The week's top stories in fashion news.
- Whether or not you like "Yeezus," Kanye's upcoming tour will be a can't-miss fashion spectacular. The secretive house of Martin Margiela outfitted the rapper's entire show, and not only did the job include ten custom couture pieces and a tricked-out pair of trainers, but a smattering of jewel-encrusted face masks. Which raises the question: Is it really him in there or just a body double? (Telegraph)
- Regis Philbin already had street cred, but now that he's rolling with Wu-Tang, we're looking at the man in a whole new way. The former morning TV host rocked a t-shirt from WT's mostly sold-out collection of "Wu Wear," which dropped to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album,"36 Chambers." Where'd Philbin score such sweet threads? Why, from Raekown himself, of course. That's nothing to F with. (Complex)
- New Yorkers devoted to Band of Outsiders' California cool have something to look forward to this spring (besides warmer temperatures). The brand signed a lease for its first U.S. retail location, which is set to open at 50 Wooster Street in Soho. The 5,000 square-foot space will include the full men's and women's collections along with a showroom. (WWD)
- Good news for stylish schleppers. Colorado-based Topo Designs collaborated with Woolrich Woolen Mills on a run of limited-edition luggage. Each piece in the collection, which includes a duffel, backpack, and Dopp kit, features a wool exterior, but the interior is lined with coated pack cloth. The result? You look cool no matter how much hair gel congeals at the bottom. (Hypebeast)
- The latest tome from fashion photographer Bruce Weber, nobly entitled "Born Ready," is now out. Weber's gutsy title centers around "risk-taking individuals" like Edith Windsor, whose Supreme Court case resulted in the overturning of DOMA. Those less interested in groundbreaking legislation can feast their eyes on a bunch of pictures of motocross racing at the end. (teNeues)
- For their first ever editorial look book, Carson Street Clothiers co-founders Matt Breen and Brian Trunzo closed shop for a day and whisked their team to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where photographer Christopher Fenimore shot the staff looking dapper in new fall/winter wares. Of course, if our boss suddenly invited us to ditch work and walk among the foliage in a razor-sharp jacket, we would look pretty happy and relaxed, too. (Carson Street Clothiers)
—Blair Pfander. Follow her at @blairpfander.