#Trailblazing: BRUNO MARS & CARDI B FINESSE IN LIVING COLOR!

Music

By: Steven Underwood

Unexpectantly, we took a trip back into the retro raw talent and culture of the 90s when Bruno Mars debuted the remix of his soul-funk inspired single, Finesse from his album, 24K MAGIC, featuring the rising street icon, Cardi B.

Fresh off her third number one on the charts, Cardi B brings the eccentric street style that defined 90s hip-hop, unleashing a spontaneous urge in her flow reminiscent of Lisa “Left-eye” Lopez, a sorely missed powerhouse of 90s Rap/Pop. Not only the fifth single dropped from the acclaimed album, Bruno Mars debuted it with a paint-dripped dedication to 90s hit sketch comedy show, IN LIVING COLOR, where he and his cast of dancers took up the larger-than-life shoes of the Fly Girls (including Jennifer Lopez) and the Wayans Brothers.

Missed it? Watch the Video Above! A day later, Justin Timberlake returned to music with his single, Filthy. Check it out!

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#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.