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Kanye West x Adidas Originals ‘FA15

_AG18845 _AG18848 _AG18853 _AG18856 _AG18874 _AG18911 _AG18941 _AG18973 _AG18977 _AG18986 _AG19010 _AG19057 _AG19062 _AG19105 _AG19114 _AG19140 _AG19179 _AG19193True to form, our boy Yeezy has had quite the week. Leading up to his career-shifting New York Fashion Week preview, the rapper/producer/artist/designer was uncensored regarding his views on the widely critiqued randomness of the Grammy Awards selection process. In case you haven’t turned on a computer in a week, Kanye crept up on the ‘Album of the Year’ winner, Beck in a fake-out “imma’ let you finish” Taylor Swift move, but promptly returned to his seat laughing. It was his post-show commentary honesty that has once again baited KanYHaters into a frenzy – suggesting that he is spoiled and flat out wrong for requesting that Beck and the Grammy’s “respect artistry” and that this year’s winner acknowledge that Beyonce in fact had the best album the year. Unfortunately Ye’s views aren’t arguable – most Beck fans admit that this album is one of his least compelling, and we all know how the world a.k.a. internet stopped when Bey dropped her visual album. As expected the media and bloggosphere are focusing on Kanye’s ferver, cadence, and the style used when he approaches these truth’s, more than his statement.

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

UTILITARIAN

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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Best of 2011: FOOTWEAR

This year there were so many lovely shoe selections in women’s footwear, that it was hard to decide what we would consider the “best”. But when really taking a moment to assess the prominent shoe that kept appearing on all of the stylish nyc girls (particularly in the trendsetting planet of Brooklyn), the decision became easier…the clog boot! Every label is trying their hand on a variation of this practical shoe, but leave to our friends at NINA Z to be the pioneers and O.G. clogger in town. The Swedish born/Brooklyn based namesake Nina has been peddling traditional Swedish made clogs with a twist at the Brooklyn Flea for years now, and while it may have been easier to have selected a Louboutin pump spotted on someone like Beyoncé, the everyday choice of a boot like the “Katja” has proven to be more versatile (and also more the speed of her cooler sister Solange…just saying).

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Ocean Waves

On Sunday I attended Frank Ocean’s first ever concert in New York City. This show was a victory and a dance after an unfortunate chain of events including hours of refreshing the Ticketmaster page in hopes that it would no longer read “sold out”. After counseling from ‘Nancy’ at Ticketmaster, and not even hearing about his originally scheduled show weeks earlier, until the tickets were completely gone (thankfully he was too sick to perform at that time), I was finally saved by social networking whining and a focused friend who weathered the Craigslist storm to score marked up tickets, and it was all worth it.Everyone who knows me, knows that I have been listening (almost exclusively) to Frank Ocean on repeat since about May when I found out about his self produced/promoted album “nostalgia, ULTRA”. I mean he is the only person that I don’t know that I follow on twitter. So naturally when it was learned that I accomplished ticket victory, I kept being asked how the show was (as if they don’t know that my response is going to be completely biased). But in an effort to get this out of the way and to avoid continuous post-show bliss syndrome repeating my experience, it makes sense to share it here. Where to start…

The crowd: hipsters, music bloggers, and screaming college girls (peppered with my type = honorary Frank Ocean cougars). Besides us, there was Frank, a mic, a screen, projector and a stage. Yes, just us and Frank…he wore his “I’m touring now and this is what I want for my fashion imprint as a new artist”: classic fitted black suit, white shirt, and a bandana as a headband. This is what he wore in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and London as well. I knew this before I arrived. Research was required.Disclaimer: In my view  he could have mimed and I would have felt equally happy with my marked up tickets, but thankfully he did not. To quote The Fader; “He looked great, well tailored and handsome. He has perfect teeth and an incredible smile, his handsome persona more a vessel for his voice than a reason to listen.” I couldn’t have said it better. After re-discovering the cleverness and tenderness in this young man’s music for the past six months, even someone who wasn’t as smitten as myself would have to admit that one can’t help but be intrigued by Frank Ocean – the person. I found out Sunday that he is shy (which I figured). I also found out that he’s kind of a clown (which I figured). This was proven to me when he picked up a guitar at the start of the guitar solo for “American Wedding” (which is the same music as “Hotel California”), turning his back to a pensive audience and faced the projector screen playing the home entertainment phenomenon, Guitar Hero (instead of an actual guitar). His clowning was also confirmed when he started to do the electric slide by himself to his new prophetic tune “Disillusioned”, when the lyrics say, “…we gonna drink ’till the deejay plays our song, and then turn.this.mutha.f*cka.out.” (to which he turned and snapped. It was beautiful.)

My love for his artsy fartsy cali/southern quirkiness also increased with his backdrop selections throughout the show. The projector went from rare provocative Woodstock/psychedelic footage of hippies doing drugs to his radio hit “Novocaine” (which I hardly ever listen to), to a montage of clips from nostalgic black cinema (from Cooley High to Boys In The Hood), while he performed my favorite song “Songs for Women”. Frank Ocean performs “Real Love” aka “Super Rich Kids” @ The Bowery Ballroom NYC. *The call & response female voice that you hear in the “Amen” corner is not my own, however I did emote in a similar fashion.

I loved it all. My friend (who’s a musician) said he needs a band. The audience enjoyed every moment from him opening the show covering Sade’s “By Your Side” to him coming back after an encore with a piano to cover Beyonce’s “Miss You”. Of course we all knew every word to every song, but he also had us singing words to songs that he debuted that night, like the catchy “Real Love” tune that I can’t stop playing.

This show is highly recommended. He’s simple and refreshing, and as Pharell Williams said, “He’s like the black James Taylor”. I’m still reverberating from the Ocean vibe days later.

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Black Friday

It is noteworthy when one unassumingly pops into their favorite Soho magazine shop, only to be surrounded by faces of color on fashion covers! In an effort to #occupy future covers (while simultaneously dismantling industry excuses that faces of color don’t sell mags), here is a roll call/shopping list of just a few issues for you to  pick up.  Consider your purchase an evolved version of  “Black Friday”…ID Magazine cover, Winter 2011 Issue #314 featuring Jourdan Dunn (model)ID Magazine cover, Winter 2011 Issue #314 featuring Joan Smalls (model)W Magazine cover, November 2011 issue featuring Niki Minaj (rapper)Cosmopolitan Magazine cover, November 2011 Issue featuring Niki MinajHarper’s Bazaar cover, November 2011 featuring Beyonce (singer)Esquire Magazine cover, November 2011 featuring Rihanna (singer-who also won Esquire’s “2011 Sexiest Woman Alive”)Vogue Magazine (UK) cover, November 2011 featuring RihannaRed Magazine cover, December 2011 Issue featuring Lorraine Pascale (chef)Tar Magazine cover, Issue #6

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