L’Wren Scott Found Dead In Her NYC Apartment

L’Wren Scott, famed fashion designer and Mick Jagger’s long time girlfriend, was found dead in New York this morning at 10:02. The 47-year-old was found by her assistant, who had received a text from Scott earlier that morning asking her to stop by, hanging from her doorknob with a scarf around her neck. New York Police Department is ruling it a suicide, though no suicide note has been found. Longtime boyfriend Mick Jagger, who is on tour and had just gotten into Australia, is shocked and devastated by the news according to a spokesperson of his.

L'Wren Scott & Mick Jagger Host Private Dinner At The Cafe Royal Hotel

The fashionista and icon was a former model who had walked the runways for the likes of Thierry Mugler and Chanel. In addition, she created her own label in 2006 which was popular and followed by many A-list celebrities. She was supposed to have a part in London Fashion Week last month with her label, but canceled claiming there were too many production problems. Our condolences to her family and loved ones in this tragic time.

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Images via blogs.artinfo.com, nymag.com, aceshowbiz.com 

Feltraiger Sets Up Shop in Brooklyn

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The super trendy, East Village menswear label, Feltraiger, is proud to announce the grand opening of their new retail location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this weekend. Famous for their American-made assortment of upscale and exclusive brand collaborations, the label felt Williamsburg would be the perfect fit for their “New American Classic” concept.

The new location is set to be the flagship for the label, and the design and layout of the Williamsburg store certainly measures up to that expectation. The exposed-brick walls, distressed wooden floors, and vintage crate fixtures make you feel like you are stepping into an old garage where classic rock legends used to rehearse. The atmosphere of the store, combined with the classic-cool merchandise, is nostalgic of all things manly-man.

Join the Feltraiger team for the grand opening weekend and an early viewing of the Spring line at the new store: 155 Grand street, Brooklyn N.Y.

Check out some of Feltraiger’s awesome graphic tee’s and killer flat-brims here.

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ASTR Releases EP

ASTR, the newest music sensation to hit the streets of New York, has just released their EP ‘Varsity’ via Neon Gold Records on Tuesday. This EP provides listeners with 6 opportunities to engage in a unique musical experience. The duo, made up of vocalist Zoe Anna and multi-instrumentalist producer A.D.A.M have a style all there own despite their enchanting take on Drake’s popular song “Hold On We’re Going Home.” Anna’s vocals mesh seamlessly with A.D.A.M’s pop and semi-atmospheric sounding beats. Although they have just released their EP, their schedule has not slowed down. ASTR has headlined Neon Gold’s Popshop at the Westway in New York and will continue their trek around the world in February.

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Images from Virgin Mobile and Astr.tv

Purchase this EP on iTunes here or on 10″ limited edition, pressed white vinyl here.

Varsity’ EP Tracklisting

We Fall Down

Operate

R U With Me

Blue Hawaii

Razor

Hold On We’re Going Home (Drake Cover)

Live Dates

02/05 – Neon Gold’s New Shapes Launch Party – Notting Hill Arts Club -  London, England
02/08 – Neon Gold Popshop @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
02/27 – Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop -  San Francisco, CA
03/11 – 03/16 @ SXSW – DATES TBA – Austin, TX

ASTR’s SoundCloud || ASTR’s Official Website || ASTR’s Twitter

K. Flay Drops Junior Prom Remix

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Garnering an abundance of fame and recognition, K. Flay has done it again. The rapper/producer provided her own unique twist on Junior Prom’s debut song, “Sheila Put the Knife Down.” The remix takes the most recognized part of the song, the vocals and puts them against a booming beat, perfect for any dance music craving. Junior Prom is comprised of two former members of The Rassle, Mark Solomich and Erik Ratensperger. The Brooklyn natives are releasing a self-titled EP (available for pre-order) on Feb. 4 with Elektra Records. If Junior Prom has become a newfound love, as they should be, be sure to check them out during their New York residency at Pianos.

Check out their tour dates below!

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Junior Prom- New York Residency

1/8/13 @ Pianos w/ Canon Logic + Child Actor

1/15/13 @ Pianos w/ Kins

1/22/13 @ Pianos w/ Lips + Krystal Math

1/29/13 @ Pianos w/ The Dolls + Modern Rivals

Junior Prom’s Facebook //Junior Prom’s Bandcamp// Junior Prom’s Twitter

The Anticipated Maison Kitsune SS14 Lookbook Featuring Sky Ferreira is Finally Here!

Patiently awaiting the release of Maison Kitsune’s SS14 collection, since the announcement of the cunning Sky Ferreira as the face, the day has finally come and we’ve got to say, it’s been well worth the wait. The lookbook includes fresh-faced Heather Boo and Johnny Pierce of The Drums, as the trio runs about the Big City in their fabulously styled ensembles.

Greatly inspired by new creative artists and musicians, the themed “New Wave” is correctly portrayed by photographer and fashion extraordinaire, Henrik Purienne, who captures the essence of the collection by shooting the three going about their day. Maison Kitsune takes the Parisian chic look and twists it up with the cool city kid feel that comes with New York, using bold colors and structured elements. Don’t believe how good it is? Check out a couple of snaps below and don’t say we didn’t tell you so.

 

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Barneys Holiday Windows Will Debut on Instagram

19 November, 2013 All, Top News No comments

Barneys New York will debut its holiday windows on Instagram at 10am this Wednesday before they can be seen by the general public outside the Madison Avenue flagship in New York City.

In WWD they explain– “The 10-second video clip of each window, which contains no merchandise, will highlight the interactive, multidimensional elements that are featured in the window installation… The social media-focused launch is intended to ensure that a ‘A New York Holiday’ is accessible to a global audience beyond Madison Avenue, said Barneys.”

 

Alexander Wang Collaborates with Samsung and Art Start

Balenciaga’s Creative Director, Alexander Wang has proven that fashion can come together with technology and help a great cause. Wang has teamed up with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to design a bag using the Galaxy Note II. The bag is a drawstring lambskin backpack with leather corners featuring a black and gray print retailing for $550. The bag is called the Alexander Wang Wallie Gym Sack. The print was designed by Wang’s fellow designers, photographers, and stylists by sketching on the mobile device, to ‘capture the energy of New York City.’ This collaboration is helping to provide funds for NYC Youth Charity Art Start, a charity that nourishes the talents of underprivileged children and the youth in New York.

Can NY handle Jay Z and Barneys together?

That beat drops as he talking about blowing a stack with some talk about the trap.
He doesn’t pop molly; he rocks Tom Ford.

Who else could this person be? Of course, it’s Jay Z.

(In case you haven’t heard, he also took that dash out of his name)

He’s making some serious moves, but then again, when is he not?
HOV has always been known to make alot of noise for his home place of New York.

Word on the road has been rumoring that he’s in process of collaborating with Barneys.
It makes total sense because Jay has always been about a lavish life and business so it
seems right for him to partake in some trapping with a high-end luxury retailer like Barneys.

There is no official word that there is a deal on lock, but you know Jay!
He can come outta nowhere and serve us up with holy grails – it’s safe to say that if they come together, Barneys and Jay will definitely pack some fire for the men’s fashion industry (assuming he’s only doing men’s fashion).

Stay posted on the official word!

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Rooftop Films, Arts Brookfield, and the River to River Festival present a free screening of “Brasslands” on Saturday, July 13

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(New York, NY | June 11, 2013) Rooftop Films is proud to co-host the New York Premiere of Meerkat Media Collective’s “Brasslands”, presented with Arts Brookfield as part of the River To River Festival 2013 on the waterfront of Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center). Featuring live performances by the Balkan brass bands Zlatne Uste, Slavic Soul Party!, Inspector Gadje and Raya Brass Band, this event will recreate the experience of the massive Serbian music festival that the film documents. The official Brasslands soundtrack will be released at the screening, courtesy of Evergreene Music, a New York-based record label with a rich catalog of world music. There will be no charge for admission.

Collaboratively made by the Meerkat Media Collective, “Brasslands” is a kinetic, character-driven feature documentary about the power of music to inform our identities, unite communities, and reach across political borders. Traveling from New York City concert halls to a tiny town in the heart of Serbia, the film explores the musical and cross-cultural complexities of Balkan brass music.

“This outdoor screening and concert is the culmination of a hugely collaborative process over the past four years that brought this film to fruition,” says the Meerkat Media Collective. “In a unique approach to documenting the sights and sounds of the world’s biggest trumpet festival from a diversity of perspectives, “Brasslands” was filmed simultaneously by 4 different crews, collaboratively written and directed by a team of 10 filmmakers, and funded via the tremendous support of over 400 individuals through crowd-funding campaigns. Meerkat Media has been making films in New York for 8 years, and is thrilled this unique concert will bring together thousands of New Yorker’s with our beloved city’s skyline as the backdrop. Brasslands is proud to partner with NY-based record label Evergreene Music who will be releasing the Brasslands soundtrack at the event.”

Rooftop teams up with Arts Brookfield and the River to River Festival to bring this screening and music festival to the waterfront of Brookfield Place. ““Brasslands” is proof that music has the power to unite people across political and cultural borders,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. “Arts Brookfield is thrilled to partner with Rooftop Films to present this inspiring film and its accompanying Balkan music concert extravaganza.”

”Rooftop Films is always seeking to create unique experiences and to enhance our events in such a way that adds to the audience’s appreciation of new, independently produced cinema,” says Dan Nuxoll, Program Director of Rooftop Films. “”Brasslands” is a documentary project that we have been excited about for a long time, because we have always thought that it was a film that would lend itself to an exciting and immersive screening. For this reason we are very proud to be working with Arts Brookfield and River to River to make this a truly spectacular event.”

Details:

 

“Brasslands”

Free show

 

Venue: Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center), 220 Vesey Street (between West Street and the Hudson River), Financial District

 

6:00PM: Doors open

6:30PM: Four live brass bands:

Zlatne Uste, Slavic Soul Party!, Inspector Gadje and Raya Brass Band

8:30PM: “Brasslands”

 

YEAH YEAH YEAHS “DESPAIR” VIDEO SHOT ATOP THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

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Video Co-Produced and Premiered by Noisey
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New York, NY, June 24…The Yeah Yeah Yeahs reach new heights today with the video for their new single “Despair.” Skyscraper heights. 102-story, 443-meter, Empire State Building heights, to be exact.
“There’s been a lot of career highs and lows over the years of being in a band, but in the end, how many can say they shot a video on the top of the Empire State Building? We win,” says singer Karen O. “Move out the way, King Kong, Yeah Yeah Yeahs are gonna get real with you up in this piece!”
“Despair” is the second single off the NYC-based trio’s album Mosquito (Interscope), which entered the Billboard Top 200 this April at #5. The concept for the video came courtesy of Noisey.com, who decided they wanted to co-produce a video for the band’s single by pairing New York’s quintessential landmark with New York’s quintessential band. However, until now, no band had ever shot a video atop the World’s Most Famous Building.
”The Empire State Building’s iconographic presence is not limited to any date or age.  We are happy to offer our magical canvas, the real magic of the real New York City,  to this video,” says Anthony E. Malkin of Malkin Holdings.
“Big bands deserve big ideas. So, when Noisey was given the challenge to come up with a big idea for a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs video, we jokingly said… ‘let’s get them to play on top of the Empire State Building!!’ Then we said, ‘actually…wait, why not!?’ We called the Empire State Building and not only were they into it, they were a pleasure to work with. Melding two NYC icons into one incredibly big idea is an accomplishment we’re very proud of,” says Trevor Silmser, publisher of Noisey.
Directed by Patrick Daughters, O explains Daughters has insider access with her, guitarist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase, having shot earlier videos “Maps” and “Gold Lion.” And now, “Despair”: http://noisey.vice.com/music-video-premieres/yeah-yeah-yeahs-despair
“I felt like I could give as personal a performance because of our history together,” says O. “It was important to us that it felt intimate despite being filmed at one of NYC’s most famous landmarks and an international cultural icon. It was my first-ever trip up to the top of the ESB, top of the world, we were up there from 3am to sunrise, I’m guessing very few get to see that view from up there at those hours.”
Mosquito is produced by Dave Sitek and Nick Launay (working separately), with one track produced by James Murphy. The bulk of it was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornilla, TX.  Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith) appears on one track.

“I gotta say I had a ‘the impossible is possible’ moment up there with Nick and Brian,” says O. “If someone would have sat us down at the Mars Bar years back and told us that we’d be performing our music on the top of the Empire State Building one day, we probably would have thought that’s the stuff that dreams are made of, not us, no way.”