‘Black Panther’ Presentation Brings Wakandan Beauty To NYFW


Ahead of the ‘Black Panther’ release this Friday

New York fashion Week-goers were whisked away to Wakanda last night, days before Marvel’s highly anticipated (and very, very good!) film Black Panther hits theaters. The studio merged fashion and beauty for a vibrant night full of statement pieces, from brands like Chromat, Cushnie et Ochs, LaQuan Smith, and Fear of God, inspired by the different characters and themes from the movie.

Behind the scenes, makeup artist Nick Barose—who often does the makeup for lead actress Lupita Nyong’o—painted on the colorful designs by lining the eyes with Lancôme products, who was a sponsor for the show. The beauty looks from the actual movie are meant to exude African pride and pay homage to Afrofuturism, so it only made sense that the looks for the presentation did the same. Barose says that he was “inspired by African Face Art, but with a futuristic edge.” He drew the dots in a way that would make it easy to create at home. “We kept it natural and fresh, so it didn’t look costume-y,” he shares, adding that it’s a great makeup moment to recreate for a fun night out (or, say, to see the film this weekend).

The hair was also pretty low-maintenance. The majority of the models had close-cropped, natural hair, so not much was needed on that front. For the others, lead hairstylist and Redken brand ambassador Rodney Cutler created braided styles. One included two mini braids that framed the face and an additional one that snaked backward along the center part. “You’ve got the movie element and the fashion part so we tried to blend it together because I think that’s sort of the world we live in now,” he told Vanity Fair. “There’s not really a separation, it’s like music, movies, social inspirations, fashion, and beauty all tied into one.”

Take a look at some of the fashion and beauty looks ahead.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.