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adidas x Major League Soccer Host SEAMS Fashion Show To Celebrate 2019 Season Kick-Off

Last night, to celebrate the start of the 2019 season, long-standing partners adidas and Major League Soccer presented their 2019 team jerseys out of the field and on to the runway.

The two houses came together to show that uniforms are not only meant for players and sports fans but can be worn from the stadium to the street and accessed by a wider style community to symbolize city identity and pride. Breaking the traditional mold in which sports uniforms reside, the showcase reinterpreted the jerseys as pieces of fashion through the vision of four emerging fashion figures.





“As a brand that puts the creator first, we couldn’t be more thrilled with the reinterpretation of this season’s MLS jerseys. Each look was pulled together through a vision unique to each stylist involved and they truly championed the idea that soccer embodies an inclusive spirit,” said Jennifer Valentine, Senior Director of adidas Soccer in North America. “Being at the epicenter of sport and culture, last night was a powerful reflection of the brand’s ethos and we look forward to continuing on this path that fuses performance with creativity.”

“The fashion show captured the unique spirit and confident attitude that embodies MLS. The game is truly part of the fabric of North American culture and it was an honor to celebrate soccer’s impact on sports and entertainment with adidas,” said Rachel Leber, Vice President of Consumer Products at Major League Soccer. “MLS fans are different from any other league – millennial, multicultural and inclusive – and they continue to be an authentic representation of a new way to experience the world’s game – both in the way they express themselves through fashion in the stadium and in their everyday lives.”

In the heart of Los Angeles’ Fashion District, City Market was transformed into the adidas & MLS hub where sport, fashion and culture intersected. Through a curated, 48-look fashion show, the 2019 collection was transformed by Sara Gourlay, Andrew Andrade, Pierre Davis of No Sesso and Corey T. Stokes. The four notable stylists presented their creative take on the 2019 MLS & adidas kits, revealing diverse style directions meant to inspire fans of soccer and fashion alike. The looks were presented by high profile athletes and models such as volleyball star Alix Klineman, LAFC star Lee Nguyen and Deng.

Captivating visuals paired with riveting music engulfed the catwalk where each collection was presented by each stylist. The runway show was followed by an after-party with music provided by DJs Noodles and Odalys. The venue also housed a pop-up MLS Fashion Lab where guests were able to see the kits firsthand and customize their own gear.

The 2019 Major League Soccer jerseys are now available for purchase on www.mlsstore.com and specialty MLS retailers across the country.

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Virgil Abloh & Louis Vuitton Remove Michael Jackson Themes From FW19 Collection Amid ‘Leaving Neverland’ Controversy

The theme for Louis Vuitton’s FW19 presentation at Paris Fashion Week Men’s, which originally wowed the fashion industry in all the right ways, is now causing the brand to completely backtrack and remove it altogether. It’s an act that truly has us wondering one thing: is this truly the beginning of the end for Michael Jackson’s legacy?



As unfortunate as it is to report this, both for the nature of the crime in question and the one being accused of it, the luxury fashion house and its recently-appointed menswear creative director Virgil Abloh are the latest to face backlash brought forth by the scathing Leaving Neverland documentary. Backed by a premiere at Sundance, a two-night airing on HBO and an after show special hosted by media maven Oprah, the doc depicts the disgraced King of Pop being accused of extreme acts of child sexual abuse by two of his former prepubescent associates. The reactions have been split — loyal MJ fans stand by his innocence while abuse survivors are denouncing the mere mention of his name — which has now put Virgil and LV in a tough predicament, seeing as the FW19 show was completely dedicated to him down to the “Billie Jean”-inspired set design.

Here’s what Louis Vuitton’s chief executive officer Michael Burke told WWD in an official statement regarding the doc:


“We find the allegations in the [Leaving Neverland] documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”

— Michael Burke, Chairman/chief executive officer, Louis Vuitton


Abloh followed with similar sentiments, addressing the controversy in the same statement by saying, “I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.” According to WWD, the brand has made the decision to remove all MJ-focused themes from the FW19 offering. While specific items weren’t named, we can assumed that it will include the sparkly gloves (seen above), T-shirts depicting MJ’s signature tip-toed dance move and quite possibly the Jackson 5-inspired sweaters. What lingers are the range of items inspired by The Wiz. While Michael Jackson did in fact star as Scarecrow in the 1978 retelling of The Wizard of Oz, he alone doesn’t embody the entire significance of what that movie means to Black culture and cinema in general. We’ll just have to see when the collection starts hitting retailers in later months.


Image: Louis Vuitton

Image: Louis Vuitton


Let us know whether you agree or disagree with this decision to remove MJ from the Louis Vuitton FW19 Collection by sounding off over on Twitter and Facebook. Take a look below to reminisce on better times and watch the full runway show:

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Marc Jacob Denies Stealing Nirvana’s Smiley Face Logo For Their ‘Redux Grunge’ Collection

High end clothier Marc Jacobs is being accused of biting after their “Heaven collection included an animated face that is exactly like that of rock legends Nirvana.

Last December, the fashion designer was sued by lawyers representing the band who claimed that his company ripped off the design.

A squiggly yellow smiley face illustration first appeared on a flyer for a release party for the ‘Nevermind’ album in 1991. The design was later trademarked by the band in 1992.

Jacobs has now filed a response demanding the lawsuit be dismissed, according to Pitchfork Magazine.

He claims that the smiley face design featured on a t-shirt, sweatshirt, and pair of socks in his Redux Grunge Collection, released in November, does not infringe on the band’s own iconic (and copyrighted) smiley logo.

Jacobs’ lawyers argue that Nirvana, L.L.C. is not the legitimate owner of the “Happy Face” logo copyright registration, that the registration is invalid, and that the fashion brand did not copy copyrightable aspects of the logo.

The filing also claims that the smiley logo featured on items in his collection bears a similar squiggly mouth and stuck-out tongue as the Nirvana smiley, but swaps in the letters M and J for eyes, and includes the word “Heavenly” in a serif font that slightly differs from the band’s logo, adding: “Marc Jacobs reinterpreted the design.” A table for comparison was also filed, which you can view above.

Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, previously fronted a campaign for Jacobs’ Spring collection in 2017.

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Biggie’s Biggest Style Staples You Can Still Cop in 2019

R.I.P. to the one, the only, The Notorious B.I.G.

22 years have passed since Biggie was murdered on March 9, 1997 while leaving an afterparty for the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. That night, he hit the stage to perform a medley of his hits “One More Chance (Remix)” and the Junior M.A.F.I.A. posse cut “Get Money.” At no point could he have imagined that it would be his last time ever performing on a stage, or at all for that matter, but he sure went out looking extra dapper in a black tux and top hat to match. While it certainly was a memorable style moment for the bigger than life rap star, it was far from the only instance in his career where he kept it all the way fresh.



From photoshoots to the stage, and even on a classic cover of The Source Magazine, keep scrolling to see some of his most memorable fashion statements and how you can still cop those iconic looks today:


COOGIE SWEATERS

This one’s a given. There’s probably no other brand that B.I.G. is associated with as much as he is to COOGI. Whether for ugly sweater parties, a ’90s-themed kickback or just to stay cozy down to the socks, you can still pull this look off.

COOGI Classic Crewneck – $600 USD
Shop here: COOGI


KANGOL HATS

This was a popular hat during the 1990s that fit Biggie’s mafioso rap persona to a tee. As the 504 is just as iconic to the Kangol brand as B.I.G. is to Hip-Hop, it’ll always be a fashion statement that you can rock “on and on and on and…” just like his flow on “Nasty Boy.”

Kangol Wool 504 – $50 USD
Shop here: Kangol


BAPE

Of course the King of Brooklyn would be rocking one of the rarest BAPE pieces before the BAPE trend even made it big in America. The iconic Japanese streetwear retailer re-released this same jacket last season, so it’s clearly still a favorite amongst Ape Heads even after all these years.

A Bathing Ape GOTE-TEX 1st CAMO Snowboard Jacket – $1,000 USD
Shop here: StockX


VERSACE SHADES

BIG had such an impact on Versace that the luxury fashion house gave him the ultimate tribute by re-releasing the frames he made notoriously popular — they even named it the “Biggie Frame.”

Versace Havana Medusa Biggie Sunglasses – $295 USD
Shop here: Versace


TIMBERLAND BOOTS

Ok, so Biggie in no way started the Wheat Timbs movement, but it was definitely a rare occasion where he wasn’t rocking a fresh pair. We wonder how funny he would’ve though all these “NYC Timbs” memes are.

Timberland 6-Inch Premium Boot “Wheat” – $190 USD
Shop here: Timberland


HAWAIIAN SHIRTS

Image: Chris Walter/WireImage

Either he predicted the trend would be popular in the current menswear cycle — remember Pusha T in Prada last year? — or he was simply just always in summer mode. We’ll go with the latter, but BIG made these look fly then and even now.

PRADA Printed poplin shirt – $920 USD
Shop here: Prada


A CLASSIC SUIT

Straight off his last living appearance on the cover of The Source (Issue #91), Biggie went out on a truly classic note, and we’re proud to have this one in the vault. Nothing is more traditional than a two-piece suit, and given his larger-than-life persona and size alike, The Notorious B.I.G. rocked it just as well as he did with a mic. Forever missed; forever fly.

Vintage Plain Gray Tweed Suit – $220 USD
Shop here: Studio Suits


R.I.P to The Notorious B.I.G. Your memory will continue to live on through us and rap fans across the globe. Your style, well, that will simply never be duplicated.

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What’s Beef? In-N-Out Is Suing PUMA Over Burger Joint-Inspired Sneakers

Beef is usually associated with a never-ending cycle in Hip-Hop that involves rappers feuding about, well, nothing that’s ever really worth fighting over to begin with. However, it looks like popular Cali-based fast food chain In-N-Out is picking a fight of their own with sneaker stalwart PUMA over a pair of shoes that strike an eerily-similar theme and colorway to the burger joint’s line of restaurants.



According to reports, the food empire known for its signature Animal Style fries feels that PUMA directly copied key themes from the menu for the colorways on its California Drive-Thru and Cali-0 Drive Thru CC silhouettes. The copyright infringement claim, which was filed on Friday (March 1), says PUMA and the shoe’s collaborator Mike Cherman unlawfully used trademarks in the design, mainly when it came to the palm tree motif on the laces in addition to red, white and yellow color scheme overall.

Here’s what In-N-Out had to say in an official statement to Fox News:

“In-N-Out Burger did not authorize Puma’s and Cherman’s intentional use of In-N-Out’s trademarks and trade dress, including color designs and palm tree logos. By using In-N-Out’s designs and trade dress, Puma and Cherman intentionally confused consumers for their own benefit and have also created the impression that our marks and unique trade dress are available for public use. We will always vigorously defend our trademarks and the distinctive elements that represent our brand to our Customers.”

Due to having its requests to cease production & advertisement of the shoes ignored by PUMA, In-N-Out is now seeking unspecified damages and profits related to collection’s sales.

Read the full report over on Fox News, and peep the PUMA California Drive-Thru design below — the shoe is still available now sans the shoelaces — to see if In-N-Out has a valid argument:

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2 Chainz Reveals New Merch Including the ‘Sounds of Atlanta’ Bomber Jacket

2 Chainz’s LeBron James-assisted album Rap or Go to the League will hit your streaming service of choice this coming Friday but if you want to be outfitted in the same garments as the TRU rapper you can place your order now.

The trap icon has released a new Merch line that will coincide with the album, featuring t-shirts, a snapback, Ethika boxer briefs and a bomber jacket that any Atlanta Hip-Hop baby should have no problem dropping the $175 to place it in their collection.

The bomber is dubbed “Sound of Atlanta” and features all the logos of historic ATL record labels from LaFace to DTP to So So Def to Quality Control in the form of patches that has been seen with various NBA Merch items in the past.

“I made these jackets for #raporgototheleague i hope I didn’t leave anyone out !! This is a NBA style starter jacket with nothing but Atlanta record labels on it old and new,” Chainz shared.

Check out the bomber jacket below and don’t hesitate to check out the full collection here.

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Dame Dash Buys Controlling Interest in Rachel Roy’s Clothing Company

Entrepreneur Dame Dash has been making headlines in the news for a myriad of reasons lately. In an olive branch moment, Dash offered apologies to Jay-Z, Jim Jones, and surprisingly to Lyor Cohen who has accused to rupturing the Roc a Fella and being a “culture vulture.” Now, Dash is in the news for his skills as a businessman. It’s being reported that Dash has purchased back the majority interest in his ex-wife Rachel Roy’s clothing company. The Rachel Roy Collection has been under the umbrella of Topson Downs, its parent company.

Dash took to Twitter to announce his latest business venture. He noted, “I’m very proud to announce that like a real boss …I’ve bought back the majority Interest in @rachel_Roy from @topsondowns. They didn’t want me announce yet because they wanted Rachel to sign something saying she wouldn’t sue them but that has nothing to do with me…so I’m celebrating cause why would Rachel not want me to buy back the company I invested 6 million of my own money into (like a real boss) only so @ava_dash and @tallulah_dash would have a company to run…so I bought it back and I’m gonna re launch luxury with @ava_dash and @tallulah_dash as the face…we are a real fashion family for years now and we are 100 percent Indy 100 million dollar a year company family owned by a black man.”

 

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Im very proud to announce that like a real boss …I’ve bought back the majority Interest in @rachel_Roy from @topsondowns they didn’t want me announce yet because they wanted Rachel to sign something saying she wouldn’t sue them but that has nothing to do with me…so I’m celebrating cause why would Rachel not want me to buy back the company I invested 6 million of my own money into (like a real boss) only so @ava_dash and @tallulah_dash would have a company to run…so I bought it back and I’m gonna re launch luxury with @ava_dash and @tallulah_dash as the face…we are a real fashion family for years now and we are 100 percent Indy 100 million dollar a year company family owned by a black man… let’s see if the press talks about this @wwd @nytimes @tmz_tv @vibemagazine @theshaderoom @voguemagazine @pagesix @macys @daniel_dnieko told y’all I was gonna buy that back like a boss…I buy companies likes Artist drop albums #bigfacts #bosstalk nice doing biz with you joe and Danny…Rachel please don’t mess this deal up and if you do please publicly explain yourself…who ever doesn’t write about this is an obvious hater y’all said I was broke the last 10 years but when a black man really buys a company y’all don’t wanna say shit… doesn’t matter I’m gonna shit on all of y’all if you try to hate…this is what a real real boss looks like…while y’all talk shit I’m really out here buying companies and you dumasses keep trying to tell me how to act…and say I’m crazy …a boss does and says whatever the fuck he wants cause he could…I doubt y’all ever saw one before…if you don’t like it get the fuck of my page…for everyone else thank you for the support and please celebrate with me…but pay attention to everything especially the bubble gum shit…I been working on this deal for years @vanlathan and @cthagod I need y’all to tell everybody you know @funkflex @hot97 is hurt and won’t talk about that @angiemartinez if you don’t talk about it that’s hating #hustleforyourlastnamenotyourfirst

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Dash then challenged the media to cover his business transaction claiming that he only gets coverage when he surrounded by negativity. Dash said, “Rachel please don’t mess this deal up and if you do please publicly explain yourself…” Dash added. “Whoever doesn’t write about this is an obvious hater y’all said I was broke the last 10 years but when a black man really buys a company y’all don’t wanna say shit…”

Whether you love him or hate him, Dame Dash always stands in his truth and promotes the power of entrepreneurship. With anticipation, we’ll wait and see what else Dash has up his sleeves.

 

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Undeniable Influence On Hip-Hop Fashion

The fashion world has lost another icon.

Renowned designer Karl Lagerfeld passed away in Paris earlier this morning, ending his astounding era as a Creative Director for Chanel, Fendi and his own namesake label. The one that made it possible for Frank Ocean to even croon about “seeing both sides like Chanel” — Mr. Lagerfeld famously created the “double C” logo back in the ’80s when he assumed the role after Coco Chanel’s death in 1971 — Karl was always about pushing boundaries, creating conversation around his creations and ultimately pulling from all sources of influence to construct ready-to-wear garments that would truly be groundbreaking. He accomplished that and so much more, but one key source of inspiration that isn’t talked about enough is his fascination with Hip-Hop fashion. It’s currently apparent with the examples of lyrical praise as mentioned above and in countless other rap verses, but Karl Lagerfeld has honestly been a rap fiend since the very beginning.



As seen above in Vogue‘s video profile of the Chanel Autumn/Winter 1991 fashion show, which took place less than a decade after he became head of haute couture designs in 1983 and then ready-to-wear as well in 1984, the core influence for that season in particular was borrowed from the rise of rap in the early ’90s. Big bling, oversized caps, leather outwear that looked like bubble flight jackets and supermodel Stephanie Roberts effortlessly making her way down the runway in denim and a perfectly-picked afro all made for the perfect tribute. One of the looks from the show, worn by fellow fashion diva Linda Evangelista, even inspired an unforgettable ‘fit worn by rap queen Cardi B during a performance of “Money Bag” last year on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.



Then there are examples of Lagerfeld’s more direct influences on the rap game, like his longstanding industry friendship with Kanye West — he shot ‘Ye for the cover of VMAN in 2011, sparked collab rumors a year later during a mere power lunch and later captured the Kimye love for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 2016 — and his current partnership with Pharrell, which has led to a limited edition pair of adidas NMDs, a Disney Prince-inspired feature in the short film “Reincarnation” directed by Lagerfeld and a current brand collaboration in the works that was teased back in October during the Chanel Cruise 2018/19 replica show. That’s not even to mention the art direction Karl blessed Kanye protégée Theophilus London with for his 2015 sophomore album Vibes!, proving that his eye is on the new school of Hip-Hop just as much as it is on the big curators of our culture.


Image: Karl Lagerfeld / VMAN

Image: Karl Lagerfeld / Harper’s Bazaar

Image: Chanel

Image: Brent Lewin / Getty Images

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Creating fashion for the female form was Karl’s expertise, so the women of Hip-Hop were of course in love with his creations the most. One in particular happened to be our sole female 2019 Power 30 Issue inductee Rihanna, who has been a muse for years to the fashion industry impresario, whether she’s front-and-center at the latest Chanel presentation, supporting him over at Fendi, or just rocking one of his vintage designs during an unforgettable performance at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show back in 2012.


Image: Dominique Charriau / WireImage

Image: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff / Getty Images

Image: Steve Eichner

Image: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images


During a 2008 Harper’s Bazaar fashion editorial that decked out designers in their fantasy roles, Lagerfeld dressed up as an MC and was quoted as saying, “Believe it or not, I love rap!” No worries, fam — we believe you 100%. The feeling is very mutual.


Image: Swan Gallet / WWD / REX / Shuttershock

Image: ELLE

Image: WireImage

Image: Harper’s Bazaar


R.I.P. to Karl Lagerfeld, who will continue to live on through his illustrious designs and mark on the world overall via his vivid vision of style. Let us know your thoughts on this unfortunate loss over on our Facebook and Twitter!

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A-List Parents And Their Stylish Kids Will Take The Stage At 2019 Rookie USA Show During All-Star Weekend

Today, the Rookie USA Fashion Show will return to the runway during NBA All-Star Weekend, showcasing the world’s most fashionable kids and clothing lines.

Hosted by Tiki Barber and DJ Khaled, the show will showcase the latest looks from top international brands, Levi’s®, Converse, Jordan, Hurley and Nike. The star-studded audience will include celebrity attendees DJ Khaled, Chris Paul, Victor Cruz, Tiki Barber, Adrienne Bailon and Thomas Davis, with more athletes being confirmed every day. Influencers Dear Giana, The McClure Twins, Hails World, Mia the Mini Diva and Aiden Garcia will be rocking the runway this season.

Charlotte’s very own Mayor Lyles, R&B sensation, Anthony Hamilton and Carolina Panther Greg Olsen, Kyle Love, Captain Munnerlyn and former teammates Steve Smith, Charles Johnson and Thomas Davis will also have their families in the show.

The invitation-only Rookie USA fashion show, presented by Haddad Brands, will take place at Founders Hall in Charlotte to benefit DJ Khaled’s WE THE BEST Foundation – the Asahd Initiative and Tiki Barber’s Kulture City. The Asahd Initiative is to serve and donate to underprivileged children and was named after DJ Khaled’s son. Kulture City provides a sensory friendly environment for autistic children attending sporting events and other public places.

The Charlotte Hornets’ Little Stingers will perform along with kid DJ Case Dawson.

“I’m excited to be a part of the show this season to give love and support to my son, Asahd, and Haddad brands. #GRATEFUL,”

says DJ Khaled.

“This is always a great event we love supporting the children and it’s always tied to a charity,” said Tiki Barber.

WHERE: Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

WHEN: Friday, February 15th

PRESS CHECK IN: 4:00PM

RED CARPET: 4:30-5:30PM

SHOW BEGINS: 5:30PM SHARP

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Kanye West Falls Victim to a New York Fashion Week Forgery Scam

While Kanye may be working on becoming a different person this year, specifically one that’s less politically-controversial after news broke that he’ll officially retire that ill-received MAGA hat, we doubt Mr. West was banking on giving up his previous identity altogether. Well, at the very least he wasn’t counting on someone forging his signature on docs to perform during New York Fashion Week, as was the case during a recent performance booking for the Phillipp Plein show.


According to TMZ, someone who ‘Ye previously did business with approached Philipp Plein behind his back and booked Kanye for an upcoming performance during the brand’s event for New York Fashion Week Men’s next Monday (February 11). However, Kanye had absolutely no idea about the show, as his wife Kim Kardashian West made publicly clear via Twitter (seen above). Read on to see how TMZ breaks down the whole ordeal:

“Plein apparently fell for it hook, line and sinker, and they made a deal wherein Kanye would supposedly pocket 7 figures and, in return, he would perform at the NYFW show.

It gets worse. We’re told the guy forged Kanye’s name on the contract and then had a $900,000 advance wired to an account … which the guy promptly cleaned out.”

The unidentified person at the center of all this is reportedly a former friend of Kanye and past associate of G.O.O.D. Music. We can only hope that Plein had some sort of insurance to get his hefty down payment back, or at the very least homeboy gets caught before he can spend it all in one weekend.

This is a wild report that we hope gets settled fairly and dealt with promptly. Who’s the real victim here? Let us know your thoughts over on Facebook and Twitter!

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