Rappers & Fashion

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Rappers & Fashion trends. These two topics pretty much come hand in hand. A lot of rappers are the first to model new trends and be the stepping stone for the latest fashion craze. 

Be it Kanye West sporting a skirt or Pharell Williams wearing a hat a little out of the ordinary. Lets face it one way or another rappers and their controversial outfits have always been a point worth addressing within the fashion industry.

Many of us rely on these rappers to bring in the latest look or inspire us to progress our own fashion. I think this is a key element of the urban/street fashion world, with many of these rappers being seen as the models. Of course I have to mention the likes of Kanye West and A$AP Rocky as it is debatable that these are two of the biggest fashion icons around. We rely on these two for more ‘unusual’ items as well the controversial. Who else can get away with wearing a skirt? Of course no one other than Yeezus himself. If i were to go into West End wearing a leather skirt i’m pretty sure I would have had the remains of someone’s Big Mac sliding down my face. This is where it becomes apparent to me how important the likes of these people are. It is almost like a ‘seal of approval’. Although these items of clothing are controversial it’s like it is almost made okay if someone famous is seen wearing it first. 

This brings me on to my next point about originality. I mean what does it really mean to be original? Seeing someone like Chris Brown (he can’t really rap but yeah) wearing an over sized hoodie with some leather pants and black Timbs, you then slightly altering this outfit maybe adding a spike here or there or adding an extra stud doesn’t make you original. I mean yes it’s good to take inspiration from the right places but don’t wear it just because you’ve seen so and so wearing it. Be comfortable with yourself and what you wear. ( A little off track) 

I think that it is a good thing that we have the rappers to introduce these new fashion trends, even though some of them do become a little too popular much like the leather look with celebrities looking like they’re ready to butcher cows and just slap all that leather on. New meaning of ‘fashion killa’? And don’t get me started on the hype surrounding Timberlands. Without the likes of Kanye west and other influential icons question yourself if the Jordan brand would have really exploded the way it did? Of course it would have. But when? This kind of person helps to accelerate this process and create hype surrounding the item/s. I know I keep mentioning Kanye but as much as it pains me to say it i have to admit that he has style and yes even though he does talk a lot of S***, I like the fact that he has shown that as a rapper you can be more than just lyrics and you can branch out from music. I know he failed investing millions but he has a valid point, he is successful and he is a massive inspiration to the urban/street fashion scene. Sway doesn’t have the answers to as why he failed but hey at least Kanye is trying. I mean the guy can create a masterpiece if we were to discuss footwear.

The likes of Jay Z and Miguel bring an element of elegance and slickness to the fashion scene also. Constantly being spotted out in brands such as ‘Tom Ford’. This helps to introduce the different looks into the same culture of fashion. Showing us at home that yes sometimes it is good to go and get the freshest pair of Jordans dropping this year, but at other times it is good to dress up a little bit and put on a slim fit suit or blazer and just look casual and smart. All of these people have a great influence over the current trends and personally I believe it’s good that we have them there almost as ‘Stepping stones’ possibly even ‘guinea pigs’.

These people are a focal point in new trends and fashion for the urban/street fashion scene. It is key as not many people have an insight or knowledge of designers an rely on the music industry for these fashion icons. I’m not saying to copy what they are wearing but maybe use some of what they wear as inspiration or just use them as an example to be confident in yourself. Don’t be a Wolf in a Sheep’s clothing. Be yourself.

Zara?

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Am I the only one that has noticed that Zara has become way too popular over the last year? Is it because of the leather look clothing or the hype surrounding all black clothing? Who knows but lets face it we’ve all noticed.

I’m not going to act like I don’t own any items from Zara but this was back when Zara was a lot more subtle and not as mass produced. Now that is not the case. Due to Zara’s such limited range and small collections, a lot of people are now walking around looking like leather look bin bags. Everything leather? No.

The leather look started off great, with a small trim here and there but never whole outfits. Who do i blame for this? There is definitely a small list. Be it Kanye or A$AP Rocky they’ve all greatly increased Zara’s intake. A lot of their clothing is not even original, I mean yes they do have some good pieces but a lot of their clothing resembles Givenchy’ and ‘Yves Saint Laurent‘ only just it being lower quality to the expensive designers.

Leather joggers? Florescent patterned leather joggers? Not even Hypebeasts wear these surely? I mean at least ‘Pyrex’ limits their designs and they are still able to pull it off (just about). I personally believe that Zara needs to be a tiny bit more original with the clothing it is producing. But what does that matter? Zara has become way too popular now and does not have a wide enough range for it to be able to deal with this popularity. If Zara isn’t careful they could end up being a more expensive version of ‘Primark’ with shops popping up quicker than Mcondalds. It gets even worse when its’ sale is on as items that are originally priced at £140 are priced at £29.99 in the sale. The women’s range is a lot better organised in comparison to the men’s range.

Personal experience right here…

The January sales have just begun, I’m in Westfield and I think to myself “Byron why don’t you check out Zara?” so I decide to. Biggest mistake that I could have made that day! First of all I walk in and it smells of sweat. Yes. Sweat. To add to that it is packed to the point where people are slowly shuffling along barely able to take their phones out of their ‘amazing’ leather look florescent joggers. So enduring these conditions i decide to buy a pair of jeans. Long story short I get home and the jeans didn’t even fit. needless to say I was P***** off.

Moral of the story… Zara has become way too popular and they need to be more original ( as well as sorting out their sizing). I’m not asking anyone to boycott Zara or anything like that. I’m simply saying, please just calm down and lay off of Zara a little bit or Zara hire some decent designers!

Nike Air Yeezy – Red October

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So after all of the hype and the constant on and off-ness if you like, the ‘Red October’ version of the Nike Air Yeezy dropped yesterday which was a complete surprise to everyone (supposedly).

There had been a lot of rumours surrounding the release of these and the disagreements between Nike and the God himself ‘Yeezus’ helped to fuel these rumours further. After a cancelled release by Footlocker a lot of sneaker heads and hypebeasts were not happy, but now despite Kanye ‘supposedly’ having signed a contract with the 3 stripe bandits Adidas. The Red Octobers finally released.

These are the biggest sneaker release to feature within 2014 so far and probably will be the biggest of the year selling out in just 11 minutes in fact showing the popularity of these kicks. The West and Nike collab kick was the most anticipated piece of footwear throughout 2013, the sneaker never needing to be advertised or promoted in anyway apart from the obvious, the big headed chubby cheeked rap genius sporting them continuously throughout the year.

All red kicks had been a trend growing all throughout the year. Inspired by the Yeezys? Maybe. With the popularity of the Balenciaga Arenas growing and a number of custom Jordans  all being captured by this crimson colour, it has been a good year for the colour red. Many people now deciding that all black is starting to fade and what better way to brighten up their days than with little hint of contrast with some red kicks? With the Yeezys now bursting upon the sneaker scene quicker than leather look clothing it has now reduced a lot of hype surrounding the release of the ‘Infared 6’s’ that are due to drop this weekend.

Good luck getting a pair of the Red Octobers by the way anyone who got a pair and is willing to sell the beauties, the average starting price seems to be around £4,000-£5,000 its even rumoured that there’s a pair going for just over £10m.