13 Ugly Style Staples You Need to Finally Embrace in 2016

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The ugly-pretty trend is here to stay, so if you’ve been holding out on giving it a whirl, why not make 2016 the year that you finally embrace it wholeheartedly — or at least see what it’s all about? The word “ugly” alone is probably enough to throw your sartorial sensibilities for a loop, but with pieces like slide-on sandals and body-swallowing sweaters taking the runways and the streets by storm (not to mention being SUPER comfy), there’s definitely something behind this unexpected trend. So break out of your sartorial comfort zone with these 13 ugly pieces that will actually upgrade your look in the new year.

UGLY TREND TO TRY IN 2016: ’90S BEANIES

 

 

Wbdg-beanie-645x968hy They’re “Ugly”: Beanies are quickly becoming the must-have topper for 2016, ousting fedoras and floppy hats from their highly coveted seat of sartorial power. While the soft caps are easy and effortless when they’re loosely knit and pom pom-topped, in their more condensed form, they bring back memories of Hot Topic, Mallrats‘ Jay and Avril Lavigne — eek. Not to mention, the beanie isn’t always one to sit pretty, creating an awkward hourglass shape on top of your head.

Why You’ll Love Them: Their ’90s-inspired flair pairs perfectly with the slew of throwback denim in circulation right now, as well as any and all athleisure ensembles. They also make bad hair days a thing of the past, with a soft, flexible structure that keeps hat hair at bay. To sum it up — just do it.

 

UGLY TREND TO TRY IN 2016: ANYTHING BUT SKINNY JEANS

MotherDenimCroppedJeans-645x856Why They’re “Ugly”: Mom jeans, cropped flares, you name it — the rise of the anti-skinny jean is totally unexpected. Let’s be honest — a few years ago, we would have looked right at these new silhouettes and scratched our heads and beelined our eyeballs to their traditionally unappealing features — baggy fits and and capri-like cuts that we shunned even way back when.

Why You’ll Love Them: Denim is a wardrobe staple, but sticking to only one silhouette can be a little bit boring. Donning a different style can instantly perk up even the most basic of closet basics, plus most of the new cuts and fits are comfortable to boot — so what are you waiting for?

Try: A pair of cropped flares, like this Mother Denim Insider Crop Step Fray Jeans($228) set, teamed with pointed-toe ankle boots and a chunky knit sweater — the perfect balance of comfort and style.

 

UGLY TREND TO TRY IN 2016: DOUBLE DENIM

CatHeader_EvenMoreDenim_v1_m565775698310883351-645x520Why It’s “Ugly”: Whether you call it Double denim, DD or the Canadian tuxedo, the all-jean-everything look has never exactly been the pinnacle of fashion. Maybe because it’s never really been executed properly (exhibit A: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa 2001), or maybe it’s just the jeans-and-a-denim-shirt formula that needs to be reworked. Either way, it’s a whole lot of look.

Why You’ll Love It: Denim didn’t become a closet stronghold for nothing. It’s easy, effortless and casually cool, so really, why wouldn’t you want to double up? The key to pulling it off successfully is to work with different hues, weights and textures to break things up and create visual intrigue.

 

 

UGLY TREND TO TRY IN 2015: CULOTTES

zara-faux-leather-culottes-645x799Why They’re “Ugly”: An awkward fusion of pants, shorts and wide-leg trousers, culottes actually have a long sartorial history. Back in the day they offered women the versatility of pants, while maintaining a skirt-like and thus lady-like appearance. While that’s all well and good, with both pants and skirts at our disposal nowadays, why don this highly confused pair?

Why You’ll Love Them: Flirting the line between masculine and feminine, they’re the ultimate compromise for the girl that loves experimenting with modern, androgynous looks.

 

 

 

 

 

UGLY TREND TO TRY IN 2016: OVERALLS

overalls-645x947Why They’re “Ugly”: Overalls are a hard sell for anyone over the age of nine. Their childlike quality no doubt delivers a serious dose of nostalgia, but the one-piece wonder also stands in direct opposition to that sophisticated persona you’ve been trying to create.

Why You’ll Love Them: They combine the best features of comfortable jeans and a glam jumpsuit for a statement-making hero piece that’ll ensure you won’t go unnoticed. To bring the onesie into adult-appropriate territory, pair with polished and on-trend separates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UGLY TREND TO TRY IN 2016: PALAZZO PANTS

palazzo-pants-645x968Why They’re “Ugly”: Remember raver pants from back in the ’90s? They didn’t work then — how could they possibly work now? Elegant tailoring, sophisticated add-ons and of-the-moment prints have taken the debatable silhouette into fashion-forward territory.

Why You’ll Love Them: The relaxed silhouette is airy and light, adding ethereal movement to any getup. The billowy trousers are also ideal for winter. They can easily be layered over leggings or flannel tights for lots of warmth without the bulk.

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Rutshelle Guillaume

Biography of Rutshelle Guillaume …
Born in Port-au-Prince on July 28, a family of three children, Rutshelle GUILLAUME is the only daughter of her Father. At the age of five, she began to sing at the church of God of Boulard directed by Pastor Louis DESTINVAL. His passion for music takes him to 19 years, in the group “REL”, a musical formation composed for the most part of young musicians of the National School of … Arts (ENARTS). She was able to meet her husband, Walner O. Registre (Doc wor) band leader of the group Rèl, father of her beloved daughter (Ruth-Warly O. Registre). Rutshelle is one of the most listening and charming women’s voices on the air today. Her opus “KITE M KRIYE” is asked and asked again in the shows to which she is invited to produce. This song, according to her, comes out of the particular to reach the social. Rutshelle, Philosopher of formation, joined the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) of the State University of Haiti (U.E.H) in 2008. After completing her studies, she is currently completing her research in order to obtain her degree in philosophy. – Former Professor of Grammar and Philosophy at New Bird College. Rutshelle Guillaume currently works as: Protocol Officer attached to the Kiosk of the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) at TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE International Airport. – During a training on vocal techniques organized by James Germain, Emmeline Michel and Stevenson Théodore at the Fokal in 2011, his performance on stage enabled him to surprise Yole DEROSE, in search of young female talents for his project “Haiti Heart of Women “. She chose to be part of her project. While awaiting the release of her album, she presents to the public the opportunity to discover it in her song titled “KITEM KRIYE” which is video-clip. In addition, Rutshelle had already participated on numerous projects with several artists and musical groups, such as: – Roosevelt SAILLANT, known as BIC Tizon dife: “Mesi ti cheri doudou” a song from his latest album entitled “Kreyòl sings Kreyòl Konpran” . Doc Filah: “Trèv pou amoni”, a song from his album “Akrilik sou twal rezon” – Eunide Edouarin dit (Eud) and Aristor Oberson says (Dad Crazy): “Fòk mwen fete”, a song of their album “Limyè wouj” – Jean Bernard Félicien dit (Hurricane) and Valkency Décembre dit (K-lib): “yon lide”, a song from their album “Knock Out” – Barikad crew , konplèks, bafon plafon “, songs from the album” RED “. To name but a few

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Neefah Song
Biography

Prior to launching her musical career, Neefah got her start by auditioning for the Brooklyn High School of the Arts; a specialized arts school where she majored in vocal music. In addition, she took Music Theory for she believes reading and writing music should be a very important factor in any musicians training.

Neefah excelled in the program and later attended the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she graduated in 2006 with a degree in Musical Theater. She also graduated from the Barbizon School of Modeling the same year. Upon both graduations, Neefah began pursuing music full-time.

Stephanie “Neefah” Fontus was born on February 21st in Brooklyn, NY to a Haitian mother and a Haitian and Bahamian father. Her father, a professional bassist didn’t give her much support or encouragement when it came to music and her mother supported his decision because they didn’t want their daughter to make a career in music instead they encouraged her to complete her studies and have a normal and stable life and career. Neefah heeded her parents’ advice however it was in school where she actually found the drive and necessary encouragement that she needed and it came from her music teacher. Through her teaching and mentoring, Neefah finally felt secure enough to pursue her dream in entertainment.

Neefah went on to perform at some very prestigious events and places such as the United Nations, FAME on 42nd Street (Broadway Musical), VH1 Hop Hop Honors where she opened the show, she sang the national anthem at the Yankees’ stadium for the Mets twice to name a few.

With her career looking bright Neefah still felt the need to please her parents and obtain a degree in criminal justice but her heart still remains in music.

Neefah’s musical training and experience may be outside of the Haitian Music Industry’s (HMI) realm, she is no novice to the industry. Neefah’s collaborations include Dola Mizik, Clinton Benoit, Madman JP and Charlot Maitre on lead vocals.

Neefah’s new single entitled “Nobody but you” is officially released and Neefah is currently in the studio adding the finishing touches to her album slated for a Summer release.

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Written by Cheyna Pierre

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Yves Joseph

Yves Joseph

Background vocal

A Native of Petion-Ville, Yves Joseph, better known as Fanfan, is one of the original members of the band. Fanfan started with the band in 1968 playing the congas. In the 80’s, he moved to the front as an additional vocalist in support of Shoubou. The two have formed an impressive singing duo for the last 45 years. Fanfan is, undoubtedly, one of the most important and versatile members of Tabou Combo. Apart from being the band background vocalist, he’s also the band’s manager and main songwriter. Fanfan is a graduate (Cum Laude) from City College with a major in International Relations and a minor in Education. In the Summer of 2000, Fanfan became the first Haitian artist to land an endorsement deal with a major U.S. company when he signed with LATIN PERCUSSION (LP). Fanfan said his most positive experience with Tabou Combo was when the hit single NEW YORK CITY was released. ‘It is a good feeling to hear your songs everywhere you go in Europe, in jukeboxes, major radio stations, and Clubs,’ said Fanfan. ‘The attention you get, the pampering and the fame is unbelievable…’

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Yvon Andre

Yvon Andre

Percussions/Vocal

It was in 1968 when then fifteen year old percussionist Yvon Andre, known to all as Kapi, became a member of Tabou Combo. Back then the young musician had to sneak out of his family’s home in Petion-Ville to play with the band due to the fact that his parents were determined not to let their son become a musician. However, his love for music was too strong to be stopped. Kapi said he could have become anything, but he chose to be a musician because he loves music. It is that love that has motivated him to stay with Tabou Combo for so many years. Kapi is not just a mere percussionist; he’s also a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. Kapi has penned many of Tabou’s hit songs. He has also written most of the band’s Spanish songs including FIESTA and PANAMA QUERIDA. The latter he co-wrote with Fanfan. Kapi said his most memorable moments as a member of Tabou was in 1998 when he traveled to the Ivory Coast to receive a lifetime achievement award on behalf of Tabou Combo, and again when RFO (French radio/television) honored Tabou Combo in Martinique; those, he said, were historical moments.

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Tabou Combo

BIOGRAPHY

“Rhythm is the essence of Tabou Combo,” says Tabou Combo’s co-founder and ex-drummer Herman Nau. The infectious rhythm of Haiti’s national dance music, Konpa (con-pah), has propelled the country’s preeminent dance band around the world. The 12 members of the band have covered many territories since leaving Haiti and relocating to New York City in 1971. By that time, Tabou had already established itself as Haiti’s number one group, and as the “Ambassadors of Konpa.” Tabou Combo now has worldwide fans and followers from London to Paris, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, South America, throughout the Caribbean and in North America.

It is easy to understand why Tabou Combo’s relentless and high-energy style of Compas dance beat knows no language barrier. Singing in English, Spanish, French or their native Creole, Tabou serves a hot mix of grooves and textures with roots from around the world. You will hear a strong dose of the Dominican Republic’s national dance music, meringue. In addition, there is Haiti’s dance-till-you-drop carnival music, rara, the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals. Add to that quadrilles and contra-dances from Haiti’s French colonizers and funk from the American soul era to James Brown for good measure. The mixture of all these influences makes for a serious bass line that brings new meaning to the word bottom; layer upon layer of accents courtesy of drums, percussion and congas; the constant intertwining of two guitars with the feel of West African Soukous topped with bright piano riff and the brassy sound of a 3-man horn section.

Tabou Combo got started in 1968 in Petion-Ville, a town just outside Port-au-Prince, by Albert Chancy and Herman Nau and some friends, all in their teens. They began by naming themselves “Los Incognitos” because they were unknown at that time. They changed to Tabou Combo in 1969, in order to bear a name closer to the Haitian culture. That year, the band won first prize in a televised talent contest, gaining a national reputation in Haiti, and by 1970 it was one of the island’s leading bands. Then the Chancy’s parents stepped in, and Albert, the band’s guitarist, and original, leader was sent to college in Montreal and gave up music. The band dissolved and its members drifted to the United States. Early in 1971, however, an unexpected meeting led to a Tabou reunion with rhythm guitarist Jean-Claude Jean as the leader and the band has been together, with a few changes, ever since.

Employing the repetition and breaks of Afro-American gospel music, TABOU COMBO entices the listener to become listener and dancer. Almost four decades after TABOU COMBO’s establishment, the band has audiences dancing everywhere from concert halls to the streets and in nightclubs around the world. Says Fanfan, the band’s background vocalist and main songwriter, “We want people to dance and forget their sorrows.”

There is no doubt, the music is made for dancing, but Tabou also features lyrics that focus on social issues of the day. For example, the lyrics from the title cut of the group’s 1991 release ZAP ZAP deal with uplifting the image of Haitian people in the wake of bad press connected to the AIDS epidemic.

It was 1974 when the band captured Europe’s attention with its million-selling hit single NEW YORK CITY. Tabou steadily has been building its international followers ever since. The 1989 release, AUX ANTILLES (The Antilles), topped European and Caribbean charts for six consecutive weeks. AUX ANTILLES also won Best Album for Haitian Dance Music at the 1991 1st Annual Caribbean Music Awards at New York City’s famed Apollo Theater. Tabou’s release, KITEM FE ZAFEM (Let Me Do My Things), was voted among Beat Magazine’s Best of 1988. In 1989, KITEM FE ZAFEM, along with ZAP ZAP were used by the film director Jonathan Demme in his movie MYSTERY DATE. The song JUICY LUCY was chosen by French movie maker Maurice Pialat for his movie POLICE (1985). In 2002, world known guitarist Carlos Santana recorded the song MABOUYA (Foo Foo) on his album SHAMAN.

After traveling around the world with Tabou, Fanfan says he has found that people everywhere are all the same and they all love music. TABOU COMBO seduces the people with rhythm that does not let go. Konpa’s unrelenting dance beat is contagious and there are plenty of witnesses. Many of the thousands of TABOU COMBO fans around the world eagerly will testify… that is if they can stop dancing long enough to talk!

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Dat7

Biography

Based out of Hollywood, Florida, Dat7 is a Haitian band with a style deeply rooted in the finest tradition of Compas Direct with Zouk and R&B influences. Dat7 came into existence in late 2014 when former bandmates and longtime friends, Ricot Amazan (conga drums), and Eddy Viau (percussionist), join forces and created the band. They were later joined by Vladimir Alexis (drums), and Olivier Duret (vocalist), to complete the ensemble. Dat7 has created quite a stir since releasing their debut album VERDICT in October of 2015. Having been awarded the “Revelation de L’année 2015” award and the Haitian Academy Award in 2017, Dat7 continues to position itself as one of the most notable new bands, especially for their superb live performances.

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