“In Between” in Women’s Fashion

A recent article on Racked discusses women’s fashion and the divide between sample sizing and plus sizing. The majority of American women actually wear sizes that are in between the two, making it hard to shop at many stores. Designers focus on dressing women in one of the two categories and rarely feature styles for the “normal” sized customer.

The “in between” sized woman is not only absent from representation in the fashion world, but in Hollywood as well. If female celebrities are larger than a size zero high fashion model, they are forced into the “plus size star” category, often without their consent. This was the case when Amy Schumer (a size 8) was named in Glamour‘s plus size issue and when model Robyn Lawley (size 12) was lauded for being the first plus size woman featured in Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue. Women must either be model-thin or part of the “fat and sassy” club; designers and the world don’t like the women in between because, in the words of Mindy Kaling, they “lack the self-discipline to be an aesthetic, or the sassy confidence to be a total fatty hedonist.”

Most women I know fit into the “in between” category and it’s true, there is not much representation for average sizes, even for brands that stock them. It is hard to shop when the models do not share your size or body type.

Kendall and Kylie Handbag Line Launched

After three months of anxious waiting, Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s line of handbags has finally been released. Currently the line is only available at Saks Fifth Avenue, but starting in August you can also buy the bags at Shopbop, Neiman Marcus, Revolve, Holt Renfrew, and Bloomingdale’s. If you want to get your hands on one, start saving up your money now: the line starts at $195 and goes as high as $450.

The handbag line consists of 18 bags including chic adult backpacks, huge totes, functional satchels, and glamorous cross-body bags. You can also buy leather key chain versions of Kylie’s dogs for a mere $95 a pop. The line is surprisingly colorful, with bags in black, white, grey, red, and shades of blue. When the line was announced back in April, Kylie described it as “super modern” and noted that it “pairs well with pieces from [the] Kendall + Kylie ready to wear and shoe collection for fall.”

While the handbags are decidedly unique, the two sisters clearly used other designers for inspiration. For instance, the furry dog key chains are clearly based on Fendi’s Karlito bag charms; the only difference is the price and that they are dogs, not weird furry men. This bag is also a pretty obvious knock off of a Celine bag that Kendall is often seen wearing.

Leslie Jones Gets a Dress

Leslie Jones is one of the biggest names in comedy right now. She currently appears on Saturday Night Live, and she stars in the upcoming Ghostbusters film. She is known for her big personality and fearless flamboyance. Despite her success and visibility, there is one arena she is struggling to break into: fashion.

Jones recently updated her Twitter account to report that no couture designers are willing to loan her a dress to wear to the Ghostbusters premier. The red carpet event should be a great opportunity for a label to promote its latest designs, yet no one wants to put his or her creations on Leslie. She speculates that designers don’t want to be associated with a black woman over 40 who is not a runway sample size. Some designers have spoken to the press regarding sizing in the fashion world. They claim that Jones should have known ahead of time that no one would have dresses in her size to loan out for events. They seem satisfied with this conclusion, but Jones is not.

It is true that Jones does not conform to the Hollywood ideal, and that is one of the many reasons why she has gained so many fans. Her fans want to see her enjoying her red carpet moment in a dress just as glamorous as the ones worn by her thin white costars. One of these fans is Christian Siriano, who has responded to Jones’ tweets by offering to make her a dress. He has refused to accept praise for doing something that he perceives as being a normal part of his job.

Is Fur-Lined Fashion Fleeting?

The use of fur in the fashion industry has always perplexed me. Wearing fur is traditional in many cultures, particularly societies that reside in cold climates. Indigenous communities make use of fur, as well as every other part of an animal that is killed. In such a way, fur can be used in a manner that is quite ethical and parallel with a respect and reverence for nature and wildlife. The same cannot be said of fur in the fashion industry.

Animals harvested for designer brand fur may be housed in cramped cages before being brutally dispatched. Since fur is rarely a byproduct of the meat industry, their bodies are often thrown out and their fur becomes an exorbitant status symbol on the runway. Real fur may be beautiful, plush and warm, but when it’s harvested for purely cosmetic purposes, it quickly loses its luster. Once shimmering and pristinely coifed fluff garners a dim and ashen aura.

The Armani Group’s decision to bow out of the fur game is an important step in making the fashion industry more ethical and conscientious. Killing animals in the name of beauty is completely unnecessary and the use of fur as a luxury item for the rich feels steeped in darkness. Many people criticize the fashion industry, thinking of it as a playground for shallow ideals and egoism.

As more designers commit to avoiding fur in their collections, the fashion industry will surely gain more respect from admires and outsiders alike. It’s vital that beauty be manifested on not only a surface level, but from within.

Bohemian Luxe is a Thing, and It’s Wonderful

When you hear the word,”bohemian” with regard to fashion style, you may think of earthy, flowy and colorful designs that are also affordable. The term doesn’t often elicit visions of refined, chic and expensive pieces that could be seen on fashionistas vacationing in the Hamptons. That’s probably about to change after you check out The Jetset Diaries lookbook for the summer of 2016. This Boho label showcases clothing that can best be described as, “bohemian luxe.”

The lookbook was shot in a location that practically screams luxury, Antigua, and it features pieces such as the Fuego romper and the Aztec short and bustier pairing. These outfits are breezy and airy, with the addition of sophistication and sex appeal through plunging v-necks, high-cut slits and flirty details like fringe.

The website itself describes the brand’s collections as,”a contemporary collection for the quintessential jetsetter wardrobe,” that is, “inspired by the need for luxe bohemian pieces for the modern nomad’s wardrobe.” The models in the Jetset Diary’s 2016 summer lookbook definitely fit this description and look quite at home in the ethereal setting of Antigua’s weathered architecture and tranquil waters.

You can almost feel as if you’re there, ready to enjoy a day of sight seeing, soirees and exotic fare. The Jetset Diary has definitely succeeded in solidifying its bohemian luxe brand with this most recent lookbook and the sophisticated, sexy collections within it.