The pretty mother fu***r that rose from the streets of Harlem, A$AP Rocky, has come a long way in such a short time, almost overnight. From making trouble on the streets to being on the cover of Vogue, this pretty boy has been hitting the stage with his Mob and other amazing rappers.
The trendy ni**a is always setting trends and using multimedia and visuals, A$AP moves his brand forward. Suddenly is the title of his new documentary which A$AP recently posted the trailer for. The short documentary is said to give fans an exclusive insight on his Rocky road to fame.
Brooklyn We Go Hard (BWGH) have just opened their first pop-up in the Cité de la Mode et du Design. The store will be open until September, giving us plenty of time to get across The Channel. Launched in 2010 by two Parisian friends, the brand is their reaction to exploring the urban culture of the world. As well as a menswear line BWGH also stands for a collective of young photographers, cultural events and a bi-annual magazine.
Designer duo, Agi & Sam, are no strangers to London Collections: Men. They will be showcasing their 7th collection in June, but now they are about to leave their mark on the high street. Their collection for Topman was inspired by East London’s interpretation on the olympics last year. Keeping the duo’s humour and utilising their trademark prints, the collaboration has a range of 20 pieces from teal and yellow summer suits, to shirts and shorts. The collection also features two football kits for their fictional team The Owls. I’m not into football, like at all, but I would most definitely wear these football shirts. I support fashion, not sport.
So recently I have been studying dance film, looking closely at the relationship between the choreography of the dance and movement of the camera. The concept of the ‘weird kid’ in school, the person who would get bullied for looking different was something I’d been thinking about making and I thought that this concept would really translate well to a dance film.
Directed – By ST.AG
Music – By Rico Karoulla
Performed – By Jacob Maynard
The beauty about fashion film is that they can be so diverse. If the films concept matches with the designers vision, then you get an interesting visual interpretation and a new way of showing the collection. Street wear label Hood by Air has collaborated with creative director Matthew Williams and stylist Tom Guinness, to celebrate Shayne Oliver’s Spring/Summer 2013 menswear collection.
The fashion film, Hood By Air, shows the collection worn by three models each holding what I believe to be a semi-automatic gun, showing that fashion can be ‘hard’ and of course the film is set to an exclusive dark and bassy soundtrack by A$AP Rocky. Fitting, as high fashion for men has never been so ‘hood’.
Hunger Magazine, just one of the publications we are obsessed with, have launched their 4th issue which features some of our favourite GIRLS, Iggy Azalea and Grimes. Hunger have also been prodcing a series of editorials shot by up and coming photographers and will feature the latest in the magazine. The Young Blood Series is the initiative set up by Rankin to give emerging photographers a platform. Here are a few of our favourite images of the Young Blood shoots.
A$AP Rocky’s new video for Wild For The Night is one not to be missed. The video shows Harlem born rapper kicking it old school – in a 90′s street style get-up, doing his thing on rooftops in the middle of the Dominican Republic, speaking spanish and busting some Gold Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier shades. I’ve been making a lot more space on my iPod for rap recently and I think the rappers have also been making more room in their wardrobe for Rick Owens and Raf Simons. There ‘aint nothing sicker than a rapper rapping in high fashion.
Here are my picks of the best catwalk shows from yesterday’s collections. Stay tuned for our views on today’s shows, tomorrow.
This collection is the epitome of neo-classic. It’s very minimalistic and chic, but with a vintage vibe. The clean lines and subtle patterns make it very smart but the garments still carry a street style. I loved the mix of tones and the splashes of colour on top of the neutral shaded clothes.
Sibling is designed by Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery from Yorkshire, Leicester and London respectively. The show blew me away today, I loved the mix of pink fur, leopard print, huge cable knitted scarfs and jumpers – a random mix but one that works none the less. The words Please Kill Me hung in the backdrop and also appeared in the opening look, embellishing a chunky knit. I would defiantly kill for it, in fact I’d kill for the entire collection.
The Richard James AW13 show really brought to light the beauty in masculinity. The collection was inspired by Park life. It’s classic and in keeping with clean-lines. Sporting one of my favourite colour pallets; autumnal coffee and caramel, with greens and blues also making an appearance.
As London Collections: Men kicks off just the other side of the weekend, the British Fashion council have been getting us all excited about whats to come with this video teaser directed by Ronan Pollack and featuring designers such as Agi & Sam, Burberry and E. Tautz, to name but a few.
We will be streaming some of our favourite menswear catwalk shows live right here next week, so make sure to check in to see what’s in store for men in Autumn/Winter 2013.
This August me and Mariella were very lucky to have been able to experience one of my new favourite cities in the world, Rio. Unlike packing for any other holidays, like Berlin, Paris or New York, from what we were told and from studying City of God for my film studies A level, I knew we were going to have to tone it down quite a bit, so no leather and studs for me.
We stayed in this gorgeous boutique hotel called La Suite just 15 mins away from the buzzing city, but what was really amazing is that we could see it all from our balcony. We took these pictures just before going out and dancing with the lights of Rio.
Cheap Monday Skinny Jeans
Last Night Parade Tank Top
Topshop Black Mesh Crop-top
Topshop Maxi Skirt circa 2010