Behold, a sneak preview of the young, emotional, and-okay-with-talking-about-it rappers Yung Lean and the Sad Boys in their official tour gear created as part of a special collaboration with Spanish underground label Shallowww. The unlikely group of rappers (re: white, Swedish, openly depressed) are about to embark on their White Marble Tour, which begins next week. Slated to bring their special brand of sad rap to 24 European cities in just 26 days, Yung Lean and his Sad Boys crew—made up of Yung Sherman, White Armor, ECCO2K, and Bladee—will all be wearing these custom head-to-toe marble printed jump suits, bucket hats, and kimonos that were “inspired by the Internet generation.”
Given the two groups have a pronounced mutual interest in hyper-referencing the dystopian effects of internet culture (and are both, you know, pretty into white marble textures…), it not only makes sense that they would join forces on a capsule collection for the tour, it actually kind of feels like kismet. Shallowww describes this collection as an extension of an earlier project called “Internet Souvenirs” which already featured all white marble printed garments beginning in 2012 (this is also when Yung Lean himself first became a fan of the label). What exactly is the significance of white marble? Shallowww explains that it fits in with the project’s larger ethos, “Internet Souvenirs starts from patterns that have become popular online for their merely visual value and reflect on their gradual loss of substances and relation with Real Life.”
Beginning March 12, the White Marble Tour will be the Stockholm-based collective’s first time performing across Europe since skyrocketing out of the dark depths of DIY-digital obscurity and into the realm of #internetfamous over the course of 2013. With multiple videos now in excess of 1million views on YouTube, Yung Lean and his Sad Boys have proven that there is space for a new kind of melancholic rap. A rap that accepts morosely-delivered rhymes about rap-game-standard subjects like females, fellatio, and Ferragamo can actually be interspersed with genuine expressions of loneliness, vulnerability, and addiction to Arizona Iced Tea. That realizes the potential of maximally auto-tuned verses flowing over faded beats lingering somewhere between Lil’ B and James Ferraro.
Between their trademark bevy of scattered shout-outs to bitcoins, Space Jam, blu-ray discs, Pokemon, and eBay, their songs contain unhesitating admissions of the so-called “weak” class of emotions that historically have been avoided (or even derided) by rap music. In other words, these guys show that as of 2014, not only is it acceptable for rappers to have “the feels,” it’s an indication of a new way rap music can continue to evolve alongside the Internet generation, while avoiding becoming yet another souvenir.
Photos by Märta Thisner.
“It is said that every experience we have changes us in some way. Every story we read. Every song we hear. Every conversation we have. Every moment we live. It’s not the years, it’s the depth of an experience. The moments–and what we choose to take from them.”
These are just a few of the words from Gap’s new initiative, “Lived-In”, the spring campaign which sees Gap team up with up and coming creative talents like Theophilus London, British singer-songwriter Anna Calvi, actress Julia Garner and Swedish photographer Lina Scheynius.
More than just a visual campaign, however, Gap have also opened a “#LivedIn” concept store at BoxPark, the world’s first pop-up mall in Shoreditch (which, for those of you unaware, is basically one of the best neighborhoods in London). Select pieces from the spring collection are available to purchase and additionally, the store will receive monthly makeovers. With every month comes a new theme.
Despite introducing a new creative director, Gap retained its infamous style for the collection itself: high-quality denim, classic khakis and basic tees and button-ups. Although this time around, in tune with the name of the campaign and store, newly appointed Rebekka Bay focused heavily on the softness and tonalities of fabrics. She employed a washed down color palette and made garments feel and look as though you’ve owned them forever. We await the opportunity to feel what this specialized attention brings to shelves, because let’s be honest, we already considered Gap’s shirts some of the most comfortable out there.
Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift, two young, famous, attractive people whose lives are better than yours, took pictures of their BESTIES 4 EVA road trip along the California coast yesterday, then they posted them on Instagram to make you feel bad about yourself. Did it work? (h/t The Cut)
I call this one “the Shocker”
Is anyone else seeing that creepy statue in the back or have my meds not kicked in here yet?
K: “Just breathtaking. I can’t believe it’s real.”
T: “Thanks I think you’re pretty too.”
We’ve got some pretty big news to share with y’all. We’ve been aware for some time now that you, our loyal BULLETT magazine followers and fans, have only had a limited number of ways you could engage further with the work of the many exciting artists and designers featured in our pages—mainly through our online shop. Our editors decided our digital offerings still fell a bit short of giving you access to the complete BULLETT experience™, which is why we decided take things into full-blown IRL mode. Now, after countless hours of careful planning and preparation by the BULLETT team (seriously, we made at least five mood boards…), we are pleased to officially announce the opening of The BULLETT Shop, located on 47 Walker Street in the Tribeca neighborhood of NYC.
We’re psyched that alongside the handpicked clothing, shoes, and accessories by several of our favorite emerging designers like Andrea Crews, DEGEN, and Roberto Piqueras, we are also selling special clothing items created by genre-bending experimental artists, like Pictureplane and OTRO (a.k.a. Brady Gunnell). The shop also carries some exclusive items that currently cannot be found anywhere else in the United States, including a collection of rad tote bags by &WRK.
More than just a physical extension of our e-shop, for our IRL shop the BULLETT editors really dug deep to find interesting things for you to look at, and be inspired by, outside the realm of wearable. Hence why amongst the shop’s many well-positioned palm plants and blooming cacti, you will notice other stuff like cricket lollipops, designer homeware by Seletti x Toiletpaper, and cool art books you can peruse for awhile and then probably not buy (don’t worry, we won’t judge you).
We should also probably mention—in one final shameless plug within a plug for ourselves—that we’ve come up with some of our own t-shirt designs under the label “The BULLETT Shop”, which might be worth checking out if you decide to come by and/or share our current boner for baroque painters like Caravaggio.
The BULLETT Shop is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon – 8 P.M. Located at 47 Walker Street, New York, NY, 10013.
“In the world of the fashion industry, I feel like a lumberjack or something,” Jean Touitou said of his modest Fall/Winter presentation amidst elaborate Paris Fashion Week shows. But as he reminded the audience gathered in his 6th arrondissement headquarters, “ready-to-wear is something you’re supposed to be wearing on the street, and not fancy dresses.”
After an aside about how fashion people “fall in love with their own unsatisfaction” (which he deemed a style breed of Stockholm Syndrome), he presented the newest A.P.C. collection by way of four themes.
The first was inspired by his move from Tunisia to France, when he discovered “white Catholic nonchalant shit—chic!” he corrected. Touitou summarily dismissed the idea of “another girl in a motorcycle jacket,” which was actually nice to hear. He proceeded to present thoroughly good-girl attire: prim blouses, knee-length skirts, belted dresses, and T-strap heels.
The next five looks were inspired by French students, notably the extra-ambitious ones who study for two years for le prépas (incredibly difficult academic exams that, if passed, lead to the most elite schools). White button-downs peeped out from under navy sweaters, which were paired with unisex-style navy bomber jackets, navy skirts (both knee-length and mid-thigh, all sans tights) and round-toed flats.
The third theme was attire for drizzly vacation spots, “where nobody from the fashion coterie knows how you’re dressed.” The looks included a patterned jumpsuit, dark denim overalls, and several jackets (one zip-up, one double-breasted, one three-snap). All were worn with boots, which appeared to be rubber but were in fact leather. Touitou announced that he is now not only a designer but also a tanner, out of necessity—“the big fashion groups are taking all the skins,” he groused.
Last up were airline-inspired ensembles, stirred by Touitou’s “fantasy of a perfect stewardess.” He deemed these professionals of the sky “renaissance Virgin Marys” (?!) and then segued into how gay stewards on budget airline Easyjet were pushing stewardess colleagues to “be more feminine.” Verbal flights of fancy aside, the looks were chic in, again, demure navy, including a gold-buttoned cape, knee-length dresses layered over long-sleeved tops, navy tights and T-strap heels.
Touitou may himself trip on the tongue, but his designs for A.P.C. cater to the decorously well-behaved.
A while back, I penned a possibly pedantic plea to footwear designers to step it up (ha) in the transparent shoe department; everyone I knew was wearing poorly ventilated garbagey bootlegs (haaa) at the time + it just struck me as odd that such a coveted item wasn’t being manufactured by mid-level brands with any sort of stylistic variety or vision. Anyway, who cares what people wanted in the summer of 2013 because that’s at least 26 retrocycles behind the #normbores and #fuccpeople of today, so let’s find something new to request that will be editorialized to death but ultimately unavailable to us plebes unless it’s 6 months to 2 years later in pathetically watered down form. Heeeey kids, let’s talk about L.E.D.’s!
Akris, whose AW14 collection at Paris fashion week brought to mind equal parts drafting table + circuit board, just lit up the runway with a finale LED dress that was equal parts ethereal/funereal, a mist of black vapor dotted with glowing blue stars. The brand’s knife-edged formality suited itself well to a twinkling medium often found in forms more corny, craftsy or stunning but impractical. Designers like Gareth Pugh and Phillip Treacy have worked with LED lights in previous seasons, however Akris’ lighter-handed execution left us to imagine new applications that would appeal to the fashion-forward yet more relaxed streetwear set.
Much like we all thought hovercrafts would be the ill future shit back in the ’80s, “wearable tech” hasn’t ended up as impressive in the ways we once foresaw, with the exception of Google Glass which has the added benefit of being totally fucking terrifying in the wake of the Guardian’s recent GCHQ webcam surveillance story. But I’m jussayin, I’d love to see a label like Cassette Playa, Roberto Piqueras, or KTZ (whose recent Been Trill capsule collab could have been PRIME for this) join the proverbial circuit when it comes to, quite literally, brightening our wardrobes.
Just call Akris the fashion game Chief Keef– gotta glo up! #3hunna
Inspired by Les Enfants du Paradis, Brooklyn-based designer Suzanne Rae Pelaez created a FW14 collection wrought with romantic reinterpretations of her brand’s signature minimalism. Throughout the collection, Palaez pays homage to a star of the film: Baptiste Debureau, the French mime. Baptiste encourages us to embrace our alter egos, a message Palaez also worked to incorporate. Her color scheme of black and white consciously represents the ego and alter ego, while the use of ruffles and oversized silhouettes draws a direct parallel between the mime and collection. Check out the collection’s video below and if you like what you see, head over to our shop where you can buy her designs.
The Kenzo show was held at the Cité de la Mode et du Design, a venue right on the Seine drenched with sparkling Sunday morning light. Inside, however, it was dark and wholly curtained off… Kenzo collabed with David Lynch for the maze-like set design (complete with a creepy sculpture centerpiece), as well as the minimalist soundtrack. Before the show began, vendors dressed in navy uniforms and jaunty little caps handed out cornets of caramel popcorn and takeaway coffee cups with KENZO emblazoned on the cardboard sleeves.
Once the runway kicked off, it was an eye-catching palette of brash lime green, a fiery orange hue reminiscent of vintage ‘70s interiors, shimmering threaded copper, and boldly layered prints. There were long sweater dresses in lean silhouettes, voluminous skirts, belted down quilted coats, sequin-embellished knits, enormous fox fur collars, and optical-illusion jackets in dizzying zigzags and waves. The set ended with Lou Reed’s “This Magic Moment,” and instead of doing a finale walk, the models filed out abruptly, without the usual circling of the runway. In fact, they’d shifted to the large atrium outside the runway and spread out, stock-still, in line formation. Thus editors, buyers, and the like could gawk at the garments and zoom in more attentively on the detailing, such as the patterns of tool shapes embroidered in metallics, and the accessories, such as leather and rubber ankle boots and bright oversized bags.
Parisian fashion collective Andrea Crews debuted their AW14 collection last week in a video directed by Nicolas Davenel. Featuring dancer/choreographer Ylva Falk, ‘Stay True’ is a post-utopian mediation in Paris’ 13th Arrondissement populated by the districts’ youth at twilight. We’re telling you this because guess what: that collection is coming straight to you in our new pop up, The BULLETT Shop, at 47 Walker St. in Tribeca. Go. Now.