CLASS IS NOW IN SESSION: THE AW2017 FENTY PUMA BY RIHANNA CELEBRATED WITH TOP HONORS IN PARIS

On March 6, in front of the global fashion community, FENTY Creative Director Rihanna and global sports brand PUMA presented the third installment of the beloved FENTY PUMA by RIHANNA collection. For the rebellious and daring, this season takes inspiration from the halls of FENTY University, paying homage to the kids gone rogue, who hit honor roll and serve detention in style.

Amongst the bookshelves of Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Rihanna and PUMA brought to life the collection muses: Classic American social circles and cliques – Nerds, Jocks, Skaters, Preppies, Goth kids and of course, Bad Gals. Models charged on top of library tables and overlooked from the balconies. The collection spoke to the FENTYxPUMA signature oversized look and featured unexpected, sexy styles with gender bending pieces and over-the-top school frocks. With inspiration stolen from school gymnasiums and chic locker room attire, the Autumn/Winter season includes coach’s jackets, soccer jerseys-turned dresses, uniform style skirts, velour and poly track suits, bodysuits, cropped and oversized polo shirts, baseball tees and much more. With bespoke collegiate and high school style graphics, the FENTY Class of 2017 was in high session.

“When I was in school, it was always my dream to be able to dress up in whatever I wanted,” said FENTY Creative Director, Rihanna.  “But in Barbados it was mandatory to wear a school uniform, so I had so much fun this season creating these "Back to School" inspired looks, and I'm honored to present the collection in such a majestic national monument.”

The collection took the crowd back to the halls of their respective high school and colleges. Chunky hand-knit sweaters were showcased in plaids, chenille PUMA Cats and varsity F’s adorned rib knit sweaters and dresses. Outerwear in all shapes and sizes ruled this season with a wide selection of FENTYxPUMA coats in faux shearling, faux furs, ultra-suede and technical nylon. Rihanna once again reinterpreted the traditional hard lines of sport by breathing new life into uniforms, track suits, tops and bottoms with technical sport fabric and fashion touches. Sexy school girl skirts and cheerleader style fashion corsets brought the audience to full attention. Detention hall never looked so good. 

Signature branding details were featured throughout such as Rihanna’s lucky number 13, her birth year 1988, the FENTYxPUMA piercing zipper and FENTY PUMA branded buttons and trims. Unique patches, hardware and sporty taping gelled the collection’s sport theme even further.

New evolutions of the infamous PUMA Creeper were reimagined with stacked soles and ankle straps. New heels, translucent wedges, wellies, high knit styles and over-the-knee boots never failed to impress the student body. Oversized teddy bear bags, puffer-inspired hats and accessories, vanity cases and envelope bags were adorned on the arms of this season’s models, who were also styled with a selection of warm and stylish trappers, caps, balaclavas, hoods, beanies, durags and ivy league style scarves. Collegiate chokers kept models in check using silk tie and varsity jacket style collars.

The footwear, apparel and accessories collection presented in Paris will launch at retail stores worldwide in Autumn 2017.  

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Emerging Designers Rule the Runway at Charleston Fashion Week

Sixteen designers, over four nights, ruled the Charleston Fashion Week runway. This was a collective group of talent that wowed audiences the likes of Fern Mallis, Bibhu Mohapatra, Rachel Roy and a tent full of buyers, bloggers and fashionistas. Designer Andrew Clancy exploded on the runway with his punk-chic army of sequins, while (overall winner) Viviane Hamilton sizzled in red drama with gathers and ruching.

Charleston Fashion Week reviews an overwhelming number of applicants for the coveted runway slots and choose only the very best. These designers bring a fresh perspective and authentic vision to fashion. They are not afraid to experiment, question or express themselves. The emerging designers referenced architecture, foreign cultures and explored the essence of textiles. We saw menswear, womenswear and gender-neutral design. The emerging designer collections are about thoughts and ideas as much as they are about clothes.

As long as Charleston Fashion Week continues to provide a platform, the future of fashion has a home.

Photos: Side yard Studios.

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KAWS Teams Up with Uniqlo for a Peanuts Collection

KAWS is teaming up with Uniqlo, but this time it won't be his designs. The collection is featuring Peanuts characters created by the famed cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. KAWS announced the collection to release this April on his Instagram. Expect to see graphic tees and other apparel items. 

For a behind the scenes look, check out HYPEBEAST

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Kylie Jenner is Launching Blushes but Perhaps the Names are a Bit Risqué

Kylie Jenner has just announced that she is one step closer to providing her fans with a full face of makeup. She expresses on Instagram that she can't wait for everyone to experience these build-able matte beauties! They will launch this Friday at 3pm on KylieCosmetics.com.

Here's a look at the five shades.

Kylie Cosmetics Blushes

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Art Hearts Fashion & LA Fashion Week Recap: Britney Spears, Michael Costello & More

They say home is where the heart is, and for thousands of fashionistas from around the world, Art Hearts Fashion is their home at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. From March 11th through March 18th, 33 Designers, dozens of artists, and hundreds of models came together to celebrate the art of fashion at Los Angeles Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion has revolutionized the fashion world by combining art, philanthropy and fashion while raising awareness for the important causes it supports.

Art Hearts Fashion once again established itself as the largest and most popular fashion platform in Los Angeles. Celebrities in attendance and participating in the shows included: Britney Spears, Cee Lo Green, Ray J, Lil Mama, Michael Costello, Janice Dickinson, Jessica Sutta, Fitness Supermodel Jeff Seid, Married To Medicine Lisa Nicole Cloud, Madeline Stuart, Shaholly Ayers, Christine Devine, Jackie Christie, Christina Johnson, Richie Rich, James Kennedy, Sham Ibrahim, Mame Adjei, Ava Capra, Darius McCrary, Prince Manvendra, Brandon Bailey, Sam Asghari, Marla Solis, WWE Superstar Natalie Eva Marie and many more!

As a voice for artistic and cutting edge designers, Art Hearts Fashion is paving the way toward the future of Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion's philanthropic drive stretches internationally, putting the spotlight on how fashion can promote constructive ideals and influence the progressive evolution of the fashion industry. The platform is proud to raise awareness for organizations including: Aids Healthcare Foundation, Project Cancerland, Make A Wish Foundation, Children's Hospital LA, & Women's Cancer Research Foundation.

Guests of the week enjoyed an art gallery reception curated by Six Summit Gallery, pop art from celebrity artist Sham Ibrahim, and a photo experience presented by fotopod booth. This season also included a fashion installation with Nicole Miller, a plus size showcase and several talented designers presented by Best Talent Group. Opening party was hosted by Le Jardin Hollywood and closing Gala was held at Unici Casa. 

Photo Credit: Arun Nevader

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Doggies on the Catwalk 2017

I am THRILLED to share the Doggies on the Catwalk ad for 2017! I got in the photo for the 10th year celebration. The ad will run full page in The Atlantan, Jezebel and Interiors magazines. 

The shoot, which took place at Swoox in Buckhead, positions me with three amazing service dogs from our benefitting charity, Canine Assistants. Photographer Tomas Espinoza, who has shot the last two covers, has become quite the expert of working with dogs as models! I am in love with this shot... 

On May 6, at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, twenty models will walk alongside service dogs and puppies to support Canine Assistants. The service dogs will be sporting their service vests and models will be dressed in the latest Spring looks from Alice + Olivia, COS, Akris, Les Copains, Kit and Ace, Theory, Monck Mason and Tod's.

Get your tickets HERE. (This event will sell out!)

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The Best of Charleston Fashion Week Street Style 2017

When it comes to fashion, Charleston delivers it - both on the runway and on the streets. Night after night, Charleston Fashion Week attendees bring their street style game to the week long event. Color blocking, graphic tees, fur, sequins, coats, capes and of course, the perpetually on-trend- everything black... The Charleston fashion Week fashion shows spill over to outside the tents. It's pretty fabulous. Side Yard Studios did an amazing job of capturing the best of Charleston Fashion Week street style. See slideshow above - my partner Alex and I were caught a few times - got to keep up with so much #LexusCFW style!

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