Oct 30, 2014
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Fashion Fridays

Fashion Fridays: Aliakim’s “Revolutionary Chic”

Words by Emily Shapiro—


When one thinks of glamour, the image of an AK-47 is not usually what pops into your mind. However, bad gyal, designer, intellectual and activist Mikaila Brown has managed to make the assault rifle, along with many other subversive images, feminine and something every woman would want to wear. Ms. Brown’s line Aliakim fuses images typically associatd with war or violence like guns, grenades and brass knuckles with ready-to-wear high fashion clothing and accessories.

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Watch Out For This: Major Lazer Revisit ’90s Dancehall Fashions

Words by Raine Martin—

Busy Signal Bumaye Video Shoot

Major Lazer flew down to Kingston to film a 90s-style street dance video, complete with Busy Signal on mic, Walshy Fire on the ones and twos, and Diplo and Jillionaire a pose-off with some bashment girls, for their latest banger ‘‘Watch Out for This (Bumaye).’’ Some highlights from the behind-the-scenes footage they’ve leaked in advance of the Jay Will-directed video’s release next week: Walshy Fire in his oversized Shabba outfit, Busy Signal’s ghetto-gold sequin shirt, and Diplo nervously getting a local haircut: “You ever cut white dude blonde hair before?”

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Fashion Fridays: Dpipertwins from Montserrat

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Models-turned-designers Danielle and Chantelle Dwomoh-Piper of Montserrat have relaunched their clothing brand, formerly known as Kastle Designs and Treasure Chest, as Dpiperwtins. The twins, whose designs have been featured in WWD, the New York Daily News, the Rachael Ray Show and NBC’s Today Show as well as on Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, recently debuted Dpipertwins’ spring line, which you can check out in full here.  Or just sample some styles below. Visit Dpiperwins.com or their Facebook page for info on stockists and more.


Fashion Fridays: Manicures + An Interview with Project Runway’s Samantha Black

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photos by Kevin Ornelas—

Project Runway Sammy B

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Fashion Fridays: Clarks Originals x Greensleeves x Record Store Day

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Clarks Booty

Years before Vybz Kartel had everybody asking where he gets his Clarks, ’80s dancehall deejays like Errol Scorcher, Ranking Joe and Little John had their own tributes to Jamaica’s favorite British footwear brand. Sometime around 1980, Scorcher voiced a DJ version of Barrington Levy’s “Sister Carol” for Henry “Junjo” Lawes which came to be called “Put On Me Clarks,” after its most memorable line. A half-decade later, in 1985, teenage dancehall phenom Little John recorded told listeners to “hol’ up yuh foot and show yuh Clarks Booty” on King Jammys’ Father Jungle Rock riddim.

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Fashion Fridays: Project Runway’s Samantha Black

Words by Emily Shapiro


Project Runway has a history of featuring talented designers with roots in the West Indies, with Trini winner Anya De Rogue, and last year’s talented tailor from Guyana, Ven Budhu. The current season is proving to be no different. Bronx native and Brooklyn-based designer, Samantha Black, is killing the contest with her innovative designs and impeccable taste. Success is nothing new for Black, who’s parents are both from Jamaica, as she’s already made a name for herself with her sick bad collections for her own line, Sammy B Designs. In addition, Ms. B has worked with some amazing designers like Michael Kors and Alexander McQueen and dressed some serious divas like Keri Hilson and Ashanti.

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