12 posts tagged "A$AP Rocky"
Mark your calendars—on December 10, Mark Ronson will head to New York’s Highline Ballroom to host The Other Ball: a soiree and auction whose proceeds will go to Arms Around the Child. Founded by Leigh Blake, the charity aims to provide struggling children in developing countries with a loving home, medical treatment, protection, and education. Underwritten by Topshop, the event will feature performances from The Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Lykke Li, and more. And if the party isn’t enough to get you in a giving mood, the one-of-a-kind teddy bears up for auction most certainly will. Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, Topshop’s Topman, Opening Ceremony, Thom Browne, Simon Doonan, and Chromat have each put their own spin on the stuffed toys, which, crafted from black leather, are surprisingly subversive. “I had so much fun reimagining my bear,” offered Doonan of his buckle-and-spike-embellished design. “I channeled Helmut Newton and added a dollop of Christopher Street circa the seventies. I wanted to show that bears can be kinky, too.” Wang’s version also has a dark side, what with its silver X-eyed executioner’s mask and black studded collar. Louboutin, meanwhile, whipped up a superhero-style bear, complete with a cape and paws in his signature hue of red, and Thom Browne’s iteration is dressed in one of the designer’s unmistakable cropped suits. “We need to bring more awareness to the importance of children’s happiness, well-being, and innocence,” said Browne of the project. Each bear will go under the hammer for a starting price of $1,000, and if you can’t make it to the Ball, online and telephone bids will be accepted until noon on Tuesday. For information on bidding and tickets, visit theotherball.org.
There’s another rapper falling into fashion’s favor. Today, WWD reports, Alexander Wang has teamed up with Dr. Dre to turn out a pair of limited-edition black and gold Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. It’s been a rap-filled year for fashion, what with Kanye West’s A.P.C. collab, A$AP Rocky’s cameo on the Hood by Air runway, and Jay Z’s Picasso Baby shoot, but for Wang, it would seem, it’s all about the D.R.E.
Aubrey Drake Graham may have started as a teenage actor on Degrassi: The Next Generation, but now, he’s selling out shows at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center—at least, he did last night with the New York segment of his “Would You Like a Tour?” tour. That’s no small feat—and Drake’s other coup was getting Calvin Klein Collection to provide his onstage wardrobe.
The musician, who turned 27 a few days ago, used yesterday’s gig to celebrate his birthday with a crowd that included several Brooklyn Nets, Victor Cruz, and guest performers Busta Rhymes and A$AP Rocky (along with GF Chanel Iman). Also celebrating was Calvin Klein men’s creative director Italo Zucchelli, who met Drake for the first time at the house’s fashion week party in September. Although he’s worked with countless celebrities, this is Zucchelli’s first time designing a tour wardrobe. “I’m a music obsessive,” he said. “Working on this, I felt very in my element.” Drake wore two of the custom looks last night: a light blue denim hooded shirt, tank top, and multi-pocket cargo pant, and later, a reflective tank top and track pant as he serenaded the crowd on a round, elevated catwalk. Unlike some other rappers, Drake completed his show without a single wardrobe malfunction.
“I approach each season like it’s my last,” offered Rob Garcia, the man behind New York-based streetwear label En Noir. Considering fans such as Kanye West and A$AP Rocky live in the brand’s luxe leather track pants, and that top-tier retailers such as Barneys, The Webster, and Isetan already stock the four-season-old line, Garcia’s carpe diem attitude toward design seems to be working—that is to say, En Noir’s “last season” is nowhere in sight.
Having launched for Fall ’12, the line has garnered a cult following with its high-end leather menswear. But women, too, have been coveting En Noir’s tailored, badass aesthetic. “We had female clients buying our menswear, and we had amazing retailers that wanted to see us do womenswear,” offered Garcia. So for Spring ’14, he decided to take the leap, creating five pieces just for the ladies.
Formerly a designer for Black Scale (known for its urban basics), Garcia sources all the hides for his buttery, creatively treated trousers, T-shirts, hoodies, and tank tops from Italy and France. The garments are then hand-treated in the States. “We try to keep pushing the boundaries of leather,” explained Garcia. “And the next level is different treatments.” The label’s Spring ’14 collection, which debuts exclusively here, offers an abundance of techniques that boggle the mind and the senses. For instance, a white leather womenswear jacket is shredded in such a way that one might mistake it for a sequin bomber (above), and an unlined suede men’s topper is as soft and sleek as silk. Meanwhile, a calfskin crop top is laser-cut to look like lace, and a tulip-shaped leather mini is embossed for a tactile, crinkled effect.
Expanding beyond its signature leathers, En Noir also offers Spring track pants, T-shirts, and tank tops done in a custom “coal wasteland” cotton print (above, left). Branding—a new aesthetic leap for the label—is a focus, too, appearing on suede panels that wrap around the sporty wares. “I’m thankful for each season, and I’m just trying to progress,” said Garcia when asked about his aims for the future. And while En Noir continues to attract high-profile clients—and stockists—Garcia is determined to stick to his streetwear roots. “We’ll always keep it wearable,” he told us. “The clothes are for the daily guy, or daily woman, and can be worn all day, whether it’s in the street or at a party.”
Few brands command such a cult following as New York-based Hood By Air. Helmed by Shayne Oliver, the label has acquired such a cool crew of fans that the mighty retailer Selfridges cherry-picked it to be one of the twenty brands featured in the department store’s new men’s contemporary concept floor, which, opening this week, will offer plenty of street, skate, and attitude.
By way of celebration, then, last night the Selfridges parking garage was transformed into a skate-park-cum-nightclub, and on display were pieces from HBA’s Spring ’14 collection with an Anglo twist. The label partnered with British heritage knitwear brand Corgi to create some sumptuous one-offs. “I wanted to collaborate with a brand that was steeped in tradition,” explained Oliver. “The idea was to pull together a contrast between that and our rebellious nature. You know, that old craftsmanship and handmade stuff. That’s something that we lack a little bit in America, and I wanted to work with a brand that represented the opposite of fast fashion. It was a little tribute to our coming to the UK and to Selfridges.” Continue Reading “Hood By Air Hits the UK” »