Of all the stars that stunned on the Grammys red carpet, only one really stole the show: Lil Uzi Vert. Not only did Uzi make a splash with his truly iconic interviews, but his pants (introduced with a "fuck a suit" captioned-post prior to the event) became one of the most talked-about pieces of the night. They were mildly-cropped dark-denim flares, draped with harnesses and chains, and embodied the full Sk8r-boi-mall-rat chic, we embraced wholeheartedly in 2002 ("it's not a phase, mom!").
TRIPP NYC, headed by creative director Daang Goodman, created the trousers in question, which are titled the "darkstreet bondage pants" and bound to sellout in a heartbeat. PAPER caught up with Goodman to discuss the TRIPP NYC vision, the allure of androgyny and who killed it on the carpet.
The brand's aesthetic is very Emily Strange-early-oughts-grunge, what was the early vision for TRIPP NYC?
I started TRIPP in 1984 so it has lived through a lot. TRIPP has always been a lifestyle brand of fashion, influenced by music and the street. It is a medium for all people who want to feel creative, free, and original — if it makes you feel good then wear it.
What's on your mood board this year, which designers do you have your eyes on?
I don't work from mood boards. I work from every day life, objects, music, Art, and the people I see around NYC and everywhere I go.
Each style is very androgynous, was making the label relatively gender-neutral a￼conscious decision?
TRIPP has always been gender-neutral. If you like it and if it makes you feel special then wear it! The only thing you should care about is how you feel. If you wear it and it makes you feel great about yourself, then that's all that matters. Just like music, a book, art, or great food. It should all be gender-neutral.
At this moment it's my Darkstreet hoodies. With the cold NYC winter, I wear my hoodie under a coat. I love when the TRIPP D-rings and studs peak out.￼ I saw it on myself in the corner of the mirror and it looked so cool. It makes me feel powerful, in control, and awesome.
What should we, as fashion-conscious millennials, be doing or wearing more of in 2018?
No need to be so fashion conscious. Instead, just wear what makes you feel good. Live and dress each day to express who you are, and most importantly keep on rocking and rapping.