Marc Jacobs’ models for Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC.
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Marc Lamont Hill of The Huffington Post sat down with Vogue’s first black cover model Beverly Johnson, editorial brand manager for BET and image activist Michaela Angela Davis, founder and CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row Brandice Henderson, Cosmopolitan magazine’s fashion market director Shiona Turini, and beauty editor Julee Wilson. The group discussed the complex relationship with high fashion and race as it relates to the culture of Hip-Hop and beyond.
For example, the statistics on New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2014 Collections: white models make up 79.98%, Asian models make up 8.1%, black models make up 8.08%, and Latina models make up 3.19%. From 2008 to 2013, these figures haven’t changed much. Brands that don’t have any models of color include Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Iceberg to name a few.
Kanye West: “I’ve got ideas that can mean something if I could put the proper production around them. […] But currently in fashion and the way the fashion world works, there’s no black guy at the end of the runway in Paris.”
Beth Ann Hardison: “Eyes are on an industry that season after season watches design houses consistently use one or no models of color. No matter the intention, the result is racism. Not accepting another based on the color of their skin is clearly beyond ‘aesthetic’ when it is consistent with the designer’s brand.”
Brandice Henderson: [In reference to Versace having no models of color and the rap song “Versace] ”People of color have all the influence in music, sports. We have so much cultural influences to push whatever we want to push forward. But what do we decide to push forward?”
Michaela Angela Davis: “This is how complex and twisted racism works. The politics of fashion are starting to fight their artistic expression. It’s not fair to say to someone, ‘you shouldn’t like Gucci because they don’t include you.’ But then you have this twisted thing, ‘they don’t include me but I [still] love it. It’s weird.”
”[…] They won’t be honest. They won’t just say blackness disrupts our aesthetic. Blackness disturbs us. Blackness interjects politics that they don’t want […] If someone would just say, ‘you know what, the black body is too complicated and it takes people’s minds off my clothes and I can’t deal with it. Tell the truth.”
Kanye West: “I’ve dedicated the past 10 years of my life to this. I spent 80% of my time working on [fashion] and 20% of my time working on music. Why do you think the song “Niggas In Paris” is called “Niggas Is Paris?”
Brandice Henderson: “Rock your own ideas. I don’t think we have to sit back and wait for some institution to open the door for us. I think we can make our own way. We have to be very creative. Kanye West could actually fund five designers of color. Nobody has to know he’s behind it, but he could push them forward. Build up enough capital.”
Michaela Angela Davis: ”Mainstream doesn’t mean white anymore. Mainstream is an aesthetic. But there’s this mindset that mainstream is white and it is not. It’s over.”
Watch the discussion in full below.
Stylist and YouTube fashion guru The Notorious KIA walks you through the easy steps of creating your own dope pair of tribal earrings. Here’s the list of things you’ll need. (All items were purchased at Michael’s):
- Foam Sheet
- Tribal print ribbon or fabric
- Shape stencil
- Marking pencil (She used a white eyeliner)
- Earring posts
- Earring backs
Watch the DIY tribal earrings tutorial below.
Metro International’s style director Kenya Hunt hit up the streets of Notting Hill, London to find the most eye-catching vintage threads in the latest installment of i am Other ’s Style Hunt series.
Watch the Style Hunt in Notting Hill below.
The folks at i am Other scoured through the streets of Brixton, London to find some stylish individuals for their latest segment of Style Hunt. Brixton is described as “that rare kind of neighborhood where you can find a Great Gatsby-referencing dandy, a 1970s style sewist and green-and-gold wearing rastafarian on the same block.” Sounds like the perfect area to document.
Watch Style Hunt in Brixton, London below.
In conjunction with Refinery29 and Absolut Tune, songstress Solange dons big curls and vibrant garments as she hits up different spots in South Brooklyn, including her home, the eye-catching pinkstone found in Park Slope, and a party with her amigos, in the colorful, Alan Del Rio Ortiz-directed mini-visuals for “Locked In Closets.” This ’80s inspired track is from Solo’s latest project―a 7-track EP entitled True.
Watch Solange’s mini-video for “Locked in Closets” below.
Director Ava DuVernay and cinematographer Bradford Young collaborated with the folks behind Prada’s Miu Miu collection to bring forth a short film titled The Door that honors the “transformative power of feminine bonds and life change.” This short is the fifth installment in Miu Miu Women’s Tale and stars Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), Adepero Oduye (Pariah) and songstress Goapele. From the stunning cinematography to the beautiful, yet symbolic garments, The Door is a must watch.
Synopsis: Characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves. Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are.
Music from The Door:
Watch Ava DuVernay’s short film titled The Door below.
Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor, and innovator with over 30 years of experience at Nike. His innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today. Each of his crafts informs one another and he is constantly exploring the fringes of his field. Mike’s work is a great example of how non-traditional methods of exploring one’s craft can lead to unique end results.
Watch “The Innovator” below.
While some fashion designers focused on a specific color of the season for New York Fashion Week, timeless jazz legend Billie Holiday was the inspiration behind the new F/W 2013 line by creative designer Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders.
Check out some of the 1940′s-inspired pieces at Life+Times.