Working with a very small budget at the time, Hunte got her hands dirty by taking crayons and markers to color in the stripes and checks of athletic shoes to match the outfits that her clients were wearing. She also utilized up and coming street brands like Walker Wear by April Walker, Cross Colours and the HBCU clothing line AACA clothing (whose collegiate inspired sweatshirts were worn by H-Town, Bill Cosby and Martin Lawrence) and taking pieces to graffiti artist friends who tagged jackets and jeans worn in videos, helping to spread the influential street style that is still emulated today.
I know that is a bold statement to make and may seem like a reach, but hear me out: the New Jack Swing Era got its name from Barry Micheal Cooper, the Village Voice journalist who interviewed producer Teddy Riley for an article back in the late 80's (Cooper also wrote the highly popular hood movies New Jack City and Sugar Hill in the early 90's too). This new sound was emerging out of the devastating crack epidemic that was taking over the east coast which brought with it lots of money and newly minted young millionaires who wanted to look stylish and be seen and heard. The result of that was the flamboyantly wild colors, prints and logos, exaggerated silhouettes and expensive threads. Hunte had the vision to take the street style she saw and wore herself and translate that style to the masses through popular music videos, album covers and magazines.
Now that I have refreshed your memory, do you remember any super stylish music videos from back in the New Jack Swing era that you liked? Let me know about them in the comments below!