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terry richardson vogue homme internationalphotos 1 Vogue Homme International Autoportraits by Terry Richardson 

For the newest issue of Vogue Homme International, bad boy photographer Terry Richardson captured some naughty moments in a watch spread entitled Autoportraits. The shots are just a small dose of Terry Richardson as the upcoming issue of Vogue Homme International will feature more work from the New York-based photographer.

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sneaker tokyo past present future 1 Sneaker Tokyo: The past, present and future of Sneaker culture in Tokyo

The recently released Sneaker Tokyo book takes a comprehensive look into the current sneaker landscape in the once sneaker hotbed of Tokyo. The book outlines via both photography and interviews some interesting content and will surely provide some insightful points. The first few pages are laced with numerous images of iconic sneakers over the years, including some strong capsules from the likes of Supreme and HECTIC over the years. On the interview side of things, the number of pieces is staggering and much too large to list with some strong personalities involved. The legendary Hiroshi Fujiwara goes on the record to discuss the current events transpiring in the sneaker scene and the effects of the Internet on how things have progressed. A full excerpt of the interview can be seen below:

Sneaker Tokyo – Interview with Hiroshi Fujiwara

Any selection made by Hiroshi Fujiwara invariably becomes the subject of much attention, and every project he takes on becomes high profile. Fujiwara has had a profound influence on the sneaker scene. That said, though, Fujiwara himself does not have one pretentious bone in him. He is as natural as they come; not afraid to admit when something is good, and wearing whatever shoes that he wants to wear. There is no changing this style of his.

Hiroshi Fujiwara – you are trend setter in the Tokyo sneaker scene. It seems like you has been the owner of such a reputation for quite a while now, which begs the question, “How has the sneaker scene changed these past few years in your eyes?” Some say that “the sneaker boom has come to and end,” or that the “momentary boom has been lost,” but is this really the case?

What really happened is that the sneaker scene has been broken right open, rather than the boom being over. A long time ago, the picture that was depicted was that “sneakers were a sports brand.” Now however, many luxury brand manufacturers make sneakers; manufacturers of leather shoes even employ the same soles that are used to make sneakers comfortable. So in that respect, I guess we can say that all those things that came about thanks to the sneaker scene have made contributions in various other areas. Not only that, but recently the so-called “gyaruo” regularly wear classic and vintage sneakers, making the sneaker target that much greater than it was before.

Have your tastes changed with time?

No, they really haven’t.

Can you tell us in some detail what time of sneakers you like?

This isn’t just limited to sneakers, but in everything I like to feel a sense of personality in something. I also find myself drawn to things that have a sense of street to them somewhere deep inside. I also really like sneakers that are extremely light or extremely easy to wear. Basically, I guess anything that just has an “extreme” sense to it. As for which brands I like, of course I love Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Converse and visvim too. Since I’m not a contracted professional athlete, I don’t really have any particular bias when it comes to brands. As far as design is concerned, I like designs that are very simple. That said, though, at times I really get in the mood to wear these though high-tech sneakers.

Where does that desire stem from?

That’s a difficult question. Moods are moods, you know (he laughs).

Do you continue to search for certain sneakers?

I do, but certainly not as much as I used to. I’ll go to stores, or I’ll check the new product line-ups at homepages of brands like Nike. I also check Yahoo! Auction to see if there isn’t anything there that might interest me (he laughs).

So, I guess that the internet has become an essential element of the sneakers culture.

Well, the internet has its good points, but it has also made certain aspects a bit more dull. While it’s great that it’s now easier to get that particular pair of sneakers you want, on the other hand, that special excitement of treasure hunting has been lost.

That’s complicated, huh. Especially in the 90s when treasure hunting for sneakers was the best part.

That’s right. Back then it wasn’t about buying a pair, selling it and then making a profit. It was simpler then; it was just about being happy that you got the pair you wanted.

By the way, after developing a relationship with Nike, you went from “one of sneaker fan” to “manufacturer’s side.” When your position changed, did the way you view sneakers change along with it?

No, the way I feel about sneakers has not changed. What has changed, though, is that if there is a particular kind of sneakers that I want recreated I approach Nike and we get them back out there. Also, I get to wear those sneakers which I helped design and choose a color for quicker than anybody else (he laughs).

Is there something you want to say (or something you’d like to ask for) to the sneaker industry or to sneaker manufacturers?

Nowadays, no matter where you go you see the same sneakers in all the stores. I’d like to tell the industry that perhaps they should rethink this. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to bring out a bit more “local flavors” in sneakers? But that’s something I’ve been saying for quite a while now.

Is the globalization that is happening with sneakers making the sneaker culture less exciting?

This is not just limited to sneakers. It can be seen with all luxury brands. The Louis Vuitton Sprouse, for instance. If it were sold only in NY, then people who really want one would have to come all the way to NY to buy it. For sneakers it would be like saying that products thought up and sold in Japan’s ‘NSW STORE,’ would get offers from around the world saying things like, ‘hey, we want to sell this product too.’ But, I feel that to a certain extent this should be restricted, by answering that, ‘This is only for Japan. You should try to design your own products.’ Rather than working to make the company bigger, it would be far more interesting if, for instance, the relationship between Nike Japan and nike France had a bit more rivalry to it.

I agree

Well, yeah, then it would be sort of like a friendly rivalry with each of them independently making their own things. But then again, bringing out that local flavor is quite difficult. It’s not like just because the shoe is made in Japan, you would use kanji or hiragana (the Japanese alphabets). It’s also not about bringing out cheesy local qualities either.

One previous example of how local flavor was added to a product, I guess, is the HTM, which could not be purchased unless the person went to Head Porter and AD21. I think that’s what you mean about the fundamental excitement of sneakers treasure hunting.

Well, if something can only be purchased at a particular store, people will absolutely want to go all the way to the store, right. For instance, there are no plans to sell this yellow Footscape here (of which there are only samples at this point) in Japan. So if you want a pair, you need to go overseas.

So, it’s not sold in Japan, huh. I guess diehard sneaker-freaks love hearing these words (he laughs).

Personally, I also sometimes buy these ‘Not Sold in Japan’ sneakers when I’m overseas. Or even when I’m not really sure if they are actually sold in Japan, but I know that they are not very well known about here. Like the Hyperdunk, for example.

By the way, what about shops in Tokyo. The number of sneakers shops in Harajuku has decreased compared to a while ago. But on the other hand, mega shops such as ABC-MART and ASBee have emerged and are increasing their number of stores nationwide.

I go to ABC-MART, too. I recently bought a pair of Converse there – dark blue, hi-cut All Star Converse.

Hiroshi Fujiwara and ABC-MART – I just don’t see it

When it comes to these extremely basic sneakers like the All Star Converse you can be sure that ABC-MART will have some in stock. You sort of get that sense of reassurance, don’t you? These big shops like ABC-MART have something good about them that smaller shops – frequented by sneaker freaks – just dont have. By the way, last year I bought a pair of Nike Footsteps at the Ise JUCSO.

JUSCO? Hiroshi Fujiwara and JUSCO are another combination I never thought i’d hear (he laughs).

If you see products in places like this, you’re often more likely to get a new perspective on the whole thing. It was there that I first learned that the purple Footscapes had been release.”

That makes sense. So, you make these unusual discoveries in unusual places. Now, lastly I’d like to ask you what you see happening with the Tokyo sneaker culture – a mature culture.

I believe that the sneaker culture itself will continue. However, what style it will take on, is an entirely different matter.

Do you see any big waves being made like the Air Max 95?

No, I don’t think we’ll never see that again. That was a completely natural and spontaneous wave that the company was not expecting. Now you see companies trying to create such a wave, but this quite difficult as it needs to be something that takes hold in the streets. Such a street influence is extremely important to the sneaker culture. It’s less about which actor or musician is wearing the shoes, than it is about seeing a person on the street wearing them and thinking that they look cool and that you’d like to own a pair. This is how these waves slowly start to spread. I think that the fact these movements begin in the streets in very typical of Tokyo.


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A detailed release from OriginalFake this season features a short-sleeve shirt shirt inspired by the iconic Chomper motif. The shirt includes not only a Chomper embroidery along the pocket, but the stripes within are also marked by the Chomper pattern. Available now at select retailers including Anytime.

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complex magazine april may issue kanye west 1 Complex Magazine April/May Issue feat. Kanye West

Steering away from the grown man look this time around, Kanye West makes an appearance on the cover of Complex Magazine for their April/May issue. Taking a robotic, futuristic approach the cover features imagery co-created alongside photographer/director Chris Milk. A more in-depth look into the entire process, including the making of Nike’s Air Yeezy, can be seen here. The April/May issue of Complex is scheduled to his newsstands April 7th, 2009.

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Dutch artist Parra gets set to open up his latest exhibition Saturday, April 4th at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery in Los Angeles. The show will feature new original works exclusive to the exhibition entitled “Is That A Gun My Friend?” which will run through May 9th, 2009.

“32-year-old Dutch illustrator and designer Parra has decorated the Amsterdam underground with his playful, bizarre graphics that span a broad base of themes, from introspective to audacious and bawdy. The mostly self-taught artist channels vintage forms, yet with a decidedly modern, post-pop approach and a distinctive, hand-drawn feel. His vibrant images and typography can be seen on prints in various exhibitions around the globe, on a flyer for a club near you, on the sleeve of a record, or on limited-edition tees and sweaters.”

HVW8 Art + Design Gallery
661 N. Spaulding Ave.
Los Angeles CA, 90036

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a bathing ape bape 2009 spring accessories 1 A Bathing Ape Accessories 2009 March Releases

With Spring officially presenting itself upon us, A Bathing Ape release a new batch of goods from their Spring/Summer assortment of product. Amongst the selections are various items ranging from keychain holders, landyards, belts and wallets to a new Bapex watch silhouette and set of signature camouflage bags coming in three different sizes. All product now available at Bape Chapter stores worldwide.


yone eri otoguro phantaci 1 year tee 2 Yone x Eri Otoguro x Phantaci 1 Year Anniversary Its My Phantaci T Shirt

Taiwanese boutique Phantaci teams up with Japanese photographer and resident Hypebeast blogger Yone to put together a special little piece to commemorate the store’s one year anniversary. The shirt features Japanese actress Eri Otoguro rocking a special jacket as well as a pair of Air Max 1s which were unveiled back in 2008 titled The Grand. The shirt will be available starting March 28th at Taipei’s Phantaci.

karl lagerfeld barbie barbieken Karl Lagerfeld x Barbie BarbieKen 50th Anniversary Doll

With a style that rarely deviates, Chanel frontman Karl Lagerfeld sees himself immortalized in “Ken” form as Barbie unveils a special version of the iconic Ken doll in Lagerfeld form. The doll is based on Lagerfeld’s trademark attire black suit. The doll was presented to him at colette’s recent celebrations for Mattel Barbie’s 50th Anniversary.

Karl Lagerfeld (born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt; September 10, 1938) is a German-born fashion designer and artist based in Paris, France. He has collaborated with on a variety of fashion and art related projects, most notably as designer at fashion house Chanel. Lagerfeld helms his own label fashion house which produces luxury fashion items (including haute couture, perfumes and accessories).




 Early life

Karl Otto Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany. He has alleged he was born in 1938 however it has been reported that he was actually born in 1933 (according to the local christening register); indeed the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag has quoted his former teacher and classmates as confirming the earlier date,[1]. His older sister, Martha Christiane (a.k.a. Christel), was born in 1931. Lagerfeld also has an older half-sister, Thea, from his father’s first marriage. His original name was Lagerfeldt (with a “t”), but he later changed it to Lagerfeld as “it sounds more commercial.”[2]
Though Lagerfeld has stated that his father was Swedish, journalist Alicia Drake in The Beautiful Fall (Little, Brown, 2006) established that Karl’s father, Otto Lagerfeldt, who made his fortune introducing condensed milk to Germany, was indeed German. According to Drake, Lagerfeld’s mother, Elisabeth Bahlmann, was a lingerie saleswoman in Berlin when she met her husband and married him in 1930.

[edit] Early career (Balmain and Patou)

Karl Lagerfeld emigrated to Paris in 1953. Initially he worked as a draftsman for fashion houses. At the time, in fashion, drafts were preferred over photographs. Lagerfeld is able to recap any costume style in European history drop-of-a-hat, e.g., explaining collar styles used in 1710 Germany, as he has demonstrated in a German television series in the 1980s.
In 1955, at the age of 22, Lagerfeld was awarded a position as an apprentice at Pierre Balmain, after winning a competition for a coat sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat. He told a reporter a few years later, “I won on coats, but actually I like designing coats least of all. What I really love are little black dresses.” Yves Saint Laurent also won the contest for a dress award. “Yves was working for Dior. Other young people I knew were working for Balenciaga, whom they thought was God, but I wasn’t so impressed,” he recalled in 1976.
In 1958, after three years at Balmain, he moved to Jean Patou, where he designed two haute couture collections a year for five years. His first collection was shown in a two-hour presentation in July 1958, but he used the name Roland Karl, rather than Karl Lagerfeld (although in 1962, reporters began referring to him as Karl Lagerfelt, and Karl Logerfeld.) That first collection was poorly received. Carrie Donovan wrote that “the press booed the collection.” The UPI noted: “The firm’s brand new designer, 25-year old Roland Karl, showed a collection which stressed shape and had no trace of last year’s sack.” The reporter went on to say that “A couple of short black cocktail dresses were cut so wide open at the front that even some of the women reporters gasped. Other cocktail and evening dresses feature low, low-cut backs.” Most interestingly, Karl said that his design silhouette for the season was called by the letter “K” (for Karl), which was translated into a straight line in front, curved in at the waist in the back, with a low fullness to the skirt.
His next collection, for spring 1959, was a vast improvement according to Carrie Donovan, who noted that the press “applauded widely and even shouted several bravos.” She wrote that “His clothes… have a kind of understated chic, elegance, and just plain ‘class’ that has not been seen on this side of the Atlantic since Molyneux and Mainbocher closed up shop.”
His skirts for the spring 1960 season were the shortest in Paris, and the collection was not well received. Carrie Donovan said it “looked like clever and immensely salable ready-to-wear, not couture.” And in his fall 1960 collection he designed special little hats, pancake shaped circles of satin, which hung on the cheek. He called them “slaps in the face.” Karl’s collection were said to be well received, but were not groundbreaking. “I became bored there, too, and I quit and tried to go back to school, but that didn’t work, so I spent two years mostly on beaches – I guess I studied life.”

[edit] Freelance career (1962–1982)

After leaving Patou in 1962, after launching himself as a freelance designer, working with brands such as Mario Valentino, Repetto, and the supermarket chain Monoprix and with financial backing from his family, he set up a small shop in Paris. At this time, he would often consult with Madame Zereakian, Christian Dior‘s Turkish fortune teller. Lagerfeld later said, “She told me I’d succeed in fashion and perfume.”
In 1963, he began designing for Tiziani, a Roman couture house founded that year by a man named Evan Richards (b. 1924) of Jacksboro, Texas. It began as couture and then branched out into ready-to-wear, bearing the label “Tiziani-Roma — Made in England.” Lagerfeld and Richards sketched the first collection in 1963 together. “When they wound up with 90 outfits, Tiziani threw caution and invitations to the winds, borrowed Catherine the Great‘s jewels from Harry Winston, and opened his salon with a three-night wingding,” according to one report in 1969. Lagerfeld designed for the company until 1969. Elizabeth Taylor was a fan of the label (she referred to Evan as “Evan Tiziani”) and began wearing it in August 1966. Gina Lollobrigida, Doris Duke and Principessa Borghese were also customers while Lagerfeld was designing the line. He was replaced in 1969 with Guy Douvier.
Lagerfeld had begun to freelance for French fashion house Chloe in 1964, at first designing a few pieces a season, and over time the whole collection. In 1970, he also began a brief design collaboration with Roman Haute Couture house Curiel (the designer, a woman named Gigliola Curiel, died in November 1969.) His first collection was described as having a “drippy drapey elegance” designed for a “1930s cinema queen.” The Curiel mannequins all wore identical, short-cropped blonde wigs. He also showed black velvet shorts, to be worn under a black velvet ankle-length cape.
His Chloe collection for Spring 1973 (shown in October 1972) garnered headlines for offering something both “high fashion and high camp.” He showed loose Spencer jackets and printed silk shirt jackets. He designed something he called a “surprise” skirt, which was ankle-length, pleated silk, so loose that it hid the fact it was actually pants. “It seems that wearing these skirts is an extraordinary sensation,” he told a reporter at the time. He also designed a look inspired by Carmen Miranda, which consisted of mini bra dresses with very short skirts, and long dresses with bra tops and scarf shawls.
In 1972, he collaborated with Italian fashion house Fendi, designing furs, clothing and accessories.
Through the 1970s, Lagerfeld worked as a costume designer for theatrical productions. He collaborated with Italian director Luca Ronconi, and designed for theatres like La Scala in Milan (Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz, 1980), the Burgtheater in Vienna (Komödie der Verführung by Arthur Schnitzler 1980), and the Salzburg Festival (Der Schwierige by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, 1990).

[edit] International fame (1982–present)

At the time, he had also been maintaining a design contract with the Japanese firm Isetan, to create collections for both men and women through 30 licenses; had a lingerie line in the US, produced by Eve Stillmann; was designing shoes for Charles Jourdan, sweaters for Ballantyne, and worked with Trevira as a fashion adviser.
Lagerfeld designed the costumes for the Carmen sequences in the 2002 film Callas Forever. In 2004 he designed some outfits for the international music artist Madonna, for her Re-Invention tour, and recently designed outfits for Kylie Minogue‘s Showgirl tour.
Lagerfeld collaborated with the international Swedish fashion brand H&M. On November 12, 2004, H&M offered a limited range of different Lagerfeld clothes in chosen outlets for both women and men. Only two days after having supplied its outlets, H&M announced that almost all the clothes were sold out. Lagerfeld has expressed a lack of fear that working with lower-end brands will taint his image, although in the past he has worked closely with the exclusive hosiery designer Wolford.
Lagerfeld is also a photographer. He produced Visionaire 23: The Emperor’s New Clothes, a series of nude pictures of South African model David Miller. He also personally photographed Mariah Carey for the cover of V magazine in, 2005.
The designer was also the subject of a French reality series called Signé Chanel in 2005. The show covered the creation of his Fall/Winter 2004–2005 Chanel couture collection. It aired on Sundance Channel in the United States during the fall of 2006.
On December 18, 2006, Lagerfeld announced the launch of a new collection for men and women dubbed K Karl Lagerfeld. The collection will include fitted T-shirts and a wide range of jeans.[3]
Fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld has signed an exclusive deal with Dubai Infinity Holdings (DIH); an investments enterprise that will focus on first of its kind projects in non conventional growth sectors, in line with their mandate to fulfil unmet market needs. Karl Lagerfeld is to design limited edition homes on Isla Moda, the world’s first dedicated fashion island, set in the iconic development, The World. This will be an exclusive collaboration between Dubai Infinity Holdings and Karl Lagerfeld across the GCC and India.
Lagerfeld is the host of fictional radio station “K109 – The Studio” in the videogame Grand Theft Auto IV

bbc ice cream 2009 ss march 14 releases 01 BBC | Ice Cream 2009 Spring/Summer Collection March Releases

BBC | Ice Cream sees the following latest releases this month. The brand brings a mostly subtle mixture of goods via t-shirts and jackets. However some of the bolder items come courtesy of a pillow and splatter denim. Available Saturday, March 14th at BBC | Ice Cream Hong Kong.

BBC | Ice Cream Hong Kong
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