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From Stoner to Sartorial: The Rise of High End Cannabis-Inspired Fashion

As minds across the world become more open to weed, fashion designers have taken note and cannabis-inspired fashion has gone mainstream.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Vans to Reissue Limited Edition “Fast Times” Iconic Checkerboard Slip-On

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Vans’ Classic Slip-On debuted in 1977, with the Checkerboard Slip-On being introduced in the early eighties after the Van Doren’s noticed kids drawing checks all over their shoes. Shortly thereafter, the Checkerboard Slip-On became a global icon for the spirit of the Vans brand thanks to its inclusion in the cult classic film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. For the first time since the film’s premiere, Vans will reissue a limited-edition Fast Times Slip-On through its Anaheim Factory Collection, celebrating the shoe’s transcendence to popular culture and its all-time classic styling.

The Checkerboard Slip-On’s film appearance cemented Vans’ place as a staple of Southern California style. In celebration of the film’s release, Steve Van Doren, son of Vans’ founder, made a limited run of Fast Times Checkerboard Slip-On’s to giveaway at the Hollywood premiere. The limited nature of the Fast Times design has become one of the most covetable archived styles of the Vans Checkerboard Slip-On. Vans brings back the silhouette in its original design and construction method within the Anaheim Factory Collection.

The Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On 98 DX uses 10 oz. heavyweight Checkerboard canvas uppers and a higher foxing stripe. Like each shoe in the initial promotional run released in 1982, the new Fast Times Checkerboard Slip-On is characterized by a wraparound Fast Times print along the foxing of the vulcanized waffle sole. The shoe has been modernized for today with a Vans UltraCushℱ footbed for ultimate comfort.

You’ll have to act fast; the Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-Ons will be available for a limited time online and in select Vans dealers this March.

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What the Big Winners Wore to the 2020 Academy Awards

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After a notably predictable awards season, the 2020 Academy Awards delivered some unexpected twists and turns, with international talent taking home some big wins at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

The two stars most hotly tipped to win the best actor categories this year, RenĂ©e Zellweger for “Judy” and Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker,” did indeed take home their coveted prizes.

South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama “Parasite,” is the first foreign language to take the top prize and also the first South Korean film. It also took best director, best original screenplay and best international film. Previously, only 11 non-English language films have ever been nominated in the category.

New Zealand’s Taika Waititi has made history as the first Maori person to win an Oscar, taking home the gold statue for best adapted screenplay for his World War II “anti-hate” satire “Jojo Rabbit” — which he wrote, directed and starred in.

Joaquin Phoenix continued his stand against fast fashion by re-wearing the Stella McCartney suit he’s been wearing all season long.

“This man is a winner
 wearing custom Stella because he chooses to make choices for the future of the planet. He has also chosen to wear this same Tux for the entire award season to reduce waste. I am proud to join forces with you,” tweeted Stella McCartney in praise of the actor’s stand.

Read on to see what the big six winners wore to the 2020 Academy Awards, as well as for the full list of winners.

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix in Stella McCartney, “Joker”

Best Actress

RenĂ©e Zellweger in Armani PrivĂ©, “Judy”

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt in David Yurman jewelry, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern in Armani, “Marriage Story”

Best Director

Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”

Best Adapted Screenplay

Taika Waititi, in Dior Men and David Yurman jewelry, “Jojo Rabbit”

Best Animated Feature

Toy Story 4

Best Animated Short

Hair Love

Best Original Screenplay

Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay

Jojo Rabbit

Best Live-Action Short

The Neighbours’ Window

Best Animated Short

Hair Love

Best Production Design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Costume Design

Little Women

Best Documentary

American Factory

Best Documentary Short

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Best Original Score

Joker

Best Original Song

I’m Gonna Love Me Again

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Tom Ford, Jeremy Scott, Tommy Hilfiger Missing from NYFW

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New York Fashion Week kicks off this week, but this year there are some notable names missing from the schedule after several top designers decided to show in other locations. Tom Ford, Jeremy Scott, Tommy Hilfiger and up-and-coming labels Pyer Moss and Telfar have all decided to skip New York.

By far the biggest blow is Tom Ford, who has opted instead to show in Los Angeles, citing the Academy Awards event date move as a factor in his decision.

“The decision to show in February in Los Angeles feels very natural to me,” Ford to Women’s Wear Daily. “It is my home and has a strong impact on the way that I live and work within both the fashion and film worlds,” Ford said. “This year, the New York Fashion Week calendar exactly overlaps Oscar weekend, and the last time that happened I showed in L.A. and it worked quite well. There is an excitement in L.A. on that particular weekend and the relationship between film and fashion is a strong one.”

Ford took the helm at the Council of Fashion Designers of America back in June. He says that in his role as chairman, “my main intent and priority is to globalize and bring attention to American fashion. There is truly no bigger or more prominent stage in the world at any given time than Los Angeles during the Academy Awards.”

Jeremy Scott, a longstanding crowd-pleaser, is also skipping New York in favor of Paris, the city that launched his career. In a statement, his label said “Jeremy Scott will no longer be showing his fall-winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week. In a move to pay homage to the city that launched his design career, Jeremy Scott will show his upcoming collection in Paris in July.”

Tommy Hilfiger has announced that it will present its Spring 2020 collection at London Fashion Week this year. The PVH-owned fashion brand will present both its Spring 2020 co-ed Hilfiger collection, as well as its upcoming Tommy x Lewis collaboration created with Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.

New York Fashion Week events begin on Thursday, with the official launch on Friday.

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