Monday, April 27, 2015

Leader of The Free



This weekend, I had the privilege of hosting and performing backstage production, for the launch of the contemporary line  by  Leader of the Free. The stage was set at Hierarchy Art Gallery, a beautiful space that showcases contemporary modern art for local artist in the DMV area. The creative director of the brand Alexus Olds, described the collection titled, XIII, as “The calm before the storm.”  Conceptually, the fabrics transition from winter to spring to include dark hues and a myriad of perforated laser cut  fabrics, both light and muted pastels, thick woolens and lightweight cotton. It represented a journey that is filled with struggles, ups and downs, and progression. For the company this collection exemplifies overcoming these struggles and creating the light at the end of the tunnel.  The looks for women, highlighted geometric cut outs with plunging necklines, a mesh of feminine body conscious silhouettes, coupled with bursts of deep berry hues in contrast with supple peach tones. The men's line embodied the essence of urban chic. Zippers were used liberally to add details and highlight  diagonal lines and stitching, in both pants and jackets. Knee length parkas and full length shirts featuring extended flaps crossed the lines of modern and trend. The collection will be available for purchase within the next coming weeks, check out their website http://www.leaderofthefree.com/ or email ldrofthefree@gmail.com  or contact@leaderofthefree.com, for more info. Stay tuned, an exclusive interview with the designer and an insiders peek at the collection, will be on the here shortly!!

Leader of the Free
Leader of the Free
Leader of the Free
Leader of the Free


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Monday, April 13, 2015

From where do you draw your inspiration?

Many things can influence my style on any given day. Influences may be drawn from a picture I saw on instagram or pinterest. A random stylesetter, passed on the way to work, or even the more nostalgic things like memories, of my grandmother's and grandfather's stylish church fits. No matter the influence, it is important to note that I try not to mimic, what I've seen but instead take a piece of the idea and make it my own. The look I'm wearing is an example of paring down a concept that you may have borrowed from someone else. My grandfather,  loved wearing fedoras and hats in general. He was a not only the life of a party but just an overall classy guy, with alot of swag and style. A staple piece in his spring and summer wardrobe, was a white  hat he wore, with a black band. Sometimes he wore it casually with a leisure shirt and khakis. Sometimes he would wear it formally, with a linen suit to church. No matter the occasion, he always styled it just right. But that is how he did everything in life, with just the perfect amount of whatever was necessary. So this look is a tribute to him and the hat, worn by one of my greatest style inspirations.
Fedora Forever 21, Dress H& M, Oxfords Litigo