Why Kim Kardashian-West wore Vetements to the White House

The reality TV star met with the US president to discuss prison reform, and wore the playful French brand for the occasion. Was she trolling Trump or making a bigger statement?

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10 Can’t-Live-Without Fashion Fixes That Were Created for (and by) Women

Let’s hear it for the ladies! We rarely — if ever — miss the opportunity to spotlight all the trailblazing women in our lives out there doing amazing things. And by amazing, we mean solving everyday problems plaguing women everywhere. Like when you’re in a pinch and need deodorant towelettes and double-sided tape on the go. Or when you’re on the verge of a wardrobe malfunction (been there, done that), and could use that little-known something (ahem, Spanx) to help save the day. Ahead, you’ll find 10 fashion and lifestyle fixes that were created by and for women. From smaller startups to side hustles, these female-founded fashion brands have blossomed into full-fledged businesses.

1. Sphynx: Forgot to shave? No problem. Self-proclaimed SHE-EO Leila Kashani Manshoory read every busy girl’s mind when she prototyped her idea for Sphynx. The Sphynx Pink Me Up 3-in-1 Portable Razor ($15) includes two razor blades, a refillable water spray bottle, and a moisturizing pre-shave bar to make shaving on the go a breeze — should you be en route to a high-stakes business meeting, the gym, or a hot date.

2. Pinch Provisions: What started out as a mother-daughter venture between Jamie Kaplan and her mother Georgette has officially grown into a full-fledged business — now serving over two million women and counting — of shemergency kits stocked with all those little extras you need stat. Make a splash (pun intended) with the Pinch Provisions Pool Party Kit($14) complete with everything from an emergency drink umbrella to a floatie repair patch (#priorities).

3. Dress Downs: Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by the wind on a gusty day by having the hem of your dress unexpectedly blow up. Girllll, we feel ya. After experiencing her very own Marilyn Monroe moment (in the Windy City, no less), Simone Magee, a native Floridian-turned-Chicagoan, founded Dress Downs ($12). Easy as peel, place, and go, these reusable garment weights can be applied to the inside hem of your dress for a stress-free commute.

4. Commando: You need not be a Hollywood starlet to reap the benefits that come along with rocking Commando to your next formal or summer soiree. Kerry O’Brien, the driving force behind the intimates line known for its seamless “invisible underwear,” simply wants all women to look and feel fabulous from the bottom on up. Ditch the VPL (visible panty lines) with this cheeky Commando Cherries Thong ($26) that’ll be a fit for all your summer-ready frocks.

5. Solemates: Calling all well-heeled ladies! Gear up for a season of outdoor weddings and shindigs with a set of Solemates’ Heel Protectors ($25). The OG crystal clear heel stoppers — founded by Monica Ferguson and Becca Brown — are a discreet way to protect your stilettos from, er, potentially tricky situations, whether it be wobbly cobblestone streets, city sidewalk grates, or grass.

6. Hollywood Secret: We turn to founders Jane Dailey and Marni Bumsted for the fast fashion fix that err’body should have on standby. Hollywood Fashion Secrets’ best-selling Hollywood Fashion Tape ($11) remains celeb stylists’ #1 choice, and for good reason. Known to perform undercover wardrobe magic, the clear double-stick fashion tape can be used to secure plunging necklines and keep more risqué pieces (think: backless summer tops and barely-there gowns) in place.

7. Bagnet: Public restrooms without a bag hook should be a crime, amirite? Bagnet founder Kelley Daring set out to rescue handbags everywhere with her line of luxury magnetic key fobs that double as impromptu handbag holders. How it works: Once the Emma Bagnet ($25) has been fastened to your purse strap, the strong magnets will then attach to a bathroom stall door, a barstool, or any table base to create a portable hook.

8. The Handbag Raincoat: YOU GUYS. Handbag raincoats do exist… all thanks to Morgan Sarner and her experience with big-city living. Should you find yourself caught in a torrential downpour, allow The Handbag Raincoat Star Print With Benefits ($18) — made to fit any medium-sized handbag — to come to the rescue. Complete with a top velcro seam, this rainy day topper is an efficient (and chic) way to protect your stylish carryalls from Mother Nature’s elements.

9. Spanx: “It all started with a pair of pantyhose, some scissors, and a bright idea.” And so, Spanx was born. With a mission to help empower and elevate women everywhere, Sara Blakely’s line of confidence-boosting slimming shapewear — a cult-favorite fashion fix on and off the red carpet — has since expanded to include bras, underwear and, most recently, activewear. Allow this Spanx Workout to Waves Mesh Panel Sports Bra ($58) to accompany you to your next spinning class.

10. Bandalettes: Having struggled with uncomfortable thigh chafing for years, Julia Abasova joined forces with now business partner Rena Abramoff to establish Bandalettes($17), the covetable lingerie addition that’s about to change the way you dress. Promoting self-love and encouraging confidence with each wear, the lace thigh bands featuring anti-slip silicone technology are designed to prevent the irritation that comes along with wearing a dress or skirt on a balmy summer day.

Toe Shoes, the Most Hideous Footwear of All, Are Making an Actual Comeback

Is Jonathan Anderson as obsessed with the gangly oddities of feet as much as I am? It seems so. A few days ago, he posted a print from his JW Anderson men’s Fall 2018 collection that showed a cartoon man’s tongue slobbering on a whiskered pinkie toe. Soon after, he followed up with a wiggly preview of what to expect from the Loewe Resort 2019 collection: He posted a pair of cheerful needlepoint slippers depicting naked toes—toe rings and snazzy French pedicures included!—and a jet-black, hardened gladiator sandal with sculpted—and also bejeweled—Roman statue feet.

Anderson’s foray into the realm of human hooves doesn’t come as a complete surprise. In fact, there was a phalangeal shake-up in the footwear world just a few months ago. It started slowly with a single digit playing peekaboo here and there, like at Y/Project Spring 2018, which featured shocking highlighter-yellow and dainty rose-printed mules that showcased the big toe. Then the complete opposite structure appeared at Céline Pre-Fall 2017, where the big toe was hidden by a cap on a sandal that showed off its four scrunched siblings. Of course, the thong heel—a practical pedestal for splayed toes—came back with a vengeance thanks to Kim Kardashian West, who recently took a pair out for a spin. Meanwhile, Rebel Royale, the creator behind the bringer-of-bad-shoes Instagram account@crimesagainstshoemanity, created a cheap mock-up of a “high fashion” toe shoe—an actual rubbery toe shoe with “Balenciaga” printed on its side. The foot-filled feed gave way to the phenomenon that my colleagues and I have branded “The Year of the Toe.”

Of course, toe shoes have been rearing their unsexy and fascinating heads for quite some time. On the casual end of the spectrum, Vibram is known for its webby digit-defining shoes—one for every on-the-go lifestyle and sport. And then, there are the runway incarnations of toe shoes, too, like Céline’s frightening trompe l’oeil toe-polish pumps from Spring 2013. More recently, MM6 Maison Margiela released a mule that separates each toe. It’s like the freaky OCD cousin of the Margiela Tabi shoe.

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MM6 Margiela Slip-On Toe Mules

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But Loewe’s toe shoes have a more down-to-earth appeal, a perfect mix of gift shop cheek and meticulous craftsmanship. Similar humorous examples have appeared on @crimesagainstshoemanity. Here, in this deliciously grotesque trove of heinous footwear, there are slideshows dedicated to shoes with crude, painted-on bare feet, complete with anklets and yes, toe rings. (Run, don’t walk: Some of those very pieces are currently available for purchase on Etsy. For Royale, today’s toe shoe moment is a natural progression. “It’s not the first time for a label to make such an emphasis of the toenail, as I feel like [I] need to mention the Céline red-painted toenail heels. But for me the biggest crime with those was that they only came in one skin tone,” she writes in an email. “The Loewe has the upper hand, or foot, on that one.”

10 beauty tips to treat acne breakouts in summer

Do not squeeze your pimples. This usually leads to further inflammation, which makes the acne look worse and last longer.

While cosmetics can cover up some facial flaws, it is tough to completely hide acne. Summer skin is prone to infections as dust, oil, heat and humidity tend to stick to your face resulting in acne, so make sure you are paying attention to it. Cosmetologist and homeopath physician Karuna Malhotra from Cosmetic Skin and Homeo Clinic and make-up artist Tullika Pandey list ways to prevent acne in summer:

* Wash your face only once or twice a day with lukewarm water, a mild cleanser, and gentle motion — no scrubbing or harsh abrasive products needed. Make sure one of those times you’re washing your face is in the evening, to remove make-up and dirt

* Do not squeeze your pimples. This usually leads to further inflammation, which makes the acne look worse and last longer. Also, this will leave a bad pigmented scar.

Avoid eating oily foods like chips and French fries as they contain saturated oils that increase cholesterol in the body. (Shutterstock)

* Avoid processed foods, generally high in saturated fats and transfats. It can lead to an increase in sebum production triggering acne.

* Also avoid oily foods like chips, French fries, pakodas, and aloo tikkis which taste good but contain saturated oils that increase cholesterol in the body, which leads to poor blood circulation and can worsen your acne.

* Fibre plays an important role in getting rid of body toxins. Eat cereals and fibre rich food and fruits such as blueberries and grapefruit to detoxify your body and clear your skin.

Don’t cover your face with layers of concealer. Instead, use complementary colours to blend in the blemishes. (Shutterstock)

* Include Vitamin A in your diet as it is a good source of carotenoids. Carrots, papaya, spinach, and tomato juice are a rich source of it.

* Stop use of foundation for a week. It can clear up acne breakouts, and stop rashes caused by irritating ingredients.

* Do not use make-up on acne skin, and if needed use non-comedogenic and non-irritating products.

* Don’t cover your face with layers of concealer. Instead, use complementary colours to blend in the blemishes.

How 6 Indigenous Designers Are Using Fashion to Reclaim Their Culture

The line between inspiration and appropriation in fashion is oftentimes blurred. Nobody knows this better than the indigenous community, whose sacred prints, hand-burnished leatherwork, and beaded appliqués have been imitated by fashion houses for centuries. This type of cultural appropriation, where labels draw from deep-rooted design codes without crediting the culture they are taking them from, is particularly harmful to indigenous people, who have been, and continue to be, marginalized. But now, a new crop of indigenous designers in North America is fighting back, using their collections to spotlight cultural activism and grassroots movements that are more important now than ever—especially given recent events, such as the pipeline protests at Standing Rock.

These unique designers hail from a variety of distinctive tribes, from Ojibwe to Kiowa, and are fusing their cultures’ time-honored craftsmanship with new, unexpected flourishes, such as graphic silk screen or 3-D printing. The unifying message? Reclaiming their heritage in a time when indigenous people continue to remain invisible. The collections, which range from jewelry to ready-to-wear, find inspiration in traditionally meaningful elements such as animals, historical government documents, and ornate regalia pieces, such as the powwow dresses worn by Crees, Crows, and many other groups, each one different in nature. “The biggest misconception about indigenous design is that it’s all the same,” said designer Bethany Yellowtail. “Crows are very different than Navajos, and Cheyennes are very different than Ojibwes. It’s really important to tell those stories through our design.”

Thankfully, indigenous fashion is finally gaining some ground. This week, Toronto will follow in the footsteps of Australia and Vancouver, British Columbia, by hosting its first-ever Indigenous Fashion Week. This four-day initiative will give designers a much-needed platform and serves as a promising counterpoint to the pervasive appropriation still found on today’s runways. “When an indigenous person can take up space and present an honest, individual point of view of who they are, that is incredibly powerful,” said designer Evan Ducharme. It will feature runway shows from designers such as Ducharme, panel discussions about cultural appropriation, and a shoppable marketplace stocked with authentic indigenous-made products. (Last year, the “Native Fashion Now” exhibition was also hosted at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, which displayed the disruptive works of more than 60 indigenous designers.)

Below, meet six rising indigenous talents from across North America as they sound off on their latest collections, the need for activism, and the power of reconciliation.

Bethany Yellowtail
Label: B.Yellowtail
Tribe: Crow and Northern Cheyenne
Based in: Los Angeles, California

Ladies, rock the floral print trend by following these easy tips

Floral prints are perfect for summers.

With the mercury level rising day-by-day, it gets little tough to keep your fashion goals intact. However the floral fabrics can add glamour to your look if opted wisely. Sandeep Sharma, Director, Fabriclore.com suggests some tips:

* Landscaped floral mughal motifs on cotton and chanderi silk: Perfectly landscaped Mughal twigs, buds, leaves, flowers and bouquets on cotton and chanderi silk fabrics look exquisite. Ankle-length mughal cotton maxi dresses for instance, are a perfect fusion of ethnicity and modern style.

* Abstract florals and vines on rayon: The flow-y rayon fabric screen-printed with abstract floral designs like blooming flowers, sun-like buds, creepers, paper-cut flowers, and painted roses in bright colours can be shaped into knee-length skater dresses, long ankle-length dresses, straight kurtas and palazzos, crop tops and skirts, for a contemporary take on florals.

* Pastel contemporary florals on crepe and chiffon: Digital prints done in a contemporary colour palette on fabrics like chiffon and crepe are the best fit for summer wears. Floral designs reflecting the real-life flora, painted in abstract dual-tones look refreshing yet chic on a bright sunny day.

* Muted minimal floral prints on muslin: Muted Coral floral designs on a loosely plain-woven fabric like Muslin, which comes with good durability, has a soft texture with a subtle shine. Perfect for causal evening outings, hand-block Mughal motifs or contemporary flowers in pastel colours spread out a sophisticated vibe.

Sulagna Kapoor, co-founder of Pursu also shares a few tips:

*Once an individual feels confident with the flower power, it is time to try pairing floral prints with each other to give that vibrant yet subtle look. Pair it with a nice floral print handbag to add on to your look.

* Summer is a perfect time to carry pastel shades. Pastels are soothing to the eyes and have an inherent quality to make you look cool. To spike up the over all look, a trendy printed handbag is a must addition.

* Dainty and bold floral prints should be properly paired with each other to reveal the best possible combination. For a summer party, pair your solid coluor dress with a floral patterned clutch or handbag.

* Accessories like flower-inspired jewellery paired with a multicoloured floral print handbag and coordinated footwear are all that an individual should flaunt, during any summer event.

* Subtle floral print handbags can be combined with white / off-white dresses, to make a style statement.

* Denims with gingham or solid shirts are an all time hit. Add a printed handbag to complete the look this summer.

Can You Wear Bike Shorts to the Club?

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The above-the-knee bike short has been quietly rumbling on the runways since Fall 2014 during Chanel couture; for Spring 2018, it made appearances at the likes of Alexander Wang, MSGM, and Off-White. Predictably, the usual street style stars like Kim Kardashian West and Emily Ratajkowski have been sporting the stretchy glute-huggers casually, out and about during the daytime. Now, though, the heretofore casual piece has received a big-night-out makeover thanks to Bella Hadid. Last week at the Cannes Film Festival, the model was snapped en route to a party wearing a pair of flashy metallic Yeezy x 2XU shorts that she paired with a crop top and a backpack. The elevating factors were a statement diamond necklace and drop earrings, and most of all, a pair of high heels.

The micro-leggings look is, of course, a tough one to pull off. Bike shorts are to thighs as thong heels are to feet and toes: They show everything. But then again, that’s the whole point—and what’s more, they’re a fresh, tomboyish alternative to the typical slinky party dress. Vogue Market Editor Alexandra Gurvitch has long been leaning into the look. “They are perfect for showing your legs. It’s body-con and spandex, which is actually super-flattering. They hold you in. And another benefit is that you don’t have to be girly at the club in a dress,” she says. “Plus, they are easy to dress up in a very now way. Instead of making them ’80s by sporting them under a big top, you should go early noughties and wear them with a going-out top and sexy heels.”

Here, see the best ways to take bike shorts for a spin when you’re nowhere near a bike.

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