Upon hearing that New Balance is intending to sue Karl Lagerfeld for ripping off one of their sneaker designs and logo, my first reaction was …really, SERIOUSLY KARL! And so I decided to troll the net to see what all the fuss was about…I mean, how similar could these 2 pair of trainers really be?! And hear they are…
Rita Ora is now not only known for her singing, her Roberto Cavalli campaign, being the face of DKNY, designing her own make-up range for Rimmel or her upcoming role in 50 Shades of Grey but can now add Adidas clothing and shoe designer to her list of accolades. She recently announced that she would be the first female artist collaborator with the German brand and has been working on the new range since being approached during New York Fashion Week in September last year. Adidas simply said to expect the unexpected and that it was…
” a match brought about by the brand’s admiration for shared rebellious natures.”
The range will be comprised of 5 collections : The Black Line(based on her London look), The Pastel Line, Colourblock Packs Line, The Spray line and Rose line.
Rita’s has always had mad love for Adidas, telling Woman’s Wear Daily…
“I’m a massive fan of the brand,… I grew up working at a sneaker store when I was 16 and am a huge sneakerhead. It’s so cool that I’m able to do this with a brand that I sold when I was younger.”
Rita says she has taken inspiration from her music, tattoos and her own personal style while conceptualizing her new range, partially in pursuit of a particular pair of trousers…
“I wanted people to be comfortable but be sexy at the same time. The inspiration actually for that was that I used to have these trousers with these see-through panels but they got ruined in the wash and I could never find another pair.”
So untill the first line is launched later this year in August, here are a few sneak peeks at the new streetwear collab…and come 1st November, I’ll be rocking this look right here for sure. Too killer!
+..for the love of fashion+
Lets begin with generally, nothing good can come of anything that is initiated after 2am…
Soooo, this morning, around 4am, my fucked up internal clock decided to, once AGAIN, rise up and revolt against my quest for time travel(Pre Expresso)…to a time where life was filled with normal sleeping hours and cognitive thoughts. And amidst my half comatosed dose of daily Facebook stalkings and Twitter ramblings, I came across NikeID online. It was as though I had stumbled upon some old school “interactive sneaker porn”…and you know what, it’s still as killer now as it was when it was first released in 1999. So what else was there to do but indulge and create a pair of my very own… Continue reading
Walkin down CT’S streets in these would sound a little somethin like this…
Photography by Gunther Schubert of Vorsprung Studio
Sweet guitar rifts, solid drummin skillz and hardcore raw lyrics that speak true to my “scar tissue”…this is what RHCP’s is to me…
My friends kept asking me ” Are you psyched Robz…ARE YOU PSYCHED FOR RHCP ROBZ?” and in all honesty I wasn’t hey. I never really get psyched up for these huge live events for some reason. The best part about going to these gigs aren’t the build up days to the show…no no…for me it’s the day of… it’s the missioning to the concert, pre-partyin with friends, the angst you feel as you’re “standing in line to see the show…” and the sound of your heart pounding as you hear the crowds cheering…pulling the band from backstage as though they were attached to invisible electric threads, energised by their fans.
Walking into the stadium all I could think of was 2 things….one getting to our seats in time(yes I was seated but in all honesty most people that I spoke to in Golden Circle said they couldn’t see the stage and watched the entire concert on the big screen soooooo…WHAT???!!!) and secondly, why the f**k are the queues for beer so damn looooooong! FML
Now if I’m keeping it real, as I always do, the sound on the first few songs were shite but it didn’t take long for the RHCP crew to get it fixed and in no way did it spoil my buzz. The guitar rifts that these guys were spewing out were f**king insane…I found myself mesmorized…
and don’t even get me started on the drumming….aaahooooo…Smith…what a Legend!
They played all the classics…my favourites of the night being Californication, Scar Tissue, By the Way and Suck My Kiss!
Now this being a fashion blog and all, I cannot NOT speak about what these boys were wearing. Anthony’s trucker cap was what caught my attention first and foremost…it simply read “Off”…you fill in the blank… grin. My eyes then automatically fell on Anthony and Flea’s trouser’s and knee high socks. One trouser leg had been cut and altered into a half trouser/half shorts and was worn with a long striped sock and sneakers. Now from a fashion stand point I cannot say that this is “on trend” but it is precisely for this reason that I love these guys’ style. They are Cali personified…LA boys through and through – Setting their own standards, making their own trends and it sparked something in me…I needed to go back to the beginning…I needed to revisit a part of me which I hadn’t spoken to in some time…and in that moment, my heart smiled. You know why sneakerheads…because it was then that my eyes caught a glimpse of the red Puma Oslo’s that Flea was wearing…all they ways back from my itty bitty seat. Yes!!!
“By the Way”, for those of you who don’t know why I was so excited to see these kicks, the Puma Oslo hasn’t seen the light of day in decades. The smooth leather uppers are contrasted by sueded toe caps and what I call the Puma “swoosh”. A Spring 2013 Oslo range has been released with a textured gumsole feature which seems to be a common thread in sneaker trends this season.
I’ll never forget my night with RHCP and the best part for me was that I saw it it right here in my home town CT. Red Hot Chili Peppers have come a long way and are still representin’ 30 years later…
I think they said it best… “At least I have her love , the City she loves me” and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cape Town…I heart this City!
When I first saw these Adidas Court Decks, I had to stop and take a moment of silence for all the sneakers, sat along side them – fallen to the way side in comparison…sigh…I heart Adi Originals and in today’s post I’m gonna let the these sneakers do the talking…Lets Go All In!
And when you step out in your favourite kicks today, remember,”What this world needs now is love…”, more sneakers and originality…so go all in or get the f**k out…sneakerevolution.
All images courtesy of Vorsprung Studios(Gunther Schubert)
Enjoy…these guys are sick!