One More Thing...


Fresh off his naked-in-the-wilderness campaign for Wrangler jeans, Ryan McGinley's been tapped for a...naked-in-the-wilderness campaign for Levi's jeans. (All of this, of course, follows an ongoing career fascination with nudity in the wilderness.) The campaign Web site,, launches tomorrow.

[Creative Review via Selectism]

Photo: Levi's

Loose Ends: 6.30.09

Four things we learned today

- Johan and Marcella Lindeberg—late of J. Lindeberg—aren't going to be designing off into the sunset, nor are they merely stepping up work with William Rast. Instead, they're taking their design consultancy, Paris68, and turning it into a full men's and women's line.
- There's been a certain to-do in the literary world over novelist Alice Hoffman's ill-advised Twittering to defend her new book by viciously attacking a reviewer who'd panned it. Alain de Botton, the acclaimed author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, has one-upped her on the comments section of a Web site maintained by Caleb Crain, who'd panned de Botton's new book in the Times Book Review: "I will hate you till the day I die," de Botton writes, "and wish you nothing but ill will in every career move you make."
- Geek alert: The new Firefox browser is out today, and apparently it's a gateway to the Internet of tomorrow.
- Finally, we told you earlier about Beck featuring his new cover band project on the redesigned; now he's decided to add once-a-week DJ duties to the site as well, under the rubric Planned Obsolescence. An early mix includes what Beck describes as "alabama nukes, rhineland jukes, ponytailed arch dukes, and the anatomically correct scapegoat." Funny—that's what we've been listening to lately, too.


I.D. in 3-D


I.D. Magazine's Annual Design Review issue hits newsstands tomorrow. For the uninitiated, this is the design snob's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. If you'd like to take the obsession one step further and actually ogle the winning products (and the runners-up) instead of just gaze at them on the page—that's Best Concept winner R/GA's Flyover Channel, above, and Best Furniture winner Shelly Shelly's Loft Chair for Bernhardt Design, below—Material ConneXion, an international materials consultancy firm, is hosting a summerlong exhibit at its Manhattan showroom. (And don't worry: When Bar Refaeli goes on display in vivo, we'll be sure to let you know.)
Through August 21 at Material ConneXion, 60 Madison Ave., 2nd floor,NYC, (212) 842-2050,


[via The Moment]

Photo: © Noah Kalina

The trunks that launched a thousand side projects

S/S Friends

Sean Sullivan is a busy guy. His reggae band, Sean Bones, is releasing its debut LP, Rings, this July. His first acting gig—in the reggae-obsessed Wah Do Dem, co-starring Norah Jones—just screened at the L.A. Film Festival. But neither would have happened had the Brooklyn-based multitasker not first tried his hand at fashion design. Last summer, Sullivan launched S/S Friends, a range of natty canvas swim trunks. Each pair came with a Sean Bones 7-inch, one of which found its way to Frenchkiss Records. The rest, as they say, is history. Big things are looming for Sullivan, it seems—he's playing NYC to support Rings next month, and the film picked up the Best Narrative Feature prize out in L.A.—but he hasn't forgotten where he came from. The S/S Friends trunks are available again through his Web site, perfect timing now that summer's finally rolling back around.
For more information or to order, e-mail

Tags: Fashion, Media

The Tour heard 'round the world

Blackberry Tour

Just announced: The highly anticipated Blackberry Tour—officially out on July 12—is now available for preorder from Verizon, which will finally have an updated model (for touch screen-phobics who aren't into the Storm) to compete with AT&T's Bold. If it doesn't expand the boundaries of what smartphones are capable of, it'll certainly expand their geography—it's call-ready in 220 countries and e-mail- and Internet-ready in 175—and deliver everything in a thin package at a thin price. "Everything" here means 3G capability; push e-mail, texting, and social networking; a 3.2 MP camera with video and geotagging; and built-in GPS. And given that the U.N. and the State Department only recognize 194 countries in the world, we're guessing that those last two features are indispensable in the other 26.
$199.99 after rebate, with two-year contract;

[via Engadget]

Photo: Blackberry
Tags: Gear

Adidas' blue mood


Adidas Originals—the imprint responsible for bringing back all the styles from Adidas' massive archive and reinterpreting them to the delight of sneakerheads and hipsters the world over—has just announced a new line for the Spring 2010 season. A.039, named for the color code of AO's signature shade of blue, features footwear and apparel designed in tandem—the better, says the company, to achieve head-to-toe looks. Those tend toward the colorful (including, of course, a healthy dose of A.039), but Adidas die-hards should be pleased.
Available in January at Adidas Originals stores,

Photo: Courtesy of Adidas
Tags: Fashion

Spotted: Kanye's LV kicks

Kanye x LV

Kanye West's LV sneakers are (almost) here. The French blog La MJC shot several pairs of the kicks—some even tasseled—which should reignite the more-often-than-not-hysterical debate over whether or not they're the MISOT (of course, Most Important Sneakers of Our Time). We'll leave you to your own conclusions. Here they are.

Kanye x LV

Kanye x LV

[via Hypebeast]

Photo: Amaury Choay pour La MJC
Tags: Fashion

Datebook: 6.30.09

Five things worth knowing today

- Montreal hosts its 30th International Jazz Festival, one of the jazz world's premier annual events. Expected guests include anybody and everybody—elder statesmen Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, and Jackson Browne among them. - James Gray's Two Lovers arrives on DVD today, hopefully bringing the great little movie the recognition that star Joaquin Phoenix's press-ready declarations of a fledgling rap career and famously loopy performance on Letterman denied it the first time around.
- In the tech world, MSN Messenger is officially laid to rest by Microsoft. Does this mean you'll have to actually get up (or pick up a phone) to bother your co-workers? Heaven forbid—the service will be replaced by an integrated chat program within Windows Live Hotmail.
- Today in 1953, the first Corvette came off the assembly line in Flint, Mich.
- And today in 1979, Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu was born. Only in America, folks. A far easier guest than Phoenix, Matisyahu performs "King Without a Crown" on Letterman, below.

Tags: Datebook

One More Thing...

Brioni Award

Royal College of Art student Robert Huth's redesign concept for the Brioni travel jacket, winner of the brand's second-annual Brioni Award.

Photo: Courtesy of Brioni
Tags: Fashion

Loose Ends: 6.29.09

Four things we learned today

- GQ's Style Guy writes about his old friend Hooman Majd, who is apparently one hell of a stylish guy himself, not to mention "probably an observant atheist or an agnostic with Rastafarian sympathies"—and an important voice of sanity on Iran.
- GM—which, as you might remember, is in Chapter 11 protection—has one more "problem": trying to keep the 2010 Camaros in stock. The new models are poised to outsell Mustangs soon, and some buyers are willing to pay up to $2,500 more than sticker price.
- Just as we're seeing less of the skinny look and more muscle and swagger on the runway, along comes Foreign Policy magazine to declare "The Death of Macho."
- Finally, Bryan Burrough, the man who—literally—wrote the book on John Dillinger considers the historical accuracy of Michael Mann's Public Enemies. Burrough's verdict? Spot-on, actually. Turns out you can't make this stuff up.

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