Taking the reigns over our weekly feature for this week, we dive into our top picks featuring the ten best stories of the week. Check out the run-down of selections after the jump!
Kanye West – Pastelle Jacket Preview at the American Music Awards
Kanye West gave the people a glimpse into the highly anticipated Pastelle clothing line. Most importantly, it was admirable to see his appreciation for a multitude of musical genres which in essence blurs the line between styles and steers this current movement into the right direction. We’ll have to wait and see how close he comes to Elvis, until then it looks like Pastelle is scheduled for a January 2009 release.
In4mation has continually pushed out original designs reflecting their Hawaiian roots and overall feel good aesthetic of cultural upbringings. Jun unveiled In4mation’s 2008 Holiday lookbook this week and at first glance I noticed not only a more uniform, complete lineup but also a strong sense of growth within the label, making for a very well executed collection.
Tracing back to my roots in the San Francisco Bay-Area, its nice to know that The North Face originates in my own backyard. Always a leader in cutting edge design, the timeless mountaineering company has not only become a staple in Northern California but its roots are firmly planted worldwide, especially in Japan. The “Do More With Less” exhibition will surely be an interesting look back at a quintessential American outdoors company.
Having an opportunity to work with these guys as a design intern this past year, it was good to see their non-stop, 24-7 hard work begin to pay huge dividends. The opening of their pop-up shop in LA is just the beginning of HomeRoom’s retail ventures, stay tuned in 2009 for big surprises from Gian and Alex.
Implementing muted tones with impressive detailing make DIVISION’s fall/winter goods another great collection of tonal garments. This Vancouver based label continues the Canadian streetwear movement with great design efforts bringing forth each garments best asset.
Coming off they’re striking conceptual use of satin last year, the latest pack from Proper definitely comes correct. Everything from the small details, nautical approach and use of one piece uppers is done up very nicely by Tristan Caruso.
Takashi Murakami has taken giant steps this year in the contemporary art world. From hooking up with Hiroshi Fujiwara for the “Hi & Lo” exhibition to taking his creative collective to Hollywood, the Japanese artist never fails to impress. Its also inspiring to see an individual of his stature giving a seminar to the public, educating people on subject’s that at times can be overlooked.
Nas plus Stussy and NexusVII can only lead to one word. Greatness. Keeping it classic, the collabo tees stick to a black and white theme celebrating both Nas’ latest album and his forthcoming performance at Japan’s ZEPP.
Known for their beautiful Americana inspired garments, N.Hoolywood’s Daisuke Obana breaks down the elements of his masterful label’s progress. Informational pieces like this are always a good read, giving the consumer a much more comprehensive understanding of the brands design approach.
Flauge and Cause team up for a sleek collection of mocassin boots. Everything from the colorways to the design and comfort factor screams out “must have”. Now if they only carried bigger sizes, we’d be in business.
Cedric Delsaux does a splendid job on this set of Star Wars inspired photographs. Its always cool to see different photographic styles and how anyone can reflect their thoughts and emotions into something like photography. Check out the rest of Cedric’s work here, featuring more imagery including a hilarious take on Rugby.