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Theophilus London Plucks “A Look” From Obscurity


Theophilus London

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 (and download it for free, below.

Wild ’n’ Out: Gisele Goes Guerrilla for BLK DNM


Gisele Bundchen by Johan Lindeberg 

At this very moment, cult sub-Fourteenth Street denim label BLK DNM is plastering downtown Manhattan with its newest “Wild” poster campaign—the company’s only form of advertising since its inception in 2011. Lensed by the brand’s founder and creative director, Johan Lindeberg, the sixth installment of the guerrilla promos feature none other than genetic Powerball winner Gisele Bündchen. But this isn’t your standard Gisele fare—in fact, all that’s shown is the model’s mile-long legs and covetable Brazilian posterior in a pair of second-skin jeans as she’s inspecting the engine of a vintage automobile.


Gisele's Wild Poster“We drove together in that car to Brooklyn for the shoot,” Lindeberg laughed. “It’s an ’85 Mercedes!” The designer and model celebrated their collaboration last night at BLK DNM’s Lafayette Street store, where guests such as Marina Abramovic, Theophilus London, and Waris Ahluwalia perused an expansive series of Lindeberg x Bündchen imagery. In darkened gray scale, the arguably austere shots depict Bündchen in various states of undress and undulation. “Maybe it’s a little bit the dark winters [in Sweden], and both my grandparents were priests,” said Lindeberg, addressing his style. “I like that kind of deeper expression, somehow.”


Bündchen, perhaps, paraphrased the Lindeberg aesthetic best. “He sees women as real—or, he has a very real idea of women. There’s no retouching. There’s a rawness that’s just kind of who you are, you know?”


An exhibition of Lindeberg’s Gisele portraits will be on view at BLK DNM’s 237 Lafayette Street boutique for the next month.

Big Party, Small World


Invite-only social-networking site ASMALLWORLD is basically Facebook for well-connected frequent fliers. So for the platform’s party celebrating its relaunch as a travel and lifestyle club last weekend, the site and its CEO Sabine Heller flew a slew of jet-setters—such as Dianna Agron, Mamie Gummer, and Olivia Wilde—to party in Marrakech. New York deejay Chelsea Leyland was among the guests, and here she chronicles the Moroccan getaway via personal snaps with pals such as Lily Kwong, Theophilus London, Waris Ahluwalia, Ben Pundole, a couple of camels, and more.

I snapped this upon my arrival. Believe it or not, this was my bed for the weekend. INCREDIBLE!

Waris Ahluwalia and my boy Ben Pundole having what looks like a very important conversation in the swimming pool at the Taj Palace in Marrakech, which is probably one of the most amazing pools I’ve ever seen.

Theophilus London and myself having a little hug. Theo bought this outfit that morning and was pretty proud of it. I think his exact words were, “Doesn’t this look like it could be some Rick Owens shit?” Continue Reading “Big Party, Small World” »

Hood By Air’s Zombie Walk


New York’s own Hood By Air bills itself as “ghetto goth.” That’s a niche market if we’ve ever seen one. But in spite (or perhaps because) of its cult appeal, HBA can certainly draw a crowd. Theophilus London, Nicola Formichetti, and his two Pomeranians, Tank and Bambi, were in the front row at the label’s Fall ’13 show at Milk Studios yesterday afternoon. The theme was techno-tribal-street-zombie—a concept that was magnified by performance artist Boy Child, who would sporadically interrupt the catwalking by creeping through a cloud of smoke and contorting his body into morbid positions.

Designer Shayne Oliver moved away from his usual all-black palette this season with splashes of yellow, blue, and X-ray green. “Before, I enjoyed black because I thought it looked the best,” Oliver told, “Now I’m learning how to express that darkness without actually doing black.” This collection is also markedly more complex than what we’ve seen on the racks in previous seasons. Sweatshirts are done in oversize neoprene to distort the body, Bermudas are slit open and worn over skinny pants, and zippers transform one garment into something else entirely, like a pair of loose shorts into a kilt. It’s an aesthetic that really appealed to A$AP Rocky, whom Oliver enlisted to close the show. “Growing up in Harlem, hanging out in Soho, I had to deal with the transition between different worlds. Shayne’s stuff is totally something I can get with.” Thanks to A$AP, HBA’s niche might soon get a little bit bigger—Oliver will be dressing the rapper as he opens for Rihanna on her world tour this spring.

Photo:Carly Otness/

Paradise Now


Rappers have long bragged about repping that Gucci, Fendi, and Prada, but this year, Givenchy is the label with all the street cred. Its graphic birds-of-paradise pattern, in particular, has become a cult status symbol for artists including Jay-Z and Kanye West (the duo also commissioned Riccardo Tisci to do the album art for their Watch the Throne album), Theophilus London, and A$AP Rocky (pictured). Pusha T (member of the Kanye-led G.O.O.D. Music tribe) wears the printed T-shirt under a denim button-down in his latest video for “Exodus 23:1 ,” while in the recent “Street Knock” track, Swizz Beatz cops to “Sitting back in my shirt, Givenchy on my back.” Beatz is perhaps the biggest ambassador of the birds-of-paradise trend. He wore a pair of the pants to the BET Awards and even picked up a limited-edition surfboard to match. Safe to say that when it comes to hip-hop fashion, birds of a feather flock together.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of rappers wearing Givenchy’s birds-of-paradise print.

Photo: Julot Bandit / WAD Magazine