2 posts tagged "World Basketball Festival"
Jay-Z’s performance at last night’s World Basketball Festival tip-off brought out some fashionable faces, including designers Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra. But the evening’s main style statement occurred when the headliner took to the Radio City Music Hall stage…in a cardigan (top). That may sound more Crosby, Bing (bottom right), than Generation Bling, but—with the help of some shades and beads—the rapper more than pulled it off. Of course, the cardigan has been busily shedding its stodgier associations for the last couple of years, and Jay-Z has been at the forefront of that movement, repeatedly wearing button-front knits in his offstage appearances. So let’s call last night’s black version with patent arm patches an evolution, not a revolution. Perhaps it was no coincidence that moments before the start of his set, the P.A. system blasted Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” recalling one of music’s most memorable cardis: the fuzzy green number Kurt Cobain wore on MTV Unplugged (bottom left).
In related sartorial news, Jay-Z has teamed up with Nike to design a range of blacked-out Air Force 1′s commemorating the World Basketball Festival. The only way to get your hands on a pair is to bid in eBay’s charity auction, and all proceeds will benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. You have until August 22.
Ah, the lazy days of teenage summer. Summer camp. Sleeping in. Hanging out by the pool. Sneaking into R-rated movies. Designing sneakers and apparel for Nike. Wait—what was that last item?
Playing Nike designer may not be on the average kid’s résumé, but that’s exactly what 100-odd New York City teens have been up to this summer. Make Something!, the L.A.-based art workshop for teens founded by Aaron Rose (Beautiful Losers), teamed up with Nike Sportswear and the Cooper-Hewitt museum to create a summer program of classes for local kids, with visiting instructors including Todd Selby and Cassette Playa’s Carri Mundane. Among the activities on the schedule: redesigning classic Nike footwear styles, including the Air Jordan and the Converse Chuck, ahead of this week’s launch of the inaugural World Basketball Festival. The kicks made their public debut at the Nike Stadium space last night, and a selection of the sneakers and apparel designed at the Make Something! workshops will be showing up on sales floors soon. But that doesn’t mean the teenage participants are getting back to the serious summertime business of chillaxing, just yet—according to Rose, they’re in rehearsals for a halftime gig at the festival. “I think it’s going to be a genius mess,” Rose (pictured) said of the performance. “Which works just fine for me.”