Dapper Dan Is Everywhere

Dapper Dan’s the 2019 Man!

Over the last 5 week’s (May-June 2019) I’ve seen and heard about as much about Dapper Dan as I did back in the 90’s. He was on Project Runway, in a song on When they See Us, and GQ did a nice write up about him. I don’t know who his publicist is, whoever it is, knows what they are doing & does it well! He’s everywhere.

The video below sums up his BIO. Watch this historically rich Video to see his career from the beginning til Now:

Back in the day Dapper Dan made custom outfits for the Hip-Hop community, mostly in NYC.  He used designer labels. Blew the logos up Big. Or painted the designs on leather to make custom Street wear. His favorites were Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi.  He always dressed impeccable with major Swagger. His clothes were worn by many super-stars including: LL Cool J, the Fat Boys, Salt-N-Pepa, Jam Master J, Mike Tyson, KRS-One, Floyd Mayweather and Big Daddy Kane.

Here are the places I’ve been seeing Dapper Dan as of lately:

May 5, 2019:  Dapper Dan in GQ. Click here for article.

May 16, 2019:  Dapper Dan on Bravo’s Project Runway. This came out late April. I spotted it on May 16.

June 15, 2019:  When They See Us-4 part TV show on Netflix (June 2019) .  Heard the Jay-Z song, U Don’t See Us “Wear a G on my chest, I don’t need Dapper Dan, this Ain’t a sewn outfit, holmes, holmes is about it”

 

Additional News on Dapper Dan, I found when looking for the Jay-Z Song’s title:

In 2017, Dapper Dan and Gucci partnered for a line of men’s wear. In 2018, they opened a new atelier on Lenox Avenue in partnership with Gucci, Dapper Dan of Harlem, the first luxury house fashion store in Harlem.  Everything came full circle. From doing Knock Offs/Knock Ups to really working with Gucci.  Congrats to Dapper Dan!

Upcoming:

A book – Dapper Dan Made in Harlem: A Memoir is available for pre-order on Amazon.   And a movie of the memoir is planned.  See you on the Streetz!

 

Neo-Mint: The “It” Color for 2020?

2020 Color Trend Alert!

Y-3 Adizero Runner 2019

Ahh, so sweet to find a trend alert treat as easy as today. I was checking out the Y-3 site today (5/10/19) and they had a few pairs of kicks that had this cool light green color sprinkled in the shoes. See above for example.  I’m thinking that looks like a nice color for Summer. Then within a few clicks I find this color mentioned on a blog and that WGSN calls it the color of 2020.

WGSN (Fashion Trend website) is typically pretty guarded with their color trends and want you to subscribe for a fee to access the good information.  Thus, it can be somewhat of a challenge to find the Hip colors ahead of time. Well today, we have it! Neo-Mint!

*I almost bought a 2020 booklet in NY that let us know the upcoming trends, but it was $240! (And it was wrapped in plastic, so not sure what it had to say in it).

WGSN Color Director Jane Monnington Boddy let’s us know:

We have clients ranging from active-wear giants through to car companies and some of the world’s leading retailers. What is becoming clear is the importance of Neo Mint – a shade that succinctly aligns futuristic development with nature

Right now, I’m finishing up some flared Gold Metallic pants. Next up, a quad colored Mickey Mouse children’s dress.  After that, I’m going straight into something with some Neo-Mint in it.  I’m thinking black pants with some very subtle hues of the color. Or maybe, I’ll get adventurous and make a shirt/jacket.  That might be the ticket.
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Main Pant from Zara, Gold Metallic 3M material from Mood Fabric NYC, inspiration from Newark Airport pants I spotted on the way to my airplane. Ready to Wear-May 2019.

Quad Children's Dress Apirl 2019-A Streetzblog OriginalQuad Childrens Dress-A Streetzblog Original-April 2019

 

WGSN also mentions:

From a fashion perspective, Neo mint embodies the drive towards tones that have gender-neutral appeal, which by 2020 will have moved on from the more feminine hues.

What do you think of Neo-Mint?  Do you have any advanced notice of Hot Colors for 2020?

Let us know in the comments section or you can email me.

And just in time for the NEO Mint craze. What color do you think these shoes are? I see Grey and Teal/NEO Mint. Others see Pink and White. Similar to the Gold and White Dress game from a view years back, eh?

What Color is the Van? #Streetzblog

Grey and Teal or Pink and White?

*Shoe picture at beginning of blog courtesy of Y-3’s main site’s shoe section.  Info on Neo-Mint from a secret source that can be found somewhere, if you search long enough on the internet.

See you on the Streetz!

BEE gets Fashionable

SAINT LAURENT taps Bret Easton Ellis for Short Film

Brett Easton Ellis of American Psycho fame put together this short three minute film featuring clothing from Saint Laurent. He catches the SL vibe with the super skinny actors/models-Hopper Penn (Son of Sean Penn, Tes Linnenkoper and Dakota Linvall)

The BEE directed piece entitled The Arrangement takes us through a quick Love Triangle, along the way we guess who will end up with whom. Looks like part 2 could be fun!

The clothing is pretty subtle yet noticeably (Y) SL, the ultra skinny dark rock star jeans, bold silver on black leather belts, leopard prints, & and smooth leather jackets

The soundtrack assists with the vibe of the movie with Petula Clark’s Windmills of Your Mind

The short film comes out in April 2019, almost the same time that Brett is releasing his first Non Fictional book.  *Note:  I’ve read all of Brett’s books, but don’t have much desire to read a non fiction book by him. Would be fun to see his character Patrick Bateman in a new book about how he’s dealing with being 55 years old in New York City in the year 2020. That’s big time hopeful wishing, double doubt we will ever here from BEE on Jason again.

And where is Yves now that its just Saint Laurent?

Enjoy the clip and have a nice rest of your day!

53045-SHOES

 

Like Walking on Pillows-David Tourniaire-Beauciel

The designer of the oh so famous Balenciaga Triple S kicks is the mastermind behind these New Funky, Chunky, Post Space-Age Kicks-53045. They feature a pretty cushy looking bouncy sole and come in eye popping colors including Popsicle Blue (Ice), Bright Orange Blast (Flame), Blacked out Black (Black) and White (White). With a Highlighter Yellow (Acid) color coming soon as mentioned on their IG.

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French Designer, David Tourniaire-Beauciel has lots of good things to say about the kicks. They are Like slippers, and similar to walking on pillows. They do look pretty comfy from the computer. Would like to try a pair on to see how they feel. So far, you can get them on-line at SHOES53045. If you have a chance to wear them, let us know how they look/feel in the comments section. See  you on the Streetz!

Reebok scares up some new Kicks

Kinda Scary?

Reebok-Storm the Court

I’ll click on any video or ad showing street basketball and usually they hoop it up. This Reebok ad doesn’t have any Dazzling Dunks, Fancy Dribbles or Behind the back Passes.  It’s actually…a little Scary.  Would have been a good ad to save for late October.

It promotes the 90’s inspired Aztrek Double kicks. But beware before watching the ad, it might bring back memories of the Ring-(See video below the Reebok Vid). Or maybe some 90’s horror themed Anime?

Take a look at the video. Let us know what you think of the ad or the shoes in the comment section.  What I came to see is it’s the first time, I’ve had Reebok on the Streetzblog. So Maybe, the ad did its job, got us talking about them.  Hasn’t been since Iverson that I’ve worn Reebok.  BTW:  They recently released some glow in the dark Iverson’s classic kicks, saw them on twitter.  Maybe it’s time for a Reebok-Come back in 2019?
Super Scary Scene from the Ring

See you on the Streetz!

Downtown-Chinatown Scene Seen

The Boar Soars us into 2019

Downtown-Chinatown Honolulu Hawaii

2019 is the year of the Boar or Pig. I took some time off to enjoy the fun festivities in  historic Downtown-Chinatown.  Enjoy the pictures and Have a Happy New Year!

And some pix of us having a colorful fun filled day with Shave Ice, Dim Sum, and limited edition toys

See you on the Streetz…blog

Make n Take Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro HI

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Super exciting Triple Flexing Awesome Fun day at Nike NYC

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Two Days ago Nike Double Dip dyed these Jordan 1’s in Day-Glo Green Paint. They also added the imprint I chose in the orange paint


Today, we got together in a group of about 12 and Customized our Jordans. Starting with the Swoosh. I chose Blue Alligator and Brownish-orange leatherbasketball material

Then came paint via acrylic markers. I will most likely tweak this portion a bit at a later date. We had about 2 hours to do everything. Like sewing and design class I was last to go home

Next up custom tags.  This is super fun. You can choose 5 letters or numbers. I have STZ23 and BlG23. See below for the stylish display!

Laces, Toggle, top flap and Lace tips are chosen. Many, many different colors to choose from.  Here is the finished product. This to me was a $2,000 experience for a mere $200.  And they are Air Jordans! Cannot believe my luck that this week was the AJ1 week. Next week is the Cortez, then the AF1. This Nike NYC store is  a very incredible special place. Mahalo to Nariah and the crew for all the great help and supplies. My hands, shoes, jacket, even my face is colored in blue and orange!

See you on the Streetz…of New York!

 

 

 

Street Heat November 2018

The Streetzblog Top 10 for Fall 2018 Winter 2019

This is a Big, long weekend for trend-spotting with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Big Wave Sunday and Cyber Monday.  We’ve hit the streets and surfed the net to bring you the Streetzblog top 10 list for clothes and shoes.

 

Top 10 Clothes and Shoe Trends Late November 2018

  1. Camouflage:  Whether you go for the 90’s bright orange or light blue and black camo, or the designer flage tailored and crisp. Camouflage is your go to color category.  Hit up your local Army/Navy Surplus store for some of the 1990’s influenced colors or try any of these designers to be in with the latest camo moment: Daniel Patrick, Heron Preston, or Polo by Ralph Lauren.
  2. Black or true Brown Boots:  Once again, get em’ at the army navy surplus store in the high shine black combat boot. Or kick it up a notch with the Prada Wedge Sole Black Leather boots, Grenson High Top Brogues (The burnt brown is a must have from Grenson) or Taft. 
  3. Uniqlo x KAWS x Sesame Street:  Some of the most sought after gear include:  The Black Hoodie, the Grey XX Crew Sweat shirt and the Black XX pocket T.  And a lot of this is already sold out in the M, L and XL sizing.  I went on day 2 and got the last of a couple styles in the L and XL size. People were grabbing quick for what was left of the designs in black and grey.  They also have plush dolls with XX Kaws Signature eyes, seems to be plenty of stock on these. I’m thinking eBay may be the place to get the hotter styles. If day 2 had a lot of sell outs, I wouldn’t want to be shopping there day 3 onward.                                                                                                  KAWS is Hot on the Sesame Streetz!
  4. Mad for Plaid:  Flannels in traditional colors and patterns.  Along with last years plaid trend still staying hot-the Multi differential plaid shirt with 4-5 different plaids  sewn together. Pretty much, everywhere you go, you can get your plaid on. H&M, Polo by Ralph Lauren, Urban Outfitters, Old Navy, Off-White, R13 and Banana Republic are some of our A-1 picks. 
  5. Off-White:  Nike x Off-White Kicks or the clothing line. Whichever you pick, you’re good to go.  Pro Tip:  For the Kicks, check out Stadium Goods on Cyber Monday or if you can wait, Stadium Goods does a really nice New Year’s Day Sale.  Last  year it was 25-30% off regular prices and it included the “Ten” collection. Pro Tip number 2:  On Black Friday, both Saks Fifth Avenue and SSENSE do really good Off-White Sales. This year some of the most sought after T’s, Jackets and Sweats were 30-40% off, which can be a lot considering the retail price.  
  6. Military Influenced: Both Camo and Military is spot on for Fall 2018. Army Jackets, Bomber Jackets, Multi pocketed pants, Dark Blue or black Military coats. Some places I know have the goods include:  ZARA, Polo by Ralph Lauren, R13, Mr. and Mrs. Italy, John Varvatos, Alpha Industries and of course Balmain.  
  7. Workwear: Price point low looking high is easy in this category. Many heritage workwear labels have kept their great prices, while helping you rock one of the hottest trends at the moment. From the Chore Jacket to straight legged Dickies, painters pants and utility vests, this is an easy and inexpensive trend to pull off.  *You can also raise the bar with some of the newest looks from Heron Preston.  Top picks for workwear are: Dickies, Carhartt (Work in Progress), Carrier, Stan Ray, Red Wing Shoes, Timberland’s and Heron Preston.
  8.  Surf T’s:  It’s Big Wave Surf Season on the North Shore of Oahu and the looks are pure fire this year. Lots to choose from: The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Hawaiian Pro, the Billabong Pipeline Pro, the Eddie and the Volcom Pipe Pro (Some nice black shirts + camo shorts) Get some or all:  Vans, Billabong, Volcom. Pro Tip: Vans and Volcom do some of the best Black Friday sales out there. This year, I went to Volcom.  (Almost) Everything in the store was 40% off. And if you spent over $200, you could purchase a Volcom towel for $10 or a select group of T’s for just $10.  *If you don’t know what to get someone ANYwhere in the World, get them a Surf competition T. They will love it and you for a long time! This is a must give gift.  
  9. Xtra Lage Clunky Sneakers:  This 2017 trend continues Hot into 2018 and looks like its not letting up in 2019. They started as Dad Shoes, looking like a New Balance from the 80’s.  Now they are so big, you may not need to do leg day at the gym. The  Balenciaga Triple S has 6 layers of various materials to make up their sole. I tried them on the other day and yep, they are pretty comfy. See if you can get the pairs made in Italy, some of the newer versions are made elsewhere, for $995, you want em’ made in Italy.  Or grab some of your dads old running shoes and add some layers to the bottoms.  By Far, the Brand to get is Balenciaga. Note: the newest track version is even bigger than the Triple S! Other’s on the Hot list include:  Calvin Klein, Adidas by Raf Simons, Versace, Gucci, Acne. & even New Balance and Fila are refreshing their own act. For the ladies, I’m totally digging the Commes Des Garcons x Nike Cortez. Looks like what Victoria Beckham/Posh Spice would wear if she went on the tour. With Posh not participating, Geri Halliwell/Ginger Spice will probably nab em for the upcoming Spice Girls Tour. 
  10. Ready, Set Tech:  Seems like this is another Hot for 2017, happening again in 2018 and 19.  Stretchy, comfortable, non Chafing, no Stink, silky smooth Mesh, Bright Out 3M,Velcro,water Repellant, protectant, Lycra, warm or cold weather fabrics. Check out Nike/a Nike collab or: A.P.C, White Mountaineering, Y-3, Acronym, Uniqlo (Heat-Tech), Adidas Alpha Skin Climachill, Black Yack 6 material Hybrid Jacket, Descente or Under Armour Vanish. 

Here’s a sneak peak of my latest creation, utilizing the plaid & tech trend features. I’m using silver 3M Material to make these babies pop when the street light lands on you. 

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The Streetzblog “StreetLightBlastPant” Available: Winter/Spring 2019

What are you seeing for the latest trends in clothes and shoes? Let us know in the comments section. Happy Holidays! See you on the Hawaii…soon to be NYC Streetz!

So Many Sweet Treats

Dessert Fantasy 2018

United Cerebral Palsy’s annual two-hours of Sweet Treats

Sunday November 4, 2018 1p-3p Alohilani Hotel Waikiki, HI

Delicious Delectable’s Everywhere

Yum, Yum, Yum..This item included Champagne Glace

Took a few minutes from the Sweet treats to get a Beautiful face design

Now back to more desserts

A time-out for the Silent Auction

And back go more Snacking…

Another Succesful Dessert Fantasy. If you want to see 2017 click here. For 2011 press this.  See you next year! Hint: This event occurs the 1st Sunday after Halloween.

See you on the Streetz…blog!

Your Soundtrack to Halloween

Three Hours of Halloween Tricks, Treats, Tunes and a whole lot of Fun!

Helloween to Halloween with DJ Sniper Wells Playlist 10/27/18

  1. Siouxsie and The Banshees-Spellbound (Halloween Classic #6)
  2. Thrill Kill Kult-Sex on Wheels
  3. Prodigy-The Day is my Enemy
  4. VNV Nation-Lights Go Out (New)
  5. Funker Vogt-Thor’s Hunger
  6. Marilyn Manson-This is Halloween
  7. Suicide Commando-I Die for You
  8. Wumpscut-The Boo
  9. Zombie Girl-The Darkness
  10. VNV Nation-When is the Future
  11. Albin Meyers-Halloween 2011
  12. Chocolate Puma & Carta-Bump (New)
  13. Chrissy Hurt + Fredco-Shiny Disco Balls (As heard on CSI Miami)
  14. Bau Haus- Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Halloween Classic #1)
  15. Marilyn Manson-Tainted Love
  16. Alien Sex Fiend-Now I’m Feeling Zombified (Rare Oldie)
  17. New Order-Tutti Frutti
  18. Ministry-Halloween (Fast Version)
  19. Chemical Brothers-Go (Number 1 Summer Banger)
  20. Chocolate Puma & Firebeatz-Blackout
  21. The Marionettes-Play Dead (Scary Halloween Great for Haunted Houses)
  22. Anti-Up-Pizza (Very fun tune, first time played)
  23. Ayria-Hunger
  24. Thrill Kill Kult-Days of Swine and Roses (TKK-Sniper Well’s Fav Halloween band)
  25. Christopher Lee-Vampires (Very creepy Tune)
  26. The Cure-Burn
  27. Unknown Artist-Every Day is Halloween (As made famous by Ministry)
  28. Dublime-Halloween
  29. Rotersand-I don’t Know
  30. Ayria-Big City Lullaby
  31. Specimen-Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Classic Ol Skool)
  32. Funker Vogt-Ikarus (New)
  33. Aloha Aliens-Goth Club (Sniper Wells Mix)
  34. Thrill Kill Kult-This is What the Devil Does

 

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