One particular vision of spring style we endorse: dressing like a Starburst Easter egg in adidas x Pharrell Williams gear. Just because the holiday’s over doesn’t make it wrong. There is something sublime and optimistic about this much color in one place.
It makes us want to turn up the volume on one of our favorite sublime and optimistic Pharrell songs.
Pharrell Williams wears a lot of hats, so to speak. From zeitgeist-dominating Daft Punk cameos to that polarizing Robin Thicke vid to his 24-hour performance art, you’ve heard a lot from him lately—and have been for years, whether you realized it or not. The man’s illustrious résumé as a producer includes hundreds of hits, ranging from Britney Spears to Busta Rhymes to your favorite underrated Watch the Thronetrack.
Not one to take a day off, Pharrell has turned his abundant creative energy toward a cause even worthier than a new N*E*R*D record: saving the planet by cleaning up its oceans.
In collaboration with Bionic Yarn and G-Star Raw, Pharrell presents RAW for the Oceans—a collection of eco-friendly streetwear made from upcycled ocean plastic. Keep reading to hear thoughts from members of G-Star and Bionic on the intersection of art and science, the importance of the oceans, and what it’s like to collab with Pharrell.
Our Men’s Shop video team is on-site at Project, Agenda, and Liberty menswear trade shows in Las Vegas this week. By day, they’re documenting the thoughts and deeds of the great men and women behind some of our favorite brands (as well as photographing the best-dressed buyers, bloggers and brand reps, as seen here). By night, who knows what they’re doing. It’s Vegas. As long as they don’t come home with a tiger and missing teeth à la The Hangover, we’re not going to ask.
Congratulations to Thom Browne for taking home top honors in the Menswear category at Monday night’s CFDA Awards.
If you’re curious what that means, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) puts on what basically translates to the Oscars of the fashion world each year. As for the winner (seen above in a fittingly subversive twist on black tie): After famously reviving the menswear industry’s interest in slim tailoring a few years back, Thom Browne has persistently pushed the boundaries of what constitutes a ‘fashion show’ to the limits of absurdity (note his Punks vs. Jocks and Preps from Space -themed shows as examples) while somehow maintaining a somber atmosphere that implies what’s on view is nothing short of art.
A snapshot of Browne’s Fall ’13 Amish cloaks, pixelated for the business park, popped up in the CFDA’s #cfdaawards Instagram feed—as did hundreds of shots of dapperly dressed designers and drop-dead-gorgeous actresses and models. Here are the highlights:
L: Prepping the red carpet. R: Michael Bastian, 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, with Todd Snyder, nominated for this year’s Swarovski Award for Menswear.
Legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista with future hall-of-famer Karolina Kurkova.
L: Billy Reid, last year’s CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year. R: The crowded venue at NYC’s Lincoln Center.
L: Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-yi Chow, winners of this year’s Swarovski Award for rising stars in Menswear. R: Alexander Wang and friends on the steps outside.
Michael Kors with a model on each arm. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
L: Mood lighting at the after-party. R: Womenswear winners Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler… who appear to have a firm grasp on menswear, too.
Actress, award presenter, and BridesmaidRose Byrne—getting photo-bombed.
L: CFDA International Award winner Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy with actress Jessica Chastain. (How hardcore was she in Zero Dark Thirty?) R: One of our favorites (and definitely the funniest) from the female blogosphere, Man Repeller Leandra Medine is a certified CFDA superstar.
End on a High Note: In the clip above, an army of male models awkwardly a capellas Daft Punk x Pharrell disco jam ‘Get Lucky,’ all while wearing the Fall ’13 collections by all three CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year nominees—and somehow keeping a straight face.
Electronic-music aficionado or not, you’ve probably caught wind of this mysterious, helmet-clad, hype-generating duo known as Daft Punk as of late. Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent Paris shot them for the new issue of Dazed & Confused (above)…Our friends at GQ managed to score an in-depth Q&A with the elusive hitmakers…And Spin has posted a virtual smorgasbord of articles, from an oral history of the Frenchmen’s first show on US soil to a retrospective of their 19 savviest samples (highlights range from Barry White to Barry Manilow).
The recent flood of Daft Punk buzz (leading up to the pair’s first new album in eight years, Random Access Memories) started about two months ago with brief snippets debuted during Saturday Night Live and at Coachella—like the one below, featuring Pharrell Williams and ’70s studio legend Nile Rodgers:
Next came a series of interviews that revealed not only the dream team of collaborators Daft Punk hand-picked for their new project, but also the return to analog equipment and old-school studio techniques they embraced—a bold departure from the electronic movement they helped birth almost two decades ago. (Our favorites are below; watch all eight episodes here.)
Then, yesterday, an official video from Daft Punk depicting “The Robots” in the flesh, unwrapping the first copy of their new record and cueing it up on the turntable in their trusty spaceship:
(Click the link above to visit Daft Punk’s site—then click the album cover to open iTunes, where you can stream the full album and pre-order prior to its May 21 release.)
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The Hedi Slimane-designed, sequined dinner jackets Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo wear in the pics abouve (yes, there are humans under there after all) are cool and all—but we tend to favor Daft Punk’s biker phase. Emulate their robo-moto look with one of our favorite leather jackets below—but as far as fully automated cyborg helmets go, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Of all the menswear bloggers-slash-stylists-slash-photographers running loose and making moves in NYC these days, Noah Emrich is one of the best. His photos are ridiculously captivating even when the subjects are just his friends on random Brooklyn rooftops. So when he gets a chance to shoot some of the world’s preeminent street-style icons at a high-profile event like the CFDA Awards, the results are inevitably something special.