Lourdes Leon Goes Monochromatic in Black Minidress, Leather Trenchcoat and Ultra Tall Boots for Ugg‘s ‘Feel House’ Pop-up Launch

Lourdes Leon Goes Monochromatic in Black Minidress, Leather Trenchcoat and Ultra Tall Boots for Ugg‘s ‘Feel House’ Pop-up Launch

Lourdes Leon had a standout fashion moment at Ugg’s Feel House event in New York on Saturday to celebrate the launch of the brand’s multisensory pop-up community space in Brooklyn, New York.

Lourdes Leon attends Ugg’s Feel House launch event on Friday, in Brooklyn, New York.

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Leon arrived at the soiree’s second night in a monochromatic ensemble, opting for a sleeveless black minidress under a leather coat. She accessorized with a black and white handbag, a statement necklace and silver rings.

The Lock&Key singer coupled her look with the Ugg’s Classic Ultra Tall boots in black, which she wore over sheer stockings with lace details across the welts.

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She previously fronted the label for her mother Madonna’s 63rd birthday party last year in August, arriving at the celebration in a sleeveless brown dress, gold crystal-embellished strapped heels and a mini handbag from Ugg’s third collaborative release with Telfar, as part of the fall 2021 collection.

The gathering featured exhibitions from New York-based artists Shawna X, Alicia Mersey and Grace Miceli. The activation included in-person customizations of Ugg’s Classic Boots based on tattoo-inspired designs by JonBoy, and musical performances by Sean Bennett of Yozart and Grammy-nominated rapper Tierra Whack.

Leon has kept quite a busy schedule this year. In March, she attended Vanity Fair’s 2022 Oscars after party wearing a plunging sequined silver and blue Versace gown with baby-blue heels. The following month, Leon starred in Calvin Klein’s joint campaign with CK1 Palace, modeling several styles, including a logo-embossed sweatshirt, biker shorts set and lingerie.

Recently, she sat in the front row at Tom Ford’s New York Fashion Week show last month with Madonna and Rocco Ritchie, wearing a black tank mididress and sandals.

Empowering Women on International Women’s Day and Beyond

Empowering Women on International Women’s Day and Beyond

Beyond the more expected limited-run T-shirts and somewhat self-serving social media campaigns, two leading companies are using International Women’s Day to springboard yearlong ventures to strengthen women-owned businesses.
In honor of IWD and Women’s History Month, H&M USA has started a 12-month partnership with Buy From a Black Woman, a nonprofit that connects more than 500 Black women-owned businesses nationwide. Meanwhile, Tory Burch has unveiled the “Empowered Women” campaign with Upworthy, a platform that celebrates women who are creating an impact in their communities.
Although Tory Burch and H&M USA have embarked on yearlong initiatives, numerous other companies are also championing IWD and WHM. Kate Hudson and Fabletics, for example, have partnered with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation initiative to encourage girls’ leadership and gender equality around the world. Gap has released limited-edition T-shirts with messages of empowerment and is donating $25,000 to the nonprofit Girls Inc. Banana Republic is donating to the International Center for Research on Women. Through the end of the month, the retailer will donate $20 for each “Notorious Necklace” sold to the ICRW up to $250,000. And UGG is continuing its partnership with HerProject and #PoweredByHer campaign by recognizing such individuals as Meena Harris. Through March 14, the company will donate $25 per pair of the campaign’s featured style with a minimum guaranteed donation.

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After a year where women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, Burch is using her global platform to share inspirational stories and encourage others to find a way to make a difference. The New York-based company has launched an Empowering Women section on its site. The international campaign was unveiled by showcasing the work of five women. Throughout the year, the campaign will celebrate one woman every month, who will also receive a $5,000 donation from the Tory Burch Foundation to give to the nonprofit of her choice.
In a video unveiling the program, Burch said she looked forward to hearing about “the women in your lives, who are changing the world.”
Tory Burch  Courtesy of Tory Burch

“Black Gals Livin’” podcast cofounder Victoria Sanusi, The Spread the Joy Foundation and Open the Joy founder Shalini Samtani, The Black Fairy Godmother founder Simone Gordon, Equity Generations Lawyers’ 18-year-old paralegal Varsha Yajman and Global Gateway Logistics and Gateway for Good creator Caitlin Murphy are the five women being recognized by Burch.
Burch said in a statement that she hopes “the resilience and creativity of these women and the amazing ways they have found to have real impact, will inspire and energize others as much as they have me.”
Upworthy vice president Lucia Knell noted in a statement that the company celebrates “barrier breaking stories especially from women, the LGBTQIA-plus community and BIPOC.”
Meanwhile, H&M USA is striving to strengthen Black women-owned businesses. Black women have been starting their own businesses at an increasing rate, but annual sales for Black women business owners are five times smaller than women-owned businesses in general.

The alliance will include sponsorships and activities. For a kickoff, H&M USA has introduced Buy From a Black Woman to the 16 million customers who are members of H&M’s loyalty program. During its annual “Member Days” activation, which started Friday and ran through Sunday, a portion of sales was donated to the nonprofit. This summer the retailer will sponsor the group’s Black Women Inspire Tour, using H&M’s channels to highlight Black women-owned businesses. This fall H&M USA will sponsor the organization’s Black Woman Business Accelerator program. A 10-week course, the training features online curriculum led by authorities who offer insights about expansion and providing an opportunity for funding access. In addition, internally H&M USA will sponsor eligible colleagues who wish to join the Buy From a Black Woman online directory and network. There are also plans to showcase the nonprofit’s businesses to the retailer’s employees throughout the year.
In an interview Friday, Buy From a Black Woman founder Nikki Porcher said the ultimate goal is to encourage consumers to buy from Black women, but the aim also involves being a true example of what allyship looks like, as opposed to being a catch phrase, trend or something that is hot for the season. She started a blog five years ago after attending a makers’ event, where she was the only Black woman. Early on as part of her Buy From a Black Woman challenge, she would buy a product from a Black woman-owned business and blog about it. After people found out about the blog and shared it on social media, others contacted Porcher to ask if she would plug their products (she explained no, that she had to buy it) and some offered to send money to help support her work. With a background in nonprofits, her own nonprofit developed into a community, directory and educational resources.
Porcher said, “Last summer we saw so many businesses and organizations say, ‘Hey, we’re going to amplify Black voices. We’re going to do our part, use our resources.’ Then it just faded away after August.”
After discussing with H&M how they could have the most effective impact, both parties agreed that using the retailer’s tools and resources will lead to Black women-owned businesses being amplified, supported and purchased from. Following coronavirus safety precautions, this summer’s tour will include stops in major cities to host pop-ups, offer information and improve awareness.
While smaller-scale initiatives have been done at other corporations through monetary donations to different organizations, the H&M USA model is a new one, she said. “This is where a known name is going to bring in these small Black women businesses and amplify that. This is probably going to set the precedent for a lot of other businesses to partner with organizations on this scale,” Porcher said. “This is going to be game changing, marketing changing, business changing, partnership changing — a lot of changing.”
More than 70 percent of the leaders at H&M are women, including global chief executive officer Helena Helmersson, according to Carlos Duarte, president of H&M Region America’s. Helmersson took on that role — a first for the company — last year.

Very Important Puppies Teams Up With Ugg

Very Important Puppies Teams Up With Ugg

Very Important Puppies — the doggie accessories brand from sisters Sabrina Albarello and Katerina Karelas —  has teamed with Ugg to create a bootie fit for their canine friends.
“We decided to partner with Ugg because we always loved the brand so much and we wanted to have something to match our dogs for the winter,” explained Albarello of their latest collaboration. “Ugg for us is  synonymous with functionality and design and this was something they hadn’t done before.”
The doggie brand is no stranger to the collaboration train, having previously linked up with GCDC, NASA and with designer Heron Preston.
Over the last six months, as much of the globe rotates through lockdowns due to COVID-19, the market for pet-based accessories has grown as more people bring home new four-legged friends.

“People are getting dogs because they have more time to take care of them,” Albarello said bluntly, adding that “the market is in continuous growth and it will continue growing, especially with what we are living in this moment in the world.”

Image from Ugg x VIP campaign.  Courtesy

Next up for the puppy brand? Albarello said they will evolve with other dog-focused accessories like beds and bowls with plans to launch wellness. “We are coming up with some special vitamins very soon,” she said.
The Ugg x VIP bootie style is adjustable, made in faux suede with fluffy faux fur trim accents and comes in black or chestnut. The booties retail for $80 and launch today at, and select Nordstrom stores.

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