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At Bally SS23, Rhuigi Villaseñor Strikes Gold

Boy, how time flies. It seems like it was just yesterday — though it was way back in January — Bally welcomed Rhuigi Villaseñor as its newest creative director. And now, Bally officially turns the page to the Villaseñor chapter with the commencement of its Spring/Summer 2023 presentation.

Unveiled on September 24, Bally’s SS23 runway collection was certainly a sight to see during Milan Fashion Week, which already enjoyed both wild and honorary moments like Diesel’s butt plugs and Fendi’s homage to Karl Lagerfeld.

Bally SS23

— Kea (@jacquemusx) September 24, 2022

I think the question on everyone’s mind is: so, what does Bally look like with Villaseñor at the helm? Think Cali-cool meets luxury with a dash of allure.

Evening gowns feature necklines stopping just above the navel and cutouts that ditch the need for intimates altogether. One-piece swimsuits receive the suede treatment — water-ready, I’m assuming — marking the brand’s foray into the clothing category. And sleek metallic looks oozed the gilded glamour we hoped to see at this year’s Met Gala.

Villaseñor’s love for all things bold, evident in his work at Rhude, materializes as snakeskin cowboy boots and animal-esque patterns on suit pieces. The designer even issued his own modern take on the western tux, where the dainty pink loafers replace the uniform’s yeehaw steppers (and I’m not mad at it).

Equally as captivating as the pieces was the show’s attendees, which included familiar faces like Selling Sunset alum Christine Quinn, musicians Skepta and Future, actress Shay Mitchell, and model Emily Ratajkowsk to name a few.

Bally SS23 saw the Rhude founder bring house’s Swiss elegance up to modern speed, infusing the longstanding luxury brand with a new sense of cool and attractiveness. Like a few other brands this season, the label has found its sexy.

Bally’s MFW show was undoubtedly worth breaking Bally’s 20-year runway hiatus. A mere lookbook and campaign wouldn’t have done justice for Villaseñor’s preview of what’s to come in his Bally era.


The Iconic Rolex Daytona, Partying with Julia Fox, 70 Years of Moncler

It’s the weekend, baby!

I don’t know about you, but I’m sat here scratching my head, wondering where the week’s gone. Well, that’s a consequence of the whirlwind that is Fashion Month. With summer officially coming to a close, complete with temperature dips and bulky outerwear, fashion does what it does best – wishes away the season. It’s all eyes on Spring/Summer 2023 as London and Milan’s Fashion Weeks stepped into the spotlight, booting some of the industry’s favorites into the spotlight.

Everyone came with their A-game – Prada offered a masterclass in understated elegance, JW Anderson flexed its QWERTY skills, Chopova Lowena took us to skirt heaven, Kim Jones saluted Karl Largerfield through Fendi, and Ancuta Sarca re-booted Nike.

Another busy week on Fashion island, hey? While you take a short but deserved breath ahead of Paris, there’s plenty more to catch up on…

Amidst the ongoing drama that plagues YEEZY GAP, Ye joined the buzz of Tik-Tok while the second round of YEEZY GAP Engineered by Balenciaga touched down. In other celebrity news, Robert Pattinson curated an art auction, Donald Glover cracked out the short shorts, Brad Pitt quietly snuck into skincare, and Pete Davidson served H&M.

There’s been plenty happening in the sneaker world, from Nike Air Jordans 1 to “Sketch” Air Max 95s, more New Balance 990v3s from Teddy Santis, alternate takes on the 9060 silhouette, CDG Vans, UNDERCOVER Air Force 1s, ON’s cleanest sneaker yet, and Palace linked up with New Balance for a collaboration void of 99xs – who’d have thought it!?

Now, I’m sure that’s enough to keep you busy until Monday – see you in Paris?

The Rolex Daytona is Not Just a Hype Watch: It’s an Icon

“If you Google the most famous Rolex watch of all time, you will most likely be given one of two answers: the Submariner or the Daytona. Something tells me, however, that in a post-pandemic world – where following watch Instagram accounts is de rigueur, and “speaking Rolex” has moved well beyond athletes and Wall St types – that the Daytona would safely claim the throne of watch infamy.”

All Things Julia Fox at Highsnobiety’s Milan Fashion Week Party

“Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023 can be described in two words: Julia Fox. The 32-year-old actress, model, and sudden superstar is as headline-worthy as the fashion shows she’s been attending and, thus, our party in her honor is itself a big deal.”

Luxury is the New Standard for Chained & Able

“Stepping into the fashion industry, or any industry for that matter is undoubtedly a daunting task. As you prepare to take the plunge, a whirlpool of uncertainty awaits your first mistakes – and what of the challenge of overcoming detractors within your social circles, or worse yet, within yourself?”

Studying 70 Years of Moncler with Remo Ruffini

“On the music database, “Moncler” has 983 matches in lyrics. Two tracks by 21 Savage, Bank Account and ball w/o u, are among the most popular entries, with 2.8 million and 972.5k views respectively. In song titles, “Moncler” shows up in 163 entries, with Juice WRLD’s Purple Moncler topping the list with 143k searches. As the chorus of the track unfolds on “Walking ’round Atlanta in a purple Moncler,” a Reddit loophole brings to life a thread dedicated to the rapper’s go-to puffer jacket: In a screenshot from his now-deleted Instagram profile, Juice is wearing a Moncler Men’s 2 1952 Purple Down Lorent Vest, with the caption reading, “@moncler SPONSER ME PLS.””

Afrobeats Has Gotten its Flowers, Now What?

“Afrobeats has a narrative problem. For years, the story of the genre – and every African artist within it – has revolved around the golden ticket of crossing over from the fringes into global mainstream music. Afrobeats’ recent explosion has only served to anchor this anecdote that many artists also follow in their music: beat the odds, make it to riches, fame, and Western approval. But what if that’s already happened?”

Carl Jones Wants to Create the Next Pixar Using the Web 3.0 Community and NFTs

““Sometimes you get so many voices in a room telling you what to do that you can lose your own voice. It’s not uncommon for a TV network to want to reach or market to a specific demographic. This can pull away from the authenticity of a project — and this ‘inauthenticity’ does not have a place in our current cultural space.””


Leave It to A$AP Rocky to Make the Western Tuxedo Look Cool

No thoughts, just another day of A$AP Rocky looking effortlessly stylish in a western cowboy’s favorite wedding getup.

On September 23, a day before his headlining set at Rolling Loud, A$AP Rocky got another fly ‘fit off while out and about in New York City.

The ‘fit in question? Mr. Fashion Killa walked the city’s streets wearing a black blazer, two-tone jeans, and steel-toe cowboy boots, aka Rocky’s version of the western tuxedo, also known as the cowboy tux.

Though the southwestern wedding uniform calls for a cowboy hat and bolo tie in some cases, braids and a Versace tie just feel more suitable for Rocky’s tastes. So, we’ll let it slide.

Topped off with black shades and joint in his mouth, Rocky issued another painlessly cool style moment, to say the least.

In other words, it was another regular day for the man that’s equally a master of street style as his girlfriend, Rihanna.

Though the pair are arguably the most fashionable celeb couple on the block, their respective style reigns remain supreme.

Rocky has impressively pulled off childhood ‘fits at the age of 33, in between making headlines with furry wigs and giving Brad Pitt a run for his money in leather Givenchy skirts. And these moments are just within the past two months.

Since stepping on the scene circa 2010, the rapper has been praised for his casually-cool street style (that bandana Loewe suit is still a moment), winning grin, and simply being the “prettiest man alive,” as GQ dubbed him.

Though style will always be a second nature thing for Rocky, it looks like he’s on focused on big things at the moment — like potentially bringing Rih out of her music hiatus.


For BAPE & OVO’s FW22 Linkup, Ape Still Shall Never Kill Owl

As the old BAPE saying goes, “Ape Shall Never Kill Ape.” However, the primate-focused streetwear brand tends to make exceptions when it comes to its partners.

Take Drake’s October Very Own (OVO for short), for instance. In 2021, BAPE welcomed the Certified Lover Boy’s brand into its universe, tweaking its famed phrase to “Ape Shall Never Kill Owl.”

For BAPE and OVO’s Fall/Winter 2022 collab, the divine BAPE rule still stands — well, according to the duo’s latest bomber jacket, at least.

BAPE and OVO’s FW22 MA-1 jacket — as seen on Drake’s BFF and DJ Zack Bia above — undoubtedly leads the collection, boasting a heap of co-branded details from sleeve to sleeve.

One arm boasts BAPE’s famed camo print while the other totes OVO’s gilded glittery Arabic writing, which translates to “the family” in English. As for in between, OVO’s owl figure and the remixed “Ape Shall Never Kill Owl” are stamped on the jacket’s chest.

Speaking of remixes, ape heads toting owl figures and OVO logos with STA tails also comprised BAPE x OVO’s FW22 offerings, from subtle prints on flashy shark hoodies to large-scale designs on basic tees.

A step up from the Future-led FW21 collection, BAPE x OVO FW22 sees the duo get into their lifestyle bag with pieces like Ape Head money clip, cigar ashtrays, and head cushions, ranging from ¥6,600 to ¥11,600 (approx. $46 to $77).

Are we surprised, though, especially with the brand led by Drake involved? The Canadian rapper is known for his expensive lifestyle, where million-dollar chains, iced-out Richard Millie’s, and hefty betting is abundant. They don’t call him Champagne Papi for nothing.

A BATHING APE® x OVO® collection will be available at authorized BAPE STORE® and Saturday, September 24th. @welcomeovo #bape #abathingape #ovo #octobersveryown

— BAPE.COM (@BAPEOFFICIAL) September 21, 2022

The BAPE x OVO FW22 preview has been met with mixed reviews, with some looking to cop and others outright verbally trashing the latest collaborative collection.

Like with anything in life, there are lovers and haters. But then, there are BAPE heads and Drake simps who I suspect will undoubtedly go hard for their faves’ collection, which lands on September 24 at BAPE’s online store and BAPE stores.


Ferragamo Enters Its Sexy Era Under Maximilian Davis

Ahead of Ferragamo’s Spring/Summer 2023 presentation on September 24, the Italian luxury house unveiled its new logo: just “Ferragamo.”

Sleek, modern, and save founder Salvatore Ferragmo’s first name, the maison’s branding indicated a new era was amongst us — the Maximilian Davis era.

A fellow Fashion East grad and fave designer to style icons like Rihanna and Dua Lipa, Davis jumped straight into his creative director position at Ferragamo back in March. And now, the new chapter of Ferragamo under the direction of the British-Trinidadian designer is finally here.

For the SS23 collection, Davis honored the Ferragamo while breathing fresh air into the very fashion house he built, stating, “I wanted to pay tribute to Salvatore’s start by bringing in the culture of Hollywood – but new Hollywood.”

At Davis’ Ferragamo, effortless sexiness and elegance go hand-in-hand, epitomized through sophisticated tailoring, a sensual color palette, and juxtaposing trims — Davis’ signatures that have made the designer one of the most exciting creatives to watch.

Sheer-draped dresses and cutout hooded gowns expose yet conceal models simultaneously. Power suits are even more…powerful as crossover blazer jackets join micro-mini skirts.

Menswear totes plunging necklines and Donald Glover-esque shorty-shorts, revealing male cleavage and knee behavior, respectively.

Ferragamo’s signature bags now boasts ombre and glittery looks, preserving the house’s craftsmanship while issuing a sense of modernity into the historic brand.

Davis puts it best when describing Ferragamo SS23: “Its ease and sensuality.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Ferragamo may no longer carry the name of its founder, but Ferragamo’s legacy is undoubtedly ever-present in the label’s SS23 collection — elevated through a new S word: sexy.



Fashion’s Y2K Craze Has Peaked — Paris Hilton Closed Versace SS23

Paris Hilton may have lost her dog, but she’s still winning.

The original influencer closed Versace’s Spring/Summer 2023 runway show in a perfectly Paris look. Sparkly, pink, and slinky, the heiress’ ensemble — a diamanté mini-dress paired with fingerless gloves and a matching veil — was a sly nod to her 21st birthday outfit, one of the most iconic fashion moments of the early 2000s.

Versace’s entire collection was clearly inspired by the era during which Hilton rose to fame: Y2K, baby.

Fashion’s obsession with the period’s colorful, over-the-top futurism is far from over, at least according to Ms. Donatella. Low-rise mini-skirts, cargo pants, and crystal-studded bags all made an appearance on the runway. Touches of ’90s grunge-meets-boho-Barbie kept the collection from verging into costume territory.

If you thought Versace’s footwear couldn’t get chunkier than those famous platform pumps, you’re wrong. Faces including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Precious Lee clomped down the catwalk in gigantic, Bratz-reminiscent boots. Elsewhere in YASSified footwear, strappy, Teva-like sandals perched atop chunky platforms of their own.

Versace managed to stage a quintessentially Y2K runway moment, leading me to wonder: where do designers go from here? How much more can fashion mine from the era until low-rise jeans and butterfly tops become passé?

As you ponder, keep your eyes peeled for Hilton‘s beloved missing chihuahua, Diamond Baby.

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Model: GEL-1130 MK II “Forest”

Price: $190

Buy: HAL STUDIOS’ webstore and ASICS’ online and physical stores

Editor’s Notes: HAL STUDIOS and ASICS are back bonding again over nature, with the two entering forest territory for their latest linkup this time.

Into the forest HAL STUDIOS and ASICS went for their latest collaboration, honoring the particular facet of the outdoors through another GEL-1130 sneaker collaboration.

HAL STUDIOS x ASICS GEL-1130 MK II, naturally dubbed “Forest,” follows in an earthy color palette like the duo’s first linkup.

Underneath black mesh, forest green suede paneling extends over brown leather details to form ASICS famed Stripes motif on the upper – touches which unmistakably nod to the sea of wood and greenery that typically comprises the forest scene.

Though, I suppose the brown-dipped aglet captures the scene’s essence on its more-muddier days.

A neon orange serves as the pop of color this go-around, striking the heel and insole of the HAL STUDIOS’ ASICS GEL-1130 sneakers.

The vibrant hue draws inspiration from Japanese Shinto shrines, a place of worship and home to the Shinto religion’s deities, per the brand’s mood board from the creative process — excuse me, “mindful process,” as it calls it.

The High and Lows in-house brand and ASICS may very much have another hit on their hands, with fire emojis and “sheesh” comments already flooding HAL STUDIOS creative director John Bouquet’s announcement post.

Certainly, Bouquet seems to think so, stating, “We may have just outdone ourselves.”

Both brands have yet to announce official release details for the HAL STUDIOS x ASICS GEL-1130 sneakers.

If it’s anything like April’s release, which sold out in the blink of an eye, I’d start working on my mouse and trackpad agility right now in preparation for release day.

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Flop of the Week: Adam Levine’s Sexting Skills

As we gear up for a restful and rejuvenating weekend, kindly note that the cut-off to post any and all Adam Levine-related memes is Friday, September 23 at 6 p.m. ET.

12 years after the release of “Moves Like Jagger,” The Maroon 5 frontman managed to finagle his way back into the spotlight by cheating on his wife, Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, with multiple women.

The first was Instagram model Sumner Stroh, who detailed the alleged affair in a series of TikTok videos airing DMs that Levine sent her from his verified account (rookie mistake). Highlights include: “You are 50 times hotter in person. And so am I hahahah,” and “It is truly unreal how fucking hot you are. Like it blows my mind,” messages that radiate the energy of Lin-Manuel Miranda biting his lip.

Me to my MacBook after using it for 30 minutes

— samantha bush (@takeyourzoloft) September 21, 2022

According to Stroh, the pair saw each other for a year. They eventually stopped talking and after a few months of silence, Levine slid back into Stroh’s DMs with a bombshell of a message: “Ok serious question. I’m having another baby and if it’s w boy [sic] I really wanna name it Sumner. You ok with that? DEAD serious.”

After asking if that would be chill, Levine began pursuing another Instagram model named Maryka. He did not take the opportunity to up his flirting game, instead DM’ing her: “Holy fucking fuck. That body of yours is absurd” and “I may need to see the booty.”

drinking a robust cabernet sauvignon

— Emma Berquist (@eeberquist) September 21, 2022

“I did not have an affair, nevertheless, I crossed the line during a regrettable period of my life,” Levine said in a statement posted to Instagram Stories. “In certain instances it became inappropriate.”

But the damage to his reputation was done. Since Stroh’s initial video, posted on September 19, onlookers have inundated social media with a steady stream of memes riffing on Levine’s sexts.

Imaging trying to explain this picture to someone who doesn’t use twitter

— Zack (@Zack3O12) September 22, 2022

While the affair has elicited sympathy for his wife and children (as well as criticism of the vitriol aimed at Stroh), the musician’s infidelity has done more to confirm our sneaking suspicion: Levine has zero game.

Now, please use this weekend to log off and touch grass.

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HEAT’s New Luxury Box Takes Things Up a Level

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When Joe Wilkinson and Mario Maher founded mystery box concept HEAT back in 2019, they did so with a goal to deliver a sustainable innovation to the fashion industry, and feed hungry Gen-Z streetwear obsessives with experimentation.

Three years, 30,000+ boxes, and an LVMH investment later, HEAT is taking things to another level this season, by launching an entirely new mystery box category: CONTEMPORARY.

Officially launched earlier this week, this new-look mystery box will house partner brands from HEAT’s extended brand family, with the likes of JW Anderson, Arc’teryx, and Acne Studios, meeting brands like Rick Owens, Nanushka, and Prada.

“We have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work in the first half of this year,” explained Joe Wilkinson, HEAT CEO, ahead of the launch. “We are excited to see everything come to life over the next few months. What’s around the corner is going to change the game.”

Up until now, HEAT’s main focus has been on sought-after streetwear. Whether its Off-White, Balenciaga, or Palm Angels, the brand’s innovative way of playing the fashion game has revitalised an industry that was in danger of going dry, so much so LVMH invested $5 million into it last year.

That being so, HEAT’s expansion shouldn’t really come as a surprise, especially looking at the track record of recent LVMH spend following substantial investments.

Whatever the case, this is undoubtedly a game changer for a brand who themselves have changed the game, and one that’ll be worth keeping an eye on over the next few months indeed. Watch this space.


Somehow, Julia Fox Found a Way to Wear Less Clothing

Julia Fox is gonna be famous on her own terms, dammit. If the best way to channel international attention is by staging paparazzi photo shoots with borderline NSFW outfits, then she’s gonna air it all out; if you can air out anything while wrapped in skintight leather scraps.

The Uncut Gems actress has made a habit of this kind of shoot since separating from former beau Kanye, getting professional shutterbugs to lens her DIY experiments and giant platform boots.

Not that Julia Fox needs to proposition anyone to pay attention to her: it feels like the pop culture world at large will do it for free. No such thing as bad press.

At this point, I think I’ve gone full 360 on Fox appreciation, from “Good for her!” when she lived “every girl’s dream” by being dressed in Diesel by Ye to cringing at her support of Marilyn Manson and ongoing friendship with problematic designer Alexander Wang to, honestly, just vibing with her DGAF outfits and insane eye makeup.

In life, you’re either the person wearing the leather loincloth or gawking at the person who is. And, I gotta admit, I admire anyone bold enough to do the former as many times as Fox has.

Back to today. On August 11, Fox responded to New York’s 87°F weather with an outfit that’s almost not even an outfit.

That is, if your definition of an outfit includes clothing that covers the human body, then Fox only barely meets that.

It’s weird, because Fox is only revealing slightly more skin than she would be if she was wearing a bikini, but the fact that it’s leather, with chunks of metal interspersed throughout, makes the entire “outfit” that much more salacious.

Fox’s ensemble really isn’t anything more than a couple straps of leather entwined around warped metal rings, which she wore with see-through stilettos and a tiny Balenciaga bag.

If you can look beyond the clothes, which isn’t hard because they barely exist, you can see that Fox is still experimenting with her makeup.

Gone are the raccoon eyes, her eponymous “Fox Eye,” and here comes a hollowed-out cat or wing eye, depending on your definition. Not quite as internet-breaking but definitely serves to heighten the intentionally costume-y feel that Fox was going for.

If anything’s more impressive than Julia Fox’s confidence, it’s that she continues finding new ways to just barely avoid full-exposure.

Let’s not forget her ultra-low-rise pants from the other week, which superhumanly defied gravity long enough to keep above Fox’s pubis.

Point being, Fox has more than proven her mettle. Staged or not, these paparazzi shoots are only escalating in outrageousness and, amidst uncertain times, it’s nice to be able to count on someone to deliver the, well, whatever Julia Fox is delivering.

Especially once the weather takes a turn for the chilly, it’ll become that much more challenging for Fox to keep up this cat-and-mouse game between her cut-out clothes and the few parts of her lower torso that’ve remained only slightly covered.

But it’ll be worth it to keep those fifteen minutes ticking. And, frankly, I’m happy to stay onboard Fox’s bandwagon in the meanwhile.