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The Chicago natives cruise through Sun Valley in their latest visual.
Martins Licis, a 28-year-old from the USA, won the Bradenton, FL event. Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland earned second place (and an unofficial first for having the hardest name to pronounce), and Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland), who suffered a foot injury during Day One, took third.
Bjornsson, aka The Mountain, wasn’t the only competitor to suffer an injury. Great Britain’s Laurence Shahlaei and Iceland’s Sigfus Fossdal both tore their Achilles tendons and dropped out of the competition on Day One. Then, during a head-to-head 441-pound Atlas stone load for max reps on Day Three, American Robert Oberst tore his bicep, which you can see below.
For Licis, who placed second at the Arnold Strongman Classic in March, this is a monumental victory that has cemented him as a dominant competitor for years to come. For four-time World’s Strongest Man winner Brian Shaw, who placed sixth, this could be a sign of slowing down. After all, Shaw is 37, almost a decade older than Licis and seven years older than Bjornsson (who won WSM last year).
Here are the official placings, compliments of barbend.com.
1. Martins Licis (USA)
2. Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland)
3. Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland)
4. Jean-François Caron (Canada)
5. Tom Stoltman (Great Britain)
6. Brian Shaw (USA)
7. Luke Stoltman (Great Britain)
8. Trey Mitchell (USA)
9. Adam Bishop (Great Britain)
10. Konstantine Janashia (Georgia)
The Internet is catching on to a new slap-happy Russian competition in which female fitness enthusiasts take turns slapping each other’s butts. This booty-smacking match is officially titled the “Russian Female Slap Contest” and is apparently the female equivalent of the “Male Slap Contest,” which sees men go at one another slap-for-slap (to the face) until someone cries uncle. During the booty-centric variation of the competition, the women aim to knock their opponents off balance, according to Fox News.
Don’t believe us? You can watch highlights on YouTube here:
The event reportedly debuted for the first time this year at the Yashankin Cup bodybuilding competition. A spokesperson for the Generation Iron Network, who was in charge of media for the event, told Fox that all of the competitors work as fitness influencers and models, but that the slap contest was open to anyone who wanted to participate.
It hasn’t been reported what the booty-slap champ would actually win, but two women receive what appear to be gift bags in the video. One of them was model Anastasia Zolotaya, who boasts more than 475K followers on Instagram.
Факты обо мне, после прочтения которых, барабанная дробь, — ничего не произойдёт ⠀ •в школе я хотела быть писателем , в институте мечтала открыть свой спа-салон; в итоге у меня образование дизайнера и я фитнес-тренер)) ⠀ •я не делала пластику груди и она не сильно худеет на сушке. Оба факта абсолютная правда. И да, если у вас большое количество молочной железы у вас тоже грудь будет худеть меньше, чем у остальных. А пластику пока делать не планирую ⠀ •в школе я избивала мальчиков))) Ровно как и сама получала. Ровесники нормально давали сдачи , а вот мелких можно было позадирать. Вообще в школьное время я помню много интересных баталий, например была ситуация ,когда мы стали драться с девочкой рюкзаками , а у неё шов после аппендицита разошёлся… 😐 ⠀ •я 2 раза заводила YouTube канал, снимала ролики, но бросала. Хочу, но не могу работать без команды. И очень сложно, когда не можешь заглянуть в будущее и посмотреть, что из этого получится ⠀ •моя последние отношения завязались со слов «привет, как ты?»
In the age of social media, we can only wonder what strange new fitness trend will go viral next. Until then, we can enjoy YouTube videos of Instagram influencers slapping each other on the rump—ya know, to show off their lower-body strength and stability.
“AEW has health care and dental for the performers,” Y2J told the former wrestler and Minnesota governor. “You’re talking about a big sports team mentality instead of the every man for himself mentality the business had for years.”
Although the outcome of their matches might be scripted, many of the injuries wrestlers suffer are not. Performers have chipped teeth, been busted wide open and, in many cases, torn muscles or broken bones mid-match. The physicality demanded of them often comes at a great cost, in more ways than one.
For years, the WWE has come under fire for its treatment of Superstars, most recently by John Oliver in a 23-minute segment on Last Week Tonight. The WWE hires Superstars as exclusive independent contractors, meaning they can’t work for anyone else but they’re still not employees of the company.
Additionally, WWE doesn’t offer health insurance, though it does pay for surgeries if a Superstar gets injured while performing. Ventura asked Jericho if that would change in AEW, or “is it going to continue slave labor in wrestling?”[RELATED1]
Jericho, who will face Adam “Hangman” Page on Aug. 31 in a bout to crown the inaugural AEW World Heavyweight Champion, said he’s an employee of AEW, an aspect that attracted him to the company from the promotion he spent more than 18 years in.
“From a business standpoint, there was no choice,” he said. “AEW was better across the board, from the guarantee I was given, the contract I was given, the employee status, the healthcare.”
At first, it appeared the healthcare benefits would only be available to AEW in-ring talent who were also company executives, like Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks. In May, Rhodes said other wrestlers would receive similar benefits. “There are several wrestlers outside the [executive vice president] element that are going to receive benefits and health care,” Rhodes told Bleacher Report. “That’s a first for wrestling, and these are slow and steady steps and I’m super proud.”
AEW owner and President Tony Khan—who also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars and English soccer club Fulham FC— has also said he’s looking to have a lighter schedule than the WWE, thereby putting less strain on the wrestlers’ bodies.
Numerous WWE Superstars are looking to jump ship to AEW, per various websites, and Jericho believes the offer of healthcare benefits might be one reason for that. “There’s a lot more of that going on, and I think that’s going to continue to grow, which will force eventually WWE to follow suit, or else everybody will want to leave to come to AEW, which is already happening anyway,” he said.
You can see the full interview below (which starts at 14:25):
American powerlifter Amanda Lawrence walked away from her first IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships a very happy camper. The 84-kg lifter clinched a big win over fellow American Daniella Melo, and set three world records along the way.
The pair’s face-off was incredibly hyped ahead of the competition, and boy, did they deliver. Their combined efforts reset all of the world records (squat, bench press, deadlift, and total weight lifted). Their totals ended up being the same, but the deciding factor was Lawrence’s slightly lower body weight—emphasis on slightly. Lawrence weighed in at 83.05kg (183.1 pounds), while Melo weighed in at 83.55kg (184.2 pounds), according to the official scoresheet.
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Aside from the overall win, Lawrence set a squat world record with 536 pounds, a deadlift world record with 556 pounds, and set the record for most weight lifted overall with 1,351 pounds.
For Melo’s part, she absolutely crushed it on the bench, setting a new world record with a 302-pound lift.
She also totaled an incredible 1,351 pounds, but again, Lawrence took the record by virtue of her lower weight.
Both women did a solid job of representing the USA at the international competition, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. It surely won’t be the last time they compete, and there’s no doubt they’ll keep it exciting as they strive for more wins and world records.
Olympic and professional athletes have them. So do bodybuilders, longshoremen, lumberjacks, and pretty much anyone we innately identify as a pillar of strength. In fact, of all the muscle groups, it is the one that most clearly distinguishes a longtime athlete from a guy who’s just figuring out the whole gym thing. It’s the deltoids, aka shoulders, and with a broad, meaty pair, you, too, can carry the mantle of being distinctly athletic.
This routine should be done at a quick pace, with no more than 30 seconds of rest between sets. Because the deltoids are a fairly small muscle group and the shoulder joint is susceptible to injury, it’s best to keep the weight moderate and the reps generally on the high side, as in 10 to 20. The entire routine should take you no more than a half-hour to perform, and you should do it twice per week.
You’ll notice that every exercise in this routine is performed seated. There are two reasons for that: 1) Most shoulder exercises are conducive to body English; we tend to swing the dumbbells as we tire during lateral and front raises and excessively arch our backs during presses. 2) We expend more energy stabilizing through each rep of exercises in which we stand. By sitting, we can channel all our resources for the task at hand.[RELATED1]
Unlike with the Gronks and Mannings of the world, football wasn’t ingrained in Tuzar Skipper’s family tradition, but it’s clearly in his DNA. “It was something I wanted to do in high school,” Skipper says. “I didn’t have a football background, so I was just jumping right into it. It was one of those stories—you try it and it turns out you’re pretty good at it, so I just continued with it.”
It wasn’t long before his natural talent, coupled with his imposing 6’3″, 250-pound frame, had him turning heads at the University of Toledo, where he and his coaches began setting their sights on pro-level dreams. “I knew it was kind of far-fetched, but hey, might as well shoot for the stars,” Skipper says.
He credits much of his athletic development to the TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, NJ, and supplementing with CarnoSyn. “My goals were to get bigger, faster, and stronger. At TEST, they helped me do exactly that,” Skipper explains. “Kevin Dunn is the overseer of things there, and he’s just a scientist when it comes to building strength and conditioning. He helped me understand the science behind the sport.”
Dunn carefully prescreens TEST athletes to tailor training and nutrition programs that involve grueling schedules of six days a week with two sessions a day, plus he creates custom meal preps based on their weight and body-comp goals. Dunn also starts all his athletes on a supplementation program. “Supplements containing CarnoSyn and SR CarnoSyn beta-alanine have been our secret weapon,” Dunn says. “Beta-alanine is a lactic acid buffer, allowing athletes to push through barriers we never thought possible.”
The mentorship from TEST combined with CarnoSyn took Skipper’s strength and physique gains to new heights. “In just four months supplementing with CarnoSyn, I’ve definitely gotten stronger. I have a lot more energy, and I’m more fired up,” Skipper says. “I started at 19 reps for the 225-pound bench press, and now I’m at 31. I went in weighing 236 pounds, and now I’m at 250. Plus, the recovery is so much easier with CarnoSyn. It helps me get back to training the next day right where I left off.”
Skipper’s hard work and planning are paying off—in May, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers after attending the team’s three-day rookie minicamp.
Dunn sees Skipper as the model for what a program like TEST and proper supplementation can do for an athlete’s performance. “Tuzar is the perfect example of how we took an athlete already in great shape and pushed him through barriers and plateaus he never before achieved,” Dunn says.
It’s an early spring morning. As I sit on my porch meditating and enjoying my view of Los Angeles, I contemplate the journey of my life. I reflect with gratitude on what a blessed life I’ve lived. Combing through the memories of my career in bodybuilding, I ponder many things: the questions people ask me about my eight Ms. Olympia titles, what inspired me to pursue a career in bodybuilding, and what life as a champion is like after the applause ends.
I was introduced to the world of women’s bodybuilding when I found a copy of Joe Weider’s Muscle & Fitness magazine on a high school bus. Curiously flipping from page to page, I came across a picture of Carla Dunlap, the reigning Ms. Olympia champion. I had never seen such incredible upper-body muscularity on a woman. Interested and intrigued, I found this type of strength in a woman to be attractive. At that time in the late 1970s, female bodybuilders had the level of muscularity that we see on figure competitors today. My ambitious nature encouraged me to think outside the box, and my curiosity peaked as I contemplated how I would look if I were to train with weights. Little did I know that fate would soon intervene to answer that question.
As a young lady growing up in Detroit, education and athletics were my top priorities. My main goal in life was to graduate from college, and my second goal was to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. In 1984, I graduated from Western Michigan University, accomplishing my first goal. And when I made the cut as one of 45 girls selected for the upcoming Dallas Cowboys season, it appeared I was well on my way to my second goal. However, due to a conflict of interest between the NFL and the USFL Michigan Panthers, I was told to return the following year. I was also told to lose weight before returning for the next NFL season. The problem, however, was that I was athletic, not overweight. A bodybuilding analogy would be that I had the muscle mass of a physique competitor, versus a bikini competitor.
I was disappointed to see the door closing on my dreams of professional cheerleading—but a new and marvelous adventure was about to begin for me. I decided to embrace the physique I was given and enter the world of women’s bodybuilding. After a few years competing in local contests, I turned pro in 1989. I also had the fortunate opportunity to be introduced to Joe Weider, the man whose magazine I found on that bus back in high school. I went on to win six consecutive Ms. Olympia titles. I then retired from the sport for five years to pursue business and entrepreneurial interests. But in 2002, at age 40, I returned to the competitive arena to compete for and win the Ms. Olympia title two more times, making me an eight-time Ms. Olympia title winner.
Retirement from competition has been good to me. I currently produce two IFBB Pro League Olympia-qualifier shows and three NPC National-qualifier shows, being held on July 13 in Norfolk, VA, August 17 in Detroit, MI, and an exciting addition just announced for April 2020 in Savannah, GA. The most rewarding part of being a contest promoter is sending pro athletes to the Olympia stage and pro female bodybuilders to the IFBB Professional League Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix World Championship. As the main sponsor of my events, Wings of Strength has helped make them all great successes. And for the first time in 2019, Wings of Strength is sponsoring the Olympia Weekend.
Currently, I’m the owner of Crystal Planet Nutrition, the spokeswoman for Wings of Strength, and a senior editor at Digital Muscle. I am excited about what the future holds for the women of bodybuilding, and I’m embracing all the wonderful opportunities the sport has given me.
Lenda Murray – Vital Stats
BORN: February 22, 1962; Detroit, Michigan
HEIGHT: 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
WEIGHT: Contest: 150–153 lb (68–69 kg); Off-season: 158–164 lb (72–74 kg)
PRO DEBUT: IFBB Ms. Olympia, 1990
BEST WIN: Ms. Olympia champion (heavyweight and overall), 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, and 2003
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Style queen Madonna traipsed through JFK Airport today in New York wearing a multicolored, patterned tracksuit true to her own style. The performer was all smiles as she made her way through the arrivals terminal with a backpack and a small piece of luggage in hand.
The singer paired the look with Louis Vuitton sandals that incorporated the luxury house’s famous monogram printed on straps with gold buckles; she teamed them with a pair of black ankle socks.
The 60-year-old’s black tracksuit featured illustrations of rain clouds, stick figures, arrows and “county of Milan” emblazoned across the bottom of the hoodie.
She completed her outfit with pink-sunglasses and a black Yankee puffer coat with lace trim at the wrists.
In May, Madonna started buzz about her new album and new persona, Madame X, who has been sporting an eye patch during appearances and performances. Most recently, she entertained guests at the Billboard Music Awards performing the cha cha cha in heels.
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“My heels got a little lower,” Arielle Charnas said when asked what has changed since becoming a mom. FN caught up with the influencer behind Something Navy last month on the set of a photo shoot in New York.
The 32-year-old, who launched Something Navy as a fashion blog in 2009 and has since turned it into a full-fledged lifestyle brand, has garnered 1.5 million followers across her social media channels, with help from her two children, Ruby Lou, 3, and Esme Rae, 1.
Fans of Charnas have become enthralled with her life, where seemingly nothing is off-limits.
“What sets me apart is that a lot of these girls focus on beautiful images, the traveling, the extravagant trips, whereas I’m just at home hanging out in my apartment. It’s not that it’s more real; it’s just a different lifestyle,” she explained in FN‘s May 27 cover story.
Charnas constantly posts her family life on Instagram and Instagram Stories, and she is no different in person. On set, the influencer was busy singing “Baby Shark” for wide-eyed Esme, to get her to smile for the camera, while Ruby was simultaneously posing for photos and fussing for French fries.
Here, in a behind-the-scenes video, she talks about naming her children, giving advice to new moms and finding balance.
Click through the gallery to see more behind-the-scenes shots of Charnas and her kids.
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As more brands continue to experiment with nontraditional seasons and see-now-buy-now models, the resort ’20 season has been difficult to pinpoint. When does the season begin and when does it end? Some brands, like Balenciaga and The Row, are still on pre-fall ’19 collections, while others are jumping right into spring ’20 (Alexander Wang).
The resort season may always seem a bit odd (beachy sandals next to holiday heels and cold-weather-friendly boots?), but it also offers a simultaneous snapshot of the past, present and future and how bigger-picture trends will gel. Here are six trends and ideas to take away from the fluidity of the season:
1. Boots keep kicking
Given how much buyers invested in boots for fall ’19, it’s no surprise to see that they are continuing through to resort. Expect more neutrals, simple silhouettes and styles that can continue to carry over.
2. Animal print has reached fever pitch
Leopard midi skirts unite: Animalia print, whether in ubiquitous leopard or abstract zebra, continues to create urban jungles in look books, street style shots and e-commerce carts around the world.
3. Platforms continue to step up
Fall ’19’s most powerful footwear trend gets a leg up for resort, with both practical and exaggerated vintage-inspired styles.
4. Orange is the new…
Power red has transformed itself into a power persimmon that packs just as much punch.
5. Dot dot dot
The polka dot might be resort’s favorite print. Classic but whimsical and suited for both coats and swimsuits, it came back yet again for resort ’20.
6. Power romance means women can have it all, sartorially speaking
The romantic midi dress continues its reign, but a styling swap to menswear brogues and boots — plus a distinct mash-up of tailored pieces with frilly flats — keeps things both interesting and realistic for the modern working woman.
Watch FN’s video with Designers Tory Burch and Tabitha Simmons below.
Today’s footwear brands know consumers are looking at more than the styling and quality of the products they buy. They are keeping an eye on the business practices behind the brands, especially when it comes to fair labor practices.
Pentland Brands, which owns SeaVees, Red or Dead and Mitre, in addition to serving as global licensee for Karen Miller footwear and Kickers in the UK, as well as a joint venture partnership for Lacoste footwear, has launched a new ethical trade app to help people throughout its supply chain spot potential trade issues.
The app, “Everyone’s Business,” is designed to engage and educate employees in responsible labor sourcing. It is a smart phone tool designed to help all factory-facing employees maintain fair labor standards and human rights across the supply chain.
The app educates users on the risks of modern slavery and facilitates the reporting of any issues of potential issues identified by capturing users’ observations and relays any concerns to a dedicated in-house corporate responsibility team. It provides a way to access timely and accurate information, engage with suppliers and encourage responsible labor sourcing.
The app can be used by merchandisers, quality managers and buyers, as well as employees that frequently visit suppliers. And, it can be used in any country where Pentland’s brands have suppliers.
“Whilst three are other freely available apps that provide information on supply chain ethical trade issues, what’s unique about ‘Everyone’s Business’ is that it facilitates a two-way conversation between us and our supply chains,” said Sara Brennan, head of corporate responsibility for Pentland Brands. “We’re really proud to be helping our colleagues to better understand, identify and report ethical trade issues as they arise. It allows our colleagues to speak up if they have concerns, in a consistent way that’s recordable and transparent. Ultimately, it helps us continue to operate to high labor and human rights standards. As a business, we believe in doing the right thing, not the easy thing, and this app helps us to make better, more informed ethical decisions.”
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Hear the advice shoe designers would give their younger selves.
Gloria Vanderbilt, who died in her home in New York this morning at 95, may have been the original influencer.
The heiress of a railroad and steamship fortune, she inherited a reported $2.5 million in 1925, which is the equivalent of nearly $36 million today. Still, Vanderbilt made her own mark in the fashion world. In addition to creating a ready-to-wear collection, she built a $100 million fashion empire by putting her surname on designer jeans and eventually shoes. By 1979, her line was making a reported $150 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Her unique style and tumultuous family life frequently made headlines — from her socialite mother. who abandoned little Gloria to travel the globe after her father died, to heated celebrity love affairs (including with Frank Sinatra) and then the tragic death of her son Carter Vanderbilt Cooper.
Vanderbilt tapped into the jean industry in the mid-1970s, a time when denim was mostly cut for men. Stitching her famous last name on the rear pockets of denim trousers, Vanderbilt became a sensation in the fashion industry.
She is widely recognized as one of the first to capitalize on a high-society family name by stamping it on clothing and eventually on scarves and shoes.
According to the New York Times, the heiress hasn’t been a part of the Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Corporation since it was sold to the Jones Apparel Group in 2002 for $100 million.
In her lifetime, Vanderbilt became a fixture in the New York fashion scene. Her creative spirit and fascinating life prompted her to pen several books of her own, including a book with her son, CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.
The two were also profiled in the 2016 HBO documentary “Nothing Left Unsaid,” which chronicled Vanderbilt’s life.
But even at 95, Vanderbilt’s curiosity for life and pursuit to create never seemed to wane. The socialite even had an active Instagram account documenting yet another successful creative endeavor she embarked on during her lifetime: her art.
Earlier this month, she was diagnosed with advanced-stage stomach cancer.
Click through the gallery to see more of her iconic looks through the decades.
Designers Tory Burch and Tabitha Simmons talk balancing career and motherhood in the video below.
When it comes to technical glitches, Target Corp. couldn’t catch a break over the weekend.
Scores of the chain’s shoppers took to social media on Saturday to bemoan a two-hour long cash register outage that hit stores nationwide — preventing customers from completing transactions in Target’s physical locations for that short period of time and costing the retailer several millions in sales, according to several expert tallies. Less than 24 hours later, on Sunday, a smaller number of its outposts were hit with a data-processing issue that meant those locations were unable to accept credit cards for about 90 minutes.
Target — which logged total sales of $74.4 billion in fiscal year 2018 — is only a few years removed from a historic data breach that affected over 40 million consumers during the 2013 holiday season and resulted in an $18.5 million company payout to shoppers in 2017. While it confirmed that this past weekend’s events did not constitute a data breach — and that “no guest information was compromised at any time” — some experts say the company should be mindful of the compounding impact of a series of high-profile tech hiccups.
“[This kind of thing] happens every day and all the time, but unless there’s a situation such as Target where a lot of people become aware at the same moment that there’s a technology glitch, there’s not so much of an outcry,” explained Kristina Podnar, a digital policy consultant, when asked about Target’s weekend cash register snafu. “It is not so much of a big deal for Target’s system to be down for an hour or two but it really is a big deal on [heavy shopping days such as] Saturday and Sunday — [and this] is an ongoing issue from the brand perspective. It [degrades] the Target brand.”
For what it’s worth, Target has enjoyed multiple quarters of sales gains since its headline-making data breach six years ago. Meanwhile, its omnichannel strategy — which includes being a pioneer of buy online and pick up in store — has been widely lauded by experts as both effective and worth replicating across retail. Last February, for example, Target became the first nationwide retailer to offer same-day delivery in major metropolitan cities following its acquisition of grocery delivery service Shipt.
As far as brand reputation and consumer affinity, that’s also remained fairly solid, too — even growing over the years.
“Target comes from a place where they have a very strong brand to start with — there’s a strong loyalty among consumers [as well as an] affinity for the brand,” said Deb Gabor, CEO of Sol Marketing. “So when something like this happens, it enables people to forgive them.”
She added, “We’re willing to give them a chance, and we give them a pass [in spite of] the threat of the data breach a few years ago because they offer something above and beyond and that far outweighs the risk on the [data] side.”
Still, as the retailer — with 1,800 stores and 350,000-plus employees worldwide — moves to take a bigger slice of the e-commerce pie and become a formidable digital competitor against Amazon and Walmart, Podnar believes how it handles its latest glitch is critical.
“Someone in management at Target [has to say] ‘This is not just about a 90-minute one-day outage because [a third-party vendor] did something wonky because of technology — this is a bigger issue [for]our brand,’” Podnar said. “Not only is Target trying to keep itself playing in this physical field, but they’re trying to go up against Amazon and do one-day delivery. If they want to compete with the big guys, they have to step it up because they can’t have this kind of thing happening, and they can’t [risk] the brand degradation that it brings.” (It’s worth noting that Amazon has had its own share of technical glitches, which can sometimes prove tough to avoid in the digital realm, Podnar noted.)
While Gabor said she sees this weekend’s issues blowing over quickly among consumers, she, too, agrees that Target’s next tech move has to be its best move.
“Target, from a brand perspective, is not on the precipice of one foot in the grave and the other one on the banana peel. But if they continue to have issues and technology becomes of a greater concern to more people, that can put the brand at risk,” Gabor noted.
For their part, it seems Target investors were also grappling with some lingering concerns from over the weekend. The retailer’s stock spent all of Monday in the red — slipping as much as 2% and ending the trading day down less than 1% to $87.14.
Variety is the spice of life — or at least it was at Milan Men’s Fashion Week. So far, the spring ’20 season is full of hybrids of all shapes and sizes, riffing off sandals, sneakers and everything in between. There was a concerted effort to make dressier styles more sporty, like Santoni’s dress-sneaker hybrid. There were plenty of angular toes — perhaps a workaround on the divisive square toe (a detail that tends to land on menswear’s DON’T lists). And hiking fashion continues to go full speed ahead, with traditional hiking boots (Tod’s), trail runners and other sturdy shapes accompanying the many pockets and cargos that men were wearing on the runways.
Here are the top 10 shoes of Milan Men’s Fashion Week that are giving the men’s market new life:
1. Giuseppe Zanottis’ canvas tie-dye Chelseas
2. A Church’s boot that’s both technical and elegant
3. Fendi’s super-strappy mandal
4. Jimmy Choo’s Dipped Diamond sneaker
5. Versace’s leopard boots
6. Palm Angels sideways sneaker
7. Santoni’s wear-to-work sneaker
8. Color-blocked hikers from Tod’s
9. Geometric toes from Magliano
10. Buscemi’s undone hiker-duck hybrids
Pop star Taylor Swift wore rainbow platform Christian Louboutins in her star-studded new music video “You Need to Calm Down.”
Swift wore high heals reflecting her position as a powerful female musician; it reinforces the way that platforms have been changing the world for women in the past century. Moreover, the platforms help to change her image as a former teen country singer to a strong, powerful boss in the rough world of the industry.
The shoes coordinates perfectly with the rest of the video, which takes place in a rainbow-filled LGBTQ+ themed trailer park, aligning with the second week of Pride Month in June. Louboutin’s Degratissimo Alta sandals feature an ankle strap with buckle closure, a chunky platform and 5-inch heels; each pair retails for $1,095 on Nordstrom.com.
The star has been working even harder on her initiatives to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, including a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn, a landmark for the gay community, 24 hours after the release of the song on Friday.
The video includes stars like Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds and Tan France, who all play neighbors in the rainbow town.
Swift ended the video with a message: “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.” She requested that viewers sign her petition for the equality act on Change.org.
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On Monday, Chanel proved again that it is in a league of its own.
The luxury brand — one of the very few in the industry that remains privately owned — reported annual results for the second time in its 109-year history, posting sales in 2018 that surpassed $11 billion, up 10.5% year-over-year. CFO Philippe Blondiaux also reiterated the company’s denial that it may pursue a sale or IPO, telling WWD that he thinks “being private and independent is a core part of our model, and it’s a condition of our success.”
The rumors predate the Feb. 19 death of Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director of 36 years, but executives have repeatedly dismissed them — and the company’s latest results bolster their claims that the current arrangement suits them perfectly well.
As for where to look for what’s behind the success? Asia-Pacific is a good place to start. The region saw nearly 20% year-over-year growth in 2018, reaching $4.7 billion in sales and surpassing the brand’s home continent for the first time. European sales were close to $4.3 billion, an increase of 7.8% over the previous year, while sales in the Americas were $2.1 billion, up 7.4% from 2017.
According to consulting firm Bain & Co., Chinese shoppers made 27% of their luxury purchases in China in 2018, up from 23% in 2015. That share is expected to rise to 50% by 2025. It’s an important demographic for any fashion house: Chinese consumers now account for a third of global luxury spending, according to Bain.
Chanel’s latest revenue figures put it in close competition with longtime sector leader Louis Vuitton. While parent company LVMH doesn’t break out sales for individual brands, Forbes estimates Vuitton has annual sales of $15.5 billion.
What sets Chanel apart from Vuitton and most of its rivals, though, is how diversified it is throughout a large range of categories, said Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute. Its beauty business — which is nearly a century old — accounts for about 30% of its sales and remains a popular entry point for younger or less affluent customers.
“People think of Chanel bags or Chanel suits, but the reality is that the company has been very strategically growing itself through beauty, through jewelry and watches in a way that has allowed them to grow profitably at double-digit rates,” he told FN, adding that ready-to-wear is a more significant part of Chanel’s business than it is for most luxury brands.
Footwear, too, is an important sales driver, he said. “The shoes are as coveted or nearly as coveted as the bags and have grown over the years,” he said, adding that footwear has generally been more resilient in the recession.
“I think Chanel has remained a very innovative example to brands when it comes to footwear,” added Robert Burke, chairman and CEO of Robert Burke Associates, a retail and fashion consulting firm.
Under Lagerfeld’s leadership, and with the help of house designer Laurence Dacade, Chanel embraced a wide range of trends and price points, from espadrilles to jelly shoes. “Things that people may not initially think of as pure luxury products, with Chanel’s twist on it and their strong branding, have been very successful with their footwear line.”
The company is a rare holdout on e-commerce for its ready-to-wear, leather goods and footwear. On its website, shoppers can buy makeup, fragrance and eyewear, but other categories are browse-only; to purchase, visitors are directed to call or visit a boutique. Chanel signed a partnership with the e-commerce platform Farfetch in February 2018, but the deal is aimed at enhancing the customer experience in stores through digital integrations rather than selling products online.
Monday’s sales report further demonstrates the scope of the brand’s investments in physical retail: It hired 3,000 new employees in 2018, the majority of whom are working in its store network. According to Burke, the company is also transitioning from commission-based pay to salaried pay for sales representatives, which tends to indicate a longer-term focus on customer service rather than straightforward sales. FN has reached out to Chanel for comment on the transition.
Doubling down on in-person retail is contrary to the direction many of its competitors are going. Online luxury shopping accounts for 10% of all luxury spending, according to Bain, and the share is expected to rise to 25% by 2025.
Burke said, “Chanel has always kind of followed their own beat.”
From the investments the company has made, it’s clear that it sees ample further growth potential in physical retail, even among younger shoppers.
And its stellar performance proves that consumers are still willing to spend in stores for the brand, no small feat.
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After the Toronto Raptors’ glorious NBA Championship victory last week, the celebrations haven’t stopped for sports Canadian fans, including the citywide celebration today on the basketball team’s home turf. Fans gathered on the streets as they watched the athletes drive around and wave.
Star player Kawhi Leonard rode around the city on a float sporting a T-shirt with one of the player’s famous references to his habit of communicating with his teammates during games: “Board man gets paid.”
The team drove around the city with Canadian rapper Drake while fans cheered and chanted “one more year” followed by “Five More Years.”
Leonard was representing his partnership with New Balance by wearing the personalized shirt, which he paired with gray sweatpants.
New Balance Canada also released a video starring Leonard with a special message for his fans. “Kawhi Leonard here y’all. Thank you, Toronto, and the whole country. We are world champions. New Balance, we got now, let’s get it,“ Leonard said.
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Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba promoting their series L.A.’s Finest during the 2019 Monte Carlo TV Festival in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, on June 15, 2019
The 46-year-old Breaking In actress and the 38-year-old Fantastic Four star attended the TV Series Party in trendy platform sandals. Do you prefer Gabrielle’s purple Miu Miu heels or Jessica’s metallic leather Betty sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti?
Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in hot platform heels by Miu Miu and Giuseppe Zanotti
Gabrielle paraded her endless legs in a pale green floral mini dress from Miu Miu.
Jessica opted for an orange silk Felicity maxi-dress from Silvia Tcherassi featuring a plunging neck, voluminous long sleeves, a concealed front fastening, a belted waist, and a flared skirt ($1,985 at Farfetch). She toted a ‘Micro Seaton’ bag that you can purchase at Mulberry.
Tangerine Silvia Tcherassi Felicity Belted Deep V Dress, $1,985 at Farfetch
Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba wear Hermes and Christian Dior on day two of the 2019 Monte Carlo TV Festival in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, on June 15, 2019
For the opening ceremony of the 2019 Monte Carlo TV Festival on Friday, Jessica wore a Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2019 gown. Her co-star picked a maxi dress from the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019 Collection.
Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union got the honor of posing with Albert II, the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco, during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Monte Carlo TV Festival in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on June 14, 2019
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Tiffany Haddish at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on June 15, 2019
The 39-year-old The Kitchen star flaunted her legs in a silver Jonathan Simkhai dress featuring one long sleeve, a sexy slit, and a random shoulder bow.
Tiffany Haddish’s silver Jonathan Simkhai dress
Tiffany Haddish did not impress in her ill-fitting dress
Tiffany Haddish displayed her sexy toes in glittering Nudist sandals
Tiffany Haddish’s hot feet in Stuart Weitzman shoes
The gorgeous comedienne also showed off her enormous big booty.
Tiffany Haddish likes showing off her big booty
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Sydney Sweeney, whose height is 5′ 3½” (1.61 m), was too short for her black and silver Rasario Fall 2018 dress at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Saturday.
Sydney Sweeney blows a kiss at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on June 15, 2019
Best known for her roles as Haley Caren on In The Vault, Emaline Addario on the Netflix series Everything Sucks!, and as Eden in the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, the 21-year-old American actress styled her dress with black satin Georgina sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti.
Sydney Sweeney didn’t have the height to wear her dazzling gown
It just shows how hard it can be to wear a maxi dress when you’re relatively petite.
Sydney Sweeney showed off her feet in Giuseppe Zanotti sandals
Earlier the same month, she also walked the red carpet in a Miu Miu dress and Irene Neuwirth jewelry at the premiere of her HBO series Euphoria at the Arclight’s Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Which of the two outfits do you like better?
Sydney Sweeney in a Miu Miu dress at the premiere of her HBO series Euphoria at the Arclight’s Cinerama Dome in Hollywood on June 4, 2019
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Aubrey Plaza flaunted her slender legs at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Saturday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Aubrey Plaza flaunted her legs in a black sequinned mini dress
The 34-year-old Legion actress sparkled in a black sequinned mini dress from Miu Miu featuring a contrasting collar, a frill trim, long sleeves, contrasting cuffs, a rear keyhole detail, a back button fastening, and a straight hem. Her dress just sold out at Farfetch.
Sarah Ramos and Aubrey Plaza attend the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019, in Santa Monica, California
Aubrey Plaza wore Carbon & Hyde earrings and jewelry by Stephen Webster and Eriness
Dripping in opulent crystals, her glossy metallic silver leather sandals indulge in a moment of grandeur glamour. They are set on a mirrored block heel, creating eye-catching glimmer with every step.
Embellished Metallic Leather Sandals, $1,505 at Mytheresa
Earlier this year, Aubrey also paraded her hot legs in a Galvan dress and Brian Atwood shoes for the Legion panel during 2019 WonderCon in Anaheim, California.
Aubrey Plaza flashed her incredible legs on the red carpet for the Legion panel during 2019 WonderCon in Anaheim, California, on March 29, 2019
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