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.
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