- January 6th, 2010
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The website to buy yours is up now: www.google.com/phone (image is from there): Will be unavilable in Europe until Spring (as seen on screenshot below). They are unable to sell T-Mobile service plans through their website so if you want that you’re going to have to probably go in store or check the T-Mobile site a bit later.
I will try to post a full review (and cover any surprises that did or did not happen at the release) tomorrow morning!
I was definitely a fan of last year’s mash-up by DJ Earworm for the top 40 pop hits… and still undecided about this years. But while I mull it over you can have your say as well (thanks Petermen).
1. Merah London Club Opening – The clear winner (though I never would have guessed it) with almost ten times as many pageviews as any other page on the site was this post about the opening of a new posh club. My ticket in the door was a result of my old company doing the design and branding for the club. Have a look:
“Well, the opening of yet another “super exclusive” club seemed to go off without a hitch last night. Merah — a new club over by Oxford St. (on Wells St. to be exact) — opened its doors to the public for the first time last night. In addition to the typical cast of d-listers (former X Factor stars, comedians, boy band members, etc), a full paparazzi, and free booze galore the club boasted a couple of solid DJ sets (atop an absolutely stunning deck), a nice design, friendly staff (particularly for this type of place) and the type of predominantly young/beautiful you might expect at this sort of thing.Of course these are all the steps one would take for an opening, but it did seem a little bit “off” as their real target clientele seems to be less the youngsters spending Daddy’s oil money and more Daddy spending his own hard-earned scrilla while on an international business trip. Going forward Merah will have a tough decision to make as to whether they would rather aim for the d-lister/football crowd (and all the groupies) that frequent a place like Boujis and spend money like it ain’t no thing, or whether they pursue their proclaimed niche of SUPER exclusive gentleman’s club (and no I do not mean ‘the rippers’ here).
Tough call but will be interesting to see whether they “stay the course” of caviar and £120,000 bottles (not exagerating) or opt for trendy cocktails for £15-20 for the young and beautiful.
All in all, a great night out and a strong opening. The bionic finger-printing system used for the coat check was nothing short of class (and made for a much smoother/quicker process as well)…”
2. Behold… The Apple Tablet – This page didn’t receive nearly as many views but it is interesting that not a lot has changed since the early speculation in August. Apple looks set to unleash this beast (now called the iSlate) later this month (according to Gizmodo)… many of the specs and the price range appear to be quite similar to the predictions made when I dropped this post in August:
Absolute Fire… the wait may finally be over! Apple has been working on a tablet for some time now and though it could “change at any time” it is rumored to be basically like a “giant iphone”. The screen on the mock-ups is 10″. Early figures are coming in at $700-$900 and it will come in two editions (one for education and one with a webcam). Gizmodo did not publish the code name under which this project is being worked on but claims that the first prototype emerged in 2008 and that they have been working on this concept for 4-6 years.
Look for the official release coming as early as this fall!
3. Drogba Does Something Cool – This post wasn’t anything special, but I suppose the mention of a superstar (Didier Drogba) doing something that a lot of people needed/wanted answers to is what generated the popularity of this post:
I was trying to figure out why on earth Didier Drogba was wearing red laces in his boots at the Emirates this weekend as Chelsea demolished Arsenal (3-0). I saw him pointing to the boots after the match and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why… well now we know.
Nike and project (Red) have launched the laces as a fundraiser/awareness campaign and Drogba as the (Nike)RED global ambassador was just doing his part. The launch took place at the Nike store last night and featured many famous footballers (Arshavin, Dempsey, Joe Cole, etc.) and everyone’s least favorite do-gooder (Bono).
Hopefully 2010 will bring many enjoyable posts for all to read! I’ve really enjoyed doing this so will definitely try to keep things fresh this year. Thanks for reading!
While Jay-Z bounced back with another classic album, he has gotten a great deal of attention for this release and sold his records. I’m proud of the man and it was a great album (and very heavily anticipated) so nothing to take away from him but I’m going to focus on the Mumford and Sons album “Sigh No More” produced by Markus Dravs.
Mumford & Sons are a relatively new band and have only been playing together since 2007. With the help of Dravs (who previously has worked with the Arcade Fire and Bjork to name a couple) the four young men from West London got together to record this, their debut, album.”Sigh No More” is captivating from start to finish. Every single track is extraordinarily enjoyable and it may well be the only album I heard this year that I could listen to all the way through without picking a favorite track or tiring of the album all together. It is rare that you can find an album that can be enjoyed as an album and is not just a collection of hit singles. In trying to sum up the sound, perhaps it is best to leave the description to them: “They create a gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with the might of Kings Of Leon, and their incredible energy draws us in quickly to their circle of songs, to the warmth of their stories, and to their magical community of misty-eyed men” (http://www.mumfordandsons.com/biography).
If I were personally to try to articulate their sound it would go something like this: Mumford & Sons combine the soulfullness and depth of vocals of the likes of Bon Iver or Ray Lamontagne while combining the depth of a large group like the Arcade Fire, down-home sailors anthems that rival Great Big Sea, bluegrass beats accompanied by chilling harmonies, and rhytmic crescendo’s that feel a bit like a massive musical orgasm.
Mumford & Sons produces a sound that may not be everyone’s cup of tea (and is unlikely to be incredibly popular among the demographic most likely to enjoy this blog), however, the album absolutely warrants a listen if you haven’t yet heard it and as AN ALBUM I would even give it the edge on the Jigga’s impressive collection of club bangers and chart toppers.
We are talking about different genre’s here, but with “Sigh No More” Mumford & Sons have produced as good a “blueprint” for future generations of musicians as Jay-Z has released since 2001.
Check out Mumford & Sons website and enjoy the hits. Let’s hope 2010 provides an equally successful and exciting year for both Mumford & Sons and the Frank Sinatra of Rap.
Now, there was admittedly a bit of bias that went in to my selection of Jeremy Scott for the runway show of the year. One, it was the show that generated the most show at London Fashion Week and two, I may have been influenced by some of Scott’s other work this year (particulary Jeremy Scott’s work on the Adidas orignals line). The entire show can be seen on the LFW website.
I originally caught wind of this show and what was in store for it while speaking with some of the folks from Linda Farrow about some of the collaborative sunglasses they had worked on for the season. Though I liked the Mickey Mouse take (below) my favorite of the collection was the Flinstones inspired television set glasses (covered earlier this year).
Image: Diane Pernet
After speaking to the folks from Linda Farrow I got the tip that the Scott show (along with the House of Holland shows) were not to be missed. Unfortunately, due to prior engagements… I missed both and have been kicking myself ever since. The “costumes” (obviously these were more press pieces than they were proper designs) were perfect down to the bones in the hair and over-the-top make-up. For Scott’s first showing at LFW (in large part thanks to it being the 25th anniversary of the event) he pulled out all the stops and though I would argue that less than 5% of the clothing that he showed has any value other than for the purpose of humor and for press… it was perfectly executed and will not soon be forgotten. And, hey, when you’re as big as Jeremy Scott, and you’ve had the year he’s had in which nothing he did seemed serious (Adidas kicks with three tongues? Giant wings?), why not?
Praise for the Show:
“Jeremy Scott literally killed it” – Livin Cool
“Best hair ‘n makeup ever” – Daisy Lowe (Model)
“If you’re not an acid bright caveman next season life is hardly worth living, is it?” – Jonno Ovans
“Love.It.” – Vogue
Here’s to hoping Jeremy Scott is equally successful (and equally crazy) in 2010!
Images via: Livin Cool (unless otherwise specified)
Now, a lot of arguments can be made here about the choice of a collection RELEASED in 2009 as opposed to showed in 2009 and some might argue that MAN for Comme des Garcons should only count as a capsule collection, but, to do so is to discredit from what in my opinion was far and away the best collection of the year, if not of the decade.
The cuts were almost a full season ahead of what might have been expected and Watanabe’s foresight is what gives him the credibility to be sold both in the basement at Dover Street Market and a prominent feature in GQ magazine, a spot on the coveted menswear racks of Liberty of London and a number of features in Highsnobiety. Watanabe toes the line between art and functionality and between edgy streetwear and classic menswear.
The colorways were quite obviously inspired by traditional autumn and winter colors as were the materials, his use and combination of these “traditional” motifs however are what separates this collection from others like it and what separate Watanabe from the rest. A collection that truly must be seen and -perhaps more importantly- felt, the combination of fabrics warrants every painstaking pound that a piece of this collection will set you back (close to a grand for many fo the jackets). Clasically trained by the same teachers as Yohji Yamamoto and heavily influenced by CdG creator founder Rei Kawakubo it is no wonder that Watanabe combined classic with experimental, past with future and threw down the best collection this year.
A great way to end a decade which saw a number of trends and a general lack of a full on style that embodied the era… I would not be shocked if this collection defines what is meant by fashion design in the “noughties”.
Watanabe’s attention to detail is unmatched. 10 out of 10.
All Images: GQ Magazine from Paris A/W 2009
This was an extremely tough call for me to make, especially being a bit of a sneakerhead myself. Yes I queued up the day before to try to get a pair of Air Yeezy’s (the black and pink ones), and no I still didn’t get a pair. And though I like the feel and will hands down give the Yeezy’s the nod for BIGGEST release of the year (more on that later) I cannot in good conscience give them the nod for best release of the year. This may be partially influenced by Kanye’s stage-stealing, partially by a bit of bitterness at not having a pair myself and partially by my reluctance to admit that Kanye has serious style (I’m sorry people… despite some of the terrible trends he has started… he does). HOWEVER, despite the success of all of the Yeezy releases, the freshest, best looking pair of kicks from this year were both inspired by films and both released by Nike (I will freely admit my bias).
First up: the White Men Can’t Jump inspired Nike Air Flight Lite High. These caught their fair share of both ups and disses, and the comment made by Nice Kicks contributor Matt Halfhill about the fact that he cannot remember Billy Hoyle wearing these bad boys at any point in the film is a valid point. However, the key here is the inspiration rather than the historical validity, and the inspiration created by Billy Hoyle’s “chump” style is well worth exploring. While this is arguably one of the greatest films of the early 90s (if not the entire decade) it should be notice that these are about as true to Hoyle’s persona and style as might be expected or wished for.
This is not an argument to say that a shoe based upon Sidney Deane’s sense of style would not have been even hotter, HOWEVER, that said… this sneaker inspired by Billy boy is true to form and well executed. The selection of the Air Flight high’s and their colorway is perfect for the mishmash style (tie-dye hat, work shorts, tube socks… come on) of Billy.
Obviously, I would have been equally excited to see them bring back the Air Command’s initially worn by Billy, but for a new and fresh film-inspired kick I couldn’t possibly ask for more.
The next choice are the Nike Hypermax McFly (NFW)… another movie inspired sneaker and about as filthy a colorway as you will ever see (gray, white, pink, blue). This particular release is one of my favorites as well because it does more than simply make use of a nice colorway and the name of a film. Drawing inspiration from the ill shoes sported by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II (with a self-locking system and some serious light-ups) Nike took their hypermax and stripped the flywire out of them
This is a cool decision to have made for two reasons: one flywire is a bit notorious for ripping despite it’s lightweight and implied strength, TWO (and perhaps more importantly) it is a cool and literal approach to taking “back to the future” and bringing it to life a la Nike. Nike took one of their most technologically advanced sneakers (well known for its use of flywire technology) and flipped it old school by giving it a plain gray flat nylon/satin upper. The combination of the past and the future comes together nicely and a nice hit of glow-in-the-dark on the soles does nothing but make the drop even fresher. Argue if you like about the Hypermax NFW and the Hyperdunk McFly (from 2008), but they are both fresh as any sneaker I saw this past year.
As we are getting towards the end of an entire decade I thought I would announce a schedule for a recap/highlights of 2009. These will be looked at individually and in depth over the next few weeks but the winners are…
Best Sneaker Release: This one is a draw… both movie inspired, both redic releases. Nike McFly Hypermax NFW, Nike Air Flight Light
Biggest Sneaker Release: Nike Air Yeezy’s
Best Menswear Collection: Junya Watanabe MAN for Comme des Garcon
Best Runway: Jeremy Scott Flinstones (S/S 2010, LFW)
Best Designer (Streetwear): Carri Munden, Cassette Playa
Best Accessory/Line (Men): Dita 2009
Best Gadget: iPhone (I hate to do it, and I know it’s not new… but it’s true)
Best Mixtape: 10Deep Presents: Donnis – Diary of an ATL Brave
Best Update: Windows 7
Best Album: Draw… Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More & Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3…
Honorable Mention: The Temper Trap – Conditions.
I have moved the blog from the Blogger platform to the WordPress platform for a number of reasons to be covered in full detail shortly. A new blog for the new year!