I can’t believe I’m not going on vacation at all this year, it still hasn’t quite hit me yet and I think the moment it actually does I’ll go insane. I mean who doesn’t like a holiday? Time to refresh, be at peace. This staying in the country for an entire year thing isn’t really my vibe. SOMEONE NEEDA TO PUT AN END TO THIS AND GET ME OUT OF THIS COUNTRY!!!
For some of you, online shopping has become an addiction and I’m only here to make it worse!
If you don’t go to the airport with a carry on or as we call it in the U.K. then I’d assume that you are a certified serial killer. How can you just go on holiday and not have any hand luggage?? You gotta be prepared, what if your actual luggage gets lost or something? where do we go from there? Ever since I started travelling myself, I always but the most valuable items in my carryon/ my favourite pieces to wear because lord knows if I lost an entire suitcase and ended up with nothing to wear on a holiday, I would genuinely murder somebody.
For when we are ready to travel, here are some of my favourites;
We need to take into consideration that Kanye West, he had made several attempts in the fashion industry before Yeezy became a household name, most notably 9 years ago with the debut of Dw by Kanye West named after his late mother, Donda West. However, the critics did not give ’Ye an easy out. “Kanye West’s collection was so Givenchy-esque that it’s embarrassing that Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci was an expected guest,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Christina Binkley in her review.
Naturally, West hit back with a signature rant at the show’s afterparty. “This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity shit. I don’t fuck with celebrities. I fuck with the creatives in this room, the amazing people who spend every day of their life trying to make the world a more beautiful place. The number of people that tried to get me a celebrity fucking deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the fuck up!”
Despite this, his fashion show came to be the most hyped of the entire spring 2012 season, creating expectations that are often impossible to live up to, even for trained, established designers but it, unfortunately, lasted for just two seasons, funded solely by the rapper-turned-designer, and was ultimately shuttered without the backing of a larger brand.
Kanye outlines his frustrations with the fashion industry during an interview On BBC Radio 1 With Zane Lowe
In this extensive and endlessly talked-about interview with Zane Lowe, West expanded at length on the ideas from “Black Skinhead,” articulating his frustrations and gripes with the fashion industry in great detail. Over the course of an hour, he made the case for why he deserved the chance to design a full collection, not simply collaborate on one-offs. He explained to Zane Lowe that in traditional celebrity endorsement deals, the celeb’s input on the products themselves usually amounts to nothing more than “patina,” and took shots at the empty “creative director” titles celebrities are often given. By contrast, he said he has so more to offer to brands, and to the world, as an actual designer of products, from high school basketball uniforms to film.
“I want a joint venture the way Stella McCartney has,” he told Lowe. This was the first time West expressed his feeling that he couldn’t impact culture with fashion without the support of a mega-corporation like Adidas to back his mega aspirations. (He told Lowe he hopes to eventually be “the anchor of the first trillion-dollar company.”) He said that without a large corporation’s infrastructure, the most he would be able to design would be T-shirts, likening his limitations to the time before Rocafella gave him a record deal. “Me doing the Yeezys and not having a joint venture with Nike the next day would have been like if I made ‘Jesus Walks’ and then wasn’t allowed to make an album,” West said. “There’s a reason I was the only rapper allowed to design a shoe with Nike,” he stated, “which means there has to be another step. It has to keep going. People didn’t love the Yeezys the way they did for no reason.”
Kanye Reveals He Previously Designed Sneakers for Giuseppe Zanotti and Balmain
In an interview with Los Angeles-based 97.1 Amp Radio, Ye revealed that he had worked on sneakers for high-end fashion labels without previously taking any credit.
“I designed the [Giuseppe] Zanotti sneakers and people don’t know that. I designed Balmain sneakers and people don’t know that,” he said to demonstrate his authenticity and to be taken seriously as a legitimate voice in the fashion industry.
West Leaves Nike For Adidas
2013 was the year Kanye began his battle to be recognized in the corporate world. His album Yeezus was him at his most anti-establishment with songs like “New Slaves,” but the drive really can be pinpointed to his frustration with Nike for only being interested in his name, not his ideas. By the end of the year, West had moved over to Adidas who have allowed him to be one step closer to creating a trillion-dollar fashion business!
A.P.C. X KANYE WEST
Before West presented us with Yeezy season 1, he already had two collaborations with French brand A.P.C. underway. Released in 2013 and 2014, his first ready-to-wear collection with the line included rugged denim pieces, pants, shirts, sweaters, coats, and even accessories.
YEEZY SEASON 1
In early 2015, after a couple of years attending rather shows, the rapper returned to the fashion week scene, this time in New York launching his Yeezy line. With this came a few now-signature aspects, as it was a striking stagnant presentation which used relatively unknown models and mixed neutral basics with athleisure. And it was from this moment that athleisure wear became one of the biggest trends of the decade, all thanks to MR West!
To date, no shoe has been more successful or (in)famous than the Yeezy Boost. Especially in 2015 and 2016. They retail for between $200 and $350, but because they are so limited, people often resell them for ridiculous prices and make an enormous profit.
PABLO POP-UP SHOPS
The rapper’s 2016 album, The Life of Pablo, came when interest in his fashion endeavours were at it’s highest, so he capitalized on this through limited-edition merchandise, which sold at his tour stops as well as 21 temporary stores.
Kanye West, you either love him or you hate him, there is no in-between. Personally I fucking adore this man. When it comes to fashion he is so ahead of his time, he is a visionary, a creative and one of the best that this generation has ever seen, he took simplicity to another level with his brand Yeezy. Think about all of the fast-fashion brands that he influenced to copy the Yeezy style and think about all of the sneakers and trainers that resemble every single Yeezy he has ever created and then come back to me and tell me this man isn’t influential.
As I am sure you are all aware, Thursday last week Forbes announced that Ye is officially a billionaire, they estimated that he is worth $1.3 billion, however, Mr Wests states that he is worth more than that and that his net with is actually $3.3 billion. Either way, he’s now a billionaire and I thought what better way to celebrate his new status than to dedicate an entire blog post to this incredibly innovative man! Today I am taking you through the years of Kanye’s fashion history, this man is more than Yeezy and has clearly always aspired for a career in fashion! Despite his critics and haters – West has wedged his way into the archives of high fashion building himself an empire and definitely a brand that will go down in streetwear history!
West Collaborates with A Bathing Ape on a “Dropout Bear” Bapesta
In 2007, Bape was by far one of the most popular streetwear brands on the planet and to this day still remains to be iconic. The Bapesta sneaker was their crown jewel, and Kanye designed a version that featured his mascot, the “Dropout Bear.” This marked the first time West collaborated with a brand on an original sneaker. Around this time West was freely name-dropping his label in songs like “Stronger”, despite its non-existence.
“I have that opportunity to put my name on something and people will buy it, but I want to create something that has its own voice, and other designers can look at it and be inspired by. I wasn’t put on this earth to make money – I was put on this earth to make magic” – Kanye West
Alain Milki Shutter Shades
Who remembers these?? OMG, the nostalgia is real, I can guarantee you that my oldest brother owned a pair of these in every single colour, I’m not even over exaggerating! Although the existence of shutter shades traces back to the ’50s, it was West himself who made them mainstream during the late aughts. Premiering the distinct shade style in his music video for “Strong” back in 2007, West wore a contemporary design custom-made for him by designer Alain Mikli. Featuring bars of metal or plastic running horizontally across them, they became known as “Kanye West shades” and spawned dozens of knock-off versions after.
In the same year, he also teamed up with Australian fashion label Ksubi to produce eyewear for Pastelle. Instead of getting too DIY, West was to consult with designer George Gorrow, who previously created stage eyewear for his music videos. The designs would include limited-edition gold frames and priced at $2,000. Apart from the announcement, there is no evidence the designs ever surfaced. But above you can see some of the samples and what was expected from the collection.
Around this time, West also started expressing his desire to break into the realms of high fashion. “I’m in the same position I was in with music before I got it together and finally managed to figure out what my style was,” West told Clash magazine. “I used to have tracks that sounded like Timbaland and the next track would sound like DJ Premier… So when I’m doing designs I have one thing that looks like Venice and Ralph shit and the next thing is in the BAPE area. So it’s really about figuring out how to embody all of these things I like but have my own voice. ”
Kanye Collaborates with Louis Vuitton
West spent a lot of the late 2000s working with the French luxury house LV, being a major part of their ongoing streetwear interests through a series of sneakers. Working on styles like the Don and the Jasper, he added his personal touch with bright colours and lace and strap play. he had flashy pink soles, tassel embellishments and gold shoelace rings, this collaboration itself yielded a mean range of collectables. The Jasper sneaker is the most valuable sneaker in the world right now – with a pair going for £22,763 having increased by 2,532% in value. I did a blog post on it a few months ago, check it out here.
The Nike Air Yeezy is Launched
How can we ever forget Kanye’s first every Yeezys?? 11 years later and he’s built an empire big enough to rival Nike’s Air Jordans, all in the space of less than a decade!
After him dissing Nike in his songs it was surprising to many ‘Ye’s response to being asked how he felt about Nike retroing the Air Yeezy line. West has given Nike his blessing to re-issue the Air Yeezy 1 and Air Yeezy 2 because The People having what they want is most important.
Ye Interns at Fendi
Back in 2009, Mr West wanted to learn more about fashion before he launched his own fashion brand so he interned at Fendi alongside designer Virgil Abloh CEO of Off- White and the artistic director of menswear for LV. The rapper described his sartorial training as consisting of learning from the best, as well as typical “intern work” like “every day, going to work, walking to work, getting cappuccinos…”
Newly appointed Burberry CCO Riccardo Tisci not only designed the artwork for West and Jay-Z’s collaborative Watch the Throne album, but Tisci also created the designs for the tour merch and the Givenchy clothing that the duo wore on-stage during concert performances.
I don’t really know if they do women’s sizes for these, so I guess this is kind of a men’s fashion post. I feel like I neglect you guys on my blog and instagram but do not worry, I will start doing more posts for men on here! You have my word.
So you may wonder why do I have a pair of trainers on this segment? Well back in July Farfetch reported that a pair of Kanye West x Louis Vuitton trainers are the most valuable in the world going for £22,763 a pair! The trainers in question are a collaborative design with Louis Vuitton from 2009. The Jasper sneaker, originally available in three colour palettes, was on sale ten years ago for only £864 meaning that they have increased by 2,532% in value??
Mathieu Le Maux, trainer expert and author of 1000 Sneakers: A Guide To The World’s Greatest Kicks, From Sport To Street, explains what determines a rise in value: “A model in men’s size 42 to 44 (UK8 to UK10) will be way more popular, because a majority of men are wearing shoes in this range. It will probably be more expensive to find sneakers in these sizes than for bigger or smaller ones. Rarity, condition, the prestige of the designers at that time, and the quality of the material used to create it determine value too.”
if you’re lucky to have a pair at the back of your wardrobe, cling on to them – they’re only going to increase in value. So I guess we can kind of call these the Hermes birkins of the trainer Industry?
Can I please just have Kylie Jenner’s life already, she’s really out here living the AMERICAN DREAM that most of us could only ever dream of! She’s the ultimate Bad Bitch! She has a whole closet just for her purses which can I add are worth more than a $1 million – that’s an entire mortgage and more! Does it really get more Bad Ass than that? I don’t think so!
I never thought I needed a purse closet until I saw Kylies, I literally used to think all I needed in life was a walk in wardrobe and I’d be complete but no now I need the whole trio – a shoe closet, a purse closet AND a walk-in wardrobe, especially considering my obsession with fashion, it’s a must.
The Classics every girl needs in their Purse Closet
I couldn’t do this blog post without giving you a little inspiration to kick off your purse closet mood board, that would just be cruel.
So every fashion lover knows that every season and every year there are new trends and this is with everything – bags, shoes and of course clothing but what we also know is that there are the timeless classics that will never go out of style. I mean if you ever decide to build your very own purse closet and don’t include these classical bags then we will need to have a serious talk and reevaluate your life because these are the bags that every woman needs to own before their 50th Birthday!
I have to admit that when Dad Sneakers first surfaced I HATED them with a passion, I just could not understand why anyone would ever think to design and then approve the production of such ugly trainers and think it was okay. Fashion is meant to be nice and these were ugly so I was confused af. Like literally, I thought all sorts of crimes of fashion were being committed and never did I ever think that I would wear them or be writing a blog post about how much I love them but here we are. Isn’t the world just full of surprises? I feel like they are the sort of thing that you have to see a million times, styled in a million different ways in order to learn to love them because for me the more I see something the more I learn to like it. There’s just something about ugly shoes that make you love them and I really wish I knew what it was because maybe It would help me come to my senses.
“I think these [luxury] houses took a long look in the mirror and realised that they were doing some things wrong and that culture was moving against them,” says Trunzo. “The tides were turning and they have to embrace what is going on, on a street level.”
This statement is so powerful in explaining how times are changing and how streetwear is taking over fashion and that if luxury brands aren’t up to date with this new generation they will eventually become irrelevant. This is why they are making these ‘ugly’ trainers – because they want to remain mainstream, trainers are no longer just sold by sports brands, anyone who is anyone sells sneakers in this era.
I personally think Dad Sneakers are fun, vibrant and so 90s. If you know me you know I am OBSESSED with 90s fashion! What is there not to love about the 90s? To me, it was the foundation of young peoples style and a turning point for fashion in so many ways, I could literally go on and on about it. The revival of this trend only goes to further prove my point that trends keep coming back better than ever and people are loving it, so forget the classic trainers, don’t be boring, go crazy with your style, be bold and get yourself a pair of ‘ugly’ trainers. Big soles, bright colours, bold logos and bulbous shapes are the only way to go this year when it comes to your sneaker choices!
This is not a drill! An African- American man is now the artistic director of one of the worlds biggest most iconic brands of all time. Virgil Abloh is the first black designer to hold such a high profile position at Louis Vuitton. I know I’m a little late in posting this but I couldn’t not blog about it. This is a moment in fashion history that I will never forget. This is a huge accomplishment, considering how underrepresented black names are in the luxury European world of fashion. Everyday we are seeing noticeable changes towards a more ethnically diverse industry and I couldn’t be happier and more proud to witness these changes. I feel as though moments like these give the next generation of black fashion enthusiasts hope that they too can make an impact in the industry and put a stamp on their name.
Mr Abloh will continue with Off White after taking up his position at Louis Vuitton, however Abloh will solely focus on the design of menswear for the luxury fashion house. HIs first collection for Louis Vuitton men’s will debut at Paris Fashion Week this June and I am so excited to see what he’s going to bring to the table. I have so many questions about his first collection; how will it differ from Kim Jones’ last collection? How much of an influence will streetwear and pop culture have on the collection? Who is going to be his muse behind the collection? What kind of vibe is going to be? Most importantly am I going to like the collection? And is it going to be bigger than Louis Vuittons collaboration with Supreme – one of the most talked about collaboration of all time?
“Virgil is one of the few designers who truly marries street culture with high fashion – and the first black designer to be given such a position in the gilded halls of LVMH. His appointment is a step in the right direction for diversity.” Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief at British Vogue, said on the magazine’s website.
Since launching Off- White in 2013, Virgil Abloh’s has only gone from strength to strength and become known for his artistic fusion of streetwear and high fashion! Abloh’s appointment represents a new wave in fashion and demonstrates that the industry is now taking streetwear seriously. Over the last couple of years many luxury brands have began targeting the streetwear scene as it has managed to go from a niche interest to something mainstream. Everyone is now into streetwear – it’s no longer just something worn by the ‘cool kids’ or the RnB wannabes, It’s taking over the fashion world! Style is evolving and people are slowly turning away from the traditional norms of fashion and it’s all thanks to the new generation of consumers – the millenniums. This is why I believe Louis Vuitton made the right decision by appointing Virgil Abloh because he is one of the people behind this new wave of streetwear – he is known for his cutting edge ideas and over the years he has produced some of the greatest collaborations fashion has ever seen, my favourites being his collaborations with jimmy Choo and nike. He is the most relevant designer for this role right now!
As well as being appointed the new Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Virgil has been named one of 2018’s most influential people by ‘TIME’. This is the year of Virgil Abloh! We’ve most certainly haven’t seen the last of him this year.
“I feel elated,” Abloh told the Times. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”
“Kids’ fervor for the stripe patterns and arrow marks he created for his fashion label, Off-White™, is not a passing trend; rather, it shows how Virgil’s young followers, with their unclouded eyes, have been seeing right into the core of his creativity all along. With his appointment as artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear, his full merit will be understood even more widely around the globe.”
Last week was the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards and this year wasn’t you’re average Golden Globes but it was a movement, Women and men wore black in support of the Me Too movement and Time’s Up initiative to fight sexual misconduct and gender inequality in the workplace.
As a young woman growing up in today’s world I find it hard to believe that there is still gender inequality within the workplace, it’s 2018 for goodness sake. No one is born more superior than the other, we are all equal, yet society teaches us that there is a hierarchy and men are at the top of this. Women have always had to fight for their rights, we had to fight for our right to vote and until recently women were only seen to be homemakers, we had to prove ourselves and we have to work a hundred times harder than men in order to gain high ranking roles yet when we do obtain those roles we’re still paid less. Why do men get paid more to do the same job? Why are women disregard for promotions? Why is this still occurring? Who decided this? What more needs to be done for there to be gender equality within the workplace?
As well as fighting for gender equality the night was also dedicated to fighting against sexual misconduct in the work place. Receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, handed to her by Reese Witherspoon, one of the leaders of Time’s Up Oprah delivered an empowering and emotional speech.“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.”
A lot of women are scared to speak out against sexual harassment within the workplace over fear that they may not be believed or that they may lose their jobs. A good example of this is Harvey Weinstein, a well known director in Hollywood who took advantage of his position and convinced women into committing sexual acts with him by telling them they would potentially lose their jobs and last year more than 50 women made allegations against him and the numbers are still growing. This needs to change and it needs to change now! Why does sexual harassment even occur especially in the workplace, women are not objects and they should be able to do their jobs in peace.
On the bright side black looks good on EVERYONE and the Golden Globes is evidence of this, people did not come to paly this year! here are my favourite looks;
I have always said that fashion is a form of art and that it is something that everyone should enjoy. It’s not something that should ever be taken too seriously. And I will forever stand by that. So why is it that in a society like today’s are we still told what we should wear, who even cares anymore.
Back in 2016 Louis Vuitton changed the game when Jaden smith starred in their womenswear campaign. This was revolutionary. For the first time ever a man was featured in a womanwear campaign. Louis vuttion pushed so many limits with this campaign and it truly paid off. It was exacly what the world needed at the right time.
I feel as though we now accept women wearing men’s clothing, yet it’s still a little taboo for a man to wear women’s clothing. But why? The world has never been more accepting than it is now! Don’t be afraid to wear what u want because at the end of the day who gives a shit. As long as you’re happy and comfortable with what your wearing nothing else matters, forget the haters and those who judge you because at least you’re being you!
The world is quickly evolving and more and more people are starting to accept the idea of wearing anything that they like. Just because you carry a woman’s bag doesn’t make you want to become a woman or gay and just because you wear a suit it doesn’t make you a tomboy. From an early age we are given the perception that boys and girls can only wear certain items but as time goes on people are starting to forget this idea and let their children make up their own minds which I love!
Although we are entering a new age where we wear whatever we want we can never get rid of clothing norms because they are the basis of fashion. We need to be able to know where to shop and more importantly which fashion weeks to go to and we also have to remember that this is not everyone’s cup of tea.