Bethann Hardison Speaks Out At Fashion Week

As New York Fashion Week 2015 starts to wrap, Bethann Hardison, renowned fashion activist and former model, hosted an intimate gathering to speak at “The Future of Fashion Talk Series,” sponsored by HQ Events. Considered to be an authority when it comes to diversity within the fashion industry, Hardison shared her thoughts with everyone in attendance.

“There’s this moment happening in our culture where the power of the audience and the influence that people of color have is undeniable at this point,” said Welteroth. “And so therefore from what I see, people of color are being called on in a different way. We’re being heard in a different way — louder. And I think it’s such an exciting time. The power structure is being redefined and we’re refining beauty with the stories that we’re telling and the women we’re showing on our covers. Is there more work to be done? Absolutely. 100 percent. But I think we should celebrate where we’ve come from.”

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Gatorade Puts Serena All Over Brooklyn

Serena Williams quest for the Grand Slam is all the buzz in the tennis world right now. We’ve all heard her story from growing up with sister Venus in Compton, to becoming arguably the most dominant tennis player of all-time. Gatorade decided to celebrate her 21 titles with a beautiful mural in Brooklyn as the U.S. Open is played in New York. Check out the photos below.

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Timberland Ends Collaboration with A.P.C

Timberland’s president Stewart Whitney recently announced that the company will no longer be collaborating with fashion brand A.P.C.  The decision was in response to racist remarks made by Jean Touitou during his A.P.C fashion show in Paris

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Looking At The YG x RVCA Collab

RVCA is one of the leading lifestyle clothing brands out in the market today. They specialize in board-sports with the beach, surfing, and skateboarding being a huge part of their identity.  In attempt to expand their niche and brand, they teamed up with Compton native, YG.

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Stripping Down to Reveal True Style

The What’s Underneath Project, developed by multimedia platform Stylelikeu takes a unique approach to show that style is deeper than the clothes you wear. Set in a 1-on-1 interview format, the series highlights different people from different backgrounds as they share their unique style and what makes them unique. The striking aspect? These people strip off their clothes as the interview progresses, leaving them sitting only in their underwear at the end.

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Hello Kitty and The Simpson’s Are Going 1/2 on a Baby

Iconic Japanese Hello Kitty fashion and accessory manufacturer, Sanrio has teamed up with American animated sitcom, The Simpsons for a limited edition product line. In celebration of both franchise’s landmark years in 2014, with Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary and The Simpson’s 25th season, the collaboration product line “will target collectors with limited-edition collectibles, offering something for all fans.”

“Hello Kitty and The Simpsons have impacted pop culture around the world,” says Janet Hsu, President and COO of Sanrio, Inc. “Our collaboration comes at a perfect time as we celebrate major milestones for both brands. The exclusive product offering will feature a fun and unexpected take on The Simpsons’ transformation within Hello Kitty’s supercute world.”

“Fusing Hello Kitty’s iconic design sensibility with each Simpsons character, this unique collaboration will delight fans of Hello Kitty, The Simpsons and everyone in between,” said Roz Nowicki, executive vice president of global sales and retail at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

The unique collaboration is expected to release during the ”back-to-school” season in 2014. Link

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Versace Teams With “Third World Princess” M.I.A. for Capsule Collection

M.I.A. x Versace

M.I.A., the artist who once proclaimed herself as a “third world princess” has recently collaborated with iconic fashion house Versace for a capsule collection. The collection is colorful and full of Versace style prints, a perfect compliment to M.I.A.’s style and music.

“I adore the energy of the street, so when M.I.A. proposed to expose the issue of counterfeit Versace pieces by creating a collaboration inspired by these items, I thought it was an incredible idea,” explained Donatella Versace to Women’s Wear Daily about the new collaboration.

“Versace’s designs have always been copied, now it’s Versace that copies the copies, so those that copy must copy the copies,” the songstress told WWD. “So this will continue.”

For more on M.I.A.’s Versus collection, head to Versace’s site now, and expect the series to arrive in stores on October 16.

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Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” video & the politics of the booty [via Largeup.com]

At MMXLII, we’ve discussed the new found love for the “booty” first celebrated in urban culture-, in our Perception of Beauty piece. Major Lazer’s  outrageous latest video “Bubble Butt” can be seen as a hommage to this newly accepted emphasis on womanly curves. Largeup.com put together a great comparison between the major Lazer video directed by Eric Warenheim and its predecessor that laregly changed the game: Six Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”.

The pioneer: Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 single “Baby Got Back”
The brown girls/big booties vs. white girls/flat asses debate has probably been discussed behind closed doors for as long as African and European people have been living side by side. But the Seattle MC’s homage to bubble butts brought discussion of the relationship between race and derriere proportions out into the open, and the mainstream. Not only did Mix-A-Lot’s tribute challenge social norms (“I’m tired of magazines! Sayin’ flat butts are the thing!”) when it comes to women, race and body type— you could convincingly argue that it altered them.

Flash forward to 2013, and butt injections are as common as breast implants. Butt size is practically a national obsession, but things are a little more complicated and nuanced now: the most famously round ass in the world belongs to a white woman. So while “Baby Got Back” has been the definitive musical statement when it comes to ass size for more than 20 years, it seems that the time was ripe for an update. Leave it to Major Lazer, the game-changing dancehall sound system led by the white, American man who gave us M.I.A. and Snoop Lion, to play around with these notions in a fun, yet provocative way that probably only they can.

Videos after the break.

 

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