It's no secret that fashion can be pretty cyclical, and the 90s are making a huge comeback in casual streetwear at the moment. I'm not talking about pagers, mood rings, or rolling up one pant leg. Think ripped jeans, flannel shirts tied around the waist, snapback caps worn backwards, and Starter jackets. Yep, those jackets you probably had as kid are cool again.
Beyond being on-trend, they're a really cool way to rep your city or favorite sports team. So when I had the chance to visit Chicago for the first time, I wanted something that paid tribute to this great city and its legendary basketball team. The Chicago Bulls Starter jacket became my uniform while exploring the streets. As we walked from the Virgin Hotel to the SkyDeck to Millennium Park with the Cloud Gate, more popularly known as the "Bean", the "Windy City" lived up to its name, but I was warm in my jacket. We passed through shops, the Chicago Theater, and Costel Iarca's art gallery, and the satin finish of the jacket helped me stand out without being flashy.
The company's latest collaboration, Starter x VILLA, is a collection of four capsules highlighting a mix of college and NBA teams. Needless to say, my favorite is the all black Chicago Bulls 72-10 Jacket. Check out the collection here, and tell us which is your favorite in the comments.
C.I for The Urban Gent
Wanna get more inspiration on what to wear to your next outdoor music festivals? We've uploaded more pics from AFROPUNK Brooklyn onto our Facebook page, check them out here. After being there and reviewing our photos we've got the recipe for creating the perfect AfroPunk look:
1/2 your personal everyday style + 1/4 grungy/punk rock + 1/4 ode to the motherland (Africa) =
Perfect AFROPUNK Look
(add 1 statement piece if you're feeling fancy)
SEE MORE LOOKS, here.
One month ago I experienced New York's first Men's Fashion Week (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4). It was a wonderful palette of masculine style from one of the world's best cities. Yesterday, I entered the gates of AFROPUNK (an outdoor music festival in Brooklyn)… and the style, well, let's just say there's no where in the world in which you'll see such a diverse collection of garments, textures, and styling. The people here, ranging from babies to great grand parents, were the coolest (queue the Lupe Fiasco album). Individuality was on fleek (meaning: turned up to the highest capacity).
The Streetstyle of AFROPUNK (Mens):
Socks socks socks– whether striped or native-printed they're the latest essential statement making accessory for men. Stance and Nigel Knox loaded us up on socks, so in a late winter shoot we paired them with a few new pairs of Toms, stylish threads from Onassis, and a few other pieces.
"playing chinese checkers"; vintage Gant plaid button-up; selvedge Levis: Nigel Knox skull socks; Toms desert botas; LRG belt, Nixon watch
A few years ago it was all about skull scarves, last year and the year before skull velvet slippers, this year you gotta have atleast one pair of skull socks.
LRG crewneck sweater; Meltin' Pot denim; Stance camouflage socks; suede Toms shoes
vintage Atlanta snapback; Onassis chambray jacket shirt; Onassis harem pants; UGG sneakers; LRG scarf
Onassis has created a perfect pair of modern harem pants, not too over-exaggerated and Hammer-like, but just enough dimension in the shape to a second-look. (You can't see it in the pic, but the crotch of the pants does sag a bit, which of course adds to the authenticity of it being a pair of harems)
More reviews, photos, and get the looks below: