Month: November 2006 (Page 1 of 6)

Dapper Dons and Divas

Being an avid people watcher/ style spotter, I’ve always been compelled to break out a camera and snap the fabulously stylish folk that appear within my line of vision. Shyness (and a lack of an actual camera) has prevented me from doing so. However, upon coming across this wonderful blog (thesartorialist.blogspot.com), I think I’ve come across a cyber-safe way to spot some great trends and outfits such as:


the Mod twist on military chic, making way down Fifth Avenue in NYC

and


Basic black and gray twills getting the fabulous treatment (just in time for the holidays) on a Milanese avenue

and


Backpacker chic showing out at a Michael Bastian event at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC

The best thing about street style spotting are the hot trends that are born unveiled before our very eyes- before they make in onto a tent runway or magazine spread.

Tracy

Dapper Dons and Divas

Being an avid people watcher/ style spotter, I’ve always been compelled to break out a camera and snap the fabulously stylish folk that appear within my line of vision. Shyness (and a lack of an actual camera) has prevented me from doing so. However, upon coming across this wonderful blog (thesartorialist.blogspot.com), I think I’ve come across a cyber-safe way to spot some great trends and outfits such as:


the Mod twist on military chic, making way down Fifth Avenue in NYC

and


Basic black and gray twills getting the fabulous treatment (just in time for the holidays) on a Milanese avenue

and


Backpacker chic showing out at a Michael Bastian event at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC

The best thing about street style spotting are the hot trends that are born unveiled before our very eyes- before they make in onto a tent runway or magazine spread.

Tracy

So sick of…

…the latest onslaught of celebrity diarrhea of the mouth, which seems to rolling out full throttle as of late. Just when I thought that KKKramer incident was the verbal dystentery to end all verbal dysenteries, I come across this cerebral nugget from Kanye West in the Essence Magazine’s December 2006 issue:

“If it wasn’t for race mixing there’d be no video girls. Me and most of our friends like mutts a lot. Yeah, in the hood they call ‘em mutts”.

I can cite a telephone book full of idiotic ramblings from Kanye, but that’d just undermine this- which, incidentally, has been largely overlooked in the wake of that other incident. That being said, I can’t help but wonder if this is truly the case. Or would it still be regarded with a cursory glance because:

a) of our own unreconciled issues on what is black and beautiful?

b) of the surface prerequisite of today’s video vixen to have an ethnically-ambiguous (read: “mutt”-like) look?

c) Kanye is a black man making these observations about the industry that he currently thrives in?

Food for thought, folks…

Tracy

So sick of…

…the latest onslaught of celebrity diarrhea of the mouth, which seems to rolling out full throttle as of late. Just when I thought that KKKramer incident was the verbal dystentery to end all verbal dysenteries, I come across this cerebral nugget from Kanye West in the Essence Magazine’s December 2006 issue:

“If it wasn’t for race mixing there’d be no video girls. Me and most of our friends like mutts a lot. Yeah, in the hood they call ‘em mutts”.

I can cite a telephone book full of idiotic ramblings from Kanye, but that’d just undermine this- which, incidentally, has been largely overlooked in the wake of that other incident. That being said, I can’t help but wonder if this is truly the case. Or would it still be regarded with a cursory glance because:

a) of our own unreconciled issues on what is black and beautiful?

b) of the surface prerequisite of today’s video vixen to have an ethnically-ambiguous (read: “mutt”-like) look?

c) Kanye is a black man making these observations about the industry that he currently thrives in?

Food for thought, folks…

Tracy

Oldie But Goodie

Oh, how I &hearts Hip Hop…

Mass Appeal, Gang Starr, c.1993
Your Welcome.
Tatiana

Oldie But Goodie

Oh, how I &hearts Hip Hop…

Mass Appeal, Gang Starr, c.1993
Your Welcome.
Tatiana

The Politics Of Fashion

Yoko Ono, Imagine Peace, 2003

Jenny Holzer, Truth Before Power, 2004

It is undeniable that artists use style as a way of exposing powerful political beliefs. This also holds true in the correlation of fashion and politics. History has taught us this; abbreviated skirt suits rose to fame during WWII to save fabric, and it is a well-known saying that whenever hemlines rise on the runways, it is a sign of a strong financial market. It is interesting to note the relationship between fashion and politics today. What do the runways say about us as a civilization? And is there some underlying statement in these pieces? Surely, fashion can’t be as superficial, as the media may make it to be. Designers, like other artists, simply use style as a means of grabbing the attention of an ever-complacent public.

Overindulgence
Jean Paul Gaultier, SS07

Brand-Awareness
Louis Vuitton, SS07

The Working Class
Marc by Marc Jacobs, SS07

Technology-Driven Society
Balenciaga, SS07

Autonomy
Hussein Chalayan, SS07

Tatiana

The Politics Of Fashion

Yoko Ono, Imagine Peace, 2003
Jenny Holzer, Truth Before Power, 2004

It is undeniable that artists use style as a way of exposing powerful political beliefs. This also holds true in the correlation of fashion and politics. History has taught us this; abbreviated skirt suits rose to fame during WWII to save fabric, and it is a well-known saying that whenever hemlines rise on the runways, it is a sign of a strong financial market. It is interesting to note the relationship between fashion and politics today. What do the runways say about us as a civilization? And is there some underlying statement in these pieces? Surely, fashion can’t be as superficial, as the media may make it to be. Designers, like other artists, simply use style as a means of grabbing the attention of an ever-complacent public.

Overindulgence
Jean Paul Gaultier, SS07

Brand-Awareness
Louis Vuitton, SS07

The Working Class
Marc by Marc Jacobs, SS07

Technology-Driven Society
Balenciaga, SS07

Autonomy
Hussein Chalayan, SS07

Tatiana

Bebe Moore Campbell Dies at 56


Bebe Moore Campbell was a nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Essence among others. Campbell recently won the
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bebe Moore Campbell, whose many best sellers such as ”Brothers and Sisters” touched on America’s ethnic and social divides, died Monday. She was 56.

Campbell died at home in Los Angeles from complications due to brain cancer, said publicist Linda Wharton Boyd. She was diagnosed with the disease in February.

”My wife was a phenomenal woman who did it her way,” husband Ellis Gordon Jr. said in a statement. ”She loved her family and her career as a writer.
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Bebe Moore Campbell Dies at 56


Bebe Moore Campbell was a nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Essence among others. Campbell recently won the
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bebe Moore Campbell, whose many best sellers such as ”Brothers and Sisters” touched on America’s ethnic and social divides, died Monday. She was 56.

Campbell died at home in Los Angeles from complications due to brain cancer, said publicist Linda Wharton Boyd. She was diagnosed with the disease in February.

”My wife was a phenomenal woman who did it her way,” husband Ellis Gordon Jr. said in a statement. ”She loved her family and her career as a writer.
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