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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

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Jamie Foxx and Grey Goose take over The Times Square Edition bar to Live Victoriously launch event.
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Jamie Foxx Takes Over Grey Goose Happy Hour, Announces Comedy Tour

Leave it to Jamie Foxx to take over a New York City happy hour. To celebrate the launch of Grey Goose's latest campaign, Live Victoriously, the actor and comedian made a surprise appearance at The Time Square EDITION Hotel on Tuesday (April 16).

As attendees were treated to after-work cocktails like "Angel of Music" (Grey Goose vodka, sparkling rosé, and lemon cardamom) and "The Grey Goose Martini" (Grey Goose vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters with a twist of lemon), Foxx walked behind the bar, took over and mingled with attendees. Bar-goers joined him behind the bar, danced, showcased some dancing and rapping talents on the impromptu "Grey Goose Idol" and jammed out to songs like "Blame It" (feat. T-Pain). Later in the evening, Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa made an appearance, Foxx cracked jokes and announced his upcoming, Kill the Comedian Tour, his first stand-up tour since his last comedy special in 2003.

As Jamie busted throwback moves behind the bar with bar-goers, comedians Aidy Bryant of Shrill and SNL’s Colin Jost made surprise appearances at Brooklyn's Extra Fancy and the Financial District's Underdog. Bryant and Jost performed spontaneous stand-up comedy routines and played a small game of sending selfies to each other.

Scroll through more photos from Jamie Foxx's appearance at Grey Goose's Live Victoriously event down below. Like Foxx wrote in his Instagram post, "Sometimes you gotta turn up on a Tuesday" and celebrating life's small, everyday moments.

Turning a random Tuesday into a night to remember. This is how to #LiveVictoriously ✌🏽. @iamjamiefoxx

— Grey Goose (@GreyGoose) April 17, 2019

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Rihanna Trademarks "Fenty Skin"

Rihanna's "Fenty" brand is expanding once again. After filing a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Mar. 25, Riri has officially secured a trademark for "Fenty Skin," Page Six confirms.

Fenty Skin will reportedly consist of a line of "medicated and non-medicated skincare, soap, body care and personal care products, and related accessories such as kits, tools and applicators." It will not include color cosmetic, perfume, or other fragrance products, however.

Although the trademark was approved only one month after the application was filed, Page Six notes that an examining attorney still has to process the trademark, which could take up to three months.

Once Fenty Skin is finalized though, it will join Rihanna's other thriving lines including the culturally-inclusive makeup collection, Fenty Beauty. The singer also has a lingerie line called Savage x Fenty.

Be on the lookout for Fenty Skin.


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