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Denimation 201: Bite Me

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Back for the FIFTH time, Levi’s has teamed up with designer KAWS to bring us Urban Grads a Levi’s x Original Fake mash-up. The line features the infamous “chompers” on the back pockets of the re-edition of the 1947 and 1955 Levi’s 501 models. There is also a much baggier cargo pocket jean that was inspired by the Original Fake line. If I had to have anything more on my back pockets then this would be it. The teeth don’t overpower the back of your jean. They are a nice statement piece that say “this is a pair of Levi’s“…but something more.

These limited edition Levi’s can be purchased at Colette’s…if they aren’t already sold out.

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August 31, 2009 at 10:15 am

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u|T|ø endorses…3sixteen Fall 2009

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3sixteen Fall 2009

Frankly, 3sixteen needs no introduction. Back in April, we previewed the S/S 09 collection just to give Grads a taste of the creative genius this brand possesses. This fall, our friends over at 3sixteen have truly outdone themselves, presenting a collection that is both sophisticated and unique. View the video look book here.

The entire collection emits a rich urban zest, offering a variety of pieces (from staple outerwear like pea coats and toggle coats to elite accessories like ties, bracelets, and glasses). Their latest look book is set against a New York City backdrop, adding a sleek cosmopolitan element to this collection.

Honestly, it’s refreshing to see such an astute approach to presenting a designer collection. A brotha can look at something like this and visualize himself in these settings, wearing this apparel, and giving off this vibe. With that said, u|T|ø stands behind this product — unequivocably.

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August 30, 2009 at 1:24 am

The.DøubleShøt

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Here’s your quick u|T|ø doubleshot — everything you missed or need to be reminded of:

  • Dime Piece and Cassie have collaborated to unleash a A/W ’09 collection, celebrating female empowerment. Read here.
  • Streetwear giant 10.Deep and budding artist Donnis celebrated the joint mixtape/t-shirt release in Atlanta. View here.
  • Justin Timberlake teams up with Givenchy to produce PLAY, a new fragrance for men. Read here.
  • ARISE Cape Town Fashion Week 2009 designer reviews. Read here.
  • Rachel Roy for Macy’s Fall 2009 Lookbook. View here.

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August 29, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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Denimation 201: Warrior Chic

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Warrior chic really got its push from the gladiator sandal, however…the designers over at Acne Jeans decided to take it one step further. Their Spring/Summer 2010 skinny denim line features metallic plates or armor fashioned along the thigh, knee, or shin of the pant leg. We’re not sure whether the inspiration behind this is Joan of Arc, Xena – Warrior Princess, or that Beyonce robot suit (designed by Thierry Mugler), but…yea — to each his/her own. What do you think about Acne Armored Jeans?

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August 29, 2009 at 7:20 pm

RecessionPrøøf 220: Payless

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What if I told you that you could pull off designer footwear….for less than $50?

Payless has paired with designers like Christian Siriano (of Project Runway fame), Alice + Olivia (Russian designers), and STPL (of Staple Design) to produce some recession-friendly footwear options for both women and men. I understand that people have an affinity for overpriced goods….but sometimes it’s about getting more bang for your buck, being sexy while also being smart with your expenses. Don’t let the name fool you! Payless has put a lot of effort into acquiring industry-proven brands and making affordable products that are just as fashionable as “runway footwear”. Check out these examples….none of which exceeds $49.99:

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August 27, 2009 at 12:05 am

Rocksmith Fall 09: Undisputed

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Rocksmith has been one of the more heavily-acclaimed streetwear labels for a while now.  When we heard they released a new look book for their fall collection, we acted accordingly. Enjoy the visuals (uTo’s in-house favorites: The black perforated leather cap and the red crewneck sweater w/ Jay-Z graphic).

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August 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Inc.Me Ladies [Kick.Game.Proper]

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We’re at it again — and today, it’s all about heels! Everybody loves a lady with a mean shoe game….even the haters. Tell us how you would rock these shoes below! Be creative, be original, and be YOU! All of your replies will be posted RIGHT HERE for other readers to view. Wanna join in? Send your @reply to @Gr8vision, @Bleyzmanuel, or @GunnerSixx – we’ll post E-Mee-Jit-Lee!

Here are your kicks:

The Marc Suite (only pick ONE)

Marc by MarcJacobsRed Peep Toe Star Pumps for Marc by Marc Jacobs

>> LiaDelFresco says: “the yellow marc jacobs scream “woman with a mission” to me. simple black pencil to compliment the black detail and a nice blouse.”

Bets on Betsey

Generosa Shoe by Betsey Johnson

>>Diva_Esquire says: “OMG The Bets on Betsey…doing it!!! I LOVE these kill ‘em in circa ’50s style dress yes!”

The Givenchy Effect

Givenchy S/S 09

>> NadirahAli says: “the Givenchy Effect… they give orgasmic dreams. im not a fan of black shoes. Zippers are sleek & sexy”

>>fashioninmotion says: “Shoes that palpitate the heart; thank you @bleyzmanuel for the eye candy and daydreams”

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August 19, 2009 at 10:16 am

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Don’t Act Like I Never Told Ya

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If you’ve been following our twitter feeds (gr8vision, GunnerSixx, bleyzmanuel) you will have already known that we took notice of the recent “Construction Worker” trend in footwear (a brother confesses, Red Wing Inspired boots are my sh*t). If that wasn’t enough, we even posted the re-release of Polo Boots, back in July. Now everywhere you look, celebs have been rocking  steel toes — Timbalands and Doc Martens to be exact. So again…don’t act like we never told ya!

(Photos courtesy of Concreteloop — AUC stand UP!)

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Rihanna + BootsRihanna's friend con Doc MartinsSolange in Doc Martins

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August 18, 2009 at 9:50 am

Get Familiar | F/W09

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Grads, it’s mid-August, which means that “the season of versatility” is right around the corner. Before you think about putting away those chinos, chambray, and bright colors — take a look at some of the incoming styles. You may be surprised to see that some motifs are going to hang around this Fall, and into the cold season. Here are a couple of items that u|T|o staff has gathered to help you brainstorm your F/W wardrobe — GET FAMILIAR!!:

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Blend some of your favorite summer pieces with elements from the fall. Mixing textures is one of the best ways to incorporate cross-seasonal looks.

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Accessories that SPEAK!

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Arm band by Maison Martin Margiela

Fall neutrals and cool colors will always be dependable options. But don’t abandon those electric colors and vibrant splashes that make your wardrobe POP!

Scarf by Nonnative

Fall/Winter 09 Accessories and Sneakers by Raf Simons

TEXTURE, Tailoring….Always work

Vest by Nonnative

J+ Collection Suit by Jil Sander x Uniqlo

Alexander McQueen F/W 09

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August 17, 2009 at 9:44 am

RecessionPrøøf 220: The Margiela S/S ’08 L[oo]k

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A personal favorite here at the Urban Takeøut studios is Maison Martin Margiela. I was really diggin’ the bandeau inspired looks of his Summer/Spring ’08 RTW line. I decided to put this post together to give you Urban Graduettes a more cost-effective way to show your appreciation for MMM.

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No, these are not the same designs but they are ridiculously close. The cheaper alternative to the right is the “Summoning The Storm” tee by Liquid Blue.

Ripped jeans by Yodamnself.

And finally, the booties…Black leather ‘Soho’ collar sandals by Ash.

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August 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm

The.DøubleShøt

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The DoubleshotThe Doubleshot

Here’s your quick u|T|ø doubleshot — everything you missed or need to be reminded of:

  • Today, Scott Schuman’s book, The Sartorialist arrives in stores (I’ll be snagging my copy this afternoon from Barnes and Noble). Buy here.
  • Maison Martin Margela has released looks at their upcoming fall/winter collection. View here.
  • Spike Jonze and Kanye West have collaborated on a short film entitled, “We Were Once A Fairytale”. It will be available Sept. 8th on iTunes. Read more here.
  • Rodarte x Target was announced last week. We knew in July…but just in case you didn’t…read here.
  • Ford Model’s recent signee Amber Rose has a FLAWLESS feature in Complex Magazine. See here.

Cheers!

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August 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Inc.Me: Ladies Edition

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Once again, u|T|o is rolling out new categories for our readers! “Inc.Me” is a unique one; here we ask a guild of Urban Grads (via twitter) how they would INCorporate random article(s) of clothing or accessories  into their own personal style — then we post their responses! Check our side column for the tweets —–>>>

Here are the items:

Owlita Feather EarringsOwl Feather Earrings

>>NadirahAli says: “i normally hate feather earrings but these are dope! only sport em with tank&jeans, hair to one side and BADBAD shoes”

>>Diva_Esquire says: “okay the earrings, I’d def. wear them out on a weekend to an event with a solid color dress. The shoes & bag w/some slacks (blk)”

>>Luv_TayRonae says: “I’d so rock those feather earrings! With my Bangs out and hair in a ponytail. Nothing too flashy on. All eyes on my ears! GOLD!”

>>andremichael says: “love ‘em. I call ‘em “power accessories”! U don’t need much else going on w a major statement shoe or earring!”

>>NajahJamilah says: “DOPE WOULD DEFINITLY RoCK!”

Novella Royale Mister Bag

>>NadirahAli says: “the bag with denim easy everyday bag, but the shoes short black mini dress and blazer.”

>> Luv_TayRonae says: “For the bag, I’d wear my distressed jeans, fitted V-neck white-tee and my wicker Fedora. Hook on my Gold armlets…DONE!”

>>ShnElys says: “theres a little black dress in my closet ready for each of those accessories….”

 

Margiela Disco Ball Sandals

>>Diva_Esquire says: “the shoes are on some hot discoball steez, I’d rock ‘em with all black”

>>cherita1984 says: “I’d rock them with a black strapless mini, blindin everybody in the room when I walk”

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August 12, 2009 at 9:50 am

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