Fashion News Alert: Athleta Supports Simone Biles, Boohoo Boots DaBaby, and the NYFW Spring 2022 Calendar Is Here

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Earlier in the week, US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics’ gymnastic all-around competition, as well as three of the event finals—Biles qualified for all four event finals. After botching on the vault during the Team event on Sunday, Biles pulled out of most of competition, citing mental health challenges.

Biles has continued to train in the hopes that she would be able to compete and get pass the “twisties,” a body/mind challenge where the gymnast cannot discern their placement in the air when doing very difficult airborne acrobatics. While battling this mind/body challenge, Biles has continued to be very supportive of her team members by being in the stands and routing for them during their competitions.

Biles has also received a ton of support from fans and loved ones while receiving harsh criticism from others on social media. Sportswear brand Athleta, which has been in partnership with Biles since April of this year, has also joined the chorus of supporters.

“We stand by Simone and support her well-being both in and out of competition,” an Athleta spokesperson said in a statement, as reported in “Being the best also means knowing how to take care of yourself. We are inspired by her leadership today and are behind her every step of the way.”

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The official NYFW spring 2022 season

The official New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is here!! The CFDA in partnership with IMG has released the official NYFW calendar for the spring 2022 season which includes 90-plus shows and presentations. NYFW week will be from September 7-12.

The first official show of the season will be Ulla Johnson on September 8. Others showing will be Rodarte, Gabriela Hearst, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Sergio Hudson, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Coach, Michael Kors, Brandon Maxwell, Zero Maria Cornejo, Markarian, Telfar, Khaite, Staud, Jason Wu, Kevan Hall, Victor Glemaud, and Rebecca Minkoff.

Tom Ford is making a return to NYFW with Rachel Comey, Carolina Herrera, and Wes Gordon presenting anniversary collections for the spring 2022 season. Altuzarra and Thom Browne are also returning with Peter Dundas of DUNDAS presenting at NYFW for the first time. Moschino is also showing which promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the season.

“New York Fashion Week is back with a diverse lineup representative of the future of American fashion,” CFDA CEO Kolb said, as reported in “Our fashion industry has come together as we continue to emerge from the pandemic, and a collaborative spirit is paramount to the success of our creative talents.”

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Loose lips, sink ships

Popular online, affordable, youth-oriented brand Boohoo has severed ties with hip-hop artist Dababy.  Apparently, DaBaby made a homophobic remark on stage in Miami over the past weekend. “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two, three weeks, then put your cellphone light up.”

DaBaby has a prolific relationship with BoohooMan, launching a large collection only a few weeks ago with DaBaby, as well as several marketing campaigns. However, DaBaby’s recent rant has caused the fast-fashion brand to pause their relationship.

“BoohooMan [condemns] the use of homophobic language and confirm we will no longer be working with DaBaby,” [the brand] said, as reported in “Diversity and inclusion are part of the Boohoo Groups DNA and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse customers we serve across the globe. We stand by and support the LGBTQ+ community, and do not tolerate any hate speech or discrimination in any form.”

DaBaby on Monday responded by referencing his gay fans and positive interactions with openly gay friends and celebrities.

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