Starbucks is looking to upscale fashion house Rodarte to bring some design prowess to its in-store experience. The coffee giant has asked the Mulleavy sisters to collaborate on special edition items such as mugs, totes, and cup sleeves. The move hopes to recapture some of the customers lost during the economic downturn and to reestablish Starbuck’s as the thought and market leader in the category after creeping competition from Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds and others.
Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos installed a pair of giant stiletto shoes in the palace of Versailles on Monday, becoming the first female contemporary artist featured in an exhibit at the former home of French kings and queens.
Pharaohs in his music, building theatre pyramids in Cannes, and now embroidering hieroglyphics into his shoes …Kanye really is obsessed with the Egyptian culture.
“There’s absolute function at the Air Yeezy II’s core. Unnecessary padding was eliminated, and the foot-hugging tongue and plush collar are both comfortable and breathable. Fit was essential to the design with the goal to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. The collar was also lowered to allow for greater movement.”
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Four years in the making, Flyknit Racer required an entirely different shoe-making process (including new machinery and software) to produce a one-piece, lightweight knit upper. For support and structure, Nike wove in supportive cables, which loosen and contract with your foot. The collaborating team of stylist Hiroshi Fujiwara, Nike Vice President of Creative Design Tinker Hatfield, and Nike CEO Mark Parker used the warp and weft of the knit to come up with some interesting color combinations for the three-shoe line: Multiple yarns of varying hues are mixed to create a heathered effect, and bold color details are integrated throughout.