Doja Cat Unveils First Fashion Collaboration With PrettyLittleThing

 

Doja Cat’s creativity has leaked into the world of fashion. 

On Monday, the entertainer launched a new fashion collaboration with PrettyLittleThing nearly a week after announcing the partnership.

 

Doja Cat curated the collection so that it matches her signature, eclectic style. The pieces also keep with the times as they are made to complement a post-coronavirus lockdown world. 

“This was my first time curating for a fashion brand, period! I love PrettyLittleThing and can’t wait for all my fans to see it and wear it,” Doja Cat said in an official statement. She also teased that this collaboration won’t be her only venture into the fashion industry. 

“It was so much fun creating with [PrettyLittleThing CEO] Umar [Kamani] and the team,” she added. “They really let me channel the essence of who I am into this collection. Wait until you see what’s next!”

Umar Kamani explains that the collaboration with Doja Cat made fit perfectly with the brand because her unique style appeals to the PrettyLittleThing customer. 

“I’m so excited to be working with such a credible artist on this new collection,” Kamani said. “I’ve admired Doja Cat and her career for a very long time and we’ve been working closely with her to bring her unique style to the PrettyLittleThing customer. This is just the first collaboration and we have lots more to come throughout the partnership.”

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Prince Charles’s Foundation Launches Yoox Net-a-Porter Collaboration

Nestled amid 2,000 acres of Scottish countryside sits Dumfries House, an 18th century estate complete with a walled garden straight out of an Austen heroine’s dreams. It’s been home to generations of earls, but lately it’s hosted a very different set of tenants: students from Italy’s architecture, design, and engineering school Politecnico di Milano.

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Dumfries House, where the collection was made.

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They’ve come together with British graduate artisans to create the Modern Artisan Project, a fashion collaboration between Prince Charles’ educational charity The Prince’s Foundation and Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP). While it might seem like an unlikely pairing, Yoox founder and YNAP Chairman and CEO Federico Marchetti says he and the prince bonded over a shared interest in conservation. Prince Charles “started talking about the effects of plastic in 1969, the year I was born!” Marchetti marvels. “He also has an incredible passion for the world of fashion. It has been inspiring to see these two interests come together, and to watch the students engage with him and present their work in progress.”

The project participants schooled one another on traditional Italian and British tailoring techniques, with a modern emphasis on eco-friendly production. “We in the fashion industry know how much it needs to change, and COVID has heightened that for most people,” says Jacqueline Farrell, education director for The Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House. The thinking was, “If you make heritage pieces, people won’t throw them away.”

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British Modern Artisan Nicole Christie working on the collection in the Dumfries House Textiles Training Centre.

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Mood boards for the collection.

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Out now, the collection, as Italian student Francesca Galloni puts it, is sustainable on all levels: “environmentally, socially, and economically.” The designs were informed by five years’ worth of customer data—a tactic to reduce waste by ensuring that each item is something the customer actually wants to buy. The minds behind the project also want to sustain the tradition of craftsmanship in both countries. “Once our artisans have these skills, they have them for life,” Farrell says. She points to the aging workforce in the UK and the decline in craftsmanship training for young people all over the world. For UK artisan Nicole Christie, “it’s about educating our generation, [so] we can then teach the next generation about sustainability.”

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The collection includes men’s and women’s looks.

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More looks from the collection.

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And no one has been more supportive than Prince Charles. “Throughout the process, HRH The Prince of Wales and I have shared communications about the project,” Marchetti says. “He has been very curious about the final result of this ‘new form of fashion.’ When we announced the

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McQueen, Burberry and Moncler feature in luxury Hong Kong fashion retailer Joyce’s mind-bending new collaboration with Belgian artist Christophe Coppens



Joyce’s latest displays centre on tarot card-inspired works; seen here is a sketchbook based on The Sun card. Photo: Joyce


Joyce’s latest displays centre on tarot card-inspired works; seen here is a sketchbook based on The Sun card. Photo: Joyce

Luxury fashion retailer Joyce has transformed its Central boutique into an experiential space, in collaboration with talented Belgian multidisciplinary artist Christophe Coppens and other collaborating artists, while graphic design and digital elements will complement the themes at all other Joyce stores.

In its totality, the project is called The Seven Wonders of Joyce, with each “wonder”, or art installation, depicting its own carefully curated portfolio of fashion titans in a fantastical and immersive artistic experience.

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Tarot cards are the foundation stone for the project, realised by Coppens, who has been a long-time collaborator with the premier Hong Kong fashion retailer.

“This project brings together many of my favourite roles that I play: an artist, a retail experience imagineer, a designer, a customer, an opera director, a cultural omnivore and a maker of all things beautiful. My partnership with Joyce as the imagineer is the most delightful and aptly named,” said Coppens.

With these new multisensory displays, launched in October for autumn/winter 2020 and continuing into spring/summer 2021, customers are invited to imagine an eccentrically-designed house filled with creatives that are defining our fashion beyond seasonal trends.

Periodically, Joyce plans to pull different artists into the fold, starting with Angelica Hicks, a fashion favourite known for her satirical illustrations.

The dream team conceived the first wonder, The Tower , to lean into the idea of sudden unforeseen change – something we can all relate to in 2020. It is staged as a nightclub seething with hedonism.

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The Sun pays homage to urban stylings. Photo: Joyce

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this first maximalist act of Joyce’s wonderland journey is headed by pieces from Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain. Another in-demand creative director represented in The Tower is Jonathan Anderson, creative director of eponymous label JW Anderson and Loewe.

Video artist Javier Barcala also joined the project team, tasked with creating visual sensations in the form of seven short digital films released in succession over the next seven months. For The Sun, the second installation in this special project, Barcala depicts a mythical life form that lives in darkness and reacts to the light.

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Barcala described the soundtrack accompanying the video as, “a chorus-based chant that may come from the organism itself. And, it seems to be having a hell of a good time!”



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Revolution Beauty Drops Highly-Anticipated Second Collection In Collaboration With Friends

The affordable collection flew off the shelves at ULTA Beauty stores and figuratively off the ecommerce shelves on ULTA.com in record time, thus earning national recognition from consumers wondering: when will the next Friends collection become available? 

“When developing and creating the first Makeup Revolution x Friends collection, we looked at each character individually – evaluating their style, personalities, makeup influence – to build an authentic collection bringing the characters to life,” states Revolution Beauty founder Adam Minto. “Revolution’s goal was to embody the essence of Friends, paying tribute to the ’90s in general and we clearly achieved that goal with consumers as the collection sold out on ULTA.com in record time. As the only beauty brand that has been awarded with the honor to adapt the Friends font and logo into our own logo, we cannot be more excited to drop the second part of the Makeup Revolution X Friends collection and reveal additional branded products.”

The Makeup Revolution X Friends 2.0 collection will include character lip glosses, multiple eyeshadow palettes playing off of Friends inside-jokes, lip scrub, and collectable makeup accessories all for under $25.00.

Makeup Revolution X Friends is available exclusively at ULTA Beauty Stores and ULTA.com as well as RevolutionBeauty.com today, November 4th 2020.

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YSL Beauty’s Latest Collaboration Celebrates Black Expression



Mashonda et al. posing for the camera: Mashonda Tifrere teamed up with Amani Lewis, Melissa Kolby, and Uzo Njoko to reimagine the Libre Eau de Parfum.


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Mashonda Tifrere teamed up with Amani Lewis, Melissa Kolby, and Uzo Njoko to reimagine the Libre Eau de Parfum.



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Freedom is a means of expression, and YSL Beauty knows there’s no better way to express ourselves than through beauty and art. One year after the launch of Libre Eau de Parfum, the brand is celebrating with a special collaboration featuring four influential artists.

For the project, YSL Beauty enlisted singer and artist Mashonda Tifrere, who founded the advocacy platform ArtLeadHER in 2016 to empower female creators in the male-dominated art world. Tifrere selected three rising Black artists, Amani Lewis, Melissa Kolby, and Uzo Njoku, to reimagine the Libre Eau de Parfum with a commissioned artwork series.



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Mashonda Tifrere, Amani Lewis, Uzo Njoku, Melissa Koby

Based in Baltimore, Amani Lewis captures their city and its inhabitants. “[Lewis] has one goal for their works: to reimagine the mechanisms used by media, to deepen their subjects’ perspectives of themselves, their power, and the relationship to their surroundings,” a press release stated.



Amani Lewi’s artwork for YSL Beauty.


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Amani Lewi’s artwork for YSL Beauty.

Working out of Tampa, Melissa Koby addresses social justice and racism in her artwork.”[Koby’s] ability to create art is her way of expressing when there are no words to express,” the release adds.



Melissa Koby’s artwork for YSL Beauty.


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Melissa Koby’s artwork for YSL Beauty.

Lastly, Nigerian artist Uzo Njoku, known on Instagram as “UzoArt,” creates contemporary African art with Black women as its center. Njoku finds inspiration by viewing the world “through the lens of her culture.”



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Uzo Njoku’s artwork for YSL Beauty.

All three artists embody the spirit of Libre Eau de Parfum, which is rooted in freedom and individuality. “Libre is an important pillar for the brand, but moreover, it’s a representation of freedom,” says Ali Ivanoff, YSL Beauty’s Director of Social Media Strategy. “These four women openly and authentically share their individual messages of freedom and gender expression through their art. We hope that this empowers women from varying communities to see themselves through this collaboration, while highlighting the need for equality of women in the arts.”



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Libre Eau de Parfum and the commissioned artwork.

Featuring notes of orange blossom, lavender essence, and musk accord, Libre Eau de Parfum is undefinable, working the balance between masculine and feminine. The commissioned artwork will be showcased on YSL Beauty’s website and social media platforms, and featured in a perfume mailer to YSL Beauty loyalty customers.

With each purchase of Libre Eau de Parfum, consumers will be able to donate to the artists, as well as redirected to the ArtLeadHER website for more ways to support the BIPOC artist community.

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FDCI reaffirms its collaboration with Pearl Academy to empower the fashion professionals of the future – brand stories

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Pearl Academy have been collaborating since 2016 to nurture the fashion professionals of the future. With this industry-academia partnership now entering its fifth year, Sunil Sethi, Chairman, FDCI, and Sharad Mehra, President, Creative Arts Education Society, Pearl Academy, talk about how this collaboration empowers and molds the future of young fashion professionals and, in turn, the future of fashion.

Sunil Sethi, Chairman FDCI and Sharad Mehra, President , Creative Arts Education Society, Pearl Academy

Sunil Sethi, Chairman FDCI and Sharad Mehra, President , Creative Arts Education Society, Pearl Academy

Tell us more about this partnership and what do students stand to gain?

Sharad: FDCI is the mecca for everyone in the fashion industry. Year after year, our students get up-close and personal access to the vast knowledge and experience of fashion veterans of the FDCI. Through masterclasses, live industry projects, internships and fashion forecasting immersions, mentors from FDCI and Mr Sethi, of course, have encouraged Pearl Academy students to find their unique creative voices and explore their aspirations.

Every year, the most exciting moment for the graduating students of Pearl Academy is when they get to showcase their collections at the India Fashion Week along with senior designers. There is nothing more lucrative for our students than this and fashion students from design, or styling or communication along with the faculty members outdo themselves every year!

With the renewed collaboration this year, both the organisations have reaffirmed their commitment towards young creative minds and the future of the industry. Leading FDCI designers support our course development and delivery. We are now evaluating online courses and digital aspects of fashion for the future. For the larger design canvas, we understand that it must merge seamlessly with technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented reality etc. and Pearl Academy is at the forefront of tech inspired design education.

Pearl Academy’s Fashion Design Students’ work

Pearl Academy’s Fashion Design Students’ work

How about Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week 2020? What did Pearl Academy students have up their sleeves for this edition?

Sunil: Scheduled between October 14 and18, India Fashion Week was India’s first ‘phygital’ fashion week. As an acknowledgement of the work that the Pearl Academy students did during the lockdown, we invited them to showcase an ‘Industrial Collection’ at the India Fashion Week. This collection is a combination of the works of students across campuses to reboot fashion in their style. IFW was an amazing experience and instead of 400 to 500 people viewing each show, the ‘phygital format’ allowed thousands of enthusiasts from India and around the world watch it on their screens.

A model showcases work of Pearl Academy’s Fashion Design Student

A model showcases work of Pearl Academy’s Fashion Design Student

Organisations from the industry and the education sector have long worked in silos and collaborations like this one are a welcome change. As the Chairman of the fashion industry’s apex body, what do you think are the missing links when it comes to developing the workforce?

Sunil: Education institutes have the responsibility to train and hone Gen Z. They are digital natives and hence, the pedagogy must evolve. Today, fashion is as much

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Bella Thorne On Her Hemp Clothing Collaboration: ‘Our Planet’s Health Is So Important’

Hemp fabrics are here to stay.

Following the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which brought the ban on hemp initiated in 1937 to an end, a number of companies started developing high-end hemp textiles, defying our notions of what these products looked like. So much so, that even luxury hospitality brands have been embracing hemp textiles.

In one of the latest moves in the mainstreaming of hemp textiles, actress, writer and director Bella Thorne joined forces with DRIHP Hemp Clothing, a new, environmentally friendly apparel company founded by Luke Dandrea, who also secured deals with influencers Jay Alverrez and Rachel Cook to serve as brand ambassadors.

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Bella Thorne, Jay Alverrez and Rachel Cook – DRIHP Hemp Clothing

“Hemp has been reborn. It was a clear decision to dedicate resources to influencers to spread the message that hemp can save valuable resources like water,” Dandrea explained. “Hemp’s derivative products can serve as alternatives not only to textiles, but to plastic products, building materials and even ingredients for the food industry.”

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But DRIHP is more than just an apparel line, he added. “The brand stands for quality and a dedication to developing an ingredient that can help to save our environment.”

Bella Weighs In

This is not Bella Thorne’s first foray into the cannabis industry. Last year, Thorne, launched a cannabis and CBD brand, Forbidden Flowers, in partnership with Glass House Group’s Glass House Farms.

At the time, she explained why she had joined the industry: “I’m sorry, but if marijuana is going to stop your kid from committing suicide, or if weed is going to help your kids who has eating disorders; or if weed is going to help your kid with their overwhelming anxiety… Just get over it. There’s much worse things than weed.

“The world has changed, it is a different day and age, and weed is no longer really looked at as a straight-up drug,” she added.

Now, this partnerships is different. Hemp does not carry the same stigma as regular marijuana does, mostly because it’s non-psychotropic, meaning consuming it won’t get you high or stoned. In fact, hemp has been used for centuries to make all sorts of things from textiles to foods to plastics.

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So, what’s behind Bella’s latest collaboration?

“Our planet’s health is so important, as is its natural resources,” she told me. “I’m proud to align with a company that makes eco-friendly textiles.”

Bella explained DRHIP uses hemp to make its clothes, and this has a “very low impact on the environment.” Yet, she added, the apparel is “stylish and comfortable.”

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Bella went on to develop on her thesis on hemp and hemp textiles.

“Hemp [production] does not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or GMOs,” she said. “As an organic product, where hemp is grown, there’s no pollution of ground water,

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