Super stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert form Black Fashion & Beauty Collective

Fashion stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert have founded a non-profit organisation to support black creatives in the fashion and beauty industries. In response to the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality in recent weeks, fashion in…

Fashion stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert have founded a non-profit organisation to support black creatives in the fashion and beauty industries.

In response to the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality in recent weeks, fashion industry leaders have been addressing racial discrimination and the lack of representation in their own companies, pledging to do more to be inclusive and diverse.

On Tuesday, Roach, who is best known for his partnership with Zendaya and Celine Dion, Rembert, who works with Lizzo and Issa Rae, and hairstylist Lacy Redway, whose clients include Tessa Thompson, announced the formation of Black Fashion & Beauty Collective (BFB Collective), a non-profit organisation which will represent black creatives in both industries, bringing them together to create a community.

“Our plans have always been to form a community of us, of voices that are very influential in the industry and can really see change happen,” Redway told Footwear News. “We were in the similar position that we are in now, in that we were just really fed up with not having proper representation in so many areas in our industries, and we were all fighting similar fights but fighting them individually.”

Roach has also donated $25,000 (£20,000) to help kickstart the collective’s Black Fashion and Beauty Business Relief Fund, which is partnering with the My Block, My Hood, My City organisation. The founding pledge and other funds raised this year will help support businesses affected by incidents of police brutality and subsequent protests.

“We want to inject capital into businesses whose storefronts may have suffered as a result and help them get back on their feet and get their businesses back up,” said celebrity stylist and BFB Collective president Rachel Johnson.

In addition to their main fundraising goal, the collective will help fashion and beauty brands to make progress with diversity and inclusion.

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Issa Rae never considered herself an actress

Issa Rae “never considered” herself as an actress.The 35-year-old found fame by creating and co-writing the HBO TV show Insecure, which she stars in, and its success has helped her land roles in films such as Little, The Hate U Give, and The Photog…

Issa Rae “never considered” herself as an actress.

The 35-year-old found fame by creating and co-writing the HBO TV show Insecure, which she stars in, and its success has helped her land roles in films such as Little, The Hate U Give, and The Photograph.

In a cover interview with Teen Vogue, Rae admitted she always thought she was an actress “for fun” and is experimenting with different genres to help her improve.

“I just want to try different things (and) keep getting better… because I’ve never considered myself an actress,” she said of her film career. “I always considered myself a writer-producer – and an actress for fun. I want to make sure that with each project I’m taking on, I’m bringing something to the table and not just showing up as me. A lot of people don’t get this opportunity, so I don’t want to take it for granted.”

Rae was gearing up to promote her new movie The Lovebirds, a romantic comedy with Kumail Nanjiani, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, causing the cancellation of South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, where it was set to premiere in March. Following the widespread closure of cinemas, the film was bought by Netflix and debuted on the streaming service earlier this month.

And Rae has been using the lockdown to work on a variety of upcoming creative projects.

“All I’ve ever said is, ‘If I just had more time, I could kill it.’ Lord knows I didn’t want it this way, but I’m just being very productive and getting all the s**t done that I’m being paid to do,” the star shared. “I still listen to the news every morning and have anxiety about all of the things that we are doing wrong, and I worry about my family, but the only way for me to not drive myself insane is to continue pretending like things are normal. Staying busy is how I cope.”

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Michael Kors channels country living for fall 20 collection

Michael Kors presented a collection featuring cosy and chic pieces fit for a country getaway on Wednesday.The fashion designer debuted his fall/winter 2020 line at the American Stock Exchange as part of New York Fashion Week, with guests including Blak…

Michael Kors presented a collection featuring cosy and chic pieces fit for a country getaway on Wednesday.

The fashion designer debuted his fall/winter 2020 line at the American Stock Exchange as part of New York Fashion Week, with guests including Blake Lively, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Issa Rae, and Dove Cameron.

The collection was inspired by country living, relaxation, and the idea of escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city, with the venue transformed into an abstract country house and the show featuring a performance from country musician Orville Peck.

“I think we can all relate to feeling a little too plugged in sometimes,” Kors said in a statement. “This collection explores the idea of getting away from it all, of taking some time to escape into nature and refuel. And of course, since we can’t all move to the countryside, we looked at how you can take that feeling of privacy and cosiness and imbue it with the polish and luxury you need in an urban environment.”

The range was comprised of chic and cosy outfits with a strong equestrian feel. It featured a muted colour palette dominated by camel, black and grey, with the occasional pop of red, yellow, or orange. Suede, leather and shearling outerwear were a main feature, as were capes, hoods, scarves, cowl necks or turtlenecks, riding pants, and knit dresses.

Besides the relaxed silhouettes, Kors also offered up sharp tailoring and evening dresses, all teamed with boots.

Standout looks included a brown and white cow-print coat, a red gown with matching blazer worn by Adut Akech, a plunging sparkly black dress modelled by Bella Hadid, as well as a gunmetal grey gown with a pleated skirt worn by Kaia Gerber, which was paired with a chunky black scarf.

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Beyonce gifts Reese Witherspoon and Cardi B new Ivy Park collection

Celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Cardi B, and Zendaya have been gifted Beyonce’s upcoming Adidas x IVY PARK collection.The superstar originally launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon Philip Green, but after buying his share…

Celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Cardi B, and Zendaya have been gifted Beyonce’s upcoming Adidas x IVY PARK collection.

The superstar originally launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon Philip Green, but after buying his shares to assume full ownership of the brand, Beyonce revealed in April she was partnering with Adidas bosses to release the new Ivy Park, which is due for release on Saturday.

To promote the line in the run-up to the launch, the Formation hitmaker decided to send the entire unisex collection, contained in a big orange box on wheels, to a bunch of celebrities, who took to social media to gush about their coveted gift.

The Legally Blonde star shared a video on Instagram of her mother wheeling the orange box up her driveway before the pair unclipped the front. The footage then turned into a montage of Reese stepping out of the box and posing or dancing in a variety of Ivy Park ensembles, such as the purple jumpsuit, the purple form-fitting dress, sneakers, and a beanie hat.

“Does this officially make me the newest member of the #Beyhive?” she wrote in the caption. “Thank you, @Beyonce for the #IvyPark swag!”

Cardi also posted a video of her standing in front of the orange box before filming herself sifting through items on the rail.

“So, I just got home and look what I got. B**ch Beyonce done give me a closet… I gotta open it,” she can be heard saying.

Zendaya simply shared a picture of her posing in front of the orange box on her Instagram Stories and thanked Beyonce in the caption, while model Hailey Bieber shared a video of her going through the rail and called it “the coolest thing I’ve ever been sent”. She was photographed wearing the purple crop top and matching tracksuit bottoms while she visited a dance studio on Wednesday.

Actresses including Laverne Cox, Yara Shahidi, and Issa Rae were also sent the surprise gift.

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Vivica A. Fox slams Issa Rae over plans to remake cult classic Set It Off

Vivica A. Fox is less than impressed by Issa Rae’s plans reboot her 1996 crime drama Set It Off.Vivica starred alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise in the film, which told the story of a group of women desperate to rob a Los …

Vivica A. Fox is less than impressed by Issa Rae’s plans reboot her 1996 crime drama Set It Off.

Vivica starred alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise in the film, which told the story of a group of women desperate to rob a Los Angeles bank.

It was reported recently that Issa is in the early stages of developing a new version of the film but, when asked about the prospect by Entertainment Tonight, Vivica was less than accepting of the remake plan.

“It’s a classic, leave it alone,” the actress responded, bluntly, after “pulling a face”, according to the outlet. “There’s absolutely no reason to try to redo it. It’s been done, and we did it so well, that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that’s her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left.”

Continuing to state that Issa will face a massive backlash if she gets the reboot wrong, Vivica, 55, added: “Like, create your own franchise. If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks, create your own thing. You can make it up to date. We did that film in 1996. We are in 2019, going into 2020. So, create your own thing because people are absolutely going to compare it to it, and she’ll probably, if it’s not good, they’re going to slay her for it.”

Issa’s version of Set It Off is to be written by Syreeta Singleton and Nina Gloster. It will be released through her production company lssa Rae Productions, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Lili Reinhart named new face of CoverGirl

Lili Reinhart has been appointed as the spokesperson for cosmetics brand CoverGirl. The Riverdale actress, who has previously worked with brands including H&M, Bongo, Dermalogica and The Mighty Company, announced she was the latest CoverGirl on Instagr…

Lili Reinhart has been appointed as the spokesperson for cosmetics brand CoverGirl.

The Riverdale actress, who has previously worked with brands including H&M, Bongo, Dermalogica and The Mighty Company, announced she was the latest CoverGirl on Instagram on Wednesday morning.

“Meet your newest @COVERGIRL (lipstick emoji) I am pinching myself at the opportunity to represent such an iconic make-up brand and be the face of their newest line, coming very soon,” she teased. “As a COVERGIRL, my goal is to advocate for confidence & self-acceptance in a world where so many young men and women feel compelled to change themselves. I can’t wait to start this journey. #EasyBreezyBeautiful.”

Representatives at the American company shared the same picture, showing the Hustlers star wearing minimal make-up, and added, “SURPRISE! The secret is out: @lilireinhart is our newest #COVERGIRL! We’re SO excited to welcome such an authentic, inspirational, talented actress & author to the Easy Breezy family.”

The 23-year-old is the first CoverGirl to be appointed since 2017, when a diverse range of stars were introduced as a part of a re-branding effort. Of the group, Insecure actress Issa Rae, model Maye Musk and TV personality Ayesha Curry have remained with the brand.

Erika Woods, vice president of marketing for the CoverGirl brand at Coty, told WWD that Reinhart was chosen thanks to her popularity with the Generation Z market.

“She represents someone who we haven’t explored in this (new cast of CoverGirls) – she has a strong following amongst Gen Z and she’s inspirational,” she said. “She’s honest and raw and a great role model for young girls.”

The actress will front a new product launching in early 2020.

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Issa Rae was a model muse at Critics’ Choice Awards for stylist’s debut fashion collection

Actress Issa Rae stunned at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (13Jan19) in an exclusive piece from celebrity stylist Jason Rembert’s first-ever fashion range.The celebrated style professional has served a string of stars, including John Boyega, Zayn…

Actress Issa Rae stunned at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (13Jan19) in an exclusive piece from celebrity stylist Jason Rembert’s first-ever fashion range.

The celebrated style professional has served a string of stars, including John Boyega, Zayn Malik, Rita Ora and Ezra Miller, over his hot career, and he is now preparing to enter the fashion industry as a designer with the launch of his debut women’s evening wear collection, named Aliette, at New York Fashion Week next month (Feb19).

Jason dressed Insecure creator and star Issa in a black, three-quarter sleeve corset dress with a sexy high slit for the Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles and he couldn’t have come up with a better way to mark his line’s red carpet premiere.

“Apart from my late mother, Louisanne Aliette, and my beautiful daughter, Harper Aliette, Issa has inspired me daily since I began working with her,” he gushes to Women’s Wear Daily. “She is the epitome of the strong and intelligent women that I hope to reach with Aliette.”

Jason’s fashion brand has been crafted for all of his female clients, who he calls “the strong, intelligent and beautiful women that I’m surrounded by daily”.

“The market is full of options, but I feel like my view is unique,” he adds of his new collection.

Jason’s new line will debut on the runway at New York Fashion Week on 13 February. The stylist-turned-designer, who was honoured with a Stylist of the Year award from Harlem’s Fashion Row in September (19), will make his range available for purchase online and at select retail stores.

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Issa Rae praised for showcasing her natural hair

Issa Rae’s hairstylist has praised the actress for showcasing how beautiful natural hair can be.The actress may have created TV show Insecure, which she also stars in, but the 33-year-old certainly has no hang-ups when it comes to flaunting her natural…

Issa Rae’s hairstylist has praised the actress for showcasing how beautiful natural hair can be.

The actress may have created TV show Insecure, which she also stars in, but the 33-year-old certainly has no hang-ups when it comes to flaunting her natural beauty on the red carpet, and Felicia Leatherwood is adamant Issa should be seen as a hair inspiration for black women.

“Issa Rae has helped me showcase what natural hair could be, and give women options of what they can do,” Felicia told E! News. “I’m really proud of that, because I don’t want anyone to feel left out, or like they’re not good enough, as it relates to their hair and their skin.”

Felicia recently attended the Essence Festival in New Orleans, where explained to E! News how women who have chemically treated their hair for years can revert back to natural tresses.

Her top tip is looking after the scalp and she suggested using the Maui Moisture Hair Care line.

“Hot oil treatments are great for the scalp. If you can get a hot oil treatment once or twice a month, as you deep condition. When you put the hot oil on the scalp and you have the deep conditioner in your hair, when you go to rinse it out, the oil coats over the conditioner. That’s how to seal the moisture into your hair,” she shared.

And talking about her favourite Issa look, Felicia singled out the stunning hairstyle the star wore for the 2018 Golden Globes in January.

“(The look) was awesome. I’ve down about 800 hairstyles on Issa Rae, maybe more, including the show… She’s my black Barbie,” Felicia smiled.

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Issa Rae: ‘Even black neighbourhoods didn’t stock my foundation colour’

Issa Rae always struggled to find an appropriate foundation shade, even when she shopped in “black neighbourhoods.”The actress has been an ambassador for cosmetics brand CoverGirl since September (17), which recently unveiled its new TruBlend Matte Mad…

Issa Rae always struggled to find an appropriate foundation shade, even when she shopped in “black neighbourhoods.”

The actress has been an ambassador for cosmetics brand CoverGirl since September (17), which recently unveiled its new TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation.

Taking note of the success of diverse make-up lines like Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, CoverGirl is offering its latest product in 40 different shades – an initiative Issa wishes was available when she was younger.

“I’m a big drugstore beauty shopper and I went to college in a predominantly white rich old neighbourhood and even just going to the local drugstore to try to find my shade was impossible,” the 33-year-old recalled in an interview with People. “I’d have to go to East Palo Alto (in California) which is the black part of town to be able to find it, and even the shades were limited. I was like, ‘This is a black neighbourhood. What’s the problem?'”

The Insecure star now fronts CoverGirl’s diverse new campaign alongside 70-year-old model Maye Musk and motorcycle racer Shelina Moreda, and the label’s ethos reinforces Issa’s own commitment to inclusion.

“From early on, the thing that motivated me was feeling left out in representation on television and in film,” she explained. “Lucky for me I grew up with a lot of representation so I knew it was possible, but I can’t imagine younger generations not seeing themselves.”

Meanwhile, Issa recently vowed to use her platform wisely, hoping to inspire young girls to look further than traditional beauty ideals for personal validation.

“I’m smart. I’m the s**t,” the star asserted to InStyle U.S. “My declaration of being the s**t didn’t come from my appearance, but it came from what I’m about.”

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Issa Rae wears belt with N-word to 2018 CFDA Awards

Issa Rae made a statement with her outfit at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards 2018 on Monday night (04Jun18).The Insecure star, who hosted the fashion awards ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, walked the red carp…

Issa Rae made a statement with her outfit at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards 2018 on Monday night (04Jun18).

The Insecure star, who hosted the fashion awards ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, walked the red carpet in custom-made blue Pyer Moss gown dotted with thousands of Swarovski crystals.

But it was her black satin belt which was printed with the words “Every N**** Is A Star” that grabbed the most attention, with designer Kerby Jean-Raymond explaining to People.com that the ensemble was a joint effort.

“It was interesting and new for me because a lot of it was done via phone and pictures because of our work schedules. The sketching process was very fun,” he said, adding that the idea for the belt stemmed from his decision to use Boris Gardiner’s 1974 song of the same name at Pyer Moss’ fall/winter 2018 runway show in February.

Issa’s sartorial statement was also praised by a number of social media users.

“Just when I think I couldn’t love Issa Rae anymore, she hits us with a little Boris Gardiner on her belt. In case ya’ll forgot,” one user commented, while another added: “That belt! This Pyer moss dress! She shut that down.”

Issa didn’t just wear the Pyer Moss outfit on the night, as she changed into a belted bright green suit from Sergio Hudson to undertake her presenting duties.

And she didn’t hold back in her opening monologue, using the platform to take aim at Kanye West and his recent comments describing slavery as a “choice”.

“I’m about as fashionable as Kanye is black. Only when it’s convenient,” the 33-year-old said, according to USA Today. “That joke was my choice, just like slavery.”

Kanye was not in attendance at the event, however, his wife Kim Kardashian was there, and was later presented with the Influencer Award.

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