Sneaker Con L.A. Bringing New Collaboration With Aleali May

Sneaker Con is returning to Los Angeles later this year, and Aleali May is coming along with a new collaboration.
May, an emerging stylist-model-street-style draw who is going on half-a-million Instagram followers is releasing her first and limited collection of apparel and accessories in collaboration with Sneaker Con, which will be selling it exclusively.
The event will be held in Anaheim, Calif., over the first weekend in December, with one-day tickets going for $ 25 and two-day passes for $ 40. With more than 10,000 attendees expected, that puts estimated revenue from strictly ticket sales from the event at around $ 250,000, on the low end.
Sneaker Con is being coproduced with IMG, the sprawling agency and management company under even bigger parent company Endeavor, with Sneaker Con noting this year’s event is part of a “long-term strategic partnership to expand and enhance the Sneaker Con experience globally.” Sneaker Con previously worked with IMG on its May event in Mainland China, which the company says sold out in two minutes. Last year IMG also helped the company launch its digital platform and a related app, so the partnership marks a longer-term commitment.
Tim Pernetti, executive vice president of Endeavor properties, including IMG, said the company is working

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Jockey International Introduces Victoria Arlen Design Collaboration

Victoria Arlen is on the lookout for doughnuts — healthy doughnuts. The gluten- and dairy-free kind. 
The former Paralympic swimmer, ESPN host and former contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” described a recent trip to a Los Angeles Fonuts as “life-changing.” 
But “sadly,” said Arlen, whose résumé also includes model, actress, author, nonprofit founder and motivational speaker, healthy doughnuts are hard to find. “I wish it were different,” Arlen told WWD. 

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That’s when she decided to create a T-shirt with doughnuts on it — so she could have them every day. 
“You can’t possibly look at a doughnut and not smile,” said Arlen, who approached Jockey International with the idea of making a shirt about a year ago. (She’s been a brand ambassador for Jockey since 2018.)
To her surprise, Jockey said it didn’t want to make just a T-shirt, but rather an entire collection of ath-leisure apparel that Arlen would help codesign.   
“I nearly fell off my chair,” Arlen said. “Now I get to add the title of clothing designer, which has been an absolute dream come true.”
Jockey has been teasing a few pieces online for the last few weeks, but starting Monday, all 12 pieces of the limited-edition collection will be

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EXCLUSIVE: 424’s Guillermo Andrade to Release Adidas Collaboration

Guillermo Andrade, the designer and cofounder of 424, a fixture in L.A.’s streetwear scene, will release a collection with Adidas, WWD has learned.
“It’s ready-to-wear and footwear….It’s coming [out] before the end of the year,” Andrade said during Guess Jeans U.S.A.’s second annual weekend pop-up experience — dubbed Guess Sport — at the Guess Inc. headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.
Joining other prominent streetwear designers like Pleasures’ Alex James at the event, Andrade was presenting his capsule collection with Guess Jeans U.S.A., a division that, while pulling inspiration from the brand’s Nineties esthetic, has also been focused on producing collaborations with younger labels. The project was spearheaded by brand partnerships director Nicolai Marciano, son of the L.A.-based, family-run business’ cofounder, Paul Marciano.
“We have always been focused on youth, and obviously, in the Eighties, we were really pushing as an original fashion house, and we’ve become a big, global brand in over 100 countries in the world,” shared Nicolai Marciano, who’s been actively taking the brand in this new direction. “It’s become much more lifestyle, and I think commercial [for the] brand. We’re refocusing a lot on being a youth-culture-focused company and doing things in different ways, that aren’t traditional for a brand

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Eckhaus Latta and Ugg Throw an L.A. Dinner Party in Honor of Their Collaboration

“You can see my house from here,” said L.A. native Este Haim on a summit of Montecito Heights overlooking Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Leave it to Eckhaus Latta to showcase someplace new, a part of town in Northeast L.A. — east of Echo Park — unfamiliar to most. “You can also see the high school I went to. This view doesn’t suck.”
The bicoastal brand, founded in New York City by Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus in 2011, was throwing an al fresco dinner party to celebrate their recent collaboration with Ugg.
“We listened to a lot of techno in the car,” she said of the ride over with sisters and Haim bandmembers, Danielle and Alana Haim. “We listened to a bunch of Eiffel 65. And do you remember Rockell? She was a late-Ninties techno artist. When we’re on our way to a party or dinner, we like to put on music that helps inform the vibe of the night to come.”
“These are my sisters,” she continued, as Danielle and Alana appeared. The three were donning the same outfit, head to toe.
“It’s legitimately the same garment,” said Este. “We had the opportunity to, and we just kind of grabbed the bull

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Rhude’s Rhuigi Villaseñor Celebrates First Puma Collaboration at Kith in L.A.

Off the heels of Rhude’s Paris Fashion Week debut last month, Los Angeles-based designer Rhuigi Villaseñor commemorated his upcoming collaboration with Puma by throwing a party at Kith on Saturday evening.
“I wanted to celebrate silhouettes that already existed, but amplify that and bring it to an audience that doesn’t necessarily understand the heritage of Puma, while incorporating my own twist,” said Villaseñor in a sit-down with Kith’s Ronnie Fieg inside the Los Angeles location of the trendy retail store on Sunset Boulevard. “I’m in a space where I feel like I can concur that. It’s for the new age.”
In front of an audience that included singer Miguel and former New York Giants player Victor Cruz, Villaseñor shared that he wasn’t initially sold on the idea of working with the sportswear company. A conversation with Puma’s global director of brand and marketing, Adam Petrick, changed his mind.
“It was about­­ –– just life and what’s happening in society, and I felt that he took a stand,” said Villaseñor. “It’s important to take a stand…We talked about gun violence and different things that I personally care about…I thought it was larger than just a partnership of products. It’s about ethics.”

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Rapper Dave East Releases Diamond Supply Co. Collaboration Ahead of First Single From ‘Survival,’ Out Friday

“I got it tatted on me, ‘born broke, die rich,’” said rising rapper Dave East, lifting his white T-shirt and revealing the cursive letters marked below his navel.
The 31-year-old New York City native, born David Brewster Jr., came from humble beginnings, becoming a Crip as a teen, and later, facing a stint in prison for selling drugs. Following the 2010 release of his first mixtape, “Change of Plans,” and the broader attention that followed with 2014’s “Black Rose,” he’s been forging a different path and is now signed to Def Jam Recordings. With 2.4 million Instagram followers and millions of YouTube hits on each music video (“Perfect,” featuring Chris Brown, has 34 million views alone), East is one to watch.
“Them four words mean everything to me,” he continued. It’s also the title of a 2016 collaborative EP with Philadelphia rapper Kur. “You’re born a certain way, but you don’t gotta die like that.”
All eyes were on the rising rapper as he held court on Fairfax Avenue, smoking a joint in front of Diamond Supply Co., where he celebrated his collaboration with the streetwear and skateboard label on Thursday evening.
Inside the shop, “born broke, die diamond” read the $ 36 T-shirts hanging

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Todd Snyder x Liberty London Has the Best Collaboration of the Summer

Bright, busy, and colorful prints are back this summer. Sinuous, floriferous prints and patterns have come around again, daring men to once again embrace the breezy, flowery blouse as the go-to summer shirt. And thanks to Todd Snyder’s new Liberty Prints collection, you can be among the most sinuous and floriferous at your summer gathering.

Okay, enough of the flowery language. We love floral prints, and are firm in our belief that it takes a confident man to wear them without irony. Of course, bright colors and natural patterns are the ideal summer palette. It’s particularly suited for backyard parties and dockside barbecues. If you think you’re making a bold statement by wearing a flowery shirt, you’re absolutely right. If you believe you’re an original, well, Oscar Wilde might beg to differ.

What’s the History of Liberty London?

Since 1875, Liberty London has been renowned for its signature floral patterns. From the outset, its designs were used in everything from wallpaper to clothing, from eyeglass cases to furnishings. The store’s founder Arthur Liberty sought to collect and curate the finest, most exotic goods from around the world.

From the outset, Liberty’s floral motifs embodied a quintessential Englishness. The company was both an advocate and beneficiary of the Art Nouveau movement. In the 1960s Liberty successfully rebranded its trademark designs into Swinging Sixties-cool, tinged by nostalgia. Today, its familiar-yet-exotic archive of over 45,000 vintage floral designs have been captivating artistic shoppers for nearly 150 years.

“Familiar-yet-exotic” perfectly captures the spirit of Todd Snyder’s legendary collabs. Todd has never hesitated in reaching out to other designers and labels to incorporate nostalgia into modern design. And his Todd Snyder x Liberty London Collection is no exception, with camp collar shirts and shorts that showcase this irresistible handiwork.

It’s not a huge selection, with just three prints in both shirts and shorts. But the Todd Snyder x Liberty London Collection is guaranteed to make a splash at any summer gathering—as long as you wear it with confidence, of course.

Camp Collar Tropical Print in Blue

Fun yet functional, this camp collar shirt is perfect for long days at the shore. 100 percent cotton, it’s got a straight hem and a slim, contemporary fit. We love the versatility of this colorway.

The matching 7-inch Warm Up Shorts ($ 168) are made of gaberdine with a touch of stretch. for comfort and mobility.

GET IT: Pick up the Camp Collar Tropical Print in Blue ($ 158) at Todd Snyder

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Camp Collar Leaves Print Shirt in Pink

A warm weather favorite reinvented. Fun yet functional, this casually refined style has a trim modern fit and versatile convertible collar that’s ready for work or play. Constructed with a vented straight hem and a back locker loop for wrinkle-free hanging, it’s 100 percent cotton.

The matching shorts ($ 168) are made of stretch gaberdine and have a drawstring waist.

GET IT: Pick up the Camp Collar Leaves Print Shirt in Pink ($ 158) at Todd Snyder

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Warm Up Liberty Short in Black

These cotton stitched gabardine 7-inch shorts offer worldly good taste in an exceptionally durable package. The pull-on design of these shorts features an elastic drawstring and two slash pockets. They work equally well on their own with a t-shirt or sweater.

Check out the matching Camp Collar shirt ($ 158).

 

GET IT: Pick up the Warm Up Liberty Short in Black ($ 168) from Todd Snyder

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Asos x ‘The Lion King’ Collaboration Taps Into Nineties Nostalgia

Asos is tapping into the hype for “The Lion King.”
The fast-fashion retailer is teaming with Disney to create a capsule collection based on the much-loved movie ahead of its upcoming live-action reboot, which will premiere in theaters on July 19.
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Hitting Nineties nostalgia at its core, the collection leverages original scenes and beloved characters from the 1994 animated version, including images of Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa and Zazu. The pieces also incorporate popular prints from the decade, like tie-dye and animal and tropical patterns.
The collection spans women’s wear and men’s — also available in Asos Curve and Asos Plus sizes — and offers pieces like button-up shirts, shorts, T-shirts, sweaters, bodysuits, windbreakers, socks and hats. Standout collection pieces include a matching two-piece set featuring a print of Zazu the toucan and a T-shirt depicting the film’s famous “Circle of Life” scene, where Simba is introduced to the animal kingdom. The collection ranges in price from $ 13 to $ 87.
The collaboration with Asos comes after Luminess Cosmetics released its Lion King limited-edition collection created with Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John. The collection’s offerings are for the eye, lip and face

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Ringo Starr talks McCartney collaboration on birthday

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Billy Reid and Chef John Besh Cook Up a Collaboration

COOKING UP A COLLABORATION: Billy Reid, the Alabama-based designer, has joined forces with chef John Besh to release their first collaborative project — a specialty apron.
The apron, which retails for $ 95, is available in conjunction with the launch of Besh’s latest cookbook, “Besh Big Easy,” which features New Orleans cuisine, that’s being released today. A portion of the proceeds from each apron will benefit Besh’s nonprofit, the John Besh Foundation, which invests in local food producers and provides scholarships to minority city youth in the community.
The apron will be sold on Reid’s Web site, beginning at noon today, as well as all Billy Reid stores, Besh’s Web site and all 12 of his restaurants.
Reid, who operates a design studio in Manhattan near its Bond Street shop and at its Alabama headquarters, sells to boutiques worldwide and operates 12 stores domestically and an e-commerce site. It makes men’s, women’s, footwear and accessories.

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Exclusive: See the Entire Smashbox Holiday Collaboration Here First

Spanish artist Yago Hortal has teamed up with Smashbox for a collection of makeup and brushes inspired by the riotous splatters of color on his canvases. First, Google image search Hortal, because his paintings are incredible. Then, click through the full Smashbox Art. Love. Color. collection here—the products are so crazy colorful, they might just inspire you to create a masterpiece of your own.
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Sly Stone Featured On Funkadelic And Soul Clap Collaboration

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Kartell Teams Up with No. 21 for Shoe Collaboration

Kartell has teamed with Italian fashion label No. 21 to create a new shoe style for the next spring season.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua, founder and creative director of the Milanese upper contemporary brand, designed a flat sandal featuring a chunky sole and a feminine bow, which pays tribute to No. 21  shoes launched last season. In keeping with Kartell’s core business, the sandal, called “Knot,” is realized using plastic in a glossy variation for the knot, while the sole has a mat finishing.
The shoe style will be available in five colors — black, powder pink, mustard yellow, khaki green and burgundy.
“It was challenging to recreate the knot using a material like plastic,” said Dell’Acqua, who is at his first co-branding project with his N°21 brand. “All the knots are made by hand and Kartell showed to have the best technical skills to realize a product which looks beautiful, I think.”
The “Knot” sandal, which will retail at 180 euros, or about $ 203 at current exchange, is part of the Kartell à la Mode line, already including 6 shoe styles and a bag.
“During the upcoming Milan Fashion Week we will also launch a new bag realized in collaboration with a fashion brand,” said Kartell marketing

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Solange Shines Light On 15 Women For Her “Word To The Woman” Puma Collaboration

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Before this shoot, I was in the middle of a two week whirlwind mixed with life, work and creative projects. I had a massive meeting in Amsterdam at G-Star headquarters then bounced around Europe. I briefly came back to New York, went away again, then returned to New York one day before this shoot.

I was counting down the days to the “Word to the Woman” shoot filled with excitement. I got to work super early that morning, partially because of excitement and partially because I knew I had to leave a bit early to make it to the shoot…I guess I am telling on myself at this point, but I completed everything I needed to at the office before I hopped in an Uber. Sitting silently in the backseat I was grateful it was just 7 minute zip from where I was.

We shot in a quaint two bedroom, cozy apartment, the way I like homes to feel. As I entered the room I greeted the team, DJ Lindsey (one of the featured women) and Solange before I headed into the wardrobe room.

I opened the door to the warmest welcome and one of the most beautiful smiles by Lizzy Okpo, who styled the shoot and put all my butterflies at ease. After checking out my outfit option I headed to hair and make-up, nestled in a little boys room full of toys. Apart of me wanted to dig through them like I was 5 but I sat down and started to get pretty! I am an adult after all.


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I turned around and literally choked on my words. Neal Ferinah was doing my hair, I haven’t seen him in about 15 years and he has known me before I was even born (when I was still in my mother’s womb if we want to get exact). It was one of those moments when you know your stars are aligned and you are where you are supposed to be. What are the odds!

While he was adding some life to my fro, my teal and salmon nails were asked to be covered in white which I decided needs to be my new go to color, it popped beautifully against my skin.

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Everyone was moving fast and I was almost ready. I was most excited about my eye makeup because that is the one department where I literally can’t do more then a black line. My eye makeup was bold and vibrant; beautiful tones of green and blues with a touch white to close the deal.

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I quickly slipped into my nude ensemble, a color I don’t often wear because of my pale complexion but the two -piece was to die for, and Lizzy’s taste is impeccable.

My outfit was paired with the mono toned yellow suede Puma that I had already planned a few outfits around. I was a bit shy, nervous, anxious, and excited at the same time. The photographer, J. Quazi King was ready and so was I. The wall was white, the couch was concealed with a white throw, and the floors were wooden. I was briefed on the mood and took direction from Solange, you know a regular Wednesday afternoon!

She was so graceful as she showed me how to move and I realized I wasn’t quite there yet… as I chuckled to myself. I tried to give a “fierce mean face” which somehow turned into a big teeth bearing smile, I think I was just too happy to even think an angry thought. It looks a lot easier than it is! Trust mii daddy **Skepta voice**.

I really loved the details of the books wrapped in salmon colored newspaper to boost the palette of the shot. It was minimal, soft, fresh, and innocent…a part of me that somehow was captured through every detail of my carefully curated environment.

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Once we got the shot, I headed back to the wardrobe room for the video segment post rolling around on the couch. It all kind of made sense in that moment. I realized what the campaign was all about. The empowerment of women through a series of various visual stories that all lead to a road of greatness.

I have always admired women who had a voice, power, or wisdom who were not afraid to share it. Women who may see the light in another woman and pushes her to shine brighter. Women who dare to be themselves, take risks, be vulnerable, and love on purpose. These women are somewhat rare, because it takes a very particular type of woman to do this. This woman is selfless, loving, strong, willing, and able all balled into one. Somehow Solange was able to delve into a sea of women and handpick a few that to her innovate and redfine roles from varied walks of life.

In that moment, I stepped outside of my 9-5, my love for music, and my never-ending hustle to be embrace that special moment and be happy. I was beyond honored to be hand selected by Solange alongside such powerful and inspiring women. Here are some of the other women featured:

DJ LINDSEY

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EMPRESS OF

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JESSICA CLEMONS

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MEKDES MERSHA

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ALICE LANE

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CLEO WADE

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FEBRUARY JAMES

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CELESTINE WILDER

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ISADORA

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BEE WALKER

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And if you don’t know… Now you know!
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Farfetch and LACMA Team for Design Collaboration

ART MEETS FARFETCH:  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary festivities are continuing with a partnership with luxury e-commerce marketplace Farfetch. A series of Los Angeles-based designers — including Anita Ko, Cathy Waterman, Clare Vivier, Greg Lauren, Gregory Parkinson, Irene Neuwirth, Jennifer Meyer, Monique Lhuillier, NewbarK, Rodarte and The Elder Statesman — have each created an exclusive piece of clothing, accessory or perfume as part of the Farfetch x LACMA initiative, an extension of the Wear LACMA project.
The pieces, which retail from $ 50 for a T- shirt to more than $ 1,000 for a dress, will go on sale on Farfetch.com Nov. 4 and in LACMA’s museum shop, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the museum. “Usually it’s only two or three designers, but because it’s our 50th, we’re offering 19 designers,” said Katherine Ross, founder of the Wear LACMA project, noting that Jennifer Meyer and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy have participated in the program in the past. “They’re all inspired by different things that spoke to them when walking through the gallery.”
Ross said the amount of items produced depends on the designer and cost of the piece. Rodarte will offer T-shirts and sweatshirts — more than 30 of each  — while Lhuillier

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AHOY, MATEY: “This is the world’s first diving suit — made by Paco Rabanne,” Jean-Charles de Castelbajac said jokingly as he pointed to a futuristic-looking 19th-century steel diving suit on show at the Musée national de la Marine in Paris.
The designer was giving fashion editors a tour of the museum, located opposite the Eiffel Tower, ahead of a cocktail party on Tuesday night to celebrate his capsule collection for Petit Bateau. Guests were treated to a mini fashion show and a live set by local band Presque l’Amour, which wrote a song to mark the collaboration.
Full of nautical references — including striped sailor tops, a yellow waxed cotton rain cape and a southwester — the collection taps into de Castelbajac’s love of the sea. “Before becoming a designer, I wanted to be a marine commando,” he revealed, as waiters circulated with trays of rosé and sardine tins containing fishy treats.
De Castelbajac stopped in front of a scale model of a container ship, noting that “Shades of Tomorrow” — an exhibition of his paintings set to run at Seoul’s Nemo gallery from June 12 to 26 — features images of what he dubbed Soul Tankers.
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Martha Wash And Tony Moran Get Free On A New Collaboration

2015-03-11-1426091268-852267-MarthaWashSinglecover.jpgWhat do you get when you put the soulful and legendary voice of Martha Wash together with the award-winning remixer and songwriter Tony Moran: A hit! Over the years the duo has made music together that not only found a place on dance floors across the world, but also on the charts. Last year their collaboration “I’m Not Coming Down” reached #2 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts. Now they’re back with a new anthem called “Free People.”

“In a time where people Photoshop their faces because they worry about if they’re too thin or too fat or too ugly or too dark, you should just care about the way you want to look for yourself. You have the power,” Moran says about the song he wrote and produced.

For years Wash has personified the message in “Free People.” From her early days with Sylvester with singing partner Izora Armstead to hits like “Just Us” as Two Tons O’ Fun and then later as The Weather Girls with “It’s Raining Men,” Wash has never let preconceived notions on image stand in her way. She set the music industry on fire in 1991 when she sang the lead vocals on C&C Music Factory’s #1 hit, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” but failed to receive credit because her size was deemed unmarketable. She won a lawsuit, and by speaking up for herself, it is now mandatory for artists to receive rightful credits on albums and music videos.

“Free People,” which is already climbing up the charts, is a continuation of both Wash’s and Moran’s positive outlook on life. Over the years I’ve talked with Wash many times. When I begin asking her questions she starts giggling and says, “Lord, don’t you have enough info?” The fact is no matter how many times you speak to Wash, you always leave feeling inspired and free.

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Tony Moran: I’ve worked with a lot of artists over the years of all different calibers. She’s been able to find something that defines herself to generations older and younger. I know every time I cut a record with her, something good is going to come out of it.

Martha, what is it about Tony that you love?

Martha Wash: He’s worked with the best over the years and made hits for them. He’s been able to do that year after year. We just go in the studio and talk about what needs to be done and basically do it. We’re comfortable enough with each other that we can read each other and figure out where a song needs to go.

Tony: People are constantly being introduced to her voice. We are basically underdogs working together. It’s not like we have Clive Davis’ staff with us. We’re looking to put out good music in a time where music is in such a state of purgatory with streaming and mashups. The one thing you can really hold on to is an artist’s performance, and Martha has always been there to make herself available.

“Free People” is about being comfortable with yourself. Martha, Tony mentioned how new generations are always discovering your music. What would you like new and old fans to know about you? Who is Martha Wash?

Martha: Just little ol’ me. I’ve been around for a minute. I just like all types of music. Music has been the big mainstay for me as a person and an artist. As a child I could only listen to gospel music. Then as I got to be a teenager, I started listening to the radio, and I learned to appreciate all types of music–rock music, Motown and R&B. I’ve been an artist who doesn’t want to be put into one particular box. Although people know me for doing dance music, I’m always trying to move ahead of that and go into different types of music like my last album “Something Good.” It was pop and rock and people were really surprised I did that, but that was the direction I wanted to go in. I wanted to get out of dance music for a little bit to show people that I did other types of music.

And now you’re back with dance music! What keeps drawing you back in?

Tony: What pulls her back is that I know her address, and I’m there waiting outside wearing a street blanket with new material!

Martha: I’ll do a little bit of that [dance music], but the focus is still on other genres of music or something totally out of the box.

The gay community has consistently supported you, no matter what style you’re singing. Why do you think they have always been there for you?

Martha: I think it really goes all the way back to working with Sylvester and then Two Tons O’ Fun. It’s been good for over 30 years. They have been supportive of Two Tons O’ Fun, The Weather Girls and then the solo career. I’ve always appreciated that.

One of your hit songs is “Carry On.” Over the years how have you managed to do just that during some of the down times?

Martha: Oh, a lot of faith and a lot of prayer! There have been times when I thought of giving up. Then I think, “Okay, so you’re gonna quit; now what are you going to do?” I never came up with an answer, so here I am!

Do you ever get tired of singing “It’s Raining Men?”

Martha: Oh no! No! It’s a song that everybody is waiting to hear. I can do a whole show, but if I don’t sing that song, people get upset!

What is next for you, Martha?

Martha: Probably do some more pop and rock. I have a new song coming out with Evelyn Champagne King and Linda Clifford—The First Ladies of Disco. We recorded a song called “Show Some Love,” and it’s all about positivity. We have to show love to everybody. This world is really kind of crazy. We’ve gotten off the track of being nice to one and other and loving people. You have to show positivity to everybody regardless of who or what they are.

You’ve both always been able to convey that message.

Martha: I try, and you have to love yourself as well. Sometimes when you show kindness to someone else, it makes you feel better about yourself.

Tony: That’s my nature, too. Live and let live. I get so much satisfaction watching other people learning and doing their thing.

“Free People” is available now on iTunes. For more information on Martha Wash visit: www.marthawash.com. For more on Tony Moran visit: www.tonymoran.com
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