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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.

Standout Fashion Looks From the 2022 Billboard Music Awards

Standout Fashion Looks From the 2022 Billboard Music Awards

This year’s Billboard Music Awards saw stars such as Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow and more gathering to celebrate music in style, wearing some of fashion’s biggest labels.Among those who attended Sunday night’s ceremony, which was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were Kylie Jenner with Travis Scott and their daughter Stormi Webster, Giveon, Heidi Klum, Chloe Bailey, Mary J. Blige, Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly.
Rapper and record executive Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted the show, with Blige receiving the Billboard Icon Award, which was presented to her by Janet Jackson.
Doja Cat, who’s had a big last few years in the music industry, walked the red carpet in a show-stopping dress by Schiaparelli from the label’s spring 2022 couture collection. She wore a sculptural corset in black velvet with an aerodynamic neckline, a draped bandeau with a silk and illusion tulle train and a long skirt in flowing black crepe. The rapper also wore earrings, shoes and a bag from the brand. She was styled by Brett Alan Nelson.

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Fox, who wore her hair in long bangs, and Machine Gun Kelly attended in matching outfits of spikes and sparkles, with Fox wearing a black David Koma gown with silver flower appliqué sleeves, a plunging neckline and a thigh slit and the musician wearing a spiked black blazer over a sparkling turtleneck by Dolce & Gabbana.
Jenner wore a high-neck, long-sleeve form-fitting dress by Balmain from the brand’s fall 2022 ready-to-wear collection. She styled her hair in a slick updo and kept her makeup simple.
Megan Thee Stallion wore a cutout mini brown dress by Mugler, which she also wore when she performed her songs “Plan B” and “Sweetest Pie” on Sunday night.
Blige opted for a black, long-sleeve, beaded dress by Julien Macdonald from his spring 2019 collection, wearing her blonde hair in a high ponytail to show off her bangs.
It was a family affair for Diddy at the awards show as his children, son Christian Combs and daughters Chance, D’Lila and Jessie Combs, were all in attendance. Christian Combs wore a bright all-yellow look by Etro.
Click through the gallery above to see some of the standout fashion moments from the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
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Everything to Know About Harry Styles’ Upcoming Album ‘Harry’s House’

Everything to Know About Harry Styles’ Upcoming Album ‘Harry’s House’

Harry Styles’ upcoming album “Harry’s House” is almost here.“Harry’s House” is the award-winning singer’s third studio album as a solo artist. The news was first announced on March 23, when Styles posted the album cover on his official social media accounts, with the caption stating the album will be released on May 20.
The cover shows Styles pondering as he looks down while standing on the ceiling of an upside-down living room. The album will reportedly have a total of 13 tracks, which is more than any of his past albums. The lead single of the album, “As It Was,” is scheduled for release on Friday.

A 40-second trailer was also posted on his official YouTube channel, showing Styles wearing a white Peter Pan-collared shirt and baggy, flare denim jeans walking on a theater stage smiling as an outline of a yellow house emerges behind him.
This week, another short snippet was released of “As It Was,” showing Styles spinning in a white room with wooden flooring, wearing an all-red sequin ensemble.

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As It Was. April 1. pic.twitter.com/8RoI5sZP4T
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) March 30, 2022

Styles first stepped onto the scene as one of the five members of the famous boy band One Direction, alongside Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne. Over the years, he, as well as the other members, grew to be some of the biggest stars in music. The group eventually announced their indefinite hiatus in 2016, with each of its members going off to lead solo careers.
Since then, Styles has released two successful albums and has become one of the biggest influences in modern-day fashion, comfortably blending gender norms by wearing dresses and other items traditionally popular among women. Last year, Styles also launched his own beauty brand, called Pleasing.
Some of his most notable looks include his Gucci outfit at the 2019 Met Gala, which featured a black lace and sheer top with black dress pants, the three different boas he wore at the 2021 Grammys and his Vogue cover for the December 2020 issue in which he wore a dress by Gucci.
At last year’s Grammy Awards, Styles won the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit song “Watermelon Sugar.”
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Virgil Abloh’s Legacy Will Be Seen in Future Generations, According to Museum Curators

Virgil Abloh’s Legacy Will Be Seen in Future Generations, According to Museum Curators

While many designers see themselves as a multihyphenated talent, Virgil Abloh lived up to that mantle through his ambidextrous creativity and boundary-breaking pursuits.The Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for men’s wear, who died earlier this week at the age of 41, was a multidisciplinarian through and through. Art, architecture, music, industrial and automotive design, street life and other elements were infused in his seemingly nonstop pursuits, which extended beyond the realm of fashion. However straightforward some of his designs might have appeared to be, Abloh often delivered the subversive and, in doing so, upended an hierarchy that had been decades in the making. Along with Nike, Levi’s and Moncler, other powerhouse brands like Ikea and Mercedes-Benz enlisted Abloh to help envision a smattering of their next-level designs.

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The rise of a Rockford, Ill.-born artist, architect and fashion designer inspired legions of other creatives and consumers to carve new roads to their definitions of success. By his own account, he first learned to fuse the fields of art, craft and design as a postgraduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was introduced to a curriculum established by Miss Van dear Rohe that had sprung from the Bauhaus movement.
High-minded, but ironic and seemingly always in-on-the-joke, Abloh stoked the dualism of his work on his personal site. Visitors will find a breakout for “The Struggle of Polar Opposites,” including such pairings as “Suit vs. Tracksuit,” “Day Job vs. Night Job” and “Sport vs. Spectator.” Skilled at reiterating different designs and themes for new meanings, Abloh first broached the “Polar Opposites” concert through an Off-White x Nike Air Presto drop in 2019. More recently, he had taken a group of architectural and design students under his wing through a London-based studio that he set up.
Michael Darling, a former curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, first reached out to Abloh in 2016 about the prospect of working together. Intrigued by Off-White, his furniture design, Chicago upbringing and engineering and architectural background, Darling decided upon meeting him that they should do something significant. After debuting at MCA Chicago in 2019, “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech” has been shown at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and the ICA Boston, and is now on view at The Firehouse in Qatar until April. Next summer, it will bow at the Brooklyn Museum.
By the time that the show opened in Chicago in 2019, Abloh had morphed into a household name and the turnout reflected that. Following Abloh’s death, Darling said he has been thinking a lot about the designer’s legacy. “So much of what he’s done has happened quite quickly and before our eyes. The impact of it is still unknown. So many young people who he has impacted are just getting started; we haven’t seen the full impact of his influence yet.”
In addition to encouraging the younger generations to not feel bound by genres or certain ways of doing things, Abloh has also encouraged young designers of color to go out and chase their dreams, Darling said. Whether lending a hand or offering contacts, the designer helped them. Recognizing the influence of Abloh’s work with Kanye West’s Donda group, as well as Matthew Williams (now at Givenchy), Heron Preston and Samuel Ross (now of A-Cold-Wall), Darling said, “there was the incredible group of people, who were all working together and tormenting this new wave of creativity in the early 2010s that is still totally under recognized.”

Too young and too generous to be thinking about his legacy, Abloh wasn’t an egomaniac but was someone “who was always thinking about the broader culture and his generation of creatives, and wanting that whole group to succeed and leave their mark,” he added. Although he always made time for his family and a bevy of projects, Abloh was always all-in, when’re he was working. “He always questioned any path forward to make sure it was the best or most interesting or exciting one. He usually had multiple projects in his head at one time. As you were walking down regarding street with him, he would be texting, Instagramming and seeing things that he was making notes of. He was just constantlyprocessing that way, which was pretty amazing to witness,” Darling said, who is now Museum Exchange’s chief growth officer.
Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, said Monday, “Virgil both appreciated and explored the power of fashion as language, employing linguistic tropes such as irony and metaphor as cultural commentary. Placing fashion at the very center of contemporaneity, he was a semiotician of our times, encoding clothes with meaning and purpose. His singularity and magnanimity will be greatly missed.”

Virgil Abloh
Bogdan Plakov/Courtesy of Museum of Contempary Art Chicago

The Brooklyn Museum’s senior curator of fashion and material culture Matthew Yokobosky said news of Abloh’s passing prompted such images as “the prismatic carpet that he created for his first Louis Vuitton men’s wear collection that was walked by an international cast of models, thereby staging the vocabulary of gay pride and inclusivity into one of the most anticipated, photographic events of recent years, and transmitting a seriously new perspective at the house.”
He was also reminded of an Off-White leather bag emblazoned with the word “sculpture,” which prompted viewers to consider what is art, what is fashion and is a handbag sculpture. Yokobosky also recalled the industrial hazard striping used as a brand/collection signifier for Off-White that Abloh chose to blur and explore the black-and-white lines that society has created through fashion — a challenge to the status quo. Also fond of Off-White’s precursor brand name Pyrex Vision, the curator asked, “Can anything be more clear and precise? While Virgil was asking us to question and reason through his designs or ‘makes,’ he was being very clear and purpose-driven about the visual ‘awareness’ journey that he wanted to take us on.”

Another admirer of Pyrex Vision was the Museum of Modern Art’s senior curator of architecture and design and director of research and development, Paola Antonelli. Instead of tagging items like a graffiti artist as he had in the past, Abloh “blossomed” at Louis Vuitton, where he was “innovating the essence of the objects and using different typologies for the garments and rethinking them from scratch with new forms and configurations,” she said. Using a leather harness or belt across the chest or shoulder that was reminiscent of Geoffrey Beene, for example, was a very elegant way to give a completely new turn to a suit without losing its essence, she said. “It’s a moment, where fashion is experimenting so much, especially men’s fashion, which is not even gendered any more. He really gave it a push in that direction.”
Abloh’s long-range legacy “will be the abundance of young people, who have been introduced to a world that they didn’t think was theirs, and they will just feel comfortable in it,” Antonelli said. “We will remember the objects, the branding and the logos. But he always opened my heart, because he was always like the Pied Piper with all these kids following him all the time…his most important legacy will be the inspiration that he has given so many kids all over the world and of all different backgrounds and especially kids of color.”
His ability to always design for his 17-year-old self was a point of distinction and a gift that gave him “a different way to be attuned to reality,” she said.
Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, recalled Monday visiting the exhibition in 2019 with a group of other museum directors. Seeing clothes included in the show “just on a rack” rather than on a mannequin or on a pedestal with a light shining on it, raised the question of “‘This is how you’re showing them in an art gallery?’ But he was showing them in conjunction with other kinds of art projects. He was looking at it all like an art project,” Steele said. “In that way, he was very much like Andy Warhol or Jeff Koons — someone who is doing things that [make] some people go, ‘That’s not art’ or, ‘Oh well, it seems like it’s art.’ I’m an artist. I’m doing it. In that way, it’s very interesting conceptually.”

A vignette at Virgil Abloh’s “Figures of Speech” at the Museum of Contempary Art Chicago in 2019.
Courtesy of Museum of Contempary Art Chicago

As was the case with a Haruki Murakami exhibition, the exhibition had a shocking element — the show had racks of clothes, and the gift shop did too for purchase, Steele said.
She expects his lasting impact to be twofold: “One, as a Black person who became super important in the international luxury fashion industry at a very high level as influential and given quite a free range to go across different parts of the LVMH empire. That fits into the second aspect of why I think he is important — his disruptive ability to break down what seemed like barriers between different areas of culture and visual culture.”
As someone, who was interested in fashion from a young age, Abloh wasn’t interested in just fashion, but also art, music, skateboarding, luxury and streetwear, said Steele, noting that he was breaking down the distinctions between some of these things. “I’ve spent years thinking about, ‘How can you look at fashion in connection with art?’ He was there as a maker [considering] ‘Are there distinctions? What would they be? What kind of a maker am I?’”
In the same way, Abloh argued how streetwear could be just like designer fashion or luxury fashion, Steele said. “The lines between those categories are getting blurrier and blurrier. That disruptive quality is something that we only see quite rarely in an art form. We saw it when Bob Dylan started playing an electric guitar, when all of the fogeys started to get freaked out,” Steele said.
Shai Baitel, inaugural artist director of the Modern Art Museum Shanghai, expects Abloh’s legacy to be not only the first designer who dared “blending and mixing elements from the street that relate not only to imagery, but mainly for energy, for the vibe and for the entire rich culture that otherwise never would have been part of such a luxurious brand.”
Abloh grasped that there is no design without art, Baitel said. “Any design — fashion, product, cars, architecture — there would never have been any of those [categories] if it wasn’t for art. Art came first. What Virgil did so brilliantly was to allow these things to mix so seamlessly and be integrated into a sophisticated brand like LVMH that is hundreds of years old. It had been consumed by the elitist of the elite. Now everybody can say, ‘I have an LV as well,’ whereas it’s not just the same as canvas. It’s an incredible achievement. He never compromised the original DNA. And DNA, like any DNA is an evolution.”

In addition, Abloh will be remembered for taking Louis Vuitton to new audiences. Baitel spoke of the importance “to understand the consumption of product or a brand that stands for certain ideology or values, as well as the way that we consume content that is not necessarily tangible. Everything that is too excluding and too snobbish was no longer welcome. Every brand needs to think not just about the present, but mainly about the future. You could see how such a brilliant creative director such as Virgil and others immediately had their interpretations of how this and future generations look into products and brands and luxury. Even if it is a little less exclusive, it speak loudly to allowing everybody to be part of it.”

Amy Winehouse Auction Garners $4 Million

Amy Winehouse Auction Garners $4 Million

An auction of Amy Winehouse’s performance dresses and accessories brought in $4 million this weekend.
Hosted by Julien’s Auctions, the auction included more than 800 of the late singer’s performance dresses, accessories and other apparel to benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, one of the leading charities in the U.K. supporting young people.
Known for her retro style, the auction included dresses, bustiers, handbags and shoes from designer brands like Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, Miu Miu, Giorgio Armani and Fred Perry.
One of the most notable sales during the auction was of Winehouse’s bamboo and floral print silk halter dress — which was custom-made by her stylist Naomi Parry — that she wore during her last stage performance in Belgrade in 2011 right before her untimely death. The dress went for $243,200, 15 times the original estimated price of $15,000.

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Amy Winehouse performs onstage during her concert in Belgrade, Serbia.
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Another high-priced sale was for Winehouse’s Moschino custom-made red leather heart-shaped purse that she wore at the 2007 Brit Awards. The purse sold for $204,800, which was 13 times the original estimated price of $15,000. A floral gold lamé dress by Dolce & Gabbana Winehouse wore on stage also went 30 times the original estimated price for $150,000.

Amy Winehouse at the BRIT Music Awards, 2007.
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The biggest surprise came from a Temperley London tan and black jumpsuit Winehouse wore at a concert in Hyde Park honoring Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday that sold for $121,600, which was 121 times the original estimated price of $1,000.
“Amy Winehouse is one of the rare and remarkable music icons whose incredible power and soulful expression in every word and note she sang with her distinct voice remains unmatched by no other artist in music history,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, in a statement. “We celebrate her singular talent and iconoclastic style in this collection of her most personal artifacts and wardrobe worn in her career defining moments.”
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Olivia Rodrigo, The Weeknd Lead American Music Awards 2021 Nominations

Olivia Rodrigo, The Weeknd Lead American Music Awards 2021 Nominations

The list of nominees for the 2021 American Music Awards were revealed on Thursday, with Olivia Rodrigo leading the pack with a total of seven nominations.
The Weeknd earned six nominations, while Doja Cat, Bad Bunny and Giveon followed closely behind with five each.
Rodrigo released her debut album, “Sour,” earlier this year, which was met with commercial and critical success. Among her nods, she was nominated for the coveted artist of the year award, along with the likes of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Drake, BTS and The Weeknd.
Other nominees for this year’s ceremony include, Saweetie, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa, Glass Animals, Silk Sonic and Maluma, among others.
The AMAs will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. ET.

Read on for the full list of the American Music Awards 2021 nominees.

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Artist of the YearAriana GrandeBTSDrakeOlivia RodrigoTaylor SwiftThe Weeknd
New Artist of the Year24kGoldnGiveonMasked WolfOlivia RodrigoThe Kid Laroi
Collaboration of the Year24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez “Dákiti”Chris Brown and Young Thug “Go Crazy”Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon “Peaches”
Favorite Trending SongErica Banks “Buss It”Måneskin “Beggin’”Megan Thee Stallion “Body”Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”Popp Hunna “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”
Favorite Music VideoSilk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave the Door Open”Cardi B “Up”Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”
Favorite Male Pop ArtistDrakeEd SheeranJustin BieberLil Nas XThe Weeknd
Favorite Female Pop ArtistAriana GrandeDoja CatDua LipaOlivia RodrigoTaylor Swift
Favorite Pop Duo or GroupAJRBTSGlass AnimalsMaroon 5Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)
Favorite Pop AlbumAriana Grande “Positions”Dua Lipa “Future Nostalgia”Olivia Rodrigo “Sour”Taylor Swift “evermore”The Kid Laroi “F–k Love”
Favorite Pop SongBTS “Butter”Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”Dua Lipa “Levitating”Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”The Weeknd and Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears (Remix)”
Favorite Male Country ArtistChris StapletonJason AldeanLuke BryanLuke CombsMorgan Wallen
Favorite Female Country ArtistCarrie UnderwoodGabby BarrettKacey MusgravesMaren MorrisMiranda Lambert
Favorite Country Duo or GroupDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineLady AOld DominionZac Brown Band
Favorite Country AlbumChris Stapleton “Starting Over”Gabby Barrett “Goldmine”Lee Brice “Hey World”Luke Bryan “Born Here Live Here Die Here”Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”
Favorite Country SongChris Stapleton “Starting Over”Chris Young and Kane Brown “Famous Friends”Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”Luke Combs “Forever After All”Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”
Favorite Male Hip-Hop ArtistDrakeLil BabyMoneybagg YoPolo GPop Smoke
Favorite Female Hip-Hop ArtistCardi BCoi LerayErica BanksMegan Thee StallionSaweetie

Favorite Hip-Hop AlbumDrake “Certified Lover Boy”Juice Wrld “Legends Never Die”Megan Thee Stallion “Good News”Pop Smoke “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon”Rod Wave “SoulFly”
Favorite Hip-Hop SongCardi B “Up”Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver and NAV “Lemonade”Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK “Calling My Phone”Polo G “Rapstar”Pop Smoke “What You Know Bout Love”
Favorite Male R&B ArtistChris BrownGiveonTankThe WeekndUsher
Favorite Female R&B ArtistDoja CatH.E.R.Jazmine SullivanJhené AikoSZA
Favorite R&B Album Doja Cat “Planet Her”Giveon “When It’s All Said And Done…Take Time”H.E.R. “Back of My Mind”Jazmine Sullivan “Heaux Tales”Queen Naija “missunderstood”
Favorite R&B SongSilk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave the Door Open”Chris Brown and Young Thug “Go Crazy”Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary”H.E.R. “Damage”Jazmine Sullivan “Pick Up Your Feelings”
Favorite Male Latin ArtistBad BunnyJ BalvinMalumaOzunaRauw Alejandro
Favorite Female Latin ArtistBecky GKali UchisKarol GNatti NatashaRosalía
Favorite Latin Duo or GroupBanda MS de Sergio LizárragaCalibre 50Eslabon ArmadoLa Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene CamachoLos Dos Carnales
Favorite Latin AlbumBad Bunny “El Último Tour del Mundo”Kali Uchis “Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)”KAROL G “KG0516”Maluma “Papi Juancho”Rauw Alejandro “Afrodisíaco”
Favorite Latin SongBad Bunny and Jhay Cortez “Dákiti”Bad Bunny x Rosalía “La Noche de Anoche”Farruko “Pepas”Kali Uchis “telepatía”Maluma and The Weeknd “Hawái (Remix)”
Favorite Rock ArtistAJRAll Time LowFoo FightersGlass AnimalsMachine Gun Kelly
Favorite Inspirational ArtistCainCarrie UnderwoodElevation WorshipLauren DaigleZach Williams
Favorite Gospel ArtistKanye WestKirk FranklinKoryn HawthorneMaverick City MusicTasha Cobbs Leonard
Favorite Dance/Electronic ArtistDavid GuettaIlleniumMarshmelloRegardTiësto
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Blackpink’s Lisa Releases Merchandise Capsule Celebrating Debut Album

Blackpink’s Lisa Releases Merchandise Capsule Celebrating Debut Album

Lalisa Manoban’s first solo album is finally here.After weeks of teasing her fans, the singer’s much-anticipated debut album was released Friday, accompanied by a limited-edition merchandise collection inspired by her self-titled album “Lalisa.” 
Manoban, known professionally as Lisa, revealed on Instagram a few weeks ago that her album would be available on Sept. 10. 
The 10-piece collection features white joggers with a matching white hoodie, brightly colored and solid tie-dye T-shirts, a cream bucket hat and a tote bag. Prices range from $30 to $65 and are now available at the official Blackpink shop online. 
Manoban is most famous for being a member of popular South Korean girl group Blackpink, which also consists of Ji-soo Kim, Roseanne Park and Jennie Kim, known simply as Jisoo, Rosé and Jennie to their legion of Blackpink fans called “Blinks.”

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A closer look at the white hoodie in Lisa’s capsule collection.
Courtesy of Blackpink

A closer look at the tie-dye shirt in Lisa’s capsule collection.
Courtesy of Blackpink

Manoban is the third Blackpink member to release a solo album, following Jennie Kim and Roseanne Park. 
Recently, Manoban has been more involved in the fashion industry since she first stepped onto the music scene in 2016. Known to have worked closely with Celine’s creative director Hedi Slimane since 2019, she eventually became the brand’s global ambassador in September 2020. In July 2020, she also became the newest brand ambassador for Bulgari.
In February, Manoban joined the jury for the 2021 Andam awards and helped select the winner of the prestigious French fashion prize. The Thai musician headlined an A-list of guest jurors that also included Chinese singer Chris Lee and fashion designers Kerby Jean-Raymond and Phoebe Philo.
“I was very surprised when I first got the invitation as a juror. Since I’m very new in the fashion world, I thought this could be quite an adventurous and challenging experience for me at first,” Manoban told WWD in July. “But at the same time, I thought it would be an exciting experience and I would learn a lot from this opportunity.”
The Lalisa merchandise capsule collection is now available for purchase online on Blackpink’s official website. 
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MTV Announces 2021 Video Music Awards Nominations

MTV Announces 2021 Video Music Awards Nominations

MTV on Wednesday revealed its nominations for the 2021 Video Music Awards, with Justin Bieber and Meghan Thee Stallion leading the pack.
This year’s MTV VMAs will return to New York City at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sept. 12. Last year’s awards ceremony was initially scheduled to be held at the Barclays Center, but due to the pandemic, the VMAs were staged at various outdoor venues throughout the city’s five boroughs.
Among the nominees for the gender-neutral categories, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo are the top contenders for categories like Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.
Here, WWD breaks down the full list of nominees for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. Read on for more.

VIDEO OF THE YEARCardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “Popstar” (Starring Justin Bieber)Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears”

ARTIST OF THE YEARAriana GrandeDoja CatJustin BieberMegan Thee StallionOlivia RodrigoTaylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior – “Mood”Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”BTS – “Dynamite”Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”Dua Lipa – “Levitating”Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License”

BEST NEW ARTIST24kGoldnGiveonThe Kid LaroiOlivia RodrigoPolo GSaweetie

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEARSeptember 2020: Wallows – “Are You Bored Yet?”October 2020: Ashnikko – “Daisy”November 2020: SAINt JHN – “Gorgeous”December 2020: 24kGoldn – “Coco”January 2021: JC Stewart – “Break My Heart”February 2021: Latto – “Sex Lies”March 2021: Madison Beer – “Selfish”April 2021: The Kid Laroi– “Without You”May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License”June 2021: Girl in Red “Serotonin”July 2021: Fousheé – “My Slime”August 2021: jxdn – “Think About Me”

BEST COLLABORATION24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior – “Mood”Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – “Prisoner”

BEST POPAriana Grande – “Positions”Billie Eilish – “Therefore I Am”BTS – “Butter”Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness”Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”Shawn Mendes – “Wonder”Taylor Swift – “Willow”

BEST HIP-HOPCardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “On Me (Remix)”Moneybagg Yo – “Said Sum”Polo G – “Rapstar”Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “Franchise”

BEST ROCKEvanescence – “Use My Voice”Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame”John Mayer – “Last Train Home”The Killers – “My Own Soul’s Warning”Kings of Leon – “The Bandit”Lenny Kravitz – “Raise Vibration”

BEST ALTERNATIVEBleachers – “Stop Making This Hurt”Glass Animals – “Heat Waves”Imagine Dragons – “Follow You”Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear – “My Ex’s Best Friend”Twenty One Pilots – “Shy Away”Willow ft. Travis Barker – “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l”

BEST LATINBad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – “Dákiti”Billie Eilish and Rosalía – “Lo Vas A Olvidar”Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – “Girl Like Me”J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – “Un Dia (One Day)”Karol G – “Bichota”Maluma – “Hawái”

BEST R&BBeyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “Brown Skin Girl”Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”Chris Brown and Young Thug – “Go Crazy”Giveon – “Heartbreak Anniversary”H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown – “Come Through”SZA – “Good Days”

BEST K-POP(G)I-DLE – “DUMDi DUMDi”Blackpink and Selena Gomez – “Ice Cream”BTS – “Butter”Bighit Music Monsta X – “Gambler”
Seventeen – “Ready to Loce”Twice – “Alcohol-Free”

VIDEO FOR GOODBillie Eilish – “Your Power”Demi Lovato – “Dancing With the Devil”H.E.R. – “Fight for You”Kane Brown – “Worldwide Beautiful”Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”Pharrell Williams ft. Jay-Z – “Entrepreneur”

BEST DIRECTIONBillie Eilish – “Your Power” – Directed by: Billie EilishDJ Khaled ft. Drake – “Popstar (Starring Justin Bieber)” – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director XLil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” –  Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu MuinoTaylor Swift – “Willow” – Directed by: Taylor SwiftTravis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A – “Franchise” – Directed by: Travis ScottTyler, The Creator – “Lumberjack” – Directed by: Wolf Haley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYBeyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “Brown Skin Girl” – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan HelfantBillie Eilish – “Therefore I Am” – Cinematography by: Rob WittFoo Fighters – “Shame Shame” – Cinematography by: Santiago GonzalezJustin Bieber ft. Chance the Rapper – “Holy” – Cinematography by: Elias TalbotLady Gaga – “911” – Cinematography by: Jeff CronenwethLorde – “Solar Power” – Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

BEST ART DIRECTIONBeyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – “Already” – Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard SantosEd Sheeran – “Bad Habits” – Art Direction by: Alison DominitzLady Gaga – “911” – Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter AndrusLil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Art Direction by: John RichouxSaweetie ft. Doja Cat – “Best Friend” – Art Direction by: Art HaynesTaylor Swift – “Willow” – Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

BEST VISUAL EFFECTSBella Poarch – “Build a B—h” – Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina VetrovaColdplay – “Higher Power” – Visual Effects by: MathematicDoja Cat & The Weeknd – “You Right” – Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David RouxelGlass Animals – “Tangerine” – Visual Effects by: Ronan FourreauLil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Visual Effects by: MathematicP!NK – “All I Know So Far” – Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

BEST CHOREOGRAPHYAriana Grande – “34+35” – Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott NicholsonBTS – “Butter” – Choreography by: Son Sung Deuk With BHM Performance Directing TeamEd Sheeran – “Bad Habits” – Choreography by: Natricia BernardFoo Fighters – “Shame Shame” – Choreography by: Nina McNeelyHarry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Choreography by:Paul RobertsMarshmello & Halsey – “Be Kind” – Choreography by: Dani Vitale

Get to Know the Grammy Nominees for Best New Artist

Get to Know the Grammy Nominees for Best New Artist

Below, meet the artists up for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Megan Thee Stallion at the 2020 American Music Awards.  ABC

Megan Thee StallionAge: 26Origin: Houston
Grammy nominations: 4
The 26-year-old San Antonio-born, Houston-raised rapper has had arguably the most meteoric rise of all artists on this list. She broke into the mainstream in 2019 with the single “Hot Girl Summer,” following that up with “Savage” and “WAP” in 2020. Her debut album, “Good News,” was released in November.
Phoebe Bridgers  Courtesy

Phoebe BridgersAge: 26Origin: Los AngelesGrammy nominations: 4
Indie queen Bridgers followed up her 2017 album “Stranger in the Alps” with her sophomore album “Punisher” in June 2020, which quickly became a quarantine must-listen, along with being a critical success. Of the difference between her first album and second, which has her up for four Grammys, Bridgers told WWD in June it was about “daring myself to write s–t that’s actually true to me, instead of trying to write about somebody else’s experience has been my biggest writing lesson. And they’re the songs that I keep coming back to more and more.”

Doja Cat at the 2020 American Music Awards.  ABC

Doja CatAge: 25Origin: Los AngelesGrammy nominations: 3
Originally famous for her viral hit “Mooo!”, Doja Cat has gone on to embark on a serious career — one that now has her up for three Grammys. Born Amala Dlamini in Tarzana, Calif., Doja Cat got her start uploading songs to SoundCloud before signing with RCA. She had one of the biggest breakouts in 2020 with “Say So,” in many parts thanks to the song’s popularity on TikTok.

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Chika performs in Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show in 2020.  Kevin Mazur/Courtesy of Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video

ChikaAge: 24Origin: Montgomery, Ala.Grammy nominations: 1
Jane Chika Oranika started in music through slam poetry at a young age, eventually dropping out of the University of Southern Alabama to pursue music. Since her first single, “No Squares,” was released in 2019, she’s been steadily rising as one to know, following it up with two EPs and surprise dropped a third, “ Once Upon a Time,” as recently as Friday. She’s been nominated for Best New Artist — all before releasing her first album.
Ingrid Andress  Annie Lukach/Courtesy Photo

Ingrid AndressAge: 29Origin: Highlands Ranch, Colo.Grammy nominations: 3
The lone country act on the list, Andress got her start in the industry songwriting for Alicia Keys and Sam Hunt. Now a full-fledged solo artist, the Berklee College of Music grad nabbed Platinum status with her debut single “More Hearts Than Mine” and released her debut album, “Lady Like,” in 2020.
D Smoke performing on “Rhythm + Flow.”  Adam Rose/Netflix

D SmokeAge: 35Origin: Inglewood, Calif.Grammy nominations: 2
D Smoke, born Daniel Farris, might be the oldest nominee on the Best New Artist list but he’s also up for Best Rap Album, the youngest in that category. D Smoke’s rise comes a bit later in life thanks to his 2019 win of Netflix’s rap competition series “Rhythm + Flow.” “I’m still early on in my journey as an artist,” he told WWD this past week. “This recognition [the two Grammy nominations] kind of fast-forwards things for me in the way that ‘Rhythm + Flow’ did. And so that’s a great thing. A lot of people are catching on as we’re building this catalogue. A lot of times when you get to this level of success, people go back and they find four albums. So now it’s people following this journey from [my first album].”

KaytranadaAge: 28Origin: Montreal, CanadaGrammy nominations: 3
Kaytranada, born Louis Kevin Celestin, has been a successful producer for many years, making gold for artists like Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper and Anderson.Paak. His second solo album, called “Bubba,” was released in 2019 and featured songs with Pharrell Williams, Tinashe and more.
Noah Cyrus  Roger Kisby/WWD

Noah CyrusAge: 22Origin: NashvilleGrammy nominations: 1
Until now best known as Miley Cyrus’ kid sister, Noah is paving her own way in music. Last year saw the younger Cyrus drop her second EP, “The End of Everything,” with another EP, reportedly called “People Don’t Change,” set for release in 2021. Cyrus has already opened for a major act — Katy Perry on her 2017 tour — and worked with artists like Marshmello.
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Marc Jacobs Says Nirvana Doesn’t Own Its Dead Smiley Face Logo

Marc Jacobs Says Nirvana Doesn’t Own Its Dead Smiley Face Logo

Marc Jacobs International wants to put an end to Nirvana’s copyright infringement suit, arguing the band doesn’t have legal rights to the image at the center of the case.
“It is ironic how much trouble a smile can cause,” lawyers for Marc Jacobs told a California federal court on Monday. The designer’s legal team is pushing for a summary judgment in its favor, meaning a decision by the court before the case goes to trial. 
Their argument largely rests on the claim that the smiley face at issue — with Xs for eyes and a crooked smile with a tongue sticking out, long seen on Nirvana T-shirts and merch — was never properly registered as a copyright of the group. Such errors in its copyright allegedly left it open for Marc Jacobs to use, with minor changes, on a T-shirt, sweater and socks.

But the other big part of Marc Jacobs’ argument is that Kurt Cobain, the late lead singer of Nirvana, did not design the logo as the copyright for the logo purportedly claims.
“The creator of the registered T-shirt design is art director Mr. Robert Fisher, who was not an employee of Nirvana Inc., the copyright claimant listed on the registration, and who has sworn that he did not transfer his rights to anyone,” lawyers wrote. “There is no written or oral agreement that says otherwise.”

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Fisher is a graphic artist who worked for Geffen Records, Nirvana’s music label, according to Marc Jacobs. Fisher submitted testimony of his creation, including “documents evidencing the fruits of his labors on this project, including what he calls the original Xerox blow-up of the disputed smiley.”
Marc Jacobs’ team went on to argue that the designer’s version of the smiley face is not similar enough to the Nirvana logo anyway, as the eyes had been changed to an “M” and a “J,” although the rest of the face appears identical to Nirvana’s. It also claimed that “the disputed smiley is not protectable because it is a ubiquitous symbol that consumers do not associate it with plaintiff or a single anonymous source.”
“[Marc Jacobs] uses the disputed smiley as mere ornamentation, and the designation has no inherent or acquired distinctiveness,” lawyers claimed. “Even if the disputed smiley was protectable, there is no evidence of confusion, so there can be no finding of infringement.”
Lawyers asked the court to rule in its favor on all of Nirvana’s claims and in the designer’s countersuit, seeking an invalidation of the band’s current copyright.
Lawyers for Nirvana could not be reached for comment.
Nirvana sued Marc Jacobs in December 2018, claiming the band owned the smiley face logo through copyright. It claimed Cobain created the logo sometime around 1991, and that Nirvana has used it since then on licensed apparel including T-shirts, bags and hoodies.
But Marc Jacobs’ legal team started poking holes in the ownership claim last year, saying that founding Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl testified “that he did not know who created the X-Eye Smiley Face.” Another founding member, Krist Novoselic, said the same, purportedly adding, “this image had been around.…It didn’t seem like a new idea.”

Nonetheless, Marc Jacobs acknowledged in a court filing at the time that the doodle was indeed “inspired by vintage Nirvana concert T-shirts from the 1990s — the era of ‘grunge’ fashion.”

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