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Duchess Of Cambridge Wears Orla Kiely To Dance With Paddington Bear In Latest Public Appearance

The Duchess of Cambridge turned to one of her favourite designers, Orla Kiely, for a surprise appearance at Paddington station in London on Monday, that saw her dancing with Paddington Bear.

It was only the second public appearance for the Duchess since Kensington Palace announced she is pregnant with her third child and was suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum – severe morning sickness.

The 35-year-old arrived with her husband Prince William and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, to support a number of children’s charities.

Watch: Dancing queen? Kate is taken for a dance by Paddington bear before she waves off a vintage train pic.twitter.com/sfxqwUg089

— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) October 16, 2017

She wore the Irish brand’s signature peach ‘raised flower fitted dress’, covered in applique flowers, with a black trim, which retails at £140.

Although the dress was already sold out on the Orla Kiely website before today, so presumably it won’t cause the usual sell out frenzy.

The Royals met with a number of charities, as well as the cast and crew from the Paddington II film, due to be released on 10 November in the UK. Including Hugh Bonneville.

They were on the platform for a short while, before boarding the Belmond British Pullman train with a group of 130 children helped by the work of the charities such as Place2Be, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and Anna Freud National Centre for children.

The Duchess has previously worn Orla Kiely’s designs to Islington Town Hall in October 2015.

And again to a Prince’s Foundation event at Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London, in September 2016.

She also wore an Orla Kiely pleated navy skirt and MaxMara jacket at the Place2Be charity in Canary Wharf in November 2013.

The Duchess made her first public appearance last Monday at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October.

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Skincare For Acne

Acne is one of the commonest skin disorders which affects nearly 80% of the population at some point in time. Choosing the right products with effective ingredients is vital otherwise you may inadvertently be making the problem worse. Information in this day and age is easily accessible and not all of it is accurate or of good quality. Beauty fads come and go. Care should be taken to seek advice from trusted, reliable sources. One should be wary of simply accepting a brand endorsement or product your favourite influencer is snapped with on social media. Facial oils are a good example of this. The premise that “like dissolves like” or oil will dissolve oil during cleansing with a facial oil is a flawed argument. Indeed, the oils used in cleansers are very different to the natural oils found in your skin. Unless you have dry to very dry skin types, I would suggest you stay away from these altogether as many can be “comedogenic” or have the ability to block pores leading to spots.

Good quality skincare need not be expensive or complicated. More often than not, it comes down to using products that contain the right ingredients. Hefty price tags usually go towards marketing and packaging. It is easy to be drawn in by expensive items in attractive bottles with seductive fragrances – the beauty industry is well aware of this – it is how it makes you part with your money. However, chances are that these are not any better for your skin than a bland looking counterpart from your local drugstore at a fraction of the price.

So with this in mind, what are the top key ingredients you should be looking for when it comes to acne or blemish-prone skin?

Benzoyl peroxide
This can be found in washes, creams and lotions and has both anti-bacterial effects against the acne causing bacteria, P. acnes, as well as an anti-inflammatory effect. It is available in strengths of 2.5-10%. Even lower percentages of benzoyl peroxide work well and it is not necessary to jump straight for the product that contains 10% active ingredient. Skin irritation can be a problem and may manifest as redness, stinging and dryness.

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)
Common AHAs used in acne skincare include glycolic and lactic acid which can be found in washes and leave-on products such as toners. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and lactic acid comes from sour milk. Both agents exfoliate the upper layer of dead skin cells known as the stratum corneum. Over time and consistent use, these products can help prevent acne formation.

Salicylic acid:
This is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that is commonly used in skincare. It has better effects than glycolic acid in the treatment of acne as it has the ability to penetrate not only the upper layer of skin cells but also the sebaceous or oil producing gland. It has both anti-inflammatory and comedolytic effects – this means it will break down blackheads, unblock pores and generally decongest the skin.

Retinols:
These are vitamin A derivatives found easily in over the counter products. There are various forms – look for ingredients such as: retinol, retinyl propionate, and retinyl palmitate. Retinols have the ability to reduce blackhead formation and help fade red or brown marks or staining left in the skin after acne. They can cause irritation and their use should be gradually built-up to prevent excessive dryness, redness or peeling.

Niacinamide:
This is otherwise known as vitamin B3. In skincare preparations it has been shown to regulate oil production and improve pore size. It also has the additional benefit of making skin tone more even so can help fade the marks left behind by previous acne.

Tea tree oil:
Tea tree oil is one of the few essential oils that has scientific evidence base to recommend its use. The oil is derived from an Australia tree (Melaleuca alernifolia) and contains a number of antimicrobial substances. It has a slower onset of action than benzoyl peroxide but can be less irritating for the skin.

If you are still having problems with regular break-outs or acne despite regular use (few weeks) of these topical agents then it is time to seek medical attention from either your GP or a consultant dermatologist. Acne and acne scarring are both treatable conditions and help is at hand if needed. No one should have to feel ashamed or embarrassed about acne in this day and age and finding a sympathetic doctor may be a step in the right direction if other measures fail.

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Heist Tights Advert Featuring Topless Woman Censored On London Tube

An advert for Heist Tights was banned from being displayed on the London Tube because it featured a topless dancer.

A censored version of the ad with a bandeau top Photoshopped onto the models’ back, is currently plastered across the Underground.

Ellie Howard, head of community at Heist, told HuffPost UK the fashion brand was told to make the modification to the image because TFL’s media partner deemed the shot to be “overtly sexual”.

“We’re feeling pretty indignant about this,” she said.

A TFL spokesperson explained that its media partner Exterion was responsible for the request to add a black strap to the model’s back.

“We were not sent the advert which is being referred to,” they said.

“Every advertisement is reviewed by our agents [Exterion] against our advertising policy to make sure it is compliant.

“In cases where an advertisement is deemed not to be compliant, we work with the advertiser to amend it.”

TfL’s advertising policy was updated in January 2016, when London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, promised stricter guidelines relating to adverts which promoted problematic body image ideals.

This followed outrage over a Protein World advert in 2015, which featured a bikini-clad model and the slogan: “Are you beach body ready?”

However, Howard argues that the Heist advert should not have fallen foul of these guidelines because it is not sexualised.

“We use dancing and movement in our imagery precisely because we are trying to challenge the way that women are sexualised in underwear adverts, yet it seems that the back of a female dancer is unacceptable,” she said.

“This is a huge shame and something that we think urgently needs to change”.

Howard added that she felt censoring the image, conveyed a message about how women’s bodies are viewed as sexual objects in society.

“For a brand that’s passionate about progressing the conversation about female bodies, censorship is an issue,” she said.

“Are images of topless male models banned? No. Are images in women in seductive poses and clothes screened out? Oftentimes not.

“How can we provide an alternative view of women’s bodies and women in underwear if we’re effectively banned from showing it?

“We’re just not used to seeing agency in female photography – so many images are shot in a static way, but for us, it’s all about movement and progress, as opposed to aesthetics alone.

“This, it seems, is ‘offensive’. Perhaps that’s because depicting women in this way isn’t commonplace.”

The edited version of the advert will still be shown on the Tube until the 22 October 2017 and again between the 4 December 2017 and 17 December 2017.

But don’t think that the drawn on bandeau is a sign that Heist will be changing its messaging around the female body.

“We think that we certainly need to challenge the status quo when it comes to how women are depicted in advertising,” said Howard.

“We were super excited to share our positive image of a strong dancer, leaping through the air in our tights, and we chose to shoot our product in this way precisely because we want to present women’s bodies in an empowering way.

“We will continue to push boundaries – watch this space”.

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No Bra Day Is Not Aligned With Breast Cancer Care, So Where Did It Begin?

Women are being encouraged on social media to take off their bras and share photos with the hashtag #NoBraDay.

The campaign has also been picked up and promoted by some news sites with headlines explaining ‘why women should leave their bras at home today‘ next to photos of semi-naked women.

At first glance this looks like another charity event to raise attention for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – but would a cancer charity really ask women to share photos of their bra-free chests? And in what way does this fashion statement actually serve to raise awareness of a medical condition?

We had to find out.

Trying to learn the origins of the event is difficult. There is no official website and there are multiple Twitter accounts dedicated to the “awareness” day.

Our first stop was to speak to Breast Cancer Care, a charity that has been linked to by some people using the hashtag.

But the charity’s director of fundraising and marketing, Andy Harris, told us they are not aligned to the campaign in any way.

“Our supporters are fantastic and highly creative fundraisers who raise millions for Breast Cancer Care annually. And we are hugely grateful,” he said.

“However the charity is not aligned with No Bra Day.”

Next up we spoke to Anna Johnson, who is part of a UK-based team that created the Twitter account @NoBraDay2017.

She responded to our request for information via email, but would not agree to answer questions over the phone as she was busy with meetings.

Johnson confirmed that No Bra Day is not formally associated with Breast Cancer Care, but added that it does have “more unofficial links”, although she would not elaborate on this.

When asked about the identity of the founder of No Bra Day, she said:

“The campaign started in the US, I’m afraid I don’t know the founder’s name but this has been going for several years and more recently turned into a social media craze. It hit the UK more recently.”

She also told us it was “hard to quantify” the number of people involved in the UK campaign as “most are volunteers”.

“The UK operation is far smaller than the US, but has increased dramatically over the past three years, largely due to awareness being spread on social media and people wanting to do ‘things’ to help,” she said.

Johnson also pointed us in the direction of Emma Dearden, a student who has appeared on Channel 4′s ‘Naked Attraction’ dating show and who is a supporter of the campaign.

Dearden’s agent Chrissy Davis tried to get hold of her, but at the time of publication we had been unable to speak to Dearden directly.

Instead Davis sent us some quotes from Dearden, which explained she started promoting No Bra Day in 2015.

“Some people think it is a bit of fun but those people don’t understand the full story,” Dearden’s quote read.

“Breast cancer is about potentially losing a breast so females of all ages, shapes and sizes are asked not to wear a bra on No Bra Day to remember those who have suffered.”

“There is some fun to No Bra Day, I tweet about boobs, which I don’t any other day,” Dearden’s quote continued.

“All my tweets are about boobs but also breast cancer awareness so people can have a laugh, but see the real motive too – if they retweet because of the boob content they are also sharing the breast cancer content.

“I’ve done sponsorship for cancer charities and run events and will be doing more of the same. I’m lucky not to have been affected or seen this horrible disease in my family but I have seen others suffer. People should support the day for what it is about.”

Johnson also explained she felt using social media to promote No Bra Day was the “cheapest and easiest way to spread the word” about breast cancer awareness.

“Although I haven’t been directly affected [by breast cancer] myself, I have seen the damage it can do and how it changes lives,” she said.

“However, it is one of those illnesses where early diagnosis can make a huge difference hence this annual campaign. It’s great to work with likeminded woman (and men) to raise awareness.”

Dearden and Johnson’s intention is for their controversial request to get people talking about breast cancer – and it has got people talking.

However, in the course of its short history No Bra Day has faced a lot of criticism from people who believe it detracts from a serious issue and makes light of the experience of breast cancer patients.

As writer Christina Cauterucci explained in a 2015 article for Slate: “Encouraging women to show off their braless chests in the name of awareness won’t save anyone, but its message to breast cancer patients and survivors is clear: Your disease is about your secondary sex characteristics, not about you.”

So if you would rather keep your breasts out of your awareness raising efforts Harris told us there are plenty of ideas for fundraising initiatives on: breastcancercare.org.uk.

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H&M Teams Up With Erdem To Bring Us An Elegant Collection Of Affordable Luxury

H&M has partnered with high-end fashion brand Erdem to launch a collection on 2 November.

The collection consists of men’s and womenswear garments with a moody, ethereal aesthetic, which is a nod to Victorian elegance.

With frills and florals on both the men’s and women’s items, the range is a more romantic take on spring/summer fashions.

Erdem is known as one of the UK’s leading brands when it comes to ethical fashion and sustainability.

Among the first to partake in Livia Firth‘s green carpet challenge, the couture brand is celebrated for their stance on fair trading practices and slow fashion.

H&M have been slowly introducing ‘conscious‘ (ie sustainable) items into their range since April 2012.

The brand also recently implemented a commitment for all their cotton to be sustainable by 2020.

So, although the collaboration between the brands isn’t classed as sustainable, some of the cottons used in the range are organic.

Moreover, some of the pieces in the men’s collection are made of hand woven wool from Harris Tweed in Scotland.

While some Erdem fans might be a little disappointed that the entire collaboration can’t be categorised as sustainable (and therefore, ‘ethical’ as Erdem is known to be), this combined venture is still a step in the right direction.

In 2016, 43% of H&M’s cotton was sustainably sourced.

It would be interesting to see what 2017′s statistic will be, no doubt this collaboration will affect it.

Scroll down to see more of our favourite pieces from the collection.

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What Colour Is This Shoe? Debate Over Whether They’re Pink Or Grey Is Driving Twitter Up The Wall

A Facebook Group with over 98,000 members called Girlsmouth has unwittingly unleashed #dressgate 2.0.

One of the users shared a photo of a trainer and asked members to tell her whether they thought the shoe was blue and grey or pink and white.

She said: “My friend has just sent me this asking what colour the shoe is, I would say pale pink and white, but she insists its pale blue and grey.”

When she opened it up to the floor, comments flooded the thread.

Within the space of an hour, the post had gained 1,000 comments and caused a serious debate.

Then someone took the debate to Twitter.

Oh ffs. I started seeing mint & grey and now I see pink & white and now I’m stressed and I hate everything and everyone. SCREW YOU TRAINERS! pic.twitter.com/yyO0AzIx5b

— Nicola Hume (@Nicola_Hume) October 12, 2017

It appears most believe the trainer is blue and grey, but a significant number swear it’s pink and white.

What is this conspiracy, anyone who’s saying them trainers are pink are on the wind up

— Charl (@charxlie) October 11, 2017

Grey and mint. But if this is taken in Laser Quest they are pink and white.

— Verity Jones (@verityljones) October 12, 2017

Some are claiming they can see both.

I’ve seen them as both but I can’t unsee the pink and white

— Lauren (@pottsy_) October 12, 2017

Grey and mint… for now

— rani rehan (@ranirulesjapan) October 12, 2017

If you’re too confused to make up your mind, maybe follow this Twitter user’s suggestion.

Wear them in a muddy field, then you will have brown to add to the colour. 🙂

— Sue Clarke (@scoogle1973) October 12, 2017

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Acid Attack Survivors Model In Fashion Show To Prove To The World They’re Not Just Victims

A group of acid attack survivors have sent the world a powerful message about redefining beauty by starring in a catwalk show like no other.

The models were flown over from Bangladesh for ActionAid’s first ever UK Survivor’s Runway at the Truman Brewery on Tuesday 10 October.

Dressed in beautiful designs created by former international model and UN Ambassador Bibi Russell, the survivors walked the runway to a striking compilation of world music.

“I want to set an example of moving forward with good thinking and ask others to recognise – not feel sorry for – what we are doing and stand in solidarity of it,” said one of the models, Nurun Nahar, whose husband threw acid on her after she refused to visit his new wife.

She had to spend two months in hospital and faced alienation from her community as a result of her attack.

Girish Menon, ActionAid’s CEO, told HuffPost UK his decision to bring Survivor’s Runway to London was impacted by the fact that acid attacks are becoming increasingly common in the UK.

“It convinced us even more that now was the time to be doing an event like this – providing survivors with a platform that could inspire others,” he said.

Menon pointed out that UK headlines often focus on how these attacks relate to gang violence. However ActionAid is particularly “keen to tell the other side of the story, which shows how acid attacks destroys the lives of women, with many cases going unreported due to fears of revenge.”

Thanks to work done by Bibi Russell, (who put on a similar event in Dhaka in March 2017) fashion has become a force for raising awareness about acid attacks.

Farah Kabir, country director for ActionAid Bangladesh explained why:

“Fashion can be used to challenge conventional standards of beauty and help us show the beauty, courage and dignity of these women and girls,” she said.

“Life does not come to an end because of this attack – that is our message for other acid attack survivors. You don’t need to become invisible.

“When we first did the show in March we called it Beauty Redefined and we have already come a long way but more needs to be done.”

This sentiment rang true throughout the show, as the survivors were adorned with garlands and cloaked in fabrics that boasted the richness of their heritage.

The audience looked on in awe as some of the survivors danced serenely across the length of the runway, as montages recapping the events that had unfolded in their lives played on scenes behind them – bringing tears to smiling eyes.

Despite the gravity of the night, the show’s finale involved a mass boogie as the survivors invited audience members to celebrate with them.

The sight of people from varying backgrounds and nationalities dancing together summed up the evening – and it’s endeavour – beautifully.

Among supporters were well-known stars of British television and film.

Hugh Dennis, Holiday Grainger and Jodie Whittaker were completely immersed in the experience: clapping along to the beat of the music and finally joining the survivors and ActionAid team on the dance-floor.

At the show’s start, Kabir gave a moving speech about the importance of inner beauty and positivity.

“We’re here to celebrate the inner beauty and strength of acid survivors,” she said.

“I’m here, not to make you feel sorry, but to show you the amazing courage of these survivors. That’s why this is a fashion show with a difference. Its about redefining beauty.”

Menon stressed the significance of the universality of violence against women.

“Globally it is overwhelmingly women and girls who are most affected and it is just one of many forms of violence they face daily – it is important people are aware of this,” he said.

According to WHO, the reality is that roughly one in three (35%) women worldwide experience some form of physical, sexual partner and non-partner violence in their lifetime.

Model Nahar spoke of what she hopes this event will achieve:

“I hope it will work so that we can stop this practice of throwing acid on women.

“We want to see all survivors with jobs in the future, earning money for themselves.

“We also want to make sure that survivors get proper justice. I hope the survivors can move easily through Bangladesh and that society will accept them as normal people – not just acid victims. I also want to see survivors in government positions; I want to see them in Parliament. That is my dream.”

There is also a strong correlation between women’s right to the independence they deserve.

Safura Khatun, another survivor who walked the runway, agrees that with the right support rather than social isolation, acid attack victims can play a crucial role in changing society for the better.

“We can do a lot,” said Safura. “We just need the right support and encouragement. I come from a poor background in a remote village where you wouldn’t even see a plane. Now I’ve flown this far, it is amazing.”

She is grateful to ActionAid for giving her the opportunity to take part in the show and share her message with a global audience.

“It used to be difficult for us to go anywhere,” continued Khatan, “but now we can show the world what we can achieve with the right care. If needed, I will go anywhere [to spread this message].”

At the close of the event, Menon gave an emotional speech about the journey (literally and emotional) they’d all been on to get to this point.

He stated that the event was a “true celebration of the spirit of resistance and the spirit of change.”

Nahar has got to know many acid attack survivors through her work for ActionAid and she had an important message to share with them.

“I could see that they felt so hopeless and that they had no confidence,” Nahar said.

“So I tried to explain to them about how I had changed my life and to show them that if they can change their thinking then they can also change their life.

“I hope that one day they can have even more success than me and be something even bigger and shine even brighter.

“If I can change my life, then anyone can. You know I was living in the village before the accident and now I am working for ActionAid.”

At the event, Nahar joked: “Everybody calls us ActionAid girls and they know not to mess with us.”

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Kylie Jenner Debuts Grey Hair – Here’s How You Can Get The Look

Kylie Jenner has stunned fans by sharing two photos of her new hair ‘do: blonde/grey tresses.

The Instagram sensation wore an over-sized blue shirt with white stripes to offset the cool hue of her new mane.

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Jenner is just one in a long list of well-known faces to opt for the grey-headed trend that has been making the rounds since Jean Paul Gaultier had his models donning grey beehives for his A/W 2011 catwalk.

The look has now become so much of a staple, it’s like getting highlights and bangs.

Ariana Grande is another recent convert to the granny hair look.

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However, a word of caution if you want to try this look, because it is reportedly one of the trickiest to accomplish as a DIY-er.

According to a colour specialist at Four London, Brook Bohan, this look has the potential to cause a lot of damage to your hair if not executed properly.

“The first step is to have a consultation so that a plan of action can be worked out with the client,” Bohan told HuffPost UK.

“It will usually take around six months to get hair to the gorgeous grey colour… you have to grow out as much of the existing colour as possible.”

Bohan continues: “Once the client is back to as much of their natural colour as possible the technique used is to bleach the hair to bring it up to almost white and then put an ash tone over it.”

Visiting a salon with a reputable team and investing the time to perfect the look is also highly recommended.

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Pregnant Duchess Of Cambridge Wears Temperley London Dress At World Mental Health Day Event

The Duchess of Cambridge turned to one of her favourite British designers for her first public appearance since announcing she is pregnant with her third child.

The Duchess chose an Elizabethan-inspired dress from Temperley London’s Fall ’17 collection, for her appearance at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October.

Made from light blue corded lace with black velvet trims and a pleated skirt, the ‘Eclipse’ midi dress costs £795, from Net-a-porter.

Alice Temperley, the designer behind the brand, has previously spoken about how flattered she is whenever the Duchess wears one of her designs.

″[Kate] does wear our clothes a lot, but it’s not planned,” she told Hello! magazine.

“You don’t know if she is going to wear something until the photographs appear.”

The Duchess is clearly a fan of Temperley’s sheer designs. She previously wore the ‘Indian Chintz and lattice’ crop top and skirt from the Alice Temperley SS16 collection, while on a trip to New Dehli on 11 April 2016.

She also stole the show in an Alice Temperley gown at the UK royal film premiere of “War Horse” in January 2012.

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Social Media Support Leads To Cult US Beauty Brand’s UK Debut

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Although I love a good beauty product, I’m not usually willing to put myself out too much to get them. For instance, I adore the Marc Beauty makeup range yet would rather stock up on my trips to the States or online than bother myself with a trip to Harvey Nichols.

So, when I tell you I literally (accidentally) scaled a building to get me some goodies from cult New York beauty brand Glossier, it’ll give you an idea of how motivated I was. And why I’m so glad they’re now shipping to the UK.

Image: author’s own

It was a rainy morning in NY’s Little Italy in January of this year. Having ordered their products online since the brand first launched, via its US delivery only website, in 2014 I was hugely excited to visit the first physical Glossier showroom. As the sign outside said, it’s “the most instagram-able room in SoHo” – as any cursory glance at the brand’s hashtag will tell you – and photo ops aside, you also get to play with the products so win-win.

The Lafayette Street showroom is on the top floor of a building that otherwise seems fairly mundane and office-y, at the Chinatown end of the road. I arrived outside around 10.50am and hopped in the lift with a guy in a suit and a 20-something local who also looked kind of excited. We both went to press the Glossier button and a silent friendship was formed.

The guy got out at some kind of clinic on one of the floors and we stood waiting for the lift to take us up to our floor. But the lift went down. Confused, she pressed the button again. We laughed and talked about being excited to visit and it being both our first times at the showroom. The lift went to the floor beneath the showroom then back down AGAIN. We pressed the damn button once more before ascending only to stop at the penultimate floor for the third time.

Lift girl quickly formed a plan. “My dad has a studio in a building like this, I know what to do – follow me”. We half ran up the stairs to what we thought was the right floor and eventually found a door. She went through first, I followed and let the door close behind us before realising we were stuck on the roof.

To cut a long story short, eventually a woman wearing the best pink boilersuit I’ve ever seen and an extremely confused expression, opened the door. It turned out the showroom didn’t open until later but the Glossier girl kindly let us in. For a few glorious minutes we were saved from the rain, the roof and were the only customers in this spacious and serene spot, peppered with gorgeous skincare and makeup products displayed as if they were interactive art installations.

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Glossier, with its millennial pink and white packaging, is certainly one of the most photogenic brands around but it’s not a case of ‘fur coat, no knickers’. The product range is a triple threat, being both effective, and affordable as well as super cute. It’s also cruelty-free, paraben free, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

To me, what makes Glossier stand out as a brand is its carefully considered product range and the process of how each product comes to be. To understand this is to get the essence of why CEO, Emily Weiss, founded Glossier in the first place.

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As the CEO and founder of leading beauty platform Into The Gloss, Weiss and her team were constantly testing and reviewing all kinds of skincare and makeup products from a range of brands and various price points. But say you like the texture of one face wash, the smell of another and the action of a third – how do you get those three elements in one hero product? You make it yourself.

Before you do though, how about crowdsourcing opinions from your friends, your readers and social media followers, and other editors, asking for their feedback so that you’re not just limited to a product that works really well for the skin type you know about, and actually meets the needs of a range of women? That’s basically the story of Glossier and how Weiss created the “beauty brand inspired by real life”. And, like Rihanna’s 40 shades of Fenty Beauty foundations, it’s SO OBVIOUS it’s a bit mind-blowing that no-one did it before.

This wasn’t just a pre-launch approach either – it’s on-going, and this constant, open dialogue between brand and consumer is why Glossier develops products that real women with real needs want to spend their real money on. I know because I’m one of them! I have been buying from them since the launch and have at least one of pretty much all their products. I can honestly say that I’ve not bought a bad product from them yet, which makes it hard to pick a favourite. The serums, rose quartz Haloscope highlighter and stretch concealer are certainly up there though. I’ve also just ordered the latest additions to the Glossier line-up: Body Hero Daily Oil Wash (which is also gynecologist-tested), Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream and their non-clogging facial suncream serum, Invisible Shield SPF35, which I’ll leave feedback for on my Instagram @sarahmcgiven.

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Me wearing a no-makeup look using Stretch Concealer in Light, Boy Brow in Blond, Cloud Paint gel-cream blush in Dusk, and Generation G sheer matte lip colour in Crush. Image: author’s own

The power of social media feedback doesn’t just extend to their products either. Thanks to the thousands of comments left on Glossier’s social channels, Into The Gloss and via email, the US-only brand has now extended the glossier.com shipping roster to include Canada and the UK. France is set to follow in early 2018, too.

“Ever since Day 1, we’ve dreamt of making Glossier a global beauty movement that celebrates real girls in real life wherever they are. We’ve always been internationally focused thanks for the Into The Gloss readership and our community on social media. Now we’re excited to actually get Glossier in their hands,” said founder and CEO, Emily Weiss.

NB it turned out that amazing pink jumpsuit was the super cool Glossier uniform and – although they do sweatshirts – it’s not actually for sale. So if you’re leaving them some feedback, maybe mention that and we might have another little win for social soon 🙂

Glossier is sold exclusively through glossier.com and currently ships to the USA, Canada and the UK.

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5 Black Women Speak Out About Dove’s ‘Racist’ Facebook Advert

Following Dove’s apology over its Facebook advert, deemed ‘racist’ by many, we spoke to five black women to hear how the firm’s campaign personally affected them.

With thanks to Mandy Woyo, Elizabeth Dale, Zainab Alejo, Amel Mukhtar and Janay Marie Myers-Davis.

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Swedish Model Says She’s ‘Not A Feminist Hero’ For Having Unshaven Legs In An Adidas Campaign

A Swedish model and artist has taken to Instagram to share her experience after she posed for Adidas with unshaven legs.

When Adidas shared the campaign image they commented on Arvida Byström’s photography “which questions femininity and gender standards using so-called ‘girly’ aesthetics”.

And many applauded Arvida byström’s confidence, dubbing her a feminist hero for her strength to stand out in the notoriously picky fashion industry.

Twitter was loving it:

Respect to you for fighting stereotypes

— steve blackburn (@yorkieboy73) October 8, 2017

Can’t believe Adidas did this campaing. Love it!!

— Patri EAF (@PatriEAF) October 5, 2017

Then Byström shared the photo on Instagram and revealed she had received a barrage of abuse through her direct message inbox.

“Me being such an abled, white, cis body with its only nonconforming feature being a lil leg hair,” she wrote.

“Literally I’ve been getting rape threats in my DM inbox.”

“I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to not posses all these privileges and try to exist in the world.

“Sending love and try to remember that not everybody has the same experiences being a person.”

Byström’s post received more than 32,000 likes and more solidarity came through via Twitter.

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— Cath Booth (@cathbooth) October 7, 2017

Then Byström came through with a post a few weeks later, stating that while she is personally a feminist, that doesn’t by default make her work feminist.

“Me being in an Adidas campaign is great fun, it is a company I enjoy working with and that makes cool stuff, but since all companies are very integrated in our capitalistic system they are inherently non-feministic in the sense that this system is built on imperialism and that to me can’t be feministic,” she wrote.

“So even though I have hairy legs in an ad campaign I guess to me it doesn’t make me a hero of any kind and also not more of a feminist.”

HuffPost UK has reached out to Adidas for comment and will update this article upon their response.

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Size – Dressing The New Normal

As the curtains draw on this year’s Women’s Fashion Weeks, we’re reminded of the disparity that still exists between luxe visions of size and real-life proportions.

Fashion’s slow response to embrace plus size, or ‘extended sizes’ – a far healthier use of language – is enveloped in historical perceptions of ‘thin’ that reach right back to the last century. Positioned as the correct aesthetic, it has led to this sizing becoming the norm in western driven fashion terms.

This has also been driven, and continues to be, by a lack of modernisation within education. Historically, designing for plus-size has not been part of the curriculum at international design colleges. In fact, students at Parsons New School of Design in New York launched a petition demanding plus-size mannequins be made available to them. So it comes as no surprise that luxury fashion is often never offered in anything over a size 14, nor that plus-sized women increasingly rely on buying better designed maternity-wear offers.

As average sizes change – the average woman in the UK is a size 16 [US 12] – what constitutes as ‘normal’ needs to be rewritten. Net-A-Porter, for instance, offers a tiny percentage of its clothing in X- sizes.

The fact that fashion has been so slow to respond has left many shoppers feeling body-shamed, while categorisations like the ‘plus’ tag, are marginalising and fraught with stigma.

And it’s an industry-wide issue too. Fashion’s underrepresentation doesn’t just extend to women’s clothing, but equally menswear. Luxury brands have paid little attention to extended sizes for the male consumer, halting their lines at size XL. Yet it’s a market that’s worth around $2bn. It’s disappointing to see how slow fashion brands have been to respond to this need, and is currently a more extreme underrepresentation than we see in womenswear.

The tides are turning however.

While this year’s womenswear catwalks were littered with traditional concepts of body perfection, we did see mid-market fashion retailers like Simply Be, N Brown, and Addition Elle in the US, use the catwalks to project body confidence.

This reflects a broader trend of high street brands responding more quickly to the needs (and untapped spending power) of modern fashion buyers, leaving luxury retail lagging behind.
But it’s not all doom and gloom within luxury. Launched in July 2017, Los Angeles-based
brand 11 Honore is the first of its kind to challenge the neglected sector, with the luxury e-tailer stocking high-end designers like Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung and Marchesa in US sizes 10-20.

The number of extended-size models on the runway is also increasing: 26 non-standard-sized models walked in the A/W 17/18 catwalk season. My hope is that one day ‘standard’, which is an equally loaded term, will become all encapsulating.

Last month we also saw some big news from the fashion houses behind brands such as Christian Dior and Gucci. Not only have they pledged to stop using models under the age of 16 for adult clothes – yes that happens – but they have said that all models must be bigger than a French size 32 – a UK size 6 or US size 0.

Such change seems incremental, but for these brands it rewrites some of the very principles on which they were built.

Dolce & Gabbana, for instance, offers a more diverse size repertoire than what we see in print and on the catwalk, however what’s lacking is any real influence behind the messaging. Very little is being done to make D&G an authoritative brand on the topic of extended sizes, which is likely driven by fears that loyal consumers will question its integrity.

Poor representation of size in the traditional fashion and lifestyle press more broadly is driving people to social media where they have the freedom and ability to incite change.

Influencer Brandon Kyle has created a fashion-forward concept in Brandon Kyle Menswear, while model-turned-activist Emily Bador uses her Instagram to document her anti-transformation, comparing her current appearance with her previously industry-sanctioned figure. Not only does she point out the industry’s unrealistic size standards, but also the visual ‘flaws’ often excluded from fashion imagery – highlighting her own scars, stretch marks and eczema as an act of defiance and self-acceptance.

Social media hashtags, like #VBO (Visible Belly Outline), #Hip Dips and #Cellulite Saturday, are also playing an important role, encouraging women and men to forgo archaic clothing industry perfection.

Possible brand implementations are self-evident here, and slowly, some are responding. In July 2017, multi-brand e-tailer Asos received praise for its quiet omission of Photoshop in bikini product images – where featured models’ stretch marks and scars were on show.

Looking to the future, we can be confident that change will come, but a greater education piece is needed. Extended sizes doesn’t have to mean loss of integrity or exclusivity – luxury price points make sure of that.

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Saving The World In Style, For 10 Years

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Last month was the Tammam label’s 10 year anniversary. A decade. In fashion terms, for an indie label, that’s pretty good. Most fashion labels fail within a few seasons. I’m pretty sure the reason I didn’t is because my mission was never to make huge profits, my mission has only ever been to save the world, in style.

It’s been 10 years of developing sustainable supply chains, building relationships with incredible artisans around the world, opening a studio and boutique showroom in Bloomsbury, dressing celebrities, hundreds of patterns, hour upon hour of stitching, cutting, ironing, marketing, photo shoots, selling, networking, bookkeeping, signing contracts, advising, teaching, training, putting on shows…

…and about 1 % of my time is spent on designing. The beautiful creative process that I started out in the industry for, is the thing I do the least. Being a fashion entrepreneur, especially an ethical one, doesn’t leave much time for doing the thing I love most of all. Not that I don’t love running my business, I adore it, I love all the aspects of it, but designing – creating. Thats what I do, or more accurately, thats what I want to do.

The last 10 years have been a fabulous rollercoaster ride, aiming to convince the fashion industry to be more ethical, cruelty free, ecological and above all sustainable. Showing the world that a supply chain, monitored from fibre to finishing to be as ethically sound as possible, can produce haute couture standard pieces – that don’t harm anyone or anything in the process.

It seems to be happening, it is slowly taking notice. Massive corporations have sustainability strategies, top designers are using eco materials and thousands of people have started asking “who made my clothes?”.

Hurray! My work here is done… well not quite. There is still a lot to do but the path is carved, the trail has been blazed and finally there is a realisation that the industry just won’t last if we don’t respect the people who create it – not just the designers but the makers, producers, suppliers, there are a lot of people to thank for each and every garment in our wardrobes.

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So, after a decade of creating commercial collections and bespoke creations my focus has shifted, influenced massively by the artisans I have worked with and represented through my work; To art, while still focusing on the craft of couture as my medium.

I have been the curator of art shows for FiLiA for the last few years, currently working on my biggest challenge yet – curating over 150 women artists for FiLiArt2017.

I’ll be showing One Dress, the single garment I have designed and created (working with women embroiderers around the world) this year, at FiLiArt 2017 (14th & 15th October at the Institute of Education, Bloomsbury), alongside a diverse range of female creatives, including renowned international artists like Leni Dothan and Dana Ellyn.

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One Dress is a wearable art piece that aims to tell the story of all the women who are part if it’s creation, it will adorn some inspirational women too, because I’m still a designer and I want my dresses to be worn, even when they are works of art.

Yours in fairtrade and feminism

Ms Tammam

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Winter Style 2017-18: How To Wear The Hottest High Street Blazers

Usually by this time of year, the faux fur and quilted coats are out and well, our umbrellas are too.

But look around – have you noticed thinner layers are being worn? Maybe we are all just clinging onto summer or maybe it’s because the blazer has made its return.

Power dressing is back (1980s shoulder pads aside). The versatile blazer is being worn in every colour, over everything from basic tees to a pink organza gown.

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Or even worn alone as a tuxedo dress. Executive realness at its finest.

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So now you’ve got plenty of ideas for how to style it, click through the gallery below to see some of the hottest high street blazers to shop right now:

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Is There Any Weight To Your Full Head Of Hair Extensions?

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Half Head Or Full Head

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Have you ever looked at the website of a hair extension company, looked at the term ‘full head’ and asked; what the hell is that? It is one of those extremely ambiguous terms that has massive differences from brand to brand. The idea of a full head is meant to mean a complete head of hair. However, like beauty, a full head is in the eye of the beholder. And it is certainly true that one person’s full head is another person’s half.

What Weight Do I Need?

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It is common for hair extensions to be measured in multiples of 100g. If you think about that amount of hair in terms of rows for a weave, that is one short and two long rows. A common full head for someone with very fine Caucasian hair. The most common weight falls into the 150-200g bracket. This will suite most medium to thick hair types. Some brands even produce packets that contain 120g or 180g to entice you to buy without having to purchase multiple bundles. They will also produce this on shorter width wefts to reduce the need for multiple layers.

For bonds and micro rings, 200g tends to be the limit for most people. Anything more than this will overload the head. Not just in terms of weight but also head space. There just isn’t enough room for any more than that! Wefts of course, always give you more flexibility if you’re thirsty for more volume. You can put a lot more hair on a weft and you always have the option to build. Going further than that, an intricately sewn hand-tied weft will build up even more volume. These wefts are generally much flatter and therefore don’t cause the bumps and ridges that machine wefts can.

Spread The Volume

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Then there is the distribution of weight. As a rule; double drawn (thick ends) are preferable to single drawn (tapered ends). Having worked with hair extensions for many years. I find that single drawn doesn’t tend to have as much longevity. Too much of the hair is unevenly distributed at the roots where you simply can’t see it. This leads to thinner ends and bulk where you don’t want it. 100g of double drawn hair will look significantly thicker than 100g of its counterpart.

One of the most important and most perplexing elements of thicker-looking hair extensions is the texture. Imagine looking at someone with very straight hair next to someone with very curly hair. Even if their hair mass is the same; the curly hair will always look thicker. When hair extensions are mass-produced (which many brands are), they take hair from multiple sources. This makes the hair you receive very dense and therefore flat and lacking volume. Hair from single sources are much lighter in density and therefore very light and fuller. Lighter yet thicker is very much a paradox but is something to consider when you care about volume.

Thicker-looking Hair Extensions

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100g Of Slavic Clip-in Hair Extensions. Photo Credit: Studio Seven50

The one thing I always try to get across to my clients is the way in which they think about hair extension volume. It is rarely as simple as more grams = more thickness. There are various factors that influence the look of your hair that has much less to do with weight than you might think. Structure and distribution of your hair plays a much larger part in ultimately making your hair extensions look natural. If you need to know the right questions to ask when thinking about the volume of your hair. It’s not necessarily about weight.

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The African Gold That’s Breaking Ground

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Finding gold on your land may be seen as a blessing from God but the reality couldn’t be any different for small-scale miners in East Africa. With the arrival of the first African Fairtrade-certified gold comes our big chance to make a difference as designers, consumers and human beings.

“I have never seen such degradation, such harsh working conditions, such abuse as in the gold mines of Migori in western Kenya,” recounts Michael Gidney. As CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation, he has seen his fair share of degradation. “For me, it was one of those shocking injustices that gold which goes into our jewellery can come at such a price.”

There is no exaggerating the situation facing small-scale gold miners across the Great Lakes region. Women treat gold ores with toxic mercury in the same bowls as they wash their babies and cook, men and children risk being buried alive everyday in the pits and meanwhile the middle man waits with tampered scales to cheat them of a fair price that could feed their families. 16 million small-scale gold miners around the world face appalling conditions but East Africa is particularly susceptible to poverty, exploitation and illegal activity due to its association with conflict gold and the resulting reduction in business.

We can convince ourselves this is a world away but you and I know it isn’t. These men, women and children toil for us. For the rings we wear, the electronics in the iPhone that might as well be our left hand and the laptop powering our next Netflix binge. We spend billions globally on gold jewellery every year and yet these miners can earn as little as 50p a day. It is precisely why the arrival of the first Fairtrade gold from Africa is so pivotal.

“This is all about the people of the land benefitting from their resources in that land,” said Gidney at the launch. “It is economic, social and environmental justice for the poor.”

The signet ring in front of us, commemorating the milestone, has an added sparkle attributable to knowing it hasn’t been produced at the expense of anyone’s wellbeing. It is some of the first and only fully traceable gold from Africa and symbolises five years of innovation, hard work and collaboration to transform the African gold industry.

Designed and created by Fairtrade champion Cred Jewellery, the gold was sourced by members of Syanyonja Artisan Miners’ Alliance (SAMA), the first Fairtrade-certified mine in Africa as of 2016. It is one of nine artisanal sites across Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania (representing 900 miners) that Fairtrade has been supporting since 2012 to achieve Fairtrade’s ethical standards and thus certification.

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Thanks to the Comic Relief-funded programme and Fairtrade’s partners on the ground, EWAD (Environmental Women in Action for Development), all the miners are now trading more profitably. They have undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, the safe use of mercury, labour rights and better working conditions as well as health and safety. Fairtrade is also working with local organisations to promote responsible and safe mining practices amongst Africa’s further five million artisanal and small-scale miners.

“Since we started working with Fairtrade, there has been no more deaths in our mines as we now use benching and other safety techniques,” says Josephine Aguttu, a member of another participating mine, Tiira Small Scale Mining Association (TIIRA). “With Fairtrade we can get a fair price. We are determined; we are at the starting point to change our community.”

Of course, Fairtrade only works for miners if designers decide to use the gold and customers demand and buy it. Unfortunately, just 16% of people in the UK are currently aware it exists, compared to 93% who recognise the Fairtrade mark. It’s a tragedy when choosing Fairtrade over regular gold not only save lives but helps them thrive.

Simple solutions, such as safety equipment and extraction machines, cost relatively little yet revolutionise the mining process. Last year, Fairtrade campaigners raised the £4500 for a communal Gold Kacha in Busia. Where once the miners toiled away with basic tools for days at a time to recover just 30-50% of the gold, with this mercury-free machine, they now recover 95% in a couple of hours.

“Consumers in the UK give us courage,” says Padde Stephen, a member of Busia United Small-Scale Mining Association (BUSSMA). “Thank you for the Gold Kacha. Through Fairtrade we now transcend the East Africa region.” If you ever assume your retail choices will have no impact, think again.

Yet, for people who have always lived hand to mouth, it is the long-term opportunities that the Fairtrade Premium offers which excites them most. With every kilogram of gold a certified mine sells, it receives $2000 to be invested back into community and business development projects.

From helping the orphans and setting up bursaries for school fees to supporting the local health centre, the miners are full of ideas as to how they want to use the funding. “We have dreams to expand our business,” explains Golding Mathias, treasurer of TIIRA. “We’ll be able to fulfil the Fairtrade hope within ourselves to improve our conditions, benefit from better health and feed our families.” Josephine is hoping an amount will be set aside for older people so they don’t have to risk entering the mine.

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The aim is to generate $50,000 worth of impact through sales by 2020, which is far from impossible with the landmark plans Fairtrade has in the pipeline. A new investment facility will enable mine sites, often for the first time, to access finance. Meanwhile, a new two-year partnership programme launching in 2018 with Fairphone and Phillips will open up Fairtrade gold to the technology sector.

The first jewellery collections with African Fairtrade gold will be on sale in time for Christmas and Cred Jewellery will continue to buy gold from SAMA every six weeks over the coming year. On top of this, a new export platform enabling jewellers around the world to buy the gold is on the way.

There are already over 200 designer-makers selling Fairtrade gold (currently from mines in Peru) all over the UK and overseas. Both bohemian fine jewellery designer Natalie Perry’s debut at London Fashion Week last month and the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s current exhibition correct any assumptions Fairtrade should stick to bananas and coffee. Against a backdrop of eye-opening images of African miners by renowned photojournalist Ian Berry, Fair Luxury Presents features a range of new and established makers who are redefining luxury through Fairtrade gold.

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“It’s possible to have it all; style, luxury, unique design and a positive impact on the people who made your piece,” says Sarah Greenaway of Fair Luxury, Fairtrade’s co-organiser in the exhibition. The change-maker group of ethical jewellery businesses is raising awareness for better practices within the industry. “We have a mountain to climb before we can offer consumers transparency and responsible sourcing. The arrival of Fairtrade gold proves that, despite the huge barriers, it is possible to mine responsibly and maintain control of the metal all the way to the consumer.”

While Fairtrade still costs slightly more than standard gold, prices can start at as little as £100-£200. Gold will always be an investment but, as Greenaway says, “the value of a piece lies in its unique beauty, which is vastly enhanced when it comes from a source that respects people and planet.”

It is something Padde Stephen knows all too well. “My message to jewellery lovers in the UK is that our gold is special; for just a little sacrifice, you can help support the African miners.” In other words, pick Fairtrade and your gold will sparkle more brightly too.

Fair Luxury Presents is on display at the Goldsmiths’ Centre until 27th October. Entry is free.

For more information on working with Fairtrade gold as a designer, click here.

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Lauren Hutton Becomes Vogue’s Oldest Ever Cover Star For An Issue Dedicated To Women Over 60

Lauren Hutton stars in the cover shoot for Italian Vogue’s October issue, which is dedicated to women over 60.

At 73 years and 11 months, the model and actress is the oldest muse to ever be featured on the cover of a Vogue magazine.

Although she has graced the covers of many Vogues, Hutton said this shoot was “the most important,” stating it’s the one that makes her feel the most useful.

She continued: “This is a cover that can change society, because it shows a woman who is vibrant, attractive, who still laughs, and who for the first time is a woman my age.”

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The issue also features supermodels Iman and Benedetta Barzini and is set to be one for the collectors.
Of all the Vogues, Italia is known to be the most forward thinking (bar the Roitfeld days at the French edition).

In 2008, the publication pushed the boat out by featuring an all-black cast of models.

Under the late Franca Sozzani, Vogue Italia also dedicated issues to themes on domestic abuse, drug addiction and even had a ‘curvy’ issue.

Thus, the fact that it’s dedicated an issue to women over 60 is no surprise.

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The new editor-in-chief, Emanuele Farneti, is clearly following in Sozzani’s innovative footsteps.

Using up-and-coming creatives to narrate stories about older women, Farneti thinks the future of fashion doesn’t necessarily rely on worshipping Millennials.

He said: “We think that it is about inclusive diversity, the real challenge of today. This relates to gender, ethnicity and religion, and it is also true for age — no one feels excluded.”

Hear, hear.

Take a look at the stunning images from the issue, shared by Vogue Italia on Instagram.

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Suistudio’s Controversial ‘Not Dressing Men’ Campaign Has Provoked A Debate About Objectification

A fashion campaign that features sharply dressed female models flanked by a naked man has started a debate about objectification.

Suistudio launched the campaign with the hashtag #NOTDRESSINGMEN to advertise their collection of menswear-inspired garments aimed at women.

The sharp suiting has been getting a warm reaction on social media but the nudity in the adverts has provoked a somewhat chillier response from some.

One (female) Instagram user commented: “If it was the other way around with the woman on the couch and man above her, feminist groups would jump and criticise. This double standard needs to end.”

The brand is not shy of courting controversy.

Suistudio is pegged as the “little sister” of American gentlemen’s fashion label Suit Supply, which previously came under fire for showcasing imagery deemed to be sexist and mysogynistic in its ‘Toy Boy‘ campaign.

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This particular image irked a few who were seemingly regulars of the menswear label.

One or two vowed on Instagram to not “buy any suit from [them] this season.”

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Suistudio describe themselves as having “inherited the racy gene from big brother”, and when asked if Suistudio’s first campaign was a response to the strong reaction to the ‘Toy Boy’ campaign, vice president Kristina Barricelli refuted the idea.

“Everything about this campaign is independent and coexisting: the man and the woman, Suitsupply and Suistudio,” she told HuffPost UK. “And the same goes for our long history of powerful campaign stories.

“We are excited to learn about the Suistudio woman and what she might be doing, or where she might be going. Who knows, she may even decide on a toy girl campaign of her own. She is free to do whatever she wants.”

The notion of a powerful, successful and confident woman living in a penthouse (that she presumedly earned for herself on account of being powerful and successful) is unquestionably attractive.

After all, we still live in a world where female CEOs are few and far between, so this kind of story-telling in advertising is needed. And we’re hungry for it.

But should this type of imagery come at the expense of men? Is it necessary to objectify men in order to elevate women?

Mental health campaigner Danny Bowman believes that whether the subject of objectification is a man or a woman, either way it’s still “a major issue.”

“Objectification in advertising can undermine an individual’s self-esteem and self-worth,” Bowman said.

“Any hashtags like this can send a negative message to society as a whole that objectifying individuals is ok, it’s not.”

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So, the collection is cute but the message?

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H&M’s 2017 Halloween Party Wear Will Have You Wishing Every Day Was A Masquerade Ball

H&M has released a series of Halloween-appropriate garments to wear out on the town and you’ll want to waer them beyond 31 October.

The looks range from jester-style headgear to mad hatter-themed accessories and the collection is, perhaps, a nod to the evocative mischief at the height of the masquerade era.

As the brand states: “you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your cool on the most awesome day of the year.”

Take a look at the collection to see for yourselves:

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Primark’s Christmas Jumpers 2017: The Men’s Range Is Just As Cute As The Women’s Collection

Men’s fashion has a bad rep for being less “fun” than women’s, but Primark’s range of men’s Christmas jumpers is ever bit as cute as their women’s collection.

Of course Primark couldn’t leave the lads out this season. They’ve offered up a range not too dissimilar to the ladies’.

The ‘Fairisle’ patterned jumpers in warm, festive tones and patterns can be found in both the male and female ranges, but not all the styles are unisex.

Making us wonder why they’ve not come out with a unisex collection, as opposed to separating the two ranges into male/female categories.

But then again, swapping (read, stealing) garments is never fun.

Said no-one, ever.

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