Archive for September 2008

The smARTORIALIST: Ms. Reese

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I just wanted to put the spotlight on a person who is doing their thing in fashion industry, and has been for some time now.  Not ONLY is this person holding it down but they are becoming a powerhouse in the fashion industry because their use of “unusual textures and colors, often with a touch of vintage* has captured the attention and the money of many high-profile celebs such as Beyonce KnowlesEva Longoria and Tyra Banks.  What makes this person more than just another successful fashion designer is that they are one of the industry’s most successful AFRICAN-AMERICAN female designers.  This is a very great achievement in an industry where african-american representation, as far as designers and models, leaves a lot to be desired…

Pastel Garden Dress

…In an industry where most of the recognized black fashion designers were already celebrities before their lines were released, it is refreshing to see someone who uses their ingenuity and creativity to sell their designs and not their celebrity status.  No offense to the entertainers turned fashionistas (or maybe it’s fashionISTOS for the males…), but TRACY REESE is the TRUTH like the murder of a lie.  However Urban Graduettes I understand that not everybody has runway money; so Ms. Reese also offers a more affordable line geared at the younger crowd called Plenty sold at Anthropologie stores which are  also in cahoots with Urban Outfitters.

Raven Print DressSequin Rose Top

I had to put this  raven feather-print  shift dress up here because I’m just  digging the print.  I  don’t know why but  it reminds me of  some  Edgar  Allan  Poe surrealist type  garment.  I could  see it in like a Tim  Burton  movie or  something.  AND I know that you can’t tell from the pic on the right but the whole top is sequins.  That floral pattern is pretty intricate.  BUT that is  neither here nor there, the purpose of this post was to bring awareness.  So  until next time…stay informed.  THANK YOU MISS REESE.

* (above quote courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/tracy-reese)

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September 22, 2008 at 9:55 pm

No Sagging!! (Unless you’re a model?)

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Alright, if yall have been watching CNN as closely as I have, in between all of the McCain + Palin/Obama + Biden talk, they ACTUALLY show some news. About two weeks ago, there was a story of a Florida man who got arrested for SAGGING. Law Enforcement is REEEALLY cracking down on this!!! Peep this article.

However….I’d like to point out this lil picture I found on a website (Selectism.com) taken from the Thom Browne Spring/Summer 2009 Runway Show that just past. Tell me what’s wrong, and why you see no police?

Wait, maybe you didn’t see. I’ll give you another one:

They call it a “below the waist short trouser“. Thom Browne, YALL CAN’T FOOL ME! Them kats are SAGGIN’ in picnic-table cloth. But I guess, when you do it for a multi-million dollar company, the cops don’t care. In the words of the great C&C Music Factory, “Things that make you go…Hmmmm”.

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September 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm

u|T|ø Endorses…Japanese Chucks!

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u|T|o Endorses…..ATO MATSUMOTO HIGH TOP SNEAKERS. Matsumoto is a japanese designer best known for his  space-aged sneakers worn by Kanye (also shown on this site). But THESE BAD BOYS…are just pure Bird Flu Sick!! Quarantine my FEET after I cop these! I feel like Ato sent Converse an email saying, “Anything you can do, I can do BETTER” (with an mp3 of him singing it attached)! The back of the shoe has a dope zipper/strap feature, somethin that Chuck T just never really thought about. In short, Domo Arigatoo, Mr. ATO.

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September 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Greek 2 Chic: SummaFall

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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!

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September 8, 2008 at 9:06 pm