The San Francisco Bay Area is under siege by hammer-wielding mobs taking advantage of lax misdemeanor laws.
On Saturday, in Walnut Creek, a group of about 80 people carrying crowbars swarmed into a Nordstrom and left a minute later carrying expensive merchandise. They piled into about 25 cars and sped off.
"We probably saw 80 people in ski masks crowbars a bunch of weapons. They were looting the Nordstrom's right here," local PF Chang’s manager Brett Barrette told KGO.
Walnut Creek Police said that one employee was pepper sprayed and two others were kicked and punched.
Police were on the scene within minutes and arrested three of the perpetrators.
A day earlier, a smaller group of masked men ran into a San Francisco Union Square Louis Vuitton and emptied the entire store or merchandise.
Police were there quickly to apprehend a few of the thieves who are probably back on the streets due to the Bay Area's lax bail reform laws.
A pharmacy in Oakland was also hit by a mob of looters on Saturday.
On Sunday, a group of about 40-50 teenagers carrying hammers stormed into a Macy's and other stores in the Southland Mall.
They smashed glass cases and stole jewelry from Sam's jewelry store. About an hour later, in San Jose, another group entered a Lululemon store in the outdoor mall at Santana Row and stole merchandise before fleeing the scene.
All of the smash-and-grab robberies were over in less than a minute.
Residents blame Democratic lawmakers who downgraded the theft of property less than $950 in value from a felony to a misdemeanor charge.
The same lawmakers also enacted bail reform laws making it easier for criminals to hit the streets following arrests.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin faces a recall election amid soaring crime rates.
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Lori Harvey and her bestie Justine Skye enjoyed a ladies' night out in West Hollywood, California.
The two fashionable ladies reportedly dined for 3 hours chatting and laughing throughout the night before exiting and hopping in a Lamborghini truck.
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Lori wore a velvet orange cutout crop top that retails for $112 from London-based label Loudbrandstudios.
Lori paired the crop top with tailored Remain trousers, Louis Vuitton's Sac Plat monogram bag, thick, gold hoops, and square-toe Bottega Veneta stretch sandals (retail $890).
What do you think of Lori's personal style? Check out more looks from Lori below and in the gallery!
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Law Roach was named "Top Stylist of the Year" by The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The 42-year-old designer graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter issue that spotlights the 12 tastemakers who made the most impact during the pandemic.
Law shares the cover with his longtime client, model and singer Zendaya (left) and model Anya Taylor-Joy (right).
He wears Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston accessorized with boots by Christian Louboutin. Model and singer Zendaya is wearing Valentino and Bulgari with Christian Louboutin pumps. And Anya wears a Dior frock and Louboutins.
Law is best known for creating stylish looks for everyone from Zendaya and Lady Gaga to Viola Davis and Ciara Wilson.
Business boomed for the gender-bending stylist despite the lockdowns.
"I run a global, multimillion-dollar business. I did really well, even in COVID," he said. "So that part of it is great, you know. As a person, I just want to do the things that I'm doing now and figure out more ways to help other people."
Law shared images from the THR cover shoot on Instagram. He captioned the gallery:
"Thank You @hollywoodreporter for naming me STYLIST OF THE YEAR..... thank you to my @zendaya and @anyataylorjoy for making this cover so special. And thank you to all my clients for trusting me with something so important as your image!!!! I’m truly grateful."
Louis Vuitton's airplane-themed purse is taking the Internet by storm. The unisex handbag, shaped like a commercial airliner, is all the rage on fashion blogs.
Designed by Virgil Abloh, the $39,000 handbag was inspired by "tourist vs. purist."
The airplane bag debuted during the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/ 2021-2022 runway show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 20, 2021 in Paris, France.
"It's my organizing principle for my point of view when I make things," Abloh told Vogue in January. "A tourist is someone who’s eager to learn, who wants to see the Eiffel Tower when they come to Paris. The purist is the person who knows everything about everything."
Not everyone loves the high priced high-flying aviation purse.
"You can buy an actual plane for far less," wrote one Twitter user.
Another user tweeted: "Can it fly at least? No but what, is this serious?"
Question: Would you purchase the airplane purse for your handbag collection?
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A North Carolina woman allegedly went on a shopping spree with nearly $150,000 she illegally obtained from a coronavirus relief loan.
Federal prosecutors say Jasmine Johnnae Clifton, 24, spent most of the money on high end luxury bags and shoes at Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and jewelry stores.
Clifton appeared in court on Monday and was later released on $25,000 bond, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina.
The press release detailed how Clifton lied on an application to fraudulently obtain relief funds for an existing business during the coronavirus lockdowns.
She falsely claimed $350,000 in gross revenue for her online clothing business, Jazzy Jas, despite filing paperwork in 2020 that shows the business was dissolved, according to ABC News.
The loan application was approved in early August for $149,900, which she later spent during shopping sprees at over two dozen retailers, including Ikea and Rooms to Go.
On Feb. 17, Clifton was indicted on wire fraud in relation to a disaster benefit and fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits.
If convicted, she faces 30 years in prison on each charge, plus a possible $1,250,000 fine.
Rihanna's Fenty Fashion House and LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) have reportedly reached a mutual decision to part ways, according to reports from both Women’s Wear Daily and Business of Fashion.
In a statement to WWD, an LVMH rep said the luxury fashion house, which owns the Louis Vuitton brand, "have jointly made the decision to put on hold the RTW [ready to wear] activity, based in Europe, pending better conditions."
The decision appears to be final, but, according to WWD, both LVMH and Rihanna "haven't ruled out taking a second run" at a partnership in the future.
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Rihanna and LVM first unveiled the partnership in 2019. At the time, Rihanna called the partnership "an incredibly special moment" for the team.
"Mr. Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits," she said, referring to Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy.
"I couldn't imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I'm ready for the world to see what we have built together," she continued.
LVMH will reportedly focus on Rihanna's Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin elements and Savage X Fenty lines.
LVMH is s home to 75 fashion brands.
Louis Vuitton's LV Trainer sneaker boot, which retailed for $3,900, sold out quickly online and in stores.
The boot, designed by Virgil Abloh took 7 hours to hand stitch, and sold out in every size as soon as it went live on the LV website.
The LV Trainer sneaker boot is a hi-top version of Louis Vuitton's cult sneaker, which was also inspired by Western-style boots, according to the website. It is crafted from extremely supple calf leather and embroidered with a distinctive flame motif on the side. This model features the innovative, gel-injected LV Trainer outsole, which is decorated with Monogram Flowers.
Question for the guys: Would you buy this designer boot to impress the ladies?
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Kandi Burruss took to social media to advertise her ample ASSets on Tuesday. The 44-year-old mom of three warned her eldest daughter, Riley, not to swipe left on her photo gallery to save her child from the embarrassment.
In the photos, Kandi poses on a beach wearing a revealing bikini with Louis Vuitton logo print. In another disrespectful photo she shows off her ample butt cheeks.
"Ok rileyburruss DO NOT swipe left! I don't want you to block me. Everybody else swipe at your own risk!" she wrote.
Kandi mused about the rumors surrounding her husband, Todd Tucker, suggesting he approved her THOT photos. "...& before y'all start @todd167 said go ahead. ... I'm giving y'all a 90s #2livecrew album cover on the 2nd pic. Thank you @le__archive for the earrings!"
The "Bills, Bills, Bills" co-writer married Todd in 2014 after meeting him on the set of Real Housewives of Atlanta. They share a son, Ace, and infant daughter, Blaze.
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Rapper Lil Kim was spotted doing some early morning retail therapy at Balmain on Melrose Place after a night of partying at Floyd Mayweather's 43rd birthday bash in Hollywood.
The iconic rapper is in heavy demand for appearances at music festivals. The mom-of-one is booked to appear at Snoop Dogg's Lovers & Friends music festival. Lil Kim took to social media to announce "The check has cleared."
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The 44-year-old "Get Money" rapper is also booked to perform at Atlanta Funk Fest 2020 on the weekend of May 29 and 30. Kim is on the bill alongside Missy Elliott, Ludacris, Xscape, T.I., The-Dream, Bobby V, Tweet and more.
Tickets are available at the Funk Fest website or call 1-800-514-3849.
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Hollywood liberals are outraged over President Trump's participation in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a 100,000-square-foot Louis Vuitton factory in Texas on Thursday.
Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner joined Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton LVMH chairman-CEO Bernard Arnault and other Louis Vuitton executives at the ribbon cutting ceremony in Alvarado, Texas. Trump was in Texas to hold a campaign rally.
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Celebrities were beside themselves. "I wonder what [Trump] has to gain from that. Maybe Ivanka's going to get a year's worth of free bags," said actress Ellen Pompeo.
Actress Debra Messing tweeted:
"Just so you know, Trump is at a Louis Vuitton opening while 10s of 1000s of Kurds — who were forced to flee their homes — try to find a safe place to survive as refugees."
She was referring to Trump withdrawing American troops from Syria, leaving America's allies, the Kurds, to fend for themselves.
It is not unusual for a U.S. president to participate in ribbon cutting ceremonies for hospitals or government buildings. But a president participating in the opening of a high end luxury brand smacks of hypocrisy, critics say.
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Hip-hop power couple Gucci Mane and his wife Keyshia Ka'oir were spotted attending the Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets NBA playoffs game on Tuesday, April 23. Keyshia, who looks about a decade younger than her stated age of 40, wore a trendy Louis Vuitton Giant Print Monogram Shirt and matching LV Giant Print Monogram Jogging Pant (retail $1,600).
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