Kamasi Washington just dropped a brand new video for his song “Street Fighter Mas.” After releasing the single from his upcoming double album Heaven and Earth, which arrives Friday, June 22, the A.G. Rojas-directed visuals have arrived. Check it out above.
A tribute to the beloved arcade game, the “Street Fighter Mas” video is a surreal journey where Washington searches for a worthy opponent to face off. Washington is currently in the midst of an extensive worldwide tour. Find out where you can catch his stunning live performance right here.
In other music news, BROCKHAMPTON debuted a new song and announced the name of their upcoming album on ‘The Tonight Show’. Watch their performance here.
Valentino is a fashion house that’s been synonymous with the luxury streetwear wave from its early days. It was one of the first purveyors of high-fashion kicks, and as the fashion market overall became hip to the game, it’s become challenging for Valentino to differentiate itself from the pack.
That hasn’t stopped its team of creative directors, Maria Grazia-Churi and Pierpaolo Piccioli, from creating strong collections season after season. Its sneakers in particular continue to toe the line between covetable design with an athletic appeal and objects of desire that almost look sculptural. For SS19, Valentino really wanted to make a splash, so it decided to delve into something else streetwear is notoriously good at: collaborations.
The Valentino way of approaching collabs is working directly with artists Piccioli is a fan of himself. We got a firsthand look behind the label’s Paris atelier as we attended fittings with Syd, Keith Ape, A$AP Ferg, and hip-hop legend Nas. Piccioli worked with each one to create custom Valentino designs for SS19, all based around a specific animal the artist has a fondness for.
The rest of the collection skewed heavily towards the street/luxury mix, from feathered sneakers to less ostentations silhouettes with metal panels—metallic sneakers being a theme that seems to be in the running as one of SS19’s most visible trends.e
The star-studded fashion show included appearances from NBA players James Harden, Jaylen Brown, PJ Tucker, and Carmelo Anthony as well. Each one has a hand in making Valentino an off-court staple for the league.
Check out our video above for a more intimate look at the process and inspiration behind Valentino’s new artist collaborations.
“My starting point is always construction” – Glenn Martens, creative director at Y/Project.
Y/Project is known for its choice use of materials, bold volumes and thought-provoking, architectural shapes. For SS19 the label played to its strengths by constructing adventurous silhouettes out of denim jeans, oversized denim jackets, lapelled leather outerwear, oversized sleeveless windbreakers, V-shaped blazers, and brightly colored pants with a single, folded pleat.
Compared to SS18 (the last season was deconstructed and weird, in a good way), perhaps the styles were a little more wearable than we’ve previously seen from Y/Project. Speaking to Martens after the show, the Belgian designer told us that while it’s imperative for his brand to always hit those notes of glamour and drama, “every collection has to be opulent, that’s very important for me”, he was looking to a sleeker silhouette for SS19.
Raf Simons, your favorite designer’s favorite designer, doesn’t need to prove himself. After decades in the game, Simons’ work is adored both in and outside of the fashion week set, which probably explains why ASAP Rocky casually rubbed shoulders with editors and PRs at last night’s show in Paris.
Simons didn’t break the mold for SS19. His boys were young even by model standards, their clothes ill-fitting. He forwent the usual seating hierarchy, and turned an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Paris into a club, squeezing guests together underneath dangling mannequins, an extravagant light show and a thumping Bauhaus soundtrack.
What Simons did step away from, though, was streetwear. To the journalists gathered backstage, the designer said he was looking for a new look, and that he was tired of simply putting graphics on hoodies. In place of jersey and fleece, Simons used couture-grade Duchesse satin and sparkly, metallic knitwear. He unearthed old photos of London’s punk scene, and blew them up on the few tees that did walk out, as well as bags, scarves and shirting.
Save for the teasers of Simons’ next adidas shoes, which dangled from the ceiling, there was not a single sneaker in sight.
Luxury streetwear is inescapable at fashion week. Houses with zero connections to the scene that birthed Highsnobiety are looking to streetwear’s uniform of tees, hoodies and sneakers as a way of cashing in on younger customers. It’s become tedious and predictable. With one of the world’s most influential designers taking a sharp left turn, there’s a chance we may be in for a change in direction.
BROCKHAMPTON stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, their first performance since Boston Calling Festival. Joined by serpentwithfeet, Jazmine Sullivan, and Ryan Beatty, the group debuted a new single called “Tonya”. Watch the full performance above.
The all-American boy band also revealed the title of their upcoming album – the best years of our lives – which was originally called Team Effort, and then PUPPY. The group’s fourth studio album was delayed due to abuse allegations against former member Ameer Vann, who was kicked out of the group as a result.
Revisit “RENTAL” below.
In other music news, Pusha-T just announced a massive ‘DAYTONA’ Tour. Get the full scoop right here.
Virgil Abloh presented his OFF-WHITE Spring/Summer 2019 show at Paris Fashion Week yesterday, and Highsnobiety was there to speak to a few key industry figures and get their takes on the collection.
Co-founder of 424 Guillermo Andrade wants to cop one of the Bart Simpson sweaters, while Justin O’Shea of SSS World Corp favored the wide pants. Tim Blanks, a fashion critic at The Business of Fashion, was into the youthful vibe of the collection — especially that red jacket at the end — while GR8 Tokyo founder Mitsuhiro Kubo liked the Christmas shoutout in the soundtrack.
Watch their reactions above and let us know your own thoughts on the OFF-WHITE SS19 show in the comments.
Pusha-T is about to continue his winning streak with a North American tour. After releasing his comeback album DAYTONA and proving victorious in his rap beef with Drake (at least, until Drake drops his Scorpion album), Pusha-T will tour across the U.S. (no Canadian tour stops have been announced yet), kicking things off in Denver on July 31. He’ll be joined by fellow G.O.O.D. Music artists Valee and Sheck Wes. Peep the full tour schedule below.
Pusha-T ‘DAYTONA’ Tour with Valee and Sheck Wes
7/31 – Denver – Red Rocks
8/2 – Milwaukee – Rave
8/3 – St Louis – Pagent
8/4 – Kansas City – Midland
8/6 – Detroit – St. Andrews
8/7 – Grand Rapids – 20 Monroe Live
8/8 – Chicago – House Of Blues
8/9 – Cincinanti – Bogarts
8/10 – Cleveland – House Of Blues
8/12 – Boston – House Of Blues
8/15 – Baltimore -Soundstage
8/19 – Norfolk – Norva
8/20 – Richmond – National
8/22 – Myrtle Beach – House Of Blues
8/23 – Charlotte – Filmore
8/25 – Houston – House Of Blues
8/27 – St. Antonio – Aztec
8/28 – Dallas – House Of Blues
8/30 – Phoenix – Press Room
8/31 – Santa Ana – Observatory
Revisit “If You Know You Know” below.
In other music news, check out Ski Mask the Slump God’s ‘XXL’ Freshman freestyle right here.
The art world’s big annual family gathering was back again this year, with artists and collectors descending upon Switzerland for Art Basel 2018. Running from June 13 to 16, the event drew more than 4,000 artists, who showed off their paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, prints, videos, performance pieces, and multimedia art.
The event featured works by modern and contemporary masters such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons, as well as pieces by the newest generation. There were plenty of different events in town during the week, including Photo Basel, Paper Positions, the Frame Art Fair, the Rhy Art Fair, the Outsider Art Fair, and I Never Read, Art Book Fair.
The Swiss artistic spectacle didn’t disappoint. Once you’ve scrolled through the shots of our favorite moments from Basel above, we guarantee you’ll want to visit the beautiful Swiss city next June and soak up some of the world’s finest artworks. After getting a feel for this year’s exhibitions, visit Art Basel for further details about the event, which also takes place annually in Hong Kong and Miami, and check out all the artists involved in 2018 and in previous years.
Key Looks: We can’t fault any of the looks here. While style is now global and trends are similar across the board, these looks are in places distinctly Russian and others clearly inspired by other fashion communities. We’re really feeling Denis Zharikov‘s Burberry coat in slides one and two and Sergey Kostromin‘s РАССВЕТ x Carhartt WIP overalls in slides seven and eight.
As part of our partnership with PUMA Football, some of the subjects donned PUMA Football’s latest jerseys. In slides five and six, Ruslan Malygin pairs an Italy jersey with a РАССВЕТ x Carhartt WIP hat that compliments the red in the Italian flag. While Mark Barns in slides 14 and 15 wears CODERED pants, a Pohuy hat, and adidas Y-3 Qasa High with his yellow Borussia Dortmund home jersey.
Editor’s Notes: All the looks here were shot in the Northern District of Moscow and captured by photographer and Moscow-native Leonid Sorokin.
In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve been following the fashion scene in Russia for some time now and as shown in the gallery above, it continues to develop and evolve. The looks coming out of the country have become a sudden allure for designers and fashion’s fascination with the country doesn’t look to be waning.
Virgil and Louis Vuitton partnered with Instagram to unleash the footage via the social media company’s all-new IGTV app, which is designed for watching long-form, vertical videos on your phone. All you have to do to view the making of Abloh’s SS19 Men’s LV collection is update the Instagram app or download the IGTV app and view the @louisvuitton profile.
See the attached screenshots for a taste of the footage, and don’t forget, Virgil is showing his debut Louis Vuitton collection tomorrow in Paris. For everything you need to know about the show, follow here.