Fashion has been fused with music since the dawn of time, at least that’s what it feels like to all us millennials. The idea that fashion has attached itself to every corner of our culture is something that astonishes me even to this day. With the rise of graphics and labels creeping up in the 1980’s punk culture, to the solidified logoed brands like Versace, Adidas and Louis Vuitton in the 1990’s hip-hop street culture, fashion brands seized the music industry and never let go.
But there’s something so glorious about that.
Many fashion labels have elevated the regular celebrity to iconic status, which is unmatched and reached by very few. Think about music legends like Michael Jackson and Madonna all the way down to the modern fashionistas like Rihanna and Beyoncé (who both by the way are #slayingfashion.)
The Super Bowl 50 is a perfect example of how vital the role of fashion played in such an important American cultured event. Lady Gaga opened up with a shimmering power red jumper, bleached white hair slicked back in a poof, adorned with galaxy blue nails and cherry glittered eyes. That was such a memorable opening both for her voice and her attire, where it seemed she had the voice of lady liberty herself.
Later on in the evening during the Pepsi Halftime show (which is a huge reflection of how entrenched music is in other industries) Cold Play hit the stage followed by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Cold Play’s stage and outfit decked with the flower of life and psychedelic color dripping from his shoulder to the floor. Beyoncé wore a leather leotard with gold adornment that resembled closely to Michael Jackson’s last Super Bowl performance attire. Bruno Mars’ and his crew wearing head to toe polished black metallic athletic sport suits in opposition of queen bee’s clique.
All of these factors are something that I will remember for the rest of my life, and I don’t even like football. Applause for an iconic concert and a round of applause for the ‘on fleek’ styling.
Fashion transcends pop and hip-hop, it goes beyond just what we see in a performer. It represents the creative part of their soul, even for Miley Cyrus. If we want to find the ultimate tastemakers and trendsetters of today, all you have to do is start scrolling down your Instagram feed to catch on.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a freelance fashion writer, poet,
photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.