James-Paul

James-Paul isn't too keen on the whole "clique" idea.

Jun 11, 20090

“Clique” in my understanding is a form of “modern social segregation” or an indirect reference towards racism, hate, and stereotypical belief systems. It is a social trap that this society continues to feed. One person who I would say has such a display for this is Kelly Rowland. The economics of selling around the world has changes, through Euros and dollars has trade flourished, but also cultures and heritage, as well as people who immigrates to different nations to contribute to change. The transaction of American culture has created an “Americanization” towards different societies in ways of fashion, food, commerce, and music. Societies who receive such transaction of cultural change responds through their first impressions that might not exactly mirror the original, but creates an evolved form of the idea. The “one leg up” on Angel’s trousers is an example of this “evolved fashion translation” Kelly has failed to recognize. The importance of the trickling up of the “one leg up” in hip-hop that would translate into different ways of dressing through trade, societies has created change in their cultures. It is a bartering practice that has happened for thousand of years but cultures, such as Kelly’s B-girl sub-culture in reference to hip-hop must not expected to be of pure translation, and must not be expected to be mis-translated because of the difference.

13 comments
Viewer
Viewer

Now that I've read your intelligent contribution to the travesty that was this episode, I like you even more. Good luck with the rest of the series!

nat
nat

JP, I LOVE YOU! ( you and angel should sooo hookup after you win this :) lol. anyway, you are completley correct + i cant stand the judging on this show! Also, your design shouldve won! Im probably apart of every 'clique' in my highschool, including goth and prep! I wouldve worn your outfit in a heartbeat! cant wait to see more!

Nestor Chavez
Nestor Chavez

JP, I completely agree with your blog. As I blogged on Farn Mallis' Blog, I am not a fashionista by any means, yet there is a need to not be saturated by other's works or visual feed in order to create your own vision. The B-Girl theme was a complete disaster for anyone outside the metropolitan high school zone. I myself, as many others throughout the blogs, didn't know what a b-girl was. I completely see how you would call out Kelly. No to put her down as a judge, but as the unfortunate victim of this globalization utopia many businesses and governments are trying to come up with. In the same manner, through many fields, including fashion obviously, we are being guided as to how we should dress or stereotypically how so as well. I'm really proud that you have such approach to fashion as a tool to break those preconceived ideas of what each group of persons like or who make up said group, for that matter. Prejudice is so sleek that it can sneek up when we least expect it in the weirdest forms. So many people said on the show that the b-girl was the easiest clique to do. B.S. In our current time, everyone is trying to be everyone else, yet keep our independence. Even though there are no big hip hop females out there (as many articles in several music magazines have written lately), there is fortunately a vast variety of styles that can make up anyones style or vision of themselves. It is that ultimate inspiration killer if there is a predetermined vision for a predetermined market and no further choice for it.

Viewer
Viewer

You are right I was appaled by her condescending tone to Angel. It is her world and everybody should know. I was taken aback because without her comment I would say Angel would still be in the running.

R. Saenz
R. Saenz

as a designer myself, I think your style and mine are similar! I hope you win!!! I love your work!!!!!

James-Paul
James-Paul

Hello this is James-Paul. This is in regards towards my blog about the "clique" challenge. I have used Kelly as an example to show how all of us becomes trapped by social belief systems. Everybody has this tendency, to reflect upon these social systems, in particularly the "Clique' challenge to be used as social currency to belong in our societies. I do not believe in such systems. My work is about finding ways to improve society through fashion, and changing the preconceptions of what we all have about each other's differences and completely obliterate the stereotypes, using fashion as tool.

Mailee
Mailee

Go James Paul! I agree with your perspective on "cliques." I loved your take on the "prep" look and I'm very annoyed that not only did it not win, but it was not even acknowledged. The judging on this show is spiteful and nasty and not helpful in the slightest, with the exception of Normal Kamali. You, Angel and Reco are my favorite designers on TFS, and now that Angel's gone I'm pretty bummed. :( But I'm cheering for you (even though this show is well past filming and the outcome has already been determined)! I love your aesthetic, and I hope you go very far in life, and this show!

Viewer
Viewer

I've got to agree with you JP - I thought Kelly was way over the top in her critique/rant on Angel. She acted like not knowing hip hop culture was an impossibility for anyone alive right now. She's entitled to her opinion about the prominence of the genre, but to say she was insulted was just plain ignorant and stupid. If Angel's peripheral view of the genre is so insulting, maybe Kelly needs to take a deeper look into herself and her choices, rather than just react.

Loved your t for the mini-challenge!

Sarah
Sarah

James-Paul, you are my favorite on the show! Your work is amazing I love it. I'm rooting for you and I hope you win.

ps
ps

no need to trash kelly, jp. we all know shes no fashion insider and is there to pretty up isaac. she clearly has no opinions of her own and waits for the others to speak before she says her "opinion", usually chiming in with agreements like "i was just going to say that".

but - she looks good in clothes so theres a reason shes on the show. dont be such a dick, james paul. you have no talent and cant afford to be one. you're no reco. and reco has more grace and humanity than you - he actually tries to help others. jerk.

James-Paul Fan
James-Paul Fan

I'm so glad someone has the balls to call out Kelly Rowland! She doesn't know what she's talking about and she reminds me of Tyra Banks in how hypocritical and faux indignant she was. As if someone like her should be telling anyone about anything. She's really out of her echelon hosting this show. Go James-Paul!!!

Viewer
Viewer

JP, I don't think it was the one leg up itself that caused the problems. It was the godawful material. Yes, the "one leg up" is a thing that you do see in that clique's fashion, but the length and fit with the one leg were just....awkward.