Christopher Shannon on the Caterpillar Fall/Winter 2015 Colorado Boot

Today, more than any other time, footwear is important. In menswear, shoes, and especially trainers, have become the equivalent of handbags and perfumes in the women’s fashion industry. Brands spend as much time on getting the accessories right as they do on the ready-to-wear clothes as, at the end of the day, that’s where the money will come from. And if you don’t do shoes, which in itself is a major operation, you have to look around you and find a partner to collaborate with. That’s exactly what London designer Christopher Shannon has done.

A longtime staple during London Collections: Men, and the recent winner of the first BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund, Shannon was part of creating a new breed of contemporary fashion inspired by equal amount sportswear and streetwear. Footwear, as we all know, plays a massive role in those fields as well. Since last season, Shannon has collaborated with classic construction company Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) to rework some of their more iconic boot models. In January, the Liverpudlian designer showed his second season, dominated by a new version of CAT’s Colorado style. Removing laces and adding nylon details, Shannon updated the workwear boot to the 21st century, while also adding his own very characteristic look. Over the years, Shannon has succeeded in coherently displaying his design DNA, season after season pushing his aesthetic forward while still consistently staying true to his fundamental ideas. These boots, and most likely the ones we’ll see in June for Spring/Summer 2016, are now a natural part of that look…

Christopher Shannon on the Caterpillar Fall/Winter 2015 Colorado Boot

What’s your relationship to CAT? Did you wear them when you were younger?

I did. It was an ongoing challenge to find black footwear you could wear for school that wasn’t really naff. I remember I bought a black suede Colorado with gum sole and white top stitching. They were a bit too big but I wanted them so badly I just wore thicker socks and a steel toe cap which was always handy for school.

Were there any sub-cultural connections?

I think any clothing or footwear that has its roots in workwear usually has some connection to sub-culture.

It’s very much a workwear boot. Who does the style correspond to with the Christopher Shannon aesthetic?

I think my research always touches on documentary photography and portrait work, and often from British photographers. The imagery is based in realism and working life, that’s something we strive to embrace and distort. I love working with staple garments and pieces that relate to real life.

Christopher Shannon on the Caterpillar Fall/Winter 2015 Colorado Boot

What style did you work on for Fall/Winter 2015? What did you do to them?

We worked on the changes we had already made to the Colorado for the Spring/Summer 2015 show. I just loved the back zip and the removal of the laces, it almost looked like a moulded shoe, so we decided to carry on working with that, with nylons rather than leathers.

It’s your second collaboration with CAT. How has that relationship grown and changed?

I think you build trust. It’s always difficult to work with huge companies as their time lines are so much further in advance than ours. As a smaller company you have the luxury of being a bit more spontaneous. I think CAT now trust that I’m not out to ruin their heritage – I just like bringing another point of view.

Is it an ongoing partnership? Would you want to rework another CAT style?

I’ve already started the direction for Spring/Summer 2016. It’s quite a different direction for CAT and the technology we are working with is really advanced and new to me which makes it exciting.

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Ty Herndon Says His Next Album Will Have Country Music’s First Openly Gay ‘Love Song To Another Man’

Ever since Ty Herndon surprised the country world by coming out of the closet, everyone has wondered what this will mean for his music.

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Will he play the pronoun game to stay more relatable to more conservative fans?

Or will his songs reflect losing his car, his truck, and his man?

Ty was a guest at the Family Equality Council’s Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday, and he gave everyone a proud answer! He explained:

“I may be the first man in country music to sing a love song to another man. And I’m very proud to do that. I’m not changing the ‘he’s for ‘she’s. It’s straight on who I love. Love is universal. I’m keeping it unisex but there are a few songs that I’ve written that I wrote about my own life. That’s the one thing about country music — you got to sing what you know.”

Seeing as what Ty knows is being in a healthy relationship with a man for five years, we’re guessing this will be the upbeat kind of country.

The type where you only lose your truck! LOLz!

[ Related: EXCLUSIVE! Billy Gilman On Being An Openly Gay Country Star: 'It Shouldn't Matter' ]

Seeing as Ty will start recording his next album on March 15th, it’s good he knows what he wants to do — and who!

We are so happy with his decision and can’t wait to hear the new tracks!

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BOSSIP Exclusive: Ma$e Heads Back To Harlem To Party With Uptown’s Elite

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Rapper Tells Bossip He’s Happy To Be Back In Harlem During Surprise Stop at Harlem Haberdashery Masquerade Ball

Ma$e made a triumphant return to his old Harlem stomping grounds over the weekend.

P. Diddy’s one-time sidekick arrived at Harlem Haberdashery’s Masquerade Ball with his self-described manager, Suga J, shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday night, to mix and mingle with Harlem’s elite.

“I came to support my town, Harlem,” Ma$e told Bossip. “It’s been really nice. The welcoming has been overwhelming.”

The now-divorced rapper turned reverend looked like a million dollars in an orange floral pattered blazer, accessorized with a diamond-encrusted gold Jesus piece and a huge diamond ring on his wedding finger. The lights at the ball must’ve been too bright for the former Bad Boy artist, as he kept his gold-rimmed sunglasses on the entire time.


Ma$e spent a few minutes flicking it up on the gala’s dance floor, while the DJ spun Ma$e tunes. He then ensconced himself in the VIP area for more photos, well wishes from attendees and seemingly deep convo’s with a number of very attractive female guests.

Harlem Haberdashery, an upscale clothing boutique, carries Suga J’s clothing line, Members Club Clothing, and Ma$e came as Suga J’s guest, event organizers told Bossip. The event raised money for Harlem Hospital.

Ma$e and Suga J later headed out to the club, where they “took over” the Liberty Theater in Times Square.

Ma$e, real name Mason Betha, had a tough 2014. He divorced his wife of 13 years, Twyla, and he deleted his Instagram after abruptly losing 1.5 million followers.

Glad to have you back up top Ma$e.

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Listen To Ishi’s New Track “Push It” Feat. Pusha T

Pusha T’s collaboration with Swedish producer Ishi is the first single from an upcoming EP 

In promotion of his upcoming 5-track EP and debut album, Swedish hip-hop producer iSHi has put out a single with heavyweight MC Pusha T called “Push It”. This hard-hitting synth-heavy cut is the first step in a new direction being taken by the producer responsible for songs by Rihanna and Lupe Fiasco.

“Push It” is the first single coming out of the gate from iSHi before his projects drop, so give it a listen here. 


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Marina And The Diamonds Releases “Forget”: Listen To Her New Taste Of ‘Froot’

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Marina And The Diamonds‘ Froot album is just around the corner, and the singer continues to release new tastes of “froot” leading up to the project’s release. The latest song is simply titled “Forget,” and it is yet another stunner. Marina’s voice is syrupy-rich and full-bodied against the rock-tinged production, which includes electric guitars and pounding percussion.

“Forget” is off Marina And The Diamonds’ forthcoming third studio LP Froot (out April 3), which includes tracks like “I’m A Ruin,” “Happy,” “Immortal” and — of course — the quirky title track. Along with the new album, the singer will take the stage at some of the year’s biggest music festivals: SXSW, Coachella and NYC’s Governors Ball.

Marina is also embarking on a North American tour, which begins on March 26 in New York City.

Take a listen to the track below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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