#ICONIC: RIHANNA THE COVER OF VOGUE PARIS

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Liking Rihanna’s style from the Vogue Paris cover? Comment with your favorite look and where you hope to see the singing-songwriting mogul next.

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#Looks: Baconfest Photo Shoot

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PC: @Lazyboi_photography

I wanted to be a Super Villain for a day, and my dreams came true.

 

Edison, Pennsylvania

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Look: ASOS: ASOS BERET in GREY HERRINGBONE. RED, WHITE AND BLUE THRIFT STORE: CALVIN KLEIN TRENCH COAT, THORN NECKLACE. TOPMAN: BLACK SKINNY CHINOS. AMAZON: CIRCULAR RETRO BLACK SHADES

#CLOUDEDVISIONAPPAREEL: VINTAGE COOGI PULLOVER

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FOUND HERE

Popular during the 1990s era of the Notorious B.I.G, Coogi is still one of the most popular brands within the hip-hop community. 

PRICE: 150.00

Label: Coogi Australia 

Tag Size: Large 

Fits Like: Large/ X-Large (Can worn over-sized, as shown on model) 

Pit to Pit: 27 inches 

Length: 25.5 inches 

Sleeve Length: 19.5 inches 

100% Mercerized Cotton 

*For additional details please email CloudedVisionApparel@gmail.com

#BLACKBUSINESS: Black People You Should Pay

Articles, Fashion

By: Steven Underwood

Everyone talks about supporting Black Businesses until it is actually time to pay for the things from a Black person: especially for fashion. In the past, location was the issue, but in a digital age like the one we live in now, it’s hypocritical to pretend we can’t. That’s why over time as a professional windowshopper and a certified citizen of Black Twitter, I have compiled a list of places and people who you need to run the check to:

#STYLEHITTER: Balenciaga’s ‘TRIPLE S’ Sneakers Are Just Expensive Sketchers

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So, how isn’t this whole “Sketchers are ugly and no one with self-respect over the age of 10 should be wearing them, except white suburban fathers and sex offenders” about class and elitism?

Balenciaga released what even GQ, the premiere magazine for men’s luxury fashion, called “ugly” and suddenly it is lit to rock something audaciously like this:

 

#NYFW: 5 Stages of Grief

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NYFW come and you ain’t go? Well, that’s on you love. I ain’t got tickets, but I do know the pain you going through.

First, it starts with the phase I like to call: REALITY. You look at that calendar and realize despite the promises you made last year, you did not in fact save or request tickets for Fashion week.


Second, you BARTER. You look through your contact list at every friend, family member, or Fashion blogger you met at an odd party you weren’t invited to but crashe dro network. No ones came through.


Third, You hunt. So now that you can’t finagle in by favors, you’re going to want to look for any and all ways to push through that Versace designed ceiling into the promised land. You get to searching for all off-brand Fashion week events. The ticket prices beat you back down to reality. You’re poor. You’re sad. You’re pathetic. 


Fourth, you break down in agony. How could you have forgotten? This is your fault and you know it. You don’t deserve Fashion Week. You are a churl, a peasant and this event is for the Fashion Gods. 

Your friends eye you like you’re trippin’. They’re concerned not for you but for their clout hitting numbers as low as Trump approval rating following four natural disasters in a row.


Finally, you ease on down. You sit and open your IPhone and settle down on some good ol’social media: where you can watch the highlights in peace. You promise yourself you will go next year.

Best of Afropunk Brooklyn 2k17

Articles, Culture, Fashion, Uncategorized

By: Steven Underwood

Featured Photo courtesy of  Don Fonso (@fonzfranc) Stylist , Look Innovator and Fashion Icon for the Digital Age. 

Every year, around August 26th, there is a weekend of pure Black joy and happiness: Afropunk.

Afropunk is a festival that is part celebration of the alternative blackness, part exposition of black music in its numerous forms. The life that isn’t paralleled to the commonly understood black experience, but in fact goes perpendicular — actively intersecting with our very life.

#ARMANICODE: Beautiful Purchase

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By: Steven Underwood

Recently purchased a bottle of Armani Code, a passionate earthly fragrance, from Sephora for a total of $95.00. My tendency for spur of the moment purchases frighten my bank account, but my attention to taste and detail are still astounding. Ive used the fragrance every day and still have more than enough for any special occasion.
The fragrance can be purchased at https://m.sephora.com/product/armani-code-P96611?skuId=1007541.

#TRENDSETTER: ZEL, 21, NEW JERSEY

#TRENDSETTER, Articles, Culture, Fashion, Fiction

Steven “Zel” Vasquez, 21; Graphic Designer, Cover Artist, Fashion Blogger

IG: Sayitaintzel

Inqueries: Byzelclo@gmail.com

“It’s BYZEL”

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Black Culture is about intersection, and Zel’s art is no different. Crossing the decadent fashion of rap culture with digital graphics, Zel is forming a career by making the unexpected a statement. While most would think a digital artist focuses less on physical presentation, they will be surprised to find Zel pays as much attention to what he is wearing, and how he feels with it as he does to the tools of his trade — a sentiment someone like me, who feels aesthetic conveys as much as a written word, agrees with.

Zel’s Inspirations could come from the very artists he designs his concepts for: such as the subtle festive street looks of ASAP Rocky, or the maddening lost outlook of Kanye West. There is an approach to his graphics and designs that always feels familiar, yet vibrant and distinct like a splash of color on a monotone backdrop.

 

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Even though he attends school far out in the boondocks of Hackettstown, New Jersey, he where style takes a backdrop to the salt-pillar lifestyle surrounding the college, he still maintains he isn’t simply Steven Vasquez — but the artist who creates: Zel. He appreciates the power of attention and detail on a t-shirt, in footwear and on a Mac book screen.

Whether it is a custom fit, or a digital concept for his favorite artist’s albums, Zel maintains a bold, elegant and sharpness. His art continues the trend of true Black Boy Joy.

For graphics and designs, well, BYZEL, reach the artist at byzelco@gmail.com or at his IG: Sayitaintzel.

Rhianna’s Versatile Style Explodes in New WILD THOUGHTS Video

Articles, Culture, Fashion

By: Steven Underwood

This morning, Snapchat Sage, DJ Khaled, Real-world Mystique, Rhianna and Bryson Tiller debuted their video to their instant hit, WILD THOUGHTS and set a commotion across Twitter that is sure to top Summer playlists everywhere as a hit. While many are speaking about the genius sampling of MARIA MARIA’s guitar solo, a ballad during the 90’s brilliant dalliances into Latin Pop, even more are noting the subtly vibrant styles of Rhianna.

The Multihyphenated-singer-songerwriter-styler-setter, Rhianna shoulder shimmies and groves across the screen in a passionate pink tone complete in a Latin inspired ensemble: tantalizing with an off-the-shoulder pink sheer crop, beautiful floral-inspired bottoms, rose patterned headscarf, pink shades and dangling golden earrings, invoking the clandestine seduction of Carmen herself. Seductive, yet highlighted with a bombastic street aesthetic the entire way, furthering the sentiment that the seduction of the flower begins and ends in the heart of the ghetto culture Black girls were scrutinized for almost a decade back.

The Empress of Style changes her look maybe once the entire production. And to what you may ask? A simple strapless dress in a sorrowful blue that showed legs longer than Tiller’s feature. She was complete only by her bracelets of beads and silver, inch-long ruby nails, and an effortlessly primal stage presence. A dominate ambiance that’d send a puritan spiraling in their grave: praise be Rhianna.

If anything , WILD THOUGHTS further proves that there is no look Rhianna cannot dominate on her way to the top of American Fashion Iconography.

#TRENDSETTER: Asantè Shakirah, New Jersey

#TRENDSETTER, Articles, Fashion

Asantè Shakirah, 20, New Jersey; Wardrobe Stylist/ Creative Director/ Boutique Owner

IG: Stylesbya.s

Boutique IG: @CloudedVisionApparel

Boutique Website: CVA

“Why Compete, When You Can Collaborate?”

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Retro fashion and textiles have a miracle when threaded together. Asante Shakirah, a fashion student at Centenary University, began Clouded Vision Apparel in 2015 as a vintage fashion boutique. Her store features fashion that pulls back the clock to a time of flamboyant pattern and extravagant color over the high-end fashions involved with the current era of online stores.

Her boutique houses over 30 different sets from “The Little Black Dress,” on Sale for $15.00 to the “African Tribal Print Tank” on Sale for $15.00.

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Affordable is Asante’s goal. As a stylist, she understands the importance of clothes that bring fourth the inner miracle and mind of the women, combining class, wit and vibrancy with the retro introspective of a modern age. Despite this, Asante’s clothes draw heavy inspiration from an afrocentric aesthetic including savanna tans to a tribal ambiance about her fabric and illustration. Clouded Vision Apparel carries culture on its back and into its brand a spiritual hymn.

Asante’s inspiration possibly comes from her work as a stylist, an artist of aesthetic. As an artist, her perspective is excellent and she uses this perspective to create sets, outfits and looks that she sees accentuating the ideal of the women she hopes to wear her work. An ideal of sharp sentimental confidence. Aesthetics and brands that are dedicated to helping women stand out among the crowd in a uniquely familiar way.

As a stylist, found publicly through her Instagram handle (Stylesbya.s,). she operates freelance in the New Jersey/New York/Pennsylvania region with a willingness to travel. Asante can best be reached by social media or email at StyledByAsante@gmail.com.

#TRENDSETTER: mufaro limited, Cincinnati, OH

#TRENDSETTER, Fashion, Non-Fiction

By: Steven Underwood

Product Rating: 4/5

Ohio has a lot of inspiring artists walking the scarlet pavements, and even more inspiring black businesses. On the suggestion of model, Brandon Watters, I decided to look for one instead of supporting some white enterprise and feeding the capitalist agenda. I still ended up feeding the capitalist agenda, but I also ordered one of my new favorite tops.

Mufaro’s boutique is a collection of largely unisex East African-inspired streetwear. The founder, Mufaro (IG: mufaro_ltd), is a Zimbabwean born designer from Cincinnati, Ohio who was featured in numerous fashion shows including the Ankara Miami fashion week, the RAW Artist showcase, and the Emani +Mufaro Expose in Dallas, Texas. Mufaro LTD.

But, even with these ventures under his breath, I only really needed to know he was an Ohio artist, and I leapt right into his site and put my coin into his purse.

I ordered the Dashiki Extended Shirt/Skirt ($60.00). A neat black long sleeve with a flowing skirt covered in Zimbabwean-inspired print and three zippers on either side and up the tail. It is a unisex piece that men can wear as an extended tee (which I do), or as a skirt.

Photos courtesy of Mufaro LTD homepage

Ever since I collected the shirt, I have worn it exactly five times, and it has never failed to impress. It’s infinitely versatile: suitable for numerous occasions and makes a very clear statement about what I am about. I get compliments and unlike when I usually try out something new in my style choices, I don’t feel any bit of self-consciousness and hyper visibility. The one issue that I encounter is that many of the western-inspired styles that frequent my closet do not – or cannot really match the design choice. But, I enjoy a challenge; and this outfit gives me a challenge to own my own unique style – because style should never come easy, especially when you’re doing it for yourself and not for the power in the brand.

The design is beautiful, and the only real difficulty I had with the end product was a trouble with the stitching that came undone on the inseam when stretched just a little too much when I pulled the shirt on. Still, the product is beautiful.

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mufaro limited New line imagined by Zimbabwean born Mufaro (male) Based in Ohio (Cincinnati) Inquiries|mufaroltd@gmail |Ankara Miami fashion week www.mufaroltd.com