Thursday night, after all the chaos that is New York fashion week died down, the rime crew were on hand at Webster Hall in downtown NYC for the Vashtie and Puma collaboration collection debut. Vashtie seems to be on a roll after her collab with G-Shock last year. Rihanna was seen a few weeks ago at a basketball game wearing samples from the collection that she apparently took directly from the showroom, because she loved them so much. The New York based designer/artist/DJ took inspiration from NYC B-boy culture of the 80s and 90s. The unisex collection of mesh tanks, tees and jerseys; along with track pants and gold coated sweatshirts, pays tribute to the time of the B-boy, almost chronicling Puma’s history with Hip-Hop culture, with a stamp that is a bold Vashtie design. The intimate show had a live spray painting session by graffiti artist Earsnot, that was true New York style. There was also a live break dance battle between Crazy Legs and Jiggz of the legendary Rock Steady Crew. The collection has all the aspects of this particular culture. Effortless.
The latest color way for the Kyrie 1 is called the Flytrap. The bright coral and all over dark green colors take influence from the Venus Flytrap, along with the teeth-like extended midsole. The specs of bright green on the heels and metallic Nike logo at the sides add a touch of vibrancy. The sneaker is light with great traction and Nike Zoom cushioning.
HLZBLZ, pronounced Hells Bells, has been around since 2005, catering to the edgy fashionista. The brand’s influences come from the never ending summer of L.A, the old school grit of New York and female empowerment. Bold pieces with 90s inspired silhouettes, a street and music culture sensibility, is what makes this brand attractive to the fashionista willing to make a statement, perfect for festival season. The latest drop for their Spring 2015 features pieces like a knitted bra top, the knitted effect adds a bit of class. The marriage of lace with the sweatshirt cropped top is a nice take on the crop trend. Their beanies and bucket hats sports, sayings in fonts that create a very L.A vibe. And their printed T-shirts allows any girl to say what they have to without really saying anything.
Stussy enlisted London photographer and documentary maker, Tyrone Lebon, to capture the laid back SoCal vibe of the brand for their Spring 2015 campaign. The hand-drawn-style logo is front and center in most of the images, sticking to the roots of the brand. The campaign represents a young everyday SoCal persona, with street-wise tendencies, while showcasing some note- worthy spots in Los Angeles. Very Stussy. Check out the images below.
The KD 7 Weatherman with an aesthetic similar to the KD 4. There are variations of different greens throughout , with accents of Volt and Orange. The front is a basic green and the heel is influenced by a meteorology map, in a cluster of colors. Kevin Durant’s childhood dream was to become a weatherman, so the theme and name is appropriate. Orange runs throughout the sneaker, theres a black and orange sole, and an orange strap across the front; with the inner lining in volt.
Available at rime March 5.
The latest color way for the Kobe X is Laker purple. It is a low top shoe and features an X on the outsole.The sneaker has a black tongue with the logo formed in a scale-like shape. Red stitching is on the left heel and the Kobe logo are on the other. The Nike logo at the sides are reflective and the sole is a translucent purple. The black in the sneaker helps to tone down the purple. Available at rime February 21st.
After a successful All-Star weekend, Nike is set to release the latest color-way for the LeBron 12 called Double Helix. The sneaker features a burgundy mesh, pink hyperposite base with volt accents on the Nike and LeBron logos. The sneaker also has a bright oink interior and translucent outsole. Which is a fresh take on Cleveland’s “wine and gold” aesthetic. And continues the color concepts rooted in LeBron James’ DNA.
Available at rime at the end of the month.
Rime’s Female Sneaker Collector of the week is our very own contributor known as @kixiejixie on IG and Twitter.
A little girl grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn in the 1980s with a father who was a local hip hop DJ and a mother who loved sneakers. By the age of 6 she knew what Adidas, Puma, Etonics, Ellessee, LA Gear, British Knights, Reebok and Nike Jordans were and had various types of sneakers from these brands. That was the beginning of the woman we know today as @kixiejixie on social media. Growing up, Jixie was very clumsy and her mother didn’t allow her to wear shoes out of fear that she might break her ankle. At a time when there was no social media or brand presence outside of MTV, Jixie traveled all over New York City to find sneakers and eventually created relationships with several stores and brands. Jixie states “It was very easy to get sneakers in the 1990s and even put Jordans on layaway”. The one thing Jixie emphasizes was having variety in what she bought and not being a “brandhead”. At a young age, she became enamored with the technical design and biometrics of footwear; she began to study this in order to understand sneakers differently. Before graduating high school, her foot out grew grade school size sneakers. This opened doors to so many sneakers that males could wear but females could not. Today, Jixie has lost count after 1,000+ pairs of sneakers. She promotes equality for women who love sneakers and unity amongst female sneaker heads. Keep up with Jixie on social media and the Rime Journal to see pieces of her collection and discuss topics that are important to women in kicks!
Jixie and her collection
New York City was the place to this weekend. With Valentine’s Day on Saturday the 14th and Fashion week going on, the city was on fire. The NBA All- Star Game returned to New York City for the first time since 1998, 17 years too long, around the time Seinfeld was wrapping up their final season and Complex was still a few years from even being introduced to us. What I enjoy about this All Star Weekend is that it isn’t just about the big game. It brought so many things to see around the city, and of course Nike was a main contributor to these pop-up sites around the city.
Nike and Footlocker opened the doors to the world’s largest House of Hoops retail store. This is just a temporary pop-up located outside of Madison Square Garden, filled with Nike Basketball, Sportswear, and of course Jordan Brand product in celebration of this past weekend’s game. The location will close shortly after these events on February 22nd. The pop-up store located on the corner of Bowery and Great Jones Street downtown is a real-life replica of the company’s new app, SNKRS and a life sized shoebox.
Rime Crew Members, Tameika and Jossy had a chance to check out Nike’s Zoom City Bank in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday February 14th. During the event they got to go in the Nike Basketball’s Vault from 1982-2015 where they displayed original basketball sneakers through out the years. There was also a panel that featured creative directors and executive designers of the company, as well as legendary players like Scottie Pippen and JR Smith.
Rime crew members at Nike’s Zoom City Bank.
Inside Nike’s Zoom City Bank
Melody Ehsani is the first woman to collaborate with the Reebok classic. The design is inspired by women. The shoes come with three different lace color options—black, aqua and snake print. Which gives females various options, either all together for a very 90s effect or separately. Ehsani says “the shoes are audacious and unapologetic in their boldness, portraying the paradox of beauty and danger, the hopefulness of love and the contrast associated with the python print”; much like the women she admire. The low top sneaker, is taken over by a water color snake print and snake embossed leather. It also comes with handwritten inspirations, from Melody herself, on the inside lining and the removable eye lace locks can also be used as jewelry.