Black Renaissance: Future History – 2020 Vision

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We go again,

This here again is Future History and I’m proud to say I love what I’ve been seeing and some things are just

I can not possibly consume all their content at a go but at one time or another I have keyed into what they have to say, kept my ear to the street on what they were talking about and understanding their following. An audience interaction is so key to see, the way the people vibe with your product holds the key to your success and in a world where everyone is talking on the internet I like to see the type of questions someone will be asking these people; the reactions are such a key part to me spotting a good community. People will talk and talk and can even fool you with presentation that they have substance but reality is after a while all you’re left with is your word and people will see through that facade sooner or later, they will dull with your content and your journey and just leave you in their wake.

This list isn’t about the people with the most followers or most views but the people that deliver content with the intent to help at least, deliver a well packaged product and really want to look after people and the community. Not to mention people I just want to talk about and have on record that they are visible because the worst thing that can happens to someone in this space is to feel invisible and for all black renaissance purposes it’s about visibility to the nth degree, exceptional behaviour, and great business with the eyes that eye can see.

I’m not gonna have everyone which means I get to do this more than just once, I can come back next year and do another one. I just want to either introduce or just plainly give props to people doing their thing in the space where they do it. Not to vouch for their whole character – or co-sign them and their whole humanity, as this year we’ve seen that’s not what we can do for everyone – but to co-sign their content and say in the least it’s worth a look.

I’ve compiled a list of multiple sectors with people in industries where their businesses need visibility, from Tech & Finance to Broadcasting & Entertainment as well as Sport. Relevant to the repertoire of excellence and community empowerment.

Spring of the Rookie Martine Rose – 80’s Streetwear Romance

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We go again,

This British Designer called Martine rose is the first of my 3 Rookies who have been blazing a path for themselves for years now and don’t have the recognition in the certain circles I live in. Not only that she is part of a group of designers that I believe can last this decade also.

First Martine Rose is a unisex designer, yes unisex designer. She designs for both men and women, she herself said in her early years her womenswear was very much women in men’s clothes, then she said to switch to call it menswear fully. Why do I call it unisex well because that is what my honest perception is, as I see it, its well understood that women will wear men’s garments but men, or at least the men she appeals to/ influenced by won’t wear a women collection.

Outside of my personal thoughts, Martine Rose makes designs in the image of the man who lived in the 80’s, as the story is romantically told she was enamoured by her cousins that were into all different lifestyles and subcultures would turn her fascination into a passion by putting her on and immersing her into the culture. She also references the Clapham Commons where all the people of different walks of life would congregate, trade and interact. She first exposed this love in 2007 helping her gain the love of Lulu Kennedy of Fashion East giving her that boost she needed. All the while still broke all the while still with the support of her cousins all the while working at a bar he toiled and toiled away at her design ethos.

Much like Grace Wales Bonner Martine Rose indulges in the lusty fantasy of what men she loves the most. the difference being there’s a buyer base for what Martine does. The man her clothes are informed by were those in the 80’s outside of the struggle and strife (not saying she can’t get political) but she works with the freeze-frame of the mash-up of the cultures and doesn’t stray further from the picturesque image of what a man of that time is to her.

The Men Martine appeals to love it, she is a truly thoughtful designer of the people she dresses and has studied meticulously the form of men and understands masculinity as it is and not as she wishes it to be. Her Aesthetic includes Boxy fits – these are strong shoulders with pulled proportions depending on her feeling of the fabric or the look; Oversized constructs – her fabrics aren’t necessarily flowy like most oversized she either mixes in the boxy tailoring or has the form carry the person’s physique; Romantic revision of masculine constructivism – she gives you colour and patterns pushing the bounds of masculinity with it but never straying too far in her take on colour or pattern in order to keep the structure of Masculinity, also what she loves to do is mix patterns in assertively and create harmony, a considerate harmony of positioning.

Martine Rose Style has influenced Demna, post her introduction of boxy oversized to the scene that Vetements and Demna would get the credit for later, she was then given the olive branch to consult with Balenciaga on menswear. Demna also flirts with her Football aesthetic, using her references as muse as an ongoing theme in both houses he ran from Vetements to Balenciaga. He truly takes from her inspiration and her consultation into consideration when making a collection and it’s so clear to see.

During her whole career, Martine Rose has how resilience in the face of overwhelming odds Courage when the doubters would come about and say her designs were nothing more than high priced thrift items. Confidence to stick to her guns and assure herself that what she was doing was the right thing although the road less traveled and conviction on the hard-wrought path the one that would yield greatly once it clicked.

This level of self belief has got her deals with Nike on what is looking like a reoccurring collection, Napapijri, THe Tribe, Timberland Catapillar and Been trill. With a resume like that and a story as fun as this one you can see why shes in the spring of the rookie, I feel right now shes sewing the seeds to be known as a great designer that we know in our time. After this recognition just now its great to have her to be in the running as a Great British Designer.

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NYT STYLE: My Autumn Style

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It’s been some time since I’ve made my style diary, I have spent so much time in building definition a way with clothes given my ‘Comfort is my Luxury’ philosophy autumn menswear has played a big role in that, who let the Borgs out from 2018 & Orange is the colour of the season in 2019 as well as pattern prints and sigils the evolution of what I wear has taken shape with full esteem during this year.

I have spent so much time talking to people in fashion and with high consideration to European fashion with my real in depth research I just don’t see it as my standard of dress anti-fashion or anything of the kind.

My style is built up off the values Comfort Luxury and ostentatiousness, being able to bring colour to an outfit; to being comfortable no matter what I’m wearing; my clothes having a long shelf life and pulling things off not many could I see myself almost over the hill. These articles are for the people in the street though and sharing something many can do.

The Fur

My belief level has shot up during this late summer as well as my confidence in pulling off certain looks especially Fur. Fur encapsulates Luxury and Comfort but I’m here to tell you there’s also ways to pull it off all people can do.

I had spent so much time looking for a fur, first thought they were expensive and elusive but in talking to a friend i found you could acquire gems through thrifting so I scoured the internet for one my size and style, your personal taste and price point is your own i found mine and paid what i was willing to pay to get it.

 I want everyone to know you can wear fur, just look after it and air it out, dry clean and brush it, Just like any other garment you have to cater to. Really simple and if its made well it wont lose volume, this is all down to your own discretion.

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The Outfit Styling

Now it gets time to wearing your fur just like I did my borg, most people will think you have to wear some nice boots like you see in the movies, me i did not, i wanted to pair them with trainers, now i had a decision to make to pull the whole outfit together. You wear it like everyone else you have all the ideas in the world wearing it myself with luxury comfort and audacity, this takes work though so what i needed to do. I quickly decided though i was going to wear trainers comfort, I love texture so i wanted to contrast them with something, a leather look, I couldn’t double it up top though so it had to be pants and I  had to really ensure they suit or else i cant put myself out there like that. Now the fear kicks in, yes fear, because who has the audacity to pair fur with leather (not just leather its a leather print)? Me thats who so we can cross of ostentatious and luxury off the list now to mellow out and get comfortable. Queue my Trainers and Hoodie, yes thats right hoodie. My partner my compadre, my sweater with a hood; my anorak. Ol’ hoodie of mine lets shie, old reliable.

So many  minds will think about dressing up fur, because it’s fur its known as a luxury item, it came from some sort of animal and was treated as a luxury since its inception, but with my menswear philosophy you see clothes rationally, its not a “Fur” first its a cold, it keeps you from cold, thats what it’s meant for the rest are social rules. Where people would have wore it dressed to the nines like frank Lucas, I’m me. These clothes are my comfort, some can say it’s dressing down but I was dressing sincere, Social rule is broken and my Coat is my Coat regardless of what its made from. So I wore my hoodie my coat printed leather & trainers and went on my merry way.

Hindsight 2020 help me write this article, if the outfit had sucked it wouldn’t even make it as an article and I would be talking about how fur is just in. For me its further than that though, I created an outfit I loved in real time. The fact i was able to pull together what was considered opposites of the spectrum and find a new plane of existence for the hoodie is a testament to just what writing about fashion and talking about fashion can do, little nuggets like bargain hunting for an item i have always wanted so i can get it for less than RRP (blog coming) allowed me to push a boundary way earlier than I thought I would.

Just like you should always be able to, wear your fur with your hoodie this autumn, get yourself a fur, don’t treat your clothes like they belong to a social construct or occasional affair (article incoming) wear what you want in the way you want (with rational) have a great day

Whatever Moves Your Dial

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