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New York Fashion Week: Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 RTW

New York Fashion Week: Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 RTW

As a stylist myself, there is absolutely no one I admire more than the hard-working Mrs. Rachel Zoe. How she manages and extensive styling career, handbag & shoes lines, MOTHERHOOD, and finally pumping out Ready-to-Wear collections is beyond me. Not forgetting her recent announcement of plans to launch cold-weather accessories and jewelry, Rachel Zoe has her hands full at the very least. That didn’t stop her from showing 46 looks for her Fall 2012 RTW collection.

Inspired by Mick and Marianne of London’s late-sixties Zoe, in my opinion did an amazing job. Its possible that 46 looks were not needed to get her intent across, but I did love her use of color, texture, and print. My favorite pieces were her pants suits. The ones in velvet really struck a chord with me. Zoe’s use of deep blues, burgandys and greys really gave the collection a fall feeling.  Menswear for women is and always will be one of my favorite trends for fall.

She added a few looks based on the more feminine Marianne of the rock duo. Sprinkled throughout the collection were sequined pieces. Skirts, dresses and even a top detail. I think Marianne would approve. I applaud Zoe on this feat of a collection. She manages to create wonderful collection that scream her name at every turn regardless of what else is on her plate.

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Up & Coming: WU Clothing

Up & Coming: WU Clothing

Jacksonville, FL is home to the NFL Jaguars and not much else. However, the past few years, Duval county has had a creative turn for the best. Models, clothing designers, photographers, and a slew of other creatives have been emerging from the Floridian streets. I had the pleasure of chatting with Bennie of Wu Clothing, an emerging T-shirt line making quite a buzz. He let me in on his inspiration for the line, and just a few future plans. I initially planned to put Bennie’s words into article form, but I really like his answers and don’t wish to taint their authenticity in any way. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me.

“I designed my first tee when I was 16 for a brand I co-founded named SAND. The tee said “Sand is radical” with 4 dots surrounding it. When you connected the dots, it said “fuck you”. I did all the work by hand and as you could imagine, in high school, it was a hot seller. The brand fizzled out and obviously became unfinished business for me.

Then WU was born, originally called Westside University, in ode to the side of Duval County where I learned all the things school didn’t teach me.  Inspired by the spirit of the hustle acquired in my teenage years, I felt the need to inspire. I think deep down I just wanted to be like the philosophers and poets that have inspired me to this point. I just want to create great looking product with the substance most streetwear brands lack . 

I do all the graphic design and have a great print team helping me make the magic. I’ve recently been working with a lot of local businesses such as Combat Athletix, T-Roy from 93.3, and Evaliz Fotografia to name a few.

I plan on expanding into accessories after the launch of the site, which is undergoing it’s last tweaks as we speak. WUClothing.com is looking so fucking good and it’s tailor made by Mr. David Miller over at Beta Images. It’s scheduled to launch in the next few days, complete with store, blog, and much more.

I will feature as much stuff I can possibly fit into it, ranging from pics of beautiful women to videos featuring local movers and shakers. I’m wrapping up production on the first promo video in the next week featuring local rapper Swordz, fighter James Smiley, and couple other people that definitely deserve the spot.

A rule over at the WU Camp is to never use variable terms, meaning we do not try or hope, we simply do. With that being said, expect nothing short of greatness. We’re here to break rules and piss people off. Hustle harder my friends”!

Inspiring a lifestyle with branding is exactly what the fashion industry is about. Fashion reflects the generation of now. Though we often finds remnants from the past, we manage to make it relatable to this generation. I am truly inspired by this brand and the lifestyle is seeks to promote. Check them out on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, just click the links below.

Twitter: @wuclothing

facebook.com/wuclothing

wuclothing.tumblr.com

info@wuclothing.com

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Music: Jay-Z & Kanye West Ni**as In Paris

Music: Jay-Z & Kanye West Ni**as In Paris

Possibly the most popular song in mainstream music, “Ni**as in Paris” was officially released as a music video today on Vevo. The video intro warns that the video may “trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy”. After watching the video, directed by Kanye himself I completely understood the reason for this warning. The video was a wildly edited cut of a live performance of the song. There is no denying that both Jay-Z and Kanye know how to command an audience, but the crowd is absolutely out of control during the performance of this song. They eventually set a record of performing this song 11 times in a row in Vancouver.

I have to be honest, I felt like I was in the crowd. The video put me there, but then I saw the most amazing thing. It was so overwhelming, I literally screamed when I saw it. Kanye, in a leather kilt. OMG. I literally died an came back I’m sure. I mean, I know I’m not the only one who knows how well-versed in fashion Mr. West is, but I have been waiting to see a black man in a kilt for about 8 months now. Living in NYC I have seen many men in kilts lately, but to wear it as an icon in the hip-hop industry, with such an amazing confidence, was… BEYOND swoon-worthy. Almost the only reason I had to mention this today. Check the link for the video… I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Ni**as in Paris (Explicit)

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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New York Fashion Week: Nicholas K Fall 2012 RTW

New York Fashion Week: Nicholas K Fall 2012 RTW

At last fall’s Fashion’s Night Out, I had the amazing opportunity to meet Nicholas K and discuss her Spring 2012 RTW collection. She had just launched her line of women’s shoes and was extremely excited about what she had created. This time, I did not have the luxury, but I am 100% sure that she is more than proud of this Fall collection. Seemingly inspired by the American West, I found Nicholas K’s Fall RTW collection to look like something the “Gothic Cowboy” might wear. From the dark eye make up to the blunt cut for the ladies hair, this collection had a dark edge. Amazing use of texture and the muted color palate was cool, but not boring. I loved the accessory choice in the occasional striped scarf to bring just a little dimension into the looks.

The winner,however, in this show was the styling. Nicholas K’s use of layering never ceases to amaze me. She has mastered the art of layering without making the looks seem heavy. Her use of breathable fabric with heavier ones like wool gives the PERFECT balance for fall.

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

New Video!!! Jon Hope – Wishful Thinking

As my readers know, I recent had my very FIRST Artist Spotlight with the oh-so-talented Jon Hope. We talked about what inspires him, and a lot about his upcoming project “Work In Progress”. As one of his biggest fans, I am extremely excited that today he released a brand new video, “Wishful Thinking” is a simple video, but man do these bars hit HARD! If you haven’t already, check out the interview, THEN check out this awesome video!! #Team101

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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New York Fashion Week: Gary Graham Fall 2012 RTW

New York Fashion Week: Gary Graham Fall 2012 RTW

Gary Graham was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since his very first collection, his creations have been laced with historical references and allude to his background in costume and textile design. His mood boards are often filled with ambiguous inspirations, but somehow it all comes together.

For his Fall 2012 RTW collection, Graham was inspired by the Manchester International Theater Festival he attended in July, ancient Iranian wrestling tunics, and WWI naval “dazzle” camouflage. It seems to be a difficult combination, and yet he achieved his aesthetic. His goal to is promote convertibilty and quite a bit of layering.

This collection included quite a few things that I absolutely LOVE. Number one being the use of texture, and two, the use of color. I find that a lot of fall collections shy away from color, but Graham managed to keep brights and neons, in fun prints and fabrics to make the fall a little less drab. His use of texture was probably the highlight of the collection for me. There was a textured pair of “stockings” I guess I would call them, that had me tripping over my words. He worked them into a few of the looks and they brought a new kind of depth.

Don’t get me wrong, Graham’s clothes are not for every girl, but the hometown fashionista would have a ball with his conceptual design and the touch of luxury he adds to even the most “grungy” collections. I wouldn’t have wanted to start this NYFW off any other way.

 

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Chabri on Spring!!!

Chabri on Spring!!!

Although Chabri is as busy as always, I managed to catch her for just a little bit while she is in preparation for her S/S 2012 Collection at First Coast Fashion Week in Jacksonville, Florida. Chabri Cunningham is one of my favorite Floridian designers and I have had the pleasure of working with her many times. The pieces she creates are beautiful, unique , and still manage to be wearable. I got to chat with her a little about her newest collection and what her focal concepts were in creating it.

“I am still loving flowy comfortable fabrics in pieces that have convertibility worked into them so you can change them in some ways to reflect the days vibe. Many of the dresses will be able to go from day to night with just perhaps a quick accessory change. The new collection’s mood is kind of effortless with some elements of understated glam”. says the talented designer.

Perhaps my favorite part about Chabri’s designs is the convertibility. You can go from a halter, to a one shoulder, to a criss-cross back in seconds. A simple neckline change can go a long way when transitioning from day-to-night. I am also always enamored by the colors she chooses. She is extremely aware of color by seasons and always hits that aspect square on the head.

“The color palette of the show begins with bold tomato reds, oranges, and corals, then blends into minty greens lime greens and gray. It then transitions to deeper tones; turquoises, teal,s and blues; then into navy blue and white”.

The collection includes a few of the spring trends we talked about in earlier posts. Pastels and color-blocking are probably the most prominent. Not forgetting, the brights. Brights are the perfect palate to take you right through Spring and into Summer.

All designs by Chabri are custom-made at very reasonable prices! Check them out at http://www.CHABRI.com!!

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[Photos by Danielle Daneese and Il Enzio, Makeup: Michal May, Hair: Christian Griffin, Models: Megan Henderson, Julia Savage,Mic Quetta Monique, an Pauleen Conde.]

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Uncategorized