If you like Puffy, you’d like These looks
I like to talk positive in 95% of my blog posts. And in this one, I wouldn’t say I’m being Negative. I just think the looks shown at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in general were pretty awkward and waaaay to Puffy. Maybe, the designs were made more for warmth than style. But with all the money everyone has, Why not make one look for the Ceremony, then have another look for the pre and post events?
With this post, I didn’t do any research on who the designers were or didn’t even look at any other blogs or news sites. The opinions listed below are from my own Fashionista view of what my impression of this year’s looks were like. Some were good, but most were not that stylish from my view-point. My number one favorite was the Netherlands. What did you think of the looks? Let me know in the comments section.
*Sorry if I missed your country, this is the second time I’ve done a Live blog to the opening Ceremony and it’s a bit overwhelming to keep up.
Bermuda: Red Short pants! Suit Jackets, Ties, White button down shirts, Long dark socks and black business man shoes. Did I say Short pants? Guess they were Bermuda Shorts. Too Funny.
Bulgaria: Pretty styling looking ski jackets in bright blue flashy yellow with fashionably fierce furry hoods.
Brazil: Bright Yellow Shirts. Funny looking thick bulky scarves tied in awkward knots. Not one of my favorite looks.
Great Britain: Dark Blue Slick looking puffy down jackets with burgundy hoods. The best look so far. Something I would and could actually wear. (Adidas)
Venezuela: Extremely Enthused One guy in multi colored garb.
Germany: Yellow, Green, Light Blue Jackets, with red pants. They looked like some kind of cartoon character, I guess maybe multi colored smurfs? Don’t know who designed these uniforms, but Whoa, must have been someone who went to too many Love Parades! Pretty daring look, just way too bright and cartoonish for my taste.
Israel: Just some bright, light blue and white ski clothes. Not quite daring enough.
Ireland: Kind of a New Balance version of horizontal Camo? Nice Green color with Horizontal colors interwoven throughout. The most Street look as of yet.
Italy: Usually a pretty Stylish country. This attempt was close with the dark blue and white striping. But the coats were too bulky to show off the style correctly. Must be really cold this year in Italy.
Canada: Very conservative. Looked like Canadian Mounty’s/Firemen. Classic Red and Black Canadian Colors.
Kyrgyzstan: Looked like they were wearing hand-made hats made of Newspaper. Ooops.
China: Once again, way too much bulk in the down jackets. Made them look “stuffed” instead of fit. I’d keep these coats for the post game warm down. And have another look for the Opening Ceremony.
Lithuania: Flourescent Green puffy jackets. with bright yellow pants. hats and scarves with the same bright colors.
Liechtenstein: Fairly interesting attempt at Pop-Art. In Red, Blue, White, just looked a bit too done already, in the 80’s.
Mexico: Dark blue or black with white trim. Looked just like that movie Tron. If they turned off the lights you would just see silhouettes with white lines. Interesting.
Netherlands: I usually like this team, since Blue and Orange are my two favorite colors together. And this year they didn’t fail me. Nice, Thin not puffy dark blue down jackets with awesome bright Orange accents and interiors. A really nice look. something I would Rock on the streetz of New York and probably Chicago.
USA: Where’s Waldo? I do live in the U.S.A, thus you can tell I’m not bias at all. I do not like these silly over decorated, gaudy sweaters and hats. And goofy baggy white sweat pants. They remind me of Where’s Waldo? No kidding here. If I were the US design team, I would have gone with a much more understated look. A dark blue thin down Jacket from Uniqlo would look nice. With some tailored dark blue or black fitted slacks and some hip shoes like the new flat soled Doc Martins or some other Hi-End Sneaker like a Rick Owens or a Marc Jacobs. Note: The backs of the sweaters were looking ok, some nice Stars and a simple USA. It’s the front that was way too much.
Poland: White, White, Grey, White and some red. I guess I’ve never been there, so don’t quite get the look.
South Korea: Colors and style looked good. but once again way too puffy.
BTW: The music has been pretty hip, pretty nice Dance beat throughout the ceremony. A bit generic at times, but still sounded pretty progressive for the Olympics. I thought the London Olympic Opening Ceremony had the best music ever!
Chinese Taipei: Bright Blue gowns like a High School graduation. Whoa!
Togo: Ok I guess the winter Olympics is more about warmth than style. I’m starting to catch on. Interesting colors on top-looks like yellow and a dark purple?. And some pretty cool icy silver Zippers on the ski pants.
Ukraine: Some nice street style jackets. Kinda Camo, kinda animal print. Not sure which animal-maybe an Owl? Interesting look. I Didnt even notice the pants.
Second BTW: I’ve had enough. But I need to wait until I see Russia,it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t watch long enough to see the host Country’s Clothes. So, I will continue with this “Live” blog from the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
France: Grey down jackets made to look like suit jackets with an awkward khaki colored pant. The grey tops were a nice attempt at some style, but the pants were like goofy American office attire.
Third BTW: The silly announcer just said that some people have been dancing for 25-30 minutes. Like it’s something lame to do, what’s wrong with him? Never been to a Rave before? People dance for 4-6-8 hours and it’s fun, yes FUN.
Switzerland: All Bright Red all the Time.
Sweden: Didnt notice the clothes but I saw the NY Rangers Goalie waving the flag. That’s pretty cool.
Fourth BTW: Ok when is this going to be over. I need to get dressed to go out for the night.
Russia: Finally, OMG. And they are wearing Red, White and Blue? A classic Russian look. with a bit of 2013 Nu School Docker’s flair in their red pants. It would be really cool if they played a “Pussy Riot” song when they came out. But don’t think that Prez P would dig that.
Well, that’s the official Streetzblog wrap up of what most of the Countries wore. I liked the London Olympic Opening Ceremony much better. The music and the designer duds, but it was kinda fun to live blog the Ceremony. Hopefully, I’ll have the night off in two years and will once again bring you the next Olympic Opening Ceremony of Style.
Have a nice Weekend. See you on the streetz. Now I have just enough time to get myself dressed for an evening of fun and Frivolity. No puffy jacket for me tonight. Gonna’ Rock my dark blue and black plaid pants, a black comfy yet fitted T from H&M, and my flat soled black Doc Martins, my most favorite and MOST comfortable shoes I’ve owned in years!
Studs&Spikes are Everywhere..Well almost..
When I was in NYC in December the biggest trend I noticed the most was the influx of Spikes and then Studs. I had heard from my friend at broke2gear that Spikes were big in Japan back in October, but didn’t quite realize how big they were in NYC. The Shoes had spikes, the jackets had spikes, Pants were spiked, even the newest SnapBacks were either spiked or studded.
I noticed the spikes the most since this was more different from I was used to, the studs I used to have back in the early 80’s but not on my clothes, me and most of my friends had basic black leather bracelets with silver studs and sometimes silver spikes on them. The Gals mostly had the spikes, since it was hard to get into Club 3-D with spikes on your jacket or wrist if you were a guy. They were pretty lethal when the mosh pit got going.
I usually get out of the cab as Astor And Broadway in NYC and walk str8t down the street. The first things I saw were studs and spikes on people’s shoes, then I spotted many shoes in the stores with them on in silver, Gold and copper. Next I saw a couple of jackets on people with long rubbery black spikes and even the FIT museum had Spikes on the Thom Browne Ivy League gear.
that’s what I like about being in Manhattan, I can actually see if something is real or just in the magazines or on a mocked up website. This Trend was real and I’m not sure but it seemed to be peaking and heading to the suburbs since I did see a bunch of sales on lots of the Spiked and Studded Shoes. But since looking around Hawaii a bit this past weekend, I didn’t see much of the trend here, so I know it still has a lot of growth. Even the Girl at Claire’s said she “wasnt selling too many spiked or studded gear and if she did it was to the more progressive group of teen fashionistas”.
So, let’s take a look at some of the fun Spiked and Studded Gear being worn and displayed around the world:
Now Here’s a prime example of lots and lots of silver spikes, I doubt this would play well in Hawaii, but would probably wear quite well in Manhattan. It’s a DERYCK TODD Diamond Dogs Hat. $276 at Patricia Field NYC.
Next up is a pair of Studded STUDmuffin Sweatpants. I kinda’ like these especially the fact that they have pockets. I just can’t tell if there are spikes on the back, I suspect not, that would seem pretty ouchy. But I do like the casual yet Hi-Fashion Street Vibe they give off. I think I could pull these off at an Industrial Dance DJ gig when I spin-out as Sniper Wells-Or I may chicken out, now I don’t own a pair so it doesn’t matter. I do like the fact that they are shorts and could work in HI. I think you can also get these from Patricia Field NYC also, but I think you need to put a special order in, then they make them for you. Hey- Did I mention they have pockets? I digress a bit, but for button down work shirts, I always buy the shirts with the pocket on the left for my iPhone and when I buy shorts I always get them with pockets and this may sound funny, but I need them to be deep pockets or I wont buy them. I had one pair of shorts without pockets that I tried to wear 2x but I locked myself out of my car, forgot my wallet in my back pack and generally couldn’t stay organized. And if the pockets arent deep enough everything spills all over my car and that just Does NOT work for me. Now, Here’s the picture:
Before I hit the studs and of course the Kicks, here’s a couple more intersting spiked Hats. One is a custom New Ear Cap, next is the Bright Yellow Hot Punk Hip Hop hat available here and the other is available on etsy.com
Check these watches out! You can get in on all the studly action in a very low-key way with the Vince Camuto Watches with understanded studs, bet you could even wear one of these babies to work. Show your inner Punk Rock personality without even getting judged wickedly wrong by a new client in the boardroom. Various styles available here:
And finally on to the Kicks!
First off a pair of for Women. If I was female, I would for sure want to rock these! And since I’m not a lady, I would for sure date a women who wore these. Made of Nice Solid strong bright steel, with Silver Zippers and a rich Purple sole. I don’t usually get too excited about women’s Kicks, But I do recommend these spiketacular 1:00AM fashion pieces. Would look nice with a purple accented black dress cut just below the knee with some dangling bright silver skull earrings! Ruthie Davis Stiletto F*&K-Me Pumps $1395 More information available here at Ruthie Davis:
And for Men-Some Classic Docs with silver Spikes on sale for $350 available here now:
See you on the streetz This weekend at U.H, watching the NFL Play-Offssomwhere and hopefully at Yoga Nidra on Sunday Night!
Today is August 19 and Today is the day that these limited Edition Jordan x SNIPES x New Era caps release. But if you click on the address that claims to be the only and exclusive place to get the hats at SNIPES at www.snipesshop.de It takes you to a German site that just says the word Snipes and some **German underneath it. No pictures of hats, nothing to buy. Oh well, I like this picture and the way they shot it with the reflective mirrored greys and blacks. It makes the Hat and Shoes look really nice. The Ice Blue Soles on the shoes look pretty crip in this picture and I do know where you can get the shoes-they are available today at www.pickyourshoes.com I just checked minutes ago and they have all the good sizes in stock. Price is $179.
**Today-8/22 I received an email from the SNIPES Shop PR Department. The website is working-I just went there and it is totally working. And if you click here it WILL take you directly to the Jordan x SNIPES x New Era Page. I just checked it and it works perfectly and I also saw the limited Edition package on their home page-Good to go. Note: they are in the process of translating the site. But you really don’t need the English, It’s pretty easy to navigate the site in German. I don’t know why I couldn’t access the site last week, but we are good to go now. You can purchase both the Hat and the kicks on the SNIPES Shop Site. Special Thank You to the SNIPES Shop Public Relations Department for updating us on the links, pretty cool to get an email directly from the real SNIPES Shop!