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After stunning the world at the Rio Olympics last Summer, gold-medal gymnasts Aly Raisman and Simone Biles are back and better than ever, continuing their pursuit of blowing our minds, this time on the cover of the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The girls are taking the modeling world by storm, and we think they are the perfect candidates for this year’s famed issue.
“Aly and Simone represent all that is beautiful and strong and inspiring in women today,” said MJ Day, SI Swimsuit Issue editor. “Women that are not only elite athletes, that are captivating and impressive in their own professional accomplishments (lots and lots of Olympic gold medals between them), but strikingly sexy and beautiful in front of photographer James Macari’s lens. I love seeing them shine in an entirely different way in the Swimsuit issue and being able to share these gorgeous and powerful images with the world. These women, their beauty, and what they can achieve know no limits.”
There have been so many positive developments in the modeling world with athletes representing modeling campaigns, and now, Aly and Simone are redefining what it means to be a model on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Bravo, girls — another gold medal to add to your collection!
Watch the video above from the 2017 SI Swimsuit photo shoot, and be sure to check out the highly anticipated issue, released in February.
“It was almost like curating a museum,” says Forty Five Ten president and cofounder Brian Bolke on building his new Big D retail mecca—and he’s not kidding. At the Elm Street entrance to the four-story, 37,000-square-foot space in downtown Dallas filled with a rotating collection of blue-chip artwork including Tracey Emin, Catherine Opie, and Juergen Teller, you’ll see a mesmerizing 25-foot tall stainless steel kinetic sculpture, Lucea, by Anthony Howe, the designer of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic cauldron. Meanwhile, the terrace at the Mirador restaurant on the top floor features a bird’s-eye view of sculptor Tony Tasset’s Eye, a veiny, 30-foot scale model of his own eyeball.
The store’s jewelry department features bijoux from Spinelli Kilcollin, Marc Alary, and Aurélie Bidermann, and works from Catherine Opie’s 700 Nimes Road. The renowned photographer took on a challenging documentary project: an “indirect portrait” of Elizabeth Taylor through her home and possessions. Photographs from the collection of 50 works are hung throughout the store.
While Style Across America faces and designers and other fashion folk such as Derek Lam, Adam Lippes, Nicholas Kirkwood, Miroslava Duma, and Leandra Medine (who flew in for the store’s December opening) were busy ogling the decor, they also found tons of great stuff to shop. Bolke reinterpreted Forty Five Ten’s name—the street address of its original McKinney Avenue location—to be about sensory experience: four seasons, five senses, “10 best” edits. It’s the one place where you’ll find Rodarte draperies and Proenza Schouler pants with Proenza Schouler ottomans. All the textiles and furniture were custom made by the design firm Knoll.
The women’s department, located on the store’s second floor. The entire floor is furnished with Knoll furniture, primarily with the Warren Platner 1966 collection in a custom rose gold finish.
“Women in Dallas have an appetite and appreciation and fearlessness about fashion that has allowed me to create a very unique philosophy about what to buy for the store,” Bolke says. “We can go for the more once-in-a-lifetime items and colors and things with embellishments and extreme accessories.” But you’ll also find lots of denim in these galleries. Forty Five Ten is “about expression and emotion,” says vice president, creative director, and fashion director Taylor Tomasi Hill. “Wearing pieces that help express how you feel and make you feel like the best version of yourself—whether that’s jeans or a party dress, flats or sky-high heels.”
The ground floor of Forty Five Ten. An artful Rem Koolhaas fixture showcases the store’s offerings. The Swarovski x Axelrod piece contains 700,000 crystals representing TV pixels.
With a new year brings trends that we’re ready to welcome into the fold and others that can see themselves out. But which is which? Read on for insider info from the pros at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, The Shoebox, and other major retailers.
American Apparel is going Canadian.
The embattled clothing company is closing all of its retail stores and Los Angeles headquarters after its purchase last week by Montreal-based company Gildan Activewear, The Los Angeles Times reported.
All 110 American Apparel stores will close by the end of April, with as many as 3,400 employees expected to lose their jobs. The sale follows the once popular retailer ― whose logo was “Made in America – Sweatshop Free” ― filing for bankruptcy in 2015 and again last November.
“This was always about buying assets out of bankruptcy,” Gildan spokesman Garry Bell told the Times. “The reality is this wasn’t a purchase of an ongoing concern.”
Gildan, whose brands include GoldToe socks and Anvil, has factories in Central America, the Caribbean, Bangladesh and the U.S., according to the company’s website. Currently, the only finished goods produced in the U.S. are socks, the Times reported.
Though the American Apparel brand will reportedly live on, it’s expected to be far different than it is today.
Analysts speaking to The Times forecast that the company likely will not keep its manufacturing operations in California, especially with the state planning to raise the minimum wage. Because Gildan’s clothing is sold through other retailers, the Times suggested that any future American Apparel items will be found in chain stores, like Kmart or Target, or through other wholesale buyers.
The company’s sale comes two years after its controversial Canadian-born founder, Dov Charney, was ousted in 2014 following allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of company funds.
Today he is working on a new business, according to his website, that showcases an ongoing photography project titled “That’s Los Angeles.”