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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The ’90s-Inspired Collection From Rihanna’s Stylist

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Photo Courtesy Of Farren Jean Andrea.

Inspired by Sisqo, Gwen Stefani, and anime

Millennial-friendly H&M sister brand /Nyden isn’t your average label, it’s “a platform for talented tastemakers and tribe leaders to share their stories through fashion.” The latest person it's allowing on its stage is Rihanna’s stylist Farren Jean Andrea.

Jean Andrea says he was first approached by the brand to act as an ambassador, but he was interested in doing more than just being a face for the company. “I really wanted to let them know that, ‘Hey, I am also creative and I can do more than just model the clothes,’” he tells us. “‘I can actually help come up with concepts and designs, also.’” He met with the design team, gave them his ideas, they loved them, and here we are. 

Though Jean Andrea’s had never designed a collection before, he says his experience styling helped him out. “Being able to work with these girls and see how the clothes fit different body types, and see what they get most excited about and what they're not excited about when you're pulling out pieces, really helps when you're going into designing,” he says. “Because you remember those moments when you were looking for a certain piece or looking for something to put on someone, and you didn't have it because it wasn't made yet.” He says that insight helped him “make a niche collection,” which includes tops, dresses, jackets, and accessories inspired by anime, video games, superheroes, and ‘90s hip-hop and R&B. 

Specifically, he pulled inspiration from “Sisqo’s looks back in the day, Gwen Stefani’s pieces from the ‘90s. Lil’ Kim—how she might be in the same prints cut up and broken down,” and Aaliyah, he adds. “Aaliyah was actually on my mood board.” The ‘90s were an… interesting time, style-wise, and Jean Andrea doesn’t just want to regurgitate what we’ve already seen. He’s playing with silhouettes to make custom ones, and with fabrics. “I’m trying to mix streetwear with a more edgier, Japanese-Tokyo feel, in a way that I don't think has been done before,” he says.

Jean Andrea says his next dream is to do the styling for the video game “Grand Theft Auto.” The outfits that you pick to create a player? He wants to create them. “It’s really like a whole virtual world for fashion that people aren’t even getting into yet.” As for what he prefers now—design or styling—now that he’s gotten a taste of the other side of things, he says it’s hard to say, “because I'm going to love styling my own pieces that I designed.” 

The collection will be out in September. 

Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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