What a week. If you’re still feeling the pain of having to decide between whether to throw your money at Supreme, Travis Scott, or Kanye West thanks to last week’s drops, prepare for more pain. This week is an absolute killer. It’s New York Fashion Week and the various streetwear and sneaker labels out there are trying to steal the spotlight by filling the week with some of the best drops of the entire year.
Let’s talk about it.
Adidas YZY DSRT BT Salt, Rock, and Oil
Finally, Ye is dipping into the vault and bringing back the YZY DSRT BT which released earlier this year to instant acclaim. What did he do with the vowels? We can’t say, but a YEEZY boot at just $200 with three different colorways? That’s a god damn steal and a good indication that Adidas is finally treating Ye’s designs like the powerhouse releases that they are.
Releasing in Salt, Rock, and Oil colorways (Ye’s habit of naming his colorways like paint swatches from a Home Depot endures), we’re really liking these. Or two of them, at least. We would’ve left the Rock on the cutting room floor, but hey, we aren’t Kanye. We’re sure the pair looks great in one of the dome homes that the city of Calabasas forced him to remove from his property.
Nike Kobe IV x Undefeated Black Mamba
Nike has teamed up with Los Angeles retailer Undefeated for a collaborative take on the Kobe IV Protro silhouette. Made for performance on the court, this special shimmery snake-black colorway pays homage to Kobe’s NBA nickname and makes reference to both of the numbers he rocked while playing for the Lakers. In terms of branding, the Black Mamba’s feature a white-outlined black swoosh with Undefeated well represented on each heel, as well as their iconic logo on the tongue.
Adidas Torsion X
Adidas has just unveiled a brand new Torsion model that simultaneously makes use of 80s, 90s, and future design elements, dubbed the Torsion X. Featuring an innovative outsole with five distinct segments meant to complement your foot’s natural movement, the Torsion X features a chunky modern sole with a streamlined and lightweight body composed of a textile upper with structural overlays and a tonal 3-stripe stitching. The outsole may take some getting used to, but these weird and wacky future-leaning soles aren’t going anywhere anytime soon so, get used to them!
The Adidas Torsion X is set to drop on September 14th and will retail for $180. Pick up a pair at the Adidas online store or select Adidas retailers.
Nike Adapt Huarache
Nike’s new app-controlled sneaker line, Adapt, is getting the Huarache treatment and they are undoubtedly the best release to come out of the new line so far. With a cutting-edge automatic lacing system, Nike’s custom Adapt technology ensures a perfect fit not only each time you put a pair on but throughout your entire day, adapting to your every movement and adjustable from the palm of your hand.
As such, these kicks fetch a high price, but in the battle of Nike’s Adapt versus Adidas’ forward-thinking Consortium series, the crown goes to Nike — which provides not just better technology to justify the high price tag, but a better look, too.
The Nike Adapt Huarache is set to drop on September 13th and will retail for $350. Pick up a pair at select Nike retailers and the Nike online store.
Adidas x Pharrell Solar Hu, NMD, BYW
Pharrell and Adidas have teamed up for one of the duo’s biggest apparel collections yet with the “Now Is Her Time” campaign, which we will take a closer look at in a bit. For now, we need to talk about the kicks. As part of the new apparel collection, Adidas and Pharrell will drop a range of highly-saturated eye-catching colorways for the Solar HU, NMD, and BYW silhouettes. Also, for the first time, the Adidas Adilette slide gets the HU treatment, for all you sandal-philes out there.
The Solar Hu silhouette will drop in seven different colorways, the NMD in four, and the BYW in six so if you can’t find a single pair of kicks in this collection you like, maybe you just don’t dig on Pharrell’s designs. We do — the man who created Ice Cream can do no wrong — but even we aren’t that crazy about ALL of them. Instead of showing you the whole line, we narrowed it down to the best colorway of each. Be sure to check out the full collection if you’re hoping to cop one of the three in a different color than the one we’re presenting.
The Adidas and Pharrell Now Is Her Time collection is set to drop on September 13th at the Adidas online store and select Adidas retailers. Each pair will retail for $220.
North Face Black Series Kazuki Collection
North Face’s streetwear-leaning Black Series is back with two capsules dropping this month as part of their “The Archives, Reimagined” campaign. The first capsule, known as the Kazuki Collection, is lead by famed Japanese designer Kazuki Kuraishi and will have you all set up to enter the autumn and winter season styling and warm.
Highlights include the DryVentä Cargo Rain Jacket, a high-neck Fleece jacket, as well as a white and black graphic t-shirt.
Unfortunately, as of now, the Kazuki Kuraishi designed capsule is only available at the North Face Prototype store in Brooklyn, New York so look to the aftermarket if you want to get your hands on a piece but don’t live in New York, and watch The North Face’s online store for a worldwide drop.
Adidas x Pharrell Now Is Her Time Apparel Collection
The aforementioned Adidas and Pharrell Apparel Collection is running under the name “Now Is Her Time” and is aimed at female empowerment. The women and men featured in the campaign range from activists to artists who in their career have focused on breaking the barriers set by gender, sexuality, and race, and tirelessly fight for a more equitable future. Some of the activists and artists being represented in the campaign are Black Lives Matter co-founder Nadya Okamoto, surfer Keala Naihe, and singer-songwriter of The Internet, Syd, to name just a few.
The entire campaign is presented through the lens of legendary photographer Collier Schorr, whose work often explores themes of gender, identity, and sexuality, and to tie the theme together perfectly, the entire collection is unisex — which we’d love to see more of in general in sportswear. Gone should be the days where sportswear companies tell you which of their clothes are for you! Let the people decide!
In terms of the apparel, the Now Is Her Time collection consists of mostly brightly-colored basics like sweat shorts, sweat pants, socks and hoodies, and pair nicely with Pharrell’s highly saturated sneaker silhouettes that accompany the collection.
Each piece from the collection features both Adidas and Hu branding and Pharrell-Esque phrases like “Breathe Thoughts” and “Infinite Species” and more simply “Calm,” “Sun,” and “Know” with corresponding Japanese characters.
Check out the full collection at Adidas which officially drops on September 13th.
AriZona Iced Tea Great Buy 99¢ Magazine
While not exactly apparel, this special glossy magazine from the AriZona Iced Tea company is being printed in conjunction with New York Fashion Week and considering the brand has recently dropped two collections of sought-after Adidas, don’t expect AriZone to stop inching its way into the world of fashion anytime soon.
Frankly, we support it — Lots of food brands have made special apparel drops, Taco Bell’s being one of the all-time worst, but AriZona has killer art direction and if their aforementioned Adidas collabs and their iconic can designs haven’t convinced you, this magazine will.
The magazine recalls the editorial fashion publications of yesteryear and seeks to illustrate the vibrancy of New York City fashion and street culture through the lens of a bodega staple. Broken up into six different sections, the magazine covers AriZona-inspired makeup, hair, and nail design by Britney Tokyo, a section that covers AriZona’s skate team as they bomb New York’s greatest skate spots, and two different features on Bodega’s, one a fashion shoot and another that focuses on the oral history of New York Bodegas as told through three actual owners.
If you want to get your hands on the magazine — which is only 99¢ and worth it for resale purposes alone — head to New York’s Iconic Magazine stores, located at 188 Mulberry Street, 385 Canal Street, and 215 Bowery, or at select bodegas across the cities while supplies last. The magazine officially drops today, so get out there and grab a copy (for us).