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8 Hemp Fashion Brands That Are Truly Fashion Forward

If you’re afraid to transition to hemp because of crunchy hippie stereotypes, you’ll be pleased to learn that today’s hemp fashion has evolved.

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Years ago the mention of hemp clothing may have created visions of something akin to a burlap sack, but as production techniques have been refined and fashion designers have gotten more bold, hemp fashion is now a commonplace choice. Not only does the fabric bring about a ton of health benefits, but you may even see it start to compete with other materials in terms of price and availability.

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill and the ability of every state in the nation to now grow hemp legally, we’re about to start seeing a lot more of it. What exactly makes this material so great, and what does contemporary hemp fashion look like? We’re glad you asked.

Benefits Galore

The idea of your clothing actually contributing to your well-being might seem a bit weird, but it’s been shown time and time again that hemp rules when it comes to saving the planet and your body.

Clothing made from more traditional fabrics goes through a shedding process each time it is washed, contributing bits of micro-plastic into the sea. Hemp clothing is roughly 2.5 times stronger than synthetic fibers and even if it does shed a bit, it’s completely biodegradable.

Aside from looking fly, hemp material can be used in an abundance of applications where limiting the spread of bacteria is a must. Hospital items including sheets, scrubs, and even cloth furniture in waiting rooms can all be manufactured from hemp, a product that is antibacterial in nature. A wise choice for those who are allergic to latex, this plant can be utilized in a mind-blowing number of ways.

Hemp Fashion: From Hippy to Hip

If you’re afraid to transition to hemp because of crunchy hippie stereotypes, you’ll be pleased to learn that today’s hemp fashion has evolved. While arguably still in its infancy, there are many hemp apparel brands making big strides to grow the hemp clothing industry. Here are eight innovative hemp fashion brands moving the industry forward.

Hempy’s

Created by surfer Albert Lewis in 1995, Hempy’s combine the power of hemp with today’s technology and scientific knowledge to make hemp t-shirts, jeans, board shorts, men’s vests, hemp belts, hats and beanies, as well as accessories and skin care.

HoodLamb

Describing themselves as hemp tailors, Amsterdam-based HoodLamb started in the mid-1990s with the aim of creating a warm, durable jacket that looked great and was designed from natural fabrics. Each garment in made of their unique hemp fabric blends, combining age old traditions of hemp tailoring with a modern approach to style and fit.

Jungmaven

Rob Jungmann built Jungmaven on simplicity and sustainability, creating garments that are structured yet relaxed, breathable, soft and go with anything. In 2010, Rob launched HEMP 2020, a campaign to raise awareness around the positive environmental impacts of hemp farming. He sees hemp’s potential to mitigate climate change as one of the greatest opportunities of our generation.

Seeker

 

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LA-based Seeker creates minimalistic, gender neutral clothes from richly textured organic hemp and cotton, with occasional touches of silk and cashmere.

Reactor

Recreator was founded in 2012 with the intention of maximizing the beneficial effects of industrial hemp, whether you’re cruising the city or exploring the open trail. The durability of hemp — and cool tees — makes Reactor a favorite for skateboarders. They also supply hemp sweats, tank tops, leggings, hoodies, hemp hats, bandanas, etc.

THTC


Planted by the Lawson brothers back in 1999, THTC — and its hemp — was watered with urban music and fed with a love of life and street culture. The company has since grown into an influential global street-wear brand with credible, urban street-wear.

WAMA

 

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Hemp is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and super soft and breathable, therefore the best application for hemp fabric would be hemp underwear. And that’s how WAMA, the pioneering hemp underwear company, was born.

As hemp becomes a more readily available resource, keep your eyes out for even more hemp clothing crafted from this amazing material. Comfortable, sustainable, and fashionable, hemp truly is the fabric of the future.

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First Look at Rihanna’s New LVMH Fenty Fashion Brand

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LVMH, the parent company of Dior and Givenchy, Moët Hennessy and Louis Vuitton, recently announced Rihanna’s Fenty fashion house would launch under their massive umbrella-ella-ella.

Fenty fashion will debut online on May 29 and at a Paris pop-up on Friday, May 24 and we’ve finally got a sneak-peak at what collection — designed be the Bal Gal herself — will look like.

In a new teaser video, Rihanna makes blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos styling looks on a diverse lineup of models that include denim, separates, and shirt dresses, styled with sporty sunglasses and strappy sandals.

“Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us. Mr. [Bernard] Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits,” Rihanna said in a statement. “I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.”

Bad Gal took to Twitter to share her thoughts her latest business venture.

“Everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real C.E.O. and a terrific leader,” said LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault in a statement, according to BoF. “She naturally finds her full place within LVMH. To support Rihanna to start up the Fenty maison, we have built a talented and multicultural team supported by the group resources. I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success.”

The launch of the new brand will make for a historic one. It marks the first time LVMH has introduced and built a new brand since Christian Lacroix in 1987. More importantly, Rihanna will be the first woman of color to oversee a fashion house under LVMH.

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7 New Sneaker Collabs Dropping This Spring and Summer

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Originally created for athletes in the throes of the industrial revolution, sneakers have become a pillar of fashion, function, and effortless self-expression donned by people from all walks of life.

According to Nicholas Smith, author of “Kicks: The Great American Story of Sneakers,” there’s something magical about shoes. From Air Jordan ads to fairytales, shoes have carried on a mystique, he told “Smithsonian Magazine.” “What makes Cinderella a princess? The magic glass slipper. What makes Dorothy come back from the land of Oz? The ruby slippers.”

The figurative magic can become almost literal with the right pair of sneakers. Thanks to America’s fascination and fandom with the kicks, there are lots of new sneaker collabs hitting the market this year. Here are a few of the season’s most iconic footwear.

Adidas x Marvel

This spring, Adidas also teamed up with Marvel to release an Avenger inspired shoe line as part of the brand’s “Heroes Among Us” sneaker collection. The line includes six limited edition designs, and two styles created through a collaboration with artist Jen Bartel. The Adidas x Jen Bartel designs are inspired by Captain Marvel and Thanos and the launch of “Avengers: Endgame.”

The Captain Marvel sneakers are fashioned with Adidas’ signature stripes and the star-shaped insignia, in gold. The Thanos’ design is modeled after the character’s purple hue, and features an infinity stone design on the heels. Both are outfitted with the Marvel logo, and available exclusively at Footlocker.

Adidas Yeezy 350 Glow V2


The hotly anticipated glow-in-the-dark sneakers are the latest design to come out of the Adidas Yeezy line. Since the original release of the 350 v2 models last year — which feature a similar transparent mesh stripe from toe-to-heal — the Boosts’ have been the hype of footwear, according to Sneaker News. The Adidas Yeezy collection previously released the 350 Boost in three colors: clay, hyperspace, and TRFRM. The newest neon green style comes with the popular transparent stripe and is glow-in-the-dark so they’re even more attention-grabbing when the lights are off.

The sneakers are set for release on May 25, 2019, and come in kids, infant, and adult sizes.

Nike x Steve Harrington’s Earth Day Collection

This colorful collaboration between Nike and Steve Harrington, a Los-Angeles based artist known for his Californian “psychedelic-pop aesthetic,” was born from a shared commitment to sustainability. Released on April 22, the Earth Day Collection includes some of Nike’s most iconic styles, such as the “Air Force 1,” “Cortez,” and “Blazer Low.”

All styles in the line feature a globe, and Harrington’s signature palm trees and cartoon dog. Each of the three designs are set on a clean and classy, all-white sneaker with variations of white or blue outsoles.

The sneakers are constructed with Nike’s Flyleather innovation, which according to the company is “made with at least 50 percent leather fiber [and] looks and feels like regular leather.”

Reebok x Alien Stomper 40th-Anniversary OG

The unisex sneakers are a homage to the 1979 sci-fi film, “Alien,” and are modeled from the creators’ original prototypes. The upgraded, 40th-anniversary design features the classic Reebok logo and is made with premium aged leather — perfect for the retro look. The high-ankle design also comes with midfoot and ankle straps (of course!) and a rubber outsole to complete the vintage silhouette.

The special issue stompers come in a “Space Fleets” box with a certificate of authenticity. The sneakers were released on April 26th, and are available on Reebok.com.

Star Wars x Adidas Crazy 1

 

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Adidas is joining forces with Star Wars for yet another high-profile partnership this year. The Star Wars x Adidas basketball collection is set to include two pairs of sneakers, a hoodie and a long sleeve top. It is expected to drop this summer, just a few months before the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” this December.

Little is known about the design, but the Star Wars sneaks are also said to be modeled after Adidas’ “Dame 5” and “Crazy 1,” originally known as “The Kobe.” One preview, provided by @DirtyMoney823, shows the Crazy 1, or “Galactic Empire,” with a sleek black and red design, glossy print, textured laces, and an Empire logo on the lip.

Supreme x Air Jordan 14


According to multiple sources such as Sole Collector and Sneaker News, the highly celebrated union between the two brands is rumored to be back with a new collaboration. Little details, including the release date, are known. However, the sneaker is said to come in two different colorways, and is styled after the Air Jordan 14, the legendary shoes worn by Michael Jordan while he played for the Chicago Bulls — and inspired Nike’s “It’s Gotta Be the Shoes” ad campaign.

Vans x Bowie

 

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It’s here. See the full Vans x @DavidBowie collection now at vans.com/bowie and your local store.

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The Vans x Bowie collection features a limited line of shoes and clothing inspired by David Bowie’s many reinventions. Those include tributes to his alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust; the 1969 single, “Space Oddity;” both the “Honky Dory” and “Blackstar” album covers, and the “Aladdin Sane” lightning bolt.

The unisex sneakers come in six different styles, such as the platform sneaker, and a collectible shoebox. The shoes are available for adults, kids, and toddlers.

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The Best Looks from the ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ Pink Carpet

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Affectionally dubbed “the Oscars of fashion,” the Met Gala is an annual benefit event for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The extravagant event is known for its exclusive guest list, its expensive tickets, and its extravagant outfits.

Inspired by Susan Sontag‘s 1964 essay, which defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,” this year’s exhibition, titled “Camp: Notes on Fashion” features both men’s and womenswear, the exhibition will feature over 200 pieces of fashion from designers including Virgil Abloh, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Rei Kawakubo, Mugler, Bob Mackie, Karl Lagerfeld, and more. The Viktor & Rolf slogan couture gowns that sparked an endless stream of memes will also be on display.

This year, the event was fittingly sponsored by Gucci and hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Anna Wintour.

Embracing the glittery, the tacky, the over-the-top, the gender-bending and the taboo, camp is an aesthetic that flies in the face of Western hetero notions of respectability and good taste, and looks good doing it. The celebrities on the red carpet didn’t disappoint — think over-the-top silhouettes and eccentric styling.

From Lady Gaga’s four outfit changes on the fabulously fitting pink carpet to Jared Leto carrying his own head, we’ve put together a few of our favorite interpretations of camp to celebrate the Costume Institute’s new exhibition.

Lady GaGa in Brandon Maxwell and Tiffany’s

 

Harry Styles in Gucci

Serena Williams in Atelier Versace and Nike x Off-White sneakers

Florence Walsh in Gucci

Emily Blunt in Michael Kors

Emily Ratajkowski in Dundas

Kendal and Kylie Jenner in Versace Atelier

Céline Dion in Oscar de la Renta

Cardi B in Thom Browne

Jared Leto in Gucci

Katy Perry in Moschino

Naomi Campbell in Valentino Couture

“Camp: Notes on Fashion” opens to the public on Thursday, May 9.

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