Category: fashion

Why the idea that perfume is for women and cologne is for men is…

Why the idea that perfume is for women and cologne is for men is an archaic mindset

Perfume is for women and cologne is for men — that, for many, is what we’ve been taught for most our lives. Walk through a department store and you will likely see strict gender lines. The colognes are in displays with male models or a heterosexual couple in deep embrace, with the cologne itself being stored in a black or industrial-looking bottle. Perfumes, meanwhile, are advertised with images of women or a couple that looks loving and sensual, with the perfume itself in a bottle that is white or pink or purple. Read more. 

Why 8 fashion insiders are supporting Munroe Bergdorf after the…

Why 8 fashion insiders are supporting Munroe Bergdorf after the L’Oréal firing

On Friday, a model of color was sacked from a campaign championing diversity after speaking out in opposition to white supremacy. That decision raises a thorny question about where the fashion and beauty industry situates itself morally: Are its repeated efforts to challenge beauty norms, promote inclusivity and track diversity efforts really holding the industry accountable to any aspiration beyond back-patting? Read more. 

How ‘The Mindy Project’ changed the way “normal American woman…

How ‘The Mindy Project’ changed the way “normal American woman size” women can dress on television

  • The Mindy Project hasn’t even begun it’s sixth and final season, and already it’s secured a retrospective exhibition at the Paley Center. 
  • “The Mindy Project: Six Seasons of Style,” running August 26 to October 1, is choosing to zero in on one of the series’ most talked about aspects: its costumes, and the man at their seams: Salvador Perez. Read more (8/15/17)

Plenty of bloggers and models who are open about their bodies…

Plenty of bloggers and models who are open about their bodies and self-love and appreciation face an onslaught of online trolls who spew hate galore. How do they deal with that? We spoke with 12 body-positive activists on Instagram, from models to bloggers, about how, exactly, they deal with those relentless online trolls. Read more 

No, the swastika will never be fashionAfter attempting to turn…

No, the swastika will never be fashion

  • After attempting to turn swastikas into a fashion statement, one European design company has pulled and discontinued production on the entire line after facing fiery backlash.
  • With an intent to “reclaim the symbol,” KA Design had mocked up a slew of shirts all emblazoned with the swastika symbol, the most recognizable icon of Nazi propaganda, ironically against a rainbow background, with words like “Peace” and “Zen” and “Love” written below it.
  • It didn’t go over well. Read more (8/7/17)

A Brooklyn brand sold a $119 “refugee dress.” Shoppers weren’t…

A Brooklyn brand sold a $119 “refugee dress.” Shoppers weren’t happy about it.

  • UZI NYC, a small brand based in Brooklyn, New York, has manufactured a light cotton, sleeveless dress in shades of white, navy and black.
  • Not too controversial at first glance, but now look at the name.
  • Refugee dress.” For $119, you can buy this “refugee dress.”
  • Over the past few days, word of the dress has been making its way across Twitter, where shoppers are making their outrage over this name known. Responses ranged from “So this brand thought it was appropriate to sell a ‘refugee’ dress? Disgusting” to “What is this!!??” Read more. (8/2/2017 1:20 PM)

SmartGlamour’s latest campaign stars only models with various…

SmartGlamour’s latest campaign stars only models with various disabilities

  • The fashion brand SmartGlamour has been built on a philosophy that fashion can be — and is — really for everyone. For years now, SmartGlamour has created campaigns that happen to feature people fashion often forgets, including those of various different sizes or genders or races or ages.
  • For its latest campaign, SmartGlamour chose to highlight one group of people it has long celebrated: people who have disabilities. Read More (8/1/17)

Meet Dexter Mayfield, the queer, plus-size male model taking the…

Meet Dexter Mayfield, the queer, plus-size male model taking the fashion industry by storm

  • When Dexter Mayfield stepped on the runway at his very first fashion show back in 2015, he had one mission in mind: “Slay.”
  • “I was pure nerves. Beyond nervous,” Mayfield said in an interview. “Literally I had my favorite drag queens patting my sweat down. I was dripping sweat seconds before the runway. Plus women have had that platform, and a few of my plus sisters in drag have been able to get that platform, but no one with a male aesthetic has had that opportunity. At the last minute, Marco [the show’s designer] looked at me and said: ‘Dexter, I brought you into this show for a reason. Do you. Be yourself. Don’t worry about what anyone thinks. Go out and shine and be the person that you are.’”
  • The runway walk that Mayfield ultimately presented at that Marco Marco show at Fashion Week Los Angeles was one of the most iconic walks of all time. Mayfield sashayed and shimmied and went almost immediately viral. Read More (8/1/17)

Plus-size bloggers Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason team up for…

Plus-size bloggers Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason team up for their own fashion brand, Premme

The male makeup revolution is here — but to make a real…

The male makeup revolution is here — but to make a real difference, changes must be made

  • More than 20 years after RuPaul landed himself a MAC Cosmetics campaign and shook the beauty world to its core, a makeup industry revolution is finally taking place. 
  • All this progress got us thinking. What’s next? As more campaigns with men roll in — Soap & Glory got its first male spokesperson last week — how can this progress continue and grow over the next few years? What more can come of this trend so it’s not considered a trend? 
  • Male beauty bloggers, in all their contoured and highlighted glory, are escaping the confines of YouTube tutorials and landing campaigns and ads once reserved for only the hottest female actresses and models. Read more (7/26/17)