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.

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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.”

Beyoncé takes over September issue of ‘Vogue’

Queen Bey has extended her reign to the cover of Vogue.

According to HuffPost, Beyoncé has been given ” unprecedented control over the cover of the upcoming September issue, sources say, and the music icon hired the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the publication’s 126-year history. ”

With Anna Wintour giving the multi-hyphenate full control over not only the cover, but also the photos on the inside of her and their captions — something HuffPost says the publication is “contractually obligated” to do — the move is unprecedented in terms of the breadth and depth of the control relinquished.

HuffPost says a source reports that typically, “cover subjects are usually given little to no say in their photos and are sent the cover in the week ahead of publication.” Beyoncé, however, has had control of much of the process, says HuffPost, right down to writing photo captions, which are in “long-form” — and of course, selecting her own photographer.

Tasked with snapping the perfect shot of the singer is 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell, who HuffPost says has already made a name for himself by photographing fashion campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy.

While sources speculate that Mitchell was chosen as a direct result of Beyoncé’s “power and influence,” HuffPosts says the quality of Mitchell’s work may speak for itself.

“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” he told The New York Times in December. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”

No matter the reason for his selection, we’re sure of one thing: this cover is going to be loved lights out.

 

 

 

ICYMI: Woman body-slams man who groped her

It was the video seen ’round the world.

21-year-old Emelia Holden was working at pizza restaurant Vinnie Van Go-Go’s in Savannah, Ga., when ELLE says the server was groped by customer Ryan Cherwinski. Grabbing her backside in an overt manner, ELLE reports what happened next is what earned Holden the praise and support of many a viewer: she “grabs him by the shirt collar and slams him into a nearby counter.”

All caught on the restaurant’s security camera, ELLE said Holden at first thought it was one of her friends pulling the move, but “his hand went further than it should have so I was thinking, ‘There’s no way a stranger just did that.'”

Not only did she defend herself, ELLE reports she also called the police.

“The guy claimed that he was just trying to push me out of the way and, ‘Oh, I barely touched you,'” she told People. “Once the police saw the video, they immediately arrested him. There was no doubt that he did it.”

Cherwinski was charged with sexual battery, and Holden…well, she holds a special place in our hearts.

Clinton makes cameo on ‘Madam Secretary’

Art and reality are merging for an all-new episode of CBS’ hit show, “Madam Secretary.”

According to Huffington Post, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton will take to the small screen for an episode of the show alongside other former secretaries of state, including Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.

The episode the trio will star in will air on Oct. 7, says HuffPost, the show’s fifth season premiere, with fictional “Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (played by Téa Leoni) ask[ing] the three former secretaries of state for their advice on how to handle a fragile situation.”

As for the impact the three will make on the show, Executive Producer Lori McCreary said in a release that their presence is profound.

“Having three powerhouses of diplomacy agree to come on our show is awe-inspiring and humbling.”

Mall retailer hints at digital comeback

Your favorite retailer of yesteryear is about to make a comeback.

That’s according to Cosmopolitan, who says Wet Seal has not only reintroduced its Plus & Curve line online in July, but has done so at the specific request of fans. With nearly 200 items that come in sizes ranging between XL and 3XL and sell for under $50, Glamour reports that the line includes ” bodysuits, dresses, trousers, cardigans, blouses, and more—in a range of trendy silhouettes and prints that are all, again, incredibly affordable.”

But that’s not the only unique thing about this collection; Cosmo says Wet Seal designed the collection with the help of the very fans who requested it, with them crowdsourcing new designs online.

The final component of the brand’s reintroduction is their social media campaign. Called “#WetSealGetsReal,” Glamour says the campaign “aims to empower followers to share inspiring stories of self-love on Instagram.”

With all of this positivity and accessibility going on, it looks like it’s time to let Wet Seal back into our hearts.

Time to get shopping!

Fenty debuts limited-edition highlighter

Finding a new highlighter that is quality is like finding a diamond in the rough; finding one that also gives back is almost impossible. But thanks to Rihanna’s latest release, both are a reality.

According to ELLE, the multi-hyphenate’s Fenty Beauty teamed up with her nonprofit — the Clara Lionel Foundation — to create a limited-edition highlighter called “Diamond Ball-Out.” Named after her foundation’s annual Diamond Ball, ELLE says the highlighter is a platinum shade that “features the same weightless, cream-to-powder formula and highly-pigmented shimmer of the OG Killawatt shades.”

As if the formula and shade weren’t enough, ELLE reports that 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of the highlighter “will be donated to the Clara Lionel Foundation to aid in the organization’s education, health, and global advocacy programs around the world.”

Running concurrently with the highlighter’s release is a contest that has as the grand prize the chance for one fan and their guest to attend the Diamond Ball on Sept. 13; to enter, ELLE says “each dollar spent on the limited-edition highlighter equals one entry towards the contest so the more you spend, the better your chances.”

Ready for this covetable and charitable new product? ELLE says it drops on Aug. 1.

Rhimes working on 8 Netflix shows

Netflix is about to look more and more like Shondaland.

According to Entertainment Weekly the mastermind behind “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” Shonda Rhimes has a host of new projects in the works for Netflix. With producer Betsy Beers by her side, EW says the duo and their team will set out to create eight new shows for the streaming service, all of which center on diverse stories.

For instance, EW says that one untitled project is “based on the true story of Anna Delvey, the Manhattan socialite/con-woman, as written about in New York Magazine,” while another — “The Warmth of Other Suns” — will be “an adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Isabel Wilkerson’s novel about African-Americans feeling the Jim Crow South.”

And for Rhimes, telling a vast array stories isn’t something that just happened; instead, it was her mission.

“I wanted the new Shondaland to be a place where we expand the types of stories we tell, where my fellow talented creatives could thrive and make their best work and where we as a team come to the office each day filled with excitement,” Rhime said in a statement, according to EW. “Ted and Cindy and everyone at Netflix have been incredible partners in making that happen. This is Shondaland 2.0.”

For a full list of Shondaland 2.0 projects in the works, click here.

Model walks SI Swim red carpet while breastfeeding

Walking in a fashion show is a big deal for any model, but for one, it was statement-making moment.

According to Glamour, model Mara Martin was one of 16 finalists chosen to participate in a Sports Illustrated swimwear fashion show during Miami Swim Week, and when she graced the catwalk, she did so while breastfeeding her 5-month-old son.

Wearing a gold one-shouldered bikini for her trip down the runwayGlamour says she toted her diaper-clad son in her arms while he was sporting noise-cancelling headphones.

Martin later took to Instagram to share the reaction she’s received to her groundbreaking runway appearance, posting a screenshot of a Daily Mail article and writing that the whole experience has been “amazing.”

“Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”

 

Nyong’o, Ronan bare it all as stars of Calvin Klein campaign

A new fragrance means a new set of models, and the Calvin Klein brand chose two of the most recognizable actors to front its new campaign.

According to ELLE, to help spread the news about the brand’s first fragrance — aptly called “Woman” — under creative director Raf Simons, Calvin Klein selected Lupita Nyong’o and Saoirse Ronan to front its adjoining campaign, which is directed by artist Anne Collier.  Featuring “both striking, minimalist portraits of the award-winning actresses alongside women they have personally been inspired by,” ELLE says “Nyong’o chose Eartha Kitt and Katharine Hepburn, while Ronan picked Sissy Spacek and Nina Simone.”

With a fragrance that Simons says is inspired by “freedom of expression” and “the transmission of strength and inspiration from woman to the next,” ELLE reports that the creative director said its campaign is centered around the theme of embracing and owning one’s femininity.

“The campaign is an exploration of femininity—a group of women bonded by a common thread,” said Simons, “the desire to have the power to create their own identity, and to support and lead the way for those that come after them.”

Click here to shop the fragrance.