It took some time, but Paine's Park, a much-needed skate park in Philadelphia, is finally opening. It's a skateboarder's dream! If you're around later today, May 22, make sure you check out the opening festivities (c'mon, there will be food trucks!) at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly. —Katie
If you guys are looking for some tunes to blast during your Memorial Day barbeques, then you are in luck because CVS Bangers: Volume 2, the sickest party mix ever, was released this week by DJ Hennessy Youngman and promises to deliver every hot jam you'll ever need. Included on this mix are all the classic dance hits, including "Manic Monday," "Who's Gonna Take Me Home," "Missing You," and of course "Last Christmas." There are also plenty of airhorns, just so you remember how hard you're supposed to be rockin'. And don't forget—CVS Bangers: Volume 1 is just as good. —Katie
It's the last week to shop BAZAAAAAAR, our zamrock inspired L.A. and NYC based pop-ups that have limited-edition and custom made apparel, housewares and art. The L.A. BAZAAAAAAR closes on Monday, May 27 and NYC closes on June 2, so if there's something you've got your eye on, you'll want to get out there soon! All outfits in these photos were shot with clothing and accessories from the pop-up, including brands Osei Duro, Fashion Rising, Bombe Surprise, Makono, Tallow, African Lookbook, and a dress from our very own Marissa Maximo. These pieces are available only in our pop-up shops, so you don't want to miss this!
(Photos via Stephanie Sian Smith)
Bombe Surprise is a London-based fashion label run by Nina Ribena, and it is currently featured at our Bazaaaaar store pop-ups. We recently spoke to Nina about the story behind her brand.
Can you give our readers a little background on yourself?
I’m Nina, and I’m from London and still live here. I did a film degree at the London College of Communication but hated it so I decided to teach myself how to sew and here I am, five years later!
Where does the name “Bombe Surprise” come from?
I spent ages trying to think of a name for my label but everything I was coming up with didn’t really work. My friend used to run a club night called Bombe Surprise and as soon as I heard the name it just made sense. I think Bombe Surprise is actually a French dessert but I take it to mean a collection of different types of weird and wonderful ideas!
How long have you been designing clothes?
I made my first outfit for myself five years ago. It was a blue catsuit with red strawberries on it. People liked what I was doing so I started a label for one-pieces called We Are All in One. As I started to get better at designing and making clothes I ventured into the world of separates and that’s when I started Bombe Surprise.
Your line can be found on Etsy. How do you think Etsy has changed fashion?
It has definitely made my designs a lot more internationally accessible. Most of my orders are from customers in the U.S. If you don’t look at fashion blogs or have your designs stocked in other shops, then I’m not sure how people would find my label without the help of Etsy!
What made you decide to start using the patterns that you do? Where did they originate? Are they traditional African patterns?
I used to work solely with jersey and stretch materials and it’s quite hard to find good patterns in those fabrics. When I found the wax fabric that I use now, I jumped on it straight away because it’s what I’d always been looking for! When I decided I wanted to make a whole collection out of it I looked into the history of it and found that the prints actually originated in Indonesia. They weren’t very popular there and were copied and imported by mostly Dutch tradesmen and shipped over to their posts in Africa where they really took off and became part of, and widely associated with, African fashion and culture. I wanted to connect that to the multicultural identity of my own background, and to how London is this great big melting pot of different cultures. There’s an artist called Yinka Shonibare that does a lot of work around the same subject.
Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced their lineup and it is pretty incredible. It's actually much longer than that little graphic up there would lead you to believe, so make sure you check out the lineup in its entirety here. This year, the festival is taking a page from Coachella's book and running two weekends, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13 (tickets are available here). While it sucks that you have to wait 5+ months to go, at least you can look forward to how pleasantly unsweaty you'll be at an October music fest! —Katie
(Photo credit: David Perez)
Last night was the opening night of our NYC Bazaaaaar Pop-Up store, and to celebrate, we had an opening party, complete with an appearance by Tina Tangalakis from Della, with Wynn from Twin Shadow DJing. Plenty of people turned out to check out the collection, which features pieces from Osei Duro, Fashion Rising, African Lookbook, Obj and Totem, and more. If you missed the party, don't worry! The pop-up shop will be running at our 5th Ave. store until June 2nd, which leaves you plenty of time for browsing. —Katie
If you're in L.A. tonight, be sure to stop by the Bazaaaar pop-up at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) for a special evening with clothing line Osei Duro and artist Megan Whitmarsh! Come by from 7-10pm to take part in a live fashion meets art show, with live drawing! The audience is highly encouraged to participate! DJ Al Dente and DJ Last Looks will also be there in order for you to get your groove on. RSVP on Facebook! - Maddie
This Saturday, May 11, come on out to our newly opened Knoxville, TN, store and celebrate with us! We'll have free beer (for you of-age folk, of course), and free tunes, including a DJ set by Washed Out, as well as sets by Jackson Scott and TORRES. The fun starts at 6 PM, so set yo' clocks. The new store is located at 503 Market St., Arnstein Building, Knoxville, TN. See you there!
(Photos by Betty Sze for Models.com)
Opening this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is this year's Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Ah, if only I could make it out to NYC this summer! The exhibit, which will run from May 9th to August 14th, brings together original garments from the beginnings of punk in the 1970s, and high-fashion pieces by iconic designers that will continue to push normal boundaries, like Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen, to name a few. There are several rooms to the exhibit, namely one being dedicated to Blondie, The Ramones, Patti Smith, and Richard Hell, and another containing original items from Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's Seditionaries London boutique, where the Sex Pistols used to get their clothing from in the early '70s. This show sounds too exciting for words (especially if you're a fan of the foundations of punk rock like myself)! —Maddie
Don't worry New York, we didn't forget about you! We'll be setting up our second BAZAAAAAR pop-up shop at our 5th Avenue store (521 5th Ave. at 43rd) on May 9 with an opening party from 6-9 PM. Shop the Zamrock-inspired shop and art show—featuring limited edition pieces and collections by brands like Della, Fashion Rising, African Lookbook, Osei Duro and more—while listening to a DJ set by the lovely Wynne of Twin Shadow. RSVP Here!
This Saturday (May 4), head on out to the Independent Label Market in LA to check out a gathering of your favorite LA indie bands! Some of the labels included are Burger, Now-Again and Anti, as well as many more. There will be special artist appearances, food trucks, and exclusive releases. Everything will be taking place from 11 AM-4 PM at Micheltorena Elementary School, 1511 Micheltorena St., Los Angeles, CA. —Katie
Get to know Marissa Maximo, UO's Director of Brand Relations and Special Projects and the curator behind our BAZAAAAAR pop-up shop, hitting both coasts: L.A. this Friday and NYC on May 9. In an interview with The Wild Magazine, Teena Kang speaks with Marissa about her wild side, her hopes of love and happiness and what will make her crack up laughing. Read the interview here and make sure to check out our street bazaar-inspired pop-ups if you're in the neighborhood! (via WILD) —Ally
Join us this Friday at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in LA for the opening of the mega cool Zamrock inspired pop-up shop and art show, Bazaaaaar, presented by Dossier Journal and Urban Outfitters. Open from May 3rd until May 27th, the shop will bring together many different cultures, all in the style of an old fashioned marketplace, hence the title of the shop. Bazaaaaar will be carrying lots of interesting things, including sustainable pieces, which I'm very excited for! Come and see treasures from Della, Now Again Records, Android Homme, and lots more. During the evening there will also be a DJ set by Kilo Kish, a live performance by Theophilus London, and a Zamrock Live! performance, featuring WITCH's Jagari Chanda. If you're not familiar with Zamrock, it is a type of rock music that came from Zambia in the 1970s. If you're able to attend this Friday, make sure you RSVP on Facebook or by email to RSVP@Space15Twenty.com. —Maddie
That's right! Neutral Milk Hotel will be reuniting this fall to play a handful of shows. Just try not to think about what a nightmare scoring tickets is going to be. —Katie
Willie Nelson is 80 years old today and still as delightful as ever, as evidenced by the above video he did with Conan yesterday. The man has still got it! Here's to hoping he keeps rockin' a spliff and those braids for another 80 years. —Katie
Last week, Interview Magazine released these incredibly simple yet perfect photos of one of my favorite artists, and the magazine's founder, Andy Warhol. The color portraits, taken by a British photographer named Steve Wood, were taken at the Deauville American Film Festival in the early '80s, and were just uncovered last year. I am personally a huge fan of Warhol, and its really cool to see some portraits of him in a normal setting, rather than The Factory, or even a self portrait. Wood's portraits are now going to be part of a week long exhibition in New York City, running from May 3 until May 12, called Lost Then Found. This seems like something cool you're gonna want to check out! —Maddie
Austin Psych Fest is upon us, y'all! If you can't get down to Austin today for the start of the fest, then you'll be able to catch what's going down here on the blog and all of our other social media. We'll be posting pics to Instagram, tweeting the events, and Vine-ing anything cool that speaks to us, as well as recapping the weekend once the festivities end. Phew. See you there!