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Spin masters, get ready—VFiles is now accepting applications for its first-ever DJ Championships. The digital fashion community with a cooler-than-thou shop downtown is known for championing up-and-coming fashion labels, (perhaps most notably, Hood by Air), and now it’s applying the same concepts to the music scene with the launch of this project. To participate in the contest, a partnership with Def Jam Recordings, DJs will need to submit an original ten-to-twenty-minute mix, plus related media (images, GIFs, or videos) to the VFiles platform. Entries will be judged by general social media popularity (the more likes it gets, the higher they rank in the standings), as well as top-tier professional opinions. The three finalists will be reviewed by Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua, EVP and co-head of A&R at Def Jam (best known for his work with the likes of Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Jeezy, and other multi-platinum-selling artists), at a live battle at the VFiles Made Fashion party. “For years, Def Jam’s motto has been ‘Respecting the DJs,” says Joshua. “Def Jam’s brand, right down to our logo, is built around the special role the DJ plays in shaping the taste and tone of the culture. VFiles—with their forward-thinking eye for young talent and their unique, central role in street style—is a natural partner for us.”
Click here to apply. Finalists will be announced August 15, and the winner will be named in September during NYFW.
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.
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” »