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SHANNON K.

Born in India and raised in London, Shannon K is answering the call for diversity with her stunning voice. As a singer, songwriter, actor and influencer, music was always in the crosshairs of her formative years.  Born into a family of entertainers including her father, famed Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu, Shannon attended The Royal School of Music in London where she studied under vocal coaches Eric Vetro (Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Shawn Mendes and Katy Perry) and Billy Purnell (Tory Kelly).  

After a successful budding career oversees, Shannon brought her musical talents to the States. In 2018 she released, “A Long Time,” which was written and produced by 4x Grammy award winning producer and songwriter, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd (Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Drake, Pink etc.).  Striving to create music with a message, Shannon’s empowering 2018 release “Give Me Your Hand” was awarded a Hollywood Music In Media Award for Best Song With Social Message, for inspiring her fans to rise above bullying. 

Not only is Shannon charming her American fan base, but she has also captivated audiences in India. She has sung with top Bollywood singers like Himesh Reshammiya, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kumar Sanu and has also had her vocals featured in Bollywood films. 

In March 2020, Shannon released her new single “I Do.” Produced by Infinity (Rita Ora, Mary J.Blige, Ludacris), the dreamy pop-track sets the stage for what will be a busy year for the globally renowned India-born songstress. With a multitude of new tracks and collaborations slated to release throughout 2020, it’s obvious Shannon isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Her raw, authentic talent has generated over 80-million views on her music videos worldwide, and her airy, beautiful voice continues to mesmerize fans across the globe.

*Photo credit: Marcel Indik

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The Different Fashion Styles Across Music Genres

For a lot of people, music and fashion are inseparable. Look at recording artists across genres, and you’ll see the importance of fashion into their craft and how they want their fans to see them. Fashion creates a distinctive style, and it’s one way for music artists and fans to channel their creativity and self-expression. 

For every music genre, there’s a fashion style that’s unique to it. When you talk about Hip-Hop, there’s the loose clothing and bling-bling. In country music, you’ll often see the classic cowboy hat and denim jacket. Although some things have changed in music over the years, this fusion of fashion and music is still there. 

So, if you want to dress according to your favorite music genre and know the different outfits inspired by your favorite music artists, read this article. 

Pop Music

Pop music has a peppy and youthful vibe to it. It’s characterized by lively beats and lyrics about life and love in general. This high-spirited and happy-go-lucky aspect of popular music is also translated into the fashion style of pop artists and their fans. 

Outfits of pop stars are sure to stand out among the crowd. Bold accessories, flashy clothing, high-waisted shorts, colorful hairstyles, you name it. It’s something that’s out of the ordinary. Since pop music icons are a staple in television and social media, it’s no surprise that their distinctive style creates waves in the fashion industry. 

Electronic Dance Music

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) was introduced on the music scene in the late 1980s. It’s the favorite music to play in nightclubs, with the help of a DJ tinkering on a turntable and a mixer. Like popular music, there’s also a youthful aspect to EDM. After all, EDM music is for dancing and partying. 

Although there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to EDM fashion, what’s certain is that it’s about making a bold statement. EDM fashion is so colorful and graphic, and it incorporates wild patterns, unique materials and funky colors. 

For instance, you can often see neon-colored sneakers and edgy clothing worn by people who love EDM music. 

R&B

Rhythm and Blues, or popularly known as R&B, often step in to the territory of popular music. But this music genre is closely linked to Soul and Blues, and, later, some aspects of Hip-Hop are also incorporated into R&B tracks. 

When it comes to its fashion, there’s a dash of class and sophistication to R&B. You often see Justin Timberlake and Usher wearing suits and ties in their music videos. For female artists, the trend is wearing high-waisted jeans and crop tops, which exude a combination of class and sexiness. 

Fashion accessories often include dress shoes, gold and silver jewelry, and luxury watches such as Nomos and Rolex. 

Rock

For sure, you know rock music. It’s one of the ageless music genres of all time, and it’s still popular today. Rock music is also a fashion-oriented genre. It has inspired the classic rebel look that often includes ripped jeans, leather shoes, leather jackets, band t-shirts and edgy accessories. 

Country and Folk Music

Country and folk music is known for using acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjos, violin, among other instruments. Country and folk singers also have a distinctive Southern accent in their singing voice, and their lyrics talk about life and romance. 

Artists in this music genre dress themselves up in Western-style wear, such as cowboy hats, boots, denim jeans, denim jackets and sundresses. Fashion accessories often include bandana, tassel necklace, bracelets, crossbody bag, among others. 

Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop music is arguably the most popular music genre today. It started in the 1970s in New York, and today almost all of the top songs in music charts are Hip-Hop tracks. 

This music genre has also made a huge contribution to the fashion industry. Hip-Hop fashion, also sometimes called big fashion, is characterized by baggy pants, big jewelry, baseball caps, hoodies and sneakers. 

But, right now, Hip-Hop artists are more fluid when it comes to what they wear. Tight jeans and designer clothing are now also worn by rappers and Hip-Hop artists. 

Reggae 

Reggae music traces its origin in Jamaica. It’s typically played in 4/4 time signature, with prominent bass lines, and off-beat rhythmic style. 

Aside from the incredible sound of Reggae, it’s also famous for popularizing one of the most laid-back fashion styles that we see today. Reggae fashion features beachwear and colorful accessories, such as bracelets, necklaces, sandals, and beanies (often with the colors of the flag of Jamaica). 

Takeaway

Every music genre has a unique fashion style. After all, music and fashion go hand-in-hand when it comes to promoting creativity and self-expression. If you want to dress according to your favorite music genre, take note of the fashion outfits and accessories mentioned in this article. 

Steve Madden x Financial Results

Steve Madden Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results 

Steve Madden (Nasdaq: SHOO), a leading designer and marketer of fashion-forward footwear, accessories and apparel for women, men and children, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2019, and provided initial fiscal year 2020 revenue and EPS guidance.

Amounts referred to as “Adjusted” exclude the items that are described under the heading “Non-GAAP Adjustments.” The Company reclassed commission and licensing fee income to Total Revenue and reclassed its respective expenses into Operating Expenses from previously labeled Commission and Licensing Fee Income – Net on the Company’s Consolidated Statement of Operations for each period provided. For the Fourth Quarter 2019: Revenue increased 0.7% to $419.6 million compared to $416.8 million in the same period of 2018.

Gross margin was 37.7% compared to 38.1% in the same period last year. Adjusted gross margin was 37.8% in 2019.

Operating expenses as a percentage of revenue were 33.1% compared to 32.1% in the same period of 2018. Adjusted operating expenses as a percentage of revenue were 30.0% compared to 29.0% in the same period of 2018.

Income from operations totaled $19.5 million, or 4.6% of revenue, compared to $25.0 million, or 6.0% of revenue, in the same period of 2018. Adjusted income from operations was $33.0 million, or 7.9% of revenue, compared to Adjusted income from operations of $37.9 million, or 9.1% of revenue, in the same period of 2018.

Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $17.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to $12.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Adjusted net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $32.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to $35.7 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in the prior year’s fourth quarter.

Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to have achieved Adjusted diluted EPS at the high end of our guidance range for the fourth quarter and full year 2019. Fiscal year 2019 was a strong year for the Company, with revenue and Adjusted diluted EPS increasing mid-single digits on a percentage basis compared to the prior year despite significant headwinds from the bankruptcy of Payless ShoeSource and the tariffs implemented on accessories, footwear and apparel from China.

“Looking ahead, while we are cautious on the near-term outlook due to additional headwinds from the coronavirus outbreak, China tariffs and the termination of the Kate Spade footwear license, we are confident that the strength of our brands and our business model will enable us to drive earnings growth and shareholder value creation over the long term.”

Fourth Quarter 2019 Segment Results
Revenue for the wholesale business decreased 1.1% to $313.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 due primarily to a decrease in wholesale accessories/apparel revenue. Wholesale footwear revenue declined 0.2% with a decline in the branded business offset by a gain in private label. Wholesale accessories/apparel revenue decreased 3.6% driven by declines in private label handbags and cold weather accessories, partially offset by the addition of the BB Dakota apparel business. Gross margin in the wholesale business decreased to 29.2% compared to 30.1% in last year’s fourth quarter driven by tariffs on goods imported from China.

Retail revenue in the fourth quarter rose 8.7% to $101.1 million compared to $93.0 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year. Same store sales increased 6.7% in the quarter driven by strong performance in the Company’s e-commerce business. Retail gross margin was 61.2% in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 61.0% in last year’s fourth quarter. Adjusted gross margin in the retail segment increased to 61.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 61.0% in the fourth quarter of the prior year due to a reduction in promotional activity.

The Company ended the quarter with 227 company-operated retail locations, including eight Internet stores, as well as 31 company-operated concessions in international markets.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 15.9% compared to 52.7% in the fourth quarter of 2018. On an Adjusted basis, the effective tax rate was 6.3% compared to 9.2% in the fourth quarter of the prior year due to the impact of the year-over-year benefit resulting from the exercising and vesting of share-based awards.

Full Year Ended December 31, 2019

For the full year ended December 31, 2019, revenue increased 6.5% to $1.8 billion from $1.7 billion in the prior year.

Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $141.3 million, or $1.69 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to net income of $129.1 million, or $1.50 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2018. On an Adjusted basis, net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $162.8 million, or $1.95 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to net income of $157.7 million, or $1.83 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased 589,809 shares of the Company’s common stock for approximately $25.3 million, which includes shares acquired through the net settlement of employee stock awards. For the full year ended December 31, 2019, the Company repurchased 3.0 million shares of the Company’s common stock for approximately $101.8 million, which includes shares acquired through the net settlement of employee stock awards.

As of December 31, 2019, cash, cash equivalents and current marketable securities totaled $304.6 million.

Quarterly Dividend
The Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share. The dividend will be paid on March 27, 2020, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 17, 2020.

Fiscal Year 2020 Outlook

For fiscal year 2020, the Company expects revenue will increase 0% to 1% over revenue in 2019. The Company expects diluted EPS for fiscal year 2020 will be in the range of $1.70 to $1.80. Compared to the prior year, the diluted EPS range reflects an adverse impact of approximately $0.35 from the combined impact of the coronavirus, tariffs on goods from China, the termination of the Kate Spade footwear license and a higher anticipated tax rate.

Non-GAAP Adjustments

Amounts referred to as “Adjusted” exclude the items below.

For the fourth quarter 2019:

$8.9 million pre-tax ($8.9 million after-tax) vendor support associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

$4.0 million pre-tax ($3.0 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for a legal settlement and related fees, included in operating expenses.

$0.4 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in cost of goods sold; $0.2 million pre-tax ($0.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in operating expenses; and $0.2 million after-tax income in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest.

$0.04 million pre-tax ($0.03 million after-tax) expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota, included in operating expenses.

$2.2 million tax expense in connection with deferred tax and other tax adjustments.

For the fourth quarter 2018:

$12.1 million pre-tax ($11.5 million after-tax) in bad debt expense and write-off of an unamortized buying agency agreement support payment associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

$0.5 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.

$0.3 million pre-tax ($0.2 million after-tax) expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.

$11.1 million tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and prepaid tax adjustments related to prior years.

For the fiscal year 2019:

$8.7 million pre-tax ($8.6 million after-tax) vendor support, net of recovery of bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

$5.4 million pre-tax ($4.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with early lease termination charges and the impairment of lease right-of-use assets.

$4.1 million pre-tax ($3.0 million after-tax) non-cash expense associated with the impairment of the Brian Atwood trademark.

$4.0 million pre-tax ($3.0 million after-tax) expense in connection with provision for a legal settlement and related fees, included in operating expenses.

$1.9 million pre-tax ($1.4 million after-tax) net benefit associated with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement as of December 31, 2019.

$1.1 million pre-tax ($0.8 million after-tax) expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota, included in operating expenses.

$0.7 million pre-tax ($0.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with a divisional headquarters relocation.

$0.4 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in cost of goods sold; $0.2 million pre-tax ($0.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in operating expenses; and $0.2 million after-tax income in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in net income attributable to noncontrolling interest.

$2.6 million tax expense in connection with deferred tax and other tax adjustments.

For the fiscal year 2018:

$12.1 million pre-tax ($11.5 million after-tax) in bad debt expense and write-off of an unamortized buying agency agreement support payment associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

$2.8 million pre-tax ($2.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for a settlement, included in operating expenses.

$2.1 million pre-tax ($1.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.

$1.2 million pre-tax ($0.9 million after-tax) expense in connection with a warehouse consolidation, included in operating expenses.

$1.0 million tax expense in connection with the impairment of the preferred interest investment in Brian Atwood Italia Holding, LLC recorded in fourth quarter 2017.

$0.5 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.

$11.1 million tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and prepaid tax adjustments related to prior years.

Reconciliations of amounts on a GAAP basis to Adjusted amounts are presented in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation tables at the end of this release and identify and quantify all excluded items.

Conference Call Information

Interested stockholders are invited to listen to the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 earnings conference call scheduled for today, February 27, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto http://stevemadden.gcs-web.com. An online archive of the broadcast will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will be accessible for a period of 30 days following the call.

About Steve Madden

Steve Madden designs, sources and markets fashion-forward footwear, accessories and apparel for women, men and children. In addition to marketing products under its own brands including Steve Madden®, Dolce Vita®, Betsey Johnson®, Blondo®, Report®, Brian Atwood®, Cejon®, GREATS®, BB Dakota®, Mad Love® and Big Buddha®, Steve Madden is a licensee of various brands, including Anne Klein®, Superga® and DKNY®. Steve Madden also designs and sources products under private label brand names for various retailers. Steve Madden’s wholesale distribution includes department stores, specialty stores, luxury retailers, national chains and mass merchants. Steve Madden also operates 227 retail stores (including eight Internet stores). Steve Madden licenses certain of its brands to third parties for the marketing and sale of certain products, including ready-to-wear, outerwear, eyewear, hosiery, jewelry, fragrance, luggage and bedding and bath products. For local store information and the latest Steve Madden booties, pumps, men’s and women’s boots, fashion sneakers, dress shoes, sandals and more, visit http://www.stevemadden.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding revenue and earnings guidance, plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: “may”, “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “should”, “anticipate”, “project”, “predict”, “plan”, “intend”, or “estimate”, and similar expressions or the negative of these expressions. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they represent the Company’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding anticipated events and trends affecting its business and industry based on information available as of the time such statements are made. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which may be outside of the Company’s control. The Company’s actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements. As such, investors should not rely upon them. Important risk factors include:

  • the Company’s ability to accurately anticipate fashion trends and promptly respond to consumer demand
  • the Company’s ability to compete effectively in a highly competitive market
  • the Company’s ability to adapt it business model to rapid changes in the retail industry
  • the Company’s dependence on the retention and hiring of key personnel
  • the Company’s ability to successfully implement growth strategies and integrate acquired businesses
  • the Company’s reliance on independent manufacturers to produce and deliver products in a timely manner, especially when faced with adversities such as work stoppages, transportation delays, public health emergencies, social unrest, changes in local economic conditions, and political upheavals as well as meet the Company’s quality standards
  • changes in trade policies and tariffs imposed by the United States government and the governments of other nations in which the Company manufactures and sells products
  • disruptions to product delivery systems and the Company’s ability toproperly manage inventory
  • the Company’s ability to adequately protect its trademarks and other intellectual property rights; legal, regulatory, political and economic risks that may affect the Company’s sales in international markets
  • changes in U.S. and foreign tax laws that could have an adverse effect on the Company’s financial results; additional tax liabilities resulting from audits by various taxing authorities
  • the Company’s ability to achieve operating results that are consistent with prior financial guidance
  • other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, including, without limitation, any guidance regarding revenue or earnings, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Operations Data, Balance Sheet Data, Cash Flow Data, and Non-GAAP Reconciliation can be viewed HERE.

DREEMS × Icon Accidental × Young Talents

DREEMS hosted an event together with social media influencer, Icon Accidental, and students of the Parsons MFA program; Vera Blinova, Jihoon Kim, Ying Feng, and Zehua Wu.

DREEMS, a launchpad for rising designers, hosted an event with social media influencer and style icon, Lyn Slater, aka, Icon Accidental, and four emerging talents from the Parsons MFA Fashion Design and Society program on February 20th at DREEMS concept store in SoHo, New York City. The event was attended by more than 150 guests including the likes of designer Philip Lim and influencer Michelle Song. Design Studio 1: “Embodying Universal Bodies” was a design project that took place during the Fall Semester of the Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society program. This 12-week design project urged young design students to actively utilize their skill sets and design approach for the betterment of marginalized populations within society, culture and the fashion industry. Students were paired up in 4 design teams respectively, focusing on the areas of Disability, Plus-Size, Transgender and Aging. Each design team was charged to find a muse/collaborator within the respected category to ensure primary research and a meaningful outcome.

MFA Fashion Design & Society students Vera Blinova, Jihoon Kim, Ying Feng, and Zehua Wu collectively aimed their efforts on the aspect of Aging. Through social media, they found Lyn Slater aka Icon Accidental and embarked on a 12 week collaboration, in which by the end, they had to present an 8-look collection, addressing the aspect of Aging. With the concept of Age Fluidity, the collection was created through a selection of Lyn Slater’s existing wardrobe, spanning various decades as a template of memory and nostalgia. These particular looks were then re-imagined through the notion of fabrics and threads going through wear and tear just as the aging body does. This resulted in the production of garments incorporating intricately crafted couture fabrics – reestablishing nostalgia and aging not as a retrospective lens but one of contemporary significance.

The not so accidental collaboration between Icon Accidental and design students proved to be a valuable design experience. The collection emphasizes the importance of Lyn Slater’s lived experience through various decades and the value of garments as memories and identifiers of our ageless, ever-developing identity. Living in a world of mass-production, this collection sequentially aims to address society’s unhealthy consumerist behavior towards the notion of ‘newness’ and ‘time’ and the value we collectively place into that. DREEMS, founded by Alise Trautmane-Uzuner and Sai Kong, has taken it upon itself to offer up-and-coming talent a platform, expertise, and guidance with the intention to disrupt the industry in its current state. The collaboration between DREEMS, Icon Accidental and these four promising students, is an authentic endeavor to reinforce innovation and rethinking within the fashion industry.

About DREEMS:
DREEMS is the preeminent fashion launchpad for emerging designers that offers business development solutions including a luxury concept store in prime Soho, NYC, PR showroom, wholesale, branding, integrated communications, and production services. Founded in 2017 by Alise Trautmane-Uzuner and Sai Kong, DREEMS is located in the heart of New York’s SoHo neighborhood where they curate and develop the most innovative brands and minds in the industry. As of today, DREEMS represents more than 70 young and established brands, including Richard Quinn, Litkovskaya, MSGM, Walk of Shame, GCDS, Juun.J, and Y Project.

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How Live Technology is Revolutionising Consumer Experiences in Fashion, Retail and Beyond

Over the last few years, the fashion industry has been one of several global markets that have embraced the possibilities of modern-day technology. Above all else, augmented and virtual reality equipment has become central to the future direction of retail shopping, with the technology providing simulated environments that are enhancing the consumer’s overall experience.
As a result, we’re going to look at some of the technology that is currently changing the fashion industry. Moreover, we’ll also consider how similar real-time advancements are being utilized within other contemporary sectors.

Live Developments Within Fashion and Retail

Five years ago, Tommy Hilfiger, a premium clothing company from America, became the first major global fashion retailer to provide customers with virtual reality headsets in their stores. Through using this technology, the company allowed prospective consumers to view their latest fashion catwalk for their newest collections as if they were experiencing it live. In regard to in-store experiences, Gap released their DressingRoom app back in 2017, which offers the prospect of digitally trying on new items. By imputing personal data into the app, such as height and weight, the development then generates a virtual model with desired clothing on, allowing the shopper to view the item and its fit before deciding whether or not to buy it.

Due to the very nature of the fashion industry, the implementation of augmented reality isn’t purely limited to accessories or clothing. In 2017, IKEA launched its newly-developed app, IKEA Place, for IOS devices. The application itself allowed for users to browse through the company’s catalog of furniture and virtually place any item within the desired room of their house through their mobile device. Furthermore, for in-store shoppers, the Swedish retailer has created a high-definition, interactive showroom which utilizes the power of virtual reality in seeking to offer shoppers more life-like exploration and visualization techniques.

What’s Happening Beyond Fashion?

As highlighted above, real-time technology is enhancing user experiences across a wide array of different sectors, and the gaming industry is no different. VR headsets have, in particular, altered the outlook of the market by providing more realistic gaming activities that are more immersive than traditional console alternatives. Moreover, NetEnt games developer have been able to create real-time titles within the iGaming sector that also seek to promote realism through their casino-focussed developments. Their live blackjack and roulette variants feature some of the most advanced gaming software to offer an authentic in-house casino experience from your desktop or mobile.

Away from the fashion industry, various sectors have accepted the potential of virtual reality equipment and have since implemented it into their respective markets. Within the health sector, computer-generated environments have significantly altered training methods. According to statistics from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, 30 percent of graduating surgeons are unable to operate independently following the conclusion of pre-existing training methods. By using VR technology to replicate the medical activity, there is no risk of any operational issues occurring because the live training is being conducted in a controlled, safe environment.

The Future of Consumer Experiences will be Centred Around Live Experiences

Ultimately, the fashion, gaming, and medical industries all demonstrate that replicating real-time experiences through either VR technology or other advanced software heightens immersion levels among consumers and aspiring surgeons. While each market is very different in what they’re seeking to provide and achieve, each will continue to benefit from implementing the latest technology over the coming years.

J. Cole x PUMA Collection

PUMA AND J.COLE ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH TV SPOT THAT WILL AIR DURING 2020 NBA ALL STAR GAME

Collab footwear and apparel to be part of multi-year partnership

Today, global sports company PUMA officially announced a multi-year partnership with Grammy-winning artist J. Cole with a short film and TV commercial that was concepted and co-directed by Cole himself. The theme of the spot speaks to never abandoning one’s dream, despite the obstacles faced or time passed. The commercial was a joint PUMA x Dreamville production and will air during Sunday’s NBA All-Star game on TNT. PUMA has tapped Cole because of his connection to basketball, fashion and music culture.

“Our partnership with Cole is deep-rooted,” said Adam Petrick, Global Director of Brand & Marketing at PUMA. “Cole’s involved in product creation, marketing campaigns and cultural guidance. He is going to be a key player in many of the things we do at PUMA moving forward and we’re excited to work with him not only on a product level but even more importantly as one of our athletes.Cole sits at the intersection of musicand sport and represents everything that PUMA stands for as a brand.”

This announcement comes right before PUMA’s newest Hoops silhouette, the Sky Dreamer, hits shelves on February 13. The Sky Dreamer is a relaunch of the original style, the Sky LX, worn on-court in the ‘80s. It now returns to basket ball nearly four decades later with a heritage-inspired mid-top silhouette infused with a touch of today’s style, including a Dreamville “Dreamer” emblem, which draws inspiration from Cole’s
brand, Dreamville. This new sneaker will be worn on and off the court by PUMA Hoops athletes and has already been spotted on J.Cole over the past few months. The Sky Dreamer is the first of many Hoops products that Cole will be involved in before dropping his own Dreamer footwear and apparel coming later this yearwith PUMA.

The Sky Dreamer, available on PUMA.com and at Foot Locker in the U.S., is equipped with PUMA Hoops technology, including the brand’s signature ProFoam cushioning and high-abrasion grip for peak stability. It also features forefoot webbing for stabilization and lockdown. The Sky Dreamer will retail for $130.

PUMA
PUMA is one of the world’s leading Sports Brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For 70 years, PUMA has established a history of making fast product designs for the fastest athletes on the planet. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf, and Motorsports. It engages in exciting collaborations with renowned design brands to bring innovative and fast designs to the sports world. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Dobotex. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany. Follow @puma for more product stories and find all of PUMA’s latest news on about.puma.com

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Champion × Pac-Man

Champion® Athleticwear and Bandai Namco Entertainment are launching a limited-edition capsule collection, Champion X Pac-Man.
 
The brands have combined their most recognizable design elements for a unique aesthetic that reflects both Champion and Pac-Man’s signature styles across men’s and women’s crewnecks, hoodies, t-shirts, long sleeved shirts and joggers.  Principal silhouettes such as Reverse Weave® sweats will feature mixed logos and Pac-Man character designs. These new designs will be featured on gray, black, white and yellow product with pops of bold colors including red, royal blue and orange. 
 
Champion will be giving fans the opportunity to be the first to purchase and take home pieces from the collection with an ‘80’s themed event at the Champion Los Angeles store. There will be a large Pac-Man inflatable for selfies, Pac-Man cookies, live DJ spinning 80’s beats and in-store Pac-Man game tournament with winners receiving prizes. Giveaways with purchase will include Pac-Man stickers and USB drives.  And for guests that are looking to power-up like Pac-Man there will be a Japanese style hot dog bar with six sauces and seven toppings plus Moon Tea and Rose Lemonade, which will be served in keepsake glass bottles.
 
With Champion’s 100th anniversary in 2019 and Pac-Man commemorating its 40th anniversary in 2020, it’s the perfect time to come together for a celebratory partnership that brings nostalgic Pac-Man enthusiasts and younger brand fans together. Champion will be selling the collection exclusively at the brand’s six retail stores located in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Las Vegas as well as on Champion.com.

WHEN:                       February 8th


                                   4pm – 7pm PST
WHERE:                   Champion Retail Store LA

BVLGARI, 360 MAGAZINE

BVLGARI × NYFW

BVLGARI UNVEILED THE B.ZERO1 ROCK COLLECTION AND THE NEW BRAND CAMPAIGN FACES AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Unapologetic rule-breaker. Visionary innovator. Unbridled creator of the unexpected. Bvlgari gathered a set of international media, celebrities and Insta-famous socialites at Brooklyn’s iconic location Duggal Greenhouse to debut B.zero1 Rock, a new trailblazing collection encapsulating the Maison’s brave and indomitable spirit.
 
Hosted by Group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, the spectacular party night brought Rome’s flamboyant exuberance to the core of New York Fashion Week and was the perfect occasion for the Italian Maison to unveil its latest muses. Super model Lily Aldridge, British actress Naomi Scott and American star Zendaya, stole the spotlights as the new faces of the “MAI TROPPO” 2020 Bvlgari Brand Campaign an ode to life and happiness encapsulating Bvlgari’s ethos of enjoying the here and now to the fullest.
 
Upon arrival, guests warmed up to musical stylings by model and DJ Mona Matsuoka while the pyrotechnics and showstopping lighting effects by White Void along with the experiential rooms offered an immersion into Bvlgari’s icon of self-expression and audacious creativity.
 
The Multi-Platinum award-winning Mexican-American singer and actress Becky G, sharing her joyful attitude and multifaceted talent with a global audience of more than 23 million followers, took the stage and got the coolest crowd to dance and sing.
 
Bvlgari still had more in-store: American singer Ciara thrilled everyone with her high-energy performance, keeping the swarm of fashionable guests on the dancefloor.
 
As the night crept towards dawn, American superstar DJ and Grammy Awards winner Diplo kept the party going until the late hours.
 
All styled according to the “more is more” dress code, guests included: Jon Kortajarena, Koki, Alexander Wang, Alex Olson, Alexina Graham, Alton Mason, Athena Calderone, Aurora James, Austin Augie, Ben Nordberg, Candice Swanapoel, Cate Underwood, Carolyn Murphy, Cody Simpson, Daphne Groeneveld, David Alexander Flinn, David Gandy, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Elizabeth Stewart, Fai Khadra, Gala Gonzalez, Indya Moore, Jacob Elordi, James Turlington, Joan Jett, Jonboy Tattoo, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Justine Sky, Magdelena Frackowiak, Mahmood, Martha Hunt, Matthew Noszka,  Mona Matsuoka, Nadia Lee Cohen, Nina Agdal, Noah Mills, Ophelie Guillermand, Peter Marino, RJ King, RJ Rogenski, Roberto Rossellini Jr, Ruby Aldridge, Tyler Cameron, Will Peltz and Zara Larsson.
 
About the collection: In keeping with Bvlgari’s unapologetic dedication to originality, the new B.zero1 Rock collection embodies the Roman jeweler’s exuberant spirit. Inspired by a heritage tubogas choker with studs from the 80s, the new irreverent design stands out as an iconic symbol of strength, independence and rebellion.
 
About the Bulgari Brand Campaign: An ode to joy, happiness and the exuberant Roman way of life, the MAI TROPPO advertising campaign stars super model Lily Aldridge, British actress Naomi Scott, American Actress Zendaya and Chinese-Canadian superstar singer and actor Kris Wu. It was shot in Bvlgari’s home city Rome by the Swedish director and photographer Johan Renck.
 

Coco Ho x Volcom Collection

Surf’ n’ Chill with the latest collaboration from Volcom! The brand’s new collab with pro surfer, Hawaiian surfing royalty and social media phenom – Coco Ho Coco Ho; appropriately titled Coco Ho x Volcom collection, will be live at

volcom.com

nordstrom.com

LAUNCHED, FEBRUARY 1, 2020

The unstoppable female from Oahu’s North Shore has been a part of the Volcom family since she was 10 years old. Growing up in Hawaii with legendary surf roots, Coco embodies the spirit of the Volcom brand. The collection includes a mix of spring-ready ready to wear and swim fit for the beach to city lifestyle, available in sizes *XS-XXL,* all under $100!

Follow along on social at @xococho
& @volcomwomens

Vaughn Lowery, jean jackets, denim jackets, 360 MAGAZINE

5 Of The Best Japanese Streetwear Brands Of Today

What was once one of the best kept secrets in menswear is now the topic of discussion when speaking about streetwear fashion. We’re talking about Japanese Streetwear brands. Over the past years many have become trendsetters, innovators and risk takers all while delivering high-quality products. 

If you’re familiar with Japanese Streetwear brands, you’ll most likely find plenty of your favorite brands below. If you’re foreign to all of this, prepare to be introduced to a brand new definition of style. Sites like CultEdge.com are among the best for you to know more about Japanese streetwear brands. Here is a list of 5 of the best Japanese Streetwear brands of today. 

NEIGHBORHOOD

Considered one of the OGs of Japanese Streetwear brands, NEIGHBORHOOD has been in the game for well over 25 years. Created by Shinsuke Takizawa (Shin) back in 1994, the brand was part of the original Harajuku streetwear scene of the early ’90s that helped birth labels you will find in this list such as BAPE, UNDERCOVER and WTAPS. NEIGHBORHOOD draws inspiration from historic motorcycle subculture and is best known for its authentic selvedge denim that is manufactured to specific specifications and customized with natural washes resulting in a wide variety of finishes.

mastermind Japan

Founded in 1987, mastermind Japan is known for two distinct traits: using the color black on virtually everything and their iconic Skull and Crossbones logo. Subtle in design, mastermind still finds ways to think outside the box. Inspired by the punk and goth scene, mastermind Japan prides itself on the quality of their products and the detail that goes into them. That being the case, most mastermind Japan products are sold at high price tags. Masaaki Homma (owner) closed the brand’s doors back in 2013 but soon thereafter opened up shop once more. In 2017, the brand celebrated its 20th anniversary by launching a global label named mastermind WORLD. This marked a resurgence of the label which resulted in mastermind JAPAN and mastermind WORLD working side by side while releasing collections for their own respective markets. 

A Bathing Ape (BAPE)

Arguably the most known Japanese Streetwear brand from this list, BAPE was founded back in 1993 by NIGO®. What started off as a brand that mostly sold graphic tees, BAPE eventually became a powerhouse that sold everything ranging from denim, jackets, toothbrushes and condoms. Yes, condoms. That said, some of BAPE’s most known items include their Bapesta sneakers, their shark hoodies, and the use of camo on a wide range of their products. BAPE has a very strong following that ranges from trendy teenagers to consumers who also dabble in high-end fashion. 

fragment design

Founded by the godfather of Japanese streetwear, Hiroshi Fujiwara, fragment design is easily recognized by its lightning bolt logo. Known for being a part of many notable collaborations, Fujiwara tends to keep the changes and alterations at a minimum when working on collaboration with other brands. Often times, the simple addition of the lightning bolt logo is more than enough to create a highly-coveted collaboration (see fragment design x Air Jordan ). Talk about brand recognition!

WTAPS

WTAPS, pronounced double-taps, was founded by Tetsu NIshiyama back in 1996. Before that, Tetsue was actually a protégé of Shin (founder of NEIGHBORHOOD) back in the early ‘90s when he started the FPAR t-shirt brand. WTAPS is inspired by authentic military designs. The brand fuses those authentic military designs with streetwear sensibilities and contemporary perspectives to create the aesthetic of their products. If you ever go to Japan, you will find that WTAPS is as popular as Supreme. Much of their product results in long lines on release days that sell out at a rapid pace.