CNN ‘Fresh Dressed’, Fashion In Hip-Hop Culture

FUNKY FRESH DRESSED TO IMPRESS

CNN‘s noteworthy broadcast film, Fresh Dressed, is a must watch for the fashionable and hip-hop enthusiasts alike. The documentary explores the stylistic impact of fashion within the hip-hop culture and the growth of urban fashion brands. The entrepreneurial endeavors of  Carl Thomas, the creator of Cross Colours and Karl Kani, spun the popularity of many other hip-hop labels such as FUBU and Sean John. Cross Colours, the first of many thereafter, were the epitome of the styles we love to reference now, which were displayed on shows such as In Living Color and The Fresh Prince.

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Photo Credit: CNN “Fresh Dressed”/ Will Smith in Cross Colours

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Photo Credit: Karl Kani and Aaliyah

LL Cool J’s 1999 FUBU Commercial

HIP-HOP IN FASHION

The struggle that most urban wear faced was the ever-changing direction in style of the fashion industry. But what fashion looked as a a “fad” was what the urban society looked at as culture. It’s interesting to note how the most prevalent designers made a way for their art to be seen. Explore the ups, downs and cultural influence of hip-hop fashion in CNN’s Fresh Dressed.

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What urban hip-hop brand would you love to see make a comeback?

 

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Style

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NWA, The ’90s STYLE ICONS

While watching Straight Outta Compton this past weekend, I couldn’t help but notice how well the styling, props and additional set features worked together to bring the movie experience to life. The ’90s hip hop style was undoubtedly one of the most iconic periods in fashion and costume designer, Kelli Jones brought N.W.A signature style into a contemporary setting. Continue reading

Build A Partnership Like Bally & J.Cole (5 Branding Tips)

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: J. Cole attends BALLY's 'Off the Grid' New York Premiere on August 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BALLY)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 05: J. Cole attends BALLY’s ‘Off the Grid’ New York Premiere on August 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BALLY)

THE BALLY / COLE PARTNERSHIP

As an up and coming artist in today’s social media realm, it’s increasingly becoming more difficult to distinguish one’s artistic talents in an overly saturated market. Luckily, there are ways that can enhance an artists’ brand in a sea of contenders. One brand in particular, who has also utilized unique marketing to their advantage is Dreamville RecordsContinue reading

{Something Cool}: A$AP Rocky’s Instagram Account

Photo Courtesy of RadicallyLyrics.com

Photo Courtesy of RadicallyLyrics.com

Something Cool is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field. 

Back in May when A$AP Rocky released AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, his Instagram account was changed into a  virtual art exhibit that was forward thinking and visually appetizing. The collection of photographs gave his followers intimate captures of Pretty Flacko’s life. Not only known for his Texas inspired music and infamous A$AP Mob clique, A$AP is recognized for his unique and authentic personal style. Upon releasing the photos, he and his internal creative team, AWGE, made headlines, but not for the creativity. Instead, the focus was on the amount of followers he’d lost.

This week for Something Cool, I’d like to refocus on the artistic measure of the piece and my appreciation for the art form.

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