Rihanna set to become LVMH’s first black female designer – reports

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Rihanna at the the Met Museum’s Costume Institute benefit on 7 May 2018. Photograph: Carl Timpone/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

Rihanna is reportedly about to make history as the first black female to head up a fashion brand at the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, LVMH.

It would be the first new fashion house the group, which owns Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, has launched since Christian Lacroix in 1987.

The new brand is expected to take the singer’s last name, Fenty, which she uses for her make-up and lingerie businesses. Speculation was fuelled this week when she stepped out in an oversized pair of sunglasses with the brand’s logo visible on the side.

Rihanna has filed a lawsuit against her father, Ronald Fenty, in a dispute over the use of the Fenty name by their respective companies. The lawsuit stated he “egregiously and fraudulently misrepresented to third parties and the public that their company … is affiliated with Rihanna”. Rihanna is asking for a legal injunction on the use of the Fenty name, as well as unspecified damages.

The deal would be a shrewd business move for LVMH, which has been courting the singer for some time. While she worked on a capsule collection of sunglasses in 2015 for LVMH’s Dior, she collaborated with Puma in 2016, generating $1bn in sales for the sportswear brand.

In 2017, LVMH lured her back to collaborate on her make-up line, Fenty Beauty. The range, which was praised for encompassing a wide range of skin tones, reportedly made $100m in sales within 40 days and was named as one of Time Magazine’s 25 best inventions that year.

Her lingerie line, Savage x Fenty, which launched in May 2017, has enjoyed huge success and acclaim for its inclusivity. Pitched as the antidote to existing underwear brands such as Victoria’s Secret, which has been accused of being culturally out of touch and objectifying women, the TechStyle Fashion Group-backed brand includes sizes ranging from from XS to 3XL and features plus-size models in its campaigns.

“I accept all of the bodies,” Rihanna told US Vogue last year. “I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.” TechStyle’s CEO told the trade publication WWD at the time that he chose Rihanna because she was “the right partner to bring instant credibility and exposure” to the brand.

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 Rihanna at the Louis Vuitton show during the Paris men’s fashion week on 21 Jun 2018. Photograph: Laurent VU/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

While the details of her new fashion brand remain under wraps, its concept is a reflection of the state of play in the fashion industry. Established and heritage brands are increasingly teaming up with high-profile celebrities such as Rihanna – who has 67 million Instagram followers – to work on collaborations and endorse products thanks to the influence they hold over the lucrative “Generation Z” consumer market.

The Kardashian family are another prolific example of this and have been tapped by several fashion houses, including Calvin Klein, all eager to attract their combined 508.7 million social media followers.

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 Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty make-up line was praised for incorporating a wide range of skin tones. Photograph: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

It would also signal a further evolution in what it takes to head up a fashion house in the 21st century. Like Virgil Abloh, who was appointed as the artistic director of LVMH’s flagship brand Louis Vuitton last year, Rihanna has no formal fashion training. Abloh’s first Vuitton collection is selling 30% faster than the much-hyped collaboration with Supreme from 2017.

Abloh’s mentor Kanye West is another example of a successful musician-to-designer transition. Aside from his claims that his clothing brand Yeezy “will become the biggest apparel company in human history”, it was reported last year that his brand had received a $1.5bn valuation.

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 Like Virgil Abloh, who was appointed as the artistic director of LVMH’s flagship brand Louis Vuitton last year, Rihanna has no formal fashion training. Photograph: Swan Gallet/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

The launch of Rihanna’s brand could go some way to answering calls for more diversity among fashion’s leaders. Last year, she became the first black woman to be on the September cover, traditionally the largest and most important edition of the magazine, of British Vogue.

“A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her,” said the editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, of Rihanna.

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Streetwear Designer Benny Gold Closes His Store and Heads to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

Over the past 15 years, Benny Gold became one of the premier streetwear designers in San Francisco by parlaying his fame as a skateboarder into his own eponymous brand of shirts, hats and outerwear. His flagship Valenica Street shop became a tourist destination and mainstay of the city’s historic Mission District.

But this week, Gold surprised the Bay Area skate community and his thousands of social media followers with the news that he would be closing the store and ending most production on the brand.

Why? To make a midcareer pivot to advertising.

Gold has joined Goodby Silverstein & Partners as a designer. He will report to award-winning GS&P design director Ryan Self, who is himself a recent transplant from MullenLowe London having joined the Omnicom agency in a wave of 2018 hires following new business wins including Pepsi, BMW and Liberty Mutual.

In a statement to Hypebeast that was republished as a personal letter to followers this week, Gold wrote that he made the move primarily to take on new creative challenges.

“I would rather bring [the brand] to a close and celebrate it’s life with integrity rather than push it to become something I no longer believe in,” the note read. Gold added, “I am a graphic artist at heart and all I’ve ever wanted to do is create meaningful things, which is why I’m thrilled to join GS&P.”

The brand will not disappear, however, even if the recently released line will be its last full collection.

The Benny Gold digital store will live on as its founder continues to produce limited-edition specialty products.

Gold’s best-known designs among skate and sneaker aficionados include the 2006 Nike “Huf quake” series, which was created to commemorate the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, as well as logos for streetwear publisher Highsnobiety and coffee brand Four Barrel.

Beyond Nike, Gold has produced work for brands including Adidas, Teva, JanSport, Red Wing Shoes and Miller High Life.

“As a fan of graffiti art, I’ve admired Benny’s work over the years,” said GS&P chief creative officer Margaret Johnson. “He will immediately bring an incredible artistic dimension and intimate understanding of urban culture to GS&P.”

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Kate Bosworth is flawless in floral frock as she celebrates designer Jason Wu’s spring collection

She’s a famous fashionista.

And on Thursday, Kate Bosworth led the stylish stars that showed up for a luncheon celebrating designer Jason Wu.

The Beverly Hills event was hosted by Saks 5th Avenue and also included Alyssa Milano, Camilla Belle and Linda Cardellini.

Muse: She's a famous fashionista. And on Thursday, Kate Bosworth led the stylish stars that showed up for a luncheon in Beverly Hills celebrating designer Jason Wu

Muse: She’s a famous fashionista. And on Thursday, Kate Bosworth led the stylish stars that showed up for a luncheon in Beverly Hills celebrating designer Jason Wu

Bosworth, 36, looked lovely in a white frock with blue and orange floral motifs.

She went bare-legged in black pumps and wore her golden locks loose with a center parting.

The actress was made up with black mascara, a touch of rosy blush and red lip color.

Stylish: Bosworth, 36, looked lovely in a white frock with blue and orange floral motifs. She went bare-legged in black pumps and wore her golden locks loose with a center parting

Stylish: Bosworth, 36, looked lovely in a white frock with blue and orange floral motifs. She went bare-legged in black pumps and wore her golden locks loose with a center parting

The event celebrated Jason Wu's spring collection - the designer is pictured with Bosworth
The event was hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue - company president Marc Metrick posed with Bosworth

VIPs: The event celebrated Wu’s spring collection – he’s pictured left with Bosworth – and was hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue – company president Marc Metrick posed with Bosworth right

Gaggle of beauties: On hand, too, for the luncheon were actresses - from l-r - Alyssa Milano, Camilla Belle and Linda Cardellini who also wore dresses from Wu's collection

Gaggle of beauties: On hand, too, for the luncheon were actresses – from l-r – Alyssa Milano, Camilla Belle and Linda Cardellini who also wore dresses from Wu’s collection

Like Bosworth, the other celebrities in attendance also wore dresses from Wu’s spring collection.

Alyssa Milano, 46, opted for a floaty monochrome number with semi-sheer sleeves and belted at the waist.

Camilla Belle, 32, chose a sleeveless colorful frock with vertical black detailing and black waistband.

Meanwhile, Linda Cardellini, 43, was pretty in a sleeveless yellow slip with a patterned overlay.

Eye-catching: Belle, 32, chose a sleeveless colorful frock with vertical black detailing and black waistband and wore it with silvery heels 

Eye-catching: Belle, 32, chose a sleeveless colorful frock with vertical black detailing and black waistband and wore it with silvery heels

Man of the moment: Belle also posed for pictures with the designer

Man of the moment: Belle also posed for pictures with the designer

Pretty: Linda Cardellini, 43, was pretty in a sleeveless yellow slip with a patterned overlay and added shiny silver sandal heels

Pretty: Linda Cardellini, 43, was pretty in a sleeveless yellow slip with a patterned overlay and added shiny silver sandal heels

Bosworth is gearing up for another TV series hot after starring in National Geographic’s 2017 mini series The Long Road Home.

She’s set to play the main leading role in a sci-fi series for Netflix called The I-Land.

According to IMDb, the seven-parter is about ten people’s struggle to survive on a mysterious island after waking up there with no memory of how they got there and who they are.

She’s also wrapped the big screen drama The Devil Has A Name directed by Edward James Olmos and co-starring Martin Sheen and Haley Joel Osment, due for release this year.

Catching up: Bosworth posed with Stacy Martin during the luncheon held at the exclusive Hotel Bel-Air

Catching up: Bosworth posed with Stacy Martin during the luncheon held at the exclusive Hotel Bel-Air

Poised: The actress was made up with black mascara, a touch of rosy blush and red lip color

Poised: The actress was made up with black mascara, a touch of rosy blush and red lip color

Good company: Wu was sat between Belle and Bosworth

Good company: Wu was sat between Belle and Bosworth

Pals: The designer made sure to spend some time with Cardellini too

Pals: The designer made sure to spend some time with Cardellini too

In the spotlight: Mary Martin, second from left, joined the others for a group photo

In the spotlight: Mary Martin, second from left, joined the others for a group photo

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Oprah Winfrey’s Sabyasachi Connection, As Revealed By The Designer

Oprah Winfrey's Sabyasachi Connection, As Revealed By The Designer

On Monday, ace fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee revealed that actress-talk show host Oprah Winfrey recently wore a custom-made black sari designed by him on the cover of Elle India’s December 2018 edition. Oprah has featured on the magazine’s 22nd anniversary cover. She complemented the sari with 29.5 carats Zambian emerald and diamond earrings from Sabyasachi’s heritage jewellery collection. A picture of the cover was shared by Sabyasachi on his Instagram timeline, who also revealed details about his meeting with Oprah Winfrey on her first trip to India. She had visited India in 2012 and while attending a dinner hosted by the royal family in Jaipur, Oprah Winfrey had also worn a sari designed by Sabyasachi.

“Nothing prepares you for meeting Oprah in real life. On her maiden trip to India, Oprah attended a dinner hosted by the royal family in Jaipur and I had the good fortune to dress her in a saree for it. We spent some time discussing India and spirituality, as well as Indian art and handicrafts,” Sabyasachi wrote.

On her way to the Jaipur Literary Festival, Oprah Winfrey had visited Sabyasachi’s new store in Mumbai too. “The opening of my store in Kala Ghoda came up in conversation and Oprah promised to swing by in the morning if she got time off from her busy schedule. I thought she was being polite. Oprah isn’t just one of the world’s most influential personalities. She’s larger than life, but also as real as it gets!” Sabyasachi added.

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New Pic Of Deepika Padukone From Wedding Festivities Shared By Designer – No, It’s Not Sabyasachi

New Pic Of Deepika Padukone From Wedding Festivities Shared By Designer - No, It's Not Sabyasachi

 

After Sabyasachi and The House Of Angadi, Deepika Padukone picked an outfit from the shelves of Anamika Khanna for one of her wedding functions. The designer shared an image of Deepika with her family on her Instagram page and used ‘#weddingfestivities’ in the caption (now edited out) but she did not give away the details of event. In the picture, Deepika Padukone, dressed in an organza outfit, smiled as she hugged her family (in a very Hum Saath-Saath Hain style). Deepika’s sister Anisha, dressed in a chikankari anarkali, looked pretty. Deepika Padukone married actor Ranveer Singh in Italy earlier this month in the presence of their families and close friends. The couple is gearing up for their first Mumbai reception scheduled for November 28.

Anamika Khanna is the third designer Deepika Padukone opted for her wedding festivities, first being her favoured designer Sabyasachi. Deepika also wore a pure zari kanjeevaram saree in gold for the reception, which was a gift by her mother Ujjala Padukone from The House of Angadi. Deepika’s orange and gold saree for the Konkani wedding was also from The House of Angadi.

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How Designer Marcelo Burlon County of Milan Developed A Mature Collaboration With Muhammad Ali

Marcelo Burlon  photo by @bratislavtasicMarcel Burlon

Whether drawn by splendid designs or heartfelt recollections, or the curiosity of what will be the next big thing, streetwear has  proudly proven its sustainability in a volatile fashion marketplace. Make no bones about it, streetwear is meant to be enjoyed and experienced in the proper fashion. Rich textures and hues mesmerize the consumers with waves of exotic yet familiar styles. Streetwear is street fashion that saw its humble beginnings take root in California’s surf and skate culture. Since then, it has grown to encompass elements of hip-hop fashion, Japanese street fashion, and lately modern haute couture fashion. Streetwear more than often centers on more relaxed pieces such as jeans, baseball caps, hoodies and sneakers.

Nevertheless, let me be clear; streetwear was born in the USA. Throughout history, the USA has played a significantly creative role in fashion and quite often we don’t give ourselves a good pat on the back for our creative developments on fashions timeline of history. The movement is born out of the Los Angeles surf culture of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even if we look as legendary surfboard designer Shawn Stussy, you’ll find that he began selling printed T-shirts featuring the same trademark signature he used on his custom surfboards. At first, he was selling the Stussy items from his own car. Soon thereafter he expanded sales to boutiques once popularity has increased and Stussy had become a household name. To be clear, the two most important components of streetwear is T-shirts and exclusivity. Early streetwear brands took inspiration from the DIY aesthetic of punk, new wave, heavy metal and later hip hop cultures. Subsequently. well-known sportswear and fashion brands attached themselves to the emerging early 1980s hip hop scene such as Kangol and Adidas. At this point, the game just got interesting. Nike’s signing of soon-to-be basketball superstar Michael Jordan from their  rival Adidas in 1984 changed the game altogether, as Nike now dominated the urban streetwear sneaker market in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Marcelo Burlon photo by @bratislavtasicMarcel Burlon

Moving forward, we witnessed brand launches by the chief executives of major record companies with then heavyweights Russell Simmons of Def Jam launching his Phat Farm label, Sean Combs of Bad Boy with Sean John, and Jay-Z and Damon Dash of Roc-a-Fella Records launching Rocawear.  Years later, even rap superstar 50 Cent launched his G-Unit clothing label, with the sneaker rights given to Reebok.  This simply meant that the big fashion companies not only  saw a future in streetwear but rather  embraced the streetwear culture. So where does this leave streetwear now? Recently, we find an increase in established luxury brands entering into the market. Last year, Louis Vuitton proudly named Virgil Abloh (Off-White brand) as the brand menswear creative director. So then, what really popularized the streetwear trend? In a word, the decline of formal wear led to the rise of streetwear fashion. I recently reviewed a streetwear designer brand that peaked my interest.

Marcelo Burlon photo by @bratislavtasicMarcel Burlon

Marcelo Burlon was born in Argentinia. His approach to fashion has caught the attention of new generations on his very own rainbow tour of the social-media era. Moving with his parents to Porto Potenza Picena in Italy at 14, he would become a notorious club kid in Rimini. That was until a career organizing events for major fashion houses and DJ-ing relocated him to Milan in 2012 and paved the way for the launch of his streetwear brand Marcelo Burlon County of Milan. Five years on, he has become a fan phenomenon in Italy and beyond, and the poster boy for a new wave of fashion entrepreneurs who are set on challenging the establishment.

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