Any fan of hip-hop music from the ’90s (or today) knows and appreciated the late great Christopher Wallace.
Also known as the Notorious B.I.G., his music will be loved for years to come. Unfortunately he was taken from us on this day 15 years ago and his fans, old and new, miss him terribly. So much so, that his style in both hip-hop and fashion seem to still live on. So since we are trying something different today…I figured lets try a little Sankofa and go back and get it. Biggie had and has such a huge influence on our culture, and our wardrobes. If there is one thing that we all remember Big for, it was his love for luxury streetwear and IDGAF attitude. Who could forget his Coogi sweaters, Versace shades and silk shirts?
Now I’m not rocking a freaking Coogi sweater right now, its summer…but as far as the Notorious…IDGAF sense of style I’m all for it. Today instead of washing my hair…I’ll be rocking a turban to fix me up. Also I’m feeling a bit gangsta, so I’ll be rocking a Nina on my chest driving with my seat back, banging Life after Death on the speakers. Doing it like BIGGIE would!
Joe V recently stopped by theJUNQUI office spilling the contents of his pockets for us. We found a Madewell Delfonics pen along with his Moleskine, an all black Star Trek watch,and white Dre Beats. Of course he was wearing one of his awesome vintage button down shirts with a pair of classic Chuck Taylors. A modest collection indeed, this will probably not be the last time you see Joe V grace our pages.
The well-received “Joe V Show”, deriving much of his positive influence movement, Joe makes no mistake about his attraction to arts and culture while revealing an intelligent and memorable charisma through his talk show. Joe helps the people of our generation to voice their opinions on a stage where given a chance to expand and exposure. You can follow Joe V on Twitter and watch his latest espisode, The Joe V Show, here.
Navy? Nah. Not the usual school boy blue that seems to pop-up every spring and summer as a“new” trend. There is a new breed of blue tailoring hitting stores now makes standard navy-blue suits and blazers look downright maudlin. We’re talking all kinds of blue here, from the deep ocean blue, powder blues, to the electric blues.
There is something about the color blue that looks great on every guy and there are plenty of cool choices for summer. If you’re into that causal rugged bad boy look, head to toe denim is your answer. A great way to add swag up your denim look is by mixing in a standout print for a stylish twist. The classic dark blue blazer is a menswear staple that every guy should own. Find the cut that’s right for you and try adding your own spin on it with a colorful pocket square. For the guy who’d rather stand out than blend in with the crowd, a blue plaid suit is definitely the way to go. From tailored and dapper to comfy and casual, there’s truly enough blues for everyone.
Men I didn’t forget about you for “theJUNQUI’s Try It Tuesday”. You fellas should try prints, pattern and more print! Last spring/summer was all about bright, pop colour, this season it is the turn of pattern and print to truly stamp its mark on menswear. We here at theJUNQUI want you sexy fellas to try one of the main trends that are currently making an impact on the menswear scene.
Now we understand that confidently wearing and owning patterned garments for men is not the easiest of things to do. In fact, I think a lot of men prefer to dress in plainer, more muted colours in order to remain classic and not look like they are trying too hard to follow the most recent trends. The key here is to pick a patterned garment and anchor it with neutral items which complement the print – rather than trying to cover all print trends at once to show how ‘sartorially clued up’ you are.
However its 2012, and in he words of my main man Obama “It’s Time for a Change”. Lets try it out today fellas. Be BOLD!
Holy Crap!!!!! Now for us… Fashion and Jesus JUNQUIs, take note: crosses have made their way back on the runways and streets. Layering crosses with other necklaces, rings, earrings and even T-shirts. I LOVE this trend! It brought us back to our favorite cross-wearing star, Madonna, who made that and wearing Kabbalah bracelets en vogue. What do you think of this Spring Trend using religious symbols as part of for fashion statement? (Matthew 16: 24-25)
The color-block look is far from new, but after seeing some color blocking attempts that would only be described as “A Hot Mess”…I started thinking, is there a correct way to color block? I struggled with how to come up with a theory to correctly do this, then I remembered in college I took an elective in Color Theory. Then, BOOM…I remembered the color wheel. Let’s start with the basic color wheel:
I think the first idea to follow would be to try to avoid colors on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel, red and green being a classic example of this. You don’t want to go take a spring stroll looking like a Christmas tree. Complimentary color combinations like these generally have too high of a contrast value and clash heavily against each other. If you change the hue of one of the colors it can be possible to pull it off though.
The most popular theory for combining colors is called the rule of two-thirds. How you achieve the rule of two-thirds starts by making an equilateral triangle (a triangle with 3 equal sides) on the color wheel. In it’s most basic form, the points at the ends of this triangle will be touching either red-blue-yellow or orange-green-purple. From there, you pick two of the three colors that the triangle touches. These colors will almost always harmonize together beautifully.
Now that we have that done, it’s onto the heart of the matter: color blocking. Since color blocking tends to have 3 colors, my recommendation is to use 2 colors from the triangle you made earlier and combine that with a 3rd color outside of it. For example, something like red-yellow-orange or yellow-green-blue works fine, you would just need to change the hue of one of the complimentary colors so you don’t end up with the clash I spoke of above. The final and perhaps most important piece to note about color blocking is that, when you’re putting a color blocking outfit together, it’s best to leave your accessories in neutral colors. Color blocking speaks volumes as it is, pairing this look with colored accessories will throw the entire look off.
1. Pastel. Once you’ve got your neutral and bold hues covered, it’s time to add one more (yes, one more). Pair a deep turquoise or cobalt top with a pastel, or offset bright pants with a rich jacket. For a bright purple shirt.
2. Opposites attract. There are a few things to remember when it comes to color-blocking with the right colors. Make sure you only have one neon color. While it’s totally okay to rock three bold colors, only one of them should be super bright. We like this formula: one bright, one bold, one neutral.
3. Cheat. You’ll look like a fashion genius without putting any thought into it if you simply buy a color-blocked dress. Pick one that works for your skin tone and personal style and make sure all the colors flatter, not just one or two.
Last night the 54th annual Grammy Awards were given out and there was one clear winner of the night – Adele. The artist went home with overall 6 Grammys. Overshadowed by the unexpected death of Whitney Houston over the weekend, found dead at 48 in her Los Angeles hotel room, the Grammy Awards were nevertheless a big spectacle as usual. Next to Adele and Bon Iver, Kanye West goes home again with a couple of more Grammy’s for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance together with Jay-Z for ‘Otis’.
Check here below for the most notable awards of 2012:
Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele
Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth
New Artist: Bon Iver
Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
See the rest of the list after the jump.
On the Grammy carpet Sunday night, Rihanna Killed the red carpet! Sporting long, tousled blonde hair with long wavy bangs — arrived in a barely-there, super-sexy black gown with a belly-grazing v-neck and a very low back. She said her look was a “collaboration” between herself and Italian designer Giorgio Armani.
“We’ve been working together for a long time and he trusts me,” she explained. “I wanted to do something ‘very Michelle Pfeiffer from Scarface.’”
Rihanna sparkled in Neil Lane jewels – diamond and gold snake armlet, a wide gold cuff, jazzy gold and diamond rings and geometric diamond and gold triangle earrings. She finished off her look with Jacquie Aiche body necklaces,Christian Louboutin shoes, and Jimmy Choo clutch.
Q: “How Long Is Too Long?”
A: “When you can no longer wipe your own a$$.”
Nails are getting a new look for 2011. The days of short, neat nails seem to be fading away. Fall 2011 nails are going to new lengths; long lengths. Over the past years nails have been short and sweet; Now they are long and fierce.
Nails are turning up their nose to practicality and going long; very long. The long fingernail is back and reminding Fashion JUNQUIs of days when they needed to use a pencil to hit the buttons on their calculator.
The shape of the tip of the nail is very important for fall too. The shape of the tip needs to be very distinct and far from square, they are sharp, pointed or well rounded. Celebrities such as King Beyonce, Fergie, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Peter from Family Guy his (check out Peter rocking his ongles longs below.) have been spotted wearing the new length in fingernails with very pointed tips.
Will this bring fashion-savvy nail polish lovers back to having tips applied? Perhaps. It should be interesting to see if this new look in nail length makes it off the runways, red carpets, stages, pages of glossy magazines and onto the hands of the fabulously fashionable.
Last fall, military-inspired lace-ups were a natural — and damn-fine looking — progression. This season, not much has changed. Military is still hot, we are just wearing them differently. Designers took their inspiration from soldiers who marched by foot, climbed atop horses, or rode motorcycles, there was a pair of lug-sole boots stomping down every nearly catwalk from Milan to New York. Either way, it’s pretty clear that men have preferred a substantial boot of late because of how long it lasts, not to mention the variety of prices. Plus, hey, you try wearing Vans in a blizzard? This season, Rock them Boots, Put a sock in them Boots so you can get the Knock’n in them Boots. ( Corny but shut up that was all I could come up with chump!)
“Dear JUNQUI,Please, please please HELP! I see that midi skirts are all the rave this season and I am so happy because my mom has a closet full of them that I always thought were pretty. My only problem is that I have no clue how to wear them…I NEED YOUR HELP! – Cassy, 20, Jamaica, Queens, NY“
Fashion Definition: Midi skirts are characterized by their length, which can reach anywhere from just below the knee to mid-calf. If you’re interested in the controversy, rebellion, and yes, even outrage surrounding the colorful history of this garment, you’ve come to the right place![For Fashion Advice Please Email Fashion@theJUNQUI.com]
Check out Rihanna walking the original catwalk… the streets of New York. She casually strolls in a shirt dress paired with Prada creepers, which are said to be sold to the wall. Not a bit suprised RiRi copped a pair but for us regular Fashion JUNQUIs to get a pair we’d have to get on a waiting list! Tears! Well, we’ve got somewhat of a workaround for you. Check out the Holly Shoes Lace-Up Wedge Oxfords at YesStyle. You can order them right NOW and, at only $92 a pair, you’ll also be able to do things like make your rent and eat, never mind the fact that anyone discerning enough to recognize the shoe will be able to tell that they’re definitely not the real thing. (YesStyle)