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Ice Spice Channels Y2K Fashion Nostalgia for Heaven by Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2023 Campaign

Ice Spice Channels Y2K Fashion Nostalgia for Heaven by Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2023 Campaign

Ice Spice is taking her star talent to a new fashion campaign.

The rapper is one of the latest celebrities to be featured in Marc Jacobs‘ spring 2023 Heaven campaign. In the photos, posted to the Heaven official Instagram account on Monday, Ice Spice can be seen modeling pieces from the latest collection in a Western-themed photo shoot.

Embracing her signature ginger afro, the rapper posed for photos among vintage cars, a mechanical bull and an abandoned gas station. Images from the campaign see Ice Spice wearing pieces inspired by the Y2K fashion trend, such as a star-print minidress, a pair of knee-high platform boots and the brand’s Cuffz bag ($195).

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Other items in the latest collection include distressed sweaters, cargo pants, one-shoulder mesh tops and vintage print magazines.

Heaven is Marc Jacobs’ polysexual collection, which originally launched in 2020. According to the brand’s website, the collection is “a gateway into the sprawling and enigmatic omniverse of Marc Jacobs subversion.” Sky Ferreira, Steve Lacy and Nicki Minaj are among the stars who fronted the brands’ past campaigns.

Ice Spice is no stranger to the fashion world. In January, the rapper starred in Ivy Park’s campaign, modeling pieces from the Park Trail collection. She wore the brand’s camouflage pants, orange sweater set and platform sneakers. She also attended the Coach New York Fashion Week show in February, where she channeled a cheerleader in a green variety dress with platform heels.

As an artist, Ice Spice first gained widespread popularity for her hit single “Munch (Feelin’ U)” and recently released her first EP “Like…?” in 2023. The Bronx, New York, native is also gearing up to perform at her first Hot 97 Summer Jam in June, joining a lineup that includes Cardi B as the headliner.

Kim Jones and Marc Jacobs Create a Fendi Baguette Bonanza

Kim Jones and Marc Jacobs Create a Fendi Baguette Bonanza

“I really thought she’d live to 100, I don’t know why,” said Fendi women’s designer Kim Jones, who was appointed Officer of the Order of British Fashion in 2020, speaking just a couple of hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday.
Then, with that proverbial stiff upper lip, it was onto the job at hand.

Fendi is one of a number of European brands energizing New York Fashion Week this season, staging a full-scale runway show and clothing collection inside a packed Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday night in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the iconic Baguette bag, introduced in 1997.

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Also following the money to the growing American luxury market, Marni has taken its show on the road, while Givenchy, Courrèges, Kiton and Isabel Marant are toasting new Stateside stores with dinners and parties. Munich-based luxury e-commerce site MyTheresa also planted a flag at New York Fashion Week, hosting a lunch for Gabriela Hearst, and celebrating overall U.S. sales rising 110 percent over the last year and a half.

Texas and Florida may be the hottest American retail markets right now, but New York Fashion Week is the place to go for media heat, which is why Fendi chose it to reignite the Baguette business. New York put the Fendi bag on the pop culture map, thanks to a cameo in the original “Sex and the City” series.

So, of course, Sarah Jessica Parker was at the show — along with Kim Kardashian, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and a slew of other notables — and even created her own personalized take on the Baguette.

To further a “New York-y vibe of uptown-downtown,” Jones tapped his lifelong fashion hero and former Louis Vuitton boss Marc Jacobs.

Jacobs created a collection within the collection, using his love of logomania to play with the Fendi moniker on Baguettes, and designing 10 looks in the spirit of his current exploration of historical romance meets street.

Jones also teamed with iconic New York jeweler Tiffany & Co., newly added to the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton brand family, on Tiffany blue Baguettes with silver charms, and a handmade solid sterling silver Baguette resembling a piece of jewelry itself, for the ultimate collector’s item.

That connection was serendipity, more or less, Jones said, explaining how he realized while opening the Fendi store on Fifth Avenue across from the Tiffany flagship that the Baguette is not only a bag, but a diamond cut.

“I wanted to combine those three things, and it’s quite playful and celebratory,” he said of the Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Tiffany trifecta cooking up the bingeable looks.

“There’s a lot of depressing things happening in the world so I thought it was good to have a bit of fun,” he said, flashing a new gumball-sized Tiffany diamond on his finger.

Hitting stores next month, the collection includes colorful sportswear, shearling outerwear and cool tailoring, all with maximalist details like tulle on top of slip skirts, sequins on top of sweatshirts and boiler suits, and pockets turned into Baguettes on fleece pullovers, baseball hats, gloves, gators and socks.

“It’s been really exciting to see how a bag can be transformed into a collection,” said Silvia Venturini Fendi, the brand’s creative director of accessories, menswear and children who created the original style as an alternative to the ’90s ubiquitous backpack — one that still allowed for hands-free movement with its ergonomic, tucked-under-the-arm design.

“It was one of the first bags that was embroidered but meant to be worn during daytime, so we liked the idea of having a mix of embroidery and sequins and sweatshirts,” she said of the clothing collection.

New iterations of the Baguette itself include a multipocketed version souped up for today’s gadget hounds. “You have a places for your airpods, your toothpicks, your asthma inhaler, it’s good for guys and girls, and it can also be a bum Baguette,” Jones said, noting the adjustable strap on his personal bag, in pale pink.

For his take, Jacobs developed a “Fendiroma” logo. He mashed up his brand codes with Fendi’s, creating a calfskin Baguette emblazoned with the words “The Baguette,” playing off his “The Tote” designs, as a well as an extra version dripping with Swarovski crystals.

Jacobs brought the silhouettes and fabrics from his recent ready-to-wear collections into Jones’ world, using a color palette of fluro yellow, silver, gray and white inspired by workers on city streets, and fabrics bleached or sheer overlaid, he said.

“I like the idea of taking jeans, jean jackets, sweaters, the way people really dress, and instead of saying it’s such a shame that’s what people look like, embracing what speaks to them and reforming it into something evocative of a period with more romance and magic,” said Jacobs of what’s exciting him in fashion now.

“When you tie a coat around your waist and it creates a bustle, or when you make a long skirt out of a pair of jeans, there is something old and historic. But when you break up the components, and you can identify them, you see it’s not a costume. It’s nice to squint and see what’s in front of you in a more magical way. When I look at it, I see a romantic vision of what street clothes look like.

“And when you think of New York, it’s a pair of sneakers, jeans, a jean jacket, a tote bag and a Baguette,” he said. “It takes the stuffing out of European fashion.”

But probably not the dough.

The Trend: Music-Festival Fashion

The Trend: Music-Festival Fashion

After nearly two years of ongoing cancellations, music festival season is in full swing this summer, with festival lovers and fashion mavens flocking to the summer party scenes in serious style, with no shortage of skin, accessories or bright colors.
There is no doubt music festivals from all over the world have become events where aspiring trendsetters and even celebrities have the option to express their wild and creative sides when it comes to summer festival outfits. Festival fashion outfit ideas have migrated from being cliché (think a sea of floral crowns) to experimental and unpredictable. 
Rave culture has a rich history filled with creativity, out-of-body experiences, inclusivity, fashion, and, of course, music. And with any culture, it cannot be defined thoroughly without the help of fashion. The rave scene has inspired outlandish, psychedelic and unconventional styles and even trends, mashing Bohemian, eclectic, glam rock, Gothic and camp fashion, opening an array of possibilities for music and festival lovers alike.

Outdoor music festivals have long been a rite of passage for young adults. From the flower children in the ’60s that packed their bags and headed to San Francisco, to youthful teens from across the country that hopped on Greyhounds and journeyed to the Catskills for one of the greatest festivals in music history, Woodstock in the summer of ’69.
Today, music festivals are more common than ever — with notable events such as Coachella in California — to dozens of festivals scheduled this summer across the country. From Lollapalooza (which just wrapped this past weekend in Chicago) to Burning Man in Nevada, Electric Zoo in New York City, Outside Lands in San Francisco to Primavera Sound in Los Angeles, these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to festival options to express youth and seize summer. Here, WWD gathers idea for what to wear for upcoming musical outings.

Marc Jacobs Is Featured in Bloomingdale’s New Carousel Pop-up

Marc Jacobs Is Featured in Bloomingdale’s New Carousel Pop-up

Marc Jacobs is featured at The Carousel @ Bloomingdale’s: Summer of Marc, a new pop-up overseen by Jacobs that celebrates the summer season with a selection of the newest Marc Jacobs collection and summer-inspired products.The Carousel shop, which opened Thursday at the 59th Street flagship in New York, is an immersive pool party installation drawing inspiration from Jacobs’ spring 2022 collection.
The shop features Jacobs’ ready-to-wear, accessories, footwear and fragrance, in addition to pool-ready finds such as swimwear, sun care and other products. The offerings are rounded out by merchandise from brands such as Bonbonwhims, Chillhouse, Loops Beauty, Emi Jay, Bloomie’s, Frankies Bikinis and Good American, as well as home products like the Woodstove cocktail mixer ($20), Sunday Supply Co. pool float ($85) and the Slow Tide ombre beach towel ($70). There are also accessories such as the Jocelyn bucket hat ($85) and Shashi Sam Bolo Bracelet ($48).

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The shop will be open online and in-store until July 31.
“The Carousel @ Bloomingdale’s is all about immersing our customers in cultural moments. So as we thought about the excitement about celebrating this summer, we knew Marc Jacobs would be the perfect designer to bring it to life,” said Frank Berman, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Bloomingdale’s. “We’re thrilled to partner with Marc Jacobs to transport shoppers to the ultimate pool party, with a special selection of Marc Jacobs collections, exclusive summer essentials and exciting in-store activations.”

Accessories and ready-to-wear at The Carousel @ Bloomingdale’s: Summer of Marc.

The  luxe poolside cabana has been designed with hot pink walls, pool vinyl flooring and digital water displays. Hanging umbrellas emblazoned with the Marc Jacobs logo, pool floats, lounge chairs and aromatic aquatic scents create the illusion of a summer pool party. The Third Avenue windows echo the shop’s pool party vibe with lenticular water backgrounds, colorful hanging umbrellas, and a special display of Marc Jacobs’ terry handbag collection and Carousel pool party essentials.
Featured Marc Jacobs products include a Monogrammed Big T-shirt ($198), a Mini Tote Bag Terry ($195), a variety of Marc Sun eyewear, as well as a selection of slides and sneakers including the Jogger Low Top Sneakers ($295), and exclusive fragrances such as the Perfect fragrance  set ($99).

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The Most Viral Fashion Moments of the Summer So Far

The Most Viral Fashion Moments of the Summer So Far

From Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid returning to the runway at Jacquemus to Balenciaga breaking the internet, and Pyer Moss’s debut at haute couture week — here’s your recap of this summer’s highlights.
Kendall Jenner. Photo: Courtesy of Jacquemus
It’s official: summer is here (for the northern hemisphere at least), and in fashion, there’s been no shortage of fiery hot moments. If anything, it appears as though everyone has stepped up their game on the sensational and experiential front, be it virtual or in real life. 
From Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid returning to the runway at Jacquemus to Balenciaga’s mesmerising haute couture show that broke the internet and Pyer Moss’s history-making debut on the FHCM calendar, which celebrated Black invention — this summer was full of explosive, creative brilliance and the kind of joyous spectacles that we’re all in dire need of. 
In case you missed any, here are the biggest fashion moments you need to know from this summer, so far. 
1. Dior Men artistic director Kim Jones collaborated with rapper Travis Scott on a sublime collection

With a knack for collaborations that are bang on the zeitgeist, Kim Jones joined forces with gen-Z idol Travis Scott for SS22. Inspired by Scott’s personal style (clock the Cactus Jack motif from the rapper’s self-founded record label across Dior pieces) and the maison’s signature house codes, expect to see modern-day icons across the globe wearing these looks in the coming months.
2. Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid returned to the runway for a star-studded Jacquemus show

For his first real-life spectacle since the start of the pandemic, French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus called upon his supermodel friends to walk his runway show — titled La Montagne — in a film studio on the outskirts of Paris. Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Adut Akech, Mona Tougaard and Jill Kortleve, among others, wore his skin-baring, see-now-buy-now looks inspired by skiwear and lingerie.
3. Marc Jacobs staged a triumphant comeback in New York

Pre-pandemic, Marc Jacobs’ shows were consistently a New York Fashion Week highlight, and so after a season absent from the official calendar, his off-schedule return marked a pivotal fashion moment. The result? A colourful and voluminous ode to happiness, inspiration and creativity. And, of course, a cast of new-gen supers such as Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber and Imaan Hammam, as well as a cameo from Miley Cyrus. 
4. Supermodel Karen Elson starred in the gloriously uplifting Lightning Strikes: The Moschino Musical
Photo: Marco Ovando
For Moschino’s Resort 2022 and menswear SS22, creative director Jeremy Scott called upon his friend and longtime muse, Karen Elson, to star in and collaborate on the music for a short film. The fun and utterly glamorous part-singing, part-dancing showcase is topped off with an electrifying original track from the British supermodel-turned-songstress called Lightning Strikes. 
5. Pieter Mulier brought the heat for his Alaïa debut

Since the announcement of Pieter Mulier’s appointment at Alaïa, there’s been speculation of whether he would be able to live up to the standard set by its legendary founder, the late Azzedine Alaïa, who sadly passed away in 2017. Thankfully, the Belgian-born creative director delivered beyond expectations with a collection that not only paid tribute to the hallowed house codes, but also brought a new energy that exuded pure, unadulterated sensual glamour. 
6. Balenciaga broke the internet with its first haute couture show in 53 years

For its first haute couture offering since 1968, Georgian fashion designer Demna Gvasalia went back to the maison’s roots and hosted a phenomenal show at the Balenciaga salon at 10 Avenue Georges V, Paris. And, to put it mildly, the fashion world went wild as feeds on every social media platform were flooded with looks and clips reposted from the few lucky editors who were present. Standout moments? Too many to choose from, but the hybrid ballgown and tailored trouser look or the dreamy tangerine skirt suit paired with an oversized Philip Treacy lampshade hat spring to mind. 
7. Sacai designer Chitose Abe remixed Jean Paul Gaultier’s greatest looks 

As the first guest designer at Jean Paul Gaultier (since Gaultier officially stepped down in January 2020), Chitose Abe of Sacai took on the legacy of the Parisian powerhouse for AW21 haute couture. The Japanese designer reinterpreted iconic codes such as sailor tops, pinstripes and corsets with her own signature touches — from hand-gathered pleats and deconstructed trench coats to hybrid constructed pieces. 
8. Pyer Moss celebrated Black invention with its inaugural couture collection

Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond made history as the first Black designer invited by France’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to present on the official schedule. Shown at the historically significant estate of the US’s first female Black self-made millionaire Madam CJ Walker, the Pyer Moss collection was an extravagantly surreal ode to Black inventors of the past. 
9. Tomo Koizumi brought his organza confections to Kyoto

New-gen couturier Tomo Koizumi took Japan’s fashion pack to Kyoto’s iconic Nijō Castle for his annual collection showcase. And the clothes? “I wanted to challenge myself and make it more conceptual,” the designer told Vogue. This time, he opted to use organza made out of 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles spray painted in his signature bubblegum palette. 
10. Saint Laurent presented its macabre men’s show inside a living work of art

For his SS22 menswear collection show space, creative director Anthony Vaccarello commissioned American artist Doug Aitken to create an art installation that interacts with the landscape of Venice in concomitance with the Biennale of Architecture. During the show itself, models strutted through the prismatic, mirrored construction in Victorian-era, gothic-inspired tailoring that oozed rock’n’roll appeal. 
11. Valentino showed a breathtaking couture display of dreams at the Gaggiandre, Venice

Set in the iconic shipbuilding yard of Venice, Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli delivered yet another magnificent haute couture collection that paid tribute to the intricacies of fine art. Guests were asked to wear white as they were serenaded by British singer Cosima, while models sashayed in looks of vibrant colour and volume that were nothing short of delightful. 
12. Fendi delivered a cinematic short by director Luca Guadagnino and narrated by Kate Moss 

Creative director Kim Jones wanted to transport his audience to Rome via a film for his second couture collection for Fendi. Brought to life by Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name (2017), the short featured 1990s supermodels Amber Valletta, Christy Turlington, Paulina Porizkova and Kate Moss wearing intricately embroidered gowns in shades of taupe, rose and cream.
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Influencer Devon Lee Carlson Designs Collection for Marc Jacobs

Influencer Devon Lee Carlson Designs Collection for Marc Jacobs

Influencer, multi-hyphenate and Los Angeles girl-about-town Devon Lee Carlson is now adding another slash to her résumé: She’s collaborated with Marc Jacobs to design a seven-piece collection of clothing and accessories for the label.
The capsule’s ruffled slipdress, sweat suit, T-shirt and handbag designs hark back to Marc Jacobs designs from the early Aughts, which is exactly the aesthetic that Carlson peddles to her followers on Instagram — as well as through her Wildflower Cases cell phone accessories business and various creative projects. In May, she styled Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” music video, a song that still stands near the top of global hit rankings.
Carlson, who has around 1.3 million Instagram followers and another half million-plus on TikTok, could have her pick of which fashion brands to partner with.

“The Marc Jacobs brand has such a special place in my heart,” the 36-year-old said. “My first designer purchase was a Marc Jacobs wallet. Marc Jacobs himself is an icon and major inspiration to me. To get this opportunity and have my name next to his on a tag was just beyond my wildest dreams,” she told WWD.

Devon Lee Carlson for Marc Jacobs. 
Courtesy/Marc Jacobs

This project, she said, has been in the works since February 2020. When pandemic lockdowns kicked in her designs shifted to accommodate a new at-home lifestyle. “It was important to me to design a collection that was wearable for any circumstance,” she said. So she envisioned a range of nostalgic, comfortable separates and special pieces like a graphic sweat suit and a matching short-shorts and T-shirt set. “I took a lot of color references from Marc’s spring and summer 2002 collection. I had so much fun deep diving for inspo,” Carlson said.

There’s also an oversize logo shirt and a ruffled slipdress embellished with little charms. Some of the designs feature a silhouette of Carlson’s dog, Martin. “It’s my first time designing clothes. I want shoppers to feel happy, fun and flirty while wearing the collab. I’m so excited to see how everyone styles the pieces. It’s what I’m most looking forward to,” Carlson said of the designs, which are priced from $80 to $225.
Most important to her, though, is the collection’s handbag — a remake of a vintage Marc Jacobs bag that she already had in her closet. The pochette style comes with a chain handle laden with little charms that spell out “Marc Jacobs” ($225). “I had this vintage Marc Jacobs bag that I felt we needed to remake. It’s easily one of my most worn bags. I wanted to add a new fun element to it, so we made the charm strap detachable so it could be worn as a necklace as well,” Carlson said.
The collection is available starting today on Marc Jacobs’ website as well as the brand’s New York and Los Angeles flagship boutiques.

Precious Lee Opens Up About Her Queen-Sized Spirit with Arab Curve Model Ameni Esseibi

Precious Lee Opens Up About Her Queen-Sized Spirit with Arab Curve Model Ameni Esseibi

American model Precious Lee is one of the foremost minds and faces the fashion industry is proud to call its own. Her rise to fame is now.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
Blossoming in the cradle of her tight-knit family and through the cultural dynamics of her Atlanta, Georgia, upbringing, Precious Lee is a model of wellness – body and soul. “I was a confident child; I always felt I could do anything,” recalls Lee of her earliest years. Raised by her educator and former model mother and entrepreneur and cosmetologist father, she remembers being, “The little girl excited to learn a complicated word like ‘perseverance’ and spelling it aloud, proving to myself that I could use it in casual conversation at age six,” she says. “I felt secure in my voice and what I believed in.” Her gumption propelled her family to give her the moniker “Miss Lee.” Far from being an elitist, it is her empathy that shines. “I loved helping people around me and would always defend kids from bullies. I could never watch anyone in pain or have their feelings hurt,” she says.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
Lee’s compassion stems from amour-propre. It oozes from her and into the world of higher expression. Fascinated by abstract art, history, and literature, Lee has penned multiple journals, her early ones capturing the sincerity of her vision, the depth of her imagination, and her enthusiasm for her future exploits. Along with writing, she conveys her thoughts and feelings through clothing, music, and dance. If her parents were her earliest cheerleaders, she now also has Versace, Miu Miu, and Marc Jacobs; photographers Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Luigi & Iango, Cass Bird, and Juergen Teller; and a large Instagram audience supporting her. Her Vogue Italia cover debut (for its September 2020 issue) was swiftly followed by British Vogue (April 2021), Vogue Brasil (June/July 2021), and now Vogue Arabia. In a candid interview with Arab curve model Ameni Esseibi, Lee opens up about her queen-sized spirit.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
Ameni Esseibi: Can you talk about your childhood? Describe how you were as a little girl.Precious Lee: I grew up in Atlanta raised by my mother, an educator and former model, and my father, an entrepreneur and cosmetologist. I was a very confident child. I was the little girl that was excited to learn a “complicated word” like perseverance and would spell it aloud and prove to myself I could use it in casual conversation at age six. I felt secure in my voice and what I believed in. My family often called me “Miss Lee” because I was so intelligent and ahead of my years. I always loved helping people around me, was a natural leader in school, always voted to speak on behalf of the school or club I was in; a young orator at heart. I would always defend kids from bullies. I could never watch anyone in pain or have their feelings hurt so I would always interject if I saw someone being mistreated.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
I loved dressing myself and doing my own hair. I expressed so much of myself through my clothing, hair, music, dance, and writing. I loved abstract art early and took a strong interest in history and literature. My mom still has some of my childhood journals and I was serious about my vision. I had a huge imagination and was always excited for the future. I played the flute/piccolo, was on the dance team, competed in cheerleading, was crowned Homecoming Queen, voted Best-Dressed and Best Hair, played volleyball and tennis, and participated in the Thespian Club and Student Government. I wanted to explore all of my interests and I’m grateful my parents supported me, especially my mom, who was my chauffeur and manager at every single performance or event! I always felt like I could do anything. I would make them sit and watch me perform concerts on a regular basis in our living room. I would have an entire look, lighting, and playlist for my performances and even a self-choreographed dance routine. Wow, bless them for sitting through them all! I was obsessed with music and dance. I would print out the lyrics to my favorite songs to learn them perfectly to sing. I would recite my poems and scenes from my favorite movies. I was hilarious!
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: Who did you look up to as a young girl?PL: My mother; I love her endlessly. She is a resilient, proud African American woman and total glamour girl. She’s brilliant and can talk toanyone. She’s gracious, always. I loved learning from her at a young age how I could be an intellectual and also express myself through fashion and beauty. Oftentimes, as a little girl, it was presented as you’re either interested in school or you’re interested in your wardrobe. I was both. I learned from her how to be a free thinker. She taught me to never dim my light, be kind to everyone, and always use my inner guidance. My mom has supported me through every phase of my life and I’m so grateful for her giving all the attention and time she did with me.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: You’ve mentioned that you wanted to be a lawyer growing up. Any other dreams?PL: I wanted to have a career in helping amplify marginalized voices. I learned in eighth grade Georgia history class that I wanted to be an attorney after being selected to represent Native Americans against [19th century US President] Andrew Jackson in a mock trial. I was so committed to proving how wrong the president was that I knew, that was it. I had to speak up for others who were silenced and oppressed. It made sense because I never liked the idea of bullies. For the trial, I asked my mom to buy me a Calvin Klein suit – a navy and black wool blazer with matching corduroy riding pants and a cognac riding boot with a tiny heel. I carried a SpongeBob SquarePants briefcase and had pink faux eyeglasses. It was so monumental for me and I remember it so vividly because that experience truly did shape my mentality on advocacy. It was so natural to do, and at the same time it felt important. I also wanted to be an actor and I would put on full-blown productions at home and use quotes from my favorite movies daily. It got to a point where I would stay in my favorite character for days, even weeks. I look back and laugh at how incredibly animated and expressive I was growing up. It was amazing how I was able to dream expansively.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: You’ve said your mother is the most glamorous person you know. What defines glamorous to you?PL: Glamour, to me, has a lot to do with your mentality. To be glamorous is to value what beauty is to you and committing to that no matter the circumstances.
AE: Your father is a cosmetologist. What did he teach you about outward beauty?PL: Individuality is the key to flair.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: How and where were you discovered?PL: I was accompanying a friend for support to an open call. We met while participating in the Homecoming fashion show at school. We would talk about our favorite photographers, models, designers, publications, seasons, and trends. It was so fun doing the show for school but I never considered it as a career at the time. I always associated the industry with really thin women and flat chests. I was definitely not flat-chested or thin, however, my friend had their sights set on getting signed to an agency. I believed they could do it and I’m an all-or-nothing friend so I was fully supportive.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
I took their digitals, picked a time to go to the top agency in our city, and it was straight out of a TV show. So many people were in the hallway waiting for a chance to be discovered. There were so many people with one agent standing in front with no desire for small talk. I remember her explaining the industry and how she described New York as “the Olympics of fashion.” She had strict rules and informed us to leave immediately if she saw you and said thank you. We sat there as she said “thank you” more than 50 times. She was hilarious and fabulous to me but intimidating to most of the people in the room. I ended up being the only person offered a contract that day. I’ll never forget the feeling because I was late for my next class and constantly looking at my phone to try to make it on time. My friend was so supportive with me, staying to talk to the agents and waiting outside. It was wild and meant to be.
AE: Who are your heroes in fashion and why?PL: My heroes are the people who don’t compromise their values to be successful. People who stand firm in the storm; the indomitable women who are brave. Women of color creating more space unapologetically.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: How has your relationship with yourself evolved over time?PL: My personal evolution is incredibly sacred to me. I am honored to live a life in which I can explore so many dreams. I’ve always considered the bigger picture and mission to be the focal point when achieving my goals, but I’ve learned to use checkpoints along the way. It’s the truest sense of self-love, showing self-compassion during the journey and not only when the mission is accomplished. By simply doing that I’ve opened up more space for myself to grow and expand. I’ve connected to the essence of myself exponentially since tuning into what it means to have unconditional self-love. It’s radical and necessary.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
AE: What are your summer plans?PL: I’m looking forward to spending more time on the beach, spa days, writing, and outdoor workouts. I think we all get more physically active in the summer but now it’s really about being outside more and experiencing nature. I love being at home but I’m grateful I get to spend more time traveling and getting back in tune with nature post-quarantine.
Photographed by Paola Kudacki
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Originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia
Style: Patrick MackieFashion director: Katie TrotterHair: Lacy RedwayMakeup: Raisa Flowers for Pat McGrathNails: Dawn Sterling at Statement ArtistsProducer: Heather Robbins at CLMCreative producer: Laura PriorJunior fashion editor: Mohammad Hazem RezqDigital tech: Evgeny PopovTailor: Anna OukolovaSet design: Jacob Burstein at MHS ArtistsPhotography assistants: Kyrre Kristoffersen, Nick GrennonFashion assistant: Vivian McHughProduction assistant: Olya KudackiSet assistant: Josefine Cardoni

Everything You Need to Know About Vogue’s Forces of Fashion This Year

Everything You Need to Know About Vogue’s Forces of Fashion This Year

This year, Vogue’s Forces of Fashion event will be a virtual affair, held on July 7 and 8. Titled “Fashion Goes Forward,” the event will feature many notable speakers and panel discussions that you won’t want to miss. (So make sure to book those tickets early!)
Over the course of two days, a number of the fashion industry’s leading designers and icons will sit down for thought-provoking conversations. Highlights include a special panel discussion with Vogue’s Anna Wintour, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, Vogue China’s Margaret Zhang, and Vogue Runway’s Luke Leitch, who will all offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making Vogue’s global titles.
Award-winning musician Billie Eilish and Gucci visionary creative director Alessandro Michele will also be in conversation with Vogue’s Chioma Nnadi to discuss how they’ve shaped their respective industries. Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, Maison Margiela’s John Galliano, and Chloé’s Gabriela Hearst will all speak as well. Topics in the panels will range from what it takes to build a brand with impeccable authenticity to what goes into making it as a top fashion stylist.
All these panels will be done in English and available to watch live or on demand after the event until July 29. So what are you waiting for? Tickets, which come in several tiers, are available on the Forces of Fashion website now. (The all-access tickets are already sold out, so act fast.) Click here for the full lineup.
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5 Things to Know About Marc Jacobs’s Exuberant FW21 Show

5 Things to Know About Marc Jacobs’s Exuberant FW21 Show

Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs last presented a collection in February 2020 – his fall/winter 2020 runway spectacular memorably featured Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber in Jackie O mode, as well as a cameo from Miley Cyrus. On Monday he came back with a bang, staging a physical show at the New York Public Library that was a colorful ode to the designer’s enduring passion for fashion and creativity. Below, five things to know about the show.
Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs
It was about happiness
The press notes opened with a single word: happiness. “On the journey back to doing what we love most, in the wake of immeasurable loss, loneliness, fear, anxiety and uncertainty, I am reminded of why creativity is so vital to our existence,” Jacobs said. “To life.” Having swerved the digital presentations adopted by many of his peers over the past 18 months, the designer staged his first Covid-era showcase on a real runway, with a real – albeit small – audience (all guests had presented proof of vaccination). The show was also beamed onto the facade of Bergdorf Goodman for all of Manhattan to see, part of Jacobs’s efforts to create a “shared experience”, and offer a much-needed “moment of inspiration, curiosity, wonder and possibility”. Mission accomplished.
Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs
It featured a clutch of supers
Beneath the snug beanies, inflated hoods and voluminous snoods, onlookers could discern the unmistakable features of the new-gen supers. Imaan Hammam’s camel skirt and chunky red roll neck with gently elongated sleeves was styled with prim ankle socks and platform Mary-Janes, while Gigi Hadid sported the shimmering paillettes that were a recurring theme of the collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs
The silhouettes were dramatic 
Jacobs’s celebration of joy and creativity manifested in graphic logos, geometric prints and a rainbow of colour. The collection nodded to the functional with giant puffer collars and quilted snoods, but added a playful formalwear spin courtesy of trailing faux fur stoles and opera gloves. The platform Mary-Janes that accompanied each look were exactly what you’d expect from a man who wore disco boots to get his Covid jabs.
Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs
There were party-ready paillettes…
What will life look like by fall? God and Professor Chris Whitty willing, our social lives might actually be back in full swing, in which case, what better way to rise to the occasion than in Jacobs’s jumbo paillettes, which decorated dresses worn over snug knits and flared trousers?
Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs
… But also extreme puffers
The injection of shimmer, and a selection of flesh-baring cut-out bodysuits, nodded to our re-emergence wardrobes, but the collection also reflected fashion’s recent obsession with all things functional. Duvet coats were amped up with bold prints and ample hoods perfect for anyone harbouring a secret desire to keep social distancing forever.
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