True Religion used to be the denim brand of choice for rappers like
Jim Jones—the jeans were a key part of his uniform during the “We Fly High (Ballin’)” era—and 2 Chainz, who released a mixtape in 2011 named T.R.U. REALigion. According to Forbes,
between 2007 and 2012, True Religion’s revenues almost tripled,
reaching $490 million in 2013. But then the line, best known for its
horseshoe pocket embroidery and white stitching, fell off.
They are hoping Allen Onyia, who co-founded UpscaleHype in
2008, can usher in a new chapter for the brand as artistic director for
the men’s and women’s collections. Onyia, who is based in Houston, has
no formal design experience, but he’s spent the last decade identifying
what celebrities and athletes like LeBron James, ASAP Rocky, and
Pharrell Williams are wearing—and building relationships with them.
“I wasn’t necessarily looking for somebody who’s got technical design
chops because I’ve got a whole design team here that has that,” said
Chelsea Grayson, True Religion’s chief executive officer, who joined
last November and was previously the CEO at American Apparel. “For me,
it was about looking at the person and saying, ‘How does this person
live every day authentically? How is this person dressing themselves?’
Because if you’re not dressing yourself in the way that I want to dress
my customer, how can you possibly relate to my customer organically?”
Between the NBA playoffs and the final season of Game of Thrones, we’ve had plenty of entertainment options lately. But we can always find time for new music, too. This week’s album release schedule was relatively light (outside of PnB Rock’s TrapStar Turnt PopStar and Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride), leaving plenty of room for artists to drop singles and begin larger rollout campaigns. After initially delaying his next album due to the death of close friend and collaborator Nipsey Hussle, YG unveiled his Tyga and Jon Z-assisted single “Go Loko” on Friday. Meanwhile, Tyler, the Creator has been sharing new music snippets on social media, adding credibility to those rumors that his next album will arrive by July. Looks like it’ll be a busy summer. Until then, these are the best songs of the week.
Buried under the lede of all the 21 Savage vs ICE fuckery was the detail that his cohort Young Nudy got popped alongside him. Free the slimeball! Thankfully Nudy is out, and he isn’t wasting any time flooding the game with what we’ve been missing. Under delightfully spooky production from Pi’erre Bourne, Nudy slurs his way through an absolute banger, before Uzi comes in and unleashes his fully-loaded retirement clip. Can’t wait to see what the slimes do next. —Frazier Tharpe
When Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs enter the ring at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on May 4,
the bout will represent more than a pair of world champions squaring
off. Two distinct cultures will literally come face-to-face.
Canelo, 28, the highest-paid boxer in the
world, will ignite his Mexican fan base as he tries to legitimize his
place as one of the all-time greatest pound-for-pound fighters. A
victory means he’ll hold five middleweight title belts (WBA, WBC, The
Ring, Lineal, and IBF) at once, placing him in rarefied air.
Across the ring, Jacobs, 32, the “Miracle
Man” cancer survivor from Brooklyn, has a chance to shift the boxing
power dynamic to the East Coast. With a stellar 35-2 record and the IBF
middleweight championship around his waist, his talent is evident but a
marquee win is still lacking. Defeating Canelo, who has a five-year,
11-fight, $365 million deal with sports subscription streaming service
DAZN (pronounced “Da-Zone,”) changes that narrative for Jacobs. It would
make him, arguably, the best middleweight fighter on the planet. Not to
mention, he’d strut back into NYC with a whole bunch of belts to show
The differences between the fighters go
beyond in-ring tactics and accolades. Their journeys, culminating in the
big-time, early spring showdown, feature personal hardships, agonizing
defeats, and triumphant victories that helped lay the groundwork for a
unique tale of the tape. Here’s how Canelo and Jacobs match up.
Put 70-year-old Grace Jones in a metallic leather jacket and gold mesh bodysuit on your runway and you’ve got yourself a hit. Tommy Hilfiger brought the pop star out at the end of his latest celebrity collaboration last night — with the actress and singer Zendaya — which toasted diversity, in race as well as age and size, with a cast that included Beverly Johnson, Pat Cleveland, and Veronica Webb.
For Zendaya, the Hilfiger platform — in the middle of Paris Fashion Week — was a great way to call attention to the general lack of diversity in the entertainment and fashion industries, not just on the catwalk but in power positions. And let’s hope that Hilfiger, 67, who has built his name and fortune by selling images of white privilege — with recent collections evoking the Ivy League, Mustique, and Savile Row — makes true diversity his business, because he hasn’t always in the past.
without such overt messaging, though, designers are making powerful
statements about feminine strength and self-representation.
At Hermès, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski opened with black leather, lots of it — hot pants, sharp coats, and little fanny purses emblazoned with an H. Given that the soundtrack had a hard, thumping beat, I wouldn’t have been surprised if one of the kohl-eyed models had suddenly produced a whip from her tiny purse. And I don’t mean the equestrian kind. Seriously, though, it was great to see Vanhee-Cybulski venture into more daring territory for classical Hèrmes. Designers should be free to explore and propose, and she has already demonstrated that she can do light, eclectic sportswear, as she did in her dazzling spring show. Apart from the hot pants, the mood of this collection was strict and rather buttoned-up, with pencil skirts in textured leather shown with matching boots and long-sleeve, mock-turtleneck tops in solid hues of orange and moss silk that were a novel treatment of the house’s famous scarves.