Dapper Dan Defends Decision To Meet With Gucci

"If anyone should be boycotted it's the brands that won't give our young people an opportunity to learn."

Gucci's latest initiatives to eliminate their cultural ignorance were helped brought together by Dapper Dan, a decision that has left the designer at throws of critics who aren't thrilled about the Harlem legend working with the luxury brand.

On Saturday (Feb. 16) Dan, born Daniel Day, explained why he met with Gucci's President and CEO Marco Bizzarri and what it could mean for the future of young black designers.

"We have to learn to earn," he said in a statement on Instagram. "What happened to all the Black fashion brands that failed since the '80s? Was it because they didn't get Black support, or was it because they didn't know the business? Do you expect our young Black designers to spend 30+ years mastering fashion by teaching themselves as I did? How do you expect them to compete with big brands if they don't really know the business? They need jobs and internships within these big brands so that they can learn and they branch out on their own."

 

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Dan's history with Gucci has always been a complex one. Known for his custom designs for street legends like Alpo Martinez and rappers like Jay-Z, Eric B. and Rakim and Cam'ron, Dan is credited with bringing luxury to hip-hop culture. It took over two decades for Gucci and other brands to acknowledge his influence. In 2017, Dan partnered with the brand for a new menswear line and Harlem saw The Dapper Dan Atelier Studio as the first luxury house fashion store in 2018.

But it wasn't until figures like 50 Cent slammed the designer over his business ties with the brand which seemed like a victory just last year to the public. In his statement to his critics, Dan explained why the meeting was bigger than his brand and how Gucci's new initiative will benefit aspiring designers.

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"Many young people think a t-shirt design with a logo is a fashion business when in reality the business of fashion is so much broader and more complex than that," he added. "I studied my a** off to master this business. Live your dream. Don't let other people's feelings stop you. Take advantage of the chance to learn. All you haters get out the way for young people. Embrace change. For those that want to continue to hate Gucci and boycott, you are entitled to do as you please. But if anyone should be boycotted it's the brands that won't give our young people an opportunity to learn."

Gucci's four new initiatives include hiring global and regional directors for diversity and inclusion, setting up a multicultural design scholarship program, the launch of a diversity and inclusivity awareness program and launching a global exchange program.

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Rihanna Stuns At Fenty Pop-Up Event In New York City

That Rihanna reign just won’t let up.

Less than a month after launching her Fenty collection in Paris, Rihanna is expanding her pop-up shop to New York City. The Grammy winner attended the NYC opening at The Webster SOHO Tuesday (June 18) sporting a hot pink mini-dress and freshly done auburn-colored braids, complemented by turquoise accessories.

Rihanna's size-inclusive luxury clothing line comes just in time for summer with brightly colored bodycon dresses, graphic T-shirts, snakeskin heels, and glitzy accessories, according to Billboard.

The first installment of the Fenty collection, showcasing structured denim looks, corset dresses, strappy spiral sandals, pleated pants and fanny packs, became available for sale via Fenty.com on May 19.

Rihanna outlined her unconventional design vision to the  T, The New Times Style Magazine last month.“I want to be as disruptive as possible,” she explained of breaking free from the conventional fashion schedule. “The brand is not traditional. There is no runway show. It's a new way of doing things because I believe that this is where fashion is going to go eventually."

The NYC Fenty pop-up shop, which is described as a “two-story immersive experience,” will be open to the public from Jun 19 until Jun 30.

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Update: Baby Phat Relaunches With Nostalgic Collection At Forever 21

Update 12:00 am ET (June 13, 2019) – The wait is over! After teasing the return of the iconic streetwear brand earlier this week, Baby Phat relaunched Thursday (June 13) with a new and nostalgic collection at Forever 21.

Kimora Lee Simmons and her daughters, Ming and Aoki Lee Simmons, unveiled visuals from the collection via social media. The line features mini skirts, leopard print biker shorts, graphic tees, and more.

“Baby Phat, from its birth to what we’re doing right now, has really been a celebration of innovative women who pushed the world forward to embrace the urban lifestyle when many in the business and in society at large, did not have that vision or foresight,” Kimora said in the press release according to Bustle. “This was a movement. People forget that. It’s incredibly rewarding work with Forever 21 to bring forward these new collections and this message now more than ever.”

 

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Finally! The wait is over! All the classic fresh! It’s been a Labor of love! Hope you guys enjoy! much more to come! Love to you all!😘💞♥️💋🎉🍭

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It seems as though Kimora Lee Simmons’ iconic fashion line Baby Phat is coming back sooner than expected. Forever 21 reportedly teased on their social media pages that they will carry the brand upon its likely return to stores this Thursday (Jun. 13).

“[Two] more days ‘til the cat is back,” the tweet read. The video featured is of a pink, bejeweled pager, with the letters “KLS” appearing on the screen. While the cryptic tweet hasn’t been followed up by the clothing store nor by Simmons herself, fans are already making their assumptions (and getting their wallets ready).

Back in May, an Instagram page for Baby Phat announced that it would be returning in the summer, and the announcement saw over 7,000 likes.

“I’ll be relaunching that and rolling that out this year,” she told Bloomberg back in March. “For many people who know me, they remember that it’s always been a family journey for me.” She also announced that her daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, will reportedly help her run the revamped company.

what's the buzz about tho ✌️more days until the cat is back stay tuned for 6/13~ ✨ pic.twitter.com/ngjSyxYS3m

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Rihanna Casts 67-Year-Old Model JoAni Johnson In Fenty Campaign

Rihanna has an eye for great talent. The budding fashion and beauty mogul who previewed her Fenty luxury clothing line with LVMH in Paris last week cast a 67-year-old model that has been taking the industry by storm.

JoAni Johnson, a stunning grey-haired Harlem native standing at just 5 feet 4 inches tall, has worked with the likes of Oswald Boateng, Pyer Moss, and CDLM clothing among others. Johnson’s career is only a few years old but she has already been featured in Vogue, Allure, and Essence magazines to name a few, and made her New York Fashion Week debut last year.

 

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Her modeling career took flight thanks to a viral video about aging gracefully and being comfortable with her silver locks. Johnson hit her first runway at age 65, according to Elle magazine.

It may look like she was destined to be in front of the camera, and although she was always interested in fashions, Johnson didn’t break into modeling until she was a semi-retired. In college, Johnson first majored in art and biology before becoming a math major. After graduation, she moved to France to study nursing but later relocated back to New York where she worked for a denim company.  In addition to taking time off to become a stay at home mom, Johnson has worked as a receptionist, a showroom runner, and opened a tea blending business. She considers modeling to be a hobby, according to an interview with Refinery 29 this past February.

In 2016, Johnson and her late husband were walking through Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood when a photographer asked to take her photo. Johnson didn’t want to do it at first, but her husband encouraged her to let the woman snap the photo, and the rest is history.

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A few weeks later, Johnson was contacted by a casting agent who asked if she wanted to be in a video about people with grey hair. The job turned out to be for Allure magazine.

After her husband died suddenly last November, Johnson became more focused on fashion. “I tell people all the time: I do this because he loved me doing it. I know that he would have wanted me to continue,” she told Refinery 29.

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Some days are magical ELLE May 2019 Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia Creative Director #stephengan Photographer:@stevenpanpan Makeup: @violette_fr, @esteelauder Stylist: @katie_mossman Hair: @hiromari8787, @bryanbantryinc Nails: @amivnails, @seemanagement #greyhairdontcare

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Delightful new designs and a few new friends @vogue @rachelantonoff @rob.macinnis @andrewcolvinmakeup @ledora #greyhairdontcare

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Delightful new designs and a few new friends @vogue @rachelantonoff @rob.macinnis @andrewcolvinmakeup @ledora #greyhairdontcare

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"A Different Story", the cover shoot for @thezoereport's #FashionTakeover issue! Photo: @bymatallana Stylist: @meccajw Hair: @johnruidanthair at @seemanagement Makeup: @miguelledo at @artlistparisnewyork Nails: @misspopnails #greyhairdontcare

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#DeveauxSS19 for @NYFW as seen on @Voguerunway @nyfw @danrobertsstudio #grayhairdontcare

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We are the vision of diversity in fashion. We Are The Future! RTW Pre-Fall 18 Collections for VOGUE. #models Styled by @adakokosar, Photographer @sarakerens

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