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Where would the fashion world be without the influence of charismatic and flamboyant rock star Gwen Stefani?

This California bred superstar was introduced to the world in 1992 after she, and her fellow No Doubt bandmates, debuted their first album, No Doubt. From then on No Doubt would produce lots of 90’s hit singles such as Just A Girl, Don’t Speak, and Bath Water. The singles, Hey Baby and Underneath It All from their album, Rock Steady, each scored the group a Grammy.

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In 2004, Stefani ventured out on her own releasing her first solo album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby.  This album would produce megahits like Hollaback Girl and Rich Girl featuring Eve. Along with the new album, Gwen also debuted a new look. Her “Harajuku” styled Japanese attire created a sensation, as young girls across America mimicked her every look. Thankfully, in 2004, Stefani decided to debut her fashion line LAMB. Stefani wore many of the looks on her tour as well at various events which garnered the line lots of attention.

Gwen Stefani fashion crush

Though it’s been a while since Stefani first donned those Harajuku skirts, she still delights the world with her unique, yet glamorous style. Nowadays, you can find the mother of three all over the world of media from acting as one of the judges on The Voice to becoming the brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris.

Gwen Stefani fashion crush

Gwen Stefani proved that she could still churn out the hits when she released her third solo album, This is What the Truth Feels Like in 2016. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and produced such hits as Make Me Like You and Used to Love You. In 2018, Stefani scored yet another career high when she started her 25 date residency at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas. This will rightfully place her among the impressive roster of women, such as Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez, who have graced the city with their presence and amazing talent.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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#FashionCrush-Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell)

Like a true fashion icon, Pharrell’s style influence can be identified by even the most fashion clueless person. Having revolutionized skateboard fashion in the early 2000’s with his clothing line, Billionaire Boys Club, and his shoe line, Ice Cream it wasn’t long before the powers that be led him to the front rows of every major fashion sho

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Pharrell fashion crush

For as long as I can remember, Pharrell Williams has always been one of the more fashion forward guys in the music industry.

In the early 2000’s, it was hard to find a song on the radio that wasn’t produced or sung by Williams and his power group The Neptunes. Having started it with childhood friend Chad Hugo, The Neptunes were responsible for some of our favorite hits such as Britney Spears’ I’m a Slave for You and Nelly’s Hot in Herre.  After all of that major success, Pharrell along with Chad Hugo and another friend of theirs, Shay Haley,  decided to release their debut album under the group name N.E.R.D.

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As the years went on, Williams became a major force on his own. His addition to the Despicable Me soundtracks would prove to be legendary as it found an unexpected hit in the song Happy. This along with Blurred Lines for Robin Thicke and Get Lucky for Daft Punk solidified his place among the greats in the music industry. Around this time we also began to see his influences in fashion. After debuting that infamous Vivienne Westwood hat, it would, for a time, become his signature piece.

Pharrell fashion crush

Like a true fashion icon, Pharrell’s style influence can be identified by even the most fashion clueless person. Having revolutionized skateboard fashion in the early 2000’s with his clothing line, Billionaire Boys Club, and his shoe line, Ice Cream it wasn’t long before the powers that be led him to the front rows of every major fashion show.

Pharrell fashion crush

These days, William’s is hotter than ever. Having become a fashion muse to Karl Lagerfeld, Pharrell has gone down in fashion history as being the first and only man to star in a Chanel handbag campaign. In November of 2017, Williams even collaborated with Chanel and Adidas for a line of sneakers called Pharrell x Chanel x Adidas Hu NMD.  Not too shabby for a guy from Virginia Beach.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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#FashionCrush- Jimi Hendrix

It would be hard for me to try and describe my personal style without mentioning Jimi Hendrix.

The megastar, who ruled the late 1960’s, marched to the beat of his own drum and would become one of the most recognizable public figures the world over.  Hailing from Seattle, the future rock star seemingly always had the musical bug dancing around in his head. After years of using a broom as a pretend guitar, Hendrix purchased his first one at the age of 15 for a hefty $5.  Soon after he formed his first band called the Velvetones, it became apparent that no one be able to hear him over large crowds.  After constant urging, Hendrix’ father purchased his first electric guitar, thus creating a legend in the making

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Jimi Hendrix fashion crush

It would be hard for me to try and describe my personal style without mentioning Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix fashion crush

The megastar, who ruled the late 1960’s, marched to the beat of his own drum and would become one of the most recognizable public figures the world over.  Hailing from Seattle, the future rock star seemingly always had the musical bug dancing around in his head. After years of using a broom as a pretend guitar, Hendrix purchased his first one at the age of 15 for a hefty $5.  Soon after he formed his first band called the Velvetones, it became apparent that no one be able to hear him over large crowds.  After constant urging, Hendrix’ father purchased his first electric guitar, thus creating a legend in the making.

Jimi Hendrix fashion crush

By the late 1960’s, Jimi Hendrix had become world famous thanks in large parts to his onstage antics, such as burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival.  The image of him kneeling at his burning guitar would become one of the most famous and referenced images across the globe. During this time, Hendrix’ style became just as famous as the musician himself.  So much so that it seemed to be a major influence on pop culture. Most people’s typical idea of male fashion in the 1960’s would probably resemble a look or two from Hendrix. His 1969 look from his performance at Woodstock now hangs in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Jimi Hendrix fashion crush

Nowadays you can spot Jimi Hendrix’ influence everywhere.  Stars like Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd and Wiz Khalifa all seem to have taken a liking to the “Hendrix” way of looking and dressing. It is also true that many of the kids today have adopted his style and don’t even realize it. I’m just grateful to be at an age where I can not only rock his style, but also be able to appreciate where it came from.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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Lyrik London’s (@LyrikLondon) Treasure– “Pink Trash Apparel!”

When dancer/ director, Lyrik London puts his mind to something, you can guarantee his creativity will always shine through.

On the horizon is his new venture, putting out his innovative line of apparel called Pink Trash. The collection, is a natural progression of London’s endless imagination.  His interest in storytelling and expressing himself creatively is most likely what has helped him find success in the different avenues he’s forged in his career.  It goes without saying that the entertainment industry is filled with ups, downs, and constant scrutiny.  These pressures lead Lyrik to publicly reveal his bout with mental illness as a result. Considering the fact that mental illness, especially in the African American community, is still a taboo subject, it’s refreshing to see a young talent channeling something perceived as negative into something amazing.

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When dancer/ director, Lyrik London puts his mind to something, you can guarantee his creativity will always shine through.

Lyrik London Pink Trash

On the horizon is his new venture, putting out his innovative line of apparel called Pink Trash. The collection, is a natural progression of London’s endless imagination.  His interest in storytelling and expressing himself creatively is most likely what has helped him find success in the different avenues he’s forged in his career.  It goes without saying that the entertainment industry is filled with ups, downs, and constant scrutiny.  These pressures lead Lyrik to publicly reveal his bout with mental illness as a result. Considering the fact that mental illness, especially in the African American community, is still a taboo subject, it’s refreshing to see a young talent channeling something perceived as negative into something amazing.

Lyrik London Pink Trash

When asked if the illness was vital or a hindrance, London confessed that his main challenge is figuring out how to maintain his business while dealing with it. If anything the illness has allowed him to work in a more organized manner rather than being overloaded with work. The collection, for now, mainly focuses on the apparel side. A series of t-shirts, bags and jackets all emblazoned with the collection’s logo.  The best pieces, however, could be his more customized looks. Fringe jackets and short shorts with the words “Add Water” are clever winks which will surely catch the eye of fashion’s boldest players.

Lyrik London Pink TrashLyrik London Pink Trash

As a person, Lyrik has all of the makings of a mogul in the making. His eye for business and creativity all while managing a mental illness is an inspiration to any and everyone affected by the same thing. As humble as he is attractive, Lyrik admitted that a year from now his main goal for Pink Trash is to have a bigger following.  By taking his time and allowing his knowledge to grow, the future will be all too bright for this young talent.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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