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July 26 2014

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3 posts tagged "Usher"

Usher Throws His Hat In the Ring

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EXCLUSIVE: Usher coming New York to the premier of his movie HANDS OF STONEUh-oh, Pharrell, there’s another boldly hatted music mogul in town. Usher has apparently been sporting a Davy Crockett-esque fur cap around the past few days. Most recently, he wore it with a Navajo-print jacket, which made his look almost in tune with the Western-inspired Fall collections (cue Chanel Pre-Fall, Philipp Plein, and Burberry, among others). If this were a competition (and let’s be serious, it basically is), we’d have to give our vote to Pharrell’s iconic Westwood toppers. But this very well may mark the beginning of a new trend in the music community. Your move, Kanye.

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A Couture-Level Show

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“Couture-level flow, it’s never going on sale / Luxury rap, the Hermès of verses.” So promised Kanye West, who performed “Otis” alongside Jay-Z live at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. The two might have kept their stage looks casual last night, but they’re unabashed designer-philes. Unwrap their gold, Riccardo Tisci-designed, record-breaking album Watch the Throne, and you’ll find the duo dropping names—Manolo and Margiela among them. (One day, they may be able to add the name of Kanye’s own label to the mix, too.)

Name-dropping is nothing new in rap and R&B, but more and more, young artists are working in high-fashion references with panache. Sure, some—like Kreayshawn, the 21-year-old Oaklander and recent i-D covergirl, who says “Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada / Basic bitches wear that shit, so I don’t even bother”—claim not to go for big labels. But the best up-and-comers sound like they’re reading their Style.com. The hipster hip-hoppers at Das Racist, for example (“Tell the interns to shut the Di-or”). Or Harlem MC ASAP Rocky, who says, “Raf Simons, Rick Owens / Usually what I’m dressed in.” Oh, that was you we spotted at Atelier?

And if rappers love fashion, fashion loves them right back. The industry has taken a liking to Salem’s Jack Donoghue, who joins Kreayshawn in the latest i-D, regularly wears Givenchy Rottweiler shirts, and has become a fixture on Terry’s Diary. M.I.A. protégée Rye Rye has appeared in videos for Prabal Gurung; Santigold, for Alexander Wang. (Wang’s been a hip-hop fan for years. Foxy Brown headlined his after-party in 2008.) Theophilus London hit the menswear circuit in Paris last season alongside the likes of Usher and Kanye; next up, he’ll front a Carlos Campos ad campaign and design a shoe with Cole Haan.

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paris fashion week: for usher, discretion is the better party of lingerie

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The rap star turned designer—it’s a transition we know well. So we weren’t too surprised to see Usher at Marlies Dekker yesterday. He was at the Dutch underwear designer’s show for two reasons, he said. One, as a “favor” to the designer. And two, to pick up a few pointers for his own upcoming line. “I want to do my own line of men’s and women’s underwear, but obviously I need to research the women’s side so I have an understanding of both,” he explained. (Rather demurely, we thought. Surely he’s done some informal research?) “You know, when everything else comes off, it’s the one thing that stays on. Whether it’s mismatched or together, it says a lot about the confidence of a woman.” The man is discreet, we’ll say that for him.

Photo: Dominique Charriau/Getty Images