Designer

dIOR hOMME nOT dIOR hOMIE

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This past week Kris Van Assche announced that he will be stepping down from Dior Homme and Kim Jones will be replacing him as Artistic Director after 11 years at the fashion house. Jones, whom recently left Louis Vuitton after 7 years, will begin his reign starting with their Paris Menswear fashion week in June.

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Also I'm extremely excited at the announcement of Ricardo Tisci taking over at Burberry. Tisci being the designer behind Givenchy for years and influencing a generation that may or may not know to give him some credit for doing so. I mean Watch the Thrown era was basically all Ricardo Tisci and Ye, but I digress. These are some of my favorite designers and Major moves are being made in the fashion industry. Got me feeling inspired to create more and more.

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tHE sTATE oF fASHION

The State of Fashion Address... *Cues Presidential Band Music*

Being from the DMV area Fashion matters. The world may not know it yet but fashion matters so much in our area's culture. There aren't many fashion icons coming out of our city in comparison to NY or LA or even Chicago which seems to have made a huge imprint in the fashion world as of late with Virgil Abloh, DonC, JoeFreshGoods, and oh yeah Kanye West, but that doesn't mean we don't want a say so in whats hot and whats not. I see a lot of trends begin right in DC/MD and Seeing MD kids like Jay IDK walking in NYFW and Kelow basically the face of the reemergence of Champion. Its a beautiful thing and I believe our area's style has so much more to give the fashion world. I see the inspiration and similarities everyday from things we've done ten plus years ago. Adversely I've also seen how our area has taken on other cities styles and got lost in the sauce so to speak. For example like how I'm hearing DC rappers say "Cap/No Cap" instead of "No stunt", or "you welling", or however you interpret the saying, a lot of monkey see monkey doing going on but I digress.

 Taking the taste that the fly kids create and turns it into a contest of likes and cosigns is something Im not a fan of. Seeing brands being started everyday and pushed onto influencers trying to get the attention from hypebeasts following and liking every post as if the Influencer has a magic wand to make the clothes you gave them for free worth the hyped price on your site; that you charging regardless of shitty quality. Kind of how Vlone got away with using Gildan tees up until Ian Conner exposed them. Or how 2Chainz ran it up and made a mil selling Gildan Xmas Sweaters a few years back by gifting one to every social media influencer before hand for promo.  Social Media Influencers have taking over the power of brands and how they're marketing and can possibly change the taste of a generation. Now I probably will come off as a hater to some because I don't have as many followers and with everything being a popularity contest instead of talent speaking for itself, but I call it how I see it. Ive been apart of this culture way before many of you knew what the difference between haute couture and Streetwear was, and to see the two fusing together now is amazing and enticing as a Designer and Stylist.

Growing up I wanted to be a stylist I wanted to be the guy behind the scenes that could get his hands on any and every brand or garment on the face of the planet. Seeing brands like Louis Vuitton and Supreme collaborate was but a dream 5 years ago and I never thought I'd see stylist get just as much attention as their clients do now. I Also never thought orthopedic shoe silhouettes would catch on *Shrugs* wins and losses. But as a whole I believe our culture is moving forward and allowing more and more people that look like us into the fashion world. I'm excited to see where things will go from here. I love seeing trends unfold, I love creating and I still dream of working with Haute Couture Fashion Houses but I also love the Underground. GoonMilk has its own cult-like following and the support feels genuine. I don't have to be fake to some lame blogger to get sales, or throw a pop up every day of the week, over-saturating the market and watering down my product. Im doing things my way and making it work with what I have. Staying Humble and Hungry and still Getting Out Of Negative Situations. 

fASHION iS aRT

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Mike Frederiqo

 

Netherlands Artist/Designer known for his caricature clothing of high fashion designers, designed as their popular labels, and recently shown at his Spoke Art Gallery show in New York. His art is dope and the intertwining of that art with quality goods and apparel is the epitome of the juxtaposition of Art and Fashion; because Art is Fashion, and Fashion is Art. 

You can shop his latest "World Tour" collection at his site here.

sILENCE oF tHE lAMES

Read a quote today that read "A seed grows with no sound, But a tree falls with huge noise. Destruction has noise, But creation is quiet. This is the power of Silence". I resonate with this and how it relates to the vibe I've been feeling lately and how Ive been taking time to actually enjoy being alone and being silent. Making noise in this area doesn't really do anything for me anymore. I just enjoy creating in my own space and doing what I want in peace, letting things bubble quietly until its time to blow. Working on product development and samples for the new year and unloading this new Global design has been my latest task. Thinking Global, expanding the brand outside of just local recognition is important to me. I set a goal for the new year to make it to Paris Fashion Week this upcoming year and that will be my motivation going into 2018. I used to want to plaster GoonMilk Billboards all around the DMV to let mufuckas know I made it but whats really the point?

To be a big fish in a small pond or the freedom of a shark?

Furthermore, I can no longer attempt to lead sheep away from the Slaughter house. I say this in reference to the movie "Silence of the Lambs", figuratively meaning I can no longer help the helpless when it comes to business. Everyone wants to be a designer, and own a brand but nobody knows the difference from a Gildan tee with a logo and actually running a brand. The DMV area is full of experts with no expertise, exactly. Working with people has proven time and time again why I work better alone and on my time. 

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Back on my Buffalo Bill...

sTUDENT oF tHE gAME

As you all should know, this week is NYFW, and unfortunately I am in bed with no way up at the moment. But that does not mean I am missing out. The best invention this generation has revolutionized today is the camera. Phone cameras and live feeds, are literally making the world as small as your smart phone of choice. So as I lay here in my laziness I am actually in class with Virgil Abloh at the Nike Ten Off Campus event via youtube and simultaneously front row watching the Tom Ford and Vfiles S/S '18 shows via Instagram Live. Now I would much rather be in New York getting looks off but this is the broke students crutch. Watching everything I can from true events this week gaining much needed inspiration, insight, and just raw knowledge of the fashion industry. I'm really into the Off Campus events with Nike and Virgil's "the Ten". Watching these discussions has been like watching the OG's discuss their old war stories, dropping gems that kids rarely hear. From failures to upcoming ideas, to why Jordan chose Spike Lee back in 85... Virgil has put together a code breaking culmination of fashion invention alongside the most known brand in the world (Nike) and I am here for it. Check out some of the discussions here and continue to follow via Nike on YouTube.