Monthly Archives: July 2010

MH.edits : july.10

Vintage Graphic Tees

(Left to right, top to bottom): Nelson Mandela Commemorative “Free At Last” Tee / “No Problem” Jamaica Tourist Tee / Stray Cats ’81 Promo Tee / House of Prayer “Just Say No To Drugs” ’87 Tee /  Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” ’77 Promo Tee / Lasertron Tee / Madonna “Erotica” ’91 Promo Tee / Rock’N’Roll Marathon ’75 Concert Tee / Stevie Wonder “In Square Circle” ’85 Concert Tee / Black Brant X Band Tee / Mickey Mouse Tee / Foreigner “4” ’81 Tour Raglan / The Pretenders “Pretenders” ’80 Tour Tee / Prince and The Revolution “Purple Rain” ’84 Promo Tee / The Rolling Stones “Tour of the Americas” ’75 Tour Tee / Dick Tracy (Madonna) ’90 Movie Promo Tee / Teletrack Tee / Smithsonian “Reward” Tee  (To view past month’s MH.edits click here.)

The original black cat, Miss Jackson, joins the ranks of legends; Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, Cher, Brigitte Bardot, Pavarotti, Sophia Loren, and Ray Charles, as the new face of the now-iconic Blackglama ad campaign. Watch Janet behind-the-scenes at Milk Studios and peruse ads past below.

photos courtesy of tFs

You don’t need to be a straight man to appreciate bubbies…
and by now, you can probably tell I love me some ‘reverse cleavage’.

track anatomy: dade county, usa

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“Let’s Go” – Trick Daddy (Feat. Twista & Lil’ Jon)

“Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne


little girl lost


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World Premiere: “Your Love” – Nicki Minaj

Finally have the visual for a track S&M featured way before it was a single.

photo (top) courtesy of StyleLikeU


Song of the Day: “One” – Sky Ferreira

This Sky Ferreira chick seems to be afflicted with the same radio-ready tourettes syndrome that The-Dream suffers/thrives from. Instead, her tick is laced with Bloodshy & Avant’s synths rather than Tricky‘s. I’d like to hear a swap. Check out her charming new feature in the this month’s Elle here.


photo courtesy of yohji yamamoto (menswear) s/s 2011

artist spotlite: tinie tempah

“Frisky” – Tinie Tempah (Feat. Labrinth)

Hip hop’s latest acquisition – club music – has taken on a life of its own. First came David Guetta (with Akon), then Tiesto (with Three Six Mafia) and Swedish House Mafia (with Pharrell), and now the barriers of both genres intersect uncomfortably close and end up sounding like house party scenes from Skins … Who can keep up? The thing is – I can’t really stand club music – so hip hop’s latest love affair with Euro-dom is only a ‘bubbling under’ type of phenomenon (at least for me). That is, until I heard Tinie Tempah: a 21-year-old Brit whose rhymes trump even his headiest of beats. His cockney accent compliments each novel phrase, his beats are best described as ‘headbanging club-hop’,  if there were such a thing. Tempah’s #1 U.K. hit, “Pass Out” (below) is  one of the hardest-hitting tracks of the year, resulting from its pulsating ‘call to the floor’ beat and directional lyrics (um.. Heidi and Audrina eat your hearts out?). “Written In The Stars” is an epic almost-“Umbrella” and “Frisky” is mindlessly infectious. Categorize Tempah’s work as garage, dupstep, club-hop or just plain hip hop, no matter what, his flow transcends them all. Say hello to Uncle Fester!

“Pass Out” – Tinie Tempah

“Written In The Stars” – Tinie Tempah


Read my VEVANT article on
Kate Lanphear x Eddie Borgo Jewelry
photographed by Paul Maffi

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photos courtesy of tFs


Song of the Day: “Large On The Streets” – Vado

Been loving Cam’ron’s protege for a minute now,
but never had the chance to do a proper post…until now.
Here’s to hoping the fall brings a Swag Commandments LP!


EXIT Magazine, Volume 2 Issue #4
( “The Best Of…EXIT” Retrospective )

After seeing his latest editorial in Dazed (below), I am proud to say
‘I’ve been shot by Richard Burbridge.’
He explores a similar military theme in both spreads.
Mine’s from all the way back in S/S 2007.
So crazy to have been chosen as a part of “The Best Of…EXIT” Retrospective!!

photos courtesy of dazed & confused & EXIT (top)


Big thanks to Jen of Gnarlitude for her piece on JACKSON bags on the Urban Outfitter’s blog. Click here to purchase your very own. Read more about the brand here.

When I first perused Adam Kimmel‘s S/S 2011 menswear collection, all i could think was how Smoke & Mirrors is this? It’s as if Snoop and Nate took over Kimmel’s design offices and just did the damn thang. While the looks may come off as overly thematic or hokey, the collection boasts some of Kimmel’s most beautiful pieces to date that are also easily translated to the everyday.

Song of the Day: “Friends” – Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg,
& Warren G

photos courtesy of

artist spotlite: TEACHERS


I’m beyond psyched to announce a project I’ve been helping in the development of for a while now… it’s called TEACHERS and it’s the next level in music. The first single, “GOLD,” is like a sonic relative to Avatar or The Lion King, with it’s cliff-jumping climax and fire-burning tribal chants. It may be the closest you’ll ever come to air-gliding through the rain forest on Ecstasy or stadium-rocking with baboons on your very own private isle. The band, headed by Green Owl Records founder, Ben Bronfman (vocals and production), is a genre-defying testament to music’s current identity crisis – is it pop? is it rock? is it indie? is it major? – it doesn’t matter – shit is GOLD. The best part is there’s so much more to come. Stay tuned for more TEACHERS developments coming soon on Smoke & Mirrors blog. To download the track for free, head here.


Christian Louboutin S/S 2010 Men’s patterned desert boots

Burberry Prorsum S/S 2010 silk drape leggings

Vintage BOY London cap

Acne Pre-Fall 2010 toe strap wedge bootie
Craig Lawrence shredded longsleeve top

Gareth Pugh S/S 2010 ring
Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2010 wedge booties

the-dream: mess.i.ah

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My girl, Natalie Rodgers, made this dope ass video where she sets Jesus to The-Dream’s “Rockin’ That Shit” music… I’d say it’s the perfect end to S&M‘s Dream Week.


World Premiere: “Gimme That (Bass)” – Ciara

Ci-Ci brings REAL dance music back with one of the hardest-hitting basslines and fastest BPMs ever constructed. The last time dance music sounded this REAL was back when Jock Jams ruled the world.


WhatIsRealityAnway? + Smoke & Mirrors =
Krystal Simspon + Marcus Holmlund =
B  L  O  G     L  U  V


Fairy tale or nightmare? Just when you thought footwear couldn’t get any more unwearable or masochistic… then came Noritaka Tatehana‘s artisinal collection to challenge the heights before her (Nina Ricci and Alexander McQueen to name a few sky-high houses). Is this the start of a heels race? Let’s sure hope so. Her works call for some serious Black Rob “Whoa”-ness…

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photos courtesy of noritaka tatehana

the-dream: irresistible.dream

Catch my drift?


click to view the entire
Givenchy Haute Couture F/W 2010-2011
collection presentation at Place Vendome

photos courtesy of tFs

the-dream: dream.mcqueen

What better way to christen the blog’s first year than a new post series?
Introducing “Rappers In Ready-to-Wear”
by Jackson Moad

The-Dream in
Alexander McQueen S/S 2011

(bottom) photo courtesy of

the-dream: trilogy

by Jackson Moad
World Premiere: “Trilogy (Yamaha, Nikki Pt. 2, Abyss)” –

Dream.. enough with the low-budget supervids –
Call me and lets get this
Broadway musical deal
inked and poppin’.
I’m dead serious.

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playbill mock-up by jackson moad

photo courtesy of qompendium x eric yahnker

the-dream: brilliant.stupidity

Great piece on The-Dream‘s LoveKing
by Village Voice‘s Rob Harvilla.
Read it in full here.

photo courtesy of village voice x def jam records