Paul Smith took to France this week as the iconic Brit unveiled his upcoming Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week. As The Telegraph astutely notes, the range recalls the look of a "psychedelia Britannia" as it opts for a rainbow of colors, zig-zag stripes, metallic sheens, and cannabis-like motifs across loose-fitting silhouettes that include trousers, sweaters, short-sleeve button-downs, and more. Coinciding with the looks are matching footwear and satchels, as well as both scarves and sunglasses.
Stories like Davis Torgerson's don't fulfill themselves too often. Bursting into the skate spotlight with a truly standout part in 2008's Boondoggle, the Minnesota native graduated into a spot on Real's roster, with unprecedented switch skills and a mean back smith ostensibly blazing his path in the fast lane to professional status. Alas, some six years passed and his contemporaries had either been given a namesake wooden plank or cast into the warehouse shadows (shouts out to Damian Bravo), the statistics of which looked bleak for our shaggy-headed friend. Bleak, that is, until earlier this month, when Real Skateboards finally knighted ol' Torgy with a pro model. To celebrate, the brand released an extraordinary part on Thrasher's site over the weekend, showcasing Torgerson's skills and demonstrating the young shredder's bright future. Enjoy "Ticket To Ride" above.
Australia seems the perfect backdrop for the Fourstar team, a crew notorious for having the most fun in skateboarding. The Crailtap family packed (nearly) the entirety of the team into a caravan for an extended stay Down Under, returning with the "Crocodile Done Deal" video. Thankfully, Aaron Meza was given the editing torch, which means the wealth of footage of entirely watchable. Of particular note are the wunderkind trifecta of Cory Kennedy, Ishod Wair, and Shane O'Neill – who rifle off obscure, creative tricks with laughable ease, allowing Crailtap fans to take comfort in the thought that the family future is bright. An instant classic that stands tall beside "Super Champion Funzone" and "A Tribe Called Mapquest," enjoy "Crocodile Done Deal" above.
French fashion house Lanvin took the stage at Paris Fashion Week to debut its collection for Spring/Summer 2015. Again designed at the hands of duo Lucas Ossendrijver and Alber Elbaz, the collection moves away from the rich, sportsman-inflected pieces of Fall/Winter 2014 to introduce dandy-influenced, bohemian aesthetics. The moody collection features an assortment of draping formal trousers, button-up shirts, zoot-style blazers and slick suede jackets that retain an elevated rock n' roll vibe. Enjoy this look at the latest from the famed fashion house before the full collection drops early next year.
Having launched his eponymous label in 2009, Umit Benan has burgeoned to become one of the more coveted designers amongst retailers and pundits alike. The brand recently showcased its collection for Spring/Summer 2015 on the Parisian runways, disregarding common trend to showcase a rather casual sportswear-tinged delivery. The range features layers of wide-lapeled blazers, lush, flowing pants, zippered sweatshirts and even robes – which collectively emit a kind of 'members-only' attitude. This motif is underlined by the green and blue grid pattern that ties the collection together, reminiscent of country club tennis courts. Altogether a coherent and fun collection, enjoy a look at the latest from Umit Benan.
This fall, classic Vans silhouettes get an innovative, contemporary makeover with the introduction of the Classic Lites Collection from Vans LXVI. Bringing new meaning to lightweight comfort and bolstered by the Vans' own storied heritage and the rigorous design principles of the LXVI imprint, the capsule collection introduces "Lite" editions of an iconic trio: the Authentic, the Old Skool, and the Sk8-Hi. All three silhouettes have been re-engineered with an emphasis on weight reduction, improved fit, and overall comfort, employing LXVI's unique ActionFit last and comfy UltraCush sole unit for the perfect blend of retro style and modern performance. Featuring a wide assortment of basic colorways, bold prints, and classic patterns, the new Classic Lites Collection is now available at Vans.com and Vans retail locations.
Originally offered specifically for the ladies, the Roshe Run Woven eluded most male consumers until just now. Nike has finally unveiled the silhouette in a duo of strapping colorways. The sneaker features the same interlocking bands through the upper, touched with leather at the tongue and heel panel. At the inside, the Roshe Run Woven sports a Solarsoft sockliner, which in combination with the Phylon midsole makes for supreme summer comfort. Both a grey and black version are available now at retailers like Bows & Arrows for $95 USD.
Following the release of "Safari" and "Black/Safari" makeups is a "Black Elephant" iteration of Nike Sportswear's Air Trainer 1 Low ST. Boasting a clean blacked-out aesthetic, the low-top retro trainer sports predominately nubuck construction while matching elephant-printed leather is strategically placed throughout. Providing the lone contrast is metallic silver text branding on the tongue, heel, and signature midfoot strap. Though currently sold out at Titolo, the "Black Elephant" rendition of the Air Trainer 1 Low ST should be available soon at additional NSW stockists across the globe.
Hot on the heels of Instagram teasers and his performance at last night's 2014 BET Awards comes the official audio for Chris Brown's brand new track, "New Flame." Breezy's first release since being released from jail a few short weeks ago - and first single since last December's "Loyal" - "New Flame" sees Brown teaming up with both Usher and Rick Ross for an R&B lover's dream. Enjoy the track above and look for it to appear of Brown's highly-anticipated X double album when it drops later this year.
For this season's showing at Paris Fashion Week, Belgian designer Kris Van Assche presents his 2015 spring/summer collection alongside the Dior Homme imprint of which he is also at the helm. The collection consists of quirky iterations to clean and classic silhouettes such as adding unexpected details in a subtle manner. We find knee vents incorporated on straight leg trousers and pieces such as double-breasted coats styled with beaded necklaces and bracelets in reminiscence of surf culture. Furthermore, the color palettes encompassed a wide spectrum that includes blues, greys, salmons and even antique bronzes along with shades of olive. Enjoy the collection here and look out for the pieces at Kris Van Assche stockists in the coming months.
Rumored to be included in a larger pack under the same name, ASICS premieres the all-new Gel Saga “Illusion.” Resting atop a crisp white base, this ’90s runner features a pair of complementing colors – purple and orange – contrasted with soft grey accents, and finished off with a speckled midsole unit for added appeal. As for its super lightweight construction, the Gel Saga provides a padded tongue, breathable mesh materials, durable suede overlays and the comfortable gel cushioning system. Look for these at select retailers, including COMMONN, in limited numbers.
After persistent rumors over the course of the past week or so, this summer's collaboration between Busta Rhymes and Eminem has surfaced. Dubbed "Calm Down" and produced by Scoop DeVille, the track samples the famous horn intro from Bob & Earl's classic "Harlem Shuffle" - which also infamously kicks off House of Pain's "Jump Around" - for an apropos high-energy throwback. "Calm Down" will likely land on Busta's Extinction Level Event 2, which is expected to drop sometime later this year.