Guest Post: RealTalented

Today’s post is a little different. I asked one of my followers, realtalented to guest post for me. I thought with his unique style of expressing himself, it would be really cool if he could whip up a little somethin’ about fashion for my blog. So here it is, hope you enjoy it…

If u asking about fashion

I’m only grasping it

But laughing

Because I don’t know what happened

Skinny jeans tighter than the tights u wrestle in

Then have the audacity to sag them, damn

It’s embarrassing

But to each his own

I don’t mean to preach but I’m grown

Grown man that’s my tone

Style I wear it like it’s my cologne

Will I conform, probably won’t

Because originality is my home

If I had to choose my fashion will be tattoos

I know people like is that really what u would say if they ask u

Yeah I laugh too

But in my defense I like things that’s forever written in stone like a statue

They say I’m nuts like a cashew

I’m on a different level with mine I already passed u

Everybody playing checkers I’m playing chess n I’m about to castle u

Now with words so smooth how can I not have style

That’s something I’m asking u

And if you enjoyed that and want to read more of his work, check out his blog here at http://realtalented.wordpress.com/

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Hip-Hop V Fashion

What’s the difference between hip-hop and fashion?

…Well, there isn’t one now.

Over the years, we have been introduced to many hip-hop artists with different styles, trends and flavours. They are the ones who have successfully merged fashion and hip-hop together. But will it still be the same over the next few years?

I asked a few people at my university what they thought about this.

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Twitter: @x_damionjr

Name: Damion

Age: 19

Location: London

How do you think hip-hop has changed fashion?

“Celebrities treat fashion like it’s a conspiracy. So if you’re not wearing what they’re wearing, you don’t fit into their society.”

 

 

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Twitter: @stephfunkyfresh

Name: Naomi

Age: 20

Location: London

How do you think hip-hop has changed fashion?

“I think that hip-hop now compared to back in the day has changed the whole fashion scene in a big way as opposed to wearing baggy clothes, and now we have skinny jeans and leather looks with long t-shirts. You can relate this back to the first black rapper ever to appear on the cover of Vogue.”

*For those who don’t know, the first rapper was A$AP Rocky.

 

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Twitter: @teetee_x

Name: Telita

Age: 20

Location: Central London

Why do you think hip-hop fashion has become increasingly popular?

“I would say it’s down to the popularity of the public, for example, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky have an influence on certain social groups who tend to follow their style and trends.”

Do you think urban fashion will stay popular in the next 10 years and why?

“It probably won’t last the whole duration of the 10 years because fashion trends always change, however, it will come back in many years to come as a society that recycles old trends.”

What are your thoughts on this? Feel free to hit me up with a comment 🙂

Chuck Taylor: Rise of the Converses

They can be worn clean or dirty. I prefer mine clean.

IMAG0389-1Converses have been around for ages and that’s all because of one man…Mr Marquis Mills Converse. He da man!

The All Star Revolution

It all began when the Converse company designed footwear specifically for netball and football players back in the 1910s. Charles (Chuck) Taylor started wearing them in his basketball matches in 1917. He then became a salesman for the company where he improved the shoe’s design. 1923, after Chuck Taylor made improvements to the shoe, then, in the 1930s it was re-branded to Chuck Taylor All Stars where the company decided to incorporate his name onto the ankle patches that displayed the Converse All Star logo, however no commissions were made after lending his name to the company.

Back in the days, the shoe had three main styles – a monochromatic shoe with a black canvas upper and black rubber soles, an all white shoe with blue and red trim, and an all black leather and rubber shoe. The shoe was redesigned again after World War II where they added toe guards, laces and outer wraps white, which transformed into the iconic black and white Converse All Stars of today.

Now, Converses come in a variety of colors, styles, prints and fabrics. You can even design your own!

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Converse in Hip-Hop

Drake wears them. Lil Wayne wears them. Even Jay Z wears them.

But no one can ever rock Converses the way Wiz Khalifa does.

The hip-hop star was soo obsessed with the famous footwear that he now has his own collection called… (wait for it)… “Chuck Taylor All Star Wiz Khalifa” collection – how original. The collection features 12 new styles which represents the artist’s rebellious style. 

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However, his love for the brand doesn’t stop there. He even has his own record label called Taylor Gang Records. This includes the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Chevy Woods and Project Pat…. yeah, I’ve never heard of these people either. In a couple of his songs he does reference Converses, “Gucci, Chuck Tays, I don’t f*** with no Prada” – Shame (2009). I see he’s been doing a little name dropping there too!

So there you have it. Converses are everywhere! And I’ve now declared them one of my favourite pair of shoes, because they go with everything and anything, and they’re soooo comfy. The downside is, they’re not the best winter wear….I learnt that the hard way.

 

Why don’t you check out the new Wiz Khalifa collection and tell me what you think.

The Top 5 … Blogs

Heyyyyy y’all, it’s baaack! The top 5. And this time it’s all about my 5 favourite blogs that is worth checking out.

So here it is, #5 Urban And Trendy – 

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This half Spanish, half English blog is great for all you female fashionistas. Have a look at http://www.urbanandtrendy.com/

#4 The Boombox – 

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This blog is great if you love hip-hop, rap and R&B. It features the latest news and interviews of current hip-hop stars. Their Underground Kings page is so cool and celebrates the work of new artists. So check out The Boombox *wiki wiki* http://theboombox.com/

#3 The Fancy Pants Report

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Love the layout, love the content. My favourite page on the blog has to be the ‘Shop’ page as well as the OOTD posts, because Kate’s style is so hip but glam. Go on, give it a read! http://thefancypantsreport.com/

#2 Jon Negroni 

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This is actually one of the best popular culture blogs I’ve seen. It’s just soo great; I really like his post on The ‘Pixar Theory’ and how every Pixar film is related. It’s a great read on a fun, creative blog. Follow his blog right here on WordPress: http://jonnegroni.com/

And finally #1 is… The Fashion Bomb Daily –

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 A blog on all things fashion and multicultural. This blog has definitely got it all and what I like most about it is that it’s not just for females it’s for males too, with a page dedicated to Men’s clothes. Looking at the celebrity styles of Jay Z and Kanye. It is definitely worth looking at. You can follow the blog here at http://fashionbombdaily.com/

So there it my top 5 blogs, if you think I’ve missed a blog on my list send me a comment 🙂

Video of the week: Salt-n-Pepa – Whatta Man

Throwwwbaaaack. A video to all you 90s babies (and non-90s babies). This song is so catchy even though the lyrics aren’t exactly great. I chose this video because their styling was on point in their day, even to this day the crop tops, denim and high shorts have surely made a comeback this summer.

So check it out. Leave a comment.

How is hip-hop affecting fashion?

As you look around, London is buzzing with hip-hop fashion; it’s so hard not to see a fresh-faced boy or girl dressed in the latest fashion. Could this be because of our current hip-hop stars?

Take Jay Z for example, who has clearly influenced others into buying Frank&Jan’s ‘Blame Society’ tee he was seen rocking. I mean who wouldn’t want to been seen wearing the same t-shirt as the king of hip-hop. And also Rihanna who has just recently launched her River Island collection.

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Originating from the streets of New York in the late 70s, the urban fashion scene has definitely changed the fashion industry and especially our culture. Lycra body suits and cut denim shorts are also back in fashion thanks to female rap duo Salt-n-Pepa.

The way we see fashion is forever changing, but what is next for hip-hop fashion?

Stay tuned for part 2.