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Raf Simons Leaves Calvin Klein, Effective Immediately

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Just when the fashion world couldn’t imagine another departure of a high-profile designer in 2018, Raf Simons has stepped down from Calvin Klein as its Chief Creative Officer.

His exit is more than eight months ahead of the end of his contract and effective immediately.

Simons first joined the American brand in August 2016, when he was given the title of CCO. TheBelgian designer, as well known for his cult eponymous menswear label as his well-regarded stints at Jil Sander and Dior, was hyped to bring some European cool to New York Fashion Week.

It is reported that the relationship between Simons and the brand was irreparably fractured last month when the chief executive of PVH Corp., the corporation that owns Calvin Klein, apparently appeared to blame him for declining sales.

Despite being well-received within the industry — Simons was named Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Awards this year — both his 205W39NYC line and recent denim collection were called out by PVH chairman and chief executive Manny Chirico for their shortcomings, like being “too skewed toward the ‘high-fashion’ consumer.”

“Both parties have amicably decided to part ways after decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons’s creative vision,” parent company PVH Corp. said in a statement.

As a result of Simons’ departure, Calvin Klein will not be showing on the February 2019 NYFW schedule.

No successor has been named, and it’s unclear what the next steps will be for either the brand or the designer, but the news of his departure is sure to send shockwaves through the industry.

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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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New Sneaker Collabs

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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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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Camp: Notes on Fashion

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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