In the Spotlight: Willem New York Twists the Classics

Brand: Willem New York
Backstory: After graduating with a history degree from Harvard, Sean McDonagh indulged his love of kicks by working on branding for the Greats, the buzzy sneaker brand. But he soon got restless and sought to tell a fuller men’s wear story. “I’m someone who jumps into the fire,” he said. So he created Willem New York, a casual men’s wear collection rooted in American staples such as jeans, hoodies and T-shirts but with subtle design twists. In addition to updating classics, McDonagh also strives to tell a story with Willem. For spring, a collection he titled Paradise Lost, he was inspired by Seventies Montauk, N.Y., where he’s spent his summers since childhood, and photographer Peter Beard. The influence of the lensman, who is renowned for his images of Africa and its wildlife, is found in several pieces of Willem’s spring offering such as safari jackets as well as the earthy color palette.
Key pieces: Although Kenya and Montauk might not on the surface seem to have much in common, McDonagh has managed to seamlessly blend the aesthetic of both in his spring offering. The design is intended to represent “a beach town with safari details,” he said. That

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In the Spotlight: French Deal

Brand: French Deal
Backstory: Steeven Kodjia, a former professional hip-hop dancer, used to shop the vintage shops of New York searching out the most unique streetwear pieces he could find and resell them when he returned home to France. He soon attracted a following who appreciated his taste and eye for the unusual. And so in 2010, Kodjia decided it was time for him to create his own brand, one that would speak to a couture hip-hop customer — a market he didn’t feel was being addressed. He teamed up with Ian Mahinmi of the Washington Wizards, and Ousmane Dabo, a former soccer champion, to create French Deal that next year. The three share not only an affinity for high-end streetwear, but a common heritage: they’re all originally from West Africa and grew up in France, giving them a similar sensibility and purpose. The brand, which is custom only, soon gained a foothold with celebrities such as Khalid, Maejor, Quincy Brown, Evan Ross, and Ne-Yo, as well as several NBA athletes, including Mahinmi’s teammates Otto Porter, Tomas Satoransky and John Wall, and NFL player Victor Cruz. “From the beginning, I wanted a brand that told our story and that I could

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Printemps Puts Spotlight on Upcycling Initiatives

SECOND LIFE: Printemps is on the lookout for used clothing.
The Paris department store is launching a sustainability-focused event named “(Re)Créez, (Ré)Inventez” (“Re-create, Reinvent”), putting the spotlight on upcycling, marking the latest retail initiative aimed at tapping into consumer interest in environmental and ethical issues.
From April 4 to May 12, customers will be able to bring used garments into all Printemps stores to be donated to the French Red Cross. The clothing will either be distributed to people in need or resold in Red Cross charity stores.
The department store has also chosen to showcase creative ways of disposing of used garments. In addition to welcoming secondhand clothing boutique Tilt Vintage, Printemps has tapped Maroussia Rebecq, who designs under her brand Andrea Crews, to create a 20-piece capsule of upcycled clothing in partnership with local charity Tissons la Solidarité.
Using leftover clothing from Printemps’ stock, the designer worked in collaboration with 70 socially responsible workshops specializing in textiles. They help 1,900 workers return to the professional world each year, 83 percent of which are women.
For the event’s duration, the windows of the Printemps Haussmann store in Paris will be taken over by five artists celebrating material reuse.
Each participant has based their chosen artwork

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Books of The Times: Andrea Dworkin, a Startling and Ruthless Feminist Whose Work Is Back in the Spotlight

“Last Days at Hot Slit,” edited by Johanna Fateman and Amy Scholder, collects work by the radical feminist who said her writing had to be “bolder and stronger than woman-hating itself.”
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Dunhill to Spotlight New Brand Positioning in U.S.

The Alfred Dunhill brand can trace its roots all the way back to 1893 but its presence in the U.S. market over the years has been spotty at best.
In the Fifties, the London-based brand operated major stores on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and Rockefeller Center in New York and counted celebrities such as Frank Sinatra as fans.
But it slowly lost its grip on the market as management changed, stores closed and the brand cycled through a number of designers including Richard James, Nick Ashley, John Ray and Kim Jones.
Enter Andrew Maag, a former Burberry executive who joined the brand at the end of 2017 and promptly set out to “right size” the business and redirect its focus back to its core business. “We were really missing the mark in the luxury space,” he said. “But we’re just now experiencing a turnaround.”
That has been helped in large part by the positive reaction to the modern tailoring created by the company’s new creative director, Mark Weston.
At the same time, Maag said that since joining the company, one of his major focuses has been updating the fleet of stores. “They desperately needed to be brought up to relevant standards,” he said.
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In the Spotlight: Overcoat

Name: Overcoat
Designer: Ryuhei Oomaru
Backstory: Oomaru is coy when asked to name the high-end clients he services at Oomaru Seisakusho 2 Inc., his 10-year-old pattern-making and sample creation studio on Canal Street in New York, saying only that they are among the best-known names in the industry. What the former head tailor for Donna Karan isn’t reluctant to talk about, however, is his personal side project, Overcoat, a brand he created three seasons ago to offer a distinct structural take on apparel that is based on his skills in creating patterns, expertise he undoubtedly honed during his time working for Comme des Garçons. The unisex and uni-size collection, which has been expanded to include suits, shirts and trousers, is inspired by the storefront awnings he saw in his adopted home of New York. The collection was shown for the first time during New York Fashion Week: Men earlier this month.
Key styles: Outerwear is still a key part of the line and features several capelike models that have been created from canvas and vinyl fabrics like those used in awnings. A “cape shoulder” is a silhouette for fall and is created from one continuous rectangular piece that creates a capelike drape when

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Critic’s Notebook: Trump, Political TV’s Protagonist, Now Has to Share the Spotlight

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Books of The Times: A Life of Nietzsche Turns the Spotlight on an Idol Long Misunderstood

In “I Am Dynamite!,” by Sue Prideaux, the philosopher steps out of the mists of obfuscation and rumor, vividly evoked as a thinker and a man.
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The Not So Swinging Thirties to Take the Spotlight in New London Show

SOBERING UP: The Turbulent Thirties and its fashion — ranging from the influence of Hollywood films to the rise of suburbia — will be the focus of a new show called “Night and Day: 1930s Fashion & Photographs” at The Fashion and Textile Museum. The exhibition will open Friday and run until Jan. 20.
Split into different tableaux, the exhibition highlights the changing political and cultural landscape of the decade, and its impact on fashion. There will be a total of 100 looks on display, lent by Mark and Cleo Butterfield of C20 Vintage.
“Whilst carrying out the research and planning Night and Day, it became clear that escapism was a major theme that needed to be explored. While the decade is famous for its glamorous bias-cut evening gowns that showcased a woman’s curves and its magical musicals full of romance and glamour, these years were defined by a constant anxiety about the harsh economic reality and shifting social status,” said co-curator Teresa Collenette.

“Night & Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs,” at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, until Jan. 20. 
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Steven Tai, Rankin Spotlight Imperfect Beauty With ‘Portrait Positive’

BEAUTY MARKS: Rankin, designer Steven Tai and the U.K. charity Changing Faces have worked on a project that thrusts women with disfigurements, marks and scars into the spotlight, and aims to shatter conventional notions of beauty.
“Portrait Positive,” a book and campaign, was conceived by Tai and Stephen Bell, a London-based events manager, and features images of 16 women with visible facial and bodily differences. The women were shot by Rankin and are wearing designs by Steven Tai. It launched this week in London and retails for 29.95 pounds.
The book is available to purchase on the Portrait Positive web site and at stores, boutique and art spaces across the U.K. and proceeds from sales will support Changing Faces’ work. The charity is for 1.3 million children, young people and adults who have a medical condition, mark or scar that makes them look different.
“Living with a visible difference, you are literally judged by your appearance and compared to what I think is a fake idea of what it is to be beautiful or even ‘normal,’” Rankin said. “The only way to shift this perception is to talk about it and face it head on.”
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Target Shines a Spotlight on Fashion Tech

SYDNEY — Target Corp. is partnering with American fashion tech developer Anina “Net” Trepte on a “Future Jewelry” event at its Internet of Things concept store Target Open House in San Francisco.
On July 26, Trepte, the founder and chief executive officer of 360 Fashion Network, will stage a wearable-tech fashion show and panel discussion within the store.
According to a Target rep, the event is the first that Target has hosted in partnership with a vendor specifically about smart jewellery.
It coincides with the unveiling of a small range of Trepte’s products inside the store’s “Garage” area — an incubator space where early stage tech products are selected for hands-on testing, with the potential to subsequently roll out into wider retail.
To be displayed over August, the products include the new 360Fash Tech “Totwoo Love” Kit, a plug-and-play jewelry-maker kit that Trepte developed with Beijing-based smart jewelry company Totwoo, which allows fashion and jewelry designers to create smart jewelry without the need to code or solder; Totwoo’s new Love Bloom smart pendant; and 360Fashion Network’s new charging wallet and smart safety ring.
The Target rep declined to comment on any retail plans that Target has for the products.

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In the Spotlight: Travis Oestreich

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Designer: Travis Oestreich
Backstory: Although still young, the Minnesota native has compiled an impressive résumé that includes a number of high-profile brands. After graduating from the Art Institute of New York City, he joined John Varvatos, a personal favorite of his growing up, and stayed there for five years before leaving to work on Marc Jacobs’ men’s line. Once that was shuttered, he designed men’s and women’s knitwear for Alexander Wang and then got an offer he couldn’t refuse from Banana Republic. But when the company revealed that it was moving its design office to San Francisco, Oestreich had a decision to make: relocate or find a Plan B. “San Francisco wasn’t the place for me,” he said. Instead, he took his nest egg and decided to branch out on his own.
Aesthetic: Oestreich has chosen an unconventional product for his introductory collection: caftans and jumpsuits. “They’re colorful and playful and no one actually needs one, but if you get one, you’re excited to wear it,” he said. “These clothes are a luxury you never knew you needed. Whether you are male, female or any fabulous being in between, these garments were made for each person to feel beautiful, proud

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New Designer Spotlight: Retrofête

“The Retrofête girl likes to party,” designer Ohad Seroya mused of a shimmery rack of party-attire that made up the new brand’s playful debut pre-fall and fall 2018 collections. After years of sifting through vintage troves, from Chelsea Market to the street markets in Berlin and Copenhagen, and dressing friends and family in their fashionable finds, Seroya and his husband Aviad Klin decided to try their hand at designing their own vintage-inspired treasures. So evolved the duo’s passion and hobby into full-blown fashion brand, Retrofête, which takes its name from “Vintage Party.”
“She likes to have fun, pushes the envelope and takes risks. She’s an insider and trend setter,” exclaimed Ohad of the Retrofête girl, “She is ‘wow’! There are no boundaries for the Retrofête girl.”
Both the pre-fall and fall collections are filled with sparkle and shine, a majority of pieces adorned fully with their main fabric: sequins. But these aren’t your average sequin party dresses. The duo prides themselves on unexpected takes on sequins, always playing with their dimension and color. For instance, an asymmetrical red check with sequins in a check print for pre-fall, or velvet and sequin wrap dresses for fall. Whether putting on a multi-colored sequined

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Li Edelkoort to Open Paris Gallery to Spotlight Artists, New Voices

WATCH THIS SPACE: Having first opened a private art salon in Paris more than three decades ago, Trend Union founder Li Edelkoort will soon take her career full circle by unveiling a public design gallery in her company’s headquarters.
Set to open its doors Jan. 18 at 30 Boulevard Saint-Jacques, the space will showcase design and arts and crafts — “what deserves to be shown collected and cherished at this moment in time,” according to the trend forecaster. To that end, a Heartwear pop-up shop will be among the planned events.
Created in 1993 by Edelkoort and some of her fashion designer friends, Heartwear is a nonprofit that collaborates with artisans by helping them scale up their creations without compromising their design integrity, culture or environment that they live and work in. With the assistance of department stores and magazines, Heartwear develops high-level goods with broader distribution. The nonprofit’s aim is to create a lasting connection with a collective or region. Khadi cotton from India and indigo-colored textiles from Benin are two of the projects that have been executed. To try to help the specific regions become self sustainable, profits are reinvested in those where the artists are based.
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Dancing with the Stars Finale: Child Star Frankie Muniz Reflects on His Return to the Spotlight


More than 10 years since Malcom in the Middle‘s end, Frankie Muniz took center stage again on Dancing with the Stars, and he’ll compete in the finale Tuesday night.

While the actor, 31, hasn’t completely shunned Hollywood in the last decade — appearing in Criminal Minds, The Mysteries of Laura, and Sharknado 3 — Muniz shifted his attention to other interests.

“Since Malcom ended, I raced cars professionally for a while, and I was really focused on that,” he told PEOPLE in September at the Dancing With the Stars season 25 cast party at New York City’s Planet Hollywood. “Then I was in a band for a long time, and I was really focused on that.”

Then, he joined DWTS pro Witney Carson to fight for the Mirrorball Trophy on the upcoming season of the reality competition.

“The timing was kind of right for me,” Muniz explained of his decision. “This was the first time I was like, I can really do what I want.”

WATCH: Frankie Muniz’s Powerful Dance

The Agent Cody Banks star also sought advice from previous DWTS contestants.

“I’ve had a lot of friends who’ve done the show, and they’ve honestly said it was the best experience they’ve ever had,” he said. “A lot of people were really talking it up and how much fun it was, and I thought it looked like fun and here I am.”


Carson, 23,  said Muniz’s experience as an athlete and a musician paid off in rehearsals.

“Him being able to keep on beat and hear the beat in the music is so helpful,” she said. “Sometimes with celebrities, I’ll have to sit with them and play the music and like clap to the beat, but that stuff we can skip.”

So, Muniz just had to overcome his nerves, which he named as this season’s the biggest competition.

“I’m so nervous to dance in general,” he admitted. “My first biggest fear is dancing in public.”

The Season 25 finale of Dancing with the Stars airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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In the Spotlight: Thomas Finney’s Modern Take on Made-to-Measure

Designer: Thomas Finney
Backstory: The Michigan native initially thought his career path would lead to the film industry. But once he got immersed in the Savannah College of Art and Design, he switched gears to fashion design, with a focus on men’s wear. He scored an internship with Thom Browne and so impressed the designer that he was hired to be a full-time men’s designer for the label after graduation. He stayed at his “dream job” for four years, working on both the commercial and runway collections, before leaving for a short stint working with Aaron Levine at Club Monaco. “I went from high concept to high street,” he said. About 18 months ago, he took the plunge and launched his own eponymous label, zeroing in on tailored clothing and furnishings.
Aesthetic: Finney admits to a love for Americana and based his silhouette off of a Forties golfing jacket. His ability to combine old-school tailoring techniques with new technology results in a slim, modern cut that is comfortable and easy to wear. In addition to suits, Finney has also created an entire day-to-night wardrobe ranging from denim with a suede crotch — “Yes, I went there.”— to leather jackets and knitwear.
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Tara Reid Opens Up About Being Bullied and Body Shamed Under the Hollywood Spotlight

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How JFK’s Only Grandson Stepped into the Spotlight This Week — and Honored His Family’s Legacy

He’s named after one of the most mythic figures in American politics, but John “Jack” Kennedy Schlossberg has kept a relatively low profile over the years. But all that changed this week when he made headlines with his first red carpet at the 2017 Met Ball and first live TV appearance on NBC’s Today.

Growing up in New York City’s Upper East Side, the 24-year-old youngest child of Caroline Kennedy and Ed Schlossberg (and only grandson of JFK and Jackie Kennedy) was largely left alone by the photographers that followed his uncle John F. Kennedy Jr. from the day he was born — allowing Jack to grow up primarily outside of the public eye.

A 2015 graduate of Yale with a major in history and a concentration in Japanese history, Jack spent this past year living in Japan while his mother was serving as the U.S. ambassador. There, Jack studied the Japanese language and worked at the Suntory distillery company, where he assisted the CEO’s office with research and speechwriting.

Next year, he’ll head to Harvard Law, where his cousin — Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III — is listed among the institution’s most famous alumni. (His grandfather completed his undergraduate degree at the prestigious Ivy League school.)

Friends say Schlossberg is low-key, funny and “very much his own person” — though he’s apparently a lot like his uncle John F. Kennedy Jr., who died tragically in 1999. The two also share a remarkable family resemblance — down to that thick, sometimes wild brown hair.

“Jack is very much interested in John ,” a friend previously told PEOPLE. “He has an ease and a sense of humor. And he loves being compared to him. John was a rare kind of celebrity who grew up with being famous and had fun with it and didn’t let it take over his life.”

Added a college friend to PEOPLE in 2015: “He’s not walking around with a big sign over his head. He’s not spending a lot of time thinking about his family’s legacy. It’s something he’s proud of, but it doesn’t define him.”

Schlossberg may not be spending a lot of time thinking about his family’s legacy, but that doesn’t mean he’s not living up to it.

Sisters Rose and Tatiana have found their own paths — Rose, 28, launching a comedy web series offering women tips for surviving an apocalypse, while Tatiana, 26, reports for The New York Times. Jack has emerged as the sibling most vocal about politics, writing an essay for TIME about the Syrian refugee crisis, speaking out about climate change, and publicly supporting democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

He’s also served on the committee that chooses the recipient of the annual John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards and the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Awards — the latter of which is an honor that has been given since 1989 to someone who shows an act of political courage.

Here, a recap of Jack’s fabulous week in the spotlight so far (and what’s still to come this weekend).


Caroline’s return to the Met Gala red carpet — and her “sphere like” oversized floral Comme Des Garcons dress — might have made made news on Monday night, but it was Jack’s red carpet debut that had many people talking.

Dressed in a simple suit and camo-patterned tie, Jack proved to be the perfect companion for his mother, who was also chairing the event. He posed with her for photographers, towering over her with his tall, slender frame.


On Friday, Jack and Caroline made a visit to the Today show — Jack’s first live TV interview.

It didn’t take long for Today anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie to grill him about whether he’d pursue a full-time career in politics.

“I’m inspired by my family’s legacy of public service. It’s something that I’m very proud of,” Jack said. “But I’m still trying to make my own way and figure things out. So stay tuned — I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

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Elsewhere in the chat, Jack looked back on his grandfather’s words — which he says still motivate him today.

“My favorite speech of his is his speech he gave at Rice University explaining to America we should go to the moon,” Jack confessed. “And in that speech he said that great challenges are actually great opportunities. I think that’s a really important thing to remember today for my generation when it seems like things couldn’t be any worse and we’re going to inherit a world where’s there’s a lot of unsolved problems.”

“When it seems like things couldn’t be any worse, it’s important to remember those are opportunities and we can rise to the occasion if we choose good leadership,” he said.


On Sunday, Jack will host the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Awards — live from the JFK Library in Boston. This year, the prize goes to former President Barack Obama, who will receive it as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth.

Coverage of the ceremony will be seen on MSNBC’s Hardball at 8 p.m. ET.

“Faced with unrelenting political opposition, President Obama has embodied the definition of courage that my grandfather cites in the opening lines of Profiles in Courage: ‘Grace under pressure,’ ” Jack said in a statement.

“Throughout his two terms in office, he represented all Americans with decency, integrity, and an unshakeable commitment to the greater good,” he continued. “On key issues during his presidency, President Obama put policy above politics — expanding health security for millions of Americans, restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, and leading a landmark international accord to combat climate change.”

He added: “Our country owes a debt of gratitude to President Obama, not just for the many important policy achievements made during his tenure, but also for the example of leadership he provided all of us, which we may draw upon in the years to come.”

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A Year After Raids, Asia Week New York Returns to the Spotlight

New York’s salute to the vibrant arts of Asia is a 10-day festival full of ancient treasures and contemporary masterworks that is in its eighth year.
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Emerging Designers Grab Spotlight at On|Off

SPACE ODYSSEY: On|Off, the London-based showcase that helped kick-start the careers of J.W. Anderson and Peter Pilotto, among others, took over London’s Oxo Tower on Friday to introduce three new designers: Luke Anthony Rooney, Jack Irving and Timothy Bouyez-Forge.
Taking cues from Rosalind Russell, the feisty, fashionable reporter who played opposite Cary Grant in the 1940 screwball comedy, “His Girl Friday,” Rooney offered a lovely wardrobe that oscillated between breezy weekend dressing and crisp workwear, in line with Russell’s character.
To wit, he paired a striped knitted sweater with a wonderfully light, silky slipdress and conjured a jumpsuit from a textured wool fabric donated to him by Christian Lacroix.
The group show quickly turned conceptual with Irving’s “army of alien showgirls,” as he called them. Cue corsets sculpted from plastic shards and matching headwear and zippy, sequined stretch bodysuits with inflatable spikes protruding from the back like a giant cosmic porcupine.
“I’m only 23,” Irving offered apologetically, “I don’t want to wash it down. I want to be more of an artist than a fashion designer,” he said. One could only picture Lady Gaga — an avid Irving supporter — sporting one of these.
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New Designer Spotlight: Marina Moscone

SISTER ACT: Marina Moscone and her sister, Francesca, grew up in Vancouver and ultimately pursued different career paths: Marina in fashion and Francesca in business. Last spring, the duo came together to launch Marina Moscone, the New York-based women’s ready-to-wear label.
Marina earned a degree in fashion degree from The New School’s Parsons School of Design and started working for Total Management, where she was an agent for photographers and stylists. “I graduated Parsons during the recession, and designers weren’t being hired,” Marina said. “At Total, I met people who I work with in the industry now [as a designer]….It ended up giving me a 360-degree perspective of the fashion business.”
Two years later, Marina landed a design gig at Peter Som, eventually becoming the brand’s design director. She spent four-and-a-half years at the company before breaking out to launch her eponymous label last spring, all of it made in New York using Italian fabrics.
“We’re Italian, and we grew up a lot spending our summers in Italy, where our father is from,” Marina said of her and her sister Francesca, who focuses on business and production side of things. “For the first collection, I was thinking a lot about our girl and

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5 Black Beauty Moments That Stole The Spotlight In 2016

Let’s be real, 2016 was filled with so many magical black girl beauty moments. From music videos to magazine covers, black women rocked them all. 

On Thursday’s episode of the “BV Breakdown” ― HuffPost Black Voices’ bi-weekly show devoted to all things black culture ― Essence’s digital fashion and beauty director Julee Wilson joined as a guest to reflect on a few of her favorite show-stopping looks.

This list is by no means comprehensive (we’d be here all day if it were) but to give you a glimpse, here are five of Wilson’s most memorable black beauty moments from this year: 

1. Solange’s “A Seat At The Table” Album Cover

Solange released her third studio album in September and blessed us with an incredible cover image to go with it. The artist’s bold brows, barely-there makeup and multicolored duckbill hair clips fit the unapologetic tone of her album perfectly, and even inspired a wave of Solange Halloween costumes

”This will forever be an iconic image. I think that she has just really pushed the envelope stylistically with her music, but also [with her] fashion and beauty,” Wilson said. “This ‘Seat At The Table’ album was such a beautiful homage to black women and I love that she went this very creative, abstract route for her album cover.”

2. Any Of Alicia Keys’ “No Makeup” Looks

Alicia Keys set off a major beauty movement when she announced her commitment to go makeup-free. While her choice to relinquish her makeup routine sparked both cheers and criticism, Keys looks as beautiful as ever with her sans-makeup look.  

“Everyone was talking about it when Alicia Keys wrote that ‘Lenny Letter’ essay about forgoing makeup. I think it was really powerful,” said Wilson. “I wear makeup. I’m wearing makeup right now. I think my makeup is on fleek … but I think it’s just a beautiful stance for a woman, any where, any how, to say, ‘I’m just going to let you see me for me.’” 

3. Gabby Douglas’ Bold Lipstick At The Olympics

Gabby Douglas won an Olympic gold medal with her “Final Five” teammates in Rio this year, “but she also gets a gold medal for this makeup look,” Wilson said. Douglas’ crimson lipstick caught our eye the moment that she stepped up to start her routine. 

“Some people tried to come for her hair again, but she wasn’t playing those games,” Wilson said. “I love that she really brushed the haters off this year and I think she stepped into this womanhood. I feel like that lipstick was really a moment to be like, ‘I’m grown. Don’t come for me. I’m a badass athlete. I’m a gold medal Olympian.”

4. Lupita Nyong’o’s Towering Met Gala Hair

Actress Lupita Nyong’o abandoned her signature close-cropped cut and opted to take her hair to new heights at this year’s Met Gala. While Vogue compared the look to Aubrey Hepburn, Nyong’o and her hairstylist Vernon Francois actually drew inspiration for the ‘do from Nina Simone and African traditions. 

“They just have such an amazing partnership and they came up with this beautiful hairstyle, which is a homage to lots of different hairstyles from the past,” Wilson said of Nyong’o and Francois’ friendship. “Nina Simone had a hairstyle like this… I think it was beautiful that [Nyong’o] chose to do it on the biggest red carpet for fashion.” 

5. Sasha Obama’s Standout Cornrow Braids

The White House’s Canadian state dinner was filled with all sorts of stunning looks, but Sasha Obama’s braids, which she paired with winged eyeliner and a choker, stole the show.

“I feel like everyone was doing those two cornrow braids, dutch braids, and she just did it in such a chic, beautiful, new way,” Wilson said. “It’s also a great nod to black hair and braids… You know she could have gone for the sleek cut, but I love that she did this.” 

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Backstory: What do you get when you merge a film editor and a personal trainer? James Frank Club, a new online men’s store with an assortment of independent and artisanal brands. Cofounded by Jim Rubino, the film editor, and his trainer, Trevor Handberry, the site offers everything from suits and denim to bags, barware, grooming products and home goods. The idea for the business came after Rubino was frustrated with the duplication he found at the men’s stores around New York. Believing there had to be more guys looking for small, lesser-known brands, he broached the subject with Handberry during a gym session and asked for his help. “Trevor has a lot of fashion sense,” Rubino said. “I liked the difference in our personalities and thought it would be a good blend.” So Handberry set out on a “Google journey,” he said, to find high quality brands that were not widely distributed.
Brands offered: The duo came up with a list of more than 500 potential brands and narrowed down the list to around 80 including Norman Russell and Ace Rivington denim, Mitchell Evans shirts, Malcolm Alexander suits, Radley Raven ties and Winding Wheel Supply belts. “Every item

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NAME: Takuya Duncan
HISTORY: Launched by Aaron Duncan and Takuya Suzuki this week, Takuya Duncan merges Japanese craftsmanship with the casual Hamptons lifestyle. Before creating this line, Duncan held various design and merchandising positions at Mattel, Playboy and J. Crew. Suzuki, a Parsons graduate, consults Japanese brands attempting to enter the U.S. market.
NICHE: Duncan is attempting to fill a void for high quality, contemporary casualwear that can take men from the beach to dinner. “We are placing as much thought on the design of a sweatshirt as one would for a blazer,” Duncan said. The collection will be sold exclusively on the brand’s e-commerce site, but there are plans to eventually wholesale as well.
KEY ITEMS: A tailored, slim-fit hoodie made of premium heavyweight French terry and matching sweatpants that are modeled after the Japanese worker trouser.
PRICE POINTS: T-shirts range from $ 75 to $ 85; sweats and hoodies retail from $ 125 to $ 295; pants from $ 195 to $ 225; shorts at $ 125 and shirts at $ 145.
COMPETITION: Vince, Theory, Rag & Bone and Helmut Lang.

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Wool Gets the Spotlight at Paris Museum

PARIS – A flock of sheep invaded the Palais de Tokyo in Paris this weekend as part of a global awareness campaign orchestrated by The Woolmark Company.
The three-day event, ending Sunday, includes artwork made of wool, a photo exhibit about the natural fibre, and a series of dance performances showing off wool’s versatile nature.
Brands, including Adidas, which developed running apparel based on wool, and Dormeuil, supplier of fine wool fabrics to bespoke tailors including Cifonelli, Camps de Luca and Brioni, set up stands to let visitors get physical.
WWD caught up with Peter Ackroyd, global strategy advisor for The Woolmark Company, at the event.
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Milan Puts Spotlight on Young Talents

YOUNG GUNS: Milan’s Palazzo Morando on Wednesday evening was lit up for two back-to-back events hinging on fashion’s generation next: “Empower Talents 3,” hosted by Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani and Kering chairman and ceo François-Henri Pinault, a project that offers internships at the luxury brands that are part of the French group in Italy; and the “Who is On Next? and Vogue Talents” happening, also hosted by Sozzani.
“It’s always beautiful to channel the energy of youth and work with new talents,” said Carlo Capasa, president of the Italian chamber of fashion.
“I came earlier to Milan to check out the new designers,” said Laudomia Pucci. “It’s our duty not only to find them but to help them.” How did she feel about the debut show of Massimo Giorgetti at the helm of Emilio Pucci on Thursday? “Very confident,” she grinned.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s Massimiliano Giornetti was taking a break from putting the finishing touches to his collection, to be shown on Sunday.
“It’s all ready and done,” countered Anna Molinari about her own lineup. Giambattista Valli, Lapo Elkann, siblings Alberta and Massimo Ferretti, Moncler’s Remo Ruffini, Sara Battaglia, and Elena Ghisellini also attended.

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Everything is energy and the energy that one puts in something can be felt by others. That’s the premise that moved fashion publicist, energy worker and artist Corinna Springer to launch Gian Kamal loungewear.
The name stems from Springer’s spiritual name, which means “the consciousness of the pure lotus” in the Sikh tradition. “I like to refer to it as ‘energetically enhanced.’ It’s all about creating something that feels exceptionally good,” she explained.
The collection starts with Springer’s collages and paintings, which are photographed and then printed onto sustainable silk sourced in India. Pieces include languid caftans, kimono wraps, jumpsuits, pajama bottoms and silk T-shirts “ideal for meditation, sleep and lounging.” Prices range from $ 200-$ 800.

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Museum Spotlight: Q&A With Tatyana Franck From Lausanne’s Musee De l’ Elysee


By Constance Breton, July 2, 2015

On the heels of Art Basel, we sat down for a Q&A with Tatyana Franck, the newly appointed director of Lausanne’s photography museum, the Musée de l’Élysée. A dynamic, multi-cultural leader, she arrived at the museum after serving as the Director of the Archives Claude Picasso.

Q: What was your first contact with art?

Franck: Art and photography have always been my passions. I have been surrounded by artists since my youth. It was in front of a photograph by the American Nan Goldin that I knew – at the age of 17 – that I wanted to dedicate my life to the artists, as I am intimately convinced that art can change the world.

Q: You studied in France, Great-Britain, China, United-States, and you’re now working in Switzerland: which country is the most striking, according to artistic management?

Franck: I am indeed traveling the world but I definitely think that Lausanne, and Switzerland in general, is the place to be. We are currently building a new museum complex that will open in 2020 and which will gather the Museum of Fine Arts (mcb-a), the design museum (mudac) and the Photography Museum (Elysée). It is a great opportunity to conceive the photography museum of the 21st century. Lausanne is not only a cultural city, but it is also the capital of The Olympic Games, one of the most important technological centers in Europe with the EPFL. It also has one on the best art schools, ECAL, top theatres (Vidy), the ballet Maurice Bejart and the Opera. In short, it is a vibrating city, a small town with an international influence!

Q: One of today’s fashionable words in talking about cultural management is “cultural entrepreneurship,” wording that some people in the art world criticize. You’ve studied law and worked in the art market, is your artistic view influenced by this idea?

Franck: My vocation has always to be a museum director. For that, you not only have to be an art historian, but also a manager and a leader. It is with that mindset that I decided to study law and business as I am currently studying at the Executive MBA Global Asia created by Columbia Business School, London Business School and Hong Kong University.

Q: You have just been appointed director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, can you tell us a bit more about your appointment by the government of the canton of Vaud? What are the biggest challenges in your new position?

Franck: The Musée de l’Elysée is a gem in the museum world. It has always been one of my favorite museums and the opportunity to build and to think about its future in the new building that will open behind the train station is a wonderful challenge. It is not only about taking the responsibility of running a museum, but it is also the challenge of building a brand for the new museum.

Q: What is your view of the Musée de l’Elysée and what are your main projects for it?

Franck: I intend to develop the Musée de l’Elysée’s current national and international reputation in various ways by translating all communication materials in three languages (French, English, German), conducting an ambitious digitization program of the museum’s book and images collection, innovating with new technologies (augmented reality, multimedia contents) and building bridges between photography, art and other fields.

Q: Can you tell us more about its upcoming program?

Franck: Our program is developed both at the museum and outside its walls. In the beginning of July, we will host an event in the museum’s gardens – the Nuit des Images (Night of Images) which showcases photography in all of its states. It does this through various projections by young and renowned artists, a book fair, family activities and special projects for the museum’s 30th festivities. This will be followed by an exceptional collaboration with a major Swiss and international music festival – Paléo Festival Nyon, which allows us to produce an exhibition for a brand new public. More than just a photography museum, the Musée de l’Elysée is a point of view. Also, did you know that the exhibitions produced by the museum travel the world? Just last year, we had almost 50 openings abroad! In the fall, will present an exhibition on the treasures of the museum’s collections, “The memory of images: the iconographic collection of the Canton de Vaud.”
As far as programming for 2016 is concerned, it will be announced in the fall.

Q: How do you perceive the emerging artistic scene today?

Franck: I am especially attracted to the upcoming scenes in China, Latin America and Eastern Europe. In our “reGeneration3” exhibition, there are 8 Polish photographers that have been selected! The Polish scene is growing and fascinating. I also very much support the local scene, which is very vibrating.

Q: As a personal collector, what is the latest piece you bought ?

Franck: A piece from English photographer Michael Kenna, “Full Moonset, Chausey Islands, 2008.”

Q: One final question. What would be on your collector’s list as a piece to own?

Franck: A photography series from the Italian artist Giuseppe Penone called “Geometria nelle Mani – triangolo,” 2004, 15 b/w photographs.

reGeneration3 is on view at the Musee de l’ Elysee through August 23, 2015.

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Collector Spotlight: 10 Questions for Brussels’ Frederic de Goldschmidt


By Constance Breton, May 20, 2015

On the occasion of the 33rd edition of Art Brussels, one of Europe’s most popular contemporary art fairs, we caught up with Frédéric de Goldschmidt, an influential yet discreet, French collector living in the Belgium capital.

De Goldschmidt actively supports international and local emerging artists through his collection and involvement in many artistic happenings around the city. This has established him as one of the key players of the Brussels art scene, where he keeps and shares his collection, by appointment. He sat down with us to answer 10 Questions about his “eye” and vision for collecting.

Q: When and why did you start collecting art ?

de Goldschmidt: I bought my first pieces of artwork when I was a teenager. They were two prints, one by Hans Hartung, one by Zao Wou-ki. The first original piece of contemporary art I bought with serious consideration was a work by Benjamin Sabatier in 2007. I had seen a work at FIAC that was sold and I wrote down the day of his next opening in order for me to be there at the beginning of the opening – which I successfully did. The work was made with ice cube trays filed with crumpled magazine pages. A few months later, I decided to take a year off and spend my time visiting museums, exhibitions, art fairs. It was my grandmother who made me appreciate art and she was a collector, so I decided to « recycle » into art part of my inheritance from her. It is a kind of homage. I hope I’ll be able to transmit a taste and a collection to my grandchildren too… And in the meantime to be challenged by art and artists.

Q: Is your collection more based on the subject rather than a certain artistic movement ?

de Goldschmidt: Works from the ZERO group and related artists of the 60s were among my first acquisitions during my “sabbatical.” I don’t follow a concept, but I keep a strong attraction to the simple and unconventional materials they used: cardboard with Schoonhoven, nails with Uecker, corks with Henderikse, styrofoam balls with Manzoni, I appreciate contemporary artists with the same inspiration. I buy works that speak to me more than I follow than artists or movements.

Q: What are the key artists in your collection ?

de Goldschmidt:I started collecting works that struck me when I was only visiting museums and shows. I was sensible to Arte Povera in Italy, so I bought works by Alighiero Boetti, a large piece by Kounellis,…One of my first major acquisition of a 21st century artist was a piece by Mike Kelley, a very multifaceted artist whose Memory wares particularly attracted me. I now concentrate on current production, works out of studio. The names of the artists will hopefully be recognized in a few years.

Q: Do you collect any kind of mediums, including video and performance ?

de Goldschmidt: I have a problem with video because I am not patient enough to set up the equipment, sit down and stay quiet for 20 minutes… And I don’t even own a TV… I nevertheless bought my first video, by Amélie Bouvier, this year, because it was a large edition and at a low price. I think that videos should be published as they were at the beginning, without limitation, and sold at a reasonable price, like a DVD or a film on iTunes. More people could thus look at them on their computer when they have some free time. I would like to collect performance, it is easier to store but it is even more difficult to show…

Q: You are very close to young artists and often support them. Do you consider it is important to be in contact with tomorrow’s artists and help them develop ?

de Goldschmidt: Yes, this is part of what I consider a duty: use part my grandmother’s inheritance to support contemporary creators. It makes much more sense to buy the work of a young artist who must eat today…than from a dead collector. In a period when state support is diminishing, collectors could take over part of this responsibility.

Q: You regularly organize exhibitions of your collection’s works, on the occasion of which you work with emerging curators. Can you talk about the show “Break it out!” organized by Julian Elias Bronner and Benjamin Faust on the occasion of the Art Brussels fair ?

de Goldschmidt: I asked two young New Yorkers, Julian Elias Bronner, an art journalist and Benjamin Faust Weber, an artist, to build a show around a piece by Alighiero e Boetti, “Zig zag,” and draw some lines between this sculpture made of a multi-color lounge chair and aluminum and other works from my collection, They tried to push a bit the aesthetic framework of the collection by inviting young Belgian or American artists not (yet…) represented in the collection. I am very happy with it.

Q: Last year, you contributed to the exhibition “Stalactica” and you took part in the funding of a monumental piece of art made by the artist trio Clairenadiasimon at the CAB. Were you involved in other events this year during Art Brussels?

de Goldschmidt: No production this year, but I was involved in three shows : “Break Out!” at my space, “Do you have barbaric taste?” at Poppositions with over 40 works and I also lent a work to a show of Japanese art curated by Nathalie Guiot at Hangar18.
“Do you have barbaric taste?” was organized by the young curators, Les Commissaires Anonymes and Nicolas de Ribou, who wanted to bring together a selection of works acquired for less than 8,000 euros over the past 10 years from a group of five Brussels-based collectors. They wanted to combine established and emerging artists to reflect on the role of collectors as defining cultural judgments and forming artistic hierarchies. It should be quite exciting to see how the rearrangement of our collections will look like -for us and for the public.

Q: You took part in the Solo prize as a juror, which rewards an artist’s ambitious project. How do you relate to Art Brussels?

de Goldschmidt: Art Brussels is great and I believe it is important to support your hometown fair. Though I am French, Brussels is where I keep and show my collection. It is thus a responsibility to show the best possible images to foreign visitors, galleries, and artists by attracting and rewarding those who make the effort of putting together an ambitious booth.

Q: You are a very active and hard-working collector. What are your basic ideas for collecting art?

de Goldschmidt: Collecting art is both an impulsive egotistic pleasure and an altruistic social responsibility. It is fun to acquire and keep in your home a work in which an artist has put all his feelings and savoir faire. But it is a responsibility not to keep it for yourself and to maintain it for the future generations. Collectors need to help art to be made by acquiring works from the artists of their time and also be custodians for the future .

Q: What do you think the role of a collector is in the making of art history ?

de Goldschmidt: Collectors give artists the mean to create the works. The variety of taste among collectors should allow all artists to express themselves. Collectors (like all those who look at art) can see things that artists don’t even see in their works – and make them look better by creating a dialogue them with works by other artists. But it is what the viewers of the future will see in today’s works that will decide if they made it into art history – and if the collector did.

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At Met Gala, ‘HONY’ Photographer Shoots Pics Of Catering Staff And Others Who Don’t Get A Spotlight

Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the immensely popular Humans of New York site, has a special talent for getting strangers to open up to him. And while he usually prefers to shoot and interview ordinary people he encounters on the streets of the city — so far, he’s photographed more than 5,000 New Yorkers — last night, he focused his lens on one of the most extraordinary events in Manhattan: the Met Gala. Unsurprisingly, while there was no shortage of star power at the ball, Stanton’s interest remained in those whose faces and names you don’t know off the top of your head.

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Swedish Sign Language Interpreter Steals The Spotlight In Viral Video

A Swedish sign language interpreter is stealing the Internet’s heart this week with a spirited, smile-inducing performance.

According to this YouTube video, Tommy Krångh interpreted a song performed by singer Magnus Carlsson on “Melodifestivalen,” a Swedish singing competition. Krångh’s rousing performance appeared on public service TV station SVT.

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Since being uploaded on March 14, the video has been viewed more than 580,000 times.

“In the world of sign language, this man is Michael Jackson,” quipped College Humor.

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It seems like almost every stand-up show features at least one female comedian these days. Now that Tina Fey stars in movies, it’s just a matter of time before women are being funny all over this great nation! It’s important that we support lesser-known “comediennes” before they explode into the humor scene, which is why I’d like to introduce you to the ridiculously hysterical Trish Jenkins, my fellow billing specialist at Content Innovations Inc. You’re gonna get a kick out of her!

Trish is outrageous! She will say anything, to anyone — she doesn’t even care! Her first week at CII, this hot UPS driver comes into the lobby, like, “I’ve got a package for Trish Jenkins?” And Trish looks him up and down and says — I SWEAR TO GOD THIS IS TRUE — she says, “Ooh, I hope it’s the one I’m thinking of!”

I’m like “Trish, oh my God! Are you insane? That is a uniformed official, Trish! You can’t say that!”

But she DID! She did say that! I was dying laughing, obviously, we all were. I was like, “You need to be doing this professionally!” Trish is edgy without being trashy, and I think we can agree that’s something we could all use more of in comedy.

Plus, she appeals to all types of audiences! Last May, we get out early for Memorial Day weekend and go get pedicures at this Korean salon. Can I say it’s Korean? Anyway, we sit down and Trish, FOR REAL, she goes, “So you’ll paint all my toes? Even my … CAMEL TOE?” I’m serious! I’m serious! She said that!

The lady didn’t understand our American slang, so Trish — hold on, I can’t even remember it without dying laughing — Trish hikes up her leggings and actually indicates the outline of her labia! Cross my heart! Now the lady is laughing, I’m freaking ROLLING on the floor like “Trish, you have no filter! You’re too much, and it’s amazing. Why aren’t you putting this in a comedy skit?”

Another reason Trish NEEDS to be out there, sharing her comedy with the world? She brings the realness. Like, BRINGS it! Last week, it’s Joel’s going away party, we all go out for Korean barbecue. Can I say it’s Korean? Anyway, Trish gets hilariously drunk, like that super-edgy, raw blackout drunk that most of us wouldn’t dare to try. Then she starts going around the table doing “insult comedy” and I’m like, wha-oh! Hide your kids and make peace with your God — Trish is on the warpath!

First she does this whole routine demanding to know why RJ never called her after they hooked up in the supply closet, then she tells Joel “BAD luck at your new job, you fat shit,” and THEN she does this pratfall into her short ribs and stays there for two hours! I’m screaming laughing, like, “Oh my God, Trish, what are you doing? You’re gonna get fired, oh my God!”

And she DID! She did get fired! But everything happens for a reason, and the world hasn’t seen the last of the insanely amazeballs Trish Jenkins. Are you listening, Lorne Michaels and Nick Cannon? Don’t let this raw female talent go to waste!

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