Cudder roundup: Short film “Maniac” short film, LNWJF perfomance, ‘Wizard’ collab w/ Dot Da Genius, Bape t-shirt
Bunch of Kid Cudi news, so it’s roundup time. First up is news that actor Shia LaBeouf (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Transformers) is set to direct a short film based on Cudi’s Man on the Moon II track “Maniac.” Cage and St. Vincent are featured on the joint, and according to Rap-Up.com Cage is friends with LaBeouf and asked for his assistence to helm the video. LaBeouf had previously directed Cage’s music video “I Never Knew You” back in 2008. While you’re waiting for this video to drop, jump after the break to watch Cudi perform “Maniac” with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. There you’ll also find photographic proof that the Cudi/LaBeuf collab is actually going down.
Speaking of collabs, Cudi has publically announced that he is forming a rock band with close friend and producer Dot Da Genius. They are calling themselves ‘Wizard.’ When Cudi picked up the guitar for the very first time he became fascinated with the instrument and surprised himself by how quickly he picked up on playing chords. He says that three songs for the album have been completed, and he’ll continue to record more songs on the tour bus as he and Dot make “college runs.”
Last, but certainly not least.. To celebrate the release of his sophomore album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, Cudi has teamed up with Bape again to sell a BAPE x Kid Cudi Rager t-shirt. The tee will sell in black and white variants and like always will be limited in quantity. If you want one plan on camping outside the Soho Bape store in NYC on November 9, the same day the album hits stores. And who knows, maybe Cudi will swing by and make an appearence.
“Simplicity is elegance” is the theme of the forward-thinking M-Dress (or Mobile Phone Dress) from CuteCircuit. It is a silk jersey dress that doubles as a cell phone.
The M-Dress was designed after our research showed that very often phone calls are missed because mobile phones are quite awkward to carry, especially for women, that have garments with small or no pockets.To allow women to stay connected while remaining stylish, CuteCircuit designed the M- Dress. A mobile phone in its own right but built out of soft circuitry.
A SIM card is inserted into a tiny slot located behind the dress’ label. The antenna resides in the dress hem. The dress uses “special gesture recognition” to answer a phone call; simply raise your hand to your ear and the call picks up and drop your hand to your side to tell the built-in sensor to end the call. It’s that simple, really. “It doesn’t make you look completely crazy like the Bluetooth-earpiece people,” says designer Francesca Rosella. “You don’t have anything in your hand, but you at least look like you might be holding a phone.” True dat. Since there is no user interface or dial pad, the dress can only be programmed to call one number. It can, however, receive calls from anyone. “It’s not meant to wear every day, Rosella explains. “It’s for a special evening when you don’t want to be bothered carrying all of your plastic boxes.”
The M-Dress is coming “soon” and a price point has yet to be disclosed.
Italian fashion designer Francesca Castagnacci’s bold new project called “bright fashion” weaves and integrates LED-powered fiber optics into accessory fabrics. Here is an example of the fashion statement instituted in a high heel shoe. The result is an illuminated radiance that will surely catch the eye of modern trendsetters. Each fiber optic wire is as thin as a human hair and requires an LED at either end to light up. Ladies, interested? Look in the gallery below for additional shots of this truly cutting-edge design.
Designer Scianca thought long and hard about the right kind of material to use in creating a new dress. Her eureka moment told her: recycled VHS tapes. And you know what? I think it looks downright sexy. I’m just stuck wondering what movies/home videos she’s wearing. Look after the break for an additional shot.
IBM’s Smarter Planet campaign acknowledges the importance of intelligent systems in the world today. In the retail industry, for example, consumer data around something as simple as color can have massive implications around shipping, inventory and, ultimately, overall sales. This interactive billboard is a simple and engaging virtual demonstration of how a smarter retail system can work.
In other words, IBM is trying to make retailers and consumers alike recognize the importance of technology in the retail industry. Imagine, if you will, a world where when you walked into a Gap clothing store, a digital personal assistent recognized you by what you were wearing and helped you pick out a new season of clothes based on previous choices and personal taste. Yeah, that’s what IBM is going for here.
Designed by FIFT, Katsunari, and Ami Igarashi, the Wipe Shirt is for all the geeks (sensibile people) out there who always want to keep their gadgets (ie. cell phones) clean and shiny. The built-in microfiber cloth does the trick.
These light-up three inch heels come from the mind of Nicholas Kirkwood, made for design team Rodarte. They were shown off at this year’s NY Fashion Week. Whenever tech is embedded into fashion, that’s always a good thing, no? Addtional shots in the gallery below, and a video of the heels in action after the break.
Rapper Kid Cudi is one of 30 “Most Stylish New Yorkers” featured in the latest issue of Time Out New York. If you’re interested in his inspirations, where he shops, and his favorite designers click here to read the interview. Check out the gallery below for a crop of images from the photoshoot, and look after the break for a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot.
DAMN. This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model is g-g-gorgeous. Her name’s Brooklyn Decker, she’s 22, and this is her fifth appearence in a Swimsuit Issue.
Check out a handful of pics from the photoshoot in the gallery below, and take a gander at the behind-the-scenes video. Click here for more pictures and video.
Common Projects is a collaboration between designers Flavio Girolami and Prathan Poopat. Inspired by the lines and shapes of everyday objects, they design their pieces with tailored approach, using the finest materials and techniques.
Common Projects sneakers will be available this spring in a number of styles and colorways. Pricing details have not been disclosed. Check ‘em all out in the gallery below.
2/22: UPDATE after the break.
T-Post, a monthly magazine that packs a t-shirt with every issue, celebrates their 51st issue with an interactive tee that plays the classic game of Rock-Paper-Scissors with you. How does it work? With the aid of augmented reality tech, of course. All you have to do is put on the shirt, sit in front of a webcam, run T-Post’s webapp, and watch as a spooky hand flies out of the screen waiting to repeatedly play Rock-Paper-Scissors with you. See it in action for yourself in the video above.
Eva Mendes poses for Calvin Kline.
BAPE recently announced they are dropping yet another Kid Cudi x Milo t-shirt. This time it reads “Take another shot or you’re soft! Rage!” What’s different about this release is that it may actually be possible to snag one of ‘em. You have two ways to purchase the $80 tee: you can wait in line at the NYC Soho BAPE store on Saturday, January 23 or you can order it online Wednesday, January 20 at noon. UPDATE: You guessed it–all sold out online. Good luck on Saturday!
Victoria’s Secret topless bikini may just be the best invention ever. VS wants you to “go as bare as your dare in a sleek and sexy suit” with their latest spandex swimsuit. It comes with a removable bandeau to cover up, but then what’s the point? Also, I’m guessing that VS assumes all US women visit the beach with long golden locks of hair. Watch model Lindsay Ellingson show it off in the video below.
Lady Gaga’s latest photoshoot consists of these images that can be found in the limited edition copy of her re-release album, The Fame Monster. This “zombie cyborg” look is almost as scary as her red-mesh face mask she wore when she accepted her VMA. Oh, come on, you remember–bet you still have nightmares from it.
Climate Dress. Designed by Diffus.
The inclusion of an Arduino Lilypad microprocessor, a carbon dioxide detector, and LED lights make this dress, well, very unique. Stitched together using conductive embroidery, the LEDs are connected to the CO2 detector and light up when the dress interacts with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Glowing patterns range from “slow pulses to rapid flashes” depending on how much CO2 is detected. Diffus representatives: It generate awareness of environmental issues through an “aesthetic representation of environmental data.” I’ll say.
Japanese clothing company A Bathing Ape (Bape for short) is continuing its retail expansion with this latest opening in Singapore. While there happens to be 18 Bape stores in its home country of Japan, Bape clothes and footwear are still very limited throughout much of the world. The US only has two locations (in LA and NYC) and other stores can be found in Paris, London, Hong Kong, and Tapei. Be sure to check out the images from opening night at the Singapore Bape store. Also, don’t forget that there is finally a US version of the Bape website where you can browse and purchase the latest seasonal clothes and sneakers.
Rapper Kid Cudi has collaborated again with Bape to create a new Kid Cudi x Milo t-shirt. Same as before, the release is extremely limited and will only be available at one location. If you want to get one of these, get ready to stand in line at the Bape store in Los Angeles on December 20 at noon. Cudi will be there to sign autographs. The t-shirt sports the same design as the NYC release, except that the cartoon Kid Cudi is now wearing a grey hoodie (from red) and a Baby Milo tee. Also, the back of the shirt says, “General Cudder says…. Take another shot or you’re soft! Rage!” If you are in the LA area and want to cop one of these, be sure to get there extra early; take it from personal experience, someone who just missed getting a copy at the NYC Bape store earlier this year.
Update: Sold out.
“Invisible Shoes.” Designed by Andreia Chaves.
The “Invisible Shoes” are low-cut boots covered in asymmetrical mirrors that reflect the wearer’s surroundings and create a different optical effect with every step.
These mirrored shoes are only concept footwear for now. But can’t you picture someone like Lady Gaga so wanting a pair of these?