A$AP Rocky x Guess Club and Partying at The Standard’s Mmhmmm Room

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A$AP Rocky at Guess Club pop-up | shot by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for GUESS

 

If A$AP Rocky could smoke weed with anyone—dead or alive, he’d pick the King of Pop. He told of room full of media heads this a couple of Fridays ago at the launch of his Guess Club pop-up shop in Los Angeles:

“I would love to smoke a blunt with Michael Jackson. I wonder what his weed-smoking voice would have been. Would it have been high-pitched? I’m upset that he passed before I became famous because I really wanted to be in his presence. I wanted to be in the presence of greatness.”

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That’s really just a fun aside from what was a super fun night out in L.A. I covered the event for Billboard while nabbing a denim jacket and tee from the ‘90s nostalgia collection (which he’s wearing in the shot above). The venue, designed to be a three-story treehouse, had arcade games, tents, booze and stylish partygoers enjoying the function.

After that, my girl and I went to The Standard Hotel West Hollywood for their monthly THIS NEVER HAPPENS party in the Mmhmmm room. It was easily the most fun and best party we’ve been to during our two years in Los Angeles. Great new and old music from DJ Earry Hall.

Oh, and people actually danced, which is an extremely rare sight out here. When we go out, the two of us are usually the only people doing more than a two-step. But we finally stumbled upon a room of folk who like to boogie. It was our first TNH party, but definitely won’t be our last.

Rainsford and I: Mullets, Music and Hopes

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RAINSFORD | shot by Frankie Marin

 

The special thing about working with a new artist is that you’ve got the chance to introduce them to an audience they didn’t have before. When I was shot an email about Rainsford with a few links to her music, I liked enough to try to do something on her. She’s got an indie pop feel with hints of R&B.

Rainsford on Her Manifesting Pop Stardom and Fitting Fashion In, Too: New Face, Fresh Style

And because she’s big on fashion with a model and acting past, I knew she’d be a perfect fit for Billboard‘s New Face, Fresh Style section. We met up for a chat before her show at Hi Hat for a talk about everything—from growing up in North Carolina to getting a haircut she initially didn’t like two weeks ago. As shows from new acts usually are, her concert was a short 30-minute go with a solid Whitney Houston cover and a taste of her forthcoming EP. Rainsford’s got a ton of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing her progress.

Give it a look here. It’s Rainsford’s first proper music story. If she continues on her path, it probably won’t be the last.

Jeremih and the Stuff that Happens ‘Later That Night’

“I don’t want to do ‘Birthday Sex’ forever.”

And that’s the reason Jeremih keeps cranking out the hits. I spoke with him recently for Billboard about his new single “ I Think of You,” which is the lead cut from his next album Later That Night and features Chris Brown and Big Sean.

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Night, he says, will be the soundtrack for what happens after hitting the club. Crushing a waffles, bacon and grits combo at the diner. The afterparty. Awkwardly waking up in a stranger’s bed. All that and more is the stuff jams are made of.

Check out my Q&A with Jeremih to find out about his plans to tour, how his Chance the Rapper collab album came together and what his pitch to Chris Brown for dance lessons was.

Thundercat and I in the Windy City Talking Music and Style

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Thundercat’s DRUNK album art | shot by Eddie Alcazar

 

Last week when Thundercat dropped his incredible third album, Drunk, I was out in Chicago for a quickie fun trip with my fiancee. That Saturday, coincidentally, the bass-playing singer-songwriter was in town for his concert at the Concord Music Hall. I locked in a pair of tickets and also pitched Billboard about it. TC is not only a great musician but also an interesting guy when it comes to fashion.

Thundercat’s Style Is As Funky and Out There As His Music

I sent the style editor a few images of him. A shot of him wearing a wolf hat. Another of him dressed like some sort of dystopian Power Ranger headed to a nice dinner. She was into it. So I met up with him ahead of the show backstage and we had about as cohesive of a convo as possible for one with many random topics.
A sampler below:

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Thundercat | shot by B+

 

  • I assumed Thundercat loves Hall & Oates. I was right – “Hall & Oates is everything. Fuck everything else. [Laughs] If it’s not Hall & Oates, it’s nothing.”
  • “I never tell people, ‘I’m part Comanche!’” I guess that’s why I didn’t know, huh?
  • “There have been times where I’ll freak my friends out because we’ll go to the store and I’ll go for the weird thing on display and they’ll be like, ‘You’re not going to do it, are you?’” Ah, so the homies think he’s wild with the style, too.

I also learned about how even some of his buddies didn’t believe Thundercat was any good at singing, suggesting that he use Auto-Tune. There’s also some great cartoon talk. Give it a read.

He’s a super thoughtful, intelligent guy that’s not scared to live his best life and dress like choice superheroes. I enjoyed my time with him, as I expect you will, too.

Fun Facts About Peter Dundas, the Man Who Designed Beyonce’s Grammy ‘Fits

The big question that came from the 2017 Grammys is why Beyonce’s Lemonade lost Album of the Year to Adele’s (great, just not as great) 25. And while there are several, extremely obvious probable answers to that, what’s for certain is that Beyonce was one of the night’s biggest winners when it comes to fashion.

5 Things to Know About Beyonce’s Grammy Designer Peter Dundas

In total, she worked three looks and officially launched former Roberto Cavalli creative director Peter Dundas’ eponymous line. To those who frequent sites like Vogue and Business of Fashion, Dundas’ is a super familiar name. But for everyone else, he just had his big break days ago.

Those that identify with the latter are in luck. For Billboard, I wrote a short piece listing a few things one should know about Peter. He designed Ciara’s wedding dress last year, dressed old muse Kim Kardashian and more. Give it a look here.

Tommy Hilfiger, Models Joan Smalls, Hailey Baldwin & More Talk Music Backstage at L.A. Fashion Show

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Gigi Hadid with Tommy Hilfiger | c/o of Tommy Hilfiger

 

It’s kind of crazy that I had to move from New York City to Los Angeles to attend my first proper fashion show. Tommy Hilfiger’s TommyxGigi Spring ’17 outdoor showcase at Venice Beach here in Cali’ last week was top notch—from the production to the models to the man himself.

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Joan Smalls & Yasmin Wijnaldum backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show

 

For Billboard, I went to the show to cover the vibe behind and in front of the curtains. Backstage, I stopped models like Hailey Baldwin, Joan Smalls and Sara Sampaio to talk about music and why they’re such bigs fans of Hilfiger’s (Fun fact: Joan Smalls loves 6lack’s “Free,” Baldwin’s a Rihanna stan). Apart from them, I also spoke to with Tommy and his friends Scooter Braun and Kris Jenner, who sat across from me in their front row seats.

Behind the Scenes with Hailey Baldwin, Joan Smalls & Kris Jenner at Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy x Gigi ‘Music Fashion Festival’

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Hailey Baldwin backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show | c/o of Tommy Hilfiger

 

The feel backstage was pretty chill and relaxed. If anyone was at all nervous, it was well hidden behind dances to Migos and laughter. Hilfiger handled several quickie pre-show interviews like someone confident in the product he was about to put on sale. And the show was flawless. Not one flub. Not one model trip-up. Bohemian dresses. Crop tops. Dope swimwear. All wins.

To kick off fashion week @tommyhilfiger show in LA #tommynow #tommyXgigi

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Bringing tastes of New York Fashion Week to L.A. is a trend I hope only becomes more popular among the elite couture and ready-to-wear houses. I know Vetements, Rachel Zoe and Rebecca Minkoff bounced to the West Side for their shows this year, too. Los Angeles is slowly becoming a place to be for the fashion world and as someone who won’t be leaving LaLa Land soon, I’m welcoming all fly and chic comers.

Check out my Billboard piece here.

A$AP Ferg: A Cozy Boy Hits Paris

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A$AP Ferg | photo by Rayniel Polanco | c/o RCA Records

 

The guys in the A$AP Mob have a unique kind of charm. It’s a mix of uptown NYC street smarts and downtown cool. From their raps to their clothes, it’s easy to tell that they’re not one-dimensional artists. Regarding style, I spoke to A$AP Ferg about attending his first international fashion week. He went to Paris to support his buddy and label mate A$AP Rocky, who recently became the first African American face of Dior. They both attended Dior’s masquerade party, which he greatly enjoyed.

A$AP Ferg Explains ‘Cozy’ Culture & Kicking It with Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid

Ferg, too, has had his hands in many fashion endeavors, designing pieces for several reputable brands, cosigning labels on the come-up and, of course, wearing some other the flyest stuff out that many simply just can’t afford.

@Dior @kris_van_assche #Diorboyz

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“Oh, I was very cozy at the masquerade party! I felt like Master Bruce. I transformed with that coziness.” – A$AP Ferg

For Billboard, Ferg broke down the term “Cozy,” which I was already familiar with, but had to explain for those that slept on the Mob’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends  2016 album and haven’t heard Rocky or Ferg’s slick talk in interviews over the last year or so.

It was really a fun conversation. I got a great understanding of who he is as a creative and a businessman who’s enjoying the ride while getting shit done. Check it out.