If you’re not lucky enough to ha a beautiful woman on your arm this Valentines Day, at least you can wear one on your shirt thanks to PacSun. Heartbreakers by V/SUAL for PacSun is a new series of t-shirts featuring models like Iesha Marie, Nicole Mejia, and Laura Elisa. Fine, so it’s not exactly the same (or even an acceptable substitute for an actual woman), but the shirts are great.
See for yourself, and get your own starting February 12th from PacSun.
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Heartbreakers by V/SUAL for PacSun is the Next Best Thing To Having a Girlfriend
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Herschel Supply Co. makes unreal luggage, but they also make something else that’s both awesome and a little more appropriate for your morning routine: a biannual publication, The Journal, full of articles, stories, and beautiful photography to spice up your morning coffee, tea, OJ, or whatever you drink to start your day.
For Issue Two, they’re taking you to the island town of Tofino, Canada where their Spring 2014 lookbook was shot. There’s also an interview with Rad Cars artist Kevin Butler and a feature on the Pacific fish print and a Well Travelled piece from the land of Tequila, Mexico.
For more on The Journal, visit Herschel Supply’s website.
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The Classiest Thing For Your Morning Coffee: Herschel Supply’s The Journal Issue Two
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The writers and editors at SlamXHype spend their whole lives on the Internet — yes, it’s sad– scouring the vast reaches and recesses of it’s digital landscape to find the coolest shit around. They’re masters of it.
Some of that stuff finds it’s way onto SlamXHype’s website, others are contained here in SlamXWeekly, a curated set of links to the best and most awesome stuff that the interwebs has to offer.
SlamXWeekly arrives every Friday, so enjoy the first installment below, then check back a week from today for more.
Pirelli has been publishing a new uber-artsy calendar ever year since 1964. This year is their 50th Anniversary so they’re digging through their archive and dropping gems like the 2001 shot of Gisele Bundchen above. Read a Life+Times interview with the curator of Pirelli’s 50th Anniverary Calendar, Francesca De Cherubini, here.
Twitter absolutely ruined a girl’s life, or more accurately, a girl ruined her own life using Twitter as a tool. Read about the whole technology X insensitivity event on Forbes.
Because their names sound good together, BEEN TRILL and Mike WiLL Made It dropped a mixtape together. Stream it.
Thanks to the epic collection of like a million music videos she released with her surprise, self-titled album, Beyoncé scored another platinum selling project. See what other musics hit it big in 2013 with The Most Game-Changing Music Videos of 2013 Part 1 and Part 2.
The SlamXSounds‘ mix of All The Music That Mattered in 2013 came out. And it was good. Nay, it was GREAT. Listen.
Hopefully, you held it together during present-opening time better than this little guy. Classic meltdown.
An art-crazed Swizz Beatz gave Jay Z the world’s weirdest Christmas gift this year. Check it out.
40oz Van made logos cool again with their 3M capsule. See the whole collection here.
Robin Thicke got a bunch of women to go naked again a la “Blurred Lines”, this time for the sexy magazine Treats!
Can you name all the rappers who stole their look from the Simpsons characters, there are 9. Take the quiz.
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Although LeBron’s eleventh signature sneaker has been garnering plenty of attention lately and rightfully so, Nike reverts back to the previous – the LeBron X – with a new colorway to its low-cut version. Dubbed the “Swamp Thing,” this colorful on-court sneaker features a reptilian theme with an eye and scales graphic adorning its multicolored midsole. Further details include turquoise Flywire cables, a scaly tarp green leather upper and a large tongue tab that advances the overall “Swamp Thing’ aesthetic. Be on the lookout for this drop to hit select Nike stockists on October 10.
In this Second Look, we discuss the utter weirdness of press events, sanctioned interviews and presentations. Take a leap to see our observations during fashion week/month.
Fashion is fond of smoke and mirrors. It’s not the worst industry in that regard. Musicians regularly embellish their ages and the less said about the murky backwaters of the film industry, the better. But fashion excels in creating images that evoke the ultimate ‘man, I wish I was there!’ sighs. And nothing gets those sighs going like events that people haven’t attended. They’re going on in New York. They’ll continue on at London. And Paris. And Copenhagen. And (insert random city here). Your Instagram is filled with people having The Best Time Ever. Yes, full of people you’ve only seen on blogs, the kind of designers you’ve always wanted to say earth-shatteringly important things to like ‘I really like that coat you made’ and, on the odd occasion, a few models that are actually old enough to be there without adult supervision. Living the dream. Despite all these characteristics, the one unifying thread at all these events is that they’re really, really weird.
Firstly, let us break down the inherent weirdness of presentations with real models. If someone approached you in the street and said ‘hey, do you want to come to a random venue and watch a model stand in the same spot and pretend not to see you for two hours straight?’ your answer would (hopefully and after a while of wondering why this stranger has approached you) be ‘no, that sounds weird’. But that, in essence, is what presentations are. And the fact that it’s common practice doesn’t make it any less odd.
There are a number of unspoken rules at presentations. Amongst other things you will have to: stand close, but not too close. Don’t stand staring at one model for too long, even if they are pretending to stare in the middle distance. Don’t catch eyes with a model. When you do catch eyes with a model, give an awkward head nod and a faint smile. This is weirder for the model anyway, he has to stand here for three hours while people hover near him and avoid eye contact. The only thing that tops presentations is press trips.
Press evenings are casual affairs: you go there, meet someone you know and have a chat for about an hour before you leave slightly sozzled from the free drink. Press trips are another beast altogether. To paraphrase Tupac’s words that he paraphrased from someone else, the bigger the brand, the deeper the marketing boost. And, if you’ll allow a dramatic comparison, the experience is closest to a mixture of Clockwork Orange and the planetarium scene in The Mack.
The first rule of trips like these is to choose a venue that can be adequately described as ‘awe inspiring’ in write ups or, more increasingly, tweets and Instagram captions. Think auditoriums, museums and, oddly, the sort of club Jodie Marsh would call swanky and you’ve got three prime locations.
For one event, we visited a suitably awe-inspiring museum with a hall inside. So far, so vanilla. But this hall had a screen on the ceiling and chairs that reclined all way the back, leaving you with the sort of feeling that’ll lead you to mention Clockwork Orange and The Mack in quick succession. For those who haven’t seen The Mack, there’s a scene where Goldie, the protagonist pimp, is showing some prospective employees the benefits of working with Goldie via a speech at the planetarium. He invites his brother over to see his talk in action “you should see it, I got these bitches mind controlled” were his exact words. His brother, unsurprisingly, isn’t that into it. It’s not explained how often he holds these talks (weekly? monthly? just how strong was Goldie’s recruitment program?) but it’s clear that he’s done more than one.
During this speech, he plays the planetarium’s hypnotic solar system video while sitting in the control booth. From there he gives his speech via a booming microphone, one that makes him sound like God as seen in countless films. The speech goes like this:
“You are all here because you have successfully passed one of the requirements to become a member of Goldie’s illustrious family. This family is like a large corporation filled with qualified stockholders, or if you prefer, gifted actresses. But I’d rather call you professional ladies of leisure. Each playing a major role in this large production company and the whole world is our stage. In this organisation there is a president, a director and a teacher. All of these offices are held by me. In this family there is no room for confusion. Anyone or anything opposing my will must be and will be destroyed.”
Back to the auditorium. We’re sitting in there and I’m feeling more than a little like one of Goldie’s girls leaning back in this chair surrounded by images of the company. A faceless voice talks about the big steps the company has made towards working with local communities and how this shoe isn’t just improving your feet. It’s improving the community, one step at a time. After this experience, we’re given an open Q&A session (useless for me, no one ever says anything of value in an open Q&A) and then get to take pictures of the shoes. Then we’re all shuffled off to a drop off point and the event is over.
At one presentation I went to, for a large scale Japanese brand, I was allowed to interview the owner of the brand. He was an elusive figure, but only because he didn’t really do interviews for blogs at the time (I was interviewing him for a magazine I worked for). Inside their admittedly lovely smelling showroom (they have great incense), there were rails full of clothes and no security. Until I turned to look at one of their employees for slightly too long and realised that he had a thousand yard stare. Put it this way: judging from his face, if there was a crime within a fifty mile radius, he did that shit. So I worked out this was security. I was tempted to test my theory but decided I liked my face too much to see it mangled. I just kept leafing through the racks while waiting for the owner to appear.
When he did come around, he was as perfectly pleasant as anyone would be. Most of the time, he answered my questions and understood them well. But other times, he didn’t quite hear my questions and decided to answer a question he’d heard in his head. At first, I brushed this off as simple language barrier issues. Then I realised he didn’t understand any question that was vaguely challenging. And then I remembered that he went to school in America, so his English must be perfectly fine. I didn’t remember the latter point until I’d left the interview though. All that incense distracted me.
Most press events or interviews feel like this: a subtle way of sticking to the script that, when viewed with open eyes and hindsight, are more than a little weird. Not that I’m pretending I’m hard done by. Working in fashion is great. Far more enjoyable than writing news pieces about fathers who kill their children (my first ever byline, hurray for me). But it is surreal. And it’d be even weirder if I didn’t notice how surreal it all is. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to comment ‘man, I wish I was here’ on someone’s Instagram.
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Ray Allen made one of the clutchiest clutch shots in Finals history wearing a pair of AJ XX8s a couple of days back, so long sock sneak is getting plenty talked about again. Jordan Brand knows how to capitalise on the buzz and have previewed a new colourway that looks like hot summer fun and is said to adorn a swag of references to Spike’s famous summer flick ‘Do The Right Thing’. A slammin’ speckled blue and gold midsole makes way for a glossy blue and white zipper jacket, which features a stack of writing. Did this 28 get Spike Lee’s thumbs up? All of that eccentric upperness conceals a mistletoe green inner bootie that is laced up with Santa suit red laces. This drops on June 29, just four days after Half Christmas. Pics via Jumpman.
Purists might roll their eyes but these new Air Jordan XX8 are “heavy” on the historical aspect. While ostentatiously colored, the conflicting colorway actually highlights elements found on the poster and opening sequence to Do The Right Thing, the 1989 classic film about race relation by Spike Lee. In White with streaks of Photo Blue and a speckled outsole in contrasting yellow, the color evolved into a different spectrum of green and red when you unveil the inner bootie. Set to launch on June 29th, the same week Do The Right Thing debuted in theaters 24 years ago, this special Air Jordan XX8 will be available at select Jordan Brand retailers nationwide.
Air Jordan XX8 Style: 555109-106 Color: White/Gym Red-Photo Blue