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Mabel's new Kangol clothing line is inspired by her mum, rapper Neneh Cherry's early '90s style.

The "Don't Call Me Up" British R&B singer teamed up with Kangol and retailer H&M for the new line - acting as a co-collaborator and the face of the new collection from the streetwear brand.

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Speaking to Vogue about her decision to team up with the firm, Mabel explains she was inspired by some of the Kangol outfits worn by her mum, who scored chart success with hits including "Buffalo Stance" and "Kisses on the Wind," as a pop star in the late 1980s and early '90s.
 

"I remember my mum wearing Kangol when I was growing up and, you know, thinking in general that she was not just a great mum but also such an inspiration – such an icon to have in the house," Mabel explains. "I was very conscious that she wasn't a regular mum, she was a cool mum!"

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Stylish Neneh, now 56, is seen wearing a red Kangol cap and sheepskin duster in London in 2001.

Mabel inherited some of her mum's old clothes, with Neneh passing on her outfits from her younger years to her daughter - but the 24-year-old hasn't bagged any of her mum's Kangol streetwear attire yet, as her mum still looks great in it.

"I have a couple of pieces that she wore when she was my age, which is such an honour," Mabel reveals. "She still has amazing style, but, back then, her wardrobe in like, the '90s to the early 2000s was unreal. I got this '90s Alaia bodysuit that I literally live for; it looks so perfectly tailored and still so fresh. No streetwear yet because she still wears and looks amazing in all that stuff – I'm sure that at some point I will (inherit it)."

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Neneh is pictured performing at the Big Chill Festival in Herefordshire, England in 2011.

Speaking about the inspiration behind her Kangol designs, Mabel adds: "I wanted to make something comfy but still wearable; you could dress them up or down. That’s always really important to me, being busy, and quite often having to go from day-to-night, and (always) on-the-go."

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The internet is debating whether singer Monica rocked a hand-sewn imitation Fendi outfit for her Versuz battle with former nemesis Brandy Norwood.

Lipstick Alley denizens and gossipmongers spent hours picking apart Monica's outfit down to the stitching.

They zoomed in on the loose threads and what appeared to be part of a zipper sticking out of her top.

Verzuz viewers must have thought the outfit was authentic Fendi. They called the Atlanta store the next morning hoping to purchase it. But store employees broke the bad news that the outfit wasn't an original Fendi look.

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What gave it away? Maybe it was the slipshod handiwork of whomever Monica hired to stitch the outfit together.

One LA denizen wrote, "She needs to come up to nyc and visit dapper dan....no shade tho."

Another wrote: "They were calling Fendi for this? Monica looked a mess. Those colors are not good for 'tv'. And the all over print? Come on now, Mo. Not even going to touch Brandy’s choices..."

And a third wrote: "Not saying its real or fake but why would someone like Monica wear fake fendi on something that would have alot of viewers?? That stitching is looking sus tho. And then what's that black piece sticking out?"
 

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Deon Cole would like the opportunity to explain the effeminate Gucci outfit he wore to the 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards this past weekend.

Cole was ridiculed and insulted in every way possible after he wore a blue crushed velvet suit with bell bottom pants to the awards show.

The visual was too much for some women to handle. The men took Cole's attire personally - as if his attire was an affront to their manhood.

Cole has been receiving death threats on social media.

Cole took to Instagram on Monday to explain that he will address the controversy on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Cole, 48, is an actor, comedian best known for his role on the TV sitcom Black-ish.

Questions: What do you think he will say? How can he explain this to your satisfaction? Are you ready to concede another masculine Black man to the other side?
 


 

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Supermodel Bella Hadid strut her stuff on the runway during the Alberta Ferretti S/S 2020 runway show as part of Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy.

I love the looks in this collection. Your auntie would rock every outfit, except for the dresses.

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Bella, 24, is currently single after breaking up with emotionally unavailable 30-year-old singer The Weeknd.

The couple called it quits in August after dating on and off for four years.

A rep told Us Weekly "Bella isn't dating anyone at the moment. She is so busy traveling and working nonstop and she's mostly focused on her career right now. She still has feelings for The Weeknd and there's always a possibility that they will get back together down the line, but for right now, she's single."

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Actress Janelle Monáe's couture gown was so heavy, it required a team of 4 people to help her carry it down the red carpet. Janelle's silver custom made Ralph Lauren Collection mesh link dress with hoodie is comprised of 168,000 Swarovski crystals. She accessorized the gown with crystal-lacquered silk lamé platform sandals.
 

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Filmmakers Karen Rupert Toliver and Matthew A. Cherry won Oscars for their animated short film Hair Love at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Feb 9, 2020.
 

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are executive producers of the short animation film Hair Love, which won an Oscar Award on Feb. 9, 2020. The film is about a young Black father who figures out how to style his daughter's dreadlocks.
 

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Gabrielle and Dwyane invited DeAndre Arnold, the Texas teenager who was told he couldn't walk at his graduation unless he cut off his dreadlocks. DeAndre, center, joined filmmakers Karen Rupert Toliver and Matthew A. Cherry on the red carpet on Sunday night.
 

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Former reality TV personality Blac Chyna surprised everyone by showing up at the Oscars Awards when she wasn't a presenter or a nominee. Her appearance left the Internet bewildered and wondering if she crashed the red carpet. Chyna wore a black velvet Dona Matoshi gown with a plunging neckline and a bare-all thigh-high slit.
 

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Billy Porter toned down his usually flamboyant red carpet style for the 92nd Annual Oscar Awards held at L.A.'s Dolby Theatre on Feb 9, 2020. The 50-year-old actor wore a Giles Deacon Couture gold feather top with a printed floor length "Cupola gown" skirt. It was an understated look from last year's head-turning Christian Siriano tuxedo dress, which caused a commotion when Porter wore it to a taping of an upcoming episode of Sesame Street. Everyone is in agreement that Porter's feminine attire is inappropriate for minor children.
 

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Soul/R&B legend Mary Wilson attended the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by IMDb, Neuro Drinks and Walmart on February 09, 2020 in West Hollywood, CA.
 

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Actress Vivica A. Fox attended the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by IMDb, Neuro Drinks and Walmart on February 09, 2020 in West Hollywood, CA.
 

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Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo wore a glittering white Versace gown with a dramatic thigh split that showed off her toned legs. The gown was embroidered with Swarovski crystals. The 33-year-old Brit actress was nominated for her leading role in the biography Harriet.

Question: What was your favorite outfit at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards?

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Billy Porter turned heads when he attended the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards wearing a long white feather train attached to his white tuxedo jacket. The train was so long it required an attendant to carry it for Porter.

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The flamboyant 50-year-old virgo looked stunning and owned the red carpet. Porter is known for his extravagant one-off outfits. At the 2019 Met Gala he wore a gold gilded bodysuit and he was carried in on a golden litter by six muscular shirtless men.

At the 2019 Oscars Porter wore a fabulous Christian Siriano gown with a matching tuxedo jacket.

TIME magazine asked the former R&B singer for the inspiration behind his clothes.

"When you're an actor, the clothes are part of the character, the clothes help create what the character becomes, so when I bring that into this space I can do anything because I know what the character is," he said.

"You must wear the clothes, the clothes must not wear you," Porter added. "That's a theater thing - you have to become the character or else you ain't no good!"

Porter's stylist, Sam Ratelle, said the concept of fashion as theater is something he shares with Porter.

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"Billy and I both come from the theater community, so this is costume design for me on the highest scale," said Ratelle who is pictured with Porter at the Golden Globes.

"The red carpet is pretty much a stage, it's theater. It's just a different stage and a different way of expressing yourself. Billy allowing me to direct him is just such a gift because he's so open and willing to do so many things, so for me, that's really a joy."

Grace Jones closed the Tommy x Zendaya runway show in grand style this weekend during Paris Fashion Week. The 70-year-old supermodel, singer and actress sparked excitement as she returned to the catwalk with other pioneering Black supermodels including Pat Cleveland, 68, Beverly Johnson, 66, and Veronica Webb, 54.

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