While fashion’s major ’90s moment may have dissipated, buzzy design duo Marques Almeida is making the case for its place up there with the classics. The London-based brainchild of Portuguese partners Marta Marques and Paolo Almeida has been dominating the It girl sphere with their grungy blend of frayed, baggy, slit-just right denim and separates, making fans of everyone from Rihanna to FKA Twigs. Today, they copped the much-coveted LVMH Prize, which bestowed a €300,000 grant by selection of the most ballin’ panel of judges, from Karl Lagerfeld to Phoebe Philo. The duo lives by Helmut Lang’s idiom: “Fashion is about attitude, not hemlines”— pretty ironic considering they’ve made frayed hems the coolest calling card this season.
Earlier this year, the duo was in town at The Room at Hudson’s Bay, where I fangirled out about my new favourite label and my always-favourite decade, the ‘90s.
It feels like you’ve blown up over the last few seasons, but of course, that’s never the case. How do you remember your first few years in the business?
Paulo Almeida: “In the beginning, the brand was recognized, but we became a trend. Our chunky white soles, the frayed denim—everyone was wearing them, even though we didn’t even produce them at the time.”
Marta Marques: “That was bad! When people found the brand and couldn’t shop. I guess part of the process is that you have to have your first difficult seasons where it’s you struggling to get an image out there and then it starts to click. And then it seems like that happened in the last year or so.”
Do you think a lot of that had to do with the ‘90s resurgence?
MM: “Yeah, I guess. It’s weird with those creative things because it kind of feels like people are in sync in a weird way. So the ‘90s thing was just massive for us. And then we remember working with menswear designers from our year as well at Saint Martins, and people were thinking about the same things.”
I think some of it is that we’re all around the same age and we’re all starting to look back.
MM: “It’s definitely a generational thing, which I think is quite nice because you go back to when you were a teenager and you were discovering fashion and how you were doing and how you approached it, and it’s quite fun. It’s cool like ‘oh those awful boot-cut jeans I had when I was 14 they might be cool.”
How will you evolve your aesthetic?
MM: “I used to always say ‘it’s more about the attitude of the girl than it is about the product,’ which I probably shouldn’t say since I’m selling a product [laughs]. And then Paulo is actually much more focused on the product itself and how to construct it and the actual design of it. So I guess it’s a mixture of them both.
PA: But in the end, it is about selling something with clothes. I guess that’s what we’re trying to do.
M: It has to be a balance of both. It has to have a strong attitude and feel to it, but then also has a big desirability factor to it, because we’ve got a good following of girls that have been wearing the clothes even from the beginning when we weren’t selling anywhere. And it became such a huge part of the brand, that people actually wear it and it’s easy to wear and how they wear it, so it has to be a mix of the both I guess, the attitude and the product itself.
R: Well it’s good that you have each other. You’re two sides of a coin.
MM: “Yeah, we’ve known each other for ten years, and we’ve actually been dating for ten years, so we’ve pretty much become one person. Louise Wilson from Central Saint Martins used to say that we were joined at the hip.”
Denim is a mammoth industry, and to me sometimes it feels exhausting. You guys are a whole different story because you’ve got nothing to do with the basic fit.
MM: “We understand nothing of those things [laughs].”
So how do you bring a unique design aesthetic to s world that is so dominated by practical elements?
PA: “We tend to say that we work with denim; we are not a denim brand. It’s not about doing the 5 pocket, slim-straight or perfect fit. It is about doing a perfect fit, for whatever we feel that is cool that season or what is relevant, like a baggy boyfriend.”
I think often the best work comes of people that aren’t trained, because there are no rules.
MM: “We approach everything with naïveté, like we used Swarovski crystals in our Spring 2015 collection and we know how expensive and precious they are, but we just had them laying around in a plastic bag and just sewed them in quite random with threads hanging.”
So how did the FKA Twigs thing happen? She’s a big fan of yours.
MM: “It was great, and was completely out of the blue. I think we got a call from her stylist, Karen, and she said she really likes the stuff and she wanted to meet us. And actually she lives next door to us in Hackney. So she just popped by, we had a really nice chat about how she wanted to move forward with her image and stuff and looked at some pieces, talked about what she liked and what she didn’t like and then did some pieces specially for her. She wears some of the Topshop things, she wears some of the seasonal stuff, it’s been quite like organic and fun.”
To start, the magazine’s existing legacy of awarding models (last year they gave the title to Candice Swanepoel, while Bar Refaeli and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have also earned top spots in the past) has sent a very clear message: there is one acceptable way to look, and that is, well, like a model. And while Miley Cyrus earned the honour in 2013, and “Bad Blood” subject Katy Perry took it in 2010, Maxim’s focus on Swift’s personality and her approach to feminism—yes, feminism—in the interview indicates a major change.
“I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger,” she says. “I didn’t quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I didn’t see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived.”
“A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave,” she continues. “A woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born.”
So is that the new definition of “hot”? To sound off about social issues? To embark on a world tour that’s required months of planning, plotting, and choreography? To be a woman in charge of her own career? It’d be nice to think so. Especially since Swift prides herself on being a woman focused on friends and cats (Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson) over the appeasement of men. What’s even more interesting is the fact that her cover is a headshot—with natural makeup.
Perhaps it makes sense, then, that Swift’s evolution is being documented in a magazine that’s arguably celebrating its own. Lest we forget that less than a year ago, Swift was the punchline of double-standard-fuelled jokes built around her seeming inability to “keep a man” and her impressive ability to write a song about him (which she then parlayed into “Shake It Off” — a song that articulates her self-confidence and choice not to engage in public criticism). It was also less than a year ago we saw a Victoria’s Secret model dictate Maxim’s definition of hot, with her corresponding blurb describing her physical features above anything else.
Of course, we can (and should) remember that both Swift and Maxim are still evolving. Swift’s definition of feminism (“equality”) is accurate, but comes from a place of privilege: she says herself that she didn’t really cite the need for it until it became integral to her own life and career. Meanwhile, Maxim is still celebrating and ranking women based on their looks while abiding by a very conventional (read: white) code — after all, since the list started back in 2000, a black woman has yet to top the Maxim Hot 100.
So here’s hoping Swift’s placement on that list signals the start of bigger changes. Maybe we’ll see more women front covers of men-targeted magazine in minimal makeup, and with the focus on their faces and opinions. Maybe those women will be free to sound off about things that matter more than workouts or beauty regimens. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that — but it’s all part of a larger whole.) Maybe we scrap the word “hot,” or broaden its definition because it’s subjective and arguably outdated.
Maybe we quit ranking altogether.]]>
Former cover girl (Steinfeld starred on our March 2013 issue) first garnered attention back in 2010 after nabbing an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in True Grit. Since, Steinfeld’s become a favourite of fashion brands like Miu Miu, who cast her as its face back in 2011, and Rodarte, who frequently dresses the actress for red carpet events.
With the release of her first single later this year, we look forward to seeing much more of pop’s newest princess in our feed.]]>
Every summer, itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis crop on racks everywhere to remind us of dreaded swim season. But what if swimwear inspired us to do something other than work on our abs and tone our buns? That’s where Toronto-based designer Leilanni Todd steps in.
Todd’s “Yes! Project” is a limited edition swimwear collection, which she created in collaboration with artists from around the world meant to inspire people to realize their creativity, follow their inner bliss, and commit to saying, “Yes!” to whatever it is they want in life. Too much to ask from a one piece? Considering how much we ask of ourselves to even get into one, we think not.
The project came about as a result of Todd’s search for a sense of connection and purpose in her own life, after she began to stop doing what others said she “should” do, and start saying Yes! to her own creative intuition. Todd’s collaboration celebrates her fellow artists ability to trust the voice that says, “Yes! I can do this” and inspires others to do the same.
The first release of the eco-friendly suits (Todd’s dyeing technique uses no water) features artists Andrew Kidder, Maiko Gubler, Clay Hickson, and the Low Bros who use Miami Vice-like graffiti and new-age influences to create compelling bikinis and one-pieces defined by graphics and ‘80s inspired prints. The unique pop designs embody the core values of the Yes! Project – community, inspiration, positive vibes, bliss and trusting yourself enough to say, “Yes!” (got it yet?)
Todd’s modern take on the retro look allows you to soak up the sun in style by day, and then layer your suit with a pair of shorts for the illusion of a cool music festival-appropriate bodysuit or crop top by night. Either way, the collection leaves us eager to grab our SPF and head to the beach (and maybe go create something of our own while we’re at it).
Browse Leilanni’s swim collection below:]]>
The promise of tank tops and cut offs has us thinking about decorating our limbs with temporary tats like Beyoncé in the Feelin’ Myself video. Truthfully, faux ink has been a bit of an obsession since Cara Delevingne’s bod was a sandwich board at the 2015 Met Gala for the beautiful handiwork of Keith Bang Bang McCurdy, the man responsible for her (real) lion finger tattoo.
For those of us who want to partake in the trend, but don’t have 12 hours to paint a cherry blossom mural on our arms and chest, stick-on temporary tattoos are the answer. Beyoncé has been into Flash Tattoos for a while. Lulu Dk is another celeb favourite. After a quick Google search, we also found brands that offer non-metallic options and offbeat designs (in case a banana wearing sunglasses is your thing). There’s Tattly, Tattyoo (these are made in Switzerland, so quality), Tattify, and a short but sweet collection over at Sara M. Lyons.
It’s commitment-free beauty at its finest. Because getting a real one and then regretting it (#winoforever) means laser removal is the only escape, and as cool as the process looks, we’d rather wash ours off.
Check out our favourite red carpet and runway examples of the temporary tattoo trend.]]>
Rita Ora is a total hair chameleon. From the daring blonde braids she debuted on Instagram last week, to her awards season pixie, there doesn’t seem to be a look that Ora won’t try (and look great in!). The singer’s classic makeup choices allow her the versatility to rock every ‘do imaginable. Black winged eye liner, a bold red lip and strong brows are her beauty mainstays, making room for a lot of hair experimentation.
For a summer hair update, we can all take a hint from Ora’s style. By keeping your makeup simple and understated, there’s lots of space to try something new with your hair. Of course, there’s always the option to go blonde for the summer months (a look that she knows well) but her repertoire of hairstyles holds many more unique options and ideas for a summer makeover. Why not try bubblegum pink? Maybe a blonde lob with purple and green streaks. Whatever your hair preference, Rita Ora is the perfect hairspiration to look to.
See our favourite of Rita Ora’s hairstyles below.]]>
Legendary fashion photographer Horst P. Horst (say that three times fast) is the focus of Horst – Photographer of Style, a new exhibit examining his most famous photos now on view at the McCord Museum in Montreal through August 23, 2015. Curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the exhibit is the first major retrospective on the German-American photographer’s six-decade career, and brings his work to life with oversized prints, sketchbook, contact sheets and archival footage.
Thanks to Horst’s longtime love affair with Vogue (he starting contributing photos in 1931, a time when fashion photography was just beginning to gather momentum), museum-goers can also take in a visual timeline of his many striking magazine covers, plus eight haute couture dresses borrowed from V&A’s private collection, including those from Chanel and Lanvin.
Besides fashion, Horst also experimented with portraiture. Think Bette Davis and Marlene Dietrich, to name just a couple of the Hollywood starlets he’s immortalized in print. He also dabbled in travel, nature and surrealism, counting a Salvador Dalí collab as one of his many notable moments. In the 1950s, Horst did a series of male nudes (à la Greek God), which would later inspire another iconic photographer, Bruce Weber.
His most famous photo by far is “Mainbocher Corset” (1939), a black-and-white image of a woman viewed from behind and sporting a Detolle corset. If the photo doesn’t ring any bells, think back to 1990 and Madonna’s “Vogue” video, wherein the pop diva attempted to recreate this evocative imagery. To prolong your visit, there’s an exhibition catalog (read: coffee table book) that will look just lovely in your fashion library filed between Demarchelier, Patrick and Leibovitz, Annie.
With a Calvin Klein contract already under her belt, supermodel Christy Turlington landed her first Maybelline New York deal in the early ’90s after years of runway and editorial work. In 2015, Palestinian-American model Gigi Hadid already had a staggering Instagram and Twitter following when she signed on with the beauty brand—not long before, she was just a high school senior, filling out college applications in between volleyball practices. Welcome to the era of the social media models, where followers and likes trump magazine covers and experience, and a new breed of supes — like Hadid and her close friend Kendall Jenner—are poised to become the Christy, Naomi or Linda of their generation.
“[Kendall and I] started in the modelling world at the same time, and it’s been really awesome to experience it together,” says Hadid. Her CV is already stacked—a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit gig, walking in Chanel’s runway protest (“I held a sign that said ‘Boys Should Get Pregnant too!’”) and a Tom Ford campaign, which she landed with a little help from her “fashion fairy godmother” Carine Roitfeld. When Hadid’s agent emailed her about a meeting with the former French Vogue editor, “I kind of thought he sent it to the wrong person,” says Hadid.
It seems she is acutely aware of the cultural significance of this moment. “I feel really lucky to be a model in the time of social media. We’re not just someone that a girl likes because she saw her once in a magazine. We get to be the models that people like because they like the same bands and pizza and mascara as us—that’s stuff that we can share through social media. I think that’s really cool.”]]>
Whether it’s a horrible bridesmaid dress, a prospective bump-in with the ex, or a classic case of a demanding bridezilla, there are plenty of unavoidable factors that make us want to abandon our position in the bridal party lineup and run in the other direction. Or at least run straight to the (hopefully open) bar. But of course, becoming BFFs with the bartender isn’t the wisest option.
Instead, we have to walk through the crowd of friends and strangers pretending that “Yes, I did ask for this ’90s prom-style hairdo with curled fangs hanging at my temples. And yes, it was a true honor to spend a quarter of my rent on a dress that resembles Andie Walsh’s Pretty in Pink number. And yes, I’m indeed delighted to be celebrating the marriage of yet another friend while I’m still searching for my Tinderfella.”
But, whatever the cause of your stress may be, there are ways to make it all suck a little less. And so, to help you complete your bridesmaid duties with a big (genuine) smile on your face, we’re outlining five simple bridesmaid beauty tips to help you look and feel your best.
Browse the gallery below for the beauty tips that’ll make being a bridesmaid a little more tolerable.]]>
If you’ve looked at your phone even once today, you’ll know that Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj one-upped Taylor Swift, releasing their BFF answer to “Bad Blood” with “Feelin’ Myself,” a racy new track. The video, available only on Jay-Z’s new streaming service Tidal, was shot over a weekend at Coachella and makes us wish our concert season will look even a tiny bit like this.
Beyoncé is hooded up in an anorak by up-and-coming cult label Off White, while Nicki wears a pair of the brand’s distressed denim shorts. In need of desert relief, the girls hop in a blowup-pool sporting pink furry coats (natch) and two of the coolest one-pieces we’ve seen this season. Throwing back to one of the most identifiable ’90s trends, Beyoncé dons a Chicago Bulls swimsuit, while Nicki dons Barbie accessories.
The video is exactly what you would expect: fun, super sexy and filled with tons of fashion moments that make you want to go home and dig up any old jerseys you may have kickin’ around from the ’90s. We will be!
See all the looks here:]]>
Defined by breezy slip-on dresses, crop-tops and cheery sunset hues, summer style gives us a sense of liberating freedom that only our inner child could understand. Whether you enjoy spending your summer days indulging in an assortment of different flavoured ice cream cones (we don’t blame you), hitting a nearby patio, or embarking on a road trip with your BFFs, our Style Panel members offer an outfit to go with any summer activity your heart desires.
Flip through to see how our Style Panel will bring on the summer vibes!
Question 136: What is your go to summer outfit going to be, and what are you looking forward to doing in it most? Read the answers now! »]]>
An extra day off work means we let our hair down in all departments, planning a few consecutive days of drinks and picnic food with your crew (I’m looking at you, Brooklyn pizza and PBR). It’s kind of the best thing ever, but when Tuesday rolls around we’re usually ready to get back on the health train (amiright?). If you’re anything like me, you actually enjoy kale salads and juices in hues like ruby red and lime green. Not to mention there’s a certain smugness that comes with being able list off the superfoods you’re consuming with the authority of an MD.
The ultimate ringleader in the health food domain, Ruth Tal, of Fresh Restaurants, knows all about that. “When I’m not eating properly and juicing, I feel sluggish, I feel bloated, my energy and my mental clarity is not there,” she says. “I break out really easily and that’s where I notice it. You can see it in my pallor. What you put in is what you get out. If you put good stuff in your body, you’re going to have a good level of energy. It’s premium fuel versus diesel.”
Here, we present Tal’s favourite recipes to hit restart.]]>
The news materialized via Screen Daily, who reported that multiple women were turned away from the “Carol” red carpet for wearing inappropriate footwear, including women in their 50s and women with disabilities, who were donning rhinestone flats. In turn, the festival director stepped up to squash the claims, saying they were “unfounded.”
“Rules have not changed throughout the years (tuxedo, formal dress for gala screenings) and there is no specific mention about the height of women’s heels as well as for men’s,” a Cannes spokesperson told the BBC.
However, Asif Kapadia (director of the documentary, “Amy”) tweeted about his own wife being nearly turned away for wearing flats, while Valeria Richter told the Telegraph she’d been reprimanded about her footwear, despite her missing a toe and part of her foot.
Understandably, this bodes badly for Cannes, especially since the festival has already come under scrutiny for gender imbalance—a wrong they’ve been trying to right, despite having only two female directors in competition. And while the heel/flat debacle is still in the he said/she said stage of existence, the fact that even one person (allegedly) was questioned on the height of their footwear indicates the presence of some serious sexism.
“Everyone should wear flats, to be honest, at the best of times,” Emily Blunt said at a press conference for “Scario,” referring to the news as “disappointing.” “You kind of think that there’s these new waves of equality.”
And then you realize there isn’t.
Regardless of whether or not heel height is the problem, the fact that Cannes — or any other festival — is basing their dress code on gender convention is what’s most upsetting. The official dress code states the men must wear tuxedos with bow ties and black shoes, while women are expected to wear dresses with heels — but why? Why, in 2015, when we’re preaching the importance of equality and teaching that we’re more than the anatomy we happened to have been born with, are we insisting professional adults abide by a dress code that goes against both of those things?
In the same panel as Blunt, director Denis Villeneuve joked that he and Benicio Del Toro (“Scario’s” other co-star) should take to the red carpet in heels as protest, which would be a bold and justified move because Cannes’ dress code is just as damaging to men as it is to women. To say that men and women must dress to accommodate gender roles or risk being turned away from a major cinematic event (effectively hurting their careers) sends the message that there is only one way for men and women to dress in general. And considering movies have provided the prime platform for social discussion and progress, instituting a limiting dress code goes against everything the arts stands for. Isn’t the point of the arts to challenge and rebel?
Ultimately, what’s happening at Cannes right now—whether it be its dress code, or its call for a specific heel height—serves as a reminder that even in so-called “safe places” (see: an industry based on the freedom of self-expression), there’s a long way to go in terms of inclusion. We have progressed in certain ways, yes, but in terms of gender-based thinking, even the film industry needs to catch up. We’re more than tuxedos, bowties, gowns, and high heels. The clothes shouldn’t make the (wo)man.]]>
Cannes Film Festival is still in full swing, but the spotlight was briefly back on this continent, thanks to this past Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. From Taylor Swift debuting her star-studded “Bad Blood” music video (and sweeping up all the awards) to Sam Smith thanking his fans à la Love Actually to H&M announcing its upcoming collab with Balmain, let’s just say a lot went down that night.
With the award show taking place in Las Vegas, you can assume red carpet outfits would be nothing short of sparkles and skin-baring. Aside from Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn giving us a taste of the #HMBalmaination collection, Balmain was a clear fave for the rest of the celebs as well. Honestly, it might be easier to name who didn’t wear the designer label (hint, Kylie, Lily and more). However, TayTay took the crown for the best Balmain look of the night. Leading her squad of well-dressed besties in probably the sexiest look to date, the singer-songwriter rocked a white-hot jumpsuit that was both cleavage and skin-baring. She topped it all off with a cheeky “Bad Blood” Edie Parker clutch.
We also weren’t too shocked to see many of the ladies showing off their midriffs with summer just around the corner. While Iggy Azalea looked just so pretty in a powder-blue ensemble for the event, Rita Ora and Zendaya both worked winning looks by Fausto Puglisi.]]>
If reading your horoscope is a daily ritual, you’re likely already aware that Mercury goes into retrograde on Monday, May 18th. If your interest in the cosmos is more casual, that might be accompanied by nothing more than a smile and nod. Rising signs, super moons, equinoxes – the effect of the planets on our daily lives is something we often feel rather than understand.
For astrology lovers, it makes perfect sense that the movements of stars and planets would hold such a profound influence over our moods and auras. But what kinds of galactic shifts should we be mindful of? When do they occur and what do they mean for us? We turned to astrologer Aerin Fogel to help break down some of the more common astrological terms into a handy glossary to meet all of your divination needs. Consider it insurance against the coming communication breakdowns Mercury retrograde is sure to bring.
Browse our astrology glossary below and get familiar with the terms and how they relate to you.]]>
This Sunday, May 17th, Mad Men will come to an end after seven glorious seasons, and effectively leave us both in tears and in think piece heaven. (It’s the only way we’ll be able to pick up the pieces.)
But today, we distract you. Thanks to the genius of costume designer Janie Bryant, Mad Men has established itself as an aesthetic force, helping to usher in a vintage (and vintage-inspired—thank you, Banana Republic) craze that, despite the series’ reminder that the ’60s were anything but idyllic, has over-romanticized the era.
Well, we don’t have time for that. Today, we cut to the chase and rank Mad Men’s best-dressed characters (women only — sorry, Pete’s shorts), which we expect will create just as much controversy as the addition of Don’s waitress obsession this season. Get set.
See the best-dressed list (from best to worst) below. And yes, there are spoilers.]]>
Known for her breakout role in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Martin’s unconventional and risky character choices align perfectly with the Italian fashion house. Miuccia Prada describes the Miu Miu woman as “fearless” and there’s no doubt she fits the bill. Shot by Steven Meisel, you can expect to see the print campaign for the fragrance soon.
“The shoot was like no other thanks to Steven Meisel’s incredible sensitivity and talent,” said Martin in a statement. “I’m so honoured to be the face of the first Miu Miu fragrance. Working with Miu Miu is almost like working with family.”
Miu Miu’s first fragrance will be in stores September 2015.]]>
Pics of Taylor hosting a star-studded BBQ with Lorde and Empire’s Serayah McNeill or decorating Gigi Hadid’s new NYC apartment with Kendall Jenner are just a few of the recent posts filling her feed. In between costume changes at her 1989 World Tour, Taylor plays clips of her ultra-famous besties, Selena Gomez, Haim, Cara Delevingne and Jamie King, recounting stories of their friendship with the pop princess. It’s unclear what the added musical value is but the crowd obviously eats it up. The latest example of her celeb squad? The highly anticipated “Bad Blood” video. Lily Aldridge, Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss and Lena Dunham are just a handful of her BFFs starring in the mini movie that was released this Sunday. The girls are decked out in their fiercest Kill Bill uniforms and (with a ton of aid from special effects) display some epically badass moves. If we were ever in trouble this is the team to call.
So how did TayTay accumulate BFF status with so many of today’s biggest names? It seems many of these friendships were started through social media shout outs. If Swift sends out some Twitter props or shows a little insta-love to an unsuspecting starlet, it’s a pretty good sign that a new addition to the clique is brewing. But only the brightest of stars seem to attract the singer. So who will be the newest inductee into the ultimate girl gang? We know Elizabeth Olsen has been vocal about being a viable candidate. We’ll just have to watch our feeds and see.
See Taylor and all her girls kick butt in the new “Bad Blood” video:]]>
You know who couldn’t decide between two hair colours? Cruella Deville. And why should she? You may have noticed the hashtag #splithair popping up on your Instagram newsfeed, and it’s so bold, it makes Kylie Jenner’s candy-coloured locks look #iwokeuplikethis-worthy.
After unlikely celebs like Hilary Duff and Jourdan Dunn hopped on the pastel hair train, we thought we had seen it all. But like any trend, those days are already behind us, as progressive beauties move onto the next head-turning ‘do.
As the name suggests, this half-and-half hairstyle is defined by contrasting two hues, which are typically divided at the crown of the head. Can’t decide between blue and green ? With split hair, you can literally have the best of both worlds! From brown and blonde to red and orange, it’s safe to say that pretty much anything goes when it comes to choosing two perfect hues.
Although this over-the-top look may not seem practical for everyday wear, with accounts like @splithair dedicated exclusively to the daring style, if you’re going to go for it, you may as well do it for the ‘gram.
See some of our favourite #splithair looks below.]]>
Over the past couple of years, Miley Cyrus has become our favourite provocateur. From hairy armpit selfies (#freeyourpits!) to barely-there butterfly costumes, Miley makes it clear that she is all about doing her own thing. And as of recently, doing her own thing has meant covering inspiring songs with other great artists in honour of the launch of her own charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation. The foundation aims to provide resources for homeless and LGBT youth. Miley has been a supporter of this cause for some time now, notably using her MTV VMA acceptance speech in 2014 as a time to highlight the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles.
Most recently, Miley released a duet featuring a onesie-clad Ariana Grande. Covering the 1986 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” the pair kicked back on an inflatable couch and sung their (unicorn and bear-mouse) hearts out.
Miley’s no stranger to controversy, and with all the press surrounding her new foundation, she managed to kick up even more social media frenzy with an interview with Out Magazine. “I didn’t want to be a boy. I kind of want to be nothing,” the singer claimed, inspiring a social media barrage filled with questions from fans. Some are quick to label her newfound identity as genderqueer and bisexual, but she doesn’t seem to be concerned with labels and is focusing on the spotlight on her charity.
Watch Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande’s gorgeous duet for The Happy Hippie Foundation below.]]>
A lot can happen in seven days. That’s why every Friday, we’re going to look at three beauty moments we had feelings about, and discuss them accordingly.
1. Jennifer Lawrence is the new face of Dior Addict
Let’s face it, guys: It’s only a matter of time before Jennifer Lawrence begins designing for Dior. Or at least that’s my takeaway after news the Oscar winner/Dior muse was revealed as the new face of Dior Addict Lipstick.
Released on May 12, the first campaign image saw J-Law decked out in her natural-looking glory via Dior’s bronze eyeshadow, peach blush, and a light pink lip gloss, which comes out on September 1st when the brand relaunches with 44 new shades of Dior Addict Lipstick, made with a new formula(!).
But on top of upcoming print ads and commercials, what I think matters most about this news is that Lawrence has now completed her Dior trifecta. As a model for the Miss Dior handbag line, a wearer of Dior to almost every red carpet event, and the face of Dior Addict Lipstick, J-Law has only one option: to teach us how to copy every look. Why? Because that’s what celebrity best friends are for.]]>
You may have heard something about a Chanel bagel bag late last year, and chances are that you either want to eat it, buy it, or sniff it for origin. Well, that was the idea. The bag in question was the work of Chloe Wise, a 24-year-old Canadian artist, whose ironic blend of snacks and fashion has catapulted her to Internet fame. The NYC-based Wise is all about early aught status bags, transforming them into cheeky sculpture in the name of art. “Those bags represented a form of luxury that, despite their small size and near functionless-ness, afforded their owner a position of status,” says Wise. For those entering teen years at that time, status bags are the ultimate timestamps, from Vuitton’s Murakami collab to Dior’s saddlebag (I had a fake Gucci fanny pack, but that’s about it).
Wise has created a whole collection of status symbols (they’re actually urethane sculptures), which are now on view at her just-opened exhibit, “Pissing, Shmoozing and Looking Away” (at Division Gallery through June 13). There’s Belgian Moschino waffles, Gucci whipped cream and, of course, Chanel pancakes. Flip through our gallery for a taste of Chloe Wise’s baked spin.]]>
We all know that our fave celebs like to keep things fresh. And while we wish we could enjoy the luxury of that kind of spontaneity, unfortunately a fresh dye job every other week is too costly and time-consuming to consider. So to avoid experimenting on our own locks, we revel in the glory that is Rihanna‘s ability to rock every colour of the rainbow, and Beyoncé‘s power to remain totally flawless no matter the style she’s sporting.
Despite how put-together these celebs are on the red carpet, sometimes the behind-the-scenes story reveals a more chaotic scene. Take for example Beyoncé’s now-iconic high pony from this year’s Met Gala, that was apparently styled during the elevator ride down to the red carpet (causing Queen Bey’s noted 2-hour tardiness). Bey’s longtime stylist revealed that the singer’s locks were originally wrapped up in “an asian-inspired chignon,” but after consideration, she felt that it might be too costume-y, inspiring the spur-of-the-moment decision. “Then we were in the elevator on the way down, and she looks at me and says ‘I want to change my hair, will you change my hair?'” the stylist explained. Despite warning from her stylist about the possibility of paparazzi intrusion during the quick change, Beyoncé had a vision she wanted to see through.
Shortly before the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Rihanna made a last-minute decision to chop off her hair, revealing the pixie cut that we all know and love. According to her stylist, Ursula Stephan, “[We’d] been talking about going short for a while now, and it was actually planned for [the following] week, but I just felt like, why wait?” Rih is no stranger to making a statement, and chopping off her locks last second is just another reason we love her.
Kristen Stewart also made the decision to lose her length before hitting the red carpet for the Chanel Fall 2014 show. The starlet’s stylist, Ken O’Rourke revealed in an Instagram snap that the look really was a “wash and go,” and that on Stewart’s request, he whipped out his scissors in the hotel bathroom and gave her an updated look. Plus, the only products he used to create the look were a bit of hair wax and dry shampoo!
More recently, Kim Kardashian surprised us all with an update that we really didn’t see coming. She decided to go platinum blonde just before appearing front row at the Givenchy show in March. Kim revealed her inspiration for the new ‘do, saying “I’ve always had this image of Madonna with platinum hair in my references folder on my computer [and] I thought what better time than right now for Paris Fashion Week.” She added, “It was a really last-minute decision.”
Unfortunately its not always last-minute bursts of creativity that cause celebs to change up their look, but sometimes too much damage can be the deciding factor. Jennifer Aniston revealed that a botched Brazilian blow-dry is the reason she had to lose six inches of her luscious locks. “My hair did not react really well to it,” she said about the fact that she had to go for the chop in order to get it healthy again.
See the surprising celebrity hair transformations that turned out to be last-minute decisions below.
Net-a-Porter turns 15 this year, and there’s no denying it’s one overachieving teen. Since going live in 2000 (cue dial-up Internet sound effects), the London-based e-tailer has spawned offshoot websites The Outnet and Mr. Porter, launched a magazine, and recently introduced luxe sportswear into their inventory, because, you know, #athleisure. So their latest venture should come as no surprise: an app dubbed The Net Set, which launched yesterday.
The fully shoppable app (available on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch) essentially serves as a social media community for fashion-savvy users, allowing them to connect with other like-minded members, as well as brands and even designers themselves. “The Net Set is to mobile in 2015 what Net-a-Porter was to desktop in 2000,” says Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of the Net-a-Porter Group. “The rise of social media and style blogs has shown that women around the world are inspired by each other’s style and their closets.” The Net Set will allow users to share their favourite looks, trends and wardrobe items—pretty much anything they love and find inspiring—while being able to instantly shop for said items.
The app comes at a crucial time in the social media sphere, given the rise of Instagram shopping. In recent years, mobile-commerce apps such as Like2Buy and Like To Know It have made it possible for users to identify specific items in Instagram snaps and direct them to a link to purchase. A pretty handy feature if you ask us, especially when it comes to must-cop duds from popular retailers like Nasty Gal and Reformation.
Perhaps the first to this party has been VFiles, V Magazine’s retail/social media platform which launched back in 2012 as a hub for users to discuss and post pretty much anything and everything fashion-related, whether it be emerging talent or bucket hats suddenly being cool again (thanks for that, Rihanna). The platform recently underwent a refresh (VFiles 2.0), introducing a contact feature for users to direct message one another, and a ‘shop’ button, for users to sell their work. (Insert wad of cash emojis here.)]]>
Because spring is a period of renewal, it’s about time we take the hint and give ourselves a fresh new look by experimenting with the bright liners and shadows that have spent the winter months hibernating in our makeup bags. Whether it’s swapping a dull shade of grey for a neon liner, or opting for a pink lip rather than a deep plum, a spring beauty upgrade will instantly lighten up your face and make you look prepared for the warm, spring weather.
We asked our Beauty Panel how they’re changing up their makeup routine as the weather gets warmer. Read on to find out!
Challenge 92: How are you changing up your makeup routine and experimenting with brighter looks this spring? See the answers now! »
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