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The Art of Fresh: Popular Patterns in Urban Fashion

Pop culture encompasses a variety of trends that reflect the style of the youth. Fashion, for example, plays a pivotal role in how young people express their individuality, using clothing as a medium. The aesthetic significance of fashion becomes symbolic, as it not only refers to what’s “hot”, “fresh”, “hip” (or any other colloquialism for “acceptable”), but also represents a lifestyle and attitude. This is especially true for urban fashion, which is heavily influenced by urban culture from the inner cities. One of its unique characteristics is that it is constantly changing. As Jasica Thomas puts it, “Keeping up with the trends in fashion are an ongoing process, and those who are keen on being in the most fashionable list definitely have to be on the alert all the time.” (See “Urban Fashion Trends”)

Currently, one of the most popular trends in urban fashion is the use of patterns, or repeating set of objects.

 

 

Some of these patterns may include images in a random order, such as these socks with the late Hip-Hop artist and Wu Tang Member,  Ol’ Dirty Bastard. However, others are more organized and are created by tessellations. Tessellations takes place when images such as popular icons, characters, shapes, animals, and flowers are placed in a symmetrical manner without overlapping or leaving gaps.

 

Line of Symmetry

 

In order to fully comprehend how tessellations are created, there must be a fundamental understanding of symmetry. By definition, symmetry is “the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position.” In other words, if an image was split in the middle, the left and right, top and bottom, or diagonals of that image would be identical. Using an imaginary line referred to as the line of symmetry usually indicates if an image is symmetrical. Each image below is an example of a symmetrical figure.

 

 

Four types of symmetry that can create tessellations include: translation, reflection, rotation, and glide reflection. Below are a few examples of each tessellation.

Translation

 

A translation is a shape that “slides” across a surface and does not turn or flip. The picture below shows a series of black and white triangles that are translated.

 

 

Reflection

 

Reflection occurs when a shape is “flipped”, usually vertically or horizontally, but can also be done at an angle.

 

 

Rotation

 

When a pattern includes shapes, animals, or plants that appear to spin or “rotate” around a specific point, a rotation occurs. The image below is a prime example of rotation.

 

 

Glide Reflection

 

In glide reflections, both reflection and translation are used to create a pattern.

 

 

Notice how the image above has white and black birds that are translated from left to right. Because the birds are going in opposite directions, they also create a reflection of each other.

Now that we have a good idea of what patterns, symmetry, and tessellations are, let’s look at a few examples of how they are incorporated within the latest fashion. As you are viewing the images, think of the types of symmetry that the images create.

 

As you can see, patterns are prominent in urban fashion. They can be found on shirts, bucket hats, joggers, leggings, shoes, book bags, and anything else. If you still aren’t convinced, I suggest you look into your closet or in the nearest mall. You are sure to find patterns everywhere!

 

shirt

The Art of Fresh: Popular Patterns in Urban Fashion

Pop culture encompasses a variety of trends that reflect the style of the youth. Fashion, for example, plays a pivotal role in how young people express their individuality, using clothing as a medium. The aesthetic significance of fashion becomes symbolic, as it not only refers to what’s “hot”, “fresh”, “hip” (or any other colloquialism for “acceptable”), but also represents a lifestyle and attitude. This is especially true for urban fashion, which is heavily influenced by urban culture from the inner cities. One of its unique characteristics is that it is constantly changing. As Jasica Thomas puts it, “Keeping up with the trends in fashion are an ongoing process, and those who are keen on being in the most fashionable list definitely have to be on the alert all the time.” (See “Urban Fashion Trends”)

Currently, one of the most popular trends in urban fashion is the use of patterns, or repeating set of objects.

Some of these patterns may include images in a random order, such as these socks with the late Hip-Hop artist and Wu Tang Member,  Ol’ Dirty Bastard. However, others are more organized and are created by tessellations. Tessellations takes place when images such as popular icons, characters, shapes, animals, and flowers are placed in a symmetrical manner without overlapping or leaving gaps.

Line of Symmetry

In order to fully comprehend how tessellations are created, there must be a fundamental understanding of symmetry. By definition, symmetry is “the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position.” In other words, if an image was split in the middle, the left and right, top and bottom, or diagonals of that image would be identical. Using an imaginary line referred to as the line of symmetry usually indicates if an image is symmetrical. Each image below is an example of a symmetrical figure.

Four types of symmetry that can create tessellations include: translation, reflection, rotation, and glide reflection. Below are a few examples of each tessellation.

Translation

A translation is a shape that “slides” across a surface and does not turn or flip. The picture below shows a series of black and white triangles that are translated.

Reflection

Reflection occurs when a shape is “flipped”, usually vertically or horizontally, but can also be done at an angle.

Rotation

When a pattern includes shapes, animals, or plants that appear to spin or “rotate” around a specific point, a rotation occurs. The image below is a prime example of rotation.

Glide Reflection

In glide reflections, both reflection and translation are used to create a pattern.

Notice how the image above has white and black birds that are translated from left to right. Because the birds are going in opposite directions, they also create a reflection of each other.

Now that we have a good idea of what patterns, symmetry, and tessellations are, let’s look at a few examples of how they are incorporated within the latest fashion. As you are viewing the images, think of the types of symmetry that the images create.

As you can see, patterns are prominent in urban fashion. They can be found on shirts, bucket hats, joggers, leggings, shoes, book bags, and anything else. If you still aren’t convinced, I suggest you look into your closet or in the nearest mall. You are sure to find patterns everywhere!

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Sneaker-nomics: Supply-and-Demand Economics in the Basketball Footwear Industry

 

Steph Curry: Great Season, Corny Shoes

Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry had a terrific season, but some would argue that his signature sneaker did not. In a recent article on the site Slate entitled “Why Does the World’s Best Basketball Player Wear Such Corny Sneakers?”, John Swansburg argues that Curry’s Under Armour sneaker, the Curry Two, has “almost no cultural cachet.” Swansburg says that Curry’s sneaker appeals to basketball players but has “not gained traction on the street, in the mall, or on the feet of cultural influencers.” The author specifically mentions that Drake partners with Nike and Kanye West designs for Adidas, but no similar celebrity would be seen wearing the Curry Two.

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I Wanna Be, I Wanna Be Like Mike!

Ever since the start of Nike’s Air Jordan brand — and the famous “Jumpman” logo that has become synonymous with it — the world’s biggest sneaker companies and best basketball players have marketed their footwear to both athletes and sneaker-heads. According to Forbes, even though Michael Jordan has been retired since 2003, his sneaker brand still earns him over $100 million every year.

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What IS Steph Up To?

More recent players have taken Jordan’s lead. On a recent edition of the Slate sports podcast Hang Up and Listen (sneaker conversation from 18:00-35:20 mark), host Josh Levin said, “Throughout the modern history of the NBA, having a signature shoe has been the pathway to broader cultural relevance, starting with Jordan up through LeBron and now with Steph. And the question is, ‘Is Steph Curry carving out a different pathway here…or does he want to have a similar path…in creating this shoe that people want to wear off the court?’”

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Will Curry 2.5 Save The Day?

Curry and Under Armour have not yet tapped into the full potential of the sneaker market. The good news is that the Curry 2.5 will reportedly debut in May. Will it be less corny than the Curry Two? Sneaker-heads can’t wait to find out.

1-sneakerheads-opener-4.w750.h560.2x copy thumbnail

Sneaker-nomics: Supply-and-Demand Economics in the Basketball Footwear Industry

 

Steph Curry: Great Season, Corny Shoes

Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry had a terrific season, but some would argue that his signature sneaker did not. In a recent article on the site Slate entitled “Why Does the World’s Best Basketball Player Wear Such Corny Sneakers?”, John Swansburg argues that Curry’s Under Armour sneaker, the Curry Two, has “almost no cultural cachet.” Swansburg says that Curry’s sneaker appeals to basketball players but has “not gained traction on the street, in the mall, or on the feet of cultural influencers.” The author specifically mentions that Drake partners with Nike and Kanye West designs for Adidas, but no similar celebrity would be seen wearing the Curry Two.

e272886874e4b22fab1a5f71d9ea78b9_crop_exact

 

I Wanna Be, I Wanna Be Like Mike!

Ever since the start of Nike’s Air Jordan brand — and the famous “Jumpman” logo that has become synonymous with it — the world’s biggest sneaker companies and best basketball players have marketed their footwear to both athletes and sneaker-heads. According to Forbes, even though Michael Jordan has been retired since 2003, his sneaker brand still earns him over $100 million every year.

most-expensive-sneakers-q4-total_copy_dgx2be
 

What IS Steph Up To?

More recent players have taken Jordan’s lead. On a recent edition of the Slate sports podcast Hang Up and Listen (sneaker conversation from 18:00-35:20 mark), host Josh Levin said, “Throughout the modern history of the NBA, having a signature shoe has been the pathway to broader cultural relevance, starting with Jordan up through LeBron and now with Steph. And the question is, ‘Is Steph Curry carving out a different pathway here…or does he want to have a similar path…in creating this shoe that people want to wear off the court?’”

hqdefault

 

Will Curry 2.5 Save The Day?

Curry and Under Armour have not yet tapped into the full potential of the sneaker market. The good news is that the Curry 2.5 will reportedly debut in May. Will it be less corny than the Curry Two? Sneaker-heads can’t wait to find out.

1-sneakerheads-opener-4.w750.h560.2x copy thumbnail

Sneaker-nomics: Supply-and-Demand Economics in the Basketball Footwear Industry

 

Steph Curry: Great Season, Corny Shoes

Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry had a terrific season, but some would argue that his signature sneaker did not. In a recent article on the site Slate entitled “Why Does the World’s Best Basketball Player Wear Such Corny Sneakers?”, John Swansburg argues that Curry’s Under Armour sneaker, the Curry Two, has “almost no cultural cachet.” Swansburg says that Curry’s sneaker appeals to basketball players but has “not gained traction on the street, in the mall, or on the feet of cultural influencers.” The author specifically mentions that Drake partners with Nike and Kanye West designs for Adidas, but no similar celebrity would be seen wearing the Curry Two.

e272886874e4b22fab1a5f71d9ea78b9_crop_exact

 

I Wanna Be, I Wanna Be Like Mike!

Ever since the start of Nike’s Air Jordan brand — and the famous “Jumpman” logo that has become synonymous with it — the world’s biggest sneaker companies and best basketball players have marketed their footwear to both athletes and sneaker-heads. According to Forbes, even though Michael Jordan has been retired since 2003, his sneaker brand still earns him over $100 million every year.

most-expensive-sneakers-q4-total_copy_dgx2be
 

What IS Steph Up To?

More recent players have taken Jordan’s lead. On a recent edition of the Slate sports podcast Hang Up and Listen (sneaker conversation from 18:00-35:20 mark), host Josh Levin said, “Throughout the modern history of the NBA, having a signature shoe has been the pathway to broader cultural relevance, starting with Jordan up through LeBron and now with Steph. And the question is, ‘Is Steph Curry carving out a different pathway here…or does he want to have a similar path…in creating this shoe that people want to wear off the court?’”

hqdefault

 

Will Curry 2.5 Save The Day?

Curry and Under Armour have not yet tapped into the full potential of the sneaker market. The good news is that the Curry 2.5 will reportedly debut in May. Will it be less corny than the Curry Two? Sneaker-heads can’t wait to find out.