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Dress Code: Simple Versatility Makes Notoriouss Clothing “Sicker Than Your Average”

The clothing line, owned and curated by Biggie Smalls’ daughter T’yanna, brings nostalgia to the new wave of urban wear.

Dress Code’ is VIBE’s fashion and style series, where were we test drive rising brands from an every day life point of view.

NOTORIOUSS CLOTHING SAYS

Founder: T’yanna Wallace
Happy Customers: Jadakiss, Stevie J, Angela Yee, Faith Evans
On Notoriouss Clothing’s Humble Beginnings: I went to Penn State University and studied Business Management. Studying business helped me a lot with starting my own business because it taught me all the technical parts about starting a business, like copyrighting and legally owning my business. It was easy for me to incorporate info from school into my business plans.

My second year of college in 2013 is when Notoriouss was born. I already knew I wanted a clothing line, but [I] had never put any effort into making it happen yet. I had a friend who was very into his music. He worked so hard at it that it made me want to work more on my line. I created a couple designs, got shirts and sweaters made and did a quick photoshoot with my friends at school.

Once I posted the pictures online, a bunch of media outlets were talking about it, and it made me want to continue more. When I decided I wanted my line to be dedicated to my dad [The Notorious B.I.G.], I didn’t want people to think it was just “a Biggie clothing line.” So I added the extra S because I add my style and swag to it.

When Brooklyn comes to Harlem ! 🗽🏦

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On The Design Process: I include my personal style in my line, and I like to ask my peers what they would like to see in the line. I also listen to my dad’s music for design ideas.

Their Uniqueness In The Marketplace: My goal is to make my brand appeal to all ages. I feel like anybody can find something they like within my brand because it’s very versatile.

How The Founder Wears Notoriouss: It’s easy to dress up or dress down with clothes from my line, so I never have a hard time choosing. I dress according to my mood, so I’ll pick whichever piece matches how I feel.

Favorite Item In The Current Collection: The Notoriouss Jogger sweatpants & Notoriouss pullover hoodie, because they're both the most comfortable.

 

VIBE SAYS...

J’na Jefferson, Contributing Writer
To keep things 100, my taste in clothes changes with each passing day. One day, I’m wearing wedges with a sundress. The next day, I’m leaning towards boho-chic and then the day after, I’m taking a dip in the streetwear pool. Although my closet is the equivalent of a party sized bag of Chex Mix, what I can reveal about my style is that I enjoy keeping things simple yet effective. That’s where Notoriouss takes the W- their uncomplicated approach to everyday style. Whether I’m on-the-go or typing away at my MacBook Pro, the line works for my lifestyle.

Given my fascination with pop-culture, I can’t help but love the Frank White tee featuring the one and only, Biggie Smalls, which both guys and gals could add to their get-up without overpowering whatever you may be wearing under or over. It’s neutral yet bold, and truly puts the “ease” in “steez.” Whatever style mood I may be in that day, Notoriouss is helpful to add in a tinge of my personality to my outfit.

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February was a difficult month for luxury brand Gucci. The legendary fashion house pulled a balaclava sweater from physical and online stores that many deemed disrespectful. The black sweater with a red print around the mouth area was deemed by many as reminiscent of blackface.

With the help of Dapper Dan and other notable celebrities, Gucci is trying to make things right. They recently announced their new Changemakers Council, which according to reports will feature a board that will work together to select inclusive elements of programming. Besides the Harlem designer and Gucci collaborator, DeRay McKesson, will.i.am, writer/activist Brittany Packnett and many more will be part of the Council.

Through this new Gucci Changemakers initiative, the fashion brand and the designer will also introduce the Changemakers Scholarship, which awards a $20,000 grant to selected students over the course of four years. They will also implement the Changemakers Fund, which "is a $5 million fund that will invest in community-based programs, particularly those helping communities of color, in cities across the U.S."

“As a partner, I am proud to work with Gucci and other community leaders to help guide programs that will create meaningful impact for the Black community and fashion as a whole,” Dapper Dan said in a statement regarding the new project. “It is imperative that we have a seat at the table to say how we should be represented and reimagined. Through our work together, Gucci is in a position to lead the overall industry toward becoming a better more inclusive one.”

 

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Virgil Abloh And Louis Vuitton Condemn Sex Abuse Amid 'Leaving Neverland'

Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton are speaking up against child sex abuse. Abloh debuted a Michael Jackson-inspired collection in Paris Fashion Week in Jan. 2019, but in the wake of the allegations revisited by HBO's Leaving Neverland, the artistic director announced the luxury brand is pulling pieces of the FW19 line from production.

Abloh released a statement to WWD on Thursday (Mar. 14), condemning child abuse and explaining the motive behind the fall menswear collection. "I  am aware that, in light of this documentary, the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights," he said. “My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers."

Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer, also elaborated on the controversy surrounding the collection, noting that they were "unaware" of the documentary prior to presenting the collection in Paris. "We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing," Burke told The New Yorker. "Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause."

A spokesperson for the French label also confirmed that "no item that directly features Michael Jackson elements" will be available to the public. "The Fall-Winter 2019 Men’s collection has multiple inspirations and will be launched in stores in July," the statement reads.

As previously reported, Leaving Neverland spoke with two men who alleged they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were young. The shocking footage has triggered a worldwide response, both positive and negative. While some networks and organizations have started to remove Jackson-related content from circulation, some supporters have launched protests in their local areas to defend Jackson's innocence.

The singer's family has also denied the allegations and is seeking legal action against HBO and the alleged victims.

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Ryan Destiny Nabs Fashion Honor At International Women of Power Event

While donning the "lucky" color of green, in a shamrock green suit Ryan Destiny was named a fashion honoree at the International Women of Power Event. The event which took place in Los Angeles awarded Destiny with the "Fashion Queen NSAA Award" presented by Fashion Nova Cares.

The actress who plays the bold and fearless singer Alex on the Fox show Star expressed her delight through her Instagram page. "A bomb way to celebrate #internationalwomensday," the 24-year-old actress started. "Feeling so blessed. The only few words I can come up with to describe the weekend is thank you! Being an honoree is one thing but being in a room with women who are this incredible is beyond inspiring."

 

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A bomb way to start celebrate #internationalwomensday. Feeling so blessed. The only few words I can come up with to describe the weekend is thank you! Being an honoree is one thing but being in a room with women who are this incredible is beyond inspiring. Those are the moments I cherish. All LOVE to @koshiemills @diasporadialogues 🙏🏾 (had to show the failing process of getting pics on a roof) lmao. S/o to my Patna in style @scotlouie. I share this award w you friend<3

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Destiny was not the only celebrity in attendance who received accolades last week, other honorees included comedienne Tiffany Haddish, actress and activist Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, as well as First Lady of Sierra Leone H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, to name a few. The event is meant to celebrate powerful women who have positively influenced Africans worldwide.

Koshie Mills, whom Destiny thanked in her post is the brain behind the International Woman of Power Event. Mills a mother to hotshots Kwame Boateng, from Everybody Hates Chris and model-actor Kofi Siriboe, had this to say about her brainchild.

"This is an opportunity for everyone looking at Africa and its Diaspora to see how African women are not only beautiful, regal, intelligent, powerful and resilient, we are owning our own narrative and reclaiming our Queendom for the world to see," the mother of three said. "When we come together to exhibit pride in our heritage and celebrate one another, we are unmatched and unstoppable."

Learn more about the International Women of Power Event here.

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