Undoubtedly, a legion of young hipsters, streetwear fashionistas, and luxury goods junkies would be left scratching their heads in bewilderment if pressed to elaborate on the legacy of STEPHEN SPROUSE. Luckily, the legendary downtown art shrine known as DEITCH PROJECTS, in collaboration with Parisian luxury brand LOUIS VUITTON has provided an immersive introduction to the late artist's indelible legacy in the form of their epic "Rock on Mars" retrospective exhibition that opened its doors to a cadre of NYC's illuminati last nite. A pioneering designer who cut his teeth in the fertile late '70s & early '80s downtown scene (his earliest client was downstairs neighbor Debbie Harry), Sprouse daringly infused day-glo graphic elements of crucial counterculture scenes like graffiti, punk, and hippies into an array of groundbreaking and always rock-centric fashion statements over the course of his roughly 20 year career. Forever plagued by soaring highs and crushing financial lows, the designer was rescued from the brink of obscurity by Marc Jacobs when the designer tapped him to create a new line of instantly sold-out designs for Louis Vuitton in 2001, effectively revitalizing his name in the process. Unfortunately, lung cancer would claim the Sprouse's life in 2004 exactly at the precipice of a major comeback that would never be. Funded by Louis Vuitton as a grand homage to the oft-underappreciated visionary, the Deitch exhibition collected previously unshown fine artworks originally created by Sprouse for an unrealized show called "Rock on Mars," with vintage fashion drawings and iconic clothing designs to provide the most comprehensive overview of the artist's prodigious oeuvre ever assembled. Opening to the public this weekend, the show is the first must-see event of the New Year, shining a much-needed light on an otherwise gloomy art scene still coping with the "morning after" of 2008’s crippling economic collapse. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Painter KEHINDE WILEY's use of highly detailed floral motifs as backgrounds for his intricate portraits is legendary, and now the artist has translated this inspiration literally into a new line of clothing that will be making its commercial debut at the end of the year. Speaking to GQ magazine, Wiley explained: "In Nigeria I bought these amazing fabrics from open-air markets. I brought them back, photographed and sourced them for painting, then wondered what to do with them. I ended up working with the designer DAPO JAMIU-SOYOYE. You know that Michelin Man-style puffy coats? We made a series of those out of the fabrics and are going to sell them in a pop up store in New York in December '08 or January '09." HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Just in time for the economically depressed holiday season, vintage clothing remix masters DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI and A LOVE MOVEMENT's TETSUZO OKUBO have teamed up to create a happy little winter vest collection called DR LOVE. Available exclusively at the LA fashion institution MAXFIELD, the plush warmers combine vintage military garments, lush virgin leather, and an array of hippie & Americana flair that should be the cure for the upcoming winter blues. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
It's safe to say that we at Supertouch have a serious shoe fetish, but it's not often that we get to legitimately obsess over women's kix. The recent release of this sculptural pair of asymmetrical heels by London-based Iraqi modern architect ZAHA HADID for the little-known Brasilian eco shoe company MELISSA, however, proved to be just such an occasion, and stopped us in our tracks and made us stare just a little too long. And a model wasn't even wearing them. To celebrate the collaboration, Melissa has created a massive pair of the shoes as sculpture currently on display in their flagship boutique in Sao Paulo. Marc Newson, we expect your response in shoe form within six months. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
To commemorate his groundbreaking show in Paris, artist TOM SACHS has released a special must-have T-shirt supporting the OBAMA campaign in its final stretch as we approach the election next week. Available only at Parisian retail palace COLETTE, the shirt features a rendering of Sachs' Hello Kitty Eiffel Tower installation with the words "OBAMA 08" on the back. Just the thought of the French walking around Paris with an American (would-be) president's name on their backs makes a tear drop our eyes...
The photo of the day comes to us from, uh.... From... Ummmm... Oops, sorry, busy looking at the photo. The photo of the day comes to us from our friend the SARTORIALIST. Thank god for NYC and warm weather. Soon these will all be covered up in big, ugly fluffy coats...
Lost in the great white north to photograph his upcoming new collaborative collection with SF-based sneaker spot HUF (more on that soon), Supertouch's own DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI (with legendary artist & taxidermy addict NACHOS CABRONES in tow) has just begun a week-long residency in the backwoods of Alaska that just might get his ass eaten by the local large-sized wildlife. Luckily, he's got a good camera with him so the blood should look extra real. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Friday nite saw Supertouch buddy and Japanese fashion mastermind JUN TAKAHASHI—founder of iconic couture house UNDERCOVER—moving his international "The Sound & The Fury" tour to Hong Kong where his creation of a new art mannequin in a process he calls "live doll operation" was the highlight of the evening. Hosted by HK streetwear think tank SILLY THING, the all-nite party featured live sets by MISHA from PAM, DEXPISTOLS, DJ OGAWA, and longtime Jun Takahashi accomplice MAJOR FORCE's TAKAGI KAN who provided background soundscapes for Takahashi's surgical strike performance in the duo's first collaboration since their NOWHERE STORE days in the '90s. The event brought out a crowd of HK's top celebs and hipster elite who partied alongside musician JUNO MAK, and visiting BATHING APE overlord NIGO dressed in his finest Catholic prep school summer uniform. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Just returned from China where ardent Supertouch supporters/footwear-to-the-gods giant NIKE have had their hands full for the past several months preparing for some incredible pre-Olympics events including the launch of the new Nike Sportswear division, the Nike technology retrospective "House of Innovation" exhibit, and the big (and seemingly impossible) takeover of the legendary and historical Forbidden City for a nite. Along for the ride was a veritable who's-who of international tastemakers and shakers who transformed the massive trek into a traveling party & impromptu meeting of the minds. Under massive preparation for the upcoming Olympic games that launch on 08.08.2008, Beijing is a city in transition, undergoing a series of monumental building projects (Rem Koolhaas' CCTV tower is a standout) and sweeping social changes that mark its slow, but obvious westernization—a fact made apparent by the ubiquitous presence of American and European shops and restaurants that dot the city's cluttered urban landscape. HAVE A LOOK (and lots more to come): Read More
This just in from Supertouch's own DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI: looks like the LA LAKERS' superstar forward, #7 himself, LAMAR ODOM took delivery on his custom-made DRx Lakers' championship tribute jacket in time to rock it at Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets tomorrow. Let's just hope it's weatherproof enough to withstand the upcoming Purple Reign...