NYTypical: My Aspiration for Arah on Youtube – Bigger more fulfilled industry

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we go again,

so far I’ve spent several weeks creating visual content and not only am I finding it fun I’ finding it rewarding and people seem to enjoy my content, that being said I want nothing more than to be better at offering up great videos for all the people out there that want to understand fashion and want to learn about the ins and outs of this sector.

I know for me from last decade I had a very hard time in this industry, during my tutelage I was looked down one way or another, straight black and got in late (16) in a realm where vogue staff is so unlike me I was made sure to know I didn’t fit in. I went through my fair share of racism and scrutiny which is understandable. Being the only black male who is into fashion people wonder how and why/ wha would b the point.

You march forward though, for me that was in the form of looking up fashion history in the middle of digital renders and listening to people talk about fashion while creating digital images. Sneaking fashion into my work and focusing on he style of the characters clothes. dressing better evolving my knowledge .

I just stayed low and kept growing soon enough you find people like asap rocky and Kanye West showing its cool to be a fashionable male, Kanye releases the red Octobers. Then says he wants to create a fashion Line and become head of a major fashion house. Suddenly he’s worth billions and his friend is head of Louis Vuitton. Such unbelievable stories I get to witness. for years studying watching these videos and now on the cusp of the new decade I’m in groups sharing my thoughts and knowledge in ways I was never allowed to before.

I’ve found this space and suddenly I have the opportunity to help it grow and not be in the dark place I walked into, may other people who went through what I went through would have probably been repulsed by fashion. Not me that’s for certain these people wouldn’t change my mind.

Now With all the new men interested in learning and what I have to say coming from the place that it is, being somewhat relatable and knowing I just want the best for the whole fashion game from the journalist to stylists, to photographers to illustrators designers etc. I surely have the time and why to draw all of these people in to make it a fun loving community.

I do in fact see men who emulate the times of old its this pretentiousness and arrogance as if their information makes them superior just like the girls had done back then, I don’t know heat to blame but I know hat is an attitude I dislike greatly. The best thing I can think of to change it is be a positive voice in fashion as a man who wants men to dress better and more creative just like women have the allowance to do.

Thats my conclusion I want to make some of the best  create fun and professional fashion video that is entertaining and educational. As laborious as this is going to be I have the will to give it my  all. 

Making visually appealing work that expresses the fun in fashion that can educate all the new faces is a big deal for me and super important to not have those people be turned away by over the head technical jargon that’s made to make new participants feel small. Whereas I would rather open them up to that part with an enthusiasm and not overwhelm them. Give them the right resources to start their journey on their own and in the end become a productive part of the Industry.

Thats my WHY For Arah of Youtube, if anything open up the lane for people to not think fashion is a closed off community. Where you see a guy from a council estate who is even more entrenched in this fashion art than those who would hide behind pretentiousness. And is willing to share a space with those that are new and those that have been here a long time just was long as their attitude is right. With that more people care deeply or have an understanding of why people in fashion do what they do rather than people live with no knowledge of fashion houses and what they stand for in general.

Want to Wear: Ann Demeulemeester— Scamosciato #PrimeNYT

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We Go Again,

MAILING LIST

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Here we are again with another boot, I dig it, really and truly dig these boots, none other by Ann Demeulemeester, her fabrication and materialism is up there and so is her construction so although there’s just one image I have of these I can see already these are just so well designed and for me.

The 13 eyelet for toecap to tongue is an aesthetic I’ve never really bought into till now, there’s something about the finish that’s really catching me.

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The industrial look all maximal and useful not the most functional but accessible and contained, along with the straps to really tie it all together if laces aren’t your thing that day

All in the grey I love so much there’s something about this grey that’s giving off real concrete vibes it has an extra layer of texture to it you don’t necessarily see but are quality.

Definitely one for the archives on purchase

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Urahara Sanin: The Bridge of culture from Soho to Harajuku— The perspective of a London Millennial

We go again,

prelude

I started this blog in December 2018, I just wanted to take my time with it and it’s so intensive with information I’m starting to understand where this is taking me. More importantly

The ascension of local artist and people into the mainstream light is a tough and arduous one, one so tough it’s likened to a heroes journey and people are made idols because of it. What does one do when they reach the grand stage? A place where people perform at the highest calibre. How does an artist use this responsibility at the grand stage? And in which ways can this new responsibility be used to inspire the next generation?

A 90’s Baby Purview

I’ve got a story to tell a story of the men who constructed the silk lined highway from the Japan to the United States which I peered up at through my telescope from my bedroom in London. The culture that’s far from mine but is blended together by stands of very great artist who reach amazing heights and magnified those that were only in the peripheral of the culture. I’m talking about none other than Pharrell & Kanye West.

Names you have heard more than once & for good reason, truly paved the way traversed a road untraveled to create a genre of style that is synonymous with hip-hop and black America, typically unslanderible. Good thing this isn’t a slander blog, it’s about the joining of Japanese art and hip-hop inspired clothing meshed with hip-hop artists creating harmony and exposing a whole new generation to the joys of Japan.

Mainly for me, my exposure to Japan was Dragonball Z – before I even knew what anime was – the cartoons stood to influence me for 20 years to come. As I sought greater storytelling faculties I was drawn closer and closer to the world of anime and the fashion it inspired the youth I grew up with; all over the UK and America, it can even be seen as a unifying factor.

Early era Fashion

We were already indoctrinated into the idea that Japanese art is high art and it only got reinforced with the streetwear brand known as Bape. Pharrell williams and Nigo would influence the youth in the most dramatic way we’ve seen with things we could not afford so these things had a sense of luxury to us it wasn’t streetwear it really was the most fine of garments even then. Nigo and Pharrell will go on to produce Ice Creams and Billionaires Boys Club of which I would cop from.

Teenage Years

My peers was given Kanye. I wasn’t so fond of Kanye these days not until MBDTF I was still a hardcore rap fan there were some good tunes on all the albums but I never heard anything like Fantasy before and that what made me gravitate towards him. What he did do was give us great character animation but what I did notice was the unusual teddybear where I would later find out was a collab with Virgil and Murakami, even then it was high concept and fused with Japanese essence.

Their denim was what I was aware of Evisu and ksubis I don’t know why but I was well aware of Japanese denim the story escapes me I just know Ed Hardy Avirex only later would I discover Undercover and Kapital but evisu and Ksubi was on the map and putting men in more quality garments out doing Levi for a moment before the end of the skinny jeans era

Recent History

You have Ian Connor and Luka Sabbat and the Donda team changed the landscape of fashion from 2010. Seeping our of the music and into the cultural fabric of streetwear. As Facebook groups for fashion became a thing, soho became the runway and the street kids of Europe started to develop a voice the ever living holy land for street wear known as the Urahara Movement in the backstreets of Harajuku became a beacon for all those that aspired to the level of luxury that was Raf Simons tenure at Dior, Galliano, Jeremy Scott Undercover, Kapital, induced by yeezy, off white, Heron Preston and Pyrex 23 and hbx

Our history of streetwear is not just the kid of hip hop but of punk & grunge, Rock & Roll, the kids forgotten by the fashion houses who ended up being represented by the people they adored secondly and those that spoke to them.


Editor Note

The ethics of streetwear will always remain a subculture ethic. If there’s a forgotten class there will always be something great that is bred by the need and someone who comes from there but sees into the future.

For 30 years Streetwear has remained consistent overtime catering to those that needed it and didn’t need to grow out of it. Now in the time of the great information distribution the stories are all interlinked; kids that listened to steely dan speak the same language of clothing as those that listened to Snoop Dogg through fashion. It’s the great I know.

I love it

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