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The early-’70s music and fashion of California’s Laurel Canyon is embodied by spring’s haute hippie trend, as modeled here by Willow, 14, and Jaden, 16, a certain pair of Hollywood progeny whose parents you just may have heard of.
During the mid-’60s and early ’70s, California’s Laurel Canyon became both the geographical and metaphorical space where artists like Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, David Crosby and the Mamas & the Papas hung their hats, got stoned and made music together — all while cultivating a style that embodied their free-spirited approach to songwriting.
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From Joni Mitchell in Saint Laurent’s most recent ad campaign to the bohemian silhouettes that hit the runway this season — the Canyon’s re-awakening is undeniable. In this week’s issue of Billboard, creative wunderkinds (and Hollywood royalty) Willow, 14, and Jaden Smith, 16, bring their own twist to the haute hippie trend. After posing in an array of fringe-heavy, flowy ensembles the duo dished on their pen-less approach to songwriting, their relationship with parents Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, sacred geometry and how they make their “inner light grow and shine even more.” Oh, and it just so happens that they arrived to the set in — what else? — a vintage Volkswagon Camper. Check out an excerpt from our chat below.
Billboard: How are music and fashion connected for you?
Jaden Smith: “Everything that I talk about in my music is pretty much trying to evolve consciousness in the world and help everything become better and brighter. I pretty much do the same thing with my fashion; just try to innovate and do things that people have never seen before and say things that people have never heard before. They definitely influence each other — If I speak about sacred geometry or geometry or math in my music then I’m going to put sacred geometry and math on my clothes.”
Burberry Prorsum light copper caban jacket, $1,595; burberry.com. Mr. Completely white clay denim, $280; mrcompletelystore.com. Giuseppe Zanotti Design blue calf tumbled leather sneaker, $795; giuseppezanottidesign.com. What Goes Around Comes Around vintage printed scarf, $58; 323-933-0250.
“If somebody is just wearing something for the blogs, that’s really sad because they’re not living for themselves, versus someone wearing a kimono who’s having an awesome time. I really look to see: Do you have fun with your life? Do you make the best out of it or do you live it for other people?”
Valentino shirt, $980; 212-355-5811. Mr. Completely bleach denim, $280; mrcompletelystore.com. Cannonball and Tilly Vintage felt hat, $185. What Goes Around Comes Around vintage beaded necklace (yellow), $78; 323-933-0250. Etro tan leather necklace with shark’s tooth, $289, and suede beaded pouch necklace, $149; etro.com.
How do you decide what to wear on a given day?
“The crazier that something looks, the more we’ll like it,” says Jaden. “I love Willow’s fashion [sense], she’s awesome. But she doesn’t really take notes from me because I wear the same thing every single day. I have an ‘Einstein uniform.’ He didn’t really like to change clothes because he had too much other stuff to worry about, and I’m the same. All black is pretty much my go-to look.”
On Willow: RED Valentino cut-out daisies embroidery silk organza dress, $1,195; redvalentino.com. Hilfiger Collection pant, $290; 212-223-1824. Clover Canyon floral void oxford, $396; clovercanyon.com.
On Jaden: Burberry Prorsum The Campaign Hat in aqua green, $375; burberry.com. AMI denim shirt, $255, and denim pants, $237; amrag.com. Minnetonka classic fringe boots, $45.95; minnetonkamoccasin.com. 3.1 Phillip Lim By Linda Farrow frosted hyacinth frames, $275; lindafarrow.com.
What’s your everyday makeup routine?
Willow Smith: ”When I do my makeup, I usually go for the no makeup at all [look] except for a real pop of color. That’s what I’m into right now. I’ll wear no foundation and no mascara and just put on a neon pink lip and that’ll just be it. Or I’ll put on foundation and mascara and a little bit of lip balm and that’s it.”
Hilfiger Collection dress, $690; 212-223-1824. What Goes Around Comes Around vintage white T-shirt, $58; 323-933-0250.
Do you borrow clothes from your brother?
“I take [Jaden's] clothes all the time! When my mom is giving away stuff, sometimes I go in [her closet] and I’m like, ‘Hey mom, will you ever wear this in your whole entire existence?’ and she’s like, ‘Nope! You can have it.’ That’s how I got the boots that I wore to the VMAs in 2013.”
Willow and Jaden were styled by Billboard fashion editor Tasha Green and photographed by Olivia Malone.
A version of this story first appeared in the Mar. 14 issue of Billboard magazine.
starring Pierce Brosnan, & Owen Wilson tells the story of an American businessman and his family who get caught up in a violent political uprising in Southeast Asia, and their mission to get out alive. No Escape to hit theatres on September 2.
Receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The trade, which cannot become official until free agency opens Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, will also rely on Marshall passing a physical. The Jets are sending a fifth-round pick to the Bears in return, according to a source.
A nine-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowler, Marshall fought through nagging leg injuries most of last season and finished the year on the injured reserve due to fractured ribs and a punctured lung. He produced just 721 yards receiving. Before last season, Marshall racked up 1,000 yards receiving in seven consecutive seasons.
Although Marshall’s ability has never been questioned, he has often been a distraction. Last season, Marshall was part of a postgame locker room rant after a loss to the Miami Dolphins, and he challenged a Detroit Lions fan to a boxing match on Twitter.
In addition, he had weekly television duties as an analyst on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”
A mental health spokesman, the 30-year-old Marshall has seemed to put his past off-the-field issues in the rearview mirror. The mercurial receiver will join a Jets team that figures to rely on young quarterback Geno Smith and currently has receivers Percy Harvin and Eric Decker under contract, although Harvin is likely to be released by the team.
Jets first-year head coach Todd Bowles was a key voice in making the trade. He was a member of the Dolphins’ coaching staff in 2010 and 2011, Marshall’s two-year run with the team. The Jets’ new director of college scouting, Rex Hogan, was a longtime Bears scout, so he, too, has familiarity with Marshall.
In a span of 12 months, the Jets have remade their once-woeful receiving corps. Their starters will be Marshall and Decker, whom they signed last year to a five-year, $36.25 million contract in free agency.
The move is the first major splash made by Chicago’s new leadership regime. The Bears hired coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace this offseason to succeed Marc Trestman and Phil Emery, respectively.
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The Reggie Wayne era is over in Indianapolis, as the Colts announced Friday that they will not re-sign the veteran receiver after 14 seasons with the organization.
“Reggie is one of the greatest men to ever wear the horseshoe, and we have been blessed to watch him play for the past 14 years,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement. “When he first took the field with us in 2001, we knew this day would eventually arrive. That reality is one of the things that makes pro football such a tough business. We feel this decision is in the best interests of the team and for Reggie as it will allow him to seek a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere if he so chooses.”
Wayne is the franchise leader in regular-season games played (211) and wins (143) and ranks second in receptions (1,070), receiving yards (14,345), receiving touchdowns (80), 100-yard games (43) and consecutive games with a reception (134).
He ranks seventh in NFL history in career receptions and eighth in receiving yards.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson also made the tough decision of releasing franchise quarterback Peyton Manning in the spring of 2012.
“Everyone knows the greatness and history associated with number 87,” Grigson said. “He truly is one of a small handful of players who really define the Colts as an organization. He was already a Hall of Famer in the making when Chuck [Pagano] and I arrived in Indianapolis in 2012, but no one has contributed more, on the field and in this building, to our turnaround, our continued growth, and our overall success since then. … We wish him nothing but the best in whatever new endeavor he pursues.”
Wayne said after the Colts lost to New England in the AFC Championship Game that he would take some time to talk to his family before deciding whether he would return for a 15th NFL season.
The Colts, however, made up their mind before Wayne could tell them his plans. He will become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday.
Wayne, who will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years after he retires, no longer has the capability to be quarterback Andrew Luck’s security blanket. He had just 64 receptions for 779 yards and two touchdowns last season — his worst since 2003.
Wayne’s goal last season was to prove that he could return from a torn ACL suffered in Week 7 against Denver in October 2013. Things changed, however, when he suffered an elbow injury against Cincinnati on Oct. 19. Wayne missed one game and returned only to find out later that he had a torn triceps.
Wayne ended his career with the Colts without a reception in the their final two playoff games against Denver and New England.
Trail Blazers starter Wesley Matthewstore his left Achilles tendon Thursday night and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced.
“It’s disbelief, you know?” he told reporters after an MRI confirmed the rupture. “I’m sitting up there in that tube having an MRI, and I don’t hear noise, I don’t feel my Achilles, I’m just … . I can’t believe I’m up there while my team’s battling. I just haven’t processed all of it yet.”
Matthews said he’ll have to have surgery, but it has not been scheduled.
Matthews had to be helped off the court after suffering the injury in the Trail Blazers’ 94-75 win over the Dallas Mavericks. He had four points, one rebound and three assists in 18 minutes before exiting.
He went down without contact when he attempted to drive two minutes into the third quarter. He immediately reached for his left Achilles as he grimaced in pain.
“I’ve made that same cut hundreds of thousands of times in my life,” he said. “I felt the initial pop, and I think you guys could tell on the replay, I looked back, and it feels like someone kicked you. I was praying that someone was back there. No one was back there, and I heard Ron [Garretson], the ref, he actually says, ‘Oh no’ like he knew.”
The mood was somber in the Trail Blazers’ locker room as Matthews’ teammates lamented the loss of the player fans call “Iron Man” for his toughness.
“It’s tough, man. He’s the heart and soul of this team; he brings a lot to this team,” LaMarcus Aldridge said. “I’ve played with him seven, eight years now, so not having him out there is going to be tough.”
Added Damian Lillard: “Wes plays harder than anybody on our team. It’s hard for our team to think about not having him out there because of everything he brings to this team and the person that he is.”