Some things in life are just meant to be, and a Jeremy Scott x A$AP Rocky fashion collab is definitely one of those inevitable things. (Though, for the record, Jeremy's said he's open to a rap collab, as well.) The bold runway designer and Harlem-born MC recently announced that they've teamed up on a special edition pair of adidas Originals sneakers, and ever since that news broke, we've been dying to pick their brains about the project. Lucky for us, we had just that opportunity this past weekend at the adidas Originals store on New York City's Wooster street just before a meet-and-greet attracting a crowd of 300 some-odd fans for autographs and pictures with the JS Wings 2.0 Black Flag creators.
King Krule plays at Bowery Ballroom.
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Certain New York evenings are significant and judging by my Instagram feed from last night, loads of people had heaps of fun at the DKNY 25th anniversary party held down at Wall Street. But further uptown, at Bowery Ballroom, I went to see 19-year-old Archy Marshall, a.k.a. King Krule, play to a packed but intimate crowd upon the release of his debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. It was mind-bogglingly, face-meltingly pleasurable. The kid is really important.
Cast in a soft violet light, the flame-topped, gangly Brit arrived onstage promptly at ten and didn't say much at all outside of singing or introducing his songs. It was all, "this one's about living under the sea," or else "this one's about the sky," which seemed exactly right for someone responsible for this season's most depressing, profoundly English tunes.
Since this is a style site I'll leave the music reviewing to others but I will say that a great place to start (for the uninitiated) is to watch the "Easy Easy" video on repeat because it's perfect for fall in that it's. Just. Gutting. It's wistful but hopeful and you feel like you've missed everything already. And if you've been on a fashion week bender, you might as well have a good, self-indulgent cry so you can leech out some of the crazier-making caffeine and vestigial alcohol shambling in your system.
Kanye West on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
In case you missed it, Kanye West made a surprise appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to perform his rumored next single, "Bound 2." Kanye's stage presence was, as usual, captivating, but his accompaniment—a choir of lil kids, The Roots, and Charlie Wilson—really made the performance memorable. Also memorable? Kanye's opening line, in which he definitely maybe dissed Ray J, rapping, "Brandy little sister lame and you know it now." #BURN We see what's happening here! Ray J, Kanye West is callin' you a girl: you're not Brandy's little sister, you're her little brother!! SCANDAL.
2 Chainz and two tees from his Neff collection.
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It's no secret that 2 Chainz is obsessed with fashion. I mean, remember that time he wore a decked-out Versace Dracula ensemble to Grammys? Or, hi, have you heard all that designer name-dropping in "Feds Watching"? Yeah, 2 Chainz is SERIOUS about style, and this week he's taking his fashion fandom to a whole new level—by designing his first ever clothing collection with Neff! The limited-edition line features two graphic T-shirts: the "2 Handz Tee," which features a pair of praying hands, and the "N Chainz Tee," which features an "N" filled with (you guessed it!) gold chains. Obvi all tees must be worn with layered necklaces à la 2 Chainz to complete the look, but a snapback and sunglasses are not necessarily mandatory.
Justin Bieber sits front row at Y-3 and Opening Ceremony's Spring/Summer 2014 New York Fashion Week shows.
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That's right, folks. Justin Bieber has been topping charts, selling out arenas, and sending ladybabies and grown women (what has two thumbs and bookmarks KidRauhl?) into tailspins with his silky golden pipes, shirtless Instagrams, perma-furrowed brow, but not until this past Sunday, after three full-length studio albums, two international tours, and countless awards, has he sat front row at a New York Fashion Week show. Yup. Until yesterday, the Biebs had been a mere casual observer of Fashion Week, making a #veryrare appearance for Fashion's Night Out but not (yet) perching alongside the runway. And this weekend (perhaps making up for lost time?), Justin took in TWO major Spring 2014 shows: Y-3 (fist bumping with Yohji himself afterward) and Opening Ceremony's very first runway show.
Anna Wintour and Russell Westbrook chat front row at rag & bone's Spring/Summer 2014 New York Fashion Week show.
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Oh SNAP. Did you guys see this?? Russell Westbrook sat front row at last night's rag & bone Spring/Summer 2014 New York Fashion Week show! And not just that, he sat next to THE high priestess of FASHUN as an organized religion, Miss Anna Wintour. If you have no idea who Westbrook, this darlingly chapeau'ed specimen of excellent cheekbones, is or why he's important, you (A) are obviously not a hardXcore basketball fan like Anna and me *hairflip*, and (B) are about to get a liiiittle history lesson.
Theo flashes his limited-edition jacket.
Photo: Surface to Air
Living it up isn’t JUST about wine and chocolate for musician Theophilus London. As evidenced by his many clothing collabos, the dude’s way into fashion, and he’s well on his way to being a certifiable cross-over. Remember that swiggity-sweet glow-in-the-dark bomber he previewed on Instagram earlier this year? Well, get ready to put your bills on hold because it’s officially available for purchase (and is exclusive to the U.S.)! That’s right, folks. For a mere (lolz) $850, you could be the proud owner of London’s limited edition, NASA-inspired, reversible jacket that he co-designed with Surface to Air. Last night, Theo launched his latest collaborative project with a special performance at the label’s New York Flagship store, and we were there to peep the action.
One Direction wearing their auctioned clothes.
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Are you in the market for some gently worn clothing and/or shoes? Would you be into paying a lot of money for clothing that was once worn by members of a boy band whom you love? Do you have the scientific knowledge to extract DNA from worn clothing and then produce a clone from said DNA? Well, then, the stars have aligned for you! One Direction and Office Depot, as we know, have joined forces to produce back-to-school gear that is adorned with five QT faces. Now, fortunately for everyone in the world, Office Depot has gotten its hands on shirts, shoes, and pants worn by Harry, Niall, Liam, Zayn, and Louis and is auctioning them off for charity.
Jeremy Scott and A$AP Rocky for "Complex" Magazine.
Welp. Anyone remotely familiar with the music and style sensibilities of A$AP Rocky and Jeremy Scott had to know this was coming, right? By "this," I'm, of course, referring to the just-released news that this duo has teamed up with adidas Originals for a pair of limited edition collaboration sneakers. The "Fashion Killa" MC and the runway-ready streetwear (or is it street-ready runway?) designer started off as long-time admirers of each others' work and quickly spun that mutual respect into an actual friendship—supporting each other and even covering magazines together. On top of that, they each have their own separate relationships with adidas: Jeremy having contributed collections upon collections upon collections for the brand, and Rocky having lent his voice and pretty mug to a commercial earlier this year. The triple-headed collab was inevitable.