Yeezy Follows Through On Adidas Collab Post Nike Beef

Kanye West didn’t waste any time after his breakup with Nike last year — he went right into a new relationship with Adidas. The fruits of their partnership are almost here — Yeezy for Adidas hits stores in June, officially. ‘Ye announced the release date after performing at an Adidas global brand conference in Germany.

Here’s hoping Kanye’s relationship with Adidas is less rocky than the one he destroyed with Nike. Kanye voiced his contentious feelings toward Nike’s CEO, Mark Parker at a concert in New York this past November:

“They let me sip that clean water when they let me make them Yeezys, and they saw how the universe reacted. They tried to make it as small as possible. Mark Parker even talked shit, talking ’bout he don’t even know why people like the Yeezys. They liked them like they liked the Jordans because I was in fourth grade getting kicked out for drawing Jordans, for being connected to that emotion as a creative.”

Watch the full tirade below:

Image via Wikimedia Commons

STYLE SCOOP: Kim & Kanye Cover Vogue, Colette Gets Robbed, Raf Simons & Adidas Pair Up Again

The End Is Near / April Fools?

In case you dropped off the internet last week, you may haven’t noticed that Kim and Kanye cover the April issue of Vogue. Yes, American Vogue, edited by the one and only Anna Wintour. Also, there’s a hashtag on the cover of Vogue. Also, the word “selfie”. What is happening?!

Fashion Hold Up

Armed robbers hit up Colette in Paris, making away with a stash of watches.

Shoe Shopping

Steve Madden is gearing up to buy Brian Atwood.

Fit Like Christy

Into the Gloss has the skinny on Christy Turlington’s workout.

Get Your Kicks

Nike might have Riccardo Tisci for the first time, but Adidas is back with Raf Simons for another sneaker collection. (And we love.)

Tripping On Louis

Watch Louis Vuitton’s “infinite mirror” jewelry film below.

#StyleScoop: Amazon Does Drones, Kanye Does Adidas

From Kanye West to drone delivery service, here’s the fashion news you need to know.

Fairchild’s editorial director Peter Kaplan sadly passed away at the age of 59. He will be best remembered for his time as editor in chief of the New York Observer, making it required reading.

After trashing Nike and going on a rant about corporate slavery, Kanye West has signed a $10 million deal with Adidas. Our sincerest good luck wishes to whoever at Adidas will be charged with reigning Kanye in for this partnership.

As if knock offs and faux designer bags weren’t a rampant enough problem, Burberry’s ubiquitous check print may be in jeopardy – in China, Burberry has had to appeal cancellation of its trademark.

Can’t wait for your Skinceuticals/Oribe/books/anything else to arrive? Amazon is amping up delivery with a new 30-minutes-or-less drone delivery service. Yep. It’s the future.

Kate Moss will be honored at the British Fashion Awards for her role as a style icon and her staying power in the industry. Moss turns 40 this year – she was discovered at 14. Oh  – and her Playboy photos are out – the magazine hits stands this Friday.

10 Cyber Monday Fashion Deals to Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday! Also known as the one day that you can spend unmentionable hours online shopping at work and not feel bad about it because you know that everyone around you is probably doing it too. It’s a time when top brands and retailers reward their computer-bound consumers with deep discounts across the web, creating the most convenient shopping experience, ever. Since this is also a perfect time to tackle some last-minute holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up ten stellar sales that are guaranteed to satisfy just about every fashionably inclined friend on your gift list.

1. AllSaints: Take 20% off all merchandise, including menswear, womenswear, and accessories when you enter promo code ALLSAINTS at checkout.

2. Shopbop: Spend $250 or more, take $50 off your order; spend $500 or more, take $100 off; spend $750 or more, take $150 off; spend $1,000 or more, take $250 off; or spend $1,500 or more, take $500 off. Use promo code BIGEVENT at checkout.

3. wonderMode: Take 20% off final purchase when you use promo code KZN6C2F1V at checkout. Deal ends at midnight.

4. DKNY: Take 28% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping.

5. Esprit: 40% off all items, including accessories.

6. Betsey Johnson: Take 40% off your entire purchase.

7. Ralph Lauren: Take 25% off reduced items, plus free shipping.

8. Adidas: Free shipping on all purchases, plus $15 off order $80 or more, $25 off orders $100 or more, and $40 off orders $125 or more.

9. Converse: Take 20% off all items, plus free shipping.

10. Nike: Take an extra 25% off clearance items with promo code ADVANTAGE. Sale ends Wednesday.

All Day I Dream About… Rita Ora

Adidas’ star has been on the rise. Since the resurgence and proliferation of ‘90s style, the tri-stripe, the logo, and the collaborations have been blipping consistently on fashion’s radar. I’ve even hopped back on the same bandwagon I was on circa fifth grade, and it’s been difficult to get me to wear anything other than a Jeremy Scott collab men’s pixelated logo sweater on gloomy days. I hope no one is sick of it yet, because I’m not!

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Aside from Jeremy Scott, we have Stella McCartney workout gear thanks to Adidas (and a new reason to wake up for Exhale classes), and as always, the good old Adidas classics that will never go anywhere (and the more worn in, the better). Now, another collaboration: Rita Ora is set to design a line with Adidas, presumably for our track-pant-lounging pleasure. Also a high possibility: crop tops… yet another reason to get thee to core fusion. Lately the singer has been all over Instagram wearing Adidas, showing off her Adidas goodies (platform creeper/sneakers. Must we do this again?) and with her pals Jeremy and Stella. As they say, the world awaits with breath that is baited.

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Everything Old Is New and Then Newer Again: Zubaz Edition

It’s not really even worth starting this post by asking you if you remember Zubaz, the stretchy, neon, zebra-striped pants that typified a generation of tacky athletic-inspired fashionwear. If you’re reading this, you either remember Zubaz, because you lived through them and are probably sick of this nostalgia cycle, or you think you remember Zubaz, but really you just missed the cut but you’ve just been reading too many nostalgia-obsessed listicles around the Internet and certain things have been planted into your brain. 

The NYT (ON IT!) wrote about the regenerated interest of the brand in a trend piece this week, which isn’t really a full-blown comeback for Zubaz, seeing as the brand resurrected itself in 2008 after more than a decade out of the pants-designing game. But, as Dan Stock and Bob Truax, the brains behind the pants, are continuing their efforts to repopularize the brand, they got a boost this week from the neon Adidas AdiZero zebra-striped basketball shorts that were unveiled for the NCAA Tournament. March Madness, indeed.

The instant connection was made between Adidas’ shorts (which bear a different, non-copyright-infringing pattern), but the company founders reacted positively to the association with the brand they created, for better or for worse. And as Chris Robbins writes, "Zubaz are enjoying something of a rebirth. Zubaz refuse to die." Perhaps, then, Zubaz are a metaphor for our cyclical return to everything from the years between 1990 and 1999, our "Maaaan, remember this?" means of relevancy and branding, but really the comeback isn’t a comeback at all but a brief blip on our screens and maybe some really gaudy sweatpants purchased by people who can name all three Gronkowski brothers? What do the Zubaz say about the Zeitgeist? These are the questions. 

Also, this video has nothing to do with Zubaz, but still seemed fitting. 

Kick & Play: Finding The Unique Slip-On Sneaker

Casual, conventional loafers and slip-ons are easy to find, but stand-out, unique pairs are not. From clothes to footwear, it seems like every company – from H&M, to Zara, to Banana Republic – is doing the same as the next.

But amid all the generic styles are some that do stand out. Here are some simple pairs that add a touch of flair to your feet.

THE KICKS:

Brooks Brothers Suede Tie Driving Moc (to the left)

Driving moccasins are always good to have – whether as a back up in your closet for those days you aren’t sure what shoes to wear to brunch or as your main dinner party shoe.

The rubber sole with a padded sole makes for a comfortable shoe. But this driving moccasin by Brooks Brothers uses suede to give the boat-shoe style pair a really raw, cozy look.

With this loafer, be a preppy with dark brown or grey or evangelize the hipster inside of you with red, bright blue, or bright green (not shown).

Available at your local Brooks Brothers or online, $148.

Y3 Decade

Decade sneaker

Yohji Yamamoto, aka renowned shoe designer for Y3 and Adidas, is always good at sleek design with a standout twist. For his 2013 collection, he unleashes the Decade, a stunning low-cut sportswear slip-on sneaker in black with a deep purple sole.

The shoe is a cool mixture of leather and mesh, surrounded by an elastic fastening system to give a clean, snug fit. The great thing about the Decade is its cushioned insole, which lets you leave the casual kick on your feet for hours and still be comfortable. Perfect for the gym and street running, but great for jeans and dark pants if you want a dark sneaker with a little pop.

Available on the Y3 website, $290.00.

THE PLAY:

Bien CuitWest Village, NYC
At Bien Cuit, you get fresh pastries delivered twice daily – from croissants, to chocolate bundts, to homemade breads and pistachio roulades. My favorites include the almond chocolate croissant coupled with their frothy cappuccino, and their reuben sandwich featuring their famous homemade bread. Woody interior, marble counter, long front windows – this is the perfect spot for a Saturday morning chat, or casual blind date.

Tavern, Brentwood, Ca.
Tavern might be one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. While Tavern has earned its acclaim and honors, still, nobody talks about it enough. A fine dining experience with a bakery next door, the beautiful space has something for everybody. But their fresh-baked cookies might be the best you’ll have ever experienced. Top that with pumpkin bread pudding, monkey bread, and medjool date cakes, and you have an eclectic vibe of sweets to leave you coming back regularly. Tavern is perfect for brunch, delicious for dinner, but unbelievable for desert.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco, Ca.
One of San Francisco’s finest characteristics is the city’s openness and diversity. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, is the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Fresh produce, meat, cheese, and pastries come to the city with an international sense of community. Here, city goers are able to try breads, fruits, and creative chocolate flavors and take all types of goods home. While dinners out on the town are always nice, sometimes it’s refreshing to bring home exotic fruits, fresh organic greens, and get creative for a nice hearty dinner at home. The best experience for me at the Farmers Market? Mocha chocolate by Scwarffen Berger.

Walk fresh. Eat right. Be well.

AS

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DJ Jus-Ske’s Adidas All-In Asian Tour Diary

As a manager and partner at 4AM DJs, I’m constantly arranging for performances, events, and photo shoots around the world. Every day, I get reports back from my DJs filled with the kinds of wild adventures I rarely get to be a part of as a desk jockey. The people who flock to their stellar international events get to experience the end results of months of prep, but do they really know what a day in the life of a DJ is like? In this monthly column, you’ll hear first-hand accounts of DJ war stories, with photos and videos from the world’s best to show for it. In this 4AM DJ Tour Diary, you’ll read about DJ Jus-Ske‘s trip through Shanghai, Taiwan, and Hong Kong for the Adidas All-In Tour. Yours truly, Adam Alpert.

In May, I was given the opportunity to be a part of Adidas’ All-In Tour. The tour took place in Asia and lasted a week. I flew from NY and landed in Shanghai, where I had a car waiting for me. The hospitality from the guys at Adidas was tremendous. I was taken to my hotel, where I slept off a bit of jetlag before getting ready to start my week of events. I stayed at Puli Hotel while in Shanghai, and it was sick.

During my first day in Shanghai, I met up with my buddy, Kevin Poon, who owns a clothing company called Clot Inc. Kevin is deep in the fashion world in Asia, owning stores like Juice Shanghai and Juice Hong Kong, which I was able to check out while I was there. He’s also opening the WOAW pop-up store in Hong Kong, which will feature a bunch of luxury eyewear brands all in one store.

Kevin was extremely helpful during my entire stay in Asia. The day of my first show, we went through the event that was about to take place that night. Later that day, I went for sound check at the venue, Block 6, and after did a ton of press in the green room. Eventually, it was time for the main event. I was set to go on after Edison Chen, who is a huge actor and musician in China.

After doing sound check and press, I was ready to rock, but then I found out that the party was getting stalled due to overcrowding. The cops in Shanghai showed up to the venue because too many people were trying to get in. There were problems with fans forcing themselves past the barricades at the entrance because they were so excited for the event, but they ended up just getting the show postponed for three hours. During that time, I just chilled backstage and became cooler with Edison. He’s a great individual. The cops stalling the event only created more anticipation for the show we were about to put on.

Edison went on first and killed it for the crowd. After his performance, he was nice enough to introduce me to the crowd. Edison being such a huge celebrity in China really helped the crowd to accept me. By the end of my set, the crowd was totally into it. The show ended up being totally official, even though it was pushed back for a few hours. The next day I left for Hong Kong first thing in the morning. Hong Kong was where I spent most of my time during my trip. I was there for five days and I was able to travel around the city, go shopping, and eat traditional Hong Kong cuisine. I stayed at The Upper House, another sick hotel.

In Hong Kong, I met up with my business partner Daniel to talk about my sunglasses line, Illesteva. The first thing we did was meet up with my friend Gilbert, who owns the biggest club in Hong Kong, called Dragon-i. We all got dinner and then made our way to Dragon-i, which always brings out the best crowd in Hong Kong. The next day I went sight seeing around the city. I luckily had the best driver, Jonathan, who took me all around in a Mercedes minivan. He took us to the gold and electronic market and to some other shops, including Juice HK. Shopping in Hong Kong is crazy. I met back up with Kevin Poon and we eventually got dinner.

My second Adidas event took place during my third night in Hong Kong and the crowd was amazing. The event was held at the Ocean Terminal Rooftop. The next night Gilbert hosted a dinner party at his insane penthouse in the hills. It was great running into all my Tokyo and Hong Kong buddies who were there. After dinner we went back to Dragon I and then later to Volar with my Hong Kong fam. Later that night, we all met up at Hong Kong’s best late night spot, Tsuewah, for traditional Hong Kong cuisine.

The next day I had some meetings and then left for Taiwan for the third and final stop of the Adidas All-In Tour. I stayed at the W Taipei. It was my first time in Taiwan and I didn’t know what to expect. After I landed, I went straight to sound check, then I met up with my friend, Soda, and went to a traditional Thai barbeque spot. The food was on another level. What was so great about the show in Taiwan was the event was held in the biggest shopping center in the country at No. 8. That night I did the red carpet with Edison Chen and I was able to watch and enjoy the show before performing. The crowd in Taiwan was extremely hyped. After the show I went to check out my boy, DJ Vice, because it’s always good to see friends especially half way around the world. The next day we went around Taiwan and went to Eskuche, one of the most amazing stores I’ve ever seen. I also stopped at Juice Taiwan to go shopping. One of my favorite things about Taiwan was the culture and watching some of the dudes there break dance, I’ve never seen anything like it. From Taiwan, I flew back to Hong Kong where I finally caught my flight back to NY. The hospitality I received during my stay in Asia was incredible. Everyone went above and beyond. The Asian culture is completely different and my friends who live there were gracious enough to show me around and make me feel at home during my stay.

Adidas Pulls in Big Names to Star in Their Largest Campaign Ever

Germany-based athletic company Adidas has launched “All Adidas”—a dynamic multimedia campaign starring David Beckham, NBA star Derrick Rose, Katy Perry, and more. To kick of their most prominent marketing push since 2004, they enlisted director Romain Gavras (the man behind M.I.A.’s wild music videos) to shoot 30 and 60-second teasers to accompany the global advertisement. Now, a full two-minute commercial has emerged online that features a brand spankin’ new track by French electro duo Justice, which you can watch after the jump.

As told to the The Telegraph by Adidas executive Erich Stamminger, the campaign’s “creative concept brings together the diversity of the brand under one strong roof. From the court to the catwalk, the stadium to the street, we are giving an authentic statement with credibility that only Adidas has.”

Check out the Adidas Facebook page for more teasers and official updates.