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NYLON’s Austen Tosone Has A Crush On Velvet

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Photographed by Katie Thompson.

Velvet vibes

The following feature appears in the September 2016 issue of NYLON.

As I prepared for movie night, my friend texted me the dress code: “Wear cozy clothes! I’m in sweats.” In the small town where I grew up, people rarely put much thought into the outfits they wore to buy groceries or mail letters, which totally blew my mind. In my eyes, every activity was fitting of at least a little effort on the fashion front.

So I did the only thing I could: pulled on my black velvet burnout pants. Warm and soft, slightly baggy but fitted at the waist, they’re my personal take on snuggly attire—and never for a second did I feel like I was sacrificing style. I paired them with a cropped sweater and slip-on sneakers and headed out the door. 

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The thing about velvet is that it has this amazing and totally transformative quality that can make a regular, comfortable piece feel like something really special. The luxe vibe that comes from a subtle shimmer and an incredibly rich, fuzzy feel instantly elevates basics. Because of this, I take extra care with my velvet items and hang them front and center in my closet so they’re easy to grab.

Photographed by Katie Thompson.

Fall is, of course, the best season for velvet. I’m especially a fan of the jewel-tone variety: emeralds, cobalts, and my personal favorite, burgundy. I’m currently dreaming of acquiring a velvet jumpsuit in (you guessed it) burgundy, and when it finally works its way into my wardrobe, I’ll wear it everywhere from going out in New York City to the grocery store in my hometown. Maybe I’ll even pick up some red velvet cupcakes while I’m there.

Photographed by Katie Thompson.

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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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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.

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