A Look Back at Some of the Best Interview Magazine Covers of All Time

If you’re at all curious at the state of print these days then you’ll be sad to hear that Interview, the pop culture magazine founded by Andy Warhol during the late 60’s, has officially closed. The news comes after months of lawsuits and financial turmoil.

Interview, nicknamed “the Crystal Ball of Pop” during its heydays, was a chronicle of New York cool through the lens of Andy Warhol himself. The name lends itself to the the candid question-and-answer format between Andy and his artist/ supermodel/ musician friends encouraging them to riff on the minutiae of their lives. Think avant-garde superstars and socialites, Studio 54 glamour and CBGB outcasts.

In recent years, the magazine had stayed relevant by championing the journalistic quality that had made them popular in the first place, one on one celebrity interviews.  It’s always an unexpected treat to see the byline, usually occupied by an unknown editor’s name, with someone as equally, if not, more famous than the subject: Kendrick Lamar by Dave Chappelle, Solange by Beyonce, Joaquin Phoenix by Will Ferrell.

Visually, the magazine owes as much to the artist Richard F. Bernstein as it does to Warhol. From 1972 through the late eighties, Bernstein created dozens of cover portraits using his signature pastel over painting look. Later, under the editorships of Bob Colacello and then Ingrid Sischy, the journal transformed into a leading magazine shaping its distinct, auteur style

To honour the magazine, let’s take a look back at some of the greatest Interview Magazine covers.

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Supreme Wins Menswear Designer of the Year

Yes, New York cult skateboard brand turned household name won the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award beating out Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Virgil Abloh and Thom Browne.

James Jebbia himself accepted the award and gave a small speech – surely, everyone in the room would be listening attentively as he famously avoids any kind of publicity. Even to this day, it is uncommon to find interviews or editorials featuring Jebbia.

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Supreme / Medicom “Kermit” Kubrick Figure, 2008

We believe that Supreme is the well-deserved recipient of this award and this moment will go down in fashion history.
As streetwear continues to sweep trends and style, it has also flipped the fashion industry on its head. But what makes Supreme better than the rest? It’s clear that Jebbia isn’t a businessman but a mere skater who wanted to make clothes for other skaters purely out of his passion for his hobby and community. This authenticity anchored them in the middle of cool 90s skate, art and music culture of New York. Additionally, their success is due in part to their exclusive partnerships blending the lines between savvy business tactics and a genuine collaboration. Damien Hirst, Comme des Garcons, Larry Clark, Playboy, Dipset. The list goes on.

In a rare interview with Vogue, Jebbia states:

 “My thing has always been that the clothing we make is kind of like music. There are always critics that don’t understand that young people can be into Bob Dylan but also into the Wu-Tang Clan and Coltrane and Social Distortion. Young people—and skaters—are very, very open-minded . . . to music, to art, to many things, and that allowed us to make things with an open mind.”

Congratulations to Jebbia and to all the winners tonight! View them all here.

KAWS x Uniqlo Are Dropping a ‘Sesame Street’ Capsule

Brian Donnelly, also known as KAWS, is set to release a Sesame Street-themed collection with UNIQLO.

KAWS has teased the collaboration through his Instagram – It seems like our beloved Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and Elmo have received the KAWS treatment and have been turned into Sesame Street Companions.

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Stay tuned as the official release date has not yet been set. While you’re patiently awaiting for the details, here’s a cute video of Donnelly’s daughter polishing his figurines

Matthew Williams of ALYX Studios Brings the Future of Training Apparel to the Present

Matthew M. Williams, the mastermind behind cult streetwear brand ALYX Studios, has revealed his first capsule collection in collaboration with Nike. The collection titled TRAINING SERIES 001 is said to be produced with a “human touch to a data-driven, purpose-led series of training shirts, trousers and accessories for men and women.”

In efforts to stay on top of innovation within training apparel, Nike and Williams used a so-called computational design approach to the collection. Although they didn’t divulge much of the production details, the clothes are said to be data-driven allowing the clothes to perform better. For example, data can reveal the key spots for heat and sweat zones as well as motion making for more functional apparel.

We have high hopes for this collection as it was only a matter of time for this collaboration to happen. Williams tends to pull the hardened utility functionalities to his Ready to Wear collections for ALYX Studios – take his Rollercoaster belt, tactical pants and chest rig. It’s only fitting that his segway into training and sportswear for Nike take on futuristic elements and innovation.

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Matthew Williams and Ian Connor sporting matching ALYX Chest Rigs (it’s sold out btw)

“What computational design and computer data can offer is really the future of design…It helps to create a different perspective that we can build around. Working in tandem—with data and emotion—is super interesting.”

– Matthew M Williams

 

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The campaign is shot by Nick Knight, a long-time collaborator of Williams. The photos are very conceptual, highlighting computer-generated effects and manipulations that showcase a predominantly artful campaign rather than close-ups of the clothing. Of course in a very futuristic manner, A.I. Instagram Model Lil Miquela is seen on the cover of the latest 032c Magazine sporting some of the pieces.

The collection will include not only the traditional must-haves for training but will also include a slew of multi-functional accessories such as a vest rig of sorts, a balaclava, a towel and a double sock. The Nike x MMW collection releases July 12.

American Apparel Will Be Opening Its First Brick-and-Mortar Store Again

After facing a gruelling bankruptcy and foreclosure of all it’s physical stores worldwide, the iconic Los Angeles-based brand will be re-opening one flagship store in its home city later this year.

The defunct American Apparel location on Melrose Avenue that was once the biggest in California will be revived and serve as the new store. What has changed now, and will likely disappoint much of their loyal fans, is that American Apparel isn’t technically American apparel anymore. Most items are now made at either Gildan’s factories in Central America or sub-contracted elsewhere to cut costs. However, most of their highly covetable best sellers that earned them the notoriety are still in production today such as the 50/50 T-shirt, tennis skirts, bodysuits and Flex Fleece zip hoodies.

 

Why Would Kanye Steal Sketches from an Ex-Nike Designer?

Good Designers Copy, Great Designers Steal

– Pablo Picasso

UPDATE 05/04: Kanye West has commented on the ordeal via his Twitter stating: Today I learned that a newly hired designer on the Yeezy team presented work that was not of their own. This person has immediately been let go from the Yeezy brand. In a moment of inspiration, energy and excitement I had posted this sketch and would like to acknowledge the true creator of this amazing work, Tony Spackman.

If you aren’t up to speed with the latest slew of controversy surround Mr. Kanye West, we don’t blame you. In most recent news, West is being accused of stealing after he posted a shot of a sketch insinuating they are his own. It turns out, the original is actually from a sketch done by Tony Spackman, a esteemed designer who currently works as the design director for Givenchy and has worked for Nike in the past. Spackman called West out in an Instagram Story where he wrote “SORRY, 13 YEAR OLD SKETCH… UNLUCKY FOR SOME”.

Spackman spent nearly a decade designing at Nike with his career spanning from 2000 to 2009, the same year Nike and West released the Air Yeezy, their first official sneaker collaboration project. What’s worse is that we all know that Kanye infamously cut his ties with Nike back in 2013 in a heated ordeal and made a deal with their direct competitor, Adidas. He even wrote the diss track FACTS.

The tweet in question:

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Diet Prada, the Instagram account who savagely aims to call out copycatting culture within fashion, was obviously on top of this:

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Ever-controversial Kanye is no stranger to digging in the far reaches of the internet for inspiration.  Is Ye just showing his creative process with inspiration images or claiming the work to be his own?  Photoshopping out the title of the sketch in the top left corner is pretty much a dead giveaway lol.  The original by designer @tonyspackman was done in 2005 for a @nike collection called "Living Apparel" which eventually became "Nike React", a running collection grounded in freedom of movement and human comfort.  Can we just call it Yee💤y now? 😴 • #yeezy #kanyewest #kanye #kimye #theft #inspiration #illustration #design #fashiondesign #sportswear #streetwear #athleisure #nike #streetstyle #running #nikerunning #hypebeast #highsnobiety #snobshots #wiwt #ootd #copycat #knockoff #wtf #dietprada

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Now some of you may be as perplexed as we are – why would Kanye create such a weighty claim that would put YEEZY and his whole career in jeopardy? He probably has the best of the best working for him at Adidas, so why would he take these Nike sketches that are more than 10 years old? We have some theories:

  1. He Didn’t Know They Were Stolen

    As a founder of a fashion brand, you don’t necessarily have to be the head designer or even the creative director but you have to be the face and the front lines your brand. Of course, Kanye has no formal education or training in fashion design and has a team of designers working under him. We speculate that one of his designers ripped the design off Spackman’s website which is publicly available to view. Yes, you may argue this happens all the time but it isn’t so innocent when you don’t credit the source. As noted in the Diet Prada post, someone photoshopped OUT the title in the sketch in the upper left corner that reads Living Apparel Fall ’05 – it seems to us like someone was trying to cover up their tracks. Lest we forget that time when Nike tried to sue 3 ex-employees for trying to set up an Adidas-backed design studio.

  2. The Inherent Nature of the Designs Aren’t Original Ideas

    Some people were quick to argue that these were just mere references. As you can observe, it’s mainly anatomical sketches of the human leg. Technically, you can’t plagiarize off of what’s universally inherent to everyone and as the case in question here, the human leg IS the basis of creating apparel which is what West claimed this is. However, these critics failed to look closer and read the writing. There are various arrows that point to specific technical notes such as consider waistband construction to increase breathability and comfort and does supporting critical muscle groups and joints optimize performance/ help prevent injury or the opposite? It’s evident that Spackman did his research and showed clear signs of a design process and brainstorming.

  3. He Knows They are Stolen but Doesn’t Care

This may be the most unlikely theory but it’s still very possible knowing Kanye is the king of not giving a single fuck. After all, he did have this to say about originality. *Kanye shrug*:

West has yet to respond. What do you think? Discuss your thoughts in the comments below.

SSENSE Opens New Flagship Store in Montreal

Leading Canadian luxury e-retailer SSENSE known for its directional retail mix and bespoke editorial vertical, announces the opening of SSENSE MONTRÉAL, their flagship concept store.

Located at 418 rue Saint Sulpice, and representing the first building in Canada designed by world-renowned David Chipperfield Architects, the new space is an expansive 13,000 sq. ft. five-storey historic 19th century building with deliberately exposed concrete architecture.

 

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Of course as an e-retailer, they know a thing or two about technology – the new store boasts an appointment-based personal shopping model facilitated through a proprietary interface (montreal.ssense.com) and stylist app. This allows for their inventory of over 20,000 products available on ssense.com to be entirely accessible for clients to try on within 24 hours of scheduling an appointment on the website.

“SSENSE MONTRÉAL is the physical manifestation of everything we stand for at SSENSE. It is backed by 15 years of insights gathered on both ssense.com and our previous retail location and I am confident we have established a blueprint for retail in the future E-commerce enables scale but is suboptimal in important ways, especially fostering human connection. A seamless integration with physical spaces fills the gaps in the customer experience. I am so proud to launch SSENSE MONTRÉAL, a space for our community and a space for Montréal.”

– Rami Atallah, co-founder and chief executive officer of SSENSE.

To learn more and book an appointment, visit https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/locations/montreal. SSENSE MONTRÉAL will open to the public on May 3rd, 2018.

StockX Adds BAPE and Palace to Its Catalog

 StockX, the world’s first online ‘stock market of things’ for high-demand consumer products, announced today that it will be adding BAPE and Palace to its growing streetwear vertical. The iconic Japanese and UK brands join industry-leading, New York-based Supreme and Kith, as the newest streetwear collections available on the platform. The catalog will include both men’s and women’s offerings and feature pieces from some of the world’s most coveted capsule collections and collaborations.

“Streetwear has been a priority of ours from the outset,” said StockX CEO and co-founder, Josh Luber. “In just two years, we have seen incredible growth across all four of our categories – sneakers, watches, handbags and streetwear. Adding BAPE and Palace to the lineup is not only an illustrative example of that growth, but a testament to our commitment of giving our users access to the brands they want in a transparent, anonymous and authentic fashion.”

The streetwear category officially launched with an exclusive collection of Supreme merchandise in October 2017. Today, StockX is the largest collection of authentic Supreme merchandise available for sale in the world. Leading the BAPE team is Scotty Newman, who joined StockX as its general manager from 3peatLA, the long-running Los Angeles-based clothing store and showroom, which was the largest BAPE reseller in the country. Kenny Locklier serves as StockX’s PALACE general manager and is responsible for the curation of what is the most complete catalogue of PALACE available online.

 

For more information, or to buy or sell on the platform, visit: www.stockx.com.

 

Balenciaga is the Number 1 Hottest Brand AGAIN

The Lyst Index, the global fashion search platform, and The Business of Fashion are back again to reveal the top 10 hottest brands for Q1 2018. Balenciaga takes the number 1 spot for the third quarter in a row. Notably, Vetements, another Demna Gvsalia’s led brand, comes in third after Gucci.

For a little primer, BoF partners with Lyst, a global fashion search platform, to analyse the behaviour of over 70 million annual consumers, shopping across their extensive inventory of luxury and contemporary fashion. The rankings were formulated using Google and Lyst search data, engagement statistics, conversion rates and sales.

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BoF reports:

“searches for Balenciaga are certainly growing at a much faster rate than Vetements. The impact of Balenciaga dropping new sneaker colourways and holding runway shows in March 2017 and September 2017 is clear in the graph below. Likewise, Vetements’ decision to replace its Spring/Summer 2018 show with a lookbook surely impacted search queries for the brand. Vetements has grown by 1 percent on an average weekly basis over the last two years and that rate has remained largely consistent even after search enquiries into Balenciaga had doubled. But there’s little doubt that Balenciaga is racing ahead of Vetements in terms of consumer interest.”

 

 

Balenciaga’s proven ability to disrupt the fashion and streetwear scene may be the reason for its continued success.  Take the absurdity of Triple S sneakers, the much-memed layered outerwear looks and parody-esque style of their Bazar Tote. Balenciaga serves as a breath of fresh air as it blows away traditional bourgeois fashion-y tropes.

 

Couple Triple S’s anyone?

 

Streetwear cult favourites such as Off-White, Stone Island and Yeezy continue to dominate the list quarter after quarter.

To celebrate this moment, peep through the gallery to reminisce on some of our favourite Balenciaga runway and streetwear moments:

 

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Read the full report on BoF.

Rihanna Stunts in Gucci at Coachella

Phresh out the runway, indeed. Rihanna stunned this weekend at Coachella wearing an almost head-to-toe outfit from the Fall 2018 Gucci show. The look included a sweater referencing Russ Meyer’s cult film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, a red and green crossbody purse and the main attraction, the Gucci Balaclava. The runway look featured beige plaid trousers and bejewelled loafers – instead, she opted for full snakeskin trousers and matching heels.

RiRi’s Look:

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when u finna run outta hangers.

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Gucci Runway:

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Just a reminder, none of these pieces are currently available in any retailers right now because we’re still in Spring 2018 in case you forgot. Of course, this marriage of Rihanna, recipient of the CFDA Fashion Icon award, and the number one hottest brand can only give birth to an iconic fashion moment such as this so it’s only natural that Gucci can willingly give up these pieces. Christina Binkley, fashion columnist for the Wall Street Journal, told The Fashion Law in a piece about what drives the success of Gucci that it’s “because it’s the hottest brand around, their photos go viral when they wear it, and Gucci is brilliant about working with celebs.”

If anyone remembers, Rihanna wore full Gucci look AGAIN last year during Coachella 2017. She was wearing THE crystal-adorned bodysuit valued at $12,000 complete with the face mask from the Fall 2017 show.

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