Marie Claire Announces Third Annual Image Makers Award Recipients

Marie Claire Announces Third Annual Image Makers Award Recipients

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Issa Rae, left, stylist Karla Welch, center, and Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider

The awards honor the talent behind Hollywood’s talent.

Marie Claire has announced the winners of its third annual Image Makers awards, which will be held in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, honoring the talent behind Hollywood’s talent — the makeup artists, hair and fashion stylists.

Hairstylist Serge Normant will receive the ICON Award from Sarah Jessica Parker (he also works with Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts), while makeup artist Rachel Goodwin and hairstylist Mara Roszak will both be honored by longtime client Emma Stone.

Tracee Ellis Ross will present an award to super stylist Karla Welch, who shares her love of fashion and political activism. Dior makeup artist Peter Philips and Insecure’s Issa Rae are also on the list of honorees who will be celebrated at the event and in the February issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Marie Claire February 2018 cover
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Marie Claire February 2018 cover

“The event has really gained a life of its own because these actresses are so attached to their makeup artists, hairstylists and fashion stylists, the people who are in the trenches with them every day,” says Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. “We could never have predicted [the] level of intimacy that has sprung up around these people. When a celebrity presents an award, it’s a really poignant, authentic moment.”

Last year’s ceremony drew a starry crowd, including Janelle Monae, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and Kylie Jenner.

Janelle Monae, left, and stylist Maeve Reilly.

Marie Claire Image Makers Awards Draw Janelle Monae, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford

The Image Makers awards were created three years ago with the rise of social media, Fulenwider says. “What we all saw happening with Instagram were these great behind-the-scenes moments of getting ready for awards shows, on sets and on shoots. Makeup artists, hairstylists and stylists were becoming mini celebrities and gaining a following on their own. We wanted to cover that and throw a big old Hollywood bash.”

“Serge does my own hair, so that will be a personal moment for me,” she adds. “Also, not only has Tracee Ellis Ross’ relationship with Karla Welch been amazing, her sense of style has been so fun to watch. And Emma Stone was insistent on presenting to both Mara and Rachel because she considers them her dream team. That’s a cool testament to the magic that happens behind the scenes.”

 
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17 Beauty Tips That Are Actual Gamechangers

 

 brushes just don’t work on my lashes. Meaning, they always, without fail, make the product clump and stick together, no matter what formula I use. Still, I like the look of a tint, so I’ve taken to using Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara on my top lashes. The brush is tiny and thin, and it deposits a little product without making me look spidery or overdone.” —Perrie Samotin, digital deputy editor

Instead of brushing mascara on, wiggle the wand.
“I apply mascara by wiggling the brush across my lashes from the bottom and working my way up with the same motion. It sounds silly, but I noticed a big difference in my lashes after I learned this tip on a shoot. My mascara used to clump; now each lash looks fluttery and defined.” —Halie LeSavage, fashion features assistant

Tap on gloss for high cheekbones without highlighter.
“For a daytime highlight, I’ll put Too Faced’s clear Melted Latex lipstick on the high parts of my cheekbones for a subtle, more natural glow. It’s great for layering my crazy highlighters on top of after wearing makeup all day.” —Khaliha Hawkins, digital administrative assistant

Wing your cat eye upward, not outward.
“This may seem obvious to fellow liner lovers, but it didn’t really register for me until I met cat-eye master Daniel Chinchilla, who’s Ariana Grande’s makeup artist. He explained that a common cat-eye mistake is drawing a line that goes out straight toward your ear—which can make your eyes look droopy—rather than up toward the ends of your eyebrows. Since making this slight adjustment to my technique, I’ve gotten my cat eye down to a science. I just follow the upward direction of my lower lash line, instead of the downward direction of my upper.” —Jennifer Mulrow, assistant beauty editor

Trace brown liner under your top lashes for more definition.
“I wear winged liner every day, but before I do that I always tight-line my upper lid. I just lift my eyelid a little and very gently line under my lashes. My eyeliner—I use Stila—is black, but I use dark brown for the tight line, Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in (Earth)quake. It makes a really noticeable difference, making the final look bolder and my eyes seem bigger.” —Azadeh Valanejad, social producer

Brushing your brows up makes a huge difference.
“Backstage at Rosie Assoulin this past spring ’18 season, James Kaliardos explained to an eager group of editors how a little grooming can make you look instantly put together. The easiest way? By brushing your eyebrows. Midinterview, in fact, he asked if he could brush my eyebrows right then and there. (Do I even want to know how long he’d been waiting to ask that?) It’s safe to say I haven’t left the house without brushing my eyebrows since. All you need is a regular spoolie, but clear gloss will keep them in place longer.” —J.M.

The Best Skin Care Tips

Caffeine on your makeup sponge is just crazy enough to work.
“I drink a black iced coffee every morning, and sometimes I’ll sprinkle a little on my Beautyblender to dampen it while I’m applying foundation. The following claim is obviously self-substantiated, but I swear the caffeinated liquid wakes up my skin and gives me a glow. Whatever works, right?” —P.S.

Put eye cream around your lips.
“So many people have told me they think eye cream is bullshit, but I’ve spent enough time around aestheticians to know better: The right eye cream in the right spots can make a world of difference. I put it on with my ring finger (it has the lightest touch and won’t drag your skin) all around my eye area including the skin between my eyes on the sides of my nose, right between my eyebrows, and around my mouth. The latter sounds weird, but your skin there is also delicate and prone to wrinkles, especially if you smoked for years, like me. Yeah, I know….” —L.S.

Add balm or oil to makeup if you have dry skin.
“My face skin gets flaky-dry in the winter, so I mix a rich balm or face oil into everything—foundation, primer, concealer, you name it. My current favorite is the Healing Balm from Max & Madeleine. I wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin, but if your face gets chapped or reptilian-looking when it’s cold, please do yourself a favor and swiftly mix a drop of balm with whatever else you’re putting on your face at about a three-to-one ratio.” —A.R.

Mix sugar and Vaseline to cure dry, flaky lips.
“I am a self-proclaimed lipstick addict, and if I didn’t give my lips a treatment every once in a while, they’d probably fall off. Or they’d at least be really cracked and sore all the time. Instead of buying a lip scrub, you can just mix sugar and Vaseline together to help smooth your lips when they’re feeling dried out and tired.” —E.R.

Wash your face before you exercise.
“I go to the gym before work every morning—well, most mornings—and I always give my skin a good rinse with my Clinique cleanser before getting started. Washing my face before ensures that my pores won’t get clogged from a gross sweat-dirt-oil mix while I’m working out. I have oily, acne-prone skin to begin with, and I noticed that I was way less prone to post-exercise breakouts after I started doing an extra wash beforehand.” —H.L.

40 Tips The Most Charming, Attractive Women Know About How To Be Sexy

It’s not all about looks.

In the old world, being sexy was about particular grooming, tight-fitting clothes and makeup. Now, we know that being sexy has more to do with a certain je ne sais quoi.

Although science has tried to measure what makes a person more appealing, most of us know that attractiveness can’t be boiled down to algorithms. Real sexiness is in the eye of the beholder.

But if you’re looking for ways to be more attractive, you’ll be happy to know most of it won’t cost you a dime and doesn’t take long at all. Here are 40 tips to be sexier almost immediately.

1. Always Make Eye Contact

 

And not just with your partner—looking everyone you’re interacting with squarely in the eye won’t only will boost your own confidence, but it’ll get people to see you as confident and in control, which usually translates to sexy.

2. Focus on Dynamic Attractiveness

Sure, physical beauty is a key component in innate sex appeal, but dynamic attractiveness involves the expression of our emotions and our underlying personality—and can critically boost your personal charisma. According to Psychology Today, expressing positive affect—smiling, employing an upbeat attitude, having expressive eyes, are all associated with sex appeal.

3. You’ve Got A Brain—Use It!

A sharp, healthy mind can be akin to healthy body when it comes to being sexy. This means occasionally challenging yourself by having a challenging conversation, expressing interest in new things, reading books on new topics, or even just watching a documentary about something you never knew. The more you know, the more you can talk about in an informed way, which is a defining factor in real sex appeal.

4. Humor Counts

Yeah, we know that razor-sharp wit isn’t something that can be learned, and we’re not all able to be truly funny all the time, but not taking yourself or the world around you too seriously is a key component in being sexy. Plus, everyone loves a good sense of humor.

5. Get Your Hair Blown Out

Almost all of us can certainly attest that when our hair looks bad, we often feel bad. Turns out, that’s not all in our heads, either: Studies have shown women spend around 20 years of their lives suffering from a bad hair day, and that it can greatly affect mood and confidence.

6. Expose Your Wrists

No, not because they’re attractive but because the glands in your wrists emit pheromones which can trigger feelings of attraction in others.

7. Take Up Yoga

 

A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who regularly did yoga actually felt sexier. Why? Researchers say it could be because yoga encourages a stronger mind-body connection.

8. Test Out Some Sexy Lingerie

Along the way, lingerie became synonymous with tawdry—dare we day porn-y—pieces that look as if they belong on people eagerly awaiting the arrival of the hot young pizza delivery guy. And while that’s true in some respects, there’s also quite a lot of very elegantly sexy underpinnings out there that are sexy without being tacky.

9. Don’t Assume Showing More Is Sexier

You’ve heard it before: Showing tons of skin does not always translate to sexy. Bootie shorts, skin-tight clothes, insanely low-cut tops all can make you look less sexy, or like you’re trying too hard. Love your body and want to show it off? Great! Do it ways that are truly sexy, as opposed to flashy.

10. Unfollow People Who Make You Insecure

 

Whether it’s the one fashion blogger who only posts bikini shots, a specific celebrity, or Victoria’s Secret’s Instagram, stop following people whose social media photos make you feel less than, even for a second. Social media is supposed to fun, not make you feel less sexy.

11. Touch Yourself

Yeah, we’re going there. People who masturbate know exactly what they like when they’re intimate with someone else, which only increases their sex appeal.

12. Find A Good Tailor

When clothes are too boxy, too long, or generally ill-fitting, it looks like you’re trying to cover up your body, which intrinsically translates to generally un-sexy. No need to prance around in skin-tight numbers, but a well-fitting dress with a nipped waist and a flattering hemline, a blazer that skims your body (and whose sleeves aren’t too long), or pair of slim well-fitting jeans that just hit your ankle will show your figure in a way that’s sexy without being overt.

13. Invest In Chic Specs

 

Need reading glasses? No shame in that! But it’s a known fact that most drugstore readymades aren’t the most youthful. Instead, seek out a modern pair at sites like EyeBuyDirect or Coastal. Of course, it’s worth getting an eye exam to make sure you don’t need a stronger prescription, in which case, your chic-specs options will be even larger thanks to hip affordable eyewear sites like Warby Parker and Steven Alan Optical.

14. Stop Plucking Your Eyebrows

Full brows are associated with youth, while super-thin eyebrows can give your face a harsh appearance. As we age, our eyebrows gradually thin, but quitting the tweezers and using makeup to fill them in can work wonders, and completely change your face for the better.

15. Undo Yourself A Bit

Unbutton one extra button on your blouse, smudge your eyeliner, spritz some salt spray in your hair—sometimes appearing as if you just had fun in bed can make you feel—and look—extra-sexy.

16. Slow Down

According to sex coach Sean Jameson, slowing down your movements and your speech by around 10 percent can make you sexier now. For example, instead of rushing down the hallway, slow down and accentuate your movements. Another example: When you’re making a point, don’t wave your arms about quickly and erratically, or ever feel like you have to get every word out of your mouth as quickly as possible.

17. Initiate Sex More

 

This one is sexy in the literal sense: Even if you’re not tremendously assertive, initiate sex more often with your partner. This is hot in and of itself, but it’ll also imply to your partner than you truly enjoy sex, which is one of the biggest turn-ons.

18. Use Touch

A killer way to get a person’s attention in a sexy way? Touch them very subtly on the arm or the back when you’re saying hello or goodbye, when you agree with something they’ve said, or if they’ve said something funny.

19. Wear Heels

One of the quickest ways to feel sexier? Slip on a pair of heels. Not only do they give you an empowering boost, but the right heels can make your clothes hang better, and—especially if they’re the color of your skin—can have a leg-lengthening effect.

20. Challenge Yourself

Whether it’s at work or even something as small as taking an advanced fitness class instead of a beginner one, succeeding will you give you an air of confidence which will travel with you, making you much sexier.

21. Don’t Only Wear Sweats to Bed

 

Obviously, comfy clothes are amazing, and—after a long day—there’s nothing better than chilling out in sweats. However, if you notice that your sex life is either lackluster or non-existent, swap out the sweats once in a while for something that makes you feel sexy. If you feel it, your partner will feel it, too.

22. Let Your Natural Scent Do the Work

It’s not surprising that scent plays a big role in sex appeal, but—despite what perfume companies would have you believe—your best bet isn’t piling on a cloud of scented spray. In addition to good hygiene habits, a subtle spritz of a musky scent is fine, but you should be letting your natural pheromones shine.

23. Use Sexy People to Your Advantage, Rather Than Compare Yourself to Them

Instead of comparing yourself to others who you think are sexy, take cues from them instead. For example, stop bemoaning the fact that you’re not as tall, thin, or busty as a Victoria’s Secret model, and start using things you know make them sexy to your advantage. This might mean taking an extra 30 minutes in the morning to create the same bombshell waves in your hair, getting a light spray tan, or rocking a push-up bra on date night.

24. Try New Things

Whether it’s a taking a dance class, trying a new restaurant in a new neighborhood, or booking a last-minute weekend getaway, trying new things can absolutely make you feel sexier.

“Novelty is the greatest aphrodisiac,” Sandor Gardos, Ph.D., and founder of mypleasure.com told Redbook, and we couldn’t agree More: Living in the moment is exciting and sexy.

25. Nix Panty Lines

 

Speaking of underwear, panty lines are never, ever sexy. Everyone should invest in nude, seamless underwear, or a good thong. Trust us on this one.

26. Be Kind

No matter what you look like, nothing will knock your innate sex appeal down faster than being rude to people. You don’t need to—for lack of a better phrase—kiss people’s ass and be phony, but treating everyone—waitstaff, friends, new people, your elders—with basic kindness and respect is an attractive quality.

27. Get A Manicure and Pedicure

Much like getting your hair blown out, it’s often the small indulgences that make us look and feel our best, so making time for on a pro mani-pedi once in a while can do wonders. You can skip the polish if you want, too.

28. Get A Spray Tan

 

Likewise, having a healthy glow not only makes most people feel sexier, but it also has a slimming effect.

29. Travel In A Pack

Anyone who’s watched “How I Met Your Mother” knows that Barney Stinson often references the “cheerleader effect,” when average-looking women appear more attractive as a group. Turns out, he may be onto something: People do come off as more attractive when they’re part of a clique than they do alone, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science!

30. Hone Your Talents

Lots (and lots) of rock stars, writers, actors, and artists aren’t traditionally attractive, but there’s a reason why they seem so damn sexy: talent. There’s something primally attractive about someone with strong skills, so take time to develop whatever it is you’re gifted in.

 

 

31. Invest In Yourself

 

This doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money on material items like an It-bag, but rather investing effort into the things you know for a fact make you look and feel sexy, whether it’s something small like some bras and underwear, something transformative like keratin treatments, or something brainy like signing up for a class.

32. Be Assertive

If you want something that you believe you deserve, if you know you’re correct, or if your date suggests going somewhere you don’t want to, speak up. Being assertive is different than merely being pushy, and happens to be a sexy—and admirable—quality. Wishy-washy can get real old, real fast.

33. Play Up Your Best Features

 

When it comes to our looks, we all have certain attributes we like better than others, so why not make them the first thing people see when they look at you? Got lips to rival Angelina Jolie? Play them up with gloss. Love your striking blue eyes? Make them pop with mascara, liner, and strong brows. Got great legs? Swap the boyfriend jeans for a pair of skinnies.

34. But Don’t Be Obsessed with Your Appearance

Put as much effort into your appearance as you want before you go out, but when you’re around people, focus your energy on making solid conversation instead of running to the bathroom to brush your hair, reapply your lipstick, or check the mirror every five minutes. Overt vanity is not sexy.

35. Turn on the Lights

Sure, it can be sexy and natural to have sex in the dark but try keeping the lights on once in a while. Not only will this feel more spontaneous, but it’ll allow both of you to really see each other, which can be super-hot. Not loving the harsh glow of your bedroom lamps? Light a bunch of candles, or buy a dimmer.

36. Never Wear Things That You Can’t Walk, Eat, Breathe, or Talk In

 

Obviously, you always want to look your best, but wearing six-inch stilettos you can’t walk in, or a dress that’s so tight you can’t freely move around isn’t sexy at all. Instead, wear things you know look good on you but won’t hinder you from being cool, calm, and collected.

37. Put Your Phone Away

This is a big one: The act of obsessively checking your phone every two minutes could be a bonafide deal breaker when it comes to sex appeal. There’s nothing ruder than trying to have a conversation with a person who’s constantly staring at their screens—wouldn’t you be put off if someone were paying more attention to their iPhone than to you? Being present is sexy. Being preoccupied is not.

38. Ask the Right Questions

On a date (or anytime you’re with another human, really) it’s a good bet that asking questions will always ensure flowing conversation. However, if you start grilling someone on politics, religion, their exes, or how much cash they pull in, you’re going to look nosy and abrasive, rather than sexy and seductive.

39. Don’t Be A Snooze-Fest

 

This might sound harsh because we know you’re not boring, but if people ask you questions, and you give one-word answers, roll your eyes, or seem generally disinterested, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Even if you look like a supermodel, people are most turned on by stimulating conversation, eye contact, and personality.

40. Screw ALL OF THESE RULES

Loving yourself for who you are and being comfortable in your own skin is the sexiest thing in the world. Be yourself and your sexiness will shine through.

 

 

Bruno Mars wears the best of ’90s fashion in latest video

We just rang in 2018, but Bruno Mars’ new video for the remix of his song “Finesse” is taking us back to the ‘90s. The singer released the video, which features hip-hop artist Cardi B, last night, after teasing it to Twitter fans earlier in the day.

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The “Finesse” video is undoubtedly an ode to all things ‘90s, and Mars dedicated it to one of his favorite TV shows from the decade, “In Living Color.”

If you haven’t watched the video yet, get ready for a major dose of nostalgia, because Mars and company dress up in the hottest ‘90s styles, and give shoutouts to some of the decade’s major cultural moments.

At the beginning of the video, Mars and Cardi B get creative with paint and spray paint, reenacting a scene from the “In Living Color” theme song. He also dances alongside a crew of female dancers, who remind us of the Fly Girls from the show.

 The Fly Girls make a comeback in Mars’ new video. YouTube

In her ripped acid wash denim cutoffs, bold neon jacket and oversized hoop earrings, Cardi B looks like a blast from the past in spot-on ‘90s attire. Add in some tube socks, a backwards baseball cap (“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” anyone?!) and her bold pink eye shadow, and the singer reminds us a lot of TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes!

 Cardi B channels multiple ’90s fashion trends. YouTube

Mars and his boys get in on the fun, too, with vertical-striped tops reminiscent of one of our favorite childhood stars — Cory Matthews from “Boy Meets World” — and lots of denim.

Another ‘90s fave, flip-up sunglasses, also make an appearance.

 Flip-up sunglasses were a popular ’90s trend. YouTube

Not to be outdone, the girls join in the ‘90s theme with on-trend crop tops, vertical stripes and bold colors.

And that, folks, is how you do ’90s style!

How Australia’s hottest photographer is shaking up the fashion industry

Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Chanel are just some of the big names on Margaret Zhang’s client list. The Sydney native, who has photographed supermodels such as Karlie Kloss, is fast becoming Australia’s go-to fashion photographer.
But with an burgeoning modeling portfolio of her own (she has been photographed by Peter Lindbergh, who is credited with “inventing” the supermodel), Zhang is as well known for her work in front of the camera as well as behind it. At just 24 years old, she is also a writer, director and fashion consultant.

Karlie Kloss, photographed by Margaret Zhang.

Karlie Kloss, photographed by Margaret Zhang. Credit: Margaret Zhang

“Balancing it out means a lot of e-mails, a lot of admin, and very little sleep,” she told CNN at the Fashion Asia conference in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Face of a changing industry

Zhang’s call to fame came as a teen when, in 2009, her website — which she used to share her photography and fashion musings — experienced a surge in new international readers.
Like many bloggers at the time, she appeared to benefit from an explosion in demand for individual fashion blogs.

Earlier this year, Zhang featured on the cover of Elle Australia. This image was shot entirely on an iPhone, by photographer Georges Antoni.

Earlier this year, Zhang featured on the cover of Elle Australia. This image was shot entirely on an iPhone, by photographer Georges Antoni. Credit: Georges Antoni/ELLE Magazine
“I started my career in reverse to most other photographers — I was able to work on commercial projects early on before then pursuing more personal editorial.”
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She is the photographer of choice for several major luxury labels, including Gucci (above). Credit: Margaret Zhang
Although it was her work with traditional film cameras that first got her noticed, she relies on an iPhone to share images with her 911K Instagramfollowers.
“There will always be something beautiful about traditional cameras, but the fashion industry is embracing new technologies,” she said. “I don’t think phone photography will ever take over, but there are new apps and new technologies that are forcing camera companies to innovate too.”

Jessica Gomes, photographed by Margaret Zhang.

Jessica Gomes, photographed by Margaret Zhang. Credit: Margaret Zhang
“These two strands can peacefully co-exist because they serve very different purposes,” she added. “You’ll often see different types of photography on my Instagram, for example, than what you’ll see on my website.”

An age of influence

Despite her prominent online presence, social media is a topic Zhang approaches with a certain trepidation.
“This industry makes us feel like if we clock out for just one second, we’re going to miss out on something. But the reality is (that) our generation is actually missing out on so much because we’re trained to document everything,” she said.
“I can’t say I’ve perfected this balance myself, but I’ll go quiet at times because some things are better kept quiet. It’s important to take a few weeks to disconnect.”
Her cautious approach to social media is reflected in her refusing paid partnerships on any of her online platforms — a brave move, given that an account with a large following and strong engagement can generate lucrative sums by partnering with brands to create sponsored content.

A still from "There's No Space Left in C# Minor," Zhang's directorial debut film.

A still from “There’s No Space Left in C# Minor,” Zhang’s directorial debut film. Credit: Margaret Zhang
“Your influence does not always go hand in hand with commercial gain,” she said. “It’s not my career to be an ‘Instagrammer’ — those are just platforms I use to share my work with my audience.
“I’ve worked hard to build what these visuals mean to me and I can’t break all of that just for a check.”

A global outlook

The Sydney native now splits her time between New York and Shanghai. It’s a relocation that made sense, logistically — “I was spending up to 24 hours traveling to events around the world from Australia” — but has also helped her establish a more international career. She has since featured on more worldwide publications, including Nylon Singapore and two Vogue China covers.

An image from Zhang's book, "In the Youth of Our Fury: A Volume of Photo Essays."

An image from Zhang’s book, “In the Youth of Our Fury: A Volume of Photo Essays.” Credit: Margaret Zhang
Her approach reflects, or perhaps anticipates, changes in the fashion industry, with markets like Shanghai, challenging the dominance of old epicenters like London and Paris.
“There will always be something special about those cities, but the barriers to entering the fashion industry are (lower) than they were in the past,” she said. “We should keep our eyes on spaces with concentrated youth and creativity — in another few years, cities in China, like Chengdu, could become huge cultural centers.”

Ties to China

With both of her parents hailing from China, Zhang also feels a personal connection to the country.
“Children of immigrants are an interesting group of people because you can feel like you’re in a no man’s land — you carry your family’s ethnic values,” she said. “But also identify with the place that you were raised.”
Zhang, who identifies as Chinese-Australian, has spoken openly about how her ethnicity forced her to confront identity issues and racism in the past. It’s a matter that still concerns her now, and she is vocal about it today.

"It's not my career to be an 'Instagrammer' -- those are just platforms I use to share my work with my audience," says Zhang, who has almost 1 million followers on Instagram.

“It’s not my career to be an ‘Instagrammer’ — those are just platforms I use to share my work with my audience,” says Zhang, who has almost 1 million followers on Instagram. Credit: Courtesy Margaret Zhang
“Any racism I’ve experienced has been born of ignorance rather than hatred,” she explained. “The fashion industry is quite advanced in regards to diversity, so it would be insensitive to discredit the movements made by the champions in this industry.
“But there are many shortcomings, and I think 2017 has been an indicator that we are not as progressed as we thought we were.”

How to keep wearing your favourite party pieces now it’s January

Having shelled out for- and likely become quite attached to – the sequin skirts, velvet mules and chainmail earrings you were wearing over the festive period, you might have assumed that the arrival of January meant that you needed to stow them away until next festive season. But fear not, the parties being over  doesn’t mean all the joy-giving accoutrements can’t be put to good use.

Here’s how to incorporate your favourite party pieces into your everyday wardrobe and continue wearing them now it’s the new year…

Dull down sequins

If you’re going to keep wearing sparkle in January you will need to adjust the look. Less is more, for one. While you might have been encouraged to wear sequins on sequins in December, this is no longer feels quite right. Dress them down with slouchy shapes, luxe fabrics and utilitarian designs. Think a sequin skirt with a navy polo neck (see main picture), or consider splitting up the sequin co-ord you donned on New Year’s Eve by teaming the trousers with an enormous mohair knit in green or grey, or the embellished top with a pair of check trousers.

Incorporate denim

Denim will be your saving grace when it comes to reworking party gear, instantly granting it a more casual feel. And whereas a tuxedo jacket dressed down with a pair of Mom jeans, or an indigo-wash jacket layered over a diaphanous silk blouse might be fairly obvious examples of this, you can also think outside the box. A kimono-style dress worn over cropped jeans, for example, or a denim pencil skirt styled with an embellished jacket are chic combinations that will also help combat the January blues.

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Alexa Chung’s straight leg jeans give her blazer and clutch bag a relaxed feel CREDIT: GETTY

Don’t put down the embellished arm candy

While a backless ball gown might have a limited window of wearability which probably doesn’t include January, a jewelled clutch bag, or a sequinned pouch (the party bag du jour), does not. Both are perennially suitable evening accessories that can be worn with printed midi dresses or a logo sweatshirt and luxe tracksuit bottoms alike, regardless of the season or the occasion.

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Kate Bosworth’s clutch bag is equally as well suited to a floral blouse and jeans as it would be to an evening dress  CREDIT: GETTY 

Live in velvet

Long gone are the days when velvet was considered the preserve of party season. And good riddance to them, because this sumptuous fabric is flattering, comfortable and glamorous all at once. What’s more, it’s one of the most versatile materials around.

Velvet trousers with white trainers and a sweatshirt? Ideal for mooching around on the weekend. The same trousers worn with a cotton shirt? Perfect office attire. And with the matching blazer? A stylish solution for a birthday dinner.

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A white t-shirt and Converse make this Paris Fashion Week goer’s velvet co-ord and chandelier earrings suitable for daytime CREDIT: GETTY

Be sparing with the jazzy jewellery

Chandelier earrings, XL cuffs and grown-up chokers, to name a few of the manifold styles of party jewellery we witnessed last  season, needn’t be stowed away until next Christmas. Quite the opposite in fact. But you do need to take a more moderate approach that you might at Christmastime.

Rather than piling it on in the same way you would decorated your tree, limit yourself to one piece of statement jewellery and let it stand out against cosy knitwear and simple shirting.

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Farfetch’s vice president of style and creative, Yasmin sewell, shoes us how to style party jewellery outside of the festive season with a polo neck dress and knee-high boots CREDIT: GETTY

Bypass the smoky eye

If you’ve chosen to wear your favourite jewelled shoes or brocade jacket in January, then opt for light make-up. Not only do you risk looking a little over the top with gold eye shadow or plum lipstick at this time of year, but it will also put an upper limit on how jazzy you can go with clothing, whereas a dewy finish (minimal makeup brand Glossier can lend a helping hand here), will grant your partywear a fresh twist for the new year.

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See The Sheer Swarovski Crystal Covered Gown Brian McKnight’s Wife Wore At Their Wedding

Aww, just married! R&B singer Brian McKnight tied the knot with his wife, Leilani Malia Mendoza, and she looked absolutely stunning. The happy couple brought in 2018 with a New Year’s Eve wedding ceremony at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY.

The singer showed off his wife on Instagram wearing a sheer long sleeve gown covered in 50,000 Swarovski crystals made by Sabrina & Manning. The gown was one of a kind and took “over a month of hand work beading with sequence, hand cut out fabric and folded to create a vanishing out effect.” The beautiful bride paired the sexy see-through dress with an over-the-top floor-length veil and her gorgeous engagement ring. She was definitely shining bright like a diamond, as Bad Gal Riri would say.

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Looks like 2018 is off to a great start for this couple. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. McKnight!