Archive | May 2012

Style Icon: Steve McQueen

The highest-paid film star of his time, Steve McQueen had a rebellious nature that complemented his on-screen American antihero persona and earned him the nickname “The King of Cool.” Off screen, the actor was passionate about motorcycle and car racing, and had a natural yet distinctive all-American boy-meets-renegade style that, together with his no-nonsense man’s man personality, made him a style icon both in his time and in ours.

 Style-wise, Steve McQueen excelled at taking classic American sportswear and giving it a rugged, masculine edge. Pieces that were included the actor’s style were aviators, slim-cut tailored suits, sport coats, zip-up windbreakers, khakis, button-downs in pale colors, V-neck sweaters, and shawl-collared cardigans, as well as polo shirts. Of course, as a racing enthusiast, the iconic star was also a fan of clothing he could get down and dirty in, such as racing jackets, simple cotton T-shirts, leather jackets, gloves, boots, and denim, denim and more denim. 

Steve McQueen was most in his element when he would dress down in jeans, but he cleaned up so well that Rolex named its sophisticated Explorer watch after him, officially calling it the McQueen Rolex.

C.O.L.O.R.S.

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.

 

The color black can represent;  Power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth, mystery, fear, unhappiness, depth, style, evil, sadness, remorse, anger,  anonymity, underground, good technical color, mourning, and death (Western cultures).

 Green symbolizes: life, nature, fertility, well being Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Grass green is the most restful color. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony. Green is a safe color, if you don’t know what color to use anywhere use green.
Green is favored by well balanced people. Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force. It often symbolizes money. It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eyeshades are still used. You should eat raw green foods for good health. Friday is the day of green. Green jade is a sacred stone of Asia.

Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience

 

Inspired by the dream of the late African American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois and assisted by an eminent advisory board, Harvard scholars Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Kwame Anthony Appiah have created the first scholarly encyclopedia to take as its scope the entire history of Africa and the African Diaspora.Beautifully designed and richly illustrated with over a thousand images – maps, tables, charts, photographs, hundreds of them in full color – this single-volume reference includes more than three thousand articles and over two million words. The interplay between text and illustration conveys the richness and sweep of the African and African American experience as no other publication before it. Certain to prove invaluable to anyone interested in black history and the influence of African culture on the world today, Africana is a unique testament to the remarkable legacy of a great and varied people.With entries ranging from ”affirmative action” to ”zydeco,” from each of the most prominent ethnic groups in Africa to each member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Africana brings the entire black world into sharp focus. Every concise, informative article is referenced to others with the aim of guiding the reader through such wide-ranging topics as the history of slavery; the civil rights movement; African-American literature, music, and art; ancient African civilizations; and the black experience in countries such as France, India, and Russia.

Durkl Spring 2012 Lookbook

Washington D.C. based brand Durkl have released their first drop for Spring 2012, featuring animal print caps & two-toned shirts, and have invited Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids fame to model the season’s looks.