How This Founder Created The Airbnb Of High-End Fashion

Anyone who has used the cost-per-wear theory to justify a coveted fashion purchase just got something better — let’s call it a cost-per-rent theory — which allows you to have your Louboutins and rent them too. Julia Gudish Krieger is making it possible with her New York City-based startup, VillageLuxe. “Referred to as ‘the Airbnb of high-end fashion,’ VillageLuxe allows women to borrow designer clothing, shoes and accessories directly from other women,” says Krieger. Fashion insiders like Leandra Medine, Charlotte Ronson and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson are Luxers and more than 12,000 women are on the waitlist for the invite-only site and app that’s letting women quite literally walk a mile in her shoes.

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Interview with Adwoa Aboah

Adwoa Aboah may not quite be a household name just yet, but expect that to change any moment. That’s because Ms. Aboah, a London native who has modeled for Marc Jacobs, Fendi, and on Rihanna’s Paris Puma catwalk, is about to have a massive 2017, thanks to the perfect storm of fashion cred and feminist creed. – Faran Krentcil

You see, the 24 year old is more than just a model. In addition to stomping catwalks, she’s founded Gurls Talk, a web hub devoted to hosting and supporting female-focused dialogue. Recent themes include Anxiety and Art, Chronic Illness vs. Teen Independence, and a Q&A on plastic surgery with Lykke Li.

Aside from shaking the internet and posing for Donatella, Aboah’s got more kicks than a Rockette, thanks to her never-ending sneaker addiction. So it’s fitting we should meet the model at the Adidas #TLKS series in Miami, where we speak about activism, chatbots, and sharks. Real ones, not cartoons. Just in case you were wondering…

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The Black Mirror Project

“When growing up as a girl I always wondered, why the big brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Guess and many others rarely seem to use a black model? And if they do, a very small group of black models does make the cut here and there, but that group seems to remain pretty much identical over a long period of time.” – Deddeh Howard

We are bombarded everyday with flashy advertisement, billboards and television ads that try to inspire us to buy the products that are hitting the market. Something that always bothered me when you see these amazing images that very rarely you ever see a black woman on them. When growing up as a girl I always wondered, why the big brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Guess and many others rarely seem to use a black model? And if they do, a very small group of black models does make the cut here and there, but that group seems to remain pretty much identical over a long period of time.

In a time where black people too often are in the media for being underrepresented at important events such as the Oscars or make headlines for being targeted by the police I felt it was time to do something positive and inspiring about my race. For too long the negativity seemed to take over in the public eye.

More equal visibility of all races, being it white, black, Asian, Latino etc would help all of us believing in our potential.

I hope this project can help to bring awareness back to the positive side of black people. Unfortunately we are rarely shown in a positive light in the media, but can see countless times when yet another black person gets shot or arrested. Seeing Jasmine Tookes wearing the most expensive bra at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show was so inspiring, we need more of those moments.

Continue Reading and see the rest of the images from this awesome project.