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Editor’s Note: The Best Lesson That Hip-Hop Never Taught Me

Editor's Note: The Best Lesson That Hip-Hop Never Taught Me

A year after my senior year in high school I deejayed this one house party for an acquaintance of mine.  Acquaintance for the fact that back in high school, she just happened to know me from sharing a few classes with her, yet too cool enough to not want to get to know me any better past that.  Cheerleader, popular, pretty – you know the deal.  The function was hardly worth mentioning, though, put together in what seemed to be a matter of minutes by her popular girl friends and her wanna-be “homeboys” just dripping in Roc-A-Wear and Sean John.   These were a group of kids that didn’t know much about anything which of course, was one of the major reasons they brought me out and paid me too much.  Blame it on the sheltered suburban lifestyle or point the finger at the sheer ignorance to what lay beyond it – take your pick.  Read more

Public School NYC Keeps the Flame Up For Fashion


PUBLIC SCHOOL NEW YORK is the thread that sews streetwear and luxury fashion together. Capturing the quintessence of The Big Apple, over the past few years designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have won the hearts of the most established names in the fashion industry. From working side-by-side at Sean John to founding PUBLIC SCHOOL in 2008, Chow and Osborne’s low-profile collaborative success was first recognized in 2010 by the Council of Fashion Designers in America (CFDA) to be a part of the inaugural business development program. In 2013, PUBLIC SCHOOL won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear, only to win the CFDA VOGUE Fashion Fund Award a few months later. But besides winning over the high-brow fashion crowd, PUBLIC SCHOOL NYC’s street sensibilities are what created the buzz and unique appeal around the brand, setting itself up to be the torch-bearers for the burgeoning trend of blurring the lines between traditional streetwear and established high fashion. Read more

Abramorama to Release Martin Shore’s TAKE ME TO THE RIVER on Sept. 12.

Abramorama to Release Martin Shore's TAKE ME TO THE RIVER on Sept. 12.

Abramorama, Richard Abramowitz’s distribution company, announced earlier this July that it has joined with Social Capital Films to acquire the theatrical rights to Martin Shore’s award-winning music documentary, TAKE ME TO THE RIVER. The documentary celebrates the inter-generational and interracial musical influence of Memphis with social interruptions of discrimination and segregation.  Narrated by Terrence Howard, the film features many incredible icons including William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Yo Gotti, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy and The North Mississippi All-Stars. This soulful ensemble brings viewers inside creative collabs to share the ups, the downs and the inspiration of some of America’s most talented musicians. Read more

Venue, Summer ’14: The Best In Show

Venue, Summer '14: The Best In Show

We saw plenty of fresh and outstanding new gear out of some up-and-coming brands at the recent Venue trade show in Downtown Los Angeles.  One example of such can be seen in the very unique and extremely fresh graphic tees above, coming straight from Hometown Kings.  Besides these prime samples of dope gear we spotted, you can hit the jump to check out more of what we thought were the cream of the crop at Venue trade show. Read more

ALGO-RHYTHMS at Sonos Studio


Sonos Studio brings us yet another treat of audio-visual goodies.  July 17, 2014 was the opening of a new exhibition called, ALGO-RHYTHMS.  This exhibition explores the unique experience of art that is created when technology meets music and sound. It explores the ways in which software has created an evolution in music listening.

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Street Style Shots: Venue Trade Show, Summer ’14

Street Style Shots: Venue Trade Show, Summer '14

The one way ticket to steezdom continues with some of the best street style shots we took at Venue Trade Show last week.  Cozy atheletic chic with a high chance of rare hemlines seemed to be the move this season and we saw some great examples of that, besides the usual fresh outfit in general.  Click through to peep all the flyest fits and make sure to take note of what’s really good out in the streets right now.  Read more

Summertime Fine: Five Summer Essentials


A little bit overdue but nonetheless just as crucial, here at the 5th Element Mag, we’re always geared up and ready to take on whatever beautiful southern California has to throw at us: and that’d be mad amounts of  vitamin D and sweltering heat to go along with it. Contrary to popular belief, dealing with the summertime sunshine doesn’t have to leave you unfashionably sweaty or swagless by no means possible. So we conjured up a short, albeit sweet, list of our favorite summer must-haves to help fight the heat without ever having to break a sweat. Hit the jump to peep what we got in store.

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#ArtofChase: A Hennessy Launch

Hennessy Event

Photos By: KirillWasHere (With exception to Ne-Yo and Amber Rose)

On Thursday July 10th 2014, Hennessy shut down Hollywood Boulevard as the brand celebrated the official launch of the Hennessy V.S Limited Edition bottle by Shepard Fairey. LA hot spot Create nightclub served as the backdrop for the celebration. The night kicked off with an upbeat soundtrack provided by DJ D-Nice who gave the crowd a taste of what was to come. Z-Trip and Shepard Fairey (aka DJ Diabetic) also hit the 1’s and 2’s and provided attendees with their favorite musical mash-ups. Read more

Breaking Bread with Shepard Fairey x Hennessy

DSC_9885  Photos Shot by: KirillWasHere

On July 10, Hennessy made its West Coast presence known as the brand celebrated the official launch of the Hennessy V.S Limited Edition bottle designed by world-class contemporary artist Shepard Fairey. Read more

Street Style Shots: Agenda Long Beach, Summer ’14

Street Style Shots: Agenda Long Beach, Summer '14

Besides trade show week showcasing the flyest fits of various brands’ lines for the upcoming seasons, they also provide a perfect platform for exhibitors, buyers and everybody else in attendance to put their own personal steez on display.  Click through to peep all the dopest looks we caught at Agenda in Long Beach, CA.
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