When you think of cannabis-inspired fashion, what comes to mind? Once, images of tie-dyed t-shirts with Cheech and Chong’s face emblazoned across the front would come to mind. Hats with silly slogans and cheap plastic pot leaf necklaces have unfortunately been all that the culture has taken away from the concept of using cannabis, not only perpetuating social stigmas but leaving us with some really poor fashion choices.
Thankfully as minds across the world become more open to cannabis as a regular part of life, fashion designers have taken note. Rather than revamping the aforementioned shirts and making them slightly less tacky, notable names have integrated pot leaf patterns and unique accessories into their lineups to make a bold yet tasteful statement about weed.
Alexander Wang dedicated his entire Fall 2016 collection to the cannabis plant, being one of the first designers to give a high fashion twist to the so-called “stoner fashion”. Margot Robbie’s feature on Saturday Night Live exposed millions of viewers to one such Alexander Wang dress that screamed cannabis.
Instances of weed peeking through into the clothing world have been seen prior to Wang’s adoption of the pot leaf, but they have been far and few between. Those who wanted to communicate a more subtle message may have opted for a pair of Strathcona Stockings that incorporated various recognizable prints into knee-highs since 2011, and jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche has been making pot leaf necklaces, earrings, and clutches almost as far back as her inception in 2007.
When you really start looking for it, cannabis references have been in many places within the high fashion industry, with some being far more subtle than others. Celebrities have adopted this attitude in full force, with the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky all wearing their weed garb at one time or another.
Cannabis-Inspired Fashion Means More Than a Leaf
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The ways in which cannabis-inspired fashion can be integrated into luxury garments are more numerous than one may think. While coughing up several thousand dollars for a dress with a bold pot leaf print may not be up your alley, you can still enjoy the benefits of this new relationship. Rather than focusing on a visual representation of cannabis, other clothing brands are turning their attention to the raw material itself.
Ozma of California uses hemp to create comfortable and eco-friendly garments that are intended to transition from a beach vacation to a swanky city dinner in one day, offering baggy silhouettes in gender-neutral colors. Canadian designer Laura Siegel uses hemp as one of several materials to create her blended fabrics, offering clothing that tends to echo her philanthropic efforts.
Until recently, only the bold were opting to use hemp in their designs as the plant still lives in the murky waters of irregular legalization. However, with the promise of the 2018 Farm Bill and the hope that hemp will be treated as an agricultural commodity, the idea that hemp will become a mainstay in today’s high fashion circles is a real possibility. At this point, only those with the dollars and the guts are the ones who have taken advantage of this ability to express their love for weed directly on their chest, but as cannabis becomes more and more decriminalized, there’s no question that a wider range of fashion options will be readily available.
East Meets West
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Cannabis-inspired fashion has taken on a global approach that may not be recognizable at first glance but is slowly working toward changing attitudes of individuals everywhere. South Korean born Dae Lim works with sister, Cindy, to develop Sundae School that makes clothing intended to elevate the smoking experience. While the duo does offer modern clothing including t-shirts and hoodies, their main staples include renditions on classic cultural fashion.
Overcoats are designed for an elegant smoke session and traditional unisex garments feature hidden pockets to keep your materials. The latest pieces in their collection will be sold at Barneys, but not everyone is such a fan of their bold sense of style. Cannabis still comes with a strong stigma in South Korea, and it’s not farfetched to say that older generations don’t approve much of Lim’s fashion taste.
Ultimately as the entire world continues to shift their attitudes toward weed, there’s no telling what kind of cannabis-inspired fashion will hit the runways and the clothing racks. One can’t help but wonder just how influential cannabis fashion may be on the rest of the world. Imagine if the right person were to wear the right item at a specific event; would cultural attitudes shift in any noticeable way? The best we can do is keep wearing our weed attire and hope that others will follow suit.
10 Best Dressed from the 2022 BAFTAs
The BAFTAs returned to London’s Royal Albert Hall on 13 March, attracting a slew of major stars ranging from Hollywood actresses to British supermodels — and there was no shortage of drama when it came to the coveted best-dressed category.
Daisy Edgar-Jones’ fringed, sparkly Gucci number caught our eye, while Lady Gaga oozed elegance in a green satin fishtail dress by Ralph Lauren, Naomi Campbell’s sleek black velvet Burberry gown was perhaps our favorite we’ve ever seen her in, and Lady Gaga’s green satin fishtail dress by Ralph Lauren oozed elegance.
Peep the 10 best looks in this video from Harper’s Bazaar.
Visionary Designer Virgil Abloh Dies Aged 41
Virgil Abloh, the visionary founder and CEO of Off-White and menswear designer for Louis Vuitton, died Sunday of cancer, according to a post from his verified Instagram account.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues. For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture. Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered,” the Instagram caption read. “Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, “Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,” believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations.”
In a statement, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy CEO Bernard Arnault said, “We are all shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer and a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow and we are all thinking of his loved ones on the passing of their husband, father, brother, son and friend.”
The 2021 Met Gala Red Carpet: Weird, Wonderful & Political
The Met Gala Red Carpet was rolled out on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a year off due to Covid-19. There were multiple show-stopping outfits from Lil Nas X while Kim Kardashian and her estranged husband Kanye West turned heads by dressing entirely in black, even their faces.
Amid the glamour, some guests highlighted social issues. The Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had ‘tax the rich’ written in red across the back of her white gown and the sports star Megan Rapinoe carried a clutch bag with the words ‘in gay we trust’.