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In Fashion: Jay Versace, Frankie Collective, and More! Reebok Launches 90s Inspired Campaign + Capsule Collection Giveaway

In 1993, Reebok launched the Aztrek: an off-road runner that perfectly represented the wildly original and experimental designs of the time. Relaunched 25 years later, the Aztrek’s super-futuristic layers and chunky design embrace the heart of 1990s sneaker style. To celebrate the Aztrek’s return and honor the spirit of the ‘90s-era style it embodies, Reebok has launched a campaign featuring six ‘90s-raised tastemakers for a content series titled “Aztrek: 90s Re-Run.”

Featuring the likes of social media sensation Jay Versace, vintage streetwear re-worker Sara Gourlay of Frankie Collective, cult vintage shop owner Kirk Tilton of For All to Envy and more, the campaign was shot on a variety of mediums that champion the Aztrek’s past and celebrate it within the context of contemporary culture and style.

Each partner was shot in rare vintage ‘90s Reebok gear that they personally curated or custom created – resulting in five unique “one-of-one” capsule collections, all of which will be available for anyone to enter to win on Reebok.com starting today. Sourced from their own personal wardrobes, along with hours of vintage shopping, each collection nods to the singular style of the 1990s, as well as the Aztrek’s distinctive design elements and colorways.

Shot on film as an homage to ‘90s visual culture, the campaign imagery and videos span five truly epic off-road locations, illustrating the sneaker’s evolution from an off-path performance shoe to symbol for ‘90s-inspired style. From the pristine beauty of upstate New York’s national parks, to the enigmatic Joshua Tree and Death Valley desert landscapes and Utah’s breathtaking slot canyons, the campaign showcases the Aztrek’s new Fall/Winter colorways against unique off-road environments and vibrant landscapes.

Check out the visual campaign above.

Alongside the relaunched Aztrek, all individual partner capsule collections will be available to win via a giveaway on Reebok.com – a platform for individuals to recreate their own ‘90s-inspired style. To enter to win, the rules are:

  1. Be a U.S. resident
  2. Sign up to win at https://www.reebok.com/us/90s_rerun
  3. Wait for an e-mail from Reebok – they’ll select six winners at random and let entrants know if they’ve won.

For high-res images of all items in each capsule collection, click here.

Shop the new Aztrek Fall/Winter styles, available from $90, at Reebok.com.

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Fly Events: Essence’s 2018 ‘Street Style Festival’

Thousands of fashionistas and style influencers converged at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn for the return of the 2018 ESSENCE Street Style Festival—the non-stop celebration highlighting style, culture and community. Hosted by Insecure star and comedienne Amanda Seales, attendees enjoyed a variety of experiences, including an awards ceremony honoring songstress/style maven Kelis and fashion influencer Kellie Brown for their impact and legacy in the fashion world. The celebration featured curated conversations with Dapper Dan, Tristan Wilds and Trevor Jackson along with exciting performances from songstress/dancer/model/actress Teyana Taylor, Afropop sensation Yemi Alade and DJ’s Jasmine Solano and Olivia Dope.

The new indoor/outdoor format also allowed the crowd to enjoy a variety of curated experiences, including: a robust vendor marketplace showcasing more African-American entrepreneurs than ever before (including vendors from ESSENCE Marché, the new digital beauty, fashion and lifestyle e-commerce destination for Black women); a fun-filled Kidzone; a Street Style fashion show showcasing a host of the local fashionistas who bring the hottest looks from the catwalk to life on the city sidewalks every day; delicious eats and refreshing beverages; and so much more.

Launched in 2014, the ESSENCE Street Style Festival was created to provide a space where the fashion elite, style influencers, and everyday fashionistas can come to celebrate the unique influence Black women have on all facets of fashion, style and beauty during NYFW.

Sponsors for the 2018 event include: Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Nike and Shea Moisture. For more details, visit www.essence.com/streetstyle2018.

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Watch: Vince Staples and Converse Celebrate Los Angeles Culture

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Earlier this week, Converse debuted Chucks in Film with Millie Bobby Brown. Today, the company is excited to share the latest installment in the Forever Chuck campaign scenes – a showcase on Chuck Taylor’s influence on LA Culture, featuring Long Beach, CA recording artist and style icon Vince Staples, Born x Raised creator Spanto and Lakers Guard Jordan Clarkson.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Karim Huu Do, Staples takes viewers on a powerful journey through the urban culture of Los Angeles and Chuck’s influence on street style and hip hop music.

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In Fashion: Quincy Brown Shines In ANZ Clothing SS17 Campaign

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For their highly anticipated sophomore collection, ANZ have lightened the mood.

Signature knits come in subtle tonal pastels referencing the work of artist David Hockney and his fresh effervescent palette.

ANZ hero piece the signature cardigan has been further developed to include 2 weights of weather dependent knits – lightweight in tango, mojito, noir and lakers. Heavyweight in dark sky, sky, salmon and patriot colourways.

 

 

The limited release ‘Dean Collection’ designed in collaboration with artist and producer Swizz Beatz includes two new graphic black/white and oatmeal/charcoal.

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The London based label have introduced an easy wear varsity style ‘members jacket’ with contrasting popper fastening body and kaffiyeh pattern sleeves in four popping color-ways; grey/pink. grey/green, grey/orange and traditional black/white, which can be personalized on request.

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Head to toe coords come in 2 styles; The Jamal funnel neck zip through with stars and speedway checker pattern and The Gosho varsity popper front with speedway checker sleeves, accompanying joggers have ribbed waist and ankle cuffs.

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Oversized King Sweaters come in black on charcoal and black on white with a lucky 8 appliqué. Having garnered a huge following for the brand’s illustrated cartoon mascots, ANZ have introduced a cartoon appliqué sweater featuring the crying King.

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A nod to b-boy culture sees the first release of custom ANZ shoe laces in collection co-ordinating colours that will add an additional cool to the coolest of kicks.

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The season’s campaign is fronted by entrepreneur and multifaceted artist Quincy Brown. Known for his strong personal style and infectious spirit Quincy perfectly embodies the playful, buoyant mood of the collection.

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In the SS17 campaign Quincy is captured interacting with ANZ’s signature cartoon mascots. First introduced in 2015, the instantly recognizable cartoon crew, inspired by pop art, counter-culture, the designers love of comics and modern cultural stereotypes have rapidly grown and impressive following of their own. They will be popping up across garments and as an integral part of the brands ANZ for future seasons.

Progressive polychromatic jacquard techniques and unique raised textures result in truly tactile garments all produced in a historically celebrated family run factory in Leicester, England.

Other celebs were seen rocking a few pieces from ANZ:

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Lance Gross

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Nas 

Carmelo Anthony 

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And even our very own of SFPL, Gabriel Williams.

Make your purchase today over at www.ANZClothing.com.

Photo Credit: ANZ Clothing / Instagram

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Russell Westbrook Covers GQ Magazine

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The Basketball Fashion Lord himself, Russell Westbrook takes his fashionable talents to the pages of the men’s bible for go-to looks, GQ Magazine.

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In the feature, Westbrook rocks gear from the likes of; Jacket $4,450 hoodie $695 t-shirt (at Barneys New York) $275 Balenciaga, Sunglasses by Ray-Ban, Longer necklace and thin cuff bracelet throughout David Yurman / Other necklace, his own large bracelet / Throughout Sidney Garber at Barneys New York, and Basketball by Sprayground.

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To add: T-shirt, $300, Balmain at Barneys New York / Track pants, $450, by Burberry Sneakers, $735, by Pierre Hardy / Navy bracelet throughout Del Toro.

Russell tells GQ:

“My friends and I started that motto early in high school,” Westbrook says. “That attitude, that mentality, from way back then: Want to go to Stanford? Why not? Want to play in the NBA? Why not? I was never the best player. Not ever in my life. Though even when I was younger, I felt that on any given day I could be. And that mentality’s what’s helped me get over the hump each and every day to where I was meant to go.”

Get more of Russell’s story HERE.

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Fabolous Talks His Favorite Sneakers And Why Now You Are Paying For The Hype In Footwear News

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Of course, we all love a good sneaker…well, a few of them! And so does Brooklyn native and veteran rapper Fabolous. In the latest issue of Footwear News Magazine, the famed talent talks about his sneaker collection, what’s wrong with the “sneaker culture” now, his personal style, the “re-popping” of sneakers and much more.

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What bothers you the most about the sneakerhead world today?

The re-popping, it’s out of control. It changes the experience for the regular consumer. It used to be track down the shoe, purchase it at box price and put it on. Kids are now working three weeks to a month to get a shoe that shouldn’t be that [elevated] in cost. It’s Jordans, Yeezys — anything that’s popular. Even Adidas Originals NMDs are starting to get that chase. I don’t know the solution; just give kids the chance to buy the shoes. When Kanye West first put his shoes out, he said he [wanted] everybody to have a chance to have quality. But when they came, it was the same re-pops, same markups, and Adidas didn’t do anything about it. It’s fun for the hype when you’ve got to pay $2,000 for a $200 sneaker, but [it’s hurting] the average consumer.

Who is the leader in the sneakerhead world?

I think there’s a best in different categories now. There’s always classics — they get their just due and respect. There’s a new wave of [Nike] Flyknits, I like them, they’re very comfortable. My mom was never a big sneaker person because she didn’t like how heavy sneakers were. You know how 1990s sneakers, they were all heavy? My mom wasn’t with it, so now I’m about to introduce my mom to Flyknits and stuff, see if she could hang — these are the kind of shoes she would like. She would buy cheap shoes because they were cheaply made but light — she liked light shoes on her feet, she didn’t like a heavy bulky shoe.

Are there any designers or labels you’re particularly fond of?

I grew up in the 1990s, so I like a lot of the styles that were going on then. The design of the shoes, to me, was truly ahead of their time — a lot of the classic Jordans and a lot of the retro stuff that’s coming back now is really all from that time period. Some of them were slept on — they were worn by living legends of the time or connected to people who were bigger-than-life stars, and they’ve moved on and new stars have appeared, but those shoes still have a connection with people. I like that ’90s era of style and swag.

Check out more of the interview HERE.

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We Like: The Converse Auckland Modern Collection

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Last month, Converse introduced the Converse Modern collection with the All Star Modern sneaker. Today, Converse announces the launch of the next addition to the Converse Modern family – the Converse Auckland Modern.

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The Auckland Modern is a new silhouette inspired by Converse’s rich legacy in running innovation – rooted in the brand’s partnerships with elite athletes and coaches during the 1970s and ‘80s. The Converse Auckland Modern collection features a split knit upper for lightweight comfort and a secure fit, in addition to Nike Hyperfuse construction for durability and support. The sneaker is underpinned by a Phylon outsole for lightweight cushioning and comfort with flex grooves for mobility. Each of these aspects provides updates for today’s active lifestyle consumer, while still recognizing Converse’s rich heritage in sports.

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In Fashion: Tyga Reveals His Favorite Kicks & Opens Up About Kylie Jenner In Footwear News, Covers November Issue

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Tyga aka King Gold Chains has been recently known for debuting his collaboration with L.A. Gear. Now, he’s been offered the cover spot of Footwear News‘ November issue, being stamp for his fashion sense, and his love for sneakers.

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In the issue, Tyga talks about his favorite kicks and mass collection, opens up about Kylie Jenner, talks about Yeezy Boosts and more.

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How many pairs of sneakers do you have?

“I’ve got a lot of shoes, but I don’t like to wear a lot. I tend to wear my top three or four. I have over a hundred for sure, but I’m always giving pairs away to my friends or loosing them.”

All sneaker heads have a certain shoe they buy in bulk. What’s yours? 

I’m such a fan of all white Vans. It’s the Cali boy in me again. I just love all white shoes. You can only get like two wears out of them, it just kills me. I buy like five at a time. They just get dirty so fast. You want something to always fit like when you first buy it. That feeling when you first it on.”

You arrived today wearing the new Yeezy 350 boots with a head-to-toe Yeezy look. What do you think it is about what Kanye West has done that has resonated so successfully?

“When he believes in something, he believes in it whether people don’t like it or like it. He’s going to do it anyway. Once people realize that, they take their barrier down. A lot of people judge things based on perception and don’t actually give it a try. Once they do, they like it and realize what he’s trying to do, on all levels. I get what he’s doing musically and am a fan of his as an artist and his drive. Everyone has different tastes, but right now, this is how I’m feeling like dressing.”

About the Yeezy Boost 950 Boots and his special Jenner connect, which he is included in the family special order: 

“It’s winter and these just feel right. I’m lucky I don’t have to try and hunt them down online anymore. I like getting things first.”

Read more over at Footwear News. 

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#NYFW RECAP: ANGELA SIMMONS PRESENTS HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 90th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION FASHION SHOW

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During this year’s New York Fashion WeekAngela Simmons hit the Kia’s 360 Style runway with her latest design collaboration celebrating the 90th anniversary of The Harlem Globetrotters.

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Artists Mack Wilds and Bridget Kelly warmed up the crowd with their new hit single “Act Like That.”

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6 Times ‘Clueless’ Influenced Music and Fashion

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Today, marks 20 years since Clueless [1995] has hit the big screen, where the entire nation fell in love with the blockbuster hit. From quirky fashion styles, love, sex, music and “rolling with the homies,” the classic movie has always had some type of influence amongst all genres to this very day.

Hang with us as we countdown the ways that ‘Clueless’ still remains present….