BAMIN NOTES | Trend: Mix & Match Utilitarian & Luxury Looks Like the Best of NYFW’s Street Style

New York Fashion Week just happened, and the best street style we saw didn’t resist the bitter NYC cold snap. The most innovative outfits managed to work with the freezing temperatures, combining more practical pieces like denim and even duck shoes with patterns, bright coats and fur jackets. While documenting NYFW’s street style for Vogue, photographer Phil Oh snapped a photo of model, stylist and writer Natalie Cantell mixing patterns and colors by rocking a leopard and orange neomesh BAMIN duffel. The mash-up of leopard and neomesh creates a fantastic contrast of high-low fabrics, and we really love how much the leopard and neon orange pops next to Natalie’s navy blue and black ensemble. Street style in NYC has always been about mixing high fashion with the utilitarian for looks that are both innovative and effortless.

BAMIN NOTES | News: Valentine’s Day Exclusive Promotion, Build A Bag To Win A Bag

Do something for you this Valentine’s Day. You’ve got a lot of love to give, but we want you to treat yourself too. BUILD a bag and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or Google+ using the social buttons below the bag on the BUILD page.

Don’t forget to mention @BAMINate and use hashtags #BAMINlove and #BAMINate so we can find you. We’ll pick our favorite bags and announce TWO WINNERS on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14th).

BAMIN NOTES | Trend: Mix & Match ‘90s Grunge the Way Winona Mix & Matches Her Men in Reality Bites

The ‘90s are still a permanent reference point for today’s fashion landscape because, let’s face it, it never truly left us. And given our forever obsession with THE ‘90s movie Reality Bites, we wouldn’t have it any other way. From our fondness for sentimental music to those so very grunge style moments (hello, pretty much everything Winona Ryder wears), Reality Bites hits that nostalgic sweet spot. All the slush in NYC has us feeling grungier than usual, and we’re indulging our very ’90s kind of mood by revisiting some of the best style—and musical—moments in Reality Bites.

BAMIN NOTES | Trend: Fresh Dressed Documentary, the History of Hip-Hop Through The Lens of Fashion

Fresh Dressed: The Revolution Of Fashion Born On The Streets, a documentary that explores the evolution of hip-hop through the lens of urban fashion, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend. Directed by Mass Appeal’s creative director Sacha Jenkins and co-produced by Nas, the film combines old-school video footage with insightful commentary from icons like Big Daddy Kane, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams. Jenkins takes the viewer on a journey through the history of hip-hop and fashion; from the ‘70s South Bronx B-boys’ custom outfits to ‘80s hip-hop tailor of Harlem Dapper Dan’s remixed clothing to the ‘90s mainstream rise of urban sportswear and its on-going influence on the modern day.

BAMIN NOTES | Trend: Musicians in Black, Godmother of Punk Patti Smith x Man in Black Johnny Cash

Traditionally, musicians and performers wear black so as to not detract from the music itself. Of course, black doesn’t have to be boring. Legendary musicians Patti Smith and Johnny Cash took wearing black to the next level, making the look an extension of their musical energy. We’re snowed in, and as a closer for our All Black Everything theme, we’re taking a nostalgic glance back at Patti Smith’s androgynous punk styling and Johnny Cash’s timeless “Man in Black” on-stage presence.

BAMIN NOTES | Trend: Jean-Luc Godard x The French New Wave, the Prevailing Influence of New Wave Fashion 

The French New Wave is known for its radical experimentation with visual and narrative filming techniques, all while making bold fashion moments. The movement started in the late 1950s and 1960s, shifting focus away from conservative period pieces and towards the concerns of the working class, like the social and political upheavals of the era. And while the films featured the simple street styles of the time, the characters often embodied a certain je ne sais quoi that made the accessible yet stylish looks feel so iconic. The movement’s most prominent pioneers include Jean-Luc Godard, who, at the age of 84, is still finding ways to introduce new techniques to the formal innovations of film. So in celebration of Godard’s experimental 3D drama Adieu au langage (2014), we’re taking a look back at some of the most timeless looks from his New Wave classics.

BAMIN NOTES | Things To Watch With Your Family (So You Don’t Have To Talk To Them)


Happy Holidays from BAMIN (Build And Make It Now)! The holiday season can be stressful, and to make things easier for you, we’ve put together a mini list of genre-blending and category-defying movies to watch with your family. Because you don’t have to explain what you’re doing for a living if everyone’s too busy staring at the screen.

BAMIN NOTES | News: Welcome To BAMINate.com, Build x Buy x Remix


Welcome to the new BAMIN (Build And Make It Now) site! For most of 2014, we’ve been largely invite-only, but today, we’ve opened up our proverbial digital doors to the public.
We’ve revamped our look with compelling new editorial creatives—which will be published over the course of a few months—and a how to video. These were shot by photographer Justin Borbely, art directed by Lucas Lefler and casted by Samuel Ellis Scheinman starring models Gustav Swedberg and Alexandra Rudakova

#BAMINATE | John Galliano’s Going Back to School


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Despite being ousted from his own house and the house of Christian Dior after a highly-publicized anti-Jew drunken rampage in 2011, John Galliano is slowly making a comeback.
Oscar de la Renta brought Galliano on in February to help style his F/W 2013 show, and now Parsons has announced that they’re offering a three-day master class called “SHOW ME EMOTION!” taught by Galliano, which will explore the power and role of emotions in the creative process.

#BAMINATE | How Would David Bowie Wear BAMIN?


Visionary musician and master of disguises David Bowie is making a comeback this year—not like he ever really left—very much contrary to the reports that he was embracing the quiet life.
He has a retrospective at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (up through August 11th), a new album out last month, The Next Day, and is apparently in the running for Time magazine’s “Most Influential People” list.