Music artist will.i.am is launching a new eyewear business on September 16th in selected retailers world wide. Named ill.i Optics by will.i.am, the line is dual-gender and contains both optical and sunglass styles. “When you see today’s glasses, they are missing a little bit of what vintage glasses had,” said will.i.am about the project. “I wanted to marry the retro feel with futurism, take yesterday’s sensibility with today’s aesthetic.” The styles will start at $300 retail. (WWD)
The New York market seems to be increasingly giving men’s fashion some shine As the CFDA has resurfaced talks about a New York Men’s Fashion Week, Esquire has announced a three-day event during New York Fashion Week. The Wednesday to Friday event will include presentations by brands like Proper Cloth, Haspel and Cadet. There will also be various other events like an opening and closing party. (Fashion Times)
Harper’s Bazaar wanted much more out of Lady Gaga than just a cover, and now they’ll be getting their wish. Mother Monster will be taking to the stage at the magazine’s New York Fashion Week party at the Plaza Hotel on September 5th. Paws up! (HNGN)
In an unpredicted partnership, athletes Michael Jordan and Roger Federer have teamed up on a pair of Air Jordans. Debuted at the U. S. Open, the sneakers are based on the Air Jordan 3 style and feature tennis performance technology. The NikeCourt Zoom Vapor AJ3 by Jordan named sneaker is available now at Nike stores and online. (Style)
Harper’s Bazaar isn’t the only magazine having a party. Essence is having their first-ever Street Style Block Party & Awards on September 7th at The Dumbo Archway in Brooklyn, under the Manhattan bridge. With live music, shopping, art installations, and a Street Style fashion show, the event is sure to add a fun element to the week’s festivities. “The Essence Street Style Block Party & Awards not only puts real women front and center with unique celebration of self-expression, but adds a fresh, fierce element to New York Fashion Week for Fans and Influencers alike,” said magazine editor-in-chief Vanessa Bush. “Street style applauds real women and fashion tastemakers who are setting the trends and bring inspiration from the catwalk to the sidewalk.” Expect to see Vanessa Simmons and singer Jazmine Sullivan as hosts of the fashion show. RSVP here. (The Daily Front Row)
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