Kenneth Cole's latest men's fragrance, Black Bold, has inspired a new single from Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc. The track "Sweet Tooth," set to be released Tuesday on Spotify, is the result of a collaboration between Blacc and emerging singer-songwriter Brielle Marie.[caption id="attachment_11026761" align="alignnone" width="300"] Kenneth Cole's Black Bold Fragrance[/caption]Marie was discovered through the "Find Your Bold" contest, a partnership between Kenneth Cole Fragrances and Indaba Music, calling out for young artists to submit video for an original song inspired by the fragrance. Cole reached out to Blacc to select, mentor and collaborate with the contest winner."It was a bit nerve-wracking because you feel like people are putting their best foot forward and it's up to me to decide who is the best one. What it comes down to is who did I think put out the best statement," said Blacc. "Brielle, also being a singer-songwriter, stood out the most. She was playing her own instruments and writing her own music."The two met over the summer at a recording studio in Los Angeles and wrote the single on the spot. "I usually go in the studio and write a song, then for a month or two I keep working on it, depending on the deadline," said Blacc, noting the two refined the track over the last few months."Aloe e-mailed me to tell me I had won," said Marie, 25, an Illinois-based singer. "I think what drew me to him was that we both write positive messages, from the heart. She is at work on her first EP, which she said is a mix of folk, pop and soul. "I'm inspired by Sade, Erykah Badu, Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles. A lot of my stuff is more laid-back and chill. My goal is to create timeless music that 30 years later people still want to listen to."Blacc is no stranger to the fashion world, having performed at events for Piaget, Bottega Veneta and Gucci."My style icons are Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole, and I like a really well-tailored Italian suit. When it comes to quality, you want something really well-crafted with a story behind it, so I try to partner with companies that won't be here today, gone tomorrow."
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)