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When dancer/ director, Lyrik London puts his mind to something, you can guarantee his creativity will always shine through.

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On the horizon is his new venture, putting out his innovative line of apparel called Pink Trash. The collection, is a natural progression of London’s endless imagination.  His interest in storytelling and expressing himself creatively is most likely what has helped him find success in the different avenues he’s forged in his career.  It goes without saying that the entertainment industry is filled with ups, downs, and constant scrutiny.  These pressures lead Lyrik to publicly reveal his bout with mental illness as a result. Considering the fact that mental illness, especially in the African American community, is still a taboo subject, it’s refreshing to see a young talent channeling something perceived as negative into something amazing.

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When asked if the illness was vital or a hindrance, London confessed that his main challenge is figuring out how to maintain his business while dealing with it. If anything the illness has allowed him to work in a more organized manner rather than being overloaded with work. The collection, for now, mainly focuses on the apparel side. A series of t-shirts, bags and jackets all emblazoned with the collection’s logo.  The best pieces, however, could be his more customized looks. Fringe jackets and short shorts with the words “Add Water” are clever winks which will surely catch the eye of fashion’s boldest players.

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As a person, Lyrik has all of the makings of a mogul in the making. His eye for business and creativity all while managing a mental illness is an inspiration to any and everyone affected by the same thing. As humble as he is attractive, Lyrik admitted that a year from now his main goal for Pink Trash is to have a bigger following.  By taking his time and allowing his knowledge to grow, the future will be all too bright for this young talent.

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“Transcending!” Strike a “Pose” For FASHION!

Since its’ 2018 debut, the FX drama, Pose, has managed to bring the world of ballroom culture into the mainstream all while maintaining an elusiveness that keeps you longing for more.
It’s hard to ignore the irony when you ponder how a show about trans women in the late 80’s could become so successful during a time that seems to be filled with hate and prejudice. Call it what you will, there’s no denying the impact Pose has had on society as a whole. Never in history have we seen such an embrace of inclusiveness, especially considering the consequences one could face back in the day for even appearing to cross dress.  The stars from Pose have benefited generously from this newfound inclusivity.

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Since its’ 2018 debut, the FX drama, Pose, has managed to bring the world of ballroom culture into the mainstream all while maintaining an elusiveness that keeps you longing for more.

It’s hard to ignore the irony when you ponder how a show about trans women in the late 80’s could become so successful during a time that seems to be filled with hate and prejudice. Call it what you will, there’s no denying the impact Pose has had on society as a whole. Never in history have we seen such an embrace of inclusiveness, especially considering the consequences one could face back in the day for even appearing to cross dress.  The stars from Pose have benefited generously from this newfound inclusivity.

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The beautiful bohemian turned glamour girl, Indya Moore, has had a meteoric rise in the world of high fashion. At the top of the year it was announced that Moore would be recruited for Louis Vuitton’s Pre -fall ’19 campaign. The fashion house would then utilize her for their B Blossom Jewelry collection campaign as well as host for their fashion show in March. Her cover of Elle Magazine’s June issue was one for the history books as it marked the first time a trans woman had graced their cover.

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Not to be excluded, house mothers (of the House of Abundance/Wintour and House of Evangelista respectfully) MJ Rodriguez and Dominique Jackson have also been blessed by the fashion gods. In 2018, it was announced that Rodriguez would take part in Moschino’s campaign for their collaboration with H&M. The ads were seen everywhere from the pages of the most prestigious fashion magazines to the billboards in Time Square. Dominique Jackson is the latest of the trio to land a fashion campaign. Fashion house, Valentino, recruited the actress to star in their latest campaign for their new VSLING handbags. In the series of video clips, Jackson plays the part of an outspoken woman named Devoray,  who is auditioning for the role as face for the Valentino campaign. Pose director, Janet Mock, can also be seen in the clips alongside Luke Gillford heading the auditions. Jackson is so charming and equally beautiful that it’s hard not to crack a smile.

So what can we hope to take away from all of this? A leggy blonde once said “In fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out.” If that’s true we can only hope that this display of inclusivity is not something that is simply in fashion. The time of inclusion is now and it is up to fashion houses to get on board with the acceptance that trans people aren’t just a trend or an article in the back of a magazine. As the Pose girls continue to bust down barriers,  the naysayers should take a look around , relent their old fashioned views and embrace the fact that the world is forever changed.

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Wear Your Shade! Revel By JL Releases Hot, New Eyewear!

Just when we thought we Julian Lark has done it all he surprises us with a new venture straight out of his fashion line, Revel By JL! Revel’s summer collection launched last month via a lavish, poolside fashion show at Atlanta’s prestigious W Hotel; with signature pieces for women that the everyday chic and trendy woman will want to indulge in. The magic now continues as Revel has added a line of amazingly stylish sunglasses to its repertoire of accessories!

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Just when we thought we Julian Lark has done it all he surprises us with a new venture straight out of his fashion line, Revel By JL! Revel’s summer collection launched last month via a lavish, poolside fashion show at Atlanta’s prestigious W Hotel; with signature pieces for women that the everyday chic and trendy woman will want to indulge in. The magic now continues as Revel has added a line of amazingly stylish sunglasses to its repertoire of accessories!

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The sunglasses are nothing short of trendy and catchy. Each one of them has their own style and look that can be worn by any woman looking to make their outfit pop or add a little ferocity! Just think Coco Chanel with a modern, 2020 look!

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Check out a few of the sunglasses below and be sure you purchase your own pair at revelbyjl.com:

 

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Luxury Brand, Burberry, Under Fire for Hoodie w/ Perceived Suicidal & Racist Epithets!

Fashion has been marked red with disappointment thanks to the insensitivity of luxury brands. First, Gucci creates a shirt with a mask that resembles black face, and now Burberry is under fire for a hoodie with a noose around the neck!

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Fashion has been marked red with disappointment thanks to the insensitivity of luxury brands. First, Gucci creates a shirt with a mask that resembles black face, and now Burberry is under fire for a hoodie with a noose around the neck! Burberry has immediately released an official apology, stating:

“We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection,” Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said in a statement provided to CNN.
“Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake,” he added.
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Liz Kennedy

This apology came AFTER the design was still showcased on the runway despite model, Liz Kennedy’s concerns that it was inappropriate and promoted the idea of suicide being fashionable. Communities of color perceive the noose as a nod towards lynching, a common practice of terror and execution of thousands of African-Americans throughout slavery and well into The Civil Rights Movement.

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@burberry @riccardotisci17 Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go. Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway. How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates world wide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck. A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance. I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look (even though I did not wear it myself). Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family. Also to add in they briefly hung one from the ceiling (trying to figure out the knot) and were laughing about it in the dressing room. I had asked to speak to someone about it but the only thing I was told to do was to write a letter. I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was “it’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself” well I’m sorry but this is an issue bigger than myself. A look so ignorantly put together and a situation so poorly handled. I am ashamed to have been apart of the show. #burberry.

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Burberry should definitely shoot Liz an extra check for trying to be their conscience. We definitely feel these luxury brands needs to hire people with sensitivity awareness to ensure this does not continue to happen. There is NOTHING cool or cute about nooses. That’s a fashion accessory history and the dead would rather forget.

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