2016 Pirelli Calendar Shifts To Classy Portraits of Iconic Women, Shot by Annie Leibovitz

Pirelli calendars have always been about sexy, nude girls. But we’re now finding out that the 2016 calendar will be a lot classier, featuring portraits of iconic women in recent history. Shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, the 2016 Pirelli calendar will feature celebrated personalities such as Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Serena Williams, Fran Lebowitz, […]

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Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill Teach Us How to Deal With Haters

Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill are hip-hop’s latest power couple, and while the duo may be controversial they are surely each other’s biggest fans. In their first shoot together, GQ asks all the hard questions — from how they got together to what their relationship is like and of course, the feuds. Both had mega beefs on social media this year (Meek with the unforgettable Drake beef and Nicki with Taylor Swift and the VMAs) but the duo stayed by each other’s sides. Read the entire interview over at GQ.
GQ: You two seem to be two very strong personalities. What was it like in the beginning, figuring each other out?
MM: You know we were just figuring each other out. We liked each other. We were into each other. Once we learned how to understand each other, it was curtain closed. Everything was a go.
NM: People tell me all the time, it takes a special kind of man to be with a woman who has her own, and it takes a special kind of man to not feel insecure by a woman who is doing her own thing. You know? So, one of the things that made me want to be with him is we spent so much time talking, and he always made me feel like he was ok with me being me. As an artist and just as a woman. Obviously I’m a strong woman in a lot of ways… I’m not a strong woman in every way. I don’t want to make it seem like I am some superhero because I’m not, but I do know that it takes a certain kind of guy. And time will tell if Meek is that kind of guy, because it’s definitely not easy.
GQ: Did you take her on any special dates? Any special gestures?
MM: We’d do everything like what you do with your girlfriend. We do the same thing. Just chill.
NM: What was your secret, baby? Everybody wants to know that.
MM: I don’t know though! Y’all want me to make up a magazine answer? I liked her. I felt her. I guess she felt me.
NM: What’d you like about me?
MM: That you was a hustler. That you were doing your thing. A lot of people coming up. People don’t really have a girlfriend that’s doing more than them or the same thing. I like girls that hustle. She a boss. She’s pretty as fuck. Bad as shit. Ambitious. What else do you want?
GQ: So you guys just had a huge Twitter moment. Nicki, you tweeted about being snubbed by the VMAs. Meek, you claimed Drake had a ghost writer. Both moments were controversial. Any regrets?
MM: I’m separate from that. I just wild out.
NM: And that’s the thing people don’t understand. Meek is a grown ass man. I may not agree with everything he says.
MM: She likes none of that shit. No matter who I’m talking to.
[To be fair and for the record: by almost every marker and standard, ‘Anaconda’ should have not only been nominated, but favorited to win a VMA for video of the year.]
NM: I’m very happy I tweeted about the VMAs, because ‘Anaconda’ had too much of a cultural impact to not be up. When these pop girls have a moment like that, they get nominated for every award, and they win it. And I was happy that people spoke out for me. People used their voices in the media to say this is true. Taylor Swift called and we’re good now. She didn’t see the bigger picture. We talked. We got over it. She called me and spoke about it, and I told her, I would never come at you. We’re doing so well now collectively. And I want to thank God and my fans. And his fans. We don’t have to do anything to anyone for any bogus reasons.
MM: And of course you know Meek Mill don’t regret nothing.
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Read Every Article Esquire Has Ever Published

To celebrate its 1,000th issue, and over 50,000 articles published, legendary men’s magazine Esquire has launched its Classic service. Allowing readers to trawl through all of the arictles and issues the iconic title has ever published, Esquire Classic brings together over 80 years of its best writing, images and style. Registry is free and after a month’s trial you can sign up to the service for as little as $5 USD per month here.

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Pharrell Teases Billionaire Boys Club x adidas Collaboration

Pharrell recently posted an image on his Instagram account of the iconic dollar and diamond print from the Billionaire Boys Club’s popular ICECREAM collection. This time, though, it was on a pair of ubiquitous Stan Smith’s from adidas Originals. Considering the fact that this print hasn’t been around for a while, we hope it’s a sign of a reincarnation of the original design. With not much detail besides fitting emojis, we’ll be keeping an eye out for possible release dates.

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Nike Designer Eric Avar Explains the Influence Behind the Zoom Flight 95

Nike footwear designer Eric Avar has sat down with Nice Kicks ahead of the Oregon brand’s re-release of the Zoom Flight 95 to discuss the story behind the famous silhouette. Designed to aid the explosive speed of Jason Kidd, the footwear would go on to achieve iconic status among basketball fans and sneakerheads alike. The 1990s classic was worn by Nike Basketball’s most revered players in its golden era. Moreover, the sneaker was pivotal to Kidd’s early tenure. Its veering midsole, Zoom Air cushioning, geometric shapes, and exaggerated molds provided support and a modern look which complemented Kidd’s dynamic on-court abilities. Check out a snippet of the piece from Nice Kicks where Avar goes in-depth on the design process behind the sneaker and read the full interview here.
As designer Eric Avar explains it, it was a shoe that came to be after exploring geometric shapes and motion, and looking to build something with speed and power in mind for the then-Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd.
“Design is a balance between science and art,” Avar outlines. “For me personally, it always begins with looking at the science side of things and the performance side of things and ultimately find out what problem you’re trying to solve. In this case, we did have Jason Kidd, or a player like Jason Kidd in mind.”
The “science and art” premise has been a design principle that Avar has leaned on for over two decades at Nike, and it’s shaped his legendary work with athletes like Kobe Bryant. The Zoom Flight 95 can be looked at as one of the very best representations of that vision.
“Jason Kidd was essentially almost a running back’s physique in a lot of ways, but incredibly fast and very powerful,” Avar recalls. “We did want to design a shoe that could in a sense somewhat control a player like Jason Kidd with all his speed and power. He’s very explosive in that way.”
After winning Co-Rookie of the Year honors with a stellar 1994 debut season in the league, JKidd was entering a sophomore year in which he’d go on to average a ridiculously versatile 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists per game. The Zoom Flight ’95 was there all year long for the frantic transition game he played.
“We wanted to create a bucket that his foot would drop into to really provide the necessary support for lateral maneuvers and the forces a player like Jason would generate,” says Avar. “So, we wrapped up the midsole rather high in both the heel and in the forefoot, the two primary areas that we really needed to reinforce.”

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Another Look at the Nike Air Presto “Island Blue”

Though Tech Fleece options of the timeless runner have impressed in current times, OG iterations of the Nike Air Presto remain a fan favorite for the masses. Among those revered styles is undoubtedly the “Island Blue” colorway. Set to land at select retailers later this week, the Nike Air Presto “Island Blue” utilizes a lush blue […]

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Kanye West, Alexander Wang and Public School Make 2015’s Business of Fashion 500

Business of Fashion has unveiled its yearly list of the most influential people in world fashion. This year’s #BoF500 features Kanye West, after his New York Fashion Week forays with both Yeezy Season One and Season Two, Alexander Wang, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School and 497 carefully selected influencers and industry icons. Check out the full list for 2015 here.

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