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What Has Become of Fashion’s Black Lives Matter Pledges?

Last year, as Black Lives Matter brought a global reckoning, the fashion world was one of the most outspoken industries vowing to change. But they did not necessarily tell us how said change would happen, so has it? In the months since Black Lives Matter protests rippled across the world and black squares riddled our timelines, there has been a lot of lip service, but very little action.

On social media, many brands and personalities in fashion were quick to align themselves with #BlackLivesMatter, but many of us saw straight through these performances. Editor-in-chief of The Cut Lindsay Peoples Wagner (formerly of Teen Vogue) said it best to CNN: “I think what we’re seeing is people like myself who are tired of people and brands not walking the talk. It’s very easy for people to tap into a moment and say they care about an issue, but people have been doing that for years without making real systemic changes, and that’s what’s being demanded of brands now.”

For an industry that thrives on exclusion, fashion is unsurprisingly unrelenting of its systemic racist ways. A New York Times report spotlights an industry that is quick to talk and slow to change. At the height of Black Lives Matter, between declarations of solidarity and public commitments to equity, fashion brands, media companies, and retailers pledged they would look at their own lack of diversity. They vowed to become more transparent, they said they’d better Black representation, and make this space more inclusive overall.

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In 2021, we see that many of these establishments have fallen short of last year’s promises. Focusing on 64 brands, 15 major department stores, and online sellers, and 5 leading publishers, NYT found that while the fashion world claims it’s very committed to progress, not much is changing. The numbers still aren’t what they should be. Of the 69 designers and creative directors spotlighted, only four are Black. And this number just shrank by one when LVMH and Rihanna shuttered her Fenty fashion house. Now there is no Black woman at the head of a major Parisian luxury brand.

Meanwhile, the fashion media landscape isn’t much better, but magazine covers tell a different story. As NYT notes, five out of nine American Vogue covers since September have featured Black models, three of them shot by Black photographers; As have four out of six Elle UK covers, and three out of six Vogue UK covers; And InStyle used Black models and Black photographers for four out of six issues. Yes, these images matter, but the world they depict is very different from reality. Token representation on the cover of these magazines usually doesn’t permeate behind the scenes, and any move towards diversity often doesn’t result in permanent positions. Two of the nine magazines the NYT looked at had black editors-in-chief while Black editors and writers across media are still underrepresented in staff roles (at the time of writing, I am still the only Black staff writer at Highsnobiety).

“What we’ve seen is fashion’s version of affirmative action. And I don’t think anyone asked for that. That’s the issue: The industry puts a Band-Aid on what’s actually happened, as it’s happening. Look at the runway: So designers decide to use more Black models: Great — that’s great for visibility on the runway”, Antoine Gregory founder of Black Fashion Fair told NYT.: What does the team behind the scenes look like? When you have magazines that all of a sudden want to put Black designers on the cover, who’s styling it? Who’s shooting it? What’s the team involved?”

So what does a tangible commitment to diversity even look like? Unfortunately, the onus is still on Black people in fashion to champion diversity. Last June, Pyer Moss founder Kerby Jean-Raymond and Virgil Abloh were amongst the Council of Fashion Designers of America members to craft a list of reasonable, actionable demands that the CFDA and its associated companies could be held accountable for. The plan detailed a pressing need for a pipeline for Black talent, and for that pipeline to give way for leadership positions. Instead, the CFDA chose to ignore these requests, and released what Jean-Raymond called a “fucking watered-down, bubblegum-ass statement that didn’t address the issues.”

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The truth of the matter is, while intentions are there, many of these corporations have been slow to change the workforce given the current state of the industry. Yes, we are in the middle of a pandemic, where most employee bases have been forced to shrink. But until we’re out of this crisis, how do we ensure that these promises aren’t put in a box and stowed away? In the absence of a single unifying watchdog or set of goals, a number of initiatives have been created to spur further change. For example, last month the CFDA — riffing off Jean-Raymond and Abloh’s suggestions — launched an initiative to connect fashion companies and organizations with Black industry professionals seeking jobs, freelance opportunities, and paid internships.

While the fashion world seems ready to acknowledge its shortcomings and promises to make a difference, actionable changes are still on the road ahead. This isn’t the first time Black people have complained about the fashion industry, but hopefully, the system is ready to evolve.

Travis Scott Just Revealed His New Air Jordan 6 Collab

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After months of speculation, we finally have an official, up-close look at Travis Scott‘s next Air Jordan collaboration. The rapper himself took to Instagram today to reveal his new Air Jordan 6 colorway, showcasing a GS (Grade School) version of the shoe.

Scott’s latest Air Jordan 6 appears to be the “British Khaki” colorway that many sneaker accounts have been reporting on for months. While mock-ups had been circulating around the web, Bloody Osiris actually gave us a real-life look at the pair in September of last year. Travis went on to wear the Jordans in his PlayStation 5 unboxing video.

As you can see from the preview below — which Scott shared on his Instagram Story — the Air Jordan 6 is done up in a lighter khaki colorway compared to his original olive iteration from 2019. The J’s appear to be constructed from suede and incorporate a pocket just below the collar.

Previous reports pegged the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 “British Khaki” for a Spring 2021 release. And while Scott has yet to officially announce the pair, a spring launch could be in the cards seeing as he just now debuted the colorway. Nonetheless, be sure to check back with us for more on Travis Scott’s new Air Jordan 6 collab.

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Hood By Air Has Finally Returned (for Real This Time)

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Naomi Campbell stars in the new campaign for Hood By Air’s highly-anticipated return to fashion, following its hiatus announced in 2017 and a small Matrix-inspired capsule that dropped last year.

Speaking to Vogue, HBA’s creative director Shayne Oliver explains why Campbell was the right model to inaugurate the brand’s return “She [Campbell] is such a mother figure to [so many people in fashion] and has always been so outspoken about Black people in fashion, Black identity, and Black creativity.”

Campbell is photographed by Luis Alberto Rodriguez and styled by Carlos Nazario in the new ready-to-wear pieces from Hood By Air’s forthcoming “PROLOGUE” collection. The new pieces combine a focus on functionality with bold and impressive silhouettes to deliver leather motorcross pants, a cropped leather puffer, and a top infused with hardware, belt clips, zippers, and straps. “PROLOGUE” will consist of three themes, “Mother,” “Veteran,” and “Merch,” which are expected to follow in the coming months as a three-part narrative arc.

During its hiatus, Hood by Air’s influence on the industry has been extremely conspicuous. From the adoption of HBA’s trademark “street-casting” (informed by casting directors Walter Pearce and Kevin Amato) to the highly-charged energy of its runway shows to its casual inclusion of “genderless” pieces, many brands have been clamoring to replicate what HBA was doing when it first launched nearly a decade ago.

In the brand’s downtime, Oliver took on a role as guest designer for Helmut Lang, and reworking some Italian outerwear into some avant-garde, four-armed pieces in collaboration with Colmar A.G.E.

You can shop the new pieces on Hood By Air’s official webstore.

Here’s How You Can Help #StopAsianHate

Asians in America are calling to #StopAsianHate after a huge increase in hate crimes and racist attacks in the last few months. The most recent attack to get widespread coverage was the stabbing of a 36-year-old Asian man in New York’s Chinatown, but the assaults have also targeted a large number of elderly people, including Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai man who died after being violently shoved to the ground in San Francisco. These incidents aren’t only happening in the US, either. A Japanese man was recently attacked with acid in Paris, while in the UK, hate crimes against people of East and Southeast Asian heritage increased 300 percent since the start of the pandemic.

A lot of this is linked to the coronavirus. After Donald Trump called Covid-19 “the China virus” last March, advocacy group Stop AAIP Hate recorded more than 650 incidents in just one week, ranging from verbal harassment to assault.

“The issue of violence against the Asian American community has been widely underreported in the media and somewhat silenced during the pandemic,” designer Phillip Lim told WWD. “These hate crimes are up by 1,900 [in New York City, according to 2020 NYPD data] and are a symptom of a larger issue rooted in systemic racism. It is a direct result of the xenophobia and colonialism that has existed in America for decades.”

The #StopAsianHate campaign started gaining prominence after Asian celebrities, including actors Olivia Munn, Harry Shum Jr, and Daniel Dae Kim felt that violence against Asians was being downplayed or ignored and came together to raise awareness of the issue. Here’s how you can join them to #StopAsianHate.

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A host of Asian fashion industry insiders — including Philip Lim, Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Susie Bubble, Bryanboy, and Eva Chen — have teamed up with GoFundMe to start an official fundraising campaign to raise funds for AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) grassroots organizations. The exact organizations haven’t been announced but they are chosen by Gold House, a “nonprofit collective of Asian founders, creative voices, and leaders.”

Philip Lim announced the campaign on Instagram, writing that he and those involved are “turning the anger and cumulative frustration into an actionable step forward!”

Go Fund Me kickstarted the campaign with a $25,000 donation, and Silicon Valley It-couple Jen Rubio and Stewart Butterfield donated $50,000, but the majority of the donations are less than $100 and will be spread across a variety of organizations. As Lim also wrote in his announcement: “Every dollar matters, every voice counts!”

If you want to have a physical symbol of your support of the movement, Ruba Abu-Nimah and Philip Lim’s “NY TOUGHER THAN EVER” project has created a red #StopAsianHate keychain with 100 percent of all net proceeds going to AAPI grassroots organizations.


If you can’t donate financially, there are still plenty of ways to help the movement. One is to report any instances of anti-Asian assaults and crimes with Stop AAPI Hate or a local group advocacy group.

Another is to help draw attention to these incidents by signal boosting social media posts or articles discussing the issue. Browse the hashtags #StopAsianHate, #HATEISAVIRUS, and #ProtectOurElders, follow activists like Amanda Nguyễn and Michelle Kim to stay informed, and read personal accounts of racism by Asian-American writers here, here, and here.

Join online communities like Hate is a Virus and Act to Change that support the AAPI community in educating and combating racism. You can also physically get involved. Safe Walks NYC and Compassion in Oakland have gathered volunteers to be a walking-home companion for anyone feeling unsafe.

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Of course, racism against Asians or Asian-Americans didn’t start with the Covid-19 pandemic. The story of anti-Asian hate in the US is long and varied and, like most of society’s ills, can be linked back to colonialism, imperialism, and white supremacy. It ranges from state-sanctioned racism like the ban on Chinese immigrants under the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act (similar bans were in place in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada), and the Japanese internment camps in the 1940s, to attacks on Filipino farmworkers in the 1930s, the “Chinese Massacre” in Los Angeles in 1871, and the violent death (and lack of conviction for the killers) of Vincent Chin.

Despite this, there is a myth of Asian-Americans as “the model minority,” one that has thrived under white supremacy. This myth helps downplay the racism that Asians face and also helps perpetuate the oppression of other minorities in the US. The fight against racism won’t end when the pandemic does, and learning about the history of Asians in America will help inform the continued struggle.

A simple way to learn the history is by reading the Hate Is A Virus Toolkit, published by activist group Act To Change. The toolkit explains Asian-American history and gives you strategies on how to stand against racism and xenophobia today.

Carhartt WIP Links With L’Art de L’Automobile for “Karhartt” Capsule

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Brand: Carhartt WIP x L’Art de l’Automobile

Season: SS21

Key Pieces: “Workwear blue,” but make it green? The hero of this piece is surely the tonal reworkings of Carhartt WIP’s steadfast Michigan Coat and Single Knee Pant.

Release Date: Available now

Buy: A few pieces are still available at Dover Street Market

Editor’s Notes: Carhartt WIP has tapped  L’Art de l’Automobile, a used car dealership-cum-fashion-label operated by Parisian car specialist Arthur Kar, for its latest capsule.

The cuts and silhouettes riff off the design frequently used for a mechanics uniform in reference to Kar’s formative years spent skipping school to help his father fix cars – the pants even come with a wrench clipped to the leg. Meanwhile, the new green colorway is inspired by foliage of Lebanon (where Kar grew up) and the specific shade of green seen on the Italian Fevres Rangers from 1965.

The collection includes classic aforementioned Carhartt WIP pieces and graphic tees, accessories, and stickers.

These Sneakersnstuff Reeboks Were Made for Walking

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Brand: SNS x Reebok

Model: Classic Leather and Classic Leather Legacy

Release Date: March 6

Price: $119 each

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What We’re Saying: SNS, the in-house brand of sneaker boutique Sneakersnstuff, is back with a new collaboration following recent projects alongside New Balance and ASICS. Up next is a foray with Reebok, one that finds the label paying homage to the golden age of outdoor adventure.

The SNS x Reebok “Walking” capsule is a nod to the ’90s when outdoor activities were at the height of popularity. This trend ultimately led an entire generation to get off the couch and step out the front door for a bit of fresh air and subsequent adventure.

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Leading the way for the upcoming collaboration are two sneakers in the Classic Leather and its successor, the Classic Leather Legacy. Both models feature suede uppers and debossed co-branding on the tongue and heel, as the Classic Leather Legacy incorporates a contrasting black midsole and comes with rope laces.

In addition to the footwear, the SNS x Reebok “Walking” collection also includes a complementary range of apparel inspired by the sporty elegance of ’90s adventures.

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What to Wear in Spring When You Hate Sneakers

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The winter to spring shift is a time for rebirth, especially this year. When it comes to the wardrobe, it’s all about having the right tools in place to adapt to changing weather and conditions. Our Spring Style Toolkit is here to help.

We’ve already sung the praises for spring when it comes to sneakers. But, believe it or not, there are people who aren’t that into them. And those that just need a little break. Much like with a white mesh sneaker, you don’t want to step out in a pair of Nappa leather loafers if there’s even a ten percent chance of rain and snow. Enter — spring, and the chance of wearing real shoes again.

As we reach something near terminal velocity in the world of sneakers, many of us are turning our attention to the next logical step: the post-sneaker world. Just a few days ago, Nike VP Ann Hebert left the company after Bloomberg released evidence of her family tie with famous reseller “West Coast Joe”, prompting many to confront the issues in the world of sneakers as a whole. But as the sneaker kingdom shows cracks, the fort of timeless leather shoes holds strong.

Picking the right pair of shoes for spring is actually really easy. Spring is a forgiving month because a high-quality pair of leather shoes is always the right choice. You’re not in danger of overheating in them, but you’re also not in too much danger of scuffing the leather or waterlogging them. So, in the spirit of an elevated, post-sneaker spring season, we’ve rounded up the best shoes for spring.

Diemme’s heritage clashes beautifully with modern technical style in the Asiago desert boots. Soft suede uppers meet a rubberized mudguard and a rugged Vibram sole. Versatility on 100.

King of New York City style, Aimé Leon Dore recently linked up with Clarks Originals to give the classic Wallabee a new look. Uppers made from Italian Casentino wool combine with tonal suede trims for an understated finish that centers around the materials.

The Dr. Martens Black Mono Derby is unchanged since its introduction in 1960. That’s testament to the timelessness and durability of the style. High-quality buffed leather forms the upper and the all-black stitching keeps the profile low.

Spring is a good time to start showing out again. You can start easing yourself back into the world of colors with this pair of eye-catching G.H. Bass Weejuns. A two-tone palette is the retro lift your spring wardrobe is begging for.

After a year of life spent indoors, we’re guessing that a healthy portion of our readers has already invested in a pair of Birkenstocks. For those who haven’t, they’re the perfect transitional shoe with a soft cork midsole, beaten leather upper, and rubber outsole.

Achilles Ion Gabriel’s appointment as creative lead at CAMPERLAB has breathed a new life into the label. This pair of rugged deck shoes presents a prime example of a classic subverted by Gabriel’s eye for detail. Calfskin leather uppers feature a buffed effect for a worn-in look.

From Japan to Morrocco, the Maison Margiela Babouche Sippers are a truly international design. In classic Margiela style, the pair references multiple styles with its luxury Italian construction, Japanese split-toe, and North-African babouche silhouette.

Suicoke’s creations sit between shoes and sandals. Neoprene uppers sit atop a Vibram sole unit while a velcro strap secures the foot. They’re wildly comfortable and surprisingly easy to style in an all-grey colorway.

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BOSS and Russell Athletic Tease New Collaboration

BOSS and Russell Athletic just teased a new collaboration with a short clip from the campaign film shot by one of our favorite directors, Joshua Kissi. The video features a basketball with dual BOSS and Russell Athletic branding rolling across the court. The collab promises to bring the worlds of tailoring and sportswear together, resulting in a capsule of off-court classics that takes inspiration from both brands’ archives and reinvents some of their most iconic silhouettes.

The collection will not be revealed until March 24, but the combined logos of both Russell Athletic and BOSS are already giving us a feeling of ’90s nostalgia and a youth filled with trading cards, late nights on NBA Jam, Jordan bedsheets, and watching our heroes in awe as they step onto the court.

To celebrate the partnership, BOSS and Russell Athletic will host a digital launch event, direct from the legendary Gotham Hall in New York City on March 24. The collection reveal will take place on BOSS.com at 1 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CET. Post reveal, the collab will be available at BOSS.com and in selected stores worldwide.

Pull&Bear Drops Breezy New SS21 Denim Collection

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Brand: Pull&Bear

Season: Summer 2021

Key Pieces: The standouts of the collection are straight, wide-leg, and flared jeans and a matching shirt and jeans set that comes in two-toned blue and white.

Release Date: Available now

Buy: www.pullandbear.com

Editor’s Notes: Pull&Bear launches a new SS21 denim collection in fresh and vibrant styles for men and women. In addition, they’re also launching the Denim Fit Guide which will be present in all of their stores.

Pull & Bear, founded in Spain in 1991, is known for its international style inspired by streetwear and youth cultures. Its clothes are comfortable, easy to wear, with an air of relaxed confidence. The focus of the SS21 collection is on loose fits and light colors, summery and breezy. Jeans and shirts come in light washes for an urban, relaxed look. Other jeans in skinny, slouchy, or boyfriend fits are also available.

The men’s collection also offers a wide selection of fits. Its loose and balloon fits complement the women’s collection, and bear small details for a vintage feel. Also available are tapered, straight, relaxed, and standard jeans.









You can find Pull&Bear’s new collection on www.pullandbear.com, where you can select jeans by fit and fade.

If It Looks & Acts Like a TikTok, It’s Probably Netflix’s New “Fast Laughs” Feature

Another day, another platform trying to be like TikTok. This time Netflix has fallen victim to the hype train with its release of a mobile feature called Fast Laughs that is basically a clone of the popular video-sharing app.

Fast Laughs looks and feels like TikTok or Instagram Reels. Netflix announced the feature yesterday, revealing that it will serve up a full-screen feed of short clips from the streaming giant’s catalog.

The feed is accessed via a “Fast Laughs” tab at the bottom of the navigation menu and cues an autoplay of clips. Users can scroll through the feed and choose to add featured series, films, or stand-up specials to their Netflix watch list or cue them to watch now. Clips can also be shared to other social platforms or via SMS.

The streaming giant also shared a video showing what the user experience would look like. You can watch it below.

Just last weekend, Facebook also took a leaf out of TikTok’s book when it launched its daughter app BARS, a TikTok-like rapping platform. And like Instagram’s Reels feature before that and Netflix now, it seems like every app and social media platform is making the pivot to TikTok-esque features with the hopes of striking TikTok-esque gold.

For Netflix, Fast Laughs is a way of taking back all that time people spend scrolling on TikTok. Giving iPhone users something else to scroll through on their phones, and turning that into more time spent on Netflix itself could be a brilliant business move if successful.

Fast Laughs has begun to roll out in select territories today and is currently only available for iOS devices, however, Netflix says Android tests will begin soon.