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- Anita Hosanna

With just one day left to go at Paris Fashion Week, we had to round up the best moments to have taken place! Spring Summer 2023 has proven another history making season with twists and turns at every step of the way. Get into it below:

Cher’s surprise Balmain appearance

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A Balmain show at Paris Fashion Week is bound to come with it’s set of surprises, but nobody saw this one coming! The legendary Cher took the last walk during the show’s finale, and it certainly the highlight of the evening.

Bella Hadid closes Coperni Like Never Before

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Bella Hadid closed Coperni’s Spring 2023 show stepping on a platform nude as designers sprayed her with a chemical compound that moulded into a dress right before our very eyes – a first in fashion history! The super model then walked of the platform and onto the runway in the white off-shoulder slip dress and concluded the show next to designers Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer.

Kanye West walks for balenciaga’s show

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Things got messy at Balenciaga’s fashion show – literally! The runway was staged in an actual mud pit and spectators was stunned to witness Kanye West make his catwalk appearance. The multi-hyphenate took to Instagram to post a picture of his military-inspired look with a caption reading “WAR”.

Kylie Jenner’s Schiaparelli

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There were plenty of looks from Kylie this season to “ooh” and “ahh” at, but this strapless blue velvet and choker combination? Eat your heart out! Schiaparelli does camp in the chicest way possible, and it’s the hyper-realistic, crystal encrusted black heart choker that made this the fashion moment that it is for us.

What say you?

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- Anita Hosanna
Christian Wijnants Makes Runway Comeback at Paris Fashion Week SS23

The pandemic works hard, but Christian Wijnants works harder! In his first in-person, public fashion showcase since global lockdowns would render virtual showings the norm, Christian Wijnants has made his runway return. Monochrome, fluidity, layering: these are some of the words that depict and distinguish Wijnants’ Spring-Summer 2023 offer from any other.

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Between 38 looks, the color palette incorporated tropical hues purple, orange-red, turquoise and peach with earthy green tones contrasted against black and white neutrals. Its all in the detail for this designer as he sprinkled well-placed summer prints and ruched neckpieces conveying floral necklaces. As such, the entire collection is a clear love letter to everything on a summery beachside.

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It wouldn’t be a Christian Wijnants show without some edge, which is why we’re very into this latex accessories – including this latex sock moment above – that instantly elevate every look, keeping the materials light and eccentric! Models wore dewy natural makeup with a sandlike addition to the side of the face, evoking the beach vibes.

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What do you think?

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- Anita Hosanna
Akris Celebrated 100 Years Through Paris Fashion Week Spring 2023 Collection

The first day of October was a mega celebration for Swiss fashion brand Akris who entered it’s second century of existence! A total of 74 looks were presented at the Palais de Tokyo during Paris Fashion Week, and Creative Director Albert Kriemler remained true to the house’s affinity for artistry with a colorful array of designs reminiscent of key pieces throughout Akris’ evolution!

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On the runway, a black ensemble patterned with hearts in all the colors of the rainbow brought so much life to the presentation! The hearts were a throw back to a print introduced by the designer label during the 80s!

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Successfully carrying their original vintage allure with an up-to-date stylistic nuances, this collection also re-introduced tailored suits and lace embellishments from the past. The theme of color and rainbows streaked the runway once again as a flowy chiffon dress walked. Six similar sleeveless, side-slit dresses were also presented in solid colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet!

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What do you think?

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- Anita Hosanna
The Triumph Awards: Questlove and Sheryl Lee Ralph Amongst Others Honored by Rev. Al Shapton and the National Action Network
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With an inspirational event thanks to a joint effort by Reverend Al Shapton and the National Action Network who held the 12th annual Triumph Awards early this week, New York City concluded the month of September on a high note. Hundreds gathered at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Wednesday evening to honor national leaders in entertainment leveraging their platforms to advocate justice and equity across the country.

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This year, the award recipients included Emmy Award winner, actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph, Grammy Award-winning musician and academy awarded filmmaker Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson Will Packer as well as Fashion Bomb Daily‘s CEO and Founder, Claire Sulmers!

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In her ‘Triumphant Woman of the Year’ acceptance speech, Claire shared “While the fashion industry in the United States has made many positive strides for diversity and inclusion, the world has a ways to catch up. I can stand with my head held high on the frontlines and on the front row in Paris, knowing that I have the support of my community. May we continue to be, as former President Barack Obama once said about Reverend Al Sharpton, ‘a voice for the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden’.”

For this night to remember, Claire was dressed in black designers, including shoes by Jessica Rich, HOME by Areeayl earrings and Look 1 from Aisha McShaw‘s Spring-Summer 2023 collection entitle ‘The Evolution of Love’. The designer was also present at for the award ceremony.

Photo: Aisha McShaw and Claire Sulmers by Salvatore Ian DeMaio

We would like to thank NAN and Rev. Al Shapton for having Fashion Bomb Daily and Claire Sulmers during such a historical moment!

What say you?

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- Renée Bu
Westside Gunn Dons a Crystal Hat In His Latest Portrait

Rap and high-end jewelry go together like Cardi B and Offset. For decades emcees have flaunted their status with the heaviest pendants, flossiest watches, and flooded stacks of bracelets. However, New York rapper Westside Gunn has upped the razzle dazzle with a crystal hat.

Photo: Kadeem Olijah

Artist and photographer Kadeem Olijah recently captured Westside Gunn in a stunning portrait. In the photo, we see the ‘Big Ass Bracelet’ rapper wearing a nylon Burberry jacket, Givenchy shades, tons of ice and the Louis Vuitton crystal cap.

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Outfitted with a yellow embroidered Malletier script, the LV Blue Man patch, and a plethora of crystals, this fanciful cap paired perfectly with Gunn’s flooded Cuban link chains.

What say you? Let us know how you feel about this flashy accessory.

- Anita Hosanna
Style Evolution of Tems: How Stylist Dunsin Wright Is Bringing a New Side Out of Nigeria’s Breakout Star

Four years ago, the world was formally introduced to the soulful, alluring voice that is singer-songwriter Tems. When the clip for “Essence” featuring Wizkid lit up our screens, the whole world fell hard for her talent and unique look! So much so to the point of catching the interest of brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Reebok for global campaigns and posing picture perfect on the front covers of GQ Hype and The Sunday Times Style.

So, despite her captivating gaze over those signature sunnies, what makes up Tems’ sense of style? Fashion Bomb Daily took a deep dive in exploration of her fashion evolution over the last few years, and here’s what we found has changed:

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No superstar wardrobe is complete without the guidance and consultation of a good stylist. From tomboy to glam girl, Tems has been working closely with Dunsin Wright, who also happens to be the Head of PR for luxury African brand Lisa Folawiyo. Together they’ve curated a laidback, effortlessly edgy visual representation for the vocal powerhouse that speaks to her love for the casual and comfortable whilst all the more elevated and feminine. While a previous Tems would gravitate towards oversized silhouettes, layering pieces and muted tones, today she continuously takes us by surprise with just a few aesthetic adjustments.

1. Lace and sheers

You ask, we answer! Just this week, Instagram user @nnennabenz asked, “Hi!! I am wondering where Tems got this amazing body suit from??”

Tems recently performed at the Global Citizen concert in Ghana wearing a custom lace jumpsuit by BRIELLE. This is just one example of how she often incorporates sheer textiles to her current closet!

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2. More color

If that saturated blue wasn’t enough to put Tems’ new found love for color on your radar, get into this rich green overlay! We’ve noticed that colors are gradually getting brighter and more frequent with Tems as she continues to evolve.

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3. Embracing her feminine side

She may not be one to bear all the skin at once, but Tems does femininity her own way. Lace and sheers are one thing, and now we’re seeing the rising star take it further wearing more and more dresses, and at times, more form-fitted silhouettes to show off her gorgeous curves! This custom pleated Robert Wun number was a whole moment.

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We’re increasingly seeing more Afrobeats artists making fashion their means of forging an identity, statement and buzz! What do you think?

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- Renée Bu
Behind the Look: Chief Keef Steps Out in New Diesel Denim

A look at Chief Keef’s Instagram page reveals King Sosa’s love for jeans. From patchwork skinnies to the Kerwin Frost x Adidas jorts, his denim collection features the classic fabric in a magnitude of ways. He often doubles his denim with a denim jacket or vest.

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His latest denim on denim look includes the coveted FW22 D-Day-C bomber from Diesel. In 2020, y/Project’s Glenn Martens took over as Creative Director of the legendary Italian brand. Since then, Diesel denim has received a unique upgrade with subtle y/Project signatures.

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The D-Day-C bomber is a light wash with distressing on the shoulder and upper arm, revealing darker wash denim underneath. Keef finished his look with a Tampa Bay Rays cap, indigo jeans from Amiri, the Louis Vuitton Initiales Gamer Azur belt, and Reves Paris x Kool Kiy denim high-top sneakers.

What do you think of this triple denim look?

- Renée Bu
Chief Keef and Lil Uzi Vert Share a Marni Moment at Rolling Loud

Chief Keef pulled up to Rolling Loud NY in quite the colorful fit. He stepped onto the stage of his set in patchwork paisley print skinny jeans by Amiri, and the funky Nike Dunk Low Safari Mix kicks.

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However, his look was dominated by a striped Marni knit outfitted with horizontal stripes of tangerine, indigo, hot pink, and hunter green. Marni’s knits have become popular among the current crowd of rap artists. Emcees from Kodak Black to Jackboy, have been spotted in a soft knit piece from the brand.

So it should come as no surprise Lil Uzi Vert was getting hype in the photo pit while wearing a matching Marni hat.

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Keef wasted no time in inviting Uzi onto the stage, giving concert goers a better look at the stripped faux fur hat, striped scarf and socks (all by Marni) that Uzi was wearing.

Photo: Mickey Pierre-Louis

Shout out to rapper Lil Gnar for catching the exciting moment on camera.

uzi performin w chief keef @ RL nyc pic.twitter.com/pDrFbgJigN

— Big Guap (@lilgnar) September 24, 2022

After the show, Uzi and Keef took a few photos in their complementing looks

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- Renée Bu
Future and Offset Close Out Rolling Loud NY in the Rain

If anyone among us can stand the rain it’s Offset.

Closing out Rolling Loud NY with a…let’s say splash, Future invited Offset onto the stage to deliver a final fair well to the epic three-day festival. The show started on peak intensity with Future, dressed in a leather look by Balenciaga and Celine, finished with a Chanel shearling trapper hat–– started his set with a hype performance of Pushin’ P and other hits.

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Offset came out as a surprise guest clad in the Supreme x Yohji Yamamoto x Vanson Leathers split jacket and pants. He kept the Supreme theme going by wearing the VUE goggles made in collaboration with Fox Racing and the Franklin Sports x Supreme pro batting gloves. On his feet were the Balenciaga motocross boots, which came in handy when it started raining.

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Despite the downpour, Offset set it off with a performance of Ric Flair Drip and Bad & Boujee. I guess he was serious when he said “came through drippin'”

- Anita Hosanna

You ask, we answer! Slide into our DMs with all your celebrity style questions or star wardrobe inquiries, and we’ll hunt down the look with shopping details included.

This week, @livsincere asked, “Please tell me where I can find this shirt?” referring to a black cutout top recently worn by Tammy Rivera on her Instagram timeline. Looking fly as can be, the top turns out to be Good American’s $110 Good Touch Cut Extreme Bodysuit. Currently available at GoodAmerican.com now, get the look below! 

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Get the look: $110 Good American Good Touch Cut Extreme Bodysuit

Good American is Khloe Kardashian’s brand in partnership with British business woman Emma Grede. The two met thanks to mama Kris Jenner, and instantly hit it off. Since it’s inception in 2016, what started as a denim-focused line with an accent on inclusivity and a size range from 0 to 24 has now expanded into much more than that. They’ve got it all, from sleepwear to maternity, dresses, activewear, loungewear, you name it! The Good American brand has even gone so far as to create new sizes – like the size 15 – in order to accommodate more body types, and this all at an accessible price point.

Together the two co-founders have certainly set a new standard for what inclusivity means in wearable fashion! The brand has been going strong for 6 years now, empowering every woman that wears Good American.

Would you splurge?

- Anita Hosanna

Kicking off her Special Tour, Lizzo gave an energetic performance at the FLA Live Arena in front of thousands! The ‘fit was just as electric as the choreography, tunes and lyrics seeing as the vocal powerhouse wore a crystal-embellished catsuit in a vibrant shade of cobalt blue.

Her brand Yitty came together with A-Morir, a celebrity favorite when it comes to blinged out stage wear, to create the custom look that would set off the tour with a stylish bang!

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Complete with illusion mesh cutout panels and combat boots to seal off the ensemble, this beauty knows how to make a bold statement on stage! The tour will run from September to November, so you know there will be many more fashion moments to come.

What say you?

- Anita Hosanna

Our favorites in Italian fashion laid it all out on the catwalk for their ready-to-wear collections over the past week! From Diesel to Bottega Veneta, Prada and Versace, Milan Fashion Week broke world records and unveiled new collaborations this season. Want to know the top stories and latest news from this semiannual week-long event? Here are our 5 major highlights from MFW:

Paris Hilton modelled for Versace

For Versace’s monochromatic Spring offer, black, deep purple, neon green and pink looks made their way down the runway. In the final moments leading the show to its close, the last look was worn by Paris Hilton, featuring an ultra glitzy pink mini dress with a pink veil. The look, with lace trim detailing and hot pink pumps to match, was quintessentially Paris.

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68 sets of twins strutted down Gucci’s runway

We’re seeing double! Paying homage and taking direct inspiration from his mother and aunt, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michel took a unique approach to his MFW show and displayed each look on a pair of identical twins. No one has ever done it quite like this before!

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Kim Kardashian closed out Dolce & Gabbana

As the lights went dim towards to end of Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion show, the recognizable silhouette of Kim Kardashian emerged from a set of sliding doors against an illuminated wall. The final bow between Kim and Dolce’s 2 creative heads further unveiled and confirmed her new collaborative collection with the brand entitled Ciao Kim. After a such long-lasting relationship between D&G and the Kardashian family, a collaboration was naturally the next move!

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Moncler dressed hundreds in all white parkas for the catwalk and a classical choir

For Moncler’s presentation, the French-Italian luxury brand took over the Duomo in Milan. Hundreds of models and singers were outfitted in white down coats and hats, giving a moving performance that left the crowd awe struck. 

Naomi Campbell and Future walked together at the Hugo Boss show

Presenting a Fall 2022 collection this season, Naomi Campbell opened for Hugo Boss while Future closed the show. The two walked side by side, hand in hand, and this was the rapper’s fashion week debut!

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Paris Fashion Week S/S 2023: Top 5 Street Style Moments

Flocking to Paris Fashion Week, show-goers kicked off the shows in the French capital enduring rain, hail and shine to glimpse the latest designer collection unveilings. However, truth be told, I may delight in perusing the new season runway looks, but nothing gets my heart racing like some real-life outfit inspiration. Check out below five incredible street style fashion moments straight out of Paris Fashion Week. Get your brains buzzing with some transitional season outfit inspiration!

Punk @alwaysjudging

People are seeking to reform and transform the world. To create real change and make an impact, loud and rebellious voices seem essential in order to shake up rigid thought patterns. That’s when Punk comes in. These non-conformist groups are used as a frequent design reference to establish the change-maker spirit. Denim, leather, messages, metal pins and chains are now showing higher frequencies. Rough hems, experimental layering and unfinished styling translate the edgy neo-punk look. I personally love it!

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Put on your helmet and hold on tight: biker fashion is in. Perhaps the biggest evidence of this trend comes with Rosalía’s album Motomami, a celebration of the contrasting energies inside a woman — the fierce and the vulnerable. Fall 2022 collections delivered biker-chic looks with plenty of moto jackets, head-to-toe denim, and chunky zipper details. A contrast of edgy and soft is also on the table, which I appreciate.

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If you’re trying to be more aware of your purchasing vs. wearing habits, focus on splurging on the pieces that will enhance your core wardrobe staples, not replace them. Among the splurge list? Playful accessories, flirtatious shoes, and most importantly this season — the party coat: an extraordinary statement-making jacket that will instantly turn a minimalist outfit into a head-turning ensemble. Paris Fashion Week Street style goers are already on top of this. 

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There’s nothing like a long skirt that truly grabs a person’s attention. Something about the way it flows and dances with each step is just mesmerizing. Plus while everyone is talking about itty bitty micro skirts at the moment, there’s simply more occasions that call for a long skirt. About this outfit: it’s also the black tie for me. 

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The cool cowgirl aesthetic has been adopted by street stylers alike, who utilize the eccentric boot to add a jolt of excitement to their personal style choices. Cowboy boots can work for every sensibility, from minimalism to maximalism, and everything in between. You won’t ever lose the authenticity because the silhouette, no matter how you riff on it, is cemented. There’s no right or wrong way to wear boots and with that there is so much freedom to play. Cowboy boots are a fun and bold statement piece.

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- Karen Blanchard
Milan FW S/S 2023: Where Did I Get That

One thing I love about Milan Fashion Week is its ability to take you out of your comfort zone and push your usual styling in new directions! There’s a sense of boldness and confidence that is unrivaled of the different fashion capitals (though check out what I wore to NYFW if you haven’t seen it already!). Knowing that it’s the home to designer brands like Versace, Prada, Gucci (and many more) makes the creative confidence and playfulness of the fashion region make sense! Here are some of the outfits that I wore to Milan FW – it might not be what you expect!!

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Print clashing (or complimenting) is an Italian fashion specialty – just think about Versace!! The bolder the print the better! For Milan FW I embraced the print on another level than I usually do (you already know how I feel about prints). The fashion capital has a way of asking yourself when you’re in a head to toe look in prints – “Why so serious? You look GOOD!” For this week, I mixed zebra print bag with a floral skirt by La Double J and blazer set by Vivetta (which I wore to their SS23 show!!) 

!function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Colour Play !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

Colour blocking is another styling method that I’m already well versed with, but had pushed to further heights. Similarly to prints, Milan FW knows how to play with colour!! There’s no way that living your best life under the Italian summer sun will feature you wearing head-to-toe black (don’t get me wrong I love this too sometimes). Besides, there’s a sense of confidence that is brought to your look when you boldly wear an orange laser cut skirt (by A.W.A.K.E Mode), or a gradient blue suit, or a neon yellow bralette top! People will love it and admire how you rule the colour instead of it making the rules for you!! 

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As I mentioned, Milan FW has a special way of pushing you out of your comfort zone. For the Annakiki SS23 show I wore a literal head-to-toe printed outfit! The focus is on the shape of the body (which I loved with the subtle shoulder pads!) The overall vibe is a kind of high-maintenance luxury that retains elegance. It’s just as well that Milan FW week is all about a level of boldness that is almost ‘bad taste’ that then grows fondly very quickly. Which of the looks were your favourite? And don’t forget to check out my IG for more!!

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- Karen Blanchard
Milan Fashion Week S/S 2023: The Biggest Street Style Trends

Ciao, Milano! After New York and London, the third part of fashion month is underway in Italy with a jam-packed schedule, from Fendi and Diesel to Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, and Missoni. Once again, some of the world’s most stylish people come together to celebrate fashion on the streets of the Italian capital. There was a lot going on at Milan Fashion Week SS23, so I thought I’d show you my ten favourite street-style moments. Let the inspiration begin! 

Micro Everything

Might be hard to fit anything at all into these trendy bags, but that does not stop anyone from giving them a chance. Micro bags are the cutest accessory. I have my micro sequined Fendi and, believe it or not, I make good use of it. What exactly is the point of having a bag which holds so little? People who get it get it. 

@jeong_jaehoon !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Skin Flashing

The temperature in Milan is not the highest, but the weather hasn’t put the street-style set off the prospect of showing some skin. Quite the opposite. Amongst all the oversized outerwear, there’s been crop tops, plunging necklines, bralettes, mini dresses, and (my favourite) plenty of second-skin tops

@carodaur !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Hot Pink + Leather on Leather

On Wednesdays we wear pink right? Judging from street style trends, we might be wearing it every day of the week this fall. Love it or hate it, this bold aggressive colour is having a moment. If you’re not a big fan of pink, why not try its pastel cousin? About leather, if you find the perfect shape, leather pieces are timeless and can be worn season after season. 

@mattia_stanga !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Unexpected Denim

As we begin to transition into cozy season, it’s officially time for my personal favourite : denim, jeans, and some more denim on top. Fall 2022 is going to be especially exciting for denim lovers with an array of unique and reimagined styles.

ph @federicalivia_ @juanpguedes !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Take Flight

Bomber jackets are going to be BIG news once more. Utility is not going anywhere, guys. Here for it.

@juliatiberio !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content 90s Minimalism

Ongoing obsession with nostalgia? Check! 90s fashion was all about flattering, loose-fit bottoms, careless (at least apparently) aesthetic and wearing sunglasses with everything—even at night. 

@winta_beyene !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Be the Rainbow

Tongue-in-cheek aesthetic? Yes, please! 

@laperlenoir_ !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Dark Romance

A wind of freedom is most certainly blowing through fashion in 2022 with the return of punk and grunge styles. A feeling of revolution, a craving for freedom, or a simple desire to put extravagance in their lives (in the absence of glitter), men and women are celebrating self-expression through a range of punk-inspired looks. I love how versatile this trend is and I love the dark romance of it all. 

@amixxamiaya !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Tapered Fit

Something of happy medium between the trendy wide-leg styles and skinny jeans, tapered pants feature a wider fit around the waist and thighs before slimming down at the ankle. I think these are so flattering, giving your body an enhanced shape. I love the monochromatic vibe of this look with the red accents!

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- Karen Blanchard
Transitional Season: Wardrobe Essentials
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Cropped co-ords are a personal favourite for the transitional season – you might have seen me wear this amazing piece during New York Fashion Week for the Lapointe SS23 show! The cropped top half is perfect to keep you cool when the sun comes out, while the full bottoms is there to save you from chills. The best part: They’re SO stylish. Co-ords give you that chicness as you would when wearing a suit while giving that subtle element of playfulness. I’ve put some amazing ones below for you to try!

!function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Chunky Jackets transitional !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

One key styling item for transitional season style I’ve been seeing a lot lately is the oversized jacket – like this braided bomber from Shop3ny I wore to the Cynthia Rowley runway show. However, it’s not just the usual oversized blazers and bombers, it’s also motorcycle jackets! Styling chunky jackets unlocks another level of serious ‘coolness’ that is different to your usual lightweight trench coats or denim outerwear. Pair your chunky jacket with combat boots to complete the ‘tough’ look. Also, just a tip, make sure whatever you’re wearing underneath is lightweight (like a crop top) – it’ll keep you from getting too hot.

!function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Oversized Shirts transitional !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

If you haven’t already got a few oversized shirts in your wardrobe, you’re really missing out. GET SOME NOW! They are a huge staple for many of my outfits, especially for transitional season weather. Simply, throw it over a dress (like I’ve done above) for that casual chic look, or wear it as a dress with some knee high boots, or use it as a layering piece over some knitwear.  The possibilities are endless! Some of the best oversized shirts are in the men’s section in thrift stores – Etsy also have a great selection. Alternatively, below I’ve listed some branded shirts for that distinct look you might be going after. Oversized shirts are one of the most forgiving of style pieces, so why not use it to pop some colour to your looks like this hot pink number?

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- Karen Blanchard
NYFW S/S 2023: 9 Street Style Trends to Keep an Eye On

Style is very personal, there are no rules. It’s an outward expression of who we are, and that is especially noticeable during fashion week. People wear what speaks to them and make them feel confident. There was a lot going on at New York Fashion Week SS23, so I thought I’d show you my ten favorite street style looks and trends.

Making a Case for Utility @shaymone

Workwear has been a mainstay in womenswear for some time – think vests, boilersuits, derby shoes – but more recently the trend has taken a step even further towards the functional. Lately, the more pockets the better. Who wants to go around carrying bags anymore?

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Suit up but make it pop! The people have spoken and declared brightly coloured suits as the new normal. If you don’t want to jump right in, try balancing things out with a pair of black bottoms. 

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Look, it’s me on that street style picture. Damn, we look hella cute! If you like to play it mysterious like we do, make sure you arm yourself with oversized sunglasses. Timeless and flattering. Also, I am living for those reworked jeans on the left – the denim trends for next season are diverse and cannot be squeezed into ready-made patterns that is for sure. The dress on the right is from Nigerian brand Fia

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Cargo pants are having a moment, what did I tell you? But what’s giving me life here is the metallic corset. If there’s one thing that has emerged very clearly from street style is that this is the year for bringing sexy back into our wardrobes. Banish any preconceptions you may have about corsets, waist-training is not a thing anymore. Nothing says sexy like rocking your underwear as outerwear and that’s something I’ve been doing forever with good old bralette. 

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Faced with several obstacles in the last couple of years, the creative sphere continued to invoke imagination and creativity. Art Deco accents, tulle and glittering details are reviving nostalgic eras gone by. Isolde is wearing Markarian Nyc skirt and blouse and Alyssa is wearing a PannPann blouse.

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I love the versatility of a vest. Whether it’s a structured waistcoat or a cosy oversized knit, they never fail to complete any outfit. As with any trend, making them work is all in the styling and I loved how simple but appealing this one is. 

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Metallics are in this fall big time. If you’re looking for a way to ease into the trend, start with a dazzling mini bag like this Coperni or alternatively this one for those on a tighter budget. 

!function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content Do you have your favorite street style stars? Drop their names in the comments!

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- Karen Blanchard
NYFW S/S 2023: Where Did I Get That

New York Fashion Week has made its unapologetic appearance in our calendars! The NY fashion scene has been growing a lot the past few years, which makes joining the latest one that more exciting! American fashion and style had always been a huge cultural power, and has inspired people all over the globe. Though top designers such as Tom Ford has made their legacy, its amazing to see the new ones that will one day take over showcasing their talent this NYFW. For people like myself, it’s the same – fashion week is a chance to also present your style and also get inspired by the things around you. Below are some of my favourite looks I wore for fashion week!

Hard Statement NYFW !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

Kicking off the first day of NYFW, I wore this outfit to the Lionne SS23 collection! Since it was the very first look, I had to start with an ultimate favourite style piece: cargo pants! I paired them with my statement pleated blouse that’s been featured on here many times (I thrifted this one, but I linked other statement tops in the carousel above). Individually you wonder how these two pieces would come together, but they just work! The utility style of the cargo helps balance the avant-garde blouse. Structurally, they both are big pieces, so visually it also feels balanced. With a pair of Margiela Tabi sneakers and a Bottega Veneta Jodie bag, I was good to go! Elevated workwear is a theme that I’ve particularly popular on the SS23 runways – it makes sense when we think of the history of American fashion and its relationship to workwear. It’s utility wear at its finest, and this look is a great example of that!  

Mixing Soft with Cool NYFW !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

Mixing soft with masculine elements is something I feel like I’ve mastered (in my own taste!) this NYFW. Some of you might’ve seen this Aje runway piece that I had the amazing chance to wear!  Aje has always done some of the best feminine and structrual dresses. To mix some masculine elements into my look, I went for my Frankie shop denim jacket I’ve been obsessed with lately. Not only does the shape work perfectly with dresses, it brings out an edginess that I LOVE. Denim in general is a great way to bring out something more casual to your dressy pieces. Though, the best way to achieve a balanced visual impact is to take a colour from the dress and repeat it in other places. Here, I took the blue in flowers and chose my Frankie Shop denim jacket and blue Jacquemus Chiquito bag. The details matter!

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An alternative way to refresh soft and floral dresses is by using black pieces. Another favourite look of mine is the one I wore to the Marissa Wilson runway show. With this beautiful Zimmermann plunging dress, I opted for a black fedora and cowboy boots. I just love how a fedora can bring out a cooler side in all my outfits! It’s elegant yet slightly masculine. Plus, it works perfectly with a pair of cowboy boots! (A nod to the return of the Black cowboy in American media). I also took advantage of the plunging neckline by stacking silver necklaces. I chose silver because it matched with the overall soft yet cool vibe of this look but pay attention to you skin tone. Some metals work better for you than others depending if you’re warm or cool toned!  

Elegance-In-One NYFW !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Turn on your JavaScript to view content

Get dressed and go! During NYFW where there is so little time between shows, this way of getting dressed is more important than ever. I opted for looks that let my outfits speak for me without very little layering needed. However, it doesn’t mean I have to go big or beyond. Actually, the most simple looks are sometimes the best! Like this this hot pink dress I wore en route to the Tiffany Brown Designs show. The modern and elegant bodice lets the colour of the dress speak loudly. Nothing extra was needed other than some Valentino strappy sandals and a silky tie bag.

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It was the same case for this amazing monochrome number by Victor Glemaud (which I also wore to their show)! It didn’t need much other than pairing with a white sneakers and a white Jacquemus Chiquito bag to complete the look! 

Which of my NYFW looks have been your favourite so far? 

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- Karen Blanchard
Cargo Pants and Other Military Inspired Trends

From high fashion to thrift-store chic, military appropriations such as cargo pants are everywhere. Luxury fashion houses have long borrowed elements of both ceremonial and utilitarian from the style sheet of military uniform. Accessories have also benefited from similar inspiration – aviator sunglasses, anyone? People have been wearing cargo pants and army jackets as political statements for decades! Camouflage prints are also getting back to business – but did they ever leave? We have a thing for austere lines that is for sure – myself included. This military-inspired trend has always fascinated me: for the way it represents power, intellect, and sophistication. It gets me every time how what we wear affects how we feel and behave. Picture this: cargo pants tucked into leather boots and a khaki sweater. Hair severely slicked back. Dressed to kill, if you ask me. Take a look at the carousels below, for more military-inspired pieces. 

Multi-Pocket Pants and Cargos

I have told you on this post that parachute pants were on my radar and got myself a white pair. Recently I’ve been seeing this other style popping up – multi-pocket pants. Bonus points if they’re made in the famous camouflage print. Cargo pants – I’ve been saying this for the longest time – are versatile, breathable, and cool. However, the 2022 cargo has had a high-fashion makeover with luxe fabrics, clever detailing, modern cuts, and a variety of fabulous shades. I’m into it, are you? Check the carousel below for high-end and on-a-budget iterations. 

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Whether you contrast your sturdy combat boots with something soft and feminine like a printed maxi dress, or you lean into the army theme with a structured jacket and tucked-in trousers — or assemble an outfit that’s somewhere in between — now is the time to go all-out. Fall, we are ready for you. 

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Bomber jacket, military coat, trench, you name it. The history of the interdependent relationship between military uniforms and fashion is a long one. Take Burberry, for example; the famous trench was made standard wear for British officers in 1914, rose to iconic status in the 1942 classic Casablanca, and has had an unshakeable presence ever since. The coat was indeed that missing piece for the ultimate head to toe military-inspired look. Here for it!

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Oversized Edit: Big Clothes Energy

Bigger isn’t always better, but in this case it doesn’t apply! Oversized clothing is going to be HUGE this year (pun intended) I’ve written about it in detail in my A/W22 trends article. Take a look if you haven’t already, you don’t want to miss it. Though oversized is trending, it never quite goes out for style. The fact that it’s anticipated for the winter season just means there’s more amazing clothes for me to fill my obsessions with. If you’re also a fan of oversized, or if you’re thinking of trying it out (which you should), keep reading!

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Would this really be an article by me without mentioning oversized blazers at least once? As mentioned in my autumn/winter trends article, power suiting is back! The best part is that big blazers with shoulder pads are the easier of blazers to style. You can wear over almost every type of outfit for both warmer weather (by opting for a crop top underneath), and colder seasons (by layering over a chunky knit). In other words, oversized blazers will be your transitional season outfit saviour! 

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Along with blazers, oversized knitwear is also one of fashions current obsessions for the new season! Particularly, I’ve been seeing a lot of varsity and chevron detail v-neck knits – ideal for those who are leaning towards the more preppy style. A style tip if you haven’t tried already is layering sporty knits over a button-up shirt. You can thank me later. Also, who doesn’t love pairing oversized knitwear with knee-high boots – this combination will never stop giving!

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You might be surprised, but oversized bags are taking over the A/W runways! In some ways, I feel like I’m having a 2020 flashback when this bag style was also the rage. What’s unique to the 2022 version, is that we’re seeing more shapeless types (this COS quilted bag has been sold out many times) and also leather material. It’s a bag style that is great for everyday wear and doesn’t look ‘boring’. 

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Labor Day Sales: What’s Hot?

Labor Day weekend is one I look forward to on the calendar as summer comes to a close. In addition to being the unofficial last weekend of summer, it’s also a great time to shop deep discounts from my favorite brands. Many retailers’ Labor Day sales are the last major savings events they’ll run until Black Friday, so they’re definitely worth shopping while you can. Maybe pick up some fall/winter staples, take a look at what’s coming next trend-wise for inspiration, or invest in a great basic which is always a good option. 

Labor Day sales are already going strong. Whether you’re on the hunt for a great coat, pair of boots or transitional clothes, you can start saving today. To help you make sense of it all, I rounded up some of my personal picks of the best Labor Day sales to shop – high-end and on a budget – worth your hard-earned money.  

Investment Pieces On Sale

Classic pieces are always worth a splurge because they will stand the test of time. They are not going on anywhere and will serve you when everything else seems to fail. You know on one of those, “I-have-nothing-to-wear,” days? The question is, which items are actually worth spending extra dollars on? It’s both the quality and craftsmanship of a clothing item that makes it worth the investment – but you know what else really matters? Your personal style. A black blazer, a trench coat, a great leather bag, statement jewelry, the perfect button-down, a pair of heels… Or an occasion dress make it to my top items worth going all out on.  It’s like building a house, you need a strong foundation to be able to do all the fun design elements and ideas you envision.

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If you know me, you know I am a firm believer that you can look stylish without breaking the bank. Whether you are looking for more pieces for your wardrobe or clothes that fit the latest trends, there are plenty of ways you can look great without spending a lot. Look for better fabrics and wear clothes that you’re comfortable in that accentuate your body properly. 

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Autumn/Winter 2022 Upcoming Trends
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Gearing up for autumn/winter trends this year makes me more excited than ever! Partly it’s because it’s soon to be blazer weather (I’ll talk about this more later). But, mostly it’s because this coming season has some of the most exciting trends that I can’t wait to invest in! Really. You’ll regret sleeping on any of these!! Big time!!! Shopping baskets at the ready? Let’s just dive in!

Punk Trend trends

(In a British accent) “Wots all this then?” Nothing much, only that punk is about to arrive! The Brit in me is so happy that this trend has finally reached the shelves. You’ll probably know that punk was born in the UK in the 80s and stood for resistance. Contrary to popular belief, rebellion was not the anti-social kind, rather it was a political force and statement – a massive F-you to the government kind. The punk trope has already met some anticipation (think of the Balenciaga pop-up that sold the pierced version of the Cagole IT bag). Those who know some fashion history will know that punk is not exactly new on the fashion scene – Vivienne Westwood is already on speed dial. However, I think the difference will be seen in more popular styling/shapes that is being mixed with a bit of grunge. Plus there’s more on its way. Think studs, piercings, distressed denim and biker jackets. Your sharp appearance needs a matching confident attitude. Unapologetically punk.

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Let’s be real. Similarly to Punk, Goth is another trope that is more than a trend and is actually a way of life. It’s beyond the phrase ‘Black is my happy colour.’ However, this is 2022, therefore it was sure to be given a 2022 update! We’re talking Gothic futurism or the avant-garde goth. Rick Owens has been setting us up for this one.

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Mmmmm….finally blazers entered the chat. Business style is a wardrobe necessity at this point. It’s not even a trend, though every year new business trends reach the runways. We’ve had business casual, business athleisure and soft business. I won’t be defining all those, but the one to remember is this coming seasons style – power business. You’ve probably heard of this one too! Shoulder pads come and go in fashion like a tide, though this time the tide is IN! Power suiting has been mixed with more masculine elements that are new such as the rise in the necktie for women. The business code is structural but oversized – a combination I’ve long been obsessed with. Don’t mind me, just adding to cart.

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Did you think that Y2k a just a fashion summer fling? You’re wrong. The obsession has spilled over into autumn/winter as well!! Personally, I think winter school fashion is the best kind – think tweed sets, grey wool capes and chunky socks over platform shoes (like these Valentino ones that I got recently!!) We’ve already seen a sneak-peek with the typical Miu Miu cropped cable knit jumper. I’m expecting more of that and mini hem galore! Maybe you’re not into the entire look, though definitely take a couple of pieces from this trend and mix it with your regular wardrobe. That cropped V neck sweater will go a long way!

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Hedonism was already one of the biggest trends this summer, featuring heavily in those early evening summer soirees! Those sheers and modern glamour outfits were hard to forget. Designers probably thought the same! It make sense because the festive seasons are approaching, so why not take out our favourite party codes and give it a winter spin? Watch out for corsetry, sheer and lingerie styles – there’s more on the way!

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Shopping cart is full and wallet is empty, so which of these trends are you waiting to invest it?

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How to Style Secondary Colours

Three primary colours: red, yellow, and blue. Three secondary colours: orange, green, and violet. Colours are remarkable and interesting, and everybody sees them in different ways. We were all taught about primary and secondary colours in school, so most of us should have a fair idea of the subject. Colours can stir up our emotions, even activate certain responses, or convey a message! Set hesitation and your go-to neutral looks aside and dive into this colour style guide to revamp your wardrobe with some daring colour combos.

Orange

We can all admit that defaulting to neutral colours is an easy way to create an outfit but is it this fun? I suggest starting simple with lighter hues, like pastels, to ease your way into complementary colour outfits. With a monochrome look, the idea is to work with a “tone on tone”. This means variations of the same colour, from the lightest to the darkest, for example. It is worth playing with different shapes and textures of fabrics, like I did here. Once you’ve gotten more comfortable with this brighter aesthetic, go for more exuberant colour schemes!

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With the focus on just one colour, where can you go wrong? I mean green is great in a group, but even more powerful on its own. While it may seem easy to master, there is a certain art that goes into finessing this look in order to prevent it looking too mundane or flat. With any colour on the colour wheel at your disposal, monochromatic outfits are great for making a statement while keeping getting dressed easy. Play with accessories to complete the look! I love a good mix and match – and these cycling sunnies, dad sandals (on a budget option here – in leather!) and scarf did the trick for me. 

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Do you realize how versatile purple can be? Especially if you’re a fan of colourblocking. Aside from pairing it with pink or yellow, adding red to to the mix will create an eye-catching combo that’s currently beloved on the streets everywhere. I’m rounding up proof that purple is Fall 2022’s “It” colour, stay with me. 

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Date Day/Night Outfit Ideas

Picking out an outfit for a date is never easy! It usually goes along the line of this – you choose one clothing item from your wardrobe and drop it because you think it’s ‘too much’. You then pick out another, but it’s creased and maybe too casual? Finally, the last item to take out before giving up is usually one that’s perhaps more for a night out than a date. To stop those pre-date stress tears from running, here’s some outfit tips for both day and night dates. The late summer WILL be as romantic as ever!

Day Point Focus: Casual, Flirty, Comfortable clothes (paired easily with Trainers)

Comfortable shoes for day dates is a must. Prepare for going on slow walks and last minute activities. Therefore, trainers will be your best friend. So, what do we pair those kicks with? It’s important to balance the casual shoes with something more flirty – it’s a date after all! Invest in new romantic blouses (you can pair them with jeans) or a mini/midi dress. We’re going less for teenage first date vibe and more for contemporary romance. Below are some that might spark your fancy! Remember, always check the weather beforehand.

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To add that extra date-like appeal opt for jewelry. It’s the perfect way to elevate your casual looks without being too formal. Missoma jewelry has been a long time favourite, but if you’re looking for new jewelry brands to try, head over to this article I wrote! A little gold and silver on your body never hurts. In fact, when does it not serve? Besides, all beautiful things are meant to be adorned, including you.

 

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Shoes are the ultimate day-to-night date transition piece. Fancy dinners and cocktail bars need to have the right footwear to match! The nice thing about investing in date night heels is that they’re for special occasions so you can definitely wear them more than once! You only need one pair that will take you through a whirlwind of romance.

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Pick your favourite part of your body or even just one aspect you’d like to highlight. Your waist, legs, back, chest, collarbone – anything! If you’re not sure, think of how you want a type of material to move on your body – does it feel silky or is it floaty? In other words, when are the moments you feel most sexy? Basically go with that! There’s two reasons for this. Firstly, confidence really is vital. Don’t go wearing things that doesn’t make you feel elevated, especially on a date. Secondly, the evenings are meant for many but brief moments of tension and appeal. Therefore, don’t be afraid to mesmerize and show yourself off. Below are some dresses that will make you feel at your best and most sensual.

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What’s In My Basket At The Moment

The purpose of this article is for me to share with you my shopping picks: what’s in my basket at the moment? What am I excited about? I can tell you that I am looking forward to the next season already. Transitioning pieces are on my radar right about now. Can you blame me? Fashion enthusiasts will relate.  

Platform Boots

The craze for platforms isn’t over yet. Versace, Balmain, and Valentino are here to satiate the appetite for killer shoes this season. Am I embracing this brave higher-than-life attitude? Yes, I am. Plus you know what else I am embracing? Emergency blister plasters. The “price you’ve got to pay” is running high on this one. Do I care? I don’t, because if you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I have always been mad about platforms ever since my Stella McCartney pair. It’s an “add to cart immediately” for me. I bought the Valentino boots in particular but down below in the carousel you will find options for any budget.

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Recently I purchased Alexander McQueen visor shades and I’ve been obsessed with them (check this affordable option by Quay!). I love how statement sunglasses elevate a casual look. This may seem like I’m reminiscing on a bygone fashion fad, but shield/visor sunglasses are having a moment right now, in line with the fashion world’s hunger for Y2K trends in general. Also, sunglasses are something you can afford to go a little kitschy with — they’re meant to be fun, so why not go all out? Luckily, the market also has a variety of styles to choose from right now, whether you want a discreet shield shade or a bold colored-lens style. Check the carousel below!

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I love how high-waisted trousers suck you win and improve your figure. I have a couple I wear on rotation and I know I will come back to them again and again. However, recently I’ve also been into another kind of statement bottoms: parachute pants – which are more of a low rise. Parachute pants have a utilitarian look and feel to them that I love – besides being very comfortable. I love putting on just a very low-key casual outfit – it works when all else fails! I bought my white parachute from a vintage shop in Brooklyn – if you’re not sure about a trend, this is a great way to try it on a budget. When you need some extra space you might as well get a pair of pants you can live in, and these definitely get the job done! By the way, follow me on TikTok to know more of my shopping picks and daily style tips. 

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- Karen Blanchard
IT Bags of The New Season

When gearing up for the new season, the first thing that comes to mind is bags! Bags are really the finishing piece (or even the starting piece!!) of an amazing outfit. There’s still a few hot weeks coming up, however soon enough those straw basket bags and woven totes will be put away for something more leathery and timeless. Below I’ve listed some of the latest IT bags for the new season that you should invest in! Some of them, you’ll already seen me wear on TikTok and Instagram.

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If you’ve been following my Instagram, you would’ve seen this bag being posted all over my stories and feed (also check out my TikTok where I have unexpected news on this bag!). The Balenciaga Cagole bag has now become an IT bag and a current favourite in my wardrobe. Mainly, it’s easy to wear and goes with so many of my clothes (both casual and formal). The design is almost like grungy punk meets Y2k (in a good way). It’s a perfect if you’re looking for something that will elevate the ‘cool’ in your outfits. By the way, this bag comes in two sizes (XS and S). The one I’m wearing in the the S in black (I have a white version as well).

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The Loewe Luna bag was first spotted in the SS22 runway. If you know a little about trending bag shapes at the moment, this crescent moon style is the most anticipated for the new season. If you’ve been thinking of investing in a Loewe bag (the Puzzle bag comes into mind), don’t forget to try the Luna. The bag tucks neatly under the shoulder and still looks elegant. The shoulder strap is actually detachable too (ideal if you love playing with strap styles).

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Bottega Veneta. Enough said. To be honest, when is a Bottega bag not in style? I’m not sure how they do it, but they’ve managed to always design bags that are easy-to-wear, stylish and timeless. I have the Jodie in many different colours and sizes. For the new season, Bottega has done it again by introducing chain details to their other bags (previously it was just on the Cassette chain clutch). The detail is small, but it gives a huge visual impact. Actually, chain hardware on bags are one of the key elements for the new season. Countless runways for A/W22 have debuted their chain detail bags, but the Bottega clutches still reign at the top!! If you’re already a fan of the Jodie or other Bottega bags, this one should definitely be added to your basket!

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Miu Miu has never been so relevant in shaping the newest trends. Their Wander bag is an addition to their ability in making anything a cult favourite. This bag has been spotted in the hands of many Instagram stylegrammers and celebrities alike. Its soft matelassé texture and feminine shape gives off a pretty and youthful vibe. It’s another timeless and easy-to-wear bag (for day and night!), that would elevate your wardrobe. The difference is that the Wander bag is uniquely on the youthful feminine side of the IT bags.

 

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- Karen Blanchard
What Everyone Is Really Wearing In The Heatwave

Heatwave style equals “the struggle is real.” Hot weather is sticky. It is uncomfortable. It is a pain in the butt to get dressed in high temperatures. However, it can also be a great way to get your creative juices flowing. How do you stay stylish in the heat? That’s what you’ll find out in this article. Wearing an oversized shirt with a lingerie top could be the answer. Scroll through for more heatwave style tips. 

Keep it as Simple as Possible

Roomy shirts and shorts are easy to get away with for any occasion, to be honest. Wear the wrong fabrics in the heat and you’re doomed. Silk-linen mixes or poplin cotton are your best bet here. Breathable fabrics are your friends and roomy styles will encourage air to flow around areas more prone to sweating (we all do, c’mon). Moreover, there’s nothing like a classic headpiece to keep the attention turned your way (for a good reason). 

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Million dollar tip. The cherry on top of any warm-weather outfit is a good pair of sunglasses. They will have the power to make or break your look. Find a quality pair that will enhance everything else you’re wearing, but also choose some that will go with all the summer outfits you own. 

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Be it a sleeveless floaty dress or a pair of sandals. A slip-on fit is a huge time saver for those rushed mornings pre-commute. Slippin’ awesome! (sorry, I had to). The magic of a slip-on dress lies in its versatility. Its minimalist attitude makes it perfect to be dressed up or down for quite literally any occasion. Slip a sweatshirt over it for casual weekend wear or wear it on its own with the right jewelry to achieve a subtly formal look. You just have to choose your accessories accordingly. It’s just as easily styled with heels as it is with the aforementioned slide sandals and a raffia tote.

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- Karen Blanchard
Avant Garde Designers To Watch
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Avant Garde designers have always been the rebellious sibling in the fashion industry. Against the status-quo, conventional tailoring and regular themes, their creative minds have been a huge part on the evolution of fashion. Deconstructivism started with Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, who then became a huge inspiration to Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester. The exploration of taboo subjects from Alexander McQueen was also beyond his time. Plus, there have been many more that hold an integral part of how fashion looks like today. Much like those designers in their time, the new avant garde designers create out of the anxieties, politics and social constraints of the current zeitgeist. Below I’ve listed my top three avant garde designers that are recently exploding with popularity!!

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After being appointed creative director of Y/Project, Belgian born Glen Martens raised the game with his experimental proportions and witty take on historical references. What is core to the brand (and something that I am drawn to) is that the clothing is gender neutral. In an interview, Glen Martens states that rather than looking at gender, he designs with the intention that the cut would look good on anyone. In a recent article I wrote, I mentioned Y/Project when I talked about the trompe l’oeil/nakedness trend that is sweeping the fashion scene. Though Martens is already a hugely recognised designer in his own right, his runways just seem to be getting better and better. If you love items that have duality, an element of risque, and playfulness, try some of the pieces below!

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Dark. Moody. Post-apocalyptic. Kiss boots. – Those might be a few words that instantly come to mind when you think of Rick Owens. Rick Owens’s brutalist design with a mixture of modern glamour has earned him the name, “The Lord of Darkness” from his dedicated following. Although in recent shows (did you see his SS23 show with the ball of fire), Owens has skyrocketed in popularity, the brand actually existed since 1994. Taking his experience designing in an underground glam and grundy scene. Owens brought an elevated technical construction for a more couture-like feel. All over Instagram, fashion-bloggers are channeling their more gothic sides with pieces from Rick Owens. Those ‘Kiss Boots’ have become a cult favourite. Ready to tap into your futuristic dark side?

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Founded by Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient, Berlin-based label Ottolinger pieces are centred around construction and deconstruction. In fact, the process of their design is destructive in order to create their couture-level techniques. Skirts are shredded, cargo trousers are burnt, everything is chaotic yet controlled. What I love most about Ottolinger is that not only do the designs contain an element of “cool,”  the disorder is seductive – even sexy. Tap into your more rebellious side with an Ottolinger cut-out top, and layer with your favourite boxy blazer or match with loose jeans.

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- Karen Blanchard
French Girl Summer Wardrobe

I have a thing for French girl style. This probably doesn’t come as a big surprise for those who’ve been following me for a while. I like that je ne sais quoi, that mysterious boyish aesthetic, flirty but tough at the same time. Plus going to France for some time this summer (if you follow me on TikTok you’ll know), I couldn’t help but dive into the good old French girl summer wardrobe. Neutral palette. When wearing prints, go for season-less dainty florals. When wearing colours, chose timelessness. 

Linen Midi

If it’s floral, it’s midi, linen and has a slightly retro allure to it and puff sleeves. Then you’ll definitely tap into that French summer look. Bonus points if you wear it with sporty or chunky sandals. Linen clothes are everywhere right now, and to say I’m all about it is an understatement. Absolutely perfect for mixing together style and comfort. Breezy and effortless. 

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I like statement pieces and easy staples, just like French girls do. This royal blue shade is everything. It’s giving jewel tones, it’s giving classy, it’s giving chic. I am here for it! The nice and light silky fabric is perfect for a summer evening. Do not believe the cliché that French women don’t wear colour. That’s a lie. They just chose timeless pieces over trendy ones when pulling the trigger on a colourful piece of clothing. 

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Tailored shorts are a French girl summer staple. It’s what we call a go-to, especially when teamed with tanks, tees or button-downs. French women know their way around their wardrobe basics. Also, there is something quite effortless about cotton shorts. They build up to that I-didn’t-try-too-hard vibe. Cotton/safari shorts are versatile and can be dressed up or down, depending on our mood and the occasion. I love the simplicity of this black and white look! 

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- Karen Blanchard
Body Illusion Trend: Is Nakedness In?
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The trompe l’oeil trend (French for visual illusion in art) was spotted during Paris fashion week for next year, but it had already made its way on social media for some time with Instagrammers wearing items from the Jean Paul Gaultier x Lotta Volkova collaboration. With other trends like the rise in sheer outfits, Y2k midriffs and mini-hems, one thing is certain is that we have an obsession with the body in 2022. The body, particularly nakedness has been playing a bigger part of outfit construction and styling than ever it seems. Remember that moulded bustier that Zendaya wore? Could there be an underlying shift in the zeitgeist other than the face value of nakedness being “click baity” or “shocking”?  If there is one, I think the shift is the notion of ownership. It’s now women experimenting with ‘taboo’ and taking ownership of the naked body. In other words, women are reclaiming the shape of their nakedness and body and doing what they like. 

Digitalisation & ‘The Gaze’ body body body body body body

The emergence of this trend is nothing new! i-D Magazine does a good job talking about the actual history behind the naked dress that dates back to the 90s. But, the golden question still stands, even if women are reclaiming their bodies in fashion (through the sheer and cut-out trends for example), does the trompe l’oeil ruin that by being a print-out of the body on clothing items? Women can’t simply ‘take off’ their bodies at the end of the day. Besides, it is also arguable if even the print-out a true representation of the real thing. Perhaps brands like Y/Project (who debuted the look in Paris fashion week for AW22) wanted to give the wearer the feeling of power.

By becoming the active chooser in ‘showing’ your body, the person looking at you actually has less power. Who is looking and who? As many people have mentioned, alongside the recent political turns in women’s bodily autonomy, digitalisation and social media is something that is unique to this generation. The fact that designers chose to digitally print the naked body on dresses is not lost on me. What do you think? Does the meaning of the body change when it gets pixelated? If so, surely all bodies posted on social media also change their meanings. 

Thoughts?

What do you think of the trend?  Reactions are still mixed. This has been witnessed by some influencers who are met with criticism (many of whom are from women). Of course the standard response to such criticism is just reply with an IDGAF attitude. However, it just goes to show that the woman’s body will always be commented on. Even if it’s a digital print-out. 

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- Karen Blanchard
Affordable Summer Edit

Straightforward enough, right? Here, you’ll find summer-ready finds to carry you through the season, all under $250 and, of course, all handpicked by yours truly. With seemingly more events and activities on the horizon than ever, we have suddenly found ourselves in need of more clothes and accessories than our budgets are really built for, am I right? So an affordable summer edit is key to making our sartorial dreams a reality right now.

On the same page and ready to start shopping? Just keep scrolling for all my under-$250 finds for summer, including everything from heeled sandals and sunglasses to dresses and tops

Statement

Summer is a great time for a closet refresh, even if it’s just a few standout pieces – like this incredible crochet maxi. It doesn’t take a fashion expert to see that skin-bearing silhouettes are spiking this season and I’m not mad about it. These skin-flashing pieces are, in many cases, totally wearable and undeniably polished. Who would’ve thought! I love a good conceal-and-reveal moment. 

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I went on a hunt with the goal of keeping everything under $250 and was incredibly excited with what I found. The best part is all the pieces look much more expensive than they actually are! I rounded up a great budget-friendly selection of the latest trends and elevated basics. Look how similar these jeans to my Margiela’s I wear all the time – great find!

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Summer is heating up! Stay cool with an embroidered maxi dress! Look at this one I found at a local market in the South of France. No matter the occasion, there are always plenty of opportunities to wear a dress. The prime time for vacationing is among us, and that means vacation-worthy dresses. There’s no shortage of floaty options that can take you to the beach or dinner and back again. These are the kind of dresses that thrive in summer’s hottest months, simply pair them with your favorite sandals like I usually do, and you’re good to go.

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- Karen Blanchard
Y2k Trend: Cop or Drop?
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Y2k is back!! Some of you might be thinking, ‘Ugh, as if!!”. For so long, the Y2k era was dubbed as ‘fashion’s darkest times’. As the 70s and 80s aesthetic returned, Y2k was still side-eyed as an era that shouldn’t come back in fashion. But, nostalgia grew especially under strained times, and millenials (as well as Gen Z) began dreaming of ‘fun times’. Credited to Euphoria and TikTok, and many other places, Y2k aesthetic came back with a vengeance, and it was cool? In the resurgence some things definitely were left to rest (yes you can leave those oversized belts in your wardrobe), and other aspects were given a 2022 revival. Take a look below on how to style this year’s Y2k trend! Are you copping or dropping this trend? 

Y2k Tops: Midriffs y2k y2k y2k

TOPS! The most eye-catching and arguably the core piece of a Y2k outfit. Whether it’s a baby tee with rhinestone letters, or a cropped corset, or ribbed knit, the most important aspect in order to nail the trend is the midriff!! A midriff cut top was red carpet worthy at the time and it’s popularity has made it back into the mainstream. (Side note, it’s actually ideal for the summer season). If you want to go a step further with the trend, highlight your hips with crystal chains. You might feel somewhat kitch with a kick of nostalgia, but it means you’re doing it right. 

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You might have read my article I wrote on the trending mini hemline. Of course, the trend has been inspired none other than the Y2k movement!! Those IG style-grammers who are daring enough have tried the low rise mini skirts. I decided to add mini dresses on the list too for those that prefer to steer on the safer side. Either way, the overall look will be flirty and fun – Y2k key themes. 

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When we think of iconic Y2k bags, first that comes to mind is the baguette bag from sex in the city. If you’ve been following my IG, you’ll know I have one of the exact ones from the series!! I’ve listed some great ones from Staud that have a similar shape and feel! Though if you’re gravitating towards more of the grungy look, Balenciaga’s ‘Le Cagole’ is one of the hottest bags to invest in right now! Besides, it has a Y2k stamp of approval!! Check out the other bags with a similar aesthetic.

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- Michael Bonner
Bob Dylan’s Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour continues! Show 4: Copenhagen

Bob Dylan‘s Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour continues to make its way through Europe.

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Last night [September 30], Dylan and his band performed at Copenhagen’s 16,000-capacity Royal Arena.

Previously, the tour has stopped at:

Oslo Spektrum, Norway on September 25

Avicii Arena, Stockholm on September 27

Scandinavium, Gothenburg on September 29

According to Boblinks, the setlist for Dylan and his band in Copenhagen was:

Watching The River Flow (Bob on piano)
Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine) (Bob on piano)
I Contain Multitudes (Bob on piano)
False Prophet (Bob on piano)
When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob on piano with full backing band)
Black Rider (Bob on piano)
My Own Version of You (Bob on piano)
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Bob on piano)
Crossing The Rubicon (Bob on piano)
To Be Alone With You (Bob on piano)
Key West (Philosopher Pirate) (Bob on piano)
Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob on piano)
I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You (Bob on piano)
That Old Black Magic (Bob on piano)
Mother of Muses (Bob on piano)
Goodbye Jimmy Reed (Bob on piano)
— Band introductions (Bob on piano)
Every Grain of Sand (Bob on harp and piano)

After opening the tour in Oslo with a stripped-back version of “When I Paint My Masterpiece“, Dylan has since reverted to the full full-band version. However, posters on Expecting Rain have noted a new arrangement for “False Prophet“, which Dylan introduced in Sweden. According to poster nanook82 on Expecting Rain, this new version is “kind of slower, but without losing intensity. Really brought the lyrics to the forefront and allowed for more interesting phrasing.”

nanook82 also attending the Copenhagen show, where some drama unfolded during the show. “Someone in the audience fell ill and was carried off on a stretcher during I’ve Made Up My Mind, hope they’re ok! Bob must have noticed since it all happened right in front of him – somehow it seemed to push his singing to new levels on that song.”

Dylan’s next show is on Sunday, October 2 in Flensburg, Germany. He reaches the UK on October 19, for a 12-date tour that includes four nights at the London Palladium. This will be Bob’s first UK tour for five years.

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- Michael Bonner
Neil Young and Crazy Horse share “Love Earth” from their new album, World Record

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced a new album, World Record.

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The 10-song album will be released on November 18, and was produced by Rick Rubin at his Shangri-La studios in Malibu. Young previously used the same studio to record his 2016 album, Peace Trail.

You can hear the first track from the album, “Love Earth”, below:

The sleeve for World Record features a photograph of Young’s father, Scott.

You can pre-order the album by clicking here. It’s available on standard black vinyl and clear vinyl – a first for Young. The album will be pressed as a three-sided double vintl with an etching on side four. It’s also available on CD and cassette as well as digitally.

This is the third album with the current Crazy Horse line-up, after Colorado and Barn. “Real magic lasts and we think we have it,” says Young.

The tracklisting for World Record is:

Love Earth
Overhead
I Walk With You (earth ringtone)
This Old Planet (changing days)
The World (is in trouble now)
Break The Chain
The Long Day Before
Walkin’ On The Road (to the future)
The Wonder Won’t Wait
Chevrolet
This Old Planet reprise

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- Michael Bonner
Bob Dylan’s Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour continues! Show 3: Gothenburg

Bob Dylan‘s Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour continues to make its way through Europe.

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Following on from the tour debut at Norway’s Oslo Spektrum on September 25, and Stockholm’s Avicii Arena on September 27, Dylan and his band played the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden last night [September 29].

According to Boblinks, Dylan and his band played:

Watching The River Flow (Bob on piano)
Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine) (Bob on piano)
I Contain Multitudes (Bob on piano)
False Prophet (Bob on piano)
When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob on piano with full backing band)
Black Rider (Bob on piano)
My Own Version of You (Bob on piano)
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Bob on piano)
Crossing The Rubicon (Bob on piano)
To Be Alone With You (Bob on piano)
Key West (Philosopher Pirate) (Bob on piano)
Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob on piano)
I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You (Bob on piano)
That Old Black Magic (Bob on piano)
Mother of Muses (Bob on piano)
Goodbye Jimmy Reed (Bob on piano)
Band introductions (Bob on piano)
Every Grain of Sand (Bob on harp and piano)

As with the Stockholm show, they played the full band arrangement on “When I Paint My Masterpiece”.

Dylan’s next show is on Friday, September 30 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He reaches the UK on October 19, for a 12-date tour that includes four nights at the London Palladium. This will be Bob’s first UK tour for five years.

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- Michael Bonner
Watch the video for Spain’s “Her Used-To-Been”

Spain have released “Her-Used-To-Been”, as a taster of their upcoming archival release, World Of Blue – watch the video below.

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World Of Blue consists of previously unreleased tracks taken from a 1994 recording session that preceded the band’s 1995 landmark LP, The Blue Moods Of Spain.

According to Spain’s Josh Haden, he wrote the “Her-Used-To-Been” as a “love song influenced by Bessie Smith.”

“In the late 1980s, I worked as a music librarian at KCRW while taking college classes at Santa Monica College. One of the perks of the job was taking home lots of great music. The music director let me keep a Bessie Smith box set, and I listened to those discs all the time. ‘Her Used-To-Been’ is paraphrased from a Bessie Smith song about how the protagonist goes back to her abusive ex-. In my version, I’m the protagonist and I’m telling Bessie to not go back.”

World Of Blue is released on September 30 through Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise. The album is available to buy here as well as in your discerning record shops.

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- Emily Mackay
Pixies – Doggerel

Pixies

It’s a good thing a legacy as towering as the Pixies’ is so hard to topple, because they did have a good go for a while there. Endless and increasingly joyless touring after their 2004 reunion lowered the value of their legend, while bassist Kim Deal refused to make a new record because, she said, as a music fan, she wouldn’t want to listen to a new Pixies album.

After her departure, the release of Indie Cindy and Head Carrier – mediocre and unconvincing if not actively terrible records, sometimes flippantly trying to shrug off the burden of the past, sometimes audibly crushed beneath it – did little to disprove her point (plus for many old fans, the Pixies without Kim wasn’t really the Pixies). Yet by 2019’s Beneath The Eyrie, Pixies Mk II had settled into their new skin, sounding more assured and no longer thrashing on the hook of their reputation on the likes of the breezy balladry of “Daniel Boone”. And if the die-hard purist Pixies fan might still be left wishing the past two decades had never happened, coincidentally, that’s kind of what the new, mature Pixies sounded like: solid, comforting late-’90s alt.rock, if not the piss-and-vinegar kind played by Pixies Mk I.

Doggerel, on which they reunite with Beneath The Eyrie and Head Carrier producer Tom Dalgety, continues that settling-in process, eschewing reinvention in favour of refinement. Its 12 songs were selected from a flurry of 40 written when Black Francis was reluctantly dragged from the cocoon of home, having enjoyed the escape and peace of lockdown, and its title seems to allude ironically to the critical reception of Pixies Mk II, the idea that they’re churning out boilerplate. Yet if “Nomatterday” opens proceedings on a classic, ominous bassline and builds to a shouty punch of a chorus that could have been generated by a Pixies AI model, the gothic flamboyance of Joey Santiago’s guitar is full of life and energy, and the song’s halfway shift of speed into chunky riffs lit by Paz Lenchantin’s sour-sweet vocals stops things settling into a groove. This is a band not agonising, just being.

And if you stop ranking them against Surfer Rosa for just a second, the Pixies in 2022 sound relaxed, happy, and wide-ranging, stretching out into airy melodies and gothic-country swagger where they feel like it. This is also the first of their albums to feature writing credits for Santiago: he contributed the music of the fun, thrashy “Dregs Of The Wine”, which contrasts Mudhoney-ish grungy chug with vaulting classic-rock riffs (and a classic Black Francis oblique opening: “While I prefer the original version of “You Really Got Me”/She will defer to the Van Halen version”). He also wrote the lyrics of the Leonard Cohen-ish funky-gothic-country title track, probably the most interesting song on Doggerel.

Elsewhere, the warm and peppy likes of “Haunted House”, with its lush backing vocals and theremin, and “The Lord Has Come Back Today” recall the sense of liberation of the early Frank Black albums. And if the band aren’t pushing hard at any envelopes on the surly, slinky, slightly psychedelic “Get Simulated”, or the rompy straight-ahead indie rock of “You’re Such A Sadducee”, they are tinkering enjoyably at the edges on “Vault Of Heaven”’s lush melody and Morricone atmospherics, or the flamenco thrum, shimmering Fleetwood Mac licks and sweet nagging chorus of “Who’s More Sorry Now” (“I swept the closet floor/I found some metaphors”). They’re happy to explore being a bit more plush, a bit more cosy, luxurious and gentle, and if it would make Steve Albini nauseous, what of it?

And listening to them enjoy themselves is in itself enjoyable on lead single “There’s A Moon On”, with its Halloween swagger, and despite reaching for “asunder” as a rhyme, the country-punk “Thunder & Lightning” has a totally irresistible chorus hook. “Don’t piss in the fountain”, Black Francis asserts, and maybe it’s sage advice.

Pixies Mk II now have as many albums as Pixies Mk I – if you’ve given up in recent years, perhaps now is the time to reopen the door to some small joys. If we can now safely conclude that the Pixies are unlikely to hit the heights of early days, then let’s face it, it’s the rare mortal who can; but it’s also the only slightly less rare mortal who can make albums as solidly good as this one. As long as the Pixies keep making good Pixies songs, maybe we should learn to stop worrying and love the Doggerel.

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- Daniel Dylan Wray
Lambchop – The Bible

Lambchop

Despite being in the midst of one of the most prolific periods of his career – releasing four albums and one EP between 2016 and 2021 – Kurt Wagner was questioning things. “What the fuck am I doing?” he asked himself last year, momentarily trapped in a period of despair, before getting back to work and making another album.

The resulting record is one steeped in reflection. With the backdrop of Wagner acting as primary caregiver for his father, along with his own uneasiness around life and ageing, mortality naturally seeped into his consciousness and an album exploring the essence of life, self and spirituality – in a non-religious manner, that is – floated out.

On the opening “His Song Is Sung”, a track rich in engulfing yet dramatic strings, tender piano and warm production, Wagner sings: “I confess I have no purpose/I’m not complaining/Now these days are measured by the number/Thirty summers from today”. It may present an image of an artist 30 years into his career, who was already a late bloomer, feeling a little at sea or losing their creative footing, but the artistic transition that follows on the album indicates anything but.

Lead single “Police Dog Blues” is a beautiful encapsulation of such a journey; a vast amalgamation of styles that takes in soaring soul, sprawling rock, subtle jazz, buoyant funk and that distinctive Lambchop quality that comes from the simple but potent combination of Wagner’s low-hum honeyed vocals with delicate piano (here provided by Andrew Broder). It captures the tone of an album that is rich in ambition, scope and innovation, and for which genre categorisation feels utterly futile.

On 2021’s Showtunes, a sonic departure in itself, there was an almost ambient stillness, the album unfurling along in gently rippling waves. While there are similar moments to be heard, such as on the deeply atmospheric “So There”, there’s much more dynamism, punch and vitality here. “Little Black Books’’ is as close to dance music as Lambchop has ever been. It’s a track that glides from futuristic electronic funk to snapping beats coupled with melodic stabs of piano and wobbly Auto-Tune. It’s a bold and expansive song that feels emblematic of where Wagner is as an artist: making ceaselessly unpredictable music. Perhaps this track’s closest musical relationship is to be found with contemporary hip-hop as it increasingly embraces more dance-leaning elements.

“Whatever Mortal” begins as almost straight-up jazz, with bouncing double-bass standing firmly as the skeleton of the song, before spirited gospel vocals appear in harmony around an infectiously melodic refrain. This soon becomes enveloped by a stirring brass section that lifts the song into a rousing section before it settles into a distinctly unique groove, existing somewhere between jazz, soul and introspective electronica. The opening lyrics of “I am not OK with this but here we are” once again suggest a disaffected state, but the musical counterpoint employed takes the song from a position of seeming despondency into an enhanced state of musical joy. It’s a tactic deployed throughout the record, one with moments of intense melancholia that can border on the depressive, but are constantly elevated by surprise musical bursts. This creates great clashes of feelings, as reflective soul-searching and rousing joy collide simultaneously. If Wagner is shooting for something fundamentally spiritual here, perhaps it’s linked to the overwhelming feeling of finding surprising beauty and connection in life during a period when it seems most unlikely. The huge list of contributors for this album reads more like a community than a credit list, and this kind of collective energy is clearly something Wagner has harnessed.

These endless twists and turns that Wagner keeps making musically – that in many ways have come to define Lambchop’s late career – may feel disorientating for some early-day adopters used to that more classically Americana sound. However, despite being born from a period of deep questioning and self-reflection, The Bible doesn’t feel like a confused or lost musician chasing the zeitgeist or wandering aimlessly. Instead, it’s the work of a focused artist who is consistently attempting to stretch out the parameters of their own ever-expanding sonic world.

Last year, City Slang label boss Christof Ellinghaus told Uncut, “Kurt doesn’t have a single nostalgic bone in his body”, and that’s no more evident than here. Everything about The Bible suggests a fierce, steely gaze locked onto the horizon, proving that maybe more artists should stop for a moment and ask, “What the fuck am I doing?” In this instance, it has resulted in yet another late-career highlight.

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- Michael Bonner
Bruce Springsteen announces new album, Only The Strong Survive

Bruce Springsteen has a new studio album coming, Only The Strong Survive.

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A collection of 15 soul covers, it’s due from Columbia Records on November 11. The album feature guest vocals by Sam Moore, as well as contributions from The E Street Horns, full string arrangements by Rob Mathes, and backing vocals by Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, Michelle Moore, Curtis King Jr., Dennis Collins and Fonzi Thornton.

Here’s his version of Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)“:

“I wanted to make an album where I just sang,” says Springsteen. “And what better music to work with than the great American songbook of the Sixties and Seventies? I’ve taken my inspiration from Levi Stubbs, David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin, the Iceman Jerry Butler, Diana Ross, Dobie Gray and Scott Walker, among many others. I’ve tried to do justice to them all—and to the fabulous writers of this glorious music. My goal is for the modern audience to experience its beauty and joy, just as I have since I first heard it. I hope you love listening to it as much as I loved making it.”

You can pre-order the album here.

The tracklisting for Only The Strong Survive is:

Only the Strong Survive
Soul Days
feat. Sam Moore
Nightshift
Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
Turn Back the Hands of Time
When She Was My Girl
Hey, Western Union Man
I Wish It Would Rain
Don’t Play That Song
Any Other Way
I Forgot to Be Your Lover
feat. Sam Moore
7 Rooms of Gloom
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
Someday We’ll Be Together

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- Alex Gallagher
Hear a version of “Kooks” from David Bowie’s upcoming Hunky Dory box set, Divine Symmetry

David Bowie‘s Hunky Dory album will be released as a deluxe reissue that will include unreleased home demos, live recordings and other rarities from that era.

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Divine Symmetry (An Alternate Journey Through Hunky Dory) is set to arrive on November 25 via Parlophone and will, across four CDs, feature 48 previously unreleased tracks and demos taken from the 12 months leading up to the release of Hunky Dory in 1971.

The first CD of the collection contains home and hotel room demos of songs that would end up on Hunky Dory, along with unreleased songs like “King Of The City“, “Right On Mother“, “How Lucky You Are (Miss Peculiar)” and “Tired Of My Life“.

Other discs include Bowie’s 1971 John Peel live session, BBC radio recordings, live cuts, the BOWPROMO EP, B-sides, alternate versions of Hunky Dory tracks and more. Coinciding with the reissue’s announcement, Parlophone have shared Bowie’s previously unreleased version of “Kooks“, taken from BBC’s Sounds of the 70s with Bob Harris radio show. Listen to that below:

Also included as part of the box set is a Blu-ray disc that features the 2015 remastered edition of Hunky Dory, and the titular “alternate journey through ‘Hunky Dory” which reimagines the album by replacing each song on the album’s tracklist with a previously-unreleased version. That will also be available as a standalone vinyl edition in February next year.

Additionally, the deluxe reissue contains a 100-page hardcover book with exclusive photos and memorabilia, as well as a 60-page replica of Bowie’s notes from that era, such as handwritten lyrics, costume drawings, and other notes. The collection also contains liner notes contributed by Hunky Dory co-producer Ken Scott and others close to Bowie. Pre-order it here through Bowie’s website, where you can also find the full tracklist.

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- Michael Bonner
Watch the video for a previously unheard Joe Strummer song “Fantastic”

Joe Strummer‘s work with his post-Clash band, The Mescaleros, is highlighted in a comprehensive new collection, Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years.

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You can watch a new video for “Fantastic“, one of the previously unheard songs on the Mescaleros box, below.

“Fantastic” is one of Strummer’s final recordings, with vocals recorded in December 2002 at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales.

Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years is available now on 4CD w/72-page book and 7LP w/32-page book, special edition packaging and exclusive 12”x12” art print. You can order a copy here.

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- Michael Bonner
Bob Dylan’s Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour continues! Show 2: Stockholm

Bob Dylan‘s Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour continues to make its way through Europe.

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Following on from the tour debut at Norway’s Oslo Spektrum on September 25, Dylan and his band played Stockholm’s 16,000 capacity Avicii Arena last night [September 27].

According to Boblinks, Dylan and his band played:

Watching The River Flow (Bob on piano)
Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine) (Bob on piano)
I Contain Multitudes (Bob on piano)
False Prophet (Bob on piano)
When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob on piano with full backing band)
Black Rider (Bob center stage then on piano)
My Own Version of You (Bob on piano)
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Bob on piano)
Crossing The Rubicon (Bob on piano)
To Be Alone With You (Bob on piano)
Key West (Philosopher Pirate) (Bob on piano)
Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob on piano)
I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You (Bob on piano)
That Old Black Magic (Bob on piano)
Mother of Muses (Bob on piano)
Goodbye Jimmy Reed (Bob on piano)
Band introductions (Bob on piano)
Every Grain of Sand (Bob on harp and piano)

While the setlist was identical to the Oslo show, there were a couple of changes to the songs. There was no Bob on guitar at the start of “Watching The River Flow”, while he reverted back to full band arrangement on “When I Paint My Masterpiece”.

According to reports, Dylan was in high spirits. Here’s a post by Jonas Åhlund in the Facebook group, Dylanology Revisited:

“Funny moment from tonight’s show in Stockholm. In the middle of the band introduction, just before last song ‘Every Grain Of Sand’, Dylan pretends to be starting on ‘Love Sick’. I don’t know why, maybe just to mess with the band a little? He starts ‘I’m walking… through streets that are dead…’. Then he introduces another musician. Then he continues: ”walking with you in my head…”. The musicians look at each other. Then Dylan says ‘Just kidding.’.”

Dylan’s next show is on Thursday, September 29 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He reaches the UK on October 19, for a 12-date tour that includes four nights at the London Palladium. This will be Bob’s first UK tour for five years.

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- Graeme Thomson
Steely Dan: “They’re the American Beatles!”

Steely Dan

Fifty years ago, Can’t Buy A Thrill introduced STEELY DAN’s impeccable brand of hipster logic – and the whip-smart songwriting partnership of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. To celebrate, Uncut has assembled a cast of Dan aficionados – including DAVID CROSBY, ST VINCENT, PADDY McALOON, AIMEE MANN, BRUCE HORNSBY, JOAN WASSER and LLOYD COLE – to explore the band’s original run of unimpeachable studio albums. “They’re the American Beatles,” learns Graeme Thomson, in the latest issue of Uncut magazine – in UK shops from Thursday, Sept 15 and available to buy from our online store.

It is 50 years since the world heard the first bittersweet flowerings of one of music’s most innovative, ambitious and unique pairings. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker first met in 1967 as like-minded students at Bard College, a private liberal arts college in upstate New York. Naming their high-concept band after a steam-powered dildo from William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, in 1971 they relocated from NYC to LA to work as staff songwriters at ABC and never looked back.

Assisted by producer Gary Katz, jettisoning original band members and performing live in favour of assembling a studio-orientated squad of the greatest session men and women money could buy, between 1972 and 1980 Steely Dan embarked upon one of the hottest – and coolest – creative streaks in music.

From the avant-boogie group aesthetic of Can’t Buy A Thrill, where David Palmer shared lead vocals, they evolved to the far-reaching vistas of Aja, rich with melody, crafted solos and layered musical movements. By Gaucho (1980), painstaking attention to sonic detail and increasingly hedonistic lifestyles inched Steely Dan towards the pursuit of an almost neurotic sonic perfectionism. Yet an unmistakable creative sensibility was evident from the start: consummate musicianship, killer grooves, rhythmic joy, memorable tunes, wry humour and stellar guests, topped off with Fagen’s cryptic, hyper-literate, reliably unreliable narration, doused in sardonic romanticism.

“They’re the American Beatles because they coined a musical genre that hadn’t existed before,” says Aimee Mann, one of the eclectic cast of admirers Uncut has invited to celebrate the band’s body of work. “Yes, it’s sort of a mixture of rock and jazz, but the way in which those two elements were combined was completely unique to them. To have the musical facility to put beautiful melodies on top of unlikely chord changes, with such well-written lyrics about really broken, sad subjects, and to create a whole new sound with a really idiosyncratic vocal – that’s the whole package! They invented a new thing.”

1. CAN’T BUY A THRILL
(ABC, 1972)

The work of a functioning touring band: post-boogie subversion and rhythmically audacious hits with three lead vocals by David Palmer

DAVID CROSBY: Steely Dan are my favourite band. They have been forever and still are. The first song I heard was “Reelin’ In The Years”. Nobody else was doing that. I could hear it right away. They wrote better, they sang better, they played better, they didn’t limit themselves. They did it first and they did it best.

JOE JACKSON: “Do It Again” is the first track on the first album, and right away it’s Steely Dan. It’s quite unusual, this Latin groove and electric sitar on the solo. You think the vocal is going to come back in – but no, there’s another solo on the organ! It’s unique. The fact that it was a hit still amazes me.

ANNIE CLARK, ST VINCENT: This is [an album] I’d listen to on car trips. It’s so melodic, memorable and well written, but there’s also solos on every song. There’s such intense,
ear-opening harmony.

AIMEE MANN: “Brooklyn” is a huge favourite. I was supposed to support Steely Dan this year but there was some confusion, layers of management stuff, and it never happened. On Twitter I wrote that all is forgiven if Donald Fagen will tell me what “Brooklyn” is about. I got this email from him! He wrote a long story about when they were living in Brooklyn and first writing songs, and dreaming about getting a really great band, and what will that sound like? “Brooklyn” was about his downstairs neighbour; this loudmouthed, entitled guy. From a cynical viewpoint, they listed all these prizes they felt like this guy thought he was entitled to; what would it take to make this asshole happy? But on some level you can tell they’re also talking about themselves: “What are the riches and prizes that I maybe don’t feel entitled to, but would like to feel entitled to?” There’s this one chord change that goes to the minor that’s really heartbreaking. It sounds like a break in the mask. That’s what makes them so interesting: the damage that you can hear underneath the cynicism.

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- Damon Wise
“Everything is performance”: Brett Morgen on David Bowie and Moonage Daydream

Moonage Daydream

Moonage Daydream, Brett Morgen‘s documentary on David Bowie, is in cinemas now. You can read our review here, but in the meantime here’s Morgen himself on Bowie, revelations from the vaults and why there’s no Tin Machine in the film…

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UNCUT: Where did you start with this?
BRETT MORGEN: I began with an idea for a type of film before I knew it was going to be on Bowie. But coming out of [the 2015 Kurt Cobain documentary] Montage Of Heck, I had been making biographical nonfiction films for 15 years. I had arrived at a point where I realised that what I really enjoy is this: sound, colour-correcting and editing. I have never really believed that movie theatres are great places for facts and information. I think movie theatres are a place to experience. I decided I wanted to try to create a kind of hybrid genre that I was calling, as working title, The IMAX Music Experience. The idea was that if I was to do something on The Beatles … Well, we all know they’re from Liverpool, we all know that they came to American and did Ed Sullivan, we know they went to India – why would I waste the real estate to try to explain that? You either know it or you don’t, and what difference does it make? But I would love to go sit in an IMAX theatre for two hours and be immersed in Beatles imagery and sounds in 12.0 audio like I’ve never heard it. So that was the sort of premise, and I was going down that road with several bands.

What happened next?
David passed. I had met with David in 2007, to discuss a kind of hybrid nonfiction film. At the time, he was in semi-retirement, so the timing didn’t work out. [After he passed] I called his executive Bill Zysblat and I mentioned the type of movie I wanted to make. Bill remembered me from our meeting nine years earlier. Bill also, I think, worked with The Rolling Stones – he was a fan of Crossfire Hurricane, my Stones film, and he said, “You know, most people don’t know this, but David’s an avid collector. He’s been saving everything, and over the past 25 years he’s gotten more interested in building the archives – but he never wanted to make a traditional documentary.” So right when they were thinking, “What are we going to do with all this stuff?” I came knocking on the door saying, “I want to do anything but a biographical documentary.” The more I got into it, the more apparent it became how David really lends himself to that sort of venture.

Where did all the material come from?
The estate provided me with access and digital copies of everything in the vault, so we brought in five million assets. We had an archivist who was working around the world collecting whatever the estate didn’t have from proper sources, like the BBC or what have you. Generally, when I’m starting a project, I have a process – I read every book there is on the subject. That’s really just so that when I look through the primary source material, I have some frame of reference or context. When I did the Stones film, I think it took … I want to say, like, two and a half months to screen through every piece of media in the Stones vault plus anything that we can find from 1963 to 1981. The Kurt Cobain film must have been like six or seven weeks, if that. I put four months in my schedule for Bowie. We built a production schedule for six, eight weeks around that. It took two years to screen the Bowie material. I essentially ran through the entire budget before we even started picture-cutting. I was planning to be a co-editor on the film but never intended to be the sole editor. While this was all happening, in 2017, I had a massive heart attack and flatlined for three minutes and remained in a coma for five days. It didn’t happen by accident. My life had no balance to it. I was a workaholic, my sense of self and self-worth was entirely wrapped up in my work. It was my first priority and it led me to a coma. The day I had a heart attack was my son’s birthday. I have three children: one was born on January 5, and one on January 8, David’s birthday, I had my heart attack on January 5 and I was in a coma until [January 10], one year to the day from when David died, and on my daughter’s birthday. When I came out of that … You know, you start asking yourself: ‘What is the meaning of my life?’ Because it could have ended right then. My son was only seven or eight, you know? What would he have remembered? What’s the thing that dad always used to say? The example that I had provided them with was: work really hard and you’re gonna die at 47. I had nothing else to really offer. It was at that time that I was ingesting David. So that clearly had, as you can see is evident in the film, a very strong impact on what materials were speaking to me. I knew David was an amazing artist and musician going into the project, but I had no idea what an amazing man he was, and how much wisdom he had. Then, at some point, I realised that, through David, I could create a roadmap for my children for how to live the most fulfilling life in the 21st century. That’s what the film would be.

How did you carve out that course?
As it turns out, as I continued scrolling through the two years of material, only one through-line appeared to me. It wasn’t like I saw several different possibilities. The through-line for David was this: transience and chaos. It’s what he talks about, in ’71. It’s what he talks about throughout his entire career. As you hear in the movie, as we approach the ’90s, he literally states, “My through-line is chaos.” So I took a sort of liberal interpretation of that, and I realised that transience, or chaos – whatever you want to make of it – can be loosely translated to be applicable to several different threads that are essential to understanding David. Like the gender fluidity. The William Burroughs cut-up process. Always being on the move, always searching. The lack of mobility, or searching, in the ’80s is when he actually becomes static. So it seemed like this could be a through line that connected all of the eras, and I then created a playlist, sort of like a jukebox musical. I took, let’s say, three songs from each album that in my mind had some thematic connection to that through-line and weaved together a playlist that would serve as a foundation – not that the audience would understand that all these songs are picked for this reason. It’s like an Easter egg. It’s a bonus, but you’ve got to assume no one’s gonna see it or get it.

What do you mean by that?
Well, first of all, I don’t think anyone even looks for a subtext in nonfiction. I don’t think it’s a thing, because people don’t think of nonfiction filmmakers as controlling the mise en scene. But even in fiction … I mean, I grew up as a massive John Ford fan and wrote essays, endlessly, about the subtext in John Ford’s films. My father, who also loved John Ford’s films, couldn’t write an essay about the subtext because it wasn’t something that he needed to enhance the experience for him. I always look at subtext like this – there’s two things happening: there’s the surface, and there’s what the director is working on underneath. But you cannot demand the audience see what’s underneath, so you always have to have a surface thread that’s more tangible. So – slowly, slowly – the film started to come together, the themes really resonated with what I was going through. There were a set of rules and guidelines that I created for myself to help me navigate the mission. I think that once I had the structure in place, then it started to get going. Having said that, getting to that point was difficult, but then executing it was incredibly challenging.

Why was that?
When the pandemic first started, before there were vaccines, I had a heart condition, so I could not be around anyone. I worked in total isolation. For really, for two years, I had no one to show any footage to. Because of security issues, we couldn’t send links to friends, and I couldn’t have anyone come into the building. I had no producers, I had no network execs or studio execs. So I was kind of like alone with this material. At a certain point, we had no money so I couldn’t hire another editor to help me out.

Why did you decide to start with ‘Hallo Space Boy’?
‘Hallo Space Boy’ was very deliberate. This film is does not fit into a genre. All films are part of a genre. Even if the genre is as broad as documentary-experimental. Genre gives you a compass. I was working in an ill-defined genre. So I had to create a set of covenants with the viewer very early on, so that they could understand this was not going to be a biographical film. It was not gonna be a chronological film. It’s not that type of film, and I had to get them sort of ready for what type of film it might be. So I opened the film with the quote about Nietzsche, which is really one of the core themes of the film. But, more importantly, the idea was that when you open a film that people think is going to be a musical documentary with a quote from Nietzsche, they won’t be expecting to see a scene where the artist hears their song on the radio for the first time. That was the first flagpole. As we travel through the lunar landscape, through the audio presentation, I was trying to send transmissions, little audio things, as we move through the 20th century. So we hear a little bit of Triumph of the Will. And then we hear “Inchworm”. Listen, nobody’s expected to know this, but it’s David’s favourite song when he was a kid. Then the soundtrack becomes very ethereal. You hear a line from Blade Runner. It’s all sort of floating out. Then you hear a little bit of strumming from “Space Oddity”. A few little notes from “Life On Mars”. At that point, I’m trying to kind of create a sense that there’s no backwards or forwards, no top or bottom, and you’re just getting these fragments. I’m preparing them. Starting with “Hallo Space Boy” was a really critical way to kind of announce that we’re not going to be chronological, and that if you only like early David Bowie music then you should leave.

There isn’t too much music from his later career…
I’ll come back to why the film doesn’t go too deep on the post-’95 stuff, for a very good reason. In my mind, at least. But in that sequence – and the use of clips, many of which are from films that David was inspired by – I’m not expecting the audience to know that those are films that David liked. At that point, all they’re really supposed to see is that there was something coming from above, something that is being willed by the people, and people are gathering for some sort of ritual, if you will. That’s the “Hallo Space Boy” sequence. To follow that, David comes out and starts doing “Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud”. And then I cut to a shot of David at an airport in Southeast Asia wearing a blue suit and yellow fedora. See, I liked this idea that there is no backwards, there’s no forwards, there’s no up or down, and that David could be singing about himself, narrating the story of himself in the future, or in the case of “Rock’n’Roll Suicide”, in reverse function. So I threw those shots of David wandering around the escalators and all that during “Freecloud”, because “Freecloud”, to me, is about alienation and loneliness, and I liked the idea that David Bowie is singing about David Bowie. If you ever see the film again, there’s all sorts of little things in there. Like, David’s at the airport, and I threw a line in into one of the side speakers where someone shouts, “David!” and he turns his head on cue, and it brings you back into the concert scene. When he’s doing “Freecloud”, we added coughs, to make it feel like you’re in church. Obviously, you wouldn’t have been able to hear someone coughing in the in the arena. But the whole idea behind the first section of the film was, by design, to say, “I’m not gonna explain anything.” When you get to the Philip Glass section, which follows “Jean Genie”, that’s when I’m like, ‘OK, here’s the last piece of the puzzle that you’ll need to understand the movie.’

And what’s that?
That you’re not going to understand it. It’s all about the mystery. It’s not supposed to be explained. For example, I really wanted to just thrust the audience into Ziggy so that they could experience Bowie the way the public experienced Bowie when he came on television in 1973 with “Starman” and people were like, “What the hell is that?” So I wanted you to just be thrust into it. The other thing that was really important for me – and this goes back to the footage of him in the blue suit walking through the airport – was that I saw the Ziggy Stardust movie for the first time in ‘83, I think, when it was theatrically released for the first time. My memory of it was that it was rainy, foggy, out of focus and red. It was like kind of disappointing in a weird way, because I guess, in my mind, Ziggy seem so colourful. I did not want to be limited to that oppressive red palette, and so by bringing in blue and yellow into the predominantly red colour scheme, We were able to start to build out a rainbow. We then added purple and yellow hues where they didn’t exist, just making them sort of sparkle a little more. And one of the things that really thrilled me – which has nothing to do with the through-line or anything else – was that I wanted to bring Ziggy to life. I wanted him to be a real cornucopia of colour. So that’s a little walk-through of the opening of the film, which takes you up to the end of “Jean Genie”. Where, again, we take a step back, and we say, “You don’t need to struggle – let it wash over you. You don’t have to understand everything.”

The interview material is fascinating, particularly the British TV clips with Mavis Nicholson and Russell Harty…
What I did find was that some of his best interviews were with women. However you want to interpret that. But my favourite interview that I ever found with Bowie was the outtakes for a movie called Inspiration, directed by Michael Apted. It was a movie from 1997; Apted did profiles of eight different artists, and the interviews are about their creative process. So that’s an hour and a half interview focused not on an album but on: ‘What is your creative process?’ Now, that doesn’t normally happen. David never put aside an hour and a half when he’s promoting a record to talk about not the record, you know? Because it was Michael Apted, he was speaking artist to artist, which was something he greatly enjoyed. So that interview really stands out and was probably the one I leaned the most upon. Mavis and Russell Harty sort of become characters, and then there’s a nice continuity in returning to them, I think. We use the Russell Harty clips from two different sequences, the ‘73 appearance, and then the ‘75 one, which is from Burbank. A nice little anecdote about that it was one of the great finds I discovered in the vault. David was living in LA at the time, so he went to the studio in Burbank. They were doing a live satellite feed, and while they were waiting to connect, someone was running tape on the set. David must have taken that tape home. So here’s this never-before-seen hour of Russell and David bantering back and forth before they went on air. That was one of my favourite discoveries, because it was so odd that it even existed – and that, of all places, I should find it in David’s vault.

Are you worried that not everyone will get the references?
As I mentioned earlier, the film is not about David Jones. And it’s not about David Bowie. It’s about ‘Bowie’ in quotations. The way I approached it was, everything is performance. I don’t mean that means it’s not authentic. If David’s onstage – he’s performing. If David’s in a movie – he’s performing. If David’s doing an interview – it’s a performance. If David’s being captured in a documentary like Cracked Actor – that’s a performance. If David’s being captured in a documentary like Ricochet – that’s a performance. So when you accept that it’s all in quotations, and it’s all performance, then The Man Who Fell To Earth is a documentary, and I’m going to extract and appropriate those images not as if David is shooting a film with Nic Roeg in Albuquerque but to visualise and articulate whatever sentiment that I’m trying to evoke. At the same time, one of the wonderful things about David is the way he transmitted information and introduced his audience to his own cultural heroes. When I first came to David, he turned me on to Burroughs, he turned me onto Bertholt Brecht and German Expressionism. This was at the age of 12 or 13. I had no other reference point. He’d mention something and you’d want to go read about it, like the Marquis de Sade or Oscar Wilde or whatever. So I liked the idea that, as part of the visual vocabulary of the film, I would use his sources of inspiration in a kind of indistinguishable manner to his own creations and constructions – it was all part of this same fabric.

How did that evolve?
You know, there was part of me that was like, ‘This film is really about the 20th century, on a certain level.’ I mean, the quote at the beginning is about Nietzsche, but it is equally could have been about Einstein, or Picasso or James Joyce, or Freud, or any of the other great minds that were deconstructing our belief system at the turn of the century. Y’know, David’s theme of chaos came about because he believed that, when we lost our idea of God, we also lost our sense on what to believe in. As society advanced, past the 16th century, where we went from an agrarian society to an industrialised society to a modern society in 20th century, how did our brains evolve to be able to process all this information? So what David posited was this: we live in a world of chaos – and he was creating the soundtrack for chaos.

What were you going to say about Bowie’s output after ‘95?
I think that period really starts at the end of The Glass Spider Tour [in 1987]. I’m not gonna lie, it was a little difficult for me when I got to The Glass Spider Tour. And, by the way, the further I went on, there would be more footage – for obvious reasons. So for the last tour he did, I had aeons of footage, but from ’73 there was very little. There was a lot of footage for Glass Spider, and it was wearing thin on me. Y’know, you gotta be pretty inspired to come in and work from 8am to midnight, six days a week. It was a slog. I’m very disciplined – I won’t fast forward through anything, because you don’t know if you’re gonna hear a great piece of audio or whatever. I watch every frame of everything. When I’d just about lost all hope, the next clip after the last piece of The Glass Spider Tour was a modern dance performance he did [with La La La Human Steps] in 1988. And it was really avant-garde. Now, he’s not the greatest dancer – he’s not the greatest painter either – but he puts all of himself into it. That’s why it’s so wonderful. And when I saw it – the first thing he did after Glass Spider – I was like, “Oh, shit, he’s back. He’s cleansing his palate.” Tin Machine really was a palate cleanser, the transition that was necessary, I think, to get to where he was going to get to with Iman.

Is there a reason there’s no Tin Machine in the film?
Y’know, I saw a couple of commenters online say, “Why didn’t he mention Tin Machine?” It’s always one of the things with these films that I get asked a lot. “How come you didn’t mention Iggy Pop?” I find this to be the weirdest thing for film critics. When they’re like, “He didn’t even mention Iggy Pop!” Well, if you knew that, what I that’s exactly why I didn’t put it in. Because I’m assuming you could fucking project a little something onto the screen! I mean, the movie at the end of the day was designed by trying to echo many of David’s ideas towards art, in terms of approaching art, a lot of the Oblique Strategies I would employ on a daily basis – like the idea that there are no mistakes, just happy accidents. I consider 80% of the edits in this film to be happy accidents that I intended to clean that up one day, and then later I was like, “I kind of like that it’s messy.”

The film does seem to confuse critics who think of rock’n’roll in terms of authenticity.
Yeah. I got into this really interesting conversation with one of the most iconic music producers of our time. He said, ‘What are you working on? And I said, ‘Bowie.’ He said, ‘You know, the two artists I’ve never been able to get into our Bowie and Springsteen.’ I said, why is that? He said, ‘Because they’re not authentic. He said, ‘Bruce has been playing his father his whole career. Bruce isn’t this blue-collar guy from New Jersey – that’s his dad. He puts on the blue jeans and a white shirt – it’s a performance. With David, everything is plastic and artificial.’ I said, ‘Dude, I don’t know about Springsteen, but I know about Bowie. He’s as authentic as it gets. He’s just employing techniques of distanciation, he’s employing a lot of Brechtian techniques. He’s about as pure as it gets.’

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- Michael Bonner
Bob Dylan’s European Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour begins!

Bob Dylan‘s Rough And Rowdy Ways Tour began its European leg last night, September 25, 2022.

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The show, which marks the start of Dylan’s first European tour since 2019, took place at Norway’s Oslo Spektrum.

Dylan’s band were:

Tony Garnier – bass
Charley Drayton – drums
Bob Britt – guitar
Doug Lancio – guitar
Donnie Herron – violin, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel

One notable change was was a reworking of “When I Paint My Masterpiece“, with Dylan accompanied only by Donnie Heron on violin and Bob Britt on acoustic guitar, while the rest of the band left the stage.

You can read an excellent and extensive report on the show here on Twitter:

1/ 20 I'd like to share some words about #BobDylan's opening night of his pressumably glorious tour of Europe. Some might call this thread a review of his concert yesterday in #Oslo while others may say it's simply too long for Twitter. So the short version is: It was… https://t.co/wxUSuZYdiQ

— Po' Boy (@Billy_Ontheroad) September 26, 2022

Dylan and his band played:

Watching The River Flow (Bob on guitar then piano)
Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine) (Bob on piano)
I Contain Multitudes (Bob on piano)
False Prophet (Bob on piano)
When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob on piano)
Black Rider (Bob centre stage then on piano)
My Own Version of You (Bob on piano)
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Bob on piano)
Crossing The Rubicon (Bob on piano)
To Be Alone With You (Bob on piano)
Key West (Philosopher Pirate) (Bob on piano)
Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob on piano)
I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You (Bob on piano)
That Old Black Magic (Bob on piano)
Mother of Muses (Bob on piano)
Goodbye Jimmy Reed (Bob on piano)
Every Grain of Sand (Bob on harp and piano)

Dylan’s next show takes place at Avicii Arena, Stockholm, Sweden on September 27. He reaches the UK on October 19, for a 12-date tour that includes four nights at the London Palladium. This will be Bob’s first UK tour for five years.

Thanks to Boblinks.

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- Tom Pinnock
Ashley Hutchings – Album By Album

Ashley Hutchings, Fairport Convention

The guv’nor of three key folk-rock groups guides us through his highlights in the latest issue of Uncut magazine – in UK shops from Thursday, Sept 15 and available to buy from our online store.

Bob Dylan told me he found a copy of my album Rattlebone & Ploughjack at a yard sale recently,” says an incredulous Ashley Hutchings. “Can you imagine Bob walking around a car boot sale? Of all the albums, he found that!”

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Decades after covering some of his unreleased songs with Fairport Convention, the bassist and bandleader is now a bona fide pen pal of Dylan’s. “He refers to me as ‘Million Dollar Ash’, and he signs his letters ‘your pal, Bob’. That’ll do me fine. I’m very proud of getting an MBE for services to music, but Bob writing to me means more.”

In celebration of his 100th record release, Hutchings is taking Uncut through some of the finest albums of his long career, from landmark Fairport and Steeleye Span albums to the present day. What really fires Hutchings up at the moment, though, is his new podcast, The Guv’nor, featuring the bassist in conversation with his son Blair Dunlop. “I’ve never done anything like it before, but it’s just clicked. Blair’s a great foil for me. I think you’ll be entertained!”

FAIRPORT CONVENTION
WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS
ISLAND, 1969

Leaps and bounds: Fairport’s second, introducing Sandy Denny, and a series of deathless songs such as “Meet On The Ledge”

We were so young when we made our first album in 1967, and we’d never been in the studio before. Consequently, it’s a bit of a mess, but it was a great stepping stone to this one. Sandy had just joined us and that was very, very special. Suddenly, we were getting great vocal takes and not having to do 10 takes on each. There was a lot of writing going on – Richard and Sandy were quite clearly the best writers, so we left most of it to them.

I remember first hearing Sandy play and sing “Fotheringay” – she was magnetic, and a very good guitarist as well. We loved it. I wrote “Mr Lacey”: he was a neighbour of mine in Muswell Hill, he’d been on the radio, kind of an extra Goon, and he had an incredible house, filled with robots he’d built. I’d written this blues and I said to the band, “Can we get him in the studio with one of his machines?” So he turned up with this walking robot which moved around the studio as it was recorded. This was Fairport in the early days – there was always a wacky sense of humour. At our gigs there were always weird things happening, like Sandy trying to tell a joke and forgetting the punchline.

FAIRPORT CONVENTION
LIEGE & LIEF
ISLAND, 1969

The folk-rock blueprint, conceived in rural seclusion after the band’s tragic van accident

The crash was in the national newspapers. People were very supportive – The Rolling Stones sent a lovely message. I was in hospital, out of it, for some months. I had a lot of facial injuries – Iain Matthews fainted on the bed next to me when he saw my face. We had a get-together at a flat in west London; the first decision we had to make was, “Are we going to carry on?” Then it was, “Well, what are we gonna play?” I think I probably proposed that we carried on with the traditional material we’d started properly with “A Sailor’s Life”. We were all behind it, we got [fiddler] Dave Swarbrick in and Dave Mattacks on drums, who didn’t know anything about folk music. Joe Boyd was wonderful and set us up in a house in the countryside in Hampshire, and that was where the magic happened.

The material was brought in by Sandy, Swarbrick and me – I was going up to London, finding things in Cecil Sharp House – and Richard started writing in Hampshire, “Crazy Man Michael”, of course, and “Farewell Farewell”. We set up all the instruments in a big room and they stood there for the whole time we were there. We would just come down in the morning and one by one go into the room and start working on the material. It wasn’t easy, because we were doing things that hadn’t been done before – you know, “What drum pattern do you play to that?” We literally invented what to do. I remember seeing the original broadsheet for “The Deserter” on the floor in front of Sandy so she could read the words. She was just great, the best folk-rock singer ever for me, because she had folk and she had rock in her blood, and she had soul. As much as I love, say, June Tabor or Maddy Prior, they didn’t have the rock side as well as the folk.

People think I left before the album came out because I wanted to form Steeleye Span and that Sandy left because she wanted to be with Trevor [Lucas] and do her own thing. But it’s not as simple as that. I think in our heads we were all over the place – we were still getting over the crash, I know I was. We knew Liege… was a great album, and we should have stayed, actually. But Joe, bless him, wasn’t strong enough to say, “Listen, stop fucking about, just stay and make it work. You’ve started something off here.” But at least it meant that there were three good bands instead.

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- Michael Bonner
“Rest in power”: tributes paid to Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders has died at the age of 81.

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The news was revealed in a statement on September 24 from the musician’s label, Luaka Bop, who wrote: “We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away.

“He died peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends in Los Angeles earlier this morning. Always and forever the most beautiful human being, may he rest in peace.”

We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away. He died peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends in Los Angeles earlier this morning. Always and forever the most beautiful human being, may he rest in peace. ❤ pic.twitter.com/pddaztyTLi

— Luaka Bop (@LuakaBop) September 24, 2022

Across a career spanning six decades, Sanders – who was born Farrell Sanders but nicknamed Pharoah by Sun Ra – collaborated with a host of artists, including joining John Coltrane‘s band, where he remained as a part of the ensemble until Coltrane’s death in 1967.

Sanders also collaborated with Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and Alice Coltrane – including on her landmark 1971 album Journey in Satchidananda.

Sanders also released many records as a bandleader, for a number of labels including Impulse!

More recently, Sanders was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2021 for Promises, his collaborative album with Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Leading tributes to Sanders, Floating Points – aka Sam Shepherd – said: “My beautiful friend passed away this morning. I am so lucky to have known this man, and we are all blessed to have his art stay with us forever. Thank you Pharoah.”

My beautiful friend passed away this morning.
I am so lucky to have known this man, and we are all blessed to have his art stay with us forever. Thank you Pharoah pic.twitter.com/6NdATGZve1

— floating points (@floatingpoints) September 24, 2022

Others to pay tribute to Sanders include the Sun Ra Arkestra, who tweeted: “Pharoah Sanders Sun Ra Arkestra alumnus has departed this planet. Oct 13 1940 – Sept 24 2022 Deepest Condolescences to all family and friends… He will be greatly missed.”

Pharoah Sanders Sun Ra Arkestra alumnus has departed this planet.
Oct 13 1940 – Sept 24 2022 Deepest Condolescences to all family and friends… He will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/49kNgYqu4g

— Sun Ra Arkestra (@SunRaUniverse) September 24, 2022

Warren Ellis, Low, Thurston Moore and Arkestra’s Dave Davis were among the many paying tribute to the jazz colossus.

Pharoah forever. Thank you pic.twitter.com/ZJa3RKXzF9

— Warren Ellis (@warrenellis13) September 24, 2022

This moment has been such a secret treasure to me for many years. Pure transcendence. I cannot think about Pharoah Sanders without thinking of Liz and Dan from Ida, who played him for me and showed me the deeper magic.

.Pharoah Sanders – Olé https://t.co/cutpjsq8ta via @YouTube

— LOW (@lowtheband) September 24, 2022

A visionary amongst visionaries. Pharaoh forever. https://t.co/iuOSRDzdJs

— Thurston Moore (@nowjazznow) September 25, 2022

Farewell Pharoah Sanders, Rest in Power. pic.twitter.com/BAyEykJ7BF

— Dave Davis (@sivadda1) September 24, 2022

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- Michael Bonner
Hear Stevie Nicks cover Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”

Stevie Nicks has released a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth“.

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You can hear the recording below:

Nicks recorded her version of Stephen Stills‘ “For What It’s Worth” earlier this year in Los Angeles. She’s joined by guitarist Waddy Wachtel and backing vocalist Sharon Celani, while Greg Kurstin produced the single while also playing multiple instruments, including drums, organ and guitar.

The track is available now as a digital download and streaming single. It’s also available in Dolby Atmos.

Nicks is currently on tour in America. You’ll find her here:

September 24 Bridgeport, CT Sound on Sound Festival *
September 30 Dana Point, CA Ohana Festival *
October 3 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
October 6 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 9 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 12 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
October 16 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
October 19 Charleston, SC CreditOne Stadium
October 22 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
October 25 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 28 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

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- Michael Bonner
More details revealed for Bob Dylan’s Philosophy Of Modern Song

Fresh information has emerged about the audiobook edition of Bob Dylan‘s new book, The Philosophy Of Modern Song.

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The book and its accompanying audio version are released in November via Simon & Schuster. The book compiles essays focusing on songs by other artists, including Nina Simone, Elvis Costello and Hank Williams.

The audiobook clocks in at 7 hours, according to the Simon & Schuster website.

The audio is narrated by Dylan himself, along with Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Oscar Isaac, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard, Jeffrey Wright and Renée Zellweger.

You can pre-order the book by clicking here.

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- Michael Bonner
Members of REM, Wilco, Posies and more to tour Big Star’s #1 Record

Big Star’s #1 Record turned 50 earlier this year and to celebrate drummer Jody Stephens will be joined by an all-star band to play it in full on a short tour, Don’t Lie to Me! – Celebrating Big Star’s #1 Record.

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Joining Stephens – the last surviving member of Big Star – will be Chris Stamey (dB’s), Mike Mills (REM), Jon Auer (The Posies) and Pat Sansone (Wilco).

In addition to #1 Record, the line-up will also play songs from the rest of the Big Star catalogue.

Don’t Lie to Me! – Celebrating Big Star’s #1 Record tour dates:

November 30 – Athens, GA – The Georgia Theatre
December 3 – Memphis, TV – Crosstown Theatre
December 4 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
December 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
December 7 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
December – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

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- Michael Bonner
Roger Waters announces European tour dates

Roger Waters will bring his This Is Not A Drill tour to Europe next summer.

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Waters is scheduled to play 40 shows across 14 European countries, beginning in Lisbon on March 17, 2023, at the Altice Arena.

“This Is Not A Drill is a groundbreaking new rock and roll/cinematic extravaganza,” says Waters. “Performed in the round, it is a stunning indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive, and a call to action to Love, Protect and Share our precious and precarious planet home. The show includes a dozen great songs from Pink Floyd’s Golden Era alongside several new ones, words and music, same writer, same heart, same soul, the same man. Could be his last hurrah. Wow! My first farewell tour! Don’t miss it.”

Alongside Waters on vocals, guitars, bass and piano, will be Jonathan Wilson on guitars and vocals, Dave Kilminster on guitars and vocals, Jon Carin on keyboards, guitar and vocals, Gus Seyffert on bass and vocals, Robert Walter on keyboards, Joey Waronker on drums, Shanay Johnson on vocals, Amanda Belair on vocals and Seamus Blake on saxophone.

The UK dates are:

Utilita Arena, Birmingham, May 31, 2023
OVO Hydro, Glasgow, June 2
The O2, London, June 6

Tickets go on sale on Friday 30th September at 1pm GMT from here.

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- Nick Hasted
Beth Orton – Weather Alive

Beth Orton

Stormy psychic and physical weather buffeted Beth Orton as she made this record. When long-standing health issues were correctly diagnosed and medicated in 2014, the ground perversely shifted beneath her feet. Meanwhile, 2016 saw the release of Kidsticks, the most electronic album of a career which has eased between her pioneering ’90s folktronica’s polar extremes. But as this personal flux continued, the organic sound of a battered, stand-up piano in her garden shed became her anchor. Playing this unfamiliar instrument recalled picking up a guitar to write songs in the ’90s, returning Orton to first principles.

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Relying on simple, modal patterns, she then began to sculpt homemade soundscapes using her midi setup. In the process, vivid memories rose up, ranging from old affairs in New York to the loss of her friend Andy Weatherall, becoming the nascent album’s flickering heart. “I kept reliving these fragments of past lives,” Orton recalls, “and putting them in music was like putting them in amber. A moment would be there like light on a wall, it didn’t hang around long, and I’d write around that.” These sensual visions were then rigorously honed into songs, as Orton tested if “something so fallible and amorphous” could hold compositional weight.

Eventually, Orton invited The Smile and Sons Of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner to add to her homemade palette. He was joined by other often jazz-minded collaborators, such as the ecstatic poet-saxophonist Alabaster dePlume, suiting Orton’s fascination with Alice Coltrane’s spiritual jazz, alongside ambient vistas from Talk Talk to Springsteen’s stark Nebraska. Thrown further back on her own resources by lockdown, Orton self-produced Weather Alive, a project which began with her identity in crisis ending as her most personal statement.

The result is both viscerally corporeal music, full of gristle and breath, and richly ambient. There is a sense of real lives at stake, Orton’s especially, in a world capable of wrenching transmutation by love and death. It is, she confirms, “existential” music, the result of “trying to make sense of what it is to be alive”.

The title track is a world of its own. Orton’s piano suggests Paul Harris’s wry, riverine grace on Nick Drake’s records, and Skinner’s drums set a steady heartbeat pace, a soft-edged yet certain spine. We are in liminal light on dawn’s cusp, in woodland or maybe Orton’s garden, ecstatically envisioned from her London shed. It’s a place of spells, of hide-and-seek counts and copse rendezvous, an alchemical, fairytale scene. “Almost makes me want to cry”, Orton shivers, “the weather’s so beautiful outside”. The music brings that natural world in waves, with vibraphone cascades, piano peals and guitar clangs hanging in the air. That air thickens as instruments eddy and melt together. In a coda, Orton’s voice suggests one of Van Morrison’s whispered, Blakean reveries. “Slipping from the hand, falling from the grasp”, she sighs, in a place where she can safely let go.

Weather Alive then becomes its own memory as the album proceeds, a rooted place of possibility which subsequent songs return to in their own smoky codas, often centred on the buzz and breath of DePlume’s sax. The soul-deep troubles which caused Orton to make this album have, though, hardly been cured. “Friday Night” begins with psychedelic warps, as she invokes Proust to dream deep, returning to a rain-glinting city where “we put all the love that we still have to give”. “Arms Around A Memory” later pines for “New York City summer streets”, asking “kiss me as deep as you know how”.

“Forever Young” gets into the past’s blood and guts, reading its runes for something to salvage. “Come and see what a mess they’ve made of me”, Orton cries with novelistic fierceness. “Lonely” then goes so deep into the purging pain of nostalgia and loss that she asks her late mother what to do: “She said, shut your mouth/There’s someone desires you”. Orton’s mature voice carves through here with rough, unforced emotional power, or cradles words in a cracked embrace. DePlume’s sax is her Bacharach-romantic partner in a sighing dance, as her battered piano rolls on.

“Lonely” seems implacably bereft, as Orton repeats its title like a fatal mantra. Yet as Weather Alive proceeds, the depth of her remembered pain becomes present hope, a reminder of how much she can feel. This meaning is framed in equally autobiographical music. Orton’s 1996 breakthrough Trailer Park’s warm, simple folktronica has ascended into sound as a complex atmospheric condition, wrapping around you like steam, and seeping under your skin.

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What We Learned from Stephanie Grisham's Trump Tell-All, <i>I'll Take Your Questions Now</i>

In her new book, Stephanie Grisham reveals a peek behind the scenes of the Trump White House, “where everything was like a clown car on fire running at full speed into a warehouse of fireworks.”

The Best Sneaker Deals Worth Picking Up on Prime Day

From Adidas to APL and so much more.

All the Best Looks From Paris Fashion Week

Fashion month’s finale city brings both the biggest and most exciting names to the forefront.

Billie Eilish’s Second Fragrance Is Inspired By…Wetness

“I was like, ‘Water, water, water.’”

<i>Black Panther: Wakanda Forever</i>: Everything We Know

After a long and winding journey, the highly anticipated sequel is almost here.

37 Hostess Gifts to Bring to Your Next Soirée

You’ll definitely secure an invite to the next big bash if you show up with one of these chic presents.

Even Planned Parenthood Is Calling Out <i>Blonde</i>’s Anti-Abortion Messaging

Was the CGI-talking fetus really necessary?

Rihanna Celebrated A$AP Rocky's Birthday in a Stunning Black Dress With a High Leg Slit

The singer also seemed to debut shorter hair.

The 8 Best Hot Rollers for Perfect Curls and More Volume in Minutes

The old-school beauty tool is simple and effective!

The 25 Best Skincare Bundles for Every Skin Type and Concern

There’s power in numbers.

The Launch: October’s Hottest Fashion Drops

It’s officially spooky season. Dress accordingly.

We’re Inching Closer to <i>Renaissance</i> Visuals With Beyoncé’s New Tiffany & Co. Campaign

This flashy new video features her song “Summer Renaissance.”

Your Kohl’s Shopping Guide to Day-to-Night Dressing

It’s back—from office life to after-work get-togethers, the need to look polished has made a triumphant return. Here, a dozen versatile pieces to shop now.

I’m in My Costume Era

This Halloween season, R. Eric Thomas is embracing year-round getups.

Alexis Bittar’s Powerful Portrait Series Showcases the Bodies of Breast Cancer Survivors

The campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotes women’s recovery stories.

Kylie Jenner Just Went Pants-less in Tighty-Whities at Paris Fashion Week

There's been so much action at Paris Fashion Week that it's been hard to keep up. A muddy scene at Balenciaga? A secret Yeezy show? Check and check. But don't let all the commotion distract you from the celebrity outfits because there have been some spectacularly daring looks in the front row. 

Case in point: Kylie Jenner, who attended the Loewe shoe wearing nothing but white underwear with tights (okay, and a coat as well). Wearing tighty-whities sans pants is definitely a risky move, but the floor-skimming coat helped her pull it off like it ain't no thing. Scroll down to see how Kylie Jenner wore underwear as outerwear at Paris Fashion Week and shop for tried-and-true white briefs for yourself. 

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Shopbop's Beauty Launch is so Good—Here's What 3 Beauty Editors Are Buying

It should come as no surprise when I tell you team WWW loves Shopbop. Whether we're shopping for the best fall jeans, gorgeous knits, or sleek new boots, we can always count on SB for key fashion finds. But today, Shopbop specifically sent us beauty editors into a frenzy by launching—you guessed it—a selection of expertly-curated beauty products. The retailer's enviable lineup of brands includes Augustinus Bader, Ouai, Supergoop!, Oribe, Briogeo, and more. It's a mix of both luxury and affordable that I really appreciate. 

In an effort to contain our excitement, our beauty editors have selected just five key products we'll each be shopping (and hoarding) on the website today. Ahead, find each of our wishlists and happy shopping!

I'm not usually one to buy eye shadow palettes with a lot of bright colors—I tend to gravitate towards ones with rich neutral shades and a few shimmers mixed in. But, this stunning offering from Uoma Beauty immediately caught my eye. The distinct, highly pigmented shades of shimmering olive, metallic gold, and royal blue are perfect to experiment with for fall.

Furtuna Skin's replenishing balm totally saved my skin. After years of using drying tretinoin, my skin barrier was completely shot. This nourishing, hydrating formula got it back on the mend. It features the brand's wild-foraged replenishing complex with potent antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids that soothe, hydrate, and restore radiance to dull skin.

This creamy, semi-matte lipstick from Mented is perfect for everyday wear, moisturizes, and adds a gorgeous pop for subtle color to the lips. My go-to is the shade Peach Please.

This botanical-rich formula is truly an all-in-one product. It supports and protects stressed skin, promotes balance and radiance, and leaves skin feeling extra hydrated. It's a serum and moisturizer fused into one. Sometimes if I'm feeling lazy, I'll just wash my face and use this. It gives your skin an incredible glow.

Every celebrity stylist I speak to raves about Oribe's luxurious products. As someone with dry hair, I have my eye on this lightweight oil formulated for brittle, damaged, or color-treated hair. It also smells delicious with notes of bergamot, white butterfly jasmine, and sandalwood.

A staple in each of our makeup bags, Katie will be opting for the Lawless Forget the Filler Plumping Gloss in the shade Velvet. Made with the brand's signature maxi lip formula, it leaves your lips pillow-soft, plump, and hydrated with a burst of color.

Beloved by celebrities like Bella Hadid and Nina Dobrev, this hyaluronic acid serum from Dr. Barbara Sturm is high on Katie's wishlist. This serum will penetrate the deeper layers of the skin using an optimal concentration of both low-weight and high-weight hyaluronic acid. It delivers long term hydration, soothes, and protects skin from the elements.

A classic and cute acne treatment, Starface's Hydro-Stars help reduce the appearance of pimples overnight using hydrocolloid, a clinically-proven active ingredient that helps absorb fluid and reduce inflammation while you sleep.

This multitasking sunscreen from Supergoop! acts as an SPF and makeup primer with a dewy, glowy finish. It hydrates, protects, and promotes extra radiance with powerful antioxidants like sea lavender.

Boost shine, add lightweight hydration, and fight frizz with Ceremonia's lush Guava Leave-In. It remains a bestseller for the brand and on every beauty editor's wishlist because it's just that good. It also smells divine since it features Ceremonia's signature fragrance consisting of soft notes of wood and lemon zest.

This weekly at-home bond rebuilding treatment is a staple in Erin's routine (and loved by just about every celebrity hairstylist). It repairs dry or color-damaged hair in a jiff. The formula drastically reduces breakage and strengthens the hair leaving it softer and more manageable over time.

T3's ceramic heated brush uses Rapid Heat IQ Technology and the brand's PrecisionEdge Design to smooth out your strands, add volume at the roots, and polish ends. 

The newest offering to the Cream family, this lightweight version is great for oilier skin types. It's powered by Augustinus Bader's signature TFC8 complex which features a blend of botanicals and antioxidants that help regulate sebum levels and provide shine control. All while strengthening the skin's barrier and preventing water loss for a smoother, plumper complexion.

Beauty editors love Costa Brazil so it should come as no surprise this aromatic firming oil with the brand's cold-pressed jungle complex makes Erin's list. It's rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins, and rich botanical oils that provide lightweight hydration, soften, brighten, and firm the skin.

Erin's go to leave-in from Ouai detangles the hair, protects it against heat damage, and reduces frizz and flyaways. The delicious scent of bergamot, violet, and white musk will also give you a major burst of energy.

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How Yasmin Sewell Launched the World's First Healing Perfume and Lifestyle Brand

Welcome toSecond Life, a podcast spotlighting successful women who've made major career changes—and fearlessly mastered the pivot. Hosted by Hillary Kerr, co-founder and chief content officer at Who What Wear, each episode gives you a direct line to women who are game changers in their fields. Subscribe to Second Life on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or anywhere you get your podcasts to stay tuned.

Nothing is more empowering than being in tune with the evolving energies that surround us daily. For Yasmin Sewell—the creative genius and founder of Vyrao, the world’s first-ever well-being brand to fuse energetic healing with master perfumery—it’s more than just being in tune with energies. It’s about using them to heal. With a lifelong passion for well-being and energetic connection as well as training in integrative quantum medicine and Reiki, Sewell fused her passions into a brand that could truly foster powerful emotional healing through a bespoke olfactory experience. 

Building the brand on her strong sense of instinct and vocation to create healing energy sources, Sewell launched Vyrao last year with five personal scents. Each fragrance was intentionally designed to evoke specific emotional reactions—like I Am Verdant, a perfume inspiring transformation and illumination through scents of fresh green growth, and Witchy Woo, a fragrance infused with Moroccan orris, thorny rose, nutmeg, and black pepper that encourages courage and creativity. And most recently, Sewell released The Sixth, a unisex fragrance containing 15 natural ingredients scientifically proven to
promote mindfulness made in collaboration with perfumer Meabh McCurtin, the Science of Wellness program at the IFF, and psychic advisor Katt Nicholson.

Within the first year of Vyrao’s launch, Sewell soon learned that the world needed her energy just as much as she wanted to give it. Today, Vyrao is available in 50 global retailers, including Violet Grey, Selfridges, and Saks, with a lifestyle-product expansion on the horizon. 

With Sewell’s personal and professional roots deeply planted in energy healing, it may be a surprise that she spent most of her career in the fashion industry. In her early 20s, Sewell lived in London, where she owned and operated her own boutique that sold standout items from designers like Rick Owens and Pierre Hardy. She then went on to hold positions at the UK retailer Browns as a buying director, Style.com as a fashion director, and Farfetch, where she was the vice president of style and creative.

Listen to the latest episode of Second Life to hear how Sewell was able to pivot her career into a completely different industry and how she is at the forefront of a completely new kind of wellness and beauty brand. Keep scrolling to shop some of Vyrao’s best-selling scents.

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Call It the Fashion-Month Influence: 29 High-Impact Pieces I'm Itching for Now

Most Wanted is a weekly series in which one editor, staffer, or influencer shares their top 30 must-haves or current wish-list items.

Since September, every inch of my social media has been devoured by the fashion-month parade. From the designers and brands to the critics and the editors I follow, it's like getting a play-by-play of every happening on and off the runways. While so much fashion in your face all at once can definitely get overwhelming, it's also hugely exciting—just think about it. We finally get to see the culmination of months of conceptualizing and creating. The pieces and styling on the runways now will affect what we'll see and what we'll be wearing months from now

Admittedly, the fashion-week buzz has also greatly influenced my own shopping habits. And when Instagram is constantly directing you to street style images on your Explore Page, it's kind of hard to resist the urge. The items below show the effect of fashion month's influence (as you can probably deduce by the dramatic flair of each piece). I've been in the mood for high-impact, statement-making clothes and accessories that instantly grab people's attention, which lots of Loewe pieces, sequin dresses, and lace opera gloves will certainly help do. To see the full list of items that made it into my cart, keep scrolling. 

You don't see bags like this just anywhere, which is precisely why I'm into it.

These are arguably the It sneakers of the moment, so I, too, have decided that I need a pair.

After seeing the street style from all four cities over the past month, these sunglasses are definitely the winner.

It's kind of wild to think that the holiday season is quickly approaching, but true to form, I'm already prepared.

If you look at any of the celebs attending fashion week, they're more than likely wearing lace-up strappy sandals. They're just so versatile.

I'm getting big Saint Laurent vibes here.

How cute would this be styled with cargo pants?

As I've seen on the spring/summer 2023 runways, maxi dresses are here to stay.

I could see my dad wearing this, which is coincidentally a trend right now.

Designers love sculptural jewelry, and I'm stocking up right now.

The Dries Van Noten show is always a highlight during fashion month.

Rule number one for a good fashion-week street style pic: wear cool sunglasses.

I think off-the-shoulder tops like this will be a big trend come next season.

Tall platforms or bust.

Another emerging trend on the runways? All things sheer. This Zara cardigan comes at the perfect time.

I mean, come on!

I've been aboard the cargo train for a hot minute, and I'll keep chugging along into 2023.

It's time to celebrate the beginning of statement-boot season.

Beautiful draping will always win my heart.

The longer the jeans, the trendier they are.

This top sings all on its own.

My jaw dropped when I saw this dress.

Let this be your signal to grab some chain-mail pieces.

This is a style that's a bit more under the radar, but at least you can say you had it first.

I know I've said this before, but lingerie-inspired trends are really having a moment right now.

All fashion girls love Loewe.

Cool accessories do so much to uplift an outfit.

Bring the drama!

Just too good!

Next up: I'm in the Mood for Something New, and These Zara and H&M Items Are Next-Level

It's Officially Over for These Shoe Trends

Trends come and go at the speed of light. One day, everyone's wearing their "dad" sneakers, and the next, it's all about '80s throwback pairs (or so it seems). With new shoe styles emerging all the time, it can be hard to keep up. But for anyone curious to check in with their current shoe collection, we're sharing the status on the trends we can safely say goodbye to and which have taken their place.

Naturally, as editors, we jump at the chance to share the best styles with you whenever a new trend bubbles up. If there's a new shoe trend, you can be sure that we'll be all over it, from the new It brands all the fashion girls are wearing to the pieces we've told you will sell out first next month. That said, the following styles are those we've simply noticed have been losing steam lately.

If you're curious to find out which are the best shoe styles, according to our editors, and which styles are on their way out, keep reading. Then shop our picks below.

Skipping: Neon Colors. Wearing: Chunky Knee-High Boots. "While I've seen plenty of cool fashion people wearing shoes finished in bold shades like electric green and yellow, they don't fit into the color palette I generally wear, so I feel like they would be a short-lived piece in my closet. Instead, chunky knee-high boots are sitting at the top of my wish list. They're practical with a dose of cool."

Skipping: Oxfords. Wearing: Clogs. "I want to love oxford shoes. I love them a little bit more when they have fun, chunky lug soles, but if I had to rank my favorite shoe styles, they'd fall pretty far down the list. The shoes topping that ranking at the moment are clogs. All I want to do is frump around in a pair of clogs!"

Skipping: Strappy Stilettos. Wearing: Chunky Loafers. "Strappy stilettos aren't particularly relevant in my life right now for obvious reasons, so I'm focusing more on everyday shoe trends lately. I've always been a big loafer person, and the chunky, '90s-inspired ones that are trending this season feel particularly cool."

Skipping: Flat Ankle Boots. Wearing: Chunky Ankle Boots. "I've been steering clear of ankle boots with a flat sole or low heel. If it's not chunky and a platform, I don't want it. I love the edge it adds to an outfit and, of course, the added height!"

Skipping: High-Heel Pumps. Wearing: Rubber Boots. "I'm steering away from ultra-high-heel pumps and boots right now, especially as I'm all about comfort and practicality these days. Instead, I'm opting for rubber boots that I'm styling with slouchy socks and dresses—perfect for bracing the winter elements."

Skipping: Dad Sneakers. Wearing: Throwback Sneakers. "I'm pretty much done with chunky dad sneakers. I think the trend has run its course. I always found the clunky, not-very-flattering sneakers tricky to pull off, and instead, I'm looking to the '80s-inspired throwback sneakers that are so much more wearable. These streamlined silhouettes usually have suede trims and gum soles, which make them an elevated pick to wear with leggings and jeans alike."

Skipping: Stilleto Heels. Wearing: Platforms. "Runways have been filled with heels as we return to "normal," and while I love a good heel, but realistically, it's going to be quite some time until I'm slipping into anything remotely uncomfortable. That being said, platforms, their cozier cousin, are something I'm very interested in trying, as it's the boost I'm craving without the discomfort."

Skipping: Colorful Shoes. Wearing: Neutral Boots. "Right now, I'm not investing in any loud prints or colors because I just want super-simple, goes-with-everything shoes while we're still dealing with quarantines. For fall and winter, that means black or white boots with low heels because I can truly wear them every single day."

Skipping: Sock Boots. Wearing: Chunky Chelsea Boots. "I'm kind of tired of the sock-boot trend at this point. Instead, I'm all about chunky, flat Chelsea boots. Practical and chic."

Next, 7 Outdated Fall Boot Trends We're Skipping (And 7 We're Buying Instead)

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Jasmine Fox-Suliaman.

The Only 3 Boot Styles Chic French Women Wear

I must preface this by admitting that it's probably a bit of an overstatement to say that the three boot styles I'm about to discuss are the only boots that French women ever wear. There is certainly some variety (especially among the fashion crowd), but none of that variety is worth talking about if you want a generalization of the boots that French women wear.

I look at photos of French women and the outfits they wear basically every day as a digital fashion editor, and I often find commonalities among the pieces they wear. From what I've observed, French women aren't particularly experimental with their footwear (again, generalizing), and I tend to see the same shoe styles and trends quite a lot. Since it's officially boot season, let's get more specific with this. There are three styles, in particular, that you'll see again and again if you, too, study the feet of French women. Scroll for the proof and to shop the three French girl–approved styles.

If I had to choose just one style to be the favorite among the French, it's classic block-heel ankle boots. It makes sense, as it's a classic style that's always "in," goes with everything, and can be dressed up or down.

When wearing skirts, short dresses, and slim jeans, French women often turn to knee boots. They give a sleek, polished effect that's an undeniable trademark of French style.

Ever since chunky boots got so very popular a few seasons ago, French women have really embraced the style. I regularly see them paired with everything from denim to leggings to skirts and dresses. And although they may be the trendiest style of the three, I don't suspect that French girls will drop them anytime soon.

Next up, 30 H&M and & Other Stories Finds That Give That French-Girl Look

These J.Crew and H&M Items Are Simple But Will Earn You Major Compliments

If your wardrobe, like mine, is made up of a lot of simple items, you're going to love what's coming your way. Yep, there's a whole bunch of easy and versatile pieces ahead from go-to retailers. I'm talking about J.Crew and H&M—two stores that are filled with elevated basics.

But here's the thing: The items below aren't at all boring. While simple, each piece feels particularly modern and of the moment. In fact, many of the elevated basics in the edit could actually earn you major compliments because of their easy-to-style and forward nature.

Keep scrolling to check out simple and attention-grabbing fall items to consider this season.

This sweater comes in a variety of colors. It's easy to wear and gorgeous.

This sweater-blazer will have people asking, "Where did you get that?"

The slit detail takes these simple trousers to the next level.

Sweet ruffle accents.

It's the relaxed fit for me.

These are so versatile. You can dress them up or down.

Try this miniskirt with everything from a chunky knit to a button-down shirt.

Loving the retro vibes.

The subtle neckline detail will grab those compliments.

The collar!

This jacket is reversible. It's a compliment magnet.

The color makes more of a statement, but it's totally simple in design and can be worn with so many items.

Can't go wrong with a sleek pair of trousers.

Gorgeous.

A simple but striking handbag.

Toss this on and wait for the likes and compliments.

Such a chic silhouette.

These pants look incredibly luxe.

That oversize fit is where it's at.

These jeans look designer.

The texture will grab attention.

Cool.

So of the moment.

This could easily become a new staple.

The fashion crowd can't get enough of loose bomber jackets.

Neckline!

Another strong blazer option.

Nice wash.

An oversize sweater just looks so expensive.

Next, check out more fall shopping picks.

I Work in the Nordstrom Styling Department—These 6 Fall Trends Are Most Popular

Rose Hayes is a breadth of sartorial knowledge. After all, she currently works in the styling department at Nordstrom as a VIP stylist. Her day-to-day job is to keep up with the latest trends and collections to recommend to her various clients. While showcasing new fall trends over the last few weeks, she actually mentioned that there are a few key items that the majority of her clients are unanimously gravitating toward. And yes, the trends just so happen to be favorites for Hayes as well.

Keep scrolling to check out the popular fall trends in question, complete with intel from Hayes on why they're so appealing. If you're feeling any of the silhouettes and want to add a fresh fall pick into your offering, there's also a range of shopping picks. 

"Blazers are back and selling like hotcakes. My customers are buying them to wear as a third piece with jeans and to wear over a simple slip dress. Buying the matching trousers is also popular. Multicolored cropped tweed blazers are especially great sellers because they resemble vintage Chanel. Look for interesting novelty blazers that double as conversation starters."

"My customers have been asking which shoes are trending. I've been showing a wide variety of loafers lately. From classic Gucci to chunky Prada styles to stack-heeled loafers, there is a style for literally everyone."

"My customers are stocking up on pretty sweaters, from colorful cropped turtleneck sweaters to fine Italian cashmere cable-knit sweaters. Shop early to get the best selection."

"Plissé fabric is trending. My customers have been buying dresses, tops, and skirts in this super-versatile satiny, crinkled, pleated fabric. There's no need to iron these pieces, and they're easily packable and lightweight too! You can find really pretty and inexpensive versions by Topshop and ASOS that look so luxe for a fraction of their designer counterparts."

"My customers have been interested in the latest puffer jackets and vests by Moncler. They know now is the time to get the best selection and the size they want before coat season actually starts (and gets picked over)."

"Stripe shirts are a practical option when a solid shirt looks too boring. I've been showing my clients how to make their outfits more interesting with a classic stripe shirt paired with patterned skirts and blazers. We currently have a plethora of classic blue-and-white stripe shirts at every price point."

Next, check out more shopping picks.

We Work in Fashion—These Fall Shoes and Bags Will Define the Season

Style inspiration can come from many sources, but we often like to turn to creatives who have a finger on the industry's pulse. We'll tap people who work in all facets of the fashion industry to learn about trending items from different points of view. And that's what you're going to find below.

We asked a variety of tastemakers—designers, executives, and even an editor here at WWW—to share what they think are the key trends of the season. Specifically, each focused on the shoes and bags that matter most to them. After all, accessories are often the most fun to shop for.

Keep scrolling to uncover gorgeous fall shoes and bags, along with shopping recommendations if you're inspired to add anything to your own collection this season.

"I'm obsessed with bucket bags this season! I particularly love how they can be worn for running errands, NYFW appointments, and coffee dates. I recommend spicing up this trend by finding a bag in a bold colorway like yellow or gold and playing with woven or braided textures." — Caroline Maguire, fashion director, Shopbop

"The bigger the bag, the better the bag. I've always loved a large carryall, and this fall, I'm going to embrace the throw-everything-and-go shoulder tote. Maybe my belongings will get a little lost in all that space, but at least my whole life can fit on just one of my shoulders." — Meg Strachan, founder and CEO, Dorsey

"More and more designers are embracing Y2K-inspired handbag shapes and details like big buckles, slouchy hobos, and bowler bag silhouettes. This purse feels like something I'd have worn when I was a mall-obsessed 13-year-old, but with a modern-meets-edgy Balenciaga twist." — Indya Brown, market editor, Who What Wear

"I'm loving anything slouchy in a soft leather right now—especially bags from Bottega Veneta and The Row." — Nicole Wegman, founder and CEO, Ring Concierge

"Since your statement logo may have moved to another part of your outfit, why shouldn't your arm candy be a piece of wearable art? Enter: Jacquemus. The label's Le Chiquito bags have been popular for a few years now with no signs of slowing momentum—they're just too fun to look at and carry." — Diego Abba, CEO, Italist

"Western-inspired footwear will be just about everywhere this fall. Almost every designer has given this classic style a modern reimagining, from Isabel Marant to Stella McCartney. What makes this trend an absolute favorite of mine is its versatility. You can find a cowboy boot in every variation, including vibrant tones, unpredictable materials, and all shaft heights and heel options." — Maguire

"I am here for loafers this fall. In California, they manage to be fall/winter ready without being too heavy. I found a pair in France that's the perfect sandy suede and a classic loafer in black leather (with a tassel). L.A. is a lazy place to get dressed, but I think they'll pull my warm(ish) fall wardrobe together in a way that's appropriate for a somewhat casual city." — Strachan

"Ballet flats are back. They've been spotted outside Fashion Week events from Copenhagen to New York, on TikTok under the tag #balletcore, and trending right now on Italist. Sales for Miu Miu shoes are up 200% from the beginning of this year." — Abba

"Statement boots are usually at the top of my fall shopping list, but this time, I'm making comfort my priority with clogs and the grandpa shoe trend. These slides aren't traditionally pretty, but I love the square toe and suede material—it elevates the silhouette so it won't look out of place with trousers, jeans, or sweatpants." — Brown

"I love a mule with a chunky heel—so comfortable to wear and cute with denim for the fall." — Wegman

Next, check out more handbag trends.

3 Effortless Ways to Wear Fall's Biggest Boot Trend

For even the most change-resistant among us, fall is a season that represents new beginnings, especially where our wardrobes are concerned. Add a new job and a new city into the mix, and you’ll find that pulling together new-season magic takes a bit of extra effort and careful calculation.

Just ask Simone Randolph, a minimalistic mastermind whose thoughtful wellness and interior-design content has earned her over 116,000 followers (and counting) on TikTok. “This is my first fall as a full-time entrepreneur, so I’m looking forward to experimenting with more casual looks—neutral athleisure layers rather than business-casual pieces for the office,” explains Randolph, who recently relocated to Nashville. There’s one particular shoe trend she’s found herself gravitating toward as she readies her closet for the cooler, crisper days to come, and it’s a true classic: lug-sole boots. They’re chic, they’re versatile, and best of all, they’re comfortable (a must for a girl on the go). Continue reading to see how she’s styling her favorite Sorel boots for just about every occasion.

“I wanted to keep the base of this outfit neutral in order to allow the boot to be the core piece of the look,” Randolph explains of this casual but undeniably cool-girl ensemble. “I have a very short torso, so when working with high-waisted denim, I like to pair it with cropped jackets. I chose this deep-brown leather jacket to match the deep-chocolate tones of the boot.”

“When working with a pop of color, I prefer to color-block with one neutral tone,” she explains of this perfect date-night look anchored by her lug-sole Sorel boots. “I also like to incorporate different textures when working with an all-black look.”

Last but not least is this effortless weekend look. “I wanted to showcase the versatility of a Chelsea boot by going for a more casual look,” Randolph says of this perfect off-duty ’fit. “The neutral tone of the heel is brought forward by the jacket in the same tone, drawing the eye up to take in the full look.”

It's Official: These Stylish Home and Fashion Pieces Are Our Must-Haves for Fall

As I've gotten older, I've become equally invested in fashion and home décor. These days, discovering a chic new pair of leather boots excites me just as much as buying a new dining chair or an espresso machine for my kitchen. (It was bound to happen eventually.) And this fall, I'm looking for a little refresh in both departments. While I may be a pro in the fashion space, I'm still developing my interior-design aesthetic, so I regularly look to those who are more established in the décor game. Enter: Kathryn Zahorak, a Los Angeles–based content creator, actress, and writer who's known on Instagram for her effortlessly cool style and dreamy aesthetic. Just peep her Instagram, and you'll find style and interior-design inspiration galore (whether it's in her own home or places she's visited). So naturally, I wanted to get the lowdown on where she's shopping for new pieces this season. And it turns out she's snagged more than a few good buys from Walmart. Keep scrolling to see her finds, including knee-high boots, cozy knits, cane dining chairs, and more.

"When I'm in L.A., my fall style needs to be versatile to suit the warmer weather. So a knit tank is the perfect transitional piece." — Zahorak

"These are classic chairs for entertaining. I'm hoping my next apartment can have an art-deco dining nook." — Kathryn Zahorak, content creator

"I tend to be an outfit repeater during the colder months, and I love this classic knit skirt that you can style many ways." — Zahorak

"When I want to warm up during the fall, I love a dutch oven to make homemade soups and sauces in." — Zahorak

"I love the color olive for fall. It feels like a neutral color to style." — Zahorak

"This tiny bowl is a charming detail in my kitchen for spices like oregano or chili flakes." — Zahorak

"A staple in my closet will always be an oversize oxford. Hints of prep come out in my style during the fall." — Zahorak

"A quality knife set is essential for my nightly dinners. During the fall, I eat hearty vegetables like kale, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes." — Zahorak

"I will be headed to NYC many times this fall, and I know these boots are made to walk around the city." — Zahorak

"Color-blocking is one of my favorite ways to make a look more polished." — Zahorak

"I've always envisioned living in an Old Hollywood apartment with this vintage-inspired mixer." — Zahorak 

"My morning espresso is essential to my routine. I love having my coffee while I journal and plan my day." — Zahorak

"Like most fashion people on the internet, I'm obsessed with loafers. They fit in with both my East and West Coast styles." — Zahorak

"I love a statement chair in a living space. It makes for a beautiful spot to read or find inspiration." — Zahorak

Chic.

A perfect accent pillow for a neutral couch.

The rattan on this is *chef's kiss.*

The pattern gives the rug an extra-cool touch without being too much.

Arch mirrors only, please. 

Don't have a green thumb? Here's your answer.

A classic. 

It's giving fall.

Wear this under blazers and bomber jackets come fall.

Shout out to the clog trend. 

Preppy style is blowing up in the fashion world. Here's an easy way to join in.

The perfect mini bag to go with every fall look. (It also comes in cow print.)

Obsessing over this pattern.

Western booties are not going out of style anytime soon. 

Designing Across the Diaspora: 16 Latinx Designers From Around the World

Editorial Note: This post was originally published at an earlier date. Since our support for Latinx-owned brands is a forever kind of thing, we thought we'd update any sold-out products to make it easy to shop the latest and greatest from some of our favorite designers.

I can’t recall the exact moment, but I was aware of how others perceived me from a very young age. And if you identify as Black (like I do), Asian American, Latinx, or any other marginalized identity, I’m betting that you too had that early consciousness. You grow up knowing and wrestling with how your own self-perception may not always align with the stereotypes around your “label.” For me, the only way I could cajole others into seeing me the way I saw myself was through style. After all, you can’t control how you come into this world, but you can pick what you wear while moving through it. And for many people from marginalized communities, fashion is a way to honor the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages found across the globe.  Hemlines can tell us a lot more about heritage than we know, and fashion can be a tool for mobilizing us to speak up about xenophobia andclimate change and better advocate for ourselves. Ahead, I’ve spoken with 16 Latinx fashion designers about their heritage, how their brands are redefining Latin fashion, and their hopes for the future. Their work is a reminder of the power fashion has in shaping our personal, political, and historical narratives and the full spectrum of possibilities.

WHO: Krystal Paniagua, Founder of Krystal Paniagua. WHERE: London, United Kingdom . How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand? I began my journey in my early teens, learning how to sew and understanding design basics. Later, I decided to pursue an education in fashion design and studied in multiple universities in cities. I first got into the industry at the start of the pandemic, which pushed me to do my own thing. I had the chance to deeply think about what I wanted to do with my life and how I wanted to live it. It was a vital moment of understanding my priorities and what I wanted to communicate to the world as a fashion designer. What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections? Our brand is unique because the garments are made from a yarn of natural fibers and are all made in-house by a community of like-minded people. Our knitwear uses a unique technique that doesn’t require cutting, making the process free from textile waste. Also, the garments are meant to be interpreted by the wearer; it’s up to them to style them how they best see fit.

What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes? I envision a new wave of established designers representing their beliefs and modern vision in fashion, especially in what happens behind the scenes. I envision a democratic approach in design while keeping a sincerity that is personal to each designer. For me, an inclusive industry recognizes talent beyond privilege, for designers to make a living out of their practice and be offered equal opportunities to present their work and find the appropriate success.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? How does your heritage play a role in your creative process?  My identity is truly a mix of all the cultures and places I have been part of. I was raised by Puerto Rican military parents and was born in Germany.  I’ve lived in Texas, Puerto Rico, New York City, Milan, and London. And while my identity as a Puerto Rican has shaped my perspective, I am also shaped by the experiences that I have had while living in different places and interacting with people from different cultures. I want to represent who I am as a designer and my Puerto Rican identity through my work. However, I also want to communicate the diversity of my identity as a Latin person who has lived in places that are entirely different from where I was raised. For me, it’s all about the exchange, and I don’t want to limit my perspective to just one point of view. My work is about diversity and about the similarities we can share as citizens of the world. It’s about understanding where you come from but also where you are heading. 

What do you hope to achieve with your work? What do you hope it says to the world? I hope to portray the versatility of life—that we are shaped by many ideas and beliefs. I hope to inspire others around me to do whatever they want in life and never settle if you’re not 100% satisfied.

WHO: Mónica Santos Gil, Founder and Creative Director of Santos by Mónica. WHERE: Brooklyn, New York. How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand? I’ve always had a passion for art, design, and transforming everyday objects to give them a second life. When I was 17, I moved to New York to obtain a bachelor’s degree in industrial design. While in school, I had the privilege of interning for numerous luxury fashion brands, where I discovered my interest in designing accessories. What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections? Each piece we produce is impeccably handcrafted using high-quality vegan materials that do not harm the environment. The cactus leather we use is long-lasting, ensuring that you will enjoy your bags for years to come. Our handbags are made-to-order in limited-batch production. As a small company, focusing on this type of manufacturing is our way to take more direct control of our inventory and reduce overproduction.

What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes? I’ve always seen fashion as a direct reflection of how I feel, the person I am or aspire to be. In that sense, I believe it’s crucial for us designers to rethink gender designations—whether that means styling products with an all-gender focus or designing completely gender-neutral collections—and to cater to the needs of customers of all shapes and sizes. I see inclusivity as a core value that every conscious brand should incorporate into their ethos, and there’s much more that can still be done.

When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it’s well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you? I identify as Latina, Hispanic, or Puerto Rican. As a young Latina in the U.S., I’ve always considered my background as both a challenge and an opportunity. I have sought to bring about a refreshing and energetic perspective that reflects the traditions of my Puerto Rican upbringing in a new environment to create something unique and personal for me.

What do you hope to achieve with your work? What do you hope it says to the world? My mission with Santos is to minimize the impact fashion has on the environment and educate consumers and brands alike on their contribution to waste to foster more mindful consumption. I hope to emphasize this with my work and to continue finding new ways to make sustainability a part of everything I do.

WHO: Pavo Wong, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Pink Magnolia. WHERE: Mexico City, Mexico. How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand?  The need to express and share love, culture, and color through design led my sisters and me to found Pink Magnolia. We love the storytelling of life, fantasies, and stuff that makes us smile every day, so we decided to do it through fashion collections. I studied fashion design in Argentina, New York, and Mexico City, so from the beginning, we knew we wanted to make it a global business.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections?  The details, for sure. We love to create spontaneous, innovative, and fun pieces that stay true to our own process and style. So you can expect a lot of colors, prints, illustrations, hearts, glitter from our clothing.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process? It has been a foundation for all our collections. From the colors, the flavor of Mexico, the roots, the spirit in each corner, all the diversity in magical places like Oaxaca, Careyes—there is so much richness that has been part of our visual inspiration, education, and now our campaigns and pieces. For example, our first-ever collection was inspired by a great Mexican icon, Dolores del Rio. We love our heritage (my siblings and I also share a Chinese last name), so traveling plays a big role in our process. When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it’s well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you? We are all humans with hearts and needs, but I am a proud Latina. The most important thing to remember about identities is that it’s something we don’t get to choose—it’s up to us to decide how we view ourselves and how to make the most out of where we come from. 

What do you envision next for the future of fashion? For the industry at large to design with more purpose, more intention, really caring and loving others, and understanding the industry’s impact; a shift to more quality pieces, less quantity; and making clear fashion is not just about attending events and receiving a million likes on our outfits on Instagram. It’s about making people feel special with what they are choosing to wear on a daily basis.

WHO: Simonett Pereira, Creative Director and Founder of Simonett. WHERE: Miami, Florida. How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand?  I started off with a blog called The Goodwill Project back in 2009, where a friend and I styled a thrifted look every day for a year. I was later approached by Poshmark to sell my vintage finds on the app when they were still in beta stages. I became a suggested user on the app and amassed a following of almost one million people. At that point, I had turned my “closet” into a full-fledged retail business, which later led to me creating my own brand.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections?  Unique, versatile, and great quality pieces at an affordable price point that you actually want to wear all the time.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process? I find so much inspiration in my own family’s archives. My grandmother was the general manager of a major bank in Caracas, Venezuela, back in the ’80s, and photos of her in her power suits influenced my style so much.  When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it’s well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you?  Helado Negro said it best: young, Latin, and proud.

What do you hope to achieve with your work? What do you hope it says to the world?  I can only share what goes on in my head, which is materialized in our pieces, shoots, and curation. If people feel inspired and find power in what they’re wearing in the process, that’s a beautiful thing. I hope it says to the world, "Take your pleasures seriously and have a lot of fun in the process."

WHO: Annaiss Yucra, Founder of Annaiss Yucra. WHERE: Lima, Peru. How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand?  I have always had this direct link with the textile-and-craft industry. My grandparents were pioneering artisans, and my parents founded a small textile factory. I always knew that this industry was my home, and from a very young age, I drew thinking about designs for the workshop; it was something very natural and intuitive.  What was the breaking point was the underrepresentation of women like me in Peru’s national fashion industry. I had a story to tell, and I knew that many women like me were willing to listen. Annaiss Yucra symbolizes that generational dream, real women who want to make a difference in the industry one garment at a time.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections?  Annaiss Yucra is a feminist universe full of color and identity. Each garment has a history and technology accompanying sustainable development and work right behind the garments. Each piece is a manifesto and will definitely enhance the message you want to carry every day.

How has your identity informed your approach to style And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process?  The women of my family and generational ancestors are the nuclei of what Annaiss Yucra means. I consider that the injection of color is genetic. They are the crossbreeding of my family branch and the events that have marked my history.  When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it’s well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you?  Having such a powerful inheritance that has managed to maintain itself and adapt over time is a source of pride. Having this mix of color, identity, race, and languages increase the range of possibilities for creativity.

What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes?  Inclusiveness, democracy, and equality, these words have taken center stage in different areas of human life today, and the dialogue is submerged in fashion. For me, a more inclusive industry is access to it. Being able to democratize accessible prices for the user while educating the consumer about sustainable practices for a better future.

WHO: Pamela Calderón, Founder of Santa Calata. WHERE: Chicago, Illinois. What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections?  Each piece is unique in its process since they all come from different garments. All our garments are born from the deconstruction of others. Most have a secondhand origin, and so it’s like giving it a second life and history.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process? Definitely, my job is who I am. I started creating garments because of the need to dress differently. I grew up in a time in Peru where there was no such globalized fashion market as now. If I saw it on the internet, I had to re-create it or look for alternatives in secondhand clothing stores. Not having much access, my grandmother was always the one who donated clothes that she didn’t wear, and that’s how it all started.

When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it’s well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you?  Latinx is not a term that I had adapted entirely before because I was unfamiliar with it. The truth is that I was only aware of it when I emigrated to the United States—it’s very segregated in that way. I am Peruvian, and period, I had never had to identify with a generalized group until I arrived in the United States. Obviously, you feel a sense of community because cultural aspects are shared. My heritage is who I am; it was the context that raised me, which determined my personality a lot. I think that is why the identity of Santa Calata is quite Latin.  What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes?  Utopian. For me, fashion is contextual. It is political and social. That is why I would love for fashion to be inclusive and therefore genderless and, for the same reason, sustainable in all its aspects. 

What do you hope to achieve with your work? What do you hope it says to the world?  I hope they feel comfortable with who they are, demonstrate and educate that it is okay not to be part of the status quo, and show that you can work and achieve incredible things with what you already have.

WHO: Sofia Elias, Founder of Blobb. WHERE: Mexico City, Mexico. How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand? After studying architecture for five years, I felt an urge to use my hands and move away from the computer, so this project began making jewelry for myself. Then, it started catching people’s attention, so I decided to sell them. I never saw myself making jewelry, but I see my jewelry as miniature sculptures. What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections? The greatest difference in relation to other pieces of jewelry is that I do not use molds. Therefore, each piece is unreplicable. I make each piece by hand, making the owner aware that they are wearing a unique miniature sculpture, which should therefore be treated with care. This produces an intimate relationship between the wearer and the object.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process? Unintentionally, I’ve managed to create something that represents me. It’s funny because when people get to know me, they always comment, “Oh, now we understand.” I appreciate people liking the things I’m making because I’m not the type of person to research what will be in style for next season—I just create. So to see people wearing my jewelry and accepting those objects or miniature sculptures has been very special for me. 

When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it’s well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you? I don’t really like relating my work or myself to titles. Sometimes, I feel like an architect. Sometimes, I feel like an artist, and sometimes, I just say I’m experimenting. But I will say that walking around Mexico City is an inspiration to me. In Mexico, each culture can be identified by its way of crafting pieces. Their materiality, texture, color, and design express their essence. Handmade jewelry, clothes, vases, and everyday life objects are part of our daily life. I have always been interested in each craft; hopefully, one day, I’ll have time to learn about each. That’s what I love about Mexico. There’s infinite magic in the artistry. 

What do you hope to achieve with your work? What do you hope it says to the world? My pieces awaken reminiscences from childhood with their colorfulness and blobbiness. They allow the wearer to revisit past moments afresh and feel a child’s aliveness and playfulness. This is only a flashback to our early years, where we are the purest version of ourselves. I like that my pieces create awareness of what you are wearing and that you have to take care of them—going against the mass-produced things from the market.

WHO: Paulo and Roberto Ruiz Muñoz, Co-Founders of D.N.I WHERE: Paris, France and Casa Grande, Peru. How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand?  We come from a small district called Casa Grande, not far from the city of Trujillo, Peru, where art, museums, and any artistic career were not within our reach so, therefore, difficult to conceive working in the fashion industry. But once we moved to Paris, we had to choose a career, and it was apparent that our passion has always been to create things together. So fashion design was the field that concentrated many of our passions: art, design, architecture, fabrics, and crafts. As Peruvians, it was essential to return to our roots, and this is how D.N.I was born.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process?  We consider our Peruvian identity as a great force since it historically carries a very rich artisan legacy. Our cultural heritage is the most important source of inspiration for our creations; we want to tell a story with real and tangible roots and show that contemporary fashion can also exist in Peru. That is very important when we create that inheritance represents a particular force that has taught us to have the strength to believe and fight for our ideas, show who we are, and always have faith and faith in what we are. If you don’t know or forget where you come from, how can you create your future?

When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it’s well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you? We consider ourselves, above all, Peruvians, and as Peruvians, we are part of the Latin world. Of course, these terms do not refer to all the multitude and wealth that Latin America shares—its multiple cultures, languages, ethnic groups, etc. But it allows us to identify ourselves in a certain geographical area. It allows us to name a difference that creates strength. Every Latin American we come across carries so much positivism that we believe characterizes us the most. What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes?  We believe that the new generation of creators is currently addressing the most critical causes in fashion: inclusion and ecological awareness.

What do you hope to achieve with your work? What do you hope it says to the world?  Our dream is precisely that D.N.I is not only a fashion brand but a real vision of our memories, which are an ode to the popular culture of Peru.  Each collection is a story that tells a part of our life; it is about transmission, cultural heritage, and ancestors.

WHO: Sabrina Olivera, Founder and Head Designer of Sabrina Ol. WHERE: Mexico City, Mexico . How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand? I started working in the fashion industry in 2014 when I moved to NYC from Mexico City for school. My first job was as a sales associate in Reformation, which was very small at the time, until I worked my way up to having a full-time job as a designer in New York City. Last October, I came back to Mexico City to produce a short film for my brand and first collection. I couldn’t go back because of a visa situation. I was very motivated about my project at the time, so it felt like everything got aligned for me to focus on my brand back in my home country.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections? I try to tell stories through fashion that talk about Latinx women, our experiences, and our history. My latest project Everybody’s Darling is about hyper-femininity and the power that comes from feeling sexy and flashy. I think women that work or inhabit male-dominated spaces have to be toned down to be taken seriously. Flashy makeup, showing our legs, shoulders, or having long nails is perceived in the “machista” eyes as if we were looking for a man’s attention because of how we dress instead of thinking of the woman’s need to feel powerful through our personal glamour. This project is for every woman that challenges how a woman should look like to be “respectable” in the eyes of a male-dominated society.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process? I think your background and experiences will always impact what you create, especially if you are freely designing for your project. I come from a family where my mother was the provider. I always saw my mom working hard and breaking down when she had to, not hiding her vulnerability. I know she didn’t have it easy, and that’s why everything I do, I feel tries to consciously or unconsciously celebrate her. When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it’s well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you? I feel these identifiers are always more for people trying to understand you than for you and the way you see and perceive yourself. However, when I think about my brand in context, I cannot separate it from the Latinx culture, which makes me really proud.

What do you hope to achieve with your work? What do you hope it says to the world? I don’t know if I am trying to say anything transcendental. I’ve learned that the more honest you are with yourself, have patience, and create good work and relationships, it should be enough. Since I am back in Mexico, I think I’ve lost some ambition around the idea of big, transcendental projects and am instead focusing on having fun.

WHO: Valentina Ramirez, Founder of A Lot Studio. WHERE: Bogotá, Colombia . How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand? I fell in love with Parsons School of Design my senior year of high school. I decided to attend and pursue the American dream. I worked at Marie Claire, Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta, and Urban Zen by Donna Karan. That last job was a fellowship where my colleagues and I were designing a collection for Donna's private label Urban Zen and Rihanna's foundation Clara Lionel, all in Haiti. The experience was so enriching, as we had a major say and responsibility in every decision. It led me to decide to launch my label.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections?  Every collection is special because it features the work of an upcoming and young artist for a limited time only, which helps to launch their careers.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process?  My heritage plays a major role in my approach to style and aesthetics. I view my work with A Lot Studio as a representation of South America and especially Colombian culture in our current times. Urban streetwear and tech culture are huge in Colombia, with artists like J Balvin, Kali Uchis, and Karol G leading the way. And the millennial and Gen Z Colombian generation has the responsibility and the goal of changing our image globally, letting the world know what the real and colorful Colombia is all about—art, music, fashion, and tech. What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes? I think the future of fashion is talking about and showcasing our current social and political issues, listening to what our customers want, and not imposing what we think they should wear. I also a more inclusive industry invests in Latinx- and Black-owned businesses. Venture capitalists prioritize investing in white-owned and male-owned companies. Credit lenders still prioritize them because data shows that Hispanic women make less an hour and go into more debt. A more inclusive industry gives all players equal opportunities, puts their skin in the game, and invests in the businesses based on their potential.

What do you hope to achieve with your work?  I hope to create a safe space for our newer generation with products that are not defined by gender and support a cause, young artists who are starting their careers.

WHO: Juliana Liden, Founder and Creative Director of Julietta. WHERE: Brooklyn, New York. How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand? I have always been a creative person. I started drawing and painting when I was 10 years old, and when I was 12, I created my first fashion business (selling DIY jewelry at school). From that time on, I haven’t stopped creating. Julietta, my brand, was born out of a love for unique fashion accessories and pieces that stand out. I decided to bring the brand to life after getting many requests from friends asking to buy accessories I made for myself.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections? My accessories have been wholly upcycled from vintage prom dresses, antique tablecloths, scarves, and any other special material I can put my hands on. Your Julietta barrette could have been a ’90s prom dress in a past life, or maybe it lived an equally exciting life as an untouched Parisian deadstock collection scarf from the ’80s.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process? My identity gave me a solid base when it comes to creativity and establishing my style. It has played a role in my creative process. My collections are always colorful and full of life, like the Latina in me. We have passion, faith, and loyalty, and we apply those traits to everything we do, which is always reflected in my work. What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes? I believe that despite all the efforts we’ve witnessed in the past few years, the fashion industry is still far from being truly inclusive. It’s hard for some communities to be at the forefront of representation, and there is still a need for integration and diversification when it comes to representation. The Latinx community is, unfortunately, still behind. In a truly inclusive industry, brands and consumers would not use diversity as a tool to be perceived as “woke.” Diversity would need to become more of a core value, in my opinion.

What do you hope to achieve with your work? What do you hope it says to the world? I hope that my work reflects my heritage and eventually says that no matter where you are from and what your skin color is, you can make it happen if you put passion into it and always stay proud of your origins.

WHO: Victor Montalvo & Danilo Martínez, Co-Founders of Delosantos. WHERE: Lima, Peru. How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand?  We both felt an affinity toward fashion, but we were working and studying in different careers. It wasn't until 2019 that we decided to launch Delosantos. Our brand seeks to redefine Peruvian fashion with our own aesthetic and design codes, reinventing our national reality, and thus differentiate ourselves from the traditional spectrum of Peruvian brands at an international level.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections? Each garment is a fusion of our experiences, expressed feelings, and vision of fashion. Made with dedication and based on artisanal processes, we are safeguarding the responsible approach to producing clothing, which is why they have limited collection batches.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process?  Each collection carries a part of our experiences; we want to tell through each garment those stories born in the bosom of our family and of this religious and mystical feeling that has accompanied us throughout all these years. We take as inspiration the religious/spiritual mysticism rooted in our experiences and the stories of mystical cities of our country.  When it comes to racial identifiers like "Hispanic" and "Latinx," it's well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you?  For us, they are the meanings of constant effort and improvement, of a population that—in addition to sharing language, culture, and history—share the same struggle to make their dreams and goals come true. We feel identified because, with Delosantos, we work to reach the world through each design. We hope the brand brings inspiration to the history of its people and thus redefines the industry of Peruvian fashion.

What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes? The future of fashion has to be an inclusive space for everyone, where each person can feel represented. We also believe that the fashion industry should turn to a more sustainable and fair trend with each actor participating.

WHO: Sofia Ancira, Founder of Sanlier  . WHERE: Mexico City, Mexico . How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand? Since I was a little girl, I always have loved fashion. I used to design clothes for my dolls, and my aunt would help me sew them. When the time came to decide what to study at university, it was clear that I was going into fashion—there was no other industry that inspired me. I attended LIM College in NYC, and during my senior thesis project, I had to develop the concept of a swimsuit company. I enjoyed the project so much that once I graduated I undertook the challenge of starting Sanlier.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections? Our brand has a different approach to swimwear. Shoppers can expect surprising silhouettes that can transition from beachwear to streetwear, exclusive fabrics, and prints from around the world with the highest quality and second-skin comfort. We also donate a percentage of our sales to create an educational fund to offer scholarships for young Mexican women.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process? My identity is reflected 100% in my pieces. My family is Mexican, and even though I grew up in the United States, I traveled to Mexico every year. Sanlier is inspired by the culture, traditions, and colors of Mexico. Every collection showcases a little something of Mexican culture. When it comes to racial identifiers like "Hispanic" and "Latinx," it's well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you?  I am very proud of my Hispanic heritage; my family is a very traditional Mexican family that made sure that I always embraced my culture. As Hispanics, I feel that we have started to use more specific ways to identify ourselves and include our country of descent, which is beautiful because there is an entire rich diaspora that can’t be distilled into one singular label.

What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes? I see more and more upcoming Latin American designers trying to expand to the U.S. market. I hope that this generation of Latin Americans and Latinx in the U.S. will grow and continue to share their culture as the largest minority in the U.S.

WHO: Gabriela Prendes, Founder of Thrifts + Threads. WHERE: Miami, Florida . How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand?  Thrifts+Threads was born during quarantine as a way to aid artisans that were struggling with COVID-19 market closures—that was the motor that set everything in motion. I had always considered myself a fashion-forward person with friends within the business, but building a successful brand and getting into the industry was only a farfetched dream of mine, as I was finishing law school at the time.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections?  Our brand is unique for the message it conveys, our social purpose, and the quality and timeliness of our collections. Our pieces are designed to make an entrance. Every muse can expect an experience—from the moment they receive our beautifully packaged boxes and smell our soft handmade fabric to the moment they get stopped for a "where did you get that?" question. We are just not afraid to drop some jaws.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process?  My roots are very much ingrained in every collection. Every campaign portrays the essence of my culture, which forms our brand identity, from the colors to the talents to the locations we select. I ensure both my Cuban and Mexican roots are showcased throughout.  When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it's well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you?  Those are just like you said, “words.” Words I identify with but am not limited to. To me, being “Hispanic” or “Latinx” is an inalienable characteristic that's deeply rooted in the essence of who we are.

What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes? A shift in the consumer, so a change in brands can follow accordingly. By shift, I mean sustainability, inclusivity, and everything that can further humanize the industry of fashion.

WHO: Daniela Velasco, Co-Founder/Creative Director of Demasa & Andrea Velasco, Co-Founder of Demasa. WHERE: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and New York City, New York. How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand?  Daniela Velasco: I graduated from Parsons with a degree in strategic design and management, and several of my electives were in fashion. But it wasn’t until last year, when we started with the idea behind Demasa, that I became involved in the industry. My sister Andrea and I always wanted to create something together.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections?  Our goal is to disincentivize the use of single-use plastic bottles and coffee cups. We create eco-conscious, convenient, and chic accessories for everyday use—easy to bring anywhere from the gym to dinner.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process?  DV: I grew up in a household with an emphasis on minimizing waste; therefore, I like investing in pieces I know I will use for a long time. I tend to prefer neutral-colored pieces resembling the desert, the landscape I grew up in. The same applies to what we design for Demasa. We follow responsible practices and create products with longevity in mind. When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it's well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you?  DV: I am very proud of my roots. Even though some of these terms fail to include everyone, I’ve noticed an effort in recent years to bring awareness to Hispanic and Latinx creatives, business owners, and other individuals; I’m hoping this continues. I get very excited when a new brand from Mexico or Latin America receives the attention it deserves. I wish I'm always able to display how proud I am of my heritage.

What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes?  DV: I think focusing on sustainability and steering away from fast fashion should continue to be one of the most critical topics in the industry. I would also hope to see more support for smaller, local businesses.

WHO: Carolina Ordoñez, Founder of Palo Rosa Beachwear. WHERE: Bogotá, Colombia . How did you get into the fashion industry? And what led you to found your brand? Eight years ago, after seeing so many similar swimwear brands in the fashion industry, we decided to create a unique and colorful brand that would represent Colombian fashion differently in the world.

What makes your brand special? What can shoppers expect from your collections? We transmit a cohesive message of social responsibility through environmentally conscious production at every level.  All of our creations are handmade and channel the innate spirit of adaptability, transgression, and elegance.

How has your identity informed your approach to style? And how does your heritage play a role in your creative process? I love Latin American fashion because it reflects who we are, but many designers represent our roots very well. I have tried to get out of this “traditional” trend; I like to do different, youthful, and less obvious things. I love surprising our clients with unique designs in each collection and taking the brand to places no one would imagine. Constantly reinventing ourselves is part of our essence.  When it comes to racial identifiers like “Hispanic” and “Latinx,” it's well known that these terms fail to represent the entire diaspora of nationalities, ethnicities, and languages within the umbrella terms. What do these words mean to you? Do you identify with either? What does your heritage mean to you? For me, being a Latin American is not just about speaking Spanish. To be Latin American is to feel and love our roots and our traditions. Being Latina makes me feel unique and special. Our tropical climate and our geographical location mean that we have beautiful landscapes and a lot of natural beauty. We are cheerful, open, and fun, and I love that.

What do you envision next for the future of fashion? What does a more inclusive industry look like in your eyes? I feel a more inclusive generation is coming, an age looking to break with the stereotypes that the world has imposed on us for years, an industry less exclusive and interested in hearing the needs of minorities trying to be heard for years. I imagine an equal world where we can all live, dress freely, and be happy regardless of religion, gender, color, etc.

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Maddie Ziegler on How She Creates an Entire Glam Makeup Look in Under 5 Minutes

Say hello to Unfiltered, a fresh, new beauty series where you’ll get an exclusive glimpse into the dressed-down beauty routines of our favorite celebrities. They’ll reveal their guilty-pleasure beauty practices, the five-minute-routine product lineup they can’t live without, the one good-skin tip they’ll be forever thankful for, and so much more. To bring every conversation full circle, we ask each celebrity to send us a selection of self-shot, filter-free photos of their choosing to capture the essence of their Unfiltered beauty philosophy. 

Up next, we're getting to know actress and dancer Maddie Ziegler, who just dropped a new collection of makeup with Morphe and recently wrapped filming on a new movie, Bloody Hell. She's answering all our rapid-fire beauty questions about her five-minute beauty staples, go-to fall fragrance, and secret beauty-related superpower. Enjoy!

If you had to leave the house in five minutes, what are a few staple beauty products you'd apply or bring with you?

Oh, definitely sunscreen, always! That's number one. I can't leave the house without it. I would also say a brow product, whether that's a brow gel or my brow pen from my collection. Either one of those just gets me right in the brow department. Then definitely a lip balm. Those are my three go-to things.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen?

Definitely the Elta MD. I have acne-prone skin that's very sensitive to a lot of things and that's like the only one that doesn't break me out. I love the tinted version as well.

Do you have any favorite lip balms?

My favorite is Hailey's [Bieber] lip balm! The Rhode one—specifically the Salted Caramel Peptide Lip Treatment. I'm wearing right now. It's my favorite. It's the only lip hydrator that actually keeps my lips hydrated, and it's very long-lasting.

Can you walk me through your morning and evening skincare routines?

I definitely use heavier products at night, but in the morning, I wash my face. Recently, I've been using Rhode, so I'll do the Peptide Glazing Fluid next. I'll use that, and then I use her Barrier Restore Cream Moisturizer. Then I'll finish that with my EltaMD sunscreen and my lip balm. Sometimes I'll do the Caudalie spray too. I literally spray that on my face so many times throughout the day. Then for nighttime, it's basically that routine without the sunscreen, but I also like to add in an exfoliating toner after I've washed my face. I don't do this every day, but definitely once or twice a week. I'll use the Lotion P50 from Biologique Recherche.

What would you say the rest of your everyday makeup routine looks like?

It's weird, I always joke about how I wore so much more makeup when I was younger than I do now. Now, I just prefer a more natural [look]. I think we're all very lucky that what's in right now is very natural skin and natural makeup. It works in our favor that it's on-trend. I like to do the tinted sunscreen so that I have sort of an even base. The Kosas concealer is literally my favorite—I'm obsessed. I also love the Tower 28 cream blushes and the Chanel cream bronzer.

I'm obsessed with using [the brow pen] right now from my collection because it's like a multi-use product. I'll use it for my brows just to fill in the sparse areas. You know when you're doing your makeup, and concealer covers natural beauty marks? I like to go over the beauty marks and redefine them so they're not lost. Then I sometimes like to add a few freckles. I always think that looks really cute—I'll do it very minimally. Recently I've also been into just curling my lashes and not putting mascara on. I don't know why, but like it! Lastly, I'm absolutely obsessed with lip liner. I can't go without it. I have one in every purse everywhere I travel. It's just so good.

Let's talk about your new collection with Morphe, Changement! What inspired the collection, and how did it all come together?

It started with me talking about how I've evolved so much since we did my first collection with Morphe. I was like, "Yeah, I'm growing up so much. My style is changing, and I'm evolving." For some reason, it just made me think of changement, which is literally a dance term that translates to change. I thought it was a clever play on my dance background but also exactly what we've created for this collection, which is evolving. Like the weather, it's always changing [and] it's always up and down. It's always evolving, and it changes seasons, so I brought that into it as well because I wanted to kind of play off that. I thought that it would be a really fun concept for the photo shoot and all of the images behind the products because I thought we could do something fun and water-like. The names [of the products] and the palette are all based on like growing, changing, and evolving. There are also some plays on weather terms as well like "Tornado, Hurricane—stuff like that.

Do you have any favorite looks that you like to create using the collection?

I'm so obsessed with these colors just because it's not initially what we we were going for. Initially, we were going to do all pastels, and we weren't getting the formulas right—I wasn't feeling it. Then, I found this deep-blue shade, which I now call Downpour. It's my favorite shade in the palette, and I was like, "This is everything—I need this!" So then we decided to just play off that and started doing deeper tones, which I think works really well now we're transitioning into fall. I just love the direction we went in. What I love most about it is that there's a shade called Reflex, which is literally the first shade in the palette, and on its own, it's really beautiful, but you can also layer it, which we've shown in all of the campaign photos. If you layer it over the shade Downpour, it changes the reflex of it and it creates this new beautiful shade that's very two-toned. I love it so much, and I was very proud of that.

That's a really cool concept for the palette. It almost reminded me of Pat McGrath eye shadows when I saw the shades. Her eye shadows are stunning! What about everyday eye looks? Do you have any favorites you like creating with the palette?

She was definitely the inspo! Now (like I was telling you), I love natural looks—those are my go to. With this palette, I wanted to do both [natural and glamorous shades] because I'm never in the middle. I'm either doing a crazy blue [look] with a graphic eye or I'm just keeping it natural. There are a few really beautiful transition shades that look so nice on every skin tone—they're just gorgeous shades. I'll usually take the transition shades, and I'll just run those through my crease. There's also a really beautiful beige shade, which I love. That's kind of my go-to right now just because it adds dimension, and it adds life to the face, but it's not overpowering. There are some shades in the palette—like that really, really beautiful red color—I'll sometimes put on my cheeks, and it looks really nice. I prefer to do that.

I love using eye shadow as blush! It's so nice when the shades work so perfectly for both.

I agree! You can make it a cohesive look and can bring it into your eye shadow, too. It looks really nice.

If you had to choose one item from the collection to use for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I would choose the palette because you can do everything with it. Like I was saying, you can contour, you can do blush—you could honestly also use it on your lips, and your eyebrows, too. So I would definitely say that.

Is there anything about your beauty or makeup routine that might surprise people?

I don't know if this is necessarily the best answer, but I do my makeup so fast. I will be ready before anyone else! I'll just do my makeup in like three minutes. Sometimes if I'm really lazy and I have to leave in five minutes, I wait until those last five minutes to get fully ready because I know how to do it and get out the door. I feel like it's fun because I love playing with makeup, but when it comes down to my actual routine, I just slap it on and go.

I would definitely call that a superpower. Switching gears here a bit—let's talk about perfume! I know that you're an ambassador for Kate Spade fragrances. Do you have a favorite Kate Spade scent that you like to wear for fall?

Sparkle! I think it's so nice, and I'm very specific about my fragrances. It's such a beautiful floral, fruity scent, and it complements a lot of things really well.

Are there any other makeup items or skincare items that you just absolutely have to have for fall?

I think anything that's hydrating because I tend to have combination skin that will get really dry depending on the weather. I will not have that! Any sort of exfoliant like Lotion P50. Or I really like the Sonya Dakar Blue Butterfly Balm. It's seriously the most hydrating product—it's made out of a natural tea, I believe, and it's beautiful. I will lather my whole face and neck in that.

Do you have any other exciting projects in the works that you can share with us?

Yeah, I actually just wrapped a movie called Bloody Hell, which was so amazing. It was my first leading role, and it was seriously the most incredible experience. I worked with Emily Hampshire, who played my mom, and Molly McGlynn, who wrote and directed it. It's based on parts of her life. She was diagnosed with MRKH, which is a reproductive disorder, when she was 16, so I'm playing that version of her when she was 16. I'm so excited to bring awareness to that because I don't think it's talked about enough. It was honestly such a learning experience, and to be surrounded by so many incredible women along the way was so inspiring.

And my last question is what is your unfiltered beauty philosophy in seven words or fewer? 

Your flaws are what make you beautiful.

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Goodbye, Skinnies—Hello, Flares: 30 Pairs I'm Shopping as We Speak

Every year when fall rolls around, a switch unconsciously flips in my head, transferring my every waking thought from dresses, miniskirts, and shorts to trousers—period. From September until April, if I'm not wearing jeans, you can bet big money that I'm in some sort of trousers, be it a wide-leg style or a more fitted one. This season, though, my options are looking a little less broad and a lot more focused on one particular style of pants: flares.

After years of searching for the perfect slacks for work, play, and everything in between, I've at last settled on flares as the style to beat. Whether they're paired with an oversize knit, a tailored blazer, or a simple tee, the retro silhouette always looks elevated, easy, and chic, three things I strive to achieve with every outfit I put together. And since I can't possibly be the only one whose goal when getting dressed involves looking and feeling good, I went ahead and made a list of fall flares that will achieve just that. Keep scrolling to shop the best pairs on the market this season.

I literally ran to buy these, and you best believe I'm copying this entire look.

This price is too good to pass up.

Tibi's tailoring is 10/10.

I can't stop staring at this outfit. 

Fall is here, and it's begging you to buy these cords in every color. 

Okay, Nili Lotan, go off.

An easy choice.

Don't sleep on this sale find. 

J.Crew trousers are unmatched. 

Literally swooning.

White trousers are a bold choice that everyone should make. 

The most elegant. 

You could wear any shoes, from sneakers to boots to slingbacks, with these easy trousers. 

Deadwood's leather pieces always impress.

This new label is going to be everywhere very soon. 

Just do it.

These are at the top of my fall wish list. 

For work and play.

This suit looks wildly expensive. 

The perfect kick flare. 

More plissé, please! 

Frame makes more than just chic jeans. 

The new and improved Abercrombie is here. 

I'm in love with this pretty shade of blue. 

The perfect mix of upscale and edgy. 

If you're in the mood to splurge on something you'll own and cherish forever.

This is what great collabs are made of. 

Zero regrets. 

Wandler's ready-to-wear gets better and better every season.

A tried-and-true favorite.

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Found: 30 Cute Outfits for Every Occasion, From Work to Going Out

Whenever you feel like you're short on fresh, fun outfit ideas, what's the first thing you typically tend to do? Paging through magazines is one great way to get inspired, as is searching through street style websites. But perhaps the easiest, most readily available place to look for unique ensembles that are sure to get your creative juices flowing is Instagram. Yep, we've said it before, and we'll keep saying it: The photo-sharing app is a treasure trove of fashion inspiration, and that's exactly what we turned to when hunting down cute outfit ideas for every occasion on your calendar.

Whether you want a cute but still sporty getup for a high-intensity cardio session at the gym, an elegant look for a night on the town with friends, or something that's a bit more out-of-the-box when it comes to your office attire, we found it all in terms of cute outfits that are actually quite easy to re-create, too. Ahead, see the ensembles we're copying from fashion insiders, and shop the key pieces needed to replicate each for yourself.

In my experience, nothing is a magnet for compliments quite like a fun, printed top. Wearing one with leather pants and ankle boots is an easy yet low-effort look.

The preppy trend happens to be perfect for the office. Lean into the vibe with a pleated miniskirt and sweater-vest. 

Give your button-down shirts new life underneath a leather blazer.

Vests are trending hard right now and are a fresh option for work, especially layered over a thin turtleneck.

Cargo pants lend a relaxed feel that feels right for a day off. We're especially fans of wearing them with a shearling jacket.

Does it get any more effortless than a knit set? I don't think so. Ribbed separates and cool flats make for the ultimate Sunday outfit, as they're basically elevated pajamas.

Shop the matching Nico Cropped Tank ($85) and Perry Ribbed Cardigan ($135).

Ripped jeans are always the right call for the weekend, and we love them with an electric-hued top and leather jacket.

Outfits for your weekend coffee runs should be a category all their own. Try this comfy-cool formula for your next one: bomber jacket, baseball hat, pullover sweater, relaxed trousers, and classic sneakers.

Cargo pants are a cool alternative to jeans that more and more fashion people are adopting.

Screenshot this for the next time you want a going-out look that's polished, too. Trousers and slingbacks are a chic base to a fun-loving top.

But when you want to toe the line between glam and casual, dress up your jeans with a shimmery top.

When your night involves dinner and drinks, try something like this with a tie top, slip skirt, and strappy heels.

"Black tie" doesn't have to mean wearing a dress. We're obsessed with the idea of party-ready suiting. Look for elements like velvet, feather trim, and crystals that add some glam to the tailoring.

Let a fun miniskirt be the main event when you style it with a simple turtleneck top and strappy heels.

Skip your black leggings in favor of pastel tones that brighten up an otherwise standard gym look.

There's a reason Princess Diana's bike-shorts ensemble remains so relevant—it's just that good. An oversize crew-neck sweatshirt, bike shorts, tall socks, and sneakers are the key ingredients.

Don't underestimate the power that a long coat has to really pull together your leggings outfit. Throw a sweater over your shoulders for some added layering.

Layering up is a lot more fun when bright colors like Kelly green and cerulean are involved. 

While a sweatshirt may be your first thought for a topper, try a cardigan over your activewear set instead. 

A matching loungewear set is made all the more polished with the addition of a tailored coat and cozy slides.

Ribbed sets are ideal for lounging and traveling. Simply add a belt bag when wearing one for the latter.

Relaxed trousers and an oversize button-down are secretly just as comfortable as your sweats but that much more elevated. Wear the relaxed separates with a tote bag, simple sweater, and slides to make them travel-friendly.

I like this outfit for a weekend vibe, but it also works for travel, too, since the cargo pants are roomy enough to rival your favorite sweats. Sporty sneakers and a graphic tee add to the Y2K vibe while a fur-trimmed jacket is a fun unexpected element.

Proof that wearing your heaviest shoes on the flight can end up being a look.

A skirt set makes sense when you're traveling since you can wear both pieces separately or together. Style them as a set with flat boots when the day involves lots of exploring on your feet (and maybe a few outfit photos).

White sneakers are the perfect base for a color-blocked outfit.

Fashion girls love this Parisian-inspired outfit like this one: an oversize blazer with a miniskirt and knee-high boots. Add or remove the tights depending on the weather.

Lean into light layers when you're unsure of the weather in a new place. We're partial to styling a trench coat over basics like a tank and trousers.

Tailored separates are a great way to look polished without coming across as too fussy. Finish them off with sneakers when you know you'll be walking everywhere.

Next: 9 Going-Out Looks That Don't Feel Try-Hard

I Think Knee-High Boots Are the Chicest—10 Outfits to Try Now

When it comes to It shoe silhouettes, ankle boots often reign supreme during fall. But there’s actually another classic shape that may just give your favorite booties a run for their money. Yes, I’m talking about knee-high boots. While they’ve been making the fashion rounds for seasons, this footwear pick is apparently one of the only styles that matter for fall 2022.

Seriously. I haven’t been able to scroll through Instagram without spotting knee-high boots. And for good reason—they’re often the hero piece to the chicest fall looks thanks to their chic, statement-making nature. Basically, if you haven’t tested these shoes out yet, now is the time.

With that in mind, I curated a range of outfit inspiration highlighting the freshest knee-high boot silhouettes. Keep scrolling and get a leg-up in the autumn styling department.

Style Tip: Leggings and knee-high boots are a chic combo—especially with a gorgeous cream jacket.

Style Tip: Accent a monochromatic look with a contrasting pair of boots.

Style Tip: Go all in with a trendy outfit featuring It boots and a miniskirt.

Style Tip: Flat boots are not only comfortable but so sleek with a longer skirt and moto jacket.

Style Tip: A leather skirt instantly enhances a look, including this knee-high boots outfit.

Style Tip: As mentioned above, leggings and knee-high boots are a great choice. The double-breasted blazer adds polish to the silhouette.

Style Tip: White boots are absolutely gorgeous with a colorful knee-length skirt.

Style Tip: Knee-high boots work flawlessly with a miniskirt. The turtleneck knit is also darling.

Style Tip: Embrace the preppy vibes with a pleated skirt, sweater-vest, and those trusty knee-high boots.

Style Tip: Bundle up in your favorite black coat, leggings, or skinny jeans, and classic knee-high boots.

Everything about this silhouette is perfection.

These look so expensive.

Lug-sole boots for the win.

Gorgeous hue.

Make that statement.

That heel!

A cool shape.

A forward hue.

Picture these boots with a chocolate brown skirt.

Another pair of boots that would look chic with leggings.

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I'm a Manager at Nordstrom—Here Are My Tips for Curating a Perfect Work Wardrobe

As the styling program manager at Nordstrom in Bellevue, Washington, Savannah Pilorge leads a styling team and is currently reimagining the styling experience at her Nordstrom location. She also works with her clients to help build out their dream wardrobes. So naturally, she has a few sartorial tips and tricks up her sleeve. On that note, she actually offered us guidance on how she's curated her version of the ideal work wardrobe for her days at Nordstrom. She also puts these style tips into practice when she's helping others build out their offerings.

Below, you'll uncover Pilorge's key styling tips. While the intel coming ahead is based on her personal preference for her more casual work wardrobe, many of the tricks could be applied to your own style and for various occasions. You'll also notice visual inspiration from Pilorge along with shopping recommendations. 

"I love black. I feel great when I wear head-to-toe black. Even though I purchase pieces in other colors, my most worn and most loved pieces are always black. When I need a boost of confidence? Black. When I want to just be comfortable? Black. In order to ensure that the pieces I invest in can be worn as much as possible, I choose a color story. I personally purchase my wardrobe basics in black, ivory, grays, and forest greens. If I went into my closet, closed my eyes, and pulled out three random pieces, they will all coordinate! I give myself different silhouette options, from skinny pants to full skirts to cropped jackets to oversize tops. From there, I have endless styling options and can be creative in how I pair everything together."

"I categorize everything in my wardrobe by fashion vs. basics. A basic is the ground floor of all my outfits. Black trousers, black skirts, moto jackets, turtlenecks, silk button-ups, denim, and boots are all my basics. I keep all my basics within my color story to ensure I can mix and match everything to create new outfits. This adds so much value to each piece because I know I can wear everything in at least five different ways. Every time I look to shop for my basics, I ask myself, Will I feel amazing in this? If the answer isn't a resounding yes, then I move on. I tailor any of my basics that need it. If I am wearing pants at least once a week, I want the fit to be perfect. Many times, your basics will feel like boring pieces, but this is where I recommend investing in your wardrobe. I find myself pulling silk button-ups, wide skirts, and large-soled boots almost every morning because I feel amazing in them, so these are items I will invest in.

"Fashion pieces are where I play with color and trend. For example, this year, pink is a really trendy color that I want to play with. I can purchase a low-price-point pink sweater, jacket, and scarf for less than $200. Now, I can use just three items to work a pop of pink into all of my black-and-white outfits. I probably won't tailor my fashion pieces or invest in a high price point in this category. I know I will probably only wear this color for one season, so I keep it minimal and fun. I will lean into the trend by doing my nails to match and maybe grabbing a fun lip color to coordinate with the look. This might be a category where you find a statement shoe, a trendy bag, or even a loud blouse.  However, even when shopping fashion/trend pieces, always make sure it is true to your personal style so you can continue to wear it after the trend dies down."

"I have always loved a dramatic heel, and for most of my career, I wore heels to work every day. As I get older, though, my body is no longer thrilled with me when I wear a stiletto pump for a 10-hour workday.  I found a great place of compromise with platform boots and sneakers. I love my Converse Run Star Hikes because they go with everything, and the platform sole gives me support as well as an elevated work look. I am also a huge fan of lug soles, so I shop for boots with big soles. This way, I can still feel fashionable and elevated, but I also give myself the gift of being comfortable on my feet all day.

"At the end of the day, the art of dressing is a very personal one. Your wardrobe should make you feel good and look your best. I believe in trends being a fun way to expand or challenge your traditional looks, but no matter what, [they] should always reflect your true style. Fashion is so much fun, and if your wardrobe doesn't make you excited to dress every day, then we need to upgrade it. Shopping with a personal stylist that knows your body and wardrobe is a great way to accomplish building your wardrobe with intention and make sure you always feel great in your clothing."

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Sweaterdress Season Is Here—24 Outfits to Replicate ASAP

Do you feel that crisp breeze? Well, that signifies the official start of fall. For some, the onset of colder temperatures marks the beginning of holiday planning and travel. But for the fashion set, it's the beginning of something else entirely: sweaterdress season. And while you may be wondering why this clothing staple could be considered as exciting as taking a trip or celebrating the holidays, we're here to tell you that this piece is underrated.  If we're being honest, you can't even fantasize about playing in the foilage or being snuggled up by the fire in a cabin opening gifts with your loved ones without invoking the image of wearing a sweaterdress—it's that prevalent. Of course, where and how you can wear this style extends beyond the cliché imagery this fall staple has been commonly associated with. So in that vein, we've rounded up 24 sweaterdress outfit ideas to show that this staple is something you should be excited about wearing (and shopping) year-round. 

Sweaterdresses are the canvas for crafting the coolest outfit for any transitional-weather look. You can wear a simple white sweaterdress in the spring with sandals or combat boots and a leather moto jacket in the fall.

The styling possibilities are endless when it comes to this dress. 

Neutral-hued sweaterdresses aren't the only way to wear this cold-weather staple. Don't be afraid to opt for a colorful version that champions more craft-inspired knitting techniques. Just be sure to style it with solid-hued boots and a bag to let the piece be the focal point of your 'fit. 

Our jaws dropped to the floor when we first found this dress. 

When in doubt, a black sweaterdress will always be in style. But should you want to make this staple stand out, pair it with contrasting boots and an interesting bag to make it feel more trend-forward. 

The sweetheart neckline on this sweaterdress is stunning. 

Want to make a drab, cold day a little warmer? Wear a colorful sweaterdress with fun accessories. Whether you opt for one in a vibrant pink hue or another fun trending color, this outfit will brighten your day.

Pink is always a good idea. 

Maxi hemline dresses made a major comeback on fall/winter 2022 runways, so it only makes sense to adopt this hemline in sweater form too. Opt for a darker-hued version (gray, black, or navy) paired with a belt and platform boots, and you'll look like you came fresh off the runway. 

Crying over how chic this Chloé sweater is. 

When you don't want to freeze but can't fathom the idea of wearing pants, this is the ensemble you'll want to re-create. Pair a thick-knit midi or maxi sweaterdress with a shearling coat and you'll be cozier than ever. 

This dress's subtle coral stripes will look great with a camel shearling coat. 

Sweaterdresses can make "stale" fall staples feel fresh—case in point: the look above. Pairing a brightly hued sweaterdress (like a green one) with the black coat and boots in the back of your closet is a great way to glean more wear out of your staples without getting tired of them. 

The pop your fall wardrobe needed has arrived. 

Of course, if color isn't your thing, you don't have to wear a saturated sweaterdress to get the same effect. In fact, opting for a two-tone sweaterdress paired with fun accessories will give you the same feeling of "brand-new" without having to buy into color. 

Staud's dresses are beloved among our editors. 

Another way to breathe life into this staple is by opting for versions with sultrier elements—like a high-slit, cutouts, or an off-the-shoulder fit. Just keep the rest of your styling simple by pairing the dress with neutral accessories to really let this style steam things up. 

Hot, hot, hot. 

Is it even fall if you don't don at least one striped sweater? Consider this the easiest dress to throw on for the season, as all you have to do is pair it with a sling bag and cowboy boots to give off full fall vibes. 

You can also style this with loafers or Chelsea boots if you want a more formal feel. 

Channel your inner French girl this fall and pair a houndstooth-print coat and Mary Janes with a sweaterdress. You may not be in Paris, but you'll be trés chic nonetheless. 

Just imagine how soft this dress will feel while you wear it.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Colorful sweaterdresses are the way to spice up any fall wardrobe. Don't be afraid to opt for a dark wine-colored or vibrant saffron-hued version paired with your favorite black boots to really get things cooking. 

RVN's knits are sustainably made with 3D printers to ensure minimal fabric waste. 

For those nights when you're going out on the town and want to show a little skin without freezing, you'll want to pin the ensemble above for inspiration. A sheer knit dress paired with boots, great undergarments, and maybe a leather jacket over will never fail you on a night out. 

The weaving on this Zara knit dress allows for a little opacity without having to bare it all. 

Sweaterdresses are the key to looking stylish year-round. All you have to do is throw on a sweaterdress and ballet flats, and suddenly, you look "polished" without actually putting in any effort. 

The color and cut of this dress make it the ideal staple. 

We all have experienced the moment of dread where a sweaterdress has shrunk to the point that you can't zip it anymore or gaps are showing when you button it up. When that happens, rather than donating the piece, get creative with the styling and throw it over a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. It's not only more sustainable to find a new way to wear it, but it's also more stylish. 

You also can get the same look by opting for a sleeved button-down sweaterdress that you can style over jeans. 

File this as further proof that sweaterdresses can be hot—so long as you opt for one with cutouts. 

Just the right amount of skin. 

You don't just have to buy a new sweaterdress to get the same feel. Simply pull out one of your oversize crew-neck sweaters and wear it as a dress. If you're worried about it being too short, add a fleece jacket, proper undergarments, and flat Chelsea boots. 

Looks great with bottoms or as a dress. 

Sweaterdresses are a staple, but that doesn't mean they can't be special. Use your accessories (like a bright shearling coat or snakeskin boots) to make this basic stand out. 

Trust us when we say this will be a piece you'll pull out time and again. 

Do you know that sweaterdress in the back of your closet with an unwearably high slit that you can't part ways with it? Don't get rid of it. Instead, style it over printed pants or cargo pants for a cool fall look.

Meet the perfect sweaterdress for layering.

Add a little edge to this staple by styling it with a leather trench coat and platform ankle boots. 

A black mini sweaterdress is a must-have in our books. 

Throw a long cardigan over a turtleneck dress for maximum warmth in the winter. 

You can also style this cardigan sans extra layers in the springtime. 

Who said all sweaterdresses had to be oversize? Opt for an iteration with a built-in bra, corset, or bodice, as it will look ultra-flattering on. 

It's not yellow, but it does have a beautiful bustier.

Want to dress up? Opt for a staples knit dress paired with heels and a shoulder bag for a surprising yet stunning night-out ensemble. 

Cocktail ready. 

You've made it to the end of this story, and hopefully, by now, you've realized there are so many ways to wear sweaterdresses year-round. But should you need one last nugget of wisdom, remember that this piece does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is throw it on and maybe pair it with a belt, boots, and a tote bag. You'll look (and feel) fabulous. 

Don't forget to add a belt! 

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From Zoë Kravitz to Bella Hadid, Celebrities Are Already Wearing These 6 Boots

We're only a few days into sweater weather, so when you walk around New York City, you will only see a few people who have already decided to start wearing boots. Celebrities, however, are a different story. We've only just entered October, and they've spent the past month showcasing some of the best trends of the year.

I'm grateful for these celeb looks because they make for the perfect inspiration for my fall wish list. If there's one item that I know people are buying right now it is a good pair of boots. Whether your favorite boots are still sitting in storage or you're feeling like your current selection is a bit outdated, it's time to invest in a new pair. Below, you'll see the six trends that have already been approved by celebrities, from Zoë Kravitz to Bella Hadid, which guarantees you'll find what you're looking for.

It was just last year when you couldn't find a celebrity who wasn't wearing cowboy boots on a weekly basis. The stars are still loving Western-inspired boots but taking a step back from the traditional cowboy style. Think simple distressing, neutral colorways, and sleek designs.

I've had my eye on these for a few weeks now.

I saw a friend wearing these and fell in love.

Cowboy boots you'll be wearing long after the trend dies down.

These will look so good with your favorite pair of jeans.

Celebrities have been waiting for the moment that the temperatures drop below 80ºF so that they could start wearing their Ugg Minis. Honestly, I don't blame them. When the fanfare began last year, I was wary of buying into the trend, but now I'm sold.

Because I left my knee-high Uggs in middle school.

Yes, I'm buying multiple colors.

This is a colorway I haven't seen yet.

This just might be my second favorite.

Functional items have never let me down, so buying into lug-sole boots is always a given. They still give off that cool-girl vibe that we're obsessed with without causing any sort of discomfort. Anything "chunky" is the way to go.

A boot like this always helps me through the snowy winters.

My H&M boots have stood the test of time.

Absolute perfection.

Now, these are everything.

I'm so into knee-high options.

When Balenciaga dropped its Cagole boots earlier this year, they instantly became an It buy. Every fashion person just had to have them. Celebrities are wearing them into fall, and I'm shopping for more affordable look-alikes.

My dream shoes.

Allowing my motomami era to begin.

I'm on the hunt for the perfect thigh-high boots, and these might be exactly what I'm looking for.

I'm obsessed.

I love pointy-toe boots as much as celebrities do. They're the perfect way to polish off a look. This fall and winter, let it be known that the pointier, the better.

Balenciaga does it again with another pair of boots that has come to define a trend.

In case you're looking for a more casual take on pointed boots.

This just might need to be my next purchase.

Now, how cute are these?

It feels slightly off to be including knee-high boots in a roundup of trends since they're such a timeless silhouette. I'd like to think of them as both a trend and a staple, the best of both worlds. I'm obsessed.

You can't go wrong with a stiletto heel.

This color is everything.

I'm ordering these rn.

One of the best pairs in my closet.

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I'm in the Mood for Something New, and These Zara and H&M Items Are Next-Level

Every time I'm itching to shop and add something new to my closet (which is more often than not), I go straight to Zara and H&M to do a little browsing. This time, however, I was blown away by how many great new arrivals were available. With fall being here, I need to step up my cool-weather style, so I have been looking for everything from new boots and hats to great sweaters and dresses. And Zara and H&M did not disappoint. There were so many great items that I couldn't decide what was going to make it from my wish list to my wardrobe. Now I know one of the common complaints about shopping at Zara or H&M is that there are just so many products to look through before you find the items that you actually love. But luckily for you, I've already gone through the sites and picked out some of the best pieces both retailers have on the market right now. 

Keep scrolling to see which items from Zara and H&M are in my cart.

I've been really into denim midi skirts lately. 

Biker-jacket season has arrived. 

This bag is so cute for fall, and it's under $40. 

I would wear this top with a leather miniskirt and knee-high boots. 

I love a good cable-knit sweater for fall. 

These boots look like they could be $500. 

The flare silhouette is definitely going to be trending this fall. 

I need these in my closet. 

Bringing this with me on a fall getaway. 

I'd pair these with cute white ankle socks. 

This sweater is so chic. 

The perfect knit dress. 

Boots you can wear all season.

Opera gloves are a trending accessory for fall, and I'm kinda into it. 

This shoulder bag is so cute.

I'm a sucker for a knit set.

Pair with the matching top. 

A fantastic under-$100 coat.

I need this jacket ASAP.

This would be great with knee-high boots for a chic work look. 

A good ribbed cardigan is a must-have. 

I would pair this sweater with denim and boots. 

I am a huge onesie fan. 

Pair this cardigan with the onesie above. 

These jeans look way more expensive than they are.

This is a perfect basic top. 

I love knit dresses for fall. 

Style this top with a miniskirt, denim, or leather pants.

The coastal granddaughter in me is obsessed with this. 

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One of the best things about this look is that — more often than not — you won’t have to buy anything new to rock it. So that's why we asked editors and writers on our fashion team to give us a taste of the dress-and-boots combos they’re going to be wearing throughout fall. From flowy maxis and structured minis to cowboy boots and knee-high staples, take some pointers from our team on how to wear this season’s easiest, breeziest outfit formula.

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"Blame it on the runways but I’ve recently jumped on the Western boot trend train. While I am not brave enough to go the full, knee-length route in New York City – I have a fairly classic, utilitarian style – I’ve been dabbling with these suede booties. In particular, I've enjoyed wearing them with flowy slip dresses which, going further into fall, I will wear over turtlenecks."

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Prefer to take a subtler approach to the cowboy boot trend? Opt for a pair of sleek black ankle booties with understated Western details, like a pointed toe and U-shaped shaft collar, that nod to traditional riding boots while still looking modern.

Nine West Ghost Ankle Bootie, $, available at Nine West

Saint Art Haley Dress, $, available at Saint ArtEsther Newman, Affiliate Writer"I love butterflies and I love cowboy boots so this was a no-brainer for me. I wanted to translate these two pieces (some of my summer staples) into fall so that's why I layered my dress over this Urban Outfitters jumper. The color palette screams long walks, crunching leaves, listening to Taylor Swift on repeat, and romanticizing my life with a large coffee."

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"I'm always up for anything plaid and when it comes to the details of the dress, I appreciate how the black vegan leather piping complements the buttons and makes the dress pop. Plus, I love how timeless this pairing is and that it gives off Parisian vibes. My boots are the comfiest and most trusted pair that I own as they've gotten me through New York City's snow and brisk winds in past seasons. I envision wearing this laid-back yet preppy ensemble for weekend brunches with friends or as a fall date-night look."

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"I love dresses that feel like a blank canvas and this one’s literally that. It makes it really easy to pair with a wide variety of boots and add a unique take to an otherwise simple dress. These snakeskin boots have been an fall staple in my closet for four years and I just can't let them go because they’re a classic (and so comfortable!). I plan on wearing this on a day when I can go to the office and an after-work happy hour. I love the work-to-play vibe."

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"Since receiving this Kitri dress I've worn it at least twice weekly, and it's been an MVP in my wardrobe. Not only is it majorly comfortable but it also pairs well with trainers, heels, and boots alike. I most love this particular combo featuring my flatform boots, which add a level of edginess that I could never achieve by wearing this dress with more feminine shoes, like heels or loafers. This fall I'll be pairing this combo with my brown trench coat or my short cream leather jacket. Watch out, y'all."

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Platforms, flatforms, thong platforms... there's no such thing as going too big on this one. From Fendi's wedged sandals to chunky bottoms at Max Mara, Monse, Vivienne Westwood, Brandon Maxwell, and beyond... better believe this style will be reaching new heights. Case in point: Cher's surprise cameo at Balmain wearing wedges as intensely fabulous as she is. Photo: Courtesy of Balmain.

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TKEES The Boyfriend, $, available at Tkees

By Far Jack glossed-leather mules, $, available at The OutnetPoint-Toe Flats
Flats have been back for quite some time now thanks to the recent collections of Miu Miu and Simone Rocha and the rise of balletcore. Now, the style is reaching its peak, so to speak, with toe shapes taking a turn for the sharper. In fact, the pointier, the better, according to Molly Goddard, Tory Burch, Roberto Cavalli, Courrèges, and others. Photo: Courtesy of Molly Goddard.

Sarah Flint Natalie Flat, $, available at Sarah Flint

Rothy's The Point, $, available at Rothy's

Jeffrey Campbell Tied Down Knot Mules, $, available at Anthropologie

Birdies The Goldfinch, $, available at BirdiesSlip-On Sneakers

Just when you thought we might finally be done with sneakers that are so uncool they're actually cool, designers like Deveaux, JW Anderson, and Collina Strada made the case for the slip-on kind for spring. If your mind immediately goes to velcro styles of your childhood or mom's old Skechers, that's exactly where it should be. Photo: David Spector/Collina Strada..

SOREL Kinetic Impact Sneakers, $, available at Anthropologie

Eileen Fisher Point Recycled Stretch Knit Wedge Sneaker, $, available at Eileen Fisher

APL Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Bliss, $, available at Athletic Propulsion Labs

Charles & Keith Aberdeen Checkered Denim Slip-On Sneakers, $, available at Charles & KeithMesh Shoes

Proenza Schouler, Jonathan Simkhai, Emporio Armani, Bally, and Nensi Dojaka all agree: fishnets for your feet will very much be in fashion next season. Extra points for rocking a pair with diamond-like details. Subtlety is not the point here, people. Photo: Courtesy of Bally.

Piferi Drizella Crystal Mesh Flat Mules, $, available at Bergdorf Goodman

Pipatchara Ramal Sandals, $, available at Pipatchara

Schutz Sinara Knit Sandal, $, available at Schutz

Vince Camuto Elanndo Flat, $, available at Vince CamutoUnusual Embellishments

After spending far too much time in indoor shoes, we'd like to celebrate designers like Balmain, Moschino, Loewe, Rick Owens, and Fendi who clearly understood the dopamine dressing assignment. Remember the aforementioned gremlins at Gucci? Very camp. So was Christian Cowan's collaboration with Crocs, which featured detachable chains and ribbons that could double as jewelry or hair clips. The fluffier/sparklier/kookier your footwear this spring, the better. Photo: Courtesy of Loewe

Crocs Clog Pack, $, available at Crocs

Dolce Vita Halie Pearl Sandals, $, available at Dolce Vita

Brother Vellies Palms Feather Sandal, $, available at Nordstom

LoveShackFancy x Sophia Webster Lilico Sandal, $, available at loveshackfancyUp-The-Calf Straps

Dust off your gladiator sandals, friends, because the sexiest shoes for spring will be the kind with straps that snake their way around your leg. At least if Versace, Michael Kors, Ester Manas, Prabal Gurung, and Rochas have anything to say about it. Photo: Courtesy of Rochas.

Reformation Gemma Lace Up Sandal, $, available at Reformation

Lulus Janiyana Pistachio Lace-Up High Heel Sandals, $, available at Lulus

Marc Fisher Calyda Sandal, $, available at DSW

Bershka Chunky Sole Flip Flops, $, available at ASOSJelly Shoes

For a trend that'll take you right back to the days before we even knew that trends were a thing, designers like Coach, Simone Rocha, and Collina Strada are giving the jelly shoe a high-fashion reboot. Yes, we can hear our inner child screaming with glee. If only we could get our hands on some gel pens to boot...Photo: Courtesy of Simone Rocha.

Melissa Possession + Collina Strada Sandal, $, available at Melissa

Coach Ulyssa Slide, $, available at Revolve

Tory Burch Crisscross Bubble Jelly, $, available at Tory Burch

Salvatore Ferragamo Jelly Ballet Flat With Vara Bow, $, available at Salvatore Ferragamo

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Kaia Gerber’s Zara Collab Is Full of It Girl-Approved Timeless Essentials

It’s no secret that model Kaia Gerber is one of today’s most in-demand It girls. Now, the 21-year-old model is bringing her style DNA to Zara

On Sunday, the Spanish brand announced the partnership with Gerber, set to debut on October 4. “My starting point for this collaboration with Zara was to ask if it is possible to do a collection that has everything you would ever need in your closet,” said Gerber in a press release. “If you were traveling and packed an entire collection, could it cover every possible need that you had?”

With more than 30 pieces to choose from, Gerber’s ambition to create a well-rounded wardrobe full of today’s essentials has been realized. There are leather trench coats, micro mini skirts, cut-out pencil skirts, string tops, and monochrome suits that draw inspiration from ‘90s fashion — a reference to her mother Cindy Crawford’s supermodel heyday. “I wasn’t just thinking about myself when designing. I was thinking about my mom, my friends, and everyone I see around me,” Gerber said. 

The collection, which follows a range of previous Zara collaborations with names like Narciso Rodriguez and Emmanuelle Alt, also expands on the idea of capsule closets, one that multiple brands and designers continue to build upon to make it easy for customers to mix-and-match with ease. Gerber accomplished this through a neutral color palette of mostly black, camel, gray, white, and navy that make the pieces instant classics no matter the trends of the moment. 

The Kaia Gerber x Zara will be available from October 4, 2022 on Zara.com and in selected stores.

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Channel Catwoman This Fall With A Sleek Catsuit
Catwoman's signature uniform — the catsuit — has made its mark, and it's one of fashion's buzziest styles for 2022. We first witnessed the statement look on spring/summer 2022 runways, particularly Saint Laurent, and then on a string of celebs, such as Kim Kardashian, Hailey Bieber, and Sandra Bullock for red carpet premieres, interviews, and events. Trendsetters have even adapted the fashion-forward piece for upscale date-night 'fits, GNO, and vacay ensembles. It's remained a favorite look and is now on its way to becoming a fall trend, especially with Halloween around the corner.

We've rounded up all sorts of snazzy catsuits, like colorful options inspired by Barbiecore's pink and neon yellow; sparkly '70s-inspired designs; and jazzy printed ones. Of course, we couldn't forget picks in Catwoman's iconic black. So whether you're debating adding a bit of pizzazz to Friday-night outfits or you're prepping for Halloween, you'll find your designated catsuit here.

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If you haven't jumped on the Barbiecore bandwagon, Good American's shiny pink catsuit is your chance.

Good American High Shine Compression Catsuit, $, available at Good AmericanAthleisure meet catsuit. Work out in this comfy breathable mesh 'fit and then complete a long day of errands afterward.

adidas x Ivy Park Mesh Knit Catsuit, $, available at AdidasNew to catsuits? Try this approachable and easy-to-style one from Bandier. It could be your new staple for Zumba classes or for lounging at home.

Bandier Positano Catsuit, $, available at BandierStay warm and cozy this fall in a fluffy sweater-knit catsuit. Did we mention it comes in a cheerful green apple shade?

Savage x Fenty Fluff It Up Catsuit, $, available at Savage x FentyTimeless Black Catsuits
Have you ever wished your stylish split-hem yoga pants could be a one-piece that you can wear all day? Well, the fashion genies have heard you loud and clear.


Norma Kamali Sleeveless Spat Legging Catsuit, $, available at RevolveBlack lace, could there be anything more sultry? Maybe in a chic catsuit, perhaps?

By Anthropologie Lace Catsuit, $, available at AnthropologieEmbody a dainty ballerina in this Ronny Kobo one-piece. The peplum waist mimics a delicate tutu.

Ronny Kobo Marmo Jersey Strapless Peplum Catsuit, $, available at Saks Fifth AvenueBehold Catwoman's black (faux) leather suit. The edgy and sultry 'fit features all the characteristics of the iconic outfit.

Windsor Faux Leather Mock Neck Catsuit, $, available at WindsorStriking Printed Catsuits
Marine Serre's beige catsuit screams Halloween with its quirky moon logo pattern. Try it out with cat ears this spooky season for an eye-catching look.

Marine Serre Beige Moon Catsuit, $, available at SSENSEA romantic dress is great, but a romantic catsuit is a refreshing spin and mesmerizing, too. Free People has a floral red-printed one with a deep V-neckline and a front-tie detail.

Free People Flora Printed Catsuit, $, available at Free PeopleWhile Alex Perry's tie-dye print jumpsuit comes at a hefty price, the details deserve your attention. The ruched sweetheart neckline and the glowing colors are so charming, you won't stop staring.

Alex Perry Lanson Printed Sweetheart Catsuit, $, available at Neiman MarcusThe Bad Society Club is known for its glamorous superstar-inspired looks. The brand created a one-of-a-kind halter-neck catsuit with details like zip-front fastening and soft velvet contrast side panels.

Bad Society Club Velvet Sleeveless Contrast Panel Catsuit, $, available at ASOSSparkly Catsuits
Dance under the light and witness yourself transform into a dazzling ball with this crystal-embellished one-piece.

Alice + Olivia Freddie Crewneck Embellished Catsuit, $, available at ShopbopSlip into this metallic cherry-red catsuit for an unforgettable look. The turtleneck is a unique departure from the usual scoop neckline.

Kepblom Shiny Metallic Catsuit, $, available at AmazonAs you groove to the music, all the rainbow colors will shine off your white holographic catsuit. The scoop neckline offers additional room for a glistening necklace.

CoquetryClothing | | White Kaleidoscope Holographic Catsuit, $, available at EtsyShimmer in the stretchiest catsuit you've ever worn. It comes in four other semi-sheer neutral shades for you to keep in rotation.

Skims Shimmer Catsuit, $, available at Skims

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Colombian Designer Kika Vargas Is Building A Better Future Through Fashion

Long before launching her namesake label, Kika Vargas dreamed of designing clothes that were inspired by and rooted in her Colombian heritage. The Bogotá-born designer, who previously worked for the Italian label Missoni, says her mission was to “go back [to Colombia] to build something for us, as a community, as a country.”

That dream has become a reality for Vargas’ inner child, who used to fantasize about making clothes during family trips to Europe. A graduate of both School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the Instituto Marangoni in Milan, Vargas grew up surrounded by creativity, thanks largely to her parents, who are art collectors and gallery owners. At Missoni, Vargas learned firsthand the craft of print-making from a storied house known for its ‘70s-inspired, vibrant prints, but she longed for home. By 2010, she moved to Bogotá and kicked off her eponymous brand.

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More than a decade later, Vargas is on her way to becoming an international household name. Known for its voluminous ruffles, bubble-hemmed frocks, and cottagecore-ready puff sleeves, Vargas’ label is now sold in luxury retailers worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Matches. In 2021, the brand was a finalist for the 2021 LVMH Prize, alongside names like Christopher John Rogers and Charles de Vilmorin. Just recently, Vargas became part of Target’s annual designer collaboration, alongside Sergio Hudson and La Ligne

Even as the label grows, Vargas’ mission remains the same. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Vargas and her Colombia-based team started a new phase for the business, focusing on working with and sourcing from the country’s local pool of craftspeople and traditions. “It was always my dream to have something in Colombia and support the industry there,” she says. “I like saying that instead of building our country, we’re tailoring it.”

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In the past, Latin American fashion designers have done things a little differently. Similarly to Vargas, designers like Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, and Isabel Toledo cut their teeth and grew their brands in the United States, yet few opted for their native countries as a home base. For Vargas, this is what distinguishes a new generation of Latin American creatives from their predecessors: “Before, people would leave and never come back, and now, young creatives want to bring new tools to their country with pride.”

Beyond geographical location, Vargas’ brand is also heavily inspired by Colombia’s look and feel. You see it in the frothy textures, colorful prints, ruffled hemlines, and detailed construction that has always characterized Latin American craftsmanship. The overall effect is also embedded with a bit of fantasy, or what is known in the literary and art worlds as “magical realism.” “Latin America has a unique type of beauty that feels like magic wherever you look,” says Vargas. The garments speak to this aesthetic: ethereal frocks that are equally appropriate for a day at the market or cocktail event, as well as prints, all hand-drawn by Vargas, that come alive with stories as you look closer. 

Later this month, when her collaboration with Target launches, Vargas’ label will be available to millions in the United States at a newly accessible price point. She considers it a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between mass retail and luxury design: “It’s super important that people know they can buy designer clothes for an affordable price, and that it’s still well-made in the details and materials,” she says. Although Colombians at home won’t be able to buy the collection — Target is not established in Latin America yet — Vargas is excited to introduce her brand to a new slew of customers in the US, bringing them a piece of her homeland. 

“I’m just very proud,” she says. 

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This Madewell x Rentrayage Collab Is Entirely Upcycled From Fabric Scraps

For several years now, Madewell has committed to becoming a more eco-conscious fashion brand. It has a denim recycling program in partnership with Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green initiative, where customers can donate jeans that will then be turned into housing insulations for communities in need. It also has a resale program that launched in 2021 with thredUP. Through it, shoppers can buy secondhand (or thirdhand) Madewell pieces at more affordable prices. Madewell has also started collaborating more with designers, specifically those committed to sustainability and circularity, such as Sarah Nsikak of La Réunion, who has created collections of gorgeous patchwork styles made from leftover Madewell scraps.

Now, for its latest endeavor in responsibly made fashion, Madewell has linked up with Erin Beatty of Rentrayage, who is known for creating entirely handcrafted pieces from discarded vintage and deadstock fabrics. Given everything Beatty releases is either one of a kind or limited edition and she operates her label under a zero-waste production model, it only makes sense that this partnership came to fruition.

“We have a long history of working with brands that incorporate circularity, from the New Denim Project to Rekut and La Réunion, and now Rentrayage,” says Joyce Lee, senior vice president of design at Madewell. “I am excited about this collaboration in particular because of the unique design point of view that the Rentrayage team brings. Each piece is beautifully crafted and feels both elevated and wearable.”

The Madewell x Rentrayage collection marks the first of many collabs that will live under the Madewell Forever umbrella, a destination for shoppers who want to shop more responsibly rather than buy new. Madewell Forever launched in 2021 with its denim trade-in program (through the program, Madewell has already diverted over 540 tons of waste from landfills), and it will now expand to become a more robust curated vintage marketplace that will include all forthcoming sustainable designer collabs.

Similar to the La Réunion drop, Madewell x Rentrayage is a limited-edition clothing collection patch-worked from seasons-old Madewell fabric remnants. It consists of 10 core styles in a range of sizes and seven pieces that are one-of-a-kind (best of luck trying to score one of these exclusive wares). Items range from a ’90s-inspired babydoll dress, a utilitarian pant with a floral flourish, and a sweatshirt with a charming, frilly collar.

“The design process is super-similar to how we design at Rentrayage. We started with Madewell’s old inventory, looked at the pieces, and started to cut them up, smashing things together in unexpected ways,” says Rentrayage founder Erin Beatty. “For instance, with the mashup denim shirt jacket, we used existing seams to cut into, replaced the bottom half with a puffer, and added denim pockets for continuity. The result is something so cool.” As for the one-of-a-kind styles, because these were made out of Retrayage’s own atelier, Beatty tells us that shoppers will be able to discover extra-special, completely unique touches.

Shop the 10 limited-edition pieces from the Madewell x Rentrayage collection below.

Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Hoodie Dress, $215

The grungey babydoll dress of our dreams.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Patchwork Maxi Dress, $215

When clashing prints is exactly the right move.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Patchwork Maxi Dress, $215

When windowpanes meet florals meet plaid. Don’t even question it.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Patchwork Utility Pants, $185

These floral patches are blooming — on the knees, on the waistband, and on the butt pockets.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Button-Up Shirt, $155

A denim workshirt that’s as effortless as your everyday jeans.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Button-Up Shirt, $155

Get it oversized for that slouchy, devil-may-care attitude.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Ruffle-Collar Sweatshirt, $135

This darling sweatshirt is what we imagine when a little clowncore meets a little cottagecore.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Denim Shirt-Jacket, $245

A perfect jacket for when you can’t choose between a puffer and a jean jacket.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Field Jacket, $245

We love this reimagined military jacket, now cozied up with patches of sherpa.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Madewell x Rentrayage Upcycled Ruched Tee, $90

A super-fresh, ruched take on the Breton stripe tee.

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The 18 Most Covetable Fall Sweaters On The Internet
When it comes to uncovering the most-wanted stuff for fall, there's a particularly iconic image that comes to mind: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal wearing twin fisherman sweaters, circa 1989, in When Harry Met Sally. (Although Chris Evans in that cable-knit number from Knives Out is a more recent cultural reference worthy of an honorable mention, too.) Knitwear embodies all that's good about autumn: the foliage tones, the in-between temps. But which cozy styles are actually worth investing in?

Normally this is where we'd say: That's where we come in! Except that, in the case of this article, this is only partially true. While we've rounded up 18 covetable styles, from timeless one-tone options to chic prints, we have to credit the impassioned shoppers who left the detailed ratings and reviews that helped us curate this list. It's thanks to their honest accounts that we were able to unearth some of the best fall sweaters on the internet — and, because of that, you'll be able to frolic through fall in a garment that's guaranteed to please.

Scroll ahead to discover the internet's most highly rated sweaters for fall.

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.

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The Best Crewneck Sweater

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 165 reviews on JCrew.com

Taste the rainbow with the upgraded version of J.Crew's cashmere sweater. It comes in 16 shades, ranging from radiant yellow gold to your timeless black. The relaxed-fit knit is surely to be a new favorite amongst J.Crew enthusiasts.

"As advertised, this year's cashmere crewneck fits differently. I like it," writes a reviewer. "I hate to describe it as 'boxy' because so many see that as a negative, but that slightly squared-off silhouette lets the body drape nicely. No clinging around the middle or at the hip."

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The Best Fashionable Cable-Knit Sweater

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 13 reviews on Aritzia.com

Who doesn't love a cable knit sweater? Now, imagine it with stylish shoulder pads and a crew neckline.

"This sweater is absolutely beautiful. The material is thick and cozy, and the shoulder pads add shape without being overwhelming," raves a reviewer. "I would also suggest sizing down — I usually wear a medium or large at Aritzia, and the small is almost too big for me."

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Babaton Seek Sweater, $, available at AritziaEverlane Oversized Alpaca Sweater
The Best Pill-Resistant Sweater

The Hype: 4.59 out of 5 stars; 2,670 reviews on Everlane.com

Everlane's first-ever alpaca sweater is as warm as your favorite winter knit, but with a plush, airy feel. Plus, according to the sustainable retailer's site, this style is less prickly and doesn't pill.

"It's super soft! I saw this in-store and I had to have it," writes a reviewer. "This sweater does shed, however it doesn’t itch, unlike most alpaca sweaters. It's comfy and oversized, especially since I’m plus size."

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The Best WFH Zoom Sweater

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 89 reviews on Lunya.com

This oversized henley is the perfect blend of simple and sophisticated for WFH video calls and effortless autumn attire.

"Even over Zoom, I got a compliment on this sweater. That's just how beautiful it is," shares a reviewer. "The weight of the sweater makes it drape beautifully, it's warm without being un-breathable, and oh so cozy. It's my new fave."

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Lunya Cozy Cotton Silk Pocket Henley, $, available at LunyaUniversal Thread Elbow Sleeve Crewneck Pullover Sweater
The Best Puff Sleeve Sweater

The Hype:
4 out of 5 stars; 31 reviews on Target.com

Exude cottagecore vibes with this breathable cotton-blend puff sleeve sweater. There's a fall-themed option in caramel hues and a jazzy, multicolor version — all with contrasting borders at the neckline, hem, and cuffs.

"I ABSOLUTELY love this sweater (and the other color). It's perfect for all seasons, especially autumn," writes a reviewer. "It's also a great transition piece. They’re great as a French tuck, or to wear over a dress (and even a belt)."

Shop Universal Thread At Target NAADAM The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater
The Best Affordable Cashmere Sweater

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 2,520 reviews on Naadam.com

Throw away the idea that you must break the bank to afford an ultra-soft cashmere sweater. Now, for $75, you can dabble in gorgeously hued silky fall sweaters in the covetable fabric.

"These are hands down the best cashmere sweaters I have owned! Cashmere can get expensive, and with expensive clothing comes an overly pricey upkeep as well (which I am not that good at)," shares a reviewer. "However, these sweaters from Naadam are the PERFECT sweaters for someone like me. They're soft, cozy, minimal, great quality, AMAZING price, and low upkeep!"

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Naadam The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater, $, available at NaadamLululemon Merino Wool-Blend Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater
The Best Athleisure Sweater

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 5 reviews on Lululemon.com

The newly designed turtleneck is steadily raking in reviews for its cozy, soft lightweight feel. Whether you're lounging around the house or out and about running errands, this relaxed-fit sweater is designed to go wherever you go (or don't go).

"The green shade is darker then it appears in the photo, but it's still beautiful. It especially looks great with black jeans," writes a reviewer. "The length and drape are flattering. It's very soft. I'm 5'5'', 115 lbs, [with a] 33-inch chest, and I went with a size 4."

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Lululemon Merino Wool-Blend Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater, $, available at LululemonELOQUII Mock Neck Windowpane Plaid Sweater
The Best Plaid Sweater

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 66 reviews on ELOQUII.com

Stun in an elevated yet laid-back matching plaid set for fall errands. The mock neck sweater is cozy and the wide sleeves add a chic touch.

"I saw this sweater outfit on Good Morning America and had to have it," shares a reviewer. "I really wanted the pants to match, but at the time it was out of stock. The quality is great, it's soft, comfortable and the style is stunning."

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Eloquii Mock Neck Windowpane Plaid Sweater, $, available at EloquiiQuince Mongolian Shrunken Cashmere Sweatshirt
The Best Sweatshirt Sweater

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 1,032 reviews on Quince.com

This reviewer-, reader-, AND editor-favorite sweater features a subtle sweatshirt design that, when paired with its elegant 100%-Mongolian cashmere fabric, achieves an effortlessly cool aesthetic.

"Truly an incredible sweater, so comfy, cute, and cozy. I cannot recommend it enough. It looks fantastic while also being the softest thing I own," exclaims a reviewer. "I imagine this will become a closet staple this fall and winter! As far as sizing goes, it fits quite true to size. If you're thinking about purchasing this sweater, this is your sign to do it. I promise you won't regret it!"

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Quince

Quince Mongolian Shrunken Cashmere Sweatshirt, $, available at Quince1.State Ribbed Balloon Sleeve Sweater
The Best Subtle Sweater

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 93 reviews on Nordstrom.com

This cotton-blend sweater is right on trend with its dramatic balloon sleeves but is classic enough to stay in style for seasons to come.

"This sweater pleasantly surprised me. It fits perfectly with just a subtle balloon arm effect, not overwhelming," shares a reviewer. "It’s a good length that I can either tuck in or leave out and still look great. The material is soft, comfortable, and has a flattering v-neck that’s not deep."

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1.State Ribbed Balloon Sleeve Cotton Blend Sweater, $, available at NordstromAnthropologie Maeve Carys Mock Neck Sweater
The Best Mock Neck Sweater

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 135 reviews on Anthropologie.com

At first, you might think it's just another timeless striped sweater. However, this mock neck sweater comes in a splendor of solid and print options.

"This sweater is so luxurious but also cozy. The quality is top notch too," shares a reviewer. "It has a boxy oversized fit, which I love! I've worn it multiple times since purchasing and have gotten compliments every time."

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Maeve Carys Mock Neck Sweater, $, available at AnthropologieH&M Rib-Knit Sweater
The Best Under-$30 Sweater

The Hype:
4.4 out of 5 stars; 223 reviews on HM.com

What's better than a loose sweater that's also under $30? In the words of Miranda Priestly, "That's all."

"The PERFECT sweater. I bought two colors and I am obsessed," writes a reviewer. "It’s definitely a looser fitting sweater in its true size, but I sized up one to be sure it’s oversized and I’m glad I did! It can easily be dressed up or down and still look effortlessly put together!

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H&M Rib-Knit Sweater, $, available at H&MPACT Lightweight Crew Sweater

The Best Sustainable Sweater

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 324 reviews on Wearpact.com

This 100% organic cotton sweater is ultra-lightweight, making it an ideal transitional piece that also works as an extra layer as temperatures begin to drop.

"I love that it's a beautiful color, soft, and that it's made of cotton," shares a reviewer. "I sweat buckets in acrylic sweaters, so I'm glad that it's lightweight."

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PACT Soft Lightweight Crew Sweater, $, available at PACTJenni Kayne Cashmere Fisherman Sweater
The Best Luxury Sweater

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 724 reviews on JenniKayne.com

If you're in the market to invest in the one fall sweater to rule all fall sweaters, then Jenni Kayne's legendary Cashmere Fisherman Sweater should be at the top of your list.

"I love the cashmere fisherman sweater. This is my 4th one and I keep adding different colors to my wardrobe! I can’t get enough of these beautiful sweaters," raves a reviewer.

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Jenni Kayne Cashmere Fisherman Sweater, $, available at Jenni KayneAmazon Oversized Chunky Knitted Sweater
The Best Amazon Sweater

The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 20,330 reviews on Amazon

A #1 best seller on Amazon, this chunky knitted number is beloved by reviewers for its slouchy fit, super-soft feel, and lightweight yet warm construction. Oh, they also call it a "compliment magnet."

"To say I am obsessed is an understatement!!! Everywhere I go, I get compliments on this sweater," writes a reviewer. "It’s so soft and is not too thick, so it’s perfect for warmer places because I can get that fall feeling without sweating. It’s so beautiful and looks more expensive in person than it is that it makes me want to order all the colors."

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Zesica Oversized Chunky Knitted Sweater, $, available at AmazonAlex Mill Button-Back Crewneck Sweater 
The Best Two-In-One Sweater

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 126 reviews on AlexMill.com

Pro tip: This chunky cotton knit features back buttons, which means it can also be worn like a cardigan.

"Nice weight. This sweater has a great feel," writes a reviewer. "The buttons and sleeve give some extra interest that makes the perhaps bulky feel of a sweater with this nice weight still feminine."

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Alex Mill Button-Back Crewneck Sweater, $, available at Alex MillFree People Easy Street Tunic
The Best Slouchy Sweater

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 353 reviews on FreePeople.com

This ribbed mock-neck pullover features a longer tunic length and side vents for the easiest, breeziest sweater you can find.

"BUY IT NOW: I hardly write reviews unless I truly LOVE a product and just want the world to love it too," raves a reviewer. "I highly recommend this sweater. I already own it in three colors, and I'm about to buy my fourth to prep for the fall and winter. It's thick and keeps you warm."

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Free People Easy Street Tunic, $, available at Free PeopleSh*t That I Knit The Scotia Sweater
The Cross-Seasonal Sweater

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 24 reviews on shitthatiknit.com

Handcrafted in Peru by working moms earning fair wages, Sh*t That I Knit's 100% sustainably sourced Pima cotton sweater is reviewer-approved as the perfect cross-seasonal sweater — it's slouchy yet chic and lightweight yet cozy.

"I love all things STIK but this sweater exceeded my expectations! It's so soft and beautifully constructed! I wore it with a dress on a cool night, still cute, and then jeans for a casual look — both worked really well," exclaims a reviewer. "The navy is the best blue and goes with all your favorite white/coral/marigold accents. I went with a medium, and I love the sleeve length and hem length so much, I don't regret sizing down."

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Sh*t That I Knit The Scotia Sweater, $, available at Sh*t That I KnitLululemon Ribbed Funnel Neck Pullover
The Athleisure Sweater
Whether you're lounging around the house or out and about running errands, this relaxed-fit pullover is designed to go wherever you go (or don't go). Its high neck helps to keep you warm while its textured-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside construction helps to keep you comfy.

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 11 reviews on Lululemon

What They’re Saying: "This pullover paired with the pants is my new go-to athleisure look! Perfect timing for the Fall and Winter months. I love the way the fabric moves and the feel on the skin. I can wear it in several different settings too!” — Libbynicholaou, Lululemon reviewer

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Lululemon Ribbed Funnel Neck Pullover, $, available at LululemonJ. Crew Cashmere Pullover Sweater
The Zip-Up Sweater
This half-zip cashmere pullover is the perfect blend of simple and sophisticated for effortless autumn attire.

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars, 3 reviews on J.Crew

What They’re Saying: "This cashmere is stunning, soft, thick, and will be great for fall, winter, and transitional spring. The gold zipper is also regal looking and not cheap, which I can appreciate... You cannot go wrong with this item and it will be a classic for years to come!" — AlexforJCrew, J. Crew reviewer

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J. Crew Cashmere Half-Zip Pullover Sweater, $, available at J. CrewJ.Crew Cropped Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
The Cropped Sweater

The Hype:


For a break from your selection of fall-ready baggy sweaters, consider this bold cropped (but still cozy!) number.
Everlane The Oversized Alpaca Crew
The Pill-Resistant Sweater
Everlane's first-ever alpaca sweater is as warm as your favorite winter knit but with a plush, airy feel. Plus, according to the sustainable retailer's site, this style is less prickly and doesn't pill.

The Hype: 4.62 out of 5 stars, 2380 reviews on Everlane

What They’re Saying: "Super soft!! I saw this in-store and I had to have it as I love the blue colorway. This sweater does shed however it doesn’t itch, unlike most alpaca sweaters. Super comfy and oversized especially since I’m plus size." — J Marina, Everlane reviewer

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Everlane The Oversized Alpaca Crew, $, available at EverlaneLulus Colorblock Sweater
The Two-Tone Sweater
Because two pretty hues are better than one!

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars, 108 reviews on Lulus

What They’re Saying: "OBSESSED: I absolutely loved this sweater! Very soft material and the colorblock make it unique, received many compliments on this one!" — Sarah B., Lulus reviewer

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Lulus Colorblock Sweater, $, available at LulusAthleta Hanover V-Neck Sweater
The Plus-Size Sweater
Athleta's top-rated Hanover sweater comes in four different colorways and sizes ranging from XXS-3X. Why do reviewers love it so? Well, aside from being machine washable, one stan describes it as being "comfortable and roomy without being baggy and covers just enough."

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 333 reviews on Athleta

What They’re Saying: "I love this sweater. Its shape. Perfect. it's length. Perfect. The V Neck, not too deep, Perfect. AND MACHINE WASHABLE. This could be the world's most perfect sweater. I told my girlfriends to get it and I am about to order another one." — Donna P., Athleta reviewer

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Athleta Hanover V-Neck Sweater, $, available at AthletaBasics On Hand Chunky Cardigan

The Chunky Knit Sweater
Etsy is teeming with chunky, funky, hand-knit cardigans, and this colorful, oversized option is sure to turn heads.

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars, 4 reviews on Etsy

What They’re Saying: "Absolutely amazing service and quality. The team made me my own custom long-length cardigan with my own choice of colors. LOVE. Will definitely order again in the future." — Margarite, Etsy reviewer

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BasicsonHand Knit Chunky Cardigan, $, available at EtsyNaadam Gingham Cashmere Sweater
The Luxuriously Soft Sweater
An unbelievably soft, 100% Mongolian cashmere sweater featuring a gorgeous gingham print? Yes, please!

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 6 reviews on Naadam

What They’re Saying: "This sweater is heavenly soft and cute, to boot!
It fits well and the color is just as represented on the website. I have purchased many sweaters from Naadam and have not been disappointed yet." — Judy N., Naadam reviewer

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Naadam Cashmere Gingham Cashmere Sweater, $, available at NaadamUniqlo Extra Fine Merino Turtleneck Sweater
The Turtleneck Sweater
For a classic silhouette in a dark, neutral shade, look no further than this best-selling Uniqlo style.

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 20 reviews on Uniqlo

What They’re Saying: "SO COMFY AND COZY! I now own six of these turtlenecks in different colors so I guess you can tell how much I love them. They are perfect for travel because they take up very little room in my suitcase and layer really well." — Deb, Uniqlo reviewer

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Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Turtleneck Sweater, $, available at UniqloUrban Outfitters Cleo Mock Neck Sweater
The Cropped Sweater
For a break from your selection of fall-ready baggy sweaters, consider this bold cropped (but still cozy!) number.

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars, 9 reviews on Urban Outfitters

What They’re Saying: “I absolutely love this sweater. It is so cozy and perfect for fall coming up. Will definitely... order in white or orange soon!” — abigail10221, Urban Outfitters reviewer

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UO Cleo Mock Neck Sweater, $, available at Urban OutffitersHalogen Crewneck Cashmere Sweater
The Best Value Sweater
Every closet needs a pure cashmere crewneck that is as sophisticated as it is soft, with endless styling potential throughout the season.

The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars, 240 reviews on Norstrom Rack

What They’re Saying: “A Wardrobe Workhorse: I love this sweater so much that I also have it in black and camel. It is true to size and looks great! The quality is excellent and I wear them several times each week with a variety of bottoms. Great value.” — IdahoK1965, Nordstrom Rack reviewer

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Halogen ® Crewneck Cashmere Sweater, $, available at Nordstrom RackJenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan
The Luxury Sweater
If you're in the market to invest in the one fall sweater to rule all fall sweaters, then Jenni Kayne's legendary Cashmere Cocoon Cardi should probably be on your list. Although pricey, the best-selling style comes recommended by 97% of reviewers for being well worth the $$$ in quality, fit, and luxurious feel. Offered in seven wear-with-anything colors in sizes ranging from XXS-3X, the 100% cashmere cardigan features an oversized slouchy-but-sexy fit that some reviewers caution to run on the bigger side — so, be sure to size down if you like a snugger cocoon.

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 119 reviews on Jenni Kayne

What They’re Saying: "I am trying not to use this sweater as my pajamas because it is so soft and cozy. The sweater is a great piece to be worn over a dress in the office or over jeans everywhere else. The construction and design are sophisticated and fall on your frame really well. I get compliments on the sweater all the time." — Elizabeth B., Jenni Kayne reviewer

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Jenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan, $, available at Jenni KayneH&M Knit Sweater

The Under-$30 Sweater
There’s lots to love about this sage green sweater and its relaxed fit — especially its $25 price tag.

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 29 reviews on H&M

What They’re Saying: “first off, ITS RECYCLED BY OVER 50% and the quality is stretchy warm and so comfy... i got a small for a loose fit[,] im a c cup and it’s perfect. highly recommend..” — Anonymous, H&M reviewer

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H&M Knit Sweater, $, available at H&MAnthropologie Hearts Mock Neck Sweater

The Sweet Sweater
With its puffy sleeves and dainty heart motif, this sweater has all the fixings to become the most adorable addition to your fall wardrobe.

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 4 reviews on Anthropologie

What They’re Saying: “This is such an adorable sweater. I think the slightly puffy and shorter sleeves are cute. The hearts make it even cuter.” — Linda T., Anthropologie reviewer

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Anthropologie Hearts Mock Neck Sweater, $, available at Anthropolgie

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Claire Sulmers On What’s Next For Fashion Bomb Daily

Welcome to Fashionably Black!, a style and culture guide for Black people highlighting the cultural moments, pioneers, and conversations we’ve always been a part of! Putting a magnifying glass to style & self-expression, Fashionably Black! explores the many ways we are the history, we are the fashion, and will ALWAYS be. We’re not trending, we’re true.

Claire Sulmers, started the renowned and influential website Fashion Bomb Daily in 2006. Almost 20 years later, the blog has since transformed into a shopping and resource hub of influencers and celebrity fashions. If you’ve ever seen a look you loved and wondered where it came from, chances are that Fashion Bomb Daily has already identified the designer and the price point; the page is swift in finding its audience requests, pinpointing in record speed everything from Lori Harvey’s NYFW looks, Rihanna’s latest street style fits, and all things beauty and accessories.

But that’s just one layer of Sulmers’ mission with her platform. The Fashion Bomb Daily CEO and founder has a heart for emerging designers of color in the fashion industry and has made a point to showcase them to the world. At any point, you’ll see her wearing the brands out during fashion month, highlighting them on her Instagram page and shop, and even bringing them center stage during Fashion Bomb’s highly anticipated runway show. This September marked the second annual fashion show hosted by the Eva Marcille, and it included thirteen up and coming brands: Michele Lopez, Mason Beretta, Allure Novembre, CBN Chicago, Aisha McShaw, Silver & Riley, Queen Russia, Ade by Femi, BruceGlen, Hot Miami Styles, Daykeyla, Fulani Handbags, and Shane Justin.

As guests entered the swanky venue for Fashion Bomb’s mix and mingle, it was refreshing to see so many Black and brown people decked out in their stylish fits in support of the brand. It was at that moment that I realized I was attending one of the NYFW fashion shows that would be populated mostly by people who looked like me. And behind that incredible moment was a Black woman with a passion for her community. 

When I first caught up with Sulmers, I admired her from afar and watched as she got her makeup done and her photos taken. Even though this was a moment of celebration for her, Sulmers was still hard at work, preparing and making sure people had what they needed so that the show could be a great success. Transformation complete, we sat together and talked about the Fashion Bomb Show, the designers she hand-selected, and what the future holds for her and for her brand.

Unbothered: What do you attribute to the success and impact that Fashion Bomb Daily has had on the fashion industry?

Claire Sulmers: I think that we were one of the first sites to focus on diversity. I’m a woman of color, and I looked at other women of color as an inspiration; I see their beauty, I see their style. For a very long time, traditional media didn’t always understand Black beauty or even cater to it. It’s something that’s trending now, and it’s at the forefront of their minds. But when I started in 2006, it was novel and new, so I feel very blessed to have been one of the first to create opportunities for other people and to show them that it’s possible to succeed in the fashion industry.

This show is just another platform that I’m using to introduce more diversity to the fashion industry. I don’t think there’s enough, and I don’t think there can ever be enough. I know that we have different brands and organizations that focus on it, but I think we need everyone ready on deck to represent and show people that fashion is for everyone.

How do you choose which emerging designers to include in the Fashion Bomb show? What do you look for in each brand?

CS: For me, it’s about a feeling. And after doing this for over 15 years, I know what I like and what I don’t like. I look for brands that are different, bring something new to the table, are inclusive, and that showcase clothing for women of all sizes and all shapes. Selfishly, I also want to be able to wear them. [laughs] But I also feel each brand has something to say.

Fashion Bomb Daily will soon be celebrating 20 years in the game. What do you envision for the future of your brand? 

CS: Wow! I see more fashion shows, even traveling shows. I see more events now that COVID is over. Soon, the sequel to my first book, The Bomb Life, will be coming, and [I hope to continue being] the top destination for multicultural fashion, for shopping, for fashion shows, and for media; I hope Fashion Bomb Daily can get to the level of a Condé Nast. Some people think fashion is purely superficial, but it’s deeper than that. There’s so many layers, and anybody who’s helping to push the message forward that we deserve a seat at the table or creating that seat at the table deserves to be celebrated.

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R29’s Shopping Team Reviews Free People’s Previously Sold-Out Puffer

Last summer, we noticed an unassuming Free People FP Movement puffer that was selling out like hotcakes (we repeat, over the summer). The quilted nylon layer in question is The Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket, now available in a whopping 15 colors and in sizes XS to XL. As the name suggests, it’s designed to pack inside itself (into a large inner-zippered left pocket, to be exact). This pillowy jacket — the first-ever performance outerwear from FP Movement, the brand’s activewear line — has struck an expected chord with wearers, so we decided to take a closer look.

Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket in Black Berry, $198

Made to satisfy these nippy, athleisure times, the Pippa is stuffed with insulating fluff called PrimaLoft, making it ideal for all sorts of outdoorsy activities like day hikes or sidewalk brunches. The outer reflective shell is made from a water-resistant and non-wrinkle material, and its boxy and swingy silhouette is purposefully oversized for layering. “Absolutely love it. After 25 years of living in Montana, I’m an expert on cold weather clothing,” writes one reviewer. “The jacket is extremely warm and cozy, despite being loose-fitting. Just allows for layering. Maybe when it gets below zero I might go for one of my heavier, more close-fitting coats, but for fall and early winter, this is perfect.”

And, the hype factor doesn’t stop there. A Free People rep tells us that the Pippa has sold out three times last fall and winter, with two of the sellouts happening in less than a week’s time. The Pippa also currently has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, a customer recommendation of 95% (out of 225 reviews), and the product has been favorited 19.2K times on the site. This original Pippa has been so popular that it has spawned three more iterations: a printed version, an above-the-belly-button cropped silhouette, and a pullover style. With such crucial stats in tow, the Refinery29 Shopping team obviously had to test-drive the Pippa. (Plus, we’re now actually in puffer weather, so the timing is apt.) Ahead, we see if the Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket is as buzz-worthy as everyone says it is.

DashDividers_1_500x100 Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket in Forget Me Not, $198

“I jumped at the chance to try out this highly desired jacket from FP Movement because being a year out from a gastric bypass, I’ve had to replace my entire wardrobe from the ground up (from panties to puffers). I opted for Forget Me Not in Medium, a cornflower blue that felt like a fun transition color to take me into autumn. But, even though it says right there in the fit description that it’s oversized, my inability to gauge my new body shape led me to order wrong (and that’s on me!). But still — this medium is… large. When I first put it on, I felt like I was drowning in swaths of fabric.

“However, after taking the jacket out of the house for an early morning dog walk, I was quickly won over. The boxy shape made me feel like I was wrapped up in a cozy quilt. It was so easy to throw on, and compared to previous puffers I’ve owned, it didn’t feel bulky. It provided the exact perfect amount of warmth for a chilly morning. And, in fact, because it’s so oversized, I can continue to layer up with a hoodie or thick sweater under it as the weather gets even colder, allowing me to wear it all winter long. Plus, I have to admit, when I saw a photo of myself in the jacket, it didn’t look that big at all. It actually looked as chic as I’d been promised.” —Charlotte Lewis, Sexual Health & Wellness Writer

DashDividers_1_500x100 Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket in Mauve Swoon, $198

“I love throwing on a cozy puffer when the weather gets brisk. There’s nothing better than layering a thick cable-knit sweater underneath with a cup of tea in hand. Hence, I was beyond excited to try FP Movement’s Pippa Packable Puffers.

“The color I chose was the Mauve Swoon in a medium. I could have gone for a small, which would have still given me the slightly oversized look I love, but this opens more room if I want to throw on one of my thick hoodies underneath or layer even more.

“Based on the site’s photo, I was unsure if it would be more purple or pink, and when it arrived, I discovered that it was the perfect combination of both. I find myself drawn to pastel hues rather than pigmented tones, and I instantly fell in love with the soft shade. The puffer is definitely more purple when you’re not in the light, and the pink tinge is more apparent under the light. Overall, it’s a great lightweight piece in your transitional wardrobe to pair with jeans or joggers. I can already tell I’ll reach for it often.” —Vivien Lee, Affiliate Fashion Writer

DashDividers_1_500x100 Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket in Toasted Coconut, $198

“I live in oversized clothes out of sheer laziness, and this transitional weather jacket is perfect for my wardrobe. I picked my normal size, a medium, and it is the perfect amount of oversized without hanging off my shoulders or swallowing my body. I wore a cropped crewneck under it and felt no restrictions. When it gets colder, you will find me wearing a comfy hoodie with this lightweight puffer cascaded over it for sure. I wore it on a high-50s/low-60s-degree weather day and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to layer. When the windchill was running rampant, I zipped it all the way up and got warm; when it got hot, I took it off and stashed it in my bag because it deflates so nicely.

“I don’t invest in puffers because they are often expensive, not colorful, and just unappealing. I like this one because wearing it is much less of a commitment — I don’t have to think about if I’ll get overheated because I can just stash it away (I am always carrying a tote bag). It also has cute design elements and I love the color. Although I won’t be squishing this jacket into its pouch too often (mostly because I don’t do too many outdoor activities that require quick packing), I think this is an extremely handy feature. One of the worst things about traveling somewhere cold is figuring out how to pack bulky warm clothes. With this, you could even just pop it into your carry-on or wear it on the plane worry-free.” —Alexandra Polk, Associate Writer, Lifestyle

“I’m a size small in most jackets, but I tend to size up for a looser, more layer-friendly fit. After opting for a medium, I will say this puffer is true to its oversized/boxy style description. I could have gone with small. That being said, I am not mad about the extra roominess it provides because the overall tailoring/cut of the jacket still has a streamlined shape. I styled it over a sweatshirt which worked well. It wasn’t overly snug and didn’t give off an extra-bulky look. Although, if I go the athleisure route, I could also see myself wearing this jacket over a cashmere crewneck sweater or maybe a turtleneck tee with high-waisted jeans and chunky boots. Worn without heavier layers underneath, it’s lightweight enough to use as a mild fall-weather shacket. It’s honestly a very easily transitional piece! Can be both a cool fall staple and a cozy snow-day savior. A lot of my other puffers are pretty sporty, so I love how this one is truly a transitional piece that can be dressed up or down depending upon the look you’re going for.

“I have a lot of lightweight puffers that I adore BUT none are as buttery soft and stylishly tailored as this one. I love the jacket’s split hem that’s slightly longer in the back, the unique exposed seam detailing on the sleeves, and how ACTUALLY packable it is. Packable jackets seem to be an oxymoron — except where this puffer’s concerned. I am still shook from my discovery that this thing literally folds up into itself and can be worn around your wrist. It’s a huge plus considering the ability to maximize outfit potential during cold-weather travel.” —Elizabeth Buxton, Deputy Director

DashDividers_1_500x100 Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket in Coastline, $198

“I was actually surprised that it felt true to size (I’m typically an XL in tops) because I feel like Free People runs pretty small. My first reaction when I looked at it, though, was ‘Oh, that’s it?’ It had a very basic, boxy look and just looked like a regular piece of outerwear. The color also didn’t feel super fashion-forward to me in person: Just a basic blue. But then I put it on, and I have to admit, it started to win me over fast. It was super-warm and soft while still being light. I grew up in a pretty outdoorsy corner of Tennessee, so outdoor apparel like North Face and Patagonia has LONG been in style for just wearing around town before the advent of athleisure made it okay to rock on the streets of more fashion-forward cities.

“Normcore style has been great for my chunky, clunky shoe collection and approaching-vintage Nalgene bottle, but at first blush, this didn’t feel like a fashion-forward athleisure pick. But as I wore the jacket around the house, I realized something. A few Christmases ago, my dad, who wears hiking shoes and fly fishing pants to the office, gifted all of us a super-fancy, down alternative outer layer very similar to the one from Free People. Thin, lightweight, crazy warm. But it was ABSOLUTELY designed for performance in real outdoor adventures like hiking or skiing. For serious outdoor activity, it makes total sense: You want to be able to layer it, pack it tightly, and not have loose-fitting layers in subzero conditions. But I’ve never wanted to don that jacket to, say, run to the store or the gym. It’s just SO sleek and form-fitting it’s kind of a pain to put over bulky, everyday shirts or sweaters and makes me feel like I should be heading to Everest, not CVS.

“The FP Movement jacket, on the other hand, has that everyday ease to it: I can toss it on comfortably zipped or unzipped. It may not be my personal style choice, either, but it feels basic enough that it will ‘go’ with almost everything I own. It’s still occasionally in the 80s here in Tennessee, so it hasn’t gotten much wear, but in the winter, I can totally see it being my go-to outer layer for errands, especially because it will allow me to avoid wearing my bulky-but-cute wool coat for all of the 30 seconds it usually takes me to walk from my car into the grocery store or post office. I can also see it being a handy thing to keep around for trips since it’s so light and easy to pack.” — Marshall Bright, Affiliate Editor

DashDividers_1_500x100 Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket in Black, $198

“This jacket is definitely boxy and oversized but not too extreme where it looks like it’s swallowing you whole. I’d say it isn’t super-thick, but it would work really well for the fall-to-winter transition. Plus, you could definitely get away with wearing it on colder winter days if you’re smart about layering with Heattech or wool.

“I see myself wearing this so many ways. You’ll absolutely find me wearing this while running to my corner coffee shop in sweatpants and sneakers, but it would also look great with trousers and a T-shirt. I think the shape of the jacket is really universal and would look great on almost anyone, and it comes in SO many colors for all types of style preferences, but I do wish it came in a larger size range.

“I have a lightweight puffer by Uniqlo and I think I actually prefer this one by Free People for everyday wear. The cut is a bit more unique, and I like the side vents and the sleeve details. The packable design could potentially be handy when traveling, but it was difficult for me to efficiently pack it in the attached pouch. I couldn’t really get it to lay flat, so it ended up looking like a bumpy travel pillow. I could use clearer directions!” — Kate Spencer, Affiliate Strategist

“This puffer is perfect for layering — thin enough to style a thick sweater underneath without being too bulky. I think it stops at a very good length on me, and it’s not too tight or too oversized. I would wear it for everything really, but mostly I think it would look really good with some jeans or leggings. I think this is ideal for when the weather is down to the 50s and 40s. It keeps a lot of heat in even if it feels really thin. If I wore it during 60- or 70-degree weather in NYC, I would be sweating in under 10 minutes. 

“I’ve never owned a puffer before (I’m very new to winter and fall weather), so I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was going to be bulky and strange-fitting, hitting my hips at a weird length or impossible to layer anything underneath without feeling tight and uncomfortable. This puffer is none of that. It’s the exact opposite, actually. Soft and thin but effective and stylish. And, the packability definitely piques my interest. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out the whole pouch-inside-the-jacket thing so I don’t think I folded it in the way I was supposed to. I think compared to other puffers, though, even without having figured out the magic of folding it correctly, it still doesn’t take up that much space in my closet.” — Mercedes Viera, Associate Deals Writer

DashDividers_1_500x100 Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket in Maraschino, $198

“I definitely should start by saying that I’m a plus-size girl. I’m between a 2X-3X (20-22) in most clothing, so I didn’t expect this to fit at all. However, it’s definitely oversized because it went on and zipped up just fine, and I’m a couple sizes bigger than Free People’s largest size. I’d love to see more sizing options for Free people, though. It’d definitely be nice to have a true oversized fit on my plus frame. I will definitely wear this with a turtleneck sweater as the weather drops! I can’t do any super-thick layers because it’s a little more fitted on me, but I do like how it feels and how it falls on my body. I’d love to do a red monochromatic moment with this puffer sometime this winter.

“This puffer is perfect for throwing on after a workout. It’s great for outdoor activities where you don’t want to feel super weighed down like hiking and camping. I think it’s great for moderate fall and spring  weather, but it’s also capable of handling warmer winter days too, especially with a light layer on. I don’t have any other lightweight puffers, so this one is a nice alternative for keeping me warm on slightly chillier days. 

“The Pippa is also cool because it folds down smaller than you think, making it really easy to take along for trips — the packability is definitely such a perk. I often travel between New York and Georgia. I don’t always need outerwear in Georgia, but I do need something to protect me when I’m in NY, so the packable puffer is an easy fix for all of that.” — Chichi Offor, Affiliate Associate Writer

“Gosh, I didn’t even realize I’m such a puffer phreak — this one from FP Movement is my sixth puffer, which is ridiculous. But, what I love about the Pippa is that it’s far more unique than the others in my closet. I ordered my usual size of medium and found it more than roomy enough for D-cup bust. First, the shape is swingy and almost tent-like, which makes it easy to throw on, no matter what I’m wearing underneath. Secondly, the water-resistant material rules — I not only wore this in drizzly weather, but I also literally splashed water on the Pippa in my bathroom — and I’m pleased to report that the droplets patiently sat there, eventually rolling off when I swiped them with my arm. Third, this Maraschino is a real joy to wear. The photos on the site make the puffer look orange — and I initially picked Maraschino because it reminded me of Garbage’s iconic Version 2.0 album cover — but it’s more of a poppy red IRL, which I find to be an equally powerful color so it was no biggie.

“As for the packable portion of this puffer, as a few of my fellow reviewers have mentioned, there’s no elegant way to do this — you literally have to stuff it in, and disrespectfully so. What results is a lumpy sack, which is actually fine considering that the material is wrinkle-proof. Though, personally, I don’t see a world where I’d actually need to stuff my puffer into itself. I think the jacket will be just fine resting peacefully on a hanger or draped over me like a blanket when I have to travel. But I always appreciate an intentional design detail that’s purposeful and functional, even if it’s more useful for someone else.” — Jinnie Lee, Freelance Fashion Market Writer

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Why Fall Is The Best Fashion Season

A new season always comes with excitement — some more so than others. Ahead of spring, it’s the promise of thawing snow, longer days, and shorter hemlines, while winter comes with holiday festivities to look forward to, from Christmas to Valentine’s Day. Summer is, well, summer. But no amount of cashmere sweaters or pumpkin spice lattes can save fall from having the worst reputation of all, as we segue from carefree summer sunshine into dropping temperatures and 4 p.m. sunsets. For many, the season evokes a sense of impending doom that ignores a real opportunity hiding in the turning (and yes, falling) of the leaves: dressing up.

Even though I grew up in the Caribbean, I was always aware of fall’s style potential. I’ve been a fashion fan since I could form a thought, and it seemed unfair that other people could celebrate the changing of the seasons with a new jacket or sheer tights when I was only allowed the occasional hoodie or ankle boot. During college, I started to realize that fall fashion wasn’t just about seasonality, but rather a mindset: Why should my outfit be limited to two-piece sets or a maxi dress just because it’s 85 degrees? So I ditched the tank tops and breezy dresses for leather jackets and long-sleeve shirts, and adapted my approach to fashion to embrace layering. Leandra Medine’s Man Repeller, which featured a column called “Lessons In Layering,” was my go-to guide, teaching me to layer tank tops with various lengths to form a mini dress, or wear a pencil mini skirt over a cotton dress

Later, when I finally moved to New York, I discovered I was right all along. Even with a closet of mostly black clothes, my styling opportunities multiplied, thanks to the cooler temperatures: A ribbed knit halter bodysuit suddenly became just another layer to keep piling onto, knee-high socks entered my fashion vernacular, and I could finally wear my beloved leather jackets in their appropriate environment. 

Year after year, when people around me start cursing the change of seasons, I can only think, “You have it so good and don’t even know it.”

The season’s sartorial capabilities are best on display during the fall fashion weeks; a mix-up of incongruous outfits featuring pieces that would otherwise never be paired together, but that actually act as a flex of styling muscles. Miu Miu’s fall 2022 collection, for example, showed polo shirts fit for Blair Waldorf’s PE class with knee-high socks and ballet flats; Bottega Veneta included tank dresses with thigh-high slits and a ruffled hem, paired with knee-high boots; and Marc Jacobs featured larger-than-life oversized pink denim over a slinky silver bralette, paired with opera gloves. The possibilities are just endless. 

Because fall is the only season without climatological challenges (unless hurricane season gets in your way) — summer comes with intolerable heat, winter only brings darkness and dirty snow — it’s also truly a special time to not only layer up, but play with fashion. Want to add a leather mini skirt over that white shirt dress so there’s a bit peeking out from the skirt’s hemline? Go for it. Feel like wearing head-to-toe leather to catch a matinee of Don’t Worry Darling? ‘Tis the season. Longing for a slip dress-and-boots moment? Be my guest. 

One thing about fall styling is that it also allows us to ditch who we are for who we want to be — fashion-wise, that is. When we are spoiled with good weather, there are fewer factors to inhibit our desire to fully express ourselves through fashion, giving us the chance to try different facets of our personalities or even dress in a new one. Without this yearly exercise — one that forces people to be honest with their personal style via transitional dressing — we’d be stuck falling into winter without any dress-up fun. In turn, when style personalities come out to play, streets, bars, cafés, offices, and trains become an everyday moodboard of fashion inspiration. 

This year’s lineup of fall trends is especially exciting, leaving behind the ultra-slinky, somewhat gimmicky Y2K-revival styles of the past two years for multifaceted choices that highlight the best of personal style: metallic hues and materials, menswear-inspired tailoring that somehow feels fresh, head-to-toe biker chic leather, Barbiecore pink, skirt suits, ‘80s shoulder pads, Gossip Girl-ready preppy fashion, and opulent outerwear that’s meant to do more than just warm you up. 

So, will you come out to play? 

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3 Shopping Tips for Finding a Jumpsuit That Fits

I was usually the tallest girl in the room growing up, which meant shopping for any kind of one-piece (from bathing suits to rompers) was always a challenge. So, when jumpsuits started trending a few years ago, I was skeptical—but I loved the fun simplicity of the look, and I refused to give up searching for one that would work for my proportions. As a size 20 standing at 5’10, finding a jumpsuit to fit my waist, long torso and legs wasn’t always easy. But as I learned, a few key considerations when shopping can save you a lot of precious time and energy (no more fitting room cardio!). Here are three things that really make a difference when searching for the best-fitting jumpsuit.

A mirror selfie of Lora wearing an army green long-sleeve jumpsuit with a belt. Consider comfort

My style goal as we all continue to work from home is “put-together enough to hop on a Zoom call, but comfy enough to feel like I’m still in PJs.” Lucky for me, as loungewear took over last year, jumpsuits became the ideal WFH option. Since wearing a jumpsuit means that you basically have to get naked to go to the washroom, it’s extra important that getting into (and out of) it feels comfortable and not like a marathon. If you feel restricted at all by the fabric or proportions, a jumpsuit can start to feel claustrophobic. Move around when you’re trying on different options to make sure you can raise your arms and bend over comfortably without the jumpsuit riding up too high.

Lora wearing a drapey emerald green jumpsuit with long sleeves. Know your measurements

Since IRL store visits aren’t possible for a lot of folks right now, prepare for online shopping with a few key details. As tempting as it may be to judge only by pictures and reviews (which are also great indicators of fit and quality), the best approach is to find a measuring tape and get to know your measurements, from your bust to your inseam. When you’re browsing, check out the dimensions of the jumpsuit—a lot of sites will list both the top length and the inseam, which is super helpful in finding the best fit. Consider ordering a couple of different sizes to choose from (just be sure to check out the store’s refund and exchange policy first). 

Lora posing with Lizzo. Go for versatility 

Here’s what I love the most about jumpsuits right now: The options are truly endless. Some are perfect for lazy Sundays, while other glam options make the best looks for nights out (or in—anyone else getting dressed up to watch awards shows in their living room?). Jumpsuits are also great transitional pieces since you can easily pair them with a cute jean jacket or a sleek trench coat, or wear a long-sleeve tee underneath. A few favourites from my own collection: a stretchy black jumpsuit that I pretty much live in all summer; a royal blue number with a ruffled collar that looks amazing on a dancefloor; and a leopard-print look that I paired with a crop top to meet Lizzo (who complimented my look!) 

If nothing else convinces you, consider this: A jumpsuit requires almost zero thought in the morning. Just throw it on, grab a coffee and you’re ready to face the day!

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- Karoun Chahinian
What Every Woman Needs to Know About HPV-Related Cervical Cancers

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Vaccines are one of the most important inventions in healthcare and have contributed to preventing the spread of many diseases. As more people get vaccinated, the risk of getting the disease is reduced. Did you know that some vaccines can even help prevent cancers, including cervical cancer, the third most common cancer in young Canadian women 20–40 years old? Here are some things you need to know about cervical cancer and HPV vaccination.

What is HPV?

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common sexually transmitted virus. If you’ve ever been sexually active (and even if you’re in a monogamous relationship), you are at risk. It’s estimated that three in four sexually active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime. Because you can be infected and have zero signs or symptoms, it’s easy to unwittingly pass it on. And while some people infected with HPV will clear the virus on their own, some others won’t, which can lead to cervical cancer or other HPV-related cancers and diseases.

HPV is responsible for nearly 100 percent of cervical cancer cases.

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in Canadian women aged 20 to 40. Every year, some 1,400 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in Canada. When a woman is infected with certain types of HPV and the virus doesn’t clear on its own, abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions can develop. Pap tests look for these abnormal cells, but if they aren’t detected early and treated, cervical cancer could develop.

Spoiler alert: You are not invincible.

Shortly after giving birth at 27, Heather* was diagnosed with cervical cancer. It was, to put it mildly, a shock. “I was at the peak of happiness in my life. In your twenties, you think you’re invincible; you definitely don’t think it could all be flipped upside down.” If it can happen to her—and to an estimated 1,400 Canadian women every year—it can happen to you.

Today, Heather is working to raise awareness about cancers that are caused by HPV because there are vaccines out there that can actually help protect you from certain cancer diagnoses.

Crop unrecognizable women sitting with cups of coffee at resting on couch at home So, why wait?

HPV vaccines like GARDASIL®9 can help protect against certain HPV types that may lead to cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers and diseases. Vaccination against HPV could be covered by your insurance or even be free through the public immunization program (check with your private insurance provider or your local health agency to find out more. Public coverage varies by province/territory and by age).

Help take control of the things you can. If you’re a woman aged 18 to 45, get vaccinated to help prevent cervical cancer.

To learn more, visit www.GARDASIL9.ca and watch Heather and other Canadian women share their C-stories.

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- Patricia Karounos
We Finally Know What Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s First Netflix Project Is

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made waves seven months ago when they signed a huge, multi-million dollar development deal with Netflix through their production company Archewell Productions. Now, we know what their first project with the streaming service will be.

Today, the Invictus Games Foundation—a.k.a. the sporting event for wounded, injured or sick armed services veterans that was founded by Prince Harry— revealed that a documentary series about the games is in the works between Netflix and the Sussexes. Tentatively titled Heart of Invictus, the multi-episode series will follow a group of competitors from around the world as they prepare to compete at the next Invictus Games. The event was originally supposed to take place at The Hague, Netherlands in 2020 but has since been moved to 2022.

Prince Harry is even set to appear on camera in the docuseries (which he is also executive producing)—though in what capacity is still TBD.

“Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve,” the Duke of Sussex said in a press release. “This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year. As Archewell Productions’ first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service.”

The project is being spearheaded by Oscar-winning British duo, director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara, who have worked on docs like 2016’s acclaimed The White Helmets. On top of telling the athletes’ stories, the series will also follow organizers during their efforts to prepare for the postponed games.

Meghan and Harry signed their multiyear Netflix deal in 2020, planning to make an array of docs, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programs for the streaming service. According to the press release, this first docuseries lines up with their goal to create content that “informs, elevates and inspires.”

Right now, there’s no indication that Meghan will also appear in the series, though the press release doesn’t mention if she’s also involved. Since the Invictus Games are quite close to Harry’s heart, it doesn’t seem like the duchess will be featured prominently on camera. At the time of this publication, the film’s release date had not yet been announced.

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Who Is YouTuber David Dobrik and What Allegations Is He Facing?

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Trigger warning: This article contains mentions of sexual assault. 

YouTuber David Dobrik began 2021 on a career high. With a recently estimated net worth of $20 million USD, nearly 20-million subscribers to his YouTube channel, a newly purchased $9.5-million mansion and high-profile partnerships with major brands including DoorDash and Bumble, the year was off to a roaring start.

But in the wake of multiple accusations of sexual assault being brought against members of the Vlog Squad, Dobrik’s content creation group, the 24-year-old is losing fans and sponsorships left and right, while offering up apology after apology.

Here’s everything to know about the David Dobrik controversy.

Who is David Dobrik?

A comedian and podcaster, Dobrik first rose to fame on the short-lived short-form video app Vine, followed by YouTube, which he joined in 2015. His videos included pranks, celebrity cameos featuring the likes of Kylie Jenner and Justin Bieber, and just about anything with some kind of clickbait (e.g. videos with names like “ASKING HER BEST FRIENDS TO HOOK UP WITH HER!!,” “TOO DRUNK TO BE ON CAMERA!!,” “HE’S BEEN DATING A MOM!!”). And yes, all are labelled in caps for maximum migraine factor.

Many of those videos feature his friends, a.k.a. the Vlog Squad, which currently includes fellow content creators Jason Nash, Todd Smith, Heath Hussar, Scotty Sire, Josh Peck, Corinna Kopf, Nick Antonyan a.k.a. “Jonah,” Jeff Wittek, Matt King, Carly Incontro, Erin Gilfoyand and Zane Hijazi. While they don’t work for Dobrik, the YouTuber often features his actual employees in his content, too, including personal assistants Natalie Mariduena, Taylor Hudson and Ella-Priya D’Souza.

With a once squeaky-clean reputation and videos garnering millions of views, Dobrik has been one of the most popular and highest-earning YouTubers on the network, beloved for his now-stale charm and affinity for hijinks.

What is David Dobrik being accused of?

That reputation blew up on March 16, 2021 when a Business Insider report was published in which an anonymous woman said that she had been raped during the filming of one of Dobrik’s 2018 videos featuring the Vlog Squad. Twenty years old at the time, she said she blacked out from drinking alcohol that the Vlog Squad had provided to her and several other women who were present and of a similar age. She added that Dobrik filmed her as she entered a bedroom with former Vlog Squad member Dominykas Zeglaitis (who also goes by “Durte Dom”), and that she was involved in group sex though too drunk to provide consent. Later, Dobrik published a video to his YouTube channel about the incident, titled “SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED WITH FIRE!!”

The video, in which Zeglaitis and Dobrik joke about the group sex, including that they’re “going to jail” for what transpired, has since been removed at her request.

This allegation brought another, reported on February 24, 2021 to Buzzfeed, to the surface. In this incident, former Vlog Squad member Joseth “Seth” Francois said he was sexually assaulted while filming one of Dobrik’s prank videos in 2017. In the video, Dobrik tricks Francois into believing that he’s kissing friend Corrina Kopf who, it turns out, is actually Vlog Squad member Jason Nash in disguise.

Francois also said that as the only Black member of the group, he often felt he was used as a punchline for racist jokes. In a June 2020 video on his own YouTube channel, titled “Accountability to all content creators,” Francois shared specific examples of the uncomfortable, racially charged situations he was put in while part of the Vlog Squad, including being offered watermelon and the group joking about taking him to a police station.

In regards to the race-based jokes, Francois told Buzzfeed that he felt pressure to go along with them as a member of the Vlog Squad.

“It was an unwritten thing where you see a pattern of people saying, ‘Yo, I’m uncomfortable with this,'” he said. “All of a sudden they disappear and they’re not in videos anymore.”

In an episode of YouTuber couple Ethan and Hila Klein’s H3 podcast that aired on February 5, 2021, Nick Keswani, another former Vlog Squad member, shared a similar sentiment. Keswani lives with a rare form of dwarfism that’s left him blind in one eye, and he frequently felt mocked by the Vlog Squad for his disabilities. He said on the podcast, “I felt worthless being in those videos. I was like, ‘Dude, why am I even, like, here? What’s the point in my existence? Because I was just treated like this punching bag.’”

This was followed by YouTuber Trisha Paytas who, on February 16, 2021, claimed on the H3 podcast that Dobrik hid in her room and filmed her naked while she had sex with Jason Nash, her boyfriend at the time. She said this was all without her consent, though Nash was aware. Paytas added that she asked Dobrik not to post the video he filmed of the incident, titled “I SNUCK INTO THEIR HOTEL ROOM (SURPRISE),” though it’s still online and pulling in views. In a recent Vulture profile, she said she has been experiencing PTSD since her time spent with Nash and Dobrik.

Finally, on March 1, Dobrik came under fire again when he launched a new photo-sharing app called Dispo. That name had been pitched to him in September 2020 by a man named Karim in a TikTok series that he used as an application to be a designer for the app. Although Dobrik said he loved the name in the video comments at the time, he didn’t hire Karim but went ahead with the name. Since, the review section of Dispo on Apple’s App Store has been inundated asking Dobrik to take accountability and for fans not to support him by downloading the app.

How has Dobrik responded?

On June 30, 2020, Dobrik made his first apology, before the scandals surrounding him really blew up. In a podcast episode titled “Auditioning for SNL,” he apologized for his past behaviour without referring to any names or specifics, and was criticized by fans for offering up nothing more than a superficial sorry.

After the explosive Business Insider report was released many months later, Dobrik made another apology on March 16, 2021 in a two-minute video titled “Let’s Talk.”

“I just want to make videos where everybody in it, whether you are participating or watching, is enjoying having a good time,” Dobrik said. “Consent is something that’s super, super important to me. Whether I’m shooting with a friend or shooting with a stranger, I always make sure that whatever the video I’m putting out, I have the approval from that person. I also acknowledge that there’s times where a person can change their mind and they decide that they no longer want to be associated, they no longer want to be in the video that I’m putting up. Then I’ll take the video down.”

Dobrik goes on to say that he has distanced himself from Zeglaitis and other unnamed former Vlog Squad members because he “doesn’t align with some of their actions” and doesn’t stand “with any misconduct.”

In conclusion, he says, “I’m sorry if I have let you down. Things like that won’t happen again. I have learnt from my mistakes and I also believe that actions speak a lot louder than words. You can take my word for it that I am going to change, but I will also show you and I will prove to you that the mistakes I made before won’t be happening again.”

It’s not unlike his apology in 2020, with no reference to any of the allegations specifically. Although Dobrik apologizes “for the Seth situation,” he declines to mention Keswani, Paytas or the incident detailed in the Business Insider report.

Zeglaitis has not commented on any of the allegations, and neither have current Vlog Squad members Jason Nash, Todd Smith, Heath Hussar, Josh Peck, Corinna Kopf, Nick Antonyan, Matt King or Zane Hijazi.

In a video on their own joint channel, group members Carly Incontro and Erin Gilfoy said they do not condone what happened and hope that the anonymous woman’s “abuser gets to face the entire, full consequence of all of this and takes full accountability for what happened that night.”

Jeff Wittek, who was accused of supplying underage girls with alcohol along with Smith the night of the alleged assault detailed in Business Insider, said in a now-deleted video that the allegations are untrue and he has “absolutely nothing to do” with the situation. Similarly, in his own now-deleted video, Scotty Sire said the allegations were false and that “the Vlog Squad doesn’t address rumours, lies, and gossip.” However, days later, on March 8, he tweeted an apology “to anyone who feels as though I disrespected or invalidated their story” as he “let emotion get the better of me.”

What’s going on with Dobrik’s YouTube subscribers and sponsorships?

In the week following his March 16 apology video, many of Dobrik’s most enduring and lucrative sponsors dropped him, all of them sharing the same explanation: the YouTuber’s “values” do not align with theirs. That list includes EA Sports, Dollar Shave Club, DoorDash, Chipotle, Frank’s Red Hot, SeatGeek, General Mills, HBO Max, Audible, Facebook and HelloFresh.

Meanwhile, according to data from Social Blade, Dobrik’s YouTube view count dropped by over 66-million in a single day, on March 19, and he also lost about 100,000 subscribers. He also recently deleted a series of videos that accounted for over 17-million views.

On account of the soured sponsorship deals, on March 22, 2021, Dobrik announced that he would be stepping down from the board of Dispo in an effort “to not distract from the company’s growth.” On the same day, venture capital firm Spark Capital, which was a major investor in Dispo, announced that it would be severing “all ties” with the YouTuber.

The latest: Dobrik apologizes…again

Seemingly provoked by his fizzled partnerships, Dobrik made a more formal, lengthy apology video on March 23, 2021, while sitting humbly on the floor of his mansion.

“I fully believe the woman who came out against Dom,” he said, referring to the Business Insider report. “Even though I got the consent to post that video, I should have never posted it. I want to apologize to her and her friends for ever putting them in an environment that I enabled that made them feel like their safety and values were compromised. I’m so sorry. I was completely disconnected from the fact that when people were invited to film videos with us, especially videos that relied on shock for views or whatever, it was that I was creating an unfair power dynamic. I did not know this before.”

He went on to advise viewers that, “when creating content that you’re trying to get viewership out of or you’re trying to get laughs out of, really take a moment and look at where the jokes end and where the feelings begin.”

Dobrik concluded that he will be taking a break from social media for the foreseeable future, adding that he hopes to instil more “infrastructure” in his content moving forward, while also being a human being and taking his friends’ emotional wellbeing into consideration.

As of yet, no charges have been filed, while the anonymous woman in Business Insider‘s report said she has not spoken with police and has yet to make any further statements since Dobrik’s apologies.

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Why Do We Keep Giving Celebs Like Sharon Osbourne a Public Platform?

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It’s been a loud month for Sharon Osbourne, co-host of CBS’s The Talk. After passionately defending Piers Morgan when the disgraced TV personality suggested Meghan Markle was lying about experiencing suicidal ideation during her interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7, Osbourne has been battling criticism left and right.

On the March 10 episode of The Talk, Osbourne took issue with those accusing her of racism for defending Morgan. She also appeared antagonistic toward her Black co-host Sheryl Underwood, demanding Underwood “educate” Osbourne on race while warning her, “don’t try and cry, ’cause if anyone should be crying it should be me.”

Naturally, the moment went viral and, by that Friday morning, she offered a standard issue apology. In the statement published to Twitter, Osbourne said, “I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the Black community & I have deep respect & love for the Black community. To anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry. I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over.” She added that “there are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism,” so the suggestion that she might be racist “spun me fast.”

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— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 12, 2021

Later that day, former Talk co-host Holly Robinson Peete described unfair treatment by Osbourne during her time on the show, claiming that Osbourne had her fired. She tweeted, “I’m old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too ‘ghetto’ for #theTalk…then I was gone. I bring this up now bc I was mortified watching the disrespectful condescending tone she took w/her co-host who remained calm & respectful because…she HAD to.”

Osbourne denied Peete’s claim in a statement on March 16 to journalist Yashar Ali, who also reported that multiple sources, including Leah Remini, yet another former Talk co-host, had told him that Osbourne would often refer to fellow former co-host Julie Chen, who is Chinese-American, as “wonton” and “slanty eyes.” She also, allegedly, referred to former co-host Sara Gilbert, who is gay, as “pussy licker” and “fish eater.” Both Peete and Remini co-hosted The Talk in 2010, and were let go by the end of season 1—at Osbourne’s insistence, according to Ali.

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In response, that same day, CBS announced that The Talk was being placed on an extended hiatus until March 23 as the network investigates the mounting allegations and takes “appropriate action where necessary.”

Is it all just for ratings and clickbait?

While some are speculating the network will decide to let Osbourne go, and others are wondering if she’ll simply quit à la Piers Morgan, the odds are good, too, that nothing will change. Because provocative personalities like Osbourne’s make for good television. After all, more than a week later, the public is still ravenously dissecting her exchange with Underwood, and leafing through her past to see what else she might have gotten away with. It even managed to at least temporarily eclipse what triggered it all together: Markle’s bombshell interview.

There’s a reason round-table talk shows include perspectives from different sides of the political aisle. To offer all takes on a subject that can represent the American audience at home, yes, but also to offer up a devil’s advocate on a steaming hot plate. Some get angry and riled up, while others nod along. For CBS, and networks like it, both are a win.

Think of Meghan McCain, the conservative voice on ABC’s The View. Almost every week, something she says goes viral, inciting those at home who are retweeting and helping her blow up into a media figure we’re all unable to look away from. In fact, earlier this month, she went viral for a convoluted rant that was also brought on by the Oprah interview. She somehow connected it to the American Revolution, saying, “The American experiment is the way to go, and if we have two American women—Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey—who are single-handedly finishing what George Washington and our revolutionary counterparts did, I’m all for it.” The camera then cut to co-host Whoopi Goldberg in a state of utter confusion. She responded, with a healthy dose of derision, a blunt “OK,” and the program cut to commercial.

The pair have often argued on-air, becoming a trending topic for Twitter until the next buzzy moment. It’s a cycle daytime television finds relevance from and relies on to be a hot topic itself. If we look back, it’s also clearly far from a new phenomenon. In his above mentioned Twitter thread on March 16, Ali shared a 2011 clip in which Osbourne referred to Remini as “ghetto,” though she denied ever calling Peete the same. But Peete and Remini’s allegations go all the way back to 2010 when the show debuted, so why are acting like Osbourne’s bad behaviour is so shocking today? It’s worth noting, too, she is the only host who has been a part of The Talk from the very beginning. Otherwise, it’s been a hell of a revolving door. In other words, CBS knows what it has on its hands: a lightning rod.

Is Sharon—and celebs like her—in on it?

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on March 16, Osbourne claimed that she was “blindsided” by questions of her allegiance to Morgan on the episode that aired on March 10, as she and the other hosts have a pact never to ask each other questions on-air they haven’t already been prepped for.

“So, it’s the cancel culture, isn’t it? Throw her under the bus,” she said. “They’re setting me up. My anger was like, I cannot believe this, I’m your sacrificial lamb.”

In a way, she may be—for the production staff, who probably knew they were on the way to a viral clip the moment Osbourne began speaking. But it seems pretty clear Osbourne was not in the know about any of that. McCain, on the other hand, may be more savvy. Either way, both seem to function as puppets for their respective networks, easy to provoke and deliver water-cooler moments at their own expense. Still, Osbourne handed them the material, and it was her choice how to handle her conversation with Underwood. Being on a stage is what Osbourne signed up for, and being a loudmouth who doesn’t give a fuck has also been her brand for decades.

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But, she told ET, “I would love to but I don’t know whether I even want to go back. I don’t know whether I’m wanted there.”

And that’s the thing. In 2021, the threshold for saying whatever you want and facing little consequence is low. Or, as Osbourne said, “The ins and the outs of the way the younger generation feel right now, I don’t have my finger on the pulse.” Sure, but if you want to be a central figure on an American talk show with a diverse audience, you should also choose effort and education over willful ignorance, instead of putting the blame on just about every other party. One would think.

Although there is speculation he was let go, Morgan himself exited Good Morning Britain after the network received 41,000 complaints—including from Markle—after the episode in which he made incendiary comments about the Winfrey interview. And that’s after six years of freely expressing contempt for Markle on-air and to much backlash.

While that might suggest filing a formal complaint rather than posting a tweet is more effective, it shouldn’t have to take thousands. There is no denying that we—the people at home—are the ones feeding the beast, retweeting, clicking, watching and giving these media figures the numbers they need to be deemed “popular.” But for them to finally lose their platforms, there is no value in handing them that currency. What makes a difference is speaking up about why they might be offensive, and that goes straight to our own workplaces, where versions of these exist, too.

In the case of Morgan, his own co-hosts, including Alex Beresford and Susanna Reid, spoke up about his treatment of them and their disapproval of his insensitive on-air rhetoric. If your own co-workers don’t want to work alongside you, and your audience no longer gives you clicks, the puppet show falls apart.

While it’s unclear if Osbourne will meet the same fate, she is finally being pushed to answer for her actions, which does count for something.

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- Flare Staff
What To Know About the Atlanta Shootings and #StopAsianHate Movement

An image from the Stop Asian Hate movement

On March 16, a series of shootings within a single hour at three massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia left eight people dead, including six Asian women. At the time this was published, only the names of those killed in the first attack have been released. They include Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, 33; and Paul Andre Michels, 54. Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Robert Aaron Long, 21, was charged with murder and assault the following day. Although police have not yet labelled the shootings a hate crime, they have said that Long may have had a “sexual addiction” and was targeting places of “temptation.”

For Asian-American and Asian-Canadian communities, however, there is no other way to describe the latest attack in a year that has seen anti-Asian hate crimes rise dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Here’s what you need to know—and how you can help.

How much has anti-Asian racism increased?

When COVID-19 became a household term almost exactly a year ago, then-U.S. President Donald Trump labelled it “China’s fault” and the “China virus.” Since then, not only has the virus been called various racist names, there has also been a rise in racially charged incidents in the west—and online.

According to an October 2020 report by the Anti-Defamation League, there was an 85 percent increase in anti-Asian rhetoric and conspiracy theories on Twitter shortly after Trump used those terms during the first presidential debate in the fall.

In Canada, Fight COVID Racism has recorded over 931 incidents of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia from March 17, 2020 to present. In Vancouver, hate crimes increased by 97 percent while anti-Asian hate crimes specifically went up a staggering 717 percent last year. During the same period, Ottawa’s hate crimes rose by 57 percent. Montreal reported a total of 30 anti-Asian hate crimes and racist acts between March and December of last year, while only six were recorded in 2019. Additionally, according to Project 1907, Canada has more reports of anti-Asian racism per Asian capita than the United States.

In the U.S., Stop AAPI Hate, which tracks hate crimes against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, released research on March 16 revealing that nearly 3,800 incidents were reported from March 2020 to February 2021. Notably, women made 68 percent of the reports compared to men, who made 29 percent, while 6.2 percent were made by people 60 years and older. In fact, there has been a rise in attacks on elderly Asian Americans in the U.S., with over 20 cases reported in just the last month in northern California alone.

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What does #StopAsianHate signify?

After news of the Atlanta shootings began to circulate, so, too, did the hashtag “#StopAsianHate.” The hope, say many activists, is that this viral movement will shine a light on the racism that existed well before the pandemic and is even more prominent in the U.S. today.

That goes for Canadians, too. Jooyoung Lee, associate professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, explains to FLARE: “I hope this wakes people up from multicultural myth-making where Canadians fall in love with the narrative of this country being a very open and tolerant society.”

In amplifying the conversation, the goal, too, is that others will become enlightened as to just how deep this history of hurt and “vicarious trauma,” in Lee’s words, runs.

“A lot of people are expressing how this is reopening traumatic wounds that Asian folks in different places have experienced. It reminds us of everyday microaggressions that we deal [with], it reminds us of overt racism, it reminds us of violence,” says Lee, who grew up 30 minutes from where the shootings took place and says, as the child of Korean immigrants, it struck especially hard learning that some of the victims were Korean women. “It reminds me, it reminds us, of all of these things that we sometimes gloss over because narratives about racism against Asians are overlooked a lot.”

He says a key reason why anti-Asian racism can sometimes go unnoticed is because of the model minority myth, which suggests that some Asians have, in Lee’s words, “transcended the problems and ills” that continue to affect other racial minority groups. In that sense, #StopAsianHate has also offered a platform on social media for many to share what their experiences with racism have been, and how they have left long-standing scars.

Madelyn Chung, a Toronto-based writer, psychotherapist, founder of the RepresentASIAN Project and frequent FLARE contributor, says she feels numb as she continues to process the news and is reminded of her own experiences with racism.

“One time I went to a bar and there was a guy there with a shirt that said ‘I heart Asians.’ When I came in, all of his friends pushed me over and wanted me to take a picture with him as if I were a token,” she recalls, an uneasiness wavering through her voice even now. Growing up in a predominantly white neighbourhood, she says she has been thinking a lot about what she put up with and felt she couldn’t speak up about at the time.

“If I did, I was deemed too sensitive by those around me. I think about that when I think about these women who had to put up with this on a daily basis while trying to make a living,” Chung says about the spa employees who were murdered on March 16. “Meanwhile, you wait for the rhetoric that will be used by the media and may not be accurate, and the excuses that will be made for this man, which is often the case when the person committing these violent acts is a white person. I’m angry that my timeline is filled with his face.”

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Were the Atlanta shootings racially motivated?

Some have felt confusion as to what exactly these shootings were motivated by if not racism, after police have said it is “still early” to label it a hate crime, and because Long claimed it was not racially motivated. Many, however, feel there is no question that the killer’s motive was rooted in racism, and have been sharing as much through the #StopAsianHate hashtag.

Georgia state representative Bee Nguyen said in a statement that those who were killed appear to be victims of the “intersection of gender-based violence, misogyny and xenophobia.” Context, in other words, is important.

And, says Lee, “People are often uncomfortable with the label of racist even if they are openly racist. And we have to get away from thinking that it’s definitely an outright act of white supremacy or of an incel. We like convenient labels, but in reality, a lot of these ideas are interwoven. We have to take what he said with a grain of salt and realize that this kind of stuff is very complex and these identities intersect.”

In other words, despite what Long himself believes, his crimes may indeed be racially motivated because a perpetrator doesn’t need to label themselves as racist for it to be true.

Will this latest tragedy lead to change?

When it comes to seeing actual systemic and societal change from this and last year’s racial reckonings—which includes the Black Lives Matter movement—a few key things need to happen. First and foremost, education.

Lee says when he grew up in the U.S., he didn’t learn about the Asian civil rights movement or the major historical events that galvanized it. The same goes for young Canadians.

“There’s so much that we’ve got to do and it starts with education,” he says. “Now, in the interim, it is about informing  the public on how they can intervene as a bystander when it comes to racially-motivated incidents.”

Chung adds, “The most I can do right now is educate myself, because we don’t learn about the Chinese Exclusion Act, we don’t learn about the head tax [in the Canadian school system]. We are taught through a very white lens, and that’s the case for Indigenous and Black communities, too.”

She encourages using the internet not only as a resource to enlighten, but to listen, support and amplify others who are sharing their experiences right now.

“It’s important to recognize that you are not alone, this is not okay, and it’s not something you have to put up with as a person of colour or as a woman,” Chung says, adding that a key learning lesson for her has been to always speak up. “I struggle a lot with guilt for feeling the way I feel about these attacks. ’Am I speaking out too much? Am I being overly sensitive? Am I allowed to feel these feelings?’ Yes, I am, we should be angry, we should be able to express our hurt and grief.”

What has been strongly echoed through the #StopAsianHate movement is that this is not a time for performing support, but for real action. In other words, that means doing more than posting a black square on Instagram; it means making space for diversity in workspaces, collecting data on race and minority groups during the pandemic and after, adopting a diverse lens when consuming media—and so much more.

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How can you help?

Not only does allyship look like intervening as a bystander, as Lee said, or educating yourself on anti-Asian racism, as Chung noted, but you can also put your money where your mouth is.

The Toronto-based Butterfly SW is a support network for Asian and migrant sex workers and massage parlour workers; you can sign its petition of solidarity here and donate here. You can also contribute to Maggie’s Toronto Sex Worker Action Project here, or SWAN Vancouver, which offers culturally specialized support for immigrant women engaging in sex work.

To educate yourself on the history of anti-Asian racism, what it means to unpack white privilege and food justice, visit the Vancouver-based non-profit Hua Foundation. There, you can also find ways to contribute to the Chinatown Cares Grocery Delivery Program. You can also learn more about Chung’s own RepresentASIAN Project—which celebrates, advocates and elevates Asian representation in various fields—here.

Other organizations, including the Chinese Canadian National Council – For Social Justice, also provide information on how to engage and advocate for racial equity and justice.

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- Meaghan Wray
Is Piers Morgan Finally Going to Stop Trashing Meghan Markle?

A side-by-side photo of Meghan Markle and Piers Morgan

Warning: This article contains mentions of suicidal ideation.

Piers Morgan hates Meghan Markle. He has dedicated much of his career in recent years to tearing down her character, from writing scathing Daily Mail columns to criticizing her pregnancy photos. On March 9, he stormed off the Good Morning Britain set after being confronted by his colleague over his critique of Markle’s recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. Hours later, he quit his on-air job, granting the wishes of more than 41,000 people who had made complaints since he claimed Markle was lying about her mental health to Oprah. 

In a clip of the live TV broadcast shared by royal commentator Chris Ship, Morgan’s colleaguem weather presenter Alex Beresford, calls him out for constantly criticizing Markle.

“I understand that you don’t like Meghan Markle, you’ve made it so clear a number of times on this program, and I understand you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and she cut you off,” Beresford says in the clip. “Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has but yet you continue to trash her.”

Morgan stands up abruptly and walks off stage, while saying: “OK, I’m done with this. Sorry, no, can’t do this.”

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So @alexberesfordTV defends Meghan on @gmb and criticises @piersmorgan for what he’d said about Meghan’s mental health.
Piers walks off the set.
Surely Piers knows if you give it, you gotta be able to take it?pic.twitter.com/gmoNjMxiQy

— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 9, 2021

The on-air display of immaturity came after Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah aired on March 7. One of the shocking revelations made in the two-hour conversation was the Duchess of Sussex’s battle with suicidal ideation while pregnant with their son Archie and dealing with the relentless U.K. tabloids and a lack of support from the Royal Family. A day before his tantrum on Good Morning Britain, Morgan dismissed her claims of suicidal thoughts and racism in the Royal Family, causing a major backlash against the TV host.

“I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle,” Morgan said. “I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.” His co-host, Susanna Reid, responded: “That’s a pathetic reaction to someone who has expressed those thoughts.”

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‘A lot of people will feel extremely concerned about that.’ @Susannareid100 says Meghan’s revelation that she was on the verge of taking her own life is very concerning.@Piersmorgan says he doesn’t believe Meghan. pic.twitter.com/Hzuc2Z1gUQ

— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 8, 2021

Piers Morgan has had it out for Meghan Markle for years

Morgan has relayed his story about being ditched by his former friend many times in the past—and recently, too.

Morgan and Markle started chatting on Twitter in September 2015, after the TV host followed her on social media. They apparently struck up a friendship and met at a pub for drinks in 2016, reportedly the very same night she met Prince Harry for the first time.

Five years later, Morgan tweeted a screenshot of her first message to him, with commentary.

In happier times… when Meghan first slid into my DMs… think it’s fair to say she’s probably not such a ‘big fan’ of mine now. pic.twitter.com/WH0HzqeV3I

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 15, 2020

“In happier times… When Meghan first slid into my DMs… Think it’s fair to say she’s probably not such a ‘big fan’ of mine now,” Morgan wrote, no doubt referring to the various times he’d slammed her on television or in writing, from calling Markle a “Kardashian wannabe” to saying their pregnancy photos were “cheesy.” In his Daily Mail column three years ago, he wrote that he was “ghosted” by her after she and Prince Harry became more serious and claimed she was just climbing the social ladder. Landing “the role of her life,” as he put it.

In the years following the supposed ghosting, Morgan made a name—albeit, a crappy one—for himself as being vehemently anti-Markle. His Daily Mail column quickly filled up with scathing commentary of basically everything Meghan and Harry did, criticizing her relationship with her father, the way they dealt with the media, and her passion for gender equality. It’s clear that being rejected by Markle, who has in comparison said nothing about him publicly, has been tough on Morgan. And yet, her name—and his questionable politics and clickbait stories—are what has given him anything to talk about at all.

When watching any clip of Morgan chatting about Markle on Good Morning Britain, it’s clear his co-hosts have very little patience for him, consistently calling him out for his “pathetic” takes as they relate to the duchess, in the words of his aforementioned co-host, Reid.

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Morgan has used white privilege—and anti-Black racism—to fuel his tirades against Markle

Good Morning Britain received thousands of complaints after Morgan whined at length about Markle and Harry’s interview with Oprah. Now, Morgan (a white, cis-gendered man) seems to think he’s a victim of “racist bullying.” After an on-air debate with This Is Why I Resist author Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, who he accused of race-baiting, Morgan took to Twitter. “Can all the Meghan/Harry fans currently abusing me with stuff like ‘shut the f*ck up white man’ please stop trying to silence my voice with racist bullying. Thanks,” he wrote.

Can all the Meghan/Harry fans currently abusing me with stuff like 'shut the f*ck up white man' please stop trying to silence my voice with racist bullying. Thanks.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 8, 2021

In reality, he’s the one who used anti-Black racism to help fuel his calculated destruction of Markle’s character, not once acknowledging the colonial history of the Royal Family, and actively denying Markle’s claims of experiencing racism and mental health struggles while an active, working member of said family.

Tayo Bero, a Toronto-based freelance culture writer and radio producer, has been watching Morgan’s disturbing “years-long obsession with Meghan” from the sidelines. She tuned in to the Oprah interview and was “outraged, triggered and upset—but definitely not surprised.”

“He’s taken on this crusade of misogynistic and racist slander against her because of [Meghan shunning him],” she tells me. “The very fact that a white, upper-class man with a massive platform can get away with the kind of vitriol he continues to spew at a member of the Royal Family says a lot about what Meghan was up against in that environment.”

As Prince Harry said in the interview, it’s not just about his wife’s individual experience—it’s about everyone who has been watching her struggle, who can relate. Because the experience of anti-Black racism isn’t just individual—the trauma reverberates.

“Morgan’s suggestion that Meghan lied about her mental health struggles and the racism she faced hit really close to home for so many Black women who’ve been through the same thing,” she says. “The denial becomes even more reprehensible when you think about the fact that the same person accusing her of lying … has spent years actively fanning the flames of the abuse that she’s speaking of.”

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When pressed, Morgan walked away in discomfort—behaviour he criticized Meghan and Harry endlessly for doing

While the royal couple were living in Britain, they struggled to maintain a sense of privacy. In the interview, Markle mentioned being told to “lay low” and to not leave her home of Frogmore Cottage, lest she be written about more in the tabloid news. Their decision to move to North America and step down from their roles are senior royalty—a.k.a. stepping out of a situation that made them feel uncomfortable—was viewed as a betrayal.

Meanwhile, Morgan was able to do it live on air.

“Morgan is a petulant man-child and has shown this many times on air, [but] it does bear mentioning that if a Black presenter had storm off in the same manner in defense of Meghan, they would be accused of bias, lack of professionalism and all other labels,” Bero says. “It strikes me as ironic that he felt like he had the right to remove himself from a situation that he deemed unpleasant, the very same act for which he has criticized Harry and Meghan of for months.”

“We live in a world where Morgan can walk away from an ‘uncomfortable’ exchange, and the Black woman who has been abused for years in front of the world has to suck it up and take it.”

Morgan’s behaviour is the perfect display of who is allowed to have feelings, and who isn’t; who is allowed to show those feelings, and who isn’t; and who feels privileged and free enough to honour their feelings.

Let’s hope that his resignation from his role at Good Morning Britain will make way for a culture of holding our colleagues accountable—no matter how many views they garner.

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- Meaghan Wray
Yet Again the Media Is Targeting Meghan Markle When Prince Andrew Is Right There

Meghan Markle wearing a black wide-brimmed hat and a grey blazer

Just days away from the release of what promises to be a very revelatory interview with Oprah Winfrey (!!!), Meghan Markle is in headlines battling unsavoury allegations—again.

A report published by The Times late Tuesday night claims that unidentified royal aides have come forward to show the public a side of Markle we haven’t seen—the “mean” side. Their statements include allegations of demanding and humiliating behaviour that ultimately led two personal assistants to leave Kensington Palace.

Now that the duke and duchess are no longer working members of the Royal Family, Markle is more at liberty to speak out against what her and Harry’s spokesperson calls a “calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.” The couple released a statement in response to the allegations, refuting them as defamatory.

“We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet,” the Sussexes’ spokesperson said in a statement provided to The Times.

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An additional statement from their spokesperson, made public by royal editor Chris Ship, reads: “It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining the duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and the duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years.”

In the latest teaser for the Oprah interview, Markle is shown speaking about the Royal Family “perpetuating falsehoods” and questions how The Firm—the name she uses to refer to the family—could expect she and Harry to stay quiet about the scrutiny they faced while at Kensington Palace.

Their CBS tell-all interview airs at 8 p.m. (EST) on March 7, fittingly the day before International Women’s Day. Commenters online have been quick to note the suspicious timing of the latest accusations against Markle. Some have gone so far as to call it a smear campaign, with the goal of preemptively discrediting anything that the duo says in the interview.

“The duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma,” the duke and duchess’s statement continues. “She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”

While Buckingham Palace very rarely makes statements to the media, they’ve had to since Markle joined the family in 2019 due to all of the harassment she received from British tabloid media. As far back as 2016, when they were only just linked together, Harry released a statement in Markle’s defence. Prince Harry did so again in 2019 in response to relentless media attacks. But on this latest allegation, the Royal Family doesn’t appear to be coming to Markle’s defence. On March 3, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying they’re “very concerned” and that they plan to look into the accusations. “The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace,” the statement finished.

Let it never be forgotten that while Prince Andrew was credibly accused of paedophilia, the royal family deflected by pretending Britain's first Black princess was a bully

— The Trials of Arturo (@ArturosTrials) March 3, 2021

Meghan Markle has been the target of media critique for years, but where’s the same energy for Prince Andrew?

In addition to noting that the media’s lashing out at Markle—who has been a target of public ridicule and racism since she and Harry were first spotted together—days before their big tell-all interview airs is pretty darn sketchy, commenters online have been pointing out the hypocrisy in the way they royals are written about generally, notably the fact that no media has come for Prince Andrew with nearly as much vitriol as what Markle experiences.

ICYMI, Prince Andrew was embroiled in one of the biggest scandals ever to hit the Royal Family. In 2019, the Duke of York sat down for an interview with BBC Two to discuss his connection to convicted sex offender, the late Jeffrey Epstein.

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Despite his close connection to Epstein—Prince Andrew maintained his friendship with him for years despite his conviction—and a very damning allegation from Virginia Roberts Giuffre accusing the prince of being one of Epstein’s regular clients, as well as photos of them together—the duke hasn’t faced nearly the same level of scrutiny that Markle has. He eventually stepped away from his royal duties, and that was that.

“From the beginning of Meghan and Harry’s relationship, the media emphasized how different she was from other women who had married into the Royal Family,” Carolyn Harris, a royal historian and University of Toronto lecturer, tells FLARE. “Coverage of Meghan and Harry has become closer to celebrity coverage where there’s constant scrutiny of all aspects of their lives, whereas coverage of Prince Andrew is intense when there’s a new development … then less attention in the press until the next major development.”

“In 2019, there was a very strong negative reaction from the press and public to Prince Andrew’s interview with the BBC where Andrew described Epstein’s mansion as a ‘convenient place to stay’ and did not express any compassion for Epstein’s victims until he issued a statement after the interview,” Harris continues. “Since Andrew disappeared from public life, there has been comparatively little press coverage of his activities, and the current press coverage mostly focused on whether he will speak to the FBI.”

Meanwhile, during this period The Mail went to extreme lengths to dig up Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s flight records, while practically ignoring what was happening with Epstein. Instead of scrutinizing Prince Andrew, the topic of focus by the media remained on Markle’s private jets, pricey home renovation, yoga habits and more.

The comparison between how these two royals have been portrayed in the media isn’t new, but it bares repeating in light of the new allegations against Markle—and the Twitterverse is calling out the double standard.

“The character assassination of Meghan Markle by the press is insane and so blatant,” Troy the Magician wrote on Twitter. “Yet Prince Andrew is out here… Let me not even start.”

The character assassination of Meghan Markle by the press is insane and so blatant! Yet Prince Andrew is out here…. let me not even start

— TROY the MAGICIAN (@TROYmagician) March 3, 2021

Another Twitter user wrote: “Imagine for a moment if we lived in a world where the media scrutinized Prince Andrew as much as they do Meghan Markle.”

“This country is too cowardly to hold a royal member to account, unless they’re American and Black. Then they’ll hold them to account for simply existing,” another person tweeted.

Some Markle defenders have gone so far as to make claims that the British tabloid media offered money to psychologists and former friends and colleagues of Markle to contribute lies about her for their articles.

The media harassment has even entered courtrooms, with Markle just recently being awarded $625,000 towards her million-dollar legal fees after winning a privacy claim against the Mail on Sunday, which printed extracts of a letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, before her wedding.

And Harry and Meghan have faced far harsher consequences IRL, too

Beyond the media’s unfair portrayal of Meghan Markle vs. Prince Andrew, the consequences the two have faced for their alleged actions are also way out of whack. While his connection to Epstein meant Andrew has stepped away from his royal duties, he still lives in Windsor, continues to work with some of his charitable organizations (though many of dropped him) and he hasn’t lost his military titles.

Prince Harry loses all his royal privileges while Jeffrey Epstein’s BFF Prince Andrew gets to keep his. Got it.

— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) February 25, 2021

Meanwhile, Markle’s entire character is called into question time and again. She’s been critiqued for things as minor and ridiculous as wearing trousers, she is constantly pitted against her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, and has basically ben forced to flee Britain for the sake of her and Harry’s mental health. Andrew has never had to defend his relationship to Epstein, save an optional interview with NBC, while Markle has had to defend herself against racist remarks, rampant sexism and supposedly trying to climb a social ladder by marrying royalty.

Luckily, the recent allegations haven’t seemed to take steam out of the excitement of Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah—if anything, the public seems even more keen to tune in now.

The smear campaign against Meghan is just giving the Oprah interview good publicity: now even more people are gonna tune in to find out what happened. I didn't really care about watching it and now I want to watch it!

— My life out of context (@TheBellaMaake) March 4, 2021

Hopefully, if not clearing Markle of these allegations, the interview will at least put on display just how unfairly she’s been treated.

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- Meaghan Wray
Is the Taylor Swift Joke on Ginny & Georgia as Bad as It Seems?

Taylor Swift, from the shoulders up, posing on the Golden Globes 2021 red carpet wearing a colourful gown

Taylor Swift‘s love life is at the centre of yet another controversy, this time one involving the buzzy new Netflix original series, Ginny & Georgia.

The show premiered on February 24 and has, in just a week’s time, gained a huge demographic of fans searching high and low for sweet escapes during pandemic times. Commended by some on social media for its LGBTQ- and sex-positive scenes, it recently came under fire after a “lazy” and “deeply sexist” joke it made about Swift’s dating life.

In the final episode of the series, Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry) and her mom Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey) are seen fighting over her romantic relationships ending. That’s when Ginny, a teenager in high school, quips: “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”

Swifties were quick to jump to defend their queen and on March 1, the “Shake It Off” singer condemned the show and called Netflix out on Twitter, writing: “Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants it lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard-working women by defining this horse shit as funny. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you.”

Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shit as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you 💔 Happy Women’s History Month I guess pic.twitter.com/2X0jEOXIWp

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 1, 2021

“Happy Women’s History Month, I guess,” she finished the tweet, pointing to the irony of accusations of sexism breaking around the start of an important month celebrating women.

Over the weekend, her loyal followers created the hashtag #RESPECTTAYLORSWIFT. They even started a change.org petition to remove the comments from the show, which at the time of publishing had garnered more than 6,700 signatures.

She knew it when she said “no one says that about ed sheeran, no one says that about bruno mars, they're all writing song about their exes, their current gf's, their love life, and no one raises a red flag there”

RESPECT TAYLOR SWIFT pic.twitter.com/rIFASm4kkW

— eliazarxyz (@eliazarxyz) March 1, 2021

“It’s not sitting right with me [that] Netflix has two Taylor Swift projects on their platform and they are okay with treating her like this!!! RESPECT TAYLOR SWIFT,” one fan tweeted.

Netflix and the show’s creator, Sarah Lampert, have yet to respond.

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Jokes like these reinforce damaging double standards when it comes to women’s sexual expression

There’s no denying that much—if not all—of Swift’s music includes mentions of her romantic relationships. (What musician’s doesn’t, though?) It’s been that way ever since “Our Song” dropped in 2006. Much of her adult life has been lived in the public eye, meaning her relationships have, too.

It’s made her love life the easy butt of many jokes, and this isn’t the first time it’s happened. A character in an episode of Netflix original series Degrassi: Next Class joked: “Taylor Swift made an entire career off her exes.”

She started speaking out about this narrative in 2014 after her album 1989 dropped and many speculated that Harry Styles was the subject of some of the tracks.

 

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“You’re going to have people who are going to say, ‘Oh, you know, like, she just writes song about her ex-boyfriends. And I think frankly that’s a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran,” she told Australian radio station 2DayFM that year. “No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life, and no one raises the red flag there.”

The issue is not the content of her songs, of course, but who is singing it: a young woman.

A quick Google search of “Taylor Swift’s love life” produces more than nine-million results, reflecting how much the media relies on her private life for views. It’s no secret that the music industry loves to build up hyper-sexualized female celebrities, only to later tear them down for being “too sexual” when they take control of their image. You need only watch documentaries like Framing Britney Spears and This Is Paris to see this in full effect.

This narrative suggests that women’s sexuality should be controlled by and for someone else. When they take agency, like Swift has since her days of controlled innocence and fearing doing or saying anything wrong, it becomes something to be mocked and made fun of.

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But some feel the joke was taken out of context, taking steam out of the show’s progressiveness

Ginny & Georgia has been applauded for its LGTBQ- and sex-positive scenes, diversity, commentary on small-town racism and portrayals of what it’s like being a biracial teen, living in a predominantly white city, while being raised by a white mom. Within the first episode, Ginny has a *very* realistic first sexual experience, which is an excellent turn away from the unrealistic standard of first times often perpetuated by young-adult shows.

It’s likely most would agree that the joke may have been in poor taste, but not everyone is sold on that being the case in this instance.

Ginny & Georgia was actually quite a fun quarantine watch, with goofy, heartfelt sex positive lez content, & smart enough to have jokes about the sex positive lez content,” Canadian TV writer Zoe Whittall tweeted on March 1. “Plus so many Canadians. All this convo taking jokes & dialogue out of context isn’t doing it justice.”

Ginny & Georgia was actually quite a fun quarantine watch, with goofy, heartfelt sex positive lez content, & smart enough to have jokes about the sex positive lez content. Plus so many Canadians. All this convo taking jokes & dialogue out of context isn't doing it justice.

— Zoe Whittall (@zoewhittall) March 1, 2021

She later added in the thread that the show is “not without its awkward moments,” but that those “corny” moments add to the show, which is trying to be equal parts “sweet teen show” and a show where teens get wasted and have casual sex. (We reached out to Whitall directly for more insight and will update the story if we hear back.)

“Every line in a show is not an endorsement of its ideas,” one of Whitall’s followers added in the thread.

Aside from the progressive content of the show, it’s also written by a woman who, until now, had never stepped foot inside a Los Angeles writer’s room. That’s not to say that women can’t perpetuate sexist ideas, but it doesn’t seem to be the case here, according to some who argue that the jokes, like the show itself, seem self-aware.

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The argument of sexism aside, the joke that Swift has dated a lot of men is tired and not exactly a knee-slapper. No one enjoys being teased for the same thing over and over again. While the joke can veer into slut-shaming territory, it’s important, like Whittall says, to take Ginny & Georgia’s context into consideration.

Ginny is a teenager finding her place in the world as a young woman, and while the show is fictional, the world it takes place in is not. Ginny’s life is affected by real-life pop culture and the fact that she watched her mom proudly date (and *spoiler alert* murder) her way to riches. Swift’s feelings that the joke is sexist are valid and she shouldn’t be dragged for feeling them, but, one could argue, neither should a writer for creating a show anchored in reality where these kinds of jokes are made. Arguments aside, it might be time for new material.

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- Patricia Karounos
Here’s How Diversity—or Lack Thereof—Was Centre Stage at the 2021 Golden Globes

golden globes 2021 diversity: Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson speak onstage at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards

The Golden Globes are in trouble. Even if you weren’t fully aware of the criticism they’re currently facing, watching just a few minutes of last night’s awkward, jilted ceremony may have tipped you off that something was amiss.

It started, as it so often does, when the nominations were announced earlier this year and the major categories were dominated by white celebs. Overwhelming whiteness at a Hollywood awards show is no longer a surprise. What was shocking, however, was the lack of recognition for projects like HBO’s buzzy Lovecraft Country, which was nominated for Best Drama Series while its Black cast was completely shut out; Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods was snubbed; and Michaela Coel’s revelatory, critically acclaimed I May Destroy You, which topped countless “best of” lists last year, was ignored entirely. And let’s not even get started on the two unearned nominations for everyone’s favourite hate-watch Emily In Paris.

Then, last week, the L.A. Times dropped a sweeping investigation accusing the HFPA, the Globes’ governing body, of widespread corruption and revealed an appalling lack of diversity among the group: Of the organization’s 80+ members, none are Black. Zero.

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With all this in the background, there was an underlying sense of tension during last night’s show. And while no one, except for maybe the HFPA, would actually claim anything that happened during the three-hour ceremony is a sign of a more inclusive future for the Golden Globes, some celebs did show up ready to call out the BS and demand more inclusivity.

Calls of #TimesUpGlobes started before the show

The public outcry actually started before the awards show with celebs sharing a message on social media starting last week. “Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Not a single Black member out of 87. #TimesUpGlobes,” read an image, which was first posted by Time’s Up, the Hollywood group formed in the wake of #MeToo. Pretty soon, a number of actors had shared the message as well: Sterling K. Brown, Shonda Rhimes, Mark Ruffalo, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Jennifer Aniston are just a few of the names who reposted the image over the weekend.

A cosmetic fix isn’t enough. #TIMESUPGlobes #TIMESUP pic.twitter.com/L9tzILjt3i

— TIME’S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) February 26, 2021

Ellen Pompeo didn’t stop there. The outspoken Grey’s Anatomy star later posted an open letter on her Twitter account. “What we cannot do is leave this problem up to the Black community and all our communities of color to fix. This is not their problem, it’s ours,” she wrote. “I would kindly ask, all my white colleagues in this industry, an industry that we love and has granted us enormous privilege, to pull up, show up and get this issue resolved. Let’s show our Black colleagues that we care and are willing to do the work to right the wrongs we have created. Now is not a time to be silent.”

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— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) February 28, 2021

Ava DuVernay was also among the chorus of A-listers supporting the #TimesUpGlobes movement. The director, who also presented at last night’s ceremony, shared her own message on Twitter ahead of the awards. “To be clear, pressure applied to the Globes and its partners from now on isn’t about validation or shiny things from this particular group,” she wrote. “The truth that’s not often discussed is that awards play a part in the economic reality of Black filmmakers, artists of color and women creators in this business. Unfortunately, these shiny things matter to those who finance, greenlight, produce, distribute and market our projects.”

My two cents. #TimesUpGlobes pic.twitter.com/WrrEu1cvfQ

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 1, 2021

The flood of social media statements was so strong that the HFPA released one of their own before the ceremony: “We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, tv, and the artists inspiring and educating them. We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey called out the HFPA in their opening address

BFFs Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returned to host the Globes from opposite coasts, with Fey coming in live from New York while Poehler was in L.A. They, of course, tackled the HFPA’s lack of diversity, joking at first before getting a bit more serious. “Everybody is, understandably, upset at the HFPA and their choices,” Poehler said. “Look, a lot of flashy garbage got nominated, but that happens, OK? That’s, like, their thing. But a number of Black actors and Black-led projects were overlooked.”

“We all know that award shows are stupid,” Fey continued. “But the point is, even with stupid things, inclusivity is important, and there are no Black members of the Hollywood Foreign Press. I realized, HFPA, maybe you guys didn’t get the memo because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald’s, but you’ve gotta change that. So, here’s to changing it.”

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Now, are Fey and Poehler the best women to make this statement? Maybe not. After all, we know, as DuVernay pointed out on Twitter, that awards matter, and they have plenty of their own. Some of their work, Fey’s in particular with 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, has also been called out for its lack of diversity and depictions of race. But it was something that needed to be said, and it set the tone for the rest of the show.

The HFPA gave another lacklustre statement

The HFPA also decided to acknowledge their own lack of diversity on stage when three members came out and gave a short statement. (Seriously, it was less than a full minute.) “We recognize that we have our own work to do. Just like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization,” they said. “We must ensure everyone gets a seat at our table. That means creating an environment is the norm, not an exception.”

Here’s the statement made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at tonight’s #GoldenGlobes. pic.twitter.com/3DFF8uexHg

— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) March 1, 2021

It’s a pretty vague statement that doesn’t actually mean anything, let alone indicate what they’re going to do to address the racism that’s so embedded in their organization. Time’s Up President and CEO Tina Tchen issued her own statement in response to the HFPA: “Your stated version of change is cosmetic—find Black people. That is not a solution.”

Dan Levy and Sacha Baron Cohen used their acceptance speeches to call for meaningful change

Upon accepting the Best Comedy Series trophy for Schitt’s Creek, Dan Levy also called for the HFPA to do better during his brief speech. “This acknowledgement is a lovely vote of confidence in the messages Schitt’s Creek has come to stand for: the idea that inclusion can bring about growth and love to a community,” the Canadian said. “In the spirit of inclusion, I hope this time next year this ceremony reflects the true breadth and diversity of film and television being made today because there is so much more to be celebrated.”

Dan Levy dropping some truth about inclusion and urging the #GoldenGlobes do better at acknowledging diversity during his #SchittsCreek series win. pic.twitter.com/xyxgbT3sPz

— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) March 1, 2021

Later on in the night, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen also threw a jab at the organization during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, saying, “Thank you to the all-white Hollywood Foreign Press,” calling back to Natalie Portman saying “Here are the all-male nominees,” while presenting Best Director at the 2018 Globes. Guess not much has changed in three years….

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This Is Us Stars Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson had their own dig

This Is Us stars Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson reunited on stage to present a couple of awards. While they didn’t overtly call out the HFPA, they used the opportunity to make a sly joke at the organization’s expense. “It’s great to be Black—back at the Golden Globes,” Brown said. “It’s great to be Black—back anywhere!” Watson added.

Jane Fonda honoured diverse projects

The iconic Jane Fonda, who’s known as much for her activism as she is for her acting career at this point, received the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Globe that recognizes outstanding contributions in the industry. She used her short time on stage to talk about the recent projects created by people of colour that moved her. “Just this year, Nomadland helped me feel love for the wanderers among us and Minari opened my eyes to the experience of immigrants dealing with the realities of life in a new land,” she said. “And Judas and the Black Messiah, Small Axe, US vs. Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, One Night in Miami and others have deepened my empathy for what being Black has meant. Ramy helped me feel what it means to be Muslim American. I May Destroy You has taught me to consider sexual violence in a whole new way.”

Fonda continued: “Stories: They really can change people. But there’s a story we’ve been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in this industry. A story about which voices we respect and elevate—and which we tune out. A story about who’s offered a seat at the table and who is kept out of the rooms where decisions are made.

“So let’s all of us—including all the groups that decide who gets hired and what gets made and who wins awards—let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent so that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard.”

Chloé Zhao’s historic win and more

Thankfully, the percentage of diverse winners last night’s ceremony was slightly better than the overall nominations. Nomadland director Chloé Zhao became the first Asian woman—and only the second-ever woman—to win Best Director; Daniel Kaluuya also won for Best Supporting Actor (Movies) for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah; John Boyega came out on top in the Best Supporting Actor (TV) category for Small Axe; Minari (which was another source of controversy for the HFPA) director Lee Isaac Chung accepted the film’s Best Foreign Language award; and Chadwick Boseman won a posthumous award for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (with a moving acceptance speech given by his widow Taylor Simone Ledward). United States vs. Billie Holiday star Andra Day also made history with her surprise Best Actress in a Drama win—she’s only the second Black woman to take home the trophy in the category.

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- Meaghan Wray
You Can Finally Watch the New Britney Spears Documentary in Canada

framing britney spears

Britney Spears has been framed by the media in many ways: a Disney protégé, America’s “girl next door,” a Hollywood heartbreaker, a woman unhinged and an industry villain. Her image—this time, the real Britney—is being reinvented again as a woman struggling for freedom. It’s all in an episode of Hulu’s New York Times Presents documentary series called Framing Britney Spears.

The documentary exposé—which has been blocked in Canada by both YouTube and Vimeo since its February 5 release—follows Spears through the highs and lows of her career, showing her struggles at the mercy of relentless paparazzi, vicious tabloid magazines and not-so-trustworthy folks intent on taking advantage of her.

The main focus, however, is the conservatorship initiated by her father, Jamie Spears, and the resulting #FreeBritney movement focused on giving her back the control she once had. Here, all your questions about Framing Britney Spears answered.

How do I watch Framing Britney Spears in Canada?

Copies of the film were uploaded to YouTube and Vimeo in the days following the film’s release on FX and Hulu. By Feb. 26, Canadians will be able to watch the documentary on Crave, and Netflix is reportedly working on its own film, directed by filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, about Spears’s life.

What is a conservatorship, and what does it mean for Britney Spears?

A conservatorship—granted by a judge—gives a person or organization responsibility of care for another adult who is deemed unable to care for themselves, or manage their own finances. This kind of agreement is most commonly seen when dealing with the elderly and not, as the documentary explains, a productive young adult like Spears.

After Spears was put under a psychiatric hold in February 2018, her father Jamie was granted temporary conservatorship over her assets, estate and business affairs. It was made permanent later that year in October. Jamie later stepped down as conservator in September 2019 due to health reasons, and Britney’s “care manager” Jodi Montgomery took his place.

Lawyer Andrew Wallet had been appointed as co-conservator alongside Jamie. He resigned in 2019 when Britney’s Las Vegas residency was cancelled.

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Last summer, new court documents, made public by People, suggested that Britney didn’t want her father returning as conservator, and instead prefers Montgomery to take full control. But on November 10, 2020, her request to remove her father from her conservatorship was denied by a judge.

The film shows Britney’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, repeatedly saying that the singer has said she’s afraid of her father.

How did the #FreeBritney movement start?

#FreeBritney is a grassroots movement that started in 2009 in response to the 2008 court decision to appoint a conservator for Spears. The movement really gained steam on Twitter and in a podcast called “Britney’s Gram” in 2019. Her biggest fans took to dissecting her seemingly cryptic Instagram posts, reading into every detail as a cry for help from Britney.

This isn’t a coincidence anymore Britney Spears is sending messages for help. #freebritney pic.twitter.com/Qv2NnZyZhV

— All Aboard The #FreeBritney Bus (@touchofpisces) July 8, 2020

Members of the movement congregated outside the courthouse where Britney’s case regarding her conservatorship was being heard last year. They were some of the first to break the news that Jamie would not be removed as her conservator.

What really happened with Justin Timberlake?

A major turning point in Britney’s evolution in the media from homegrown pop star to heartless man-eater comes down to her break-up with Justin Timberlake following a very public, three-year relationship.

Britney was a victim of the misogyny and sexism rife in the entertainment industry at that time (and, TBH, today.) Whereas Timberlake was painted as a heartbroken man, Britney received different treatment, portrayed in the public eye as promiscuous and careless, as the film details.

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His music video for “Cry Me A River” did an excellent job at perpetuating that belief. In audio clips shared in the documentary, Timberlake is heard on a radio show joking about having sex with her, when Britney had been open in the past about waiting until marriage.

What has Britney’s boyfriend Sam Asghari had to say about this?

Britney’s longtime boyfriend, who often stars in her workout-related Instagram posts, recently broke his silence on issues brought up by the documentary. In an Instagram Stories post on February 9, he wrote: “It’s important for people to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles in our way.”

A screengrab of an Instagram Stories post by Britney Spears's boyfriend Sam Asghari reading, in part, "in my opinion, Jamie is a total dick"

(Photo: @samasghari/Instagram)

“In my opinion, Jamie is a total dick,” he continued, referring to Spears’ father. “I won’t be going into details because I’ve always respected our privacy, but at the same time I didn’t come to this country to not be able to express my opinion and freedom.”

Is Britney Spears done performing forever?

The documentary shows the moment she walked away from her Las Vegas residency, Domination, in 2019. Instead of making an announcement, she walked off stage and into the night, not stopping for any reporters. From that day, it was indefinitely postponed.

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Court documents, obtained by Entertainment Tonight, suggest that Britney doesn’t want to perform anymore. The news is part of a motion to prevent Wallet from becoming a co-conservator.

Whether the pop star performs again or not doesn’t seem to be as much of a concern to her fans as freeing her is. While the documentary didn’t end with this happy resolution, the wheels are clearly in motion—and Britney is cracking that whip.

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- Patricia Karounos
Meghan and Harry Are Officially Leaving Royal Duties—But What Does That Mean?

Meghan and Harry are leaving royal duties

It’s official: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are leaving their royal duties for good.

On February 19, Buckingham Palace issued a statement confirming that the Duke and Duchess would not be returning as “working members” of the Royal Family. While the news—which came a little more than one year after the duo surprised royal watchers everywhere by announcing that they’d be “stepping back” as senior members of the royal family—wasn’t entirely a surprise, it makes the separation official.

“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family, it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” the statement read. “While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”

The Sussexes followed up with a statement of their own, saying: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

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But questions still abound. Like, what does this mean for Meghan and Harry’s future? Here’s everything you need to know.

Why is this happening now?

While the official announcement may have seemed kind of random, it was always supposed to happen. Back when Meghan and Harry first stepped back from their royal duties, the Queen gave a review period. Basically, they’d have one year to live their lives away from the royals, but could choose to come back into the fold if they desired. According to People, they technically had until the end of March before their 12-month review was up, but with a number of projects in the works for the couple, it was clear that they would never return to their royal duties full time. They’ve made up their minds.

OK, but what does it even mean to be a “working member” of the Royal Family? 

Working royals are any member of the family who actually get paid to represent the family in an official capacity. These are the most prominent and senior members of the royal family, like the Queen, of course, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Will and Kate. Up until they left last year, Meghan and Harry were also working royals. But they always insisted that their goal in stepping back from their royal duties was two-fold: to protect their privacy and become “financially independent” from the monarchy. This means they will no longer receive money from the publicly funded Sovereign Grant. It also means the pair are no longer bound to the same set of strict rules that working royals are—from smaller restrictions, like having to wear a particular shade of nail polish (the Queen always opts for Essie’s Ballet Slippers), to much bigger freedoms, like being able to speak out on political issues.

So has anything actually changed?

The short answer: Not really. This just confirms that Meghan and Harry will be staying on the path they’ve been on for the last year.

“The official separation means that Harry and Meghan will be able to focus exclusively on their own interests in their public life and philanthropy rather than devoting time to public engagements that represent the Queen such as royal tours and attendance at state dinners,” explains Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based historian and royal expert. When announcing the split, Buckingham Palace also revealed that the Queen would officially be stripping the Sussexes of their royal patronages, and that Harry would also lose his honorary military appointments. The couple’s patronages—including The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, The Royal National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities—will all revert back to the Queen, and she will reassign them to other working royals.

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It’s been widely reported that Meghan and Harry wanted to keep their patronages in some way—Harry’s military appointments were especially important to him—which has been a big topic of conversation between the pair and the Royal Family over the past year, according to Vanity Fair. Ultimately, the Queen decided that a “half in, half out” approach wouldn’t be possible as the Sussexes continue to build their lives in California. But, BuzzFeed adds, Meghan and Harry will continue to support their former patronages privately. Harry will also stay on as a patron of the Invictus Games, a sporting event for injured and wounded armed services veterans that he founded, while Meghan will continue to work with Smart Works, which supports women as they search for employment, and Mayhew, an animal welfare charity.

Do Meghan and Harry get to keep their royal titles? 

Yup. As of right now, the Queen reportedly has no plans to take away their titles—although Meghan and Harry have agreed to not use their HRH designations while conducting their own work.

Does this affect the line of succession?

Not at all. Right now Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne and baby Archie is seventh, meaning that when Meghan gives birth to the couple’s second child, their newborn will be eighth in line to the throne. They’ll only be bumped back if Will and Kate have another baby, or if/when George, Charlotte and Louis grow up and have children of their own, Harris adds.

So, what’s next for Meghan and Harry? 

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the couple, you’ll know the answer is a lot. We’ve already mentioned that baby number two is on the way, with Meghan expected to give birth later this year. Harris predicts that the pair will focus on the causes—like the environment—that are most important to them. They’ll keep working on Archewell Foundation, their nonprofit that they plan to launch in full once the pandemic is over. (The duo recently made a donation through the foundation to support a women’s shelter in Dallas that was damaged during the inclement winter storms in Texas.) And we can’t forget their multi-million dollar development deals with both Netflix and Spotify, which likely means we’ll be getting a lot of streamable content from them in the near future. Plus, there’s their highly anticipated sit-down interview with Oprah, which, as CNN reports, will be their first televised interview since 2017 and will touch on a range of topics including motherhood and their new life in California.

And there’s no predicting how all this will change once the pandemic is under control and they’re able to safely move about more often and return to the United Kingdom from time to time. One thing’s for sure: Meghan and Harry have much more in store for us.

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- Flare Staff
Celebrity-Approved Ways to Breathe Some New Life Into Your LBD

Ashley Graham wearing a black dress and a teddy coat

While you’re likely très familiar with the little black dress (LBD), it probably doesn’t feel like that these days. Like most of the world, you’ve probably traded in your statement dresses and Insta-worthy lewks for sweatsuits and PJs. Look: It is what it is. BUT, fear not for your once-adventurous self—because there are still tons of ways to inject some fun into your everyday ’fits. Here are some celeb-inspired at-home lewks that you can recreate for remote date nights, Zoom birthday parties or random weeknight photoshoots. Go ahead and dust off your fave LBD, or use this as an opportunity to find a new one….

The most valuable layer

 

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