Kanye Is Debuting ‘DONDA’ in Chicago

Here comes DONDA — maybe. Despite a baffling blizzard of news related to the album’s producers, artwork, and merch, the long wait could be over. Kanye West may actually debut DONDA in his hometown.

With the gift of hindsight, we now know that it was a bit too optimistic to think that famed perfectionist Kanye West would hasten his latest magnum opus’ launch — despite the multiple listening parties where he actually did premiere DONDA. Oh well. Dude’s gotta go shopping in LA, give him a break.

Still, at this rate, the slew of YEEZY GAP jackets that West and GAP have been rolling out for pre-order will actually drop before DONDA does.

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In the early afternoon of August 18, West uploaded a text post to his Instagram page, reading “DONDA SOLDIER FIELD 8 26 21,” as you can see above.

Soldier Field, is a large sports stadium located at the most southwest edge of Lake Michigan, a sizeable venue worthy of hosting West’s immense fanbase (and the rapper himself, once he inevitably begins living there too).

The show will reportedly begin at 9PM CST and ticket sales for the event will go live August 20 at noon CST via Soldier Field’s website through Ticketmaster — keep that page handy if you want to secure a ticket.

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No word on what exactly will go down, obviously, but we can all look forward to the usual: a crazy live event, exclusive merch, and some celebrity appearances, probably.

It’s also probably safe to expect a live stream for those unable to visit Chicago and craving their Kanye fix.

Given Kanye’s recent track record of unreliable release dates, though, don’t get your hopes up about DONDA seeing the light of day during or immediately after the event. I mean, hey, maybe Yeezy will come through this time — third time’s the charm, they say — but as the man himself once said, “I’ve seen it before.”

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Just Announced: @kanyewest Presents: The Donda Album Experience at Soldier Field on August 26 at 9 PM. Tickets on sale Friday, August 20 at NOON CST. pic.twitter.com/RMuPGGbqXA

— Soldier Field (@SoldierField) August 18, 2021

Your Next North Face Jacket May Be Made of Wood Pulp

Phrases like “sustainable” and “eco-friendly” are tossed around too often these days, as greenwashing infiltrates genuinely progressive programs. Finnish company Spinnova believes it’s onto something truly sustainabile, however, and it’s got The North Face‘s ear.

The duo announced a development partnership on August 16, touting Spinnova’s bespoke fiber. Created from wood pulp, it’s reportedly tough, insulating, and ideal for all kinds of applications, from shoes to shirts to comforters. And, most hearteningly, Spinnova says the textile is “zero percent harmful” to the planet.

“One of our fiber’s unique features is that it can be upcycled without dissolving or harmful chemicals,” Janne Poranen, CEO and Co-Founder of Spinnova, explained to Highsnobiety. “We mechanically treat the wood pulp and extrude it into fiber without harmful chemicals or water.”

“This means that, in the future, a product can be taken back from the consumer by a brand we work with, delivered to our process, and turned into new fiber, in some cases without even dismantling the product. No tricks or shortcuts: this is the same process we use for new fiber. The upcycled fiber does not lose quality.”

That’s important. It’s notoriously difficult to properly recycle clothing, so one possible solution to fashion industry waste is to invent new textiles that circumvent issues like the planting, growing, and dedicated land for cotton farms.

“This is a rather recent finding, and we are still in the process of making further trials to see how many times this cycle can be repeated but it looks very promising,” Poranen continued. “The logistics behind making this a circular ecosystem also requires input from the industry, but from the fiber’s part when we say ‘fully circular,’ we really mean 100 percent [circulur].”

Circularity demands regenerating, reusable materials that are never disposed of. If Spinnova’s textiles can remain useful forever, and will be widely available, they may properly change the game.

Of course, fabric production is not the only area of the industry that’s toxic. Cheap clothing being tossed out and garments and materials being shipped, for instance, are only two of the other concerns worth worrying about.

Even in the realm of production, there’s the environmental cost of using electricity to produce clothing, the thread used to stitch apparel, and much more. It’s also not entirely clear how The North Face plans to use Spinnova’s fiber (e.g. to replace down filling, nylon shells, or, say, polyester fleece).

Still, this partnership is still very much in its early days — Spinnova’s website says the Spinnova fiber factory will begin production by end of 2022 — and there’s much work that can be done in the meantime.

“Many of these details are still being worked through given that this is a brand new partnership,” said Oliver Lang, VP of Product Development for The North Face to Highsnobiety. “But we’re excited that with Spinnova’s capabilities we could now create a natural, insulated material for our apparel without compromising on the product performance and quality The North Face is known for.”

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Bury Me in Stüssy Fall 2021

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Brand: Stüssy

Season: Fall 2021

Buy: Stüssy’s website, chapter stores, and stockists from August 20.

Editor’s Notes: Streetwear brands ebb and flow like the tide, swelling to impressive heights and shrinking to disappointing lows as the years wear on. “Nothing gold can stay,” as Robert Frost once said. So, it’s especially impressive when one label hits on a lasting winning streak, as Stüssy so clearly has.

Year after year, Stüssy has only put out top-tier stuff. Just this past month, it dished out kickass eyewear, luxe sleepwear, and home goods, and each of those drops was well on-point. A deft touch is necessary to ensure that this kind of drop frequency doesn’t dilute a company’s cool: the brains behind Stüssy know all too well what they’re doing.

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Fall 2021 epitomizes the magic that made contemporary Stüssy as cool as it used to be, if not cooler (heresy, I know). It’s cliche to say, but this really is a strong selection.

This menswear collection is all clean lines, easy shapes, and ebullient patterns, undermining the would-be stodginess of sweater vests, pleated slacks, and suits with funky fabrics (pile fleece! thick corduroy) and graphic zest. As usual, workwear (chore coats, double-knee jeans) meshes with surf-y shapes (woven hats, pull-on shorts) and classic streetwear flair to create a mélange as vividly appealing as it as approachable — nothing too advanced here, just hyper wearable apparel strengthened by solid design chops.

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If you can peel your eyes away from the fuzzy cardigans, zippered overshirts, and floral trousers, check out the kicks: Stüssy likes to tease its Nike collabs before they drop, so those clunky hiking boots and ACG Rufus II mules may be a joint effort with the Swoosh. Or, they’re just here because Stüssy knows what looks cool with its cool-looking clobber.

Celebrate Streamlined Sandy Shades With UNIQLO U FW21

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Brand: UNIQLO U

Season: Fall/Winter 2021

Buy: UNIQLO’s website and stores from mid-September

Editor’s Notes: Christophe Lemaire knows his way around a closet. UNIQLO U, the elevated UNIQLO collection overseen by Lemaire, is demonstrative of the French designer’s knack for classic clobber stylized to a knife’s edge, once again evidenced by UNIQLO U FW21.

Mainline UNIQLO gets the job done, as far as uncomplicated fast fashion goes, but it’s the Japanese conglomerate’s designer partnerships that really distinguish it from rival companies. Who else is collaborating with JW Anderson, Jil Sander, and Roger Federer?

Where UNIQLO U succeeds most clearly is when it demonstrates a very specific sense of stylishness, when its output is more pointed than typical UNIQLO offerings. For instance, you can always walk into any UNIQLO to pick up a fleecy hoodie; with UNIQLO U, you get a heavier and boxier hoodie, one in a more specific palette.

Speaking of tones, Lemaire’s team is again milling earth tones to great effect this season, imagining trench coats, casual suits, tunics, fleece jackets, knitwear, T-shirts, and trousers in varying dusty hues. The versatile shades all blend together in service of modular dressing, utilizing slightly different beige hues to develop subtle contrasts for distinction.

It’s okay to dress anonymously — in fact, in our era of great excess, there’s almost more power in dressing down than styling crazy overt outfits. In that regard, UNIQLO U’s dependability shines; it consistently delivers stuff that’s appreciably simple, without skimping on style. It’s not revolutionary, but UNIQLO U is reliable and that’s certainly worth something.

Hedgerows Provide an Important Climate Solution

A trademark of the English garden, the hedgerow provides more than privacy and represents more than a cliche; the humble shrub offers an important climate solution. Britain already boasts 310,000 miles of hedgerow, but the Climate Change Committee (an independent entity based in the UK, founded under the Climate Change Act 2008) suggests planting 40% more by 2050, as they “slow down the runoff of water, …

Is It Time Posthumous Albums Required Direct Consent?

Losing our favorite recording artists is never easy, and many find comfort in posthumous albums. As the frequency of these releases trends upwards, it’s time we asked if the artist’s consent should be required.

Posthumous music releases are nothing new, with works dating as far back as the 19th century. Given the emotional connections we share with music and the more-than-often untimely passing of young artists, the increased volume of releases comes as no surprise. The past 20 years have been particularly stacked, as several posthumous releases from one star have become increasingly common. 

In cases such as that of  Juice WRLD, the family estate plays a heavy role in the decision-making that dictates whether or not this music will reach the public domain. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and raises concerns over whether or not the artist’s consent was given before their passing. The ethical debate, in turn, tends to land on record labels and the estate, leading us to question if these projects are exploitative

Anderson .Paak got a new tattoo warning against any posthumous music when he’s gone. pic.twitter.com/P5KIxGrppv

— HipHop-N-More (@FreeHHNM) August 17, 2021

With a recent tattoo that reads, “When I’m gone, please don’t release any posthumous albums or songs with my name attached. Those were just demos and never intended to be heard by the public,” Anderson.Paak made his stance very clear. The timing of the statement is interesting, given the publicized discourse and fallout following the release of Pop Smoke’s second posthumous album, Faith. When the album was released, fans were quick to note the heavy use of features and pull up old videos in which Smoke made his view of feature-heavy projects clear. Long time friend of Pop, Mike Dee, publicly responded to the album release writing “I’m upset my damn self at it cuss I know he wouldn’t even want this like this,” further fueling the fire that wishes were disregarded in the place of sales. While Faith debuted at number one in US charts, reviews came in significantly lower than Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, leaving us to wonder if his legacy has been damaged by the choice to disregard his living sentiments.

While there is no denying that posthumous music makes a lot of money, it’s important to question whether that makes it worth going against the wishes of the creator. It will be interesting to see if Paak’s very clear and permanent signing of his wishes will be a signal to record labels that consent should always be sought out and given ahead of time.

More Than Mere Caps, Fear of God x New Era Is MLB Heritage

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Brand: Fear of God x New Era

Buy: The Essential 59Fifty fitted and Essentials 950 RC caps will launch on August 20 via stockists like New Era’s website, while the Fear of God Essneital 59Fifty hits Fear of God’s site the same day.

Editor’s Notes: Recently, there’s been more to Fear of God than mere clothing drops. Its Seventh Collection, admittedly rich with enviable outerwear and easy lounge garms, more importantly spoke to a deeper cultural consciousness. This carries through to Fear of God’s latest New Era collaboration, styled by founder Jerry Lorenzo‘s kids and some pals.

Lorenzo frequently pays homage to the pioneers who blazed trails before him; once again, the men of the Negro League have inspired Lorenzo’s output. This New Era offering pays tribute to Lorenzo’s father, Jerry Manuel, a first-round draft pick for the 1972 Detroit Tigers, alongside the Negro League Museum, which will receive some of the proceeds of the Fear of God snapback seen alongside the New Era gear.

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The Detroit Tigers’ colors inspire one cream-colored cap, but other headgear borrow their shades from rival teams like the Dodgers. Throughout, Fear of God’s script “F” logo mingles with New Era branding, but the Negro League snapback — inspired by the KC Monarchs — sports larger patches and text that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Negro League.

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All of the caps, as clean and appealingly unfettered as they are, tie into Lorenzo’s heritage without undermining Fear of God’s vision of street-leaning luxury. They’re more approachable than the label’s pricier mainline fare, sure, but all of the goods share an appreciation for the founder’s heritage, lending an authentic edge to the accessible accessories.

The Smoke of a Candle After Blowing It Out

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The team at Macrofying recently shared incredible footage and photography showing the smoke of a candle after blowing it out. The pictures and videos were shared on Instagram with the following caption:

 

Smoke is unburned particles of carbon released when the hydrocarbon chain of candle wax breaks down. When the candle is alight, most of the carbon gets burned to carbon dioxide, but some escapes. If you hold a plate above a candle flame, you’ll see the carbon accumulate as a sooty smear.
 
When the flame goes out, the glowing wick has enough heat left to break up the wax molecules for a while, but not enough to burn the carbon, so you get a trail of smoke until it cools. I captured this smoke by using a extrem high shutter speed and slow motion.

 

For those wondering why you couldn’t see the flame itself before it was blown out, Macrofying added: “tthe lamp I use is so powerful that it is brighter than the light from the candle flame. I have to use such a bright light to compensate for the high shutter speed I’m using.”

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“Less Is More” Says PUMA’s Army OG Trainer

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Brand: PUMA

Model: Army OG Trainer

Release Date: Available

Price: $110

Buy: Online at PUMA

Editor’s NotesPUMA needs no introduction, and if sneaker history has anything to say about it, neither does its Army OG Trainer. A true embodiment of “less is more,” the silhouette is a gentle reminder that stripped back, anti-hype aesthetics are mainstays of sneaker design, despite what your Off-White™ x Nike‘s might tell you.

When it comes to the creation of what was originally known as the German Army Trainer (GAT), history can get a little bit muddy. Hailing from the era of the infamous Dassler Brothers feud, the prototyped design is said to be the product of PUMA, while production credit lends itself to adidas. Regardless of what myths may surround the shoe, no one can deny that the two future sportswear giants being at loggerheads resulted in some of the industry’s most cherished sneakers. Whether or not you’re familiar with the name, the GAT’s traditionally white leather upper, gum soles, and contrasting grey suede toe box make the decades-old classic instantly recognizable.

On deeper inspection of a pair, you may well find yourself experiencing a greater familiarity. These feelings are, of course, totally founded as once you strip back the iconic Formstrip branding, the Army OG Trainer’s minimal DNA is shared with the adidas Samba and Maison Margelia Replica (the clue is in the name). Silhouettes like these have endured the test of time because of their no-nonsense design approach that goes against the grain of logomania, heavy branding, and obtuse additions of flair. Sneakers such as these are not demanding of attention and yet never go unnoticed – especially when gracing the feet of A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean. There are no bells and whistles; simply an attention to detail, ultra-wearable material mix, and most importantly, they’re affordable. Combining these elements results in everyday shoes, easily thrown into rotation by the average Joe (and Rihanna).

While hyped releases including the Jordan IV and Virgil’s “The 50” may be the bait that keeps us running back to losing raffles, timeless silhouettes such as these bridge the gap in making sneakers feel accessible to all. The truth is, not everybody feels they can pull off wearing a plastic hangtag on their shoes, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that feels uncomfortable in a pair of Suede Classics or Leather Clydes.

Dressed up or dressed down, in the office or on the runway, every sneaker rotation can benefit from a simple, anti-hype shoe to bring the balance.