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MDLR x Mango = De La Renta's New Clothes

When it comes to fashion royalty, there’s hardly a name more regal than de la Renta.  Last week though, it was the son, not the father, who was the center of attention at the Crosby Hotel celebrating the unveiling of his new line of limited edition T-shirts, dubbed MDLR for Mango.

Moises de la Renta has been earning accolades on his own since starting his label a year ago. His downtown-cool-meets-uptown-refinement style has caught the attention of everyone from the cynical fashion media to First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore one of Moises’ dresses from his Fall 2009 collection.

The collaboration with Spanish retailer Mango marks the young designer’s introduction into the mainstream. We spoke to Moises about the collaboration and what New York represents for him. Here’s what he had to say. —Adrien Field

VIBE: This collection is so feminine. What did you have in mind? 
Moises de la Renta: You know, I wanted to kind of take it back to basics and do something a little out of my comfort zone because as you know you get here to New York and you kind of get wrapped up into the whole, “black look” with jeans, sportswear, and attitude. So I asked, “How can I incorporate my aesthetic with feminine pieces that will be accepted by a wider audience range?” So I started thinking [about] classical romantic images. 

There was a bit of Degas in the skirts.
It’s funny that you say that because that was one of my inspirations.  Other than that it was flowers and I said let me just do something chic, classy, and still have a little bit of edge.  The graphics may be feminine, but if you look some of the pieces have variety.  For example, one tee has leather appliqué.  There are many ways that one can merge these two worlds, “the uptown and the downtown” aesthetic into one.  That’s what I really wanted to do with these T-shirts.  You can pair them with a pencil skirt or a pair of jeans.  I think that’s what’s great about it, the versatility.

Do you personally feel more of an uptown or downtown vibe?
Personally, I feel in an awkward kind of middle zone.  I think I can relate a little more to downtown just because I’m young and my lifestyle relates.  However, my when I came to New York I had the image of the classic town with Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra “out on the town” and the glitz and glamour.  That was when I was young.  Like I would say, “I want to go to New York!” it’s like this is what life’s about. So that’s what drew me in to it, but then there’s another side to New York that is like very real and… grungy and raw.  So I really wanted to try and incorporate both of these elements. I have succeeded with that with this Mango project.

My personal line is a little more of a downtown vibe, but there’s always an uptown element.  There’s always that little spark of uptown.

Would you say that you were inspired from growing up around gorgeous gowns?
Yes, in general though whether it’s that or classic Hollywood images, classic romanticism of New York.  You always think of the “night on the town,” the limos, the beautiful ball gowns, and black ties. This is the ideal image that you see when you think of New York; for example, the iconic show Sex and the City. The line is very Carrie with the tu-tu skirts and T-shirts. Even if you don’t live the lifestyle 100 percent, coming to New York, that’s what everyone imagines.

MDLR for Mango will hit stores in mid-April. You can shop for the collection online at www.mangoshop.com.

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Stephen Curry Inspired By 9-Year-Old To Provide Curry 6 Shoes For Girls

Proving to be more than just an expert shooter from the free-throw line, Stephen Curry has managed to do right by the majority of the people in his life, including a young girl he's never met.

After receiving a handwritten letter from 9-year-old Riley Morrison, the precocious kid pointed out one minor issue with the Golden State Warrior's latest Curry 5 shoes — the sneakers were not manufactured in girls' shoe sizes.

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— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) November 26, 2018

"My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5s for sale under the girl's section," the aspiring basketball player wrote.

Quickly swooping in for the save, the 30-year-old athlete responded with a written note, saying, "I appreciate your concern and have spent the last 2 days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue." Continuing the letter, the father-of-three went on to say, "I am going to send you the Curry 5's now and you will be the first kid to get the Curry 6."

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In a statement to VIBE, Dean Stoyer, VP, Global Brand Communications for Under Armour explained the shoes were intended to be worn by girls and boys.

"Thanks to Riley and Stephen, we’re correcting a simple yet critical error. We’ve actually offered Curry signature footwear in youth sizing for boys and girls since the initial Curry 1; however, labeling that youth sizing for “Boys” and not designating for boys and girls, was simply wrong," he said. "Beginning now and moving forward our youth sizes will be properly labeled on UA.com to reflect co-gender “Grade School” sizing, and on boxes beginning with the first youth sizes of the Curry 6 delivering this spring."

Working diligently to correct the mistake, Curry proceeded to invite the young fan to an event for International Women's Day in March.

Looks like everyone wins, including Riley and girls all over the nation.

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Wu-Tang Clan Taps Teyana Taylor To Model New Lipstick Collab

On Thursday (Nov. 1), the iconic hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan announced to Billboard that they teamed up with Milk Makeup to launch their first-ever cosmetics line with Teyana Taylor as the star of the campaign.

Wu-Tang, who is heavily inspired by Chinese culture, are no strangers when it comes to extending their brand beyond music. In the past, the Staten Island group has had a line of sneakers via a partnership with Nike and spent this year launching an apparel collection of streetwear for different seasons.

However, this is the first time the group hopes to reach to the hearts of ladies everywhere with the new lipstick collection. Wu-Tang's RZA told Billboard that his wife is a fan of Milk Makeup products. "My wife has a cool perspective about makeup [because] in her youth, she was in the modeling circles," RZA said.

"She is a fan of Milk Makeup's products, and when [Rassi and I] talked about forming a collaboration that reflected our NYC sensibility, and philosophy makeup became the unique and unpredictable choice," he added. "The Milk Makeup collaboration was spearheaded by my wife."

The 46-second commercial for the limited-edition product features Teyana Taylor performing karate moves on a roof with the NYC skyline in the background. Dressed in an all-black battle suit with long sleek black hair, Taylor is focused on her kung-fu styled moves as the video goes into slow-motion.

Taylor, who featured Wu-Tang on a remix to her 2018 single "Gonna Love Me" spoke with Milk about the new venture. "[Working with Milk and Wu-Tang] was a no-brainer. I have been a huge fan of Wu-Tang forever and I love the modern energy of Milk Makeup. When I saw the quality of the lipstick with the custom-sculpted dragon on the bullet, I was impressed—it's like a work of art."

The limited-edition collection is currently available exclusively on MilkMakeup.com. Each of the lipsticks can be bought separately for $55 each or all together for $440. Along with the collection comes a 24 karat gold compact mirror ($75) and a makeup pin set ($18) that can also be bought separately.

Will you be buying one for the holiday season?

 

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Virgil Abloh's Moët Collaboration Goes The Cool Kid Route With Free Tape Dispensaries

Virgil Abloh's collaboration with Moët & Chandon is pivoting towards an interactive leg thanks to an unveiling of custom-wrapped bus shelters (stops) with the Abloh's signature "DO NOT DROP" tape.

From Friday (Nov. 2) to Nov. 20, those in the Chicago area can stop by a bus stop and find them decked out with Abloh's design. Bus shelters wrapped with Abloh's signature design include the Art Institute of Chicago with two additional placements in the Chicago neighborhoods of Printer's Row and near Greektown. Abloh previously announced the limited-release of the brand's first-ever liquor brand collaboration in September.

The free tape dispensaries will be available from 9AM-5PM today. Abloh previously spoke with Harper's Bazar about the idea behind the design. In addition to staying true to Moët's timeless legacy, the designer wanted to make the design as treasurable as possible.

"I was inspired by the idea of what champagne means. How it can be symbolic of an achievement, a celebration, it has a sort of upper-echelon emotion attached to it," he explained. "So the design I applied to it, as a figure of speech in a way, in my voice, using Helvetica and quotes, to say... treasure the moment, "do not drop," it's fragile. That was a way to, in contemporary speak, merge these two ideas together."

The 750ml “ready-to-wear” design can be purchased for $60 at retailers nationwide, as well as online at Clos19.com. The 38-year old happily celebrated the new partnership last month at New York City’s New Museum.

Check out the sleek design below.

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