VANS FOR J.CREW

 

The design team at J. Crew has a real knack for taking classic styles and reinventing them with just the right amount of love. The end product retains what made it cool in the first place, while quickly becoming the next hot thing. Take these canvas sneakers by legendary brand Vans: updated in new custom colors, washed for a vintage look then finished with hiking boot laces for a one-of-a-kind shoe. Not bad for $60. Available at J.Crew.

 

 

CLUB MONACO x GOLDEN BEAR

 

Club Monaco and their talented head menswear designer Aaron Levine have a keen eye for great brands and cool American style, and once again, they’ve picked an absolute winner by featuring Golden Bear on their website. The San Francisco-based sportswear company is a true heritage brand, having been founded in 1920, and they nail the summer-friendly varsity jacket with the striking style shown above. It’ll quickly become your favorite go-to layer on cool August nights. $289, available at Club Monaco.


 

SUMMER READING: EIGER DREAMS

 

 

“Eiger Dreams” by John Krakauer is pretty much the opposite of light summer reading. Yes, you’ll fly through the book, but it will keep you on the edge of your hammock. The book features a collection of 12 harrowing mountain adventures spanning the globe, from K2 to Mt. McKinley, and covers everything from the snooty climbing culture of Chamonix, to rough and tumble bush pilots in Alaska. As Publishers Weekly notes “Armchair adventurers can’t ask for better entertainment than this tour of the legendary locations of mountaineering and the eccentric climbers who gather there.”

 

 

Best known for “The Perfect Storm” and “Into the Wild,” two hugely successful books that were made into movies, Krakauer’s other titles deserve as much attention,  including “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven.” Eiger Dreams, $13, available on Amazon.


Shown above, the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal. Airstrips are steeply graded to accommodate shorter lengths and thinner air.

 

 

GUCCI SPRING/SUMMER 2015

PRADA SPRING/SUMMER 2015

 

Miuccia Prada unveiled her Spring Summer 2015 menswear collection yesterday in Milan and it was one of the best shows of the early season. It’s the hottest ticket of the week, primarily because it’s Prada, but the show also serves as an informative bellwether of what’s next in menswear. Habitually looking forward, Ms. Prada’s collections blend art and fashion in a sublime, ethereal way that never appears forced. Perhaps it’s the otherworldly music, or show space configured with a runway traversing a vibrant pool of blue water hammering home the point, but if you want to know what’s next, you’ve come to the right global HQ at the legendary Via Foggazaro.

 

 

The highlights of the collection: Modern sandals in a variety of colors, stitching details on pretty much everything including starched denim, an impossibly clean and crisp white trench, a lightweight camel v-neck sweater offset by a sky blue dress shirt (one of Ms. Prada’s favorite color combinations) and finally, a black turtleneck, looking right at home in the off season.

GQ JULY: EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

 

GQ July 2014, the cover everyone is talking about. An excerpt on dating from the accompanying feature article (why you’re going to buy it): “Generally, I just think there is a real lacking in men knowing how to hit on women. I have this whole running joke with someone: What Would Denzel Do? Like, you don’t think about how many days you should wait to call the girl—you just do it when you want. Fuckin’ Denzel. You do what you want, you know what you want.” On newsstands today.

 

CALVIN KLEIN SS15

 

Calvin Klein rocking spandex and pushing the color sand in a big way for next spring.

DOLCE & GABBANA SS15

 

Dolce & Gabbana taking the bullring theme quite literally for their Spring/Summer 2015 menswear show in Milan. One of the more dramatic moments of the week occurs at the 8 minute mark.

ONE TO WATCH: NICOLA PELTZ

 

Young actress Nicola Peltz is on her way to super stardom and no cheesy line by Optimus Prime about “saving humanity from itself” is going to get in her way. This Thursday, June 26th, the latest mind-numbing chapter of the ridiculously successful Transformers films, “Age of Extinction,” hits theaters worldwide. As a kid who grew up in the 80′s obsessed with the original toys and cartoon, the movies are nothing but an annoying disfigurement, a warped perception of a world that was much cooler in the imagination of a ten year old. But we won’t hold that against Nicola. Best known for her role in 2010′s “The Last Airbender,” things are about to change, fast. She’s evolved from awkward teen with braces to a stunning actress starring in this summer’s biggest film. And just a word to the wise for Nicola, don’t say anything disparaging about the dictator, err director – in particular any references to Bay acting like Hitler while on set. Comments like that will prompt Executive Producer Steven Speilberg to immediately call for your firing.

 

The original, god I miss him:

 

 

SUMMERTIME KICKS

Remember when Crocs had the lightweight rubber shoe game cornered? Images of chef Mario Batali zooming around the West Village on a Vespa in bright orange Crocs were a bit of head scratcher. Then you tried them on, and instantly forgave the less-then-desirable designs. Native Shoes has since redefined the category by combining that same incredibly comfortable foam resin comfort, with killer styles. Take the “Jefferson” shown above, it looks a bit like a classic Jack Purcell, but without the laces, and can be slipped on and worn as easily as a flip flop. Try em, you won’t look back.  The Jefferson, $47, available at Native.

 

PORSCHE 918 SPYDER

 

Porsche has just launched it’s first true supercar in over a decade, the ridiculously fast, and surprisingly green 2015 918 Spyder. The “918″ doesn’t refer to the price, but it’s close with an estimated cost of $845K. Porsche enthusiasts and gazillionaires might even consider it a deal, as a similar class Lamborghini or Ferrari will set you back $1.4 to $4 million. What’s coolest about the 918 Spyder?  It doubles as a plug-in hybrid, so you can start it up with barely a whisper, then hit the gas pedal and soar to the moon. We’ll call it neon green.

 

ADIDAS STAN SMITH 40th ANNIVERSARY

 

Hear from the man himself, Stan Smith, as he talks about the iconic shoe that bears his name. Forty years ago, in 1973, Adidas debuted a simple, classic tennis shoe that would go onto greatness. $75, available at Adidas.

 

 

FAHLGREN x GILT

 

If you’re looking for the perfect summer tie for an upcoming wedding, or for Father’s Day, check out the Fahlgren tie sale on Gilt Groupe. There are 15 total styles, all soft cotton, in colorful plaids and stripes. $49, available on Gilt until 12pm on Monday, June 9th.

 

WHAT’S HOT: GOL! AD SPOT

 

One of the best commercial’s yet for the World Cup debuted last week and is getting serious traction, not because there are any expensive futbol players featured, but because it centers around crazy trick shots that are 100% real. It’s a perfectly executed idea, created by ad agency DDB. Look for Argentinian model Fiorella Castillo about halfway through as she surprises a crowd while wearing a little black dress and impossible heels.

LAST NIGHTS PARTY: GQ x RIO

 

GQ and star photographer Ben Watts took over Milk Studios recently for a party celebrating the World Cup. Watts’ signature style of featuring beautiful models having the time of their lives in far off destinations looks like a smoking hot travel journal – enviable getaways that happen only in print. Milk Studios sits firmly at the center of the action, led by Mazdack Rassi, a talented creative who happens to be one of the nicest guys in an industry not really known for warmth and generosity. It’s refreshing, and that energy flows into everything Milk does, the parties, the big name events, the off-Broadway BBQ’s. The line of celebrities, models and fashion insiders in attendance points to (more…)

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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]

MANCHESTER UNITED AND ADIDAS AGREE TO RICHEST DEAL EVER. Adidas will pay $1.3 billion over 10 years to United, or $130 million a year, beginning with the 2015-16 season. [FORBES]

DENIM AND PINSTRIPES MAKE A SHOW AT MEN’S FASHION WEEKS. Since the fashion caravan moved off to Milan and Paris for the menswear shows, two trend ripples seen in the London collections look set to spread. [GUARDIANUK]

MERCEDES UPSTAGES ROLLS-ROYCE WITH $1 MILLION S-CLASS. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman will have three rows and cost as much as double the top-of-the-line Rolls-Royce, setting it up to become the world’s most expensive sedan when it goes on sale next year. [BLOOMBERG]

TOD’S HIRES DESIGNER ANDREA ICONTRI TO MAKE STRIDES BEYOND FOOTWEAR. Group sales for the maker of bobble-bottomed loafers priced as high as 400 euros ($540) have lagged behind those of rivals in recent quarters, which analysts have attributed partly to its heavy reliance on footwear. [REUTERS]

SUPPORTING GAY RIGHTS IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS. Social consciousness resonates with consumers. [ADWEEK]

DO MILLENIALS STILL WANT TO SHOP AT AMERICAN APPAREL? In its first quarter earnings report, the company posted a 7% drop in same-store sales compared to a 5% increase in the prior-year quarter, and shares of American Apparel, which in 2007 traded as high as $15 per share, have seen their value nearly cut in half since the first trading day of 2014. They are now worth less than a dollar. [FORBES]

HEIRESS DEFIES SKEPTICS WITH TECH SAVVY, FASHION SENSE. In little more than a decade, Cristina Stenbeck has transformed Kinnevik into one of Europe’s leading investors in e-commerce, including in the continent’s biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando. [CNBC]

SI.COM GETS A BIG LEAGUE REDESIGN. Following Time Inc.’s overhaul in recent months of the Time, Fortune and Money websites, now it’s Sports Illustrated’s turn. [ADWEEK]

MILAN FASHION WEEK: MENSWEAR REPORT #1. With menswear right now, it has to be modern. These Spring/Summer 2015 shows have been dominated by clothing for the present day, rather than harking back to some already well-trodden past. [FINANCIALTIMES]

LONDON COLLECTIONS: DAY 2. All the front row action and back stage gossip on day two of London men’s fashion week spring/summer 2015. [GUARDIANUK]

LONDON COLLECTIONS: DAY 1. The fifth London men’s fashion week kicks off in the capital. All the front row action and back stage gossip as it happened. [GUARDIANUK]

VICE MAY SELL MAJOR STAKE TO TIME WARNER. Talks between the two companies reportedly now estimate the company at $2.2 billion. With 129 million monthly views across its print, digital and broadcast channels, it’s probably not a shocking dollar amount. [ADWEEK]

PRADA Q1 SALES FALL. Prada said on Thursday its performance in the three months to April 30 had been hit by unfavourable exchange rates, declining wholesale deliveries and a tough comparison with the previous year. [REUTERS]

MAY SNEAKER WINNERS: JORDAN, SKECHERS, UNDER ARMOUR & VANS. Keep an eye on Under Armour,  their new “Apollo” shoe finally got it right. In May the gained about 30%, with a 2.7% total share. [FORBES]

L.L. BEAN, NOT BEYONCE. When it comes to ads, Pinthusiasts said they were concerned that poor execution could damage the authentic, organic feel of the site—but if brands add value with their messaging, advertising would be OK. [ADWEEK]

AN EASY WAY TO SHRINK ABERCROMBIE & FITCH: LET THE LEASES GO. Not a lot of things have gone right for Abercrombie & Fitch lately. Teens, its target market, are strapped for cash these days and no longer keen on the retailer’s logo-laden clothes and six-pack abs. Thanks to a prescient real-estate strategy, however, Abercrombie may be able quietly to lower its profile. [BUSINESSWEEK]

PUBLISHERS DITCH SWANKY OFFICES FOR SAVINGS AND SUBSIDIES. It’s the end of an era for publishers—at least as far as their iconic New York headquarters are concerned. Time Inc. and Condé Nast, stalwarts of the midtown media scene, are preparing to relocate to new offices downtown, where they will join other emigrants like Newsweek, The Daily News and American Media Inc. [ADWEEK]

BLACK IS BACK FOR MEN THIS SUMMER. Some of the world’s most directional designers – celebrated for substantial, dark and often complex tailoring – are taking their serious aesthetic into summer by using lighter and more technologically advanced fabrics. [FINANCIALTIMES]

ELLE TAPS MARIE CLAIRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR TO REPLACE JOE ZEE. Elle didn’t have to look very far to find a replacement for longtime creative director Joe Zee, who is decamping for Yahoo later this month. The Hearst glossy announced today that it had tapped Alex Gonzalez, the artistic director of Marie Claire and executive artistic director of Town & Country, to fill Zee’s role. [ADWEEK]

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