To call it perplexing would not do it justice. This week was just a roller coaster ride of emotions. First, the upset of Brazil National Team at the World Cup. Fans around the world expected an epic tournament between the Canary Yellow and Oranje. The outcome, however, was anything but. Rumor among online forums that the Brazil Black Pack from Nike Sportswear will be gone like hot cakes as fans adorn their mourning attires. As if Brazil’s early exit from the World Cup was not surprising enough. After Apple put out several ambiguous press releases in regard to the iPhone 4’s signal reception issue, a stunning admission, the company claimed it missed a software glitch the last 4 years. Indeed, the signal display (or fondly called “bars” by users) was inaccurate. The good news, Apple will issue a downloadable patch in the coming weeks to fix the problem. The bad news, now people can see just how awful their cellphone reception really is. A remedy to the latter, business news network Bloomberg devoted several hours this week on its confirmation iPhone 4 will be available at the more reliable Verizon Wireless stateside. Keep your fingers (and toes) cross. Finally, in case you forget, there was this little movie about vampires and werewolf, but we’re sure all other media have that covered. Beyond the trivial headlines, let’s look at a few others you might have missed over the week.
adidas Originals by Originals – Fall/Winter 2010 – Kazuki Kuraishi (kzk) Footwear
Some amazing designs from Kazuki for the upcoming season. However, like all news rooms, an intense debate broke out among us. Some said the designs should be called “sneakers”. But the naysayers won out at the end and the headline switched to “footwear” instead. Be on the lookout for these in the coming months.
adidas Originals by Originals x LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD Superstar 80’s | Detailed Look
Previewed earlier this year, adidas Originals by Originals is pushing onto the realm of grunge and punk. Led by Kazuki and LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD, a twist on the classic Superstar 80’s in handsome black leather. But if you’re in a lighthearted mood, the duo also offer an all white version as well.
Nike Ball Man Sculpture In Johannesburg | 5,500 Soccer Balls
A giant is dormant at Johannesburg “s Carlton Centre shopping mall. After deconstructing a 3-D image, Nike reassembled all of the components into a larger than life sculpture with 5,500 soccer ball. At 4-ton, the Ball Man is a marvelous feat in ingenuity and artistic expression. Best of all, select participants will take home a free soccer fall after Nike dismantle the structure post-World Cup.
Stussy x Levi’s Japan SS502 Special Customize Denim | Detailed Look
The halfway point of 2010 also marked the half point for Stussy’s 30th Anniversary celebration. But don’t tell that to its design teams as they rev up even more collaboration projects for the year, Hello Kitty with Sanrio, sungalsses with OriginalFake… but all eyes were on the limited SS502 denim by Levi’s. Embellished with details yet retained much of the authenticity of a Levi’s selvedge
Kicherer Mercedes SLS AMG Black Edition
Like Travie McCoy sings it, if we become billionaires, we “…give away a few Mercedes like here lady have this…” But not this one, the modified Mercedes SLS AMG Black Edition by Kicherer. A stealth fighter on 4 wheels, Kicherer blacked out all the “blings” and instead focused on the innards of the machine rear diffuser, 20-inch wheels, and a 6.3-liter with 620 ponies to boot. Sorry lady, this one is a keeper.