Monthly Archives: June 2016

Dominate Jakarta Presents Military-Influenced Utilitarian Apparel for Fall/Winter 2016-17

Born out of Jakarta's concrete jungle, Dominate is a growing example of Indonesia's thriving streetwear scene that we first introduced earlier this year. This month, the brand puts forth its latest collection titled "Zeitgeist" for Fall/Winter 2016-17.

The range takes inspiration from the current moral and intellectual climate that shapes our generation's culture, and ultimately aims to define the distinct spirit of our era (hence, "zeitgeist"). Featuring utilitarian garments like jackets, kimonos, hoodies and graphic print tees, each design is bolstered by a hint of military influences that ultimately cater to the every-man.

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Justin Bieber Reveals New ‘Purpose’ Tour Merch for Miami Pop-Up Shop

Justin Bieber announced on Tuesday that he will be taking his Purpose tour pop-up shop to Miami and now the 22-year-old singer took to Twitter to unveil the slew of items that Beliebers can cop when they head down to MIA. Pieces include his first crop of merch in March and new garbs that feature bright orange hues and spell out "No Photos"—a harbinger to his profound disapproval of taking photos with fans. Altogether, the release features trucker hats, tote bags, socks, T-shirts and hoodies.

Peruse through the Purpose merch above and look at some more items in Biebs' tweet below. These pieces are slated to hit his official website on Thursday 4p.m. EDT.

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Nike Makes Extravagant Changes in Revamped Air Max 95 “Neon”

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Air Max 95 "Neon" last year, Nike Sportswear brought back its classic build. A year later and the athletic brand resurrects the pair, but with a more contemporary take. This latest version gets slightly crazier with more technically-driven design cues than that of its original creator, footwear designer Sergio Lozano. It relinquishes the classic net overlay for Dynamic Flywire cables in black and Volt and sheds the extra bulk in its outsole. However, it still retains the wavy side panel in a grey gradient and the bulbous pocket in the heel.

The pair is slated to release this summer. Stay tuned for the latest developments and let us know how you think this compares to the original.

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Phil Knight Says Goodbye to the Swoosh, Mark Parker Set to Lead Nike

It's official, Nike's Chairman in Phil Knight has lifted his jersey into the rafters and is saying goodbye to the board of directors. This will result in Mark Parker taking the chairman position in addition to the roles of president and CEO, which he currently holds.

Nike's strategic plan is developing before our eyes with this news. Raising the bar is key for Parker as he states that "along with Nike's exceptional management team, I am committed to leading our next era of innovation and growth as we serve and inspire athletes throughout the world.” Parker has also been given the role of Chairman Emeritus, which entails an invitation to take part in Nike's board meetings to provide insight to foster success for the Swoosh.

Nike has also designated Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, as the lead independent director of the board. All effective promptly, this promises a new day and a new future for a company who's name coincides with victory.

What are your thoughts upon Nike's latest news?

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Shanghai Museum of Glass Receives Vibrant New Design Wing

Architecture firm, COORDINATION ASIA, recently built a two-floor Design Wing for the Shanghai Museum of Glass located in G+PARK -- a development in the Baoshan region of the Chinese city that lends itself to art and culture-related events. At first glance, one would immediately notice a vibrantly colored bridge made out of tinted glass that connects the museum's main hall to its latest extension. The newly constructed wing will solely host contemporary pieces from artists who specialize in glass such as the Campana Brothers, Pia Wüstenberg, Formafantasma, Nendo and widely recognized architect Tadao Ando, who also creates glass art. All in all, the Design Wing will "swiftly adapt to the ever-evolving design landscape in glass, representing the possibilities that glass offers," Architizer reports.

Examine the photos above and find more information on the Shanghai Museum of Glass by visiting its official website.

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Could “adidas + KANYE WEST” Be the New Y-3?

When news broke that Kanye West and adidas would be tying the knot with an expansion of their current partnership, it seemed almost inexorable. Here's a sportswear brand that has both managed to improve its overall sales by upwards of 40% and reclaimed the #2 spot in the U.S. sneaker market in just the first third of the year. So reinforcing its alliance with one of the most influential figures in fashion and entertainment emerged as an obvious next step for a brand that has clearly set its sights on claiming the number one spot. The announcement alone was enough to push adidas stock to a new 52-week high. But what could a partnership touted to be the "most significant partnership between a non-athlete and a sports brand" possibly entail?

For one, adidas is clearly thinking much bigger than footwear, announcing a full-fledged performance line, retail chain and dedicated team for the new venture. This would place West in a category separate from the Three Stripes' distinguished roster of contributing designers and brands, a move that hasn't been done on their part since joining forces with storied Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto.

In terms of adidas storylines, West's and Yamamoto's narratives aren't all that different: Yamamoto got his start with the brand designing sneakers, only to later solidify his placement in 2002 with the launch of Y-3. Over the years, the Yamamoto-led imprint has revolutionized the sportswear language with progressive lifestyle apparel, playing a vital role in forging the direction adidas has recently begun to take with its heritage line, adidas Originals. To say Yamamoto has laid the foundation for collaborations with fashion figures like Rick Owens, Raf Simons and Kanye West would be an understatement -- Yamamoto has laid the foundation, built the walls and placed the roof on the house that has become home to some of sportswear's most innovative, collaborative designs.

Since its birth, Y-3 has produced fashion collections that serve as extensions of Yamamoto's aesthetic featuring adidas branding -- never vice versa. Take for instance the fall of 2003, when the duo unveiled their 2004 spring/summer collection: models emerged from the exhaust pipes of a spaceship onto a track-inspired futuristic runway, marching to the sounds of "Beat the Clock" by American rock duo Sparks; faces clad in paint and adidas flags in hand. The clothes too were far from what you would expect a sportswear partnership to turn out, delivering styles that elevated traditional athletic attire using unconventional silhouettes, irreverent designs, future-inspired detailing and splashes of energetic color.

Fast forward to the spring of 2015: guests enter a dimly lit room to witness the most anticipated show of New York Fashion Week, Kanye West's YEEZY Season 1 collection for adidas Originals. Those in attendance and streaming the event around the globe were greeted by nine rows of male and female models, all standing stoically in line, one after the next, draped in a mix of military-inspired runway and streetwear attire. The presentation heaved the fashion world into a state of frenzy, and served as a precursor and precedent for what followed: including the pandemonium of Yeezy Boost releases, Season 2′s viral presentation, and the takeover of New York City’s Madison Square Garden for West’s biggest fashion show to date.

With work now underway on his fourth YEEZY Season collection, West has proved his ability to not only cultivate interest on the runway, but also reinforce his role as a tastemaker in streetwear with line-stretching crowds for his recent string of The Life of Pablo pop-up shops.

Much like the avant-garde Yamamoto, West has managed to parlay the success of his collaborative sneakers into his very own clothing division. Expectations are high; lest we forget, West once boastfully bellowed, "I done told y'all, all I needed was the infrastructure," on a diss track directed at his former employer. Sure, the world has seen Kanye West plead his case for an opportunity like this for many years, and we all would love to see what comes from the "greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time."

Yohji is certainly familiar with these sort of expectations: over the course of 13 years as a brand, Yamamoto has managed to produce 28 seasonal collections for Y-3, all while taking its retail stores international; designing a kit and limited edition boots for FC Real Madrid; developing the first-ever apparel collection for space travel, and introducing an activewear subsidiary of the Y-3 imprint, Y-3 Sport. Considering Yamamoto has managed these accomplishments while helming both his namesake label and Y's simultaneously throughout, each accolade warrants a bit more clout.

So, can adidas + KANYE WEST set the new benchmark for what it means to be a Three Stripes lifestyle division? Potentially. The distinguished household Yamamoto has built and continues to add onto with Y-3 is present for West and adidas to use as the framework for their new partnership. West has also managed to make waves in the fashion industry since unveiling his first-ever collection in 2011, all the while churning out two solo albums, collaborative albums with Jay Z and the G.O.O.D. Music crew, in addition to overseeing the direction of and starring in two international tours. Not to mention, he has also managed to groom a fleet of creatives into the respected firm that DONDA is today. Imagine what West may be able to accomplish with an additional design team dedicated solely to one facet of his grand vision.

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Playboi Carti & UnoTheActivist Drop “What” Music Video

Playboi Carti and UnoTheActivist bring their hyped track "What" to life with a new music video where the frenzied VLONE-clad pair crash a posh socialite's dinner. Directed by AWGE, the visual features cameos from A$AP Rocky, Ade Oyeyemi and A$AP Lou of the Cozy Boys. "What" will be part of A$AP Mob's upcoming Yams tribute album titled Cozy Tapes, set to drop later this summer.

Have you heard the track's remix with Madeintyo and Lil Yachty?


#OnFeet at AGENDA Long Beach 2016

Kicking off AGENDA's Summer 2016 tour, Long Beach featured a myriad of footwear heat from all realms of style, be it street, athletic or high fashion. Our favorites include the iconic atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Elephant," which will be rereleased next year, a pair of Louis Vuitton "Jaspers," the black-and-white Flyknit Trainers, and Nice Kicks' collaborative NMD in red and black. Peruse the selection above, and tell us your favorite below.

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Go Behind Bars With ScHoolboy Q in His Video for “Tookie Knows II”

The release of ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP is quickly approaching, which has resulted in the unfolding of a visual short story. Following up part 1, which was the video for "By Any Means," the TDE lyricist has recently released its sequel dubbed "Tookie Knows II." The video picks up where its predecessor leaves off as Q and a group of friends run up in a pawn shop they were scoping out. After getting caught by the police, we get a look behind bars as the group refuses to snitch on one another.

Check out the video above and look for ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP to drop July 8.


Explore Tony Stark’s Eclectic Suit Collection in Fourth Episode of ‘All Versions of Iron Man’

In the fourth installment of the “All Versions of Iron Man” miniseries, Marvel showcases an obscure yet interesting collection of Iron Man armor starting from 2009 up until 2012 for Stark Week. Following the same sequence of the last three parts, this latest clip highlights various suits worn by the Armored Avenger throughout his comic book appearances such as The Bleeding Edge from 2010, the Hulkbuster MK I from 2011 and the Phantom from 2012.

Check out the fourth episode above and stay tuned for the final installment.


Matt Damon Prank Calls Unsuspecting Americans With Jason Bourne Spy Missions

Matt Damon pulls a clever marketing stunt for upcoming movie Jason Bourne, where he reprises his role as the titular super spy. Organized with Omaze and, Damon prank calls unsuspecting citizens with instructions to trivial spy missions and meets a variety of reactions. Just another day in Los Angeles.

Watch the latest trailer for Jason Bourne here and look for the film to hit theaters July 29.


Noah Takes the Cycling Cap for a Spin

The cycling cap is one of those functional sport garments that has found a niche in streetwear canon: the ribbed caps were initially used for maximized UV protection and hair coverage -- the latter providing critical aerodynamic efficiency in races. Noah notes that the headgear is also perfect for runners. Wear one with the visor down for minimum drag; try it visor up and all of a sudden you're Mars Blackmon.

Noah's rendition features multicolored or tricolored stripes down the middle available with either the brand's Core, Winged Foot or Lion of Zion branding on the side. The hats cost $32 USD and are available in-store and online now.

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