On Nov. 30, Nike will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Air Force One by releasing five different styles designed by Errolson Hugh of Acronym, Virgil Abloh of Off-White, rapper Travis Scott, Don Crawley of Just Don, and Roc-a-Fella Records cofounder Kareem “Biggs” Burke.Burke is the unofficial godfather of the group, and in many ways planted the seed from which the rest of the collaborators sprouted. It starts with Roc-a-Fella, which he founded with Jay-Z and Damon Dash in 1994, then moves on to Kanye West, who signed to Roc-a-Fella in the early Aughts. Both Abloh and Crawley, better known as Don C, are directly connected to West — Abloh was his creative director at one point and Crawley served as the road manager and DJ from time to time. And Scott is signed to Good Music, which is West’s record label.“This is the offspring of what we’ve built,” said Burke. “To see Virgil and Don C’s success, I love that. People talk about legacy and how I want to be remembered and I just want that family tree to keep growing.”The Roc-a-Fella Air Force One is the only shoe from the capsule that isn’t an entirely new design. In 2000, Nike reached out to Roc-a-Fella wanting to create an Air Force One that was embroidered with the record label’s logo. It was a limited release that had one of Nike’s highest resale values, so they decided to bring it back for the anniversary. Nike released the collection at ComplexCon and will drop it at specific locations today.In the early days of Roc-a-Fella, Burke, who handled creative marketing for the label’s brand extensions, was less visible. But he’s been much more accessible since starting his own lines, which include Fourth of November, Reasonable Doubt and ReDo96, which was previously named Roc96.With Rocawear, which at its height did $700 million in sales annually, the goal was to grow the business to be as big as it could be and sell it, which they did. In 2007, Iconix acquired Rocawear for $204 million. Burke is taking a different approach with his lines by diversifying the distribution and creating small capsules.Burke introduced the Reasonable Doubt line last year via a 14-collection drop at retailers including Social Status and Ubiq to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jay-Z’s debut album. The line, which is based on song lyrics and graphics from the album, is the more affordable collection and taps into the growing merch space. Burke held pop-ups and activations tied to "Reasonable Doubt," and Urban Outfitters recently picked an exclusive assortment. The ReDo96 collection is more contemporary. Burke collaborated with MadeWorn on an assortment that was released at Revolve and Barneys New York in May. He will release a capsule collection of numbered bomber jackets under the label later this month to sell directly online. Burke will also relaunch his Fourth of November denim line next year with a cleaner aesthetic and less of a focus on denim. He works with Emory Jones on each of these brands and while Jay-Z isn’t directly involved in the collections, he’s a silent partner.“In the past with Roc-a-Fella, we had 30 companies at one time. The team couldn’t handle that,” said Burke. “With the team I’m building now, we are a lot more focused so we can execute properly before attaching our name to something.”Burke said next year there are plans to work with more collaborators and there is also the possibility the partnership with Nike will continue — Burke has been wearing a pair of Reasonable Doubt Jordan 4s that could signal more to come, but he wouldn't reveal any concrete releases.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.