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This Designer Uses Discarded Haute Couture Fabrics To Create The Newest In French Girl Style

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Floriane Fosso creates luxe sustainable clothing with a Parisian flair

Welcome to The Green Scene. Twice a week during the month of April, we're highlighting the designers and brands working to make the world of fashion and beauty a greener, more sustainable place. The brands to support are the ones making a difference; check back every Tuesday and Thursday to meet your new favorites.

Fashion designer Floriane Fosso has always considered herself more passionate about fabrics and textiles than fashion itself, an infatuation that began when the French-Cameroonian designer took her first trip to a textile market in Cameroon with her parents at the age of six. "All of the different prints and fabrics were telling me a very unique story, and this was a strong source of imagination for me," she says. "I was always interested in the story behind the fabric: Who made it? Why? How?"

Fast-forward to 2019, and Fosso now has a two-year-old sustainable, luxury fashion brand, though she was never planning for a future in the industry. After going on to study marketing and management at business school, it wasn't until she pursued a masters program that her love for fabrics would turn into her very own label. "As a fashionista, a business school student, and an eco-friendly person, I started realizing that I was frustrated with the current fashion offering," she says. "I wanted to buy accessible, glamorous, and eco-friendly clothes, but the only clothes I could find were not very creative, or were too expensive for my budget."

From there, Fosso began to look more into sustainable fabrics and fashion, basing her entire final project around it. After she graduated in 2017, her original concept and first collections for the project are what she developed into her namesake brand.

Floriane Fosso has grown to become a two-part collection that exudes a French sophistication with a modern, earthy flair. The Studio Collection is a capsule of contemporary cocktail attire, while the "From Paris To" collection features pieces inspired by cities Fosso has traveled to over the years; each season, she meshes a Parisian aesthetic with a different part of the world.

One look at Floriane Fosso, and it's clear that it's a high fashion, luxury brand. However, because of its sustainable practices, its price range of $300 to $1,000 is a long-lasting investment that's well worth it.

Being that Fosso's biggest passion is fabric, she founded her brand on the sustainable basis of sourcing high-quality, upcycled fabric leftover at couture houses, which are then handcrafted into her collection in Parisian workshops by local artisans. But since 2017, Fosso has put her focus on evolving sustainably with every collection she puts out.

"Every new collection is a challenge and an evolving process," she says. "My overall goal is to develop a sustainable fashion brand, which by definition is something quite wide, which is why, with each new collection, I make a charter. The objective is to grow our efforts and objectives for each collection. I began by only upcycling haute couture fabrics, and now that the brand is growing, I'm able to invest in other ways in order to develop a global, sustainable brand."

Her focus has grown from just expert craftsmanship using upcycled couture fabrics to incorporating other recycled and sustainable materials, such as recycled plastic used in her upcoming sneaker launch, recycled polyester used in her vegan "down" jackets, and organic, fair-trade cotton used for her T-shirts and sweaters. She also plans to incorporate new materials, such as Piñatex, an eco-friendly vegan leather derived from pineapples, starting in 2020.

Additionally, Fosso runs special social projects that advocate for protecting nature, animals, and people. In the past, she's supported annual causes such as Tablée des Chefs, donating 10 percent of sales to fight against food waste.

In terms of incorporating sustainable practices into her craft from day one, it's a standard that comes from a personal place. "At some point, I think we should just regularly questions ourselves: Can I honestly look myself in the mirror and smile at myself? I am far from being perfect, but with each new collection, each new partnership, each new encounter, every new choice is the opportunity to smile at myself. Do I want to make billions with my brands? Yes, this is all I wish for myself and my partners, but not just at any cost." With that said, she thinks that designers today should be looking at what they create and ask themselves whether they want to leave a positive mark on the planet, or simply stick their heads in the sand and ignore the environmental crises surrounding us.

From a business perspective, too, though, she doesn't understand how any brand could not attempt to be more sustainable in modern times. "It's important, simply, because it's what people are asking for."

However, she does feely strongly about the brands that have been jumping on the bandwagon, even the ones that may not seem the most genuine. "I think that a lot of old brands choose the simplicity of keeping up with bad habits because they are afraid of taking a new direction, but are still interested in adopting more sustainable practices. When the giants of fast fashion create conscious capsules, some people are outraged. I understand how it might be hypocritical, but think it can also be seen as an attempt of trying something new with their consumers and slowly change their business model—call me optimistic!"

Fosso believes that sustainable fashion is not just a part of the fashion industry, it is the future of it. "Look at the cosmetics industry, for instance—15 years ago, it was unthinkable for the leader in cosmetics to have green brands in their portfolio, the green brands were considered folkloric and the interest of a few outsiders," she says. "Like the growing green food revolution, we will assist a transformation of the fashion industry. There has been a shift in consumer awareness and expectations, and they put creativity at the same level as sustainability."

The Floriane Fosso Spring 2019 collection will be available to shop Stateside starting today at FlorianeFosso.com. Take a closer look at what to expect, below.

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

Photo courtesy of Floriane Fosso

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And I need to see the rest ASAP

As excited as we already are for Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, Booksmart, to hit theaters next week, we just got even more desperate to see it. Why? Well, the first six minutes of the film were just released, and every minute is incredible.

The film opens on Molly (Beanie Feldstein) meditating and listening to a motivational tape telling her she's better than everyone else, and to "fuck those losers." Her room is decorated with pictures of Michelle Obama and RBG, so we know her head is in the right place. We learn she's the class president when she arrives at school with her best friend, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever).

It's there that we get a glimpse of the social hierarchy in which Molly and Amy exist—but somewhere down near the bottom, way below the popular kids, the theater nerds, the stoners, and even the annoying class clown.

The film officially hits theaters on May 23, but Annapurna Pictures is holding advanced screenings across the country today, May 17—we're actually holding two of them! So, if you're in L.A. or New York, check them out.

But also, you can watch the first six minutes of the film, below, and prepare yourself to watch the whole movie in a week.

BOOKSMART | Uncut First 6 Minutes www.youtube.com

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Her hypocrisy would be mind-blowing if it weren't so predictable

It's been just over two years since Tomi Lahren appeared on ABC's The View to assert that, despite her ultra-conservative bona fides, she holds one position more normally associated with the left wing: She's pro-choice. In that talk show appearance, Lahren made clear then that her pro-choice views were consonant with her self-identification as a "constitutionalist," further explaining:

I am someone that's for limited government. So I can't sit here and be a hypocrite and say I'm for limited government but I think the government should decide what women should do with their bodies." I can sit here and say that as a Republican, and I can say, "You know what? I'm for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well."

Back then, we noted the hypocrisy inherent to that position, since Lahren was an ardent supporter of President Trump—who made no secret of his desire to appoint anti-abortion judges to the Supreme Court and other judicial benches—and Vice-President Pence, whose anti-abortion views are even more ardent.

Since Lahren's appearance on The View, she has appeared in the anti-abortion film Roe v. WadeRoe v. Wade, which co-starred fellow execrable conservative troll, Milo Yiannopoulos, and, um, Joey Lawrence. Though the film has not yet been released, it is alleged to contain "several graphic scenes depicting aborted fetuses," and also the acting styles of Jamie Kennedy, so we're not sure for whom it will really be appropriate.

But while Lahren's role in that film would be enough to make anyone question just how committed she is to her alleged pro-choice stance, the recent news about de facto abortion bans in Alabama and Georgia has incited Lahren to speak out about her views once again.

On Twitter, Lahren opened herself up to "attack[s] by [her] fellow conservatives" and spoke out against the Alabama abortion ban as being "too restrictive." And, indeed, her "fellow conservatives" did quickly attack Lahren for not actually caring about human life, and for having too liberal a position on whether or not a woman should be forced to continue a pregnancy that resulted from rape. But then also, as Lahren must have known would happen, other people supported her for... not having one irredeemably monstrous position amongst her arsenal of irredeemably monstrous positions.

But, let's be clear: Tomi Lahren is not—no matter what she tweets—pro-choice, and neither is any supporter of the Republican Party. There is no doubt that there are Republicans who are in favor of safe access to abortion—particularly when it comes to themselves and their family members having said access. But by supporting the Republican Party, they are showing how little it actually matters to them, and showing what it is that they really prioritize over women's safety and freedom: namely, access to guns, bigoted immigration policies, the continued disenfranchisement of voters across the country. I could go on, but there's no need.

Lahren's tweet doesn't reveal in any way that she's an advocate for women's rights, all it reveals is her hypocrisy and that of anyone (Meghan McCain, hi), who would love to have a world created specifically for their needs, and who is willing to sacrifice the rights of the less privileged in order to secure their own. It is despicable and dangerous and incredibly predictable. But, at least, it might give Lahren something to talk about on the red carpet with her fellow anti-abortion movie costars, if that film ever gets more than a straight-to-video release.

If you want to find out how to help women have access to abortion, please visit here for information about donating and volunteering.

Diplo, Vince Staples, and Rico Nasty also appear

Lil Nas X went all out with the visuals for his hit "Old Town Road," tapping all of his newfound collaborators and friends, like Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Vince Staples, and Rico Nasty, to star. The movie travels from 1889 Wild Wild West to the modern-day city outskirts, so saddle up and come along for the ride.

As the visuals start, Nas and Cyrus gallop away with a bag of loot, obviously having pulled off a heist. The trio of men on horseback that were in pursuit of them come to a halt, unable to catch up, and Chris Rock—the leader of the group—states, "When you see a Black man on a horse going that fast, you just gotta let him fly." Just as Nas and Cyrus think they're able to relax in stranger's home, it turns out the homeowner isn't so friendly. Nas jumps into a hole to escape, only to end up hundreds of years in the future on the other side.

Forget trying to figure out the logistics of time travel, and just embrace the hilarity of Nas' horse also having wound up there, and in peak racing condition. He impresses the locals not only in the race (with Vince Staples losing money in a bet against him) but with his sweet square dancing skills. Once he and Cyrus (yes, he time traveled too) trade out their old-timey duds for some fresh, rhinestone-adorned outfits, they enter a room playing bingo with Rico Nasty in it. Diplo is playing the washboard, I feel like I'm losing my mind, and this is probably the best music video I've watched this year.

Watch the movie for "Old Town Road" again and again, below.

Lil Nas X - Old Town Road (Official Movie) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus www.youtube.com

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They really "don't care" about how this was edited, do they?

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber used the name of their song as inspiration for the "I Don't Care" music video, and have presented what is essentially a long blooper reel of the pair messing around with a green screen.

The visuals show how dedicated the two are to proving just how much they don't care, because I'm pretty sure they did the editing on this video as well. They dance around in costumes, as an ice cream cone, a panda, a teddy bear, and more. I have a clear vision of Bieber and Sheeran raiding a costume shop just an hour before setting up a tripod and going to town on this one. They also juxtapose their faces on top of a ballerina, a skydiver, and a corn inside the husk.

Blink, and you'll miss the funniest moment of all in the video: Ed Sheeran gets married to a cardboard cutout of a young Bieber with swoopy hair.

Watch the visuals for "I Don't Care" below.

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Her new LP, 'Take Me to the Disco,' is her most personal work yet

Meg Myers isn't afraid to admit she's still figuring out who she wants to be. Originally from Tennessee, Myers moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to dedicate her life to her music career. In 2012, she released her first EP, Daughter in the Choir, which set the groundwork for the releases of Sorry (2015) and Take Me to the Disco (2018). Well-known for her poetic lyrics, crude vocals, and cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill," the honest singer-songwriter makes a point to tell me that self-acceptance is a process. After listening to her deeply personal LP, Take Me to the Disco, I know she's not wrong.

In the middle of producing her new forthcoming music, the star opens up to NYLON: "I've always been able to channel [more painful moments in life] into my art. Music always stood out to me as the easiest way to capture all the emotions at once in one piece. Music for me is wild and free." It's clear that it is this fearlessness to self-reflect that not only makes her body of work so authentic but also what motivates her to continue to grow.

Below, we speak with Myers about her new music, self-love, and her ever-evolving relationship with creativity.

The Great Eros Pants, Chae New York top, Schutz shoes, and Via Saviene rings. Photos by Jena Cumbo

How did moving to Los Angeles influence the artist you are today?
I feel more safe here. I've been tapping more into my truth and expressing myself on a deeper level here. Growing up, my family was very chaotic, and I never knew what was about to happen. I have four brothers and a sister, and we grew up basically as best friends, making fun out of the chaos and always creating some type of art from it. I've always been able to channel [more painful moments in life] into my art.

Music always stood out to me as the easiest way to capture all the emotions at once in one piece. Music for me is wild and free.

What are some of your biggest influences?
I think all the barbecue and shrimp and grits [in Tennessee] really adds a smokiness to my music.

My queerness gives me a lot of material to create with. It's allowing me to be more playful and not take every little thing so seriously.

Silk Laundry jumpsuit, Wild Vertigga T-shirt, and Nakamol earring.Photo by Jena Cumbo

Tell me about your new music. Why is it different than anything you've ever created?
This EP is going to have a lot of similar vibes to my last album, because I wrote it at the same time with the same producer about a lot of the same struggles and self-discoveries as my past music. I'll share more with you on my third album.

I'm such a fan of your cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill." Why did you gravitate toward that song to cover?
It's such a powerful song! Kate Bush is magic. It's almost like I've been being guided to cover that song for a long time. I don't know how to explain it in words, as they can feel so limiting, and this song is beyond words to me. It's just a deep inner knowing, and it makes my heart flutter.


Chae NewYork blazer; Saku top, The Great Eros bottoms, and Inch2 boots.Photo by Jena Cumbo

Are there any other songs you feel really connected to?
I would love to collaborate with Active Child. The songs "Hanging On" and "Johnny Belinda" are also otherworldly to me. I've been listening to this band called Walk the Moon a lot. I also love Phoebe Bridgers. I have a crush on her. I generally listen to instrumental music and classical. If you look up 432hz music, it's incredibly healing, and solfeggio frequencies have helped me with a lot.

What does self-love mean to you?
It's been a process for me. It's been quite the journey. Right now, I would say [self-love for me] is about accepting myself, and having love for all the experiences that have led me to where I am. It also means being grateful for growth. It's also been about learning to be in the present moment. It's been learning to trust myself and not listening to what others think I need to be doing. As I learn to do this, I also learn how to love others deeper. All this being said, it's a process.

Chae New York blazer and Saku top.Photo by Jena Cumbo

What advice do you have for someone struggling to find happiness right now?
Spend some time in solitude if you can, or with a really safe person who you feel you can express yourself freely with. Find someone who has no expectations of you and is supportive. In that present moment, ask yourself, What feels good to you? What do you feel like doing? Use your imagination. Daydream. Find what it is you enjoy doing. I promise you can unlock magic inside yourself. It just takes patience.

*This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

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