Abloh, Off-White unite for ‘Queen Collection’

This is one collection that’s fit for a queen.

According to Fashionista, designer Virgil Abloh has teamed up with Italian streetwear brand Off-White and Nike to create a collection of trendy athleticwear specifically with Serena Williams in mind. Aptly named the “Queen Collection,” Fashionista says the selection will include new pieces, as well as limited-edition takes on Abloh standards, offering

“…a dress in black and white for both day and nighttime play, a bomber jacket, a bag, a glittery pair of NikeCourt Flare 2 sneakers and limited-edition styles of Abloh’s previous Nike collaboration The 10, which includes a Nike Air Max 97 and The 10: Nike Blazer Mid SW with gradient-colored soles — a design that leaked online back in April.”

All of these pieces are making their debut at the U.S. Open’s 50th edition tournament in New York at the end of August, says Fashionista, and will range in price from $130 to $900. Despite the price tag, sewn within the heart of each piece comes the spirit of its muse, says Fashionista, something Abloh said he was careful to capture.

What I love about tennis is the gracefulness. It’s an aggressive and powerful game, but it takes touch and finesse,” Abloh said in an statement. “So the dress is feminine, but combines her aggression. It’s partially revealing. It’s asymmetrical. It has a sort of ballerina-esque silhouette to symbolize her grace. It’s not about bells and whistles and tricks. It’s just about it living on the body, and expressing Serena’s spirit with each swing of the racket.”

With a collaborative design process backing up his workmanship, Fashionista says the Italian-sourced materials and attention to detail all play into the collection’s dedication to Williams, even using “a body form specific to Williams’s figure” to create the garments, all of which will “will be available at select Nike and NikeLab retailers, as well as Nike.com.”

 

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Gomez to design fall collection for Coach

If we needed yet another reason to look forward to fall fashion, Selena Gomez just gifted us one.

According to PopSugar, the multi-hyphenate and Coach brand ambassador is teaming up with Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers yet again to create a full Fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection. Launching for preorder on Aug. 14, PopSugar says the collection — which will have a pervasive “powerful feminine spirit” — will be available in Coach stores around the world by Aug. 31.

As for Gomez, she says she’s excited to continue her partnership with the brand in such a creative way.

“I am so excited to be working with Coach again,” she said in a press release. “Getting to create my own collection with Stuart has been such a fun process, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have been working on over the past several months.”

New Land O’Lakes CEO makes history

There’s a first for everything, and the Land O’Lakes company has hit a major company milestone.

According to HuffPost, the Minnesota-based company has named Beth Ford its new CEO, becoming the first openly gay woman to lead Land O’Lakes in its history. Ford explained her pride in the promotion to CNN, says HuffPost, especially that it’s considered “an important milestone by many LGBTQ rights advocates.”

“‘I made a decision long ago to live an authentic life,’ said Ford, whose resume includes stints at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company and Scholastic. ‘If my being named CEO helps others do the same, that’s a wonderful moment.'”

While HuffPost points out that Ford joins Apple’s Tim Cook and Dow Chemical Company’s James “Jim” Fitterling as the third openly gay person to take the helm of a Fortune 500 company as its CEO, she is the only woman to do so.

Deena Fidas, director of workplace equality for the Human Rights Campaign, expressed her the magnitude of Ford’s promotion this way:

“This is not a story of someone getting into the higher echelons of leadership and then coming out,” she told CNN. “This is someone walking into this role with her full self.”

Waithe steps into own skin

Sometimes, all it takes is a haircut to make you feel like the best version of yourself.

Just ask Lena Waithe, who PopSugar says recently debuted a brand-new ‘do that traded in her signature locs for a buzzed style. And for the history-making 34-year-old actor and screenwriter, shedding the extra hair made her feel “so free and so happy and so joyful, and I really stepped into myself.”

As for the decision to chop the locs, Waithe explained to Variety that the move was all about matching her outward appearance to her inner self, while also disregarding societal norms — and even stereotypes within the LGBTQIA community.

“I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am,” said Waithe, according to PopSugar. “I think I thought for a long time, ‘Oh, if I cut my hair, I’ll be a stud, I’ll be — in the gay world, there’s a lot of categories — I’ll be a stud or I’ll be a butch.'”

With stereotypes and judgments at her back and a greater sense of confidence settling in, PopSugar says Waithe focusing on carving out a space in the world that is uniquely her own.

“If people call me a butch or say ‘she’s stud’ or call me sir out in the world — so what? So be it,” she explained. “I’m here with a suit on, not a stitch of makeup, and a haircut — I feel like, ‘Why can’t I exist in the world in that way?'”

Famous women share their ‘weight’ on Instagram

Someone’s true weight in life has nothing to do with a number on a scale — that’s the message behind this movement taking over Instagram.

According to PopSugar, the “I Weigh” movement, started by “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil, is taking over social media after she noticed back in March the comments section of a photo that discussed the weight of the Kardashian sisters.

“I clicked on the comments, and it was so many girls freaking out about their weight. Something in me snapped. Whatever you think about the Kardashians, these are still businesswomen, and even they are being reduced to nothing more than pounds and kilograms,” she told The Lily.

Taking the concept of weight and turning it on its head, PopSugar says Jamil made the “I Weigh” movement more about a person’s self-worth than their actual body weight, inspiring people to “share the gifts and struggles that they weigh, whether they’re related to religion, sexuality, or mental health, because we are so much more than our physical appearance.”

“Shameless” actress Emmy Rossum joined in and shared her own “I Weigh” photo, says PopSugar, offering that she weighs “‘drive, kindness, empathy, Jewish and proud, the courage it takes every day to overcome PTSD’ and so much more.”

Here’s to celebrating all we are — sans scales. To check out photos from the movement, click here

Zendaya fights for equal audition opportunities

Equal opportunities are important across all industries and upon all forums, but especially so in the highly visual, visible and influential world of Hollywood.

And so for multi-hyphenate Zendaya, making sure all are considered for acting jobs is just one way to achieve equal access to opportunities and ultimately, equal representation. In a new interview in Marie Claire‘s September issue, Huffington Post reports that the 21 year old told Janet Mock that her process for auditioning is both intentional and barrier-breaking.

“I always tell my theatrical manager, ‘Anytime it says they’re looking for white girls, send me out. Let me get in the room. Maybe they’ll change their minds,'” she said. “And, honestly, if there’s a part that I didn’t get or that I really wanted at the time, shit always ends up working out.”

Using the example of her role as MJ in “Spiderman” as an example, HuffPost says while the role wasn’t written for a woman of color, Zendaya pressed forward for an audition.

“I definitely went into it like, ‘Hopefully they’ll’ ― as they call it in the industry ― ‘go ethnic,'” she said, according to HuffPost. “I remember making the decision to straighten my hair. I didn’t know that they were going to be more diverse in their casting. I didn’t know that I was walking into a situation where they were already breaking the rules. You get so used to having to break the rules for people.”

The is one type of rule breaking we’ll fully support! Click here to read the full interview.

Allbirds unveils sustainably-made flip-flops

These flip-flops are sandals you can feel good about splurging on.

Forbes says footwear brand Allbirds has launched a selection of flip-flops made from sustainable Brazilian sugar cane that aims to replace “plastic foam in traditional shoe soles, which is often made from dirty oil and is highly polluting.”

The launch of these sustainable soles follows a string of other notable releases, such as unveiling kids sizes called Smallbirds and making a line of “‘tree’ runners and loungers made from eucalyptus fiber,” Forbes says their latest launch allows customers to “purchase interchangeable straps at $15 for the Japanese-inspired flip flops, which are available in four summery colorways.” The sandals themselves cost a cool $35.

Only available for a limited time, Forbes says the technology used to created these flip-flops — called Sugar Zeffers — may have a bigger impact on footwear going forward, with the company planning to make the technology available to other shoe manufacturers.

“We know there’s interest within the industry, but what we’re hopeful for is that it will expand beyond that,” co-founder Joey Zwillinger told Forbes. “There’s something about sugarcane-derived adhesives in solar panels that pieces together a green cycle that is really special.”

 

Rihanna makes history on ‘British Vogue’ cover

Rihanna just broke a 102-year-old record.

According to HuffPost, the singer-beauty modul-philanthropist is gracing the cover of British Vogue’s September issue, and in doing so, is becoming the first black woman in the publication’s entire 102-year history to occupy the spot.

Styled by the glossy’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and photographed by fashion photographer Nick Knight, HuffPost says Rihanna took her place on British Vogue‘s cover wearing a “a pink tulle Prada dress and neon-orange gloves from her Savage x Fenty collection,” while also wearing only makeup products from her Fenty Beauty brand.

With the 400-page September issue the barometer of the upcoming season’s impending fashion trends, HuffPost says Rihanna’s cover is hinting at what may be a major trend: pencil-thin eyebrows, which she shows off on her cover photo.

Enninful explained the decision to place Rihanna on the magazine’s cover as one he always saw coming.

“I always knew it had to be Rihanna,” he said. “A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her.”

Amen to that.

 

Vans teams up with Van Gogh Museum for new collaboration

If you though you could never own a Van Gogh, think again.

According to Glamour, footwear brand Vans is teaming up with the Van Gogh Museum to create a collection of apparel and shoes inspired by the artist’s famous works, all to make the masterpieces accessible to the masses.

“It’s our mission to make Van Gogh as accessible to people all over the world as we possibly can,” Van Gogh Museum director Axel Ruger told Glamour. “People from all over the world really love Van Gogh and want a piece of him, as it were. We’re always looking to find new ways [to] make his work [feel] relevant today.”

With the collection featuring 16 pieces that range in price from $40 to $140, Glamour reports that products from the Vans X Van Gogh Museum are “centered around four specific pieces from the artist’s canon—Skull, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, Self-Portrait as a Painter, Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman—as well as letters he wrote his brother, Theo.”

Choosing pieces that offer a window into Van Gogh’s personal life and personal growth as an artist, Faye Fredericks of Vans’ global apparel design team told Glamour that every aspect of the the product seeks to communicate the notion of a masterpiece.

“”If you even look at the labels, we put brushstrokes on those—we really wanted to represent a masterpiece, so we paid attention to every little detail, and we were really critical about it,” she explained. “I don’t think anybody expected [the collaboration]. We always make sure to put our DNA in everything, but I think everybody was really surprised by this.”

Ready to shop the collection? Click here.

7-year-old double amputee makes modeling debut

This young model is jumping into the hearts of thousands.

According to Yahoo, Daisy-May Demetre was born with “underdeveloped fibular bones in both legs,” causing her parents to decide at an early age that she “have both legs amputated below the knee.” Now 7 years old, the Birmingham, England native has prosthetic legs, a passion for gymnastics and a modeling contract with British brand River Island.

Before winning her modeling contract, Demetre first strut her stuff down the runway at London Fashion Week, says Yahoo, eventually landing a contract with Zebedee Management, an “agency that specializes in disability-inclusive models.”

While River Island says Demetre’s energetic personality embodies their brand, her father Alex told London’s Times that his daughter’s purpose is much bigger than this one campaign.

“My original statement, which I stick by now, is that she will be the most influential [and] inspiring double amputee to have lived, ” he said. “The support we get through Instagram from other disabled and non-disabled people is what we are about — helping to put smiles on faces and inspire people to push and follow their dreams.”