Saturday, July 12, 2014


 new style has broken onto the fashion scene. This style is called Afropunk. You are probably wondering what is Afropunk? Well Afropunk does not have a solid definition yet, seeing how it is a young style, but I can help you figure out your own definition by showing you examples and where the style was born.
The style actually originated from the music festival, Afropunk Fest. Afropunk, is similar to punk, but it is specific to African-Americans and blacks. It is more of a fusion of other styles and punk, more specifically reggae, hip-hop and punk. All Afropunk bands must contain all black members, and the festival is just a large gathering of these particular punk bands.  One well known Afro-punk band is A Company that Makes Everything and Flatbush Zombies.
From this festival, a particular style emerged. It was a away for African-Americans to claim their own spot in punk, because when punk first began there were very few people of color included. So Afro-punk is a way of almost reclaiming punk. The style includes wearing large natural hair such as afros or huge buns, or braids. The larger your hair is, the better. As a woman of color myself it is nice t see a style that embraces natural hair, since most styles these days ask for straighten or altered hair.
Classic punk is considered to be dark heavy clothes, but since afro-punk is a rebellion against the classical form of punk, the clothing tends to be lighter and filled with more patterns. Patterns are an important part of afro-punk. Since the music style is a fusion of genres, i only makes sense that the style is rich and blended as well. It does take on some of the elements of punk like the occasional black or heavy jewelry, and maybe even a spike or two. Yet it must be thought of as a different style from punk, it’s Afro-punk!!!! Many people refer to Afro-punk as a revolution and a home full of colors and patterns.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Last Words


One photographer,  Annabel Mehran, decided to take the dark topic of suicide and turn into into a fashion spread for Vice Magazine. In the spread, Mehran captured the suicides of famous female authors, ie. Sylvia Plath, Virginia Wolff, Dorothy Parker, and more. Models portrayed these famous writers in the moments just before their famous suicides. Under each picture is what designer the model is wearing as well as the price. This well photographed spread has gotten a lot of heat, and not for no reason. Suicide is a very touchy topic that makes a lot of people uncomfortable.
The spread titled, “Last Words” was part of Vice Magazine’s 2013 Fiction Issue. At first Vice thought that they were celebrating the lives of authors that should have lived longer, but after the back lash the magazine published an apology giving their reasoning for the issue and apologizing to those offended. It was never the magazine’s intention to be offense, they just wanted to do something original.
My response to the fashion spread was filled with mixed emotions. The photos were beautiful and the clothes elegant… giving the images this romantic dreaminess.  Yet suicide, while romanticized in many movies and novels, is a dark emotional thing. I feel like the spread was not thinking about the families of the authors, who were forced to relive a traumatic incident of a loved one. In the fashion world, there tends to be a competition for who can be the most shocking or innovative. Fashion is all about capturing the eye and making people think twice about what they are seeing. Another fashion spread that had received some criticism in the past was Kate Moss’s spread for W Magazine, where she portrayed good in evil.
 Some found this spread to be mocking the church. Personally I wasn’t very offended by this spread. At least not as much as the vice spread. The thing about fashion, and any from of art, is that in order to evolve new and risky things must be tried, and sometimes it might just go a little over board.
Poppies in October
Even the sun-clouds this morning cannot manage such skirts.
Nor the woman in the ambulance
Whose red heart blooms through her coat so astoundingly –
A gift, a love gift
Utterly unasked for
By a sky
Palely and flamily
Igniting its carbon monoxides, by eyes
Dulled to a halt under bowlers.
Oh my God, what am I
That these late mouths should cry open
In a forest of frosts, in a dawn of cornflowers.
Sylvia Plath (27 October 1962)
Here is a link to the photos from the spread:

–Ruby Aiyo

Friday, July 13, 2012

Grunge Revival

Grunge Re√ivaL

The grunge style of the 90's has resurfaced.  However, this grunge revival differs from the original grunge fashion of the 90s. In many ways the grunge revival style is much more girly and sweet rather than the punk style of the 90s.

Grunge Revival in 3 parts


1. LDG- Little Grunge dress.
☯ Lace
☯Floral print
☯ Flowing bottom
☯Not too short!


2. Any type of denim works
▽ Faded Denim is good for the look
▽High waisted denim shorts are very popular
▽Denim jackets 


 3. Plaid can be tricky
 ✂ Over sized plaid shirts with a belt
 ✂ Stay away from bright colors
  A tight fitting plaid shirt can work with black or dark blue skinny jeans

*Doc Martens are a very important part of this style, as well as a good bowler hat. Many elements of grunge revival can be found at Urban Outfitters (, and various youth oriented stores and vintage shops. This is a fun easy style to rock. Just remember not to look too 80s, for that is a very easy thing to do.  

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fashion Throughout The Ages- 60's

 The 60's
A time stuck between war and peace

Many people look back on the 60's and purely see drugs, war, and social descent, but it was a period that represented so much more. The 60's was a time of the peace movement, social rebellion and the quest for freedom of expression. The 60's had it's own style that still often appears in todays fashions. 


The Doors

                        The Rolling Stones

Joni Mitchell
The Supremes
Jimi Hendrix

The Beatles           

The Fashion


New York

Music fashion styles


We all have a little sixties in us, we just have to let it come out. 

Present Style:




Sunday, April 22, 2012

Urban Jungle, a vintage check point

Urban Jungle 


118 Knickerbocker St
(between Flushing Ave & Thames St)
BrooklynNY 11237
Neighborhoods: East Williamsburg, Bushwick

Urban Jungle, is a vintage shop located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Since it is deep in Brooklyn, it is not well known to people who are not associated with the neighborhood. One could almost call it a hipster paradise. Yet you don't have to be a hipster to enjoy it.  Like many vintage stores, Urban Jungle has a range of styles and caters to all tastes. It is an amazing vintage store, and has amazing prices.  It's an awesome, well kept secret that is worth sharing.  I really recommend visiting it. 

Many finds found in major label stores, could be found at Urban Jungle. In the early 2000's vintage came back into style. In recent years, the economy in the U.S has weakened forcing vintage to make a major comback.  Out of the many trends that have come in and out, I welcome back vintage shops.

Here is a link to google maps for directions: 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My cape - a new find at Dekalb Market

In my backyard in Brooklyn

 I am wearing cape that I got this past weekend, and ever since I have been totally infatuated with capes.  I found the cape at a wonderful new market in Brooklyn: At first glance the market looks like an industrial lot filled with old truck crates, but tucked inside these crates are little boutiques and stores like:
Not all of the stores are my usual style or taste, but I found my cape at the first place that I walked into, so I think the market is definitely worth a look.

I suggest giving the market try, and if you are not interested in clothes or jewelry they have crafts, music and restaurants. It is a delightful place to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

The following pictures are from Dekalb Market

Cape crusaders

                                                                Fall Capes 2011


Ever since joining the cape owner community this weekend, I realized how different life has become. Capes are not just a stye, but an attitude.  They bring out the inner hero in you. That's why when buying a cape, make sure it speaks to you. So ladies it's time to dust off your capes and go fight some crime.

Every size and shape, every color and for everyone's sake, please wear a cape.