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Anne Klein Spring ’22 Collection via Daniel Jackson for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Anne Klein SS22 f/ Joan Smalls

Clothes won’t change the world. The women who wear them will.” – Anne Klein

The established American fashion brand Anne Klein joins forces with supermodel, actress and activist Joan Smalls, naming her the face of their Spring 2022 campaign.

After debuting their Spring campaign on February 11 during New York Fashion Week, Smalls is highlighted in a See It Now, Buy It Now look book/video exhibition available on the CFDA’s Runway 360 virtual stage Runway360.cfda.com.

Anne Klein’s Spring ‘22 collection can be found for purchase on AnneKlein.com.

Smalls has been named the first showcase in a multiyear campaign that is set to platform an impeccable woman and celebrity each season.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Smalls is not only a renowned supermodel. She, too, serves as an advocate, having donated 50 percent of her income to generous foundations during the second half of 2020. During 2021, she supported the #ChangeFashion program set to eliminate racism in the fashion industry.

While joining Anne Klein on their Spring ’22 collection, Smalls has another upcoming charitable project that will be revealed soon.

Effy Zinkin, Chief Operating Officer at WHP Global, owner of the Anne Klein brand, spoke on the excitement of adding Smalls to their brand, stating, “We are excited to have Joan Smalls showcase the brand this season as she exemplifies the multifaceted empowered woman Anne Klein serves. Joan’s work in the fashion community and beyond exemplifies Anne Klein’s mission and we look forward to working with her to further support charitable endeavors.”

The brand-new buyer campaign from Anne Klein showcases a series of portraits and profiles from prominent woman that use their platforms to advocate for change. Each woman uplifted through the campaign will receive commemoration in print, video and virtually, offering a wide range of marketing tactics to highlight the ways that they increase awareness for differing missions and foundations.

Upcoming for the Fall ’22 campaign is Actress Gina Rodriguez, while Anne Klein has been named for Spring and Fall ’23.

To know more about ANNE KLEIN and to browse the new collection, including Handbags, Jewelry, Shoes, Sunglasses and Watches, visit www.AnneKlein.com.

About Anne Klein

Operating as a distinguished women’s fashion brand since 1968, Anne Klein’s objective is to deliver timeless American style to women across the globe. Anne Klein herself created the brand to produce classic sportswear for women, elevating the way in which women imagine and consume clothing.

Modernly maintained presently by WHP Global, the Anne Klein brand dresses women who influence causes around the world. Anne Klein is sold throughout North America, Chine, Korea, Philippines, Mexico and additional countries. For more information, visit www.anneklein.com, @AnneKlein on Facebook or @AnneKleinOfficial on Instagram.

Anne Klein Spring ’22 Collection via Daniel Jackson for use by 360 MAGAZINE
Anne Klein Spring ’22 Collection via Daniel Jackson for use by 360 MAGAZINE
Anne Klein Spring ’22 Collection via Daniel Jackson for use by 360 MAGAZINE

The Spring 2022 Collection campaign was photographed by photographer Daniel Jackson in New York City.

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In the BLK

IN THE BLK powered by #CHANGEFASHION celebrated the work of three emerging Black designers during the inaugural IN THE BLK runway show at Spring Studios. House of Aama, Khiry, and Third Crown each presented their AW22 Collections to guests such as Chanel Iman, Richie Shazam, Raquel Willis, Rashad Robinson, and Mayor Eric Adams. The runway show was sponsored by Color of Change, a leading racial justice organization, and UPS, which has a longstanding commitment to supporting women-owned and diverse-owned businesses. 

Additional notable guests included:

Arisha Hatch, Managing Director of Campaigns 

Aurora James, Brother Vellies Designer 

Brandon Blackwood, Brandon Blackwood Designer 

Chris Chambers, President The Chambers Group 

Edvin Thompson, Theophilo Designer 

Kevin Warren, UPS CMO 

Marjon Carlos, Author 

Steven Kolb, CFDA Chief Executive Officer 

Victor Glemaud, Victor Glemaud Designer 

Young Emperors, Influencers 

For the show, each designer debuted their latest collections which all shared a similar theme, a continuation and evolution of the designer’s previously shown pieces and featured IMG talents: Lameka Fox, Mahogany Wade, and AwengChuol 

Husband and wife duo Kofi Kristen Essell of Third Crown opened the show with their Edelsteen collection. As the preface of Third Crown’s story, the pair sought to use gemstones in their initial design concepts, repurposing some of those ideas and expanding them into new shapes while incorporating classic silhouettes. As the opening to the In the BLK showcase, the name of the AW22 collection comes from the South African language, Afrikaans—Edelsteen is Afrikaans for “gemstone” which are known not only to have beautiful, natural colors but also have various healing properties. 

Following Third Crown’s Edelsteen collection was mother and daughter duo Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka of House of Aama. Entitled Heritage Bloodroot Collection – Into the Archives, the latest offering is a new rendition of the nostalgia-inspired Heritage Bloodroot collection shown in 2017, which introduced the brand’s storytelling appeal and timeless silhouettes. Inspired by the rare bloodroot herb which has been used by old-time conjures and root workers as a powerful Guardian for the Family, the line is an ode to Southern Creole spiritually, African Roots, and is an archival find of the Rootworker, Southern lady, and Bluesman archetypes unearthed for a new audience.

Closing the show was KHIRY founder Jameel Mohammed’s latest, a continued storyline from last season’s debut pieces with Fights Reveal Futilities. A new demi-fine jewelry collection shown alongside custom-made garments reflect a clean, futuristic presence that is articulated with sharp embellishment reflecting the many spikes, thorns, daggers, and stingers found in nature. Of the 20 pieces of jewelry showing alongside the 16 runway looks, standout styles include the X Cuff named after Malcolm X, the Talon Pendant and the Orb Protection ring which balance the hand-sewn garments in melodic chaos, representing a battle; external and internal, lending material dimension to the tensions between our soft and aggressive impulses. 

Immediately following the runway show, IMG hosted a curated panel entitled Black Representation Beyond the Runway. Moderated by stylist, Alexander-Julien, panelists included: 

● Victor Glemaud, Designer & Founder of In The BLK 

MoAnA Luu, Chief Content & Creative Officer, Essence 

● Aurora James, Founder of Brother Vellies and the 15 Percent Pledge 

IN THE BLK runway show is part of IMG’s commitment to empowering and elevating Black fashion talent. IMG recently announced the creation of an Inclusion Rider for the fashion industry which will serve as an equity clause and ensure underrepresented talent are being provided opportunities within the fashion industry–in front of and behind the scenes. 

“Action is important. We felt the timing and the ability to leverage the power of IMG was critical in taking steps to make real and measurable progress with the #ChangeFashion Inclusion Rider. It is imperative that we create opportunities to empower Black talent and to diversify the input of NYFW: The Shows and of the larger fashion industry,” said Leslie Russo, President of IMG Fashion Events.

NYFW SS22 Recap

New York Fashion Week, one of the biggest fashion events in the world, takes place twice every year, in February and September. SS22 kicked off Friday, February 11th. 

On the 11th, There was The Art of Rodarte Presented by Afterpay, Hosted by Maude Apatow, this was a conversation with sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, an LA-based company that was featured in the iconic Black Swan.

The brand describes itself as distinguished by “…the romantic, conceptual way Kate and Laura approach inspiration, storytelling and how they see the world through landscape, art, film, poetry, culture, and music.” They are known for their use of textiles and prints. They are also inspired by nature. They create women’s wear dresses and fashion forward gowns. The event took place on Friday, February 11th.   

The Art of Rodarte 1 via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
The Art of Rodarte 2 via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
The Art of Rodarte 3 via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine

On the 12th, there was NYFW: THE TALKS panel “New Standards of Beauty,” a conversation moderated by Jae Joseph and featuring Christella De Castro (Director & Photographer, Co-Founder of Ground Work), Patrick Starr (Beauty Guru & One/Size Founder), Drew Elliott (SVP & Global Creative Director, MAC Cosmetics), Aweng Ade-Choul (International Model.) They discussed the historical, cultural, and social contexts of beauty, and modern awareness and acceptance within the industry.

NYFW: THE TALKS hosted, “Second Life Style” moderated by Liana Satenstein (Senior Fashion Writer, Vogue); and featuring:  Marie Laboucarié (Founder, Nina Gabanna), Mina Le, (Fashion & Cultural Analyst), Emily Adams Bode Aujla (Founder, Emily Bode) and Emma Rogue (Entrepreneur).  The second day concluded with a celebration hosted by Tresemme and PatBO afterparty, with Andrew Warren, Sif Saga, Joy Corrigan, Maria Molina, Larissa Meuhleder, Taylor HawkinsCarrie Berk, Megan Puleri, Pritika Swarup, and others danced the night away to music by DJ Mei Kwok; and enjoyed cocktails by Cincoro tequila; and styling by Tresemme.

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Critically acclaimed designer duo Wolk Morais unveilled their new Cashmere Collection. Inspired by the silver screen, the cornerstone of the collection is a unisex double-faced cashmere, hand-stitched “On Set Coat,” the designer’s homage to the glamour of Hollywood.

The collection marks the photographic debut of designer Brian Wolk and was shot at a historically preserved modernist home in Los Angeles.”Los Angeles has been the lead character for our creative journey thus far,” Brian Wolk and Claude Morais said. The Cashmere collection has given us an opportunity to reach a large group of our clients, both men and women who are excited about everyday luxury that is multi-season, non-gender specific, and inspired by the relaxed attitude of California Living.

Mr. Wolk and M. Morais, with longtime collaborating stylist Elizabeth Stewart, were inspired by Hollywood’s tradition of relaxed on-set tailoring. The designers will present their signature tailoring through the lens of cinematically infused “his and hers” Robe Coats and Spencer Jackets. The palette pays homage to their filmic inspiration. The collection is composed completely of hand-stitched double-faced cashmere.

It will debut on the CFDA’s RUNWAY360 platform and will be on the market from Feb 14th to February 28th at VESPR-CoOp in Manhattan.

WOLK MORAIS IN NYFW COVERED BY 360 MAGAZINE.

On Tuesday, February 15, 360 witnessed the modern interpretation of a non-binary ready-to-wear collection.

Inspired by his trip to India, Terry Singh had a manifestation on a mountain top. Soon after, Yogi’s bathing experience changed his male mentality forever, defying his western imposition of love, giving birth to The New Suit collection. A historical garment worn by rulers and warriors. Dhoti, also referred to as dhuti, resembling loose trousers, is a type of a sarong.

Our creative director, Armon Hayes, went behind the scenes of this iconic brand. He was lucky enough to wear a one-of-a-kind piece as he sat in front of one of NYFW’s most revolutionary shows.

360 MAGAZINE's Armon Hayes dressed in Terry Singh's THE NEW SUIT during NYFW.
Captured by 360 magazine, Terry Singh and mom embrace during nyfw.
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Daniel Jude × POTRO Menswear

Daniel Jüde will perform the original music he composed for POTRO Menswear fashion show during NYFW. POTRO’s Creative Director Joseph DeAcetis said, “The first time I heard Daniel Jüde perform I was impressed by how he captivated the audience with his performance. Soon after, I asked him to write a love song for POTRO. When the song was complete, I was blown away. He sings the POTRO song in both English and Spanish. His songwriting is modern-day poetry that resonates with these times.”

This event will occur on February 11th at 1:00 PM at the Sony Hall at 235 West 46th St. NYC. 

About Daniel Jude

Daniel Jüde is an American rock singer/songwriter/producer from Florida. He is a former professional model in NYC where he worked with brands like Rag & Bone, Louis Vuitton, and more. After a few years of writing music and exploring, Daniel decided to pursue a career in music. Now based on the Space Coast of Florida, Daniel Jüde has been featured at multiple music festivals around Florida, performed for The University of Miami, featured on local news channels, has music on the radio around North America/Europe, music featured on Forbes.com, and partnered with a local luxury hotel to film a music video on The Landing Rooftop for his single “Better Think Twice”. 

About NYFW

Founded in 1943, New York Fashion Week is a semi-annual series of events, occurring during September and February of each year. Fashion collections are shown off to buyers, the press, and the public. It is one of the four biggest fashion events in the world.

COI LERAY - TWINNEM photo credit by Kierra Felton use by 360 Magazine

COI LERAY – TWINNEM

COI LERAY DROPS NEW BEST FRIEND ANTHEM “TWINNEM” TODAY
WATCH VIDEO HERE (Post & Share)
SUPPORTING LIL BABY AND LIL DURK ON THE BACK OUTSIDE TOUR WITH
BIG PURR (PRRDD)” EARNS CIAA GOLD-CERTIFICATION

Back in action with the ultimate best-friend anthem, Platinum superstar Coi Leray serves up a new single entitled “TWINNEM” today. Listen to “TWINNEM”— HERE and watch the video HERE.

Sharing just a snippet on TikTok, its sound has already inspired a staggering 300,000+ fan videos thus far. Now, the final recording pops up off as the perfect banger for besties to share. Coi’s fiery flows practically singe the beat before she delivers an unshakable hook. In the video, she gets dapper with her crew as she declares “that loyalty everything.”

Making her grand debut, Coi just took over New York Fashion Week. She rocked custom looks for both Moschino and Laquan Smith, and PAPER chronicled her domination this year.

Right now, she’s supporting Lil Baby and Lil Durk on The Back Outside Tour across North America. Check out the remaining dates below.

Leray’s last single, “Okay Yeah,” has amassed nearly 2 million streams to date. Uproxx praised the single, writing that Leray “extends her streak of consistent flexing by bragging about her wealth, shopping habits, and jewelry all while also brushing off her haters in the process.” Revolt wrote that Leray “has no plans of letting up.” Not to mention, “Okay Yeah” notably features on the blockbuster Madden 22 in-game and on the Official Soundtrack Album.

It arrives in the wake of her recent banger “At The Top” [feat. Kodak Black & Mustard]. To date, it has racked up over 4.2 million streams and earned widespread praise. UPROXX highlighted “variety of flows from the lilting melody of the hook to a Playboi Carti-esque, clipped cadence at the beginning of her verse,” and The Source assured “Coi Leray is keeping her hot streak going.” HotNewHipHop put it best, “she’s only concerned with things that will help her ‘elevate,’ and she’s stuck to her word.” Not to mention, she stands out as among this year’s coveted XXL “Freshman Class.”

Coi shows no signs of stopping or slowing down. In 2021, she served up “Bout Me.” Receiving critical acclaim, Complex praised her integration of “of pop and hip-hop worlds, with her oscillating between staccato raps and warbling, auto-tuned vocals,” and Hip Hop Weekly noted she “keeps the hits coming.”

It followed closely on the heels of the blockbuster music video for “BIG PURR (Prrd)” which recently earned RIAA Gold Certification.  Right out of the gate, it racked up 1.7 million views in less than a week. HipHopDX raved, “One of 2021’s hottest collaborations has an even hotter video to match its Billboard-blazing hype,” and UPROXX put it best, “Coi Leray’s 2021 is off to a fantastic start.” It’s already amassed over 40 million total streams and counting.

Since its release, “BIG PURR (Prrd)” has spawned 660K-plus videos on TikTok with nearly 50 million views. The song has also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and Rolling Stone Top 100 songs charts, where it continues to climb. Its predecessor “No More Parties” picked up her first gold plaque from the RIAA and scaled the Billboard Hot 100, where it’s ascending the top 30. It soundtracked nearly 500k videos on TikTok with over 71.5 million views. The “No More Parties (Remix)” music video remains in the Top 10 most watched videos on VEVO and a fixture in mtvU’s rotation.

Coi also made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a performance of “No More Parties.” Watch it HERE.

Accelerating her rapid rise, Coi holds a spot in the Top 5 of the Billboard Emerging Artists chart and on Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25. Additionally, Billboard christened her the “R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of the Month.” Continuing her takeover, she spoke to Complex and In The Know about “first date style” and unveiled how to make hot banana pudding on the fan favorite original content series Cooking with Coi Leray. She also graced the lineup of Rolling Loud in Miami on July 24.  What’s more, Coi has received public support from industry heavy weights such as DrakeMegan The StallionCardi B and CityGirls- JT & Yung Miami.

Coi Leray also stars in a new campaign for the SKIMS “Cozy Collection” by Kim Kardashian West. For the campaign, Coi Leray modeled the new collection and linked up with singer Destiny Rodgers for a special SKIMS TikTok to Destiny’s song, “Tom Boy” which was reposted on Instagram stories and praised by Kim Kardashian West. Coi can be seen in the official video for the revamped single.

Stay tuned for more exciting news to come from Coi Leray as she continues to ascend into viral superstardom!

TOUR DATES:
9/17 Austin, TX
9/20 Albuquerque, NM
9/22 Phoenix, AZ
9/23 Anaheim, CA
9/24 Los Angeles, CA
9/25 Oakland, CA
9/26 Denver, CO
9/30 St. Louis, MO
10/1 Detroit, MI
10/4 Cincinnati, OH
10/6 Newark, NJ
10/7 Brooklyn, NY
10/9 Pittsburgh, PA
10/10 Louisville, KY
10/14 Tampa, FL
10/15 West Palm Beach, FL

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.
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Bombazo Caribbean Skirts Featured at New York Fashion Week

By: Javier Pedroza 

Milteri Tucker Concepción is a busy and multi-talented Afro Boricua who holds degrees in Biology, Chemistry and a master’s in Dance Education. She is an author, a mother and was casted in Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights the movie. As we approach #NYFW2021, Milteri puts on another hat, as designer.

Milteri is the founder of BOMBAZO and the artistic director of Bombazo Dance Co. The Puerto Rican-Bronx based non-profit dance organization’s focus is to educate, advocate, preserve and perform Bomba Puertorriqueña. As an author, educator and master Bomba dancer, she lectures across the United States and the world. I sat with Milteri and we spoke about Bomba, fashion and Puerto Rico.

Milteri, tell our readers, who is Milteri Tucker Concepción? 

Well, I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and grew up with a passion for dance since I was 5 years old. I  recall dancing in “la Sala”(the living room) with three of the most influential women in my life: my grandmother, mother and aunt. As part of my upbringing I remember dancing, planting and assisting my elders in the kitchen. I also vividly recall shopping for fabrics with my aunt and watching my grandmother Abuela Teresa, warmly referred to as “Mama” sewing. My aunt “Titi” Maria Concepción was a designer who attended FIT and designed clothes for top actors in Puerto Rico. I was blessed to have been raised in a household full of  love, and love for my culture!

As a teenager, I studied dance in La Escuela de Bellas Artes in Ponce, PR. At 17, [I] moved to NYC to pursue careers in dance and science. In 2006, I graduated with a dual major of Dance and Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Hunter College. I currently hold a masters degree in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt. Today I am a renowned Bomba master dancer, choreographer, scholar, dance educator and author. [I wrote] the first bilingual Bomba children’s book, titled “Bomba Puertorriqueña” and illustrated by Boricua artist, Mia Roman.

I’ve had the privilege to perform in multiple venues across NYC and the world – from the prestigious Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, City Center, Summerstage, Pregones Theater, BAAD, The Latin Billboards Awards, dancing for Don Omar with choreography by Maria Torres O’Connor, to amazing community centers.

I am a cultural warrior (guerrera cultural) who safeguards our traditions of Bomba Puertorriquenas, via [my] 501c3 non-profit dance organization: Bombazo Dance Co, Inc and international brand of Caribbean dance skirts: Bombazo Wear-Bomba & Caribbean Dance Skirts®. I was recently  featured in Lin Manuel Miranda’s movie, In The Heights, as the Bomba representation.

How was your experience filming ‘In the Heights’?

Being invited to dance Bomba for In the Heights was a surreal experience and a dream come true! It was an honor to represent our African heritage through our traditional dances. However, one of my favorite memories came after the movie premiered…. I had the opportunity to open the 2021 Virtual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, where Lin and I danced Bomba together.

What is the history of Bomba?

Bomba is Puerto Rico’s oldest musical genre, dating back to the 17th century and created by the African enslaved and free people of color from the Caribbean. This was one of the ways they communicated in our coastal sugarcane and coffee plantations.  It is a secular practice, where the community gathers to sing, dance and drum.

Why did you create Bombazo Dance Company?

I founded Bombazo Dance Company to show the world that Puerto Rico has rich African ancestry, and that our traditions are very much alive. As a Bomba dance company, we communicate through dance and drumming. [This is] reflected in our traditional folk art dancers. It is also important to create a safe space to fuse Bomba with other forms of dance – such as ballet, contemporary, social dances and dances of the African and Caribbean diaspora.

What inspired you to create Bombazo dance wear? 

At the same time I started Bombazo Dance Company, I was teaching Bomba classes to the community and needed skirts. Believe it or not, it was hard to find a seamstress who could make Caribbean skirts or a location to purchase them. I wanted to create skirts that fit all Caribbean dance styles, because I am that dancer. And voilà – Bombazo Wear Bomba Caribbean Skirts was born! My mother, Dr. Margarita Concepción, and I are the CEOs and we sew the [skirts] too. Our skirts are handmade, custom[ized] and tailored to each client. A part of the funds go to aid families affected by the earthquakes in Southern Puerto Rico.

How does it feel to be invited to NYFW 2021 / Harlem Fashion Week?

It is an honor to have been invited to showcase for a second time in HFM! The organizers are truly showcasing diversity within their shows and providing  opportunities for designers of color to present their designs to the world. It’s important to me – as a woman of color, a Latina and AfroBoricua – [that] they understand my vision of dance as fashion. And my skirts have fashion written all over them!

Tell us about your upcoming collection “Resistencia y Libertá!” (Resistance and Freedom)

I am the creator of the Puerto Rican Bomba Flag Skirt®. A flag; its colors, represents a collective orgullo – pride for its people. Our flag was conceived and designed here in NYC. It was prohibited to fly The Puerto Rican flag in both Puerto Rico and New York at one time. Its pride is back after Hurricane Maria, [now] you see our colors in every town’s building and rinconcito (corner) in both Puerto Rico and the diaspora! Therefore, my new collection for 2021 is titled: “Resistencia y Libertá!” Where each skirt in the collection represents a social cause affecting Puerto Rico – such as the cultural resistencia by the people, No al Feminicidio, Boricua hasta en la Luna, Afroboricuaness, LGBTQ+ representation and support in the Bomba Community, ect. It is important to note that this is a brand and line designed and sewn by a Bomba dancer, a person from the community. These are skirts [are designed] with a mission. Part of the funds go to help families affected by the earthquakes in the South of Puerto Rico and organizations/community ensembles continuing the labor of safeguarding Bomba traditions in the island.

Any advice for the youth who want to connect and immerse themselves with their African roots and Culture?

Learn about all parts of you! That makes you unique and special. Speak to your elders: abuelas, abuelos, tias, tios and elders from your community. They have a lot of wisdom and years of experience you can learn from. Always connect to your culture, to your African roots! There is an African proverb I love : “Sankofa– in order to move forward you must know your past!” Know who you are, where you come from, so that you can pass the knowledge to your next generation! Ubuntu! (an African Proverb [that] means “I am because we ALL are!”)

For more information and to view images, please visit HERE.

Pornhub x Art Primo illustration by Heather Skovlund (original art by Dan Climan) for 360 Magazine

Pornhub Collab with Art Primo

Pornhub Announces Limited Edition Spray Paint and Apparel Collaboration with Art Primo

Adult Entertainment Platform Debuts Collection with Creative Video Featuring Prominent Names from Pornhub’s Model Program

Pornhub, the premier online destination for adult entertainment, today announced the launch of its collaboration with independent art supply company, Art Primo, through a new video featuring well-known models from Pornhub’s Model Program. The Pornhub x Art Primo limited edition collection, designed by Dan Climan, features a spray paint can of the brand’s signature “Pornhub Orange,” as well as tote bags and apparel including a short-sleeve t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt and hoodie.

“Both graffiti and pornography invite the viewer to follow the artist on a voyage of self-expression and exploration, in the most non-conventional of ways and without apology.  Because of this, Pornhub was a natural choice for our first-ever crossover launch,” said Anne Greebich of Art Primo about the collaboration.

The video directed by Gogy Esparza takes us on an adrenaline-filled voyeuristic night throughout the darkest corners of New York City in follow-doc style featuring graffiti artists Goog, Karma, Easy, Nep, and Seo. In signature Esparza style, Gogy uses quick cuts and mashups of the artists tagging alleyways and abandoned walls to shots of fast cars and beautiful women showing the audience the unparalleled energy into this illusive world.

The video features models Chiara Charles, LAYA, Zoë Kestan, and Andrea Martinez alongside Pornhub ambassadors Asa Akira, Kira Noir, and popular names from Pornhub’s Model Program, including Janessa Brazil, Toya Tickles, Britney Amber, Autumn Falls, Abigail Mac, and Alexis Tae. 

This is the second time Esparza has collaborated with Pornhub; he most recently directed HEROTICA, a capsule collection and short film/look book in collaboration with design duo, NAMILIA. The collection was unveiled during New York Fashion Week in February of 2020 and featured an all-Asian cast of runway models and Pornhub models Marica Hase, Jade Kush and Asa Akira. 

Pornhub’s Art Primo collaboration is the latest in the company’s foray into fashion and retail. Building on the success of the collaboration with NAMILIA’s at NYFW, the designers Nan Li and Emilia Pfohl created a capsule collection in collaboration with the brand. In previous years, the company has worked with Hood by Air, a cult-favorite fashion brand designed by Shayne Oliver and Richardson, a popular streetwear brand. 

“Pornhub has become the standard and an instantly recognizable classic in itself. The shade used for the spray paint is iconic; this orange is undoubtedly Pornhub Orange, and we sought out to craft a unique new tool for anyone to foster creativity and self-expression. I really wanted to elevate this timelessness with the graphic design of the can. It’s quite minimal and, with everything being so flashy these days, I think the design will stand out for its simplicity,” said the designer, Dan Climan.

For more information on Pornhub’s limited edition collection with Art Primo, and to purchase the spray paint and apparel, please visit Pornhub Apparel and Art Primo.

About Art Primo:

From selling handmade markers in the streets of Seattle in the late 1990s to the birth of their iconic website in 2003, Art Primo has long provided the graffiti market with house-branded art supplies as well as imported spray paint, cult-favorite markers, exclusive nozzles, and an extensive video library of tutorials and product reviews. Art Primo believes that behind every revolution lies an artistic movement; the company seeks to empower fans to destroy the status quo and change the world.

About Pornhub:

Founded in 2007, Pornhub is the leading free, ad-supported adult video streaming website, offering viewers the opportunity to upload and share their own videos. With over 12 million videos and over 130 million visitors a day, Pornhub truly is the best adult site in the world. Pornhub has built the largest dedicated membership base in the adult community, averaging over 76 million monthly active members, offering viewers a fun and sophisticated social experience directly onsite, complete with messaging, photos, achievement badges, and much more. 

Spray Paint - Pornhub x Art Primo
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Dominique Boseman and Sandy Pierre at the WOC FashTech Brunch.

Fayetteville Road and Nordstrom x Women of Color FashTech Brunch

Fayetteville Road, rising retail technology agency, just partnered with Nordstrom to host the Women of Color FashTech Brunch. Established due to the lack of community and limited opportunities for women of color in the intersection of creative and technical industries, the WOC FashTech Brunch will celebrate its first national collaboration with leading fashion retailer Nordstrom. Remaining true to its origin, the event series will celebrate the successes and accomplishments of the top women of color in the fashion and beauty industries all while creating a safe space for them to discuss their brands and personal experiences.

Founded in 2018 by Jessica Couch and Brittany Hicks, the WOC FashTech Brunch was first held during New York Fashion Week and has since grown 50x in the past few years.

The two entities are leaning on one another to curate a raw, uncut conversation between black beauty founders, gatekeepers and experts across the fashion and beauty industry – all while practicing social distancing. Key names in the beauty industry Autumne West (National Beauty Director – Nordstrom) and Misa Hylton (Celebrity Stylist & Global Creative Partner MCM), AJ Crimson (Founder/CEO AJ Crimson), Dominique Boseman (Founder, Spraise), Samantha Garvey (Designer, S. Garvey) and many more.

The virtual event will be syndicated across multiple platforms (later this week) and reach more than a million women of color who are beauty and fashion enthusiasts, featuring the women behind the scenes serving as gatekeepers in the beauty and fashion industry. This highly anticipated event will serve as a prelude to an exciting beauty launch at Nordstrom.

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Spring Style of Vivienne Hu

The Vivienne Hu Spring/Summer 2021 collection perfectly captures all the best parts of spring fashion, while staying both classic and modern. The line consists of 50 pieces that channel both comfort and elegance. With clear influence from European design and New York business clothing, the line had a lot of femininity and beauty. 

The collection features pastel colors to go along with the true nature of classic spring shades. With hues of light blue, pink and green, the colors perfectly resemble blooming flowers and the escape of a bleak winter. The pastels were subtle enough not to scream Easter, but are still the perfect colors for escaping a chilly winter. A few black pieces stood out in the collection in contrast to the generally light colors of the line. Although different then the other light and muted tones, black does not channel the energy of spring. However, black is a classic color and is always in style, no matter the season. 

The Spring/Summer 2021 designs are all about details with fewer bold pieces focused on the fit of the clothes more than any flashy patterns. The outfits were made from light fabrics that flowed perfectly with the movements of the models. Satin and silk were used to keep the garments classic and allowed them to shimmer in the light. The dresses and pants were fluid and created movement as the models strutted down the runway. 

Recently, midi skirts have taken over the fashion world. Thinking back to the 2010s, maxi skirts had the spotlight for a few years and short skirts have always been circulating the fashion world. However, skirts that meet in the middle are now everywhere. Midi skirts are perfect for spring because they keep your legs shielded on chilly days, but stay light and airy for the warm temperatures. The long skirts were often paired with a deep neckline to channel just the right amount of modesty. 

Many of the shirts included puffy and long sleeves. Sometimes known as balloon sleeves, this victorian technique was very popular in this year’s fall and winter collections, so it is no surprise they will continue to be popular this spring. This type of sleeve can add a chic demeanor to even a basic outfit. 

The line seems to pull inspiration from lingerie with silk and lace, but channels a level of professionalism that is ready to wear. The line includes many high necks with collars and a trendier version of a blazer. There is a clear inspiration taken from classic business fashion, but many of the looks have cut-outs or sheer pieces that make the outfits feel sexy. 

The accessories were bold and stood out against the simple closet pieces. Statement earrings made out of beautiful beading drew attention upward and stood out against the more basic shirts. Bright, patterned scarves either tied in the model’s hair or around their necks added a pop of color and tied everything together. These accessories contrasted the simple clothing and made a statement in the look. 

What’s a fashion-forward look without incorporating a statement bag or striking shoes. One of the looks was featured with a black, abstract shoulder bag. Although not the same, this bag closely resembles the Christian Dior Oblique Saddle Bag that has been increasingly popular on social media. The unique shape makes it a must-have especially with the popularity of shoulder bags. These mini purses have been one of the most popular types of stylish bags this year. Although shoes are rarely the showcase, the shoes in this line beautifully accentuate the colors of the clothing. Many of the shoes were functional flats or small heels with a bit of color from the outfit. Ruffles were also featured on many of the shoe straps, which is surprising because ruffles were minimal in the clothing pieces. 

This line is significantly different from both the 2020 Spring/Summer collection as well as the 2019 Spring/Summer collection. In the 2019 line, the focus was on patterns and many of the clothes were bolder. Many geometric patterns were featured and the colors were much deeper. The 2020 line also contained deeper colors and included many silver and black pieces. Outerwear and heavy fabrics were much more present in the 2020 collection compared to the upcoming 2021 designs. 

Hu has always been focused on making outfits both professional and stylish, which is hard to find in the world of business clothing. She originally received a degree in finance and worked in investment banking for over three years. She wanted a more creative career path and worked for a degree in fashion from Parsons School of Design. Her first collection was a spring/summer line in 2012 and she opened her first store in 2013. 

“In the corporate world I see women lose their personal style for the sake of professionalism…forced to follow dress code and as a result being ‘uniform’,” said Hu on her website. “Women should never be forced to give up something so personal …My vision is to break open this forced box by bridging the gap between personality and professionalism.”

Vivienne Hu continues to show the professional world that work attire can be fashionable. Her Spring 2021 collection perfectly captures sophistication while staying graceful and sleek. The pieces in this line were functional enough to wear while still showing the designs of high fashion. The exquisite details tied each look together and made the line cohesive. This line is one to watch for this spring, especially if timeless pieces and business wear are a part of your wardrobe. Keep up with Vivienne Hu fashion on their website or Instagram