HBO has yet another show in its canon capturing the attention of legions of viewers. With the critical and public response it’s receiving, it isn’t crazy to think that it has the potential to become the next Game of Thrones or The Sopranoes. Another manifestation of the trend towards long shows with richly detailed characters and multi-episode plot lines, Westworld is the most recent show that has people gathering around the water cooler for intense discussion.
The period from November into the early part of the New Year is generally a very good time to visit your local cinema. This year is no exception, with anticipated releases from Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers. A movie garnering positive attention early in the movie season is ‘Creed’, the latest in the ‘Rocky’ boxing movie franchise (it’s currently at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes).
With ‘Straight Outta Compton’ bringing N.W.A. back to the forefront of public consciousness, we’re reminded how important clothes and apparel can be to an artist’s image. The intimidating all-black outfits of N.W.A. were a symbol of the intense dark feelings that the members portrayed in their music. Of course, their outfits would not have been complete without black baseball caps. Their caps often held the logos of sports teams like the L.A. Raiders, L.A. Kings, and Chicago White Sox, as well as their own ‘N.W.A.’ and ‘Compton’ logos. It’s a reminder that hats have always shined in the hip hop industry. The baseball caps of N.W.A., the fedoras of Run D.M.C., and the Kangols that many early rappers wore are just a few examples.
In recent years, the Kangol brand has really made an effort to increase their credibility in street fashion. With such a deep historical association with the likes of LL Cool J, Slick Rick, and Run-D.M.C., the brand has an excellent foundation upon which they can strengthen their reputation. Their work hasn’t gone unnoticed, garnering attention from major fashion publications in both digital and print format. This spring has been especially successful in terms of getting press that shows off the brand!
How could we not love an occasion like the Kentucky Derby where hats get nearly as much attention as the race itself? The party that surrounds the race itself has become legendary, with patrons dressed to the nines, drinks flowing freely, and a general air of excitement when everybody’s betting slip is still a potential winner. The festivities in Louisville attract celebrities and wealthy guests who don their most gregarious outfits, setting the fashion standard by which other patrons measure their own garb. Of course, the hat is the absolute centerpiece of the outfit when attending a Kentucky Derby party.