Leave it to the famous stylists! Stylists are the unsung heroes of the worlds of fashion and entertainment, bringing their unique insight and expertise to turn a simple outfit into a statement-making ensemble. With the ability to mix and match different pieces, fabrics, and colors with precision and ingenuity, they can elevate a celebrity’s red carpet look, start a new trend, or even kick off a whole new fashion era.
And The Hollywood Reporter has highlighted some of this year’s style powerhouses in its annual list of “Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylists.” Among the 25 stylists featured were the masterminds behind some of Black Hollywood’s best red carpet moments of 2022-23, like Jennifer Austin, who “did the thing” with her longtime client’s wardrobe. date Angela Bassett. Likewise, the list highlighted Kollin Carter, the stylist responsible for Cardi B’s striking royal blue sculptural ensemble seen at the 2023 Grammys, among other memorable looks. Wayman Bannerman, Micah McDonald, Jason Bolden and Law Roach have also been recognized for their role as storytellers, using clothing to convey messages and stories that resonate with their audience.
Megan Thee Stallion turned heads at The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Stylists Dinner wearing a vintage Paco Rabanne two-piece outfit styled by Roach. The Grammy-winning rapper gave a sultry ’70s vibe in the form-fitting gold satin ensemble, which featured a cinched bra with a chain-link neckline and flared pants with an alluring jeweled cutout at the waist. To complete the look, Megan draped white fur over her shoulders and wore a voluminous curly afro. Sharing a full photo on Instagram, she struck a confident pose as Roach joined her for some snaps. This collab was widely seen as one of her last celebrity looks before stepping away from styling.
Law Roach, Maxxiist?
Among the many superpowers of stylists is the power to change the way we think about fashion. Although he memorably announced his retirement from celebrity styling a few weeks ago, Roach continues to do so.
The celebrated Hollywood stylist and image architect has teamed up with TJ Maxx to help “reintroduce to the world” affordable designer fashion brought to you by The Runway at TJ Maxx. Through this partnership, Roach aims to make luxury fashion accessible to everyone. As he told People magazine, he views the project as a looping moment.
“One of my very first designer purchases was at TJ Maxx. When I was a college student in New York, my best friend and I walked into [the store]. We saw these sweaters, and they were priced right. I still remember being proud to own a little piece of haute couture,” Roach said. “TJ Maxx has always been there for us.”
A firm believer that personal style supersedes trends in both fashion and life, Roach shocked fans with his retirement announcement. Now, he is reorienting his expertise and making everyday buyers his new clientele. Although he plans to use his free time to enjoy his family and learn more about himself, he continues to dream big.
“Maybe one day I’ll be the real face of TJ Maxx, be in all the commercials and invite people to be Maxxinistas,” he said. “You never know. ”
Fe Noel joins Target’s new Spring Designer collection
“Make life beautiful” in Fe Noel’s collaboration with Target’s Spring Designer collection. The limited-time collection showcases Christmas designs alongside other women-founded brands Agua Bendita and RHODE, showcasing more than 100 warm-weather apparel and accessories priced between $15 and $48, with most items being less than $35. Fe Noel designs for Target continues the retail conglomerate’s mission to offer some of the world’s best designers at reasonable prices.
“These are bold, distinctive brands founded by women, inspired by their own roots and cultures, and I know our guests will love them,” said Jill Sando, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Target.
In her eponymous brand, founder Felisha Noel infuses her creations with the lively energy of her Caribbean heritage and her feminine touches. She shares that there are “little touches of pomegranate throughout” the collection. Shop the collection at Target.com and select stores starting April 15 while supplies last.
Jordan Brand celebrates a new era of women serving sneaker culture in its Jordan Women’s Collective 2023
Jordan Brand has announced its 2023 North America Jordan Women’s Collective, comprised of 11 community builders, creatives and culture changers from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The group embodies the brand’s values of community rather than competition, societal advancement and the evolution of the Jumpman to represent a brand equally for, with and by women. Jordan Brand aims to amplify women’s contributions to basketball and sneaker culture through storytelling, unique experiences, and brand integrations while fostering an ecosystem of women supporting women.
“The Jordan Women’s Collective is so exciting to me because we get to see black and brown women in big cities show how important they are to basketball and sneaker culture in so many different ways. I love the fact that you don’t have to be an athlete to participate and change the culture around the sport,” Peloton instructor and ESPN College Game-Day host Jess Sims said in a press release. “The Collective is made up of so many different women who bring such unique experiences, ideas and perspectives to the table. Women are such an important driving force towards positive change in the streetwear community, and I’m glad Jordan continues to advocate and to support these women to help move the culture forward to become a more inclusive space for everyone.
The Class of 2023 will participate in intentional year-round activities and experiences and have unprecedented access to Jordan-branded athletes including The Sims, Isabelle Harrison, Sheryl Swoopes, and more.
Pratt will honor Robin Givhan with the Fashion Visionary Award
The Pratt Institute is preparing to honor Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion journalist and Washington Post senior critic, on Pratt Shows: Fashion, Women’s Wear Daily.
The event, scheduled for May 10, will celebrate Givhan and her status as an essential fashion voice by presenting her with Pratt’s Fashion Visionary Award. Pratt was moved to pay tribute to her because of the diversity she brought to fashion criticism, including race, politics and art.
Glorilla x Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Jeans have teamed up with London-based luxury streetwear brand Aries for a new collection featuring Memphis rapper GloRilla as one of the faces of the campaign. The collection pays homage to Tommy Hilfiger’s heritage, re-appropriating the brand’s iconic logo in now-classic Aries fashion. The genderless collection is inspired by ’90s skate and hip-hop culture and features eye-catching graphics, bold designs and neon green accents. Derived from post-consumer waste and surplus materials, the collection’s sustainable counterpart, Tommy x Aries: Remade, includes pieces inspired by the individual components of each garment. GloRilla, known for her 2022 viral hit “FNF (Let’s Go),” is revitalizing the crunk music legacy of Memphis – and now Tommy Hilfiger.
“It’s refreshing for me because I love old school and can bring it to my generation,” Glorilla told Paper Magazine.
The collection is available in select Tommy Jeans stores and on Tommy.com.
KidSuper shows love for art legend Whitfield Lovell in new fashion campaign
Brooklyn-based fashion label KidSuper pays homage to creative legends in its new collection. For its Spring/Summer 2023 collection, the brand has chosen acclaimed artist Whitfield Lovell as its campaign model, wearing designs by founder Colm Dillane at his East Village art studio. In addition to rocking the artist-inspired KidSuper collection, Lovell is celebrating the kickoff of its national museum exhibition tour. Inviting viewers to contemplate the broader human quest for equality and the pursuit of a better life that cuts across time and geography, the immersive, multi-sensory exhibition, entitled “Whitfield Lovell: Passages”, is a continuation of Lovell’s focus on the lost history of African Americans.
“I see history as very much alive. One day, 100 years from now, people will talk about us like history. The way I think about time is very different – I don’t think it’s been that long since these things happened, it’s not that long ago that my grandmother’s grandmother was a slave” , Lovell said in a press release. “Ancient Native American principles say it takes seven generations to overcome a tragedy, so in that context of generations we can begin to understand why we are at this stage where we live now.”
The first stop on the tour is the Boca Raton Museum of Art in South Florida, where he will be exhibiting until May 21.
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