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When it was announced earlier this year that Off-White designer, Virgil Abloh, would be succeeding Kim Jones as Louis Vuitton’s men’s designer, a sense of excitement and anticipation swept across the fashion world.

This can be described as nothing short of historic as Abloh is the first person of color to be appointed the covetable position.  One could only imagine how good it must feel for a guy from Rockford, Illinois to achieve such a feet.  Starting out as a protege for Kanye West, Abloh worked with the rapper on a number of things, such as his album artwork for Watch The Throne as well as collaborating with him at Nike. Virgil took his fashion cred to the next level by starting the streetwear label Pyrex Vision. He would later start the very successful streetwear brand Off-White in 2013 making him one to watch in this industry.

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

Abloh’s first contribution, which is noticable right away, is the cast of predominantly black male models, which could, by far, be the best part of the show. The collection exuded that streetwear swag that Abloh has become known for with his own line Off-White.  The first few looks were all white including the bags and shoes, which could possibly have been a nod to his other line.  The sheer shirts and jackets with pockets were a familiar aesthetic that has become the designer’s signature.  As more of the models strutted out, the collection began to take a more neutral turn with a lot of brown, khaki and light grey pieces with a splash of yellow here and there.

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

Abloh’s decision to appoint stylist Christine Centenera has proven to be a great one. Her flow from one color palette to the next shows her versatility as a stylist. The show was dissected into different acts as if it were a Tony winning play. There was a colorful tie-dyed section, a series of red looks, then a series of pastel looks, then a series of dark looks. There was a clear since of story telling with each section successfully transitioning to the next.

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

Since this is Louis Vuitton I can’t forget about the bags. Abloh hit a home run putting his own unique spin on the classic leather goods. Many of the bags were seen in a clear iridescent fabric. Some were box shaped and came in colors like white, green, and of course with the classic monogram print. One thing most of the bags had in common were the chain straps.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I wouldn’t mind going into debt for one of those stunners. The highlight of the show was at the end as Abloh made his final bow to a standing ovation. His emotional hug with Kanye West, who was seated front row next to wife Kim Kardashian was enough to bring tears to even the hardest individual.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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[REVIEW] Fashion & Fashion Faux Pas! The Vanguard Fashion Show Has a Promising Start

COVID-19 has largely derailed social events in Atlanta, and the world at large. However, as learn to live with the virus, here and there events are making a comeback.

The first autumn event falls to Kiid Fro’s “Vanguard Fashion Show,” and it was an event definitely worth talking about!

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Photo Credits: Matthew Harris (IG: @scoobylx, ScyFlyCreations)

COVID-19 has largely derailed social events in Atlanta, and the world at large. However, as learn to live with the virus, here and there events are making a comeback.

The first autumn event falls to Kiid Fro’s “Vanguard Fashion Show,” and it was an event definitely worth talking about!

Grade: B-

The event took place Saturday night, October 17th, in a surprisingly stylish venue in Downtown Atlanta. There were a couple of socialites and notable members of the city’s Black LGBT community gathered to watch some of the latest fashion lines of the season. The show begin with a late start but was overlooked largely thanks to the venue’s tasty drinks–sangrias we believe–and great conversations with fellow Kontrol Magazine’s Lifestyle Editor, Byron Jamal, media personality, Imani Vanzap; a rising star and “auntie” of Atlanta’s Black LGBT community, “About Him’s” Brandon Karson Jordan, Outpour Media Productions LGBTQ owner, Antar Bush, and Carl Levonzell aka K $tarr, an actor, indie rapper, and hilarious radio personality.

When the show finally began, and in between intermissions, we were able to see some amazing pieces of fashion. Never before, have I been to show where I liked all of the lines, or even more so saw pieces that I can actually see everyday people wearing. All of the lines pulled off high fashion with their own touch of haughtiness with the functionality of “The Everyman” in mind. Nevertheless, the lines must be chastised for their lack of plus-sized male models. The diversity was blaringly lacking in that department. More brands are now embracing bigger men–Savage x Fenty, Target–and even New York Fashion Week had one plus sized male model. This is something we hope will be corrected in the future.

However, we must admit we loved Jae Amour’s “The Penthouse Collection” and Soomar’s lines the most. We are familiar with both their work and have seen nothing but growth in the right direction from these designers.

However, the event was marred, as aforementioned by tardiness, long intermissions between the presentation of the fashion lines, and sound issues which seemingly crippled what could have been a great opening performance–the Voice of Array has “The Range.”

We did like Kiid Fro’s handling of the media, he was respectful, hands on, and ensured any information needed was freely given or arranged–Atlanta take notes! Also he mirrored Issa Rae’s philosophy of “reaching across the table” to friends, family, and associates to get his event off the ground using them as performers, models, media, and staff.

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Zoe Effect Black Z-Pack Bag

As a finishing touch noted guests were given Z-Packs as gift bags! These cute little bags definitely follow the trend in high mens fashion of now having little bags to compliment trendy outfits.

For this to be Kiid Fro’s first event earns him some major cool points. His general love and the admiration and respect he garners from his community is somewhat heartwarming and enviable. We will be watching. Kudos.

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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

foot locker booming sales

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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