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Men will wear all black to Golden Globes

There has been news that several prominent male performers, such as Dwayne The Rock Johnson, will be joining the women-led protest against sexual misconduct that has been showing up recently in news, especially in Hollywood. The men plan to show support by wearing all black to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 7.

Entertainment Weekly reported, celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati wrote on Instagram that all of her clients would be wearing the all black attire this year:

“Because everyone keeps asking me… YES, the men WILL be standing in solidarity with women on this wearing-all-black movement to protest against gender inequality at this year’s Golden Globes. At least ALL MY GUYS will be. Safe to say this may not be the right time to choose to be the odd man out here… just sayin…”

Urbinati is the stylist for prominent male stars such as Tom Hiddleston, Garret Hedlund, Armie Hammer and many others– even The Rock. Stylist Michael Fisher, who dresses Hugh Jackman and Sam Rockwell, told Hollywood Reporter that men wearing black is “going to be an inevitable thing out of solidarity. I think the majority of men are going go safe in a black suit with a white shirt so no one’s going to look the odd man out.”

While most actors, critics and fans are embracing the stand on both sides, the movement has had its criticism.  Rose McGowan put out a hostile tweet towards Streep and other actors on Dec. 17 which has now been deleted.

“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” she wrote. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.” She added, “Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”

Marchesa is the brand run and designed by Georgina Chapman, former spouse of producer Harvey Weinstein.

McGowan deleted her tweet and later sent out another twitter message.

“The Marchesa line was beneath me and I’m sorry for that,” she later wrote. “There is no map for this road I’m on, I will fuck up. Peace be with you, go with Goddess.”

Jeffrey Rudes puts luxury men’s line on hold

Jeffrey Rudes has put his luxury men’s wear collection on hold.

In May, the Los Angeles-based Rudes closed his 5,800-square-foot store at 57 Greene Street in Soho. The store opened in July 2015 and it was home to his eponymously named collection. It was his only brick and mortar store and had also served as the setting for his menswear presentations during the New York Fashion Week.

During the closing of his store, Rudes said he was planning to focus on the brand’s more booming online business and select wholesale accounts. Last Week, there was an eviction notice pinned to the front door of the shop, citing nonpayment of rent and a return of the empty retail location to the landlord, 57-63 Greene Realty LLC.

Via e-mail, Rudes said he “gave the store back to the landlord last month.” At the same time, he addressed a line on his former e-commerce site that read: “Coming back soon.”

Rudes also wrote: “I put the business on hiatus for a while. I am reworking the business model to enter into the luxury designer market from another point of view.”

Rudes is best known as the founder of J Brand, a business he started off in 2005. He resigned as Chief Executive Officer back in May 2014 after he sold his equity in the business. Fast Retailing Co. acquired control of 80.1 percent of the brand for $300 million in December 2012.

He launched the Jeffrey Rudes collection in 2015 with headquarters in Los Angeles and a design and production studio in Bologna, Italy. The business was self-funded.

Patrik Ervell talks working for Vince

Patrik Ervell, who constantly portrays a true New York designer, has recently moved to Los Angeles. This past September Ervell was announced as the new men’s designer for Vince, the Los Angeles based brand most famously known for its sweaters. Vince moved to Los Angeles to add to the list of growing New Yorkers moving out west to chase bigger opportunities. Ervell is tasked to elevate a brand who isn’t in danger of dropping down a tier, but a brand who has struggled in recent years to find an identity.

GQ caught up with the experienced designer in a recent interview to talk about his new job and being a New Yorker in the city of angels.

“How does it feel being in L.A.?”

“It feels great. I’ve always had a craving for L.A., like almost anyone who lives in New York.”

“Are you still doing your own line?”

“I mean, I’m not doing seasonal collections. I’m definitely not doing shows. I think it exists as a kind of project, which for now is TBD.”

“how did working at Vince happen?”

“The conversation started a while ago. Over a year ago—a year and a half ago, even. I always liked the idea of Vince and its most basic building blocks. They made a lot of sense to me. I felt like the men’s at Vince was, I don’t want to use the word blank slate, but kind of a blank slate. There are so many ways for me to engage with those building blocks and to build on top of it, and turn it into something really dynamic and exciting.”

“What will your Vince look like?”

“What we’re honing in on it. What it will be about going forward is a kind of high classic California aesthetic. It’s the most essential, most elevated version of that aesthetic.”

“Any specifics?”

“There’s a certain ease of dressing in California. The codes of menswear that are still important in the old world, meaning New York and Europe, are abandoned there. That’s always been an important idea for me and the way I design clothes. I’ve always talked about the captains of industry. In California where I grew up, no one was wearing a suit. It’s not like there’s anything wrong with wearing a suit. A suit is a beautiful thing. [But in California, there’s] not a formality built around those old codes. Those things are abandoned, and you can develop new codes and new uniforms. That’s really exciting.”

“Have you gained some distance and perspective from the rest of the fashion world since you got there?”

“Yes, absolutely. I think it’s never felt more like the future. Since World War II onward, it’s had these moments when it was like Wow, look what’s happening in California, but I think, now more than ever, the future is being created in California. I felt that way in college, when I was at Berkeley in the late ‘90s, and what was happening in San Francisco was the invention of the internet. I never felt like California was a peripheral place. I felt like it was the center of the world.”


“what is the most iconic Vince piece?”

“It’s sweaters. It’s knitwear. I think what you’ll see in Fall are some kind of entirely new, almost virtuoso versions of this incredibly beautiful knitwear.”

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Olympic Torch Carried By Bruce Jenner Up For Auction

The torch carried by Bruce Jenner through Lake Tahoe, Nevada for the 1984 Summer Olympics is now for auction. This is the first memorabilia to be put up for auction since Bruce Jenner made the transition to Caitlyn Jenner.

The torch is 24 inches long and has a brass finish with a leather handle. It will be auctioned on July 30, 2015 by Heritage Auctions at their Platinum Night Sports Auction held in Chicago. The seller, Bob Lorsch, is a philanthropist and entrepreneur from Los Angeles, California. Lorsch was the one who made the arrangements for Jenner to participate in the Tahoe leg of the torch relay.

Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions, believes the torch symbolizes much more than just athleticism and hints that it is a symbol of inclusiveness for the LBGT community. He also adds on Jenner’s ability to have both strong masculinity and femininity.

“This torch serves as a wonderful symbol that masculinity and femininity are not mutually exclusive. The decathlon has long been considered the ultimate athletic proving ground. Jenner has played both gender roles masterfully.”

In addition, Lorsch’s idea of what the torch symbolizes is similar to Ivy’s.

“… Never realizing that we would be creating what is truly a piece of history that originated as a piece of sports history, then evolved as a piece of entertainment history through the Kardashian legacy and becoming a cultural phenomenon through the transition to Caitlyn.”

This is the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to ever be put on the auction block. With that being said, the torch is expected to go for at least $20,000.