Styling Japanese fashion brands: Pt 2: NEEDLES.

Hello everyone out there, as always it’s good to see you. For those that are not to familiar, I AM JMADDD STYLES and I’m back with another one. You have just joined me in time for the second installment of my Styling Japanese Fashion Brands series. Keep in mind that this is a four part series, if you have not had the opportunity to take a look at part one , by all means do so. The brand that I’m highlighting and styling for part two of this series is NEEDLES, by designer Keizer Shimizu.Whom is also the founder of Nepenthes , which is a clothing store as well as a Japanese distribution co. that carries rare yet in demand fashion brands in addition to NEEDLES. Just to give a bit of an overview of the brand , it was founded in 1997, based on being inspired by an article of clothing being worn by jazz great Miles Davis in the 60’s. The brand has collaborated with various other brands and celebs as well , such as it’s collabo with ASAP ROCKY, on a line of streetwear track suits , that often sell out quickly the moment that they are reintroduced to the market. In today’s vlog/blog , I show you how some of those various collaborations look in addition to the track suits, I show you the Dr. Martin’s and how to style them with different looks from the NEEDLES collection. But like I always say , I can show you better than I can tell you, so here is a look at my latest fashionable production.

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

As always, hopefully this video and blog has inspired you to enhance your own personal wardrobe and style. After watching the video , if you are still not sure how to do so, that’s what people like me are for. Contact me and we can talk about it, (johncm43@verizon.net) or (johncm43@gmail.com). To shop the looks in this video log onto www.farfetch.com , www.nepenthesny.com , www.mrporter.com .

Well there it is, it looks like we have just reached the end of yet another blog post, I hope that you have enjoyed reading it , just as much as I have enjoyed presenting it to you. I AM JMADDD STYLES , and this has been Styling Japanese Fashion Brands: Pt2:NEEDLES.That’s it for now , so until the next time…IM GONE…!!!.

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Dressing Up your Spring Style: Pt3: Pharrell, Triple Black collection.

Dressing up your Spring Style:Pt3:PHARRELL,Triple Black Collection.

Hello everyone out there, as always it’s good to see you. Before getting started today, I would like to take this time out to welcome you to my website and my latest blog post. This is Dressing up your Spring Style: Pt3:PHARRELL, Triple Black Collection. This is the third installment in my Dressing up your Spring Style series, but this time I’m not really dressing up your style , instead I’m keeping your style a little more dressed down this time but still on trend and very much in fashion. After all one of the key elements of having great style or even enhancing your style is versatility or the ability to be versatile in your style, and that means being able to dress down, but keep it on point and stylish. So today I’m showing you how to do this with a little bit of athleisure, and who better to show that with other than Adidas , whom has been behind some of the most successful athleisure collaborations within the last two years or so. Be it IVY PARK , YEEZY , or STELLA McCARTNEY. Well today I’m talking their collaborative effort with PHARRELL and his latest collection to drop in his Human Race line of clothing with Adidas , known as The Triple Black Collection. But as always I can show you better than tell you, even though I could also tell you, so here is my latest fashionable production…

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

So The Triple Black Collection from Adidas & PHARRELL , what do you think? As always,I LET YOU TELL IT, however to shop the looks in the video and pics above log onto www.adidas.com . This collection drops just in time for spring , even though I know black isn’t the first color pallet that comes to mind when it comes to spring. The key thing to remember is not the fact that the collection is black but the fact that black is a neutral color and can be coordinated with any color that would be considered to be springy. It’s all in what you do with the clothing, however if you are not sure how to make this happen, that’s what someone like myself is for, feel free to contact me and we can talk about it, if you are in need of my services, ( johncm43@verizon.net) or (johncm43@gmail.com).

Well there it is , just like that we have just reached the end of yet another blog blog post. I hope you have enjoyed reading and viewing it as much as I enjoyed presenting it to you. I AM JMADDD STYLES and this has been Dressing up your Spring Style:Pt3:PHARRELL, Triple Black Collection. That’s it for now, so until the next time…IM GONE..!!!.

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Allow me to reintroduce myself…

Allow me to reintroduce myself…

Hello everyone out there, as always it’s good to see you. This is a reintroduction to myself and what I do from a fashionable standpoint. If you are familiar with this blog , then you know after every few posts, I do a reintroduction so to speak , for all my new readers to this site and new subscribers to my YouTube Channel.

I AM JMADDD STYLES , and I’m a Fashion Stylist , Image Consultant, Personal Fashion Shopper, Fashion Author (The JMADDD BOOK OF STYLES) and Fashion/Style Blogger. If you are in need of my services, contact me and we can talk about it, ( johncm43@verizon.net ) or (johncm43@gmail.com). If this is your first time logging onto this site , then I hope to see you back here again for my next upcoming blog post. While you are here take a scroll through and have a look at all my latest fashionable content. With that said , that’s it for now , so until the next time…IM GONE…!!!

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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 , www.mrporter.com , www.farfetch.com , www.shopstyle.com and www.puma.com . 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…!!!

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Fashion between the panels: Boomerang

Fashion between the panels : Boomerang

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

Hello everyone out there, as always it’s good to see you. I AM JMADDD STYLES , and I would like to welcome you to another installment of Fashion between the panels. Fashion between the panels: BOOMERANG , to be exact. This time I will be taking you between the panels of yet another movie classic ( BOOMERANG ) and breaking down the fashion to come up with new inspired looks , based around and inspired by the looks in the movie. Showing you the timelessness of good fashion and how fashionably relevant this classic piece of cinema really is. I’m going to take a look at five of the major characters in the film , ( Jackie / Robin Givens ), ( Marcus Graham/ Eddie Murphy) , ( Christie / Lela Rochon ) , ( Angela / Halle Berry ) ,( Mr Jackson /John Witherspoon) , and ( Strange’/ Grace Jones ). Each of these characters were very much fashionably noteworthy in their own way in the movie. With that said let’s get started.

Christie / Lela Rochon.

Let’s start right here with Christie/ Lela Rochon , when you looked at her character, you got a vibe of pure sexy but effortless, basically she had great date night style. With the halter neck body-con dress that she wore in this scene. This look is very much timeless as in it could still be worn today. But let’s take a look at how this look would translate today to really make it on trend for right now.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

To translate this look for today , I kept the basic color of the dress being purple , with a slight pink hew. But I changed the details. The first option being a little closer to the look that was actually worn in the movie. A more sexy cocktail halter neck dress , but I added a long gold chain, a floral summer bag , a bangle bracelet with multi colored stones to highlight the dress color and the look is finished with a perfect opened toe sandal in a contrasting pink with hints of purple. The second look is also a halter neck dress , but a little more on the elegant side as the length is longer. I kept most of the accessories the same , but changed the shoes to a more elegant gold sandal to better suit the dress.

Christie/ Lela Rochon.
Jackie/ Robin Givens & Marcus Graham / Eddie Murphy.

Throughout this blog post , we are going to come back to Jackie and Marcus a few times , here I’m going to start breaking down their looks. Now keep in mind that this movie came out in the 90’s but once again the looks still translate well today.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

This is truly a timeless look , navy blue suit with a grey mock neck , this look can go a long way. To translate this look better for now , I gave you more of a tailored suit look , as the suit being worn in this scene is a little more on the unconstructed side , as a lot of clothing in the 90’s was. To complete the look I went with a blue cap-toe shoe and a matching belt. The look easily goes from the boardroom to a night out.

This look being worn by Jackie / Robin Givens , like most of the looks that she wore in the movie or all the looks she wore in the movie are truly timeless. She for the most part wore classic women’s suits , that took on the appearance of the ever on trend Channel suit. But let’s see how this look would translate today.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

Now for this look I made a few changes but still managed to keep the timelessness of the original look. I kept the look in green , but did not go with a check pattern. Instead I went with a solid patternless look. That almost has the same feel as the original. also instead of a overtly sexy shoe, I went with a more subdued pump in a neutral color and a contrasting brown cross body bag.

Jackie/ Robin Givens.
Jackie/ Robin Givens & Marcus Graham / Eddie Murphy.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
Marcus Graham / Eddie Murphy.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

The looks being captured above that are being worn by Eddie Murphy & Robin Givens, are evening wear looks. Once again when it came to the fashion that Jackie / Robin wore throughout this movie was truly timeless, it doesn’t take much tweaking, just small changes to give the looks a more fresher appeal. In this case , she’s wearing a black evening gown , that was done in a more velvety material with just a few accompanying jewelry pieces. I took this look and put it in more of a silk blend evening gown , changed up the shoes to a strappy evening sandal and kept the look of the pearl bracelet and necklace that always looks classy with a black evening wear look. Now to look at the evening wear look that Marcus / Eddie is wearing, of course being that it’s menswear from another era, that was fitted like it’s from another era , I gave you the more tailored tux with the more wide peek lapel in satin. The idea of the look is classic but not the styling or the fit. I also gave the look a shoe change and kept the bow tie in gold.

Grace Jones / Strange’
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Grace Jones / Strange’

We couldn’t leave this classic scene of this movie without, styling a more updated version of the Strange’/ Grace Jones look. If you take a good look at this outfit , it’s to far off by today’s standards. The tights , or hot pants of yesterday are still fashion forward today just a slightly different cut. But I changed the waistcoat to a more straight styled vest of mid thigh length instead of the fishnet looking one she wore in the movie giving the look a little more of a regal appearance. I kept the black and red ankle boot but switched up the style of the boot for update purposes. I also added a gold choker to complement the cut away sleeve top , slightly changing the whole look.

Marcus Graham/ Eddie Murphy
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
Marcus Graham / Eddie Murphy .
Marcus Graham/ Eddie Murphy.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

Taking it back to Marcus Graham/ Eddie Murphy, The two looks that you are seeing above are not actually different looks. The top look is heading into the office with an overcoat, the second look is what is being worn under the overcoat once in the office. For the top look , I added a more trendy black jean. To play off the black overcoat, kept the paisley scarf slight color change , added a designer belt and a dress boot that could go a long way. The second look is the full office business casual look without the coat. The full look definitely required updating. Changed the lapeless blazer to a different version almost the same jacket with a smaller more sleeker lapel , to modernize the look , but still kept it classic with the turtleneck.

Angela / Halle Berry.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

Interesting observation about this movie , Halle Berry is easily one of the best looking women in Hollywood. But in this movie they down played her character up against Robin Givens character, making Jackie come across twice as sexy , while Angela came across more cute , fashionably speaking until the end. If you never noticed , you will see what I mean. Angela’s style in the movie was not as classic and timeless as Jackie’s, so a lot of her looks were truly 90’s. So to capture her looks , I made a few modifications. Starting with this look. I went with a classic button down dress shirt in black with a more traditional collar. For the pants , I went with a more tailored fit dress pant to play up against the shirt, and for authenticity I still added in a Kufi ( hat ) that can be pulled off if that’s the style you project. Also for authenticity added a necklace almost identical to the one Jackie had on in the original look.

Marcus Graham/Eddie Murphy & Angela / Halle Berry.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

This look on Angela could have very well been a sexy look , but it was still down played coming across as cute. But when I decided to make the look over , I went with a more sexy appeal. The dress is still made of the same type material, but it’s a little longer and a bit more form fitted. The jacket I added gives you the feel of a cropped blazer instead of looking as lounge like. Then to really add more sex appeal to the look I added in a high healed open toe sandal , to add more to the dress and jacket , then finished off the look with a noticeable yet not overwhelming bracelet.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
Marcus Graham/ Eddie Murphy & Angela/ Halle Berry.

The Marcus Graham look for this scene could have almost been classified as a new age 90’s leisure suit , I often debated was it a one piece, sweater pants combo done like a lounge jumpsuit. Either way you look at it , the look had to be changed. I still went with a pull over sweater, but opted for the zipper collar instead of the one button on the inside of the sweater. Then went with a casual black denim styled chino in black , a loafer for true Marcus Graham style , then a designer silver chain with onyx piece for a good jewelry accent and finished the look with a designer belt. Although changed still capturing the Marcus Graham look.

John Witherspoon / Mr. Jackson
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
John Witherspoon/ Mr. Jackson.

I could not leave this classic scene in the movie without showing you that I knew how to capture the look of Mr. you have to coordinate, an authentic 60’s / 70’s leisure suit look. The interesting part about capturing this look , you have vintage clothing wearers that search high and low for a leisure suit such as this one with the fly collar shirt and vintage dress boots. Giving you a touch of what is known as Geezer Style.

Jackie / Robin Givens.
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Jackie / Robin Givens

I know that I have already said this but , every look that Jackie wore translates almost seamlessly from then to now. The major changes that I made to this look , really were not major. The cut of the jacket for this suit is slightly different as it has a zipper closure instead of a double breasted button front. Also added a cream or egg shell colored hand bag with contrasting pump in the same color way. This look just screams Jackie . Wouldn’t you say ? As always I LET YOU TELL IT.

Angela / Halle Berry.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
Angela / Halle Berry.

A little earlier I made reference to the fact that throughout this movie , Angela had a more cute style as opposed to Jackie being more fashionably bold and sexy. But by the end of the film this would change and the Angela character would become more like Jackie fashionably speaking. The look here all business, from the Black dress to the gold heels , then finished off with a gold necklace to fill the open space at the cleavage line of the dress and finished off with a subtle gold earring. Taking Angela’s style to a whole different fashionable Plato , or level. Well there it is , just like that , we have reached the end of yet another blog post. I hope you have enjoyed reading it, just as much as I enjoyed presenting it. I AM JMADDD STYLES , and this has been Fashion between the panels : BOOMERANG. That’s it for now, so until the next time…IM GONE…!!!..

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