July 4th celebrations included the usual illegal fireworks and crowded beaches again this year in NYC and damn, it felt kind of good. In addition to record heatwaves striking across the country, we are also dealing with the Delta strain of COVID so it's best to enjoy everything while we can in case of another lockdown. Here's what you may have missed during your revenge travels and spending sprees.
Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2022
For Spring/Summer 2022, Virgil Abloh decided to use film as his medium for expression. The entire collection was shown in the film Amen Break on June 24 and featured appearances by celebrities like GZA and Lupe Fiasco to name a few. The title for the film and collection draws inspiration from a 1969 drum solo with the same name that was a key to the foundation of hip-hop and jungle music. The film strongly employs martial arts as a way out from gang violence and also hits on sub-cultures collectively. Check out the film below.
Louis Vuitton x Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Spring/Summer 2022 collection
In the Louis Vuitton SS22 collection mentioned above, we got our first glimpse at a plethora of Air Force 1 Low and Mid silhouettes donned in bright colors and even the famous LV Monogram. The graphic monogram print is accompanied by colors like blue, yellow, red and green amongst others as well as Off-White's touches like the "AIR" on the heel, green tab and SKU. These will definitely be highly sought after.
Dior Summer 2022
Kim Jones tapped Travis Scott for a collaborative effort in Dior's Summer 2022 campaign and show. "Cactus Jack Dior" shouldn't be a surprise to anyone as La Flame modeled the Air Jordan 1 "Dior" campaign previously and Dior's early American history had roots in the state of Texas - where Travis is king. The collection is the first in Dior's history done by a musician and it drew from classical Southwestern aesthetics as well as Scott's Cactus Jack design ethos. You can watch the show below.
KAWS TOKYO FIRST exhibition
Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan, will host a large scale exhibit by Brooklyn-based artists KAWS starting next week. Titled "KAWS TOKYO FIRST," over 150 artworks by KAWS will be presented to the Japanese public. It will be the first large-scale exhibition of this kind for KAWS in Japan. The show will run from July 16 until October 11 and there will be a ton of exclusive collaboration merchandise on sale including UNIQLO UT tees and MEDICOM TOY collectibles. Learn more via macg.roppongihills.com.
Mori Arts Center Gallery
52F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
6 Chome-10-1 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
The North Face discontinues FUTURELIGHT due to Futura lawsuit
The North Face has finally issued a statement in its ongoing lawsuit with artist Futura. FUTURELIGHT will be discontinued and they issued a statement saying they respect artists. While the statement is better late than never, it's hard to take the brand sincerely seeing as there was never the words "sorry" uttered. You can read the full statement from The North Face here.
Nike SB Tokyo Olympics collaborations
Nike SB is bringing ridiculous heat to the Tokyo Olympics - which will finally take place after a year of being postponed due to the pandemic. Officially, only the Parra Dunk Low is an official collaboration for the Olympics, as it has a matching Federation Kit. But the FTC, Bandai Gundam and Quartersnacks collabs all have ties and inspiration to the country. Quartersnacks drew inspiration from the famously fluffy Japanese cakes and adds a zebra twist to it while the Gundam Unicorn series is paid homage with two colors of the Dunk High and the FTC Dunk Low draws inspiration from public bathhouses. Check out the sneakers below and look for them to arrive at shops soon.
Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 "Lemonade" release info
To celebrate the launch of his "Figures of Speech" exhibit at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Virgil Abloh's Off-White is launching a "Lemonade" rendition of their Nike Air Force 1 collaboration. The bright yellow sneaker features a metallic silver Swoosh and all the details from Off-White, down to a yellow tag. The brand stated that it will drop these soon at select Off-White boutiques, so keep your eyes peeled for them, they're gonna go hard and fast.
sacai x Jean Paul Gaultier x Nike Vaporwaffle release info
sacai and Nike's Vaporwaffle silhouette is extremely popular and with the Japanese brand's latest collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier, the trio had to create something in the form of footwear. Set to arrive via raffle at sacai locations in late September, the collab Vaporwaffle gets the classic black and white colorway as well as a Sesame Blue rendition. With the added boot inspiration, the mid-to-high-top features heavy cross stitches on the seams and even Blazer-like quality. The blending of suede and leather won't be for everyone on this pair.
Release Date: Late September
BAPE x 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' capsule collection release info
While Space Jam: A New Legacy won't drop until next week, their collaborative capsule collection celebrating the Tune Squad with BAPE will drop this weekend. Iconic characters like Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Tasmanian Devil and Sylvester rock an ABC CAMO jersey throughout the apparel alongside an APE HEAD half court logo and movie logo. In addition to the graphic tees, there are also shorts and a bucket hat in matching blue ABC CAMO. Shop this collection on July 10 at us.bape.com and BAPE stores and rock the fit to catch the new film.
Release Date: 7/10/21 (Saturday)
Nike SB Sandy ZoomX Bruin release info
Nike SB will pay homage to the late Sandy Bodecker this summer at the Olympics, when skateboarding makes it debut, with the release of the Sandy ZoomX Bruin. Incorporating ideology from his Breaking2 project, the midsole features ZoomX foam and a full-length carbon fiber plate. For the first time ever, Flyknit is used on the upper and it features "material that has been custom-printed from Mark Smith's "Blue Sky Dreamer" portrait of Bodecker, which hangs in The Bodecker Foundation space in Portland, Oregon." The limited release will coincide with the Olympic games so stay tuned.
Release Date: Late July - Early August