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Converse Brightens the Colors of its Chuck 70 for the Summer

Converse has made one of its all-time classic looks a little brighter for the summer.
Available now via Converse.com are bold colorways of the Chuck 70, a silhouette the brand said debuted in 2013 and was built similarly to the 1970’s design of the Chuck Taylor All Star. The sneaker is executed with eye-catching hues in both high-top and low-cut iterations.

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The shoes feature color schemes reminiscent of what was popular in the ’90s and a three-color pinstripe varnished midsole. The colorways Converse is offering in the high-top are “Illusion Green” and “Zitron,” and “Crimson Pulse” and “Bleached Aqua” in the low-top.

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The Converse Chuck 70 Canvas Brights high-tops retail for $85 and the low-tops come with an $80 price tag. Aside from Converse’s online store, the unisex shoes are also being sold at select retailers.

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The sneaker is executed with premium materials of today and details synonymous with the style released in the ’70s such as the three-color pinstripe design, a durable canvas upper and OrthoLite cushioned insoles.
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Model Caroline Vreeland Shares the Simple Trick for a Picture-Perfect Pose

Model Caroline Vreeland knows the secrets behind an Insta-glam pose that’ll score plenty of “likes.”
“Just say ‘prunes,’” the blonde stunner shared with FN at Onitsuka Tiger’s Coachella party last weekend in Palm Springs, Calif., where guests enjoyed a southwestern-themed fiesta on a ranch.
Take notes by observing the pro in action. First, get your pout picture-perfect by uttering “prunes” — better than saying “cheese.”

Caroline Daur (L) and Caroline Vreeland.

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Next, keep one leg slightly away from the other, and angle the foot closest to the camera without your heel touching the ground; this pose will elongate the legs and give you a flattering silhouette while putting the show on the shoe, as it will be the closest part of your body aimed toward the camera. Alternatively, highlight the front and the side of the shoes by maneuvering your hip to one side and placing the opposite leg slightly spread apart with the shoe at a subtle angle that will reveal the side panel.
Voila, gorgeous.

Caroline Vreeland

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Vreeland, who previously wrote reviews for FN during spring ’18 fashion shows, entertained guests by performing songs at the brand’s soiree in the desert. The intimate gathering included a spring ’18 presentation of Onitsuka Tiger’s

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Wall Street Hasn’t Yet Caught On to the Gravity of the Situation at Nike

A string of high-profile departures at the leading athletic brand has caused its share of public banter.
The past week alone has seen four Nike Inc. executives exit their roles — albeit with few details emerging from the company as to the nature of each exodus. (Nike confirmed on Tuesday that Vikrant Singh, senior brand director for basketball in North America, and Daniel Tawiah, VP of global brand digital marketing innovation, had left the company. VP of diversity and inclusion Antoine Andrews’ exit was confirmed on Monday, and today the athletic giant revealed that Greg Thompson, VP of footwear, has also departed.)
But despite the headlines the announcements have spurred in recent weeks — they follow back-to-back exits of Nike brand president Trevor Edwards and VP and GM of global categories Jayme Martin in March — at least one analyst believes that the significance of Nike’s shake-ups has yet to be realized by Wall Street.
“You’ve got a $35 billion-dollar brand that is facing all of these departures that weren’t planned,” said Sam Poser, Susquehanna Financial Group LLLP analyst, who today lowered his price target on the stock from $62 to $59. “And while [perhaps] these are talented people moving into the [newly vacant]

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Cardi B Talks Pregnancy, Baby Name in Head-to-Toe Red on ‘Ellen DeGeneres’

After setting the stage on fire in a TLC-inspired look at Coachella in Indio, Calif., last weekend, Cardi B took that same red hot energy to her appearance this morning on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The “Invasion of Privacy” rapper rocked a head-to-toe cherry red ensemble featuring crystal slingback pumps from Tom Ford (Beyoncé sported the same style in black just last month) and a satin Givenchy jacket. She chatted with the host about the many recent events in her life, including twerking at Coachella, her pregnancy and more.

“I was just trying to show the world how I got pregnant in the first place,” said Cardi B (née Belcalis Almanzar) of her risqué Coachella set last weekend.
DeGeneres also touched on her recent “Saturday Night Live” debut in which the “Be Careful” rapper officially revealed her pregnancy to the world after months of speculation from fans and the media. The talk show host complimented her performance but also made sure to jokingly ask if she had started a “rap beef” by naming herself “Cardi E.”

The duo, of course, chatted about Cardi B’s much buzzed pregnancy, including her current cravings and what she plans to name the baby.
“It depends. I like everything lemon-ish,” said the rapper on her

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The Fastest-Growing Job in Retail Isn’t on the Sales Floor

The retail industry is one of the biggest employers in the United States, but its workforce is in the midst of a major upheaval, a fact illustrated by new data from LinkedIn that shows the fastest-growing jobs in the sector.
Analyzing users on its platform that work for general merchandise, specialty merchandise, or e-commerce retailers with more than 100 employees, LinkedIn found that “software developer” leapt from the eighth most-popular job title in 2013 to the third most popular in 2017, behind only “logistics specialist” and “salesperson.” Employees in engineering and IT roles also take up a larger share of the industry overall, up to 9 percent from 7 percent four years ago.
Sales, meanwhile, saw the opposite shift occur, dropping from 33 percent of the total workforce to 29 percent. This may come as no surprise with the pace of brick-and-mortar closures and the growth of e-commerce — the shutdown of Bon-Ton Stores Inc., announced this week, will alone put 24,000 employees out of work — but it’s striking considering that sales remains the biggest function in the industry. It also mirrors findings from the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent jobs reports, which have shown a decline in retail employment (the National Retail Federation

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Meghan Markle Supports Women’s Empowerment in Pin-Thin Heels & a Chic Sleeveless Dress

To no one’s surprise, Meghan Markle stepped out in a chic outfit for her latest outing alongside her fiancée Prince Harry.
The former “Suits” actress attended the Women’s Empowerment reception today during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. Speaking of heads — the look was certainly a fashionable head-turner.

Meghan Markle wears Aquazzura’s Milano pumps.

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Detail of Meghan Markle’s Aquazzura pumps.

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Markle had on a black cowl-neck sleeveless dress with a sleek belt and a slit down the back of the skirt. With a skirt hem that cuts slightly below the knee, the combination is versatile enough for day-to-night affairs.
Of course, a sophisticated look merits the right kind of shoe — and she chose a luxury label that has served her well for special occasions.
The stunner stepped out in matching Aquazzura Milano pumps that feature a suede upper with a flatter cutout at the side that showcases the arch of the foot. She opted to finish the shoes’ wraparound ties with double twists around the ankle and knots at the back. Set on a 4-inch stiletto heel, the pumps retail for $750 on Net-a-porter.com.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

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The label is a repeat for Markle, who wore

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Amazon Prime Shipped More Than 5 Billion Items to its 100 Million Members in 2017

Jeff Bezos has kept the number of Amazon Prime members a closely guarded secret in the 13 years since the service launched, but in a letter to shareholders on Wednesday, the CEO revealed that the figure now exceeds 100 million around the globe.
Needless to say, that’s a lot of packages to ship. In fact, the company also disclosed that it shipped more than five billion items through Prime in 2017, and that more than 100 million items are now available for free two-day shipping. Many of these items come from the third-party sellers who populate Amazon’s Marketplace, which for the first time made up a bigger portion of the company’s total sales than its own inventory.
The revelation comes on the heels of Netflix’s announcement that it has reached 125 million subscribers, a staggering figure that has helped send the streaming service’s stock soaring to a record high this week. Amazon’s letter likewise boosted the company’s share price, which has taken a hit in the past month over reports that President Donald Trump wants to “go after” it with taxes and antitrust regulations and his tweets about its relationship with the U.S. Postal Service.
New Prime subscriptions show no signs of slowing

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Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Enjoy Date Night Basketball Game in Matching Black Outfits Without Baby Stormi

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are now new parents, but the young couple isn’t letting that hold them back from enjoying the perks of fame, like sitting court-side at a basketball game in the rapper’s hometown of Houston.
Taking a night away from their daughter Stormi, the lovebirds hit the Toyota Center on Wednesday to watch the Houston Rockets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second game of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
For the occasion, they dressed in black — with the reality star-turned-makeup mogul keeping things simple and streamlined in an oversized black T-shirt paired with coordinating $1,050 Givenchy joggers and sultry, strappy sandals.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old “Butterfly Effect” rapper styled a black vintage Robert Plant and Jimmy Page “Return to Clarksdale” graphic tee with Alyx Studio black leather pants.
Scott pulled his look together with plenty of sparkling jewels and his yet-to-be-released Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 kicks coming in June. Coincidentally, on the court, the league’s biggest sneakerhead, Houston’s PJ Tucker, repped the same upcoming blue style.

This isn’t the first time 20-year-old Jenner has helped Scott cheer on one of his favorite teams. Last year, the duo fueled early dating rumors when they attended Game 5 of

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Virgil Abloh, Christian Siriano, Roger Federer, Cardi B and More Named to Time 100 List

Time magazine has unveiled its annual 100 list — and it includes a few familiar faces from the fashion world.
Now in its 15th year, the much-heralded list recognizes the world’s most influential people of the moment, from politicians and celebrities to athletes and artists. Footwear and apparel designer Christian Siriano was recognized in the Artists category, alongside screen stars such as Nicole Kidman, Millie Bobby Brown and Gal Gadot.
In addition to overseeing his own namesake collection, Siriano — one of the biggest success stories to come out of “Project Runway” — has been a guest designer for Payless ShoeSource since 2009 and has cranked out countless collaborations with such big-name partners as Puma, Starbucks, Disney, HSN, Victoria’s Secret and Nordstrom. Comedian and actress Leslie Jones wrote a piece about Siriano for the Time feature, describing how he stepped up to make her a dress for the 2016 premiere of “Ghostbusters” when no other designers were reaching out to her.

Christian Siriano

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“[Christian] makes every piece feel like you are supposed to have it and like it was made for you. He has his talents and then incorporates them into what you want, which in the end is something that both

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‘Scandal’ Series Finale: Costume Designer Reflects On the Impact of Olivia Pope’s Fashion

Over eight years and seven seasons, costume designer Lyn Paolo has helped create and develop one of TV’s most talked-about characters: Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope. Featuring Prada, Gucci, Miu Miu, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and many more labels, “Scandal” has become one of the most fashionable shows of all time — so much so that The Limited launched a collection inspired by the series in 2014.

On the “Scandal” set.

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For Paolo, this buzzy reaction to the onscreen style came unexpectedly.
“It was surprising because I approach every job exactly the same way. But I think the attention was because of Shonda Rhimes and her love and affinity for social media — and, of course, Kerry. It was the confluence of everyone working together,” she said. (The ratings escalation for “Scandal” was partly due to the cast live-tweeting each episode.)

“Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo.

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“My team creates a digital stylebook for each actor, and we send to them two days before the episode airs, so if fans ask what they wore, the actors can respond in real time. This makes it more intimate with the audience,” Paolo added. “It’s our version of the red carpet.”
Looking back at her

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Net-a-Porter Fashion Director Lisa Aiken on Her Top Footwear Trends for Fall 2018

Net-a-Porter is adopting a wider outlook for fall with a renewed focus on emerging designers, contemporary price points and new categories, such as High Summer.
In the footwear department, the retailer is ready to stand behind contemporary designers in a big way. It’s working with the likes of Rejina Pyo, By Far and Trademark on a series of exclusive capsules launching later this month and bringing on new names, such as the Parisian label Souliers Martinez, which stood out for its beautifully crafted woven styles.
“These designers have completely reinvented the contemporary category. They are offering a great product at great price points, attracting a new customer for us. But the negative connotations of contemporary brands associated with diluted product are gone,” said Lisa Aiken, Net’s fashion director, pointing to croc-stamped styles by Trademark and novelty heels by Rejina Pyo as hero styles.

Rejina Pyo fall ’18.

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Other footwear trends that dominated included neutral-colored shoes (the company has doubled its offer of neutral options for fall) to match the bright colored ready-to-wear that graced the runways of Prada, Balenciaga and Roksanda among others, as well as glossy, patent-leather styles, which Aiken described as the “go-to texture for fall.”
Fall 2018 will also see

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Birkenstock Got an Edgy, Luxe Makeover By Rick Owens

The Rick Owens Birkenstock Box debuted outside Owens’ Los Angeles store on La Brea Avenue last night with a celebratory launch party.
The mobile retail space, open through Saturday, will carry a limited collection of Birkenstock pieces created in collaboration with Owens, including 13 sandals retailing from $325 to $525. Three cozy legwear options are priced at $100 each are also available for purchase.
The California-born designer recreated Birkenstock’s classic Arizona, Madrid and Boston styles by elongating the straps nearly to the floor, as well incorporating more eyelets. For material, Owens used army felt, suede, full grain leather and longhair cow fur. Some styles featured cork detail around the midsoles.

Birkenstock x Rick Owens.

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Birkenstock x Rick Owens.

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Inside the Rick Owens boutique, attendees were treated to hand and foot massages with Birkenstock’s new cork-based moisturizing lotion. Outside the shop, the space was transformed into a garden party soiree — complete with a grassy floor, fresh veggies and snacks presented in a rustic display, and fresh-fruit cocktails.
Special guests included actress Lisa Edelstein, model-singer Caroline Vreeland and J. Alexander.

Birkenstock x Rick Owens.

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Melania Trump Hears the Call of the Wild in Python Pumps and Safari Dress at This Gorgeous Museum

So Kate. So chic. So Melania. The first lady heard the call of the wild when she stepped out today to take a tour with her Japanese counterpart, Akie Abe, at Flagler museum in Palm Beach, Fla. The beaux arts historic landmark was built by tycoon Henry Flagler nearly 120 years ago.
While taking in the ornate museum — Florida’s first — the former model had on a chic silhouette she has embraced before. President Trump’s wife looked elegant and on-trend for spring in a safari belted shirtdress. The midi-length green number featured a spread collar, buttons down the front and on the side, and chest-flap pockets.
A fine complement to the green ensemble, Melania teamed the dress with Christian Louboutin’s So Kate python pumps. The shoes feature a pointy profile, and a low-cut topline and vamp on a 4.7-inch stiletto heel. Design details include white and gray scales with pops of multicolor stains on the upper.

Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe.

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Flagler Museum.

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Meanwhile Japan’s first lady Abe had on a black floral-print dress with sleek white peep-toe heels.
Melania took to Twitter to share the moment with her followers, captioning a series of photos: “Thank you to the @FlaglerMuseum for

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6 Cool Ways to Rock the Legwear Trend Right Now

If the fall ’18 runway shows taught us anything about upcoming trends, it’s that all things in the name of hosiery (and hosiery-like or pliable pieces) are headed for the hot spot. Just as many of the autumn season’s shoe trends have already begun being adopted — there’s no shortage of dad sneakers on the loose, for example — the case for legwear-focused looks is just as compelling.
Here are six ways to wear tights and other stocking-like styles right now.
1. Matching Prints

A fall ’18 Milan Fashion Week guest pairs leopard stockings with leopard pumps.

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Tights with prints are fun. Tights with prints that match the wearer’s outfit and shoes? Even more so. Leopard-on-leopard is a surefire combination, like one guest at Milan Fashion Week fall ’18 who topped off her look with a houndstooth coat. Take special note of her pumps, a sleek footwear choice for keeping the quirky play on prints refined.
2. Mixing Prints

Giovanna Battaglia mixes leopard with plaid at Paris Fashion Week fall ’18.

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Mixing prints is just as innovative as matching them from head to toe. Again, leopard is a conventional choice for playing off of other patterns such as a traditional tartan plaid (in

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Barbara Bush Dies at 92 — a Look at her First Lady Style Through the Years

Former first lady Barbara Bush has passed away at age 92.
According to a statement made by the office of George H.W. Bush, she died at her home in Houston with her husband by her side Tuesday.
Earlier this week, a family spokesman announced that she had decided to “stop seeking medical treatment to prolong her life,” as she had been “seriously ill.” She was the second woman in U.S. history to be a first lady and mother of a president.
Former president George W. Bush, her son, wrote in a statement Tuesday evening: “My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.”
To honor Barbara Bush’s memory, scroll through for a look at her first lady style through the years.

Barbara Bush and Princess Diana in 1990.

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The lifelong Republican party devotee stepped out with Princess Diana in Washington, D.C., in 1990 wearing a striking royal-blue sweater dress with a matching cardigan tied around her neck. A three-strand necklace of faux pearls, that became her trademark,

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Twitter Users Roast the New Hunter x Target Collab With Salty & Sweet Comments

Shoppers were eagerly awaiting Target’s designer collaboration with Hunter, which launched Saturday, but unfortunately, many were left frustrated and disappointed by the experience.
FN previously reported that the historic British footwear brand’s popular women’s tall boots have been delayed. And additionally, Hunter tweeted that the Target collab boots aren’t exactly the same as their classic Wellies worn by Princess Diana and Kate Moss.
“Target won’t sell Hunter Original boots. Our boots are handcrafted from natural rubber following an intricate process. The ones designed in partnership with Target are not produced the same traditional way. We hope that helps.”
On top of that, customers have been disappointed that a selection of items from the collection have only been available online or in select stores. To that end, a bevy of less-than-pleased customers have been taking to social media to lament their frustrations.
One Twitter user wrote, “Target I love ya but you really pissed me off this morning,” before sharing that she was trying to pick up a Hunter x Target wagon but couldn’t find online or in the store.

Target, I love ya but you really pissed me off this morning. All Tanner and I wanted was that darn #HunterxTarget wagon. Delayed, sold out, not

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Busy Philipps & Michelle Williams Have a BFF Moment at the ‘I Feel Pretty’ Premiere

Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams are friendship goals. The two actresses continuously sing eachother’s praises, and on Tuesday night in Los Angeles their lovefest continued. Both Philipps and Williams walked the red carpet arm-in-arm at the premiere of “I Feel Pretty.”
The duo stars alongside Amy Schumer, who fronts the film, out Friday.
“My girlfriend is a dream in real life and in the movie,” Philipps posted on Instagram with a photo of Williams and her on the red carpet.
The popular Instagram personality sported milennial pink hair and a Christian Siriano gown. She paired her dress, which she said made her feel like a princess, with black patent leather sandals with crystals from Giuseppe Zanotti.

Williams donned Louis Vuitton from head-to-toe.

Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams at the “I Feel Pretty” premiere in L.A.

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Williams recently spoke with People about her friendship with Philipps and how she fell in love with her when they first met on the set of “Dawson’s Creek.” “I don’t know what I would be or who would be without Busy,” she told the mag.
In “I Feel Pretty,” Philipps plays Schumer’s best friend while Williams is Schumer’s boss. The movie revolves around Schumer’s character Renee Bennett after she

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Bon-Ton Fails to Find Buyer, Will Liquidate More Than 200 Stores

Bon-Ton Stores Inc. is reaching its final days, as the department store chain announced it will be closing more than 200 stores as part of a deal to liquidate its remaining assets.
The company, which was founded in 1898, operates flagship stores in malls across the Midwest and Northeast under seven different nameplates — Carson’s, Younkers, Elder-Beerman, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Herberger’s, and Bon-Ton — and the forthcoming vacancies will present an added challenge for landlords as they cope with an already-difficult retail climate, in which anchor tenants like Sears, Macy’s, and J.C. Penney are also shuttering their less profitable doors.
When it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, the debt-burdened chain said it planned to close 47 stores in 2018, however efforts to find a buyer willing to invest in revitalizing the business have failed in the months since, and it has been forced to pivot to a complete shutdown.
The winning bidder is a joint venture of bondholders and liquidators, including Great American Group and Tiger Capital Group, both of whom also assisted in selling off assets in bankruptcy deals with Payless Shoesource and Toys ‘R’ Us.
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Boxer Gennady Golovkin Viciously Trolls Canelo Alvarez in New Jordan Brand Ad

The highly-anticipated rematch between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez may have been called off, but the fight outside of the boxing ring is ongoing.
Jordan Brand, a sponsor of Golovkin, released an ad late Tuesday featuring the boxer and his trainer, Abel Sanchez, taking shots at Alvarez. The subject of the video was the Under Armour-backed Alvarez’s two failed tests for performance enhancing drugs, which he publicly claimed was the result of eating contaminated meat in his home country of Mexico.
In the clip, titled “Secret Ingredient,” Sanchez is seen eating a steak. He lifts his head to proclaim, “Superhuman power requires a special ingredient.” What follows is GGG getting busy in the ring, throwing furious punches in Jordan Brand apparel. Sanchez then wraps the film by giving away the ingredient: hard work.

Canelo Alvarez (L) and Gennady Golovkin will fight on Sept. 16.

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Golovkin joined Jordan Brand as an athlete ambassador in April 2016. When the partnership was announced, he was not the lone boxer on the label’s roster — it was already the home to now retired champion Andre Ward.
In September, Golovkin and Alvarez went the distance, resulting in a controversial draw. (Boxing insiders overwhelmingly scored the fight with GGG

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How the “Chinese Hermès” Is Reaching an Instagram Audience When the App Is Banned in China

It is for good reason that Shang Xia is dubbed the “Chinese Hermès.” It is 80 percent owned by the French luxury house.
Founder Jiang Qionger launched the brand in 2008. She was working in visual merchandising for Hermès when she happened to sit next to former house executive Patrick Thomas at dinner. She shared her dream for making Chinese culture cool again. As it turned out he had a similar agenda for building a new luxury brand and the rest is history.
FN caught up with the CEO and artistic director in last week Paris. Her idea for the label was to translate China’s rich heritage into contemporary design, she said. “My young friends don’t feel connected as everything feels too old,” she said of a mindset that stems from the Cultural Revolution which basically declared history the enemy of progress.

“We need to reconnect so history continues,” she said. “If we don’t it will be too late so this was the right moment to start. Shang Xia was born with that mission.” Shang Xia means “above and under” or “past and present.” The challenge, however, was to make it relevant while steering clear of pastiche: her collections feature cultural nods and artisanal techniques

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