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!!
Some fashionistas out there have mixed feelings when high fashion designers collaborate with companies how appeal to the masses. There is always talk about the fabric, pricing or even overall silhouette. Just like everything else, you can’t please everyone. However, I am totally anticipating the upcoming collaboration with Target and 3.1 Philip Lim. Recently, my respect for him soared with his video lookbook featuring martial art trickers rocking his garments. This time he is giving his design aesthetic into more approachable hands with more comfortable pockets. Available on September 15, the 3.1 Philip Lim for Target collection will feature 100 pieces ranging in price from $20 to $300, including ready to wear garments, sneakers, bags and intimates.
So far, the garments for the menswear define his collections, contemporary with a slight minimal twist. The color palette captures classic fall shades, tones and prints. Overall I dig the menswear collection. However, I am waiting to see what the womenswear ensembles look like. Lets see whether or not, this becomes a bigger success than their previous collection.
They say the best things in life are free. Nothing is singlehandedly given to you with In America; everything comes with a price (i.e. love, fame, fortune)! However, fashion designer Alexander Wang stretched out his generosity by having a “free event” in a rampant fashionable manner. Honestly, I can’t comprehend if I am getting digitally punk’d because what designer just gives out free shit?! Granted, is quite normal a designer who has left overs would have a sample sale which is within 40-70% off! If I was aware of such an event, my ninja skills would definitely been put to the test. There would be dragonball z speed karate chops, kicking, screaming, and general fuckery as much as possible lol. I am just saying lol…
It has appears Adidas has been adding more designers into their roster. The shoe and clothing brand has been known for their collaborations with SLVR, Opening Ceremony and Yohji Yamamoto with Y-3. Now, Rick Owens and Raf Simons has gone aboard to design for them as well. One thing I would like to say is everything designer doesn’t mean its going to be dope, no shade. For example, I have absolutely have no comprehension besides the fashion hypebeasts to be purchase some sneakers which look like orthopedic shoes with horse hoofs.
Rick Owens for Adidas
These very same designers I truly admire and have captivating collections who inspire creative individuals to understand fashion beyond the garments themselves. Honestly, these designers we discussing don’t even find inspiration from garments themselves. Instead, it’s the architectural, visual art and furniture designs. Often times, their visions can easily be backfired. If anyone has been paying attention to the recent collections, Raf Simons included the footwear for Adidas into his collection. There are some unique design approaches such as the “shoe-in-shoe” concept, while unveiling new styles for greater variance and depth. The colorful sneakers are unisex in numerous colorways and various styles. Despite this is an Adidas sneaker, you can still see its aesthetic and breaking border shapes for definitely Raf Simons.
Raf Simons + Adidas
Out of the sneakers from Raf Simons, I am feeling only a couple of sneakers from the collection. Clearly, this is not like a sneaker for any or everyone when it come to design. I skeptical to see how well these will sell. When it comes to the avant-garde, I am all for it. At the end of the day, I am not fully sure if the world is truly ready for these next generation sneakers (at least in American pop culture).
Daft Punk has been treated quite well so far in 2013! First, they had a rock’d out feature with Saint Laurent Paris campaign, launched a hit album and produced 4 tracks for the “hate it or absolutely love it” album, Yeezus. Now, the french electronic duo paired with supermodel Karlie Kloss in a chic for the upcoming August 2013 Vogue Issue. Through the lens of Craig McDean,, the trio explored through the city and music studio with captivated techno edgy chic ensembles of Lanvin, Givenchy, Vera Wang and Alexander McQueen while they are harmonized with subtle minimal suits. Out of the entire shoot, I love how Vogue manages to create ensemble style friendly for each age group.
Daft Punk and Supermodel Karlie Kloss for Vogue
I must admit these robots guys know how to rock some nice suits! who would ever thought that was case because I am sold!! One thing about Daft Punk is they are truly honest about their material.. No fucks are given when its comes to artistic control from label heads and critics alike. Overall, this is a pretty dope spread and can’t wait what else they may “get lucky” with in 2013!
H&M has always had an online presence, but try to buy something from the fast fashion brand’s website, and you will get sent straight to the nearest store. An online shop was always the downfall of the brand. It was first reported that the date for the launch of the much-anticipated feature would be around June 2013. Unfortunately, we surpassed mid July!
On the other hand, there has been notification the fast fashion brand will be launching their US web store in August. Honestly, that’s that shit which pisses me off. It has been speculation the brand were going to launch a store in Louisville this fall. Soon as we gotten our wish from rubbing the fashion genie bottle, the web store will be launched around the same time. I suppose its better late than never. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.
After releasing a summer 2013 lookbook that caught everyone off-guard, Black Scale returns with a fall 2013 lookbook that’s a little less weird. Edgy imagery depicting borderline occult themes and dark vibes put the brand back on track to what we know them best for. The upcoming season offers a strong selection of varsity jackets and sweaters that fans should get excited about. There are plenty of plays on prints, including of-the-moment paisley, snakeskin, stained-glass patterns, knit prints, and leopard patterns.
As fall gets near, closer and more detailed images of the items should appear. Don’t sleep on any of these pieces. Judging by this lookbook, the collection looks solid.
I find it amazing how much this street goth or “all black everything” trend has been spreading like wildfire! One thing about fashion (particularly modern fashion) is the shit isn’t new. For example, we always commend the leaders of pop culture to decide what we should wear to adjust to modern-day cultures. We never acknowledge those designers who were daring to go against the norm such as pastel colors in the spring or luscious colors that radiates as you strutting across the room. Designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, and among others who took the anti-fashion (in their terms) route injecting abyss hues to their collections long ago. Are designers like Yohji Yamamoto seen as influential regards the “all black everything” movement? Absolutely!
Afterall, they were very important in the evolution of modern fashion throughout the 80s by crediting the predominance of black color palettes. Rei and Yohji’s exploration of black essentially defined the all-black, ‘art-world’ look going on in New York during that time. Today, people don’t know the influence people like Yohji have had on the clothing they all wear. there are certain kinds of cuts, fits (e.g. over-sized and deconstructed garments, elastic waist pants, etc.) that have been swept up by American manufactures and are seen in everything, an example would be sweat clothes.
I believe Japanese designers are the reason it’s cool to wear over-sized all black outfits that people like Rick Owens or Gareth Pugh are expressed at the magnitude it does today.
It’s amazing how the fashion cycle functions! One trend is out whereas there’s that ” it item” to obtain. With that being said, I remember not to long ago 3 button jackets (i.e. suits, blazers, sport-coats, etc) were frowned upon because they were considered outdated. To be honest, I have also fallen for that sartorial trap (within the exception of my Thom Browne blazer for Neiman Marcus Target collection). On the flip side, revolutionary designers such Junya Wantanabe, Raf Simons, and Dior Homme decided to fight against the fashion norm while challenging its “sartorial etiquette” . In fact, they have been embracing this for the past few seasons in their collections. Based on proper suiting, its been a golden rule to only button the middle button (occasionally the first 2) and never button all three! However, these designers counter attacked with the utilization of all three! It does look appealing, but its not for everyone. I question whether if this will strike a vengeance as a major trend for others to fall sheep for or another trend to defy the old-fashioned rules (i.e. not wearing white after labor day).
My lady and myself decided to step out in style at a local “industry gathering” hosted by a couple of my good friends from Glass Label. The idea of the gathering was to have local creative people network in a social setting. Creativity was from photography, film, modeling, styling, fashion, music, etc. It was great to see some old faces and new faces (contacts as well). Another good night with people who knew how to have fun!
Sometimes the diamond in the rough are often found at the most unrecognizable places; They are even hidden right in front of you. The high fashion outlet e-commerce site,Gilt, will be opening its first-ever pop-up shop in Louisville, Kentucky (where its distribution centre is located). The warehouse will be in Shepherdsville, at Shelbyville Road Plaza. From June 28 to July 28, you will be able to cop some of the hottest brands (i.e. minus Givenchy, LV and Balmain lol) for practically 90% off.
I was always curious how in the world all of my purchases from Gilt were delivered super fast. Louisville,Ky is indeed a diamond in the rough in some cases. Good thing I don’t live far because best believe I will be making a visit!
David Gandy is perhaps one of the very few male models who consistently bring elegance and style. There is a sense of nonchalance and confidence with the popped collar. Recently I have decided to change my style by implying dapper ensembles once or twice a week. Its great to change it up. In David Gandy, we trust..