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After His Sneaker Blowout: Nikes Creates Special Sneaker For Zion Williamson,h_1444,w_2832,x_433,y_569/c_fill,dpr_2.0,f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto,w_800/jvetqqzuyjf6fl395drv/zion-williamson-nike-kyrie-4

There were reports that Zion Williamson the Duke big man would wear the Nike Kyrie 4 instead of the PG 2.5s he’d worn during the sneaker blowout seen ’round the world. Instead, Nike reportedly sent a team of specialists down to Durham, North Carolina, to meet with Williamson the day after the mishap. Per Sports Illustrated‘s Jonathan Jones, Duke head coach Michael Krzyzewski said that Nike flew its “top people” to Duke, where they analyzed Zion’s game and the way shoes performed under his 280-plus pound frame. They then took the findings to China where they oversaw the manufacturing of a more resilient and stable sneaker, which was the revamped Kyrie 4 worn by Williamson last night.

Williamson was asked how hw liked his new sneaks. “The shoes were incredible this game,” Williamson told CBS’s Kevin Skiver. The college phenom was also asked about the specific changes Nike made to the pair. “I couldn’t really specifically tell you if I wanted to,” he said. “I just know they’re a little stronger than the regular Kyrie 4s, so I want to thank Nike for making these, but, yeah, they felt very comfortable.”

Paris Working Toward Being The Capital of Fashion By 2024



Frédéric Hocquard, deputy to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in charge of cultural diversity and nightlife; Antoinette Guhl, deputy in charge of social economy and solidarity, and Isabelle Lefort, a former fashion journalist, launched “Paris Good Fashion,” an initiative aiming to push the fashion industry towards adopting more sustainable practices.

Over the next five years — the projected end date will be 2024 — Paris Good Fashion will bring together a cast of diverse fashion players joining forces to work on becoming more eco-conscious.Paris Good Fashion is an open community regrouping fashion professionals, brands, entrepreneurs, designers and experts who will be working together to establish a roadmap of the steps that can be taken to make Paris the sustainable capital of fashion.

Their task to invent a new future for fashion and their role is to encourage creation while fighting against climate change, to continue production in France while protecting natural resources and to develop our industry while looking out for our artisans. I hope this day marks the beginning of a collective movement within the fashion industry.”

Russia’s Counterfeit Culture


It appears that Russia has a thriving market for fake street wear. Russia’s fragile economy, international sanctions and low wages has kept demand for fakes alive and well. 


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“Calling All Creators

adidas has united some of the biggest names in sport, music, and fashion in one room, and turned their discussion into a minute-long film titled “Calling All Creators.”

Sport pros include FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba from Manchester United, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike. There’s rapper Pusha T and producer Pharrell Williams, while designer Alexander Wang and supermodel Karlie Kloss fly the fashion flag.

Can You See Someone You recognize?





Many of these creators also dabble in more than just their main field. Pharrell Williams runs his own fashion line, while Karlie Kloss has a TV show. Messi founded a charity organization and Pusha T is also a record label president.

Lionel Messi


Pharrell Williams


Karlie Kloss


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More On The Beautiful Blackamoors

Nardi. Venezia, Italy. "Moretto Albero della Vita " brooch with diamonds

Adorned with in gilt and gemstones, blackamoor figures are particularly decorative and are commonly seen as furniture, paintings, jewelry and textiles. They are typically swathed in fine robes and almost always wear turbans. Fashion and beauty icons Coco Chanel and Helena Rubinstein collected blackamoor furniture (two Venetian Blackamoors graced the foyer of Chanel’s Paris apartment. Vogue magazine editor Diana Vreeland had a famous collection of blackamoor jewelry from Cartier and Grace Kelly owned a diamond-encrusted blackamoor brooch from Nardi Jewelers of Venice .One of the Pointer Sisters’, Anita Pointer has some blackamoor pieces in her collection of black memorabilia.  Aleksandr Pushkin kept a blackamoor figurine on his desk; it reminded him of Abram Petrovich Gannibal, his great-grandfather, an African slave who became a successful Russian general and military engineer.The most famous blackamoor figure is the gem-studded Mohr mit Smaragdstufe, which translates to “Moor with Emerald Cluster” . Created by Balthasar Permoser in 1724, it is housed in the Grünes Gewölbe museum in Germany. see below

At times blackamoors are depicted as exotic noblemen, while at others such as statues, take on positions of servitude, as footmen or waiters. Their noblemen status dates to the Moorish invasion of southern Italy more than a millennium ago; their roots are steeped in conquest. However, some find blackamoor imagery to be racially insensitive because some of the statues look like servants. This dates to the European courts in which black attendants were dressed in exotic finery – and, some feel, were objectified as ornaments. This was particularly true of the court of Versailles in the 17th century.When Dolce & Gabbana featured blackamoor jewelry and clothing designs in its spring 2013 collection fashion show in Milan, the firm was criticized for being tone-deaf as to what blackamoors can represent. The firm responded that such imagery was a reflection of the Italian firm’s roots in a country in which Moors were of historic significance.

During the 18th century wealthy Venetians employed Moors as bodyguards, as they were impressed by their fighting prowess. The regal bearing of the resulting depictions seem to put these exotic immigrants in high regard; they are beautiful and are not demeaned in any way, as evidenced by this sculpture by Andrea Brustolon (photo, below). 

Blackamoors should not to be confused with emblems of American slavery, such as the more recent “Aunt Jemima” figures. To make this mistake is to make a mistake of history.

In 2011 a diamond, sapphire and gold blackamoor brooch once owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for $60,000 at Christie’s. One look at the piece, photo left, reveals the delicacy and respect with which the piece was created by the famous Giulio Nardi, an artist of jewelry design .


Im only down with blackamoor as long as they are depicted as kings and princes !!! Cartier Oro, diamantes y turquesasBlack figure broochBust Brooch, Blackamoor Venetian Talismano

The inhabitants of the coast wore gold earrings with enamels white and black like amulets to exorcize the danger of pirates or gave to the churches as votive promises. This is for sure the primigenial blackamoor jewelry that anyway arrived in few years to the motherland.

Venetian artisans created various kinds of Moors exploring all kind of jewelry: earrings, brooches, pendants and necklaces with blackamoors in ebony usually adorned with precious stones and enamels. They love to adorn jewels upon black men and women figurines

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A Scone (candle  holder),purchased by Louis XIV in 1684 from the dealer Le Bru m. Said to be a wedding gift from the state of Venice to Henry IV of France and Marie de'Medici in 160o LOUVRE

Egyptian revival hardstone cameo 1880"Blackamoor" Hardstone Cameo Diamond/Gold BroochA Bold Wood, Diamond, Enamel, Pearl and Gold "Blackamoor" Brooch at 1stdibs

18kt Diamond and Pearl Blackamoor | Flickr - Photo Sharing!9a01926f46bb55bbe1d91383025db954.jpg 600×786 pixelsAdditional Art of Medieval and Renaissance era Blacks in EuropeItalian, 17th century cameo  Shoteby's                                                                                                                 CAMEO ...Gioielleria Oreficeria Dogale Venezia. Moretti Veneziani, gioielli fatti a mano. Jewelry Gold Dogale Venice. Moretti Venetians,, jewels handmadebrooch by Pierre Sterlé, 1960 - peridot, citrine, diamonds and carved hematiteCarved Ebony, Diamond and Emerald Blackamoor Clip-Brooch -  Platinum, 79 diamonds ap. 1.90 cts., ap. 14 dwt.Highly Collectible Nardi Blackamoor. Italy. ca. 1950s. Guilio Nardi, founder of the renowned Venetian jewelry house of the same name, first started to design blackamoors in the early 1920s.NARDI Diamond Ruby Black Onyx Yellow Gold Blackamoor Pin Brooch | From a unique collection of vintage brooches at Blackamoor with Turban Inset Jade and Ruby Pendants Pin ClipVERY RARE Butler & Wilson Enameled & Rhinestone Figural  Blackamoor Head Brooch! #ButlerWilsonVictorian Stone Cameo Of A Male And Female Blackamoor, Rose-Cut Diamond And Gold Brooch - French.Beautiful antique Blackamoor cameo19th Century black and white agate cameo depicting a woman in profile, her earring and necklace set with diamonds and pearls, to the black enameled, textured gold and pearl surround, mounted in gold.Askew London blackamoor red glass gold-plated earrings

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Jewelry Lährm Salzburg, JeweleryNARDI Emerald Blackamoor Clip BroochVendôme - Nardi signed Moretti Brooch, made of yellow gold, fire opals, ebony, diamonds and pearls, Venice circa 1940.A ruby, emerald and diamond blackamoor brooch, by Nardi

Blackamoors were a favorite style statement of the Victorian era;Nardi Tiger's Eye Carved Ebony Gold Blackamoor Brooches 3


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Gloria Gaynor To Perform @ Library of Congress


The tribute series is “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque” and it will showcase the music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections. Ms. Gaynor, whose disco hit “I Will Survive” was recently added to the National Recording Registry, is scheduled to perform on May 6 in the Jefferson Building’s Great Hall. That day, she will also be interviewed by the “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts in a symposium

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