LuisaViaRoma announces the launch of an exclusive, limited edition capsule collection with Gigi Hadid’s cashmere brand Guest in Residence.
Arriving just in time for Milan Fashion Week, the Guest in Residence limited edition capsule collection with exclusive styles and colors will be presented at LuisaViaRoma store in Florence over two installations, one in September and one in November, as well as multiple activations online and offline.
Salty, warm, family-centered vignettes were channeled into the Guest in Residence exclusive limited edition through effortless comfort and ease-of-mind dressing, lending an air of dazed reminiscence.
Extra fine rib knit cardigans with fluid bell sleeves, one-shoulder jersey tops, lightweight skirts, and a bandeau in 100% cashmere embrace the fluidity of dressing oneself with familiar and reliable pieces.
The launch of the collaboration with LuisaViaRoma will be celebrated with a dedicated private event in Milan— an intimate dinner with Gigi Hadid and friends at the historical Il Baretto al Baglioni.
“I am so happy to launch my new Guest in Residence collection and the exclusive capsule with LuisaViaRoma. Milan Fashion Week is the perfect occasion to celebrate this collaboration surrounded by people who inspire me.” –Gigi Hadid
The limited edition capsule as well as the new Fall 2023 Guest In residence collection will be available exclusively at LuisaViaRoma, online and offline, starting from September 22nd, 2023.
Appoints Successful Tech Entrepreneur as CEO to Deliver New Phase of Growth
Aura Blockchain Consortium, founded in 2021 by LVMH, Prada Group, Cartier, part of Richemont, OTB Group, and then later joined in 2022 by Mercedes-Benz Group, along with associate members including H.Moser & Cie. and Maison Margiela are proud to announce the appointment of Romain Carrere as the new CEO and General Secretary.
With over 15 years experience as a tech entrepreneur, Romain Carrere has dedicated his effort to advising web3 start-ups, assisting them in launching innovative products and scaling their operations and providing valued advisory services to corporations interested in venturing into blockchain, NFT and metaverse projects. Romain Carrere holds a Master’s degree from ESCP Business School and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from Bentley University. His active involvement in various delegations, including representing French entrepreneurs at the G20 delegation in Tokyo, showcases his commitment to advancing the global tech ecosystem.
The Aura Blockchain Consortium is a non-profit initiative transcending traditional frontiers by setting the standard for brands and their digital transformation. Offering state-of-the-art blockchain solutions, the consortium empowers its 25+ member brands to seamlessly navigate the entire product life cycle from origin to direct-to-consumer. Through their diverse range of solutions, including SaaS, NFT, and Multi-Token Minter, luxury brands can now elevate and enrich the customer experience to unprecedented levels.
Speaking on his appointment to the role, Romain Carrere said “I am thrilled and indeed honoured to join the Aura Blockchain Consortium at such a critical turning point, as we scale the platform and our solutions globally. This visionary and unique consortium holds a special place in the industry, gathered around the development of a truly collaborative concept. As I embark on this new journey, I will continue to innovate and push boundaries in collaboration with the entire team and Board. Through the use of blockchain technology and applications, I look forward to driving adoption of this technology and raising the overall customer experience to a level never achieved before in the luxury industry.”
Lorenzo Bertelli, Chairman of Aura Blockchain Consortium & Group Marketing Director and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Prada Group commented “We are delighted, along with our member brands, to have Romain join our Consortium. With his extensive background as a tech entrepreneur, advising both web3 start-ups and luxury brands on their digital strategies, he brings invaluable experience that will help steer the Consortium into a new strategic phase and fulfil our vision on a global scale.”
Carrere succeeds Daniela Ott after two very successful years at Aura Blockchain Consortium. “We are grateful to Daniela who has set a solid foundation that enables us all to face this next exciting chapter and pass the baton to Romain” adds Bertelli.
Marvel’s original podcast series Women of Marvelreturns for the fall season with a brand-new format and a new host! New episodes will roll out weekly on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
The weekly series is hosted by Marvel Publishing’s Executive Director for Digital Content Ellie Pyle, alongside Women of Marvel’s all-new host and accomplished author Preeti Chhibber. Throughout the season, Ellie and Preeti are joined by guests for inspiring conversations that spotlight women characters and creators that have made a powerful and positive impact on the Marvel Universe.
In the newly updated format, each episode of the upcoming season is a deep dive into a specific character. The hosts welcome industry experts including creators, actors, scientists, athletes, and professors, as they peel back the layers of various characters and showcase what truly makes the women of Marvel super.
The fall season features an impressive lineup of guests from a wide range of backgrounds and professions including various MCU talent, comic writers and editors Ann Nocenti, Rainbow Rowell, Marieke Nijkamp, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Rebecca Roanhorse, Alanna Smith;artists Jodi Nishijima; authors Nnedi Okorafor, Ashley Poston, Seanan McGuire, Valerie Steele; cosplayers and performers Raisa Cosplay, Dax Exclamation Point; Olympian Casey Kaufhold; professors Sibrina Collins, Katja Friedrich; clinical psychologist Orna Guralnik, and so many more!
Episode one kicks off with the first woman of the X-Men, Jean Grey. There’s a lot going on in Jean’s head. She can communicate with others and move objects with her mind! Throughout the episode, the Women of Marvel hosts and guests Indra Rojas, Dr. France Jackson, Nola Pfau, and X-Men: The Animated Series writer Julia Lewald, examine how Jean tries, succeeds, and often fails to maintain her sanity with the universe on her shoulders.
The 12-episode series is produced by Isabel Robertson, Zachary Goldberg, Ellie Pyle, and Preeti Chhibber. Fans can listen to new episodes of Women of Marvel every Wednesday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more information on Women of Marvel, please visit marvel.com/women-of-marvel.
GRAMMY award-winning global superstar Doja Cat releases her new track and music video, “Demons” today via Kemosabe Records / RCA Records. The music video was filmed in Los Angeles, CA and directed by Christian Breslauer (SZA/Chris Brown) and Doja Cat. The video features a special cameo from Emmy-Award winning actress, Christina Ricci (“The Addams Family” / Netflix’s “Wednesday”). “Demons” made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU, MTV Biggest Pop and on the Paramount Times Square billboards.
Doja Cat has just been announced as a performer on the 2023 “VMAs,” airing LIVE from New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Tuesday, September 12th at8PM ET/PT where she is nominated for 5 Awards including- Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Direction, and Best Art Direction.
Last month, Doja Cat released her official single, “Paint The Town Red”, which made history by reaching No. 1 on Spotify’s Top 50 – USA chart; this is the first time in Spotify history that a rap song from a solo female artist has earned the top spot on the charts. Additionally, Doja Cat’s “Paint The Town Red” hit #5 on Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on Billboard Global 200. The “Paint The Town Red” music video was directed by Nina McNeely (Miguel / Fergie)andDoja Cat and was shot in Los Angeles, CA.
At the start of the summer, Doja announced her first North American headline tour, “The Scarlet Tour” beginning this fall with special guests Ice Spice and Doechii. Doja Cat was also featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar last month for “Icons issue.”
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars presents Rolls-Royce Amethyst Droptail – a breathtaking coachbuilt masterpiece that celebrates its commissioning client’s cultural heritage, family legacy and personal passions. One of four unique expressions of Rolls-Royce Droptail, Amethyst Droptail is a truly elevated expression of applied art, commissioned by a patron whose family business has grown from a gemstone boutique to a multinational corporation with diversified interests.
The patron tasked Coachbuild designers to create an elegant expression of Droptail inspired by the amethyst gem – the birthstone of their son and an enduring symbol of purity, clarity and resilience; themes that are explored throughout this exceptional motor car in extraordinary depth.
The client’s passion for quiet artistry and subtle flourishes is what defines Amethyst Droptail – a projection of true connoisseurship that rewards those who study it with beguiling details.
Rolls-Royce Amethyst Droptail fascia is graced with a unique timepiece commissioned by the client from the renowned Swiss haute horlogerie maison, Vacheron Constantin. Handmade in Geneva, the piece, named ‘Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon,’ has an intricate hand-wound movement and is securely housed in a specially designed holder, enabling it to be removed and stored separately from the motor car if desired. The timepiece features a bi-retrograde display with instantaneous return of the hours and minutes as well as a bi-axial tourbillon.
Vacheron Constantin and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars worked closely together to ensure the forms, materials and colors of the timepiece were in perfect harmony within the motor car. The instrument dials combine amethyst-colored inserts with the partially brushed and polished finish of the timepiece’s hands. The timepiece is affixed to a white-gold baseplate with a hand-crafted sunburst guilloché pattern.
Practically breaking TikTok with just a snippet, rising New Jersey-born and Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Frawley serves up her anxiously awaited new single “Figure You Out” available now via Republic Records/More Than Friends.
Frawley initially teased the confessional and catchy anthem on TikTok, and it has amassed a staggering 43 million-plus views in addition to inspiring over 14K videos. Under the glow of neon synths and powered up by a dancefloor-ready beat, the track spotlights her open-hearted lyrics. Right out of the gate, she sighs, “Probably think I’m on psycho shit, sent you 23 messages.” On the hook, she wonders, “If you really want me, why the hell aren’t you here right now? Oh boy, it’s getting hard trying to figure you out. I can never figure you out.”
It lands in the wake of “Crying My Eyes Out.” The latter has already generated millions of streams as well as earning critical acclaim. Sweety High went as far as to profess, “‘Crying My Eyes Out’ is truly one for the ages.”
It’s just the beginning, though!
Expect more towering vocal runs and heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics, elevating the songstress as a bona fide artist to watch this year.
ABOUT FRAWLEY New Jersey-born and Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Frawley has captivated a growing audience with her skyscraping delivery and eloquent songcraft, racking up over 100 million streams and counting. Singing straight from the heart, Frawley tunes into raw emotion with such clarity that you can practically see the stories in her songs unfold right in front of you. She ignited her own breakthrough with 2021’s “No One Can Fix Me.” It sparked a trend on social media, which translated to DSPs with 47 million Spotify streams. She maintained this buzz with “If I Don’t Laugh, I’ll Cry” in 2022, reeling in another 30 million Spotify streams. Along the way, she established herself as a singer-songwriter, sought-after collaborator, and vocal producer.
Frawley’s ability to transpose reality into a song enables her to resonate and sets her up for an exciting 2023. In 2023, she signed to Republic Records and turned the page on her next chapter with new music.
“Becky and Kizz make the perfect power pivot. This year’s most provocative performance. “–360®
Nigerian Afrobeats Singer songwriter and one of the most streamed artists in Africa, Kizz Daniel, has released “Cough” with Latin superstar Becky G out now via Flyboy Inc / EMPIRE – listen HERE.
The single follows a massive year for Kizz Daniel. For the first half of 2022, he was the #1 streaming artist on the continent of Africa, which culminated in a performance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Kizz also had two #1 Global Shazam records in 2022 with his record “Buga” and the original version of “Cough (Odo)” amassing hundreds of millions of streams globally.
Hailing from Ogun state, he graduated with a degree in Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology in 2013. His 2014 single “Woju” was nominated for “Hottest Single” at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards and was followed by “Laye,” another hit song whose video was shot at different locations across the eastern part of Africa.
Kizz released his debut album, New Era in 2016, followed by his sophomore album No Bad Songz in 2018 featuring Davido, Diplo, Nasty C, Diamond Platnumz and more. The album topped the world album chart within 24 hours of its release.
His album, King of Love was released in 2020 with hits contributing to his award nominations and wins. His latest EP, Barnabas, was released in 2021.
Kizz Daniel has been nominated for over 25 awards, has won 3 Headies and nominated for 6 more this year, has 4 Nigerian Entertainment Awards, and had a sold out tour across North America and Europe.
Elton John’s record-breaking Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour reached its conclusion tonight with an emotionally charged show at Sweden’s Tele2 Arena. This landmark 330th – and final – date marked the end of a truly historic, ground-breaking tour which sees Elton say goodbye to touring after 50 years on the road. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour kicked off on September 10, 2018, in North America and has subsequently seen Elton play to over 6.25 million fans across the UK, Europe, North America, and Australasia.
After leaving the stage in Stockholm, Elton said, “When we set off on my final tour in 2018, I couldn’t have foreseen in my wildest dreams the twists and turns and the highs and lows this tour – and the whole world – would have experienced in the next 5 years. And every step of the way, my fans have been there. They have stuck with me, they have supported me, they have been patient, and they have kept turning out for every single last show. Tonight has been magical. I’m trying to process it, and I don’t think it will sink in for a while yet that I’m finally finished touring. I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss the fans and how much their support has humbled me – it will stay with me forever.”
Taking the audience on a magical journey through his career for the final time, tonight’s show featured some of Elton’s most beloved songs from his legendary catalog, including “Bennie and the Jets,” “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Philadelphia Freedom” climaxing in a three-song encore of “Cold Heart,” “Your Song” and a spine-tingling finale of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
During the set, a live video link-up with Coldplay, who were playing live in Gothenburg at the same time, delivered a message of thanks to a clearly deeply moved Elton on behalf of the many artists and musicians he’s supported and platformed during his touring career. Chris Martin said: “Elton, from all of us here (in Gothenburg), from all the bands and artists you’ve helped and inspired, we love you so much. We are so grateful for everything you’ve done for the AIDS Foundation, anytime you’ve been kind to anybody. For everything you’ve done for LGBTQ. Everything you’ve done for fashion and eyewear. Everything you’ve done for sexiness, and love, and dressing gowns! Everything you’ve done for music, everything Bernie has done for lyrics, everything your band has done over the thousands of shows you’ve done. We love you so much, we’re going to miss you so much.”
Elton also gave an emotional send-off to his incredible band, who have joined him on stage throughout the tour – and the previous 50 years – including Davey Johnstone, Musical Director, Guitarist, and backup vocals, Nigel Olsson on the drums, Ray Cooper on percussion, John Mahon on percussion, Kim Bullard on keyboards and Matt Bissonette on the bass.
Having toured relentlessly since 1970, playing almost 4,600 shows in 80 countries in the ensuing half a century, Elton made the decision in 2017 that the time was right to come off the road so he could fully embrace the next important chapter of his life and dedicate more time to his family. The ensuing Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour has subsequently broken records, pushing boundaries and shattering expectations in a five-year period of celebratory activity that has solidified Elton’s status across the generations in the very highest echelons of popular culture. Each leg of the tour has been greeted with an avalanche of critical and commercial success. Highlights include 8 nights at Madison Square Garden, 10 nights at London’s O2 Arena, headlining a sold-out BST in London’s Hyde Park, 2 nights at Watford Football Club’s Vicarage Road (July 2022), and a mammoth 46 dates across Australia. The U.S. leg of the tour concluded with 3 sell-out shows at Dodger Stadium in November 2022. The concert was live-streamed on Disney + in every single territory the channel broadcasts in, a global first. And, of course, there was last month’s historic Glastonbury Festival headline slot. The Sunday night Pyramid Stage closer was widely heralded as one of the greatest performances in the festival’s rich history, attracting one of the largest crowds ever witnessed at the festival. It also received the biggest-ever televised audience for a Glastonbury set, reaching 7.6m overnight on BBC1.
The success of the live tour has been underpinned by release of the commercial and critical hit film ‘Rocketman’ and global bestselling autobiography, ‘ME’ in a sustained 5 year period of unrivaled cultural celebration. Cold Heart with Dua Lipa (PNAU remix) saw Elton top the UK single chart, becoming the first artist to score a top 10 solo hit single in 6 consecutive decades in the process. Diamonds, the Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection, continues to be a permanent fixture in the charts as new audiences discover Elton’s unrivaled songbook. Last week it reached a new peak position of #2 in the UK albums charts, an incredible 5 years after its release, achieving 4 times platinum status in the process.
In Stockholm tonight, the sun finally set on Elton’s illustrious touring career as he bows out at the very top of his powers. Fans around the world can now only wait and speculate on what will follow from a true icon who has consistently challenged the norm, pushed boundaries, and shaped popular culture like few others.
On the track, bold and boisterous horns set the mood as the funky bass line locks into an upbeat dancefloor-ready groove. Handclaps punctuate heartfelt verses as the momentum culminates on a mic-drop of a chorus, “I haven’t even started yet, I haven’t even broke a sweat.”
Billy comments on the new single, “For me, with this album, after being away from the mainstream industry for decades, I wanted to make sure that I was being honest and telling the truth and standing in my own Black and queer power. There was a phrase that came to my mind which is, ‘Winners write the history,’ and I’ve lived long enough to have rewritten the history for myself. So that was where the morsel of the song came from. And in the pre-chorus, it says ‘Winners, write the history. So baby, I win.’ And I’m very proud of that flex. It’s a flex.”
The song lands in the wake of Porter’s 25-city nationwide tour, THE BLACK MONA LISA TOUR: VOLUME 1, which wrapped in June. The show was hugely successful with both fans and critics alike. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote: “Stunning” and “one-of-a-kind,”a “rare kind of performance” with “above all else, transcendent joy.” Louisville’s LEO Weekly called the show “spectacular, inspiring, dazzling.” The Minneapolis Star-Tribune noted Porter’s “panache” and “sumptuous outfits.”
“Broke A Sweat” is the fifth offering from The Black Mona Lisa album. It follows the sultry dazzler “Fashion” and “Baby Was A Dancer,” which was in regular rotation on Gaydio and BBC’s Radio 2. Porter debuted a show-stopping performance of “Baby Was A Dancer” on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
In addition to wrapping his tour in June,Billy served as Grand Marshal at this year’s New York City Pride March, and joined forces with The Trevor Project and The Stonewall Gives Back Initiative to illuminate the Empire State Building in rainbow colors throughout Pride weekend.
Reebok’s Revives ‘Premier Road Plus VI’ Retro Runner
From Archival ‘Premier Series,’ Available Now
With the introduction of the ‘Premier Series’ in 2003, Reebok sought to reconnect with its storied running heritage. The result: a series of no-frills performance running products featuring new and cutting-edge technologies that would help reinvigorate a stagnant running footwear market. Premier Road Plus arrived as part of the series that year, with new iterations introduced yearly leading up to the model’s final installment – the Premier Road Plus VI – in 2009.
Reflecting on the end of a pivotal era in Reebok performance innovation, Premier Road Plus VI returns in 2023 featuring a textile-synthetic mixed-material upper, textile lining, TPU midfoot transition plate, two-piece rubber outsole, and DMX Foam cushioning, which (as described by a 2004 Reebok Running ‘Premier Series’ catalogue) “creates dynamic cushioning through air channels molded in foam to deliver a traditional ride in a longer lasting, more lively feeling system.”
Premier Road Plus VI ($100, unisex, 100070272) is available now from Reebok.com and select retailers (with additional colorways available depending on store and location).
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Launched on February 1st, 2003, the Premier Series line of running shoes sought to reconnect Reebok with its storied running heritage. The running market at the time lacked any serious performance options and desperately craved a no frills, excellent product. Seeing this absence in the market as a perfect opportunity, Reebok created a design team comprising exclusively of runners to keep the end user front-of-mind in the design process and developed of a variety of cutting-edge technologies such as DMX Foam, DMX Shear and Play Dry to outfit the product. The brand’s intuition, product, and approach were perfect – so perfect that the line sold over 1 million pairs in its first year and earned a litany of awards for its excellence.
The first few years of the Premier Series were characterized aesthetically by a focus on metallic detailing and functionality thanks to the implementation of DMX Foam, DMX Shear and PlayDry. DMX Foam was a soft, proprietary cushioning technology that granted immense comfort to the runner. On the other hand, DMX Shear reduced the stress of the heel strike by slowing down the heel on impact. PlayDry, an apparel technology used to wick moisture and help regulate body temperature, was used as a shoe liner that absorbed moisture as it was released during a run. These technologies provided runners both comfort and functionality so successfully that David Lacorazza, the lead designer of the Premier Running Series, would go on to win a 2006 Designer of the Year distinction for his work.
Although the Premier Series was phased out in 2012 to make room for shoes donning ZigTech, Flex, and toning technology, the line’s popularity was strong enough for it to sell through 600,000 pairs each year.
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