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Pippa Middleton’s Wedding Dress: How To Steal Her Style

Pippa Middleton’s traditional lace gown has left us inspired and since copying is the sincerest form of flattery, we’ve investigated how you can recreate her stunning bridal look.

Designed by Giles Deacon, Pippa’s high-necked wedding dress was beautifully demure – made from guipure lace and embroidered with tiny pearls – for her wedding on Saturday 20 May.

From guipure lace-panelled silk and crepon-rimmed guipure to heavy lace fish-tails, many a designer out there is using lace in beautiful ways for brides.

Trying to emulate a wedding dress you’ve seen and fallen in love with can be a tricky business, which is why we’ve scoured the stores for demure Pippa-inspired styles so you don’t have to:

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Click Your Heels To Start The Dishwasher – Smart Trainers Versus Traditional Cordwainers


Portfolio image: Adriana Goldenberg

Surrounded by students crafting leather on lasts using traditional methods, Adriana Goldenberg stands alone as the only student on the BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Product Innovation course grappling with textiles and tech to create smart trainers for her final year footwear collection. “Why only one?” I wonder, in a world where knitted trainers are grabbing footwear market share as new textile technologies applied to footwear design are revolutionising the texture, fit and speed to market of this entire product category. Isn’t textile-led trainer design the most exciting area in footwear design at the moment? Adriana seems to think so.

Starting her concept not from a designer standpoint, but from a question about whether there might be a consumer appetite for a hybrid textile apparel/shoe product, she placed a paid Facebook Ad (for £38.61, to be exact) aimed at her demographic (25-37 year old females in the UK and the US), reaching over 400,000 people, from which she had 55 surveys completed. Her survey was to determine her target market’s attitude towards leggings joined to trainers – a kind of unification of a two products in the hugely successful athleisure movement (sportswear as all day wear – think Lululemon and Nike Lab outside of the yoga studio and gym). The results, despite being a small sample, pointed to a potential demand for the hybrid product.

Adriana began exploring leggings with components attached to trainers via zips or laces, allowing them to be mixed and matched – adding customisation and personalisation to the mix. Taking her concept one step further, she sought to offer product differentiation by making her trainers smart – adding value via programmed switches containing safety and lifestyle features. Juggling a full time job at SAM Labs and full time study has paid off in a creative and cross-disciplinary sense, inspiring her to utilise SAM Lab switches (’50 pence size’ programmable blocks aimed at getting kids into coding) and rapid prototyping equipment at their co-working space – the Machines Room in East London, resulting in her shoe collection by SAM Labs.


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Focusing on combining the programmable SAM Labs blocks with her shoe designs, it's interesting to discover that the tech drove the design process in this instance. The first prototypes had the blocks sewn on to the textile upper, creating practical issues and a lack of design integration. In contrast to pursuing this visible 'stuck on' fashion tech option, Adriana designed the prototype shoes around the tech, housing the blocks within the sole and using 3D printing in order to create cavities for them to slot into.






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The SAM switches, or 'blocks', connect to a smart phone via Bluetooth and are easily programmable via drag and drop icons on the SAM mobile app, which essentially contain packages of java script pre-coded, so that you just drop the icons containing the code in a sequence to get the block to do what you want. One of the coolest icons is IFTTT (which stands for "if this, then that"), which contains code that allows you to set your block up to do all sorts of things, like send you a notification when there is breaking news at NASA or get a daily meditation alert acting as both a reminder and light dimmer. The SAM block can also be connected to the accelerometer and GPS functions in your phone to amp up the functionality. Want to know more about setting up the SAM Lab blocks? Here's an overview of how Adriana did it:





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Adriana has used the GPS connectivity in combination with safety information relating to geographic locations in London to programme the block to buzz and send vibrations through the sole of the trainer when the wearer is in a high crime area. She has also programmed one of the blocks to dial emergency services when the block button is pressed. The blocks can also be connected to other device software (a smart dishwasher) for example. By smart I mean connected to the internet, which is increasingly common with smart homes and the growing Internet of Things network. One of the more fun features is starting the dishwasher when the heels are clicked together three times, utilising the tilt sensor in the block.






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Wrapping up our chat, Adriana admits to feeling a little overwhelmed by the attention a small amount of promotion on her Instagram and Facebook page have generated. She has had fifteen requests for her smart trainers already and has yet to complete her final major project - part of which is these Sam Labs shoe prototypes, due to be submitted next week to complete her BA degree requirements. She is looking forward to taking stock and weighing up future opportunities. Perhaps surprisingly, she isn't fixed on a future in footwear design due to the complexity of the design, development and manufacturing processes, however with textile techniques making this process far cleaner, quicker and more iteration friendly compared to leather techniques, the shoe game appears to be changing. She is, however, fixed on a future working with fashion and technology and feels there are opportunities to blend fashion and tech in more meaningful ways, with a simple and seamless consumer focus rather than an all singing, all dancing tech 'geek-out' focus. She mentions invisible tech in seamless smart materials where the tech does cool stuff to enhance the wearer's experience, without making them feel like they're wearing a gadget. Adriana's smart trainers sure feel like a step in that direction.

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Pippa Middleton’s Wedding: The Duchess of Cambridge Stuns In A Rose Pink Dress

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a rose pink dress, reported to be have been designed by Alexander McQueen, for her sister’s wedding day.

The wedding ceremony of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews took place at St Mark’s Church, Englefield, Berkshire, on the morning of Saturday 20 May.

The Duchess looked stunning in a rose pink midi-length dress – paired with a rose-topped hat and heels.

The bride looked beautiful in a white lace gown, reported to be have been designed by Giles Deacon.

The Duchess helped make adjustments to her sister’s dress before she went down the aisle.

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Kendall Jenner Stars In La Perla’s Latest Lingerie Campaign, And It’s A Floral Fantasy

Kendall Jenner looks incredible in La Perla’s latest campaign, surrounded by a Pop Art-inspired English garden.

Modelling the brand’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection, the reality TV star channelled the character of Dorothy from the film classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

Photographed by Mert & Marcus, and styled by La Perla’s Creative Director Julia Haart, the campaign is a floral fantasy.

From a haute couture crystal embroidered dress and silk slips to vibrantly coloured swimwear, the supermodel showcased the new pieces amidst gigantic, colourful hibiscus, begonias, and tulips.

No sign of Toto though.

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Model Claims On Social Media She Was ‘Too Big’ To Walk For Louis Vuitton

Danish model Ulrikke Hoyer took to social media to claim she was dropped from a Louis Vuitton show for being “too big”.

The model – who was due to walk for Louis Vuitton’s cruise show in Japan on Sunday 14 May – posted on Facebook and Instagram a description of her ordeal.

Hoyer claims in her Instagram post that she was told by casting agents to “drink only water for the next 24 hours” before a fitting – due to her “bloated face” and “a very bloated stomach” – despite being a “size 34-36”.

But the fitting never happened and Hoyer was sent back home.

I just returned from Tokyo/Japan, where Louis Vuitton held a beautiful cruise show in Kyoto, I just never made it to Kyoto cause I was canceled for the show due to being ‘too big’. (I’m a size 34-36) Ashley Brokaw’s caster Alexia had said that there had been some problems during the fitting. According to her I had “a very bloated stomach”, “bloated face”, and urged me to starve myself with this statement “Ulrikke needs to drink only water for the next 24 hours”. I was shocked when I heard it. I woke up at 2am and was extremely hungry. The breakfast started at 6:30am – I had the absolute minimum. I was afraid to meet Alexia so my luck she didn’t arrive until 8am, when my plate was taken off the table. She said good morning to me and the other girls and looked at me, then down on my non-existent plate and up at me again. She was checking if I had been eating food. At 7pm my mother agent from Denmark called my to tell the sad news that Louis Vuitton had chosen to cancel me from the show without the refitting and that I was going to be sent back home. Not only did I have a belly, my face was puffy now also my back was a problem. I am glad I’m 20 years old with an elite sports background and not a 15 year old girl, who are new to this and unsure about herself, because I have no doubt that I would then have ended up very sick and scarred long into my adult life. TO READ THE FULL STORY CLICK IN MY BIO!!!!!!! #LVCruise2018 #mistreatmentofmodels #AshleyBrokaw #thefutureisfemale #sowhyeatingdisorders #youknowitstrue #shareifyoucare #jamespscully

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After returning from Japan, Hoyer posted to her personal Facebook page on Wednesday 17 May.

“I just returned from Tokyo in Japan, where Louis Vuitton held a beautiful cruise show in Kyoto, I just never made it to Kyoto because I was cancelled for the show due to being ‘too big’. I’m a size 34-36,” Hoyer said.

“Just before 12am my fitting got rescheduled to an unknown time later that day. It didn’t happen because at 7pm my mother agent from Denmark called me to tell me the sad news that Louis Vuitton had chosen to cancel me from the show – without the refitting – and that I was going to be sent back home.”

The 20-year-old model – who has previously walked for Louis Vuitton’s spring 2017 show, and other household names such as Chloe, Stella McCartney and Alexandre Vauthier – had been looking forward to the opportunity.

“What should have been a truly amazing and unique experience ended up being a very humiliating experience,” she said.

Hoyer wanted to make it clear with her post that changes need to be made towards models.

“This is not about me being cancelled from a show, I’ve tried that before (all girls on my level have) you win some, and you lose some – that’s the game.

“But I cannot accept the ‘normality’ in the behaviour of people like this. They find pleasure in power over young girls and will go to the extreme to force an eating disorder on you.

Hoyer noted that if she had been younger the ordeal would have been far worse.

“I am glad I am 20 and not a 15-year-old girl, who is new to this and unsure about herself, because I have no doubt that I would then have ended up very sick, and scarred long into my adult life.”

HuffPost UK reached out to Louis Vuitton who declined to comment – and Ashley Brokaw Casting who has yet to respond. We will update this article accordingly.

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The Zara Millennial Pink Biker Jacket Is Making A Comeback, And It’s Already All Over Instagram

This is not a drill: Zara’s millennial pink biker jacket is back.

It may not have scaled the grand sartorial heights of ‘The Coat’ but it sure was shown a whole lot of love and lust in 2016.

At £59.99 it still ticks a lot of boxes: versatility, affordable and comfortable – not to mention an eye-popping colour.

So it comes as no surprise it’s back and already all over Instagram.

Here are a few of our favourite ensembles paired with the statement maker:

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Why Are Girls So Nasty?

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So, I’m sat at work, minding my own business. I over hear what I presume was a mother talking to her teenage daughter, sniggering and laughing in my direction.

“Have you seen the state of that”
“Who comes to work to sit on a checkout wearing makeup like that?”
“Don’t know who she thinks she is”

Whilst sitting there and hearing this, I thought to myself ‘there is not a chance they are talking about me’, as that day I had made a particular effort with my makeup. Realising that they were actually insulting and mocking me, my first thoughts were why would they find it acceptable to laugh at someone’s appearance? Had I been a girl with no makeup on and skin problems, would she have been making the same harsh comments? I doubt it. I find it so disappointing that we live in a society that some people think it’s acceptable to judge people on their appearances. Whether it be the clothes you wear, the makeup you apply, or even if you were covered head to toe in tattoos. We are all within our own rights to express our individuality. This is what makes us unique.

What shocked me more was that not only was she voicing these hurtful comments in public, but she was also imposing these views onto her impressionable teenage daughter. The pressure that society and the media bestows on to women regarding ‘the perfect body’ image is already hard enough to compete with. As women, I believe we should embrace one another, for who we are rather than tearing each other down and constantly looking for flaws. We must educate our children to be respectful and mindful of others, whether it be based on looks, fashion choices, career goals or cultures. It is essential as role models to bring the next generation up to celebrate individualism and personal creativity. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world like this?

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I, myself am a woman who is just breaking out into the makeup industry. I have studied makeup for the last two years, ranging from fashion and photographic makeup, special effects and media makeup. I will be furthering my education when I attend university in the next academic year. I’m so passionate about working within this industry and the unlimited amount of creativity I will be exposed to.

I use myself as a platform to showcase my talent. I enjoy creating bold and artistic makeup looks, whether it’s a night on the town, or a day on the checkouts. I have the freedom to express myself in any way, no matter where I am. It is only makeup and at the end of the day, it gets wiped off.

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However, after my post went viral, hitting over 130,000 likes and was shared across the world over 25,000+ times. It seemed not everyone is as callous as the woman who my original post was about. I was inundated with both positive and supportive comments agreeing with my views on this matter, which was so refreshing for me to see after having endured my earlier experience that day.

Coming away from this, if I had one message to convey it would be ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’. And most of all, love yourself!

Kerry Whittaker


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Eyebrow Wigs Are The Latest Beauty Trend To Take The Internet By Storm

From micro-blading to Brexit brows, changing the appearance of our eyebrows is big business in 2017.

Which is why eyebrow wigs have sent the Internet into a frenzy.

Made from real hair, eyebrow wigs are basically stick-on brows.

Make up artist Hung Vanngo – who’s worked with celebrities such as Katy Perry and Emily Ratajkowski – shared a video of the procedure involving ‘lace eyebrows’ on Instagram on Monday 15 May.

The beautician places the eyebrow onto the lady’s face to show the difference it can achieve if you’re looking for a fuller brow.


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And some social media users commented on Vanngo’s post in awe.

“Wow! Good stuff,” one commented.

“Less work in the morning,” another commented.

“Amazing. I don’t have to do my eyebrows ever again,” another wrote.

And we think they’re a great option for people suffering from hair loss due to alopecia, trichotillomania or undergoing chemotherapy.

Vlogger, Natalie’s Outlet, first trialled the trend last summer, posting a video it on YouTube.

Now her vlog has over million views as the idea gains in popularity:

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Cannes Film Festival 2017: Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid And Elle Fanning Give Us Wedding Style Vibes

From Bella Hadid in Atelier Versace to Elle Fanning in Vivienne Westwood, celebrities are channelling wedding-style vibes with aplomb at Cannes Film Festival.

Celebrating its 70th year, the glamour of the Riviera was out in full fashion force on the red carpet on Wednesday 17 May.

From blush pink and creamy hues, here are some of the stars best bridal influenced looks so far:

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Ten Ways To Customise Your Engagement Ring


It’s no secret; the way people shop for engagement rings is evolving. Custom-made design caters directly to this new wave of wildly creative individuals who are bent on inventing themselves. Thanks to softwares like 3D CAD designs and 3D printing, it is now possible for anyone to create unique jewellery pieces that reflect their style and personality while solidifying their creative freedom.

These days, everyone wants a customised engagement or wedding ring because anything less feels impersonal. You’ve got a boundless imagination. It’s time you found the custom-design to match it.

Let’s talk possibilities.

The Metal

While platinum is the preferred choice for admirers of white metals, an alternative to platinum is 18ct white gold. For those wanting a bit of colour, 18ct gold comes in rich yellow and blushy rose hues.

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Mixing and matching metals is fast becoming a trend, allowing a further creativity and customisation. For example, if you are featuring pink sapphires or diamonds in your design, set these stones in rose gold–its blushy tones enhance the pink shades of the stone.

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Metal finishes can add a personal touch to your design with each finish achieving an entirely unique look. From reflective and shiny to textured and unpolished, here’s a glimpse of how all the finishes look:

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Diamond and Gemstone Shapes
There’s everything from one big centre stone, to using a variety of shapes to create a beautifully chaotic cluster or pristinely arranged halo.

Antique Cut Diamonds
Before diamond cutting machinery emerged in the early 20th century, diamonds were often cut by hand, using techniques that are not used so frequently today. While diamonds cut in these ways often emit less brilliance than modern cuts, they do exude a more subtle and romantic glow.

Rose cut diamonds are considered to be one of the original diamond cuts. This diamond cut features anywhere from 3 to 24 triangular facets, and it peaks into a dome shape–resembling the soft curve of a rose petal.

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Old European cut diamonds have a high crown, small table and a large, flat culet with a circular girdle. With 58 facets, it is the predecessor of today’s modern round brilliant cut.

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Old mine cut diamonds are similar to the Old European cuts. They have a square shaped girdle with gently rounded corners, a high crown and a small table with a flat, large culet. They are similar to a modern day cushion cut.

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Now that you have found your perfect centre gemstone, why not add side stones to complement it? Rectangular, triangular or curved, accent gemstones vary in shapes and colours and are a perfect way to add another unique dimension to your ring design.

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The Setting Style

Claw setting
A classic style, the claw setting features small pieces of metal that holds gemstones in place from underneath by gripping around them in three, four, five, or six places. The more claws, the more secure; however, more claws also mean less light around the gemstone, making it slightly less visible.

Cathedral setting
The centre stone of the ring is elevated to dramatic heights, allowing maximum light to flow around and through it, resulting in breathtaking brilliance.

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Bezel setting
A contemporary favourite for those who are active on a daily basis, bezel settings offer a more secure grip on centre gemstones and protect against accidental damage, by encasing the stone seamlessly within a piece of metal.

Tension setting
This setting holds the centre stone in place simply with pressure. Small grooves in the metal allow the girdle of the stone to sit in the ring with the right amount of pressure applied to secure it.

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A tulip setting is similar to a cathedral setting, however the claws are shaped to resemble flower petals.

A crown setting is a claw setting for a gemstone that in profile looks like a crown. This setting is very secure as it typically uses six or more claws.

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No Rails

A ring with no rails is essentially a cathedral setting where the side profile looks as if the stone is nestled closely into the claws, giving the illusion of a floating centre stone.

Design Finishes

Inspired by delicate lace, filigree features beautifully intricate hand-carved shapes and designs in the collet and along the band. Its ever-present popularity makes it timeless.

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Hand and inscription engraving
A hand engraved engagement ring merges your own personal style with vintage trends. Hand engraving can achieve a variety of results from organic or floral designs to geometric patterns or text. You can even have your own heartbeat engraved.

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Gemstone set on the inside
If an inscription alone isn’t enough, set a small gemstone or diamond on the inside of your band–perhaps in your soulmate’s favourite colour or use their birthstone.

Typically featured along the edges of a ring design, milgrain acts as a textured frame, highlighting the beauty of the gemstone or diamond at its centre.

Еverything from floral inspired halos, textured vines and leaves to dragons, lobsters and whales; if it exists in the natural world, it can be immortalised on your finger.
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When it comes to capturing your unparalleled love story, the possibilities really are endless. Break out of industry stereotypes. You’ve not only outgrown them, you never quite fit into them in the first place. You’re one of a kind. Your ring should be, too.

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