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More on Kanye...



Today Mr. West announced that the first pieces of his Pastelle collection will be released online in January. The first drop includes the jacket from the AMA’s, the hoodie that he was wearing at the Dior fashion show earlier this year (photo below) and the jacket that you see in the photo above. He also announced that the much anticipated Air Yeezy will be released in March 2009 and he also is apparently working with Louis Vuitton on a sneaker collaboration.

I'm excited to see what he's going to bring to the table. I just hope the streets don't kill it for me like they A Bathing Ape.



Also...

I got so many calls and text messages regarding my review of 808s & Heartbreaks yesterday. My friends had mixed emotions. Half of you agreed with me and the other half of you couldn't understand why I didn't like the album. Of you who didn't understand why I didn't like it, you mentioned that he pushed the envelope with this record. But I feel like that's what's made him special throughout his entire career. Anybody remember Late Registration? Musically, that album was "different" and I loved it. He's always been different and that why I both like him so much and have so much respect for what he does. I've been a fan since I heard "H to the Izzo" in high school. That doesn't mean I have to like everything he does. I honestly don't feel like this album is as good as it could have been.

I am, however, listening to it again right now and Patrick I'll admit that it's growing on me. But I still can't say that I like it. We'll see...
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My Thoughts :: 808s & Heartbreaks



Hmmm...where do I begin?

I've listened to Kanye's new album twice this morning to give it a fair assessment. I've read reviews and others friends & fellow bloggers' opinion, but as always, I have to judge for myself.

I'll just be direct - I'm not impressed. First, I feel like no one else should be allowed to use an autotune from now on besides T-Pain. That instrument needs to be retired for another 10 or 15 years. Seriously. Second, this is probably the saddest, most emotional work I've heard in a long time and that's not at all a good thing in this case. You can't help but feel for him on the entire album. The last track "Pinocchio Story (Freestyle Live From Singapore)" is depressing. I will probably never listen to it again. The only tracks worth listening to, in my opinion, are "Say You Will," "Paranoid," and "Street Lights." Everything else sounds like a throw-away track to me.

People are quick to call Kanye crazy, but I don't at all think he is. Sure he whines and goes off about dumb shit from time to time, but I'd call him passionate before anything else. On this album I felt like he had a great deal of raw emotion that he couldn't figure out how to channel. His mother passed this year and he called off his engagement to Alexis Phifer. Dude needs some therapy and a vacation.

I have to say that this is his worse album to date. However, I'm still an avid fan. I love his vision and perspective on fashion and music. I don't think that'll change anytime soon.

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Dear Big Boi,

You rarely ever disappoint me. This grey suit is evidence of why.

Spot on good sir. Spot on!

Best,
Me



*Photograph taken at the GQ Man of the Year party. Courtesy of Concrete Loop.
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GQ Germany :: Heavy Knit Sweaters



This month's GQ Germany's Trends section included one of my personal favorites, heavy knit sweaters. The ones featured in the photos below are amazing! Do yourself a favor and grab one this season.



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Silas 2008 Fall/Winter Lookbook





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Damn, another one?



According to the New York Times Condé Nast just shut down DNR, WWD's brother menswear publication. The November 24 issue will be its last and WWD will absorb DNR's coverage online and in print. Patrick McCarthy, editorial director of W, WWD, and Footwear News, said “With the men’s and women’s apparel businesses sharing many of the same issues, we believe that integrating men’s coverage through WWD’s daily print and digital resources is the best way to serve our global audience."

I don't know if this should be cause for concern for the men's fashion industry, in general, or if this just speaks to where the new wave of technology is taking us. Speaking for myself personally, I only have subscriptions to GQ and Vogue, and I don't buy half as many fashion mags as I used to. I get most of my fashion related (or any) news online now. I'm just more of a digital person. Sitting down with a magazine is nice, but I rarely ever do it anymore.

Just as long as GQ sticks around, I won't trip.
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88-Keys' "The Death of Adam"



So, I've heard Kanye talking about his boy 88-Keys over the past year and I haven't really paid much attention, even though I thought the "Viagra (Stay Up)" track on last summer's G.O.O.D. Music mixtape was hot. I finally took the time to download 88 Keys' new album "The Death of Adam" and it's SO dope! OMG! The album features guest appearances by Kanye West, Kid Cudi, J*Davey, Redman, Bilal, Phonte of Little Brother, and alternative rock group Shitake Monkey. I love the concept. The album tells the story of an investigation surrounding the death of a man named Adam who was murdered in his Harlem loft apartment. During a recent interview 88-Keys said, "The entire album is about the power of the punani, if you will...It all started off with him catching a boner one morning, morning wood, and his life starts to spin out of control from there."

CLICK HERE to download "The Death of Adam!"
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Usher Gets the Twin Treatment



My favorite twin designers Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared are working with Usher for his upcoming tour. I agree with the writer at The Fashionisto. His last album sucked, but at least he'll look great while singing those god-awful songs.


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Weekend [Cable] TV Roundup 11.24.08

ENTOURAGE


Last night's season finale had all true fans on the edge of seats, holding our breathe wondering what would happen. The guys return to New York after Smoke Jumpers gets canned, Gus Van Sant gives Vince gives Vince a thumbs up, Jamie Lynn admitted to the guys that she's fucking Turtle, Vince gets a part in Scrosese's new adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby,' and E & Vince get in a huge fight...then make of up, of course.

Nothing especially exciting happened. I thought maybe they'd have E work alone until the middle of next season or Vince be forced to stay in L.A. because he couldn't find out work or something, but no. We got the same formula.

Even still, I'm still a loyal fan of the show and I'll definitely be watching next season.

DEXTER


Dexter is arguably the best written show on television right now. I rarely ever blog or talk about the show because SO MUCH happens in every episode.

There hasn't been a single episode all season that disappointed me. Not one. On last night's episode Miguel decided that he was going to murder Ellen Woods on his own. Dexter was understandably pissed, but as always kept his cool under pressure. He also found out that the shirt that Miguel gave him had cow's blood on it and not Freebo's. Phew! I was on the edge of my seat!

I can't wait to see what happens...

BIG LOVE


Another well written show, Big Love, returns this January (good month// my birthday and Obama gets inaugurated). The show is about a pologamist family in Utah. The first season was good. The second was flawless and tremendously entertaining. If you're not familiar with the show, please, go out of rent the first and second season in time to catch up for the start of the third. You won't be disappointed! I guarantee you!

FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS


I've been on pins and needles, crossing my hands (and toes), hoping that Flight of the Concords got renewed this year. Before watching Entourage last night, it was confirmed the hilarious HBO comedy would indeed be returning for a second season in January along with Big Love. Thank you HBO! The television gods are truly showing me some love!

SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH


After watching Entourage last night I decided to give Summer Heights High a chance since all I had to do was laundry. As described by Wikipedia, the show is an "Australian television dockumentary series written by and starring Chris Lilley. It is a satirical parody of high school life epitomised by its three protagonists: effeminate and megalomaniac "Director of Performing Arts" Mr G; self-absorbed, privileged teenager Ja'mie King; and disobedient, vulgar Tongan student Jonah Takalua. It lampoons Australian high school life and many aspects of the human condition and is filmed in a documentary style, with lay people playing supporting characters."

I don't really care for British (or Australian) humor, but this show is hilarious! Definitely worth checking out.
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Dear Chris Brown,

This look is flawless. You and you're fine ass girlfriend Rihanna have two of the sickest stylist in the fashion industry. I hope you're paying them well cause they deserve it.

Best,
Your Namesake



*Photograph taken at the 2008 American Music Awards Courtesy of TheYBF.com.
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GQ Designer of the Year :: Thom Browne



GQ names Thom Browne, a designer in which I have such a love/hate relationship with, "Designer of the Year." I'd love to work alongside him one day. I don't always like what he does, but I do respect his perspective.
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K & T H MFG Co. Lot10 Sheep Collar Coat



Seeing this is coat is even more motivation for me to move to and study in Japan when I finish at FIDM. Workers Japan recently debuted the Lot10 Sheep Collar Coat from K & T H MFG Co. This thing is gorgeous!

"Everything inch of this coat is a true repro from the original sold in the Montgomery Ward Catalog back in 1928-29. N-1 deck fabric on the outershell, re-inforced cornering on all pockets with leather… the detailed listing is long."
-Selectism
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Fila x RSole Hi Top Sneaker



Fila collaborated with sneaker boutique RSole on a hi-top. The sneaker comes in a black/gold patent colorway, white sole with the RSole logo appearing on the back heel. The sneaker will be released on December 12th at RSole in St. Louis and Memphis in a limited edition of 72 pairs.

The crazy thing about looking at these sneakers is that I just had a conversation this past weekend with a friend about whether I'd ever rock another pair of Filas in my life. I haven't had a pair since my Jerry Stackhouse's in 96. And shortly after that time, wearing Fila's was declared uncool because some stupid kid created the acronym "Faggots In Los Angeles" for the brand that spread like wildfire. Because of that stigma, people on the West coast stop rocking them. I'm an adult now and my perspective on things have changed drastically. I love these kicks!


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Behold...PASTELLE



This past weekend at the 2008 American Music Awards, Mr. West dawned a jacket from his yet to be released clothing line Pastelle. This thing is gorgeous! From the color palette to the tailoring. I love it, I love it, I love it! I can't wait to see what else he has in store.


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Carmelo Anthony's Jordan M5 Shoe Release Party in Hollywood



I can't stress enough how much I love my friends. God truly blessed me and formed my circle around some of his absolute best! Last night I got to go to Carmelo Anthony's Jordan M5 Shoe Release Party in Hollywood. I've lived in L.A. my entire life, so I'm used to occassionally seeing celebrities, but not so much partying with them.

Last night was a blast. Everything was free - from the valet to entrance to the drink to the food - all of it! The gallery was amazing!

Of the celebrities not pictured in attendance yesterday were: Lala, Ciara, David Banner, Dwayne Martin, Tyrese, Tocarra, Evan Ross, Dee Ray Davis, Shondrella Avery and Mena Suvari.

I had an awesome fucking time!

For more details about last night's event, click here for additional coverage by TheYBF.com.



Red carpet treatment.

Crystal, my favoritest cousin in the whole wide world.

Carmelo Anthony.

The Jordan M5.


Seth.

Cuzin!

Iconic symbolism.

DJ AM.

CM2.

My fellow SUPER, Mario.

Pooch Hall from "The Game."

Mehki Phifer. Out of all the "celebs" at the event, he's probably the most accomplished and he was the nicest of all of them. He was the only one who wasn't in VIP. He was dancing and mengling with all of the regular folks.

DJ AM spinning.
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Resonate Fall/Winter 08 Collection



The more I see from Japanese designers, the more I fall in love with their take on American fashion. The grey flannel toggle coat above is the one of the most beautiful pieces I've seen all season. Looking at this collection, I just decided that in some point in my life/career, I have to live and study design in Japan for a few years.

Thank you, Resonate.