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2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour

2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Ramps Up with May 20 Virtual Event

  • Hosted by urban car culture icon, DUB magazine, and presented by Mobil 1, the next North American leg of Legends Tour will be live May 20
  • Streaming will kick off at 5:00 PM PDT on both the Hot Wheels and DUB magazine Facebook pages
  • Both Canadian and U.S. contestants will once again see which build has the most garage spirit

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour burns on with the next North American virtual event Thursday, May 20. Returning for another tour, DUB magazine—world renowned for its coverage of urban car customs and celebrity vehicle features— is back to co-host the show.

Open to fans across the United States and Canada, Hot Wheels is ready for the next epic round of custom car submissions. Once again, this event winner will go on to compete for a chance to see their build become immortalized as the next 2021 Hot Wheels Garage of Legends inductee and have their custom vehicle 1:64 die-cast model sold in Walmart stores around the world.

Presented by Mobil 1 and sponsored by Walmart, Dynacraft and Milestone S.r.l, this next stop in the world’s largest traveling car show will be available on the Hot Wheels and DUB Facebook pages starting at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Host Jarod DeAnda will be joined by an array of automotive enthusiast judges, including his co-host, professional racer and stunt driver Collete Davis, Hot Wheels designers Ralph Benitez and Kevin Geralez, as well as DUB magazine co-founder and SEMA’s ‘2020 Person of the Year’ Myles Kovacs. Each will be looking for the entry that best embodies authenticity, creativity and garage spirit.

To watch this premiere automotive livestream event, visit the Hot Wheels Legends Tour Facebook Page or the DUB Magazine Facebook Page.

Dates for future stops will be announced soon, and fans may register or learn more about the Hot Wheels Legends. Live events will be returning to U.S.-based Walmart stores this summer.

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Biden × Harris

Kamala Harris Will be First Vice President to be Immortalized by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds New York Releases Clay Head Sculpture Images of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in Honor of Their 100th Day in Office

Kamala Harris made history when she was sworn in on January 20th becoming the first woman, first Black person and first Asian American vice president. Madame Tussauds New York is adding another first to Harris’ list of achievements by creating a wax figure in her likeness; an honor that has never-before been extended to a vice president. It’s tradition for Madame Tussauds to create a wax figure of each U.S. president. President Joe Biden’s figure was announced following the 2020 presidential election.

Madame Tussauds shared the news by releasing work-in-progress images of Biden and Harris, just ahead of their 100th day in office. The clay heads were created by a team of studio artists based in London and represent meticulous detail captured by researching hundreds of images to achieve an exact likeness of the famous U.S. leader’s faces. The heads took six weeks to sculpt, and the figures will take between four to six months to complete. “We’re honored to create a figure for Vice President Harris and reflect this significant moment in U.S. history for guests inside Madame Tussauds New York,” said Brittany Williams, spokesperson for Madame Tussauds.

President Biden and Vice President Harris’ figures will be wearing replicas of the outfits worn at the 46th presidential inauguration ceremony. President Biden’s figure will be dressed in a midnight blue Ralph Lauren suit, white dress shirt with a French cuff and a lavender tie. Madame Tussauds designers also included small, yet noteworthy details including navy and gold cufflinks with the words ‘U.S. Senator’ and a United States flag lapel pin.

The outfit for Vice President Harris’ figure was created custom for Madame Tussauds New York by Christopher John Rogers, the designer of the symbolic and elegant purple coat and dress worn at the inauguration. The look created for the figure is a replica of the blazer and dress worn by Vice President Harris on Inauguration Day for her indoor appearance and swearing in of the senators. Her gold and pearl necklace, pearl earrings, bracelets and rings will also be replicated to complete the authentic look.

Madame Tussauds plans to unveil the figures later this year and place them in the “Oval Office” experience at Madame Tussauds New York where guests can make their own history posing with Biden and Harris up close. 

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AEDITIONS INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO

AEDITIONS launches art-infused, one-of-a-kind, décor & furniture 

In a creative step for two illustrious London brands, Bergman Interiors and HOFA Gallery are launching AEDITIONS, their new joint design project on May 20 2021. Inspired by their appreciation for contemporary art and bespoke luxury interiors, AEDITIONS will specialize in creating one-of-a-kind décor and furniture designs in collaboration with the world’s most remarkable contemporary artists and designers.

This new bespoke interior design studio is spearheaded by Bergman Co-founder Marie Soliman and HOFA Co-founder Elio D’Anna, and is set to release a range of collectable limited-edition designs including consoles, table lamps, standing mirrors, mini bars and the deluxe ‘Lapis’ Chessboard set designed by Soliman herself.  With remarkably intricate details, uber-luxe finishing, and excellent craftsmanship, each creation will be a work of art in its own right. Moreover, all 50 limited editions of each design will be accompanied by a certificate of authentication, in addition to being numbered and signed by the artist.

Among the first designs to be released this spring are creations by celebrated sculptural painter, Zhuang Hong Yi, whose signature 3-dimensional flowerbed paintings are coveted for their sensational color vibrance and emphatic homage to flowers. Hong Yi has created unique table light, chair and console designs fit for any nature-lover’s dream. The phenomenal Ilhwa Kim, painter of sculpted, biomorphic seed universes, will also début a cigar and mini bar design which encapsulates her unique vision of nature and the subjectiveness of perception.

Prolific contemporary portraitist and surrealist painter Loribelle Spirovski, is also part of the maiden cohort of artists, with her unmistakable artistic style beautifully embodied in the ‘Emissary Mirror & Screen Divider’, which features a unique silkscreen print and brass finishing, and the ‘Homme Table Lamp’ made of elegant Carrara marble and steel.

Commenting on the launch, Co-founder of AEDITIONS Marie Soliman said, “AEDITIONS creates an entirely new and interactive way of experiencing art. It’s the possibility of creating unique luxury interior designs that fuse art and function that drives the whole concept.”

Echoing the same sentiments, Elio D’Anna, Co-founder of AEDITIONS, said, “Combining art, design and interior décor is what AEDITIONS will be about, and each collection will be impeccably designed and exquisitely made. We have created a bold, new way for people to incorporate fresh contemporary art into their home interiors.”

All designs are available exclusively through Aeditions’ website from 20 May 2021.

‘Visage China Collection’, (AEDITIONS / Loribelle Spirovski) for use by 360 Magazine

‘Visage China Collection’, set of nine, painted porcelain, 20cm diameter, edition of 50 (£3,250) (AEDITIONS / Loribelle Spirovski)

Bespoke Lapis Chessboard Set’ in bronze, brass, veneers & lapis lazuli, edition of 20, 40 x 40cm, (£6,250) (AEDITIONS / Marie Soliman)

Bespoke Lapis Chessboard Set) (AEDITIONS / Marie Soliman)

Marine Layer Wines illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Marine Layer Wines

Marine Layer Wines Launches in Downtown Healdsburg 

Marine Layer Wines,  a modern new winery that brings the soul of the Sonoma Coast to life with its lineup of small production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, has officially launched, with a tasting room opening in downtown Healdsburg, June 2021.

Marine Layer was created by a tight-knit team of free-spirited colleagues who share a devotion to quality wine, genuine hospitality and living life to the fullest. They have already amassed a small cult-like following of industry insiders and locals who have embraced their stellar lineup from sought-after vineyard sites.

“This winery is a passion project many years in the making for the team,” said Baron Ziegler, founder of Marine Layer. “It’s pretty rare that you get the chance to work with a group that has this much joy for their craft, and it’s no surprise that it’s expressed through our wine, which is authentic, small-batch, and sustainably sourced. We can’t wait to share Marine Layer wines with everyone.”

The name Marine Layer pays homage to the prominent blanket of fog that pours in from the Pacific.  Known for cooler temperatures and wild and rugged terrain, the wines are vibrant, structured, and finessed.  With a focus on sustainable farming, heritage clones, and hand-harvesting, Marine Layer’s obsession for quality guides their path.  Every bottling of Marine Layer is produced in tiny quantities, some as small as four barrels.

“With decades of experience and deeply rooted relationships with the top growers in the Sonoma Coast, we built Marine Layer with an intimate knowledge of this region,” said Winemaker Rob Fischer. “Our wines are a pure expression of the land, history and soul of the Sonoma Coast.”

Marine Layer has partnered with local designers, the Hommeboys, who have perfectly captured the spirit of the Sonoma Coast in the design of the tasting room.  With its warm, earthy tones, low-key coastal vibe and layered textures, the space exudes the look and feel of the ultimate laid-back Northern California retreat.  Marine Layer’s Tasting Room is slated to open in downtown Healdsburg, June 2021.

For more information, please visit Marine Layer Wines website.

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Mena Garcia

By: Katherine Fleischman

Argentine-born “it” girl, stunner, and globe trotter Mena Garcia is in the process of launching her sustainable, vegan, and cruelty free fashion and beauty brands, as she searches to keep mother nature at the top of her priority list. Gone are the days of harmful damage to our beautiful earth as we move towards ensuring a green future and Mena wants to play her part in proving that fashion doesn’t have to be harmful to the planet. “In the past technology and the science of materials was limited to just niche sectors such as medical clothing, technical clothing, and sportswear. I’m here to put my spin on things and bring the fantastic technology we have to the forefront and prove that we can all wear sustainable clothing,” said Mena.

As scientists, researchers and designers join forces to try to reduce the carbon footprint that the fashion industry currently stamps, independent designers like Mena will be crucial to leading the way and showing fashion giants that if she can do it, so can they. “I believe we can really make a difference by using our voice on social media platforms and by setting online trends to really catch the attention of the largest fashion brands around the world. Independent brands like mine can truly make the difference here.” Mena, who has been modeling since her teens, has almost three-quarters of a million Instagram followers and this platform will undoubtedly help her cause. 

She talks passionately about using “waste from oranges to make silk,” or “pineapple leaf for a leather alternative” and spectacularly “agricultural waste bacteria.” As Mena continues to learn more, she’s using her education to find out interesting new ways to create sustainable fashion in a term she coins as “trash fashion” – using literal waste to create something new. “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure certainly comes to mind!”

“I’ve been studying with expert Mila at Estudio MG in a special collaboration with Closet Sustenable in Argentina. I’ve learned so much, including some incredible things. One of the main focuses is creating materials inspired in nature where cells and proteins are being used to create different types of real leather but in a totally sustainable, vegan and cruelty-free way.”

However, it’s not all smooth-sailing or simple. To be true to the cause, it is essential to be sustainable throughout the whole process. Everything from material sourcing, grading, dyes, and packaging needs to be clean and green. Mena said “I want to also make sure that workers during the production process are treated fairly, with respect, are safe, and paid fairly. To be truly sustainable, the entire process needs to be true to the terms “sustainable, cruelty-free, and vegan.”

Mena is certainly one to watch in 2021 and 2022. She says “it will take some time because piecing it all together perfectly is crucial, but I’m ready for the challenge and encourage everyone to join the cause! You can follow Mena on Instagram or her website for more about her modeling, image-consulting, and her upcoming brands.

Mena Garcia image courtesy of  Do-Tell Publicity
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The Floating Challenge

NEW YORK FASHION TEAMS UP WITH GARMENT DISTRICT FOR GOWNS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR NYC FAMILIES IN NEED

#THEFLOATINGCHALLENGE CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT THE FLOATING HOSPITAL, WHO PROVIDE EMERGENCY RELIEF & FREE HEALTHCARE IN NYC

#THEFLOATINGCHALLENGE RUNS FROM MARCH 3RD – MARCH 31ST ON INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, REDDIT & TIKTOK

Premier NYC designers Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Monse, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung and others have teamed up with Garment District For Gowns (GDFG) to help raise funds for NYC families in need.  The designers have donated select pieces from their collection to be raffled as prizes in conjunction with GDFG’s #TheFloatingChallenge campaign.

Launching March 3rd and running through March 31st, #TheFloatingChallenge is a social media campaign to raise awareness and secure donations for The Floating Hospital (TFH). #TheFloatingChallenge asks participants to share a photo of themselves “floating”, tag @TheFloatingChallenge and three friends who “keep them afloat” to pass on the message. Participants are invited to make donations through the Garment District For Gowns website, which will automatically enter them into the raffle for the chance to win the donated designer items. The prizes will be drawn on March 31st with additional prizes awarded to creative submissions to #TheFloatingChallenge social media campaign. Other designers and lifestyle brands taking part include Coach, Loeffler Randall, La Perla, Danielle Frankel, Augustinus Bader, Discount Universe, Standards Manual, Cinnamon Projects, Olivia Wendel, Maison Cruz, Piecework Puzzles and more to be announced.

All proceeds benefit The Floating Hospital, a 155 year old charitable organization that provides free healthcare services to medically underserved communities in New York City, primarily made up of families living in shelters and temporary housing. GDFG will be providing The Floating Hospital with critical PPE supplies and an extensive list of essential items urgently needed by the families they serve, including infant diapers, socks & underwear, childrens clothing, adult professional clothing to be worn during job interviews and more.  Corporate sponsorship has been secured to bolster the donation effort.

More than 15,000 families are temporarily housed in municipal shelters, and even more families and children live “doubled-up” in spaces rented or owned by others, such as friends or family members. Millions of New Yorkers live on the razor’s edge, one personal crisis away from homelessness. 1 in 7 New Yorkers have lost their job in the past 12 months in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic.

ABOUT GARMENT DISTRICT FOR GOWNS

GDFG is a female-founded, NYC-based non-profit organization that provides healthwear and crisis relief to medical facilities and community organizations.  Founded in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic, they have manufactured and distributed medical isolation gowns for over 46 Hospitals and Healthcare facilities, donating more than 11,000 gowns to date–all proudly made in the USA.  Comprising members of the fashion community­­–with experience at designer labels including Oscar De La Renta, The Row, Ralph Lauren and Coach–GDFG is an advocate for domestic manufacturing, having mobilized over 1200 U.S. jobs within sourcing and production. GDFG was in the first round of awardees of the Empire State Development grant.

ABOUT THE FLOATING HOSPITAL

The Floating Hospital is a charitable institution that combines healthcare, social support, and the delivery of necessities to New York City’s neediest families, with a particular focus on women and children. TFH’s unique integrated-care model includes medical, dental, and behavioral health programs and free health-education programming all under one roof. It also offers a free shelter-to-clinic shuttle service from nearly 300 locations throughout the five boroughs. True to its historic “more than healthcare” model, TFH also provides essentials such as food, seasonal clothing, diapers, and hygiene products to families living with homelessness. The Floating Hospital has a deep commitment to meeting the needs of diverse populations; both our staff and the populations we serve is nearly 98% BIPOC.

Founded in 1866, TFH is one of the last family-practice-based charity hospitals in the city, extending high-quality, compassionate care to families regardless of race or ethnicity, immigration or insurance status, or ability to pay. Today, the Hospital maintains a 23% charity rate, which is 10 times higher than other not-for-profit hospitals, which average charity rates of 1-1.5%. Since its founding, the Hospital has served more than 5 million New Yorkers. For more info, visit their website.

Illustration of models by Rita Azar for 360 Magazine

The Italian Fashion Brands You Should Add to Your Wardrobe

Nothing has done more for the fashion industry than globalization. No longer are we limited to our local high streets. Our favorite designers can and do come from all around the world, and it’s not just the rich and moneyed who get to model international names – the ordinary man or woman about town can do the same.

Still, Italy remains one of the most stylish nations, and the country has some incredible clothing brands. From high-street treasures like Solotre to globally acclaimed fashion houses like Dolce & Gabanna, every sartorially-savvy individual should have a few Italian labels in their extensive wardrobe.

Here are a few of our favorites for the chic and stylish to check out.

Dolce & Gabanna

Founded in 1985, this Milan-based label has an estimated worth of $1.3 billion and is known for being one of the most prestigious in the world. According to Italist, Dolce & Gabanna is one of the best-selling brands on their platform, and it’s not difficult to understand why. With an intuitive understanding of style demonstrated in every one of their Nappa-leather handbags or floral-print cady dresses, this is a label with its finger firmly on the fashion pulse.

So what have they brought us in 2021? Their designs are, as ever, high-end and luxurious, with prints dominating the brand’s latest decadent collection. According to the designers, these were inspired by the rich cultural history of Sicily, folding a focus on pattern and fabric into their signature sharp silhouettes.

Solotre

For more affordable pieces, one would do well to look to Solotre. With a gorgeous collection of spring and summer essentials, most of them priced below $100, there’s something for every style. The best part is that each item looks like it cost three times its price tag.

We love Solotre for when we want to stock up on a few staple pieces for our wardrobe. While they don’t make quite the same statement as off-the-peg Valentino, the clothes in this collection are all aesthetically-pleasing and on-trend, yet they have a timeless quality to them.

The stand-out pieces for 2021 are difficult to pin down. There are so many items that we love, but we’re feeling a particular affinity for the brand’s gorgeous diaphanous shift dresses. From soft blush pinks to earthy tones, these are the perfect easy-to-wear option for spring.

Bottega Veneta

Founded in 1966, Bottega Veneta is another of our all-time favorites. Producing effortlessly elegant pieces for over five decades, the brand is based in Veneto and has that unmistakably Italian sophistication.

Offering exclusive products to customers from around the world, Bottega Veneta is particularly famed for its incredible leather goods, as well as its beautifully made shoes. The latter are our standout pieces for spring 2021, with the label’s gorgeous stretch sandals instantly catching the eye.

What we particularly love about their most recent line is the choice of fresh and vibrant colors, which allow you to choose a shade and hue that perfectly complement your wardrobe and unique sartorial palette. We’d have them in every color if we could!

Tell us, which of these three incredible Italian designers do you need to add to your wardrobe?

Illustration of models by Rita Azar for 360 Magazine

Flying Solo at NYFW

By Hannah DiPilato

Flying Solo is a company based in New York City that brings together a variety of brands to one boutique, creating a platform for designers and products to have a selling platform. Flying Solo has a network of designers from around the world that come together to offer all types of fashion to New York. 

Flying Solo also brought their diverse range of designers to the runway for New York Fashion Week. With unique designs and bold colors, Flying Solo collected some top, trendy designers to feature at the shows. Below 360 Magazine has highlighted some of the best looks from the Spring 2021 shows. 

AERT

Spring fashion is defined with the styles imagined by AERT. Featuring a fusion of frosted lilacs, lemon yellows, and other bright, pastel colors, AERT’s line shows clear inspiration from nature. The brand began in 2016 and now focuses on using garments and products that are kind to the environment. 

AERT Designer Image
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway wearing Aert Designs, Beth Aimee Jewelry and Juliana Heels shoes during the Flying Solo show on February 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo)

Bendición

This trendy brand brought street style to the runway this spring with bold graphics and bright colors. Featuring styles for both men and women, the line features inspiration from spray-painted graffiti which brings the city to life on the clothing. The New York City based brand was created to bring the energy and attitude of New York City to life, something they achieved with this line.  

Flying Solo NYFW February 2021
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway wearing BENDICION during the Flying Solo show on February 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo)

ELLIATT

Founded by Katie Pratt in 2011, this Melbourne-based brand is bringing it’s femininity to New York Fashion Week. Pratt believes in focusing on precise details and this shows through in her designs. ELLIATT is now known around the world and the brand can be found in boutiques across 25 countries. 

Flying Solo NYFW February 2021
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway wearing ELLIATT during the Flying Solo show on February 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo)

Kate Barton

A rising American fashion designer who is gaining fame for her unique approach to evening wear, Kate Barton has created designs produced for the runway. She creates sculptural and innovative pieces for women that are wearable and will leave women feeling empowered. Her designs are sophisticated while creating modern silhouettes and 3-dimensional shapes within her clothing. 

Flying Solo NYFW February 2021
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway wearing Kate Barton during the Flying Solo show on February 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo)

NG2 Studios

Margarita and Cristina Ng Ng are twin designers who were born to Chinese parents in the Dominican Republic. They have been fascinated by clothing design since they were young and named their label NG2 to honor their last name. They now design voluminous pieces that take inspiration from streetwear which combines for a distinctive look that represents their brand. 

Flying Solo NYFW February 2021
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway wearing NG2 STUDIOS fashion with EATMETAL during the Flying Solo show on February 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo)

Pridd New York

As a brand dedicated to making simplistic, chic separates that can be mixed and matched, Pridd New York took to the runway with natural colors and high-quality fabrics. Made for women, children and maternity, the brand stays stylish all while making the highest quality clothing with100% cotton and sustainable fabrics. This NYC-made brand is manufactured in a family-owned factory and they are conscious about their impact on the earth.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway wearing Priddnewyork designs, Carriazo Jewelry, Oryany bags, Juliana Heels shoes, and Paisley and Heart scarves during the Flying Solo show on February 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo)

PRSVR

PRSVR, which represents the fundamentals of Passion Resilience Sacrifice Values Respect, value their brand on dressing defining moments for unique people. Brandon and Margaret Williamson founded the brand after sacrificing their wedding fund and created a brand that has sparked so many creative stories. PRSVR designs wearable silhouettes by playing with new shapes and colorways in fashion. Their design are perfect for the average creative and bring inspiration from casual streetwear. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway wearing PRSVR with BOCANEGRA jewelry during the Flying Solo show on February 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo)

V’Che Label

Founded by Toni Grant and launched out of Dallas, Texas in 2019, V’Che has a goal to create chic sexy and sophisticated clothing for all women. Grant wants to empower women so they feel great in all of their clothing. “One day I may feel quiet, but confidently calm. The next I might be feeling feisty, so I’ll reach for an accessory or statement shoe to make sure I’m heard when I walk. When I dress in a way that reflects my emotions, I feel in control of my day. Having that, as well as vocal expression, is what gives me my confidence,” said Grant.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway wearing V’CHE LABEL, with BOCANEGRA and SSY DESIGNS bags during the Flying Solo show on February 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo)

Zooonek

This American-made womenswear line integrates urban streetwear with couture that highlights contemporary fashion. Designer Geoffrey Owens focuses on unleashing the wild woven into every woman. Zoonek’s creations take straight from its name and feature bold animal prints and themes of the jungle and safari journeys. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 13: A model walks the runway wearing Zooonek designs, Sonia Therese Design jewelry, and Ask Mathur bags during the Flying Solo show on February 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo) (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Flying Solo)
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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
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