MR PORTER recently commissioned Harlem-bred rapper A$AP Rocky for their latest photo shoot. The platinum-selling hip-hop artist reveals more than ever from his early years to losing his father this past Christmas. Stylistically, Rocky effortlessly sports high fashion brands such as Givenchy, Margiela, Valentino, Jil Sander and raps about them from time-to-time as well. Check out looks from the shoot and see the editorial spread on MR PORTER.
Between all the press with Kate Upton as well as around the Super Bowl and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA250 becomes one of the most aggressively designed four-door coupes to hit the road. As bold lines streak across it, a turbocharged four-cylinder gives the CLA moves to match its looks, as well as a certain animal magnetism. Under the hood, it’s a turbocharged monster that’s nimble with all the right performance and tech detailings. The inline-4 engine works as one with its dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission and advanced sport-tuned suspension, dishing out 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque at your disposal. Add full Bluetooth connectivity, mbrace2 in-vehicle technology, and a host of innovative safety systems, and the CLA’s allure becomes overpowering.
The price tag allows the CLA-Class to creep in a hint under $30,000, making it extremely enticing and competitive in today’s market. Checkout the highlight film below to get more familiar.
Australian label Zanerobe is showing at PROJECT LV and have brought forth their highly-successful sureshot trouser in a range of new prints and fabrics. The stretch twill comes in a few mid-weight variations that have been washed and softened to just the right comfort. Zanerobe also worked with a designer to create bespoke prints such as their desert camo and leopard variations, both of which you will not find anywhere else. Look for these pieces to hit select retailers in the months ahead.
With the PROJECT Tradeshow in full swing here in Las Vegas, we’ve seen plenty of great product that you may have seen highlighted on the go via our various social media outlets such as Instagram. Hong Kong’s 11After11 has a baseball jacket coming that’s fitted with an aztec pattern that we really dig. The jacket features a wool shell with the pattern in black & white while the sleeves come in an off-white leather that blends in effortlessly. Look for this piece to be available in the months ahead.
Ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Auto show next month, we’ve got an early look at the Bentley’s new Flying Spur. It’s the ultimate high luxury sedan with performance to boot. The New Flying Spur brings forth more comfort and refinement than its predecessor while staying true to the Bentley name. The exterior features several revisions that give it a lower, wider appearance with sharp lines and subtle detailings throughout the shell.
It’s as aggressive as it is elegant with its lower roof line, deeply sculpted panels, precise feature lines and a muscular rear haunch. The front fenders are fitted with a new wing vent complete with a Bentley motif. The front also features a more upright chrome grille sits between the pairs of jewel-like LED headlamps. The rear of the new Flying Spur features a longer and lower boot lid while the horizontal single ellipse LED tail lamps combine with a new interpretation of the Bentley “Horse Shoe” feature line.
J.Crew presented their men’s and women’s collections for Fall/Winter 2013 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, showcasing two very complete and wearable collections. The brand’s done an exceptional job raising awareness for the presentation through their various social and digital outlets, most notably Instagram and Tumblr. The hype was built and J.Crew delivered.
Frank Muytjens, head of men’s design, pulled inspiration from many places including wide-angled David Bailey portraits from the 1960s, particularly ones of Michael Caine, a visit to the Welsh countryside and a day-trip to Oxford, England. The designer reexamined classics – English tweeds, oilcloth, herringbones and black watch fabrics, but cut in clean silhouettes gave them a kind of strong, masculine heft. These rich fabrics are delivered effortlessly in J.Crew’s Ludlow suit fit while other complimentary pieces fill up the rest of the collection. All-in-all, we saw the suiting for F/W 2013 to be the strongest we’ve ever seen from the American label.
We first were turned to Italian jewelry design label Aoúd last year and we’ve been loyal fans ever since. With such a solid first collection, we’d think it would be quite difficult to beat the second time around but they’ve done it with these pieces designed for the Japanese market. Japan is where all the Western subcultures are experienced in a very deep way, almost fetishist and so there’s much to appreciate there from the second collection of aoúd. The line features pieces made of silver and brass and produced entirely in Italy and brings us back to the atmospheres of the chopper culture.
The sacred symbols of the first collection are strong again and when combined with modern rosary beads and wallet chains, they create the connection to an imaginary scenario of the ’60s.There is where gang of bikers were beautifully described by Hunter S. Thompson in his report of the Hell’s Angels ’67 and by the photographer Bill Ray in an article for the American magazine Life ’65. Each piece holds deep meaning and inspiration and we’re quite impressed by the evolution and versatility aoúd is showing with their latest collection. The collection is sold in select stores internationally including Excelsior in Milan and Strasburgo in Japan.
LVC hits the Levi’s Archives to reproduce garments from bygone eras. For Spring 2013, Levi’s Vintage Clothing pays tribute to the golden era of the American Hot Rod and the sharply dressed car owns and spectators who sported Levi’s. There are some must-have pieces throughout the lineup including a suede version of the classic military style bomber jacket worn by pilots in WWII. LVC’s rendition comes in navy blue, is medium weight, has a short regular fit, and plenty of fine detailing such sa ribbing on the collar, cuffs and bottom hem as well as contrast lining.
In addition to releasing the collection of Hot Rod-inspired Levi’s jeans and Sportswear, the Brand teamed up with Los Angeles-based filmmaker and curator Aaron Rose to make a short film about the origins of Hot Rod culture in Southern California back in the early 1950′s. Rose pulled from hundreds of hours of painstakingly researched archival footage ranging from old “juvenile delinquent” movies and Life Magazine drag-race films to home movies unearthed from personal collections. He dug deep in research and the result shows the effort. Rose delivers a striking and fast-paced film that captures the style and attitude of the uniquely American post-war subculture which continues to influence the worlds of fashion, music and mechanics to this day. You can check the video out below.
The Levi’s Vintage Clothing Spring 2013 Hot Rod collection will hit select retailers in the weeks ahead but you can check out the entire lineup online now through LVC’s newly redesigned site.
CREEP by Hiroshi Awai enters its tenth season with a collection that’s as memorable as the ones before it. There’s a strong outdoorsy appeal to the collection that’s mixed up with fine details and high-quality fabric choices. Amongst the offerings is a Tweed Country Jacket which features patchwork detailing throughout as well as a MA1 Type down shirt that comes in an olive green finish. The trousers deliver comfort and fit with the pieces ranging from a fleece sweatpant to pleated cord pants. Midweight outerwear is strong in Mr. Awai’s latest collection as well, with highlights including a wool blend anorak, heather sweatshirt with royal blue chest and a polar fleece zip-up jumper.
Look for CREEP by Hiroshi Awai to hit select retailers worldwide next fall.
Last night, Public School presented their Fall/Winter 2013 collection at Milk MADE Studios and we on hand to check it out. Designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow have always looked at Public School to find perfection in imperfection and so the theme for F/W 2013 is natural. It centers around destruction and reconstruction to portray the essence of breaking objects down to their core and building them back up. Fabric development is key here with wool blended knits and stretch skins, making way for a solid collection featuring some top-notch pieces. The lineup includes tailored jackets with leather sleeves, ombre and fabric blocking in everything from shirts to sweaters as well as a few motorcycle jackets we can’t wait to see in-stores come this fall.
All the looks were paired with Generic Man x Public School creepers.