This past weekend two brands I’m affiliated with, House of Ra’oof & Kamouflage Concept store, participated in the Charlie Mack celebrity weekend fashion showcase. The event was hosted by the lovely Lisa Raye, who also exhibited her collection along with other up and coming Philadelphia designers. Charlie Mack has been hosting this celebrity weekend since 1990 solely as a celebrity basketball game but now it has evolved into a charitable benefit to raise awareness and money for organizations that seek to stop violence.
The weekend includes a party for peace, movie screening & a fashion show. This was the first time in a long time I was able to actually watch the fashion event. I must say that everyone put on a great performance. Check out the video of the House of Ra’oof segment; in my opinion they saved the best performance for last! – KRT
Water bottles & water ice was all I could think about during this 90 degrees day I picked to attend the Brooklyn flea. It was my first time but I have been hearing about it for awhile now so I was excited to see what the hype was about. Because of how humid it was I could feel the energy was low but I still enjoyed myself more then usual because I came with Erik Honesty of Cultured Couture Vintage & Ali of AnobleSavage. Being with the two of them gave me more insight on different things to look for that I might have overlooked. Check out some of the pics from my Day at the Brooklyn Flea market.-KRT
Nail art, a lot of polish, and paintbrushes done by NailTite of Philadelphia was vending for the first time.
If I had room I would have taken one of these back home with me.
Some vintage pieces I thought were very intriguing
Right after the BK Flea we went pass to holla at our good friends over at the BKCircus.
What do you look for when you go to Flea Markets?
“I believe Philly has been a ghost writer for culture in America”
Everyone takes pride in the city where they are from. So it was a must that I give my take on this article GQ wrote pertaining to the 40 Worst-Dress Cities in America. First and foremost I totally disagree with Philly as well as other cities even being considered amongst the worst dressed cities in America. Although Philadelphia may get complacent in popular trends they still have the ability to introduce cutting edge style. Philadelphia has even been considered the “Swagger Capitol”. I honestly think that GQ isn’t in touch with style and culture in most cities judging by this elitist list & lack of journalism. There isn’t enough press or street style photography in Philadelphia, due to the lack of a fashion network to capture the true street culture.
The comment about Michael Vicks Jersey’s and Cheese steak stains is an insult and proves ones lack of exposure to our world. Every celebrity from Philadelphia has shown style and originality and unlike most this was embedded from their upbringing and not hand delivered by a stylist. Philadelphia is not a little brother to New York nor the 6th borough, but rather Philadelphia has been able to inspire other cities as well as reinterpret what has been inspired to us. I believe Philly has been a ghost writer for culture in America, but because of our lack of press and tech saavy we do not get the recognition we deserve.
According to Wikipedia, ”a fashion city should be an object of inspiration for the professionals that live there and posses an active, vivid, strong and unique sub-culture that inspires not only fashion professionals but also the people in the city, turning the street style and street culture into an essential characteristic”. Based on the developments of fashion and street culture, Philly has been a major influence in the Tri-state area which is a major influence to the rest of the world. Philadelphia clearly fits in the definition of a fashion city. From Ye ole revolutionary times to present, from vintage Americana to contemporary, from tailored suits to street wear it it this mix of fashion, business, entertainment, culture, and leisure that positions Philly as an attractive and internationally recognized fashion center with a distinct and strong swag. -KRT
Stylish Men I captured on the Streets of Philadelphia:
More Perspectives on Philly being worst dressed:
Check me out on GQ during fashion week here
What are your thoughts on Philly style and us being considered worst-dressed?
From the hours of 8-6 July 17 through July 19 exhibitors such as Tawfeeq Gaines of TSR for Rheyn Clothing patiently waited for buyers to partake in their showcasing of contemporary brands in a Soho gallery. Infused with a bloggers lounge, curated by Mr. Connect-the-Dot himself Marcus Troy, which featured blogs such as The Denim Guy, Denim Therapy, William Yan, Selectisim, The Madbury Club, Por Homme and Avederoutfit. Project had everything from a Ping Pong table, miles of free magazines, a free photography installation called Splashlight & if you forgot to get a haircut ProjectNYC had you covered by inviting The Blind Barber.
This time around was a little different than earlier this year (Kings Conquer Tradeshow). I wasn’t able to visit the other trade shows BlueENK & Capsule so it gave me a more personal experience observing
“The Last Man Standing”
When I first met the owner of Young Couture magazine Amurri Lauren I didn’t know what to expect. One thing I did know is that she had done her research on me and as we began to pick each other’s brains I was very intrigued by her vision for her new online magazine.
The idea she used to describe my shoot were “Last Man Standing”. The idea is that in a men’s fashion world that is one dimensional, I am the last stylish man standing. I was extremely flattered by the depiction and it was an honor to work with such a talented crew including photographers Misha V. & Chris Ackrivo.
Check out more photos and what I wore on the “Last Man Standing” shoot and watch the video “Fancy” featuring myself, Saleem from Cherry Pie and Rodney ONeal McKnight. K.R.T.
King’s Wardobe Desription:
- Pink caradigan by Moods of Norway
- Floral pattern button up by Moods of Norway
- Vintage tie from House of Ra’oof
- Plaid duffle by Fred Perry
- Plaid pants by BDG
- Floral embordior leather sneakers by Paul Smith
A King’s wardrobe description:
- Fedora from House of Ra’oof
- Vintage Vest from House of Ra’oof
- Blazer by Levi’s
- Watch by Nelson
- Pants by Club Monaco
- Wingtip shoes by Alfred Sargent
King’s Wardrobe description:
- Glasses by Cazel
- Denim fidel hat by Diesel
- Lumberjack Shirt by Pendleton
- Jeans by Rugby by Ralph Lauren
- Boots by John Varvatos
Changemakers and myself are bringing you our 7th annual Bar-Be-Que tomorrow Sunday July 10th. This is our Appreciation cookout for all of our proud supporters and it’s where we can all get together and share good food, good music and good laughs. This year’s bar-be-que is hosted by the lovely ladies of Cupcake Society. We will have the music by DJ Ricochet, many different vendors, water ice and free food.
Come out and have a great time! K.R.T.
July 10th, 1pm-8pm
Blue Bell Park- Walnut Lane and Johnson
Philadelphia, PA 19131
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“Photo: Chill rocking a kamouflage concept store Zebra shirt for his cover art for his remix to Frank Ocean’s Novacane”
Its hard for me to stay in the loop with so many new artists appearing on the scene. If it wasn’t for blogs like Babylon Cartel, Anmlhse or Hip Hop Since 1987 I would’nt know about a lot of these new discoveries. I’ve been impressed with a lot of up and coming talent but one in particular is West Philadelphia emcee Chill Moody. I appreciate his music because he shows great eloquence, originality & rhyme ability whether it be at one his many shows in the tri-state area or rhyming on his mixtapes.
I was very impressed when he rapped over a mix of Nas instrumentals on his CHILLMatic video. He freestyled without using profanity and was able to change his flow with every beat change. Chill is destined for mass appeal due to his thought provoking content and smooth delivery. You can hear him now on Philadelphia’s 100.3 The Beat radio station with his remix to Frank Ocean’s Novacane and his new song “My Eyes” ft Cody Kahmar. Be on the look out for this king. – K.R.T.
DOWNLOAD HERE! Chill Moody Remix to Frank Ocean’s Novacane
Check out more Chill Moody on ChillMoody.com
Chill Moody x Dj Ambush CHILLMatic
I styled Chill for a summer concert series called “The Movement” for power 99 Radio station.
Chill Moody x Cody Kahmar- My Eyes” Video DIrected by Gianni Lee
In celebration of the second annual The Philadelphia Collection- which is a 10-day citywide series of fashion and style events that will take place in September – a contest asking local fashion and graphic designers to create a design for a men’s and a women’s T-shirt, using The Philadelphia Collection logo has been kicked off. The winning design will be featured and sold at various retailers in Philadelphia such as (like South Moon Under, Knit Wit, Kimberly Boutique and more!). The only thing is the contest ends July 8, 2011.
The design contest marks the first of many events that The Philadelphia Collection 2011 will showcase in its mission to engage members of Philadelphia’s diverse fashion and style community. The winner will receive (in addition to bragging rights) brand/name exposure on the hangtag, exposure in select retail shops throughout the city, six complimentary t-shirts of their design, tickets to an event for The Philadelphia Collection 2011, and $150.
Nigel Richards of The 611 Lifestyle will produce the shirts locally in Philadelphia after the winner is selected on July 19th. The shirts will be sold for $30 at select retailers beginning September 1, 2011.
For Additional information on The Philadelphia Collection 2011 visit ThePhiladelphiaCollection.org for updates.
The good folks over at Babyloncartel have released their summer 2011 men’s & women’s tanktops. Available in four colors they have also released a video lookbook to debut their new products. The lookbook is styled by Babylonacartel’s own Aaron Ramey. Check out the video below.