Today makes day 7 of COVID-19 isolation for me and I’ve received a handful of promo emails from clothing stores. But something interesting I noticed about these emails is they are heavily promoting loungewear; gotta love a good marketing plan! Usually, my choice of loungewear is an oversized tee and some biker shorts but since most of us will be working from home or have chosen to practice good social distancing, I feel it’s important to spruce up the loungewear. I’m a certifiable homebody but for those that like to go out and dress up, a sense of anxiety may come up during this time so why not quarantine fashionably?
Last month I received a pair of Chucks with a very special meaning behind them. A fellow Dominican creative, Ray Polanco Jr., customized a pair of the classic Converse and dubbed them “Puro Platano.” The sneakers were in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and were created as an ode to the Dominican Flag and a staple food, platanos. If you’re not familiar with what a platano is, it’s one of our most popular food items; we smash them to make mangu, we fry them to make tostones, we pretty much do anything and everything to them to enjoy with either Induveca salami, eggs, avocado etc. It’s only right that the “Puro Platano” chucks are an all over green with gold detailing on the eyelets and Converse branding. Red, white and blue details on the sole are the colors of our flag and lastly, my favorite part of the sneakers, is the camo brown design on the inside which represents the variety of skin complexions within our culture.
All that being said, my friend Maria and I, decided to go to the heart of Dominican culture here in NYC to showcase the beauty of the sneakers. We took a stroll in the Heights, took some pictures, talked about how amazing the local avocados looked and ended our day with some sancocho at Casa del Mofongo. Check out the pics below!
This past week was New York Fashion Week and I had the amazing opportunity to attend a couple of shows. The first show was VFILES: Be Heard. Make Noise powered by adidas Originals. It was a huge party, filled with poppin music, dope dancers, live performances and live photoshoot onstage. Besides the issue of the insane entrance to the show, the show was all about urban fashion.
The next show I attended was on the other side of the fashion spectrum, SEL ARLENE. The designer Sel, is a young woman who has a knack for all things sexy yet chic. Every piece that went down the runway, I would say “I need that in my closet.” Check out my latest video here to get the visuals to both shows!