Chicago guys – It can be hard being a guy, right? You want to look good, but don’t want to try so hard. You don’t get enough attention in the fashion industry. The CFTE articles covering menswear can be few and far between. It’s ok, you’ll make it through because the CFTE is here for and you were on the CFTEs mind this week.
The hard work has been done and all you Chicago men out there just need to read and actually try something new. There are so many indie fashion labels and awesome fashion trends for you guys to try out, it is just a matter of understanding them and finding inspiration.
The CFTE has always believed that music and fashion are intertwined art forms and play off of one another. This is why this Friday’s fashion trend report is brought to you by a born and raised Chicago rapper. Be inspired, be open and for pete’s sake put the khakis back in the closet and step away from your dingy drawers.
Your inspiration is exhibit a: Chicago rapper Show You Suck. This guy is a guys guy and he ain’t afraid to make fashion his own. Whether it is altering a tee to make it sleeveless (this look is not for everyone as he puts it) or researching bad a$& indie designers to find something unique, he’s not afraid to experiment.
First – here are the CFTEs top 5 trends to try right now. Then check out the interview with Show you Suck below.
Jil Sanders Dsquared and Armani took color to a whole other level with neon jackets, tees and even suits and shorts. Seriously, guys don’t be afraid to perk up that outside of work wardrobe with color. Come on, the ladies are bored. Click here for the inspiration!
THE ALTERNA TUX
Ok, this one is a lil kooky, but it’s different, it’s new and it’s interesting. Shorts tuxedos prove that fashion rules were meant to be broken. Dare to be different. If shorts scare your bosses, then look into mixin and matching your jackets and pants. You don’t have to be so matchy matchy all the time. Here is the inspiration.
Remember back in the 90s when you were a kid and you sported those neon splatter paint tees? Yea, you know you did, don’t lie. Here’s to trends cycling. Cheers, you can rock the look in your adult life. Sometimes things in life just come around full circle, don’t they? Here’s the inspiration.
The CFTE is stuck to this trend like white on bread. What? Seriously! There’s just something about a guy in a white suit that screams pristine! Here’s the inspiration.
THE CAMP SHIRT
This just reminds the CFTE of Crocodile Dundee, but in a good way. A little safari can take a guy far in life. Experiment with the look by pairing it with fitted denim next time you go out. The ladies just might like it. Here’s the inspiration.
Now, go read more about music and fashion with Show You Suck:
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
Sure, well – I’m ShowYouSuck, but my mom calls me Clinton. I grew up up in Bellwood IL and I love non-alcoholic lemonade, been rapping for close to 10 years and I got a Chicago music award out of it and a butt load of great friends and experiences.
2. How did you break into the music industry?
I started to get pretty serious right out of highschool, signed to a Chicago based label and pretty much spent my community college years blowing off classes and recording songs. I had a lot of close calls to having big breaks and after two years the label folded and I lost two years worth of work. I started working retail and ended up working at a skate shop and saw it was great opportunity to get back into music seeing that there was really no one catering to that community. From there I got involved with an Art gallery called Artpentry and a tattoo shop – Code of Conduct and it helped me become established with people within the Chicago music scene and now Im working with quite a few people nationwide and getting quite a bit of national attention.
3. When it comes to your music style – can you describe it in a few words?
I like to take pre-existing styles of Hip Hop and put unusual subject matters to them. Im not necessarily re-inventing the wheel at this point in my career, but I would like to think that I make great music for people to drive to. I’m also loud and awesome and rad!
4. What do you think about the connection between music and fashion? Do you feel it is a sell out type branding progression to fall into the fashion field from music OR do you feel fashion and music are naturally intertwined?
This has always been a tough topic for me. I don’t want to come off sounding like a snob, but I believe there is a natural connection between music and fashion. Yet, I believe there’s a lot of unnatural artists making the two worlds come together. I have always used clothing to help express what music I was into – whether it was me wearing a band tee or certain style of jacket.
I always feel like my clothing choices for the most part are culture based. On the flip side, there are a lot of artists (specifically rappers) who are way more worried about what they are wearing than the music. They want to “try” to look different and aren’t worried about actually having music that has a different point of view. I don’t feel like it’s a sell out move to transition into fashion as long as it fits your brand, it has to make sense. Be culture first!
5. Why do you feel many rappers are so drawn to fashion and sponsorship? Is there a way a young rapper can stay true to themselves and their creative direction, but find a way to fund their path through sponsorship and connections through fashion?
Well, there’s always been a lot of emphasis on what you’re wearing in the rap world and sponsorships are rad because they get you free product and if it’s a really good sponsorship it means a lot of promotion for you on their end. I find that the only way to stay true to yourself and your brand is to only associate yourself with people and companies that fit your brand. I’ve been given clothes by companies that come nowhere close to fitting what I’m about and I just end up giving them away to someone who could care less about that. That may sound ungrateful, but the truth of the matter is that as an artist you should only connect yourself to things that reflect your message. But – first you must figure out what your message is.
6. How would you describe your personal style in 4 words?
Sleeve-less, black, thrashin, rad
7. Do you have any favorite indie menswear labels that you could share with our readers as well as 3 style tips that they should keep in mind when dressing themselves?
MishkaNYC, Flying Coffin, Rebel 8, Penfeild, PeterSaysDenim, Lions and Reyes, Jugrnaut, Saint Alfred, Marc Jacobs and the Brookfeild Zoo has awesome shirts and socks! My most basic rule when it comes to clothes is no matter how cool it is it has to fit right, the fit of what you wear Is most important to me.
A shirt is always cooler if you cut the sleeves off (this look isn’t for everyone, you must live a Sleeve-less lifestyle). Wearing clothes that have a story to them is always awesome. So, always try to know the story behind what you wear. Being able to tell someone the meaning or history behind a garment gets a lot more rad points than just saying you bought it at some random store at the mall.
8. What are your thoughts on how to make menswear different? I always hear guys complain that men’s fashion is so boring, but what can guys do to make their style – their own?
Guy’s who complain about fashion being too boring are too boring themselves. There are so many brands out there and through the internet everything is accessible. I wouldn’t change a thing about men’s fashion! There’s something for everyone. People need to learn how to find themselves and then get the clothes to match that.
9. Do you have any tips for the young guns trying to make it in this industry (on how they can better place themselves to be successful?)
I would say you have to figure out what your overall message is and find your target market. Blogs and having (good) visuals for your songs are a huge help in getting your name out I’ve come to find. Submit your music, be personable, and go to events to make friends not connections, the connections will eventually come.
10. Where can we keep up with you and learn more about you and your upcoming album?
Here’s a link to my first video “All Chill Everything” http://vimeo.com/26022305
My first album “One Man Pizza Party” http://www.mediafire.com/?r143r77r95rude2 – It’s FREE!
Im also on Facebook, just search ShowYouSuck
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