Opening Ceremony is beloved for producing some of the best and brightest collaborations in the style game, so it's no surprise that when it came time to produce a special book celebrating its 10-year anniversary, it turned to Rizzoli, the premier publishing house behind some of the most collectible art tomes around. Featured inside is a collection of original material paying homage to the international fashion retailer and its forward-thinking co-founders, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, from a rogue's gallery of boldface names, including Terry Richardson, Chloë Sevigny, Spike Jonze, Ryan McGinley, Alexander Wang, M.I.A., Terence Koh, and Jason Schwartzman. Put your coffee table on alert! $65. Available for pre-order here.
Canadian artist Kevin Cyr shows off a selection of not-so-hot wheels in his latest solo exhibition, In Praise of Rust, now showing at NYC's Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Featuring detailed paintings of old vehicles seen on the streets of New York—primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks—covered in graffiti, rust, scratches, scuffs, dents, and other marks of distinction, the show evokes memories of the tagged-up and bombed-out subway cars of the 70s and 80s. Be sure to catch it before it hits the road on June 16. Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10011. Map.
There's still nearly a month to go before summer officially begins, but Kylie Minogue isn't waiting for Mother Nature to bring the heat. The 43-year-old (!!!) pop princess throws on a pair of Daisy Dukes and serves up some major Aussie bum in the video for her latest sunshiney single, "Timebomb" ($1.29, available on iTunes). Has your head exploded yet?
One of our favorite colors is "glow-in-the-dark" (like it isn't it one of yours?), so we're tipping our hat to the toy designers at Medicom, who recently unveiled a 400% phosphorescent version of its iconic Be@rbrick figure. Crafted entirely out of granular wood by premier Japanese furniture maker Karimoku, the figure stands just over 11 inches tall and will retail for ￥62,790 (approx. $790). Available online and at select outles worldwide on June 23. You'd be a dimbulb to sleep on this one.
The Great Gatsby was one of those rare "required reading" books we actually enjoyed in high school (seriously, read it!). The problem for a Hollywood studio trying to bring F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic Jazz Age novel to the big screen is that millions of other people did too. Adapting material beloved by so many for the big screen, especially one filled with such vivid descriptions of an iconic era, is practically asking for failure. Such was the fate of the 1974 film version, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, which famously crashed at the box office harder than a jumper off the Art Deco spire of the Chrysler Building.
Hoping to fare better is director Baz Luhrmann, who's corralled another all-star cast—led by Leonardo DiCaprio as the enigmatic Jay Gatsby—for a flashy new 3-D remake, out Christmas 2012. He's off to a good start, judging by the trailer, which shows he's nailed the look and feel of the period. And he did manage to get us excited about Romeo and Juliet, (something our 8th grade English teacher never could). Then again, he also directed Australia. Fingers crossed!
The cobblestoned streets of Italy might not be the greatest place to go kickflipping, but when it comes to style, Supreme knows there's no place more perfecto! For SS12, the brand is bringing back its Italian-made "The Alton" frames, which were an instant hit when they debuted this time last year. The Wayfarer-style shades will feature Barberini glass lenses and be offered in four colorways: classic black, tortoise shell, translucent yellow, and translucent green. We're in serious amore. Available in-store and online beginning May 24.
MS MR could probably use some rest, since they no doubt pulled more than a few all-nighters in the editing room to create the video for their freshman single, "Hurricane." The New York City-based duo splices together a flood of pop-culture clips, cinematic snippets, and snappy still images to create a smorgasbord of imagery that perfectly accompanies the song's moody goth-bop sound. Get ready to be swept away.
Download: MS MR - "Hurricane"
Macy's is carving itself a big slice of street cred this Turkey Day with news that it's commissioned KAWS to create a float for its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. According to The New York Times, the iconic artist plans to create a larger-than-life balloon featuing his popular Companion character—bubble-gloved hands covering his face—which travel from Central Park to Macy's 34th Street flagship store. This won't be the first time the retailer has worked with a big-time artist: Previous collaborations have included Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Tim Burton. You'd be an air-head to miss it.
To sag or not to sag. That's a question on a lot of peoples' minds lately. With lawmakers and school administrators threatening legal action (seriously?), and hip-hop heads just trying to get their swag on, VFILES has compiled a clip reel of the the controversial styling choice through the ages. Well, at least since the 90s. Loosen your belt a notch and take a look. (Via: Facebook)
Get Munny! Kid Robot, purveyor of all things plastic and fantastic, wows fans once again with the addition of three new variations to its iconic designer toy series. Coated in high-gloss vinyl, each Mega Munny figure stands tall at 18 inches, comes with a super-fresh coloring poster, and is packaged in a collector's box with built-in handle. Available in shiny white, super-smooth blue, or oil-slick black. $250 each.
Outside of some recent Pixar movies, Hollywood stopped showing cartoon shorts before movies back in the 1950s, when Bugs Bunny and his Loony Toons pals filled the pre-feature screen time that today is taken by local advertising and promos for ABC Family television shows. So, being the nostalgia freaks that we are, we get more than a bit animated when the practice is integrated into the opening credits of a film itself. The practice first took off with legendary graphic designer Saul Bass' title work for 1963's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, in which it was used as a means for Warner Bros. to save money and add a dose of instant quirk to the film. But the Golden Age of injecting cartoons into title sequences has to be the 80s and early 90s, where it can be seen in some of those decades' most beloved comedies (Ruthless People, Mannequin, Better Off Dead)—as well as a few of its worst (Loverboy, Madhouse, Who's That Girl?). Here, in no particular order, are 10 of our favorites.
New York-based boutique ODIN's SS12 lookbook is the perfect cure for guys with a severe case of cabin fever. Shot on location at a shingled cottage full of vintage ephemera, models show off this season's best looks from the stockist's most popular designers, including Robert Geller, Richard Chai, Thom Browne, Duckie Brown, Todd Snyder, Burkman Bros., and more. See all the instantly shoppable looks, after the jump. (Photo: ODIN New York)
The Scissor Sisters have us hot to trot over their new single "Only the Horses," off their forthcoming LP, Magic Hour (dropping May 28). The sunny dance track, co-produced by über producer Calvin Harris, comes hard out of the gate to take the early lead in the race for the song of the summer. Slather on some SPF and hit the play button.
Adding yet another feather to his cap, James Franco will celebrate the release of The Dangerous Book Four Boys (Rizzoli, $50), at the Musuem of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles on April 14. The hardbound book documents the entire collection of works from Franco's solo exhibition of the same name, which opened to divisive reviews when it bowed at NYC's Clocktower Gallery back in June 2010. We've seen it, and while it's probably not going to have the curators of the Whitney Biennial reaching for the phone, it does have its moments. Plus, who doesn't appreciate seeing a Hollywood actor wearing a fake penis nose? Peep selections from the book inside and draw your own conclusions.