Model Denis Bidot Is Proud of Her Plus-Size Body

A pls-size model named Denise Bidot is speaking out about her curves and her mother’s curves. Bidot is a Puerto Rican model who is 29 years old. You may have heard her classic mantra, “There’s no wrong way to be a woman” in reference to the body shaming that many women face on a daily basis. Of course, we all know that this shaming is often targeted at women’s size.

Bidot’s Mother’s Problem With Her Curvy Image

Bidot says that her mother often struggled with her weight, yet she was not as Zen about it. She says that her mother was unable to accept her curves and her body as it was. She knew that it was important to spread the message that her mother couldn’t, and now she is doing just that.

More About Denise Bidot

Bidot is famous for being a beautiful, glamorous woman, and more than that, she is a celebrated model. In fact, Bidot was one of the first models who was plus size to walk a runway for fashion week in New York. She loves this about herself, and she wants to continue the healthy trend she has started. One of the ways she does this is by becoming more widely seen in the media. Recently, Bidot was lucky enough to sign a partnership with Unilever for a personal care line that promotes the individuality and uniqueness of Latina women especially. Bidot is proud to be a large supporter of her Latina roots.

Mom Jeans are Back

Jeans are the perennial classic, both vintage and contemporary at the same time. Silhouettes and styles may change, but jeans themselves will never go out of fashion.

The one type of jeans that seemed universally hated was the dreaded “mom jeans.” These jeans had very high waistlines and somewhat shapeless legs. They were purely utilitarian. Many of us breathed sighs of relief when they fell out of style in the ’90s. This is when lower-waisted jeans with a slimmer fit through the thighs emerged as a more flattering cut, and mom jeans were virtually forgotten for about 20 years.

Something curious has happened recently, however. The editorial push toward effortless beauty dragged mom jeans back into the spotlight. Suddenly beautiful girls with perfect figures were photographed in baggy, high-waisted jeans, lit and positioned to convey the sense that they didn’t care about wearing flattering clothing. This overlaps with the enduring hipster trend, which favors clothing that is often adamantly unflattering. Fans of vintage styles are also wearing mom jeans, as high waists were the norm until relatively recently. This is underscored by the persistent interest in the fashion of the ’90s, when jeans were looser and baggy layers were popular.

High-waisted pants are a great way for thin women to show off their bodies, as one must be in pretty good shape to look in mom jeans. If you want to try this trend on for size, wear your mom jeans with a crop top and some short ankle boots.

Cuba’s High Brow Olympic Uniforms

You may have watched the torch carried to Rio de Janeiro. You may be following your favorite Olympic athletes. You may be hosting an Olympics party at house house. You may be the
Olympic super fan, but do you realize that Olympic uniforms have represented a veritable who’s who of fashion over the decades?

A recent article in Remezcla details Cuba’s Olympic uniform this year, designed by Christian Louboutin. Did you think his designs stopped at red-soled stilettos? Think again! Cuba’s Olympic uniform features a fitted red or tan jacket, emblazoned with the Cuban flag with kitten heels or hi-top sneakers. The designer says he was inspired by Cuban athletes and athleisure trends.

This is not the first time a top designer has outfitted an Olympic team. In 1980, Levi Strauss designed Team USA’s suede and shearling jackets and white cowboy hats. Ralph Lauren designed the American team’s nautical-inspired skirts and hats in 2012. Georgio Armani dressed Italy’s 2012 team in seriously sleek black and white uniforms.

Who will Team USA be wearing this year? They went for Polo Ralph Lauren again. Debuted on The Today Show, each team member will wear a red, white or blue Polo button down shirt, khaki chinos and boat shoes for the quintessential American prep look.

Who knows whether Olympic team style gives an edge in the international competition? One thing is certain. The Olympic games have far more to offer than sweat and sports. It’s the fashion event of the year!

Christian Louboutin Designs Outfits for Cuba’s Olympic Athletes

As nations around the world gear for the highly-anticipated grand stage for athletes around the world, they are making an effort to ensure that their athletes portray an impressive picture to the world. Apart from ensuring that the athletes are adequately trained in their respective disciplines, countries like Cuba have called upon the support and expertise of world-leading fashion designers such as Christian Louboutin, a renowned French designer. This is in a bid to ensure that Cuba’s Olympic team looks the part during the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony.

The Designs for Cuba’s Olympic Team

The outfits designed for the closing ceremony were made through the collaboration of Christian Louboutin, who is known for his signature red-soled heels, and Sporty Henri. On his Website, Christian Louboutin asserted that he came up with the particular designs to welcome back the athletes to the human world after their performance. He likened the athletes to superheroes, as they are deemed to put on a special gear that allows them to defy various forces of nature such as time, laws of physics and gravity to outperform their competitors.

The team outfits boast of a fitted jacket characterized by a Cuban flag on top of the breast pocket. The designer also made sure that the clothes rhyme with the spectacular bodies of the athletes by tailor fitting them. He also included complementing shoes such as hi-top sneakers for men and kitten heels for the women.

Cuba, a Caribbean Island, appears to be drawing enormous interest from the fashion world with various designers heading to this island for inspiration. Similarly, Louboutin credited the island as his primary source of inspiration for the outfits.

McCall’s Continues to Serve the DIY Fashionista

As Paris, New York, London, and Milan get ready for this autumn’s Fashion Week, another branch of the fashion industry is on the alert for the latest trends: it’s McCall’s Pattern Company. In a recent article for the New York Times, columnist Steve Kurutz reminds readers that globe-hopping fashionistas aren’t the only ones interested in the lines of the international fashion houses. DIY sewists also insist upon being kept in the haute-couture loop. McCall’s has been publishing dressmaking patterns for them since 1870 (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/04/fashion/mccalls-pattern-company-sewing-do-it-yourself.html?_r=0).
McCall’s actually began as a lady’s magazine in 1863, eventually becoming one of the twentieth century’s most popular glossy periodicals for women. But while the magazine finally ceased publication in 2002, the dressmaking aspect of the company is still going strong. McCall’s creates patterns for home sewists, publishing an average of 700 new designs every year. McCall’s features four different lines of fashion: McCall’s, Butterick (targeting the vintage market), Kwik Sew, and Vogue Patterns. (The Vogue brand belongs to Conde Nast, but it has been licensed to McCall’s.) Over the decades Vogue Patterns has featured designs by Givenchy, Christian Dior, and Valentino, allowing the home sewist to wear couture style without having to pay exorbitant prices for it. About half of the patterns in this line are licensed from such well-known companies as Tracy Reese and Rachel Comey.
With the increasing resources available over the internet, McCall’s is now using sites like Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram, posting its most popular patterns from the past to emphasize its lasting legacy. McCall’s has also begun selling downloadable patterns, bypassing its traditional market in fabric stores.

L’Oreal Plans to Acquire IT Cosmetics for a Record $1.2 Billion

L’Oreal SA will purchase IT Cosmetics for a Record $1.2 billion in one of its biggest acquisitions in eight years. Through this acquisition, the firm will add over 300 makeup and skin-care products to its inventory. IT Cosmetics funded by TSG Consumer Partners, will fall under L’Oreal’s Luxe Division. IT Cosmetics will retain its operation in New Jersey City, where its main offices are headquartered.

Long-term growth plan

The new acquisition is part of L’Oreal’s growth plan as the firm has started to experience modest growth in some parts of Latin America and Asia. The fashion giant was co-founded back in 2008 by a beauty-pageant winner and former television news presenter. In a recent official statement to its customers, IT Cosmetics announced that it had recorded a 56 percent increase in sales to $182 million in the financial year ended in June. Therefore, the firm has registered a growth of around $1 million since 2010. It has earned the loyalty of many clients and transitioned to one of the most recognized brands across the globe. L’Oreal USA’s head, Frederic Roze, is hopeful that the brand will continue to grow.

About L’Oreal

L’Oreal is a firm headquartered in Paris that is investing heavily in North America to offset a slowdown in Brazil and Hong Kong. The company has acquired IT Cosmetics as a way of diversifying its services and expanding its operation.

The deal is a success for TSG Consumer Partners, an independent asset management firm worth nearly $5 billion. The company has cemented a top position in the finance service and investment industry by financing consumer brands. Currently, the company is diversifying its beauty and fashion portfolio.

The Booming Market for Plus-Size Fashion

Plus-size fashionistas rejoice. There’s a growing boom in the fashion industry for plus-sized clothing and designs.

For years, trendy retailers and designers have ignored the plus-size market, leaving bigger women to shop at expensive specialty stores or to resign themselves to wearing frumpy, dowdy clothing.

Now, however, high-profile designers like Christian Siriano are creating fun, fashionable items for women of all sizes. Siriano, who won the fourth season of “Project Runway,” recently collaborated on a line of clothing with retailer Lane Bryant, which focuses on women who are sizes 14 and up.

Other retailers, such as Igigi, Eloquii and Kiyonna have spent years conquering the online market for cute plus-sized clothing.

Several big retailers are joining in. In 2015, Target launched its own line of trendy plus-size clothing with Ava & Viv. In department stores, shoppers can now find plus-size offerings from the likes of Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta and Tommy Hilfiger.

Why the sudden rush to tap into this previously ignored market? Money, of course. The size of the average woman in the United States is now a 12, with half of all women over 20 a size 12 or up. Many of these women are younger professionals who want the same fashion choices as their thinner compatriots. That hunger has created a clothing industry worth $17 billion — and growing — in yearly sales.

Next Accessory Trend: Mermaid Crowns

The past few years, teen and young adult fashion has been rife with flower crowns. Aspiring hippies strutted around summer music festivals wearing everything from simple daisy chains to elaborate headbands as large as bouquets. They were so popular they even showed up as a Snapchat filter. Now, though, a different hair accessory has emerged.

Mermaid crowns are suddenly everywhere on Instagram and Etsy, with demand on the most popular Etsy shops being almost more than the artists can handle. These crowns are more like tiaras than the flower crown halo shape and are made of shimmering shells, jewels, crystals, beads, chains, and baubles, most with pieces that dangle down onto the forehead. The crowns are usually tall and ornate and rival the tiaras won by beauty queens. Many wearers pair them with body glitter and paint to complete the magical look.

Mermaid crowns have come on the scene in the midst of a strong mermaid trend in fashion and lifestyle choices. Swim classes where participants learn to take to the water wearing tail fins are all the rage. Cute knitted mermaid tail blankets and cool hued mermaid hair dye jobs have taken over Pinterest and Instagram. Whether it is the influence of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on this generation’s childhoods or a world full of sad events that draws young people to the sea, it seems that mermaids are here to stay.

Fashion Makes Circular Pattern

The world of fashion moves in a cyclical pattern. What was popular 20 or 30 years ago comes back into fashion with a slight twist to give it a modern look. Decades that have been joked about for years, like the 80’s, are coming back in style.

Perhaps it’s because we look back and see the sky high bangs and oversized shoulders pads and laugh. There were parts of 80’s style that were less laughable, admirable even. The 80’s was a time when large prints could be mixed with bright colors. Secondhand was also layered on to create one of a kind looks. Today, that is what is coming back, the ability to test the waters of print, color, and shape in layers. Other styles like the puffy, sagging sleeves are coming back paired with a faux leather jumper. It’s a new look that speaks to something familiar. Silhouettes that cling to the body and then flare into a fun bubble skirt, metallic fabric, and pinstripes are making their way onto runways.

Romanticizing a particular era is nothing new. We are now far enough away from the 80’s to forget the parts that we didn’t like, maybe not the hair, but a lot of the other things. Fashion, like many other creative arts, get inspiration from the past. As designers continue to reinvent the wheel, they’re creating clothing that will make the current era stand out. When we know where we have come from we can follow where we might be going.

From Nerdy to Chic: The Budding Popularity of Glasses

Riddle time: What is one essential item that also doubles as a fashion statement? If you answered glasses, you are correct! There was once a time when wearing glasses was considered nerdy and unattractive, but few people can resist the hipster appeal of the necessity today, and with so many styles, who can blame them? Surely popularity often equates to pricey, but with a little research, it is easy to determine where you can find the cheapest yet most stylish shades available! Thankfully, Buzzfeed educated everyone on the top nine:

1. BonLook

Though glasses are a tad pricey compared to others on this list, few can overlook the styles and general quality of the shades. Starting at $99, you are welcome to check out a multitude of styles, colors, and either cosmetic or prescription glasses.

2. 39 Dollar Glasses

You guessed it: These frames start at $39 and are fairly trendy!

3. Coastal

With shades starting at $19, you really cannot go wrong. From flirty to sophisticated, there are glasses for everybody, whether they need them or not.

4. Glasses USA

Starting at $38, this provider offers a multitude of shades as well as contacts. With the ability to ship anywhere in the United States, everybody can take a look…literally.

5. Zenni Optical

Shades at Zenni start at $6.95. The retailer also allows users to upload a photo of themselves to see how these shades will look before they buy them.

6. Express Glasses

Like Zenni, the frames start at $6.95 and rarely exceed that price. Talk about a shopping haul!

7. EyeBuyDirect

The cheapest place on the list is EyeBuyDirect. The glasses start at a low of $6; a multitude of shades and patterns make certain that you will find the pair that is right for you.

8. Goggles4u

$6.95 tends to be a popular price for glasses nowadays, but nobody is really complaining.

9. Marvel Optics

Though they do have shades reminiscent of the comics, Marvel Optics stands on its own in terms of creativity. With glasses starting at $9.95, little can go wrong–except buying around 100 pairs.