Only a day after the release of his long-awaited Blank Face LP, Schoolboy Q began a quick string of shows to promote the album before a full-blown tour. Groovy Tony will be making nine ‘pit stops’ in eight days to promote his album. Chicago was the third show of his cross country trek and fans got a chance to meet Q, purchase merch, and get their gear signed at Shuga Records. By the time the signing ended, Schoolboy had nearly lost his voice.
Two hours later, fans eagerly awaited his arrival and chanted as he took the stage in front of the sold-out crowd. Despite barely being able to talk, he performed a slew of hits from his old projects and his new LP. Schoolboy matched the energy of his fans who were packed into the mosh pit, in a uniquely intimate experience. Q made it clear to fans that these shows were only a small taste of what to expect in the coming months. Check out the video above for a full recap.
Fresh off the plane from his runway show at Paris Fashion Week, Virgil Abloh linked with his cohort Heron Preston for another presentation of Flat White at the Brooklyn Museum. The two provided sounds in the glass entryway of the museum, where Tom Sachs’ Boombox Retrospective 1999-2016 exhibit has been on display since April. For the exhibition, Sachs utilizes plywood, foamcore, batteries, duct tape, wires, hot glue, and solder to create and pay homage to the boombox, one of street culture’s most beloved icons.
The gallery features 18 unique works, where Sachs takes everyday materials and manipulates them into different iterations of themed boomboxes. Each sculpture is functional and plays music to make the gallery a deeply engaging experience. Abloh and Preston immersed themselves directly in the center of the exhibit, essentially becoming a living embodiment of the installation. Abloh and Preston stood alongside some of Sachs’ most iconic works, including Toyan’s (2002), a massive 8’x12′ group of speakers inspired by Jamaican sound systems, and Presidential Vampire Booth (2002), which features a fully stocked bar and Presidential seal. Check out the gallery above for a recap of the event and stay tuned for more info on Virgil’s latest season.
Kanye West held six screenings for his song ‘Famous’ last night in New York City. By now everyone knows “I FEEL LIKE ME AND TAYLOR MIGHT…,” the first 10 words of the song, which have ignited the masses. West’s ever-changing album The Life of Pablo has been at the pinnacle of hip-hop conversation this year. Not just because of the content within the album, but the conversation and controversy subsequent to its release. The Taylor Swift quip being the height of the hype. I don’t need to recap their complicated relationship, but if you have seen the video, you know that fuel has been added to the flame, depending on perspective.
The video, which is currently only available via Tidal, has been screened in Los Angeles and now, New York. LA got the Hollywood treatment and tickets sold out almost instantly. West took the streets of NYC, much like his famed ‘New Slaves‘ screenings, and notified fans with tweets revealing six screening locations at 10 p.m. RSVP Gallery headed to the E Houston screening location as fans and curious passerby eagerly awaited the screening. Nearly two hours passed, but at midnight, the projectors illuminated the sides of buildings as onlookers cheered.
Since its release, everyone has come out of the woodwork to weigh in; Lena Dunham took to social media to air out her woes with the video, while Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel (insert Kanye’s Spongebob meme here) blocked out segments of their show to poke fun at West. The Reddit community has already dedicated a slew of threads to the video and its interpretations. The flick features George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kim Kardashian, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, Taylor Swift and West in bed together and is mimicked after Vincent Desiderio’s 2008 “Sleep” painting. West, who entrusted Uzi to put his signature style on the video, has yet to weigh in on the truths of any interpretations, and may very well leave it to the masses. Check out the gallery above for a full recap and stay tuned for news on more screenings.
At the risk of sounding like a geriatric, I remember the Bape website before there was an online shop in the United States. I remember grabbing an AOL dial-up disk from Target and logging on to geek over the new lookbooks. Most importantly, I remember that jam that used to play when my 56k modem finally reached the site.
When we saw all of the new Bape at the Gallery, we decided to feed our nostalgia. The result: an insane amount of fits to pay homage to the beloved streetwear giant, set to Nigo’s iconic Year 3878. Check out the video above for camo, neon, and nonsense.
The full collection is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more information or to place an order email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666
This post might be finding you in the dog days of summer, but bear with me: Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you should forget about jackets. I’m talking layers my guy, like an onion. The first step, ditch the wool and heavy fabrics from winter and exchange them for lightweight fabrics with breathability, like cotton and nylon. Also, keep an eye out for technical fabrics that are water-resistant and ready for summer storms to strike. For days when rain isn’t in the forecast, it never hurts to have a jacket handy for notoriously cool summer nights. We put together an assortment of our favorite jackets, ready for the summer and whatever it has in store.
Fear of God Fourth Collection Bombers: Lightweight bomber jackets with tons of versatility. It can be worn a variety of ways and features added volume in the chest and arms for better breathability and an oversized look. The silk lining gives the jacket the ultra-luxurious feel we’ve come to expect from Jerry Lorenzo.
Christopher Kane Reflective Bomber: This one is the perfect statement piece, ready for any day, no matter the weather. Ultra-lightweight technical water-resistant shell and a flash finish that is guaranteed to turn heads.
Raf Simons Hooded Parka: Raf parkas are some of the most coveted items in any rendition. This one features a light cotton twill with single-layer construction and is a perfect piece to throw on. Go ahead, nonchalantly rock the Raf.
Tim Coppens Mushroom Bomber: Coppens is relatively new to the scene, but he began his career designing activewear, so he knows about functionality and breathability. This bomber is no exception and it dons a dope Murakami-esque graphic on the back.
These jackets and more are available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more information or to place an order email [email protected] or cal (773) 770-6666.
Don C. knows what he is doing. His hats are at the pinnacle of sought-after headwear and his first drop of shorts are some of the rarest to date. You can scour the Internet for hours and come up with one pair, maybe. The first release featured NBA team colorways, including his hometown Chicago Bulls. If MJ had the option to sport these, the Bulls might have won 12 championships in his era.
Without the assist from Mitchell & Ness, Don returns with a single monochromatic red pair, that are a nod to his home team. Gold hardware on the drawstring tips and back zips return to give the shorts his signature ultra-luxurious look. Each pair comes embroidered with a large Just Don hit on the front, a small hit below the waistband in back, and 23’s stitched into each side. Don C. himself said that the shorts represent the grandiosity that should be on-court, combined with the functionality you need off the court.
The shorts are available in-store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more information email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666
Bape has entrenched itself into history with its undeniably discernible camo colorways and graphics. Since 1993, the streetwear juggernaut has towered above its competition, creating some of the most iconic pieces in recent memory. The Shark hoodie and its slew of successors have been at the pinnacle, holding grail status since their introduction. Twenty-three years and counting, there is no sign of slowing down for the Japanese powerhouse.
RSVP Gallery took to the rainforest to capture Bape’s newest season in its element. With the continued motif of camo variations, it was necessary to get to the core of the brand’s identity. Our team hung out with the gorillas, crocodiles, and snakes while swathed in this season’s most covetable pieces. A fresh grip of classic shark hoodies, camo pants, swim shorts, and graphic tees are at the center of this season’s exhibition. With the debut of their newest ‘Tropical’ camo variation, Bape is back at it again in rare form.
The newest season is available in-store at RSVP Gallery with select pieces online. For more information email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666.