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Inside the Nas Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard

It was July of last year when Harvard University bestowed Nas with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship – a scholarship created to support individuals who exhibit academic and artistic excellence in connection with hip-hop – named in honor of the legendary Queensbridge MC. Recently, ammunition profiled a number of those connected to the university and the program. In speaking about the fellowship Marcyliena Morgan, the director of the Hip Hop Archive at Harvard, said, “The heart of Hip Hop is the critique. It’s about, are you working at the highest possible level? It’s about practicing. You can’t be a hip-hop artist without a lot of practice. Hip-hop really does redesign what the notion is. So your competition is with yourself – it’s with others. But it’s not about just you, which is very much what happens in the academy. It’s about your contribution to the world as well.”

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Casely-Hayford Discusses its Spring/Summer 2014 Collection in this Exclusive Interview

Casely-Hayford’s signature aesthetic of sportswear and tailoring has created a recognizable fusion of sophistication and athleticism. The spring/summer collection juxtaposes the brand’s interest in cultural references with graphic minimalism — a new style emerging through influences from Hong Kong and Singapore which rejects direct references to culture’s past and instead looks to something devoid of nostalgia. As ever, sportswear forms the underpinning identity and is used this season to break down the barriers of traditional formalwear when combined with tailoring.

What are the main themes within this “Army of Me” collection? 

The main theme behind the collection stems from our title “Army of Me,” we continued an ongoing fascination with British youth sub cultures. The collection dissects the idea of future Punk and the cult of the individual in a time where social uniform more often negates identity than enhances it. Where the punks of the 70′s used their clothing to communicate a distinct message which was anti establishment, Army of Me’s post-modernist approach looks at reasserting a sense of cultural root and a sense of belonging for a new generation whose local references are simultaneously global and purposefully discordant.

What would you say was collection’s greatest source of inspiration?

This season  amongst other things our inspiration is drawn from the De Stijl design movement of the early 20th century, in contrast we also looked at the artist Cornelia Parker’s sculpture of a burnt wooden church called “Anti Mass” these two elements created a tension between the spartan and the tactile. Juxtaposition and abrasion have become recurring themes for us.

What was the deciding factor in terms of color palette?

The color palette is taken from De Stijl, in our use of black, white and red, the burnt wood print softens the tone. We also drew on colours from sportswear as re-appropriated by British sub-cultures. As ever sportswear forms the underpinning identity of a significant section of British youth and is used this season to breakdown the barriers of traditional formal wear when combined with tailoring.

What sets this season apart from past collections and how did you look to bring new ideas to the table?

Each season we approach our collections with new eyes and energy. Our core values and brand ethos ensure we retain certain key principles and aesthetic ideals. We are both heavily into music. In our studio every few months a new soundtrack will emerge organically from our different interests. We were really excited by a new generation of post grunge rock bands with soul. A number of these bands comprise just two members but their sound is big!. Groups like Drenge from Sheffield in England, Royal Blood from Brighton, Wet Nuns, Savages and also Deap Vally from LA provided the theme music for our creative process.

We keep up an ongoing dialogue discussing they way society is evolving, We hope our clothes reflect this process.

What was most difficult to overcome this season?

The fashion cycle means a designer never has enough time!

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Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “White”

Nike Skateboarding presents an all-white leather version of its beloved Dunk Low Pro silhouette. This particular model features premium leather overlays for a classic low-profile look and supportive fit. A full-length lightweight midsole provides responsive cushioning from high-impact landings while an icy clear outsole adds the perfect finishing touch. The Nike SB Dunk Low Pro “White” is now available at Premier for $85 USD.

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Kris Van Assche Spring/Summer 2014 “Croc” Collection

Definitely one of the lesser-seen animal prints, the crocodile print makes for a great alternative judging by the latest offerings from Kris van Assche. Known for his rather minimalist approach, the Belgian designer outfitted a handful of clean and basic staples including shirts, piqués, sweaters, hoodies and shorts with the reptile pattern. The result is a casual collection with a subtle luxe edge. You can pick up your favorite piece now at the official web store.

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Nike 2014 “Silver Speed” Super Bowl XLVIII Air Trainer Pack

Releasing as part of the 2014 NFL Nike “Silver Speed” Super Bowl XLVIII collection, Nike are extending the line to include a three-piece Air Trainer pack. First up is the loudest, but perhaps most wearable of all three, the Air Trainer 1 Mid. The sneaker features a full iridescent upper with iced soles. Second is the Air Trainer ’94 which features an overall black upper, with iridescent panelling and 3M on the toe cap and mud guards. Last comes the Nike 180, with an upper crafted in Hyperfuse and synthetics, this iteration of the silhouette boasts a new sole unit that pairs a 180 Max Air heel unit with Lunarlon and Free-like siping at the forefoot. All three will be available from January 27.

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‘The Simpsons’ Pay Homage to Hayao Miyazaki

After a series of recent collaborations for its 25th Anniversary, The Simpsons have gone and honored another animated institution with a new segment that pays homage to Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki. The one-and-a-half minute clip references multiple films from the Japanese maestro, including Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Totoro, and even features the iconic Kwik-E-Mart transformed into Howl’s Moving Castle. The sequence is extra momentous, as Miyazaki has announced that his upcoming film The Wind Rises will also be his last before retiring. Enjoy the video above, which airs in the episode “Married to the Blob.”

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Engineered Garments Spring/Summer 2014 Lookbook

The folks over at nepenthes put together a lookbook for Engineered Garments‘ latest Spring/Summer 2014 offerings. With a focus on the more dressy side, the collection sees a bunch of strong looks comprising clean-cut and timeless menswear staples including some interesting takes on the classic blazer, while the the usual roundup of shirts, pants, shorts and lightweight jackets is complemented with a number of headwear options. Color-wise we get to see earthy tones and hues of blue with the occasional bright red and green thrown in. As we’ve come to expect from the brand, the collection’s strength can be found in the pattern department with various florals sure to get you in a summery mood.

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TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloIst. Spring/Summer 2014 “I me me mine” Lookbook

The brainchild of Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita, TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloIst. introduces its upcoming spring/summer collection with the release of this new lookbook. Inspired by the collection’s original sketches, the lookbook showcases the label’s ninth offering which encompasses a selection of casual menswear pieces that are centered the designer’s favorite color –navy.

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Menswear Designers Reimagine the Football Helmet for Super Bowl XLVIII

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has teamed up with the NFL and Bloomingdale’s to auction off 48 one-of-a-kind football helmets designed by some of the most sought-after menswear brands including Billy Reid, Mark McNairy, Rag and Bone, Todd Snyder and Richard Chai. To support and learn more about the auction, please visit Bloomingdale’s and bid on the designer helmets from January 15 through February 4.

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OMEGA 2014 Speedmaster Mark II

Omega presents an update to the iconic 1969 Speedmaster Mark II. At first glance you’ll notice that the tonneau-style case has remained unaltered. However, the new Mark II uses the co-axial caliber 3330 movement, an automatic movement that features a silicon balance spring for enhanced durability and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism. On one version, the dial remains mostly monochromatic, with white hour markers and hands set against a dark grey background. The other version features a bold fluorescent orange center chronograph seconds hand and bright hour markers in the minutes track. Although pricing has not yet been announced, the Omega 2014 Speedmaster Mark II will be available following Baselworld 2014.

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