Thank u, Mac
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For many of us, the death of Mac Miller was hard-hitting. A pioneering figure in the hip-hop industry, Mac Miller nonetheless leaves behind a legacy which surpasses the confines of his music career. In a touching tribute, Miller’s contemporary and friend, Anderson .Paak reminded us that ‘legends never die’. Sometimes, our heroes exist solely through what they leave behind. Today we celebrate Mac Miller - not only as a lyrical genius - but also as a style icon who inspired many.
Jewellery remains an ubiquitous cog within hip-hop culture. Many of today’s rappers - namely Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott - are renowned for their lavish diamond grills, gold chains and excessive rings. Conforming to this sartorial sub-culture seems to work as a statement of solidarity and respect; what one wears has always been a declaration of identity. Such rings and chains thus become the rapper’s uniform - paying homage to the founders and contemporaries within hip-hop culture. Mac Miller was no exception to these stylistic trends. Yet he added an elegant sensibility which renders a uniqueness to his legacy. In remembering Malcolm, let’s take a look at the 26-year-old rapper’s most iconic looks.
OF THE SOUL: RELIGIOUS ICONOGRAPHY
Mac Miller was raised with Jewish values, yet in interviews, the rapper focuses on the spiritual element of his music. Pictured above, Mac Miller often performed wearing his signature angel necklace. This year, religious iconography has been a huge trend in the fashion industry, featured in many designers’ collections such as Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. This year’s Met Gala’s theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, which you can read about here. Inspired by Mac Miller’s angel pendant necklace, we have chosen Elindesign Jewellery’s Sterling Silver Cross Necklace Large. You can stay on trend with this necklace, but its religious implications also carve a personal and poignant meaning. Gift it or wear it - either way, it’s a piece to cherish.
STUDS FOR THE WEEKEND
‘TURQUOISE’ SLIDE PARK
As the men’s jewellery industry rises, it is important to stand out. We’ve gone back to the rapper’s jewellery archives for this trend - bold and provocative rings. Forget jewellery, we have entered the realm of bling. Whilst artists such as Drake and Offset flash their blinding diamond-encrusted rocks, Mac Miller displays a new kind of sartorial artistry that favours finesse over flashy. Note how he combines modern hexagonal forms with traditional signet styles to create a tasteful ensemble. The artistry exhibited in ATOLYESTONE'S Skull Ring elevates this item to the status of wearable art. Dramatic yet elegant, you can put a twist of the classic hip-hop trend with this stand-out ring. If, like Mac Miller, you find beauty in the ‘unorthodox’, ATOLYESTONE is the brand for you.
MAN IN THE GOLD CHAINS
Gold chains are back with a vengeance. Another renowned hip-hop jewellery look, 2018 witnessed the revival of this classic 80s trend. Chanel. Burberry. YSL. Gucci. AW19 collections exemplified how the gold chain adjusts to both conservative and contemporary aesthetics. As a nod to the forefathers of hip-hop, Mac Miller had a gold chain for every occasion, further endorsing the fashion cultural surrounding hip-hop. In the spirit of tradition, we’ve opted for Laura Adele Jewellery's Yellow Gold Plated Delicate Chain Choker to replicate this look. Wear it long, wear it short, share it with your girlfriend. This chain will help you channel hip-hop realness in whichever way you choose.
PENDANTS & GOLD
The gold chain is, indeed, the rapper’s bread and butter. However, pendant’s offer a playful alternative. Mac Miller’s angel necklace worked as a fashion-forward and personal piece of jewellery. In today’s climate that seeks gender equality, social values seep into fashion in new and exciting ways. For example, Versace’s AW19 collection featured the ‘layered necklace’ trend, which has dominated women’s fashion for the past year or so. JewelStreet has a plethora of pendant necklaces, so you can find a piece that fits your style. The authenticity displayed by Hilary&June and Julie Nicaisse’s pendant necklaces proves how jewellery can uniquely reflect who you are. Playful and original - much like Mac Miller’s jewellery - both The Supernova Pendant and the Guitar Pick Pendant are two key items that will enhance any look.
Mac Miller’s musical artistry was epic. Unfortunately, when our icons die young, their talents are recontextualised. They become legacies. Mac Miller taught us - and still teaches us - the imprint music can leave on an individual. But as an artist whose style simultaneously spoke to the masses and the few, Mac Miller demonstrates how we can express ourselves elegantly and authentically through our jewellery.