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According to Kevin Durant, an apple orchard and a basketball court have a lot in common. Says KD, who led the NBA in scoring four of the last five years:
I approach scoring like apple picking... Keep the good ones and leave the rotten ones... Let’s say you have 40 apples on your tree. I could eat about 30 of them, but I’ve begun limiting myself to 15 or 16. Let’s take the wide-open three and post-up at the nail. Those are good apples. Let’s throw out the pull-up three in transition and the step-back fade away. Those are rotten apples.
Thus, Nike Basketball presents a "Good Apples" edition of Durant's signature KD7. Decked out in a predominately black look, the shoe sees apple-inspired red and green splashes throughout. Look for the Nike KD7 "Good Apples" to be available come Saturday, October 4.
Fashion can often be a hectic, messy industry. This applies from the bottom to the top, even spanning to the romantic 8th Arrondissement in Paris, France. It's here that one Alber Elbaz – creative director of Lanvin – bears the pressures of running one of the most iconic fashion houses today. Here The New York Times paints an affecting, profound portrait of Elbaz as he reveals the idea behind his murdered-out office, as well as candidly touching on maintaining creativity in an industry that doesn't sleep. Enjoy the telling clip above, something to consider when surveying future collections.
After bringing a sneak peek from his latest music video to the TODAY show earlier this morning, we now have the full video interpretation to Pharrell's album track "It Girl." Produced by friend and collaborator Takashi Murakami, the psychedelic video transitions back-and-forth from a anime-styled adventure to an 8-bit video game-like world in which Williams plays Charlie to a group of angelic ladies. For more on the latest news in music, be sure to visit HYPETRAK.
For the movie series, cartoons, action figures, and other elements of the Batman empire constantly releasing, Bob Kane's iconic superhero doesn't seem a day older than when he first arrived. Alas, the Batman enterprise is set to celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, a laudable milestone for everyone's favorite dark knight. Hong Kong-based label :CHOCOOLATE celebrates Bruce Wayne's alter ego with a limited collection of goods. The simple collection consists of two T-shirts, a crewneck sweatshirt, and experimental stadium jacket outfitted with small ears at the hood – all of which make reference to Batman's throwback appearance and logo some 75 years ago. Peep the collection above, and pick up these pieces of history from :CHOCOOLATE shops and retailers beginning October 3.
Dover Street Market's 10th anniversary celebration continues as COMME des GARCONS' London-based retail establishment has teamed up with Aitor Throup for a special take on the contemporary artist's Skull Rucksack. The successor to 2013's New Object Research: Skull Rucksack / Archetype #002 , the new piece -- dubbed New Object Research: Skull Rucksack / Archetype #002  -- offers rugged Kevlar construction and maintain's Throup signature skull motif. The one-of-one Skull Rucksack went on sale today at DSM.
Shwood and Pendleton follow up last year's drop with yet another collaborative take on Shwood's Canby silhouette, this time for Fall 2014. A nod to their shared Oregon roots and dedication to American manufacturing, the partnership sees the Canby with ebonized walnut heartwood construction and features temples that are laser-engraved with Pendleton's Rancho Arroyo pattern. Limited to just 500 pieces in all, the shades come complete with grey polarized lenses, a Pendleton wool storage pouch, and custom packaging. This season's Shwood for Pendleton release is now available online for $250 USD while supplies last.
Boston's dimly-lit, gritty Rathskeller -- also known as "The Rat" -- has long been considered Kenmore Square's answer to New York's legendary CBGB, having seen everyone from Metallica, The Ramones, Bad Brains, The Beastie Boys, and Talking Heads to the Dead Kennedys, Cro-Mags, the Pixies, and R.E.M. take its stage in its heyday. Now, Boston's own Concepts pays homage to the now-defunct venue with a "Rat Hunter" edition of Vans Syndicate's premium take on the Old Skool. A nod to a grisly game that was played in the alleyways outside The Rat, the "Rat Hunter" features a premium suede upper with duct tape-inspired cracked leather detailing, washed denim quarter panels, a checkered midsole, leather lining, and custom graphic footbeds. Retailing for $90 USD, the "Rat Hunter" is due to be available in store this Saturday, October 4 at 10 a.m. EDT before hitting Concepts' web shop at 11 a.m. EDT.
For its October 6 issue, The New Yorker has launched its first-ever GIF-based cover. Created by German artist Christoph Niemann, the cover depicts a familiar autumnal scene in the Big Apple: a yellow cab navigating through the city's dense traffic on a rainy, cloud-filled day. Said Niemann of the work:
When I arrived in New York for the first time, it was pouring. Maybe that’s why, to my mind, there’s no place on earth where being stuck in traffic on a rainy day is more beautiful.
Head on over to The New Yorker's website to see the work in action, as well as a couple of Niemann's preliminary sketches for the issue.
Last week, we foreshadowed Joe Hahn's latest creative endeavor, the full-length feature film MALL and its subsequent activations surrounding the movie's debut. Amongst the most important complementary pieces to the movie starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Cameron Monaghan and Gina Gershon was the conceptualization of "BEAST ASTRAY," a multi-artist show featuring several of Hahn's closest friends and associates. Each artist was given the task of creating their own respective takes on the movie's theme and storyline of five suburbanites linked together amidst a seemingly random mall shooting. Among the artists involved included Aaron De La Cruz, Dabs Myla, Edwin Ushiro, Estevan Oriol, Jasper Wong, James Jean, Mark Dean Veca, Mike Shinoda, REVOK, Ron English, Rostarr, Saber, Slick, STASH and more who filled the stark white walls of KNOWN GALLERY with the movie's RX-7 taking center stage in the gallery. The show is open now until October 5.
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French publication Desillusion Magazine is set to profile one of skateboarding's most enigmatic figures with the release of a new short on Stefan Janoski. Continuing on its "This Is..." series – which has already considered Dylan Rieder and Eric Koston amongst other notables – director Pierre David headed to Brooklyn to create an off-board portrait of the veteran professional. Created in collaboration with Nike SB, a teaser trailer for the piece has just launched, setting the same dramatic, washed out aesthetic tone we've come to love from these videos. Look for Desillusion's full "This is Janoski" piece to premiere first in Paris on October 1 at Ground Control, with an online drop to follow in the ensuing days.
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Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills in the third installment of the Taken series. Following the events of Taken 2, Tak3n sees Mills' reconciliation with his ex-wife tragically cut short when she is brutally killed. Consumed with rage -- and framed for her murder -- Mills goes on the run from the police, CIA, and FBI while using his "particular set of skills" to track down the real killers, exact his revenge and protect the only thing that matters to him now -- his daughter. Starring Neeson alongside the likes of Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Dogray Scott, Sam Spruell, and Leland Orser, Tak3n is set to hit theaters January 9, 2015.