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The Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Very Litigious Bikini
On a sunny summer day in Montauk, Ipek Irgit was in the familiar situation of not knowing what she was doing with her life. It was 2012, and she was 34 years old. Earlier in the year, after having her heart broken, she had taken a vacation in Brazil, visiting Rio de Janeiro and the beach towns of Bahia. Now she was on the beach on Long Island, wearing a handmade-looking bikini with crochet and exposed elastic straps, trying to figure out what to do and who to be.

via: The New York Times

What Cowboy Bebop Can Teach Us About Friendship and Loneliness
When Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop first premiered in Japan in 1998, initially broadcasting only eight episodes because of its violent content, no one could have predicted the lasting impression it would have 20 years on. IMDb ranks it as the greatest anime series of all time, and with a new Netflix live-action reboot announced in November, the two-season-and-a-film series’ popularity is only set to increase.

via: i-D

Five Models Accuse Bruce Weber of Sexual Misconduct in New Lawsuit
Five male models have come forward to claim that the photographer Bruce Weber exploited or sexually assaulted them, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in New York. The five plaintiffs, who are referred to by initials in the lawsuit, were all aspiring models at the time of their interactions with Weber. The complaint calls Weber a 'serial sexual predator' and says he conducted “breathing exercises” at both photo shoots and at his private home studio, in which he touched the men and insinuated that he could help their careers if they complied. It describes the exchanges as a form of fraud.

via: Business of Fashion

How Streetwear Infiltrated, Then Defined, the New Luxury Market
As gatekeepers to the nebulous, youthfully-minded intersection of music, fashion, and style often referred to as 'the culture,' we at Highsnobiety, from both a product and an information perspective, believe it is our duty to cut through the noise and present to you the very best this world has to offer. We are excited to present to you our first-ever whitepaper—a deep dive into the “New Luxury” landscape.

via: Highsnobiety

Nike, Already World's Largest Sneaker Maker, Proves It's Still A Growth Company
On the homepage of its investor relations website, Nike calls itself 'a growth company.' It looks like the world’s largest sneaker company just validated that statement. Nike shares surged nearly 8% in after-hours trading on Thursday after the only fashion stock in the 30-member Dow index reported better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter profit and sales and eased worries that the U.S.-China tariff spat will hurt demand in China, the company's critical growth market.

via: Forbes

Raf Simons and Calvin Klein: Behind the Beakup
Raf Simons is exiting Calvin Klein less than two years after his debut as its first chief creative officer and eight months before the end of his contract. The brand will not stage a runway show in February. The designer’s stint at Calvin Klein—coming after his turn as artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections at Dior—won plaudits within the industry but failed to resonate commercially. His exit was widely expected after Calvin Klein parent PVH Corp. chief executive Emanuel Chirico last month criticised the brand’s uneven financial performance and skew toward 'high-fashion' under Simons.

via: Business of Fashion

Top 10 Emerging Fashion Brands of 2018
It’s become harder to navigate through the sea of new brands that consistently pop-up every year. 2018 was no different as more diffusion lines appeared, veteran designers started their own labels and budding creatives debuted first-year collections. However, despite the evergrowing crop of new talent, a handful of them made more of an impact in 2018 to rise above the rest. Through standout designs and worthwhile collaborations, these names announced it’s their turn to redefine the fashion game, and for the long run as well.In no particular order, here are 10 of 2018’s best-emerging brands.

via: Hypebeast

Ralph Lauren Celebrates Golden Anniversary at Versailles
Ralph Lauren continued to celebrate his golden anniversary in fine form on Tuesday night, bringing his brand's birthday party to the gilded Palace of Versailles in France. And why not? After all, he is the king of American fashion. Lauren and 700 guests wandered the palace's private apartments, the famed hall of mirrors and sipped champagne in Napoleon's coronation room before settling under the soaring ceilings of the great battles gallery for a feast. The designer told The Hollywood Reporter that all the pomp was 'a little overwhelming,' but the room was done up in red plaid and warm light for the cool winter evening.

via: The Hollywood Reporter

He’s designed hats for Dior. Now, he’s created one inspired by the African American Museum.
Stephen Jones is a celebrated British milliner who creates gloriously glamorous hats that are worn by fashion models on the catwalk, social swells at royal weddings and aristocrats when they are doing aristocratic things. Jones, an officer of the Order of the British Empire, is a star in his own right, but in his decades-long career, he has also collaborated with countless world-class design houses. He's made elegant turbans and dramatic gaucho hats for Marc Jacobs and jaunty newsboy caps for Dior. He's even dreamed up enormous fur dog heads for Thom Browne.

via: Washington Post

Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on the Insanity of Fame, Not Being Asian Enough, and Tribal Tattoos
n August 7, 2018, a film premiere was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre – known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre until it did a naming deal with a Chinese electronics manufacturer – in Hollywood. The film was called Crazy Rich Asians . It may have pinged on your radar. The film’s stars are Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, who began her acting career in the 1980s, and Constance Tianmin Wu, who has been acting since high school. The male lead is Henry Golding, who had never previously done a day’s acting, unless you count the murmurs of appreciation he utters during a little 2016 curiosity called Fresh Friendships, sponsored by Subway, in which he and his now-wife, Liv Lo, create, and consume, each other’s dream subs. (Henry’s: multigrain, cheese, extra lettuce and tomato, no onions.)

via: South China Morning Post

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