The Philosophy And History Behind Streetwear Clothing

Streetwear is a loose term to describe a fashion movement that arose from the bottom-up, as opposed to a bottom-down fashion where corporation specifically, research and invest in a line of clothes. Weary of the marketing excess of clothing giants such as Gap, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Old Navy; a youth culture bore a new do-it-yourself fashion that incorporated the cap, the t-shirt and vintage style sneakers into a new brand of clothing. This ‘new brand’ should not be mistaken for the hip-hop culture fashion, because although they exploit baggy clothing and caps, they generally stay away from displays of grandeur, jewelry and the behavior that comes with it. A more similar comparison would benefit when comparing street wear clothing to skater-wear, where brands like Vans, Dickies and Emerica dominate the scene.

Popular items that have arisen from the street wear clothing style are printed t-shirts that contain abstract or very expressionistic images on any part of the t-shirt. They are usually asymmetric, making a sharp contrast to the more tamed t-shirts that are mass produced by clothing giants such as Tommy Hilfiger. Another addition to popular t-shirt designed contributed by the street-wear culture are clever reinterpretations and mash up of old and iconic figures. Popular characters include Rocky, from Rocky and Bullwinkle, Marylyn Monroe and the boom box. Text and phrases also dominate the scene. Phrases are usually mashed up with images or other designs. The more witty and coy the comment, the more popular and lasting the t-shirt becomes.

The color palette for street wear culture varies, but the some of the most colors to combine are black, purple, red and brown. Bold colors are preferable to calm and subtle colors. It can interpreted that it is through colors and color combination that street wear clothing call for attention and make their mark in fashion territory.

The sneaker and snug cap are trademark street wear accessories for the street wear culture. Among the most popular sneakers are Nike, Adidas, and Vans. The more eccentric the color combination on these sneakers, the better they are preferred. Popular colors include neon green, bright red, yellow, orange and sky blue. These colors are used interchangeably with the basic black and white. Street wear caps are borrowed from skater caps and they are composed of faint colors like beige, tan grey.

Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man – A Philosophy of History and Civilisational Triumph

In order to understand this book you have to look beyond its title “Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man: A Philosophy of History and Civilisational Triumph”. Otherwise you may feel it is too complicated to read and you will miss the best benefits of all that this author Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan provides you in knowing in the end all is good, if you have the faith to believe. Of course all can be explained by science, with the background of this author he would have to preclude some of his thoughts through science, but if you throw in philosophy then it gets interesting because you can forecast different results. Man must not live beyond his means in the end.

This is a long time lesson that people have been trying to teach for years. You cannot take it with you and in the end the less you have in material items, the more you understand of the human spirit, the better fulfilled you will be as a human being and you will find the meaning of life through human touch and life. In the end there will be different cultures living together as there is today sharing most of the basic values and with each one keeping their own dignity. Through the sixteen chapters there are three areas or parts addressed and they are life, security and future. The reference material helps the reader with the glossary, the diagrams, and summary tables.

The one thing that stood out to me is the increase of awareness of our emotions that enhances our behavior making our relationships healthier and more fulfilling. In fact, we are creating our own history. You must read this book with an open mind and be able to explore and listen to others perceptions. The knowledge of being able to see all options presented in front of you and then moving forward will allow you to grow as an individual. It may take you some time to get through this book but read it with an open mind and you will find that you will enjoy this book.