This past Saturday, March 30, 2019 I had the privilege of visiting some of the Desert X 2019 art installations across the Coachella Valley. Among my favorites were Ivan Argote's A Point of View, Sterling Ruby's SPECTER, and Superflex's DIVE-IN. Fore more information on Desert X and to see more photos of other installations, visit: https://www.desertx.org/.
I just wanted to share with you this playlist that I've been curating as of late. It is constantly evolving with me and I wanted to put it out into the world for other people to enjoy. Featured on it are artists like Raveena, NJOMZA, Cabu, Snoh Aalegra, and AKACIA, to name a few. Click the link below to listen and let me know what you think.
Yesterday I released my fourth collection titled Lachrymation. The deeper meaning behind this collection has to do with allowing yourself the time and space to feel whatever it is you need to feel, but also letting it go and not holding on to it too long.
I have now literally put my blood (Sanguine), sweat (Perspiration), and tears (Lachrymation) into my brand and am excited to undertake another collection. You can shop the Lachrymation collection here and preview the entire lookbook here.
This was my first trip to NY where I actually got to explore the city on my own with a good amount of time and be a tourist. Pretty much, all I did was eat, visit museums, and shop. The highlights of my trip include: The MET, Juliana's Pizza, Dominique Ansel Bakery, a Helmut Lang shoot with Selena Forrest, Cosme, "The Ten" c/o Virgil Abloh installation at 21 Mercer, the Drunken Dumpling, Momofuku, and hitting all the vintage thrift spots in NYC recommended by the plug Sasha. I also got to see exhibits from Daniel Arsham, Brian Calvin, and Tom Sachs. As for the stores that are a must when in NY (without giving up any hidden gems): KITH, Off-White EM PTY gallery c/o Virgil Abloh, TOTOKAELO, Barney's NY, Patron of the New, Dover Street Market, Rick Owens, and Opening Ceremony come out on top. I'll end this note by saying that Sweet Chick shits on Roscoe's (sorry not sorry). Enjoy the photo gallery below.
We spent the afternoon at The 14th Factory, an industrial warehouse turned multiple-media art installation, near downtown Los Angeles. It is located at 440 North Ave. 19, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Click here for more information about The 14th Factory and visit their website at the14thfactory.com.
This year marked my 4th time at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. We stayed at the Traida Palm Springs and it was magical. These photos were taken at the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Doug Aitken 'Mirage' installation. Click here for more information about Doug Aitken and the Desert X project.
For the past two years, Los Angeles has been attempting a resurgence into the fashion world with shows in and around the city such as Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry. This weekend, the city was home to Made LA - a lineup of runway shows, presentations, and pop-up shops, merging the worlds of fashion, music, and art. Jeremy Scott's Moschino launched the event on Friday, June 10th with a joint Resort and Men's collection brought to life by models and celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Hailey Baldwin, Taylor Hill, Katy Perry, Cindy Crawford, Martha Hunt, Jhené Aiko, Big Sean, Caitlyn Jenner, and more.
On Saturday, June 11th, I had the privilege of attending Shayne Oliver's Hood By Air show, which introduced his "Hallways" capsule collection. Anyone that is familiar with the brand knows that Oliver is anything but ordinary and is never one to take a conventional approach to design or presentation. Not knowing what to expect from my first "high-fashion" runway show but knowing that Shayne Oliver would definitely deliver an unconventional spectacle, I wasn't disappointed. Rather than a traditional runway approach, the collection was staged atop mounds of sand with fog and strobe lights flashing throughout the show. Models draped in oversized clothing - double hoodies, wide leg pants, elongated sleeve details - walked, ran, rolled, and jumped their way from mound to mound occasionally shoving and throwing sand at one another, all while musician Yves Tumor performed loud shrieking screams and chanted HBA repeatedly. After the show, the "Hallways" capsule was made immediately available for pre-order on hoodbyair.com - a growing trend of the ready to wear (see-now, buy-now) business model that many labels are now trying.
Later that evening, I attended Tyler, the Creator's Golf Wang runway debut. Celebrity attendees were in full swing from Janelle Monae, Solange Knowles, Amandla Stenberg, and YG to Don C, Kendall Jenner, and Kanye West. (Sitting just a few rows behind Kanye and Kendall was definitely the highlight of my evening.) Tyler, stayed true to his creative genius and staged a fashion show meets mini-concert with skate ramps built in to center stage, staying true to his west coast, 90's skater aesthetic. There were loud prints and bold colors that appeared on shirts, shorts, varsity jackets, fur coats, tracksuits, and accessories such as socks, backpacks, and hats. Tyler also debuted some furniture he designed and performed his new track "My Ego" as a part of the show. But the biggest news of all, was Tyler's announcement and debut of his very own line of sneakers that he's calling "Golf Le Fleur". Tyler announced to the audience in Kanye fashion that everyone in attendance would receive a shoe in the mail by the end of the year yelling "YOU GET A SHOE, YOU GET A SHOE, YOU GET A SHOE!" At the end of the show, the collection was also made immediately available for pre-order at golfwang.com. Tyler definitely made his hometown of LA proud and has a new fan of his creative mind in me.
You can stream the entire Golf Wang show here.
This was a night to remember. Free food (The Grilled Cheese Truck, The Kogi Truck), ice cream (Kool Haus) and booze. My boy Rique finessed his way into this rsvp only event and it only went up from there. We met some really dope creatives and I got to see Miguel perform live for the first time from just feet away. Kilo Kish absolutely killed her set and Shlohmo wasn't too bad on the eyes or ears either.