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PRADA DROPS THIRD NFT

PRADA DROPS THIRD EXCLUSIVE TIMECAPSULE NFT COLLECTION

  • On August 4, 2022, Prada will reveal the third in its series of limited-edition Timecapsule Collection drops with a corresponding gifted NFT
  • This drop will offer Timecapsule NFT holders in the ‘Prada Crypted’ Discord community access to unique events and experiences, such as a full Prada journey in Milan with an exclusive invitation to the brand’s fashion show in September. 
  • Following the theme of previous months, August’s Timecapsule shirt is made using upcycled fabrics from Prada’s extensive archive of luxury textiles

Prada announces the release of its third Timecapsule NFT Collection. On August 04, there will be an exclusive drop of gender-neutral physical products, each accompanied by a gifted NFT. This fifty-piece drop follows two successful Timecapsule NFT drops: June, in collaboration with artist Cassius Hirst and July, both immediate sell-outs.  

The Timecapsule NFT Collection underscores Prada’s commitment to circularity by creating new and unique garments using existing textiles from their archive, while Timecapsule NFTs also allow Prada to explore new ways to engage customers in the digital realm.

Prada Timecapsule NFT holders will also gain access to unique events and experiences. This includes a full Prada journey in Milan with an exclusive invitation to the brand’s fashion show in September. More details will be shared on the Prada Crypted Community on Discord. 

The third NFT drop is the #32 shirt in the Timecapsule collection. Constructed from black poplin, the shirt is embellished with a selection of exclusive Prada fabrics, including a Frankenstein-inspired print created by artist Jeanne Detallante. It also features a flower-motif silk lurex brocade, a fabric sourced from a 1950s archive, and a silk lampas from a 1920s archive textile. The shirt is also decorated with a Lattice Badge featuring a graphic created by OMA studio.

The Timecapsule is a monthly online event. For 24 hours, on the first Thursday of every month, Timecapsule Collection products are made available on prada.com in very limited quantities in selected markets. 

Each limited-edition Timecapsule item has its own unique serial number and is prepared for delivery with custom packaging. As such, Prada maintains harmony between the exclusivity of the Prada Timecapsule and the scarcity of the corresponding NFTs.

Each NFT includes the drop serial number and the serial number for its accompanying physical item, so there is a direct relationship between the physical and virtual products. NFT owners are eligible to participate in exclusive benefits and experiences, as well as gain priority access to future drops. 

Prada Timecapsule NFTs are issued on Ethereum infrastructure, offering a secure and user-friendly experience. The Aura Blockchain Consortium provides the underlying NFT solutions and technology. 

DETAILS: 

  • The Prada Timecapsule drop is open to customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China Mainland, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong S.A.R., Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States for 24 hours only, starting from August 04, 2022 at 3pm CEST. 
  • Each drop is limited to 50 items. 

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About Prada 

Since 1913, Prada has been synonymous with cutting-edge style. Its intellectual universe combines concept, structure and image through codes that go beyond trends. Its fashion transcends products, translating conceptuality into a universe that has become a benchmark to those who dare to challenge conventions focusing on experimentation. The Prada brand is part of Prada Group, a global leader in the luxury goods industry, which owns the Miu Miu, Church’s and Car Shoe brands as well, and produces and distributes luxury leather goods, footwear and apparel. It also operates in the food sector with Marchesi 1824, and in the eyewear and fragrance industries under licensing agreements.

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Aura Blockchain Consortium

The Aura Blockchain Consortium joins the SMI Fashion Task Force to leverage technology to achieve sustainability and circularity goals

Aura Blockchain Consortium, founded by LVMH, Prada Group, Cartier, part of Richemont, the OTB Group and Mercedes-Benz, is joining the Sustainable Markets Initiative Fashion Task Force, a private-sector coalition aimed at accelerating the transition towards a more sustainable future in the global fashion, textile and apparel sector. The SMI was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2020, and its Fashion Task Force is chaired by Federico Marchetti, tech entrepreneur and sustainability pioneer. Aura Blockchain Consortium’s technology will help members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative Fashion Task Force achieve their sustainability goals and enhance traceability. 

“We’re thrilled to have Aura Blockchain Consortium join the Task Force. Its presence will accelerate our mission to build innovation, transparency and a collaborative spirit within the fashion industry. Only by working together and leveraging technology will we protect the planet.” says Federico Marchetti, SMI’s Fashion Task Force Chair.

“It is a privilege to support HRH The Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative Fashion Task Force along with its members and teams through the Aura Blockchain Consortium’s private blockchain and NFT solutions as we work towards our shared vision to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future. We are excited to start the collaboration with the Fashion Task Force’s team to push circularity and traceability forward” says Daniela Ott, General Secretary of Aura Blockchain Consortium.

Across 2021 and 2022, the Task Force has been delivering action in multiple areas where Aura Blockchain Consortium’s traceability platform, built for the luxury sector, will bring considerable value. In recognition that consumer interest in more sustainable products is on the rise, the Task Force is focused on unlocking circularity by rolling out a Digital ID, which was launched at the G20 in Rome in October 2021. The Digital ID allows key players in the fashion value chain – including manufacturers, brands, retailers, resellers and recyclers – to provide unprecedented transparency and traceability of the products they sell. It also unlocks new circular services for customers, such as care and repair services, as well as ones focused on resale and recycling.

The Aura Blockchain Consortium already enables and supports participating members to tag their products with secure, unique blockchain-based identities that can track a product’s manufacture and supply from raw materials through to end consumers. As such, it owns the perfect innovative technology to enable the Task Force and its member brands with this ambition.

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Gen-Z Fashion

The Essence for Y2K Fashion

By Andrea Esteban

Let’s face it : Old-fashioned ‘90s are back again — and yes, that involves all of those Y2K fashion trends you’ve probably hidden in the back of your wardrobe. Today, I’ll share all you need to know about Y2K fashion trends, and how Y2K fashion icons can inspire you to dress like a Gen-Z nowadays. 

Here are my top tips to what is fashionable at the moment:

  • Where did the Y2K fashion trend come from?

​Y2K fashion boomed across the mid-late 1990s and early 2000s. It doesn’t only refer to fashion, but it also refers to the technology and computer bug that people thought would happen on New Year’s day in 2000.

Y2K culture was marked by luxurious consumerism. Gen-Z were always trying to look for the most expensive monograms and designer brands including on clothing, accessories or perfumes that reflected the idea of ‘being contemporary’. Brands like Channel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dior were the most coveted.

We can’t forget that Y2K Culture was also shaped by streetwear trends including: designers’ logos, bling, D-rings, exposed zippers, belts, straps in line with the idea of the up to date technology.

  • What is Y2K Fashion?

​Aesthetics and trends typically worn between the late ‘90s and the year 2000. What are the first items that come to your mind when you think about those years? Of course you can’t help remembering the crop tops, the velour tracksuits, the camis, the sparkly shoes or the low-rise jeans, all in the shiny black tone and reflective metallic color palette.

Casual clothing and leisurewear were also big fashion trends of the early 2000s. Denim became a significant staple for Gen-Z, going beyond skirts to jeans, hats and jackets. If you want to design a casual Y2K style , keep in mind that the denim staple is worn with all kinds of clothes including hoodies, crop tops & off the shoulder tops, ribbed sweaters with trainers, platform sandals, sneakers or boots.

  • How Can you get the Y2K Look nowadays? Get inspired!

Many of Y2K fashion inspiration can be taken from the pop culture icons of our early childhood involving celebrities, films and even video clips. Bratz Dolls, Mean Girls, Uptown Girls and Clueless are great fashion examples of inspiration for the Y2K appearance since these main characters loved over-dressing, with eye-catching colors.

One  of the essential features of Y2K fashion were accessories. Think of several of the typical staples from your wardrobe. Pieces like tiny sunglasses, mini-bags, bandanas or scrunchies clips are tendences now. Also, one key feature were rhinestones which are used as decorations for accessories like chokers, belts or hats

Finally, early ’00s makeup tendencies walked by ‘Euphoria’ smokey eyes, highlighting, colored eyeliner, glittery eyeshadow, false eyelashes, glossy lips, skinny brows and matte foundations. There’s no disagreeing that our current looks have been deeply induced by ’00s beauty icons like Tyra Banks, Paris Hilton, Laura Harrier, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Halle Berry. For you to get some inspiration when doing your make-up, I have gathered together the 5 most powerful and influential makeup trends worn by celebrities of the early 2000s in events like MTV Awards, Grammys, Brit Awards or even at the Oscars.

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TOP SHADES

Everyone knows that a pair of sunglasses can elevate one’s entire presence. You’ve seen it before; the most mysterious and chilled individuals always seem to be donning a pair of fashionable shades. Whether you’re wearing them to block out the sun or the haters, we’ve assembled the most high-fashion, chic shades on the market today. And many of them, do not require eye exams.

9Five

The elaborate, exclusive eyewear collection at 9Five radiates pure luxury. With many styles sporting 24K gold plated steel, these shades will have you feeling that twenty-four karat magic. Offering polarized, clean les and prescription shade choices, 9Five has something suited best for you eyewear needs.

Aperçu

The Aperçu brand is named after the French verb APERÇEVOIR, to perceive. Implying a meaning of “a flash of insight,” the name of these shade exemplifies that self-expression is powerful and a key part of our daily life. Displaying high-fashion styles and designs of your choice shades, a pair of Aperçu’s will elevate your wardrobe.

Carrera

Designed in Italy emulating Italian style comes Carrera’s eyewear collection. The distinctive personality of a pair of Carrera shades is sure to captivate any room you step in. Sporting athletic to casual styles with impeccable quality, a pair of Carrera’s are indeed in their own lane.

Celine

With a variety of high-fashion pieces comes Celine’s sunglasses selection. When we say a selection, we mean a SELECTION. Ranging from oversized, cat eye, round, square and even more styles, Celine is sure to have something that appeals to your personality. The fully equipped range of sunglasses in Celine’s collection ensures high fashion freshness.

Fendi

From the Italian luxury fashion house comes Fendi eyewear. The sunglasses collection from Fendi showcases timeless, luxurious pieces. Sporting unique features such as unconventional lens colors with dynamic FF branding, Fendi shades are one-of-a-kind.

Gentle Monster

The Korean eyewear brand of Gentle Monster mimics the meaning of their name in each pair of shades in their collection. ‘Gentle,’ meaning modest yet wearable stand opposed to the ‘Monster,’ meaning of attitude paired with individuality. These avant-garde shades are eye catching and will uplift your entire presence.

Gucci

There’s only one way to illustrate the Gucci eyewear collection; bold. With such profound styles from the aviator to Hollywood-favorite, Gucci’s eyewear is striking and distinct. Fit for those who love to stand out amongst a crowd, Gucci gives you just that and more.

Kate Spade

Notarized for the brands cool and quirky essence, Kate Space shades are no different. The sunglasses available in Kate Spade’s collection, too, offer a conventional feel paired with a modern-day ambiance. Regarded as true elegance, the Kate Spade shades emulate a rare experience.

Linda Farrow

With an eclectic range of sunglasses comes the outstanding Linda Farrow collection. A selection of punchy colors and distinguishing designs, Linda Farrow shades are stand out pieces. With reminiscent, vintage styles to cutting-edge, modern designs, Linda Farrow is one of the most exhilarating and cutting-edge brands in fashion today.

Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton shade collection offers shades for those in search of styles ranging from subtle to statement. The frames of the sunglasses are sure to compliment your face form, no matter the pair! Commonly worn by popular rap star El Alfa El Jefe, snatch up a pair of Louis Vuitton shades to be styled like the stars.

Prada

Prided on the impeccable crafting of their works, Prada never fails to embark on their contemporary promise. Prada shades are exceptionally popular, you’ve probably even seen them on your go-to form of social media a time or two. Although Prada is known for their essential, all-black sunglasses, the brand has a selection of styles, colors and constructions to choose from that you’ll just have to have.

Privé Revaux

Founded on the idea that luxury eyewear should be inexpensive and accessible to all comes Privé Revaux eyewear. Creative directors’ celebrity stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haeen have worked with some of the most esteemed in the entertainment industry, and now they work for YOU! The team works to ensure that you’ll find the picture-perfect pair of shades that fits both your creative style and face shape.

Raen

Inspired by the brand’s home of Oceanside, California, Raen shades imitate the free-spirited and creative vibe of the California coast. Presently now just north of San Diego, these shades pull out everything that you love about the coast, an impeccable blend of surf, sun and culture. Handmade to ensure fit, comfort and durability, Raen shades are a flawless choice of shades for the eccentric.

Ray-Ban

We all know and admire the classic styles that come from the notorious sunglasses brand, Ray-Ban. Whether you’re looking for their iconic, immediately familiar designs like the Aviator of Wayfarer, or something a little bit fresher and more distinctive, Ray-Bans has got you covered. Available in an assortment of frame styles and lens choices, you’ll be sure to find a pair suitable for your taste.

Saint Owen

Saint Owen furthers the space of eyewear, continuously combining cutting edge designs with attentiveness. Handcrafted in Italy and Japan, Saint Owen shades are produced by the best of the best. Showcasing the use of distinctive highlights, like ceramic nose pads and stainless-steel hinges, Saint Owen sunglasses are a step above the rest.

T HENRI

Handmade from 18K Gold and titanium materials, the T HENRI eyewear collection displays the renowned, celebrated view of the T HENRI company. This ultra-luxury eyewear brand aims to produce shades tailored for the elite lifestyle. T HENRI pieces are handcrafted to precision, with inspiration from vintage supercars.

Tom Ford

Pure sophistication pours out of Tom Ford shades. Noteworthy for their standard bold structuring, the sunglasses made a statement without a word. Offered in several edgy styles and colors, Tom Ford shades are a showstopper.

Tory Burch

Defined by traditional sensibility, Tory Burch sunglasses push the envelope for eyewear. These shades sport geometrical shapes, printed patterning and rare lens capabilities. You’ll want to snatch up a pair of these unparalleled sunglasses.

Versace

Glamour, extravagance and modernity; this is how we exemplify Versace sunglasses. With wide-ranging styles that go from simplistic to extraordinary, this eyewear collection has an array of high-fashion pieces. Available, too, in diverse color pallets, Versace appeals to the chic.

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Miami Design District Recap

For the first time since the pandemic, it’s starting to look a lot like Miami Art Week 2021. Art and design-lovers from everywhere have made their way to Miami, where Art Basel Miami and Design Miami has reopened their doors to enthusiasts, collectors, and curators.

Sunday, November 29

TOD’S CELEBRATES ARTIST WILLIE COLE & THE MOSAIC COLLECTION

Tod’s MOSAIC Collection is a limited-edition capsule collection of handbags and accessories made with unused leather from production. In celebration of this sustainability project, Tod’s commissioned American artist, Willie Cole to create unique sculptures made from recycled Tod’s leather and unused materials. ARTCYCLING, the creative project based on the same values as Tod’s MOSAIC Collection, is brought to life by Willie in collaboration with Tod’s artisans. Among notable guests in attendance who joined the brand and Willie Cole in celebrating Tod’s MOSAIC Collection and the brand’s collaboration with the artist were Karolina Kurkova, HRH Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, Prince Sultan bin Fahad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Sarah Arison, Casey Fremont, Stefano Tonchi, Sai de Silva, Petra Levin, and Coco Bassey, amongst others.

Monday, November 29

JEFFREY DEITCH PRESENTS SHATTERED GLASS OPENING 

Shattered Glass, the acclaimed exhibition of new art by emerging artists of color, which was shown at Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles last spring, is being presented in an expanded version in the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. The expanded Miami version of Shattered Glass will include fifteen new artists. The painting, sculpture, and photographic works in the exhibition are all figurative. The subject matter is often the artists’ family and friends. Their primary subject is their own life and their community. The participating artists are all strongly socially engaged; many of whom incorporate powerful social messages into their work. The exhibition represents a remarkable new generation that connects with a new art audience. Jeffrey Deitch has been presenting exhibitions and public art projects in the Miami Design District since 2002.

Location: Miami Design District The Moore Building

Tuesday, November 30

DAVID CASTILLO EXHIBITION PREVIEW OF “YOU SHOULD HAVE NEVER CROSSED THE RIO GRANDE,” A SOLO EXHIBITION OF FABRIC PAINTINGS AND ASSEMBLAGES BY PEPE MAR

David Castillo presents You Should Have Never Crossed the Rio Grande, a solo exhibition of fabric paintings and assemblages by Pepe Mar. The artist’s own experience of migration from Mexico to the United States serves as a stage through which he explores the current conditions of his own practice and of the country that he now calls home. He considers how migratory experiences have shaped the nation, and—by extension—how they have come to influence his own work in a city like Miami, where visual culture is inflected by a diversity of diasporas. And through the various pieces on view in the exhibition, Mar asks a compelling question: “How would my life and practice have developed had I stayed in Mexico?”

Location: 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 201, Miami, FL 33137

Wednesday, December 1

TIFFANY & CO. YELLOW IS THE NEW BLUE

Tiffany & Co. brings its yellow diamond-themed installation, Tiffany Yellow, to the Miami Design District as it transforms its boutique from classic Tiffany Blue to Yellow. In celebration of this event, the iconic Tiffany Diamond will be on display along with other timeless yellow diamonds. Tiffany has a long history with yellow diamonds and unmatched expertise in this area. Tiffany & Co. is the leader in diamond sustainability and transparency. For all diamonds (including yellow) over 1.8 carats, Tiffany shares the complete diamond craft journey from the mining process to the Blue Box.

Location: Tiffany & Co., 114 NE 39th St., Miami, FL 33137

HIGHSNOBIETY X BACCARAT DINNER CELEBRATING HIGHART WITH EIC THOM BETTRIDGE

An intimate and exciting dinner in the Miami Design District surrounded by sparkling Baccarat crystal celebrating HIGHArt with Editor-in-Chief, Thom Bettridge. Highsnobiety launches HIGHArt platform. An exploration of the collision of the style and art worlds from a Highsnobiety point of view, HIGHArt is designed for its loyal audience of next generation tastemakers and collectors. Building on the “content festival” format it launched with its Not In Paris project, Highsnobiety’s HIGHArt is a platform that blends content, commerce, and experience. It comes to life with a blitz of Miami programming including a month-long pop-up HIGHArt Museum Store in the Design District, nightly launch celebrations with partners including Baccarat and David Zwirner Gallery’s PLATFORM, and an eponymous print magazine featuring Bad Bunny on its first cover and conversations with leading creatives including Nigo, Grimes, Dan Graham, and beyond. The pop-up HIGHArt Museum Store, now open in Miami’s Design District through December 31, is “a museum store without the museum,” connecting the best of the best from within the cultural zeitgeist to create over 100 exclusive and unexpected artist-made products and editions curated by Highsnobiety Founder David Fischer alongside cultural mastermind Sarah Andelman of JUST AN IDEA and creative director Jeanne-Salomé Rochat of Novembre Magazine.

Location: Baccarat, Palm Court, 2nd Floor, Miami, FL 33137

RICK OWENS BOOK SIGNING WITH EDWARD BESS & MICHELE LAMY 

Guests joined for a book signing by Edward Bess and Michèle Lamy in the Rick Owens Boutique of their new release “Just An Idea.”

Location: 131 NE 41st St., Miami, FL 33137

PRADA CELEBRATES YOUNGARTS 40TH ANNIVERSARY HOSTED BY SARAH ARISON, SANDY & TONY TAMER, AND MICHI JIGARJIAN

Location: 152 NE 41st St, #112, Miami, FL 33137

BARBARA STURM + ELLE MACPHERSON TALK ON LIVING AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LIFESTYLE

Location: Dr. Barbara Sturm Boutique & Spa, 140 NE 39th St., Miami, FL 33137

Thursday, December 2

CRAIG ROBINS COLLECTION VIP TOURS 

The annual rehanging of Craig Robin‘s contemporary art collection highlights the work of American conceptual artist John Baldessari (1931-2020), and features recent acquisitions including work by Kenturah Davis, Sayre Gomez, Yesiyu Zhao, and more. The collection also features art and design by established favorites such as Urs Fisher, Jean Prouvé, Richard Tuttle, and Marlene Dumas. Open to Art Basel and Design VIP Cardholders only.

Location: 3841 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400

STONE ISLAND x SCREENING x MANNEQUIN INSTALLATION 

Stone Island combines the worlds of motocross and art with ANNEX, an experience curated by Katja Horvat and a film that celebrates the project by director Thibaut Grevet. ANNEX is a group artwork installation on a motocross track on the outskirts of Miami. The event began with a private dinner where attendees were invited to preview work installed along the dynamic contours of the track. Motocross riders rode the circuit during the preview, adding context to the art concept. The ANNEX film by director Thibaut Grevet is both a celebratory documentation of the event and the director’s own interpretation of the intersection between motocross and art. This short film is premiered during Miami Art Week at the Institute of Contemporary Art, and will be archived for viewing on stoneisland.com

JEFFREY DEITCH: 8-PANELIST TALK WITH ANGELO BAQUE SPONSORED BY GOAT

Location: Moore Elastika, 191 NE 41st Street, #100, Miami, FL 33137

MITCHELL-INNES & NASH GALLERY, GALERIE LELONG & GOODMAN GALLERY BRUNCH IN PARADISE PLAZA

Location: Paradise Plaza, 151 NE 41st St., Miami, FL 33137

VIRGIL TRIBUTE PROJECTION

Location: 191 NE 40th St., Miami, FL 33137

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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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G4 Boyz – Prada

NYC’s G4 Boyz continues their ascent with a new video single “Prada,” out now via Republic Records.

Stream/purchase “Prada” here.

Produced by FNR Beats (M1llionz, RV) and featuring UK grime affiliate G4choppa, the track is another certified banger from the duo. In the video the duo members Ice Baby and Buggy mob from the streets to department stores with friends including prominent NYC rapper Smooky Margiela, as they celebrate their African pride and love for luxury fashion.

This release follows their last single “Local Scammer” which has put G4 Boyz in a different league. Their first collaboration with FNR beats and again featuring G4choppa, the track quickly became a transatlantic drill anthem that also took off on TikTok and Triller’s global playlists. The track was quickly followed by exclusive remixes from rising UK rap queen Ivorian Doll and drill pioneer Chief Keef, becoming the first track to unite major players from the world’s drill capitals (NY, London, and Chicago).

Comprised of charismatic brothers Ice Baby and Buggy of Nigerian/Ghanaian descent who are emerging as the pre-eminent players in New York drill, few artists have had the trajectory that G4 Boyz have had in such a short amount of time. Since the release of their Tory Lanez-featuring “Patek Phillippe” remix in 2017, the pioneers of “scam rap” have continued to make noise on both sides of the pond; receiving critical acclaim from GRM, WorldStar, The Face, Noisey, Trench, Complex and MixtapeMadness and clocking up plays from both landmark NY hip hop stations 105.1 and 97.1 and UK support from 1xtra, No Signal, Beat and Ricky, Melvin and Charlie at Radio 1.

With their debut project coming later this year, G4 Boyz are set to usher in a new age of drill and hip-hop that by its nature is global in its appeal.

Follow Ice Baby and Buggy on Instagram.

Divine Tours

DIVINE TOURS LAUNCHES COUTURISTA TRAVEL TO PROVIDE LUXURY, FASHION-FOCUSED TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Now Booking its First Tour: A Curated Visit to Tuscany in April 2019

Since 1996, DiVine Tours has been providing innovative luxury travel excursions throughout Italy. This spring, DiVine Tours will launch their newest extension: Couturista Travel – a travel experience personalized for connoisseurs of high-end fashion, gourmet cuisine, and luxury lifestyle. Couturista Travel is now booking for its April fashion-focused journey through Tuscany, followed by trips to Miami and Mexico later in the year.

The inaugural trip, entitled Tuscany Couture, includes stays in luxury fashion inspired hotels such as the Ferragamo-owned Gallery Art Hotel, exclusive vineyard tours, and VIP access and discounts at the world’s leading fashion retailers. Travelers will enjoy once-in-a-lifetime, exclusive, curated access to shops including Prada, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Sergio Rossi, Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more.

Couturistas will begin their nine-day-long escape in Florence on April 6th, 2019 with a reception and welcome dinner. The following day will include an intimate inside look into the history of Italian Fashion, then & now, via private tours through the culture rich UNESCO City. Expert guides will then transport guests back to the 18th century via the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery, featuring rich collections that represent the evolution of fashion for didactic purposes.

The historical experiences will also include a visit to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Dedicated to the life and work of the famed Italian shoe designer, the museum contains over 10,000 models of shoes and a variety of exhibits dedicated to the life and work of Ferragamo from the 1920’s until his death in 1960.

In addition to visits to Italy’s top historical fashion destinations and some of the most sophisticated shopping in the world, the Tuscany Couture trip includes visits to local artisan’s workshops, private trunk shows, dining at Florence’s most revered restaurants and guided visits to the iconic sites in historical cities throughout the Tuscan region.

“Tuscany Couture is the ideal vacation framed by the magic and elegance of Florence. Suited for the curious shopper or the fashion-savvy, a group of friends seeking the ultimate getaway, or even the mother-daughter duo looking for a bonding retreat,” said Myriam Angulo, co-founder of Couturista Travel. “There is so much to see in Florence and Chianti besides the traditional visits to see renowned art and wine tastings. Couturista organizers use their personal knowledge and intimate relationships to open the doors to artisan shoemakers, pop-up shops, flagship stores and everything in between. Tuscany Couture is the perfect trip for the inquisitive, divine traveler.”

Tuscany Couture’s $6,999 pp fee includes the complete land program with transportation, deluxe hotel accommodations, English-speaking guides, daily breakfast buffets, welcome and farewell dinners, shopping tours, museum entrances, winery visits, and many more activities for travelers looking to do it all.

With some days planned out and others that allow Couturistas to explore suggested sites on their own, each traveler has the ability to mold their vacation to fit their every want and desire. There are also unique extension options for those who want to extend their stay in Italy with opportunities to spend three additional days in the North or South of Florence.

Following the trip to Tuscany, Couturista Travel will offer innovative programs in the Magic City that is Miami with two distinct themes: Exploration of Art and Curated Shopping; as well as an opportunity to explore and shop Mexico later in the year.

About DiVine Tours & Couturista Travel

DiVine Tours is a boutique tour operation specializing in exclusive Wine Tours, and Gourmet Programs in Italy since 1996. Most recently, they have branched out to develop COUTURISTA TRAVEL, which offers new Curated Fashion Shopping Experiences in famous locations as well as in new, undiscovered destinations. Originally based out of Chianti, Italy, director and owner Myriam Angulo has come back home to Miami, Florida and is determined to bring couture lifestyle back to the tour industry.

Couturista Travel is now accepting reservations for Tuscany Couture taking place on April 6th – 14th.

For booking information, visit www.couturistatravel.com or contact info@couturistatravel.com / 1-877-COUTRVL (1-877-268-8785)

Pirelli × Prada

Pirelli has signed an agreement with Luna Rossa Challenge for the constitution of a partnership aimed at the development of a multi-year project which will lead to Luna Rossa’s participation in the next edition of the America’s Cup, set for New Zealand in 2021.

Pirelli and Prada will be co-titled sponsors of the vessel and will detail their plans at a soon to be organized event.

Now in its 36th edition, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in the history of sport, which sees the participation of the most technologically advanced boats in the world.

The project will entail, over the 4-year period 2018-2021, a series of regattas, events and activities with the two brands as protagonists. In 2019, the first two regattas of the America’s Cup World Series will take place in the Mediterranean; in 2020 another three World Series regattas will be held in Europe, the United States of America and Asia; from January 2021, always in Auckland, there will be the Prada Cup, Challenger selection regattas, followed by the 36th edition of the America’s Cup Presented by Prada, scheduled for March 2021.

This will be Luna Rossa’s fifth tilt at the Trophy and in this edition it will be the Challenger of Record, that is, the first challenger of the last edition’s winning team, Emirates Team New Zealand.

Patrizio Bertelli, Chairman of Luna Rossa Challenge, said “Pirelli is the ideal partner for this new America’s Cup challenge. With over half a century’s experience at the highest levels of high technology world sports, it will be an important asset at the heart of our project. In this sense it is correct to speak of a real and true collaboration between the Team and Pirelli.”

“Pirelli – said Marco Tronchetti Provera, Executive Vice President and CEO of Pirelli – chose to be a part of this project because it represents both a sporting and technological challenge, able to bring Italy and the Pirelli brand to the attention of the entire world. The America’s Cup, as Formula 1 is to motorsport, is the most prestigious sailing competition, with a great history and tradition. It embodies values and is for a public of impassioned fans that perfectly match Pirelli’s, enabling the company to continue enriching its brand, reinforcing its positioning in high technology with clients around the world and its relationship with consumers through traditional channels and all the new digital platforms.”

See the video at this link: http://youtu.be/ATyWMPL5Y38

Jordyn Jones Releases New Video

Can’t Say No written by Damon Sharpe, Eric Sanicola, Jimmy Burney, and Jordyn Jones.

Produced By: Damon Sharpe, Eric Sanicola

Music video directed by Alex Di Marco

Produced by: Hustlecake

Watch the video for Can’t Say No here

Jordyn Jones is a singer, actress, dancer, model and social media influencer. Jordyn got her break as a dancer in “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”, which led her to perform on the biggest stages including MTV Video Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, Dancing with the Stars, etc.

Her social media following started to skyrocket because of her newfound fame. As a digital influencer, Jordyn has secured deals with some of the most reputable brands such as Revlon, Sprint, MaybellineNY, and Warner Bros Studios, and modeled for brands such as Prada, MiuMiu, Guess, Mudd Jeans, Brandy Melville, and Skechers. Her infectious personality has also landed programming contracts with AwesomenessTV and Facebook.

Jordyn’s singing career is gaining momentum quickly as she garners attention from industry professionals. She continues to release music through Capitol Music Group, some of which has been licensed in film, television, and brand campaigns. Jordyn is currently in the studio recording new music and will be touring in Fall 2018.

Jordyn’s acting credits include a starring role in Brat’s digital series The Overnights, Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark”, and YouTube Red’s “Dance Camp” (directed by John Chu).

Jordyn is an all-around force to be reckoned with and definitely one to watch this 2018!

Instagram @jordynjones

Twitter @jjjordynjones 

Youtube Stepsgirl