Wednesday, March 31, 2010
RB singer Maxwell burst onto the scene with a refreshing brew that blended 2 parts sex appeal, and 1 part classic soul music. After completing Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite in the early 90s, his label, uncertain of the project's viability, shelved the album for 2 years. After a slow burn, the album took off with the release of Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder), and Maxwell has been serving it up ever since.
GQ recently tapped the crooner to channel his seductive style in a spread for the April issue that features the seasons hottest sports jackets. More after the jump.
Get the full story here (images: Ben Watts).
Below is the video for Maxwell's cover of the Kate Bush song, "This Woman's Work." Here at First Street Style, we dedicate this song to all the strong, supportive, independent, loving, nurturing women that we call sister, mother, lover, and friend.
Scott Schuman, better known as the Sartorialist, is running a contest where followers of his blog send in vintage photographs that "convey an inspirational sense of style." I think this contest is such an awesome idea as I am often inspired by nostalgic, timeless style. Here are a few of my favorties...
These brothers all have their own unique sense of style, but the common denominator that I love is that they all have books in their hands.
This is a nice shoot, and looks like a "family meeting" has just culminated. I wonder if somebody was "sleeping with the fish" shortly after this?
Notice the boots that the gentleman in the center is wearing.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Always one to push the envelop, Erykuh Badu ups the ante with her newly released "Window Seat' video. Erykuh strips down 'til she's naked in the video, which was helmed in at Dealey Plaza, the site of John F. Kennedy's 1963 assasination, in her hometown of Dallas, Texas.
Badu Tweeted about the making of the, which was captured in one spontaneous take. The artist says the video rebels against "groupthink," which is a movement by groups to reach a consensus without critically testing or evaluating ideas in-order to minimize conflict. See the Uncut video after the jump.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The classic "go-to" chino has been remixed for the modern gentleman, and this is a tune that you'll want to experience for spring. A trim modern cut, and a rainbow of colors have elevated the chino to must-have status for spring.
We at First Street Style like the Brooks Brothers Milano Plain-Front Linen and Cotton Chinos. These trousers feature an oxford-lined pocket and a split-back alterable waist.
Instructions: Pull on trousers, add white button down shirt, a navy blue, seersucker, or oxford blazer, and a pair of Italian loafers will finish the look off nicely. Another nice option would be a slim-cut double-breasted navy blazer, or a cardigan with a bow tie. Note: Put away the socks, the will not be necessary. Legend has it that mermaids are attracted to a little ankle. Hemming the trousers where the cuff (or finished bottom) just kissed the top of the shoe. You swag is now on TILT.
More of the Milano after the click.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Monday, March 22, 2010
Jay-Z is at it again with the collabos. This go 'round he teamed up with ABSOLUT Vodka for NY-Z, A 15-minute cinema verité documentary that explores Hov's passion for the game. The film is nicely directed by Danny Clinch, and features lush black and white imagery that leaves you wanting more. The film was derived from Clinch having unprecedented access to Jay before, and after his historical September 11th benifit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. The film is a brief, but poignant look at Jay-Z's childhood, his craft, and what motivates him. More exclusive content is available at Facebook.com/ABSOLUT. See the documentary after the jump.
In the world of bespoke, the handmade silk tie is nearing distinction, but thanks to Mr. Michael Drake the craft lives on. Click here to see how.
Ah, a handmade silk neck tie... "life is good, but living is better!"
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
As a former perennial season ticket holder for the Washington Wizards, I could sit here and lament over the emotional highs and lows, but I'm free now. However, the Wizards are one of the few home teams that I actually route for, but my son Andre really has it bad. He is a die-hard Wizard's fan, and he likens Gilbert Arenas to the second coming. Needless to say, the now infamous Gilbert Arenas debacle even has him in a tizzy. However, I will say that Andre's allegiance to Arenas has taught a thing or two about loyalty.
I'm more of the mindset that Gilbert should know better, and he's a role model whether he chooses to be or not. There are literally thousands of NBA hopefuls that would "take a bullet" for the opportunity that Arenas has jeopardized, and this is what he has to realize.
Gilbert recently sat down to bare his soul with the good folks at Esquire Magazine, and if that interview is any indication... he's quickly approaching the epiphany. The story will appear in the April issue. Click here for more.
Image: Nathaniel Butler/ Getty
Monday, March 15, 2010
Designer B:Scott is doing it the way it's supposed to be done. I am of the notion that if one is going to alter a classic, then the responsibility is to advance it (think of the hoopla created over the reworking of the iconic humanity anthem, We Are The World), and B:Scott has transported the hoody into another realm. The overall cut, and detailing (notice the quilted patch on the elbows, the volume of the hood, the buckle at the center of the back) are design hallmarks for sportswear.
Scott has essentially deconstructed the hoody and rebuilt it with his aesthetic, which melds Japanese and German influences-- a minimalist approach that uses lines with purpose. The designer is also influenced by architecture, which is rooted in inspiration gleaned from his grandfather, who was trained at the Bauhaus in the 1930's, later becoming a prominent designer and contractor. The Light Fleece Double Mock Hoody, and the Heather Thermal Shawl are two of my favorites, but the entire collection is worth a look and can be seen here.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
The Nigerian-birn Adeleke Sijuwade is what I deem a natural. The model turned designer has never had any formal training, just a burning passion to create. 'Leke', as he's known by friends, has been featured in the New York Times Style section, and on the now infamous blog The Sartorialists. He has styled Common and Nigel Barker among others. Below are some stills from his lookbook, which has been around for a minute, but I thought they were worth another look.
'Leke' is one to stick close to his roots, as his designs are crafted by veteran tailors in his native Nigeria, and ladies you don't have to feel slighted... he designs womenswear as well. Click here for a look.