Monthly Archives: June 2014

Fashion and Art at H&M

H&M teams up with Jeff Koons in July 2014

H&M Balloon Dog Handbag

H&M x Jeff Koons Picture courtesy of RoughItalia.com

This limited-edition handbag designed by Jeff Koons will be available on July 17, 2014 on-line and at select H&M stores including New York, Chicago, Dallas and L.A.  If you get it before it hits eBay price is $49.95.

Jeff Koons is best known for his Ultra Fabulous colored balloon art sculptures of flora and fauna. The bag is produced in conjunction with the opening of H&M’s Biggest store on Fifth Ave and 48th St. in NYC and will overlap the dates of the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art happening now thru October 19, 2014. H&M is also a sponsor of the retrospective.

A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by the H&M in Hawaii and Wow! Did they have a sale or what?  Many very wearable items from $1-$25.  Including a few items I picked up: A crisp clean striped pocket square for $1, a groovy pair of grey Rock & Roll jeans for $7,  a retro sweat jacket and trendy, comfy plaid pajama pants for $15. Right now, H&M has some great $4 Deals just in time for July 4, 2014.

Don’t Miss the upcoming David Beckham for H&M Fall 2014 bodywear August 21, 2014.

David Beckham for H&M Fall 2014 Bodywear

David Beckham for H&M Fall 2014 Bodywear

And Don’t forget the H&M x Alexander Wang Collab coming up on November 6, 2014.

Alexander Wang x H&M November 6, 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M November 6, 2014

I’ve been hitting the streetz of Waikiki, Downtown-Chinatown, and Ala Moana Shopping Center taking pictures of one of this Summers Biggest trends (Hint: Straw). As soon as I have enough pictures, I’ll do the blog post. Until then, see you on the streetz of HI.

 

 

Tsunami of Swagger and Style at StampdLA

Brand Spotlight-StampdLA-June 2014

StampdLA picture book
Chris Stamp created StampdLA with one screen printed T-shirt back in 2009 and the rest is history. Today the brand can be purchased online or at places like Harvey Nichols and Colette amongst others. StampdLA has been seen on everyone from Miley Cyrus to A$AP Rocky to the Big Bang Band. Items include Shirts, Tanks, Shorts, Outerwear, Accessories and Bags. With a new Shoe line coming in 2015 which will be produced in Italy.

The brand tends to use a monochromatic color palette of mostly blacks and whites with interesting and unusual cuts. Let’s take a look at some of the newest looks:

A couple of my favorite pieces: A speedy egg-shaped surfboard and Check out how the Large lettered 3D embossed Los Angeles embroidery  goes almost  all the way round the Snap Back. Nice eh?

And one of Streetzblog’s Biggest Trend Alert’s for Summer 2014, the Black and White Long-Sleeve Mesh Shirts:

See the Mesh it Up Trend alert from Streetzblog May 5, 2014 post here. Find more StampdLA items or purchase the 13 Witness Black or White Mesh Shirt  here. See you on the StreetzHI all week-long.

In His Choo’s 2015

Jimmy Choo Spring/Summer 2015 London Runway Show

It’s only June 18, 2014 and Jimmy has your Choo’s Ready to Rock in Spring and Summer 2015.  Just when you thought you had all the shoes you need, a video like this appears on YouTube.  There’s so many nice kicks on here, I’m glad I have lots of time to save up for 2015. Check out the video on YouTube  or look at some more pictures from fashionising.com, see what your favorites are, then take a look-see at my highlight list from the Jimmy Choo SS 2015 London Runway Show.

Choos-Shoes

Highlights:

  • Patent Leather Hi-Tops: Patent and Hi-Tops, 2 of my Favorite words and three Different pairs to choose from. Gold, Silver and black.  Wow!
  • Comfort:  Almost all of the Choo Shoes shown have comfy looking soles. Lots of crepe, rubber, and plenty of  bounce in most of the collection.  I like comfortable shoes and this collection definitely look comfy.
  • Colorful Monk Strap Brogues: These get me almost as quick as Patent Hi-Tops, yet I’m still don’t own a pair. Usually the soles are hard leather so I don’t buy em’. These look tempting, since they look a bit more comfortable and for sure very colorful in light blue, yellow and orange. Maybe these are 3 colors to be on the look out for in SS 2015?
  • Sockless:  I do like the look, just not sure if my feet can take the beating. And look at how high the pants are rolled up. Italy? Paris? Maybe Miami? Would be quite daring here in Hawaii.

Which are your favorites? Or least preferable?  Anyone know any of the models in the vid? Maybe I could get a pair for Summer 2014? Seems like a looong wait for SS 2015  Have a nice Summer 2014. According to the calendar, the official first day of Summer is this Saturday June 21st. I tend to like the old system of the first day of Summer being Memorial Day weekend and the last is Labor Day Monday. Here, where I live it’s Summer all year-long, except in Summer-Time the sun can burn you a bit more and the Waves are bigger on the South Shore/ the side I live on. If you live in Hawaii or come for a visit, you need to be just a bit more careful by using additional  sunscreen 30+ or over and especially more cautious with the waves. I wouldn’t recommend a surf lesson when the waves are bigger than 4 feet. As a surfer told me last week when I was getting bashed about, It’s pretty Gnarly out here today, you may want to go inside the reef. It was a 5-7 foot day and Hawaiian waves are actually double what the meteorologist tells us they are, thus a 5 foot wave is actually 10 feet tall!

Lupita Nyong’o in Maui

Movie Star visits Hawaii for the Maui Film Festival

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Lupita Nyong’o hanging out at the beach, in town for the Maui Film Festival. Lupita played Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, where she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was also in Non Stop, A TV Mini Series entitled Shuga, and you can check her out in the upcoming Star Wars Episode Vll, Southpaw and The Jungle Book. Follow Lupita’s Maui trip on her Instagram account @lupitanyongo

Hair Apparent

Rob the original brings Major Hair Flair to the NBA Play-Offs

Tim Duncan Designed Hair

Rob the Barber’s got it going on with some amazing designs just in time for the NBA Play-Offs. I’m not a big fan of the Heat or the Spurs, but these hair designs are out of this world. Somehow I was lucky enough to stumble upon Rob on my Instagram earlier today, so I could show these pix to you. From what I gather, he uses standard barber clippers and razors for the cut and colored eye liner to make the fun and exciting colors. Here are more Spurs and Heat themed pictures of his designs:

Here is a selection of some the hottest designs from Rob:

And my 3 favorite super-fantastic-amazing color art pieces:

If you want to see more pictures, follow Rob the Master Barber/Artist via ROBTHEORIGINAL on Instagram or @robtheoriginal on Twitter. If you want to get in touch with him or make an appointment, email him here or check out his website at RobTheOriginal  What do you think of these hair designs?  What design would you choose?  LMK in the comments section.

The Most Famous Underground Dude in the World

Andre the Giant + Obey = Shepard Fairey = The Most Famous Underground Mainstream Art and Person in the World

You’ve seen the black and white circular man’s head (Andre the Giant) on the streetz, the T’s on the Teens, Hoodies on the 40 or 50 somethings, even the Obama Hope campaign. . Maybe you know who created this art,  maybe you don’t. This video tells very candidly who Shepard Fairey is and why he does what he does.

Shepard Fairey: Obey This Film from Brett Novak on Vimeo.

Today is June 2014, 8-10, mabye 12 years ago Shepard visited Hawaii. Me, always looking for the trend before the trend already had my distressed Obey sweat shirt from years before that. So, I heard he was painting a skate park near my house. It was pretty funny, I was expecting a mad house of people and hipsters.  I arrived very early in the morning for me on a Saturday (9:30 a.m.) it was just me and him and like 3 other dudes wandering around. About all that happened was I walked over and said Hi, Asked if he needed any help, got blank stares, then looked around a bit, walked back to my car and went home. Nowadays I suspect I would have seen many more people there and I would have taken pictures and blogged about it. He was for sure still on the underground tip at least out here in Hawaii.  And today in 2014 it’s still cool to wear an Obey T and for some reason even with Obama art going way mainstream, the shirts tend to be worn by the modern day hipsters and trendsetters.  How does he stay so underground yet so mainstream?

That same week, I also remember going to an art discussion a day or 2 after the skate park installation. It did have lots of people at it, but it was boring so I left. The last thing I remember about him coming to Hawaii was being at the contemporary Museum of Art up in the hills above the High School and almost buying a silk screen print for $50. I of course, thought I wanted an original for that price. Silly me, that $50 print goes for more than $1,200 last I checked. But I’m  the same person who didn’t buy a Basquait T in the late 80’s. Hey it was $80 and that was when T’s never went above $20. Now Givenchy has $350 T’s, that probably don’t turn into big time money over time like the Basquiat would have. You know, it was funny, even for $80, I did spend a bit of anxious thought about buying the T, there was just something about it. But that was when I traveled with $300 in cash without a credit card. That 4 day trip to NY would have been pretty ugly without the 80 bucks, but I would sure like to have the $50,000 or whatever its worth now.

Next artist I find, I’m buying whatever they’re selling.  The funniest place I noticed an Andre the Giant sticker was in a bathroom stall at the  JFK airport in NYC.  Where’s the coolest place you’ve seen Shepard’s art? BTW: What’s the most expensive T-shirt you’ve ever seen? See you on the streetz or on the streetz…blog.

22 Jump Street Party Hawaii

It’s Gotta’ Be the Cards

Air Jordan Flashcards

Check out these Air Jordan Flashcards. Play with friends and see who knows their J’s the Best. Out of the first 20, I could do pretty well up until 15-19. After a couple plays, easy parcheesie. But just like Jordan’s these cards created by Kevin Lyons are limited to just 250 sets. I’d like to play the game, but I suspect many will keep these on ice just like the kicks.

I wouldn’t pay double or triple for a card game, that’s for sure. It does give me a good idea to have some fun and still get to play the game. Just go on-line, copy, print and cut up all the J’s you can find, laminate them, then play with your fellow sneakerheads. Sounds like a plan. And you get to play the game with the even more styling color versions of the kicks.  Adding to this idea, put together an Air Jordan Flash Card Game Night. Play the card game, eat some Ballpark franks, Drink some Gatorade, maybe have a cigar or two, watch some Bulls Games on VHS. And don’t forget to buy, sell, and trade your kicks. Sweet! who’s ready to Partay?

Jordan Flash Cards

To get you ready to play the card game or just have fun re-living your Airness’ career. Have fun seeing Jordan in over 30 minutes of Nike Air Jordan commercials. Enjoy!

The Man Made from Cool

Jack & Jones and Christopher Walken

The suave and super cool Christopher Walken brings a peculiar yet very fun to watch vibe to revitalize  the Jack & Jones brand. Watch him in Made from Cool,  5 different short films as he makes clothes in the most manly, coolest and fascinating ways possible. He runs the gambit of a fashion designer utilizing the following 5 skills:  Tailoring, Sewing, Knitting, Cutting up fabric (my favorite) and ends the series by Shearing a sheep with his bare hands.

Christopher would be called a Renaissance man in the main stream media, I’d just call him the Coolest. See him in one of the biggest Dance Videos of all time as he moves and grooves his way through Fat Boy Slim’s Weapon of Choice. These shoes were made for Walken’ and lots of Dancin’.

If you want to check out Walken in his main profession of acting in movies, give one of these a try:

  • King of New York
  • Basquiat
  • Excess Baggage
  • Pulp Fiction
  • True Romance
  • Domino
  • At Close Range
  • A View to a Kill
  • Wayne’s World 2
  • Batman Returns
  • Last Man Standing
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Homeboy
  • The Stepford Wives
  • Poolhall Junkies
  • Man on Fire
  • Nick of Time
  • The Prophecy 1 and 2
  • The Deer Hunter
  • The Sentinal
  • Next Stop, Greenwich Village
  • The Addiction
  • The Opportunists
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Vendetta
  • Illuminata
  • Suicide Kings
  • Biloxi Blues

*Order of movies is not chronological, it goes from my favorites to a few I didn’t watch, yet are still famous.  What’s your favorite Christopher Walken appearance in a movie, Video, Commercial or other? Give me your list of favorites, I suspect you agree or  disagree with the order a bit. Or comment on the 5 fashion videos, which is your fav?  Let me know in the comments section below. See you on the Streetz of Spring. At the Beach, H&M, the Gym? or Hey, maybe at the movies?

 

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