Every year the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) nominates designers for best menswear, womenswear, and accessory design. This year, Swarovski pushed the envelope by partnering up with CFDA nominees nominated for a Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent. The nominees get to create their own type of art but studded with Swarovski Elements. Some of the objects include a live cactus, a kitchen knife set, arrows, a Ducati F-1 racing helmet, and even a BMX bicycle. The collection was debuted at the Fivestory boutique in New York and will remain on display until June 3. All of the proceeds from the collection will benefit Free Arts NYC, a non-profit organization that provides underserved children and families with educational arts and mentoring programs.
While same-sex marriage is up for debate in the Supreme Court, there is no debate against the marriage of two major brands and to create a perfect child. With summer underway, major collaborations are hitting the fashion scene. The newest collabo to make headlines is COMME des GARCONS PLAY for Converse Pro Leather Collection. The Japanese brand has made past collabos with Converse, such as the Chuck Taylor All Star Hi and Lo and also the Jack Purcell low top sneaker. Now, it’s the Converse Pro Leather. While the signature heart with eyes logo stayed the same, it is now all over the sneaker unlike the Jack Purcell low top sneaker. It comes in a high top and low top in Milk and Black with Ox hearts. “All styles will be available on Dover Street Market’s website and at the Comme des Garçons NYC store starting May 28, in Paris and London starting June 1 and at Comme des Garçons stores in Tokyo and throughout Asia starting June 21 for a suggested retail price of $130-$140.”
While Pusha T may be busy on The Life Is So Exciting Tour with Fabolous, he still manages to give his creative input towards Play Cloths. Not to long ago, he posted on his Instagram page a preview of the new Play Cloths merchandise. It includes apparel, such as tank tops and t-shirts, and accessories that include belts, hats, socks, and what seems to be a small zippered pouch. They all have the same star print in two colors, red and black. No set date was mentioned but from a look at the comments, a lot of people are already anticipating for it to drop.
According to a Time magazine story titled “The Me Me Me Generation” that was published recently, the youth is said to be a narcissistic generation. Why do they make that claim? Because we are a generation that loves to publicize our daily lives and picture selfies on every social media account we can get our hands on. But what they also mention is that without our generation, the notion of using something so simple such as taking pictures to create a digital community wouldn’t exist. An example of this notion is the new free iOS app Connoshoer.
If you are really into streetwear, you will know that clothing brand Johnny Cupcakes is always a hot item. Johnny Cupcakes has created two t-shirts with cartoons that, guessing from the apparel they have on, are supposed to be the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac. That would explain why it is called East vs. West. He always adds his own “bakery” references to every shirt he makes, which would explain why you can read “Cake Life” tattooed on the Tupac version. You can pre-order the t-shirts in the online shop here.
It seems like rapper A$AP Rocky is everywhere nowadays. We know he is eating. If you haven’t seen him already in the adidas “Quick Ain’t Fair” commercial that came out two weeks ago, you can catch him in the behind-the-scenes video. You can also catch players John Wall, Damian Lillard, and Jrue Holiday also giving commentary about being a part of the commercial. A$AP Rocky narrates the commercial while Wall, Lillard, and Holiday do what they do best: show that quick ain’t fair. You’ll get what I mean after you check out the behind-the-scenes video.
When Jay-Z mentioned that he might wear all black for four years straight, he was clearly being a trend forecaster. Who knew Hov was a fashion psychic? Well, Pharrell and Mark McNairy teamed up to take on the ‘all black everything’ trend and created a line that fused with military influences. BBC Black looks like it will be a hit in the streetwear scene. I mean, its Mark McNairy and Pharrell. They are a match made in streetwear heaven.
Check out the the video where both designers explain BBC Black for GQ Magazine. Also, check out some of the pictures from the lookbook. The line is set to be in stores in the fall.
Looks like Rihanna isn’t the only one dropping highly anticipated merchandise on May 25th. Undefeated has created another project with Nike. Little has been known about this widely talked about project and we want more, we want more (cue little girl from AT&T commercial). The collaboration is set to drop on May 25th, which is just two days before Memorial Day. Knowing how the great marketing minds at Nike are, this just might mean that it probably might have a military feel to it. But whatever it might look like, I’m sure sneaker resellers are going to go haywire for these. Stay tuned for more details as the date of their release comes closer.