NYFWM: Ricardo Seco FW ’17

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MEXICAN DESIGNER RICARDO SECO PROJECTS
IMMIGRANT PRIDE ON FALL/WINTER 2017 COLLECTION –
JUNTOS/TOGETHER –DURING NYFWM OPENING NIGHT
The presentation explored the Transformative Journey of Migration and expressed
Seco’s desire to reject “those invisible walls that exclude and separate.”
More than 300 guests enjoyed the Juntos/Together collection, which according to
Seco, “is the symbology and the colors that represent Mexico and the United States,
two countries that are siblings and rivals but because of their proximity, need to
create a cooperative relationship, especially in times where certainties are
questioned.”  We love his POV.
Mexican and American models sported Seco’s vibrant and colorful garments with
printed statements like ‘Proud Immigrant’ and ‘Tear Down this Wall Make America
Great Again’.
Juntos/Together is a compilation that mixes sport, casual and garment cuts, and thus, it adapts to contemporary men and women. It consists of different textures such as leather, suede, satin, cashmere, cotton and silk. While black is obviously claimed by New York as its official sportswear color, other primary colors in the collection represent the two inspiration countries: Mexico and the United States. The collection is designed to be easy to wear and work with our existing wardrobe.
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Photos were taken by Joseph Oxley (@things.jo)

Church in China Town

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This is what we wore to church.

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  In case you didn’t know, our church has moved to Chinatown at the East Broadway stop (address below).  These are a few quick pictures after church this Sunday.  We couldn’t resist shooting. The lanterns were hung and the market back alleys were bustling with the activity merchants and shoppers alike.  Purcell Nurse (@nurse2life), the photographer,  found our impromptu shooting location hugely inspiring.  After the shoot, we had tea and sponge cake at The Swan Bakery before heading to our Queens location for evening service!

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[BRUCE] Publish Striped Sweater, URBN | Cropped Black Cargo, ZARA | Cherry Chelsea Boot, Dr. Martens

[GLEN] Graffiti Sweatshirt, Forever 21 | Silver Painted Denim, H&M Women | Mustard Hi-Top Vans, URBN

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Join us next Sunday at The Rock Church Manhattan. We are having a Soul Food Brunch Service!!

PS 2, Meyer London School, 122 Henry Street. The F train at East Broadway.

www.therockchurhces.com

WE ARE THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW

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SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW…A LOVELY BUT SAD SONG. IT IMPLIES AN UNREACHABLE SATISFACTION.  RAINBOWS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A SOURCE OF JOY PROVIDING A SPARK OF OPTIMISM AND HOPE. THEY ARE PRETTY TO LOOK AT, GENERATE WONDER AND WE’VE MADE UP SO MANY STORIES ABOUT HOW THEY’VE COME TO BE OR ABOUT POTS OF GOLD AT THE RAINBOW’S END.  SADYLY THEY ARE FAR ABOVE IN THE SKY AND WE CAN’T APPREHEND “THE MAGIC” OF THE RAIBOW, OR CAN WE?

ONE MAN’S OBEDIENCE MOVED GOD SO MIGHTILY THAT IT GARNERED THE PHENOMENON OF THIS TECHNICOLOR BAND IN THE SKY. IT BECAME A “RIBBON IN THE SKY FOR OUR LOVE”…THE LOVE OF GOD FOR US, HIS PEOPLE.  THAT MAN WAS NOAH…AFTER THE FLOOD WATERS OF NOAH SUBSIDED AND THE ARK RESTED ON THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN, NOAH AND HIS FAMILY EXITED THE BOAT TO START ANEW! THE RAINBOW WAS GOD’S ASSURANCE TO NOAH THAT THEIR NEW BEGINNING WOULD BE FULL OF “RAINBOW MAGIC”. IT WAS A PROMISE OF SUCCESS AND JOY! IMAGINE SEEING A RAINBOW FOR THE FIRST TIME. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? YOU’D THINK TO YOURSELF…WOW, THIS MUST REALLY BE A SPECIAL MOMENT FOR GOD TO COMMEMORATE IT SO EXTRAVAGANTLY.

SOOOOO, THIS YEAR, WE ARE NOT STANDING BY WHILE THE SKY WEARS THE MOST DECADENT GARMENT IN ALL OF CREATION…THIS YEAR, WE BECOME THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW. WE WILL APPREHEND ITS “MAGIC”AND BELIEVE GOD FOR WHAT HE SAYS IT MEANS FOR OUR LIVES. WE ARE THE RAINBOW, WE WEAR THE RAIBOW…WE ARE GOD’S MANIFESTED PROMISE HERE ON THIS EARTH!

WHAT DREAM HAS BEEN DISTANT…YOU CAN SEE IT BUT NEVER TOUCH IT. WHAT HAS ELUDED YOU? THIS YEAR, IN 2017, WE BELIEVE THAT GOD IS DOING EXACTLY WHAT HE’S ALWAYS SAID. HE IS A GOD OF PROMISE AND IF YOU BELIEVE, THIS IS THE YEAR OF YOUR DREAMS COMING TRUE! IT’S NO LONGER OFF IN THE SKY, WE NOW WEAR IT!

ALL GETTY IMAGES WERE SNAPPED BY PHOTOGRAPHY GENIUS MATTHEW SPERZEL!

ALL OTHER PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY OUR FIREND AND BROTHER PURCELL NURSE.

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INTRODUCING, BLACK SPLATTER SMOOTH!

WE ARE HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH THIS BACKPACK!!!

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INDIGO+STRAW YELLOW+BLACK RHOMBUS NYLON MESH+HI SUEDE

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BROWN E.H.SUEDE SLOUCH BACK PACK  

        
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RAINBOW MOUNTAIN IN CHINA’S ZHANGYE DANXIA LANDFORM GEOLOGICAL PARK

CREATE YOUR OWN RAINBOW!

What you’ll need:

  • A glass of water (about three quarters full)
  • White paper
  • A sunny day

Instructions:

  1. Take the glass of water and paper to a part of the room with sunlight (near a window is good).
  2. Hold the glass of water (being careful not to spill it) above the paper and watch as sunlight passes through the glass of water, refracts (bends) and forms a rainbow of colors on your sheet of paper.
  3. Try holding the glass of water at different heights and angles to see if it has a different effect.

What’s happening?

While you normally see a rainbow as an arc of color in the sky, they can also form in other situations. You may have seen a rainbow in a water fountain or in the mist of a waterfall and you can even make your own such as you did in this experiment.

Rainbows form in the sky when sunlight refracts (bends) as it passes through raindrops, it acts in the same way when it passes through your glass of water. The sunlight refracts, separating it into the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Brooklyn Xpress

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We moseyed on up to the  Skylark for a quick shoot in our super comfy but super stylish Brooklyn Xpress sweats. The elevator ride’s red light provided a cool opportunity for a quick snap. The BK Xpress piece are full of contrast zippers and hidden pockets. They offer a wide range of street wear essentials. They make the most excellently constructed bombers, joggers and hoodies. We layered up a few items to create our usual quirk and texture play. 

Check the site www.brooklynxpress.com to see all they have to offer!

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Dr. Martens Cherry Red Pascal Splatter Smooth

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 Portrait with Marilyn Monroe

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Rocking my new Vans and TMNT Docs

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Love the lighting in the Loading dock.  Toph, the photographer has such a good eye. Nothing we love more than comfort and color. These looks seem to perfectly compliment the shooting space.

VICTORY

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 Wow! We are overwhelmed AND if you put your “antennas” up for just a second, you’d agree that we have good reason to be excited AND hopefully, you’d also be filled with joy!  There’s an excitement in the air, a stirring of God’s goodness for our lives! Whatever you’ve been asking for from God, whatever your dreams are, this is the year that it’s manifesting!

We are in the year 2017!
Biblically, 17 represents complete and total victory, a victory that manifests inspite of YOU, your sin or mistakes!
In the Bible, there were great turning points that happened on the 17th day of the month, or in the 17th year of waiting.
-Rain fall that destroyed the earth in Noah’s time began on the 17th day of the month
-When the flood waters diminished Noah’s Ark rested on Mount Ararat, it was the 17th day.
-God uses Moses to split The Red Sea and the people of Israel walk across on dry land.
-The Jericho wall falls with one shout on the 17th day of the month
-Jesus resurrects on the 17th day of the month
NOW, all that’s left is for  you believe God that your turning point has come in this the Year 17!
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS BELIEVE!!!

STARBANDbluebttm1STARBAND   For the first shoot of the new year, we were tapped by our designer buddy, Tom Powanda (@dapperpanda). We we’ve been acquainted with Tom since our days at Sean John.  Tom is now working with Brooklyn Express. The nearly 20 year old company is doing some new things and we are happy to be part! We shot a series of looks that day…this “Inverted Twin” look was our fav!  More to come in further post. Check them out at www.brooklynexpress.com. b3 JA DSC00937Our good friend, June Ambrose, surprised us during the shoot, warming us with her bright light in the frigid cold!

Ricardo Seco S/S 17 #NYFWM

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Here are the looks from this cool “statement” collection!

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Make the impossible, POSSIBLE!

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Ricardo Seco has quickly become one of our fashion week faves!  This is our second season attending a the Mexican designer’s presentation who happens to be the only Mexican designer featured for #nyfwm. Each time has been loads of fun. Last year, the presentation was held at The Skylight Clarkson. This year we tracked across town to the American Hotel with Slurpees in tow(It was hot)

The scene was fun…NYC rooftops are the perfect backdrop for any chic soirée. The only downside was that the pool was only for decoration. We ran into a few fashion friends, snapped a pic with Ricardo, caught up with some of the models we met last season and loved the collection. In each collection, Ricardo combines the richness of Mexican culture and tradition with its new contemporary sophistication.
Cumulatively, Ricardo has shown 10 seasons; his first being held on Feb. 16, 2012. In chronological order his entire collection includes: FLY, SHARE, ALIVE, POWER, FOREVER, DREAMS, REAL, LUCK, TIME and now for Spring/Summer 2017 - LIFE.
The collection featured a range of colors and textures including pastel pink, baby blue, lilac, flamingo feathers, print of whale shark skin, print of sand, grey and black. LIFE showcasd Spring/Summer 2017’s latest trends including oversized silhouettes, bomber jacket, moto-jackets, sequin, boxing shorts, relaxed pants, athletic inspired shorts, and sweatshirts. Seco describes the line as “street meets urban sophistication”.

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image3   We wore TMNT Docs (Glen in the Donnie’s and Bruce in the Raf’s), White Destroyed Denim and Black Cropped Cargos both from ZARA.  ALL Top are from Urban Outfitters!

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Wouldn’t be complete without a #selfie with the designer!

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Today is the last day of September and it also happens to be our birthday! It’s the BIG THREE ONE! Turning 30 was traumatic for us being that we are perpetual big kids, LOL! Turning 31 doesn’t feel like exactly as we thought; it feels better!  What does and should one feel like in your 30′s anyway?. Aliyaah says, “age ain’t nothing but a number.”  Tyra Banks says that age really has to do with a state of mind and affirms that even though she is actually 42 years old, in #TyraYears, she is 27. I can dig it! In that case, Glen and I both agree that we are 19 in #TyraYears! I’ve got to say though, in actuality, 31 feels pretty darn good!  For many reasons, September is a Special month for us. There are lots of commemorative dates.  There’s lots of emotions whirled into this 9th month of 30 days. Our mom’s birthday is on the 11th(same day as the attack at the Twin Towers)…she went on to live with Jesus…her permanent vacation was just a few years ago. We miss her a lot! When her birthday comes around, we like to remember the good times we had together but it also reminds us that we can’t hug and kiss her like we’d want. We take peace in the fact that we’ll see her again and join her in heaven with Jesus! 

This September also marks the 10 year anniversary of us coming to The Rock Church which has, well HELLOOOOO, completely ROCK’d our universe…literally! We fell in love with Jesus and discovered our God-given destiny! 10 years ago, we were swirled and whirled into a whirlwind of God’s goodness and purpose! Sooooo, now you see why September is such a Special month for us!
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Thank you Jesus for this adventure-filled life you’ve given us! There’s never a dull moment when we are chasing your dreams. We’re expecting crazy, so crazy, we don’t even know what to expect! We believe you for every impossible thing you said that we can have because, well…..YOU SAID IT!!! Help us run faster, harder and stronger than ever before! Be glorified in our lives and ministries! Have your way with this our 31st year of life!

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We are wearing @ckelgeneration in this post!

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All photos by @VisualGunner

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Welcome Fall!

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Ckel Generation Serpa and Leather Bomber

Vitaly Gold Necklace

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@ckelgeneration Bleached Aviator Hoodie

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More for Less

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Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 3.07.36 AMWe teamed up with our buddy Chris (@visualgunner) again! We shot this look at the TriBeCa Bridge in Lower Manhattan. We are super excited about our collaboration and the content we are creating together.

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If you don’t know by now, we love Dr Martens, the Pascal boot in particular! It’s a classic silhouette but it’s the artful updates to this signature shoe that tickle our fancy!We are both wearing Dr. Martens’ Pascal “Splat” Boot! Glen is wearing the white  combo (looks like Glen stepped into white paint) and Bruce is wearing the Black Combo (looks like Bruce Stepped into black paint)!  Thank you Dr Marten for funking up our tosie wosies!
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Two-Tone look on a modest budget!
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Black Linen Hoodie: Zara $20.00 on sale
Long Grey Tee: H&M $7.00 on sale
White Cropped Destroyed Denim: Zara $30.00 on sale
Pascal “Splat” Boots: Gift from Dr. Martens
Scoge Fitted hat: Gift from a friend!
The total look costs-$57 buckaroos
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Marbelized Black Button Up: Zara $20.00 on sale
Long White Tee: H&M $7.00 on sale
Washed Cropped Cargos: Zara $20.00 on sale
Pascal “Splat” Boots: Gift from Dr. Martens
The total look costs- $47 buckaroos
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Everyday, we put ourselves to the “$100 or less” challenge! We calculate the cost of our full look, including the shoes, to see if we’ve been spending wisely. This all came about when we realized how much money we were spending on clothing and decided to make some adjustments.  It was difficult at first but we got the hang of it after a while.  We were certified, diagnosed(self) shopaholics!  We still shop quite often as it is the nature of our business but we have now set certain parameters and safeguards to keep from over doing it!
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  1. Start a blog! You’ll get tons of free clothes all the time…lol. JK, but low-key serious!
  2. Can you tell that we like the sale section? As a rule of thumb, we never buy at full price unless we really looooove it! Save big! We are always so proud of our savings that we have a bad habit of telling people how much something cost when they compliment it…or maybe it’s the guilt we still sometimes feel for shopping, lol!
  3. Never buy high priced trendy items. In today and out tomorrow…participate in passing trends without spending too much mula.
  4.  Set a shopping budget and stick to it. Have someone that will hold you accountable. Tell a friend, a family member or your pastor!
  5.  DONT GO INTO THE STORE!!! Don’t use window shopping as a pass time. Window shopping turns into window buying 60% of the time.
#visualgunner x #bruceglen for the win!

 

 

Kenneth Ning S/S 17 #NYFWM

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Men’s fashion week…Still so new but feels lived in like a favorite pair of 10 year old Levis! Feels like it always was.

This fashion week, we got to see one of our favs, Kenneth Ning! We were joined by two amazing artists Bryon Javar(@bryonjavar) and Chris Lim (@visualgunner)! The only thing better that #nyfwm is #nyfwm with a cool fashion posse!!! #blessed Bryon Javar was in town and settling down after a successful night of styling at the VH1 Hip Hop honors. He styled Teyana Taylor and is still on cloud 9 after rave reviews!!! Our #bruceglen collection has also graced #karrueche thanks to super stylist #bryonjavar. Chris (@visualgunner) is the dope photographer that’s responsible for the cool photography of this post!!! We had such a good time and got to see an equally great collection!
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 Pre-Show Fun with Bryon Javar

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 Ran onto our friend Askia

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Kenneth Ning’s Full Metal was inspired by “Full Metal Jacket”. The collection has both military strength and a creative bang.  Asymmetrical Cargo details won the day and editorial attention.  Fabrics were woven with metal threads for a crumpled look. There were amazing magazine ready looks AND very wearable pieces for everyday. One of our favorite looks was a trench coat on model Noa Thomas. The models seemed like young guys drafted too young but well dressed for the war on “bad dressing.” We’ll done Mr. Ning, well done!

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All photos were shot by Chris Lim (@visualgunner)

TURTLE TIME

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CHEAP MONDAY DESTROYED SKINNY JEAN from Urban Outfitters

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MOWGLI SURF X TEE from Urban Outfitters

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How much did we love TMNT as kids? We have the bed sheet sets, action figures and the VHS tapes!!! With that said, imagine our joy as the homepage of drmartens.com uploaded and boasted their newest collaboration with our half-shelled buddies! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!

We love fashion that is fun at first sight and brings smiles to our faces. That is precisely the fashion we desire to create and perpetuate. In a world of serious fashion and serious fashion people, we just wanna have fun. #Fashionisfunagain and these Docs are the epitome of FUN!

Dr. marten created a special Boot for each of the karate-chopping brothers.

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Purchase them here!

Glen is sporting the RAPH and Bruce is rocking the DONNIE. We paired the boots with our favorite budding trend of the season, smile inducing Tie Dye Tees.

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 GYM SOCKS from Urban Outfitters

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ROTHCO VINTAGE FATIGUE CAMO CARGO from Urban Outfitters

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 WATERMELON DYED TEE from Urban Outfitters

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Also, we’ve recently relocated from the Upper East Side to Queens. We now live in a very homey, residential and quiet area.  It is a far cry from city life. It reminds us of our hometown in DC. It’s refreshing to smell of trees and dirt as we walk out the door…didn’t realize how much we missed it! It’s right next-door to the Queens branch of our church…major yay!!!  We took advantage of the neighborhood charm! It’s only fitting that our first shoot after moving into out new place would be in our new place!

Hope you guys enjoy!

If you were one of the Ninja Turtles bothers, which would you be and why?

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