Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall fashion

Fashion, Forward: Aidonia’s “80s Dancehall Style”

Words by Saxon Baird—


We don’t want to call it a full-on revival, but dancehall has definitely been leaning towards a return to the vintage style and sound of Jamaica in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Mr. Vegas (and Joe Lickshot!) just dropped “Real Don,” channeling the simple sound of dancehall’s early digital era. Konshens and Romain Virgo meanwhile gave us one of 2013’s most memorable dancehall videos, donning old-school Jamaican fashions—mesh marinas, backward Kangol caps— for their excellent throwback tune, “We Nuh Worry Bout Dem.”

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Fashion Fridays: DOOM x Clarks Originals

Words by Natalie Weiner—Clarks2

Clarks. Vybz Kartel, Scorcher, and Damian Marley are just a few of the Jamaican artists who’ve sung the praises of the venerable British brand, whose classic styles have been an integral part of Jamaican fashion for over 30 years. (For a complete list, check the graphic below). Seriously — the Jamaica-Clarks connection is so storied there’s even a book about it.

In recent years, the brand has been partnering with an ever-growing number of artists in recognition of its iconic status in the music world.  Though no Jamaican acts have been tapped as of yet, the latest artist to team with the brand has some Caribbean roots. That’s right—mysterious, metalfaced, New York-raised rapper MF DOOM is joining the ranks as the latest artist to collaborate on a special edition of the Wallabee shoe. And, yes, he’s part Trini (as well as Zimbabwean-British).clarks

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Impressions: Style and Fashion at Sting

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Varun Baker


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Throwback Thursdays: DJ Autograph on Lt. Stitchie’s “The Prescription”

Words by DJ Autograph—


Earlier this year, Major Lazer released Free The Universe featuring the dancehall inspired hit “Watch Out Fi Dis (Bumaye)” featuring Busy Signal. The single’s release was accompanied by a video that was shot in Jamaica in a ’90s dancehall style. It immediately gave me flashbacks to the days when Jamaica’s TVJ (back when it was JBC television) used to show music videos as fillers between programs.

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Fashion Fridays: Designing Dancehall Deejays

Words by Tami Tsansai—


Our LargeUp crew couldn’t help noticing a new phenomenon in dancehall. It seems the business bug has bitten, with a growing number of Jamaican deejays taking charge of their careers, and profiting from their individual brands via new fashion ventures. I-Octane, Mavado and Konshens are already on board with the trend, so we thought we’d give you a quick overview… pree dem nuh?

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Fashion Fridays: 21st Hapilos Dancehall Tees

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Cham Lawless tee

What do RDX’s “Jump,” Tommy Lee’s “Psycho” and Popcaan’s “When Mi Party” all  have in common? Besides for being some of 2012’s biggest dancehall singles, they’re all now T-shirts from dancehall promo don Johnny Wonder’s 21st Hapilos, the digital distribution company which helped break them. Other tees—each of which features the digital single cover art of the respective song—include Cham’s “Lawless,” Kartel’s “Mentally Free,” Konshens’ “A So Mi Tan,” and the Wild Bubble riddim. Check them all out here, and go here to buy.

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