EMILY RATAJKOWSKI CALL OF DUTY

 

By now everyone’s seen the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” trailer featuring Kevin Spacey, here’s the latest live action spot featuring none other than Taylor Kitsch and a smoking hot Emily Ratajkowski.

NORTH FACE ROLLING THUNDER

 

This rugged “Rolling Thunder” travel duffel from North Face is exactly what you need this winter. That girl you were admiring on the short flight to Denver? She’s now looking your way as you collect your gear in baggage claim. Black gets our nod but the gray is a close second. $289, available at North Face.

INSIDE CHANEL


 

A history lesson in high style and the enduring legacy of Chanel.

GAMING: VALIANT HEARTS

 

Can’t say enough about this game, “Valiant Hearts,” by Ubisoft. Set against the heartbreak of WWI, the game follows the lives of three interconnected characters who are separated by war. A great mix of puzzle solving, action and history, with real photographs and facts included along the way. Like how the Germans first unleashed Chlorine in favorable winds to devastate a battalion of 6,000 Canadian soldiers in 1914. If you enjoy history and powerful storytelling, this is your game. Available on iTunes.

 

VASQUE SUNDOWNER HIKING BOOTS

 

The fall season is an ideal time for escaping to the mountains and having proper footwear is essential. I’ve owned the same pair of hiking boots since college, the Sundowner from Vasque. They are incredibly durable as you can replace the Vibram soles after years of wear and tear, while the leather only improves with age. They also have an appealing old school aesthetic that runs counter to the hi-tech tricked out boots currently on the market. $189, available at Amazon.

AMERICA IN SPACE

Spotted at the beautiful Cole Haan flagship store in Rockefeller Center, America in Space: Nasa’s First 50 Years. “The story of America’s space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images. The story begins in the 1950s with intrepid test pilots venturing ever faster and higher, and opens out into the now-legendary Mercury and Apollo missions of the 1960s that made astronauts into national heroes.” $38, available at Barnes & Noble.


THE FALL PARKA

 

The men’s design team at H&M has a knack for churning out stylish and affordable clothing every month, one of the main reasons they’ve become so successful. Consider this versatile black parka as a go to option this fall. Just $69, available at H&M.

 

 

MERCEDES BENZ AMG GT

 

Here’s a quick look at the just unveiled sports car that Mercedes Benz designed to go head-to-head with rival Porsche. The 2016 AMG GT embodies the new brand image, which is sportier and more dynamic. Priced at $129,000 and powered by a newly developed V8 engine,  the 462-horsepower GT can reach 62 miles per hour in 4 seconds. Start saving.

GUCCI PRESENTS: MEN’S TAILORING

 

A well executed short film directed by Remi Paringaux for Gucci.

NEW IN GAMING: DESTINY

 

Here is the official trailer for “Destiny” set to release 9.9.14. Expectations are massive for this first-person shooter from the creators of Halo. “You are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend.” For more details on the game, visit the official website.

THE GANT FALL TROUSER

Cargo pants are typically cut baggy and meant for playing around outdoors on a weekend. Gant has changed the game a bit by updating this classic style with a fall version that can easily be worn during weekdays at the office. Made of a lux flannel fabric in gray or navy, the slimmer silhouette and cuffed hems keeps them office sharp. In navy or light gray. $275, available at Gant.

PRADA FALL/WINTER 14

 

The Prada Fall/Winter 2014 menswear campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz on the coast of England, featuring actor James McAvoy. It will surely compete for best campaign of the season when all’s said and done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERSTELLAR

 

Here’s the latest trailer for “Interstellar,” directed by Christopher Nolan, set to release this upcoming November. It will be refreshing to watch a Nolan film unrelated to a comic book. The movie looks promising, with a strong cast led by Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. It’s hard to tell where this sci fi epic will land, somewhere between a thriller and a drama. The backdrop of family and love evolves into full blown, edge-of-your-seat CGI laden action. This quote is probably the most telling:  “Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.”

HERMES TERRE D’HERMES

One of the best, and priciest men’s fragrances out there, Hermes Terre D’Hermes, from the legendary French house. A woody, earthy scent with a sophisticated finish, like a desert plain. $81, available at Sephora.

KNOW THIS BRAND: OPINEL

 

 

Spotted at the new Miansai shop on Crosby Street in Soho, these wonderful little knives from Opinel. Born in the Savoie region of France in 1890, this essential little knife has been in the pockets of some of the greatest artists, adventurers, navigators and mountaineers including Pablo Picasso, Roger Frison Roche and Jean-Louis Etienne. Opinel No8 is their most popular and versatile, and is small enough to be used as a pocket knife. You can pick from a variety of colors, but summer red gets our nod. $18, available at Opinel.

 

 

 

News Wall

ITALY COURT CLEARS DESIGNERS DOLCE & GABBANA IN TAX EVASION CASE. The duo was facing 18 months in prison. Shortly after the ruling, Gabbana tweeted: “We knew it!!! We are honest people!” [REUTERS]

THE ADWEEK 50: 2014′s MOST INFLUENTIAL BUYERS, SELLERS & MARKETERS. Innovators who are mastering the new “people-based marketing,” which is a fancy way of connecting marketers with consumers on whatever device they’re on. [ADWEEK]

OSCAR DE LA RENTA DEAD AT 82. The epitome of class. [REUTERS]

PRADA SHARES PLUMMET AS CHINA SLOWDOWN HITS LUXURY BRANDS. Shares of Prada SpA fell nearly 5 percent to their lowest in 26 months on Monday as the company became the latest luxury goods maker to be hit by a slowdown in China. [REUTERS]

THE 10 BEST BRANDED INSTAGRAM VIDEOS OF THE WEEK. How inexpensive and short videos capture today’s fleeting attention spans. [ADWEEK]

ITALIAN LUXURY GROUP PRADA DOWN 20% IN FIRST HALF. Prada SpA posted a 20.6 percent drop in first-half net profit, weighed by sluggish consumer demand amid an uncertain economic outlook and unfavorable exchange rates. [REUTERS]

THREADS OF THOUGHT AT NEW YORK’S MENSWEAR SHOWS. Several labels reflected sombre themes from the wider world. [FINANCIALTIMES]

LONDON FASHION WEEK PINS HOPES ON EMERGING TALENT TO BOOST LUXURY GROWTH. More than 5,000 buyers, journalists and bloggers come to see Britain’s leading talents such as Paul Smith, Anya Hindmarch and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey showcase their creations alongside emerging talents such as Simone Rocha and Thomas Tait. [REUTERS]

ALIBABA’S LATEST E-COMMERCE COUP: SECURE MOBILE PAYMENT BY FINGERPRINT. The biometric technology will allow mobile users to confirm payments for a wide variety of goods and services with their smartphones simply by swiping a digit instead of entering a lengthy code. [FORBES]

OPENING CEREMONY: THE PLAY IS NOT THE THING. Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman offers a refreshing take on Opening Ceremony’s show – a 30 minute play during New York Fashion Week. [NYT]

MENSWEAR A SLEEPING GIANT AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. Menswear plays a poor relation to women’s styles at New York Fashion Week, but it is enjoying faster-growing sales and consumer tastes that are becoming more daring. [REUTERS]

CAN ALL-AMERICAN GAP SUCCEED IN INDIA? Slumping in the U.S., Gap is moving into India. [BLOOMBERG]

OLD AGE MAY BE SETTING IN FOR THREE TEEN RETAILERS. Will Aeropostale, Abercrombie And Fitch And American Eagle Be Around In Five Years? [FORBES]

CONDE NAST TO SELL FAIRCHILD FASHION MEDIA FOR $100 MILLION. The $100 million sale price highlights the struggles of print media companies in the digital age. In 1999, Condé Nast purchased the Fairchild assets from Disney for $650 million. As part of the transaction, which is expected to close in September, Condé Nast will keep the consumer websites Style.com and the blog network NowManifest. [NYT]

APPLE SOARS TO RECORD AMID OPTIMISM ABOUT COMING PRODUCTS. Apple Inc.’s stock soared to an all-time high, surpassing a 2012 record as investors look ahead to new products such as bigger-screen iPhones and a wristwatch-like device that may jump-start revenue growth. [BLOOMBERG]

MEN’S MUST-HAVE SWIM SHORTS FOR SUMMER. What men round the world are wearing to make waves. [FINANCIALTIMES]

CAN STARTUPS HELP FASHION BRANDS BATTLE AMAZON? One of the biggest challenges for fashion brands: getting the kind of scale to compete with services such as Amazon Prime, the $99-a-year service that includes such perks as free two-day shipping. [BLOOMBERG]

LVMH RESULTS SENDS CHILL ACROSS LUXURY GOODS SECTOR. Shares in LVMH, seen as setting the tone for the luxury goods industry, fell as much as 7.2 percent on Friday – the biggest one-day drop since 2009, dragging down companies in the sector such as Cartier-owner Richemont, down 3 percent and Gucci-owner Kering, which fell 3.7 percent. [REUTERS]

TESLA IDLES CALIFORNIA PLANT TO RETOOL FOR ELECTRIC SUV’S. Tesla halted production at its California assembly plant for the first time as it adds robots to accelerate production of electric sedans and prepares to build its Model X sport-utility vehicle. [BLOOMBERG]

ALLAN MAYER HELPED TAKE DOWN AMERICAN APPAREL FOUNDER DOV CHARNEY. WHO’S ALLAN MAYER? Mayer wrote and edited for Newsweek, founded Buzz magazine, wrote two books, and worked in book publishing before getting into the damage control business in 1997. Strategic communications? “For years, I’ve been looking for an unpretentious way to describe what I do,” Mayer says. “Strategic communications counsel is the best I could come up with. A lot of my clients think of me as a consigliere. In the old days, I would have been called a fixer.” [BUSINESSWEEK]

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