Some times I strongly believe women rock menswear is better than us men. It does sound a bit awkward, but it is the truth (i.e. smoking suit for Yves Saint Laurent). You could always see labels such as Dsquared2, Dries Van Noten, and others embraced womenswear pieces from their collection. How can a woman transform a masculine ensemble without sacrificing her femininity to create her own? Adrianne Ho recently did an interview with super street wear website, Hypebeast, in regards to her modeling journey (on the other hand, I am discussing the styling).
The Toronto native whose under Ford Models NYC and Next Management LA model is the new “It Girl”. She is called an “anti-heroin chic model” and a woman who represents the intersection of power, independence, sexuality, all within connections to the city in a relevant way whereas she is labeled the unofficial streetwear/menswear face of the moment. Streetwear labels like Supreme and Stussy, and Nike layered with current hot menswear designers such as Mark McNairy. Men staple pieces from Hoodies, sneakers, bomber, varsity jackets,sweats, jerseys, and baggy t-shirts were displayed in a contemporary feel.
We are slowly living in a world of diversity. Androgynous garments are on a rise. Once upon a time, it was totally unacceptable for either genders to express themselves through clothing. Personally, I don’t care what a person wears long as they make it their own. I know men who wear dresses. would I do that? Hell to the NO. At the end of the day, do you! It was taboo for men to wear pink lol. Do whatever floats your boat; If you are happy, then I am happy. Women rock menswear pieces from boyfriend jeans, blazers, and footwear everyday. Menswear compliments Adrianne quite well.
The grandmaster’s memorial service was held this past weekend. There was no shadow of a doubt I attended to show my respects. Along my visit to the service, I got the chance to speak to some old faces and met some new faces as well. I must admit it is not a great moment to meet other martial artists based on certain circumstances. However, my main concern about the martial arts community was its current direction. I always asked myself when the elders are gone, who were going to become their successors? Once that torch is passed down, will we be able to evolve the art beyond what they have given to us. It was an interesting topic as I spoke with several other masters about the subject, which inspired me as I walk into my quest to evolve. Many people love to ride the coat-tail of another person’s success (or skill). The secret is you have to make your own.
One person who walked away and marked his own path was my instructor, Keith Price. Controversial sparked among his colleagues from his departure. On the other hand, it helped other martial artist such as myself. His unconventional methods are one of the reason how I determine expectations. Honestly, I had an underline disagreement with him within the past few years because of my relentless dedication to the art. I always wanted to more from his teachings and felt it was unrecognized. The last thing we want to happen as artist is place our fate in someone’s hands. After the passing of my brother, it was best for me to search for it on my own. Living tomorrow is never promised. I had a success in discovering the art from another level. A discovery no one can take away from me.Tackling the nucleus of the art was my true key to evolve. Sadly, one can never grow without studying the roots.
Our society is so focus on dealing with being relevant at the current state of time. Never do we seek to polish our craft so it could resonate through out time. A skill which no one can not deny. The chains of justification can no longer cast a burden. This is what I see our direction in the community (as well as society). However, my progression will unable to seek fruition if there is an ounce of resentment. Discussing those issues were the way to progress. In the result, I have made amends with him. As the casket was brought down by the steps of the church, I have seen the faces of my fellow brother with such hurt. The hurt was not solely on the lost of our grandmaster, but the lost of the compass they relied on forever.
This is what worries me. We can not expect people to hold our hand in our journey for ever. The bird leaves its nest sooner or later. Out of all the living species, how many do see them taking of their offspring throughout time. The answer is none.. We have to push forward to grow. We have to want it for ourselves. I love the new faces of fellow martial artists who are on the same pursuit as mine. Our elders would appreciate their legacy continues to inspire others.
Today was a beautiful day enough for me to rock my yellow Michael Kors jeans (they were originally white). Recently, I have been going through a hip hop/rock-star mood. However, it was great add a change in the mix! The ensemble shown above is to express my aesthetic of the day, All-American prep. I chose to rock this vintage glen plaid/houndstooth jacket under my light blue John Varvatos shirt, Polo neck tie, Murano vest, my recently Michael Kors dyed yellow denim pants to add a pop of color and with my favorite Salvatore Ferragamo loafers!
Its alright to have a distinctive style. After all, style is indeed personal. Because it is personal, I want to make sure I express more than one side of myself. So should you!
Its friday night with the Lady and myself… Its great to actually leave your current 9 to 5 and anticipate for those great weekend moments. Emmy and myself went to the Brown theater to see Anjelah Johnson perform live. She is mainly known for her MadTv performance as “Bon Qui Qui”. Endless laughs with the a beauty of mine.
After the show, We treated ourselves to some sushi and a trip to the art museum. Another night in the books!
My Ensemble: Maison Martin Margeila shirt; silk knit tie; Jean Paul Gaultier Vest; (not pictured) polo chinos; cole haan oxford shoes
This past weekend I happened to take my son out for ice cream and walk around the highlands in Louisville..I was very resistant on the idea, but how can I say “no” to my son lol? One thing about my son is the fact he knows what he wants and will not stop to get it. It inspires me how much a small individual can be more driven than more grown ups despite how big or small things appear! I don’t think he is spoiled. He is just loved by yours truly.
In the photo, I chose to take my biker look look which consisted of my favorite ASOS leather jacket, my Dolce and Gabbana “Mickey Mouse” graphic t-shirt, John Varvatos Jeans, and the Jeremy ScottAdidas hi-tops (very rare shoe to find).. The look was entirely inspired from my son’s love for Mickey mouse. Although the shades and jacket provided an edge, but the shirt and sneakers neutralized the ensemble with a softness of an iconic child cartoon character. There is some uncertainty he does not know how much I spend for those pieces just to express a love he has.. Even though I still like the garments, I mainly did it for him.
Today I have been going through a random thought, just like now. Sometimes in life we often do things because either people say this is what we have to do or feel like it is something we should do. Take me for instance, I am a father, trying to finish college, blogging, networking,training to become a world known martial artist, building up experience being a fashion stylist, training, work, etc
There is only 24 hours in a day and only one WIll!!!!! Now most people would say you gotta slow or something have to give something up. Personally how I feel right now, I am thinking about letting school go. To be realistic, when I ever graduate I would never be doing anything pertaining to my major (such a waste).
It baffles me how people always talk about go to college, but when the people who work at the same place you currently work has degrees for years with the same pay. Are you kidding me? why should I stress all of my time in something I am not going to make use of it. Their reply, “Its always to have that paper to back you up”.
The College Dropout Album is playing in my head right now.. Reality is life is what you make of it. You taking a risk of entering the real world to achieve in something you believe, but you ultimately risk losing yourself doing things that is not in your niche. Education is totally mandatory; do no get me wrong about that. Its really hard to juggle so many things at once. However, if we all are striving to become successful this comes in the package. We will always be engaging in activities which are obliged to us, which we have no desire in. Hell that is life period. Success deals paying your dues, not always about comfort. Sometimes when there are things you feel discouraged, just roll with the punches. The result may not be what you want, but at least you found a hidden piece of yourself.
I have learned an interesting concept on why their belt is Midnight Blue. The color is midnight because it symbolizes the practioner doesn’t know everything because there is always room for improvement and perfection.
Whether you are an artist, fashion designer, dancer, fighter, or whatever, always know there is always more to grow from your craft. Your kicks can always be faster, punches stronger, the draping and silhouette of the garment can always improve.
Rank and status should never end your journey. Never limit yourself! Inspiration and motivation never sleeps..