Day: January 3, 2021

Adut Akech: ‘I was just this shy kid’

By Sirin Kale

Adut Akech’s rise from Kenyan refugee camp to the international catwalk has been remarkable. She talks about her ‘fashion dad’ Edward Enninful and why she wants to see proper diversity in the fashion industry

All the best supermodels have fairytale origin stories. They are bullied at school: too tall, too flat-chested, too strange-looking. Boys prefer their more comely peers. They grow up believing themselves to be unlovable, even social outcasts. And then an outsider swoops in – perhaps at an airport (Kate Moss), in Primark (Jourdan Dunn), or McDonald’s (Gisele Bündchen). The scout plucks them from obscurity and drops them into a life of international travel, money and acclaim. Their self-doubt is sloughed away like dead skin. Bullies stand chastened. The supermodel triumphs.

Moss and co don’t have anything on Adut Akech’s origin story. Their childhoods are the Pixar remakes of her Grimms’ fairytale. Akech was born as her mother fled civil war in South Sudan and raised in a refugee camp in Kenya. At seven, she moved with her family to Australia. When she arrived, she didn’t speak any English, “I was this tall, super-shy, awkward kid,” she says. “I had a weird name, and a gap tooth.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/jan/03/supermodel-adut-akech-interview-i-was-just-this-shy-kid-naomi-campbell-vogue

      

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Happy stylish new year? Sequins add sparkle to lockdown loungewear as hopes soar

By Lauren Cochrane

As the vaccine rollouts start, fashion embraces the new optimism by adding bling to basics

Sweatpants, leggings, slippers, Zoom shirts, wellies and padded jackets… 2020’s fashion trends highlighted the way our lives moved from office to living room and from bar to garden. But how will a new year – one more hopeful, with a post-vaccine future on the horizon – affect fashion?

As the world opens up again, fashion experts think that people will buy pieces which straddle a lifestyle under lockdown and the new normal, rather than completely overhauling their wardrobes. Morgane Le Caer, data editor at fashion search platform Lyst, thinks this has already started to happen, with loungewear still popular, alongside velvet, sequined skirts and embellished shoes – the kind of items that should be shown off beyond the laptop screen. “While demand for relaxed, comfortable pieces is not going to change anytime soon,” she says, “choosing to dress up with mood-boosting pieces in tough times is a signal of optimism and positivity.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/jan/03/happy-stylish-new-year-sequins-add-sparkle-to-lockdown-loungewear-as-hopes-soar

      

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Eye creams: 10 of the best | Funmi Fetto

By Funmi Fetto

There are a lot of pretenders out there, but for a refreshed eye area, these creams are the real deal

“Can you recommend an eye cream?” is quite possibly the beauty question I am most often asked. But for the longest time I had no answers. Why? Because most eye creams are pointless, offering nothing your daily moisturiser can’t fulfil. (Additionally, if a cream’s sole purpose is to “refresh” the eye area, definitely give it a wide berth: cucumber slices will suffice.) These 10 eye creams, however, I’ve found to be excellent. They include active ingredients and antioxidants, such as retinol and vitamin C, that are proven to work, so they’re more likely do what they say on the tin – smooth, de-puff, hydrate, brighten, etc. There is a caveat. People predominantly ask me for eye cream suggestions to eradicate heavy, dark circles. Here’s the thing. If you have no underlying health issues, you’ve had more sleep, a healthier lifestyle and good diet, and still your dark circles show no sign of shifting, you don’t need heavy-duty eye creams – you need concealer. Dark circles, for the most part, are genetic and nothing topical can resolve that. Sorry for the bad news, but unlike the rogue eye creams on the market, I’d rather manage expectations.

1. StriVectin Peptight 360 Tightening Eye Serum £58, strivectin.co.uk
2. MZ Skin Soothe & Smooth Collagen Activating Eye Complex £95, net-a-porter.com
3. Sarah Chapman Eye Insurance SPF 30 £48, sarahchapman.com
4. Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream £54, spacenk.com
5. Sunday Riley Autocorrect Eye Contour Cream £60, cultbeauty.co.uk
6. Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum £68, cultbeauty.co.uk
7. Filorga Time-Filler Eye Cream £47, lookfantastic.com
8. Epara Eye Serum £105, eparaskincare.com
9. Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum £70, murad.co.uk
10. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème £32, boots.com

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/03/eye-creams-10-of-the-best

      

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