Solange Just Gave A Surprise NYFW Performance, And It Was Something

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She took the stage during Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s runway show

Earlier this afternoon, guests gathered at Manhattan’s East River Park and took seats on the bleachers to witness Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s Spring 2018 collection on the runway—err, well, track. On top of a public park not being the most common setting for a runway show (though it’s certainly been done before), there were rumors of a surprise guest performer also making an appearance. It's safe to say, though, no one anticipated what was about to happen next.

It all started setting in when Solange’s band—all dressed in white—and backup singers came forward to begin setting up. However, even when she did walk up to the mic, sporting a new blonde 'do, the few passerby (mainly older men jogging shirtless and tweens gathering for a game of soccer) took a minute before they realized who was standing in front of them.

As she began to sing a reworked version of “Rise,” models emerged through the opposite park entrance and onto the track. The collection itself was breathtaking—a beautiful display of spring trenches in neon greens and corals; florals, polka dots, and ginghams; metallic leather separates, all accessorized with Zadeh’s signature bags and shoes that brought her brand to cult-favorite levels amongst fashion’s elite. According to collection release, this line was especially important to the designer, showcasing work she had done by hand, something she claimed was “an important part of my life before opening my store, and something I have wanted to instill in my collection for a long time.” The track, as a venue, was also symbolic: “Everyone runs independently on separate paths, but exists together,” it reads.

The beauty was as fresh as ever. Models donned an effortless and light middle-parted, slept-on look created by Michael Forrey, senior creative director at Sassoon Salon, though the integrity of each model’s individual natural texture was embraced and enhanced. Makeup artist Mika Ishida for Shiseido kept models essentially barefaced, with only a handful of models wearing the lightest pink-nude lip color. 7TRUE nail artist Holly Falcone painted each model's fingertips with the prettiest gold-lined spring blue tip.

All in all, it was an awe-inspiring production set on a gorgeous fall day—easily the hottest weather NYFW has seen all week—from Solange’s surprise performance to Zadeh’s collection itself. If you're feeling FOMO, click through the gallery, below, to check out what went down.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.