H&M’s New Edition… Cos


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It is common for companies establishing different echelons of fashion chains. For example, you have Old Navy, The Gap and Banana Republic. Each store has a specific demographics and various prices point to attract everyone. When it comes to the swedish fast fashion brand, H&M. Who would have known? Although there has been speculation,  the release of its so called little big brother brand was not declared official. The new sibling company goes by the name of Cos.

According through various sources , a new store will be opening in SoHo owned by the people who own H&M. The clothes are supposed to be a more fashionable and better quality opposed to their counterpart; therefore, the garments are more expensive. Judging from the collection featured, it does possess a much thorough European approach. We all love the pricing at H&M; however, clothes appears slight more towards every wear with a stylish touch, but Cos is runway ready! At the current moment, you would have to live in Europe to process for any of the items. I truly don’t understand how an e-commerce site would not allow us Americans to get our palms on their latest product. Hopefully they don’t take forever like to create one like H&M did.

When two becomes one …


1aVery sleek and minimal designs captivated by the latest collection for Rad Hourani. The label is synonymous for its unisex garments, which express the perspective like designers such as Yohji Yamamoto. Sometimes fashion should provide equality. Equality should not become a glass ceiling towards ones approach to life or sense of style.  In fact, we all are inspired from the opposite sex. One way or another, we share ideas and emotions in which creates a dichotomy energy circulating our existence. Personally, there are some items I would love to work; On the other hand, there are some which I would not even bother. However, it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t look great on anyone else lol.

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Be Owt!! SS14 rick owens womenswear collection


There has been talk about fashion designers who neglect to allow black women enough opportunity to strut the runway as their counterparts. Beauty is not determined by collection. Do they fear their label shall become a liability to attract ratchetness and diminish their hard work and efforts to become a powerhouse? Well, Christian Louboutin and Michael Kors are still relevant; therefore, the annotations shall be seated. Needless to say, it took an American fashion designer who felt ostracized from the American ideology to migrate to Paris. His name is Rick Owens..

Rick Owens has always executed stunning collections. He is the forefather of the Goth Ninja movement. His avant garde aesthetic is shown gratitude from fashion enthusiasts to celebrities such as Jay Z, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, and especially A$AP Rocky. This time he has taken a left turn from the norm by showcasing his Spring/Summer 2014 womenswear collection with black models. Keep in mind, these models are not your typical models who look like superficial barbie dolls..The runway show was already shown at an intense start as the models began a militant charged synchronization. The stepping reminds me of my days being on the yard in college! Stomping down the runway beautifully structured garments in neutral tones of gray, black and ivory.

These models are from all shapes and sizes. A designer who lacks integrity who never dare to compose a collection with a high number of black models (let alone if they are past a size 6)! Garments were not walked in human hangers. These are women walking. Women who are being represented as you are walking down the street, at the store or in the office. Rick Owens is taking the Yeezus approach to break the system of what art and fashion should be represented. The shackles are beginning to break thanks to an American fashionable outcast such as Rick Owens. However, I am concerned if this was executed with pure generosity. It would be ashamed if this solely used as shock value. In the meantime, I salute to you sir! Job well done!!

 

#TBT Best of The Best: Final Bout


From the 80’s thru the mid 90s, American films had some great martial arts films. Although some possess a typical storyline (i.e. seeking vengeance towards deceased loved one), many of these films reflected the reason why martial arts was apart of pop culture. For example, Best of the Best was perhaps one of those great martial arts films which executed excitement with its epic storyline and martial arts choreography. In fact, this film actually demonstrated the true nature of sport martial arts. This particular match is the final bout against team USA and Korea. Philip Rhee who portrays Tommy Lee of Team USA  faces off with Team Korea and Tae Kwon Do champion, Dae Han (whose his real life brother Simon Rhee). Tommy’s moral code as a martial artist is tested because Dae Han is the man who killed his brother (typical in films right).

Despite the great basics and choreography, I was more pleased about the integrity Tommy faced in this match. Here you have a person who has the chance to settle the score against their ultimate adversary. Despite his repressive moments and illegal hits, Tommy fought hard to overcome Dae Han. However, this true test was the compromising decision to finish him. Instead, he took the high road during the guidance of his coach (James Earl Jones) and teammate (Eric Roberts). During the present moment, it doesn’t always feel great to take the high road based on conflicting moments. Reflecting back at those moments it make us appreciate the right decisions we make. This fight demonstrated it entirely in the best metaphorical way possible.

Game of Death


onitsuka-tiger-2013-fall-harandia-2There is no question without a doubt Bruce Lee brought martial arts into pop culture on a level no one can practically duplicate. One of his iconic ensembles was the black and yellow jumpsuit from Game of Death. The outfit was not complete with out the Onitsuka Tiger sneakers.

ringtune-bruce-lee-game-of-death-203138The Harandia from Onitsuka Tiger in Golden Black is a new running shoe style that’s draws inspiration from classic runners, past and present. Due to the material constructed, its without a doubt the shoe remixed  into modern times and with a modest price! It’s obvious Bruce had taste in almost every genre. Clearly these are a classic to cop here!