Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
"I wanna be the type of designer that inspires people, not follow other ideas. I wanna be as innovative as Marc Jacobs has been. I wanna go from being a fashion plate to being an innovator. This collaboration is a dream come true. Everybody comes to these shows has a love of fashion, but then it’s just figuring out what’s your place in it. I’m a walking billboard but to be able to now create something from scratch is amazing." Kanye West
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Last night at S.O.B's had to be musically the best night of the year so far. The line up was similar to the 08 Boston Celtics deal and reminiscent of the 06 New Jersey Nets; three headed beast. The three hottest artist on the New York scene right now, under one roof and they are all scheduled to perform; insanity. The hype of the show alone drew a crowd from the time the doors opened, as the time went by and it drew nearer to the opening act the people kept pilling in at a ridiculous rate. By the time Theophilus London came out to open the show it was difficult to move your toes, much less your whole foot. Mr. London's performance did not disappoint, he kept it interesting with his high energy dancing, pelvic thrust and he even brought a box of tricks on stage. He featured a remix to one of his singles with Jesse Boykins III, Cold Pillow. Theophilus' high energy songs and stage antics was more than enough to get this packed crowd fired up.
The next act was Brooklyn's own, Curt@!n$. It has been a while since New York has seen Curt@!n$ but they welcomed him back with open arms. On the heels of the release of his first mixtape in years, Curt@!n$ hit the stage fully loaded and ready to prove to New York that he's still got it. The theatrical entrance left me in awe, he had his on stage hype man in a full surgeon's uniform. Curt@!n$ was then dragged on stage in a straight jacket, Hannibal Lector style. Now here is an artist that not only makes songs but also puts a lot of thought into the recreation of that song on stage. It's like shows you what was going through his mind when he wrote the song. Once the straight jacket was opened and the restraint was removed from his mouth it was a roller coaster experience with Dope Boy C (Curt@!n$) as the crowd not only enjoyed the music but get a different physical representation of the song for almost each song. Yes that's right, Curt@!n$ changed clothes during the performance three times for a total of four different outfits, each to match the songs that he was performing.
The final act was Mr. Main Event himself, Mickey Factz. He opened up with a acapella freestyle, it was such a statement maker that the crowd was silent and everyone payed close attention. That freestyle should have been called the disclaimer because everything after that was off the wall. He played Jay-Z's verse on My President is Black and then gave us his own verse on the beat. He then introduced us to his band the red pills and we all entered the matrix. The addition of the live band took his performance to a different level as he performed hits like Rock'n N Rollin' and Block Em With My Shades. He even took it back to a classic with My Supra's which has been adopted as the official Supra song. There were times in his performance where Factz himself got caught up in the energy from the live band and broke out into convolutions and fits that sent him spiraling to the ground.
It is safe to say that these three artist pulled no punches and left it all on the stage. I'm sure that if you missed it you can find the footage on youtube but the experience will not be the same. Something this good isn't natural so I predict that many moons will pass before we get to see a show of this caliber again. I'd like to say congratulations to Curt@!n$ on the release of The Great Adventures of Dope Boy C and Theophilus London's This Charming Mixtape releases this Friday so stay tuned for that.
photo credit: Village Slum
When people think that you have completely lost your mind it's a good thing because that is how you judge your progression. Historically everyone that has opened their mind and done something that has never been done before or thought impossible was considered out of their mind. "I don't understand him/ her anymore, I think he/ she has finally lost it." or "You can't do that, are you crazy?"
I saw embrace the madness because that is the only way you know that you make sense for sure.
"Approval taste good but rejection is necessary." Jason Burke
Wrapped in sand colored python skin and standing tall at 4" these heels are a phenomenal piece of work. The foot slides beautifully into the shoe and the python skin wrapped loops rise to the ankle which is then secured by the ankle strap. In my opinion the construction of this shoe is incredible and theoretically there are so many ways that it could have come out looking a mess but the idea works out quite well. Think your woman enough for these heels?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Never before has there been such a turnout for the rise of a new leader for this country. Lets all just hope that our trust hasn't been misplaced. We here at L&F want to wish the Obama family nothing but the best in the years to come. To our newly appointed President we want to say good luck and even though we couldn't have been there in DC today we support you.
What your going to want to do with these is basically wear them until they cry but take really good care of them therefor the wear and tear is authentic and the only thing that really happens to them is the creases and natural discoloring that is inevitable. Trust me in a year or two they will look so much better. In my personal opinion these shoes are definitely worth the small investment.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This is a spectacular presentation of the newest Burberry collection. What is very interesting is that this collection resembles a look less inspired by London and one that channels Italian men. This collection is all about the neck wear and head gear, these accessories brings everything together and really sell the look, a look that is hard not to like.
Protect your neck.
The best way to describe this seasons Dolce and Gabbana collection is a reach. This collection goes from a very classic polished look to a very modern, even futuristic chic. The futuristic look is usually achieved through construction, deconstruction or the cut of the clothes but here we see the futuristic look as a result of pieces like the big pink patches, woven silk blazer, the smooth blend of materials on the vest above and the shinny three piece suit that resembles an oven mitt and looks flame retardant. Dolce and Gabbana are never short on amazing pieces that most designers don't have the mind to design and in my honest opinion this may be one reach that works out in their favor. Right now consumers are looking for something new, something that they haven't seen before and ladies and gentlemen this is it.