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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

BEYONCÉ x ADIDAS

By Payton Saso

Beyoncé first collaborated adidas with her launch of Ivy Park. Now, the singer is back with a new collaboration. On September 18 the Beyoncé x adidas Superstar Platform will be released and available to purchase through the adidas App.

This shoe is a reinterpretation of the adidas Superstar, “however, the tooling begins to sculpt to a platform shape, bearing in tow an aggressive, near brutalist aesthetic. The midsole, though partly left untouched, quickly begins to protrude out, extending from all sides as it does in height,” Sneaker News described.

The adidas website describes the launch as “The meeting of two icons: Beyoncé lends her elegance and perspective to the iconic silhouette for the 50th anniversary of the Superstar.”

Teen Vogue recapped the history of Ivy Park, stating that the brand, “relaunched just last April with adidas where they would be collaborating, but also Beyoncé would be designing her own sportswear apparel and footwear for the brand, which includes the classic sneakers.”

This remake of the Superstar is the first of its kind by reshaping the shoe and adding a platform. This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has repurposed the classic adidas style to brand them with her Ivy Park line. Earlier this year, she launched four shoes with the brand. “All showcasing the collection’s bold styling, and incorporating utilitarian details,” adidas announced, and adding never seen before colors to the brand.

The sneakers, however, were reportedly leaked prior to their original release date but this doesn’t seem to be bothering Queen Bey too much as she was seen enjoying a vacation in Croatia on a $2 million a week yacht.

While the Ivy Park name already holds its own in the fashion industry and pop culture, collaborating with adidas is its newest mark in the industry. The brand first launched in 2016 and was cofounded with TOPSHOP founder, Sir Philip Green, but Beyoncé is now the sole owner after Green faced sexual harassment allegations in 2018, according to BBC.

The singer originally alluded to her collaboration in the January issue of ELLE Canadae, which 360 Magazine covered. With new magazine covers, movies, music and fashion, this year has been busy for Queen Bey.

The singer released a visual album, “Black is King” earlier this year which was a revival of “The Lion King.” Beyoncé was also recently enlisted by the United Nations, along with other celebs, “a film promoting actions to tackle the world’s biggest issues from the COVID-19 pandemic to poverty and inequality” according to USA Today.

It is no surprise to her fans that the singer is staying booked and busy, and are anticipating her latest drop with adidas.

The shoe’s which drop today, September 18 on the adidas app, cost $200 US dollars. Through the app customers can purchase the shoe, or enter a giveaway which closes on the drop date to win themselves a pair of the exclusive sneaker.

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PUMA x KidSuper

PUMA and creative artist collective KidSuper Studios are releasing their first collaboration together this week. 

The PUMA x KidSuper Studios collection combines love, passion and team chemistry of football to the uniqueness, innovativeness and energy of the art world. The collection takes inspiration from PUMA’s football heritage and KidSuper founder and designer, Colm Dillane’s past as a player – working to combine the energy and unbridled passion of football with the creativity and innovation of art.

Retailing for $40-$200, the unisex collection consists of apparel, footwear and accessories that features retro tailoring, bold prints, vivid color combinations, and “KidSuper Studios” signature doodle aesthetics. Key footwear styles include bold iterations of the Style Rider, Nitefox and Oslo City, among others. Additional items from the collection include tailored jacket and pants and a football jersey, available in a brightly colored striped version and a black striped version.

As part of this collection, KidSuper Studios in partnership with PUMA created a limited animated series called “SCRAM.” Featuring Usain Bolt, Héctor Bellerín, Jessie Reyez and more. The seven-episode series tells the story of three New York City kids in their adventures through the city. Their lives change when they explore a secret laboratory below their neighborhood bodega, the kids are unknowingly exposed to superpowers, which they will need to figure out how to use.

For an exclusive preview, visit: https://youtu.be/tFQz-57wqII – the series will premiere September 16 on KidSuper Studios’ YouTube channel.

PUMA x KidSuper Studios collection will be available on PUMA.com, the PUMA NYC Store and select retailers on Thursday, September 17.

PUMA × NINTENDO TEAM UP

PUMA teams up with the iconic video game brand, Nintendo, to bring consumers the latest of a string of J. Cole’s signature basketball shoes: the RS-Dreamer Super Mario 64. The launch is in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario, and is the successor of PUMA and J. Cole’s previous collaboration, the now sold-out RS-Dreamer ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears.’

The debut collaboration with Nintendo features design elements reminiscent of Super Mario 64. The new pair of J. Cole’s signature shoes take the quintessential video game to the basketball court with its striking red and blue colorway and animated feature font and design. 

The silhouette features PUMA Hoops technology, which includes a disruptive cord lacing system for a snug and responsive fit, a ProFoam midsole and RS-Foam heel for maximum energy return, and a high abrasion rubber outsole for increased grip.

Like past collaborations between J. Cole and PUMA, the shoe will cross league boundaries and be worn by both NBA and WNBA players during their respective leagues’ play. The new release comes shortly after PUMA’s debut of the highly anticipated RS-Dreamer, J. Cole’s signature basketball sneaker in July, and its additional colorways in August.

The RS-Dreamer Super Mario 64 will retail for $125 and will be available starting this Friday, September 4, exclusively in store and online at the Foot Looker Inc., PUMA.com, and the PUMA NYC Store.

PUMA x R H U D E Cell King

PUMA x R H U D E Cell King

PUMA and R H U D E, an LA-based streetwear brand, are back together for the newest addition to their co-branded collection, PUMA x R H U D E Cell King.

The PUMA x R H U D E Cell King isn’t just a shoe. It’s a street statement. Drawing inspiration from the original PUMA KING shoe, the PUMA x R H U D E Cell King features football-like stitching and the debossed R H U D E logo on a removable tongue piece.

The shoe feels vintage, aligning with R H U D E’s color palette while adding a suede form stripe and a midsole that suits the time and the look.

The new PUMA x R H U D E Cell King will retail for $150 on PUMA.com and in PUMA retail stores beginning Sept. 5.

PUMA x J. Cole

PUMA will release two brand new colorways of J. Cole’s signature collaboration basketball shoe, the RS-Dreamer.

The two new colorways are called “Concrete Jungle” and “Purple Heart.” The “Purple Heart” is inspired by the Los Angeles Lakers and sports their famous purple and gold while the “Concrete Jungle” design pays homage to street basketball and was repped by J. Cole himself as he sat courtside next to Kanye West at the 2020 NBA All Star Game.

The “Purple Heart” colorway can also be seen on the feet of Lakers stars Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma, and both designs will be worn by PUMA athletes across the NBA and WNBA.

Collectors, sneakerheads and bots alike can get ready for the shoe to drop online with FootLocker and with with PUMA this Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m. EST. They will retail for $125.

J. Cole illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

J. Cole × PUMA

After the highly anticipated launch of J. Cole’s signature basketball sneaker for PUMA – the RS-Dreamer – the two will be releasing additional, limited-edition colorways of the signature shoe in August.

The first release – ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ – is inspired by the grit, determination and hard work needed to accomplish one’s dreams, despite the obstacles faced or time passed. With countless hours putting pen to paper and throwing shots up behind closed gym doors, J. Cole knows the grind like no other. So, Cole and PUMA Hoops are paying respects to putting in that work with this next Dreamer drop – The RS-Dreamer Blood, Sweat and Tears.

The newest drop features an audacious red colorway, the Dreamer logo and PUMA Hoops tech; these kicks are ready to grind, as long as you are too. Nothing worth having comes easy. Available in limited quantities, the new launch comes after the initial debut of the RS-Dreamer in July, which sold out online and in-stores within minutes.

Retailing for $125, the limited-edition RS-Dreamer ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ will be available starting this Monday, August 17th at 10:00 AM EST exclusively on PUMA.com and FootLocker.com

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A photo of the PUMA R-S Dreamer shoes.

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Lupe Fiasco × Kaelin Ellis – HOUSE

Today, GRAMMY-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco and Orlando producer Kaelin Ellis released their collaborative EP HOUSE via 1st & 15th / Thirty Tigers. The EP came together by chance — on May 5th, Lupe was tagged on Twitter in the replies of a Tweet from Kaelin Ellis, a rising producer who had been posting clips of himself creating beats in lockdown. Reading “Get this to @LupeFiasco somehow,” Lupe listened, liked the beat, screen recorded Kaelin’s video, dropped it in GarageBand, freestyled over the beat, exported it in Quicktime, then Tweeted the song just a few hours after he first saw the mention.

The two then began interacting over Twitter, Kaelin sending beats to Lupe, who rapped over the tracks he liked. A few weeks later they had a 5 song EP titled HOUSE, referencing that the two had created the collaborative EP locked down in their respective houses.

For the album art, Lupe and Kaelin were inspired by iconic Columbia Records jazz album covers like Dave Brubeck’s Time Out and Charles Mingus’ Mingus Ah Um. The art on HOUSE features a painting of “The Glass House” painted by Peter Gellatly, the father of Lupe’s friend Sky. Peter recently died of COVID-19 — in the album’s liner notes, Sky Gellatly eulogizes his father, and includes a story about how Peter was a Merchant Marine who once sold a boat to the government of Nicaragua, then rode a motorcycle through Central America back to the US, returning with the money he’d use to build Sky’s childhood home. 

For the EP’s first track “HOMME MADE,” Lupe had his friend Virgil Abloh speak about the concept of a house — Virgil has a Master of Architecture, and Lupe wanted to present an architect’s perspective. Abloh is also featured on the song “SHOES,” where he describes hypothetically designing the shoes that Ahmaud Arbery was wearing when he was murdered. The song “DINOSAURS” is about how we could be on the brink of another mass extinction, and “SLEDOM” (“models” spelled backwards) is a critique of the modeling industry. The final song “LF95” is the original track Lupe recorded that set this project into motion.

About Kaelin Ellis

With over 10+ years of performance and hands-on creative experience under his belt, Kaelin Ellis is a multi-platinum music producer that has established himself among the top class of producers in the modern electronic / hip-hop beat scene. Formerly known as mr.mockwell, he was originally part of an online crew, dubbed “lofalab,” where he came in contact with fellow musicians and later collaborative-partners, Kaytranada, Sango and many more. Kaelin also has many production credits with other artists such as Waldo, Deffie, and K-pop supergroup Exo on their song “Jekyll.” Since the beginning of his musical journey, he’s managed to upkeep a discography that sonically keeps up to many of his heroes.

About Lupe Fiasco

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is a Chicago-born, GRAMMY award-winning American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and community advocate. Rising to fame in 2006, following the success of his debut album, Food & Liquor, Lupe has released seven acclaimed studio albums; his latest being Drogas Wave released fall 2018. His efforts to propagate conscious material helped solidify him as GQ’s Man of the Year in 2006, and garnered recognition as a Henry Crown Fellow. While musical genius and ingenuity are at the forefront of Lupe’s achievements, the artist extends his innovation to projects that aim to foster creative discourse and opportunities in underprivileged and impoverished communities.

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Lupe Fiasco × Kaelin Ellis

Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis announce collaborative EP HOUSE

Today, GRAMMY-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco and Orlando producer Kaelin Ellis announced their collaborative EP HOUSE, out July 24th. The announcement comes with the first single from the EP “SHOES” ft. Virgil Abloh.

The HOUSE EP came together by chance on May 5th when Lupe was tagged on Twitter in the replies of a tweet from Kaelin Ellis, a young producer. Reading “Get this to @LupeFiasco somehow,” Lupe listened, liked the beat, screen recorded Kaelin’s video, dropped it in GarageBand, freestyled over the beat, exported it in Quicktime, then tweeted the song just a few hours after he first saw the mention.

The two then began interacting over Twitter; Kaelin sent beats to Lupe, who rapped over the tracks he liked. A few weeks later they had a 5 song EP titled HOUSE, referencing that the two had created the collaborative EP locked down in their respective houses.

For the incredible album art, Lupe and Kaelin were inspired by iconic Columbia Records jazz album covers like Dave Brubeck’s Time Out and Charles Mingus’ Mingus Ah Um. The art on HOUSE features a painting of “The Glass House” painted by Peter Gellatly. Peter recently died of COVID-19 and in the album’s liner notes, his son Sky Gellatly eulogizes his father.

For the EP’s first track “HOMME MADE,” Lupe had his friend Virgil Abloh speak about the concept of a house. Abloh is also featured on the song “SHOES,” where he describes hypothetically designing the shoes that Ahmaud Arbery was wearing when he was murdered. The song “DINOSAURS” is about how we could be on the brink of another mass extinction, and “SLEDOM” is a critique of the modeling industry. The final song “LF95” is the original track Lupe recorded that set this project into motion.

This exciting EP stems from a virtual introduction that shows fans that creativity continues to blossom in quarantine.

Follow Kaelin Ellis: Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | Spotify

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Drake collaborates with OVO-Nike sneaker

Drake OVO-Nike sneaker collaboration in the works

Drake is said to be launching his collaboration with Nike in 2021. Drake has already worked together with Nike. The brand used Drake’s owl logo for a limited edition of Air Jordan products such as shoes, sweats and special Air Jordan 4, that celebrated the Toronto Raptors becoming champions. There are already mockups on the internet and the rumor is that Drake and Nike might be releasing Air Force 1 and OVO. His other collaborations with Nike include a gold color pair of Jordan 3s that he wore at the 2014 OVO Fest and Jordan 3s that he is wearing in the music video of Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda. Drake has his own clothing brand and also often works together with other designers, such as Roots, Takashi Murakami, Dsquared2. Other footwear brands that he is collaborating with are Clarks and Timberland.

Fans are waiting for private shows

The music industry, like almost all the other industries, took a big blow when the events were canceled all over the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drake canceled all of his performances for 2020. Some singers are planning their return to the stage for 2021 and the fans of Drake hope that they will soon have information about his concert plans for 2021 too. “Dark Lane Demo Tapes” Drake’s new album was a huge hit and made it to the top of all charts in Canada and the United States. The fans would love to hear those new songs from the album. The majority of the countries already entered phase one of reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic, so restaurants, bars, and casinos are allowed to accommodate a small number of guests. Reportedly, casinos and clubs will be the first to organize spaces for the singers to perform. Drake might appear on VIP shows in Casinos and perform there for a small number of guests. These types of shows are popular because casinos allow guests to enjoy table games as well as best online casino games. Poker tables, roulettes, slot machines, even sports betting will be at the disposal of the audience. Some parties might even have a very strict dress code. The themes can vary from classic nights to particular movie themes. For instance, during the classic nights, the guests would be asked to wear tuxedos and gowns and for other nights they might be required to wear a Star Wars-themed outfit.

Drake New Album Rumors: DJ Akademiks Shares Major Hints

Drake might have canceled the concerts for 2020 but he did not go on vacation. He is rumored to be releasing his sixth studio album this summer. The gossip about this has been happening for months now. As the summer came, the fans started to wonder when they would get an official announcement about it. This week DJ Akademiks shared that he knows about the plans of Drake on the new album. He did not confirm or deny anything but Drake’s sixth album would be a big deal. DJ Akademiks wrote that his source said that YouTube’s divisions Pandora and SiriusXM are about to finalize a deal for Drake’s sixth studio album. The message said that Drake might be performing songs from his previous albums for thirty minutes and then in a fifteen-minute address share the information about the new album. The plan is for the events to take place from July 2nd to August. Nobody on Drake’s team has confirmed anything yet. The fans hope that with so many concerts delayed, Drake would actually find time to surprise them with his new songs. With so many songs from Dark Lane Demo Tapes and his rumored 6th album, 2021 would be the year of a big return for Drake.