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Adidas Removes Sneaker Dedicated To Black History Month Amid Backlash

"A swing and a miss, @adidas. FYI: Try consulting with actual Black people first. I hear they're all over the country." 

Following its competitor, Nike's recent media fiasco with the release of its Nike Air Max 270, adidas appears to be in the same boat.

The sneaker brand recently released its Black History Month shoe titled "Celebrating Black Culture" and just as quickly removed it from its site due to an overwhelming amount of backlash. The sneaker in question caused waves of criticism on social media due to what some users say was a lack of relevance to the month dedicated to black Americans.

"Adidas could have gotten more creative with that shoe," said Twitter user @danayshiaavette. "They could have had all the milestones of black history like MLK, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth etc on the shoe instead of having an all-white cushion."

 

 

The backlash was enough that the brand released a statement in response to the criticism, per Complex.

"Adidas released a new collection in celebration of Black History Month featuring designs inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. It includes footwear and apparel across a variety of categories. Toward the latter stages of the design process, we added a running shoe to the collection that we later felt did not reflect the spirit or philosophy of how adidas believes we should recognize and honor Black History Month. After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw the product from the collection."

The official adidas "Black History Month" collection will be available on the company's site starting Feb. 5 and although the controversial white shoe has been removed from its website, it can still be found on SSENSE as of right now.

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He Won: Lil Nas X Teams Up With Wrangler for Capsule Collection

Lil Nas X's clever Wrangler name drop on his No. 1 hit "Old Town Road" has resulted in a limited edition capsule collection with the denim retailer.

Announced Monday (May 20), the Wrangler Lil Nas X Collection comes in conjunction with Columbia Records and features behind the scenes gems from his cameo-heavy "Old Town Road (Remix)" music video. Importantly, the pieces are actually stylish with tees baring his name in various styles and shorts with Wrangler written on the booty.

Wrangler's site notes the capsule is inspired by the hit song and "offers fresh remixes of classic Wrangler styles for the kind of modern cowboy that can’t be put in a box."

"As an iconic brand in fashion, we have shown up in music, film, and popular culture for decades, but this is the first time our jeans are actually the key to unlocking a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a chart-topping hit,” Jenni Broyles, VP/GM of Wrangler North America, said in a statement to Complex. “We’re incredibly excited about the success of ‘Old Town Road’ and our partnership with Lil Nas X. It is another great example of the power music – and in our case, fashion – has to unite and inspire us all.”

The collection is also fairly priced with items ranging from $39 to $139. It's easy to applaud the 20-year-old as he's beat the genre odds with "Old Town Road." The song, which was originally removed from the Country Billboard charts, has been the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks.

The Georgia rapper recently announced on Saturday (May 18) that his first EP, 7, will arrive in June. Lil Nas X didn't share much about what his "stans" and other listeners could expect from his upcoming project, but assumptions can be made from his Instagram posts featuring fellow artists like country singer Austin Michaels, Noah Cyrus and Kelly Rowland.

See pieces from the collection below.

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Rihanna To Collaborate With LVMH For Fenty Luxury Line

According to reports, Rihanna will be the first woman in history to create an original brand with LVMH, who will be collaborating with the mogul on a new luxury Maison.

Per a press release from LVMH, the Maison–called Fenty– will be created with Rihanna's vision in mind, and will release "ready to wear, shoes and accessories" in the Spring of 2019. She will be the first woman of color to head an LVMH Maison, and Fenty is the first new fashion house for the group since 1987.

“Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us," Rih said in a statement. "Mr. Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits. I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.”

“Everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real CEO and a terrific leader," Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, added. "She naturally finds her full place within LVMH. To support Rihanna to start up the Fenty Maison, we have built a talented and multicultural team supported by the Group resources. I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success.”

Rihanna took to Instagram to confirm the news, writing that it was a "big day for the culture."

 

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big day for the culture. thank you Mr.Arnault for believing in this little girl from the left side of an island, and for giving me the opportunity to grow with you at @LVMH . This is proof that nothing is impossible. Glory be to God. 🙏🏿

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Stars Don Their Monday Best For 2019 Met Gala: See Our Favorite 'Fits

The Met Gala is always the fashion event of the year, and 2019 is certainly no different. As expected, the stars in attendance were able to let their guard down in order to revel in the celebrations, which took place at the Met on Monday, May 6.

This year’s theme is “Notes On ‘Camp.’” According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website, the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition “will explore the origins of camp's exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp'" provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.”

Check out some of the standout fashions worn by some of your favorite stars below.

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