81 posts tagged "Kanye West"
Uh-oh, Pharrell, there’s another boldly hatted music mogul in town. Usher has apparently been sporting a Davy Crockett-esque fur cap around the past few days. Most recently, he wore it with a Navajo-print jacket, which made his look almost in tune with the Western-inspired Fall collections (cue Chanel Pre-Fall, Philipp Plein, and Burberry, among others). If this were a competition (and let’s be serious, it basically is), we’d have to give our vote to Pharrell’s iconic Westwood toppers. But this very well may mark the beginning of a new trend in the music community. Your move, Kanye.
It’s no secret that hip-hop star (and Style Map contributor) Theophilus London is a favorite of the fashion set. He’s performed for Karl Lagerfeld and amfAR alike, and pals around with boldfaced names like Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora. When not making music, London serves as the creative director of LVRS, his line that counts Surface to Air and SpongeBob SquarePants among its collaborators. Later this year he’ll debut his second full-length album, VIBES!, an eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2011′s Timez Are Weird These Days. But in the meantime, fans can whet their appetites with Lovers Holiday II, an EP poised for digital release on February 12 and London’s first foray into producing. We spoke with him about the story behind “Take a Look,” one of the album’s tracks, and the decidedly esoteric inspiration behind it. “In late November, Kanye sent me a folder of music to inspire me, with a bunch of really obscure oldies. ["Take a Look"] is an interpretation of another song that came out in, like, 1981, by a group called Martin Dupont from Marseille, France. I was working on my new album, and Kanye said, ‘You should cover or reinterpret some very obscure songs, with their melodies and with your bass lines.’” When Kanye gives musical advice, you’d better take it. And London did just that. Listen to the song’s exclusive debut on Style.com (and download it for free, below.
We thought 2013 was a huge year for Riccardo Tisci—what with his CFDA International Award, the Met Gala, and his costumes for the Opera Garnier. But ‘14 is shaping up to be just as big. The Givenchy designer has exclusively revealed to Style.com that he has collaborated with Nike. The fruits of the partnership, which will bear the logo NIKE RT, will arrive in stores and on Nike.com this Spring. “For me, Nike represents a lot: my childhood, America,” Tisci said. “In Europe, America is the flag, McDonald’s, Marlboro, and Nike, for a kid it’s very important.” The respect goes both ways. “We were impressed by his vision,” Ian Ginoza, Nike’s Global Footwear Director, said. “I personally wear some of the t-shirts; that’s something that Riccardo does well, blurring the lines with street fashion.”
Neither Tisci nor Nike went into detail about the categories represented in the collaboration, but it’s safe to say that footwear will be a major part of it. Tisci has worn the same style of Nikes for 16 years. “When I got the call, it sounded so strong, so perfect for my DNA. It’s a big honor for me, especially because they’re always working with sports people,” he continued. Nike has partnered with the likes of the industrial designer Mark Newsom, the artist Tom Sachs, and (infamously) Kanye West, but it rarely collaborates with fashion designers. “I couldn’t bring them technology, instead I brought my style, what people like me for and what the young generation follows me for,” Tisci added. So what does it all look like? “It’s strong without being loud,” Tisci promised. This video portrait of the designer (below) may provide some more clues.