Posts Tagged ‘Unreleased’

Kanye West’s Unreleased Clothing Line Pastelle Sheds Light on Creative Process

The creative output of Kanye West ranks among the most talked about subjects in pop culture over the last decade and a half. From music to sneakers, West’s work has seen critical and commercial success with interviewers wondering just how he does so much or maybe even more so who does what and what’s his role in making it all happen.

An open and curious collaborator, West has been known to build in bulk ala Michael Jackson, cutting down each album or in some cases collection to the point of perfection. Just as Dangerous scrapped an LL Cool J feature, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy trimmed muscle for the sake of a lean, compact classic. It would appear his approach to clothing is the same.

So, in an analogy, for every “All of the Lights” there’s a “Momma’s Boyfriend,” and for every Yeezy Season there’s a Pastelle. The clothing line that never was and the clothing line that currently is mirror that of the two suggested songs: one a smash hit posse cut pulling from all the biggest names in music past and present, the other an emotional tribute unarchiving the references of Billy Joel and Mobb Deep with the help of DJ Premier, Q-Tip and Soulja Boy but never released for consumption.

Kanye West in the Air Jordan 8 "Aqua"

A new piece by Karizza Sanchez of Complex details the mysterious, coveted and unlaunched collection from Kanye known as Pastelle – or Past Tell Museum – brought back into conversations years ago with rumors of an Ian Connor bring back but still shelved serving as fashion’s Detox.

In the piece, Kanye’s Dream Team of collaborators and consultants ranging from Kim Jones to KAWS are profiled in regards to their work in the Pastelle pyramid with the likes of Taz Arnold and Ben Baller offering insight on what happened in the production process and why the line ultimately never happened.

Perhaps most interesting to sneakerheads is how the structure of Pastelle – or in some cases lack thereof – laid the blueprint for YEEZY Season as we know it. Of other curiosity is how many of the samples produced for Pastelle now prove ahead of their time and ahead of market, adding weight to Kanye’s claim of presenting the leather jogger to FENDI years before En Noir made it happen or drawing full-length Air Nike shoes as a kid in the ’80s.

Will Pastelle ever happen? Was Kanye on the cusp of merging streetwear, sportswear and vintage 10 years before modern times and five years before he truly hit his retail stride? The answer to the first question remains unknown, but every answer to the latter lives in this piece here.

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Kicks On Court // Unreleased Boost PEs Shine at adidas Uprising ATL

High school heat was at a premium in Hot ‘lanta as the adidas Uprising Tournament traveled to Georgia. Just like its pitstop in Fort Worth, our girl Cassy Athena was there with plenty of on-foot shots. Just the same, there were plenty of shoes we’d never seen before along with some familiar but still funky favorites.

Check out the pairs that stood out to us in the photos below.

adidas Crazy Explosive Low "All-Star" PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low “All-Star” PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Andrew Wiggins PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Andrew Wiggins PE
miadidas D Lillard 2
miadidas D Lillard 2
miadidas D Lillard 1
miadidas D Lillard 1
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Navy/Red
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Navy/Red
adidas Crazy Explosive Low "Gauntlet" PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low “Gauntlet” PE
unreleased adidas D Lillard 3
unreleased adidas D Lillard 3
adidas D Rose 7 "Nations"
adidas D Rose 7 “Nations”
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Black/Orange
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Black/Orange
adidas Crazy Explosive Low "Arthur Ashe"
adidas Crazy Explosive Low “Arthur Ashe”

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Anthony Hamilton Reveals Unreleased Air Jordan 11

R&B crooner Anthony Hamilton keeps the Air Jordan exclusives coming today while cruising the streets of our nation’s capital.

Having already revealed PE versions of the Air Jordan 1, 3 and 5 in similar coloring, these “Chocolate” Air Jordan 11’s may very well be the best of the bunch. Take a look below via images from LaVan Anderson and share your thoughts.

Anthony Hamilton in his unreleased Air Jordan 11 PE

Anthony Hamilton in his unreleased Air Jordan 11 PE

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Kanye West & French Montana Rock Unreleased Yeezys on “Figure it Out” Set

As hoped for, the release of The Life of Pablo and the unveiling of Yeezy Season 3 appear to be only the beginnings of more music and more footwear from Kanye West. While on the set of the “Figure it Out” video, a collaboration from the new French Montana project that also features Nas, Kanye was all smiles in a pair adidas Yeezy Boost 350s from Season 3. These appear to be the same colorway and styling as debuted by Lil Yachty at the MSG show, though this is just one of many new Yeezy Boost 350 styles seen at or around Yeezy Season 3.

While it’s good to see Ye in new kicks, French may have stolen the show as it appears he’s wearing what people are calling the Yeezy Boost 550. While confirmation from Kanye’s camp or adidas is yet to happen, the model worn by French sees a “Moonrock” motif, but a zoomed in look at the upper sees these adding an eyelet and going above the ankle. Aside from that, construction and styling are linear with that of the 350. In addition, Wex re-grammed this same photo from @teamkanyedaily with the hashtag #unreleased though that could apply strictly to the Season 3 350s.

If these are the 550s, is the modified silo an improvement or a let down? Conversely, do you prefer the striped upper of the Season 3 Yeezy Boost 350s to prior releases? Check out zoomed in views of the IG shot spotted at Illroots below and keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more adidas Yeezy release info.

Kanye West in the Season 3 adidas Yeezy Boost 350 and French Montana in the adidas Yeezy Boost 550

Kanye West in the Season 3 adidas Yeezy Boost 350 and French Montana in the adidas Yeezy Boost 550 (???) – photo via @frenchmontana

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 adidas Yeezy Boost 550

Close up shot of the Season 3 adidas Yeezy Boost 350 and the adidas Yeezy Boost 550 (???)

**BONUS** French also took to his snap to show the all-white adidas Yeezy Boost 350s from Season 3. While he says “they’re never coming out” we’re still hoping and thinking otherwise as they’ve already been both previewed and worn by Kanye himself. Check out the vid as captured from @teamkanyedaily below.

Kanye on French Montana’s Snapchat at the video shoot for #FigureItOut in Mojave, CA. March 4.

A video posted by TeamKanyeDaily (@teamkanyedaily) on

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