VIBE TV: Pusha T Speaks on BAPE's Impact On Streetwear

VIBE's Mikey Fresh interviewed Pusha T at BAPE NY's 10 Year Anniversary Party

Japanese lifestyle brand A Bathing Ape or simply BAPE -- for short -- conquered hip-hop fashion in the early 2000s. Artists like Pharrell and Clipse were some of the first major artists to champion the brand in the U.S. Although, Pusha T definitely wanted to give credit to the Beastie Boys as the very first rappers to rock BAPE in the States.

"To me, it's very personal. You have to think about it, man," Pusha tells VIBE at BAPE NY's 10 year anniversary party. "I just started getting boxes of clothes at my house in 2002 because Nigo was a fan of a record called "Grindin." Some kids he didn't know from Virgina making 100% dopeboy music -- he just liked it. I didn't know him. He didn't know me."

Pusha says BAPE founder Nigo reached out to Jacob The Jeweler to get connected with the VA duo. Jacob, who already had a relationship with Pharrell made sure they got connected fast. It wasn't long before Pusha and his brother Malice were draped in the foreign gear.

"They introduced me to Japanese culture," says Pusha. "I didn't know anything about this. There's not too many people that I feel indebted to for something."

He credits the brand for giving him the motivation and inspiration to start his own clothing line, Play Cloths. Along with his older brother, P's own fashion house launched in 2008 and has remained as a successful name in the streetwear world.

"I look at BAPE as a family. They've been so influential in streetwear culture. I'm talking about my Play Cloths line to Billionaire Boys Club -- the only reason I probably did a streetwear line was because of BAPE."

Stay tuned for more from Pusha's interview with VIBE.com

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Update: Baby Phat Relaunches With Nostalgic Collection At Forever 21

Update 12:00 am ET (June 13, 2019) – The wait is over! After teasing the return of the iconic streetwear brand earlier this week, Baby Phat relaunched Thursday (June 13) with a new and nostalgic collection at Forever 21.

Kimora Lee Simmons and her daughters, Ming and Aoki Lee Simmons, unveiled visuals from the collection via social media. The line features mini skirts, leopard print biker shorts, graphic tees, and more.

“Baby Phat, from its birth to what we’re doing right now, has really been a celebration of innovative women who pushed the world forward to embrace the urban lifestyle when many in the business and in society at large, did not have that vision or foresight,” Kimora said in the press release according to Bustle. “This was a movement. People forget that. It’s incredibly rewarding work with Forever 21 to bring forward these new collections and this message now more than ever.”

 

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It seems as though Kimora Lee Simmons’ iconic fashion line Baby Phat is coming back sooner than expected. Forever 21 reportedly teased on their social media pages that they will carry the brand upon its likely return to stores this Thursday (Jun. 13).

“[Two] more days ‘til the cat is back,” the tweet read. The video featured is of a pink, bejeweled pager, with the letters “KLS” appearing on the screen. While the cryptic tweet hasn’t been followed up by the clothing store nor by Simmons herself, fans are already making their assumptions (and getting their wallets ready).

Back in May, an Instagram page for Baby Phat announced that it would be returning in the summer, and the announcement saw over 7,000 likes.

“I’ll be relaunching that and rolling that out this year,” she told Bloomberg back in March. “For many people who know me, they remember that it’s always been a family journey for me.” She also announced that her daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, will reportedly help her run the revamped company.

what's the buzz about tho ✌️more days until the cat is back stay tuned for 6/13~ ✨ pic.twitter.com/ngjSyxYS3m

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Rihanna Casts 67-Year-Old Model JoAni Johnson In Fenty Campaign

Rihanna has an eye for great talent. The budding fashion and beauty mogul who previewed her Fenty luxury clothing line with LVMH in Paris last week cast a 67-year-old model that has been taking the industry by storm.

JoAni Johnson, a stunning grey-haired Harlem native standing at just 5 feet 4 inches tall, has worked with the likes of Oswald Boateng, Pyer Moss, and CDLM clothing among others. Johnson’s career is only a few years old but she has already been featured in Vogue, Allure, and Essence magazines to name a few, and made her New York Fashion Week debut last year.

 

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Her modeling career took flight thanks to a viral video about aging gracefully and being comfortable with her silver locks. Johnson hit her first runway at age 65, according to Elle magazine.

It may look like she was destined to be in front of the camera, and although she was always interested in fashions, Johnson didn’t break into modeling until she was a semi-retired. In college, Johnson first majored in art and biology before becoming a math major. After graduation, she moved to France to study nursing but later relocated back to New York where she worked for a denim company.  In addition to taking time off to become a stay at home mom, Johnson has worked as a receptionist, a showroom runner, and opened a tea blending business. She considers modeling to be a hobby, according to an interview with Refinery 29 this past February.

In 2016, Johnson and her late husband were walking through Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood when a photographer asked to take her photo. Johnson didn’t want to do it at first, but her husband encouraged her to let the woman snap the photo, and the rest is history.

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A few weeks later, Johnson was contacted by a casting agent who asked if she wanted to be in a video about people with grey hair. The job turned out to be for Allure magazine.

After her husband died suddenly last November, Johnson became more focused on fashion. “I tell people all the time: I do this because he loved me doing it. I know that he would have wanted me to continue,” she told Refinery 29.

See more photos of Johnson below.

 

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Serena Williams Teams Up With Virgil Abloh For Statement-Making French Open Outfit

Serena Williams continues to defy the rules in the best way possible. Last year, she wore a black catsuit during her appearance at the French Open, which the tennis tournament’s President Bernard Guidicelli took issue with.

For her 2019 appearance, Williams teamed up with Virgil Abloh and Nike’s Off-White for a statement-making two-piece set. The black-and-white number featured a cape which featured the French words for “mother.” “champion,” “queen,” and “Goddess.”

“It’s the second time [Abloh and I] worked together,” Williams told Tennis Channel. “And it has words on it in French. It talks about me being a mom and me being a queen, as all women are. A champion. It’s positive reinforcement for me, and I kind of love that.”

Last year’s catsuit was specially made with compression elements for the legendary tennis star in order to prevent blood clots. She dealt with the scary health concern after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, in 2017.

“[Catsuits] will no longer be accepted,” Giudicelli said in response to the outfit ban. “One must respect the game and the place."

Mom. Queen. [email protected] pulls through the first round of #RG19, but will be taking a deep breath before her next match. pic.twitter.com/OUF2iOvfbw

— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 27, 2019

 

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