In April 1994, Apartheid was the plague that cloaked South Africa. Former president Richard Nixon had just suffered a stroke. Rudolph Guiliani still presided as mayor of New York City’s cold, concrete streets. In the midst of all that was happening in the world, 19-Year old Nasir Jones, baby faced, fresh out of Queensbridge projects smacked right into a deal with Columbia records, and debuted his album Illmatic; so it was written.
MVP Kevin Durant has teamed up with Nike Vision to launch a signature collection of eyewear. The two fold line is unisex and will feature two styles for adults and the young athlete.
The NK 7230 KD, which launches this month is available in 3 colors (Black and Noble Red; Tokyo Tortoise and Raw Umber; and Midnight Navy with Tropical Teal) and features the Nike and KD signature logo. The NK 5530 KD, the young athlete style, will be available in January 2015 and comes in 2 colors (Navy, Tortoise and Tropical Teal and Black and Noble Red).
“Since I wear glasses as part of my daily routine, it was a natural extension for me to become involved with eyewear,” said Durant. “This is a new venture for me, and I’m excited for fans to see the final outcome of the product. As with my footwear, I haven’t compromised any technical details for aesthetics, and vice versa.”www.nikevision.com
Event: The Sound of Porsche: Stories of the Brand Pop Up Experience.
Monday night was the opening of The Sound of Porsche: Stories of the Brand; a multi-sensory exhibit exploring the Porsche brand. The pop up is located in the Meatpacking district at 446 West 14th Street. Monday nights opening was hosted by Angela Simmons and had a cool mix of attendees from Vashtie Kola to Brendan Fallis.
The Sound of Porsche experience includes 3 dynamic platforms: The Sound Lab Virtual Drive Experience powered by Bose, The Media Station, and The Design Corner.
"The Sound of Porsche allows us to connect with new people in new ways. We are taking people on a sensory journey,” said Andre Oosthuzien, Vice President Marketing, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. “By creating a modern day music store, we are enabling individuals to experience Porsche through music and video. Passersby can relax while taking in the sound tracks that signify the Porsche Brand experience. Its a unique way of telling our story."
The exhibit will run until October 5th.
What’s Your AMMO?: EJ Johnson of #RichKids
There’s no introduction here, we ALL know who EJ Johnson is. The 21 year old sat down with us at The High Line Hotel (NYC) to chat about school, fashion, and what it’s like to be EJ.
What’s your AMMO?
My AMMO is the brand new pink python Celine bag my mom just brought me back from Monaco!
Fashion is your first love, what is one of your youngest and most vivid memories of a growing relationship with fashion?
I first fell in love with fashion upon moving to New York for school. NYC is the ultimate destination for all things fashion related.
When choosing a major for college, what made you pick hospitality? Are you pulling from the energy of your mogul father?
I chose event planning & hospitality because I’m really good at planning parties! I’ve always planned my own birthday parties for as long as I can remember.
Based on the trajectory of your current “fame” all of this has happened by a chance dinner moment with a friend captured by TMZ. You’ve now been signed on for several TV shows and will be a correspondent for Fashion Week. Are you enjoying the spotlight so far?
Yes, I am. I love the attention!
You came out to your parents at the age of 17 and then to the world just a couple years ago with full support from your family. Some young men do not receive that type of encouragement. What kind of advice can you offer those who are still living in the shadows?
It’s important that you love yourself first and foremost. Second, it’s incredibly important to surround yourself with loving friends or family or both. Not all families approve of their children coming out which breaks my heart. I am very fortunate to have loving and supportive parents. For those individuals with families who disapprove, its important to replace the void with loving friends who will support you no matter what.
Have you ever considered collaborating with your equally fashionable sister, Elisa, on a fashion project?
Yes, we’re working on it. Stay tuned!
Who are some of your icons?
Several of my icons include my parents; for sure. Rihanna, Beyonce, Oprah and Gaga.
If you could describe yourself by 1 type of food, 2 colors, and one animal what would you pick?
There’s definitely not one food item that identifies me best, but colors which describe me the best would be black and gold. Only one animal describes me best – that would be a lioness!! Ha!
Check out the AMMOtv video (on the left).
For more on EJ head over to his fashion platform, www.ejjohnsonstyle.com, AND catch him in action on the #RichKids of Beverly Hills on E! Sunday’s at 10/9c
First Look: Nike | Tech Pack Collection | Fall 2014
If you could imagine the life of an art curator who is also a rapper then you can imagine the life of Derrick B Harden, also known as Dear Derrick. The Brooklyn native has channeled his energy to produce his first EP, The Jamie Project, now available on iTunes. The 4 track album takes us on a journey with a sensitive thug on the quest to find love in these cold streets.
Head over to iTunes and check out The Jamie Project.
This weekend if you’re in the mood for some nostalgic and iconic images in fashion on the New York scene head over to the W Hotel on Lexington for the W Hotels and Liberatum Presents “Tagged.” We attended the opening which included a panel featuring Glenn O’Brien, Scout Willis, Larry Clark, Shala Monroque, Valentine Uhovski and Francesco Carrozzini. The group spoke on the effects of social media on the current generation. The exhibit ends July 22nd.
How many of us have just wanted to hide away for a week and avoid our grown up responsibilities? Well in the new movie, Laggies, Keira Knightley figured out just how. Laggies follows Knightley as she struggles to figure it all out while hiding at a teenager’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) home along with her father (Sam Rockwell). The trailer makes this all too real journey seem funny and slightly easy which makes us want to see it immediately; so we can figure it all out too.
Check out the trailer below.
New Exhibit: Naturel | To Die For @ POPPINGTON (NYC)
Last week we attended the opening for DC based artist, Naturel, at Dame Dash’s POPPINGTON in L.E.S. Despite the hot temperatures; inside and out; the artists work spoke to the scene; curated by David Chang and Greg Cummins. Guests included the legendary Spike Lee among others.
Head down to Poppington to check out Naturel’s work. Also head over to the artists instagram for more.
BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), the Danish architecture firm, has built a Baltic Birch plywood maze inside the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Here’s what the lead architect had to say:
R&B songstress, Elle Varner, has released her latest track “Don’t Wanna Dance” featuring Trap Master A$AP Ferg. Listen.
On September 27th, your favorite artists will perform in the name of global charity to end extreme poverty. Jay Z, No Doubt, and The Roots are among the line up for the Global Citizen Festival at Central Park’s Great Lawn. Although it would help to purchase your tickets, you may also receive a free way in by joining the fight. Head over to the Global Citizen website, globalcitizen.org, for more details.
TDE darling, SZA has released a new track, “Moodring” she says she wrote after opening for Coldplay. Listen courtesy of Kitty Cash.