Car-E-Oke in the 808 State
One of my goals for 2015 is to share more blog posts on the sun, fun and culture of the place I live. It’s a goal I’ve strayed from in favor of World-Wide designer fashion, Luxe-Life kicks and other clothes and sneaker features.
Today, I take you to the center of Hawaii Culture with the first webisode of Car-e-Oke. When I woke up this morning I scanned my Instagram very quickly and saw the word Car-e-Oke. I thought it would be a good name for a singing contest promotion. It wasn’t until later in the day that I realized I knew the people responsible for the word and the post. They told me about it and I was like Oh I was gonna nab the name for a Singing Contest. (JK) So, in respect to the Young Hawaii folks, I won’t be stealing the name for a promotion and will share the vid with you on streetzblog.
This is the first webisode of Car-E-Oke featuring musician, Kiwini Vaitai interviewed and driven around town by Kaipo Kapua. Nice concept, Roses and Thorns sounds like an Island hit and don’t miss the surprise about 3/4 of the way through the video. It’s pretty funny. From the Island of Oahu, Here’s the video:
Let us know what you think in the comments section, or write your thoughts below the youtube video. If you would like more information about Young Hawaii, Kiwini Vaitai or Kaipo Kapua, email Email me anytime. See you on the Streetz of Ohau this week at Eat the Street Friday night, on the radio Saturday night and at the Beach on Sunday. Aloha!
PATENT at the Street Market
This Thursday April 16th, 2015 Dover Street Market unleashes the NikeLab Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG x DSM (Obsidian/White). These will be available at the NikeLab Space at the Dover Street Market NY store and on the DSMNY E-SHOP.
According to the DSMNY website, they aren’t quite sure of the launch time, but you can enter your name and email next to your size. And they will email you the information once it becomes available. Price: $185
Nice all-obsidian blue patent leather upper with white outer sole. Perfect to wear with a suit. Although, It looks like the only mention of Dover Street Market is the DSM branding on the insoles. They also have a limited edition Jordan x DSM shirt and hat on sale this Thursday April 16th. You can sign up for an email for these 2 items also.
Since these are Jordans, I suspect they will go quickly. When I was at DSMNY, I noticed most of the staff and some shoppers wearing a special pair of NikeLab kicks in a beige colorway. It was the first time I’d ever seen them. Since then I’ve only noticed them on a female Runway model. Look like they were pretty limited.
The other shoe collab that I like is the Converse x DSM. I have a pair of these and they are the newer re-imagined Cons with an extra bounce in the sole. Very comfortable, you can really tell the difference. They are a pure black-Out colorway with a DSM design/logo in white. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in Hawaii who has a pair of these. And some are still available on the DSMNY website.
If you are in or go to NY, I would suggest visiting the store, it’s quite a fun place to visit, What do you think of the DSM collabs so far? Anyone know more about the beige pair? Thoughts on the new Obsidian Blue Patent J’s?
Alexa Meade Turns 3 Dimensional People into 2 Dimensional Paintings
A Canvas? Who Needs a Canvas? Alexa Paints on People!
I really enjoyed today’s webdiscovery. It’s about a lady named Alexa Meade who was headed into a job in politics, who made a quick and favorable career adjustment to be an artist…who paints directly on to people!
She basically takes a person, especially someone she doesn’t know too well. Then paints upon and around them to produce her art. Then takes a picture of it, because after that, it’s all gone. When I was painting graffiti hats, I was so attached to them, I wanted to keep them all instead of sell them. Wish I had her vision of disposable art 12 years ago, I could have made some $$ before they went out of style. Now, I give them away and save some for the next 80’s trucker hat revival.
Anyways, Alexa has had a tremendous rise in fame with photos of her work exhibited in NY, London, Switzerland and Germany. Here’s how she describes her works of art:
Instead of painting a portrait on canvas, I will paint my portrait directly on top of the subject being referenced. I cover the skin and clothes of my models in a mask of nontoxic acrylic paint that mimics the colors and contours of the underlying surfaces, and then photograph them. This painting technique I innovated optically compresses 3D space into a 2D plane. Alexa Meade
Check out the TED talk below of Alexa explaining her various paintings and philosophy on art. LMK what you think of this type of art in the comments section below. See you on the streetz of Oahu..This week at the UH Men’s Volleyball game, Healthy Kids Day and the MDA Soiree. Have a nice weekend!
PSNY Brings the HEAT to Spring/Summer 2015
The Public School NY S/S 2015 Runway Show is delicious spectacle of impeccable tailoring, comfortable fabrics, a pleasing color palette for both men and women with a one-man band. Check out the show and as usual some of the Highlights and Lowlights are provided below the video for a quick snapshot of the show. You may be time starved and just want to read a quick take on the show. I know I get that way sometimes. Just want to read and run, especially on a weekday.
- The One Man Band: Wow! One man all decked out in Public School clothing sounding like a 5 piece band. He sings, plays guitar, tweaks the computer/synth machine to bring a full blown sound to the show all in the present moment.
- The Color Palette: Black and White, Grey and a bit of Cobalt blue. What else do you need for the perfect Health-Goth look! *I read somewhere, not sure where, but have heard rumour that PSNY may explore a new color or 2 in Fall or Winter 2015-16.
- The Materials: The fabrics practically speak the word comfortable.
- Shorts: My personal favorite are shorts that are cut just below the knee. PSNY has them in black, grey and white. Nice!
- Sexy: The females have skirts cut at the perfect length for Summer. And that grey dress with the little mid-riff slit near the end of the show is pretty slick.
- Hats: Not sure how they fit into the show. I guess they look alright on the ladies, but not quite a favorite look of mine for the guys. They’re kinda like old-fashioned flight attendant caps, yet in all black. Maybe it’s where I live, but it would be a hard look to pull off here. I suspect it would work better in Morocco, NY or maybe Paris?
- Shorts: Some were cut above the knee. I doubt the NY bred designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Cho would rock them above the knee, I know I wouldn’t,
- Where are the clothes?: Many times on streetzblog we write about things way ahead of time, thus the clothing typically isn’t ready to wear. Today, the show is S/S 2015 and the clothes on-line are S/S 2015. Yet, it’s hard to find the tailored shorts below the knee. Maybe they’ll be available later in the Summer. Note to shoppers: If you like anything you see on the Public School website, it’s best to buy it when you see it. Many of the M, L and XL’s disappear pretty quickly. Today/Friday April 3rd 2015 there are lots of S and XS available. Not much else.
For more detailed in-depth information on Public School, check out this blog posting on Streetzblog. Or to get some info on the Public School x Jordan release go here. To get your grade A Street-Gear/Health-Goth/Perfect colored clothing, check PSNY out here.
See you on the streetz of Oahu this weekend and have a Happy Easter!
The Other 3 Should Have Gone Pink Hair Trend
The TV show Younger premieres this week on TV Land. When I was in NYC in December, I kept seeing posters that said Coming Soon in March: Younger, I meant to take a picture of the ads, but kept getting distracted by shopping, people watching and eating. And I figured, I’d get back to Hawaii and hear about the show and write about it on Streetzblog. Giving everyone a very advanced notice of the show.
Well, as you can see, I saw nothing of the show way out here in the Pacific until I happened upon Hilary Duff and the man star (Nico Tortorella) with green hair on GMA this morning. Being half asleep, yet coherent enough, I noticed that they were talking about Younger and how it premieres this Tuesday March 31st on TV Land!
The show looks like fun! It’s from Darren Star the creator of Sex and the City and the clothes are styled by Patricia Field who also did the styling for Sex and the City. So, just for the clothes it should be a HOT show.
Younger stars Broadway actress Sutton Foster (Bunheads/The Angriest Man in Brooklyn) as a 40-year old suddenly single mom who attempts to be 26 so that she can get a hip, cool job in the City. The show also co-stars Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire), Debi Mazar (Entourage & Goodfellas) Miriam shor (The Good Wife & Bedazzled) and Nico Tortorella (The Following & Scream 4). Here’s the trailer, see what you think of the new show that is bound to get viewers, for the content, the fashion or hopefully BOTH.
So funny, I always mess up and call Sex and the City, Sex in the City. I had to fix it like 4 times for this blog post. And for the record, I thought Madonna looks good-looking like a 26 year old on her Instagram and on the awards show. This show looks perfect for those of us who don’t take an age that we are given and do or wear what we are Supposed to do or wear. And as I always say in my style advice. If you feel good in something and you enjoy wearing it, Wear it…You only live once, Any time and Any age is a perfect time to enjoy your Clothes and Kicks, no matter what age your birth certificate may say you are.
You should have seen my Health-Goth clothes on Saturday. If I can get them off my Go-Pro, I’ll post them on Instagram. Not at all age appropriate, but I felt good and at least I thought I looked good!
Addition to blog-4 hours after writing the original. You can see the pilot of the show here. Totally legal link on TV Land. I just watched it, very funny especially when her phone goes off in a meeting. The Show reminds me a bit more of How to Make it in America or Entourage than Sex and the City. Was enjoyable and cracked me up a few times. LMK what you think, if you watch it.
The Health Goth Craze
The Streetzblog definition of Health-Goth is: Awesome High-Tech, functional and fun fabrics that look just as good on the street as they do in the gym. Utilizing these 4 colors: Black, Grey, Silver and White. The Perfect example of Health-Goth is the Alexander Wang x H&M collection.
Rick Owens produces some great Health-Goth gear. He’s known for his oversized black and white Ramone’s Sneaker that shows homage to the Original Black and white Converse All-Stars:
Hood By Air/HBA is another brand leading the Health-Goth Look:
ADYN exemplifies the Health-Goth look with slightly longer cuts in the length of a Health-Goth shirt, High-Tech materials and the all black look:
Even Adidas is in on the Health-Goth Trend with Rita Ora: (Note: This collection added in a bit of Neon Yellow to the Health-Goth color palette. That’s ok, as long as it’s not the main color of the collection. A bit of Neon yellow or Flo Green goes well with the more sporty Health-Goth.
Whatever 21 shows us the Health-Goth look while hanging out at Home Depot. Notice, they go for more of a White color first, then the black in this collection. Different from the original Black clothing as the more dominate color. Enjoy the video:
Cottweiller has some nice grey’s mixed with whites, along with some pretty fab fabrics: Check out their website, it sure has a very futuristic vibe to it. Almost like playing a video game when checking out the various looks.
Some of the original Health-Goth proponents are already saying the trend is dead. But as you can see by the following excerpt from New York magazine. The Health-Goth craze is still trending in the City and at the Gym.
For the Instagram Celebrity: KITH 644 Broadway Near Bleeker St. 646-6486285 Brooklyn-based Snarkeitectue helped redesign Ronnie Fieg’s luxury-sneaker shop last Fall. Making Room for more paparazzi friendly neoprene Y-3’s and pebbled leather Buscemi high-tops ($865) not to mention branded KITH hoodies and Health-Goth sweatpants. Direct Quote From the March 9-22, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.
And for the Future is Now image of Health-Goth, I bring you an image from Today’s/Saturday March 27, 2015 Instagram feed. Alexander Wang’s Foam Injected leather T-Shirt from the Men’s Spring 2015 collection.
See you on the Streetz, Actually, Now I’m headed over to the gym to get my Health-Goth groove on. Going to wear my Black Quicksilver Eddie Would Go surf shorts, a plain all black H&M long sleeve T-Shirt and my Alexander Wang x H&M Scuba inspired Kicks. I hope to get more healthy than goth today. We shall see by where I turn up after the gym. Have a nice week!
March into Spring 2015
Here’s your one-stop shop for Spring Trends 2015. I wonder how they compare with the trends predicted by the Runway shows in Milan and by Streetzblog.com in July 2014?
Men’s Trends (From the H&M Spring Chic Magazine 2015) *List inspired by their list with streetzblog editorial.
Seventies Workwear: Fashionable take on 1970’s utility Styling mixed with functional fabrics like raw denim. Utilizing expert tailoring to make this trend look just as good on the weekends and at work.
Summer Neutrals: Subtle shades of beige and gray. That Beige is driving me a bit crazy, not at all a fav of mine, but even though 50 Shades of Grey didn’t live up to all the hype, the color grey is marching into Spring as the number one color.
Artistic Knits: Designers like Raf Simons and JW Anderson have updated the tank top with tapestry-like scenic landscapes. You also might want to check out your local Thailand or Tibetan shop to score some items of similar yet different aspects of this trend. If you’re going to wear a tank top, make sure you have your suntan lotion on or wear it at night. You don’t want to have that extremely funny tank top tan line, it’s just as bad as forgetting to button your fly all day.
Italian Riviera: You may have heard that the 70’s, 80’s and especially the 90’s are big now. Well, this trend takes us back to the 50’s with lightweight preppy styles including the piped polo look shirt and striped golf jackets. Now, it’s really time to find a friend with a yacht!
Premium Parkas: Tailored rather than functional. A more formal and luxurious look for Spring layered over a suit. Sounds a bit warm to me, but depends on where you may live this will work or won’t. Basically lighter, groovier jackets for spring ala Parka. If you had a Winter like most, you may not want to wear a jacket as long as you can. Me, I can’t wait to get back to NY in December to rock my Alexander Wang x H&M Scuba hoodie. I did get some good mileage out of it in NY, but gotta’ tell you if you have scuba material jackets, use them in Spring. they really are’nt meant to keep you warm in the Winter.
GQ Boot Spring Boot Trend *Info inspired by the February 2015 print issue of GQ, with additional streetzblog editorial
Dress Boots: Wing Tip or Cap-Toe. In grey, beige, brown or be a bit more daring and go with the blue or green. My favorite work shoes at the moment are’nt suede, but they are a nice deep Navy pair of hi-tip wingtips. Comfortable and go with most of work clothes and my blue watch. Whether you go leather or suede, just make sure you match your shoes with your outfit before walking out the door. It’s not too pleasant to make it all the way to work and find out you need to hide in your cube all day, because your funky blue or green boots don’t match anything you’re wearing. And even worse, getting called into the bosses office on a day like this. Be especially careful on Mondays.
Desert Boots: These look very comfortable, yet I’m still holding out from purchasing a pair. They are updated in luxe suede, fun colors, rubber soles in crazy contrasting colors. They just remind be too much of 1978, when I refused to wear them. For some reason, these just don’t scream Stylish. But if they are really comfortable, I’d give them a try. LMK if you’ve rocked them and had success?
Chelsea Boots: These crack me up, because every single season for the last decade, the trend setters are telling us to wear a pair of Chelsea boots. This time in suede. They can look pretty stylish especially when done in a wing tip brogue or a duo tone ombre. You really can’t go wrong with a Chelsea boot, they worked for everyone from the Beatles, to Lou Reed to Harry Styles. I succumbed to the hype and bought what I thought were a fairly inexpensive pair of rubberized Ferrigamo Chelsea boots in brown. But WOW, they hurt my feet worse than anything I own. Maybe the suede is the way to go. More flex. If anyone wants a pair of brown Ferrigamo Chelsea boots in size 10 LMK.
Work Boots: This is a tough choice. GQ claims not to worry and scuff them up. I have a very opposite view of suede boots. To only wear them on a perfectly great sunny day. And on a day that I wont be walking in too much dirt or rocks. For some reason, out of all the materials, I think these look best, nice and un touched. Even in a work boot. I guess that’s why I own only one pair of suede shoes. They can be hard to clean. Probably the best shoe to take to the shoe maker to trick out then a DIY project. For sure, don’t slap some gooey polish on em’.
Streetzblog Spring predictions *As seen on the streetz, the web, magazines, and in my mind.
The Dull Colored Chino: Lighter fabric, colors in bland blue, off Pink, rusty Red, Beige, and Green. These are the more comfortable chinos, they are also the kind that wrinkles easier, so don’t try and wear them 2 days in a row. Fitted, yet not too skinny and no we are not in the boxy 80’s style…yet. For some of us over a certain age, the 80’s boxy style will make you look even older even if it does come back like the Women’s Mom and Men’s jean trend. Be careful of trends. If you like the way it looks on you, wear it, no matter what we say here or you read anywhere, if you don’t feel good in your new trendy outfit, don’t bother.
Ripped Jeans: Especially for women, get the versions with the biggest holes and most rips. It’s Spring, time for some nice spring breeze to inherit your legs. And this Summer, get ready to cut them a bit above or below your knee and wear them tailored selvage or totally Mad Max ripped out of control.
The Black Motorcycle Jacket: Seems to be the must have piece for 2015.
70’s, 80’s, 90’s: Wow! It’s here that it gets confusing. Depending on what or where you read something these decades are all in. From what I can tell, 70’s are best for Coachella cool, 90’s are the it decade now, and the 80’s are fading, yet the day-glo and neons especially bright Yellow and Ultra Pink are here to stay especially for the athletic chic vibe.
Cotton Candy Hair: From Dull Pink to washed out blue. If you’ve seen it at the cotton candy stand at the fair or on the runway, this is the It color, especially for females. Guys? Are you ready to rock these fun colors? Watch out for more platinum blond shades, thanks to: Kim K and Jared Leto.
Tiny Floral Prints: Big and bold was last year’s version. This year, looks like the flare of the flowers and fauna are getting smaller. Yet still a huge hit amongst the fashion forward NBA stars.
Black, Blue and Grey: If you don’t know what to wear today or tonight. Just pick out colors from these, combine and get out of the house. These are awesome, reliable year round’ look great colors. If you want to be really on trend, go with the dull green, dull light blue or even the (yuk) beige/khaki.
Trendy a la Mode Fashion Words describing what’s now and what’s next:
Health Goth, AthLeisure, Avant-Bland, Fly-Girl, Retro-Chic, and the NoTrendTrend.
I’m thinking next blog post will be dedicated to the Health Goth look. Fun name and lots of great designers doing it. Rick Owens, HBA, Alexander Wang to name a few. See you on the Streetz.
Taiwan based brand: JumpFromPaper has bags and accessories that appear to look like a cartoon image when pictures are taken of them on real people.
I truly wonder if My pictures would come out like this or not? Because they do have bags for Men. See Below:
At the moment (3/21/15) the bags from JumpFromPaper aren’t available in U.S stores, buy are purchasable in Europe, Asia and on-line here. When I went to the site, there were some comments on how you can also get some knock-offs at amazon.com for cheaper. But according to the reviews, it’s best to get the real thing.
The Real JumpFromPaper bags range from $30 for a small purse to $139 for a pink or purple Spaceman backpack. I suspect I would choose the $110 Adventure Backpack in grey, blue and white. BTW: The knock-offs I saw at Amazon start at $14.
These bags Look like fun! If it really does what the pictures look like it does, might be a great conversation starter. And oh, so super fun to share on Instagram…#nofilter needed.
I suspect it’s best to go with the real version. If I or one of my friends does get one of these. I’ll be sure to follow-up and let you know how they are. And how they look on Instagram
Rock or Not? See you on the Streetz this weekend at Ward Villages, The Pink Tie Ball and Le Bistro. Have an Awesome Weekend wherever you live!