Flagrant City Spotlight: Who is @blameforshort? What is @vcrashaad? [Fashion]

Recently a long-time friend of mine from my hometown of Buffalo, NY, Rashaad Holley, sat down with fashion blogger Moesha Reid and the student publication I used to write for in college, the UB Spectrum, sharing his thoughts, his vision, his past and his future passions for his current fashion line,  Vingt Cinq Rashaad.  Take a look & read more below!

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Rashaad Holley working on a custom design.  Photo Credit: UB Spectrum

UB alumnus Rashaad Holley discusses his inspiration for his clothing line, Vingt Cinq Rashaad.

Rashaad Holley wants the number 25 to symbolize a rebirth of black males.

Holley’s brand, Vingt Cinq, means 25 in French and represents an important age for black men in the U.S., due to inner-city violence.

“There’s a popular Kanye lyric, ‘I wasn’t supposed to make it past 25, guess what, I’m still alive’ and that stuck with me,” Holley, a Buffalo State student and UB alumnus, said. “There are no fashion designers coming from the part of Buffalo where I grew up. Me aspiring to be one is different, it’s not something that kids think about being.”

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Holley graduated from UB in 2016 with a degree in business focused in marketing. Instead of entering the workforce, he decided to pursue a second degree in apparel design within the Fashion and Textile Technology department at Buffalo State.

Holley’s goal is to “bring luxury to the urban look.” He’s taken the roughness of the eastside of Buffalo and uses it as inspiration for his clothing line. His great aunt’s death and his distance from his birth father showed him the importance of familial bonds and guided him through his work.

“People always say my garments are clean and I like that a lot because that’s not something you generally think comes out of the ghetto and that’s exactly where they’re from and where I’m from,” Holley said.

Full link on UB Spectrum: Buffalo Born Designer Stays True To His Roots

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#AroundLA: Nneka Gigi’s UNINVITED – Art Exhibition & Film Screening [APR 20]

Uninvited (2017) is a street couture inspired short visual project directed by Zachary Bxllion, Nneka Gigi and Ronnel Hudson.  On April 20th, 2017 the team will be screening the project for the first time, accompanied by Nneka Gigi’s debut collection in a gallery style exhibition!

Please don’t miss this event, we were NEVER invited.

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FREE Ticket Registration Available here: NNEKA GIGI’S UNINVITED 4/20/17

This event is sponsored in part by BuffaLowe PR and Flagrant City!

Lucid Rebellion *NEW* Snapback Spring Release – [March 20] @lucidrebellion

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From bracelets to necklaces and key chains, Lucid Rebellion has something to accessorize and stylize your everyday look. And on March 20th they’ll be adding to their already extensive collection with a new line of snapbacks! A reminder to stay fly on the back while you represent in the front, these hats are sure to make you stand out in the crowd. Make sure you cop one ASAP.

#AroundBuffaLowe: Vibrations Music Festival & Conference 2017 [JAN 12-15]

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Hey Buffalo Natives! If you’re in the area, and even if you’re not, be sure to check out the Vibrations Music Festival & Conference starting Thursday, January 12, 2017. Tickets are available for the whole weekend, but you can also purchase a single day if you can’t make all four. The lineup is lit with We the Culture’s set the second day and that’s only the beginning for what’s in store. Tickets start at $10! And I would hurry because time is almost up! Not convinced? Check out their website to see what previous festivals have looked like and some of the familiar names showing out this year!

And don’t miss Maya by Name as she debuts her NEW! EP Next Verse available on Apple Music

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This Boss Lady will have you ready to take on the world! Don’t miss her performance on January 13.  Show starts at 4pm!

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Acid Cupcakes Stars in ‘Acid Beauty’, a Short Film by Marysia Makoska [Video]

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Director Marysia Makowska redefines Effortless, Natural Beauty in her short film ‘Acid Beauty’. The film features Buffalo, NY natives Acid Cupcakes, a talented group of ladies who showcase their individual style while sharing their perspective of what it means to be in a culture obsessed with physical appearances. As they sport their own brand of clothing- shown in the video-the audience is presented with different facets of each character as they elaborate on terms others use to define Self.

Watch the video below:

Directed by Marysia Makowska 
Shot by Todd Antonio Somodevilla and produced by Kacper Sawicki and Karolina Kowalczyk from Papaya Films. 
Music composed by Scott Interrante and Michael Isabe

Models: Naomi Jones Ophelia Tiger Lily Marina Boswell Tiara Morris Kyjah Monai Katelynn Barlow
MUA: CE Eaton

Wardrobe: Acidcupcakes.com 

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IG: @simonealexis_ @erratic_ink @acidcupcakess @acidcupcakesreviews

#AroundLA @PinkDolphinco X @ye_ali presents Traphouse Jodeci Listening Party [9.30.16]

This Friday 9/30 Pink Dolphin Clothing & Ye Ali presents “Traphouse Jodeci” Listening Party 🎶🎈

Hosted by Boxx, with live painting and art by Lucy Ford located at The Pink Dolphin on Fairfax. 

 FREE COVER 💸 FREE drinks 🍹🍷🍻

Event goes from 8-10pm !