Pepsi is filming a commercial and seeking talent in Downtown Chicago. 4 Star Casting is looking for actors, models, and talent to work on an upcoming Pepsi Commercial filming in Downtown Chicago, Illinois. Auditions are scheduled for Tomorrow, December 18th and the commercial will film on December 30th. To audition for a role on the […]
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The sequel to the Rocky series is now casting extras to appear in the upcoming feature film, CREED. Heery Casting is looking for actors, models, and talent that live in the Philadelphia area to work on the upcoming feature film. Casting directors are looking for boxers to be background in the feature film and other […]
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The "health goth" trend isn't exactly ubiquitous, but it's been around long enough to earn a New York Timesarticle, and you've surely seen a member of the tribe wandering SoHo in the trademark uniform: monochromatic technical gear, green juice and a post-SoulCycle sweat. For Errolson Hugh, who founded the label Acronym in 2002 and helped usher in the current movement, the idea of ninja-esque athletic gear is neither passing trend nor anything particularly new. Acronym's products look like something straight out of Metal Gear Solid, complete with hidden pockets, modular designs, roomy silhouettes, and hurricane-proof fabrics. With such a strong look and a cult following, Hugh caught the eye of Nike CEO Mark Parker, who enlisted him to design a revamped ACG collection. Since the '80s, ACG (that's All Conditions Gear) has looked to reference points that you'd have a higher chance of seeing on a K2 trail than the gym treadmill—think Patagonia, ski resorts, and heritage menswear. But now, those retro vibes (and neon colors) are a thing of the past.
The new ACG's "all conditions" are those a person is bound to encounter in the big city, from a crowded subway car on a workday commute to the blizzards and blistering cold of a downtown wind tunnel. The initial drop is just eight pieces—consisting of a jacket, turtleneck, sweatpants, tees, backpack, a sneaker and a boot—but perfectly encapsulates the newer, darker version of the label. Everything in the first release is somewhere between jet black and charcoal grey, though a dash of pink taping made it onto the inside of the jacket as a subtle nod to the old ACG.
As for the specific design elements of the the garments, they're all about making your daily life and the things you carry with you easier to navigate. Hugh says he and Nike Sportswear designer Matthew Millward spent weeks analyzing minute details, such as the way a phone sits in the pocket of a pant when you sit, or how a jacket influences a person's range of motion when they're doing, say, some casual street karate (which, as Acronym's videos will show you, Hugh has been known to do). The clothes are built to endure all of the twists and turns of life, and with Hugh at the front, ACG is already well on its way to blazing its own trail.
$125-$650, available December 18 at global NikeLab locations
How did you get involved with Nike on this project? Did they bring you in specifically to relaunch ACG or did they assign it to you later?
This project was very specific. I think it was actual Mark Parker who requested it happen. But I've known the guys at Nike for ages. Fraser Cooke has been a friend of mine since before he went to Nike. I actually met Mark in 2003 in Tokyo at the Medicom Bearbrick worldwide tour. He had done a Bearbrick with Nike, and we did one for Acronym. It was actually kind of funny seeing him in that way before getting to Nike where, like, people pop their head into conference rooms to say, "Eight minutes to Parker," and everyone frantically clears off their desks.
Before you started working with Nike, what did you like about Nike?
That's a hard one. But one of the first things I noticed about working with them is that Nike isn't just a company or a brand, it's pop culture. It's inescapably linked with everyone's life and youth, so it's so hard to think about in a nuetral way. The name "Nike" triggers so many emotions. Everyone's got their own idea of the brand.
Do you remember the first pair of Nikes you ever owned?
The first pair I ever bought with my own money were the Mowabbs. They were tan and grey.
Are you familiar with "Health Goth?" And would you classify Acronym or the new ACG collection as it?
I don't know, because I don't know that I know the proper definition of "Health Goth." But I will say that at Acronym, we don't do the normal things that normal brands do. We don't use buzzwords like "consumer demographic," we don't do mood boards, and we hardly draw our designs. We're always just building stuff, and if we like it, we put it out. And we've been doing the same thing since 2002, but it's only probably about in the last five years that anyone cared.
How do you view the relationship between technology and apparel in 2014?
I think "Tech apparel" is definitely a popular buzzword, but at Acronym we've been doing it for years. Recently it seems like the whole industry has sort of come around to us, which has been nice and in a lot of ways legitimized the work we've been doing. But the technology's always been there, it just means quality for us. Some of the things that are seen as "high tech" now won't be in a year. Down the road, like, if you're wearing something that doesn't repel coffee, it will be looked at like a piece of shit.
What about wearable technology? On one end you've got the Apple iWatch, but then there's also super dorky wearable tech, too.
There's definitely some very dorky wearable technology out there. Back when I worked for Burton Snowboards, I worked on the Amp jacket and the Analog Clone MD jacket, which had a minidisc drive in it. The Amp jacket was actually a Burton and Apple double label project, and it came with an iPod interface. The thing there was, we had to ask, "Is there a legitimate reason that this one thing is better than the two things--Coat and iPod--as separate items. That's always the acid test. Why put them together, unless they do something new and better? In that case it made sense because you could actually control the iPod with your gloves on. I think a lot of things out there today are just a gimmick, and don't actually make the product better.
What kind of non-clothing design inspires you?
We spend a lot time looking at the car industry, mainly because it's one of the few places where you see the most advanced technology and aesthetics all in one product. Architecture is also a place we look at a lot because of the same reason. Specific designers are hard for me, because I usually just like specific things from different designers. I'll like the way a designer solved a cuff, or a rear-view mirror, rather than the work of a designer.
What are some of the formal elements of the ACG collection that you think perfectly match the idea of "form equals function?" In other words, what design aspects also have a really awesome purpose?
The silhouette on the pant I think visually has a balance. There are parts of the jacket that are wider than normal and parts that are more narrow, like, the cuff is super narrow but the back is more opened up. It has a really unique and beautiful shape, but also has a purpose for mobility.
How do you feel about re-inventing a classic Nike sub-label?
We felt really good about it, because when Nike came to us to say what they wanted with the new ACG, we were, like, "Yeah. That's exactly what we do. Great." The thing that was kind of daunting was that it's ACG, which to me meant, "OK, I can't fuck this up." So many of my friends wouldn't speak to me if I did a bad job.
You know who never looks cold? Irish people. They're always out in the winter, leaning into the wind, towing the edge of a cliff with a stern glare, unperturbed by the nearby storm abrew. And you know what they're always wearing? Plaid scarves. There's something magical about tartan, like it channels warmth through generations of fireside-sitting royal clans. It also offsets your wardrobe doldrums, a splash of color when you've piled on the black and gray layers just to face the day.
Breaking down the upsets, surprises, results and heartbreaks from round 1. To vote for your favorite style heroes in round 2, click here.
Like any seeded bracket, the higher seeds in our Style Showdown generally performed better than the lowers ones. No number 1 seeds came close to get knocked off in embarrassing fashion, but that's not to say there weren't some serious surprises in the opening round.
Most Surprising Upset: 13 Chris Pratt def. 4 Drake
Chris Pratt may have gotten a bump from the awesome editorial we did with him for this month's Man of the Year issue, but this contest wasn't even close. Maybe the memory of Drake in head-to-toe Dada is still too fresh for people, or perhaps not enough people saw the awesome tux he wore to his birthday bash earlier this year. That said, with Pratt's leading man style getting kicked into high gear in 2014, look for him to make a major run. But things won't be easy, as he's set to square off against the man they call Swaggy P.
Biggest Landslide Victory: 2 Idris Elba def. 15 Lawrence Fishburn
We dig Lawrence Fishburn's funky shaman steez, but apparently the voters do not approve. With a final tally of 4014 for Stringer Bell and just 182 to Morpheus, it's seems that a beautifully tailored tux and thick-framed glasses go a long way with our audience. Noted.
Biggest Nail-Biter: 14 Jeremy Piven def. 3 Chris Paul
For some reason, we just assumed every stylish NBA Star would breeze through the opening rounds off the strength of their press conference outfits alone. Jeremy Piven's evidently captive audience had something to say about that. Though they were separated by less than 300 votes, this turned out to be, seed-wise, the biggest upset of the opening round. How far can Ari Gold go? Guess we're going to find out.
Most Exciting Match-Up of Round 2: 3 A$AP Rocky vs. 6 Aaron Paul
We're loving this contest because the folks involved could not be more dissonant. On one side of the ring, you've got a Harlem kid with a penchant for couture pieces from Dior Homme and Raf Simons. On the other, a guy with all-American style that dresses the way Hollywood stars have been dressing since the '50s (that's a good thing). The early indication is that Pinkman vs. Pretty Flacko is going to be a rough battle, so get to voting if you want to see you're favorite make it to the illustrious Sweet 16.
Today, Google shared their most popular searches for 2014. Yes, Kim Kardashian was there, right alongside ebola and the paleo diet. When it came to fashion, the number one query was "how to wear a scarf." Damn. You guys, we covered this in 2006—three ways! In case you need it (Google says you do), here's a refresher.
The Once Around: Super-simple here, guys. Wrap once around your neck and make sure the ends are even. Done.
The Simple Tie Knot: Here's a novel idea, treat your scarf like a tie. Try and keep up, please.
The Slipknot: For advanced scarfers only. This method will also give you the most coverage, so save it for truly blustery days.