Rihanna's Fenty Beauty has been named as one of TIME's 25 Best Inventions of the Year. And it's no wonder, as it was immediately celebrated for its quality and inclusivity when it launched earlier this Autumn. In her interview with the publication, the pop singer said, " [She] never could have anticipated the emotional connection that women are having with the products and brand as a whole." Having launched with 40 foundation shades and an ad campaign with models of various skin types and tones, Fenty Beauty has cemented itself in the beauty industry. It will be exciting to see where the brand goes from here. "The options are pretty much unlimited in the world of beauty, and [she loves] challenges, so [she's] going to continue to have fun and push the boundaries in this indust...
The fashion of Gele, a traditional head wrap from Nigeria, has arrived in London, as a group of African women organised a workshop on how to tie it. Around 20 women joined the workshop, bringing cloths and drapes and wearing typical colourful clothes for the occasion. The majority of them were from Nigeria, but also some English and German women took part in the event. The workshop took place on Sunday 29 October in Dalston, North-East London, during the Black History Month celebration party of the social centre for migrants, Akwaaba. The workshop involved around 20 women from different countries (photo: Alice Facchini) During the workshop, the participants explained that they wear Gele not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because it has an important meaning in Nigerian cul...
This weekend Radicals and Victuallers, a pub in Islington, hosted their monthly Fashion Pop-up, organized and hosted by designer Laura Souza De Almeida. The pop-ups are aimed at promoting ethical, sustainable and slow fashion. Fashion is a typically fast paced world where designers are always working towards the next season. This more often than not means that brands use cheap labour and the garment making process can be less than green. Slow fashion allows for designers and brands to stop chasing trends and be more conscious, and the fashion to be more ethical and/or sustainable. If you’re wondering what the difference between ethical, sustainable and slow fashion is, The Curious Button explains this quite well. The long and short of it is, ethical fashion involves human rights, sust
Back in the 1990s east London’s Old Spitalfields Market was derelict. Now it’s a ‘must visit’ destination in tourist guidebooks. But are the independent fashion designer/stallholders who attracted investment into the area under threat from high rents, hipsters and increasing High Street-like homogenisation? “Rents have gone sky high. I’m not sure how much longer I can keep doing this, I’m thinking of selling online,” said a market stallholder who wished to remain anonymous. A US property group, Ashkenazy Acquisitions bought the market for £110 million from Irish property company Ballymore in 2013. Since then the Grade II listed market hall has signed up big name retailers such as Lululemon, Bobbi Brown and Rapha. Are small stallholders suffering as a result?
Hooga? Hhyooguh? Heurgh? No, “Hygge” is pronounced HOO-guh (with an old-timer car horn) which you may as well pronounce it right as it is ‘the key to happiness’ … or at least that’s what they say. (credit: Pinterest) Hygge is a Danish term broadly translated as everything from “creating intimacy”, “cosiness of the soul”, “the absence of annoyance” to “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things”. Well … it seems the pronunciation isn’t that difficult after all. But however broad and abstract the concept of hygge may be, it has become a hype so suddenly and inescapably that the word “Hygge” itself has received an extraordinary spike in coverage. In 2016, the figure of the word alone has shot up to more than 200 pieces in national newspaper, roughly speaking, that’s 400 per ce
It is the innovative time of the year: The Fashion Week of Europe have begun. Just as in the previous week Milan’s Fashion Week has completed the preparation and work for Fashion week of Paris have begun. One of the special parts for the viewers to watch out for would be Rihanna’s new Fenty Puma collection. Rihanna will show her 3rd #FENTYxPUMA by Rihanna collection in Paris on March 6th. pic.twitter.com/eVpb8JPtWF — Rihanna News (@TeamOfRihanna) February 3, 2017 Following her debut last year, the popular singer Rihanna is also to be expected at this year’s Paris fashion week. Where the viewers can excitingly await her third Fenty Puma collection on the 6th of March 2017. The Paris fashion week is set to be from the 28th February till the 8th March 2017. Which will m
“I want to be a man” is her dream; Dinu’s ultimate dream ever since she can remember. Struggled through school dress codes, family’s understanding, and especially her mother’s happiness, Dinu was finally given an option to at least wear trousers instead of skirts at the age of seven. You could say she is a lucky one when compared to her friend, who was labelled a “she-male” “They basically called him she-male and you are not a woman because you have something between your legs and it didn’t matter for them the way she feels inside.” Dinu relived her childhood, telling a story of a friend who shared the same dream -- A dream to live a true self. It has been twenty-five years since Dinu's mother gave her the option of clothing, and today she is eagerly awaiting the operation of her
The High Street has been a key part of our nation’s style for a long time - but are we turning our backs and turning on our smartphones for online shopping? Trips to the shops with your parents as a toddler, or those first clandestine meetings with boys as a teen, and then eventually the trips where you buy what you need, rather than simply what you want. And yet footfall dropped one per cent in November according to the latest forecast from the British Chambers of Commerce, despite tempting Black Friday offers. Are these rites of passage changing? Where are the toddlers begging for a new toy, the gaggle of girls rushing past a similar gang of boys? And where am I, supposedly buying a ‘sensible’ dress for job interviews but actually trying on sequin skirts? We’re all online, that’s wh
A record number of Britons went under knife for beauty in 2015. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, here's what you should know. New data from the British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows the number of cosmetic surgery operations reached a record in 2015, with more than 50,000 surgical procedures - an 13% increase on the year before. The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery reflects the recovering economy and increasing influence from media and celebrity, according to Dr. Nilesh Sojitra, consultant surgeon and member of British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeon (BAAPS). In the past few years, more celebrities are willing to openly talk about their cosmetic operation like Patricia Heaton, who said in Ron Jacobsohn's interview, "my philosophy is, you
Would you do anything to be beautiful? Some people are killing themselves in the pursuit of lighter skin and using skin bleaching products. A trend for young men to whiten their skin is emerging. But, why? It seems lately more Dancehall artists are singing about wanting to have lighter skin. There appears to be a growing trend for young men in London from Afro-Caribbean, African, Asian and mixed-race backgrounds to bleach their skin. These Londoners are going to extremes to lighten their skin, risking their health using banned toxic lotions, gulping down dangerous whitening pills and washing with caustic soap. Certain East London shops are currently facing a £20,000 fine for being caught selling toxic skin lightening cosmetics.