If you were in the New York City area this weekend, chances are you heard about Delano Brown‘s art exhibition that was held yesterday at the Smart Clothes Art Gallery on Stanton Street. The event featured featured all of his work from the beginning to his latest pieces that utilize sweatpants and hoodies from Balmain, Givenchy shirts, and sneakers from both Balenciaga and Louboutin. Music from various artists was played while Fabolous came to attend for a while and check out the live painting that Delano performed on a model.
The event extended until later in the afternoon and featured other pieces such as a full furniture set that was hand painted right down to the lamp and rug. Excellent pieces of his such as “Time” and “My Joan” are viewable in the several images that we have provided above, below, and on the next few pages. Take a new look at the always progressing Delano Brown and keep up to date on his latest work through his website (yeahlano.com) and Instagram (@yeahlano).
Monday, April 29, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The French fashion house Givenchy appeared in the spring / summer 2013 British GQ Style editorial in The Gospel According to Givenchy: nuthin ‘but a’ g ‘thang (which by the way is the name of a 1993 hit by rapper Dr. Dre) . Mixed with references to the sacred street brand showed models in poses and colors almost renascentistas.O editorial was photographed by Matthew Stone and Matthew Josephs style is.
MORE PHOTOS HERE
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It’s the simplest remix app we’ve ever tested. Instead of making conscious decisions about what to put where, you simply grab your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad and start dancing around. The phone interprets your movements in the following ways in order to apply effects to two songs at the same time (thus “crossfader”):
Those images are from the tutorial; here’s what the app looks like when you are actually remixing/mashing up the songs. Each of these two blocks represents one of the songs you’re working with; you can double tap the screen to switch one of them out for another:
It pretty much always sounds great, which is partially due to the music that’s included in the app — songs and stems from a pretty extensive crew of dance jam makers:
A-Trak, A$AP Rocky, Aniki, Steve Aoki, Baauer, Julio Bashmore, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Dillon Francis, EPLP, Missy Elliott, Estelle, Fatboy Slim, Feed Me, Flosstradamus, Wolfgang Gartner, Groove Armada, Hard Rock Sofa, Calvin Harris, Henrix, Heroes X Villains, Joker, Justin Jay, Lil Wayne, Little Dragon, Loz Contreras, Ludacris, Marco Plex, Martyparty, Hudson Mohawke, Mord Fustang, Pendulum, Phosphorr, Ramadanman, Red Carpet, Robbie Rivera, Scientist, Thomas Schumacher, Skrillex, Spencer & Hill, T.I., Third Party, Trina, Tube & Berger, Usher, Armand Van Helden, Kanye West, and The Winstons
That’s plenty to work with at your next dance party, but developer Devin Chalmers of DJZ, which made the app, mentioned that upcoming versions might include the ability to import your own music into the app in order to add that into the mix as well.
“All our loops are bundled into the app, but we’re trying to come up with the best way to let people add their own music and make it sound awesome,” said Chalmers via email. “Right now, it’s almost impossible to sound bad.”
DJZ recommends plugging this app into the speakers at a party and getting everyone to dance along with whatever comes out of them, which should work just fine. The app lets you record your remixes and post them to SoundCloud; here’s what happened when I started up the app and started dancing around with my iPhone in my hand, with no pretense of trying to do anything in particular to the songs:
And here’s a video demonstration from DJZ:
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
This Friday, April 19th, DQM will be releasing its Spring 2013 footwear collection in collaboration with Vans. The collection consists of two shoes, a Vans Authentic and a Sk8-Hi, which use the famous “I Love New York” graphic, the symbol of our city. Designed by Milton Glaser in 1977, the iconic pop-style graphic stands as a postmodern signature of New York; ubiquitous on plastic shopping bags and t-shirts in delis and souvenir stores throughout the city, with the trademarked logo used officially to promote tourism in the state.
The graphic is printed all over on classic off-white canvas on the Authentic, and all over the quarter of the Sk8-Hi, which is finished with a black leather side stripe. The shoes feature a classic white midsole and Vans’ gum waffle sole, flat white lace, and use ‘The Vans DQM General’ branding throughout the shoe: a printed logo at the insole and The General’s signature navy heel tab.
Extremely limited in quantities, both styles will be available exclusively at The Vans DQM General in SoHo, New York and in the DQM online store.
Friday, April 12, 2013
In between directing the work of Supreme and Nome de Guerre, Angelo Baque has also found time to create a new streetwear label, Awake. Using classic ’90′s cuts, colorways, and styles as his inspiration, Baque presents their first Spring/Summer 2013 line within this short, but sweet Lookbook. More than capable of outfitting you from head to toe with everything from light outerwear, sweatshirts, patterned button-downs, and plenty of chinos finished off with a buzzworthy Woody Allen graphic tee and even a couple bucket hats. Aside from the pensive Wood Allen tee, the half camo/half charcoal grey pull-over is a must-buy, but really any of these are ready to be summer go-to’s. If you’re feeling what Awake is putting out there, then head to Japan’s SHIPS JET BLUE to purchase.
Thanks to Kiran Prasher and the Jordan Brand Classic Family for inviting me out for an interesting evening. I didn’t know what to expect. I was told that the high school basketball stars playing in Saturday’s big JBC13 Game at Barclays would be in attendance and that Spike Lee would be also. Needless to say, I was stoked…stoked on Spike and not so much the underage boys, come on people!
Although I knew who would be in attendance, I had no idea what to really expect – or better yet, what to wear!!! I figured, I could always wear something that none of the fellas have – my very own Violette Jordan 2′s.
I greased up my legs real good because ya’ll know I stay ashy. Some people #BEENASHY.
I took a cab to Brooklyn…
As I walked in, I was approached by a very tall young man who immediately and politely introduced himself. “Hi, my name is Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and I’m from Philly. I’ll be studying Criminology at Arizona”. He was very sweet and very funny, I should have taken his picture – but, I found one online instead.
Elle met up with me since I was in her hood. There was a photo booth setup and we took some awkward “Glamour Shots”.
There was also lots of food, candy and ice cream which basically meant – nothing that I could eat (*cries vegan, raw tears).
Datwon Thomas, 13th Witness and Hawaii Mike
I met Spike Lee! It was the second time I’ve met him actually. The first time I met him was at a party during my very first weekend living in New York City (another reason why I love this city). Anyways, of course he didn’t remember me and I didn’t bore him by bringing up the details. He was cool even though I hate meeting idols. It’s just never ever how you picture it. You always concoct some grand fantasy of how awesome it will be and you don’t factor in that (famous or not) people are people, and they have good moments and bad.
Afterwards, Spike and Sway had a live Q&A where Sway asked Spike questions and they screened clips from his greatest works! It was a great night!
Sprayground and Ron English team up to see the launch of a new capsule of bags, collectively representing the signature work of the pop artist who made his name through graphical commentary of society and culture. The ability to own art has been a contentious issue given its greater interest over the years. Pieces are often priced out while a growing number of budding collectors are more than likely unable to afford the works of their favorite creatives. Yet the likes of backpack company Sprayground have provided a reasonably affordable outlet for those to showcase and consume some of their favorite works as presented through this three-bag capsule. To coincide with the project, we were able to speak with both Ron English and Sprayground founder David Ben-David “DBD” to gain a little more insight into the project and its conception. The bags are available now via the Sprayground online store for $60 USD.
How the project started and what it means to be engaged…
How did the project come about?
Sprayground approached me about doing a collab backpack, and I loved the product. Backpacks make great billboards.
For somebody very conscious about brands and consumerism, what does it mean when you yourself engage in product?
Well, I am definitely a critical consumer, so to associate my art with something, it has to be of the highest quality and artistic integrity.
Why does Sprayground make for a good partnership?
They care deeply about what goes on their backpacks and have an obsessive attention to detail — which I love.
The approach to designing products and the messages in his work…
How does the approach to designing products in this context differ from your other projects?
I like to play into the strengths of the product, to make genuine collaborations with the designs.
Do you feel your approach and messages behind your art have been increasingly better understood?
Absolutely. My art has been part of an intellectual revolution that has only just begun.
Any last comments?
We live in the most exciting time in history and that statement becomes more true with every passing second.
“Well, I am definitely a critical consumer, so to associate my art with something, it has to be of the highest quality and artistic integrity.”
Ron English on consumerism and brands
Hypebeast speaks to David Ben-David “DBD”
The start of Sprayground and why…
Can you introduce yourself and your role at Sprayground?
I am DBD, David Ben David. Creative director and owner of Sprayground.
What’s your background in art?
As a teenager I started shaping my own surfboards and applying my artwork onto these as my first commercial product. I attended the School of Visual Arts for graphic and product design thereafter to refine my talent.
What was the premise behind the creation of Sprayground?
I would travel a lot and pack my whole life into my backpack. When it was time to get rid of my black backpack to buy something new, all I could find were bags of the same old solid colors and shapes that had no fashion appeal. Like a bolt of lightning, it hit me… It only made sense for me to develop my own fashion-inspired backpack line. I am now revolutionizing the bag industry by selling and creating my fashionably technical bag line to over 30 countries around the globe.
How the project came about and creating art products…
How did the project with Ron come about? Why Ron English?
Ron has a very extraordinary style of art. He takes elements people are familiar with and adds a crazy twist to it that no one else does or can execute at his level. I feel my bag concepts strike the market out of left field just like his paintings do. This creates a perfect synergistic collab.
In terms of joining art and product, is there a particular angle you prefer to explore or maintain?
Whenever I create, I always keep it clean with a little dab of crazy. It’s about looking at pre-existing things and adding the perfect angle to it where it’s fresh and exciting. I wouldn’t want to create products that are simple – it’s about making an impact and offering something fresh in the market.
Any last comments?
I’m excited and thankful to create a product that sells to the world and where people appreciate it… It’s a blessing.
“Ron has a very extraordinary style of art. He takes elements people are familiar with and adds a crazy twist to it that no one else does or can execute at his level.”
David Ben-David on Ron English
Black Scale is one of the least colorful brands around, focusing on utilizing darker shades for their palette. As flowers start to bloom in the coming few months, their color selection reflects the change in their environment. Amidst the staple black, navy, and grey tones are purple, yellow, orange, and red spot colors to lighten up the range. A heavy application of stripes is evident this season, as the pattern graces over their hooded tops, shirts, and pants. Preview the complete Spring 2013 “I Will Not” collection in their lookbook below.