Chioma's Stylee Fridays

The first in our style editor Chioma Nnadi's weekly tip sheet from the fashion front lines:


I hopped downtown this week to meet Hood by Air designers Raul and Shayne who’d promised to model a few key looks from their latest collection—a prelude to the big runway extravaganza this fall. Cedric, our satellite style master, had put a word in my ear a couple of weeks ago about the line, and after doing my research (a trip to avant gardist boutique Seven) and checking out their website (blog name “Elite Urban Brigade”), I was pretty psyched for the sidewalk walk-through. HBA for Fall 07 is completely inspired by Hype Williams’ mid-’90s vision of Missy Elliot in “The Rain,” hence the puffed-out dimensions and high-shine accents that layer their clothes like oil-slick black patches of armor. The clothes are all futuristic enough without being costumey, or as Shayne put it “the pieces are crazy without being too out there.” The idea behind it all, they explained, is “to take a bird’s eye view of the hood. We see the hood from above—it’s our inspiration. American culture is built on urban culture and we’re just interested in keeping things moving forward.” Check Raul and Shayne in a few of their designs after the jump and see the whole collection at hoodbyair.com.










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Chioma's Stylee Fridays