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August 20 2014

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Beyoncé and Sky Ferreira Favorited Label, Obesity + Speed, Draws a Crowd in Brooklyn

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OBESITY + SPEED Premiere of "It's Showtime"“It’s just like Urban Outfitters but cooler,” said one partygoer at the buzzy Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg last night. The Urban-owned and -operated space is a new concept store featuring much of the retailer’s signature merchandise assortment, in addition to a first floor available for various pop-up shops, a third-floor bar and restaurant, and a rooftop lounge. In short, it was the hippest new space for Obesity + Speed, the downtown label favorited by the likes of Beyoncé, Sky Ferreira, and Kesha, to showcase its latest campaign video. The short, titled It’s Showtime, is a three-minute ode to the subway guerilla dance group by the same name.

“I love subway dancers,” Pamela Love told us. “They’re fearless, and just trying to make a buck. Two things I totally appreciate.” But would Love ever consider joining in on the show? “Absolutely not. I prefer to watch.” Leigh Lezark took a similar position on the issue of subway performers—they’re cool, but she plans to stick to the turntables. After music sets from Greg K. (pictured, left), Vashtie (pictured, center), ASTR, and a surprise performance from subway dancer Malik himself, even the shyest of wallflowers was dancing.

Based on the crew of black-clad downtowners and Brooklynites who turned out for the fete, Obesity + Speed knows how to get the cool kids talking. And it doesn’t hurt that Beyoncé’s instantly iconic ski mask from her On the Run tour is an original Obesity + Speed. Or that the brand’s founder, Lyz Olko, also moonlights as director of nightlife for The Jane and The Westway. But despite the hype, Olko keeps things in perspective. “Tonight isn’t about the money or if what you’re doing is the coolest thing,” she said. “It’s about doing what you love and doing your best at it.”

Photos: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

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Editor Obsessions: Barbour Bedale Jacket

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barbour-sizedEvery day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

A good thing about being tall is wearing men’s clothes. I own and dearly love a lot of men’s shirts and T-shirts because they fit me better than a lot of women’s clothes. (I prefer a relaxed fit—something not too short.)

I’ve been lusting after this Barbour waxed jacket for a while now. When I was a teenager, my father bought my sister one, and I scoffed at it, even though he said it was a timeless piece. Now I’m wishing I had listened to him. Had I bought one back then, it would have just the right amount of wear now.

Barbour Bedale men’s jacket in navy, $379, Buy it now

Photo: Courtesy of Barbour

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Kesha, A$AP Ferg, and More Reveal All in a Hilarious New Haim Video; Tom Hanks Tops the App Charts; and More of the News You Missed Today

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Haim calls on famous friends…
The sister trio pulled out the big guns for their newest music video remix for “My Song 5.” Appointing the likes of Kesha, A$AP Ferg, Ezra Koenig, and Saturday Night Live‘s Vanessa Bayer, the girls’ latest vid depicts a Jerry Springer-inspired talk show with each guest revealing an interesting secret. Click here to have a look—hilarity is imminent.

Happy Birthday Coco
Today marks Coco Chanel’s 131st birthday. In celebration of the legendary designer, here’s a look at some of her most memorable and inspirational quotes. [Harper's Bazaar U.K.]

Tom Hanks has an app?
As if we needed any more reason to believe in the power of celebrity: Tom Hanks has launched a new iPad app and it is currently ranked No. 1 on the iTunes store. The Hanx Writer app is a typewriter simulator, which imitates the analog typing experience. The inspiration? Hanks said, “I wanted the sound of typing if nothing else…cause I find it’s like music that spurs along the creative urge.” The app even makes a chime sound when you reach the end of a line—how authentic. [TechCrunch]

SNL Announcer Don Pardo dies at 96…
In today’s more serious news, Saturday Night Live‘s Don Pardo has passed away. Pardo was a part of the SNL family for 39 years, acting as the announcer for all but one season. His instantly recognizable voice will be missed by industry insiders and comedy enthusiasts alike. [Vanity Fair]

Stress Addicts Anonymous…
For many of us, stress is a part of daily life. We’ve been programmed to believe it’s a common, inevitable life element everyone has to deal with. However, experts are now suggesting stress may be self-imposed or, worse still, an addiction. The Huffington Post today is explaining the telltale signs of stress addiction, and delivering helpful tips on how to eliminate it.

All the cool girls have one…
One of the most in-demand handbag lines out there right now? It’s not by Fendi, Givenchy, or Saint Laurent, but Mansur Gavriel. Today’s L.A. Times feature explains the hype. [L.A. Times]

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Selfie Promotion: Timur Kim’s New T-Shirts Are a Social Media Addict’s Dream

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How many times have you found yourself saying, “Ugh, I just can’t find the right shirt to wear in this selfie?” Well, fret not, tech-savvy narcissists, because up-and-coming London-based designer Timur Kim has got you covered. Today, the Central Saint Martins-trained talent (who, having graduated in 2012 at the age of 22, was one of the late Louise Wilson’s star pupils) launches his selfie T-shirts, a unisex range of limited-edition tees whose prints are cleverly focused around the neck. “When you’re doing a selfie, you capture only the face and the area below the neck,” said the 25-year-old designer of Russian and Korean descent. “What makes these shirts perfect for taking selfies is that all the designs are concentrated around this area. Everything is in the right place for the photograph.”

Selfie-focused fashion—could this be the end of cerebral, well-designed clothing as we know it? Not at all, actually, because Kim’s cheeky, entirely handmade capsule is simultaneously a clever commentary on our self-absorbed, iPhone-obsessed generation and an ingenious marketing plan. “I don’t really do selfies,” Kim told me. “I like to keep to myself, and I don’t like to be photographed. But the selfie is a huge phenomenon, especially in fashion, because [fashion] is such a self-centric industry. We all want to be part of it. We all want to be exposed, often through the clothes we wear and the style we choose. So I thought why not get people to take a selfie in my work?”

Timur Kim

Offered in three styles, the tops are priced at £100 and are available on Kim’s website. And because I know you were wondering, no. Kim’s T-shirts were not inspired by Kim Kardashian West’s recently announced book of selfies. In fact, he didn’t even know said tome was in the works. “I don’t really pay attention to Kim Kardashian. What she’s doing doesn’t in any way relate to my work, so she doesn’t really interest me.” We’re guessing she won’t be posing in Mr. Kim’s tops anytime soon.

Timur KimWhat does interest Kim (and me, for that matter) is his forthcoming Spring ’15 collection, for which his T-shirts serve as a preview of sorts. With his event scheduled for September 15 at London’s Lyst Studios, Kim is confident that this London fashion week outing will be his best yet. A sneak peek at his mood board debuts exclusively here.

“I think this is going to be my breakthrough,” Kim said confidently. “The main theme is Back to the Future, so it kind of encompasses everything I’ve done from the [Central Saint Martins] MA to this point. I feel like I can finally integrate all that I’m capable of, and the result is what I’ve wanted to achieve for a long time. I’m getting there, and I’m liking it.” Expect color-blocking, stretch everything (including denim), silk looks, and “unexpected techniques,” as well as garments that are made entirely by hand. “Some designers don’t learn the craft, and then the craft gets lost,” said Kim of the importance of touching each garment he conceives. “It’s not just about styling and jewelry and sketching. You have to know how to work with the fabric, how to be an architect of clothing.” Like we said, good design isn’t going anywhere—in fact, it might just be getting started.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

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The Ice Bucket Just Got Much Chicer, Thanks to Gisele Bündchen and Mario Testino

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The chances of Donatella Versace dumping a bucket of ice water over her head seem slim to none, but this could be a real thing—maybe. This afternoon, after accepting his nomination by Gisele Bündchen, Mario Testino called upon Donatella, Kate Moss, and David Beckham to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge. The monthlong campaign, in efforts to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), quickly went viral with influencers like Oprah pouring it out on Instagram. But what started as an Internet stunt has reportedly raised more than $10 million. We’re ready to see more of fashion’s favorites participate—and we’d happily nominate ourselves to pour anything on David Beckham.

Photo: @mariotestino

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