Your caffeine addiction just got even more delicious. Along with the incessant urge to sip gallons of morning glory, we’ve discovered bigger and more beautiful things that a cup of joe can do. We’re here to advise upping your love for coffee by, well, slathering it on your skin. Turns out, caffeine in beauty products is a major must-have.
Coffee grinds are chock-full of potent antioxidants that can help fight free radicals. Caffeine also has the capacity to constrict your blood vessels, and reduce inflammation including those god-forsaken dark circles under your eyes. Where your bottomless cups of coffee can often cause dehydration (sorry but it’s true), caffeine is put to good use when applied to the surface of your skin. These DIY and caffeine-infused beauty buys draw excess fluid from your fat cells to help support and enhance the condition and clarity of your skin, from face to feet.
These are the fast facts about coffee: it’s brimming with superhero-worthy antioxidants, and while we might usually associate that healthy buzzword with blueberries and kale, coffee is packing a serious punch of its own. From fighting premature signs of aging, to erasing environmental damage, sloughing away dead skin, cleaning your scalp, tightening your pores and brightening your skin, there’s almost nothing this magical bean can’t do.]]>
Fashion loves buzzwords. From arm party to It girl, these trendy terms infiltrate our minds, our Twitter feeds and our cocktail banter. Midway through the Spring 2015 collections during New York fashion week last September, there was a new bumper crop: artisanal, sock bootie, athleisure. But one in particular was light years ahead of them all: wearable technology. London-based interactive fashion brand CuteCircuit (Nicole Scherzinger wore its one-of-a-kind Twitter dress, which displays tweets in real time, on the red carpet in 2012) literally lit up the runway with its LED designs, which included tux jackets with illuminated lapels and miniskirts with electronic hearts. Models controlled their own outfits using a smartphone and an app.
State-of-the-art fashion continued its grand reveal at Rebecca Minkoff, where the designer teamed up with mobile accessories company Case-Mate on two unique pieces: a gold chain-link notification bracelet that buzzes (via Bluetooth) when you receive a call or text and a black leather band that charges your mobile device on the go. Wearables doubling as jewellery made several other guest appearances. At Opening Ceremony, we were introduced to MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory). The luxury bracelet, designed in collaboration with American tech giant Intel, features semi-precious stones and a 1.5-inch touch screen. Think sexy (18-karat gold and snakeskin) and smart (among its many tricks, it sends the wearer recommendations for local hotspots from Yelp). Diesel Black Gold hooked up with Samsung on its Gear S smart watch, which rocks the brand’s signature leather and metal details. Over in California that same week, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled Apple Watch, calling it the “most personal device we’ve ever created.” The tricked-out timepiece provides new ways to communicate right from your wrist, including transferring calls to your iPhone. Hello 007. It also features a Digital Crown—the first of its kind—which allows the wearer to scroll, zoom and navigate without covering the screen. This sleek design comes in an array of styles, including the super-luxe Edition, which boasts 18-karat yellow or rose gold. (You know it’s a fashion game-changer when Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour attends the Parisian launch.) Clearly, sci-fi for the sartorially inclined is streaking toward Earth and heading straight for our jewellery boxes. In the ever-expanding galaxy of wearables, chic accessories are some of the brightest new stars.
“We’re used to carrying our technology with us, but now we want it to be part of us, part of our bodies,” says Tom Emrich, a Toronto-based tech consultant and founder of We Are Wearables, an organization that provides a hub for tech communities to explore and celebrate this emerging industry. When wearables started entering the mainstream in late 2012, no one was even saying the F-word—fashion. “The things we put on our bodies reflect our style and sense of self. There was a disconnect,” he says. Designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch seized the opportunity, forming partnerships with companies such as Google and Fitbit, respectively. Wearables targeted to women rapidly shifted from geek to chic. Now, elegant fretwork pendants count calories, sleek timepieces answer calls and bejewelled rings keep us on schedule.]]>
Am I supposed to exfoliate my eye area?
Not with anything physical, no! There’s a reason every scrubby, grainy exfoliator out there says to avoid the eye area and that’s because the skin in the eye area is extremely delicate and can be irritated or damaged by physical exfoliants. If you’re really hoping to increase cell turnover in this area, look for an eye cream that contains fruit and yeast extracts, such as philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Eye ($64, sephora.ca). The enzymes in these extracts gently encourage cell renewal in the eye area, revealing fresh skin, which will ultimately diminish the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. This formula also contains algae extract to deflate puffy eyes.
Every time I buy a potted gel or cream liner, it dries out before I can even use it up. What are my alternatives?
You have a buffet of alternatives, including pencils and powders—the usual traditional formats of eyeliner—but we’re going to direct your attention to Tarte’s new Tarteist Clay Paint Liner ($29, sephora.ca). The inspiration behind this squeeze tube format of eyeliner was a tube of paint, and the formula texture reflects that inspiration, since it’s between a gel and liquid consistency. The budge-proof formula stays put for 12 hours and it applies like a dream with the included angled bamboo liner brush. The opening of the tube features a “palette” area where you dispense exactly what you need from the tube and then coat the brush bristles with the liner from the palette. No more scrubbing liner off the back of your hand after perfecting your wings, and no more barely used pots of liner going to waste!
What’s a gentle way to exfoliate my skin? It feels so rough after this winter.
Skin can become particularly sensitive after extreme weather conditions that we have been enduring this winter, so it’s important to use a gentle product, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see major results. Apply Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel ($42, sephora.ca) on dry, makeup-free skin. After rubbing the gel into the skin, you’ll begin to see the exfoliation take place, and the dead skin will ball up when it’s time to rinse. The formula’s fruit alpha hydroxy acids will work to eradicate oil and bacteria while an exfoliating molecule clings to dead skin cells to lift them up and sweep them away for smoother, softer skin.
My hair is chronically dry this winter. What can I use to help it feel hydrated again?
If you can get away with it, wash your hair less frequently. The more you wash it, the drier it can get since frequent shampooing strips the hair of natural oils it loves. If that’s not an option, then try using a product to seal in moisture, like Pantene Expert Collection Dry Defy Velvet Crème Infusion ($10, well.ca). This leave-in hair serum works to create a micro-seal to protect hair from environmental aggressors that drain hair of moisture, such as a month of Environment Canada extreme winter weather warnings. Hair is left soft and manageable, making this product a keeper year-round.
After a few days of teasing us on Instagram, Chanel finally released the much-anticipated “3 Girls, 3 Bags” campaign, starring Kristen Stewart, Alice Dellal and Vanessa Paradis.
We got the news that the A-list trio were set to star in Chanel’s latest bag campaign at the Spring 2015 Couture show. Though the three campaign stars could not be more different in both personality and style, Lagerfeld united the three women in one campaign to showcase the versatility of Chanel bags. Shot by Karl Lagerfeld in black and white, each Chanel ambassadress carries one the house’s three iconic handbags (11.12, Boy and Girl).
Bringing modernity and youthfulness to the ladylike 11.12 Chanel bag is Stewart, who said in a statement, “For me, the iconic handbag is just like the House of Chanel, fundamental and modern.”
Meanwhile, Dellal fronts the masculine-meets-feminine Boy Chanel bag in an oversized suede shirt and the Boy in denim patchwork, because since its debut back in 2012, nobody embodies it better than a rocker-chic It girl. And fronting the newest handbag in the family is brand veteran Vanessa Paradis, outfitted in nothing but pearl necklaces and the Girl Chanel cross-body bag.
While you may not be able to tear the campaign ads from your magazines just yet (the campaign’s being released in April 2015), check out the “3 Girls, 3 Bags” campaign images below so you can set your favourite as your desktop wallpaper in the meantime.
Oils, serums, moisturizers, peels, masks; there’s a lot to do (and know!) when it comes to skincare. Between all the different products on your bathroom counter, and the ingredients that go into them, your list of new words to add to your vocabulary can quickly go from interesting to totally overwhelming. After all, how many times can you possibly google “what’s the difference between salicylic and glycolic acid”? We sat down with skincare expert Peter Thomas Roth to talk skincare, and his three rules will make your head stop spinning once and for all and leave you feeling seriously zen and balanced when it comes to your routine.]]>
Hair accessories: they’ve been a beauty trend for a few seasons, but while they look amazing on Karlie Kloss coming down the runway, they can sometimes be too theatrical to pull off IRL. (No offense, Sam McKnight’s crocodile tails.) Often made by the designers themselves, this caliber of hair jewellery costs more than all the bobby pins you’ve owned combined, and is often as hard to get your hands on as a wait-listed handbag.
Still, we’ve loved hair adornment since ponytail cones and banana clips were a thing, so there was a lot for us to love this season, from the metallic ponytail holders at Carolina Herrera in New York, to the leather headbands at Fendi that had their own security details. At Gucci, where it was Paul Hanlon’s first time keying the show, a handful of models wore flower or seashell combs that were nestled in their bed head hair, while others wore berets and headbands.
Shimmery barrettes anchored poofy side-ponies at Prada, and there was more decoration at Dolce and Gabbana, where motherhood was the inspiration behind the show. Palau tucked bright baubles and pearls into wispy chignons made to look like the lady of the house might have done it herself, during nap time. As pretty as the hair jewellery looked, it didn’t steal the show from the other, ahem, accessory on stage: babies! Another atypical accessory: headphones. A far cry from the humble ear bud, the bejeweled personal sound systems worn by some of the models were plugged into iPhones. (How 2015.) Maybe those busy moms finally got around to listening to Serial.]]>
Milan Fashion Week is coming to an end, and street style stars showed up to impress and celebrate yet another successful round of shows. The Italians have already showcased their soft spot for eye-catching prints and furry accessories during the first couple of days, and colour us unsurprised, the trends showed no signs of slowing down this past weekend with fashion show attendees like Anna Dello Russo continuing to bring her furriest and boldest outfits yet.
Bags, shoes and colourful throws have gotten their fair share of attention in the past few style snap round-ups, but if there’s one street style necessity that begging for our attention, it’s sunglasses. Whether fashion week guests were shading their eyes from photographers’ flashing bulbs or just topping off their stellar outfits, statement shades were everywhere. From futuristic mirrored ones to glam cat eyes to retro designs, these outfit-making sunglasses have inspired us to wear ours out on even the gloomiest of winter days.]]>
Awards season may be behind us, but that isn’t stopping celebrities from bringing their A-games to the red carpet. While those of us in the Great White North were fortunate to have recently dubbed Academy Award’s Best Actress Julianne Moore present at last night’s Canadian Screen Awards, plenty of the best-dressed action was on the other side of the ocean at the Brit Awards 2015 and Milan Fashion Week’s front row.
Milan Fashion Week may not have got as much star action as New York and London, but it still got heads turning with the coolest It girls showing up. Fashion chameleon Alexa Chung continued to prove her worth on our list looking prim and proper at Prada, while Alexandra Richards and Atlanta de Cadenet went rocker-chic at Just Cavalli. However, it was Kate Mara who took the crown for best-dressed during Milan Fashion Week showing us exactly how we should be wearing all our coats this season.
Meanwhile, over in England, the Brits partied it up for the annual Brit Awards 2015 to celebrate the best music talent in the country. Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith were the biggest winners of the night, but it was the ladies that took home the best-dressed awards and grabbed our attention. Slipping into this season’s most popular red carpet (and Spring runway!) trend, Rita Ora and Taylor Swift both donned sheer couture creations. While Ora dazzled in Zuhair Murad, T-Swift brought a little drama to the event in a The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-inspired gown by Roberta Cavalli.]]>
From babes in arms to an elegant senior, the runways were a family affair over the weekend at Milan Fashion Week. Dolce & Gabbana celebrated motherhood with crayon prints and a backdrop of women and kids (including 11 models who appeared with their own children), while Irving Penn muse Benedetta Barzini, now 71, closed the Antonio Marras show in an embellished floral coat. Both were uplifting experiences that seemed to say that fashion is for one and all. And what exactly will we all want to be wearing in the days ahead? Browse the gallery below for our roundup of the top nine Milan Fashion Week trends for Fall 2015.]]>
Chances are you’ve come across the terms “natural” or “nude” when looking for skin-coloured matches in the lingerie aisle. And chances are those terms translate to “beige” and “not even close to a match” for many women of colour.
Enter Nubian Skin, a new line of undergarments for dark skin.
“Nude has a different definition to each person,” says founder Ade Hassan. “The majority of the fashion industry simply hasn’t quite come to that realization yet. I realized it was something that I needed and was so essential that it had to be something other women of colour would want.”
The call for more diverse underwear choices and goods targeted at non-Caucasian skin isn’t new, but the discussion is getting louder—and comes on the heels of calls for more diverse models on the runway from critics like Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell.
Over a year of research went into finding the right fabric for Hassan’s line, which allows it to “blend in” with dark skin to give women better coverage that appears almost invisible. The fashion line currently sells three different types of bras, four styles of underwear, as well as tights and stockings that range from $16 to $75. And the label is building steam—fast (Kerry Washington is a fan).
Despite the international success, Hassan is keen to point out that her business is about more than just selling bras; it’s about starting a conversation around the needs of all women and how fashion entrepreneurs might be the ones to fill that gap.
“I think there is something to be said for women who can’t find what they’re looking for [and] not waiting for someone to give it to them, but going out and creating it.”]]>
As far as runway beauty looks go, ponytails can be crazy boring, and a buzzkill for beauty editors; whenever we show up backstage to find hairstylists pulling strands back into a swishy tail, it’s over to makeup and nails we march, hoping for a Hail Mary pass.
But so far this season, the ponytails haven’t made us want to take a nap. Some have been downright cool, including the one that hairstylist Guido Palau crafted at Prada Fall 2015.
Since nary a bobby pin was used, Palau relied on a yet-to-hit-shelves gel/mousse hybrid, and hairspray to lock it all into place. Hair was pulled up high, secured, swiveled to the side and then topped off with a glittery bauble. We love an accessory that you don’t have to turn around to see.]]>
As Milan Fashion Week Fall 2015 marches along, so do its street style stars. The scene outside yesterday’s shows featured fur in every form you can imagine—from collars to bags to our personal favourite, an adorable puppy. Whether you prefer your fur faux or real, in a neutral shade or pastel, there really is something for everyone this season.
Speaking of attention-grabbing shades, Shiona Turini topped off a bright outfit of primary colours with an army green coat, while Susie Lau oped for a less subtle approach of prints on prints on prints. Anna Dello Russo attracted a frenzy of photographers outside the Fall 2015 shows, where she carried on the print trend in Prada.
With temperatures still hovering at torturous levels here, there’s no better time to take a cue from the biggest street style trend of the season and bundle up in as many fur finds as you can manage. A cute furry friend to cuddle up to wouldn’t hurt the cause either.]]>
In a world full of pseudo-stars (and plenty of real ones, too), you can easily get caught up in the ticker tape of new fashion names you “should know.” Every so often, though, a name comes up that conjures the perfect aha moment—like, ah, a true star has been born. Lately, that moment is being owned by Public School, the ultra-cool unisex New York label that (with the help of Anna Wintour) is taking the fashion world by storm.
Launched as a menswear label in 2008 by designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Public School has garnered consistent acclaim from the CFDA, winning its Swarovski award for menswear in 2010 and the coveted Fashion Fund in 2013. With just two seasons of womenswear under their belt, the designers hit another home run at New York Fashion Week last month for Fall 2015.
Public School is doubling its retailers on the daily, with Holt Renfrew welcoming its launch in Canada with wide-open arms. Last night in Toronto, an after-hours party highlighted Chow and Osborne’s spring collection with school-themed décor and party guests dressed in the label’s palette of choice: black, white and more black. As students painted long division on the walls, others, specializing in fashion at the city’s creative institutes, mingled post a lecture given by the duo earlier in the day.
After the party, the afterparty literally continued at the hotel lobby, with Chow and Osborne and a gaggle of others moving on to Soho House and Thompson Hotel, partying into the wee hours of the night.]]>
I can easily recall the old Herbal Essences commercials: the loud and lusty bombshell completely overwhelmed with her hair-washing experience. I always figured it was the lathering, foamy wash that was so exciting.
For the last four years, I’ve been pretty clean and green with my beauty routine. Finding products that contained ingredients I was comfortable with was fairly easy, and I didn’t feel that I was making any sacrifices. Most of the new green products were going mainstream anyway. The one thing I couldn’t get a grasp on was hair care. I tried the no ‘poo thing, cleansing with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, using oil-based shampoo bars, and natural products that didn’t lather. My long thin hair looked ok—it was healthy, that’s for sure—but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to just wash it, to really give it a good scrub. Eventually, I succumbed to the foam and went back to sudsing up.
It isn’t so simple to wash-and-go anymore. With ingredient-aware shoppers leaving no product unturned, many companies have re-formulated their shampoos and cleansers to be sulfate-free in response to consumer demand. But what exactly are sulfates and should we be avoiding them completely?
Sulfates are an ester of sulphuric acid that’s often found at the top of the ingredient list as Sodium laureth sulfate and Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), though it can show up in other forms as well. Sulfates are responsible for suds and lathering. As a surfactant, they lower the surface tension of water to spread out and be penetrated easily—hence the lathering and sudsing up of soap.
The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetic database (a non-profit environmental organization) lists sulphites as a low-to-moderate risk, but notes potential for irritation and limited data. The main concern with sulfates among consumers is that they ‘strip’ hair of natural oils, leading to dryness and frizz.
The potential to be drying and/or irritating is what leads most people to find a shampoo that is sulfate-free. Holistic skin care specialist Colette Yeomans of Clarite Wellness in Vancouver is on the side of playing it safe. “Sulfates are the foaming agents that give our shampoo and cleansers that sudsy lather and squeaky-clean feeling. Not only is this ingredient potentially harmful for us it also strips the skin and hair of much-needed moisture.” If you find your skin particularly dry after showering, think of when you suds up and rinse away shampoo, the ingredients are being rinsed away over the skin of the body.
Natural cult-fave haircare line Rahua Amazon Beauty doesn’t contain sulfates. Founder Anna Ayers believes that “sulfates are harsh and weaken strands and they are not natural.” She also mentions that “sulfates irritate the skin, contaminate the environment and deposit residues in the human body.” Instead the line uses coco betaines, a cleansing agent derived from coconut oil.
Many curly-haired women, or people with coarse or dry hair avoid sulfates, to keep hair soft as well as people who colour-treat their hair, feeling that sulfates strip the colour more quickly than a shampoo without. But, it depends on what you’re comfortable with, and what your needs are. Switching and rotating shampoos is a well-known hair care practice, so that hair doesn’t get ‘bored’ with the same cleaning process over and over. Trying or adding a sulfate-free shampoo to your hair care is a good idea if you’re noticing dryness, split ends or a lack-lustre appearance. Look for shampoo under green and natural lines, or products marked ‘sulfate-free’.
If you feel like your hair is really craving a good lather, using a shampoo with sulfates about once a month, or using a clarifying shampoo, will help with getting rid of buildup and residue.
Browse the gallery below for our favourite sulfate-free shampoos.]]>
With the third season premiering today, February 27 officially marks the end of our year-long wait for more House of Cards.
This means we’ve had a lot of time to think. (Arguably too much time, but good luck trying not to.) So after the initial shock of season two’s finale wore off, we finally began processing the costumes, characters, and what each mean in the big scheme of things.
Surprise, surprise: it turns out that Claire Underwood and her neutral crisp, clean wardrobe follow a pattern. One that connotes madness, mayhem, and all sorts of imbalanced power—all at the hands of the wearer, whose clothes help her blend in and escape.
This gave us the excuse to round up the best and brightest characters (literally: these women love wearing white) of TV and movies to prove our theory. Fortunately for them, they’re in good company since Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Marni followed suit by leaning towards sharpness and subtlety for Spring 2015 too. (Meanwhile, The Row and Céline did the same thing, just a little darker.)
See the minimalism trend on the Spring 2015 runways
Here we examine the costumes of six of television’s most notorious badasses:]]>
I have spoken before about the unusually massive changes afoot in the world. Things reach one final breaking point this month on the 16th, though I’m sure you will feel the effects of it before and after this day. This process is about looking at the systems and structures that are in place and being very honest about what’s not working. It’s about being willing to take action and do something about what’s not working. It’s about radical change. It’s about everyone in the community being able to speak, instead of the spotlight remaining on a privileged few. It’s personal, social, and political, but the change begins with our individual lives. On the full moon on the 5th, notice the balance (or lack thereof) in your life between all that you do for others and the space you take for yourself.
The new moon on the 20th is the ending of all endings, and you can choose to shuck off anything that you don’t want to carry forward into the rest of the year, the way a snake would shed an old skin that no longer serves a purpose. You and everyone around you might seem on edge at times so do your best to speak clearly and compassionately, and if you are feeling reactive, give the whole thing some space before coming back to it. It’s not about one person winning, it’s again about everyone having space to speak and feel heard.
Horoscopes by Aerin Fogel. Illustrations by Stefanie Ayoub.
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Imagine waking up at the beach, with warm waves lapping the shore, spending the day in a ’70s flashback with a quick jaunt to the here and now, then blowing off steam in a packed dance club with a wall-to-wall boom box that made your teeth rattle.
That pretty much sums up yesterday, day two of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2015.
Max Mara eased us into the morning with soothing clutch coats and cozy knits inspired by seaside photos of Marilyn Monroe. The collection also explored Monroe’s intellectual side (she studied lit at UCLA) with blouson tops and pencil skirts.
At Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld presented square leather panels and patchworks of leather and fur, with a bird of paradise peeking out of each handbag.
Blugirl explored the romantic side of the ’70s with floral knits over sheer maxi skirts.
Then, Prada took us on a techno trip of spongey pantsuits and party frocks fit for a space age debutante, complete with giant Perspex boutonnières. Footwear included loafers and leather sock booties with tractor treads.
And just when our thoughts turned to a quiet plate of cannelloni, along came Jeremy Scott‘s Moschino, blasting forth with a rapper’s take on Rue Cambon—all quilted parkas and chain bags, followed by Looney Tunes jerseys and graffiti print gowns. The clothes were as loud as the music, and just as fun.]]>
A lot can happen in seven days. That’s why every Friday, we’re going to take time to look at three beauty moments we had feeling about that week, and discuss them accordingly. 1. Kim Kardashian gave us insight into her beauty routine February 24th was truly a joyous day. It was when Kim Kardashian bestowed upon us — and Into the Gloss — the knowledge of exactly what beauty products she uses. The surprise? They’re actually pretty affordable, especially the Neutrogena makeup remover wipes, which some of us (hello!) have been using for many moons. Because stars: they’re just like me. “I have so many friends who don’t wear makeup and hardly ever do their hair,” she told Into the Gloss. “I feel really blessed because I genuinely love the process of getting my hair and makeup done. Even beyond that, I just love to take care of my skin.” So what’s in her bag? Kim K is a fan of everything from By Terry Purete de Rose Cleansing Gel ($52) to Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale The Rich Cream to Natura Basse’s C+C Vitamine Cream, which she’s into because it smells like oranges. (I hear you, girl.) She also gave a shout-out to Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Joe Blasco Ultrabase Foundation (because she took a makeup class there back in the nineties), and a $795 LED light therapy machine called Quasar MD Plus, that she uses for her psoriasis. Amazing. All of it. (And attainable too!) Even though, for the record, I’d like to say that out of all of Kim Kardashian’s friends, I am absolutely the one who does her hair the most.]]>
Well, this is delightful. Fresh, the brand that makes the cult favourite lip balms that everyone’s obsessed with, has teamed up with Susan Miller (a person everyone is also obsessed with) to create a limited edition line of zodiac sign soaps. The 12 soaps are scented based on the personality traits of each of the zodiac signs—for example, the water sign soaps smell like waterlily, while the fire signs are mangosteen.
Each vegetable-based soap also comes with a booklet featuring that sign’s horoscope for the year, beauty tips, and a stone that represents the sign (the earth signs get pretty quartz!).
Browse the gallery below and check out the Fresh zodiac sign soaps at sephora.com.]]>
Fur reigned supreme in New York, kooky accessories stole the show in London, and the developing street style trend at Milan Fashion Week? Prints. From florals to that impossible-to-look-away-from Stella Jean skirt, street style stars aren’t shying away from, well, anything. Elegant silhouettes, fur-collared toppers and lots of texture (lace, leather and sequins!) to go with those prints made for a refreshing first day of Milan Fashion Week.
On the other end of the spectrum, both Anne Dello Russo and Giovanna Battaglia went for dark shades with pops of colour and fringe bags, while Chiara Ferragni opted for Chiara on Chiara, with both her handbag and Jaydee leather jacket customized with her name. (See, we told you, this is not the time or place to be shy.)
Browse the gallery below to see the best street style shots from day one of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2015.]]>
Fashion Week has brought us endless street style photos with endless arrays of bold choices and colours, but despite what we’re seeing, Marc Jacobs thinks street style is on its way out.
“What I see in the street now, doesn’t interest me,” the designer told reports in London last week. “I am so tired of street style looks.”
But without street style, who are our new fashion leaders? Since exploding in 2007, street style has been considered the new school of trendsetting, acting as proof that it’s not just possible to incorporate runway with mall brands, but that abandoning the runway altogether can still make for an interesting look. As such, street style began to stand for rebellion. It represented an alternative to high fashion, and championed self-expression over trends or rules. Street style reflected personal tastes over designers’, symbolizing a fight against the elitism that divided the runway and sidewalk.
So of course, like all good things, it caught on. And as the relevance of street style increased, so did a new kind of hierarchy. Thanks to social media, brand handouts, and armies of photogs, “cool kids” of street style began springing up, creating a dynamic similar to that of a high school cafeteria (only with much more flattering photos). Suddenly, the movement had turned into just another extension of elitism. Which is a concept that not even high fashion wants to align itself.
At least that’s what we can take from Kanye West, a man whose flair for expensive eccentricities has given way to an appreciation for normcore and fashion equality. Recently, the rapper designed for Adidas and has been vying for the Gap. Which is a feat, considering he once name-dropped Maison Martin Margiela with relish.
“I think high fashion is about elitism and separation, and I am completely opposed to that,” he told The Telegraph. “I hate the concept of separatism. Elitism. Classicism. We’re all equal.”
So if one of high fashion’s princes is singing that tune, street style — the sector meant to rebel against runway-driven elitism — should be singing the same. And this could be difficult, considering street style now seems like an extension of elitism, which means it really should die out. . . . Right?]]>
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Whether you’ve loved fashion for a day or a decade, you’ll always remember your first experiences with style. For some, it may be as simple as a “dressing up in mother’s pearls” kind of thing, but for others (especially those working in the industry), there may be some great story just waiting to be told.
In a brilliant new series created by Moda Operandi, five fashion icons reflect on some of their first experiences working in fashion and the lasting impact those experiences had on their careers. “Fashion Firsts” profiles Naomi Campbell, Andre Leon Talley, Diane Von Furstenberg, Zac Posen and Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, who all tell stories as wild and fabulous as you’d image about their respective early days.
Von Furstenberg’s involves a meeting with legendary editor Diana Vreeland while Talley’s dates back to his mid-seventies friendship with Karl Lagerfeld, who would often give him the shirt off his back to attend fashion week events. Both Campbell and Posen get candid about their first-ever fashion shows while de Dudzeele details her work on Anna Wintour’s famous first Vogue cover.
Funnily enough, many of my own fashion firsts involve the subjects of these videos, from a mid-university pep talk from Posen back when I was just starting out, to a chance front row meeting with Talley, who vividly espoused the value of owning a Kimora Lee Simmons Barbie doll.
The etailer is encouraging everyone to tell their own Fashion Firsts using #ModaFirst on Instagram. As Von Furstenberg mentions in her video, it’s often easier to remember the early days. After all, there’s nothing quite like the first time.]]>
It’s a good thing that the organizers of Milan Fashion Week decided to cover the sidewalks leading to Stella Jean’s Fall 2015 show in pink carpet because the streets around the Duomo are so schizoid that no GPS, Google app or search and rescue hound would have ever found her runway without it.
Jean, who has ethics, as well as trends, on her mind, showed a collection that was alive with Himalayan colours and prints, including the yak, heroed up on a sweater, because of its life-sustaining value. Clothes were handcrafted by women in Burkina Faso and Mali, with Moghul-style jewelry done by Haitian artisans.
Then it was on to Gucci, where Alessandro Michele, the former accessories designer, is in charge after designer Frida Giannini and her lover, chief executive Patrizio di Marco, were given the boot. But this is Italy where true-life soap operas are as common as cappuccino.
The looks? Floral and frilly—even on the men. Suits had permanent folds, like they’d been packed away for decades. And loafers were trimmed in fur, giving them a fuzzy slipper feel. Those steamy, sexy Tom Ford days are long gone.
Alberta Ferretti’s show took place with a Muskoka-like backdrop of sunrise and sunset, a time passage that hinted at her Renaissance theme. There was lots of delicate lace, even in see-through gowns, and patchwork dresses of velvet and brocade— all very romantic and feminine, an emerging mood for Fall 2015.
Knit dressing was a major message at No. 21, including a fluffy coat with a gem-studded peacock scene, longhaired skirt sets, and pantsuits edged in gold brocade. There were also asymmetrical layered looks with pleats curving up over a knee or flapping over one hip.
The day ended with strobe lights blinking at Fausto Puglisi’s rocker leathers, asymmetric pleats and cutout dresses, wildly embellished with gold, crystals and coral. It was as if Gianni Versace and Loulou de la Falaise got together up there in heaven and said, “Let’s collab!” Clearly Puglisi was tuned in.]]>
“I am honoured to be asked by François to collaborate on this Nars project with him, based on the previous artists he had worked with—Andy Warhol and Guy Bourdin. I have always had the highest regard for François’ work. He was the pioneer of moving from one of the greatest makeup artists to creating great makeup,” said Klein in a statement. “There are few hands that could do what François has done. He has impeccable taste and stands strong by his work. His colours and his eye for imagery is unique and of the highest caliber.”
With packaging designed by creative director Fabien Baron, the Nars x Steven Klein collection is obviously going to earn a spot at the front of our vanities. Considering the collab details we already have, plus the fact that the line will be coming out during the holidays, we’re willing to bet on inky, super-pigmented shadows and dark, high-shine lip glosses, all reflective of the dark and sexy aesthetic we’re used to seeing in everything, from Klein’s work with Lady Gaga on several music videos, to his tour and video collaborations with Madonna over the years, and of course countless fashion shoots (including our personal favourite, “Good Kate Bad Kate).”
Our guess? The collection will likely look a lot like the makeup from “Fame” (pictured above).]]>
Two down, two more to go. London Fashion Fashion has wrapped, with everyone heading to Milan. But before we shift the focus to the Italians, it’s only tradition to first round up the best-dressed celebs who sat front row at the Fall 2015 shows.
When it comes to London Fashion Week, you can be sure the It Brit girls come out to support the designers in their native land. While Cara Delevingne once again took a break from walking the runway to enjoy the shows in the front row alongside bestie Kendall Jenner at Topshop Unique and Kate Moss and Maggie Gyllenhaal sat pretty at Burberry, Alexa Chung pretty much attended every show on the schedule, dressing impeccably at every event she attended.
Meanwhile, on this continent, Tom Ford took his show on the road and headed to sunny Los Angeles to showcase his Fall 2015 collection. Taking place on the Friday before the Oscars, it was no surprise to see the front row filled with celebrities. Honestly, it might be easier to list who wasn’t there—from Beyoncé to Reese Witherspoon, it was the ultimate pre-Oscar bash.
Closing London Fashion Week off with a bang, ELLE held its star-studded Style Awards. Olivia Wilde showed us how to work casual and glam in H&M one look, while Diane Kruger was pretty in pink in Chanel Haute Couture. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift proved she can pull off drama in an emerald green figure-hugging green Julien Macdonald dress.]]>