Top Mag Covers Still Excluding Women Of Color, Despite More Fashion Inclusion

If you were hoping to see more diversity in 2016 when it came to fashion magazine covers, then maybe 2017 will be a better year.

 

The world of high fashion has made excellent strides in the last few years, especially in plus-size fashion inclusion. Featuring beautiful women of color to grace these covers is still behind though, according to theFashionSpot.com.

 

The organization watches how the style arena is performing all year long, but apparently, major publications like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Paris, Vogue Russia and Love Magazine got a failing score. Not one of these top magazines put a non-white woman on a cover this year.

 

Yet, the fashion insiders have started to welcome models of a larger size into their style club. British Vogue has been receiving plenty of applause for featuring plus-size beauty Ashley Graham on its soon to be released January 2017 cover issue. However, the famous UK mag let readers down by displaying only one woman of color for its 2016 issues, and that was superstar Rihanna.

 

Some encouraging news, US actress and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o graced the covers of five fashion publications. In addition, designer and rap superstar Kanye West put all the veteran designers to shame. West’s Yeezy Season Four fashion show was recognized once again as the most diverse show of the four major fashion weeks around the globe. He used 97 percent models of color on the runway.

 

TheFashionSpot.com does a lot of homework in putting together its detailed diversity report.

How Beyonce Inspired the Most Searched Fashion Designer of 2016

It was the shot heard around the world. In Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade, she took aim at a potential mistress nicknamed “Becky with the good hair.” In just a few hours, fashion designer Rachel Roy had posted a picture on social media—curiously referring to her good hair. Fans took notice, as Roy had been implicated when the Knowles-Carter crew went to war during the whole elevator debacle at the Met Gala. Onlookers began to buzz that perhaps Rachel Roy was more than just friends with Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z, and Roy’s reaction to Beyonce’s video did nothing to quell those rumors.

 

Online searches for Rachel Roy surged, and she was immediately deluged with negative comments on all of her social media accounts. After all, Beyonce is known for having the most loyal fanbase of any performer alive today. Affectionately referring to themselves as The Beyhive, Beyonce’s fans bashed all of Roy’s posts.

 

Some Beyhive enthusiasts even made mistakes, confusing designer Roy with chef Rachael Ray. Now even Ray had to contend with multiple negative comments on her Instagram photos of burgers and other food products. It is a good lesson to any fashion designer, chef or media personality; when Beyonce is involved, the people take notice in a rabid way that even celebrities can’t even understand. Although Rachel Roy was the target of many more online searches this year, there’s no reason to believe that her clothing line benefited as a result of the controversy.

 

People Are Asking If the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Is Culturally Relevant

With ratings that either dip or remain lackluster with each passing year, it would seem that the once glorious Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is plagued by waning enthusiasm. For two years in a row, the famous fashion show has been hurting in the numbers department. Many in the fashion industry—and outside of it—are even questioning why the show exists. It does seem like somewhat of an anomaly these days. With all of the entertainment now available on the web, the fashion show is definitely less titillating than it once would have been perceived.

 

It’s not for a lack of star power, either. With top models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid hitting the runway as anointed Angels, one would think that the current generation would get into it. However, this has not been the case. Perhaps the supermodels of yesteryear—Gisele Bundchen and Naomi Campbell among them—had something that translated with audiences in a way that this current crop of models can’t muster. In a world where it takes a lot to shock, the outfits that the models parade down the runway don’t seem surprising or even particularly fashion-forward. However, some viewers have complained to the FCC about the skimpy outfits.

 

In the coming years, it should be interesting to see if the network decides that this holiday mainstay needs to go. Although it has been fun watching the Angels take on the world in their princess-pink plane, one can’t help but wonder if it’s time for something new.

 

All Year Round Releases More High Quality and Affordable Women’s Wear

Maggie Winter and Jac Cameroon co-founded All Year Round (AYR) in 2014. AYR is an e-commerce clothing brand consisting of women’s wear with the major focus on denim. The company has its headquarters in New York City, and it lately opened a new store in Lafayette Street, Soho. The AYR, which is a brother company to Bonobos, launched Guideshop in April 2014. Later in September the same year, they collaborated with Shopbop in opening a wholesale shop.

 

 

Interview With Forbes

 

 

The two co-founders and co-CEOs started AYR with the aim of providing high-quality fashion brands at an affordable price. According to an interview with the Forbes magazine, Jac Cameroon stated that they are so many different brands in the market, but the challenge lies in the quality and pricing. The high-quality items are not affordable to everyone while the ones with a good price are not of high quality. Therefore, the two embarked on the journey to provide season-less quality women brands at fair prices.

 

 

Their bestselling items include the white poplin popover, the Robe that is a long Italian woolen coat, the powdery blues chambray shirts, and skinny jeans. The following essential covered all the seasons meaning that women will not have to spend more on getting different outfits with the change of seasons.

 

 

AYR as an Independent Company

 

 

When All Year Round began, they were operating under Bonobos. Before their launch, they had established some good contact with their manufacturing company in Los Angeles, which made them some pairs of jeans. Their first clients were friends who purchased the jeans from a lost in Garment District. In 2015, they had established their customer base, and they moved out of the incubation with Bonobos and started running independently.

 

 

Marketing the Brand

 

 

They have always relied on the press and word of mouth in marketing their brands. The Forbes fashion editor, their co-founder Max and expert in fashion PR, and the community have also played a vital role in the growth of their company. Their large client’s base includes some renowned figures such as Karlie Kloss, Crissy Teigen, and Leandra Medine. AYR intends to expand their business to include international shipping by 2017.

 

 

 

Mushrooms Will Be a New Source for Faux-Leather

While leather has been a fashionable material for centuries, its cultivation is growing more costly between the costs of raising cattle, the toxic tanning process for hide and the perception of slaughtering an animal. Inspired by these concerns and looking to keep the feel and look of leather en vogue, companies like Mycoworks have looked to mushrooms for alternative materials.

 

Phil Ross, artist and founder of the company, is working to “grow” leather from mycelium, the dense root portion of mushrooms. Much like cow hide, mycelium is the flesh of a mushroom. Through manipulation of temperature and humidity, Ross’ company has figured out a means by which to make substances that mirror the leather derived from cow, snake and ostrich. In addition to closely resembling actual leather, Ross’ approach costs less energy, makes less of an environmental impact and is biodegradable.

 

The mycelium is also free to be worked with while it is still growing. This flexibility means that designers can naturally add components like fish-eye rings and zippers without the need for stitching or changing textures. Ross remarks that his company is an example of how art can spawn an entire industry, quipping that many artists can survive if their work is more valuable to businesses than for their inherent artistic quality.

 

Ross has been crafting mycelia pieces for three decades. While initially drawn to reichi mushrooms for medicinal qualities, Ross soon learned that a diet of sawdust and other wastes could nudge their development into solid, workable materials.

 

Michelle Obama in Final Vogue Cover

Michelle Obama will be our first lady for only three more months. But until we say our farewell, there’s still a lot to compliment her on, and as always, her iconic, sleek style and bare arms are favorites in the fashion world.

 

Obama will feature on the cover of Vogue in a white dress with those bare arms soon. The gown is by Caroline Herrera, and the first lady was shot by none other than Annie Leibovitz for Vogue.

 

A newcomer will be entering the White House as first lady in January. As the foreign wife of President-Elect Donald Trump, Melania Trump is also extremely beautiful. But even though she’s a knockout too, fans of Michelle will be sorry to see the switch.

 

Throughout her tenure as first lady, Obama has campaigned tirelessly for the health of children and all of the citizens of the United States. She has grown a beautiful garden on the lawn of the White House and promoted physical fitness and eating right more than any other first lady.

 

In this issue of Vogue, we see Michelle Obama at her most beautiful. Annie Leibovitz has done a stunning job making her look as fantastic as she really is. You’ll see Obama at the White House in several different couture outfits and dresses.

 

People who have met and spoke with Michelle have called her as kind, intelligent and likable in real life as she looks through the media to the citizens of the United States.

 

Mariah And MAC: All About The Pretty And Glittery Holiday Makeup Collection

Let’s be downright honest; Mariah doesn’t do anything unless it’s grande and major. To prove our point, you must check out superstar Mariah’s collaboration with MAC Cosmetics and her new collection. The 23-piece line is be-dazzled to diva standards in glittery eye shadows, sparkly lipsticks and much more.

 

MAC and Mariah, it’s a winning combination, and the singer’s holiday beauty collection is going on sale online starting Dec. 8 and in retail stores Dec. 15. The line will be available through Jan. 26. Mariah is excited to bring her glam signature makeup style to her worldwide fans, and that stunning photo is too much! The sexy songstress has delivered amazing MAC print ads, lying on a bed of dazzling diamonds and sparkling from head-to-toe. You can check out the diva bling here.

 

Silver glitter and metallic gold feature prominently on Mariah’s special holiday makeup collection. Beauty reporters have been raving about the singer’s all-over body sparkle, appropriately named “Touch My Body” from her famous hit. If you enjoy luminous shimmer, then you will adore Mariah’s glittery cosmetics collection. The line also offers liquid eyeliner, lip pencils, lip glasses, false lashes (only $18) and makeup brushes.

 

The diva’s glam MAC lip colors also include a butterfly image stamped into her lipsticks and come in elegant gold tubes. It’s a rich looking makeup line full of luxurious makeup products. Any of her 23-piece collection would make for spectacular gifts at the holidays. Hint-hint, everybody. We want some of these now.

 

 

Your Eyebrows Add More to Your Fashion Look Than You Think

Throughout the history of fashion, eyebrows have been integral in either making or breaking a look. Yes, it’s true that even though they are often overlooked, eyebrows are extremely important when it comes to fashion.

 

In the 20s and 30s, extremely thin eyebrows were all the rage. Greta Garbo had painting on, black lines for her eyebrows. It was a different time. In the 50s and 60s, brows were pretty tame, and in the 80s, they got huge. Of course, in the 1990s, we saw brows go from super big to extremely small. It was a similar fashion to the 1920s and 30s.

 

Today, eyebrows are good in all styles, but most women opt to have larger, thicker brows that are neatly tamed with dips, gels, powders and pens.

 

How to Tame Your Brows

 

If you’d like to get your brows tamed for the times, here are some hints.

 

  1. Try tweezing your brows yourself.

 

Start by tweezing your brows yourself. Make sure that you have a shape in mind, and don’t stray from your desired plan. It can be easy to want to do something drastic, but you may end up taking off half of your brow if you do this.

 

  1. Try getting your brows waxed by professionals.

 

Let professionals do your brows with wax if you don’t feel that you can do it yourself.

 

  1. Go for threading.

 

Threading is an ancient Indian technique for getting rid of unwanted hair. Some say that it is less painful than waxing.

 

Richard Nicoll Has Passed Away

The fashion world is in mourning after the passing of Richard Nicoll, according to Vogue magazine. The famous English fashion designer was only 39 years old when he died of a heart attack on October 21st. Nicoll had made quite an impact with his modernist classic work.

 

Born in London and raised in Australia, Nicoll graduated with an MA in Womenswear from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He debuted his collections in 2006 on the London Fashion Week and has since been showcasing his work there. Nicoll was regarded as a highly talented designer, and was awarded three prizes from the Association Nationale poor le Developpement des Arts de la Mode (ANDAM). He was also awarded the title of “Best Young Designer” at the Elle Style Awards in 2009. He was a BFC Vogue Fashion Fund finalist twice.

 

Famous celebrities who have worn Nicoll’s designs include Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, Kylie Minogue, Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Sienna Miller, Diane Kruger, Florence Welch, and more. Nicoll has collaborated with Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Jack Wills and Cerruti. Nicoll’s creativity allowed him work on a number of impressive projects throughout his career.

 

Nicoll’s family made a statement shortly after his death. “Richard was one of the quiet stars of fashion. He was a true gentleman, a wonderful friend and a much loved son… We will miss his handsome face, his sense of humour and his love.”

 

Leaving Behind the Traditional Nude

The term “nude” in the fashion industry is changing. The term originally meant a color similar to pale white skin but that is no longer the case these days. Up until 2015, the Miriam-Webster dictionary had defined the term as a white person’s skin color.

 

Now, according to a recent BBC article, companies are beginning to step up to the realization that there is more than one skin tone to describe nude.

 

Naja, a lingerie company, has a Nude line that comprises seven shades of tone, starting with the shade Nude 01 and going up to Nude 07. The shades were not re-labeled as different colors as this would undermine the point of nude denoting several skin shades according to the ethnicity of a person.

 

Another company, Mahogany Blues, makes clothing for dancers in a variety of nude tones. This enables dancers to find outfits that fit their individual tone rather than having to buy a color lighter than their skin tone and dye it to match.

 

There has been some negativity to the change but overall it has been a good response which is a start. It is estimated, that by 2050, more than half of the US population will be made up of minorities. Changing nude’s distinction from white and everyone else to a color that matches a person’s skin tone will still take some time but it has definitely made forward progress.