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Some of my favorite looks from fashion week were not too far off from what we’re seeing on influencers right now. You’ll notice a lot of menswear mixed with feminine dresses, long hemlines, statement coats, and ruffles. Some other trends present were strong shoulders, asymmetrical necklines, leather, metallics, velvet and fur. These elements were prevalent in street style wear as well with the exceptions of vibrant colors, pattern mixing and extensive layering. The color was a bright red.
The key to incorporating these into your wardrobe is to find pieces that have classic elements to them. Buying into trends usually isn’t the best value per wear, so picking pieces that are up to date, but can adapt to your wardrobe is important. Shop my picks below for examples.
Last week I was graced with the opportunity to discuss music and fashion with Fishbone’s Phillip Fisher (aka Fish) as he was meeting with his stylist, Leisa Balfour, at Ivan Bitton Style House. For those of you who don’t know, Fishbone is an eclectic alternative rock band formed in 1979 in Los Angeles. Original band members include John Norwood Fisher on bass, Fish on drums, Angelo Moore on vocals and sax, Kendall Jones on guitar, Walter A. Kibby II on vocals and trumpet, and Christopher Dowd on vocals, keyboard and trombone.
They have been attributed to laying down the “framework for LA’s hyperactive, socially conscious motley crew” and influencing many bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt (Spin). Over the years Fishbone has endured some changes, gaining and losing members, while Fish had pursued other musical endeavors after leaving in the late 90s.
In 1998, Fish decided to leave for many different reasons. For one, he had come across many opportunities to play with a lot of respected artists and decided to take a chance by branching out. Another, his favorite musician, Miles Davis, passed away, which had affected him deeply. Then, arguably one of the most important reasons, his relationship with his brother (and bandmate) was strained. When speaking with Fish it was clear that their relationship was important and ruining it was not an option.
Between then and now, Fish has been busy. Taking that leap to play with other greats clearly paid off. He joined the band Wicked Wisdom with Jada Pinkett Smith and has played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Bangles, Hootie and the Blowfish, Everlast, De La Soul, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Dave Stewart, Taylor Swift, Ciara, Lionel Richie, and P. Diddy. He even “joined the circus” when performing with Cirque Du Solei, and went on tour with Justin Timberlake. The only thing I could get out of him about his new band was its name- 24/7 Spyz and that it’s a “journey to the innermost galaxy.” We’ll just have to wait and see.
Discussing how times have changed in music and the music industry I asked Fish what the Millennial Generation could learn from Fishbone today. “We’re at a time where so much music is exposed” he replied, “it all pops up in your iTunes.” There’s no question that there are artists producing music lacking true artistic integrity today, but have a “real financial backing.” Fish wants the Millennials to appreciate that there is music out there that is honest and is going to “last a lifetime” just like Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and Aretha Franklin.
Fish went on to explain that the band set out to break down barriers by creating good and honest music, something that is few and far between these days. He looked up to the Clash, a band that crossed genres and was the most diverse band he could see at that time. Fishbone wanted to represent the “rock and roll that our forefathers brought to light and then some,” which they certainly accomplished.
Changing gears to fashion, I asked Fish where his sense of style comes from, if music had any influence on it, and how it has evolved over the years. “Music and fashion go hand in hand” he said explaining that he had been involved in music at a very early age. Growing up he attributed his style to the environment in which he grew up as well as the people he grew up with. He always loved a classic suit, but became inspired by the soul movement, British punk rock, and LA hood fashion from the rise of N.W.A. in the 80’s. Today, although his style is more grown up, it is still influence by the same principles. His style is a mix of high-low pairing a crisp suit with some Chucks or Docker’s with Gucci shoes and a hat from Street Level Clothing. Fish enjoys fashion and views it as another form of self-expression and identity.
After 18 years apart from Fishbone, Fish is back at special request from brother and bandmate John Norwood Fisher. The Return of the Monkey Tour, starting March 16th, will be the first time original band members have played together in 25 years. The tour will feature their album Chim Chim’s Badass Revenge plus a few select favorites and will be joined by John Bigham. Check their page out for tour dates and tickets: http://fishbone.net/
Jacket and Pants – Barabas @barabas_men
Red Polo – Fred Perry @fredperry_1952
Shoes- Clarks @clarksshoes
Tie – Mark Ferrier
Fashion Provided by Ivan Bitton Style House