For men and women in late teens, early twenties, being surrounded by the elements of hip hop fashion, it is hard not to be influenced in one way or another. Personally, while favoring looser fitting jeans, I willingly accept the fact that dress pants are to remain conservatively hemmed and tailored. I believe that hip-hop has as much to offer to fashion, as Hugo, Armani or any Italian designer. Its clothes project themes or freedom and unique, careless nature. Without a doubt, the general teen population has degraded the style to labeled, branded sport apparel. However, same teen populations are flaunting Versace and Diesel labels with similar attitude. Real hip-hop style, as seen on Sean John runways is not much different from contemporary fashion. One might rebut my argument by saying there's little conservative, or stylish about "low riding" pants well past the waste line. Completely agreeing with the utter ridiculousness of this jail-house fashion, I point you, once again, to Sean John site. Look at the belt line of the runway - aaahhh, it's right at the equator, is it not? It is ludicrous to ignore this part of fashion, as it is absurd to ignore many others. A healthy combination of "contemporary" and "urban" is for many an untapped resource that can yield great wardrobe results. While Timberlake, might not be a great example, he is a part of a trend that is becoming, if has not already become and invaluable addition to the world of fashion. Sean John
P.S. I only referred to Diesel because it has been mentioned several times by some members of the forum. I do not have any positive feelings towards the brand although some of the readers might. In any case it provided a good example.