BCalla Goes Cosmic-Glam For Spring

Photo: Michael Burk.

glitter on glitter on glitter

Florals for spring might not be that groundbreaking, but space-age mermaid gowns and spiky body suits are. That’s what you’ll find in Brad Callahan—a.k.a., BCalla’s spring 2016 collection.

Inspired by drag queen superstars Pearl and Violet Chachki, the Full Fantasy project follows the iconic story of a heroine and villainess, the light versus the dark. Speaking with NYLON over email, Callahan said it was the VMAs wardrobe he designed for Miley Cyrus that informed the new work. (This collection will definitely squash any of those plagiarism accusations.) With a studio filled with the sounds of Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach,” Kylie Minogue, Roisin Murphy, and Park Ji Yoon's "Adult Ceremony,” BCalla went to town on the stoning, shape building, and foam molding. One of the pieces required over 70 panels of over 200 pieces to complete. Talk about designing wearable sculpture. “These are performance clothes,” he told us, “so I’d love to see these on the stage.” Us, too. There’s movement to the collection that has to be seen to be believed.

As for where he hopes to go from here? “More custom work [and] stage wear,” he tells us. “I'm still doing lots of work for Pearl, so the only thing I’m really certain of is that whatever it is, its gonna be fun.” In the meantime, check out BCalla’s stunning lookbook featuring his two muses Pearl and Violet Chachki. It’s a collection he says is filled with glitter emoji, crown emoji, bows, painting nails, and the red-pump emoji. Work, BCalla.

Photo: Michael Burk.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.