Jay-Z's collaboration with Barneys dubbed "A New York Holiday" dropped a few days ago, and critics continue to slam the rapper turned business mogul's creative efforts. The collection is a small selection of pieces by premiere fashion brands including Lanvin, Proenza Schouler, and Rick Owens. Obviously, these items come with hefty price tags ranging from a logo t-shirt for $70 to a Hublot watch for $33,900. What more does one expect from the world renown high-end retailer?
One of the great prophets of our generation, Drake, has seemingly bestowed upon us fair females some profound words to live by. Ever the brilliant philosopher, Drake preaches (much like the content of his music and the images in his videos) placing education over sexuality and intellect over promiscuity. He says: “Open books, not legs. Blow minds, not guys.”And the world wept at its beauty. How clearly mistaken women have been for centuries! Pleasing their men in the bedroom when they should have spent that precious time in the library, becoming real women of respectable breeding — the marriageable types with PhDs and untainted bodies. Because, yes, of course, a woman’s intelligence and her sexuality are mutually exclusive. Heaven forbid a woman be capable of opening books AND her legs, or blowing minds AND guys.
As Kanye's Yeezus Tour makes its way to NYC in a week, it is safe to assume that he may bring his pop-up shop along with him. At least, I hope he does because this is the fashion capital. The sleek concept store which sells controversial items including bombers with confederate flag patches and Wes Lang laced t-shirts saying "God Wants You" has ruffled many feathers. Mine included, but I saved myself from drowning in my feelings and got over it.
Last month, I cleared my closet of its massive amount of clothing and accessories that I barely wore. Ironically, I love shopping but I hate having too much clothes. What a contradiction! Not only does it aggravate my disdain for clutter, but it disables me from wearing every item I own. I like to rock every single piece of apparel, jewelry, pair of shoes, and handbag. What's the point in buying things you won't wear or keeping things you no longer use? That's called hoarding my friend. Neither of which I have time for (shouts to Sweet Brown).
Having a teenage sister is rather interesting. Its like watching a miniature version of yourself mature both physically and mentally before your eyes. It is also cool to see her style evolve as well, which is a direct result of growing up with two fashion-obsessed older siblings. As such, we would not allow her to even blink at Aeropastle logo sweatpants. Hey, we were looking out for her best interests, because we made some horrid mistakes back in our day. Talk about following the (tasteless) crowd. Thanks to us, my baby sis learned early-on how to be herself, express herself, and be damn proud of it. I attribute some of this to a plehora of images out there, especially for young minorities, on the internet. as my other sister has said on numerous occasions "You guys have Afropunk, Tumblr and artists like Janelle Monae, Solange, Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Odd Future and other unconventional artists to look up to. The only option we had was Dipset, need I say more?". She was the biggest Cam'ron fan ever by the way.
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