Slick Woods unveils unisex jewellery brand

Slick Woods has launched a unisex jewellery brand named C1V1L.The model, born Simone Thompson, is instantly recognisable for her buzz cut, tattoos, and signature gapped teeth, and has previously walked the runways for brands such as Fendi, Marc Jacobs,…

Slick Woods has launched a unisex jewellery brand named C1V1L.

The model, born Simone Thompson, is instantly recognisable for her buzz cut, tattoos, and signature gapped teeth, and has previously walked the runways for brands such as Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, and Savage X Fenty.

But for her latest venture, Woods has created her own jewellery company, with the line including gold signet rings, lariats, and bracelets.

Alongside a series of images from the debut C1V1L campaign on Instagram, a brand representative wrote, “C1V1L is a unisex jewellery brand pushing a clean, modern, architectural aesthetic using semi-precious metals,” and, “We’re going to be blunt… We want to steal market share and reinvest it elsewhere in people, in ideas, in the future.”

Woods, 23, has teamed with Blakely Thornton, the managing director of Jerry Media, on the company, while sisters Coco and Breezy Dotson, who launched Coco & Breezy Eyewear in 2009, are among the investors.

And while the group wants to offer fans beautiful jewellery pieces, they are also seeking to achieve a wider goal of investing some of the profits into minority and female-owned ventures.

“There is an issue of (our) culture being commoditised, but we are not the owners of that,” said Thornton of the company in an interview with Business of Fashion. “Having been behind the veil in advertising, we were seeing that the people actually making the money off of this culture are largely white, straight men. Even if you’re pushing it and it’s getting a positive media reception, it’s disheartening seeing that the actual financial capital is going back to the same place, back to the top of that pyramid.”

As part of the marketing strategy, Woods will be seeking to reach out to her celebrity friends and 900,000 followers on Instagram.

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Rihanna ‘too involved’ in Savage X Fenty design process

Rihanna personally signed off on every single detail in her latest Savage X Fenty collection. The singer and fashion designer showed off the latest collection for her lingerie brand during an epic extravaganza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part…

Rihanna personally signed off on every single detail in her latest Savage X Fenty collection.

The singer and fashion designer showed off the latest collection for her lingerie brand during an epic extravaganza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night.

But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight backstage, the 31-year-old revealed that she is “too involved” in all aspects of the design process and there is nothing in the line that hasn’t had her stamp of approval.

“Oh my God, I’m too involved. I want a break but I’m a control freak, so I do everything,” Rihanna shared. “I see everything. There’s not one step of the way, there’s not one lace trim, there’s not one bra strap… there is not one bow on a panty that I do not see and approve.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s the only way you can preserve a brand, that you start from scratch… Here, I have a unique opportunity to change things. I’ve always been so sincere with my perspective on this brand but to see the way that we’re perceived in the lingerie world.”

The fashion and beauty mogul added that there’s pressure on her to continue producing size-inclusive garments, admitting, “It makes me feel like now we cannot neglect those consumers.”

This year’s Savage X Fenty presentation was bigger than ever thanks to a partnership with executives at Amazon Prime Video, who will exclusively broadcast the show on 20 September. To keep details under wraps, photography and cell phones were banned from the venue.

In addition to the new designs, the show will also feature performances from DJ Khaled, Halsey, Big Sean, and Migos, among others, as well as special appearances from Cara Delevingne, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Normani, Joan Smalls, and Laverne Cox.

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Model Carissa Pinkston admits she pretended to be transgender

Carissa Pinkston has admitted she lied about being transgender to avoid backlash over transphobic comments.The 20-year-old, who has modelled for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, Marc Jacobs, and Schiaparelli, reportedly used …

Carissa Pinkston has admitted she lied about being transgender to avoid backlash over transphobic comments.

The 20-year-old, who has modelled for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, Marc Jacobs, and Schiaparelli, reportedly used the name Rissa Danielle to post some disparaging remarks on Facebook back in May, in which she said being “transgender does not make you a woman”.

She was identified on Twitter as the person behind the comments, and was subsequently dropped by bosses at her agency, Elite Model Management.

Earlier this month, Pinkston tried to defend her transphobic words by sharing a candid post on Instagram – which she has since deleted – and claimed she was, in fact, transgender.

“I wasn’t ready to come out about it yet but today I got fired and I’ve been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I’m being forced to tell the truth,” the aspiring model wrote. “I’m Transgender. I transitioned at a very young age and I’ve lived my life as a female ever since. It’s been very hard to keep this secret but what I said about trans-women is a direct reflection of my inner insecurities and I have since come to realise that I am a woman… WE ALL ARE!”

Shortly after Pinkston shared the post, she was branded as a liar by transgender models, including Aaron Philip, on social media. Following the backlash, she issued an apology on Instagram.

“I apologise for any transphobic remark I’ve ever made towards the trans community. I panicked and I thought if I came out as trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I’ve only made things worse,” she wrote in the now-deleted post. “I’m truly sorry. I’m only 20 and I’m human. I make mistakes but I refuse to let them define me.”

Pinkston concluded her message by adding that she hopes everyone can forgive her and “move on from this”.

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Duckie Thot swears cocoa butter is the secret to soft skin

Duckie Thot is a big fan of using cocoa butter and swears it is the key to “glowy” skin.The Australian model, who is of South Sudanese heritage, has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion world since launching her career in 2013, having landed work …

Duckie Thot is a big fan of using cocoa butter and swears it is the key to “glowy” skin.

The Australian model, who is of South Sudanese heritage, has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion world since launching her career in 2013, having landed work for the likes of Yeezy, Fenty Beauty, Oscar de la Renta, Moschino, and L’Oreal.

Now, Duckie has shared some of her favourite beauty products, and noted Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Lotion is at the top of her list.

“After every single shower, I’ll sit there for a good 10 minutes and lather my whole body with cocoa butter,” she said in an interview with New York Magazine’s The Strategist. “It just stays on all day, and your skin looks so glowy. It’s not too thick. Sometimes oil gets on clothes, which is really annoying, but I love the cocoa butter – it just goes on super-nice.”

Duckie went on to explain that she is a big fan of Simple’s Cleansing Facial Wipes for removing make-up, and usually washes her face with Clarins’ Gentle Foaming Cleanser.

“It’s just so thick and creamy, and just a small pump gives you so much product. It’s really gentle on my skin, though I’d say it’s good for all skin types, honestly. It just makes your skin feel really great after you use it. I take it with me everywhere; I use it morning and night,” the 23-year-old said of the brand’s formula.

Elsewhere in the chat, Duckie shared that she can’t get enough of Apple’s AirPods, the Savage x Fenty Padded Eye Mask for when she is travelling, and more unusually, champions fibre supplements from Metamucil.

“I drink the powder with water in the morning; it’s a cleanser, an inside cleanser. I feel like it’s great to have with breakfast, and it just gets you going for the day. It helps me feel more active,” she praised.

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Rihanna test-drives key pieces in Fenty fashion collection

Rihanna tested out key pieces in her new Fenty fashion line before putting them up for sale.The music superstar confirmed she was teaming with designers at French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton on high-end clothing range earlier t…

Rihanna tested out key pieces in her new Fenty fashion line before putting them up for sale.

The music superstar confirmed she was teaming with designers at French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton on high-end clothing range earlier this month and held the launch party at a pop-up store in Paris on Tuesday night.

Prior to the event, Rihanna gave editors at Vogue.com a preview of the line, and shared that she wore some of the garments, such as a raw denim dress, before the release as she wanted to ensure the quality and fit was up to her standard.

“Everybody knows my denim obsession is not going to stop. I had them make the dress in my size the moment the sample came in just so that I could see what it looked like on my body – my hips, my curves, my thighs,” she told the fashion publication. “Just like everything, it has to come from me; it has to look good on me – I have to love it with a passion. If that feeling isn’t there, it won’t work.”

Rihanna’s debut collection features boxy blazers, oversized suits, baggy jackets, shirt dresses, crisp white T-shirts, and denim miniskirts.

Many of the blazers are matched with on-trend belt bags, with the Barbadian beauty explaining that she had a very specific reason for styling them that way.

“I’ve always loved shopping in the men’s department. I like the swag, the fit of it,” the 31-year-old commented. “Plus this suit comes with a matching fanny-pack, so you’re instantly snatched in the waist.”

Rihanna, who has also found success with her Fenty Beauty cosmetics company and Savage X Fenty lingerie line, has also included sunglasses, accessories and footwear in her line.

The full collection will be available to buy from 29 May. Items will be priced from $335 (£265) to $890 (£705).

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Rihanna developing high-end fashion line – report

Rihanna is reportedly developing her own high-end fashion line.The Barbadian singer/actress has branched out into the fashion and beauty worlds in recent years, finding success with her inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, as unveiled at New York Fa…

Rihanna is reportedly developing her own high-end fashion line.

The Barbadian singer/actress has branched out into the fashion and beauty worlds in recent years, finding success with her inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, as unveiled at New York Fashion Week last September (18), and her Fenty Beauty cosmetics range, which has been praised for catering to a diverse range of skin colours.

Now, according to editors at WWD, Rihanna is in talks with executives at luxury conglomerate Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) to create a clothing collection.

“LVMH has already handpicked a clutch of employees from within, including some from Louis Vuitton and Celine, to work on the project in tandem with Rihanna and some of her key associates,” the fashion publication reported on Thursday (17Jan19).

It was also claimed that the 30-year-old has been involved in “secret discussions” about the potential partnership for many months, with one source commenting that the line will include ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories, and is likely to be released around the same time of her ninth studio record, reportedly titled R9, later on in 2019.

Bosses at LVMH have declined to comment on WWD’s report. Though should the deal go-ahead, it will mark the first new brand under the luxury group’s umbrella since the Christian Lacroix house was founded in the late 1980s.

Rihanna is no stranger to working with LVMH’s labels, having previously acted as the face of Dior in 2015.

She has also collaborated with numerous other labels over the years, including luxury footwear company Manolo Blahnik, U.K. retailer River Island, and sportswear giant Puma, for which she created the highly popular Fenty x Puma line of apparel and shoes.

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Rihanna drops Valentine’s Day themed Savage x Fenty lingerie collection

Rihanna has unveiled a seductive new line of Savage x Fenty lingerie ahead of Valentine’s Day. The singer has dropped a stunning new collection of racy items to cater to all shapes and sizes from her intimates brand to celebrate the romantic holiday …

Rihanna has unveiled a seductive new line of Savage x Fenty lingerie ahead of Valentine’s Day.

The singer has dropped a stunning new collection of racy items to cater to all shapes and sizes from her intimates brand to celebrate the romantic holiday (14Feb19).

The Umbrella hitmaker also appears in a sultry campaign for the collection, posing in a skimpy pink bra and panties, adorned with hearts, and red velvet gloves.

“Lingerie is not just about exploiting the female body, it’s about celebrating it and that’s what Savage x is all about,” Rihanna said in a press release. “Savage to me is such a powerful word. Especially for women, you know. Women are usually looked at as weak and needy and Savage is just that different woman. It is the opposite of that, she is powerful, she’s in charge, and she’s taking ownership of all the choices she makes.”

Among the notable looks are heart-shaped pasties and panties, patterned bralettes and revealing bodysuits. Sizes range from 32A to 44DD in bras and XS to 3X in underwear.

The label’s popularity has continued to rise since the first pieces from the company were showcased as part of New York Fashion Week in September (18).

The latest collection, currently available via the brand’s official website, comes just days after Rihanna launched an extensive line of concealer products to serve a variety of skin tones. The 50 piece collection is one of many exciting makeup offerings the 30 year old beauty has offered up to fans in recent months. These include the launch of 10 more shades of the previously released Pro Filt’r Foundation.

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Marc Jacobs reissues famous grunge collection – report

Marc Jacobs has reportedly decided to bring back the famous grunge collection he designed for Perry Ellis in 1992.The designer debuted the collection in the fall of 1992 during New York Fashion Week, with the likes of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell appea…

Marc Jacobs has reportedly decided to bring back the famous grunge collection he designed for Perry Ellis in 1992.

The designer debuted the collection in the fall of 1992 during New York Fashion Week, with the likes of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell appearing on the runway.

According to an Instagram post by Jacobs, which sees Lady Gaga wearing a low cut pear-printed dress on the cover of Elle magazine, the collection is called the Redux Grunge Collection 1993/2018.

The Business of Fashion reports the line has been replicated down to the accessories, and a look book by photographer Juergen Teller is to be released on Wednesday (07Nov18).

The collection will be promoted via social media by both Jacobs and Perry Ellis, but a spokesperson for Marc Jacobs declined to comment when approached by the publication.

Back in 1992, the range was initially slammed by fashion critics, which led to Jacobs’ dismissal from Perry Ellis shortly after the show. However, the grunge line subsequently went on to define 1990s aesthetics thanks to pieces like loose beanie hats, flannel prints, slip dresses and striped T-shirts.

It also helped transform the fashion mogul into an international star. He was hired as creative director of Louis Vuitton in 1997 and went on to create the company’s first ready-to-wear clothing line, and was honoured with multiple awards by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

The 55-year-old’s most recent Fashion Week show was marred with controversy, as rumours swirled that he delayed the start of his presentation in response to Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty being given the final slot.

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Rihanna drops diamond studded makeup tutorial for Fenty Beauty line

Rihanna has unveiled a shimmery new makeup tutorial to offer fans a guide to her latest Fenty Beauty products. The singer took to YouTube on Tuesday (30Oct18) to share tips on how to apply the brand’s Diamond Bomb highlighter and Gloss Bomb lip lumi…

Rihanna has unveiled a shimmery new makeup tutorial to offer fans a guide to her latest Fenty Beauty products.

The singer took to YouTube on Tuesday (30Oct18) to share tips on how to apply the brand’s Diamond Bomb highlighter and Gloss Bomb lip luminizer, revealing that she was inspired by her music video for Kiss It Better, in which she appears covered in diamond body oil.

“It’s the kiss it better effect!!” the star captioned a link to the video on Instagram.

In the footage, the Umbrella hitmaker instructed viewers on how to apply the creamy highlighter to their cheeks, nose, inner-eye corners and shoulders, and wrapped up the segment by topping the look off with milk-coloured lip gloss.

She also revealed the compact the product is sold in was influenced by the sheer Swarovski crystal dress she wore to the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in 2014.

The 31 year old, who debuted the cosmetics brand last September (17), recently launched the video series to promote her latest makeup line, Chillowt. The YouTube videos come on the heels of the release of two new products, including a fresh version of her popular Stunna Lip Paint.

A year following the launch, she travelled to Dubai to host her first-ever Fenty Beauty seminar alongside high-profile makeup artists Priscilla Ono and Hector Espinal, who helped her teach fans how to paint their faces with her products.

The Barbadian beauty has also been busy running her lingerie label Savage X Fenty – last month (Oct18), she released a star-studded campaign featuring Gigi and Bella Hadid sporting the latest items from the intimates company.

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Adwoa Aboah: ‘Slick Woods is changing the game’

Adwoa Aboah has praised fellow model Slick Woods for “killing it”.Slick recently impressed the fashion pack by walking in Rihanna’s debut Savage x Fenty New York Fashion Week show while heavily pregnant. The 22-year-old went into labour not long after …

Adwoa Aboah has praised fellow model Slick Woods for “killing it”.

Slick recently impressed the fashion pack by walking in Rihanna’s debut Savage x Fenty New York Fashion Week show while heavily pregnant. The 22-year-old went into labour not long after coming off the catwalk, and welcomed her first child, son Saphir with boyfriend and fellow model Adonis Bosso, immediately after the lingerie show wrapped.

Asked by a reporter at Elle U.K. which women are currently changing the game, British model Adwoa offered Slick’s name.

“Slick Woods, 100 per cent,” she stated. “No one has ever made pregnancy look as cool as Slick. She had her belly out the whole time and then the Savage X Fenty show happened – she’s definitely someone who’s killing it at the moment.”

For many Adwoa is also killing it, with big name contracts for the likes of Revlon, Fendi and Marc Jacobs Beauty under her stylish belt.

The 26-year-old Londoner is instantly recognisable for her closely cropped hair and freckled skin, but she is adamant her signature look came about accidentally.

“It all started when I had a really bad haircut!” she exclaimed. “I’d just moved to L.A. and went to a new hairdresser and ended up with this weird Vidal Sassoon-style sculptural cut that was a nightmare to look after.

“I’ve never had a proper loving relationship with my hair anyway so the idea of doing anything with it at all just became really exhausting – it felt natural to just shave it all off.”

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