Absorbent and Yellow and Porous is He-GCDS

GCDS ALIEN DISCO. Spring/Summer 2023 Fashion Show. Rotonda della Besano, Milan. September 22, 2022. Creative Director: Giulano Calza. Music: Francesco “Katoo” Catitti.

My brain totally goes a bit dyslectic with the brand name. Half of my notes have CGDS and the others have GCDS. And sometimes I even think the name is short for Comme Des Garcons. After watching the video and taking some pix, I finally have the GCDS name grounded into my brain. Partially due to the vibrant, electric, hues of Fluorescent Green, Yellow and Pink! And by one of my favorite TV show characters who lives under the sea…SpongeBog SquarePants. Wow! what a splendid surprise! *BTW: GCDS is an Italian streetwear fashion line. The name stands for Giuliano Calza Design Studio.

This is the kind of show, that brings joy to your sensory being. The Colors, the joyous Music, the Club vibe and even the name of the Show, Alien Disco gives it an extra boost of entertainment value.

Although, there is some disappointment when the models don’t seem to be smiling or enjoying the event as much as the music and clothes. Maybe there’s some hidden meaning in that? I do know that there is a tad bit of political upheaval in Milan that the designer is expressing in the show. Maybe he is showing his disapproval through the models stone cold faces?

Highlights of the GCDS show include:

  • The colorful clothing
  • Ultra distressed rips and tears
  • The Music and the color changing globe
  • Fun Vibe throughout
  • and of course…SpongBog SquarePants!

Ol’ Bob can be seen on a purse, on a Hi-End colorful hockey jersey, across the chest of one of the models and my favorite…riding a Jelly fish on a luxury dress

There are so many rich luscious colors, that when you see the lady in the jeans and plain top, it’s like What is up? But…just wait till she turns around in the video of the show, you’ll see quite a surprise!

From the show notes we find a bit more about the Alien. The Feeling of being Alien is a common one. Sometimes we feel Alien in the places once were home. GCDS turns this feeling into a Joyous Force, embracing everyone’s colors.

Here’s a few pictures of the over the top distressed rips and shreds of the colorful clothing on the models:

Check out the video below, hopefully the Vibe, the Music and the Colorful clothes help you to have a most excellent day or night…above or under the Sea

In case you forgot the words to the SpongeBob theme song, here is a video to sing along with:

See you on the Streetz…blog!

Post-Apocalyptic Balenciaga

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2023 The Mud Show Paris Fashion Week. Sunday October 2, 2022. #PFW22.

The show took place in the Mud in an imaginary brownish-black planet void of homes, stores and iconic Parisienne motifs in Villepinte, a commune in the suburbs of Paris.

Notables in attendance: Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Christine, Quinn, Anna Wintour, Naomi Cambell, and Alexa Demie. Kanye and his children, North West, Saint West and Chicago West all wearing Balenciaga.

Music: ELEPHANT by BFRND, UFO361 & SONUS030

Really Fun invites: Attendees at the Runway show received wallets as their invitation. Inside the wallets, were coins, credit cards, a gym membership, a picture of a cat, grocery receipts and other oddities you’d find in a wallet along with an ID of a lady named Natalie Antunes. Natalie is an employee of Balenciaga. On twitter, Balenciaga made a post looking for the lost wallets: The post said: Lost wallet. If found, please return it at 11:30am CET on October 2nd. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I wonder if any of the wallets had any extra cash in them?

The start of the show went as viral as you can get within seconds of Kanye storming on to the muddy planet with a black bulky oversized military/high level security jacket, on top a black hoodie, Rubberized black pants, black gloves and some sort of mouth-piece. He was a man on a mission and other than the creepy model in the bondage dress at the finale, Ye totally stole the show and set the tone for Demna’s continuing ownership of best shows in the Biz.

Ye STOMPS to start the Balenciaga PFW22. Photo Courtesy of Vogue.fr

The music rocks and flows as you watch the models traverse the difficult slippery muddy terrain. There’s something for everyone this time around. Extra Baggie pants and hoodies, and tiny puffer jackets, along with the new Balenciaga Tote Bag, bright orange clogs and some really nice paint splattered, distressed XL grey suit jackets. There are some luxurious yet strange arm-bags and some stuffed animals here and there. Yet this show is more of a spectacle than anything. I’d recommend, getting some chips, sipping an ice cold aqua blue beverage and lounging out in your most comfortable chair, turning up the volume and watching the video of the Show.

Once again, Demna takes us to the outer limits, hopefully not the world we will see, but the world that we may see, hopefully our species will elect to stay PRE-apoptilyptic and not the Post version!

Enjoy the show!

Mahalo: to High Snobiety, The Insider, WWD.com, the Guardian, and Vogue.com for some show notes and information.

See you on the Streetz…blog!

Vivienne Westwood’s London in Paris

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood. Saturday October 1, 2022. Paris, France. S/S23.

In the Audience: Halsey, Doja Cat, Coco Rocha and Evan Mock. Models included: Bella Hadid, Irina Sayk and Stella Maxwell.

It’s fun to catch a Runway show live as it happens. It’s like watching a Football game in real time compared to taped. It’s in the moment, gives an extra punch of excitement and just feels right. That’s how I watched the VW SS23 show on October 1st 2022.

Court Jesters, Harlots, Nobles, Commoners, a bit of Oliver Twist and a Bright Yellow Bird!

The show was in Paris, yet oozed with England’s vast culture and history. The renaissance, the swinging 60’s, a swanky sometimes campy essence. Giving the viewer some Oliver Twist and King Arthur vibes with many Easter eggs filled with Viviennism’s.

The clothes were interchangeable between male and female. And many wore 60’s vibing brown crocodile Go Go boots with extremely high heels ala Rick Owens. Every time the models walked the stage it was like they were about to topple over. And one model did make a quick ditch to the floor. Yet popped back up with resounding cheers from the attendees.

Super slick wet hair was the norm and a bit of Paris was inserted with the man with the spiked hair and make-up to provide us with the Tour d’eiffel.

Bella Hadid with the sprayed on dress has been the Fashion moment of the year happening just a day before the show. During this Runway she makes boxing gloves fashionable giving you a Warhol x Basquait moment.

Was a fun show, part was because it was live and part because there was so much of Vivienne Westwoods England entranced throughout the show. Let us know what you thought of this show or this years Paris Fashion week. Comments section below is always available 24/7 for comments, questions and mini reviews.

*Pictures taken via iPhone 13 Max screen shot and edited during the live runway show.

See you on the Streetz…blog!

Oh..What a Night!

Jersey Boys. Broadway in Hawaii. Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. Wednesday September 14, 2022

A blast of swirling energy and excitement arrived in my aura as the show started. This vibe continued throughout most of the show. It’s pretty amazing how many HITS Frankie Valli and the 4 seasons had. The show goes a little like this…a whirlwind smash of a tune sung to perfection, then a snippet story about the ups and downs of the group, then another Big hit song.

Going to this production, I thought maybe I was a little young to enjoy the show. But to my amazement, it was one of the coolest shows I’ve ever witnessed. The Jersey Boys takes you from their teenage years to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. There’s a lot to celebrate. Non stop hits from start to finish. Did you know “Oh Sherry” was their first hit. What a way to start the hit machine rolling.

The show does have a few moments of disaster and tragedy. At one point in the show Frankie gets a call that his daughter Francine has passed away from a deadly injection of the big H. At this moment, the ENTIRE theater is so super quiet, as they say you could hear a pin drop. It was like someone you knew just passed away. Very surreal feeling throughout the theater. Extreme emotion of sadness was felt from every heart in the audience.

The show picks back up with many upbeat songs that bring the crowd to their feet clapping, dancing and hollering. No matter, what age you are, this show is a big HIT for all ages. Mostly fun, up beat vibes, I laughed, smiled, sang a along to Oh What a Night and turned stomach sick emotional when Frankie’s daughter passed.

I swear I was having Andy Gibb or Leif Garret era 1977 vibes throughout the show. My eyes adored you sounded very familiar. And Oh what a night used to blast in my Ford Mustang back in the late 70’s. It was a Summer anthem back in the OG days. You will be amazed at how many songs you recognize. And the mini stories in between will take you on a roller coaster journey through 50+ years of pop history. If you are already a fan of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, that’s just an added bonus.

The performances from the 4 main characters is so spot on, from the Jersey accents to the amazing singing and dancing. And make sure you watch the supporting cast. There is budding a star or two in the mix. *Hint: Antonio King.

If you get a chance to see Jersey Boys, see it. I guarantee you’ll have a good time and a fun night out on the town.

Afterwords, we met the cast. They were super cool. Asked us if we enjoyed the show, answer was of course was a resounding YES. When we had our pix taken with the cast. Frankie/Jon Hacker joked and said “It’s the 4 Seasons!” We actually got a pic with all four of them and us two. Unbelievable! Very nice people, they just said it was a little too hot and humid for them in Hawaii. I suspect they will get used to it in another week or two. Today was actually one of the hottest days in Hawaii history. Even I was a bit fumed from the humidity. But the heat of the weather couldn’t come close to matching the high degree of hotness brought to us by the cast and crew of the 2022 Jersey Boys.

In case you may think you don’t know a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Song, here’s a few smatterings of covers of their songs:

  • Maneskin-Beggin (Over 50 years since the Four Seasons first did it)
  • The Bee Gees-Grease
  • Shawn Mendes-Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
  • Cher, Neil Diamond, Russel Hitchcock and others-The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

And Here is a list of many of the songs in the Jersey Boys Broadway show:

Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What a Night, My Boyfriends Back, Beggin’, My Eyes Adored You, Rag Doll, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like a Man, Working My Way Back To You and Who Loves You.

See you on the Broadway Streetz..blog!

Kelly for the W!

North Shore of Oahu-2022. March 2022. Billabong Pro Pipeline 2022. Banzai Pipeline.

As Ice Cube famously said: Today Was a Good Day. Woke up, got outta bed, had a quick slick line-up, a few pieces of Sashimi, packed up the beach bag and headed out the door. Didn’t go fast, not too slow, just moved to the flow of the day. Picked up my friend and headed from the South Shore to the North shore. Hoping to see the Pipe Pro.

I did get stuck in some traffic, but just turned up the tunes and took some deep Yogic breathes. All chill no stress, Knowing that it would all work out and we will arrive on time. Cars along the road were like a full parking lot, but didn’t get upset. Got to the the pipeline and just as we arrived a car left and we scored the perfect parking spot right outside the surf meet.

There’s a Goat that eats aluminum cans, there’s a Goat that played basketball, a Goat that Golfed and another who played tennis. There is also a Goat in the Ocean. Name is Kelly Slater.

Just chilled and walked to the beach. No rush, Just perf. Sat down and saw some surfers in the water Next up Kelly Slater winning a heat against Miguel Pupo right after we arrived. Such perfect timing. Watched another heat and then got to see the finals with Kelly “the Goat” Slater and Seth Moniz.

Kelly had an almost perfect heat hitting some incredible barrels only he could do. Sneaking in back door and just as the wave closes out, he appears sneaking out the end hands held high. He won the finals and we were there to witness it in person.

We stayed on the beach to watch the awards, then sat in front of the Volcom house to watch the free surfing and to get a bit of sun tan.

Had a mouth watering burger with giant avocado at Kua Aina and headed back home to the crib. Today was a very good day! Yes indeed. A very perfect awesome day! Enjoy the pictures taken via iPhone 13 Pro Max.

See you on the beaches and the Streetz…blog!

Last Man Standing

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Last Man Standing (Fiction)

The man stood on the pavement, noticing the trembling through his steel toe work boots. At first is was just a little rumble. Then a crack in the sidewalk. This didn’t come out of nowhere, his phone told him to seek cover over 15 minutes ago, but he’s such a workaholic he kept doing his job. Jackin’ that Hammer. Thinking this was just another false alarm.

Ballistic bomb threats have been pouring in over the last 3 weeks, ever since Ukraine blew up Moscow with an American made bomb.

As the crumbling sidewalk thundered down 42nd street, he thought of his ex wife, his child who he hasn’t seen in 2 years and of course his cat, Max. Named after Mad Max of course.

First came the trembling, then the cracked sidewalk. scorched earth all around. In bound, out bound and all around. His boots slowly melting away as his skin burned from toes to nose. Quickly, Melting away his skin, leaving globs of a wax like substance. Before, completely decomposing, he wondered, Did I remember to feed the cat?

-Scott Mackenzie 9/11/22-

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Great Balls of Style

Rick Owens SS23 Mens EDFU Thursday June 23 2022 Palais De Tokyo Avenue Du President Wilson. Paris, France

Rick Owens Looking Just Like Rick Would Look LIke (#WWDROLL) What Would Rick Owens Look Like

This show is more of a spectacle like going to a play, performance art installation or a movie. The clothes are slightly secondary. And Rick has always said he likes to make clothes he would wear. I highly doubt we will see him in anything on this Runway except the large boots and bad ass oversized sunglasses. Would be pretty funny to see him in anything other than black. And Bright Green Glossy pants or flimsy, flowing fish netting, I Kinda’ doubt it. But, just like Rick is looking at darkness in the world today, all I saw was bright colors. Yet, you can skip down to the bottom of the blog for some nice black clothes and kicks! YAH!

Rick continues on looking at a reality through the eyes of doom and gloom. Last show was apocalyptic this one he is irritated about the war and trifling arguments. So, instead of bringing us more low crotch black pants, oversized Nomad shirts, we receive bright Green and purple colors to help heal the world.

The Music is dope, the setting is spectacular, and the crane that drops fire balls is the biggest hit of the entire show. It drops fire bombs 3x just like the models trip the same amount at 3x through the show. It would have been fun to be there in person just to see the fireballs dropping from the crane into the picturesque languid waters.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Music: “Swooping, Grating, Unhinged Exclusive mix by EPROM and SHADS reflecting the Untethered, Wonky Current Climate” (Show notes)
  • The Fireball Crane!
  • The exquisite setting
  • Kicks: They are hard to spot, but there are some special kicks coming our way in 2023
  • Scarab colored jeans
  • And YAH for the black colors on some of the clothes

LOWLIGHTS

  • The flimsy flowing fish netting in red and green materials. Stuff You’d see in Ben Franklin
  • The purple vest
  • Bright yellow & bright pink
  • And that bizarre red dress in that weird fish netting material. Yuk!

I think I was so freaked out by the bright green and chiffon reds, I missed all these blacks. Ooops, still no drop crotch pants. But Rick Owens fans will be happy to see their/our favorite color in the stores and on-line in 2023.

What are your Highlights and Lowlights of the Show? Let us know in the comments section. See you on the Streetz…blog!

Fendi Fun Bold and Exquisite

Fendi Menswear Spring/Summer 2023. Streamed June 2022 from Roma, Italy

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The Men’s show’s are coming at us all of a sudden, fast & furious. And pretty sure this is the first Fendi show we’ve ever reviewed. No reason, this one I just happened to see a on my IG live then re-watched it on YouTube.

Nice to see, there’s no play on post pandemic/post apocalyptic worlds. Instead, we have plenty of Nice festive colors, bold and plentiful logos, 3/4 length shorts that flow oh so perfectly, the color ORANGE, and some fun logo’d bucket hats & pants.

Let’s check out the Highlights and Lowlights:

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Black & Grey logo’d Fendi Bucket Hats and Pants
  • The Floating Fendi F’s in the sky below the ceiling-Quite spectacular
  • Orange! I’m a sucker for anything Orange and there’s a couple nice pieces in the show
  • 70’s Leather Jacket
  • 3/4 length perfectly flowing sweetly tailored shorts-One of may all time favorite pants. Just below the knee and kinda’ baggy. I could wear those every day.
  • The infrared Liquid Sky beginning, gives the show a Bold, Colorful vibe even before the show started
  • The Black and the orange Jacket/shirt. Those are a must cop
  • The Music-Adds a nice Pop to the show

LOWLIGHTS:

  • Cut off jeans-Ugh will probably cost $800 or more. Just make your own. Pretty easy to make a #realfake on these
  • Way too short shorts
  • Vinyl brown Pants and the shimmering brownish gold pants
  • Khaki’s-I believe khaki’s don’t belong in this world at all. And would never wear them, unless my boss made me
  • And maybe a few of the bags-Possibly if I lived in Italy, they would look more stylish

See you on the streetz…of Italy this week! (June 2022)

Defend or Defy this #realfake

#Realfake time again

This is pretty funny. The internet is trying to show you how to create the $1,090 Balenciaga Defender sneaker on the cheap. They suggest that you get a bike tire and glue it to a pair of ASICS. I know from practice, its hard enough to get the sole of a Jordan to re-stick even with Gorilla or Super glue. So, good luck with this. And if you can walk without twisting an ankle be sure to let us know in the comments section. What do you think of this #realfake DIY project?

See you on the Streetz…

Element Brings the Noise

Public Enemy x Element Collection

Element has teamed up with iconic rap group Public Enemy to release T’s, Hoodies, Bucket hats, Socks, Polka pants, and of course a very dope skate deck. Proceeds will go to the Harold Hunter Foundation to support the skateboarding youth of New York City. If there is anything left available of the collection, you can find it here

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