These Fashion and Beauty Brands Are Creating Scholarships for Black Students

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Fashion and beauty brands are continuing their efforts to support the Black Lives Matter movement with scholarships and mentorship programs specifically for Black students.

Major brands and designers, such as Adidas, Gucci and Virgil Abloh of Off-White and Louis Vuitton men’s have responded to the recent protests surrounding the police killings of unarmed Black people across the country and the Black Lives Matter movement by launching scholarship opportunities for Black students in fashion and other industries.

Fashion universities, such as the Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, have also pledged support to their Black students with new scholarship and mentorship programs.

Here, WWD looks at the fashion and beauty brands and universities that are creating scholarships for Black students.

Virgil Abloh

Louis Vuitton men’s wear designer and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh has raised $1 million to benefit Black

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New York Fashion Week Is Going Virtual, Here’s How to Tune In

The New York Fashion Week spring 2021 season is unlike any others due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With most shows and events going virtual, the general public now has more ways to participate than ever before.

Most designers are taking on hybrid formats for their fashion shows, including livestreams, look books, videos or other digital activations. Jason Wu and Rebecca Minkoff, for example, are hosting physical shows and events with a limited audience that will be simultaneously livestreamed.

In addition to fashion shows, the season will also include free events and programming that people can access digitally. For example, IMG is returning with its series of panels and events, this time with the Black in Fashion Council, The Wall Group and Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, among others.

Here, WWD rounds up the free virtual events taking place during New York Fashion Week spring 2021.

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Unraveling Fashion, Beauty, and Trauma in I May Destroy You

Beautiful art can arise from the ugliest circumstances. No matter the medium, creators have channeled their trauma into healing through music, dance, poetry, painting, and, of course, film and television. Thundering into the collective consciousness of our current stay-at-home culture is the HBO series I May Destroy You, which multiple critics have described as a theoretical “traumedy,” a subgenre reflective of our time. 

Actor, writer, director, and now executive producer Michaela Coel created the BBC-produced series following her assault after her drink was spiked in a bar. Coel’s protagonist, Arabella, wrestles with the emotional trauma of processing sexual assault through the 12-episode series, which debuted early last month on HBO. Following the model set by recent prestige streaming series including Little Fires Everywhere and Normal People, episodes roll out one at a time. While binge-watching might be our new normal, trust me: You’re going to want to sit

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Lady Gaga Is the Face of Valentino Beauty’s New Perfume

Photo credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
Photo credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

From ELLE

Between launching her own beauty line and releasing an album, Lady Gaga has found another project: Starring in Valentino Beauty’s latest fragrance campaign. The Italian fashion house announced Gaga as the new face of Voce Viva, a perfume dreamt up by Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli.

“Imagined as a voice to spread a message around the world, Valentino Voce Viva invites everyone to touch hearts, inspire others and live their dreams,” the brand said in a press release. “Expressing the Maison’s values of inclusivity and individuality, Voce Viva celebrates one of the women’s most intimate sense.”

To spread this messaging, Valentino selected Gaga for her Italian roots, inclusivity, and individuality. “Lady Gaga means freedom, self-consciousness, pure heart,” Piccioli said in a statement. “Her participation in this campaign elevates the symbolic power of the project to the highest level. She is the icon of

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