I end my Spring shoe guide with a brand I am obsessed with! I own their clothes and handbags as well as their kick ass shoes! Iron Fist wascstarted by two skaters in 2001 and since then the brand has hired many skaters and artists to create their one of a kind prints. They create well made shoes with a punk twist and the price is so afforable with no shoe priced over $80!!

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I absolutely adore shoes! I think a great pair of shoes can really make an outfit pop! For years I have been shopping certain brands and as I discover new ones I feel like I won the lottery! I am always on the look out for whimsical yet comfortable shoes and usually keep mum on my favs as I hated to share until now readers! I am highlighting this week my fav shoe brands who feature the perfect shoes for Spring!

First up is Miista Shoes. I only discovered this UK based brand when RackedNy sent me their sample sale newletter and I wasn’t disapointed! The shoes can run a size small but their sandals run true to size and the unusual prints and treatments used on their shoes are so worth the hassle!

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The artist proudly poses for the camera

The Art world as slowly and quietly become a part of the fashion world as artist turn into pattern designers and collection influencers. Although,  Rad Roubeni has yet to venture into the fashion world,  his strong representation of “Street scapes” and unique style of capturing it all,  will surely be influential for future fashion designers around the world.
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At frist glance, the photos are capturing the work of graffiti, but as we look closer we realize the “devil is in the details”  so to speak. It is not so much the unusual color theme or the interpretation of an idea but more the technique that renders this artwork worthy of an installation.  We spoke the the artist and photographer about the process of turning a flat image into an accurate perception of the human eye.

Each photo is actually 16 to 18 images spliced together to mimic what the human eye perception. It was shot with hdr and printed on canvas to add texture. The images were shot in rapid succession to create a high def experience.

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The pop up gallery is located at 104 delancey Street between Essex and Ludlow until feburary 15, 2014. It is worth the experience.

I have to admit I really didn’t really know who FKA Twigs was until I saw the uproar she caused on Twitter when actor Rob Patterson became her boyfriend. Well I am sure glad I decided to google her because I am now a huge admirer! FKA Twigs (born Tahliah Barnett) is from Gloucestershire, England and is a singer, song-writer and dancer. She got her start as a dancer in music videos namely Jessie J’s “Do It Like A Dude”. The petite and stunning beauty reminds me of a mixture of Sade’, Bjork and Aa. Her music videos are creative and visually stunning and her lyrics are pure poetry! People have labeled her Alternative R&B but I say she is most def Alternative Electronic. Please download “Two Weeks”, “Water Me” and “Papi Pacify” her new album LP1 was released in August last year and has just released an amazing new video “Pendulum”

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Wolf Home has paired with Art Markit to bring you a collection of eclectic home goods from NY artists. The atmosphere was relaxed with manicures by Vinyl Project, canned wine and cappuccino in bottles.

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Wolf Home’s unique collection of tables, especially the Hashtag and Hey engraved side tables.

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The shopping bags have a rustic look and was a juxapostion to the bright art pieces. Everything from playing cards to towels and even the price points were in a wide range from 10 to 300 dollars.

The Art Markit is available for three days, so stop by 963 Broadway near E 23 street and pick up a unique piece.

Wolf Home
963 broadway
6pm to 8 pm

I always loved the range of new artist. Even when you think there are enough of music stars on the horizon; a new band comes out with a new twist on the same theme and you fall in love again. Lately, there has been a lot of singers that seem to sound like the famous songstresses of the past and some in the not so distant past. The question: Does sounding like someone else an insult or are they paying homage?

Similar sound and similar styles – Flattery or insult?

Grande vs Mariah Carey

We had high hopes for this Disney star but she hit the scene with a remake of “Emotions” which did without creating her own sound but sounding so much like Mariah Carey, she was nick-named “Little Mariah”. Then the hip hop song, “F***ing Problems” featuring A$AP seamed even more similar to Mariah Carey circa 1990’s. On an interview with Power 101.5, Mariah Carey said she was offended by the comparison. The young singer has even been styled like Mariah Carey, with sequin accented dresses and pulled back locks. Grande dreams of being the next Mariah Carey but she isn’t exactly dead. Yes, here last album did not sell well but the singer should not be counted as out of the game just yet. What do you think? Insult or flattery?

Karmin vs Nicki Minaj

It use to be that singers covered popular bands in order to find their sound but now they may be using it to get record deals and even discount the artist that already coined it. I had high hopes for Karmin (real-life couple Amy Heidemann and Nick Louis Noonan). Instead, Heidemann covered various Nicki Minaj songs then called here out on one of her songs:

“I ain’t happy seeing how it is/ Stop all the comparing me, no Nicki Minaj-erie/ Let me out the cage so I can fizz/ Cause all the femininity is looking for a rapper queen/ Banking on Azealia and Iggy/ Pretty damn amazing what you’ll do to be a star.”

Nicki Minaj smartly changed her sound; making Karmin irrelevant. However, there may be something to covering someone else’s song and making it their claim to fame.

The point is that music is a way to express yourself in an way other can relate and you can relate to yourself as well. The grass-root movement and fashion meets music craze are both examples of originality. If you do not have it, then do you really deserve to be a musician?

Founded in Osaka, Japan in 1988, Evisu  is  well-known for premium denim wear made through traditional labor-intensive methods. Founder Hidehiko Yamane named the brand Evis, after Levis because he believes that Levis 501 are the best jeans ever made. He later changed the name  to Evisu, as it was close to Ebisu, the Buddhist deity of fishermen, good fortune and business prosperity.

Evisu also makes t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, suits, accessories and shoes. They make both clothing for Men and Women. Chris Brown is a fan of the label.

 

Evisu Women Photo belongs to thegrandnarrativefiles.wordpress.com

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Chris Brown Wears Evisu

A Bathing Ape  was founded by Nigo (Tomoaki Nagao) in 1993.  The inspiration for his brand name ‘A Bathing Ape’ comes from the movie ‘Planet of the Apes’ (1968) and a Japanese saying, ‘a bathing ape in lukewarm water,’ which basically refers to a spoiled person! (lol) Although, A Bathing Ape is especially famous for its t-shirts, the company’s products include a wide range of fashion items from hoodies to footwear.  They also have a NYC location!

Milo ABC Multi Polo $184 www.bape.myshopify.com

$261 www.bape.shopify.com

 

 

Japan has exploded onto the American market for a couple of years now and has gained momentum with all the Sweet Lolitas popping up everywhere. But little do people know that  the Kawaii and Sweet Lolita craze aren’t really that big in Japan and those costume looks are actually equivalent to our Star Wars Geeks and People who troll Comic Con. Instead cool Japanese girls are into over-sized cartoon and Pop art printed sweaters, neon bobs and sneakers! So I have decided to dedicate a week to Japanese labels that put the “cool” in Japanese Fashion!

Toga was created in 1997 by designer Yasuko Furuta who is known for her avant-garde silhouettes and deconstructed  knit wear. she has won the prestigious Mainichi Fashion Award on several occasions! Katy Perry is a huge fan of this label!

Only top is available on www.net-a-porter.com $295

Toga Intarsia wool-blend turtleneck sweater $425 www.net-a-porter.com

Skirt is available on www.net-a-porter.com $320