In a world where fashion can often be driven by consumerism, there is a need for both film and print editorial, to reflect the individual creation of style and go beyond just surface aesthetics, telling stories of creativity and originality. It is often rare that you find this. Joshua Kissi & Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette are believers in this concept and it is through their vision along with fellow collaborators; the Visual Supply Company and Photographer Rog Walker, their latest project SLUMFLOWER, came to life.
The current Ksubi AD/BC collection has made me weak at the knees. The designers, whom are renowned for specialising in denim, have created a line for both males and females this year that is chic, street and comfy. The labels latest short film and appearance on the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festivals runway, demonstrates the collections opulence.
There are clearly a number of influences throughout the collection. Imperial architecture, royal prints and hues indicative of the aristocracy are a constant theme. Religion also seems to have made an impression on the designers with the use of graphic prints of cathedral like interiors as well as clergy inspired figures. It is clear that the unperturbed nature of street wear this season did not go unnoticed, inspiring aspects and designs throughout the collection.
Each individual piece is royally decadent and aesthetically beautiful. The collection boasts various textures and tones, from the use of metallic’s, leather, velvets and stamped embroideries to zips studs and darker hues. Ksubi has created a perfect fusion of street wear and the baroque. The collection provokes a feeling of strength through its majestic nature, yet quite easily juxtaposes this with the relaxed more bourgeois temperament of light wash denim.
My favourites? Of course I would kill to have the entire collection hanging in my wardrobe, but a few items in particular really speak to me.
For the ladies, the architecture inspired Peplum top and skirt is a favourite and a duo that will catch the eye of many when you are out crawling the night life. For a more relaxed feel that can be worn everyday the Neon Mary Sweat paired with the Leather Drop Crotch pant are divine. I haven’t forgotten about denim, the detailed Easy Rider dress is one that can be worn in all seasons of the year, and one I will surely purchase.
For the guys, a few key pieces caught my eye. The Jeezy Crew tee and Church Tee both demonstrate the thought and brilliance used in creating the graphic designs. The Two tone Black/Navy shorts and raw denim Ink full eye Vest are also worth a mention.
The Ksubi boys have not disappointed this year.
Californian label Del Playa Drive has branched out into menswear with a seriously cool collection of board shorts. What we like about these guys is that they don’t take fashion or themselves too seriously. They’re in the business of making clothes we actually want to wear that aren’t going to leave us feeling like we’ve been robbed.
If you’re wondering who the hot surfer dude is in the new series of Chanel ads, its pro surfer Danny Fuller. He’s the new face of Chanel fragrance Allure Homme Sport, shooting four short films at a secret break in Hawaii.
He was cast after a male model auditioning for the campaign recognized him in the reference shot the casting director was using. After pointing out it was Fuller and that he did indeed still look like the image they were trying to recreate, Chanel tracked him down to star in their campaign. The brand didn’t mess around. They brought in Kathryn Bigelow, Academy Award-winning film director of The Hurt Locker and Point Break, along with a 150-strong crew.
What surprised us was that there were no four grand, logo-emblazoned Chanel surfboards in sight. Instead Fuller used two shortboards and two grovellers, all sprayed with a metallic pearl-white paint and sponsor-sticker-free. The only nod to his sponsor RVCA was the simple pair of boardies he wore.
When asked in an interview with Stab Magazine if he got paid around the 40 grand mark, he wouldn’t give anything away, but he did say it was much, much more and that his kids would be going to private schools.
When you think California, what comes to mind? Hollywood, movie stars, Glamour, the Golden Gate Bridge, Malibu, The OC? Little known to many Australians, the Golden State boasts a lengthy and distinguished surfing history, riddled with unmatched spots and legendary personalities.
The first time I was fortunate enough explore these waters was in early 2008, a mere 17 year old high school graduate with a thirst for adventure and waves. My dad and I drove down the scenic highway 1, the renowned road that curves down the cliffs of the Californian west coast, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Undoubtedly the most beautiful drive in the United States. We Rented a Chrysler convertible, threw my board and 4mm wetsuit into the backseat, and viola, life was good.
Jar Jar Binks wears Margiela, Darth Vader wears Band of Outsiders, Superman wears D&G. The words alone spark intrigue and imagination on so many levels and when John Woo executes these visions through watercolour with such skill & class, any potential gimmicky hipster factor that may or may not have gone through your head should be layed to the wayside, or at least taken on with pleasure rather than eye rolls. Continue reading
Bali is an island for everyone. Families spend their hard earned savings at a relaxing resort around Nusa Dua or Seminyak, hard-partying twenty somethings descend on the beaches, hotels and nightclubs of South Kuta, while the dedicated surfers migrate to the southern peninsula of Uluwatu.
Each year, this renowned area attracts thousands of advanced surfers from every corner of the globe, pursuing their lifelong quest for the perfect wave. The atmosphere is electric and people are happily helpful.
The paddle-out at Uluwatu point is confronting enough to scare the pants of even the bravest of souls. Surfers climb down a few hundred stairs that lead to a hollow, wide cave. On high tide you literally begin your paddle through this dark cave without seeing the exit. When you do get into the line-up, there are three main breaks to chose from; The Peak, Racetracks and Temples. Between the three, there is a huge variety of waves to choose from. Just watch the paddle back in at high tide; it’s tough to spot the cave entrance and before you know it you can float half way to Kuta.