Fashion buffs all know there are four fashion capitals in the world, New York, London, Milan, and Paris. So what if there was a fifth one coming? What we have been seeing lately is that there has been a serious rise in Mexico fashion recently that is shaking up the industry.
Since this has been on the rise lately and now that it has hit the radar; people believe it is going to be huge. Just in this past year Mexican designers have been getting the recognition that they need to emerge. Styles such as Mexican street style and Mexican boho influence have been circling in the market of US stores. Apart from other types of fashion lines, people believe Mexican style is unique because it reveals people’s personalities through the Mexican style they wish to wear.
Paola Quintero, a fashion coordinator at Elle Mexico explained that, “the mindset is changing,” Mexican designers are now setting new trends in New York and Paris. Even fashion week is showcasing Mexican creations.
Opening our fashion eye to different styles is always amazing, but Mexican designs rising so quickly has lead to controversy. As far as the Trump election, there has been argument that the only reason people are now supporting Mexican designs is because of the immigrant laws now implemented by Trump. It has been all over the news which already put Mexico in the spotlight. Suzzan Atala, a well-known Mexican designer, made the comment saying, “I know it sounds bad, but maybe it was a good thing. It’s going to make people realize how good it is to be united.” There is no doubt that the support for Mexico has risen because of this immigrant issue, but on the fashion end we question if this rise would have happened without all of the politics leading to it.
What is the real reason for this sudden Mexican fashion emerge, should we be prepared for the controversy that comes with it? What do you think?
“Magic” by Ben Rector
Ben Rector never fails to produce music that reflects true heart-felt emotions that always tend to pull at my heart-strings. His songs always make me take a step back, and look at my lifestyle from a different and more simplistic point of view. This album is no different than the rest, including soulful melodies and upbeat lyrics in each of his songs.
“ye” by Kanye West
Whether you’re a Kanye fan or not, it’s been nearly impossible not to have heard of his new album. With new sounds and vocals that bring you back to his older albums while still giving off a new flare, it’s hard not to find yourself playing the songs on repeat.
My favorite songs from his album include Ghost Town and Violent Crimes.
“God’s Favorite Customer” by Father John Misty
I have been a huge Father John Misty fan ever since I first listened to Chateau Lobby #4. His lyrics are different than a lot of other artists that I listen to, which I like, because it’s refreshing to hear songs with lyrics that sound more poetic than redundant. He has recently come out with a new album, which stays true to his original sound and wit that make him stand out from the rest. His smooth rock voice, catchy instrumentals and heart-felt ballads make this an album and artist to listen to if you’re looking to venture out.
The songs from this album I’m listening to the most are Mr. Tillman and Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
“Come Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews Band
It has been four long years since Dave Matthews Band’s last album, Under the Table and Dreaming, and this new album makes up for it and came out just in time for summer. I have been listening to their first song release before the full album, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), constantly for the past couple of weeks and I was thrilled to see that this album stayed true to that Dave Matthews sound that we all have come to know and love. This is the perfect album to play at your backyard pool party or while riding with the windows down in the car (if the temperature doesn’t hit over 90 degrees, of course).
That Girl Is You, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), and Idea Of You have come to be my favorite songs from this album.
- Madi Scultz
In the midst of the push for inclusivity in fashion and more readily available clothing in plus sizes, the different ways in which clothing might fit people with disabilities have not been addressed as often. ASOS, the popular British online retailer already known for their reasonable prices and diversity without tokenism in model representation, has taken steps in the right direction with a collaboration with Chloe Ball-Hopkins. Ball-Hopkins, who is a sports reporter, athlete, and British Paralympic hopeful, happened to be born without hips and with her feet twisted toward her shins.
After going to the Splendour Festival and getting soaked with rain, Ball-Hopkins decided to design a waterproof set that is both practical and fashionable for festival season. Despite being a one-piece jumpsuit, the top and bottom separate with a zipper so that the pieces can be worn separately and are also easier to put on and take off. The jacket has a waterproof pocket on the breast that can be used to hold a phone, medication, or emergency information. The pants have elastic at the ankles to accommodate people with varying heights and make it easier to put rain boots on.
While shopping in-store can be difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair, it can be challenging to shop online when the representation is not there. Besides the details in the garment itself, the fact that Ball-Hopkins modeled for the site in a normal setting without focus on her disability made a huge impact. The photos emphasize that anyone can wear the set, and with simple changes that can make all the difference for someone in a wheelchair and also make life easier for able-bodied people, more of this is something we can all get behind.
Summer is the season in our lives where we can work on ourselves, both physically and mentally. Yoga is something I have enjoyed practicing throughout my summers at home. Between work and my summer classes, I am always looking for something to give me more stability in my life during my free time.
I believe that it is so important to take care of not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. Ayurveda, a practice that goes hand-and-hand with yoga, is used to promote your physical and mental state by positively affecting your mind, body, and spirit. The word “ayurveda” stems from the meanings life (ayur) and knowledge (veda), and is based off of the idea that no two people are the same, each one of us being one-of-a-kind, with an energy that is specific to the individual and no one else.
Ayurveda stresses the importance of your energy, or dosha, which can be categorized in three different ways. The dosha known as kapha, symbolizing earth and water, is found mostly in individuals with good memory, slower digestion, and who tend to be more emotionally stable. The dosha pitta, symbolizing fire, is used to categorize energies that are passionate, both mentally and physically flexible, and are dominant in most of their personal relationships. Lastly, individuals with the dosha vatas, symbolizing air and space, are thought of to have more active thoughts and be more spacey.
The most interesting aspect of Ayurveda to me is that all three doshas are found in each of us, but the dosha that is dominant can affect our characteristics and features such as our body shape, food preferences, and emotions. When all three are balanced, we can find ourselves in a happy and healthy state, but when the doshas are not balanced, it can lead to poor digestion, skin issues, and anxiety. Practicing Ayurveda can help balance these changing doshas, to keep you on track to living a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Some daily tasks that you can do to promote more balanced emotional and physical states are:
In trying to compete with Snapchat, Instagram introduced "stories," for users to share content on their accounts for 24 hours at a time. Now with the latest advancement in social media, Instagram is introducing Instagram TV. When you first open up the app you will see an entirely new layout. In the top right-hand corner, you will see an orange TV icon, your first step to Instagram television. Instagram designed this feature with every detail in mind. As you first click the app you will see static just like a real television!
There are different categories that organize which videos you watch. The categories include suggested videos based on your likes and accounts you follow. There also is a popular section, which shows the most popular Instagram videos at the moment, like Kim Kardashians' Beauty Pop Up shop, or glimpse into Selena Gomez’s new twisted video “a love story.” There is also a "continue watching tab" so you can go to recent videos you may not have had the time to finish watching at that moment.
Instagram TV also has channels like on television but instead of being hosted by networks they are hosted by Instagram account holders. The best part is that everyone has the opportunity to create his or her own TV channel. You can simply make videos through the app or on the web. You now can create an entire channel in a matter of minutes!
Instagram TV allows you to share your favorite videos with friends by sending it through DM’s or voice your opinion to the world by commenting and liking.
With this new platform we see how social media is changing and the massive transformation Instagram has undergone over the years. We are excited to see what is next for the innovative company, maybe exclusive Instagram shows?
Time will tell but for now, we will sit back, relax and enjoy Instagram TV.
Virgil Abloh, the Ghanaian-American designer best known for his label Off-White and a collaboration with Nike, just made history as Louis Vuitton’s newest menswear artistic director. As the first person of African descent to lead this segment of the brand, Abloh is among very few of the African American designers at the head of major French fashion houses. With the rainbow-ombré catwalk surrounded by celebrities and local students, his first collection with the brand debuted in the Palais-Royal during Paris Fashion Week, and it was iconic for so many reasons.
Redefining streetwear has been Abloh’s mission since he began Off-White, and it seems that this ideology will carry into the Louis Vuitton position. He cited a desire to merge streetwear, which he thought often looked cheap, and high fashion. The current athleisure movement and the increasing demand for stylish and comfortable clothing helped push Off-White to mega-success. As LV moves in this direction, with space-like sneakers and duffel-inspired handbags, Abloh’s expertise will make a significant impact on the label.
The show and collection were inspired by the “Color Theory,” or the fragmentation of white light through a prism that creates all colors. This idea was interpreted literally by the gradient of rainbow colors that created the catwalk and the progression of all-white outfits to bright pops of color. However, Abloh’s incredibly diverse casting also held meaning in the way that LV will operate moving forward.
At the end of the runway, Abloh and Kanye West joined in an emotional embrace, signifying how far they have each come in their own careers. Abloh and West first met in 2009 at an internship with Fendi and continued the relationship as West tapped Abloh to be the creative director of his company DONDA. Abloh had previously discussed his childhood growing up in Chicago and walking past high-fashion stores on Michigan Avenue, longing for the out-of-reach clothing in the windows. West has also been outspoken about his past in Chicago. With both men sharing that history and the success that each has achieved, this moment was even sweeter.
With such powerful emotion and creativity behind the collection and Virgil Abloh’s influential presence at the helm of Louis Vuitton menswear, we can only expect bigger things in the future. What was your favorite moment of the fashion show? Comment below!
When most people think of Kat Von D, her eyeliner, liquid lipsticks, and contouring kits likely come to mind. What stands out about her is her vegan approach to makeup and her commitment to cruelty-free products-- and KVD has announced she will also be incorporating her vegan values into her pregnancy and parenting.
The anti-vaccination movement was pushed into mainstream media by Jenny McCarthy and her claim that vaccinations caused her son’s autism. Her research was based on the work by one researcher, Andrew Wakefield, who faked his results and ultimately lost his medical license due to his malpractice. The incorrect viewpoint that vaccinations should be avoided to prevent autism insinuates that such a person would rather endanger not only his or her own child’s life but also others’ lives with compromised immune systems than have a child with autism. Although Kat Von D’s stance is not based on autism but rather supposed exploitation by “the industry,” her claims of being well-researched are directly disputed by scientific fact.
According to the Instagram stories posted by her husband, Leafar Seyer, much of their position on vaccines came from the well-known pseudoscience anti-vaccination documentaries, Trace Amounts and Vaxxed. Vaccines were developed to eradicate serious diseases that are beginning to reappear, such as Syphilis and Polio, which can kill someone without developed immunity. Those who are pro-vaccine believe that not only does Kat Von D's decision to not vaccinate her child cause a compromise to her/his health, but it puts other people in danger of contracting diseases if they are not able to receive the vaccinations themselves. Many fans of Kat Von D beauty have been calling for a boycott of her products following this announcement. Her fans aren't the only one sharing their views on how she should treat her child's health; her father also expressed a negative reaction to her preference for a medication-free childbirth at home with a doula and a midwife.
How do you feel about Kat's decision to not vaccinate, and do you think the public should have an opinion of how she chooses to raise her child? Comment below!
Crayola just released a new cosmetics line with ASOS, at first glanced, it seems like everything an arts-and-crafts-turned-makeup enthusiast could wish for. Complete with two eyeshadow palettes, a face palette with blushes and highlighters, a customizable lip palette, a brush set, along with a set of face crayons, this 58-piece collection covers every area of beauty except foundation and concealers. Every product’s packaging stars the signature Crayola squiggle and sleek white and black or shiny iridescent finishes, the outward aesthetics are up to par with a more grown-up experience.
However, if you are anything like me, you never purchase brand-new makeup products without first doing research by reading reviews and watching videos from trusted YouTube beauty gurus. After I settled down from my initial excitement and urge to spontaneously purchase every face crayon with expectations of perfect bold eyeliner looks, I set into several videos from YouTubers such as James Charles and Rachel Leary.
Wow, I was disappointed in what I saw… The results were not pretty. The highlighter stick was chalky and barely appeared on the skin and even removed the foundation beneath it. The mermaid palette, though decent in performance, was nothing special and contained mostly shimmer shadows that were not as pigmented as they could have been. The face crayons were maybe the biggest let-down of all the new products-- what do we even use face crayons for? While some were super creamy and pigmented, others (particularly the black) were not. Even those that were pigmented never fully set and did not blend very well. I also found the mermaid- and unicorn-themed makeup to be more like trends we saw in 2017.
Coming from a brand so well-known for its affordable art products, the price point was also disappointing. A brush set of just four brushes cost $40. The collection included 2 mascaras (one black and one bright blue) that cost $16 each. When there are so many drug store alternative mascaras that even outperform the best high-end options, this price for many of the products seems unreasonable in comparison to other affordable brands like Morphe, NYX, and Elf who offer inexpensive alternatives to quality products.
Crayola is no stranger to makeup collaborations, having previously released collections with Sally Hansen and Clinique. Based on this new solo foray into the beauty world, it seems that Crayola should stick to partnering with brands that already know how best to formulate successful products. As fun as the packaging and ideas were behind this collection, the products are not worth purchasing unless you solely aim for that childhood aesthetic and do not have any real expectations for superb performance.
As for me, I am en route to purchase my 120 pack of crayons and a coloring book for a cheaper and more effective throwback experience. If you bought any of the Crayloa ASOS products and have anything to share from your experience please leave a comment down below!
Everyone knows how Kanye just dropped his new album but what they don’t know is he is working on a low income housing project on the side. The rapper has been known for music and fashion but recently has announced he is getting into architecture. He is starting this project that people can now afford and looks similar to the YEEZY studio in Calabasas. He announced the project just a couple weeks after posting images of his new California home worth near 60 million dollars, which have us all questioning if these complexes are really going to be affordable to live in.
There are only a couple of design inspo pictures released and they are utopian style spaces. In each picture there is not much in the rooms besides some white jeanneret chairs that sell for around $16,000 apiece. This new complex is being made out of prefabricated concrete and polystyrene components with the same yeezy aesthetic that everyone loves from his clothing line. Kanye paired with co-designer and face modules founder Jalil Peraza to make this project come to life. Peraza was also the first one to post the first pictures of the project on social media.
Kanye also said this is his plan to “make the world better,” but we still are wondering if this is going to actually be affordable or if it might plummet. We all know Kanye doesn’t like failure so he is definitely going to push hard for this project to become a success. We still don’t know any details about when the complexes will be open or how much it will cost to live in the first ever yeezy development; but we are patiently waiting to hear all about it.
What do you think? Will this be a hit? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
As the never ending storm that seemed to have set up camp over Florida finally fades away, the feeling of summer has finally arrived. Scrolling through my Instagram feed during my down time after work, I can’t help but be jealous of the people who are spending their summer abroad or traveling to different states. For me, when I listen to the right song, it gives me the sudden urge to quit my job, empty my savings account, and buy a ticket to somewhere hundreds of miles away from home. This is a collection of my favorite songs to listen to while traveling, or in my case at the moment, planning my future dream backpacking-through-Europe trip.
Where’s My Love – SYML
Coastline – Hollow Coves
Somewhere – Sanders Bohlike
Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers
Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Paint – The Paper Kites Mountain Sounds – John Vincent
III Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967 – John Mayer
Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Drive (Los Angeles) – Lolawolf
Call You Home – Mangas Colorado
Indian Summer – Jai Wolf
Drive – Oh Wonder
Airstream Song – Miranda Lambert
Featherstone – The Paper Kites
A Life That’s Good -- Lennon & Maisy
Home – Ben Rector
As a household name and fashion icon the tragedy of Kate Spade's suicide is a reminder to all of us of how precious life is. Kate Spade was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning in her New York City apartment. She was a mother of Frances Spade who is 13 and married to Andy Spade.
Kate Spade brought out a combination of femme and color with her stylish purses. She will be remembered for her pops of color and accentuating a dark outfit with a bright shining stylish purse. Kate designed her purses with in the working girl in mind stating the purses were to “assume the personality of the wearer, not the reverse.” Twice, The Council Of Fashion Designers of America, awarded Spade as Americas New Fashion Talent in Accessories in 1996 and Best Accessory Designer in 1998.
Kate Spade was born in Kansas City, but that did not stop her from pursing bright and bold fashion. In an interview she discussed her interest in fashion from such a young age commenting on her unique style back then. “I would have my mother take me to vintage stores and wear leopard swing coats and cigarette pants. In Kansas City I looked very odd.” She went on to earn a degree in Journalism from Arizona State University. She met her husband, Andy as a student at ASU. The couple then moved to NYC where Kate started out as a fashion editor for Mademoiselle and soon started her handbag business in 1993 with her husband. Mrs. Spade took a sabbatical break from fashion in 2006 when she sold the company in order to spend more time with her daughter Frances.
No longer affiliated with the company a spokeswoman from Kate Spade exclaimed “Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand, Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”
Our thoughts are also with the Spade family at this time.
It’s no secret Gucci does what Gucci wants. And when it came to designing the cruise collection, it was no different. The point of Cruise, compared to F/W or S/S collections, is to really take the audience to a place and create a story or vision— one that inspires and even tickles the imagination. Alessandro Michele did just that in a French cemetery three days ago.
WWD recapped: “As night fell and guests including Saoirse Ronan, A$AP Rocky, and Salma Hayek took their places on mirrored cubes, a line of fire ignited down the central alleyway, signaling the start of the show. The models took to the alleyway thick and fast in outfits so intricate, it was almost difficult for the eye to keep pace. Alessandro Michele sent out a dizzying 114 looks for women and men, mixing brand signatures — think plaid skirts, floral silk prints and tiger patterns — with outfits designed for fantasy characters ranging from rock stars to 19th-century widows. Shrouded in velvet dresses and richly embroidered capes, models wielding flower bouquets emerged from the fog, evoking spectral Madonnas in the purest Catholic tradition. A black moire cape swept dangerously close to the flames, while a black fur coat with leg-of-mutton sleeves had a Seventies Victoriana edge.
“After cruising New York, London and Florence, France was the most natural and organic landing place for Gucci. I wanted to pay my homage to this incredibly important and fundamental country for our culture and history,” he told WWD in a statement prior to the show.”
The overall drama of the entire show was breathtaking. I really appreciate the art Michele always puts into his designs. The collection definitely had some nods to the Catholic Church and Victorian era, which I found interesting considering this years Met Gala was also centered around this theme. Michele also included Gucci’s signature floral and plaid patterns mixed in throughout the entire 114 looks—both of which I think Gucci does best and have made iconic to their brand.
What are your thoughts on this year’s cruise collection?
Kim K and Trump? A meeting that shocked social media.
It is no secret that Kim Kardashian was in the Oval Office with President Trump recently, since it spread through social media like wildfire. Other blogs, media officials, and of course- fans have wondered if this meeting was going to drastically change anything. Kim broke the silence and has openly spoken about her meeting with our new president.
Kim visited Trump to speak about a women named Alice Marie Johnson, a 63 year old great grandmother who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for a first time, non-violent drug offense. Unfortunately, serving such long sentences for non-violent drug offenses happen pretty often. There has been a push for justice for these inmates claiming that some drugs aren't a big enough reason to end someones life of freedom and limit their options for second chances. Johnson has been in prison for over 21 years now, and has not been offered parole. This case hit a nerve with Kim and she decided to take action towards it, explaining that Johnson deserved, “A second chance at life,” and has been working for months to get Johnson released. Kardashian didn’t tell reporters much about the meeting but simply that she believed Trump, “really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice,” and that he, “really understood.” Kim is hopeful this will turn out very positive in the end. Directly after their meeting, Trump tweeted a photograph of the two with the caption, “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.”
Kim and Trump weren't the only ones to reach out and make statements about this meeting, in a letter to Kim Kardashian, “I am so humbled by what you are doing and have already done on my behalf,” Johnson wrote. “There are no words strong enough to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude. Ms. Kardashian you are literally helping to save my life and restore me to my family.”
Where will the power of celebrity and president end? Will we see reform from this because of it's exposure in the media? We'll see.
My favorite part about summer is riding with all four windows down in my car, blasting new and old tunes on my way to the beach or river with my best friends. What better way to get the good vibes flowing than with a bangin’ playlist? The genres of music that I listen to change with the seasons, so when summer rolls around I am all about the upbeat, bright, and happy songs that scream, “It’s 90 degrees outside and I’m tanning on the beach right now!”. Here is a playlist I have curated of some of my favorite songs to listen to while basking in the summer sun. Some songs are new, some are older, but they are all on the soundtrack of summer.
Walking into Harrods is like equivalent of a child walking into Disney World for the first time. As you walk into this massive department store, located in central London, you are immediately greeted by a man in a nice suit. As he opens the double doors to invite you in, you can’t help but feel special. They have all the most prestigious brand names known to man. You could say Harrod's is your dream closet where you find all the clothes you’ve ever seen on the runways from places like Milan to New York Fashion Week.
While studying abroad past spring, I was fortunate enough to be only 10 minutes away from this magnificent mansion. I constantly would go there to take notes on all the new incoming trends because London is about 1-2 years ahead in their trends than the U.S. Each time you walk into Harrods feels new, despite its monstrosity, the makes staff changes to every department every week and individual displays nearly every day.
Though my favorite part might fall in women's fashion, there is also a toy kingdom which is every child’s dream, a fancy food hall filled with glamorously displayed fish, steaks, produce, and chicken. One of my favorite rooms is what I like to call “the Willy Wonka room,” because there is no doubt the second you step foot into this room filled with chocolates and sweets, you will feel like you entered Wonkaland
If you ever find yourself wandering the streets of London, definitely stop by one of the world’s most popular department stores to enjoy the beauty of Gucci, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and so many more.
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