When Courtney Love traded her “kinderwhore” trappings for an Atelier Versace gown that clung to her like Saran Wrap at the 1997 Oscars, some fans felt betrayed—as though their grunge goddess had sold out. But these days, when a young artist like Billie Eilish shows up on a red carpet in Gucci or Chanel, it doesn’t feel like a corporate co-option of a subculture. Instead, musicians like Eilish, FKA twigs, and Solange Knowles have become innovators—molding designer fashion in their images, rather than bending to some outside idea of it. Of course, music has always influenced fashion, but now the relationship between the two feels less like an extreme makeover and more like a collaboration, with pop stars consistently wearing the most daring, directional looks from the runway. Think of Cardi B in floral Richard Quinn, complete with full face mask, or Eilish in an oversize Burberry check ensemble and
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The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and several other Black people who were killed recently sparked protests in streets worldwide, and a movement on social media that saw fashion and beauty companies addressing its lack of representation and announcing plans to remedy its shortcomings. But, rather than wait around for companies to back their words with actions, an army of fashion and beauty’s biggest names is taking matters into their own hands with the debut of The Black Fashion and Beauty Collective.
Spearheaded by hairstylist Lacy Redway, celebrity stylist Law Roach, and stylist and designer of Aliette, Jason Rembert, the non-profit organization’s main objective is build a community of creatives—especially those who do behind-the-scenes work for celebrities—and provide them with resources to help them advance in their respective fields.
As the Black Fashion and Beauty Collective focuses on progression in the industry, the group