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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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Award Season: Who is Esperanza Spalding?

So it’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas – it’s Award and Fashion Season! At the top of the year through the first quarter, all of the blood, sweat and tears of artists from various disciplines, is displayed and critiqued by the world – on runways and stages alike.

We had to catch our breaths between the Golden Globes (check out the red carpet post), the SAG Awards (which we chose not to cover), NY & Joburg Fashion Weeks (which we’ll review selectively), and the Grammy’s – which is usually pretty uneventful, but this year has created quit the buzz around fairness and  talent vs. popularity (or sales).

wearing Selma Karaca dress to the 53rd Grammy Awards

In case you have been under a rock, the main uproar came in response to the “Best New Artist” winner – Esperanza Spalding. If you are into music, attending, voting for, or watching the Grammy’s, you would certainly be familiar with the uber talented new musical sensation who has played with some of the biggest living artists of our time  (from Stevie Wonder to Prince), and who has continuously been invited to play before the US President, Barack Obama. But for some reason, the general public seemed to be shocked that a young black female artist who plays the stand-up bass like a genius while being able to sing and skat in the style of a late Ella, and write her own genre-less music, would be more worthy of an award than Justin Bieber?! Florence and The Machine was also a nominee (who we love), yet are rarely discussed in this rhetoric of “who the hell is Esperanza Spalding anyway?” For those who aren’t privy, below is one of many short videos done on her. This one was almost 3 years ago by a music company out of Brasil (who is clearly ahead of the US music scene).

This issue of who Esperanza is, and whether she deserved the award has been blowing up twitter and Facebook, and has sparked some great articles and commentary. One of my favorite articles was written by Patrick Jarenwattananon on NPR Jazz’s “A Blog Supreme.” Another interesting and rather comical reaction about the fairness of the Grammy’s in general came from a recent Open Letter from music mogul Steve Stout, where he “demands a change” in the selection process.

wearing jacket by Suno to 53rd Annual Grammy Awards press conference

At the end of the day, this is not a Susan Boyle situation. If the music industry is still concerned about going beyond content (read real talent), and pre-occupied with the full package of looking good, then you can’t deny this woman’s beauty and amazing style! In October of last year the NYT went shopping with her for some of her adorable vintage finds (clearly they knew about her and her style). Plus she also has the “rags to riches” story that they seem to eat up. Esperanza is a PR dream, but sorry if the masses didn’t get the memo!

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