in its constant and unyielding infrastructure. Examples include positions of power through family lineage and an unwavering loyalty to a line’s signature aesthetic. However, a pillar of this firm, canon-supported infrastructure that has gradually shifted over time is the concept of designers and creative directors remaining veiled behind the work of their respective fashion houses. Over time, brands have realized that consumer curiosity, coupled with a designer’s personality, leads to heightened interest and buzz, which may later equate to additional sales. Given the free reign, designers have taken to social media and relating media outlets, granting access to their personal lives and work activities, thus becoming their own brand, influencer and celebrity, distinct from their brand affiliation. Today’s crop of designers have managed to create their own identity within Hollywood’s entertainment landscape, and have ascended to the same plateau as A-list movie stars and sports heroes. By doing so, Olivier Rousteing, who boasts 4.4 million followers on Instagram, can collaborate with Nike for a line of shoes and apparel, while Alexander Wang, who has over 3 million followers, can be tapped by Apple for a curated music playlist. The critically acclaimed 2014 documentary Dior and I paved the way for the highly anticipated 2017 fashion documentaries centered around Dries Van Noten and Alexander McQueen. The recent enthusiasm for fashion documentaries is a byproduct of the recognized market, and underlying commercial benefit of securing a substantial budget to commemorate the storied triumphs for a global audience. This cinematic layer borrowed from Hollywood has drawn new fans to fashion, and boosted the status and correlating reach of designers and the lines they respectively helm. Soon enough, these European-based designers will explore the extent of their Hollywood clout by inviting their celebrity peers and buyers alike for a fashion-centered extravaganza on the West Coast. Fashion’s contemporary Hollywood stronghold extends beyond documentaries, manifesting itself through cinematic campaigns and relating film-inspired work. Tom Ford, the embodiment of Hollywood-meets-fashion as a dual designer and film director, opted to produce a dazzling, three-minute-long “music video” for his Spring/Summer 2016 collection instead of a traditional fashion show. The production was directed by Nick Knight, and starred Lady Gaga dancing to her Nile Rodgers-assisted cover of “I Want Your Love” amidst a swarm of Tom Ford-clad models. The media impressions produced, coupled with its 2 million view count on YouTube, validate this endeavor. Similarly, Balmain’s Fall 2016 campaign video doubles as the music video for Kanye West’s “Wolves” single. Stills from the Steven Klein-directed short film were produced as official Balmain ads, further propelling fashion into the larger pop culture conversation. An even more charismatic example is Christopher Kane’s recent collection, which was inspired by the 2017 Beauty and the Beast remake, and took direct cues from the fairytale plot. In the same breath, fashion has established a growing “roster” of showbiz talent and their representative “teams” (fashion lines), which has become an integral aspect of their celebrity identity. A visible element of hip-hop mogul/actor A$AP Rocky’s brand is his ties with Dior, accentuated by becoming the first black male to front a campaign for the high fashion house. The same relationship is evident between Chanel and Pharrell, who became the first male to model a line of handbags for the French company. Gucci and Jared Leto, Dior and Jennifer Lawrence, and Sophie Turner and Louis Vuitton are just a few additional alignments of note. As a result, these brands have translated the gleaming lure of Hollywood not only to its front rows at fashion shows, but also adverts, products, and the industry as a whole. They have realized that there is no better place to activate than the origin of today’s energy, being Los Angeles. Their counterparts will soon join them in this space. “The Golden State” has given fashion the opportunity for a fresh makeover, which the industry has taken full advantage of in rejuvenating its business and channeling this spark towards sales. Fashion’s powerhouses will continue developing their presence in California, while simultaneously aligning itself with stardom and the like. Organically, consumers should expect future shows and pop-ups, as lines envision the most efficient manner to connect with this culture and their respective customer. Following Hermes’s opulent Los Angeles affair, the attention now shifts to Dior’s Cruise show later this spring for the next chapter of fashion's Hollywood moment.

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A Look Inside Carhartt WIP & Michael Lau's "PLAYWORK" Exhibition

Saturday March 25th, 2017 05:50:03 PM Hypebeast

Earlier this March, Michael Lau joined forces with Carhartt WIP to create a bevy of urban vinyl toys under a series titled Gardner. Now, the acclaimed Hong Kong-based artist is teaming up once again with the workwear stalwart on a new exhibition called “PLAYWORK.” The presentation made especially for Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 features a total of 33 pieces that draw heavy influences from street and skate culture. Paintings, figurines and accompanying tees are now available to peruse and purchase at I.T HYSAN ONE at Causeway Bay. Check out the gallery above and find the address to the exhibit below. The show is slated to conclude on April 12. I.T HYSAN ONE B2 & 1/F, 1 Hysan Ave Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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NEPENTHES' Second 2017 Spring/Summer Editorial Showcases Tokyo at Night

Saturday March 25th, 2017 05:28:49 PM Hypebeast

Following up on the first part of its 2017 Spring/Summer editorial, NEPENTHES drops off another fresh set of images for its second delivery. Titled, "AS USUAL" the multimedia project depicts a group of teens as they explore Tokyo's streets at night. Directed by Takayuki Tanaka with photos captured by Rintaro Ishige, who also shot the brand's previous lookbooks, the unique editorial encompasses a mix of collages, Instagram posts, as well as a short film. Highlighted throughout the visuals are loose-fitting trousers, pajama-resembling button-downs and functional outerwear. Take a look at the images above and experience the full editorial over at NEPENTHES.

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Liam Neeson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Compete to Be Stephen Hawking's New Voice

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:48:44 PM Hypebeast

Not long ago, news broke stating that Professor Stephen Hawking will be going to space. Now, a hilarious spoof video surfaces online showing a slew of A-listers desperately trying to convince the great theoretical physicist’s to replace his signature computerized voice with theirs. Celebrities such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Eddie Redmayne are just a few of the auditionees. "Stephen, it's me – surely it has to be me," Neeson professed. "Listen to my voice. It's deep; it's sexy; it's got a tinge of…physics." All in all, the spoof video was created to promote Comic Relief's Red Nose Day; a British institution that holds annual fundraisers to help those “living tough lives across the UK and Africa.” Watch the clip above and then let us know your thoughts.

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WACKO MARIA & PORTER Unveil "Jet Series" Capsule for 2017 Spring/Summer

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:01:40 PM Hypebeast

Trailing closely behind WACKO MARIA’s co-branded range with Big Yank and ATHLETA is an all-new capsule with longstanding cohort, PORTER. The duo’s limited edition series offers a slew of travel essentials including totes, computer bags as well as coin pouches swathed in muted hues of navy and black. Alongside the nylon wares are two canvas offerings spanning a small tote in crisp white and a clutch in charcoal gray. Take a look at select items above and then head over to WACKO MARIA’s official website to view as well as purchase all pieces.

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The Official 'Justice League' Trailer Reveals a United Team

Saturday March 25th, 2017 03:55:01 PM Hypebeast

After months of teasing the upcoming Justice League film, including a first look from Comic-Con, images of Amber Heard as Mera, along with Batman's tactical suit, the official trailer from Warner Bros. and DC Comics has finally been unveiled. The visuals reveal an epic lineup of DC's biggest superheroes as Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Flash and Aquaman are brought together for the first time on the big screen. While we have yet to see Superman, we suspect it will only be a matter of time before we get a glimpse of him in the film, as actor Henry Cavill has confirmed his role. "It’s hard to have a Justice League without Superman. That’s how I feel about it,” Snyder told USA Today. Justice League will be the fourth film from the DC Extended Universe, with Wonder Woman also releasing this June. Watch the trailer above and catch the Zack Snyder-directed movie in theaters on Nov. 17.

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A First Look at Zaha Hadid Architects' Skyscraper on NYC's Fifth Avenue

Saturday March 25th, 2017 04:30:36 PM Hypebeast

Renderings for a new mixed-use skyscraper in NYC's midtown have been revealed by the late Zaha Hadid's design firm. 666 Fifth Avenue, a project owned by Kushner Properties and Vornado Realty Trust, is estimated to cost up to $12 billion USD and will see the current office building increased by 40 floors. Kushner is aiming to buy out the building on 650 Fifth Avenue and re-develop it with added residential space, an 11-story hotel, as well as quadruple the size of its retail offerings. ZHA signed on to the ambitious project in 2015. If the deal ends up going through, construction will begin in 2019 with an estimated completion in 2025. Zaha Hadid Architects is currently in the process of putting the finishing touches on its first residential condo in the city, adjacent to the High Line.

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Robert Pattinson Fronts Dior Homme's Latest 2017 Fall Campaign

Saturday March 25th, 2017 02:52:25 PM Hypebeast

Robert Pattinson once again teams up with Dior Homme for the menswear offshoot’s brand new 2017 fall campaign. Shot by iconic fashion designer/photographer, Karl Lagerfeld, the latest effort sees the English actor wearing a few striking ensembles such as traditional suiting and premium casualwear designed by Kris Van Assche. To top it all off, the monochromatic pictorial also showcases visuals of Paris' spectacular nighttime scenery. Take a look at the campaign above and head over to Dior’s official website to learn more.

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A-COLD-WALL*'s Samuel Ross on the Role of Streetwear in the Age of Brexit & Trump

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 06:23:00 AM Hypebeast

If there’s one material which has defined A-COLD-WALL* founder Samuel Ross’s life above all others, it is the exposed aggregate concrete that was poured and shaped in the inner cities and outer boroughs of Britain on a scale the world had never before seen, as part of an ambitious post-war project to house the burgeoning middle class. Embodying the naive utopianism of mid-century European modernism, these council estates would – only one generation later – have morphed into dens of crime, prostitution and poverty, towering eyesores that were a constant reminder of the spectacular failure of these experiments in social engineering. The very same concrete walls that their architects had envisioned as bastions of a new society had instead become barriers to progress, hemming its inhabitants into a downward spiral of addiction and powerlessness. Hailing from a working-class family, the young Ross was all too familiar with the inner workings of these council estates. Their concrete walls bore witness to his induction as a young teen into the estate’s gangs; his first forays into fashion at age 15, selling fake Nike and adidas clothing to friends; the founding of his first label, 2wnt4, with longtime collaborator Ace Harper; and later on, his career-launching stints at OFF-WHITE, Hood By Air and DONDA. When Ross’s anomalous upward trajectory eventually culminated in the founding of A-COLD-WALL* in 2015, he would name his self-funded label as an homage to, and a reminder of the walls that he had long ago left far behind. As much as Ross tackled issues of class divisions in his designs, A-COLD-WALL* transcended those barriers within the fashion establishment by presenting a wholly novel aesthetic that incorporated industrial materials such as PVC, tech nylon and deconstructed canvas within designs that faintly echoed of a hyper-Thatcherite dystopia. In creating a new discourse apart from the well-trodden Northern route of Three Striped tracksuits and Fred Perry polos, Ross brought a new post-industrial sensibility to menswear that resonated all the louder in the current age of austerity. Thus, his creative vision was catapulted in a mere two years into the likes of Barneys New York, and to London Fashion Week Men’s for his inaugural fashion show for the 2017 fall/winter season. But these latest milestones come at a particularly poignant period against the backdrop of Brexit and the rise of Trump, whose groundswell of nativist sentiment bubbled up from within the very same concrete walls that birthed Ross’s transcendent aesthetic. To that end, his genre-bending designs play an invaluable role in razing traditional barriers in a world that finds itself increasingly vulnerable to the dangers of the categorizations of race, religion and culture. In anticipation of the repercussions of these unprecedented political shifts, we reconnected with the 25-year-old designer following his fashion show on the newfound significance of education in combating ignorance, the resurgence of the design polymath, and why the term “streetwear” is obsolete. You've been traveling around quite a bit, right? This year's just been manic. The window at Barneys was crazy but it kind of went over everyone's head because my stuff from A-COLD-WALL* is moving away from the initial kids, who don’t really know the reverence of Barneys, but they know it's cool. It's a weird time where I’m really in between both worlds. What I'm trying to do with A-COLD-WALL* is to slow time down a bit, so I’m posting way less, giving people more time, or forcing people to absorb one image for longer. We're at an intersection where music, sports and streetwear are blending with high fashion, and it seems like A-COLD-WALL* is at the center of it all. How have you brought together different cultures and translated your experiences into design? It has a lot to do with education. It’s almost like a displacement of how black people are perceived and how classes and intellect are deemed to be quite separate as well. My dad studied at Central Saint Martins and got first-class honors. This was in the '80s, when a black guy doing that in the middle of nowhere itself is a rarity. He left with me an appreciation of art and education. My mum ended up being a sociology and psychology tutor and lecturer, but at the same time I grew up working class with no money. Because I didn't grow up learning about fashion in school, the only thing I knew was about art and education and the value of it. And those two things came into play ultimately to allow me to move across different fields. Education is usually accessible and handed to the middle and upper classes who tend to lead the creative industries. So that's also the reason why [my] viewpoint hasn't been explained before, whereas it's been told from a white working class background in the case of Alexander McQueen. Right now, it’s like a zeitgeist moment where grime is coming to the forefront. Visually, there's a physical phase of black Britain which allows me to explore the rise of grime globally, because without those grime artists and what they're doing, it would just be a random black kid in England with no community or an association of black people or any real representation. Music has a big part, as a parallel, even if I'm not a musician myself all round. Everything in our culture is fusing together, but then at the same time we have Brexit and the rise of Trump which seems like two polar opposites. What are your thoughts on that? Unfortunately Brexit was always a reality because I grew up outside of London in the same working class areas as the majority of Brexit voters. A great example is Wellingborough where I went to school, which had the second highest Brexit vote for a town in the United Kingdom. So these are realities that were already there that I was aware of. It’s just a shame to know that it wasn’t a cynicism that, in my own mind, that led to the ultimate decision in terms of it becoming a reality. Once again it comes down to the lack of education and lack of resources. For example, there wasn't a decent college in my town – there was a college that taught basic craftsmanship, but there wasn't a college you could go to to learn about psychology, sociology, performing arts. Through lack of education and a lack of reasons to be interested in that, ignorance just continues to circulate. It's just like strange times we're living in. It is, but you have to look at where these votes come from... There are all these melting pots that are hotbeds for new ideas and collaboration and cultures correlating, the good sides of one another. But if you leave any major city, there is no reason for there to be serious investment to educate or push people forward. The people who voted for Trump are middle America, who live in the middle of nowhere. That's the same as the people who voted for Brexit. These towns are all across the country and they're invisible because there's no investment being thrown at them, or industries have been stripped back. Has any of that influenced you or your work in any way? A lot of the cynicism and down-trodden war words of A-COLD-WALL* is based off these experiences of growing up in Brexit areas, pre-Brexit. I can think back to being 15 years old and getting my head getting kicked about by skinheads who were grown adults. Moments like that don't just go away – they leave a mark on what is to come in terms of my output. There’s almost a sense of short-sightedness in my work because you really only have what’s in front of you or you risk being absorbed. So you never expected to come to this point? I remember being 20 and thinking, there's no great black artists or designers from England that I can name that have influenced me. None have risen to such a level that they can be quoted on the same level as McQueen or Massimo Vignelli or Wolff Olins. So in noticing that void, I decided that I'm going to hit that level myself. When I was working heavily for other brands and building great relationships, there maybe wasn’t a place for me in that structure to reach the highest level. But, internally I knew that I was going to get to this point. It’s like being on the bottom floor of a high rise building and you can’t get to the penthouse, so instead you just take a ladder and put it on the side of the building rather than go through every single floor. The ladder can get kicked down, but you have to take the risk. You took the risk, otherwise you'd never find out. There's no investment in this, I literally flipped it on my own. All of this started from a one month T-shirt sale 19 months ago. A lot of people don’t understand that it takes a lot of work to get to this point. I guess A-COLD-WALL* fits so perfectly with that story because it is an anomaly itself, in the way it’s presented, the fabrics used, the installations, and my own story as well. It fits so well into what’s happening right now. It's the working class voice, it’s just not the voice of Trump or Brexit. A-COLD-WALL* is birthed in the same physical locations as well. How would you define streetwear? What the fuck is streetwear anyway now, man? The British Fashion Awards called it "urban luxury." I prefer urban luxury to streetwear. It's impossible when you have Juicy Couture doing collabs with like Vetements. You can’t put that in the same room as a XLARGE T-shirt with the ape on the front. It just doesn’t make any sense. Streetwear is like, a weird term. Why are fashion designers called fashion designers and why are others called streetwear designers? A lot of it comes down to where you studied too – Virgil, GEO and I studied, but none of us studied at a fashion school, we studied at a design school. Unless you have that fashion degree, it's gonna take a little longer for you to get set as a fashion designer, and that's just the system that's been around for a long time. So I'm not like angry at that. I do feel like there are fundamental laws of design that are like so interwoven into every aspect of design – almost like an interchangeable language – so if you can understand how to build x and y, you can understand how to build a and b. To a certain extent, they're almost one and the same – how to build beautiful objects or objects of interest. Objects of interests are not exclusive to a fashion degree. They’re part of the design language and canon, and that can be picked in like a typographic degree or by a filmmaker. The fundamentals can translate into different mediums as well. And that's how all of us quote Massimo Vignelli and say that designers won, because he was one of the first to ever do this when he moved to New York in the ‘50s and designed the entire New York subway key. He also did a lot of work on kitchenware and clothing as well as ad campaigns. We're just seeing this multidisciplinary phenomenon come back again. Some of us are coming through streetwear right now. Where do you want to steer A-COLD-WALL* in the future? As much as I’m steering A-COLD-WALL*, it’s steering my career as well. The label is one thing that I do, and it’s incredibly important, but there's also a lot of other things I've been testing through A-COLD-WALL*, such as art installations and furniture design. I'm going to spend more time learning how to make furniture – finding what materials are best to build objects from outside of the context of fashion. These are things that are going to come alongside with the growth of A-COLD-WALL*. Tell us about your new project, POLYTHENE*. A-COLD-WALL* was born as an expressive project, and I formed it into a company. With POLYTHENE*, it’s a brand, so I'm not trying to build that on my own. It's still very important to me, but it's not as heartfelt in a sense. POLYTHENE* is going to fill a void that the kids are missing out on, because A-COLD-WALL* takes a lot of time to make, and it's quite expensive as I funded it all by myself too. With POLYTHENE* I want to be able to offer that to a wider market at a lower price point, and it's not going to be avant-garde or as obscure as A-COLD-WALL*. I'm not rushing, so that's why I haven't shown too much about it. I'm just waiting for the right time. I just want people to know that it exists. This story was featured as part of HYPEBEAST Magazine Issue 17: The Connection Issue. Find out more online here.

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Best Sports Highlights of the Week

Saturday March 25th, 2017 02:48:18 PM Hypebeast

Every fan knows that when it comes to sports anything can happen. In literal seconds, a moment can make history or forever be a haunting memory. Either you give everything you've got or face regret. As we continue to bring you the best Sports Highlights, this week saw some incredible moments mostly taking place on the basketball court. We got to witness Oklahoma City Thunder's superstar Russell Westbrook notch the first perfect Triple-Double in NBA history, watching him continue on his meteoric rise to becoming this year's MVP to some crazy moments happening over the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. This week's highlights even filter down to the high school level with an incredible buzzer beater victory from Champlin Park against Chaska. With that, here are some of the best sporting moments you might have missed during the past week. Get ready to be inspired and amazed. Russell Westbrook Notches the First Perfect Triple-Double in NBA History Russell Westbrook is just straight fire during this 2016/17 NBA season. Currently Westbrook is averaging 31.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 10.4 assists and is well on his way to becoming the first player in more than 50 years to average a triple-double over the course of an entire year. During the match against the Philadelphia 76ers, Westbrook managed to pull off his greatest accomplishment yet, he recorded 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists in 28 minutes of action while shooting 6-for-6 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. This made Westbrook the first player in NBA history to record a PERFECT triple-double without missing a field goal or free throw. Adam Jones Steal a Home Run from Manny Machado During the World Baseball Classic The United States and Dominican Republic were in the seventh inning of the World Baseball Classic in San Diego when the Baltimore outfielder robbed Orioles teammate Manny Machado of a home run. U.S.A. went on to win its first WBC title with an 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico. Lukas Podolski Leaves German National Team on a High Note Forward Lukas Podolski led Germany out as Captain for the very first time in his 130th and final appearance for the squad. The 31-year-old has been with Die Nationalmannschaft since 2004 and was part of the World Cup Winning Team of 2014. Podolski celebrated in style and then departed to a standing ovation. Champlin Park's Buzzer Beater Win Over Chaska Champlin Park senior Sam DuBois scored an incredible buzzer beater to knock off Chaska, 53-50 in the Minnesota State high school boys basketball quarterfinals Wednesday morning. Check out DuBois off-balanced, tipped-back rebound, game-winning three-pointer above. Sidney Crosby Scores One-Handed Beauty Against the Buffalo Sabres MUST. WATCH.(Over and over and over) pic.twitter.com/TCUrLiRQwB — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 21, 2017 Sidney Crosby's one-handed goal may just be the goal of the year, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth. Crosby had to weave past all four Sabres defenders before lifting a one-handed backhander into the top right corner to open the scoring with nine seconds left in the first period. The Penguins went on to win 3-1. Kansas LaGerald Vick Drops A 360 Dunk Against Purdue The NCAA is definitely living up to its name. In the latest round of Sweet 16 matchups, Kansas's LaGerald Vick finished a wild 360 dunk to spark an 8-0 Kansas win over Purdue. Off a steal, Vick lifted into the air without a defender in sight and gave an extremely rare 360 dunk. Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka's Wild Brawl On Tuesday night during the Bulls vs. Raptors game, Chicago's Robin Lopez and Toronto's Serge Ibaka got into a heated exchange right after Bulls's Jimmy Butler sank a three-pointer. One thing led to another and from there, all players from both sides joined in. Lopez and Ibaka were both ejected from the game. Bastian Schweinsteiger's Awkward Manchester United Farewell .@BSchweinsteiger: Deutscher fussball-meister! pic.twitter.com/AxzMbJI30q — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 21, 2017 German superstar Bastian Schweinsteiger saw some major ups and downs while playing for the Red Devils. Schweinsteiger spent most of his time at Old Trafford watching from the stands, having been completely frozen out by Jose Mourinho, who even banished him from first team training on the eve of the new season. After recently announcing his move to the MLS, ManU created an extremely awkward tribute for the midfielder. High School Referee Throws Down a Windmill Dunk This ref is the goat? @timmyhusk22 A post shared by Josh Philips (@jphilips1515) on Mar 17, 2017 at 8:04pm PDT It’s pretty awesome to see an official surprise everyone by doing something no one expected them to do, and that's exactly what happened in Missouri. During an All-Star basketball, a high school referee threw down one of the craziest windmill dunks those high school kids have ever seen. Zion Williamson better watch out. Devin Booker Drops 70 on the Celtics Last night second-year Suns Devin Brooker scored 70 points against the Celtics. The guard attempted 40 shots — six fewer than the rest of his team combined -- which included 26 free throw tries. 70 is the most points scored in an NBA game since Kobe Bryant’s 81 in 2006. The only guy who has come close to reaching that mark in the past is Carmelo Anthony, who had 62 in a game against the Bobcats in 2014. Check out Booker’s historic performance above. Somewhere out there, Kobe is crying tears of joy. Florida Downs Wisconsin With stunning OT Buzzer-Beater March Madness continues to bring fans spectacular moments. Just last night Florida's Chris Chiozza hit a buzzer-beater three to beat out Wisconsin 84-83 in overtime. The shot of the tourney advances Florida to the Elite Eight.

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Steve Harrington Links up With KITH and Nike on T-Shirt Collection

Saturday March 25th, 2017 11:31:19 AM Hypebeast

Ronnie Fieg took to Instagram to announce that KITH will be teaming up with artist Steve Harrington on a collection of T-shirts and apparel with Nike. KITH has a longstanding partnership with Nike, but this collection will see Harrington's colorful graphics grace the Swoosh. Stay tuned for more information regarding the collection and when it will release. Additionally, check out KITH's latest collaboration with Aimé Leon Dore.

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Cyhi the Prynce Says G.O.O.D. Music's 'Cruel Winter' Is "Really Done"

Saturday March 25th, 2017 09:55:34 AM Hypebeast

According to Cyhi The Prynce, G.O.O.D. Music's sequel to 2012's Cruel Summer is coming soon. In an interview, Cyhi talks about Cruel Winter and says, "To be all the way honest with y'all, it's really done. The thing is, it's so many superstars, to get everybody on one accord and moving at the same time is tough... We got enough to put a Cruel Winter, Cruel Summer, Cruel Autumn, and Cruel Spring out." Rumors swirled that the compilation album would be out last June when Kanye West released "Champions" featuring Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Quavo, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, and Desiigner. In the interview, Cyhi also touched upon his help on the Kanye West-assisted Drake track "Glow," which appears on More Life. According to Cyhi, "At first when 'Ye played it for me I was like, 'Oh this is nice,' but Kanye kinda already knew where he wanted to go with it. I just helped them, I'm just in there like, 'I like the way you said that, or I think you should go up on that.' It was just a fun process on that song, but there were more songs that they did. It's a bunch of them, and if they put them together, it will be incredible." Currently, Cyhi is finishing his debut album No Dope on Sundays. In other G.O.O.D. Music news, see what Jay Perez has to say about Kanye's creative process for his album covers.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Proves Ryan Reynolds Bromance Is Real, FaceTimes Him on Air

Saturday March 25th, 2017 09:41:46 AM Hypebeast

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds may be co-stars in the upcoming sci-fi triller Life, but proof that their bromance exists is everywhere. Upon working together, it seems the two men have become quite smitten with each other, and Gyllenhaal took the chance to show the world just how close the pair are. While sitting down with Seth Meyers on his late night show, Gyllenhaal took the time to FaceTime Reynolds. While at first Reynolds did not answer, he soon called back while he was out taking his children for a walk. Check out the budding bromance above. Daniel Espinosa's Life is in theatres now. Wired also captured Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal answering the most Googled questions about themselves.

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Blood Orange Shares Stunning Short Film For "With Him," "Best to You" And "Better Numb"

Saturday March 25th, 2017 05:39:11 PM Hypebeast

Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes has just released a breathtaking short film to accompany his tracks “With Him,” “Best to You” and “Better Numb." The visual features montages that include Empress Of singing, Amandla Stenberg accompanying Hynes on piano and violin, and plenty of dance choreography. The three tracks in the Hynes and Luke Guilford-directed video comes from Blood Orange's third and most recent studio album Freetown Sound. Check out the dreamy visual story above. In case you missed it, here are are the disses on Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart Part 4."

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Nike's Flyknit Racer Has a Successor

Saturday March 25th, 2017 07:56:06 AM Hypebeast

Looks like Nike's popular Flyknit Racer has a successor. Thanks to @thesneakerlawyer, we now have a first look at the yet to be unvealed Nike Mariah Racer. The new model features the same outsole as the original, but utilizes a different Flyknit upper with a slip-on construction and a more pronounced heel support. Air-technology is also said to be included in the soles. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming Flyknit Mariah Racer. Make sure to catch a closer Look at the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit "Pure Platinum."

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Russell Westbrook Loves Kevin Durant Shot in Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart Part 4"

Saturday March 25th, 2017 07:18:24 AM Hypebeast

Kendrick Lamar dropped his new song "The Heart Part 4" on Thursday and one particular NBA star has taken a liking to the track, Russell Westbrook. In the lyrics, Lamar name drops Westbrook and makes it clear that he's not a fan of Kevin Durant and others who “jump sides.” Westbrook has taken several shots at Durant in the past which include showing up in an “official photographer” vest during their first matchup to a video of him jamming to Lil Uzi Vert’s “Do What I Want” after Durant announced he was leaving OKC. When asked about his name getting dropped in Kendrick Lamar's new song, Westbrook replied: “K-Dot’s my man. Yes sir, that’s my guy represent West Coast, so I love him. I was surprised. I’m happy. You know, whenever you hear your name in a song you feel like I made it, I made it, especially from my man.” Russell Westbrook on getting name checked in Kendrick Lamar's new song: pic.twitter.com/9I5cDtuBre — Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 25, 2017 Russell Westbrook appears to be a fan of Kendrick Lamar's new song: pic.twitter.com/rg92vaBUzz — Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 24, 2017 Russ listening to Kendrick like... pic.twitter.com/g00gsOeoZT — go90 Sports (@go90Sports) March 24, 2017

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