Baby Phat Returns With Forever 21 Collaboration

The Cat is BACK!

The iconic early 2000s brand has returned with a collaboration with Forever 21.

via Complex:

Per Refinery 29, the new pieces launching Thursday are actually just a preview of a full relaunch collection slated for September. The Forever 21 collab follows the pricing model the shop is known for, meaning prospective buyers who recall the brand’s 2000s heyday can score some of the first wave of the 2019 edition without totally fucking up the monies.

“It’s perfect timing for this,” founder Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner told WWD earlier this year when it was initially announced that she had purchased the brand after a deep search. “Over the past several years, we realized the brand resonates with people and lives deep in their souls.”

At the time, Leissner teased that she and the team had designs on providing a “new messaging” for young people. 

In new comments given to Refinery 29 ahead of Thursday’s reveal, Forever 21’s VP of merchandising Linda Chang touted the brand’s “iconic” status and looked forward to helping new customers discover the looks. 

“It has been an honor to work with Kimora Lee Simmons and her daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, on this project, and we can’t wait to help customers rediscover a legendary brand,” she said.

Will you be buying? Idk, im still on the fence 😋

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Kimora Lee Simmons Plans a Major Relaunch For Baby Phat

Dont call it a comeback.

Creator Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner made the announcement Friday, revealing she had personally purchased the brand from whatever company and is planning to bring it back in a major way.

via Complex:

“We had to hunt around for it,” she told WWD. “[…] It’s perfect timing for this. Over the past several years, we realized the brand resonates with people and lives deep in their souls.”

Baby Phat was a sub-label of the Phat Fashions imprint owned by Leissner’s ex-husband Russell Simmons. The brand served as the womenswear counterpart of Phat Farm, and earned more than a billion dollars in sales during its heyday. Baby Phat, along with the Phat Fashions companies, was sold to Kellwood Apparel in 2004. A couple of years later, Leissner took on the role of brand president, and held that position until 2010. The details surrounding her departure were not revealed; however, Leissner would go on to suggest that the move was not her decision. 

It’s over. It’s absolutely over. It was very abrupt and sudden. I was shocked,” she told the Daily News in 2010. “It’s very, very sad for me. It was totally unexpected.”

Leissner told WWD that the Baby Phat relaunch is scheduled for spring, and that it will deliver “mainstream sportswear” pieces for millennials. She said the inaugural collection will take cues from her personal archives, resulting in a mix of retro and modern elements.

“We’re working fast and furiously and have a lot up our sleeves,” she said.

Come thru 90s fashion!

Porsha Williams Is Slaying Her Way Through Pregancy

Porsha Williams has been killing moment of her pregnancy.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star is living dream life after almost giving up on love.She’s found love in the arms of entrepreneur Dennis McKinley and is a soon-to-be-mom, Porsha has been glowing like never before. She’s been serving nothing but the best of maternity style on social media.

Williams, 37, spilled the tea during the show that she almost gave up on her dreams of having a family. Thankfully, Dennis was the game changer and kept his promise to make her the happiest woman in the world. “I have never had someone love me the way he does,” she said during an episode. “I have never had someone want to be there for me. So that’s why this pregnancy is like a miracle to me. Because I am starting to see all these things that I have prayed for and wanted for so many years actually happen.”

The countdown for Porsha Jr. (aka PJ) and her arrival is almost over. Peep the pics below to see my faves of Porsha pregnancy slayage .

One thing’s for sure baby girl will know fashion!

Black Panther’s Ruth E. Carter Win Oscar for Best Costume Design

Ruth E. Carter took home the Academy Award for ‘Best Costume Design’ for her astonishing work on Marvel’s ‘Black Panther.’

She’s the first Black woman EVER to win in that category. It is also the first Oscar EVER for Marvel Studios.

via EW:

Carter — a previous Oscar nominee for Amistad and Malcom X — helped clothe the entire fictional nation of Wakanda in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, crafting everything from Chadwick Boseman’s superhero suit to the Dora Milaje’s colorful armor. The award is also the first Oscar won by Marvel Studios.

“Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” Carter said in her acceptance speech. “It’s been my life’s honor to create costumes. Thank you to the Academy, and thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen.”

Carter also thanked Spike Lee — himself a nominee this year for BlacKkKlansman— for giving her her “start” with Malcolm X. “I hope this makes you proud,” she added.

Carter previously opened up to EW about the overwhelming response to Black Panther, which scored seven Oscar nominations and has earned more than $1.3 billion at the global box office.

“It’s such an important film,” Carter she told EW. “It made such a mark and I love the costumes myself. For the fans, I’m just so proud that it got recognized by the Academy as well. Sometimes, the fans will love something and the Academy won’t recognize it, so you think, was it big enough or was it great enough? But, it feels like a home run.”

Carter beat out fellow nominees Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Sandy Powell for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, and Alexandra Byrne for Mary Queen of Scots.

Yayyyy👑 Congrats Ruth!

Payless ShoeSource To Close All Remaining U.S. Stores

Stick A Fork In Payless ShoeSource because They’re DONE!

The huge retailer broke the news on Friday that they will be closing the remainder of their 2,100 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The company is also shutting down all they e-commerce operations.

via USA Today:

We expect all stores to remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May.

This process does not affect the company’s franchise operations or its Latin American stores, which remain open for business as usual.

Liquidations sales will begin on Sunday

Who remembers rocking they Payless ProWings back in the day before they started charging $50 for “cheap shoes.”

They Tried It! Gucci Apologizes for Racist Blackface Sweater

Its only six days into Black History Month and it’s seems as they they couldnt wait for the disrepect.

Gucci has joined the racist bandwagon for a blackface-inspired sweater.

The fashion house has apologized for selling the black balaclava knit top from the Fall Winter 2018 season. It currently sells for $890 on sites like Spring and features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in hred.

Here’s how the sweater is described on the website:

‘Inspired by vintage ski masks, multicolored knitted balaclavas walked the runway, adding a mysterious feel to this collection. This knit top combines the accessory with the ready-to-wear collection.’

Anyone with eyes can see that the sweater is reminiscent of racist caricatures with overtly drawn red lips.

Gucci’s apology below:

Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.
We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. 
Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/P2iXL9uOhs

— gucci (@gucci) February 7, 2019

Who even created it or thought it was fly! Who would want to walk around in this mess anyway. Are we adding Gucci to the boycott list or naw?

Naomi Campbell Shows Off Her Natural Hair

Naomi Campbell took to social media to “Bare It All”

Via PageSix

Naomi Campbell is one of the world’s top models and is rarely caught without a full glam squad.

However, on Sunday the icon, 48, posted a photo on Instagram that revealed a rare look at her behind-the-scenes beauty. “Bare it all,” Campbell captioned a wig-free selfie.

Known for her hip-grazing shiny straight hair, Campbell showed off her natural hair in braids and did not wear makeup in the picture. Fans immediately flooded the comments with compliments. “Queen @naomi, I’ve never been prouder of you. Thanks for sharing this stunning realness!” one person wrote.

“Set it free,” another said.

Last week, Campbell was announced as the new face of cosmetics company Nars. The campaign is her first as the spokesmodel for a beauty company; she has previously implied that there was a racial barrier to the industry.