For May’s issue of InStyle, SZA, graces the pages in all her natural curls and freckled glory. The Alt-R&B singer dons some offbeat fashion for the magazine, very much like her music’s sound. Signing with Top Dawg Entertainment, the only female on the label, kickstarted her carer. She discusses her upcoming album, A, which is a follow up to the successful Z. Her dreamy sound has become a go to for stoners and helped recreate R&B, propelling such sounds like hers and Tinashe into the newly Alt-R&B category. There is no denying her vocal and lyrical prowess. Her big natural curls, which via her Instagram I learned has been dyed a lovely red, is her trademark. It’s nice to see that the fashion world is also showing interest in this standout artist.
The Harlem born raptress was shot by Ellen Von Unwerth, the photos are just as good as the interview. The 23 year old has never been shy from voicing her opinion. If you follow her on twitter you know what I mean. There is also that very honest and emotional interview with Hot 97 late last year, if you haven’t listened or viewed it, do so now. Many might call her controversial, but she is a girl with opinions and beliefs coupled with an immense amount of fearlessness. In the Playboy interview Banks talks about past relationships. She talks about a relationship with a 42 year old man while she was 17 and blatantly says “There’s something very wrong with a man that age who wants to date a 17-year-old girl.” Then discusses how she didn’t even know how to shave her bush, perfect Playboy talk. She talks about her upbringing, America and race without any filter. Which is quite refreshing, many celebrities fear to discuss such subjects because it might affect their sales as an artist. Azealia is confident in her rants, that what she has to say is important enough for everyone to hear. The way she talks about history specifically black history shows she is smart and aware; “The history textbooks in the U.S. are the worst if you’re not white. “The white man gave you the vote. He Christianized you and taught you how to speak English. If it weren’t for him, you’d still be living in a hut.” I could write a book about why black people shouldn’t be Christians. Young black kids should have their own special curriculum that doesn’t start from the boat ride over from Africa. All you know as a black kid is we came over here on a boat, we didn’t have anything, and we still don’t have anything. But what was happening in Africa? What culture were we pulled away from? That information is vital to the survival of a young black soul.” That quote is thoughtful, provocative yes, but smart. You can also tell the pain that she feels for any young person not fully aware of their ancestry “…vital to the survival of a young black soul.” With all the issues of race in the spotlight lately, these words should be highlighted for everyone.
There aren’t many outlets out there for women interested in street-wear. Most of the blogs cater to women. At rime we don’t think anyone should be left out. So, we’re looking for bad ass female bloggers for our Women’s Wednesdays. To discuss topics in and about sneaker and street-wear culture from your persepective. Could be praise or frustrations. Have something to say? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with links to your blog and for more info.
After success with her first collection for Puma, Solange is set to release two collections this holiday season. The first will be The Wild Wonders collection on December 1st. She has enlisted the help of her friends, Hisham Bharoocha, Gerlan Mercel and the design team behind the line William Okpo, Darleen and Lizzy Okpo, all of whom helped with the Girls of Blaze collection that dropped February this year. Each of which has put their spin on the Wild Rebel theme. Each designer used a mix of materials, natural fabrics, bursts of colors and graphics on the PUMA Suede and the XT2 to create a vibe that is Solange.
The Wild Wonders collection will be available at rime on December 1st.
Nike taps Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to design not one, not two or three but FOUR air force 1 styles to release early this year at select Nike stores. The Nike R.T. Air Force 1 Collection will release in two distinct packs starting in spring 2014. The collection will include the Nike R.T. Air Force 1 Lo, Nike R.T. Air Force 1 Mid, Nike R.T. Air Force 1 Hi, and the Nike R.T. Air Force 1 Boot and be available globally at select retailers and on Nikelab.com. All styles will be available in white from March 1, and in black from April 1. In addition there will be one t-shirt released with the entire collection using the iconic Nike swoosh, Tisci’s initials and the star that can be found on many pieces from his 2013 designs.
Some have posed the question, ‘Is this a way to get back the superstar/ non athlete appeal now that Kanye West is gone?” Doubt it, but Rick Owen’s adidas collaboration may be another story.
If your big into fashion then your going to love this from October 25, 2013 – February 23, 2014 Jean Paul Gaultier will be show casing his work at the Brooklyn Museum titled “From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”. So if your a big fan of his work be sure to check it out before its too late
As see over on Freshness – The economic decline claimed yet another victim today. In an email message this afternoon, Harris Publications announced it will be ending ANTENNA Magazine along with its AntennaMag.com website effective immediately. It’s a tough hustle out there brothers.
Just ran across this over on Highsnobiety – “Most of you might have heard already about the new .xxx domains for pornography websites. Advertising agency M&C Saatchi has now produced a pretty cheeky and fun print advertising campaign for the new domains, entitled ‘Porn is moving to .XXX’.” Hey, thanks for the heads up!
Agency – M&C Saatchi
Art Director – Dan McCormack
Copy Writer – Luke Boggins
Photographer – Sean de Sparengo
Due on shelves March 26th, 2012. Damn Good Advice (For People With Talent!) is a look into the mind of one of America’s most legendary creative thinkers, George Lois. Offering indispensle lessons, practical advice, facts, anecdotes and inspiration, this book is a timeless creative bible for all those looking to succeed in life, business and creativity. These are key lessons derived from the incomparle life of ‘Master Communicator’ George Lois, the original Mad Man of Madison Avenue. Written and compiled by the man The Wall Street Journal called “prodigy, enfant terrible, founder of agencies, creator of legends,” each step is borne from a passion to succeed and a disdain for the status quo.
Available for Pre-order at Amazon.