Had Ryeisha Berrain not left a voice mail for producer DJ Blaqstarr when she was 15, she might never have met M.I.A. nor landed a plum record deal. “My older sister knew Blaqstarr,” says the soft-spoken Berrain, now 18, whose musical moniker comes from her childhood nickname, Rye Rye. “One time my sister was on the phone with him and he asked if I knew how to rap because he liked the sound of my voice. But I was being shy, so I said ‘No.’” Several days later, Berrain called up her sister’s friend with a few verses she’d recently written in hand. “He didn’t answer, so I rapped it on his answering machine,” she says.
Impressed by her rhymes and gritty staccato, Blaqstarr enlisted Berrain to rap on a track called “Shake It To The Ground,” which became a Baltimore club anthem and MySpace sensation. The track lured a key fan — the singer/producer/designer M.I.A. (aka Maya Arulpragasam) — to Baltimore to find Berrain, who was living with her mom and two sisters in Baltimore’s Chapel Hill housing projects. Berrain had never heard of the Sri Lankan indie darling. “Blaqstarr called me and said somebody wanted to meet me at the studio,” she says. “It was M.I.A. She was just like, ‘I’ve been looking for you for the longest time.’ And I was like, ‘What? Who is this lady?’ ” Arulpragasam quickly took on a multifarious role in Berrain’s life, influencing her sound and style.
Donatella Versace will receive the International Award at the 2018 @cfda awards, which were announced tonight. Tap link in bio for a list of all the nominees and honorees. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @rahirezvanistudio )
The 2018 @cfda Awards nominees are out! @virgilabloh for @off____white for is nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Tap link in bio for all the nominees. #wwdnews #wwdfashion ( 📷: @simonelezzi)
@chanelofficial is suing high-end vintage retailer @whatgoesaroundnyc for trademark infringement, a move that could cost the retailer millions. The French fashion house claims that it’s not only unintentionally sold counterfeit goods on occasion, but that it’s “gone out of its way to create an association with Chanel,” which does not exist. Read Chanel’s statement on WWD.com #wwdnews (@aitorrosasphoto)
Exclusive: Guillaume Henry has left @ninaricci, the fashion house said on Thursday. “After three years of mutually gratifying creative collaboration, Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry have together decided that the designer will depart the house after the presentation of the fall-winter 2018-19 collection,” Ricci said in a statement. Get all the details on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“When Bella enters a room all heads turn,” said @peterphilipsmakeup, creative and image director for @diormakeup. Last night, the two celebrated the product launch of Dior’s Lacquer Plump in Los Angeles with other celebs like @parisjackson, @winnieharlow and more. Head to WWD.com to see the rest of the photos from the night (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
“These shirts are an art form, it’s about getting the message out to as many people as you can. It breaks down the pretentiousness of the art gallery,” says Kumasi Sadiki, cofounder of @ebayontheblock, a store that sells merchandise by New York artists who are shifting their attention to clothes as a wearable medium. Pictured here is a design by artist @joegarvey_, one of the first to spearhead this movement. Head to WWD.com to read @mistywhitesidell full story on how their designs have become merch for the underground elite #wwdfashion
@netaporter is dedicating a part of its website – called the Fine Jewelry and Watch Destination – to highlight its high-end jewelry. The hub will feature products on the site, as well as incorporate styling advice and educational content about high-priced jewelry items. Get more details on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories
For “The Cher Show,” an upcoming musical based on @cher’s life and career, @bobmackie is once again collaborating with the singer in designing the costumes. For decades, Mackie has designed glitzy stage costumes and red carpet looks for the 71-year-old Grammy winner. Pictured here is a sketch of some of the pieces in the wardrobe of the musical, which is set to debut in Chicago on June 12 before making its way to Broadway #wwdeye