Olivia Palermo Said Readying E-commerce Platform

Is Olivia Palermo rethinking the online shopping experience?
The fashion entrepreneur, whose collaboration with the late Karl Lagerfeld’s brand bows in June, is preparing to unveil an e-commerce platform, WWD has learned. The platform will live on Palermo’s web site and will have a multibrand boutique element. It will focus on bags, shoes and accessories to start, and will include collaborations that Palermo has created, including her forthcoming one with the Lagerfeld label.
A pop-up box on Palermo’s web site was an indicator that a change to its content was in the works. “Big things coming soon,” reads the box, which prompts users to sign up for e-mail alerts.
The web site currently includes clips of Palermo’s modeling and design work, as well as general information about her. There is also a link to her collaboration with sunglass brand Westward Leaning; however, users aren’t yet able to shop the collection on Palermo’s site and are instead redirected to Westward Leaning’s.
As the note on her web site indicates, big changes are in the works at Palermo’s brand. The forthcoming e-commerce platform is said to be complemented by and grounded in editorial content. It is not yet clear exactly what kind of content Palermo will

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Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Olivia Leaves Yacht of USC’s Board of Trustees Chairman

As Lori Loughlin traveled from Vancouver to L.A. Tuesday night to surrender to federal authorities in the college bribery scandal — which got her daughter, Olivia Jade, into USC — Olivia spent the night on the yacht of the Chairman of USC’s Board…

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From Peep Show to Hollywood royalty: Why we love Olivia Colman

Robert Webb and David Mitchell knew it. As Webb affectionately put it on Twitter following her Golden Globe win: “Colman. She’s so bloody *nice*… She’s a consummate professional with seemingly unlimited talent. WHAT a shocking a*******.”
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Olivia Newton-John Dismisses Death Rumors

In a video message posted on Twitter Thursday, the four-time Grammy award winner told fans that rumors of her death have been greatly exaggerated.

The clarification comes four months after Olivia revealed she had been diagnosed with cancer for a third time in three decades.

Olivia, who is also an entrepreneur and activist, told the world that she is healthy in the wake of recent US and Australia
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Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2019

Designer Stacey Bendet is all about emotional clothing. It’s what drives her design process, which has undertones of female empowerment. It also drove a new direction in the look book shoot to mirror videos she’s made recently that bring her clothes to life. She shot against a black backdrop to allow the clothes to really pop. Her theme for the season, after all, was a blend of pop art, Twiggy and the swinging Sixties, but brought into modern day with her signature thread of eclectic confidence.
The mixed prints here were the most striking, and ranged from a rainbow of snake prints on an accordion pleat dress to a wicked mash-up of florals, animal prints, mod checks and stripes in an easy wrap gown. She extracted the florals to create a burnout fabric, which she pieced together into a flowy colorful dress. She highlighted colorblocking elsewhere with a great tailored plaid trench and matching miniskirt.
The collection maintained an energetic tone that worked for a number occasions. A lightweight black-and-white plaid coat for day, sexy snakeskin burnout separates and saturated monochromatic looks for the office, or a patchwork denim jacket that read “love more” and “game changer” to keep it cool while

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Olivia Hooker, One of the Last Survivors of The Tulsa Race Riot, Dies At 103

After surviving one of the most horrific acts of racialized violence in U.S. history and then making history as one of the first black women to join the U.S. Coast Guard, Olivia Hooker passed away last week at the age of 103.

Hooker was one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots, a brutal massacre that decimated a successful African American enclave in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as Black Wall Street. During the attack, a mob of angry white men set the community ablaze, killing hundreds of black residents and leaving thousands more homeless. Hooker was six years old when the group of torch-carriers destroyed her family home. Back in May, she told NPR that she still remembers hearing an ax crush her sister’s piano.

“I had been in school for two years and I knew about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and I thought it pertained to me until that day,” Hooker told BLACK ENTERPRISE in 2008.

During the riots, Tulsa police and government agents reportedly provided firearms and ammunition to the white citizens, in addition to participating in the violence themselves. “The people who were supposed to protect [us] did not,” Hooker said.

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Black Wall Street after Race Riot of 1921 (Oklahoma State University)

Following the riots, Hooker’s family struggled to recover from the psychological and financial damage inflicted upon them. They moved out of Oklahoma and in 1945, she became the first African American admitted to the U.S. Coast Guard as a member of the Semper Paratus program (SPARs).

Hooker went on to obtain a master’s degree from Columbia University along with a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Rochester. Later, she worked as a professor at Fordham University in New York, reports The Associated Press.

She, however, remained committed to fighting for justice and reparations for the survivors and descendants of the massacre. In 1997, she joined the Tulsa Race Riot Commission and in 2003, she participated in a class action lawsuit against the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma. The civil rights suit sought compensation for the damages that occurred as a direct result of the government’s involvement in the massacre. The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit in 2005.

In 2015, President Barack Obama honored Hooker during a Coast Guard ceremony, calling her a “tireless voice for justice and equality.” That same year, the Coast Guard named a building on Staten Island after her.

According to her goddaughter, Janis Porter, Hooker died Nov. 21 at their home in White Plains, New York. Porter said she had no surviving relatives and didn’t provide a cause of death. “Her mind was clear, no dementia. She was just tired,” Porter told KTLA 5.

To learn more about the Tulsa Race Riot and how black Tulsans are continuing to fight for justice, read America’s Forgotten Massacre: The Destruction and Revitalization of Black Wall Street.

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Little Known Black History Month: Dr. Olivia J. Hooker

Dr. Olivia J. Hooker turned 103 years of age this past February and in that same month in 1945, she made military history. Dr. Hooker, who passed away last week, became the first African-American woman to join the United States Coast Guard after being rejected by the United States Navy.

Hooker was born February 12, 1915 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. At the age of six, Hooker witnessed the Ku Klux Klan ransack her home during the violent Tulsa Massacre of Black Wall Street and was one of the few, if not the only, survivors of that moment in history.

The family relocated to Columbus, Ohio, and Hooker graduated from Ohio State University in 1937. The Delta woman attempted to enter the Navy and was denied due to her race.

She was eventually was allowed to join the Navy after contesting the denial, but Hooker elected to join the Coast Guard instead in February of 1945. Hooker was part of the SPAR (Semper Paratus Always Ready) division, a section of the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve.

This unit was eventually disbanded in 1946. The following year, Hooker obtained her master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University and worked with women in an upstate New York prison.

In 1961, Hooker earned her Ph.D from the University of Rochester and in 1963, she joined the faculty of Fordham University, teaching until 1985. She retired two years later, and at the age of 95, she joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the civilian reserve of the branch.

Hooker passed of natural causes on November 21 at her White Plains, New York home.


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Alice + Olivia Unveils Capsule Featuring Artwork of Keith Haring

Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet is unveiling a capsule collection featuring the artwork of Keith Haring.
Past Alice + Olivia collaborations include Domingo Zapata, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Donald Robertson. The collection will be available today.
When Bendet was designing the resort 2019 collection, colors such as canary, cherry and cobalt were featured heavily, reminding her of Haring’s work, the company said. His signature, vibrant, fun palette of primary colors embodied Bendet’s creative spirit, which inspired the capsule collection of ready-to-wear and accessories featuring Haring’s trademark dancing figures and prints in patchwork collages.
“I have always been a fan of Keith Haring’s work — the colors and graphics,” Bendet said. “He was also one of the first artists to advance social causes, and I think at this time in our world, it’s especially important to support artists who have made a difference.”
Haring, whose work responded to urban street culture of the Eighties, died in 1990 at the age of 31. He was inspired by the graffiti artists whose marks covered the city’s subway cars.
The Keith Haring x Alice + Olivia capsule collection includes a dancing figures print on a leather jacket, reversible bomber, cardigan, T-shirts, ballgown skirts, a clutch and booties, and a

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