Archive for June, 2008

Gucci: More Than You Think

Soulja Boy in Gucci at the 2008 BET Awards

When some people think about Gucci. . .they think about what the rappers wear. You know brown or black monogrammed Gucci belts, hats, and sometimes shoes. Well there’s more to Gucci than they portray.

Nelly in a “Gucci” tee at the Lakers game

Check out some of the Gucci’s Spring 08, Fall 08, & Spring 09 Looks below. For those of you who aren’t use to viewing runway fashion- just know that it’s very over the top. You aren’t supposed to mimic the outfits exactly- dissect the look and take out pieces that you like and or find unique.

Gucci Spring 2008

That’s a jacket Chris Brown would wear

This jacket is definitely Lupe worthy

I’m thinking Kanye on this joint

hmmm, Will.I. Am all the way

Gucci Fall 2008




Gucci Spring 2009

I like the tie and the shoes


Looks like a number Johnny Depp would rock

This is Brad Pitt all day

Again, I think this is a Lupe worthy jacket

So What do you all think about these Gucci Designs?
Would you rock them or stick to the Gucci monogram belts, scarfs, and hats?

The Fashions: 2008 BET Awards

Chris Brown looked dapper while accepting his award

Years ago, I made a vow to myself that I would never watch BET- I find the station mostly degrading. But every once and awhile I find myself watching it, and tonight, for the sake of my readers, I tuned in. . . just for a little bit :-)

As I watched the show, eager to report the best outfits, I became disappointed. I felt like the male stars dressed to go to the mall rather than an award show- everyone was so extra-ordinarily regular! Though the immense-style that I had hoped to see was absent, there were still a decent amount of men who managed to “clean-up nicely.”

John Legend, David Banner, Eric Benet, and Kirk Franklin were among the best dress:

Chris Brown

Nelly

David Banner

Eric Benet & date

Kirk Franklin & wife

John Legend

Fashion trends of the 2008 BET Awards Show:
-suits with no tie
-brown/khaki colored suits
-Gucci belts
-white-framed aviators
-black high-top sneakers
-white pocket squares
-brown Gucci shades
-vests

Even my main man Kanye left us hanging, he was the most regular that I’ve seen from him in awhile. But atleast he looked 1000 times better than his performance partner T-Pain.

MORE 2008 BET Awards Men’s Fashion:

LL Cool J rocks the graphic tee

Boris Kodjoe

Kevin Liles looks Morehouse Fresh

Kevin Hart

Derek Luke & date

Mario gives a good Urban Gentleman look

Musiq keeps is simple

I hate to say it, but I don’t like Neyo‘s look. . .
hmmm, maybe it’s just the way he’s posing

Morehouse Fresh

A few years ago I began calling the fashion style of some guys “Morehouse Fresh”. It’s my patented phrase! Some non-Morehouse males don’t like the phrase, they say it’s biased. But I find it very appropriate because it describes the fashion sense of many men of the prestigious college. The style is distinctive and easy to point out in a crowd; it usually consists of a sweater vest, bow tie, plaid shirt or polo, oxford style shoes and maybe even loafers. You may think “Well, that’s just called prep”- my retort is prep only describes clothing; Morehouse Fresh describes style and swagger.

Derek Watkins aka Bentley Fonzworth

There are many men that embody the Morehouse Fresh style, a perfect example is Morehouse Alum Derek Watkin aka Bentley Fonzworth. He’s previously known as Sean Comb’s butler, but he’s now a successful business man who has his own book and cd.

Andre Benjamin can often be found looking Morehouse Fresh, showing that you don’t have to attend Morehouse to dress the part. His new fashion line, Benjamin Bixby, is perfectly Morehouse Fresh. Check out some of his pieces:

Spring 2008 Benjamin Bixby Collection

Wanna be Morehouse Fresh?
Well, the best way to get the look is to make sure you own 2 or more of these items:

- unique classic blazer (ex. brown jacket w/ navy elbow patches)
- vest (button and sweater)
- bow-tie or classic-colored tie
- quality oxford shoes
- a designer accessory (Armani shades, Gucci belt, LV computer case, etc)
- glasses (they can be fake. . . you can get some from Urban Outfitters, this is optional)

Best Brands/Stores for the “Morehouse Fresh” look:

- Ralph Lauren

- Brooks Brothers

- Heritage 1981

- Lacoste

- High-End Thrift Stores

Check out these Morehouse Fresh Items:

Bright Classic-Fit Ralph Lauren Polo

Slip-on Leather shoes from Zappos.com
(these can easily be dresses up or down)

Linen Plaid Sport Coat from Brooks Brothers

Multi-colored Paisly bow-tie from bowtie.com

Red/Burnt-Orange Cardigan from Urban Outfitters

*Note that not all Morehouse men dress “Morehouse Fresh”

Lupe Fiasco Shoes

With his love of fly superbadAss sneakers Lupe Fiasco has finally created his own.
Black & Gold for his Fall of Rome clothing line.

Fall of Rome x Nike Air Force 1 Lows


But I think I still like the Lupe Converse’s a little better:


the Lupe Fiasco x Converse Product (red) Chuck Taylors



Which Lupe shoe do you prefer?


via(LupetheFiascoBlog)

The LIST: Best Places to Buy Graphic Tees

Pharell rockin a simple graphic tee
After all these years, it’s finally here. . . The List- not just any list, but the list of the best places to buy graphic tees. Now some of you may say “Wait! I can buy them anywhere”, well yes, that is true, but for some reason I am constantly asked the question “Where should I buy my graphic t-shirts?” so here it is:

First off, every store has graphic tees now- the basics: Old Navy & Urban Outfitters. But I have searched the internet far and wide to discover the best places for particular graphic tees at a pretty decent price:

Best Prices: Heritage 1981
(http://www.forever21.com/heritage1981/mens/)
This is my number 1 pick, they have unique modern tees for around $16. (Heritage 1981 is sort of like the male version of forever 21)


Best Rock Tees: BlueBaldur.com

This website has very orginial looking rock star tees. The designs are really creative and edgy, and they seem to always have sales.


Best Phrases: Tshirthub.com
and Snorgtees.com

T-Shirt Hub has really funny t-shirts with phrase like “Save me JEBUS” and they’re only $10.
Snorg Tees are well known for their weekly new funny t-shirts. Prices are usually around $17


Most Authentic 80′s Tees: 80stees.com
This website is perfect for anyone wanting to get a 80′s t-shirt, you know a shirt that has RUN DMC or even a Fred Sanford or Rolling Stones throwback.


Best Musical Tees: Djtees.com
From Soul to Funk to 50s Rock & Guitar Stars, this site really does have stellar ass t-shirts. (prices are in british pound)


Best Political Tees: Barackawear.com

This is the original Barack Obama t-shirt and my personal favorite. There are millions of websites that have Obama t-shirts, but this is the t-shirt that all the stars wear and the most authentic “Barack shirt”.

Okay, I hope that list is helpful. . . peruse these websites and I’ll add more to the list later.

Lupe Style: The Fashion of Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco is the self-proclaimed “Coolest dude”

Hands down without a doubt, one of my favorite rappers is Lupe Fiasco, he’s just one cool dude. I remember being backstage at one of his concerts in Atlanta:

His crew was really interesting especially Gemstones- he was quite the character. Everyone was stylish in their own way. . . they seemed a bit rushed and stressed, so the hospitality wasn’t at its best, but that comes with the territory.

While being backstage I had a chance to not only meet Mr.Cool, but to also analyze his style.And I must say- it’s pretty simple. The formula to getting the “Lupe Look” is . . .

t-shirt + designer jeans + fly superbadAss unique sneakers = Lupe Look

He often time adds a fly superbadAss jacket to the mix and some accessories. The jacket is usually one of a kind and Michael Jackson-esque, Marching Band-esque or it’s dramatically preppy- like a colorful or goth varsity jacket. His accessories range, but they all stay within the skater, rock, or urban realm.

Common Lupe Fiasco accessories: studded belt, coin wallet w/chain attachment, arab scarf, aviator shades, book-bag, and he always has on a gold watch.


If you want to know what Lupe Fiasco wears on a more specific note, just listen to his music- he gives alot of names in his song “Gold Watch”:

In my Fall of Rome jeans, my Head Porter wallet My Neighborhood shirt and my Eddie Cheng clock . . . I like City candles and Maharishi sandals And Dita sunglasses, Purple Murder surface samples I like False T-shirts, Dover street is off the handle Such a good designer, Junya Watanabe got **** you I like Yohji Yamamoto and a Mackro Solo Leather Gucci belts and Guilty Brotherhood polo’s I like Montblanch pens and Moleskine paper I like Goyard bags and green Now or Later’s Monocle magazine and Japanese manga Futura, noz furatus and HTM trainers

For those of you who didn’t catch it. . .

Brands Lupe Fiasco wears: Fall of Rome jeans, Head Porter wallets, My Neighrbood shirts, Maharishi sandals, Dita sunglasses, False t-shirts, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Gucci belts, Guilty Brotherhood polos, Goyard bags, HTM trainers (nike shoes). . .

Lupe Fiasco in a False t-shirt at his concert is Atlanta
So what does all that mean? It means Lupe loves Japanese designers and he likes original clothing especially local up-and-coming talented and unique designers. He doesn’t really wear brands like Bape and BBC (Billionaire Boys Club)- which he mentioned once in an interview.

Lupe’s jackets usually combine materials such as leather, wool, and cotton.

And for those who don’t know, according to certain sources Lupe Fiasco will be throwing in the towel for music:

The rapper say his next album, LupEND, will conclude his stint as a recording artist. The budding thespian will then move on to do other things, among them write a book. “I have one more album in me and then I’m out,” he says. “I’ve been doing this music hustle for eights years and have more things I still want to do. There are other ways besides putting out an album that allow me to channel my creative energy and I’m writing a book about a window washer. I will have more than enough to keep me busy.”

Well, I can’t wait for his final LP LupEND- it’s sure to be hot.

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