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LVMH Courts Rihanna
Beyond running her beauty and lingerie empire and working on her forthcoming album, Rihanna has been busy in the business realm. First, she was forced to sue her father Ronald Fenty over the use of the “Fenty” name, which he used to launch a company called Fenty Entertainment, LLC. His company falsely promised that Rihanna would be involved in various projects, including performances at various functions. After ignoring several cease-and-desist letters sent from Rihanna’s lawyer, her father has officially been sued by the artist for rights to the Fenty name.
Furthering her business goals is a possible strategic partnership with luxury multinational conglomerate LVMH, which is seeking to partner with the popstar in order to launch a luxury maison under her name. If the deal goes through, she will become the world’s first black female head of a luxury fashion house.
Virgil Abloh Comes Under Fire
Virgil Abloh has been accused by entities within the fashion industry of plagiarizing designs for both his Louis Vuitton menswear and Off-White collections. After the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2019 menswear collection wrapped last week, designer and investor Michelle Elie called out a yellow, graffitied design on the runway, pointing to a strikingly similar creation produced by her son for Fall/Winter 2018. Abloh was also accused of copying designs by Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, who recently won the 2018 CFDA Fashion Fund.
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THANK YOU AT DIET-PRADA AND EVRY ONE FOR THE SUPPORT! Today is the third day of Paris Fashion Week Men’s, making it the second day that Virgil Abloh has presented a collection for the masses. Yesterday, he debuted Off-White™’s Fall/Winter 2019 range, and today the scheduled presentation was his heavily anticipated second Louis Vuitton collection. Early this morning, designer Michelle Elie who is a well-known fixture in the global fashion community accused Abloh of copying her son’s previous FW18 designs. Alongside Elie’s copycat call-out are similar allegations coming from a fan of Kerby Jean-Raymond, the designer of Pyer Moss which won the winner of the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Michelle took to her Instagram and Instagram Stories to present her case. In two posts, she shared images of a yellow jacket and matching pants featuring graffiti which are designed by her son for ARISE Fashion Week in Nigeria last year. In another image, the coat is worn with a helmet. Abloh’s newly designed Off-White™ FW19 range was headlined by strikingly similar pieces in yellow with hand-drawn accents throughout. Other looks in the Paris Fashion Week Men’s collection also featured helmets. @punkzec @punkzec @colrsbaby @diet_prada WHY??? VIRGIL ABLOH “YOU HAVE BEEN SERVED!!!!@off____white @virgilabloh
Balmain Makes Luxury More Accessible
For fans of the ostentatious luxury of Balmain, fresh content will be at your fingertips soon. The brand recently announced that it will launch an app that will live-stream shows, view insider content, and grant access to exclusive augmented-reality features. In a statement to the press, Creative Director Olivier Rousteing explained the reason behind the launch, saying, “For too many years, the legendary ateliers, boutiques, and runways of Paris have only been open to a very lucky select few. We’d like to try to begin to change that by inviting as many members of our Balmain Army as possible into our Balmain universe.”
An Egg Upends Kylie Jenner's Instagram Reign
For the past year, Kylie Jenner has had the distinct honor of having the most liked photo on all of Instagram. With over 18 million likes, the sweet photo of her newborn baby, Stormi, clutching her mother’s manicured hand has held the top spot – until an egg came for it. Yes, you read that right.
On January 4th, 2019, a “World Record Egg” account emerged, aiming to become the most-liked photo on Instagram, thereby dethroning Jenner. The post went viral and garnered more than 49 million likes, achieving its stated goal many times over. To her credit, Jenner played along, even posting a funny video in which she cracks an egg on the hot pavement with the caption, “Take that little egg.”