Kawhi Leonard & Nipsey Hussle Appear In #BoldLikeKawhi Ad For Air Jordan x Foot Locker

Next Tuesday, a day after Christmas, the Air Jordan 1 Gatorade Pack with be released in 4 different colorways. While Nipsey’s music is all through the ad, Kawhi shows a different side a lot of people aren’t aware of (he’s known for being a mute). Check out the video above & be sure to check your local Foot Locker to try to get a pair.

Photo Credit: Foot Locker / Instagram

Black Culture Influences Fashion

Since the birth of jazz and introduction of hip-hop, black culture has played a HUGE role in the shaping of fashion.

Unfortunately, history has taught us that credit isn’t always given where it’s due as quoted in Moguldom documentary, Bleaching Black Culture.

 

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The bleaching of black culture in the fashion realm is prevalent where styles have been borrowed or appropriated for a mainstream audience and all of a sudden it’s the “newest trend.”

For example:

Chunky Jewelry: from music artists, such as Big Daddy Kane and the collective Run DMC, were known to rock chunky jewelry over their sweat suits.

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Graffiti Art: which is seen as the 4th element of hip-hop.

African Tribal Print: Self-explanatory

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Bantu Knots: This hairstyle originated in West Africa and has been used as both a decorative and protective style since the 20th century.

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Sneakers on the Runway: Created in 1984, but not released to the public until 2001, Air Jordan became the most popular sports brand ever. You may see them every day on the street, but as of lately the sneaker has made its way to red carpets.

Parachute Pants: MC Hammer Time…..

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Mouth Grills: Huge part of fashion in the South. Rappers embraced the underground style in the ’80s and since then its become so mainstream.

 

However,

Fashion is also a category in which Blacks have made their own unique contributions.

 

Historically, Black fashion has had a political undertone or essence of rebellion. From black leather and afros to the baggy garb of the gangsta hip-hop movement. Today, Black fashion continues to make a political statement within the Black Lives Matter movement. For example, the Black community can be seen wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts with hoodies.

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All of this to say, as much as they say we don’t have any power. We have a pretty big influence over the fashion realm as well as the economy. The power of the black dollar is unbelievable.

 Blackness isn’t only skin deep, and it’s not just hair or clothes or music that make us, us. It’s not as if Black people all have one rigid style we can claim to own; we just want it to be known that our influence is what makes fashion what it is today. 

But the various ingredients of our unique Black identity are more important than words can even say.

 

 

Best,

Deja V

 

A$AP Rocky Gets GQ Style Cover & Answers Questions From Celebs

 

A$AP Rocky is definitely know for his fashion/style outside of being an artist. Labeled the world’s flyest human, he’s on the cover of GQ Style. Also, he sat down to answer questions from Raf Simmons, Andre 3000 & more. He also spits a freestyle at end to a fire alarm going off.

Photo Credit: GQ / Instagram

Fall/Winter 2017 Trend Report: Clothing

New York Fashion Week has just passed and we all know that they set the stage for trends everywhere. We see brands trading casual looks for power suits, tailored, and structured pieces. PINK is now the new RED and 70’s plaid is back, along with western wear.

Did I forget to mention; HELLO shoulder pads!

Now on to the good stuff

Banker Suits:

This trend says I’m here, I’m serious, and I want to slay. It also puts a different spin on business professional. They’re perfect for androgynous dressing and can be transformed from day to night AND who doesn’t love that after a hard day of work with some play! Playing with different patterns for this suit will be sure to make a head turn!

 

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Pretty in Pink NO Red:

Move over Millennial Pink, because power red is here. There were tons of red and burgundy on the runway this season. Adding this staple color anywhere in your outfit pieces instantly spices it up!

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Wild Wild West:

Being that most of us are from the south, we all have a hint of small-town cowgirl in our wardrobe. Now that it’s trending we can start embracing that side. Stars usually represent western wear and they are the shape of the season, look for embroidery on denim and jean jackets.  Now that it’s fall, kick out the cowboy boots girl!

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70’s Plaid:

What’s better than normal plaid? -70’s plaid! This trend was ALL over the runway and you can wear plaid with any piece in your wardrobe, from cute cut skirts, trendy pants, or sweet little dresses. Plaid is such an unlikely versatile piece for the fall!

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Oversized Blazers:

I’ve always had this staple in my closet from thrifting all the time but never really had the courage to wear due to the shoulder pads. BUT have no fear, this trend is no longer outdated. You can easily use an oversized blazer as a jacket with jeans or a romantic slip dress for a date night. It even works in the office or for days you’re feeling bloated and want to cover up a little more.

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These 5 trends were ALL over the runway meaning they can be ALL in your closet for the fall. I love this season for layering and all of these trends can transition from the fall to winter so don’t hesitate to get out of your comfort zone and try!

A Brand New Wave

 

Hello to all my fashionistas/fashionistos (men, I promise not to forget about you)

1520 is starting a brand new wave, especially when it comes to fashion.

New writer- Deja Vaughn will be taking over and writing articles on the latest trends, fashion faux pas, and how music influences fashion.

YES, I’m talking the best of the best and even the worst of the worst.

Who wore it best?

Who has started the latest trend?

What’s on the run way?

How to rock the color of the year?

Black fashion looks of the day

Fashion Polls

Etc.

I’ll even give you the scope on locals who’s influencing fashion around your area and local brands that are handling their own clothing lines because one things for sure: buying local and buying black helps our people.

Let’s build a community that really helps people out there by focusing on equality, ethical clothing labels, and helping young people form healthier opinions about their body and sources of self-esteem.

Let’s create the wave and enjoy the ride.

Stay Postive,

DejaV

xoxo

 

 

 

 

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Macklemore Shows Air Jordan Collabs & Samples

 

Macklemore has been on a similar series before, difference is, it wasn’t his shoe closet. This time around, he shows-off some samples of Jordan 6s that didn’t make the cut, along with his Jordan & Nike collection. The samples he showed were dope. What do y’all think? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Photo Credit: Macklemore / Instagram