Solange Honored at The New School’s 70th Annual Parsons Benefit
Yesterday, our own Solange Knowles was honored at The New School’s 70th Annual Parsons Benefit. With video presentations from Missy Elliott, Pharrell and Erykah Badu, the prestigious institution celebrated Solange as a trailblazing embodiment of “the university’s commitment to creativity and innovation.” Rapper and real-life friend Vince Staples was in attendance to present remarks on Solange’s impact as a pioneering figure in fashion and art. Dev Hynes and Kelela were also by her side for the special occasion where she wore an original from Parsons student Shanel Campbell and praised the promising designer for “continuing to shape and mold the way we see the world, being unafraid, disruptive, working through circumstances and pressures and fears unknown to us…”
Along with Marco Bizzarri and Jose Neves who were also feted, Solange joins the company of previously-honored fashion “it” girls like Rihanna and Donna Karan. This, the latest of Solange’s esteemed honors, is a salute to the artist (as well as Gucci and Farfetch) for her far-reaching impact within the fashion industry by way of her unwavering support of emerging designers and creating opportunities for inclusivity. Now with a Grammy Award, Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award, Billboard Impact Award and Harvard University Artist of the Year Award, we would like to once again say Congratulations to our leading lady Solange on this phenomenal honor.
Photography by Getty Images for The New School
Gap Enlists SZA, Metro Boomin & More for New Logo Remix Campaign
To celebrate it’s 50th anniversary and to launch their latest Logo Remix collection Gap, has teamed up with some of “the world’s leading culture remixers.” The classic apparel retailer enlisted TDE’s SZA, Hip-Hop/Trap mega producer Metro Boomin, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why Miles Heizer, British TV presenter Maya Jama and the upcoming Ocean’s 8 actress Awkwafina as the faces of its new campaign. In an accompanying commercial, the brand displays a modern spin on past Gap logos over a groovy Metro produced remix of “Hold Me Now” by the Thompson Twins. The new collection will be available online on January 27th and features a range of remixed apparel.
Gap’s choice of culture remixers was superb to say the least. With a compilation of musicians, actors, YouTubers and more, the campaign is both refreshing and inclusive. If you have not already see the campaign, take a peek below via Instagram and be sure to tune into the Grammy’s Sunday to view it entirely. There is truly something quite special about hearing “If young Metro don’t trust you…” lead into a Gap commercial.
Harlem Designer Dapper Dan Discusses Fashion, Style and Society at the MoMA
The iconic Harlem couturier, Daniel Day, better known as Dapper Dan, shared his thoughts and knowledge on topics that transcend fashion and hit on themes concerning cultural appropriation, technology and society at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Tuesday, January 9th. This discussion with the designer, known for remixing luxury logos with original designs that brought runway fashion to the streets, took place a week before the closing of the “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” exhibition. Currently on display at the MoMa is 110 years of history through the vantage point of clothing and accessories that defined pivotal moments in culture. Some of its most notable installations include Dan’s standout alterations that became the pinnacle of hip-hop culture in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
A decade of Hip-Hop heavy hitters such as Eric B. & Rakim on the cover of Paid in Full, LL Cool J, Salt-n-Peppa, and others rocking Dan’s creations resulted in him being crowned the New York knock-off king and godfather of Hip-Hop style. Re-emergence of the Harlem native’s popularity came on the heels of observers who called out Gucci’s Resort 2018 collection that toted plagiarized versions Dapper’s signature designs. During the discussion led by the exhibition’s senior curator, Paola Antonelli, the New York designer who now works in partnership with Gucci shared the peaks and pitfalls of his career, talked about his faux-Gucci and Louis Vuitton jackets on display in the exhibition and shared some key takeaways for young fashion designers and entrepreneurs of color. “Use technology as your pallet if you’re into fashion,” is what he emphasized as he urged young designers to stay knowledgeable about technological advancements, especially as it pertains to 3D printing, to use to their advantage. With the history of his signature logo-heavy designs rooted in his usage of screen printing, Dan believes that technology has been and will always be a major driver in cutting-edge fashion.
There is no denying that the line between inspiration and appropriation is often deemed unclear in today’s society. When asked what young up-and-coming black fashion designers’ response to today’s racially charged climate should be, he stated “you have to look at it for what is it and figure out, ‘how can I [make this work]?’” He highlighted the magnitude of success that can come through unpacking ways to use both the positive and negative as stepping stones, using the re-opening of his store in collaboration with Gucci after having his designs replicated as a testament to this.
Dan also referenced one of his favorite books, The End of Fashion by Teri Agins, noted the substance he gained from studying designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, and overall history of the industry. His advice for entrepreneurs and emerging designers heavily encouraged research. “Be aware of everything that has been done, is being done and how it’s being done.” He further explained how studying the greats from within the industry can be used as a catalyst in figuring out how to create and provide products that fill the voids of their target consumers.
Throughout the discussion, Dapper Dan hinted at an upcoming book that’s already in the works and it’s obviously sure to drop more of his gem-like wisdom. In the meantime, Dapper Dan’s boutique, located on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, is open for business.
Photography By: The New York Times
Solange Stars Alongside Kanye West and More in Helmut Lang and Exactitudes Project
Our very own Solange and fellow Helmut Lang lovers including Kanye West and Vogue‘s Yohana Lebasi are the faces of a new project by Exactitudes for the luxury label. Despite the various ages and ethnicities of the club members included, they all share deep admiration and respect for Helmut Lang’s minimally bold collections through the years. Archive and re-edition pieces were paired with new Helmut pieces designed by Shayne Oliver. The shorts seen on Solange are one of Oliver’s designs and her tee is a re-edition of Helmut Lang’s “Tom of Finland” cotton jersey t-shirt.
All images were shot by Exactitudes founders Ari Versus and Ellie Uyttenbroek.
Fenty Beauty’s New MatteMoiselle Lip Collection is Limitless
It’s finally that time of year where everyone’s discussing their intentions for a new year glow up and with Rihanna‘s latest Fenty Beauty news, we’ll all be able to fully channel our inner bad gal. On December 26th at 9 AM, the Matte Moiselle lip collection drops and most of us are already ready. Wearing “Midnight Wasabi” (one of the line’s 14 shades), “Supermodel” songstress SZA is the latest addition to the Fenty Beauty squad. There are natural nudes, fun blues and classic reds that, like literally everything else from the brand, leave something for everyone. Watch the Matte Moiselle promo video and check out SZA’s look below.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) December 12, 2017
Solange Releases Limited Edition “Orion’s Rise” & “Cosmic Journey” Merch
Just in time for the reflection of the retrograde, our very own Solange has released limited edition “Orion’s Rise” and “Cosmic Journey” merchandise as we move to close out the year. Originally released during her headlining shows, including Hollywood Bowl, the merch will be made available right on the Saint Heron Shop until December 22nd.
View more of the merch below, and be sure to head over to our shop to pick up your favorite pieces.
Issa Rae Shines Bright in New CoverGirl Commercial
It girl Issa Rae electrifies in her all new commercial for CoverGirl. Flawlessly modeling the brand’s new Melting Pout Metallics, the charming actress sweet-talks her way into a hot date with none other than herself!
In September, Rae announced she would be representing the acclaimed cosmetics company with a heartfelt, full-circle outlook. “I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my favorite magazines, casually flipping through @COVERGIRL ads, singing their slogan in my head. Never EVER in my life did I imagine I’d be one. I am SO honored and SO excited for what’s to come.”
Check out a clip of the campaign below and a warm congratulations to ‘easy, breezy, beautiful’ Issa!
🎉 MY FIRST @COVERGIRL SPOT IS HERE! I’m rocking our NEW Limited Edition Melting Pout Metallics in 24 Carat…And because I love the internet, we’re celebrating the launch with a CYBER MONDAY exclusive! You can buy my new fave lip for a LIMITED TIME ONLY so you, too, can shine like a Golden Glowing Queen (*shrugs* I am what I make up). Go to www.meltingpoutmetallics.com to get your SHINE on. #MeltingPoutMetallics #IAmWhatIMakeUp
Solange Curates & Stars In New Calvin Klein Campaign: “Our Family. Our Music” #MyCalvins
Today Calvin Klein released their newest campaign: “Our Family. Our Music” #MYCALVINS”. The first rollout of the campaign was curated and stars our very own, Solange alongside her chosen musical family of singers/songwriters: Kelela, Kindness, Dev Hynes, and Caroline Polachek. The group was hand-picked by Solange herself and photographed by Willy Vanderperre.
“The evolved #MYCALVINS concept has family at its center and core, a display of unity between strong individuals, further emphasized by the symbolism of the traditional American quilt,” shared Calvin Klein. The new campaign showcases lines from both Calvin Klein Jeans and underwear, which are available for purchase now.
View photos from Solange’s full campaign below.
Earl Sweatshirt’s DEATHWORLD Collection is Now Available Online
A few weeks ago, Camp Flog Gnaw was the place to be for all things music, art and style related. The two-day carnival was even the official pre-launch site for Earl Sweatshirt‘s DEATHWORLD apparel line. Today, the official DEATHWORLD site made it’s grand debut with a full, eye-catching collection of joggers, rugby shirts, hoodies, socks, caps and more. Each item sports the collection’s name/logo in a variety of stylizations and ranges in price from $15 – $90. Before everything is sold out (some already are), you can shop DEATHWORLD now.
Rihanna’s Red “Stunna Lip Paint” for Fenty Beauty Arrives November 23rd
Fenty Beauty (by Rihanna), the cosmetic line none of us knew we were waiting for, snatched our hearts immediately with its original launch just two months ago and again after the release of its holiday collection a couple of weeks ago. Fenty Beauty’s next trick is another automatic must have. After the bad gal’s previous collaboration with MAC, Rihanna Red should be an officially recognized color seing as “RiRi Woo” is still nearly everyone’s go-to red lip. But our (already) new fave “Stunna Lip Paint” from Fenty Beauty arrives on November 23rd and is the raging red with blue-tinged undertones that pops on every skin tone. We’ll definitely be in line for this.
Rihanna Will Co-Host The 2018 Met Gala
After recently revealing the 2018 Met Gala theme as Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the Costume Institute also revealed Anna Wintour’s co-host for the evening. Joining Wintour for the star-studded event on May 7, 2018 will be none other than the baddest bad gal Rihanna as well as Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace.
Year after year we have all anxiously anticipated Ri’s Met Gala looks and of course she has never disappointed. With the new Heavenly Bodies theme, the possibilities for Rihanna are limitless. As we await her look reveal (as well as those of all our other faves who will be in attendance) take a look at some of Rihanna’s most amazing Met Gala moments below.
In 2011, Ri paired Christian Louboutin heels with her Stella McCartney dress.
Again dawning Stella McCartney, Rihanna took to the carpet in all white for 2014’s Charles James: Beyond Fashion themed Met Gala.
In 2015, badgalriri continued the slay while simoultaneously putting Chinese designer Guo Pei on the map with the yellow gown trailing behind her.
Rihanna returned and won the Met in 2017 in a straight-off-the runway Comme des Garçons architectural masterpiece fully embodying the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” theme of the night.
Telfar Clemmons Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Prize
Brilliant non-conformist Telfar Clemmons was this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)/Vogue‘s Fashion Fund prize winner. As one of the few otherworldly creatives who can take the most peculiar ideas and make them stylish, the Liberian-American designer’s unisex line Telfar is absolutely deserving of the $400,000 USD reward. Accepting the award he said, “I just want to thank everybody for being down… I know it’s been a hard, long road but that’s what pioneers do. This is coming back to Queens.”
Chromat (swimwear) and Ahlem (eyewear) were the runners up for a $150,000 USD prize. All three labels (and the remaining finalists) will also receive the support and guidance of Vogue Editors and CFDA members. Congratulations, Telfar!!