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Who’s gonna run this fall? Fashionably speaking, it will be none other than +J – Z. Let me clarify; we’re not talking about Hov, we’re talking about the fall offerings of two affordable fashion powerhouses, Uniqlo and Zara.
The heavily anticipated +J collection (Jil Sander for Uniqlo) is set to launch October 1st, and from what we’ve been privy to viewing…the pieces are BANANAS (especially the women’s down ¾ length coat)! The monochromatic grays used in this line will establish a legit base for every look you attempt this Fall/Winter. We’re talking, Japanese engineered garments, with a reputable designer’s vision, ALL ranging from $21 to $155 (we know…those are like Canal St. prices). Don’t SLEEP!
The budget chic underdog, Zara, usually gets overlooked because of H&M’s popularity/ accessibility, and Topshop’s coup d’etat of Europhile fashionistas. However, there are 2 lanes that Zara succeeds both brands: Outerwear and Footwear. In terms of outerwear, Zara uses a unique color palette and mixes different, yet complementary materials to recreate traditional blazers, jackets, and overcoats. In terms of footwear, Zara manages to produce tasteful analogs of designer/runway shoes, with better construction than ANY budget chic brand – for prices ranging from $39 to $89 (women & men). That’s a no-brainer!
On that note, just act accordingly: this F/W, your Blueprint for fashion…+J – Z (AWH!…in my best Hov voice).
Who says adults can’t have toys anymore??
Be@rbrick is a toy made by MediCom Toy Inc. and the company is best known for its visual collaborations. Imagine mashing up a plastic 9 piece Berenstein bear with some of the illest designers like Kaws and Nigo. As basic as it may seem, these toys follow some pretty interesting themes, ranging from patterned bears, to film-inspired bears (i.e. Kill Bill), and (in this case) even Breast-Cancer Awareness bears. What makes these things so dope is that they’re limited, rarely re-released, and extreeeeeemely unpredictable. The dang toy comes in a BLIND BOX**!! (TRANSLATION: you can’t see what bear is inside, until you purchase and open the box up) How Exclusive is that?! I don’t even think Santa’s Elves can get a hold of one of these joints.
** Now I know some of yall are reading this like…”Ninja Please, that ain’t FRESH!! How you gonna camouflage the thing I’m tryna purchase?!” But think about it….if you could see the object inside, would it make it more or less desirable..?
Layered Wood Be@rbrick
Kill Bill Be@rbrick
Bathing Ape Be@rbrick
Mastermind Japan Be@rbrick…
…[the clothing line behind the infamous $1,000 t-shirt]
Daft Punk Be@rbrick
Alessandro Dell’Acqua Be@rbrick
To many, this is the most difficult time of the year. Not only are classes revving back up, work jumping back on schedule, etc. — but the weather is in perpetual limbo. It’s not quite summer…..but it’s not quite autumn. Too hot for the jacket, but too cold for a regular shirt. Greeks, get your notepads out; we’re droppin some items for yall in SummaFall:
The Outsiders Jacket by Hellz Bellz. Yo, this brand is one of the hottest in the streets! They always produce some creative feminine urban apparel. This jacket just looks fly as all hell. I feel like it should have exit doors and propellers!! Catz….order this one before they lift off.
The Journey Track Jacket by LRG. This joint is perfect for the season change. It’s breathable, but still warm enough for the nighttime. The color is impeccable (LRG does this really well), and track jackets in general are essential items. DOGS….don’t sleep on this one.
The Drawstring Cowl Anorak by Triple 5 Soul. Poodles, Poodles, POODLES! Do I have to stress how ill this joint is?? I mean, the damn thing has couture style pockets and a peel-away hood! Just snatch this joint, grab a pair of those leggings from the smArtorialist post last week, and start pullin’ Zoolander moves up and down the block.
The No Way Back Jacket by OBEY. This joint should be called the “Usher 8701, I Need a Girl -esque” jacket! Jokes aside, it’s a good look for Centaurs. Once again, breathable…but not permeable. AND, the gold accents are CRUSHIN’ the game! Act accordingly.
I know what your thinking…and Yea….that’s wifey right there lol. But fa’real, Puma dropped The FL Jacket for reasons just like this mid-season. It’s made of cotton, polyester, and nylon. Ducks, You can’t go wrong — it’s fitted, cropped, and lighter than an Olsen twin.
LRG went in with The Moving Units Jacket. This is a real chill piece, one that can be worn at most downtime evening events. Peep the collar work and the contrast buttons!! Disgusting. Apes, you already know.
The Arcade Hooded Fleece by BB Dakota. If this ain’t a pre-Autumn item, then I don’t know what is! First, women in hoodies…sexy. But women in hoodies with soft stuff in the hood…..sexy squared. Frogs, the color choice, the texture, and the “in-betweeney-ness” (yes, I made that up) of this garment make it a great acquisition.
The Aquatic Button Up Shirt by Freshjive. Ill concept, one that I’ve never seen executed well until now. This is a cotton hoodie….with buttons (the colorway is definitely a plus, Doves). It’s like a cardigan amd a hoodie met in one night of passion and gave birth to this!! I’m coining the term first…..The Hoodigan. UTO stand up!
With the increased popularity of the 80′s Revival and American Apparel, tights have become very fashionable for the female Urban Grads (especially when there isn’t enough time to shave those legs). Well American Apparel isn’t the only game in town…well they are as far as the United States goes. There is a company located in the United Kingdom that has a “massive selection” of tights for all occasions. Check out a little of what tightsplease has to offer.
Don’t worry Urban Graduettes these tights are not expensive. Visit the website http://www.tightsplease.co.uk to browse through the collection. There are sheer tights, opaque tights, fishnets, footless tights, leggings, suspender tights, lace and crochet tights, children’s tights, and even tights for the pregos/expecting mothers. So ladies, remember that the Smartorialist told you to keep it tight.
Post Scriptum I just wanted to put up a picture of these sequin tights by John Varvatos:
The Official Video just dropped, so I had to post it as inspiration to all the Urban Graduates out there. Know what you’re learning, know why you’re learning, and never be afraid to create by stepping outside of the lines. Good Morning UTO.
As urban graduates, we take pride in having “good sense”. But what about having a “good scent”? The right scent could land that perfect date, seal that important business venture, or simply leave that flawless first impression. UTO is about to break down the fragrance world for both male and female urban graduates. Relax and take notes:
1. THE SOLUTION* :: (the ratio of scent oil to its base….usually alcohol)
Basically, we’re talking about the STRENGTH of the perfume/cologne.
- Perfume Extract – highly concentrated; lasts between 6 – 8 hrs.; $$$$
- Eau de Parfum (EDP) – 8% – 15% conc.; lasts 5 – 7 hrs.; $$$
- Eau de Toilette (EDT) – 4% – 8% conc.; lasts 4 – 6 hrs.; $$
- Eau de Cologne (EDC/Aftershave) – 3 – 5% conc.; lasts 3 hrs. max; $
* the strength and price are directly related; higher concentration = higher price
2. THE CATEGORY :: (the family of tones represented in a particular fragrance)
For Men and Women, their are DISTINCT fragrance GROUPS.
- Floral – orchids, roses, lavender; soft, natural smell
- Fruity – strawberry, pineapple, some citrus; fruitful aroma; ref: Anything in Victoria’s Secret Beauty
- Spicy (or Aromatic Fougere if you wanna be smarty art)- described as containing a “warm” or “hot” character
- Woody (or Oriental…p/c, i think not) – sandalwood, cedarwood, vanilla, night-blooming flowers, and oriental resins; nice forest notes, dry or smokey.
** these categories are collapsed; in actuality there are several subcategories and crossovers.
- Citrus – lemon or tangerine; “fresh from the shower” smell; ref: Ralph Lauren Polo Blue, Armani Acqua Di Gio
- Green – sharp and sweet; “fresh cut grass, or crushed leaves” smell; ref: Chanel Allure Homme
- Spicy – uhh….duh. spices; ref: Old Spice, Obsession for Men
3. THE STAGE :: (the manner in which the fragrance will act over time)
Rule of Thumb, a fragrance undergoes DEVELOPMENT.
- Top Note – initial, lighter smell of the fragrance; first 15 min.; ref: what the people in your car smell on the way to the club
- Middle Note – comes after Top Note; remains constant throughout most of fragrance life ; ref: what you catch a whiff of in passing and say, “DAMN HE/SHE Smells GOOD!”
- Base Note – last to emerge; fixes scent to the skin; ref: after a nice, long date, this is what saves you when he or she leans in for the kiss.
Alright, now that you have the general info down, go out and TRY SOME FRAGRANCES. I promise, if you use these terms, and the person at the counter will think you’re Whitley Gilbert! Think of a scent as your signature — unique to your personality. Purchase, Apply appropriately, and watch a good scent do its job.
Since EVERYBODY wants to be Chris Paul this fall….Let’s GET IT!! Top picks across the board for Greeks goin back-to-school:
NIKE Dunk Hi — “Octadunk” Pack. I saw these in person….very Dope! Shout out to Bodega in Boston. Yo, these joints commemorate the beginning of the Beijing Olympics (08-08-08). The detail work is nice, the shoe is completely seamless, and really it’s like looking at a bunch of pixels. LIVE!
Colette + Hello Kitty collaborated to make the Silly Thing Watch. Okay…..It’s blue….It has a CAT on it….AND it’s considered “high-fashion”. No-Brainer!!! Snatch that up, ladiez in blue.
So after really looking around the web, I found something that was dark enough to be Hunter Green. Adidas + GoodFoot (Canadian fashion, get ya brand game up) collaborate on this 5-Panel cap. The dopest part about it all is that it comes with a carrying bag and eco-friendly literature. The Cap and Bag are made out of green materials. How bout that?!
Creative Recreation, again. The Miranda Shoe, definitely an appropriately named joint. Haters have the RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT when you slip these on. Think of them as a creative take on a ballet flat, but waaaaay more comfortable. (Sidebar: Creative Rec is in Barneys now! These dudes done blown UP!! Got they shoes bein made in ITALY).
The Louboutin T-Shirt by Free Gold Watch. This is pretty clever. Put one of the most-coveted heels on a t-shirt, trick it out in red, then add a Fresh ass zipper to the neck for originality?! On point like a Ballerina! Snatch that up, real talk.
BLUE is the new hue this upcoming Fall season. If the end of the summer has got you down don’t feel bad, now you can wear your feelings not only on your sleeve but all over. Shades of blue are popping up all over the runway this season.
Oh, and ladies…I saved the best for last. Check these out and imagine them on your feet. Better yet imagine the response you would get from others just by having these on your feet!
These shoes are very artistic and show that some designers at CHLOE are still in it for the love of the art, and not just riding off of a name. These “be-yutes” are from the new CHLOE 2008 Fall line. Chloe may be on to something and so should all you young female Urban Graduates who pride yourselves on your shoe game. Don’t say the Smartorialist didn’t warn ya.
There’s always an opportunity to wear a tie. Formal or informal, casual or cosmopolitan, ties are an integral part of pulling off a look. Apes, Rabbits, Dogs, and Doves…pay close attention as we run down some Ralph Lauren ties that you’re wardrobe is asking for:
1. Heirloom Clubs Silk Tie – Classic and versatile (easily goes from casual, to classroom, to office); 2. Silk Knit Tie (Black Label) – SOPHISTICATED and very trendy! This is what I call the hit or miss tie — you either do it right, or you miss the point completely (no pun intended). But when it’s worn properly….absolutely flawless.
1. English Repp Solid Tie – Bright solid ties command attention, they become the centerpiece of a good outfit; 2. Heraldic Clubs Bow Tie – Dope. From the green accents to the detail embroidery work. Definitely adds an English feel to your attire.
1. The Polo Players Tie – Yo, this joint is SICK. I appreciate the details with the polo man pattern. Eye-catching, but not overkill; 2. Savile Row Spots Tie – THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE COSMOPOLITAN FUN! Great tonal quality, the dots make the tie playful, but not goofy. AND, it still retains a refined look.
1. English Repp Stripes Tie – This is probably my favorite tie up here. It’s clean, crisp. The wide stripes is what makes this tie cool (like Billy Dee cool). Easy to mix with khaki, navy, blazers, summer suit, even linen. It; 2. Pin Dot Tie – Regal (as pin dots should be). A nice way to show flair at a formal event. Most people opt for the black with pin dots, but the blue can show off your personality. AND, it grabs attention.
In college, there was a guy whom we (students) affectionately knew as “T-SHIRT MAN”. His government name….unknown; His aliases…. “Shirt Man”, “Man with the shirts”, and “Dude sellin’ them shirts”. Although I never knew more than his face, and his palm (in which I placed my $5 or $10), he revolutionized my freshman year wardrobe, LITERALLY. The shirts he sold weren’t even shirts — they were actually more like Fabric Billboards, depicting images of black culture and heritage. Sometimes there was text to accompany the pictures, i.e. The 1968 Olympics (the picture was of John Carlos and Tommie Smith, raising their fists on the podium); other times, there was an entire paragraph, i.e. the bleak history of the word/event “Freaknic”. On the campus, these shirts became infectiously popular like Magic the Gathering Trading Cards and Pokemon, each week asking T-shirt man, “Whatchu got that’s new? I’m lookin for the new joints.” We’d walk around campus advertising for change, consciously and subconsciously.
See, as Urban Graduates, anything we wear becomes a trend, a fashion statement, and a movement. We can dictate anything from politics to sports, all with a simple slogan and a picture across our chests. And it only takes a classroom-full of us to wear the same shirt — we’ll make the 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and the 8 o’clock news, not to mention, the local newspaper. But with that power, also comes great social responsibility. Make an effort to know about what you put on and why you put it on.
Shirts (at top, clockwise from the top left): The Unity Tee by One People Project. The Ba-RockSmith Tee by RockSmith. The Defense T-shirt by Hellz Bellz. The Hope T-shirt by OBEY.
Shirts (at bottom, L – R): The Republicans are Old and Wack Tee by Sons of Liberty. The Brother Tee by One People Project.
If you like the Air Yeezy’s then you will probably love these…
These Marty McFly looking shoes are called the ATO Cow Hide Boot from Japanese designer ATO MATSUMOTO.
These shoes come in black, silver, white, and red. But it’s something about the black that gets me. To be honest, I think these shoes may have inspired the Air Yeezy’s if you ask me. But that’s just how an Urban Graduate thinks. We always see the fashion connection…we have an eye for these types of things y’dig.
I’m not sure if Mobil/Exxon really care, but Urban Graduates EVERYWHERE are being hit hard by the skyrocketing prices of oil. We drive a wide range of vehicles…. old hatchbacks, gas-guzzling spaceships, “I can drive over anything” SUVs, the ever-fashionable Passat, and occasionally, Daddy’s old Mercedez; but I can almost guarantee that NONE of our cars run on old beer cans and banana peels (i.e. The Delorean). It’s great that Hybrid, Electric, and Bio-Diesel cars are all on the market — but let’s be honest….is the Urban Graduate in a financial position to purchase any of these?
Allow me to introduce my nifty friend, THE BICYCLE!! Bicycles (Bikes for short) have been around for almost 200 years (ten years shy). These two-wheeled devices transport a rider from one place to another place…just like cars do– but with considerably LESS GAS (actually…none at all)! AND, they can PARK ANYWHERE for free.
Okay, let me be serious, people ride bikes all the time. As an Urban Graduate, do not restrict yourself to the dogmatic ways of Cars. Pick up a bike, and pedal to work, to school, to the bank, or wherever you deem reasonably within distance. You’ll save a few bucks, burn a few calories, and take care of business.
**The RAW Cannondale Special Ed. Bicycle by Cannondale and G-Star Denim.