Hip Hop Style Revolution (Feature)

Are we experiencing a Hip Hop Style Evolution? This is something I am constantly asking myself. Who exactly are we speaking to when I post the style clippings? Is it the man who pulls out his iPads on the way to work, is it the guy wearing chinos shopping for swag on the Portobello Road? Is it that guy with the True Religion raw denim jeans and all Gucci everything? Or that guy with the Nike Blazers and Trapstar T-Shirt? or possibly the guy who works in the city and wears Tom Ford.

In the 80’s and 90’s, Hip Hop styling and ideology was reflected through the defiant baggy jeans, oversized Jerseys and in the early 90’s diamonds and precious metals became the norm for rappers. The look was part hood gangster/ street hustler placing extra emphasis on living the America dream often ostentatious in appearance the visual idea was a display of nonchalant    underlining newfound wealth (see paid in full). The Flashy loud and abrasive money displaying in the style of the neighbourhood dope man going in on expensive furs, and wearing them in their hoods whether it be Compton, Harlem and The Bronx.

As taste generally becomes refined overtime with extra money in abundance overt and obvious displays of wealth became passé. If you wanted to show you were truly successful, you needed to have the rarest, one-of-a-kind pieces: hand made Louis Vuitton Presidential briefcase, jeans from a little factory in Japan that only produce 365 pairs a year. A new style and look diverged that both inspired and was influenced by downtown street wear. Still, there are plenty that aren’t rocking Ralph Lauren with Maison Martin Margiella.


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The North Face Purple Label “African Print”

Africa is the Future and The North Face’s Japan-only Purple Label line understood it Well. Using an African motif pattern and composed of a unique material called PERTEX which is a wind resistant, durable wicking fabric with more breathing and waterproof ability. Not only dope but distinguished the garments colors are mixed with bright purple, red, blue and orange hues all together and comes in different styles of jacket, vest and poncho form, more pics after the Jump


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Aloe Blacc Performs In London: Somerset House

Aloe Black will perform at Summer show at Somerset House, Sunday 10th July.

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Oki-ni Presents: Margiela AW11 Tote Bag (Pre-Collection)

This first taste of the Autumn/Winter 2011 season from the house of Maison Martin Margiela, features soft, texturised leather in the form of tote bags. Margiela effortlessly combines the idea of style and practicality. Margiela’s AW11 tote bags are constructed from premium Italian leather, which helps the bags maintain their structure with added resilience against the elements making it a more suitable alternative to canvas tote bags. Available in both black/brown these double handled Margiela bags are the perfect size for transporting magazines, ipads, important documents, a wallet and keys.  Available exclusively via oki-ni.

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Beyonce – Girls Who Run The World (Video)

In name of the father, son and daughter here comes the Beyonce world order!

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Levis: Denim Shorts

Levis denim shorts are the perfect cut and fit for festival season.  Complete with five pockets in a dark denim wash. Complete with signature leather Levis label and minimalist white tab logo on the back pocket, a summer essential which aught to be part of your summer collection.

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American Apparel Spring/Summer 2011 Look Book

We have featured five of the best outfits out of the twenty listed essential styles for mix and match looks.  These looks can be found on the American Apparel’s website or by clicking here in order to view the entire online look book for this season. (more…)

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Yves Saint Laurent – “L’Amour Fou”

This exclusive clip taken from new documentary L’Amour Fou translated as “Mad Love” is a glimpse from the film exploring the legendary Designer’s greatest Passions. The Director Pierre Thoretton was introduced to Yves Saint-Laurent through mutual friend Catherine Deneuve, and gained unprecedented access to rare intimate photographs of the designer by Helmut Newton and William Klein. L’Amour Fou’s point of entry is the three-day, 2009 Christies auction of the Creator’s art collection following Saint Laurent’s death. The “sale of the century” comprised works by Manet, Picasso and Matisse, art deco furniture and Roman antiquities, amounting to a staggering $480 million (divided between the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and AIDS charities). The director adds that the collection is a reflection of the integration of his taste and also “It was the growth of his  vision of beauty and aesthetic in the world.”

L’Amour Fou” opens tomorrow in Paris Theatre, The ultimate entertainment space for New Yorkers the IFC Center and soon in the Uk in select cinemas on May 20th

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Junk de Luxe

Junk De luxe has slamming styles, individual pieces, attention to detail. Originality echos through the collection t shirts, polo shirts, shirts with skinny ties, peter pan collars and I really appreciate Junk de Luxe although the brand is not exactly a new kid on the block, this brand is under rated.  The only thing that is pissing me off about Junk de is the fact that the online shopping area of the website has been coming soon since April 2009.

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Bobble Hat


Bow Tie

I predict that the bow tie will make a comeback this season, Junk de Luxe have a excellent polka dot bow tie, think Christmas day sophistication not night out at Cameos.

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