On the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration, Biden and incoming vice president Kamala Harris attended a ceremony to honor COVID-19 victims. They were joined by their spouses at the Lincoln Memorial, where 400 lights illuminated around the reflecting pool to represent the 400,000 Americans who have died from the virus. As Kamala delivered a speech paying tribute to the lives lost and calling for the nation to begin healing together, she wore a Pyer Moss coat that also held significance.

When hospitals were experiencing a dire shortage of PPE at the beginning of the pandemic, Kerby Jean-Raymond, the Haitian-American designer and founder behind fashion label Pyer Moss, quickly converted his New York office into a donation center and donated $5,000 to purchase masks and gloves. The designer also set aside $50,000 for minority and women-owned small creative businesses that were distressed by COVID-19. The vice president-elect’s purposeful decision to … Read the rest

It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard sneakerhead and live for release dates, or you’re a casual streetwear shopper, Virgil Abloh is a household name. In 2016, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and CEO of Off-White teamed up with Nike to reimagine 10 iconic pairs of sneakers, and now, fans are able to take a behind-the-scenes look at his design process, brilliant imagination, and so much more in an upcoming book. ICONS “Something’s Off” is a 352-page, nearly five pound book from Nike and Virgil that features “prototypes, original text messages from Abloh to Nike designers, and treasures from the Nike archives.” The book will be available for its initial release on Jan. 22 through SNKRS and for a wider release on Feb. 5 from TASCHEN for $70. The book will also have an initial early release at Black-owned bookstores and independent shops.

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Since March 2020, many celebrities have been doing their part to thank front-line workers for all the hard work they’ve accomplished throughout the COVID-19 surges. To thank these workers for their ongoing dedication, Post Malone is spreading the love ahead of Valentine’s Day by donating 10,000 pairs of his sold-out Duet Max Clog II Crocs to front-line caregivers nationwide.

“As a special early #FrontlineValentines gift, we teamed up with @postmalone and @crocs, to offer our hospital partners nationwide a gesture of gratitude with extra comfort!” said Musicians on Call in an Instagram post on Jan. 13. “Caregivers and staff are receiving their very own pair of Post Malone’s fifth #pmxcrocs collaboration as a thank you for their brave work on the frontlines to keep our communities safe!” The organization, which seeks to bring music to patients … Read the rest

Even though we may not regularly consign our sneakers, investing in a new designer pair certainly feels more justifiable when we know the value. Buying pre-owned shoes, or even unworn styles with the tags still intact, is a smart way to shop – and not only because it’s a sustainable commitment. Usually, the luxury kicks that are being resold have soared in popularity, occasionally selling for even more than the original price.

We talked to Sean Conway, The RealReal‘s sneaker and streetwear expert, who offered some tips for those who collect sneakers as a hobby. “When it comes to buying sneakers, check resale value first to better understand what sneakers, styles, and colorways hold value,” he said. “When you’ve made your sneaker purchase, it’s always smart to keep the collateral, as original boxes and tags can increase resale value. For example, previously worn pairs sell for 34 percent … Read the rest

If you’ve seen the trailer for The Wilds but haven’t binge-watched the first season yet, you may assume the show couldn’t possibly yield fashion inspiration. After all, it follows a group of teenage girls who get stranded on a deserted island for weeks while en route to what they believed was a women’s empowerment retreat, forcing them to fight for their lives as part of an elaborate social experiment. And yet, despite the survivalist theme, Fatin Jadmani manages to stand out as the undisputed style star, rocking a multitude of chic outfits while enduring sleepless nights, unexpected storms, and a bout of food poisoning, among other dismal circumstances.

Portrayed by actress Sophia Ali, Fatin doesn’t wear comfortable athleisure like many of the other characters on the Amazon Prime Video series; she wears sparkly pants, crop tops, skinny jeans, fuzzy slippers, and a steady rotation of jackets covered in fur, … Read the rest

Let’s face it: 2020 has been a year of letdowns, and the fashion industry is no exception – especially when it comes to matters of race. As a Black editor, I’m sick and tired of the general refusal to follow through on promises and simply do what is right. Following George Floyd’s murder, countless brands rushed to social media to share sentiments of solidarity. My inbox was flooded with emails titled, “Our commitment,” “We stand with the Black community,” and, my personal favorite, “We pledge to do better.” As someone who’s worked in fashion for eight years and experienced discrimination both firsthand and from afar, these so-called “promises” fell on deaf ears. They were performative, lacked emotion, and, frankly, felt like they were after one thing: my coin. As I dealt with the trauma and grief of losing … Read the rest

In less than two weeks, Kamala Harris will make history as the first Black woman and first South Asian American woman sworn in as vice president of the United States. To mark such a momentous achievement, Vogue featured the politician as its February 2021 cover star, but the publication’s leaked cover quickly drew criticism. According to internet commentators, the styling and lighting didn’t reflect the powerful position Kamala will soon hold.

With photographer Tyler Mitchell behind the camera, Kamala posed in a black Donald Deal suit and her signature Converse sneakers for Vogue‘s print cover. She honored her Alpha Kappa Alpha roots with a strand of pearls as she stood against a draping pink and green background, signifying the sorority’s colors.

However, critics described the cover as “awkward” and said the lighting “washed out” our future VP. They also questioned the magazine’s decision to feature Kamala in … Read the rest

The Queen’s Gambit is Netflix’s most watched series to date. Chess master Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) captivated viewers with her wit, passion, and intensity, but it was her ’60s wardrobe designed and sourced by costumer Gabrielle Binder that gave the series its iconic element. Wonder where the costumes are now? Taylor-Joy stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to share how she was gifted all of her character’s outfits, her affinity with Beth Harmon, and why she sadly won’t be able to wear any of those gorgeous clothes.

“When I first read the book, I was so in love with Beth, instantly”, Taylor-Joy told Colbert. “And I think people follow passion, so I felt impassioned by chess when I finished reading the book. However, that being said, I think there’s thinking something will go down well and then there’s the mind-boggling numbers that you’ve just … Read the rest

London Fashion Week is officially starting its new chapter this February. Instead of forecasting what we will be wearing in fall and winter 2021, the British Fashion Council will use LFW February to give us some style inspiration for the spring and summer months that we’re all chuffed about.

Taking place from Friday, Feb. 19 to Tuesday, Feb. 23, London Fashion Week February 2021 will feature both womenswear and menswear collections for a genderless (and soon to be season-less) appreciation of innovative clothing design. Fashion shows, short films, and some exclusive chats with industry leaders will be accessible to everyone with an internet connection through the London Fashion Week digital platform – with a few physical activations being hosted in and around London.

See the full lineup for LFW Feb 2021 ahead before the official schedule is released, and keep reading for a closer look at the nine standout designers … Read the rest

We know you’re searching for sunglasses shapes to add to your rotation year-round, so we won’t skimp on the trends you’ll want to get to know. We scoured the runways and checked the new arrivals from our favorite eyewear brands – Oliver Peoples, Linda Farrow, Le Specs, and Quay Australia, just to name a few – and uncovered the biggest looks of 2021. These styles may be even more important than your blue light reading glasses because you can wear them outside and inside – inside, like, when you’re posing for an outfit selfie, of course.

This year, we’re not only seeing a repetition of certain shapes, but a recreation of them. Futuristic designs come in all forms – some have frames that swerve or make waves at the sides, while others feature incredibly cool cutouts in the actual lens itself. Meanwhile, heavy metal is a trend, and we’re … Read the rest