Swag Talk: Style Inspirations
In the world that we live in today, just about everyone has some style but where does they get it from? People can draw fashion ideas from anything – something they see in passing, vintage styles they see at a thrift store, or they can see other people and take notice of something they’re wearing, and incorporate that into their own style. Whatever way it’s done, style is drawn from everything around us -so why not take a look at some of the people that many see as style inspirations.
Exhibit A: Wale. DC’s very own, Wale has been putting on since the beginning of time. From being the first person to have every new Foamposite that comes out, Wale most definitely has high connections with the right people at Nike. His style is very versatile – he can be seen in Lebron’s, Nike SB’s, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Jordans and so many others. When it comes to rappers who put it down in this fashion game, Wale is most definitely at the top of the podium with the rest of the higher echelon. He has even resurrected throwback jerseys! I give him much respect for his fashion excellence.
Exhibit B: Stalley. MMG’s other sneakerhead. Stalley has most definitely been in this game for awhile – he even worked at the world-famous Alife store before making it big and getting signed. One thing I respect about Stalley is that he is always seen with his signature Cleveland hat. Stalley is also one of the first to receive exclusive kicks before they even hit shelves and with his recent Olympic campaign with Nike, it seem as if that connection won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. He can be seen wearing street brands like Supreme and 1o.Deep most of the time. His style to me is very outlandish and stands out a lot.
Exhibit C: Kanye West. I mean I don’t think I have to say much about Kanye when it comes to fashion. The Louis Vuitton Don has seen it all, done it all – he’s worn everything from Bape to Polo, has had his own extremely popular signature sneakers with Nike and Louis Vuitton, has shown his Kanye West Collection at Fashion Week, and has another clothing line ‘Pastelle’ that is soon to hit the public. When it comes to Kanye, he’s in a lane of his own in this fashion game.
Exhibit D: Pharrell. You didn’t think we were going to forget about Skateboard P, did you? Never that. Even though he’s been on a bit of a hiatus, Pharrell has solidified himself in the fashion game in more ways than he probably realizes. Not only has he been tied to BAPE and its founder Nigo for some years now, he’s responsible for the internationally known Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear lines. He’s collaborated on everything from furniture, to sculptures, to a Pharrell x Louis Vuitton jewelry and sunglass collection (‘Blason’). This man has style and aesthetic vision that’s second to none.
Exhibit E: Rihanna. Never one to shy away from controversy is our girl RiRi. She’s known for wearing some pretty outlandish things and borrowing a thing or two from the boys – from snapbacks to Jordans, Manolo’s to Calvin Klein, Rihanna is one of the few women than can kill anything that she’s wearing. Her confidence and self-assuredness is definitely something that all women should pick up on, let alone her fashion sense.
Exhibit F: Beyonce. Ah, if it isn’t Queen Bey herself. She’s the better looking (and better dressing) half of the power couple that is Jay & Bey, and new mommy to baby Blue Ivy. She’s come a long way since her Destiny’s Child days, trading in her old duds for some of the biggest names in fashion – Stella McCartney, DSquared, and Christian Louboutin. I’ve always loved how comfortable she is with herself, how she loves her amazing body, her alternation between street clothes and high fashion names, and how she always manages to look ladylike.
Exhibit G: Kim Kardashian. Kim K is arguably one of the most influential women in the world at the moment. Her reality show has catapulted her fame and business ventures to heights no one thought she would reach – clearly she has something going for her since her 15 minutes of fame clearly haven’t passed yet. Fashionably speaking, Kimmy K’s style has been all over the place since she first popped up on the Hollywood scene. Even though it’s a little unpredictable – as we’ve seen – one thing that’s for certain is that she always looks great in what she’s wearing. Whether sexing it up in curve-hugging dresses or wearing a style straight off the runway, Kim always finds a way to flaunt her perfect hourglass figure in a confident and ladylike way. She works closely with her stylist – Monica Rose – to create luxurious, on-trend styles, making her a fashion icon for what’s hot now.
Exhibit H: Iggy Azalea. Newcomer Iggy is taking over the fashion scene in more ways than one – with her recent signing to Wilhelmina Models, we’re bound to see the rap goddess in quite a few magazine spreads soon. Her penchant for flashy, body-conscious clothing, bright makeup, and beautiful golden hair reminds me of an old Hollywood screen siren – just with a whole lot more swagger. She’s a badass nice girl who isn’t afraid to show some skin and challenge you to a rap battle – what more could we ask for?