New York City was the place to be last week and naturally we made the short trip from our headquarters in Chicago to the east coast. The city that never sleeps was even more lively than usual as both New York Fashion Week and All-Star weekend took over the streets. We kick started our week at the highly anticipated Kanye x Adidas presentation. With Adidas giving the reigns of creativity to its collaborators, we’re not surprised Kanye’s capsule collection was monochromatic perfection. On Saturday, we put the fashion shows on pause to show love to the Just ★ Don All-Star Weekend pop-up shop hosted inside the Jordan 30th anniversary exhibit. Our second stop was at Robert Geller. Geller’s models truly demonstrated how not to sacrifice style for warmth for the A/W ’15 season with effortless layering focused on proportions. Last on the agenda was Hood by Air and although we’ve come to expect their outlandish presentations it definitely doesn’t make them any less interesting. HBA designer Shayne Oliver continues his mastery of dichotomies, as seen on fur coats with box logos, male models in skirts, and generally clean cut tailoring with streetwear accents.
We all knew we were in for a one of a kind concert experience at Common’s AAHH! Fest… after all, it’s not every day a music festival is hosted by Dave Chapelle. Dave said it himself: “Take a picture of me now, because you might not see me for another ten years.”
Chapelle hit the stage right after Jennifer Hudson blew the crowd away with her vocals, all whilst looking amazing in OFF—White. But that was just the beginning. Lupe Fiasco followed her performance, warming up the crowd with old time favorites “Kick, Push” and “Go Go Gadget Flow.” Unfortunately, the plug was pulled on Lupe’s set, as he lost track of time during his passionate performance. Common hit the stage, performing his hits with extra enthusiasm as the man responsible for the all-star event. Halfway through his set, Common brought out Twista, who sped through tracks for loyal Chicago fans.
But, of course, everyone was waiting for the man of the night and “surprise guest,” Kanye West. Kanye (also sporting an OFF—White flannel) said he was set to only perform three songs, but instead he gave his hometown crowd an incredible sixteen-song show. From the inevitable Chicago ode “Homecoming” to “New Slaves,” Kanye put on an unbelievable and intimate show on the relatively small AAHH! Fest stage, a performance unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
With this night going down in the history books, we’re already looking forward to how AAHH! Fest will top this inaugural event in the years to come.
Words by: Adriana Gaspar
Photography by: Anthony Trevino
The second and last collaboration from A.P.C. and Kanye West is heavily inspired by classic military pieces, the result being a number of wardrobe staples presented with a contemporary twist. While Kanye West’s design influence is obvious in the casual cool pieces, the collection also stays true to A.P.C.’s minimalist spirit. Ranging from a fur-trimmed parka to a Japanese denim shirt and a comfy wool sweatshirt, the pieces are each perfect additions to a luxuriously comfortable fall and winter wardrobe.
A.P.C. x Kanye is available in-store, via phone 773.770.6666, or e-mail [email protected]
Designed for the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the commissioned George Condo paintings became a luxurious expression of both Kanye West and M/M (Paris). With added creative effort by M/M (Paris), the silk scarves are not just beautiful fashion accessories, but art.
Graphics by Louis De Guzman
Words by Alicia Gutierrez