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August 21 2014

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Adidas Announces Long-Term Partnership With Pharrell Williams

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Speculation surrounding the deal can finally be laid to rest. Today, Adidas announced a long-term partnership with Pharrell Williams. Rumors have been circulating for months, peaking when the artist performed at the Oscars wearing custom red Adidas sneakers and the brand’s black leather track jacket. Pharrell’s Earth-friendly textiles company, Bionic Yarn, will be used in some of the label’s collection.

“Working with a brand like Adidas is such an incredible opportunity,” Pharrell said in the statement. “From the classic track suit to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths, Adidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and Bionic Yarn.”

Dirk Schonberger, global creative director for Adidas Sport Style, had this to say: “I am truly thrilled to work with Pharrell. He is a pop culture icon that never fails to inspire, not just through his musical talent and craft, but through his many other interests. He is the perfect fit for the multifaceted company that is Adidas.”

With both Kanye West and Pharrell now officially signed on, along with Raf Simons, Rick Owens, and other designers, it seems Adidas is on a mission to be the coolest sportswear brand on the planet, one collaboration at a time.

The first offerings from the adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams collection will be available this summer.

Photo: Getty Images 

Just The Essentials, Please

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The stylist Julia Freitag—a veteran of Germany’s short-lived Vanity Fair and a contributor to German Vogue—runs Styleproofed.com, where she tests and reviews appealing products. For Berlin fashion week, she called upon some famous friends—like Wolfgang Joop, Dirk Schönberger, and Michael Michalsky—for their own favorite products and items. The result, the mini-exhibition Objects of Desire From Ten Fashion Designers, is on view in the gallery space of Berlin Weekly, where it’ll remain for another week after fashion week wraps. (It’s also online at www.berlin-weekly.com.)

Their picks range from the spartan to the luxurious. Joop—not usually renowned for austerity—selected a pair of organic black socks from his own label. Schönberger spotlighted his favorite KingSize tumbler glasses (above)—design objects compelling enough that he changed his signature drink from straight vodka to vodka tonics to give himself an occasion for them. Michalsky offered his giant Birkin bag (not usually a men’s item, but when filled, heavy enough that it might take a man to lift it; top). And the former Helmut Lang designer Kostas Murkudis used the opportunity for a little wishful shopping. He picked a black and red “Motorradhelm von Aspesi” moto helmet. He doesn’t own a Vespa—yet.

Photos: berlin-weekly.com