Virgil Abloh

Paris Fashion Week '19

Louis Vuitton SS19 Accessories by Virgil Abloh using Fiber Optic lights that change color

Paris Fashion Week this year was pretty dope, from Virgil’s Louis Vuitton SS19 Menswear show or Hedi Slimane’s Celine show, to the Sacai show by Chitose Abe and Dior by Kim Jones. Everyone is pushing limits and sticking to their separate lanes of expertise but still infusing new textures and amazing new details like fiber optics or amazing hardware on Menswear staples and accessories.

Heres a few of my favorite looks from the aforementioned designers during Paris Fashion Week 2019!

Christian Dior Winter ‘19 by Kim Jones. His use of Mathew M. Williams Hardware buckles is Dope.

Sacai FW19 by Chitose Abe. That leopard print biker is fire!

Celine Winter 19 by Hedi Slimane. My favorite look of the show!

Celine Winter 19 by Hedi Slimane. Sucker for a quality varsity jacket and penny loafers.

Sacai FW19 by Chitose Abe. Sacai’s mix of textures is crazy, i love it.

Christian Dior Winter 19 by Kim Jones. Having the models on a Airport escalator instead of walking was dope. Cleaner Pictures.

Celine Winter 19 by Hedi Slimane. The fur is Fire.

Street style was also crazy as people layered and rocked some of this upcoming seasons most sought after garments and accessories. Here’s a few of my favorite looks from th street as well. One day I’ll be featured during Paris Fashion Week for sure.

Louis Vuitton FW19 Menswear Street Style

Aleali May in OFF white

Skepta in Burberry

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Off-White x Nike Football Kits are MEAN! 

In typical Off-White fashion, loud graphics are the focal point, having been printed across Abloh’s entire kit. Each is nuanced with references; either to hip-hop tracks he would listen to as a kid on his way to matches, or to the sponsorship aesthetics of traditional European teams. The printed dots on the other hand tell a different story. To mark the best spot to hit a ball with your foot, Virgil imagined dots on the boot. These dots worked their way up into the overall design, with appearances on the jerseys, shorts, and logo crest. You can see more of the details and the full collection below, in our latest editorial. 
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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. 

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Friday I'll be flying out to Long Beach for ComplexCon 2 day Expo and Concert. Looking forward to the ComplexCon[versations] series with a number of analyst and different streetwear themed conversations from people like Virgil Abloh, Takashi Murakami, Chicago DON C, Gary Vee, Jerry Lorenzo, and a number of others all weekend. Music performances and exclusive vending from select designers like BBC, Off white, Adidas Y3, you know just endless cool shit... Aside from the convention I plan to shoot with a few of my friends that reside on the west side now. Maybe even do some interviews of their perspective from living on that side and being where we from and how they differ or correlate.

Truth be told even though Ive only been to L.A. once i could see myself living out there. Theres a certain feeling of creative freedom out there. I can't wait to get that feeling again on friday. Oh and when I land Im racing to the staples center to catch the end of the Lakers game against Deangelo Russel in his first game back as a Brooklyn net.

What a time to be Alive.

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I see myself as a hiphop/pop culture graduate  and my school of higher learning was KanyeUniversecity.com. If you know than you know. Back before Instagram WCW posts there was Kanye's Beauty of the week, Before there was a Louis Vuitton and Supreme Collab I learned what a collab even was reading about the Stephen Sprouse and Louis Vuitton collaboration on KanyeU. This site birthed a generation of Hypebeasts and Influencers that are now rolling the retail stratosphere. People like Virgil Abloh, Don C, Ibn Jasper, were all featured on KanyeUnivercity.com ten plus years ago. So in an homage to KanyeUniversecity.com and some of my favorite Artists then and now I designed a new Jean Jacket for the Fall featuring Banksy Graffiti pieces, Takashi Murakami Graduation Bear, KAWS x Spongebob Squarepants Art pieces, Off White Quotation marks, the famous Trouble Andrew "Life is Gucci" piece, and a LV x GoonMilk Support mash up design. More to come as I delve deeper into my old blog www.boooogie.blogspot.com, which had all kinds of fire from 04-2012. Each design meaning a little something different than the next but all inspired by the Culture and KanyeUniversecity.com. The jacket itself defines the word "FLY" and what that means to me. Subtle yet outrageous, trendsetting, pushing the envelope while using classic aesthetics. The juxtaposition of fitting in and standing out, thats what "FLY" is to me.

  

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