A$AP Rocky, Ryan McGinley and More Celebrate Ferragamo’s 100th

It’s been 100 years since a 16-year-old Salvatore Ferragamo left Southern Italy for Boston where his brother worked in a boot making factory. Finding the industrial atmosphere less than inspiring, Ferragamo convinced his brothers to head to Hollywood and start a made-to-measure shoe business. Within five years, the company was a go-to for the stars.

In celebration of this centennial, Ferragamo’s launched A Man’s Story, an online project photographed by Francesco Carrozzini. The portraits feature an “eclectic cast of contemporary men,” and show “Ferragamo’s luxury lifestyle collections…presented in new and surprising settings.”

alexander gilkesCo-founder of online auction house Paddle8 Alexander Gilkes

asap rockyMusic artist A$AP Rocky

douglas boothActor Douglas Booth

henrik lundqvistIce hockey legend for the New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist

louis marieArtist and entrepreneur Louis-Marie de Castelbajac

ryan mcginleyArtist and photographer Ryan McGinley

tyrone woodArt Consultant Tyrone Wood

Watch the video here:

A$AP Rocky: Lyrical Genius and Fashion Killa

Harlem born and bred rapper A$AP Rocky doesn’t leave a lot of room for ambiguity. From his breakout moment–the 2011 release of his slow-rumbling, fast-talking hit ‘Peso’–he’s been clear about who he is and where he comes from. He’s a self-declared “pretty motherf*cker,” a one time drug dealer who signed with RCA’s Polo Music Group for a record-pushing $3 million after the release of his debut mixtape, a New York boy who’s quick to embrace Houston’s hazy flow and Memphis’ harsh crunk.

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Love Hits Fashion: Chanel Iman Says Yes To A$AP Rocky + Tom Ford Gets Hitched

Tom Ford quietly married his partner of 27 years, Richard Buckley, in the US, announcing the marriage at an Apple store event in London. The couple has one son together, one and a half year old Alexander John Buckley Ford.

Page Six (so take that as you will) reports that Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky are secretly (well not anymore!) engaged. Chanel hasn’t been seen with a ring just yet, but we’re looking forward to seeing what kind of diamond the styled rapper comes up with for the model.

Congrats all around.

Image: A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman at the 2013 MTV Awards

Mia Moretti Takes a Glimpse of New York From the Inside

New York is my city, and although I travel like a mad woman all year round stomping down at music festivals, film festivals, and fashion weeks across the globe, there really is no place like home. Fashion week can feel like a whirlwind of bloggers, bustiers, models, mockeries, designers, DJs, editors, evolutionists, photographers, and phonies coming at you harder than a tornado, but when you claim New York City as your stomping ground, that’s all par for the course. Bring it on, I say. There is no better place in the world, and to prove it, I called up one of my favorite gal pals (and talented photographer) Diggy Lloyd to hit the streets with me and bring you a little taste of this beautiful, crazy city. 

Caitlin Moe and me arriving for sound check at Prabal Gurung’s carnival

DJing the carnival on top of a truck

 

Backstage prepping in my trailer

My goodluck duck from set of VH1 Master of the Mix show I just wrapped filming. 

The girls with Renzo backstage at Diesel Black Gold! (Talli Lennox, Caitlin Moe, Oh Land and me)

Oh Land going in for a punch! 

Bossy! 

Glamour outside the Jeremy Scott show at Milk

A$AP Rocky arriving at Jeremy Scott

Terry Richardson at Jeremy Scott

Lindsey Wixson closing Jeremy Scott

Pit Stop at La Grainne Cafe

Honor show at Eyebeam

Accessories

On the way to Elizabeth & James presentation

Gorgeous texture and color at Elizabeth & James

Ashley Olsen at the presentation for her and Mary-Kate’s line, Elizabeth & James

New York, you gorgeous city

Listen Up: Fall New Releases Roundup

Summer may be coming to a close, with hemlines dropping and day-drinking becoming less socially acceptable, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop—at least not where your ears are concerned. With the changing of seasons comes the best-of-the-best music releases to help ease the pain of summertime withdrawals. With choice efforts from phoenix-like indie goddess Cat Power, who did some major soul-searching and self-inventing on her latest album, swagger-centric hip-hop head A$AP Rocky who’s destined for mainstream acclaim, to the unusual pairing of an art-rock veteran and an indie darling sonic ingénue, this year’s must-listen albums run the gamut of aural awesomeness. Without further ado, tantalize your ears with our editor-approved picks of the season.

A$AP Rocky – LongLiveA$AP
Named after one-half of the legendary rap duo Eric B and Rakim, A$AP Rocky (neé Rakim Mayers) dominated the headphones of hipster hip-hop fans with his debut mixtape LiveLoveA$AP. After whetting the collective sonic appetite of the blogosphere A$AP Rocky is back with his rhyme-tastic full-length debut LongLiveA$AP, which features a cameo from pouty seductive songstress Lana Del Rey.

Cat Power – Sun
After enduring serious heartbreak (a bad breakup with actor Giovanni Ribisi) Cat Power chanteuse and multi-instrumentalist Chan Marshall decided to put the pain to music. The resulting sound on Sun, Cat Power’s stellar new album, is electronic-infused, soulful without being contrived, and full of lush melodies, and heart-on-sleeve lovelorn lyrics. Highlights include opener “Cherokee” and the power-pop laden “Ruin.”

St. Vincent and David Byrne – Love This Giant
While this may seem like an unlikely pairing, the Talking Heads front man and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark make beautifully artful music together. Filled with a bombastic horn section, catchy hooks, and cerebral lyrics, Love This Giant revels in its own innovation and redefines the notion of a super group. Music nerds rejoice!

The xx – Coexist
Purveyors of moody make out music, London’s The xx are back with the long-awaited sophomore album Coexist. Filled with the stunning sonic textures and slithering sensuality you’d expect from this Brit trio, Jamie xx and company deliver songs with more-fully formed lyrics, like the love-longing ambience of “Chained.”

Grizzly Bear – Shields
The sometimes-precious indie crooners Grizzly Bear are back with Shields, the follow up to 2009’s critically acclaimed Vekatimest. Staying true to the spacious dreamy layers from past efforts, Shields combines ethereal harmonies, psych-infused guitar riffs, and lush soundscapes making for a perfect Sunday morning sound.

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, Mad City
With the lyrically dexterous Good Kid, Mad City, up-and-coming rapper Kendrick Lamar offers up his signature philosophical-heavy rhyme style to masses. On this major label debut Lamar collaborates with avant-popstress Lady Gaga and cleverly pontificates on the highs and lows of inebriation on the hip-shaking bagger “Swimming Pools (Drank).”

Pitchfork Recap: Japandroids Blast Off on Friday Night

I arrived a little after the gates had opened and after almost an hour of hard rain had fallen on Union Park. The schedule was already fifteen minutes behind, and no one had started playing yet. Not the best way to begin a three-day festival. The weather seemed to make an impression on a lot of potential festival-goers, too, as it was the sparsest crowd I’ve ever seen, even for a Friday. But for those who did make it out, acts like Japandroids, Clams Casino, A$AP Rocky, and Dirty Projectors did Their best to make sure it was worth it.

Best Set: Japandroids
After a soggy start, these guys are exactly what we all needed: a shot of straight-forward, fist-pumping rock’n’roll to get everybody excited about seeing live music again (so, basically the opposite of Lower Dens). They kicked it off with “Adrenaline Nightshift” and, I know this is going to sound like hyperbole, the clouds started to part and the sun was shining before the song ended. The band didn’t let off the gas until they were done. It was glorious. It’s amazing to see how big a band with only two guys can sound. The only thing that bothered me was seeing a kid that couldn’t have been older than 17 sing his heart out to “Younger Us.” I’m not sure if he really gets what that song is about. Oh well; he’ll know soon enough.

Biggest Disappointment: the sound
Festivals in general have a reputation for spotty sound. Pitchfork seems to draw a lot more criticism than other festivals, partially because they book a lot of acts with complex sounds that end up having problems, but mostly because every year it really does seem as bad or worse than the year before, leading to complaints about prices going up but the sound not improving. This year the weather at least gave them a reason for much of the problems, causing equipment malfunctions and postponing or even canceling important sound checks. Still, a legitimate excuse for the issues doesn’t make them easier to deal with, and acts like Olivia Tremor Control definitely suffered. There’s nobody to blame, really, but it certainly put a damper on things.

Biggest Surprise: Willis Earl Beal
Because of the previously mentioned sound problems, I left Olivia Tremor Control a few songs early just in time to catch the last ten minutes of Willis Earl Beal. All I really knew about this guy was that he was from Chicago and that he used to post flyers with his phone number, telling people that if they called he’d sing them a song. I’m glad I made it a point to see him because he really was incredible, mixing elements of soul, blues, and lo-fi with a stage presence that’s exceedingly rare at this festival. He was as passionate and intense as he was self-effacing, telling the crowd, “Thanks for coming to my poetry reading. There’ll be real songs coming up after me,” before leading them in a sing-along about keeping the tears (and in this case, the rain) at bay. Only the most cynical music fan wouldn’t have been won over.

New Music: Jams From WHY?, Big Boi and More

While you were freaking out about this new Lana Del Rey video with A$AP Rocky, pretty much everyone on the Internet (or at least on Twitter), a bunch of other new tracks hit the airwaves and interwebs. Here are just a few of them. 

Childish Gambino – One Up

"You ain’t likin’ what we doin’?" Donald Glover asks on Childish Gambino’s latest track. "Shut up." As a refrain, it’s a pretty simple and clear message to detractors of Childish Gambino’s music, but for the actor-rapper-comedian-prospective-Spider-Man’s fans, it’s a sign of greater things to come. Glover announced the release of the anticipated Childish Gambino mixtape, Royalty, which drops July 4th. 

Big Boi – Gossip (feat. UGK and Big K.R.I.T.) 

So far, the second released track from Big Boi’s upcoming Sir Lucious Left Foot followup, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, is mostly only available as a radio rip, which means it’s full of tags as well as two pretty fantastic featured performers. It’s not as ridiculous as the first release, "She Said OK," a porn-groove parody collab with Theophilus London, but what it is is catchy, with a minimal but effective beat and a brain-burrowing earworm of a hook.  Listen over at Rap Radar.

Little Dragon – Sunshine 

The soothing Swedes of Little Dragon frolic in a field in outfits that make some them sort of look like lost members of the Night’s Watch for the video for their lovely, atmospheric, pan-flute-tinged new track "Sunshine." The track was recorded as a singel to promote the new ABSOLUT Punch vodka drink and celebrate creative cocktailing, but we think they would have been a better spokesband for Bacardi Dragon Berry. I’ll just let myself out. 

WHY? – Sod in the Seed 

On the title track from WHY?’s upcoming new EP, Yoni Wolf reflects on pulling "up to Critical Mass / in a gas-guzzling Ford" and "throwing out his lumbar picking up checks." The clever rhymes are plentiful, as is the ribbing at the notion of "First World Problems," all set to a background of strumming and clinking percussion. In addition to the new EP, which drops August 14th, WHY? will be embarking on a pretty hefty tour of the United States and Europe, beginning August 24th with a stop in Columbia, Missouri. Supporters include Anticon labelmates Doseone, Jel and Serengeti.

Lana Del Rey Channels Marilyn and Jackie O in “National Anthem” Video

Just in time for next week’s Fourth of July celebrations, Lana Del Rey, the strangest of indie pop ducks currently making dreamy and slightly insufferable music right now, has unveiled the video for her newest single, "National Anthem." I try my best to refrain from using "epic" to describe things that just end up on YouTube, but this might be Del Rey’s biggest accomplishment in the sense that it looks like she actually tried

It begins, oddly, with Del Rey in old-timey black and white footage, mimicing Marilyn Monroe’s classic rendition of "Happy Birthday" (question: how much did her record label shell out to get the rights to that for some seven-minute music video?). Do you think she modeled her Marilyn on My Week With Marilyn‘s Michelle Williams or Smash‘s Katharine McPhee? (Trick question: the answer Smash‘s Uma Thurman’s Marilyn). Then, the real music video begins, with an Instagrammy depiction of Del Rey traipsing around a Hamptons lawn with A$AP Rocky and some adorable kids. 

(Here’s a random and slightly unrelated question: has Instagram put those old-timey photoshoot storefronts out of business yet? It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to a mall so that I could dress up in cowboy gear and have my picture taken by a college student who regrets not taking summer courses instead of returning to his parents’ suburban home for break.)

And, of course, there’s a recreation of the JFK assassination, because every generation gets the silly pop-music homage to an American tragedy it deserves. 

In all seriousness, though, I’m actually shocked how much I didn’t not like this video. The song is actually one of the few from Del Rey’s Born to Die that I thought was actually pretty good. But, you know, the bar’s set pretty low here. But it does work well in conjuction with my Lana Del Rey drinking game, in which I take shots every time there’s a shot of either her closed eyes or her creepy nails. (It’s a good thing this is less than eight minutes long.)

A$AP Rocky, Missy Elliott, More to Headline Rock The Bells

Old and new will be battling it out for command of audiences at this year’s Rock The Bells Festival, which announced a formidable lineup for dates in San Bernadino, Calif. (Aug. 18th and 19th), Mountain View, Calif. (Aug. 25th and 26th) and Holmdel, New Jersey (Sept. 1st and 2nd). Tickets go on presale Friday and general sale Saturday, May 19th.

Composer and member of the Wu-Tang Clan RZA and festival regular Supernatural share hosting duties while the likes of fellow veterans Nas, Ice Cube, E-40, Too $hort, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Prodigy will top the bill. Relative newcomers performing at the festival include Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, 2 Chainz, Yelawolf and Tyga.

Among the most exciting acts are Missy Elliott, making her live-performance comeback following the release of her first album in seven years, Block Party, in June, along with her longtime musical sidekick Timbaland in a joint performance. Method Man and Redman will unite to perform Blackout in its entirety, not the first time the festival has seen well-established rappers perform their most iconic works (Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Nas’s Illmatic being among them).

All five original members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will perform together for the first time in nearly 20 years to perform their standout album, E. 1999 Eternal, as well as a tribute to the late Eazy-E. Well, the news of a Bone Thugs reunion is as good of a time as any to revisit Bone Pugz-N-Harmony’s classic rendition of "1st of Tha Month." Enjoy.