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The CFDA Awards’ Most Diverse Year Ever Signals a Larger Shift in the Fashion Industry

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When the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards took place on Monday, there was no star-studded gala like in years past. But, at an event rendered all-virtual by the ongoing pandemic, there was still plenty to celebrate—including the fact that this year’s class of winners is the most diverse in the 39-year history of the awards, with the majority of the day’s American awards going to Black designers.

This year was also the first time that three Black designers have won top CFDA awards in one year and marks only the third time that a Black designer has won American Menswear Designer of the year award. Time 100 Next honoree Kerby Jean-Raymond won the menswear award for his brand Pyer Moss, while Telfar Clemens took home American Accessory Designer of the Year and relative newcomer Christopher John Rogers won American Emerging Designer of the Year.

Fashion historian and curator Darnell-Jamal Lisby says that, while the diversity of these wins is historic for the CFDA specifically, the selection of winners is also an indicator of something changing throughout the industry: a shift in the fashion industry towards authenticity, as opposed to exclusivity.

Pandemic closures have crippled an already struggling retail world, contributing to a wave of department-store bankruptcies, and have disrupted the fashion-week cycle. Meanwhile, well before COVID-19 arrived, fast-fashion companies had disturbed the runway world by speeding copies to consumers. Coupled with a national reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 has been a moment for many to reconsider what kinds of clothing—and by extension, designers and narratives—they want to be associated with.

“This luxury bubble was bound to burst,” Lisby says. “Less and less people are trying to buy into the society that fashion has given them.”

This year’s crop of CFDA winners present an alternative vision of what fashion can offer: a unique way of interacting with an artist’s personal story. That’s something that can’t be summoned in a knock-off, and can work better when consumers are able to feel close to the designer rather than set at a distance by a runway.

“Designers like Telfar, Kerby Jean-Raymond and Christopher John Rogers built stories of who they are, where they come from, their heritage,” Lisby says, “and giving their heritage, their culture and their community a voice.”

Lisby notes that both Jean-Raymond and Clemens didn’t follow industry conventions while growing their businesses. Jean-Raymond didn’t adhere to producing collections with the bi-annual New York Fashion Week schedule, instead choosing to show once a year or when he felt like it. Clemens, who began his line 15 years ago, has also opted out of industry norms, becoming known for unisex offerings and rejecting traditional fashion week showings in favor of performance-art pieces and collaborations with unlikely partners like White Castle and Budweiser.

Lisby points especially to Clemens’ success with his Telfar “shopping bag,” which has garnered a cult following over the last few years as a relatively affordable ‘It’ bag, and as a marker of the power of re-imagining the role of fashion and whom it is for. The bag, which many have dubbed the “Bushwick Birkin,” in homage to the Brooklyn neighborhood and the classic Hermès handbag, became the talk of the Internet this summer when Clemens debuted a pre-sale program that would stop the bags from constantly selling out—thus flouting longtime laws of luxury supply and demand.

Telfar showed that “accessible merchandise that is still fashionable” can compete with more traditional luxury lines, Lisby says, and in fact major designers like Marc Jacobs have recently followed suit by offering more affordable options. “I’m thrilled that you have designers now who are stepping up to the plate and creating fashion that is accessible to the masses and allowing them to partake in enjoying style in these pleasurable ways,” he says. “I do think this is the future of fashion.”

And while Lisby’s unsure whether these CFDA wins mean real change when it comes to diversity for the fashion industry, he sees them as a reason to stay optimistic about the business.

“Within fashion, we’re at this convergence of everything that’s going on. Everything in recent years and recent months, has lead to this point where people are craving something authentic that they can buy into,” he says. “The new game is authenticity. Being true to who you are is something that resonates with people.”

Write to Cady Lang at [email protected]

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What New Mind- Boggling New Twists Can We Expect From Stranger Things Season 4? Here is everything you need to know.

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After a mind-boggling third season finale, fans were pretty much convinced that a Stranger Things season 4 is definitely happening!

What Can We Expect From Stranger Things Season4!

Netflix soon confirmed the renewal.news and alongside released a short reader that answered on of the mot talked about question! Jim Hopper is very much alive and seems to be in a desolated place in Russia with a new avatar. However, considering it is Stranger Things we are talking about, we are really not sure how things are going to turn out in reality!

While there’s still some time before the gang returns with another season of mind boggling twists, Netflix has been posting small teasers and images on social media! From the looks of it, a lot is in store for fans.

 

The series writers team revealed on social media that the script for the fourth season is done, and while production did start for the upcoming new season it had to be halted midway due to the pandemic terror. Moreover, David Harbour has revealed that the release date might get pushed back due to the sudden delay in production. So, the Stranger Things season 4 might be coming sometime around the next year itself. 

With Hopper Being Alive, What Next For Him And The Gang In Season 4?

While Jim Hopper is alive which surely is a relief for fans, we wonder who was the American that the security guards were talking about in the third season finale? Now that Eleven has lost her powers, what will be her next big step and who will rescue Hopper? This social edit image has also revealed the first episode title as well, here it is !

 

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Watch Danny Lee Six-Putt From Four Feet On 18 At The U.S. Open Before Withdrawing

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The U.S. Open is considered golf’s ultimate test. The USGA’s goal with the national championship is to test golfer’s physical abilities and, maybe more than anything, their mental strength.

The 2020 U.S. Open is taking place at Winged Foot, considered one of the most difficult golf courses in America, and with massive, undulating greens, narrow fairways and 4-6 inch deep rough, the last three days of golf have put the world’s best through the ringer. Some have separated themselves at the top, like Matthew Wolff, Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele, and Harris English — the only six golfers not over par through 54 holes.

Others, however, have succumbed to Winged Foot’s will, as the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and plenty of other big names failed to make the weekend. Danny Lee was able to make the cut, but on Saturday he ejected in spectacular fashion on the final hole, six-putting from four feet away for par to card a quintuple bogey 9 on the last.

Lee would slam his putter into his golf bag in frustration as he walked off the green, choosing to withdraw shortly after signing his card for a 78 on Saturday, citing a wrist injury.

Anytime something like this happens and there’s a swift withdrawal for injury it is met with some skepticism, as Lee was clearly done with playing golf at Winged Foot around the time that second putt cruised past the hole, and he began quite literally slapping the ball around towards the cup. Whether the wrist injury was something that was lingering or a convenient excuse not to return to the course on Sunday after that display on 18, Lee’s tournament ended on a truly unbelievable note that shows exactly what the U.S. Open and Winged Foot can do to a golfer, even one of the world’s best.

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Neil Young Announces Track List for ‘Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976’ 10-Disc Box Set

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Neil Young has announced the complete track list for his long-awaited Archives Volume 2 box set along with a release date of November 20th. Spread chronologically across 10 discs, it begins with the songs he recorded shortly after the release of Harvest in 1972 and goes all the way to his March 1976 Asian/European tour with Crazy Horse.

The package has 12 songs that have never been released before this in any format as well as 50 previously unreleased versions of songs. The exact details of the release have yet to be announced, but a post the Neil Young Archives website say it will be “only available on the NYA,” and that preordering will begin October 16th.

The first Neil Young Archives box set was released in June 2009 and covered the birth of his recording career in 1963 all the way through the release of Harvest in 1972. This new set covers a smaller window of time, but he recorded new songs at such an astonishing pace in the mid-Seventies and it was impossible for his label to keep up. Many fans consider this to be the time when he peaked as a songwriter. He’s been gradually releasing material from it for the past few years, most notably the legendary lost 1974 LP Homegrown that finally came out earlier this year.

Archives Volume 2 begins with a disc of songs from 1972 and 1973 titled Everybody’s Alone. “Letter From ‘Nam,” “Come Along and Say You Will,” “Goodbye Christmas on the Shore” and “Sweet Joni” have never been officially shared with fans prior to this.

There’s also new version of Tonight’s the Night with a previously unreleased cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Raised on Robbery” and an unheard jam on the album track “Speaking Out.” The On the Beach period is represented with the 12-song Walk On, which includes new renditions of “Bad Fog of Loneliness” and “Traces” along with the never-before-heard “Greensleeves.”

Disc 6, This Old Homestead, contains the previously unreleased songs “LA Girls and Ocean Boys,” “Frozen Man” and “Daughters” in addition to 13 unheard versions of songs like “Pardon My Heart,” “On the Beach” and “Love/Art Blues.” The birth of the Frank “Poncho” Sampedro incarnation of Crazy Horse can be heard on Dume, which documents the 1975 Zuma sessions. It contains the new song “Born to Run” (not a Bruce Springsteen cover) and unheard takes on “Ride My Llama,” “Powderfinger,” Too Far Gone” and several others.

Look Out For My Love chronicles songs recorded around the time of the aborted CSNY reunion album Human Highway, including the unheard song “Mediterranean” and tunes like “Fontainebleau” and “Midnight on the Bay” that wound up on the 1976 Stills-Young Band LP Long May You Run.

It wraps up with Odeon Budokan, a live album recorded in London and Tokyo on Young’s first tour with the the new Crazy Horse lineup. It’s a mixture of acoustic songs like “Old Man” and “Stringman” with electric takes on “Drive Back,” “Cowgirl in the Sand” and others.

Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976 is just one of several archival Young records in the works. He’s also releasing Return to Greendale, Way Down in The Rust Bucket, a 50th anniversary edition of After The Gold Rush, Carnegie Hall 1970,  Road of Plenty and Noise and Flowers, though exact dates have yet to be announced. (In a separate note on the NY Archives site, Young writes that vinyl plants have been unable to keep to schedule, postponing some releases.)

Here is a complete track list for Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976. (A # signifies an unreleased version of a song, while a * signifies a song that has never been released in any form.)

Disc 1 (1972-1973)
Everybody’s Alone

1. Letter From ‘Nam *
2. Monday Morning #
3. The Bridge #
4. Time Fades Away #
5. Come Along and Say You Will *
6. Goodbye Christmas on the Shore *
7. Last Trip to Tulsa
8. The Loner #
9. Sweet Joni *
10. Yonder Stands the Sinner
11. L.A. (Story)
12. LA. #
13. Human Highway

Disc 2 (1973)
Tuscaloosa

1. Here We Go in the Years
2. After the Gold Rush
3. Out on the Weekend
4. Harvest
5. Old Man
6. Heart of Gold
7. Time Fades Away
8. Lookout Joe
10. New Mama
11. Alabama
12. Don’t Be Denied

Disc 3 (1973)
Tonight’s the Night

1. Speakin’ Out Jam *
2. Everybody’s Alone #
3. Tired Eyes
4. Tonight’s the Night
5. Mellow My Mind
6. World on a String
7. Speakin’ Out
8. Raised on Robbery (Joni Mitchell song) *
9. Roll Another Number
10. New Mama
11. Albuquerque
12. Tonight’s the Night Part II

Disc 4 (1973)
Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live

1. Tonight’s the Night
2. Mellow My Mind
3. World on a String
4. Speakin’ Out
5. Albuquerque
6. New Mama
7. Roll Another Number
8. Tired Eyes
9. Tonight’s the Night Part II
10. Walk On
11. The Losing End #

Disc 5 (1974)
Walk On

1. Winterlong
2. Walk On
3. Bad Fog of Loneliness #
4. Borrowed Tune
5. Traces #
6. For the Turnstiles
7. Ambulance Blues
8. Motion Pictures
9. On the Beach
10. Revolution Blues
11. Vampire Blues
12. Greensleeves *

Disc 6 (1974)
The Old Homestead

1. Love/Art Blues #
2. Through My Sails #
3. Homefires
4. Pardon My Heart #
5. Hawaiian Sunrise #
6. LA Girls and Ocean Boys *
7. Pushed It Over the End #
8. On the Beach #
9. Vacancy #
10. One More Sign #
11. Frozen Man *
12. Give Me Strength *
13. Bad News Comes to Town #
14. Changing Highways #
15. Love/Art Blues #
16. The Old Homestead
17. Daughters *
18. Deep Forbidden Lake
19. Love/Art Blues #

Disc 7 (1974)
Homegrown

1. Separate Ways
2. Try
3. Mexico
4. Love Is a Rose
5. Homegrown
6. Florida
7. Kansas
8. We Don’t Smoke It No More
9. White Line
10. Vacancy
11. Little Wing
12. Star of Bethlehem

Disc 8 (1975)
Dume

1. Ride My Llama #
2. Cortez the Killer
3. Don’t Cry No Tears
4. Born to Run *
5. Barstool Blues
6. Danger Bird
7. Stupid Girl
8. Kansas #
9. Powderfinger #
10. Hawaii #
11. Drive Back
12. Lookin’ for a Love
13. Pardon My Heart
14. Too Far Gone #
15. Pocahontas #
16. No One Seems to Know #

Disc 9 (1976)
Look Out for My Love

1. Like a Hurricane
2. Lotta Love
3. Lookin’ for a Love
4. Separate Ways #
5. Let It Shine #
6. Long May You Run
7. Fontainebleau
8. Traces #
9. Mellow My Mind #
10. Midnight on the Bay #
11. Stringman #
12. Mediterranean *
13. Ocean Girl #
14. Midnight on the Bay #
15. Human Highway #

Disc 10 (1976)
Odeon Budokan

1. The Old Laughing Lady #
2. After the Gold Rush #
3. Too For Gone #
4. Old Man #
5. Stringinan #
6. Don’t Cry No Tears #
7. Cowgirl in the Sand #
8. Lotto Love #
9. Drive Back #
10. Cortez the Killer #

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