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When it was announced earlier this year that Off-White designer, Virgil Abloh, would be succeeding Kim Jones as Louis Vuitton’s men’s designer, a sense of excitement and anticipation swept across the fashion world.

This can be described as nothing short of historic as Abloh is the first person of color to be appointed the covetable position.  One could only imagine how good it must feel for a guy from Rockford, Illinois to achieve such a feet.  Starting out as a protege for Kanye West, Abloh worked with the rapper on a number of things, such as his album artwork for Watch The Throne as well as collaborating with him at Nike. Virgil took his fashion cred to the next level by starting the streetwear label Pyrex Vision. He would later start the very successful streetwear brand Off-White in 2013 making him one to watch in this industry.

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

Abloh’s first contribution, which is noticable right away, is the cast of predominantly black male models, which could, by far, be the best part of the show. The collection exuded that streetwear swag that Abloh has become known for with his own line Off-White.  The first few looks were all white including the bags and shoes, which could possibly have been a nod to his other line.  The sheer shirts and jackets with pockets were a familiar aesthetic that has become the designer’s signature.  As more of the models strutted out, the collection began to take a more neutral turn with a lot of brown, khaki and light grey pieces with a splash of yellow here and there.

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

Abloh’s decision to appoint stylist Christine Centenera has proven to be a great one. Her flow from one color palette to the next shows her versatility as a stylist. The show was dissected into different acts as if it were a Tony winning play. There was a colorful tie-dyed section, a series of red looks, then a series of pastel looks, then a series of dark looks. There was a clear since of story telling with each section successfully transitioning to the next.

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

Since this is Louis Vuitton I can’t forget about the bags. Abloh hit a home run putting his own unique spin on the classic leather goods. Many of the bags were seen in a clear iridescent fabric. Some were box shaped and came in colors like white, green, and of course with the classic monogram print. One thing most of the bags had in common were the chain straps.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I wouldn’t mind going into debt for one of those stunners. The highlight of the show was at the end as Abloh made his final bow to a standing ovation. His emotional hug with Kanye West, who was seated front row next to wife Kim Kardashian was enough to bring tears to even the hardest individual.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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Netflix (@netflix) To Debut ‘Next in Fashion’ Competition Series Jan 29, 2020

“Next In Fashion” is a high-stakes competition series debuting January 29, 2020 featuring some of the world’s best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion.

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“Next In Fashion” is a high-stakes competition series debuting January 29, 2020 featuring some of the world’s best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion.

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NEXT IN FASHION

Hosted by fashion designer and TV personality Tan France (Queer Eye) and designer, model and global style icon Alexa Chung, Next in Fashion begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses.

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NEXT IN FASHION

These talented contestants have worked for major brands and dressed A-list celebrities, and will now compete head-to-head to see who has the skill, originality and determination to win the grand prize: $250,000 and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.

Next in Fashion is created and produced by theoldschool and is Executive Produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton with co-Executive Producer Adam Cooper.

Additional Details:

  • Co-Hosts: Tan France and Alexa Chung

  • Guest Judges: Elizabeth Stewart and Eva Chen are recurring guest judges with additional guest judges to be announced at a later date

  • Executive Producers:  Robin Ashbrook, Yasmin Shackleton and co-executive producer Adam Cooper

  • Season 1 # of episodes: 10

Netflix is really moving into a new frontier with its reality series. As you recall, earlier this year the network debuted “Rhythm + Flow,” a music competition series to rave reviews. The magic, however, lies in the qualified judges, and in the case of “Next in Fashion” we definitely trust Tun and Alexa! You can find out more information on the series by clicking here, netflix.com/nextinfashion!

What do you guys think of Netflix’s “Next in Fashion?” Sound off in the comments section below!

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The Secret’s Out! Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Officially Canceled for 2019

It is the end of an era! Victoria Secret’s annual Fashion Show has been canceled for 2019. It is rumored Rihanna’s Fenty Fashion show may be a deciding factor.

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It is the end of an era! Victoria Secret’s annual Fashion Show has been canceled for 2019. It is rumored Rihanna’s Fenty Fashion show may be a deciding factor.

via USA Today

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L Brands, the parent company of the lingerie retailer, has officially canceled the 2019 show. “We’ll be communicating to customers, but nothing that I would say is similar in magnitude to the fashion show,” CFO Stuart Burgdoerfer said during the company’s third quarter earnings call. The brand said the decision was part of a move to “evolve the marketing of Victoria’s Secret.”

“Given the decline in performance at Victoria’s Secret, we have substantially pulled back on capital investment in that business while we focus on ensuring that our merchandise resonates with customers,” L Brands said in its Q3 earnings report.

USA TODAY has reached out to L Brands for comment.

In May, the brand said it would be rethinking the show.

In a statement sent to the company’s associates at the time and obtained by USA TODAY, Les Wexner, CEO of L Brands, the parent company of the lingerie brand, revealed this year’s show is going in a different direction.

Rihanna’s ‘Savage X Fenty’, however, has only grown in popularity and revenue, taking over much of Victoria’s Secrets fan base. Perhaps this is just a blip and the fashion show will return in 2020. Either way the brand is going to have to up the ante to regain its customers. The fashion show really has been on the decline over the years. Yes, we like seeing beautiful women in lingerie and angel wings, but even that gimmick runs out soon. Where is the next level in the fashion of lingerie? Maybe the look of the traditional Victoria’s Secret model needs to be re-imagined. Maybe a thicker woman of color? It is a thought!

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Bossing Up!? A$AP Rocky (@asvpxrocky) Reportedly Designed New Wardrobes & Uniforms for Swedish Prison!

They say you have turn “lemons into lemonade,” and in A$AP Rocky’s case you turn a near prison term into a business venture! It is being reported the rapper has designed new wardrobes and uniforms for Swedish prisoners ahead of returning to the country to headline a show at the Ericsson Globe venue in Stockholm.

The show, set for December 11th, will also include a selection of Swedish artists, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups non-profit.

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They say you have turn “lemons into lemonade,” and in A$AP Rocky’s case you turn a near prison term into a business venture! It is being reported the rapper has designed new wardrobes and uniforms for Swedish prisoners ahead of returning to the country to headline a show at the Ericsson Globe venue in Stockholm.

The show, set for December 11th, will also include a selection of Swedish artists, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups non-profit.

via Complex

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Now, per a Forbes breakdown of Rocky’s recent conversation with Summit co-founder Jeff Rosenthal at the Orpheum in Los Angeles, we have more insight on Rocky’s plans for the region following his extended legal battle earlier this year.

“When I was going through my whole situation, the whole time I used to look on television and see Swedish fans showing me so much love and I want to give it back,” Rocky recalled, adding that “most of the proceeds” from performances in the country will be donated to “inmates and prison reformation.”

Forbes also said that Rocky has designed “new wardrobe and uniforms” for Kronobergshäktet, the prison in Sweden where he was held following his arrest this summer.

“I’m trying to do what I can with what I can, I just want to keep creating and encouraging whoever is after me to do it better,” Rocky said.

Elsewhere, Rocky discussed the importance of authenticity in fashion and how his well-documented introduction to psychedelics bettered his life. “They opened my third eye and made me more attuned,” he said. “It was a way to love more, it helped me open up my heart.”

We are glad to see Rocky has been able to make the most out of this situation, and earn some coins in return. Perhaps this is one of those situations where everything happens for a reason.

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