#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.

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#PROJECTSEPTEMBER: Look of the Week 2/14/17

Fashion, Non-Fiction

Project September‘s Look of the Day goes to GETTYIMAGES. Model Christian Vierig’s look channels a classic 70’s aesthetic with a clash of patterns that blows a calm, collect-yet-posh ambience. In an ASOS Faux Fur Collar in White ($12.50); TOPMAN’s Mens Black and White Check Skinny Chinos ($65.00); TOPMAN’s Mens Blue Selected Homme Ribbed Shirt ($85.00); GUCCI 40MM BUCKLE LEATHER BELT ($420.00); RAY-BAN Aviator Sunglasses ($139.00); and DERMSTORE’s Tangle Teezer Thick Curly — Dark Red ($16.00), Vierig’s look combines prestige and lavishness.

Project September can be found on all iOS and Android devices. 

#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!