i want to get back into dj’ing again.. but i also want to focus more on my shite painting. but then i remember i have a safe, potentially lucrative career path that i should be focusing more of my effort on.. if different forces constantly pull at an object, does the object always fall apart? who is dsg.
this isn’t chinatown but when i go to chinatown im momentarily in an environment where everyone around me looks like me (im not chinese) and a strange, unfamiliar comfort sets in... a world where you’re constantly surrounded by people who look like you, or to expand the concept - a world where everyone in the mainstream media looks like you - is a foreign concept to minorities in america and isn’t relatable to anyone whose life consists of this very environment on a daily basis. it makes me feel more alive, it makes me feel more like an individual, it empowers me. don’t take these things for granted if you have the privilege of enjoying this on an everyday basis 🌎
my thoughts on @louisvuitton c/o @virgilabloh -
first, as a sidenote, it’s crazy bc this is what kanye wanted for himself, and the fact that virgil, kanye’s past creative director and protege was able to surpass kanye in this regard is.. interesting. kanye’s stripped-down, dystopian designs are simply too ahead of their time, and just doesn’t have what it takes to be commercially successful at this time - but, in the near future, the anti-fashion sentiment that came about in the 90s via rei, yohji, helmut, etc. WILL return and that’s when the look kanye has been designing currently will blossom again. trust me. ⚫️
that said, the success that kim brought to LV was driven by the marketing and collaboration prowess that he brought, rather than design innovation, and it seems to me that LV wants to continue in that path with virgil’s new appointment. if you have a genuine interest in fashion, it’s known knowledge that virgil is (as of now, i am absolutely not discrediting his future potential) more of a stylist and brand-creator than an innovative designer. for those who don’t know and need examples - pyrex is self-explanatory and was an experimental venture for him anyway so i won’t even go there but every collection that he has come out with for off-white is a straight reflection, and unfortunately (imo) a copy of either: Balenciaga (workwear, formal wear), Vetements (when virgil wants to be “anti-fashion”), Giambattista Valli (haute couture dresses), Dior & Valentino (haute couture), and, of course, Raf (artwork and youth-culture influenced pieces). ⚫️ now, with all THAT being said, what an amazing time to be a student of fashion.. where a person of color has taken the helm of a centuries-old parisian fashion powerhouse. i only hope for virgil to take advantage of this incredible position and opportunity given to him and start to create his own unique, innovative identity and contribution to fashion, whether that be through innovation in design, silhouette, or philosophy. or just continue with clever marketing and collaborations - whatever floats his boat. the stage is yours and i look forward to June 2018. congratulations ✊
you almost have to try hard now to find someone in it for the art of it, instead of for the clout.. i’ve been studying the works of francis bacon recently (painter, not philosopher) and have gained a new inspiration for my own art. currently i’m studying for certain financial licenses but as soon as i have more time, tings are coming NO KAP 😤