It's time to be a hero! If your little ones are fans of PJ Masks (airing daily on Disney Junior here in the 'States), chances are you know that phrase well - kids by day, superheroes by night! For the past year, kids have been enjoying the adventures of Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, and this Fall they can really start to live the adventures in an all-new assortment of officially-licensed apparel and accessories that's just arrived in time for Back-to-School. Fashions for boys and girls, including hoodies, t-shirts, pajamas, backpacks, lunch kits and more have arrived at Kohl's, Target and Toys "R" Us.
This Back-to-School Fashion Showcase is presented in partnership with Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Back-to-School season can be a double-edged sword for people - loving it on one hand, while dreading it on another. Personally, I always loved shopping for new clothes and supplies each year, but as parents, my wife and I feel that the season comes earlier than it did back when we were kids. The Rock Daughters™ get out of school in June, start summer academy right away (no break) and when that wraps at the end of the month, we're already at July and the Back-to-School ads are already showing up in the mailbox. By the end of August, school is back in session and the girls need to be ready to rock the halls... and they're doing it in-style with some new clothes that we discovered during a recent trip to Woodfield Mall - the largest and most-visited mall in Illinois, located just west of Chicago in suburban Schaumburg. Truth be told, I don't know how much attention (if any) my parents paid to fashion trends when we were little, and I know that by my own High School years I wasn't necessarily the most fashionable lad (I'm still not), but it's weird to think that we're now old enough that the trends from our High School years are back in vogue. In the 80s, it was always the 50s/60s that seemed nostalgic... the 70s in the 90s, the 80s in the 00s. Now that 20-year cycle has come into this decade, and #90sRedux is one of the hottest things going. Kids are going back-to-school this fall in what looks like the must-haves circa 1994 - the year that I graduated from High School! Factor in the #OffBeat music-inspired mix and the #ModernUtility trend, and you've got what's essentially my favorite fashion season ever, because what's old is new again (and I'm old?). If we're gonna go throwback, we're also gonna need a proper playlist, so I've curated one on Spotify.
I'm a big fan of pop culture mashups, so when a pair of t-shirts combining former stars of BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 and a couple of iconic bands crossed my feed, my attention was captured. From Los Angeles-based Patti Lapel in collaboration with frank & jan comes "Ian Zeppelin" and "Judas Priestly," bringing Ian Ziering and Led Zeppelin together with Jason Priestly and Judas Priest for what I assume is the very first time. I have no idea how long these have been available, These were first released about six months ago alongside a now-MIA Brian Austin Green/Red Hot Chili Peppers mashup. Like other offerings from Patti Lapel, expect them to be limited-edition. Personally, I'm a big Ian Zeppelin fan.
#GhostbustersWeek concludes on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...
If Ray Stantz wasn't a great Ghostbustin' scientist, he could've had a fine career in automotive restoration. After all, he did a great job transforming a 1959 Miller-Meteor Cadillac Ambulance into the legendary Ecto-1! In celebration of Ray's restorative endeavors comes this shirt from TeeFury: Ray's Repairs & Resoration - "Bringing Wrecks Back from the Dead Since 1984!"
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Are you the Keymaster? How about the Gatekeeper? Those were questions posited in 1984's GHOSTBUSTERS, and in the end, one certainty was that there was no Dana... only ZUUL. Having not yet seen 2016's GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, I don't know if Zuul appears in any form, but the spirit of the beast lives on - celebrated in pop culture, and through numerous mashup t-shirts. For today's pop-fashion feature, I'm featuring some hand-picked designs that come from a trio of my allies: TeeFury, BustedTees and Design by Humans. Check these out!
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For over thirty years, kids have been dressing up as Ghostbusters... for playtime, for Halloween, and now as grownups, sometimes the occasion strikes to still dress-up as a Ghostbuster. From Rubies comes a new line Grand Heritage Costumes that are on the higher-end for a more screen-accurate, realistic appearance. These are geared totally toward grownups, and are available from my allies over at Entertainment Earth. Whether you want the classic, 1984 look, or the modern 2016 look, they're available for men and women alike...
#GhostbustersWeek continues on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine with even more pop-fashion... classic style.
When it comes to officially-licensed GHOSTBUSTERS apparel, perhaps no one has a bigger selection available than the folks at 80sTees.com. While they've got numerous different options including costume shirts and those with famous slogans ("Who Ya Gonna Call?"; "We Came We Saw"), you can't go wrong with the classic "No Ghost" logo created by Michael C. Gross. Available on many different colors of shirt for both men and women alike, you can show your GHOSTBUSTERS pride no matter if you dig the 1984 team, the 2016 team, or both!
#GhostbustersWeek continues on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine with a pop-fashion feature on one of my favorite mashups. From designer Helljester comes SLIMER THRASHIN' MAD- a t-shirt that posits the lovable green ghost as he might appear should he have stepped in for late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman instead of Exodus' Gary Holt. Who knew that Slimer was a left-handed player?
As #GhostbustersWeek begins, we're looking at the home stretch in which questions will be answered as many continue to discuss Ivan Reitman's 1984 GHOSTBUSTERS vs Paul Feig's 2016 GHOSTBUSTERS. Having loved the first two films (indeed, I enjoy 1989's GHOSTBUSTERS II) and not yet seen the latest, what I can say is that there's plenty of room for both the old and the new - men and women alike. On the pop-fashion front, designer DoOomcat is celebrating both crews - the men of '84 and the women of '16 - with a pair of t-shirts offered via my ally, TeeFury: Old Guard and New Guard.