Jordan Outdoor Enterprises, the company behind sports outfitter Realtree.com, filed a lawsuit alleging that Kanye West’s Yeezy brand features unauthorized copies of its trademarked tree camouflage prints. The prints in question appear on men’s and women’s pants and shirts, as well as on a pair of women’s thigh high boots from the Yeezy Season 5 collection.
According to the lawsuit, Yeezy reps reached out to Jordan Outdoor Enterprises in 2016 about a collaboration. Communication broke down after Jordan, which has also worked with cult streetwear brand SUPREME in the past, brought up licensing.
The Yeezy brand still went ahead and released a selection of pieces with camo prints, that as Diet Prada points out, were directly lifted from Jordan Outdoor Enterprises.
Beyoncé stole the show in a golden custom gown by Falguni Shane Peacock to this year’s Wearable Art Gala, hosted by Tina Lawson.
The unique dress was created to fit with the theme of the night — “Waco to Wakanda.”
“We wanted to create an art statement, taking inspiration from the Nubian warrior queen [Amanishakheto],” said designers Falguni and Shane Peacock. “We felt it was the perfect inspiration when designing for such a strong woman like Beyoncé.”
“The metallic cutouts are placed strategically to mimic the shape of armor, as worn by the Nubian armies. The elaborate gold train was added to create a 3-D effect that emphasized royalty. Between the metallic cutouts to the gold dramatic train, we attained an artistic statement while respecting the Nubian inspiration.”
At one point in the evening, Beyoncé changed into a another look — a silky asymmetric dress with gold detailing by Jean-Louis Sabaji.
She accessorized her look with a custom metal headband by Uniquely Wired.
Hair braiders in Tennessee are the latest group of stylists forced to fight criminalization and unnecessary regulations.
According to Forbes, lawmakers in the state are slapping fines on braiding business owners who hire unlicensed braiders. Fatou Diouf, one of the affected braiders, spoke out after being hit with $16,000 in fines over the past few years.
After examining meeting minutes and disciplinary actions for the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners, the Institute for Justice has identified nearly $100,000 in fines levied against dozens of braiders and more than 30 different natural hair shops and salons since 2009. All of those violations were for unlicensed braiding; none were triggered by any health or sanitation violation.
Diouf’s predicament mirrors that of Isis Brantley, a longtime professional hair braider and educator from Texas who has even arrested for failing to comply with regulations that she felt were irrelevant to her business.
While Brantley eventually won the battle against unnecessary regulation in a Texas court, hair braiders across the country continue to deal with the criminalization of their craft.
Brantley isn’t the only braider to take her case to court, similar cases have been filed in Utah and Iowa.
Diouf has also appealed to higher powers in her state. She is currently working with the Institute for Justice and the Beacon Center and has testified in support of a bill that would eliminate the licensing requirement for natural hair stylists working in Tennessee.
Photographer: Luke Gilford
Fashion Stylist: Dogukan Nesanir
Makeup Artist: Deanna Melluso @ See Management using Fenty Beauty
Hair Stylist: Leonardo Manetti @ See Management for IONSTUDIONYC
Producer: Serie Yoon
Photo Assistants: Leonardo Ventura and Franey Miller
Styling Assistants: Denise Rottmann, Helena Kuhnen, and Tabbytha Janeen
Production Assistants: Milo Ben-Amotz and Sarah Mallis
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