HYPEBEAST Weekly Staff Picks - May 16th

Crazy ass week as much of it was spent in Beijing for the launch of Nike Sportswear. Sleepless nights and tons of work went hand in hand but still a fun time nonetheless. Highlight aside from an incredible looking 2008 Fall collection from Nike Sportswear was bar none an action filled Tuesday night. This weeks picks range from the highly hyped RIM Blackberry 9000 to Season’s continued love of accessories and all-things eyewear.

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Crazy ass week as much of it was spent in Beijing for the launch of Nike Sportswear. Sleepless nights and tons of work went hand in hand but still a fun time nonetheless. Highlight aside from an incredible looking 2008 Fall collection from Nike Sportswear was bar none an action filled Tuesday night. This weeks picks range from the highly hyped RIM Blackberry 9000 to Season’s continued love of accessories and all-things eyewear.

JasonRIM Blackberry Bold

I’m a dire need of a new phone and this seems to fit the profile. I had intentions of grabbing a Blackberry Curve but after seeing prototypes of the Blackberry 9000 which eventually became the Bold, I decided to hold out cause of the upgraded functions and revamped design. The time and tested Blackberry operating system has been updated along with new GPS and Wifi where a definite needed addition. As well the 2 MP camera should be decent enough when I forget my Canon G9 which for the record is better then Eugene’s Ricoh GX100.

KevinNike Air Max 90 Flywire

With a hands-on preview on the sneakers that was introduced in Beijing this week, I can say that this Nike Air Max Flywire sneaker is one of the lightest Air Max’s I’ve ever picked up. Sure it might not be the most fashionable sneaker around but if you’re looking for something really really really light but fashioned in the Air Max 90 model, then the Air Max 90 Flywire will be your pick.

Season – Nom de Guerre x Oliver Peoples NDG-1

I love accessories and when I came across these I was instantly attracted to the color choices and flattering frame style. I just bought new glasses and I think these are more suited for a male face so I’ll just look for now :).

Eugene – Nike Air Max 90 Current

Countless years ahead of its time, the Air Max 90 has some how managed to continue to stay relevant almost 20 years later. Although many have traded in the AM90 as their weekly pavement pounder for more updated and contemporary sneakers, the AM90 design is still very much a design accomplishment. While in Beijing, a Nike Sportswear footwear designer explained that although many people want the best performing product, why not update one of the most aesthetically pleasing sneaker designs of the last 20 years? Makes perfect sense to me and the updated AM90 Current doesn’t veer too far off its original path while upholding improved performance. Mind you I can see just as many people snatching up the AM90 for casual purposes then performance use.

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éS Footwear is proud to announce a new collaboration with Krooked Skateboards and Bobby Worrest. Finding inspiration from Bobby’s local Washington D.C. basketball team, the Washington D.C. Wizards, and design inspiration from the crazy mind of legendary skateboarder, Mark Gonzales, éS designers worked some magical wizardry on the Prequel Mid and Square One models. The Prequel Mid is a black mid-top featuring a gold and blue plaid pattern, while the Square One rocks some sharp black and gold stitching throughout, along with the Krooked eye’s graphic on the side panel. Available on June 1, 2008, the shoes will come with a free video featuring Bobby and all his boys from back home. Visit www.esfootwear.com for more information and to check out a sneak peak of the video.

CTRL 2008 Summer Collection

CTRL 2008 Summer Collection

As one of Europe’s staple brand with skate roots, season to season has boasted interesting and creative offerings from CTRL. The highlight in our minds is the Ghost New Era fitted, featuring detailed prints around the whole cap. Stay tuned for more details from CTRL’s 2008 collection.

Lil Wayne feat Kanye West: Lollipop (Remix)

Lil Wayne feat Kanye West: Lollipop (Remix)

Say what you will about Lil Wayne, but it is obvious that he is quickly becoming one of the most dominant artists in not just hip hop but in music over all. The New Orleans natives’ relentless work ethic, his ability to unconsciously string together similes and metaphors and his penchant for virtually transforming his vocal timbre into a flow that almost becomes a musical instrument over tracks has made him omnipresent on the radio, videos and mix tapes. Though still a young man Wayne is a seasoned veteran whose skill has grown by leaps and bounds. He routinely releases energetic verses that play with rhyme patterns and tweaks flow in a state in hip hop when MCs all seemingly rely on the safe conventional conversational approach. His subject matter is almost a schizophrenic as he bounces between the humorous and emotional but it culminates in a formula that has garnered him the respect of certain legendary MCs and the wrath of others. However, with popularity comes backlash and eventually unabashed hatred. Seemingly unaffected by the new crop of naysayers Wayne continued his onslaught on the listening public by releasing “Lollipop” the first single of his highly anticipated, long delayed “The Carter III”. The track is a hazy codeine induced song the combines a slow down tempo electro hip hop sound complete with auto tune vocals. When released, the song went number one on the charts almost immediately ensuring the public will hear the track all summer long and confirming Wayne’s popularity. Not content to rest on his laurels Wayne has recently released a remix to the song with arguably the other most popular MC on the planet Kanye West. On the remix, the playful vibe of the original is shifted a bit as the track becomes a trade of verse amongst two MCs who are now safely heavyweights in the game.

Cumi 2008 Collection Part 1

Cumi 2008 Collection Part 1

Indonesian artist Darbotz recently released a small capsule of t-shirts as part of Cumi’s 2008 collection, part 1. We’ve seen a string of up and coming South East Asian brands take flight and Cumi is no exception. The tees both feature detailed prints on cut & sew bodies. Currently available through thedarbotz.com.

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LA Confidential: Yone Solo Photography Exhibit

Japanese photographer Yone is set to present his work to the American public this weekend. In some aspects, Yonehara Yasamasa embodies the same characteristics of another popular Western photographer, Terry Richardson with their liberal photographic style and subjects. One of his most recent projects included an extensive pictorial journey with Aki Hoshino on the book Sneaker Lover. With previous campaigns including Casio G-Shock, Staple Design and American Apparel, LA Confidential will add to a growing list of accomplishments. The event thrown by House of Cassette and Mighty Printing will take place Saturday, May 17th. Due to what we assume is ample amounts of alcohol and the mature content on hand, the event is for attendees over the age of 21. More details can be seen below. LA Confidential: Yone Solo Photography Exhibit Saturday May 17, 2008 7:00 pm – 12:00 am Cassette 523 523 North Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 RSVP: rsvp@houseofcassette.com


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Bape 2008 Spring/Summer Collection May Release

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Neighborhood 2008 Spring/Summer 1st Ex Series Delta

The recently opened Hoods store in Hong Kong is set to release the following items from Neighborhood’s 2008 spring/summer collection. Look for a full range of Medium Straight denim to release, in varying levels from the relatively unscathed level 1 all the way to the full out level 4 savage. Each denim style is available in indigo and black. Level 1 and 4 releases this Sunday the 18th, while Level 2 and 3 will release on May 25th. Hoods Hong Kong No. 12 On Lan Street Central, Hong Kong tel: 852.2162.8009

Nike 6.0 "Lightning Bolts" BMX Exhibition

Nike 6.0 "Lightning Bolts" BMX Exhibition

As Nike vamps up for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, we saw an increased attention to sports specific offerings. For the BMX events, a special Dunk Gyrizo was created. With that in mind, the recent Nike Sportswear re-launch in Beijing presented another opportunity for Nike to push its association with the extreme sport. The Lightning Bolts exhibition featured not only a live demo by Nike 6.0 riders, Mike Spinner, Maxime Charveron and Nigel Sylvester but also various other exhibitions. A series of artist customized name plates were on hand as well as a display of Michael Lau’s special Nike Blazer for the China BMX Federation.

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Ed Templeton x fingercroxx x Emerica Transist

Just recently we have seen skater artist Ed Templeton’s collabo project with Toy Machine, on the Emerica signature Transist Mids. Hong Kong streetwear giant fingercroxx has brought them together once again to create a two pairs of Transist Lows (shown), a t-shirt, and a trucker hat, as a part of the fingercroxx artist series. Ed Templeton specially designed a graphic for this project; the tribal looking design incorporates elements from his signature Transistor character, the fingercroxx croxx, and the Emerica logo all together. All 3 items will be released in 2 colorways; either red or fingercroxx’s signature green. Available at select Double Park locations in Hong Kong.

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Cherry Pop by Jahan Loh

Taiwan based Singaporean artist Jahan Loh has built up a strong resume with his full out imagery and work. His often sexually charged work takes to the stage for his upcoming debut solo show Cherry Pop kicking off this weekend. The exhibit is a mixture of sculptures and acrylic paintings with the theme of cherry pop. The show debuts on May 17th and runs until June 15th. Ming Art Gallery No. 16, Alley 15, Lane 147, Sec. 3 Sinyi Rd., Taipei Taiwan p: +886.2.27058758 Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Images after the jump are NOT SAFE FOR WORK

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