Budweiser x ALIFE 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

New York’s ALIFE collaborates with America’s marquee beer brand Budweiser for a special collection of apparel and accessories. The lineup for the garment section includes a T-shirt and cap which incorporate graphics that are a nod to old-school aesthetics. A bold Budweiser logo in red and white adorns the chest of the tees, while the snapback boasts the beer company’s printed motif on the brim, with an eye-catching ALIFE logo on the front. You’ll also find a beach blanket and tote that has this Budweiser pattern throughout to round out the small but concise capsule collection. Now available at Alife New York and the Alife online store.

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Nike Sportswear Air Max 90 “Infrared Croc”

Despite being steeped in a grand heritage of running classics, the Air Max 90 silhouette by Nike is also well-revered in street style for its handsome lines and versatile paneling. Here Nike’s Sportswear contingency offers its take on the timeless sneaker, executing a luxe version dubbed "Infrared Croc." Perhaps riffing on another popular ‘Infrared’ release this season, this version of the AM90 is done up with rich black croc leather at the lateral paneling, juxtaposed underneath by beautiful patent leather that runs through the toebox. Hits of Nike’s penchant red color are tastefully applied at the toecap, heel, lace box, and hallmark Air Max sole unit. Launching in early 2015, be on the lookout for this release in the coming weeks.

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James Fauntleroy Releases a New Christmas Album Packed with Slow Jams [STREAM]

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It’s been awhile since we last heard from James Fauntleroy. Yesterday, he returned with Thanksgiving in his heart. To help prepare Christmas playlist all around the world, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter gifts fans with his new 10-track album The Warmest Winter Ever. And get this: It’s free.

The Cocaine 80s member surprised his Twitter following with the announcement of the LP. “My Christmas album is all slow jams, so I’m putting it out when the sun goes down,” he tweeted. Once released, support poured in from fans as well as artists such as Rihanna who retweeted the official link and Melanie Fiona who says The Warmest Winter Ever is “the BEST Christmas album ever.”

Let James Fauntleroy set the mood of your holiday evening. The album can now be streamed on Soundcloud in its entirety.

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A Conversation with Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders

Long a staple in the fashion industry known for its charmingly quirky take on the preppy aesthetic, LA-based menswear label Band of Outsiders has garnered a cult following over its ten years in operation. Having dressed half of Hollywood in his creations, with the likes of Jason Schwartzmann and Kirsten Dunst having appeared in his Polaroid seasonal campaigns, founder and designer Scott Sternberg recently talked to i-D magazine about his experiences running the label over that period of time, touching on the origins of the label, the evolution of menswear in the past decade and, of course, what the future holds for his brand. Read the excerpt below and find the entire interview over here.
What was the climate like for an upcoming designer back in 2004? How do you feel that’s changed?
It felt like there were less young brands in the market at that time, especially in menswear. It also felt like there weren’t very high barriers to entry. Magazines were excited about new brands, not that they aren’t anymore, but I think now it’s a much more dense and cluttered environment. It’s become sort of a cottage industry, harbouring young designers’ careers. And that’s a good thing, because it keeps those barriers to entry equally as low as when I started. But it’s certainly more noisy and cluttered now.
What have been some of your favourite collaborative projects?
I loved working with Sperry Topsider back in the day. Not by design but just by chance, I really had a strong instinct that I wanted to make boat shoes – sort of fuck with them and bring something new to it. It opened up a whole new audience well beyond the core skinny preppy guy and expanded people’s perception of the brand. It was also really fun! We made some super imaginative product with them. They really gave us carte blanche to do whatever we wanted.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in the past decade?
I think the most important thing is to stay focused on a very clear message and very clear product. It’s so easy to be seduced by everything in the fashion conversation: other designers, what’s in stores, what’s selling, what might be a trend, what might not be, and everything in between. There are a lot of brands out there, a lot for a customer to buy, a lot of messages for them to take in and process and try to understand. So focusing and keeping things simple is the best approach for sure.

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THRILLS 2014 “Dark Paradise” Lookbook

Australian lifestyle label THRILLS presents the "Dark Paradise" lookbook in celebration of its 2014 Holiday offerings. Continue the brand’s rugged and rebellious approach to fashion, the lookbook is fronted by a couple who are styled in a mix of casual and dapper attire. Double-breasted biker jackets are paired with tapered denim jeans, while compelling prints take on button-down shirts and shorts elsewhere. As for T-shirts, a range of new short sleeve tees boast bold lettering and collegiate graphics. Shot in stark black and white, the lookbook presented a coveted look at THRILLS latest designs. Head to THRILLS’s webpage to see the full line.

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SNEAKERBOY Sydney

Taking the concept of retail to degrees we have never seen before, fashion and apparel retailer SNEAKERBOY has changed the way in which consumers can interact with the very product they look to purchase. Despite offering physical storefronts, SNEAKERBOY houses no purchase inventory on-site, instead, the brand model aims to tap a new generation of luxury consumers by developing a pioneering retail model. It’s here that consumers are invited to sample, feel, try on and scan styles themselves; purchases are then ordered online via the SNEAKERBOY app or the in-store iPads. The brainchild of Chris Kyvetos, SNEAKERBOY looks to pave the way with this new and innovative digital retail concept to create the ultimate consumer engagement experience. Strategically placed off the beaten track in the central CBD, the store store is an architectural must-see. Inviting customers into its hidden cave via an impactful one-ton steel door, they are then transported to another world. The premium footwear offerings adorn the back wall, and it’s here that the sneakers are set upon back-lit steel shelves, each with their own customized LED strips detailing the product offering. Customers can then try on preferred styles seated in the store’s pod-like chairs that come complete with individual iPads where customers can use the technology to learn more about the product, order, or look through additional product offerings. Inspiration stems from making the online sphere a reality, where the concept "wanted to expose the inner workings, all the technology and the bunches of cables all strapped together with cable ties. We’re not trying to hide that, we’re trying to show the connection to the online world," explains Kyvetos. The aesthetics then adhere to this philosophy in that if you walk between the shelvings, you’ll have the impression of walking through computer storage towers. Notwithstanding the iconic primary fonts during the early days of the computer, custom letterings in the OCR-A font further enhance this futuristic experience. Make sure to stop by the new storefront if you’re in Sydney and head over to SNEAKERBOY now to peruse the impressive array of offerings.
SNEAKERBOY Sydney
3 Temperance Lane (Off George St. Opposite Mid City)
Sydney
New South Wales
2000

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Fredo Santana featuring Chief Keef – Dope Game

Fredo Santana and Chief Keef continue developing their AutoTune-driven chemistry with a new, HurtboyAG-produced song entitled "Dope Game." You can basically imagine the track’s content and theme before evening pressing "play," but Fredo and Keef have a knack for this sort-of-melodic, drowned-in-AutoTune street rap. All we need is a Cash Out feature and we haveContinue Reading

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HBO Teases Season 5 of ‘Game of Thrones’ with Website and Video

HBO’s critically-acclaimed Game of Thrones series is the subject of a short and concise trailer as it prepares for season five’s official debut. A 10 second video does little to answer any questions of last season but simply keeps viewers in the loop regarding the impending season. The video features Arya Stark attacking an unknown person before scampering away with a voiceover heard mentioning "I see a darkness in you." The video itself is also accompanied by the launch of ThreeEyedRaven.com. There’s still a few months before season five officially begins, but ThreeEyedRaven.com should act as mouthpiece for news and trailers.

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Watch the Official Trailer for ‘Pan’ starring Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara & Garrett Hedlund

Hollywood has become accustomed to delivering numerous “updated” or alternate “spins” on classic tales, so it should come as little surprise that Peter Pan is getting a prequel of sorts – cut from a similar cloth as Fox’s…

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