Nia Style Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:52:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nia Style 32 32 Victoria Beckham chooses glamor over fireworks for Paris fashion week | Fashion Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:52:00 +0000

Can a Spice Girl be French chic? Victoria Beckham won over fashion skeptics in New York and London, but for her first show in nearly three years, she upped the ante with a leap into the quintessential style capital.

“Paris is the ultimate dream,” Beckham said ahead of a performance staged in the honey-swept stone cloisters of the baroque Val de Grace church. “It’s a pinch moment for me to be here.” Although the designer insisted she was more excited than nervous, it’s a tough time for her brand. The work-from-home zeitgeist has been a bad wind for a name that trades on jet-set glamour. Prices had to drop to boost sales. And the celebrity circus around the Beckham name – invaluable in bringing allure and pizzazz to a relatively small fashion brand – had threatened to overshadow the show with rumors of a “feud” between Beckham and his step- daughter.

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Models present creations for the Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2023 show during Paris Women’s Fashion Week. Photography: Julien de Rosa/AFP/Getty Images

The designer opted for understated glamor over catwalk fireworks for her Paris debut. Satin dresses were cut on the bias for a flowing walk, hung from delicate spaghetti straps for drama and fringed with silk tassels to hug bare shoulders. Beckham thinks her client wants what she wants herself: “A sexy dress that’s easy to wear. It’s what I like the most and I’m not going to worry about it. Everything was tasteful and serene in the front row too, where the support of Beckham’s son and daughter-in-law Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz Beckham put an end to the gossip.

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Brooklyn Beckham, Nicola Peltz Beckham, Romeo Beckham, Edward Enninful, Harper Beckham, David Beckham and Anna Wintour at the Victoria Beckham Fashion Show. Photography: Darren Gerrish/WireImage for Victoria Beckham

“A year ago we weren’t able to do a show,” Beckham said. “We had to put together a whole new team. As an independent brand, having come through the pandemic and being here, accepted by the French fashion community, is a big deal. Marie Leblanc, who joined the brand as CEO in 2019, expects to break even next year.

“It’s more modern not to bury myself under a wardrobe now,” Beckham said. It’s fashion week that speaks for the oldest adage: sex sells. A body-conscious aesthetic now runs through the Victoria Beckham label, from a low-priced VB Body line of solid-colored stretch-jersey dresses to lingerie style on the Paris Fashion Week catwalk, where the shaped cutouts love hearts reveal flashes of bare skin or black latex.

One of the lingerie-style pieces from Victoria Beckham’s Spring-Summer 2023 collection. Photography: Julien de Rosa/AFP/Getty Images

Lara Barrio, previously at Salvatore Ferragamo, was recently named the brand’s design director, but Beckham said she was “always there in the studio all the time. I work on the collection every step of the way. This look is what I want to wear. For the runway, she wore a black version of a draped, cut-out green dress worn on the catwalk by Bella Hadid.

American model Bella Hadid on the catwalk.
American model Bella Hadid on the catwalk. Photography: Julien de Rosa/AFP/Getty Images

Although Beckham credits spending time in Miami “where women with all body shapes love to show them off” for rekindling her love of eye-catching dresses, she hasn’t embraced the movement toward body diversity that has been a feature of much of fashion month. Behind the scenes, the creator defended her decision to only cast sample-size models by saying that a show “is about creating this character for the season,” and insisted the cast was “diverse and interesting” in other respects.

Publishers turn to News Decoder to explain the issues to young people Fri, 30 Sep 2022 08:14:12 +0000

A few days ago, News Decoder received an email from a copyright clearance agency in Asia. The agency wanted to know if an educational institution in Japan could use one of our articles by correspondent Tira Shubart as a class handout.

I was not surprised by the request. Shubart’s stories tackle the mysteries of space that hold so much promise for hopeful young people who face the existential threats of climate change and armed conflict.

The story in question – “Decoder: Mining asteroids for minerals can help spare Earth” – explores how asteroids could be an abundant source of mineral wealth and spare our planet the damage resulting from the mining of those same minerals on Earth.

Shubart turns complex cosmology into a clear and simple explanation of the importance of distant orbs to the future of humanity. This is the kind of storytelling that educators love to share with students.

That’s why some of the world’s largest educational publishers turn to News Decoder for articles aimed at young people.

“The News Decoder article was perfect for study material.”

Our partner Independence Educational Publishers in Cambridge, UK have used a series of stories from News Decoder in their books for young people. Articles have covered sports, electric vehicles, endangered wildlife in Africa, vaping, dating violence, abortion, immigration and climate change.

News Decoder also has partnerships with Newsela – an edtech startup serving more than 37 million American students – and Newstex – a leading provider of news and commentary on emerging trends in business, law, politics, lifestyle and technology.

When I asked the copyright clearance agent in Asia how the school in Japan discovered News Decoder, he replied, “They were looking for something interesting and easy to read for online students and the article was perfect for study material.”

Teachers in our 22 partner schools around the world use our stories in their classrooms to inform students and stimulate discussion about major global issues. Our monthly Educator Catalog provides teachers with classroom exercises based on content from our website.

Shubart does more than explain the mysteries of space in understandable terms.

More than a year before US space agency NASA sent a spacecraft to crash into an asteroid as part of a test of our planetary defenses, Shubart wrote about how scientists are looking space debris that could endanger our planet but which could also hold the key to understanding the origin of life.

Read News Decoder to stay informed and get a head start.

(Nelson Graves is the founder of News Decoder.)

Milwaukee’s hip-hop DNA is about beats, rhymes and cross-cultural understanding | WUWM 89.7 FM Thu, 29 Sep 2022 18:48:00 +0000

For anyone who’s ever freaked out upon discovering the original song sampled from a hip-hop track, or even anyone who just loves to celebrate community and culture, there’s an event for you on Saturday night. Hip Hop DNA returns Saturday night October 1, 2022, for the first time since its premiere in 2019.

The performance will feature over 40 artists at the Marcus Center for the Arts, including a 12-person band, in a live exploration of the various influences that make up hip hop music. One goal is to uplift communities and cultures that are otherwise misunderstood or underrepresented.

Several dancers, including Karlies Kelley of Panadanza and Deepa Devasena of the Kathak Dance Collective of Philadelphia, choreographed the family event. It is presented by Black Arts MKE and funded by the ArtsForward grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

The event will feature mashups and mixes of soul, funk and rock, says creator, director and producer Kiran Vedula, but will also trace the lineage of hip hop in West Africa and the rhythms of the African diaspora.

Courtesy of Kiran Vedula


Kiran Vedula is the creator, director and producer of Hip Hop DNA. He is a musician, producer and educator who runs the non-profit organization Flutes at Dawn.

Vedula says his own journey as a hip hop producer, discovering the original artists sampled in modern hip hop, sparked the project. “I love this story created by the samples, these layers,” says Vedula. “And so many songs that I know as a rap song, maybe Kanye West, or Dr. Dre, or whoever actually leads me to other music that I then go into older music, than this either Roy Ayers or Ramsey Lewis or different artists from the past that I might not have found on my own.

Vedula says there’s a Roberta Flack song kill me softly in the show, which he originally only associated with a Fugees song sung by Lauryn Hill. “I never knew it was actually a remake of a Roberta Flack song until I heard the original used at the beginning of the credits of one of the TV specials. Dave Chappelle on Netflix. And I was like, ‘oh my God, that’s an original song from the 70s.’ »

Vedula says many people her age who were born in the 80s and later would associate the song more with Lauryn Hill. “So that’s what’s fun about the show as well, is the song starts, and that’s one thing, but then the part that everyone knows comes along and you just hear that reaction in the audience. Everything everyone sings or claps and that’s really one of my favorite things about the show,” he explains.

Vedula says his mission as an artist, particularly with his nonprofit organization Flutes at Dawn, is what he calls cross-cultural understanding or culturally relevant education. “And by that, I mean, I think in Milwaukee a lot of our cultural issues have to do with cross-cultural misunderstanding,” Vedula says. “And as a musician, and my wife Karlies also being a dancer and an instructor, we both have the opportunity to engage with many different communities in Milwaukee. And we know from the statistics that Milwaukee is one of the worst places for African American men, specifically but for people in general, and it’s such a rich culture that’s rooted in Africa, but has then so many influences from Latin America and Asia. So it’s an opportunity for all of us to find common ground in an otherwise very divided era.

Vedula says hip hop is an art form that can be misunderstood in mainstream culture, as it is full of profanity, violence and references to drugs. “That’s just a very small part of what this culture really stands for,” he says. “And for me, as a son of Indian immigrants, and I know other immigrants on the show whose parents are from Russia or Ethiopia or Colombia, hip hop is a way for all of us to come together and bring together our different cultures and maintain who we are and be together.

He says the performance is a celebration of what really makes America great, which is all these different pieces, different samples, different cultures, coming together. “And I think hip hop and sampling, both as a metaphorical and real musical process, allows us to do that.”

Vedula hopes we can continue to shape arts funding to support this kind of music programming, as well as the teaching of this history and culture. “I think it can really build our abilities to connect with young people where they are, but then start to seed with the beats they know and then grow them,” says Vedula. “It’s a great teaching tool. And that helps me as an educator, to connect with students all the time, regardless of age. »

He further says that this type of digging into hip hop leads people to have a greater appreciation for music in general and how genres blend and come from the same impulse.

UK economy latest: Tory MPs talk Truss after media talks Thu, 29 Sep 2022 10:34:16 +0000

A Myanmar military court has sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her economic adviser, an Australian academic, to three years in prison.

A closed court in the capital Naypyidaw on Thursday convicted the Nobel Peace Prize laureate alongside Sean Turnell, honorary professor of economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act , which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

The couple pleaded not guilty last month.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Turnell’s conviction to the Financial Times. Turnell also faces charges of violating the country’s immigration law.

Penny Wong, Australia’s foreign minister, has called for Turnell’s immediate release.

“The Australian Government has consistently dismissed the charges against Professor Turnell during the more than 19 months he was wrongfully detained by Myanmar’s military regime,” she said in a statement.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 77, has previously been sentenced to 20 years in prison on multiple charges, including corruption and incitement to the junta. She received a three-year sentence with hard labor earlier this month for electoral fraud.

Turnell, who previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia, was arrested following a February 2021 coup in which the military overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Earlier this month, a military court sentenced former British ambassador Vicky Bowman and her husband, dissident artist Htein Lin, to one year in prison for immigration offences.

Ha Vu, Turnell’s wife, called the verdict “heartbreaking” and pleaded with authorities to release and deport him.

“Sean has been one of Myanmar’s biggest supporters for over 20 years and has worked tirelessly to strengthen Myanmar’s economy,” she said.

Young people redefine the new culture of pilgrimage Wed, 28 Sep 2022 10:28:10 +0000

In the space of two years, various sectors have undergone drastic changes. With every change in consumer behavior, businesses had to shape and evolve to meet consumer expectations. Travel and Tourism is one such segment that has seen major shifts bringing new trends and consumption patterns that are transforming the entire industry at its core.

In the post-pandemic era, revenge travel has become a must for all travel enthusiasts. These trips came in the form of short vacations, weekend getaways, staycations, and short travel experiences that simply meant getting away from home. Staying cooped up at home not only increased our desire to see new places, but also increased our faith and spirituality. Spirituality and religiosity have become an answer to many difficult questions, including the psychological health of those involved.

With this continuing trend, pilgrimage tourism is booming in India. Kanwar Yatra 2022, recorded arrival of 38 million pilgrims in Utarakhand. The Golden Temple receives more than one lakh visitors a day than pre-pandemic figures. Worshipers and tourists flock to shrines across the country. Long weekends and public holidays see more than twice as many visitors compared to the pre-pandemic period.

Previously, the pilgrimage was an ambitious journey for people visiting elderly relatives or a middle-aged couple going on a pilgrimage with their children and dependents. Now, young people are inclined towards spiritual and religious tourism by choosing unique partners with whom to undertake this journey. Recently, social media was buzzing with news of a man from Noida for taking his pet dog inside the Kedarnath shrine. The video shows the devotee grabbing the dog’s front legs and making it touch the statue of "Nandi" in the outer enclosure of the Kedarnath temple. A priest is also seen putting a tilak (vermilion placed on the forehead) on Nawab’s head. Although the man was booked for this act, it just goes to show how the pandemic has changed Indian mindsets and how they plan and prefer to travel.

One of these segments is the defense fraternity. The defense fraternity, which always chooses to spend enough time when off duty, recently set out to journey into the post-pandemic era. In the pre-pandemic era, like any person of faith going to a religious place with old relatives was a common occurrence. Jawans were often seen in religious places with their defense passes.

However, like other consumer segments, lockdowns and social distancing norms have not gone over very well with the defense fraternity, and we are seeing an urgency within this group to welcome pilgrims at the earliest. Now they travel not only with their elderly parents, but also with their spouses, young children and often their extended parents. The period of staying away from social interactions with close relatives and even friends generated a desire to seek meaningful relationships. Finding solitude and spiritual connection is at the top of this fellowship’s priority list.

In a recent jawan ground survey conducted by udChalo, it appeared that 40% of respondents were looking forward to traveling during their vacation. Destinations like Shirdi and Vaishnodevi as the top vacation picks. Needless to say every regiment has a battle cry like, Dogra Regiment says ‘Jawala Mara ki Jai’, Sikh Light Infantry uses, Jo bole so nihal, Sat Sri Akal, Garhwal Rifles use Badri Vishal Lal ki Jai and so away which is a testament to their firm spiritual convictions.

Long gone are the days when spiritual tourism was only for the select few. With the need for spiritual connection taking priority, young people are setting new trends for the industry. With each passing day, religious travel is gaining momentum and the demand is increasing. While factors such as hotel availability, good connectivity to reach the destination and sufficiently pent up travel demand have supported the desire for spiritual journeys. It is up to travel aggregators like us to provide the right personalized solutions to this consumer base to meet the growing demand for new generation travel needs.



The opinions expressed above are those of the author.


Cranium Fest 2022 offers the best of Ottawa hip-hop – Apartment613 Tue, 27 Sep 2022 22:38:53 +0000

Are you a fan of hip-hop and R&B music? Looking to kick off the upcoming weekend by discovering some of the rising stars of Canadian music right here in Ottawa?

Then you won’t want to miss the Cranium Art Project’s 4th Annual Cranium Festival from September 29 to October 1!

In addition to its commitment to supporting the music industry in Ottawa and across Canada, the Cranium Art Project also helps ensure the professional development of local artists and helps connect them with music professionals across the country. world.

Cranium also offers support in the fight against systematic discrimination and promotes opportunities for engagement with professional artists and BIPOC grantees.

And what better way for young emerging artists to gain exposure than through the Cranium Festival?

With a lineup of 21 artists and DJs, Cranium Fest will take place over three days in two different locations.

Day 1: Rainbow Bistro – September 29, 7 p.m. (19 and over)

The opening night of the festival kicks off at the Rainbow Bistro. Known for its status as a “live music venue”, the Bistro has become a well-known gathering place for young artists looking to prove what they are made of.

If the bistro’s relaxing ‘chalet’ atmosphere and impressive music room don’t get your musical heart racing, then free entry to Cranium Fest’s opening lineup, hosted by uNATy with music from DJ Velvet , and with performances by artists Reeny Smith, Badda and Dominique Gorley—certainly will!

Day 2: MAC room (Bronson Center) – September 30, 7 p.m. (All ages)

For just $25 general admission, MAC Hall, located at 211 Bronson Ave, has everything a person needs to enjoy Day 2 of Cranium Fest.

Boosted by the MAC Hall sound and light system, this event is hosted by Bobby Brugal and includes music from CircaBeatz.

All in all, this is the perfect venue to showcase performances from Raxx, KG Jay, SLM, FTG Reggie and TwoTiime.

Day 3: Bronson Center Musical Theater – October 1, 6:30 p.m. (19+)

Cranium Fest’s final night is guaranteed to be a star-studded affair with its biggest lineup yet.

Hosted by J Morris, alongside the musical talents of The Kid Gorgeous!, Day 3 features performances from Taapz, EverythingOShauN, Pretty Bulli, J-Soul, Jahkoy, Kofi, Maurice Moore, Jay Worthy, A$AP Twelvyy and Duvy.

And if you’re looking for the full party experience, be sure to consider Cranium Fest’s “All-Access Festival Pass” with After Party admission, for $60.

For full details on times and registration fees, be sure to visit the Cranium Fest Eventbrite page here.

NBA launches reimagined app, destination for every team’s NBA fans Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:58:51 +0000

NEW YORK – The NBA today announced the launch of the redesigned NBA Worldwide app, the all-in-one destination for NBA fans from every team. With all-new customization features, the NBA app will provide wall-to-wall content from every NBA game and feature social-style vertical video, unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to players and teams, new and existing shows and series. , and access to the NBA vault for free. The NBA app – a product of NBA Digital, the league’s joint venture with Turner Sports – is free to download.

Additionally, the NBA launched NBA ID, the league’s new global membership program offering fans benefits and rewards from the league, teams and partners. NBA ID, which is free to join, will connect a fan’s experiences across existing products such as NBA League Pass and NBA Pick’Em. Throughout the season, NBA ID members will have access to new original content and fan favorites from the NBA Vault. Additionally, there will be enhanced member-only experiences from NBA Partners, ticket promotions, prizes through predictive and NBA Pick’Em-style fantasy games, voting campaigns and other rewards.

The NBA app is powered by the new NBA Integrated Digital Platform, which has been integrated partnership with Microsoft, the official cloud and AI partner of the NBA. The NBA app now features a sleek new design and a one-of-a-kind “For You” experience, with content recommendations based on fan preferences and personalization powered by Microsoft Azure and Azure AI. On the app’s “For You” page, fans can access a social-like vertical video experience – with vertical scrolling – that features real-time highlights of all NBA games in progress.

The league’s direct-to-consumer subscription offerings – NBA League Pass and NBA TV – will be integrated into the NBA app, giving fans the ability to watch live games and highlights and view scores, stats and leaderboards, all in one place. For NBA League Pass subscribers, live streams will deliver superior video quality, reduced streaming latency, and a seamless user experience for consuming live NBA content.

NBA League Pass returns this season with a new bundle and at its lowest price ever. For a limited time, the standard package is now available for $14.99 per month ($99.99 for full season) and the premium package for $19.99 per month ($129.99 for full season). Subscribers will automatically receive NBA TV’s direct-to-consumer offer as part of the new package.

“The launch of our new NBA app and digital platform is a major milestone as we continue to grow and strengthen our direct-to-consumer offerings,” said Chris Benyarko, NBA Executive Vice President, Direct-to- Consumer. “We’re excited to deliver a redesigned product that will enhance and personalize the way NBA fans interact with the league every day.”

NBA app content highlights include:

Live programming and social style content

  • gaming experience – Fans will be immersed in game day content all day and, for the first time, will have live access to streams of all pre-game and post-game NBA press conferences and matchdays media of every major event. Additionally, NBA ID members will have access to team pregame broadcasts for NBA League Pass games.
  • Way of life – Series of social style content covering lifestyle, culture, fashion, music and more around the game and off the court, including NBA Kicks, NBA Fits, Jersey Drop, Ride Along, Celebrity Row and NBA Ink, among others.
  • “Times of crisis” – A free weekly show that takes fans live to crucial moments in every game and provides real-time updates and analysis, produced by NBA TV and hosted by Jared Greenberg.
  • “NBABet Stream” – A weekly feed produced by NBA TV featuring betting expert Tim Doyle and a selection of top contributors to provide the latest betting information during live game coverage.
  • NBA League Pass Live Programming – In addition to 24/7 NBA TV programming and out-of-market live games, NBA League Pass subscribers will have access to expanded options for personalized viewing experiences through a wide variety of alternative streams, including including additional camera angles, betting-focused streams, influencer-led options and analytics, and in-language streams with commentary in three languages ​​(Spanish, Portuguese, and Korean). “NBA HooperVision” returns for its second season with former NBA players and hosts Nate Robinson and Quentin Richardson.

External Content Contributors

  • Full access directly from Teams – Behind-the-scenes storytelling of teams’ social and digital channels.
  • Partner Content – Content produced by popular basketball and sports creators, including Turner Sports, with content from “Inside the NBA” hosts Grant Hill and Greg Anthony, as well as FanDuel, DraftKings, Action Network, Bleacher Report and Moreover.
  • Influencers – Content created by popular designer influencers such as Thinking Basketball’s Ben Taylor, Jesser, Kris London, Lethal Shooter, Devin Williams, Tristan Jass, and more focused on fashion, lifestyle, and NBA culture on and off ground.

Exclusive original programming

  • “Golden Blood” – A new seven-episode docuseries telling the story of the Golden State Warriors’ journey to the 2022 NBA championship. Narrated by Andre Iguodala, the series features never-before-seen footage and new interviews with team executives and players , including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The first episode is available on the NBA app today.
  • “Pass the Rock” – Fans will get an exclusive look at the next generation of league stars and their lives on and off the pitch throughout the 2022-23 season. The multi-part series is set to begin in late November.
  • “Inside the app” – An exclusive weekly segment from TNT’s “Inside the NBA” team that will highlight the hottest storylines and most current events in the league.
  • “Real NBA Training Camp” with the Philadelphia Sixers (September 29) and Dallas Mavericks (September 30) – A full-access special produced by NBA TV during the opening week of the preseason offering exclusive looks at team practices and interviews with players, coaches and reception staff.

NBA Vault

  • Archived games – Fans will have access to archival footage from the NBA Vault, including 500 of the best classic games in NBA history. All NBA Finals games since 2000 will also be available, with more Finals and popular games released throughout the season.
  • Archived series – Open access documentaries and series from the NBA Entertainment Archive will be available on demand, including “Dream Team”, “The Doctor”, “Wilt 100”, “The Association”, “Unscripted”, “Inside Stuff” and Moreover.

Internationally focused

  • NBA International Games – The NBA app will be the go-to destination for fans to engage and watch NBA Japan Games 2022 Presented by Rakuten and Nissan (Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards on Friday, September 30 at 6 a.m. ET and Sunday October 2 at 1 a.m. ET) and the NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 (Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, October 6 at noon ET and Saturday, October 8 at noon ET).
  • “Cities of the Hoop” – An eight-part docuseries produced by the NBA Europe and Middle East team that explores the local culture, history and basketball communities surrounding the game in the following European cities: Belgrade (Serbia) , Bologna (Italy), Cologne and Leverkusen (Germany), Istanbul (Turkey), Kaunas (Lithuania), Paris (France), Seville (Spain) and Thessaloniki (Greece).

Additional content sets and other enhanced features on the NBA app will be announced throughout the season.

Retailers Love Target Drop Fresh Designer Fashion for Fall – Sourcing Journal Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:04:01 +0000

Retailers are hoping the new fad will entice shoppers to spend despite everything being a bit more expensive right now. Still, new launches are brightening up store (and digital) shelves as the holiday season is in full swing.

Aim to launch second fall designer collection

The second edition of Target’s limited-time Fall Designer Collection will be available on the retailer’s website and in select stores starting October 9.

The collection featuring Kika Vargas, La Ligne and Sergio Hudson includes more than 100 garments and accessories that range in price from $8 to $70, with most options under $40. Clothing sizes range from XXS to 4X.

Looks by Kika Vargas, from Target’s Fall Designer collection.


“Our new collaboration with Kika Vargas, La Ligne and Sergio Hudson is a celebration of style, and we know our guests will love this collection of edgy pieces that reflect each designer’s distinct and diverse perspective on fashion,” said said Jill Sando, director of Target. vice president and chief marketing officer, said.

“For this Fall Designer launch, we’re partnering with diverse, women-founded brands to bring their bold, unique point of view to life through pieces that will complement any wardrobe,” Target said in a statement. blog post Wednesday, adding that the curate and inclusive collection is advancing its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion and action and change for racial equity (REACH).

Looks by La Ligne, from Target’s Fall Designer collection.


Colombian designer Kika Vargas pairs her hand-drawn prints with layered feminine pieces, including dresses, tops and bottoms that play with structure and volume. La Ligne, founded by Vogue editors Valerie Macaulay and Meredith Melling with fashion director Molly Howard, offers fashion basics designed in the brand’s signature stripes. And Sergio Hudson, known for his classic jewel-hued silhouettes, is focusing on matching sets of dresses and coats for the Target collection.

New private label at Kohl’s

Kohl’s, meanwhile, unveiled a new private label line aimed at a younger, more diverse consumer.

The trendy Intempo line ranges from a faux wrap dress to a cropped blazer and leather cargo pants, plus an assortment of tops and bodysuits, all under $80. Mix-and-match options help choppers create a capsule wardrobe.

The department store, which has chosen to move forward and focus on its turnaround strategy rather than selling the business, is best known for its orientation as an active, laid-back lifestyle destination. . Over the past year, Kohl’s has added new brands to its assortment, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Draper James and Eddie Bauer. And while women’s dresses have been a strong sales driver, the retailer has been looking for ways to grow its women’s assortment.

HSN offers a new line of loungewear

HSN has added the Lacey Chabert collection to its range of loungewear.

A look from Lacey Chabert’s Mommy & Me loungewear line, available at HSN.


Known for her roles on “Party of Five,” “Mean Girls” and the Hallmark Channel, Chabert’s line is inspired by times spent with her family. The collaboration with HSN includes long-sleeved pullovers, a hooded jacket, a lounge jumpsuit, weekend leggings and a Henley night set. Pajamas will be added in October, along with a new assortment of deluxe pieces in November. Items in the range, all under $100, include “Mommy and Me” options.

“While Lacey draws inspiration from her many memorable roles on stage and screen, her new line primarily reflects her role as a mother,” said Bridget Love, HSN’s Director of General Merchandise and Vice President of Merchandising. “The Lacey Chabert Collection brings the love Lacey shares with her family to the forefront through imaginative patterns, luxurious comfort and thoughtful designs that truly differentiate her collection from anything in our portfolio.”

HSN’s parent company, Qurate Retail Inc., released second-quarter results last month in which revenue fell 16% to $2.95 billion from $3.50 billion a year ago. . Revenues include sales from the QxH (QVC and HSN businesses), QVC international, Zullilly and Cornerstone (the catalog businesses which include the Frontgate, Ballard Designs and Grandin Road home brands, and its apparel and home textiles brand Garnet Hill). The company said adjusted OIBDA — it uses operating profit before depreciation and amortization as a standard indicator to show operating performance — fell 40% to $347 million, from $581 million a year ago. year. Net income for the quarter fell 8.6% to $203 million, or 53 cents per diluted share, from $222 million, or 52 cents, a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share were 12 cents versus 54 cents a year ago.

Qurate Chairman and CEO David Rawlinson said last month that the results reflected the impact of inflation, rising interest rates and supply chain challenges, among other factors. .

Earlier this month, S&P Global Ratings downgraded Qurate’s credit rating to ‘B+’, citing supply chain pressures and weak cash flow, and downgraded the secured debt rating from the company to “BB”. S&P said that “continued supply chain constraints and lower discretionary spending will weigh on the company’s efforts to turn around its operations” and that “economic headwinds will put pressure on profitability this year, the free cash flow to debt remaining below 10%”.

American Eagle, Forever 21 eyes Japan

American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and Forever 21 are expected to re-enter the Japanese market with new physical stores. Both brands pulled out in 2019, though American Eagle products are still available online after the retailer closed its physical location there.

Japanese trading company Itochu Corp., which holds the master license for the Forever 21 brand, is expected to begin online sales in February. A physical store will open in the spring of next year. Itochu is also working with Authentic Brand Group, owner of Forever 21, to expand Eddie Bauer’s business across Japan.

American Eagle is expected to open two flagship stores next month in Tokyo’s Shibuya and Ikebukuro districts, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday.

Claire’s expands partnership with Walmart

Claire’s will now be in more Walmart doors.

The teen fashion accessory retailer has partnered with the discounter since 2018 and now plans to roll out its products to more than 1,200 additional Walmart stores. The expanded partnership will put Claire’s products in more than 2,500 Walmart stores, on and in more than 360 Claire’s stores in Walmart stores worldwide.

A glimpse of Claire’s in-store display at Walmart.


“Together with Walmart, we’ve created a memorable and exciting way to bring Claire’s to customers who love our brand and those who have the potential to experience all we have to offer,” said Claire’s CEO Ryan Vero. Holdings LLC. “With these new locations, we’re excited to build on the success we’ve had with our partnership and our own expanding consumer products business to reach more customers where they live and shop.”

“Walmart continues to establish itself as a fashion destination with a focus on expanding our assortment of quality, fashionable and accessible apparel and accessories,” added Michelle Gill, vice president, jewelry and accessories, Walmart. “This includes creating innovative shopping experiences like Claire’s stores within Walmart that allow customers to find more of their favorite brands and shop with confidence.”

Claire’s was recognized as Walmart’s top jewelry and accessories supplier last year. The company’s product line includes hats, gloves, handbags, socks and shoes. The expansion represents a new chapter for the tween chain, which in March 2018 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection that did not involve its international operations. After closing about 130 stores in the United States and eliminating $1.9 billion in debt, the retailer was able to secure $575 million in new financing and restructure its operations after just 10 months of bankruptcy proceedings. Elliott Management and Monarch Alternative Capital became the owners after bankruptcy. Last year, Claire’s filed for an initial public offering seeking to raise up to $100 million.

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]]> No hip-hop or comics at this year’s New York Comic Con Sat, 24 Sep 2022 13:57:08 +0000 It has come to the attention of Bleeding Cool that, for the first time in ten years, there will be no Hip-Hop And Comics panel at this year’s New York Comic Con, which will take place in a few weeks. Organizer Patrick A. Reed make the following statement regarding his absence;

We’ve received questions about why Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining isn’t on the schedule at New York Comic Con this year, and as the organizer, moderator, and public face of these programs for over ten years, I wanted to take a moment to explain the situation.

This is the first time since 2012 that there will be no Hip-Hop And Comics panel as part of NYCC’s in-person lineup. As in previous years, I submitted the panel proposal, began to build a list of speakers, and compiled a list of questions and conversation topics. Then, a few weeks ago, I received a notice that the program had been rejected by the NYCC programming team.

I find this disturbing because it leaves this subject close to my heart, and the rich and diverse hip-hop community, without recognition or representation at one of the largest and most esteemed fan conventions in the United States. New York is the city that gave birth to both the comic book industry and hip-hop culture, and I was hoping that the convention that calls this city home would, at this point, recognize the importance of this community bond.

Since we presented Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining on stage at the NYCC in 2012, I have organized and produced programs, exhibits, virtual presentations, and academic lectures on this topic at venues across the country; spoken and written extensively on the links and intersections between these two creative cultures; and has presented Hip-Hop/Comics panels at other conventions across the country including C2E2, WonderCon, Emerald City Comic Con, AwesomeCon, and San Diego Comic-Con. It has been my great pleasure and honor to showcase some of the greatest talent working in these forms and to shine a light on many of the most important creative minds in comics, animation, street art /graffiti, music and other related fields. I have been careful to approach this conversation with the care and respect it deserves, to bring together diverse and varied groups of speakers, and to elevate the voices of those who represent the breadth of hip-hop in its many and myriad forms.

During this time, I have been fortunate to welcome an incredible number of luminaries to the NYCC stage. Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Pete Rock, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Chali 2na, Sammus, Dr. Sheena Howard, Mega Ran, Mix Master Mike, Large Professor, Adam Wallenta, Ytasha Womack, Larry Stroman, Likwuid Stylez, Kagan McLeod, AJ Ampadu, Zoi Ellis, David ‘D-Stroy’ Melendez, Carolina Cooney, Johnny ‘Juice’ Rosado, Ronald Wimberly, Ron Wilson, Joe Conzo, Matthew Rosenberg, Khary Randolph, Jamal Igle, Esoteric and 7L from Czarface, Eric Orr (creator of the very first Hip-Hop comic strip) and many more participated in this program and shared their stories with NYCC audiences. And in these programs, I have been careful to feature people of varying gender identities, racial and cultural backgrounds, and generational perspectives; address the story of how these shapes intersected; and properly representing this important topic and elevating a wide range of individual voices and perspectives.

As a result, these panels have been recognized by the media for their diversity, inclusiveness, and mix of educational and entertaining content. We’ve received acclaim from XXL, Ebony, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Bleeding Cool, CBR, MTV News, The Beat, The Fader, ComicsAlliance, Newsarama, Complex, Frank 151 and a number of other notable sources; been listed as one of NYCC’s “must see panels” year after year; and created goodwill and positive press for the convention.

And as this panel celebrates its tenth anniversary at New York Comic Con, and as Hip-Hop culture prepares to turn 50 in 2023, I am deeply disappointed that NYCC and ReedPOP do not consider this topic and this community worthy of being represented in their programming.

That said, we look forward to continuing to move this conversation forward in other venues and creating new opportunities to bring this vital conversation to all of you, the fans and creators of this community. Thank you for sharing the past decade with us, for filling the boardrooms, for questions and conversations in the hallways after programs, for coming to parties, events and book signings, and for being why we’re doing this.

Now, this isn’t a one-time situation and mostly seems to be caused by a confluence of delayed panels from previous conventions all landing together. There was an NYCC last year, though. I contacted NYCC Event Manager and former Bleeding Cool correspondent Chris D’Landowho told me

Better luck next year, Patrick? Concrete jungle where dreams are made, there’s nothing you can’t do… except have a Hip Hop & Comics panel this year, it seems.