Over the past few months, we have been secretly working behind-the-scenes with RMediaCircle [company which guides young creatives so they can transform their passions into professional careers] on 'Class 101' a brand creation workshop at TheCube London, on May 11th with key influencers and creative educators who have worked with brands from Levi's to Diesel and House of Holland.
Since joining the DreamWear team I have been active and busy within the media circuit. I shot some footage for a documentary titled ‘Britain in a Day’ last year and submitted it for consideration. I was glad to hear that out of 5,000+ entries from all over Britain my footage was officially selected to feature in the documentary that was executive produced by Hollywood legend Ridley Scott. It aired on BBC2 last June and I also attended the premier screening.
Interestingly the past few months I had the opportunity to dwell a little more in to the initial stages of starting up DreamWear and my personal experiencies and inspirations. Although at times it can be daunting, I always relish these opportunities, as it allows me to express myself and share some words of wisdom which after all are the essence of the brand.
On Thursday 17th January of this year, we officially experienced Miguel's KaleidoscopeDream (concert) a.k.a KDExperience, at HMV Forum London. The queue outside tailed around the venue and on-to surrounding streets, anticipation was high for 27-year-old Miguel's second sell-out UK show.
This time last year, majority of my days were occupied on reflecting and building upon the dream...envisioning the future. I can still recall the days as if it were yesterday, I was filled with tremendous amount of energy crafting away with excitement and belief.
The American motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar, who has died aged 86, was a legend in many parts of the US, yet practically unheard of in Britain. Famous for his “Success Rallies” at which he brought his audiences such gems as, “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street”; “The person who won’t stand for something will fall for anything” and “The inspiration of today can be drowned out by the traffic jams of tomorrow”.
Ziglar's rallies, 'Born to Win' seminars and self-help books with titles such as How To Get What You Want; See you at the Top and Staying Up, Up, Up in a Down, Down World, urged Americans to "checkup from the neck up" and quit their "stinking' thinkin' ". Instead they were urged to adopt "PMA" (positive mental attitude): "You were born to win. But to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win, " he proclaimed.
Given that I admire and am inspired by Burberrys success, it was only natural that I visited (last Friday) the much talked about Burberry Regent Street flagship store, which opened its doors to the world on September of this year. It is their largest store in the world, a space where the digital world meets the physical. Walking through the elegant but vast main doors, I was greeted by 2 cheerful and well dressed gentlemen, a few more steps in and I found myself surrounded by the beautiful, minimalist shop floor and the grand cantilevered staircases, inspired by a 17th-century design, built from scratch; the floors I was told were made by the same craftsmen who work on the royal palaces; the wood panelling was done in Oxfordshire. Five hundred speakers are hidden behind those panels and from underneath that flooring a hydraulic stage can be raised up for live events.
Looking back, the months leading up to the L2B (London to Berlin) bike ride passed by in a flash. All the planning, preparation, and training carried out in that time, all came down to these crucial two weeks.
My memory of the trip only appears in short mind clips or snap shoots, i.e. cycling across Blackheath, with the sky pitch black on one side, but light purple/baby blue on the other, looking over at tower bridge, with the Olympic rings hanging in front of the sun as it crept up behind the cityscape of London. I remember us bombing our way through London in the early hours of the morning, bopping and weaving between traffic, and cycling up to the massive Ferry in Harwich, which would take us across the English Channel and drop us off at the Hook-of-Holland. The Ferry trip took seven hours to cross, so we all made a collective decision to find a quiet area on the boat, eat lunch, and take naps. Read More
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'Watch the Throne' Documentary Featuring Kanye West & Jay-Z
With a slew of album sales and a successful world tour, 'The Throne' has yet to step down. An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Jay-Z's and Kanye West's year-old album, "Watch the Throne," was released on August 8.
Directed, photographed, and edited by Robert Lopusk, the documentary depicts the duo completing the album in Sydney, Australia. Using only a flip camera at times, the filmmaker behind 'Ye's "Power" video was also able to capture intimate moments which included brief cameos from Beyoncé and Australian-born actor, Russell Crowe. "In the world of hip-hop, anybody who does something different is a genius, anybody who does something successful is making history," said Lopusk in an interview with Paradigm Magazine about the making of the film. "You know it all becomes these exaggerated, bombastic endeavors. And so, for me, I was not interested in that; I was more interested in the smaller moments. The quiet power of talent."
Rocawear Presents: Jay-Z From "Marcy to Barclays" Extended Commercial
Rocawear presents the extended version of it's first ever commercial for the brand. It's a retrospective look at Jay-Z's life growing up as a kid in Brooklyn's Marcy Projects to becoming the superstar he is today. Along the way he has helped build Rocawear clothing into a household name.
A journey to a girl on fire: No reservations
"I have arrived at a place in myself that I am comfortable being exactly who I am in this moment and sharing it with no reservations." - Alicia Keys Read More
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LOUIS VUITTON - Tribute to Muhammad Ali "Word" & ''Dream'' Commercials
Ogilvy Paris has finished a first series of moving visuals for French luxury brand Louis Vuitton. Starring Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, the rapper moves inside of the a box ring, reciting Muhammad Ali speeches, starting with "Last night I had a dream"combined with sound design and original music. The personal attachement of Bey to the boxer makes it such a perfect fit. Rumor also has it, that the music used in the spots will be developed into full tracks. Watch the two videos, “Word” and “Dream”, now here above and below.
Miguel - Adorn Video [New Version]
From 'Kaleidoscope Dream'
Apart from mentioning that his Dreams inspire his music, this is what Miguel had to say about the title of his upcoming album: “I believe dreams represent the purest form of fantasy we unleash through our subconscious. They represent the truest freedom we can experience. Totally unrepressed and totally creative". Rock-Out! Read More
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As M.Singh says "if you have determination you can achieve anything in the world".
Kanye West VOYR: The Garden
VOYR continues their backstage series of last year’s Watch The Throne tour with footage of
Madison Square Garden’s preparation and Kanye prior to taking the stage.
A perfectly articulated talk by Peter Weyland who has long been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade. Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next.
Dark Knight Rises TV Special
"The choice has to be made: Is Batman going to return?" The choice was always clear externally after The Dark Knight earned a billion dollars. The decision is more difficult for Bruce Wayne in the universe of the movies, as Christian Bale points out in the 13-minute TV special. The featurette covers the film's plot, the characters and the talents behind the masks. The point of the special is to ready you up for the final chapter in the The Dark Knight saga that hit’s theaters on July 20th. Around 8:52 mark we see images and get a slight peek inside the Cardington sheds also known as "hangers" located in Bedford my home town, to think BATMAN was partially filmed in the town I grew up in is incredibly inspiring!
Miguel - ...All"
There aren't many R&B artists out there who are as creative and artistic as Miguel, the L.A.- born singer and songwriter who scored a few minor hits in 2010, has turned the music industry on its head: rather than heading into another major label album cycle, the past three months have seen him release a trilogy of EPs for free download. “Help you bring your mind to a better place / teach each other how to elevate” Miguel singing to us about his mission in music. …All from Art Dealer Chic Volume 2, is me favourite for obvious reasons, listen out!
Vice Style’s ‘Visionaries’ is a series of short films featuring some of fashion’s most influential icons, including Gareth Pugh, Nick Knight and Diane Pernet. The visionaries are the art directors, designers, stylists, photographers and editors who broke ground with their work and helped define the look of a generation. Read More
INFLUENCERS How Trends & Creativity Become Contagious
INFLUENCERS: is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment. The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.
Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today's pop culture.
Not too long ago I stumbled across this remarkable, inspiring talk by Simon Sinek, a trained ethnographer and author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Sinek has held a life-long curiosity for why people and organizations do the things they do.
Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns of how they think, act and communicate. Without further ado:
As the hip-hop kings, collectively known as The Throne, return back to the UK with their WatchTheThrone tour, I've decided to rewind and showcase (6 out of the 9) behind-the-scenes concert footage sponsored by VOYR, which documents all of the actual hard work that goes into living life at Kanye’s level.
When VOYR was first announced back in August, Kevyn Lewis, Chief Creative Officer of VOYR, said that the new platform would focus on inspirational stories and shareable, multimedia content related to how musicians, directors, actors, and other famous personalities juggle their creative enterprises.
A perspective that's utterly self-indulgent, totally over the top, and mind blowing! Enjoy: