Today Nike unveiled the latest Kobe Bryant signature shoe at an event held at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. The Kobe 9 Elite redefines both the look and feel of a basketball shoe, incorporating Nike Flyknit to combine, as Mark Parker, President & CEO of NIKE, Inc. says “power, strength, and flexibility with lightweight materials and a whole new method of manufacturing.” Reverting back to a higher cut for the first time since his third signature shoe in 2007, Kobe’s ninth namesake shoe also features Flywire and Lunarlon giving the sneaker superior lightweight performance and strength. Design details include nine red embroidered line on the heel, giving a nod to Kobe’s Achilles sutures, and an outsole featuring the pressure mapping of Kobe’s own foot. The first colorway, dubbed ‘Masterpiece,’ will release globally on February 8, 2014 at Nike.com and through select global retail locations.
In what started as an exclusively American tradition, the Black Friday phenomenon has all but gone global over the past couple of years. For 2013, we decided to get in on the product-based celebrations, partnering with New Era on a run of 59FIFTY caps. Featured in black on black these fitted caps are limited to 44 pieces, all of which were gifted exclusively to friends and family of our publication. For those looking for your own Highsnobiety cap, further releases from HS and New Era are dropping soon, so stay tuned.
Model: Annelie (PMA)
Makeup: Sarah Bleszynski
Styling: Jaq Szymczak
Thanksgiving is perhaps the only time during the year where people are asked to pause and reflect on the things that they hold nearest and dearest to their heart. While more esoteric and far-reaching ideals like one’s health, the happiness of family, and a general thankfulness that the zombie apocalypse hasn’t occurred just yet are obvious, we pulled together more tangible items that have brought joy to our lives as an editorial staff. Pulling from the worlds of style, tech, entertainment and more, here are the 25 products that made 2013 a better year than the last.
Last night Converse celebrated the launch of the CONS Holiday collection with special music performances by Converse CONS Ambassador RATKING, rapper Trinidad Jame$ and DJ Wonder at Converse Rubber Tracks in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The event also included a private dinner by Chef Eddie Huang who served traditional bao style food to a select group of guests. The Converse CONS Holiday Collection will be available on Thursday, November 14, exclusively at Foot Locker, Footaction, and Champs stores in North America.
Converse have also unveiled the first single from the forthcoming CONS EP VOL 1, “GAUCHOS,” by RATKING and Eric Copeland of Black Dice. You can listen to the track now below:
Though we still have over two years to wait, Disney and Lucasfilm today confirmed a release date of December 18, 2015 for their highly anticipated film Star Wars: Episode VII. The studio is in full-swing of pre-production on the continuation of the saga created by George Lucas, with J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) set to direct a script written by himself and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi.) John Williams will be returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, with shooting scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
Fashion is an arena where a sense of humor is needed to both comprehend some of the more challenging and inaccessible pieces that are presented, as well as to tolerate “parody” elements that have permeated countless collections and collaborations throughout the years. Recently, a riff occurred between Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent and Sarah Andelman, the creative director and an owner of colette Paris, over a particular T-shirt that stated, “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves.” Having been in business with one another since 1998, Saint Laurent decided to sever all ties with the retailer despite Andelman spending 440,000 euros for Laurent’s previous Spring and Fall 2013 collections. The question remains, who is in the right and who is in the wrong in this situation?
I could not really believe the story when it first surfaced. Of course the high end fashion brand parody t-shirt market has been heating up for a while. While always apparent in the streetwear market, the movement has gained such mainstream traction, that I do understand why brands such as YSL are getting worried. As long as a small group of people is wearing niche brands with such parody slogans, things were all good.
Remember this though – parody t-shirts were in part present in streetwear to make a statement, but also most people wearing them could simply not afford the real deal. When brands such as FUCT, Freshjive and others flipped big brand logos, the t-shirts were sold in streetwear stores. Today, the parody t-shirts are sitting next to the actual brands that they are making fun of, in the same stores. colette, Browns London and others carry both Brian Lichtenberg and Ain’t Laurent Without Yves, as well as Saint Laurent, Gucci, Valentino and others. You see what happened here? And that is why we now have an issue.
Personally I am happy that brands such as SSUR can cash in on such a trend, simply because they have been so great at this game for such a long time, without gaining mainstream appeal. They deserve it I think. I also think (even if I do not personally like it) its impressive how somebody like Brian Lichtenberg has built an entire multi-million dollar business on parody logos. But at the same time we all know it’s a short trend that will not last forever and therefore I also do not understand the harsh reaction of Saint Laurent towards colette.
After all colette has carried YSL long before it carried the parody t-shirts and they would have carried YSL long after. Now I do hope that colette can stand firm in the case that YSL comes back around in the coming years and simply tells them to “go to hell!” A longterm partner you do not treat like this!
Thinking about what happened with the YSL case and pondering on what happens next, I can only imagine that this is the first move in a much bigger lashback from the luxury players. We’ve waxed several times on the parodox of seeing satirical tees sitting side by side with their high-fashion counterparts. It’s been mentioned that the new-generation of young buyers at some of these long-established retailers are now shaking up the brand mix, blending high and low, and that the streets are following suit, or vice-versa.
One big factor in my eyes is that we’re seeing a generation raised on the internet taking center stage. This is a generation who grew up surrounded by remixes, parodies and blurred legal lines, particularly in the realm of intellectual property (think Napster, Megaupload, The Pirate Bay.) So when you have all these kids eager to do what they please, break the rules and make noise, it’s no wonder this type of business move feels reasonable or even deserved. The resounding feeling being “what’s the harm?”
When we spoke to Benjamin Fainlight, the founder of a high-fashion referencing label called LPD, he mentioned how he basically just made some shirts he wanted to wear. I’d like to think that’s where most of these brands are coming from. I mean kids make silly t-shirts all the time. I remember making parody Gucci, Burberry and Louis Vuitton tees back in 2002 or so.. It’s just that today you can actually sell 50 of them overnight via Tumblr. I imagine “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” was born from a similar motive. A graphic someone enjoyed and through others would too. Hell, I’ve even seen some “Saint Laurent Montreal” tees kicking around town here in the city, (one of the major streets in Montreal is boulevard Saint Laurent.)
Are these small-time designers cutting into YSL’s market share? Not by any numbers that matter in the long term. By some accounts you can argue these types of graphics are actually increasing brand awareness for the luxury brands (whether it’s with the right people is another story). I do totally understand a brand wanting to protect itself, but when you’re at the stage that you’re a certified cultural icon, you need to let it go. This is not a Canal Street knock-off, it’s a tribute and to be honest, it’s doing nothing to the brand but making it look cooler.
In the case of LPD, it’s even been speculated that Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy was inspired by Benjamin in creating the Givenchy “PERVERT 17″ shirt last season. People would likely have been much more excited to see something along the lines of ”IT MUST BE SAINT LAURENT WITH HEDI” emblazoned on an official YSL tee rather than a petty lawsuit with one of the most open-minded retailers in Paris. Think on that Hedi.
Not all parody T-shirts are good ideas, but occasionally there some great ones. I think the shirt in question, the one that reads “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves,” is one of the great ones. It isn’t simply a parody T-shirt that pokes fun at the brand, it’s a parody T-shirt that pokes fun directly at Hedi Slimane — for the recent name-change (from Yves Saint Laurent). It’s obvious that many people weren’t too thrilled about it, so I think this particular shirt was rather clever.
Do I think that Hedi Slimane and Saint Laurent should have severed their ties with colette? Absolutely not. The two brands have had a great relationship, and someone allows a parody T-shirt to get in the way of that? It’s childish. This could have been handled in a much different manner, a personal “fuck you” stationary from Hedi Slimane to Sarah Andelman (of colette) would have sufficed. And who knows, maybe this is only temporary.
(Sponsored) ABSOLUT continues its long history of pushing the boundaries of contemporary culture to connect with the passions of a new generation with its latest brand campaign – TRANSFORM TODAY. The brand is collaborating with four cutting-edge artists who ignore fate and break boundaries, transforming themselves and their creative disciplines in the process.
This week in music, A$AP Rocky and Rihanna dominated clicks with their “Fashion Killa” video, Kanye West drew a ton of eyeballs with his BBC interview series, and Drake released Nothing Was The Same. Only one of those names appears in this week’s list. Check out all five of our weekly picks below and enjoy the weekend.
The Killers – “Shot at the Night”
“Shot at the Night” was produced by M83′s Anthony Gonzalez for The Killers’ 10th anniversary compilation Direct Hits. The video follows a day in the life of a Las Vegas maid who’s mundane life takes a turn for the exciting. It’s a fun watch.
BANKS – “This is What it Feels Like”
In the new video for “This Is What It Feels Like,” BANKS dances solo in the pouring rain. We really just like everything about BANKS, and hope you do too.
Mike WiLL Made It – “23″ ft. Miley Cyrus, Juicy J & Wiz Khalifa
We’re just going to throw this one in here for pure ridiculousness. “23″ is a sexed-up Michael Jordan tribute in which Miley Cyrus raps about being “high on purp.” I wonder how Jordan feels about this one?
Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
In “Hold On, We’re Going Home” we get to see Drake in a ski mask with a gun while A$AP Rocky toasts relentlessly on a throwback Grand Theft Auto: Vice City type of feel. It’s all kinds of amazing.
Charli XCX – “SuperLove”
“SuperLove” is the first single Charli XCX has released following her debut album True Romance. In the video, Charli runs around Tokyo doing shoulder lean dances with a gang of dancing robots. Well done Ms. XCX.
(Sponsored) Although Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose disappeared from the spotlight to tend to a major injury, he never really left the game. Now he’s back with a new shoe, the D Rose 4, which makes an appearance in this latest video from adidas that focuses on Rose’s attitude as he gets ready to return to the court.
In this video from adidas, Rose asks some thoughtful questions about how much deserves his own shoe or a world full of supportive fans even while he was sidelined. He discusses his determination to show his appreciation to his fans in the upcoming season. You can also catch a glimpse of his new basketball shoe, the D Rose 4, in the video.
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(Sponsored) In this behind-the-scenes video from GAP’s latest TV campaign, Dhani Harrison shares his creative process behind covering one of his father’s greatest tunes. By focusing on the bluesy roots of rock ‘n roll, Dhani breathes new life into this old George Harrison classic. Head over to YouTube to see Dhani putting his own spin on his father’s tune, “For You Blue,” and hear from other young, creative people finding their roots and going back to blue.