UvT Trendwatch: The High Top Fade

We are starting something new here at Us Versus Them. This place is more than a blog, it is a lifestyle. Team Us is real and it is time to apply the rules to everything. I know Team Us probably doesn’t think about fashion too much, but there are definitely rules to the game. We are here to help. There was a trend that has been pushing its way through for a few years now, but I just chose to ignore it.  But you can always see new trends coming in the NBA, and this one can’t be ignored.  The High Top Fade.

Brandon Jennings started rocking a season or two ago, so did a few kids on the Tennessee B-Ball squad. Cats are going all out too. They have the cuts in their eyebrows, the parts on the sides, everything. I rocked a high top fade through the mid 90’s. I had the full on high top, rocked it to the slope, but never went with the gumby. My Nilla Lake hit me up today and reminded me that the real turrible version of the high top fade was the white high top fade.  There was the Vanilla Ice.

He was rocking it in 1990, but gave it up before Y2K. He had to, that hairline was retreating.

There was the MC Serch.

His joint was official too, no hair gel, just a tall cut and a dream. But even he figured out he needed to let it go. Gas Face Dropped in 1989, I feel like Serch let the hightop go in the mid 90’s.

The one thing about trends is that they always come back in style. There are always those who just try to ride a trend through, never letting go until it comes all the way back. You want to know who stayed strong? Chris Mullin. Chris Mullin hit the league in 1985 and dropped right into the high top fade.

Then retired from the league in 2001, and…was still rocking the high top fade.

Rocking it high and tight too, how does it stay up? Now he is on ESPN and if you turn on the TV RIGHT NOW, he is rocking…a high top fade.

That brother in the back has the stank face because he can’t believe how tight Chris Mullins line up is. Chris rode it all the way out. Unfortunately for him, no one is coming with him.  While brothers have brought back the high top fade, the white boy fade is not making a comeback. No one has made the leap.

Dammit, I’ve been wrong before and I guess I’m wrong now. It is coming back. Pauly D and the blowout are leading the way. Chris Mullin is a trendsetter. Let’s see Pauly D keep it up until 2034 though, THEN I’ll be impressed.

-Brock

Comments

  1. ” There are always those who just try to ride a trend through, never letting go until it comes all the way back. You want to know who stayed strong? Chris Mullin. Chris Mullin hit the league in 1985 and dropped right into the high top fade.”

    LOL

    Genius!

  2. G the Intern says:

    Yo! I for one am AMPED to see the return of the high top fade! I rocked the slope and I think the HTF was one of the DOPEST (yeah I said it) haircuts in history. I just can’t think of a style that was that versitile. You could PERSONALIZE your high top fade with letters and shapes, parts placed in a variety of areas, etc. There were even some questionable customization options such as throwin an S-Curl in it or adding color. The style was just hot to me! I wish it came ALL THE WAY back so I could rock one today! LOL!!!

  3. Itzdatdude says:

    Ya son, folk been trying to bring this trend back into da urban world for a good little minute. I kinda do wanna style on urrybody wit da Twisted high top fade. I wouldn’t look employable but I would be fresher than a peppermint.

    I rocked a high-t as a young dude for a little bit, but as soon as middle – high school came, low fades and blow outs took over. Some of da NYC guidoz I knew coming up been had da gelled up blow outs, but da white high top fade round my way died wit Vanilla Ice. No self respecting nilla in da hood could rock dat without getting rocked.

  4. Ian M. Summers says:

    Lol @ “Fresher than a peppermint”

    Sounds like some cute shit my grandmother would say.

  5. Itzdatdude says:

    @ Ian

    I got dat line from a song by lil keke called “fresher than a peppermint”. I was chillin wit my peoples in Dallas, dis place called Club cirque about 2 years back and heard dat joint in da parking lot, some nicca was blasting it from his trunk. It sounded hot at da time, lol.

    Check da song, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQyJ7vJIn_0

  6. Ian M. Summers says:

    I dig it. Might use it myself.