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Princess Nokia’s New York

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New York City’s latest it-girl and hip hop’s newest darling, Princess Nokia (née Destiny Frasqueri) is back with another new release. With her double feature for “Bart Simpson” and “Green Line,” the rapper further pays homage to the Big Apple.

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MAKE AMERICA GAY AGAIN

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text by Paul Pastore

All photos courtesy BCALLA

Even if you’re even the most casual follower of pop culture, you have probably seen BCALLA’s clothes. Brad Callahan, the labels namesake, has designed custom pieces and tour outfits for GAGA and Azealia Banks. He also designed the costumes for Miley Cyrus’ iconic performance that closed the 2015 VMA’s. But BCALLA’s genesis was in the New York’s Queer underground, costuming Brooklyn superstars like Juliana Huxtable, Luke Neocamp, Cakes Da Killa, and Pearl. Bcalla’s success has been driven by Callahan’s couture creations, which transform their wearers into otherworldly beings with spikes, fur, and airbrushed monster faces. He continues to dress queer icons like gay porn star Colby Keller in tandem with pop divas, positioning him at the vanguard of fashion. Phosphenes sat down with Callahan in his studio to discuss his relationship with Americana, the future of fashion, and his own inspiration.

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For spring/summer 2016, emerging talent Evin Tison takes us on an intergalactic, seductive journey through the complexity of the modern woman. Predominantly white with bursts of pastels, the garments make use of futuristic, space-age materials; semi-transparent latex coexists with iridescent PVC, while Tison creates one-of-a-kind fabrics by applying plastic to three-dimensional neoprene. The end result is an architectural, extraterrestrial aesthetic unlike anything on Earth, making a promising proposition for this new vision.

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Maria Borges and Ajak Deng photographed by Ed Singleton and styled by Solange Franklin for Models.com: "Africa Rising"

The Big Break

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While many were upset by Valentino’s questionable attempt at a tribute to Africa, we can wonder how the intended “cultural exchange” would look if carried out by authentic African designers; there’s no denying the fact that coverage of the continent’s fashion scene has been pretty minimal. Well things are changing, as the global fashion map is broadening more and more each day.

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The Labels to Watch

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Sure, we all know about Dior, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and more. Even newer labels like Hood By Air and Telfar are on their way to becoming household names. But what about the many lesser-known brands out there? Whether based in fashion capitals like New York or London or in less-commonly explored locations like Nigeria, here’s a handful of designers and labels to keep an eye on.

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Bringing Sybilla Back

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For many people, the name Sybilla doesn’t ring a bell. This is kind of surprising, considering the designer is arguably one of the biggest things in Spanish fashion since Cristobal Balenciaga. Sybilla launched her label in 1983, but after fashion began to move at a rate that she felt she couldn’t keep up with, she left the industry in 2005. It’s admirable to say the least; we’ve seen countless examples of designers succumbing to the pressure of commercial demand in relation to their own creative expression. Meanwhile, Sybilla’s been giving back since her departure from fashion, developing agricultural projects and opening a school in Majorca in order to offer solutions to some of today’s more pressing issues.

But now Sybilla’s back, and she’s bringing the highlights of her brand along with her.

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Demna Gvasalia; Photo Courtesy Business of Fashion

The New Kid on the Block

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After just three short years at Balenciaga, Alexander Wang’s tenure has come to a close. While many would prefer to see the New York-based designer focus on his namesake, rumors have been circulating for weeks about who would follow in Wang’s footsteps at the helm of the Paris-based fashion house.

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Orange You Glad?

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Sorry for the corny title, but who’s excited about these new colors? For the first time in three years, the Pantone Institute unveiled 210 new shades the other day, primarily in the orange category. Sure, some of them might be a little too specific to identify, like Dragon Fire or Mango Mojito. But there’s no denying that we’ve been seeing plenty of this hue in a slew of designers’ latest collections; from the fall 2015 ready-to-wear and haute couture, resort 2016, and even the recent spring 2016 menswear shows, this particular shade’s been thrown around left and right. And we hardly doubt that’ll change when the spring 2016 ready-to-wear show circuit launches in just a few weeks. Sure, outside of the fashion world, fall is quickly creeping up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to make your wardrobe any less vibrant. It seems like orange really is the new black after all.

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Half a Decade with Warby Parker

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February 2010 feels like just yesterday. But since then, Warby Parker’s set up numerous stores throughout the U.S., distributed glasses to over a million people in need worldwide, and pivoted itself as one of the most popular eyewear brands, perfectly meshing affordability and style. With an expansive variety of optical accessories, the label has certainly built itself up in the past five years, and that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

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The Skins

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*Note: This story originally appears in the Fall 2014 issue of VRLX Mag. Find out more and get your copy here!


 

Sometimes it feels like we’re drowning in the sea of today’s music, and we could really use a breath of fresh air. Cue The Skins, the Brooklyn-based rock band that’s giving us some tunes to get hyped about.

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