2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

 |  February 15, 2012
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It has been an annual publishing institution in the magazine industry since 1964 — one that singlehandedly attached fashion legitimacy to the bikini. The 2012 Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition showcases eighteen of 2011′s best and brightest including favorites like Bar Refaeli, Cintia Dicker and Natalie Gulbis, along with fresh faces like Crystal Renn, Michelle Vawer and Nina Agdal. And of course the cover is graced by current it-girl Kate Upton as shot in Sydney, Australia. Every guy needs a model in their life…

Whitney Houston has died. The cause of death and location are unknown. She was born on Aug. 9, 1963 and lived to be 48.

TMZ is reporting Houston died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The cause of death is still unknown. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

TMZ is also reporting that Houston was found underwater in the bathtub. The singer had been taking Xanax, which were subscribed to her, and drinking heavily before her untimely death. The Los Angeles County Coroner will perform an autopsy today to determine whether or not she died of overdose, drowning, or other causes.

The last footage we have of the legendary Whitney Houston doing what we remember her best is said to be this clip of her and singer Kelly Price on stage while she sings “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” during a pre-Grammy party on Thursday night.

Black Scale x ASAP Rocky Collection

 |  February 3, 2012
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Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky’s love for Black Scale gear has been well-documented across various videos and photoshoots, so it comes as no surprise that the San Francisco-based label has gifted the 23-year-old star with his own signature collection. Complex caught up with Black Scale’s MEGA and Alfred to learn more.

So the capsule collection was inspired by A$AP Rocky. Tell us more how he influenced the aesthetic of the collection.

Alfred: Rocky has been a fan of Black Scale since before we actually met. It just so happened that I was working the sales floor the day he decided to come in and purchase items for his video shoot for “Purple Swag.” He had a great energy and was a genuinely nice guy. The video dropped and the relationship continued to grow organically. The response was so overwhelming that it made sense to do a collabo. The design influences were taken from what the A$AP crew liked about Black Scale. I tried to integrate all the aesthetics that drew the crew to the brand, always keeping in mind that they should look good in it when they wear it.

The collection of sweats, tees and caps with be available through BLVCK SCVLE in March.

Check Complex for the full interview.

A$AP Rocky Covers Complex

 |  January 23, 2012
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A$AP Rocky along with designer Jeremy Scott, make their cover debut on Complex. Read it here.

Complex: Why do you think hip-hop is so fascinated with fashion and vice versa?

A$AP ROCKY: As black people it was our thing to show that we’re not living in poverty and that we can afford extravagant things—that kind of stuck with us. So when our great-grandparents were putting on their favorite outfits, it was to put on a front for the hard time. And hip-hop is a bunch of people that never had nothing. Fashion is just an expression. It’s an art. It expresses your taste. Good taste is important in hip-hop. I wake up saying I’m going to look the best I can and do what the fuck I want to do. And that’s what it’s all about. I don’t know if I articulated it good because im pretty high right now—and I have a lisp and I’m going to Mars right now.

Jeremy Scott: [Laughs]. The thing is hip-hop is one of the only communities that really started its own trends.

A$AP ROCKY: Wow.

Jeremy Scott: That’s why I’ve always been inspired by hip-hop artists, because they transform things—even just the jean, turning it around, inside out, sagging it—all these different things. Yes, of course we get little things from other music movements, but hip-hip has been like, Pow! It’s really inspiring and it’s the only new music that has come along in eons. Rock and roll has been around—it’s changing forms. But hip-hip is major.

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