The Loisaida might not be ready for what’s about to go down tonight at Vault. Your disc jockey for the night, White Mike, will be bringing the Freestyle jams and old school House cuts all night long. Best practice your Wop and don’t forget the baby powder because at midnight White Mike is calling ya’ll out to get up to get down and showcase your best moves down the dance line…think Soul Train or The Scene from back in the day. Tonight is yours.
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The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence…that might by true if you’re rocking these original Reebok Freestyles circa 1980’s. Often times we aren’t satisfied with our situation and look towards others thinking they have it better. Vintage cow kicks or not, we are in charge of our own life and destiny…focusing on others’ achievements and feeling sorry for yourself is a waste of time and energy and only puts you further behind. Look at the grass around you and if it isn’t as “green” as you wish make changes and adjustments to get to where you want to be. Times are tough for everyone right now, get creative, this is your time to shine! So bust some “Freestyle Mooooooves!” and M.I.S.S. will be here for you until the cows come home! Ok, we’re done 😉
Vintage Reebok Freestyle circa 1980’s from The Goods!, Chanel ‘Black Satin’, Revlon ‘White on White’, B.P. Nails ‘Cool Green’, Orly ‘Hook Up’ Yellow and D.I.M. (Did It Myself) ‘Freestyle Lavender’ ( mix of OPI ‘Strawberry Margarita’, OPI ‘Purple With A Purpose’ and Revlon ‘White on White’).
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M.I.S.S. April 2009: Freestyle MOOOOOOVES!
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Reebok continues into Fall 2009 with its iconic freestyle in a whole host of colorways and fabrications. Stay tuned for popular 80s colors like fuchsia, purple and turquoise paired with geometric patterns and stripes. Color was a strong feature and was also featured in the 7 deadly sins pack where the pump omni light was matched to a color and sin; from lust to greed, all the sins were represented with lace locks proclaiming sin. The most exciting aspect of the Reebok collection is the Affili’Art collection where the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rolland Berry and John Maeda were translated on a new canvas – sneakers. The Jean-Michel Basquiat models were definite standouts – the trademark crown, scribbles and use of color –his work looks as fresh today as it did over twenty years ago. Reebok silhouettes seem like a natural canvas for his art that was born in the streets.
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Last Wednesday, Radio Rose invited us into the studio to keep her company while she recorded one of her upcoming interweb radio programs, “Girl’s Town” for Children of Da Curb and PNC Radio. The studio is in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), and had a stupendous view. I even finally got to see the NYC Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson – so exciting! Recording the show was lots of silly fun – it was a full on dance party with tons of old school freestyle or as Rose calls it, Puerto Rican R&B with lots of 80s dance tunes thrown in for good measure. The show won’t go live for a few weeks but we’ll let you know when it launches – stay tuned! Many thanks to Rose for inviting M.I.S.S.! Check out more pics and some video of the dance party after the jump . . .
We recently had the pleasure of hearing Ben Kuchler, Reebok‘s Lifestyle Design Director, talk about some of Reebok’s newest releases including two new styles for women – the Vollee and the Courtee. Both styles are made from lasts (shoe molds) for women. This may not seem like a big deal but it is. Rather than just using the men’s last and sizing them down, Reebok has taken into consideration the unique contours of the female foot to develop these new silhouettes. Both styles are part of the “My Generation” Collection, sneakers designed for women that embrace the brand’s heritage while incorporating trendy, street elements.
The Courtee (pictured below right) is based on a traditional basketball silhouette and is available in many color ways. A mid Courtee style is set for release later in the year in time for holiday. The Vollee (pictured below right) may seem a bit familiar to you. That’s because it’s based off of the ever-popular freestyle with design elements borrowed from the Freestyle including the strap velcro band, the out-sole and mid-sole, and the quilted ankle details. The Vollee will also be available in many color ways.
Pictured above from left to right: Volleee, Courtee. This solid gold color way releases in November 2008. Pictures of more color ways after the jump.
During Ben’s talk, we also got a glimpse of some men’s product – see below for some stuff we know the boys will like. The thing is, I like the boys stuff way better. I’m a high-top girl to begin with but I also find the color combinations more refreshing, wearable and relevant. What do you guys think? Am I crazy? We sat down with Ben for an exclusive Q & A about the differences in design between the men’s and the women’s shoes. We’d love to hear YOUR input so please comment on this post with your thoughts! Check out the exclusive Q & A M.I.S.S. had with the designer and more pics of the women’s Courtee & Vollee after the jump!
Pictured above: Top row Pump Omni Lite, Bottom Row Sir Jam Mid.