See the cover of Kim Kardashian’s new Selfie Book

So proud to share the cover of my book Selfish, out in May! Thank you Rizzoli for making this happen & being the best partner. A big thank you to the Donda team & Kanye for inspiring this idea & helping to design this book so I can share a decade of selfies in such … Continue reading See the cover of Kim Kardashian’s new Selfie Book

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See the Age-less Pharrell on the cover of GQ February 2015

The age-less Pharrell Williams is continuing his strong few months with an appearance on GQ for Februay 2015. The producer who released a new album last year and saw his single “Happy” continue to make the rounds and now is featured in GQ’s Legacy Project: “a Hall of Fame portfolio of music makers who made … Continue reading See the Age-less Pharrell on the cover of GQ February 2015

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New York Is Considering Letting You Pay For The Subway With Your Smartphone

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New York City’s Metro Transit Authority (MTA) is planning to replace its MetroCard payment system with a new one that includes contactless payments, according to minutes from a capital program oversight committee meeting on Tuesday.

The minutes outline a system that would extend beyond the MTA to other New York transit agencies.

The agency has pegged the total cost of replacing the MetroCard with contactless payments at $450 million.

The plan would bring contactless payments to buses first, followed by subways, and would include vending machines by 2022.

An MTA spokesperson told Business Insider that a request for proposal (RFP) for a contactless payment system would be made public sometime in February or March.

The MTA doesn’t point to a particular technology in its plans, but whatever it decides on will almost certainly have a mobile component and a dedicated app.

The transit agency has envisioned a system where "customers pay fares by tapping a contactless bankcard, smartphone, or an MTA-issued smartcard against an electronic reader," according to the minutes.

Part of the reason the MTA’s plans remain vague has to do with timing. The organization plans to let companies bid on the project until mid-2016. Assuming the MTA sticks to its current plans, the new system won’t be ready for New Yorkers until early 2020. By 2022, New York subways may not accept MetroCards.

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It’s too early to tell which companies will bid on the MTA’s project, but it’s possible the transit agency could decide to adopt the near-field communication (NFC) platform that Apple and Google use for their mobile wallets.

Whether NFC catches on with consumers remains to be seen. A lot can happen in five years and there’s no reason to think a company couldn’t come up with a new, amazingly convenient platform by 2020.

Next for the MTA is a vendor forum in February, where officials could meet with potential vendors to discuss the project.

SEE ALSO: Here’s One Alarming Statistic That Should Make You Care About Apple Pay

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Diesel Black Gold 2015 Fall/Winter Collection

Diesel Black Gold — Diesel’s contemporary diffusion collection offering edgy, rock chic fashion to a sophisticated clientele — stayed true to its original vision with its Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Presenting an abundant variety of studded, patched, chained and safety pinned pieces of outerwear, the tone of the show was punk with a dash of collegiate prep. With grunged-out blazers and tailored jackets over slim fit collared shirts, adorning the shoulders of strong-jawed young men and styled with extremely-distressed jeans, the collection was indeed edgy at its core.

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Publish Brand 2015 Drop Stack Pant Collection

Publish Brand presents its slimmest pant styles to date, The Drop Stack pant collection. Made of stretch twill, this new silhouette features a dropped rise and an inseam tapered leg, allowing the pant leg to stack at the wearer’s knees or ankles. They also feature a wearable drop-crotch, similar to the chino pant, but less dramatic. The Drop Stack Pants will be offered in four style variations and six color options per style. Firstly is the Tosh, the original Drop Stack and the simplest of the styles. The Vesco has the additions of a moto-inspired knee design and thigh paneling. The Wynn includes black zipper closures on the tapered leg openings. And lastly, the Zak variation is 98% cotton and 2% spandex, and has the moto-inspired knee, thigh paneling as well as fleece insert panels. All of the pieces have got the everyday wear versatility to be worn for any occasion with no-fuss comfort. The Publish Brand 2015 Drop Stack collection is available for purchase now at the HYPEBEAST Store.

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Woolrich John Rich & Bros. 2015 Fall/Winter Collection

Woolrich John Rich & Bros. recently presented its 2015 fall/winter collection in Milan. In honor of the brand’s 185th anniversary, the collection presents the brand’s historical pieces, updated with a contemporary twist by incorporating iconic Americana. Three themes are prevalent throughout the collection — Authentic, Teton and Contemporary — which cater to heritage, outdoor and urban lifestyles respectively. Collectively, the collections span everything from iconic pieces, such as the Hunting Jacket and Railroad Vest, to outerwear that focuses on performance and durable protection from the elements, and high-performance materials in iconic silhouettes that are perfect for everyday city life. This includes felted wool blazers and fleece chinos, which utilize a blend of hi-tech fabrics with wool, cotton and stretch-twill. An extension of more than 50 pieces of cashmere and wool knitwear, all made in Italy, is also included. Woolrich also debuts its first full range of waterproof rainwear with GORE-TEX® — high-performance outerwear that consists of a parka, trench coat and storm jacket that all come with detachable, Thinsulate down sweaters inside. Shop the collections and more from the brand’s online store.

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Jordan Brand Officially Unveils the Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Retro

Jordan Brand has officially unveiled its highly anticipated collaboration with Just Don on the Air Jordan 2. Set to drop alongside a matching jacket, as well as some of Don’s signature caps, the luxurious Italian-made retro boasts a royal blue upper of smooth and quilted leather along with matching suede paneling, metallic gold branding, and custom co-branded footbeds. Complete with special packaging, Just Don’s Air Jordan 2 is set to be available in limited quantities at select retailers and Nike.com January 31 for $275 USD.

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Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth (Album Stream)

Following last week’s debut of the epic 8-minute track "Mural" and yesterday’s surfacing of the mega-posse cut "Chopper" comes an official release for Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth. Both tracks appear here along with the likes of the Ty Dolla Sign-assisted "Deliver" while the album features production from The Buchanans, S1, M-Phazes, DJ Simonsayz, MoeZ’art, Vohn Beatz, DJ Dahi, Marcus Stephens, and Blood Diamonds. Lupe’s 16-track Tetsuo & Youth can be streamed in its entirety below and picked up now via iTunes.

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UBIQ Robbed at Gunpoint

After the barrage of sickening headlines that followed the highly anticipated release of the Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue,” one could certainly hope that the senseless acts of violence would come to an end. Sadly, it hasn’t as Philadelphia-based retailer UBIQ was robbed at gunpoint last week. Wielding a gun, the perp demanded free kicks […]

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Air Jordan 7 “Marvin the Martian” Another Look

Pulling inspiration from an unforgettable villain, Jordan Brand is planning to bring the kaboom to retailers with the Air Jordan 7 “Marvin the Martian”. Flush with a color palette pulled directly from the character’s signature outfit, shades of red, green, red, blue, and grey shine bright against the silhouette’s black suede and leather base. While […]

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Pharrell Covers ‘GQ’

Happy Gentleman. Looking dapper in a leather bomber, Pharrell takes the GQ‘s February issue. The print followed him for the day from a charity event, to his New Year’s Eve show rehearsal, the studio and more. “I wasn’t happy about the T.I. situation. They did that record hoping for radio play, and they got nothing out of it…. Great, you got your No. 1 hip-hop song. But what does that do for your sales?”, says Pharrell on T.I.’s ‘Paperwork’ album. He […]

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Kim Kardashian Unveils the Cover of Her Selfie Book ‘Selfish’

If you’ve ever wanted an entire book of Kim Kardashian selfies, you’re in luck as the television personality’s selfie-filled Selfish is dropping this spring. Long a social media queen, Mrs. West revealed the cover of her book — which fans could previously see her working on during episodes of E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians — today via Twitter before going on to thank Yeezy and DONDA for inspiring the book and its design so she can "share a decade of selfies in an intimate and artistic way."
Kardashian’s Selfish is due out April 28 from Rizzoli for $19.95 USD. For more on the publication, head on over to Rizzoli’s website.

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D’Angelo to Play “Saturday Night Live” and the Apollo Theater

D'Angelo to Play "Saturday Night Live" and the Apollo Theater

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D’Angelo will be the musical guest for the January 31 episode of "Saturday Night Live", which will be hosted by J.K. Simmons. This will mark his first public performance since the release of Black Messiah.

D’Angelo’s first full show on the Black Messiah tour will take place February 7 at New York City’s Apollo Theater. According to the Apollo, D’Angelo performed at one of the theater’s famed Amateur Nights in 1991.

No other dates U.S. have been announced yet, though D’Angelo will be touring Europe starting February 11.

D’Angelo:

02-07 New York, New York – Apollo Theater
02-11 Zurich, Switzerland – Kaufleuten
02-12 Neu-Isenburg, Germany – Hugenottenhalle
02-14 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
02-16 Paris, France – Palais Des Congres
02-17 Birmingham, England – Academy
02-18 Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
02-20-21 London, England – Eventim Apollo
02-24 Hamburg, Germany – Docks
02-25 Frederiksberg, Denmark – Falconer Salen
02-27 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
02-28 Stockholm, Sweden – Annexet
03-02-03 Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso Grote Zaal
03-04 Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivolivredenburg
03-06 Cologne, Germany – Tanzbrunnen
03-07 Brussels, Belgium – Forest National

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