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What are your thoughts on the Adidas ‘slavery’ shoe withdrawn as people are shaken by shackles

It seems like everyone has something to say today about Jeremy Scott’s JS Roundhouse Mid high tops for Addidas. Scott always been known as a style extremist, so I was quite intrigued that people took this particular style to heart. As you can see the trainers have been designed to include an imitation of an ankle cuff, historically a symbol of slavery…and several other things.

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I can fully understand why the historical content of an ankle cuff would resonate uproar for some, however ankle cuffs have been used for several other methods such as bonding and farming lol. In my opinion it’s obvious that the style is nothing more than a wild, tongue and cheek take on fashion. A designer who is highly rated amongst the lives of Rhianna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Lil Kim and Ciara (but to name a few) is hardly bound to suddenly go Willy Lynch, with a contract from Addidas on his back.

Who knows, maybe I am just too liberal, but I don’t seen how Ni**as in Paris can reach the top of the Billboard, whilst a pair of trainers with a bondage imitation seems to have crossed the line. Sounds like a double standard to me. Admittedly, I am not the trainer type, but they are funky and fierce, and frankly this slavery trainer talk needs to be put to rest.

Thoughts?

 

How Africa tweets: visualised

Fantastic data visualisation here visualising how Africa tweets. Uploaded by the Guardian,

Tweetminster and Portland have analysed more than 11.5m geo-located Tweets from the last three months of 2011. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, use of Twitter is dominated by Africa’s richest country South Africa.

South Africa sent twice as many Tweets (5,030,226) as the next most active Kenya (2,476,800). Nigeria (1,646,212), Egypt (1,214,062) and Morocco (745,620) make up the remainder of the top five most active countries. According to Portland, 68% of those polled said that they use Twitter to monitor news. They’ve produced this neat visualisation to show the distribution of tweets.

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Textured fabrics “Reach out and touch” – in pictures

London Vintage Festival

It was unfortunate I was unable to attend the Wayne Hemingway Vintage festival which came to the Southbank Centre in London, earlier this month. From all the reviews and great pictures, the festival brought style, crafts and some impressive dance moves to the capital. With stalls selling fashion, music and art from the 1920s onwards and a make-do-and-mend mentality, visitors browsed for bargains and wallowed in nostalgia. I would have loved to grab some vintage cat eye glasses…*sigh* maybe next year. Below are some pics courtesy of Guardian.co.uk. 

#Swagger, Sape (Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People)

“If I was a man, I swear I would dress like this all day everyday! So Fonzworth Bentley…too much Swag”

Photojournalist Baudouin Mouanda’s first UK exhibition looks at the people of his native Congo and the ways in which its people express themselves. Highlights include his sharp, vibrant images of the Sape (Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People) community, inspired in slang and fashion by late 18th-century Parisian dandies. Gasworks gallery, London, until 18 September.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/

Katy B: “5 things I know about style”

I really like Katy B’s album ‘On a Mission‘, and I always get quite excited to see UK artists doing well. Her first single ‘Katy on a mission’ reached No.5 in the UK charts and No.1 in the UK indie chart. I thought her album was a cool, calm and a funk filled collection of dubstep, R&B, funky house, UK garage and electro.

Although I could quite comfortably listen to Katy B’s music, I haven’t really had the opportunity to see her on any interviews on the radio or TV (should probably try and follow her on Twitter). However, last week I came across this article on the Guardian, where she shared 5 things she knows about style.

On first glance, Katy B doesn’t strike me as someone who tries to make an obvious fashion statement, and from what I can remember she is wearing a plain white vest on her album cover. However, I really enjoyed reading her 5 things she knows about style and Iagree with every single on of them!

1) ” It’s healthy to experiment

I went through lots of embarrassing phases when I was younger. I once worked at the Nike shop in Brixton and I’d team up trainers with puffa jackets – I had a gold one I’d wear all the time.”

Keep it simple and comfortable

I love wearing skinny jeans, a fitted white vest top and a pair of white Vans trainers. I’ll wear a box-fresh pair when I want to look slick. For a cooler look, I’ll wear a battered pair.”

Know yourself

There are certain things I can’t carry off, so I avoid them. Big earrings aren’t really for me, although I like them on other people. I’m quite shy so I don’t wear clothes or accessories that are too loud.”

Good fit makes a huge difference

I’ll wear a dress and heels for special occasions and I love it – but it’s all about the fit. It makes your figure look better, and that’s something I’ve only learned in recent years.”

There are two essentials every woman should have in her wardrobe: good shoes and a lovely coat.

I love Nicholas Kirkwood shoes. They always sorts me out for shoots so I now have a little collection.” Katy B - Guardian 

Nicholas Kirkwood Spring/Summer collection 2011:

My favorite from the collection: Product No: 11S0201A0

Naomi Campbell sues Cadbury over chocolate racist slur

I just read this in the news today and I am interested in your thoughts regarding this story. Personally. The article made me question whether Naomi has over reacted or whether I am under-reacting. Anyways please let me know what you think, I am very eager to get some feedback on this!

This week super model Naomi Campbell has taken legal action over the advert for a Cadbury chocolate bar that featured the slogan “Move over Naomi, there is a new diva in town” (which I assume at this point enters a chocolate)

Naomi was quoted saying “It’s upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people. It is insulting and hurtful.” She continues that her reaction is associated with childhood playground insults which were associated with having a chocolate skin tone.

Naomi has said Cadbury’s remarks are clearly derogatory, out of date and in this case should not be dismissed lightly. However, it has also been questioned whether her reaction was the right move.

Back in 2007, Cadbury sparked a race row when it launched Trident chewing gum with a Caribbean man dashing about armed with a megaphone blasting out the catchphrase “mastication for the nation”.

Two years later it was accused of racial stereotyping with an advert featuring a giant hovering head that caused African villagers to dance about wildly. This also leads me to believe that Cadbury may intentionally stirring up controversy to elicit rows and gain column inches of free advertising, thus boosting awareness of the brand.

Guardian columnist Lester Holloway says:

“of course it remains important that activists try to draw a high line against casual racism in public life. I just wish Campbell could have seized the chance to put down, or laugh off, the Cadbury advert in a manner that displayed self-assurance. She could have lifted the debate by showing that she is bigger than any vacuous advertising team, and avoided framing the issue as a reaction to “what they are saying about us” as opposed to defining our own realities.”

 

Drop dead gorgeous in red

Red. The colour of bravery, daring and power. If you’re feeling powerful, wearing red lets everyone know you’re a force to be reckoned with

1) Neutral-metallic accessories

A red dress will never leave you in the shadows. But don’t get crazy–wear black, neutral or neutral-metallic accessories.

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Flat shoes, flying feathers and some statement headgear

The haute couture shows continue in Paris with grande dames in Chanel & Givenchy

 

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