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This past week, Louis Vuitton and Gucci scored more homeruns with their exceptional display of artistic ability and attention to detail, continuing their reign as luxury powerhouses.

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In a sense of irony, Louis Vuitton creative director, Nicolas Ghesquiere, decided to hold the show for the new resort collection at the St Paul de Vence, which is one of the oldest medieval towns in France. As he’s done numerous times, Ghesquiere seemed to be at the forefront of innovation.  Like Marc Jacobs before him, Nicolas Ghesquiere has taken the notion of forward thinking to new heights with his knack for creating items that most people didn’t know they wanted or needed.

 Louis Vuitton resort 2019   Louis Vuitton resort 2019

The sneakers from the spring 2018 collection got a fresh makeover, as most of the looks were topped off with those wonderful “sneaker boots”.  Most were shown in black, however, the sprinkle of gold boots will surely make them very popular among the fashion elite and celebrities alike.  Perhaps the most adorable part of the collection was the collaboration between the house and former Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington.  Her famous cat sketches were transformed into bags which would make the perfect companion on a summer’s night.

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Earlier this year, the house of Gucci announced that their newest shows would take place in Paris instead Milan where it has always been a staple. For their first show, creative director, Alessandro Michele, chose a rather odd location. The Les Alyscamps in Arles, France is a very well known cemetery in that part of the world.  Not surprisingly, our eyes were feasted to a smorgasbord of looks, which featured both male and female looks. The “Victorian Goth” collections was fit right in to the setting, where a line of fire blazed alongside the models as they skulked down the runway.

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No matter the season we can always count on Louis Vuitton and Gucci to bring their A-game to any collection.  When it comes to setting trends, the amazing designers at both houses have managed to repeatedly outweigh the competition.

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Venus Williams Announces EleVen x Wonder Woman Collection!

We are just 8 days away from DC FANDOME, our 24-hour first of its kind immersive global fan experience Featuring 300 stars, cast members, creators and crew.

One of those fans is Venus Williams, the women’s tennis pro with several Grand Slam titles under her belt. A known fan of Wonder Woman, this week EleVen by Venus Williams announced the launch of their limited edition Wonder Woman collection.

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We are just 8 days away from DC FANDOME, our 24-hour first of its kind immersive global fan experience Featuring 300 stars, cast members, creators and crew.

One of those fans is Venus Williams, the women’s tennis pro with several Grand Slam titles under her belt. A known fan of Wonder Woman, this week EleVen by Venus Williams announced the launch of their limited edition Wonder Woman collection.

venus williams wonder woman eleven collaboration

The fashion-forward activewear brand created by global tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams, introduces the EleVen by Venus Williams x Wonder Woman Collection offering premium athletic staples that bring out the best in fierce women who are competitive, compassionate, and ready for anything life has to bring.

venus williams wonder woman eleven collaboration

Just like Wonder Woman, EleVen women are every type of strong. They are powerful and beautiful, determined and confident, tough and compassionate. Every woman can see a bit of themselves in Wonder Woman, which is what EleVen celebrates with this “Wonder Woman x Eleven by Venus Williams” capsule collection. The collection will be available to shop on EleVenByVenusWilliams.com with two pieces – a windbreaker and jumpsuit  (images attached) – dropping exclusively via Complex at DC FanDome on Saturday, August 22nd.

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Foot Locker Reports BOOMING Sales As People Spend Their Stimulus Checks!

Americans and their love affair with sneakers is evident as ever with the sneaker retail giant, “Foot Locker,” reports booming sales as people spend their federal stimulus checks. The company previewed its second quarter sales and found them to be much higher than expected.

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Americans and their love affair with sneakers is evident as ever with the sneaker retail giant, “Foot Locker,” reports booming sales as people spend their federal stimulus checks. The company previewed its second quarter sales and found them to be much higher than expected.

foot locker booming sales

For many Americans the stimulus checks offer greater income than the jobs they were fired from or laid off from due to COVID-19. This “surplus” is being spent at malls and with online retailer, hence Foot Locker’s financial “come up.”

Shares of Foot Locker gained more 7% on the news. And Nike shares were up 4%, helping the Dow surge almost 300 points.

Foot Locker will release its second quarter sales on August 21st, showing an eighteen percent surge in stores opened for at least a year. Economic analysts initially expected a drop of about twenty percent in sales due to COVID-19.

via CNN

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Sales were so strong because of “pent-up demand and the effect of fiscal stimulus,” Foot Locker chairman and CEO Richard Johnson said in a news release Monday.
“While these undoubtedly remain challenging times, we are nonetheless pleased by the health of our category,” Johnson added, saying that sales were strong for both physical stores in malls and online.
We are not surprised to hear Foot Locker has “booming” sales. On our own recent trips to the mall as they reopened, shoe retail stores have been constantly busy. Some people, however, feel it shows that the stimulus checks are not being used as they were meant to for essentials like food, mortgage/rent, child care, etc. As you may already know Congress recently decreased the $600 weekly unemployment checks to $400, feeling it is time most Americans return to work, despite soaring numbers of coronavirus cases in most states.
What are your thoughts on Foot Locker’s reports? Sound off in the comments’ section below.

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Beyonce’s “Black Is King” is a Fashion Smash!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about Beyonce’s new visual album, Black Is King, which is meant to be the yin to The Lion King album’s yang!

As much as I love and adore Queen B, my old bones didn’t allow me to stay awake til 3 am to watch the premiere, however, I was able to catch it the next day which is all that matters, so don’t judge.  Now when you love fashion as much as I do you’ll often get lost in the wardrobe so bad that they will haunt your dreams at night. Black Is King was no exception as it was chocked full of amazing fashions that seduced and satisfied my craving for beauty. Whether it was big designers like Balmain and Mugler or the local African designers like 5:31 Jerome, she kept it sexy and classy. That being said, I had to list some of my favorite looks.

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Black Is King

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about Beyonce’s new visual album, Black Is King, which is meant to be the yin to The Lion King album’s yang!

As much as I love and adore Queen B, my old bones didn’t allow me to stay awake til 3 am to watch the premiere, however, I was able to catch it the next day which is all that matters, so don’t judge.  Now when you love fashion as much as I do you’ll often get lost in the wardrobe so bad that they will haunt your dreams at night. Black Is King was no exception as it was chocked full of amazing fashions that seduced and satisfied my craving for beauty. Whether it was big designers like Balmain and Mugler or the local African designers like 5:31 Jerome, she kept it sexy and classy. That being said, I had to list some of my favorite looks.

Black Is King

Greek designer Mary Katrantzou has never shied away from a good print.  Ever since her debut collection in 2008, fashion lovers like Anna Dello Russo have all fallen head over heels for her merchandise. Beyonce’s stylist Zerina Akers scored her this amazing number from Katrantzou’s fall 2019 collection.

Black Is King

Since his days at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci has adored Beyonce. Now that he has taken his talents to Burberry, it was no surprise that Beyonce’s visual album would feature a few Burberry looks such as this one.

Black Is King

Anyone who knows me knows I love me some Balmain. To my delight Beyonce donned this look from the spring 2020 collection.

Black Is King

This image teased us for weeks as the world waited for the day of the premiere.  This Valentino Haute Couture creation was made especially for her by Valentino’s designer Pierpaolo Piccioli.  I loooove leopard so the fact that not only are the guys covered in it, but the car is as well. That was enough for me.

Black Is King

The name Loza Maleombho may not be familiar to most of you, however, that all may change after Beyonce wore this piece in Black Is King. 

One thing Beyonce has always been great at has been her innate ability to captivate her audience. Be it her powerful voice, her dance moves( which are always on point ), or her great style she always make sure everyone is talking about it for years to come.

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Dominique Bedell

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