Archive for June 2009
Michael Joseph Jackson – Aug. 1958 – Jun. 2009.
The Jackson family is in our thoughts and prayers. He will forever be remembered for spreading the message of peace and equality to the world. We love you and wish you a peaceful journey, brother.
Here’s a round-up of the Latest Spring 2010 Collections showcased in RTW shows. GET FAMILIAR!!
01. Junya Watanabe – “The lineup, defined as snobby by the famed designer, paired a variety of essentials into a comprehensive collection of contemporary menswear.”
02. Comme des Garcons – “…designers have shown tartans, African prints & nautical stripes, but Rei Kawakubo was the only one to pack all three themes into the same garment…patchwork trousers and blazers with collages of colorful panels, pockets and silk neckwear appliqués.”
03. Bottega Veneta – “We wanted to offer clothes that are particularly individualistic. Changing the shape of the pants and breaking the silhouette with color add an energy, even a brashness, that feels invigorating.”
04. Louis Vuitton – “…a fun and innovative collection for the spring which features both style and function. Inspired by what is seemingly a popular theme, New York’s world of messengers lends its aesthetic through various bright offerings.”
05. Jil Sander – “…a minimal design aesthetic, constantly implementing a plethora of solid colored pieces…offering a multitude of simple, well cut apparel with white being the focus…”
06. Moncler Gamma Bleu – “Under the creative direction of fashion designer Thom Browne, Moncler presented their new 2010 Spring/Summer Collection for the Gamme Bleu line. The show featured a Summer sports-inspired theme…”
07. Dries Van Noten – “…marked by an obvious injection of life and color through noteworthy prints and motifs…even the most finely tailored suits with exaggerated shoulders… purged of any businesslike sensibility”
08. Issey Miyake – “The Dai Fujiwara-directed line took inspiration from Turkey, with an assortment of loose-fitting garments including suits, cardigans, and knits featuring a wide array of flashy colors and textile choices.”
09. John Varvatos – “Implementing a strong range of gray hues…showcasing a blend of checked suits, cardigan knits, trousers and shorts, all featuring minimalistic details while remaining distinctly fashionable.”
10. Undercover – “…embodied the ‘simple but beautiful artistic touch that exists after discarding the unnecessary’…a nice mix of technical materials and executions such as hidden welted pockets and weatherproof seams.”
“…Statuettes’ X eyes on those graffiti’d dolls/ my ghetto b****es ask why, I say ‘It’s just be KAWS’…” – Malice (of The Clipse)
With all the added pressures of professional life, bills, and grown-up responsibilities, sometimes Urban Grads forget that we are still YOUNG! One of the best ways to infuse that “youthful spirit” is to keep a toy or two around (ok, minds out of the gutter, everybody). The Urban Grad Curio is much more than an action figure — it’s a 5-inch objet d’art… with Kung-Fu Grip. Here are some reasons why you should step your “Curio Game” up:
1. Be@rbrick is cool. Period. (We’ve been through this before, Bearbrick releases items in limited series, blind boxes, and always delivers creative collaborations)
2. Many of the toys are designed by world-renown artists, i.e. KAWS. (see verse/quote above, and then proceed to Pharrell’s or Lupe’s personal collections)
3. (You) + (Japanese Art) = Urban Art Maven. (The artistic culture of Japanese toys has been around for DECADES…are you just now catching on?)
4. They’re Small, Detailed, and EXTREMELY collectible! (A single toy can cost anywhere from $8, i.e. King Ken by Amos, to $450, i.e. Futura Nosferatu statuette — consider each toy an asset that can appreciate with time).
5. Several suggest, “Hey, I’m a Kid at heart”. BUT, thousands suggest, “Hey, I’m a Kid…and I still prefer pajamas that have footies attached.” (Just like buying framed artwork, make your selections wisely. Be sure that the fun-factor and the art factor are in a balance that reflects your lifestyle).
There are days when you want to show your organizational pride in a subtle manner and a pin won’t do it. Opt for a fashionable timepiece instead. Wristwatches can be an understated accessory by day and the key to your ensemble by night. Leave the utilitarian stainless steel band behind and put on a more expressive watch instead. Do remember to keep everything in proportion. Larger pieces are intended for the weekend and larger body frames, so make your acquisitions accordingly.
FROGS :: A Bathing Ape
POODLES ::&:: CENTAURS :: Nixon
DOGS :: Vestal Zeppelin
RABBITS ::&:: DUCKS :: Gucci ::&:: Bramford Rolex ID
APES :: Bell & Ross
Urban Graduettes if you really wanna get your PUNCTILIO game up then check out Minx Nail Coverings! These nail coverings are the perfect blatant understatements when your talking on your cell phone or when you “firmly grasp the last pair of Jimmy Choo’s on sale” (That’s what it says on the official site). The nail covering designs range from alligator skin to distressed leather to “cheeta.”
Yes!! It’s that time of the year for the Pan-Hel to descend upon Atlanta! There’s something about barbecue grills, deejays, and Greeks strolling that really says…SUMMER SUMMER SUMMERTIME!! So if you plan to be out at Morris Brown College THIS weekend…1) We’ll see YOU there….and 2) PLEEEEEASE have your swagger at 100 thousand trillion (cuz if not…we WILL point you out, and post your pic under ‘Lost my Mojo’). Here’s some help from the u|T|o team:
(in order of appearance: Rabbits, NPHC, Ducks, Apes, Frogs)
These vixens are bad as hell! The white and black colorway is so clean. Not to mention they look like they are from an episode of Robotech. While I enjoy the classics I am partial to techy-inspired designs. You may not know of him yet, but look out for Liam Fahy, the designer of these “beau|Ties.”