This week in music and fashion

This Week in Music and Fashion: Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Twin Shadow and More

2 Chainz goes shopping for a $25,000 straw hat.

by Marissa G. Muller
Oct 11 2014, 4:30pm

Last week, A$AP Rocky fired up streetwear rats and menswear bloggers when he released his Hood By Air and #BEEN TRILL# diss track, "Multiply." This was a week of recovery. After all of that excitement died down, the most controversial thing to happen in music and fashion was Kanye tweeting about the new head of Maison Martin Margiela. Will 'Ye be teaming up with the fashion house on a special project? Will ever see his Adidas collection? Will it have masks? Until those answers become apparent, here's the highlights of the week.

KANYE IS REALLY, REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW HEAD OF MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA

When Kanye tweets, you know it’s important. To him at least. This week Ye broke his social media silence to give daps to the new head of the brand that created all of those Yeezus masks, Maison Martin Margiela. Because there is almost nothing Kanye does that isn’t controversial, if you’re not familiar, you should know that the new creative head he was applauding is one of fashion’s most divisive characters. Even villainous. While Kanye’s outbursts are just misinterpreted grievances—which rub people the wrong way because of his abrasive delivery, rather than what he’s actually saying—MMM’s new designer John Galliano deserves no empathy. Galliano’s talent is undeniable but he quickly hit the breaks on his career in 2011 when he drunkenly made anti-Semitic remarks. So, now that he's back at a fashion house, can you still appreciate his designs? Are you good at comparmentalizing your feelings? Are you the kind of person who can block out Chris Brown's detestable character while listening to his music? If so, probably. If not, you're not alone.

2 CHAINZ GOES SHOPPING FOR A 25,000 HAT

2 Chainz has been even more entertaining than usual over the past few weeks as he searches the world for the "most expensivist shit," a brilliant idea that was brought to him by GQ. So far, he's eaten a $295 glam burger—the bun is dusted with 24K gold—tried on $30,000 headphones, and tested out a $2 million car. This week, he played up his love of hats and found a $25,000 straw Panama hat retailer. No one I know would ever buy it. But if you believe in heaven and trust in the words of milliner Orlando Palacios, you might get one in your next lifetime—according to him it's what everone receives at the gates of heaven.

TWIN SHADOW SCORES PUBLIC SCHOOL’S SPRING 2015 SHOW

Photo via Public School’s Instagram

By now, Twin Shadow is a pro at soundtracking fashion shows. Since he released his first album, he’s teamed up with Public School on a few different projects as well as BLK DNM. He’s such a familiar face at Public School that he even has a page on their website. So naturally he stepped in to soundtrack their most recent show for spring 2015. Clad in the brand’s designs, including the fez-like hat models wore down the runway and a white shorts suit (h/t Pharrell’s Oscars outfit), George Lewis Jr. delivered a solo set that was one part ambient, one part noir rock, and another the 80s-leaning synth-rock he’s made his signature. You can watch the whole show over at Public School’s website.

JOAN JETT X HOT TOPIC
Photo via Joan Jett’s Instagram

Few things in life make as much sense as Joan Jett collaborating with alt mall retailer Hot Topic. As the proto-goth, chains-and-buttons-wearing frontwoman of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, she practically invented Hot Topic’s angst-rock aesthetic. She’ll be teaming up with Daang Goodman, who already profits off of coopting punk style in his store Tripp NYC, for the collaboration. Launch date and details to come but it will likely dovetail perfectly with the return of Joan’s favorite hairstyle, the mullet.

Marissa G. Muller does this every week. She's on Twitter - @marissagmuller.