Shell Toes and hoop earrings: eight hip-hop fashion items that changed what we wear | Fashion

From Professor X’s hat to Spike Lee merch and the Thom Browne dress Doja Cat wore on the red carpet in 2022, Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous, a new exhibition at New York’s Museum at FIT, traces the history of hip-hop style across 50 years. Elizabeth Way and Elena Romero, the event’s curators, talk through the importance of eight items – including one from Romero’s own archive – that changed fashion.

Shell Toes

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Adidas, 1998. Photograph: Eileen Costa/The Museum at FIT

Sneakers were central to the hip-hop look from the start – Romero says people wore a range of brands such as Adidas, Converse and suede Pumas. Adidas Shell Toes were a favourite of Run-DMC, who wore them without laces. The group loved the shoes so much that they released the song My Adidas in 1986. Their appreciation of the shoes was shared by their fans. “They sang it [at a concert] and everyone put their sneaker up in the air. That is really an iconic moment in hip-hop,” says Way. “Adidas saw a huge uptick in sales; they sent a marketing person to New York to figure it out. And he ended up at this concert.”

Collaborations between hip-hop artists and brands today are commonplace, but this was the first of its kind. “It led to the multimillion-dollar endorsement, which was the first time that a hip-hop group had signed a deal like that,” says Romero. “It’s much later that hip-hop becomes a business. This was organic.”

Bucket hat

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Kangol, 2022. Photograph: Eileen Costa/The Museum at FIT

The bucket hat dates back to farming communities and was worn on the TV show Gilligan’s Island in the 60s. Its association with hip-hop dates to the late 70s. In

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I’m not sure when I stopped looking at vacations as an opportunity to relax and started looking at them as elaborate fashion excursions but I’m not mad about the change in mindset. Whenever I travel—whether it be to a beach or to a new city—I am hit with a fresh wave of style inspiration. A new location serves as the perfect setting to experiment with new trends, wear something bold and get out of my comfort zone. Plus, the post-beach, pre-dinner glow is the ultimate accessory for my looks. One of my favorite places to do pre-vacation shopping is on the Saks Fifth Avenue website. Plus, they’ve made it really easy by curating an online section of Saks Fifth Avenue vacation wear. From bright bikinis to beach bags, the selection will instantly put you in a summer mood.

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Courtesy of Kenneth Jay Lane.

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Goldtone Beaded Hoop Earrings

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Courtesy of Agua by Agua Bendita.

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Curandera Horizonte Remedios Mini Dress

I’ve been obsessed with this dress silhouette for over a year now so

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