2 Chainz is next up on the list of artists who have designed a shoe for the ADIDAS brand. Actually, he’s probably the only one that has legitimate reasons to do so. I mean, the man did play basketball in school. So, he does have a different perspective on what sneakers should feel like and look like.
Regardless, however, 2 Chainz is making coins as he diversifies into the sportswear industry. His “2 Good To Be T.R.U.“shoe is molded from the Top Ten Hi ADIDAS Originals. The all-black shoe accented with gold-lace tips are topped with snakeskin strips, which adds more texture to the shoe. In my opinion, this what makes the sneaker pretty dope. What do you all think?
If these are something you would wear, hopefully you’ll have an extra $130 in your wallet after Valentines Day, ’cause the shoe will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 15.
In more 2 Chainz news, as you know he kicked off his 2 G.O.O.D To Be T.R.U. Tour on February 4 in Boston, MA. G.O.O. D. Music artist, Pusha T, is also on the tour, along with Def Jam’s August Alsina and T.R.U.’s Cap 1.
According to MTV News, 2 Chainz described what this tour is about…
“The best way to describe my tour is to reference a quote from Niccolo Machiavelli, author of the The Prince, who once said ‘Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.’ 2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U.,” 2 Chainz declared in a press release announcing the tour.
In case you have not seen 2 Chainz perform, word is that he does put on a good show. And with Pusha T, August, and Cap 1…this has to be an awesome tour.
Fans, however, who are interested in seeing them in action, check the remaining dates below to see when the tour will be in your city.
2 G.O.O.D to Be T.R.U. Tour (Remaining Dates):
2/18-Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
2/20- Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
2/21- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
2/22- Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
2/28- Saint Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
3/1- Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Theatre
3/2- Cincinnati, OH @ Bank of Kentucky
3/13- Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
3/14- Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
3/17- Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
3/18- Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach
3/20- Charlotte, NC @The Fillmore Charlotte
3/22- Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
3/24- Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Check Ticketmaster or any local ticket seller for prices.
Solange Knowles is her own woman. Not to be defined by society, man or belief, her creativity and individualism has always intrigued us. Over the years, she’s enhanced her style and brand to become one of industry’s most self-assured artist. This is why you can’t hate on her even if you tried.
Now, she’s taking on another fashion challenge.
In 2013, she partnered up with Puma to become the Art Director and Creative Consultant for the brand. What, we assume, is her first complete project is a new line of sneakers. The “Girls of Blaze”, as it is called, is a collection of fun, bright-colored, and abstractly-designed shoes perfect for the upcoming spring/summer seasons. In a behind-the-scenes video, Solange explains how the gender lines are crossed when it pertains to sneakers and the sex appeal of wearing them.
I think women have really focused on the idea that sexiness and femininity is a state of mind, really projecting confidence throughout the voice of saying when I feel good, I look good. That can be interpreted in so many ways…but certainly a level of comfort can exist. You will never have more fun at the club when you are wearing sneakers really dancing your ass off! I’ve also noticed the gender lines have crossed so much when it comes to sneakers as well. Women are wearing men’s sneakers, and I can’t tell you how many men have asked me if the Discs from my collection will come in larger sizes so they can rock them as well!
Below are a few photos from the shoot (photographed by Alan Ferguson, Solange’s longtime boyfriend):
To check out more looks from “Girls of Blaze”,visit www.MyDamnBlog.com.
Fashion designer, Marc Jacobs, will feature an unique aspect to his brand during the upcoming Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.
News outlets are reporting that Jacobs debut a socially interactive pop-up shop, ‘Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop’. The shop will feature the Daisy fragrances, accessories, lounge, photo booth, and offer drinks to it’s customers. But, here’s the twist. The patrons will have to do a little social media work before acquiring these great giveaways.
Using the #MJDaisyChain hashtag on your Instagram and Twitter posts will be rewarded with freebies, and Marc Jacobs accessories will be given away throughout the day. It’s not yet clear how much your tweets will be worth, or whether they’ll be more valuable for the number of subsequent re-tweets you manage to generate.
Pretty dope idea!
Nicki Minaj is a boss. She’s been able to capitalize on her talents and business mind frame, which has enabled her to maximize her brand better than any other female rapper. This is what we appreciate about Nicki. Even if you don’t particularly enjoy her music, you have no choice but to respect her grind.
Last year, she announced her very own fashion line, The Nicki Minaj Collection. Geared toward the every day families, the KMART customers are snatching the garments off the shelves. Therefore, Nicki is pressing forward with her next collection.
On Wednesday, she Instagrammed a few of the new items in her Spring Collection. The 2014 designs include florals, bold block cut-outs, and bright colors.
Take a look at a few of her designs:
Here’s the official Kmart behind-the-scenes photoshoot:
Photo Credit: Instagram @NickiMinaj
DO YOU LIKE NICKI MINAJ’S SPRING COLLECTION?
On January 11, creative minds who are working towards a career in fashion and entertainment filled up The Hookah Spot, in Columbia, South Carolina. The event was designed and hosted by celebrity stylist, Zoe Dupree. Attendees were given the opportunity to learn the proper ways to handle business in in the fashion industry. The Style School, also, taught ways to network and what to expect in the industry. STACKS Magazine’s South Carolina ambassador/contributor, Jeffery Young (@Kiid_Fro), was onsite to catch all the happenings.
Zoe Dupree twisted things up with a surprise photo shoot for participants who no nothing about a photograph studio. Other special guests in attendance were T. Shanell (celebrity stylist), Tyrike Britt (celebrity hair stylist), and Sergio Hudson (winner of Rihanna’s “Styled to Rock”).
Here are a few photos from the event:
Zoe Dupree will continue his Style School event next in Las Vegas and then Charlotte, NC.
To see the full gallery, CLICK HERE or visit us on Facebook/Stacks.Mag.
Photo Credit: Tamyia Allen (@Myia_Byia)
Sir Algernon, Manufactured Products, & Sacred Heart Collection Hits Runway @ 2014 Spring Collection Fashion Show [PHOTOS]
On December 7, Future Vision event center was the site for the 2014 Spring Collection Fashion Show. Four (4) innovative and diverse designers came together to put on a great show for fashion enthusiasts and industry insiders. One of the designers was 11-year old Imani Alsobrook, which we featured on our site earlier this month [READ HERE]. Imani’s group of models graced the runway in her one-of-a-kind designs from her Peachie Pi collection. The other three designers were much older, but debuted designs that effortlessly showed the transition from child to adult. Those three designers were Manufactured Products, Sir Algernon, and Sacred Heart Collection.
Manufactured Products is the brainchild of designer Damien Sheppard. He is a native of Ohio, but decided to bring his custom-made garments to the Atlanta area. According to the official press release, Manufactured Products is a fusion of casual and semi-formal wear with an urban flair that embodies the entire manufacturing process. The 2014 Spring Collection’s main focus are the custom jackets. The jackets contain various elements like zebra print, floral, and denim. Sleek pants are paired with each jacket for the complete look.
For more product information, visit www.manufacturedproducts.bigcartel.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram (Manufactured Products) and Twitter @ MANPRO001 .
Sir Algernon designs shows us how far concepts can be visually materialized. His high-end couture garments have been worn and seen on some of the most highlighted runways in the business. Last year, Algernon Johnson debuted Sir Algernon at the 2013 New York Fashion Week. The signature white and black custom designs are draped with splashes of color. This design concept is just one of the reasons many of your favorite celebrities call on him. Algernon has worked with Mary Mary (Gospel artists), Momma Dee (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta), Vonnie Lopez (Gospel Artist), and more. His love of the woman’s silhouette is evident in his long gowns and satin tops.
Follow this designer at Facebook (Sir Algernon) and on Twitter/Instagram @SirAlgernon .
Sacred Heart Collection has been seen on many celebrities and in magazine editorials (i.e. “Tiny” Harris (Singer/Actress), Meagan Good (Actress), Lauren London (Actress, “The Game”), British Vogue, etc). Brandi Russell‘s flirtatious women’s clothing line is just enough to turn heads without seeming too attention-deprived. During the 2013 New York Fashion Week, Brandi debuted three new designs: Anabelle, Claire, and Madysen. These designs were showcased at this event garnering rave reviews.
For more product information, visit www.SacredHeartCollection.com or on Facebook (Sacred Heart Collection) and/or Twitter/Instagram @SacredHeartCo.
Special thanks to Shoni Hymes, of ShoniGurlz PR for the invite!
One thing we like to bring awareness to are young entrepreneurs who are setting the example. And at just 11 year old, Imani Alsobrook is paving her own way into fashion.
Last Saturday, Imani was the youngest person to debut her couture fashion line at the Fall Into Spring Fashion Show. The show introduced the 2014 Spring Collections of four diverse fashion designers. Imani’s Peachie Pi clothing line featured garments layered in bright bold colors and animal prints. Peachie Pi, is known to cater to 4-17 year old girls, also features animal prints which give young fashionistas a more mature-but-kind friendly look.
According to the Peachie Pie website, the clothing line was owned and operated by Imani and her mother, Monica. Here’s a little background information on the two:
Imani Alsobrook is a budding fashion designer/entrepreneur who loves conceptualizing and designing apparel for girls and teens. At the young age of 11, Imani is proud to play a major role in turning an “idea” into a reality. Be on the lookout for Imani’s designs to be displayed and modeled at runway shows throughout Atlanta in 2013.
Monica Alsobrook is a proud wife, mom of three beautiful children, entrepreneur and wearer of many “hats”. However, when it comes to Peachie Pi, Monica is 100% focused on supporting Imani’s passion for fashion and design.
There’s many more great things in store for Imani and the Peachie Pie clothing line. This was evident during the Fall Into Spring fashion show. Take a look at a few of Imani’s designs that hit the runway:
Follow Imani’s line on Facebook @ Peachie Pi and on Twitter@ PeachiePi27 .
Special thanks Shoni Hymes, of SHONIGURL, LLC for the invite!
Okay so… most of us heard the news that ADIDAS has offered Kanye West a deal worth $10 million. This amount of money could be considered small change to Kanye. But, unlike his former deal with NIKE, ADIDAS is offering royalties that will allow West to secure his child’s future and generations after.
His strong desire to create clothing, shoes, etc has caused many people to label him as being “crazy”. Kanye’s main goal is to use his relevancy to gain the respect and opportunities from the fashion industry. After two failed attempts with NIKE and Louis Vutton, ADIDAS has heard his cry and will partner up with the rapper/producer/designer on several new projects.
ADIDAS released the following statement:
“For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West. Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow.”
For the last several weeks, West has been on a radio promo tour that has fueled a lot of emotion. His most talked about radio interview is the one with Sway (“Sway In The Morning” Show) where he allowed his frustration to cause a little rift between them. From watching the video it is clear that West had a lot on his mind and was reaching his breaking point. All he want to crack open the hardened eggshell of which is the fashion industry. Sadly, the old money that runs the major fashion houses is making it difficult for him to break-in.
Sway didn’t have the answers nor does anybody else let Kanye tell it. But, one question that has been on my mind is… why doesn’t he invest his own money into building his own factory??
Not having access to these factories, is one of Kanye’s biggest gripes. I’m sure if he doesn’t have enough money to build one on his own, there’s a great possibility that investors would come in to take up the slack. Take Richard Branson for example. He’s always stepping out there and building his own (like the Virgin Galactic Spaceflight). Branson is a billionaire, however, he’s a creative just like Kanye. His ideas go beyond the average thought process. He’s innovative and he doesn’t allow anyone to stop him from accomplishing a goal.
Kanye West has the ability to do that as well. He can open up his own factory. He can manufacture his own products. Why he doesn’t understand that…I’m not sure. Yes, he’s trying to jump into the high-fashion industry quickly. This is why others believe that he hasn’t crawled enough to be expecting opportunities to be handed to him. One day he has to realize that (although he may be at the top of the music business), he’s at the bottom of the totem pole in fashion. It will some time for him to crack open those doors. However, the best way to combat the opposition is to take matters into your own hands.
Kanye…just build your own factory!
(via press release)
ATLANTA – (November 12, 2013) – Publik Trust, a new, evolved street wear clothing line launching in Spring 2014, that incorporates the changing look and demands of its consumers to provide a fresh modern edge to its fashion designs, today announced its partnership with Konsole Kingz, effective January 2014. Through this unique partnership, Xbox gamers around the world can purchase items from Publik Trust’s fashion lines through Ultrafresh, a virtual, urban fashion boutique available on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and deck out custom avatars in trendy looks that match gamers’ personal fashion styles. Since launching on Xbox in 2007, Konsole Kingz has sold more than 1.3 million virtual goods globally.
“Publik Trust’s partnership was coordinated to launch at the same time as our debut fashion line drops in stores,” said Demetrius Tatum, founder of Publik Trust. “This virtual licensing agreement is great for a new brand like Publik Trust because it helps us cross into the gaming industry where we increase exposure and build brand recognition with a massive global audience.”
To date, Xbox has sold more than 67 million consoles worldwide, and has several top fashion and accessory brands available in the Xbox Live Avatar Store, including: Adidas; Beats By Dre; Burton; Skull Candy; and more. In addition, Publik Trust has plans to create Xbox lounges within the stores of its key retailers for consumers to virtually dress and mix-and-match items from its collections while physically purchasing product. These lounges create a unique atmosphere for consumers and retailers to shop in a cutting edge environment where products can be selected and ordered or purchased on demand, and it’s as simple as a click.
Publik Trust is positioned to become a global brand and is launching in 75 retail stores including: DTLR; City Gear; Wish Atlanta; Walters; Shoe Gallery; Fly Kix; Dope; and many others. The brand is a forward thinking company that creates unique designs ahead of emerging trends while preserving the fundamental street wear looks and movements that are a favorite amongst young adult males. Much of its inspiration is derived from Mumbai, India, which is known for vibrant colors, movement and chic shapes.
“Through our early previews at industry related events and trade shows, items from the brand’s first collection have been well received,” added Tatum. “We’re ready to get our product in stores and available through Xbox’s Ultrafesh virtual boutique. This is a really exciting time and partnership for the Publik Trust brand.”
Please feel free to reach out to Nicole Kazak, President – Kazak Media, directly via email, or at (813) 966-4314, to learn more about Publik Trust, its partnership with Xbox and Konsole Kingz or to receive images from the Spring 2014 collection.
About Publik Trust
PUBLIK TRUST, scheduled to launch in Spring 2014, is an evolved street wear clothing line that incorporates the changing look and demands of its consumers to provide a fresh modern edge. PUBLIK TRUST is a forward thinking company that creates unique designs ahead of emerging trends while preserving the fundamental street wear looks and movements that are a favorite amongst young adult males. Founded by fashion industry veteran, Demetrius Tatum, and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, the brand will have six collection drops per year. The brand’s inspiration is derived from Mumbai, India, which is known for vibrant colors, movement and chic shapes. PUBLIK TRUST’s brand icon, the elephant, symbolizes strength and power – two fundamental characteristics the clothing line strives to convey to its consumers. For more information visit: www.publiktrust.com (website coming soon).
About Konsole Kingz
Konsole Kingz is the leader in connecting the followers of the hip-hop lifestyle to the videogame world. Konsole Kingz has been a part of the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace since 2007 and has delivered content that revolves around celebrity gamers, the urban gamer lifestyle and Konsole Queenz. For more, please visit: http://konsolekingz.com
Konsole Kingz, Konsole Queenz, and UGR are trademarks of Konsole Kingz, LLC, in the United States and/or other countries. Xbox® and Xbox 360® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
The Gourmet Footwear’s Fall 2013 Croc Pack is now released to the masses. The Croc Pack was derived from a sit-down meeting between Founder, Greg Lucci, and platinum hip hop recording artist and CEO of CTE World, Jeezy. The fall lookbook includes the Cinque 2 LXL and 35 Lite MP, both made from imported, Italian crocodile.
The concept for the lookbook took on an organic transparency. Both Lucci and Jeezy wanted to capture the true feeling of an environment not forced, which is why the photos throughout the lookbook were taken during a dinner meeting at one of Atlanta’s top Italian restaurants (owned by chef GIO).
“When we come to Atlanta to collaborate with Jeezy the first thing we do is call GIO and have the private table in the back of his restaurant set up. It’s during these dinners that we tend come up with our best creative ideas. We’re not focused 100 on business. We’re rapping about family and the neighborhoods where we grew up. It’s those discussions that inspire us and allow us to visualize where we want to take our collaborative efforts.” – Greg Lucci, Founder of Gourmet.
The idea for the Croc Pack culminated after the initial partnership between Jeezy and Gourmet. The shoes in this special collection were originally chosen by Jeezy in June 2013. At the time, the shoes were only samples and not the final product. Once the final production of the shoes were available, Jeezy and Gourmet decided on these two favorites as the centerpieces for the Fall 2013 Croc Pack.
To see the Croc Pack lookbook, click HERE.
Gourmet’s slogan for the Fall 2013 line is “Masters of Material,” an ideology derived from the wide range of fabrications sourced from all over the world that provide depth and a unique look to its shoes. In addition to the Italian crocodile, other materials used include: imported, Italian snake skin; butter-soft, water resistant wolverine suede; imported, Japanese ultra-suede by Toray; and cork printed leather.
For additional information, please call (813) 966-4314.
Pharrell Williams, producer extradonairre and Billionaire Boys Club visionary, has partnered up with a French sportswear company to create his own line of sunglasses. The new Moncler Lunette Collection showcases Pharrell’s wide imagination and knack for creativity. The sunglasses are made of titanium and looks very futuristic. It will take an eccentric, fashion-driven person to rock them. But giving that the line is based out of Paris, France (the fashion mecca of the world), it shouldn’t be difficult to find individuals who don’t mind stepping outside the box. However, American’s may be a hard sell.
As explained on the Moncler website, the sunglasses are a “classic taste and avant-garde awareness. The past and future of sunglasses with a silhouette that leaves its mark. Discover the Moncler Lunettes featuring Pharrell Williams Collection.”
The sunglasses will come in several colors: black, green, blue, red, and gold. But, it’s the square-shaped lenses that makes the collection look out of this world.
Recently, Pharrell attended the official launch party during Paris Fashion Week. Here are a few photos from the event:
“This is a collaboration and if anything, I feel like Moncler is endorsing me,” P says of his collection. “The world is about to see itself through the lenses of Moncler and Pharrell Williams.”
For more information about the Moncler Lunettes, go to www.monclerlunettes.com.
If “Wild’N Out” and “America’s Got Talent” isn’t enough, multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon has now ventured into new territory.
As a young man who’s always had a style of his own, Cannon is now ready to help the next man get fresh and fly. In a partnership with Macy’s department store, Cannon has launched his own line of silk ties. The new collection will include 25 different styles, which will offer the fashionisto’s various textures, prints, and lively colors.
“My style has always been about individuality, confidence and expression,” said Nick Cannon. “With my new line of ties available exclusively at Macy’s, I am thrilled I can now offer shoppers across the country access to spectacular prints and bold colors to create a look that’s all their own. I am also extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a respected name in fashion such as Macy’s and hope to expand my line offerings with them in the future.”
According to Businesswire, the Nick Cannon Collection of ties will retail for $65 and will be sold initially in 25 specially selected Macy’s stores across the U.S.
Prints include stripes, dots and plaids in bold and unexpected colors including mint, purple, orange and cornflower. From modern classics to dapper, sleek and charming varieties, Nick Cannon ties offer options for every man who wants to stand out while looking sophisticated.
To check out more of Nick’s ties, visit www.macys.com.
Back in August, Gourmet Footwear and Jeezy announced their partnership during a day long celebration. The two held a private event showcasing the Gourmet Fall 2013 collection at Wish Boutique in Little 5 Points. As you know, STACKS Magazine was on deck to capture the moment and give our readers a first-hand look at the shoe line. [READ: Event Recap: Young Jeezy Celebrates Partnership w/Gourmet Footwear # Wish ATL]
Later that evening, the celebration continued at Vanquish Lounge. Peep this quick recap of their collaboration below:
Fast-forward, the partnership between Gourmet Footwear and Jeezy has soared. Most recently, Greg Lucci enlisted Jeezy appear in a video shoot that will showcase the brands Fall 2013 shoe pack. The shoe pack will feature imported Italian crocodile printed leather on the 35 and Cinque shoe styles.
Stay tuned and check out their products by visiting www.gourmetfootwear.com .
S/O to Nicole Kasak, of Kasak Media, for the info!
Shaunie O’Neal is taking that reality show money and diversifying her portfolio. After the success of the Basketball Wives franchise, she’s looking to create another hit in the fashion accessory industry. To do that, she’s partnered up with successful jewelry designer, Simone I. Smith. Simone is the wife of legendary hip hop rapper LL Cool J. The two has embarked on this new partnership to help bring more authenticity and originality back into the jewelry game.
‘Forever Shaunie’ encompasses its namesakes style by crafting statement pieces in 18 karat gold over sterling silver and encrusted Austrian crystals. Simone stated that she wanted to create the line because she’s always admired Shaunie’s fashion sense.
Shaunie has been such a supportive friend and has beautifully worn pieces from my signature line, Simone I. Smith, as well as SIS by Simone I. Smith, which launched in Macy’s stores in fall of 2011,” says Simone. “Through our love and admiration for one another, we decided to create a special collection called ‘Forever Shaunie’ for SIS by Simone I. Smith. Each piece is inscribed with three powerful words that describes my friend – Loyal, Fabulous and Loving,” she added.
Shaunie, herself, also often admired Simone’s style and strength during her fight against cancer.
“Knowing that Simone is a cancer survivor and that I have lost someone very special to the fight of cancer, it was important to us that this line benefitted and empowered those going through that challenging time,” said Shaunie.
‘Forever Shaunie’ will also help others who are battling with this illness. In fact, proceeds from each sale will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The new jewelry line went on sale on September 1 on Macys. com.
Here’s a first look at a few pieces…
Songstress Keyshia Cole-Gibson is embarking on a new journey into fashion. Having always been a trendsetter when it came to garments and hairstyles, the Oakland songbird is taking her love for shoes to the next level with her very own collection.
Keyshia has partnered up with Steve Madden to bring young women edgier designs. Also, considering her humble beginnings, Keyshia’s collection will also remain affordable enough for the average 9 to 5 working woman or college student. The new line will feature leopard prints, metallic, booties, and various other styles and colors. No word yet on when the collection will actually become available in stores. But, the singer recently posted a few looks on her Instagram page while on location shooting the official ad campaign photos.
Take a look at Keyshia’s new shoe collection:
Ladies, what do you think? Are they hot?
Growing up, most of us went into our mother or father closet and playfully tried on their shoes, dresses, shirts, jewelry, etc. The excitement of trying on our parents clothing was kept us busy and joyful. It also allowed us to role play. Whether we were pretending to go to work or step out to a nightclub, the idea of being an adult made us feel important.
Back in the 80s and earlier, a stranger on the street could easily identify the adult from the child. Clothing brands and styles for adults versus kids were different. With the exception of maybe a pair of jeans, designers made sure that patterns and fabric were equipped with their own identities. For adults, the use of dark colors, silks, rayons, size and lengths were all components that made up the “standard” for people 25 and older. On the other hand, clothing designed for kids reflected a playful nature. Bright colors, cottons, ruffles, terry cloth, etc were components that defined what children’s clothing should look like.
As the 90′s and the new millennium approached us, we began to see these components combine with one another. Parents started dressing like their kids and vice versa. Adult men began to wear tight fitting jeans and became avid buyers of Jordans and other brands that were associated with young people. Little girls dresses and skirts got a little smaller in length. Dresses were now made up of sequins and chiffon. Traditionally, those fabrics were associated with adult prom dresses or evening wear. So, who’s the blame?
Several market research firms confirmed that retailers are manufacturing ”on-trend” clothing for minors. “On-trend” merchandise are representative of items we see in magazine ads, fashion week, various fashion spreads/editorial pieces, etc. These are the clothing that are marketed to adults. But, kids are looking at these things and are spending money on the trends that they like, which is the adult fashion market.
“Fast fashion remains a dominant influence on buying habits in the youth fashion-wear market, with new styles being constantly released; in addition, teenagers are believed to buy into brands, with many up-market youth retailers having made an impact on sales over recent years. Analysis of the accessories, sportswear and jeans subsectors is also featured within the report, with the three sectors believed to be significantly popular among the youth demographic.” (via ResearchandMarket.com)
Parents please beware…kids will continue to want what they see. So, as long you continue to rock the latest brands, your child will more than likely want to stay fresh as you. In order for this not to have a negative impact, monitor what your kids buy. If it is a slim/tight fitting dress with the back cut out, you may need to tell your little girl that she can NOT wear that to her school dance. It is up to the parent to regulate what is purchased and what is not.
Do not allow your kids to grow up too soon.
Wiz Khalifa has always been a huge fan of Converse sneakers since the start of his career. So, it is not a surprise that he will now be releasing his very own collection.
The Wiz Khalifa Collection by Converse will hit Foot Locker stores on August 23. Watch the official commercial teaser for the Wiz’s collection:
When it was announced that Kanye West would team up with the French fashion brand, A.P.C., no one ever thought that he’d sell t-shirts. After having other fail attempts at becoming a world renowned fashion designer, Kanye may have found his niche in casual men’s clothing.
A.P.C. designer Jean Touitou and West came together, over a span of two years, to design a special collection for the A.P.C. brand. West’s collection consists of jeans, hoodies, and t-shirts. When it comes to design aesthetics and creativity, you would think the collection would be a bit unique. However, the clothing is just the opposite. The new collection is very casual and represents West’s latest indulgence in minimalism.
Despite the uproar received on social media sites regarding the pricing of the clothes, Touitou says that West’s collection is flying off the shelves in Paris. The day the items went on sale online, ALL of it sold out and the A.P.S. website crashed.
The collection was restocked this weekend, but immediately sold out again. There are only less popular sizes still available like 24/25 jeans and a XXL in t-shirts. Luckily, the website will be taking pre-orders for a limited time for silkscreened tees with skeletons on it for about $137 in U.S. dollars, or gray hoodies for about $222.
Leather has seen a huge spike in sales in the last few years, especially when it comes to women and men clothing. But, the newest trend comes in the form of high-end leather phone cases.
The days of the chunky Otter box and non-reliable plastic cases from mall kiosks are over. Several companies who manufacture cases for phones and tablets are adding more variety in color, style, and fabric choices. One company, in particular, is MAPi.
MAPi is a leader in leather goods and innovation. The company recently announced that they were releasing a new line-up of fashionable cases that were trendy and can easily be paired with designer handbags in shoes. The cases are handmade and are created using the top European leather money can buy. MAPi’s cases for iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 come in bright new colors such as yellow, raspberry, orange, and lime green. Prices start at $35 and include the following products:
Pella – Shell Case for iPhone 5
A minimalist snap-on shell case, the Pella has a premium leather inlay on a satin touch shell. The easy snap-on- and-off model will offer color coordination whatever the event. Announcing new orange, raspberry, lime green. Price $35
Tion – ID & Card Case for iPhone 5
The Tion is an open face design with room for ID cards, credit cards or even money on the back of the case. The case’s open face design allows for easy use of your phone, and doubles as a wallet or purse while on the go. Available in lime green, raspberry. Price $50
Myra – Wallet Snap Case for Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5
The Myra is an all-in-one, wallet-style case for your phone. It includes three pockets for keeping money, credit card and ID cards secure. Available for Samsung Galaxy S4 in black, red, raspberry, lime green. Available for iPhone 5 in lime green. Price $60
Taos – Snap Wallet Case for iPhone 5
Taos is a leather wallet style with magnetic snap that will keep your phone secure. The leather cover not only keeps your screen and phone covered, but also keeps you looking good. Announcing new lime green. Price $55
Altos – Flip Wallet Case for iPhone 5
Altos is a premium leather flip style that utilizes magnetic closures to keep your phone secure while not in use. Available in raspberry. Price $55
Poros – Caller ID Pouch for iPhone 5
The Poros is a unique stylish premium leather pouch with a caller ID feature. The caller ID screen allows you to easily keep time, while making you look stylish. Available in lime green, raspberry. Price $55
In “case” you want to upgrade from the cheap non-flattering covers four phone or table, visit www.mapicases.com for more information and product choices.
On Thursday, June 13th, platinum recording artist Young Jeezy celebrated his new partnership with Gourmet Footwear. The event was held at Wish Atlanta Boutique (located in the Little 5 Points area). Various media outlets, celebrities, and tastemakers were in attendance to get a first-hand look at shoes. The founder of Gourmet Footwear, Greg Lucci, was in the building to speak more about the partnership with the Snowman. In an initial press release, Lucci stated that Young Jeezy was the ideal candidate for the collaboration because of his ability to have “navigated himself to an aspirational lifestyle from humble beginnings.”
Gourmet Footwear is a LA-based company that separates itself from other brands by offering high-end luxury shoes for the regular guy. The brand specializes in Italian leather and other unique styles that give the average casual shoe more refined look. Several of the shoes were on display during the event. From black suede and animal print to red alligator full-grain leather, the styles and colors of the shoes were somewhat eclectic in taste and would best be adorned by the fashionably-driven who aren’t afraid to stand out. Because of the high-end fabrics that they use, you would think the shoes are pretty expensive. Surprisingly, the shoes are not. Most of the shoes, after checking their website at www.gourmetfootwear.com, cost around $100.00.
To see first hand what the shoes look like, here are a few photos from the event:
Also, Mimi Faust (Love & Hip Hop ATL), Verse Simmonds (artist), Trinidad James, DJ Baby Yu, Kahdijiha Rowe (Big Rich Atlanta), and others were also in the building to support Jeezy’s new business venture. Check out the photos:
Special thanks to Nicole Garner (The Garner Circle) & Nicole Kasak (Kasak Media) for the invite!
Photo Credit: Kayla Freeman/Kaylathrualenz Photography
With his very own unique fashion sense in tack, Miguel takes VEVO on a journey to along with his stylist to one of his favorite stores Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles. During the feature he lets us in on what moves him and what doesn’t when it comes to fashion.
Watch the vid below as Miguel tries on different outfits all while explaining what influences his style.
Since establishing itself in 1899, the retail brainchild of a French immigrant has emerged itself into becoming one of the top luxury department stores amongst the fashion Gods. What started out as a little tailoring shop in downtown Manhattan over the years gained the respect and admiration from many of the high-end fashion designers in the world.
The store which sits on Fifth street between 57th and 58th street, boasts top quality customer service, a luxury spa, and café. It houses several designer boutiques such as Gucci, Yves Saint Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Tom Ford, and Chanel. Although being in competition with other luxury retail department stores, Bergdorf Goodman remains the top choice for many celebrities because of the exclusivity of their merchandise and service provided.
Now, fashionistas have the chance to look inside this fashion monument in a upcoming documentary. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s will dive into the fashion world as seen from the stores view and industry friends. In conjunction with the film project, The Fashion Spot will house an online stream of the film on their website and a $500 reader sweepstakes. To view a small preview of the film and enter the contest, go to http://www.thefashionspot.com/scatter-my-ashes. The contest starts today and will run through April 29.
Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s will premier in select theaters on May 3.
Singer-model Cassie is upping the ante on her grind.
Fresh off the release of her mixtape #RockaByeBaby, the Bad Boy diva has now been name the new spokesmodel for the fashion brand Forever 21. The first images of her debut for the brands Spring 2013 collection have been released and as she does with most anything she wears, she rocks it.
Check out a few of Cassie’s other Forever 21 looks below.
While Cassie got Forever 21 covered, Beyonce is getting her Sasha Fierce on in the new 2013 Summer Campaign for fashion brand H&M.
Bey is doing her thing as the new face of the brands swimwear line. Check out some of shots of Beyonce rocking the cute swimsuits during her photo shoot in the Bahamas for the campaign.
Check out some of her images below.
Chicago native and T.R.U. University signee, Richie Cap.1 (or Cap.1) is set to release his own clothing line soon. Caviar Dreamz is the brainchild of Cap.1 and collaborator Frost. The brand will give men a more flashy, colorful, and exquisite option to the everyday hoodie, sweatshirts, and hats. According to DJSmallz.com, Caviar Dreamz’s clothing line will include leather materials such as ostrich, python, and crocodile. Suede, crushed velvet, and China silk will be used as well to enhance some pieces.
The added touch, however, will be the custom “Buck 50″ hats that will include authentic watch peices, leather straps, and gold hardware. The may range from $150 up to as high as $800.
To see what Cap.1 is bringing to the fashion game, check out DJ Smallz preview below.
Kelly Rowland, Teyana Taylor, Omarion Swag It Out In Black @ BET’s Rip The Runway Red Carpet [Photos]
Ms. Kelly Rowland strutted her stuff in a cute all black piece this week at the taping of BET’s Rip The Runway. Set to air on March 20, Rip The Runway red carpet was gracefully adorned by celebrities such as Jada Pinkett-Smith and son Jaden, Omarion, Teyana Taylor, Meek Mill, and more. This years event was held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. In succinct with BET’s mission to cater to the African-American community, surprisingly most of the celebs appeared in black attire this time around.
Check out the hot looks below…
Photos spotted at SingersRoom.com.
Ri Ri is really digging into the fashion world!
Fresh off the heels of the debut of her new clothing line Rihanna for River Island which we told you about here, the Barbados beauty has now snagged a deal with the popular MAC Cosmetics brand.
In the deal, Rihanna’s cosmetic line, RiRi Hearts MAC, will feature four collections that will be released over the next year. The first product scheduled for release next month will be a lipstick called RiRi Woo in honor of Ri’s favorite MAC shade, Ruby Woo.
About her dive into the cosmetics world especially considering she was also named as a creative partner for the project, Rihanna shares her excitement saying, “I really got to play. There’s so much to choose from, and you can mix different textures with different colors and different greens in different eye shadows. I learned so much about the detail of makeup and what makes things look different. What makes it apply different is really important. Every little detail is important.”
Other products in the RiRi Hearts MAC collections will include other shades of lipsticks, eye shadows, blushes and eyelashes
Miss “Unapologetic” Rihanna who is often the talk of the fashion world when it comes to her own unique style now has her own clothing line.
In a joint effort with the British high street retailer River Island, Rihanna launched her line during a London Fashion Week event. The Rihanna for River Island collection is casual, yet chic and in true Ri Ri fashion some pieces are a bit risqué. Items in the collection include midriff mess tops, skirts, slouchy jeans, and dresses.
Check out the video below to see some of the runway action of Ri Ri’s line and hear what she has to say about it all.
The Bronner Brothers Hair Show was in full effect this weekend. The city of Atlanta was officially turned up with highlights, cuts, and the best in hair weaves. Known for her stylish do’s, Diamond took part in the annual festivities to promote her new hair line. Diamond Dior is Diamond’s introduction to the hair business. In conjuction with Pink Blush Hair, the Atlanta rapper new hair line is sure to keep weave wearers spending major stacks for more.
Taking time out for photo ops with the fans, check out a few pics of Diamond at the BBHS 2013…
Congrats to Diamond! We love to see young women making moves. To check out more photos from Diamond’s hair launch, go to www.diamondatl.com.
Italian fashion line, Miu Miu, debuted a cool short film which featured two dynamic African-American actresses. The film, directed by Ava DuVernay, uses a beautiful scenery and creative camera angles to showcase the high end clothing line. “The Door” surprisingly features the lovely Gabrielle Union and Alfre Woodard. As the supporting cast, the 9-minute film co-stars Goapele, Adepero Oduye, and Emayatzy Corinealdi.
“The Door” is one of several short films in Miu Miu’s The Women’s Tales series. The series was a project started by the fashion house two years with the purpose of showcasing the artistic visions of female film directors nationally and internationally. Each director is given the job of incorporating various Miu Miu’s garments while visually capturing the essence of the brand.
Take a look at “The Door” below…
The 55th Grammys Award show went underway last night. Besides tuning in to see the great performances, many people tuned in to see the red carpet arrivals. Who doesn’t love to see the latest in fashion trends on some of our favorite celebrities?!! Get into a few of the looks from last night…
Who ROCKED IT at the 2013 Grammys??