Monthly Archives: February 2015

KRISVANASSCHE 2015 Spring/Summer Campaign

Belgian designer Kris Van Assche unveiled his newest campaign, which showcases the 2015 spring/summer collection of his eponymous label, KRISVANASSCHE. Shot by Alessio Bolzoni, the campaign presents a bold collection of slim fit suits, sweaters, button-up shirts and belts that make for street-ready outerwear and smart casualwear. The color palette consists of a range of blues, greys and browns, with jacket linings standing out in a bright orange hue. The campaign is full of motion with its models featured in dynamic poses against city backdrops, allowing the campaign to capture the energy of the new collection.

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GQ’s ‘Most Expensivest Shit’ With 2 Chainz – Season Two Trailer

By the looks of the first trailer of Season Two of "Most Expensivest Sh*t," GQ and 2 Chainz will be picking up right where they left off in the mini-series' first season; embarking on cross country trips with the intent of indulging in various activities and products that hold the title of being the most lucrative of their kind. For round two, he will be joined by G.O.O.D Music label-mate Big Sean, and fellow musicians, Diplo, French Montana, and Jhené Aiko. Watch a preview of this season's journey's in the trailer provided above.

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Nike 2015 Spring/Summer Free 4.0 Flyknit Collection

Nike has unveiled its 2015 spring/summer options for the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit with an assortment of colors. The lightweight sneakers feature Flyknit uppers and highly flexible, low-profile outsoles for maximum comfort. Available in both speckled and block-colored palettes, head over to Nike now to purchase the shoes for $120 USD.

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VOID V01 MKII Watch

VOID's new V01 MKII watch gives a contemporary update to its beloved digital watch, the V01. The MKII version of the classic stainless steel model offers a streamlined, minimalist design with its signature rectangular shape, thinner design, premium Italian calfskin leather strap, and simple digital LCD display that's covered in sapphire crystal for extra protection. The water-resistant watch is finished off with a sandblasted matte finish for a polished look. The VOID V01 MKII is offered in three colors: black, silver and gold, and can be purchased at VOID for $340 USD.

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Belstaff x MR PORTER : ON THE ROAD 2 with a 1973 Mercedes-Benz 250C Coupé

For the second installment of "ON THE ROAD," Belstaff and MR PORTER follow Mercedes-Benz specialist J.G. Francis on a ride in his 1973 250C Coupé. Francis makes a living off vintage Mercedes restorations. Having owned about 400-500 cars in his life, Francis explains how the featured 250C Coupe is his favorite car that he's ever owned. Set in the vast California desert, the short video is truly awe-inspiring and is accompanied with an eloquent narrative by Francis about the pride that he takes in his art, which is fostered by his love of fine auto craftsmanship. Check out the video above and head over to MR PORTER for more about the project.

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Apple Watch Advertisement Takes Over 12 Pages in ‘Vogue’

Apple makes a bold move in its advertising plan for the new Apple Watch by taking over 12 pages in the March issue of Vogue -- a good precedent to prepare the world for the debut of the watches in the following month. The extensive 12-page spread presents the wearable tech gear as a fashion accessory by targeting the high fashion audience. The Apple Watch will be offered in three versions: the leather-bound standard model, the sports model and the high-end 18-karat gold model; all three editions are tastefully featured in Vogue's "Spring Fashion Blockbuster" with simple advertisements with clean, white backgrounds. Will you be buying the Apple Watch? Keep an eye out for all three editions to hit stores this April.

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Alternative 2015 Fall/Winter Lookbook

Alternative has released its lookbook for the 2015 fall/winter season featuring comfortable and casual menswear. The ready-to-wear collection was inspired by the modern creative, someone who seeks adventure in their surroundings and is constantly on the move. The range features a variety of key basics such as hoodies, crew neck sweaters, T-shirts and jogger sweatpants that make for a relaxed, laidback look. As part of Alternative's plans in incorporating innovative and eco-friendly materials, the collection was made with newly introduced materials like Eco Space Dye Jersey, Boucle and Eco Stretch Mock Twist. Enjoy the lookbook and keep an eye out for the pieces to release at the brand's online store in the coming months.

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Bruce Lee Biopic Being Developed by His Daughter

Shannon Lee, the daughter of martial artist legend Bruce Lee, recently announced her plans in developing a definitive biopic about the late action star. The currently untitled film will be capturing the life and legacy of Bruce Lee in a way that many previous films failed to do, firstly, by being fully supported by Lee's family. Shannon remarked that "There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry... They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material and find amazing like-minded partners to work with." The biopic is set for a big Hollywood release with big-budget production by Bruce Lee Entertainment, which launched last year in honor of Lee's contribution to film and culture. The company plans to release the film as the its inaugural project.

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ASICS Gel Saga “All White”

ASICS presents the Gel Saga "All White," a fresh iteration of the Gel Saga model. The sneaker features a clean, all-white colorway that swathes the leather and mesh upper, midsole and laces. Subtle yellow accents are found on the ASICS logo at the hell as well as on the small detailing found on the outsole. You can now purchase the ASICS Gel Saga "All White" at Afew for $125 USD.

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Nike Blazer Mid Metric “University Red”

Following the recent black and blue releases, Nike introduces the Blazer Mid Metric "University Red" to complete the trilogy of shoes. Taking on the iconic Blazer Mid model's TPU construction, the sneaker sports a bright, all-red colorway throughout its base, rubberized "Metric" upper, midsole, rubber outsole, shoelaces, nylon mesh tongue and leather accents such like the mudguard, eyestay and heel. Keep an eye out for the Nike Blazer Mid Metric "University Red" to release online for $100 USD on 12 March.

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Drake Ties The Beatles with World Record of 14 Songs Simultaneously on Billboard Hot 100

It's a good week for Drake as he continues to set records with his If You're Reading This It's Too Late mixtape, which currently holds the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top 200 Albums. The Canadian rapper has officially matched The Beatles' longstanding 51-year record of most songs holding ranks simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100, with 14 tracks on the chart. This achievement only adds to Drake's long list of records, including being the first rapper to top the Billboard Artist 100 chart as well as holding the record of 21 tracks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, which includes 17 tracks from the mixtape. Drake and The Beatles' simultaneously-charted songs can be found in the respective lists below. Which world record is more compelling to you?

Drake's 14 simultaneous Hot 100 Hits (7 March, 2015)
No. 16, "Only," Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
No. 17, "Truffle Butter," Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
No. 26, "Energy"
No. 49, "Tuesday," ILoveMakonnen featuring Drake
No. 52, "Legend"
No. 58, "10 Bands"
No. 68, "Blessings," Big Sean featuring Drake
No. 70, "Know Yourself" (debut)
No. 81, "No Tellin' " (debut)
No. 82, "Preach," featuring PartyNextDoor
No. 83, "6 God" (debut)
No. 84, "Used To," featuring Lil Wayne
No. 95, "Now & Forever" (debut)
No. 97, "6 Man" (debut)

The Beatles' 14 simultaneous Hot 100 Hits (11 April, 1964)
No. 1, "Can't Buy Me Love"
No. 2, "Twist and Shout"
No. 4, "She Loves You"
No. 7, "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
No. 9, "Please Please Me"
No. 14, "Do You Want to Know a Secret"
No. 38, "I Saw Her Standing There"
No. 48, "You Can't Do That"
No. 50, "All My Loving"
No. 52, "From Me to You"
No. 61, "Thank You Girl"
No. 74, "There's a Place" (debut)
No. 78, "Roll Over Beethoven"
No. 81, "Love Me Do" (debut)

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oki-ni Unravels the Mystery of Maison Margiela

With a longstanding 20-year history in the industry, Maison Margiela (formerly Maison Martin Margiela) has always had a strong fashion presence; and yet, the fashion house still remains one of the most enigmatic high fashion labels. Spearheaded by the elusive Belgian founder and designer Martin Margiela, the brand is known for its quiet logos, signature number system, stark white themes and of course, a faceless founder. Taking all elements of the brand brings one to question what this secrecy is supposed to mean. Fashion retailer oki-ni recently took to analyzing the Parisian label by deconstructing its parts to get a closer insight to the brand and its core values. To learn more about the cryptic Maison Margiela tendencies, head over to oki-ni.

The Color White

The color white is fundamentally major in Maison Margiela. From the collections' themes and the all-white paint exterior of the Converse collaboration, to the white interiors of the stores and the white lab coats worn by staff, the brand has become famous for featuring the muted shade. Firstly, the recurring use of white symbolically aligns with Maison Margiela's brand philosophy of being "a symbol of unity and purity." Significantly, the brand also embraces a "one voice with many bodies" attitude. The white lab coats enable employees to work in uniformed unity as a cohesive entity together in their white surroundings. This also essentially dismantles that top-down hierarchy so commonly seen in high fashion houses.

The Labeling

Maison Margiela's signature style of minimal branding serves as a stark contrast to its other high fashion counterparts -- think Gucci, Chanel, Calvin Klein. Rather than using loud logos and extensive homages to its designers, Maison Margiela has always and continues to incorporate its founders' initials, found stamped in small lettering. The four white stitches only add to the anonymity of the designer, yet most importantly, enables the clothing to be identified with the wearer rather than the label. Even when Martin Margiela appointed John Galliano to takeover as creative director in 2013, the brand still continues to uphold its branding consistency. In addition to that, Galliano took to wearing the white lab coat at the debut show of his first collection with the label.

The Numbers

A list of numbers can be found printed on the reverse side of the label found on the clothing. The numbers are representative of Margiela's 24 collections, which consist a range of menswear, womenswear and accessories. oki-ni reveals how each item of clothing is prefaced by its collection number; this is indicated by the circled number on the label. Additionally, certain collections are identified by their particular set of numbers:

The Artisanal Collection (0): A blend of vintage garments and contemporary pieces, the Artisanal line has always been revered for its deconstructionist designs since the brand's inception in 1988. Margiela has become famous for his reworked garments, like his his handmade costume-like pieces.

Menswear Collections (10/14): The number 10 constitutes silhouettes that have been reinterpreted with Margiela's avant-garde approach to contemporary menswear for every season. Alternatively, the number 14 indicates wardrobe staples that embody classic designs and timelessness.

Mens' Shoes and Accessories (11/22): The number 11 is granted to all accessories, which includes bags, belts, jewelry and leather goods, while the number 22 is given to all footwear.

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