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Auckland City Guide: Get the Most Out of Your 24-Hour Layover in New Zealand’s Capital

Thanks to Air New Zealand’s setup, Auckland is the international gateway to the green pasture paradise that is New Zealand. But before you head on to Queenstown to hit the slopes, bungee jump off cliffs, and dive into all the other insanity that happens in the country’s tourism capital, be sure to check out Auckland in full. Thanks to the city’s collection of boutique streetwear spots, standout restaurants, and lively nightlife, Auckland has established itself as a city on the up. So extend that layover and turn your mandatory pitstop into 24 hours in New Zealand’s coolest city.

The SKYCITY Grand is a five-star hotel smack dab in the middle of Auckland’s commercial district, where you’ll be treated to a beautiful view of the Auckland skyline, room service breakfast courtesy of the Gusto at the Grand restaurant, and luxurious beds worth every one of those five stars.

Also recommended: Hotel DeBrett

Ask anyone in Auckland where to get the best coffee, and everyone will tell you Miller’s Coffee. Tucked away amid the madness of Auckland’s infamous K Road, Craig Miller’s joint has been roasting the city’s best coffee for 30 years. Miller’s is one of the originals, and it’s still the best.

There’s a common theme of locally sourced food in many of the best New Zealand restaurants. Perhaps that’s partly down to New Zealand’s isolated location in the Pacific Ocean, but a lot of it is due to local pride in homegrown produce and livestock. Whatever the case, Orphans Kitchen is no exception. It’s the perfect spot to hit for lunch or even a late brunch of the restaurant’s famous crumpets with New Zealand manuka honey, which is harvested every day from a hive conveniently buzzing in Orphans’ backyard.

Also recommended: Lowbrow

If you can’t make up your mind about a single place to eat, just visit them all. Big Foody tours take you around Auckland to taste the best the city has to offer. You also get to learn about the people and history behind the food, and most importantly, eat all of it.

Loaded is probably the go-to store for streetwear gear if you’re looking to cop while in NZ. Sitting at the top of High Street and carrying brands such as United Standard, Carhartt, and Stüssy, Loaded is Auckland’s streetwear king. The three-story retailer also has a barbershop, coffee shop, and boutique sneaker basement.

Also recommended: Checks Downtown, Shakes, Parlour Store, and Knowear

Edit is another Auckland boutique curated for and dedicated to some of the best menswear out there. Carrying brands such as Y-3, Raf Simons, WANT, and adidas, it’s definitely worth checking out on your whistlestop Auckland shop.

Also recommended: Zambesi, Fabric, and AS Colour

Giapo’s ice cream is an Auckland must because of its whimsical but tactical take on some of your ice cream favorites, such as the squid-shaped cookies and cream ice cream with coconut cream switch-up, wearable ice cream cones, and thrice-cooked french fries served with the ice cream flavor of your choice. Not convinced? Even Cher can’t resist Giapo. Believe.

Every spot you go to in New Zealand is going to brag about its amazing collection of local wines, but if you’re in search of good ol’ regular liquor, whiskey bar The Jefferson is the place for you. A hidden speakeasy in the middle of the Britomart shopping complex, The Jefferson is a good place to start an evening with a few drinks or a crazy night of partying.

Also recommended: Lovebucket

Warning: dinner at Pasture is a commitment, but well worth it. Twice a night, husband and wife team Ed and Laura Verner curate an intimate six-seat, 12-course dinner for their guests. You get to watch Ed and his team of chefs create labor-intensive plates backlit by slow-roasting meat or fish. Each course is packed with different flavors and eclectic takes on foods you thought you knew. We tried green strawberries and white asparagus, both of which were mindblowing. During the three-hour dinner, you’ll eat amazing foods from all over New Zealand, paired with a tailored wine or custom cocktail concocted for every course.

Also recommended: Apero and Culprit

The K Road is the nighttime hub of choice for all of Auckland’s cool kids, bohemians, and artists. After dark, the street comes to life with a cool variety of bars and music venues, from speakeasies and lounge spots such as Lovebucket to full-on ragers like Neck of the Woods. Other places to check out include Whammy Bar and The Wine Cellar.


The KITH ‘Poetic Justice’ Collection Is Dropping Today

The long-awaited KITH x Poetic Justice collaboration is dropping today at 11 a.m EST. The collab features a hoodie, crewneck, and tee with an image of Tupac Shakur from the Jon Singleton-directed film.

The drop is part of a “Monday Movie Program” that will reimagine film posters that “will live on staple KITH silhouettes” Fieg explained in a post caption. “Movies are one of my biggest passions. They’ve shaped the way I see visuals and tell stories.”

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Movies are one of my biggest passions. They’ve shaped the way I see visuals and tell stories. To start 2019 I’m proud to announce our partnership with Columbia Pictures to launch the Movie Monday Program™️. Columbia is home to some of my favorite films, as well as one of the most iconic intros of all time. We’ve worked together with Sony Pictures to share the different sides of our “Just Us” mentality through reimagined film posters that will live on our staple Kith silhouettes. The first is the John Singleton-directed cult classic Poetic Justice, starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. Getting to apply my vision to some of my major influences has always been the goal. Another notch in the timeline. The Movie Monday Program™️ begins tomorrow. Kith shops and

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Head here to shop the collection when it drops.

What do you think of the Kith Poetic Justice collab? Let us know in the comments.

In other news, Kilo Kostadinov’s workwear grows dark for FW19.

Cottweiler Goes Cruising With Sleek Sportswear & New Reebok “Sneafer”

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“We want to challenge ideas of masculinity and explore the secret codes of British subcultural dress, the hidden identities that you learn and familiarize yourself with,” Cottweiler co-founder Matthew Dainty tells Highsnobiety after his latest collection has walked the London runway.

Dainty and fellow London-based designer Ben Cottrell named Cottweiler’s FW19 collection “The Lost Art of Cruising” — that is, the pursuit of a sexual partner, usually in a public space. The collection comprises trademark thermoregulated soft shell tracksuits, libidinous style details (exposed nipples, diagonal flies on the pants), and two new collaborations: one outerwear, one footwear.

The show’s setting, a subterranean London parking lot with forest green backdrops and metallic urinals, set the tone for the athletic yet fetishistic looks in a palette of moss, white, olive, and navy. The show notes indicated that the collection was a rebuttal of app-driven hookup culture, signalling a nostalgia for face-to-face encounters in the dark corners of the public sphere. The overall effect on display was very “tennis at 10, rave at 11,” with some midnight cruising planned afterward.

The collection has a much wider product offering than prior seasons, with Dainty telling Highsnobiety, “We wanted to move away from the sportswear/tracksuit idea of the brand, with more tailoring, denim, and sheepskins.” These new additions to the Cottweiler look added a more formal touch, with hand-dyed merino shearling, mohair appliqué, and semi-transparent sheer fabrics for the shirting.

The first of the two new collaborations was with Italian outerwear specialist Allegri, a series of elegant raincoats to counter the more casual style of the track pants and cropped tees.

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Details at Cottweiler Fall / Winter 2019

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For the second, Cottweiler once again tapped sportswear brand Reebok, giving us a new take on formal/informal hybrids: the “sneafer.” The shoe, a green and black sneaker-loafer hybrid, is a comfortable and athletic-looking slip-on that symbolizes how the brand can play with the tension between sportswear, hashtag menswear, and underground subcultures.

Check out the looks in the gallery above and drop us a comment with your thoughts below.

Also at LFWM, a dark vision of workwear from Bulgarian designer Kiko Kostadinov

Chance the Rapper Says Working with R. Kelly Was a “Mistake”

In the final episode of Surviving R. Kelly, Lifetime’s docu-series about the multiple accusations of sexual assault made against R. Kelly, Chance the Rapper said he made a “mistake” recording a song with him.

According to Rolling Stone‘s report, the episode saw Chance telling Cassius’ Jamilah Lemieux, “Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake,” referring to his 2015 track “Somewhere in Paradise,” continuing, “At the time, it wasn’t even present in my mind that people could feel any type of way about his presence on a track of mine.”

That same article originally wrote that Chance said that “I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women.” The artist later took to social media to explain that the quote was taken out of context, writing “The truth is any of us who ever ignored the R Kelly stories, or ever believed he was being setup/attacked by the system (as black men often are) were doing so at the detriment of black women and girls.”

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2019

Chance also shared a clip of the interview which gives context to the original quote. In the longer clip, he discusses the oppression of black men and his awareness that black women are a more “oppressed and violated” group of people “in comparison with the whole world.” Watch below.

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2019

Have you watched Surviving R. Kelly? Let us know how you felt about the show in the comments below.

Now, watch a gospel choir rework iconic Kanye West tracks in new “Sunday Service.”

Kiko Kostadinov’s Workwear Grows Dark for FW19

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There remains an unfilled gap in the London Fashion Week men’s schedule.

With Burberry showing its men’s collection during womenswear week in February, JW Anderson moving its show to Paris, and both Martine Rose and Wales Bonner skipping the schedule altogether, there has been a power vacuum in London for the past two seasons.

It has left a flock of young, promising labels with the challenge of shedding the “emerging” tag and growing into power players in their own right. Among those doing just that this season is Bulgarian designer Kiko Kostadinov.

Kostadinov had a big 2018. He released three successful sneaker collaborations with Japanese footwear giant ASICS, launched radio show-turned-streetwear collective AFFIX WORKS, and got nominated for British Emerging Talent Menswear at The Fashion Awards, losing out to A-COLD-WALL* founder Samuel Ross.

While the Central Saint Martins graduate is known for his utilitarian take on uniformed dressing, often in vibrant hues, his Fall/Winter 2019 collection — like last season’s, shown at the China Exchange in London’s Soho — is a darker, almost sinister line of apparel, much resembling his work at British heritage brand Mackintosh, which he left recently after nearly two years as the brand’s first-ever creative director.

“We’ve kind of been waiting to do the darker colors. It’s something I’ve been saving for a while,” Kostadinov told Highsnobiety after the show.

Titled “Midnight Stripe,” Kostadinov’s surrealist seventh men’s collection was centered around faceless characters, with long, black hair and jewels covering models’ fronts. It turned those walking into monster-like creatures, hiding by day and striking by night. Watching the show, you couldn’t help but think of Japanese horror flick Ring.

The amphibian scales on the heel of one of the new ASICS models — there were two in total, along with a large ASICS apparel collaboration that included tops, pants, and baseball gloves — added to the horror.

The designer said he took cues from the hysteric glamor of Doris Day in 1960 mystery thriller Midnight Lace. Kostadinov had wondered how menswear would look if the film’s costume designer Irene Lentz, known for her use of stripes, designed today.

The result was a luxurious collection that included striped tailoring in all its forms, color-blocked knitwear, and removable cowl collars that doubled as protective scarves. And there was still plenty of workwear for Kostadinov’s loyal following. This time, it came in the old shapes of mid-century womenswear — think inverse-butterfly bomber jackets, cocoon shapes, and swing coats offered in maroon, black, and translucent gray.

“I wanted to start from scratch again this season and do a lot of new shapes,” Kostadinov told Highsnobiety. “It was quite a big collection this time, even though we tried to reduce.”

It was certainly his most mature collection to date, proving the designer has more to offer — this time to a wider audience — than wearable workwear and hyped sneakers alone, one that gave London something to be excited about.

In other style news, Timothée Chalamet flexed the latest head-to-toe Louis Vuitton at last night’s Golden Globes

Take a Closer Look at Nike’s Chinese New Year Air Max 98 “Year of the Pig”

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Brand: Nike

Model: Air Max 98 “Year of the Pig”

Key Features: The Air Max 98’s distinctive fluid lines are covered in snakeskin print, patent leather, fur, nubuck, and traditional Chinese artwork. The full-length Max Air sole unit provides the customary high level of comfort, while Swoosh branding on the forefoot, side, and insole complete the offering.

Release Date: TBC (expected late January)

Price: TBC

Buy: Nike

Editor’s Notes: This revamped Air Max 98, arriving as part of Nike’s 2019 Chinese New Year collection, makes use of multiple textures and colorful prints for an opulent and eye-catching look. Look out for it dropping in the coming weeks as we approach the Chinese New Year on February 5, with pricing details to follow.

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In other news, here are all the winners from the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

Timothée Chalamet & His Mom Wear Virgil Abloh Garms to Golden Globes

Timothée Chalamet brought his mom, Nicole Flender, as his date to the Golden Globe Awards last night, and if that wasn’t sweet enough, the mother and son duo both wore matching Virgil Abloh-designed outfits.

Chalamet, arguably the breakout actor of 2018 thanks in no small part to his starring role in Call Me by Your Name, wore a Louis Vuitton harness over a tailored black shirt and trousers. His mother wore a logo vest and trouser set from OFF-WHITE’s Spring 2019 collection.

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momma !

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Chalamet was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beautiful Boy but lost out to Mahershala Ali’s performance in Green Book. You can see the full list of winners here.

In other news, Nike’s new digital retail integration wants to enhance how we shop.

Gospel Choir Reworks Iconic Kanye West Tracks in New “Sunday Service”

Kanye West led his fans on a spiritual journey yesterday via a new series dubbed “Sunday Service.” The event, which Kim Kardashian hinted is going to become a weekly tradition, featured a gospel choir reworking some of West’s most iconic tracks.

“Heard ’Em Say,” “Father Stretch My Hands,” “Reborn,” and “Ghost Town” were among the tracks chosen for the live chorus. Watch a snippet of the session below, where West was joined by Kid Cudi and 070 Shake.

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Sunday Service

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G.O.O.D. Music A&R man Ricky Anderson also shared a series of videos from the service, delivering a more rounded look at what he called an “inspirational” session.

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Had a great inspirational gathering this morning!!!

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What do you think of “Sunday Service”? Is it better than West’s GOOD Fridays? Let us know in the comments.

In other news, Beyoncé & JAY-Z helped the Louvre set a new visitor record last year.

Watch Adam Sandler’s Heartfelt Musical Tribute to Chris Farley

It’s been more than 20 years since the passing of iconic actor/comedian Chris Farley. Farley spent multiple seasons alongside Adam Sandler on Saturday Night Live, as the two went on to become more than castmates, but close friends.

As a part of his new Netflix special, Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh, Sandler presents a moving tribute to his fallen pal. With guitar in-hand, the 52-year-old actor/comedian unleashes a musical rendition dedicated to Farley, complete with personal anecdotes and heartfelt sentiments.

Press play above to watch the touching tribute, and hit up Netflix to dive into Sandler’s new Netflix special in its entirety.

Up next, here is everything coming to Netflix in January.

Elon Musk Reveals The Boring Company’s Underground LA Tunnel

Last night Elon Musk and his Boring Company unveiled their much-anticipated underground transportation tunnel in Los Angeles, designed to alleviate the area’s “soul-destroying” traffic congestion, to quote Musk. The current test tunnel runs 1.14 miles from a SpaceX parking lot into the city of Hawthorne, as last night’s presentation saw a Tesla Model X make its way through the underground passage.

Dec. 18 – Hawthorne, CA

— The Boring Company (@boringcompany) December 19, 2018

The Boring Company Loop system

— The Boring Company (@boringcompany) December 19, 2018

Musk and The Boring Company are referring to the tunnel as the “Loop.” To utilize the Loop, individuals will be forced to outfit their fully electric, autonomous vehicles with specialized wheels that will guide them along the tracks in the passageway. Anyone without an electric, autonomous ride can take advantage of cars that will continually make their way around the loop for passenger transport.

Tesla in @boringcompany tunnel with retractable wheel gear that turns a car into a rail-guided train & back again

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2018

According to The Boring Company, each tunnel is expected to eventually support 4,000 cars per hour, which equates to roughly 16,000 passengers if each vehicle is nearly full.

Musk and his company still have a ways to go to reach their goal, however. Last night’s test run only reached speeds of up to 50 mph, far from the desired 150 mph, and it was an admittedly bumpy ride at times.

“The bumpiness will not be there down the road,” Musk told The LA Times. “It will be as smooth as glass. This is just a prototype. That’s why it’s just a little rough around the edges.”

Musk’s goal is to complete the entire LA tunnel system by 2028 when the city is scheduled to host the Olympics. Nonetheless, hit us with your early thoughts on The Boring Company’s innovative transportation system.

In other news, Elon Musk has recently said that there’s a 70 percent chance he’ll move to mars one day.