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ShopShops NYFW Style Contest

NYFW Style Contest Win $500 To Shop On Fifth Ave with ShopShops

ShopShops, the interactive global livestream shopping platform, announces its partnership with the Fifth Avenue Association to introduce the first-ever New York Fashion Week Livestream Studio, with real-time fashion show broadcasting, a 360° GlamCam on iconic Fifth Avenue (outside), and interactive Style Contest. The global live streaming initiative will take place September 9 – 12, at NYFW on Fifth, located at 608 Fifth Avenue.
The ShopShops Style Contest will give Livestream Pop Up participants the opportunity to win a $500 shopping spree on Fifth Avenue. ShopShops Livestream 360° GlamCam is a portable photo booth that will be stationed outside NYFW x Fifth.  Taking its inspiration from ShopShops interactive model and global street chic, the 360° GlamCam will capture fashion moments with social media influencers, style arbiters, and shoppers on the Avenue.  Content will be shared on the ShopShops app and social channels: @shopshops_official and #shopnyfw.
Videos will be uploaded to the ShopShops app, and the fashion looks will be voted on by its international community with four winners announced on September 15th.
Founder and CEO of ShopShops, Liyia Wu, adds, “We are thrilled to debut with NYFW on Fifth — the avenue is the ultimate shopping destination.  By introducing advanced livestream technology, we are offering an inclusive way for influencers and consumers to experience New York Fashion Week.”  She continues, “Our exciting initiative includes a branded NYFW on Fifth digital takeover, livestream shopping events and Livestream Pop Up 360° GlamCam.
ABOUT FIFTH AVENUE ASSOCIATION
The Fifth Avenue Association (FAA) is the Business Improvement District which works to ensure Fifth Avenue remains the most iconic street in the world, and the #1 destination in New York. Since 1907, it has been a leader in matters of policy, commerce and urbanism in the City. Today it is dedicated to promoting flagship retail, five-star hotels, gourmet restaurants, and renowned cultural institutions and landmark attractions in the heart of Midtown, between 46th and 61st Street.
ABOUT SHOPSHOPS
ShopShops is a global shopping app that mimics the fun of in-person shopping through the magic of livestream video. By enabling dynamic host sellers to grow a following based on their ability to curate and sell products they make or love, ShopShops is creating an exciting way for shoppers to browse and get inspired by interesting products and deals across fashion, beauty, food and home.  ShopShops hosts – in 30 countries around the world – have hosted shows with more than 750 partners, including brands Marni, Theory, Zac Posen, Everlane, Jimmy Choo and Rag and Bone. ShopShops’ hosts bring shoppers to iconic stores, sample sales, shopping markets and more through interactive livestream events.
Ellaè Lisquè

Ellaé Lisqué Star-Studded Fashion Show

PHOTO CREDIT: RUBEN DELACT 

On Thursday, September 2nd, 360 Magazine attended the Ellaè Lisquè’s fashion show in Los Angeles for the debut of their “Birthday Collection.” Designer Maxie J. chose a desert inspired theme for the models to walk through wearing her latest designs. The melanated event was filled with stars such as Christian Combs, Sevyn Streeter (who performed), Chris Brown, Slick Woods, Amber Riley, Clermont Twins (who opened the show), and many more to celebrate the Black designer and her latest collection.

While many fashion enthusiasts continue to have conversations about inclusion in the fashion industry, the Los Angeles native took matters into her own hands and built a table of her own. With uncompromising ambition & talent, Maxie J. first gave birth to her love child Ellaè Lisquè in 2014-a line intentionally created to make women feel sexy, bossy and sophisticated.

The fashion show took place at LA’s premier nightclub, Exchange LA, with decor by Wright Productions. 360 degree cameras were setup around the event for guests to shoot interactive videos in their outfits and share to their social media platforms. The “Birthday Collection” was elegant and chic for women of all sizes and ethnicities.

For more information on Maxie J. & Ellaè Lisquè visit: https://ellaelisque.com

Sevyn Streeter

Sevyn Streeter wearing Ellaè Lisquè

illustration by Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine

Netflix’s Halston Recap

“You are only as good as the people you dress” – Halston.  

To the world, he is better known as Halston: the first American fashion designer who changed fashion forever. The new Netflix limited series Halston tells the story of fashion legend Roy Halston Frowick.

Created by Ryan Murphy and directed by Daniel Minahan, the five-episode series is adapted from the 1991 book Simply Halston: The Untold Story by Steven Gaines. It focuses on the rise and fall of the late designer (played by Ewan McGregor) known for dressing socialites and celebrities–notably Babe Paley, Liza Minnelli, and Jackie O.

With being the designer that brought American fashion onto the grid, many have been interested in Halston’s life. It is not the first time that his glamorous and tortured story has been put in the spotlight (2019 documentary Halston). But Ryan Murphy takes Halston and produces a version of him that does not try to escape his queerness. Some might not agree with this version of him, but Halston definitely shows us that with fame and status, stardom can also be very lonely.

Episode 1: “Becoming Halston”

The opening shot brings us to Halston’s hometown in 1933: a farm in Evansville, Indiana. Quite creative since his early days, Episode 1 shows Halston taking feathers from the chicken coop and making a hat for his mom. By 1961, he is known for designing Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hats. Unfortunately, by 1968 Jackie O stops wearing them, and Halston’s hats become an afterthought.

The intro shows us how quick trends fade, and Halston sets out on his journey to rebrand himself. He tries to take a page from Ralph Lifshitz (now globally known as Ralph Lauren). Halston tries to create an exclusive American couture line for Bergdorf Goodman. However, the fashion world is not interested in his black and white dresses and not a single piece sells.

Unfazed, Halston meets up with illustrator Joe Eula (played by David Pittu), convincing him to join the Halston team. Eula tells Halston, “You want to be Balenciaga. There’s already a Balenciaga. What we need is to figure out your signature.” At the same time, Halston is introduced to Liza Minnelli (Krysta Rodriguez), who compares Halston’s pillbox hats to her famous mother Judy Garland: “You and me are living under the shadow of something, and we’re both trying to do the same thing.” Minnelli becomes Halston’s first muse, shaping her into a friend and collaborator over the course of the series.

Securing funding of $100,000, Halston gathers a small crew to set up shop: Joe Eula, model Elsa Peretti (Rebecca Dayan), and junior partner Joel Schumacher (Rory Culkin). Halston takes Schumacher’s idea of a flowy, dyed fabric and makes dresses out of them. Though the show doesn’t lead to any sales, it gains American socialite Barbara “Babe” Paley’s interest. During the meeting with Paley (Regina Schneider), Halston shows her Ultrasuede synthetic trench coats, claiming “It’s sexy. It’s comfort. It’s freedom.” She takes one in every color.

Episode 2: “Versailles”

The star of this episode is the iconic Battle of Versailles, which pitted French designers against American designers. In the French establishment is Yves Saint LaurentPierre CardinEmanuel UngaroMarc Bohan (Dior), and Hubert de Givenchy. The American establishment is composed of Oscar de la RentaStephen BurrowsBill BlassAnne Klein, and Halston.

Though at first, Halston was not interested in the 1973 fundraiser for the Versailles, which also doubled as a means to get the American fashion name out to the world. Despite every woman in Central Park wearing his Ultrasuede, Halston tells publicist Eleanor Lambert (Kelly Bishop) that he can’t do a fundraiser because he’s broke. Trying to balance art and commerce, Eleanor sets Halston up with David Mahoney who wants to buy Halston’s licensing, proposing mass production. However, Halston initially refuses, saying “you’re only as good as the people you dress.”

Norton Simon sponsors Halston’s team to go to the Versailles show, and Halston convinces Minnelli to tag along and perform for him. With his entourage, they travel to Paris with 24 designs in an attempt to show their worth to the fashion industry. While nothing seemed to be going right at first – the backdrop size is wrong, costumes have not arrived, looks need to be designed – Minnelli forces Halston to pick himself up as his nerves get the better of him. And Halston does, slaying the runway with a 70s purple sequin dress, topped with a feathered hand fan that gets him a standing ovation. Original designs can be seen here.

By the end of the episode, we see a glimpse of Halston wanting protection from his “magical” childhood that was actually lonely and scary. He signs the contract with David, “If I sign that contract, I must never, ever, be left to feel unappreciated, underfunded, unprotected, unsafe. Promise me that, David.” While not everyone agrees with him selling his name, Halston gets new cash flow at the expense of his trademark name, pushing him through to stardom.

Episode 3: “The Sweet Smell of Success”

Focusing on Halston’s first fragrance, the third episode reminds us of Halston’s roots and the scents that created him. In the opening scene, we watch Elsa design a sensual perfume bottle for Halston, though the gravity defying perfume stopper is not sold to Mahoney. In an interesting conversation about phallic symbolisms, Halston is told the stopper is impossible to manufacture.

Arguing that creativity wins commercialism, Halston writes a check for $50,000 to pay for his own manufacturer, unwilling to compromise the exclusivity of the design. To create his scent, we are met with Adele (Vera Farmiga), who forces Halston to dig into his past for scents that evoke emotions. Adele bends Halston to her demands, and we get to see Halston’s inner, broken child more than ever in this episode. They discuss different scents and the memories Halston has connected to them: his fascination with scentless orchids, spring grass, tobacco, and his lover’s jockstrap.

Liza is off getting married and Halston has a breakdown. His lover boy, Victor Hugo (Gian Franco Rodriguez), points out that Halston just wants yes men and loyalty, and not everyone can do that for him. While work-life balance is not something that Halston achieves, his perfume becomes one of America’s best-selling perfumes, achieving $85 million in sales within the first two years. This led Halston to launch a plethora of new products–including suitcases, sunglasses, and carpets.

Despite all his success, we see that Halston does not find much love at Studio 54. In the heartbreaking final scene, we watch Hugo witnessing his lover having sex with another partner. While people are lined up buying products by Halston, he does not seem to have anything for himself.

Episode 4: “The Party’s Over”

Studio 54-era of Halston’s life: This episode shows Halston’s spiral into drugs and partying. The surplus and gluttony in overwhelming success and his cocaine addiction has him dropping the ball on his business, Liza faints on the dancefloor due to her drug habit, and there is a vent death at Studio 54.

Calvin Klein takes reign as top designer, and Halston spends his time cursing his competitor out. David Mahoney believes that jeans could be Halston’s next best creation and proposes the idea to Halston, in which is declined. As he loses his self-control, Halston designs have stopped selling at a growing rate. On the other hand, Elsa starts to be successful at Tiffany’s as a jewelry designer. Halston’s ego takes a problem with this, as he thinks he is the only one with talent and that Elsa should be thankful for him and give him credit. Belittling everyone around him due to jealousy, Halston pushes everyone away, left with nothing but his own name.

Halston’s mother dies unexpectedly, and this changes his mind about designing jeans when he sees a Calvin Klein commercial (starring Brooke Shields, originally from the 1980s). His ego takes a beating when David tells him he is “six months too late,” and Halston is no longer setting the fashion trends.

Things don’t look up for Halston either, as Mahoney tries to take Norton private and fails, resulting in a change of management. The AIDS pandemic is seen through the lens of Victor who tests positive for HIV, and Liza checks into rehab. Unsurprisingly, Halston is left in isolation by the end of it. With no other choice, he becomes the inhouse designer for JCPenney for some petty cash, and we no longer see the Halston that believed in exclusivity and creative control.

Episode 5: “Critics”

With designing how JCPenney, Halston is no longer having any fun. With pushing everyone around him away, he is only left with his assistant by his side and that is only because she is “getting paid to do so.” Halston begins showing up to the office at dinner, pushing off his deadlines, all while snorting large amounts of cocaine.

The company replaces Halston with designer John David Ridge (Jack Mikesell), the first person that lets Halston know he is an embarrassment, “How dare you be so irresponsible with the empire you spent your whole life working for?”

After being diagnosed with HIV and forced to retire, Halston’s life is put into perspective, and he really thinks about what he wants out of this life. Perhaps afraid that he might die without a final design to call his own, he seeks out his friend Martha Graham, and designs a spandex collection for her show. The reviews for this design gives Halston the acceptance that he was searching for the entire life and he finally admits that “Halston” was not just him, it was his entire team.

The series ends with Halston leaving to the West Coast and spending the rest of his days along the Pacific Ocean, mixed with tearful snippets of him watching Graham’s Persephone.

“We’re given one name… just one. And that’s all we have when we’re on the earth. And that’s all we leave behind us when we’re gone. I wasn’t precious enough with mine.” – Halston to Joe Eula, Halston Episode 5.

While five episodes is not enough to talk about Halston’s magnificent life, we get to see the grandeur of Halston’s reign in Ryan Murphy’s rendition. Captivating and intoxication, we see his friendships and intimate scenes unfolding in the series. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, you cannot deny the legacy that is Halston.

“Halston” premiered May 14 on Netflix.

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VAISHALI COUTURE FASHION WEEK SHOW

Breath is something that has remained unacknowledged in most of us. Ironically, we all feel it and it is the only thing that is happening every moment, continuously from the moment we were born. And still, its presence is taken for granted. It is the only inevitable exchange that is happening between us and the rest of the world. Why did we stop acknowledging the most prominent, evident and essential process that ensures our existence here?

Breath is the only thread that unites everything as one and supports life as whole. Handwoven fabrics from various states of India become a canvas to celebrate life and restore a zero-waste approach, preserving the museum-quality weave in innovative corded texture. This signature cording is braided along with Merino wools and Chanderi silks throughout the collection to remind us of the essence of all living beings around us.

Breath gives us the ability to form a connection with ourselves and others. This interplay is like the threads unraveling from a spool to form fabric that blends the weaves of India. A confluence of two world—traditional and modern on a platform of art and expression.

The collection embodies an artistic interpretation of handloom fabrics as our second skin, with a desire to wear ensembles created with nature itself  and is timeworn in its quality. With an ageless paradigm of Indian textile vocabulary, every thread and fibre sings the songs of lost tales and soil of the Indian lands.

It is essential to pay attention to this one outstanding process because through it, our existence has been challenged and proven. This collection is a statement and celebration of our existence through a simple action of taking a Breath.

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Photo Credit: Yannis Vlamos

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Photo Credit: Yannis Vlamos

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Photo Credit: Yannis Vlamos

Paint Splash via Mina Tocallini for use by 360 Magazine

ELLE Canada’s Exciting June Issue

KO Média is excited to unveil the June issue of ELLE Canada, featuring the stories of three inspiring women’s hockey players who believe equal sweat deserves equal opportunity. “A common misconception about women’s hockey is that we’re not skilled enough, but the game has changed drastically in the past 10 years and there are so many more opportunities allowing girls to work on their skills from a younger age and develop faster,” says Olympic silver medalist Brigette Lacquette, the first First Nations woman to play for Canada’s Olympic hockey team.

No stranger to discrimination, Kirby Howell-Baptiste of The Good Place and the upcoming live-action film Cruella opens up about her rise to fame and why it’s harder for Black actors to make it in London than in Hollywood–as well as what it says about a film set’s inclusivity when there’s no hair stylist who can do her hair.

In fashion, this month is all about how psychedelics are inspiring kaleidoscopic colors and botanical motifs on the runway. Meanwhile, Toronto-based designer Kathryn Bowen talks about her latest collection influenced by old competitive figure skating outfits she rediscovered while home during the pandemic (think youthful sentimentality, elevated sophistication and non-binary tailoring). And we peek behind the scenes at a Chanel runway show where Kristen Stewart was the only guest.

In accessories, we’re looking back on the history of the clog, from Holland to Hermès, and we’re featuring summer sunglasses that prove that la vie is truly en rose (or blue or purple). Plus, the new eyebrow trend everyone’s talking about (and how to do it at home); nautical-inspired styles; and a guide to the summer’s best swoon-worthy romance novels – including recommendations for what to read if you loved Bridgerton or Love Actually.

The June issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on May 17, 2021. 

Johnathan Marc Stein show image via 360 Magazine

Jonathan Marc Stein Autumn/ Winter 2021 Virtual Show Debut Filming

Loftily positioned above a beautiful residence in Studio City, celebrity fashion designer Jonathan Marc Stein unveiled his newest Autumn/Winter 2021 clothing collection on April 29. 360 Magazine attended the event to view Stein’s dazzling designs and learn more about his involvement with his show’s partner, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Stein’s show emphasized themes of inclusivity, the power of women, and the importance of discussing mental health.

A fleet of stunning, picturesque models show cased Stein’ brilliant, swoon-worthy designs at his collection debut. Adorned in flow-y tulle, vegan leather accoutrements, shiny suede, shimmering fabrics, sequins, bows, and more, Stein’s designs are a visual masterpiece. His Autumn/Winter collection takes into consideration the moody palettes that are typical of end of the year fashion, fabulously donning his models in gem-toned hues such as carmine, cobalt, silver, and deep emerald-green. His dress designs mixed a variety of fabrics together, creating eye-catching designs that only Stein would have the genius to combine.

Stein’s show was refreshingly inclusive, and hosted models with a variety of body types and ethnicities. His constant focus on making his shows diverse serves as inspiration for the rest of the fashion industry. Not only Stein’s designs, but also his presentation of such, are carefully planned and executed with the utmost professionalism and forethought.

Taking in consideration of his platform’s reach and emphasizing the importance of discussing mental health and practicing healthful introspection, Stein decided to partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (NAMI) NAMI’s current “You Are Not Alone” campaign broadcasts the same sentiments Loftily positioned above a beautiful residence in Studio City, celebrity fashion designer Jonathan Marc Stein unveiled his newest Autumn/Winter 2021 clothing collection on April 29. 360 Magazine attended the event to view Stein’s dazzling designs and lear spoke about: the importance of regularly checking in with yourself and those that you hold closest. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness and is now one of the nation’s leading voices on mental health.

Celebrities such as Gretchen Rossi, Shannon Baker, and Megan Pormer also attended Stein’s show and commented on the importance of creating conversation surrounding mental health. Rossi commented, “I think it’s really important to talk to people if you really are struggling, or if you’re going through something more intense. There’s no shame in my game to say that. You know, I’ve spoken with therapists in my life to help talk through some issues or some struggles I was having. There’s just so many people out there that that struggle on so many levels and it’s sad to me that it’s not recognized more, it’s not talked about more. It’s such a taboo subject for so many people.”

Continuing that thought, Pormer spoke on the importance of staying connected during quarantine: “During COVID, I think every single human being on the planet got hit mentally one way or another, because we were forced to stay away from each other. We’re born as a pack… so… I personally had to rediscover myself and educate myself a lot more to make sure I could stay mentally balanced during COVID. I think mental health is the most important topic right now, and we have to focus on it. And what’s better than demonstrating your support for mental health than at a beautiful fashion show?” Pormer also mentioned her practice of transcendental meditation to remain centered and calm during COVID.

Finally, Baker spoke about reaching out to friends and maintaining connection while socially distanced: “I think mental health is a serious issue right now, especially during COVID. There’s a lot of spikes in like suicide rates and things like that. For me personally, it’s about making sure that I try to stay as balanced as I can. Whether it’s like playing video games, as a gamer, and doing things that I enjoy doing; or also checking in with my family and friends to make sure they’re okay. Just giving a call to someone that you may not have spoken to in a while to see how they’re doing…I always appreciate the calls that I get random friends. One thing that this experience the last two years has done for people is to [remind them to] make sure to reach out to people they haven’t talked to in a while. So, I think it’s in some ways it’s its brought people closer in making sure you’re talking to people that you haven’t talked to in a while. Connection so important.”

The presentation of Loftily positioned above a beautiful residence in Studio City, celebrity fashion designer Jonathan Marc Stein unveiled his newest Autumn/Winter 2021 clothing collection on April 29. 360 Magazine attended the event to view Stein’s dazzling designs and lear Marc Stein’s show was immaculate. Each model strutted down the runway with elegant poise, and every dress showcased more eye-catching and dazzling than the former. To see more of Stein’s work, you may visit his website.

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)

Zhu – I Admit It

ZHU UNLEASHES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO, I ADMIT IT FT. 24kGoldn

I Admit It Fashion Show On Luminosity Gaming Stream On November 13

Watch Official Video Here

Download / Stream I Admit It Here

ZHU explores an eerie, enticing sonic landscape with characteristic cool, flitting from the ethereal to the visceral, on his new single, I Admit It featuring 24kGoldn, who contributes a scintillating verse. 24kGoldn currently tops Billboard’s Hot 100 with his Platinum single Mood featuring Iann Dior. Released today by Astralwerks, I Admit It is available HERE.

The accompanying video unfolds on the production floor of a factory where the machinery has been repurposed to produce ZHU’s fashion line, which exudes an erotic, industrial sensibility. The unexpected combination of plastic, lingerie, work boots, kimonos, protective gear and faux fur, in shades of orange and black, is informed by hazmat imagery, filtered through a sensual, futuristic lens. After the robotic assembly line wraps up production for the day, the workers slip into pieces from the stunning, forward-thinking collection and take to the improvised factory floor catwalk ZHU and 24kGoldn perform. View the video, which was directed by Joey Vitalari, HERE.

Today, ZHU announced his November 13 fan exclusive I Admit It fashion show advance screening, which will take place in downtown Los Angeles. The event will also include a never before seen Blacklizt set. A limited number of passes are available for the advance screening. Attendees will be selected in a random drawing. Fans can submit their names HERE and can find all COVID protocols that will be enforced at the event. The I Admit It fashion show and Blacklizt set will premiere on Luminosity Gaming’s live Twitch stream later that night. The stream can be seen at https://twitch.tv/lgloyal. Additionally, ZHU will be the music director for EGLX 2020, along with hosting the rising stars each day of the four day extravaganza.

Adrian Montgomery, CEO of Enthusiast Gaming, the parent company of Luminosity Gaming, commented, This is our 2nd collaboration with ZHU. There is a natural fit between his music and our gaming audience, and we look forward to continue to partner on unique content experiences. After debuting on Luminosity Gaming’s Twitch channel, the fashion show will be available for viewing on ZHU’s YouTube channel.

ZHU gave fans a preview of the I Admit It merchandise collection, which features designs seen in the video. Items that will be available for purchase are faux fur coats, plastic duffle bags, plastic perforated hazmat suits, airbrushed sweaters, trench coats, a cape with accent orange stitching, and many graphic tees and long sleeves. ZHU worked alongside his creative director, Emmy Slattery, to create a peerless array of merchandise. Get a glimpse HERE. The Fall/Winter 2020 line will be available for a limited time in ZHUߣs online store beginning November 16 and at his pop-up store in downtown Los Angeles from November 17-21. Reserve a spot at the pop-up HERE.

I Admit It is the follow-up ZHU’s Risky Business. Flaunt, which premiered the official video, said, [ZHU] is a creative force and an effortlessly cool tastemakerߪaligning with ZHU’s whole image, [Risky Business’] is mysterious and raises curiosity in every sense. Dancing Astronautpraised it as another example of ZHU’s mastery over his craft. View the video HERE. ZHU has been livestreaming from locations like his own CLUB ZHUM, streaming from the Zhudio, to Sand Dunes Park in Utah (as part of Virtual Lollapalooza) to Billings, Montana (Tito’s Made To Order Festival).

About ZHU:

Since emerging from the underground in 2014, ZHU has brought a cinematic sense of world-building to his music. Born Steven Zhu and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he began playing piano at a young age. After making his debut with Moves Like Ms. Jackson a 2014 release that drew widespread attention despite ZHU’s deliberately concealing his identity ZHU dropped his debut EP The Nightday and soon earned a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Dance Recording for his breakthrough single Faded. Arriving in 2016, his debut album Generationwhy found ZHU illuminating his emotional life to a greater degree, in part by adding more of his lithe vocal work to the album’s channeling of desert psychedelia. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronics Albums chart. ZHU continued that sonic exploration on his sophomore album Ringos Desert, a 2018 effort featuring guests like TOKiMONSTA and Tame Impala. He has recently collaborated with Kito (Follow ft. Jeremih), Tinashe (ONLY), partywithray (CAME FOR THE LOW) and Bob Moses(Desire).

As his profile has risen over the past few years, ZHU has passionately pursued his interest in fashion, playing an essential part in the design of his fashion-forward merch. With ambitions of including a runaway at upcoming live shows, ZHU aspires to shed light on the left-of-center sensibilities of the more daring corners of the electronic-music world in all aspects of his artistry. ZHU has recently launched partnerships with Luminosity Gaming and Leica.

About 24kGoldn:

San Francisco native and 2020 XXL Freshman 24kGoldn broke into the scene late 2019 with his Platinum debut single, Valentino after signing to RECORDS/Columbia Records. Led by an initial burst on TikTok and surpassing 400 million total global audio streams, the 19-year-old showed the world his sound was universal, with the track appearing on over 40 Spotify Viral 50 lists internationally. 24kGoldn wrapped 2019 with the release of his genre-bending 8 track EP, Dropped Outta College, which had a multiple week run at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was executive produced by Platinum producer, D.A. Doman. The EP includes his certified-Gold single City Of Angels, which also appeared on over 40 Spotify Viral 50 charts and has over 375+ million global streams to date. Goldn legitimately dropped outta college, which he attended for Business, astutely knowing that now was the time to chase his dream. Fast forward to today, Goldn’s latest single Mood currently stands at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, has topped the Spotify Global Top 50 Chart and earned a Platinum plaque with almost 500+ million streams in under 10 weeks. He has received praise from the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Variety, Complex and Rolling Stone, as well as being named one of YouTube’s Artists on the Rise. Pre-COVID, he was on the road opening for Landon Cube and YBN Cordae, and performed at Rolling Loud.

About Astralwerks:

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 5x Platinum Happier by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s Losing It.

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DVF illustration by Kaelin Felix for 360 magazine

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Last week, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reached more than 1,000 supporters and raised nearly $3 million during their eleventh annual “What You Do Matters” New York Tribute Event. This event is held in support of the Museum’s critical role as a living memorial to the Holocaust. This year, fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg served as master of ceremonies for the event’s inaugural virtual platform.

Von Furstenberg shared her personal connection to the Holocaust and the Museum, “As a daughter of a Holocaust survivor, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is especially personal to me. … My mother used to tell me, ‘God saved me so that I gave you life. By giving you life, you gave me my life back, you are my torch of freedom.’”

Von Furstenberg’s mother was arrested in occupied Belgium in 1944 when she was just 21 years old and was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where she spent 13 months as a forced laborer, surviving at a mere 49 pounds. Her daughter was born nine months later despite doctors’ warnings of the impossibility of a safe pregnancy.

“I have been involved in the Museum since its inception,” Von Furstenberg said. “When you think about the moment we are living now – the enormity of changes and challenges – remember this history and its lessons about the fragility of freedom, the nature of hate and the consequences of indifference could not be more relevant…We have to make sure that everybody remembers. To remember is to give voice to the six million that were silenced.”

During the virtual event, celebrities including Jason Alexander, Jamie Lee Curtis, David Eigenberg, Morgan Freeman, Camryn Manheim, Tim Matheson and Daniela Ruah read excerpts from the Museum’s collections, giving voice to the victims of the Holocaust, and participated in the Museum’s pledge to Holocaust survivors to never forget.

The New York virtual tribute event also featured an interview with 100-year-old Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor, and the Museum’s partner in the Ferencz International Justice Initiative.  Ferencz said that in order to have a better and more peaceful world than the one he’s witnessed, the slogan “never give up” must be added to his well-known philosophy of “law not war.”

Photograph of Diane von Furstenberg and her mother, next to live shot of Diane von Furstenberg
Photograph of Diane von Furstenberg and her mother, next to live shot of Diane von Furstenberg
Ben Ferencz and Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
Ben Ferencz and Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide

oqLiq Celebrates SS21 Debut

The innovative menswear brand, oqLiq, from Taiwan made a sophomore appearance with a virtual show at NYFW: The Shows with their SS21 collection titled,”Natural Blessing.” The collection featuring men’s pieces that are also gender neutral focus on a color palette inspired by nature with black, deep moss green and blue hues dominating.

The video opened with a model walking in solitude on the sand and cut to a dark studio with wide ladders and then the collection is woven into beautiful cinematography display of natural space, studio space and special effects.

The design team focuses on technical design and new-tech materials with utilitarian features such as zippered pockets that are stylish yet functional to face the Pandemic “new normal.” The video highlighted the collection with close up shots of key details in an effortless manner that felt natural and part of the journey. 

A chic blazer with architectural zippered pockets will keep a mask or hand sanitizer easily accessible but can easily transition function to a passport, keys or a cell phone. oqLiq showcased a wearable collection with versatile pieces that can be worn in a variety of settings and great attention to tailoring and details like curved zippers

on trench coats, hidden buttons and zippers for convertibility. 

Pieces from the “Natural Blessing” collection were designed to sustain various weather scenarios from a cool breeze to a rain shower. Nature inspired hues dominated the collection: olive, light blue, charcoal, taupe and black, with layered pieces a few shades both darker and lighter. Fabrics and textiles used throughout the collection were polartec, nylon, poly and cotton. 

The brand partnered with New Balance who supplied the sneakers for the shoot, fully embracing sneaker culture for everyday wear.

Though traditionally menswear, oqLiq wanted to expand on their successful debut last season at NYFW: The Shows with a unisex approach, sticking true to gender neutrality in the fashion industry, today.

Photo curtesy of The Riviere Agency