Month: March 2021

Tom Hanks’s son criticized for using ‘racist’ font on merchandise collection

By Priya Elan

Chet Hanks’s merchandise called ‘White Boy Summer’ uses a Gothic-style font that is close to one used by white nationalists

Chet Hanks, son of the Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, has been criticized for using a “racist” font on his new collection of merchandise which is also controversially called White Boy Summer.

His black and white range of clothes, which include hoodies, T-shirts, shorts, tank tops, leggings, caps and bike shorts, has been called out online for its use of a Gothic-style font that is close to the one used by white nationalists. It’s also similar to the Fraktur font, which was used in Nazi German most prominently on the cover of Hitler’s Mein Kampf book.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/mar/31/tom-hanks-son-chet-criticized-racist-font-white-boy-summer

      

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The anti-Marie Kondo: Netflix celebrates the clothes we keep

By Claire Marie Healy

Worn Stories looks to unravel the tales behind the most treasured items in our wardrobes – but is such meaning and emotion easily conveyed via television?

I am not a minimalist: I don’t want to live with extreme amounts of nothing. I like “things”, and I like my things, which means I have several boxes of clothes, bags and shoes in my possession that have accompanied me through the best part of two decades. One of the boxes is my best and largest suitcase. When I was still travelling fairly regularly, I would have to empty out the contents of the suitcase and pile them somewhere else for my return, a process that feels a bit like uncovering memories and repressing them again, two weeks later, with a zip that goes all the way around.

Given the displacement of a series of house moves in my earlier 20s, the fact that I even still possess the navy corduroy American Apparel hotpants I wore to go clubbing at university (now, for users of the fashion app Depop, a vintage item), or the 70s-era yellow, white and purple-striped T-shirt I was wearing when I had an encounter with the far more colourful Iris Apfel, the interior designer, feels nothing short of miraculous. Today, I can recite what I was wearing to interview various figures in my former role as an editor at a fashion magazine, outfits carefully planned though liable to go awry, like when the zip on my green, chequered skirt broke off while meeting Chloë Sevigny.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/mar/31/the-anti-marie-kondo-netflix-celebrates-the-clothes-we-keep

      

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Bottega Veneta ditches Instagram to set up 'digital journal'

By Jess Cartner-Morley

Fashion world will watch with interest after brand replaces social media posts with magazine Issue

Bottega Veneta has been the hottest fashion house on social media since the British designer Daniel Lee arrived at the Milanese label less than three years ago.

The model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley posted no fewer than 39 selfies featuring her “Pouch” handbag in the space of three months. When four British Vogue staffers realised they were all wearing clothes or accessories from the label one day in September 2019, they posted a photo captioned: “We have a new desk dress code @bottegaveneta”.

But in a move which hints at a fashion backlash against Instagram, Bottega Veneta has cut all ties with social media. It is replacing social posts with a quarterly online magazine that Lee hopes will offer “more progressive and more thoughtful” content than scrolling through an Instagram feed.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/mar/31/bottega-veneta-ditches-instagram-digital-journal-fashion-social-media-issue

      

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Cardi B says she will launch haircare line to teach people about ‘Afro-Latina’ hair

By Priya Elan

Rapper says she was inspired to work on products after receiving offensive comments about a video she posted on her natural hair

Cardi B has said she will launch her own range of haircare products, in an attempt to teach people about “Afro-Latina” hair.

The rapper said she was inspired to work on the products after receiving offensive comments about a video she posted about her natural hair.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/30/cardi-b-haircare-products-afro-latina-hair

      

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Heir to O? Drew Barrymore launches lifestyle magazine

By Priya Elan

The actor and talkshow host will also pen an agony aunt column for Drew, to be published by Bauer Media

Can Drew Barrymore save the fashion magazine?

That’s what the actor turned entrepreneur is attempting to do with the announcement of Drew, a quarterly lifestyle magazine, which will continue where Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine left off.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/mar/30/drew-barrymore-launches-quarterly-us-lifestyle-magazine

      

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Nike distances itself from Lil Nas X 'Satan shoes' containing human blood

By Priya Elan

Singer collaborated with streetwear label MSCHF to create the shoes, will be limited to 666 pairs, retail at $1,018 and contain ‘one drop of human blood’

Nike has denied involvement in an announcement by the singer Lil Nas X that he will release custom-made “Satan shoes”, sneakers which contain a drop of human blood.

The singer collaborated with streetwear label MSCHF to create the shoes, which are modified Nike Air Max 97s and feature a pentagram pendant and a reference to a Bible verse, Luke 10:18 – “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/mar/29/nike-denies-involvement-lil-nas-x-satan-shoes-social-media-uproar

      

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UK fashion and retail names call for 'shop out to help out' scheme

By Hannah Marriott

Mary Portas and Charlotte Tilbury among those who want support for Covid-hit independent stores

Some of Britain’s best-known fashion and retail names are campaigning for the government to launch a ‘shop out to help out’ scheme to aid beleaguered independent shops as they prepare to reopen on 12 April.

The retail consultant Mary Portas, the beauty mogul Charlotte Tilbury, the designers Charlie Casely-Hayford and Henry Holland, who has also designed the campaign’s logo, are among those calling for a stimulus package. They argue support should take a similar structure to last summer’s eat out to help out scheme, with the government covering 50% of the cost of goods purchased at physical stores with fewer than 10 employees, capped at £10, every Monday to Wednesday, for a month this summer.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/29/uk-fashion-and-retail-names-call-for-shop-out-to-help-out-scheme-covid

      

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Guess accused of stealing handbag design from black-owned label

By Priya Elan Deputy fashion editor

Design is strikingly similar to that of Telfar’s award-winning vegan leather, gender-neutral bag

The fashion brand Guess has been accused of stealing a handbag design from the independent black-owned company Telfar.

Telfar’s vegan leather gender-neutral bag, called “the shopping bag”, which won the Design Museum’s 2020 fashion design award, has been praised for highlighting the importance of black style, as well as joining the dots between luxury goods and accessibility. Celebrity fans include Oprah Winfrey and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while Dazed and Confused magazine called the bag “the decade’s most important accessory”.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/mar/29/guess-accused-stealing-handbag-design-black-owned-label-telfar

      

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Nostalgia for the 70s: the fashion trend that's stayin' alive

By Priya Elan

From catwalk flares to decadent wares in House of Gucci, one turbulent era has inspired another

With many of the pandemic’s fashion trends being led by TV and music videos, a trio of new films suggest 1970s fashion will be returning in a big way and that the post-Covid “going out again” wardrobe is to be more unexpectedly daring.

Ben Affleck was recently photographed filming The Tender Bar, set in the 70s, wearing flared jeans, aviators, a Cuban-collared jersey and clog-like loafers. His look comes hot on the heels of snaps from House of Gucci. Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani, the wife of Maurizio Gucci – grandson of the founder of the house of Gucci – in a story that begins in 1973 and is full of decadent Italian fashion.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/mar/28/fashion-trend-1970s-house-of-gucci-pandemic-flares

      

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Goodbye puffer jacket! How to dress up after a year in leggings and loungewear

By Jess Cartner-Morley

Our clothes have reflected our derailed and diminished lives during the pandemic. But now is the time to embrace colour, style and fun again, as we move from sofa to social life

The day I realised my lockdown wardrobe was becoming a problem began exactly like any other day. Which was precisely the problem. I had just started work when I looked down at what I was wearing – chunky navy sweater, faded jeans, the leather ballet shoes I wear as slippers – and realised that I had been wearing pretty much exactly the same thing, every day, for as long as I could remember. Somewhere in the dark days of lockdown No 3, my go-to sweater had crossed a line from favourite to being a kind of cable knit therapy pet. With nowhere to go, I had stopped thinking about what to wear. Had I forgotten how to get dressed?

Have you? When did you last get dressed? I don’t mean put clothes on – I mean properly get dressed. Now we are not seeing anyone, or even leaving the house much, clothes have been absorbed into our domestic routine. They have become household objects, like saucepans or cushions or doormats, rather than fashion objects. Wake up, put the kettle on, change out of pyjamas, open the curtains. Shoes on, take the recycling out, kettle on again. If you feel fancy, some earrings on before you switch the laptop camera on. Repeat to fade. We are still wearing clothes – indeed we can look perfectly presentable, when we need to. On a Saturday, if we are going for a walk and to splash out on a flat white at the new posh place that has the queue, we might even push the boat out and wear, say, a jazzy scarf.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/mar/28/goodbye-puffer-jacket-how-to-dress-up-after-a-year-in-leggings-and-loungewear

      

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10 of the best Vitamin C serums | Funmi Fetto

By Funmi Fetto

When it comes to healthy and glowing skin, Vitamin C is a powerful ally

For your skincare regime to be really effective, you need supercharged ingredients – like vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant does a myriad of things. It protects skin from damaging free radicals (the result of UV exposure), stimulates collagen production (making skin look plump) and combats hyperpigmentation, dark spots and dullness without altering skin’s natural tone (though make sure you use sunscreen). I rate all the products on this page. SkinCeuticals is the original, and still one of the best. Dr Sturm’s formula includes zinc, which helps vitamin C better absorb into the skin. Drunk Elephant is created sans essential oils, alcohols and other ingredients some might find harsh. StriVectin’s formula incorporates retinol without irritation. Both Glow Recipe and Sunday Riley deliver brightening with a capital B. Ole Henriksen includes hyaluronic acid for increased hydration. Biossance is also brilliant for drier skin. Clinicbe, a wonderful new discovery, delivers rapid results. And yes, MZ Skin is expensive but it will give you expensive skin.

1. Sunday Riley CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum £70, spacenk.com
2. Dr Barbara Sturm The Good C Vitamin C Serum £110, drsturm.com
3. StriVectin Super C Retinol Vitamin C Serum
£62, strivectin.co.uk
4. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum £67, spacenk.com
5. Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Bright Serum £46, cultbeauty.co.uk
6. MZ Skin Brighten & Perfect Serum £250, mzskin.com
7. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum
£53, boots.com
8. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic £145, skinceuticals.co.uk
9. Clinicbe Be Vitalised Vitamin C Serum £48, clinicbe.com
10. Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum £56, cultbeauty.co.uk

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/mar/28/10-of-the-best-vitamin-c-creams-for-healthy-glowing-skin

      

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Return of the 'dad-bod': survey finds people prefer a softer male body type

By Priya Elan

75% of respondents to a survey conducted by Dating.com said that they preferred the body shape to a more toned one

The “dad-bod” is making a return, according to a new survey, signaling a forward step for body diversity.

Some 75% of respondents to a survey conducted by Dating.com said that they preferred the soft and round male body type to a more toned one.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/mar/27/return-of-the-dad-bod-survey-finds-people-prefer-a-softer-male-body-type

      

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Forget fast fashion – here are the six key trends you need for 2021

By Jess Cartner-Morley

Join the slow lane in these relaxed looks that will see you through spring, summer and beyond

Goodbye fast fashion, hello slow fashion. The age of the flash-in-the-pan trend is over; the lifespan of the trends that matter is now counted in years, not months.
To put this in broadsheet language, slow fashion is fashion’s third way. No need to make a stark choice between buying into the fast-fashion cycle (consumerist horror show, but jazzy) and swearing off fashion altogether (admirable, but a bit joyless). Slow fashion charts a different course. It is about looking agreeably current, rather than up-to-the-minute. It is about nailing the hemline or the dress shape that defines the decade, rather than the season. It keeps one eye on fashion, but its feet on the ground, remembering that clothes are not disposable.

This is an exciting moment. You know that thing when something really complicated goes wrong, and the first thing you do is turn it off and then on again? And sometimes, it works? Well, that’s basically what we’ve done to fashion. It’s had a reset. Fashion was on pause for the pandemic, but now it is back on – and it’s better than it was before.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/mar/27/forget-fast-fashion-here-are-the-six-key-trends-you-need-for-2021

      

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'Work from home' suits hit high street as shoppers seek comfort

By Priya Elan

Marks & Spencer’s jersey fabric suit suggests more relaxed business style could be here to stay

High street shops are preparing for a continued period of working from home with the production of “work from home” suits.

Marks & Spencer,which has seen a 42% increase in searches for formal clothes since February, has produced a smart-casual suit made from stretchy jersey fabric, with a formal looking jacket with soft shoulders and “smart” trousers that are actually sweatpants.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/mar/27/work-from-home-suits-hit-high-street-as-shoppers-seek-comfort

      

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