On the surface, it looks like celebs like Lady Gaga have begun pushing the hair envelope. However, innovative hairstyles and complicated nail art has been a part of what Black and Latina girls have been stunting for years. From the Bronx to Oakland and in Black hair shows and on around the way girls in our hood, women have been rocking up and coming fashions.
Today, designers have embraced nail art through their models where textured nail designs emerge on runways after being seen on Flatbush or Crenshaw. What we are seeing is what is called the trickle-up theory, where fashion and the world of celebrities collide with the style of hood stars. Under this theory, style and trends originate with the ordinary joes and eventually gain popularity amongst the fashion elite after being spotted by a stylist who went slumming. (Think skinny or deconstructed jeans, leather jackets and leggings and wildly colored hair, for example.)
So now we have a merging of ideas, fashions, fads and trends that gets spun into high fashion, leaving behind the folks who originated it, uncredited.
Take a look at what we mean on the next couple pages.