The Weeknd Links Up With Cashmere Cat & Francis and The Lights for “Wild Love”

Just yesterday, The Weeknd took to Instagram to tease an upcoming collaboration with Cashmere Cat -- this hot on the heels of the news that he's been in the studio with none other than Daft Punk. Now we have the fruits of that collab ahead of this Friday's official drop thanks to an inadvertent upload from Spotify (it's since been taken down). Entitled "Wild Love," the track not only includes Cashmere Cat and The Weeknd, but gets an assist from Francis and The Lights, too, as the Francis Farewell Starlite-led project -- and Bon Iver, Kanye West and Chance The Rapper collaborator -- lends a helping hand to the lush soundscape.

Give the track a listen here and look for "Wild Love" to officially become available this Friday, August 26.

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The Cast of ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Revealed in Leaked Photos

This past April, Paramount and DreamWorks released a photo of Scarlett Johansson as The Major from the partnering production houses' big screen adaptation of anime favorite Ghost in the Shell produced by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa. Not long after, an image of Danish actor Pilou Asbæk as Batou surfaced. Earlier this Thursday, Kotaku shared leaked photos of ScarJo alongside members of the Section 9 special-ops task force via one Chinese website. Although unconfirmed, these low-res photos give fans a better glimpse of the cast in costume. The film which is based on the coveted manga series by Masamune Shirow and 1995′s anime adaptation of the same name is set to hit theaters on March 31, 2017.

Take a look at the photos above and let us know how the cast compares to their anime counterparts.

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Rihanna & PUMA Are Eyeing Paris Fashion Week to Debut Their Next Collection

Earlier this week, it was announced that Rihanna's FENTY x PUMA collection would be skipping out on a runway show at New York Fashion Week -- her first collection debuted at NYFW back in February -- and instead opt for a bevy of exclusive pop-up shops to release the Fall/Winter 2016 collection next month. So when will we get our first look at the second FENTY x PUMA range?

It may be sooner than you think. According to WWD, RiRi and PUMA are still eyeing a runway debut this fall for the Spring 2017 collaboration -- but not in New York. Instead, FENTY x PUMA may see an official unveiling with a show at Paris Fashion Week. And while the label wasn't present on the preliminary schedule that the Chambre Syndicale released earlier this week, WWD points out that a number of houses have shifted time slots since -- for example, Saint Laurent is now slated for the opening day while KENZO will have back-to-back night slots toward the end of Fashion Week.

So could any of these changes have been made to accommodate a new FENTY x PUMA runway show? Stay tuned and look for Paris Fashion Week to kick off September 27 and run through October 5.

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Support Your Local Makers: The Pins & Patches Roundtable on the Importance of Community

Earlier this month, hundreds of people gathered deep in New York City's Chinatown forming block-and-a-half-long line leading into a room packed with pins and patches. The aptly-named Pins & Patches Show was organized by Charlie Ambler, aka the brains and brawn behind Strike Gently Co. Ambler and 11 of his friends organized the show as a way of bringing soft goods directly to consumers. Strike Gently, like so many other soft goods companies, primarily push their wares on Instagram, where bite-sized visuals provide a perfect platform for minute accessories.

Pins and patches also represent a DIY ethos in an age of fast fashion: hulking, multinational retailers like Forever 21 and Zara have come under fire left and right for lifting ideas from independent artists and creatives; the Pins & Patches show—and its substantial turnout—gives consumers the opportunity to support and uplift makers, while also giving them the opportunity to customize their favorite pieces.

HYPEBEAST reached out to the makers behind four of Instagram's most preeminent soft goods companies—Strike Gently Co., Suspect Ltd., PinLord and Inner Decay—to pick their brains and see how they got into the business, how social media has helped them find their footing, and why theirs is a community of cooperation, not competition.

How did you get into making pins & patches?

Charlie Ambler, Strike Gently Co.

I met Morgan (@innerdecay) at Nowhere FC's Football Café, where I was slinging coffee while also doing project management and product sourcing.

Morgan Watt, Inner Decay

I became a stay at home dad when my daughter was 3 months old, and I wanted to find some way of contributing financially. I'd actually wanted to make pins for a long time before that, but didn't have the know-how or money to start, so the first thing I made was a patch.

Eduardo Morales, PinLord

I used to collect vintage pins via eBay since I was a teenager but it wasn't anything serious, until I discovered @patchgame and found myself spending $100+ a month on pins. I knew that couldn't last long, and I thought I had a good idea of how to crack Instagram at the time, so starting my own pin business was the only way to keep the addiction going.

Jimmy McMillan, Suspect Ltd.

Eduardo turned me onto the idea, actually, in May 2015 at a Depop meetup.

When did you realize this could be a business?

Charlie Ambler

Tested the waters in October. By January I was confident it could be a full-time thing.

Morgan Watt

About a year ago, so summer of 2015.

Eduardo Morales

I started @pinlord with the idea of making it a business but never realistically thought that I would be getting much out of it, apart from a few free pins. I realized that I'd started early enough in the pin game and my IG growth was doubling, then tripling, then quadrupling in the first three months. I made my first run, the Old Boy pin (Jimmy from @suspectltd hooked me up with the factory), on month four and it sold out within three weeks, then I used that money to make two more designs and it snowballed from there. A few months later I met a few other local BK pin-makers @wormcarnevale and @toughtimespress who told me that other big re-posting accounts were charging to post people's pins and that I could do it too. I decided to give it a shot and now it's my main source income. My job now is to build the best possible IG account to make other pin-makers sell and make money whenever I post about them.

Jimmy McMillan

At the time, I just wanted to make a tangible version of this idea I had back in high school, which was to subvert the Yes logo into a No.

So, that one kind of flopped in the grand scheme of things, but the followup, Christ Air, resulted in dozens of orders the day I released it. At that point I realized I might be able to keep this going.

What was your biggest obstacle in setting up your soft goods business?

Charlie Ambler

Figuring out logistics, advertising, accounting, etc. One-man crash course in business management is more work than a full-time job! But it's fun work and all your own.

Morgan Watt

Adding to what Charlie said, figuring out all the logistical issues that go along with order fulfillment was an uphill struggle at first, but I feel like the curve was mostly manageable and the difficulty scaled with the experience pretty neatly. That being said, I was very fortunate that I got started as early as I did. I think that Padraig at @patchgame had about 3,000 followers when I sent him my first design. Also, the community and collectors out there have been very receptive to the stuff I've put out, so there haven't been a terrible amount of big obstacles, other than the ones I place in front of myself.

Eduardo Morales

First, it was finding the right factory in China - that took a while.

Jimmy McMillan

Self-promotion is actually really difficult for me—to say I'm humble to a fault would be a huge understatement. Like, don't you get sick of seeing the same photos of this pin? Damn!

How have social media platforms like Instagram helped or hindered your business?

Charlie Ambler

There would be no business without Instagram. I've used it to acquire all my customers so far, pretty much. Helps with word of mouth, especially for products that are as visual as pins and patches. Instagram has enabled this whole small-biz e-commerce ecosystem to take form.

Morgan Watt

Instagram has been instrumental in all of this. I don't know that I can say that it wouldn't exist if IG didn't, as I feel like there is something larger going on here that would have found it's voice on another platform. But the ease of use off IG as a promotion tool is invaluable. Figuring out the ins-and-outs of the new algorithm has thrown a lot of people for a loop though. I'm still adjusting.

Eduardo Morales

I'm trying to figure out a way to have a business that's not dependent on Instagram. I'm aware that Instagram not only owns all of our content but also has total control over who sees it and with all the recent algorithm changes; they're probably heading towards a "pay to play" model like Facebook. That'll not only make it much harder for us to keep growing our brands at the same rate, but also make it much harder for new people to start their own pin business and make a living from it (that's the dream, right?). Either way, good pins sell anywhere and I'm sure more people will figure out how be successful outside of Instagram - a lot of people have already!

Jimmy McMillan

Instagram is essentially my sole advertising platform. I think it's a huge reason that this trend has blown up in the way it has.

There's something about a bite-sized, visual social platform that perfectly reflects the marketing needs of bite-sized designs like pins and patches.

There seems to be new makers popping up every week, yet makers seem to be more prone to uplifting each other than cutting each other down. Why is that?

Charlie Ambler

I think people recognize that there's enough of the pie for everyone. If you make good stuff, you can get recognized and sell it. It just take time and work. No need to rely on major chain stores for distribution anymore when you can sell stuff yourself online for full price.

Morgan Watt

I still get excited when I see a new design that I dig. There's something so pure about the form. The ideas really need to be succinct to pop off, so when I see a new maker come along that has made something spectacular, I want them to succeed so that I can see more of what they do in the future. I'll happily promote someone else's pin or patch if it deserves it.

Eduardo Morales

We all started at the same place and we know how it feels to just want to get your pins or patches out there. Someone's success make's the whole pin community more successful so the more of us that are out there, the stronger we all become.

Jimmy McMillan

The pin and patch game has a very supportive atmosphere about it, because generally speaking, people aren't assholes. Seriously, while some people here are approaching this as a living—which is awesome—a lot of people like myself see it as a (thankfully popular) hobby.

Healthy competition aside, I feel like makers are just interested in seeing what others come up with.

What advice would you give someone looking to get into the pins & patches business?

Charlie Ambler

Start small, work at it, keep expectations low and don't produce anything you wouldn't wear yourself.

Morgan Watt

Pretty please, leave our collective childhoods alone. The horse is dead, it's no longer recognizable as a horse, it's just a red pulpy mass.

Jimmy McMillan

Personally, I hate ordering a pin and seeing it arrive in the original factory packaging of a sloppily-stapled plastic bag. Presentation matters a lot to me, so get creative with your packaging and your product will look that much better. It also gives you an opportunity to brand yourself, as well as your work.

Aside from that, do it to have fun, not to make money. Who knows where this trend will be a year or two from now, but in the meantime, make something because you want it made.

Eduardo Morales

Make good, original pins that people want to buy. If you do that, you'll be successful.

Why do you think people like buying pins and patches?

Charlie Ambler

They're cheap, enjoyable, wearable art objects and most of them are limited edition. When you buy them you're simultaneously supporting small artists and businesses. It's a pretty rewarding buying experience for $10 bucks as far as fashion/art goes. Stuff this cool is usually way pricier.

Morgan Watt

I think that Charlie pretty much hit the nail on the head; they feel special, and like a personal expression even if you didn't make it. I still have the Alfred E. Neuman pin I got with my MAD subscription when I was 9, and it's one of my favorite things ever. My goal is to make something that has that kind of lasting appeal to someone out there.

Jimmy McMillan

I think people enjoy buying pins and patches because pogs haven't really resurfaced in popularity yet, but I'm waiting...

Eduardo Morales

It's fun! Seriously tho... it's just good fun.

Where can people find your products?

Charlie Ambler

www.strikegently.co and my Instagram, @strikegentlyco.

Morgan Watt

innerdecay.com and Friend Mart in LA.

Eduardo Morales

pinlord.bigcartel.com

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Commune De Paris 2016 Fall/Winter “PANTHEON” Collection

Since 2009, self-taught French designers Alexandre Maïsetti and Sebastien Lyky have put forth their version of Parisian chic under the Commune De Paris banner and -- like the label's Spring/Summer 2016 collection -- the brand's Fall/Winter 2016 range is a perfect example of what they've been offering up for years. Dubbed "PANTHEON," the collection makes use of everything from English tweed, Italian poplin and Japanese denim as Maïsetti and Lyky impeccably tailor Parisian staples; sweaters and button-downs dominate the range while impressive outerwear includes everything from your more prototypical overcoats to bold military-inspired jackets decorated with epaulettes and tassels. The nods to France are prevalent throughout and there's even a sweater emblazoned with the Parisian skyline, Eiffel Tower and all.

Fall may not have truly arrived yet, but you can already find "PANTHEON" in its entirety via Commune's web store.

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adidas Originals Preps for the Chilly Season With Winter Wool City Sock and Seeulater Boot

The Three Stripes has made a huge mark within the footwear industry this season and its already prepared for when the temperature begins to drop. A rugged winterized treatment meets two adidas' silhouettes in its NMD_CS1 and Seeulater models. Each shoe consists of a wool Primeknit construction throughout as its core detail. The NMD_CS1 silhouette features reflective tape seams in addition to a unique geometric pattern for added detail. The Seeulater model stays true to its original rugged aesthetic with some winterized upgrades such as the aforementioned wool Primeknit makeup.

The NMD_CS1 and Seeulater silhouettes will be offered in black and white respectively with an expected global launch date of September 9 online and at select adidas Originals retailers.

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Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Neymar & More Help Launch Nike’s 2016 Fall Tech Pack

In conjunction with the launch of its 2016 fall Tech Pack, Nike has released a series of campaign images highlighting the innovative range of sportswear silhouettes. Featuring a gathering of elite athletes such as Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Neymar, Rafael Nadal and more, all of whom took part in the recent Rio Olympics, the seasonal range pairs two of Nike's technologies, Tech Fleece and Tech Knit, for the very first time. Alongside the all-new Dynamic Reveal jacket and pant, fans can also find reinterpretations of the classic crewneck and hoodie outfitted with an insulating construction that will surely come handy when the temperatures begin to drop. The 2016 fall Tech Pack will first go on sale via a special Tech Book app, which will notify users when the new products are available for purchase. Those who download the app also get a one week window to buy any items before anyone else. Stay tuned for more information over at Nike.com.

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F.C.R.B.’s Second Drop for 2016 Fall/Winter Collection Sees More Sportswear Essentials

Nike and SOPHNET.'s partnership brand F.C.R.B. recently unveiled its second drop for the 2016 fall/winter season. The latest lineup highlights a surfeit of portable outerwear such as the packable stand collar jackets and anoraks, big box logo tees and a wide array of headwear. Notable pieces include the big logo long piste in black and a carrier pack that was made in collaboration with New Era. Not to mention, branded rubber ducks also make an appearance.  As a whole the second collection is wrapped in bold and vibrant hues that juxtaposes the brand's first drop that features more neutral tones.

Take a look at the photos above and visit SOPH.'s official website to learn more.

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NikeLab Brings Perforated Suede to the Match Classic

fragment design's latest collaboration with Nike may be solely for women, but NikeLab's scaly black and white releases aren't the only tennis-inspired low-tops it has on tap for the weeks ahead. Joining the two pairs are two brand new editions of the Match Classic and while Hiroshi Fujiwara may not be involved in their design, they're pretty slick nonetheless. Highlighted by leather-lined perforated suede uppers, the kicks come in monochromatic "Sail" and "Clear Jade" colorways, each of which pairs its upper with a stark white midsole and gum rubber outsole. As per usual, each version of the clean silhouette employs subtle branding in the form of a tiny embroidered Swoosh along the quarter panels just below the eyestay. And best of all? Those who can't squeeze their feet into the aforementioned fragment release will fare a bit better with these since they come in men's sizes.

Both suede Match Classics can be picked up now via the UK's END. for $109 USD per pair.

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adidas Celebrates Football Season with UltraBOOST NCAA Colorways

Aligned with the launch of the upcoming 2016-17 football season, adidas has joined forces with its NCAA partners to produce some exclusive UltraBOOST colorways. Each school will receive its own exclusive colorway, with team colors appearing on the laces and heel of the popular model. The full list of schools receiving a custom colorway include: Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, and UCLA. While these will not see a full release to the public, be ready for the new season to kick off on August 26.

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Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto & New Era Join Forces on Winter Essentials

Y's by Yoshi Yamamoto links up with frequent collaborator New Era on yet another collaborative endeavor. This time around the two imprints offer up a selection of winter essentials, namely a cozy wool stadium jacket outfitted with premium leather sleeves, two colorway of the knitted hat and of course a branded variation of the trapper hat, a winter must-have in anyone's wardrobe. Any New Era collaboration would not be complete without a 9FIFTY cap, which for this occasion is offered in a navy blue and large Y's embroidery along the front. With prices ranging between ¥7,500 JPY (approximately $75 USD) and ¥78,000 JPY (approximately $777 USD), you can purchase the latest Y's by Yohji Yamamoto x New Era collaboration at Y's locations throughout Japan.

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Canon Unveils The EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon is here to enhance your camera game with a new EOS model. Built with a 30.4-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6+ processor, the EOS 5D Mark IV is a significant step-up from the Mark III. Much like the 80D, Canon's latest product features Dual Pixel CMOS AF, making it easier to track subjects for those shooting video. 4K video is available at 23.98, 24, 25 and 30 fps, while the continuous shooting mode is set at 7 fps. Furthermore, the camera boats a 61-point autofocus system, built-in digital lens optimizer, NFC, WiFi and an ISO range of 100-32,000. The touchscreen will be welcomed by all; unlike the 1D-X Mark II, this one offers a full interface and isn't limited to video-only use. Upgraded to work with GPS and more weather resistant than ever, Canon has truly answered its customers' requests. The EOS 5D Mark IV body hits stores in early September for $3499 USD.

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