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Kanye West x Adidas Originals ‘FA15

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Style is so much a part of what makes Kanye West, Kanye West. There are few artists who can produce, rap, sing, draw, paint, storyboard concerts and videos, and design collections, AND go on rants about the injustices of couture and music at the same time. Does this make him a genius? (even if he annoys you) – debatable. Depends on how you define genius. The most valid argument against his approach is his lack of advocacy for substance rather than self-fulfilling prophecies that will grow his own empire. Are these institutions exclusionary and rigged? Of course. Would we rather rally behind Kanye if he spent time ranting about institutional injustices that affect the masses? Absolutely!

Regarding fashion – there has been so much talk about Kanye’s skill set as a Designer, but he has really only had pockets of opportunity to actually exhibit what he’s capable of. The collaboration with french retailer A.P.C. was viewed as an overpriced tee shirt display and with the owner Jean Touitou’s recent “Last N*ggas In Paris” collection that he claims Kanye co-signed, one has to question the politics of Ye’s complaints.

Either way, that doesn’t stop Ye and today the artist has unveiled a collaboration with Adidas Originals that could give voice to critical assessment of whether Mr. West has the vision that can stand up in the serious fashion lane that he so desperately seeks an invitation from…

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Kanye West x Adidas Originals – Fall 2015

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New York: Kanye West’s Fall collection for Adidas Originals mashes up performance and loungewear with a military utilitarian inspired sensibility. A mixture of luxe skins and furs with bare undergarment dressing, this presentation displayed a juxtaposition of function and comfort. Danskin elements such as hosiery and sweat pants are combined with oversized, androgynous, boxy outerwear that were a nod to military influenced fabrications. Surprising pops of fur and distressed shearling created rugged luxury, while the shapes and fit of an extensive amount of loop-back terry pieces felt too pedestrian to celebrate the subtle attempts at luxe styling. The palette made for a refreshing neutral refresh for Fall, with exciting departures from the black and military greens to a few pops of corals and reds peppered in on some of the female models. Overall the presentation included some unique outerwear pieces that were thoughtful and a clear homage to the Designer’s complex yet signature high-meets-low aesthetic, but it fell short in staying tight with substance, with all of the nude hosiery bases and bullet-hole distressed knitwear feeling redundant.

Silhouette: Oversized / Boxy / Cropped / Baggy

Color: Black / Olive / Chocolate / Nude / Khaki / Cherry Red / Melon / Peach / Forest Green / Heather Grey / Slate Grey

Key Items: Shearling jackets / Flesh toned Unitards / Sweatpants / Cropped Sweatshirts / Distressed Sweaters / Utility Vests

Materials: Fur / Leather / Looped-back Fleece / Wool / Twill / Cotton Jersey

Details + Trims: Patch Pockets / Velcro Closures / Twill Shoulder Patches / Bullet-hole Distressing

Accessories + Footwear: Nude Hosiery / Knee Socks / Seamless Undergarments / High-Top Sneakers / Suede Weekender Bags / Flesh toned knee-high boots

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts 2014

Timely gifts that can still be on time for the holidays. The quick guide to giving with a conscience…

(click on images for links to purchase)

ARTICULATE

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You’ve heard everyone buzzing about legendary artist Chris Ofili’s “Night And Day” exhibit at The New Museum, but have you heard that they have taken his Afromuses watercolor pieces and turned them into unique Tea Towels?

HABERDASHERY

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Our curator turned haberdasher friend, Shantrelle P. Lewis (aka Shantology), launched William + James just in time to get the men in your life stylish neck-wear. The Dandy Lion Project curator says; “Named after two of the 20th century’s most brilliant intellectuals, W.E.B. Du Bois and James Baldwin, William + James is a non-traditional online haberdashery focusing on custom, handmade bow ties that are produced in my hometown, New Orleans, Louisiana.”

FRESH FACED01-claire-sulmer-shalea-walker-skincare-clear-skin-super-moisturzing-serum-travel-kit-cleanser-moisturizer-maskWalker’s Apothecary Facial To Go Travel Set $65

Having worked with an array of celebrities and luminaries from the entertainment world, our Make-Up Artist/Esthetician/Beauty Expert friend, Shalea Walker is a trusted source of skincare survival and her product line includes coveted natural goodies that are fragrance and paraban free and perfect for all skin types. The travel sets are an excellent way to stay fresh on the go, while trying out multiple products offered in her range at once.

SOLE TO SOLE

3ea78f8783bdd8271d4f41e9964c8a45Puma x Solange Disc Collection Sneaker $180

Following a wildly successful first run, the second installment of PUMA x Solange unleashes more of the performer’s eclectic style. Beyonce’s cool little sister/Fashion Maven tapped her favorite designer friends, Gerlan Jeans, Hisham Bharoocha, and William Okpo to design the heritage suede shoe. This is a perfect way to support opportunities for artists and small designers to bring limited unconventional product to the mainstream.

COLLECTORS ITEM

rocket88_vintage-black-glamour-book-003Vintage Black Glamour $47

Author Nichelle Gainer has gathered a stunning array of images and content of world-renowned Black stars such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge and Diana Ross, telling their stories within this highly anticipated book. Named one of Oprah.com’s top ten books to buy & keep in 2014, this publication has already gone into print for a second addition.

NAILED IT

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What’s more festive than a set of freshly-painted nails? The non-toxic manicure kit created by our new favorite beauty haven Ayla x The Organic Pharmacy includes their ridge filling and protective Base Coat, fast drying and chip proof Top Coat, and your choice of French Manicure Pink or Classic Red. The fast drying, high gloss formulas provide a professional look with no toxic compromises — all nail products are free from DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.

PRODUCT PLACEMENT

http://www.accompanyus.com/Prinkshop x Accompany “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS” Sweatshirt $88

With all that’s going on in the world, everyone is looking to wear these issues on their chest – literally.  Accompany teamed with Prinkshop – which uses “creative capitalism” to advocate social issues and translates them on to products that allow customers to wear what they care about – to spread awareness of sex trafficking in the United States. The sweatshirts are made in the USA, silkscreened in a not-for-profit in the East Village which hires at-risk teens and trains them as past of Prinkshop’s core mission. Accompany+Prinkshop will give a combined donation of $15 per sweatshirt to 3Generations, a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to helping survivors tell their stories to the world.

*Other popular causes such as the “I Can’t Breathe” tees advocating an end to police brutality can be found online through a host of independent vendors on Etsy, etc.

MESSIAH MUSIC

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For a timely stocking stuffer, give the gift of music and share D’Angelo’s newly released Black Messiah album. After a 15 year hiatus, the legendary musician unexpectedly dropped this 12 song jewel that has already been praised by music heads all over, and was described by his label in a recent NYT interview; “With frenetic instrumentation and lyrics alluding to race and violence,…it’s really caught the zeitgeist of what’s going on.”  D’Angelo’s studio engineer and mixer, said he put the finishing touches on the album only about three weeks ago. “It’s pretty much right out of the oven — it’s still hot.”

POLITICAL HARING

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Keith Haring: The Political Line Mug $14

San Francisco’s de Young Museum recently opened it’s Keith Haring exhibit; The Political Line – featuring more than 130 works of art including large scale paintings, sculptures, and a number of the artist’s subway drawings, among other works. The critically acclaimed exhibition creates a narrative that explores the artist’s responses to nuclear disarmament, racial inequality, the excesses of capitalism, environmental degradation, and others issues of deep personal concern to the artist. This mug features details from Haring’s Brazil pattern as well as the artist’s signature.

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Stranger – Lagos

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Store owner, Yegwa Ukpo feat. in designer Kenneth Ize’s Sp/Su ’15 campaign.

With the rise of African fashion on the global stage, concept stores like Stranger make Western retailers feel strangely stale. The Lagos fashion community seems to have the advantage of being a tighter-knit intersection of talent and style, which allows for collaborations, lifestyle branding, and cutting edge coolness to flourish in the retail experience. Stranger carries fresh emerging brands, such as my former Parson’s student Niyi Okuboyejo’s, Post Imperial label. In addition to a unique menswear assortment, owner Yegwa Ukpo also features what he calls the “Magenta Room” – an onsite micro-cafe that serves freshly ground coffee brewed in vacuum siphon filters, cold brewed coffee, and a wide variety of teas from all over the world. Nothing strange about Lagos retail these days.DSCF1172+copy

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Untitled (Structures) – Chicago Artist Reception

In celebration of the ongoing brilliance of this project that we worked on with Artist, Leslie Hewitt & Cinematographer, Bradford Young, Chicago boutique, Sir & Madame will host a reception for Untitled (Structures).

The project is currently on display in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art until August 31st.

Click here for details: http://www.untitled-structures.info/

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June, 2014 · 5:58 pm

Introducing Lou & Grey…

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Women’s specialty retailer ANN INC. has figured out a way to tap into a somewhat emerging market with their release of fashionable loungewear. The company that established its roots some 60 years ago with Ann Taylor, and followed up with LOFT, has just launched Lou & Grey to appeal to what they call “lifewear” for a  client who isn’t looking for yoga pants or pajamas when thinking of what to lounge in everyday at home or in the street. Lou & Grey was conceived out of the success of the loungewear category within the LOFT brand, and has taken on a soft, clean, and relaxed California vibe of its own. SoCal in fact, that they’ve teamed up with artist/model/Ernest Hemingway’s great-granddaughter – Langley Fox Hemmingway, to create illustrations and be the face for their launch campaign. Lou & Grey has opened it’s first concept store in Westport, Connecticut, with plans to open more. It can also still be found within LOFT stores across the country.

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M.I.A. x Kenzo + I.D. = Y.A.L.A.

MIA teams with Kenzo for her latest video and single, Y.A.LA. which launched on I.D. Magazine’s website today. All the cool kids working together for aesthetic goodness.

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November, 2013 · 4:37 pm

Iris x Duro

could there be a better style and sayings mash-up? love these two.

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