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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Slick Woods designs sneakers for The Kooples

Slick Woods has teamed up with The Kooples to create a line of chunky sneakers.The model, who has hit the runway for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Fenty, has made her first foray into design by collaborating with the edgy French label on a collection of…

Slick Woods has teamed up with The Kooples to create a line of chunky sneakers.

The model, who has hit the runway for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Fenty, has made her first foray into design by collaborating with the edgy French label on a collection of high-top sock sneakers with thick white soles and bound with a chunky velcro strap.

“We wanted to create a sneaker that embraces the idea of going fast!” the 22-year-old model told Vogue.co.uk. “What you see in my shoes is the result of the voice I’ve developed over the years. I wanted to create pieces that don’t constrict anyone or add to unnecessary labels.”

Although this marks her first design project, Slick, real name Simone Marie Thompson, says she was ready for the challenge.

“I’ve been designing ever since I was dreaming in my sleep,” she stated. “I’ve always been a creative, a thinker. This is the first of many major collaborations and designing outlets.”

The model, who is known for her bald head and gap-toothed look, welcomed her first son Saphir with boyfriend and fellow model Adonis Bosso in September, immediately after walking the runway as part of Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show.

As she is a new mother, The Kooples design team travelled to New York to work with her on the shoes, which can be bought in either white, black or camouflage shades and cost between $310 (£245) and $323 (£255).

“Since the shoes are so much of my personality, the setting needed to reflect that,” she explained. “They go hard – those are two words I’m synonymous with – and got my vision immediately.”

Slick follows in the footsteps of models such as Emily Ratajkowski, Irina Shayk and Stella Maxwell who have previously worked with the brand.

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Slick Woods stayed in Marilyn Monroe’s ‘haunted’ hotel room at first Coachella

Slick Woods is convinced she was visited by a ghost when she stayed in a hotel room Marilyn Monroe once slept in.The model has become synonymous with her shaved head and gap-toothed look, which has been tapped by the likes of Rihanna’s Fenty brands, …

Slick Woods is convinced she was visited by a ghost when she stayed in a hotel room Marilyn Monroe once slept in.

The model has become synonymous with her shaved head and gap-toothed look, which has been tapped by the likes of Rihanna’s Fenty brands, Marc Jacobs and Moschino for various campaigns and catwalk appearances.

However, in a chat with W magazine, Slick admits she totally lost her cool credentials last April during her first Coachella visit.

“I stayed in Marilyn Monroe’s old suite and it was super haunted. I’ve never believed in ghosts until then,” she said of her time at the 2018 festival.

“Like, the shades just opened. And when I was sleeping, the lights turned on. I’m thinking it might be the automatic ones, but then it goes, ‘Whoosh.’ This is like 4 a.m. So I called my agent like, ‘Yo, it’s crazy in here, you have to come over.’ And he’s like, ‘Baby, you’re fine.’ I started crying and all of this. And before he even gets to the suite, the bathroom light turns on and the mirror swings open. I’m like, ‘Is this b**ch fixing her lipstick? B**ch, I’m asleep! If you want to fight, we can fight, but I’m sleepy!’ It was crazy.”

The haunting didn’t put her off the Californian festival though, and she was regular fixture at the 2019 event after joining the UGG Open Road road trip, alongside actors Tommy Dorfman and Patrick Schwarzenegger, and new Victoria’s Secret Angel Leomie Anderson.

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Adriana Lima honoured at Daily Front Row Fashion Awards

Adriana Lima was named Icon of the Year at The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards (FLA) on Sunday night (17Mar19).The Brazilian supermodel is one of the most famous names in fashion, and executives at the publication feted her achievements at…

Adriana Lima was named Icon of the Year at The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards (FLA) on Sunday night (17Mar19).

The Brazilian supermodel is one of the most famous names in fashion, and executives at the publication feted her achievements at a presentation held at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, with Love magazine editor Katie Grand bestowing her with the prize.

“Thank you @kegrand for presenting my fashion icon award tonight. Love you,” the 37-year-old captioned a snap of her posing with Katie on her Instagram page.

In addition, Slick Woods collected the Model of the Year prize, and Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta and Monse were named Designers of the Year.

Other models to attend the event included Stella Maxwell, Candice Swanepoel, Chanel Iman, Jasmine Sanders, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Kate Hudson was awarded the Fashion Entrepreneur award for her ventures with athleisure brand Fabletics and clothing company New York & Company, while Lady Gaga was on hand to present her longtime hairstylist Frederic Aspiras with the Hairstylist of the Year award.

“On my way to present hair stylist of the year from The Daily Front Row to my best friend and hair artist for a decade @federicaspiras,” Gaga wrote on her Instagram Stories prior to the event.

Fashion stars including Christian Siriano and Jennifer Meyer also stepped out for the bash, as did celebrities including Alicia Silverstone, James Marsden, Jaime King, and Busy Philipps, with comedy star Celeste Barber hosting.

“We are thrilled with this year’s honorees representing both established stars such as Adriana Lima and rising stars such as Slick Woods. We’re also delighted to bring Celeste Barber, the hilarious and brilliant Australian comedian, to the FLA stage for the first time. Finally, the fashion world has the comic it so richly deserves,” commented Brandusa Niro, The Daily Front Row’s editor-in-chief, before the ceremony.

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Naomi Campbell ‘honoured’ to re-wear Marc Jacobs’ grunge design

Naomi Campbell has been tapped to model a Marc Jacobs design that she first wore 25 years ago.On Wednesday (07Nov18), Marc announced that he was re-issuing the grunge collection he launched while working for Perry Ellis in 1992, with the controversial …

Naomi Campbell has been tapped to model a Marc Jacobs design that she first wore 25 years ago.

On Wednesday (07Nov18), Marc announced that he was re-issuing the grunge collection he launched while working for Perry Ellis in 1992, with the controversial line famously leading to his dismissal from the U.S. clothing brand.

Naomi was one of the models who debuted the original range at New York Fashion Week, and on Thursday, she took to Instagram to share a photo of her posing in a new version of the same outfit she wore on the catwalk, with the ensemble included in the Redux Grunge Collection 1993/2018.

“I wore this outfit 25 years ago!! I am honoured to wear it again MARC JACOBS GRUNGE !!! #ReduxGrunge @marcjacobs@themarcjacobs,” she captioned the snap, which shows her wearing a white T-shirt, black lace tights, wrap dress printed with lemon design, Dr. Martens boots, and a striped beanie.

Marc’s original runway show also featured Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Tyra Banks, and Kristen McMenamy.

In the latest campaign, the designer has also cast Kristen’s 24-year-old daughter Lily McMenamy, who wears a replica of her mother’s grunge outfit – a lilac shirt with a cartoon character printed on the top, a pair of matching leggings, a black blazer and beanie.

“To introduce #ReduxGrunge, @LilyMcMenamy is wearing the exact look her mom, Kristen McMenamy wore when she closed the original Grunge collection as the groom to Kate Moss’ bride. Lily brings her own character, energy, and spirit to the same look 25 years later photographed by Juergen Teller for our Marc Jacobs Grunge Redux 1993/2018,” the 55-year-old captioned a post of Lily standing in the ensemble.

In the new lookbook, models including Gigi Hadid, Slick Woods, Binx Walton and Adut Akech also sport outfits from the 26-piece collection.

“The Grunge collection epitomised the first time in my professional career I was unwavering in my determination to see my vision come to life on the runway, without creative compromise,” Marc added in a statement.

The collection is now available to pre-order online, with the full range going on sale on 15 November.

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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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New York Fashion Week ‘most diverse ever’

New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2019 season featured its most diverse catwalk yet, new research has confirmed.Inclusivity in fashion has long been substandard, with a number of body types and ethnicities failing to be represented, but the industry final…

New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2019 season featured its most diverse catwalk yet, new research has confirmed.

Inclusivity in fashion has long been substandard, with a number of body types and ethnicities failing to be represented, but the industry finally appears to be making waves in the right direction.

According to research conducted by The Fashion Spot, 44.8 per cent of all models cast this season (18) were models of colour, up from the 20.9 per cent who walked in the Spring 2015 season.

In addition, around 25 per cent of all shows had a cast that consisted of more than 50 per cent models of colour, with seven of the 11 most-booked models of the season being non-white.

Moreover, some shows, like Claudia Li’s, even exclusively featured models of colour.

The New York-based designer, who is originally from New Zealand and is Chinese herself, chose to bring her Spring 2019 collection to life using only Asian models, with the creative insisting the move was an important one to make.

“This collection is very personal to me,” Claudia told Teen Vogue. “And it speaks volumes when it’s a runway with 35 Asian girls.”

Inclusivity regarding size wasn’t quite so striking, though the season did demonstrate some progress in the sector.

While only 2.2 per cent of models cast were plus-size, the figure is nearly double that of the last two seasons, where just 1.2 and 1.3 per cent of models cast were plus-size in 2017 and 2016 respectively.

Becca McCharen-Tran’s Chromat show was the most body-diverse of all, featuring 13 plus-size models, while Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show followed close behind with 12 plus-size models – even including the heavily pregnant Slick Woods.

Designers like Christian Siriano, Michael Kors and Prabal Gurung continued to feature considerably more straight sized models than plus, however, both designers once again called on models like Ashley Graham, Sabina Karlsson, Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring to show off their collections.

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Slick Woods shows off post-baby body weeks after giving birth

Slick Woods has taken to social media to debut her post-baby body just two weeks after giving birth.The model welcomed her first son Saphir, with boyfriend and fellow model Adonis Bosso, immediately after walking the runway as part of Rihanna’s Savage …

Slick Woods has taken to social media to debut her post-baby body just two weeks after giving birth.

The model welcomed her first son Saphir, with boyfriend and fellow model Adonis Bosso, immediately after walking the runway as part of Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show on 12 September (18).

And just a fortnight later, Slick, real name Simone Thompson, has posted a new Instagram photo to show off her taut torso.

Dressed in low slung green combat trousers and a tiny bandeau crop top decorated with a Betty Boop and flame motifs, the 22-year-old revealed a lean stomach as she carried an oversized baby changing bag over her shoulder, while a cute stuffed animal toy and pacifier hung down her side.

“Out w (with) lil daddie,” the fashion star captioned the picture, also sharing a glimpse of her newborn, who was placed in a pram in the background.

Earlier in the day, Slick posted a snap of her cuddling baby Saphir, who was dressed in a cute teddy bear onesie, and smiled proudly surrounded by her loved ones. She wrote alongside the happy photo: “Family will get you through it.”

According to editors at TMZ, the new mother started to experience labour pains after leaving the catwalk of Rihanna’s New York Fashion Week presentation and was taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics.

Two days later, Slick posted a photo of her posing on the Savage X Fenty runway wearing nothing but nipple covers, stockings and a revealing cut-out bodysuit, and confirmed her son’s birth by writing: “A lewk (look), 14 hours of labour, and A king is born.”

“This is the face of a WOMAN IN LABOUR, we hold s**t down most of us don’t even know how much we’re going through,” she added. “I’m here to say I CAN DO WHATEVER THE F**K I WANT WHENEVER THE F**K I WANT AND SO CAN YOU.”

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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty wins praise for inclusive lipstick range

Rihanna has won praise from fans over her latest line of inclusive beauty products.The Barbadian singer launched her own cosmetics brand in September 2017, with the label quickly building up a reputation for its broad inclusivity across skintones and g…

Rihanna has won praise from fans over her latest line of inclusive beauty products.

The Barbadian singer launched her own cosmetics brand in September 2017, with the label quickly building up a reputation for its broad inclusivity across skintones and gender, especially with the introduction of the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, which is available in 40 shades.

Now, Rihanna has released two new versions of the Stunna Lip Paint, including a chocolate brown colour named Unveil and a rosy nude hue named Uncuffed – much to the excitement of her fans.

“A chocolate and a pink nude for black girls?!? Rihanna is doing the Lord’s work,” one user gushed over the products on Twitter, while another added, “So happy that the #FENTY new lipstick is a new for black girls (sic). It’s the standard nude, for once were not the afterthought and we ARE the beauty standard. @rihanna TAKE ALL MY COINS GIRL !!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Following the launch, a Fenty Beauty rep posted images showing Rihanna, blogger Alissa Ashley and model Duckie Thot sporting the Unveil product on their pouts in order to convey how the rich colour worked on various skintones.

While Slick Woods and Carmen Solomons showed off the Uncuffed shade.

“Y’all been wanting more shades… so guess what?! it’s #STUNNAWEEK! introducing a new shade to the #STUNNA family… #UNVEIL. This rich chocolate brown looks bomb on everybody!” the 30-year-old superstar captioned one photo, before adding alongside another: “Ya ready for more nudes?! welcome #UNCUFFED to the #STUNNA lip paint fam, out NOW!!”

The new Stunna Lip Paints are priced at $24 (£18) and are available to purchase from the Fenty Beauty website and at select department stores.

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Slick Woods went into labour at Rihanna’s fashion show – report

Slick Woods reportedly went into labour backstage at Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show in New York on Wednesday night (12Sep18).The pregnant model joined the likes of Joan Smalls and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid on the catwalk, stealing the show at…

Slick Woods reportedly went into labour backstage at Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion show in New York on Wednesday night (12Sep18).

The pregnant model joined the likes of Joan Smalls and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid on the catwalk, stealing the show at the Work singer’s latest lingerie collection in Brooklyn, as she flaunted her baby bump wearing nothing but nipple covers, stockings, and a revealing cut-out bodysuit.

After coming off the catwalk she apparently started to experience labour pains, and sources told TMZ, paramedics arrived to take the 22-year-old to a nearby hospital.

Slick will share her baby boy, who she previously announced will be named Saphir, with boyfriend and fellow model Adonis.

The catwalk star announced her pregnancy in July (18) through an Instagram photo, which showed her posing in a swimsuit which showed off her small baby bump. Her fashion colleagues were quick to send their good wishes, with models including Ashley Graham and Kaia Gerber delivering messages of congratulations.

More recently, Rihanna posted a photo to social media which showed her hugging the expectant mother from behind, with both hands placed on her blossoming bump.

“saphir, aunty can’t wait to meet you,” the 30-year-old captioned the image.

Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty showcase was praised for its line up of diverse, size inclusive, and even pregnant models,

For her Garden of Eden-themed presentation, the Grammy-winner showcased glow-in-the-dark garters, coloured satin and leopard print featured in pieces ranging from sports bras to basques.

The Diamonds hitmaker also took to the catwalk for a bow, dressed in a nude-toned ruched dress with a matching scarf over her head, which she flamboyantly removed.

“It was exciting for me, just for me to be able to display lingerie,” she told Entertainment Tonight reporters. “And the challenge was to figure out how to do it in a different way because we’ve seen a lot… and I think we managed to do that.”

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