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Rhianna Illustration for 360 Magazine

RIHANNA x ESSENCE

ESSENCE, the leading media, technology and commerce company serving Black women, kicks off 2021 with a stunning January + February cover art exclusive. Legendary artist Lorna Simpson collaborates with global fashion and beauty founder Robyn Rihanna Fenty, who recently launched Fenty Skin globally in stores in the U.S. and the U.K.

Their goal was to reinterpret the narrative of modern-day beauty in the gorgeous photographic cover collage, Of Earth & Sky, and in images comprising a 12-page portfolio feature inside the January + February issue. Over the past 15 years of her acclaimed three-decade career, Simpson has created collages that recontextualize images of Black women from vintage pages ofEbony and Jet magazines. Like all of Simpson’s celebrated works, these original pieces are more than what meets the eye.

Simpson channels Rihanna as her muse throughout the spectacular artistic rendering—reimagining the artist in a way that has neverbeenseen before. Rihanna looks ethereal in designer pieces including from her signature Savage X Fenty line as well as Prada, Givenchy, Hood by Air, Thelma West, Rick Owens and more.

“…I needed to create images of Rihanna to place within the environments of source materials from my archive,” said Simpson. “For the project to have the same kind of dramatic visual intensity as my collage work to date, I had to consider the atmosphere and lighting of specific source materials before arriving to set. Knowing Rihanna’s charisma and commanding presence, my effort was then to be as present and prepared as possible to capture her exquisite performance for the camera…”

The package also features the piece, Anthems of Possibility, written by Simpson’s daughter, writer and actor Zora Simpson Casebere. She weighs in on how Rihanna helped shape her womanhood at an early age and how serving as a stand-in model on set for her mother was a full-circle moment. 

“…At 13, I was deeply grateful that at a formative time in my life, it was Rihanna’s voice and art that became my portals to so many questions about sexuality, sexual exploration and sexual autonomy,” expressed Casebere. “Now, on set, I assisted my mother as a model as she explored how she might later place Rihanna within the visual contexts she’d selected from vintage Ebony magazines, old Associated Press photographs and 19th-century lithographs of mineral specimens.”

“When Rihanna arrived at the set—my first time seeing her in real life—I was mesmerized. She was the very definition of grace, charisma and influence,” continued Casebere. “Wearing a magnificent Maximilian black headdress, she requested the song ‘Thick’ by DJ Chose, then met the camera with power and possibility—power in how she moved her body through space, and possibility in how she dismantled and moved beyond institutional boundaries…”

The gorgeous issue will also pay homage to Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris’ historic win with reflections by five influential Black women: Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry, Karen Finney, Star Jones and Minyon Moore. In addition, the issue features an interview with Barack Obama talking about his new book and journey as the nation’s first Black president. Plus, iconic actress Cicely Tysonshares an eye-opening excerpt from her new memoir.

For more on this issue, visit ESSENCE.com or pick up the January + February 2021 issue on newsstands next week. (Photographic Collages, Lorna Simpson)

ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 

Essence Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 31 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival. Essence Communications is owned by Essence Ventures, an independent Black-owned, consumer technology company merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.

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Louis Vuitton in Miami’s Design District

Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2021 Men’s Collection debuts in North America as part of a multi-faceted installation in Miami’s Design District on December 4th. The Temporary Residency showcases the collection within the lively universe of The Adventures of Zoooom with Friends, a fantastical crew of characters conceptualized by Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh, on a raucous international voyage representing the fundamental belief in inclusivity at the core of the House’s approach to Menswear.

First introduced at the 2020 Digital Fashion Week in Paris, Zoooom with Friends took the establishment by storm with their joyfully animated escapades throughout the city. Soon reborn in Shanghai and Tokyo as gigantic balloons, Zoooom with Friends has now embarked on a global adventure, celebrating the House’s spirit of travel. Miami is their first-ever stop in North America. Guests at Jungle Plaza will navigate an engaging outdoor environment featuring the Zoooomies’ larger-than-life balloon figures positioned amongst their bespoke shipping containers, alongside delightfully irreverent sculptures.

The Louis Vuitton Men’s Temporary Residency at Miami Design District will also feature a custom Augmented Reality experience. Quick Response codes displayed on the containers will activate via SnapChat, allowing guests to interact with the Zoooomies’ animated incarnations, while generating their own unique and shareable content.

Making its first-ever appearance in North American at Louis Vuitton Men’s Temporary Residency at Miami Design District, the Spring-Summer 2021 Men’s Collection is founded in four methods of upcycling: new looks made from recycled material, looks repeated from the Fall-Winter 2020 collection, looks freely created by the studio during the lockdown using recycled material, and new looks created from existing ideas.

The Temporary Residency will offer clients the opportunity to pre-order the designs in advance of the launch in Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. In addition to the Spring-Summer 2021 Men’s Collection preview, guests will discover a full suite of menswear moments from Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh, including the second LV2054 Capsule Collection—a performance-inspired technical line-—making its international debut. This season, LV2054 clarifies its message and extends its reach in a multi-climactic collection derived from methods used in professional skiwear.

Louis Vuitton Photo by Brad Dickson
Louis Vuitton Photo by Brad Dickson
Image Credit Courtesy Louis Vuitton BFA.Com
Promotional Photos for Noorullah Line for 360 Magazine

Noorullah

By Hannah DiPilato


With a line that unites sustainability and style, Noorullah is a brand to watch. The timeless collection features unique and versatile pieces that appeal to everyone. 

Recently, we caught up with designer Noorullah Amiri who explained what makes the line different from the rest of current-day high fashion. 


Where did you pull inspiration from for this line?


I pulled inspiration from the Ancient Egyptian wardrobe, which is a white linen fabric that has drape. Linen fibers create a very functional fabric that is breathable and good for temperatures all year round. For the pajama styles, I took inspiration from Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s stained glass window in the St. Peter’s Basilica from 1660. It was fitting to use that print for the pajamas, which you can lounge and meditate in.


The tracksuit is inspired by Ancient Greek Olympians, who would participate in the Olympic events. The idea was to create a comfortable and functional tracksuit also for lounging or exercising in cold weather. I also made use of genuine snake leather for small leather goods in relation to Ancient Greek biblical artworks: “Adam and Eve” and “Laocoon and His Sons”.  And also, lamb leather in relation to “The Sacrifice of Issac”.


What made you want to create sustainable fashion?

In the fashion industry, 85% of textiles go to the dumb each year and bits of fibers from the washing machine pollute the ocean. Producing new clothes causes pollution and there is post-consumption pollution as well. The best way to be sustainable is to close the loop in the fashion cycle and use only recycled textiles for making new fibers and materials.


It is our duty to take care of the planet for a better quality of life. And the fashion industry needs to be more sustainable to preserve the ecosystem. Our approach currently, is to focus on style and quality to create sustainable products. Style determines how long products will remain relevant and desirable, while quality determines how long the design will hold up during its use. We fully commit to our highly detailed designs with confidence so that they can be everlasting in terms of style and durability.


Have you had any community involvement relating to your company’s purpose?

Last year in San Francisco, on Earth Day, I went to a fair to gain and spread knowledge about sustainability, and also planted redwood tree sprouts that can grow up to 300 feet.


Where do you hope to see your designs in the future?

I hope to keep the designs exclusive and desirable so they can be enjoyed for a long time. We would like to have a strong global online presence with boutiques in strategic locations.

It is a dream to be able to provide people an experience from our world when shopping inside a brick-and-mortar location. I have a passion for storytelling through visual merchandising. In addition, I hope to have a limited wholesale partnership with a luxury department store.


What is your personal favorite piece from the collection and what makes this your favorite?

If I have one pick, I am going with the Wool Overcoat because it is comfortable and warm. I can wear almost anything underneath and still maintain a modern look. Also, similar to all of the garments from the collection, I created each pattern piece custom for your body. And I like that it has 4 deep pockets for holding valuables.


What would you say is the one thing that makes you stand out against other designers?

I would say it is my confidence because my design process is functional yet artistic, producing something with its own identity. I can pull inspiration from nature, for example, to create something that is unique in design having function and playing with silhouettes or other design elements.


When did you begin designing and how did you get started?

I began designing vector artwork using Adobe illustrator in 2011. I was working on a streetwear brand with t-shirts and fleece before designing window displays and private label brands for assignments in college.

I got started with the Noorullah brand by gathering inspiration and having an end-use in mind for the products. The end-use is when the garments will be worn, where, and by who. Getting an understanding of end-use is what enabled me to get started with bringing the inspirations to life.


Why do some pieces have only limited numbers available? Is this something you plan to change or continue doing in the future?

Everything from the collection is very limited because there are so many ideas to play with for new designs. The collection is truly exclusive and there will be a fresh collection to build from the previous one. In the future, as we expand our business, we will continue to keep the merchandise exclusive in proportion to consumer demands.


What is your process of designing sustainable products to ensure they’re functional and stylish?

To have a sustainable design we begin with the yarns that make up the fabric. To have durable fabrics we select the ones made from long filament yarns which are more durable, produce less fiber waste in the washing machine, and even have a better hand. We pay attention to construction details to make products functional, comfortable, and permanent. This way the products fulfill their intended uses while providing comfort and not becoming damaged. Along with durable materials and construction, we produce designs everlasting in terms of style.


How would you summarize the goal of the line in one sentence?

To give the wearer a high sense of confidence with luxury only for them to know.


Do you believe other brands should move away from fast fashion and create more sustainable clothing?

Yes, absolutely. The biggest way to impact the planet through sustainability in the fashion industry is to not produce any more clothes, but even that will not undo the existing pollution that has already been set in motion many years ago. And since we must continue producing products, it is best to be as ethical as possible.


Although the demand for fast fashion is high because some styles are trendy and affordable, the price that the planet pays is too great. Because fast fashion produces fads, where clothing goes out of style rapidly and they are made poorly to save pennies in productions.


What advice would you give to other designers about becoming more sustainable?

To source only recycled materials, and produce clothing that is classic and high quality.

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Noorullah Wool Jacket Photograph 360 Magazine
Photo by Janine Ajamian Photography

The Bachelorette X Randi Rahm

Bachelor Tuesday is here and the fashion is just as good as the drama. Randi Rahm has handmade a beautiful tone-on-tone, olivine, khaki dress that was handpicked by Tayshia Adams. Adams is the New Babe of The Bachelorette! 

This sensual, body-bearing dress with criss-cross satin straps in a halter neckline, which holds the barely-there cut-out bodice, showcases the sexiness that is the show. The stunning fabric hangs off of Adams in all the right ways. 

The gown was hand-beaded in metallic beads and hand sewed from two cut khaki creating a stunning gown. The piece was envisioned inside the fashionable walls of Randi Rahm’s Manhattan Atelier. The dress took over 280 man-hours to make inside the Atelier. 

The color of the dress complimented Tayshia’s complexion so perfectly and truly lets her shine. Her figure is beautifully extenuated in all the right places like the dress was made for her. The Raquel style is one of Randi’s most signature couture designs which makes it that much more exciting to see such an iconic look on the silver screen for such an iconic debut.   

Randi Rahm is here to fashionably guide viewers through Tayshia Adam’s takeover of The Bachelorette as she struts her stuff in Randi Rahm Couture! For the next eight weeks, Randi Rahm’s designs will be seen on the silver screen. From red-carpet to ready-to-wear looks, this season of The Bachelorette is as dramatic in style as it is in surprises. Rahm’s designs have been seen on each premiere and finale of The Bachelorette for the past five years.  

Rahm is an internationally lauded fine haute couture artist, whose signature timeless gowns and suits have been gracing red carpets, magazine covers, and stages for almost three decades. 

Rahm has been dressing Hollywood icons, Broadway leads, elegant brides, and power women and men across the globe. She has worked with celebrities such as Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Billy Porter, Eva Longoria, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, and many more.

Tayshia’s official takeover in the Raquel Gown from Randi Rahm Couture will debut Tuesday, November 10, on ABC.

All looks available for purchase at www.randirahm.com or by emailing sales@randirahm.com. Randi Rahm can be followed on Instagram, @randirahm and on Facebook, Randi Rahm Studio

BRODERICK HUNTER × 360 MAGAZINE

Today, 360 MAGAZINE‘s Instagram channel will digitally release a special cover/spread featuring Nigerian supermodel Broderick Hunter who hails from California. Currently, he is represented by Soul Artist Management and has been featured in various print campaigns (Sean JohnRalph LaurenNike). To date, he has made appearances in several major titles including GQStyle.comBazaarVogue and People. One of his most notable covers was for the fashion-forward Fantastics Magazine. 360’s newly appointed Creative Director Tyren Redd shot and produced the pictorial.

*Be on the lookout for a LIVE! video chat via 360 MAGAZINE‘s Instagram account with Broderick on Mon., 4/24 at 3pm PST/6pm EST.

**Images of Hunter from spread will be available in our upcoming mid/late May print issue.