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Subculture in LA: Zoot Suits
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Los Angeles, in the 1940's, was just a growing community of Chicano's and Chicana's looking to get their voice heard, and to find an identity for themselves.  However, with voices being heard, conflicts always arise. Young Chicano men would be harassed, beaten, and disrespected during the 40's in Los Angeles.  

Zoot suits were worn to express the rebellious side of the young chicano men during the 40's. Started by African Americans in the Jazz culture, the zoot suits were suits that consisted of a lot of fabric due the suits being oversized, wide legged, with an oversized draped coat to go along with it. During the time of the war, this fashion was found very disrespectful and unpatriotic for the amount of fabric it contained. Among, with others viewing their fashion as unpatriotic, police brutality towards the Chicanos in Los Angeles was gruesome. Police harassed and arrested many because of their race, and monitored predominantly Chicano areas. Media portrayed Chicanos at this time to be only gang affiliated and dangerous, leaving the world to have this fake idea of them. However, this was just the beginning, over 200 marines and sailors went to East Los Angeles, and whenever they spotted a young ethnic chicano in a zoot suit, they would strip them down from their clothing, and burn it. On June 8th, it was said that sailors and marines were not allowed in the city of Los Angeles to harm anymore Chicanos. Regardless, hundreds were victimized, because they found their voice through fashion, and for once did not feel submerged to a Caucasian society. 

Street Style isn't Coming out of the Streets Anymore
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When "street style" or "street fashion" comes up in a conversation, I tend to think of urban and hip hop fashion or big designer who tend to mimic take the street style and interpret a fancy version of street style and then making their "street style" more mainstream and more into the fashion culture.  

However, street fashion and trends is a big part of the youth culture and is constantly changing as the youth and what they like is a constant shift in time. 

As I started researching more about what is street style (when I mean researching, it's wikipedia giving me a jumpstart), street style is definitely way more than, urban, hip hop, and designer style and more to street style, than I thought. There is Hippy, teddy boy, punk fashion, skinheads, gothic fashion, preppy, trendies, rasta, greaser, urban, feminine, kawaii, and then subcultures and trends that is constantly shifting and changing as years and trends go by and come back.  

For example, grunge fashion is a subculture of punk fashion that developed and was popular during the early 1990s during a time where the US was going through financial struggle and when alternative rock was a growing music style and people began to be minimalistic in fashion. Common pieces of clothing were plaid shirts, combat boots, and not a well groomed look. Some of this style came back in the early 2010 known as soft or pastel grunge , a style people are wearing. You can often see this style as a internet phenomenon originating   tumblr as a hashtag. It's all over tumblr and you can also see many Youtubers and gurus showing off the style trend. Since internet has become a serious influence in youth culture many style trends that would often be categories as a rare and street style are quickly becoming mainstream trends and so the rarity and style is short lived. However more trends and subcultures are emerging because of internet and social media.

A really artsy and eye captivating picture with the right hashtags can make it as the next big trend that our internet culture eats up. Thus is why I say "street style" isn't coming out of the streets anymore.
Music Video Premiere Featuring The Uhuruverse+Niko Suki+Dove A. Watch Now!
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Here's the collaboration we've been raving about, BASIC A$$ FAKE WHITE BYTCH by music artists The Uhuruverse, Niko Suki, and Dove A. It's a multi-media masterpiece that serves us the Black Lives Matter message with our Starbucks coffee, which we can't help but spit out in laughter in its wake. Wipe off your screen and turn up the volume.

There's a lot of things to poke fun at when it comes to American culture, but one of our fatal flaws is the way that we idolize the stars, superimposing Reality TV over reality with acrobatic intensity. Think of this video as an interpretive dance on this topic. No one can bring the truth better than #SnatchPower sage The Uhuruverse, working it out in a pointy bra by L.O. Class Art.

You may not consider yourself to be "into" politics, but don't forget that fashion is a political statement too. Sometimes we love it, and sometimes we just rolls our eyes. Onelle Woods of Niko Suki rolls his eyes at Republican bigots in a faux fur number by Tiffany Maxwell.

Radical self-love is the perfect breeding ground for a cheeky punk rock rager. Part spoken word, part rap chant, BASIC A$$ FAKE WHITE BYCTH will have you calling bullshit on yourself mid twerk.

Because racism and cultural appropriation are not first world problems, but it's kind of hard to see your Chihuahua, TV shows, and mocha lattes as a distraction from these topics until someone makes a joke about it.

And it actually makes you laugh.

Artists: The Uhuruverse×Niko Suki ×Dovelie A.

Produced by: Onelle Woods
Editing by: Onelle & Sasha Gransjean

Art By: LadyLike Collective

Cinematography by: Sasha Gransjean

Jajaka Ivan Gunawan

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While waiting for the next upcoming designer at LA Fashion Week, I was getting smiles from a woman who was garnished with exotic fabrics from head to toe. Staring at her outfit that looked so regal, I felt as if I was in a presence of royalty.  Among her were a couple of ladies dressed similarly, but with different patterns. I built up the courage to say hi in awe of how these women in their middle ages slayed everyone by wearing a elegant outfit called a Kebaya from their home country, Indonesia. They then expressed that they came to Los Angeles to see Jajaka by fashion designer Ivan Gunawan. Ivan Gunawan is famous in Indonesia for his elaborate collections that provide a youth look while giving back to Indonesia roots by adding a tribal feel to his outfits.  The garments like the elegant women who were excited to see Ivan, resembled a lot of a  Kebaya - a traditional outfit in Indonesia. Gunawan expressed his new collection by adding a more tribal feel by marking his models with a face paint similar that the tribe of the Dani in Indonesia do to themselves with the circular dots. Among other tribal features such as piercings, and circular earrings that each model wore. Their hair was elaborately decorated with colorful tassel-like fabric that attracted your eye as each model would have a different hair arrangement from another. In the background of the show, vintage pictures of Indonesia tribes played, that made you feel so connected to Indonesia's roots, and Ivan Gunawan's passion and love he has for his country, fashion, and his roots. 

Downtown LA flocks to Sav Noir rooftop runway show
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After a week or so of being surrounded by glitzy red carpet cocktail dresses, Kardashian wannabes, and boring business suits, it was a breath of fresh air (literally and figuratively) being on top of that roof top overlooking the DTLA skyline amongst the city’s truly most fashionable and stylish.

The attendees to the Sav Noir show were a spectacle of themselves. Each having a unique style from glam rock star to millennial avant casual looks. As it was a Sav Noir show everyone paid homage to the designer in studded, painted, or deconstructed leather clad looks. We were all the props that added to the Sav Noir atmosphere as well as being the spectators of his cool underworld. 

This show rejuvenated my love not for fashion perse but for street fashion. The attendees showed off their own distinct aesthetic that was effortless and intentional all at once and just plain….cool-as cliche as that sounds. It was inspiring and revived the excitement I used to get off from observing candid stylish strangers before “STREET FASHION” was taken over by the internet and watered down. Everyone fed off each other energies and I’m sure made notes of good outfit ideas for future reference. 

All in all a great show, great turn out, and definitely made some mental notes of how to wear a leather jacket.

Maka Buadze, founder of Natty Walk

Sarah Temperelli, founder of Maneater_ & Andre Emery, designer of Andre Emery

Quin, musician Quin Quin

Landra Dulin, talent manager at LAFW

Viktoria Modesta pop singer of the future
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Viktoria Modesta, famous amputee singer from Russia attending the Bezgraniz Couture show. She was wearing a futuristic white dress but the real star of her outfit was of her course her chrome sculptured prosthetic leg and her amazing shoes.

Luxe in the Matrix

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Alexander Paige Mr_90210 . The model and stylish person looked like a luxe lady from the future and decided to pop back in time inside the matrix for a fun night at LAFW. Point of fashion: Chanel brooch, gold chrome choker.

My Experience at Rooftop Fashion Show by Sav Noir
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When walking up to the rooftop, I thought I wasn't going to be dressed up enough or maybe even under-dressed for the Sav Noir's  fashion show, by LA based-fashion designer Edwin Hayes. But once i got to the rooftop all I can see were leather jackets and black outfits. It was almost like everyone got the memo to dress the part. Because of that it made the atmosphere at the rooftop even more unique and captivating. Not only did it seem like the people participated to see Sav Noir's work but everyone dressed very edgy but you can easily tell each individual's definition of edgy and dark was portrayed in how they dress. There was one guy I sat across from who was wearing a black suit and a cool dapper hat that made him appear to look pretty classy and put together but then you'd notice his hands and neck revealing his tattoos that change the appearance of the outfit from a normal black suit and tie with a little bit of rebellion. Then there were some people that were dressed more with classic rock look with de-shuffled t-shirts and moto jackets sometimes customize designed standing around almost like posing around knowing that at some point people will take their pictures. 

While watching the fashion show, I noticed that majority of the male models were wearing black lipsticks which I thought was very interesting and there were different types of models walking the runway. Each had on very unique and 80s goth punk style look to and adding on to the wow factor the designer added some metallic pieces as well which definitely stood out to me and refocus my attention to the show. Even the models walk were different from the first show held during LAFW. Some walked faster than others. Some walked slower which gave viewers and myself more time to look at the designs and patterns .

After the show thought to myself I could have gone more casual than I thought. Thinking because I am a reporter. I should somewhat dress the part as one but at the same time I didn't want to stick out like a sore thumb. So I dressed in the middle not too casual for the show but somewhat professional enough be there.

Learn more about, Sav Noir and his work through his website,