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Virgil Abloh Questions the Future of Fashion in New Video

Is fashion still relevant? That’s the question on Virgil Abloh’s mind.
The Off-White and Louis Vuitton men’s designer posed to his Instagram followers on Monday in a stream of consciousness-like video. Abloh himself feels that it is still relevant, but used the three minute, 55 second video captioned “I think in run-on sentences” to counter his own belief.
Abloh names several muses and sources of inspiration behind his designs to present his argument in the video, which shows scenes from his past collections. His voiceover starts the video by stating his Louis Vuitton collection was “a matter of my call and response to what is luxury clothing — not fashion — so my investigation was at the root of clothing and a human desire.”
In the video, Abloh touches on his own design process, stating “it’s sort of this matrix of using the DNA of a vocabulary I started in, but sending it into the time of the season.” He also states that other artistic professions, such as writer, architect or musician, can work in similar ways and that he’s inspired by the thought process behind creations rather than the relationship to the work.
Abloh said the purpose of the video was to reveal

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Digital Fashion Week Presentations – Milan Fashion Week Will Be Digital Because of COVID-19 Concerns (TrendHunter.com)


(TrendHunter.com) In 2020, digital fashion weeks will flood the Internet as we celebrate the hard work of haute-couture designers in a way that does not put anyone at risk of contacting COVID-19.

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Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak to Co-Host Facebook’s Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak are bringing their comedic touch to Facebook and Instagram’s virtual graduation event.
The actors who met on the set of “The Office,” will co-host the social media platform’s commencement broadcast, #Graduation2020, which will air on Friday May 15 at 2 p.m. EST. The multi-hour virtual event will also include an introduction by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, a commencement address by Oprah Winfrey and a performance by Miley Cyrus.
The celebrities are part of a lengthy list of stars participating in the virtual graduation, including Jennifer Garner, Selena Gomez, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Matthew McConaughey, Amy Schumer, Andy Cohen and Lil Nas X, among others.
The virtual graduation will be streamed on Facebook Watch and highlights will be posted on Instagram’s own account. Facebook is also offering students ways to host their own virtual graduation through Facebook Live and graduation-themed filters and effects on its social media apps to help celebrate the occasion.
Facebook’s virtual graduation is just one of several commencement-related events companies are hosting to offer alternatives to students’ end-of-year events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. YouTube has set its own virtual graduation ceremony for June 6, which will be headlined by President Barack Obama

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Queen Elizabeth Cancels All Upcoming Royal Duties Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Queen Elizabeth II is putting an indefinite hold on all upcoming royal duties due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 94-year-old sovereign, who had previously canceled her travel plans in March and relocated to Windsor Castle prior to the Easter holiday, is now canceling all upcoming royal duties and travel plans, according to a report by The Times of London. This is expected to be the queen’s longest absence from public duties in her nearly 67-year reign.
The queen’s decision doesn’t come as a surprise given the U.K. is on lockdown because of the virus. Several events the queen was expected to attend, including Trooping the Colour (the queen’s birthday celebration) and Royal Ascot, have also been canceled due to safety concerns.
Queen Elizabeth was scheduled to travel to South Africa in October, but the report indicates the trip is now “up in the air.”
While self-isolating at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth gave a rare TV address on April 6 on the pandemic, during which she recalled the very first broadcast she made with her sister Princess Margaret during World War II.
“We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety,”

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Rainbow Contemporary Launches Artist T-Shirt Collaboration for Save the Children

If you think you’ve been seeing more rainbows than usual since the start of the global lockdown, you’re not wrong. “Quarantine rainbows” have been popping up in the windows of homes worldwide as a way for homebound children to spread collective cheer and a message of hope. The drawings are so prevalent that Google Maps has even launched a “Rainbow Connection” map as a way to track the initiative.
Rainbow Contemporary, a new digital museum led by the former chief executive officer of Paddle8, has launched with a similar mission in mind. The creative collective — which hopes to launch a physical presence in New York City in 2021 — aims to bring joy through colorful contemporary art exhibitions while also raising money for charitable causes.
Its first effort is a capsule collection of artist T-shirts benefiting Save the Children. Colorful designs by artists FriendsWithYou, Sarah Cain, Richard Phillips, and Ryan McGinley will be available starting Thursday, May 14, through the end of June. The shirts are being sold for $45, with all proceeds going to support Save the Children’s efforts to help children affected by COVID-19. Each shirt purchase will provide one day of food — three meals — for a

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Digital Auction Closets2Closets to Feature Designer Goods Starting at $20

“You might get a luxury bag for $300 that’s usually $3,000,” said Melissa Akkaway. On May 12 at 4 p.m. PST, the founder of The Particulars — a site decided to accessories — will host an auction on Instagram Live @The.Particulars to benefit Baby2Baby’s coronavirus relief efforts.
Over 20 articles, new and gently used items by brands that include Celine, Goyard, Balenciaga, Fendi and Christian Louboutin, with a combined retail value of more than $100,000, will be featured. All bids will begin at $20.
“It’s important to start at a price point that’s affordable,” Akkaway continued. “We want to raise as much money as possible. We want this to be open far and wide.”
One-hundred percent of proceeds from the digital auction will go to Baby2Baby, a Los Angeles-based organization that provides children with basic necessities, from diapers to clothing and essential goods. Amid COVID-19, the charity has broadened its undertakings to supply urgent needs, like infant formula, baby food and snacks (through a donation by Plum Organics).

Bidding on all items, including these Christian Louboutin heels, starts at $20. 
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“It’s about upcycling in a way that is meaningful right now with what’s happening,” said Akkaway. Those opening their closets for the initiative, named Closets2Closets,

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ELLE International Hosts Series of Virtual Fashion Courses

As we all switch to online-learning at the moment, ELLE International is offering a series of courses.

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An American Horror Story Spinoff Series Is Officially On The Way

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5 Insanely Simple Homemade Masks You Can Make in Your Kitchen

There’s a mask for every hair type.

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With How to Build a Girl, Beanie Feldstein Takes the Lead

The actress on her new role, healing the world, and why she still gets performance anxiety.