Rainbow Road: Virgil Abloh’s Debut with Louis Vuitton Mens

Originally written in June 2018

It was an announcement in March of 2018 that sent a shockwave through the fashion-culture world. Kim Jones, the wonder-boy of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear, had just had his final showing a few weeks prior and now was off to eventually take helm as creative director of the Christian Dior. Jones had been extremely influential while at LV, capping his resume with one of the all-time collaborations in fashion history: the partnership of Vuitton and the king brand of street style, Supreme. The collection was a universal hit, blending the famed luxury lifestyle brand’s heralded name to the current phenom that is the street wear craze. And though his last show was spectacular (bringing both Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell back to the run way), the future was in question. What direction was Vuitton headed? Continue reading

Shiver The Whole Night Through: The 25th Anniversary of Nirvana Unplugged’s Recording

Originally written November 2018

In a post 80’s America, especially in the pop music world, there was a sense of shiny new optimism and subsequent culture that alienated a large group of the emerging generation’s middle-class youth. These were the kids who just felt off and felt off for feeling off. Young adults and teens always have been drawn to the music underground to find counterparts. But one thing even the strongest sense of underground community couldn’t gift was power. Power to be heard. The rest of society and of culture looked at these scenes, these pissed off and angry teens in their rock clubs and dive bars and were quite fine with their distance from relevancy. “Let the weirdos go with the weirdos to places we can ignore.”

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