The Black Panther Party (BPP) was not only an essential part of the movement that advocated for African Americans on social and political issues. It was also an influential movement in terms of dress code. According to Black Power in American memory, “One of the first things you would notice about members of the BPP was their standard uniform: a black leather jacket, black pants, powder blue shirts, black beret, an afro, dark sunglasses, a fist in the air and a militant-like feel.”
(Image Source: Black Power In American memory – http://blackpower.web.unc.edu/2017/04/the-uniform-of-the-black-panther-party/)
The leather jacket was one of the most crucial piece of the uniform. It was an adorned symbol of power the panther has. The beret was also an important part of the attire. Black Power also mentions that when a BPP member was asked what the beret meant they said “Because they were used by just about every struggler in the third world. They’re sort of an international hat for the revolutionary.”
One thing is certain, the Black Panther Party uniform is not only a look that made the party noticeable back then. It is still an iconic look that still resonates in some black people today
The black leather jacket has been a timeless fashion piece. When coupled with the beret, it oozes the same energy the Black Panther Party had back in the day. During the release of the most anticipated film, Black Panther, some local celebrities were dressed in this regalia.
(Image Source: Fela Gucci -https://www.instagram.com/p/BGr2w1aI4G9/?hl=en&taken-by=felagucci)
The look is not restricted to the standard black color. We have seen some colorful variations with the idea still being the same and we are here for that.
(Image Source: Yoliswa Mqoco – https://www.instagram.com/p/BcEgIl9lGYH/?hl=en&taken-by=yoliswa_xo)
(Image Source: Yoliswa Mqoco – https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf_NfPRFge0/?hl=en&taken-by=yoliswa_xo)
(Image Source: Desire Marea – https://www.instagram.com/p/BNLuDrSDe-S/?hl=en&taken-by=desiremarea)
Don Design A Teases New Collection Drop
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Don Design teases the first part of his new collection. NoMoozlie was spotted in the Big Apple rocking these new threads from Don. The latest collection features a reinterpretation of the Celine brand, overlaid on Tupac’s Face.
Don is no stranger to the counterfeit culture. Counterfeiting is a global fashion trend that has flooded the International fashion streets for some time now. We’ve seen brands like Balenciaga recreate the Bernie Sanders campaign logo. Moreover, designers like Virgil have risen to fame through their renditions and recreations of popular brands.
Don Design has taken the same approach to his clothing. However, he brings it back home. We’ve all seen the popular ‘Sandton’ and ‘Bryanston’ hoodies around town. Hence, we are excited to see what Don has in store for us this time. The Beam Group designer is gearing up for a pop-up launch for his latest collection.
It is quite interesting to see the take that Don has towards counterfeit fashion. There has been a lot of misunderstanding amongst the SA fashion connoisseurs. With many people accusing him of not being original. This is, however, not the case. We are certain that this collection will set the record straight. Although we have not seen much from it we are sure to see more from Don at the Pop-Up.
Stay tuned to @Don_Design to get more information on this latest drop and how to get your hands on it. We will be there to cover it all as it happens.
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