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theGrio Style Guide: Reflecting on hip hop’s 50th, London Fashion Week, and a vice presidential redesign

by The Grio

Since the emergence of hip hop a half-century ago, the genre’s widespread influence can be tracked throughout culture in almost every arena, including music, language (remember when “bling” was officially added to the dictionary?), and style — and now, even health.  

To commemorate the genre’s 50th anniversary, Men’s Health magazine has released a comprehensive digital first deep-dive into its legacy. The special issue tracks how hip hop has shaped men’s perceptions of health through the decades across a few key areas, including addiction, sex, gun violence, aging and more. 

Pioneers of the genre, including Doug E. Fresh, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Freeway, and more are featured in interviews, while older stories, like Diddy’s run in the New York City marathon are revisited. 

It’s an informative, creative look at hip hop, demonstrating just one of the many ways the genre has left its mark on culture. In this week’s Style Guide, we also look at hip hop’s impact on style through a new commemorative book by Timberland and a Women’s Wear Daily profile on street style pioneer Karl Kani. We also see Shonda Rhimes becoming the face of St. John’s newest campaign, journey overseas for London Fashion Week, highlight Sephora’s collaborative event with AFROPUNK, and more.

Timberland debuts the ‘Hip Hop Royalty Boot’

Timberland Hip hop turns 50 Black fashion theGrio.com

This year, Timberland and hip hop are celebrating 50 years in the game. So it should come as no surprise that the legacy footwear brand released the ‘Hip Hop Royalty Boot,’ a remix of its classic work boot. Designed by Chris Dixon, senior footwear designer of advanced concepts and energy at Timberland, the boot includes details intended to reflect the four elements of hip hop: MCing, DJing, break dance, and graffiti. The purple suede and gold accents mirror royalty and power. The green label on the tongue reading “Sedgwick Ave.” is an ode to the New…

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