TheGrio Style Guide: Balenciaga drops Ye, Telfar trumps Hermés, and is it a baby shower without Burberry?

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After several consecutive weeks of tumultuous drama following his controversial Paris Fashion Week show, news broke on Friday that Balenciaga severed its collaborative relationship with Kanye West. But this week’s fashion news doesn’t stop there. 

Big Sean, a Burberry baby shower guest, kicked off the week with a lot of online commotion. Elsewhere, Method Man got cozy in down jackets for a new campaign for Moose Knuckles, Hanifa hosted a virtual show, luxury brands are partnering with Black designers, Telfar bags reselling for more than double the value of legacy luxury brands such as Hermès, Black women continue killing it on November magazine covers, and more. 

Kanye West (aka Ye) is seen outside Givenchy wearing a Balenciaga mouthguard for boxing during Paris Fashion Week, October 02, 2022 in Paris, France.
(Photo by Edward Berthelot/GC Images)

Balenciaga gives Kanye West the boot…

In a statement to Women’s Wear Daily released Friday, representatives from Balenciaga’s parent company Kering disclosed that there is no longer “any relationship nor any plans for future projects” with Kanye West. 

This announcement comes after West, who now goes by “Ye,” startled, offended, and baffled the masses with increasingly troubling behavior that has included declaring “White Lives Matter” in both his latest Yeezy designs and alongside Candace Owens, insulting and harassing a Black female editor of Vogue, sitting down for an interview with Tucker Carlson, catching a lawsuit from the family of George Floyd, and doubling down on antisemitic rhetoric. 

Notably, Ye opened Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2023 show during the most recent Paris Fashion Week. His partnership with the brand dates back to 2015 when he collaborated with Balenciaga’s Creative Director Demna Gvasalia and his brother Guram Gvasalia on Yeezy Season 1. Demna also worked with West on both his Yeezy Gap collection and the “Donda 2” tour and was present at the entertainer’s most recent presentation. 

News of Balenciaga closing ranks amid the recent controversy comes as a particular surprise given that earlier this year, Demna praised West for being one of the few artists who understood his vision. 

Is your Telfar bag a better resale bet than an Hermés?

Model poses for the Telfar Presentation at New York Fashion Week at BLADE Lounge, September 9, 2018, in New York City.
Photo: Getty Images

A bag by Telfar may be affectionately called the “Bushwick Birkin”; however, according to a new retail report on resale values, the brand’s resale value is double that of legacy brand and actual Birkin maker Hermès, making the nickname more of an actual descriptor. 

This week the luxury resale site Rebag released its latest Clair Report, which details the latest value trends in the everchanging resale market. According to their latest report Telfar bags are currently being resold at an average of 195 per cent of their original retail price. This is impressive when you consider that figure is nearly double what major legacy luxury brands are being resold for, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès. According to this same report, Chanel is currently reselling for an average of 87 percent of its original price; Louis Vuitton is currently reselling for an average of 92 percent; and Hermès is currently reselling for an average of 103 percent. 

A quick search online shows Telfar bags, initially priced in the $150 to $500 range, are on sale at sites like StockX for as much as $1200. 

Thebe Magugu collaborates with Dior for charity

Thebe Magugu attends the SFC x Fashion East x Dazed Party on September 30, 2022 in Paris, France.
(Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for SFC x Fashion East x Dazed)

Dior is collaborating with the South African designer Thebe Magugu on a collection that will benefit fellow South African and Dior ambassador Charlize Theron’s charity Africa Outreach Project

WWD reports that Magugu transformed a cinched jacket into an oversized cotton T-shirt. This allows anyone wearing it to highlight their waist. 

Magugu shared with WWD his feelings about Dior over the years. 

“I’m from a small mining town called Kimberly, a place which sometimes is completely overlooked on certain maps. But even there, people are very familiar with Christian Dior,” Magugu agreed. “It sort of revolutionized how women dress.”

The capsule collection will be limited-edition and available from October 27. ⁠

“Selling Sunset” star Amanza Smith launches jewelry collection

Amanza Smith attends the Amanza Smith for Eden + Elie Jewelry launch event at Harriet’s Rooftop on October 17, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Eden + Elie)

Reality TV star Amanza Smith may be keeping her new boyfriend a mystery until season six of “Selling Sunset” drops, but she isn’t keeping quiet about her first-ever jewelry collection, a collaboration with Eden + Elle called “Spirit of Place.” 

According to WWD, the collection features handwoven earrings, bangles, bracelets, necklaces, and charms in blue, silver, white, black, and gold that evoke a few places of meaning to Smith. 

“Basically, they told me to choose places that really spoke to me, places in the world…So I came up with city, urban and beach,” WWD quoted Smith as saying. 

The line is priced between $69 and $409 for a single woven beads, and will be available online and in-store at Showfields in New York City from Jan. 22.

Method Man stars in Moose Knuckles Icon

Canadian luxury outerwear brand Moose Knuckles is introducing a new “Icons” campaign for the Fall/Winter season starring rapper and actor Method Man alongside actress Natasha Lyonne of “Orange is the New Black” and “Russian Doll.”  

According to Complex, the collection includes fur-lined parkas, bombers, jackets, and vests in black, white, brown, and camouflage print options ranging in price from $595 to $1,450. 

“Both are powerful forces and originators in their respective fields making them perfect choices as the faces of the campaign,” Victor Luis, CEO of Moose Knuckles, made the statement. 

Kicks Crew teams up with NBA All-Star Damian Lillard 

Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard is taking a shot at tech-startup investing with a partnership with digital sneaker platform Kicks Crew

Lillard will be joining the platform as its first “Crew Athlete” and is investing an undisclosed amount into the company according to WWD. 

“I see a real opportunity to not only learn something new but make real contributions that will help develop the business — beyond just putting my name on something…With everything I do, I strive to ensure I’m highly involved and that it is a reflection of my values and priorities,” WWD spoke with Lillard. 

Hanifa hosts a virtual fashion show

A certain generation may recall stumbling upon the Home Shopping Network late at night and becoming entranced as an enthusiastic host sold items live to viewers at home and in the studio. Older generations may remember how fashion shows used be. Some even featured a host or presenter who described the items on the runway. Hanifa founder and Creative Director Anifa Mvuemba channels both classic forms in her latest FW2022 virtual show which debuted on her site Monday. 

During the virtual “see now, buy now” show, a host perches on a light pink suede couch as Mvuemba’s designs are paraded by her on models. Each model stops to allow the host to talk about the items, their style and description. During the show, viewers can also access links to the pieces online to make purchases. 

The FW2022 line continues Hanifa silhouettes with new knit dresses and bold color blocking. It also includes a black and green leather jacket and trench coat. Two new pairs of shoes continue the black and green color theme: a leather boot over-the-knee and a furry strappy shoe.   

If you missed the virtual show, the line, ranging in price from $899 to $129, is available to shop now online

Keke tells Porter about her reign as the Queen of Memes

In the November issue of Porter magazine, Keke Palmer discusses with Hanna Phifer her many achievements, dealing with prejudice in the industry, and, of course, the many memes she’s inspired. The accompanying editorial shoot features Palmer posing in red and pink designer duds ranging from full length skirts to lace catsuits, most of which are on sale at the magazine’s luxury sister site, Net-A-Porter. 

“There’s no moment, and there’s nothing, outwardly, that can make me feel as good as I feel about myself,” Palmer tells Porter. 

Other November cover stars include Lupita Nyong’o, Venus Williams, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; see them all in our gallery below.

Keke Palmer for Porter Magazine

Photo: Milan Zrnic for Porter Magazine

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Lindsay Peoples tells WWD about the ‘fearless usefulness’ of The Cut

Lindsay Peoples, who became the editor-in-chief of The Cut in January 2021, sat down with WWD to discuss what life has been like since taking the helm of the popular fashion and culture vertical.

In the interview, Peoples breaks down how she’s been able to lead heavy reporting and champion Black women in her position. Since becoming editor-in-chief, she’s had Gayle King interview CNN anchor Abby Phillip, and placed Cynthia Erivo, Sandra Oh, Tracee Ellis Ross and Rep. Cori Bush on the magazine’s digital covers. 

Peoples has also given much space to the loved ones of those who were killed in high-profile, police-related shootings.

“Our [Black Lives Matter cover on the 10th] anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s [death] was really important to me…We’ve done some pieces with Breonna Taylor’s family and a piece with Samaria Rice, Tamir Rice’s mom; I wanted to make sure that the experience of a Black mother who is stuck in time and in her pain was really given space on our platform,” She stated that she was proud of her statement. 

Peoples recalls her early days as Teen Vogue’s assistant. She is open about how being Black has impacted the career of her. 

“People never understand that when you are a person of color, you just have a different responsibility,” She said. “Everyone has to choose how much of that they take on. It is something that I literally wake up and think about every single day.”

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