#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.

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Resent

Non-Fiction, Poetry

By Steven Underwood

 

Numb like the first time I said I hate you,

That’s what I am,

I worshipped the wrong words we shared;

I bent the knee on brown rice and glass

And acknowledged the kinship like

The pupper lapping sweetened water from a bowl.

Neglect my sorrows once, and I will come

Neglect my tears twice, and I follow

Neglect my heart thrice, cross it, and I will die

I hope those days are over

I pray that solace into my open palms

My bare lap

And my solemn dreams.

Then maybe I can finally feel

#TRENDSETTER: Top 5 Things I Wish I Could Make for Men’s Clothing

Non-Fiction

By: Steven Underwood

You know how you have a bunch of brilliant and creative ideas, but none of the skill to actually make those things? Well, Men’s NYFW just ended; NYFW Fall/Winter 2k17 is on its way; and I had a bunch of ideas that I just can’t accomplish with my own meager hands.

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  1. Sleeveless Navy Deepwash Trench: Imagine a trench coat made of denim in that jean deep wash blue that is basically designed to stain your white clothing into disuse. Its one solid color all over with a single pocket on the inside (for the convenient cell phone use) and two exterior pockets on either side. At the sleeves, it is stealthily cut to create a form of waistcoat cut — but wait! There are a series of thin, worn, distressed strips that have been washed in such a way that you now have two faded mans hanging just off your shoulders like faux-fur manes (except for your — you know… shoulders).
  2. Free Flowing Tunics: 2k17 has to mean the return of the tunic. And not just any tunic, the gawdy and flashy sort with more bends and twists than a mandala. Lets bring back the flashy back into men’s fashion. Everyone can wear a dark shade with very little stitching, but to pull off contrasting patterns like this? Challenging!
  3. Vintage Free Flowing Long Sleeves:  I think everyone who knows me knows I enjoy a large top over some jogger or skinny jeans. And the vintage bohemian look always appealed to me. I don’t know if its the pseudo-artsy appeal of it or the free mobility it allows, but it’s a look I love to try, except most of these looks require a lot of thrift store hunts and I’m ready for the style to become more mainstream. The time of looking like a model for a cheap romance novel is here. Let the wind untuck your shirt and nearly rip out a button!
  4. Floral Tops: Thanks in part to brands like Versace and Childish Gambino’s GUCCI ensemble in the WIRED photoshoot (seriously, Donald Glover is my fashion messiah sometimes, I swear), floral prints have made a comeback; and by comeback, I mean adjacent to modern standards  of masculine images. I like roses. It’s one of the most beautiful things of the French aristocracy: the use of flowers in textiles. I think its return could be beneficial. On satin, on wool, hell on bleached denim! It’s beautiful, it’s feminine, it’s individual!
  5. Flannel Skirts: Let’s stop fronting: we don’t just want to tie our flannel shirts around our waists anymore. The frompy look of the sleeve knots just won’t do. Just give us a skirt we can button or clip with a brooch and we are good to go!

But, sadly, I am just a humble writer. If you have any ideas, feel free to comment below and maybe some kind fashion designers will see kindly to contribute from your inspirational ideas!