No one pokes the bear quite like Balenciaga among all the high fashion brands in the land. From selling ridiculously expensive coffee cups to “destroyed” sneakers for thousands of dollars, controversy and the Spanish brand seem to go hand in hand. Their latest fashion scandal has caused a massive uproar on Twitter and Instagram following the release of a luxury accessory modeled after literal garbage bags. The controversy has left many wondering if everyday items like literal trash bags can be couture-ified, or is it simply all for the publicity?

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There’s a beautiful movement going on in the fashion industry right now - a movement full of diversity, celebration, and inclusion. From seeing models wearing afros on the front cover of magazines to walking the runway in traditional dress, it seems as if the industry has finally started to embrace change. And companies like Fashion Trust Arabia are helping to cultivate that process.

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“If I don’t do it, no one is going to do it.”

-Angelo Baque, GQ Magazine

Once an aspiring 16-year-old poet and photographer from Queens immersed in the artistic scene of the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe on Broadway, Angelo Baque, founder and creative director of the designer boutique AWAKE NY,  is now a well-known streetwear designer and philanthropist in not only his home city but around the world.

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