Designer Lili Chemla Makes A Case For Wearing Cozy Basics 24/7

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Her label Liana is the ultimate in luxury comfort

It all started with Lili Chemla’s frustration with trying to find the perfect t-shirt. When she found herself displeased with what was out there (thus, cutting up whatever she did find), she decided it was time to have a try at making her own. “I made my own t-shirt sample and realized I was wearing it all the time. Then, my sisters and friends kept trying to steal it. I knew I was onto something,” she says. And just like that Liana, Chemla’s line of luxury basics, was born.

What started as a line of tees and hosiery has now expanded into a full collection of elevated, yet comfy, '70s-inspired wardrobe staples, where shimmery striped nylon socks pair with velvet hoodie-and-sweatpant sets, scalloped mock-neck tops, and mesh-paneled pants.

Her collection speaks to those who need their outfit to transition from day to night, but who refuse to sacrifice feeling good for looking good. “That’s where the elevated element comes into play,” explains Chemla. “It’s not a secret that everyone loves to be comfortable, and I think people have gotten tired of sacrificing their comfort for style.”

While the Liana girl is someone who’s busy and, as such, spends her days running from place to place, according to Chemla, there’s a little bit of Liana in all of us. “Although we definitely do fall into a category, it's hard to generalize us to one type of girl,” says Chemla. “Being a basics company, we want all ranges of people and ages to feel comfortable in our clothes. But, to be more specific, the Liana girl is one who puts comfort before anything else, and needs a cute pair of socks to spice up an outfit.”

But what’s next, long after the winter’s chill (and our desire to stay cozy and warm inside) has gone, for the brand? It seems that spring will be just as comforting. “Our number one rule is to stay cozy, but to look good doing it. I’m sure we’ll continue to expand into other categories—like little booty shorts for spring—but if it's not comfortable, you’re not seeing it from us,” says Chemla.

Currently, prices range from $15 for a pair of socks up to $250 for a teddy bear-like faux sherpa hoodie (a piece we see ourselves living in this winter). Take a closer look at the Liana fall collection, below, and head on over to the website to shop it now.

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Liana, Plush Zip in Hunter, $220, available at Liana.

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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]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.