Black “Cool” and Men at The 2019 Met Gala

Billy Porter in The Blonds and Giuseppe Zanotti boots at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss )

As far as cultural currency in the Black community is concerned, cool ranks highly. We hold on to that shit like big bills in our pocket. It’s for that reason that I think that we are constantly the most boring attendees annually at the Met Gala. Last night at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s marquee event, Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, Chris Rock, Trevor Noah, and others looked great! But more-so like they were entering a really nice fashion dinner than what was essentially a costume party celebrating the museum’s new exhibit around Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp.’”

They looked chic, suave, and—sadly, safe. Safe from teasing. As I played armchair fashion critic, I joked on Twitter last night that it looked like most of the Black straight men were dressed like maybe they wanted to be a bit more eccentric but stopped way short it, fearing they’d earn the ire of magazine editors’ Worst Dressed recaps on Tuesday morning. Or worse: Getting roasted in that viscous (albeit sometimes hilarious) way our culture does in the barber shop, on radio shows, on Bossip, or in Instagram comments is scary in the most trivial way.

Michael B. Jordan in Coach at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

On the pink carpet, Jordan rocked a dope satin and sequin tuxedo. He was asked about his look by E! Online and said that he wanted to find something that was “masculine, but [didn’t] run away from the theme.” Michael found that balance. Good for him. You can’t tease him for looking “weird,” though he won’t be praised for going wild either. Jordan was dapper, not camp.

That’s like coming to a Halloween party dressed as a football player. Sure, you wore a costume. But even if the jersey shimmers, that’s not the dude whose outfit will be remembered weeks from now. So I’m showing love to the handful of brothers who came to show out, not just show up. Most notably Billy Porter (above), the Pose actor who’s been bodying red carpets all year and Native Son and Moonlight star Ashton Sanders wearing that throwback silky wig and Telfar ‘fit.

Ashton Sanders in Telfar at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Shout out to Odell Beckham Jr. for coming through with his arms and legs out in the Thom Browne kilt. Even French Montana, who repped his Moroccan culture, brought a little something different.

As I said last night:


Peace to all the dudes out there who make a little noise. That’s cooler than “cool.”

Tour Fashion: Jay-Z and Beyonce’s On the Run II | Drake and Migos


As the game changes and traditional reviews become less of a commodity (who wants to read a play-by-play of a concert when it’s being plastered by fans over social media, city-by-city?), I’ve had to find ways to cover shows and qualify my access to all the cool shit I get to go to. It’s a blessing to get a free pair of tix to see huge acts rock.

How Beyonce, JAY-Z, Migos And Drake Made Their Tour Stages Fashion Runways, Too

A decade in the biz and great relationships means that no-strings-attached assists happen all the time. Still, why not mix a little work in with play and get a good story off? So instead of doing a basic review of the Drake and The Three Migos and Jay-Z and Beyonce’s On the Run II tours, I stepped to it from a fashion perspective. What brands assisted these guys in looking like the icons they are? I ended up talking to Migos’ stylist Zoe Costello and designer LaQuan Smith for Vibe Magazine and learning about what goes into draping Jay, Bey’, Drake and the Atlanta amigos for the road.

Read it here.

Air Jordan Talk with DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled | Shot by Jerritt Clark / Getty Images for Epic Records

DJ Khaled’s a man for the people. I met up with him to talk about his new Air Jordans. Following the press conference of sorts that he held to debut the sneaks, fans who lined the block to see him were allowed inside. We were supposed to have a brief interview in a back room, but he insisted that we do it in the main area with the fans.

DJ Khaled opens up about Jay-Z and Beyoncé, his son Asahd and his recent Jordan Brand collaboration

So at the podium, he picked up his microphone as I sat next to him. “This is one of the big editors,” Khaled told the crowd jokingly, urging them to quiet down. His publicist had just told him that I was with the Los Angeles Times Fashion section. Then he slid me an ice cold water, in a motion that suggested I deserved it more than he. Comedically catering to me aside, we had a fun convo about his Air Jordan IIIs, how his Airness inspired him, and creating furniture. Head over to the LA Times to read it all here

 

 

TDE’s Nike Collab for The Championship Tour at a Tour Stop Near You

 

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TDE’s Championship Tour merch | images c/o Nike

 


 

Last week I hit the Forum in Los Angeles for the Championship Tour, which features Kendrick Lamar, SZA Schoolboy Q and the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment’s roster. I’ve seen both Lamar and SZA in the last year. But this trek was a refreshed, abbreviated version of their 2017 tours and it was an added treat to see Q, Isaiah Rashad and Jay Rock for a bit.

I was hanging with buds from Nike, who were introducing their collab line with TDE via the SNKRS Stash experience. Concert attendees with the SNKRS app were alerted around 9:30pm through push notifications that Lamar’s Cortez Kenny III available for purchase. Of course, they sold out in minutes. But Nike’s move adds a nice touch, beyond exclusivity. Not only do you have to have the Internet and quick fingers, but also be at the specific location your favorite rapper is to get clothes and kicks that rep his team.

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This weekend the SNKRS Stash app returns for the Championship Tour’s Houston stop. Look at the dates below to find out where else you can be a part of the action:

Houston, TX at Social Status – May 19-20
New York, NY at Concepts – May 26-30
Boston, MA at Bodega – June 4-5
Toronto, ON at Livestock – June 11-12
Chicago, IL at Notre – June 14-15

Louis Vuitton’s Time Capsule | My Visit to Their Past

 

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Louis Vuitton’s Time Capsule Exhibit | all images c/o Louis Vuitton/BFA.com

 


 

If you saw a picture of Louis Vuitton, would you recognize the subject of the image? I’m not referring to a dress, a pair of shoes, or piece of luggage. I mean the man. For those of us who consider ourselves in the know when it comes to fashion, or even care a little about today’s trends, it’s easy to follow your favorite designer on social media or by frequenting sites like Vogue and BoF.

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But on Thursday (May 17), when I hit the U.S. debut of Louis Vuitton’s Time Capsule exhibition in Los Angeles at the Westfield Century City atrium, I got a chance to not only be educated a bit about the Frenchman whose LV logo is synonymous with excellence, but to actually see his face and learn about his couture house’s history.

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I didn’t know LV was the first to put wheels on luggage, or that the brand was among the first to make flat-topped trunks that could be stacked upon (curved tops are great for rainwater run-off, but that’s about it). I didn’t know that Vuitton was born in 1821 and grew a gnarly mustache. I didn’t know the depth LV has dug trying to beautify so many parts of our day-to-day lives.

 

 

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You a traveler? Here’s a sexy-ass duffle bag. Tuckered out from brutal travels, but there’s no spot to rest your weary body in sight? Peep a vintage trunk with a built-in bed. Did you love music in the early ‘80s? LV had a fresh monogrammed box that stored 10 cassettes. Need a gown for a huge party? No prob’. Here’s the one-shoulder, embroidered lace evening look Emma Stone wore to the Golden Globes earlier this year, expertly crafted by current Women’s Artistic Director Nicolas Ghesquière’s gifted hands.

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Love art? Both Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami have shared and paired their aesthetics with LV. Speaking of coveted collaborations, pieces from punk icon Stephen Sprouse and streetwear brand Supreme also hold spots at the showing.

Louis Vuitton has accomplished a lot since its 1854 start. That’s over 160 years of sartorial excellence. The Time Capsule exhibition officially opens today (May 18) and runs through June 10, 2018. I suggest you make that trip and witness the glory. As LV prepares for its next era with newly appointed Men’s Director Virgil Abloh at the helm (his first show is weeks away in June), it’s a good idea to see where they’ve been before finding out where they’re going.