Friday, October 30, 2009
Couldn't control my impulse!!!!! LOL! can't help it. What up Guerre!!!!! LOL! It'z on!!!! Ain't ready!!! Just when ya'll thought ya had me. Hit the track with somethin elze!! No Nikez, no Puma'z and Deffinetly no Jordan'z! Jordan don't even dress like u! FuZz!
Stacy Adamz haz been on thiz new kick of trying to bring new life to the wallbee shoe. yeah even clarkz te originatorz of the shoe have tried to revamp it an failed. Itz like everybody tryna get they Hybrid on!!!! But I'm begining to respect the way stacy adamz iz taking their style of wally shoez. My favorite have to be the cream onez. The tanz are ok, but they remind of the timberland hypridz!!!! Gosh thoze were ugly!!!! But the cream have a smoother presence.
Yes thiz iz the year of the fashion foward female. It seemz everybody iz trying to marketed az the new faashionesta. That gurl whoze on the verge of what IT iz. Letz really sit down and have a talk about thiz subject!!! A few yearz ago when it came to the majority of female singerz, all u had to do waz show a little skin and you were great. However, the industry iz realizing the KFC method iz kind of playing out. Thighz, Legz, and Breastz are playing out(well maybe not breastz!!! LOL!). Itz more than just the skimpy outfitz. I love how Beyonce paradez around half naked teazing every man in America, showing uz what we can't have. it'z arouzing, not stylish, big difference. I praize her for being real and not deviating from what she knowz. But, Rhianna iz the female who changed the style game and turned the majority of femalez into short hair stilleto wearin, style daring chickz(I tilt my porkpie to her marketing and design team). Which iz cool but the majority of chickz who had long hair are not choppin it off and frying it. What i'm saying through thiz long drawn out intro iz there haz to be a Female artist who can stick to her long haired Diva rootz and still prove to be a style Beast. Hence forth in my eyez, Amerie haz to be the female who iz proving that she can hold her head up amongst the elelte group of stylish songstressez!!! The issue iz she'z slept on a lot. But her music video "only one" proved to me that she haz what it takez. Her being on Def Jam(home of Rhianna, need I say more) iz a plus becauze it seemz they're willing to push for her being a dominant presence on the scene. However, the Question iz will the public receive it? Even though I poze the question, I don't really care!!! The general public really doezn't know what they want anyway!!!! But putting her up against the competition out now in the form of Keri Hilson, who sells off of great songz and sex appeal. Hilson sexy indeed, but Amerie haz raw style that haz to be embraced!!!! But if she never ever makez it like that, She'z the flyest to me. Allz fair in Love and war
It'z been a while since I honestly loved a pair of Shoez from Stacy Adamz Contemporary collection. Dubbed the Armondz, theze are deffinetly eye catching shoez that have the versitility to transition from dressed up to dress casual. In todayz time it'z imperative that one findz itemz that can blend between both worldz. From a great brown suit to a casual cream sweater. The craftmenship iz superd. Like i've mentioned before the contemporary line haz been disappointing at timez. Mainly around the winter monthz. Summer, thatz when the brighter colorz come out. But az everybody knowz, I wear bright colorz all year round. But even if it'z not a bright color, I enjoy sleek design. The classic collection still iz the livest though, handz down!!! Real dress shoe loverz know what I speak of!!!!
Monday, October 26, 2009
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When looking at the style/fashion world, itz entertaining to watch the lengthz people go to see the effect it haz on the massez and the world in which we dwell. To know how one trend such az a look, item, or style can generate millonz of dollarz. Then therez the mindset of the shopper. No matter what look ur going for, therez one main concept everyone haz in common. Everyone iz trying look their best. People want to communicate they're hip, cool, sheek, fly innovative or on the cutting edge. Everybody haz their own interpetation on what style iz and everybody wantz to be heard. For some many feel that the great A American Abercrombie and Fitch look iz the best. Many just want that by the beach feel, so they dawn the Hollister shirtz. Otherz love the College boy cool, so they hit the Gap. Then there are thoze who feel they're on another level. Thoze who value their self worth in designer labelz. Thoze who feel if it ain't coverd in Fendi F'z, or the Louiz vuitton LV'z or Checkerboard plaid it ain't worth it. Then therez the minimalist theory that statez less iz more. You can have Gucci suit, but it doezn't need to be plasterd with Gucci G'z all over it. Besidez the individualz that are placing value on what style iz, then u have Magazinez that are slowly but surely trying to shape and mold the world into what they feel style/fashion should be. Trust me, it'z not just women'z fashion magazinez that are conveying an underlined message. Esquire magazine haz a best dressed real male in America contest every year. They pick five contestantz out of thousandz of online entriez to pick a number one winner. However, for the past few yearz, many of the same type of contestantz win the contest. Men who are dressed in Bespoke tailored suitz with bright colored spriped sockz and dress shoez with a monk strap. Not knocking the look, becauze the look haz it'z on place. But becauze of thiz one contest, itz forced many young men to become clonez of what already exhistz. It makez them feel that in order to be Best dressed they have to look like that. If the look iz naturally u, then fine. But if ur playing a role to win itz not a go. What I'm saying itz like Christianity, u have many different beleifz and doctrinez. You have Baptist, free will baptist, southern baptist, penticostal, evangelicalz, church of god and christ. All different denominationz under christianity, but they all have the belief in jesus christ. Same thing with style. All different stylez and wayz of dressing, but still trying to communicate a type of cool. And everybody iz looking at eachother like the other iz wrong. Visciously denouncing eachother behind their backz, in the public and in the media. And yes maybe us style bloggerz are to blame with all the knit picking and bashing we do. All in the name of self expression. Freedom of speech. Freedon of the press. We take our rightz a little too far. To be honest we misuze a lot of our rightz just because we have them at our grasp. And we sit behind a computer screen, go round town and take picturez of ourselvez. Postin picturez of thingz we buy and thingz we think are cool. We say it'z about being onez self, but in actuality it'z not. Everybody haz their opinion of what style iz and everybody iz cramming their opinionz down eachotherz throat. And letz not even talk about hip-hop sending subliminal messagez about style through the power of lyricz. I mean itz nothing new the impact that high fashion had urban neighborhoodz. The problem waz that many couldn't afford the many of the high end garmentz that flapped in the wind az a proud flag on the clothing rackz. There were few optionz for people in the hood. Go on boosting spreez in mallz, sell drugz, some how work for the money legit or sell drugz. All but one are all negative wayz of going about attaing fine fashionz and goodz. But letz be real, in many casez how many timez did we salute the good guy? If it wazn't for two groupz of shoplifting/boosting crewz from brooklyn coming together in the 80'z for their love of Ralph Lauren Polo clothing, Ralph Lauren wouldn't be popular in the ghetto'z of America let alone hip-hop. How many timez do people praize the neighborhood drug dealer for stringin out motherz, fatherz, auntz and unclez on controled substancez, but we loved to see what Fresh itemz he waz gonna hit the block with. Hip-hop iz a reflection of whatz happening in the streetz. so in every ghetto everybody iz in battle mode trying to one up thiz one or that one with the latest or what won't come out til next year. Hip-hop star that did it the best had to be Jay-z. A side from the fashionz Jay even tried to promote a sophisticated lifestyle that project dwellerz couldn't fathom. who can remember Jigga bragging in hiz Rhymez about otherz thumbing through the source, he readz the Robb Report. Many just took it az another rhyme. But back in High School I went to barnez & noble and sat down to read what the fuss waz about. The Robb Report straight up blew my mind. It talked about itemz that were unatainable to a person living in their aunt'z basement. Carz, homez, fine wine, bussiness dealz the way of life that rich white men have been living for yearz. But it showed me where Jigga'z head waz at and continuez to progress. When u look a how he went from the Bentley to to the Maybach or from Crystal to moet and Rose'. It'z all the Rob Report. So now, what happenz? Now every rapper haz to follow suit. Everybody haz been Rollz Royce Phantomed to death!!! Iz that what u really need to show ur a rap star on? Do I need a pair of LV Millionarez or Evidence to show i'm hot stuff. Yez Mr. Perscription Versace Framez iz talkin!!!! When do we really just create our own lane instead of just being carbon copy clonez of whatz already out??!! How man more stick figure femalez have to hurl befor a runway show to fit the image???!!! Tom Ford iz one of my favorite designerz, but how many more interveiwz do we have to read with him talking about testing the linez of sexuality(if ur straight try being gay, and if ur gay try being straight). Wild thing iz, many will rationalize what he said, and will try it. Thiz iz why I have a sub-title on my blog, "itz deeper than clothing". becauze the statement iz true. We want to act like appearance izn't everything. However, people prove me wrong everyday. Certain job interveiwz you have to dress for. Just to work on wallstreet u have to be dressed formally. There iz no t-shirt and jeanz day at the dow jonez or nazdaq office!! What i'm trying to say iz how u dress and what u wear categorizez and stigmatizez an individual!! When u think of a blonde U think of a white female wearing huge dior shadez, an Abercrombie t-shirt, Juicy sweatpantz and humungous Ugg bootz. More so a trendy look than stylish one. However, theze femalez feel they own the scene when they converge upon it. Thank u Paris for making thiz look popular. She doezn't even wear em anymore, but she'z populaized a look that haz lasted at least five yearz. Thatz something, most trendz don't even last half a year. I know therez a lot of Style/fashion rambling in thiz post. But I just feel more emphasis haz been put into dollarz and following trendz, indiviualz, ect. We have to start listening to what'z on the inside of how we feel. Karl Lagerfeld iz a Style Genius but seeing a picture with a Cheeseburger and friez that have the Chanel Logo on the front of the containers, with hiz quote that sayz, "Fashion iz the healthiest motivation for losing weight" it raisez red flagz. It makez me think about the pressure we all put on image. from weight loss to what we wear, to the way people put it together. It'z too much to take in at one time. There will be a part two to thiz blog entry. Becauze there are many thoughtz I have on the situation. Some that I know every person iz facing image issuez everyday but iz afraid to speak about it.
Yeah I know, all thiz talk about Impulse sneakerz, I know a lot of ya'll figured I waz gonna break down and buy a pair. Well yep, marched myself down to Whalley Sample Shop and bought em!!! And no don't think ur gonna see a pair of 501'z with em!!!!! No but when I rock em a plan to kill em suit and sneakerz style. The part where most people go wrong with the look iz they try to be too relaxed. Some people will just put on jeanz instead of dress pantz. Otherz will just put on a t-shirt underneath instead of a dress shirt. But go all the way hard to still covey ur not playing with em. Uzed to love killin that look. Trust not makin a habit of it. Too many ill dress shoez in my collection.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Coming up in my high school dayz, Musiq soulchild waz a dude who I took a lot of style tipz from. Since he came out on the scene he'z definetly been a serious force in the R&B world. However st timez hiz dresscode iz slept on a lot. He'z set a lot of trendz back in late 2000, that a lot of dudez are doing now. Well first of he came out on the scene in the height of the Neo-soul experience. Which brought a different feel on to the black music culture. Where at the club u were uzed to seeing dudez wear all thiz urban wear like Enyce and Rocawear. At Neo soul the style waz more organic, more afrocentric, more put together. A guy might wear baggy jeanz(hey dudez weren't really ready to embrace fitted and skinny jeanz just yet), but he might pair it with a burnt orange leather jacket, a graphic t-shirt, a apple jack hat, timbs and in place of the bling on the kneck, maybe some beedz. Wow soundz like something that a dude would wear to the club now. Well that waz musiq'z style az a whole. He waz one of the frontmen of the Neo Soul Culture. You can take it back to my favorite joint "i'm not tryna pressure u"(what I call it LOL!) where he wore the T-Shirt head turban, with the tie off in the back. Everybody did that around 2000-2001. Dudez walkin around the hood, no shirt on with sagging jeanz and a turban. Man even Jay-z uze to wear em!!!! HOW POWERFUL IZ THAT!!!!???? Or look at half crazy where he cut hiz hair and went through the denim phaze, with the studed denim jacketz, driving cap, and timbz. No matter what Musiq haz alwayz tried to stay intune with the streetz. Which iz alwayz communicated through hiz footwear. Itz alwayz, great sneakerz or timberland bootz. More recently with the ever changing culture, hiz style iz more refined. Dress shirt, jeanz, tiez, and sneakerz. Leather jacketz with a dress shirt and tie with a drivng cap. Itz very smooth. I loved how they styled hiz video for "b.u.d.d.y". Everybody, even the supporting extra'z were crushing it. It really looked like a true Neo Soul party. Leather jacketz, blazerz with jeanz and sneakerz. Chickz wearin the semi eightiez look or wearin a bucket hat with a skirt and heelz. So smooth and cool. No DJ, a band playing. But to me Musiq iz a style beast that iz deffinetly underrated.
Me being a fan of hip-hop I love to sit down and watch hip-hop music videoz. I mean I love how a director iz able to communicate a visual concept for a song. specially when u buy the album and u think the particular song iz wack, but adding a video to it can help it to make sense. To be honest hip-hop videoz really aren't the same any more. I remember catz uzed to put more thought into videoz. I mean u had the bad boy era with videoz like "victory", "24 hourz to live". DMX'z "stop being greedy", "How itz goin down". Ghostface'z "Appolo kids" and all that I got iz you". Videoz that spoke to all the emotionz in the soul. If they were going to be ballerific, they did it with class. Like Nas'z "hate me now". One of the most sickest baller type videoz of all time. Represented living the life of Luxury to the fullest. But it didn't look cheap in the process. Today it seemz like the formula to any video iz letz get all my hood niggaz together, put on all our jewelry get some video gurlz and post up in the projectz and look tough. I mean thiz iz the day and age where people are obsessed with the neighborhood and the background of theze rapstarz. At pointz thiz concept iz nothing new to rap videoz. Wu-tang in their video'z were good for bringin out their whole hood to show a real grimey scene. You had "Cream", "can it be", and Raekwon'z "incarserated Scarfacez". However, thoze videoz were classicz. And to thiz day they're highly respected. But, az yearz go on they spawn a whole new generation of grimey street videoz with no creativity. Or look Jay'z "big pimpin" and "A papi". Same concept video gurlz on a beach or an island pouring out mad bottlez of crystal while having a Bentley in the background. Thoze two were monumental videoz to hip-hop. Now think about how many other video that are out now, that do the samething. Say what you want about Kanye, I dig hiz creativity. He tryz to push hiz videoz to the limit. He ain't afraid to pay wild amountz of money to get hiz ideaz across. He just wantz creative videoz. Now if only the rest of hip-hop could do the same!!!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tonight waz more of a chill night, didn't feel like really stuntin all the way hard, just went Casual FuZz. Picked up pookie from class and we rolled to our spot Olive Garden. man we had a ball laughing at everything, from high water pantz to Rick ross in a red satan shirt, everything(right now i'm speaking in code, pookie knowz). had to get my fix of stuffed mushroomz. I swear pookie doezn't know what she'z missing!! LOL! Loud dude next to uz takin a toast an nobody in the party roastin with him, akward moment LOL! All in all a great night!!! Thankz to the love of my life.
Since I stopped drinkin soda, I've been on a fruit drink tip. Punchez, orange juice, some ice tea'z. But what I really love are the frozen fruit drinkz. For a while I waz a huge fan of DD Tropicana Coolataz. However, therez a new winner in town. meet Thorton'z Gas station, which houzez the best Blend for the perfect Mango Smoothie. I mean U can really taste the pure mango in every sip. It'z wild that agas station iz giving a national chain a run for itz money. Right now i'm hooked. Everytime i'm out on the boston post road I have to have one. It haz a better taste and way cheaper than the competition.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Everytime I watch TCM(turner classic moviez) I love to see thoze classic filmz with gentleman dressed to the ninez, and topped off with a top hat. When we look at the top hat in relivence of today, we look at it az more of a costume peice. But between the 1700'z to the early 1930'z the top hat waz made for the most distinguised of gentlemen. For many yearz Aristocratz and many wall street holderz wore them. They commanded respect amongst the rich and powerful. When you look at the different advertizement characterz of pop culture we will see how the top hat iz uzed. Looking at Mr. Minopoloy, he'z dressed az a multi-million dollar aristocrat out of the 1930'z. With my obsession with the 1920'z and 30'z I would deffinetly wear a top hat. However, I'm not feeling how they've defiled the meaning of what the hat stood for. With the resurfacing of flava flav(who wearz some ill junk but some how findz a way to mess up the flow everytime.) and T-pain walking around with theze huge jointz are making them more out of a mockery. When I get the right one I plan show theze suckaz how they should be worn. With respect and class.