When David Blaine combined magic and streetwear

When David Blaine combined magic and streetwear

Andrea Tuzio · 2 years ago · Style

One of the most famous illusionists of all time, David Blaine, yesterday September 2nd accomplished a feat worthy of a Disney movie. Just as in UP in fact, the Brooklyn native magician let himself be carried into the sky by 52 helium balloons reaching almost 8000 meters, 7600 to be precise. The choice of the balloons and their subdivision was calculated with respect to Blaine’s weight, almost 90 kg.

The preparation for this madness has been very hard, the illusionist has trained hard in these months both learning to breathe with little oxygen given the altitude and parachuting.
Blaine was equipped with a parachute and had a team following him, constantly monitoring all his vital functions as well as having continuous radio contact with him.
The whole thing took place in the Arizona desert and here you can see the whole live broadcast of the event.

This new and incredible feat of David Blaine gives us an excuse to tell of when the New York magician, thanks to the director Harmony Korine, was able to combine magic and streetweear.
On the occasion of the Spring/Summer 2014 Supreme campaign, the director of Gummo chose Blaine as the protagonist together with the skaters of the Supreme team, among them the legend Mark Gonzales.

The two videos of the campaign, “Needle” and “Fireboard”, see Blaine wearing a friends & family tee box logo black on black while surprising the boys with two very famous tricks of his: the first is the one called “needle”, Mark Gonzales shoves a needle in Blaine’s arm passing it through without the illusionist making a crease; in the second one Blaine manages to turn off Gonzales’ flaming skateboard thanks to an amount of superhuman water spat out of his mouth.

Although the Blaine/Supreme combination is apparently random it is not at all so in fact, if you consider Blaine’s background as a street magician and his exploits often focused on human resistance and pain, you can not help but understand how the link between the world of skateboarding and that of the American illusionist are actually closer than you think, just see the series of videos made by Thrasher Magazine and called “Hall fo Meat”.

Harmony Korine also has a very strong bond with Supreme and the skate world in general, it was he at the age of 19 who wrote the film that most of all tells the world and the New York skate aesthetics of the 90s and this year he turned 25 years, Larry Clark‘s Kids where many of the protagonists are just those guys who were part of the original crew of Supreme.

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LEGO and adidas Originals collaboration is coming

LEGO and adidas Originals collaboration is coming

Andrea Tuzio · 2 years ago · Style

It had been rumored for quite time and finally we have confirmation, LEGO and adidas Originals have started a collaboration that has seen the two working together on the ZX 8000.
The LEGO x adidas Originals ZX 8000 is part of the extensive A-ZX project that will include collaborations with Sean Wotherspoon, Overkill, atmos, Juventus and many others.

The teaser with which the collaboration is presented shows a classic shoe box made entirely with LEGO bricks and gives us a quick look at the silhouette.
The color palette chosen is very lively and clearly inspired by the colors of the bricks, green, blue, yellow and red.

No news about the release date has been released but judging by the teaser we should not wait long.

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Anarchic Adjustment, the post-punk streetwear

Anarchic Adjustment, the post-punk streetwear

Andrea Tuzio · 2 years ago · Style

This time we wanted to dig deep into the archives of the streetwear world to tell you the story of one of the most underground brands of the late ’80s and early ’90s, Anarchic Adjustment.

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Founded in post-punk London in 1986 by artist, fashion designer, graphic design pioneer and founder of RAD – Read and Destroy magazine Nick Philip, the brand became popular globally thanks to entrepreneur and designer Alan Brown and Charles Uzzell Edwards, who met Philip when he moved to San Francisco and became part of the skateboarding and BMX scene in Southern California where the brand finally exploded.

Nick worked for a while at Freestylin’ magazine where a young aspiring photographer, Spike Jonze, took his first steps. During that period Jonze made his first works for Freestylin’ and Anarchic Adjustment.

The brand was characterized by cut-and-paste style graphic prints, Akira bootleg graphics and subliminal messages. Success throughout the UK and the US had already become important in the 1990s but it was in Japan, thanks in part to entrepreneur Joi Ito, that Anarchic Adjustment became an absolute cult thanks to the opening of two stores – one in Tokyo in ’94 and the other inside the American Village Parco Store in Osaka – and the endorsement by key figures in the streetwear world such as Hiroshi Fujiwara and DJ Towa Tei.

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What made Nick Philip’s work unique and peculiar during the creation phase was a particular contrast in his passions. Nick came from the freestyle scene with BMXs but he followed skateboarding in the same way, but at the time BMX and skateboarding were seen as two opposite extremes and difficult to reconcile. This apparent dichotomy was perfectly reflected in the irreverent and sometimes outrageous aesthetics of Anarchic Adjustment.

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An outsider, Philip, who made clothes for other outsiders who, like him, were immersed in the street culture of the time without necessarily identifying with a single movement.

The particular context in which it was born and the spark that drove Nick Philip to found Anarchic Adjustment were also the reasons that led to its slow decline. Philp did his work for the fun of it and following exclusively his own feelings without ever compromising or following the trends as they evolved.

Anarchic Adjustment was a brand of its time but which has left a strong and indelible legacy in the contemporary streetwear scene.

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Levi’s x LEGO, a new collaboration for the Danish company

Levi’s x LEGO, a new collaboration for the Danish company

Andrea Tuzio · 2 years ago · Style

After the news of the imminent collaboration between LEGO and adidas Originals, the company founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen is ready to form a new partnership with one of the most iconic brands ever, Levi’s.

The announcement came through a teaser video published on Levi’s Instagram profile in which no specific information about the collaboration was disseminated, except a caption that reads: “Two iconic names, one colorful collaboration”.

According to some rumors, the result of the collaboration between the two companies should be a capsule collection that will include a jeans jacket, hoodie, T-shirt, a trucker hat and a bag.
It also seems that the items will be equipped with plates on which to attach the iconic LEGO bricks as if they were pins.

The official launch of the Levi’s x LEGO collaboration is scheduled for Thursday, September 10th.

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The 10 most controversial fashion campaigns

The 10 most controversial fashion campaigns

Andrea Tuzio · 2 years ago · Style

The fashion world has always made provocation, transgression and breaking the rules a strong point. Challenging conventions and consequently provoking controversy is almost the order of the day.
The campaigns of fashion houses have often been accused of exasperation and exaggeration, of provocation to the limits of decency or irresponsibility.

So we decided to put together the 10 most controversial campaigns in the fashion world.

Tom Ford Fragrance For Men – Terry Richardson 2007

This 2007 advertising campaign shot by Terry Richardson dedicated to Tom Ford‘s first men’s perfume, has been the subject of much criticism and has been banned in many countries around the world.

Sisley – Terry Richardson 2001

The famous 2001 Sisley campaign, once again shot by the controversial photographer Terry Richardson, was banned because of his daring and driven imagination.

United Colors of Benetton “UNHATE” – 2011

In the foreground the kiss on the mouth between Joseph Ratzinger and the Imam of the Cairo Al Ahzar mosque, Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed El-Tayeb, for the campaign signed United Colors of Benetton “UNHATE”. The reaction of the Vatican arrived within a few hours, defining the photograph “unacceptable”, the company removed it also because the giant picture of the kiss was posted on Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome, very near St. Peter’s.

Gucci “Public Enemy” – Mario Testino 2003

The campaign shot by one of the most important and revered fashion photographers of all time, Mario Testino, starring model Carmen Kass showed Gucci‘s “G” on Kass’s groin and was censored amid many controversies.

United Colors of Benetton – David Kirby’s Final Moment 1992

The photo that Luciano Benetton and his consultant Oliviero Toscani chose for the 1992 campaign to sensitize public opinion and especially young people to the AIDS, which in those years claimed millions of victims mainly for lack of information and awareness of the real danger of the syndrome, is harsh, crude and highly controversial. This photo taken by David Kirby changed forever the perception of AIDS all over the world.

Miu Miu – Spring/Summer 2015

Taken by Steven Meisel the Miu Miu SS15 campaign was labeled “irresponsible” because it showed what could be mistaken for a little girl in a sexually suggestive pose. The model of the photograph is Mia Goth who at the time of the shot was 22 years old but, despite the age of the protagonist, the campaign was withdrawn.

United Colors of Benetton – 1992

The union Benetton/Oliviero Toscani made a lot of discussion during the 18 years of partnership and in 1992 the Milanese photographer chose the theme of the death penalty for the company’s campaign. A photograph of an empty electric chair to raise public awareness of a problem unfortunately still unresolved.

Sisley – Terry Richardson 2003

The Brazilian super model Ana Beatriz Barros photographed by Terry Richardson in 2003 for the Sisley campaign was opposed and finally banned because of the provocative and sexually explicit imagery inherent in the shot.

Dolce & Gabbana – Spring/Summer 2007

Heavy criticism and cancellation for this very controversial Dolce & Gabbana campaign. The photo of the model Alessandra Ambrosio surrounded by 4 models was banned everywhere after her release in Spain also thanks to the indignation that arose because of the imagery related to rape that the shot seems to suggest.

Calvin Klein Jeans – Steven Meisel 1995

The CK Jeans campaign of 1995, shot in a wooden basement by Steven Meisel, immediately caused a stir. He accused the look of the models that seemed to be very young and photographed in sexually blinking poses with clear transparencies.

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