Fashion & Music – A match made in Hell. Feat. Rick Owens, Raf Simons et al.

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Yeah, we all know music and fashion are BFF. Here’s a selection of recent posts and thoughts on the subject.

Rick Owens explores chaos and control for AW16

From DAZED; ‘“We’re all gonna die!” grinned Rick Owens backstage after yesterday’s AW16 show, with the kind of carefree joy that had you smiling along with him rather than fighting off waves of existential dread. He was talking about how the show’s soundtrack – which came complete with the line, “I just wanted to call before I threw myself into the icy lake” looped over and over – had reminded him of the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, near where he had just opened a store. “There’s a tar pit where they found dinosaur remains,” he explained. “I was thinking about evolution when I was making this, and ecology, and how we’re all going to end up in the bottom of the La Brea tar pit!”’

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Tracing Raf Simons’ love for teenage riot and rock and roll

From DAZED: ‘As the sound of Angelo Badalamenti’s voice – documenting his time spent creating the soundtrack for Twin Peaks – echoed through the show space, Raf Simons’ audience were presented with a list of references for his AW16 “Nightmares and Dreams” collection. David Lynch, Cindy Sherman, American Youth, Elm Street and Martin Margiela (the first show Simons ever attended, while interning for Walter Van Beirendonck) were all present on the list, along with four of his own collections: “Riot, Riot, Riot”, “Woe Onto Those Who Spit On The Fear Generation…”, “Virginia Creeper” and “Waves”.’

‘Growing up as an outsider looking in on the 80s Belgian punk scene, Simons spent his teenage years obsessively stitching band patches onto his belongings. “It had nothing to do with fashion, only with music. Dark, black, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk,” Simons told Alexander Fury of his first connection with clothing. It goes without saying that music is integral to Simons’ craft. From AW01’s “Riot, Riot, Riot” collection (based on the disappearance of the Manic Street Preachers’ Richey Edwards), to SS00’s Gabba-meets-MENSA-students mash-up and AW98’s tribute to Kraftwerk, here we revisit some of the most significant art-meets-music back pages from the Raf Simons archive.’’

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Hip Hop Stars dig fashion. And the other way round.

‘A$AP Rocky & Ian Connor Tease the Upcoming A$AP Mob x Guess Collaboration’, reports HIGHSNOBIETY. And they did it on Instagram, with something that looks like a joint. Is it on-brand with Guess? Who cares bro, as long as they talk about us…

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A$AP Rocky again, together with Kanye (and many other familiar faces) for Alexander Wang – ‘Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, A$AP Rocky, and The Weekend Are Featured in Alexander Wang’s Latest Campaign’ (via Complex)

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Kanye is current working with Adidas – ‘Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy’ – even though rumours say he could leave the German brand and sign a (lucrative) contract with Vans. From HIGHSNOBIETY: ‘Sneakers Addict suggest that negotiations between West and the California brand have been underway for some time already, and recent sightings of Kanye also point to his love for the brand. Furthermore he recently rapped in his latest track, “No More Parties in LA,” “Some days I’m in my Yeezys / some days I’m in my Vans,” suggesting a love for the brand that carried over into this picture of himself with Kendrick Lamar that Kanye posted on Twitter, showing him wearing a pair of Vans Caballero.’

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The genre doesn’t matter, anybody welcome at Calvin Klein.

Trending on Facebook: Calvin Klein’s latest campaign, featuring Kendrick Lamar (again), FKA twigs and Justin Bieber, among others.

From DAZED: ‘This season, we’ve already seen a fair few actors, musicians and creatives of other trades pose for brands’ advertising campaigns: Jaden Smith for Louis Vuitton, The xx’s Oliver Sim for Dior Homme, and The Matrix director Lana Wachowski and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Milk (AKA Don Donigan) for Marc Jacobs.

Last night Calvin Klein joined the party, unveiling its SS16 campaign and – shot by Tyrone Lebon – it might be the season’s most star-studded one yet. FKA twigs and Kendrick Lamar feature in the line-up alongside fellow musicians Justin Bieber, Fetty Wap and Joey Bada$$, and models Kendall Jenner, Abbey Lee Kershaw (also an actress), Adwoa Aboah (also an activist and casting director) and Saskia de Brauw (also an artist and author).

Alongside these established names, there are some “street cast up-and-comers” including Daniel Hivner, Jan Gatewood, Aiden Dare, Rene Ferry, Sophia Tatum, Laura Sorensen and Petra Lajuan. Lebon’s images of his subjects reflect the intimacy of his portrait work, for which he is known.’

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Old school: Nan Golding for McQ, and Josh Homme for Saint Laurent.

From DAZED, again: ‘Nan Goldin captures club kids for McQ SS16. The iconic American photographer heads to Islington’s Electrowerkz club to lense the brand’s new campaign.’

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Beautiful.

Last but not least, Saint Laurent Music Project, featuring Josh “The Ginger Elvis” Homme, rock ’n’ rolla and all-round badass.

More on SLP’s website: http://www.ysl.com/corporate/saint-laurent-music-project/josh-homme/

Rad.

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