Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET

Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET.

Hello everyone out there , as always it’s good to see you. I AM JMADDD STYLES , & you are currently reading my latest blog post. Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET , for this installment of Fashion between the panels, I am once again taking you on a journey between the panels of yet another film classic ( BEAT STREET ) , and pulling out the fashion to show you just how the looks from this film of yesterday, can still be fashionable and relevant today. This film was ground breaking when it hit theaters on ( June 8 , 1984 ) , because it was among the first films to bring the culture of Hip Hop , to the big screen for the masses to see and appreciate. But along with bringing you the culture of Hip Hop , it gave you a broader view of what is encompassed in the culture of Hip Hop. Meaning the importance of the DJ , the then fascination with the art of street dancing aka ( Breakin ) or Break Dancing. But the hidden gem in the film was the unique fashion and style that was associated with being an MC , DJ , or a kid that had killer Street dance moves. It was the beginning of true Street Style or what is now called Streetwear. A form of fashion that would later take the fashion industry by storm and eventually become a major financial stake in the fashion game. Once Streetwear and Street Style , caught the eye of the masses their was no slowing down , it would only get bigger , just as big if not bigger than the other components of this thing this phenomenon that we call Hip Hop . That is the backdrop of this new blog/vlog , going between the panels of this movie and bringing back the Street Style of then , and showing you how that same look translates to now. But I can show you better than I can tell you , so below, take a look at my latest fashionable production , Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET.

All looks in this video have been styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

So there you have it a blog / vlog 36 yrs. in the making , and we have just reached the end of it. I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post , just as much as I enjoyed presenting it to you. I also hope that this has been instrumental In inspiring you to enhance your own personal Street Style. You can shop the looks in the video above at , , , and . I AM JMADDD STYLES , and this has been Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET. That’s it for now , so until the next time…IM GONE…!!!

Be sure to meet me back here for my next upcoming blog post.

Fashion between the panels: Krush Groove

Fashion between the panels: Krush Groove

Hello everyone out there as always it’s good to see you . I AM JMADDD STYLES , and I would like to welcome you to my latest blog post. Fashion between the panels : Krush Groove, for this latest installment of this ongoing blog series, im taking you back in time to 1985 to a groundbreaking film in Hiphop history to show you how the fashion that you saw on screen back then would currently translate into looks for right now. If you have never seen this film and you call yourself a fan of The Culture of Hiphop, then you are doing yourself a great disservice. So after reading this be sure to make it a priority to see this film. So right now im going to take the main characters from the film and break down how their fashionable Influence from then still could work today right now at this very minute. So with that said, let’s get this fashionable party started with……

Sheila E :

At This time period it was one thing to have a film that brought all your favorite Hiphop stars to the big screen, but it was a whole other level for an R&B star to be in the movie with them. That R&B star was the one and only Sheila E. whom back then was apart of the Prince movement and known for her cutting edge style already.

From The hair to the clothes, this look that you are seeing on her in the above pictures, translated as just plain cool with a touch of sexy on the screen, but how would this look translate to right now ?

To style this look for a modern feel , you have to go head to toe leather , the jacket that Sheila E. is wearing gives you a Moto-style kind of vibe , so that’s where the look would start, from there if you look at her pants they are 2 toned, so to capture that I went with a color blocked pair of leather pants accessorized the look with leather gloves and finished the look off with color blocked boots and multi layer pearl necklace to capture and finish her exact look .

Then there was this look from her hit single in the movie Holly Rock. This is a look that could, easily translate from then to now ,

The look was already cutting edge , but to make more for now , didn’t take much. Changed the blouse out for a more dramatic style , and add the suede ankle boot finish the look with a sequin half glove instead of the one long glove , which would have been still cool to go with. Perfectly capturing a more modern version of Sheila E ‘s look.

Kurtis Blow :

At This time in Hiphop, Kurtis Blow was known as The King of Rap. He was the show stopper and the showman. Whenever you saw Kurtis Blow he was dressed 80’s fresh. He was wearing the suits , and the best leather fashions as you can see in the pic above.

A good leather look never goes out of style , that’s why taking Kurtis Blow’s look from 80’s fresh to new era fly won’t be difficult at all , it just takes the right eye and good fashionable vision.

The look that I wanted to style and reinvent is his classic look from the movie seen above. I did 3 variations of the same look using two different T-shirts and the top hat is optional, creating a truly modernized version of Kurtis Blow’s Krush Groove look.

The Fat Boys :

In this movie , The Fat Boys or The Disco Three were kind of the comic relief of the film , although all the hits that they had over the years were no kind of joke. There style in the film was not well defined

other than the fact that it was cool and trendy for the time , but if you take a really good look , the trendiness of then still works now

notice the Dapper Dan looks right here , and unless you just plain live under a non fashionable rock , you know that Dapper Dan is back bigger and better than ever.

with an all new Gucci collection and collaboration, with a look that picks back up right where it left off years ago like it never left. More bold and flashier than ever and definitely more expensive than ever , but hey it’s Gucci.


Talking about a group that truly defined a look when it comes to Hiphop, they were a group with a lot of fashion firsts they basically defined an era

almost pretty much monopolized an entire style from the signature leather suits , to the sweat suits , all the way to being the first to make you notice what a fedora was .

Not To mention the jewelry, they were the absolute first to ware the big gold chains or truck jewelry, the group was both music and style icons. But their most defining look was the Adidas sweatsuit and shell toe sneakers with the classic fedora.

A Look that is still relevant today and dosen’t require any real modernization or tweaking, it’s still just as cool now as it was then , of course the hat is optional. But you cannot see this look and not be reminded of RUN DMC.


Now LL didn’t have a huge role in this film , but the few minutes that he was in the movie , created a lasting memory in Hiphop history. That would be because it was the first time you could put a face to the then 16 yr old rapper that already had a hit on the radio called I need a beat.

Even though he was so young then , he still defined a signature style , that style being the Kangol bucket hat with the jeans and the Polo style shirt. Seems simple enough but the look became synonymous with LL COOL J.

This look also stood the test of time and still holds strong for today , of course back then more than likely he was wearing an IZOD LACOSTE, which is still hot till this day with it’s signature alligator logo. When I recreated and restyled the look , I preferred to use the Ralph Lauren Polo shirt with the Ralph Lauren jeans and jacket. Finishing the look with a classic pair of Nike Air Max and of course the hat is optional.

Russell Simmons:

An interesting fact about this film is that Russell Simmons or then Russell Rush was the only character in the film that was not played by himself or the actual person. Even his then partner in starting Def Jam , Rick Reuben also pictured above , still played himself. Instead at the time it was Blaire Underwood that portrayed the role of The godfather of Hiphop, the one and only Russell Simmons. The look that you see him wearing above would kind of become a signature look for Russell Simmons in years to come , although the look pictured is very 80’s , it could be slightly changed and restyled to fit one of Russell Simon’s signature looks.

Giving you the suit and tennis shoes combination, the key to this look is having the right suit and the right sneaker that will pair together. In this case the corduroy suit is the perfect fit for a casual sneaker , and for an authentic 80’s feel throw in the knit tie.

It was never really said why Russell Simmons didn’t portray himself in the film but for a long time until you got a look at the actual person, the name Russell Rush almost seemed synonymous with Blaire Underwood’s face.

Well their it is , we have once again come to the end of yet another blog post, I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you again for my next upcoming one. I AM JMADDD STYLES and this has been Fashion between the panels : KRUSH GROOVE. That’s it for now, so until the next time IM GONE…!!!

The influence of HipHop on Fashion

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Hello out there as always it’s good to see you . Incase you didn’t know I AM JMADDD STYLES , and as always I would like to take this time to welcome you to my latest blog post , The Influence of HipHop on Fashion.
Over the years we have seen the influence of HipHop continue to grow more and more . But if your really paying attention then you have seen what an impact it has had on the world of fashion . Starting as early as the Run Dmc years .



Where their influence was so heavy when it came to their street style , finding innovative ways to wear brands like Adidas causing the brand to have almost no choice but take notice and offer them a deal to collaborate and work them on a major league fashionable level. Now before I move on from this era of HipHop’s influence on fashion , I have to give an honorable mention to the one and only Kurtis Blow .



Although Kurtis Blow never was endorsement deal influential , his highend street style was unmatched at the time as you can see from the timeless leather look that I recreated from his album cover. From there lets move into the next era of HipHop being an influence on fashion , the late 80’s early 90’s .



During this time period we see the intro of a more casually cool style that is smoothed all the way out , causing fashion to take notice of artist like Big Daddy Kane giving you a more dressed up high end feel . You also begin to see HipHOP’s influence on Fashion start to appear in add campaigns with the emergence of young black designers using artist to model their wears . Taking fashion and hiphop to another level .



See what I mean , sliding now into the mid 90’s , when Karl Kani began to use 2Pac in the adds for his fairley new label , we saw 2Pac become a fashion influencer . Right along with other HipHop artist , thanks to brands like Karl Kani causing the world of fashion to take notice.



Lets take a quick trip out to the west coast , where hiphop was influencing fashion in a slightly different way. N.W.A had the streets wanting to wear all black , Chuck Tailors, Raiders jackets , black wind breakers and LA KINGS hats . Creating a look and movement unique to the west coast.

Ok so lets jump back on the PJ and take a trip back to the eastcoast , to take a look at a group who’s style was what I call the blue print for the Fugees. The group im talking about is none other than……

They had a very unique kind of hiphop grunge look that brought a different kind of flava to hiphop , that still translates well today , the only difference being the fit of clothes. Next up lets take a look at the ladies of hiphop and see how they have been a major influence on fashion.

The ladies of hiphop from the late 80’s to the mid 90’s had a major influence in the world of fashion, from Salt N Peppa taking the phrase fly girl and fly style to a whole other level bringing glamour and sex appeal to the game creating iconic images

To artist like Lil Kim , and Foxy Brown taking it to the next level of bringing awareness of highend brands to the masses and causing designer brands to take notice of them.

Up to who probably was amongst the first of the ladies of hiphop to run her own fashion label for a reasonably successful run , the artist being EVE ,the fashion label being Fetish.

Before we leave the ladies of hiphop segment of this blog post , lets stop and take a quick look at a few of the new school ladies of and see how they are also major influencers in fashion starting with

Although Remy Ma technically isn’t new , she has made a major impact and return to the game , becoming a major fashion influence with a new more fashion forward and sexier more confident style.

You couldn’t miss her this year , her fashionable influence was seen at the front row of many New York Fashion week presentations this season and she collaborated with Steve Madden on a limited edition shoe collection.

Nicki Minaj, has been making her presence felt in fashion for some time now , she too also introduced a limited edition capsule collection of her own in collaboration with H&M this season as well.

Iggy Azalea , also came in the game being a major fashion influence, a designer favorite on red carpets and fashion week , and much like Cardi B also did a collaboration for a limited edition Steve Madden shoe collection. Next up The HipHop Mogul , before I end this blog , no discussion of The Influence of Hip-Hop on Fashion, would be complete without highlighting the powerhouses, the moguls of hiphop. Starting with Sean Diddy Combs,

In addition to everything else on Sean Combs’s resume style icon is mos def on the the top of the list , from the way he engineered the look and image of many of your favorite artist to probably the most successful run street lux clothing label to be seen in awhile (Sean John) . Then there was Jay Z,

Much like Sean Combs , Jay Z is a major fashion influence , from a successful run with Roca Wear , to appearing on a variety of red carpets. He has the ability to start trends from lyrics in his music or mentioning what he’s going to wear or feels like wearing (I FEEL LIKE I MIGHT BRING BACK VERSACE SHADES.)

Nas is the low key HipHop Mogul , his influence on fashion has always been there from leading the trend on leather fashion , to being a brand ambassador for Fila , to just plain stepping up his fashion game more and more with each passing year that he’s been apart of hiphop.

Rick Ross is the newer of the HIPHOP Moguls in the game with major league fashionable influence, before loosing weight I often referred to Rosey as big man fly . His influence can be seen through his music and the artist that he signs to his label.

Well there it is , we have reached the end of another blog post. Although it’s a really long one , thanks for reaching the end. Thats it for now , so until the next time I AM JMADDD STYLES, this has been HipHop’s Influence of Hip-Hop on Fashion. So until the next time IM GONE !