The 90’s Strike Back

The 90’s Strike Back – The 90’s are alive and back in full effect in men’s street wear. Here are a few examples of how T-shirt brands are using the 90’s as inspiration in many different ways.

I don’t know if it’s the shirt or the model but this one really reminds me of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”. Using a classic palette of almost neon colors from the 1990’s this shirt made by Lemar and Dauley is a throwback to a time when black and white checks weren’t just for racing anymore. The colors are a little too dusty for me but overall I like this shirt.

Using a similar 90’s inspired color palette this shirt definitely has a more artsy vibe than the one above it hence the name the modern art tank. Right now the designers are Lemar & Dauley must really be watching a lot of “In Living Color” reruns. I really like the way the bold black lines move throughout the shirt. As far as design goes I’m a huge fan of the print on this shirt but I don’t think I would give this guy my number. Something about a dude in such a colorful tank top, I couldn’t do it.

I liked Kid & Play a lot when I was younger. I was far too young to know what was really going on in all those house party movies but I could do their dance at the drop of a hat. As much as I loved them before I am not so sure I would want to wear them at any point in my life on my T-shirt. I must be on my own with that though because these shirts by Rocksmith are readily available online.

I saved this Exact Science shirt for last because I thought it was the best of all the 90’s inspiration T’s. Believe it or not what this shirt is trying to do with all that bright clutter is pay respects to the Wu-Tang Clan or more specifically to their song “Can it all be so simple?”  In high school I listened to my copy of “Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers” too many times to count. So when I noticed that this design includes 4 of the 5 boroughs, dollar signs, shell toes, Cazals, ghetto blasters, cassette tapes, spray paint, 4-finger rings, bucket hats, and people breaking, a favorite was born. Above all that this shirt was also printed in a 90’s style neon palette but somehow it is not as offensive to the eye, maybe because the actual shirt is a calming blue.

The 90’s inspiration is not relegated to just men’s T-shirts. The 90’s flavor is spreading everywhere from shorts to shoes in men’. Lemar & Dauley even have a pair of shoes that are designed to match the Modern Art Tank from above. Some years ago you would only see the bravest of fashion savvy men exploring new color ways, let the return of the 90’s serve as a benchmark that times have indeed changed.

The Maxi

The Maxi – One thing should be made clear when speaking of “the maxi” it is not a dress per se, rather it is a word used to describe the length of said dress. This being said I would like to dispel the rumor that maxi length dresses are only for hippies, grandmas and or conservative religious types. This length is for anyone, especially you.  Why should you wear a maxi? The answer is simple, because the comfort and grace bestowed upon you by the extra length is unparalleled by any of the dresses you’ve ever owned. It has all the comfort of your favorite summer dress but it’s long enough to carry you from day into night with style.

To further illustrate my point I would like you to take a look at the beautiful songstress Thalia. Here we see a very pregnant and glowing Thalia in what looks like a painted silk maxi dress. She proves that you do not need a slim figure to look beautiful wearing maxi length. The long column effect of this dress is sure to make anyone’s movements look more graceful.

The tiered maxi above, worn by our favorite Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan is a good example of a more daring maxi. Typically when a designer is ready to take the plunge in length for a maxi they use either a boho print or some sort of floral. The color varieties in the tiers of this dress add a really playful touch to what some may consider to be a cumbersome length.

Floor length floral print dresses are not just for your grandma anymore. They’re for mischa barton too! I’m just kidding. As far as floral prints go this motif is just “okay” but never the less it is one of the many which are readily available for your enjoyment this summer. Have no fear there are plenty of other floral prints to choose from.

Here we see actress Molly Sims in a very typical boho print maxi dress. I love this print and the super soft silk looks like it would be a dream to shop in. If you’re not sure if you even want a maxi dress I encourage you to at least try on a bohemian print and then tell me you don’t feel a whole new level of stylish comfort. You couldn’t do it.  Pulling off a boho maxi look is so easy because the dress does all the work for you, just slap on a chunky bracelet or some kind of wooden jewelry and you’re good to go.

What I like most about all of these pictures is that all of these women are enjoying casual everyday engagements looking way better than everyone else in the pictures view.  I know what I said about Mischa Barton’s dress, but she still looks great because despite the print the extra length gives a very regal feel. That is what maxi length can do for you too. Regal yet casual and with so many styles to choose from a maxi dress is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

The Streets Love Gabriel Urist

The Streets Love Gabriel Urist – Gabriel Urist is a jeweler for the streets. I would say his jewelry is unisex due to the fact that most women will wear whatever jewelry they please even if the earrings were intended for a man. There is an distinct edge that Urist puts into all of the pieces he makes. His jewelry isn’t widely known but from here on out I will be singing his praises.

Cash rules everything around me C.R.E.A.M. get the money Dolla dolla bills yall! You would be hard pressed to find a street wear fan that doesn’t know those Wu-Tang Clan lyrics. It would even harder to find someone who doesn’t recognize these Wu-Tang W earrings. I can name at least 10 people I know, men and women, who would go nuts if they knew that these earrings even existed.

It is obvious that most of Gabriel Urist’s pieces are for men except this one.


This one here is strictly for the ladies. A high heel sculpted from gold on a small ball chain, give this necklace to your girlfriend and you will make an impression that will last a life time. This necklace warms my heart for two reason. The first being that this pendant is so small and it reminds me of all the Barbie shoes I lost when I was younger. Secondly Urist could have very easily made a typical pump or a more boring sandal but he didn’t, if this strappy heel was life size I would definitely be wearing it. Gabriel doesn’t take the easy way out and I love him for that.

There was a time in the 1990’s that Chicago bulls reigned supreme over the world of basketball after they won three championships for three straight years. After that everyone either loved the bulls or hated them with a passion for beating their own home teams. Eventually the shine faded from the bulls and the whole world forgot about them. Not Gabriel, his love for the bulls is still burning and this pendant is proof.

I already own a necklace just like this, only my pretzel has rhinestone salt. I’m pretty sure the first time I saw a pretzel necklace was on “Sex and the City” when Carrie Bradshaw had one on. If you know who made the original pretzel necklace please let me know. It’s kind of relevant though considering that the pretzel is a New York icon worth repeating.  When some people visit New York for the first time all they can think about is how bad they want to eat a pretzel in Time Square. This necklace let’s the whole world have a taste.

Gabriel Urist jewelry may have unorthodox subject matter but that doesn’t make his work any less creative. All of the things we see on the day to day basis like high heels and pigeons are dipped into gold without hesitation. He seems to understand that there is more to the world of fine jewelry than what sparkles and shimmers. That there are beautiful things through our lives that we should celebrate and wear proudly everyday around our necks.

Trending Fashion News

Trending Fashion News – This season, fashion is all about opulence. Sparkles and sheen, intricate details and deep, rich colors have been the trend as the days get colder and the nights get longer. Warm shades and sumptuous fabrics with fabulous finishes and even faux fur set the stage.

Fashion is taking its cue from the movies, and this winter, the latest remake of the classic novel turned Anna Karenina has been a hit at the cinemas as much for the costumes as the plot. Set in Russia in the nineteenth century and starring the stunning Keira Knightly in the title role, Academy Award nominated designer Jacqueline Durran showcases the romantic styles of the film’s era.


A capsule collection inspired by Durran’s favorite pieces from the set was transformed into a more modern look and were available exclusively at Banana Republic. The line is resplendent with art deco style jewelry, delicate lace embellishments and velvet, and is one of the best looks of the season.

Faux fur is being seen everywhere this year, with the Russian –style hats from the Anna Karenina collection to the fun, funky vests seen everywhere. Besides faux fur, rich fabrics like velvet and brocade are showing up on everything from accent pieces to pants. Sequins are also an easy way to up the glamour, and sparkly tank tops and dresses are perfect for the party season.

One of the season’s hottest trends has been leather or leather-like skinny jeans and jeggings. The term ‘jeggings’ was coined as a combination of leggings and jeans. The bright candy colors that were one of the biggest fashion trends of the summer have been transformed with basic black and muted metallics such as bronze and pewter, and these statement-making pants are one of the keys looks seen everywhere and at every price-point, from low to high-end retailers.

Footwear has taken on a sexy and edgy look, with a lot of embellishment. Studs, spikes and glitter have made their way to shoes and boots, from flats to heels to boots. The equestrian look is still very popular for boots, and slim riding boots with buckles or harness detailing are a perfect choice for the cooler weather, and look fabulous with everything from skirts to skinny jeans.

This fall, the key to looking great combines classic and timeless pieces with a little bit of edge.

T-shirt Parade!! Part One

T-shirt Parade!! Part One – Some days the ever polished and perfect world of “fashion” becomes mundane. From the trend colors to trend inspirations to trend trends…ahh! There is just so much of the same thing or scarily similar things available. Today I just want to relax and enjoy the T-shirt parade. No fuss. No muss. Just T-shirts.

Look at that pretty neckline! There is something you do not see often enough. I’m sure crew neck t-shirts are much cheaper to produce but should that be all some companies offer? I say no, if more brands would switch up their choices in blank t-shirts the consumers would definitely notice a pleasant difference. This t-shirt is called the “blood calendar” by Tank Theory. I googled “blood calendar” to see if it was synonymous with the Mayan calendar but I was wrong its just some thing Tank Theory made up. That’s fine, it’s a cute shirt either way.

Do I look like I give a F*ck? Well do I? You can’t see me  but trust me I don’t. If it wasn’t for the explanation on the back of this shirt I don’t think I would have known what “dilligaf” stood for. This t-shirt is brought to you by Married to the Mob along with other shirts featuring a few other cuss words. Another shirt from this same company says “Lets talk shit”.  Let the record show that I would wear either one of these shirts gladly.

Does Lil Kim know this shirt exists? I’m guessing not because if she did she would probably asking the fine folks at Princess of the Posse for her royalties check. Within the existing Louis Vuitton logos all over Lil Kim’s likeness are also Princess of the Posse logos and the brands name is signed down her leg as well. I don’t like this shirt. If I were going to buy a shirt with Lil Kim on it I would much rather have one of the shirts Marc Jacobs made back in 2006 while she was in jail. These shirts read “Marc Jacobs *heart* Lil Kim”, that is real love for Kim if you ask me.

Sticks and stones may break your bones but this shirt really doesn’t impress me. If you can’t tell what’s on this shirt let me describe it to you. Above the lettering are numerous lipstick tubes lined up side by side and below are several diamonds also side by side. It is clever right? It certainly is however it is also pretty corny.  I’m not sure if I would even wear this shirt if it was given to me as a gift. Maybe if the gift shirt in question came in black I would wear it around my house but no where else.

I know it seems like the parade will end here but don’t worry my darling we are just taking a brief pit stop. So dry your eyes, grab a coke and when I come back I will have even more T-shirts for your viewing pleasure.

T-shirt Parade!! Part Two

T-shirt Parade!! Part Two – The T-shirt parade is back so get comfortable and try to keep an objective mind this time ok? Okay great let’s get started!

Bamboo earrings are hot right now! So hot that everyone has them and  I’m not going to be wearing mine anymore. I mean these things are everywhere.  It’s funny to me that the earrings that were once regarded as symbol of the ghetto and the around the way girl are every where and worn by everyone. We can’t all be around the way girls, someone has to be fronting right? Anyway the fact that the earring in question have made it to a t-shirt, to me, means they have jumped the shark. If you’re not ready to let them go yet that’s ok maybe you can match your beloved bamboo’s with this shirt and call it a day.

I think what this Jeepney shirt is trying to say is guys who love sneakers love girls who love heels. Isn’t that nice? It’s kind of lady and the tramp-ish in a street wear way. I don’t know anything about sneakers, if I own any at all anymore that would be news to me. If a guy is wearing nicer than average or rare sneakers I’m completely oblivious. I do however appreciate it when men take the time to craft their style in anyway even if its just their shoes because women use lots of their time keeping their styles right and tight. So I guess Jeepney was right, game really does recognize game.

Does something seem familiar about this Insight logo? No its not the polka dots or the pink or even the scoop neck. I’m referring to the way the letters are stacked upon each other in  a similar fashion to the Yves Saint Laurent YSL logo. Insight is not the first company to bite the YSL-sequel logo, P Diddy himself committed the same offense at Sean Jean. I don’t blame them. The YSL logo is hot but not hot enough to make me like this Insight shirt. Thumbs down.

Easy does it girls, before you get too excited about this Dope Couture shirt there’s something you should know. For those of you seeking exclusivity in your wardrobe, be advised that this is hardly the first or the last of shirts bearing the likeness of Eric Wright aka Eazy-E. Say what you will about Eazy-E and N.W.A but I would wear this shirt in a heartbeat in memory of him and his contribution to hip hop. It can be hard to rep Eazy-E as a woman because as far as disrespecting women goes he was a huge offender in his life and his lyrics. But, and this is a big but, if you’re from the west coast or any where near  you’re not trying to hear any of that because he was not the first or the last rapper to practice such insensitivity towards females. Bottom line is, this shirt is tight and Compton is in the house once again.

Gosh that was fun wasn’t it?  Sometimes a good old fashion t-shirt parade really hit’s the spot. Let’s do it again real soon!

Warm It Up

Warm It Up – There really is no theme for today, I simply chose some bags that caught my eye for one reason or another.

Pictured above the “Watch me work”  bag from Celine. I love a big red bag all year round. This particular purse reminds me of so many cheaper and probably larger red purses that I have ruined/used to death in my day. I know what you’re thinking “I barely ever wear any red”. That really doesn’t matter because this bag can’t help but be the focal point of your whole outfit due to its color and size alone.  Something so big and shiny really isn’t meant to “match” with anything instead it “goes” with everything.

My only concern with this bag is, I’m not so sure about the chain shoulder strap. It looks good but I hope you don’t intend to wear that bag for very long or you will be irritated and eventually in pain. Keeping in mind the size of this bag and the width of the chain link, if you had a semi full purse, which you will because the temptation to throw everything you need into this bag is too strong, it would be cutting into your shoulder by the end of the night. Personally I wouldn’t really worry about that. You would look much cuter carrying this purse on your forearm or in your hand instead.

Ladies and Gentlemen what we have here is an icon of the handbag world. The Fendi B Bag.  The B Bag is available in a wide variety of colors much like the Spy  bag from. I call this color duck’s foot orange because if you recall the scaly webbed part of a ducks foot is about the same yellow orange color. If you’re not sure what to  buy and you want something orange this season it should definitely be this.

I used to hate yellow and mini bags at the same time. Funny how I  am so drawn to this bright yellow Marc by marc Jacobs mini bag called “Percy”. I would love to have Percy on a night out that way when I hit the dance floor I don’t have a big clunker of a bag holding my groove down. I wonder if you can remove the shoulder strap from this bag, that way it could be used a wallet as well. If that is the case this could be a perfect summer time purse.


Just carry it all day long in your big everyday bag and snap the strap on it when you’re ready to go out. Looking back at all these bags I realize they do have something in common besides the fact that I love them. They are all warm colors which is definitely why I am attracted to them to begin with. I would say that these bags are perfect for summer but they are just as good all year round.

Who are Mike and Chris?

Who are Mike and Chris? – Mike and chris? Sounds like a powerful male design duo. That is only the half truth. They are a very powerful design duo. But they are not old design school chums they are husband and wife. They launched their namesake label after their innovative hoodies created the demand for more. Their hoodies and outerwear in general are really. Cool enough to necessitate their own article someday. Today we will focus first on the mens spring/summer 2008.

I really think Mike and Chris are doing for men’s wear what Surface to Air was trying to do. The main difference is Mike and Chris are minimal without the need to be overtly macabre. These Bermuda shorts are so sleep and tailored you would expect them to be full length pants.

Bermuda’s like these are a welcomed change board / cargo shorts I see walking down the street everyday. The sweater is not so bad either. I like the neckline it not quite crew not quite v-neck.

I really like this deep v-neck sweater. The grey on grey stripe is a nice change from the typical white and black burglar stripe or the dreaded red and black Freddy Krueger stripe. This is more of a grandpa sweater, not threatening at all. The sleeves are a little longer than necessary allowing the wearer to wear the cuff as low or as high on the wrist / forearm as they would like. Yes this is a men’s sweater but I believe a woman, me, could rock it just as well.

Oh boy Mike and Chris you lost me! Not with though jeans though, those are cool. I saw a close up of these jeans and the pockets are different, more of a L shape than your regular pocket.

Really though whats up with the bright yellow suspenders? I’m not saying there aren’t guy out there who want to wear them but they kind of look corny especially paired up with the yellow frame glasses. The shirt looks like something out of Hot Topic. In fact I this whole look can be found much cheaper at Hot Topic.

I chose to comment on this vest because it actually changed my mind when I first saw it. I’m a habitual vest hater. I don’t hate vests are part of formal wear I typically just dislike vests that are intended to be worn alone such a ski vests and the like. This vest is very sharp though.

I don’t like the shirt underneath it, there definitely could have been a better choice. If you look closely you can see the pockets I was talking about in the paragraph above.

Speaking of a pockets this vest has a welt pocket on it, which always looks nice because the look of them alone implies the level of difficulty it took to construct this garment.

I was only lost on one look from this whole collection, that alone has to be some kind of record. It has been awhile since a new label has made such a big impression on me. Mike and Chris I loved your Men’s collection so much I am going to give your Women’s spring/ summer 2008 line a good look through.



Wood’nt it be nice?

Wood’nt it be nice? – Wooden accessories are hot for the summer of 2008. Now I know what your thinking, wood is only for hippie and or boho looks. That is simply untrue; this season wood can be worn with any look. Wooden accessories are made from predominately dark brown wood or at least the wood is all stained a similar dark color. Nevertheless the dark brown color acts as a neutral among the many bright colors of summer.

This wooden heart shaped pendant would be a delightful accompaniment to any summer frock. On top of our sweet wooden heart we have a smaller more abstract heart made from shell. The wood and shell combination will lend an air of natural harmony to your whole outfit.

Above we see another shell and wood combination necklace. This double strand necklace proves that wood has more versatility than you think. This necklace can be worn to add sophistication to a simple tank or to emphasize your bust line in a dress with a plunging neckline. There is hardly anything hippy about this necklace, you probably wouldn’t even know the beads are made from natural wood and shell if you didn’t get a closer look. A necklace such as this would be great for a wood skeptic.

Take a look at this funky painted and natural wooden beaded earring and bracelet set. These items can be purchased separately but they look best when together. The glowing yellow painted beads paired with the natural beads have a very warm feel. I can see this pretty little set worn with a graphic monokini, preferably one with a lot of yellow in the design. Come to think of it this set would go fantastic with the white and yellow polka dot mini dress from yesterday’s article.

I’m in love with this bangle. I need at least three of them. The gold and wood go so well together. If there is only one piece of wooden jewelry you can buy it should be a piece like this. This piece gives you the liberty to experience the wooden trend without going too far. You may not have other wooden pieces to pair with this but you will not need them because the gold half means you can wear as much gold as you like and you are good to go.

As the summer progresses more and more wooden accessories will become readily available. If there was nothing in this article that captured your fancy, just try to keep an open mind and be patient. Your wooden treasure is out there waiting for you. You just have to find it.