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Tracee Ellis Ross: My Fashionable Life

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Tracee Ellis Ross is a fashion killer.

Any of the Black-ish actor’s Instagram posts prove it. Then, of course, there’s her iconic Moschino 2019 Met Gala look where she held a literal gold picture frame in front of her face the entire night.

For Tracee, having fun with fashion (and life) is key.

To mark the Pattern Beauty founder’s latest film The High Note (out online May 29), her first huge lead, we spoke to her about all things fashion:

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Jon Kopaloff

Mum gave me an innate love of glamour.

My mum [Diana Ross] was extremely glamorous at home, not just on the stage. That’s probably why I never go out in full sweats. During my childhood, she would only wear tracksuits if they were fancy and with high heels.

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As a child, clothes were my armour.

It fed into a persona I put on to cover my insecurities. It was a way to present an identity – if I wore a great outfit, I could conquer the world. When I was a toddler, I’d wrap myself in a bedsheet, wear Mum’s heels and become a queen. Now, clothing is a form of creative expression.

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Karwai Tang

European women opened my eyes to individual style.

In my early teens, my family home was in Paris and I went to boarding school in Switzerland. It was there I met Italian twins Java and Rosie, whose style will always be etched into mine. It was all chic tracksuits with Superga sneakers, fur coats and tons of gold jewellery.

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Frederick M. Brown

I still wear the Ralph Lauren cashmere cable knits that I bought in the late 1980s.

After moving back to the US aged 16, I worked at one of their stores at the weekends, which meant I could buy discounted looks. I’d been obsessed with the brand for years, and my mother always said there’s nothing wrong with spending money on clothes if you take care of them.

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Gilbert Carrasquillo

I’ll always remember my mum’s leather two-piece phase.

She had coordinating sets of North Beach Leathers trousers and oversized bomber jackets in every colour, from powder blue to yellow. I can see her influence in my obsession with coordinating: I can’t stand having my toes and fingernails painted different colours, my shoes must match my belt and my knickers must match my bra.

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Minimal doesn’t have to mean boring.

I’m my best accessory, so I never overdo jewellery. I love a clean ear or bare neck. My understated grey Giorgio Armani prom dress from 1990 has been slated on Instagram but I coveted it at 18-years-old. My door knocker ‘Tracee’ hoop earrings are my staple statement.

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Tracee Ellis Ross wearing her door knocker hoops with Oprah Winfrey

Omar Vega

Katharine Hepburn taught me the power of a good suit.

I love that she wore wide-leg trousers and blazers in her movies. I always feel so pulled together wearing one. She started my love of tux jackets – I’ll wear one over evening gowns, or with sweatpants to vote in elections. My latest shape is a boxy Saint Laurent one. After seeing my brother Evan in the flyest, pale-green suit on the red carpet recently, I borrowed it the next day for a cover shoot.

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I could chronicle my journey of self-acceptance through my hair.

It’s my greatest form of expression. Sometimes it’s big, sometimes it’s small, sometimes elegant, gravity-defying, electric… I don’t think there’s anything as chic as a slicked-back bun, but when my hair is loose, it has a mind of its own.

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There will always be dishes in my sink and too many clothes in my home.

I hate to throw clothes away; I still have a beautiful Norma Kamali slip dress from when I was 22. I wore it to my brother Ross’ wedding three years ago. My clothes are a reflection of myself.

Tracee Ellis Ross’ new film The High Note is available to watch online from May 29.

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Independent Fashion Designers + Retail – Footwear News

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout, the businesses of young, emerging and independent designers are likely to be the most vulnerable. In a Supporting Independents, FN gives a spotlight these creatives to learn how they are adjusting to a new way of working and living.

Having launched as a direct-to-consumer label in 2015, Aeydē has always been digital first. In fact, co-founders Luisa Dames and Constantin Langholz-Baikousis previously worked worked together at Zalando private label Executive Shoes & Acc.

While the Berlin based label is now also carried by global e-tail platforms like Net-a-Porter, its own website still accounts for around 30 percent of business.

“We’ve been really lucky,” said co-founder, managing partner and chief creative officer Dames. “While sales completely dropped when the lockdown started, they are now practically back to normal in Europe and the U.K.”

With many European countries, Germany included, having relaxed their lockdown restrictions, strappy sandals from the recently launched high summer collection a proving to be a popular buy. “The U.S. market has completely collapsed though,” she admitted.

 

When it comes to wholesale partners, however, results have been mixed:  The high summer collection spent weeks stuck in their Berlin warehouse and many retailers have canceled their fall orders.

As a damage limitation exercise, the brand adopted a pre-emptive strategy, encouraging partners to reduce their orders rather than cancelling completely. This has seen some success. Nevertheless, said Dames, “a 40 percent decrease from wholesale is big problem for a small retailer like us.”

That said, she would prefer to keep stock levels with retailers low and performing well rather than creating a glut in the market. “We wanted to preserve brand integrity to avoid markdown,” she explained. “We’d rather that products sell out than having an overstock.”

“Retail is great a channel for us but margins are high,” she continued, adding that her brand’s seasonless approach doesn’t always gel with the buying rhythm.

“The pandemic will change the industry entirely so we all need to find new strategies,” she concluded, hinting, however, that she might reassess the brand’s approach in the future.


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CREDIT: Aeydē

To buy: Aeyde Larissa sandal, $275


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Watch: Comedian Vir Das’ Neighbour Threatens To Sneeze On Him For Not Wearing A Mask

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Comedian and Actor Vir Das’ neighbour lashed out at him for standing outside his door, without a mask. The said neighbour, who can be seen talking on the phone, strolling around the vicinity, walked up to Vir Das and asked him to go wear a mask, or he would sneeze on him.

The neighbour can also be seen taking off his mask and pretending to sneeze as he continues to rant at Vir Das for standing on his doorstep, allegedly without a mask. “My parents died in this house, they will haunt you”, the man continued to threaten.

Vir Das then took to his official Twitter handle to share the video of his ‘lockdown neighbour’. Watch the video, below.


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Billie Eilish and Takashi Murakami Collection at Uniqlo

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What do you get when you combine two visionary artists with an affordable, cool retail brand? T-shirt goals, that’s what. Billie Eilish has collaborated with Takashi Murakami on a t-shirt collection for Uniqlo, and yes, it’s just as awesome as it sounds. Whether you’re a fan of Eilish’s music, Murakami’s inventive designs, or their collectively cool personal style, there’s no denying you’re going to want to scoop up this cute collection ASAP.

Eilish’s signature oversize t-shirt is available in six different designs for women, men, and children. This way, you can match with your loved ones if you want to! The styles are insanely cool, and just so happen to be affordable; there’s nothing not to love here. The collection launches Monday, May 25, and they’ll go fast, so just keep reading to shop.


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