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5 Trends in Streetwear Fashion That AREN’T Killin’ It and ARE Killin’ Me.

 

5 Trends in Fashion That AREN'T Killin' It and ARE Killin' Me.

When it comes to the streetwear culture, a trend is like a potluck dinner – you bring a dish that you’ve made, and if the other people at the dinner like it, they eat it all, ask for the recipe and then try to make it for their family and friends who weren’t invited to the dinner.

“TASTE, AS DEFINED BY ‘HIGH CULTURE,’ ONCE IT IS ‘OVERDONE,’ IS NORMALLY PASSED ON TO THE REST OF SOCIETY AS LEFTOVERS TO BE DEVOURED AND RUMINATED OVER BY THOSE WHO WERE NOT INVITED TO THE FEAST.” – Julio Garcia Espinosa.

Sorry that got real deep real quick, but continuing on, I realized that trends in streetwear are so prominent, so hype, so REAL. However, there are some trends in fashion that need to either get out or try a little harder right now. Sure, there is a fine balance between wearing what you wear because it’s ‘in’ and wearing what you wear because YOU personally like it and fashion is about YOU, not the people. Like okay, I get it. But when the time comes, some things have just… got to go. And yes, I fall victim to a few of these, as I’m sure many of you do, so I’ll be the first to admit that I’m putting the ‘critical’ in ‘hypocritical’. So take that, rewind it back and read on!

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RECAP: BAIT x FILA 96 The Next Chapter Launch Party

RECAP:  BAIT x FILA 96 The Next Chapter Launch Party

For those that slept hard and missed out on the festivities for the BAIT x Fila launch party for the The ’96 “Next Chapter” over the weekend, you can surely live vicariously through our coverage of the event.  For starters, BAIT Los Angeles definitely knows how to throw a function by getting Hennessy involved and letting them slang the tastiest of libations made from everybody’s favorite cognac.  What’s more, DJ Double J had the best tunes on smash and had all attendeses vibing out throughout the affair.  I mean, just imagining ourselves enjoying some Hennessy ginger, berry and citrus cocktails all over again while taking in all the dope visuals and sounds at BAIT is a memory that we definitely can’t get mad at.  Hit the jump to get in on all the fun. Read more

BAIT x FILA: The Next Chapter ’96

BAIT x FILA: The Next Chapter '96

Thanks to a crucial collabo between Fila and Los Angeles streetwear boutique, Bait, “The 96″ (AKA The Grant Hills) has next-leveled itself into something that’s more of a refined and premium form – the rich “Filabuck” upper, red leather lining, icy red rubber soles, perforated panels and a leather velcro heel strap with tonal debossed BAIT logos will tell you that. This collaboration was dubbed “The Next Chapter”, in homage to Grant Hill’s post-NBA career.  Now to up the level some more, the exclusivity of these kicks are limited to the three BAIT locations in LA.  You can’t even find these joints on Fila.com!  Hit the jump to find out how you can roboCOP them tomorrow, July 26th. Read more

No Sign: Rape Doesn’t Belong in Your Rants, Yeezus

No-Sign is a regular feature that gives an in depth opinion on whatever deserves a proper verbal thrashing.  Basically, instead of earning a highly esteemed Co-Sign, it’s about to catch fade on a No-Sign.  In this edition, Kanye West, once again, is over the top with his latest rant when he aligns paparazzi relations with victimization, and takes it too far.

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Red Bull Presents the BC One North America Final with 16 Best B-Boys on August 15.

An epic night of breaking battles is about to go down on August 15th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, hosted by Sway Calloway.  Red Bull has released a new teaser to promote the world’s most prestigious one-on-one b-boy competition, giving us a taste of what we can anticipate to see in Vegas this August. Packed with freezes, footwork and top rocking (you can’t forget the top rocking), the Red Bull BC One North America Final is something all you b-boys and girls won’t want to miss. Read more

Editor’s Note: The Best Lesson That Hip-Hop Never Taught Me

Editor's Note: The Best Lesson That Hip-Hop Never Taught Me

A year after my senior year in high school I deejayed this one house party for an acquaintance of mine.  Acquaintance for the fact that back in high school, she just happened to know me from sharing a few classes with her, yet too cool enough to not want to get to know me any better past that.  Cheerleader, popular, pretty – you know the deal.  The function was hardly worth mentioning, though, put together in what seemed to be a matter of minutes by her popular girl friends and her wanna-be “homeboys” just dripping in Roc-A-Wear and Sean John.   These were a group of kids that didn’t know much about anything which of course, was one of the major reasons they brought me out and paid me too much.  Blame it on the sheltered suburban lifestyle or point the finger at the sheer ignorance to what lay beyond it – take your pick.  Read more

Public School NYC Keeps the Flame Up For Fashion

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PUBLIC SCHOOL NEW YORK is the thread that sews streetwear and luxury fashion together. Capturing the quintessence of The Big Apple, over the past few years designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have won the hearts of the most established names in the fashion industry. From working side-by-side at Sean John to founding PUBLIC SCHOOL in 2008, Chow and Osborne’s low-profile collaborative success was first recognized in 2010 by the Council of Fashion Designers in America (CFDA) to be a part of the inaugural business development program. In 2013, PUBLIC SCHOOL won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear, only to win the CFDA VOGUE Fashion Fund Award a few months later. But besides winning over the high-brow fashion crowd, PUBLIC SCHOOL NYC’s street sensibilities are what created the buzz and unique appeal around the brand, setting itself up to be the torch-bearers for the burgeoning trend of blurring the lines between traditional streetwear and established high fashion. Read more

Abramorama to Release Martin Shore’s TAKE ME TO THE RIVER on Sept. 12.

Abramorama to Release Martin Shore's TAKE ME TO THE RIVER on Sept. 12.

Abramorama, Richard Abramowitz’s distribution company, announced earlier this July that it has joined with Social Capital Films to acquire the theatrical rights to Martin Shore’s award-winning music documentary, TAKE ME TO THE RIVER. The documentary celebrates the inter-generational and interracial musical influence of Memphis with social interruptions of discrimination and segregation.  Narrated by Terrence Howard, the film features many incredible icons including William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Yo Gotti, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy and The North Mississippi All-Stars. This soulful ensemble brings viewers inside creative collabs to share the ups, the downs and the inspiration of some of America’s most talented musicians. Read more

Venue, Summer ’14: The Best In Show

Venue, Summer '14: The Best In Show

We saw plenty of fresh and outstanding new gear out of some up-and-coming brands at the recent Venue trade show in Downtown Los Angeles.  One example of such can be seen in the very unique and extremely fresh graphic tees above, coming straight from Hometown Kings.  Besides these prime samples of dope gear we spotted, you can hit the jump to check out more of what we thought were the cream of the crop at Venue trade show. Read more

ALGO-RHYTHMS at Sonos Studio

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Sonos Studio brings us yet another treat of audio-visual goodies.  July 17, 2014 was the opening of a new exhibition called, ALGO-RHYTHMS.  This exhibition explores the unique experience of art that is created when technology meets music and sound. It explores the ways in which software has created an evolution in music listening.

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