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World Cup 2018: A Guide to All 12 Stadiums
"FIFA has stringent rules on how big stadiums need to be for certain stages of the World Cup, and all stadiums must meet safety requirements. After years of preparation, Russia now has 12 state-of-the-art stadiums ready to host the world’s biggest sporting event. Here they are in more detail."

via: Highsnobiety

Supreme Staged an Elaborate Fashion Show in China This Week, Except That it Didn't
"Those “Supreme” branded wares that went down the runway were all fake. The individual who posed as Supreme’s “president” was not James Jebbia; it was a Nigerian actor hired by OXN, an added element utilized to make the collab appear completely legitimate for those in attendance, who are said to have included select Chinese consumers, individuals operating in apparel manufacturing, and even some native media."

via: The Fashion Law

Rihanna Is the Ultimate Anime Style Icon—Or Is She?
"While watching the 2011 anime Hunter x Hunter last summer, I came across the character Canary and immediately did a double take. From her hairstyle to her outfit, Canary came across as a near perfect doppelganger for Rihanna’s Anti album tour promo."

via: Garage

A Company Built on a Bluff
"For almost 25 years, Shane Smith’s plan for Vice was that, by the time the suckers caught on, he’d never be stuck owning the company he co-founded."

via: New York Magazine

The Seductive Power of Uniforms and Cult Dress Codes
"The Rajneeshan's sartorial efforts weren't fully appreciated at the time, but they've recently found many fans on the internet. Enthusiasts of the show cheerfully share images, and a number of fashion sites run pieces on how to get the Rajneeshan look. In fact, looking at pictures of the cult, you could be forgiven for believing you'd been given a preview of the latest Alessandro Michele collection for Gucci, with all the 70's glad rags and lustrous manes of hair."

via: CNN

He Wore It First
"Dads are now at the center of the style universe. And their ethos, dad-ism, is part of the mass move to the unique and the downright fugly. There’s a reason that men in general have chosen to look so bizarre: “Designer brands have become beacons of fugly precisely because people have replaced shopping for things with posting them and then re-’Gramming them,” Nick Sullivan, the fashion director of Esquire, ha s said."

via: The New York Times

The Movement That Brought Him to Louis Vuitton
"Virgil is not this design god that the world thinks he is – at least, he doesn’t think he is. He thinks he’s just a messenger in the grand scheme of things, an assistant participating within a larger movement. Maybe it’s because of his 3% rule: never taking a design more than 3% from its original form. He doesn’t have to – he’s fine with leaving a design the way it is and has a healthy respect for the beauty of something in its pure form. Much in the same vein, we don’t need to fit his story into some grand-notion journalistic endeavor – his story tells itself, and we’re simply taking our due turn in being the assistant."

via: Hypebeast

The Twilight of Air Jordans
"But, after three decades, the Air Jordan has achieved the ubiquity it once rebelled against, and the shoes are slowly losing their cultural sway. There’s little tragedy in a large corporation’s declining market share, but there’s a lot of fascination in watching the fissuring of a hegemony. Sneaker hype has been shifting away from basketball shoes, spurred in part by the streetwear impresario (and frequent Nike collaborator) Ronnie Fieg and his work with the running-shoe brands New Balance and Asics. The luxury houses have taken that shift toward an ironic extreme, pumping out swollen runners like the Balenciaga Triple S, a shoe that, per Jamie Lauren Keiles, “expresses the idea of a sneaker without ever becoming one.” At the low end of the market, teen-agers are gravitating toward cheaper shoes from Vans or fresher models from Adidas, such as the Ultra Boost. Last year, Adidas overtook Jordan Brand in North American sales. Though Nike still retains the top spot, and Jordan’s third place is still worth hundreds of millions in revenue, the ascendance of Adidas has prompted a harried bit of soul-searching."

via: The New Yorker

The Big, Passionate, Global World of Soccer Fan Apparel
"Soccer—or "football"—is Earth's most global sport, and by far. Its fan apparel is as iconic in some of the most remote villages on the planet as it is in metropolitan soccer hubs like São Paulo and Liverpool. High-fashion and soccer, too, have a longstanding relationship that's only been made stronger in recent seasons with the abundance of "sportswear." What becomes of the fan apparel market, then, when something as notoriously exclusive as high-fashion adopts the aesthetics of the most accessible sport there is? "

via: Fashionista

Designer Craig Green Is Changing How Men Dress Today

Now Green is being lauded as the most exciting menswear designer in fashion. Since launching his own label in 2012, he’s won British Menswear Designer of the Year twice. His clothes are sold in the best stores in the world and have been worn by the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna (his men’s clothes have a cool, dedicated female following). You might have seen the costumes he made for Ridley Scott’s 2017 film Alien: Covenant. You can find his garments and specially commissioned works at the current Heavenly Bodies fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. This week, Green is the guest designer opening Pitti Uomo in Florence, one of the most important showcases for men’s fashion in the world."*

via: The Guardian

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