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Virgil Abloh’s Iridescent Louis Vuitton Keepall Bag Could Be the Hottest Accessory of SS19

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When Virgil Abloh was appointed artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s, it was a given that he would implement major changes. In fact, Louis Vuitton’s next season is rumored to be inspired by Michael Jackson, which couldn’t be further from former artistic director Kim Jones’ travel-inspired looks.
Abloh’s debut LV show was defined by an unabated use of color, confirming a departure from Louis Vuitton’s more muted — think classic brown leather — palette and into something more adjacent to streetwear’s bright repertoire.
In his show notes, Abloh included a list of vocabulary with his own definitions. Under “R,” the designer defined “rainbow” as “a kaleidoscopic palette evolving from off-white to polychromatic, synchronously forming a holograph archway known to represent a dream.”
A bit verbose, perhaps, but what Abloh was getting at was that holographic and varicolored materials are the future and a natural progression for contemporary fashion design. To nail home the sentiment, Playboi Carti closed the show in a silvery foiled cape and an iridescent version of LV’s classic Keepall bag.

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It was one of the key items in the SS19 collection and one that’s likely to catch some serious heat once it drops next year. The Keepall first appeared in 1930, and Abloh’s contemporary interpretation features LV monogram-embossed plastic, an oil-slick finish, and a transparent plastic chain. Abloh has been taking the bag to panel talks, airports, and his latest post on Instagram even procured a comment from Paris Hilton: “I need that bag in my life.”

Reflective and holographic materials showed up across the board this year, notably at Stone Island and New York City label Sies Marjan, which proffered its Multicolor Reflective Blaine Raglan Coat, a piece that appears as a satin-y purple/blue in natural light and as an electrified rainbow under a flash.

The fact that holographic and reflective materials are trending at a time when clothes are bought with an emphasis on being photographed and flexed on Instagram is no coincidence, so in that sense, they’re perfect for 2018 and beyond.
The “beyond” here has actually been a focal point for many labels this year, as designers have leaned into ideas of futurism for inspiration, and each has interpreted the future of fashion differently. Men’s fashion week back in June showed us dystopian utility via 1017 ALYX 9SM, disturbing alien hybrids such as the designs at Xander Zhou‘s SS19 show, or, more recently, the pearlescent, multi-colored metallic sheen of Dior’s Pre-fall 19collection which showed in Tokyo last month.
Similar to Dior, which showed classic items with modern modifications, Louis Vuitton’s holdall from SS19 is matching an iconic shape with contemporary materials, and making the familiar feel brand new, and a lot more photogenic.

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Don’t be surprised, then, if the iridescent Louis Vuitton Keepall is the accessory of Summer 2019.
What do you think? Will Abloh’s Louis Vuitton debut catch on and would you flex the transparent holdall? Sound off in the comments.

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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