IT’S TRIPPY: 90’s Hip Hop & Fashion

We see today the baby gel hair on the runway, the du rags, the gold chains and dark stunner shades. How did all of this happen and where did it come from? It could’ve been the Mary J Blidge ” Real Love” video. Did it come from the Aaliyah try again video? Maybe Big Daddy Kane had a style influence. Whoever helped created this revival helped create a modernize version of the 90’s hip hop era sure did want it to stay. Celebs such as Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus have used this in their style influence. Companies such as DimePiece LA, Karmaloop, Nasty Gal sell these similar styles. Even high name brands such as Chanel, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang take it into their new collections. grid-cell-14946-1385134699-8The fashions began in the 80’s when a group known as Run DMC stepped to the mike in their adidas sweat suits, shell toe sneakers, Kangol bucket hats, and layers of gold chains. The industry seen this and thought it was an image to build on. Soon in the early 90’s people began wearing gold chains and and flashy jewels and prints. The hip hop world had a fashion of its own. There became different styles for woman with the tight body con dresses, midi shirts, big statement earrings, dreadlock similar braids, color blocking, and artistic prints. Woman inspired this was TLC, Aaliyah, Mary J Blidge, and Salt & Pepper. The mens fashions were more all over the place basing off which side of the us you lived on. In East coast regions it was heavy jackets, Work boots known as tims, gold chains, baggy jeans, and logo shirts. The west coast was more bandana prints, converses, dark shades, and baggy clothing as well.

photo4_1_-8762However a record company known as the name of Bad Boy changed the style game when he shown that you can be luxurious and a thug. He transformed Biggie Smalls from the FUBU styling rapper into someone wearing Versace prints and DKNY. A lot of other rappers began to become influenced by this and in the early 2000’s they started dressing in designer on the red carpet. Either way you style it hip hop in the 90’s has influenced the style and minds of today’s style savvy and young minds.header2 rs_1024x759-140218041524-1024-Will-Smith-Jimmy-Fallon-JR-21814 screenshot-2012-03-31-at-13.02.24

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To Pierce or Not to Pierce


Fashion can have many trends and different things going on at once. It can all be confusing of how this has happened but fashionable people latch onto it anyways. This is what is going on with the septum piercing. For those who do not know, the septum is a piercing through your nose cartilage. It sounds truly painful at first but then you have the chance to have a blingy nose hoop or some cool mini bar in your nose. Celebs like Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson,  Lady Gaga, and so many more. This trend has even been featured on DKNY models for their 2014 ad campaign. So you may be asking how did all this hype and buzz began? Well truly it did not start for fashionable purposes. It started out of spirituality and religious rites from African and south central American tribes. Many tribes used these piercings to determine the warriors in their group. They would use handmade jewelry such as pigs’ tusks, pieces of bone, feathers, pieces of wood, and other natural materials. Some children in history with the ages of 9-10 used to have this performed and others when they became mature enough for the rite. photo1-582x325  This piercing is also seen decorative in India and Nepal so the men would be attracted to the woman. The same went for the Mayan and Aztecs. Only the woman wore the decorative Jade and full gold rings in their nose to indicate beauty and elegance. It also determined how wealthy the family was if the ring was bigger than most girls in their tribe. Over the years we took their religious piercings and modernized it from the goth punk days of the 90’s to the tough tattoo girls and now to cutting edge it girls. Well That was my mini history on the facial piercing we see today! vida-kush43c38b82ccea25d08bb84abd7850b8db-300x200

Afro It Up: From the 1800’s to Now

runway girls looking chic

When you see a woman sporting her natural luxe down the street you can say she must be DYNAMITE! Many people can be seen rocking this known look from the 70’s but think only because it was fashionable. The hair trend dates back all th way to the 1800’s when slavery was still in effect and only hair styles slaves were known to have were braids or a afro. The afro than grew into the 50’s where you see influential people wearing it fighting against the Jim Crow laws and segregation. This look was seen as power and created a stature when wearing all black along with this style. Woman also in the music industry such as Donna Summer, Diana Ross, and many more were seen using this hair trend and making headlines for African American hair care. Which was not seen as beautiful during the civil rights movement.

afros from then and now soul train host rocking the fro

activist jesse jackson sporting the frodkny street mod afro style

After black hair care started making it onto shelves many woman began to love their natural look and began throwing out the straightening balms. Being seen with a fro was a sense of loving where you truly came from. Showing that the queens of Egypt and African nations wore this look in pride. The look has died down until recently making a huge comeback on celebs wo are truly infleuntial in music and fashion. The celebs such as Beyonce, Solange Knowles, Iman, Tyra Banks, and Nicki Minaj are creating it and making it their own interpretation. Now runways have it on their models showing it is not just for black woman. This is a truly beautiful thing.