Archive for August, 2007
What Marc Jacobs did for the Louis Vuitton Monogram when he partnered with Takashi Murakami, the designer has now done for Visionaire. Jacobs, who serves as guest art director on Private, the 52nd installment of the fashion-forward quarterly, collaborated with photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott on a series of intimate portraits reflecting today’s most contemporary icons from New York, London, and Paris. Drew Barrymore, Selma Blair, Lil’ Kim, Scarlett Johansson, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bündchen, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and even New York City Ballet principal dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied are featured in the 192-page collector’s book, which debuts October 1 for $375 and will come housed in a limited-edition Louis Vuitton gold Monogram Miroir case. This is the second time that Louis Vuitton produces custom packaging for Visionaire.
Meanwhile, Visionaire 53, sponsored by British car manufacturer MINI, is dedicated to the theme of sound. The 34-page issue consists of five 12-inch vinyl records, each imprinted with images, or picture discs, that together contain more than 100 minutes of sound content-ranging from unreleased songs to spoken word pieces. Also included in the custom domed case is a MINI Clubman “Vinyl Killer” record player, a battery-operated toy car that features speakers and a needle. As the car moves along a record’s groove, it plays each track, acting as a fully portable record player and sound system. The $250 issue comes packaged with two CDs with all of the sound content gathered digitally from such musicians as David Byrne, Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, and Cat Power’s Chan Marshall; artists Robert Wilson, Yoko Ono, Doug Aitken, and Sylvie Fleury; deejays Trevor Jackson, Towa Tei, and Michel Gaubert; and designers Alexander McQueen and Helmut Lang. Via Fashion Week Daily.
As usual very impressive what Visionaire is putting together. It might seem expensive at first, but at a closer look, the innovation, line-up of people involved and limited amount of copies, demand this publication to be priced the way it is.
If you have seen some of Kanye West’s latest appearances then you might have noticed the sneakers that he has been wearing a lot lately – hi-tops by Ato Matsumoto. They come in three colorways – red, black and white. Also the sneakers feature 2 velcro straps and come in a mix of patent leather and regular premium leather. The style comes close to what we have seen from Etnies Plus actually. Let’s wait and see if these will end up in stores outside of Japan any time soon.
One of our favorite art publications has a very special collaborative project waiting for you. Arkitip has partnered with Puma AG, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro F1 Team’s official supplier, to create a special custom designed pair of driving gloves as the collector’s item to be distributed in every issue.
The cover feature highlights the design, performance and technological competence of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro F1 Team, focusing mainly on the design of the F1 car. It will highlight the car’s sculptural elements, curves, and their relationship with its aerodynamic performance.In addition to the unique F1 feature, this issue will also celebrate Italian design and art by curating the issue with an all Italian roster of contributing artists.The release event will coincide with the Gran Premio d’Italia F1 race in Monza September 2007.
A while ago we presented you a range of products out of the new Surface 2 Air collection. The Parisian art collective/boutique/brand has been growing strongly over the past few seasons and enlarged their collection to a full blown brand. New Dandyism now received their new Fall collection with some great pieces – find hoodies, tees, denim, accessories and more in the online store now.
Here we present you something rate – a pack dedicated only to the ladies. Adidas presents the “Something For The Ladies” pack, consisting of the Metro Attitude Hi, Silver Streak Lo and the Superstar. The shoes feature a multicolor hexagon design in all colors, giving them a very refreshing look for these last hot summer days. All in all an exciting release by Adidas. Via Sneaker Freaker.
Shofolk is an interesting UK shoe brand that we have been watching for a while now. For the relaunch of Oki-Ni’s website the two got together to produce two limited edition shoes – the Aralic and the Armstrong. Both come in special colorways for Oki-Ni and are limited to 50 pieces each. The upper of the shoes is made of premium suede and the hybrid culture of these, fusing a normal dress shoe and a sneaker, make them easy to wear. Shofolk is definitely a brand to keep an eye on!
It’s been a while since we heard about Zoltar, but for this coming Fall/Winter 2007 season they are back on the radar and it sure looks like they will be dropping some interesting stuff again.
The new collection concentrates on trademark graphics and bold colors, while using the finest Italian cashmere and first class printing techniques. Influences for this collection where Rock and Roll, beat poetry and the influence of the voodoo religion on their evolution. Overall it is a visual odyssey through American Counter Culture. They even made a movie to illustrate that. Check it out here.
The sunglasses designed by Pharrell Williams and Nigo a while back, called the Millionaire, have now been relaunched by Louis Vuitton in some fresh new colorways. They released them recently in a light blue colorway, purple and again in black. For those of you that missed out, here is your chance again. But if you cannot get them in a Louis Vuitton store, then be prepared to pay a chunky premium.
They are now available at Cliff Edge.
Fan Trainers is a new UK sneaker brand, created by Lusea Warner, as part of his last Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design collection.
“It’s a Brand that reuses plastic bags and majestically turns them into sneakers, bags and lights. FAN is an umbrella of eco design, that brings green to the fore-front of urban culture. ”
Sneaker Freaker has an interview up with Lusea, discussing the brand and the eco message behind it. We have seen some more eco friendly styles in the sneaker world, but nothing that really goes this direction.
Here we introduce you a completely new concept by New Balance. It is part of the New Balance Fall/Winter 07/08 collection and has been released now across Europe.
Matching your clothes, the “N” logo can be exchanged and replaced with others in several colorways, which are attached to the sneaker via velcro. The first season of Ndividual 574′s come in three colorways – black, white and brown. Each sneaker comes with three “N” logos and 3 pairs of laces in the same colors as the “N” logos.