Supreme‘s latest collaboration is with one of New York’s more influential avant-garde bands — The Velvet Underground. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Lou Reed, the band’s unfiltered music explored raw themes of addiction, desire and redemption, sexual deviancy and the vices of life. While considered the norm today, The Velvet Underground broke a lot of traditional molds in the mid-’60s with their experimental sound; a sound that was craved out by simple melodies, make-shift instruments, the sultry-deep vocals from German chanteuse Nico, the neurotic delivery of lyrics from Reed, and the unconventional drum beats from self-taught female drummer Maureen Ann “Moe” Tucker.
Managed briefly by fellow New York artist Andy Warhol, their debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico is easily identified due to Warhol’s iconic yellow and black Banana artwork featured at the front. Warhol insisted to further the album artwork by printing the banana art as a peelable sticker, that when peeled off, would reveal a peeled pink banana — furthering the sexual undertones. While the band has reached cult status, and has influenced works from the likes of Nirvana and Wes Anderson alike, The Velvet Underground’s debut album was considered a failure in terms of sales, while the genius of the album was only recognized a decade later, and now considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
Supreme’s Fall 2019 collaboration with The Velvet Underground contains original artwork from the band’s discography across a rayon shirt, ringer tees, hoodies, and T-shirts. Look for this collection to drop in-store at New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, London, Paris and also online from September 19. Japan will see a later release on September 21.
In other news, Demna Gvasalia announces exit from Vetements.
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