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Why is everyone still talking about this cerulean blue jumper?

By Morwenna Ferrier

The idea that trends that trickle down from the catwalk has become one of fashion’s most enduring truisms. But does it hold water?

The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger, was published in 2003, and the film version was released three years later, yet one line continues to resonate. Or rather, one concise theory involving a blue jumper that claims to illustrate the structural and economic connection between high fashion and the everyday, referred to in popular culture as the “cerulean blue” theory.

If you have seen the film you will remember the speech in which icy fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep) articulates to her cynical assistant, Andy (Anne Hathaway), precisely why the younger woman is wearing a blue jumper: “In 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns, and then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent – wasn’t it? – who showed cerulean military jackets … so you’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/aug/14/colour-fashion-influence-science

      

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The hoop earring trend is bigger than ever – but what style should you wear?

By Lauren Cochrane

Worn by Cardi B, Hailey Baldwin and Rihanna, hoops now come in many different shapes and sizes. See discreet minis, classic midis and attention-grabbing shoulder-grazers

Faces, tassels, shells and chandeliers … the phrase “go big or go home” could have been made for earrings in the past few years. But the latest shift in the world of earrings is back to something more familiar. The hoop – an earring classic worn by everyone from Sade and Clara Bow to Victoria Beckham and Georges Bizet’s Carmen – is back, with Cardi B, Hailey Baldwin and Jennifer Lopez all wearing them. They vary in drop – earring speak for the distance between the bottom of your lobe and the end of the earring – from discreet mini hoops to gigantic shoulder-grazers. But before embracing the trend, take a breath. Like a red lipstick or a pair of jeans, hoop choice is a personal thing: it takes time and patience. Here’s our handy guide to finding the hoop for you.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/aug/14/hoop-earring-trend-cardi-b-hailey-baldwin-rihanna-shapes-sizes-minis-midis-shoulder-grazers

      

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Who wants to be a baby giraffe? The problem with Instagram It poses

By Anna Hart

Online influencers are imitating wildlife to get likes. But from the knock-kneed ‘pigeon toe’ to the ‘sparrow face’ pout, they aren’t exactly selecting power animals

It’s a jungle out there on Instagram. If people aren’t using animal face filters to give themselves cutesy cartoon ears or oversize tongues, they are mimicking animals in their poses. “Baby giraffe” is the latest Instagram It pose, freshly minted by Eva Chen, the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram. Chen has been called “the Anna Wintour of the digital age”, and with 967,000 followers, a Chen caption today is a trend tomorrow.

“I stick my bum out and tilt one leg forward and the other leg back. Like I’m a baby giraffe walking,” went the tutorial on Chen’s Instagram Stories. The “baby giraffe” was swiftly adopted by wannabe influencers across the globe because it lengthens legs and, well, gives subjects something to do other than stare vacuously into the camera, pondering the meaninglessness of their existence. (Poses that require a degree of concentration tend to be the most flattering. Nothing is more ageing than an existential crisis.)

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/shortcuts/2018/aug/14/baby-giraffe-chicken-arms-animal-instagram-it-poses

      

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Is Phenoxyethanol the New Paraben?

Clean beauty keeps getting cleaner.
Boston-based beauty retailer Follain has decided to ban from its shelves products containing phenoxyethanol, a preservative that is commonly used as an alternative to parabens, WWD has learned.
The decision to ban phenoxyethanol came directly from Follain’s vendors, according to founder Tara Foley.
Phenoxyethanol is often used in clean beauty as a preservative substitute for parabens, which are generally verboten amongst the clean beauty cohort. But phenoxyethanol is a controversial ingredient. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning for consumers not to buy a certain nipple cream on the market because it contained “potentially harmful ingredients”, including phenoxyethanol.
Foley noticed a trend over the past year of her vendors beginning to slowly drop the ingredient from their formulations, instead opting for naurally derived alternatives such as lactobacillus or radish root.
Follain bans about 30 ingredients from the products in its stores. “We practice what we call a precautionary principle,” Foley said of her philosophy on which ingredients to restrict.
At a time where many clean beauty players are stepping into the role of activist, Follain’s decision to ban phenoxyethanol is equally about pushing chemical manufacturers to come up with alternatives as it is banning a potentially toxic ingredient from

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Is Phenoxyethanol the New Paraben?

Clean beauty keeps getting cleaner.
Boston-based beauty retailer Follain has decided to ban from its shelves products containing phenoxyethanol, a preservative that is commonly used as an alternative to parabens, WWD has learned.
The decision to ban phenoxyethanol came directly from Follain’s vendors, according to founder Tara Foley.
Phenoxyethanol is often used in clean beauty as a preservative substitute for parabens, which are generally verboten amongst the clean beauty cohort. But phenoxyethanol is a controversial ingredient. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning for consumers not to buy a certain nipple cream on the market because it contained “potentially harmful ingredients”, including phenoxyethanol.
Foley noticed a trend over the past year of her vendors beginning to slowly drop the ingredient from their formulations, instead opting for naurally derived alternatives such as lactobacillus or radish root.
Follain bans about 30 ingredients from the products in its stores. “We practice what we call a precautionary principle,” Foley said of her philosophy on which ingredients to restrict.
At a time where many clean beauty players are stepping into the role of activist, Follain’s decision to ban phenoxyethanol is equally about pushing chemical manufacturers to come up with alternatives as it is banning a potentially toxic ingredient from

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Model George Koh guilty of killing rival after Instagram row

By Damien Gayle

Koh stabbed Harry Uzoka to death in London as they met to settle dispute over woman

A model has been convicted of stabbing a more successful rival to death after a row on Instagram over a woman.

George Koh, 24, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Harry Uzoka when he stabbed him in the heart after going to settle the dispute, accompanied by two friends.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/13/model-george-koh-guilty-killing-rival-london-instagram-row

      

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Makeup Artist Heidi Morawetz Dies

PARIS – Heidi Morawetz, the famed makeup artist who conceived some of Chanel’s best-known beauty products and worked with photographers such as Guy Bourdin, died on Aug. 9. She was 79 years old.
“Heidi Morawetz, known for her innate sense of color and elegance, passed away,” Chanel tweeted. “She created The Rouge Noir and Le Blanc de Chanel. Her vision of beauty will remain indelibly linked with Chanel history.”
Morawetz helmed Chanel’s makeup division with Dominique Moncourtois for almost three decades before retiring from the company in January 2008.
In 1980, Morawetz was hired by Moncourtois, then international director of makeup creation, to be the director of Chanel’s makeup creation studio. A graduate of the School of Art and Design and the School of Fashion Design in Vienna, Morawetz spent more than a decade working with leading photographers, such as Bourdin, Helmut Newton and Patrick Demarchelier.
In the Seventies, with Bourdin, she worked on campaigns including – notably – the surreal images for Charles Jourdin. That led to her being asked to create Yves Saint Laurent’s first makeup line, out in 1978.
Morawetz was born in Vienna in 1939.
Peter Philips, the makeup artist who succeeded Morawetz and Moncourtois at Chanel, paid tribute to her in

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Interview relaunch proves there's life yet in high-end magazines

By Edward Helmore in New York

The news speaks to optimism at the glossiest end of publishing even as numerous titles are struggling to get by

Four months ago, Interview magazine was closed down, consigned to the dumpster of pop culture memorabilia and detritus. Now Brant Publications has reversed that decision and is set to embark on a contentious restoration of the title with a September issue fronted by the transgender model Hari Nef.

The turnaround, or what might more accurately be described as a relaunch, is a rare creature in an industry where dozens of titles, from fashion to finance to sports, have shut down or are struggling to get by on diminishing advertising revenues and hoping to find buyers.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/aug/12/interview-relaunch-proves-theres-life-yet-in-high-end-magazines

      

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Time to breathe easy and relax | Gemma Cairney

By Gemma Cairney

When you are recovering, in need of a pick-me-up or just want to avoid make-up for a while, it’s time to take some breathing lessons

I’m on my second day out of surgery after having a grapefruit-sized fibroid removed from my stomach under general anaesthetic. I’m feeling part relieved, as it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years, but bewildered, too. I’ve got to take it easy, do everything slowly during my recovery – but I’m not used to doing things slowly.

I went for the gentlest sea swim just now, moving my feet in the water like a tired frog. At times like these, I revert right back to my life-affirming comforts and, if you read this column regularly, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with flower power and the benefits of aromatherapy.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/aug/12/time-to-breathe-easy-with-a-no-make-up-day

      

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Summer’s hot fashion tip: get your rubber gloves on

By Morwenna Ferrier

They come in purple, orange, black lace and more – but these catwalk stalwarts are not for doing the washing-up in

This season’s It buy is not a bag, and is not weather-appropriate. Rather, it’s a pair of statement summer gloves. Black, or brightly coloured, usually in synthetic rubber or PVC, they have nothing to do with practicality – and everything to do with aesthetics.

First seen this year on Vogue‘s February cover, where Nicole Kidman sported a pink pair from Italian maker Sermoneta, gloves appear twice in its September issue, the largest and most scrutinised of the year: Rihanna wears orange Prada gloves on the cover and, inside, a lace pair by Cornelia James.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/aug/11/rubber-gloves-fashion-summer-2018-prada-marc-jacobs

      

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Beaded pouch: stalwart accessory of 90s Kate Moss back in vogue

By Scarlett Conlon

Decade’s revival continues with small embroidered and bead-embellished bags

In fashion, the 1990s revival seems never-ending: first lycra cycling shorts, tiny sunglasses and ugly trainers made a comeback, then skinny eyebrows appeared on Rihanna on the cover of Vogue. But the latest iteration is a lot more palatable: the handbag of the moment is a small, embroidered and bead-embellished pouch of the kind carried by Kate Moss in her 90s heyday. Usually made from velvet or silk, they vary from all-over adornment to a minimal motif, and are just big enough to fit a makeup compact, credit card and phone.

On the red carpet, Alexa Chung and Aurora James are among those leading the renaissance, having carried them on several occasions this year including at the Met Gala in May – the biggest fashion event of the year.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/aug/10/beaded-pouch-stalwart-accessory-of-90s-kate-moss-back-in-vogue

      

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How to wear: streetwear | Simran Randhawa

By Simran Randhawa

Sexy isn’t just about hugging waists and plunging necklines. Beware, though – not all gymwear is now cool

In the past year, streetwear has increasingly become part of my personal style. I can get away with making even a tracksuit look chic by adding heels and a clutch bag. I’m not suggesting you go crazy in the gym and then head straight to cocktails wearing the same track top; I have my gymwear and my streetwear. The difference is that the former is all about its ability to absorb my spin class sweat, while the latter is about looking good.

Certain pieces of gymwear can be upgraded to streetwear, so it may be time to reconsider the clothes you have previously reserved only for working out as part of your wider wardrobe – be it the track top or the sports bra. They may also have been languishing in the depths of your laundry since February, when your New Year resolutions wore off.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/10/how-to-wear-streetwear-simran-randhawa-fashion-gymwear

      

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The meaning of Beyoncé: a dispatch from inside the Beyhive

By Kuba Shand-Baptiste

How many ways do we love Queen Bey? A superfan explains how Beyoncé gives her followers permission to take control

Through a fog of food-truck smoke, a sea of Ivy Park and feminist slogan-clad fans move through the London stadium. To my left are groups of black girls in co-ordinated yellow or gold-hued outfits; to my right, yards of bee motifs. This was an experience, like many before it, that we’d all tell our grandchildren about. Now, for one night, and one night only, there was just me, the Beyhive and Beyoncé – even if her husband did happen to be there.

The Beyhive is perhaps the most dedicated group of superfans (or, as they often call themselves, “stans”) on the planet, and I consider myself one of them. Much catchier than its predecessor, the Beyontourage, the origins of which are unknown, the term Beyhive entered the mainstream consciousness around the 2011 release of 4, Beyoncé’s fourth studio album and her first project done independently of her father, Mathew Knowles. In a nod to the new direction her career was taking – a slightly more grown-up version of the women’s empowerment anthems for which she had become known – Beyoncé’s already precise vocals seemed to improve. And her fans were one-upping themselves just as she was, taking on the detractors at every turn.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/10/meaning-beyonce-dispatch-inside-the-beyhive

      

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Revlon Posts Sharp Decline in Q2 Numbers

Problems with its North Carolina manufacturing plant, and steep declines in fragrances, drove Revlon Inc.’s numbers down in the second quarter.
The business posted $606.8 million in net sales for the three months, down 6 percent from the prior year period, with a net loss of $122.5 million — 235 percent greater than the prior-year period’s $36.5 million loss. Diluted loss per share was $2.32, compared to 46 cents for the second quarter of 2017.
Revlon’s results were affected by continued problems in its Oxford, N.C. manufacturing plant, as well as losses of licenses in the fragrance segment. Those declines were offset by growth from new products from the likes of Almay, and the global expansion of Elizabeth Arden.
For the quarter, Revlon brand sales dipped 10.8 percent, to $258.3 million. The business experienced lower sales of Revlon makeup as well as Revlon ColorSilk hair color, primarily because of the manufacturing problems. Revlon also cited “consumption declines in North America.”
Arden sales were up 4.9 percent, to $106.1 million, driven by higher sales of skin care products like Ceramide and Prevage. The portfolio brands segment — which contains Almay and CND — posted a 2.9 percent sales increase, to $147.6 million. That jump was

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L’Oréal x Facebook: ModiFace to Power AR Experiences for L’Oréal Brands on the Platform

L’Oréal is bringing augmented reality technology into the mainstream with a new partnership between ModiFace and Facebook.
The beauty behemoth has inked what it calls a “long-term” partnership with the social media giant, in which ModiFace will power augmented reality experiences featuring makeup brands across the L’Oréal portfolio, designed to live on Facebook’s platform. The first — a try-on experience for NYX Professional Makeup Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer — will debut on Facebook’s mobile app in late August.
Similar try-on experiences for Maybelline, L’Oréal Paris, Lancôme, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Shu Uemura are scheduled to roll out on Facebook through the end of the year.
The ModiFace partnership is the first of several that L’Oréal intends to embark on with the tech platforms and retailers, said chief digital officer Lubomira Rochet in an exclusive interview. It also is the first major partnership ModiFace has entered since being acquired by L’Oréal in March.
“It’s important that consumers discover our brands in an entertaining and educational way,” said Rochet. “This is what we’ve done with [brick-and-mortar] retailers for many years — elevating the experience.”

ModiFace AR experience for NYX Professional Makeup

The partnership is a “reach game,” said Rochet, designed to target as many

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Meitu Banking New Growth on Social Platform, Offline “Real” Beauty

BEIJING – Over the last decade, Chinese tech company Meitu has amassed 1.5 billion users who use its arsenal of photo editing apps to beautify themselves. Now, the Xiamen-based company, which claims to have the largest database of human portraits on the planet, plans to release an upgrade on Sept. 21 that will restructure the company from being merely a tool and evolve it into a social media platform.
Meitu chief executive officer and founder Wu Xinhong outlined its business strategy for the next decade at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday. It involves two main shifts: taking its main beauty editing app in China, Meitu, and expanding it to behave more like Instagram; and increasing social functions on Meipai, its video editing app, to take advantage of the boom in sharing short video and live streaming.
“While image-based social media has a massive overseas market, there has been no such counterpart in China,” said Wu. “Meitu is set to become a one-stop solution: after processing their photos, users can share right here on the Meitu app.”
With respect to Meipai, the company is using a new catchphrase: “Talent worth sharing”. Wu unveiled a new social feature called “homework” soon to be launched. The new

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Tyler Mitchell: the photographer who made history with Beyoncé

By Janelle Zara

The 23-year-old has become the first ever black photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue, a groundbreaking achievement for an audacious talent

On Monday, coinciding with the release of Vogue’s venerated September issue, the photographer Tyler Mitchell made history: two photos he’d taken of Beyoncé graced the cover of two different editions of the issue, making him the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the entirety of the magazine’s 126-year history. At age 23, he’s also the one of the youngest photographers to do so (a distinction he shares with David Bailey, who was also 23 when he shot a cover in the 60s).

Related: Tyler Mitchell is making history, with a little help from Beyoncé | Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/aug/08/tyler-mitchell-the-photographer-who-made-history-with-beyonce

      

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Every bald man needs a great hat – so I went in search of stylish options

By Sam Wolfson

The fedora and the trilby are out of fashion, and a baseball cap can feel immature. So what can Sam Wolfson, a man nearing 30, wear to keep the sun off his head?

In 2011, Banana Republic launched an official “Mad Men” range aimed at customers nostalgic for a more stylish time when they could drink so much before 2pm that they needed a nap. The centrepiece were those classic Don Draper hats: feathered fedoras and crumpled trilbies you could doff to your lift attendant. There was even a straw fedora, perfect for disappearing to Los Angeles for two weeks without telling the wife or kids where you were.

The range was a huge success, selling out completely, and the company’s annual reports started to sing about rising revenues. Banana Republic released new Mad Men collections for the following three years. But, today, its UK website has only a single hat for men – a wool felt baseball cap.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/aug/09/every-bald-man-needs-a-great-hat-so-i-went-in-search-of-stylish-options

      

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