the Billboard Music Awards


K-Pop Takes Center Stage at the Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards, an annual music awards show, which has been hosted by Billboard magazine since 1989, took place on Sunday evening in Los Vegas. The Billboard Music Awards red carpet consistently draws an array of the industry's biggest names, and that means there is no shortage of runway-to-red carpet looks. Taking the spotlight: Korean-pop group BTS, whose members stepped out in Saint Laurent in their American red carpet debut .

The seven-member South Korean boy band — who get their name from the acronym for the Korean term “Bangtan Sonyeondan,” or “bulletproof boy scouts” in English — have been global superstars since the release of their June 2013 single, “No More Dream.”

They are the latest in a string of K-pop stars to break out in the U.S., and Saint Laurent is just one of the high fashion brands that has been quick to tap into the proven appeal of K-pop stars, such as G-Dragon, Lee Chae-rin - who is better known just as CL - and her fellow 2NE1 member Dara Park and Zico, among others. G-Dragon of BigBang and CL are two of the most famous K-pop names to have penetrated the fashion industry by way of front row seats at the biggest runway shows in Paris, collaborations and ambassadorships with established brands, and editorials in the likes of Vogue.

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この記事のURL2017-05-22 17:09:19


Fashion Items


Why We Need to Stop Giving Masculine Names to Fashion Items

Who knew that we’d wake up with the news that rompers for men would be a thing? A couple of days ago, indie brand RompHim put up a Kickstarter to launch their male-friendly rompers. This became a laughing matter for everyone since the ad was comical, but the funding effort was successful.

It isn’t weird for men to wear rompers as brands like ASOS and Zara sell them. The only thing I’m mad about is that going to the bathroom is apparently easier with RompHim.

However, this also implies that these pieces are essentially not for men, hence, are placed in a different category.

A friend, who’s a sociology major, brought up a similar argument yesterday. She noted how there’s always this need to add a masculine connotation to items that are primarily sold to women. It’s like saying that they will be emasculated if they’re caught wearing them unless they’re given a male name.

We are accustomed to labeling many clothing items as such. We have “mandals,” “man purses,” and now, RompHim. This isn’t limited to fashion—eyeliner is changed to “guyliner” and Marc Jacobs even coined “#MalePolish” to pertain to his manicure.

One can argue that this is inclusiveness, but it defeats the purpose when you genderize them. More so when people point out that men who like mandals or man purses look “idiotic” and “gross.” That’s inequality right there.

We now live in a world where both men and women are breaking gender norms. Actress Ruby Rose can rock a feminine outfit, wear makeup, and also dress like a dude. Singer Jaden Smith wears dresses on the regular and fronted Louis Vuitton’s womenswear campaign.

Inclusiveness doesn’t start when you simply produce items for both genders. It’s when you stop categorizing them to discriminate another. Everyone has a choice on what they want to wear. It also helps that there are now gender-neutral lines sold at brands like Zara and H&M. So it’s time we drop the masculine or feminine tags and just call an item for what it is—sandals, rompers, and purses.

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この記事のURL2017-05-18 12:30:06


Miss USA titles


The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles

Kára McCullough, a chemist working for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was today crowned Miss USA during the annual Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.

Competing against 50 other women, the Italian native wowed the judges with her beauty, talent and intelligence.

As part of her prize, McCullough will move into a luxury NYC apartment, have access to a her own fully paid wardrobe and go on to represent the USA at the annual Miss Universe contest.

Last year, District of Columbia resident Deshauna Barber became the first-ever military member to win Miss USA, and today she handed over her crown to her successor.

The runner-up was Miss New Jersey, Chhavi Verg, and second runner-up was Miss Minnesota, Meridith Gould.

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この記事のURL2017-05-16 13:34:29


Republican Fashion


As far as Instagram is concerned, this past year has been an important one for fashion. Starting with t-shirts emblazoned with "We Should All Be Feminists" on the Spring/Summer 2017 Dior runway (and subsequently on models and some of the industry’s most heavily-followed influencers), we have seen an influx of what appear to be some of the most political and activist-inspired collections in a decade.

At some of the most recent fashion weeks, some designers went mad with pussy hats and pink brooches on and off the runways, while others took the white t-shirt to the next level, covering it with piercing black Times New Roman slogans about empowerment, peace, and of course, feminism. Front rows and Instagram profiles were full of industry insiders with white bandanas tied around their wrists, as a sign of unity. Liberalism and free spirit are seemingly the biggest trends of the season. But are they?

Take away those media stunts that seem to have been designed, in some cases, just weeks after Trump was elected as post-it add-ons to collections that had been in the making for months, and you will see that there is no real correlation between the written messages or gimmicks, mostly representing a mindset of radical change and new opportunities, and the seasonal concepts, themselves. To put it bluntly – the slogans may point to the left, but the clothes? They look to the extreme right.

Look at the major seasonal motifs – Seventies looks; Eighties looks; classic British tweed or Prince of Wales patterns; cinched, corset-like feminine waists with very short or very long skirts – there was nothing truly tolerant of variety in the spirit of most of the collections.

Not only were many of the collections retrogressive and unliberal, resorting to a safe nostalgia instead of suggesting new ideas and alternatives to the familiar, but a lot of them were also Eurocentric, based on looks that defined Western culture in the 20th century, or on the same gender politics. In general, men looked like gentlemen, women looked like traditional ladies – or like successful businessmen.

While everyone said that they were concerned about immigrants or a new social structure with respect to the status of women, few of the designers thought outside of the familiar boundaries of New York, Milan, London, Paris or the usual sexual clichés.

Take, for example, the resurgence of stiff tailoring. This season it was seen everywhere, in womenswear especially, from Alexander Wang to Jil Sander. Designers put a huge effort into promoting the suit, with its padded shoulders, grey hues and trousers, as a novel idea.

It is not novel at all, neither the suit itself nor the idea of women wearing one. Not only did they choose the most generic First World form of the suit, which is already the ultimate symbol of success in the West, particularly of the male-centric type, as it has been for the past 400 years; women in suits today quotes the days when they needed to provoke, to imitate men in order to be accepted in society.

Once that border was crossed, such a long time ago, it quickly became a solid agenda that best represented the capitalist world in which business players recognize each other by their greyness. After all, who can imagine an executive woman not wearing a tailored suit nowadays? That is why this lukewarm comeback is not a revolution; these are conservative clothes for a conservative audience.

Putting the same old clothes on new women in 2017 can hardly move them forward. A change in spirit has to come with a change of fashion, and vice versa.

Rebellion, or at least cutting edge millennial fashion, is contaminated with a similar malady as well. On the surface, the neo-Soviet trend that is fueled by designers such as Gosha Rubchinskiy or Demna Gvasalia of Vetements and driven by skinny pale muses, bleached denim and intentionally ill-fitting sweatshirts with a hint of cold war military, might have suggested a fresh contra force to the West.

But no contra was ever achieved. Generally speaking, both designers prefer a dreamy Nineties vibe to dealing with a contemporary reality, and have baptized their unique point of view by collaborating with the largest brands in Europe and the U.S.

For instance – Rubchinskiy has collaborated with Fila, Adidas and Reebok while Gvasalia created an entire Vetements collection for Spring/Summer 2017 based on the iconic pieces of brands such as Levi's, Church's or Dr. Marten's.

Although decontructivism is involved in both cases, and one might see this visible work method as being effective as a political and social sign that calls for a shift in perspective, in the end the collections sanctify the same conformist values of fashion – a narrow perspective which matches a conservative western agenda and the aggrandizement of youth, with all the lack of opportunities that those entail.

Be it Dior or Vetements, the need to say and the need to sell are creating an extraordinary moment – "Democrat" designers that produce "Republican" fashion. While designers dream of a better world, the clothes they are making are allied with a popular mindset that is much more closed-minded, and that prefers the near and the familiar above everything else.

This is an ambivalent reality that demonstrates how fashion, as a crossroads of creative power and commerce, will always illustrate what people really want – the general zeitgeist – irrespective of the writing on the shirts.

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この記事のURL2017-05-13 11:41:52


the Fyre Festival Lawsuits


A List of All of the Fyre Festival Lawsuits that Have Been Filed So Far

After tapping a handful of Insta-models, such as Emily Ratajkowski, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Elsa Hosk, to promote Fyre Festival on Instagram in December 2016, the music festival in Exumas, Bahamas was labelled a “hoax” and a “scam” late last month. The attempted posh take on Coachella caused a media storm after organizers left festival-goers stranded at the Miami and Exumas airports and failed to provide other accommodations, as promised in its pricey weekend packages, before cancelling the festival in its entirety after guests arrived.

Set to take place on a remote island in the Exumas on Fyre Cay, Fyre Fest was the brainchild of rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland. But the event – scheduled to make its official debut on April 28 and for which tickets cost between $1,500 and $250,000 – got off to a rough start as soon as guests began to arrive.

The festival grounds were littered with barely-erected, unfurnished tents and piles of trash. The gourmet meals that festival-goers were promised consisted of sad-looking cheese sandwiches. The guests' luggage was thrown from the back of a truck onto the ground, and security was nowhere to be found when attendees began engaging in verbal and physical confrontations – before it was announced that the festival was cancelled.

And just days later, the multi-million-dollar class action lawsuits began rolling in. Here is a look at the suits that have been filed against the event’s organizers so far …

1. JUNG v. McFarland et al (April 30, 2017)

The first class action lawsuit, which was filed by Daniel Jung against Fyre Festival and its organizers in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that “festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees—suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions—that was closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella.”

In his suit, which asserts claims of fraud, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation and seeks upwards of $100 million in damages, Jung, who spent $2,000 on his Fyre Festival ticket and airfare, claims: “Festival-goers survived on bare rations, little more than bread and a slice of cheese, and tried to escape the elements in the only shelter provided by Defendants: small clusters of ‘FEMA tents,’ exposed on a sand bar, that were soaked and battered by wind and rain."

2. Chelsea Chinery, Shannon McAuliffe and Desiree Flores v. McFarland et al (May 2, 2017)

On the heels of Jung’s suit, Chelsea Chinery, Shannon McAuliffe and Desiree Flores filed a breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and fraud suit of their own in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Ja Rule and McFarland.

Not wildly different from the lawsuit that Jung filed, the subsequent suit makes negligence and fraud claims. It is noteworthy, however, as it speaks directly to the social media posts used to promote the festival, including those from Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, and Emily Ratajkowski, among other heavily-followed models and influencers.

While the lawsuit does not name the individual influencers as defendants, it certainly does place blame. As the plaintiffs’ attorney John Girardi told the Hollywood Reporter, the “social media 'influencers' made no attempt to disclose to consumers that they were being compensated for promoting the Fyre Festival.”

3. Petrozziello v. Fyre Media, Inc. et al (May 2, 2017)

On the same day that Chelsea Chinery, Shannon McAuliffe and Desiree Flores filed suit, festival-goer Andrew Petrozzielo filed a $5 million-plus class action of his own, citing violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, breach of contract, and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

4. Herlihy et al v. Fyre Media, Inc et al (May 3, 2017)

A day later brought another class action, which was filed by festival-goers Matthew Herlihy and Anthony Lauriello. Similar to the lawsuits that came before it, Herlihy and Lauriello’s suit centers on Fyre organizers’ “false representations, material omissions, and negligence regarding the ‘Fyre Festival’ and their failure to organize, prepare, and provide attendees with the experience that the Defendants marketed as being a luxurious private-island getaway.”

The lawsuit seeks upwards of $5 million in damages for Herlihy, Lauriello, and other attendees for “negligence, fraud, and violations of consumer protection statutes.”

Herlihy and Lauriello each bought $1,027 ticket packages, according to the complaint. Herlihy put $900 and Lauriello put $1,000 on wristbands that were supposed to be used instead of cash. Lauriello also alleges that his headphones, jeans, sneakers, and other personal items were stolen, as Fyre Fest failed to provide attendees with secure storages areas, as promised.

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この記事のURL2017-05-11 12:23:56


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