The Remix x Hip-Hop Fashion red carpet was one to remember with the likes of some of the most respected designers in the black culture. A male-dominated industry to say the least but the ladies always held their own when it came down to their work ethic and with their astonishing minds. The red carpet was presented by MCM, at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan.
Two of the main ladies that were given a majority of spotlight within the documentary were Misa Hylton and April Walker two women who together combine to have worked with artist such as Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, Lil Kim, Tupac Shakur, Aaliyah and many more. Giving everyone that hardcore look that we often loved so much about the 90’s apparel. Hylton who started out with Bad Boy and Uptown records is a very known staple of the 90’s as she gave inspiration to many artist and stylist back in the day. She worked with the legendary group Jodeci who was known for their baggy jeans, overalls and combat boot love. Let’s not forget Lil Kim’s infamous VMA red carpet look that had the world talking. Her wig craze in the 1996 ‘Crush on you’ music video and the many more times Kim shut down the red carpets, thanks to Ms. Hylton.
April Walker has a pretty awesome resume as she started Walker Wear in 1991 and went on to work with some of the hottest people in the game such as 2pac who was known for his trendsetting style back in the day. Aaliyah who remains one of the biggest fashion icons the world has ever seen and the Notorious B.I.G who will always be one of the Brooklyn fashion Gods. Being from Brooklyn her style was natural and you could often see that by the way she handled business as a designer and stylist. As a woman she held her own among-st men and has remained relevant even today in the fashion world.
Dapper Dan and Kerby Raymond were among the men celebrated in the documentary with their lane changes and hard work ethic and continuous to give the black culture all the praises. Both individuals keep it coming with radical designs and their perfect forms of art.
We caught up with a few of the living legends on the red carpet recently.
Misa Hylton speaks on what she want’s people to get out of The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion documentary:
“I want people to feel inspired and empowered, I want them to take away the message on how important it is to be courageous.”
Misa Hylton on how far the ladies have come in a male-dominated industry of hip-hop:
“We’ve come such a long way. I mean look at us we have a film out today. Myself, April Walker there’s so many women that have played a part in pushing the hip-hop culture and fashion forward as far as style. So for us to be able to share are stories and share about how much we’ve contributed. I’m a woman that’s about sister-hood and women supporting each-other. Unity you know, women we have to stick together and uplift each-other and support each-other.”
April Walker on how excited she is for everyone to see the hip hop x fashion documentary and how fun it was working on the documentary:
“I’m very excited for everyone to see it. It was amazing working with women that produced this film and it was pretty much an all-women team. I was very excited and watching them tell the story to take the time and really do the research and really invest in women and our roles in hip-hop. I think that was important.”
April Walker on working with 2Pac, Aaliyah, Biggie, Naughty By Nature and more as a stylist/designer what did you look for in an artist:
“I loved lifestyle, so I’m real authentic and I look for brand alignment. I worked with artist that I felt like I could bring to life, so I would listen to their music and try to find out where they hung out, all of those things. Because I wanted to make sure they were authentic to who they were being and that I really understood it. So I could really get it right when it came down to the clothes. Because fashion is our best form of drag, it’s the best way to express ourselves to the world. It’s alignment with music so you want to make sure to get that right.”
Award-winning director Farah X on what she wants people to get out of The Remix x Hip Hop Fashion Documentary:
“I want people to understand people of color stories, women stories are valuable and they’re important and they need to be told. We need to change the narrative and make sure that everyone is represented in a media-like film.”
Dapper Dan on the change from the 80’s hip hop era to 2019 with fashion & street-wear:
“The biggest change has been since the 80’s the women have gotten more feminine as well as the men. So the agenda has been a gender bender and I think the biggest thing is the diversity in looks. It’s not hardcore now everybody gets a chance in fashion to live out their own personalities as before. That’s the most exciting thing going on.”
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