FASHION

Khrysti Hill brings Little Giants Giant Shorties kid’s streetwear to Target

Khrysti Hill is a Los Angeles-based fashion designer who founded the brand Little Giants Giant Shorties with her partner, Ivan Rivera. The line is currently available at Target for its “Black Beyond Measure” initiative celebrating Black History Month.

The children’s clothing company targets discerning consumers who appreciate streetwear for kids.

Hill opened up about working with Target on the project and shared advice for aspiring designers.

What inspired you to create Little Giants Giant Shorties?

I was pregnant with our son, we were driving one day, and Ivan came up with this design that he wanted to make for him. It was just like an idea for us. We made a few things and went and got them pressed up for our son. Our friends and family were seeing the things, and they were like we want some too, so we made a few more. We started having other people reach out through just like Instagram and social media, so we made a few more and sold them. Once we started realizing this could be a thing, we went and did the business, and it started from there. Our son was born in 2013 and in 2014 we started the business; like they were growing up together.

What does it mean for you, a Black designer to be featured at Target?

Target is such a huge thing. We were so honored and so flattered when they reached out a year ago. It’s been a year-long process and a cool process. They have so many teams, it’s Target, but their production team reached out first, and it’s just been an amazing experience. Just being able to see the high-level production of what they do and the logistics they have to take care of. Like I thought I did a lot, but

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Boston’s First Alexander McQueen Boutique Opens

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The new Copley Place concept store is one of the brand’s nine East Coast locations.


A big bright star comes to Copley: “Cosmic” knit boot, $2,490. / Photo by Mona Miri

Enormous shoulder pads. Spikes and skulls. Bluntly stated asymmetrical cuts. No, I’m not talking about Lady Gaga’s next Fenway Park concert. I’m talking about the distinct (and irresistible) style of Alexander McQueen. With Sarah Burton at the helm of the label since 2010, having worked directly with McQueen for 14 years before his untimely death, the brand has continued to please its fans (including such luminaries as Kaia Gerber, Kate Middleton, and Sarah Jessica Parker) with looks that break the couture mold. And now, Bostonians will be able to experience these innovative designs for themselves at the recently opened Alexander McQueen concept store in Copley Place, the very first in Boston and one of nine on the East Coast. It’s an exciting addition to the fashion scene that local style mavens have been impatiently waiting for, having previously only been able to shop for the label at stores like Alan Bilzerian and Saks.

For the design of the boutique, Burton chose to partner with architect Smiljan Radic—best known for his 2014 design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London—to create a luxurious blend of femininity, masculinity, and modernity, with warm wood, tiled ceilings, and a light, bright, open-concept layout. Some highlights to look out for in the pre-spring ’23 collection are the “Slash” bag, with its structured architecture, cutout detail, and iconic “brass knuckle” topper fitted with four rings. For shoes, the collection sways from chunky to spindle heels and focuses on jewels and buckles. The “Cosmic” knit

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FASHION

There’s a massive block party under the Gardiner this weekend and it’s totally free

After a long-awaited two-year hiatus, The Bentway Block Party is back for a packed day filled with music, drinks and much more.

The day-long free party takes place across The Bentway site located underneath the Gardiner Expressway and includes musical performances, games, workshops, dancing and lots of food.

This year’s party is being headlined by NYC-based futuristic funk duo The Illustrious Blacks, as well as Toronto drag superstar Priyanka, winner of the first season of Canada’s Drag Race.

The party will be hosted by Canadian drag queen Bombae, who is currently a contestant on the third season of the show.

You can also look forward to a sunny afternoon full of vibrant DJ sets by Valeroo, Ace Dillinger, and John Caffery.

There’s a family-friendly Street Fashion Workshop you can check out as well, which asks you to bring a denim garment to redesign to create your own unique piece of street wear.

The day party kicks off at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. with a performance from Priyanka that’s expected to be electrifying.

You can find The Bentway Block Party underneath the Gardiner at 250 Fort York Blvd on Sunday, August 14.

You can bentway-block-party-tickets-XWPD71″RSVP to the event here.

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FASHION

Savile Row Fights to Stay Relevant as Suits Fall Out of Fashion

(Bloomberg) — When the governor of the Bank of England stood up to address 300 City bigwigs last month, there was a striking difference from previous Mansion House dinners — no-one was wearing black-tie.

The historic relaxation of one of London’s stuffiest dress codes was a relief to many attendees after temperatures struck a record-breaking 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) earlier in the day.

But heat waves and increasingly casual fashion habits pose a headache to one of the capital’s best-known industries on the other side of town: the tailors of Savile Row.

Savile Row has faced a tough time after stores closed during Covid following several years of rising rents, but the latest threats in its 200 years of history are perhaps more subtle and pervasive.

“The boundaries are blurred now” between the office and the outside world, said Nick Paget, senior editor at WGSN, a retail trends forecaster. “The very traditional pinstriped suit starts to feel like an anachronism.”

With many professionals working from home part time and offices relaxing dress codes to entice workers back, a freshly cut suit is losing its appeal. Record-breaking temperatures this summer have put added pressure on formal dress and wealthy Chinese buyers are not able to travel to the UK for their bespoke suits as Beijing persists with its strict zero-Covid policy.

The fundamentals are stark. In the last week of June footfall on Savile Row was more than 40% below the equivalent week in 2019, the second biggest decline among all the nearby roads including Regent Street and Oxford Street, according to New West End Company data seen by Bloomberg News. 

It takes several months to produce a bespoke two-piece Savile Row suit with an average of 60 man hours and multiple appointments for fittings. The average price is

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FASHION

Darken your clothes with the new Market x MCR streetwear drop

The streetwear brand MARKET has released its newest collection in partnership with My Chemical Romance.

MCR is currently in the midst of their 2022 reunion tour.

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The collection includes a shirt emblazoned with a smiley face sporting Gerard Way’s iconic 2005 red and black hair. Additionally, the line features a hat and hoodie that both bear the words “I grew up listening to My Chemical Romance.” The final piece is a bright red sweater marked with iconography representing the band.

Malachi Shockley, Director of Merchandising at MARKET commented on the collaboration in a press release.

“As a teenager, I wanted to rebel, I wanted to do things differently, and MCR was a beacon of light showing me the way,” Shockley says. “From the lyrics to their outfits, they showed me that I could be different and still build a community of like minded people around me. I wasn’t alone with these guys in my headphones. We wanted to share that same energy and spirit through this collection – reminding people that they can change their perspectives and honor their full creative selves.”

The entire collection will be available exclusively on MARKET’s website. Pieces range in price from $45 – $150 and include sizes S-XXL.

 

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