KAWS' Companion and the 2013 VMA KAWS Moonman.
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Heads up, Brooklyn! On Sunday, August 25, the VMAs are setting up shop at the Barclays Center for this year's night of doling out music video honors—the first major awards show to ever take place in BK. This being SUCH a landmark occasion, we had to make it special, so for the first time in the show's 30-year history, the Moonman is getting a one-time makeover courtesy of New York-based artist Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS.
MTV News' James Montgomery caught up with the design icon at his Brooklyn studio, both to peep the special-edition statuette which reimagines the OG Moonman in combination with KAWS' Companion—the grayscale, Mickey Mouse-inspired skull-and-crossbones character—right down to the double button-front shorts and to chat about the artist's ties to Brooklyn. Technically, KAWS grew up in Jersey City, then moved to Manhattan's Lower East Side for school before eventually moving to BK, but he's laid claim to the borough for the past 13 years. Therefore, it totally counts. Also, words alone can't accurately convey how stoked we are to fold Donnelly and his inimitable aesthetic into our VMA history, so we'd probably fudge the details to make it work no matter what. (JK, we'd never lie to you!)
The first look at A.P.C.Kanye.
Like clockwork, July has rolled around, and accordingly, so has the official confirmation of that long-time rumored Kanye West x A.P.C. collaboration. Brace yourself for a bit of shameless gloating coming from this direction of the interwebz, but we've been tugging your ears (or eyes?) about this for MONTHS. Let's rehash the timeline, shall we? First, A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou mentioned in an interview with GQ (February 2012) that he and Yeezy had "wanted to do something related to clothes that's not high fashion, probably something more sporty," and while "it's mentally in the pipeline" for Touitou, he recognizes "it's just hard to get the guy out of a plane." Several months later (December 2012), Touitou tweeted a photo of the two huddled around a laptop in a black tiled room, presented without comment. Given what we know about Touitou having a recording studio at A.P.C. HQ and Ye's fashion design itch, we assumed they must be collaborating on something. Whether they were working on music or clothes was up in the air (also, for the record, we didn't rule out that they could have been YouTubing cat videos), but those GQ quotes suggested a range of garments ready to be worn IRL.
Looks from Adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott's Fall 13 campaign
Photo: Courtesy of Adidas Originals
Can you believe it's been a full DECADE since the very first Jeremy Scott for Adidas collection exploded upon the scene way back in 2003? Insane, we know. The New York designer may have been just a downtown up-and-comer in those days, but with a major celeb following and dozens of runway shows under his belt, he's a true fashion force to be reckoned with. The big 1-0 is an occasion always worth celebrating, and celebrating Jeremy Scott style means the clothes get louder, bolder, and about a zillion times crazier. For Fall 2013, the avante garde catwalk outfits and athleticwear collide yet again, this time in wildly-patterned tracksuits, bustier tops, and some seriously traffic-stopping puffy camo jackets. Y'all ready for this?!
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce.
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As they used to say in the olden days, "Can't ban the taxman." D&G masterminds Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana were found guilty of tax evasion yesterday in a Milan court and each sentenced for one year and eight months in prison. Sound like a harsh sentence? Wellll... the judge ruled that they owe the Italian government over 40 million Euros—that's around $53 million US. Clearly it wasn't like they were fudging expensed lunches on their return or stuffing dollars from the D&G outpost stores into their mattress (unless they're living on that XXL Kenzo Sofitel jammer, in which case, holler!). It's a complex ruling in which the storied designers and their company were found to have not reported earnings from a D&G offshoot based in Luxembourg, which prosecutor Laura Pedio said, "It was a very elaborate (use of an offshore company) that appeared legal, but was illegal," according to CNN. "Their attorney, Massimo Dinoia, plans to appeal the charges, saying that "Dolce and Gabbana will not go to jail now or ever."
Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne, and Jourdan Dunn in Dimepiece.
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Unless you've been living under a rock the past couple of months (or somehow managed to miss the whole Instagram boat?), chances are you're already well-versed in the total and absolute coolness that is Dimepiece. After all, we first called out the Los Angeles-based streetwear label last fall, when famous face Cara Delevingne snapped herself wearing lots— and we mean LOTS— of these rad athletic-inspired pieces backstage during Fashion Week. Since then the brand has cropped up on Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and supermodel Jourdan Dunn, and is swiftly integrating itself into pretty much all of young Hollywood's closets. And why shouldn't it? Dimepiece has an easy, wearable vibe, practically oozes attitude, AND designers Ashley Jones and Laura Fama are exactly as awesome as you'd hope. We got proof of this when we grabbed coffee with the co-founders and longtime friends yesterday during their brief visit to Manhattan, where they spilled on the company's humble beginnings, cult celeb fan base, and their strategy for getting their duds on Beyonce. Get the scoop below!
Kanye West's Yeezus album has yet to enjoy its official release (get your plastics ready for purchase time tomorrow!), but that isn't stopping the Been Trill crew (which includes Ye's friend and style consultant Virgil Abloh) from teasing out what their captions are describing as "tour merch #yeezus x ##" (## being shorthand for the art collective often stylized "#been #trill"). Knee-jerk reaction is shock that without the album in anyone's hands, there's already talk (and maybe confirmation?) of a tour, but since we're about FASHUN here, we're going to talk about this "merch" aspect. First up, Heron Preston, late Been Trill recruit and that dude behind the bootleg Nascar factory defect shirts, posted this snap of himself wearing a black long-sleeved shirt printed with Yeezy's mug from the "New Slaves" projections across the front and "YEEZUS" in all caps with fangs down the exterior letters along both sleeves (better look here).
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Rick Owens: he's the mastermind behind hauntingly beautiful runway collections, has made cameos in more hip-hop lyrics than we can possibly keep track of, and even supports rising music talents like Zebra Katz. Yep, we're talking about a true Renaissance man here, y'all. But while we're used to seeing the designer (who's known for his distressed leather, his drapey cuts, and his mostly-black color palette) exploring his style game OFF the catwalk, now he's stepping out of these glamorous shadows and into the...gym? Yesterday WWD reported that Owens is joining forces with Adidas on sneaker collections for both men and women, giving the athletic brand's shoes an unexpected dose of gothy edge.
Isabel Marant and Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor at H&M.
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Just when you've FINALLY convinced yourself that the next collaboration couldn't possibly get more exciting than the last, H&M reveals that the international retail giant is teaming up with Isabel Marant. The French designer is probably best known for her boon of a footwear innovation, the sneaker wedge, but that's only the tip of the iceberg in her fashion arsenal. Marant has a knack for infusing feminine bohemian elements with gritty urban edge and a keen eye for tailoring—the makings of every style savvy tomboy's dream closet.
Rita Ora steps out in the new 3.1 Phillip Lim "ORA" boot.
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Between her irresistible get-up-and-dance sound, her constantly evolving style, AND the fact that she's one of the only people we know who can pull off a "YOLO" jacket, Rita Ora already has more than enough bragging rights to make us jealous. But thanks to Phillip Lim, the U.K. pop star has landed yet another. The New York designer has just rolled out a new style of boot called "The ORA," named after none other than Rita herself! Alongside Lana Del Rey, Alexa Chung, and more recently, Carly Rae Jepsen, the "Radioactive" singer has officially joined the coveted ranks of design muse. Not a bad place to be, huh?
Dang, Rihanna certainly is making the most of her trip to Paris! Not only is she doing touristy things like visiting the Eiffel Tower with her BFFs and hittin' up the most badass clubs, but she even found time to squeeze in some SUPER high-fashion moments. I mean, RiRi ALREADY gave us a tour of Coco Chanel's decked-out apartment, and last night she posted pics of her hangin' at Balmain's headquarters with creative director Olivier Rousteing on her Instagram, and we kiiind of can't handle it. In one photo, she sported a skin-tight black frock with a quilted leather jacket, backward hat, pointy white stilettos, and oversized hoop earrings with the caption, "You are the most beautiful spirit, so down to earth and kind! @olivier_rousteing I think I'm in love!!! #Balmain." :') OMG, our cold fashion hearts officially just melted.